News Release

Hooker Furniture Finalizes Q1 Financial Results

July 27, 2020 at 4:01 PM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va., July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: HOFT) today reported finalized financial results for its fiscal 2021 first quarter which ended May 3, 2020. The Company reported preliminary results on June 12, 2020 which did not include expected non-cash impairment charges on its intangible assets.   

“COVID-19 had a material impact on our financial performance in the fiscal 2021 first quarter and on the market valuations, discount rates and other inputs used in our intangibles valuation analysis,” said Paul B. Toms, Jr. Chairman and CEO. “Consequently, and despite having completed a similar intangible asset valuation during our fiscal 2020 fourth quarter, we determined that another intangible asset valuation was appropriate given our performance and changing market dynamics.  Given the effort and complexity involved in this project, we needed additional time to complete this analysis,” he concluded. 

As a result of the Company’s intangibles asset valuation analysis, it recorded $44.3 million in non-cash impairment charges to write down goodwill and certain tradenames in its Home Meridian segment and goodwill in the Shenandoah division of its Domestic Upholstery segment. “Our stock price was near a six-year low at the impairment measurement date at the end of the fiscal 2021 first quarter which was near the zenith of the COVID-19 crisis to that point. Our deflated quarter-end market valuation was one of the primary inputs in the valuation analysis and the analysis indicated these assets were impaired and it was appropriate to write them down,” said Paul A. Huckfeldt, CFO. “Unfortunately, we could not consider the 50% rebound in our share price since quarter-end in the valuation, which contributed to the magnitude of the charge,” he concluded.

Tables I – V of this release provide revised condensed consolidated financial statements and selected reportable segment data and reflect final fiscal 2021 first quarter results. Additional information and financial disclosures are provided in the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q expected to be filed with the SEC on July 27, 2020.

Final quarterly net income and net income per basic share, including impairment charges, net of tax for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 were as follows:

 
    Thirteen Weeks Ended
    (unaudited)
    May 3, 2020   May 5, 2019
    $ In thousands Per Share $   $ In thousands Per Share $
                 
Preliminary net (loss) income   $ (1,077 )   $ (0.09 )   $ 1,987   $ 0.17
                 
Goodwill impairment charges, net of tax     (30,126 )     (2.55 )     -     -
Trade name impairment charges, net of tax   (3,616 )     (0.31 )     -     -
                 
Final net (loss) income   $ (34,819 )   $ (2.95 )   $ 1,987   $ 0.17
                 


Cash, Debt and Inventory

Despite disappointing operating results, the Company generated $18.9 million in cash from operations, received $673,000 life insurance proceeds and finished the quarter with $51.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, an increase of $15.2 million compared to the balance at fiscal 2020 year-end. The Company also paid $2.2 million in principal and interest on its term loans and $1.9 million in cash dividends to its shareholders. To address the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company implemented measures to reduce operating expenses and preserve cash. Additionally, the Company had access to $25.6 million in cash surrender value of Company-owned life insurance policies. “Along with an aggregate $25.7 million available under our existing revolver to fund working capital, we are confident in our financial condition, and believe we have financial resources to weather the continued expected short-to-mid-term impacts of COVID-19,” said Paul Huckfeldt, CFO. The Company has $28.2 million in acquisition-related debt. Consolidated inventories stood at $82.1 million, compared to $92.8 million at the end of last year’s fourth quarter on February 2, 2020. Due in large part to cash conservation and cost reduction measures as well as changes in working capital, cash has increased an additional $31 million to $82 million since the end of the 2021 first quarter as of July 23, 2020.

Outlook

“The COVID-19 crisis drove the most significant downturn in our business in over 50 years,” said Paul B. Toms Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “However, the disruption has not been as severe as we initially projected. Based on the improvement in orders and retail sales we’ve seen since the end of the fiscal 2021 first quarter, as stores and the economy continue to reopen, we are cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind us and that business will steadily improve through the summer and fall. We believe the Company remains in exceptional financial condition with a strong balance sheet and barring a second nationwide or large-scale lock-down, we expect business to improve each quarter as we go through the year,” he concluded.

After beginning the current fiscal year on an upturn with an 8.3% year-over-year increase in consolidated incoming orders in February, orders plummeted over 70% year-over-year in March and approximately 65% in April, Toms said. He added that cancellations of stock orders by large customers and deferred orders from retailers who closed their stores during the shutdown partially drove the steep declines. Orders declined significantly during the first few weeks of May but then recovered resulting in about a 5% overall reduction for the full month compared to the prior year.  Fiscal June and July orders have continued this positive trend. “What we’ve seen in June and thus far in July is that orders are actually at a higher rate than a year ago,” Toms said. “We believe there are several positive factors in play such as pent-up demand, more focus on home environments and less competition for discretionary consumer spending from travel, dining out, sporting events, concerts and other activities.”

