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Charles & Colvard Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

July 31, 2014

Revenue Increased 20% for Quarter, Inventory Reduced and Cash Position Increased

Conference Call to Be Held Today at 10:00AM EDT


MORRISVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Charles & Colvard, Ltd.(NASDAQ:CTHR), the sole source of created moissanite and Forever Brilliant®The World’s Most Brilliant Gem®, reports financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Highlights for the Second Quarter 2014:

  • Second quarter 2014 sales were $7.8 million compared with $6.5 million in the year-ago second quarter, an increase of 20%.
  • U.S. sales were $7.3 million for the second quarter compared with $5.4 million in the year-ago second quarter, a 35% increase.
  • International sales were $0.6 million for the second quarter, compared with $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 50%.
  • Loose jewel sales, including the Company’s whiter Forever Brilliant® moissanite, were $4.0 million for the quarter, compared with $4.1 million for the year-ago second quarter, a decrease of 2%. Finished jewelry sales were $3.8 million for the quarter, compared with $2.4 million in the year-ago second quarter, a 57% increase.
  • The Company’s wholesale business, which accounted for 87% of sales, generated $6.8 million of sales for the quarter, compared with $5.9 million in the year-ago second quarter.
  • The Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses, Moissanite.com and Lulu Avenue®, increased 59% for the quarter to $1.0 million of sales, or 13% of sales, compared with $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2013, or 10% of sales.
  • Operating expenses were $4.6 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared with $4.0 million in the year-ago period. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase of $0.7 million in bad debt expense which was primarily associated with one customer.
  • Second quarter 2014 had a net loss from operations of $2.0 million compared with a net loss from operations of $0.9 million in the year-ago second quarter. Net loss for the second quarter was $6.2 million, or $0.31 per share, compared with net loss of $0.5 million, or $0.02 per share, in the year-ago second quarter. Included in the net loss for the quarter was income tax expense of $4.2 million resulting from a valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets based on the Company’s cumulative negative taxable income over the last three years and the uncertainty of sufficient future taxable income to utilize its deferred tax assets. This compared with an income tax benefit of $0.4 million in the year-ago second quarter.
  • Reduced inventory from March 31, 2014 by $2.3 million.
  • The Company secured a new three-year $10 million asset-backed credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank providing working capital for general corporate purposes and for pursuing continued growth opportunities.

    Highlights for the Six Months 2014:

  • Six-month 2014 sales were $13.9 million compared with $13.0 million in the year-ago period, an increase of 7%.
  • U.S. sales were $13.0 million for the six months compared with $10.5 million in the year-ago period, a 24% increase.
  • International sales were $0.9 million for the six months, compared with $2.5 million for the year-ago period, a 63% decrease.
  • Loose jewel sales, including the Company’s whiter Forever Brilliant® moissanite, were $7.7 million for the first six of months 2014, compared with $8.4 million for the year-ago six-month period, a decrease of 9%. Finished jewelry sales were $6.2 million for the first six months of 2014, compared with $4.6 million in the year-ago six-month period, a 35% increase.
  • The Company’s wholesale business, which accounted for 86% of sales, generated $12.0 million of sales, compared with $11.9 million in the year-ago six-month period.
  • The Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses, Moissanite.com and Lulu Avenue®, increased 72% for the six-month period to $1.9 million or 14% of sales, compared with $1.1 million in the six-month period of 2013, or 8% of sales.
  • Operating expenses were $8.1 million for the first six months of 2014 compared with $7.1 million in the year-ago period. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase of $0.7 million in bad debt expense which was primarily associated with one customer.
  • Net loss from operations for the first six months of 2014 was $3.2 million, compared with a net loss from operations of $0.3 million in the year-ago period. Net loss for the six months was $7.3 million, or $0.36 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.2 million or $0.01 per share in the year-ago comparable period. Included in the net loss for the 2014 six-month period was income tax expense of $4.0 million, compared with an income tax benefit of $0.1 million in the comparable year-ago period.
  • Reduced inventory from December 31, 2013 by $0.9 million.

    “We are pleased to have achieved several financial initiatives this quarter including a 20% increase in year-over-year revenue, reducing our inventory, and increasing our cash position,” said Randy N. McCullough, Chief Executive Officer of Charles & Colvard. “Our new sales hires hit the ground running in April and May, and we believe their efforts will begin to make an impact on our sales. Our new marketing initiatives have been well-received, and we are also making inroads into expanding our domestic customer base, particularly with U.S. sales increasing 35% and accounting for 93% of our business this quarter. Our direct-to-consumer businesses also increased as we believe customers are drawn to the benefits of shopping for our fine jewelry in the comfort of their homes.”

