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Havertys Reports Earnings for Second Quarter 2017

/EIN News/ -- ATLANTA, July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE:HVT) (NYSE:HVT.A) reports earnings per share of $0.29 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 compared to $0.24 for the same period of 2016. The earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2017 is $0.56 compared to $0.45 for the same period in 2016.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “We are pleased with the second quarter earnings results. The improvement in gross margin was achieved by working with suppliers to develop great products and improve quality control, sales increases in items with higher margins, and our team’s commitment to convey the Havertys merchandise value message.

“We remain focused on improving the profitability of our current store base and the second quarter’s EBITDA as a percentage of sales grew to 9.1% for this year compared to 8.5% in 2016. Our diligence concerning spending is yielding reductions in certain areas of operations and we shifted a portion of our marketing spend from the second to the third quarter given the timing of our Fourth of July holiday sale event which also contributed to this improvement.”

Financial Highlights

Second Quarter 2017 Compared to Second Quarter 2016

  • As previously announced, net sales increased 1.1% to $196.8 million. Comparable store sales were down 0.2%.
  • Havertys’ stores are closed for Easter with the holiday occurring in April this year versus March last year and the negative impact on second quarter written sales is estimated at 1.2%. After adjusting for the Easter shift, total written sales for the second quarter of 2017 were up 0.6% and written comparable store sales were down 0.7%.
  • Average written ticket was up 3.1% and custom upholstery sales grew 6.2%.
  • Gross profit margins were up 90 basis points to 54.4%.
  • SG&A costs as a percent of sales were 49.2% in 2017 and 49.6% in 2016. Total SG&A dollars were relatively flat compared to 2016.  Increases in occupancy costs of $1.1 million due to higher depreciation and other store costs were offset by planned reductions in advertising and marketing costs of $0.9 million and lower administrative expense of $0.7 million primarily from reductions in our costs for group medical benefits.
  • Other income in 2016 includes a $1.9 million gain from the insurance recovery for inventory and the minimum liquidated value of the building destroyed by the storm at our Lubbock, Texas location.
  • We repurchased 1,149,042 shares of common stock for $21.0 million during the second quarter of 2016.

Six Months ended June 30, 2017 Compared to Same Period of 2016

  • Net sales increased 2.1% to $397.3 million. Comparable store sales were up 0.7%.
  • Average ticket rose 2.9% and custom upholstery orders increased 8.2%.
  • Gross profit margins expanded 100 basis points to 54.6% compared to 53.6%.
  • SG&A costs as a percent of sales was 49.6% in both periods. Total SG&A dollars increased $4.1 million as a result of rising occupancy costs of $1.9 million due to higher depreciation, increases in selling expenses of $1.1 million, greater warehouse and delivery expenses of $0.8 million, and a rise in administrative costs of $0.4 million due to higher compensation and technology costs partly offset by lower group medical benefit costs.  Fixed and discretionary expenses were $124.8 million in 2017 versus $122.5 million in 2016.  The variable type costs were 18.2% of sales compared to 18.1% in 2016.
  • Other income includes insurance gains related to the Lubbock, Texas store of $1.2 million in 2017 and $1.9 million in 2016.

Expectations and Other

  • Total delivered sales for the third quarter to date of 2017 are 0.6% lower than the same period last year and comparable store sales are down 1.1%. Total written sales for the third quarter to date of 2017 are 2.6% lower than the same period last year and written comparable store sales decreased 3.1%.
  • We expect that gross profit margins for the full year 2017 will be approximately 54.2%, increased from the 53.9% prior guidance due to better pricing and product mix in the first half. Second half 2017 gross margins are expected to be approximately 20 to 30 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 remains at $259.0 million, 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 18.3%, increased from the prior guidance of 18.1%, compared to the 18.2% rate in 2016.
  • Our store in Wichita, Kan. was closed on July 14, 2017 due to flooding caused by the rupture of water pipe below its foundation. The assessment of the damage and timeline for repairs is ongoing and this leased location may be closed until mid-November.
  • We plan to open a store in Columbia, S.C. in October to replace an older showroom closed in March.
  • We expect to increase selling square footage approximately 0.3% in 2017. Total capital expenditures are estimated to be approximately $28.0 million in 2017.

(In Thousands, except per share data – Unaudited)
        Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
        2017   2016     2017   2016  
Net sales       $ 196,829   $ 194,774     $ 397,257   $ 389,285  
Cost of goods sold         89,710     90,614       180,542     180,706  
Gross profit         107,119     104,160       216,715     208,579  
Credit service charges         42     54       87     119  
Gross profit and other revenue         107,161     104,214       216,802     208,698  
Selling, general and administrative         96,837     96,711       197,212     193,064  
Provision for doubtful accounts         61     111       163     215  
Other expense (income), net         4     (1,911 )     (1,155 )   (2,093 )
Total expenses         96,902     94,911       196,220     191,186  
Income before interest and income taxes         10,259     9,303       20,582     17,512  
Interest expense, net         565     541       1,148     1,163  
Income before income taxes         9,694     8,762       19,434     16,349  
Income tax expense         3,509     3,388       7,263     6,306  
Net income       $ 6,185   $ 5,374     $ 12,171   $ 10,043  
Basic earnings per share:                                
Common Stock       $ 0.29   $ 0.25     $ 0.58   $ 0.46  
Class A Common Stock       $ 0.28   $ 0.24     $ 0.55   $ 0.44  
Diluted earnings per share:                                
Common Stock       $ 0.29   $ 0.24     $ 0.56   $ 0.45  
Class A Common Stock       $ 0.27   $ 0.23     $ 0.54   $ 0.43  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding:                                
Common Stock         19,377     19,645       19,337     19,883  
Class A Common Stock         1,801     2,027       1,807     2,029  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:                                
Common Stock         21,596     21,989       21,568     22,243  
Class A Common Stock         1,801     2,027       1,807     2,029  
Cash dividends per share:                                
Common Stock         $ 0.1200   $ 0.100     $ 0.240   $ 0.200  
Class A Common Stock       $ 0.1125   $ 0.095     $ 0.225   $ 0.190  

