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Culp Announces Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2023

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HIGH POINT, N.C., August 31, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Culp, Inc. (NYSE: CULP) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "CULP") today reported financial and operating results for the first quarter ended July 31, 2022.

Fiscal 2023 First Quarter Financial Summary

  • Net sales were $62.6 million, down 24.6 percent compared to the prior-year period, with mattress fabrics sales down 31.8 percent and upholstery fabrics sales down 16.9 percent compared with the first quarter of last year.

  • Loss from operations was $(4.7) million, as compared with income from operations of $3.3 million for the prior-year period and as compared sequentially to a loss from operations of $(5.4) million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.

  • Net loss was $(5.7) million, or $(0.47) per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the prior-year period. The effective tax rate for the first quarter was (18.7)% and was affected by the company’s mix of income between its U.S. and foreign jurisdictions during the period.

  • The company’s financial position reflected total cash and investments of $18.9 million and no outstanding borrowings as of July 31, 2022. (See summary of cash and investments table at the back of this press release.)

  • Cash flow from operations and free cash flow were $5.3 million and $4.5 million, respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, compared with cash flow from operations and free cash flow of $1.6 million and negative $(782,000), respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal 2022. (See reconciliation table at the back of this press release.)

Financial Outlook

  • The company continues to navigate a convergence of headwinds, including significant inflationary pressures impacting consumer spending, high inventory levels at manufacturers and retailers, a challenging labor market, and other macroeconomic uncertainties. Although CULP remains well-positioned over the long term with its product-driven strategy and flexible global platform, the current conditions are likely to continue pressuring results through at least the third quarter of fiscal 2023.

  • Due to the continued volatility in the macro environment, the company is providing only limited sequential financial guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2023. The company’s net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2023 are expected to be slightly down as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The company expects a consolidated operating loss (loss from operations) for the second quarter of fiscal 2023 that is comparable to the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The company also expects its cash position as of the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2023 to be somewhat lower than the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2023, but higher than the end of fiscal 2022.

  • The company’s expectations are based on information available at the time of this press release and reflect certain assumptions by management regarding the company’s business and trends and the projected impact of the ongoing headwinds.

Commenting on the results, Iv Culp, president and chief executive officer of Culp, Inc., said, "Our results for the first quarter reflected sequential improvement as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. However, as expected, sales and operating performance remained significantly pressured by slowing consumer demand in both the domestic mattress industry and the residential home furnishings industry. The impact of this industry softness on demand for our products is exacerbated by an excess of retail and manufacturer inventory that continues to delay the timing of shipments and new product rollouts. Operating performance was also affected by continued inflationary pressures, as well as reoccurring labor challenges within our mattress fabrics business and our Read Window Products ("Read") business that resulted in increased employee training costs and operating inefficiencies during the quarter. We also had additional costs associated with increasing capacity at our new upholstery fabrics cut and sew facility in Haiti.

"Despite the ongoing headwinds, we maintained an unrelenting focus on working capital management, including inventory reduction, throughout the quarter. We ended the quarter with a higher cash position than expected, with $18.9 million in cash and investments and no outstanding borrowings. We also generated cash flow from operations of $5.3 million and free cash flow of $4.5 million.

"We continued to execute our product-driven strategy in each of our businesses, with an emphasis on design creativity and innovation. Following the lifting of COVID-related restrictions in China, our facilities resumed operations at normalized capacity in June, and we utilized our global manufacturing and sourcing platform throughout the quarter to meet the evolving needs of our customers. We also continued to build capacity at our new upholstery fabrics cut and sew facility in Haiti during the quarter. This facility is now fully staffed, with its weekly production output increasing as its employees gain more training and experience. As a company, we are enthusiastic about growing our near shore capacity in Haiti, with two facilities for cut and sewn mattress covers and one facility for cut and sewn upholstery kits. We believe this platform provides our customers with the agility and value they need for their business.

"We also announced today that Tommy Bruno will join the mattress fabrics leadership team as Executive Vice President on September 6, 2022, and he is expected to assume the role of division president after Sandy Brown retires on December 31, 2022. Tommy joins us from Tempur + Sealy International, bringing extensive knowledge of the bedding industry from his work in a variety of roles with Tempur + Sealy and Comfort Revolution, as well as a wealth of experience across several disciplines, including financial, operations, strategy, and management. We are especially pleased that Tommy will have the opportunity to work with Sandy during a transition period through the end of the 2022 calendar year. He will also continue to benefit from her experience and deep company knowledge following the planned transition, as Sandy will continue to support the mattress fabrics division as a strategic advisor. We are extremely grateful for Sandy’s many years of leadership and dedicated service to CULP, and thankful for the ongoing role she will play in this business.

