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U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Reports Results For Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014

March 9, 2015

CARSON, Calif., March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), one of the largest online providers of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, today reported net sales for the fourth quarter ended January 3, 2015 ("Q4 2014") of $70.57 million compared with the fourth quarter ended December 28, 2013 ("Q4 2013") of $59.74 million, an increase of 18.1% from Q4 2013. Excluding the 14th week in the fiscal fourth quarter ended January 3, 2015, net sales were $66.93 million, an increase of 12.0% from Q4 2013.  Q4 2014 net loss attributable to U.S. Auto Parts was $2.41 million, or $0.07 per share, compared with Q4 2013 net loss of $1.33 million, or $0.04, per share. The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA plus share-based compensation expense, restructuring costs and inventory write-down related to the closure of the Carson Warehouse) of $1.17 million for Q4 2014 compared to $1.62 million for Q4 2013. For further information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below.

Net Sales for fiscal year 2014 were $283.51 million compared with fiscal year 2013 of $254.75 million, an increase of 11.3%.  Excluding the 53rd week, net sales for the fiscal year 2014 were $279.87 million, an increase of 9.9%.  Net loss U.S. Auto Parts for fiscal year 2014 was $6.88 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to a net loss of $15.63 million or $0.48 per share for fiscal year 2013.  The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $7.90 million in fiscal year 2014 compared to $6.00 million in fiscal year 2013 or a 31.7% improvement.

"We are pleased with our third consecutive quarter of double digit revenue growth and double digit growth for the entire year." - stated, Shane Evangelist, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Auto Parts.

Q4 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Net sales increased to $70.57 million for Q4 2014 compared to $59.74 million for Q4 2013. Our Q4 2014 net sales consisted of online sales, representing 90.6% of the total (compared to 89.3% in Q4 2013), and offline sales, representing 9.4% of the total (compared to 10.7% in Q4 2013). The net sales increase was primarily due to an increase of $10.56 million, or 19.8%, in online sales. The sales channels growth is the result of a $6.80 million, or 16.5%, increase in our e-commerce sales channels and a $3.69 million, or 31.1%, increase in our online marketplaces. The $6.80 million increase in our e-commerce sales channels was driven by an 9.9% increase in conversion and a 2.8% increase in average order value. The $3.69 million increase in our online marketplaces was driven by a 25.5% increase in orders and a 4.6% increase in average order value.
  • Gross profit increased by $1.44 million, or 8.2%, in Q4 2014 compared to Q4 2013. Gross margin rate decreased 2.5% to 26.8% in Q4 2014 compared to 29.3% in Q4 2013. Excluding the inventory write-down related to the Carson Warehouse closure, gross margin was 27.5% or down 1.8% from last year. The 1.8% decrease was primarily due to our competitive pricing strategies of our private label and branded products which drove our double digit sales growth in the quarter.
  • Marketing expense was $10.65 million in Q4 2014, up from $9.28 million in Q4 2013. However, marketing expense in Q4 2014 decreased as a percentage of net sales to 15.1% from 15.5% in Q4 2013. Online advertising expense, which includes catalog costs, was $4.62 million, or 7.2%, of online sales for Q4 2014, compared to $3.71 million, or 7.0%, of online sales for Q4 2013. The increase in online spend of 24.5% for Q4 2014 compared to Q4 2013 was due to greater spend across commercial and search engine websites which resulted in higher sales. Marketing expense, excluding online advertising, was $6.03 million, or 8.5%, of net sales for Q4 2014, compared to $5.57 million, or 9.3%, of net sales for Q4 2013.
  • General and administrative expense was $4.17 million in Q4 2014, up from $3.94 million in Q4 2013. However, general and administrative expense decreased as a percent of net sales to 5.9% in Q4 2014, from 6.6%, of net sales in Q4 2013.
  • Fulfillment expense was $5.02 million, or 7.1%, of net sales in Q4 2014 compared to $4.11 million, or 6.9%, of net sales in Q4 2013. The increase of $0.91 million was primarily due to increased variable wages related to a higher volume of inventory receipts as the Company built-up inventory levels to accommodate continued revenue growth.
  • Technology expense was flat in Q4 2014 compared to Q4 2013. Technology expense was $1.22 million, or 1.7%, of net sales in Q4 2014, compared to $1.09 million, or 1.8%, of net sales in Q4 2013.
  • Capital expenditures for Q4 2014 were $1.26 million compared with $1.65 million in Q4 2013.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $7.72 million and total debt under our revolver was $11.02 million as of January 3, 2015 compared to $0.87 million and $6.77 million, respectively, as of December 28, 2013.

