Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE MKT:APT):
- Building Supply segment sales increased $357,000, or 6.9%, to $5.5 million; 18.9% increase in sales of synthetic roof underlayment led by TECHNOply™, the Company’s new economy version of synthetic roof underlayment.
- Selling, General and Administrative expenses decreased by 4.0% to 33.9% of sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to 37.2% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
- Net income increased to $269,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to $15,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
- Basic and diluted earnings per common share for the quarters ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were $0.01 and $0.00, respectively.
Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of products designed to protect people, products and environments, including disposable protective apparel and building products, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2014.
Consolidated sales for the first quarter increased 5.4% to $10.0 million from $9.5 million for the comparable quarter of 2013. Building Supply segment sales for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased by 6.9% to $5.5 million, compared to $5.2 million for the same period of 2013. The sales mix of the Building Supply segment for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was 62% for synthetic roof underlayment, 34% for housewrap and 4% for other woven material. This compared to 57% for synthetic roof underlayment, 40% for housewrap and 3% for other woven material for the first quarter of 2013. Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased 4.5% to $3.4 million, compared to $3.2 million for the same period of 2013. Infection Control segment sales for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased by 0.5% to $1.07 million.
Al Millar, President of Alpha Pro Tech, commented, “The increase in Building Supply segment sales was primarily due to an 18.9% increase in sales of synthetic roof underlayment. These increases were partially offset by an 8.7% decrease in sales of REX™ Wrap house wrap. Sales of house wrap were negatively affected by extended and harsher than normal winter conditions that affected construction activity in many of the markets where our products are used.”
Mr. Millar continued, “In addition, in the first quarter of 2014, TECHNOply™, the economy version of our synthetic roof underlayment, which was introduced in 2012, had approximately two and one half times the sales of the product during the same period in 2013. Sales of REXTM Synfelt synthetic roof underlayment, our premium synthetic roof underlayment, also grew by 5.4% in the first quarter of 2014. We believe that the outlook for the Building Supply segment is encouraging and that we are positioned to take advantage of growth prospects as the housing market continues its recovery. We will continue to introduce new products in our Building Supply segment as we see opportunities arise.”
Mr. Millar concluded, “Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment increased by 4.5% primarily due to an increase in sales of disposable protective apparel to national and regional distributors, partially offset by a decrease in sales to our major international supply chain partner. Management is emphasizing a more diversified and broader distribution strategy for our Critical Cover® protective apparel product line.”
Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2014 decreased by 1.4% to $3.6 million, with a 36.3% gross profit margin, compared to $3.7 million, with a 38.8% gross profit margin, for the same period in 2013. The gross profit margin was negatively affected by a decrease in the Disposable Protective Apparel segment margin, due to competitive pricing pressure in the marketplace.
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by 4.0% to $3.4 million for the first quarter of 2014 from $3.5 million for the same quarter of 2013. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 33.9% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 from 37.2% for the same period of 2013. Corporate unallocated expenses were down $155,000, or 12.0%, primarily due to a 2013 severance payment accrual for manufacturing personnel that were not replaced, as we restructured some job functions.
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased to $269,000, compared to $15,000 for the same period in 2013, an increase of $254,000. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 was 2.7% and 0.2%, respectively. Basic and diluted earnings income per common share for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were $0.01 and $0.00, respectively.
The consolidated balance sheet remained strong with a current ratio of 23:1 as of March 31, 2014, compared to 19:1 as of December 31, 2013. The Company completed the first quarter of 2014 with working capital of $31.2 million.
Lloyd Hoffman, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Cash and cash equivalents decreased by 40.8%, or $3.4 million, to $4.9 million as of March 31, 2014, compared to $8.2 million as of December 31, 2013. The decrease was primarily due to payments for the repurchase of common stock and extended payment terms provided on most Building Supply segment sales through February 2014 to remain competitive. We began this program in November 2013, and the majority of the receivables are due to be collected in April and May, which should improve our cash position in the second quarter of 2014. As a result, DSOs (Days Sales Outstanding) was 55 days, compared to 47 days as of December 31, 2013.”
Inventory increased by $342,000, or 2.4%, to $14.5 million as of March 31, 2014 from $14.1 million as of December 31, 2013. The increase was primarily due to an increase in inventory for the Building Supply segment of $826,000, or 14.3%, to $6.6 million, offset by a decrease in inventory for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment of $446,000, or 8.7%, to $4.7 million, and a decrease in inventory for the Infection Control segment of $38,000, or 1.2%, to $3.2 million.
Mr. Hoffman concluded, “As of March 31, 2014, we had $1,018,000 available for additional stock purchases under our stock repurchase program. For the three months ended March 31, 2014, we repurchased 269,200 shares of common stock at a cost of $577,000. As of March 31, 2014, we had repurchased a total of 10,794,178 shares of common stock at a cost of $14,944,000 through our repurchase program. We retire all stock upon its repurchase. Future repurchases are expected to be funded from cash on hand and cash flows from operating activities.”
The Company currently has no outstanding debt and maintains an unused $3.5 million credit facility. The Company believes current cash balances and the borrowings available under its credit facility will be sufficient to satisfy projected working capital needs and planned capital expenditures for the foreseeable future.
About Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.
Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. is the parent company of Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. and Alpha ProTech Engineered Products, Inc. Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets innovative disposable and limited-use protective apparel products for the industrial, clean room, medical and dental markets. Alpha ProTech Engineered Products, Inc. manufactures and markets a line of construction weatherization products, including building wrap and roof underlayment. The Company has manufacturing facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah; Nogales, Arizona; Valdosta, Georgia; and a joint venture in India. For more information and copies of all news releases and financials, visit Alpha Pro Tech's Website at http://www.alphaprotech.com.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||4,864,000||$||8,215,000|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $99,000|
and $85,000 as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively
|Deferred income tax assets||640,000||640,000|
|Total current assets||32,611,000||32,640,000|
|Property and equipment, net||2,938,000||3,068,000|
|Definite-lived intangible assets, net||87,000||92,000|
|Equity investments in unconsolidated affiliate||2,818,000||2,708,000|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Total current liabilities||1,430,000||1,725,000|
|Deferred income tax liabilities||1,412,000||1,257,000|
|Common stock, $.01 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized;|
|18,638,909 and 18,878,109 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2014|
|and December 31, 2013, respectively||186,000||189,000|
|Additional paid-in capital||18,476,000||18,994,000|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||963,000||625,000|
|Total shareholders' equity||35,667,000||35,581,000|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||38,509,000||$||38,563,000|
(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2013 has been prepared using information from the audited balance sheet as of that date.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
|For the Three Months Ended|
|Cost of goods sold, excluding depreciation|
|Selling, general and administrative||3,371,000||3,512,000|
|Depreciation and amortization||188,000||181,000|
|Total operating expenses||3,559,000||3,693,000|
|Income (loss) from operations||51,000||(30,000)|
|Other income :|
|Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliate||110,000||33,000|
|Gain on investments in common stock and common stock warrants||191,000||-|
|Total other income||304,000||34,000|
|Income before provision (benefit) for income taxes||355,000||4,000|
|Provision (benefit) for income taxes||86,000||(11,000)|
|Basic earnings per common share||$||0.01||$||0.00|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||0.01||$||0.00|
|Basic weighted average common shares outstanding||18,859,834||19,715,775|
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding