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Coffee Holding reports net sales of $74.3m down 14% from the previous fiscal year

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STATEN ISLAND, New York – Coffee Holding Co., Inc. has announced its operating results for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020. The Company had a net loss of $94,301 or $0.02 per share basic and diluted, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, compared to a net loss of $94,598, or $0.02 per share basic and diluted for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. The decrease in net income was due to numerous factors which had to be dealt with during the Company’s fiscal fourth quarter.

For example, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, the Company had a loss before its non-controlling interest in its subsidiary of $336,044, versus net income of $264,006 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. The Company’s non-controlling interest for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 reduced the Company’s loss by $366,044, bringing the net loss attributable to Coffee Holding Co. to $94,301, whereas the non-controlling interest for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019 reduced profit by $358,604, bringing the net loss attributable to Coffee Holding Co. to a loss of $94,598.

The Company’s consolidated subsidiary, in which it has a 60% interest, had write downs on both inventories and accounts receivable due to COVID-19, including an approximately $85,000 write down of receivables and an approximately $217,000 write down of inventories.

Net Sales. Net sales totaled $74,335,815 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, a decrease of $12,131,617, or 14%, from $86,467,432 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. The decrease in net sales was due to the COVID-19 pandemic which caused many of the Company’s green coffee customers, who service the restaurant and food service industries, as well as the Company’s customers in the food service space, to either close or suspend their business operations during the period resulting in lost revenues.

Cost of Sales. Cost of sales for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 was $61,256,926, or 82.4% of net sales, as compared to $70,708,100, or 81.8% of net sales, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. Cost of sales consists primarily of the cost of green coffee and packaging materials and realized and unrealized gains or losses on hedging activity. The decrease in cost of sales was due to the Company’s decreased sales and the rising cost of coffee.

Gross Profit. Gross profit for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 was $13,078,889, a decrease of $2,680,443 from $15,759,332 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales decreased to 17.6% for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 from 18.2% for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. The decrease in gross profits resulted from a decrease in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic and inventory adjustments resulting from such decreased sales, lost customers and outdated inventory during the year.

Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses decreased by $1,314,596 to $13,904,207 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 from $15,218,803 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. Selling and administrative expenses decreased $1,281,500, or 8.8%, to $13,223,207 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 from $14,504,707 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. The Company’s efforts to control costs through the elimination of redundancy in its operations and the elimination of certain unnecessary variable costs were the primary reasons for this decrease.