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Form 10-Q for OMEGA FLEX, INC.


8-Nov-2013

Quarterly Report


Item 2 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

This report contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to inherent uncertainties. These uncertainties include, but are not limited to, variations in weather, changes in the regulatory environment, customer preferences, general economic conditions, increased competition, the outcome of outstanding litigation, and future developments affecting environmental matters. All of these are difficult to predict, and many are beyond the ability of the Company to control.

Certain statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that are not historical facts, but rather reflect the Company's current expectations concerning future results and events, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believes", "expects", "intends", "plans", "anticipates", "hopes", "likely", "will", and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to differ materially from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date of this Form 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, conditions or circumstances.

OVERVIEW

The Company is a leading manufacturer of flexible metal hose, and is currently engaged in a number of different markets, including construction, manufacturing, transportation, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and other industries.

The Company's business is managed as a single operating segment that consists of the manufacture and sale of flexible metal hose and accessories. The Company's products are concentrated in residential and commercial construction, and general industrial markets. The Company's primary product, flexible gas piping, is used for gas piping within residential and commercial buildings. Through its flexibility and ease of use with patented fittings distributed under the trademark AutoFlareŽ, TracPipeŽ and TracPipeŽ CounterStrikeŽ flexible gas piping allows users to substantially cut the time required to install gas piping, as compared to traditional methods. Most of the Company's products are manufactured at the Company's Exton, Pennsylvania facilities with a minor amount of manufacturing performed in the United Kingdom. A majority of the Company's sales across all industries are generated through independent outside sales organizations such as sales representatives, wholesalers and distributors, or a combination of both. The Company has a broad distribution network in North America and to a lesser extent in other global markets.

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CHANGES IN FINANCIAL CONDITION

The Cash balance was $7,032,000 at September 30, 2013, compared to $939,000 at December 31, 2012, increasing $6,093,000 (648.9%) during the nine months. Net Income attributable to Omega Flex, Inc. was $6,826,000 through the first nine months of the year, but the Company also paid some major obligations, such as the UK Settlement of approximately $1,300,000, and more typical outflows such as promotional incentives and taxes. The Company also paid off the entire $324,000 outstanding balance it had on its line of credit at December 31, 2012.

Accounts Payable has decreased $673,000 (24.6%), ending at $2,064,000 at September 30, 2013, from a balance of $2,737,000 at December 31, 2012. The majority of the change is timing related, with less payments due to vendors outstanding at the quarter end than experienced at December 31, 2012.

The Company's Line of Credit, discussed above and detailed in Note 4, had an outstanding balance of $324,000 at December 31, 2012, but was paid off in its entirety during the first quarter of 2013.

Accrued Compensation was $2,203,000 at September 30, 2013, compared with $349,000 at December 31, 2012, thus increasing $1,854,000 (531.2%). A majority of the incentive compensation that was earned in 2012 was paid during the fourth quarter of 2012. The accrual at September 30, 2013 represents the accumulation of the current year's accrual for the earned incentive compensation through the first nine months in correlation with profits. Typically, incentive compensation is paid during the first quarter of the following year, but in 2012 it was largely earned and paid in the same year, thus diminishing the accrual at the end of the year.

Accrued Commissions and Sales Incentives decreased $557,000 (15.2%), being $3,114,000 at September 30, 2013, compared to $3,671,000 at December 31, 2012.
The decrease mostly pertained to the payment of annual sales incentive programs earned in 2012 and paid during the first quarter of 2013, offset partially by the recording of the new 2013 program obligations. Customarily, annual programs represent a significant portion of the overall sales incentive payment structure, and therefore the balance at the end of a year is typically more significant than during a particular quarter.

Other Liabilities were $3,496,000 at September 30, 2013, compared to $4,214,000 at December 31, 2012, a reduction of $718,000 (17.0%). As disclosed previously in Note 5, Commitments and Contingencies, the Company's subsidiary, OFL, had been sued regarding the installation of TracPipe product in an apartment complex in England. The Company had reached a settlement of approximately $1,300,000 regarding this issue in March of 2013, and recorded the amount in Other Liabilities as of December 31, 2012. OFL then paid $1,300,000 during March of 2013 and thus diminished the balance of the liability accordingly, which accounts for a majority of the change between periods.

