Exhibit 99.1
 
 
Press Release


 
Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. Reports Net Sales of $22,498,456 and
A Net Loss Available to Common Shareholders of $477,553 or a Loss of $0.03 per Diluted Share for the Third Quarter Ended October 1, 2017


SARASOTA, Fla.– November 6, 2017 - Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. (OTCQB:UNIR or the “Company”) today reported its financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2017.

Overview

“Overall, this was a very tough quarter from a sales perspective. The reported decline in Net Sales is isolated to our North American operations as we continue to see gains in our European operations.  The North American operations struggled with sharply lower volume, particularly in the automotive sector as volume expectations from certain platforms were not achieved. US consumer preferences are switching to light trucks, SUVs and crossovers which are not significant drivers of our revenue. As a result, many of the US automotive manufacturers idled production lines or entire assembly plants for multiple weeks to reduce inventories. We have taken corrective action to “right size” the costs associated with the lower volumes as well as eliminate certain administrative expenses,” noted Howard R. Curd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Operating margins continue to be negatively impacted by rising raw material costs at both our US and European operations. To partially offset these increases, we recently announced price increases in several of our markets.”

Net Sales

Three Months Ended October 1, 2017

Net Sales for the third fiscal quarter were $22,498,456 versus $24,675,521 for the previous year which was a decline of 8.8%.  The effect of currency fluctuation on the quarterly revenue was minimal as the stronger Euro benefited quarterly sales and offset the small negative effect of the translated British Pound Sterling, resulting in a positive effect of $260,000 or 1.1% on Net Sales.

Global automotive sales (66% of total Net Sales) declined 9.6% versus the previous year as gains in the European operations partially offset a sharp decline in the North American operations. Volume expectations in North American platforms were either cut back or delayed.  Improved volume is not expected to be achieved until early fiscal 2018 as the industry rationalizes inventories.

Net Sales for the Industrial sector (34% of total Net Sales) declined 7.3% versus last year as North American volume slowed appreciably late in the quarter due in part to disruptions as a result of the hurricanes.  Net Sales for the European operations recorded strong single digit gains versus the previous year.

Nine Months Ended October 1, 2017

Net Sales for the nine months were $74,334,434 versus $76,976,985 recorded in the comparable prior year period which was a decline of 3.4%. The effect of currency fluctuation on Net Sales for the nine months ended October 1, 2017 contributed $1.6 million or 2.1% to the decline from the nine months ended October 2, 2016.
 


Global automotive sales declined 1.8% as compared to the prior year as sharp improvement in European operations substantially offset soft sales in the North American operations as OEM’s rationalized inventory levels.

Net Sales for the Industrial sector declined 6.7% versus the preceding year as moderate declines in sales to major off-highway equipment manufacturers were partially offset by increases in the decorative and contract furnishings markets.

Operating Income

Three Months Ended October 1, 2017

Operating Income the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $874,942 which represented a decline of 53.2% versus the $1,868,358 recorded in the comparable prior year period. The principal reasons for the decline in Operating Income was the lower sales volume which was partially offset by lower operating expenses as a result of management initiatives targeted to reduce overall expenses.  General and Administrative expenses were reduced by approximately $300,000 or 15.7% in the third quarter of this year versus the prior year.  Continued focus on expense and cost reduction initiatives should lead to further reduction in operating expenses in the fourth quarter.

Nine Months Ended October 1, 2017

Operating Income for the nine months was $4,255,124 versus $6,356,226 for the nine months of the previous year, a decline of 33.1%.  The lower overall net sales in the first nine months of this year (3.4%) lead to operating inefficiencies and lower gross profit margins versus last year.  The resultant decline in gross profit of $2,835,389 versus the nine months of last year was partially offset by lower operating expenses of $734,287 versus the prior year. The principal reason for the decline was reduced General and Administrative expenses due to lower employee benefit costs and professional fees as compared to last year as the Company continues to execute programs to reduce overall expenses.

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Shareholders

Three Months Ended October 1, 2017

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Shareholders was a loss of $477,553 for the three months ended October 1, 2017 versus net income of $578,015 for the comparable three months of the prior year.  Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share was $(0.03) versus $0.03 for the previous year.

