Coffee Holding Co., Inc. Reports Record Sales and Year End Results
Coffee Holding Co., Inc. (NASDAQJVA) today announced its operating results for the year ended October 31, 2012. In this release, the Company:

  • Reports record net sales of $173,656,215 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012; 

  • Reports sales growth of 18.3% for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012 compared to the fiscal year ended October 31, 2011; 

  • Reports net income of $2,485,677, or $0.39 per share (basic) and $0.37 per share (diluted) for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012; and 

  • Reports payment of $0.15 in quarterly dividends in fiscal 2012 as compared to $0.12 paid during fiscal 2011. 

The Company had net income of $2,485,677, or $0.39 per share (basic) and $0.37 per share (diluted) for the year ended October 31, 2012 compared to a net income of $811,930, or $0.14 per share (basic and diluted) for the year ended October 31, 2011. The increase in net income primarily reflects an increase in our sales and gross margin.

Net sales totaled $173,656,215 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012, an increase of $26,901,050 or 18.3%, from $146,755,165 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2011. The increase in net sales reflects an increase in pounds of coffee sold as we surpassed 55 million pounds sold in a fiscal year for the first time in the history of the Company.

Cost of sales for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012 was $161,649,282, or 93.1% of net sales, as compared to $138,210,277, or 94.2%, of net sales for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2011. 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 increase in cost of sales reflects the increased cost of green coffee and partially offset by our reduced realized losses and increased unrealized gains on hedging activities. Cost of sales includes purchases of approximately $31.9 million and $25.3 million in fiscal years 2012 and 2011, respectively, from a related party. 

Total operating expenses increased $262,117, or 3.6%, to $7,607,269 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012 from $7,345,152 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2011. Selling and administrative expenses increased $184,446, or 2.7%, to $6,900,199 for the year ended October 31, 2012 from $6,715,753 for 2011. The increase in selling and administrative expenses reflects several factors, including increases of approximately $120,000 in labor and related taxes, $42,000 in freight costs, $95,000 in insurance cost, $50,000 in travel/show and demo expense, $28,000 in office and computer related costs, and $31,000 in equipment maintenance, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $56,000 in professional fees, $28,000 in advertising costs, $30,000 in packaging development costs, $55,000 in commission expenses and $13,000 in charitable contributions. 

"We are pleased to report what we believe to be extremely positive results to our shareholders. Even though coffee prices fell over 40% and coffee was the worst performing traded commodity according to the Standard & Poor's GSCI during calendar 2012, we increased our revenues by 18% for 2012 as a substantial increase in poundage offset lower and extremely volatile coffee prices during the year. More importantly, our efforts to improve our gross margin were rewarded as we were able to increase gross margins by 1% to 6.8% for the year. With our renewed focus on margins and brand development at the forefront of our initiatives for 2013, we believe a 9% gross margin for the year is achievable," said Andrew Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer. 

"During 2012, we saw major growth in sales of our flagship brand, CafĂ© Caribe, and we believe we will be able to build upon such growth during 2013. In addition, we made our first sales of green coffee into China, validating our belief that this can be a promising new avenue for revenue growth. Our wholesale green coffee and private label sales also remained strong in spite of the volatility in both the coffee market and the macro environment," added Mr. Gordon. 

"In addition, our subsidiaries, OPTCO and Generations, continued to provide solid revenue growth during 2012. Unfortunately, in the case of OPTCO, the collapse in green coffee prices had a negative effect on its profitability, which negatively impacted our profitability as a whole. However, we believe the disposal of our high priced inventories at OPTCO combined with a more favorable green coffee market heading into 2013, will return our OPTCO subsidiary to the levels of profitability achieved in prior years. With our strong balance sheet and growing customer base, we expect to remain on the path of steady growth and profitability for the 2013 fiscal year," concluded Mr. Gordon.

About Coffee Holding

Coffee Holding is a leading integrated wholesale coffee roaster and dealer in the United States and one of the few coffee companies that offers a broad array of coffee products across the entire spectrum of consumer tastes, preferences and price points. Coffee Holding has been a family-operated business for three generations and has remained profitable through varying cycles in the coffee industry and the economy. The Company's private label and branded coffee products are sold throughout the United States, Canada and abroad to supermarkets, wholesalers, and individually owned and multi-unit retail customers.

Any statements that are not historical facts contained in this release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the Company's outlook for future margin performance. Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond our control, and which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements upon information available to management as of the date of this release and management's expectations and projections about certain future events. It is possible that the assumptions made by management for purposes of such statements may not materialize. Such statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including bu

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