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                             RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

          Three-months ended September 30, 2013 vs. September 30, 2012

The Company reported comparative results from operations for the three-months
ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 as follows:

                    Three-months ended September 30,
                             (in thousands)

                    2013       2013      2012     2012
                   ($000)               ($000)
Net Sales        $            100.0%   $         100.0%
                  19,988               16,786
Gross Profit     $             54.9%   $          51.8%
                  10,979                8,690
Operating Profit $             20.5%   $          15.2%
                   4,089                2,553

Net Sales. The Company's 2013 third quarter Net Sales increased $3,202,000 (19.1%) over the same period in 2012, ending at $19,988,000 for the three-months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $16,786,000 for the same three months in 2012.

Net Sales have expanded over the prior year partially due to improvements in the residential construction industry. The sales results also appear to demonstrate a preference for the Company's products and performance, as they are statistically exceeding the growth experienced in the CSST market place for the third quarter. An increase in volume, or units sold, accounts for the majority of the change compared to the prior year, and there was also a slight rise in pricing.

Gross Profit. The Company's gross profit margins have increased between the two periods, being 54.9% and 51.8% for the three-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The favorable change resulted from a combination of items, including the pricing action noted above, and the Company's ability to find various efficiencies in procurement and manufacturing processes.

Selling Expenses. Selling expenses consist primarily of employee salaries and associated overhead costs, commissions, and the cost of marketing programs such as advertising, trade shows and related communication costs, and freight.
Selling expense was $3,185,000 and $3,035,000 for the three-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, representing an increase of $150,000.
Commissions and Freight together increased $251,000, largely associated with the increase in sales volume. The impact was however softened by a decrease in advertising and other selling related items. Sales expense as a percent of net sales has however decreased, being 15.9% for the three-months ended September 30, 2013, compared to 18.1% for the three-months ended September 30, 2012.

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General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses consist primarily of employee salaries including incentive compensation, benefits for administrative, executive and finance personnel, legal and accounting, insurance, and corporate general and administrative services.
General and administrative expenses were $3,032,000 and $2,402,000 for the three-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, increasing $630,000 between periods. The Company had an increase of $415,000 in staffing related expenses, mostly incentive compensation earned in association with the strong profits generated during the quarter. Additionally, the Company recognized an increase of $228,000 in legal and insurance expenses primarily attributable to the defense costs associated with two recently announced successful jury verdicts, and general product liability claims and coverage. As a percentage of sales, general and administrative expenses increased to 15.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2013 from 14.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Engineering Expense. Engineering expenses consist of development expenses associated with the development of new products, and costs related to enhancements of existing products and manufacturing processes. Engineering expenses decreased $27,000 for the quarter. They were $673,000 and $700,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Engineering expenses as a percentage of sales were 3.4% for the three months ended September 30, 2013, and 4.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Operating Profit. Reflecting all of the factors mentioned above, Operating Profits increased by $1,536,000, rising 60.2% over last year. The Company had a profit of $4,089,000 in the three-month period ended September 30, 2013, versus a profit of $2,553,000 in the three-months ended September 30, 2012.

Interest Income (Expense). Interest income is recorded on cash investments, and interest expense is recorded at times when the Company has debt amounts outstanding on its line of credit. The interest income was nominal for the third quarter of 2013 and 2012, and both periods had similar amounts of income.

Other Income (Expense). Other Income (Expense) primarily consists of foreign currency exchange gains (losses) on transactions with Omega Flex Limited, our U.K. subsidiary.

Income Tax Expense. Income Tax Expense was $1,420,000 for the third quarter of 2013, compared to $900,000 for the same period in 2012. The $520,000 increase was primarily due to higher income before taxes. The Company's effective tax rate in 2013 approximates the 2012 rate and does not differ materially from expected statutory rates.

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          Nine-months ended September 30, 2013 vs. September 30, 2012

The Company reported comparative results from operations for the nine-months
ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 as follows:

                    Nine-months ended September 30,
                            (in thousands)

                    2013      2013      2012     2012
                   ($000)              ($000)
Net Sales        $           100.0%   $         100.0%
                  55,262              45,590
Gross Profit     $            53.9%   $          51.0%
                  29,800              23,232
Operating Profit $            18.9%   $          20.4%
                  10,446               9,286

Net Sales. The Company's Net Sales for the first nine months of 2013 increased $9,672,000 (21.2%) over the same period in 2012, ending at $55,262,000 and $45,590,000 in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Net Sales have received a boost over the prior year partially due to improvements in the residential construction industry. The sales have also gained market share over competitor products, such as black iron pipe, as they are statistically exceeding the growth experienced in the housing market for the first nine months of the year. An increase in volume, or units sold, accounts for the majority of the change compared to the prior year, and there was also a slight rise in pricing.

