Houston Wire & Cable Company
Houston Wire & Cable CO (Form: 10-Q, Received: 08/07/2014 12:00:55)

 

  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 June 30, 2014

 

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

 

 (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)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days   YES  x        NO ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  YES x       NO ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company.  See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act

 

Large Accelerated Filer    ¨ Accelerated Filer    x Non-Accelerated Filer    ¨ Smaller Reporting Company     ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act)    YES ¨      NO x

 

At August 1, 2014 there were 17,635,366 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 June 30, 2014

 

INDEX

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
     
Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited) 2
  Consolidated Balance Sheets 2
  Consolidated Statements of Income 3
  Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 4
  Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 5
     
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 7
  Overview 7
  Cautionary Statement for Purposes of the “Safe Harbor ” 7
  Results of Operations 8
  Impact of Inflation and Commodity Prices 10
  Liquidity and Capital Resources 11
  Contractual Obligations 12
     
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 12
     
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 12
     
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION  
     
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 12
Item 1A. Risk Factors 12
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 12
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities 12
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 13
Item 5. Other Information 13
Item 6. Exhibits 13
   
Signature Page 14

 

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HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share data)

 

    June 30,     December 31,  
    2014     2013  
    (unaudited)        
Assets                
Current assets:                
Accounts receivable, net   $ 63,954     $ 60,408  
Inventories, net     87,368       96,107  
Deferred income taxes     2,784       2,591  
Income taxes     696       420  
Prepaids     1,432       762  
Total current assets     156,234       160,288  
                 
Property and equipment, net     8,280       7,974  
Intangible assets, net     9,367       10,234  
Goodwill     17,520       17,520  
Other assets     172       159  
Total assets   $ 191,573     $ 196,175  
                 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity                
Current liabilities:                
Book overdraft   $ 2,418     $ 4,594  
Trade accounts payable     11,630       13,637  
Accrued and other current liabilities     13,004       18,772  
Total current liabilities     27,052       37,003  
                 
Debt     53,161       47,952  
Other long term obligations     96       97  
Deferred income taxes     303       429  
Total liabilities     80,612       85,481  
                 
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: 17,679,771 and 17,954,032 outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively     21       21  
Additional paid-in-capital     55,563       55,642  
Retained earnings     108,267       104,607  
Treasury stock     (52,890 )     (49,576 )
Total stockholders' equity     110,961       110,694  
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 191,573     $ 196,175  

 

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

 

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HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
                         
Sales   $ 103,461     $ 99,332     $ 203,760     $ 193,636  
Cost of sales     81,022       77,607       159,617       150,532  
Gross profit     22,439       21,725       44,143       43,104  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
Salaries and commissions     8,061       7,785       16,184       15,752  
Other operating expenses     6,728       6,315       13,220       12,596  
Depreciation and amortization     762       758       1,503       1,503  
Total operating expenses     15,551       14,858       30,907       29,851  
                                 
Operating income     6,888       6,867       13,236       13,253  
Interest expense     345       252       613       525  
Income before income taxes     6,543       6,615       12,623       12,728  
Income taxes     2,512       2,562       4,847       4,813  
Net income   $ 4,031     $ 4,053     $ 7,776     $ 7,915  
                                 
Earnings per share:                                
Basic   $ 0.23     $ 0.23     $ 0.44     $ 0.45  
Diluted   $ 0.23     $ 0.23     $ 0.44     $ 0.44  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                                
Basic     17,647,936       17,800,056       17,748,863       17,776,500  
Diluted     17,713,021       17,898,911       17,821,479       17,872,307  
                                 
Dividend declared per share   $ 0.12     $ 0.11     $ 0.23     $ 0.20  

 

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

 

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HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

    Six Months
Ended June 30,
 
    2014     2013  
             
Operating activities                
Net income   $ 7,776     $ 7,915  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     1,503       1,503  
Amortization of unearned stock compensation     450       433  
Provision for inventory obsolescence     704       226  
Deferred income taxes     (319 )     (183 )
Other non-cash items     89       (15 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (3,626 )     1,399  
Inventories     8,035       604  
Book overdraft     (2,176 )     6,529  
Trade accounts payable     (2,007 )     (175 )
Accrued and other current liabilities     (5,880 )     (1,783 )
Income taxes     (289 )     (661 )
Other operating activities     (693 )     (433 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     3,567       15,359  
                 
