Collectors Universe, Inc.
Nov 2, 2016
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Collectors Universe Reports Financial Results for Q1, 2017

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Nov. 02, 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 first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Operational and Financial Highlights

Commentary and Outlook

Robert Deuster, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The first quarter of FY 2017 started with 8% top line growth over last year, with solid gains in both our coin and sports card businesses. The real strength was in our international operations where revenues increased by 64% to 9% of our total revenues. Consistent with our growth strategy we continued to invest in our China operations, in order to handle the expected increased demand from a recently awarded Guojin contract. This action did moderate our operating income performance somewhat this quarter, but was necessary to prepare us for what we believe will be a stronger overall FY2017.

We are encouraged by the stronger than expected demand for our services so far in the second quarter, which is our seasonally slowest quarter of the year. We believe we are well positioned for the upcoming start to the domestic and international modern coin year, with expected stronger demand, starting in January 2017."

Conference Call and Webcast

Collectors Universe will host a conference call to discuss results on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.  Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 800-227-9428 or 785-830-1925, five to ten minutes prior to the initiation of the call.  A replay of the conference call will be available through November 16, 2016 by dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and entering access code 4026979#.  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 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 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 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
 September 30 ,
  2016   2015 
Net revenues:   
Grading, authentication and related services$15,748  $14,618 
Cost of revenues:   
Grading, authentication and related services 6,138   5,147 
Gross profit 9,610    9,471 
Operating Expenses:   
Selling and marketing expenses 2,422   2,169 
General and administrative expenses 4,414   4,107 
Total operating expenses 6,836   6,276 
Operating income 2,774   3,195 
Interest and other income, net 24   (26)
Income before provision for income taxes 2,798   3,169 
Provision for income taxes 1,210   1,226 
Income from continuing operations 1,588   1,943 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   (7)  (12)
Net income$1,581  $1,931 
Net income per basic share:   
Income from continuing operations$0.19  $0.23 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations -   - 
Net income$0.19  $0.23 
Net income per diluted share:   
Income from continuing operations$0.19  $0.23 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (0.01)  - 
Net income$0.18  $0.23 
Weighted average shares outstanding:   
Basic 8,474   8,434 
Diluted 8,561   8,534 
Dividends declared per common share$0.35  $0.35 
Non-cash stock-based compensation included above$102  $151 

(In Thousands, except per share data)
September 30,
 June 30
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$10,344  $11,967 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $45 and $35 at September 30 and June 30, 2016, respectively 3,464   3,883 
Inventories, net 2,070   1,835 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,219   1,273 
Total current assets 17,097   18,958 
Property and equipment, net  3,019   2,839 
Goodwill 2,083   2,083 
Intangible assets, net 1,734   1,762 
Deferred income tax assets 2,229   2,229 
Other assets 296   240 
Non-current assets of discontinued operations 79   79 
Total assets$26,537  $28,190 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$2,685  $2,728 
Accrued liabilities 2,491   2,491 
Accrued compensation and benefits 2,375   3,414 
Income taxes payable  1,622   782 
Deferred revenue 2,560   2,563 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 628   619 
Total current liabilities 12,361   12,597 
Deferred rent 361   381 
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations 102   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; 8,898 issued and outstanding at both September 30 and June 30, 2016. 9   9 
Additional paid-in capital 80,744   80,642 
Accumulated deficit (67,040)  (65,656)
Total stockholders' equity 13,713    14,995 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$26,537  $28,190 


(In Thousands)
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2016   2015 
 Net income$1,581  $1,931 
 Discontinued operations 7   12 
 Income from continuing operations 1,588   1,943 
 Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities:   
 Depreciation and amortization expense 420   341 
 Stock-based compensation expense 102   151 
 Provision for bad debts 11   1 
   Provision for inventory write-down 22    9 
 Provision for warranty 174   107 
 Gain on sale of property and equipment 5   (4)
 Change in operating assets and liabilities:   
 Accounts receivable 408   (182)
 Inventories (257)  (168)
 Prepaid expenses and other 55   10 
 Other assets (57)  (111)
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (199)  (55)
 Accrued compensation and benefits (1,039)  (1,829)
 Income taxes payable 840   1,054 
 Deferred revenue (3)  (236)
 Deferred rent (20)  (12)
 Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations 2,050   1,019 
 Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued businesses (122)  (157)
 Net cash provided by operating activities 1,928   862 
 Proceeds from sale of business 5   3 
 Capital expenditures (439)  (188)
 Capitalized software (172)  (202)
 Patents and other intangibles 39   (20)
 Net cash used in investing activities (567)  (407)
 Dividends paid to common stockholders (2,984)  (3,046)
 Net cash used in financing activities (2,984)  (3,046)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,623)  (2,591)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 11,967   17,254 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$10,344  $14,663 
Income taxes paid during the period$369  $165 


Joseph Wallace

Chief Financial Officer

Collectors Universe



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