Nine Months Ended October 1, 2017

Net Income Available to Common Shareholders for the nine months ended October 1, 2017 was $207,689 or Earnings Per Common Share of $0.01, versus $2,193,844 or $0.12 Earnings Per Common Share for the nine months of the prior year.

For further details, see the Consolidated Statements of Operations in the Company’s Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2017.  The Company will have comments on the quarter in an earnings conference call on November 7, 2017 at 9:00 am (EST).

Persons wishing to access the conference call may do so by dialing 800-289-0438 (U.S.) and 323-794-2423 (International), and using the ID # 2890610.  Howard F. Curd, President, will discuss our earnings on the call and will be available for questions. The call will also be available by logging on to www.uniroyalglobal.com and accessing the webcast link (http://public.viavid.com/player/index.php?id=127178) in the investor relations section.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning Tuesday, November 7, 2017 through February 7, 2018 by calling 844-512-2921 (US) or 412-317-6671 (International) and Pin #2890610. The webcast will be archived at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=127178 until November 7, 2018.
 


About Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.:

Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. (UNIR) is a leading manufacturer of vinyl coated fabrics that are durable, stain resistant, cost-effective alternatives to leather, cloth and other synthetic fabric coverings. Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.’s revenue in 2016 was derived 65% from the automotive industry and approximately 35% from the recreational, industrial, indoor and outdoor furnishings, hospitality and health care markets. Our primary brand names include Naugahyde®, BeautyGard®, Flameblocker™, Spirit Millennium®, Ambla®, Amblon®, Velbex®, Cirroflex®, Plastolene® and Vynide®.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should,” “planned,” “estimated” and “potential” and words of similar import, as well as all references to the future. These forward-looking statements are based on Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.’s current expectations. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by the Company are not guarantees of future performance and that a variety of factors could cause the Company´s actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the Company´s forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties which may affect the operations, performance, development and results of the Company´s business include, but are not limited to, the following: uncertainties relating to economic conditions, uncertainties relating to customer plans and commitments, the pricing and availability of equipment, materials and inventories, currency fluctuations, technological developments, performance issues with suppliers, economic growth, delays in testing of new products, the Company’s ability to successfully integrate acquired operations, the Company’s dependence on key personnel, the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property rights, the effectiveness of cost-reduction plans, rapid technology changes and the highly competitive environment in which the Company operates. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made.

Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. Corporate Contact:
 
Elizabeth Henson, 941-906-8580
 
LHenson@UniroyalGlobal.com 
 
or
 
Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. Public Relations:
 
TTC Group, Inc.
 
Vic Allgeier, 646-290-6400
 
 vic@ttcominc.com
 

 
Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
             
   
(Unaudited)
       
ASSETS
 
October 1, 2017
   
January 1, 2017
 
CURRENT ASSETS
           
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
1,751,129
   
$
1,321,586
 
Accounts receivable, net
   
15,216,420
     
14,555,463
 
Inventories, net
   
21,289,279
     
17,046,171
 
Other current assets
   
694,922
     
1,183,932
 
Related party receivable
   
56,115
     
25,456
 
Total Current Assets
   
39,007,865
     
34,132,608
 
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET
   
15,295,342
     
13,611,494
 
OTHER ASSETS
               
Intangible assets
   
3,281,461
     
3,133,564
 
Goodwill
   
1,079,175
     
1,079,175
 
Other long-term assets
   
7,023,981
     
6,665,375
 
Total Other Assets
   
11,384,617
     
10,878,114
 
TOTAL ASSETS
 
$
65,687,824
   
$
58,622,216
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
CURRENT LIABILITIES
               
