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Collectors Universe Reports Record Revenues in Third Quarter

(May 07, 2014)

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Collectors Universe, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLCT), a leading provider of value-added authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of high-value collectibles, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2014.



Operational and Financial Highlights:




  • Service revenues increased by $1.8 million or 12% to a quarterly record of $16.3 million in this year's third quarter compared to $14.5 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The increase was driven by a $1.6 million or 16% increase in coin service revenues and a $0.4 million or 11% increase in cards and autographs service revenues. In addition, service revenues increased by $9.2 million or 26% to a nine month record of $44.0 million compared to $34.8 million in the same period of the prior year. The increase in the nine months was driven by an $8.0 million or 36% increase in coin service revenues and a $1.3 million or 14% increase in cards and autographs service revenues.

     


  • Coin service revenues earned at our overseas operations increased to 5% and 7% of service revenues in the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014, respectively, compared to 2% of service revenues in the same periods of the prior year.

     


  • The services gross profit margins for this year's third quarter and nine months were 63% and 62%, respectively, as compared to 64% and 60% in the same periods of the prior year.

     


  • Operating income decreased to $3.7 million in this year's third quarter from $3.9 million in last year's third quarter and increased to $8.7 million in this year's nine months from $6.2 million in last year's nine months. Excluding non-cash stock-based compensation, operating income would have been $4.3 million and $10.1 million in this year's third quarter and nine months, respectively, compared to $4.1 million and $6.8 million for the same periods of the prior year.

     


  • Income from continuing operations in this year's third quarter was $2.1 million or $0.26 per diluted share compared to $2.4 million or $0.29 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. However, for the nine months ended March 31, 2014, income from continuing operations increased to $5.0 million or $0.61 per diluted share, up from $3.8 million or $0.47 per diluted share for the same period of the prior year.

     


  • The Company's cash position at March 31, 2014 was $17.7 million compared to $18.7 million at June 30, 2013 and $16.3 million at December 31, 2013. Cash generated from continuing operations in this year's nine months increased by 32% to $8.5 million from $6.5 million in the same period of the prior year. Dividends paid to stockholders in the nine months through March 31, 2014 were $8.0 million.

     


  • On April 30, 2014, we announced our quarterly cash dividend of $0.325 per share, which will be paid on May 30, 2014 to stockholders of record on May 16, 2014.



Commentary and Outlook


Robert Deuster, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very pleased with the performance of our businesses this year and our third quarter results are evidence again of the strength of our core markets, especially in the U.S. With this as a backdrop, we continue to strive to demonstrate operating performance at a high level, leveraging our teams and capabilities to enhance our bottom line while investing in new long term growth opportunities, like China. We believe our coin brand is gaining increased recognition around the world for consistent quality of grade and that enhances the value of our customer's collectibles in the marketplace."




Conference Call and Webcast



Collectors Universe will host a conference call to discuss results on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 888-549-7880 or 480-629-9643, five to ten minutes prior to the initiation of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available through May 21, by dialing 800-406-7325 or 303-590-3030 and entering access code 4682492#. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Collectors Universe website, www.collectors.com under Investor Relations: Events and Presentations. The webcast will be archived for 12 months.



About Collectors Universe



Collectors Universe, Inc. is a leading provider of value-added services to the high-value collectibles markets. The Company authenticates and grades collectible coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs and memorabilia ("collectibles"). The Company also compiles and publishes authoritative information about United States and world coins, collectible trading cards and sports memorabilia ("collectibles"), and operates its CCE dealer-to-dealer Internet bid-ask market for certified coins and its Expos trade show and conventions business. This information is accessible to collectors and dealers at the Company's website, http://www.collectors.com and is also published in print.



Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information



This news release contains statements regarding our expectations, beliefs or views about our future financial performance and trends in our business and in our markets, which constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements can often be identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may."



Due to a number of risks and uncertainties to which our business and our markets are subject, our future financial performance may differ, possibly significantly, from our expected financial performance as set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Information regarding those risks and uncertainties, and their possible impact on our future financial performance, include, but are not limited to, the following: our continued dependence on our coin business which generated more than 60% of our consolidated revenues and a substantial portion of our operating income in the year ended June 30, 2013 and the nine months of fiscal 2014, making our operating results more vulnerable to conditions that could adversely affect or cause stagnation in the prices of precious metals and collectible coins; the risks that the economic recovery may remain weak or stall, or that economic conditions may deteriorate as a result of events outside of our control, including international tensions that could cause volatility in the prices of gold and silver, which could result in reductions in the demand for our collectibles authentication and grading services and, consequently, in our revenues and operating results; the risk that the economic recession from 2008 to 2010 and the weakness of the economic recovery in the United States will lead to longer-term changes in the spending habits of consumers and in the availability and use of credit by smaller businesses, such as collectibles dealers, to fund purchases of collectibles, which could lead to longer-term declines in collectibles commerce and, therefore, in the demand for our services; the risks that claims under our coin and trading card authentication and grading warranties will increase substantially and that the warranty reserves we maintain for such claims, will, as a result prove to be inadequate, which could cause our gross margin and operating results to decline or cause us to incur operating losses, the risk that our strategies of offering new services and expanding our collectibles authentication and grading business into new geographic areas, such as Europe and Asia will not be successful in enabling us to improve our profitability or may even cause us to incur significant losses; the risks and added complexity of conducting business overseas, the risk that it may become necessary for us to reduce the amount of, or suspend or discontinue the payment of cash dividends in the future, due to conditions or circumstances outside of our control, such as adverse economic or market conditions, as well as our future financial performance and the cash needs of our business in the future; and the risk that our continuing financial obligations with respect to two facilities in New York City, which we had leased for our subsequently discontinued jewelry businesses, will lead to reductions in cash flows and additional losses from discontinued operations in future periods.



