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La-Z-Boy Reports Fiscal 2020 First-Quarter Results

MONROE, Mich., Aug. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- La-Z-Boy Incorporated (LZB) today reported its operating results for the fiscal 2020 first quarter ended July 27, 2019.

Fiscal 2020 first quarter versus Fiscal 2019 first quarter:

  • Consolidated sales for the first quarter increased 7.5% to $413.6 million
    • La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores:
      • Written same-store sales for the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network increased 4.7%
      • Delivered same-store sales for company-owned Retail segment increased 3.5%
    • Consolidated sales include the impact of Joybird and the nine Arizona La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores acquired in fiscal August 2018
  • Consolidated operating margin:
    • GAAP: 5.7% versus 6.0%
    • Non-GAAP*: 6.3% versus 6.1%
  • Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per diluted share (“EPS”):
    • GAAP:  $0.38 versus $0.39
    • Non-GAAP*: $0.42 versus $0.39, with fiscal 2020 excluding $0.02 for purchase accounting and a $0.02 charge related to the company’s recently announced supply chain optimization initiative  
  • Cash generated from operating activities was $19.3 million; the company returned $18.4 million to shareholders through share purchases and dividends

Kurt L. Darrow, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy, said, “Our results for the quarter demonstrate the strength of the La-Z-Boy brand within today’s challenging home furnishings environment, as well as the power of our world-class supply chain. Our company-owned Retail segment delivered strong sales momentum and also nearly doubled operating profit.  The broader La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network posted increases in first-quarter written same-store sales on a one-, two-, and three-year basis.  In addition, our wholesale Upholstery segment turned in a GAAP operating margin of 9.0%, even with sales challenged for our England subsidiary and international businesses.”

Consolidated sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 increased 7.5% to $413.6 million, driven by strong Retail performance, including organic growth and sales from the Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, acquired in August 2018, as well as sales from Joybird, acquired in fiscal August 2018. Consolidated GAAP operating margin was 5.7% versus 6.0% in the prior-year quarter.  Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 6.3% in the current-year quarter versus 6.1% in last year’s first quarter, reflecting improvement in our Upholstery and Retail segments, offset partially by the impact of the company’s evolving business mix.  Non-GAAP results exclude $1.3 million of purchase accounting charges and a $1.5 million charge for severance related to the company’s supply chain optimization initiative announced earlier in August 2019.

For the quarter, sales in the company’s Upholstery segment were flat at $293.4 million, primarily reflecting challenges in the company’s England subsidiary and the international businesses.   GAAP operating margin improved to 9.0% from 8.1% in last year’s first quarter, and non-GAAP operating margin increased to 9.5% versus 8.2% in last year’s first quarter, excluding a $1.5 million charge for severance related to the supply chain optimization initiative in fiscal 2020 Q1 and $0.1 million of purchase accounting charges in fiscal 2019 Q1.  Operating margin improved primarily due to lower commodity costs and supply chain efficiencies.  In the Casegoods segment, sales decreased 4.4% to $27.1 million and operating margin was 9.6% compared with 10.9% in the prior-year period, also reflecting challenging trends in the non-branded furniture environment.

Sales in the Retail segment increased 19.9% to $143.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 on growth from the core-base stores, and $18.9 million of sales from recent acquisitions, primarily the Arizona stores.  GAAP operating margin for the Retail segment improved to 5.9% from 3.7% in last year’s first quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 6.0% in the current-year quarter from 3.8% in last year’s first quarter, and excluded purchase accounting charges in each period related to store acquisitions.  Operating margin improvement was driven by leveraging fixed costs on higher sales volume.  On the core base of 143 company-owned stores in last year’s first quarter, strong execution at the store level, including a higher average ticket and improved conversion, fueled a delivered same-store sales increase of 3.5%.   

In the Corporate & Other segment, Joybird, an e-Commerce retailer and manufacturer, acquired in fiscal August 2018, contributed $17.2 million in sales, but posted a larger operating loss than in the prior three quarters of ownership, due to seasonality and integration timing. The company continues to be optimistic about Joybird’s prospects to add long-term value and expects it to be profitable by the back half of fiscal 2020, excluding purchase accounting adjustments.

