STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coffee Holding Co., Inc. (Nasdaq:JVA) (the "Company") today announced its operating results for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017.

The Company had net income of $467,262 or $0.08 per share basic and diluted, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 compared to a net income of $2,212,288, or $0.36 per share basic and diluted for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016. The decrease in net income was due primarily to the reasons described below.

Net sales totaled $77,127,595 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017, a decrease of $1,820,633, or 2.3%, from $78,948,228 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016.  The decrease in net sales reflects reduced wholesale transactions with our largest wholesale green coffee customer during fiscal 2017 of approximately $16,775,000, partially offset by increased sales to both new and existing customers including a fourth quarter increase in revenues of $4,300,000 or 25.0%.

Cost of sales for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 was $64,977,632, or 84.3% of net sales, as compared to $67,066,050, or 85.0% of net sales, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016.  Cost of sales consists primarily of the cost of green coffee and packaging materials and realized and unrealized gains or losses on hedging activity.  The decrease in cost of sales reflects the change in the product mix due to the Company's reduced wholesale transactions with its largest wholesale green coffee customer. 

Gross profit for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 was $12,149,963, an increase of $267,785 from $11,882,178 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016.  Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased to 15.8% for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 from 15.0% for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016.  Although we experienced improved margins on our wholesale and roasted business during the year our margins have not increased as expected due to our integration of our acquisition of Comfort Foods and reduced profitability of our OPTCO subsidiary.      

Total operating expenses increased by $2,908,136 to $10,927,246 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 from $8,019,110 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016. Selling and administrative expenses increased $2,864,796, or 39.0%, to $10,228,506 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 from $7,363,710 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016. The primary reasons for this increase were the acquisition of Comfort Foods, the full year of integration of Sonofresco and the increase in our freight costs as we increased and expanded our product distribution. Officers' salary increased by $43,340 or 6.6% to $698,740 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 from $655,400 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016.

"The 2017 fiscal year marked a turning point for us following several years of declines as we increased our revenues during the last two quarters, replacing almost $17 million in lost revenues following the change in ownership at our former largest green coffee customer.  During the third and fourth quarters of 2017, our revenues increased by 3.6% or approximately $625,000, and by 25.0% or approximately $4.3 million, respectively, as compared to the prior year periods.   We achieved this growth through increased marketing of our branded and private label business as we added several new large retailers and wholesalers during the 2017 fiscal year. Our sales of roasted and green coffee are now back to their traditional levels of a 50-50 split where they had been for the majority of our company's history," stated Andrew Gordon, CEO and President of the Company.

"We believe this sales balance represents a better mix of sales, which will allow us to continue to expand our overall gross margin as well as build our brand equity at our most important retail and wholesale accounts. We also believe the increased sales of both our branded and private label products are sustainable as we continue to see improved customer loyalty at our existing retail accounts due to expanded product distribution and increased promotional activity designed to gain trial of our products. In order to achieve this growth, we had an increase in freight expense of $636,000, which was the second largest increase in our SG&A after the costs associated with the purchase of Comfort Foods," added Mr. Gordon.

"In addition, we were awarded several new private label contracts in late fiscal 2017 and will begin manufacturing product in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. We also signed a two-year extension with our current largest private label customer."

"We believe the biggest headwind over the past nine months has been the integration of Comfort Foods, which has taken longer than expected to become a profitable integration. During our last nine months, Comfort Foods had an operating loss of approximately $300,000 which negatively impacted our overall earnings by approximately $.05 per share. We did expect a loss as we engineered a turnaround and we believe we are almost at the breakeven point in operations.  Strategically, we believe this acquisition will allow us to begin bidding on business in the North East which we could not do previously though our Colorado facility for logistical reasons.  In addition, the Harmony Bay brand has a strong following in New England and we recently placed it in over 700 Food Lion stores in the Mid-Atlantic States.

"We look forward to a successful 2018 as our focus will once again be to continue to grow our sales and increase the distribution of our brands to build on the success achieved during the second half of fiscal 2017," concluded Mr. Gordon.

About Coffee Holding

Coffee Holding Co., Inc. is a leading integrated wholesale coffee roaster and dealer in the United States and one of the few coffee companies that offers a broad array of coffee products across the entire spectrum of consumer tastes, preferences and price points. Coffee Holding has been a family-operated business for three generations and has remained profitable through varying cycles in the coffee industry and the economy. The Company's private label and branded coffee products are sold throughout the United States, Canada and abroad to supermarkets, wholesalers, and individually owned and multi-unit retail customers.

Any statements that are not historical facts contained in this release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the Company's outlook on future margin performance and its share repurchase program. Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond our control, and which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements upon information available to management as of the date of this release and management's expectations and projections about certain future events. It is possible that the assumptions made by management for purposes of such statements may not materialize. Such statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those relating to product demand, pricing, market acceptance, hedging activities, the effect of economic conditions, intellectual property rights, the outcome of competitive products, risks in product development, the results of financing efforts, the ability to complete transactions, and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement for events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made.

