Havertys Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015

ATLANTA, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE:HVT) (NYSE:HVT.A) reports earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 of $0.41 per share compared to a loss of $(0.45) and adjusted earnings of $0.46 per share for the same period of 2014. The earnings per share for the full year 2015 were $1.22 compared to $0.37 and adjusted earnings per share of $1.28 for 2014.

Three Months Ended
December 31,
Year Ended
December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Earnings (loss) per diluted share $0.41 $(0.45) $1.22 $0.37
Non-cash pension settlement expense 0.90 0.90
Adjusted earnings per diluted share $0.41 $0.46 $1.22 $1.28
Due to rounding amounts may not add to the totals.

The Company previously reported that during the fourth quarter of 2014 it completed the termination of its defined benefit pension plan. The details of that event are provided at the end of this release.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, said, “Earnings for the fourth quarter were in line with our expectations based on our previously released sales results. Our promotional efforts in the fourth quarter were not as aggressive as many retailers and our gross margins were up year over year.

We are separating Havertys from the promotional furniture stores and reaching the more discriminating on-trend customer. This has required significant investments to improve our in-store and e-commerce experience. Our store management and sales associates have participated in an extensive revamping of the coaching and skills learning process. We have also increased the number of in-home design staff by 30% in 2015. The investments in stores and people are generating higher average tickets aided by increased custom upholstery sales. In 2015 our average ticket rose 4.7% and custom upholstery sales were up 11.8%. We do need to generate greater sales growth and we are fine-tuning our marketing and promotional strategies. We have recently introduced a new creative television campaign and are evaluating targeted price advertising on select items to increase traffic during traditional sales events.

Our 2016 capital expenditures will improve operating efficiencies through both expansion of our Florida distribution center and significant technology investments and also provides for two new stores. The economic and competitive environments are uncertain but we are well-positioned in the regions we serve and our teams are prepared to respond and grow our business.”

Financial Highlights

Fourth Quarter 2015 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2014

  • As previously reported, net sales increased 1.4% to $215.9 million. On a comparable store basis, sales decreased 0.9%. Total written business was down 1.3% and written comparable sales declined 3.6% over the same period last year.
  • Gross profit margins increased 20 basis points to 53.8% from 53.6% as the favorable impact of our merchandise pricing and mix was partially offset by increases in product markdowns.
  • Selling, general and administrative costs as a percent of sales increased 120 basis points to 46.8% from 45.6%. Fixed and discretionary expenses increased $2.7 million. We incurred additional administrative costs of $0.9 million largely from compensation expense, $0.3 million of which was from new stores. New locations and improvements also generated increases in depreciation and other occupancy costs of $0.8 million. Variable expenses were 17.8% as a percent of sales in 2015 compared to 17.5% in 2014 as sales from our in-home design program increased.
  • In 2014, a non-cash charge of $21.6 million was recorded for pension expense from the termination and settlement of all obligations of our defined benefit plan.
  • Income tax expense for 2014 includes $6.9 million from the release of a valuation allowance in accumulated other comprehensive income related to the settled pension obligations.
  • We closed a location in Memphis, Tennessee at the end of its lease term. Our store in Lubbock, Texas sustained significant damage from a blizzard in late December and is closed for reconstruction.

Twelve Months ended December 31, 2015 Compared to Same Period of 2014

  • As previously reported, net sales increased 4.7% to $804.9 million. Comparable store sales were up 2.5%.
  • Gross profit decreased 20 basis points to 53.5% from 53.7%. The closeout sales of discontinued product, damaged merchandise and increased reserves offset the favorable impact of merchandise pricing and mix.
  • Selling, general and administrative costs increased 30 basis points to 47.8% from 47.5%. Fixed and discretionary expenses increased $10.5 million to $240.9 million. We had $4.7 million in additional administrative costs primarily from greater compensation expense, $1.4 million of which related to new stores. Depreciation and other occupancy costs from new stores and improvements increased expenses $4.2 million. Variable expenses as a percent of sales were 17.9% in 2015 versus 17.5% in 2014 as we added sales associates in new locations and our in-home design program expanded.
  • We returned to stockholders via stock repurchases and dividends $22.1 million in 2015 and $30.6 million in 2014.
  • Our retail store count increased to 121, with a net two new stores in 2015 as we opened four, closed one and lost one to damage.

