Houston Wire & Cable Company
May 10, 2017

Houston Wire & Cable Company Reports Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

HOUSTON, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) (the "Company") announced operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Selected quarterly results were:

First Quarter Summary
Jim Pokluda, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "Market conditions appear to be improving as we experienced increasing activity levels in each of the three months compared to prior year levels. This manifested itself in higher invoice counts which rose (excluding Vertex) by 7%. Sales levels in the month of March (excluding Vertex) reached their highest per day level since October 2015. Sales increased 21.6% over the prior period and 9.6% excluding Vertex. We estimate that when adjusted for the fluctuation in metal prices, sales for 2017 when compared to sales on a pro-forma basis to include Vertex in the comparable prior year period were up 5.5%. We estimate our project business, which targets end markets encompassing Utility Power Generation and Environmental Compliance, Engineering & Construction, Industrials, and Mechanical Wire Rope, decreased 31%, or approximately 34% on a metals adjusted basis, from 2016. Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) increased 21%, or approximately 18% when adjusted for metals, from the first quarter of 2016.

Gross margin at 21.5% increased 80 basis points from the first quarter of 2016, primarily due to the impact of higher margins generated by Vertex, improving market conditions, and the higher metals prices. Overall, however, market conditions remain extremely competitive and it is difficult to discern any clear pricing trends. Operating expenses at $17.2 million increased 27.9% or $3.7 million from Q1 2016 mainly due to the inclusion of the operating expenses of Vertex, overall higher operating expenses, and costs incurred with the Vertex integration.

Interest expense of $0.5 million was up $0.3 million from $0.2 million in the prior year period, due primarily to the additional debt to purchase Vertex. In addition, average interest rates increased to 2.6% in 2017 from 1.7% in 2016. 

The results of operations produced a net loss of $0.5 million, compared to a net loss of $0.2 million in the prior year period.

Mr. Pokluda further commented "We are still not seeing the level of large project activity that we need to generate acceptable returns to our shareholders. However, I am pleased that MRO activity, which includes contributions from product line expansion targeting the commercial market, and higher oil and gas related business has improved.  I am also pleased with the ongoing integration of Vertex and our efforts to improve its sales through improved regional inventory profiles, distribution discipline and more aggressive selling efforts. We continue to focus our attention on superior customer service, improving our working capital investment and the level of operating expenses."

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter results on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., C.T.  Hosting the call will be James Pokluda , President and Chief Executive Officer, and Nicol Graham, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

A live audio web cast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website www.houwire.com.  

Approximately two hours after the completion of the live call, a telephone replay will be available until May 17, 2017.

Replay, Toll-Free #: 855-859-2056
Replay, Toll #: 404-537-3406
Conference ID # 10566662

About the Company
With over 40 years' experience in the industry, Houston Wire & Cable Company, an industrial distributor, is a large provider of industrial products in the U.S market. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Company has sales and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the United States.

Standard stock items available for immediate delivery include continuous and interlocked armor cable; instrumentation cable; medium voltage cable; high temperature wire; portable cord; power cable; primary and secondary aluminum distribution cable; private branded products, including LifeGuard™, a low-smoke, zero-halogen cable; mechanical wire and cable and related hardware, including wire rope, lifting products and synthetic rope and slings; corrosion resistant fasteners, hose clamps, and rivets.

Comprehensive value-added services include same-day shipping, knowledgeable sales staff, inventory management programs, just-in-time delivery, logistics support, customized online ordering capabilities and 24/7/365 service.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains comments concerning management's view of the Company's future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and projections about future events may, and often do, vary materially from actual results.
Other risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with the SEC. These documents are available under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.houwire.com.

Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such statements

Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(In thousands, except share data) 
  March 31,  December 31, 
  2017  2016 
Current assets:        
Accounts receivable, net $51,469  $44,677 
Inventories, net  80,308   79,783 
Income taxes  2,055   1,948 
Prepaids  1,201   570 
Total current assets  135,033   126,978 
Property and equipment, net  11,589   11,261 
Intangible assets, net  12,860   13,378 
Goodwill  22,629   22,770  
Deferred income taxes  1,049   892 
Other assets  504   591 
Total assets $183,664  $175,870 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity        
Current liabilities:        
Book overdraft $818   $3,181 
Trade accounts payable  8,630   8,406 
Accrued and other current liabilities  11,977   13,248 
Total current liabilities  21,425   24,835 
Debt  71,849   60,388 
Other long term obligations  461   516 
Total liabilities  93,735   85,739 
Stockholders' equity:        
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding       
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized: 20,988,952 shares issued: 16,501,791 and 16,457,525 outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively  21   21 
Additional paid-in-capital  53,454   53,824 
Retained earnings  97,097   97,550 
Treasury stock  (60,643)  (61,264)
Total stockholders' equity  89,929   90,131 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $183,664  $175,870 

Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(In thousands, except share and per share data) 
  Three Months Ended 
  March 31, 
  2017  2016 
Sales $78,709  $64,711 
Cost of sales  61,778   51,312 
Gross profit  16,931   13,399 
Operating expenses:         
Salaries and commissions  8,844   6,909 
Other operating expenses   7,477   5,837 
Depreciation and amortization  860   692 
Total operating expenses  17,181   13,438 
Operating loss  (250)  (39 )
Interest expense  450   175 
Loss before income taxes  (700)  (214)
Income tax benefit  (247)  (30)
Net loss $(453) $(184)
Loss per share:        
Basic $(0.03) $(0.01)
Diluted $(0.03) $(0.01)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
Basic  16,241,215   16,481,122 
Diluted  16,241,215    16,481,122 
Dividends declared per share $  $0.06 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
(In thousands) 
  Three Months
Ended March 31,
  2017   2016 
Operating activities         
Net loss $(453)  $(184)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  860    692 
Amortization of unearned stock compensation  275    209 
Provision for inventory obsolescence  27    166 
Deferred income taxes  (16   (205)
Other non-cash items  29    30 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  (6,810   3,153 
Inventories  (552   5,175 
Book overdraft  (2,363   (2,115)
Trade accounts payable  224    1,457 
Accrued and other current liabilities   (981   (729)
Prepaids  (631   (551)
Income taxes  (107   186 
Other operating activities  21    302 
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities  (10,477)   7,586 
Investing activities        
Expenditures for property and equipment  (930   (337)
Net cash used in investing activities  (930    (337)
Financing activities        
Borrowings on revolver  81,991    61,842 
Payments on revolver  (70,530   (67,383)
Payment of dividends   (30   (989)
Purchase of treasury stock/stock surrendered on vested awards  (24   (719)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  11,407    (7,249)
Net change in cash       
Cash at beginning of period       
Cash at end of period $   $ 


Nicol G. Graham

Chief Financial Officer

Direct:  713.609.2125

Fax:  713.609.2168


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