Hurco Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results For Fiscal 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurco Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:HURC) today reported results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2017. Hurco recorded net income of $6,702,000, or $1.00 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to net income of $3,003,000, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2016. For fiscal 2017, Hurco reported net income of $15,115,000, or $2.25 per diluted share, compared to $13,292,000, or $1.99 per diluted share, for fiscal 2016. 

Sales and service fees for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were $75,931,000, an increase of $9,577,000, or 14%, compared to the corresponding prior year period and included a favorable currency impact of $1,581,000, or 2%, when translating foreign sales to U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes.  Sales and service fees for fiscal 2017 were $243,667,000, an increase of $16,378,000, or 7%, compared to fiscal 2016 and included a negative currency impact of $1,275,000, or 1%, 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 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 and 2016 (dollars in thousands):
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
  October 31,   October 31,
      $ %       $ %
    2017   2016 Change Change      2017    2016 Change Change
Americas $23,597 $27,288 ($3,691 ) -14%   $75,540 $74,386 $1,154 2%
Europe   42,714   31,849   10,865   34%     133,671   124,070   9,601 8%
Asia Pacific   9,620   7,217   2,403   33%     34,456   28,833   5,623 20%
 Total $75,931 $66,354 $9,577   14%   $243,667 $227,289 $16,378 7%

Sales in the Americas for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased by 14% compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2016, as the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 reflected year-end promotional activities following the International Manufacturing Technology Show ("IMTS") held in September 2016. Sales in the Americas for fiscal 2017 increased by 2% compared to fiscal 2016 and reflected improved U.S. market conditions and demand from customers for all product lines (Hurco, Takumi and Milltronics) and in all regions of the country where our customers are located.

European sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 increased by 34%, compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2016, and included a favorable currency impact of 4%, when translating foreign sales to U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. The increase in European sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was primarily attributable to an increased sales volume of Hurco and Takumi machines in Germany, the United Kingdom and France.  European sales for fiscal 2017 increased by 8%, compared to fiscal 2016, and included a negative currency impact of 1% when translating foreign sales to U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes.  Excluding the negative impact of currency, the year-over-year increase in European sales for fiscal 2017 was driven primarily by increased sales of Hurco machines in the United Kingdom and Germany. 

Asian Pacific sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 increased by 33% and 20%, respectively, compared to the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016, primarily due to increased sales of Hurco and Takumi machines in all Asian Pacific countries where our customers are located, with China contributing the largest increase.  Asian Pacific sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 included a favorable currency impact of 4% and 1%, respectively, when translating foreign sales to U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes.

Orders for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were a record $73,738,000, an increase of $6,596,000, or 10%, compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2016, and included a favorable currency impact of $1,034,000, or 2%, when translating foreign orders to U.S. dollars.  Orders for fiscal 2017 were a record $260,667,000, an increase of $41,445,000, or 19%, compared to fiscal 2016, and included a negative currency impact of $2,581,000, or 1%, when translating foreign orders to U.S. dollars.

The following table sets forth new orders booked by geographic region for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 2017 and 2016 (dollars in thousands):
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
  October 31,   October 31,
      $ %       $ %
    2017   2016 Change Change     2017   2016 Change Change
Americas $26,526 $28,526 ($2,000 ) -7%   $85,070 $70,944 $14,126 20%
Europe   36,881   31,915   4,966   16%     137,622   121,519   16,103 13%
Asia Pacific   10,273   6,701   3,572   53%     37,917   26,759   11,158 42%
Total $73,680 $67,142 $6,538   10%   $260,609 $219,222 $41,387 19%

Orders in the Americas for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased by 7%, compared to the corresponding period in fiscal 2016, as the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 reflected year-end promotional activities following the IMTS held in September 2016. Orders in the Americas for fiscal 2017 increased by 20% compared to fiscal 2016 and reflected improved U.S. market conditions and demand from customers for all product lines (Hurco, Takumi and Milltronics) and in all regions of the country where our customers are located.

