Houston Wire & Cable Company Reports Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017

HOUSTON, Aug. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) (the “Company”) announced operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Selected quarterly results were:

  • Sales of $75.6 million up 21.1% from the second quarter of 2016
  • Organic sales, excluding Vertex, increased 8.1% from the second quarter of 2016
  • Net loss from operations of $0.1 million

Second Quarter Summary
Jim Pokluda, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are encouraged to see that the year-over-year sales increases experienced in the first quarter continued into the second quarter. Although we experienced more volatile demand, which pressured our results sequentially, the Q2 organic sales increase of 8.1%, which included an increase of approximately 2% due to the fluctuation of metals prices, continues to indicate a slow recovery from the significantly depressed market conditions experienced in the prior year. Excluding Vertex, we estimate that Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) sales increased 19% or approximately 17% on a metals adjusted basis, while project sales decreased 22% or approximately 24% on a metals adjusted basis. Sales activity at Vertex at $8.1 million exceeded our expectations and we continue to invest resources in the business.”

Gross margin at 21.6% increased 170 basis points from the second quarter of 2016, primarily due to the higher margins generated by Vertex. Operating expenses at $16.5 million increased compared to the second quarter of 2016 (excluding the $2.4 million impairment charge in 2016) by $3.4 million, principally due to the operating expenses of Vertex and overall higher operating expenses incurred by the legacy operations.

Interest expense of $0.5 million was up $0.4 million from $0.1 million in the prior year period, due to the additional debt incurred to purchase Vertex. The increase was also impacted as average interest rates increased to 2.7% in 2017 from 1.7% in 2016.

The results of operations produced a net loss of $0.1 million, as compared to a net loss of $2.6 million in 2016. Excluding the impairment from 2016’s results, the second quarter of 2016 produced a net loss of $0.7 million.

Mr. Pokluda further commented “Despite the incremental contribution from Vertex, our performance fell short of our expectations. Organic demand continues to be weak, especially in large project activity and for our fabricated products both of which continue to negatively affect sales, operating margins, and our bottom line performance. General MRO activity is continuing to improve, and increased drilling activity has positively impacted our MRO sales, but the reduced project demand and the absence of any meaningful offshore drilling activity, is still indicative of the depressed and overall unpredictable level of industrial demand.”

Six month summary
Sales for the six month period were 21.4% higher than the prior year period and organic sales (excluding Vertex) increased 8.9%, or approximately 8% on a metals adjusted basis. We estimate that MRO sales increased 21%, and project sales decreased 27%, in each case on a metals adjusted basis.

Mr. Pokluda further commented “The Vertex operation has been significantly integrated into HWC and as previously announced, I am pleased to welcome Rich Megliola as its new President. This operation is well established in the fastener industry and, we believe, has a sound foundation to produce future success and results.”

Gross margin at 21.5% was up 120 basis points from the 20.3% level of the 2016 period and included the impact of Vertex’s higher margins.

Operating expenses increased $4.7 million from $28.9 million in 2016. Excluding the impairment charge from the prior year, operating expenses increased $7.1 million.

Interest expense of $0.9 million increased $0.6 million from the $0.3 million in 2016, mainly due to the additional debt incurred for the Vertex acquisition. In addition, average interest rates increased to 2.6% in 2017 from 1.7% in 2016.

The results of operations produced a net loss of $0.5 million, as compared to a net loss of $2.7 million in 2016. Excluding the impairment from 2016’s results, 2016 generated a loss of $0.9 million.

Mr. Pokluda further commented “I am delighted that Roy Haley, a distribution industry expert has agreed to join our board of directors. Roy’s depth of experience will be a valuable asset to HWCC going forward.”

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call to discuss second quarter results on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., C.T. Hosting the call will be James Pokluda, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Nicol Graham, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

A live audio web cast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website ir.houwire.com.

Live call dial-in numbers are as follow:
Toll-Free: (800) 936-7954
International: (720) 545-0048
Conference ID # 61811742

Approximately two hours after the completion of the live call, a telephone replay will be available until August 16, 2017.

Replay, Toll-Free #: (855)859-2056
Replay, Toll #: (404)537-3406
Conference ID # 61811742

About the Company
With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Houston Wire & Cable Company, an industrial distributor, is a large provider of industrial products in the U.S market. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Company has sales and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the United States.

