U.S. Auto parts Network, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

- Net sales $87.0 million.

- Adjusted EBITDA $6.7 million.

- Gross margin 35.0%.

02 May, 2011, 16:29 ET from U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.

CARSON, Calif., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), one of the largest online providers of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, today reported net sales for the first quarter ended April 2, 2011 of $87.0 million compared with Q1 2010  net sales of $56.3 million. Excluding $23.2 million of revenues from the acquisition of J.C. Whitney, net sales were $63.8 million, an increase of 13.3% over Q1 2010 net sales. Q1 2011 net loss was $0.2 million or $0.01 per share, compared with Q1 2010 net income of $1.5 million or $0.05 per diluted share. Q1 2011's net loss includes a net loss of $3.2 million or $0.10 per diluted share related to JC Whitney of which $1.2 million of the loss, net of tax was attributable to restructuring and acquisition expenses.  The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $6.7 million for the quarter compared to $6.1 million for Q1 2010. Excluding J.C. Whitney's Adjusted EBITDA of $0.2 million and related $0.8 million of restructuring and acquisition expenses as well as $0.1 million of legal fees to protect intellectual property; Adjusted EBITDA was $6.5 million, an increase of 6.5% over Q1 2010. For further information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), see non-GAAP Financial Measures below.

"We are extremely pleased to report the company's strongest ever quarterly Adjusted EBITDA results, especially given the aggressive rate of investment we make in the business.  Our earnings performance metrics are really starting to show good results," stated Shane Evangelist. "For example, our legacy business produced $6.5mm in Adjusted EBITDA and a 10% Adjusted EBITDA margin flow through. While I'd like our growth rate to match or exceed the growth rate results of previous quarters, I expect that over the long-term it will."

Q1 2011 Financial Highlights

  • Net sales for Q1 2011 increased by 54.5% from Q1 2010. Excluding the acquisition of JC Whitney, Q1 2011 net sales increased 13.3% from a 18.5% increase in e-commerce sales and an 11.4% increase in offline sales partially offset by a 13.7% decline in on-line marketplace sales. The increase in e-commerce sales resulted from a 10.8% improvement in conversion, 8.0% growth in unique visitors and a 3.0% increase in revenue capture, partially offset by a 3.3% decline in average order value.
  • Gross profit for Q1 2011 increased 53.6% from Q1 2010. Excluding the acquisition of JC Whitney, gross profit was $22.0 million, an increase of 11.3%. Gross margin decreased 0.2% to 35.0% of net sales compared with Q1 prior year. Excluding the acquisition of JC Whitney, gross margin was 34.6% down from 35.2% in Q1 2010 but up from 33.4% in Q4 2010. Gross margin was unfavorably impacted by a mix shift from body to engine parts partially offset by price increases in both body and engine parts.
  • Online advertising expense, which includes catalog costs, was $7.1 million or 8.9% of Internet and catalog net sales for the first quarter of 2011. Excluding JC Whitney, online advertising expense was 6.6% of Internet net sales, up 0.2% from the prior year due to higher online marketplace costs. Marketing expense, excluding advertising expense, was $6.5 million or 7.4% of net sales for the first quarter of 2011 compared to 7.0% in the prior year period. Excluding JC Whitney, marketing expense without advertising was $4.5 million or 7.1% of Q1 2011 net sales, up 0.2% from the prior year. The increase is primarily due to higher amortization from software deployments this year and additional marketing services.
  • General and administrative expense was $8.2 million or 9.5% of net sales for the first quarter 2011 which includes $1.2 million of integration expenses for Whitney. Excluding the acquisition of JC Whitney, Q1 2011 G&A expense was $5.3 million or 8.3% of net sales, down 1.9% from Q1 2011. This decrease reflects fixed cost leverage from higher sales.
  • Fulfillment expense was $5.0 million or 5.8% of net sales in the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the acquisition of JC Whitney, Q1 2011 fulfillment expense was 6.1% of net sales, up from 5.8% last year. The increase is primarily due to higher depreciation and amortization expense.
  • Technology expense was $1.9 million or 2.2% of net sales in the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the acquisition of JC Whitney, technology expense for Q1 2011 was 2.0% of net sales, up 0.2% reflecting higher telephone and web hosting expenses from sales growth..
  • Capital expenditures, inclusive of non-cash accrued asset purchases and property acquired under capital leases for the first quarter of 2011 were $3.7 million, of which $0.6 million consisted of JC Whitney expenditures. Included in capital expenditures were $1.0 million of internally developed software and website development costs.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments were $24.1 million and debt was $22.0 million at April 2, 2011. The Company includes $4.1 million of auction rate preferred securities in long-term assets, in investments. Cash, cash equivalents and investments increased by $1.3 million over the previous quarter from $6.8 million in operating cash flow, partially offset by $3.7 million of capital expenditures and $2.0 million pay down of long-term debt.

