hookerfurn20210801_10q.htm


UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549 

 


 

FORM 10-Q

 


 

Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended August 1, 2021

 

Commission file number 000-25349

 

HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Virginia

54-0251350

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)  

(IRS employer identification no.)

 

440 East Commonwealth Boulevard, Martinsville, VA 24112

(Address of principal executive offices, zip code)

 

(276) 632-2133

(Registrants telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (Section 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company”, and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated Filer ☐ 

Accelerated filer ☒

Non-accelerated Filer ☐

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No ☒

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, no par value 

HOFT

NASDAQ Global Select Market

 

As of September 3, 2021, there were 11,923,986 shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding.

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 
     

Item 1.

Financial Statements

3

     

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

16

     

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

28

     

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

28

     

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 
     

Item 6.

Exhibits

29

     

Signature

30

 

 

 

 

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

 

HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

 

As of

 

August 1,

   

January 31,

 
   

2021

   

2021

 
   

(unaudited)

         

Assets

               

Current assets

               

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 37,411     $ 65,841  

Trade accounts receivable, net

    98,294       83,290  

Inventories

    103,595       70,159  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

    7,783       4,432  

Total current assets

    247,083       223,722  

Property, plant and equipment, net

    27,965       26,780  

Cash surrender value of life insurance policies

    26,332       25,365  

Deferred taxes

    12,504       14,173  

Operating leases right-of-use assets

    26,176       34,613  

Intangible assets, net

    25,045       26,237  

Goodwill

    490       490  

Other assets

    2,413       893  

Total non-current assets

    120,925       128,551  

Total assets

  $ 368,008     $ 352,273  
                 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

               

Current liabilities

               

Trade accounts payable

  $ 40,685     $ 32,213  

Accrued salaries, wages and benefits

    6,979       7,136  

Income tax accrual

    917       501  

Customer deposits

    7,557       4,256  

Current portion of lease liabilities

    5,942       6,650  

Other accrued expenses

    2,848       3,354  

Total current liabilities

    64,928       54,110  

Deferred compensation

    10,848       11,219  

Lease liabilities

    21,801       29,441  

Total long-term liabilities

    32,649       40,660  

Total liabilities

    97,577       94,770  
                 

Shareholders’ equity

               

Common stock, no par value, 20,000 shares authorized,

11,924 and 11,888 shares issued and outstanding on each date

    53,473       53,323  

Retained earnings

    217,613       204,988  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (655 )     (808 )

Total shareholders’ equity

    270,431       257,503  

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

  $ 368,008     $ 352,273  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

   

For the

 
   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1,

   

August 2,

   

August 1,

   

August 2,

 
   

2021

   

2020

   

2021

   

2020

 
                                 

Net sales

  $ 162,519     $ 130,537     $ 325,379     $ 235,134  
                                 

Cost of sales

    130,802       103,537       260,080       189,480  
                                 

Gross profit

    31,717       27,000       65,299       45,654  
                                 

Selling and administrative expenses

    21,460       18,892       42,204       38,070  

Goodwill impairment charges

    -       -       -       39,568  

Trade name impairment charges

    -       -       -       4,750  

Intangible asset amortization

    596       596       1,192       1,192  
                                 

Operating income/(loss)

    9,661       7,512       21,903       (37,926 )
                                 

Other income/(expense), net

    21       (10 )     27       (51 )

Interest expense, net

    23       118       54       327  
                                 

Income/(loss) before income taxes

    9,659       7,384       21,876       (38,304 )
                                 

Income tax expense/(benefit)

    2,192       1,610       4,966       (9,259 )
                                 

Net income/(loss)

  $ 7,467     $ 5,774     $ 16,910     $ (29,045 )
                                 

Earnings/(loss) per share

                               

Basic

  $ 0.63     $ 0.49     $ 1.42     $ (2.46 )

Diluted

  $ 0.62     $ 0.48     $ 1.40     $ (2.46 )
                                 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

                               

Basic

    11,850       11,824       11,842       11,811  

Diluted

    11,993       11,853       11,985       11,811  
                                 

Cash dividends declared per share

  $ 0.18     $ 0.16     $ 0.36     $ 0.32  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

   

For the

 
   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1,

   

August 2,

   

August 1,

   

August 2,

 
   

2021

   

2020

   

2021

   

2020

 
                                 

Net Income/(Loss)

  $ 7,467     $ 5,774     $ 16,910     $ (29,045 )

Other comprehensive income (loss):

                               

Amortization of actuarial loss

    100       84       201       168  

Income tax effect on amortization

    (24 )     (20 )     (48 )     (40 )

Adjustments to net periodic benefit cost

    76       64       153       128  
                                 

Total Comprehensive Income/(Loss)

  $ 7,543     $ 5,838     $ 17,063     $ (28,917 )

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

   

For the

 
   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1,

   

August 2,

 
   

2021

   

2020

 

Operating Activities:

               

Net income/(loss)

  $ 16,910     $ (29,045 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash

provided by operating activities:

               

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges

    -       44,318  

Depreciation and amortization

    3,583       3,365  

Deferred income tax expense/(benefit)

    1,621       (10,665 )

Noncash restricted stock and performance awards

    150       1,046  

Provision for doubtful accounts and sales allowances

    (340 )     3,396  

Gain on life insurance policies

    (704 )     (651 )

Changes in assets and liabilities:

               

Trade accounts receivable

    (14,663 )     17,142  

Inventories

    (33,435 )     25,106  

Income tax recoverable

    -       751  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

    (4,663 )     (1,261 )

Trade accounts payable

    8,362       (1,391 )

Accrued salaries, wages, and benefits

    (158 )     (726 )

Accrued income taxes

    417       975  

Customer deposits

    3,302       977  

Operating lease liabilities

    89       678  

Other accrued expenses

    (507 )     (867 )

Deferred compensation

    (171 )     20  

Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities

  $ (20,207 )   $ 53,168  
                 

Investing Activities:

               

Purchases of property and equipment

    (3,465 )     (484 )