Company Contact

Coffee Holding Co., Inc.Andrew GordonPresident & CEO718-832-0800 
             
COFFEE HOLDING CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS OCTOBER 31, 2017 AND 2016
             
    2017     2016  
             
- ASSETS -                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash   $ 2,325,650     $ 3,227,981  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $144,000 for 2017 and 2016     13,441,802       13,517,892  
Inventories     16,310,572       14,276,290  
Prepaid green coffee     171,350       435,577  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     593,825       535,456  
Prepaid and refundable income taxes     472,814       481,977  
Due from broker     -       134,722  
Deferred income tax asset     339,748       81,545  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     33,655,761       32,691,440  
                 
Machinery and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation of $5,557,899 and $4,819,828 for 2017 and 2016, respectively     2,439,338       2,269,863  
Customer list and relationships, net of accumulated amortization of $72,250 and $50,250 for 2017 and 2016, respectively     367,750       219,750  
Trademarks and tradenames     820,000       180,000  
Other intangible assets     331,124        
Goodwill     1,794,265       1,017,905  
Equity method investments     94,643       95,598  
Deposits and other assets     497,529       549,337  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 40,000,410     $ 37,023,893  
                 
- LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY -                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 4,430,626     $ 4,062,573  
Line of credit     8,407,527       6,958,375  
Due to broker     210,862       -  
Income taxes payable     1,346       1,050  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     13,050,361       11,021,998  
                 
Deferred income tax liabilities     629,680       167,470  
Deferred rent payable     240,379       231,216  
Deferred compensation payable     488,529       489,668  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     14,408,949       11,910,352  
                 
Redeemable common stock:                
Common stock subject to possible redemption, at $200,004; -0- and 38,364 shares issued and outstanding at redemption value as of October 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively     -       200,004  
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
Coffee Holding Co., Inc. stockholders' equity:                
Preferred stock, par value $.001 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued     -       -  
Common stock, par value $.001 per share; 30,000,000 shares authorized, 6,494,680 shares issued; 5,805,935 and 5,824,938 shares outstanding for 2017 and 2016     6,494       6,456  
Additional paid-in capital     16,104,075       15,904,109  
Retained earnings     12,345,490       11,878,228  
Less: Treasury stock, 688,745 and 631,378 common shares, at cost for 2017 and 2016     (3,504,510 )     (3,249,590 )
Total Coffee Holding Co., Inc. Stockholders' Equity     24,951,549       24,539,203  
Noncontrolling interest     639,912       374,334  
TOTAL EQUITY     25,591,461       24,913,537  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 40,000,410     $ 37,023,893  
                 

 
             
COFFEE HOLDING CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME YEARS ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2017 AND 2016
             
    2017     2016  
NET SALES   $ 77,127,595     $ 78,948,228  
                 
COST OF SALES (which include purchases of approximately $6.7 million and $8.5 million in fiscal years 2017 and 2016, respectively, from a related party)     64,977,632       67,066,050  
                 
GROSS PROFIT     12,149,963       11,882,178  
                 
OPERATING EXPENSES:                
Selling and administrative     10,228,506       7,363,710  
Officers' salaries     698,740       655,400  
TOTAL     10,927,246       8,019,110  
                 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS     1,222,717       3,863,068  
                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                
Interest income     19,436       41,176  
Loss from equity method investments     (956 )     (972 )
Interest expense     (264,261 )     (187,310 )
TOTAL     (245,781 )     (147,106 )
                 
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES                
AND NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST IN SUBSIDIARY     976,936       3,715,962  
                 
Provision for income taxes     244,096       1,365,920  
                 
NET INCOME BEFORE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST IN SUBSIDIARY     732,840       2,350,042  
Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest in subsidiary     (265,578 )     (137,754 )
                 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COFFEE HOLDING CO., INC.   $ 467,262     $ 2,212,288  
                 
Basic and diluted earnings per share   $ .08     $ .36  
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
Basic and diluted     5,858,376       6,082,777  
                 

  
             
COFFEE HOLDING CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS YEARS ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2017 AND 2016
             
    2017     2016  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                
                 
Net income   $ 732,840     $ 2,350,042  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     762,043       587,572  
Unrealized loss (gain) on commodities     345,584       (618,557 )
Loss on equity method investments     955       973  
Deferred rent     9,163       9,161  
Deferred income taxes     (183,975 )     991,275  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     661,008       (2,465,513 )
Inventories     (917,376 )     (143,907 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (25,688 )     (279,254 )
Prepaid green coffee     264,227       184,875  
Prepaid and refundable income taxes     9,163       952,600  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (258,827 )     (30,860 )
Deposits and other assets     77,220       68,331  
Income taxes payable     296       1,050  
Net cash provided by operating activities     1,476,633       1,607,788  
                 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
Purchase of business net of cash acquired     (2,893,275 )     (819,564 )
Purchases of machinery and equipment     (679,921 )     (963,435 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (3,573,196 )     (1,782,999 )
                 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
Line of credit     1,449,152       1,404,254  
Purchase of treasury stock     (254,920 )     (1,754,878 )
Payment of dividend     -       (100,000 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     1,194,232       (450,624 )
                 
NET DECREASE IN CASH     (902,331 )     (625,835 )
                 
CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD     3,227,981       3,853,816  
                 
CASH, END OF PERIOD   $ 2,325,650     $ 3,227,981  
                 

             
COFFEE HOLDING CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS YEARS ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2017 AND 2016
             
    2017     2016  
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW DATA:                
Interest paid   $ 261,485     $ 181,007  
Income taxes paid   $ 391,933     $ 34,183  
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
On June 29, 2016 Coffee Holding Co., Inc. acquired certain assets of Coffee Kinetics, LLC:                
                 
Fair value of assets acquired   $ 1,091,612          
Less: liabilities assumed     (72,044 )        
Net assets acquired:     1,019,568          
                 
Common stock, par value $.001 per share, 38,364 shares     39          
Additional paid-in capital     199,965          
Non-cash payment     200,004          
                 
Net cash paid   $ 819,564          
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
On February 23, 2017 Coffee Holding Co., Inc. acquired the assets of Comfort Foods, Inc.:                
                 
Accounts receivable   $ 584,918          
Inventory     1,116,906          
Equipment     229,597          
Prepaid expenses     32,681          
Customer lists     170,000          
Other intangible assets     971,124          
Goodwill     388,378          
Other asset     26,551          
                 
Less: liabilities     626,880          
                 
Net cash paid   $ 2,893,275          

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