Houston Wire & Cable Company
Houston Wire & Cable CO (Form: 10-Q, Received: 05/11/2009 08:15:48)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q
 
 
x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2009

or

 
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                              to                              
 
Commission File Number: 000-52046


LOGO
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


 
Delaware
 
36-4151663
 
 
(State or other jurisdiction of  incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
         
 
10201 North Loop East
Houston, Texas
 
77029
 
 
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 

(713) 609-2100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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At May 1, 2009 there were 17,646,677 outstanding shares of the registrant’s common stock, $0.001 par value per share.

 

 

HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY
Form 10-Q
For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2009

INDEX
 
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
   
Item 1.  Financial Statements (Unaudited)
 
2
3
4
5
 
 
7
7
9
11
11
12
12
 
 
12
 
 
12
 
 
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
 
 
 
Item 1A.   Risk Factors
13
13
Item 6.   Exhibits
13
   
14


HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)


   
March 31,
   
December 31,
 
   
2009
   
2008
 
   
(unaudited)
       
Assets
           
Current assets:
           
Accounts receivable, net
 
$
41,838
   
$
50,798
 
Inventories, net
   
67,505
     
73,459
 
Deferred income taxes
   
1,559
     
1,384
 
Prepaid expenses
   
1,011
     
829
 
Total current assets
   
111,913
     
126,470
 
                 
Property and equipment, net
   
3,179
     
3,274
 
Goodwill
   
2,996
     
2,996
 
Deferred income taxes
   
2,092
     
1,926
 
Other assets
   
63
     
87
 
Total assets
 
$
120,243
   
$
134,753
 
                 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
               
Current liabilities:
               
Book overdraft
 
$
887
   
$
4,933
 
Trade accounts payable
   
7,167
     
10,091
 
Accrued and other current liabilities
   
10,171
     
11,682
 
Income taxes payable
   
1,688
     
1,644
 
Total current liabilities
   
19,913
     
28,350
 
                 
Long term obligations
   
22,567
     
29,808
 
                 
Stockholders' equity:
               
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized: 20,988,952 shares issued: 17,644,802 outstanding at March 31, 2009 and 17,642,552 outstanding at December 31, 2008, respectively
   
21
     
21
 
Additional paid-in-capital
   
56,468
     
55,901
 
Retained earnings
   
76,104
     
75,540
 
Treasury stock
   
(54,830
)
   
(54,867
)
Total stockholders' equity
   
77,763
     
76,595
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
 
$
120,243
   
$
134,753
 


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements


HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)


   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
   
2009
   
2008
 
             
Sales
  $ 65,832     $ 89,441  
Cost of sales
    52,019       66,774  
Gross profit
    13,813       22,667  
                 
Operating Expenses:
               
Salaries and commissions
    5,538       6,076  
Other operating expenses
    4,620       4,984  
Depreciation and amortization
    142       127  
Total operating expenses
    10,300       11,187  
                 
Operating income
    3,513       11,480  
Interest expense
    155       541  
Income before income taxes
    3,358       10,939  
Income taxes
    1,294       4,202  
Net income
  $ 2,064     $ 6,737  
                 
Earnings per share:
               
Basic
  $ 0.12     $ 0.37  
Diluted
  $ 0.12     $ 0.37  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
               
Basic
    17,642,856       18,081,809  
Diluted
    17,649,340       18,121,280  
                 
Dividends declared per share
  $ 0.085     $ 0.085  


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements


HOUSTON WIRE& CABLE COMPANY
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)


     
Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     
2009
     
2008
 
                 
Operating activities
               
Net income
 
$
2,064
   
$
6,737
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
   
142
     
127
 
Amortization of capitalized loan costs
   
20
     
20
 
Amortization of unearned stock compensation
   
599
     
519
 
Provision for returns and allowances
   
(45
)
   
(11
)
Provision for inventory obsolescence
   
147
     
(6
)
Deferred income taxes
   
(341
)
   
(447
)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
Accounts receivable
   
9,005
     
2,382
 
Inventories
   
5,807
     
(249
)
Prepaid expenses
   
(182
)
   
