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SPAR Group Announces Financial Results for the Year Ending December 31, 2013

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SPAR Group, Inc. (SGRP) ("we", the "Company" or "SPAR Group"), a leading supplier of retail merchandising and other marketing services throughout the United States and internationally, today announced the financial results for the year and fourth quarter ending December 31, 2013. Revenue for the 2013 year and fourth quarter totaled $112.0 million and $31.8 million, an increase of 14% and 8%, respectively. 2013 Earnings per share, after an adjustment to the Company's deferred tax valuation allowance, resulting in a one-time gain in earnings per share of $0.09, were $0.15 and $0.14 per diluted share for the fiscal year and fourth quarter, respectively.

Jill Blanchard, Chief Executive Officer of SPAR Group, commented, "The 14% growth in revenue achieved in 2013 on a year-over-year basis falls in line with our expectations. Our revenue would have exceeded our revenue guidance of $115 million for 2013, however as disclosed previously we made a strategic decision to exit our $4 million per year business in Romania. Growth during the year was driven by successfully integrating key acquisitions in South Africa and India."

Ms. Blanchard continued, "It is our primary goal to expand our market footprint, while constantly bolstering relationships with some of the world's largest retailers and consumer goods companies. Going forward, growth will be driven by a two-pronged approach. First, organically, we are focused on strengthening and expanding the value we deliver to our customers worldwide. A strong indication of our added value is evidenced by our recent renewals and contract extensions with Family Dollar, servicing 8,000 stores and BioLab, servicing 2,400 stores, including Wal-Mart. Secondarily, there is tremendous untapped opportunity for us internationally both with multi-country customer engagements and geographic expansion."

Financial Highlights for the Year Ending December 31, 2013

  • 2013 revenue totaled $112.0 million, an increase of 14%, as compared to $98.6 in 2012;
  • International revenue increased $12.0 million year over year or 22% to $67.4 million;
  • 2013 gross profit totaled $27.6 million, an increase of 5%, as compared to $26.4 in 2012;
  • 2013 net Income, after an adjustment to the Company's deferred tax valuation allowance, resulting in a one-time gain in net income of $1.9 million, totaled $3.4 million as compared to $2.9 million in 2012;
  • 2013 basic earnings per share was $0.16 and diluted earnings per share was $0.15 as compared to $0.14 for both basic and diluted earnings per share in 2012;
  • Working capital as of December 31, 2013 was $10.0 million.

Financial Results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

For the Three Months Ended December 31, For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
Change Change
2013 2012 $ % 2013 2012 $ %
Net Revenue:
Domestic $ 12,187 $ 11,915 $ 272 2% $ 44,577 $ 43,097 $ 1,480 3%
International 19,620 17,651 1,969 11% 67,382 55,454 11,928 22%
Total $ 31,807 $ 29,566 $ 2,241 8% $ 111,959 $98,551 $13,408 14%
Gross Profit:
Domestic $ 4,192 $ 4,003 $ 189 5% $ 14,101 $ 13,948 $ 153 1%
International 4,508 3,950 558 14% 13,497 12,434 1,063 9%
Total $ 8,700 $ 7,953 $ 747 9% $ 27,598 $ 26,382 $ 1,216 5%


Financial Results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

For the Three Months Ended December 31, For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
Change Change
2013 2012 $ % 2013 2012 $ %
Operating Income:
Domestic $ 704 $ 1,252 $ (548) (44)% $ 1,086 $ 3,300 $ (2,214) (67)%
International 1,300 614 686 112% 1,818 619 1,199 194%
Total $ 2,004 $ 1,866 $ 138 7% $ 2,904 $ 3,919 $ (1,015) (26)%
Net Income attributable to SPAR Group, Inc.:
Domestic $ 2,307 $ 1,041 $ 1,266 122% $ 2,543 $ 2,848 $ (305) (11)%
International 799 287 512 178% 807 82 725 884%
Total $ 3,106 $ 1,328 $ 1,778 134% $ 3,350 $ 2,930 $ 420 14%
Earnings per Diluted Share:
$ 0.14 $ 0.06 $ 0.08 $ 0.15 $ 0.14 $ 0.01

The $12.0 million increase in international revenue year over year was due primarily to recent integrated acquisitions in South Africa and India, as well as continued organic growth in Mexico, China and Japan. The $1.5 million increase in domestic revenue year over year was due to the acquisition of certain assets from MFI, partially offset by a decrease in existing client spending during 2013 compared to 2012.