Premiums paid on life insurance policies

    (473 )     (453 )

Proceeds received on life insurance policies

    -       673  

Net cash used in investing activities

    (3,938 )     (264 )
                 

Financing Activities:

               

Cash dividends paid

    (4,285 )     (3,796 )

Payments for long-term debt

    -       (2,929 )

Cash used in financing activities

    (4,285 )     (6,725 )
                 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

    (28,430 )     46,179  

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year

    65,841       36,031  

Cash and cash equivalents - end of quarter

  $ 37,411     $ 82,210  
                 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

               

Cash paid for income taxes

  $ 2,929     $ 220  

Cash paid for interest, net

    1       295  
                 

Non-cash transactions:

               
Decrease in lease liabilities arising from changes in right-of-use assets   $ (4,919 )   $ (1,987 )

Increase in property and equipment through accrued purchases

    111       41  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

                           

Accumulated

         
                           

Other

   

Total

 
   

Common Stock

   

Retained

   

Comprehensive

   

Shareholders'

 
   

Shares

   

Amount

   

Earnings

   

Income (loss)

   

Equity

 

Balance at February 2, 2020

    11,838     $ 51,582     $ 223,252     $ (713 )   $ 274,121  

Net loss

                    (29,045 )             (29,045 )

Unrealized loss on defined benefit plan, net of tax of $40

                            128       128  

Cash dividends paid and accrued ($0.16 per share)

                    (3,796 )             (3,796 )

Restricted stock grants, net of forfeitures

    52       169                       169  

Restricted stock compensation cost

            442                       442  

Performance-based restricted stock units costs

            435                       435  

Balance at August 2, 2020

    11,890     $ 52,628     $ 190,411     $ (585 )   $ 242,454  
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         

Balance at January 31, 2021

    11,888     $ 53,323     $ 204,988     $ (808 )   $ 257,503  

Net income

                    16,910               16,910  

Unrealized loss on defined benefit plan, net of tax of $48

                            153       153  

Cash dividends paid and accrued ($0.18 per share)

                    (4,285 )             (4,285 )

Restricted stock grants, net of forfeitures

    36                               -  

Restricted stock compensation cost

            597                       597  

Performance-based restricted stock units costs

            293                       293  

PSU awards

            (740 )                     (740 )

Balance at August 1, 2021

    11,924     $ 53,473     $ 217,613     $ (655 )   $ 270,431  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Dollar and share amounts in tables, except per share amounts, in thousands unless otherwise indicated)

(Unaudited)

For the Twenty-Six Weeks Ended August 1, 2021

 

 

1.         Preparation of Interim Financial Statements

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements of Hooker Furniture Corporation and subsidiaries (referred to as “we,” “us,” “our,” “Hooker” or the “Company”) have been prepared in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). In the opinion of management, these statements include all adjustments necessary for a fair statement of the results of all interim periods reported herein. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature. Certain information and footnote disclosures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) are condensed or omitted pursuant to SEC rules and regulations. However, we believe that the disclosures made are adequate for a fair presentation of our results of operations and financial position. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2021 (“2021 Annual Report”). The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect both the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from our estimates. Operating results for the interim periods reported herein may not be indicative of the results expected for the fiscal year.

 

The financial statements contained herein are being filed as part of a quarterly report on Form 10-Q covering the 2022 fiscal year thirteen-week period (also referred to as “three months,” “three-month period,” “quarter,” “second quarter” or “quarterly period”) that began May 3, 2021, and the twenty-six week period (also referred to as “six months”, “six-month period” or “first half”) that began February 1, 2021, which both ended August 1, 2021. This report discusses our results of operations for these periods compared to the 2021 fiscal year thirteen-week period that began May 4, 2020, and the twenty-six-week period that began February 3, 2020, which both ended August 2, 2020; and our financial condition as of August 1,2021 compared to January 31, 2021.

 

References in these notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company to:

 

 

the 2022 fiscal year and comparable terminology mean the fifty-two-week fiscal year that began February 1, 2021 and will end January 30, 2022; and

 

 

the 2021 fiscal year and comparable terminology mean the fifty-two-week fiscal year that began February 3, 2020 and ended January 31, 2021.

 

2.          Recently Adopted Accounting Policies

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-14, Compensation —Retirement Benefits —Defined Benefit Plans —General (Subtopic 715-20) —Disclosure Framework —Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans (“ASU 2018-14”). The amendments in this update change the disclosure requirements for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension and/or other post-retirement benefit plans. It eliminates requirements for certain disclosures that are no longer considered cost beneficial and requires new disclosures that the FASB considers pertinent. The guidance is effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020. We adopted this guidance in the fiscal 2022 first quarter. The adoption of ASU 2018-14 did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements or disclosures.

 

3.         Accounts Receivable  

 

   

August 1,

   

January 31,

 
   

2021

   

2021

 
                 

Trade accounts receivable

  $ 107,672     $ 92,621  

Other accounts receivable allowances

    (6,771 )     (6,993 )

Allowance for doubtful accounts

    (2,607 )     (2,338 )

Accounts receivable

  $ 98,294     $ 83,290  

 

 

4.          Inventories

 

   

August 1,

   

January 31,

 
   

2021

   

2021

 

Finished furniture

  $ 111,920     $ 81,290  

Furniture in process

    1,892       1,397  

Materials and supplies

    13,119       9,639  

Inventories at FIFO

    126,931       92,326  

Reduction to LIFO basis

    (23,336 )     (22,167 )

Inventories

  $ 103,595     $ 70,159  

 

5.         Property, Plant and Equipment

 

   

Depreciable Lives

   

August 1,

   

January 31,

 
   

(In years)

   

2021

   

2021

 
                       

Buildings and land improvements

  15 - 30     $ 31,930     $ 31,316  

Computer software and hardware

  3 - 10       15,232       15,012  

Machinery and equipment

  10       10,047       9,314  

Leasehold improvements

 

Term of lease

      10,471       10,005  

Furniture and fixtures

  3 - 10       2,679       2,614  

Other

  5       674       651  

Total depreciable property at cost

          71,033       68,912  

Less accumulated depreciation

          46,415       44,098  

Total depreciable property, net

          24,618       24,814  

Land

          1,077       1,077  

Construction-in-progress

          2,270       889  

Property, plant and equipment, net

        $ 27,965     $ 26,780  

 

The increase in construction-in-progress (“CIP”) is primarily due to (1) assets purchased for our leased Georgia distribution facility which are expected to be placed into service in the second half of the current fiscal year and (2) lower prior year CIP balances due to cash preservation efforts at the onset of COVID-19 crisis.

