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Bassett Announces Fiscal Second Quarter Results

BSET

BASSETT, Va., July 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET) announced today its results of operations for its fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2014.

Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter Highlights

  • Consolidated sales were $85.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $81.2 million for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 4.9%.
  • Operating income for the quarter was $3.9 million or 4.6% of sales as compared to $3.4 million or 4.2% of sales for the prior year quarter.
  • Wholesale operating profit increased to $4.3 million or 7.6% of sales as compared to $2.8 million or 5.3% of sales for the prior year quarter.
  • Net income increased to $2.6 million or $0.24 per diluted share as compared to $2.0 million or $0.18 per diluted share. The current year quarter included $0.7 million in new store related losses as compared to $0.2 million for the prior year quarter.
  • Company-owned store delivered sales increased 3.5% compared to the prior year quarter with comparable store sales essentially flat.
  • Opened one new store in Hartsdale, New York and completed a store reposition in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Generated $8.5 million in operating cash during the second quarter of 2014.

On a consolidated basis, the Company reported net sales for the second quarter of 2014 of $85.2 million as compared to $81.2 million for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of $4.0 million or 4.9%. Operating income for the quarter increased $0.5 million to $3.9 million, or 4.6% of sales, primarily due to improved gross margins, partially offset by $0.5 million of higher new store related losses (both pre- and post-opening). The Company reported net income of $2.6 million or $0.24 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2014 compared to net income of $2.0 million or $0.18 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013.

"Wholesale shipments to customers outside of our store network and sales from new Bassett store locations were the primary drivers behind the 4.9% increase in consolidated revenue recorded during the second quarter of fiscal 2014," commented Robert H. Spilman Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our ongoing efforts to grow open market sales continue to pay off while we are in the midst of targeted expansion and repositioning of the Bassett Home Furnishings store network. We believe that significant growth opportunities remain in both channels as we further penetrate non-store geography and strategically grow our dedicated store distribution. Further, the 15% increase in operating income achieved in the quarter came despite bearing the costs associated with an abnormally active period of new store development. Building on the past three years of retail comparable store sales growth, we are excited about expanding our footprint beyond the 60 corporate and 34 licensee-owned stores that were in operation at the end of May. We also look forward to continued improvement in profitability as we move ahead with lower levels of new store opening expenses.

"Our balance sheet remains solid as the Company ended the quarter with $16.9 million of cash, $23.1 million of investments, and $2.3 million of mortgage debt," continued Spilman. "During the first half of 2014, we generated $13.8 million of operating cash, received $2.3 million from the final installment of our 2011 sale of the International Home Furnishings Center, invested $12.2 million in our retail and manufacturing operations, paid $3.5 million in dividends to shareholders, and repurchased $2.9 million of the Company's common stock. We will continue to appraise the allocation of the Company's capital regarding the balance between growth, dividend policy and repurchase of stock. At quarter's end, $8.7 million remained authorized under the existing stock repurchase plan."

Wholesale Segment                 

Net sales for the wholesale segment were $56.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $53.9 million for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of $2.3 million or 4.3%. Wholesale shipments to the open market (outside the Bassett Home Furnishings store network) increased 17% and shipments to the Bassett Home Furnishings store network decreased by 4.0% compared to the prior year quarter. The Company continues to gain market share in the traditional furniture store channel as recent product offerings have been well received. Sales to the Bassett Home Furnishings store network have continued to be negatively impacted by slower business during the winter months from inclement weather along with overall softness in the demand for wood furniture. Gross margins for the wholesale segment were 33.9% for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to 32.6% for the second quarter of 2013. This increase was primarily due to improved margins in the upholstery operations with higher sales volumes providing greater leverage of fixed costs and higher wood margins due to less discounting of discontinued products. Wholesale SG&A increased $0.1 million to $14.8 million for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $14.7 million for the second quarter of 2013. SG&A as a percentage of sales decreased to 26.3% as compared to 27.3% for the second quarter of 2013 due primarily to greater leverage of fixed costs from higher sales volumes coupled with tighter expense control. Operating income was $4.3 million or 7.6% of sales as compared to $2.8 million or 5.2% of sales in the prior year quarter.

"Upholstery division sales once again produced strong growth," continued Spilman. "Building on the trend for the past several quarters, upholstery sales grew by 8.1%. All of the increase was generated by products made in our domestic facilities, which continue to grow profitability as we leverage our fixed costs with higher levels of production. Last fall, we introduced the Bassett Express upholstery program designed to take market share in the open market and these products have begun to gain traction at retail. And, of course, our HGTV Design Studio assortment continues to perform well in the BHF store network as we promote the products and our custom capabilities on the HGTV national cable network.

