Hurco Reports First Quarter Results

INDIANAPOLIS, March 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurco Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:HURC) today reported results for the first fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2014. For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, Hurco recorded net income of $2,369,000, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2,254,000, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2013. The increase in net income was attributable to a 16% growth in sales and service fees year-over-year. Orders for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were 12% higher than the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Sales and service fees for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were $50,970,000, an increase of $6,885,000, or 16%, from the corresponding prior year period. The increase in sales and service fees included a favorable impact of $600,000 primarily due to a stronger Euro when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes.

The following table sets forth net sales and service fees by geographic region for the first quarters of fiscal 2014 and 2013 (in thousands):
Net Sales and Service Fees
Three Months Ended
January 31,
      $ %
  2014 2013 Change Change
North America  $ 16,293  $ 16,252  $ 41 0%
Europe  29,234  24,670  4,564 19%
Asia Pacific  5,443  3,163  2,280 72%
Total  $ 50,970  $ 44,085  $ 6,885 16%

European and Asian Pacific sales increased during the first quarter of fiscal 2014 by 19% and 72%, respectively, compared to the corresponding prior year period. The overall improvement in sales was primarily driven by increased orders and shipments in Germany and China. European sales and service fees included $1,676,000 attributable to sales of electro-mechanical components and accessories manufactured by Hurco's Italian-based subsidiary LCM Precision Technologies (LCM).  Hurco acquired this business on July 1, 2013. LCM products accounted for 6% of Hurco's sales in Europe for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Asian Pacific sales in the fiscal 2014 period benefited from a multiple machine order from a customer in China totaling approximately $725,000, or 13% of total Asian Pacific sales.

Orders in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 increased by 12% compared to the corresponding period in the prior year. European orders included $3,357,000 of LCM products for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, or 9% of total orders for Europe. European and Asian Pacific orders in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were higher than those reported in any of the previous four quarters of fiscal 2013, even when excluding orders for LCM products. The impact of currency translation on orders booked in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was consistent with the impact on sales.

The following table sets forth orders by geographic region for the first quarters of fiscal 2014 and 2013 (in thousands):
Orders
Three Months Ended
January 31,
      $ %
  2014 2013 Change Change
North America  $ 14,572  $ 14,613  $ (41) 0%
Europe  36,511  30,696  5,815 19%
Asia Pacific  6,011  5,792  219 4%
Total  $ 57,094  $ 51,101  $ 5,993 12%

Hurco's gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $13,919,000, or 27% of sales, compared to $12,916,000, or 29% of sales, for the prior year period. The increase in gross profit was attributable to the increase in sales, including LCM products. The decrease in gross margin year over year was primarily due to the effect of selling machines in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 that were manufactured in fiscal 2013 when fixed costs were leveraged over lower production levels.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were $10,600,000, or 21% of sales, compared to $8,920,000, or 20% of sales, in the same quarter of fiscal 2013. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was due primarily to incremental operating expenses associated with the acquisition of the LCM business and changes in incentive compensation implemented during the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

The effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was 28%, compared to the rate of 39% for the corresponding prior year period, due to changes in the geographic mix of income or loss between tax jurisdictions.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $47,993,000 at January 31, 2014, compared to $42,804,000 at October 31, 2013. Inventories at January 31, 2014 were $93,708,000, a decrease of $1,552,000 from those at the end of fiscal 2013.

Michael Doar, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "I am pleased that Europe has shown some improvement from the economic disruption experienced last year. Historically, our business has depended on the premium reputation our products have earned in Europe, which makes us sensitive to changes in market conditions there. As for Asia, since China is the number one consumer of machine tools in the world, our participation is vital to long-term success. I am optimistic that our sales in China will increase as their market begins to embrace more complex manufacturing operations, which is where our technology benefits customers the most."

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.
 
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share data)
     
  Quarter Ended 
  January 31,
  2014 2013
   (unaudited) 
Sales and service fees  $ 50,970  $ 44,085
     
Cost of sales and service  37,051  31,169
Gross profit  13,919  12,916
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses  10,600  8,920
Operating income  3,319  3,996
     
Interest expense  77  65
     
Interest income  16  16
     
Investment income  31  11
     
Other expense (income), net  16  259
     
Income before taxes  3,273  3,699
     
Provision for income taxes  904  1,445
     
Net income  $ 2,369  $ 2,254
     
Earnings per common share    
Basic  $ 0.36  $ 0.35
Diluted  $ 0.36  $ 0.34
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding    
Basic  6,477  6,447
Diluted  6,514  6,484
     
OTHER CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA Quarter Ended 
   January 31,
Operating Data: 2014 2013
   (unaudited) 
Gross margin 27% 29%
     
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales 21% 20%
     
Operating income as a percentage of sales 7% 9%
     
Pre-tax income as a percentage of sales  6% 8%
     
Effective Tax Rate 28% 39%
     
Depreciation and amortization  735  917
     
Capital expenditures  519  836
     
Balance Sheet Data: 1/31/2014 10/31/2013
   (unaudited)   (audited) 
Working capital (excluding cash)  $ 83,097  $ 86,512
     
Days sales outstanding (unaudited)  49  45
     
Inventory turns (unaudited)  1.5  1.4
     
Capitalization    
Total debt  $ 3,301  $ 3,665
Shareholders' equity  152,884  151,491
Total  $ 156,185  $ 155,156
 
 
 
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
     
     
  January 31, October 31,
  2014 2013
   (unaudited)   (audited) 
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 47,993  $ 42,804
Accounts receivable, net  34,579  36,139
Refundable taxes  3  6
Inventories, net  93,708  95,260
Deferred income taxes  2,218  2,080
Derivative assets  736  699
Other  9,089  8,014
Total current assets  188,326  185,002
     
Property and equipment:    
Land  782  782
Building  7,326  7,326
Machinery and equipment  18,870  19,059
Leasehold improvements  3,577  3,634
   30,555  30,801
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization  (18,609)  (18,502)
   11,946  12,299
     
Non-current assets:    
 Software development costs, less accumulated amortization  3,697  3,714
 Goodwill  2,789  2,807
 Intangible assets, net  2,041  2,155
 Other assets  5,445  5,258
   $ 214,244  $ 211,235
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 39,093  $ 35,527
Derivative liabilities  1,447  1,212
Accrued expenses  13,395  15,282
Short-term debt  3,301  3,665
Total current liabilities  57,236  55,686
     
Non-current liabilities:    
Deferred income taxes  744  743
Accrued Tax Liability  1,135  1,103
Deferred credits and other obligations  2,245  2,212
Total liabilities  61,360  59,744
     
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;    
6,571,986 and 6,533,510 shares issued; and 6,482,344 and 6,465,054 shares outstanding,    
as of January 31, 2014 and October 31, 2013, respectively  648  647
Additional paid-in capital  54,943  54,698
Retained earnings  100,175  98,130
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2,882)  (1,984)
Total shareholders' equity  152,884  151,491
   $ 214,244  $ 211,235
CONTACT: Michael Doar         Chairman, Chief Executive Officer         317-293-5309

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