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Havertys Reports Earnings for First Quarter 2017

ATLANTA, May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS  (NYSE:HVT) (NYSE:HVT.A) reports earnings per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $0.28 compared to $0.21 for the same period of 2016.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, said, “We are pleased with the first quarter sales and earnings given the choppy retail environment.  Our merchandising team has developed a great assortment of products to meet the discerning tastes of the on-trend consumer.  The upholstery category continues to drive our business with strong sales and favorable margins, and we had good results from the mattress and accessory groups.

“We are glad to have exited a temporary space in Lubbock, Texas and now serve customers in a newly constructed showroom on the site of the store destroyed a year ago.  We expanded into the Greensboro, N.C. market opening a new store this week, and with our long-term presence in Winston-Salem, the Havertys brand is already favorably recognized in the Piedmont Triad area.

“As gratifying as new store openings are, our primary focus is on improving the profitability of our current store base. Adjustments to our media mix, localized marketing, enhancements to our website, and associate training have yielded higher in-store closing rates. Our product mix, in-home design service, and suggested complimentary merchandise has resulted in ten straight quarters of increases in average ticket over comparable periods. We believe our customer centered focus and strategies will further separate us from our competition and create better returns for our stockholders.”

Financial Highlights
First Quarter 2017 Compared to First Quarter 2016

  • As previously announced, net sales increased 3.0% to $200.4 million.  Comparable store sales were up 1.6%.
  • Total written sales for the first quarter of 2017 were up 2.5% and written comparable store sales increased 1.0% over last year’s first quarter. Since 2016 was a leap year, this year’s quarter contained one less day, a Saturday.  This calendar change reduced the reported written sales increase by approximately 1.9%.  Havertys stores are closed for Easter and the positive first quarter impact on written sales from the holiday occurring in April this year versus March last year is estimated to be approximately 1.2%.
  • Average written ticket was up 2.9% and custom upholstery written business rose 10.3%.
  • Gross profit margins increased 100 basis points to 54.7%.  Lower inbound freight costs on imported products and merchandise pricing and mix contributed approximately 80 basis points of this improvement and the remainder was primarily from reduced product markdowns.
  • SG&A costs as a percent of sales were 50.1% in 2017 and 49.5% in 2016. Total SG&A dollars increased $4.0 million due to increases in administrative costs of $1.1 million (largely due to compensation costs), selling expenses of $0.8 million, occupancy costs of $0.8 million, advertising and marketing expenses of $0.8 million, warehouse and delivery expenses of $0.5 million.
  • Other income includes a $1.2 million gain from the insurance recovery related to the destruction of our Lubbock, Texas location at the end of 2015.
  • The new store in Lubbock opened in early March.

Expectations and Other

  • Total delivered sales for the second quarter to date of 2017 are up 2.2% and comparable store sales increased 1.3%. Total written sales for the last week of March plus April are up approximately 2.0% over the same day of week period last year and written comparable store sales increased approximately 0.9%. We are using this period for comparison as it negates the impact of Easter occurring in late March last year and April this year.
  • We expect that gross profit margins for the full year 2017 will be approximately 53.9%, increased from the 53.6% prior guidance due to better pricing and product mix in the first half.  Second half 2017 gross margins are expected to be approximately 40 to 50 basis points lower than the full year average due to anticipated inbound ocean freight increases and a related negative LIFO impact.
  • Our estimate for fixed and discretionary type SG&A expenses for 2017 are now $259.0 million, a $1.0 million reduction of our previous estimate, compared to $250.0 million for these same costs in 2016. The variable type costs within SG&A for the full year of 2017 are expected to be 18.1% percent of sales compared to the 18.2% rate in 2016.
  • We will open a store in Greensboro, N.C. in early May and a replacement store in Columbia, S.C. in September.
  • We expect to increase standard selling square footage approximately 0.3% in 2017. Total capital expenditures are estimated to be approximately $27.0 million in 2017.

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(In Thousands, except per share data – Unaudited)
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
      2017     2016  
Net sales    $ 200,427    $ 194,511  
Cost of goods sold     90,831     90,092  
  Gross profit     109,596     104,419  
Credit service charges     45     65  
   Gross profit and other revenue     109,641     104,484  
  Selling, general and administrative     100,374     96,353  
  Provision for doubtful accounts     102     104  
  Other (income) expense, net     (1,158 )   (182 )
   Total expenses     99,318     96,275  
Income before interest and income taxes     10,323     8,209  
Interest expense, net     583     622  
Income before income taxes     9,740     7,587  
Income tax expense     3,754     2,918  
   Net income    $ 5,986    $ 4,669  
Other comprehensive income              
  Adjustments related to retirement plans; net of tax expense
 of $9 and $11
   $ 16    $ 19  
  Comprehensive income    $ 6,002    $ 4,688  
Basic earnings per share:              
  Common Stock    $ 0.28    $ 0.21  
  Class A Common Stock    $ 0.27    $ 0.20  
Diluted earnings per share:              
  Common Stock    $ 0.28    $ 0.21  
  Class A Common Stock    $ 0.27    $ 0.20  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding:              
  Common Stock     19,297     20,021  
  Class A Common Stock     1,813     2,031  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:              
  Common Stock     21,540     22,496  
  Class A Common Stock     1,813     2,031  
Cash Dividends per share:              
  Common Stock    $ 0.1200    $ 0.100  
  Class A Common Stock    $ 0.1125    $ 0.095  

