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Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2019

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  • Building Supply segment sales for the second quarter of 2019 increased by $138,000, or 2.1%, to $6.7 million compared to the second quarter of 2018, driven by a 23.2% increase in roof underlayment sales.
  • Net income for the second quarter of 2019 was $1.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $959,000, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2018.
     
  • Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $2.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $1.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the same period of 2018, representing an increase of $761,000, or 51.9%.

NOGALES, Ariz., Aug. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE: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 three and six months ended June 30, 2019.

Lloyd Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Pro Tech, commented, "Early in the second quarter, we announced the expansion of our TECHNO family of spunbond based (SB) products, which products are expected to significantly expand our market share in the synthetic roof underlayment market. We are pleased with the early success of our new TECHNO SB® 25 product, which was a driving force in our 23.2% growth in sales of synthetic roof underlayment during the second quarter."

Hoffman continued, "Though sales in our Disposable Protective Apparel segment were down in the quarter, sales in that segment are still up year-to-date, and we are encouraged by the 5.7% increase in sales of disposable protective clothing during the first six months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, primarily due to increased sales to our major international supply chain partner. Year-to-date, income from operations increased by 11.1%, primarily due to lower expenses, and net income increased by 51.9%, primarily due to lower expenses and a gain on marketable securities."

Net sales

Consolidated sales for the second quarter of 2019 were $11.4 million, compared to $12.1 million for second quarter of 2018, representing a decrease of 5.7%, reflecting decreased sales in the Disposable Protective Apparel segment of $832,000, partially offset by increased sales in the Building Supply segment of $138,000.

Building Supply segment sales for the second quarter of 2019 increased by $138,000, or 2.1%, to $6.7 million, compared to $6.6 million for the same period of 2018. This segment increase was primarily due to an increase in sales of the economy TECHNO SB® family brand of synthetic roof underlayment, partially offset by a decrease in sales of the economy REX™ Wrap brand of housewrap and a decrease in sales of other woven material. In the second quarter of 2019, synthetic roof underlayment sales increased by 23.2%, partially offset by a decrease in housewrap sales of 8.6% and a decrease in other woven material sales of 14.2% compared to the same period of 2018. A softening in housing starts affected our housewrap sales during the second quarter of 2019, and our other woven material sales were down as a result of our largest customer in this category having excess inventory and experiencing a slowdown in orders from their customers.

Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment for the second quarter of 2019 decreased by $832,000, or 15.0%, to $4,705,000, compared to $5,537,000 for the same period of 2018. This segment decrease was primarily due to a decrease in sales of disposable protective clothing, partially offset by an increase in sales of masks and shields. The decrease in sales of disposable protective clothing was primarily due to decreased sales to our major international supply chain partner; the second quarter of 2019 was a challenging comparative quarter in that last year's second quarter sales with this partner were a record high.

Consolidated sales for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased to $23,718,000, from $23,551,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2018, representing an increase of $167,000, or 0.7%. This increase consisted of increased sales in the Disposable Protective Apparel Segment of $200,000, partially offset by slightly decreased sales in the Building Supply segment of $33,000.

Building Supply segment sales for the six months ended June 30, 2019 remained basically flat at $13.2 million, decreasing by only $33,000, or 0.2%, compared to the same period of 2018. Our synthetic roof underlayment product line includes REX™, TECHNOply™ and TECHNO SB®, and our housewrap line consists of REX™ Wrap, REX™ Wrap Plus and REX™ Wrap Fortis. This slight Building Supply segment decrease was primarily due to a decrease in sales of housewrap of 5.2%, a decrease in sales of other woven material of 6.3% and an increase in rebates, partially offset by an increase in sales of synthetic roof underlayment of 8.1%, compared to the same period of 2018. Synthetic roof underlayment sales have increased as a result of increased sales of the TECHNO family products. Housewrap sales in the first half of 2019 were negatively affected by softer U.S. housing starts due in part to unusually severe weather across many parts of the country. Other woven material sales were down, as mentioned above, due to lower orders from a customer that currently has excess inventory and has seen a decline in its business.

Sales for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased by $200,000, or 1.9%, to $10,510,000, compared to $10,310,000 for the same period of 2018. This segment increase was primarily due to a 5.7% increase in sales of disposable protective clothing, partially offset by a decrease in sales of masks and to a lesser extent shields. The increase in sales of disposable protective clothing was primarily due to increased sales to our major international supply chain partner. Mask sales have been affected by a less severe flu season in 2019.

Gross profit

Gross profit decreased by $613,000, or 13.0%, to $4,106,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2019, from $4,719,000 for the same period of 2018. The gross profit margin was 36.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to 39.0% for the same period of 2018. Gross profit margin in the second quarter of 2019 was affected by a change in product mix in the Building Supply segment, with significant growth in the economy line of synthetic roof underlayment, which has lower gross margin. In addition, both segments were negatively impacted by increased rebates.

