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Culp Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2022; Company Takes Steps to Enhance Liquidity

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HIGH POINT, N.C., June 29, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Culp, Inc. (NYSE: CULP) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "CULP") today reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 1, 2022. The company also announced it has completed the closing of a new three-year secured credit facility with up to $40 million in borrowing availability. This new credit facility replaces the company’s prior $30 million unsecured facility, which was scheduled to expire in August 2022. In addition, the company has suspended the quarterly cash dividend on its common stock and taken other measures to preserve strong liquidity and support CULP’s future growth opportunities in the face of macro-economic headwinds.

Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter Financial Summary

  • Net sales were $56.9 million, down 28.0 percent from the prior-year period, with mattress fabrics sales down 30.6 percent and upholstery fabrics sales down 24.8 percent compared with the fourth quarter of last year.

  • Loss from operations was $(5.4) million, as compared with income from operations of $1.6 million for the prior-year period.

  • Net loss was $(6.0) million, or $(0.49) per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the prior-year period. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was (4.4)% 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 as of the end of fiscal 2022 reflected total cash and investments of $14.6 million and no outstanding borrowings

Fiscal 2022 Full Year Financial Summary

  • Net sales were $294.8 million, down 1.6 percent from the prior year, with mattress fabrics sales down 3.5 percent and upholstery fabrics sales up 0.4 percent.

  • Income from operations for fiscal 2022 was $678,000, compared with income from operations of $12.1 million for the prior year.

  • Net loss was $(3.2) million, or $(0.26) per diluted share, compared with net income of $3.2 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the prior year. The effective tax rate for the fiscal 2022 year was (888.0)% and was affected by the company’s mix of income between its U.S. and foreign jurisdictions during the period.

  • The company paid $5.5 million in dividends and $1.8 million for share repurchases during fiscal 2022.

Financial Outlook

  • The company continues to navigate a convergence of headwinds, including significant inflationary pressures that are affecting consumer spending; a challenging labor market; COVID-related disruption in China; and other geopolitical events. 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 first half of fiscal 2023.

  • Due to the continued volatility in the macro environment, the company is providing only limited sequential financial guidance for fiscal 2023 at this time. The company’s net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 are expected to be comparable to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. While the company still expects a material consolidated operating loss (loss from operations) for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, it expects a moderate improvement as compared to the loss incurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. The company also expects its cash position as of the end of first quarter of fiscal 2023 to be comparable to 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, "As previously announced, our results for the fourth quarter were significantly challenged by the unexpected shutdown of our China facilities due to COVID-related restrictions affecting both of our businesses and by further weakening in domestic mattress industry sales. However, our operating loss for the quarter was somewhat less than expected, as our mattress fabrics segment experienced slightly higher sales than previously anticipated during the last two weeks of the quarter. We were also able to return a small number of employees to our CULP China locations at the end of April and facilitate product shipments in a limited capacity. Importantly, we have maintained our strong customer relationships despite this disruption. We also ended the quarter with a higher cash position than expected, with $14.6 million in cash and investments and no outstanding borrowings. In addition, we are pleased to announce the closing of our new secured credit facility, which enhances the company’s financial flexibility and is expected to provide us with sufficient liquidity to navigate the ongoing headwinds.

"The fiscal year started off strong for both of our businesses, with moderate pressure on profitability and supply chain disruption. However, as the year progressed, the rapid rise in inflation, changing consumer spending patterns, COVID-related disruption, and other geopolitical events materially affected the performance of our businesses. We took several pricing and cost-reduction actions throughout the year to help mitigate these pressures, but with the ongoing volatility, we are taking additional measures to align our business to meet current demand trends and diligently manage our liquidity. These measures include reducing inventory, limiting capital expenditures and other discretionary spending, eliminating under-utilized equipment, reducing production schedules, and making other workforce adjustments as needed to align with demand. We are also planning to announce additional pricing action during the first quarter. We are strategically taking these steps to adapt to the near-term challenges, while ensuring that we remain well-positioned to continue to meet the needs of our customers now and when conditions normalize.

"In addition to these actions, and considering the current and expected business environment, our Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend the company’s quarterly cash dividend. Although we are confident in our business strategy, the duration of the current challenges is unknown, and we believe that preserving capital is in the best interest of the company to support future growth opportunities and the long-term interests of our shareholders. We understand the importance of this decision for our shareholders and will continue to reassess our dividend policy each quarter.

