Washington, D.C. 20549








Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 5, 2020


Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


North Carolina 000-23329 56-1928817

(State or other jurisdiction of


(Commission File


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


170 Southport Drive  
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560
(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)


(919) 468-0399

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, no par value per share CTHR

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC



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Item 2.02Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On November 5, 2020, Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020. A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


Pursuant to General Instruction B.2 of Current Report on Form 8-K, the information in Item 2.02 of this report, including the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1, is furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Furthermore, such information shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into the filings of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. 


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d)       Exhibits.


Exhibit No.


Description of Document 

99.1   Press Release dated November 5, 2020








Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  Charles & Colvard, Ltd.
November 5, 2020 By:  /s/ Clint J. Pete
    Clint J. Pete
Chief Financial Officer



Exhibit 99.1





- Generated $7.9 Million in Revenue, an Increase Over Year-Ago Quarter -

- Delivered Strong Gross Margin Performance of 47% -

- Generated Net Income of $874,000 and Earnings per Share of $0.03 -

- Conference Call with Accompanying Slide Presentation Scheduled Today at 4:30 PM ET -



RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – November 5, 2020 – Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTHR) (the “Company”), a globally recognized lab created gemstone company specializing in fine jewelry, reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 (“First Quarter Fiscal 2021”), with net sales of $7.9 million and net income of $874,000, or $0.03 earnings per diluted share.


“This quarter demonstrated our team’s ability to execute on our plan to drive revenue growth successfully while maintaining a strong gross margin and delivering profitability,” said Don O’Connell, President and CEO of Charles & Colvard. “We expanded our product line with the launch of CaydiaTM, our specially curated assortment of premium lab grown diamonds exclusively available from Charles & Colvard. We rolled out an enhanced website experience that provides more functionality, eliminates complexity and showcases our premium Forever OneTM moissanite gems and our exclusive Caydia lab grown diamonds set in fine jewelry. We also grew our omnichannel retail footprint with the launch of our Moissanite by Charles & Colvard® fine jewelry in 50 Macy’s stores.”


“Our recent product expansion was a natural progression for the business as we were able to utilize existing resources, components, and infrastructure to reach a broader variety of consumers. We believe this now allows us to tap into the estimated $5.2 billion lab grown diamond space. We’ve adapted to changing consumer behavior and continue to remain agile across all functional areas of the business. We are making strategic decisions based on our data in order to drive revenue and growth for the Company. We feel good about the trajectory we’re on given the current environment and will continue to strive to increase our brand equity and shareholder value,” Mr. O’Connell concluded.


Recent Corporate Highlights


Launched Caydia™, an exclusive brand of premium lab grown diamonds, available in bridal and fine jewelry styles including engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces and bracelets;
Expanded Charles & Colvard’s retail partnership with Macy's, the iconic American department store, launching an assortment of moissanite fine jewelry in 50 stores, including flagships Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco and State Street in Chicago;





Received an annual Design Excellence Award from the Accessories Council, a not-for-profit, international trade organization, winning the Sustainability Award for Charles & Colvard’s Forever One moissanite emerald-cut ring; and
Featured in multiple media articles, including Forbes, Women’s Wear Daily, JCK and National Jeweler.


Financial Summary for First Quarter Fiscal 2021
(Quarter Ended September 30, 2020 Compared to Quarter Ended September 30, 2019)


Net sales were $7.9 million for the quarter, an increase of 4% compared with $7.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

In the Online Channels segment, which consists of e-commerce outlets including charlesandcolvard.com, third-party online marketplaces, drop-ship retail and other pure-play, exclusively e-commerce outlets, net sales totaled $4.5 million, a year over year increase of 21%, representing 56% of total net sales for the quarter, compared with $3.7 million, or 49% of total net sales in the year-ago quarter.

In the Traditional segment, which consists of wholesale and brick and mortar customers, net sales totaled $3.5 million, a year over year decrease of 11%, representing 44% of total net sales for the quarter, compared with $3.9 million, or 51% of total net sales, in the year-ago quarter.

Finished jewelry net sales were $4.3 million for the quarter, an increase of 12% compared with $3.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

Loose jewel net sales were $3.6 million for the quarter, a decrease of 4% compared with $3.8 million in the year-ago quarter.

Operating expenses decreased 20% to $2.9 million for the quarter, compared to $3.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Net income was $874,000, or $0.03 earnings per diluted share for the quarter, compared to net income of $207,000, or $0.01 earnings per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Weighted average shares outstanding on a diluted basis was 28.8 million for the quarter, compared to 29.2 million in the year-ago quarter.