Gross profit decreased by $265,000, or 2.9%, to $8,909,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2019, from $9,174,000 for the same period of 2018. The gross profit margin was 37.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to 39.0% for the same period of 2018.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $206,000, or 5.9%, to $3,262,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2019, from $3,468,000 in the same period last year. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses remained flat at 28.6% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses for the three-month period was primarily the result of lower employee compensation and lower commission on sales of Disposable Protective Apparel segment products, partially offset by increased foreign exchange expense.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $412,000, or 5.6%, to $6,937,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2019, from $7,349,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2018. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 29.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2019, from 31.2% for the same period of 2018. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses for the six- month period was primarily the result of the accrual of expenses associated with a mediated settlement of a litigation matter during the first quarter of 2018 that did not recur for the same period of 2019.

Income from Operations

Income from operations decreased by $403,000, or 36.4%, to $704,000 in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $1,107,000 for the same period last year. The decreased income from operations was primarily due to a decrease in gross profit of $613,000, partially offset by a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses of $206,000 and a decrease in depreciation and amortization expense of $4,000.

Income from operations increased by $170,000, or 11.1%, to $1,705,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $1,535,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The increased income from operations was primarily due to a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses of $412,000 and a decrease in depreciation and amortization expense of $23,000, partially offset by a decrease in gross profit of $265,000.

Net Income

Net income for the second quarter of 2019 was $1.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to net income of $959,000, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period of 2018, representing an increase of $51,000, or 5.3%. The net income increase was due to an increase in income before provision for income taxes of $86,000, partially offset by an increase in provision for income taxes of $35,000. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the second quarter of 2019 was 8.8%, and net income as a percentage of net sales for the same period of 2018 was 7.9%.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $2.2 million, compared to net income of $1.5 million for the same period of 2018, representing an increase of $761,000, or 51.9%. The net income increase was due to an increase in income before provision for income taxes of $948,000, partially offset by an increase in provision for income taxes of $187,000. Net income as a percentage of net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was 9.4%, and net income as a percentage of net sales for the same period of 2018 was 6.2%. Basic and diluted earnings per common share for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 were $0.17 and $0.10, respectively.

Balance Sheet

The consolidated balance sheet remained strong with a cash balance of $5.5 million as of June 30, 2019, compared to $7.0 million as of December 31, 2018. The decrease in cash was due to cash used in financing activities of $1,577,000 and cash used in investing activities of $121,000, partially offset by cash provided by operating activities of $193,000. Working capital improved to $25,152,000, representing an increase in working capital of $612,000 from $24,540,000 as of December 31, 2018. As of June 30, 2019, the Company's current ratio (current assets/current liabilities) was 13:1, compared to a 14:1 current ratio as of December 31, 2018.

Inventory increased by $991,000, or 10.0%, to $10.9 million as of June 30, 2019, from $9.9 million as of December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to an increase in inventory for the Building Supply segment, partially offset by a decrease in inventory for the Disposable Protective Apparel segment.

Colleen McDonald, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "During the six months ended June 30, 2019, we repurchased 427,000 shares of common stock at a cost of $1.6 million. We have approximately $1.1 million remaining for additional stock repurchases based on the $2 million increase authorized by our Board of Directors on December 20, 2018. All stock is retired upon repurchase, and 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 ProTech 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 in this press release relating to estimated and projected earnings, margins, costs, expenditures, cash flows, sources of capital, growth rates 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. 

Company Contact: Investor Relations Contact:
Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.  Hayden IR
Donna Millar Cameron Donahue
905-479-0654 651-653-1854
e-mail: ir@alphaprotech.com  e-mail: cameron@haydenir.com 
   
   

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 
        June 30,
  December 31,
        2019   2018 (1)
Assets          
Current assets:          
  Cash  $ 5,502,000   $   7,007,000
  Investments   735,000     258,000
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of          
    $58,000 and $64,000 as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018   5,185,000     4,935,000
  Accounts receivable, related party   837,000     383,000
  Inventories   10,869,000     9,878,000
  Right-of-use assets   675,000     -
  Prepaid expenses    3,410,000     3,999,000
      Total current assets   27,213,000     26,460,000
                 
  Property and equipment, net   3,232,000     3,244,000
  Goodwill   55,000     55,000
  Definite-lived intangible assets, net   14,000     16,000
  Right-of-use assets, net of current portion   2,414,000     -
  Equity investment in unconsolidated affiliate   4,841,000     4,480,000
      Total assets $   37,769,000   $   34,255,000
                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
Current liabilities:          
  Accounts payable $   696,000   $   578,000
  Accrued liabilities   699,000     1,342,000
  Lease liabilities   666,000     -
 
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