 

6.          Fair Value Measurements

 

Fair value is the price that would be received upon the sale of an asset or paid upon the transfer of a liability (an exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants on the applicable measurement date. We use a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value. These tiers include:

 

 

Level 1, defined as observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities;

 

 

Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable; and

 

 

Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs for which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions.

 

As of August 1, 2021 and January 31, 2021, Company-owned life insurance was measured at fair value on a recurring basis based on Level 2 inputs. The fair value of the Company-owned life insurance is determined by inputs that are readily available in public markets or can be derived from information available in publicly quoted markets. Additionally, the fair value of the Company-owned life insurance is marked to market each reporting period and any change in fair value is reflected in income for that period.

 

 

Our assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis at August 1, 2021 and January 31, 2021, were as follows:

 

   

Fair value at August 1, 2021

   

Fair value at January 31, 2021

 

Description

 

Level 1

   

Level 2

   

Level 3

   

Total

   

Level 1

   

Level 2

   

Level 3

   

Total

 
   

(In thousands)

 

Assets measured at fair value

                                                               

Company-owned life insurance

  $ -     $ 26,332     $ -     $ 26,332     $ -     $ 25,365     $ -     $ 25,365  

 

7.         Intangible Assets

 

       

January 31, 2021

           

August 1, 2021

 

Non-amortizable Intangible Assets

 

Segment

 

Beginning Balance

   

Impairment Charges

   

Net Book Value

 

Goodwill

 

Domestic Upholstery

  $ 490     $ -     $ 490  
                             

Trademarks and trade names - Home Meridian

 

Home Meridian

    6,650       -       6,650  

Trademarks and trade names - Bradington-Young

 

Domestic Upholstery

    861       -       861  

Trademarks and trade names - Sam Moore

 

Domestic Upholstery

    396       -       396  

Total Trademarks and trade names

  $ 7,907     $ -     $ 7,907  
                             

Total non-amortizable assets

  $ 8,397     $ -     $ 8,397  

 

Our amortizable intangible assets are recorded in our Home Meridian and Domestic Upholstery segments. The carrying amounts and changes therein of those amortizable intangible assets were as follows:

 

   

Amortizable Intangible Assets

 
   

Customer

                 
   

Relationships

   

Trademarks

   

Totals

 
                         

Balance at January 31, 2021

  $ 17,672     $ 658     $ 18,330  

Amortization

    (1,162 )     (30 )     (1,192 )

Balance at August 1, 2021

  $ 16,510     $ 628     $ 17,138  

 

For the remainder of fiscal 2022, amortization expense is expected to be approximately $1.2 million.

 

8.          Leases

 

We recognized sub-lease income of $150,000 for the three-month period and $296,000 for the six-month period, both ended August 1, 2021. The components of lease cost and supplemental cash flow information for leases for the three-months and six-months ended August 1, 2021 were:

 

   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1, 2021

   

August 2, 2020

   

August 1, 2021

   

August 2, 2020

 

Operating lease cost

  $ 1,906     $ 2,153     $ 3,919     $ 4,253  

Variable lease cost

    65       22       109       69  

Short-term lease cost

    19       67       28       186  

Total operating lease cost

  $ 1,990     $ 2,242     $ 4,056     $ 4,508  
                                 
                                 

Operating cash outflows

  $ 1,954     $ 1,931     $ 3,936     $ 3,833  

 

 

The right-of-use assets and lease liabilities recorded on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of August 1,2021 and January 31,2021 were as follows:

 

   

August 1, 2021

   

January 31, 2021

 

Real estate

  $ 25,251     $ 33,651  

Property and equipment

    925       962  

Total operating leases right-of-use assets

  $ 26,176     $ 34,613  
                 
                 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

  $ 5,942     $ 6,650  

Long term operating lease liabilities

    21,801       29,441  

Total operating lease liabilities

  $ 27,743     $ 36,091  

 

The weighted-average remaining lease term is 6.5 years. We used our incremental borrowing rate which is LIBOR plus 1.5% at the adoption date. The weighted-average discount rate is 2.3%.

 

The following table reconciles the undiscounted future lease payments for operating leases to the operating lease liabilities recorded in the condensed consolidated balance sheets on August 1, 2021:

 

   

Undiscounted Future

Operating Lease Payments

 

Remainder of 2022

  $ 3,523  

2023

    5,341  

2024

    4,109  

2025

    3,996  

2026

    3,975  

2027 and thereafter

    9,114  

Total lease payments

  $ 30,058  

Less: impact of discounting

    (2,315 )

Present value of lease payments

  $ 27,743  

 

As of August 1, 2021, the Company had leases for a warehouse in Georgia and a showroom in North Carolina that had not yet commenced with estimated future minimum rental commitments of approximately $51 million. Both leases have an initial lease term of 10 years, with the warehouse lease expected to commence in Fall of 2021 and the showroom lease expected to commence in Fall of 2022. Since the leases have not yet commenced, the undiscounted amounts are not included in the table above.

 

9.         Long-Term Debt

 

As of August 1, 2021, we had an aggregate $28.7 million available under our $35 million revolving credit facility (the “Existing Revolver”) to fund working capital needs. Standby letters of credit in the aggregate amount of $6.3 million, used to collateralize certain insurance arrangements and for imported product purchases, were outstanding under the revolving credit facility as of August 1, 2021. There were no additional borrowings outstanding under the Existing Revolver as of August 1, 2021.

