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Coffee Holding Co., Inc. Reports Results for Three and Nine Months Ended July 31, 2019

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STATEN ISLAND, New York, Sept. 13, 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 nine months ended July 31, 2019.

Net Sales. Net sales totaled $21,594,285 for the three months ended July 31, 2019, a decrease of $1,845,618, or 7.8%, from $23,439,903 for the three months ended July 31, 2018. Net sales totaled $65,944,583 for the nine months ended July 31, 2019, a decrease of $1,772,436 from $67,717,019 for the nine months ended July 31, 2018. The decrease in net sales reflects the lower selling price of coffee during this period due to the continued depressed price of the green coffee market as well as a decrease in sales of approximately $7,400,000 to the Company's former largest wholesale green coffee customer.

Cost of Sales. Cost of sales for the three months ended July 31, 2019 was $17,465,685, or 80.9% of net sales, as compared to $19,648,710, or 83.8% of net sales, for the three months July 31, 2018. Cost of sales for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 was $53,705,272, or 81.4% of net sales, as compared to $56,263,183, or 83.1% of net sales, for the nine months July 31, 2018. 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, inbound trucking costs and the Company's increased losses from its hedging of futures and option contracts.

Gross Profit. Gross profit for the three months ended July 31, 2019 was $4,128,600, an increase of $337,407 from $3,791,193 for the three months ended July 31, 2018. Gross profit for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 was $12,239,311, an increase of $785,475 from $11,453,836 for the nine months ended July 31, 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 and losses from the Company's hedging of futures and options contracts for the nine months ended July 31, 2019.

Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses increased by $348,844 to $3,871,362 for the three months ended July 31, 2019 from $3,522,518 for the three months ended July 31, 2018. Total operating expenses increased by $1,967,665 to $11,384,245 for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 from $9,416,580 for the nine months ended July 31, 2018. The primary reasons for this increase were the acquisition of Steep & Brew and the increase in the Company's outbound freight costs as it increased and expanded its product distribution.

Net Income. The Company had net income of $111,494 or $0.02 per share basic and diluted, for the three months ended July 31, 2019 compared to net income of $15,690, or $0.00 per share basic and diluted for the three months ended July 31, 2018. The Company had net income of $187,741 or $0.03 per share basic and diluted, for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 compared to net income of $957,926, or $0.17 per share basic and diluted for the nine months ended July 31, 2018. The decrease in net income was due primarily to the reasons described above.

"During our fiscal third quarter we were able to maintain our sales volumes and earn a small profit despite coffee prices trading to their lowest levels since 2005. The decrease in sales was almost entirely the result of a decline in sales to our former largest green coffee customer, which for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 were down $7.4 million. However, excluding sales to our former largest green coffee customer, sales to all of our other customers are up $5.7 million, an increase of 8.4%. Further, we earned $0.02 cents a share on both a basic and diluted basis, including a onetime non-cash charge of $0.04 per share on a basic and diluted basis relating to option grants under our option plan. Without this non-cash charge, we would have earned $0.06 cents a share," stated Andrew Gordon, President and CEO of Coffee Holding Company. "We continue to operate in an extremely challenging environment. Historically low coffee prices, steel tariffs, as well as increased competitive pressure at the grocery store level due to the low coffee prices, continue to erode our earnings potential in the near term. However, I remain positive about our company's long term outlook as we have weathered these industry forces before while managing to strengthen our core business of private label and green coffee sales and expand our distribution network for our brands. Despite these headwinds, we have seen a dramatic increase in the sales of our Café Caribe single serve during this period, partially offset by a modest decline in sales of our Harmony Bay brand bag and can lines which were acquired in February 2017 as part of our Comfort Foods acquisition. Although I am never pleased to see declines in sales of our brands, we recognize that the Harmony Bay brand is a very mature brand compared to Café Caribe. Café Caribe's importance within our brand portfolio remains second to none. The sales of espresso in the Latin coffee category continues to outperform the sales of mainstream and private label coffees in supermarkets and we are extremely pleased to be participating in that growth as well," stated Mr. Gordon.

"Lastly, we continue to closely monitor the regulatory environment as it relates to CBD products being sold in the mainstream market. We believe given our diverse portfolio of branded coffees, we will have the opportunity to service multiple demographics in consumer tastes and preference when the opportunity finally presents itself," concluded Mr. Gordon.

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
JULY 31, 2019 AND OCTOBER 31, 2018

    July 31, 2019     October 31, 2018  
    (Unaudited)        
- ASSETS -                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash   $ 2,568,780     $ 4,611,384  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $144,000 for 2019 and 2018     8,492,642       9,914,297  
Inventories     17,702,156       15,271,106  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     686,359       578,861  
Prepaid and refundable income taxes     288,639       383,206  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     29,738,576       30,758,854  
                 
Machinery and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation of $6,753,814 and $6,251,828 for 2019 and 2018, respectively     2,416,457       2,350,208  
Customer list and relationships, net of accumulated amortization of $139,522 and $108,875 for 2019 and 2018, respectively     545,478       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 $24,750 and $9,900 for 2019 and 2018, respectively     74,250       89,100  
Goodwill     2,157,661       2,157,661  
Equity method investments     87,085       89,776  
Deferred income tax asset     446,823       440,325  
Deposits and other assets     462,050       552,904  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 37,747,504     $ 38,834,077  
                 
- LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY -                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 3,627,521     $ 4,833,548  
Line of credit     5,767,640       6,260,014  
Due to broker     96,704       22,046  
Note payable             70,255  
Income taxes payable     200       1,505  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     9,492,065       11,187,368  
                 
Deferred income tax liabilities     844,532       882,022  
Deferred rent payable     205,992       242,143  
Deferred compensation payable     435,987       532,726  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     10,978,576       12,844,259  
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
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