Collectors Universe, Inc.
May 3, 2017
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Collectors Universe Reports Record Operating Results for Third Quarter and Nine Months ended March 31, 2017

Revenues up 7% and Operating Income up 7% in the quarter
Revenues up 17% and Operating Income up 29% in the nine months

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT), a leading provider of value-added authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of high-value collectibles, today announced record financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2017.

Operational and Financial Highlights:

Commentary and Outlook

Robert Deuster, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very pleased with the performance of our Company this last quarter and the growth in revenue and profit achieved so far this year. The year-to-date growth in our international and modern coin businesses are indicative of our focus on organic growth in segments where brand preference, innovation and presence are important. The momentum in our sports card business reflects the confidence collectors have in graded cards and the rate of card submissions remains very high. Our US businesses during the quarter provided strength to our overall global grading activity, where Asian demand was lower due to seasonal holidays, resulting in another record quarterly performance. Our outlook for 2017 remains very positive."

Conference Call and Webcast

Collectors Universe will host a conference call to discuss results on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.  Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 800-533-7954 or 785-830-1924, five to ten minutes prior to the initiation of the call.  A replay of the conference call will be available through May 17, 2017 by dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and entering access code 6113375#.  A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Collectors Universe website, under Investor Relations: Events and Presentations.  The webcast will be archived for 12 months.

About Collectors Universe

Collectors Universe, Inc. is a leading provider of value-added services to the high-value collectibles markets. The Company authenticates and grades collectible coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs and memorabilia ("collectibles").  The Company also compiles and publishes authoritative information about United States and world coins, collectible trading cards and sports memorabilia ("collectibles"), and operates its CCE dealer-to-dealer Internet bid-ask market for certified coins and its Expos trade show and conventions business.  This information is accessible to collectors and dealers at the Company's website, and is also published in print.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information

This news release contains statements regarding our expectations, beliefs or views about our future financial performance and trends in our business and in our markets, which constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements can often be identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may."

Due to a number of risks and uncertainties to which our business and our markets are subject, our future financial performance may differ, possibly significantly, from expectations regarding our future financial performance that are expressed in, or that may be implied or inferred from the discussion of our operating results in this news release.  Those risks and uncertainties, and their possible impact on our future financial performance, include, but are not limited to, the following: our continued dependence on our coin business which historically has generated more than 60% of our consolidated revenues and a substantial portion of our operating income, making our operating results more vulnerable to conditions that could adversely affect or cause stagnation in the prices of precious metals and collectible coins; the risks that the current economic recovery may stall, or that domestic or international economic conditions may deteriorate as a result of events outside of our control, that could lead to reductions in the demand for our collectibles authentication and grading services and, consequently, in our revenues and operating results; the risk that the weakness or volatility of economic conditions in the United States and worldwide will lead to longer-term changes in the spending habits of consumers and in the availability and use of credit by smaller businesses, such as collectibles dealers, to fund purchases of collectibles, which could lead to longer-term declines in collectibles commerce and, therefore, in the demand for our services; the risks that claims under our coin and trading card authentication and grading warranties will increase substantially and that the warranty reserves we maintain for such claims, will, prove to be inadequate, which could cause our gross margin and operating results to decline or cause us to incur operating losses; the risk that our strategies of offering new services and expanding our collectibles authentication and grading businesses into new geographic areas, such as Europe and Asia will not be successful in enabling us to improve our profitability or may even cause us to incur significant losses; the risks and added complexity of conducting business overseas; the risk that it may become necessary for us to reduce the amount of, or suspend or discontinue the payment of cash dividends in the future, due to conditions or circumstances outside of our control, such as adverse economic or market conditions, as well as our future financial performance and the cash needs of our business in the future.

Additional information regarding these risks and other risks and uncertainties to which our business is subject is contained in Item 1A, entitled "Risk Factors", in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 which we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 30, 2016 and readers of this news release are urged to review the discussion of those risks and uncertainties in that Report.  Also, our actual financial results in the future may differ from those currently expected due to additional risks and uncertainties of which we are not currently aware or which we do not currently view as, but which in the future may become material to our business or operating results.  Due to these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in our Annual or Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which speak only as of their respective dates.  We also disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.

