Fenix Parts Files Third Quarter 2016 Form 10-Q, Enters into Forbearance Agreement with Credit Facility Lender, and Engages Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. to Evaluate Strategic Alternatives

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Net revenues decreased sequentially by 5% to $32.5 million, compared to second quarter 2016 net revenues of $34.2 million, and increased by 1% compared to combined pro forma net revenues for the third quarter of 2015 of $32.2 million
  • The sequential revenue decline resulted primarily from lower scrap metal prices, which declined by more than 20% on average from the second to the third quarter of 2016, and by slightly lower sales of recycled OE parts
  • Gross Profit Margin of 34.3% declined from second quarter of 2016 Gross Profit Margin of 39.4% due to the impact of lower scrap and part revenue resulting from falling scrap pricing and the fixed costs associated with the Company’s effort to prepare inventory for sale
  • Net Loss of $1.8 million, with Operating Loss of $3.5 million and Adjusted Operating Loss of $2.4 million, as reflected in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation table below

WESTCHESTER, Ill., March 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fenix Parts, Inc. (Nasdaq:FENX), a leading recycler and reseller of original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) automotive products, today announced third quarter 2016 results.

Net Revenues
Consolidated net revenues of Fenix Parts were $32.5 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $34.2 million in the second quarter of 2016, and $32.2 million on a combined pro forma basis in the third quarter of 2015. Sales of recycled OEM products were $27.8 million for the third quarter of 2016, down from $28.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, and in-line with $27.8 million on a combined pro forma basis in the third quarter of 2015, including sales contributed by Ocean County, Butler and Tri-City (which the Company acquired during the second half of 2015) during both comparative periods. Sales from other ancillary products, representing the sale of commodities including scrap metal, were $4.7 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2016, and $4.4 million in the third quarter of 2015 on a combined pro forma basis. Sales from the Company’s Canadian operations were $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2016, down compared to $3.8 million for the second quarter of 2016, and $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2015 due to lower part sales in the Toronto market.

The following table provides a breakdown of net revenues for the third quarter of 2016, compared to the second quarter of 2016 and the combined pro forma revenue for the third quarter of 2015.  This breakdown shows the impact of parts and commodities sales, foreign operations, and acquisitions occurring in the second half of 2015:

Fenix Parts Net Revenue Summary (in $US, millions)
    Third Quarter
  Second Quarter
  Third Quarter
    2016 Reported   2016 Reported   2015 Pro Forma
Recycled OE parts and related products            
  US locations – Founding Companies   $ 22.4     $ 22.8       $ 22.2  
  Canadian locations   3.3     3.8       3.9  
  Subsequently acquired US locations   7.8     7.8       6.5  
  Gross parts revenue   33.5     34.4       32.6  
Other ancillary products (including scrap metal)   4.7     5.4       4.4  
Intercompany sales eliminations   (5.7 )   (5.6 )     (4.8 )
  Net revenue   $ 32.5     $ 34.2       $ 32.2  

For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company expects to report net revenues of approximately $33 million.

Kent Robertson, CEO of Fenix Parts, said, “The Company’s revenues in the third quarter of 2016 declined sequentially from Company-record levels in the second quarter due to a reduction in average scrap metal prices and lower volume to our repair shop customers resulting from softness in insurance-related claims during the period. However, we are pleased that fourth quarter revenue has improved, driven by higher sales to repair shop customers.”

Operating Loss
Reported Operating Loss for the third quarter of 2016 was $3.5 million, driven by the impact of lower scrap and parts revenues, reduced overall gross profit margins on sales, and higher general and administrative expenses, including professional fees. After net adjustments of $1.1 million, Adjusted Operating Loss was $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2016. The adjustments, and their effect on reported Operating Income, are described in the bullets points, and demonstrated in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table, below:

  • Depreciation and amortization expense was $1.4 million during the third quarter, including $0.2 million allocated to Cost of Goods Sold;
  • Share-based compensation attributable to equity awards was $0.4 million for the third quarter;
  • The non-cash portion of rent expense was $0.2 million for the third quarter, primarily due to the straight lining of rent expense;
  • A reduction in the expected payout of contingent consideration was $1.4 million in the third quarter;
  • Deferral of revenue related to warranties increased in the third quarter by $0.2 million; and
  • Write-off of indemnification receivables in the third quarter by $0.3 million.
Fenix Parts Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (in $US, millions)
    Third Quarter
Operating loss   $ (3.5 )
Depreciation and amortization   1.4  
Share-based compensation expense   0.4  
Non-cash rent expense   0.2  
Change in the estimated fair value of contingent consideration liabilities     (1.4 )
Deferred warranty   0.2  
Change in indemnification receivable   0.3  
Adjusted operating loss   $ (2.4 )

While included in non-cash items on the Company’s statement of cash flows for the current period, several items above, such as settlement of contingent consideration liabilities, could have an impact on the Company’s cash flow in the future.

The Company’s reported results were impacted by audit, legal and other professional service fees of $1.7 million in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2016.

