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Appliance Recycling Centers of America Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCI), a leading provider of appliance retailing and recycling services, today reported operating results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2013.

Second quarter summary:

  • Increased total revenues by 9.2% to $32.3 million compared with $29.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Grew total revenues through a 160% increase in appliance replacement program revenues partially offset by a 6% decline in retail revenues and a 9% decline in ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC (AAP) revenues.
  • Generated consolidated net income of $0.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared with a consolidated net loss of $(0.6) million, or $(0.12) per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Recorded a favorable $0.4 million adjustment to the inventory reserve at ApplianceSmart®.
  • Closed one underperforming ApplianceSmart store in the Minnesota market, ending the quarter with 18 stores compared with 21 stores at the end of the second quarter of 2012.
  • Restructured and relocated the call center supporting utility contracts, moving it from California to Minnesota.
  • Appointed Mark Eisenschenk to chief operating officer of the Company and president of ARCA Recycling, Inc.

"We're pleased to build on last quarter's positive momentum with continued quarterly revenue growth—both sequentially and year-over-year," said Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, president and chief executive officer of ARCA, Inc. "The strength of our appliance replacement programs in particular demonstrates both their growing popularity with utilities and our business model's unique suitability to capitalize on this trend. 

"Across our Company, profitability improvements enabled us to comfortably satisfy the conditions of our credit agreement with PNC Bank, including the planned monthly EBITDA covenants," noted Cameron.

In regard to the Company's retail appliance business, ApplianceSmart same store sales for the second quarter of 2013 declined 3.9% compared with the same period of 2012. Contributing factors included increased competition from national chains with expanded inventory offerings and continued economic softness. Last month the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that appliance and electronics stores' sales decreased by 2.3% unadjusted year-over-year in June; the NRF cited "stagnantly high unemployment, higher taxes and lingering policy uncertainty." In the second quarter, ApplianceSmart total retail revenues decreased 6.1% to $17.8 million compared with the same period of 2012, resulting primarily from the decline in same-store sales and closure of three stores that were operating in the same period of 2012.

For the Company's appliance recycling business, recycling revenues, which are comprised of appliance recycling fees and appliance replacement program revenues, increased 67.0% to $10.3 million in the second quarter of 2013 from $6.1 million in the same period of 2012. Appliance replacement program revenues increased $4.4 million while appliance recycling fees declined $0.2 million. The Company reported a 134% increase in appliance replacement units and a 9% increase in overall recycling volumes compared with the second quarter of 2012. A strategic benefit of having more than one business line is that ARCA utilizes its manufacturer relationships with ApplianceSmart to provide cost-effective solutions to utilities sponsoring appliance replacement programs.

These programs are expected to expand nationally, as evidenced by a 2013 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy that concluded energy efficiency programs funded by utility customers are "poised for dramatic growth over the next 10 to 15 years." Averaging this study's three growth projections results in a 5% annual growth rate through 2025.

The Company's byproduct revenues, excluding AAP, remained flat at $1.5 million compared with the second quarter of 2012. The Company's overall increase in recycling volumes was offset by a decline in steel scrap prices.

Revenues from the AAP joint venture, reported in byproduct revenues, declined 8.9% to $2.7 million compared with $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decline was due to lower steel and nonferrous scrap prices. Overall gross tons received for processing increased 5.4% and average steel scrap prices declined 11.1% per gross ton compared with the second quarter of 2012. AAP's gross margin declined to 16.3% compared with 24.8% in the same period of 2012. AAP's operating loss for the second quarter was $(6,000) compared with operating income of $264,000 during the same period of 2012. The decline in gross margin and operating income was primarily the result of lower prices for steel and non-ferrous scrap and higher depreciation expense.

Overall gross profit as a percentage of total revenues decreased to 26.3% for the second quarter of 2013 compared with 26.9% during the same period of 2012. The decline in overall gross profit percentage resulted primarily from lower byproduct revenues and the decline in AAP's gross margin. These factors were partially offset by a 220 basis point improvement in ApplianceSmart's gross margin due primarily to the favorable inventory adjustment mentioned previously.

For the six months ended June 29, 2013, total revenues increased 6.3% to $62.7 million, compared with revenues of $59.0 million for the same period in the prior fiscal year. Overall, the Company reported consolidated net income of $1.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with a consolidated net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2012.

