Hurco Reports Third Quarter Results

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurco Companies, Inc., (Nasdaq:HURC) today reported net income of $3,957,000, or $0.61 per diluted share, for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2012, compared to $4,575,000, or $0.70 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2011. For the first nine months of fiscal 2012, Hurco reported net income of $11,552,000, or $1.77 per diluted share, compared to $8,470,000, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2011.

Sales and service fees for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 totaled $49,959,000, a decrease of $614,000, or 1%, compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2011. This year-over-year comparison includes the adverse impact of $3,711,000, or 7%, due to a weaker Euro when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. Sales and service fees for the nine months ended July 31, 2012 totaled $147,050,000, an increase of $15,221,000, or 12%, over the corresponding period in 2011. The unfavorable impact of currency translation on the year-over-year nine-month comparison was $5,522,000, or 4%.

The following table sets forth net sales and service fees by geographic region for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2012 and 2011, respectively:

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  July 31, July 31,
    %   %
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
North America $ 15,513 $ 13,119 18% $ 42,835 $ 35,718 20%
Europe 29,049 31,305 -7% 85,614 79,881 7%
Asia Pacific 5,397 6,149 -12% 18,601 16,230 15%
Total $ 49,959 $ 50,573 -1% $ 147,050 $ 131,829 12%

Sales during the third quarter of fiscal 2012 remained relatively stable as increased sales in North America were offset by lower sales in Europe and Asia. Sales in Europe were down compared to the prior year period primarily due to the European debt crisis, which resulted in both a decline in demand attributable to economic uncertainty and a weaker Euro. Sales in Asia declined in comparison to the corresponding prior year period due to a slowing economy in that region. During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, unit shipments increased over the corresponding quarter in fiscal 2011 by 6% in North America, but decreased by 10% in Europe and 13% in the Asia Pacific sales region. Unit shipments in the first nine months of fiscal 2012 increased over the prior year period by 8% in North America, 1% in Europe, and 17% in the Asia Pacific sales region.

The following table sets forth new orders booked by geographic region for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2012 and 2011, respectively:

  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  July 31, July 31,
    %   %
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
North America $ 12,821 $ 9,116 41% $ 41,246 $ 36,693 12%
Europe 27,829 22,617 23% 87,477 98,660 -11%
Asia Pacific 5,695 8,073 -29% 17,597 21,327 -17%
Total $ 46,345 $ 39,806 16% $ 146,320 $ 156,680 -7%

Orders for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were $46,345,000, an increase of $6,539,000, or 16%, from the corresponding period in fiscal 2011. Unit orders for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by 102% in North America and 36% in Europe, but decreased by 41% in the Asia Pacific region compared to the prior year period. It should be noted, however, that orders in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were unusually low due to a surge of customer orders that were placed during the preceding quarter in advance of an announced price increase that went into effect at the end of that quarter. The impact of currency translation on orders was consistent with the impact on sales. Orders for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 were $146,320,000, a decrease of $10,360,000, or 7%, from the corresponding period in fiscal 2011. Unit orders for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 increased by 10% in North America, but decreased by 15% in Europe and 25% in the Asia Pacific region compared to the prior year period.

Gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $16,084,000, or 32% of sales, which was relatively unchanged compared to $15,850,000, or 31% of sales, for the prior year period. Gross profit for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $45,961,000 or 31% of sales, compared to $40,192,000 or 30% of sales for the same period in 2011 due primarily to increased sales.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were $10,272,000, an increase of $955,000 from the prior year period, primarily due to global sales and marketing initiatives. Selling, general and administrative expenses of $29,290,000 for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 compared to $27,401,000 for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 also reflected global sales and marketing initiatives.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $35,095,000 as of July 31, 2012, compared to $44,961,000 as of October 31, 2011. The decrease in cash was primarily due to increased production in fiscal 2012 intended to meet forecasted growth in customer demand. Working capital, excluding cash, was $85,155,000 as of July 31, 2012, compared to $61,885,000 as of October 31, 2011. The increase in working capital, excluding cash, was primarily due to an increase in inventory of $17,620,000 as a result of the increase in production. 

