Hurco Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results for Fiscal 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurco Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:HURC) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended October 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, Hurco recorded net income of $1,899,000, or $0.29 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $4,086,000, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2012. For fiscal 2013, Hurco recorded net income of $8,190,000, or $1.25 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $15,638,000, or $2.40 per diluted share, for fiscal 2012.

Sales and service fees for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $53,942,000, a decrease of $2,125,000, or 4%, from the prior year period. This quarter-over-quarter decrease is net of the favorable impact of $700,000, or 1%, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, due to a stronger Euro when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. Sales and service fees for fiscal 2013 totaled $192,804,000, a decrease of $10,313,000, or 5%, from fiscal 2012. The impact of currency translation on the year-over-year comparison was not material.

The following table sets forth net sales and service fees by geographic region for the quarter and fiscal year ending October 31, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands):

Net Sales and Service Fees by Geographic Region
                 
  Quarter Ended Fiscal Year Ended
  October 31, October 31,
      $ %     $ %
  2013 2012 Change Change 2013 2012 Change Change
North America  $ 16,697  $ 17,692  $ (995) -6%  $ 60,759  $ 60,527  $ 232 0%
Europe  32,316  33,745  (1,429) -4%  114,855  119,359  (4,504) -4%
Asia Pacific  4,929  4,630  299 6%  17,190  23,231  (6,041) -26%
 Total  $ 53,942  $ 56,067  $ (2,125) -4%  $ 192,804  $ 203,117  $ (10,313) -5%

European sales included $1,923,000 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and $2,446,000 for fiscal 2013 that were attributable to sales of electro-mechanical components and accessories manufactured by Hurco's subsidiary, LCM Precision Technologies (LCM). Hurco acquired this business in July 2013. LCM is based in Italy and supplies its components and accessories to Hurco, as well as third parties.  LCM products accounted for 6% of sales in Europe for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and 2% for fiscal 2013. 

Fourth quarter sales in North America decreased slightly in comparison to a strong fourth quarter in fiscal 2012. Sales in Europe were down during the fourth quarter in comparison to the comparable period in the prior year due to weak market conditions in that region. The decline in sales for the full year was primarily due to weak market conditions in Europe and Asia during much of fiscal 2013.

The following table sets forth new orders booked by geographic region for the quarter and fiscal year ending October 31, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands):

Orders by Geographic Region
                 
  Quarter Ended Fiscal Year Ended
  October 31, October 31,
      $ %     $ %
  2013 2012 Change Change 2013 2012 Change Change
North America  $ 17,723  $ 20,398  $ (2,675) -13%  $ 59,799  $ 61,644  $ (1,845) -3%
Europe  30,630  27,745  2,885 10%  120,349  115,222  5,127 4%
Asia Pacific  3,506  3,674  (168) -5%  17,718  21,271  (3,553) -17%
 Total  $ 51,859  $ 51,817  $ 42 0%  $ 197,866  $ 198,137  $ (271) 0%

European orders included LCM product orders of $1,951,000 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, or 6% of total orders for Europe, and $5,719,000, or 5% of total orders for Europe, for fiscal 2013. 

The decrease in orders in North America during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was primarily due to the absence of the International Machine Tool Show (IMTS), which is held only during even numbered years in the United States.  Excluding LCM orders and the impact of foreign currency translation, orders in Europe for the fourth quarter of 2013 were comparable to the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full fiscal year, excluding the impact of LCM, orders were down in all regions from the prior fiscal year. The largest decrease in order activity was in Asia, due to continued weak market conditions throughout the region. The impact of currency translation on orders booked in the fourth quarter and the full fiscal year was consistent with the impact on sales.

Hurco's gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $15,142,000, or 28% of sales, compared to $17,220,000, or 31% of sales, for the prior year period. For fiscal 2013, gross profit was $55,056,000, or 29% of sales, compared to $63,181,000, or 31% of sales, for fiscal 2012. The decrease in gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and the full fiscal year was due primarily to lower sales and increased pricing pressure in Europe, which is the primary market for Hurco's larger, higher performance machines, as well as the adverse effect of leveraging fixed costs over lower sales. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $11,802,000, which was consistent with the prior year period.  Selling, general and administrative expenses were $41,413,000 for fiscal 2013, an increase of $253,000, or 1%, over fiscal 2012. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses for fiscal 2013 was due to approximately $675,000 of one-time costs related to the acquisition and integration of the LCM business.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $42,804,000 as of October 31, 2013, compared to $35,770,000 as of October 31, 2012. Inventories as of October 31, 2013 were $95,260,000, an increase of $3,940,000, from the end of the prior fiscal year primarily due to an increase of $3,179,000 in inventories of the LCM products.

Michael Doar, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The European and Asian markets were challenging in fiscal 2013. Since we typically sell the majority of our high performance machines in Europe, we are particularly sensitive to conditions in that region, which have been weak. Earlier this year, we acquired the business of an Italian manufacturer of rotary tables and tilting heads for machine tools. The integration of this business into our operations has gone well, and I'm confident that the advanced technology they provide will yield significant value to our business and to our customers."

