Pro-Dex, Inc. Announces Fiscal Third Quarter And Nine-Month Results Company Enters Into Agreement To Sell Its Carson City, Nevada Property

IRVINE, Calif., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PRO-DEX, INC. (NasdaqCM: PDEX) today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2013.

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Quarter Ended March 31, 2013

Sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 decreased 33% to $3.1 million from $4.5 million for the corresponding quarter in 2012.  This decrease was primarily the result of previously disclosed reductions in purchases of the Company's powered surgical instrument products by its former largest customer, partially offset by increases in surgical instrument sales to other customers.  Excluding sales to the Company's former largest customer, which represented a reduction of $1.7 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2013 from the corresponding quarter in 2012, surgical instrument sales increased $310,000, or 19%, in the quarter ended March 31, 2013 compared to the same quarter in 2012, nearly all of which arose from increased sales to the Company's current largest customer.

Gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $883,000, or 29%, compared to gross profit of $1.2 million, or 27%, for the year-ago period.  This increase in gross profit as a percentage of sales was due primarily to improvements in manufacturing efficiencies, partially offset by increased warranty accruals related to product mix. 

Operating expenses (which include selling, general and administrative, and research and development expenses) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 decreased 13% to $1.7 million from $1.9 million in the prior year's corresponding quarter.  Included in operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 were (a) $167,000 of payments made to our former Chief Executive Officer in connection with his separation of employment from the Company during the quarter, and (b) $135,000 of costs associated with the contested election of directors that culminated during the quarter.  Included in operating expenses for the 2012 quarter were separation costs related to a previous Chief Executive Officer's resignation amounting to $339,000.

Loss from continuing operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $765,000, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $547,000 in the corresponding quarter in 2012.  Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $747,000, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $487,000, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the corresponding quarter in 2012.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2013, the Company used $490,000 of cash in operating activities.  This use of cash reflects primarily the aforementioned separation payments and the proxy contest costs.

Nine Months Ended March 31, 2013

Sales for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 decreased 30% to $9.5 million from $13.6 million in the corresponding nine-month period in 2012.  Excluding sales to the Company's former largest customer, which represented a reduction of $5.5 million in the nine months ended March 31, 2013 from the corresponding period in 2012, sales of surgical instruments increased $1.3 million, or 30%, in the nine months ended March 31, 2013 when compared to the 2012 period, 62% of which arose from increased sales to the Company's current largest customer.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2013, gross profit was $3.2 million, or 33%, compared to $4.6 million and 34%, respectively, for the corresponding period in 2012. This decrease in gross profit as a percentage of sales resulted primarily from unfavorable changes in product mix, partially offset by a reduction in warranty costs.

Operating expenses for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 decreased 17% to $4.4 million, from $5.2 million in the corresponding nine-month period of 2012. Comprising this decrease were planned, Company-wide expense reductions of $538,000, compensation reductions of $187,000, lower separation costs in 2013, relative to 2012, of $172,000, and $155,000 attributable to the utilization of engineering resources in contractual revenue-producing activities in 2013. Partially offsetting these expense decreases were costs of $177,000 incurred during the nine months ended March 31, 2013 that were associated with the contested election of directors.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2013, loss from continuing operations was $1.2 million, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $529,000 for the corresponding period in 2012.  Net loss for the 2013 nine-month period was $1.1 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $332,000, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in 2012.

During the nine months ended March 31, 2013, the Company used $1.3 million of cash in operating activities.  This use of cash reflects primarily a build-up of inventory, amounting to $955,000, to fulfill firm customer purchase orders and build stock in order to shorten lead times, combined with the payments of (a) $167,000 to our former Chief Executive Officer in connection with his separation of employment from the Company and (b) $177,000 of costs in connection with the contested election of directors. In addition, as announced previously, in September 2012 the Company repaid the entire outstanding balance on its term loan from Union Bank amounting to $685,000.  As a result of the foregoing, cash on hand at March 31, 2013 was $2.0 million, compared to $4.1million at June 30, 2012.

