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Leon’s Furniture Releases Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2016

TORONTO, May 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leon’s Furniture Limited (“Leon’s” or the “Company”) (TSX:LNF), today announced financial results for the first quarter 2016.

All figures in CAD thousands unless otherwise noted.

Highlights – Q1 2016

  • Same store sales1 grew 7.7% in Q1-2016.
  • Total system wide sales1 grew 7.1% to $546,483 in Q1-2016 compared to $510,305 in Q1-2015.
  • Revenue grew 7.9% to $463,447 in Q1-2016 compared to $429,689 in Q1-2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 grew 17.5% to $21,924 in Q1-2016 compared to $18,659 in Q1-2015.
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share1 grew 75.0% to $0.07 in Q1-2016 compared to $0.04 in Q1-2015.

1Refer to the Non-IFRS Measures section of this press release

“During Q1, we continued to convert effective promotions and focused cost control into solid same store sales and adjusted diluted earnings per share growth,” said Edward Leon, President and Chief Operating Officer of Leon’s. “In Q1, we made significant progress against our strategic mandate to have a meaningful presence in all key areas of the country. We secured eight highly desirable retail locations in February and recently finalized a joint venture to build and own a state-of-the-art 430,000 square foot distribution centre in Vancouver to supply our growing network in British Columbia. In addition, we drove further synergies related to our acquisition of the Brick, including reducing headcount during the quarter. We are confident that through judicious growth and incremental synergies, we will continue to drive value for shareholders in the coming years.”

For a full explanation of the Company’s use of non-IFRS measures, please refer below.

/EIN News/ -- Summary of Financial Highlights

         
  For the three months ended March 31
(000's of $ except % and per share amounts)   2016     2015   $ Increase
(Decrease)
  % Increase
(Decrease)
Total system wide sales (1)     546,483     510,305     36,178     7.1 %
Franchise sales (1)     83,036     80,616     2,420     3.0 %
Revenue     463,447     429,689     33,758     7.9 %
Same store sales (1)     458,587     425,659     32,928     7.7 %
Gross profit margin as a percentage of revenue   41.85 %   43.10 %    
SG&A(2) as a percentage of revenue (excluding mark-to-market impact and severance charge)   39.49 %   41.21 %    
Adjusted EBITDA(1)     21,924     18,659     3,265     17.5 %
Adjusted net income(1)     5,170     2,735     2,435     89.0 %
Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share(1) $   0.07   $ 0.04   $ 0.03     75.0 %
Common share dividends declared $   0.10   $ 0.10   $ -    
(1) Non-IFRS financial measures. Refer to "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section in this press release for additional information.  
(2) Selling, general and administrative expenses        
         

Revenue

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, revenue was $463,447,000 compared to $429,689,000 in the prior year’s first quarter.  Revenue increased $33,758,000 or 7.9% between the comparative quarters as we continued to see growth in most product categories.

Selling, general and administrative expenses

Excluding severance payments made in the quarter and the mark-to-market impact of the Company’s financial derivatives, comprised of foreign exchange forwards and a fixed interest rate swap, SG&A as a percentage of revenue decreased from 41.21% to 39.49% compared to the prior year’s quarter.  The reduction is due primarily from generating a higher degree of operating leverage as revenues increased 7.9% in the quarter and by controlling fixed costs.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share

As a result of the above, adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2016 was $5,170,000, $0.07 adjusted  basic earnings per share ($2,735,000, $0.04 adjusted basic earnings per share in 2015).

Dividends

As previously announced, we paid a quarterly 10¢ dividend on April 8, 2016. Today we are happy to announce that the Directors have declared a quarterly dividend of 10¢ per common share payable on the 8th day of July 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on the 8th day of June 2016. As of 2007, dividends paid by Leon’s Furniture Limited are “eligible dividends” pursuant to the changes to the Income Tax Act under Bill C-28, Canada.

Outlook

Even though the economy remains soft, we expect to see consistent profits in 2016, by improving same store sales, growing e-commerce sales, and continuing to drive efficiencies that will result from the ongoing integration of The Brick.

Store Network

The Company has 298 retail stores from coast to coast in Canada under the various banners indicated below which also includes over 100 franchise locations.