 

 

10. Employee Benefit Plans

 

We maintain two “frozen” retirement plans, which are paying benefits and may include active employees among the participants. We do not expect to add participants to these plans in the future. The two plans include:

 

 

a supplemental retirement income plan (“SRIP”) for certain former and current executives of Hooker Furniture Corporation; and

 

 

the Pulaski Furniture Corporation Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (“SERP”) for certain former executives.

 

   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1,

   

August 2,

   

August 1,

   

August 2,

 
   

2021

   

2020

   

2021

   

2020

 

Net periodic benefit costs

                               

Service cost

    33       32       66       64  

Interest cost

    53       74       106       148  

Actuarial loss

    100       84       201       169  
                                 

Consolidated net periodic benefit costs

  $ 186     $ 190     $ 373     $ 381  

 

The SRIP and SERP plans are unfunded plans. In fiscal 2022, we paid $365,000 in the second quarter and $544,000 in the first half and expect to pay a total of approximately $489,000 in benefit payments from our general assets during the remainder of fiscal 2022 to fund SRIP and SERP payments. 

 

11.         Earnings Per Share

 

We refer you to the discussion of Earnings Per Share in Note 2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, in the financial statements included in our 2021 Annual Report, for additional information concerning the calculation of earnings per share.

 

All stock awards are designed to encourage retention and to provide an incentive for increasing shareholder value. We have issued restricted stock awards to non-employee members of the board of directors since 2006 and to certain non-executive employees since 2014. We have issued restricted stock units (“RSUs”) to certain senior executives since fiscal 2012 under the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan. Each RSU entitles an executive to receive one share of the Company’s common stock if the executive remains continuously employed with the Company through the end of a three-year service period. The RSUs may be paid in shares of our common stock, cash or both at the discretion of the Compensation Committee of our board of directors. We have issued Performance-based Restricted Stock Units (“PSUs”) to certain senior executives since fiscal 2019 under the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan. Each PSU entitles the executive officer to receive one share of our common stock based on the achievement of two specified performance conditions if the executive officer remains continuously employed through the end of the three-year performance period. One target is based on our annual average growth in our EPS over the performance period and the other target is based on EPS growth over the performance period compared to our peers. The payout or settlement of the PSUs will be made in shares of our common stock.

 

We expect to continue to grant these types of awards annually in the future. The following table sets forth the number of outstanding restricted stock awards and RSUs and PSUs, net of forfeitures and vested shares, as of the fiscal period-end dates indicated:

 

   

August 1,

   

January 31,

 
   

2021

   

2021

 
                 

Restricted shares

    64       55  

RSUs and PSUs

    150       141  
      214       196  

 

 

All restricted shares, RSUs and PSUs awarded that have not yet vested are considered when computing diluted earnings per share. The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share:

 

   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1,

   

August 2,

   

August 1,

   

August 2,

 
   

2021

   

2020

   

2021

   

2020

 
                                 

Net income/(loss)

  $ 7,467     $ 5,774     $ 16,910     $ (29,045 )

Less: Unvested participating restricted stock dividends

    12       9       23       17  

Net earnings allocated to unvested participating restricted stock

    43       28       92       -  

Earnings/(loss) available for common shareholders

    7,412       5,737       16,795       (29,062 )
                                 

Weighted average shares outstanding for basic earnings per share

    11,850       11,824       11,842       11,811  

Dilutive effect of unvested restricted stock, RSU and PSU awards

    143       29       143       -  

Weighted average shares outstanding for diluted earnings per share

    11,993       11,853       11,985       11,811  
                                 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

  $ 0.63     $ 0.49     $ 1.42     $ (2.46 )
                                 

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

  $ 0.62     $ 0.48     $ 1.40     $ (2.46 )

 

12. Income Taxes

 

We recorded income tax expense of $2.2 million for the fiscal 2022 second quarter compared to $1.6 million for the comparable prior year quarter. The effective tax rates for the fiscal 2022 and 2021 second quarters were 22.7% and 21.8%, respectively. For the fiscal 2022 first half, we recorded income tax expense of $5.0 million, compared to income tax benefit of $9.3 million for the comparable prior year period, of which $10.7 million was recorded related to goodwill and trade name impairment charges. The effective tax rates for the fiscal 2022 and 2021 first half periods were 22.7% and 24.2%, respectively.

 

No material and non-routine positions have been identified that are uncertain tax positions.

 

Tax years ending January 28, 2018 through January 31, 2021 remain subject to examination by federal and state taxing authorities.

 

13.          Segment Information

 

As a public entity, we are required to present disaggregated information by segment using the management approach. The objective of this approach is to allow users of our financial statements to see our business through the eyes of management based upon the way management reviews performance and makes decisions. The management approach requires segment information to be reported based on how management internally evaluates the operating performance of the company’s business units or segments. The objective of this approach is to meet the basic principles of segment reporting as outlined in ASC 280 Segments (“ASC 280”), which are to allow the users of our financial statements to:

 

 

better understand our performance;

 

 

better assess our prospects for future net cash flows; and

 

 

make more informed judgments about us as a whole.

 

 

We define our segments as those operations our chief operating decision maker (“CODM”) regularly reviews to analyze performance and allocate resources. We measure the results of our segments using, among other measures, each segment’s net sales, gross profit and operating income, as determined by the information regularly reviewed by the CODM. We continually monitor our reportable segments for changes in facts and circumstances to determine whether changes in the identification or aggregation of operating segments are necessary.  For financial reporting purposes, we are organized into three reportable segments and “All Other”, which includes the remainder of our businesses:

 

 

Hooker Branded, consisting of the operations of our imported Hooker Casegoods and Hooker Upholstery businesses;  

 

 

Home Meridian, a business acquired at the beginning of fiscal 2017, is a stand-alone, mostly autonomous business that serves a different type or class of customer than do our other operating segments and at much lower margins;

 

 

Domestic Upholstery, which includes the domestic upholstery manufacturing operations of Bradington-Young, Sam Moore and Shenandoah Furniture; and

 

 

All Other, consisting of H Contract and Lifestyle Brands, a new business started in late fiscal 2019. Neither of these operating segments were individually reportable; therefore, we combined them in “All Other” in accordance with ASC 280.

