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Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015

279 Days ago

Fourth Quarter Net Sales of $10.0 Million and 2015 Net Sales of $45.0 Million

NOGALES, AZ--(Marketwired - Mar 2, 2016) - Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE MKT: APT), a leading manufacturer of products designed to protect people, products and environments, including disposable protective apparel and building products, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.

Consolidated sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased 18.0% to $10.0 million from $12.2 million for the comparable quarter of 2014. Building Supply segment sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 9.7% to $5.5 million, compared to $6.1 million for the same period of 2014. The sales mix of the Building Supply segment for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 63% for synthetic roof underlayment, 35% for housewrap and 2% for other woven material. This compared to 61% for synthetic roof underlayment, 35% for housewrap and 4% for other woven material for the fourth quarter of 2014. Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased 14.1% to $3.5 million, compared to $4.1 million for the same period of 2014. The decrease was primarily due to decreased sales to our major international supply chain partner, as well as sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 resulting from the Ebola outbreak, partially offset by increased sales to our regional and national distributors. Infection Control segment sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 49.5%, or $1.0 million, to $1.1 million, compared to $2.1 million for the same period of 2014, also due to the increase in sales resulting from the Ebola outbreak in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Consolidated sales for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by 5.7%, or $2.6 million, to $45.0 million from $47.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. This decrease consisted of decreased sales in the Building Supply segment of $1.7 million, decreased sales of $9,000 in the Disposable Protective Apparel segment and decreased sales of $936,000 in the Infection Control segment.

Building Supply segment sales in 2015 decreased 6.3%, or $1.7 million, to $25.8 million, compared to $27.5 million in 2014. The decrease in 2015 was primarily due to a 4.4% decrease in sales of REX Wrap Housewrap, a 5.9% decrease in sales of synthetic roof underlayment and a 5.7% decrease in sales of other woven material. The sales mix of the Building Supply segment for the year ended December 31, 2015 was 62% for synthetic roof underlayment, 33% for housewrap and 5% for other woven material. This compared to 63% for synthetic roof underlayment, 33% for housewrap and 4% for other woven material for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $9,000, or 0.1%, to $14.7 million, compared to 2014. The slight decrease was primarily due to a decrease in sales to national and regional distributors, partially offset by an increase in sales to our major international supply chain partner.

Infection Control segment sales for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $936,000, or 17.2%, to $4.5 million, compared to $5.4 million for 2014. Shield sales were down by 43.9%, or $960,000, to $1.2 million, and mask sales were up by 0.7%, or $24,000, to $3.3 million, all compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. The overall decrease in this segment was primarily due to increased sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

Al Millar, President of Alpha Pro Tech, commented, "Despite difficult comparable sales from the increases due to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, we generated approximately $6.0 million from operating activities cash flow in 2015. In our Building Supply segment, sales of our new TECHNO family of synthetic roof underlayment increased 32% during 2015. We expect growth in the Building Supply segment in 2016 in conjunction with a return of positive sales growth in our other two segments."

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 23.0% to $3.4 million, or 34.2% gross profit margin, compared to $4.4 million, or 36.4% gross profit margin, for the same period of 2014. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $1.5 million, or 8.5%, to $16.0 million from $17.5 million for 2014. Gross profit margin was 35.5% for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to 36.6% for 2014.

Gross profit margin was positively affected in 2015 by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection issuing a retroactive Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) refund for duty paid on eligible products. The GSP is a U.S. trade program designed to promote economic growth in the developing world by providing preferential duty-free entry for products from designated beneficiary countries. The GSP duty refund positively affected gross profit margin in the third quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the GSP duty refund positively affected the gross profit margin by 1.5%. However, gross profit margin was negatively affected in 2015 by competitive pricing pressures and increased rebates in the Building Supply and Disposable Protective Apparel segments and increased manufacturing costs, especially in the Disposable Protective Apparel segment, which more than offset the favorable impact of the GSP duty refund.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by 20.8% to $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $3.5 million for the same period of 2014. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 28.0% for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 from 29.1% for the same period of 2014.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $281,000, or 2.1%, to $13.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $13.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses increased to 30.7% for the year ended December 31, 2015 from 28.4% for 2014.

Income from operations decreased by $298,000, or 40.6%, to $435,000 for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to income from operations of $733,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014. Income from operations decreased by $1.7 million, or 54.2%, to $1.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to income from operations of $3.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Net income decreased for the fourth quarter of 2015 to $300,000, compared to $612,000 for the same period of 2014, a decrease of $312,000, or 51.0%. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 and 2014 was 3.0% and 5.0%, respectively. Basic and diluted earnings per common share for the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2014 were $0.02 and $0.03, respectively.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $1.0 million, compared to net income of $2.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, a decrease of $1.7 million, or 62.0%. The net income decrease was primarily due to a decrease in income before provision for income taxes of $2.4 million, partially offset by a decrease in income taxes of $721,000. Net income as a percentage of sales for the year ended December 31, 2015 was 2.3%, and net income as a percentage of sales for the year ended December 31, 2014 was 5.8%. Basic and diluted earnings per common share for each of the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 were $0.06 and $0.15, respectively.

The consolidated balance sheet remained strong with a cash balance of $9.7 million as of December 31, 2015, an increase of $4.2 million from $5.5 million as of December 31, 2014. The increase in cash was due to cash provided by operating activities of $6.0 million, partially offset by cash used in investing activities of $449,000 and cash used in financing activities of $1.3 million. The Company completed 2015 with working capital of $30.9 million.

