SOURCE: Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

July 28, 2011 08:28 ET

Charles & Colvard Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

MORRISVILLE, NC--(Marketwire - Jul 28, 2011) - Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTHR), the sole manufacturer of created moissanite gemstones, The Most Brilliant Jewel in the World®, today announced its operating results for the second quarter and first half of 2011.

Financial Highlights:

  • Excluding the effect of two significant non-recurring sales transactions in prior-year period, Q2 sales increase 42% across customer base
  • Q2 net loss of $103,000 vs. prior-year period net income of $336,000
  • $9.6 million cash and investments and no long-term debt at 6/30/11
  • Q2 positive cash flow from operations of $895,000

Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2011 decreased 10% to approximately $3.0 million, compared with approximately $3.3 million in net sales during the corresponding period of the previous year. Loose moissanite gemstone sales decreased 9% to approximately $2.5 million, compared with approximately $2.7 million in the corresponding period of the previous year. This decrease was primarily attributable to a one-time $889,000 sale to an international customer in the second quarter of 2010 that did not recur in the second quarter of 2011. Finished jewelry sales decreased 15% to approximately $521,000, compared with approximately $610,000 in the corresponding period of the previous year. This decrease was primarily attributable to a $337,000 sale of close-out finished jewelry to a domestic customer in the second quarter of 2010 that did not recur in the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the effect of the two significant sales transactions discussed above, all other sales increased by 42% over the corresponding period of the previous year.

Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2011 decreased 3% to approximately $6.0 million, compared with approximately $6.2 million in net sales during the corresponding period of the previous year. Loose moissanite gemstone sales decreased 7% to approximately $5.0 million, compared with approximately $5.4 million in the corresponding period of the previous year. Finished jewelry sales increased 18% to approximately $932,000, compared with approximately $788,000 in the corresponding period of the previous year. Both loose moissanite gemstone sales and finished jewelry sales for the six months ended June 30, 2011 were impacted by the two significant non-recurring sales totaling $1.2 million discussed above that occurred in the second quarter of 2010. Excluding the effect of the two significant sales transactions discussed above, all other sales increased by 20% during the first half of 2011 versus the corresponding period of the previous year.

The Company recorded a net loss of ($103,000), or ($0.01) per share, in the second quarter of 2011, compared with net income of $336,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2010. For the six months ended June 30, 2011, the Company recorded a net loss of ($340,000), or ($0.02) per share, compared with net income of $635,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the corresponding period of the previous year. These net losses were primarily a result of lower sales, higher manufacturing overhead and operating expenses involving new business initiatives to support future revenue streams. In addition, the second quarter of 2011 included a loss on the disposal of assets of approximately $94,000. Operating expenses increased $111,000, or 7%, and $337,000, or 10%, during the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively, when compared with the same periods in 2010.

"While our total net sales during the most recent quarter decreased from the prior-year period, significant non-recurring sales transactions to two customers benefiting revenue during the second quarter of 2010 accounted for the decrease," stated Randy N. McCullough, Chief Executive Officer of Charles & Colvard, Ltd. "By contrast, our revenue in the second quarter of 2011 consisted of sales across an expanding customer base, which includes new customers such as televised home shopping network retailers that were added in the latter part of 2010 and during the first half of 2011. If the two significant sales transactions are excluded from sales in the prior-year quarter, our second quarter 2011 revenue increased approximately 42% from 2010 levels.

"The outlook for the second half of 2011 appears encouraging and should benefit further from our planned launch of new sales and marketing initiatives," continued McCullough. "Our experience with televised home shopping networks has been particularly encouraging, and two of the largest such networks that focus on jewelry products have significantly increased the number of moissanite shows scheduled for the third and fourth quarters. We are also excited about the targeted launch of our direct-to-consumer e-commerce website, Moissanite.com, during the third quarter. The site has been built on the robust Magento e-commerce software platform, which powers websites for many of the world's leading brands, and we are confident that consumers will respond enthusiastically to the broad selection of finished jewelry available through Moissanite.com. Finally, we continue to invest considerable time and resources in developing jewelry lines, brands, and associated collateral materials for our new home party direct sales channel. Test parties are targeted to begin towards the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2011. We believe this venture will provide considerable future sales growth.

