DGSE Companies, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2012 Full Year Results

DGSE Companies, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2012 Full Year Results

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DGSE Companies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DGSE) (the "Company") announced today the filing of its Consolidated Financial Statements for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

James Vierling, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board stated, "2012 was an important year for DGSE Companies, Inc., where we executed on several key initiatives to regain integrity in our financial disclosures and refocus our efforts on our operational objectives and growth opportunities. We are pleased to announce that income from continuing operations, net of one-time expenses, in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $763,716. This means that in the second half of the year our income from continuing operations, net of one-time expenses, exceeded $1.7 million. During 2012, particular emphasis was placed on improving our financial controls, processes and procedures and I am extremely pleased with the work our new CFO, Brett Burford, and his team have done. We are now confident in our ability to accurately and credibly report our financial condition to current and prospective shareholders."


Vierling continued, "With most of the distractions and expenses of last year behind us, our expectation is that profitability in 2013 will be significantly improved versus 2012."

Income from continuing operations, net of one-time expenses, is considered a Non-GAAP Measure, and is reconciled to income from continuing operations in the accompanying table.

2012 Summary

  • Income from continuing operations in second half of year, net of one-time expenses exceeded $1.7 million

  • Restructured entire senior management and accounting group

  • Completed major restatement of the Company's historical financials

  • Significantly improved the Company's financial controls, processes and procedures

  • Engaged new independent auditors

  • Regained active trading status with the NYSE MKT exchange

  • Integrated the Southern Bullion Trading ("SBT") entity into the Company

  • Restructured and increased the Company's credit line

  • Opened 8 new retail locations while closing 3 historically underperforming locations

  • Converted SBT locations from focusing only on scrap buying activity, to focusing on buying and selling of all DGSE product lines

  • Introduced DGSE manufactured jewelry line, enabling us to better utilize the Company's diamond inventory while increasing margins on jewelry sales

  • Continued to strengthen the relationship with majority shareholder NTR, now part of Elemetal, LLC

Year End 2012 Results

Revenues decreased by $11,282,376 or 8% in Fiscal 2012, to $127,876,610, compared to $139,158,986 in the prior year. This decrease was primarily the result of an industry-wide reduction in bullion demand, which significantly affected our bullion sales, driving a $7,913,158 or 11% decrease in bullion sales. This decrease was partially offset by additional sales related to the acquisition of SBT stores, which occurred in September of 2011.

According to the World Gold Council ("WGC"), the demand for gold bullion in the United States dropped by 32% on a dollar basis in 2012. Scrap purchases were impacted negatively as well, as the WGC also notes that the worldwide supply of recycled gold, excluding India, dropped by 6% in 2012. There was also much less volatility in gold pricing in 2012, which drove less press coverage and had a direct negative impact on retail level transactions.

Gross margin increased in Fiscal 2012 by $4,169,318, to $24,284,053 or 19.0% of revenue, compared to $20,114,735 or 14.5% of revenue in the prior year. This increase is due to margin increases in jewelry and scrap sales, as well as a shift in our sales mix away from the low margin bullion business.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $11,597,981 or 88% in Fiscal 2012, to $24,802,391 compared to $13,204,410 in the prior year. This increase was entirely driven by one-time costs, the acquisition of SBT in September of 2011, and the opening of additional non-SBT stores. $5,263,573 was incremental expense related to including SBT stores for a full year in 2012, versus a partial year in 2011 results, while $3,495,637 related to the addition of new non-SBT stores in Fiscal 2012. Additionally, the Company spent $3,176,884 in Fiscal 2012 in relation to the recent restatement and related legal matters. Excluding these expenses, the Company would have seen a slight decrease in its overall expenses for Fiscal 2012.

Depreciation and amortization increased by $390,697 or 128% in Fiscal 2012, to $696,477 compared to $305,780 in the prior year. $170,644 of this increase was driven by recognizing a full year of amortization related to the SBT intangible asset, versus a partial year in 2011. This remaining increase was driven by new assets related to store openings being placed into service, and amortization of deferred financing costs associated with the renewal of our credit facility.

The Company recorded a loss from continuing operations of $1,621,655 in Fiscal 2012, compared to income from continuing operations of $1,600,949 in Fiscal 2011, a reduction of $3,222,604. Excluding $3,176,884 in one-time expenses related to the recent restatement and related legal matters, the Company would have recorded income from continuing operations of $1,555,229 in Fiscal 2012.

