Supreme Industries Reports Fourth-Quarter 2013 Results

  Supreme Industries Reports Fourth-Quarter 2013 Results                 Sales Surge 26% to $72.5 Million in the Quarter      Quarterly Net Income Grows to $0.10 Per Share Versus $0.02 a Year Ago  Business Wire  GOSHEN, Ind. -- February 13, 2014  Supreme Industries, Inc. (NYSE MKT: STS), a leading manufacturer of specialized commercial vehicles including truck bodies and specialty vehicles, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 28, 2013. All earnings per share and share figures have been adjusted for the 5% stock dividend distributed in the second quarter of 2013.  2013 Fourth-Quarter Results  Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter increased 25.6%, to $72.5 million, compared with $57.7 million last year. The revenue increase was attributable to a fall fleet build and improved retail demand for truck bodies, partially offset by lower sales volume in the specialty vehicle and bus divisions.  Gross margin expanded to 15.2% of quarterly sales, compared with 13.2% in last year’s fourth quarter, despite margin pressure in the bus product line. The margin improvement, combined with higher net sales, drove gross profit up to $11.1 million, or a 45.7% increase from the $7.6 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2012. The margin expansion is primarily due to product mix, continued manufacturing efficiency improvements and higher capacity utilization.  An income tax expense of $0.7 million was recorded in the quarter due to the Company’s return to normalized tax rates. In last year’s comparable period, the Company recorded an income tax benefit of $0.1 million that included the reversal of a deferred tax valuation allowance due to improved profitability.  Net income for the fourth quarter was $1.7 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, up from net income of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, last year.  During the quarter, the Company announced its intention to divest the highly competitive shuttle bus business. The increasingly competitive environment in the bus industry has led to higher discounting making it more difficult to meet Supreme’s profitability objectives. While shuttle bus products represented less than 13% of the Company’s consolidated 2013 sales, the business generated unacceptable margins in 2013.  On a proforma basis, adjusting and eliminating the net losses of the shuttle bus business (including costs associated with the King County lawsuit) and normalizing the 2012 income tax expense, diluted earnings per share more than doubled to $0.13, compared with $0.05 a year ago. A reconciliation of net income and net income per share is included with this press release.  “The decision to divest the shuttle bus business is expected to help us maximize shareholder value by optimally allocating resources where they will earn the highest return. Supreme’s core business of manufacturing and selling customized truck bodies has recently undergone successful facilities and manufacturing process upgrades, resulting in better operating efficiencies and expanding margins for these products,”said President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Weber.  2013 Full-Year Results  Consolidated net sales for the twelve-month period decreased 1.4%, to $282.3 million, from $286.1 million last year, due to lower bus and specialty vehicle sales offset by increased truck body volume. For the twelve months, gross profit increased to $46.8 million, from last year’s $43.5 million. Gross margin, as a percentage of sales, increased to 16.6%, compared with 15.2% in 2012. The margin growth reflects improved product mix and margin-expansion initiatives including process improvements, manufacturing efficiencies and competitive sourcing.  Income tax expense increased by $3.2 million versus last year resulting from the normalized tax rates in 2013, and last year’s reversal of the valuation allowance.  Reported net income for the twelve months was $6.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared with $11.8 million, or $0.73 per diluted share last year. On a proforma basis, adjusting and eliminating for the impact of the shuttle bus business (including costs associated with the King County lawsuit) and normalizing the 2012 income tax expense, diluted earnings per share for the full year improved to $0.68 compared to $0.53 for 2012.  Backlog at the end of the year increased 28.4% to $71.5 million, compared with $55.7 million at the end of 2012, excluding shuttle bus business.  Additional year-over-year key performance indicators include:    *Working capital was $37.6 million at December 28, 2013, compared to $38.6     million for the fourth quarter 2012.   *Net cash provided by operating activities in 2013 was $13.5 million,     compared with $12.4 million in 2012.   *Total debt declined more than 30% to $9.7 million at year end, compared     with $14.1 last year.   *Stockholders’ equity increased 10.3% to $74.1 million at December 28,     2013, compared with $67.2 million at December 29, 2012.   *Book value, on a per-share basis, grew to $4.59 at year-end versus $4.20     at the end of last year.  “The pending divestiture of the shuttle bus business represents a continued transition towards an organizational focus on profitable growth. As we enter 2014, we are encouraged by the opportunities we see in the work truck and specialty vehicle product lines, where customers value high-quality products and dependable delivery performance. Supreme will celebrate its 40^th Anniversary during 2014, which is a direct result of our dedicated employees and loyal customers,” Weber concluded.  Conference Call Information  A conference call will take place tomorrow, February 14, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. EST to review the 2013 fourth-quarter and full-year results. To participate in the live call, dial 877-300-8521 (International: 412-317-6026) 10 minutes before the call begins, or at 8:50 a.m. EST. The conference ID is 10040843. The call also will be streamed live and can be accessed at http://www.SupremeInd.com. Those unable to participate in the live conference call may access a replay, which will be available on Supreme’s website for approximately 30 days.  About Supreme Industries  Supreme Industries, Inc. (NYSE MKT: STS), is a nationwide manufacturer of truck bodies and specialty vehicles produced to the specifications of its customers. The Company's transportation equipment products are used by a wide variety of industrial, commercial and law enforcement customers.  