"On a longer-term basis, we remain confident in our belief that moissanite is destined to significantly expand its share of the $120 billion global jewelry market and that our multi-channel sales and marketing strategies will play a key role in the accomplishment of our growth objectives. Meanwhile, we are well-positioned financially to take advantage of future opportunities, with a long-term debt-free balance sheet, healthy operating cash flows, and over $14 million in available working capital. As a demonstration of its belief in our future prospects, the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors is recommending that the Board extend our share repurchase program that is currently set to expire on August 12, 2011," concluded McCullough.

Financial Position

Cash and liquid long-term investments totaled $9.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011, up from approximately $8.8 million at December 31, 2010, and the Company had no long-term debt outstanding as of June 30, 2011. Cash generated from operations totaled $895,000 and $1.4 million during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively. During the second quarter of 2011, a net decrease in inventory of $678,000, an increase in trade accounts payable of $104,000, and a net increase in accrued liabilities of $108,000 were the primary drivers of positive cash flow, more than offsetting the Company's net loss of $103,000 that included $466,000 of non-cash expenses, an increase in prepaid expenses and other assets of $111,000, and an increase in trade accounts receivable of $251,000. During the six months ended June 30, 2011, receipt of an income tax receivable of $113,000, a net decrease in inventory of $1.3 million, an increase in trade accounts payable of $250,000, and a net increase in accrued liabilities of $16,000 were the primary drivers of positive cash flow, more than offsetting the Company's net loss of $340,000 that included $706,000 of non-cash expenses, an increase in trade accounts receivable of $539,000, and an increase in prepaid expenses and other assets of $76,000.

Total inventory, including long-term and consignment inventory, approximated $36.1 million as of June 30, 2011, which was down from approximately $37.4 million at the end of 2010 primarily as a result of sales, offset in part by purchases of jewelry castings, findings, and other jewelry components, along with limited production of moissanite gemstones. Net trade accounts receivable approximated $4.2 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011, up from approximately $3.7 million at the end of 2010, primarily due to extended payment terms that are offered by the Company from time to time.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host an investor conference call at 11:15 a.m. EDT today, July 28, 2011, to discuss its second quarter and first six months of 2011 operating results, along with other topics of interest. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 877-317-6789 (international/local participants dial 412-317-6789) and asking to be connected to the "Charles & Colvard, Ltd. Conference Call" a few minutes before 11:15 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 28, 2011. The call will also be broadcast live on the Internet at www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=81149.

A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the call until 9:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 5, 2011 by dialing 877-344-7529 (U.S.) or 412-317-0088 (international) and entering the conference ID number 10002301.

The conference call will be archived for review on the Internet at www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=81149 and on the Company's website at www.charlesandcolvard.com until Friday, August 5, 2011.

About Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd., based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, is the global sole source of moissanite, a unique, near-colorless created gemstone that is distinct from other gemstones and jewels based on its exceptional fire, brilliance, luster, durability, and rarity. Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® is currently incorporated into fine jewelry sold through domestic and international retailers and other sales channels. Charles & Colvard, Ltd. is headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina, and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "CTHR". For more information, please access www.moissanite.com or www.charlesandcolvard.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements expressing expectations regarding our future and projections relating to products, sales, revenues, and earnings are typical of such statements and are made under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations, and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "continue," and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.