Net loss in Fiscal 2012 was $2,311,168 compared to net income of $1,013,535 in Fiscal 2011, a reduction of $3,324,703. The net loss includes $689,513 and $587,414 in 2012 and 2011 respectively related to the discontinued operations of our Superior Galleries subsidiary.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Revenues decreased by $4,029,067 or 10% in the quarter ending December 31, 2012, to $37,502,187, compared to $41,531,254 in the in the quarter ending December 31, 2011. This decrease was primarily the result of an industry-wide reduction in bullion demand.

Gross Margin decreased in the quarter ending December 31, 2012 by $2,870,645, to $7,356,772 or 19.6% of revenue, compared to $10,227,417 or 24.6% of revenue in the prior year quarter.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $1,279,541 or 23% in the quarter ending December 31, 2012, to $6,771,623 compared to $5,492,082 in the prior year quarter. This increase was partially driven by one-time expenses of $628,712 related to the recent restatement and related legal matters, as well as expenses related to new store openings.

Depreciation and amortization increased by $108,430 or 78% in the quarter ending December 31, 2012, to $248,217 compared to $139,787 in the prior year quarter. This increase was driven primarily by new assets related to store openings being placed into service.

The Company recorded a gain from continuing operations of $135,004 in the quarter ending December 31, 2012, compared to income from continuing operation of $1,748,096 in the prior year quarter, a reduction of $1,613,092. Excluding $628,712 in one-time expenses related to the recent restatement and related legal matters, the Company would have recorded income from continuing operations of $763,716 in the quarter ending December 31, 2012.

Net income in the quarter ending December 31, 2012 was $135,004 compared to net income of $1,464,307 in the quarter ending December 31, 2011, a reduction of $1,329,303. The net loss includes $0 and $283,789 in the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011 respectively related to the discontinued operations of our Superior Galleries subsidiary.

Outlook for 2013

Mr. Vierling commented, "With the significant one-time expenses and management distractions associated with the restatement behind us, the Company expects 2013 to show a net profit while funding expansion out of internal cash flow. We have already signed leases and have begun construction on new branches in Texas, South Carolina and Georgia and are excited to provide significant shareholder value in the coming year and beyond."

  • Expansion plans and updates

    • 8-12 organic store openings funded through internal cash flow in existing markets

    • Three leases have been executed in Dallas, Atlanta and Charleston markets. Estimated openings in Second Quarter 2013.

    • Evaluation of immediately accretive acquisition opportunities

  • Complete the reorganization of accounting, back office and management functionality to support future growth, capable of supporting 150 to 200 stores in the future.

  • Continue to leverage strategic relationship with Elemetal

    • Expanded offering of Elemetal bullion products in all DGSE locations

    • Consolidation of SBT and DGSE corporate functions at Elemetal headquarters in Dallas

    • Continue to explore additional strategic business opportunities

  • Utilization of deferred tax asset related to net operating losses (currently fully reserved on balance sheet at $9 million)

Mr. Vierling concluded, "Since 2011, through self-funded organic store openings and through the acquisition of SBT, we have grown from 4 stores in 3 states, to 34 stores in 8 states. Remarkably, we did this without increasing our debt. We believe that over the next several years, through additional self-funded growth, the acquisition of accretive businesses using our stock as currency, and by leveraging our strategic relationships, we have the potential to expand to 150-200 locations nationwide with revenues exceeding $500 million. We understand that 2012 was a difficult year for our shareholders, and we would like to thank them for supporting this new management team, and ensure them that our focus in 2013 is on creating shareholder value through profitable expansion."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). The Company has also disclosed its performance on a non-GAAP basis that eliminates the effect of certain one-time expenses related to its recent restatement and related legal matters. Management believes this income measure provides a more representative assessment of performance and provides better comparability between reporting periods.

The Company's management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate the Company's operating results. The following table reconciles the GAAP (loss) income from continuing operations to the non-GAAP income from continuing operations excluding one-time expenses, versus the previous year:

For the Year Ended

December 31,

For the Three Months Ended

December 31,

For the Six Months Ended

December 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

2012

2011

(Loss) income from continuing operations

$

(1,621,655

)

$

1,600,949

$

135,004

$

1,748,096

$

(293,217

)

$

965,415

One-time expenses*

3,176,884

-

628,712

-

2,035,840

-

Income from continuing operations ex one-time expenses

$

1,555,229

$

1,600,949

$

763,716

$

1,748,096

$

1,742,623

$

965,415

*In Fiscal 2012, one-time expenses related to the restatement of the Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2010 consolidated financial statements, and related legal matters

Shareholder Relations

If you would like to schedule an individual meeting with DGSE management please call 972-481-3820 or email investorrelations@dgse.com with your meeting request.

