Empire Resources Reports Results for Second Quarter of 2015

- Net Sales are $134.5 Million

- Operating Income Totals $2.0 Million

- GAAP Net Income per Diluted Share Is $0.06; Non-GAAP Net Income per Diluted Share Is $0.02

Aug 14, 2015, 08:30 ET from Empire Resources, Inc.

FORT LEE, N.J., Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERS), a distributor of value added, semi-finished metal products, announced today that net sales for the second quarter of 2015 were $134.5 million, compared with $146.5 million in the second quarter of 2014. A 23% increase in U.S. sales in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the prior year period was offset by lower sales in all other regions, especially Latin America, where the Company has substantially reduced its activity due to the severe economic stresses there.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2015 was $5.7 million, or 4.2% sales, compared with $7.0 million, or 4.8% of sales, in the second quarter of 2014. Gross profit was negatively impacted by the lower sales level as well as increased competitive pressures across all regions compared with the prior year second quarter. 

Operating income for the second quarter of 2015 was $2.0 million, compared with $3.5 million for the second quarter of 2014 reflecting the lower gross margin and a 5% increase in SG&A costs due to higher legal and consulting expenses.

Net interest expense for the second quarter of 2015 increased to $1.6 million from $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, as a result of increased bank loans primarily to support higher inventory levels, higher accounts receivable and lower accounts payable balances. The Company has focused on reducing inventories in 2015, which totaled $163.3 million at June 30, 2015, compared with $186.8 million at March 31, 2015, and $192.1 million at December 31, 2014. Inventories at the end of the second quarter of 2014 were $124.3 million.

The Company recognized a non-cash non-operating gain of $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2015 related to the change in fair market valuation of the derivative feature of its convertible subordinated note.  That compares with a non-cash non-operating gain of $0.2 million in the 2014 second quarter.

Fair value accounting requires that changes in derivative liabilities related to the Company's convertible notes be charged or credited to income during each accounting period. The changes in valuation have several drivers, primary among them is the change in the Company's stock price, with increases in the stock price causing losses, increasing the value of the derivative liability, while decreases in the stock price produce gains, reducing the value of the derivative liability. Such losses are not tax deductible, and likewise any recoveries of such losses are not taxable upon recovery.  Accordingly, no tax effect was given to the non-cash non-operating gain of $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2015, or the non-cash non-operating gain of $0.2 million in the second quarter of 2014.  

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2015, excluding the effect of the change in fair market valuation of the derivative liability and the associated tax treatment, was $0.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with $1.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2014.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported net income for the second quarter of 2015 of $0.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2014.   

For the first six months of 2015, net sales increased 6% to $302.7 million and net income was $2.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, on a GAAP basis, and $1.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, on a non-GAAP basis.  For the first six months of 2014, net sales were $284.8 million and net income was $2.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, on a GAAP basis, and $2.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, on a non-GAAP basis.

The Company uses the non-GAAP measures internally, which exclude the effect of the non-cash non-operating gains and losses due to the quarterly changes in the valuation of the derivative liability, to evaluate its operating performance and believes that this is a useful measure also used by investors.

About Empire Resources, Inc.

Empire Resources, Inc. is a distributor of a wide range of semi-finished metal products to customers in the transportation, automotive, housing, appliance and packaging industries in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The Company maintains supply contracts with mills in various parts of the world.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, the Company discloses non-GAAP net income, because management uses this supplemental non-GAAP financial measure to evaluate performance period over period, to analyze the underlying trends in its business, and to establish operational goals. In addition, the Company believes investors already use this non-GAAP measure to monitor the Company's performance. Non-GAAP net income is defined by the Company as net income excluding non-cash, non-operating changes in value of derivative liability related to the conversion option on its convertible debt.

Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measure discussed above, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to net income or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP net income is set forth in the table below.

The Company believes that providing this information assists investors in understanding the Company's operating performance and the methodology used by management to evaluate and measure such performance.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains "forward-looking statements." Such statements may be preceded by the words "intends," "may," "will," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "predicts," "estimates," "aims," "believes," "hopes," "potential" or similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) the loss or default of one or more suppliers; (ii) the loss or default of one or more significant customers; (iii) a default by counterparties to derivative financial instruments; (iv) changes in general, national or regional economic conditions; (v) an act of war or terrorism that disrupts international shipping; (vi) changes in laws, regulations and tariffs; (vii) the imposition of anti-dumping duties on products the Company imports; (viii) changes in the size and nature of the Company's competition; (ix) changes in interest rates, foreign currencies or spot prices of aluminum; (x) the loss of one or more key executives; (xi) increased credit risk from customers; (xii) the Company's failure to grow internally or by acquisition and (xiii) the Company's failure to improve operating margins and efficiencies. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (In thousands except per share amounts) 

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

(see note 20)

Net sales

$

134,486

$

146,516

$

302,739

$

284,833

Cost of goods sold

128,808

139,501

289,885

271,331

Gross profit

5,678

7,015

12,854

13,502

Selling, general and administrative expenses

3,640

3,482

7,538

6,781

Operating income

2,038

3,533

5,316

6,721

   Interest expense, net

1,571

1,091

3,246

2,182

Income before other expenses

467

2,442

2,070

4,539

Other expenses

   Change in value of derivative liability 

412

249

1,408

(180)