Expectations and Other

  • Total delivered sales for the first quarter to date of 2016 are up approximately 4.9% over the same period last year and comparable store sales are up 3.9%. Total written sales for the first quarter to date of 2016 are up approximately 1.4% over the same period last year and written comparable store sales are up approximately 0.3%.
  • Our gross profit margins for the full year of 2016 are expected to be similar to the 53.5% level of 2015. We are continuing to introduce fashionable new merchandise that carries slightly higher gross margins but do face increased competition in certain of our markets and will be moving out additional discontinued products and mismatched inventory to make way for new arrivals.
  • Fixed and discretionary type expenses within SG&A are expected to be approximately $251.0 million for 2016, up $10.1 million or 4.2% over those same costs in 2015. The increase is largely due to depreciation on capital expenditures, occupancy costs from new and relocated stores, staffing increases and inflation. First quarter 2016 advertising costs are expected to be higher than last year's quarter but comparatively flat for the remainder of 2016. Fixed and discretionary type expenses in total should average approximately $62.0 million per quarter in the first half of 2016 and $63.5 million per quarter in the second half. For 2015 these expenses averaged $58.2 million per quarter in the first half and $62.3 million in the second half. Variable SG&A expenses for 2016 are anticipated to be at the 17.9% rate incurred in 2015 and other non-SG&A costs, net of credit revenues, are expected to be $1.9 million.
  • Our effective tax rate for 2016 is expected to be in the 38.7% to 38.9% range.
  • Planned Capital expenditures for 2016 are $33.0 million. Our 2016 plans include two new locations, each in a new market, a temporary location for our Lubbock, Texas operations and the expansion and remodeling of two existing stores. We also plan to close one store at the end of its lease term. These changes will increase selling square footage approximately 1.4% and our store count will increase by two during 2016 to 123 assuming the store changes occur as planned. In addition to store investments, we are also expanding our Florida distribution center to better flow product and serve our customers and improving our technology infrastructure.

(In thousands, except per share data – Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
December 31,
Year Ended
December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales $215,886 $212,999 $804,870 $768,409
Cost of goods sold 99,681 98,843 374,094 356,043
Gross profit 116,205 114,156 430,776 412,366
Credit service charges 73 75 286 298
Gross profit and other revenue 116,278 114,231 431,062 412,664
Selling, general and administrative 101,034 97,139 384,801 364,654
Pension settlement expense 21,623 21,623
Provision for doubtful accounts 147 54 314 257
Other income, net (671) 8 (1,617) (178)
Total expenses 100,510 118,824 383,498 386,356
Income (loss) before interest and income taxes 15,768 (4,593) 47,564 26,308
Interest expense, net 675 385 2,289 1,051
Income (loss) before income taxes 15,093 (4,978) 45,275 25,257
Income tax expense 5,912 5,214 17,486 16,668
Net income $9,181 $(10,192) $27,789 $8,589
Other comprehensive income, net of tax:
Defined benefit pension plan adjustments:
Settlement of pension plan $ $13,641 $ $13,641
Other 55 (641) 230 (397)
Total comprehensive income $55 $13,000 $230 $13,244
Comprehensive income $9,236 $2,808 $28,019 $21,833
Basic earnings (loss) per share:
Common Stock $0.42 $(0.45) $1.24 $0.38
Class A Common Stock $0.40 $(0.43) $1.18 $0.33
Diluted earnings (loss) per share:
Common Stock $0.41 $(0.45) $1.22 $0.37
Class A Common Stock $0.39 $(0.43) $1.17 $0.33
Basic weighted average shares outstanding:
Common Stock 20,109 20,551 20,430 20,426
Class A Common Stock 2,045 2,129 2,067 2,199
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:
Common Stock 22,473 20,551 22,798 22,940
Class A Common Stock 2,045 2,129 2,067 2,199
Cash dividends per share:
Common Stock $0.100 $0.080 $0.36 $1.32
Class A Common Stock $0.095 $0.075 $0.34 $1.25

(In thousands - Unaudited)

December 31,
2015 2014
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $70,659 $65,481
Investments 12,725 7,250
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 8,005 8,017
Accounts receivable 5,948 7,146
Inventories 108,896 107,139
Prepaid expenses 6,137 6,418
Other current assets 6,341 8,010
Total current assets 218,711 209,461
Accounts receivable, long-term 655 731
Property and equipment 229,283 225,162
Deferred income tax 17,245 17,610
Other assets 5,357 8,023
Total assets $471,251 $460,987
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $27,815 $24,152
Customer deposits 21,036 23,687
Accrued liabilities 42,060 39,960
Deferred income tax 5,689
Current portion of lease obligations 3,051 2,387
Total current liabilities 93,962 95,875
Lease obligations, less current portion 50,074 46,678
Other liabilities 25,476 26,351
Total liabilities 169,512 168,904
Stockholders’ equity 301,739 292,083
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $471,251 $460,987