Q1 2011 Operating Metrics

Consolidated

Q1 2011

Q1 2010

Q4 2010

Conversion Rate

1.71%

1.48%

1.73%

Customer Acquisition Cost

$9.63

$6.13

$10.73

Marketing Spend (% Internet Sales)

8.9%

6.4%

9.5%

Visitors (millions)(1)

41.1

28.6

37.4

Orders (thousands)

702

423

650

Revenue Capture (% Sales)(2)

85.9%

84.1%

85.0%

Average Order Value

$125

$119

$122

US Auto Parts excluding JC Whitney

Q1 2011

Q1 2010

Q4 2010

Conversion Rate

1.64%

1.48%

1.59%

Customer Acquisition Cost

$5.95

$6.13

$6.56

Marketing Spend (% Internet Sales)

6.6%

6.4%

7.2%

Visitors (millions)(1)

30.9

28.6

28.3

Orders (thousands)

507

423

451

Revenue Capture (% Sales)(2)

87.2%

84.1%

86.1%

Average Order Value

$115

$119

$112

(1)

Visitors do not include traffic from media properties (e.g. AutoMD).

(2)

Revenue capture is the amount of actual dollars retained after taking into consideration returns, credit card declines and product fulfillment.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," and other provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, define and prescribe the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. We provide "Adjusted EBITDA," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income before (a) interest income (expense), net; (b) income tax provision (benefit); (c) amortization of intangibles; (d) depreciation and amortization; (e) share-based compensation expense; (f) legal cost to enforce intellectual property rights and (g) restructuring costs related to the JCW acquisition.

The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors. This non-GAAP financial measure reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's business and results of operations.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of the Company's operating performance because it assists in comparing the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of items not directly resulting from core operations. Internally, this non-GAAP measure is also used by management for planning purposes, including the preparation of internal budgets; for allocating resources to enhance financial performance; for evaluating the effectiveness of operational strategies; and for evaluating the Company's capacity to fund capital expenditures and expand its business. The Company also believes that analysts and investors use adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies in our industry. Additionally, lenders or potential lenders use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the Company's ability to repay loans.

This non-GAAP financial measure is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review the Company's consolidated financial statements in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. In addition, the Company expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from the Company's non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

The tables below reconcile net income (loss) to consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and US Auto Parts excluding the JC Whitney acquisition for the periods presented (in thousands):

Consolidated

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 2, 2011

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 3, 2010

Net (loss) income

$

(245)

$

1,547

Interest (expense) income, net

264

(22)

Income tax provision

18

950

Amortization of intangibles

1,627

121

Depreciation and amortization

3,003

1,985

EBITDA

4,667

4,581

Share-based compensation

681

860

Legal costs to enforce intellectual property rights

71

639

Add back Legal Restructuring

22

-

Add back Other Restructuring

1,211

-

Adjusted EBITDA

$

6,652

$

6,080

U.S. Auto Parts, Excluding JC Whitney

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 2, 2011

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 3, 2010

Net income

$

2,915

$

1,547

Interest (expense) income, net

266

(22)

Income tax provision

18

950

Amortization of intangibles

124

121

Depreciation and amortization

2,391

1,985

EBITDA

5,714

4,581

Share-based compensation

681

860

Legal costs to enforce intellectual property rights

71

639

Adjusted EBITDA

$

6,466

$

6,080

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss the results today, Monday, May 2, 2011, at 2:00 pm Pacific Time (5:00 pm Eastern Time). The conference call will be conducted by Shane Evangelist, Chief Executive Officer and Ted Sanders, Chief Financial Officer. Participants may access the call by dialing 1-877-941-4776 (domestic) or 1-480-629-9762 (international). In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.usautoparts.net where the call will be archived for two weeks. A telephone replay will be available through May 16, 2011. To access the replay, please dial 1-877-870-5176 (domestic) or 1-858-384-5517 (international), passcode 4432133. To view the press release or the financial or other statistical information required by SEC Regulation G, please visit the Investor Relations section of the U.S. Auto Parts website at investor.usautoparts.net.

About U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.

Established in 1995, U.S. Auto Parts is a leading online provider of automotive aftermarket parts, including body parts, engine parts, performance parts and accessories. Through the Company's network of websites, U.S. Auto Parts provides individual consumers with a broad selection of competitively priced products that are mapped by a proprietary product database to product applications based on vehicle makes, models and years. U.S. Auto Parts' flagship websites are located at www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com, www.partstrain.com and www.AutoMD.com and the Company's corporate website is located at www.usautoparts.net.

U.S. Auto Parts is headquartered in Carson, California.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements which are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business and its industry, as well as certain assumptions made by the Company. These statements are forward looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Words such as "anticipates," "could," "expects," "intends," "plans," "potential," "believes," "predicts," "projects," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "would," "will likely continue" and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's expectations regarding its future operating results and financial condition, impact of changes in our key operating metrics, our potential growth, our liquidity requirements, and the status of our auction rate preferred securities. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.

Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to integrate and achieve efficiencies of acquisitions, economic downturn that could adversely impact retail sales; marketplace illiquidity; demand for the Company's products; increases in commodity and component pricing that would increase the Company's per unit cost and reduce margins; the competitive and volatile environment in the Company's industry; the Company's ability to expand and price its product offerings, control costs and expenses, and provide superior customer service; the mix of products sold by the Company; the effect and timing of technological changes and the Company's ability to integrate such changes and maintain, update and expand its infrastructure and improve its unified product catalog; the Company's ability to improve customer satisfaction and retain, recruit and hire key executives, technical personnel and other employees in the positions and numbers, with the experience and capabilities, and at the compensation levels needed to implement the Company's business plans both domestically and internationally; the Company's cash needs, including requirements to amortize debt; regulatory restrictions that could limit the products sold in a particular market or the cost to produce, store or ship the Company's products; any changes in the search algorithms by leading Internet search companies; the Company's need to assess impairment of intangible assets and goodwill; and the Company's ability to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and maintain an adequate system of internal controls; any remediation costs or other factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the Risk Factors contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are available at www.usautoparts.net and the SEC's website at www.sec.govYou are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements in this release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as result of new information, future events or otherwise.

U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

April 2, 2011

January 1, 2011

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$       18,884

$        17,595

Short-term investments

1,066

1,062

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $364 and $372, respectively

8,303

6,849

Inventory

42,679

48,100

Deferred income taxes

360

359

Other current assets

5,702

5,646

Total current assets

76,994

79,611

Property and equipment, net

33,883

33,140

Intangible assets, net

17,122

18,718

Goodwill

17,137

17,137

Investments

4,153

4,141

Other non-current assets

1,054

790

Total assets

$      150,343

$      153,537

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$       30,956

$        31,660

Accrued expenses

13,721

15,487

Notes Payable, current portion

5,688

6,125

Capital Leases payable, current portion

175

132

Other current liabilities

6,031

5,522

Total current liabilities

56,571

58,926

Non-current liabilities

Notes Payable, net of current portion

16,312

17,875

Capital Leases payable, net of current portion

122

185

Deferred tax liabilities

3,072

3,046

Other noncurrent liabilities

850

701

Total liabilities

76,927

80,733

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized at April 2, 2011 and January 1,2011; 30,518,994 and 30,429,376 shares issued and outstanding as of  April 2, 2011 and January 1, 2011 respectively

31

30

Additional paid-in capital

154,788

153,962

Accumulated other comprehensive income

279

249

Accumulated deficit

(81,682)

(81,437)

Total stockholders' equity

73,416

72,804

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$      150,343

$      153,537

U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 2, 2011

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 3, 2010

Net sales

$        86,978

$         56,291

Cost of sales

56,562

36,484

Gross profit

30,416

19,807

Operating expenses:

Marketing (1)

13,585

7,213

General and administrative (1)

8,236

5,737

Fulfillment (1)

5,007

3,243

Technology (1)

1,938

1,018

Amortization of intangibles and impairment loss

1,627

121

Total operating expenses

30,393

17,332

Income from operations

23

2,475

Other income:

Other income

14

-

Interest (expense) income, net

(264)

22

Other (expense) income, net

(250)

22

(Loss) Income before income taxes

(227)

2,497

Income tax provision

18

950

Net (loss) income

$            (245)

$           1,547

Basic net (loss) income per share

$          (0.01)

$             0.05

Diluted net (loss) income per share

$          (0.01)

$             0.05

Shares used in computation of basic net (loss) income per share

30,450,078

30,003,117

Shares used in computation of diluted net (loss) income per share

30,450,078

31,425,002

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 2, 2011

Thirteen Weeks Ended

April 3, 2010

(1)  Includes share-based compensation expense as follows:

     Marketing

$              160

$                120

     General and administrative

376

548

     Fulfillment

85

125

     Technology

60

67

     Total share-based compensation expense

681

860

U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

April 2,2011

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

April 3, 2010

Operating activities

Net (loss) income

$       (245)

$    1,547

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

Depreciation and amortization

3,003

1,984

Amortization of intangibles

1,627

121

Deferred income taxes

25

321

Share-based compensation expense

681

860

Amortization of deferred financing costs

30

-

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

-

(98)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

(1,454)

217

Inventory

5,421

629

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(390)

(545)

Other noncurrent assets

(42)

(360)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(2,531)

1,757

Other current liabilities

551

227

Other noncurrent liabilities

109

165

Net cash provided by operating activities

6,785

6,825

Investing activities

Additions to property and equipment

(3,688)

(2,514)

Purchases of investments

(6)

(5,158)

Purchases of intangible assets

-

(1,001)

Changes in restricted cash

319

-

Purchases of company-owned life insurance

(281)

-

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,656)

(8,673)

Financing activities

Payments on capital leases

(20)

-

Payments made on long-term debt

(2,000)

-

Changes in book overdraft

57

-

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

122

491

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

-

98

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(1,841)

589

Effect of changes in foreign currencies

1

55

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

1,289

(1,204)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

17,595

26,251

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$  18,884

$  25,047

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities:

Accrued asset purchases

1,696

872

 Unrealized gain on investments

12

14

Property acquired under capital lease

32

-

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash paid during the period for income taxes

3

80

Cash paid during the period for interest

569

-

Investor Contacts: Ted Sanders, Chief Financial Officer U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. tsanders@usautoparts.com (424) 702-1455

Budd Zuckerman, President Genesis Select Corporation bzuckerman@genesisselect.com (303) 415-0200

SOURCE U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.



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