All forward-looking statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in predicting the future. You should be aware that although the forward-looking statements included herein represent management's current judgment and expectations, our actual results may differ materially from those projected, stated, or implied in these forward-looking statements as a result of many factors including, but not limited to, our dependence on consumer acceptance and growth of sales of our products; our dependence on third parties for the sales and marketing of our products to end consumers; dependence on a limited number of customers; our current customers' potential perception of us as a competitor as we enter the finished jewelry business; general economic and market conditions, including the current economic environment; dependence on Cree, Inc. as the current supplier of the raw material; intense competition in the worldwide jewelry industry; the financial condition of our major customers; risks of conducting business in foreign countries; the pricing of precious metals, which is beyond our control; our ability to protect our intellectual property; and possible adverse effects of governmental regulation and oversight, in addition to the other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur except as required by the federal securities laws, and you are urged to review and consider disclosures that we make in the reports that we file with the SEC that discuss other factors relevant to our business.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net sales $ 2,994,280 $ 3,328,629 $ 5,971,836 $ 6,182,304
Costs and expenses:
Cost of goods sold 1,296,635 1,399,264 2,625,156 2,458,245
Sales and marketing 551,981 575,015 1,233,266 1,161,613
General and administrative 1,133,403 1,021,802 2,318,375 2,045,467
Research and development 30,958 8,993 43,506 50,850
Total costs and expenses 3,012,977 3,005,074 6,220,303 5,716,175
(Loss) income from operations (18,697 ) 323,555 (248,467 ) 466,129
Other income (expense):
Interest income 23,339 31,796 41,258 58,318
Interest expense (250 ) (1,089 ) (262 ) (1,765 )
Loss on disposal of assets (94,408 ) - (94,408 ) -
Loss on call of long-term investments - - (2,913 ) -
Total other income (expense) (71,319 ) 30,707 (56,325 ) 56,553
(Loss) income before income taxes (90,016 ) 354,262 (304,792 ) 522,682
Income tax net (expense) benefit (13,298 ) (17,947 ) (34,910 ) 112,018
Net (loss) income $ (103,314 ) $ 336,315 $ (339,702 ) $ 634,700
Net (loss) income per common share:
Basic $ (0.01 ) $ 0.02 $ (0.02 ) $ 0.03
Fully diluted $ (0.01 ) $ 0.02 $ (0.02 ) $ 0.03
Weighted average number of shares used in computing net (loss) income per common share:
Basic 19,471,342 19,148,074 19,385,081 19,084,107
Fully diluted 19,471,342 19,409,154 19,385,081 19,321,801
Charles & Colvard, Ltd.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
June 30,
2011
December 31,
2010
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,058,696 $ 7,736,044
Accounts receivable, net 4,171,090 3,679,141
Interest receivable 6,747 6,163
Income tax receivable - 113,030
Inventory, net 4,883,809 6,306,875
Prepaid expenses and other assets 407,274 343,137
Total current assets 15,527,616 18,184,390
Long-term assets:
Held-to-maturity investments 3,509,016 1,018,551
Inventory, net 31,249,310 31,075,626
Property and equipment, net 801,727 377,352
Patent and license rights, net 238,126 252,542
Other assets 13,746 1,990
Total long-term assets 35,811,925 32,726,061
TOTAL ASSETS $ 51,339,541 $ 50,910,451
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 792,120 $ 542,084
Accrued cooperative advertising 421,000 314,000
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 182,330 308,653
Total current liabilities 1,395,450 1,164,737
Long-term liabilities:
Accrued income taxes 972,323 937,414
Total liabilities 2,367,773 2,102,151
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, no par value 53,150,590 53,113,608
Additional paid-in capital - stock-based compensation 7,277,876 6,811,688
Accumulated deficit (11,456,698 ) (11,116,996 )
Total shareholders' equity 48,971,768 48,808,300
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 51,339,541 $ 50,910,451
Charles & Colvard, Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited)
Six Months Ended June 30,
2011 2010
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net (loss) income $ (339,702 ) $ 634,700
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 87,735 65,401
Amortization of bond premium 2,247 6,632
Stock-based compensation 478,355 193,093
Provision for uncollectible accounts 78,985 20,000
Provision for sales returns (32,000 ) (25,000 )
Provision for inventory reserves (7,000 ) (567,000 )
Benefit for deferred income taxes - (102,443 )
Loss on disposal of assets 94,408 -
Loss on call of long-term investments 2,913 -
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (538,934 ) (1,539,375 )
Interest receivable (584 ) (22,542 )
Income tax receivable 113,030 -
Note receivable - 54,627
Inventory 1,256,382 1,553,494
Prepaid expenses and other assets, net (75,893 ) (131,780 )
Accounts payable 250,036 188,320
Accrued cooperative advertising 107,000 310,500
Accrued income taxes 34,909 (9,575 )
Other accrued liabilities, net (126,323 ) 1,785
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,385,564 630,837
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (581,669 ) (66,519 )
Purchases of long-term investments (4,745,625 ) (5,056,990 )
Proceeds from call of long-term investments 2,250,000 -
Patent and license rights costs (10,433 ) (10,038 )
Net cash used in investing activities (3,087,727 ) (5,133,547 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Stock option exercises 24,815 165,398
Net cash provided by financing activities 24,815 165,398
NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (1,677,348 ) (4,337,312 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 7,736,044 7,405,685
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 6,058,696 $ 3,068,373
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Cash paid during the year for interest $ 262 $ 1,765

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