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Coffee Holding Company reports fiscal second quarter 2015 results

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Coffee Holding Co., Inc., a leading integrated wholesale coffee dealer and roaster based in Staten Island, New York, reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, 2015.

Fiscal Q2 2015 Financial Results

Net sales in the fiscal second quarter of 2015 increased 19% to $30.3 million compared to $25.4 million in the same year-ago quarter. The increase was due to growth across all three of the company’s core business operations, which include its green coffee, private label, and branded products business.

Gross profit in the second quarter was ($1.1) million compared to $4.0 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily driven by losses from the company’s hedging activities, which include options and futures contracts entered into earlier this year that were subsequently liquidated during the fiscal second quarter. The net loss from this liquidation totaled $3.3 million or ($0.53) per diluted share.

Selling and administrative and officers’ salaries in the fiscal second quarter were $2.1 million compared to $1.9 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of revenues, SG&A declined 50 basis points to 6.8% compared to 7.3% in the year-ago quarter.

Net loss in the fiscal second quarter was $2.1 million or ($0.33) per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.3 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. The loss was due to the aforementioned losses from the company’s hedging activities.

At April 30, 2015, cash totaled $3.6 million compared to $3.8 million at October 31, 2014. Total debt was $5.8 million at April 30, 2015 compared to $2.5 million at October 31, 2014.

Management Commentary

“Despite the continued industry decline in coffee commodity prices during the second quarter, we maintained our top-line momentum with our second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth,” said Andrew Gordon, President & CEO of Coffee Holding. “These results were driven by strong performance across all three of our core business operations, including specialty green coffee distribution and sales of private label and branded products.

“As part of our long-term strategic growth plan introduced in April, we have significantly reduced our hedging and trading activities to focus on our core operations. However, we realized losses during the quarter associated with certain futures contracts that we had entered into prior to initiating this plan. With these trading losses behind us, we expect to move forward with more favorable coffee prices and return to profitability.”

“Just last month, we officially launched our Teton Tea offering,” continued Mr. Gordon.

“This collection includes an array of high quality specialty teas and proprietary blends for roasters and retailers. We’ve received initial strong interest and positive feedback from many of our current customers, and expect this complementary product offering to eventually provide another significant revenue stream.

We have also commenced sales of our Café Caribe label into Stop & Shop, a large retail grocery chain with more than 275 locations throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. With ample room for growth through our core operations and new product offerings, we plan to capitalize on these market opportunities and drive value for our clients and shareholders alike.”

Conference Call

Coffee Holding President & CEO Andrew Gordon will host the earnings call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern time (11:00 a.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-888-438-5525
International dial-in number: 1-719-457-1035
Conference ID: 1863312

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through June 18, 2015.

Toll-free replay number: 1-877-870-5176
International replay number: 1-858-384-5517
Replay ID: 1863312

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