Investing activities                
Expenditures for property and equipment     (942 )     (600 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (942 )     (600 )
                 
Financing activities                
Borrowings on revolver     204,327       192,540  
Payments on revolver     (199,118 )     (204,479 )
Payment of dividends     (4,077 )     (3,552 )
Purchase of treasury stock     (3,852 )     (6 )
Other financing activities     95       464  
Net cash used in financing activities     (2,625 )     (15,033 )
                 
Net change in cash           (274 )
Cash at beginning of period           274  
                 
Cash at end of period   $     $  

 

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

 

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HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share data)

 

1. Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation

 

Houston Wire & Cable Company (the “Company”), through its wholly owned subsidiaries, HWC Wire & Cable Company, Advantage Wire & Cable and Cable Management Services Inc., provides wire and cable, hardware and related services to the U.S. market through twenty-three locations in fourteen states throughout the United States. The Company has no other business activity.

 

The consolidated financial statements as of June 30, 2014 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 have been prepared following accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“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 adjustments, 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. All significant inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated. The Company has evaluated subsequent events through the time these financial statements in this Form 10-Q were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

 

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 inventory obsolescence reserve, the reserve for returns and allowances, vendor rebates and asset impairments. Actual results could differ materially from the estimates and assumptions used for the preparation of the financial statements.

 

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the SEC.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (Topic 606), which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in ASC Topic 605, “Revenue Recognition,” and most industry-specific guidance. This ASU is based on the principle that revenue is recognized to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The ASU also requires additional disclosure about the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from customer contracts, including significant judgments and changes in judgments, and assets recognized from costs incurred to obtain or fulfill a contract. The amendments in the ASU must be applied using one of two retrospective methods and are effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Early adoption is not permitted. The Company is still evaluating the impact of this ASU.

 

2. Earnings per Share

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share include the dilutive effects of stock options and unvested restricted stock awards and units.

 

The following reconciles the denominator used in the calculation of diluted earnings per share:

 

    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Denominator:                                
Weighted average common shares for basic earnings per share     17,647,936       17,800,056       17,748,863       17,776,500  
Effect of dilutive securities     65,085       98,855       72,616       95,807  
Weighted average common shares for diluted earnings per share     17,713,021       17,898,911       17,821,479       17,872,307  

 

The weighted average common shares for diluted earnings per share exclude stock options to purchase 521,747 and 497,045 shares for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and 484,949 and 549,525 shares for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. These options have been excluded from the calculation, as including them would have an anti-dilutive effect on earnings per share for the respective periods.

 

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3. Goodwill

 

Goodwill represents the excess of the amount paid to acquire businesses over the estimated fair value of tangible assets and identifiable intangible assets acquired, less liabilities assumed. At June 30, 2014 the Company’s goodwill balance was $17,520, representing 9.2% of total assets.

 

4. Debt

 

On September 30, 2011, HWC Wire & Cable Company, as borrower, entered into the Third Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement (“2011 Loan Agreement”), with certain lenders and Bank of America, N.A., as agent, and the Company, as guarantor, executed a Second Amended and Restated Guaranty of the borrower’s obligations thereunder. The 2011 Loan Agreement provides for a $100 million revolving credit facility, bears interest at the agent’s base rate, with a London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) option and expires on September 30, 2016. The 2011 Loan Agreement is secured by a lien on substantially all the property of the Company, other than real estate. Availability under the 2011 Loan Agreement is limited to a borrowing base equal to 85% of the value of eligible accounts receivable, plus 65% of the value of eligible inventory, less certain reserves.

 

Portions of the loan may be converted to LIBOR loans in minimum amounts of $1,000 and integral multiples of $100. LIBOR loans bear interest at the British Bankers Association LIBOR Rate plus 125 to 200 basis points based on availability, and loans not converted to LIBOR loans bear interest at a fluctuating rate equal to the greatest of the agent’s prime rate, the federal funds rate plus 50 basis points, or 30-day LIBOR plus 150 basis points. Unused commitment fees are 25 or 30 basis points, depending on the amount of the unused commitment. 