GAAP EPS was $0.38 for the fiscal 2020 first quarter versus $0.39 in the prior-year quarter. The fiscal 2019 first-quarter results included a benefit of $0.03 per share for currency changes. Non-GAAP EPS was $0.42 versus $0.39 in last year’s first quarter, with the fiscal 2020 first quarter excluding $0.02 per share for purchase accounting and a $0.02 per share charge related to the company’s recently announced supply chain optimization initiative.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

For the first quarter, the company generated $19.3 million in cash from operating activities, and ended the quarter with $113.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, and $32.9 million in investments to enhance returns on cash. During the period, the company invested $12.3 million in the business through capital expenditures, paid $6.1 million in dividends, and spent $12.3 million purchasing 0.4 million shares of stock in the open market under its existing authorized share purchase program, leaving 5.5 million shares of purchase availability in the program. Additionally, the company adopted the new leasing standard required by the FASB, which resulted in an increase in assets and liabilities of $314 million. 

Outlook

Darrow concluded, “The home furnishings environment remains somewhat challenging amid tariff uncertainty and other geopolitical concerns.  Against that backdrop, however, we continue to believe La-Z-Boy is competitively well positioned with a strong brand; multi-channel distribution, including a growing retail business; and a world-class supply chain, which we continue to work to optimize.  Additionally, we are optimistic about the long-term growth prospects for Joybird as our eCommerce strategy and business continue to evolve.  Our balance sheet remains healthy and we are making prudent investments to deliver long-term performance for all stakeholders.”

*Non-GAAP amounts for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 exclude pre-tax purchase accounting charges totaling $1.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, with $1.3 million included in operating income and $0.2 million included in interest expense. Also excluded from our Non-GAAP results is a pre-tax charge of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, related to the company’s supply chain optimization initiative, including the closure of the company’s Redlands, California upholstery manufacturing facility and relocation of its Newton, Mississippi leather cut-and-sew operations. Non-GAAP amounts for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 exclude pre-tax purchase accounting charges of $0.1 million, all included in operating income, which did not impact EPS for the period. 

Please refer to the accompanying “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for detailed information on calculating Non-GAAP measures used in this press release and a reconciliation to the applicable GAAP measure.

Conference Call

La-Z-Boy will hold a conference call with the investment community on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. The toll-free dial-in number is 844.602.0380; international callers may use 862.298.0970. 

The call will be webcast live, with corresponding slides, and archived on the Internet.  It will be available at https://lazboy.gcs-web.com/. A telephone replay will be available for a week following the call. This replay will be accessible to callers from the U.S. and Canada at 877.481.4010 and to international callers at 919.882.2331. Enter Replay Passcode: 52647. The webcast replay will be available for one year.

Forward-looking Information

This news release contains, and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of La‑Z‑Boy may contain, “forward-looking statements.” With respect to all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 

Actual results could differ materially from those we anticipate or project due to a number of factors, including: (a) changes in consumer confidence and demographics; (b) the possibility of a recession; (c) changes in the real estate and credit markets and their effects on our customers, consumers and suppliers; (d) international political unrest, terrorism or war; (e) volatility in energy and other commodities prices; (f) the impact of logistics on imports and exports; (g) tax rate, interest rate, and currency exchange rate changes; (h) changes in the stock market impacting our profitability and our effective tax rate; (i) operating factors, such as supply, labor or distribution disruptions (e.g. port strikes); (j) changes in legislation, including the tax code, or changes in the domestic or international regulatory environment or trade policies, including new or increased duties, tariffs, retaliatory tariffs, trade limitations and termination or renegotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements impacting our business; (k) adoption of new accounting principles; (l) fires, severe weather or other natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes and tsunamis; (m) our ability to procure, transport or import, or material increases to the cost of transporting or importing, fabric rolls, leather hides or cut-and-sewn fabric and leather sets domestically or abroad; (n) information technology conversions or system failures and our ability to recover from a system failure; (o) effects of our brand awareness and marketing programs; (p) the discovery of defects in our products resulting in delays in manufacturing, recall campaigns, reputational damage, or increased warranty costs; (q) litigation arising out of alleged defects in our products; (r) unusual or significant litigation; (s) our ability to locate new La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores (or store owners) and negotiate favorable lease terms for new or existing locations; (t) the ability to increase volume through our e-commerce initiatives; (u) the impact of potential goodwill or intangible asset impairments; and (v) those matters discussed in Item 1A of our fiscal 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission  (the “SEC”). We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information or new developments or for any other reason.

