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Coffee Holding Co., Inc. Reports Results for Three and Six Months Ended April 30, 2019

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STATEN ISLAND, June 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coffee Holding Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:JVA) (the "Company" or "Coffee Holding Company") today announced its operating results for the three months and six months ended April 30, 2019.

Net Sales. Net sales totaled $20,716,491 for the three months ended April 30, 2019, a decrease of $1,477,407, or 7%, from $22,193,898 for the three months ended April 30, 2018. The decrease in net sales reflects the lower selling price of coffee during this quarter as well as a decrease in sales of approximately $2,000,000 to the Company's former largest wholesale green coffee customer.

Net sales totaled $44,350,299 for the six months ended April 30, 2019, an increase of $73,183 from $44,277,116 for the six months ended April 30, 2018. The increase in net sales reflects the continued integration of the Steep & Brew business into the Company's sales mix as well as the Company's increased sales of its branded and private label coffees, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $2,000,000 in sales to the Company's former largest wholesale green coffee customer and a decrease in sales to Sears due to its bankruptcy filing.

Cost of Sales. Cost of sales for the three months ended April 30, 2019 was $17,174,825, or 82.9% of net sales, as compared to $18,326,914, or 82.6% of net sales, for the three months April 30, 2018. 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 was due to the Company's decreased sales partially offset by the increased cost of steel cans due to the increased tariffs and an increase in the Company's losses on its hedging of futures and option contracts.

Cost of sales for the six months ended April 30, 2019 was $36,239,592, or 81.7% of net sales, as compared to $36,614,421, or 82.7% of net sales, for the six months April 30, 2018. 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 was due to the Company's decreased sales offset by the increased cost of steel cans due to the increased tariffs and the Company's increased losses from its hedging of futures and option contracts.

Gross Profit. Gross profit for the three months ended April 30, 2019 was $3,541,666, a decrease of $325,318 from $3,866,984 for the three months ended April 30, 2018. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales decreased to 17.1% for the three months ended April 30, 2019 from 17.4% for the three months ended April 30, 2018. The decrease in gross profits resulted from higher steel and trucking costs as well as the Company's increased losses from its hedging of futures and option contracts.

Gross profit for the six months ended April 30, 2019 was $8,110,707, an increase of $448,012 from $7,662,695 for the six months ended April 30, 2018. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased to 18.3% for the six months ended April 30, 2019 from 17.3% for the six months ended April 30, 2018. The increase in gross profits resulted from improved margins on the Company's wholesale and roasted business, partially offset by higher steel and trucking costs.

Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses increased by $630,910 to $3,634,408 for the three months ended April 30, 2019 from $3,003,498 for the three months ended April 30, 2018. Selling and administrative expenses increased $644,006, or 22.7%, to $3,477,254 for the three months ended April 30, 2019 from $2,833,248 for the three months ended April 30, 2018. The primary reasons for this increase were the acquisition of Steep & Brew and the increase in the Company's freight costs as the Company increased and expanded its product distribution. Officers' salary decreased by $13,096 or 7.7% to $157,154 for the three months ended April 30, 2019 from $170,250 for the three months ended April 30, 2018.

Total operating expenses increased by $1,82,833 to $7,513,415 for the six months ended April 30, 2019 from $5,910,582 for the six months ended April 30, 2018. Selling and administrative expenses increased $1,582,833, or 28.4%, to $7,152,915 for the six months ended April 30, 2019 from $5,570,082 for the six months ended April 30, 2018. The primary reasons for this increase were the acquisition of Steep & Brew and the increase in the Company's freight costs as the Company increased and expanded its product distribution. Officers' salary increased by $20,000 or 5.9% to $360,500 for the six months ended April 30, 2019 from $340,500 for the six months ended April 30, 2018. 

Net Income. The Company had a net loss of $238,468 or $0.04 per share basic and diluted, for the three months ended April 30, 2019 compared to net income of $510,849, or $0.09 per share basic and diluted for the three months ended April 30, 2018. The Company had net income of $76,247 or $0.01 per share basic and diluted, for the six months ended April 30, 2019 compared to net income of $942,236, or $0.16 per share basic and diluted for the six months ended April 30, 2018. The decrease in net income was due primarily to the reasons described above.