For additional information regarding the items mentioned above, please see the notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements and MD&A sections of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Default Under Credit Facility and Engagement of Stifel to Evaluate Strategic Alternatives
The Company’s failure to deliver its second, third and fourth quarter reports on a timely basis and its failure to comply with certain financial covenants as of June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016 have triggered defaults under the Credit Facility with BMO Harris Bank N.A. (Please see the discussion below and in Note 4 of notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements in the Company’s Form 10-Q filing for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 for additional detail.)  As a result, the Company is required to reflect all of its Credit Facility debt of approximately $22 million (before capitalized debt issuance costs) as a current liability in the attached balance sheet as of September 30, 2016.

The Company’s failure to comply with the Credit Facility’s financial covenants as of September 30, 2016 was due primarily to:

(i)   lower asset values as a result of reductions during 2016 to the aggregate estimated fair value of acquired inventory, which reduced the Company’s Borrowing Base for covenant calculations;
(ii)  limits on certain non-cash adjustments to calculate EBITDA for covenant compliance; and
(iii) lower than forecasted EBITDA during the third quarter of 2016 because of:

(a) a decline of approximately 5% in quarterly net revenues (as compared to a Company record level of net revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2016);
(b) a decline in gross profit margin achieved on revenues from 39.4% in the second quarter of 2016 to 34.3% in the third quarter of 2016; and
(c) higher operating expenses, including significant accounting, legal and other fees, primarily as a result of the transition to a new public accounting firm beginning in July 2016 and the previously reported SEC inquiry.    

Management has been and remains highly focused on maximizing cash flows from operations and, to the extent possible, minimizing the cost of outsourced professional fees.  

On March 27, 2017, the Company and its subsidiaries entered into a Forbearance Agreement to the Credit Facility (the “Forbearance Agreement”) with BMO Harris Bank N.A. and its Canadian affiliate, Bank of Montreal. Under the Forbearance Agreement, and subject to its conditions, the lenders have agreed to refrain from exercising their rights and remedies under the Credit Facility with respect to the Company’s non-compliance with applicable financial and other covenants and any further non-compliance with such covenants during the forbearance period ending May 26, 2017. The Forbearance Agreement also permits the Company to add the quarterly interest payment otherwise due for the first quarter of 2017 to the principal amount of debt outstanding and defer a $250,000 principal payment due on March 31, 2017 to the end of the forbearance period. For additional information relating to the Forbearance Agreement, please see the notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements and Part II, Item 5 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

The Board of Directors of Fenix Parts has engaged Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), to advise the Board and Company management and to assist in pursuing a range of potential strategic and financial transactions that will provide the Company with improved liquidity and maximize shareholder value. Stifel will identify and evaluate potential alternatives including debt or equity financing, a strategic investment into the company or a business combination, and is reporting directly to a special committee of independent directors established to oversee and coordinate these activities. The Board has not set a definitive timetable for completion of this process. There can be no assurance that this process will result in a transaction or other strategic alternative of any kind. The Company does not intend to disclose developments or provide updates on the progress or status of this process unless it deems further disclosure is appropriate or required. 

If the Company is unable to reach further agreement with BMO Harris Bank N.A. to obtain waivers or amendments to the existing Credit Facility, find acceptable alternative financing, obtain equity contributions or arrange a business combination, after the forbearance period under the Forbearance Agreement (and during the forbearance period in the event of any new defaults other than those anticipated defaults enumerated in the Forbearance Agreement), the lenders could elect to declare some or all of the amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility to be immediately due and payable. If this happens, the Company does not expect to have sufficient liquidity to pay the outstanding amounts under of the Credit Facility. In addition, the Company has significant obligations under contingent consideration agreements related to certain acquired companies, and it will need access to additional credit to be able to satisfy these obligations. As a result, substantial doubt exists regarding the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern.

Nasdaq Listing
On February 14, 2017, the Company received a determination letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”).  The letter advised the Company that, because the Company was noncompliant with requirements for continued listing under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) (the “Rule”) due to the Company’s delay in filing the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), trading of the Company’s common stock is subject to suspension and the stock is subject to delisting, unless the Company requests a hearing before a Hearings Panel (the “Panel”) pursuant to the procedures set forth in Nasdaq listing rules. The Company timely requested a hearing on February 21, 2017 and subsequently received a response from Nasdaq granting the Company an extension pending the Panel’s decision following the hearing. The Company has now filed its quarterly reports for the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016 and believes that it is now in compliance with the Rule.

Mr. Robertson commented, “While we continue to face challenges due to our strained liquidity position, high professional fees and the inability to borrow under our existing Credit Facility, we are pleased to have reached a forbearance agreement with our bank lender and are optimistic that we will reach a positive outcome following the strategic alternative evaluation process. Our team will remain focused on executing our business plan and meeting the needs of our customers.”

Company management will not be hosting a conference call to discuss third quarter 2016 results.

About Fenix Parts
Fenix Parts is a leading recycler and reseller of original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) automotive products.  The company’s primary business is auto recycling, which is the recovery and resale of OEM parts, components and systems reclaimed from damaged, totaled or low value vehicles.  Customers include collision repair shops (body shops), mechanical repair shops, auto dealerships and individual retail customers. Fenix provides its customers with high-quality recycled OEM products, extensive inventory and product availability, responsive customer service and fast delivery.

