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Collectors Universe Achieves Record Quarterly and Annual Revenues in Q4 and FY 2020

Collectors Universe, Inc.

Card and Autograph Revenues Up 27% in Q4 and FY 2020

Record 5 Million Collectibles Certified in FY 2020

Cash on hand of $28.6M as of June 30, 2020 versus $22.2M on March 31, 2020

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), a leading provider of value-added authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of collectibles, today announced financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.  

The Company had strong operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020.  The fourth quarter and annual revenues of $20.5 million and $78.9 million, were driven by continued momentum in the Company’s cards/autographs business, which delivered a quarterly revenue increase of $2.0 million and yearly increase of $7.3 million, a 27% growth rate for both periods. This contributed to a gross profit margin of 60% in the fourth quarter and 57% for fiscal year 2020, as well as operating income of $3.5 million and $14.1 million, respectively. These results not only demonstrate the sustained execution of the Company’s strategy, but also reflect the Company’s ability to quickly and successfully adapt following the closure of operations in March and April 2020 as a result of the California state-wide “shelter-in-place” order. By May 1, 2020, Collectors Universe operations had resumed with strict safety measures, including multiple shift schedules and increasing the distance between workstations.

Management Commentary:

Joseph J. Orlando, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 during the second half of the year, our Company generated strong operating results, including record revenues for Q4 and fiscal 2020. Over the past few months, Collectors Universe has transitioned from a complete shutdown at the start of Q4 to gradually ramping up capacity under new safety guidelines, finishing the fiscal year at a terrific run rate. In addition, during fiscal 2020, Collectors Universe met and exceeded the five million collectibles certified mark within a fiscal year for the first time in our history, and our card submissions backlog also rose to a record level.”

Orlando continued, “The demand for our services is clear, and the need for greater operational capacity is paramount. To that end, our team has reconfigured the relevant departments and introduced new shifts to help spread out our employees who have returned to the office. Furthermore, we have accelerated our onboarding efforts to enhance the efficiency of the service we provide to our customers. We are very pleased we were able to keep the Collectors Universe team intact and fund payroll throughout the shutdown and ramp up periods. At the end of the day, our people are at the core of this company and their response to the recent adversity shows how committed they are to our success. As we enter fiscal 2021 with strong momentum, I’d like to thank our customers and shareholders for their continued support of Collectors Universe as we continue to adapt to a new operational environment.”

Q4 2020 vs Q4 2019 and June 30, 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues up 4% to a quarterly record of $20.5 million versus $19.8 million

  • Gross Profit Margin was 60% versus 59%

  • Operating Income was $3.5 million versus $4.5 million (see operating expenses below)

  • Diluted EPS was $0.29 versus $0.31

  • Cash on hand was $28.6 million as of June 30, 2020, up from $22.2M on March 31, 2020

  • Availability of $15.0 million under the Company’s revolving line of credit as of June 30, 2020

             
Q4 and FY 2020 Review:

  • Total revenues increased $0.7 million, or 4%, in the fourth quarter, and $6.4 million, or 9%, in fiscal year 2020, compared to the same prior year periods. This revenue growth was driven by continued momentum in PSA, which delivered revenue increases of $2.0 million in the fourth quarter and $7.3 million in fiscal year 2020, representing a 27% growth rate in both periods.  While total coin revenues decreased by $0.7 million, or 6%, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and were substantially unchanged in fiscal year 2020, the China coin business generated a revenue increase of $1.0 million, or 24%, during the year.   In addition, revenues in the Company’s Expos business decreased by $0.5 million in both the fourth quarter and for fiscal year 2020, due to the cancellation of the June 2020 Long Beach trade show due to COVID-19.

  • Gross profit margins were 60% in the fourth quarter and 57% for fiscal year 2020, compared to 59% and 58% in last year’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019, respectively. Overall gross profit margins were up slightly each quarter in fiscal 2020, except for the third quarter, when the Company closed operations in March due to COVID-19, while continuing to pay all employees through the end of the month.