Gross Profit. The Company's gross profit margins have increased between the two periods, being 53.9% and 51.0% for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The improvement resulted from a combination of items, including the pricing action noted above, and the Company's ability to find various efficiencies in procurement and manufacturing processes.

Selling Expenses. Selling expenses consist primarily of employee salaries and associated overhead costs, commissions, and the cost of marketing programs such as advertising, trade shows and related communication costs, and freight.
Selling expense was $9,429,000 and $9,049,000 for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, representing an increase of $380,000.
Commissions and Freight increased by $792,000 compared to last year, largely attributable to the increase in sales volume. The increases in Commissions and Freight were however softened by a decrease in advertising relating expenses.
Sales expense is however lower than the prior year when compared as a percent of net sales, being 17.1% for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013, and 19.8% for the nine-months ended September 30, 2012.

General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses consist primarily of employee salaries including incentive compensation, benefits for administrative, executive and finance personnel, legal and accounting, insurance, and corporate general and administrative services.
General and administrative expenses were $7,908,000 and $7,667,000

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for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, increasing $241,000 between periods. There was an increase in staffing expenses, mostly related to incentive compensation earned in association with higher profits.
This was however softened by a decrease in legal and insurance expenses primarily connected to product liability claims and coverage. As a percentage of sales, general and administrative expenses decreased to 14.3% for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013 from 16.8% for the nine-months ended September 30, 2012.

Insurance Legal Recovery. As previously disclosed in a Form 8-K/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 15, 2012, the Company agreed to settle a legal dispute relating to insurance coverage and received $4,700,000 as part of the settlement during that same month. This receipt was all recorded as income during the first quarter of 2012. There was no comparable event during 2013, and thus the change between periods is $4,700,000. This event also impacted incentive compensation, which is included in the General and Administrative Expenses, and Income Tax Expenses, increasing both significantly compared to this year.

Engineering Expense. Engineering expenses consist of development expenses associated with the development of new products, and costs related to enhancements of existing products and manufacturing processes. Engineering expenses have increased $87,000 between periods, as they were $2,017,000 and $1,930,000 for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
Engineering expenses as a percentage of sales were 3.6% for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013, and 4.2% for the same period in 2012.

Operating Profit. Reflecting all of the factors mentioned above, Operating Profits increased $1,160,000 or 12.5%, ending with a profit of $10,446,000 for the first nine months of 2013, compared to $9,286,000 in 2012. Excluding the Insurance Legal Recovery less its applicable auxiliary costs, operating profits were actually higher by 95.4% versus the prior year.

Interest Income (Expense). Interest income is recorded on cash investments, and interest expense is recorded at times when the Company has debt amounts outstanding on its line of credit. The net interest income was nominal for the first nine months of 2013 and 2012, and both periods had similar amounts of income.

Other Income (Expense). Other Income (Expense) primarily consists of foreign currency exchange gains (losses) on transactions with Omega Flex Limited, our U.K. subsidiary.

Income Tax Expense. Income Tax Expense was $3,518,000 for the first nine months of 2013, compared to $3,292,000 for the same period in 2012, increasing by $226,000, largely in correlation with the change in income before taxes. The Company's effective tax rate in 2013 does approximate the 2012 rate and does not differ materially from expected statutory rates.

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CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND USE OF ESTIMATES

Financial Reporting Release No. 60, released by the Securities and Exchange Commission, requires all companies to include a discussion of critical accounting policies or methods used in the preparation of financial statements.
Note 2 of the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements includes a summary of the significant accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of our condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. The following is a brief discussion of the Company's more significant accounting policies.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the dates of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. The most significant estimates and assumptions relate to revenue recognition and related sales incentives, accounts receivable valuations, inventory valuations, goodwill valuation, product liability reserve and accounting for income taxes. Actual amounts could differ significantly from these estimates.

Our critical accounting policies and significant estimates and assumptions are described in more detail as follows:

Revenue Recognition

The Company's revenue recognition activities relate almost entirely to the manufacture and sale of flexible metal hose and pipe. Under GAAP, revenues are considered to have been earned when the Company has substantially accomplished what it must do to be entitled to the benefits represented by the revenues. The following criteria represent preconditions to the recognition of revenue:

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Persuasive evidence of an arrangement for the sale of product or services must exist.