Checks issued in excess of bank balance
 
$
829,573
   
$
679,494
 
Lines of credit
   
19,833,352
     
16,799,592
 
Current maturities of long-term debt
   
1,021,491
     
851,988
 
Current maturities of capital lease obligations
   
399,205
     
368,718
 
Accounts payable
   
9,628,261
     
7,331,213
 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
   
4,361,076
     
3,645,526
 
Related party obligation
   
375,029
     
371,161
 
Current portion of postretirement benefit liability - health and life
   
158,527
     
158,527
 
Total Current Liabilities
   
36,606,514
     
30,206,219
 
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
               
Long-term debt, less current portion
   
2,032,932
     
1,994,910
 
Capital lease obligations, less current portion
   
629,262
     
856,171
 
Related party lease financing obligation
   
2,155,914
     
2,162,151
 
Long-term debt to related parties
   
2,551,271
     
2,826,907
 
Postretirement benefit liability - health and life, less current portion
   
2,872,491
     
2,883,684
 
Other long-term liabilities
   
640,306
     
792,027
 
Total Long-Term Liabilities
   
10,882,176
     
11,515,850
 
Total Liabilities
   
47,488,690
     
41,722,069
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
Preferred units, Series A UEP Holdings, LLC, 200,000 units issued
      and outstanding ($100 issue price)
   
617,571
     
617,571
 
Preferred units, Series B UEP Holdings, LLC, 150,000 units issued
      and outstanding ($100 issue price)
   
463,179
     
463,179
 
Preferred stock, Uniroyal Global (Europe) Limited, 50 shares
      issued and outstanding ($1.51 stated value)
   
75
     
75
 
Common stock, 95,000,000 shares authorized ($.001 par value)
      18,698,030 and 18,727,782 shares issued and outstanding as of
     October 1, 2017 and January 1, 2017, respectively
   
18,698
     
18,728
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
34,862,739
     
34,653,894
 
Accumulated deficit
   
(16,967,125
)
   
(17,174,814
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
   
(796,003
)
   
(1,678,486
)
Total Stockholders' Equity
   
18,199,134
     
16,900,147
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
$
65,687,824
   
$
58,622,216
 
 

 
Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.
 
Consolidated Statements of Operations
 
(Unaudited)
 
                     
   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
October 1,
2017
   
October 2,
2016
   
October 1,
2017
   
October 2,
2016
 
                         
NET SALES
 
$
22,498,456
   
$
24,675,521
   
$
74,334,434
   
$
76,976,985
 
COST OF GOODS SOLD
   
18,310,782
     
19,325,342
     
59,434,030
     
59,241,192
 
Gross Profit
   
4,187,674
     
5,350,179
     
14,900,404
     
17,735,793
 
OPERATING EXPENSES:
                               
Selling
   
1,285,822
     
1,238,035
     
3,896,166
     
4,011,017
 
General and administrative
   
1,543,689
     
1,830,932
     
5,294,935
     
6,051,854
 
Research and development
   
483,221
     
412,854
     
1,454,179
     
1,316,696
 
OPERATING EXPENSES
   
3,312,732
     
3,481,821
     
10,645,280
     
11,379,567
 
Operating Income
   
874,942
     
1,868,358
     
4,255,124
     
6,356,226
 
OTHER EXPENSE:
                               
Interest and other debt related expense
   
(418,698
)
   
(394,401
)
   
(1,217,348
)
   
(1,232,814
)
Other expense
   
(115,482
)
   
(17,015
)
   
(108,607
)
   
(279,075
)
Net Other Expense
   
(534,180
)
   
(411,416
)
   
(1,325,955
)
   
(1,511,889
)
INCOME BEFORE TAX PROVISION
   
340,762
     
1,456,942
     
2,929,169
     
4,844,337
 
TAX PROVISION
   
65,170
     
156,898
     
491,099
     
484,798
 
NET INCOME
   
275,592
     
1,300,044
     
2,438,070
     
4,359,539
 
Preferred stock dividend
   
(753,145
)
   
(722,029
)
   
(2,230,381
)
   
(2,165,695
)
NET INCOME (LOSS) AVAILABLE TO
   COMMON SHAREHOLDERS
 
$
(477,553
)
 
$
578,015
   
$
207,689
   
$
2,193,844
 
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:
                               
Basic
 
$
(0.03
)
 
$
0.03
   
$
0.01
   
$
0.12
 
Diluted
 
$
(0.03
)
 
$
0.03
   
$
0.01
   
$
0.12
 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
                         
Basic
   
18,698,030
     
18,828,292
     
18,708,427
     
18,843,440
 
Diluted
   
18,698,030
     
18,893,936
     
18,794,087
     
18,909,085
 
 
 
 

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