"Looking ahead, we expect the current economic environment will continue to affect consumer spending trends, resulting in ongoing industry softness that will affect our business through at least the third quarter of fiscal 2023. We are working diligently to generate cash, reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and retain talent in the face of these significant challenges, while also ensuring we can maintain our competitive advantages and meet the needs of our customers when conditions normalize. Importantly, we believe our market position remains solid with expected new placements and product development opportunities, and we remain optimistic about CULP’s future as the macro environment improves," added Culp.

Segment Update

Mattress Fabrics Segment ("CHF") Summary

  • Sales for this segment were $29.4 million for the first quarter, down 31.8 percent compared with sales of $43.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. Sequentially, sales were down 1.4 percent compared with sales of $29.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.

  • Operating performance for the first quarter was significantly pressured by operating inefficiencies due to lower sales volume; ongoing labor challenges, including inefficiencies due to hiring and training new employees; and higher raw material costs, among other factors. These pressures were offset slightly by lower SG&A for the quarter, due primarily to lower incentive compensation expense.

  • CHF remained focused on working capital management and cash generation throughout the quarter, reducing its inventory by $2.5 million (primarily through reductions in finished goods inventory), balancing its raw materials with production needs, and generating cash despite an operating loss for the quarter.

  • The CHF team executed its product-driven strategy, with an emphasis on innovation, design creativity, and personalized customer service. The business began to see the rollout of a few new product launches during the first quarter, and expects additional rollouts beginning at the start of the 2023 calendar year as our customers work through their existing inventories. However, the gains from these new product launches are currently being offset by industry weakness affecting demand for this segment’s traditional business.

  • Management is continuing its diligent focus on controlling costs, and, as previously announced, is implementing an additional targeted price increase on certain product lines during the second quarter to help offset the continued rise in raw material costs. The division is also moving and consolidating its domestic mattress cover cut and sew operation during the second quarter from its current location in High Point, North Carolina, to the CHF facility in Stokesdale, North Carolina, and is continuing to make workforce adjustments to align with demand conditions.

Upholstery Fabrics Segment ("CUF") Summary

  • Sales for this segment were $33.2 million for the first quarter, down 16.9 percent compared with sales of $40.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, which was an exceptionally strong quarter for CUF. Sequentially, sales were up 22.4 percent compared with sales of $27.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, which was adversely affected by COVID-related shutdowns in China during the last month of the quarter.

  • Sales for CUF’s residential fabric business were pressured during the quarter by reduced demand, driven by a slowdown in new retail business for the residential home furnishings industry.

  • Top-line recovery continued in CUF’s hospitality business for the first quarter, with higher sales in the hospitality/contract fabric business compared to the prior-year period, although sales for Read were flat year-over-year primarily due to labor challenges affecting production output.

  • Operating performance for the first quarter, as compared to the prior-year period, was pressured by lower sales; labor challenges and inflationary pressures affecting the Read business; and additional employee training costs and operating inefficiencies in CUF’s new Haiti cut and sew facility as it continued to scale capacity to its full planned output level. Operating performance for the period was positively affected by a favorable foreign exchange rate associated with our operations in China. Notably, operating performance meaningfully improved as compared sequentially to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.

  • CUF continued to ramp up production at its new Haiti cut and sew facility during the quarter. This facility is now fully staffed, and its output per week continues to rise as employees gain more experience through extensive training that takes place over several months.

  • Despite changing consumer spending trends affecting the residential home furnishings industry, the CUF business remains well-positioned for the long term with its scalable global platform and innovative product offerings, including its popular portfolio of LiveSmart® performance products.

Balance Sheet

  • As of July 31, 2022, the company reported $18.9 million in total cash and investments and no outstanding debt. This compares with $14.6 million in total cash and investments and no outstanding debt as of the end of fiscal 2022.

  • Cash flow from operations and free cash flow were $5.3 million and $4.5 million, respectively, for the first three months of fiscal 2023, compared with cash flow from operations and free cash flow of $1.6 million and negative $(782,000), respectively, for the first three months of fiscal 2022. (See reconciliation table at the back of this press release.)

  • The company’s cash flow from operations and free cash flow during the first quarter of fiscal 2023 were favorably affected by working capital management, including an increase in accounts payable primarily associated with the company’s operations in China as COVID-related restrictions were lifted during the quarter; reductions in inventory; and lower capital expenditures.

Dividends and Share Repurchases

To preserve liquidity and support future growth opportunities, the company’s Board of Directors suspended the company’s quarterly cash dividend on its common stock in June of 2022.

The company did not repurchase any shares during the first quarter of fiscal 2023, leaving approximately $3.2 million available under the current share repurchase program as of July 31, 2022. Despite the current share repurchase authorization, the company does not expect to repurchase any shares during the second quarter of fiscal 2023.

