Spectrum Group International, Inc. Announces Fiscal First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

IRVINE, Calif.--()--Spectrum Group International, Inc. (SPGZ.PK) today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended September 30, 2012.

Highlights for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2012:

  • Total revenue $1.66 billion and gross profit of $10.2 million
    • Trading segment revenue of $1.61 billion and gross profit of $5.2 million
    • Collectible’s revenue of $51.3 million and gross profit of $5.0 million
  • Pre-tax loss from continuing operations of $667,000 and basic and diluted loss per share from continuing operations of $0.02
  • Sold Stamps division for $7.75 million, resulting in a gain on sale of $17,000
  • Reduced ownership by Afinsa and Auctentia from 57% to 9.9% of our outstanding common stock and eliminated Auctentia’s 20% ownership of our Trading operations
  • Sold in aggregate 13,430,702 shares of common stock for aggregate proceeds of $25.5 million.

Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased $594.2 million, or 26.3%, to $1.66 billion from $2.26 billion in the three months ended September 30, 2011. Our Trading segment revenues decreased $577.0 million, or 26.3%, to $1.61 billion for the three months ended September 30, 2012 versus $2.19 billion in the prior year. This decrease was primarily due to a slight decrease in average precious metals prices and a decrease in the ounces of precious metals sold. Our Collectibles segment revenues decreased $17.2 million, or 25.1%, to $51.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $68.5 million in 2011. This was due primarily to softening in the numismatics market, which led to decreased sales of coins and lower hammer prices at auction impacting our commissions.

Gross profit decreased $7.8 million, or 43.5%, to $10.2 million, or a gross profit margin of 0.6%, from $18.0 million, or a gross profit margin of 0.8% in 2011. There was a decrease in gross profit of $3.3 million, or 39.1%, to $5.2 million, or a gross profit margin of 0.3%, in the Trading segment. The decrease was due primarily to less price volatility and a decrease in volumes. Collectibles segment gross profit decreased by $4.5 million, or 47.4%, to $5.0 million, or a gross profit margin of 9.8%. The decrease was due to sales of a higher percentage of certain lower margin numismatic material, losses on hedging transactions, and softening of the overall market.

Pre-tax loss from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $667,000 versus $6.8 million income in 2011. The pre-tax loss in the current quarter is primarily due to the factors affecting gross profit and revenues described above as well as the impact of a $1.4 million decrease in interest income primarily associated with contraction of our finance and liquidity business services in our Trading operations caused by a decline in commodity prices. Also contributing to the $667,000 loss was the impact of $675,000 in unrealized losses on foreign exchange.

On September 13, 2012, we completed the sale of our Stamps division for $7.75 million and recognized a $17,000 gain on the sale. Loss from discontinued operations, which comprises the Stamps division and our discontinued militaria collectibles business, increased $1.6 million to $787,000 loss for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $795,000 income in 2011, due primarily to the lack of Stamp auctions in the first quarter prior to the sale of the Stamps division.

On September 25, 2012, we purchased from Afinsa and Auctentia a total of 15,609,796 shares of common stock, as a result of which the combined holdings of Afinsa and Auctentia was reduced from 57% to 9.9% of the Company's common stock outstanding. In addition, the Company purchased from Auctentia 20% of the shares of the Company's subsidiary Spectrum PMI, Inc., which is the holding company for the Company's A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. trading subsidiary. As a result, Spectrum PMI is now wholly owned by the Company. The aggregate purchase price, including interest and other charges, was $51.17 million. The purchase price was funded through the proceeds of a rights offering and private placement of shares of common stock, which also closed on September 25, 2012, as well as the Company's cash on hand, resulting in a net impact to working capital of $25.6 million in cash and cash equivalents. The Company sold 12,004,387 shares in the rights offering at a price of $1.90 per share, for aggregate proceeds of $22.8 million, and 1,426,315 shares in the private placement at a price of $1.90 per share, for aggregate proceeds of $2.71 million.

More information regarding the Company’s financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2012 is set forth in the Company’s Report on Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13, 2012.

    Three months ended        

in thousands, except per share data (unaudited)

September 30,
2012

   

