U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results - Net sales $67.9 million.

- Adjusted EBITDA $1.1 million.

- Gross margin 28.0%.

CARSON, Calif., Aug. 6, 2013 /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 second quarter ended June 29, 2013 ("Q2 2013") of $67.9 million compared with the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 ("Q2 2012") net sales of $80.7 million, a decrease of 15.9% from Q2 2012 net sales. Q2 2013 net loss was $9.6 million or $0.29 per share, compared with Q2 2012 net loss of $1.7 million or $0.06 per share. The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA plus share-based compensation expense, impairment losses and restructuring costs) of $1.1 million for Q2 2013 compared to $3.7 million for Q2 2012. For further information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, see non-GAAP Financial Measures below.

"We believe in the strategies that we have implemented to return to profitable growth and increase customer traffic, and expect these strategies to overcome the challenges of the past year." stated Shane Evangelist.

Q2 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Net sales decreased to $67.9 million for Q2 2013 compared to $80.7 million for Q2 2012. Our Q2 2013 net sales consisted of online sales, representing 91.0% of the total (compared to 92.5% in Q2 2012), and offline sales, representing 9.0% of the total (compared to 7.5% in Q2 2012). The net sales decrease was primarily due to a decline of $12.9 million, or 17.3%, in online sales.  Online sales decreased primarily due to an 18.4% reduction in e-commerce unique visitors partially offset by growth in our online marketplaces. Our offline sales, which consist of our Kool-Vue™ and wholesale operations, were flat compared to the prior year.
  • Gross profit decreased to $19.0 million for Q2 2013 compared to $24.3 million for Q2 2012. Gross margin rate decreased 2.2% to 28.0% in Q2 2013 compared to 30.2% in Q2 2012. Gross margin was unfavorably impacted by the lower margin from online sales, reduced purchase discounts and higher freight expense.
  • Marketing expense was $11.2 million, or 16.5%, of net sales in Q2 2013, down from $13.0 million, or 16.1%, of net sales in Q2 2012. Online advertising expense, which includes catalog costs, was $4.6 million, or 7.4%, of online sales for Q2 2013, compared to $5.2 million, or 7.0%, of online sales for Q2 2012. Online advertising expense decreased primarily due to the reduction in our non-catalog online advertising expenses, which includes listing and placement fees paid to commercial and search engine websites, of $0.6 million as we adjusted our spend on lower sales volume. Marketing expense, excluding online advertising, was $6.6 million, or 9.7%, of net sales for Q2 2013, compared to $7.7 million, or 9.6%, of net sales for Q2 2012. The decline was primarily due to lower call center wages partially offset by restructuring costs related to employee severance.   
  • General and administrative expense was $4.7 million, or 6.9%, of net sales in Q2 2013 and $4.7 million, or 5.8%, of net sales for Q2 2012.  
  • Fulfillment expense was $5.0 million, or 7.4%, of net sales in Q2 2013 compared to $5.6 million, or 7.0%, of net sales in Q2 2012. The decrease was primarily due to lower depreciation and amortization expense and lower warehouse wages partially offset by restructuring costs related to employee severance.  
  • Technology expense was $1.3 million, or 1.9%, of net sales in Q2 2013, compared to $1.7 million, or 2.1%, of net sales in Q2 2012.  The decrease was primarily due to lower telephone and lower technology wages partially offset by restructuring costs related to employee severance.  
  • Total impairment loss was $6.1 million in Q2 2013, of which $4.8 million was for impairment losses on property and equipment and $1.3 million was for impairment losses on intangible assets. The impairment charges were recorded in Q2 2013 due to declines in the Company's overall financial performance.  
  • Capital expenditures for Q2 2013 were $2.2 million.  
  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $1.0 million and total debt under our revolver was $3.3 million as of June 29, 2013 compared to $1.4 million and $12.2 million as of March 30, 2013.  

