TOR Minerals Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2009 Financial Results

Feb 23, 2010, 15:59 ET from TOR Minerals International

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TOR Minerals International (Nasdaq: TORM), producer of synthetic titanium dioxide and color pigments, specialty aluminas, and other high performance mineral fillers, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009. For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, the Company reported net income available to common shareholders of $143,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, on net sales of $6,395,000.  This compares with a net loss available to common shareholders of $3,680,000, or ($2.33) per share, on net sales of $4,139,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2008.

Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2009, were $24,193,000 compared to $25,304,000 during the year ended December 31, 2008.  The net loss available to common shareholders was $196,000, or ($0.10) per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to a net loss of $5,022,000, or ($3.19) per diluted share, for year ended December 31, 2008.

Net loss for the quarter ended and the year ended December 31, 2008 included an impairment charge of $1,976,000 related to write off of goodwill and a charge of $679,000 related to a charge for impairment of assets held for sale.

Net sales increased 55 percent during the fourth quarter of 2009 due to strong increases in all product categories.  During the fourth quarter, sales of HITOX® increased 33% to $2.4 million as inventory levels in paint and plastic markets stabilized in the North America and Asia and end market demand improved.  Sales of specialty alumina products grew 106 percent during the fourth quarter of 2009 due to increased demand for existing products in Europe and North America, and the success of new specialty alumina products introduced into North America during 2009.

During the fourth quarter of 2009, operating profit increased to $338,000, or 5.3% of sales, compared to an operating loss of ($2,784,000) reported during the fourth quarter of 2008.  Fourth quarter 2009 operating profit also increased sequentially from the operating profit of $208,000, or 3.2% of sales, reported during the third quarter of 2009.  Year-over-year and sequential improvements in profitability resulted from increased sales levels and greater operational efficiencies.  

Commenting on the results, Dr. Olaf Karasch, Chief Executive Officer said, "We have weathered two years of challenging market conditions and emerged in a much better position to deliver profitable growth. Due to cost cutting measures, new, low-cost processing technologies and the dedicated efforts of our employees, we delivered four quarters of sequentially improving results during 2009 and the fourth quarter was our first positive net income in nine quarters.  At the same time, we have continued our product development efforts and are beginning to have success with new products, such as OPTILOAD, which contributed to the doubling of our specialty alumina business during the quarter."

The Company said that positive sales trends have continued during the first two months of 2010 and, if the current trends continue, it expects to see continued improvement in financial results during 2010.  "Customer demand has been strengthening across all of our products.  In addition, customers are increasingly interested in our new products and willing to dedicate resources to test and reformulate products, which bodes well for our growth in these areas," continued Dr. Karasch.  

A webcast discussing fourth quarter 2009 results can be accessed for a period of 30 days via the News section of the TOR Minerals' website at

Headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas, TOR Minerals International is a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty mineral and pigment products for high performance applications with manufacturing and regional offices located in the United States, Netherlands and Malaysia.

The consolidated financial statements to be included in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009 (the "Form 10-K") have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business, as to which uncertainty exists. As a result of this uncertainty, the Form 10-K will include an explanatory paragraph in the report of its independent registered public accounting firm that there is substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a "going concern."  The Company's 2009 financial statements, including the financial statements in the Form 10-K and the financial results reported on this press release, do not include any adjustment that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

This uncertainty has resulted from the Company's revolving line of credit (the "Line"), with an outstanding balance of $1,650,000, under their US Credit Agreement with Bank of America (the "Bank") maturing on August 15, 2010.  As disclosed in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 16, 2010, the Bank extended the maturity date on the Line from February 15, 2010 to August 15, 2010.  The Company is working to establish a corporate lending relationship with a new financial institution for the Company's US operations prior to August 15, 2010, the revised maturity date under the Credit Agreement, to permit the Company to refinance its outstanding debt with the Bank prior to its stated maturity.  The Company expects that improvements in recent financial performance may assist the Company to establish a new corporate lending relationship and/ or refinance its current US debt.  However, if the Company is unable to refinance the debt due to the Bank prior to its stated maturity or if the Company defaults under the terms of the Credit Agreements prior to its stated maturity and the Bank were to accelerate the maturity of such indebtedness, the Company does not have sufficient liquidity to pay off the indebtedness owed to the Bank, and the Bank would be entitled to exercise all of its rights and remedies as a secured lender under the Credit Agreement.

