Profire Energy Reports Financial Results for First Quarter 2023

Company Reports Second-Highest Quarterly Revenue and Best Ever Net Income in Company History
Announces $2M Share Repurchase Program

LINDON, Utah, May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE), a technology company (the "Company") that provides solutions which enhance the efficiency, safety, and reliability of industrial combustion appliances, today reported financial results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2023. A conference call will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the results.

First Quarter Summary

  • Revenue of $14.6 million, a 53% increase from prior year quarter
  • Gross profit of $7.8 million, a 72% increase compared to 1Q22
  • Gross margin of 53.8%, a 590 basis point increase from the same quarter of last year
  • Net income of $2.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share
  • Generated EBITDA of $3.6 million
  • Cash and investments of $16.3 million with no debt

“We have achieved eight quarters of sequential revenue growth as we continue to improve and deliver consistent operational and financial results across our business,” said Ryan Oviatt, Co-Chief Executive Officer and CFO of Profire Energy. “We also recorded a meaningful improvement in gross margin despite continued supply chain challenges and inflationary pressures. We will continue to make additional investments in our diversification efforts and other strategic opportunities with the objective of delivering long-term shareholder value.”

First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Total revenues for the period equaled $14.6 million, compared to $14.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 and $9.5 million in the prior-year quarter. The sequential and year-over-year increases were primarily driven by ongoing customer demand, price increases on the products we sell, ongoing historical strength in oil and natural gas prices, and continued progress in our strategic diversification efforts.

Gross profit was $7.8 million, compared to $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 and $4.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Gross margin was 53.8% of revenues, compared to 47.0% of revenues in the prior quarter and 47.9% of revenues in the first quarter of 2022. The sequential increase is due to pricing initiatives and more favorable product, service and customer mix while the year-over-year increase reflects higher revenues and greater fixed cost coverage.

Total operating expenses were $4.5 million, compared to $4.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 and $3.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase is related to inflation in employee-related costs and other costs across the business.

Compared with the same quarter last year, operating expenses for G&A increased 19%, R&D increased 9% and depreciation decreased by 14%.

Net income was $2.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.8 million or $0.04 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2022 and $627,161 or $0.01 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

“Our first quarter 2023 results built upon the momentum we generated in the second half of 2022, recording our second-highest quarterly revenue in company history once again,” stated Cameron Tidball, Co-CEO of Profire Energy. “The combination of the industry’s multi-year deferred capital expenditures and ongoing strong demand for oil and gas are increasing the necessity of our legacy products, and we continue to gain traction with our diversification strategy across industrial markets. We remain focused on growth through both our core legacy business and diversified revenue streams within the petroleum industry as well as new market segments. Overall, we are pleased with our start to 2023 and are confident in our ability to capitalize on the opportunities ahead.”

Share Repurchase Program

On May 3, 2023, the Company’s board of directors authorized a repurchase program as a means of opportunistically returning capital to shareholders. The program authorizes the repurchase of up to $2,000,000 of the Company’s common stock through April 30, 2024.

Repurchases will be made at management’s discretion as part of the Company’s capital allocation strategy based on the best interests of both the Company and its shareholders, subject to the availability of stock, general market conditions, the trading price of the stock, alternative uses for capital, and the Company’s financial performance. The actual amount of common stock to be repurchased, the timing of repurchases and the price at which the shares are repurchased will depend on future market conditions and on potential alternative uses for the Company’s cash resources. Additionally, the repurchases may also be made under a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit shares to be repurchased when the Company might otherwise be precluded from doing so under insider trading laws. Open market repurchases will be conducted in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

The repurchase program may be suspended, terminated, or modified at any time for any reason, including market conditions, the cost of repurchasing shares, the availability of alternative investment opportunities, liquidity, and other factors deemed appropriate. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to repurchase any particular number of shares.

Conference Call

Profire Energy Executives will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. ET (6:30 a.m. MT)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-855-327-6937
International dial-in number: 1-631-891-4304
The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay via this link:

The webcast replay will be available for one year.

Please call the conference telephone number five minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting the conference call, please contact Todd Fugal at 1-801-796-5127.

A replay of the call will be available via the dial-in numbers below after 1:00 p.m. ET on the same day through May 24, 2023.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay Pin Number: 10021694

About Profire Energy, Inc.
Profire Energy is a technology company providing solutions that enhance the efficiency, safety, and reliability of industrial combustion appliances while mitigating potential environmental impacts related to the operation of these devices. It is primarily focused in the upstream, midstream, and downstream transmission segments of the oil and gas industry. However, in recent years, we have completed many installations of our burner-management solutions in other industries that we believe will be applicable as we expand our addressable market over time. Profire specializes in the engineering and design of burner and combustion management systems and solutions used on a variety of natural and forced draft applications. Its products and services are sold primarily throughout North America. It has an experienced team of sales and service professionals that are strategically positioned across the United States and Canada. Profire has offices in Lindon, Utah; Victoria, Texas; Homer, Pennsylvania; Greeley, Colorado; Millersburg, Ohio; and Acheson, Alberta, Canada. For additional information, visit

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements. Statements made in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. This release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to statements regarding the Company’s expected growth, the Company’s plans to make investments to support revenue diversification, and the Company’s plans regarding a share repurchase program. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results or performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in, or anticipated by, the forward-looking statements. Factors that could materially affect such forward-looking statements include certain economic, business, public market and regulatory risks and factors identified in the company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and the Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Profire Energy, Inc.
Ryan Oviatt, Co-CEO & CFO
(801) 796-5127

Three Part Advisors
Steven Hooser, Partner

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which statements are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measure of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We use this non-GAAP financial measure for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Our management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to this non-GAAP financial measure in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. We believe this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors both because it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making.

