PRTS
$1.69
U.S. Auto Parts Netw
($.04)
(2.31%)
Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 4:01:00 PM
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Summary

U.S. Auto Parts Reaffirms

U.S. Auto Parts Netw (PRTS) reported 1st Quarter March 2018 earnings of $0.02 per share on revenue of $78.4 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.02 per share on revenue of $81.3 million. Revenue fell 3.0% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it continues to expect 2018 revenue growth in the low single digits, or revenue of approximately $311.0 million. The current consensus estimate is revenue of $312.2 million for the year ending December 31, 2018.

U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.,is a online sources for automotive aftermarket parts and repair information. The Company' products includes body parts, engine parts, and performance parts & accessories.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.02
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.02
Reported Revenue
$78.4 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$81.3 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

U.S. Auto Parts Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

CARSON, Calif., May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), one of the largest online providers of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 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.)

First Quarter 2018 Financial Summary vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Net sales were $78.4 million compared to $80.8 million.
  • Gross margin increased 50 basis points to 29.9%.
  • Net income was $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to $0.8 million or $0.02 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined below) was $4.1 million compared to $4.0 million.
  • Ended the quarter with no revolver debt.

First Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Conversion rate increased 50 basis points to 2.3%.
  • Customer acquisition cost reduced to $7.31.
  • Revenue capture increased 300 basis points to 88.2%.

Management Commentary
"As discussed on our last quarterly call, 2018 got off to a slow start, however we launched several web development initiatives in March that quickly drove meaningful improvements to our results," said Aaron Coleman, CEO of U.S. Auto Parts. "These initiatives led to increases in both gross margin and adjusted EBITDA for the quarter, as well as our fourth consecutive quarter of conversion rate improvement.

"We are in the process of deploying similar initiatives across our other core e-commerce sites, and early results have been promising. In addition, we are continuing to expand our current marketplace partnerships and have made real progress on this front over the last month, with Amazon soon carrying some of our private label assortment under a direct fulfillment model. We are also working to create new relationships with marketplace partners, as we embrace the continued strong growth we've experienced in this sales channel. In fact, Q1 was our ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit marketplace sales growth."

First Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Net sales in the first quarter of 2018 were $78.4 million compared to $80.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease was largely driven by a 13% decrease in e-commerce sales, partially offset by an 11% increase in online marketplace sales.

Gross profit in the first quarter of 2018 was $23.5 million compared to $23.8 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit increased 50 basis points to 29.9% compared to 29.4% as a result of a favorable mix shift towards private label products, as well as optimized pricing strategies. The company continues to expect gross margin to range between 29-30% going forward.

Total operating expenses in the first quarter were reduced to $21.9 million compared to $22.6 million in the first quarter of last year. As a percentage of net sales, operating expenses remained constant at 27.9% compared to the year ago quarter.

Net income in the first quarter decreased to $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to $0.8 million or $0.02 per diluted share in the year-ago period.

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2018 increased to $4.1 million compared to $4.0 million in the year-ago quarter, driven by the aforementioned increase in online marketplace sales and prudent cost management, partially offset by higher compliance costs related to the company's accelerated filer status and litigation costs.

At March 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $9.2 million compared to $2.9 million at December 30, 2017.  The increase was driven by improvements in working capital, free cash generation, as well as temporary favorable payment terms with one of its shipping vendors. The company also continued to carry no revolver debt at March 31, 2018.

Key Operating Metrics



Q1 2018


Q1 2017


Q4 2017

Conversion Rate 1

2.3

%


1.8

%


2.1

%

Customer Acquisition Cost 1

$

7.31



$

7.43



$

7.14


Unique Visitors (millions) 1

20.1



28.9



20.1


Number of Orders - E-commerce only (thousands)

460



518



419


Number of Orders - Online Marketplace (thousands)

441



431



395


Total Number of Internet Orders (thousands)

901



949



814


Revenue Capture (% Sales) 2

88.2

%


85.2

%


86.1

%

Average Order Value - E-commerce only

$

98



$

104



$

100


Average Order Value - Online Marketplace

$

72



$

67



$

67


Average Order Value - Total Internet Orders

$

85



$

87



$

82




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).

Update on the Customs Issues
U.S. Auto Parts recently filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Court of International Trade.  The lawsuit asserts that the United States Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security ("Customs"), has been wrongfully seizing automotive grilles being imported by U.S. Auto Parts on the basis that the grilles are allegedly counterfeit and infringe trademarks held by the original automobile manufacturers.  U.S. Auto Parts intends to vigorously defend its right to sell aftermarket automotive grilles under well-established trademark doctrines as the grilles are neither counterfeit nor is there a likelihood of confusion between our aftermarket products and OEM parts.  While the number of seized automotive grilles currently represents less than one percent of U.S. Auto Parts' overall revenue and product assortment, U.S. Auto Parts has taken this action to remove overly burdensome bonding requirements arising from the wrongful seizures and to ensure that Customs expeditiously processes the flow of its goods into the United States.  U.S. Auto Parts has already won a temporary restraining order reducing the bonding requirement to three percent of the commercial invoice value of each shipment and currently has a preliminary injunction hearing on the matter scheduled for May 9th.   U.S. Auto Parts expects to issue a Form 8-K following the court's decision on the preliminary injunction hearing.

