CARSON, Calif., May 10, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRTS), a leading online provider of aftermarket auto parts and accessories, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007.
Net sales for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007 were $43.7 million, an increase of 143% from $18.0 million in the prior year period. The increase in net sales was driven by strong organic growth and from the acquisition of Partsbin, which closed in May 2006. Net profit for the first quarter of 2007 was $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share on approximately 26.6 million shares outstanding, compared to net income of $2.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share on approximately 15.4 million shares outstanding for the prior year period. Diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2007 includes $2.1 million of amortization expense related to intangibles or $0.08 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2007, which excludes share-based compensation expense related to option grants of $0.4 million, was $3.4 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $3.1 million in the prior year period. For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below.
"We experienced accelerated growth this quarter, validating the strong market demand for our product offerings," said Mehran Nia, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While we are pleased with our sequential growth in profitability and our baseline level of profitability, many opportunities for improvement still exist. We have a number of initiatives in place that we believe will help us continue to grow sales on an even more profitable basis in the future, the impact of which we expect to realize in the second half of this year."
Michael McClane, Chief Financial Officer, added, "In the first quarter, we moved into the execution phase on many important initiatives ranging from projects designed to optimize pricing, improve our conversion rates and increase efficiency in our marketing expenditures to those that will allow us to take more direct control of the critical aspects of our customer relationships. All of these initiatives are designed to help us better serve our customers and to find more ways to grow our sales and increase our profitability over time."
Q1 2007 Operating Metrics * Conversion rate - The conversion rate in the first quarter of 2007 increased to 1.2%, compared to 1.1% during the corresponding period of 2006. * Customer acquisition cost - The customer acquisition cost in the first quarter of 2007 was approximately $9 per customer, compared to approximately $10 in 2006. * Unique visitors - The number of monthly unique visitors in the first quarter of 2007 rose to 23 million, an increase of 21% compared to the first quarter of 2006 on a pro-forma basis after giving effect to the acquisition of Partsbin. * Orders - The number of orders placed through our e-commerce websites rose to approximately 268,000 orders in the first quarter of 2007 from 88,000 in the corresponding period of 2006, representing an increase of approximately 205%. * Average order value - The average order value of purchases on our websites was $124 during the first quarter of 2007, up from $120 in 2006. Q1 2007 Financial Highlights * Cash and cash equivalents was $45.6 million at March 31, 2007. * Marketing spend was $3.4 million or 8% of net sales for the first quarter of 2007 compared to $1.2 million or 7% of net sales for the prior year period. * General and administrative expense was $2.9 million or 7% of net sales for the first quarter of 2007 compared to $2.0 million or 11% of net sales in the prior year period. * Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales, including $2.1 million of amortization expense related to intangibles, was 30% for the first quarter of 2007 compared to 29% in the prior year period. * Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2007 totaled $1.1 million, including $0.4 million of internally developed software and website development costs.
Non-GAAP free cash flow for the quarter increased 73% to $5.7 million from $3.3 million for the prior year period. Net cash provided by operating activities increased 94% to $6.8 million from $3.5 million for the prior year period. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP free cash flow to cash flow generated from operating activities, see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below.
Outlook for 2007
The Company is maintaining its guidance for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007 as follows:
* Net sales are expected to be in the range of $170 million to $185 million. * Operating expenses (including depreciation and amortization of software and intangibles) as a percentage of net sales is expected to be in the range of 30% to 33%. * Diluted net income per share is expected to be in the range of $0.05 to $0.17 assuming approximately 29.3 million shares outstanding. - This includes the estimated impact of share-based compensation expense of $0.09 per diluted share. - This includes the estimated impact of depreciation and amortization of software and intangibles of approximately $0.31 per diluted share. * Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $14 million to $18 million.
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" and "free cash flow," which are non- GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income before (a) interest expense, net; (b) income tax provision (benefit); (c) amortization of intangibles; and (d) depreciation and amortization, and excludes share-based compensation expense related to the Company's grant of stock options and other equity instruments. U.S. Auto Parts defines non-GAAP free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less cash paid for purchases of fixed assets and intangibles.
The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's business and results of operations.
Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measurement of the Company's operating performance because it assists in comparisons of the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of items not directly resulting from core operations. Internally, these non-GAAP measures are also used by management for planning purposes, including the preparation of internal budgets; to allocate resources to enhance financial performance; to evaluate the effectiveness of operational strategies; and to evaluate the Company's capacity to fund capital expenditures and to expand its business. The Company also believes that analysts and investors use Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental measures to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies in our industry.
Management believes that non-GAAP free cash flow provides meaningful information about the Company's liquidity and future cash availability. Management uses this measure internally for planning purposes and resource allocations. Further, management believes that non-GAAP free cash flow provides increased consistency in financial reporting and comparability with similar companies in the Company's industry.
These non-GAAP financial measures are 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 income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented: Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands) Net income $235 $2,720 Interest expense, net 280 40 Income tax provision (benefit) 160 (156) Amortization of intangibles 2,054 4 Depreciation and amortization 243 531 EBITDA 2,972 3,139 Share-based compensation 406 4 Adjusted EBITDA $3,378 $3,143 The table below reconciles free cash flow for the periods presented: Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands) Net cash provided by operating activities $6,800 $3,527 Additions to property, equipment and intangibles (1,073) (193) Free cash flow $5,727 $3,334
The Company will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss the results today, Thursday, May 10, 2007, at 2:00 pm Pacific Time (5:00 pm Eastern Time). The conference call will be conducted by Mehran Nia, President and Chief Executive Officer, Howard Tong, Chief Operating Officer, and Michael McClane, Chief Financial Officer, and 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 until May 19, 2007. To view this press release or the financial or other statistical information required by SEC Regulation G, please visit the Investor Relations section of the U.S. Auto Parts website at investor.usautoparts.net.