  • Higher operating expenses of $1.6 million in this year’s fourth quarter and $3.2 million in fiscal year 2020, compared to the same periods of the prior year, include (i) higher pre-trial legal settlements expenses of $0.8 million and $1.0 million, and (ii) higher non-cash stock based compensation expenses of $0.4 million and $0.6 million, respectively. In addition, in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2020, the Company recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $0.5 million, reflecting uncertainty as to the viability of the Expos business, due to ongoing show cancellations and expected social distancing protocols once trade shows resume. Collectively, the expense increases discussed above represent approximately 8% and 3% of revenues in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020.

  • Operating income in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 was $3.5 million and $14.1 million, as compared to $4.5 million and $14.3 million in the prior year periods. Despite higher operating expenses in the fourth quarter, operating results reflect a rapid rebound in the Company’s activities following the COVID-19 closure in March and April 2020.

  • Net income in the fourth quarter was $2.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $2.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter.  For fiscal year 2020, net income was $10.8 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, compared to $10.0 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2019.

  • The Company’s cash on hand as of June 30, 2020, was $28.6 million, compared to $19.2 million as of June 30, 2019. In fiscal year 2020, the Company generated $9.4 million of net cash, including cash generated from operating activities of $19.2 million, partially offset by $6.3 million paid out in cash dividends to our stockholders, $2.7 million in capital expenditures and capitalized software costs, and $0.8 million to pay down the Company’s term loan.

Outlook:

“As we discussed during our last earnings call in May, the collectibles market has displayed incredible resiliency during the most challenging economic climate our country has faced in decades. The demand for collectibles has not only remained strong, but it has increased in certain markets, reiterating the need for our PSA and PCGS services. As more businesses shift towards ecommerce strategies – some as a direct result of the pandemic – the demand for the certifications we provide should increase. And, with certified items more easily traded and the marketplace more liquid, we are confident that Collectors Universe will remain a critical resource to the asset classes and customers we serve.”

“Our top priority has been and continues to be stabilizing and growing our core businesses in the current operating environment, and while certain associated challenges are still present, we continue to evaluate new opportunities to expand our business and drive significant shareholder value.”

Conference Call and Webcast

Collectors Universe will host a conference call to discuss results on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.  Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 323-289-6576 or 800-437-2398, using the confirmation code 3865933, five to ten minutes prior to the initiation of the call.  A replay of the conference call will be available through September 9, 2020 by dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and entering access code 3865933#.  A live webcast of the conference call, as well as a company fact sheet for investors, will also be available on the Collectors Universe website, www.collectorsuniverse.com under Investor Relations: Events and Presentations.  The webcast will be archived for 12 months.

About Collectors Universe

Collectors Universe, Inc. is a leading provider of value-added services to the collectibles markets. The Company authenticates and grades collectible coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs and memorabilia (“collectibles”).  The Company also compiles and publishes authoritative information about United States and world coins, collectible trading cards and sports memorabilia (“collectibles”) and operates its CCE dealer-to-dealer Internet bid-ask market for certified coins and its Expos trade show and conventions business.  This information is accessible to collectors and dealers at the Company's website, http://www.collectorsuniverse.com and is also published in print.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information

This news release contains statements regarding our expectations, beliefs or views about our future financial performance and trends in our business and in our markets, which constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements can often be identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may."

