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Havertys Reports Earnings for Second Quarter 2018

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ATLANTA, July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A) reports earnings per share of $0.29 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to $0.29 for the same period of 2017. The earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2018 is $0.58 compared to $0.56 for the same period in 2017.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “We are encouraged by the performance of several of our new product lines, particularly in the bedroom category. This bodes well as customers begin to refresh more areas of their homes and we add more new groups in the second half of 2018. Promotions and markdowns in addition to higher freight costs pressured our gross margins for the second quarter.

“The U.S. recently proposed a 10% tariff on furniture, accessories, and components used in the manufacturing of furniture imported into the U.S. from China. We imported approximately $100 million of products in 2017 that were manufactured in China. We were the importer of record on approximately 12% of that amount and the remainder was purchased from vendors. The impact of the proposed tariffs, should they be imposed, would result in price negotiations with manufacturers and suppliers, the possible shifting of sourcing, and potential retail price increases. Given the waterfall effect of tariffs on cost inputs and retail pricing, the complete effect of a tariff imposition is not quantifiable.

“We look forward to beginning operations in our expanded western distribution facility. This investment will improve our daily product handling and increase efficiencies. The additional warehouse space provides supply chain options and additional opportunity for expanding region specific merchandise offerings.

“A new marketing campaign to amplify our brand message begins in the third quarter.  We believe this will build on our progress as website sessions increased 36% in the second quarter over last year.  Our focus remains on engaging and personalizing the customer’s Havertys experience and allowing her to move seamlessly between the website and store. We believe that our omnichannel capabilities is one of Havertys’ competitive advantages over those furniture retailers operating as part of a dealer network.”

Financial Highlights

Second Quarter 2018 Compared to Second Quarter 2017

  • As previously announced, net sales increased 1.0% to $198.8 million. Comparable store sales increased 1.3%.
  • Total written sales for the second quarter of 2018 were up 1.1% and written comparable store sales were up 1.5%.
  • Average written ticket increased 3.4% and custom upholstery sales were up 3.0%.
  • Gross profit margins were 54.2% in 2018 versus 54.4% in 2017 due to increases in freight costs and merchandise pricing and mix.
  • SG&A costs as a percent of sales were 49.7% in 2018 and 49.2% in 2017. Total SG&A dollars were $1.9 million higher in 2018. Third-party credit costs rose as usage of longer term credit promotions increased and group medical insurance costs were higher than in the prior year.
  • We repurchased 280,196 shares of common stock for $5.8 million during the second quarter of 2018.

Six Months ended June 30, 2018 Compared to Same Period of 2017

  • Net sales increased 0.2% to $398.2 million. Comparable store sales increased 0.1%.
  • Average ticket increased 2.5% and custom upholstery sales rose 9.0%.
  • Gross profit margins were 54.4% compared to 54.6%.
  • SG&A costs as a percent of sales was 50.2% in 2018 and 49.6% in 2017. Total SG&A dollars increased $2.5 million. Fixed and discretionary expenses were $125.7 million in 2018 versus $124.8 million in 2017. The variable type costs were 18.6% of sales compared to 18.2% in 2017.

Expectations and Other

  • Total written sales for the third quarter to date of 2018 are up approximately 0.5% and written comparable store sales are up 2.0% over the same period last year.  Total delivered sales for the third quarter to date of 2018 are down approximately 0.7% from the same period last year and comparable store sales are up 1.1%.
  • We expect that gross profit margins for the full year 2018 will be approximately 54.5%. Second half 2018 gross margins are expected to be approximately 20 basis points higher than the full year margin and 30 basis points higher for the fourth quarter.
  • Our estimate for fixed and discretionary type SG&A expenses for 2018 is in the $257.0 to $259.0 million range, compared to $253.2 million for these same costs in 2017. The variable type costs within SG&A for the full year of 2018 are expected to be 18.5% compared to 18.2% in 2017.
  • We expect selling square footage will decrease 2.3% in 2018 due to store closures and the timing of new store openings in 2019.  Total capital expenditures are estimated to be approximately $20.0 million in 2018. The expansion of our western distribution facility will be completed in the third quarter.
  • We have $10.7 million remaining from current board authorization for common stock repurchases.
(In Thousands, except per share data – Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017  
Net sales    $ 198,775    $ 196,829    $ 398,218    $ 397,257  
Cost of goods sold     90,978     89,710     181,514     180,542  
Gross profit     107,797     107,119     216,704     216,715  
Credit service charges     25     42     57     87  
Gross profit and other revenue     107,822     107,161     216,761     216,802  
Selling, general and administrative     98,753     96,837     199,756     197,212  
Provision for doubtful accounts     22     61     24     163  
Other expense (income), net     183     4     (811 )   (1,155 )
Total expenses     98,958     96,902     198,969     196,220  
Income before interest and income taxes     8,864     10,259     17,792     20,582  
Interest expense, net     454     565     925     1,148  
Income before income taxes     8,410     9,694     16,867     19,434  
Income tax expense     2,196     3,509     4,340     7,263  
Net income    $ 6,214    $ 6,185    $ 12,527    $ 12.171  
Diluted earnings per share:                          
Common Stock    $ 0.29    $ 0.29    $ 0.58    $ 0.56  
Class A Common Stock    $ 0.28    $ 0.27    $ 0.56    $ 0.54  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:                          
Common Stock     21,391     21,596     21,498     21,568  
Class A Common Stock     1,766     1,801     1,767     1,807  
Cash dividends per share:                          
Common Stock    $ 0.1800    $ 0.1200    $ 0.360    $ 0.240  
Class A Common Stock    $ 0.1700    $ 0.1125    $ 0.340    $ 0.225  