European orders for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 increased by 16% and 13%, respectively, compared to the corresponding prior year periods. The year-over-year increases in orders were driven primarily by increased demand for Hurco and Takumi vertical milling machines in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy. European orders for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 included a favorable currency impact of 2% and a negative currency impact of 2%, respectively, when translating foreign orders to U.S. dollars. 

Asian Pacific orders for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 increased by 53% and 42%, respectively, compared to the corresponding prior year periods.  The year-over-year increases in orders were driven primarily by increased demand for Hurco and Takumi machines in all Asian Pacific countries where our customers are located, with China contributing the largest increase.  Asian Pacific orders for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 included a favorable currency impact of 4% and 1%, respectively, when translating foreign orders to U.S. dollars.

Michael Doar, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "There isn't a better way to begin Hurco's 50th anniversary celebration in 2018, than to finish 2017 with record orders and record sales. All of our brands (Hurco, Takumi and Milltronics) and all geographic regions finished the year with higher orders and sales levels than last year.  I'm particularly happy to see such a strong finish to the year by our United Kingdom, Germany and China operations as our focus on global markets is an integral component of our strategic plan.  We plan to continue to invest in the future of new products and advanced CNC technologies that are designed to provide customers with high levels of productivity to increase their profitability.  We look forward to celebrating our 50 th anniversary worldwide to exhibit the past, present, and future of innovation that is the foundation of Hurco."

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $23,370,000, or 31% of sales, compared to $19,997,000, or 30% of sales, for the corresponding prior year period. Gross profit for fiscal 2017 was $70,564,000, or 29% of sales, compared to $70,440,000, or 31% of sales, for fiscal 2016.  The increase in gross profit as a percentage of sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 primarily reflected the increased volume of sales of Hurco machines, particularly in Europe, and the favorable impact of foreign currency translation compared to the corresponding prior year period. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of sales for fiscal 2017 primarily reflected the negative impact of foreign currency translation, compared to fiscal 2016 and a sales mix comprised of more entry-level machines, such as those under the Milltronics and Takumi brands, in price competitive geographic regions, such as the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were $14,385,000, or 19% of sales, compared to $14,878,000, or 22% of sales, in the corresponding period in fiscal 2016, and included an unfavorable currency impact of $313,000 when translating foreign expenses to U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes.  Selling, general and administrative expenses for fiscal 2017 were $49,661,000, or 20% of sales, compared to $50,824,000, or 22% of sales, in fiscal 2016, and included a favorable currency impact of $163,000 when translating foreign expenses to U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. 

The effective tax rates for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 were 25% and 27%, respectively, compared to 34% and 30% in the corresponding prior year periods. The changes in the effective tax rates year-over-year were primarily due to changes in the geographic mix of income and loss among tax jurisdictions.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $66,307,000 at October 31, 2017, compared to $41,217,000 at October 31, 2016. Working capital was $175,526,000 at October 31, 2017 compared to $160,413,000 at October 31, 2016.  The increase in working capital was primarily due to the increase in cash, inventories, and accounts receivable.

Hurco Companies, Inc. is an international, industrial technology company that sells its three brands of computer numeric control (CNC) machine tools to the worldwide metal cutting and metal forming industry. Two of the Company's brands of machine tools, Hurco and Milltronics, are equipped with interactive controls that include software that is proprietary to each respective brand. The Company designs these controls and develops the software. The third brand of CNC machine tools, Takumi, is equipped with industrial controls that are produced by third parties, which allows the customer to decide the type of control added to the Takumi CNC machine tool. The end markets for the Company's products are independent job shops, short-run manufacturing operations within large corporations, and manufacturers with production-oriented operations. The Company's customers manufacture precision parts, tools, dies, and/or molds for 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, the U.S. and China, and sells its products through direct and indirect sales forces throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The Company has sales, application engineering support and service subsidiaries in China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, the U.S., and Taiwan. Web Site: www.hurco.com

Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements that 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, breaches of our network and system security measures, 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, negative or unforeseen tax consequences and governmental actions and initiatives, including import and export restrictions and tariffs. 
                   