(In Thousands - Unaudited)
        June 30,
  December 31,
  June 30,
        (Unaudited)         (Unaudited)  
Current assets                        
Cash and cash equivalents       $ 65,858   $ 63,481   $ 48,525  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents         8,065     8,034     8,017  
Accounts receivable         2,915     4,244     4,572  
Inventories         103,822     102,020     109,942  
Prepaid expenses         10,296     8,836     15,912  
Other current assets         4,934     7,500     6,851  
Total current assets         195,890     194,115     193,819  
Accounts receivable, long-term         352     462     511  
Property and equipment         229,221     233,667     238,014  
Deferred income taxes         20,148     18,376     18,423  
Other assets         8,707     7,885     6,184  
Total assets       $ 454,318   $ 454,505   $ 456,951  
Current liabilities                        
Accounts payable       $ 20,770   $ 25,662   $ 25,375  
Customer deposits         28,481     24,923     27,809  
Accrued liabilities         33,469     41,904     34,531  
Current portion of lease obligations         3,624     3,461     3,341  
Total current liabilities         86,344     95,950     91,056  
Lease obligations, less current portion         51,151     52,013     52,179  
Other liabilities         26,532     24,671     25,776  
Total liabilities         164,027     172,634     169,011  
Stockholders’ equity         290,291     281,871     287,940  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity       $ 454,318   $ 454,505   $ 456,951  

(In Thousands – Unaudited)
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
        2017       2016  
Net income   $ 12,171     $ 10,043  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     15,201       13,992  
Share-based compensation expense     2,175       2,163  
Deferred income taxes     (1,790 )     (1,200 )
Gain on insurance recovery     (1,170 )     (1,914 )
Proceeds from insurance recovery     311       1,041  
Provision for doubtful accounts     163       215  
Other     629       453  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     1,276       1,305  
Inventories     (1,802 )     (1,046 )
Customer deposits     3,558       6,773  
Other assets and liabilities     2,558       (10,927 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     (13,183 )     (10,269 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     20,097       10,629  
Capital expenditures     (10,457 )     (18,523 )
Maturities of investments     -       11,500  
Proceeds from insurance recovery for destroyed property and equipment     989       2,297  
Other     48       1  
Net cash used in investing activities     (9,420 )     (4,725 )
Payments on lease obligations     (1,708 )     (1,505 )
Taxes on vested restricted shares     (1,539 )     (883 )
Dividends paid     (5,053 )     (4,368 )
Common stock purchased     -       (21,282 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (8,300 )     (28,038 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period     2,377       (22,134 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     63,481       70,659  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 65,858     $ 48,525  

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This press release contains a reference to the financial measure EBITDA which is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. This non-GAAP financial measure should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, financial measures prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") that are presented in this press release. EBITDA is not a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures, such as net income, cash flows, or other measures prescribed by GAAP, and there are limitations to using non-GAAP financial measures.

Havertys defines EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization.  Management uses EBITDA to assist in evaluating current operating expense, operating efficiency, and operating profitability. Management believes that referencing the Company's EBITDA is useful to investors because it (i) provides investors with meaningful supplemental information regarding financial performance by excluding certain items, (ii) permits investors to view performance using the same tools that management uses to budget, make operating and strategic decisions, and evaluate historical performance, and (iii) otherwise provides supplemental information that may be useful to investors in evaluating the Company's results. In addition, EBITDA is used internally for certain incentive compensation purposes. The Company believes that the reference to EBITDA, when considered together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation to those measures, provides investors with additional understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company's business.

(in thousands)       Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
Net income       $ 6,185     $ 5,374     $ 12,171     $ 10,043  
Interest expense, net         565       541       1,148       1,163  
Income tax expense         3,509       3,388       7,263       6,306  
Depreciation and amortization         7,619       7,200       15,201       13,992  
EBITDA       $ 17,878     $ 16,503     $ 35,783     $ 31,504  
Net Sales       $ 196,829     $ 194,774     $ 397,257     $ 389,285  
EBITDA as a percentage of net sales         9.1 %     8.5 %     9.0 %     8.1 %

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 August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website, under the investor relations section. If you cannot 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, August 8. The number to access the telephone playback is 1-888‑203-1112 (replay passcode:  3000602).

Safe Harbor

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About Havertys

Havertys (NYSE: HVT and 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.

SOURCE:  Havertys


Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc., 404-443-2900
Richard B. Hare
Jenny Hill Parker
SVP, Finance, Secretary and Treasurer

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