The Following is a tabular presentation of EBITDA, including a reconciliation to net income which the Company believes to be the most directly comparable US GAAP financial measure.

EBITDA Calculation: 3 months
Net Income $ 2,589,621  
add back net income tax expense $ 816,815  
add back net interest expense $ (58,980 )
add back depreciation and amortization $ 262,039  
EBITDA calculated $ 3,609,495  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  As of
  March 31, 2023   December 31, 2022
ASSETS (Unaudited)    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,219,356     $ 7,384,578  
Short-term investments   2,071,834       1,154,284  
Accounts receivable, net   12,308,290       10,886,145  
Inventories, net (note 3)   10,589,023       10,293,980  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (note 4)   2,650,823       2,314,639  
Total Current Assets   34,839,326       32,033,626  
Long-term investments   7,052,725       7,503,419  
Financing right-of-use asset   106,760       120,239  
Property and equipment, net   10,330,685       10,423,964  
Intangible assets, net   1,225,154       1,268,907  
Goodwill   2,579,381       2,579,381  
Total Long-Term Assets   21,294,705       21,895,910  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 56,134,031     $ 53,929,536  
Accounts payable $ 1,962,882     $ 2,955,506  
Accrued liabilities (note 5)   2,922,928       3,573,994  
Current financing lease liability (note 6)   51,821       53,646  
Income taxes payable   834,542       205,169  
Total Current Liabilities   5,772,173       6,788,315  
Net deferred income tax liability   701,406       488,858  
Long-term financing lease liability (note 6)   56,522       67,883  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   6,530,101       7,345,056  
Preferred stock: $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized: no shares issued or outstanding          
Common stock: $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized: 52,390,017 issued and 47,351,887 outstanding at March 31, 2023, and 52,143,901 issued and 47,105,771 outstanding at December 31, 2022   52,391       52,144  
Treasury stock, at cost   (7,336,323 )     (7,336,323 )
Additional paid-in capital   32,096,662       31,737,843  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (3,224,110 )     (3,294,873 )
Retained earnings   28,015,310       25,425,689  
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   49,603,930       46,584,480  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 56,134,031     $ 53,929,536  

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Form 10-Q and accompanying footnotes.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
  For the Three Months Ended March 31,
    2023       2022  
      (See Note 1)
REVENUES (note 8)      
Sales of products, net $ 13,628,512     $ 8,878,423  
Sales of services, net   924,949       624,717  
Total Revenues   14,553,461       9,503,140  
Cost of sales - product   5,974,339       4,382,700  
Cost of sales - services   746,014       563,736  
Total Cost of Sales   6,720,353       4,946,436  
GROSS PROFIT   7,833,108       4,556,704  
General and administrative   4,047,969       3,392,379  
Research and development   336,452       308,316  
Depreciation and amortization   142,887       167,015  
Total Operating Expenses   4,527,308       3,867,710  
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS   3,305,800       688,994  
Gain on sale of assets   53,075       95,842  
Other expense   (9,553 )     (18,081 )
Interest income   58,047       21,545  
Interest expense   (933 )     (697 )
Total Other Income   100,636       98,609  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   3,406,436       787,603  
INCOME TAX EXPENSE   (816,815 )     (160,442 )
NET INCOME $ 2,589,621     $ 627,161  
Foreign currency translation gain (loss) $ (5,524 )   $ 158,359  
Unrealized gains (losses) on investments   76,287       (287,126 )
Total Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)   70,763       (128,767 )
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $ 2,660,384     $ 498,394  
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.05     $ 0.01  

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Form 10-Q and accompanying footnotes.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  For the Three Months Ended March 31,
    2023       2022  
Net income $ 2,589,621     $ 627,161  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization expense   262,039       281,119  
Gain on sale of property and equipment   (53,075 )     (95,842 )
Bad debt expense   41,792       28,453  
Stock awards issued for services   223,047       138,503  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable   (1,108,889 )     (1,663,295 )
Income taxes receivable/payable   629,371       439,034  
Inventories   (292,119 )     (530,568 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (335,832 )     49,283  
Deferred tax asset/liability   212,548       47,030  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (1,646,723 )     (513,227 )
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities   521,780       (1,192,349 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   97,886       112,982  
Sale (purchase) of investments   (390,548 )     679,636  
Purchase of property and equipment   (153,755 )     (207,848 )
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities   (446,417 )     584,770  
Value of equity awards surrendered by employees for tax liability   (242,506 )     (91,098 )
Cash received in exercise of stock options          
Purchase of treasury stock         (622,263 )
Principal paid towards lease liability   (6,947 )     (12,629 )
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities   (249,453 )     (725,990 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   8,868       24,766  
NET DECREASE IN CASH   (165,222 )     (1,308,803 )
CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD   7,384,578       8,188,270  
CASH AT END OF PERIOD $ 7,219,356     $ 6,879,467  
Interest $ 933     $ 697  
Income taxes $     $  
Common stock issued in settlement of accrued bonuses $ 378,526     $ 212,787  

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Form 10-Q and accompanying footnotes.


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