In addition, Hooker’s domestic upholstery manufacturing facilities for Bradington-Young, Sam Moore and Shenandoah began ramping up production in early May and “are currently operating near capacity on a consolidated basis, which is a significant increase over the fiscal 2021 first quarter, which will improve efficiencies and cost absorption,” Toms said.

The Company’s ongoing strategy to sell through multiple distribution channels “proved itself during the crisis,” Toms said. While most traditional furniture retailers were closed for two months, “Other channels such as e-commerce, mass merchants and clubs flourished and provided a source of revenues,” Toms concluded.

Hooker Furniture Corporation, in its 97th year of business, is a designer, marketer and importer of casegoods (wooden and metal furniture), leather furniture and fabric-upholstered furniture for the residential, hospitality and contract markets. The Company also domestically manufactures premium residential custom leather and custom fabric-upholstered furniture. It is ranked among the nation’s largest publicly traded furniture sources, based on 2019 shipments to U.S. retailers, according to a 2020 survey by a leading trade publication. Major casegoods product categories include home entertainment, home office, accent, dining, and bedroom furniture in the upper-medium price points sold under the Hooker Furniture brand.  Hooker’s residential upholstered seating product lines include Bradington-Young, a specialist in upscale motion and stationary leather furniture, Sam Moore Furniture, a specialist in upscale occasional chairs, settees, sofas and sectional seating with an emphasis on cover-to-frame customization, Hooker Upholstery, imported upholstered furniture targeted at the upper-medium price-range and Shenandoah Furniture, an upscale upholstered furniture company specializing in private label sectionals, modulars, sofas, chairs, ottomans, benches, beds and dining chairs in the upper-medium price points for lifestyle specialty retailers.  The H Contract product line supplies upholstered seating and casegoods to upscale senior living facilities. The Home Meridian division addresses more moderate price points and channels of distribution not currently served by other Hooker Furniture divisions or brands. Home Meridian’s brands include Accentrics Home, home furnishings centered around an eclectic mix of unique pieces and materials that offer a fresh take on home fashion, Pulaski Furniture, casegoods covering the complete design spectrum in a wide range of bedroom, dining room, accent and display cabinets at medium price points, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, value-conscious offerings in bedroom, dining room, home office and youth furnishings, Prime Resources, value-conscious imported leather upholstered furniture, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, a designer and supplier of hotel furnishings and HMidea, a 2019 start-up that provides better-quality, ready-to-assemble furniture to mass marketers and e-commerce customers. Hooker Furniture Corporation’s corporate offices and upholstery manufacturing facilities are located in Virginia and North Carolina, with showrooms in High Point, N.C. and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The company operates eight distribution centers in North Carolina, Virginia, California and Vietnam. Please visit our websites hookerfurniture.com, bradington-young.com, sammoore.com, hcontractfurniture.com, homemeridian.com, pulaskifurniture.com, accentricshome.com and slh-co.com.

