Collectors Universe, Inc.
Feb 9, 2009
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Collectors Universe Reports Results for Second Quarter Ended December 31, 2008

Operating Results Include Non-Cash Jewelry Impairment Charge of $7.7 million

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Collectors Universe, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLCT), a leading provider of value-added authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of high-value collectibles, diamonds and colored gemstones, today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended December 31, 2008. The Company also reported that it had decided to exit the currency grading business and as a result of this decision, the assets and liabilities of its currency business have been classified as held for sale and the related operating results have been classified as discontinued operations.

Overview

Second Fiscal Quarter of 2009. For the second fiscal quarter of 2009, the Company reported net service revenues of $8.1 million and a loss from continuing operations of $10.8 million, or $1.19 per diluted share. This compares to net service revenues of $9.0 million and a loss from continuing operations of $1.4 million or $0.15 per diluted share, for the second fiscal quarter of 2008. Results for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 reflect a non cash impairment charge of $7.7 million or $0.85 per diluted share related to the goodwill and other long-lived assets of the Company's jewelry businesses.

Six Months Ended December 31, 2008. For the six months ended December 31, 2008, the Company reported net service revenues of $17.6 million and a loss from continuing operations of $12.0 million, or $1.32 per diluted share. This compares to net revenues of $19.5 million and a loss from continuing operations of $1.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the same six months of fiscal 2008. Results for the six months ended December 31, 2008 reflect the non-cash impairment charge of $7.7 million recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2009.

The income tax expense of $1.2 million in the current second quarter and six months ended December 31, 2008 represents the establishment of a non-cash valuation allowance against deferred tax assets due to uncertainties as to the future realizability of these assets.

Operational and Financial Highlights:

Michael Haynes, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Although our Coin Collectibles business recorded lower revenues in large part due to the lower coin trade show revenues, the coin operating profit contribution in the current second quarter was up significantly due to the more normal warranty claims as compared to the second fiscal quarter of the prior year. Notwithstanding the fact that the December quarter is the seasonal low for collectibles, the Collectibles Group reported an operating contribution of approximately $1.04 million. Our Jewelry Group operating results were adversely impacted by the slumping economy in the second fiscal quarter of 2009, resulting in a reduction of 25% in such revenues when compared to the second fiscal quarter of 2008, while the loss of such revenues was more than offset by the benefits of the reductions in expenses and improvements in efficiency in the Jewelry Group from the second fiscal quarter of 2008 to the second fiscal quarter of 2009.

The non-cash charge to earnings in the second quarter ended December 31, 2008 was the result of a fair value determination, under applicable accounting rules, with respect to the value of the Company's goodwill and certain assets of its Jewelry Group as of December 31, 2008. Cash flows were unaffected by the recognition of this fair value analysis and related charge. The Company's future prospects are unaffected by this impairment charge and the Company's consolidated financial condition continues to be strong with significant cash balances of more than $19 million and no debt."

Second Fiscal Quarter 2009 Operating Results

The 10% decline in net service revenues in the second quarter of the current year compared to the same quarter of the prior year was comprised of a $781,000 or 10.4% decline in grading and authentication fees and a $97,000 or 6.7% decline in related services. The 10.4% decline in grading and authentication fees comprised decreases of 8% in both our coins and sportcards fees and a 25% decline in our jewelry revenue. Consistent with the first quarter of fiscal 2009, the reductions in our coin grading fees was attributable to lower trade show and modern submissions partially offset by an increase in our vintage coin grading submissions.

The services gross profit margin was 44.5% in the current second quarter compared to 44% in the same quarter of last year, when the prior second quarter is adjusted for $822,000 of significant warranty costs that were recognized in that quarter. While the Company has implemented cost reductions in the first half of the year, the extent of the revenue declines have offset the benefit of such costs reductions.

Operating expenses before the impairment charge were $5.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to $5.8 million for the same quarter of last year. The decrease of $0.4 million was attributable to lower sales and marketing expenses incurred by our jewelry businesses. Net general and administrative expenses were about the same quarter on quarter, as a result of costs reductions implemented so far this year being offset by increased rent expense for the colored gemstone business and professional fees.

The resulting operating loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2009, before giving effect to the $7.7 million impairment charge, was $2.0 million as compared to an operating loss of $2.6 million for the same quarter of last year; while the operating losses, inclusive of the impairment, in the current second quarter totaled $9.7 million.