About U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.
Established in 1995, U.S. Auto Parts is a leading online provider of aftermarket auto 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.partstrain.com and www.autopartswarehouse.com and the Company's corporate website is located at www.usautoparts.net.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, 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. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will" 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 financial condition, operating results, potential growth and market share. 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 demand for the Company's products; the Company's ability to expand its product offerings; the competitive environment in the Company's industry; the effect of technological changes; the transition of certain call center operations in-house; the Company's cash needs and ability to control costs; changes in general economic or market conditions; the Company's ability to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and maintain an adequate system of internal controls, and 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 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 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.
Investor Contacts: Michael McClane, Chief Financial Officer U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. email@example.com (310) 735-0085 Anne Rakunas / Laura Foster ICR, Inc. (310) 954-1100 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Media Contacts: Stephanie Sampiere / Matt Lindberg ICR, Inc. (203) 682-8200 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands) March 31, December 31, 2007 2006 ASSETS (unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $45,611 $2,381 Accounts receivable, net 3,024 2,789 Inventory, net 10,218 8,796 Deferred income taxes 934 934 Other current assets 1,691 1,149 Total current assets 61,478 16,049 Property and equipment, net 3,676 2,716 Intangible assets, net 31,308 33,362 Goodwill 14,201 14,179 Deferred income taxes 1,703 1,703 Other noncurrent assets 157 1,901 Total assets $112,523 $69,910 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $13,153 $9,091 Accrued expenses 3,341 2,912 Line of credit -- 2,000 Notes payable 1,000 10,805 Capital leases payable, current portion 63 62 Other current liabilities 1,972 2,392 Total current liabilities 19,529 27,262 Notes payable less current portion, net -- 21,922 Capital leases payable, less current portion 92 114 Total liabilities 19,621 49,298 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 11,100,000 shares authorized; none and 11,055,425 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006, respectively -- 11 Common stock, $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 29,832,927 and 15,199,672 shares issued and outstanding at March 31 2007 and December 31, 2006, respectively 30 15 Additional paid-in capital 140,948 68,906 Accumulated other comprehensive income 14 5 Accumulated deficit (48,090) (48,325) Total stockholders' equity 92,902 20,612 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $112,523 $69,910 U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (in thousands, except share and per share amounts) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2006 Net sales $43,743 $18,005 Cost of sales 30,074 10,259 Gross profit 13,669 7,746 Operating expenses: General and administrative 2,876 1,965 Marketing 5,900 1,976 Fulfillment 1,717 1,152 Technology 449 194 Amortization of intangibles 2,054 4 Total operating expenses 12,996 5,291 Income from operations 673 2,455 Other income (expense): Loss from disposition of assets -- (5) Other income 2 154 Interest expense, net (280) (40) Other income (expense), net (278) 109 Income before income taxes 395 2,564 Income tax provision (benefit) 160 (156) Net income $235 $2,720 Basic net income per share $0.01 $0.21 Diluted net income per share $0.01 $0.18 Shares used in computation of basic net income per share 23,491,850 13,200,000 Shares used in computation of diluted net income per share 26,564,603 15,382,341 U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC. UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (in thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, Operating activities 2007 2006 Net income $235 $2,720 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 243 531 Amortization of intangibles 2,054 4 Non-cash interest expense 273 4 Loss from disposition of assets -- 5 Share-based compensation and other 406 104 Deferred income taxes -- (574) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable, net (235) 343 Inventory, net (1,422) 1,327 Prepaid expense and other current assets (541) (83) Other non-current assets 1,744 (353) Accounts payable and accrued expenses 4,463 (508) Other current liabilities (420) 7 Net cash provided by operating activities 6,800 3,527 Investing activities Additions to property, equipment and intangibles (1,073) (193) Adjustment in goodwill associated with business acquisition (22) -- Net cash used in investing activities (1,095) (193) Financing activities Payments of credit line (2,000) -- Proceeds received from notes payable, net of discount -- 9,800 Payments made on notes payable (32,000) (96) Proceeds received on issuance of common stock in connection with initial public offering, net of offering costs 71,537 -- Proceeds received on issuance of Series A convertible preferred stock, net of offering costs -- 42,246 Payments of short-term financing (21) (73) Stockholder distributions -- (1,700) Recapitalization distribution -- (50,000) Net cash provided by financing activities 37,516 177 Effect of changes in foreign currencies 9 (2) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 43,230 3,509 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 2,381 1,353 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $45,611 $4,862
SOURCE U.S. Auto Parts Network
Investors, Michael McClane, Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., +1-310-735-0085, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Anne Rakunas, email@example.com, or Laura Foster, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of ICR, Inc., +1-310-954-1100, for U.S. Auto Parts Network; or Media, Stephanie Sampiere, email@example.com, or Matt Lindberg, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of ICR, Inc., +1-203-682-8200, for U.S. Auto Parts Network
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