September 30,
2011

Increase/
(Decrease)
$

Increase/
(Decrease)
%

Revenues $ 1,664,867 $ 2,259,054 $ (594,187 ) (26.3 )%
Gross profit 10,180 18,025 (7,845 ) (43.5 )%
Operating expenses 11,417 14,681 (3,264 ) (22.2 )%
Operating income (loss) (1,237 ) 3,344 (4,581 ) (137.0 )%
Pre-tax income (loss) from continuing operations (667 ) 6,812 (7,479 ) (109.8 )%
Income (loss) from continuing operations (651 ) 3,842 (4,493 ) (116.9 )%
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, attributable to Spectrum Group International, Inc. (787 ) 795 (1,582 ) (199.0 )%
Net income (loss) (1,438 ) 4,637 (6,075 ) (131.0 )%
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest (84 ) (1,464 ) (1,380 ) (94.3 )%
Net income (loss) attributable to Spectrum Group International, Inc. $ (1,522 ) $ 3,173 $ (4,695 ) (148.0 )%
Income (loss) per share attributable to Spectrum Group International, Inc.
Basic – continuing operations $ (0.02 ) $ 0.07 $ (0.09 ) (128.6 )%
Basic – discontinued operations $ (0.03 ) $ 0.03 $ (0.06 ) (200.0 )%
Diluted – continuing operations $ (0.02 ) $ 0.07 $ (0.09 ) (128.6 )%
Diluted – discontinued operations $ (0.03 ) $ 0.03 $ (0.06 ) (200.0 )%
Basic – net income (loss) $ (0.05 ) $ 0.10 $ (0.15 ) (150.0 )%
Diluted – net income (loss) $ (0.05 ) $ 0.10 $ (0.15 ) (150.0 )%
 

About Spectrum Group International, Inc.

Spectrum Group International, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, “we,” the “Company” or “SGI”) is a global trading and collectibles network. We are a trader of precious metals and an auctioneer of coins and wine, serving both collectors and dealers. We are also a merchant/dealer of certain collectibles. Our collectibles offerings span the price spectrum from modest to ultra-high end. Furthermore, we offer loans to coin dealers, collectors and investors backed by their precious metals, rare coins, and other collectibles as collateral.

Our Trading business is conducted through A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (“A-Mark”) and its subsidiaries. A-Mark is a full-service precious metal trading company, and an official distributor for many government mints throughout the world. A-Mark products include gold, silver, platinum and palladium for storage and delivery in the form of coins, bars, wafers and grain, and our services include financing, leasing, consignment, hedging and various customized financial programs. A-Mark’s subsidiary, Collateral Finance Corporation, provides financing on a wide array of bullion and numismatic products.

Our Collectibles business operates as an integrated network of leading companies concentrating on numismatic (coins) and rare and fine vintage wine. We have offices and auction houses in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to traditional live auctions, we also conduct Internet and telephone auctions.

Spectrum Group’s Collectibles companies in the numismatics field include Stack’s Bowers Galleries (rare coin and currency auction house), Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio (world and ancient coins and currency auction house), Teletrade (online coin auctions), and Spectrum Numismatics International (wholesale rare coin dealer), all based in Irvine, California. Spectrum Wine Auctions is engaged in the sale by auction of rare and fine vintage wine.

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SPECTRUM GROUP INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
         

September 30,
2012

June 30,
2012 (1)

ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,659 $ 25,305
Receivables and secured loans, net – trading operations 146,341 127,995
Accounts receivable and consignor advances, net – collectibles operations 15,583 20,428
Inventory, net 184,016 157,849
Prepaid expenses and other assets 3,145 2,770
Deferred tax assets 13,231 13,192
Current assets of discontinued operations       8,273  
  Total current assets 377,975 355,812
Property and equipment, net 12,672 11,710
Goodwill 5,986 6,765
Other purchased intangible assets, net 6,943 7,157
Restricted cash 572 550
Income tax receivables 2,637 2,637
Deferred tax assets – non-current 1,907 1,207
Other assets 940 943
Non-current assets of discontinued operations       1,115  
Total assets $ 409,632   $ 387,896  
 
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and consignor payables $ 145,587 $ 95,787
Liability on borrowed metals 27,512 27,076
Obligation under product financing arrangement 15,576
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 6,882 9,921
Income taxes payable 15,000 17,860
Lines of credit 120,565 92,669
Debt obligations, current portion 491 154
Current liabilities of discontinued operations       8,224  
Total current liabilities 316,037 267,267
 
Deferred and other long-term tax liabilities 8,155 8,010
Debt obligations, net of current portion 6,210 6,574
Other long-term liabilities   649     168  
Total liabilities   331,051     282,019  
 
Commitments and contingencies        
Redeemable non-controlling interest   56     124  
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 10,000 shares; issued and outstanding: none
Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 40,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 30,629 and 32,723 at September 30, 2012 and June 30, 2012, respectively 306 327
Additional paid-in capital 209,576 242,418
Accumulated other comprehensive income 6,194 6,389
Accumulated deficit   (139,828 )   (156,777 )
Total Spectrum Group International, Inc. stockholders’ equity 76,248 92,357
Non-controlling interest   2,277     13,396  
Total stockholders’ equity   78,525     105,753  
Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interest and stockholders’ equity $ 409,632   $ 387,896  

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(1)   The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2012 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company's 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K, adjusted to reflect discontinued operations.
 