(In Thousands – Unaudited)
    March 31,
  December 31,
  March 31,
    (Unaudited)         (Unaudited)  
Current assets                    
  Cash and cash equivalents    $ 61,495    $ 63,481    $ 53,733  
  Investments     -     -     12,740  
  Restricted cash and cash equivalents     8,047     8,034     8,010  
  Accounts receivable     3,421     4,244     4,857  
  Inventories     108,258     102,020     110,200  
  Prepaid expenses     10,581     8,836     10,411  
  Other current assets     4,926     7,500     5,317  
    Total current assets     196,728     194,115     205,268  
Accounts receivable, long-term     385     462     546  
Property and equipment     231,584     233,667     236,587  
Deferred income taxes     18,367     18,376     17,234  
Other assets     8,556     7,885     6,038  
    Total assets    $ 455,620    $ 454,505    $ 465,673  
Current liabilities                    
  Accounts payable    $ 23,354    $ 25,662    $ 24,172  
  Customer deposits     27,263     24,923     23,782  
  Accrued liabilities     37,704     41,904     30,541  
  Current portion of lease obligations     3,568     3,461     3,239  
    Total current liabilities     91,889     95,950     81,734  
Lease obligations, less current portion     52,066     52,013     53,038  
Other liabilities     25,198     24,671     25,864  
    Total liabilities     169,153     172,634     160,636  
Stockholders’ equity     286,467     281,871     305,037  
    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity    $ 455,620    $ 454,505    $ 465,673  

(In Thousands – Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2017   2016  
Net income    $ 5,986    $ 4,669  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
 (used in) operating activities:
  Depreciation and amortization     7,582     6,792  
  Gain on insurance recovery     (1,170 )   -  
  Proceeds from insurance recovery received for business interruption     311     -  
  Share-based compensation expense     1,316     1,050  
  Provision for doubtful accounts     102     104  
  Other     13     (24 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
  Accounts receivable     798     1,096  
  Inventories     (6,238 )   (1,304 )
  Customer deposits     2,340     2,746  
  Other assets and liabilities     1,068     (3,512 )
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     (6,349 )   (16,380 )
    Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     5,759     (4,763 )
Capital expenditures     (5,182 )   (8,979 )
Proceeds from insurance for destroyed property and equipment     989     -  
Other     19     4  
  Net cash used in investing activities     (4,174 )   (8,975 )
Payments on lease obligations     (849 )   (748 )
Dividends paid     (2,521 )   (2,205 )
Common stock purchased     -     (235 )
Other     (201 )   -  
  Net cash used in financing activities     (3,571 )   (3,188 )
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents during the period     (1,986 )   (16,926 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     63,481     70,659  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period    $ 61,495    $ 53,733  

SG&A Expense Classification

We classify our SG&A expenses as either variable or fixed and discretionary.  Our variable expenses are comprised of selling and delivery costs.  Selling expenses are primarily compensation and related benefits for our commission based sales associates, the discount we pay for third party financing of customer sales and transaction fees for credit card usage.  We do not outsource delivery so these costs include personnel, fuel, and other expenses related to this function.  Fixed and discretionary expenses are comprised of rent, depreciation and amortization and other occupancy costs for stores, warehouses and offices, and all advertising and administrative costs.

Conference Call Information

The company invites interested parties to listen to the live audiocast of the conference call on May 2 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website, under the investor relations section. If you can not listen live, a replay will be available on the day of the conference call at the website or via telephone at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET through May 9. The number to access the telephone playback is 1-888-203-1112 (access code:  8093159).

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About Havertys

Havertys (NYSE:HVT) (NYSE:HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 124 showrooms in 16 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions providing its customers with a wide selection of quality merchandise in middle to upper-middle price ranges. Additional information is available on the company’s website

News releases include forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that might cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, the consumer spending environment for large ticket items, competition in the retail furniture industry and other uncertainties detailed from time to time in the company’s reports filed with the SEC.

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc., 404-443-2900
Dennis L. Fink
Jenny Hill Parker
SVP, Finance, Secretary and Treasurer

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