Appliance Recycling Centers of America Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCI) today reported operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. The Company reported a consolidated operating loss of $0.2 million versus consolidated operating income of $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2011.

The Company experienced a 26% decline in volumes generated through energy efficiency programs, resulting in a $2.0 million decline in operating profit compared to the second quarter of 2011. ApplianceSmart, Inc. retail stores generated lower profit margins, contributing to a $0.4 million decline in operating profit compared to the second quarter of 2011. The Company also invested over $100,000 during the quarter to start up its Louisville, Kentucky, regional processing center and eighth ApplianceSmart store in the Minnesota market. The operating income reported during the second quarter of 2011 benefited from installing over 3,000 additional refrigerators through a replacement contract in California that generated approximately $0.4 million of operating profit that was not expected to be repeated in 2012.

The Company reported a consolidated net loss of $0.6 million or $0.12 per diluted share compared to a consolidated net income of $2.0 million or $0.35 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2011.  Consolidated net income in the second quarter of 2011 included a $0.9 million reversal of valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax asset and lowered the income tax provision.

"Although our results for the second quarter reflect the realities of lower utility recycling volumes and a tight retail market, we believe it is critical to continue investing in the technology, systems and people needed to ensure the responsible recycling of old appliances for our clients," said Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, president and chief executive officer of ARCA, Inc. "Our growing business with a major manufacturer to recycle the appliances they collect for a leading national retailer necessitates the expansion of our recycling network to meet their increasing volumes. Our business with this client recently expanded with our entry into the Louisville, Kentucky, market, which provides us additional opportunities to increase our supply and position the Company for future growth."

Company highlights during the second quarter included:

  • Recognized $0.1 million in carbon offset revenue during the quarter with the potential to recognize another $0.4 million in the future pending the transfer and second verification of the carbon offsets.
  • Began accepting product from a major manufacturer to recycle at the Company's regional processing center in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Awarded a contract by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to continue providing services for the OPA's appliance recycling initiative, which is anticipated to run through December 2014.
  • Celebrated with long-standing client Southern California Edison the recycling of the one millionth appliance through its energy efficiency program.
  • Signed an agreement with Almo Corporation to offer Samsung kitchen and laundry appliances at all ApplianceSmart stores.

"We are seeing a shift in the mix of product we sell, which led to a decline in our retail margin in the second quarter," said Brad Bremer, president of ApplianceSmart, Inc. "New appliances we order directly from the factory, which are an increasing portion of our sales volume, have a lower margin than special-buy appliances, which include discontinued models, close-outs and scratch-and-dent units. We are pleased that our same store sales are flat for the quarter compared to an overall decline in the industry, and we recently opened an ApplianceSmart store in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, which is the strongest of our four markets. To keep our costs in line, we are also evaluating our underperforming stores for possible closure in the third quarter."

Regional Processing Centers

The Company continued to build infrastructure in the second quarter to support the efforts of major manufacturers and appliance retailers to permanently remove old appliances from service and recycle the units in an environmentally responsible manner. ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC (AAP) is approaching 100,000 refrigerators recycled with the UNTHA Recycling Technology (URT) advanced materials recovery system, which is installed at AAP's Philadelphia regional processing center. AAP increased its revenues by 6% to $2.7 million compared to the second quarter of 2011 and reported operating income of $0.3 million.

Second Quarter Financial Overview

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2012 decreased 11% to $29.3 million from $32.9 million in the second quarter of 2011.

Retail revenues in the second quarter of 2012 increased 3% to $19.0 million compared to $18.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily related to revenues contributed from the Company's St. Cloud, Minnesota, store that was not operating in the second quarter of 2011. Comparable store revenues from ApplianceSmart stores operating during the second quarters of 2012 and 2011 were flat; however, compared to the second quarter of 2011, ApplianceSmart stores increased their average appliance sale price from $484 to $554 per unit.

Recycling revenues, which are comprised of appliance recycling fees and appliance replacement program revenues primarily from utility customers, decreased 36% to $6.1 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to revenues of $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2011. The decrease was attributed to a 26% decline in the Company's energy efficiency program volumes. Also, the second quarter of 2011 benefited from replacing over 3,000 additional refrigerators representing approximately $1.5 million in revenues that was not repeated in the second quarter of this year.

Byproduct revenues of $4.2 million decreased 14% or $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2011. The decrease in byproduct revenues was primarily the result of lower volumes generated from energy efficiency programs and, to a lesser extent, a decline in scrap metal prices that occurred later in the second quarter. During the quarter the Company recognized $0.1 million in carbon offset revenues. The Company continues to reclaim and inventory refrigerants and expects to generate carbon offset revenues in the future, although the frequency of these transactions will vary based on volume levels and market conditions.

Overall gross profit as a percentage of total revenues declined to 26% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 29% for the second quarter of 2011. The decline in overall gross profit percentage was primarily the result of a shift in retail product sales, higher product costs from manufacturers and lower volumes in the Company's energy efficiency programs.

Selling expenses increased $0.4 million to $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $4.6 million for the second quarter of 2011. The increase in selling expenses was due primarily to additional expenses to operate the new store in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

General and administrative expenses of $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2012 were flat compared to last year. General and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2012 included over $100,000 in expenses related to starting up a recycling center in Louisville, Kentucky; opening a new retail store in Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and additional call center expenses related to implementing new programs and technology.