Additional Information

This news release is just one part of La-Z-Boy’s financial disclosures and should be read in conjunction with other information filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is available at: https://lazboy.gcs-web.com/financial-information/sec-filings. Investors and others wishing to be notified of future La-Z-Boy news releases, SEC filings and quarterly investor conference calls may sign up at:  https://lazboy.gcs-web.com/.

Background Information

La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery segment companies are England and La-Z-Boy. The Casegoods segment consists of three brands: American Drew®, Hammary®, and Kincaid®. The company-owned Retail segment includes 155 of the 352 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores.  Joybird is an e-commerce retailer and manufacturer of upholstered furniture.

The corporation’s branded distribution network is dedicated to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 352 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 554 independent Comfort Studio® locations, in addition to in-store gallery programs for the company’s Kincaid and England operating units. Additional information is available at http://www.la-z-boy.com/.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), this press release also includes Non-GAAP financial measures. Management uses these Non-GAAP financial measures when assessing our ongoing performance. This press release contains references to Non-GAAP operating income, Non-GAAP operating margin, Non-GAAP income before income taxes, Non-GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated and Non-GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per diluted share, each of which exclude purchase accounting charges and charges for our supply chain optimization initiative. The purchase accounting charges may include the amortization of intangible assets, incremental expense upon the sale of inventory acquired at fair value, amortization of employee retention agreements, fair value adjustments of future cash payments recorded as interest expense, and adjustments to the fair value of contingent consideration. The charges for our supply chain optimization initiative may include severance costs, accelerated depreciation expense, costs to relocate equipment and inventory, as well as other costs related to the closure and relocation of certain manufacturing operations. These Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for La-Z-Boy Incorporated’s results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Reconciliations of such Non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in the accompanying tables.

Management believes that presenting certain Non-GAAP financial measures excluding purchase accounting charges and charges for the company’s supply chain optimization initiative will help investors understand the long-term profitability trends of our business and compare our profitability to prior and future periods and to our peers. Management excludes purchase accounting charges because the amount and timing of such charges are significantly impacted by the timing, size, number and nature of the acquisitions consummated. While the company has a history of acquisition activity, it does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle, and the impact of purchase accounting charges is unique to each acquisition and can vary significantly from acquisition to acquisition. Similarly, the charges related to the company’s supply chain optimization initiative are dependent on the timing, size, number and nature of the operations being moved or closed, and the charges may not be incurred on a predictable cycle. Management believes that exclusion of these charges facilitates more consistent comparisons of the company’s operating results over time. Where applicable, the accompanying “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables present the excluded items net of tax calculated using the effective tax rate from operations for the period in which the adjustment is presented. 


LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME

    Quarter Ended  
(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)   7/27/19   7/28/18  
Sales   $ 413,633     $ 384,695      
Cost of sales     245,921       236,173      
  Gross profit     167,712       148,522      
Selling, general and administrative expense     144,290       125,362      
  Operating income     23,422       23,160      
Interest expense     (318 )     (104 )    
Interest income     727       602      
Other income (expense), net     (760     892      
  Income before income taxes     23,071       24,550      
Income tax expense     5,083       5,599      
  Net income     17,988       18,951      
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     81       (648 )    
  Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ 18,069     $ 18,303      
             
Basic weighted average common shares     46,820       46,716      
Basic net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.39     $ 0.39      
             
Diluted weighted average common shares     47,125       47,161      
Diluted net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.38     $ 0.39      
             