Conference Call

Culp, Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 on September 1, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of this call can be accessed on the "Upcoming Events" section on the investor relations page of the company’s website, www.culp.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days under the "Past Events" section on the investor relations page of the company’s website, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 1, 2022.

About the Company

Culp, Inc. is one of the world’s largest marketers of mattress fabrics for bedding and upholstery fabrics for residential and commercial furniture. The company markets a variety of fabrics to its global customer base of leading bedding and furniture companies, including fabrics produced at Culp’s manufacturing facilities and fabrics sourced through other suppliers. Culp has manufacturing and sourcing capabilities located in the United States, Canada, China, Haiti, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934). Such statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events and results to differ materially from such statements. Further, forward looking statements are intended to speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we disclaim any duty to update such statements to reflect any changes in management’s expectations or any change in the assumptions or circumstances on which such statements are based, whether due to new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are statements that include projections, expectations, or beliefs about future events or results or otherwise are not statements of historical fact. Such statements are often but not always characterized by qualifying words such as "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "project," and their derivatives, and include but are not limited to statements about expectations for our future operations, production levels, new product launches, sales, profit margins, profitability, operating income, capital expenditures, working capital levels, income taxes, SG&A or other expenses, pre-tax income, earnings, cash flow, and other performance or liquidity measures, as well as any statements regarding potential acquisitions, future economic or industry trends, public health epidemics, or future developments. There can be no assurance that we will realize these expectations or meet our guidance, or that these beliefs will prove correct.

Factors that could influence the matters discussed in such statements include the level of housing starts and sales of existing homes, consumer confidence, trends in disposable income, and general economic conditions. Decreases in these economic indicators could have a negative effect on our business and prospects. Likewise, increases in interest rates, particularly home mortgage rates, and increases in consumer debt or the general rate of inflation, could affect us adversely. The future performance of our business depends in part on our success in conducting and finalizing acquisition negotiations and integrating acquired businesses into our existing operations. Changes in consumer tastes or preferences toward products not produced by us could erode demand for our products. Changes in tariffs or trade policy, or changes in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies, could affect our financial results because a significant portion of our operations are located outside the United States. Strengthening of the U.S. dollar against other currencies could make our products less competitive on the basis of price in markets outside the United States, and strengthening of currencies in Canada and China can have a negative impact on our sales of products produced in those places. Also, economic or political instability in international areas could affect our operations or sources of goods in those areas, as well as demand for our products in international markets. The impact of public health epidemics on employees, customers, suppliers, and the global economy, such as the global coronavirus pandemic currently affecting countries around the world, could also adversely affect our operations and financial performance. In addition, the impact of potential goodwill or intangible asset impairments could affect our financial results. Increases in freight costs, labor costs, and raw material prices, including increases in market prices for petrochemical products, can also significantly affect the prices we pay for shipping, labor, and raw materials, respectively, and in turn, increase our operating costs and decrease our profitability. Finally, disruption in our customers’ supply chains for non-fabric components may cause declines in new orders and/or delayed shipping of existing orders while our customers wait for other components, which could adversely affect our financial results. Further information about these factors, as well as other factors that could affect our future operations or financial results and the matters discussed in forward-looking statements, is included in Item 1A "Risk Factors" in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances, and those future events or circumstances may not occur.

CULP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET (LOSS) INCOME

FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED JULY 31, 2022, AND AUGUST 1, 2021

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share Data)

THREE MONTHS ENDED

Amount

Percent of Sales

July 31,

August 1,

% Over

July 31,

August 1,

2022

2021

(Under)

2022

2021

Net sales

$

62,604

83,047

(24.6

)%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Cost of sales

(58,476

)

(70,548

)

(17.1

)%

93.4

%

84.9

%

Gross profit

4,128

12,499

(67.0

)%

6.6

%

15.1

%

Selling, general and administrative

expenses

(8,866

)

(9,181

)

(3.4

)%

14.2

%

11.1

%

(Loss) income from operations

(4,738

)

3,318

(242.8

)%

(7.6

)%

4.0

%

Interest income

17

74

(77.0

)%

0.0

%

0.1

%

Other expense

(82

)

(237

)

(65.4

)%

0.1

%

0.3

%

(Loss) income before income taxes

(4,803

)

3,155

(252.2

)%

(7.7

)%

3.8

%

Income tax expense (1)

(896

)

(905

)

(1.0

)%

(18.7

)%

28.7

%

Net (loss) income

(5,699

)

2,250

(353.3

)%

(9.1

)%

2.7

%

Net (loss) income per share - basic

$

(0.47

)

$

0.18

N.M.

Net (loss) income per share - diluted

$

(0.47

)

$

0.18

N.M.

