Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE MKT:APT):
- Consolidated sales increased 7.0% to $10.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to $10.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.
- Operating income increased 51.0% to $77,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to $51,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.
- Diluted earnings per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 were $0.01.
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 first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
Consolidated sales for the first quarter increased 7.0% to $10.7 million, from $10.0 million for the comparable quarter of 2014. Building Supply segment sales for the three months ended March 31, 2015 increased by 5.3% to $5.8 million, compared to $5.5 million for the same period of 2014. The sales mix of the Building Supply segment for the three months ended March 31, 2015 was 61% for synthetic roof underlayment, 34% for housewrap and 5% for other woven material. This compared to 62% for synthetic roof underlayment, 34% for housewrap and 4% for other woven material for the first quarter of 2014. Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment for the three months ended March 31, 2015 increased 8.4% to $3.6 million, compared to $3.4 million for the same period of 2014. Infection Control segment sales for the three months ended March 31, 2015 increased by $124,000, or 11.6%, to $1.2 million, compared to $1.1 million for the same period of 2014.
Al Millar, President of Alpha Pro Tech, commented, “Today, we are again reporting solid top-line growth for the quarter across all segments of our business. Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment were up a notable 8.4%, and sales for the Infection Control segment were up an impressive 11.6%. Our Building Supply segment continues to grow, with the economy version of our synthetic roof underlayment, TECHNOplyTM, showing particular strength by more than doubling first quarter sales year over year. At the same time, we continue to explore opportunities to broaden our market share through innovative products, with plans to introduce a third synthetic roof underlayment product, positioned between our REX™ product and TECHNOplyTM, later this year.”
“Severe weather hampered the construction industry and crippled certain sectors of the construction market during the first quarter of 2015, creating some pent up demand for building products that we expect will lead to sales growth in the coming quarters,” continued Mr. Millar.
Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2015 increased by 6.0% to $3.8 million, for a 35.9% gross profit margin, compared to $3.6 million, for a 36.3% gross profit margin, for the same period in 2014.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased by 6.1% to $3.6 million for the first quarter of 2015, from $3.4 million for the same quarter of 2014. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A expenses decreased to 33.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2015, from 33.9% for the same period of 2014. Although SG&A expenses were up, two out of three segments SG&A percentage increase for the quarter was lower than the percentage increase in sales for the quarter.
Income from operations increased by $26,000, or 51.0%, to $77,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to $51,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2014. The increased income from operations was primarily due to an increase in gross profit of $215,000 and a decrease in depreciation and amortization expense of $17,000, partially offset by an increase in SG&A expenses of $206,000.
Net income decreased for the three months ended March 31, 2015 to $148,000, compared to $269,000 for the same period in 2014, a decrease of 45.0%. The decrease was primarily due to $191,000 of pre-tax gains on investments in the first quarter of 2014 and no such gains in the first quarter of 2015, partially offset by increased operating income in the first quarter of 2015. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 was 1.4% and 2.7%, respectively. Basic and diluted earnings per common share for each of the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 was $0.01.
The condensed consolidated balance sheet remained strong with a current ratio of 11:1 as of March 31, 2015, compared to 15:1 as of December 31, 2014. The Company ended the first quarter of 2015 with working capital of $32.5 million. Cash at the end of the quarter totaled $1.1 million and, as of April 30, 2015, had increased to $2.6 million, primarily from the collection of accounts receivable, which are typically higher in the first quarter of the year due to extended payment terms offered at year end in our Building Supply segment, consistent with our competitors in this industry.
Inventory increased by $2.6 million, or 15.6%, to $19.1 million as of March 31, 2015, from $16.5 million as of December 31, 2014. The increase was primarily due to an increase in inventory for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment of $805,000, or 17.7%, to $5.4 million and an increase in inventory for the Building Supply segment of $1.8 million, or 21.1%, to $10.5 million, partially offset by a decrease in inventory for the Infection Control segment of $61,000, or 1.8%, to $3.2 million.
Lloyd Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Inventory levels were was higher to mitigate supply chain interruptions as a result of national holidays in Asia and to support future growth, in particular the increased demand for our TECHNOply™ synthethic roof underlayment product. As in the past two years, inventory is expected to be down in the upcoming two quarters, which should have a positive impact on our cash position.”
Mr. Hoffman continued, “At the end of the quarter, we had $1.1 million available for additional stock purchases under our stock repurchase program. As of March 31, 2015, we have repurchased 129,100 shares of common stock at a cost of $311,000, bringing the program total to 11,673,631 shares of common stock at a cost of $16.4 million since the 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 Alpha Pro Tech's website at http://www.alphaprotech.com.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts|
|of $60,000 and $60,000 as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively||7,792,000||5,333,000|
|Accounts receivable, related party||417,000||333,000|
|Deferred income tax assets||486,000||486,000|
|Total current assets||35,752,000||35,503,000|
|Property and equipment, net||3,208,000||3,315,000|
|Definite-lived intangible assets, net||65,000||71,000|
|Equity investments in unconsolidated affiliate||3,106,000||3,008,000|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Total current liabilities||3,219,000||2,294,000|
|Deferred income tax liabilities||1,546,000||1,752,000|
|Common stock, $.01 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized;|
|18,219,456 and 18,348,556 shares outstanding as of|
|March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively||182,000||183,000|
|Additional paid-in capital||17,529,000||17,833,000|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||1,047,000||1,375,000|
|Total shareholders' equity||37,421,000||37,906,000|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||42,186,000||$||41,952,000|
(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2014 has been prepared using information from the audited consolidated balance sheet as of that date.
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements (Unaudited)
|For the Three Months Ended|
|Cost of goods sold, excluding depreciation|
|Selling, general and administrative||3,577,000||3,371,000|
|Depreciation and amortization||171,000||188,000|
Total operating expenses
|Income from operations||77,000||51,000|
|Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliate||98,000||110,000|
|Gain on sale of marketable securities and|
|investment in common stock warrants||-||191,000|
Total other income
|Income before provision|
for income taxes
|Provision for income taxes||28,000||86,000|
|Basic earnings per common share||$||0.01||$||0.01|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||0.01||$||0.01|
|Basic weighted average common shares outstanding||18,299,933||18,859,834|
|Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding||18,499,572||19,163,050|