Official NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and PGA Tour branded backpacks and luggage
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Branding is a powerful tool, particularly in the sports world. Sports branding allows fans to signal their loyalty to a particular team or sport and connect with other fans. MOJO Licensing is leveraging sports branding to create an opportunity.
Over the past few years, MOJO Licensing has landed contracts that allow it to display the logos and brands of various sports teams and other organizations on consumer goods. The company has a particular focus on backpacks and luggage. It serves as a licensee for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and the top 150 schools in the NCAA. It has also landed agreements with Team USA in the Olympics and the PGA Tour, which allows MOJO to sell a PGA Tour-branded golf bag to the masses. This particular bag also includes a deal with Shark Wheels, which adds specialty wheels to the bag.
Historically speaking, MOJO has sold its products through traditional retail outlets. Its 7,000-plus styles can be bought on Fanatics, Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, and more. As it grows and contends with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the business has decided to diversify its revenue channels. In particular, the company is shifting to also sell directly to consumers through its website. This could help to generate additional margin on its sales. It could also provide the company flexibility in how it interacts with its customers.
MOJO Licensing’s current Wefunder raise has been rated a Neutral Deal by the KingsCrowd investment team.
MOJO Licensing is raising at a $10.1 million pre-money valuation. However, for the first $50,000, the firm has set a lower pre-money valuation of $8.1 million. Given the company’s traction so far, its price is decent. Thus, our system has rated the price of the company above average on our one-to-five scale.
On one hand, MOJO Licensing’s market size seems decent. According to one source, the sports merchandising industry was worth $34.4 billion in 2020. It’s expected to grow at a 5.4% annualized rate to reach $49.8 billion by 2027. This represents a reasonable chunk of the $167 billion global sports apparel market.
However, the US market — where MOJO operates — is smaller. In 2020, the licensed sports merchandising space was worth $9.3 billion. It is also important to consider that though MOJO claims to have little to no competition, this is a competitive space. MOJO may have some traction in backpacks, luggage and golf bags, but there are hundreds of competitors in the market. Because of the fairly small market size, moderate growth rate, and stiff competition, our system has rated MOJO Licensing’s market opportunity near the low end of our scale.
One area where MOJO Licensing fares better is on the team. At the head of the company is its president and founder, Mario Simonson. Simonson was previously the vice president of Aminco International, which branded and sold emblematic jewelry and accessories, including sports-related products. Prior to that, he was the president of Denco Sports Luggage, a very similar company to MOJO Licensing. It appears Simonson previously sold Denco, only to buy it up again and combine it with MOJO.
CEO Adrian Degroot previously worked at NBA Properties, where he handled licensing, sportsmanship, team services, and NBA entertainment. He was also, at one point, the COO of Aminco International. The team’s highly relevant experience gives MOJO an above-average team score on our one-to-five scale.
MOJO Licensing has a ton of competition. But the company appears to be focused on the backpacks and luggage space, which it claims to dominate. It also claims it is the only company with licenses from all major professional sports leagues for all bags and luggage. Add in the deal with the PGA Tour and Shark Wheels, and there is clearly some differentiation. That said, it’s not enough to prevent our system from rating MOJO’s differentiation as around average.
MOJO Licensing has managed to land several licensing deals with all major sports leagues. That alone represents phenomenal traction. It is also selling its products in major retail outlets nationwide, which is also no easy feat. On the other hand, there are some problem areas. In 2019, the firm generated revenue of $3.4 million. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, revenue dropped to $1.9 million in 2020. MOJO generated a net loss of $728,800 in 2019 and $696,849 in 2020. Operating cash outflows totaled $665,350 in 2019 and $54,974 in 2020.
The company did benefit from changes in working capital during this period. Inventories dropped from $953,472 in 2019 to $571,832 last year, and accounts receivable declined from $814,416 to $387,725 over the same period. In all, our system rated the company above average on the basis of performance.
MOJO Licensing’s overall risk profile is slightly higher than average. The biggest risk for the company appears to be on the funding side. While the valuation of the firm is attractive, funding and financial risk is elevated because the significant losses of the firm, not to mention its hefty net debt, imply that the company will probably need additional funding soon. Market risk is above average because the industry is not very large and is full of competitors. Team risk is also elevated because the company has a single founder — meaning the fate of the company rests on him.
MOJO Licensing’s market is fairly small and growing at just a moderate rate. Competition is always a concern, as is the fact that there is no guarantee MOJO’s licenses will remain in perpetuity. The company has a single founder, which exposes it to risk in the event that something were to happen to him. It is also difficult to see many ways in which the product is significantly differentiated from the competition.
MOJO Licensing’s price appears reasonable given its financial and non-financial traction. Examples include revenue that is in the six digits and partnerships across the value chain. Additionally, while the company has a single founder, both he and the CEO have highly relevant domain experience.
MOJO Licensing is a sports licensing company with a focus on sports-branded backpacks and luggage. The company has deals with all major professional sports leagues for all bags and luggage and is already selling its products through major retail businesses, including Amazon and Walmart. It is taking in significant revenue. On top of that, the founder and CEO have extensive industry experience that will prove useful to the company. However, having only a single founder puts any company at risk. While MOJO is making sales, its products are not particularly unique, and there is no guarantee the company will retain the licenses that have helped it until now. Management has done well to get the enterprise to where it is today, but there are headwinds that they must contend with. In all, our team believes that the risk-to-reward ratio more or less evens out. As such, we have decided to rate the company a Neutral prospect.
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Analysis written by Daniel Jones.
Founder Profile: Mario Simonson of MOJO Licensing
Americans love their sports teams, and they love showing it. Dedicated fans use branded clothes, accessories, and more to support their teams. Sports branded bags are one of the most versatile ways for fans to show off their favorite teams wherever they go.
MOJO Licensing is here to make shopping for team paraphernalia even easier. The company makes official NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and PGA Tour branded backpacks and luggage. MOJO Licensing currently sells through Amazon, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, Home Depot, and team stores. We reached out to founder Mario Simonson to learn what brought MOJO Licensing to crowdfunding and how it plans to market in the future.
Note: This interview was conducted over phone and email. It has been lightly edited for clarity and length.