Average shares outstanding-basic

12,238

12,313

(0.6

)%

Average shares outstanding-diluted

12,238

12,415

(1.4

)%

Notes

(1)

Percent of sales column for income tax expense is calculated as a % of (loss) income before income taxes.

CULP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

JULY 31, 2022, AUGUST 1, 2021, AND MAY 1, 2022

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands)

Amounts

(Condensed)

(Condensed)

(Condensed)

July 31,

August 1,

Increase (Decrease)

* May 1,

2022

2021

Dollars

Percent

2022

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,874

26,061

(7,187

)

(27.6

)%

14,550

Short-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

1,661

(1,661

)

(100.0

)%

Short-term investments - Available for Sale

9,698

(9,698

)

(100.0

)%

Accounts receivable

24,812

35,008

(10,196

)

(29.1

)%

22,226

Inventories

63,749

58,613

5,136

8.8

%

66,557

Current income taxes receivable

798

524

274

52.3

%

857

Other current assets

3,840

3,889

(49

)

(1.3

)%

2,986

Total current assets

112,073

135,454

(23,381

)

(17.3

)%

107,176

Property, plant & equipment, net

40,490

43,930

(3,440

)

(7.8

)%

41,702

Right of use assets

14,556

11,447

3,109

27.2

%

15,577

Long-term investments - Rabbi Trust

9,567

8,841

726

8.2

%

9,357

Intangible assets

2,534

2,910

(376

)

(12.9

)%

2,628

Long-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

6,629

(6,629

)

(100.0

)%

Deferred income taxes

546

455

91

20.0

%

528

Other assets

724

2,582

(1,858

)

(72.0

)%

595

Total assets

$

180,490

212,248

(31,758

)

(15.0

)%

177,563

Current liabilities

Accounts payable - trade

29,097

45,285

(16,188

)

(35.7

)%

20,099

Accounts payable - capital expenditures

346

48

298

620.8

%

473

Operating lease liability - current

3,126

2,727

399

14.6

%

3,219

Deferred revenue

1,368

694

674

97.1

%

520

Accrued expenses

7,158

9,950

(2,792

)

(28.1

)%

7,832

Income taxes payable - current

587

253

334

132.0

%

413

Total current liabilities

41,682

58,957

(17,275

)

(29.3

)%

32,556

Operating lease liability - long-term

6,160

6,665

(505

)

(7.6

)%

7,062

Income taxes payable - long-term

3,118

3,365

(247

)

(7.3

)%

3,097

Deferred income taxes

6,007

4,917

1,090

22.2

%

6,004

Deferred compensation

9,528

8,795

733

8.3

%

9,343

Total liabilities

66,495

82,699

(16,204

)

(19.6

)%

58,062

Shareholders' equity

113,995

129,549

(15,554

)

(12.0

)%

119,501

Total liabilities and shareholders'

equity

$

180,490

212,248

(31,758

)

(15.0

)%

177,563

Shares outstanding

12,275

12,276

(1

)

(0.0

)%

12,229

* Derived from audited financial statements.

CULP, INC.

SUMMARY OF CASH AND INVESTMENTS

JULY 31, 2022, AUGUST 1, 2021, AND MAY 1, 2022

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands)

Amounts

July 31,

August 1,

May 1,

2022

2021

2022*

Cash and Investments

Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,874

$

26,061

$

14,550

Short-term investments - Available for Sale

9,698

Short-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

1,661

Long-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

6,629

Total Cash and Investments

$

18,874

$

44,049

$

14,550

* Derived from audited financial statements.

CULP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JULY 31, 2022, AND AUGUST 1, 2021

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands)

THREE MONTHS ENDED

Amounts

July 31,

August 1,

2022

2021

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net (loss) income

$

(5,699

)

$

2,250

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by

operating activities:

Depreciation

1,770

1,726

Amortization

105

121

Stock-based compensation

252

274

Deferred income taxes

(15

)

(323

)

Gain on sale of equipment

(64

)

Foreign currency exchange (gain) loss

(161

)

3

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(2,643

)

2,715

Inventories

2,644

(2,676

)

Other current assets

(955

)

(39

)

Other assets

21

(556

)

Accounts payable

9,338

2,723

Deferred revenue

848

154

Accrued expenses and deferred compensation

(413

)

(4,336

)

Income taxes

281

(465

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

5,309

1,571

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(711

)

(1,953

)

Proceeds from the sale of equipment

166

Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments (Held to Maturity)

1,967

Purchase of short-term and long-term investments (Held to Maturity)

(5,973

)

Purchase of short-term investments (Available for Sale)

(4,031

)

Proceeds from the sale of long-term investments (rabbi trust)

23

Purchase of long-term investments (rabbi trust)

(236

)

(403

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(758

)

(10,393

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Dividends paid

(1,356

)

Common stock repurchased