Financial Position


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $13.9 million as of September 30, 2020, representing a decrease of $0.8 million from $14.6 million as of June 30, 2020. Total inventory was $29.7 million as of September 30, 2020, compared with $30.6 million as of June 30, 2020. Total debt outstanding was $1.0 million as of September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020.


Investor Conference Call


Charles & Colvard will host an investor conference call and webcast presentation to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 (“First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021”) at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 5, 2020. The investor conference call and accompanying presentation slides will be webcast live and can be accessed in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at https://ir.charlesandcolvard.com/events.


To participate via telephone, callers should dial 844-875-6912 (U.S. toll-free) or 412-317-6708 (international) and ask to be connected to the “Charles & Colvard, Ltd. Conference Call” a few minutes before 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 5, 2020.


A replay of this conference call will be available until November 12, 2020 at 877-344-7529 (U.S. toll-free) or 412-317-0088 (international). The replay conference ID is 10148971. The call will also be available for replay in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://ir.charlesandcolvard.com/events.





About Charles & Colvard, Ltd.


Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTHR) believes fine jewelry can be accessible, beautiful and conscientious. Charles & Colvard is the original pioneer of lab-created moissanite, a rare gemstone formed from silicon carbide. The Company brings revolutionary gemstones and jewelry to market through its pinnacle Forever OneTM moissanite brand and its newly introduced CaydiaTM lab grown diamond brand. Consumers seek Charles & Colvard fashion, bridal and fine jewelry because of its exceptional quality, incredible value and shared beliefs in environmental and social responsibility. Charles & Colvard was founded in 1995 and is based in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park. For more information, please visit www.charlesandcolvard.com.


Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements expressing expectations regarding our future and projections relating to our products, sales, revenues, and earnings are typical of such statements and are made under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations, and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “continue,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.


All forward-looking statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in predicting the future. You should be aware that although the forward-looking statements included herein represent management’s current judgment and expectations, our actual results may differ materially from those projected, stated, or implied in these forward-looking statements as a result of many factors including, but not limited to, (1) our business, financial condition and results of operations could continue to be adversely affected by an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related global economic conditions; (2) our future financial performance depends upon increased consumer acceptance, growth of sales of our products, and operational execution of our strategic initiatives; (3) the execution of our business plans could significantly impact our liquidity; (4) our business and our results of operations could be materially adversely affected as a result of general and economic conditions; (5) the financial difficulties or insolvency of one or more of our major customers or their lack of willingness and ability to market our products could adversely affect results; (6) we face intense competition in the worldwide gemstone and jewelry industry; (7) we are subject to certain risks due to our international operations, distribution channels and vendors; (8) our business and our results of operations could be materially adversely affected as a result of our inability to fulfill orders on a timely basis; (9) we are currently dependent on a limited number of distributor and retail partners in our Traditional segment for the sale of our products; (10) we rely on assumptions, estimates, and data to calculate certain of our key metrics and real or perceived inaccuracies in such metrics may harm our reputation and negatively affect our business; (11) our failure to maintain compliance with The Nasdaq Stock Market’s continued listing requirements could result in the delisting of our common stock; (12) we may experience quality control challenges from time to time that can result in lost revenue and harm to our brands and reputation; (13) seasonality of our business may adversely affect our net sales and operating income; (14) our operations could be disrupted by natural disasters; (15) our loan, pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act as administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration may not be forgiven or may subject us to




challenges and investigations regarding qualification for the loan; (16) we may not be able to adequately protect our intellectual property, which could harm the value of our products and brands and adversely affect our business; (17) negative or inaccurate information on social media could adversely impact our brand and reputation; (18) sales of moissanite jewelry could be dependent upon the pricing of precious metals, which is beyond our control; (19) our current customers may potentially perceive us as a competitor in the finished jewelry business; (20) we depend on an exclusive supply agreement, or the Supply Agreement, with Cree, Inc., for substantially all of our silicon carbide, or SiC, crystals, the raw materials we use to produce moissanite jewels; if our supply of high-quality SiC crystals is interrupted, our business may be materially harmed; (21) if the e-commerce opportunity changes dramatically or if e-commerce technology or providers change their models, our results of operations may be adversely affected; (22) a failure of our information technology infrastructure or a failure to protect confidential information of our customers and our network against security breaches could adversely impact our business and operations; (23) if we fail to evaluate, implement, and integrate strategic acquisition or disposition opportunities successfully, our business may suffer; (24) governmental regulation and oversight might adversely impact our operations; and (25) some anti-takeover provisions of our charter documents may delay or prevent a takeover of our company, in addition to the other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 and subsequent reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur except as required by the federal securities laws, and you are urged to review and consider disclosures that we make in the reports that we file with the SEC that discuss other factors relevant to our business.