This statement provides forward-looking information as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and, therefore, is subject to certain risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that the actual results, business conditions, business developments, losses and contingencies and local and foreign factors will not differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including market conditions, general economic conditions, including the present slow down in U.S. construction and the risks of a general business slow down or recession, the increasing cost of energy, raw materials and labor, competition, the receptivity of the markets for our anticipated new products, advances in technology, changes in foreign currency rates, freight price increase, commodity price increases, delays in delivery of required equipment and other factors.

Contact for Further Information:

David Mossberg

Three Part Advisors, LLC

(817) 310-0051

Financial Tables Follow

               TOR Minerals International, Inc. and Subsidiaries           
                     Consolidated Statements of Operations                 
                    (In thousands, except per share amounts)               
                                       Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
                                           December 31,        December 31,   
                                          -------------        -------------  
                                          2009     2008        2009     2008 
                                          ----     ----        ----     ---- 
    NET SALES                            $6,395   $4,139     $24,193  $25,304 
      Cost of sales                       5,212    3,507      20,382   22,032 
                                          -----    -----      ------   ------ 
    GROSS MARGIN                          1,183      632       3,811    3,272 
      Technical services and research                                         
       and development                       54       55         200      244 
      General, administrative and                                             
       selling expenses                     792    1,386       3,215    4,673 
      Goodwill impairment                     -    1,976           -    1,976 
      Loss on assets held for sale            -      679           -      679 
      Loss on disposal of assets             35      100          35       98 
                                            ---      ---         ---      --- 
    OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)                 302   (3,564)        361   (4,398)
    OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                                                   
      Interest income                         -        1           2        2 
      Interest expense                     (151)    (115)       (558)    (524)
      Gain (loss) on foreign currency                                         
       exchange rate                         22      (33)         59      (38)
      Other, net                              -        4           4       15 
                                            ---      ---         ---      --- 
    INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX         173   (3,707)       (132)  (4,943)
      Income tax expense (benefit)           15      (42)          4       19 
                                            ---      ---         ---      --- 
    NET INCOME (LOSS)                      $158  $(3,665)      $(136) $(4,962)
    Less:  Preferred Stock Dividends         15       15          60       60 
                                            ---      ---         ---      --- 
    Income (Loss) Available to Common                                         
     Shareholders                          $143  $(3,680)      $(196) $(5,022)
                                           ====  =======       =====  ======= 
      Income (loss) per common share:                                         
        Basic                             $0.08   $(2.33)     $(0.10)  $(3.19)
        Diluted                           $0.08   $(2.33)     $(0.10)  $(3.19)
      Weighted average common shares    
        Basic                             1,891    1,579       1,891    1,576 
        Diluted                           1,891    1,579       1,891    1,576 
                TOR Minerals International, Inc. and Subsidiaries           
                           Consolidated Balance Sheets                      
               (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)           
                                                              December 31,  
                                                             2009     2008 
                                                             ----     ---- 
    CURRENT ASSETS:                                                         
      Cash and cash equivalents                             $1,002     $191 
      Trade accounts receivable, net                         3,380    2,310 
      Inventories                                            9,101   11,839 
      Other current assets                                     540      444 
                                                               ---      --- 
            Total current assets                            14,023   14,784 
    PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net                      18,800   19,515 
    OTHER ASSETS                                                53       38 
                                                               ---      --- 
    Total Assets                                           $32,876  $34,337 
                                                           =======  ======= 
           LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                             
    CURRENT LIABILITIES:                                                    
      Accounts payable                                      $1,452   $2,268 
      Accrued expenses                                       1,036    1,611 
      Notes payable under lines of credit                    3,313    2,156 
      Export credit refinancing facility                         -    1,458 
      Current deferred tax liability                            60       56 
      Current maturities - capital leases                      140       86 
      Current maturities of long-term debt –                                