Due to a number of risks and uncertainties to which our business and our markets are subject, our future financial performance may differ, possibly significantly, from expectations regarding our future financial performance that are expressed in, or that may be implied or inferred from the discussion of our operating results in this news release.  Those risks and uncertainties, and their possible impact on our future financial performance, include, but are not limited to, the following: our continued dependence on our coins, and cards and autographs businesses, which historically have generated more than 90% of our total consolidated revenues and a substantial portion of our operating income, which make our operating results more vulnerable to conditions that could adversely affect those businesses, such as the volatility of precious metals prices that could adversely affect our coin revenues; the risk that the prolonged effects of COVID-19, and the business closures and travel restrictions that have been imposed in response to that outbreak, will adversely affect our revenues and operating performance, and could cause us to incur operating losses and declines in cash flows; the risk that it may become necessary for us to reduce the amount of, or suspend or discontinue the payment of cash dividends in the future, due to conditions or circumstances outside of our control, such as the continued effects of COVID-19 and resulting adverse economic or market conditions, as well as our financial performance and the cash needs of our business in the future; the risk that domestic or international economic conditions may deteriorate as a result of events outside of our control, that could lead to reductions in the demand for our collectibles authentication and grading services and, consequently, in our revenues and operating results; the risk that the weakness or volatility of economic conditions will lead to longer-term changes in the spending habits of consumers and in the availability and use of credit by smaller businesses, such as collectibles dealers, to fund purchases of collectibles, which could lead to longer-term declines in collectibles commerce and, therefore, in the demand for our services; the risks that claims under our coin and trading card authentication and grading warranties will increase substantially and that the warranty reserves we maintain for such claims, will prove to be inadequate, which could cause our gross profit  margin and operating results to decline or cause us to incur operating losses; the risk that our strategies of offering services in newer geographic areas, such as Europe and Asia, or potentially investing in new lines of business, will not be successful in enabling us to improve our profitability or may even cause us to incur significant losses; and the risks and added complexity of conducting business overseas.

Additional information regarding these risks and other risks and uncertainties to which our business is subject is contained in Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 which we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.  Readers of this news release are urged to review the discussion of those risks and uncertainties in that Report.  Also, our financial results in the future may differ from those currently expected due to additional risks and uncertainties of which we are not currently aware or which we do not currently view as, but in the future may become, material to our business or operating results.  Due to the aforementioned risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained, implied or inferred, in this news release or in our Annual or Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), which speak only as of their respective dates.  We also disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in our Annual or Quarterly Reports that we have filed with the SEC, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.

Contact:
Joseph Orlando
President and Chief Executive Officer
949-567-1170
Email: jorlando@collectors.com

Joseph Wallace
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
949-567-1245
Email: jwallace@collectors.com 

 

 

 

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COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Year Ended
June 30,

 

 

2020

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Revenues

$

      20,502

 

 

$

      19,783

 

 

$

  78,891

 

$

  72,453

 

Cost of revenues

 

8,250

 

 

 

8,171

 

 

 

33,655

 

 

30,153

 

        Gross profit

 

12,252

 

 

 

11,612

 

 

 

45,236

 

 

42,300

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Selling and marketing expenses

 

1,844

 

 

 

2,558

 

 

 

9,436

 

 

10,361

 

    General and administrative expenses

 

6,373

 

 

 

4,518

 

 

 

21,212

 

 

17,597

 

     Impairment Charge

 

486

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

486

 

 

-

 

    Total operating expenses

 

8,703

 

 

 

7,076

 

 

 

31,134

 

 

27,958

 

Operating income

 

3,549

 

 

 

4,536

 

 

 

14,102

 

 

14,342

 

Interest income and other expense, net 

 

(20

)

 

 

(71

)

 

 

93

 

 

(217

)

Income before provision for income taxes

 

3,529

 

 

 

4,465

 

 

 

14,195

 

 

14,125

 

Provision for income taxes

 

897

 

 

 

1,659

 

 

 

3,409

 

 

4,148

 

Net Income

$

        2,632

 

 

$

        2,806

 

 

$

  10,786

 

$

    9,977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

         0.29

 

 

$

         0.31

 

 

$

      1.20

 

$

      1.12

 

Diluted

$

         0.29

 

 

$

         0.31

 

 

$

      1.19

 

$

      1.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

8,993

 

 

 

8,943

 

 

 

8,984

 

 

8,937

 

Diluted

 

9,078

 

 

 

9,004

 

 

 

       9,068

 

 

       8,970

 

Dividends declared per common share

$

        0.175

 

 

$

        0.175

 

 

$

       0.70

 

$

       0.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation included above

$

          626

 

 

$

          254

 

 

$

    1,575

 

$

       974

 


COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

June 30,

ASSETS

 

2020

 

 

 

2019

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

    Cash and cash equivalents

$

    28,640

 

 

$

    19,225

 

    Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $98 in 2020 and $72 in 2019

 

2,324

 

 

 

2,408

 

    Inventories, net

 

2,512

 

 

 

1,965

 

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

1,872

 

 

 

1,400

 

                Total current assets

 

