ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. Announces Earnings For The Fourth Quarter And Year Ended September 30, 2017

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NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2017 — ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALJJ) (“ALJ“) announced results today for its fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2017. 

ALJ is a holding company, whose primary assets are its subsidiaries Faneuil, Inc. (including the customer management outsourcing business recently acquired from Vertex Business Services LLC, “Faneuil“), Floors-N-More, LLC, dba Carpets N' More (“Carpets“), and Phoenix Color Corp. (including the recently acquired Color Optics packaging division, “Phoenix“).  Faneuil is a leading provider of call center services, back office operations, staffing services, and toll collection services to government and regulated commercial clients across the United States. Carpets is one of the largest floor covering retailers in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a provider of multiple products for the commercial, retail and home builder markets including all types of flooring, countertops, cabinets, window coverings and garage/closet organizers, with four retail locations, as well as a stone and solid surface fabrication facility. Phoenix is a leading manufacturer of book components, educational materials and related products producing value-added components, heavily illustrated books and specialty commercial products using a broad spectrum of materials and decorative technologies.

Our financial statements reflect the operations of Faneuil, Carpets and Phoenix throughout all periods presented, Color Optics from July 18, 2016, and our recently acquired customer management outsourcing business (“CMO Business”) from May 26, 2017. On October 2, 2017, Phoenix completed the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of Moore-Langen Printing Company, a division of LSC Communications, Inc.  Results from this acquisition are not included in this press release as the acquisition closed subsequent to the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2017.   

Investment Highlights – Three Months and Year Ended September 30, 2017

Consolidated Results for ALJ

  • ALJ recognized consolidated revenue of $86.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of $13.9 million, or 19.2%, compared to $72.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 due to an increase in business activity in the Faneuil and Carpets segments as well as the acquisitions of Color Optics by Phoenix and the CMO Business by Faneuil, which together accounted for $9.3 million of the total revenue increase. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, total revenue increased $4.6 million, or 6.4%. ALJ recognized consolidated revenue of $83.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017.
  • ALJ recognized net income of $13.8 million and earnings per share (EPS) of $0.37 (diluted) for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to net income of $8.8 million and EPS of $0.24 (diluted) for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Increased revenue was offset by higher cost of sales due to start-up costs of certain contracts, higher selling, general and administrative costs due to increased depreciation and amortization expenses related to acquisitions, and additional benefit from income taxes due to the reduction of the deferred taxes valuation allowance. Excluding such benefit from income taxes, ALJ recognized net income of $1.7 million and EPS of $0.04 (diluted) for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to net income of $4.9 million and EPS of $0.14 (diluted) for the three ended September 30, 2016. ALJ recognized net income of $1.0 million and EPS of $0.03 (diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2017.
  • ALJ recognized adjusted EBITDA of $7.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 4.1%, compared to $8.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Decreased adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower overall volumes and continued startup expenses related to the transition of the packaging business at Phoenix, offset somewhat by improved performance at Carpets. ALJ recognized adjusted EBITDA of $8.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017.
  • ALJ recognized consolidated revenue of $326.7 million for the year ended September 30, 2017, an increase of $58.3 million, or 21.7%, compared to $268.4 million for the year ended September 30, 2016 due to an increase in business activity in each of our segments as well as the acquisitions of Color Optics by Phoenix and the CMO Business by Faneuil, which together accounted for $27.2 million of the total revenue increase. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, total revenue increased $31.2 million, or 11.8%.
  • ALJ recognized net income of $15.7 million and earnings per share (EPS) of $0.43 (diluted) for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to net income of $10.9 million and EPS of $0.30 (diluted) for the year ended September 30, 2016. Increased revenue was offset by higher cost of sales due to start-up costs of certain contracts, higher selling, general and administrative costs due to increased depreciation and amortization related to acquisitions, and additional benefit from income taxes due to the reduction of the deferred taxes valuation allowance. Excluding such benefit from income taxes, ALJ recognized net income of $3.6 million and EPS of $0.10 (diluted) for the year ended September 30, 2017, compared to net income of $7.0 million and EPS of $0.19 (diluted) for the year ended September 30, 2016.
  • ALJ recognized consolidated adjusted EBITDA of $31.0 million for the year ended September 30, 2017, an increase of $2.2 million, or 7.7%, compared to $28.8 million for the year ended September 30, 2016, due primarily to the acquisition of the CMO Business, contract renewals, and new contract awards at Faneuil and improved performance at Carpets.
  • ALJ estimates revenue for the three months ending December 31, 2017 to be in the range of $87.7 million to $97.0 million, as compared to $77.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Jess Ravich, Executive Chairman of ALJ, said, “We continue to focus on balanced growth in each of our businesses to increase shareholder value.”

