C&D Technologies Reports Fiscal 2012 First Quarter Results

-- Margins up year-over-year

-- Net loss significantly reduced from prior year

-- $3.3 million of Adjusted EBITDA generated

Jun 08, 2011, 16:12 ET from C&D Technologies, Inc.

BLUE BELL, Pa., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- C&D Technologies, Inc. (OTC: CHHP), a leading North American producer and marketer of electrical power storage and conversion systems used in telecommunications, uninterrupted power supply (or "UPS") systems, utility and other high reliability applications, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, ended April 30, 2011.

First quarter revenues were $88.3 million up 4 percent compared to $84.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.  Revenues in the quarter reflect strong demand in Asia and Europe, as well as an increase in the average quarterly cost of lead compared to the average cost of lead in the year ago quarter.  These increases were partially offset by a reduction in North American volumes, primarily driven by weakness in the Company's original equipment manufacturer (OEM) UPS market. Revenues in the first quarter were sequentially down from $98.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 as a result of previously announced expected lower sales in Asia due to timing of shipments under the Agriculture Bank of China contract and lower sales volume in the Americas OEM UPS market.

Gross profit in the first fiscal quarter was up 28 percent from a year ago to $12.8 million. Gross margins in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were 14.5%, up from 11.8% in the comparable year ago period and down sequentially from 17.4% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  Gross margins expanded versus the prior year as a result of increased volume in Asia, customer and product mix improvements and pricing.  Margins were down on a sequential basis as a result of lower Asia and North American sales volume and higher lead costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses of $10.4 million in first fiscal quarter of fiscal 2012 were $1.2 million higher than the comparable year ago quarter as a result of approximately $0.6 million in severance expenses associated with Corporate headcount reductions and higher warranty costs. On a sequential basis, selling, general and administrative costs were down $0.5 million from the previous quarter.

For the quarter, the Company reported income from operations of $0.8 million, a significant improvement compared to operating losses of ($1.0) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 but a reduction from $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  For the quarter, the Company reported a net loss of ($0.6) million or ($0.04) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of ($5.6) million, or ($5.42) per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and net income of $6.6 million, or $0.92 per diluted share on a sequential basis.  The reduction in net loss from the prior year is driven by significantly improved operating and margin performance as well as the benefit from lower interest expense following the Company's fourth quarter fiscal 2011 debt for equity exchange.  The reduction of the sequential net income is primarily a result of recognition of a book gain in the fourth quarter from the Company's debt for equity exchange of $12.0 million offset by other expenses associated with the Company's recapitalization and refinancing efforts of approximately $5.3 million.  Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was $3.3 million as compared to $1.6 million in the comparable period a year ago and $6.7 million sequentially.

Commenting on the quarter, Dr. Jeffrey A. Graves, President and CEO said, "Our first quarter results were generally in line with our expectations. As we had indicated when releasing our year end results, we expected to report lower revenues this quarter given the timing of shipments under a large contact in Asia and the impact of Chinese New Year shutdowns, as well as historical seasonality in North American Telecom buying patterns as new budgets were released throughout the quarter.  As we move into the second quarter of fiscal 2012 we expect to see revenues rebound from this base in both of these key geographic markets, as our core markets in Asia continue to expand and the recovery in North America continues, although at a much slower pace.  In addition to these market dynamics, following two years of development efforts, in the second quarter we will be launching an exciting new 2V product family for wireless telecom and renewable energy applications, that will combine the demanding quality and performance characteristics that our customers expect of C&D products, while being cost competitive in the marketplace. This expansion of our 2V product family complements our new 12 volt 'true front access' battery family that we have introduced over the last year, positioning C&D with one of the broadest and most modern product offerings for wireless telecom in the world.  These products are essential to the global wireless network expansions required to support the growing use of 'smart phones' and tablets by both individual consumers and businesses alike.  We also expect further product announcements in the coming quarters reflecting the benefits of our aggressive R&D efforts over the last several years."  Dr. Graves concluded, "In addition to these developments in North America, with our new products reaching full implementation in our Asian plant in the second quarter, we expect further growth from customer project awards related to core UPS and telecommunications business in Asia during the second half of the year."

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company has provided additional measures of its operating results, net income and earnings per share, which principally exclude certain costs and expenses related to both the Company's operational and financial restructuring plans. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are appropriate to enhance understanding of its historical performance as well as prospects for its future performance.

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Pursuant to Regulation G, a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures with the comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three month periods ended April 30, 2011, April 30, 2010 and January 31, 2011 follows:

C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION

(Dollars in thousands)

(UNAUDITED)






Three months ended
April 30,

Three Months
Ended January 31,


2011

2010

2011

Net (loss) income 

$      (625)

$   (5,604)

$     6,583

Interest expense, net

1,231

3,348

2,895

Income tax provision       

66

394

32

Depreciation and amortization       

2,556

2,614

2,567

Gain on debt to equity exchange

-

-

(12,050)

EBITDA

3,228

752

27

Other expenses associated with debt to equity exchange

-

-

5,353

Non-cash stock expense

231

260

137

Foreign exchange

(340)

(52)

142

Environmental charges closed facilities

110

664

616

Restructuring charges     

97

-

455





Adjusted EBITDA 

$  3,326

$     1,624

$    6,730












About C&D Technologies:

C&D Technologies, Inc. provides solutions and services for the switchgear and control (utility), telecommunications, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), as well as emerging markets such as solar power.  C&D Technologies engineers, manufactures, sells and services fully integrated reserve power systems for regulating and monitoring power flow and providing backup power in the event of primary power loss until the primary source can be restored.  C&D Technologies' unique ability to offer complete systems, designed and produced to high technical standards, sets it apart from its competition.  C&D Technologies is headquartered in Blue Bell, PA.  For more information about C&D Technologies, visit http://www.cdtechno.com/.