 

Q4 2014 Operating Metrics








Q4 2014


Q4 2013


Q3 2014

Conversion Rate 1

1.67

%


1.52

%


1.67

%

Customer Acquisition Cost 1

$

7.46



$

7.02



$

7.14


Online Advertising Spend (% Online Sales) 1

7.2

%


7.0

%


7.2

%

Unique Visitors (millions) 1

29.3



28.8



29.4


Number of Orders - E-commerce only (thousands)

490



436



491


Number of Orders - Online Marketplace (thousands)

251



200



243


Total Number of Internet Orders (thousands)

741



636



734


Revenue Capture (% Sales) 2

85.6

%


84.9

%


83.9

%

Average Order Value - E-commerce only

$

112



$

109



$

113


Average Order Value - Online Marketplace

$

68



$

65



$

65


Average Order Value - Total Internet Orders

$

97



$

95



$

97




1

Excludes online marketplaces and media properties (e.g. AutoMD).

2

Revenue capture is the amount of actual dollars retained after taking into consideration returns, credit card declines and product fulfillment and excludes online marketplaces and media properties (e.g. AutoMD).

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," and other provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, define and prescribe the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. We provide "Adjusted EBITDA," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income before (a) interest expense, net; (b) income tax provision; (c) depreciation and amortization expense; (d) amortization of intangible assets; (e) share-based compensation expense; (f) restructuring costs; and (g) inventory write-down related to Carson warehouse closure.

The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors. This non-GAAP financial measure reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's business and results of operations.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of the Company's operating performance because it assists in comparing the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of items not directly resulting from core operations. Internally, this non-GAAP measure is also used by management for planning purposes, including the preparation of internal budgets; for allocating resources to enhance financial performance; for evaluating the effectiveness of operational strategies; and for evaluating the Company's capacity to fund capital expenditures and expand its business. The Company also believes that analysts and investors use Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies in our industry. Additionally, lenders or potential lenders use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the Company's ability to repay loans.

This non-GAAP financial measure is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review the Company's consolidated financial statements in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. In addition, the Company expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from the Company's non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

The table below reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented (in thousands):


Fourteen Weeks Ended


Thirteen Weeks Ended


Fiscal Year Ended


January 3, 2015


December 28, 2013


January 3, 2015


December 28, 2013

Consolidated












Net loss

$

(2,613)



$

(1,325)



$

(7,086)



$

(15,634)


Interest expense

317



276



1,101



972


Income tax provision

70



(48)



138



43


Amortization of intangibles

106



82



422



381


Depreciation and amortization

2,090



2,439



8,923



12,175


EBITDA

(30)



1,424



3,498



(2,063)


Share-based compensation

680



198



2,371



1,263


Impairment loss on property and equipment







4,832


Impairment loss on intangible assets







1,245


Inventory write-down related to Carson closure

419





897




Restructuring costs

102





1,137



723


Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,171



$

1,622



$

7,903



$

6,000


 

Conference Call
The conference call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm Pacific Time (5:00 pm Eastern Time) on Monday, March 9, 2015. Participants may access the call by dialing 877-407-9039 (domestic) or 201-689-8470 (international). In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.usautoparts.net where the call will be archived for two weeks. A telephone replay will be available through March 23, 2015. To access the replay, please dial 877-870-5176 (domestic) or 858-384-5517 (international), passcode 13601276.