"Our associates around the world continue to persevere, delivering innovative products, creative designs, and exceptional service for our customers. We are especially proud of the tremendous resilience of our China associates, who have energetically returned to work following eight weeks of shutdowns and are diligently working to ship product and resume operations at normalized capacity. Looking ahead, we expect the prevailing macro-economic pressures and retail softness will continue to affect our business through at least the first half of fiscal 2023. We believe our market position remains solid with new planned placements and product development opportunities that we expect to materialize as market conditions improve. We remain focused on generating cash, keeping our expenses in line with demand trends, and ensuring that we have adequate liquidity. Importantly, we remain optimistic about CULP’s future," added Culp.

Segment Update

Mattress Fabrics Segment ("CHF") Summary

  • Sales were $29.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, down 30.6 percent compared with sales of $42.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. For fiscal 2022, sales were $152.2 million, down 3.5 percent compared with $157.7 million in fiscal 2021.

  • Operating performance for the fourth quarter was significantly pressured by a rapid and material decline in revenues for the quarter, causing operating inefficiencies at CHF’s U.S. and Canadian facilities. Results were also affected by lower mattress cover sales due to the COVID-related lockdowns in China.

  • For the full year, operating performance was affected by the pressures from the fourth quarter, as well as higher freight, raw material, and labor costs; operating inefficiencies related to product mix within CHF’s global platform; unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations in China and Canada; and operating inefficiencies due to labor shortages in the U.S. and Canada.

  • The business has maintained a continued focus on its product-driven strategy, with an emphasis on innovation, design creativity, quality, and personalized customer service.

  • Management is taking decisive action to cut additional expenses and further maximize operating efficiencies, with a targeted annual cost savings of approximately $2.0 million; it is also planning to announce additional pricing action during the first quarter.

  • The CHF team is optimistic about planned new programs and product development opportunities for fiscal 2023, but industry weakness is expected to continue for some period, which may reduce demand for mattress fabric and cover products and delay new product rollouts.

Upholstery Fabrics Segment ("CUF") Summary

  • Sales were $27.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, down 24.8 percent compared with sales of $36.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. For fiscal 2022, sales were $142.7 million, up 0.4 percent compared with $142.1 million in fiscal 2021.

  • Top-line recovery continued in CUF’s hospitality business for the fourth quarter, with higher sales for both the hospitality/contract fabric business and the Read Window Product business compared to the prior-year period.

  • Operating performance for the fourth quarter was primarily pressured by lower sales, as well as unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations in China and additional employee training costs and operating inefficiencies at CUF’s new Haiti cut and sew facility as it continues to scale capacity to its full planned output level.

  • For the full year, operating performance was also affected by higher freight and material costs; start-up costs for the new Haiti facility; and a lower contribution from the Read Window Products business.

  • CUF continued the ramp up in production at its new Haiti cut and sew facility during the fourth quarter and expanded options for fabric sourcing.

  • The shutdowns that significantly curtailed this segment’s China operations throughout April and May have now been lifted, although lingering constraints from the shutdowns may continue during the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

  • The business is well-positioned for the long-term with its sustained focus on innovative product offerings, including its popular portfolio of LiveSmart® performance products, and its scalable global platform, but the slowdown in new retail business for the residential home furnishings industry may affect demand for this segment’s residential business for some period.

Balance Sheet

  • As of May 1, 2022, the company reported $14.6 million in total cash and investments and no outstanding debt. This compares with $46.9 million in total cash and investments and no outstanding debt as of the end of fiscal 2021.

  • Cash flow from operations and free cash flow were $(17.4) million and $(24.3) million, respectively, for fiscal 2022. (See reconciliation table at the back of this press release.)

  • The company’s cash flow from operations and free cash flow during fiscal 2022 were affected by the following uses of cash:

    • Higher inventory levels to help navigate supply chain challenges and support valued customers; also affected by inflation;

    • $5.7 million investment in capital expenditures, including expenditures for machinery, equipment, and IT security and infrastructure investments, as well as expenditures related to the company’s new innovation campus;

    • $2.5 million in payments for the new building lease, startup expenses, and other costs associated with ramping up the new Haiti upholstery cut and sew operation; and

    • Increased accounts payable payments related to the company’s return to normal credit terms as opposed to the extended terms previously granted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Additionally, during fiscal 2022, the company paid $5.5 million in regular quarterly dividends and $1.8 million for repurchases of its common stock.