(193
)
Other assets
   
4
     
(18
)
Book overdraft
   
(4,046
)
   
(1,965
)
Trade accounts payable
   
(2,924
)
   
1,379
 
Accrued and other current liabilities
   
(1,511
)
   
(5,086
)
Income taxes payable
   
44
     
4,533
 
Net cash provided by operating activities
   
8,783
     
7,722
 
                 
Investing activities
               
Expenditures for property and equipment
   
(48)
     
(116
)
Net cash used in investing activities
   
(48)
     
(116
)
                 
Financing activities
               
Borrowings on revolver
   
67,124
     
91,157
 
Payments on revolver
   
(74,365
)
   
(86,387
)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
   
6
     
18
 
Payment of dividends
   
(1,500
)
   
(1,527
)
Excess tax benefit for options
   
     
41
 
Purchase of treasury stock
   
     
(10,908
)
Net cash used in financing activities
   
(8,735
)
   
(7,606
)
                 
Net change in cash
   
     
 
Cash at beginning of period
   
     
 
                 
Cash at end of period
 
$
   
$
 


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.


HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
1. Basis of Presentation

Houston Wire & Cable Company (“HWC” or the “Company”) through its wholly owned subsidiaries, HWC Wire & Cable Company, Advantage Wire & Cable and Cable Management Services Inc., distributes specialty electrical wire and cable to the U.S. electrical distribution market through eleven locations in ten states throughout the United States.  The Company has no other business activity.

The consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2009 and for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008 have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and Article 10 of Regulation S-X.  Accordingly they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.  In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring accruals, considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results of these interim periods have been included.  The results of operations for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year.

The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes.  The most significant estimates are those relating to the allowance for doubtful accounts, the reserve for returns and allowances, the inventory obsolescence reserve and the accrual for vendor rebates.  These estimates are continually reviewed and adjusted as necessary, but actual results could differ from those estimates.

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

Reclassifications

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

Adoption of New Accounting Policy

In December 2007, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 141 (revised 2007), Business Combinations (“SFAS 141(R)”). SFAS 141(R) establishes principles and requirements for how an acquirer recognizes and measures in its financial statements the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, any non-controlling interest in the acquiree and the goodwill acquired. SFAS 141(R) also requires transaction costs related to the business combination to be expensed as incurred and establishes disclosure requirements to enable the evaluation of the nature and financial effects of the business combination. SFAS 141(R) applies prospectively to business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after December 15, 2008. The Company adopted SFAS 141 (R) on January 1, 2009. The adoption did not have an impact on the financial statements.

  2. Earnings per Share

In accordance with SFAS No. 128, Earnings per Share , basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share include the dilutive effects of stock option awards. The denominator for each period presented was determined as follows:

   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
Denominator:
 
2009
   
2008
 
Weighted average common shares for basic earning per share
    7,642,856       18,081,809  
Effect of dilutive securities
    6,484       39,471  
Weighted average common shares for diluted earnings per share
    17,649,340       18,121,280  


The weighted average common shares for diluted earnings per share for the periods ended March 31, 2009 and March 31, 2008 exclude stock options to purchase 1,163,501 and 847,500 shares, respectively. Since these options have exercise prices that are higher than the average market price of the Company’s common stock, including them in the calculation would have an anti-dilutive effect on earnings per share for the respective periods.


3.   Long Term Obligations

The Company’s current loan and security agreement provides for a $75,000 revolving loan, bears interest at the agent bank’s base interest rate and matures on May 21, 2010. The lender has a security interest in all of the assets of the Company and availability is calculated as a percentage of qualifying accounts receivable and inventory. The Company is in compliance with the financial covenants governing its indebtedness.

4.  Stockholders’ Equity

The Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program to be completed on or before December 31, 2009, where the Company is authorized to purchase from time to time up to $75,000 of its outstanding shares of common stock, depending on market conditions, trading activity, business conditions and other factors.  Shares of stock purchased under the program are currently being held as treasury shares and may be used to satisfy the exercise of options, to fund acquisitions, or for other uses as authorized by the Board of Directors.  During the quarter ended March 31, 2009, the Company did not repurchase any of its outstanding shares. During the quarter ended March 31, 2008, the Company repurchased 727,802 shares for a total cost of $10,188.