SPECTRUM GROUP INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
                 

Three months
ended
September 30,
2012

Three months
ended
September 30,
2011 (1)

Revenues:
Sales of precious metals $ 1,613,615 $ 2,190,586
Collectibles revenues:
Sales of inventory 46,274 59,900
Auction services   4,978     8,568  
Total revenues   1,664,867     2,259,054  
Cost of sales:
Cost of precious metals sold 1,608,451 2,182,104
Cost of collectibles sold 43,417 56,386
Auction services expense   2,819     2,539  
Total cost of sales   1,654,687     2,241,029  
Gross profit   10,180     18,025  
Operating expenses:
General and administrative 5,128 6,541
Salaries and wages 5,784 7,768
Depreciation and amortization   505     372  
Total operating expenses   11,417     14,681  
Operating income (loss)   (1,237 )   3,344  
Interest and other income (expense):
Interest income 2,188 3,624
Interest expense (1,082 ) (1,288 )
Other income (expense), net 139 (628 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on foreign exchange   (675 )   1,760  
Total interest, other income (expense) and unrealized gain (loss) on foreign exchange   570     3,468  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before provision for income taxes (667 ) 6,812
Provision for income taxes (income tax benefit)   (16 )   2,970  
Income (loss) from continuing operations (651 ) 3,842
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, attributable to Spectrum Group International, Inc.   (787 )   795  
Net income (loss) (1,438 ) 4,637
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interests   (84 )   (1,464 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Spectrum Group International, Inc. $ (1,522 ) $ 3,173  
 
Basic and diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Spectrum Group International, Inc.:
Basic – continuing operations $ (0.02 ) $ 0.07  
Basic – discontinued operations $ (0.03 ) $ 0.03  
Diluted – continuing operations $ (0.02 ) $ 0.07  
Diluted – discontinued operations $ (0.03 ) $ 0.03  
Basic – net income (loss) $ (0.05 ) $ 0.10  
Diluted – net income (loss) $ (0.05 ) $ 0.10  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic   32,783     32,638  
Diluted   32,783     32,935  

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(1)   Adjusted to reflect discontinued operations.
 
SPECTRUM GROUP INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
                 

Three months
ended
September 30,
2012

Three months
ended
September 30,
2011 (1)

 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ (1,438 ) $ 4,637
(Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, attributable to Spectrum Group International, Inc.   787     (795 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations (651 ) 3,842
Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities — continuing operations:
Net unrealized (gains) losses on foreign currency 675 (1,760 )
Depreciation and amortization 505 372
Provision for bad debts 42
Provision for inventory reserve 19 26
Share based compensation 72 148
Gain on sale of Stamps business (17 )
Loss on abandonment of property and equipment 179
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Receivables and secured loans (18,346 ) (115,552 )
Accounts receivable and consignor advances (179 ) (3,782 )
Inventory (26,760 ) 21,378
Prepaid expenses and other assets (1,303 ) (1,549 )
Liabilities on borrowed metals 436 10,688
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 47,011 142,288
Income taxes receivable/payable (2,593 ) 2,119
Deferred taxes and other long-term tax liabilities (739 ) (2 )
Accrued litigation settlement       (755 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities — continuing operations (1,649 ) 57,461
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities — discontinued operations   (1,353 )   1,078  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (3,002 )   58,539  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures for property and equipment (858 ) (898 )
Change in restricted cash (22 ) 543
Purchases/sales of marketable securities (991 )
Divestiture of business   7,750      
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities — continuing operations 6,870 (1,346 )
Net cash used in investing activities — discontinued operations   (22 )    
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   6,848     (1,346 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings (repayments) under lines of credit, net 27,896 (18,697 )
Borrowings (repayments) on notes payable (27 ) (34 )
Obligation under product financing arrangement (15,576 )
Issuance of common stock 25,242
Retirement of repurchased common stock (51,178 )
Repurchase of restricted stock (1 )
Distributions paid to non-controlling interest       (6 )
Net cash used in financing activities — continuing operations (13,644 ) (18,737 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities — discontinued operations        
Net cash used in financing activities   (13,644 )   (18,737 )
Effects of exchange rates on cash   152     (195 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (9,646 ) 38,261
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   25,305     24,181  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 15,659     62,442  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest expense $ 965     1,224  
Income taxes $ 3,099     751  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Purchase of equipment under capital lease $ (573 )    

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(1)   Adjusted to reflect discontinued operations.

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Spectrum Group International, Inc.
Paul Soth, 949-748-4800
Chief Financial Officer
psoth@spectrumgi.com

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Spectrum Group International, Inc.
Paul Soth, 949-748-4800
Chief Financial Officer
psoth@spectrumgi.com