Dividends and Share Repurchases

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

The company did not repurchase any shares during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, leaving approximately $3.2 million available under the current share repurchase program as of May 1, 2022. Despite the current share repurchase authorization, the company does not expect to repurchase any shares during the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

Conference Call

Culp, Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2022 year on June 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of this call can be accessed under 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 June 30, 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 MAY 1, 2022, AND MAY 2, 2021

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share Data)

THREE MONTHS ENDED

Amount

Percent of Sales

(3)

May 1

May 2,

% Over

May 1,

May 2,

2022

2021

(Under)

2022

2021

Net sales

$

56,940

$

79,063

(28.0

)%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Cost of sales

(53,183

)

(67,266

)

(20.9

)%

93.4

%

85.1

%

Gross profit

3,757

11,797

(68.2

)%

6.6

%

14.9

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(9,140

)

(10,158

)

(10.0

)%

16.1

%

12.8

%

(Loss) income from operations

(5,383

)

1,639

(428.4

)%

(9.5

)%

2.1

%

Interest expense

(17

)

100.0

%

0.0

%

0.0

%

Interest income

26

36

(27.8

)%

0.0

%

0.0

%

Gain on bargain purchase (1)

819

(100.0

)%

0.0

%

1.0

%

Other expense

(396

)

(152

)

160.5

%

0.7

%

0.2

%

(Loss) income before income taxes

(5,770

)

2,342

(346.4

)%

(10.1

)%

3.0

%

Income tax expense (2)

(253

)

(857

)

(70.5

)%

(4.4

)%

36.6

%

Net (loss) income

$

(6,023

)

$

1,485

(505.6

)%

(10.6

)%

1.9

%

Net (loss) income per share - basic

$

(0.49

)

$

0.12

(508.5

)%

Net (loss) income per share - diluted

$

(0.49

)

$

0.12

(511.5

)%

Average shares outstanding-basic

12,222

12,310

(0.7

)%

Average shares outstanding-diluted

12,222

12,399

(1.4

)%

Notes

(1)

Effective February 1, 2021, we acquired the remaining fifty percent ownership interest in our former unconsolidated joint venture located in Haiti. Pursuant to this transaction, we became the sole owner with full control over this operation. The gain on bargain purchase represents the amount of net assets acquired from this transaction that were more than the purchase price totaling $954,000.

(2)

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

(3)

See back of this presentation for our Reconciliation of Selected Income Statement Information to Adjusted Results for the three-month period ending May 2, 2021, which includes certain charges and credits.

CULP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET (LOSS) INCOME

FOR TWELVE MONTHS ENDED MAY 1, 2022, AND MAY 2, 2021

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share Data)

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED

Amount

Percent of Sales

(3)

May 1

May 2,

% Over

May 1

May 2,

2022

2021

(Under)

2022

2021

Net sales

$

294,839

$

299,720

(1.6

)%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Cost of sales

(258,746

)

(249,888

)

3.5

%

87.8

%

83.4

%

Gross profit

36,093

49,832

(27.6

)%

12.2

%

16.6

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(35,415

)

(37,756

)

(6.2

)%

12.0

%

12.6

%

Income from operations

678

12,076

(94.4

)%

0.2

%

4.0

%

Interest expense

(17

)

(51

)

(66.7

)%

0.0

%

0.0

%

Interest income

373

244

52.9

%

0.1

%

0.1

%

Gain on bargain purchase (1)

819

(100.0

)%

0.0

%

0.3

%

Other expense

(1,359

)

(2,208

)

(38.5

)%

0.5

%

0.7

%

(Loss) income before income taxes

(325

)

10,880

(103.0

)%

(0.1

)%

3.6

%

Income tax expense (2)

(2,886

)

(7,693

)

(62.5

)%

(888.0

)%

70.7

%

Income from investment in unconsolidated joint venture

31

(100.0

)%

0.0

%

0.0

%

Net (loss) income

$

(3,211

)

$

3,218

(199.8

)%

(1.1

)%

1.1

%

Net (loss) income per share - basic

$

(0.26

)

$

0.26

(200.3

)%

Net (loss) income per share - diluted

$

(0.26

)

$

0.26

(200.4

)%

Average shares outstanding-basic

12,242

12,300

(0.5

)%

Average shares outstanding-diluted

12,242

12,322

(0.6

)%

Notes

(1)

Effective February 1, 2021, we acquired the remaining fifty percent ownership interest in our former unconsolidated joint venture located in Haiti. Pursuant to this transaction, we became the sole owner with full control over this operation. The gain on bargain purchase represents the amount of net assets acquired from this transaction that were more than the purchase price totaling $954,000.