On February 4, 2009, the Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.085 per share payable to stockholders of record on February 17, 2009.  Dividends paid were $1,500 and $1,527 during the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

5. Stock Based Compensation

On December 17, 2008, the Company granted options to purchase 65,000 shares of its common stock to the Company’s chief executive officer with the exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Company’s stock at the close of trading on December 17, 2008. These options have a contractual life of ten years and vest 50% on March 9, 2011 and the remaining 50% on March 9, 2012, provided that in the event of the chief executive officer’s death or permanent disability, such options would vest ratably based on the days served from the date of grant.
 
On May 8, 2008, at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Company issued options to purchase 5,000 shares of its common stock to each non-employee director who was re-elected (other than the Chairman of the Board, who received an option to purchase 10,000 shares of the Company’s common stock) and 15,000 shares of common stock to the newly-elected non-employee director, for an aggregate of 45,000 shares. Each option has an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Company’s common stock at the close of trading on May 8, 2008, has a contractual life of ten years and vests one year after the date of grant.

On January 9, 2008, the Company granted options to purchase 65,000 shares of its common stock to the Company’s chief executive officer with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Company’s stock at the close of trading on January 9, 2008. These options have a contractual life of ten years and vest 50% on March 9, 2011 and the remaining 50% on March 9, 2012, provided that in the event of the chief executive officer’s death or permanent disability, such options would vest ratably based on the days served from the date of grant.
 
There were no options granted during the first quarter of 2009. The following assumptions were used to calculate the fair value of the Company’s options on the date of grant during the three months ended March 31, 2008:

   
2008
 
Expected volatility
 
68%
 
Expected life in years
 
5.5 years
 
Risk-free interest rate
 
3.82%
 
Dividend yield
 
2.50%
 

Total stock-based compensation cost was $599 and $519 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Total income tax benefit recognized for stock-based compensation arrangements was $232 and $200 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

As of March 31, 2009, there was $6,025 of total unrecognized stock compensation cost related to nonvested share-based compensation arrangements. The cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of approximately 38 months.

6. Contingencies

HWC, along with many other defendants, has been named in a number of lawsuits in the state courts of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota alleging that certain wire and cable which may have contained asbestos caused injury to the plaintiffs who were exposed to this wire and cable. These lawsuits are individual personal injury suits that seek unspecified amounts of money damages as the sole remedy. It is not clear whether the alleged injuries occurred as a result of the wire and cable in question or whether HWC, in fact, distributed the wire and cable alleged to have caused any injuries. The Company maintains general liability insurance that has applied to these claims. To date, all costs associated with these claims have been covered by the applicable insurance policies and all defense of these claims has been handled by the applicable insurance companies. In addition, HWC did not manufacture any of the wire and cable at issue, and HWC would rely on any warranties from the manufacturers of such wire and cable if it were determined that any of the wire or cable that HWC distributed contained asbestos which caused injury to any of these plaintiffs. In connection with ALLTEL's sale of the Company in 1997, ALLTEL provided indemnities with respect to costs and damages associated with these claims that HWC believes it could enforce if its insurance coverage proves inadequate.


Other than the foregoing cases, there are no legal proceedings pending against or involving the Company that, in management's opinion, based on the current known facts and circumstances, are expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial position, cash flows, or results from operations.

7.  Subsequent Events

On May 8, 2009, the Board of Directors approved a dividend on the shares of common stock of the Company in the amount of $0.085 per share, payable on May 29, 2009, to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 18, 2009.

Following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 8, 2009, the Company issued options to purchase 5,000 shares of its common stock to each non-employee director who was re-elected (other than the Chairman of the Board, who received an option to purchase 10,000 shares of the Company’s common stock), for an aggregate of 35,000 shares. Each option has an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Company’s common stock at the close of trading on May 8, 2009, has a contractual life of ten years and vests one year after the date of grant.

Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) is intended to help the reader understand the Company’s financial position and results of operations.  MD&A is provided as a supplement to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited) and the accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited) and should be read in conjunction with the MD&A included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.


Overview

We are one of the largest distributors of specialty wire and cable and related services to the U.S. electrical distribution market. We serve over 3,200 customers in over 8,600 individual locations, including virtually all of the top 200 electrical distributors in the U.S. We have strong relationships with leading wire and cable manufacturers and provide them with efficient access to the fragmented electrical distribution market. We distribute approximately 22,000 SKUs (stock-keeping units) from eleven strategically located distribution centers in ten states. We are focused on providing our electrical distributor customers with a single-source solution for specialty wire and cable and related services by offering a large selection of in-stock items, exceptional customer service and high levels of product expertise.

We offer products in most categories of specialty wire and cable, including:

 
·
continuous and interlocked armor cable (cable encapsulated in either a seamless or interlocked aluminum protective sheath);
 
·
control and power cable (single or multiple conductor industrial cable);
 
·
electronic wire and cable (computer, audio and signal cable);
 
·
flexible and portable cords (flexible, heavy duty industrial cable);
 
·
instrumentation and thermocouple cable (cables used for transmitting signals for instruments and heat sensing devices);
 
·
lead and high temperature cable (single conductor cable used for low or high temperature applications);
 
·
medium voltage cable (cables used for applications between 2,001 volts and 35,000 volts); and
 
·
premise and category wire and cable (cable used for home and high speed data applications).

We also offer private branded products, including our LifeGuard™ low-smoke, zero-halogen cable. Low-smoke, zero halogen products are made with compounds that produce no halogen gases and very little smoke while under combustion.

In addition to our product offerings, we provide comprehensive value-added services including: standard same day shipment from our extensive inventory and distribution network; application engineering support through our knowledgeable sales and technical support staff; custom cutting of wire and cable to exact specifications; inventory management programs that provide job-specific asset management and just-in-time delivery; job-site delivery and logistics support; 24/7/365 customer service provided by our own employees; and customized internet-based ordering capabilities.


Critical Accounting Policies

Critical accounting policies are those that both are important to the accurate portrayal of a company's financial condition and results, and require subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain.

In order to prepare financial statements that conform to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, commonly referred to as GAAP, we make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in our financial statements and accompanying notes. Certain estimates are particularly sensitive due to their significance to the financial statements and the possibility that future events may be significantly different from our expectations.

We have identified the following accounting policies as those that require us to make the most subjective or complex judgments in order to fairly present our consolidated financial position and results of operations. Actual results in these areas could differ materially from management's estimates under different assumptions and conditions.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

We maintain an allowance for doubtful accounts receivable for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make required payments. We perform periodic credit evaluations of our customers and typically do not require collateral. Consistent with industry practices, we require payment from most customers within 30 days of invoice date. We have an estimation procedure, based on historical data, current economic conditions and recent changes in the aging of these receivables, which we use to record reserves throughout the year. In the last five years, write-offs against our allowance for doubtful accounts have averaged approximately $98,000 per year. A 20% change in our estimate at March 31, 2009 would have resulted in a change in income before income taxes of approximately $53,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Reserve for Returns and Allowances

We estimate the gross profit impact of returns and allowances for previously recorded sales. This reserve is calculated on historical and statistical returns and allowances data and adjusted as trends in the variables change. A 20% change in our estimate at March 31, 2009 would have resulted in a change in income before income taxes of approximately $134,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Inventories

Inventories are valued at the lower of cost, using the average cost method, or market. We continually monitor our inventory levels at each of our distribution centers. Our reserve for inventory obsolescence is based on the age of the inventory, movements of our inventory over the prior twelve months and the experience of our purchasing and sales departments in estimating demand for the product in the succeeding year. Our inventories are generally not susceptible to technological obsolescence. A 20% change in our estimate at March 31, 2009 would have resulted in a change in income before income taxes of approximately $402,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Vendor Rebates