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per-share data)
                   
  Three Months Ended October 31,   Twelve Months Ended October 31,
    2017         2016       2017         2016  
   (unaudited)     
Sales and service fees $   75,931       $   66,354     $   243,667       $   227,289  
Cost of sales and service     52,561           46,357         173,103           156,849  
Gross profit     23,370           19,997         70,564           70,440  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     14,385           14,878         49,661           50,824  
Operating income     8,985           5,119         20,903           19,616  
Interest expense     25           -         91           72  
Interest income     9           6         41           40  
Investment income     53           39         138           149  
Other expense, net     82           622         275           848  
Income before taxes     8,940           4,542         20,716           18,885  
Provision for income taxes     2,238           1,539         5,601           5,593  
Net income $   6,702       $   3,003     $   15,115       $   13,292  
Income per common share                  
Basic $   1.01       $   0.45     $   2.27       $   2.01  
Diluted $   1.00       $   0.45     $   2.25       $   1.99  
Weighted average common shares outstanding                  
Basic     6,635           6,573         6,615           6,569  
Diluted     6,723           6,650         6,680           6,642  
                   
OTHER CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA Three Months Ended October 31,   Twelve Months Ended October 31, 
Operating Data:   2017         2016       2017         2016  
   (unaudited)     
Gross margin   31 %       30 %     29 %       31 %
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales   19 %       22 %     20 %       22 %
Operating income as a percentage of sales   12 %       8 %     9 %       9 %
Pre-tax income as a percentage of sales    12 %       7 %     9 %       8 %
Effective tax rate   25 %       34 %     27 %       30 %
Depreciation and amortization     898           972         3,616           3,868  
Capital expenditures     1,077           927         4,444           4,177  
                   
Balance Sheet Data: 10/31/2017     10/31/2016          
Working capital $   175,526       $   160,413            
Days sales outstanding (unaudited)     46           52            
Inventory turns (unaudited)     1.5           1.4            
Capitalization                  
Total debt $   1,507       $   1,476            
Shareholders' equity     203,085           185,475            
Total $   204,592       $   186,951            
                   

 
       
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
  October 31,   October 31,
  2017   2016
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 66,307     $ 41,217  
Accounts receivable, net   50,094       48,631  
Inventories, net   119,948       117,025  
Derivative assets   596       1,725  
Prepaid expenses   7,913       8,207  
Other   1,557       1,576  
Total current assets   246,415       218,381  
Property and equipment:      
Land   841       841  
Building   7,352       7,352  
Machinery and equipment   25,652       23,515  
Leasehold improvements   3,503       3,487  
    37,348       35,195  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   (25,167 )     (22,898 )
Total property and equipment   12,181       12,297  
Non-current assets:      
Software development costs, less accumulated amortization   6,226       4,926  
Goodwill   2,440       2,314  
Intangible assets, net   1,076       1,150  
Deferred income taxes   6,176       6,138  
Investments and other assets, net   7,131       6,743  
Total non-current assets   23,049       21,271  
Total assets $ 281,645     $ 251,949  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 47,638     $ 37,200  
Derivative liabilities   1,732       538  
Accrued expenses   20,012       18,754  
Short-term debt   1,507       1,476  
Total current liabilities   70,889       57,968  
Non-current liabilities:      
Deferred income taxes   3,821       4,294  
Accrued tax liability   133       963  
Deferred credits and other obligations   3,717       3,249  
Total non-current liabilities   7,671       8,506  
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;      
6,799,006 and 6,720,453 shares issued; and 6,641,197 and 6,573,103 shares outstanding,      
as of October 31, 2017 and October 31, 2016, respectively   664       657  
Additional paid-in capital   61,344       59,119  
Retained earnings   149,267       136,742  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (8,190 )     (11,043 )
Total shareholders' equity   203,085       185,475  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 281,645     $ 251,949  
       

Contact:  Sonja K. McClelland
  Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, & Chief Financial Officer
  317-293-5309

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