 

The 2011 Loan Agreement includes, among other things, covenants that require the Company to maintain a specified minimum fixed charge coverage ratio and availability levels. Additionally, the 2011 Loan Agreement allows for the unlimited payment of dividends and repurchases of stock, subject to the absence of events of default and maintenance of a fixed charge coverage ratio and minimum level of availability. The 2011 Loan Agreement contains certain provisions that may cause the debt to be classified as a current liability, in accordance with GAAP, if availability falls below certain thresholds, even though the ultimate maturity date under the loan agreement remains as September 30, 2016. Availability has remained above these thresholds. At June 30, 2014, the Company was in compliance with the financial covenants governing its indebtedness.

 

The carrying amount of long term debt approximates fair value as it bears interest at variable rates, which is a Level 2 measurement as defined in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement.

 

5.  Stockholders’ Equity

 

During the first and second quarter of 2014, the Board of Directors approved quarterly dividends of $0.11 per share and $0.12 per share, respectively, payable to stockholders. Dividends paid were $4,077 and $3,552 during the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

6. Stock Based Compensation

 

Stock Option Awards

 

There were no stock options granted during the first six months of 2014.

 

 Restricted Stock Awards and Restricted Stock Units

 

Following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 6, 2014, the Company awarded restricted stock units with a value of $50 to each non-employee director who was elected or re-elected, for an aggregate of 25,422 restricted stock units. Each award of restricted stock units vests at the date of the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Each non-employee director is entitled to receive a number of shares of the Company's common stock equal to the number of vested restricted stock units, together with dividend equivalents from the date of grant, at such time as the director’s service on the board terminates for any reason.

 

Total stock-based compensation cost was $237 and $188 for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively and $450 and $433 for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and is included in salaries and commissions.

 

7. Commitments and Contingencies

 

As part of an acquisition made in 2010, the Company assumed the liability for the post-remediation monitoring of the water quality at one of the acquired facilities in Louisiana. The expected liability of $96 at June 30, 2014 relates to the cost of the monitoring, which the Company estimates will be incurred over approximately the next 4 years, and also the cost to plug the wells. Remediation work was completed prior to the acquisition in accordance with the requirements of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

 

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The Company, along with many other defendants, has been named in a number of lawsuits in the state courts of Illinois, 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 the Company, in fact, distributed the wire and cable alleged to have caused any injuries.  The Company maintains general liability insurance that, to date, has covered the defense of and all costs associated with these claims. In addition, the Company did not manufacture any of the wire and cable at issue, and the Company would rely on any warranties from the manufacturers of such cable if it were determined that any of the wire or cable that the Company 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 the Company believes it could enforce if its insurance coverage proves inadequate.

 

 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.

 

  8. Subsequent Events

 

On August 5, 2014, the Board of Directors approved a dividend on the shares of common stock of the Company in the amount of $0.12 per share, payable on August 29, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 17, 2014.

   

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, 2013.

 

Overview

 

We are one of the largest distributors of wire and cable and related services to the U.S. market. We provide our customers with a single-source solution for wire and cable, hardware and related services by offering a large selection of in-stock items, exceptional customer service and high levels of product expertise.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of our consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, revenue and expenses. On an on-going basis, we make and evaluate estimates and judgments, including those related to the allowance for doubtful accounts, the reserve for returns and allowances, the inventory reserve, intangible assets, vendor rebates and goodwill. We base our estimates on historical experience and various other assumptions that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances; the results of which form the basis for making judgments about amounts and timing of revenue and expenses, the carrying values of assets and the recorded amounts of liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates and such estimates may change if the underlying conditions or assumptions change. We have discussed the development and selection of critical accounting policies and estimates with the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors, and the Audit Committee has reviewed our related disclosures. The critical accounting policies related to the estimates and judgments are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 under Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. There have been no changes to our critical accounting policies and estimates during the six months ended June 30, 2014. 

 

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, 2013, 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.