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except par value)   7/27/19   4/27/19  
Current assets          
Cash and equivalents   $ 111,622   $ 129,819  
Restricted cash     1,970     1,968  
Receivables, net of allowance of $2,177 at 7/27/19 and $2,180 at 4/27/19     134,379     143,288  
Inventories, net     197,701     196,899  
Other current assets     85,631     69,144  
Total current assets     531,303     541,118  
Property, plant and equipment, net     204,789     200,523  
Goodwill     184,675     185,867  
Other intangible assets, net     29,595     29,907  
Deferred income taxes – long-term     21,906     20,670  
Right of use lease asset     312,433      
Other long-term assets, net     77,449     81,705  
Total assets   $ 1,362,150   $ 1,059,790  
           
Current liabilities          
Current portion of long-term debt   $   $ 180  
Accounts payable     62,935     65,365  
Lease liability, short-term     64,158      
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     168,757     173,091  
Total current liabilities     295,850     238,636  
Long-term debt         19  
Lease liability, long-term     262,264      
Other long-term liabilities     105,898     124,159  
           
Shareholders’ equity          
Preferred shares – 5,000 authorized; none issued          
Common shares, $1 par value – 150,000 authorized; 46,690 outstanding at 7/27/19 and 46,955 outstanding at 4/27/19     46,690     46,955  
Capital in excess of par value     311,207     313,168  
Retained earnings     329,096     325,847  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (3,728 )   (3,462 )
Total La-Z-Boy Incorporated shareholders’ equity     683,265     682,508  
Noncontrolling interests     14,873     14,468  
Total equity     698,138     696,976  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 1,362,150   $ 1,059,790  

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

    Quarter Ended  
(Unaudited, amounts in thousands)   7/27/19   7/28/18  
Cash flows from operating activities          
  Net income   $ 17,988   $ 18,951  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used for) operating activities          
  Gain on disposal of assets     (536 )    
  Change in deferred taxes     (677 )   (183 )
  Provision for doubtful accounts     116     279  
  Depreciation and amortization     7,298     7,541  
  Equity-based compensation expense     1,675     2,040  
  Change in receivables     8,535     14,236  
  Change in inventories     (527 )   (11,092 )
  Change in other assets     7,305     463  
  Change in payables     (1,391 )   2,491  
  Change in other liabilities     (20,446 )   (2,572 )
  Net cash provided by operating activities     19,340     32,154  
           
Cash flows from investing activities          
  Proceeds from disposals of assets     22     61  
  Proceeds from insurance     642     58  
  Capital expenditures     (12,299 )   (15,873 )
  Purchases of investments     (5,288 )   (4,190 )
  Proceeds from sales of investments     4,060     4,762  
  Acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (5,438 )    
  Net cash used for investing activities     (18,301 )   (15,182 )
           
Cash flows from financing activities          
  Payments on debt and finance lease liabilities     (47 )   (59 )
  Stock issued for stock and employee benefit plans, net of shares withheld for taxes     (1,417 )   (2,009 )
  Purchases of common stock     (12,313 )   (7,944 )
  Dividends paid     (6,112 )   (5,625 )
  Net cash used for financing activities     (19,889 )   (15,637 )
           
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents     655     (1,601 )
Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (18,195 )   (266 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period     131,787     136,871  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   $ 113,592   $ 136,605  
           
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities          
  Capital expenditures included in payables   $ 2,416   $ 4,122  

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
SEGMENT INFORMATION


 
  Quarter Ended  
 (Unaudited, amounts in thousands)   7/27/19   7/28/18  
Sales          
Upholstery segment:          
  Sales to external customers   $ 230,767   $ 240,054  
  Intersegment sales     62,649     53,344  
Upholstery segment sales     293,416     293,398  
           
Casegoods segment:          
  Sales to external customers     22,006     24,403  
  Intersegment sales     5,129     3,983  
Casegoods segment sales     27,135     28,386  
           
Retail segment sales     142,996     119,228  
           
Corporate and Other:          
  Sales to external customers     17,864     1,010  
  Intersegment sales     2,688     2,855  
Corporate and Other sales     20,552     3,865  
           