 

The following table presents segment information for the periods, and as of the dates, indicated.

 

   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1, 2021

           

August 2, 2020

           

August 1, 2021

           

August 2, 2020

         
           

% Net

           

% Net

           

% Net

           

% Net

 

Net Sales

         

Sales

           

Sales

           

Sales

           

Sales

 

   Hooker Branded

  $ 49,929       30.7 %   $ 38,820       29.7 %   $ 101,268       31.1 %   $ 65,982       28.1 %

   Home Meridian

    87,323       53.7 %     71,168       54.6 %     171,732       52.8 %     128,833       54.7 %

   Domestic Upholstery

    22,532       13.9 %     17,507       13.4 %     47,025       14.5 %     34,290       14.6 %

   All Other

    2,735       1.7 %     3,042       2.3 %     5,354       1.6 %     6,029       2.6 %

Consolidated

  $ 162,519       100 %   $ 130,537       100.0 %   $ 325,379       100.0 %   $ 235,134       100.0 %
                                                                 

Gross Profit

                                                               

   Hooker Branded

  $ 17,060       34.2 %   $ 12,443       32.1 %   $ 34,273       33.8 %   $ 20,448       31.0 %

   Home Meridian

    9,607       11.0 %     10,510       14.8 %     19,742       11.5 %     17,320       13.4 %

   Domestic Upholstery

    4,171       18.5 %     3,021       17.3 %     9,526       20.3 %     5,804       16.9 %

   All Other

    879       32.1 %     1,026       33.7 %     1,758       32.8 %     2,082       34.5 %

Consolidated

  $ 31,717       19.5 %   $ 27,000       20.7 %   $ 65,299       20.1 %   $ 45,654       19.4 %
                                                                 

Operating Income/(Loss)

                                                               

   Hooker Branded

  $ 8,929       17.9 %   $ 6,090       15.7 %   $ 18,371       18.1 %   $ 7,423       11.2 %

   Home Meridian

    43       0.0 %     1,083       1.5 %     908       0.5 %     (29,265 )     -22.7 %

   Domestic Upholstery

    457       2.0 %     (10 )     -0.1 %     2,145       4.6 %     (16,820 )     -49.1 %

   All Other

    232       8.5 %     349       11.5 %     479       8.9 %     736       12.2 %

Consolidated

  $ 9,661       5.9 %   $ 7,512       5.8 %   $ 21,903       6.7 %   $ (37,926 )     -16.1 %
                                                                 

Capital Expenditures

                                                               

   Hooker Branded

  $ 38             $ 29             $ 121             $ 82          

   Home Meridian

    1,109               20               2,455               108          

   Domestic Upholstery

    130               54               889               294          

   All Other

    -               -               -               -          

Consolidated

  $ 1,277             $ 103             $ 3,465             $ 484          
                                                                 

Depreciation

   & Amortization

                                                               

   Hooker Branded

  $ 750             $ 445             $ 1,200             $ 894          

   Home Meridian

    567               533               1,068               1,068          

   Domestic Upholstery

    549               700               1,309               1,397          

   All Other

    2               3               6               6          

Consolidated

  $ 1,868             $ 1,681             $ 3,583             $ 3,365          

 

 

   

As of August 1,

           

As of January 31,

           
   

2021

   

%Total

   

2021

   

%Total

   

Identifiable Assets

         

Assets

           

Assets

   

   Hooker Branded

  $ 153,253       44.8 %   $ 174,475       53.5 %  

   Home Meridian

    138,730       40.5 %     100,497       30.9 %  

   Domestic Upholstery

    49,720       14.5 %     49,370       15.2 %  

   All Other

    770       0.2 %     1,204       0.4 %  

Consolidated

  $ 342,473       100 %   $ 325,546       100 %  

   Consolidated Goodwill and Intangibles

    25,535               26,727            

Total Consolidated Assets

  $ 368,008             $ 352,273            

 

Sales by product type are as follows:

 

   

Net Sales (in thousands)

 
   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1, 2021

   

%Total

   

August 2, 2020

   

%Total

   

August 1, 2021

   

%Total

   

August 2, 2020

   

%Total

 

Casegoods

  $ 96,494       59 %   $ 79,181       61 %   $ 193,590       59 %   $ 142,373       61 %

Upholstery

    66,025       41 %     51,356       39 %     131,789       41 %     92,761       39 %
    $ 162,519       100 %   $ 130,537       100 %   $ 325,379       100 %   $ 235,134       100 %

 

14. Subsequent Events

 

Dividends

 

On September 2, 2021, our board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share, which will be paid on September 30, 2021 to shareholders of record at September 16, 2021.

 

 

Item 2.          Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

All references to the Company, we, us and our in this document refer to Hooker Furniture Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless specifically referring to segment information.  

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements made in this report, including statements under Item 2. “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and in the notes to the consolidated financial statements included in this report, are not based on historical facts, but are forward-looking statements.  These 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 negatives thereof, or other variations thereof, 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:

 

 

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;

 

 

the effect and consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or future pandemics on a wide range of matters including but not limited to U.S. and local economies; our business operations and continuity; the health and productivity of our employees; and the impact on our global supply chain, inflation, the retail environment and our customer base;

 

 

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;

 

 

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 prior U.S. administration’s imposition of a 25% tariff on certain goods imported into the United States from China including almost all furniture and furniture components manufactured in China, which is still in effect, with the potential for additional or increased tariffs in the future;

 

 

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, including the price and availability of shipping containers, vessels and domestic trucking, and warehousing costs and the risk that a disruption in our offshore suppliers could adversely affect our ability to timely fill customer orders;

 

 

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;

 

 

difficulties in forecasting demand for our imported products;

 

 

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 and the adverse effects of negative media coverage;

 

 

disruptions and damage (including those due to weather) affecting our Virginia, North Carolina or California warehouses (and our new Georgia warehouse when occupied), our Virginia or North Carolina administrative facilities or our representative offices or warehouses in Vietnam and China;