Inventories decreased by $146,000, or 0.9%, to $16.4 million as of December 31, 2015 from $16.5 million as of December 31, 2014. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in inventories for the Building Supply segment of $854,000, or 9.8%, to $7.8 million and a decrease in inventories for the Infection Control segment of $501,000, or 15.1%, to $2.8 million, partially offset by an increase in inventories for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment of $1.2 million, or 26.5%, to $5.8 million. Inventory as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased $1.5 million compared to the third quarter of 2015, with all three segments down, led by a $1.1 million decrease in the Building Supply segment.

Colleen McDonald, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "During 2015, we repurchased 973,100 shares of common stock at a cost of $2.1 million, bringing the repurchase program total to 12.5 million shares of common stock at a cost of $18.2 million since the program's inception. At the end of 2015, we had $1.3 million available for additional stock purchases under our stock repurchase program. Future repurchases are expected to be funded from cash on hand and cash flows from operating activities."

The Company currently has no outstanding debt and maintains an unused $3.5 million credit facility. The Company believes that current cash balances and the borrowings available under its credit facility will be sufficient to satisfy projected working capital needs and planned capital expenditures for the foreseeable future.

About Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.

Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. is the parent company of Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. and Alpha Pro Tech Engineered Products, Inc. Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets innovative disposable and limited-use protective apparel products for the industrial, clean room, medical and dental markets. Alpha ProTech Engineered Products, Inc. manufactures and markets a line of construction weatherization products, including building wrap and roof underlayment. The Company has manufacturing facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah; Nogales, Arizona; Valdosta, Georgia; and a joint venture in India. For more information and copies of all news releases and financials, visit Alpha Pro Tech's website at http://www.alphaprotech.com.

Certain statements made in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements instead of historical facts and may be identified generally by the use of forward-looking terminology and words such as "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "believes," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "potentially," "may," "continue," "should," "will" and words of similar meaning. Without limiting the generality of the preceding statement, all statements relating to estimated and projected earnings, margins, costs, expenditures, cash flows, sources of capital, growth rates, product offerings and future financial and operating results are forward-looking statements. We caution investors that any such forward-looking statements are only estimates based on current information and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results contained in the forward-looking statements. We cannot give assurances that any such statements will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by us include the risks, uncertainties and assumptions described from time to time in our public releases and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. We also caution investors that the forward-looking information described herein represents our outlook only as of this date, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or developments after the date of this press release. Given these uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.

           
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets          
    December 31,
    2015     2014
Assets              
Current assets:              
  Cash   $ 9,681,000     $ 5,495,000
  Investments     656,000       2,840,000
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $46,000 and $60,000 as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively     2,762,000       5,333,000
  Accounts receivable, related party     8,000       333,000
  Inventories     16,398,000       16,544,000
  Prepaid expenses     3,092,000       4,472,000
  Deferred income tax assets     484,000       486,000
    Total current assets     33,081,000       35,503,000
               
Property and equipment, net     2,907,000       3,315,000
Goodwill     55,000       55,000
Definite-lived intangible assets, net     51,000       71,000
Equity investments in unconsolidated affiliate     3,040,000       3,008,000
    Total assets   $ 39,134,000     $ 41,952,000
               
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity              
Current liabilities:              
  Accounts payable   $ 1,027,000     $ 1,099,000
  Accrued liabilities     1,128,000       1,195,000
    Total current liabilities     2,155,000       2,294,000
               
Deferred income tax liabilities     867,000       1,752,000
  Total liabilities     3,022,000       4,046,000
               
Commitments              
               
Shareholders' equity:              
  Common stock, $.01 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized; 17,850,456 and 18,348,556 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively     178,000       183,000
  Additional paid-in capital     16,526,000       17,833,000
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (148,000 )     1,375,000
  Retained earnings     19,556,000       18,515,000
    Total shareholders' equity     36,112,000       37,906,000
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 39,134,000     $ 41,952,000
               
               
               
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income        
                   
    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2015     2014   2015   2014
                           
Net sales   $ 10,030,000     $ 12,228,000   $ 44,955,000   $ 47,649,000
                           
Cost of goods sold, excluding depreciation and amortization     6,604,000       7,781,000     28,983,000     30,197,000
    Gross profit     3,426,000       4,447,000     15,972,000     17,452,000
                           
Operating expenses:                          
  Selling, general and administrative     2,815,000       3,555,000     13,794,000     13,513,000
  Depreciation and amortization     176,000       159,000     703,000     721,000
    Total operating expenses     2,991,000       3,714,000     14,497,000     14,234,000
                           
Income from operations     435,000       733,000     1,475,000     3,218,000
Other income:                          
  Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliate     (18,000 )     84,000     32,000     300,000
  Gain on sale of marketable securities and investment in common stock warrants     -       -     -     409,000
  Interest income (expense), net     (1,000 )     3,000     14,000     16,000
    Total other income (expense)     (19,000 )     87,000     46,000     725,000
Income before provision for income taxes     416,000       820,000     1,521,000     3,943,000
                           
Provision for income taxes     116,000       208,000     480,000     1,201,000
                           
Net income   $ 300,000     $ 612,000   $ 1,041,000   $ 2,742,000
                           
                           
Basic earnings per common share   $ 0.02     $ 0.03   $ 0.06   $ 0.15
                           
Diluted earnings per common share   $ 0.02     $ 0.03   $ 0.06   $ 0.15
                           
                           
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding     18,005,304       18,369,640     18,197,109     18,414,775
                           
                           
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding     18,005,304       18,713,830     18,238,364     18,724,185
                           

Company Contact:
Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.
Al Millar/Donna Millar
905-479-0654
e-mail: ir@alphaprotech.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Hayden IR
Cameron Donahue
651-653-1854
e-mail: cameron@haydenir.com