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(In Thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 Nine Months Ended
March 31,
  2017  2016  2017   2016 
Net revenues$  18,596 $  17,329 $52,206   $44,583 
Cost of revenues 7,365    6,288  19,979   16,444 
Gross profit 11,231  11,041  32,227   28,139 
Operating expenses:       
Selling and marketing expenses 2,210  2,132  6,959   6,341 
General and administrative expenses 4,312  4,504  13,274   12,508 
Total operating expenses 6,522  6,636  20,233   18,849 
Operating income 4,709  4,405  11,994   9,290 
Interest income and other expense, net  13  3  (59)  (39)
Income before provision for income taxes 4,722  4,408  11,935   9,251 
Provision for income taxes 1,765  1,695  4,467   3,600 
Income from continuing operations 2,957  2,713  7,468   5,651 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes    6    65  (3 )  47 
Net income$  2,963 $  2,778 $  7,465  $  5,698 
Net income per basic share:        
Income from continuing operations$  0.35 $  0.32 $  0.88  $  0.67 
Income from discontinued operations -     0.01    -     - 
Net income per basic share$  0.35 $  0.33 $  0.88  $  0.67 
Net income per diluted share:       
Income from continuing operations$   0.35 $  0.32 $  0.87  $  0.66 
Income from discontinued operations   -    -    -     0.01 
Net income per diluted share$  0.35 $  0.32 $  0.87  $  0.67 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic 8,482  8,447  8,478   8,441 
Diluted 8,569  8,549    8,569     8,544 
Dividends declared per common share$  0.35 $  0.35 $  1.05  $  1.05 


(In Thousands, except per share data)
ASSETSMarch 31,
 June 30,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$  10,836  $  11,967 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $64 and $35 at March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively 3,887   3,883 
Inventories, net 2,853   1,835  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,597   1,273 
Total current assets 19,173   18,958 
Property and equipment, net 2,953   2,839 
Goodwill 2,083   2,083 
Intangible assets, net 2,009   1,762 
Deferred income tax assets  2,229   2,229 
Other assets 412   240 
Non-current assets of discontinued operations 79   79 
Total assets$28,938  $  28,190 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$  3,047  $  2,728 
Accrued liabilities 2,326   2,491 
Accrued compensation and benefits 3,817   3,414 
Income taxes payable 2,034   782 
Deferred revenue 3,008    2,563 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 522   619 
Total current liabilities 14,754   12,597 
Deferred rent 308   381 
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations -   217 
Commitments and contingencies     
Stockholders' equity:   
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 3,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding  -    - 
Common stock, $.001 par value; 20,000 shares authorized; 8,921 and 8,898 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively.  9     9 
Additional paid-in capital 80,972   80,642 
Accumulated deficit (67,105)  (65,656)
Total stockholders' equity 13,876   14,995 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$  28,938  $  28,190 


(In Thousands)
 Nine Months Ended
 March 31,
  2017   2016 
Net income$  7,465  $  5,698 
Discontinued operations 3   (47)
Income from continuing operations 7,468   5,651 
Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization expense 1,243   1,094 
Stock-based compensation expense 330   449 
Provision for bad debts 32   5 
Provision for inventory write-down 32   46 
Provision for warranty 506   (293)
Gain on sale of property and equipment 5   (2)
Change in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable (36)  (1,213)
Inventories (1,050)  (262)
Prepaid expenses and other (323)  (313)
Other assets (172)  (31)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (286)  47 
Accrued compensation and benefits 402   (960)
Income taxes payable 1,252   2,020 
Deferred revenue 445   109 
Deferred rent (73)  (15)
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations 9,775   6,332 
Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued businesses (379)  (331)
    Net cash provided by operating activities 9,396   6,001 
Proceeds from sale of business 53   49 
Capital expenditures (919)  (1,113)
Capitalized software (723)  (615)
Patents and other intangibles (5)  (4)
Net cash used in investing activities (1,594)  (1,683)
Dividends paid to common stockholders (8,933)  (8,991)
Net cash used in financing activities (8,933)  (8,991)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,131)  (4,673)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  11,967   17,254 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$  10,836  $  12,581 
Income taxes paid during the period$2,934  $1,609  


Joseph Wallace

Chief Financial Officer

Collectors Universe



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