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Delivery has occurred or services have been rendered.

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The sales price to the customer is fixed or determinable.

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Collection is reasonably assured.

The Company recognizes revenue upon shipment in accordance with the above principles.

Gross sales are reduced for all consideration paid to customers for which no identifiable benefit is received by the Company. This includes promotional incentives, which includes various programs including year-end rebates and discounts. The amounts of certain incentives are known with reasonable certainty at the time of sale, while others are projected based upon the most reliable information available at the reporting date.

Commissions, for which the Company receives an identifiable benefit, are accounted for

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as a sales expense.

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable are reduced by an allowance for amounts that may become uncollectible in the future. The estimated allowance for uncollectible amounts is based primarily on specific analysis of accounts in the receivable portfolio and historical write-off experience. While management believes the allowance to be adequate, if the financial condition of the Company's customers were to deteriorate, resulting in their inability to make payments, additional allowances may be required.

Inventory

Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. Cost of inventories is determined by the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method. The Company generally considers inventory quantities beyond two-years usage, measured on a historical usage basis, to be excess inventory and reduces the gross carrying value of inventory accordingly.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

In accordance with FASB ASC Topic 350, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other, the Company performs an annual impairment test in accordance with this guidance at the end of each year, or when a triggering event is noted that may indicate impairment. This was last tested at December 31, 2012, and the analysis did not indicate any impairment of goodwill. There are no circumstances that indicate that Goodwill might be impaired at September 30, 2013.

Product Liability Reserves

Product liability reserves represent the estimated unpaid amounts under the Company's insurance policies with respect to existing claims. The Company uses the most current available data to estimate claims. As explained more fully under Contingencies, for various product liability claims covered under the Company's general liability insurance policies, the Company must pay certain defense costs within its deductible or self-insured retention limits, ranging primarily from $25,000 to $250,000 per claim, depending on the terms of the policy in the applicable policy year, up to an aggregate amount. The Company is vigorously defending against all known claims.

Fair Value of Financial and Nonfinancial Instruments

The Company measures financial instruments in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures. The accounting standard defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value under GAAP, and enhances disclosures about fair value measurements. Fair value is defined as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. Valuation techniques used to measure

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fair value must maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. The standard creates a fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value into three broad levels as follows: Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities; Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly; and Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs that reflect the Company's own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. The Company relies on its actively traded share value - a level 1 input - in determining the fair value of the reporting unit in its annual impairment test as described in the FASB ASC Topic 350, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other.

Earnings per Common Share

Basic earnings per share have been computed using the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. For the periods presented, there are no dilutive securities. Consequently, basic and dilutive earnings per share are the same.

Currency Translation

Assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars at exchange rates prevailing on the balance sheet dates. The Statements of Income are translated into U.S. dollars at average exchange rates for the period. Adjustments resulting from the translation of financial statements are excluded from the determination of income and are accumulated in a separate component of shareholders' equity. Exchange gains and losses resulting from foreign currency transactions are included in operations (other income (expense)) in the period in which they occur.

Accounting for Income Taxes

The Company accounts for taxes in accordance with the FASB ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes. Under this method the Company records income tax expense and the related deferred taxes and tax benefits.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities from a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period in which the rate is enacted. A valuation allowance is provided for deferred tax assets if it is more likely than not that these items will either expire before the Company is able to realize the benefit, or that future deductibility is uncertain. No valuation reserve was deemed necessary at September 30, 2013 or at December 31, 2012. Also, in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 740 (formerly FIN 48), the Company had reserves on the books for uncertainties in tax positions of $99,000 at September 30, 2013, and $119,000 at December 31, 2012. These reserves are reviewed each quarter.

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Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

For the nine-months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, the sole component of Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) was a foreign currency translation adjustment.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Historically, the Company's primary cash needs have been related to working capital items, which the Company has largely funded through cash generated from operations.

As of September 30, 2013, the Company had a cash balance of $7,032,000.
Additionally, the Company has a $10,000,000 line of credit available with Sovereign Bank, as discussed in detail in Note 4, which had no borrowings outstanding upon it at September 30, 2013. At December 31, 2012, the Company had cash of $939,000, and borrowings against the line of credit of $324,000.

Operating Activities

Cash provided by operating activities is net income adjusted for certain non-cash items and changes in certain assets and liabilities, such as those included in working capital. . . .

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