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Appliance Recycling Centers of America Reports Third Quarter Earnings

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCI), a leading provider of appliance retailing and recycling services, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 28, 2013. Revenues for the quarter were $33.5 million, up 17% over last year due mainly to increased appliance replacement program activity for energy efficiency programs. During the quarter, one client accelerated its 2014 appliance replacement program into 2013, adding $3.8 million to third quarter revenues. Net earnings for the third quarter were $1.1 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, reported during the same period last year.

Improved third quarter earnings were mainly the result of the increased appliance replacement program revenues generated in the Company's appliance recycling business unit, improved performance in the ARCA Advanced Processing (AAP) appliance recycling joint venture, and reduced retail store operating expenses and advertising.

For the nine months ended September 28, 2013, total revenues increased 10% to $96.2 million, compared with revenues of $87.7 million for the same period in the prior year. Overall, the Company reported year-to-date net income of $2.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the nine-month period ended September 29, 2012.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • The Company renegotiated its line of credit agreement with PNC Bank, lowering its interest rate.
  • The Company announced a plan to relocate its recycling business-related customer service function from California to Minnesota by December 1, recording a $30,000 restructuring charge accordingly.
  • After the third quarter ended, the Company and AAP collectively received $0.5 million in cash related to the issuance and sale of carbon offsets in the California Cap-and-Trade Program, which will favorably impact the fourth quarter pre-tax earnings by the same amount.

"We're pleased with our third quarter results, especially considering the significant operational and financial challenges we faced the past year," commented Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, president and chief executive officer of ARCA, Inc. "At the same time, we remain cautious since our business relies significantly on winning contracts, fluctuating market prices for materials recovered in our appliance recycling efforts, and a highly competitive retail appliance market."

Retail Appliance Sales

ApplianceSmart sales of $17.0 million for the third quarter declined $0.3 million, or 2%, compared with the same period of 2012. The decline was due mainly to the effect of store closures. Same-store sales increased $0.8 million or 5%. The combination of a 100-basis-point improvement in gross margin and lower operating expenses improved operating income by $0.8 million compared with the third quarter of 2012.

Brad Bremer, president of ApplianceSmart, commented, "Competition from national chains such as The Home Depot, Lowes and others remains strong. At the same time, consumer purchasing behavior is affected by lingering uncertainty about the economy and governmental policy." Bremer added, "Despite these factors, I'm pleased we grew ApplianceSmart's profitability this quarter through the same store sales increase, lower store operating costs and a better product mix."

Recycling Revenues

Recycling revenues, which consist of appliance recycling fees and appliance replacement revenues, increased $4.8 million, or 68%, to $11.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Appliance replacement revenues increased $5.2 million, while appliance recycling fees declined $0.4 million. Sales of appliance replacement units in the third quarter of 2013 approximately tripled from the same period last year, due mainly to one utility's desire to accelerate appliance installations  into its 2013 program year.

Mark Eisenschenk, president of ARCA Recycling, Inc. and chief operating officer of ARCA, said, "ApplianceSmart's manufacturer relationships and product familiarity enable us to offer responsive, cost-effective solutions for appliance replacement programs." He added, "It's noteworthy that appliance replacement program revenues, which were significant to the third quarter's revenue and earnings, are not predictable. However, we are confident in our ability to competitively bid on new replacement programs and maintain current programs as integral elements of our business strategy moving forward."

