updated 6/3/2011 8:16:03 AM ET 2011-06-03T12:16:03

INDIANAPOLIS, June 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hurco Companies, Inc., (Nasdaq:HURC) today reported net income of $2,349,000, or $0.36 per diluted share, for its second quarter ended April 30, 2011, compared to a net loss of $1,573,000, or $(0.24) per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2010. For the first six months of fiscal 2011, Hurco reported net income of $3,895,000, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3,409,000, or $(0.53) per diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2010.

Sales and service fees for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 totaled $41,576,000, an increase of $17,488,000, or 73%, from the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Approximately $1,144,000 of the year-over-year increase, or 5% of second quarter 2010 sales, reflects the beneficial effect of a weaker U.S. Dollar in 2011 when translating foreign sales to U.S. Dollars for financial reporting purposes. Sales and service fees for the six months ended April 30, 2011, totaled $81,256,000, an increase of $36,552,000, or 82%, from the corresponding period in 2010. The impact of currency translation on the year-over-year six month comparison was immaterial. 

The following table sets forth net sales and service fees by geographic region for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2011 and 2010, respectively:

             
Net Sales and Service Fees by Geographic Region
             
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  April 30, April 30,
      %     %
  2011 2010 Change 2011 2010 Change
North America  $ 9,137  $ 5,804 57%  $ 22,599  $ 11,905 90%
Europe  27,297  15,342 78%  48,576  27,358 78%
Asia Pacific  5,142  2,942 75%  10,081  5,441 85%
 Total  $ 41,576  $ 24,088 73%  $ 81,256  $ 44,704 82%

The increases in sales were driven by higher customer demand in all sales regions as a result of the ongoing rebound in industrial manufacturing activity. During the second quarter of fiscal 2011, unit shipments increased from the corresponding quarter in fiscal 2010 by 78% in North America, 65% in Europe, and 67% in the Asia Pacific sales region.   Unit shipments in those three sales regions for the first six months of fiscal 2011 increased over the prior year period by 110%, 66% and 61% respectively. 

Orders booked in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 were $72,612,000, an increase of $42,023,000, or 137%, compared to the prior year period. Orders in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region increased by $5,725,000, or 69%, $32,159,000, or 175%, and $4,139,000, or 107%, respectively. Orders outpaced sales by $31,036,000, as our production and supply chain continue to ramp up to meet customer demand.   In addition, a portion of the increased orders booked in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 came from customers placing orders in advance of an announced price increase that went into effect at the end of the quarter. For the first six months of fiscal 2011, orders totaled $116,874,000, an increase of $65,678,000, or 128%, from the corresponding period in 2010. Of that increase, North America, Europe and Asia Pacific orders increased $13,479,000, or 96%, $45,879,000, or 152%, and $6,320,000, or 91%, respectively. The impact of currency translation on orders booked in the second quarter and first six months of 2011 was consistent with the impact on sales.   

Hurco's gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was 30%, compared to 19% for the same period in 2010. Gross profit for the first six months of fiscal 2011 was 30%, compared to 19% for the same period in 2010. The increase in gross profit was due to the significant increase in sales volume, particularly in Europe where sales of our higher margin, high performance vertical machining centers were particularly strong. The increase in gross profit was partially offset by an increase in the cost of raw materials, particularly metals, and the negative cost impact of a strengthened Taiwanese Dollar in relations to the U.S. Dollar. The Taiwanese Dollar appreciated 8% during the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2011 compared to the corresponding periods in fiscal 2010.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $9,254,000, or 22%, of sales, for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $7,230,000, or 30%, of sales, for the prior year second quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $18,084,000, or 22%, of sales, for the first six months of fiscal 2011 compared to $13,763,000, or 31%, of sales, for the first six months of fiscal 2010. The year-over-year increases in selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2011 were primarily related to increased sales commissions and other variable operating expenses.

Our cash balance was $48,678,000 at April 30, 2011, which was relatively unchanged from the October 31, 2010 balance of $48,255,000. Inventories at April 30, 2011 were $69,610,000, an increase of $13,744,000, or 25%, during the first six months of fiscal 2011 in response to the increase in customer demand. 

