SOURCE: Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.

May 04, 2016 16:15 ET

Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. Announces First Quarter Financial Results

First Quarter Net Sales of $11.8 Million; Income From Operations Increased by 723% for the First Quarter

NOGALES, AZ--(Marketwired - May 4, 2016) -  Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE MKT: APT)

  • Consolidated sales increased by 11.2% to a first quarter record of $11.8 million, compared to $10.7 million for the first quarter of 2015.
  • Income from operations increased by $557,000, or 723%, to $634,000.
  • Diluted earnings per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were $0.03, compared to $0.01 for the comparable quarter of 2015.

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, 2016.

Consolidated sales for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 increased by 11.2% to $11.8 million from $10.7 million for the comparable quarter of 2015. Building Supply segment sales for the first quarter increased by 16.2% to $6.7 million, compared to $5.8 million for the same period of 2015. The sales mix of the Building Supply segment for the first quarter of 2016 was 63% for synthetic roof underlayment, 33% for housewrap and 4% for other woven material. This compared to 61% for synthetic roof underlayment, 34% for housewrap and 5% for other woven material for the first quarter of 2015. First quarter sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment increased by 4.9% to $3.8 million, compared to $3.6 million for the same period of 2015. The increase was primarily due to an increase in sales to our major international supply chain partner and an increase in sales to national and regional distributors. Infection Control segment sales for the first quarter increased by 6.1% to $1.3 million, compared to $1.2 million for the same period of 2015. Shield sales increased by 26.2%, or $73,000, to $352,000, and mask sales were flat at $916,000.

Lloyd Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Pro Tech, commented, "We delivered solid top-line growth across all segments of our business during the first quarter of 2016. Our Building Supply segment sales were up a strong 16% year over year, and in conjunction with our record first quarter sales, we saw income from operations increased by 723%, demonstrating the strong growth potential we have in our business model."

Gross profit increased by $420,000, or 11.0%, to $4.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016, from $3.8 million for the same period of 2015. The gross profit margin was 35.8% for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to 35.9% for the same period of 2015.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $120,000, or 3.4%, to $3.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016, from $3.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 29.2% for the three months ended March 31, 2016, from 33.6% for the same period of 2015.

Income from operations increased by $557,000, or 723.4%, to $634,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to $77,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2015. The increased income from operations was primarily due to an increase in gross profit of $420,000, a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses of $120,000 and a decrease in depreciation and amortization expense of $17,000.

Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2016 was $507,000, compared to net income of $148,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2015, representing an increase of $359,000, or 242.6%. The net income increase was primarily due to an increase in income before provision for income taxes of $557,000, partially offset by an increase in provision for income taxes of $198,000. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2016 was 4.3%, and net income as a percentage of net sales for the same period of 2015 was 1.4%. Basic and diluted earnings per common share for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 were $0.03 and $0.01, respectively.

The consolidated balance sheet remained strong with a current ratio of 15:1 as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, and a cash balance of $8.2 million. The Company ended the first quarter of 2016 with working capital of $30.6 million.

Inventories decreased by $1.6 million, or 10.0%, to $14.8 million as of March 31, 2016 from $16.4 million as of December 31, 2015. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in inventory for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment of $655,000, or 11.4%, and a decrease in inventory for the Building Supply segment of $843,000, or 10.8%.

Colleen McDonald, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "At the end of the first quarter of 2016, we had $600,000 available for additional stock purchases under our stock repurchase program. During the first quarter, we repurchased 395,000 shares of common stock repurchased at a cost of $679,000 bringing the program total to 12,603,631 shares of common stock repurchased at a cost of $18.3 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 Pro Tech 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.

Certain statements made in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements instead of historical facts and may be identified generally by the use of forward-looking terminology and words such as "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "believes," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "potentially," "may," "continue," "should," "will" and words of similar meaning. Without limiting the generality of the preceding statement, all statements relating to estimated and projected earnings, margins, costs, expenditures, cash flows, sources of capital, growth rates, product offerings and future financial and operating results are forward-looking statements. We caution investors that any such forward-looking statements are only estimates based on current information and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results contained in the forward-looking statements. We cannot give assurances that any such statements will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by us include the risks, uncertainties and assumptions described from time to time in our public releases and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. We also caution investors that the forward-looking information described herein represents our outlook only as of this date, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or developments after the date of this press release. Given these uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

           
  March 31,     December 31,  
  2016     2015 (1)  
Assets              
Current assets:              
  Cash $ 8,247,000     $ 9,681,000  
  Investments   551,000       656,000  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $71,000 and $46,000 as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   6,196,000       2,762,000  
  Accounts receivable, related party   -       8,000  
  Inventories   14,755,000       16,398,000  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   2,522,000       3,092,000  
  Deferred income tax assets   484,000       484,000  
    Total current assets   32,755,000       33,081,000  
               
Property and equipment, net   2,812,000       2,907,000  
Goodwill   55,000       55,000  
Definite-lived intangible assets, net   46,000       51,000  
Equity investments in unconsolidated affiliate   3,138,000       3,040,000  
    Total assets $ 38,806,000     $ 39,134,000  
               
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity              
Current liabilities:              
  Accounts payable $ 1,077,000     $ 1,027,000  
  Accrued liabilities   1,053,000       1,128,000  
    Total current liabilities   2,130,000       2,155,000  
               
Deferred income tax liabilities   816,000       867,000  
    Total liabilities   2,946,000       3,022,000  
               
Commitments              
Shareholders' equity:              
  Common stock, $.01 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized; 17,455,456 and 17,850,456 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   174,000       178,000  
  Additional paid-in capital   15,867,000       16,526,000  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (244,000 )     (148,000 )
  Retained earnings   20,063,000       19,556,000  
    Total shareholders' equity   35,860,000       36,112,000  
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 38,806,000     $ 39,134,000  

(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2015 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
    March 31,
    2016   2015
             
Net sales   $ 11,847,000   $ 10,654,000
             
Cost of goods sold, excluding depreciation and amortization     7,602,000     6,829,000
    Gross profit     4,245,000     3,825,000
             
Operating expenses:            
  Selling, general and administrative     3,457,000     3,577,000
  Depreciation and amortization     154,000     171,000
    Total operating expenses     3,611,000     3,748,000
             
Income from operations     634,000     77,000
             
Other income:            
  Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliate     98,000     98,000
  Interest income, net     1,000     1,000
    Total other income     99,000     99,000
             
Income before provision for income taxes     733,000     176,000
             
Provision for income taxes     226,000     28,000
             
Net income   $ 507,000   $ 148,000
             
             
Basic earnings per common share   $ 0.03   $ 0.01
             
Diluted earnings per common share   $ 0.03   $ 0.01
             
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding     17,669,331     18,299,933
             
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding     17,669,331     18,499,572
             
             

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.
    Al Millar/Donna Millar
    905-479-0654
    e-mail: ir@alphaprotech.com

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Hayden IR
    Cameron Donahue
    651-653-1854
    e-mail: cameron@haydenir.com