Byproduct Revenues

The Company's byproduct revenues, excluding AAP, remained flat at $1.4 million compared with the third quarter of 2012. The Company's overall increase in recycling volumes was offset by a 16% decline in scrap metal revenues per unit compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Revenues from the AAP joint venture in Philadelphia, reported in byproduct revenues, increased $0.6 million, or 20%, to $3.0 million, compared with $2.5 million in the third quarter of 2012. The improvement was due mainly to higher scrap volumes. AAP's gross margin improved to 27% compared with 5% in the same period of 2012 as a result of a reduction in the cost of appliance purchases under contract and increased labor efficiencies. AAP's operating income for the third quarter was $331,000 compared with an operating loss of $311,000 during the same period of 2012. The improvements in gross margin and operating income were primarily the result of higher volumes and lower acquisition costs per gross ton of recyclable appliances compared with the third quarter of 2012, partially offset by higher maintenance and depreciation expense related to the material recovery systems.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash and cash equivalents were $2.1 million as of September 28, 2013, compared with $3.2 million as of December 29, 2012. As of September 28, 2013, the Company had excess available borrowing capacity under its revolving line of credit of $6.8 million compared with $2.5 million as of December 29, 2012. Net working capital of $8.9 million increased $1.3 million as of September 28, 2013, compared with net working capital of $7.6 million as of December 29, 2012, 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, November 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. CST. To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number ten minutes prior to the scheduled time: 800-406-5162. 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)



September 28,

2013

December 29,

2012

ASSETS

(unaudited)


Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$              2,131

$            3,174

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $10 and $8, respectively

10,796

6,256

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

15,249

17,274

Income taxes receivable

263

522

Other current assets

1,473

1,332

Total current assets

29,912

28,558

Property and equipment, net

11,686

12,248

Restricted cash

500

Other assets

976

973

Deferred income taxes

24

25

Total assets (a)

$            43,098

$          41,804




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Accounts payable

$              7,277

$            4,957

Accrued expenses

5,328

4,310

Line of credit

6,823

10,559

Current maturities of long-term obligations

1,217

955

Income taxes payable

229

Deferred income tax liabilities

146

146

Total current liabilities

21,020

20,927




Long-term obligations, less current maturities

5,706

6,357

Deferred gain, net of current portion

-

365

Deferred income tax liabilities

921

921

Total liabilities (a)

27,647

28,570




Commitments and contingencies




Shareholders' equity:



Common Stock, no par value; 10,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding: 5,571 shares and 5,556 shares, respectively

20,773

20,577

Accumulated deficit

(6,563)

(8,649)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(386)

(290)

Total shareholders' equity

13,824

11,638

Noncontrolling interest

1,627

1,596


15,451

13,234

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$            43,098

$          41,804


(a)

Assets of ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC (AAP), ARCA's consolidated variable interest entity (VIE), which can only be used to settle obligations of AAP were $9,856 and $10,045 as of September 28, 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 $2,140 and $1,948 as of September 28, 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


Nine Months Ended


September 28,

2013

September 29,

2012


September 28,

2013

September 29,

2012

Revenues:






   Retail

$             17,018

$             17,286


$           52,878

$            56,006

   Recycling

11,823

7,025


30,383

18,435

   Byproduct

4,697

4,417


12,974

13,274

Total revenues

33,538

28,728


96,235

87,715







Costs of revenues

24,445

21,634


70,737

64,740

Gross profit

9,093

7,094


25,498

22,975

Selling, general and administrative expenses

7,291

7,828


22,071

23,818

Operating income (loss)

1,802

(734)


3,427

(843)







Other income (expense):






   Interest expense, net

(320)

(299)


(925)

(832)

   Other income (expense), net

7

(13)


(13)

(22)

Income (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interest

1,489

(1,046)


2,489

(1,697)

Provision for income taxes

227

113


372

90

Net income (loss)

1,262

(1,159)


2,117

(1,787)

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

(128)

77


(31)

(2)

Net income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$              1,134

$             (1,082)


$             2,086

$             (1,789)







Income (loss) per common share:






Basic

$                 0.20

$               (0.19)


$               0.38

$               (0.32)

Diluted

$                 0.20

$               (0.19)


$               0.36

$               (0.32)







Weighted average common shares outstanding:






Basic

5,564

5,556


5,559

5,549

Diluted

5,777

5,556


5,723

5,549













Net income (loss)

$              1,262

$             (1,159)


$             2,117

$             (1,787)

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:






Effect of foreign currency translation adjustments

40

120


(96)

109

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

40

120


(96)

109

Comprehensive income (loss)

1,302

(1,039)


2,021

(1,678)

Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest

(128)

77


(31)

(2)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$1,174

$                (962)


$             1,990

$             (1,680)







 

SOURCE Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.



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