Fenix was founded in 2014 to create a network that offers sales, fulfillment and distribution in key regional markets in the United States and Canada.  The Fenix companies have been in business an average of more than 25 years and currently operate from 16 locations throughout the Eastern U.S. and in Ontario, Canada.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, expressed, or implied by such forward-looking statements.  In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by use of words such as “may, will, should, anticipates, believes, expects, plans, future, intends, could, estimate, predict, projects, targeting, potential or contingent,” the negative of these terms or other similar expressions.  Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed or implied herein.

We caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results.  All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.  You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this press release in the context of the risks and uncertainties disclosed in our SEC filings.  These filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.fenixparts.com or upon request from Fenix Parts.

We caution you that the important factors referenced above may not contain all of the factors that are important to you.  In addition, we cannot assure you that we will realize the results or developments we expect or anticipate or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences we anticipate or affect us or our operations in the way we expect.  The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.  If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be made that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.  We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Fenix Parts, Inc. provides investors with the non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted operating income (loss) in addition to the traditional GAAP operating performance measure of operating income (loss) as part of its overall assessment of its performance. A reconciliation of operating income (loss) to adjusted operating income (loss) is included in the table above.

Fenix Parts, Inc.

(In thousands, except share data)   September 30, 2016   December 31, 2015
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 783     $ 2,827  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance $431and $460   6,349     6,834  
Inventories, net   32,224     38,892  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   803     545  
Total current assets   40,159     49,098  
Property and equipment   13,865     13,103  
Accumulated depreciation and amortization   (3,056 )   (1,494 )
Property and equipment, net   10,809     11,609  
Goodwill   37,438     76,812  
Intangible assets, net   33,296     33,786  
Indemnification receivables   2,297     5,078  
Other non-current assets   3,419     3,455  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 127,418     $ 179,838  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 3,112     $ 3,456  
Accrued expenses   4,365     2,847  
Contingent consideration liabilities – current   7,516     9,345  
Current portion of long-term debt   21,401     793  
Other current liabilities   2,310     1,728  
Total current liabilities   38,704     18,169  
Deferred warranty revenue, net of current portion   503     227  
Long-term related party obligations, net of current portion   918     2,071  
Long-term debt under credit facility, net of current portion       19,645  
Contingent consideration liabilities, net of current portion       6,085  
Deferred income tax liabilities   9,639     15,624  
Reserve for uncertain tax positions   2,808     5,733  
Other non-current liabilities   3,048     2,500  
Total non-current liabilities   16,916     51,885  
    TOTAL LIABILITIES   55,620     70,054  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized;  19,991,907 and 19,926,868 shares            
  issued and outstanding at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   20     20  
Additional paid-in capital   138,820     136,398  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,915 )   (4,247 )
Accumulated deficit   (72,527 )   (30,787 )
Total Fenix Parts, Inc. shareholders’ equity before noncontrolling interest   63,398     101,384  
Noncontrolling interest   8,400     8,400  
Total shareholders’ equity   71,798     109,784  
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   $ 127,418     $ 179,838  

The accompanying notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements are an integral part of these statements.

Fenix Parts, Inc.

    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except share data)   2016   2015   2016   2015
Net revenues   $ 32,515     $ 27,275     $ 98,931     $ 38,745  
Cost of goods sold   21,348     20,584     59,190     30,592  
Gross profit   11,167     6,691     39,741     8,153  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   12,962     14,579     37,567     21,272  
Outside service and professional fees   1,742     3,575     5,083     6,988  
Depreciation and amortization   1,138     1,077     3,500     1,786  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities   (1,411 )   (1,022 )   (8,393 )   (193 )
Change in indemnification receivable   266         2,782      
Goodwill impairment           45,300      
Operating loss   (3,530 )   (11,518 )   (46,098 )   (21,700 )
Interest expense   (437 )   (78 )   (1,192 )   (100 )
Other income (expense), net   165     26     408     (1,678 )
Loss before income tax benefit   (3,802 )   (11,570 )   (46,882 )   (23,478 )
Benefit for income taxes   (2,031 )   (5,022 )   (5,142 )   (10,326 )
Net loss   $ (1,771 )   $ (6,548 )   $ (41,740 )   $ (13,152 )
Loss per share available to common shareholders:            
Basic and Diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.33 )   $ (2.00 )   $ (1.10 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
Basic and Diluted   19,988,809     19,475,046     19,818,231     11,206,390  
Dividends paid   $ 0.00     $ 0.00     $ 0.00     $ 0.00  
Net loss   $ (1,771 )   $ (6,548 )   $ (41,740 )   $ (13,152 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment   (285 )   (2,256 )   1,332     (2,961 )
Net comprehensive loss   $ (2,056 )   $ (8,804 )   $ (40,408 )   $ (16,113 )

The accompanying notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements are an integral part of these statements.

CONTACT: At Fenix Parts:
Scott Pettit
Chief Financial Officer

Investor and Media Inquiries:
Chris Kettmann

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