Six months Operating Results

The 10% decline in net service revenues in the six months ended December 31, 2008, was comprised of a $1,821,000 or 11.1% decline in grading and authentication fees and a $143,000 or 4.5% decline in related services. The 11.1% decline in grading and authentication fees comprised fee declines of 12% in coins, 6% in sportcards and 10% in jewelry.

The services gross profit margin of 46.3% in the current six months ended December 31, 2008 compared to 49% in the same six months of last year, when the prior six months is adjusted for $822,000 of significant warranty costs. The decline in the gross profit margin reflects the decline in revenues.

Operating expenses for the current six months ended December 31, 2008 before the impairment were $11.2 million compared to $11.9 million for the same six months of last year. Consistent with the second quarter, the decrease of $0.7 million was attributable to lower sales and marketing expenses incurred by our jewelry businesses.

The resulting operating loss for the current six months ended December 31, 2008 before giving effect to the $7.7 million impairment charge, was $3.3 million, and after giving effect to the impairment was $11.0 million, as compared to an operating loss of $3.1 million in the same six months of the prior year.

Financial Condition

At December 31, 2008, cash and cash equivalents totaled $19.6 million compared with $23.3 million at June 30, 2008. Net cash usage of $3.7 million for the six months ended December 31, 2008, included cash used in operations of $1.7 million, the payment of cash dividends to stockholders of $2.1 million, payments for the repurchase and retirement of common stock of net $0.3 million, expenditures for capital equipment and software of $1.7 million and net repayments of CFC advances of $2.3 million. At December 31, 2008, the Company had working capital of $19.7 million and no long-term debt.

Outlook

Haynes continued, "Our core collectibles grading businesses are fundamentally healthy with large market shares and positive cash flows and we are continuing to lower costs and increase efficiencies in those businesses which we believe over time will result in the improvement of margins, profit and cash flows. Our jewelry businesses have been particularly impacted by the current economic conditions and we have responded with significant reductions in capacity and marketing costs. Our balance sheet at December 31, 2008, had more than $19 million in cash and cash equivalents and we have no debt. We are fully committed to properly sizing our capacity, reducing operating costs and organizing our operating divisions to improve our operating results and generate positive cash flow."

Conference Call and Webcast

Collectors Universe will host a conference call to discuss results on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Pacific. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 866-250-2351 or 303-242-0015, five to ten minutes prior to the initiation of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available through February 24, 2009, by dialing 800-405-2236 or 303-590-3000 and entering access code 11126469#. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Collectors Universe website, www.collectors.com, under Investor Relations: Earnings Conference Calls. The webcast will be archived for 12 months.

About Collectors Universe

Collectors Universe, Inc. is a leading provider of value added services to the high-value collectibles and diamond and colored gemstones markets. The Company authenticates and grades collectible coins, sports cards, autographs, stamps, currency, diamonds and colored gemstones. The Company also compiles and publishes authoritative information about United States and world coins, collectible sports cards and sports memorabilia, collectible stamps, diamonds and colored gemstones. This information is accessible to collectors and dealers at the Company's web site, http://www.collectors.com, and is also published in print.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information

This news release contains statements regarding our expectations, beliefs or views about our future financial performance, which constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may."

Due to a number of risks and uncertainties to which our business is subject, our future financial performance may differ, possibly significantly, from our expected financial performance as set forth in the forward looking statements contained in this news release. Information regarding those risks and uncertainties, and their possible impact on our future financial performance, include, but are not limited to, the risks that our strategy to expand into new collectibles and other high value asset markets, such as the diamond and colored gemstone markets, and to offer new services in our existing markets will not be successful in enabling us to improve our profitability or may even cause us to incur significant losses.

Additional information regarding these risks and information regarding other risks and uncertainties to which our business is subject is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended June 30, 2008 which we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 30, 2008. Due to these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in that Annual Report, which speak only as of their respective dates. We also disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.

