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Hurco Reports Second Quarter Results and Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

INDIANAPOLIS, June 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurco Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:HURC) today reported results for the second fiscal quarter and the first six months ended April 30, 2015. Hurco recorded net income of $3,961,000, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to net income of $3,536,000, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2014. For the first six months of fiscal 2015, Hurco reported net income of $7,727,000, or $1.17 per diluted share, compared to $5,905,000, or $0.90 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2014.

Sales and service fees for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $50,183,000, a decrease of $3,548,000, or 7%, compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2014. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in sales reflected growth of $2,744,000, or 5%, and a negative impact of $6,292,000, or 12%, when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. Sales and service fees for the first six months of fiscal 2015 were $101,155,000, a decrease of $3,546,000, or 3%, compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2014. Despite a year-over-year sales growth of $6,325,000, or 6%, results were offset by the adverse negative impact of $9,871,000, or 9%, when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes.

The following table sets forth net sales and service fees by geographic region for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2015 and 2014 (in thousands):

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
April 30, April 30,
$ % $ %
2015 2014 Change Change 2015 2014 Change Change
North America $ 13,735 $ 12,287 $ 1,448 12% $ 28,586 $ 28,580 $ 6 0%
Europe 32,113 35,037 (2,924) -8% 63,913 64,271 (358) -1%
Asia Pacific 4,335 6,407 (2,072) -32% 8,656 11,850 (3,194) -27%
Total $ 50,183 $ 53,731 $ (3,548) -7% $ 101,155 $ 104,701 $ (3,546) -3%

North American sales increased during the second quarter of fiscal 2015 by 12% compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2014, primarily driven by increased shipments of higher-performance machines. North American sales for the first six months of fiscal 2015 were relatively unchanged compared to the corresponding prior year period.

European sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 decreased by 8% compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2014 despite a sales growth of 9%, due to a negative impact of 17% resulting from a weaker Euro and Pound Sterling when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. The quarter-over-quarter improvement in European sales was primarily driven by increased shipments of higher-performance machines in Germany and France. European sales for the first six months of fiscal 2015 decreased by 1% compared to the corresponding prior year period despite sales growth of 14%, due to a negative impact of 15% resulting from a weaker Euro and Pound Sterling when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. The year-over-year improvement in European sales was driven by increased shipments of higher-performance machines across all European regions.

Asian Pacific sales for the second quarter and the first six months of fiscal 2015 decreased by 32% and 27%, respectively, compared to the corresponding periods in fiscal 2014, primarily due to softening market conditions in China.

Orders for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $53,101,000, a decrease of $579,000, or 1%, compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2014. Notwithstanding actual order growth of $6,295,000, or 12%, a weaker Euro and Pound Sterling resulted in a negative impact of $6,874,000, or 13%, when translating foreign orders to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. Orders for the first six months of fiscal 2015 were $98,110,000, a decrease of $12,664,000, or 11%, compared to the corresponding prior year period. The year-over-year decrease in orders reflected a reduction in orders of $2,755,000, or 2%, and a negative impact of $9,909,000, or 9%, when translating foreign orders to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes.

The following table sets forth new orders booked by geographic region for the second quarter and the first six months of fiscal 2015 and 2014 (in thousands):

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
April 30, April 30,
$ % $ %
2015 2014 Change Change 2015 2014 Change Change
North America $ 15,720 $ 11,429 $ 4,291 38% $ 29,631 $ 26,001 $ 3,630 14%
Europe 33,666 37,819 (4,153) -11% 59,645 74,330 (14,685) -20%
Asia Pacific 3,715 4,432 (717) -16% 8,834 10,443 (1,609) -15%
Total $ 53,101 $ 53,680 $ (579) -1% $ 98,110 $ 110,774 $ (12,664) -11%

Orders for North America increased by 38% and 14% for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2015, respectively, compared to the corresponding prior year periods due to increased customer demand for higher-performance machines.

