Clearfield, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2014 2nd Quarter Results

26% Revenue Gain Sets New Record for 2nd Quarter Sales; Net Income Up 125%

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| Source: Clearfield, Inc.
     
  Second Quarter Year to Date
Revenues: $13,214,000 up 26% from second quarter 2013 $29,361,000 up 41% from first half 2013
Gross Profit: $5,721,000 up 36% from second quarter 2013 $12,658,000 up 56% from first half 2013
Pre-tax Income: $1,940,000 up 100% from second quarter 2013 $5,033,000 up 167% from first half 2013
Net Income $1,226,000 up 125% from second quarter 2013 $3,209,000 up 194% from first half 2013
Net Income per Diluted Share: $0.09 per diluted share $0.24 per diluted share

Balance Sheet: $32,633,000 in cash, cash equivalents and short and long-term investments at March 31, 2014 and no debt.   

MINNEAPOLIS, April 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, today announced results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2014, which ended March 31, 2014.

Revenue for the second quarter 2014 was $13,214,000 in comparison to $10,514,000 for the second quarter 2013, an increase of 26%. Gross profit was $5,721,000 for the second quarter of 2014, in comparison to $4,215,000 for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 36%. Gross profit percent for the second quarter 2014 was 43.3%, up from 40.1% in second quarter 2013. Operating expenses were $3,805,000 for the second quarter 2014, in comparison to $3,266,000 from the second quarter 2013, an increase of 17%. Pre-tax income was $1,940,000 for the second quarter of 2014, up $968,000, or 100%, from $972,000 recorded in the second quarter of 2013. Income tax expense was $714,000 for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of $287,000 from $427,000 recorded in the second quarter of 2013. Net income was $1,226,000 for the second quarter 2014, compared to net income of $545,000 in the second quarter 2013.

Year to Date Performance

Revenue for the six month period ending March 31, 2014, was $29,361,000 in comparison to $20,780,000 for the comparable period in 2013, an increase of 41%. Gross profit was $12,658,000 for the six month period ending March 31, 2014, in comparison to $8,140,000 for the comparable period in 2013, an increase of 56%. Gross profit percent for the six months ending March 31, 2014 was 43.1% in comparison to 39.2% for the comparable period in 2013. Operating expenses were $7,670,000 for the six month period ending March 31, 2014, in comparison to $6,304,000 in the comparable period in 2013, an increase of 22%. Pre-tax income was $5,033,000 for the six month period ending March 31, 2014, up $3,149,000, or 167%, from $1,884,000 recorded in the comparable period in 2013. Income tax expense was $1,824,000 for the six month period ending March 31, 2014, an increase of $1,031,000 from $793,000 recorded in the comparable period in 2013. Net income was $3,209,000 for the six month period ending March 31, 2014, compared to $1,090,000 for the similar period in 2013.

Orders in Backlog and Select Balance Sheet Highlights

Orders in backlog as of March 31, 2014, totaled $2,735,000 in comparison to $4,991,000 as of December 31, 2013, a decrease of 45%, and $4,630,000 as of March 31, 2013, a decrease of 41%. Cash, cash equivalents and short and long-term investments at March 31, 2014, totaled $32,633,000 compared to $22,570,000 at September 30, 2013. The Company has no debt.

Commentary- Cheryl Beranek, President & CEO of Clearfield

"Increases in revenues for the 2014 second quarter were led by sales of $2.2 million dollars into international regions, an increase of more than 250% for those markets.  Products were shipped to ongoing builds in Panama, Trinidad, Cayman Islands, Barbados, and Honduras. Sales to customers outside of the U.S. represented 17% of sales for the quarter and 11% year to date. Of significance, more than half of those revenues were associated with the deployment of FieldShield, our new pushable fiber delivery product line, announced last spring. FieldShield simplifies the installation and reduces the cost of broadband deployment. When announced, we indicated that FieldShield doubles our revenue potential per home connected to fiber. We believe these international sales demonstrate the early successes the Company is experiencing with this product offering."

"Domestic sales were up 11% for the quarter. Instrumental to these revenue gains was an increase in sales of $716K in sales to our largest customer, which represented 22% of total sales for the second quarter of 2014. Domestic sales outside of our largest customer were slightly up for the quarter, reversing a small dip in the first quarter. The difficult and lengthy winter across the United States has affected business throughout the country, but we anticipate this to be resolved as the construction season develops. The resulting decrease in backlog numbers reflects these construction delays, yet current market development and quoting activity is strong. As Clearfield's business model is based on a book and ship process, our rapid delivery times, on average only eight days from receipt of purchase order, enables Clearfield to be well positioned to capitalize on accelerating customer demand in the spring and summer quarters."