    Mr. McCullough continued, “Our Survivor Collection™, which features unique and beautiful three-stone jewelry designs celebrating a cancer survivor’s journey, is being positively received. These exclusive designs consist of two brilliant clear stones and one pink; signifying life before the diagnosis, the journey through treatment, and the magical moment when the doctor says you are ‘clear.’ Our partnerships with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Women Survivors Alliance significantly enhance the meaningfulness of this collection to both our customers and our Company.”

    Mr. McCullough concluded, “With increasing brand awareness, a new marketing campaign and an expanded sales force, we look forward with continued optimism toward the remainder of the year. We plan to continue focusing our efforts on increasing sales, reducing our inventory and generating new opportunities for our wholesale and direct-to-consumer businesses.”

    Financial Position

    Cash and liquid investments totaled $3.4 million at June 30, 2014, up $0.8 million from approximately $2.6 million at December 31, 2013, and the Company had no debt outstanding as of June 30, 2014. Total inventory, including long-term and consigned inventory, was $41.5 million as of June 30, 2014, compared to $42.4 million at December 31, 2013.

    Investor Conference Call

    Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in today’s investor conference call by dialing 877-317-6789 (international/local participants dial 412-317-6789) and asking to be connected to the “Charles & Colvard, Ltd. Conference Call” a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 31, 2014. The call will also be broadcast live on the Internet at:

    http://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/346/3109.

    A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the call until 9:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 15, 2014 by dialing 877-344-7529 (U.S.) or 412-317-0088 (international) and entering the conference ID number 10038569.

    The conference call will also be archived for review on the Internet at http://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/346/3109 and on the Company’s website at www.charlesandcolvard.com until Friday, August 15, 2014.

    About Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

    Charles & Colvard, Ltd., is the global sole source of moissanite, a unique, near-colorless created gem that is distinct from other gems and jewels based on its exceptional fire, brilliance, luster, durability, and rarity. Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® and Forever Brilliant® are currently incorporated into fine jewelry sold through domestic and international retailers and other sales channels. Charles & Colvard, Ltd.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “CTHR.” For more information, please visitwww.charlesandcolvard.com.

    Forward-Looking Statement

    This press release contains 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 of 1934, as amended.Statements expressing expectations regarding our future and projections relating to products, sales, revenues, and earnings are typical of such statements and are made under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations, and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “continue,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.

    All forward-looking statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in predicting the future.You should be aware that although the forward-looking statements included herein represent management’s current judgment and expectations, our actual results may differ materially from those projected, stated, or implied in these forward-looking statements as a result of many factors including, but not limited to, our dependence on consumer acceptance and growth of sales of our products resulting from our strategic initiatives; dependence on a limited number of customers; the impact of the execution of our business plans on our liquidity; our ability to fulfill orders on a timely basis; the financial condition of our major customers and their willingness and ability to market our products; dependence on Cree, Inc. as the sole current supplier of the raw material; our current wholesale customers’ potential perception of us as a competitor in the finished jewelry business; intense competition in the worldwide jewelry industry; general economic and market conditions, including the current economic environment; risks of conducting business in foreign countries; the pricing of precious metals, which is beyond our control; the potential impact of seasonality on our business; our ability to protect our intellectual property; the risk of a failure of our information technology infrastructure to protect confidential information and prevent security breaches; possible adverse effects of governmental regulation and oversight; and the failure to evaluate and integrate strategic opportunities, in addition to the other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC.Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made.We undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur except as required by the federal securities laws, and you are urged to review and consider disclosures that we make in the reports that we file with the SEC that discuss other factors relevant to our business.

     

    Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

    Consolidated Statements of Operations

    (unaudited)

     
    Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
    2014   20132014   2013
    Net sales $ 7,841,647 $ 6,512,500 $ 13,909,200 $ 13,017,574
    Costs and expenses:
    Cost of goods sold 5,324,981 3,389,315 8,988,023 6,271,293
    Sales and marketing 2,171,614 2,532,995 4,366,225 4,779,204
    General and administrative 2,376,466 1,344,408 3,752,681 2,193,785
    Research and development 9,514 9,041 11,501 15,024
    Loss on abandonment of assets   -   95,052   2,201   95,052
    Total costs and expenses   9,882,575   7,370,811   17,120,631   13,354,358
    Loss from operations (2,040,928 ) (858,311 ) (3,211,431 ) (336,784 )
    Other income (expense):
    Interest income 20 6,972 49 14,474
    Interest expense   (188 )   (234 )   (318 )   (974 )
    Total other (expense) income, net   (168 )   6,738   (269 )   13,500
    Loss before income taxes (2,041,096 ) (851,573 ) (3,211,700 ) (323,284 )
    Income tax net (expense) benefit   (4,152,987 )   359,988   (4,045,777 )   137,972
    Net loss $ (6,194,083 ) $ (491,585 ) $ (7,257,477 ) $ (185,312 )
     