CEO Comments

Harold A. ("Hal") Hurwitz, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The results of the quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2013 require a look beneath the surface to understand our continued progress in key strategic areas.  The first of these areas is cost management.  The unusual costs we incurred in connection with the contested election of directors and the separation of employment from the Company of our former Chief Executive Officer aggregated 40% of our net loss for the three months, and 31% of our net loss for the nine months, ended March 31, 2013. 

"Without consideration of these unusual costs," Mr. Hurwitz continued, "we reduced operating expenses by $218,000, or 14%, in the three months ended March 31, 2013 from the corresponding quarter in 2012, and by $875,000, or 18%, in the nine months ended March 31, 2013 from the 2012 nine-month period. Looking forward, we continue to identify cost reduction opportunities.  The combination of my position as Chief Financial Officer with my new position as Chief Executive Officer reduces annualized compensation costs to the Company of approximately $260,000; the voluntary reduction of cash and equity-based compensation by members of our Board, after giving effect to an amended non-employee Board member compensation policy approved by our Board earlier this month, is expected to result in an estimated annualized expense reduction of approximately $140,000 when compared to what the Company's Board compensation expense would have been under the Board composition and compensation policies of one year ago; and the recently announced promotion of Rick Van Kirk to Chief Operating Officer provides Pro-Dex with an operationally experienced senior leader ideally positioned to direct our continued cost reduction program.

"Our gross margins improved to 29% in the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to 27% in last year's corresponding quarter.  For the nine-month period ended March 31, 2013, gross margin was relatively unchanged at 33%, compared to 34% in the year-earlier period.  I believe these results are noteworthy in light of the significantly reduced revenue from our former largest customer, and attest to our efforts in right-sizing our manufacturing cost structure as we work on rebuilding our revenue base.

"Our efforts in increasing our presence in target markets are showing results.  We are working on several new projects, currently in the non-recurring engineering phase, that derive from our Pro-Driver™ platform and represent our entry into the next-generation platform for powered surgical instruments.  In addition, we are in either discussions or the proposal phase for additional next-generation projects. It is not unusual for our sales cycle, even when successful, to span a twelve to eighteen month period, and the initial engineering phases for new projects may consume an equally lengthy period.  As a result, it is likely we will not see meaningful manufacturing revenues from our current projects until late in the current calendar year, or in early 2014.  That said, we are enjoying year-over-year increases in sales of our surgical instruments to existing customers and, while unable to assure successful results, are working hard to maintain this trend."

Agreement to Sell the Carson City, Nevada Property

On April 22, 2013, the Company entered into a Purchase Agreement with Aesthetic and Reconstructive Technologies, Inc., which provides for Aesthetic's purchase of the land and building owned by the Company in Carson City, Nevada for a purchase price of $980,000.  This property formerly housed the Company's fractional horsepower motor product line doing business as Pro-Dex Astromec, which was sold to SL Montevideo Technology, Inc. in February 2012.  Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, completion of the sale must take place by July 8, 2013, and is contingent on the following conditions, the satisfaction of which cannot be assured: (a) completion by the buyer of its due diligence review of the property, as defined in the Purchase Agreement, by June 21, 2013, and (b) the buyer's ability to obtain financing from a loan guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Board Chairman Comments

Nick Swenson, the Company's Chairman, commented, "The culmination of the proxy contest, which changed a majority of the board on January 22, 2013, led to the immediate reduction of board member compensation, the appointment of Hal Hurwitz in the dual role of CEO/CFO on February 25, 2013, and the implementation of a plan to make Pro-Dex better and stronger.

"While the former board chose to engage us in a proxy contest rather than to make changes we considered necessary for the good of Pro-Dex, and we believe that Pro-Dex's shareholders are better off with today's board, we very much regret the $177,000 that the then-incumbent board spent on the proxy contest. The shareholder-nominated slate won two votes for every one vote won by the former board.  We believe this result was obvious very early in the contest, yet spending by that former board did not slow.

