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Havertys Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019

/EIN News/ -- ATLANTA, Feb. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A) reported today sales of $213.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, a 2.3% increase over the fourth quarter of 2018. Comparable store sales increased 1.4% over the prior-year quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 were $6.1 million, or $0.31 per diluted share compared to $9.4 million, or $0.45 per diluted share for the same period of 2018.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter and the year were negatively impacted by an impairment loss for a retail store. The non-cash pre-tax charge was approximately $2.4 million, or $1.8 million after tax, equaling $0.09 per diluted share.

FY 2019

Sales for 2019 were $802.3 million, a 1.9% decrease from 2018. Comparable store sales for 2019 decreased 1.4%.

Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $21.9 million, or $1.08 per diluted share compared to $30.3 million, or $1.42 per diluted share for 2018.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, said, “The fourth quarter was a positive finish to a very difficult year. The hard work of transitioning several key product lines out of China due to increased tariffs is almost complete and our results are improving. We had an upturn in store traffic in the quarter and customer average ticket rose 8.5% over the 2018 fourth quarter. Our custom upholstery business continues to grow, up 14.8% in written orders in the fourth quarter, as does the sales by our free in-home design team which reached over 22.0% of the quarter’s written business.

The coronavirus outbreak in China has led many factories to extend their closure beyond the Lunar New Year holiday to mid to late February. Some production in Vietnam is also being hampered as certain workers have not been able to return from China. We are talking with our vendor partners and monitoring the situation closely and fully support our vendors’ efforts to safeguard their employees’ health. The current estimates indicate that we, along with most in our industry, will likely have some disruption in our supply chain.

The near-term economic foundations are positive indicators for increased home-related spending, particularly in the regions we serve. Low interest rates, strong consumer confidence, solid job growth, and more recently housing turnover are good signs for growth in furniture spending. We are well positioned to capture that growth and gain profitable market share in 2020.”

Key Results
(amounts in millions, except per share amounts)

  Q4 2019   Q4 2018   FY 2019   FY 2018  
                     
Sales $ 213.8   $ 209.0   $ 802.3   $ 817.7  
Gross Profit   115.8     114.5     434.5     446.5  
Gross profit as a % of sales   54.2 %   54.8 %   54.2 %   54.6 %
                         
SGA                        
Variable $ 39.0   $ 38.2   $ 147.5   $ 150.0  
Fixed   69.6     63.7     260.0     254.9  
Total $ 108.6   $ 101.9   $ 407.5   $ 404.9  
                         
Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) $ 0.31   $ 0.45   $ 1.08   $ 1.42  
Adjusted EPS $ 0.40   $ 0.45   $ 1.17   $ 1.42  

(see the reconciliation of the non-GAAP metrics at the end of the release)

Sales increased each quarter during 2019 as merchandise availability improved and selection stabilized. Average ticket increased 8.5% in Q4 2019 and 6.4% in FY 2019 compared to the same periods in 2018.

Gross profit was impacted during 2019 by higher product and freight costs and slightly more aggressive promotions. We had a negative impact from charges to our LIFO reserve, caused in part by tariffs, of $1.8 million for FY 2019, compared to $0.8 million for FY 2018.  

Variable SGA costs as a percentage of sales were comparable for Q4 and the year. Fixed SGA costs rose in Q4 2019 and FY 2019 over their comparable periods due to greater advertising spend, increased compensation costs, and the $2.4 million impairment loss.  

During Q4 2019 we completed a store relocation in Baton Rouge, LA and closed a dedicated clearance store in metro Atlanta, GA. We had a net increase of one store in FY 2019 as we entered the St. Louis, MO market and opened a new store in south metro Atlanta, GA in Q3 2019. Total square footage at the end of 2019 was relatively flat compared to the end of 2018.

Liquidity Measures
(amounts in millions)

Free Cash Flow   FY 2019   FY 2018   Cash Returns to
Shareholders
  FY 2019   FY 2018
Operating cash flow   $ 63.4   $ 70.4   Share repurchases   $ 29.8   $ 18.7
                             
                Dividends     15.0     15.0
Capital expenditures     16.8     21.5   Special dividends         20.5
Free cash flow   $ 46.6   $ 48.9   Cash returns to shareholders   $ 44.8   $ 54.2

(see the reconciliation of the non-GAAP metrics at the end of the release)

During 2019 we repurchased 1,605,336 shares of common stock and increased our per share quarterly dividends to common stockholders by 5.6%.

2020 Expectations

Our gross profit margin for FY 2020 is expected to be 54.6%. Gross profit margins fluctuate quarter to quarter in relation to our promotional cadence.  We anticipate gross profit margins will run 30 to 60 basis points lower than the annual rate in the first half and 30 to 45 basis points higher in the second half.

Fixed and discretionary expenses within SGA are expected to be in the $265.0 to $267.0 million range. This increase is due to greater advertising and marketing spend, compensation and incentive expense and new store costs. Variable SGA expenses were 18.4% as a percent of sales in 2019 and are anticipated to be in the 18.4% to 18.6% range as a percent of sales based on potential increases in selling and warehouse costs.