Eliminations     (70,466 )   (60,182 )
  Consolidated sales   $   413,633   $ 384,695  
       
Operating Income (Loss)          
Upholstery segment   $ 26,267   $ 23,884  
Casegoods segment     2,597     3,080  
Retail segment     8,477     4,458  
Corporate and Other     (13,919 )   (8,262 )
  Consolidated operating income     23,422     23,160  

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES


 
  Quarter Ended  
 (Amounts in thousands, except per share data)   7/27/2019   7/28/2018  
           
GAAP gross profit   $ 167,712   $ 148,522  
  Add back: Purchase accounting charges –
  incremental expense upon the sale of inventory
  acquired at fair value
    117     42  
  Add back: Supply chain optimization initiative     1,508      
Non-GAAP gross profit   $ 169,337   $ 148,564  
           
GAAP SG&A   $ 144,290   $ 125,362  
  Less: Purchase accounting charges – amortization of 
  intangible assets and retention agreements
   
(1,192

)
   
(104

)
Non-GAAP SG&A   $ 143,098   $ 125,258  
           
GAAP operating income   $ 23,422   $ 23,160  
  Add back: Purchase accounting charges     1,309     146  
  Add back: Supply chain optimization initiative     1,508      
Non-GAAP operating income   $ 26,239   $ 23,306  
           
GAAP income before income taxes   $ 23,071   $ 24,550  
  Add back: Purchase accounting charges recorded as
  part of gross profit, SG&A, and interest expense
   
1,502
   
146
 
  Add back: Supply chain optimization initiative     1,508      
Non-GAAP income before income taxes   $ 26,081   $ 24,696  
           
GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-Boy
  Incorporated
 
$

18,069
 
$
 
18,303
 
  Add back: Purchase accounting charges
  recorded as part of gross profit, SG&A, and
  interest expense
     

1,502
     

146
 
  Less: Tax effect of purchase accounting     (330 )   (33 )
  Add back: Supply chain optimization initiative     1,508      
  Less: Tax effect of  supply chain optimization
  initiative
   
(332
 
)
   
 
Non-GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-Boy
  Incorporated
 
$

20,417
 
$

18,416
 
           
GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-Boy
  Incorporated per diluted share
 
$

0.38
 
$

0.39
 
  Add back: Purchase accounting charges, net of tax,
  per share
   
0.02
     
 
  Add back: Supply chain optimization initiative, net
   of tax, per share
   
0.02
     
Non-GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-
  Boy Incorporated per diluted share
 
$

0.42
 
$

0.39
 


LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
SEGMENT INFORMATION


 
  Quarter Ended  
 (Amounts in thousands)   7/27/2019   % of sales   7/28/2018   % of sales  
                   
GAAP operating income (loss)                  
  Upholstery segment   $ 26,267   9.0 %   $ 23,884   8.1 %  
  Casegoods segment     2,597   9.6 %     3,080   10.9 %  
  Retail segment     8,477   5.9 %     4,458   3.7 %  
  Corporate and Other     (13,919 ) N/M     (8,262 ) N/M  
  GAAP Consolidated operating income   $ 23,422   5.7 %     23,160   6.0 %  
                   
Purchase accounting and supply chain optimization initiative affecting operating income                  
  Upholstery segment   $ 1,563       $ 104      
  Casegoods segment                  
  Retail segment     117         42      
  Corporate and Other     1,137              
  Consolidated Non-GAAP charges affecting
  operating income
 
$
 
2,817
     
$

146
     
                   
Non-GAAP operating income (loss)                  
  Upholstery segment   $ 27,830   9.5 %   $ 23,988   8.2 %  
  Casegoods segment     2,597   9.6 %     3,080   10.9 %  
  Retail segment     8,594   6.0 %     4,500   3.8 %  
  Corporate and Other     (12,782 ) N/M     (8,262 ) N/M  
  Non-GAAP Consolidated operating income   $ 26,239   6.3 %   $ 23,306   6.1 %  
                   
N/M – Not Meaningful                  
                   

Contact:    
Kathy Liebmann                  
(734) 241-2438                                                      
kathy.liebmann@la-z-boy.com