Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE MKT:APT), 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 and nine months ended September 30, 2014.
Net sales for the third quarter increased 4.1% to $13.2 million from $12.7 million for the comparable quarter of 2013, with an increase across all segments. Building Supply segment sales for the three months ended September 30, 2014 increased by 3.7% to a record $8.5 million, compared to $8.2 million for the same period of 2013. The sales mix of the Building Supply segment for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was 65% for synthetic roof underlayment, 31% for housewrap and 4% for other woven material. This compared to 66% for synthetic roof underlayment, 30% for housewrap and 4% for other woven material for the third quarter of 2013. Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment for the three months ended September 30, 2014 increased 3.6% to $3.5 million, compared to $3.3 million for the same period of 2013. Infection Control segment sales for the three months ended September 30, 2014 increased by $93,000, or 8.3%, to $1.2 million compared to $1.1 million for the same period of 2013.
Al Millar, President of Alpha Pro Tech, commented, “We are reporting a record-setting $8.5 million in sales in our Building Supply segment for the quarter, driven primarily by an increase in sales of house wrap. For the year, TECHNOply™, the economy version of our synthetic roof underlayment, has really gained traction with approximately three and half times the sales over the same period last year.”
Mr. Millar continued, “Our Infection Control and Disposable Protective Apparel segments offer personal protective equipment that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommend as guidelines for healthcare workers in relation to the Ebola virus. We offer a complete line of facemasks, including a N95 particulate respirator, as well as a line of face shields, gowns, coveralls and other disposable apparel. In response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, we have recently donated products to World Vision, a relief effort organization, which has distributed our product to health care workers in the fight against the spread of Ebola.”
Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 increased 6.4% to $35.4 million from $33.3 million for the comparable period of 2013. This increase resulted from increased sales across all segments.
Building Supply segment sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 increased by $1.0 million, or 5.0%, to $21.5 million, compared to $20.5 million for the same period of 2013. The increase was primarily due to a 7.3% increase in sales of synthetic roof underlayment, an increase in sales of housewrap and an increase in sales of other woven material.
Gross profit for the three months ended September 30, 2014 increased by 6.7% to $4.9 million, or 37.0% gross profit margin, compared to $4.6 million, or 36.1% gross profit margin, for the same period in 2013. Gross profit for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 increased 5.7% to $13.0 million, or 36.7% gross profit margin, from $12.3 million, or 36.9% gross profit margin, for the same period of 2013.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by 3.1% to $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2014 from $3.2 million for the same quarter of 2013. Selling, general and administrative expenses were up across all segments due to increased sales and were partially offset by a decrease in unallocated corporate expenses. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 24.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2014 from 25.1% for the same period of 2013. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2014, selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased to 28.1% from 29.7% for the same period of 2013.
Income from operations increased by $189,000, or 15.6%, to $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $1.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013. Income from operations increased by $605,000, or 32.2%, to $2.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $1.9 million for the same period of 2013.
Net income increased for the three months ended September 30, 2014 to $1.0 million compared to $905,000 for the same period in 2013, an increase of $61,000, or 6.7%. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 was 7.3% and 7.1%, respectively. Basic and diluted earnings per common share for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 was $0.05.
Net income increased by 52.7% to $2.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $1.4 million for the same period of 2013. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was 6.0%, and net income as a percentage of net sales for the same period of 2013 was 4.2%. Basic earnings per common share for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 were $0.12 and $0.07, respectively. Diluted earnings per common share for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 were $0.11 and $0.07, respectively.
The consolidated balance sheet remained strong with a current ratio of 16:1 as of September 30, 2014, compared to 19:1 as of December 31, 2013. The Company completed the third quarter of 2014 with working capital of $31.8 million.
Inventory decreased by $469,000, or 3.3%, to $13.7 million as of September 30, 2014 from $14.1 million as of December 31, 2013. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in inventory for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment of $1.2 million, or 23.6%, to $3.9 million and a decrease in inventory for the Infection Control segment of $318,000, or 9.8%, to $2.9 million, partially offset by an increase in inventory for the Building Supply segment of $1.1 million, or 18.2%, to $6.8 million.
Lloyd Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer, commented, “At the end of the quarter, we had $1.6 million available for additional stock purchases under our stock repurchase program. Year to date, we have repurchased 950,100 shares of common stock at a cost of $2,034,000, bringing the program total to 11,475,078 shares of common stock at a cost of $15,960,000 since the repurchase program’s inception. 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 $3.5 million credit facility. The Company believes that current cash balances and the borrowings available under its credit facility will be sufficient to satisfy projected working capital needs and planned capital expenditures for the foreseeable future.
About Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.
Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. is the parent company of Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. and Alpha ProTech Engineered Products, Inc. Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets innovative disposable and limited-use protective apparel products for the industrial, clean room, medical and dental markets. Alpha ProTech Engineered Products, Inc. manufactures and markets a line of construction weatherization products, including building wrap and roof underlayment. The Company has manufacturing facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah; Nogales, Arizona; Valdosta, Georgia; and a joint venture in India. For more information and copies of all news releases and financials, visit the Company’s Website at http://www.alphaprotech.com.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||7,053,000||$||8,215,000|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $82,000|
|and $85,000 as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively||6,148,000||5,071,000|
|Deferred income tax assets||577,000||640,000|
|Total current assets||33,990,000||32,640,000|
|Property and equipment, net||3,415,000||3,068,000|
|Definite-lived intangible assets, net||75,000||92,000|
|Equity investment in unconsolidated affiliate||2,924,000||2,708,000|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Total current liabilities||2,165,000||1,725,000|
|Deferred income tax liabilities||1,624,000||1,257,000|
|Common stock, $.01 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized;|
|18,213,009 and 18,878,109 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2014|
|and December 31, 2013, respectively||182,000||189,000|
|Additional paid-in capital||17,477,000||18,994,000|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||1,108,000||625,000|
|Total shareholders' equity||36,670,000||35,581,000|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||40,459,000||$||38,563,000|
(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2013 has been prepared using information from the audited balance sheet as of that date.
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements (Unaudited)
|For the Three Months Ended||For the Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Cost of goods sold, excluding depreciation|
|Selling, general and administrative||3,288,000||3,190,000||9,958,000||9,885,000|
|Depreciation and amortization||198,000||178,000||562,000||534,000|
|Total operating expenses||3,486,000||3,368,000||10,520,000||10,419,000|
|Income from operations||1,400,000||1,211,000||2,485,000||1,880,000|
|Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliate||22,000||101,000||216,000||172,000|
Gain on investments in common stock
|Total other income||26,000||102,000||638,000||175,000|
|Income before provision for income taxes||1,426,000||1,313,000||3,123,000||2,055,000|
|Provision for income taxes||460,000||408,000||993,000||660,000|
|Net income||$ 966,000||$ 905,000||$2,130,000||$1,395,000|
|Basic earnings per common share||$ 0.05||$ 0.05||$ 0.12||$ 0.07|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$ 0.05||$ 0.05||$ 0.11||$ 0.07|
|Basic weighted average common shares outstanding||18,107,073||19,008,660||18,429,985||19,326,491|
|Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding||18,387,422||19,009,656||18,689,274||19,326,491|