FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2018. A conference call will be conducted by senior management at 10:00 am Eastern Time on August 3, 2018. Dial-in details have been provided previously and are included below for reference.

-- Q2’18 net sales decreased 0.5% to $19.2 million, compared to prior year’s $19.3 million. North America reported SSS decline of 1.8% while International reported SSS improvement of 5.6%. New stores added $0.3 million of sales. -- Q2’18 gross profit margin improved to 68.4% compared to prior year’s 66.9%. -- Q2’18 operating income was approximately $1,981,000, a 19.7% improvement over prior year. -- YTD’18 net sales increased 0.1% to $39.5 million, compared to prior year’s $39.4 million. North America reported SSS decline of 1.5% and International reported SSS improvement of 5.7%. New stores added $0.6 million of sales. -- YTD’18 gross profit margin improved to 65.8% compared to prior year’s 63.9%. -- YTD’18 operating income was approximately $3,750,000, a 10.5% improvement over prior year.

“Our second quarter results were encouraging and reflect that we are headed in the right direction,” commented Shannon Greene, Chief Executive Officer. “While sales were tough this quarter, our success was on improving gross profit and operating margins which we did with customer and product mix and in controlling costs. As we look to the second half of 2018, we are excited about our product selections and line-up which we expect to drive some moderate top line expansion.”

Consolidated net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $1.4 million compared to $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 40%. Fully diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for the second quarter of 2018 were $0.15, compared to $0.11 in last year’s second quarter. Consolidated net income for the first half of 2018 increased to $2.7 million or EPS of $0.29 versus $2.3 million or $0.24 in the comparable period last year.

Sales from the North America segment, consisting of 115 stores in the US and Canada, decreased $150,000 in the second quarter, down 0.8% from last year's second quarter sales. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, North America’s sales decreased $65,000 or 0.2% from prior year. The sales decline for our North America segment was primarily attributable to declines in sales to our non-retail customers who purchased lower quantities of leather, partially offset by fluctuations in the Canadian dollar exchange rate. Our International segment, consisting of four stores outside of North America, added sales of $901,000 for the quarter compared to last year’s second quarter sales of $853,000, an increase of 5.6%. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, International sales, totaling $1.9 million, were up 5.7%, or $101,000, over the same period last year. The improvement in our International segment sales was due to favorable foreign currency exchange rates and recent price increases.

Consolidated gross profit margin for the current quarter was 68.4%, compared to 66.9% for the second quarter of 2017. For the first half of 2018, consolidated gross profit margin was 65.8%, improving from last year's gross profit margin of 63.9%. The improvement in gross profit margin was due to the shift in customer mix, with more retail than non-retail sales, as well as product mix, with more higher-margin items sold, as well as international price increases and the strengthening US dollar.

Consolidated operating expenses decreased approximately 0.9% or $103,000 for the current quarter compared to prior year, as we reduced advertising and marketing spend, partially offset by higher personnel and occupancy costs. Consolidated operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2018 increased 1.9% or $422,000 compared to the same period in 2017, primarily related to the three stores that have opened since the beginning of 2017, as well as increases in store associate wages and higher common area maintenance costs.

The effective tax rate was 26.5% in the first half of 2018 compared to 32.0% in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to the new lower federal rate of 21%, offset by the addition of the new global foreign income provision, the loss of the domestic production deduction, and a lower deferred tax benefit, primarily related to fixed assets.

At June 30, 2018, inventory equaled $38.0 million, with an average inventory per store of $184,000 (excluding inventory at our home office manufacturing and distribution center and in-transit inventory) compared to $176,000 per store at December 31, 2017. The increase was attributable to stocking up following the holiday season and an expanded product line to support new marketing and merchandising initiatives.

Tina Castillo, Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Our second quarter results continued to help us build on our strong financial position and we reaffirm our 2018 guidance of sales in the range of $82 - $84 million and EPS in the range of $0.63 - $0.68. While gross profit was strong in the first half of 2018, we expect that the second half of the year to be more comparable to last year’s margins. For our effective tax rate, we initially projected 21%, but expect that it may be closer to 24-25%, after adding state income taxes and the global foreign income tax.”

Conference Call Information

A conference call will be conducted by senior management at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on August 3, 2018 and will be accessible to the public by calling 877-312-5524 or 253-237-1144. Callers should dial in approximately 5 minutes before the call begins. A conference call replay will be available through 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 8, 2018 and can be accessed by calling 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406. For both, reference conference ID number 1265749 and Web Pin 0213. This call will be webcast and can be accessed at the company’s web site at www.tandyleather.com.

Tandy Leather Factory, Inc., ( http://www.tandyleather.com ), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a specialty retailer of a broad product line including leather, leatherworking tools, buckles and adornments for belts, leather dyes and finishes, saddle and tack hardware, and do-it-yourself kits. The Company distributes its products through its 117 North American stores located in 42 US states and 7 Canadian provinces, and four International stores located in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Spain. Its common stock trades on the Nasdaq with the symbol "TLF". To be included on Tandy Leather Factory’s email distribution list, go to http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=1625&to=ea&s=0.

Contact: Tina Castillo, Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (817) 872-3200 or tcastillo@tandyleather.com Mark Gilbert, Magellan Fin, LLC (317) 867-2839 or MGilbert@MagellanFin.com

This news release may contain statements regarding future events, occurrences, circumstances, activities, performance, outcomes and results that are considered “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results and events may differ from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: changes in general economic conditions, negative trends in general consumer-spending levels, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of opening retail stores; availability of hides and leathers and resultant price fluctuations; change in customer preferences for our product, and other factors disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Selected financial data:

Quarter Ended 6/30/18 Quarter Ended 6/30/17 ----------------------- ----------------------- Income Income Net Sales from Net Sales from Operations Operations ----------- ---------- ----------- ---------- North America $18,276,885 $1,986,190 $18,427,425 $1,814,887 International 900,882 (4,709) 853,345 (159,450) Total Operations $19,177,767 $1,981,481 $19,280,770 $1,655,437 ----------- ---------- ----------- ----------

Six Months Ended Six Months Ended 6/30/18 6/30/17 ----------------------- ----------------------- Income Income Net Sales from Net Sales from Operations Operations ----------- ---------- ----------- ---------- North America $37,594,145 $3,816,849 $37,659,139 $3,626,450 International 1,872,540 (66,407) 1,771,476 (233,522) Total Operations $39,466,685 $3,750,442 $39,430,615 $3,392,928 ----------- ---------- ----------- ----------

North America Quarter Ended Quarter Ended 6/30/18 6/30/17 ------------------ ------------------ # of Net Sales # of Net Sales stores stores ------ ----------- ------ ----------- Same stores 112 $17,966,357 112 $18,292,128 New stores 3 310,528 3 135,297 Total Sales – North America 115 $18,276,885 115 $18,427,425 ----------- -----------

North America Six Months Ended Six Months Ended 6/30/18 6/30/17 ------------------ ------------------ # of Net Sales # of Net Sales stores stores ------ ----------- ------ ----------- Same stores 112 $36,965,669 112 $37,523,842 New stores 3 628,476 3 135,297 Total Sales – North America 115 $37,594,145 115 $37,659,139 ----------- -----------

International – there were no new stores or closed stores for the three and six-months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, so total sales are equal to same store sales.