 

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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     Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
                         
Sales     100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %
Cost of sales     78.3 %     78.1 %     78.3 %     77.7 %
Gross profit     21.7 %     21.9 %     21.7 %     22.3 %
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
Salaries and commissions     7.8 %     7.8 %     7.9 %     8.1 %
Other operating expenses     6.5 %     6.4 %     6.5 %     6.5 %
Depreciation and amortization     0.7 %     0.8 %     0.7 %     0.8 %
Total operating expenses:     15.0 %     15.0 %     15.2 %     15.4 %
                                 
Operating income     6.7 %     6.9 %     6.5 %     6.8 %
Interest expense     0.3 %     0.3 %     0.3 %     0.3 %
                                 
Income before income taxes     6.3 %     6.7 %     6.2 %     6.6 %
Income taxes     2.4 %     2.6 %     2.4 %     2.5 %
                                 
Net income     3.9 %     4.1 %     3.8 %     4.1 %

 

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

 

Comparison of the Three Months Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013

 

Sales

 

    Three Months Ended  
    June 30,  
(Dollars in millions)   2014     2013     Change  
Sales   $ 103.5     $ 99.3     $ 4.1       4.2 %

 

Our sales for the second quarter increased 4.2% to $103.5 million in 2014 from $99.3 million in 2013. These results reflect continued improved regional performances, including contributions from some regions that under-performed in 2013. We estimate that, when adjusted for the fluctuation in metal prices, sales for 2014 were up 7% compared to 2013. Our project business, which includes our key growth initiatives encompassing Environmental Compliance, Engineering & Construction, Industrials, Utility Power Generation, and Mechanical increased 8%, or approximately 11% on a metals adjusted basis, over 2013. Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (“MRO”) grew 2%, or approximately 5% on a metals adjusted basis over 2013.

 

Gross Profit

 

    Three Months Ended  
    June 30,  
(Dollars in millions)   2014     2013     Change  
Gross profit   $ 22.4     $ 21.7     $ 0.7       3.3 %
Gross margin     21.7 %     21.9 %     (0.2 )%        

 

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Gross profit increased 3.3% to $22.4 million in 2014 from $21.7 million in 2013. The increase in gross profit was primarily attributed to the higher sales in 2014. Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of sales) decreased to 21.7% in 2014 from 21.9% in 2013. This decrease was primarily due to an increase in the inventory reserve and lower vendor rebates partially offset by a slight increase in the gross margin on our products. 

 

Operating Expenses

 

    Three Months Ended  
    June 30,  
(Dollars in millions)   2014     2013     Change  
Operating expenses:                                
Salaries and commissions   $ 8.1     $ 7.8     $ 0.3       3.5 %
Other operating expenses     6.7       6.3       0.4       6.5 %
Depreciation and amortization     0.8       0.8       0.0       0.5 %
Total operating expenses   $ 15.6     $ 14.9     $ 0.7       4.7 %
                                 
Operating expenses as a percent of sales     15.0 %     15.0 %     0.0 %        

 

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

 

Salaries and commissions increased $0.3 million primarily due to higher operations salary expense.

 

Other operating expenses increased $0.4 million primarily due to the addition of three new operating locations and higher property taxes in 2014.

 

Depreciation and amortization remained consistent between the periods.

 

Operating expenses as a percentage of sales remained consistent between the periods.

 

Interest Expense

 

Interest expense increased $0.1 million or 36.9% due to higher average debt levels. Average debt was $61.2 million in 2014 compared to $46.1 million in 2013. The average effective interest rate remained unchanged between the periods at 2.1%.

 

Income Taxes

 

Income tax expense decreased $0.1 million in 2014 compared to 2013. The effective income tax rate decreased to 38.4% in 2014 from 38.7% in 2013 due to a higher state tax rate in 2013.

 

 Net Income

 

 We achieved net income of $4.0 million in 2014 compared to $4.1 million in 2013, a decrease of 0.5%.

   

Comparison of the Six Months Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013

 

Sales

 

    Six Months Ended  
    June 30,  
(Dollars in millions)   2014     2013     Change  
Sales   $ 203.8     $ 193.6     $ 10.1       5.2 %

 

Sales in the six month period ended June 30, 2014 increased 5.2% to $203.8 million from $193.6 million in the comparable 2013 period. We estimate sales increased approximately 7% when adjusted for metals price fluctuations. Sales in our core MRO sector were up 2% or 4% on a metals adjusted basis, as business conditions improved in select geographies. Our project business which includes our key growth initiatives encompassing Environmental Compliance, Engineering & Construction, Industrials, Utility Power Generation and Mechanical, were up approximately 12% compared to the sluggish first six months of 2013. When adjusted for metals price fluctuation, we estimate our project sales were up 14% through the first six months of the year.