Forward-looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in circumstances.  Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.  The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in "Risk Factors" included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2011.  We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(UNAUDITED)





Three months ended
April 30,


2011

2010

NET SALES      

$  88,311

$  84,703

COST OF SALES 

75,507

74,725




GROSS PROFIT   

12,804

9,978




OPERATING EXPENSES:   



Selling, general and administrative expenses    

10,435

9,222

Research and development expenses 

1,595

1,788




OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)       

774

(1,032)




Interest expense, net       

1,231

3,348

Other (income) expense, net 

(120)

736







LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES     

(337)

(5,116)

Income tax provision       

66

394







NET LOSS       

(403)

(5,510)

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests       

222

94




NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

$  (625)

$  (5,604)







Loss per share: 



Basic and Diluted:       



Net loss 

$  (0.04)

$  (5.42)






C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except par value)

(UNAUDITED)





April 30,
2011

January 31,
2011

ASSETS



Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents     

$  5,456

$  3,708

Restricted cash     

120

-

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $830 and $981

63,009

61,188

Inventories 

79,601

80,772

Deferred taxes      

257

251

Other current assets 

4,424

4,508




Total current assets     

152,867

150,427




Property, plant and equipment, net    

86,636

86,891

Deferred income taxes     

250

249

Intangible and other assets, net       

13,455

13,726




TOTAL ASSETS       

$  253,208

$  251,293







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Current portion of long-term debt

$  2,607

$  2,596

Accounts payable   

35,366

39,477

Accrued liabilities    

12,861

13,847

Deferred income taxes

27

97

Deferred revenue    

2,489

3,588

Other current liabilities 

6,482

5,955




Total current liabilities   

59,832

65,560




Deferred income taxes     

99

98

Long-term debt   

39,041

32,934

Long-term debt – related party       

20,000

20,000

Other liabilities    

39,831

39,169




Total liabilities  

158,803

157,761







Equity:



Common stock, $.01 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized; 15,306,936
and 15,306,915 shares issued and 15,196,563 and 15,196,542 outstanding
at April 30, 2011 and January 31, 2011, respectively

153

153

Additional paid-in capital       

202,581

202,350




Treasury stock, at cost, 110,373 shares at April 30, 2011 and January 31, 2011

(39,200)

(39,200)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss   

(42,661)

(43,489)

Accumulated deficit   

(39,105)

(38,480)




Total stockholders' equity attributable to C&D Technologies, Inc.  

81,768

81,334

Non-controlling interest       

12,637

12,198




Total equity   

94,405

93,532




TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 

$  253,208

$  251,293





C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollars in thousands)

(UNAUDITED)




Three months ended
April 30,


2011

2010

Cash flows from operating activities:



Net loss   

$  (403)

$  (5,510)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:



Share-based compensation    

231

230

Depreciation and amortization   

2,556

2,614

Amortization of debt acquisition and discount costs 

132

1,274

Deferred income taxes

(72)

384

Changes in assets and liabilities:



Accounts receivable, net 

(1,030)

(3,798)

Inventories    

1,766

1,871

Other current assets    

136

(563)

Accounts payable      

(5,313)

(1,199)

Accrued liabilities       

(988)

776

Book overdraft 

835

(3,015)

Income taxes payable   

(119)

39

Other current liabilities   

(871)

557

Other liabilities 

1,463

638

Other long-term assets   

(21)

(38)

Other, net     

(1,099)

(189)




Net cash used in continuing operating activities  

(2,797)

(5,929)

Net cash used in discontinued operating activities

-

(7)




Net cash used in operating activities   

(2,797)

(5,936)




Cash flows from investing activities:



Acquisition of property, plant and equipment       

(1,311)

(3,871)

(Increase) decrease in restricted cash

(120)

47




Net cash used in investing activities

(1,431)

(3,824)




Cash flows from financing activities:



Borrowings on line of credit facility      

21,052

29,288

Repayments on line of credit facility     

(15,092)

(37,551)

Repayment of debt   

(25)

(66)

Proceeds from new borrowings 

15

20,083

Financing cost of long term debt 

(106)

(1,771)




Net cash provided by financing activities     

5,844

9,983




Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents    

132

6




Increase in cash and cash equivalents 

1,748

229

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 

3,708

2,700




Cash and cash equivalents, end of period      

$  5,456

$  2,929







SOURCE C&D Technologies, Inc.



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