Collectors Universe, Inc.
Feb 4, 2016
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Collectors Universe Reports Financial Results for 2nd Quarter of Fiscal 2016

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Feb. 04, 2016 (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 financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2016, ended December 31, 2015.

Operational and Financial Highlights:

Commentary and Outlook

Robert Deuster, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Clearly, our results so far this year, have shown the effect of the variability in the modern coin market. There were no significant commemorative coin issues by the US Mint in calendar year 2015. We also saw fewer special high value collector grading events in the last few quarters. However, we are optimistic about the start of the new coin year that just got underway and we continue to see growth opportunities in our China coin business. Our Sports and other businesses continue to perform nicely and we are investing in growth platforms like to further cement and leverage our premier brands in the collectibles market."

Conference Call and Webcast

Collectors Universe will host a conference call to discuss results on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.  Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.  Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 888-455-2260 or 719-325-2244, five to ten minutes prior to the initiation of the call.  A replay of the conference call will be available through February 18, 2016 by dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and entering access code 4947240#.  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 variability of the modern coin market, which can lead to period-over-period fluctuations in our service revenues; the risks that the 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 business 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 general 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, 2015 which we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 27, 2015 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 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
December 31,
 Six Months Ended
December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2014 
Net revenues:       
Grading, and authentication and related services$   12,636   $  14,148  $  27,249  $  30,317 
Product Sales -     -     5     9 
    12,636     14,148     27,254     30,326 
Cost of revenues:       
Grading, authentication and related services  5,006     5,048     10,145     10,827 
Product sales   4     19      11     36 
  5,010     5,067     10,156     10,863 
Gross profit 7,626     9,081     17,098     19,463 
Operating expenses:       
Selling and marketing expenses  2,040   2,147   4,209   4,514 
General and administrative expenses 3,897   4,288   8,004   9,277 
Total operating expenses 5,937    6,435   12,213   13,791 
Operating income 1,689   2,646   4,885   5,672 
Interest income and other expense, net (15)  (7)  (42)  (2)
Income before provision for income taxes 1,674   2,639   4,843   5,670 
Provision for income taxes 679    971   1,906   2,220 
Income from continuing operations 995   1,668   2,937   3,450 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (6)  (13)    (17)    9 
Net income$  989  $  1,655  $  2,920  $  3,459 
Net income per basic share:       
Income from continuing operations$  0.12  $  0.20  $    0.35  $    0.41 
Income from discontinued operations -   -      -   0.01 
Net income per basic share$  0.12  $  0.20  $  0.35  $  0.42 
Net income per diluted share:       
Income from continuing operations$  0.12  $  0.20  $  0.34  $  0.41 
Loss from discontinued operations   -     (0.01)  -   - 
Net income per diluted share$  0.12  $  0.19  $  0.34  $  0.41 
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic 8,441   8,339   8,438    8,333 
Diluted 8,549   8,519   8,541   8,511 
Dividends declared per common share$    0.35  $  0.325  $  0.70  $  0.65 
 Non-cash stock-based compensation included above









(In Thousands, except per share data)

December 31,
 June 30,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$  12,794  $  17,254 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $30 and $33 at December 31, 2015 and
  June 30, 2015, respectively

Inventories, net 1,765   1,619 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 991   940 
Deferred income tax assets 1,599   1,599 
Total current assets 19,239   23,872 
Property and equipment, net 2,656   2,326 
Goodwill 2,083   2,083 
Intangible assets, net 1,707   1,558 
Deferred income tax assets 1,945   1,945 
Other assets 377   236 
Non-current assets of discontinued operations 79   182 
Total assets$  28,086  $  32,202 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$  1,816  $  1,961 
Accrued liabilities 2,979   2,898 
Accrued compensation and benefits 2,166   3,890 
Income taxes payable 905   521 
Deferred revenue 2,914   2,621 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 695   778 
Total current liabilities 11,475   12,669 
Deferred rent 394   422 
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations 441   642 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)   
Stockholders' equity:   
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 3,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or


Common stock, $.001 par value; 20,000 shares authorized; 8,898 and 8,882 issued
  and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015, respectively.


Additional paid-in capital 80,136   79,848 
Accumulated deficit (64,369)  (61,388)
Total stockholders' equity 15,776   18,469 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$  28,086  $  32,202 

(In Thousands)
 Six Months Ended
December 31,
  2015   2014 
 Net income$  2,920  $  3,459 
 Discontinued operations 17   (9)
 Income from continuing operations 2,937   3,450 
 Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash
  provided by operating activities:
 Depreciation and amortization expense 699   671 
 Stock-based compensation expense 291   1,365 
  Provision for bad debts 1   - 
 Provision for inventory write-down 42   151 
 Provision for warranty 224   241 
 Gain on sale of property and equipment (2)  (1)
 Loss on sale of business -   1 
 Change in operating assets and liabilities:   
 Accounts receivable 362   (448)
 Inventories (188)  (381)
 Prepaid expenses and other (51)  464 
 Other assets (141)  21 
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (657)  (480)
 Accrued compensation and benefits  (1,724)  (1,434)
 Income taxes payable 382   (88)
 Deferred revenue 293   444 
 Deferred rent (28)  (13)
 Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations 2,440   3,963 
 Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued businesses (199)   (313)
 Net cash provided by operating activities 2,241   3,650 
 Proceeds from sale of property and equipment -   2 
 Proceeds from sale of business 9   80 
 Purchase of business -   (200)
 Capital expenditures (292)  (275)
 Capitalized software (371)  (34)
 Patents and other intangibles (26)   (10)
 Net cash used in investing activities (680)  (437)
 Dividends paid to common stockholders (6,021)  (5,468)
 Payments for retirement of common stock -   (504)
 Net cash used in financing activities (6,021)  (5,972)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (4,460)  (2,759)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 17,254   19,909 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$  12,794  $  17,150 

Income taxes paid during the period $  1,513    $  2,305 



Joseph Wallace

Chief Financial Officer

Collectors Universe



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