About U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.
Established in 1995, U.S. Auto Parts is a leading online provider of automotive aftermarket parts, including body parts, engine parts, performance parts and accessories. Through the Company's network of websites, U.S. Auto Parts provides individual consumers with a broad selection of competitively priced products that are mapped by a proprietary product database to product applications based on vehicle makes, models and years. U.S. Auto Parts' flagship websites are located at www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com, and www.AutoMD.com and the Company's corporate website is located at www.usautoparts.net.

U.S. Auto Parts is headquartered in Carson, California.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains statements which are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business and its industry, as well as certain assumptions made by the Company. These statements are forward looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Words such as "anticipates," "could," "expects," "intends," "plans," "potential," "believes," "predicts," "projects," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "would," "will likely continue" and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's expectations regarding its future operating results and financial condition, and our potential growth. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.

Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to integrate and achieve efficiencies of acquisitions, economic downturn that could adversely impact retail sales; marketplace illiquidity; demand for the Company's products; increases in commodity and component pricing that would increase the Company's per unit cost and reduce margins; the competitive and volatile environment in the Company's industry; the Company's ability to expand and price its product offerings, control costs and expenses, and provide superior customer service; the mix of products sold by the Company; the effect and timing of technological changes and the Company's ability to integrate such changes and maintain, update and expand its infrastructure and improve its unified product catalog; the Company's ability to improve customer satisfaction and retain, recruit and hire key executives, technical personnel and other employees in the positions and numbers, with the experience and capabilities, and at the compensation levels needed to implement the Company's business plans both domestically and internationally; the Company's cash needs, including requirements to amortize debt; regulatory restrictions that could limit the products sold in a particular market or the cost to produce, store or ship the Company's products; any changes in the search algorithms by leading Internet search companies; the Company's need to assess impairment of intangible assets and goodwill; the Company's ability to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and maintain an adequate system of internal controls; and any remediation costs or other factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the " SEC"), including the Risk Factors contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are available at www.usautoparts.net and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements in this release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 

U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, In Thousands, Except Par and Liquidation Value)








January 3,
2015

December 28,  2013

ASSETS



Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$            7,653

$            818

Short-term investments

62

47

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $41 and $213 at January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013, respectively

3,804

5,029

Inventory

48,362

36,986

Other current assets

2,669

3,234




Total current assets

62,550

46,114

Property and equipment, net

16,966

19,663

Intangible assets, net

1,707

1,601

Other non-current assets

1,684

1,804




Total assets

$         82,907

$       69,182







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Accounts payable

$          25,362

$       19,669

Accrued expenses

7,747

5,959

Revolving loan payable

11,022

6,774

Current portion of capital leases payable

269

269

Other current liabilities

3,505

3,682




Total current liabilities

47,905

36,353

Capital leases payable, net of current portion

9,270

9,502

Deferred income taxes

1,618

335

Other non-current liabilities

1,891

2,126




Total liabilities

60,684

48,316




Commitments and contingencies



Stockholders' equity:



Series A convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value; $1.45 per share liquidation value or aggregate of $6,017; 4,150 shares authorized; 4,150 shares issued and outstanding at  January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013

4

4

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 33,624 and 33,352  shares issued and outstanding at  January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013, respectively

33

33

Additional paid-in-capital

174,369

168,693

Common stock dividend distributable

-

60

Accumulated other comprehensive income

360

446

Accumulated deficit

(155,489)

(148,370)




Total stockholders' equity

19,277

20,866

Noncontrolling interest

2,946

-

Total equity

22,223

20,866

Total liabilities and equity

$          82,907

$       69,182




 

 

 U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)










Fourteen Weeks Ended

Thirteen Weeks Ended



Year Ended



   January 3,  2015



December 28,
2013



January 3
 2015



December 28
 2013

Net sales


$

70,568



$

59,735



$

283,508



$

254,753

Cost of sales(1)



51,653




42,260




205,058




180,620

















Gross profit



18,915




17,475




78,450




74,133

















Operating expenses:
















