Collectors Universe, Inc.
Aug 30, 2016
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Collectors Universe Reports Financial Results for Fiscal 2016

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 30, 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 fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016.

Operational and Financial Highlights:

Commentary and Outlook

Robert Deuster, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very pleased with the momentum our businesses experienced during the second half of fiscal year 2016. It reflected stronger share gains in the modern US coin grading market and continued growth in our sports grading business. During the year we also saw the investments we made in the mainland China market yield a 46% year over year revenue increase. We continue to make progress in making our PCGS brand recognized as the leading brand for coin authentication and grading in China. We have attracted a major distributor of Chinese modern coins and dealers of vintage coins and currency, as customers.

"Also, the search engine was introduced last year which now provides collectors with the most comprehensive tool for finding collectibles offered for sale. It now lists 66 million items worth $2.6 billion in value.

"Looking forward, our general business outlook for FY 2017 remains positive for both the US and Asian markets."

Conference Call and Webcast

Collectors Universe will host a conference call to discuss results on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.  Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.  Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 800-524-8850 or 416-204-9702, five to ten minutes prior to the initiation of the call.  A replay of the conference call will be available through September 13, 2016 by dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and entering access code 2973659#.  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 future cash needs of our business.

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 this date 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, whether 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
June 30,
 Year Ended
June 30,
Net revenues:        
Grading, and authentication and related services $16,371  $15,248  $60,886  $61,552 
Product Sales  -   123   68   132 
   16,371   15,371   60,954   61,684 
Cost of revenues:        
Grading, authentication and related services  6,452   6,209   22,813   22,901 
Product sales  5   106   89   152 
   6,457   6,315   22,902   23,053 
Gross profit  9,914   9,056   38,052    38,631 
Operating expenses:        
Selling and marketing expenses  2,293   2,094   8,635   8,896 
General and administrative expenses  4,540   4,197   17,047   17,627 
Total operating expenses  6,833   6,291   25,682   26,523 
Operating income  3,081   2,765   12,370   12,108 
Interest income and other expense, net  (13)  (1)  (51)  (42)
Income before provision for income taxes  3,068   2,764   12,319    12,066 
Provision for income taxes  1,120   1,012   4,720   4,682 
Income from continuing operations  1,948   1,752   7,599   7,384 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   (6)  20   41   17 
Net income $1,942  $1,772  $ 7,640  $7,401 
Net income per basic share:        
Income from continuing operations $0.23  $0.21  $0.90  $0.88 
Income from discontinued operations  -   -   -   0.01 
Net income per basic share $0.23  $0.21  $0.90  $0.89 
Net income per diluted share:        
Income from continuing operations $0.23  $0.21  $0.89  $0.87 
Income from discontinued operations  -   -   -   - 
Net income per diluted share $0.23  $0.21  $0.89  $0.87 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic  8,459   8,361   8,445   8,345 
Diluted  8,548   8,519   8,545   8,518 
Dividends declared per common share $0.35  $0.35  $1.40  $1.35 
Non-cash stock-based compensation included above $147  $436  $596  $2,239 

(In Thousands, except per share data)
  June 30,
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $11,967  $17,254 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $35 in 2016 and $33 in 2015  3,883   2,460 
Inventories, net  1,835   1,619 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,273    940 
Total current assets  18,958    22,273 
Property and equipment, net  2,839   2,326 
Goodwill  2,083   2,083 
Intangible assets, net  1,762   1,558 
Deferred income tax assets  2,229   3,544 
Other assets  240   236 
Non-current assets of discontinued operations  79   182 
Total assets $28,190  $32,202 
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $2,728  $1,961 
Accrued liabilities  2,491   2,898 
Accrued compensation and benefits  3,414   3,890 
Income taxes payable  782   521 
Deferred revenue  2,563   2,621 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations  619   778 
Total current liabilities  12,597   12,669 
Deferred rent  381   422 
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations  217   642 
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; shares outstanding: 8,898 in 2016 and 8,882 in 2015  9   9 
Additional paid-in capital  80,642   79,848 
Accumulated deficit  (65,656)  (61,388)
Total stockholders' equity  14,995   18,469 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $28,190  $32,202 

(In Thousands)
  Year Ended June 30,
Net income $7,640  $7,401 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
(Income) loss from discontinued operations  (41)  (17)
Depreciation and amortization expense  1,528   1,293 
Stock-based compensation expense  596   2,239 
Provision for bad debts  5   8 
Provision for inventory write-down  168   336 
Provision for warranty  (145)  535 
Loss on sale of property and equipment  5   19 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable  (1,480)  (391)
Inventories  (384)  (67)
Prepaid expenses and other  (333)  427 
Deferred income taxes  1,513   533 
Other assets  (5)  146 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  420   (604)
Accrued compensation and benefits  (476)  (249)
Income taxes payable  260   (327)
Deferred revenue  (58)  (24)
Deferred rent  (41)  (39)
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations  9,172   11,219 
Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations  (440)  (615)
Net cash provided by operating activities  8,732   10,604 
Capital expenditures  (1,299)  (777)
Capitalized software development costs  (752)  (441)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  -   19 
Patents and other intangibles  (13)  (57)
Proceeds from sale of business  53   116 
Purchase of business  -   (200)
Net cash used in investing activities  (2,011)  (1,340)
Dividends paid to common stockholders  (12,008)  (11,361)
Payments for retirement of common stock  -   (558)
Net cash used in financing activities  (12,008)  (11,919)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (5,287)  (2,655)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year  17,254   19,909 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $11,967  $17,254 
Income taxes paid during the period $2,971  $4,556 

Joseph Wallace

Chief Financial Officer

Collectors Universe



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