European orders for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 decreased by 11% compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2014 and reflected orders growth of 6% and a negative impact of 17% due to a weaker Euro and Pound Sterling when translating foreign orders to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. The quarter-over-quarter improvement in European orders was primarily driven by increased customer demand for higher-performance machines in Germany, France and Italy. For the first six months of fiscal 2015, however, European orders decreased by 20% compared to the corresponding prior year period and reflected an order reduction of 7% and a negative impact of 13% due to a weaker Euro and Pound Sterling when translating foreign orders to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. The year-over-year reduction in European orders was primarily driven by foreign currency weakness in the United Kingdom and fluctuating customer demand for electro-mechanical components and accessories manufactured by Hurco's Italian-based subsidiary, LCM Precision Technologies (LCM).

Asian Pacific orders for the second quarter and the first six months of fiscal 2015 decreased by 16% and 15%, respectively, compared to the corresponding periods in fiscal 2014, primarily due to softening market conditions in China.

Hurco's gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $16,559,000, or 33% of sales, compared to $16,629,000, or 31% of sales, for the corresponding prior year period. Gross profit for the first six months of fiscal 2015 was $33,106,000, or 33% of sales, compared to $30,548,000, or 29% of sales, for the corresponding prior year period. The increase in gross profit was primarily attributable to increased sales of higher-performance machines in Europe and North America.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $10,850,000, or 22% of sales, compared to $11,206,000, or 21% of sales, in the corresponding period in fiscal 2014. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first six months of fiscal 2015 were $21,304,000, or 21% of sales, compared to $21,806,000, or 21% of sales, in the corresponding period in fiscal 2014. Selling, general and administrative expenses were favorably impacted by approximately $962,000, or 2% of sales, and $1,437,000, or 1% of sales, for the second quarter and the first six months of fiscal 2015, respectively, when translating foreign expenses to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes.

The effective tax rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was 32%, compared to 31% for the corresponding period in fiscal 2014. The effective tax rate for the first six months of fiscal 2015 was 34%, compared to 30% for corresponding period in fiscal 2014. The changes in effective tax rates year-over-year reflected a shift in geographic mix of income and loss among tax jurisdictions.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $64,720,000 at April 30, 2015, compared to $53,846,000 at October 31, 2014. Working capital, excluding cash and cash equivalents, was $85,663,000 at April 30, 2015 compared to $90,105,000 at October 31, 2014. The decrease in working capital, excluding cash, was primarily due to decreases in accounts receivable and the impact of translating foreign currencies to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes.

Hurco also announced today that its Board of Directors approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.08 per share. The dividend will be paid on July 6, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 22, 2015. Future declarations of dividends are subject to approval of the Board of Directors and may be adjusted as business needs or market conditions change.

Michael Doar, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Hurco had a good quarter and a strong first half of the year. After the effect of the strong US dollar is taken into consideration, both sales and orders in our key European markets increased for both the quarter and the first half of our fiscal year. North America saw stronger demand for our higher performance products, a testament to the value of our significant product line expansion during the past five years. The Asian Pacific region was negatively affected by the slowdown in China, but other countries in the region have performed well. As the market in China changes from mass production to smaller production volumes, the value of our control technologies will become increasingly relevant to that market as our control makes multiple changeovers efficient and profitable for manufacturers of all sizes. We will continue to leverage the advantage of a strong financial position to invent new technologies and develop new products that will make our customers more productive and more profitable."

Hurco Companies, Inc. is an industrial technology company that designs and produces interactive computer controls, software and computerized machine tools and machine tool components for the worldwide metal cutting and metal forming industry. The end market for the Company's products consists primarily of independent job shops and short-run manufacturing operations within large corporations in industries such as aerospace, defense, medical equipment, energy, transportation and computer equipment. The Company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, with manufacturing operations in Taiwan, Italy, and China, and sells its products through direct and indirect sales forces throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The Company has sales, application engineering support and service subsidiaries in China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Singapore, South Africa and the United States of America. Web Site: www.hurco.com

Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the cyclical nature of the machine tool industry, changes in general economic and business conditions that affect demand for our products, the risks of our international operations, changes in manufacturing markets, innovations by competitors, the ability to protect our intellectual property, breaches of our network and system security measures, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, increases in prices of raw materials, quality and delivery performance by our vendors, our ability to effectively integrate acquisitions, negative or unforeseen tax consequences and governmental actions and initiatives including import and export restrictions and tariffs.

Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
April 30, April 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Sales and service fees $ 50,183 $ 53,731 $ 101,155 $ 104,701
Cost of sales and service 33,624 37,102 68,049 74,153
Gross profit 16,559 16,629 33,106 30,548
Selling, general and administrative expenses 10,850 11,206 21,304 21,806
Operating income 5,709 5,423 11,802 8,742
Interest expense 57 54 126 131
Interest income 22 16 43 32
Investment income (expense) 6 5 71 36
Other (income) expense, net (159) 269 148 285
Income before taxes 5,839 5,121 11,642 8,394
Provision for income taxes 1,878 1,585 3,915 2,489
Net income $ 3,961 $ 3,536 $ 7,727 $ 5,905
Income per common share
Basic $ 0.60 $ 0.54 $ 1.17 $ 0.90
Diluted $ 0.60 $ 0.54 $ 1.17 $ 0.90
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 6,547 6,498 6,535 6,487
Diluted 6,589 6,531 6,578 6,520
OTHER CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
April 30, April 30,
Operating Data: 2015 2014 2015 2014
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Gross margin 33% 31% 33% 29%
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales 22% 21% 21% 21%
Operating income as a percentage of sales 11% 10% 12% 8%
Pre-tax income as a percentage of sales 12% 10% 12% 8%
Effective tax rate 32% 31% 34% 30%
Depreciation and amortization 721 816 1,447 1,551
Capital expenditures 1,091 855 1,615 1,374
Balance Sheet Data: 4/30/2015 10/31/2014
(unaudited)
Working capital (excluding cash) $ 85,663 $ 90,105
Days sales outstanding (unaudited) 47 49
Inventory turns (unaudited) 1.6 1.5
Capitalization
Total debt $ 3,226 $ 3,272
Shareholders' equity 170,404 164,645
Total $ 173,630 $ 167,917
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
April 30, October 31,
2015 2014
(unaudited) (audited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 64,720 $ 53,846
Accounts receivable, net 35,460 45,435
Inventories, net 92,446 95,992
Deferred income taxes 714 2,062
Derivative assets 3,518 3,127
Prepaid expenses 10,312 8,927
Other 1,593 1,365
Total current assets 208,763 210,754
Property and equipment:
Land 782 782
Building 7,314 7,314
Machinery and equipment 19,620 19,432
Leasehold improvements 3,362 3,523
31,078 31,051
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (19,733) (19,546)
11,345 11,505
Non-current assets:
Software development costs, less accumulated amortization 3,644 3,519
Goodwill 2,360 2,606
Intangible assets, net 1,385 1,635
Other assets 6,899 6,912
$ 234,396 $ 236,931
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 37,775 $ 42,718
Derivative liabilities 1,116 705
Accrued expenses 16,263 20,108
Short-term debt 3,226 3,272
Total current liabilities 58,380 66,803
Non-current liabilities:
Deferred income taxes 1,221 993
Accrued tax liability 966 1,054
Deferred credits and other obligations 3,425 3,436
Total liabilities 63,992 72,286
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock: no par value per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued -- --
Common stock: no par value; $.10 stated value per share; 12,500,000 shares authorized; 6,650,517 and 6,589,918 shares issued; and 6,551,718 and 6,508,880 shares outstanding, as of April 30, 2015 and October 31, 2014, respectively 655 651
Additional paid-in capital 56,796 55,974
Retained earnings 118,325 111,580
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,372) (3,560)
Total shareholders' equity 170,404 164,645
$ 234,396 $ 236,931

CONTACT: Sonja K. McClelland Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer 317-293-5309

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