Standard stock items available for immediate delivery include continuous and interlocked armor cable; instrumentation cable; medium voltage cable; high temperature wire; portable cord; power cable; primary and secondary aluminum distribution cable; private branded products, including LifeGuard™, a low-smoke, zero-halogen cable; mechanical wire and cable and related hardware, including wire rope, lifting products and synthetic rope and slings; corrosion resistant fasteners, hose clamps, and rivets.

Comprehensive value-added services include same-day shipping, knowledgeable sales staff, inventory management programs, just-in-time delivery, logistics support, customized online ordering capabilities and 24/7/365 service.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains comments concerning management’s view of the Company’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and projections about future events may, and often do, vary materially from actual results.

Other risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with the SEC. These documents are available under the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.houwire.com.

Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such statements.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)
June 30, December 31,
2017 2016
Current assets:
Accounts receivable, net $48,223 $44,677
Inventories, net 78,500 79,783
Income taxes 3,774 1,948
Prepaids 1,310 570
Total current assets 131,807 126,978
Property and equipment, net 11,517 11,261
Intangible assets, net 12,404 13,378
Goodwill 22,495 22,770
Deferred income taxes 892
Other assets 623 591
Total assets $178,846 $175,870
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Book overdraft $518 $3,181
Trade accounts payable 6,274 8,406
Accrued and other current liabilities 11,493 13,248
Total current liabilities 18,285 24,835
Debt 69,930 60,388
Other long term obligations 510 516
Total liabilities 88,725 85,739
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized: 20,988,952 shares issued: 16,487,334 and 16,457,525 outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 21 21
Additional paid-in-capital 53,887 53,824
Retained earnings 97,051 97,550
Treasury stock (60,838) (61,264)
Total stockholders' equity 90,121 90,131
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $178,846 $175,870

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Sales $75,646 $62,454 $154,355 $127,165
Cost of sales 59,328 50,024 121,106 101,336
Gross profit 16,318 12,430 33,249 25,829
Operating expenses:
Salaries and commissions 8,828 6,838 17,672 13,747
Other operating expenses 6,827 5,496 14,304 11,333
Depreciation and amortization 825 774 1,685 1,466
Impairment charge 2,384 2,384
Total operating expenses 16,480 15,492 33,661 28,930
Operating loss (162) (3,062) (412) (3,101)
Interest expense 499 149 949 324
Loss before income taxes (661) (3,211) (1,361) (3,425)
Income tax benefit (607) (654) (854) (684)
Net loss $(54) $(2,557) $(507) $(2,741)
Loss per share:
Basic $(0.00) $(0.16) $(0.03) $(0.17)
Diluted $(0.00) $(0.16) $(0.03) $(0.17)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 16,266,342 16,383,630 16,253,848 16,432,376
Diluted 16,266,342 16,383,630 16,253,848 16,432,376
Dividend declared per share $ $0.06 $ $0.12

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
Six Months
Ended June 30,
2017 2016
Operating activities
Net loss $(507) $(2,741)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Impairment charge 2,384
Depreciation and amortization 1,685 1,466
Amortization of unearned stock compensation 513 422
Provision for inventory obsolescence 111 357
Deferred income taxes 1,033 (695)
Other non-cash items 99 27
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (3,624) 4,738
Inventories 1,172 10,840
Book overdraft (2,663) (3,210)
Trade accounts payable (2,132) 1,972
Accrued and other current liabilities (1,454) (1,757)
Prepaids (740) (736)
Income taxes (1,826) (207)
Other operating activities (59) 211
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (8,392) 13,071
Investing activities
Expenditures for property and equipment (1,226) (557)
Cash received for acquisition 134
Net cash used in investing activities (1,092) (557)
Financing activities
Borrowings on revolver 165,025 124,312
Payments on revolver (155,483) (133,408)
Payment of dividends (34) (1,990)
Purchase of treasury stock (24) (1,428)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 9,484 (12,514)
Net change in cash
Cash at beginning of period
Cash at end of period $ $

CONTACT: Nicol G. Graham Chief Financial Officer Direct: 713.609.2125 Fax: 713.609.2168 ngraham@houwire.com

Source:Houston Wire & Cable Company