35,348

 

 

 

24,998

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

6,762

 

 

 

7,259

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

8,214

 

 

 

-

 

Goodwill

 

1,625

 

 

 

2,083

 

Intangible assets, net

 

2,446

 

 

 

2,329

 

Deferred income tax assets

 

623

 

 

 

561

 

Other assets

 

464

 

 

 

463

 

 

$

    55,482

 

 

$

    37,693

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

    Accounts payable

$

      3,381

 

 

$

      2,540

 

    Accrued liabilities

 

2,713

 

 

 

1,873

 

    Accrued compensation and benefits

 

4,854

 

 

 

4,095

 

    Current portion of long-term debt

 

750

 

 

 

750

 

    Operating lease liabilities, current

 

2,274

 

 

 

-

 

    Income taxes payable

 

1,142

 

 

 

608

 

    Deferred revenue

 

4,968

 

 

 

3,428

 

                Total current liabilities

 

20,082

 

 

 

13,294

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred rent

 

-

 

 

 

3,764

 

Long-term debt

 

938

 

 

 

1,688

 

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

9,450

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

    Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 3,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

    Common stock, $.001 par value; 20,000 shares authorized; shares outstanding: 9,240 in 2020 and 9,153 in 2019

 

9

 

 

 

9

 

    Additional paid-in capital

 

88,918

 

 

 

87,343

 

    Accumulated deficit

 

(63,915

)

 

 

(68,405

)

                Total stockholders’ equity

 

25,012

 

 

 

18,947

 

 

$

    55,482

 

 

$

    37,693

 

COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited)

 

Year Ended June 30,

 

 

2020

 

 

 

2019

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

    Net income

$

    10,786

 

 

$

     9,977

 

    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
         by operating activities:

 

 

 

        Depreciation and amortization expense

 

3,040

 

 

 

2,812

 

        Stock-based compensation expense

 

1,575

 

 

 

974

 

        Non-cash lease expenses

 

(255

)

 

 

-

 

        Impairment Charge

 

486

 

 

 

-

 

        Provision for bad debts

 

26

 

 

 

8

 

        Provision for inventory write-down

 

252

 

 

 

178

 

        Provision for warranty

 

462

 

 

 

568

 

        Loss on sale of property and equipment

 

13

 

 

 

71

 

                        Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

        Accounts receivable

 

59

 

 

 

188

 

        Inventories

 

(800

)

 

 

437

 

        Prepaid expenses and other

 

(472

)

 

 

641

 

        Deferred income taxes

 

(62

)

 

 

661

 

        Other assets

 

(1

)

 

 

15

 

        Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

1,223

 

 

 

(433

)

        Accrued compensation and benefits

 

760

 

 

 

694

 

        Income taxes payable

 

534

 

 

 

296

 

        Deferred revenue

 

1,540

 

 

 

215

 

        Deferred rent

 

-

 

 

 

228

 

            Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

 

19,166

 

 

 

17,530

 

            Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations

 

-

 

 

 

(10

)

            Net cash provided by operating activities

 

19,166

 

 

 

17,520

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

    Capital expenditures

 

(1,370

)

 

 

(915

)

    Capitalized software development costs

 

(1,330

)

 

 

(1,055

)

    Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

-

 

 

 

124

 

    Patents and other intangibles

 

(1

)

 

 

-

 

    Proceeds from sale of business

 

-

 

 

 

12

 

            Net cash used in investing activities

 

(2,701

)

 

 

(1,834

)

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

    Proceeds Paycheck Protection Program Loan

 

4,204

 

 

 

-

 

    Repayments of Paycheck Protection Program Loan

 

(4,204

)

 

 

-

 

    Repayments under term loan

 

(750

)

 

 

(563

)

    Dividends paid to common stockholders

 

(6,300

)

 

 

(6,479

)

            Net cash used in financing activities

 

(7,050

)

 

 

(7,042

)

    Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

9,415

 

 

 

8,644

 

    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

    19,225

 

 

 

10,581

 

    Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$

   28,640

 

 

$

    19,225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes paid

 $

       2,880

 

 

$

 2,852

 

Interest paid

$

  116

 

 

$

 157