(In Thousands - Unaudited)

    June 30,
  December 31,
  June 30,
    (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)  
Current assets                    
  Cash and cash equivalents    $ 74,643    $ 79,491    $ 65,858  
  Restricted cash and cash equivalents     8,179     8,115     8,065  
  Accounts receivable     1,918     2,408     2,915  
  Inventories     107,482     103,437     103,822  
  Prepaid expenses     12,167     11,314     10,296  
  Other current assets     6,266     5,922     4,934  
    Total current assets     210,655     210,687     195,890  
Accounts receivable, long-term     210     254     352  
Property and equipment     226,120     229,215     229,221  
Deferred income taxes     12,648     12,375     20,148  
Other assets     9,232     8,798     8,707  
    Total assets    $ 458,865    $ 461,329    $ 454,318  
Current liabilities                    
  Accounts payable    $ 22,055    $ 20,501    $ 20,770  
  Customer deposits     29,352     27,813     28,481  
  Accrued liabilities     36,570     37,582     33,469  
  Current portion of lease obligations     3,883     3,788     3,624  
    Total current liabilities     91,860     89,684     86,344  
Lease obligations, less current portion     48,836     50,803     51,151  
Other liabilities     26,391     26,700     26,532  
    Total liabilities     167,087     167,187     164,027  
Stockholders’ equity     291,778     294,142     290,291  
    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity    $ 458,865    $ 461,329    $ 454,318  

(In Thousands – Unaudited)

    Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2018   2017  
  Net income   $ 12,527   $ 12,171  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
 cash provided by operating activities:
    Depreciation and amortization     15,061     15,201  
    Share-based compensation expense     2,557     2,175  
    Deferred income taxes     (335 )   (1,790 )
    Gain on insurance recovery     (307 )   (1,170 )
    Proceeds from insurance recovery     266     311  
    Provision for doubtful accounts     24     163  
    Other     18     629  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
    Accounts receivable     510     1,276  
    Inventories     (4,044 )   (1,802 )
    Customer deposits     1,539     3,558  
    Other assets and liabilities     (484 )   2,558  
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     1,525     (13,183 )
      Net cash provided by operating activities     28,857     20,097  
  Capital expenditures     (14,642 )   (10,457 )
  Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     846     79  
  Proceeds from insurance destroyed property and equipment     55     989  
      Net cash used in investing activities     (13,741 )   (9,389 )
  Payments on lease obligations     (1,872 )   (1,708 )
  Taxes on vested restricted shares     (1,162 )   (1,539 )
  Dividends paid     (7,585 )   (5,053 )
  Common stock purchased     (9,281 )   -  
      Net cash used in financing activities     (19,900 )   (8,300 )
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash during the period     (4,784 )   2,408  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period     87,606     71,515  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   $ 82,822   $ 73,923  

SG&A Expense Classification

We classify our SG&A expenses as either variable or fixed and discretionary.  Our variable expenses are comprised of selling and delivery costs.  Selling expenses are primarily compensation and related benefits for our commission based sales associates, the discount we pay for third party financing of customer sales and transaction fees for credit card usage.  We do not outsource delivery so these costs include personnel, fuel, and other expenses related to this function.  Fixed and discretionary expenses are comprised of rent, depreciation and amortization and other occupancy costs for stores, warehouses and offices, and all advertising and administrative costs.

Conference Call Information

The company invites interested parties to listen to the live audiocast of the conference call on August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website, havertys.com under the investor relations section. If you cannot listen live, a replay will be available on the day of the conference call at the website or via telephone at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET through, August 8. The number to access the telephone playback is 1‑888‑203‑1112 (replay passcode:  2195751).

About Havertys

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

Safe Harbor

This press release includes statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are not historical in nature. We intend for all forward-looking statements contained herein or on our website, and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf, to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Forward-looking statements may relate to, for example, future operations, financial condition, economic performance (including gross profit margins and expenses), capital expenditures, and demand for our products.  The Company cautions that its forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and while we believe that our expectations for the future are reasonable in view of currently available information, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.  Actual results or events may differ materially from those indicated as a result of various important factors.  Such factors may include, among other things, the state of the economy; state of the residential construction and housing markets; the consumer spending environment for big ticket items; effects of competition; management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors and disruptions in their operations; the imposition of tariffs and other trade barriers and the effect of retaliatory trade measures; new regulations or taxation plans, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC.

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc., 404-443-2900
Richard B. Hare
   EVP & CFO
Jenny Hill Parker
   SVP, Finance, Secretary and Treasurer

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