"Our wood division experienced an overall sales decline of 3.1% despite strong growth in our domestic casual dining sales," added Spilman. "The expansion of our Martinsville, Virginia dining facility was completed in the second quarter and production is now underway. Our work schedules at the operation have been much more favorable this year which has allowed us to be more profitable. Imported wood casegoods sales have been challenged thus far in 2014 with the exception of our juvenile products. We continue to explore new products while monitoring our import inventory to provide high levels of service and to limit exposure to obsolescence. And, despite the ups and downs of the wood segment in the industry, we were able to modestly grow overall wood division profitability in the second quarter."

Retail Segment

Net sales for the 60 Company-owned stores were $53.3 million for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $51.5 million for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of $1.8 million or 3.5%. The increase was primarily due to higher non-comparable store sales as a result of opening 7 new stores in the last 12 months. Comparable store sales were essentially flat for the quarter.

While the Company does not recognize sales until goods are delivered to the consumer, management tracks written sales (the retail dollar value of sales orders taken, rather than delivered) as a key store performance indicator.  Written sales for comparable stores increased by 1.8% for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the second quarter of 2013. 

The consolidated retail operating loss for the second quarter of 2014 was $0.7 million, compared to income of $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2013. The 53 comparable stores generated operating income of $0.1 million for the quarter, or 0.3% of comparable store sales, as compared to $0.4 million or 0.8% of comparable store sales for the prior year quarter. Gross margins for comparable stores improved to 49.5% compared to 47.5% in the prior year quarter due primarily to improved pricing strategies implemented late in 2013. SG&A expenses for comparable stores increased $1.3 million to $24.5 million or 49.2% of sales as compared to 46.7% of sales for the second quarter of 2013. This increase is primarily due to planned increases in advertising, higher health care benefit costs and increased other overhead costs as the store network continues to grow. In addition, the Company incurred $0.2 million of overlapping rent incurred while two stores were in the process of being relocated. As with new store openings as described below, the Company begins to recognize rent expense at the date the Company takes possession of the store location. The Company will effectively recognize rent expense on both locations until the date that the previously existing store closes. The Company completed a relocation in Little Rock, Arkansas during the quarter and is in the process of relocating a store in Boston, Massachusetts which will be completed in the third quarter of 2014.  The Company defines a store relocation as the closing of one store and opening of another store in the same market. Since there is no change in the store count for a specific market, the Company continues to include relocation costs as part of the comparable store operations.

Losses from the non-comparable stores were $0.8 million which include $0.5 million of pre-opening costs incurred for the Hartsdale, New York store which opened during the second quarter and for the Rockville, Maryland store to open during the third quarter. These costs generally range between $0.1 million to $0.3 million per store, depending on the overall rent costs for the location and the length of time between when the Company takes physical possession of the store and when the store opens. Also included in the non-comparable store loss is $0.2 million in post-opening losses from the new stores in Hartsdale, New York, Westport, Connecticut and Burlington, Massachusetts. The Company incurs losses in the two to three months following a store opening as sales are not recognized until the furniture is delivered to its customers, resulting in operating expenses without the offset from normal sales volume. Because the Company does not maintain a stock of retail inventory that would result in quick delivery, and because of the custom nature of the furniture offerings, such deliveries are generally not made until 30 days after the furniture is ordered by the customer.  The remaining four non-comparable stores generated an operating loss of $0.1 million for the second quarter of 2014.

"As a result of the improved performance of our corporate retail fleet over the past three years, we embarked on a more aggressive expansion plan into new markets beginning in late 2013," said Spilman. "At the same time, we have continued to reposition or close underperforming stores with expiring leases. While this activity has resulted in added costs and therefore impacted our earnings in the short term, we believe that this is an investment in our future which should produce meaningful returns to our business and shareholders in the long term. Furthermore, although the pace of new openings and the repositioning of certain stores will slow somewhat from what we have experienced so far this year, we will continue to add new stores and thus will continue to incur costs associated with these openings. However, the impact to our earnings should decline as our store base becomes larger and we are better positioned to absorb these costs by leveraging the revenues that those new stores will produce.  With four stores remaining to be opened this year, we are focused on their successful integration into our network as we navigate through the seasonally slow third quarter."

Sale of Retail Real Estate

Subsequent to the second quarter of 2014, the Company entered into an agreement to sell a retail store property located in Denver, Colorado to the existing licensee operating that store. The Company re-classified $3.7 million from Retail real estate to Other current assets in the consolidated balance sheet.  The Company closed the sale and received the proceeds in June 2014.

About Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With 94 company- and licensee-owned stores at the time of this release, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. The most significant growth opportunity for Bassett continues to be the Company's dedicated retail store program. Bassett's retail strategy includes affordable custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, more than 1,000 upholstery fabrics, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. Bassett is also growing its traditional wholesale business with more than 600 accounts on the open market, across the United States and internationally. For more information, visit the Company's website at bassettfurniture.com. (BSET-E)

Certain of the statements in this release, particularly those preceded by, followed by or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "should," "estimates," or similar expressions, or those relating to or anticipating financial results for periods beyond the end of the second fiscal quarter of 2014, constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. For those statements, Bassett claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In many cases, Bassett cannot predict what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements. Expectations included in the forward-looking statements are based on preliminary information as well as certain assumptions which management believes to be reasonable at this time. The following important factors affect Bassett and could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements: the effects of national and global economic or other conditions and future events on the retail demand for home furnishings and the ability of Bassett's customers and consumers to obtain credit; and the economic, competitive, governmental and other factors identified in Bassett's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement that Bassett makes speaks only as of the date of such statement, and Bassett undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indication of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

 
BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income - unaudited
(In thousands, except for per share data)
 
 
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Six Months Ended* Six Months Ended*
  May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013 May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013
    Percent of   Percent of   Percent of   Percent of
  Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales
                 
Net sales  $ 85,185 100.0%  $ 81,223 100.0%  $ 160,832 100.0%  $ 161,072 100.0%
                 
Cost of sales  39,872 46.8%  39,397 48.5%  75,266 46.8%  77,886 48.4%
                 
Gross profit  45,313 53.2%  41,826 51.5%  85,566 53.2%  83,186 51.6%
                 
Selling, general and administrative expense  40,901 48.0%  38,361 47.2%  79,481 49.4%  77,195 47.9%
New store pre-opening costs  521 0.6%  55 0.1%  1,108 0.7%  217 0.1%
Operating income  3,891 4.6%  3,410 4.2%  4,977 3.1%  5,774 3.6%
                 
Other income (loss), net  (272) -0.3%  (129) -0.2%  13 0.0%  (797) -0.5%
Income before income taxes  3,619 4.2%  3,281 4.0%  4,990 3.1%  4,977 3.1%
                 
Income tax provision  (1,068) -1.3%  (1,328) -1.6%  (1,596) -1.0%  (2,044) -1.3%
Net income  $ 2,551 3.0%  $ 1,953 2.4%  $ 3,394 2.1%  $ 2,933 1.8%
                 
Basic earnings per share  $ 0.24    $ 0.18    $ 0.32    $ 0.27  
                 
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.24    $ 0.18    $ 0.31    $ 0.27  
 
 
*Six months ended May 31, 2014 had 26 weeks compared to 27 weeks for the six months ended June 1, 2013
 
 
BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
  (Unaudited)  
Assets May 31, 2014 November 30, 2013
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 16,882  $ 12,733
Short-term investments  23,125  28,125
Accounts receivable, net  14,957  16,080
Inventories, net  52,702  53,069
Deferred income taxes, net  4,593  4,418
Other current assets  10,476  11,949
Total current assets  122,735  126,374
     
Property and equipment, net  72,881  64,271
     
Other long-term assets    
Retail real estate  6,482  10,435
Deferred income taxes, net  10,720  10,734
Other  14,040  14,035
Total long-term assets  31,242  35,204
Total assets  $ 226,858  $ 225,849
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable  $ 18,473  $ 19,892
Accrued compensation and benefits  7,065  6,503
Customer deposits  19,336  16,214
Dividends payable  --  2,172
Other accrued liabilities  7,369  6,660
Total current liabilities  52,243  51,441
     
Long-term liabilities    
Post employment benefit obligations  10,708  11,146
Real estate notes payable  2,320  2,467
Other long-term liabilities  4,293  3,386
Total long-term liabilities  17,321  16,999
     
Stockholders' equity    
Common stock  53,360  54,297
Retained earnings  105,297  104,526
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (1,363)  (1,414)
Total stockholders' equity  157,294  157,409
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 226,858  $ 225,849
 
 
BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - unaudited
(In thousands)
 
  Six Months Ended
  May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013
Operating activities:    
Net income  $ 3,394  $ 2,933
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization  3,438  2,890
Equity in undistributed income of investments and unconsolidated affiliated companies  (343)  (282)
Deferred income taxes  (160)  353
Tenant improvement allowances received from lessors  1,270  --
Other, net  421  (491)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities    
Accounts receivable  1,015  243
Inventories  367  1,922
Other current and long-term assets  1,451  (2,101)
Customer deposits  3,122  2,088
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  (156)  (4,732)
Net cash provided by operating activities  13,819  2,823
     