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                 COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
               CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                    (in thousands, except per share data)
                                 (unaudited)

                                       Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
                                           December 31,       December 31,
                                         2008      2007      2008      2007
    Net revenues:
      Grading, authentication and
       related services                 $8,103    $8,981   $17,580   $19,544
      Product sales                        102       811       103       892
                                         8,205     9,792    17,683    20,436
    Cost of revenues:
      Grading, authentication and
       related services                  4,501     5,851     9,432    10,856
      Product sales                        295       788       306       807
                                         4,796     6,639     9,738    11,663
    Gross profit                         3,409     3,153     7,945     8,773
    Operating expenses:
      Selling and marketing expenses     1,298     1,780     2,953     3,708
      General and administrative
       expenses                          3,775     3,717     7,657     7,645
      Impairment loss                    7,695         -     7,695         1
      Amortization of intangible assets    334       274       630       533
    Total operating expenses            13,102     5,771    18,935    11,887
    Operating loss                      (9,693)   (2,618)  (10,990)   (3,114)
    Interest income, net                    75       296       199       740
    Other income (expense)                  (1)        2         9         3
    Loss before income taxes            (9,619)   (2,320)  (10,782)   (2,371)
    Provision (benefit) for income
     taxes                               1,210      (925)    1,210      (945)
    Loss from continuing operations    (10,829)   (1,395)  (11,992)   (1,426)
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of income tax
     benefit                               (95)      (48)     (229)     (127)
    Net loss                          $(10,924)  $(1,443) $(12,221)  $(1,553)

    Net loss per basic share:
      Loss from continuing operations   $(1.19)   $(0.15)   $(1.32)   $(0.15)
      Loss from discontinued operations,
       net of income tax benefit         (0.01)        -     (0.02)    (0.02)
    Net loss                            $(1.20)   $(0.15)   $(1.34)   $(0.17)

    Net loss per diluted share:
      Loss from continuing operations   $(1.19)   $(0.15)   $(1.32)   $(0.15)
      Loss from discontinued operations,
       net of income tax benefit         (0.01)        -     (0.02)    (0.02)
    Net loss                            $(1.20)   $(0.15)   $(1.34)   $(0.17)

    Weighted average shares outstanding:
      Basic                              9,083     9,340     9,116     9,325
      Diluted                            9,083     9,340     9,116     9,325
    Cash dividends declared per common
     Share                                  $-     $0.25     $0.25     $0.50



                 COLLECTORS UNIVERSE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                    (in thousands, except per share data)
                                (unaudited)

                                                      December 31,  June 30,
                                                          2008        2008
    ASSETS
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                         $19,607    $23,345
      Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $95 at
       December 31, 2008 and $79 at June 30, 2008         1,399      1,389
      Refundable income taxes                               575        575
      Inventories, net                                      791        961
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets           1,221        959
      Customer notes receivable, net of allowance of
       $31 at December 31, 2008 and at June 30, 2008      2,390      2,062
      Net deferred income tax asset                         496        486
      Customer notes receivables held for sale                -      3,579
      Receivables from sale of net assets of
       discontinued operations                               92         92
      Current assets of discontinued operation held
       for sale                                             233        117
          Total current assets                           26,804     33,565

      Property and equipment, net                         2,974      4,473
      Goodwill                                            2,626      3,974
      Intangible assets, net                              3,929      8,386
      Net deferred income tax assets                          -        909
      Customer note receivable, net of current portion      975          -
      Note receivable from sale of discontinued operation    92        138
      Other assets                                          392        396
      Non-current assets of discontinued operation
       held for sale                                        127        177
                                                        $37,919    $52,018
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable                                   $1,488     $1,817
      Accrued liabilities                                 1,636      1,724
      Accrued compensation and benefits                   1,319      1,423
      Income taxes payable                                  351        368
      Deferred revenue                                    2,066      2,038
      Current liabilities of discontinued operation
       held for sale                                        244        198
          Total current liabilities                       7,104      7,568
    Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities           770        620
    Net deferred income tax liability                       305          -
    Commitments and contingencies                             -          -
    Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 5,000 shares
     authorized; no shares issued or outstanding              -          -
    Common stock, $.001 par value; 20,000 shares
     authorized at December 31, 2008 and 45,000 at
     June 30, 2008; outstanding 9,187 at December 31,
     2008 and 8,361 at June 30, 2008                          9          8
    Additional paid-in capital                           76,217     75,996
    Accumulated deficit                                 (46,486)   (32,174)
          Total stockholders' equity                     29,740     43,830
                                                        $37,919    $52,018

SOURCE Collectors Universe, Inc. -- 02/09/2009

CONTACT:
Joseph Wallace
Chief Financial Officer
Collectors Universe, Inc.,
1-949-567-1245
jwallace@collectors.com

Web Site: http://www.collectors.com