 

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Gross Profit

 

    Six Months Ended  
    June 30,  
(Dollars in millions)   2014     2013     Change  
Gross profit   $ 44.1     $ 43.1     $ 1.0       2.4 %
Gross margin     21.7 %     22.3 %     (0.6 )%        

 

Gross profit increased 2.4% to $44.1 million in 2014 from $43.1 million in 2013. The increase in gross profit was attributed to the increase in sales. Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of sales) decreased to 21.7% in 2014 from 22.3% in 2013. This decrease is primarily attributed to an increase the inventory reserve, lower vendor rebates and higher freight costs.

 

Operating Expenses

 

    Six Months Ended  
    June 30,  
(Dollars in millions)   2014     2013     Change  
Operating expenses:                                
Salaries and commissions   $ 16.2     $ 15.8     $ 0.4       2.7 %
Other operating expenses     13.2       12.6       0.6       5.0 %
Depreciation and amortization     1.5       1.5       0.0       0.0 %
Total operating expenses   $ 30.9     $ 29.9     $ 1.1       3.5 %
                                 
Operating expenses as a percent of sales     15.2 %     15.4 %     (0.2 )%        

 

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

 

Salaries and commissions increased primarily due to higher operations salary expense.

 

Other operating expenses increased $0.6 million or 5.0% primarily due to three new operating locations and professional fees.

 

Depreciation and amortization remained consistent between periods.

 

Operating expenses as a percentage of sales decreased to 15.2% in 2014 from 15.4% in 2013 due to the operating leverage from higher sales.

 

Interest Expense

 

Interest expense increased 16.8% to $0.6 million in 2014 from $0.5 million in 2013 due to higher average debt levels. Average debt was $58.1 million in 2014 compared to $49.7 million in 2013. The average effective interest rate remained consistent between periods at 2.0%.

 

Income Taxes

 

Income tax expense remained consistent at $4.8 million between 2014 and 2013. The effective income tax rate increased to 38.4% in 2014 from 37.8% in 2013 due to a $0.2 million adjustment for an over accrual of state income taxes from a prior period that was recorded in 2013.

 

 Net Income

 

We achieved net income of $7.8 million in 2014 compared to $7.9 million in 2013, a decrease of 1.8%.

 

Impact of Inflation and Commodity Prices

 

Our results of operations are affected by changes in the inflation rate and commodity prices. Moreover, because copper, petrochemical, aluminum and steel products are components of the wire and cable and related hardware we sell, fluctuations in the costs of these and other commodities have historically affected our operating results. To the extent commodity prices decline, the net realizable value of our existing inventory could also decline, and our gross profit could be adversely affected because of either reduced selling prices or lower of cost or market adjustments in the carrying value of our inventory. If we turn our inventory approximately four times a year, the impact of changes in commodity prices in any particular quarter would primarily affect the results of the succeeding calendar quarter. If we are unable to pass on to our customers future cost increases due to inflation or rising commodity prices, our operating results could be adversely affected. 

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our primary capital needs are for working capital obligations, capital expenditures, dividend payments, our stock repurchase program and other general corporate purposes, including acquisitions. Our primary sources of working capital are cash from operations supplemented by bank borrowings.

 

 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;
  · cash flows generated from operating activities;
  · capital expenditures;
  · additional stock repurchases;
  · payment of dividends;
  · acquisitions; and
  · the ability to attract long-term capital with satisfactory terms

 

Comparison of the Six Months Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013

 

Our net cash provided by operating activities was $3.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $15.4 million in 2013. Our net income decreased by $0.1 million or 1.8% to $7.8 million in 2014 from $7.9 million in 2013.

 

Changes in our operating assets and liabilities resulted in cash used in operating activities of $6.6 million in the first half of 2014. Accrued and other current liabilities decreased $5.9 million due to lower accrued wire purchases and volume rebates to our customers. Accounts receivable increased $3.6 million due to higher sales. Book overdraft, which is funded by our revolving credit facility as soon as the related vendor checks clear our disbursement account, decreased $2.2 million and accounts payable decreased by $2.0 million due to lower inventory. Partially offsetting these uses of cash was an $8.0 million reduction of inventory.

 

Net cash used in investing activities was $0.9 million in 2014 compared to $0.6 million in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to the purchase of machinery and equipment used in operations and the renovation of a facility purchased in December 2013 which will be used to consolidate four existing Southwest Wire Rope locations later in 2014.