Michael Doar, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated, "I am extremely pleased with the sales and order activity in North America, which is where we introduced our distributor partners to the Hurco rebranding initiative at the annual sales meeting last month. I was energized by the unprecedented enthusiasm I noticed from our sales partners when they saw the new machine design, new branding materials, and new machine lineup. We will officially launch this worldwide rebranding initiative to the public later this month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. In addition to acquainting the public with the updated design of the Hurco brand, we will introduce an entire line of high speed machine tools equipped with our patented motion control system called UltiMotion. UltiMotion exemplifies the type of advanced technology we continue to innovate so that our customers can increase their productivity and profitability."

Hurco Companies, Inc. is an industrial technology company that designs and produces interactive computer controls, software and computerized machine tools 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 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 Canada, 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, changes in operations due to acquisitions or loss of key personnel, uncertainty concerning our ability to use tax loss carryforwards and governmental actions and initiatives including import and export restrictions and tariffs.

Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share data)
     
  Three Months Ended 
July 31,
Nine Months Ended 
July 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
  (unaudited)  (unaudited) 
Sales and service fees $ 49,959 $ 50,573 $ 147,050 $ 131,829
     
Cost of sales and service 33,875 34,723 101,089 91,637
Gross profit 16,084 15,850 45,961 40,192
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses 10,272 9,317 29,290 27,401
Operating income 5,812 6,533 16,671 12,791
     
Interest expense 43 47 105 61
     
Interest income 16 35 57 107
     
Investment income (expense) 3 2 5 9
     
Other expense (income), net 190 242 69 721
     
Income before taxes 5,598 6,281 16,559 12,125
     
Provision for income taxes 1,641 1,706 5,007 3,655
     
Net income $ 3,957 $ 4,575 $ 11,552 $ 8,470
     
Earnings per common share    
Basic $ 0.61 $ 0.71 $ 1.78 $ 1.31
Diluted $ 0.61 $ 0.70 $ 1.77 $ 1.30
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding    
Basic 6,447 6,441 6,444 6,441
Diluted 6,465 6,480 6,470 6,474
     
OTHER CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA Three Months Ended 
July 31,
Nine Months Ended 
July 31,
Operating Data: 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (unaudited)  (unaudited) 
Gross margin 32% 31% 31% 30%
     
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales 21% 18% 20% 21%
     
Operating income as a percentage of sales 12% 13% 11% 10%
     
Pre-tax income as a percentage of sales  11% 12% 11% 9%
     
Effective Tax Rate 29% 27% 30% 30%
     
Depreciation and amortization 955 1,081 3,195 3,227
     
Capital expenditures 1,293 718 2,603 1,745
     
Balance Sheet Data: 7/31/2012 10/31/2011  
  (unaudited)    
Working capital (excluding cash) $ 85,155 $ 61,885  
     
Days sales outstanding (unaudited) 43 37  
     
Inventory turns (unaudited) 1.4 1.6  
     
Capitalization    
Total debt $ 3,143 $ 865  
Shareholders' equity 138,492 126,212  
Total $ 141,635 $ 127,077  
   
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
   
  July 31, October 31,
  2012 2011
  (Unaudited)  (Audited) 
ASSETS  
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 35,095 $ 44,961
Accounts receivable, net 30,514 27,057
Refundable taxes 1,255 1,442
Inventories, net 95,717 81,127
Deferred income taxes 744 2,692
Derivative assets 3,104 1,197
Other 9,048 5,598
Total current assets 175,477 164,074
   
Property and equipment:  
Land 782 782
Building 7,353 7,116
Machinery and equipment 16,985 16,336
Leasehold improvements 2,999 2,508
  28,119 26,742
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (16,432) (15,198)
  11,687 11,544
   
Non-current assets:  
Software development costs, less accumulated amortization 4,040 4,928
Other assets 5,792 5,999
  $ 196,996 $ 186,545
   
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  
   
Current liabilities:  
Accounts payable $ 38,544 $ 39,046
Derivative liabilities 447 1,609
Accrued expenses 13,093 15,708
Short-term debt 3,143 865
Total current liabilities 55,227 57,228
   
Non-current liabilities:  
Deferred income taxes 2,104 1,982
Deferred credits and other obligations 1,173 1,123
Total liabilities 58,504 60,333
   
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; 6,502,928 and 6,471,710 shares issued; and 6,447,210 and 6,440,851 shares outstanding, as of July 31, 2012 and October 31, 2011, respectively 645 644
Additional paid-in capital 53,260 52,614
Retained earnings 86,500 74,948
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,913) (1,994)
Total shareholders' equity 138,492 126,212
  $ 196,996 $ 186,545
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