Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc., a leading provider of appliance retailing and recycling services, has released its operating results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2013.
Second quarter summary:
- Increased total revenues by 9.2% to $32.3 million compared with $29.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.
- Grew total revenues through a 160% increase in appliance replacement program revenues partially offset by a 6% decline in retail revenues and a 9% decline in ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC (AAP) revenues.
- Generated consolidated net income of $0.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared with a consolidated net loss of $(0.6) million, or $(0.12) per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012.
- Recorded a favorable $0.4 million adjustment to the inventory reserve at ApplianceSmart®.
- Closed one underperforming ApplianceSmart store in the Minnesota market, ending the quarter with 18 stores compared with 21 stores at the end of the second quarter of 2012.
- Restructured and relocated the call center supporting utility contracts, moving it from California toMinnesota.
- Appointed Mark Eisenschenk to chief operating officer of the Company and president of ARCA Recycling, Inc.
"We're pleased to build on last quarter's positive momentum with continued quarterly revenue growth—both sequentially and year-over-year," said Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, president and chief executive officer of ARCA in a statement to media. "The strength of our appliance replacement programs in particular demonstrates both their growing popularity with utilities and our business model's unique suitability to capitalize on this trend.
"Across our Company, profitability improvements enabled us to comfortably satisfy the conditions of our credit agreement with PNC Bank, including the planned monthly EBITDA covenants," noted Cameron.
In regard to the Company's retail appliance business, ApplianceSmart same store sales for the second quarter of 2013 declined 3.9% compared with the same period of 2012. Contributing factors included increased competition from national chains with expanded inventory offerings and continued economic softness. Last month the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that appliance and electronics stores' sales decreased by 2.3% unadjusted year-over-year in June; the NRF cited "stagnantly high unemployment, higher taxes and lingering policy uncertainty." In the second quarter, ApplianceSmart total retail revenues decreased 6.1% to $17.8 million compared with the same period of 2012, resulting primarily from the decline in same-store sales and closure of three stores that were operating in the same period of 2012.
For the Company's appliance recycling business, recycling revenues, which are comprised of appliance recycling fees and appliance replacement program revenues, increased 67.0% to $10.3 million in the second quarter of 2013 from $6.1 million in the same period of 2012. Appliance replacement program revenues increased $4.4 million while appliance recycling fees declined $0.2 million. The Company reported a 134% increase in appliance replacement units and a 9% increase in overall recycling volumes compared with the second quarter of 2012. A strategic benefit of having more than one business line is that ARCA utilizes its manufacturer relationships with ApplianceSmart to provide cost-effective solutions to utilities sponsoring appliance replacement programs.
These programs are expected to expand nationally, as evidenced by a 2013 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy that concluded energy efficiency programs funded by utility customers are "poised for dramatic growth over the next 10 to 15 years." Averaging this study's three growth projections results in a 5% annual growth rate through 2025.
The Company's byproduct revenues, excluding AAP, remained flat at $1.5 million compared with the second quarter of 2012. The Company's overall increase in recycling volumes was offset by a decline in steel scrap prices.
Revenues from the AAP joint venture, reported in byproduct revenues, declined 8.9% to $2.7 millioncompared with $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decline was due to lower steel and nonferrous scrap prices. Overall gross tons received for processing increased 5.4% and average steel scrap prices declined 11.1% per gross ton compared with the second quarter of 2012. AAP's gross margin declined to 16.3% compared with 24.8% in the same period of 2012. AAP's operating loss for the second quarter was $(6,000) compared with operating income of $264,000 during the same period of 2012. The decline in gross margin and operating income was primarily the result of lower prices for steel and non-ferrous scrap and higher depreciation expense.
Overall gross profit as a percentage of total revenues decreased to 26.3% for the second quarter of 2013 compared with 26.9% during the same period of 2012. The decline in overall gross profit percentage resulted primarily from lower byproduct revenues and the decline in AAP's gross margin. These factors were partially offset by a 220 basis point improvement in ApplianceSmart's gross margin due primarily to the favorable inventory adjustment mentioned previously.
For the six months ended June 29, 2013, total revenues increased 6.3% to $62.7 million, compared with revenues of $59.0 million for the same period in the prior fiscal year. Overall, the Company reported consolidated net income of $1.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with a consolidated net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2012.
"At the halfway point of 2013, we've solidified our performance in many key areas while strengthening our corporate organization with the addition of Mark Eisenschenk as the Company's chief operating officer and the president of ARCA Recycling," Cameron concluded. "I believe we have the right organization, strategic partners and management team in place to capitalize on the growth opportunities before us."
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Cash and cash equivalents as of June 29, 2013, were $2.7 million, compared with $3.2 million as ofDecember 29, 2012. As of June 29, 2013, the Company had $4.3 million of available borrowings under its revolving line of credit compared with $2.5 million as of December 29, 2012. Net working capital of $7.7 million increased $0.1 million as of June 29, 2013, compared with $7.6 million as of December 29, 2012. The increase was due primarily to a lower outstanding balance under the Company's revolving line of credit.
Conference Call Information
In conjunction with this release, Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. will host a conference call tomorrow, August 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number ten minutes prior to the scheduled time: 800-354-6885. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website, www.ARCAInc.com, approximately 24-48 hours after the completion of the call.