Investing activities:    
Purchases of property and equipment  (12,209)  (5,184)
Proceeds from sale of retail real estate and property and equipment  1,407  955
Proceeds from sale of interest in affiliate  2,348  2,348
Proceeds from maturity of short-term investments  5,000  --
Purchases of investments  --  (1,125)
Other  188  5
Net cash used in investing activities  (3,266)  (3,001)
     
Financing activities:    
Repayments of real estate notes payable  (137)  (126)
Issuance of common stock  147  462
Repurchases of common stock  (2,930)  (526)
Cash dividends  (3,480)  (1,627)
Other  (4)  --
     
Net cash used in financing activities  (6,404)  (1,817)
Change in cash and cash equivalents  4,149  (1,995)
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period  12,733  45,566
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period  $ 16,882  $ 43,571
 
 
BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Segment Information - unaudited
(In thousands)
 
  Quarter ended Quarter ended Six Months Ended* Six Months Ended*
  May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013 May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013
Net Sales        
Wholesale  $ 56,184  $ 53,933  $ 107,270  $ 107,893
Retail  53,290  51,470  100,414  101,427
Inter-company elimination  (24,289)  (24,180)  (46,852)  (48,248)
Consolidated  $ 85,185  $ 81,223  $ 160,832  $ 161,072
         
Operating Income (Loss)        
Wholesale  $ 4,257  $ 2,849  $ 6,605  $ 5,850
Retail  (666)  277  (2,438)  (294)
Inter-company elimination  300  284  810  218
Consolidated  $ 3,891  $ 3,410  $ 4,977  $ 5,774
 
*Six months ended May 31, 2014 had 26 weeks compared to 27 weeks for the six months ended June 1, 2013
 
 
BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Rollforward of BHF Store Count
 
 
  November 30, New Closed May 31,
  2013 Stores Stores 2014
         
Company-owned stores  55  5  --   60
Licensee-owned stores  34  --   --   34
         
Total  89  5  --   94
         
New Stores Opened in 2014:        
Ft. Worth, Texas        
Annapolis, Maryland        
Westport, Connecticut        
Burlington, Massachusetts        
Hartsdale, New York        
 
 
BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Retail Information---unaudited
(In thousands)
 
  53 Comparable Stores 52 Comparable Stores***
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
  May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013 May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013
    Percent of   Percent of   Percent of   Percent of
  Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales
                 
Net sales  $ 49,738 100.0%  $ 49,717 100.0%  $ 93,915 100.0%  $ 97,406 100.0%
                 
Cost of sales  25,137 50.5%  26,107 52.5%  47,217 50.3%  50,998 52.4%
                 
Gross profit  24,601 49.5%  23,610 47.5%  46,698 49.7%  46,408 47.6%
                 
Selling, general and administrative expense*  24,457 49.2%  23,203 46.7%  47,060 50.1%  46,150 47.4%
                 
Income from operations  $ 144 0.3%  $ 407 0.8%  $ (362) -0.4%  $ 258 0.2%
 
 
  All Other Stores All Other Stores***
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
  May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013 May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013
    Percent of   Percent of   Percent of   Percent of
  Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales Amount Net Sales
                 
Net sales  $ 3,552 100.0%  $ 1,753 100.0%  $ 6,499 100.0%  $ 4,021 100.0%
                 
Cost of sales  1,691 47.6%  950 54.2%  3,076 47.3%  2,142 53.3%
                 
Gross profit  1,861 52.4%  803 45.8%  3,423 52.7%  1,879 46.7%
                 
Selling, general and administrative expense  2,150 60.5%  878 50.1%  4,391 67.6%  2,214 55.1%
Pre-opening store costs**  521 14.7%  55 3.1%  1,108 17.0%  217 5.4%
                 
Loss from operations  $ (810) -22.8%  $ (130) -7.4%  $ (2,076) -31.9%  $ (552) -13.8%
 
*Comparable store SG&A includes retail corporate overhead and administrative costs.
**Pre-opening store costs include the accrual for straight-line rent recorded during the period between date of possession and the store opening date, employee payroll and training costs prior to store opening and other various expenses incurred prior to store opening.
***Six months ended May 31, 2014 had 26 weeks compared to 27 weeks for the six months ended June 1, 2013
CONTACT: J. Michael Daniel
         Senior Vice President and
         Chief Financial Officer
         (276) 629-6614 - Investors
         
         Jay S. Moore
         Director of Communications
         (276) 629-6450 - Media

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