Income before income taxes

879

2,691

3,478

4,359

Income taxes

75

1,045

1,019

1,905

Net income

$

804

$

1,646

$

2,459

$

2,454

Weighted average shares outstanding:

     Basic

8,863

8,669

8,753

8,649

     Diluted

11,864

11,968

11,821

11,949

Earnings per share:

     Basic

$0.09

$0.19

$0.28

$0.28

     Diluted

$0.06

$0.15

$0.15

$0.26

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements

 

 

Non-GAAP Consolidated Statements of Income (In thousands except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

GAAP income before income taxes

879

2,691

3,478

4,359

Elimination of the change in value of      derivative liability 

(412)

(249)

(1,408)

180

Non-GAAP net income before taxation 

467

2,442

2,070

4,539

Income taxes 

182

952

807

1,770

Non-GAAP net income

$

285

$

1,490

$

1,263

$

2,769

Weighted average shares outstanding:

     Basic

8,863

8,669

8,753

8,649

     Diluted

11,864

11,968

11,821

11,949

Non-GAAP earnings per share:

     Basic

$0.03

$0.17

$0.14

$0.32

     Diluted

$0.02

$0.12

$0.11

$0.23

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands except share and per share amounts)

June 30, 2015 

December 31, 2014

Unaudited

ASSETS 

Current assets:

     Cash

$

4,039

$

1,130

     Trade accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful         accounts of $544 and $562)

87,220

89,693

     Inventories

163,291

192,064

     Deferred tax assets

3,834

3,911

     Advance to supplier, net of imputed interest of $13 and  $66

1,654

3,277

     Other current assets, including derivatives

17,304

18,605

          Total current assets

277,342

308,680

     Preferential supply agreement, net

160

321

     Long-term financing costs, net of amortization 

944

1,024

     Property and equipment, net

4,358

4,258

Total assets

$

282,804

$

314,283

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

     Notes payable - banks

$

184,836

$

201,088

     Subordinated convertible debt net of unamortized discount of $476

10,524

-

     Trade accounts payable

28,720

42,626

     Income taxes payable

4,381

4,190

     Accrued expenses and derivative liabilities

3,901

4,137

     Dividends payable

217

449

          Total current liabilities

232,579

252,490

Subordinated convertible debt net of unamortized discount of $803 

-

10,197

Derivative liability for embedded conversion option

1,325

2,734

Deferred taxes payable

58

51

          Total liabilities

233,962

265,472

Commitments (Note 18)

Stockholders' equity:

     Common stock $0.01 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized         and 11,749,651 shares issued         at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014

117

117

     Additional paid-in capital

13,038

13,678

     Retained earnings

42,829

40,805

     Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(589)

(334)

     Treasury stock, 3,091,702 and 2,843,717 shares         at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

(6,553)

(5,455)

          Total stockholders' equity

48,842

48,811

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

282,804

$

314,283

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Six Months Ended June 30,

2015

2014

Cash flows - operating activities:

     Net income

$

2,459

$

2,454

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

               Depreciation and amortization 

318

317

               Change in value of derivative liability

(1,408)

180

               Amortization of convertible note discount

327

283

               Imputed interest on vendor advance

(43)

(103)

               Amortization of supply agreement

160

160

               Deferred income taxes 

85

45

               Foreign exchange loss and other

342

2

               Stock-based compensation

373

               Changes in:

                    Trade accounts receivable

1,907

(39,954)

                    Inventories

28,080

15,421

                    Other current assets

1,294

448

                    Trade accounts payable

(13,898)

(10,742)

                    Income taxes payable

199

1,708

                    Accrued expenses and derivative liabilities

(194)

3,260

                 Net cash  provided by/(used in) operating activities

19,628

(26,148)

Cash flows - investing activities:

    Repayment related to supply agreement

1,666

1,667

    Purchases of property and equipment

(180)

(16)

                 Net cash provided by investing activities

1,486

1,651

Cash flows - financing activities:

     (Repayment of)/proceeds from notes payable – banks

(15,600)

26,255

     Repayments - mortgage payable

-

(90)

     Deferred financing costs

(158)

(965)

     Dividends paid 

(668)

(431)

     Treasury stock purchased 

(1,098)

(13)

     Purchase of stock options

(922)

-

     Proceeds from stock options exercised

-

15

     Excess tax benefit related to purchase of stock options

282

-

                 Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities

(18,164)

24,771

Net increase in cash

2,950

274

        Effect of exchange rate

(41)

(2)

Cash at beginning of period

1,130

2,477

Cash at end of the period

$

4,039

$

2,749

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

     Cash paid during the period for:

          Interest

$

2,769

$

2,502

          Income taxes

$

2,046

$

1,404

Non cash financing activities:

      Dividend declared but not yet paid

$

216

$

217

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements

 

SOURCE Empire Resources, Inc.



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