Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended January 3, 2021

SARASOTA, Fla., April 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. (OTCQB:UNIR) today reported its financial results for the Fiscal Year Ended January 3, 2021.

Financial Summary

  • Net Sales of $60,218,355 decline 33.9% from prior year; increase 10.0% versus previous quarter

  • Net Loss was $1,223,626

  • Loss per Common Share was $1.19


Comparisons of fiscal year 2020 to fiscal year 2019 seem like a somewhat meaningless exercise as fiscal year 2020 was so negatively impacted by COVID-19. For Fiscal 2020, Net Sales declined 33.9% from Fiscal 2019, the Net Loss for the year was $1,223,626 and the Loss per Common Share was $1.19. Of more relevance is that since the second quarter of Fiscal 2020, sales have been on an upward track, sequentially increasing sharply for the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter. While our overall sales are still below the quarters of the prior year, we are encouraged by the trends we have been experiencing recently.

As we look to Fiscal 2021, we still cannot opine that our business has normalized. More of our major customers are tracking for improved sales of late, but the economic and socioeconomic outlook remains uncertain. Nonetheless, we remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce costs at all of our operations with the objective that when things do normalize, we will show marked financial improvement.

Net Sales

Net Sales for Fiscal 2020 were $60,218,355 compared to $91,136,244, a decline of 33.9%. Although we did not achieve the sales levels of the prior year, we experienced sequential growth in both the third and fourth quarters of Fiscal 2020. Our Automotive sector, which accounted for 59.6% of overall Net Sales, declined 39.3% as compared to Fiscal 2019 and our Industrial sector, which accounted for 40.4% of our overall Net Sales, declined 23.9%. In Fiscal 2019, Net Sales by product sector were 64.9% Automotive and 35.1% Industrial.

More than 50% of the overall decline in Net Sales occurred in the second quarter of Fiscal 2020 when the world was virtually shut down due to COVID-19. Since then, sales have been steadily improving and, although in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2020 Net Sales declined 14.9% versus the prior year, it was much improved as compared to declines of 70.0% and 31.1% in the second and third quarters of Fiscal 2020, respectively. Our Automotive sector has steadily shown quarter-to-quarter improvement, particularly in our U.K. operations which accounted for approximately 74% of our total Fiscal 2020 Automotive sales.

Our Industrial sector declined 23.9% for Fiscal 2020 to $24,312,051 versus $31,958,480 for the preceding prior year period. Our U.S. operations comprised 86.9% of the Net Sales for the Industrial sector in Fiscal 2020. Seating applications for the recreational outdoor vehicle markets and off-the-road equipment manufacturers held up well in Fiscal 2020 although still recording a decline versus the prior year. Our principal short-falls occurred in markets that serve the healthcare and hospitality sectors, the latter of which was particularly negatively impacted by COVID-19 due to major shutdowns of restaurants and other social venues. We expect this business to improve as locations begin to reopen.

Net (Loss) Income

Net Loss for Fiscal 2020 was $1,223,626 versus Income of $961,423 for Fiscal 2019. The biggest drain on comparisons and profitability was the contraction of Gross Profit margins which were 12.9% in Fiscal 2020 versus 16.4% in Fiscal 2019. Lower production levels due to reduced sales as a result of the impact of COVID-19 lead to higher throughput costs as compared to the prior year. As we move into Fiscal 2021, implemented cost reduction programs along with higher sales volumes should bolster gross profit margins.

Operating Expenses for Fiscal 2020 were below the prior year. Some of the reduction in Operating Expenses versus last year (a decline of $1.6 million or 12.8%) were a result of lower sales, particularly Selling Expenses, but expense reduction programs continue to be a strong focus of the Company. Partially offsetting the decline in Operating Expenses was an increase in General and Administrative Expenses, primarily due to nonrecurring costs. These nonrecurring costs included consulting fees for efforts associated with additional financings to increase the Company’s liquidity and a charge relating to a legal proceeding in the U.K.

Net Loss Allocable to Common Shareholders

Net Loss Allocable to Common Shareholders was $4,433,467 or $1.19 loss per common share versus a loss of $2,165,073 or $0.58 loss per common share. The loss per common share is after an expense for preferred stock dividends. Payment for such dividends was deferred for all of Fiscal 2020 and for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2019 to preserve cash and provide additional liquidity.

Weighted average shares outstanding were 3,736,006 for Fiscal 2020 and 3,736,742 for Fiscal 2019.

All share and per share results reflect the one-for-five reverse stock split effective as of February 24, 2020.

For further details, see the Company’s Form 10-K filed on April 1, 2021.

About Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.

Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. (UNIR) is a leading manufacturer of vinyl-coated fabrics that are durable, stain resistant, cost-effective alternatives to leather, cloth and other synthetic fabric coverings. Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.’s revenue in 2020 was derived 59.6% from the automotive industry and approximately 40.4% from the recreational, industrial, indoor and outdoor furnishings, hospitality and healthcare markets. Our primary brand names include Naugahyde®, BeautyGard®, Flame Blocker™, Spirit Millennium®, Ambla®, Amblon®, Velbex®, Cirroflex®, Plastolene® and Vynide®.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should,” “planned,” “estimated” and “potential” and words of similar import, as well as all references to the future. These forward-looking statements are based on Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.’s current expectations. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by the Company are not guarantees of future performance and that a variety of factors could cause the Company´s actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the Company´s forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties which may affect the operations, performance, development and results of the Company´s business include, but are not limited to, the following: uncertainties relating to economic conditions, uncertainties relating to customer plans and commitments, the pricing and availability of equipment, materials and inventories, currency fluctuations, technological developments, performance issues with suppliers, economic growth, delays in testing of new products, the Company’s ability to successfully integrate acquired operations, the Company’s dependence on key personnel, the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property rights, the effectiveness of cost-reduction plans, rapid technology changes and the highly competitive environment in which the Company operates. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made.

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Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
ASSETS January 3, 2021 (1) December 29, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents $1,656,882  $513,588 
Accounts receivable, net  10,114,819   11,662,325 
Inventories, net  17,952,850   19,116,542 
Other current assets  1,841,153   930,015 
Related party receivable  907   - 
Total Current Assets  31,566,611   32,222,470 
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET  18,491,122   19,103,319 
Intangible assets  3,388,357   3,263,781 
Goodwill  1,079,175   1,079,175 
Other long-term assets  4,679,990   3,489,313 
Total Other Assets  9,147,522   7,832,269 
TOTAL ASSETS $65,447,991  $65,766,021 
Checks issued in excess of bank balance $275,297  $332,141 
Lines of credit  17,760,583   20,530,773 
Current maturities of long-term debt  1,432,301   1,238,541 
Current maturities of finance lease liabilities  257,298   364,872 
Accounts payable  7,344,785   9,232,119 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  7,987,333   3,890,367 
Related party obligation  149,366   608,517 
Current portion of postretirement benefit liability - health and life  162,977   155,803 
Total Current Liabilities  35,369,940   36,353,133 
Long-term debt, less current portion  7,338,762   2,892,242 
Finance lease liabilities, less current portion  235,116   492,613 
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion  5,893,268   6,106,568 
Related party finance lease liabilities, less current portion  2,504,404   2,646,970 
Long-term debt to related parties  4,216,566   3,190,655 
Postretirement benefit liability - health and life, less current portion  2,713,585   2,592,023 
Other long-term liabilities  807,190   715,308 
Total Long-Term Liabilities  23,708,891   18,636,379 
Total Liabilities  59,078,831   54,989,512 
Preferred units, Series A UEP Holdings, LLC, 200,000 units issued and outstanding ($100 issue price)  617,571   617,571 
Preferred units, Series B UEP Holdings, LLC, 150,000 units issued and outstanding ($100 issue price)  463,179   463,179 
Preferred stock, Uniroyal Global (Europe) Limited, 50 shares issued and outstanding ($1.51 stated value)  75   75 
Common stock, 95,000,000 shares authorized ($.001 par value) 3,736,006 shares issued and outstanding as of January 3, 2021 and December 29, 2019  3,736   18,680 
Additional paid-in capital  35,290,590   35,275,646 
Accumulated deficit  (28,734,670)  (24,301,203)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (1,271,321)  (1,297,439)
Total Stockholders' Equity  6,369,160   10,776,509 
(1) The amounts in common stock and additional paid-in capital were adjusted to reflect the one-for-five reverse stock split ("reverse stock split") as of February 24, 2020, the effective date of the reverse stock split.

Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
  Years Ended
  January 3, 2021 December 29, 2019
NET SALES $60,218,355  $91,136,244 
COST OF GOODS SOLD  52,437,754   76,174,406 
Gross Profit  7,780,601   14,961,838 
Selling  3,040,685   4,300,730 
General and administrative  6,720,969   6,047,734 
Research and development  980,695   1,634,385 
Other operating expenses  -   343,003 
OPERATING EXPENSES  10,742,349   12,325,852 
Operating (Loss) Income  (2,961,748)  2,635,986 
Interest and other debt related expense  (1,581,907)  (2,036,248)
Funding from Paycheck Protection Program  2,217,500   - 
Other (expense) income  (173,214)  258,486 
Net Other Income (Expense)  462,379   (1,777,762)
(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE TAX PROVISION  (2,499,369)  858,224 
TAX BENEFIT  (1,275,743)  (103,199)
NET (LOSS) INCOME  (1,223,626)  961,423 
Preferred stock dividend  (3,209,841)  (3,126,496)
Basic and Diluted $(1.19) $(0.58)
Basic and Diluted  3,736,006   3,736,742 

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