LAKE BARRINGTON, IL--(Marketwired - Nov 11, 2015) - CTI Industries Corporation (NASDAQ: CTIB), a manufacturer and marketer of flexible packaging and storage products, laminated films and novelty balloons, today announced its results of operations for the third quarter 2015 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Highlights include:

  • Net Income for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015 reached $546,000, or $0.17 per share, more than four times the net profit for the same period last year of $132,000 or $0.04 per share.

  • EBITDA for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015 was $3,487,000, an increase of 33% over EBITDA for the same period of 2014 of $2,616,000.

  • Gross margin continued to expand reaching 26.7% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to 24.1% for the same period last year.

For the quarter, the Company had net sales of $14,881,000 and net income of $209,000 or Six Cents per share. Sales increased for the quarter by 2.1% over the third quarter 2014 net sales of $14,569,000.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company had net sales of $43,477,000, an increase of just under 2% over net sales for the same period of 2014 of $42,649,000. Net profit for the nine months reached $546,000, or $0.17 per share, compared to $132,000, or $0.04 per share, for the same period last year.

Key Factors and Trends

A significant factor in the improved performance for the third quarter this year is the increase in the gross margin rate achieved. For the third quarter this year, the gross margin rate reached 27.6% compared to a gross margin rate of 25.7% for the same period last year. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the gross margin rate was 26.7% compared to 24.1% for that period last year.

Revenues from the sale of vacuum sealing systems have continued to improve at a strong pace so far this year. In the nine months ended September 30, 2015, revenues of this product line have increased by almost 10% to $9,446,000 from $8,599,000 for the same period last year.

While revenues from the sale of latex balloons and foil balloons have declined moderately so far this year, much of that decline is attributable to the fact that a significant portion of our sales of these products are denominated in Mexican pesos and the Euro which have declined in value during 2015, resulting in a decline in the Dollar value of these sales.

Revenues from the sale of a mix of other products have increased this year. These other products include (i) sales of home container products by a variable interest entity which the Company now consolidates with its financial results, (ii) sales of a line of "Candy Blossoms" and "Candy Loons" consisting of candy and small inflated balloons sold to retail outlets in small containers and (iii) the sale of accessories and supply items related to balloon products. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, revenues from the sale of these other products were $4,914,000 compared to $2,655,000 for the same period last year.

Non-GAAP Measures

To provide additional information regarding the Company's results, we have disclosed in this press release EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization). The Company defines EBITDA as earnings (loss) before net interest, other expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization expense. The Company has included EBITDA as a supplemental financial measure in this press release because it is a key measure used by management and the board of directors to understand and evaluate the core operating performance of the Company, to prepare budgets and operating plans, and because management believes such measure provides useful information in understanding and evaluating the Company's operating results. However, use of EBITDA as an analytic tool has its limitations and you should not consider this measure in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's financial results as reported under GAAP. A reconciliation to the closest GAAP statement of this non-GAAP measure is contained in the accompanying tables.

About CTI

CTI Industries Corporation, headquartered in Lake Barrington, Illinois, designs, develops, produces, markets and sells lines of foil balloons, vacuum sealing machines, pouches and related items for the storage of food and other household items, latex balloons and commercial film products. CTI markets its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Europe and in Latin America. 

Statements made in this release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking" statement (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. These "forward-looking" statements may include, but are not limited to, statements containing words such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "goal," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue," or similar expressions. The Company's actual results and future developments could differ materially from the results or developments expressed in, or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause results to differ from those contemplated by such forward looking statements, include, but are not limited to, product demand and market acceptance, competition, cost and availability of raw materials, new technology or product developments and other risks identified in the public filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information on factors that could affect CTI's business and financial results are included in its public filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.


CTI Industries Corporation and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
    September 30, 2015   *December 31, 2014  
Assets   (Unaudited)      
Current Assets:              
  Cash and cash equivalents (VIE $104,000 and $14,000, respectively)   $ 272,543   $ 150,332  
  Accounts receivable, net (VIE $334,000 and $9,000 respectively)     10,121,243     11,286,797  
  Inventories, net (VIE $805,000 and $699,000, respectively)     17,702,378     17,755,300  
  Other current assets (VIE $211,000 and $68,000, respectively)     2,759,153     3,281,497  
Total current assets     30,855,317     32,473,926  
Property, plant and equipment, net (VIE $468,000 and $557,000, respectively)     6,713,375     7,755,527  
Other assets (VIE $665,000 and $487,000, respectively)     2,987,766     2,817,457  
Total Assets   $ 40,556,458   $ 43,046,910  
Liabilities & Equity              
Total current liabilities (VIE $1,833,000 and $742,000, respectively)   $ 19,371,007   $ 20,929,377  
Long term debt, less current maturities (VIE $8,000 and $322,000, respectively)     8,866,818     9,310,164  
CTI Industries Corporation stockholders' equity     12,260,151     12,880,171  
Noncontrolling interest     58,482     (72,802 )
Total Liabilities & Equity   $ 40,556,458   $ 43,046,910  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
    Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
Net sales   $ 14,880,820     $ 14,569,309     $ 43,476,981     $ 42,648,515  
Cost of sales     10,775,500       10,824,765       31,863,004       32,380,526  
Gross profit     4,105,320       3,744,544       11,613,977       10,267,989  
Operating expenses     3,392,474       3,225,560       9,731,738       9,478,754  
Income (loss) from operations     712,846       518,984       1,882,239       789,235  
Other (expense) income:                                
  Net Interest expense     (345,008 )     (235,682 )     (1,037,166 )     (742,150 )
  Other     43,932       8,049       47,230       5,568  
Net (loss) income before taxes     411,770       291,351       892,303       52,653  
Income tax expense (benefit)     161,280       122,202       386,514       36,299  
Net (loss) income     250,490       169,149       505,789       16,354  
Less: Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest     41,237       (40,366 )     (39,754 )     (116,096 )
    Net income (loss) attributable to CTI Industries Corporation   $ 209,253     $ 209,515     $ 545,543     $ 132,450  
Net income (loss) applicable to common shares   $ 209,253     $ 209,515     $ 545,543     $ 132,450  
Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income                                
  Foreign currency adjustment     (547,475 )     (363,410 )     (1,009,986 )     (552,014 )
    Comprehensive (loss) income   $ (338,222 )   $ (153,895 )   $ (464,443 )   $ (419,564 )
Basic income (loss) per common share   $ 0.06     $ 0.06     $ 0.17     $ 0.04  
Diluted income (loss) per common share   $ 0.06     $ 0.06     $ 0.16     $ 0.04  
Weighted average number of shares and equivalent shares                                
of common stock outstanding:                                
  Basic     3,301,116       3,301,116       3,301,116       3,284,023  
  Diluted     3,446,808       3,450,344       3,447,938       3,436,124  

*The condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all required disclosures, refer to the Form 10K for omitted disclosures.         

CTI Industries Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2015   2014   2015   2014
Reconciliation from Net Income to EBITDA                        
Net Income (Loss)   $ 209,253   $ 209,515   $ 545,543   $ 132,450
  Depreciation and amortization     474,321     552,964     1,486,712     1,686,697
  Interest expense     350,960     241,218     1,067,895     760,602
  Income taxes (benefit)     161,280     122,202     386,514     36,299
Total net adjustments     986,561     916,384     2,941,121     2,483,598
EBITDA   $ 1,195,814   $ 1,125,899   $ 3,486,664   $ 2,616,048