"We believe that the recently announced promotion of Rick Van Kirk to Chief Operating Officer will result in the sensible application of productivity measurement disciplines (common in manufacturing) into other areas of the Pro-Dex cost structure. We are trying hard to increase the efficiency of the cost structure and lower the Company's working capital requirements.

"A key addition to the management team in March 2013 was Siddharth Desai, Vice President of Engineering.  Sid's leadership, energy and know-how have already begun a transition of our research and development efforts into a high-performance zone.

"The sale of the Carson City property is a priority for the Board, and we look forward to the anticipated completion of this transaction at a sales price above our carrying value for the property.

"Recently, the board formed a committee focused on capital allocation to create a framework that helps the Board determine the excess capital available to Pro-Dex, evaluate possible internal and external re-investment opportunities, and direct that excess capital to what the committee will evaluate to be projects that have an acceptable risk/return relationship. We believe that the excess capital investment function, often poorly developed at companies, is one of the keys to long-term corporate health and, therefore, stock performance."

Teleconference Information:

Investors and analysts are invited to listen to a broadcast review of the Company's fiscal 2013 third quarter and nine-month financial results today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) that may be accessed by visiting the Company's website at www.pro-dex.com.  The conference call may also be accessed at www.InvestorCalendar.com. Investors and analysts who would like to participate in the conference call may do so via telephone at (877) 407-8033, or at (201) 689-8033 if calling from outside the U.S. or Canada.

For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call until midnight (Eastern Time) on May 27, 2013 by calling (877) 660-6853, or (201) 612-7415 if calling from outside the U.S. or Canada, and then entering conference I.D. number 414434.  An online archive of the broadcast will be available on the Company's website www.pro-dex.com for a period of 365 days.

About Pro-Dex, Inc.:

Pro-Dex, Inc., with operations in California and Oregon, specializes in the design, development and manufacture of powered rotary drive surgical and dental instruments used primarily in the orthopedic, spine, maxocranial facial and dental markets.  Its OMS division designs and manufactures embedded motion control systems serving the medical, dental, semi-conductor and scientific research markets. Pro-Dex's products are found in hospitals, dental offices, medical engineering labs, scientific research facilities and high tech manufacturing operations around the world. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.pro-dex.com.

Statements herein concerning the Company's plans, growth and strategies may include 'forward-looking statements' within the context of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding the Company's future events, developments and future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those suggested as a result of various factors. Interested parties should refer to the disclosure concerning the operational and business concerns of the Company set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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PRO-DEX, INC. and SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)





March 31, 2013

June 30, 2012

ASSETS



Current assets:



Cash

$         2,039,000

$    4,112,000

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $21,000 at March 31, 2013 and $16,000 at June 30, 2012

1,577,000

1,581,000

Other current receivables

36,000

123,000

Inventories

3,746,000

2,791,000

Prepaid expenses

207,000

172,000

Income taxes receivable

564,000

609,000

Deferred income taxes

109,000

109,000




Total current assets

8,278,000

9,497,000

Property, plant, equipment and leasehold improvements, net

2,187,000

2,539,000

Real estate held for sale

733,000

733,000

Other assets

53,000

53,000




Total assets

$       11,251,000

$  12,822,000




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Accounts payable

$            981,000

$       633,000

Accrued expenses

1,218,000

1,425,000

Income taxes payable

48,000

47,000

Bank term loan

774,000

Capital leases

5,000




Total current liabilities

2,252,000

2,879,000




Non-current liabilities:



Deferred income taxes

109,000

109,000

Deferred rent

277,000

284,000

Capital leases

17,000




Total non-current liabilities

403,000

393,000




Total liabilities

2,655,000

3,272,000




Commitments and contingencies



Shareholders' equity:



Common shares; no par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 3,340,684 and 3,272,350 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2012, respectively

17,004,000

16,846,000

Accumulated deficit

(8,408,000)

(7,296,000)




Total shareholders' equity

8,596,000

9,550,000




Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$       11,251,000

$  12,822,000




 

PRO-DEX, INC. and SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)