 

 

risks associated with our newly leased warehouse space in Georgia, including delays in construction and occupancy and risks associated with our move to the facility, including information systems, access to warehouse labor and the inability to realize anticipated cost savings;

 

 

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;

 

 

 

the risks specifically related to the concentrations of a material part of our sales and accounts receivable in only a few customers, including the loss of several large customers through business consolidations, failures or other reasons, or the loss of significant sales programs with major customers;

 

 

our inability to collect amounts owed to us or significant delays in collecting such amounts;

 

 

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;

 

 

the direct and indirect costs and time spent by our associates associated with the implementation of our Enterprise Resource Planning system, including costs resulting from unanticipated disruptions to our business;

 

 

achieving and managing growth and change, and the risks associated with new business lines, acquisitions, including the selection of suitable acquisition targets, restructurings, strategic alliances and international operations;

 

 

the impairment of our long-lived assets, which can result in reduced earnings and net worth;

 

 

capital requirements and costs;

 

 

risks associated with distribution through third-party retailers, such as non-binding dealership arrangements;

 

 

the cost and difficulty of marketing and selling our products in foreign markets;

 

 

changes in domestic and international monetary policies and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates affecting the price of our imported products and raw materials;

 

 

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;

 

 

price competition in the furniture industry;

 

 

competition from non-traditional outlets, such as internet and catalog retailers; and

 

 

changes in consumer preferences, including increased demand for lower-quality, lower-priced furniture.

 

Our forward-looking statements could be wrong in light of these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The future events, developments or results described in this report could turn out to be materially different. Any forward-looking statement 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.

 

Also, our business is subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties any of which can adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition or future prospects. For a discussion of risks and uncertainties that we face, see the Forward-Looking Statements detailed above and Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our 2021 annual report on Form 10-K (the “2021 Annual Report”).

 

Investors should also be aware that while we occasionally communicate with securities analysts and others, it is against our policy to selectively disclose to them any material nonpublic information or other confidential commercial information. Accordingly, investors should not assume that we agree with any projection, forecast or report issued by any analyst regardless of the content of the statement or report, as we have a policy against confirming information issued by others.

 

This quarterly report on Form 10-Q includes our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the 2022 fiscal year thirteen-week period (also referred to as “three months,” “three-month period,” “quarter,” “second quarter” or “quarterly period”) that began May 3, 2021, and the twenty-six week period (also referred to as “six-months”, “six-month period” or “first half”) that began February 1, 2021, which both ended August 1, 2021. This report discusses our results of operations for these periods compared to the 2021 fiscal year thirteen-week period that began May 4, 2020 and the twenty-six week period that began February 3, 2020, which both ended August 2, 2020; and our financial condition as of August 1, 2021 compared to January 31, 2021.

 

 

References in this report to:

 

 

the 2022 fiscal year and comparable terminology mean the fiscal year that began February 1, 2021 and will end January 30, 2022; and

 

 

the 2021 fiscal year and comparable terminology mean the fiscal year that began February 3, 2020 and ended January 31, 2021.

 

Dollar amounts presented in the tables below are in thousands except for per share data.

 

In the discussion below and herein we reference changes in sales orders, or “orders,” and sales order backlog (unshipped orders at a point in time), or “backlog,” over and compared to certain periods of time and changes discussed are in sales dollars and not units of inventory, unless stated otherwise. We believe orders are generally good current indicators of sales momentum and business conditions. However, except for custom or proprietary products, orders may be cancelled before shipment. If the items ordered are in stock and the customer has requested immediate delivery, we generally ship products in about seven days or less from receipt of order; however, orders may be shipped later if they are out of stock or there are production or shipping delays or the customer has requested the order to be shipped at a later date. For the Hooker Branded and Domestic Upholstery segments and All Other, we generally consider unshipped order backlogs to be one helpful indicator of sales for the upcoming 30-day period, but because of our relatively quick delivery and our cancellation policies, we do not consider order backlogs to be a reliable indicator of expected long-term sales. We generally consider the Home Meridian segment’s backlog to be one helpful indicator of that segment’s sales for the upcoming 90-day period. Due to (i) Home Meridian’s sales volume, (ii) the average sales order sizes of its mass, club and mega account channels of distribution, (iii) the proprietary nature of many of its products and (iv) the project nature of its hospitality business, for which average order sizes tend to be larger and consequently, its order backlog tends to be larger. There are exceptions to the general predictive nature of our orders and backlogs noted in this paragraph due to current demand and supply chain challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are discussed in greater detail below and are essential to understanding our prospects.

 

At August 1, 2021, our backlog of unshipped orders was as follows:

 

   

Order Backlog

 
   

(Dollars in 000s)

 
                         

Reporting Segment

 

August 1, 2021

   

January 31, 2021

   

August 2, 2020

 
                         

Hooker Branded

  $ 54,041     $ 34,776     $ 18,065  

Home Meridian

    201,060       180,188       123,849  

Domestic Upholstery

    60,570       30,271       17,594  

All Other

    4,701       2,845       2,994  
                         

Consolidated

  $ 320,372     $ 248,080     $ 162,502  

 

At the end of fiscal 2022 first half, order backlog increased $72.3 million or 29% as compared to the end of fiscal 2021 and increased $157.9 million or 97% as compared to the prior-year six months end, due to increased incoming orders in all three reportable segments as well as longer delivery times resulting from the supply chain disruptions in the Home Meridian and, to a lesser degree, Hooker Branded segments and production delays in the Domestic Upholstery segment. We are very encouraged by the current historic levels of orders and backlogs; however, due to the current supply chain issues including the lack of shipping containers and vessel space and limited overseas vendor capacity, orders are not converting to shipments as quickly as could be expected compared to the pre-pandemic environment and we expect that to continue through the second half of fiscal 2022. The current logistics challenges are slowing order fulfillment, particularly for Home Meridian whose average order sizes tend to be larger and more episodic versus orders for the traditional Hooker businesses, which tend to be smaller and more predictable. Additionally, Home Meridian orders are programmed out and scheduled for delivery to its larger accounts further into the future than usual, which is also contributing to the increased backlog.