TANDY LEATHER FACTORY, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 6/30/18 12/31/17 ------------ ------------ ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS: Cash $18,955,328 $18,337,258 Accounts receivable-trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $9,911 and $22,642 in 2018 and 2017, respectively 496,255 461,212 Inventory 38,020,269 37,311,197 Prepaid income taxes 233,002 41,307 Prepaid expenses 1,374,944 1,473,147 Other current assets 75,459 189,029 ------------ ------------ Total current assets 59,155,257 57,813,150 ------------ ------------ PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, at cost 27,551,811 27,218,481 Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (12,552,648) (11,750,639) ------------ ------------ 14,999,163 15,467,842 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 269,512 271,738 GOODWILL 958,464 962,949 OTHER INTANGIBLES, net of accumulated amortization of $712,000 and $710,000 in 2018 and 2017, respectively 18,083 19,222 OTHER ASSETS 384,744 379,695 ------------ ------------ $75,785,223 $74,914,596 ------------ ------------ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts payable-trade $1,223,522 $1,413,450 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 3,863,282 4,953,477 Current maturities of long-term debt 1,740,556 614,311 ------------ ------------ Total current liabilities 6,827,360 6,981,238 ------------ ------------ DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 1,474,675 1,636,958 LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current maturities 6,614,112 6,757,419 COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY: Preferred stock, $0.10 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding - - Common stock, $0.0024 par value; 25,000,000 shares authorized; 11,330,340 and 11,313,692 shares issued at 2018 and 2017, respectively, 9,154,215 and 9,270,862 shares outstanding at 2018 and 2017, respectively 27,193 27,153 Paid-in capital 6,883,919 6,831,271 Retained earnings 66,466,644 63,921,244 Treasury stock at cost (2,176,125 and 2,042,830 shares at 2018 and 2017, (11,273,770) (10,278,584) respectively) Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,234,910) (962,103) ------------ ------------ Total stockholders' equity 60,869,076 59,538,981 ------------ ------------ $75,785,223 $74,914,596 ------------ ------------

TANDY LEATHER FACTORY, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, THREE MONTHS SIX MONTHS 2018 2017 2018 2017 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- NET SALES $19,177,767 $19,280,770 $39,466,685 $39,430,615 COST OF SALES 6,059,325 6,385,236 13,505,281 14,249,036 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Gross profit 13,118,442 12,895,534 25,961,404 25,181,579 OPERATING EXPENSES 11,136,961 11,240,097 22,210,962 21,788,651 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 1,981,481 1,655,437 3,750,442 3,392,928 OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE): Interest expense (78,182) (53,680) (142,824) (90,024) Other, net 46,741 17,012 85,613 19,663 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total other income (expense) (31,441) (36,668) (57,211) (70,361) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 1,950,040 1,618,769 3,693,231 3,322,567 PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 509,948 591,037 979,520 1,063,570 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- NET INCOME $1,440,092 $1,027,732 $2,713,711 $2,258,997 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE: Basic $0.15 $0.11 $0.29 $0.24 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Diluted $0.15 $0.11 $0.29 $0.24 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding: Basic 9,180,076 9,225,960 9,222,028 9,212,846 Diluted 9,180,727 9,229,129 9,222,533 9,225,474

TANDY LEATHER FACTORY, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2018 2017 ----------- ----------- CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $2,713,711 $2,258,997 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 878,955 929,408 Loss on disposal or abandonment of assets 4,556 515 Non-cash stock-based compensation 52,688 171,160 Deferred income taxes (96,057) (147,345) Foreign currency translation (268,321) 627,609 Net changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable-trade, net (35,043) 63,667 Inventory (709,072) (4,149,949) Prepaid expenses 98,203 130,098 Other current assets 113,570 (256) Accounts payable-trade (189,928) (137,841) Accrued expenses and other liabilities (1,258,506) (1,465,374) Income taxes payable (255,695) 508,900 ----------- ----------- Total adjustments (1,664,650) (3,469,408) ----------- ----------- Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 1,049,061 (1,210,411) ----------- ----------- CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchase of property and equipment (421,861) (1,004,906) Proceeds from sale of assets 7,028 100 Increase in other assets (3,910) (29,121) Net cash used in investing activities (418,743) (1,033,927) ----------- ----------- CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from notes payable and long term debt 982,938 - Repurchase of common stock (treasury stock) (995,186) - Proceeds from exercise of stock options - 223,404 Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (12,248) 223,404 ----------- ----------- NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH 618,070 (2,020,934) CASH, beginning of period 18,337,258 16,862,304 ----------- ----------- CASH, end of period $18,955,328 $14,841,370 ----------- ----------- SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION: Interest paid during the period $142,824 $90,024 Income tax paid during the period, net of (refunds) $1,331,272 $554,670