Our effective tax rate for 2020 is expected to be 25% excluding the impact from the vesting of stock-based awards.

Planned capital expenditures are $17.0 million which include amounts for a store in Myrtle Beach, SC, a new market for Havertys, adding a location in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX market, and one store in an additional new market. We will close two stores in 2020 and retail square footage is expected to be flat versus 2019. Investments of $4.0 million in information technology are included in our planned capital expenditures.

 

HAVERTY FURNITURE COMPANIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data – Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
 
  2019   2018   2019   2018  
                         
Net Sales $ 213,837   $ 208,968   $ 802,291   $ 817,733  
Cost of goods sold   98,007     94,502     367,803     371,191  
Gross Profit   115,830     114,466     434,488     446,542  
Credit service charges   18     23     79     103  
Gross profit and other revenue   115,848     114,489     434,567     446,645  
                         
Expenses:                        
Selling, general and administrative   108,632     101,914     407,456     404,856  
Provision for doubtful accounts   24     10     90     68  
Other income, net   (93 )   (12 )   (416 )   (110 )
Total expenses   108,563     101,912     407,130     404,814  
                         
Income before interest and income taxes   7,285     12,577     27,437     41,831  
Interest (income) expense, net   (307 )   239     (1,287 )   1,423  
                         
Income before income taxes   7,592     12,338     28,724     40,408  
Income tax expense   1,492     2,909     6,859     10,101  
Net income $ 6,100   $ 9,429   $ 21,865   $ 30,307  
                         
Diluted earnings per share:                        
Common Stock $ 0.31   $ 0.45   $ 1.08   $ 1.42  
Class A Common Stock $ 0.30   $ 0.44   $ 1.03   $ 1.39  
                         
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:                        
Common Stock   19,719     20,957     20,261     21,295  
Class A Common Stock   1,535     1,761     1,611     1,765  
                         
Cash dividends per share:                        
Common Stock $ 0.20   $ 1.18   $ 0.76   $ 1.72  
Class A Common Stock $ 0.19   $ 1.12   $ 0.72   $ 1.63  
                         

HAVERTY FURNITURE COMPANIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands - Unaudited)

  December 31,  
  2019     2018  
ASSETS            
Current assets            
Cash and cash equivalents $ 75,739   $ 71,537  
Restricted cash equivalents   6,663     8,272  
Accounts receivable, net   1,527     1,833  
Inventories   104,817     105,840  
Prepaid expenses   7,652     8,106  
Other current assets   8,125     6,262  
Total current assets   204,523     201,850  
             
Accounts receivable, long-term, net   195     226  
Property and equipment, net   156,534     216,852  
Right-of-use lease assets   175,474      
Deferred income tax   13,198     12,544  
Other assets   10,148     8,707  
Total assets $ 560,072   $ 440,179  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
Current liabilities            
Accounts payable $ 27,830   $ 19,840  
Customer deposits   30,121     24,465  
Accrued liabilities   39,654     39,903  
Current lease liabilities   29,411      
Current portion of lease obligations       4,018  
Total current liabilities   127,016     88,226  
             
Noncurrent lease liabilities   149,594      
Lease obligations, less current portion       46,785  
Other liabilities   22,959     30,539  
Total liabilities   299,569     165,550  
             
Stockholders’ equity   260,503     274,629  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 560,072   $ 440,179  
             

HAVERTY FURNITURE COMPANIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands – Unaudited)

  Year Ended December 31,  
  2019   2018  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:            
Net income $ 21,865   $ 30,307  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization   20,596     29,806  
Net loss on asset impairment   2,415      
Stock-based compensation expense   3,435     4,358  
Deferred income taxes   (2,691 )   (439 )
Provision for doubtful accounts   90     68  
Gain on insurance recovery       (307 )
Proceeds from insurance recovery received for business interruption and destroyed inventory       266  
Other   616     863  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
Accounts receivable   247     535  
Inventories   1,023     (2,403 )
Customer deposits   5,656     (3,348 )
Other assets and liabilities   1,586     9,196  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   8,581     1,490  
Net cash provided by operating activities   63,419     70,392  
             
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:            
Capital expenditures   (16,841 )   (21,473 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   2,270     2,446  
Proceeds from insurance for destroyed property and equipment       55  
Net cash used in investing activities   (14,571 )   (18,972 )
             
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:            
Payments on lease obligations       (3,788 )
Dividends paid   (15,056 )   (35,464 )
Common stock repurchased   (29,757 )   (18,732 )
Taxes on vested restricted shares   (1,442 )   (1,233 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (46,255 )   (59,217 )
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents   2,593     (7,797 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of year   79,809     87,606  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at end of year $ 82,402   $ 79,809  
             

Comparable Store Sales  
Comparable store sales include those made on our website and in stores, and excludes locations opened, closed or otherwise non-comparable during the last 12 months.  

Cost of Goods Sold and SGA Expense  
We include substantially all our occupancy and home delivery costs in SGA expense as well as a portion of our warehousing expenses.  Accordingly, our gross profit may not be comparable to those entities that include these costs in cost of goods sold.  
  