Many of our arrangements with our vendors entitle us to receive a rebate of a specified amount when we achieve any of a number of measures, generally related to the volume of purchases from the vendor. We account for these rebates as a reduction of the prices of the vendor's products and therefore as a reduction of inventory until we sell the product, at which time these rebates reduce cost of sales. Throughout the year, we estimate the amount of rebates earned based on our estimate of purchases to date relative to the purchase levels that mark our progress toward earning the rebates. We continually revise these estimates to reflect actual rebates earned based on actual purchase levels and all estimated rebate amounts are reconciled. A 20% change in our estimate of total rebates earned during the three months ended March 31, 2009 would have resulted in a change in income before income taxes of approximately $365,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Goodwill

Goodwill represents the excess of the amount we paid to acquire businesses over the estimated fair value of tangible assets and identifiable intangible assets acquired, less liabilities assumed. At March 31, 2009, our net goodwill balance was $3.0 million, representing 2.5% of our total assets.

In 2002, we adopted the provisions of SFAS 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets . Under SFAS 142, we test goodwill for impairment annually, or more frequently if indications of possible impairment exist, by applying a fair value-based test. In October 2008, we performed our annual goodwill impairment tests for goodwill and, as a result of this test, we believe the goodwill on our balance sheet is not impaired. In light of current economic conditions, the impairment test was also performed as of March 2009. No impairment of goodwill was indicated from this test. If circumstances change or events occur to indicate that our fair market value has fallen below book value, we will compare the estimated fair value of the goodwill to its carrying value. If the carrying value of goodwill exceeds the estimated fair value of goodwill, we will recognize the difference as an impairment loss in operating income.


Results of Operations

The following table shows, for the periods indicated, information derived from our consolidated statements of income, expressed as a percentage of net sales for the periods presented.

   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
   
2009
   
2008
 
Sales
    100.0 %     100.0 %
Cost of sales
    79.0 %     74.7 %
Gross profit
    21.0 %     25.3 %
                 
Operating expenses:
               
Salaries and commissions
    8.4 %     6.8 %
Other operating expenses
    7.0 %     5.6 %
Depreciation and amortization
    0.2 %     0.1 %
                 
Total operating expenses
    15.6 %     12.5 %
                 
Operating income
    5.3 %     12.8 %
Interest expense
    0.2 %     0.6 %
                 
Income before income taxes
    5.1 %     12.2 %
Income tax provision
    2.0 %     4.7 %
                 
Net income
    3.1 %     7.5 %

Note:   Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to total operating expenses, operating income, income before taxes or net income.


Comparison of the Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 and 2008

Sales

   
Three Months Ended
 
   
March 31,
 
(Dollars in millions)
 
2009
   
2008
   
Change
 
Sales
 
$
65.8
   
$
89.4
   
$
(23.6
)
   
(26.4)
%

Sales in the first quarter of 2009 decreased 26.4% to $65.8 million from $89.4 million in the first quarter of 2008.  The two primary reasons for this decrease were continued reduced demand for our products due to deteriorating economic conditions and the significant reduction in the price of copper, a major component in some of our products, which fell 55.5% from the first quarter of 2008 compared to the first quarter of 2009. Sales in our core Repair and Replacement sector, also referred to as Maintenance, Repair and Operations (“MRO”), were down as a result of the challenging economy which we believe lowered overall demand and any discretionary spending and from the impact of copper deflation. Offsetting this decrease in MRO sales was the increase in sales after adjusting for copper deflation within our five internal growth initiatives encompassing Emission Controls, Engineering & Construction, Industrials, LifeGuard™ (and other private branded products) and Utility Power Generation. Sales within our growth initiatives in the first quarter of 2009 were more resilient than MRO sales in this challenging economy. These growth initiatives generally relate to long term projects that were already in progress and had been previously funded. Project bookings and backlog for our growth initiatives in 2009 increased over the prior year period as a result of our continued penetration into these markets.


