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Havertys Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

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Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.
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ATLANTA, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A), today reported strong operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth quarter 2020 versus fourth quarter 2019:

  • Diluted earnings per common share (“EPS”) of $1.37 versus $0.31 and Adjusted EPS of $1.37 versus $0.40.

  • Adjusted EPS in 2019 excludes $0.09 for an impairment charge on a store location.

  • Consolidated sales increased 12.9% to $241.3 million. Comparable store sales increased 13.7%.

FY 2020 versus FY 2019:

  • EPS of $3.12 versus $1.08 and Adjusted EPS of $1.88 versus $1.17.

  • Adjusted EPS in 2020 excludes $1.24 for gain on a sale-leaseback transaction.

  • Consolidated sales decreased 6.7% to $748.3 million as operations were paused from mid-March through early May. Comparable store sales for the year rose 5.0%.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, said, “Consumer “nesting” continues to drive record demand for home furnishings. Our store and internet traffic is rising as we leverage the combined potential of high touch service and online capabilities. Sales across all furniture categories have been strong and mattress sales were up slightly in the fourth quarter as some supply rebounded. Merchandise availability remains a key issue as manufacturers are hampered by ongoing coronavirus concerns, raw material shortages, and shipping capacity. Our supply chain and sales teams, supported by a strong IT infrastructure, are working to communicate with customers and manage delivery expectations. Havertys’ distribution and delivery teams, who literally do the heavy lifting, have responded to the challenge of volatile warehouse flows and increased home deliveries, while following our masking and other safety protocols.

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication of all our team members during an extraordinary year. During 2020 we returned $70 million to our shareholders: $14 million in quarterly dividends, $36 million in special dividends, and repurchased almost $20 million in common stock. We ended 2020 with a very strong debt free balance sheet.

“We are blessed to be a part of the economy focused on the home. The new standards and operating procedures put into place this year will serve us well going forward. We are committed to maintaining our position as a trusted leader in the marketplace, investing in top-line growth and improving returns. Our business remains strong in these early weeks of the new year. We celebrate the rollout of the vaccines and look forward to the future when we can work and greet our customers with unmasked enthusiasm.”

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

Q4 2020

Q4 2019

FY 2020

FY 2019

Sales

$

241.3

$

213.8

$

748.3

$

802.3

Gross Profit

137.6

115.8

419.0

434.5

Gross profit as a % of sales

57.0

%

54.2

%

56.0

%

54.2

%

SGA

Variable

$

41.6

$

39.0

$

135.3

$

147.5

Fixed

65.4

69.6

242.0

260.0

Total

$

107.0

$

108.6

$

377.3

$

407.5

Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”)

$

1.37

$

0.31

$

3.12

$

1.08

Adjusted EPS

$

1.37

$

0.40

$

1.88

$

1.17

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

Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2020 Compared to Same Period of 2019

  • Total written sales were up 16.7% and written comparable store sales rose 17.5%.

  • Gross profit margins increased 280 basis points to 57.0% in 2020 from 54.2% for the same period of 2019 due to pricing discipline and smaller charges for our LIFO reserve.

  • SG&A expenses fell to 44.3% of sales from 50.8% and decreased $1.6 million. The primary drivers of this change are:
    • reduction in advertising spend of $2.4 million in 2020.
    • reduction in occupancy costs of $4.6 million in 2020, due to rent abatements, additional rent, and lower depreciation for warehouses in sale-leaseback, and $2.4 million impairment charge in 2019.
    • increase of $4.8 million in commissions and incentive compensation.

  • The effective tax rate in 2020 benefited from the recognition of $1.5 million of certain jobs creation state tax credits.


Expectations and Other

  • We expect gross profit margins for 2021 will be between 55.3% to 55.8%. Gross profit margins fluctuate quarter to quarter in relation to our promotional cadence. Our estimated gross profit margins are based on changes in product and freight costs and its impact on our LIFO reserve.

  • Fixed and discretionary expenses within SG&A are expected to be in the $261.0 to $263.0 million range, a slight increase over the 2019 $260.0 million level. Variable SG&A expenses were $18.1% as a percent of sales in 2020 and are anticipated to be in the 18.2% to 18.4% range based on potential increases in selling and delivery costs.

  • Our effective tax rate for 2021 is expected to be 24.0% excluding the impact from the vesting of stock-based awards and potential new tax legislation.

  • Planned capital expenditures are approximately $23.0 million which include amounts for a store in Myrtle Beach, S.C., a new market for Havertys, a new store in The Villages, Fla., and another location in an existing market. We will close one store in 2021 and retail square footage is expected to increase approximately 1% versus 2020.

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,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net sales

$

241,339

$

213,837

$

748,252

$

802,291

Cost of goods sold

103,720

98,007

329,258

367,803

Gross profit

137,619

115,830

418,994

434,488

Expenses:

Selling, general and administrative

107,007

108,632

377,288

407,456

Other income, net

(601

)

(87

)

(34,899

)

(405

)

Total expenses

106,406

108,545

342,389

407,051

Income before interest and income taxes

31,213

7,285

76,605

27,437

Interest (income) expense, net

(61

)

(307

)

(126

)

(1,287

)

Income before income taxes

31,274

7,592

76,731

28,724

Income tax expense

5,846

1,492

17,583

6,859

Net income

$

25,428

$

6,100

$

59,148

$

21,865

Diluted earnings per share:

Common Stock

$

1.37

$

0.31

$

3.12

$

1.08

Class A Common Stock

$

1.35

$

0.30

$

3.04

$

1.03

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:

Common Stock

18,618

19,719

18,932

20,261

Class A Common Stock

1,499

1,535

1,522

1,611

Cash dividends per share:

Common Stock

$

2.22

$

0.20

$

2.77

$

0.76

Class A Common Stock

$

2.10

$

0.19

$

2.62

$

0.72

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

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

200,058

$

75,739

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

6,713

6,663

Inventories

89,908

104,817

Prepaid expenses

9,580

7,652

Other current assets

9,985

9,652

Total current assets

316,244

204,523

Property and equipment, net

108,366

156,534

Right of-use lease assets

228,749

175,474

Deferred income taxes

15,814

13,198

Other assets

11,199

10,343

Total assets

$

680,372

$

560,072

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$

31,429

$

27,830

Customer deposits

86,183

30,121

Accrued liabilities

52,963

39,654

Current lease liabilities

33,466

29,411

Total current liabilities

204,041

127,016

Noncurrent lease liabilities

200,200

149,594

Other liabilities

23,164

22,959

Total liabilities

427,405

299,569

Stockholders’ equity

252,967

260,503

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

680,372

$

560,072

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

Year Ended December 31,

2020

2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net income

$

59,148

$

21,865

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

18,207

20,596

Net loss on asset impairment

2,415

Stock-based compensation

4,375

3,435

Deferred income taxes

(2,458

)

(2,691

)

Net gain on sale of land, property, and equipment

(34,746

)

(13

)

Other

595

719

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Inventories

14,909

1,023

Customer deposits

56,062

5,656

Other assets and liabilities

(2,511

)

1,833

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

16,610

8,581

Net cash provided by operating activities

130,191

63,419

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Capital expenditures

(10,927

)

(16,841

)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

76,285

2,270

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

65,358

(14,571

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from borrowing under revolving credit facility

43,800

Payments of borrowings under revolving credit facility

(43,800

)

Net change in borrowings under revolving credit facility

Dividends paid

(50,521

)

(15,056

)

Common stock repurchased

(19,708

)

(29,757

)

Taxes on vested restricted shares

(951

)

(1,442

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(71,180

)

(46,255

)

Increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents during the period

124,369

2,593

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of year

82,402

79,809

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at end of year

$

206,771

$

82,402

Comparable Store Sales
Comparable-store or “comp-store” sales is a measure which indicates the performance of our existing stores and website by comparing the sales growth for stores and online for a particular month over the corresponding month in the prior year. Stores are considered non-comparable if they were not open during the corresponding month or if the selling square footage has been changed significantly. Large clearance sales events from warehouses or temporary locations are also excluded from comparable store sales.

Cost of Goods Sold and SG&A Expense
We include substantially all our occupancy and home delivery costs in SG&A 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 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.

Adjusted EPS
Adjusted diluted earnings per share (“Adjusted EPS”) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the 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 quarter and year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 by adjusting EPS for a sale-leaseback transaction in the second quarter of 2020 and an impairment charge in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Q4 2020

Q4 2019

FY 2020

FY 2019

Diluted earnings per share:

Reported EPS

$

1.37

$

0.31

$

3.12

$

1.08

Adjustments:

Non-cash impairment charge: pre-tax

0.12

0.12

Gain from sale-leaseback transaction: pre-tax

(1.66

)

Tax impact (1)

(0.03

)

0.42

(0.03

)

Net adjustment

0.09

(1.24

)

0.09

Adjusted EPS

$

1.37

$

0.40

$

1.88

$

1.17

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

Conference Call Information
The company invites interested parties to listen to the live audiocast of the conference call on February 18, 2021 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 25, 2021. The number to access the telephone playback is 1-888-203-1112 (access code: 4378900).

About Havertys
Havertys (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 120 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
This press release contains, and the conference call may contain forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and change based on various important factors, many of which are beyond our control.

All statements in the future tense and all statements accompanied by words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “position,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “on track,” “anticipate,” “to come,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, our expected ability to operate and protect our team members and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the execution and effect of our cost savings initiatives, the use of proceeds from our sale-leaseback transaction, our expectations for selling square footage and capital expenditures for 2021, our liquidity position to continue to operate during these highly uncertain times, and our efforts and initiatives to help us emerge from the pandemic well-positioned.

We caution that our forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and while we believe that our expectations for the future are reasonable in view of currently available information you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements and they should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the extent and duration of the disruption to our business operations caused by the health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the effects on the financial health of our business partners and customers, on supply chains and our suppliers, and on access to capital and liquidity provided by the financial and capital markets; our ability to maintain compliance with debt covenants and amend such credit facilities as necessary; disruptions in our suppliers' operations, including from the impact of COVID-19, including potential problems with inventory availability and the potential result of the volatility or higher cost of product and international freight due to the high demand of products and low supply for an unpredictable period of time; disruptions in our third-party producers’ operations in foreign countries; changes in national and international legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes to import tariffs and the unpredictability of such changes; failure of vendors to meet our quality control standards or to react to changes in legislative or regulatory frameworks; disruptions in our distribution centers; changes in general economic conditions, including unemployment, inflation (including the impact of tariffs); labor shortages and the Company's ability to successfully attract and retain employees in the current labor market; uncertain credit markets and other macroeconomic conditions; competitive product, service and pricing pressures; failure or weakness in our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting; disruptions caused by a failure or breach of the Company's information systems and information technology infrastructure, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2019 (all of which risks may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic) and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly periods ended March 31, 2020, June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2020 and from time to time in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC.

Forward-looking statements describe our expectations only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our subsequent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and other reports filed with the SEC.

Contact:
Havertys 404-443-2900
Jenny Hill Parker
SVP, Finance, and Corporate Secretary

SOURCE: Havertys