Liquidity

Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2012 were $3.7 million compared to $4.4 million as of December 31, 2011. As of June 30, 2012, the Company had $2.2 million of available borrowings under its revolving line of credit compared to $3.5 million as of December 31, 2011. Working capital of $10.3 million decreased $1.1 million as of June 30, 2012 compared to $11.4 million as of December 31, 2011. The decline was primarily the result of carrying more appliance inventory.

Conference Call Information

In conjunction with this release, Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. will host a conference call tomorrow, August 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number ten minutes prior to the scheduled time: 800-269-3762. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website, www.ARCAInc.com, approximately 24-48 hours after the completion of the call.

About ARCA

ARCA's (NASDAQ: ARCI) three business components are uniquely positioned in the industry to work together to provide a full array of appliance-related services. ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC employs advanced technology to refine traditional appliance recycling techniques to achieve optimal revenue-generating and environmental benefits. ARCA is also the exclusive North American distributor for UNTHA Recycling Technology (URT), one of the world's leading manufacturers of technologically advanced refrigerator recycling systems and recycling facilities for electrical household appliances and electronic scrap. ARCA's regional centers process appliances at end of life to remove environmentally damaging substances and produce material byproducts for recycling for over 200 utilities in the U.S. and Canada. Twenty-one Company-owned stores under the name ApplianceSmart, Inc.® sell new appliances directly to consumers and provide affordable ENERGY STAR® options for energy efficiency appliance replacement programs.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding ARCA's future success. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including the risks associated with general economic conditions, competition in the retail and recycling industries and regulatory risks. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in ARCA's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other risks may be detailed from time to time in reports to be filed with the SEC.

 

APPLIANCE RECYCLING CENTERS OF AMERICA, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands)



June 30,

2012

December 31,

2011

ASSETS

(unaudited)


Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$            3,734

$            4,401

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $33 and $18, respectively

6,181

7,445

Inventories, net of reserves of $83 and $85, respectively

21,112

18,456

Other current assets

2,481

1,420

Deferred tax assets

173

173

Total current assets

33,681

31,895

Property and equipment, net

12,614

12,535

Goodwill

1,120

1,120

Other assets

1,127

1,232

Deferred income taxes

27

27

Total assets (a)

$          48,569

$          46,809




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Accounts payable

$            5,566

$            4,323

Accrued expenses

4,936

4,453

Line of credit

11,903

10,685

Current maturities of long-term obligations

955

989

Total current liabilities

23,360

20,450




Long-term obligations, less current maturities

6,830

7,251

Deferred gain, net of current portion

609

853

Deferred income tax liabilities

875

875

Total liabilities (a)

31,674

29,429




Commitments and contingencies

-

-




Shareholders' equity:



Common Stock, no par value; 10,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding:
5,556 shares and 5,527 shares, respectively

20,492

20,338

Accumulated deficit

(5,504)

(4,797)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(372)

(361)

Total shareholders' equity

14,616

15,180

Noncontrolling interest

2,279

2,200


16,895

17,380

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$          48,569

$          46,809




(a) Assets of ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC (AAP), ARCA's consolidated variable interest entity (VIE), that can only be used to settle obligations of AAP were $11,383 and $11,771 as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Liabilities of AAP for which creditors do not have recourse to the general credit of Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. were $1,928 and $2,186 as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

 



APPLIANCE RECYCLING CENTERS OF AMERICA, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,

2012

July 2,

2011


June 30,

2012

July 2,

2011

Revenues:






   Retail

$            18,964

$         18,385


$            38,720

$          37,604

   Recycling

6,145

9,612


11,410

15,350

   Byproduct

4,233

4,894


8,644

9,863

Total revenues

29,342

32,891


58,774

62,817







Costs of revenues

21,771

23,244


43,591

44,181

Gross profit

7,571

9,647


15,183

18,636

Selling, general and administrative expenses

7,764

7,394


15,292

14,855

Operating income (loss)

(193)

2,253


(109)

3,781







Other expense:






   Interest expense, net

(279)

(284)


(533)

(602)

   Other expense, net

(25)

(45)


(9)

(74)

Income (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interest

(497)

1,924


(651)

3,105

Provision for (benefit of) income taxes

54

(152)


(23)

292

Net income (loss)

(551)

2,076


(628)

2,813

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

(90)

(48)


(79)

(111)

Net income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$                (641)

$           2,028


$                (707)

$            2,702







Income (loss) per common share:






Basic

$               (0.12)

$             0.37


$             (0.13)

$              0.49

Diluted

$               (0.12)

$             0.35


$             (0.13)

$              0.47







Weighted average common shares outstanding:






Basic

5,555

5,493


5,546

5,493

Diluted

5,555

5,820


5,546

5,801













Net income (loss)

$                (551)

$           2,076


$                (628)

$            2,813

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:






Effect of foreign currency translation adjustments

(71)

17


(11)

85

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

(71)

17


(11)

85

Comprehensive income (loss)

(622)

2,093


(639)

2,898

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest

(90)

(48)


(79)

(111)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$                (712)

$           2,045


$                (718)

$            2,787







 

SOURCE Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.



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