GREEN BAY, Wis., Dec. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tufco Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:TFCO), a leading provider of contract wet and dry wipes converting in North America and a provider of specialty printing services and business imaging products, today announced that fiscal year 2013 fourth quarter sales were $21,952,000, compared to $28,698,000 for fiscal year 2012 fourth quarter sales. For the fiscal year 2013, sales were $99,287,000, compared to $107,042,000 for the fiscal year 2012.

On December 20, 2013 the Company announced that it had signed a definitive merger agreement with affiliates of Griffon Holdings, LLC at a price of $6.07 per share. The transaction is to be effected by a tender offer followed by a second step merger. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and there can be no assurance that the transaction will be consummated. Because the price paid pursuant to the merger agreement is less than the book value of the Company's assets, the Company has estimated a goodwill impairment of $7,211,575 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $5,717,000 or $1.33 per diluted share (net income of $401,000 or $.09 per diluted share before the non-cash goodwill impairment) compared to net income of $405,000 or $0.09 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. For the fiscal year 2013, net loss was $3,981,000 or $.92 per diluted share (net income of $2,138,000 or $.49 per diluted share before the non-cash goodwill impairment) compared to a net loss of $53,000 or $0.01 per diluted share for the fiscal year 2012.

In commenting on the results, Jim Robinson, Tufco's President and CEO said, "The Company reported lower sales volumes in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 compared to the same periods in fiscal year 2012. We achieved improved profitability, before the non-cash goodwill impairment, in fiscal year 2013 over fiscal year 2012 despite the lower sales volume. Overall operational improvements contributed to the increased profitability, before the non-cash goodwill impairment. Additionally, we continue to reduce borrowings under our credit facility and have reduced bank debt by over $6,000,000 during fiscal year 2013," he concluded.

Tufco, headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has manufacturing and warehousing operations in Wisconsin and North Carolina.

Information about the results reported herein, or copies of the Company's SEC filings, may be obtained by calling the contact person listed below.

This press release, including the discussion of the Company's fiscal 2013 results in comparison to fiscal 2012 contains forward-looking statements regarding current expectations, risks and uncertainties for future periods. The actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein due to a variety of factors such as the Company's ability to increase sales, changes in customer demand for its products, non renewal of production agreements by significant customers including two Contract Manufacturing customers it depends upon for a significant portion of its business, its ability to meet competitors' prices on products to be sold under these production agreements, the effects of the economy in general, the Company's inability to benefit from any general economic improvements, react to material increases in the cost of raw materials or competition in the Company's product areas, the ability of management to successfully reduce operating expenses, the Company's ability to increase sales and earnings as a result of new projects and services, the Company's ability to successfully install new equipment on a timely basis and to improve productivity through equipment upgrades, the Company's ability to continue to produce new products, the Company's ability to comply with the financial covenants in its credit facility, the Company's ability to extend or refinance its credit facility upon expiration on December 31,2014, the Company's ability to sustain profitable operations, the Company's ability to successfully attract new customers through its sales initiatives and strengthening its new business development efforts, the Company's ability to improve the run rates for its products, and changes to regulations governing its operations or other factors beyond the Company's control. Therefore, the financial data for the periods presented may not be indicative of the Company's future financial condition or results of operations. The Company assumes no responsibility to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Further, all statements regarding the timing and the closing of the Offer and Merger transactions; the ability of Parent to complete the transactions considering the various closing conditions; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, are forward looking statements. These intentions, expectations, or results may not be achieved in the future and various important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements that the Company makes, including uncertainties as to the timing of the Offer and Merger; uncertainties as to how many of the Company's stockholders will tender their stock in the Offer; the possibility that competing offers may be made; the possibility that various closing conditions to the transactions may not be satisfied or waived, including that a governmental entity may prohibit or delay the consummation of the transaction; that Parent or Sub do not receive the proceeds of the financing; or that there is a material adverse change of the Company. 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in 000's)
  September 30,  September 30, 
  2013 2012
Cash  $ 8  $ 8
Accounts Receivable - Net  11,096  16,457
Inventories - Net  14,873  17,450
Other Current Assets  959  551
 Total Current Assets  26,936  34,466
Property, Plant and Equipment - Net  14,790  15,848
Goodwill   --   7,212
Other Assets - Net  138  130
 Total  $ 41,864  $ 57,656
Revolving Line of Credit  $ 1,167  $ 7,280
Current Portion of Note Payable  290  274
Accounts Payable  5,094  10,618
Accrued Liabilities  755  615
Other Current Liabilities  780  670
 Total Current Liabilities  8,086  19,457
Long-Term Debt   203  494
Deferred Income Taxes  1,782  1,989
Common Stock and Paid-in Capital  25,713  25,655
Retained Earnings  8,237  12,218
Treasury Stock   (2,157)  (2,157)
Total Stockholders' Equity  31,793  35,716
 Total  $ 41,864  $ 57,656
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in 000's except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  September 30,  September 30, 
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net Sales  $ 21,952  $ 28,698  $ 99,287  $ 107,042
Cost of Sales  19,827  26,625  89,976  101,238
Gross Profit  2,125  2,073  9,311  5,804
SG&A Expense  1,891  1,426  6,188  5,690
Goodwill Impairment  7,212  --  7,212  --
Gain on Asset Sales  --  (66)  (16)  (66)
Operating (Loss) Income   (6,978)  713  (4,073)  180
Interest Expense   29  66  173  272
Interest Income and Other Income  (1)  --  (10)  (8)
(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes  (7,006)  647  (4,236)  (84)
Income Tax (Benefit) Expense   (1,289)  242  (255)  (31)
Net (Loss) Income   $ (5,717)  $ 405  $ (3,981)  $ (53)
Net (Loss) Income Per Share:      
Basic  $ (1.33)  $ 0.09  $ (0.92)  $ (0.01)
Diluted  $ (1.33)  $ 0.09  $ (0.92)  $ (0.01)
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:    
Basic  4,308,947  4,308,947  4,308,947  4,308,947
Diluted  4,308,947  4,312,327  4,308,947  4,308,947
CONTACT: Tim Splittgerber, CFO         Tufco Technologies, Inc.         P. O. Box 23500         Green Bay, WI 54305-3500         (920) 336-0054