(2)

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

(3)

See back of this presentation for our Reconciliation of Selected Income Statement Information to Adjusted Results for the twelve-month period ending May 2, 2021, which includes certain charges and credits.

CULP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

MAY 1, 2022, AND MAY 2, 2021

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands)

Amounts

(Condensed)

(Condensed)

May 1,

* May 2,

Increase (Decrease)

2022

2021

Dollars

Percent

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

14,550

37,009

(22,459

)

(60.7

)%

Short-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

3,161

(3,161

)

(100.0

)%

Short-term investments - Available for Sale

5,542

(5,542

)

(100.0

)%

Accounts receivable

22,226

37,726

(15,500

)

(41.1

)%

Inventories

66,557

55,917

10,640

19.0

%

Current income taxes receivable

857

857

100.0

%

Other current assets

2,986

3,852

(866

)

(22.5

)%

Total current assets

107,176

143,207

(36,031

)

(25.2

)%

Property, plant & equipment, net

41,702

44,003

(2,301

)

(5.2

)%

Right of use assets

15,577

11,730

3,847

32.8

%

Intangible assets

2,628

3,004

(376

)

(12.5

)%

Long-term investments - Rabbi Trust

9,357

8,415

942

11.2

%

Long-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

1,141

(1,141

)

(100.0

)%

Deferred income taxes

528

545

(17

)

(3.1

)%

Other assets

595

2,035

(1,440

)

(70.8

)%

Total assets

$

177,563

214,080

(36,517

)

(17.1

)%

Current liabilities

Accounts payable - trade

20,099

42,540

(22,441

)

(52.8

)%

Accounts payable - capital expenditures

473

348

125

35.9

%

Operating lease liability - current

3,219

2,736

483

17.7

%

Deferred revenue

520

540

(20

)

(3.7

)%

Accrued expenses

7,832

14,839

(7,007

)

(47.2

)%

Income taxes payable - current

413

229

184

80.3

%

Total current liabilities

32,556

61,232

(28,676

)

(46.8

)%

Operating lease liability - long-term

7,062

6,821

241

3.5

%

Income taxes payable - long-term

3,097

3,326

(229

)

(6.9

)%

Deferred income taxes

6,004

5,330

674

12.6

%

Deferred compensation

9,343

8,365

978

11.7

%

Total liabilities

58,062

85,074

(27,012

)

(31.8

)%

Shareholders' equity

119,501

129,006

(9,505

)

(7.4

)%

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

177,563

214,080

(36,517

)

(17.1

)%

Shares outstanding

12,229

12,313

(84

)

(0.7

)%

* Derived from audited financial statements.

CULP, INC.

SUMMARY OF CASH AND INVESTMENTS

MAY 1, 2022, AND MAY 2, 2021

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands)

Amounts

May 1,

May 2,

2022

2021*

Cash and cash equivalents

$

14,550

$

37,009

Short-term investments - Available for Sale

5,542

Short-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

3,161

Long-term investments - Held-To-Maturity

1,141

Total Cash and Investments

$

14,550

$

46,853

* Derived from audited financial statements.

CULP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDED MAY 1, 2022, AND MAY 2, 2021

Unaudited

(Amounts in Thousands)

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED

Amounts

May 1,

May 2,

2022

2021

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net (loss) income

$

(3,211

)

$

3,218

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

Depreciation

6,994

6,846

Amortization

559

466

Stock-based compensation

1,133

1,251

Deferred income taxes

691

3,760

Realized loss (gain) from the sale of investments

450

(6

)

Gain on bargain purchase

(819

)

Gain on sale of equipment

(57

)

Income from investment in unconsolidated joint venture

(31

)

Foreign currency exchange loss

16

1,520

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisition of business:

Accounts receivable

15,416

(12,117

)

Inventories

(10,787

)

(7,225

)

Other current assets

946

(1,442

)

Other assets

(1,386

)

(1,452

)

Accounts payable

(22,131

)

17,228

Deferred revenue

(20

)

38

Accrued expenses and deferred compensation

(5,204

)

9,457

Income taxes

(907

)

843

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(17,441

)

21,478

Cash flows from investing activities:

Cash paid for acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (1)

(892

)

Capital expenditures

(5,695

)

(6,664

)

Proceeds from the sale of equipment

12

Investment in unconsolidated joint venture

(90

)

Proceeds from the sale and maturity of investments (Held to Maturity)

13,486

10,165

Purchase of investments (Held to Maturity)

(9,751

)

(8,173

)

Purchase of short-term investments (Available for Sale)

(4,391

)

(5,044

)

Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments (Available...