Michael Doar, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are encouraged that our sales and order levels are markedly higher than last year, with Europe showing the largest increase in growth. We are increasing production at our wholly-owned assembly facilities to keep pace with the market demand while working diligently to develop new technologies for our control and machines."

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 foreign currency 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.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per-share data)
         
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 
  April 30, April 30,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
   (unaudited)   (unaudited) 
Sales and service fees  $ 41,576  $ 24,088  $ 81,256  $ 44,704
         
Cost of sales and service  28,925  19,411  56,914  36,047
Gross profit  12,651  4,677  24,342  8,657
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses  9,254  7,230  18,084  13,763
Operating income (loss)  3,397  (2,553)  6,258  (5,106)
         
Interest expense  9  8  14  22
         
Interest income  32  5  72  25
         
Investment income  2  3  7  8
         
Other expense (income), net  23  116  479  393
         
Income (loss) before taxes  3,399  (2,669)  5,844  (5,488)
         
Provision (benefit) for income taxes  1,050  (1,096)  1,949  (2,079)
         
Net income (loss)  $ 2,349  $ (1,573)  $ 3,895  $ (3,409)
         
Earnings (losses) per common share        
Basic  $ 0.36  $ (0.24)  $ 0.60  $ (0.53)
Diluted  $ 0.36  $ (0.24)  $ 0.60  $ (0.53)
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding        
Basic  6,441  6,441  6,441  6,441
Diluted  6,489  6,441  6,476  6,441
         
OTHER CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  April 30, April 30,
Operating Data: 2011 2010 2011 2010
   (unaudited)   (unaudited) 
Gross margin 30% 19% 30% 19%
         
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales 22% 30% 22% 31%
         
Operating income (loss) as a percentage of sales 8% -11% 8% -11%
         
Pre-tax income (loss) as a percentage of sales  8% -11% 7% -12%
         
Effective Tax Rate 31% 41% 33% 38%
         
Depreciation and amortization  1,079  1,000  2,146  1,833
         
Capital expenditures  486  269  1,027  744
         
Balance Sheet Data: 4/30/2011 10/31/2010    
   (unaudited)       
Working capital (excluding cash)  $ 52,243  $ 45,713    
         
Days sales outstanding  42  33    
         
Inventory turns  1.6  1.5    
         
Capitalization        
Total debt  $ 647  $ --     
Shareholders' equity  120,514  114,740    
Total  $ 121,161  $ 114,740    
     
Hurco Companies, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(In thousands, except share and per-share data)
     
  April 30, October 31,
  2011 2010
   (unaudited)   (audited) 
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 48,678  $ 48,255
Accounts receivable, net  24,175  20,114
Refundable taxes  4,387  5,093
Inventories, net  69,610  55,866
Deferred income taxes  2,965  2,467
Derivative assets  1,530  905
Other  5,458  3,508
Total current assets  156,803  136,208
     
Property and equipment:    
Land  782  782
Building  7,116  7,116
Machinery and equipment  15,901  15,095
Leasehold improvements  2,334  2,183
   26,133  25,176
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization  (14,804)  (13,424)
   11,329  11,752
     
Non-current assets:    
 Software development costs, less accumulated amortization  5,588  6,042
 Other assets  6,268  6,344
   $ 179,988  $ 160,346
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 38,745  $ 30,394
Derivative liabilities  4,230  2,123
Accrued expenses  12,260  9,723
Short-term debt  647  --
Total current liabilities  55,882  42,240
     
Non-current liabilities:    
Deferred income taxes  2,440  2,335
Deferred credits and other obligations  1,152  1,031
Total liabilities  59,474  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; 6,471,710 and 6,440,851 shares issued; and 6,440,851 and 6,440,851 shares outstanding, as of April 30, 2011 and October 31, 2010, respectively  644  644
Additional paid-in capital  52,338  52,144
Retained earnings  67,719  63,824
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (187)  (1,872)
Total shareholders' equity  120,514  114,740
   $ 179,988  $ 160,346
CONTACT: John G. Oblazney
         Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
         317-293-5309

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