STATEN ISLAND, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/13 -- Coffee Holding Co., Inc. ("Coffee Holding" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: JVA) today announced its operating results for the three months ended January 31, 2013.
"We are pleased with our results for the quarter. In the first fiscal quarter of 2012, we recorded record revenue of $56.6 million, which was more than 121% of the first fiscal quarter of 2011 revenue and well in excess of any previous fiscal first quarter and not consistent with our historical growth. We believe this year's level of sales of $31.3 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2013, while below the first fiscal quarter of 2012, is more normalized from a historical perspective. Excluding 2012, our revenue for the first quarter of 2013 well exceeded previous first fiscal quarter results. In the first fiscal quarters of 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008, we had revenues of $25.6 million, $21.4 million, $18.9 million, $15.0 million, respectively. In addition, during this quarter our gross margins increased on a percentage basis from 7.9% to 11.8% reflecting our efforts to increase our profit margins which we believe will result in greater future profitability for the company. We also believe this is a successful result given the negative impact on our profitability attributable to our withdrawal of our investment in Global Mark during the quarter," noted Andrew Gordon, our President and CEO.
"We experienced growth in key areas compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012, most importantly on the branded and private label sides of the business. We believe it is the growth in these two areas that will ultimately enable us to achieve the targeted annualized gross profit level of nine percent for our 2013 fiscal year. A more favorable revenue mix is the first step for overall increased margins. We also believe coffee prices will rebound in the second half of 2013, helping to improve both our revenues and profits on the sales of wholesale green coffee. We anticipate a more normalized growth pattern on a going forward basis, while we remain focused on margin expansion and new business opportunities," stated Mr. Gordon.
Results of Operations
The Company had net income of $937,537, or $0.15 per share basic and $0.14 diluted, for the three months ended January 31, 2013 compared to net income of $1,578,345 or $0.25 per share basic and $0.24 diluted, for the three months ended January 31, 2012. The decrease in net income primarily reflects lower sales for the period year over year and the write off involving the Company's investment in Global Mark partially offset by higher gross margins of 11.8% during the three month period.
Net sales totaled $31,318,804 for the three months ended January 31, 2013, a decrease of $25,282,880, or 44.7%, from $56,601,684 for the three months ended January 31, 2012. The decrease in net sales primarily reflects lower coffee prices as well as reduced volumes of wholesale green coffee sales during the three month period.
Cost of sales for the three months ended January 31, 2013 was $27,636,207 or 88.2% of net sales, as compared to $52,151,940 or 92.1% of net sales for the three months ended January 31, 2012. The decrease in cost of sales reflects a shift in our overall business to a higher percentage of roasted coffee sales which tend to be more profitable on a percentage basis than our green coffee.
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