Gross Profit

   
Three Months Ended
 
   
March 31,
 
(Dollars in millions)
 
2009
   
2008
   
Change
 
Gross profit
 
$
13.8
   
$
22.7
   
$
(8.9
)
   
(39.1)
%
Gross profit as a percent of sales
   
21.0
%
   
25.3
%
   
(4.3
)%
       

Gross Profit decreased 39.1% from $22.7 million in 2008 to $13.8 million in 2009. This decrease was primarily attributable to lower sales volume. Our gross profit as a percentage of sales (gross margin) was 21.0% in 2009 which was 430 basis points lower than 2008. The margin compression resulted from competitive pricing pressures due to the current economic slowdown. In addition, the severe drop in copper prices in the fourth quarter of 2008 continues to impact the profitability of certain products with heavy copper content.

Operating Expenses


 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
 
(Dollars in millions)
2009
 
2008
 
Change
 
Operating expenses:
                 
Salaries and commissions
  $ 5.5     $ 6.1     $ (0.5 )     (8.9 )%
Other operating expenses
    4.6       5.0       (0.4 )     (7.3 )%
Depreciation and amortization
    0.1       0.1       0.0       11.8 %
Total operating expenses
  $ 10.3     $ 11.2     $ (0.9 )     (7.9 )%
                                 
Operating expenses as a percent of sales
    15.6 %     12.5 %     3.1 %        


Note:  Due to rounding, numbers may not add up to total operating expenses.

The decrease in salaries and commissions was a result of lower incentive compensation due to the lower sales levels, gross margin, gross profit levels and other financial metrics used in the various incentive programs. The headcount reduction that occurred in early March will not reduce salary expense until the second quarter.

Other operating expenses in 2009 decreased primarily due to our cost control initiatives involving tighter management of discretionary expenses, and lower supplies due to decreased sales.

Depreciation and amortization expense was consistent at $0.1 million.

Operating expenses as a percent of sales increased from 12.5% in 2008 to 15.6% in 2009 due to a deleveraging of operating expenses from the reduction in sales.

Interest Expense

Interest expense decreased $0.4 million or 71.3% to $0.2 million in 2009 from $0.5 million in 2008. The decrease in interest expense is due to a lower average effective interest rate resulting from market interest rate declines and lower debt levels due to the pay down of debt using cash from operations. In addition, there were no treasury stock purchases in 2009. The average effective interest rate decreased from 5.0% in the 2008 period to 1.8% in 2009. Average debt was $28.6 million in the first quarter of 2009 down from $41.3 million in the first quarter of 2008.

Income Taxes

Income taxes decreased $2.9 million or 69.2% as our income before taxes decreased $7.6 million or 69.3%. Our effective income tax rate was relatively consistent at 38.4% in 2008 and 38.5% in 2009.

Net Income

We achieved net income of $2.1 million in 2009 compared to net income of $6.7 million in 2008, a decrease of 69.4%.


Impact of Inflation and Commodity Prices

Our results of operations are affected by changes in the inflation rate and commodity prices. Moreover, because copper and petrochemical products are components of the wire and cable we sell, fluctuations in the costs of these and other commodities have historically affected our operating results. To the extent we are unable to pass on to our customers cost increases due to inflation or rising commodity prices, it could adversely affect our operating results.  To the extent commodity prices decline, the net realizable value of our existing inventory could be reduced, and our gross profits could be adversely affected. If we turn our inventory approximately four times a year, the impact of severe fluctuations in copper prices would primarily affect the results of the succeeding calendar quarter. Average copper prices for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, December 31, 2008 and March 31, 2008 were $1.57, $1.75 and $3.53, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary capital needs are for working capital obligations, debt service, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. Our primary sources of working capital are cash from operations supplemented by bank borrowings. During 2009, we have funded our capital expenditures through cash from operations. Our working capital amounted to $92.0 million at March 31, 2009 compared to $98.1 million at December 31, 2008.

Liquidity is defined as the ability to generate adequate amounts of cash to meet the current need for cash. We assess our liquidity in terms of our ability to generate cash to fund our operating activities. Significant factors which could affect liquidity include the following:

 
the adequacy of available bank lines of credit;
 
the ability to attract long-term capital with satisfactory terms;
 
additional stock repurchases;
 
cash flows generated from operating activities;
 
payment of dividends;
 
capital expenditures; and
 
acquisitions.