"At the halfway point of 2013, we've solidified our performance in many key areas while strengthening our corporate organization with the addition of Mark Eisenschenk as the Company's chief operating officer and the president of ARCA Recycling," Cameron concluded. "I believe we have the right organization, strategic partners and management team in place to capitalize on the growth opportunities before us."

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash and cash equivalents as of June 29, 2013, were $2.7 million, compared with $3.2 million as of December 29, 2012. As of June 29, 2013, the Company had $4.3 million of available borrowings under its revolving line of credit compared with $2.5 million as of December 29, 2012. Net working capital of $7.7 million increased $0.1 million as of June 29, 2013, compared with $7.6 million as of December 29, 2012. The increase was due primarily to a lower outstanding balance under the Company's revolving line of credit.

Conference Call Information

In conjunction with this release, Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. will host a conference call tomorrow, August 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number ten minutes prior to the scheduled time: 800-354-6885. 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 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 approximately 150 utilities in the U.S. and Canada. Eighteen 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 29,

2013

December 29,

2012

ASSETS

(unaudited)


Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$            2,659

$            3,174

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $50 and $8, respectively

9,337

6,256

Inventories, net of reserves of $149 and $682, respectively

14,040

17,274

Income taxes receivable

511

522

Other current assets

1,301

1,332

Total current assets

27,848

28,558

Property and equipment, net

11,728

12,248

Restricted cash

500

Other assets

1,033

973

Deferred income taxes

24

25

Total assets (a)

$          41,133

$          41,804




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Accounts payable

$            5,912

$            4,957

Accrued expenses

4,727

4,310

Line of credit

8,058

10,559

Current maturities of long-term obligations

1,204

955

Income taxes payable

91

Deferred income tax liabilities

146

146

Total current liabilities

20,138

20,927




Long-term obligations, less current maturities

5,940

6,357

Deferred gain, net of current portion

122

365

Deferred income tax liabilities

921

921

Total liabilities (a)

27,121

28,570




Commitments and contingencies




Shareholders' equity:



Common Stock, no par value; 10,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding:

 5,556 shares at both periods

20,636

20,577

Accumulated deficit

(7,697)

(8,649)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(426)

(290)

Total shareholders' equity

12,513

11,638

Noncontrolling interest

1,499

1,596


14,012

13,234

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$          41,133

$          41,804




(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 $9,793 and $10,045 as of June 29, 2013, and December 29, 2012, respectively. Liabilities of AAP for which creditors do not have recourse to the general credit of Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. were $2,216 and $1,948 as of June 29, 2013, and December 29, 2012, 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 29,

2013

June 30,

2012


June 29,

2013

June 30,

2012

Revenues:






   Retail

$          17,801

$          18,964


$          35,860

$          38,720

   Recycling

10,260

6,145


18,560

11,410

   Byproduct

4,212

4,434


8,277

8,857

Total revenues

32,273

29,543


62,697

58,987







Costs of revenues

23,778

21,606


46,292

43,106

Gross profit

8,495

7,937


16,405

15,881

Selling, general and administrative expenses

7,295

8,130


14,780

15,990

Operating income (loss)

1,200

(193)


1,625

(109)







Other expense:






   Interest expense, net

(322)

(279)


(605)

(533)

   Other expense, net

(7)

(25)


(20)

(9)

Income (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interest

871

(497)


1,000

(651)

Provision for (benefit of) income taxes

145

54


145

(23)

Net income (loss)

726

(551)


855

(628)

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

42

(90)


97

(79)

Net income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$               768

$              (641)


$               952

$              (707)







Income (loss) per common share:






Basic

$              0.14

$             (0.12)


$              0.17

$             (0.13)

Diluted

$              0.13

$             (0.12)


$              0.17

$             (0.13)







Weighted average common shares outstanding:






Basic

5,556

5,555


5,556

5,546

Diluted

5,709

5,555


5,696

5,546













Net income (loss)

$               726

$              (551)


$               855

$              (628)

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:






Effect of foreign currency translation adjustments

(78)

(71)


(136)

(11)

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

(78)

(71)


(136)

(11)

Comprehensive income (loss)

648

(622)


719

(639)

Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest

42

(90)


97

(79)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$               690

$              (712)


$               816

$              (718)







 

SOURCE Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.



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