 

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements, including the related notes, contained elsewhere in this quarterly report. We also encourage users of this report to familiarize themselves with all of our recent public filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), especially our 2021 Annual Report. Our 2021 Annual Report contains critical information regarding known risks and uncertainties that we face, critical accounting policies and information on commitments and contractual obligations that are not reflected in our condensed consolidated financial statements, as well as a more thorough and detailed discussion of our corporate strategy and new business initiatives.

 

 

Our 2021 Annual Report and our other public filings made with the SEC are available, without charge, at www.sec.gov and at http://investors.hookerfurniture.com.

 

Overview

 

Hooker Furniture Corporation, incorporated in Virginia in 1924, 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. We also domestically manufacture premium residential custom leather and custom fabric-upholstered furniture. We are ranked among the nation’s top five largest publicly traded furniture sources, based on 2020 shipments to U.S. retailers, according to a 2021 survey by a leading trade publication. We believe that consumer tastes and channels in which they shop for furniture are evolving at a rapid pace and we continue to change to meet these demands.

 

Executive Summary-Results of Operations

 

 

Consolidated net sales for the fiscal 2022 second quarter increased by $32.0 million or 24.5% as compared to the prior year period, from $130.5 million to $162.5 million, as all three reportable segments had net sales increases over 20%. For the fiscal 2022 first half, consolidated net sales increased by $90.2 million or 38.4% as compared to the prior year period, due to 53.5% net sales increase in the Hooker Branded segment and over 30% sales increases in both Home Meridian and Domestic Upholstery segments. All Other net sales decreased by over 10% in the fiscal 2022 second quarter and first half as compared to the prior year periods, as the senior living industry which comprises the majority of H Contract’s business, has not yet recovered from certain impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Consolidated gross profit for the fiscal 2022 second quarter increased due to increased gross profit and margin at Hooker Branded and Domestic Upholstery segments, while margin decreased due to decreased gross profit and margin at Home Meridian as this segment was heavily impacted by higher freight costs which largely offset the gross profit gains from its sales increase. For the fiscal 2022 first half, consolidated gross profit and margin increased as compared to the prior year period, due to increased gross profit in all three reportable segments, partially offset by decreased gross margin in the Home Meridian segment due to higher freight costs. All Other’s gross profit and margin decreased in the fiscal 2022 second quarter and first half as compared to the respective prior year periods due to decreased net sales.

 

 

Consolidated operating income for the fiscal 2022 second quarter was $9.7 million as compared to $7.5 million in the prior year period and operating margin was essentially flat due to the adverse impact of higher freight costs. Consolidated net income for the quarter was $7.5 million or $0.62 per diluted share, as compared to $5.8 million or $0.48 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. For the fiscal 2022 first half, consolidated operating income was $21.9 million compared to a $37.9 million operating loss in the prior year period, which was largely attributable to $44.3 million in non-cash impairment charges on certain of our intangible assets due to the impact of the Covid crisis on the Company’s share price in the prior year. Consolidated net income for the fiscal 2022 first half was $16.9 million or $1.40 per diluted share, as compared to net loss of $29.0 million or $(2.46) per diluted share in the prior year period.

 

Our fiscal 2022 second quarter and first-half performance are discussed in greater detail below under “Review” and “Results of Operations.”

 

Review

 

The economic recovery continued in our fiscal 2022 second quarter as furniture and home furnishings sales outperformed many other retail categories. We are pleased to report over 20% net sales increases in all three reportable segments and solid consolidated operating margins as compared to the prior year quarter despite the continued adverse impact of high ocean freight costs and industry-wide logistics challenges.

 

The Hooker Branded segment’s net sales increased by $11.1 million, or 28.6%, as compared to the prior year quarter due to higher sales volume and lower discounting driven by increased demand. The majority of Hooker Branded sales are shipped out of U.S. warehouses and because we source product on a consistent weekly basis, we are better able to flow imports from Asia. These factors helped reduce some of the unfavorable impacts of shortages of vessel space and shipping containers and domestic trucking availability. Thanks to our strategy of focusing on keeping our best sellers in stock, we were able to limit order cancellation rates in this segment. Additionally, the Hooker Branded segment was able to increase prices to mitigate increased product costs from higher ocean freight and inflation on goods sourced from Asia. As a result, the segment remained highly profitable and contributed over 90% of our consolidated operating profit during the quarter. Incoming orders increased by 38% as compared to the prior year second quarter and 10% as compared to fiscal 2022 first quarter and the segment finished the quarter with a backlog tripled versus the prior year second quarter end.

 

 

The Home Meridian segment’s net sales increased by $16.2 million or 22.7% in the fiscal 2022 second quarter as compared to the prior year period due to increased sales with major furniture chains and retail stores, partially offset by decreased sales in the e-commerce, hospitality, and clubs channels. The Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture and Prime Resources International divisions reported significantly increased net sales driven by increased sales volume. However, profits on these increased sales were largely offset by higher freight costs as the result of continued global supply chain challenges. The Accentrics Home division, which focuses on the e-commerce channel, reported a 20% net sales decrease due to lack of inventory brought on by current logistics challenges. Higher freight costs adversely impacted the profitability in this division and resulted in an operating loss in the second quarter. The HMidea division also reported a 20% sales decline due to decreased sales with club accounts. On a positive note for that division, product chargebacks decreased by 400 bps in the second quarter largely as a result of favorable product mix and better quality experience in the clubs channel; however, sales volumes were not sufficient to fully cover fixed costs at the relatively lower margins in this channel. The Samuel Lawrence Hospitality division was also unprofitable during the quarter due to very low sales volume as the hospitality industry has not yet recovered from the COVID crisis. The Home Meridian segment recorded $43,000 in operating income in the fiscal 2022 second quarter due to the factors discussed above. Freight surcharges and price increases were imposed during the quarter; however, they did not fully mitigate increased costs as larger customers required advanced notice ahead of price increases. Incoming orders increased by about 4% as compared to the fiscal 2022 first quarter but decreased by 35% as compared to prior year second quarter when business rebounded dramatically after the height of the initial COVID crisis. Backlog was 62% higher than prior year second quarter end and we built inventory about $20 million higher than fiscal 2021 year- end.