 "As our business grows, we are embracing the opportunities to expand our base of influence with the strategic partnership of targeted distribution partners. Allowing our end-user service provider customers to purchase through a distributor or directly through Clearfield, provides our end-user customer the choice that best meets their business needs and allows Clearfield to best scale our operations. In second quarter, our sales through distribution increased to 40% of sales, in comparison to 37% in the same quarter last year. An ongoing and continual focus on lowering our cost of goods, through aggressive new product development, manufacturing improvements and product sourcing programs, allowed us to support the pricing models of distribution while improving our gross margin percentage by more than three points during the period.  Our focus on reducing not only our cost of goods but also on delivering solutions that reduce the cost of deployment for our customers results in a strong value proposition for our customer communities."

About Clearfield, Inc

Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes fiber optic management products for the communications networks of leading ILECS, CLECs, MSO/cable TV companies and mobile broadband providers. We help service providers solve the Fiber Puzzle, which is how to reduce high costs associated with deploying, managing, protecting and scaling a fiber optic network to deliver the mobile, residential and business services customers want. Based on the patented Clearview™ Cassette, our unique single-architected, modular fiber management platform is designed to lower the cost of broadband deployment and maintenance by consolidating, protecting and distributing incoming and outgoing fiber circuits and enable our customers to scale their operations as their subscriber revenues increase. Headquartered in Plymouth, MN, Clearfield deploys more than a million fiber ports each year.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements contained herein are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and judgments about future developments in the Company's business. Certain important factors could have a material impact on the Company's performance, including, without limitation the effect of the significant downturn in the U.S. economy on Clearfield's customers; the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or any other legislation on customer demand and purchasing patterns; cyclical selling cycles; need to introduce new products and effectively compete against competitive products; the effectiveness of distributors and new selling channels; dependence on third-party manufacturers and the availability of raw materials, particularly fiber; the success of efforts to reduce expenses through manufacturing improvements and procurement; reliance on key customers; rapid changes in technology; the negative effect of product defects; the need to protect its intellectual property; the impact on its financial results or stock price of its ability to use its deferred tax assets, consisting primarily of net operating loss carryforwards, to offset future taxable income; the valuation of its goodwill and the effect of its stock price, among other factors, on the evaluation of goodwill; and other factors set forth in Clearfield's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2013 as well as other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements to reflect actual events.

CLEARFIELD, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
UNAUDITED
 
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  March 31 March 31
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Net sales $13,213,855 $10,514,368 $29,361,477 $20,779,730
         
Cost of sales 7,493,292 6,299,043 16,703,269 12,640,145
         
Gross profit 5,720,563 4,215,325 12,658,208 8,139,585
         
Operating expenses        
Selling, general and administrative 3,805,011 3,265,883 7,670,030 6,304,394
Income from operations 1,915,552 949,442 4,988,178 1,835,191
         
Interest income 24,753 22,836 44,453 48,298
Income before income taxes 1,940,305 972,278 5,032,631 1,883,489
         
Income tax expense 714,000 427,000 1,824,000 793,000
         
Net income $1,226,305 $545,278 $3,208,631 $1,090,489
         
Net income per share:        
Basic $0.09 $0.05 $0.25 $0.09
Diluted $0.09 $0.04 $0.24 $0.08
         
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic 12,746,904 12,503,434 12,717,842 12,489,651
Diluted 13,613,287 12,926,560 13,580,117 12,862,284

 

CLEARFIELD, INC.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
 
  (Unaudited)
March 31, 2014
(Audited)
September 30, 2013
Assets    
Current Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $17,127,004 $9,807,957
Short-term investments 5,981,000 5,992,000
Accounts receivable, net 3,429,504 7,837,543
Inventories, net 4,855,899 5,626,764
Other current assets 4,896,694 4,932,939
Total current assets 36,290,101 34,197,203
     
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,783,233 1,796,812
     
Other Assets    
Long-term investments 9,525,000 6,770,000
Goodwill 2,570,511 2,570,511
Deferred taxes – long-term -- 810,573
Other long-term assets 299,136 268,240
Total other assets 12,394,647 10,419,324
Total Assets $50,467,981 $46,413,339
     
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity    
Current Liabilities    
Accounts payable $1,915,971 $2,627,764
Accrued compensation 1,902,462 3,522,907
Other current liabilities 2,740,235 163,531
Total current liabilities 6,558,668 6,314,202
     
Other Liabilities    
Deferred taxes – long-term 186,314 --
Deferred rent -- 21,101
Total other liabilities 186,314 21,101
Total Liabilities 6,744,982 6,335,303
     
Commitment and contingencies -- --
     
Shareholders' Equity    
Common stock 130,629 129,743
Additional paid-in capital 55,244,375 54,808,929
Accumulated deficit (11,652,005) (14,860,636)
Total Shareholders' Equity 43,722,999 40,078,036
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $50,467,981 $46,413,339
Cheryl P. Beranek
Chief Executive Officer and President

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