La-Z-Boy Reports Fiscal 2018 First-Quarter Results

MONROE, Mich., Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB) today reported its operating results for the fiscal 2018 first quarter ended July 29, 2017.

  • Consolidated sales increased 4.8% to $357.1 million versus $340.8 million in last year’s first quarter;
  • Same-store written sales for the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network increased 0.7%;
  • Cash flow from operations was $19.5 million;
  • The company returned $16.8 million to shareholders through dividends and share purchases; and
  • Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.24 versus $0.28 in last year’s first quarter.

Sales for the fiscal 2018 first quarter were $357.1 million, compared with $340.8 million in the prior year’s first quarter. The company reported net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated of $11.7 million, or $0.24 per share, versus $13.8 million, or $0.28 per share, in last year’s first quarter. The fiscal 2018 first quarter’s results included a $0.03 per share benefit in other income for an investment gain, and last year’s first quarter included a $0.03 per share benefit for a legal settlement.

Sales in the company’s upholstery segment increased 2.6% to $274.4 million and the operating margin declined to 8.5% from 11.4% in last year’s first quarter, which included a 0.9 percentage point benefit from a legal settlement. In the casegoods segment, sales increased 1.9% to $25.5 million and the operating margin increased to 10.7% from 8.6%. Sales in the retail segment increased 15.5% to $110.5 million. On the core base of 122 stores included in last year’s first quarter, delivered sales declined 1.1% versus the prior year and the segment’s operating margin decreased to 1.6% from 2.3%.

Kurt L. Darrow, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy, said, “After a strong finish to fiscal 2017, we are disappointed with our start to this fiscal year. Although we posted a consolidated sales increase for the quarter, much of it related to acquired sales which did not add volume to our upholstery manufacturing operations which is our most profitable segment. Lower volume throughout our plants made it difficult to absorb fixed costs and this, combined with the normal seasonal slowdown and continued investments across the business, impacted our upholstery operating margin for the period. Additionally, due to acquisitions and growth in our retail segment, SG&A expenses increased during the quarter. As we move forward, we intend to manage our SG&A appropriately given various levels of volume. Our casegoods business performed well for the quarter as we continue to improve our product offering, value proposition and service levels to our customers. We believe this business is well positioned for continued growth moving forward.”

Darrow continued, “Over the past year, we have developed a comprehensive e-commerce strategy to address the evolution in furniture sales through this channel and are pursuing three opportunities: increasing online sales of La-Z-Boy furniture through and other digital players; leveraging the strength of our world-class global supply chain to support other e-commerce brands; and investing in new online companies. One such investment that converted to preferred shares in a recent round of financing, has already increased in value and contributed to our earnings this quarter.”

Darrow added, “During the period, we continued to grow our retail segment. The company opened two La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores as part of our 4-4-5 strategy and further integrated recently acquired stores. For the quarter, we achieved a written same-store sales increase of 0.7% throughout the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network during the summer period and look forward to moving into the traditionally stronger fall selling season. We are in an excellent service position and as we have demonstrated, we are able to drive increased profitability throughout our manufacturing operations with adequate volume. We remain optimistic about our business for the remainder of the fiscal year, particularly as we capitalize on a dual strategy to reach core La-Z-Boy consumers through our vibrant store program and our independent dealer network while attracting a new and younger consumer through our multi-faceted e-commerce approach.”


Total FY17 New Closed Total FY18 Remodel Relocation
Company-owned 143 7 (2) 148 - -
Dealer-owned 204 7 (4) 207 8 5
Total 347 14 (6) 355 8 5

*Projects anticipated to be completed.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the quarter, the company generated $19.5 million in cash from operating activities. La-Z-Boy ended the quarter with $119.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, $33.4 million in investments to enhance returns on cash, and $6.0 million in restricted cash. During the quarter, the company had $9.1 million in capital expenditures, used $15.9 million to pay for the U.K. acquisition that closed in January, paid $5.3 million in dividends, and spent $11.5 million purchasing 0.4 million shares of stock in the open market under its existing authorized share purchase program, leaving 8.3 million shares of purchase availability in the program.

Conference Call

La-Z-Boy will hold a conference call with the investment community on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. The toll-free dial-in number is 877.407.0778; international callers may use 201.689.8565.

The call will be webcast live, with corresponding slides, and archived on the Internet. It will be available at 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 Conference ID #10425.

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) operating factors, such as supply, labor or distribution disruptions (e.g. port strikes); (i) changes in legislation or changes in the domestic or international regulatory environment (including new or increased duties); (j) adoption of new accounting principles; (k) fires, severe weather or other natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes and tsunamis; (l) our ability to procure or transport fabric rolls, leather hides or cut-and-sewn fabric and leather sets domestically or abroad; (m) information technology conversions or system failures and our ability to recover from a system failure; (n) effects of our brand awareness and marketing programs; (o) the discovery of defects in our products resulting in delays in manufacturing, recall campaigns, reputational damage, or increased warranty costs; (p) litigation arising out of alleged defects in our products; (q) unusual or significant litigation; (r) our ability to locate new La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores (or store owners) and negotiate favorable lease terms for new or existing locations; (s) the ability to increase volume through our e-commerce initiatives; (t) the impact of potential goodwill or intangible asset impairments; and (u) those matters discussed in Item 1A of our fiscal 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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

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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 145 of the 348 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores.