Marketing



10,652




9,248




42,008




41,045

General and administrative



4,169




3,941




16,701




17,567

Fulfillment



5,017




4,112




20,368




18,702

Technology



1,223




1,093




4,863




5,128

Amortization of intangible assets



106




82




422




381

Impairment loss on property and equipment












4,832

Impairment loss on  intangible assets












1,245

















Total operating expenses



21,167




18,512




84,362




88,900

















Loss from operations



(2,252)




(1,037)




(5,912)




(14,767)

















Other income (expense):
















Other income, net



26




(66)




65




148

Interest expense



(317)




(270)




(1,101)




(972)

















Total other expense, net



(291)




(336)




(1,036)




(824)

















Loss before income taxes



(2,543)




(1,373)




(6,948)




(15,591)

Income tax provision



70




(48)




138




43

















Net loss including noncontrolling interest



(2,613)




(1,325)




(7,086)




(15,634)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling   interest           



(207)







(207)




Net loss attributable to U.S. Auto Parts



(2,406)




(1,325)




(6,879)




(15,634)

















Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
















Foreign currency translation adjustments






24




19




55

Actuarial loss on defined benefit plan



(106)







(106)




Unrealized gains on investments






3







7

















Total other comprehensive income (loss)



(36)




27




(87)




62

















Comprehensive loss


$

(2,512)



$

(1,298)



$

(6,966)



$

(15,572)

















Basic and diluted net loss per share


$

(0.07)



$

(0.04)



$

(0.21)



$

(0.48)

















Shares used in computation of basic and diluted net loss per share



33,573




33,308




33,489




32,697

















(1)   

Excludes depreciation and amortization expense which is included in marketing, general and administrative and fulfillment expense.

 

 U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, In Thousands)




Year Ended


January 3,
2
015

December 28, 2013

Operating activities



Net loss

$          (7,086)

$        (15,634)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:



Depreciation and amortization expense

8,923

12,175

Amortization of intangible assets

422

381

Impairment loss on property and equipment

4,832

Impairment loss on intangible assets

1,245

Deferred income taxes

74

59

Share-based compensation expense

2,371

1,263

Stock awards issued for non-employee director service

31

Amortization of deferred financing costs

81

81

Gain from disposition of assets

(96)

(35)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:



Accounts receivable

1,105

2,403

Inventory

(11,412)

5,740

Other current assets

471

954

Other non-current assets

(39)

(213)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

6,992

(11,833)

Other current liabilities

(302)

(1,054)

Other non-current liabilities

(261)

472




Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

1,243

867




Investing activities



Additions to property and equipment

(5,556)

(8,325 )

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

27

47

Cash paid for intangible assets

(200)

Purchases of marketable securities and investments

(746)

(7)

Proceeds from the sale of marketable securities and investments

745

52

Purchases of company-owned life insurance

(106)




Net cash used in investing activities

(5,730)

(8,339)




Financing activities



Borrowings from revolving loan payable

19,506

19,561

Payments made on revolving loan payable

(15,258)

(29,008)

Proceeds from sale leaseback transaction

9,584

Proceeds from issuance of Series A convertible preferred stock

6,017

Payment of issuance costs from Series A convertible preferred stock

(847)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

2,235

Payment of issuance costs from common stock

(244)

Proceeds from the sale of equity in subsidiary

7,000

Payments on capital leases

(232)

(198)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

295

183

Other

(64)




Net cash provided by financing activities

11,311

7,219




Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

11

41




Net change in cash and cash equivalents

6,835

(212)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

818

1,030




Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$             7,653

$                818




Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:



Accrued asset purchases

$             1,232

$                736

Property acquired under capital lease

322

Unrealized gain on investments

7

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:



Cash received during the period for income taxes

$                  60

$                  43

Cash paid during the period for interest

1,029

884

 

 

Investor Contacts:
Mike Yoshida, Interim Chief Financial Officer
U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.
myoshida@usautoparts.com
(424) 702-1455 x592

 

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