U.S. Auto Parts Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

CARSON, Calif., Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), one of the largest online providers of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, is reporting results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. All information and data are from continuing operations, which exclude the AutoMD operating segment unless specifically noted.

U.S. Auto Parts logo (PRNewsfoto/U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.)

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Summary vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Net sales were $77.0 million compared to $80.2 million.
  • Gross margin was 27.9% compared to 29.0%.
  • Net loss was $(0.5) million, or $(0.02) per share, compared to $26.9 million or $0.67 per share (Q2'17 includes a $25.9 million tax credit).
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined below) was $2.8 million compared to $3.8 million.
  • Ended the quarter with no revolver debt.

Second Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Conversion rate increased 70 basis points to 2.7%.
  • Average order value increased 4% to $88.
  • Revenue capture increased 240 basis points to 87.7%.

Update on Customs Issue
In April 2018, U.S. Auto Parts filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Court of International Trade (the "Court"). The lawsuit sought relief from an enhanced bonding requirement previously being imposed on U.S. Auto Parts by the United States Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security ("Customs"), and arising from allegations that certain grilles imported by U.S. Auto Parts were allegedly counterfeit and infringed trademarks held by the original automobile manufacturers. On May 25, 2018, the Court granted U.S. Auto Parts' motion for preliminary injunction and ordered that Customs would be restrained from enforcing any type of enhanced bonding requirement on U.S. Auto Parts in order to obtain entry of its shipments into the United States, and further ordered Customs to use its best efforts to process all of U.S. Auto Parts' import products not implicated by Customs' underlying trademark infringement allegations in a timely manner.  As of the end of July, all of the remaining shipping containers which were being held up at the Port of Norfolk due to the customs issue were released to U.S. Auto Parts.

Management Commentary
"During the second quarter, our sales and profitability were impacted by the customs issue discussed last quarter as well as a continued decline in e-commerce traffic. Although the seized automotive grilles accounted for less than 1% of our annual revenue, Customs was holding approximately 200 of our shipping containers that carried many of our other products and did not release the containers in an expeditious timeframe. As a result, we had significantly lower in-stock rates for both private label and branded products, as well as higher port and carrier fees associated with the unreleased product and increased legal costs associated with the product seizures and the bonding litigation. These factors culminated in lower sales, gross margins and higher operating expenses for the second quarter."

"Subsequent to the quarter, as of the end of July, the last of our shipping containers were released as ordered by the court. However, in an effort to avoid future supply chain disruptions, we have ceased importing automotive grilles from outside the U.S and begun to procure alternative sources. This will reduce both revenue and gross margins over the near-term as our entire grille category accounts for approximately three percent of total revenue. The amortization treatment of port and carrier fees will also continue to impact gross margins and operating expenses for the next three quarters."

"Despite the challenges associated with the customs issue, we have continued to focus on executing our core initiatives of revitalizing our e-commerce sites and expanding our marketplace channel partnerships. We are in the process of enhancing our marketing capabilities through consulting engagements and leadership changes, with the goal of reversing the traffic trends on our e-commerce sites. We also recently signed an agreement with a major global retailer to begin selling our branded and private label products through their online marketplace. This expansive marketplace presents a tremendous opportunity for us to sell automotive products to a large, new customer base. We remain committed to serving our customers wherever they go to shop for online aftermarket automotive parts, be it through our own e-commerce sites or 3rd party marketplace channels."

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Net sales in the second quarter of 2018 were $77.0 million compared to $80.2 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease was largely driven by a 9% decrease in e-commerce sales attributable to a decrease in e-commerce traffic and lower in-stock rates resulting from the company's previously disclosed customs issue.

Gross profit in the second quarter of 2018 was $21.5 million compared to $23.2 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit was 27.9% compared to 29.0%. The decrease was driven by higher freight costs, as well as factors associated with the customs issue, including lower in-stock rates on higher-margin products and port and carrier fees. As a result of the amortization treatment of port and carrier fees, the company expects gross margin to range between 27% to 28% over the next three quarters compared to the 29% to 30% range the company expected prior to the customs issue.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter were $21.0 million compared to $21.7 million in the second quarter of last year. As a percentage of net sales, operating expenses increased to 27.3% compared to 27.1% in the year ago quarter, with the increase driven by higher legal costs resulting from the customs issue.

Net loss in the second quarter was $0.5 million, or $(0.02) per diluted share, compared to net income of $26.9 million or $0.67 per diluted share in the year-ago period. The 2017 period included a $25.9 million tax credit resulting from the release of a valuation allowance from the company's cumulative net operating losses.

Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2018 was $2.8 million compared to $3.8 million in the year-ago quarter, with the decrease driven by the aforementioned lower net sales and profitability resulting from the customs issue and a decline in e-commerce traffic.

At June 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $6.8 million compared to $2.9 million at December 30, 2017.  The increase was driven by timing of payments with one of the company's shipping vendors. U.S. Auto Parts also continued to carry no revolver debt at June 30, 2018.