    Net loss per common share:
    Basic $ (0.31 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.36 ) $ (0.01 )
    Diluted $ (0.31 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.36 ) $ (0.01 )
     

    Weighted average number of shares used in

    computing net loss per common share:

    Basic 20,262,299 19,812,397 20,229,979 19,736,068
    Diluted 20,262,299 19,812,397 20,229,979 19,736,068
     
       

    Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

    Consolidated Balance Sheets

     
    June 30, 2014

    (unaudited)

    December 31,

    2013

    ASSETS
    Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,362,813 $ 2,573,405
    Accounts receivable, net 7,816,710 10,244,732
    Inventory, net 12,419,064 13,074,428
    Prepaid expenses and other assets 1,055,610 951,635
    Deferred income taxes   -   1,197,832
    Total current assets 24,654,197 28,042,032
    Long-term assets:
    Inventory, net 29,055,044 29,337,674
    Property and equipment, net 2,163,187 1,717,692
    Intangible assets, net 305,955 325,867
    Deferred income taxes - 2,841,891
    Other assets   349,466   58,696
    Total long-term assets   31,873,652   34,281,820
    TOTAL ASSETS $ 56,527,849 $ 62,323,852
     
    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
    Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable $ 3,659,900 $ 3,670,551
    Accrued cooperative advertising 196,000 188,000
    Accrued expenses and other liabilities   713,860   642,186
    Total current liabilities 4,569,760 4,500,737
    Long-term liabilities:
    Accrued rent 575,907 -
    Accrued income taxes   401,496

     

    395,442
    Total long-term liabilities   977,403   395,442

     

    Total liabilities   5,547,163   4,896,179
    Commitments and contingencies
    Shareholders’ equity:
    Common stock, no par value 53,949,001 53,949,001
    Additional paid-in capital – stock-based compensation 10,751,470 9,940,980
    Accumulated deficit   (13,719,785 )   (6,462,308 )
    Total shareholders’ equity   50,980,686   57,427,673
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 56,527,849 $ 62,323,852
     
     

    Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    (unaudited)

     
    Six Months Ended June 30,
    2014   2013
    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
    Net loss $ (7,257,477 ) $ (185,312 )
    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
    Depreciation and amortization 588,745 384,749
    Amortization of bond premium - 2,706
    Stock-based compensation 810,490 743,633
    Provision for uncollectible accounts 682,725 (60,805 )
    Provision for sales returns (845,000 ) (135,000 )
    Provision for inventory reserves 69,000 75,000
    Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes 4,039,723 (150,832 )
    Loss on abandonment of assets 2,201 95,052
    Changes in assets and liabilities:
    Accounts receivable 2,590,297 476,974
    Interest receivable - (891 )
    Inventory 868,994 (3,664,506 )
    Prepaid expenses and other assets, net (394,745 ) (392,819 )
    Accounts payable (10,651 ) 430,126
    Accrued cooperative advertising 8,000 108,000
    Accrued income taxes 6,054 5,810
    Other accrued liabilities   647,581   (40,620 )
    Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   1,805,937   (2,308,735 )
     
    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
    Purchases of property and equipment (956,666 ) (202,610 )
    Patent, license rights, and trademark costs   (59,863 )   (91,678 )
    Net cash used in investing activities   (1,016,529 )   (294,288 )
     
    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
    Stock option exercises   -   13,400
    Net cash provided by financing activities   -   13,400
     
    NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 789,408 (2,589,623 )
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD   2,573,405   11,860,842
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 3,362,813 $ 9,271,219
     
    Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
    Cash paid during the period for interest $ 318 $ 974
    Cash paid during the period for income taxes $ - $ 7,050
     





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    Dian Griesel Int’l.

    Susan Forman, 212-825-3210

    or

    Laura Radocaj, 212-825-3210

    or

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    Taglich Brothers, Inc.

    Christopher Schreiber, 212-661-6886


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