(In thousands – Unaudited)

Year Ended December 31,
2015 2014
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income $27,789 $8,589
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 25,756 22,613
Stock-based compensation expense 4,033 3,319
Excess tax benefit from stock-based plans (397) (896)
Deferred income taxes (3,019) 4,800
Provision for doubtful accounts 314 257
Pension settlement expense 21,623
Other (160) 641
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 960 870
Inventories (2,305) (15,656)
Customer deposits (2,650) 4,679
Other assets and liabilities (590) (2,023)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 2,501 6,638
Net cash provided by operating activities 52,232 55,454
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Capital expenditures (27,143) (30,882)
Maturities of certificates of deposit 7,250
Purchase of commercial paper and certificates of deposit (9,975) (10,000)
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 12 (1,001)
Other investing activities 1,501 511
Net cash used in investing activities (28,355) (41,372)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Construction allowance receipts 6,701 1,050
Payments on lease obligations (2,534) (1,088)
Excess tax benefit from stock-based plans 397 896
Dividend paid (8,060) (29,780)
Common stock repurchased and retired (14,002) (804)
Taxes on vested restricted shares (1,201) (2,060)
Net cash used in financing activities (18,699) (31,786)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 5,178 (17,704)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 65,481 83,185
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $70,659 $65,481

Pension Settlement

During the fourth quarter of 2014 as reported on our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, we completed the termination of our defined benefit pension plan. The plan participants received their earned benefits through the payment of lump-sum cash distributions, roll-over payments to other retirement accounts, and the purchase of annuity contracts from a third-party insurance company. Havertys’ plan was fully funded so no Company contributions were required in 2014 to completely settle the plan’s obligations. As expected, the settlement of these liabilities triggered the non cash recognition of $21.6 million in pension settlement expenses and a tax benefit of $0.9 million in the quarter for a total impact on consolidated net income of $20.7 million. The termination resulted in the reclassification adjustment of $13.6 million out of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) on the Company’s balance sheet to increase other comprehensive income for 2014. These adjustments did not impact cash flow and resulted in a net reduction in total stockholders’ equity of $7.1 million.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Definitions of Certain Financial Measures:

Reconciliations – EBIT, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share

We have included financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP. Any analysis of non-GAAP financial measures should be used only in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures are not intended to be substitutes for GAAP financial measures and should not be used as such. We use the non-GAAP measures “EBIT,” “adjusted net income” and “adjusted earnings per diluted share.” Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide our board of directors, investors, potential investors, securities analysts and others with useful information to evaluate the performance of the Company because it excludes the impact of the pension settlement expense and another specific item that management believes are not indicative of the ongoing operating results of the business. The Company and our board of directors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance relative to other periods. We believe that the most directly comparable GAAP measures to EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are “Income before interest and income taxes,” “Net income” and “Diluted earnings per share.” Set forth at the beginning of this press release is a reconciliation of adjusted diluted earnings per share to diluted earnings per share. EBIT is equal to Income before interest and income taxes and set forth below is a reconciliation of adjusted net income to Net income:

Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
(in thousands) 2015 2014 2015 2014
EBIT $15,768 $(4,593)$47,564 $26,308
Pension settlement expenses 21,623 21,623
Adjusted EBIT $15,768 $17,030 $47,564 $47,931
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of net sales 7.3% 8.0% 5.9% 6.2%
Adjusted EBIT $15,768 $17,030 $45,564 $47,931
Interest expense, net 675 385 2,289 1,050
Adjusted income before income taxes $15,093 $16,645 $45,275 $46,881
Net income (loss) $9,181 $(10,192)$27,789 $8,589
Pension settlement expense, net of tax 20,725 20,725
Adjusted net income $9,181 $10,533 $27,789 $29,314

SG&A Expense Classification

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, as well as all advertising and administrative costs.

About Havertys

Havertys (NYSE:HVT) (NYSE:HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 121 showrooms in 16 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions providing its customers with a wide selection of quality merchandise in middle to upper-middle price ranges. Additional information is available on the company’s website, havertys.com.

News releases include forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that might cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, the consumer spending environment for large ticket items, competition in the retail furniture industry and other uncertainties detailed from time to time in the company’s reports filed with the SEC.

Conference Call Information

The company invites interested parties to listen to the live audiocast of the conference call on Thursday, February 25, 2016 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 Thursday, March 3, 2016. The number to access the telephone playback is 1-888-203-1112 (access code: 4842888).

Contact: Havertys 404-443-2900 Dennis L. Fink EVP & CFO Jenny Hill Parker SVP, finance, secretary and treasurer

Source:Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.