Key Operating Metrics



Q2 2018


Q2 2017


Q1 2018

Conversion Rate 1

2.7

%


2.0

%


2.3

%

Customer Acquisition Cost 1

$

7.29



$

6.99



$

7.31


Unique Visitors (millions) 1

16.3



24.7



20.1


Number of Orders - E-commerce only (thousands)

443



494



460


Number of Orders - Online Marketplace (thousands)

414



460



441


Total Number of Internet Orders (thousands)

857



954



901


Revenue Capture (% Sales) 2

87.7

%


85.3

%


88.2

%

Average Order Value - E-commerce only

$

102



$

103



$

98


Average Order Value - Online Marketplace

$

74



$

67



$

72


Average Order Value - Total Internet Orders

$

88



$

85



$

85




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).

2018 Outlook
Due to the aforementioned impact from U.S. Auto Parts' customs issue and lower than expected marketplace sales, the company now expects net sales to decrease low single digits on a percentage basis compared to 2017 (previously expected low single digit growth compared to 2017). Given the materiality of the costs incurred from the customs issue and its extraordinary nature, U.S. Auto Parts has excluded these costs from adjusted EBITDA to provide a more accurate representation of the company's core business results. However, as a result of the lost sales attributable to the customs issue and lower than expected marketplace sales, U.S. Auto Parts is revising its previously issued adjusted EBITDA guidance range to $12.0 million to $14.0 million (previously $13.0 million to $14.5 million).

U.S. Auto Parts is not including a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA guidance to projected net income due to the high variability and difficulty in making accurate long-term forecasts and projections of net operating loss carryforwards which have a significant impact on future net income results.  As a result, U.S. Auto Parts is unable to quantify its projected net income without unreasonable efforts.

Conference Call
U.S. Auto Parts will conduct a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

The Company's CEO Aaron Coleman and CFO Neil Watanabe will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 877-407-9039
International dial-in number: 201-689-8470
Conference ID: 13680385

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay via the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.usautoparts.net.

A telephone replay of the conference call will also be available on the same day through August 22, 2018.

Toll-free replay number: 844-512-2921
International replay number: 412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13680385

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

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

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Regulation G, 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; and (f) costs associated with our customs issue.

The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors. This 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 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 one 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 stock compensation expense and the costs associated with the customs issue, as well as items that are not expected to be recurring. 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; and for evaluating the effectiveness of operational strategies. The Company also believes that analysts and investors use Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the ongoing operations of companies in our industry.

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.

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, impact of changes in our key operating metrics, our potential growth and our liquidity requirements, and the Company's expectations regarding the customs litigation and related trademark issues. 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, competitive pressures, our dependence on search engines to attract customers, demand for the Company's products, the online market and channel mix for aftermarket auto parts, the economy in general, increases in commodity and component pricing that would increase the Company's product costs, the operating restrictions in our credit agreement, the weather, the impact of the customs issues and any 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.

Company Contact:
Neil T. Watanabe, Chief Financial Officer
U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.
(424) 702-1455 x127
nwatanabe@usautoparts.com

Investor Relations:
Sean Mansouri or Cody Slach
Liolios
949-574-3860
PRTS@liolios.com

Summarized information for our continuing operations for the periods presented is as follows (in millions):


Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017

Net sales

$

76.97



$

80.21



$

155.36



$

161.04


Gross profit

$

21.49



23.24



$

44.94



$

47.03



27.9

%


29.0

%


28.9

%


29.2

%

Operating expenses

$

21.00



$

21.74



$

42.85



$

44.32



27.3

%


27.1

%


27.6

%


27.5

%

Income from operations

$

0.49



$

1.51



$

2.10



$

2.71



0.6

%


1.9

%


1.4

%


1.7

%

(Loss) income from continuing operations

$

(0.49)



$

26.92



$

0.25



$

27.73



(0.6)

%


33.6

%


0.2

%


17.2

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

2.79



$

3.82



7.05



$

7.85



3.6

%


4.8

%


4.5

%


4.9

%

The table below reconciles income from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented (in thousands):


Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017

(Loss) income from continuing operations

$

(485)



$

26,918



$

250



$

27,734


Depreciation & amortization

1,489



1,637



2,993



3,270


Amortization of intangible assets

47



112



94



224


Interest expense, net

421



466



852



842


Taxes

544



(25,859)



986



(25,832)


EBITDA

$

2,016



$

3,274



$

5,175



$

6,238


Stock comp expense

$

161



$

544



$

1,137



$

1,608


Customs Costs(1)

$

609



$



$

740



$


Adjusted EBITDA

$

2,786



$

3,818



$

7,052



$

7,846




(1)

We incurred port and carrier fees and legal costs associated with our customs related issues. .

U.S. Auto Parts is not including a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA guidance to projected net income due to the high variability and difficulty in making accurate long-term forecasts and projections of net operating loss carryforwards which have a significant impact on future net income results. As a result, U.S. Auto Parts is unable to quantify its projected net income without unreasonable efforts.