Q2 2013 Operating Metrics
















Q2 2013



Q2 2012



Q1 2013


Conversion Rate 1



1.49

%



1.48

%



1.44

%

Customer Acquisition Cost


$

7.52



$

7.07



$

6.94


Marketing Spend (% Internet Sales)



7.5

%



6.5

%



7.5

%

Unique Visitors (millions) 1, 2



35.1




43.0




36.8


Total Number of Orders (thousands)



523




635




529


Revenue Capture (% Sales) 3



83.2

%



84.4

%



82.2

%

Average Order Value


$

114



$

116



$

109


 

1

As we consolidate to fewer websites, we changed the measurement source of our unique visitors data to  different third-party provider of that data in the first quarter of 2013.  Previously reported operating metrics data for the  second quarter of 2012 was revised to conform to the current third-party provider's data.   

2

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

3

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 expense, net; (b) income tax provision; (c) depreciation and amortization expense; (d) amortization of intangible assets; (e) share-based compensation expense; and (f) restructuring costs.

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 table below reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented (in thousands):


 

Thirteen Weeks Ended


 

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


June 29


June 30


June 29


June 30


2013


2012


2013


2012









Net loss 

$           (9,567)


$           (1,696)


$         (12,910)


$           (2,484)

Interest expense, net

226


183


411


382

Income tax provision

69


128


90


252

Amortization of intangible assets

107


341


213


681

Depreciation and amortization expense

3,626


4,001


7,264


7,748

EBITDA

(5,539)


2,957


(4,932)


6,579

Share-based compensation expense

341


374


750


958

Impairment loss on property and equipment

4,832


-


4,832


-

Imapirment loss on intangible assets

1,245


-


1,245


-

Loss on debt extinguishment

-


360


-


360

Restructuring costs

225


-


723


-

Adjusted EBITDA

$             1,104


$             3,691


$             2,618


$             7,897









Conference Call

The conference call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm Pacific Time (5:00 pm Eastern Time) on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Participants may access the call by dialing 877-941-2068 (domestic) or 480-629-9712 (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 August 20, 2013. To access the replay, please dial 877-870-5176 (domestic) or 858-384-5517 (international), passcode 4633614.

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, 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 and our liquidity requirements. 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; the Company's ability to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and maintain an adequate system of internal controls; and 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.gov You 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. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, In Thousands, Except Par and Per Share Liquidation Value)








June 29


December 29



2013


2012






ASSETS





Current assets:





     Cash and cash equivalents


$ 851


$ 1,030

     Short-term investments


118


110

     Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $215 and $221





at June 29, 2013 and December 29, 2012, respectively


5,344


7,431

     Inventory


34,181


42,727

     Deferred income taxes


51


39

     Other current assets


4,481


4,176

        Total current assets


45,026


55,513

Property and equipment, net


21,009


28,559

Intangible assets, net


1,769


3,227

Other non-current assets


1,492


1,578

        Total assets


$ 69,296


$ 88,877






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities:





     Accounts payable


$ 19,611


$ 28,025

     Accrued expenses


7,450


10,485

     Revolving loan payable


3,269


16,222

     Current portion of capital leases payable


148


70

     Other current liabilities


3,967


4,738

        Total current liabilities


34,445


59,540

Capital leases payable, net of current portion


9,437


70

Deferred income taxes


416


314

Other non-current liabilities


2,152


1,309

        Total liabilities


46,450


61,233






Commitments and contingencies










Stockholders' equity:





     Series A convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value; $1.45





per share liquidation value or aggregate of $6,017; 4,150





shares authorized; 4,150 and 0 shares issued and outstanding





at June 29, 2013 and December 29, 2012, respectively


4


-

     Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized;





33,209 shares and 31,128 shares issued and outstanding





at June 29, 2013 and December 29, 2012, respectively


33


31

     Additional paid-in capital


167,924


159,781

     Accumulated other comprehensive income


411


384

     Accumulated deficit


(145,526)


(132,552)

         Total stockholders' equity


22,846


27,644






         Total liabilities and equity


$ 69,296


$ 88,877














U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)










Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


June 29


June 30


June 29


June 30


2013


2012


2013


2012









Net sales

$ 67,889


$ 80,719


$ 133,294


$ 168,155

Cost of sales (1)

48,876


56,378


94,543


117,186

Gross profit

19,013


24,341


38,751


50,969

Operating expenses:








     Marketing

11,186


12,978


22,377


26,428

     General and administrative

4,678


4,714


9,365


10,584

     Fulfillment

4,991


5,639


10,372


11,557

     Technology

1,316


1,700


2,831


3,236

     Impairment loss on property and equipment

4,832


-


4,832


-

     Impairment loss on intangible assets

1,245


-


1,245


-

     Amortization of intangible assets

107


341


213


681

        Total operating expenses

28,355


25,372


51,235


52,486

Loss from operations

(9,342)


(1,031)


(12,484)


(1,517)

Other income (expense):








     Other income, net

72


4


79


35

     Interest expense

(228)


(181)


(415)


(390)

     Loss on debt extinguishment

-


(360)


-


(360)

        Total other expense, net

(156)


(537)


(336)


(715)

Loss before income tax provision

(9,498)


(1,568)


(12,820)


(2,232)

Income tax provison

69


128


90


252

Net loss

(9,567)


(1,696)


(12,910)


(2,484)

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:








     Foreign currency translation adjustments

31


(3)


25


24

     Unrealized gains on investments

2


4


2


29

        Total other comprehensive income

33


1


27


53

Comprehensive loss

$ (9,534)


$ (1,695)


$ (12,883)


$ (2,431)









Basic and diluted net loss per share

$ (0.29)


$ (0.06)


$ (0.40)


$ (0.08)









Shares used in computation of basic and








diluted net loss per share

33,119


30,651


32,130


30,644









(1) Excludes depreciation and amortization expense which is included in marketing, general and administrative and fulfillment expense.




U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, In Thousands)







Twenty-Six Weeks Ended



June 29


June 30



2013


2012


Cash flows from operating activities:





Net loss

$ (12,910)


$ (2,484)


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





operating activities:





     Depreciation and amortization expense

7,264


7,748


     Amortization of intangible assets

213


681


     Impairment loss on property and equipment

4,832


-


     Impairment loss on intangible assets

1,245


-


     Deferred income taxes

90


253


     Share-based compensation

750


958


     Stock awards issued for non-employee director service

21


32


     Amortization of deferred financing costs

41


51


     Loss on debt extinguishment

-


360


     Loss from disposition of assets

-


4


    Changes in operating assets and liabilities





               Accounts receivable

2,087


(1,566)


               Inventory

8,546


3,018


               Other current assets

(323)


(587)


               Other non-current assets

144


-


               Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(10,783)


(7,997)


               Other current liabilities

(771)


(2,430)


               Other non-current liabilities

490


294


                        Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

936


(1,665)


Cash flows from investing activities:





     Additions to property and equipment

(4,815)


(5,374)


     Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

-


14


     Cash paid for intangible assets

-


(16)


     Proceeds from sale of marketable securities and investments

-


3,171


     Purchases of marketable securities and investments

-


(7)


     Purchases of company-owned life insurance

(106)


(166)


                        Net cash used in investing activities

(4,921)


(2,378)


Cash flows from financing activities:





     Borrowings from revolving loan payable

10,187


16,561


     Payments made on revolving loan payable

(23,140)


(3,653)


     Proceeds from sale leaseback transaction

9,584


-


     Payments made on long-term debt

-


(17,875)


     Paymentof debt extinguishment costs

-


(175)


     Proceeds from issuance of Series A convertible preferred stock

6,017


-


     Payment of issuance costs from Series A convertible preferred stock

(822)


-


     Proceeds from issuance of common stock

2,235


-


     Payment of issuance costs from common stock

(223)


-


     Payments of debt financing costs

-


(345)


     Payments on capital leases

(62)


(68)


     Proceeds from exercise of stock options

22


43


     Other

-


611


                        Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

3,798


(4,901)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

8


14


Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(179)


(8,930)


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

1,030


10,335


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$ 851


$ 1,405







Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:





     Accrued asset purchases

$ 1,046


$ 1,616


     Property acquired under capital lease

-


104


     Unrealized gain on investments

2


29







Supplemental disclosures of consolidated cash flow information:





     Cash paid for income taxes

-


-


     Cash paid for interest

367


293







Investor Contacts:

David Robson, Chief Financial Officer
U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.
drobson@usautoparts.com
(310) 735-0085

SOURCE U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.



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