Certain statements made in this release, other than those based on historical facts, may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our reasonable judgment with respect to future events and typically can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could”  or “anticipates,” or the negative thereof, or other variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy.  Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Those risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: (1) The effect and consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or future pandemics on a wide range of matters including U.S. and local economies; our business operations and continuity; the health and productivity of our employees; the impact on our supply chain, the retail environment and our customer base; the  impairment of our intangible assets as a result of adverse economic or other market conditions; (2) general economic or business conditions, both domestically and internationally, and instability in the financial and credit markets, including their potential impact on our (i) sales and operating costs and access to financing or (ii) customers and suppliers and their ability to obtain financing or generate the cash necessary to conduct their respective businesses; (3) adverse political acts or developments in, or affecting, the international markets from which we import products, including duties or tariffs imposed on those products by foreign governments or the U.S. government, such as the current U.S. administration imposing a 25% tariff on certain goods imported into the United States from China, including almost all furniture and furniture components manufactured in China, with the potential for additional or increased tariffs in the future; (4) sourcing transitions away from China, including the lack of adequate manufacturing capacity and skilled labor and longer lead times, due to competition and increased demand for resources in those countries; (5) risks associated with our reliance on offshore sourcing and the cost of imported goods, including fluctuation in the prices of purchased finished goods, ocean freight costs and warehousing costs and the risk that a disruption in our offshore suppliers could adversely affect our ability to timely fill customer orders; (6) changes in U.S. and foreign government regulations and in the political, social and economic climates of the countries from which we source our products; (7) disruptions involving our vendors or the transportation and handling industries, particularly those affecting imported products from Vietnam and China, including customs issues, labor stoppages, strikes or slowdowns and the availability of shipping containers and cargo ships; (8) difficulties in forecasting demand for our imported products; (9) risks associated with product defects, including higher than expected costs associated with product quality and safety, and regulatory compliance costs related to the sale of consumer products and costs related to defective or non-compliant products, including product liability claims and costs to recall defective products; (10) disruptions and damage (including due to weather) affecting our Virginia, North Carolina or California warehouses, our Virginia or North Carolina administrative facilities or our representative offices or warehouses in Vietnam and China; (11) risks associated with domestic manufacturing operations, including fluctuations in capacity utilization and the prices and availability of key raw materials, as well as changes in transportation, warehousing and domestic labor costs, availability of skilled labor, and environmental compliance and remediation costs; (12) the risks specifically related to the concentrations of a material part of our sales and accounts receivable in only a few customers; (13) our inability to collect amounts owed to us or significant delays in collecting such amounts; (14) the interruption, inadequacy, security breaches or integration failure of our information systems or information technology infrastructure, related service providers or the internet or other related issues including unauthorized disclosures of confidential information or inadequate levels of cyber-insurance or risks not covered by cyber insurance; (15) achieving and managing growth and change, and the risks associated with new business lines, acquisitions, restructurings, strategic alliances and international operations; (16) higher than expected employee medical and workers’ compensation costs that may increase the cost of our high-deductible healthcare and workers compensation plans; (17) product liability claims;  (18) risks related to our other defined benefit plans; (19) the possible impairment of our long-lived assets, which can result in reduced earnings and net worth; (20) capital requirements and costs, including the servicing of our floating-rate term loans;  (21) risks associated with distribution through third-party retailers, such as non-binding dealership arrangements; (22) the cost and difficulty of marketing and selling our products in foreign markets; (23) changes in domestic and international monetary policies and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates affecting the price of our imported products and raw materials; (24) the cyclical nature of the furniture industry, which is particularly sensitive to changes in consumer confidence, the amount of consumers’ income available for discretionary purchases, and the availability and terms of consumer credit; (25) price competition in the furniture industry; (26) competition from non-traditional outlets, such as internet and catalog retailers; (27) changes in consumer preferences, including increased demand for lower-quality, lower-priced furniture due to, among other things, fluctuating consumer confidence, amounts of discretionary income available for furniture purchases and the availability of consumer credit; and (28) other risks and uncertainties described under Part I, Item 1A. "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2020. Any forward-looking statement that we make speaks only as of the date of that statement, and we undertake no obligation, except as required by law, to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise and you should not expect us to do so.

 
Table I
HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
 (Unaudited)
        Thirteen Weeks Ended
        May 3,   May 5,
          2020       2019  
             
Net sales     $ 104,597     $ 135,518  
             
Cost of sales       85,944       110,001  
             
  Gross profit       18,653       25,517  
             
Selling and administrative expenses       19,177       22,016  
Goodwill impairment charges       39,568       -  
Trade name impairment charges       4,750       -  
Intangible asset amortization       596       596  
             
  Operating (loss)/income       (45,438 )     2,905  
             
Other expense, net       (42 )     (62 )
Interest expense, net       208       341  
             
  (Loss)/income before income taxes     (45,688 )     2,502  
             
Income tax (benefit)/expense       (10,869 )     515  
             
  Net (loss)/income     $ (34,819 )   $ 1,987  
             
(Loss)/earnings per share:          
  Basic     $ (2.95 )   $ 0.17  
  Diluted     $ (2.95 )   $ 0.17  
             
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
  Basic       11,798       11,769  
  Diluted       11,798       11,805  
             
Cash dividends declared per share     $ 0.16     $ 0.15  
             


   
Table II 
HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)/INCOME 
(In thousands) 
(Unaudited) 
      Thirteen Weeks Ended  
      May 3,   May 5,  
        2020       2019    
             
Net (Loss)/Income     $ (34,819 )   $ 1,987    
  Other comprehensive income (loss):            
  Amortization of actuarial (loss) gain       84       37    
  Income tax effect on amortization       (20 )     (9 )  
  Adjustments to net periodic benefit cost       64       28    
             
Total Comprehensive (Loss)/ Income     $ (34,755 )   $ 2,015    
             


   
Table III  
HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(In thousands)  
           
As of   May 3,   February 2,  
      2020       2020    
    (Unaudited)      
Assets          
Current assets          
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 51,240     $ 36,031    
  Trade accounts receivable, net     63,852       87,653    
  Inventories     82,050       92,813    
  Income tax recoverable     1,618       751    
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     5,545       4,719    
  Total current assets     204,305       221,967    
Property, plant and equipment, net     29,256       29,907    
Cash surrender value of life insurance policies     25,603       24,888    
Deferred taxes     12,905       2,880    
Operating leases right-of-use assets     37,786       39,512    
Intangible assets, net     28,025       33,371    
Goodwill     490       40,058    
Other assets     1,112       1,125    
  Total non-current assets     135,177       171,741    
  Total assets   $ 339,482     $ 393,708    
           