Additional information regarding these risks and information regarding other risks and uncertainties to which our business is subject is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 which we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 28, 2013. Due to these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in our Annual or Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which speak only as of their respective dates. We also disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.



 

































































































































































































































































































COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In Thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

Nine Months Ended

March 31,

 

2014

2013

2014

2013

Net revenues:

 

 

 

 

Authentication, grading and related services

$ 16,298

$ 14,488

$ 43,956

$ 34,763

Product Sales

 10

 --

 68

 550

 

 16,308

 14,488

 44,024

 35,313

Cost of revenues:

 

 

 

 

Authentication, grading and related services

 6,061

  5,178

 16,548

 13,480

Product sales

 23 

 2

 72

 554

 

 6,084

 5,180

 16,620

 14,034

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

  10,224

9,308

 27,404

 21,279

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

Selling and marketing expenses

2,465

2,174

6,779

5,542

General and administrative expenses

4,046

3,214

11,958

9,556

Total operating expenses

6,511

5,388

18,737

15,098

Operating income

3,713

3,920

8,667

6,181

Interest income and other expense, net 

3

8

27

79

Income before provision for income taxes

3,716

3,928

8,694

6,260

Provision for income taxes

1,581

1,541

3,663

2,475

Income from continuing operations

2,135

 2,387

5,031

 3,785

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(16)

 (7)

 (61)

 (38)

Net income

$ 2,119

$ 2,380

$ 4,970

$  3,747

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per basic share:

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

$ 0.26

$ 0.30

$  0.62

$  0.47

Loss from discontinued operations

--

--

(0.01)

--

Net income per basic share

$ 0.26

$ 0.30

$ 0.61

$ 0.47

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per diluted share:

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

$ 0.26

$ 0.29

$ 0.61

$ 0.47

Loss from discontinued operations

--

--

(0.01)

(0.01)

Net income per diluted share

$ 0.26

$ 0.29

$ 0.60

$ 0.46

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

8,186

8,066

8,149

8,047

Diluted

8,274

8,101

8,219

8,099

Dividends declared per common share

$ 0.325

$ 0.325

 $0.975

 $0.975


 



















































































































































































































COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

ASSETS

March 31,

2014

June 30,

2013

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 17,683

$ 18,711

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $25 at March 31, 2014 and $27 at June 30, 2013

2,526

2,067

Inventories, net

1,821

1,656

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,184

964

Deferred income tax assets

1,328

1,328

Total current assets

24,542

24,726

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

2,673

2,153

Goodwill

2,083

2,083

Intangible assets, net

1,296

1,477

Deferred income tax assets

2,003

2,003

Other assets

399

394

Non-current assets of discontinued operations

182

182

 

$ 33,178

$ 33,018

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

Accounts payable

$ 1,985

$ 1,608

Accrued liabilities

2,568

2,121

Accrued compensation and benefits

3,327

2,680

Income taxes payable

908

760

Deferred revenue

2,736

2,345

Current liabilities of discontinued operations

832

802

Total current liabilities

12,356

10,316

 

 

 

Deferred rent

469

474

Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations

1,268

1,666

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 3,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

 

--

--

Common stock, $.001 par value; 20,000 shares authorized; 8,792 and 8,509 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.

9

9

Additional paid-in capital

76,111

74,578

Accumulated deficit

(57,035)

(54,025)

Total stockholders' equity

19,085

20,562

 

$ 33,178

$ 33,018















































































































































































































































































 

 

COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

March 31,

 

2014

2013

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Net income

$4,970

$3,747

Discontinued operations

61

38

Income from continuing operations

5,031

3,785

Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 907

 769

Stock-based compensation expense

 1,398

 625

Provision for bad debts

 19

 10

Provision for inventory write-down

 53

 37

Provision for warranty

 587

 479

Gain on sale of property and equipment

 (2)

 (14)

Interest on note receivable

 -- 

 (6)

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable

 (493)

 (718)

Inventories

 (218)

 501

Prepaid expenses and other

 (220)

 (210)

Other assets

 (4)

 (167)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 300

 (154)

Accrued compensation and benefits

 647

 (381)

Income taxes payable

 148

 1,547

Deferred revenue

 390

 356

Deferred rent

 (5)

 18

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

 8,538

 6,477

Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued businesses

 (429)

 (380)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 8,109

 6,097

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 7

 37

Proceeds from sale of business

 15

 -- 

Capital expenditures

 (1,125)

 (529)

Capitalized software

 (110)

 (28)

Patents and other intangibles

 (14)

 (62)

Collection of notes receivable from discontinued operations

 -- 

 154

Net cash used in investing activities

 (1,227)

 (428)

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 292

 28

Dividends paid to common stockholders

 (8,046)

 (8,171)

Payments for retirement of common stock

 (156)

 (8)

Net cash used in financing activities

 (7,910)

 (8,151)

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 (1,028)

 (2,482)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 18,711

 21,214

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$17,683

$18,732

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:

 

 

Income taxes paid during the period

$3,479

$904

CONTACT: Joseph Wallace
Chief Financial Officer
Collectors Universe
949-567-1245
jwallace@collectors.com



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