Clint J. Pete, Chief Financial Officer, 919-468-0399, cpete@charlesandcolvard.com



-Financial Tables Follow-










Three Months Ended

September 30,

   2020   2019 
Net sales  $7,926,293   $7,608,421 
Costs and expenses:          
Cost of goods sold   4,196,055    3,876,624 
Sales and marketing   1,647,933    2,229,591 
General and administrative   1,208,035    1,349,501 
Total costs and expenses   7,052,023    7,455,716 
Income from operations   874,270    152,705 
Other income (expense):          
        Interest income   3,459    61,379 
        Interest expense   (2,439)   (142)
Loss on foreign currency exchange   (530)   (538)
Total other income (expense), net   490    60,699 
Income before income taxes   874,760    213,404 
Income tax expense   (494)   (6,085)
Net Income  $874,266   $207,319 
Net income per common share:          
Basic  $0.03   $0.01 
Diluted  $0.03   $0.01 
Weighted average number of shares used in computing net income per common share:          
Basic   28,786,910    28,563,688 
Diluted   28,839,897    29,222,936 









September 30, 2020 


   June 30, 2020 
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $13,756,695   $13,993,032 
Restricted cash   105,014    624,202 
Accounts receivable, net   1,625,515    670,718 
Inventory, net   8,975,998    7,443,257 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   1,260,322    1,177,860 
Total current assets   25,723,544    23,909,069 
Long-term assets:          
Inventory, net   20,748,762    23,190,702 
Property and equipment, net   969,635    999,061 
Intangible assets, net   180,722    170,151 
Operating lease right-of-use assets   475,113    584,143 
Other assets   50,109    51,461 
Total long-term assets   22,424,341    24,995,518 
TOTAL ASSETS  $48,147,885   $48,904,587 
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $2,582,538   $3,748,235 
Operating lease liabilities   626,763    622,493 
Current maturity of long-term debt   386,000    193,000 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   1,496,755    1,922,332 
Total current liabilities   5,092,056    6,486,060 
Long-term liabilities:          
Long-term debt   579,000    772,000 
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities   51,190    203,003 
Accrued income taxes   8,441    7,947 
Total long-term liabilities   638,631    982,950 
Total liabilities   5,730,687    7,469,010 
Commitments and contingencies          
Shareholders’ equity:          
Common stock, no par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 28,965,660 and 28,949,410 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively   54,342,864    54,342,864 
Additional paid-in capital   25,987,520    25,880,165 
Accumulated deficit   (37,913,186)   (38,787,452)
Total shareholders’ equity   42,417,198    41,435,577 









   Three Months Ended September 30, 
   2020   2019 
Net income  $874,266   $207,319 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   132,456    124,637 
Stock-based compensation   107,355    212,380 
Provision for (Recovery of) uncollectible accounts   32,514    (28,000)
Provision for (Recovery of) sales returns   96,000    (31,000)
Inventory write-off   80,000    23,000 
Provision for accounts receivable discounts   1,688    12,476 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (1,084,999)   8,382 
Inventory   829,199    (2,254,855)
Prepaid expenses and other assets, net   27,920    (417,147)
Accounts payable   (1,165,697)   1,048,990 
Accrued income taxes   494    6,085 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   (573,120)   (135,743)
       Net cash used in operating activities   (641,924)   (1,223,476)
Purchases of property and equipment   (101,459)   (111,317)
Payments for intangible assets   (12,142)   (4,322)
              Net cash used in investing activities   (113,601)   (115,639)
Issuance of common stock, net of offering costs   -    932,480 
              Net cash provided by financing activities   -    932,480 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:          
      Cash paid during the period for interest  $2,439   $142 
      Cash paid during the period for income taxes  $3,350   $2,050 


Reconciliation to Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets: 

September 30,



June 30,


       Cash and cash equivalents  $13,756,695   $13,993,032 
       Restricted cash   105,014    624,202 
            CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH  $13,861,709   $14,617,234