For The Three Months Ended March 31,


2013

2012

Net sales

$         3,060,000

$      4,539,000

Cost of sales

2,177,000

3,336,000




Gross profit

883,000

1,203,000




Operating expenses:



Selling expenses

311,000

450,000

General and administrative expenses

853,000

973,000

Research and development costs

490,000

486,000




Total operating expenses

1,654,000

1,909,000




Loss from continuing operations before items below

(771,000)

(706,000)




Other expense:



Interest expense

(2,000)

(8,000)




Total other expense

(2,000)

(8,000)




Loss from continuing operations before benefit from income taxes

(773,000)

(714,000)

Benefit from income taxes

(8,000)

(167,000)




Loss from continuing operations

(765,000)

(547,000)

Income from discontinued operations, net of provision for income taxes of $14,000 in 2013 and benefit from income taxes of $269,000 in 2012

18,000

60,000




Net loss

$          (747,000)

$        (487,000)




Per share data (basic and diluted):



Loss from continuing operations

$                (0.23)

$              (0.17)

Income from discontinued operations

$                 0.01

$               0.02

Net loss

$                (0.22)

$              (0.15)

Weighted average shares outstanding

3,340,684

3,272,350


 

PRO-DEX, INC. and SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)




For The Nine Months Ended March 31,


2013

2012

Net sales

$      9,527,000

$    13,601,000

Cost of sales

6,376,000

9,043,000




Gross profit

3,151,000

4,558,000




Operating expenses:



Selling expenses

907,000

1,192,000

General and administrative expenses

2,087,000

2,477,000

Research and development costs

1,360,000

1,555,000




Total operating expenses

4,354,000

5,224,000




Loss from continuing operations before items below

(1,203,000)

(666,000)




Other expense:



Interest expense

(8,000)

(28,000)




Total other expense

(8,000)

(28,000)




Loss from continuing operations before benefit from

income taxes

(1,211,000)

(694,000)

Benefit from income taxes

(27,000)

(165,000)




Loss from continuing operations

(1,184,000)

(529,000)

Income from discontinued operations, net of provision for income taxes of $39,000 in 2013 and benefit from income taxes of $269,000 in 2012

72,000

197,000




Net loss

$     (1,112,000)

$      (332,000)




Per share data (basic and diluted):



Loss from continuing operations

$              (0.36)

$            (0.16)

Income from discontinued operations

$               0.02

$               0.06

Net loss

$              (0.34)

$            (0.10)

Weighted average shares outstanding

3,312,946

3,272,350




 

PRO-DEX, INC. and SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)





For The Nine Months Ended March 31,


2013

2012

Cash flows from operating activities:



Net loss

$      (1,112,000)

$        (332,000)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:



Depreciation and amortization

443,000

493,000

Allowance for doubtful accounts

5,000

7,000

Share-based compensation

107,000

73,000

Changes in:



Accounts receivable and other current receivables

86,000

817,000

Inventories

(955,000)

644,000

Prepaid expenses

(35,000)

(48,000)

Other assets

8,000

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

134,000

(555,000)

Income taxes receivable and payable

46,000

(486,000)




Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(1,281,000)

621,000




Cash flows from investing activities:



Purchases of equipment

(68,000)

(246,000)

Proceeds from sale of equipment

83,000




Net cash used in investing activities

(68,000)

(163,000)




Cash flows from financing activities:



Proceeds from exercise of stock options

50,000

Principal payments on term loan

(774,000)

(268,000)




Net cash used in financing activities

(724,000)

(268,000)




Net increase (decrease) in cash

(2,073,000)

190,000

Cash, beginning of period

4,112,000

4,689,000




Cash, end of period

$       2,039,000

$       4,879,000




Supplemental Information



Cash payments for interest

$            10,000

$            25,000

Cash payments for income taxes

$              5,000

$            54,000

Supplemental Non-Cash Information



In February 2013 the Company entered into a capital lease agreement for the acquisition of equipment having a cost of $22,000.

 

SOURCE Pro-Dex, Inc.



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