updated 3/10/2011 8:16:32 AM ET 2011-03-10T13:16:32

INDIANAPOLIS, March 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurco Companies, Inc., (Nasdaq:HURC) today reported for its first quarter ended January 31, 2011, net income of $1,546,000, or $0.24 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $1,836,000, or $(0.29) per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

Sales and service fees for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 totaled $39,680,000, an increase of $19,064,000, or 92%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The effect of a stronger U.S. dollar when translating foreign sales to U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes had a negative impact of approximately 5%, or $1,073,000, on the period-to-period comparison.

The following table sets forth net sales and service fees by geographic region for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and 2010 (in thousands):

Net Sales and Service Fees by Geographic Region
Three Months Ended
January 31,
  2011 2010 Change
North America  $ 13,462  $ 6,101 121%
Europe  21,279  12,015 77%
Asia Pacific  4,939  2,500 98%
 Total  $ 39,680  $ 20,616 92%

The increases in sales were driven by higher customer demand in all sales regions as a result of the recent rebound in industrial manufacturing activity. Unit shipments increased in North America by 139%, in Europe by 68%, and in the Asia Pacific sales region by 55%.  

New orders for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 totaled $44,262,000, an increase of $23,655,000, or 115%, from the corresponding period in fiscal 2010. New orders increased in North America by $7,754,000, or 134%, in Europe by $13,720,000, or 117%, and in the Asia Pacific region by $2,181,000, or 71%. The impact of currency translation on new orders was consistent with the impact on sales. New orders measured in units increased in North America by 166%, in Europe by 110%, and in the Asia Pacific sales region by 45%.  

Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 was 29%, compared to 19% for the prior year period. The increase in gross profit as a percentage of sales was due to the significant increase in production and sales volume and was partially offset by the negative impact of a strengthened Taiwanese Dollar in relation to the U.S. Dollar and an increase in the cost of raw materials, particularly metals.  Hurco expects that this cost impact will continue and we will adjust sales prices accordingly.  

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $8,830,000 for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of $2,297,000, or 35%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The increase included $594,000 of increased compensation expense paid to employees who took wage reductions during the economic downturn. The remainder of the increase primarily related to higher sales commissions and increased sales and marketing expenses. Despite the dollar increase, selling, general and administrative expenses were 22% of sales and service fees during the first quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to 32% for the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $50,289,000 as of January 31, 2011, compared to $48,255,000 as of October 31, 2010. Inventory as of January 31, 2011 was $59,668,000, an increase of $3,802,000, or 7%, from October 31, 2010, due to our increased production levels in response to higher customer demand.   

Michael Doar, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated, "I am encouraged about the direction of our current order trend and our return to profitability. Due to our solid financial position, we had the resources to continue research and development projects during the downturn, and received several patent awards and introduced new products focused on making our customer's operations more profitable. Ultimately, this will allow us to expand our customer base and increase our market share as we continue to emerge from the recent recession." 

Hurco Companies, Inc. is an industrial technology company that designs and produces interactive computer controls, software and computerized machine tools for the worldwide metal cutting and metal forming industry. The end market for the Company's products consists primarily of independent job shops and short-run manufacturing operations within large corporations in industries such as aerospace, defense, medical equipment, energy, transportation and computer equipment. The Company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, with manufacturing operations in Taiwan and China, and sells its products through direct and indirect sales forces throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The Company has sales, application engineering support and service subsidiaries in Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and the United States of America.  Web Site: www.hurco.com

This news release contains forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions that affect demand for computerized machine systems, computer numerical control systems and software products, changes in manufacturing markets, innovations by competitors, our ability to protect our intellectual property, fluctuations in exchange rates, fluctuations in prices of raw materials, changes in market demands, quality and delivery performance by our vendors, uncertainty concerning our ability to use tax loss carryforwards and governmental actions and initiatives including import and export restrictions and tariffs.

Hurco Companies, Inc.
(In thousands, except per-share data)
  Three Months Ended 

January 31,
  2011 2010
Sales and service fees  $ 39,680  $ 20,616
Cost of sales and service  27,989  16,636
Gross profit  11,691  3,980
Selling, general and administrative expenses  8,830  6,533
Operating income (loss)  2,861  (2,553)
Interest expense  5  14
Interest income  40  20
Investment income  5  5
Other expense (income), net  456  277
Income (loss) before taxes  2,445  (2,819)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes  899  (983)
Net income (loss)  $ 1,546  $ (1,836)
Earnings (losses) per common share    
Basic  $ 0.24  $ (0.29)
Diluted  $ 0.24  $ (0.29)
Weighted average common shares outstanding    
Basic  6,441  6,441
Diluted  6,463  6,441

Three Months Ended 

January 31,
Operating Data: 2011 2010
Gross margin 29% 19%
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales 22% 32%
Operating income (loss) as a percentage of sales 7% -12%
Pre-tax income (loss) as a percentage of sales  6% -14%
Effective Tax Rate 37% 35%
Depreciation and amortization  1,067  833
Capital expenditures  541  475
Balance Sheet Data: 1/31/2011 10/31/2010
Working capital (excluding cash)  $ 47,165  $ 45,713
Days sales outstanding  33  33
Inventory turns  1.6  1.5
Total debt  $ --   $ -- 
Shareholders' equity  117,808  114,740
Total  $ 117,808  $ 114,740
Hurco Companies, Inc.
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
  January 31, October 31,
  2011 2010
   (unaudited)   (audited) 
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 50,289  $ 48,255
Accounts receivable, net  18,073  20,114
Refundable taxes  4,731  5,093
Inventories, net  59,668  55,866
Deferred income taxes, net  2,087  2,467
Derivative assets  1,429  905
Other  3,847  3,508
Total current assets  140,124  136,208
Property and equipment:    
Land  782  782
Building  7,116  7,116
Machinery and equipment  15,426  15,095
Leasehold improvements  2,256  2,183
   25,580  25,176
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization  (14,066)  (13,424)
   11,514  11,752
Non-current assets:    
 Software development costs, less accumulated amortization  5,862  6,042
 Other assets  6,347  6,344
   $ 163,847  $ 160,346
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 29,189  $ 30,394
Derivative liabilities  1,759  2,123
Accrued expenses  11,722  9,723
Total current liabilities  42,670  42,240
Non-current liabilities:    
Deferred income taxes, net  2,295  2,335
Deferred credits and other obligations  1,074  1,031
Total liabilities  46,039  45,606
Shareholders' equity:    
Preferred stock: no par value per share; 1,000,000 shares    
authorized; no shares issued    
Common stock: no par value; $.10 stated value per share;    
13,250,000 shares authorized; and 6,440,851 shares issued    
 and outstanding  644  644
Additional paid-in capital  52,215  52,144
Retained earnings  65,370  63,824
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (421)  (1,872)
Total shareholders' equity  117,808  114,740
   $ 163,847  $ 160,346
CONTACT: John G. Oblazney
         Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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