Hurco Companies, Inc. is an industrial technology company that designs and produces interactive computer controls, software and computerized machine tools and machine tool components for the worldwide metal cutting and metal forming industry. The end market for the Company's products consists primarily of independent job shops and short-run manufacturing operations within large corporations in industries such as aerospace, defense, medical equipment, energy, transportation and computer equipment. The Company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, with manufacturing operations in Taiwan, Italy, and China, and sells its products through direct and indirect sales forces throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The Company has sales, application engineering support and service subsidiaries in China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Singapore, South Africa and the United States of America.  Web Site: www.hurco.com

This news release contains forward looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the cyclical nature of the machine tool industry, changes in general economic and business conditions that affect demand for our products, the risks of our international operations, changes in manufacturing markets, innovations by competitors, the ability to protect our intellectual property, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, increases in prices of raw materials, quality and delivery performance by our vendors, our ability to effectively integrate acquisitions, uncertainty concerning our ability to use tax loss carryforwards and governmental actions and initiatives including import and export restrictions and tariffs.

         
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share data)
         
  Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended 
   October 31,  October 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
   (unaudited)     
Sales and service fees  $ 53,942  $ 56,067  $ 192,804  $ 203,117
         
Cost of sales and service  38,800  38,847  137,748  139,936
Gross profit  15,142  17,220  55,056  63,181
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses  11,802  11,870  41,413  41,160
Operating income  3,340  5,350  13,643  22,021
         
Interest expense  86  63  280  168
         
Interest income  12  11  74  69
         
Investment income  2  2  21  7
         
Other (income) expense, net  154  (5)  1,016  65
         
Income before taxes  3,114  5,305  12,442  21,864
         
Provision for income taxes  1,215  1,219  4,252  6,226
         
Net income  $ 1,899  $ 4,086  $ 8,190  $ 15,638
         
Income per common share        
         
Basic  $ 0.29  $ 0.63  $ 1.26  $ 2.41
Diluted  $ 0.29  $ 0.63  $ 1.25  $ 2.40
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding        
Basic  6,465  6,447  6,455  6,445
Diluted  6,503  6,469  6,497  6,470
         
OTHER CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
   October 31,  October 31,
Operating Data: 2013 2012 2013 2012
   (unaudited)     
Gross margin 28% 31% 29% 31%
         
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales 22% 21% 21% 20%
         
Operating income as a percentage of sales 6% 10% 7% 11%
         
Pre-tax income as a percentage of sales  6% 9% 6% 11%
         
Effective Tax Rate 39% 23% 34% 28%
         
Depreciation and amortization  886  931  3,392  4,126
         
Capital expenditures  483  1,129  2,380  3,732
         
Balance Sheet Data: 10/31/2013 10/31/2012    
         
Working capital (excluding cash)  $ 86,512  $ 88,239    
         
Days sales outstanding (unaudited)  45  38    
         
Inventory turns (unaudited)  1.4  1.5    
         
Capitalization        
Total debt  $ 3,665  $ 3,206    
Shareholders' equity  151,491  143,793    
Total  $ 155,156  $ 146,999    
         
     
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
     
  October 31, October 31,
  2013 2012
     
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 42,804  $ 35,770
Accounts receivable, net  36,139  35,297
Refundable taxes  6  1,459
Inventories, net  95,260  91,320
Deferred income taxes  2,080  1,182
Derivative assets  699  708
Other  8,014  7,645
Total current assets  185,002  173,381
     
Property and equipment:    
Land  782  782
Building  7,326  7,352
Machinery and equipment  19,059  17,411
Leasehold improvements  3,634  3,467
   30,801  29,012
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization  (18,502)  (16,933)
   12,299  12,079
     
Non-current assets:    
 Software development costs, less accumulated amortization  3,714  3,969
 Goodwill  2,807  233
 Intangible assets, net  2,155  937
 Other assets  5,258  4,713
   $ 211,235  $ 195,312
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 35,527  $ 29,788
Derivative liabilities  1,212  569
Accrued expenses  15,282  15,809
Short-term debt  3,665  3,206
Total current liabilities  55,686  49,372
     
Non-current liabilities:    
Deferred income taxes  743  903
Accrued Tax Liability  1,103  --
Deferred credits and other obligations  2,212  1,244
Total liabilities  59,744  51,519
     
Shareholders' equity:    
Preferred stock: no par value per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued  --  --
Common stock: no par value; $.10 stated value per share; 12,500,000 shares authorized; 6,533,510 and 6,502,928 shares issued; and 6,465,054 and 6,447,210 shares outstanding, as of October 31, 2013 and October 31, 2012, respectively  647  645
Additional paid-in capital  54,698  53,415
Retained earnings  98,130  90,586
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (1,984)  (853)
Total shareholders' equity  151,491  143,793
   $ 211,235  $ 195,312
     
John G. Oblazney
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
317-293-5309