 

Net cash used in financing activities was $2.6 million in 2014 compared to $15.0 million in 2013. Net borrowings on the revolver of $5.2 million, the payment of dividends of $4.1 million and the purchase of treasury stock of $3.9 million were the main components of financing activities in 2014.

 

Indebtedness

 

Our principal source of liquidity at June 30, 2014 was working capital of $129.2 million compared to $123.3 million at December 31, 2013. We also had additional available borrowing capacity of approximately $46.8 million at June 30, 2014 and $50.7 million at December 31, 2013 under our loan agreement.

 

We believe that we will have adequate availability of capital to fund our present operations, meet our commitments on our existing debt, continue to fund our dividend payments and stock repurchase program, 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 decide to issue additional shares of common or preferred stock to raise funds.

 

Loan and Security Agreement

 

On September 30, 2011, we entered into a Third Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement (the “2011 Loan Agreement”) with certain lenders and Bank of America, N.A., as agent. The 2011 Loan Agreement provides for a $100 million revolving credit facility and expires on September 30, 2016. Availability under the 2011 Loan Agreement is limited to a borrowing base equal to 85% of the value of eligible accounts receivable, plus 65% of the value of eligible inventory, less certain reserves. The 2011 Loan Agreement is secured by a lien on substantially all our property, other than real estate.

 

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Portions of the loan under the 2011 Loan Agreement may be converted to LIBOR loans in minimum amounts of $1.0 million and integral multiples of $0.1 million. LIBOR loans bear interest at the British Bankers Association LIBOR Rate plus 125 to 200 basis points based on availability, and loans not converted to LIBOR loans bear interest at a fluctuating rate equal to the greatest of the agent’s prime rate, the federal funds rate plus 50 basis points, or 30-day LIBOR plus 150 basis points. Additionally, we are obligated to pay an unused facility fee on the unused portion of the loan commitment. Unused commitment fees are 25 or 30 basis points, depending on the amount of the unused commitment.

 

Covenants in the 2011 Loan Agreement require us to maintain certain minimum financial ratios and availability levels. Repaid amounts can be re-borrowed subject to the borrowing base. As of June 30, 2014, we were in compliance with all financial covenants.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

The following table summarizes our loan commitment at June 30, 2014:

In thousands   Total     Less than
1 year
    1-3 years     3-5 years     More
than
5 years
 
                                         
Total debt   $ 53,161     $     $ 53,161     $     $  

 

There were no material changes in operating lease obligations or non-cancellable purchase obligations since December 31, 2013.

 

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, 2013.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

As of June 30, 2014, 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 June 30, 2014 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 were no material changes in the risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

 

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 June 30, 2014 pursuant to the Company’s stock repurchase program. The program has no expiration date.

  Period   Total number
of shares
purchased (1)
    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 (1)

 
April 1 – 30, 2014     141,932     $ 12.69       141,932     $ 22,346,443  
May 1 – 31, 2014     60,951       12.06       60,951       21,611,379  
June 1 – 30, 2014     40,400       12.06       40,400       21,124,291  
Total     243,283     $ 12.43       243,283          

 

(1) The board authorized a stock repurchase program of $25 million in March 2014.

 

Item 3 – Not applicable and has been omitted.

 

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Item 4 – Not applicable and has been omitted.

 

Item 5 – Not applicable and has been omitted.

 

Item 6.  Exhibits

 

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

 

Exhibit
Number
  Document Description
     
31.1   Certification by James L. Pokluda III 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 James L. Pokluda III 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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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:  August 7, 2014 HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY
   
  BY:   /s/ Nicol G. Graham
  Nicol G. Graham, Chief Financial Officer

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
Number
  Document Description
     
31.1   Certification by James L. Pokluda III 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 James L. Pokluda III 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, James L. Pokluda III, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2014 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:   August 7, 2014 /s/ James L. Pokluda III
  James L. Pokluda III
  Chief Executive Officer

 

 

  

 

Exhibit 31.2

 

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

 

I, Nicol G. Graham, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2014 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:   August 7, 2014 /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 June 30, 2014 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), James L. Pokluda III, 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:   August 7, 2014 /s/ James L. Pokluda III
  James L. Pokluda III
  Chief Executive Officer
   
Date:   August 7, 2014 /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.