"The continued bear market in coffee weighed heavily on our results depressing revenues and profitability as coffee prices sank to fresh fourteen year lows during the past quarter; down an additional 16% over the last ninety day period. With approximately 50% of our revenues derived from the sale of green coffee beans there are really no effective means to insulate ourselves and our revenues from the decline in green coffee prices," said Andrew Gordon, President and CEO of Coffee Holding Company. "Obviously these were not the results we anticipated at the start of this fiscal year. However, as a result of our horizontally integrated business model, gross profits, excluding losses from hedging, held steady during this period even as coffee prices collapsed. Our fully integrated platform enabled us to withstand many of the industry fundamental pressures that most of our competitors are unable to withstand.

"Like many of my colleagues in the coffee market, we did not anticipate the length and severity of this decline, the most extensive I've been involved with in my thirty five years of coffee industry experience. The playing field has fundamentally changed over the past few years from a supply/demand ballgame to a volatile atmosphere due to the over involvement of outside speculative forces. However, at this point, we've absorbed our paper losses during this quarter while at the same time locking in an extremely favorable physical inventory position for the foreseeable future. Even if prices do not rally in a meaningful way over the next 90-120 days and currently they have risen over 10% from their low, we believe the worst is behind us and a return to profitability is expected to occur. Obviously, if the market were to rally substantially, both revenues and gross profits would quickly move in the same direction.

"Over the past four years I believe we have done a tremendous job replacing the lost revenues from our former largest customer, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. At one point, revenues from GMCR accounted for over 60% of our sales; including a decline of over two million dollars in this quarter compared to the same period last year. Our efforts to diversify our customer and revenue base have resulted in an increase in revenues during this period of approximately 50% through a combination of new customers for both our brands and private label as well as acquisitions, most notably Comfort Foods in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, our profitability has been mixed during this same period as transportation, health care, salaries and most recently tariffs and low coffee prices have had an adverse effect on our ability to expand our margins and increase our profits. However, we maintain that our strategies are correct and the results will begin to become more apparent and consistent in the immediate future as the negativity seems to be baked in at the moment.

"Finally, we continue to spend a significant amount of time on CBD and its potential role in the coffee market. Over the past year we have also had a large number of conversations with our customers and their interest in CBD coffee offerings. We have been pleased by their positive responses to this potentially market opportunity. As such, we will continue to spend time analyzing the CBD coffee market and finding the right time to enter it as the regulatory environment evolves," concluded Andrew Gordon, the President and CEO of Coffee Holding Company.

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. 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 Gordon
President& CEO
718-832-0800

COFFEE HOLDING CO., INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
APRIL 30, 2019 AND OCTOBER 31, 2018

    April 30, 2019     October 31, 2018  
      (Unaudited)          
- ASSETS -                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash   $ 3,163,494     $ 4,611,384  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $144,000 for 2019 and 2018     8,741,240       9,914,297  
Inventories     16,414,475       15,271,106  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     510,335       578,861  
Prepaid and refundable income taxes     230,515       383,206  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     29,060,059       30,758,854  
                 
Machinery and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation of $6,582,909 and $6,251,828 for 2019 and 2018, respectively     2,305,849       2,350,208  
Customer list and relationships, net of accumulated amortization of $128,834 and $108,875 for 2019 and 2018, respectively     556,166       576,125  
Trademarks and tradenames     1,488,000       1,488,000  
Other intangible assets     331,124       331,124  
Non-compete, net of accumulated amortization of $19,800 and $9,900 for 2019 and 2018, respectively     79,200       89,100  
Goodwill     2,157,661       2,157,661  
Equity method investments     89,698       89,776  
Deferred income tax asset     520,273       440,325  
Deposits and other assets     664,089       552,904  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 37,252,119     $ 38,834,077  
                 
- LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY -                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 2,896,135     $ 4,833,548  
Line of credit     5,767,540       6,260,014  
Due to broker     626,434       22,046  
Note payable             70,255  
Income taxes payable     15,114       1,505  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     9,305,223       11,187,368  
                 
Deferred income tax liabilities     847,932       882,022  
Deferred rent payable     218,042       242,143  
Deferred compensation payable     474,997  
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