Comparison of the Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 and 2008

Our net cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $8.8 million compared to $7.7 million in the prior year period. Our net income decreased by $4.7 million to $2.1 million in 2009 compared to $6.7 million in 2008. Accounts receivable decreased $9.0 million in 2009 due to lower sales volume. Inventory decreased $5.8 million primarily as a result of the reduction in cable management inventory. Cable management inventory levels fluctuate higher when we are staging and cutting inventory in preparation for shipment and lower when the product ships to the job site. The book overdraft, which is funded by our revolving credit facility as soon as the related vendor checks clear our disbursement account, decreased $4.0 million. Accounts payable decreased $2.9 million due to lower inventory purchases. Accrued and other liabilities decreased due primarily to a reduction in customer discounts payable, as they are typically paid out in the first quarter, and lower accrued wire purchases due to lower inventory purchases. These were partially offset by an increase in prepayments on cable management projects.

Net cash used in investing activities was less than $0.1 million for 2009 and $0.1 million for 2008, as requirements for additional capital resources remained low.

Net cash used in financing activities was $8.7 million in 2009 compared to $7.6 million in 2008. Net payments on the revolver of $7.2 million and dividend payments of $1.5 million were the main components of cash used in financing activities during the first quarter of 2009.

Indebtedness

Our principal source of liquidity at March 31, 2009 was working capital of $92.0 million compared to $98.1 million at December 31, 2008. We also had available borrowing capacity of approximately $50.4 million at March 31, 2009 and $45.2 million at December 31, 2008 under our $75 million loan and security agreement.

We believe that we will have adequate availability of capital to fund our present operations, meet our commitments on our existing debt, continue the stock repurchase program, continue to fund our dividend payments, and fund anticipated growth over the next twelve months, including expansion in existing and targeted market areas. We continually seek potential acquisitions and from time to time hold discussions with acquisition candidates. If suitable acquisition opportunities or working capital needs arise that would require additional financing, we believe that our financial position and earnings history provide a solid base for obtaining additional financing resources at competitive rates and terms. Additionally, based on market conditions, we may issue additional shares of common or preferred stock to raise funds.


Loan and Security Agreement

We have a loan and security agreement with a commercial bank that provides for a revolving loan through May 21, 2010. On September 28, 2007, we increased the facility to $75.0 million to fund the stock repurchase program and fund business growth.  The agreement allows for the payment of dividends, not to exceed $10 million in the aggregate in any twelve month period; and, effective January 29, 2008, the repurchase of stock, prior to December 31, 2009, in the aggregate amount of not more than $75 million.  The lender has a security interest in all of our assets, including accounts receivable and inventory. The loan bears interest at the lender’s base interest rate.  Portions of the outstanding loan may be converted to LIBOR loans in minimum amounts of $1.0 million and integral multiples of $0.1 million. Upon such conversion, interest is payable at LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 1.0% to 1.5%, depending on the Company’s debt-to-EBITDA ratio. We have entered into a series of one-month LIBOR loans, which, upon maturity, are either rolled back into the revolving loan or renewed under a new LIBOR contract.

Contractual Obligations

The following table describes our loan commitment at March 31, 2009:

   
Total
   
Less than
1 year
   
1-3 years
   
3-5 years
   
More than
5 years
 
   
(In thousands)
Term loans and loans payable
 
$
22,567
   
$
   
$
22,567
   
$
   
$
 

There were no new material changes in operating lease obligations or non-cancellable purchase obligations since December 31, 2008.

Cautionary Statement for Purposes of the “Safe Harbor”

Forward-looking statements in this report are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements may relate to, but are not limited to, information or assumptions about our sales and marketing strategy, sales (including pricing), income, operating income or gross margin improvements, working capital, cash flow, interest rates, impact of changes in accounting standards, future economic performance, management’s plans, goals and objectives for future operations, performance and growth or the assumptions relating to any of the forward-looking statements.  These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts.  They use words such as “aim”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “plan”, “project”, “should”, “will be”, “will continue”, “will likely result”, “would” and other words and terms of similar meaning in conjunction with a discussion of future operating or financial performance.  The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are not guarantees because there are inherent difficulties in predicting future results.  Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.  The factors listed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, as well as any cautionary language in this report, provide examples of risks, uncertainties and events that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations we describe in our forward-looking statements.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

There were no material changes to our market risk as set forth in Items 7A and 7 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.