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity          
Current liabilities          
  Current portion of term loans   $ 28,170     $ 5,834    
  Trade accounts payable     13,396       25,493    
  Accrued salaries, wages and benefits     3,271       4,933    
  Customer deposits     4,024       3,351    
  Current portion of lease liabilities     6,162       6,307    
  Other accrued expenses     2,490       4,211    
  Total current liabilities     57,513       50,129    
Long term debt     -       24,282    
Deferred compensation     11,310       11,382    
Lease liabilities     32,581       33,794    
Total long-term liabilities     43,891       69,458    
  Total liabilities     101,404       119,587    
           
Shareholders’ equity          
Common stock, no par value, 20,000 shares authorized, 11,871 and 11,838 shares issued and outstanding on each date   52,187       51,582    
  Retained earnings     186,540       223,252    
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (649 )     (713 )  
  Total shareholders’ equity     238,078       274,121    
  Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 339,482     $ 393,708    
           
           


   
Table IV  
HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(In thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
  Thirteen Weeks Ended    
  May 3,   May 5,    
    2020       2019      
Operating Activities:          
Net (loss)/income $ (34,819 )   $ 1,987      
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges   44,318       -      
Depreciation and amortization   1,685       1,716      
Gain on disposal of assets   -       (274 )    
Deferred income tax expense   (10,045 )     2,344      
Non-cash restricted stock and performance awards   605       463      
(Benefit from)/provision for doubtful accounts and sales allowances   (328 )     862      
Gain on life insurance policies   (571 )     (555 )    
Changes in assets and liabilities          
Trade accounts receivable   24,129       33,451      
Inventories   10,763       (5,561 )    
Income tax recoverable   (867 )     -      
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (1,468 )     (3,186 )    
Trade accounts payable   (12,149 )     (8,165 )    
Accrued salaries, wages and benefits   (1,661 )     (3,266 )    
Accrued income taxes   -       (1,867 )    
Customer deposits   673       3,117      
Operating lease liabilities   367       (167 )    
Other accrued expenses   (1,720 )     (664 )    
Deferred compensation   12       51      
  Net cash provided by operating activities   18,924       20,286      
           
Investing Activities:          
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (380 )     (1,527 )    
Proceeds received on notes receivable   -       1,449      
Proceeds received on life insurance policies   673       -      
Premiums paid on life insurance policies   (162 )     (157 )    
  Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities   131       (235 )    
           
Financing Activities:          
Payments for long-term debt   (1,952 )     (1,464 )    
Cash dividends paid   (1,894 )     (1,768 )    
  Cash used in financing activities   (3,846 )     (3,232 )    
           
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   15,209       16,819      
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of year   36,031       11,435      
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of year $ 51,240     $ 28,254      
           
Supplemental schedule of cash flow information:          
Interest paid, net $ 240     $ 329      
Income taxes paid, net   43       38      
           
Supplemental schedule of noncash investing activities:          
Increase in property and equipment through accrued purchases $ 51     $ 743      
Decrease in lease liabilities arising from obtaining right-of-use assets   (3 )     -      
           


       
 Table V
 HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES 
 NET SALES AND OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME BY SEGMENT 
 (In thousands) 
 Unaudited 
             
    Thirteen Weeks Ended  
    May 3,   May 5,    
      2020       2019      
      % Net    % Net  
Net Sales     Sales    Sales  
  Hooker Branded   $ 27,162   26.0 $ 39,600   29.2%  
  Home Meridian     57,665   55.1   67,630   49.9%  
 Domestic Upholstery     16,783   16.0   25,324   18.7%  
  All Other     2,987   2.9   2,964   2.2%  
Consolidated   $ 104,597   100.0 $ 135,518   100%  
             
Operating (loss)/income            
  Hooker Branded   $ 1,333   4.9 $ 5,177   13.1%  
  Home Meridian     (30,348 ) -52.6   (4,993 ) -7.4%  
 Domestic Upholstery     (16,810 ) -100.2   2,292   9.1%  
  All Other     387   12.9   429   14.5%  
Consolidated   $ (45,438 ) -43.4 $ 2,905   2.1%  
             

Prior-Year amounts have been restated to reflect a change in the Company’s reportable segments.


For more information, contact:
Paul B. Toms Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (276) 632-2133, or
Paul A. Huckfeldt, Senior Vice President, Finance & Accounting & Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (276) 666-3949


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