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Houston Wire & Cable Company Reports Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2018


HOUSTON, May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) (the "Company") announced operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Selected quarterly results were:

  • Sales of $85.0 million up 8.0% over 2017
  • Gross margin of 24.1% up 260 basis points from the prior year
  • Operating income of $3.3 million compared to a loss of $0.3 million in 2017
  • Net income of $2.0 million compared to a net loss of $0.5 million in 2017
  • Diluted EPS of $0.12

First Quarter Summary
Jim Pokluda, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "We were pleased to post our third consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, as the upward momentum we experienced in the last half of 2017 continued into the first quarter of 2018. We believe that higher metals prices in 2018 were the primary contributors to the increase in sales. We estimate sales for our project business, which targets end markets for Utility Power Generation, Environmental Compliance, Engineering & Construction, Industrials, and Mechanical Wire Rope, increased 34%, while Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) sales were up 2% as compared to the first quarter of 2017."

Gross margin at 24.1% increased 260 basis points from the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to higher product margins driven by ongoing pricing discipline and metals inflation. Sequentially, gross margin decreased 130 basis points, as Q4 2017 gross margin benefited from improved market conditions and associated customer and supplier rebates. Operating expenses at $17.2 million were flat with Q1 2017 and down $0.7 million sequentially. Operating expenses as a percentage of revenue decreased 150 basis points from 21.8% in Q1 2017 to 20.3% in Q1 2018.

Average debt levels for the quarter increased 13.1% from $68.0 million in 2017 to $76.9 in 2018, primarily for working capital to service higher activity levels, while the effective interest rate increased from 2.6% in 2017 to 3.3% in 2018.

The effective tax rate for the quarter was 25.9%, compared to the 35.3% level in 2017. The 2018 tax rate includes our best estimate of the impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("the Act").

The results of operations are a net income of $2.0 million, as compared to a net loss of $0.5 million in the same period of the prior year.

Mr. Pokluda further commented, "We are encouraged with the continued improvement in sales, the attainment of higher margin levels and our ability to maintain the level of operating expenses as activity levels continued to increase. This has resulted in the generation of the highest level of operating income since the fourth quarter of 2014."

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results today, Thursday May 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., C.D.T.  Hosting the call will be James Pokluda, President and Chief Executive Officer and Christopher Micklas, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

A live audio web cast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website  

Live call dial-in numbers are as follow:
Toll-Free: (800)-936-7954
International: (720)-545-0048
Conference ID # 5749925

Approximately two hours after the completion of the live call, a telephone replay will be available until May 17, 2018.

Replay, Toll-Free #: (855)-859-2056
Replay, Toll #: (404)-537-3406
Conference ID #  5749925

About the Company 

With 43 years' experience in the industry, Houston Wire & Cable Company, an industrial distributor, is a large provider of products in the U.S market. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Company has sales and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the United States.

Standard stock items available for immediate delivery include continuous and interlocked armor cable; instrumentation cable; medium voltage cable; high temperature wire; portable cord; power cable; primary and secondary aluminum distribution cable; private branded products, including LifeGuard™, a low-smoke, zero-halogen cable; mechanical wire and cable and related hardware, including wire rope, lifting products and synthetic rope and slings; corrosion resistant fasteners, hose clamps, and rivets.

Comprehensive value-added services include same-day shipping, knowledgeable sales staff, inventory management programs, just-in-time delivery, logistics support, customized online ordering capabilities and 24/7/365 service.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains comments concerning management's view of the Company's future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and projections about future events may, and often do, vary materially from actual results.
Other risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with the SEC. These documents are available under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at

Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such statements.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)

    March 31,     December 31,  
    2018     2017  
Current assets:                
Accounts receivable, net:   $       $    
  Trade     52,829       51,031  
  Other     1,768       6,365  
Inventories, net     93,402       88,115  
Income taxes           449  
Prepaids     3,373       1,938  
Total current assets     151,372       147,898  
Property and equipment, net     11,457       11,355  
Intangible assets, net     11,821       12,015  
Goodwill     22,353       22,353  
Other assets     327       418  
Total assets   $ 197,330     $ 194,039  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity                
Current liabilities:                
Book overdraft   $ 3,177     $ 3,028  
Trade accounts payable     8,746       8,449  
Income taxes     360        
Accrued and other current liabilities     10,590       16,823  
Total current liabilities     22,873       28,300  
Debt     80,183       73,555  
Deferred income taxes     277       414  
Other long term obligations     1,210       1,026  
Total liabilities     104,543       103,295  
Stockholders' equity:                
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding            
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized: 20,988,952 shares issued: 16,482,383 and 16,491,181 outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively     21       21  
Additional paid-in-capital     54,164       54,006  
Retained earnings     99,283       97,336  
Treasury stock     (60,681 )     (60,619 )
Total stockholders' equity     92,787       90,744  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 197,330     $ 194,039  

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2018     2017  
Sales   $ 85,026     $ 78,709  
Cost of sales     64,537       61,778  
Gross profit     20,489       16,931  
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