CafePress Announces Changes to Board of Directors, Business Update and Cost Savings Initiatives
"We continue to make progress on completing the modernization of the CafePress.com website. These efforts are critical as we continue to optimize the business and enhance our technology to re-energize our customer experience and ultimately return to profitable growth, which has always been our top priority. As the gap on the bottom line has widened in recent quarters, we are taking additional serious cost control steps to hasten closing that gap," commented
As previously discussed, the Company experienced revenue declines in the second and third quarters of 2017, which the Company believes were related to changes in search engine algorithms that have adversely affected the Company’s search visibility and traffic on the current site. The Company remains focused on completing the modernization of CafePress.com and demolishing the old site and will roll out significant portions of the modernization in the first quarter of 2018. During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company experienced revenue declines compared to the same period of the prior year consistent with those experienced over the second and third quarters of 2017. However, as is always the case during this seasonally busy time of year, the Company increased cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet during the fourth quarter.
With the context above in mind, the Company deems it necessary to take some immediate steps which have short-term and long-term impacts to mitigate the pressure on our cash balances. Today the Company is announcing certain actions (impacting both labor and non-labor) taken to drive reductions of approximately
The Company will remain focused on completing a new and modern CafePress.com website and expanding retail partner channels into new marketplaces and geographies. Additionally, in 2018, the Company expects to leverage its manufacturing platform by launching fulfillment services for other consumer-facing, on demand, custom product providers.
The Company has taken the following steps:
February 12, 2018, the Board appointed Alan B. Howeas an independent director, following the retirement of Patrick J. Connollyfrom the Board.
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January 9, 2018, the Company has reduced the workforce at its Louisvilleheadquarters by 5%.
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February 5, 2018, the annual base salary of the Company’s Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fred E. Durham III, is reduced from $300,000 to $125,000.
CafePress’ Board of Directors and management team consistent with its fiduciary duty continues to carefully consider all options to enhance stockholder value.
Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains various "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements regarding the compensation of the Company’s directors and officers, the Company’s strategic focus and plans, including, the modernization of our website, the optimization of our business, plans to return to profitable growth, the expansion of retail partner channels, the launch of fulfillment services, the timing of our plans and the release of our results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017, and the impact of recent actions taken and the amounts of the anticipated cost savings related thereto. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") provides certain "safe harbor" provisions for forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Act.
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