  Banner Number of Stores
  Leon's banner corporate stores 44
  Leon's banner franchise stores 36
  Appliance Canada banner stores 3
  The Brick banner corporate stores1 114
  The Brick banner franchise stores2 66
  The Brick Mattress Store banner locations 20
  United Furniture Warehouse ("UFW") banner stores 2
  UFW and The Brick Clearance Centre banner stores 13
  Total number of stores 298
     
  1Includes the Midnorthern Appliance banner  
  2Includes one UFW Franchise  
     

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Company uses financial measures that do not have standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other entities.  The Company calculates the non-IFRS measures by adjusting certain IFRS measures for specific items the Company believes are significant, but not reflective of underlying operations in the period, as detailed below:

Non-IFRS Measure IFRS Measure
Adjusted net income Net income
Adjusted income before income taxes Income before income taxes
Adjusted earnings per share – basic Earnings per share – basic
Adjusted earnings per share – diluted Earnings per share – diluted
Adjusted EBITDA Net income
   

For a reconciliation of the Company’s non-IFRS measures please refer to the Company’s MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Adjusted Net Income

Leon’s calculates comparable measures by excluding the effect of:

  • the mark-to-market adjustments included in the Company’s selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) income statement line item, related to the net effect of USD-denominated forward contracts and an interest rate swap on the Company’s term credit facility;
  • severance charges in the period, a non-recurring expense included in the Company’s SG&A.

Management believes excluding from income the effect of these mark-to-market valuations and changes thereto, until settlement, better aligns the intent and financial effect of these contracts with the underlying cash flows.  Similarly, excluding from income the effect of non-recurring expenses better reflects Leon’s normalized SG&A as a percentage of revenue in the period.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, mark-to-market adjustment due to the changes in the fair value of the Company’s financial derivative instruments and non-recurring charges to income (“Adjusted EBITDA”) is a non-IFRS financial measure used by the Company.  The Company considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an effective measure of profitability on an operational basis and is commonly regarded as an indirect measure of operating cash flow, a significant indicator of success for many businesses.  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure used by the Company.  The Company’s Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to the Adjusted EBITDA measure of other entities, but in management’s view appropriately reflects Leon’s specific financial condition.  This measure is not intended to replace net income, which, as determined in accordance with IFRS, is an indicator of operating performance.

Same Store Sales

Same store sales are defined as sales generated by stores that have been open or closed for more than 12 months on a yearly basis. Same store sales is not an earnings measure recognized by IFRS, and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, but it is a key indicator used by the Company to measure performance against prior period results.  Same store sales as discussed in this press release may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, however this measure is commonly used in the retail industry.  We believe that disclosing this measure is meaningful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business.

Total System Wide Sales

Total system wide sales refer to the aggregation of revenue recognized in the Company’s consolidated financial statements plus the franchise sales occurring at franchise stores to their customers which are not included in the revenue figure presented in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. Total system wide sales is not a measure recognized by IFRS, and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, but it is a key indicator used by the Company to measure performance against prior period results. Therefore, total system wide sales as discussed in this press release may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  We believe that disclosing this measure is meaningful to investors because it serves as an indicator of the strength of the Company’s overall store network, which ultimately impacts financial performance.

Franchise Sales

Franchise sales figures refer to sales occurring at franchise stores to their customers which are not included in the revenue figures presented in the Company’s consolidated financial statements, or in the same store sales figures in this press release. Franchise sales is not a measure recognized by IFRS, and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, but it is a key indicator used by the Company to measure performance against prior period results. Therefore, franchise sales as discussed in this press release may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  Once again we believe that disclosing this measure is meaningful to investors because it serves as an indicator of the strength of the Company’s brands, which ultimately impacts financial performance.

About Leon’s Furniture Limited

Leon’s Furniture Limited is the largest retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics in Canada. Our retail banners include: Leon’s; The Brick; The Brick Mattress Store; The Brick Clearance Centre and United Furniture Warehouse. Finally, with The Brick’s Midnorthern Appliance banner alongside with Leon’s Appliance Canada banner, this makes the Company the country’s largest commercial retailer of appliances to builders, developers, hotels and property management companies. The Company has 298 retail stores from coast to coast in Canada under various banners.

Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this press release that is not current or historical factual information may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws, including future-oriented financial information and financial outlooks. This information is based on certain assumptions regarding expected growth, results of operations, performance, and business prospects and opportunities. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable, based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what the Company currently expects. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to: credit, market, currency, operational, liquidity and funding risks, including changes in economic conditions, interest rates or tax rates, the timing and market acceptance of future products, and competition in the Company’s markets.

To the extent any forward-looking information in this press release constitutes future-oriented financial information or financial outlooks, within the meaning of securities laws, such information is being provided to demonstrate the potential of the Company and readers are cautioned that this information may not be appropriate for any other purpose. Future-oriented financial information and financial outlooks, as with forward-looking information generally, are based on assumptions and subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors. Actual results may differ materially from what the Company currently expects. Other than as required under applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information at any particular time. The reader should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement.

For further information, please contact:
Dominic Scarangella, EVP & CFO
Leon’s Furniture Limited
416-243-4073

Jonathan Ross, CFA
LodeRock Advisors, Leon’s Investor Relations
jon.ross@loderockadvisors.com 
Tel: (905) 334-0095

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