Ite m 4. Controls and Procedures

As of March 31, 2009, an evaluation was performed by the Company’s management, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s chief executive officer and chief financial officer, of the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures.  Based on that evaluation, the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.  There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2009 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.


Part II. Other Information
 
Item 1 – Not applicable and has been omitted.

Item 1A.  Risk Factors

There have been no material changes in our risk factors from those disclosed in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.


Item 2.  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

The following table provides information about our purchases of common stock for the three months ended March 31, 2009 pursuant to the Company’s stock repurchase program.

Period
 
Total number of shares purchased
   
Average price paid per share
   
Total number of shares purchased as part of publicly announced plans or programs (1)
   
Maximum dollar value that may yet be used for purchases under the plan
 
January 1 – 31, 2009
   
   
$
     
   
$
19,385,303
 
February 1 – 28, 2009
   
     
     
     
19,385,303
 
March 1 – 31, 2009
   
     
     
   
$
19,385,303
 
                                 
Total
   
   
$
     
  —
         
_______
(1)
The board authorized a stock repurchase program of $30 million in August 2007. This amount was increased to $50 million in September 2007 and to $75 million effective January 2008. There were no purchases made under the Company’s stock repurchase program in the first quarter of 2009.


Items 3 – 5 are not applicable and have been omitted.


Item 6.  Exhibits

(a) Exhibits required by Item 601 of Regulation S-K.

Exhibit Number
 
Document Description
     
31.1
 
Certification by Charles A. Sorrentino pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
31.2
 
Certification by Nicol G. Graham pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
32.1
 
Certification by Charles A. Sorrentino and Nicol G. Graham pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.


Signature

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


Date:  May 11, 2009
HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY
   
 
BY:   /s/ Nicol   G.   Graham
 
Nicol G. Graham, Chief Financial Officer


EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit Number
 
Document Description
     
 
Certification by Charles A. Sorrentino pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
 
Certification by Nicol G. Graham pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
 
Certification by Charles A. Sorrentino and Nicol G. Graham pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
 
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Exhibit 31.1

Certification of CEO Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

I, Charles A. Sorrentino, Chief Executive Officer of Houston Wire & Cable Company, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2009 of Houston Wire & Cable Company;
   
2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
   
3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
   
4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
   
 
(a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
     
 
(b)
Designed such internal controls over financial reporting, or caused such internal controls over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
     
 
(c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
     
 
(d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
     
5.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
   
 
(a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
     
 
(b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

/s/ Charles A. Sorrentino
 
Charles A. Sorrentino
 
Chief Executive Officer




Exhibit 31.2

Certification of CFO Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

I, Nicol G. Graham, Chief Financial Officer of Houston Wire & Cable Company, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2009 of Houston Wire & Cable Company;
   
2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
   
3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
   
4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f))for the registrant and have:
   
 
(a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
     
 
(b)
Designed such internal controls over financial reporting, or caused such internal controls over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
     
 
(c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
     
 
(d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
     
5.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
   
 
(a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
     
 
(b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date:   May 11, 2009
/s/ Nicol G. Graham
 
Nicol G. Graham
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
 


Exhibit 32.1

Certifications of CEO and CFO Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350,
as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Houston Wire & Cable Company (the “Corporation”) for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2009 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), Charles A. Sorrentino, as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, and Nicol G. Graham, as Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation, each hereby certifies, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. section 1350, as adopted pursuant to section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, to the best of his knowledge, that:

(1)
The Report fully complies with the requirements of section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

(2)
The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Corporation.

Date:   May 11, 2009
 
/s/ Charles A. Sorrentino
   
Charles A. Sorrentino
   
Chief Executive Officer
     
     
Date:   May 11, 2009
 
/s/ Nicol G. Graham
   
Nicol G. Graham
   
Chief Financial Officer


This certification accompanies the Report pursuant to section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and shall not be deemed filed by Houston Wire & Cable Company for purposes of section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.