The corporation’s branded distribution network is dedicated to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 348 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 551 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


Quarter Ended
(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data) 7/29/17 7/30/16
Sales $357,079 $340,783
Cost of sales 217,976 206,562
Gross profit 139,103 134,221
Selling, general and administrative expense 122,805 111,763
Operating income 16,298 22,458
Interest expense 157 115
Interest income 343 204
Other income (expense), net 1,749 (762)
Income before income taxes 18,233 21,785
Income tax expense 6,489 7,777
Net income 11,744 14,008
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (93) (202)
Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated $11,651 $13,806
Basic weighted average common shares 48,357 49,105
Basic net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share $0.24 $0.28
Diluted weighted average common shares 48,846 49,594
Diluted net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share $0.24 $0.28
Dividends declared per share $0.11 $0.10

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except par value) 7/29/17 4/29/17
Current assets
Cash and equivalents $119,628 $141,860
Restricted cash 5,963 8,999
Receivables, net of allowance of $2,557 at 7/29/17 and $2,563 at 4/29/17 134,904 150,846
Inventories, net 178,508 175,114
Other current assets 49,882 40,603
Total current assets 488,885 517,422
Property, plant and equipment, net 171,078 169,132
Goodwill 74,766 74,245
Other intangible assets, net 18,438 18,489
Deferred income taxes – long-term 38,372 40,131
Other long-term assets, net 76,982 69,436
Total assets $868,521 $888,855
Current liabilities
Current portion of long-term debt $206 $219
Accounts payable 47,352 51,282
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 126,948 147,175
Total current liabilities 174,506 198,676
Long-term debt 242 296
Other long-term liabilities 90,777 88,778
Contingencies and commitments
Shareholders’ equity
Preferred shares – 5,000 authorized; none issued
Common shares, $1 par value – 150,000 authorized; 48,268 outstanding at 7/29/17 and 48,472 outstanding at 4/29/17 48,268 48,472
Capital in excess of par value 293,041 289,632
Retained earnings 280,251 284,698
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (30,248) (32,883)
Total La-Z-Boy Incorporated shareholders’ equity 591,312 589,919
Noncontrolling interests 11,684 11,186
Total equity 602,996 601,105
Total liabilities and equity $868,521 $888,855

Quarter Ended
(Unaudited, amounts in thousands) 7/29/17 7/30/16
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $11,744 $14,008
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used for) operating activities
Deferred income tax expense 1,344 (1,076)
Provision for doubtful accounts (22) (77)
Depreciation and amortization 7,758 6,800
Equity-based compensation expense 3,558 3,329
Change in receivables 15,753 17,664
Change in inventories (2,477) 510
Change in other assets (10,837) (1,467)
Change in payables (3,974) 403
Change in other liabilities (3,339) (4,341)
Net cash provided by operating activities 19,508 35,753
Cash flows from investing activities
Proceeds from disposals of assets 459 35
Proceeds from property insurance 450
Capital expenditures (9,146) (5,209)
Purchases of investments (10,851) (7,695)
Proceeds from sales of investments 5,857 3,670
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (15,879) (5,281)
Net cash used for investing activities (29,110) (14,480)
Cash flows from financing activities
Payments on debt (66) (89)
Stock issued for stock and employee benefit plans, net of shares withheld for taxes 377 860
Excess tax benefit on stock option exercises 1,137
Purchases of common stock (11,491) (13,567)
Dividends paid (5,337) (4,923)
Net cash used for financing activities (16,517) (16,582)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents 851 116
Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (25,268) 4,807
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period 150,859 121,335
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $125,591 $126,142
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities
Capital expenditures included in payables $1,671 $


Quarter Ended
(Unaudited, amounts in thousands) 7/29/17 7/30/16
Upholstery segment:
Sales to external customers $224,814 $223,809
Intersegment sales 49,593 43,607
Upholstery segment sales 274,407 267,416
Casegoods segment:
Sales to external customers 21,019 20,585
Intersegment sales 4,491 4,453
Casegoods segment sales 25,510 25,038
Retail segment sales 110,516 95,720
Corporate and Other:
Sales to external customers 730 669
Intersegment sales 1,930 1,210
Corporate and Other sales 2,660 1,879
Eliminations (56,014) (49,270)
Consolidated sales $357,079 $340,783
Operating Income (Loss)
Upholstery segment $23,299 $30,499
Casegoods segment 2,739 2,147
Retail segment 1,767 2,183
Corporate and Other (11,507) (12,371)
Consolidated operating income $16,298 $22,458


In the first quarter of fiscal 2018, we early adopted the provisions of ASU 2017-07, which reclassified certain pension costs out of cost of sales and into other income (expense), net. This change required retrospective application to the prior year. To aid in the understanding of our financial results, the table below presents our fiscal 2017 quarterly financial results, as adjusted to conform to current year presentation.

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Fiscal Quarter Ended 7/30/16 10/29/16 1/28/17 4/29/17
Sales $340,783 $376,579 $389,992 $412,706
Cost of sales 206,562 227,195 233,185 243,815
Gross profit 134,221 149,384 156,807 168,891
Selling, general and administrative expense 111,763 115,526 123,235 125,437
Operating income 22,458 33,858 33,572 43,454
Interest expense 115 117 562 279
Interest income 204 234 241 302
Income from Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act, net 273
Other income (expense), net (762) (969) (52) (1,000)
Income before income taxes 21,785 33,006 33,472 42,477
Income tax expense 7,777 11,901 9,830 14,248
Net income 14,008 21,105 23,642 28,229
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (202) (272) (356) (232)
Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated $13,806 $20,833 $23,286 $27,997
Diluted weighted average common shares 49,594 49,511 49,384 49,181
Diluted net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share $0.28 $0.42 $0.47 $0.57
Dividends declared per share $0.10 $0.10 $0.11 $0.11

Contact: Kathy Liebmann (734) 241-2438

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