Conference Call

DGSE will hold a conference call this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Central Time (3:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss the Company's year-end 2012 financial results. To participate in the teleconference, please call in a few minutes before the start time: +877-317-6789 for U.S. callers, +866-605-3852 for Canadian callers and +412-317-6789 for international callers and reference the DGSE conference call (confirmation code 10026741) when prompted. A replay will be available one hour after completion of the call through April 29, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. CT. To access the replay, please dial +877-344-7529 (U.S. callers) or +412-317-0088 (international callers) and reference passcode 10026741. The webcast and archived replay can also be accessed on the Company's website at www.dgse.com.

About DGSE Companies

DGSE Companies, Inc. wholesales and retails jewelry, diamonds, fine watches, and precious metal bullion and rare coin products through its Bullion Express, Charleston Gold & Diamond Exchange, Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, and Southern Bullion Coin & Jewelry operations. DGSE also owns Fairchild International, Inc., one of the largest vintage watch wholesalers in the country. In addition to its retail facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, the Company operates internet websites which can be accessed at www.bullionexpress.com, www.dgse.com, www.cgdeinc.com, and www.sbcoin.com. Real-time price quotations and real-time order execution in precious metals are provided on another DGSE website at www.USBullionExchange.com. Wholesale customers can access the full vintage watch inventory through the restricted site at www.FairchildWatches.com.

The Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and its common stock trades on the NYSE MKT exchange under the symbol "DGSE."

This press release includes statements which may constitute "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect" or similar expressions. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, continued acceptance of the Company's products and services in the marketplace, competitive factors, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

DGSE COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31,

2012

2011

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,911,087

$

5,976,928

Trade receivables, net of allowances

718,501

1,578,892

Inventories

11,932,729

10,717,291

Prepaid expenses

321,709

84,971

Current assets related to continuing operations

17,884,026

18,358,082

Assets related to discontinued operations

-

1,253,676

Total current assets

17,884,026

19,611,758

Property and equipment, net

4,849,937

4,478,957

Intangible assets, net

3,169,840

3,397,367

Other assets

211,069

160,491

Total assets

$

26,114,872

$

27,648,573

LIABILITIES

Current Liabilities:

Line of credit

$

-

$

2,999,887

Current maturities of long-term debt

146,949

451,674

Current maturities of capital leases

28,285

21,184

Accounts payable-trade

3,561,794

1,497,492

Accrued expenses

1,250,319

3,017,394

Customer deposits and other liabilities

2,617,592

1,836,748

Current liabilities related to continuing operations

7,604,939

9,824,379

Liabilities related to discontinued operations

-

54,454

Total current liabilities

7,604,939

9,878,833

Line of credit, related party

3,583,358

-

Long-term debt, less current maturities

1,843,062

2,447,336

Capital leases, less current maturities

-

30,914

Total liabilities

13,031,359

12,357,083

Commitments and contingencies

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 12,175,584 and 12,163,943 shares issued and outstanding

121,755

121,639

Additional paid-in capital

34,045,654

33,942,579

Accumulated deficit

(21,083,896

)

(18,772,728

)

Total stockholders' equity

13,083,513

15,291,490

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

26,114,872

$

27,648,573

DGSE COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Year Ended

December 31,

For the Three Months Ended

December 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Revenue:

Sales

$

127,876,610

$

139,158,986

$

37,502,187

$

41,531,254

Cost of goods sold

103,592,557

119,044,251

30,145,415

31,303,837

Gross margin

24,284,053

20,114,735

7,356,772

10,227,417

Expenses:

Selling, general and administrative expenses

24,802,391

13,204,410

6,771,623

5,492,082

Depreciation and amortization

696,477

305,780

248,217

139,787

25,498,868

13,510,190

7,019,840

5,631,869

Operating (loss) income

(1,214,815

)

6,604,545

336,932

4,595,548

Other expense (income) :

Loss on settlement of debt with related party

-

4,360,713

-

2,640,713

Other (income) expense, net

(60,093

)

29,315

(11,209

)

31,060

Interest expense

306,450

573,215

52,654

135,326

246,357

4,963,243

41,445

2,807,099

(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes

(1,461,172

)

1,641,302

295,487

1,788,449

Income tax expense

160,483

40,353

160,483

40,353