 

The Domestic Upholstery segment’s net sales increased by $5.0 million or 28.7% in the fiscal 2022 second quarter as compared to the prior year period due to significant sales increases at Bradington-Young and Shenandoah and to a lesser extent at Sam Moore. In the prior year period, both Bradington-Young and Shenandoah temporarily closed their factories due to COVID and thus operated at reduced capacities. Although foam allocation and certain other raw materials shortages impacted production levels in May 2021, Bradington-Young and Shenandoah returned to normal levels in July 2021, while Sam Moore recovered at a slower pace as this division experienced labor retention and productivity issues, which adversely impacted sales volume during the second quarter of fiscal 2022. Other manufacturing constraints adversely impacted our profitability, including the inflation in raw materials such as foam, lumber, plywood, fabric and mechanisms, and supply chain disruptions such as domestic truck availability. We are increasing prices to our customers where possible to offset increased raw material inflation. Incoming orders continued to grow as compared to the fiscal 2022 first quarter and the prior year second quarter. At the end of fiscal 2022 second quarter, backlog was at historic levels for all three divisions and managements’ priorities continue to focus on servicing the backlog, with quality and speed of delivery.

 

All Other’s net sales decreased by $307,000 or 10.1% in the fiscal 2022 second quarter as compared to the prior year period due to an 11.3% sales decrease at H Contract. The senior living industry, which comprises the majority of H Contract’s business, has been severely impacted by the pandemic and has reduced capital spending due to increased costs and uncertain revenues. Although we are encouraged by a 6.4% increase in incoming orders during the quarter and nearly 50% higher backlog than the prior year quarter, our Domestic Upholstery production capacity limited H Contract’s shipments as it sold more domestically manufactured products. Despite the sale decline, All Other still reported an 8.5% operating margin for the quarter.

 

Cash and cash equivalents stood at $37.4 million at fiscal 2022 second quarter-end, a decrease of $28.4 million compared to the balance at fiscal 2021 year-end due primarily to a $33.4 million increase in inventory as we continue to build inventories to meet increased customer demand and prepare for the holiday selling season. Accounts receivable balances increased by $15 million as the result of increased net sales. During the first six months of fiscal 2022, we used existing cash on hand to pay $4.3 million in cash dividends to our shareholders and $3.5 million of capital expenditures to enhance our business systems and facilities including $2.1 million in our new Georgia distribution center. In addition to our cash balance, we have an aggregate of $28.7 million available under our existing revolver to fund working capital needs. We believe we have the financial resources to fund our business operations for the foreseeable future, including weathering an extended impact of COVID-19 pandemic as well as the logistics issues, cost increases and production capacity constraints which are currently impacting our industry.

 

 

Results of Operations

 

The following table sets forth the percentage relationship to net sales of certain items included in the condensed consolidated statements of income included in this report.

 

   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1,

   

August 2,

   

August 1,

   

August 2,

 
   

2021

   

2020

   

2021

   

2020

 

Net sales

    100 %     100 %     100 %     100 %

Cost of sales

    80.5       79.3       79.9       80.6  
Gross profit     19.5       20.7       20.1       19.4  

Selling and administrative expenses

    13.2       14.5       13.0       16.2  

Goodwill impairment charges

    -       -       -       16.8  

Trade name impairment charges

    -       -       -       2.0  

Intangible asset amortization

    0.4       0.5       0.4       0.5  

Operating income/(loss)

    5.9       5.8       6.7       (16.1 )

Interest expense, net

    -       0.1       -       0.1  

Income/(Loss) before income taxes

    5.9       5.7       6.7       (16.3 )

Income tax expense

    1.3       1.2       1.5       (3.9 )

Net income/(loss)

    4.6       4.4       5.2       (12.4 )

 

Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter and First-Half Compared to Fiscal 2021 Second Quarter and First-Half

 

   

Net Sales

 
   

Thirteen Weeks Ended

   

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 
   

August 1,

         

August 2,

                       

August 1,

         

August 2,

                     
   

2021

         

2020

                       

2021

         

2020

                     
           

% Net

Sales

           

% Net

Sales

   

$ Change

   

% Change

           

% Net

Sales

           

% Net

Sales

   

$ Change

   

% Change

 

Hooker Branded

  $ 49,929     30.7 %   $ 38,820     29.7 %   $ 11,109     28.6 %   $ 101,268     31.1 %   $ 65,982     28.1 %   $ 35,286     53.5 %

Home Meridian

    87,323     53.7 %     71,168     54.6 %     16,155     22.7 %     171,732     52.8 %     128,833     54.7 %     42,899     33.3 %

Domestic Upholstery

    22,532     13.9 %     17,507     13.4 %     5,025     28.7 %     47,025     14.5 %     34,290     14.6 %     12,735     37.1 %

All Other

    2,735     1.7 %     3,042     2.3 %     (307 )   -10.1 %     5,354     1.6 %     6,029     2.6 %     (675 )   -11.2 %

Consolidated

  $ 162,519     100 %   $ 130,537     100 %   $ 31,982     24.5 %   $ 325,379     100 %   $ 235,134     100 %   $ 90,245     38.4 %

 

Unit Volume

 

FY22 Q2 %

Increase vs.

FY21 Q2

   

FY22 YTD %

Increase vs.

FY21 YTD

   

Average Selling Price (ASP)

 

FY22 Q2 %

Increase vs.

FY21 Q2

   

FY22 YTD %

Increase vs.

FY21 YTD

 
                                     

Hooker Branded

    9.3 %     34.6 %  

Hooker Branded

    17.3 %     13.2 %

Home Meridian

    3.2 %     22.7 %  

Home Meridian