Internationally, gross profit margins for 2013 were 20.0% as compared to 22.4% in 2012, primarily due to lower margin business in Mexico and Canada reflecting their dedicated service models and the mix of business in India. Domestic margins for the fiscal year 2013 were 31.6% compared to 32.4% during the same period 2012. The slight decrease in domestic gross profit margins are related to an unfavorable mix within both syndicated and project work compared to last year.

International operating income increased $1.2 million year over year due primarily to 2013 expansion in South Africa and India and improvements in operating results in Mexico, Japan and China. Domestic operating income declined $2.2 million year over year primarily due to incremental selling, general and administrative expenses in support of the assets acquired from MFI earlier in the year.

For the year ended December 31, 2013, based on management's reassessment of the amount of its deferred tax assets that are more likely than not to be realized, the Company recorded a release of $1.9 million of its net valuation allowance of $3.8 million. The Company's deferred tax assets were primarily the result of U.S. net operating loss carryforwards and the remaining valuation allowance recorded against its gross deferred tax asset balance as of December 31, 2013, and 2012, were $1.9 million and $4.2 million respectively.

The Company reported net income attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. of $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, or $0.14 per diluted share. Adjusting for the one time impact of the partial release of the valuation reserve, the Company's earnings per share would have been $0.07 on a diluted basis for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter Ending December 31, 2013

  • Revenue for the 2013 fourth quarter totaled $31.8 million compared to $29.6 million for the same period in 2012;
  • 2013 fourth quarter international revenue totaled $19.6 million, an increase of 11%, as compared to $17.7 million in 2012;
  • 2013 fourth quarter gross profit totaled $8.7 million, an increase of 9%, as compared to $8.0 million for the same period in 2012;
  • 2013 fourth quarter net income totaled $3.1 million, as compared to $1.3 million for the same period in 2012, primarily driven by the $1.9 million deferred tax valuation allowance adjustment noted above;

International revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $19.6 million as compared to $17.7 million for the same period in 2012. The increase in international revenue was directly attributable to a newly integrated acquisition in India and organic growth in Japan. Domestic revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 at $12.2 million was up slightly from the same period in 2012.

Due to the holiday season, the Company's gross profit margin in the fourth quarter is typically its strongest performance period. In 2013, the Company's gross margin improved to 27.4% compared to 26.9% for the same period in 2012. Internationally, the gross margins improved to 23.0% compared to 22.4% for the same period in 2012 and Domestic gross profit margins improved to 34.4% compared 33.6% to the same period in 2012.

International operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 more than doubled to $1.3 million compared to approximately $600,000 for the same period in 2012. The positive change in international operating income was a direct result of our expansion efforts in South Africa and India and improvements in Mexico. Domestic operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 declined 44% to $700,000 compared to the same period in 2012. The decline in domestic operating income was partly due to increased spending in support of the assets acquired from MFI earlier in the year and increase in corporate spending.

The Company reported net income attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. of $3.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.3 million or $0.06 per diluted share for the same period in 2012. Adjusting for the one time impact of the partial release of the valuation reserve, the Company's earnings per share would have been $0.06 on a diluted basis for the three months ended December 31, 2013.

Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2013

As of December 31, 2013, cash and cash equivalents totaled $2.8 million. Working capital was $10.0 million and current ratio was 1.6 to 1. Total current assets and total assets were $25.6 million and $34.3 million, respectively. Current and total liabilities were $15.7 million and total equity was $18.6 million as of December 31, 2013.

Conference Call Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
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About SPAR Group

SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services Company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. The Company provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide, primarily in mass merchandiser, office supply, grocery, drug, independent, convenience, electronics, toy and specialty stores, as well as providing furniture and other product assembly services, audit services, in-store events, technology services and marketing research. The Company has supplied these project and product services in the United States since certain of its predecessors were formed in 1979 and internationally since the Company acquired its first international subsidiary in Japan in May of 2001. Product services include restocking and adding new products, removing spoiled or outdated products, resetting categories "on the shelf" in accordance with client or store schematics, confirming and replacing shelf tags, setting new sale or promotional product displays and advertising, replenishing kiosks, providing in-store event staffing and providing assembly services in stores, homes and offices. Audit services include price audits, point of sale audits, out of stock audits, intercept surveys and planogram audits. Other merchandising services include whole store or departmental product sets or resets (including new store openings), new product launches, in-store demonstrations, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, focused product support and product recalls. The Company operates throughout the United States and internationally in 8 of the most populated countries, including China and India. For more information, visit the SPAR Group's website at http://www.sparinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release and made in the update conference call are forward-looking, including (without limitation) expectations or guidance respecting building upon the Company's strong foundation, leveraging compatible global opportunities, improving on the value we already deliver to customers, our growing client base, continuing balance sheet strength, customer contract expansion, growing revenues and becoming profitable through organic growth and acquisitions, attracting new business that will increase SPAR Group's revenues, improving product mix, continuing to maintain or reduce costs and consummating any transactions. Undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements because the matters they describe are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control. The Company's actual results, performance and trends could differ materially from those indicated or implied by such statements as a result of various factors, including (without limitation) the continued strengthening of SPAR Group's selling and marketing functions, continued customer satisfaction and contract renewal, new product development, continued availability of capable dedicated personnel, continued cost management, the success of its international efforts, success and availability of acquisitions, availability of financing and other factors, as well as by factors applicable to most companies such as general economic, competitive and other business and civil conditions. Information regarding certain of those factors and other risk factors and cautionary statements that could affect future results, performance or trends are discussed in SPAR Group's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. All of the Company's forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by all such risk factors and other cautionary statements.

SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(Note)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2013 2012 2013 2012

Net revenues
$ 31,807 $ 29,566 $ 111,959 $ 98,551
Cost of revenues 23,107 21,613 84,361 72,169
Gross profit 8,700 7,953 27,598 26,382
Selling, general and administrative expenses 6,299 5,788 23,198 21,306
Depreciation and amortization 397 299 1,496 1,157
Operating income 2,004 1,866 2,904 3,919
Interest expense 92 31 171 127
Other expense (income) (226) (79) (299) (116)
Income before provision for income taxes 2,138 1,914 3,032 3,908
Provision for income taxes (1,316) 323 (1,118) 459
Income from continuing operations 3,454 1,591 4,150 3,449
Income from discontinued operations (92) 98 2
Net income 3,454 1,499 4,248 3,451
Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest (348) (171) (898) (521)
Net income attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. $ 3,106 $ 1,328 $ 3,350 $ 2,930
Basic income per common share:
Continuing operations $ 0.15 $ 0.06 $ 0.16 $ 0.14
Discontinued operations $ -- $ -- $ -- $ --
Diluted income per common share:
Continuing operations $ 0.14 $ 0.06 $ 0.15 $ 0.14
Discontinued operations $ -- $ -- $ -- $ --
Weighted average common shares – basic 20,509 20,435 20,490 20,240
Weighted average common shares – diluted 21,759 21,610 21,734 21,606
Net income 3,454 1,499 4,248 3,451
Other comprehensive loss:
Foreign currency translation adjustments (144) (173) (649) (210)
Comprehensive income $ 3,310 $ 1,326 $ 3,599 $ 3,241
Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interest (348) (171) (898) (521)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. $ 2,962 $ 1,155 $ 2,701 $ 2,720
Note: The Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, are excerpted from the consolidated audited financial statements as of those dates but do not include certain information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.
SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
December 31,
2013
December 31,
2012
Assets (Note) (Note)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,814 $ 1,792
Accounts receivable, net 21,734 21,414
Deferred income taxes 456 194
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 642 596
Total current assets 25,646 23,996
Property and equipment, net 2,032 1,777
Goodwill 1,800 1,792
Intangible assets 2,259 1,468
Deferred income taxes 1,900
Other assets 641 237
Total assets $ 34,278 $ 29,270
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 4,267 $ 4,177
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 5,854 6,729
Accrued expenses due to affiliates 560 705
Customer deposits 673 263
Lines of credit 4,311 2,393
Total current liabilities 15,665 14,267
Long-term debt and other liabilities 57 268
Total liabilities 15,722 14,535
Equity:
SPAR Group, Inc. equity
Preferred stock, $.01 par value:
Authorized and available shares– 2,445,598
Issued and outstanding shares–
None – December 31, 2013 and None – December 31, 2012
Common stock, $.01 par value:
Authorized shares – 47,000,000
Issued shares –
20,680,717 – December 31, 2013 and 20,469,471 – December 31, 2012 207 205
Treasury stock at cost
181,931 shares – December 31, 2013 and 13,018 shares – December 31, 2012 (356) (26)
Additional paid-in capital 15,339 14,738
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,031) (382)
Retained earnings (deficit) 1,654 (1,696)
Total SPAR Group, Inc. equity 15,813 12,839
Non-controlling interest 2,743 1,896
Total Equity 18,556 14,735
Total liabilities and equity $ 34,278 $ 29,270
Note: The Balance Sheets at December 31, 2013 and 2012, are excerpted from the consolidated audited financial statements as of those dates but do not include certain information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.

CONTACT: Company Contact: James R. Segreto Chief Financial Officer SPAR Group, Inc. (914) 332-4100 Investor Contact: Valter Pinto Alliance Advisors, LLC (914) 669-0222 valter@allianceadvisors.netSource:SPAR Group