2018 Outlook
U.S. Auto Parts continues to expect net sales to increase low single digits on a percentage basis compared to 2017.  In light of the anticipated costs associated with the customs issues, the company has revised its adjusted EBITDA range from  between $14.5 million and $16.0 million to between $13.0 and $14.5 million compared to $14.2 million in 2017. 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

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

Date: Tuesday, May 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: 13678477

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 May 22, 2018.

Toll-free replay number: 844-512-2921
International replay number: 412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13678477

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; and (e) share-based compensation expense.

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, 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:
Cody Slach or Sean Mansouri
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



March 31, 2018


April 1, 2017

Net sales


$

78.39



$

80.83


Gross profit


$

23.46



23.79




29.9

%


29.4

%

Operating expenses


$

21.85



$

22.58




27.9

%


27.9

%

Income from operations


$

1.61



$

1.21




2.1

%


1.5

%

Income from continuing operations


$

0.74



$

0.82




0.9

%


1.0

%

Adjusted EBITDA


$

4.14



$

4.03




5.3

%


5.0

%

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


Thirteen Weeks Ended


March 31, 2018


April 1, 2017

Income from continuing operations

$

735



$

816


Depreciation & amortization

1,504



1,633


Amortization of intangible assets

47



112


Interest expense, net

431



376


Taxes

442



27


EBITDA

$

3,159



$

2,964


Stock comp expense

$

976



$

1,064


Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,135



$

4,028


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


March 31, 2018


April 1, 2017

Net sales

$

78,385



$

80,833


Cost of sales (1)

54,926



57,046


Gross profit

23,459



23,787


Operating expenses:




Marketing

9,982



10,314


General and administrative

4,885



4,801


Fulfillment

5,848



6,082


Technology

1,088



1,273


Amortization of intangible assets

47



112


Total operating expenses

21,850



22,582


Income from operations

1,609



1,205


Other income (expense):




Other income, net

1



16


Interest expense

(433)



(378)


Total other expense, net

(432)



(362)


Income from continuing operations before income taxes

1,177



843


Income tax provision

442



27


Income from continuing operations

735



816


Discontinued operations (2)




Loss from operations and disposal of discontinued AutoMD operations



(558)


Income tax provision



1


Loss on discontinued operations



(559)


Net income

735



257


Other comprehensive income (loss):



Foreign currency translation adjustments

19



(2)


Total other comprehensive loss

19



(2)


Comprehensive income

$

754



$

255


Income from continuing operations per share:




Basic income from continuing operations per share

$

0.02



$

0.02


Diluted income from continuing operations per share

$

0.02



$

0.02


Weighted average common shares outstanding:




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

34,821



34,510


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

38,066



40,231














(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)



March 31, 2018


December 30, 2017

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

9,222



$

2,850


Short-term investments

10



9


Accounts receivable, net

3,357



2,470


Inventory

58,120



54,231


Other current assets

3,009



2,972


Total current assets

73,718



62,532


Deferred income taxes

21,062



21,476


Property and equipment, net

15,021



15,085


Intangible assets, net

604



651


Other non-current assets

1,328



954


Total assets

$

111,733



$

100,698


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

42,691



$

35,999


Accrued expenses

10,915



7,363


Current portion of capital leases payable

586



579


Customer deposits

2,500



2,500


Other current liabilities

1,713



2,457


Total current liabilities

58,405



48,898


Capital leases payable, net of current portion

9,020



9,173


Other non-current liabilities

2,275



2,266


Total liabilities

69,700



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 March 31, 2018 and December 30, 2017

3



3


Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 34,939 and 34,666 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 30, 2017 (of which 2,525 are treasury stock)

37



37


Treasury stock

(7,146)



(7,146)


Additional paid-in capital

180,517



179,906


Accumulated other comprehensive income

579



557


Accumulated deficit

(131,957)



(132,996)


Total stockholders' equity

42,033



40,361


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

111,733



$

100,698


 

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

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, In Thousands)



Thirteen Weeks Ended


March 31,
2018


April 1,
2017

Operating activities




Net income

$

735



$

257


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




Depreciation and amortization expense

1,504



1,633


Amortization of intangible assets

47



112


Deferred income taxes

415




Share-based compensation expense

976



1,089


Stock awards issued for non-employee director service

4



2


Amortization of deferred financing costs

1



22


Gain from disposition of assets



(8)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(887)



105


Inventory

(3,889)



(6,282)


Other current assets

(442)



(161)


Other non-current assets

20



135


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

10,339



10,662


Other current liabilities

(402)



(67)


Other non-current liabilities

139



59


Net cash provided by operating activities

8,560



7,558


Investing activities




Additions to property and equipment

(1,490)



(1,262)


Proceeds from sale of property and equipment



39


Net cash used in investing activities

(1,490)



(1,223)


Financing activities




Borrowings from revolving loan payable

3,106



3,576


Payments made on revolving loan payable

(3,106)



(3,576)


Proceeds from stock options



33


Minority shareholder redemption



(2,485)


Payments on capital leases

(144)



(136)


Treasury stock repurchase



(2,272)


Statutory tax withholding payment for share-based compensation

(395)



(688)


Payment of liabilities related to financing activities

(100)



(100)


Preferred stock dividends paid

(41)



(120)


Net cash used in financing activities

(680)



(5,768)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(18)



(12)


Net change in cash and cash equivalents

6,372



555


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

2,850



6,643


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

9,222



$

7,198


Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:




Accrued asset purchases

$

766



$

694


Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid during the period for income taxes

$



$

15


Cash paid during the period for interest

442



337


 

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