Earl Scheib Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2003 ResultsSHERMAN OAKS, Calif.--July 17, 2003--Earl Scheib, Inc. (AMEX:ESH) reported its results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2003.
Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 were $12,120,000, a decrease of 9.4% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002 net sales of $13,374,000. This decrease resulted primarily from the Company operating eight fewer retail paint and body shops at April 30, 2003 (pursuant to its previously-reported restructuring of the retail paint and body business), as compared to April 30, 2002, and a same-shop (shops still open one year or more) sales decrease of 4.7% during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002. The Company believes that the same-shop sales decrease was primarily as a result of less demand for its services in the East and Midwest regions of the United States due to harsh weather conditions. For the year ended April 30, 2003, net sales were $47,235,000, as compared to $52,126,000 during the prior fiscal year, a decrease of 9.4%, with same-shop sales in the retail paint and body business decreasing by 1.3%.
The operating loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 was $627,000, as compared to an operating loss of $884,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002. The improved operating results were primarily attributable to overall reduced costs and an improved performance at the Company's fleet and truck center operations, partially offset by a write-down to estimated net realizable value of $169,000 to the carrying value of the fixed assets of three shops. In fiscal 2002, the write-down totaled $183,000, also for three shops.
The operating loss for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2003 and 2002 was $3,451,000 and $2,973,000, respectively. Despite an overall reduction in operating costs, insurance, legal and professional expenses for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2003 increased by a combined $453,000 from the fiscal year ended April 30, 2002.
During fiscal 2003, the Company sold four parcels of real estate and disposed of other fixed assets for a pretax gain of $1,479,000. During fiscal 2002, the Company sold 15 parcels of real estate (including its corporate office building) and disposed of other fixed assets for a pretax gain of $4,088,000.
During fiscal 2003, the Company recorded interest income of $164,000 on refunds of federal income taxes paid for fiscal years 1999 and 1998. In addition, the Company recorded a benefit of $425,000 for the excess of previously accrued interest expense over that required at February 24, 2003 by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"). As disclosed in previously filed annual and quarterly reports, the accrued interest relates to a protest regarding the disallowance by the IRS of a net operating loss carryback refund received during fiscal 1997.
The net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 was $746,000, or $0.17 loss per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $284,000 during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002, or $0.07 loss per diluted share. For the fiscal year ended April 30, 2003, the net loss was $1,929,000, or a loss of $0.44 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $450,000, or earnings of $0.10 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2002. The Company did not recognize any Federal or state income tax benefit for the pretax loss in fiscal year 2003. Additionally, due to income allocation and state income tax laws, only part of the Company's state income taxes in fiscal 2003 were offset by the operating losses.
Chris Bement, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated that, "Since the adoption of the retail paint and body restructuring plan in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2001, we have closed a net 35 shops. However, despite the success of the closings, increased insurance costs in primarily workers compensation and group medical and the costs of the regulatory requirements of a publicly-traded entity in relation to our size have impaired our progress. Though we will continue implementing the restructuring plan and strive to attain viability in our commercial coatings and fleet and truck center operations, we also recognized that to serve the best interests of our shareholders we must look at all strategic alternatives.
"Our announcement in May of the hiring of Ryan Beck & Co., investment bankers specializing in middle market companies, to explore the Company's strategic alternatives, demonstrates our commitment to exploring all means to realize the true enterprise value of the Company for our shareholders."
Earl Scheib, Inc., founded in 1937, is a nationwide operator of 122 auto paint and body shops located in more than 100 cities throughout the United States.
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EARL SCHEIB, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS For The Quarter For The Year Ended April 30, Ended April 30, 2003 2002 2003 2002 Net Sales $12,120,000 $13,374,000 $47,235,000 $52,126,000 Operating Loss (627,000) (884,000) (3,451,000) (2,973,000) Gain On Sales of Real Property -- 527,000 1,479,000 4,088,000 Interest Income (Expense) (76,000) (102,000) 148,000 (390,000) Income (Loss) Before Tax (703,000) (459,000) (1,824,000) 725,000 Tax Provision (Benefit) 43,000 (175,000) 105,000 275,000 Net Income (Loss) $(746,000) $(284,000)$(1,929,000) $450,000 Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share $(0.17) $(0.07) $ (0.44) $0.10 Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share $(0.17) $ (0.07) $ (0.44) $0.10 Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic 4,380,000 4,368,000 4,375,000 4,363,000 Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted 4,380,000 4,368,000 4,375,000 4,365,000