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

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)



Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017

Net sales

$

76,973



$

80,208



$

155,358



$

161,041


Cost of sales (1)

55,488



56,964



110,414



114,010


Gross profit

21,485



23,244



44,944



47,031


Operating expenses:








Marketing

9,818



10,248



19,800



20,562


General and administrative

4,741



4,310



9,626



9,111


Fulfillment

5,394



5,929



11,242



12,011


Technology

998



1,136



2,086



2,409


Amortization of intangible assets

47



112



94



224


Total operating expenses

20,998



21,735



42,848



44,317


Income from operations

487



1,509



2,096



2,714


Other income (expense):








Other income, net

(7)



19



(6)



35


Interest expense

(421)



(469)



(854)



(847)


Total other expense, net

(428)



(450)



(860)



(812)


Income from continuing operations before income taxes

59



1,059



1,236



1,902


Income tax provision

544



(25,859)



986



(25,832)


(Loss) income from continuing operations

(485)



26,918



250



27,734


Discontinued operations (2)








Loss from operations and disposal of discontinued AutoMD operations







(558)


Income tax provision







1


Loss on discontinued operations







(559)


Net (loss) income

(485)



26,918



250



27,175


Other comprehensive income (loss):










Foreign currency translation adjustments

23



(1)



42



(3)


Total other comprehensive income (loss)

23



(1)



42



(3)


Comprehensive (loss) income

$

(462)



$

26,917



$

292



$

27,172


(Loss) income from continuing operations per share:








Basic (loss) income from continuing operations per share

$

(0.02)



$

0.76



$

0.00



$

0.79


Diluted (loss) income from continuing operations per share

$

(0.02)



$

0.67



$

0.00



$

0.69


Weighted average common shares outstanding:








Shares used in computation of basic (loss) income from continuing operations per share

34,972



35,332



34,896



34,921


Shares used in computation of diluted (loss) income from continuing operations per share

34,972



39,933



35,258



40,079


_________________

(1)

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

(2)

During March, 2017 our AutoMD operations filed for dissolution and have been classified as discontinued operations.

 

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

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

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



June 30, 2018


December 30, 2017

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

6,824



$

2,850


Short-term investments

5



9


Accounts receivable, net

2,633



2,470


Inventory

54,187



54,231


Other current assets

3,639



2,972


Total current assets

67,288



62,532


Deferred income taxes

20,467



21,476


Property and equipment, net

14,887



15,085


Intangible assets, net

557



651


Other non-current assets

1,545



954


Total assets

$

104,744



$

100,698


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

34,156



$

35,999


Accrued expenses

13,604



7,363


Current portion of capital leases payable

588



579


Customer deposits

596



2,500


Other current liabilities

3,049



2,457


Total current liabilities

51,993



48,898


Capital leases payable, net of current portion

8,869



9,173


Other non-current liabilities

2,314



2,266


Total liabilities

63,176



60,337


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; 2,771 shares issued and outstanding at both June 30, 2018 and December 30, 2017

3



3


Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 34,973 and 34,666 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2018 and December 30, 2017 (of which 2,525 are treasury stock)

37



37


Treasury stock

(7,146)



(7,146)


Additional paid-in capital

180,641



179,906


Accumulated other comprehensive income

604



557


Accumulated deficit

(132,571)



(132,996)


Total stockholders' equity

41,568



40,361


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

104,744



$

100,698


 

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

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, In Thousands)



Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


June 30,
2018


July 1,
2017

Operating activities




Net income

$

250



$

27,175


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization expense

2,993



3,270


Amortization of intangible assets

94



224


Deferred income taxes

920



(25,881)


Share-based compensation expense

1,137



1,633


Stock awards issued for non-employee director service

7



5


Amortization of deferred financing costs

2



30


Gain from disposition of assets



(8)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(163)



568


Inventory

44



(1,291)


Other current assets

(1,270)



(86)


Other non-current assets

1



166


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

4,560



7,261


Other current liabilities

(929)



(764)


Other non-current liabilities

195



168


Net cash provided by operating activities

7,841



12,470


Investing activities




Additions to property and equipment

(2,940)



(2,494)


Proceeds from sale of property and equipment



39


Net cash used in investing activities

(2,940)



(2,455)


Financing activities




Borrowings from revolving loan payable

3,164



3,645


Payments made on revolving loan payable

(3,164)



(3,645)


Proceeds from stock options



238


Minority shareholder redemption



(2,485)


Payments on capital leases

(293)



(278)


Treasury stock repurchase



(2,272)


Statutory tax withholding payment for share-based compensation

(430)



(1,644)


Payment of liabilities related to financing activities

(100)



(100)


Preferred stock dividends paid

(80)



(169)


Net cash used in financing activities

(903)



(6,710)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(24)



(20)


Net change in cash and cash equivalents

3,974



3,285


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

2,850



6,643


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

6,824



$

9,928


Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:




Accrued asset purchases

$

680



$

712


Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid during the period for income taxes

$

44



$

42


Cash paid during the period for interest

869



711


 

Cision View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-auto-parts-reports-second-quarter-2018-results-300694251.html

SOURCE U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.