We classify our SGA 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.  
  
Leases  
In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued an accounting standard update (ASU 2016-02), which amended various aspects of existing guidance for leases. ASU 2016-02 requires an entity to recognize assets and liabilities arising from a lease for both financing and operating leases, along with additional qualitative and quantitative disclosures. The main difference between ASU 2016-02 and previous U.S. GAAP is the recognition of lease assets and lease liabilities by lessees on the balance sheet for those leases classified as operating leases under previous U.S. GAAP. As a result, we have recognized a liability representing our lease payments and a right-of-use asset representing our right to use the underlying asset for the lease term on the balance sheet. We adopted the requirements of the new lease standard effective January 1, 2019 using the modified retrospective method and have not restated comparative periods.   

As part of the adjustment for ASU 2016-02 effective January 1, 2019, we derecognized certain assets and liabilities associated with certain legacy build-to-suit arrangements and the deferred gain on previous sale leaseback transactions. Accordingly, $53.5 million of net property and equipment, $50.8  million of financing obligations, $9.3 of other net liabilities, and $2.3 million of deferred tax assets recorded on the balance sheet as of December 31, 2018 were removed as part of our transition adjustment. Effective January 1, 2019, we recognized right-of-use lease assets totaling $177.9 million and recorded lease liabilities totaling $175.4 million. The net adjustment recorded to equity as of January 1, 2019 was a credit of $6.8 million.   

Since we are not restating prior periods as part of adopting this guidance, our results in 2019 will not be directly comparable to our results for periods before 2019. Specifically, for those leases that were previously recognized on our balance sheet prior to 2019, their associated depreciation and interest expense will be replaced by rent expense. For these properties in our lease portfolio for 2019, the amount of rent expense is less than the associated depreciation and interest expense by approximately $2.0 million. The adoption of ASU 2016-02 had an immaterial impact on our consolidated statement of cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2019. 

Adjusted EPS
Adjusted diluted earnings per share (“Adjusted EPS”) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the SEC's rules because it excludes certain amounts which are included when diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) are calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP (EPS), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Management believes that Adjusted EPS is a meaningful measure to share with investors because it best allows comparison of the performance for the comparable period. In addition, Adjusted EPS affords investors a view of what management considers Havertys’ earnings performance and the ability to make a more informed assessment of such earnings performance.

We have calculated Adjusted EPS for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 by adjusting EPS for a non-cash impairment charge.

    Q4 2019
    FY 2019  
Diluted earnings per share:            
Reported EPS $ 0.31   $ 1.08  
             
Adjustments:            
Non-cash impairment charge: pre-tax   0.12     0.12  
Tax impact of impairment charge(1)   (0.03 )   (0.03 )
Net adjustment   0.09     0.09  
             
Adjusted EPS $ 0.40   $ 1.17  

(1) Calculated based on nature of item and rates applied.

Free Cash Flow
We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities in a period minus payments for property and equipment made in that period. We had net cash provided by operating activities of $63.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $70.4 million for 2018. This $7.0 million decrease is primarily due to less net income and less depreciation expense in 2019 versus 2018, partly offset by increases in customer deposits in 2019 versus a decrease in 2018. We generated free cash flow of $46.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, which decreased $2.3 from the free cash flow generated in 2018 of $48.9 million. This decrease is due to the reasons as outlined for the decline in net cash provided by operating activities, partly offset by a $4.7 million decrease in payments for property and equipment.

Free cash flow is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. Management believes, however, that free cash flow, which measures our ability to generate additional cash from our business operations, is an important financial measure for use in evaluating the company's financial performance. Free cash flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, consolidated net income as a measure of our performance and net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.

Additionally, our definition of free cash flow is limited, in that it does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures, and due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for lease payments and other contractual obligations. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

Although other companies report their free cash flow, numerous methods may exist for calculating a company's free cash flow. As a result, the method we use may differ from the methods used by other companies.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net cash provided by operating activities, which we believe to be the U.S. GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to free cash flow, as well as information regarding net cash used in investing activities and net cash used in financing activities.

  Year Ended December 31,  
  2019   2018  
(Dollars in thousands)            
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 63,419   $ 70,392  
Payments for property and equipment (capital expenditures)   (16,841 )   (21,473 )
Free cash flow $ 46,578   $ 48,919  
             
Net cash used in investing activities1 $ (14,571 ) $ (18,972 )
Net cash used in financing activities $ (46,255 ) $ (59,217 )


1 "Net cash used in investing activities" includes payments for property and equipment, which is also included in our computation of free cash flow.
   

Conference Call Information
The company invites interested parties to listen to the live audiocast of the conference call on February 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website, havertys.com 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 February 27. The number to access the telephone playback is 1-888-203-1112 (access code: 7298601).

About Havertys
Havertys (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 121 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, havertys.com.

Safe Harbor 
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Contact:

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.
404-443-2900

Richard B. Hare
EVP & CFO

Jenny Hill Parker
SVP, Finance and Corporate Secretary
SOURCE:  Havertys

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