Amounts in $000's, except per share amounts

Three Months 
Ended September 30,

2017

2016

$ Change

% Change

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Net revenue

$

86,332

$

72,436

$

13,896

19.2%

Costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

66,011

54,689

11,322

20.7%

Selling, general, and administrative expense

17,583

13,373

4,210

31.5%

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets, net

(10)

10

NM

Total operating expenses

83,594

68,052

15,542

22.8%

Operating income

2,738

4,384

(1,646)

(37.5%)

Other expense:

Interest expense, net

(2,724)

(2,428)

(296)

12.2%

Other income

Total other expense

(2,724)

(2,428)

(296)

12.2%

Income before income taxes

14

1,956

(1,942)

(99.3%)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

(13,756)

(6,794)

(6,962)

102.5%

Net income

$

13,770

$

8,750

$

5,020

57.4%

Basic earnings per share of common stock

$

0.38

$

0.25

$

0.13

Diluted earnings per share of common stock

$

0.37

$

0.24

$

0.13

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:

Basic

36,530

34,738

1,792

Diluted

37,186

35,989

1,197

NM – Not Meaningful

Amounts in $000's, except per share amounts

Year Ended September 30,

2017

2016

$ Change

% Change

Net revenue

$

326,718

$

268,369

$

58,349

21.7%

Costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

250,704

204,486

46,218

22.6%

Selling, general, and administrative expense

63,311

50,171

13,140

26.2%

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net

8

(127)

135

NM

Total operating expenses

314,023

254,530

59,493

23.4%

Operating income

12,695

13,839

(1,144)

(8.3%)

Other (expense) income:

Interest expense, net

(9,744)

(9,129)

(615)

6.7%

Other income

298

298

Total other, net

(9,446)

(9,129)

(317)

3.5%

Income before income taxes

3,249

4,710

(1,461)

(31.0%)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

(12,424)

(6,215)

(6,209)

99.9%

Net income

$

15,673

$

10,925

$

4,748

43.5%

Basic earnings per share of common stock

$

0.45

$

0.31

$

0.14

Diluted earnings per share of common stock

$

0.43

$

0.30

$

0.13

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:

Basic

35,208

35,013

195

Diluted

36,186

36,202

(16)

NM – Not Meaningful

Results for Faneuil

Anna Van Buren, CEO of Faneuil, stated, “Revenue growth during the fourth quarter was the result of increases in existing business and the addition of several new clients in our healthcare industry.  The focus of this quarter was a continuation of the Vertex CMO technology transition, the successful win of the Minnesota Health Benefit Exchange contract and the opening of our new Wichita operations center.”

Faneuil recognized revenue of $44.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $32.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.  Revenue increased $12.0 million, or 37.4%.  Excluding the impact of the CMO Business, revenue increased $3.1 million, or 9.5%, due to new customer awards.  Faneuil recognized revenue of $39.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. 

Faneuil recognized adjusted EBITDA of $2.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $2.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.  Excluding the impact of the CMO Business, adjusted EBITDA decreased by $0.5 million, or 16.8%, due to increased personnel costs to build out Faneuil's platform. Faneuil recognized adjusted EBITDA of $3.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Faneuil recognized revenue of $158.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $131.8 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  Revenue increased $26.4 million, or 20.0%.  Excluding the impact of acquisitions, revenue increased $13.8 million or 10.5% due to improved contract renewals and new contract awards.

Faneuil recognized adjusted EBITDA of $13.1 million for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $10.7 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA increased by $2.5 million, or 23.0%, due to the acquisition of the CMO Business, which accounted for $1.7 million of the increase, lower accounts receivable reserve expense of $0.8 million, and higher levels of business activity for contract renewals and awards.

Faneuil estimates its revenue for the three months ending December 31, 2017 to be in the range of $45.0 million to $49.7 million, compared to $38.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016. 

Faneuil's contract backlog expected to be realized within the next twelve months as of September 30, 2017 was $91.6 million as compared to $89.2 million as of September 30, 2016 and $100.0 million as of June 30, 2017.  Faneuil's total contract backlog as of September 30, 2017 was $236.8 million as compared to $247.8 million as of September 30, 2016 and $258.9 million as of June 30, 2017.

Results for Carpets

“We continue to benefit from a strong housing market in Las Vegas, which directly contributed to our increased revenue,” said Steve Chesin, CEO of Carpets. “Our realignment of resources within the operations have begun to reduce our operating costs and improve our EBITDA on a quarterly basis.”

Carpets recognized revenue of $17.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $15.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.  Revenue increased $2.9 million, or 19.2%, due to higher volumes from national homebuilders.  Carpets recognized revenue of $18.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Carpets recognized adjusted EBITDA of $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to approximately $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $0.4 million due to higher overall volume and the positive impacts related to ongoing restructuring efforts.  Carpets recognized adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Carpets recognized revenue of $69.7 million for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $50.6 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  Revenue increased by $19.1 million, or 37.8%, due to additional contracts awarded from national homebuilders.

Carpets recognized adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $0.7 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA increased by $0.6 million due to higher overall volume and the positive impacts related to ongoing restructuring efforts.

Carpets estimates its revenue for the three months ending December 31, 2017 to be in the range of $16.5 million to $18.3 million, compared to $15.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Carpets contract backlog expected to be realized within the next twelve months as of September 30, 2017 was $21.8 million as compared to $32.5 million as of September 30, 2016 and $25.8 million as of June 30, 2017.  Carpets total contract backlog as of September 30, 2017 was $57.7 million compared to $71.9 million as of September 30, 2016 and $62.9 million as of June 30, 2017.

Results for Phoenix

Marc Reisch, CEO of Phoenix, stated, “The decrease in fourth quarter revenues for Phoenix Color was due to significantly lower book sales versus a very strong fourth quarter in 2016 offset in part by a solid increase in component sales. Adjusted EBITDA of $5.2 million was $0.6 million lower than 2016 due to the lower book sales, and the continued startup costs related to the transiti

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