       financial institutions                                  435    1,590 
                                                               ---    ----- 
            Total current liabilities                        6,436    9,225 
    LONG-TERM DEBT, EXCLUDING CURRENT MATURITIES                            
      Capital leases                                            49      141 
      Long-term debt – financial institutions                1,477    1,876 
      Long-term debt – convertible debentures, net           1,122        - 
    DEFERRED TAX LIABILITY                                     577      580 
                                                               ---      --- 
            Total liabilities                                9,661   11,822 
    COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                                           
    SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:                                                   
      Series A 6% convertible preferred stock
       $.01 par value: authorized, 5,000 shares;
       200 shares issued and outstanding at
       12/31/2008 and 12/31/2007                                 2        2 
      Common stock $.25 par value:  authorized, 6,000                       
       shares; 1,891 shares issued and outstanding at 
       12/31/2009 and 12/31/2008                             2,363    2,363 
      Additional paid-in capital                            25,214   24,525 
      Accumulated deficit                                   (7,807)  (7,611)
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss:                                 
        Cumulative translation adjustment                    3,443    3,236 
                                                             -----    ----- 
            Total shareholders' equity                      23,215   22,515 
                                                            ------   ------ 
    Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity             $32,876  $34,337 
                                                           =======  ======= 
             TOR Minerals International, Inc. and Subsidiaries         
                   Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows               
                               (In thousands)                          
                                                          Year Ended   
                                                          December 31,  
                                                         2009     2008 
                                                         ----     ---- 
    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                              
      Net Loss                                          $(136) $(4,962)
      Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to 
       net cash provided by (used in) operating 
        Depreciation                                    1,812    1,954 
        Goodwill impairment                                 -    1,976 
        Loss on assets held for sale                        -      679 
        Loss on disposal of assets                         35       98 
        Share-based compensation                          266      145 
        Warrant interest expense                           44        - 
        Deferred income taxes                               4       19 
        Provision for bad debts                           (61)     381 
      Changes in working capital:                                      
        Trade accounts receivables                       (762)   1,049 
        Inventories                                     2,807     (685)
        Other current assets                              (91)     134 
        Accounts payable and accrued expenses          (1,428)     709 
                                                       ------      --- 
            Net cash provided by operating activities   2,490    1,497 
    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                              
        Additions to property, plant and equipment       (922)  (2,396)
        Proceeds from sales of property, plant and                     
         equipment                                          -        4 
            Net cash used in investing activities        (922)  (2,392)
    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                              
        Net proceeds from (payments on) lines of                       
         credit                                         1,120   (2,365)
        Net proceeds from (payments on) export credit                  
         refinancing facility                          (1,471)   1,458 
        Proceeds from capital lease                        69       26 
        Payments on capital lease                        (111)     (80)
        Proceeds from long-term bank debt                   -      914 
        Payments on long-term bank debt                (1,604)    (931)
        Proceeds from convertible debentures            1,500        - 
        Loan origination costs                            (15)       9 
        Proceeds from the issuance of common stock,                    
         and exercise of common stock options               -    1,902 
        Preferred stock dividends paid                    (60)     (60)
                                                          ---      --- 
            Net cash (used in) provided by financing                   
             activities                                  (572)     873 
    Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and                   
     cash equivalents                                    (185)    (163)
                                                         ----     ---- 
    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash                           
     equivalents                                          811     (185)
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year        191      376 
                                                          ---      --- 
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of year           $1,002     $191 
                                                       ======     ==== 
    Supplemental cash flow disclosures:                                
      Interest paid                                      $558     $524 
      Income taxes paid                                    $3      $10 

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