News releases and other information on the Company are available on the Internet at: http://www.supremeind.com or http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=1482&to=ea&s=0  Other than historical facts contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release are “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, as amended, and reflect the view of management with respect to future events. When used in this report, words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions, as they relate to Supreme or its plans or operations, identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, and it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such expectations include, without limitation, an economic slowdown in the specialized vehicle industry, limitations on the availability of chassis on which Supreme’s product is dependent, availability of raw materials, raw material cost increases and severe interest rate increases. Furthermore, Supreme can provide no assurance that any raw material cost increases can be passed on to its customers through implementation of price increases for Supreme’s products. The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect the current view of management with respect to future events and are subject to those factors and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the operations, results of operations, cash flows and financial position of Supreme. Supreme assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons actual results could differ from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements.                            —FINANCIAL RESULTS FOLLOW—   Supreme Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Income                  Three Months Ended               Twelve Months Ended                  December 28,    December 29,     December 28,     December 29,                  2013             2012             2013              2012 Net Sales        $ 72,534,328     $ 57,728,124     $ 282,273,299     $ 286,140,112 Cost of sales     61,475,298     50,135,847     235,520,946     242,644,088  Gross profit       11,059,030       7,592,277        46,752,353        43,496,024                                                                       Selling, general and        8,659,771        7,371,194        34,167,348        31,602,317 administrative expenses Legal settlement and     -                161,329          3,600,161         616,744 related costs Other income      (98,529    )    (450,472   )    (925,537    )    (1,217,057  ) Operating          2,497,788        510,226          9,910,381         12,494,020 income                                                                       Interest          87,836         241,705        625,190         971,225      expense Income before      2,409,952        268,521          9,285,191         11,522,795 income taxes                                                                       Income tax expense           744,450        (115,056   )    2,859,315       (310,190    ) (benefit)* Net income       $ 1,665,502     $ 383,577       $ 6,425,876      $ 11,832,985                                                                         Income per share: Basic            $ 0.10           $ 0.02           $ 0.40            $ 0.74 Diluted            0.10             0.02             0.39              0.73                                                                       Shares used in the computation of income per share: (Adjusted for 5% stock dividend paid on June 3, 2013) Basic              16,180,874       15,980,849       16,113,136        15,954,564 Diluted            16,581,208       16,219,930       16,487,804        16,212,508  * The Company reported a tax benefit for both periods of 2012, resulting from the utilization of previously unrecognized net operating loss carryforwards.   Supreme Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets                                                                                                          December 28,      December 29,                                              2013              2012                                                                 Assets Current assets                               $ 65,923,357      $ 61,007,286 Property, plant and equipment, net             46,387,839        42,937,988 Other assets                                  1,219,655        1,142,809 Total assets                                 $ 113,530,851     $ 105,088,083                                                                 Liabilities Current liabilities                          $ 28,343,456      $ 22,363,408 Long-term liabilities                         11,107,228       15,561,793 Total liabilities                              39,450,684        37,925,201 Total stockholders' equity                    74,080,167       67,162,882 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 113,530,851     $ 105,088,083                                                                   Supreme Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries Reconciliation of Net Income and Net Income Per Share                                                                              Three Months Ended              Twelve Months Ended                  December 28,   December 29,     December 28,   December 29,                  2013           2012             2013           2012                                                                  Net income, as   $ 1,665,502    $ 383,577        $ 6,425,876    $ 11,832,985 reported                                                                  Normalized taxes (2012 periods adjusted to 2013 effective    -             197,760        -             3,859,211   tax rate, net of tax benefit reported in 2012)                                                                  Tax adjusted net income         1,665,502      185,817          6,425,876      7,973,774 before shuttle bus operations                                                                  Shuttle bus operations (including legal costs): Reported legal settlement and     -              161,329          3,600,161      616,744 related costs Shuttle bus loss from operations,       750,459       883,427        4,236,270     334,587     net of legal above Total shuttle      750,459        1,044,756        7,836,431      951,331 bus operations Tax effect (shuttle bus rates–39.1%       293,429       411,634        3,064,045     374,824     for 2013, 39.4% for 2012 periods) Total adjustment,       457,030       633,122        4,772,386     576,507     net of tax Adjusted net     $ 2,122,532    $ 818,939       $ 11,198,262   $ 8,550,281   income                                                                  Per Share Data:                                                                  Net Income (as reported, not calculated on this schedule) Basic            $ 0.10         $ 0.02           $ 0.40         $ 0.74 Diluted            0.10           0.02             0.39           0.73 Adjusted income tax expense Basic              -              (0.01      )     -              (0.24      ) Diluted            -              (0.01      )     -              (0.24      ) Shuttle bus operations Basic              0.03           0.04             0.30           0.04 Diluted           0.03          0.04           0.29          0.04        Adjusted net income Basic            $ 0.13         $ 0.05           $ 0.70         $ 0.54 Diluted            0.13           0.05             0.68           0.53                                                                  Shares used for per-share calculations: (Adjusted for 5% stock dividend paid on June 3, 2013) Basic              16,180,874     15,980,849       16,113,136     15,954,564 Diluted            16,581,208     16,219,930       16,487,804     16,212,508  Contact:  Supreme Industries, Inc. Investor and Media Contact: Matthew J. Dennis, CFA, Supreme Investor Relations, 574-228-4130