Havertys Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

ATLANTA, April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A), today reported strong operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First quarter 2021 versus first quarter 2020:

  • Diluted earnings per common share (“EPS”) of $1.04 versus $0.09.
  • Stores closed March 19, 2020 and deliveries halted March 21, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Consolidated sales increased 31.8% to $236.5 million. Comparable store sales increased 11.5%.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman and CEO, said, “We are pleased to see our teams’ hard work translate to continued sales and earnings growth. The high pace of demand for home furnishings, which started during the second quarter of 2020, has not slowed. Our first quarter written business this year was up 10.8% over the fourth quarter of 2020. We are addressing our staffing needs and engaging with key vendors to navigate the various supply chain challenges to reduce our backlog and update future delivery estimates. We also have worked with vendors on price increases, impacting our retail prices and product mix. Our gross profit margins remain strong despite the product and freight cost increases as customers see the value in the quality products and dedicated customer service we offer.

“Our operating margins are benefitting from enhanced leveraging of fixed costs and outstanding productivity from our distribution and sales teams. Strategic initiatives expanded or implemented during the height of the pandemic such as chat, buy-online-pickup-in-store, and online shopping tools were successful as we pivoted to new ways to serve our customers. We are committing resources to improve all these customer experiences during 2021. 

“The current high level of demand is likely to be impacted as discretionary consumer spending shifts away from its current concentration on “nesting.” We do see positive trends in home sales and the current interest rate and economic outlook are encouraging indicators for our business.  

“As we mark the anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pained by the personal and economic devastation it wrought but heartened by the compassion, resiliency, and ingenuity that it generated. The accelerating roll-out of the vaccine is a hopeful sign that a return to our normal patterns of living is just ahead.”  

Key Results
(amounts in millions, except per share amounts)

 % of Net Sales Q1
 % of Net Sales
Sales$236.5   $179.4  
Gross Profit$135.0 57.1% $99.6 55.5%
Variable$40.7 17.2% $35.3 19.7%
Fixed$69.1 29.2% $62.2 34.7%
Total SG&A$109.8 46.4% $97.5 54.4%
Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”)$1.04   $0.09  

First Quarter ended March 31, 2021 Compared to Same Period of 2020

  • Stores closed March 19, 2020 and deliveries halted on March 21, 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • Total sales up 31.8%, comp-store sales up 11.5% for the quarter. Total written sales for the first two months of 2021 were up 24.9% compared to the same period of 2020.
  • Gross profit margins increased 160 basis points to 57.1% in 2021 from 55.5% for the same period of 2020 due to pricing discipline partially offset by a larger charge for our LIFO reserve.
  • SG&A expenses fell to 46.4% of sales from 54.4% and increased $12.2 million. The primary drivers of this change are:
    • increase of $3.7 million in selling expenses due to sales growth
    • increase of $4.9 million in incentive compensation due to performance and prior year amount at lowest level due to store closures and outlook for 2020
    • increase in delivery costs of $1.4 million due to sales growth.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

  • Generated $19.6 million in cash from operating activities from solid earnings performance, an $18.5 million increase in customer deposits from written orders, and funding of a $13.7 million increase in inventories and a $10.4 million reduction in payables and other operating assets and liabilities.
  • Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2021 are $210.1 million.
  • Paid $4.0 million in quarterly cash dividends.
  • No funded debt.

Expectations and Other

  • We expect gross profit margins for 2021 will be between 56.5% to 57.0%. Gross profit margins fluctuate quarter to quarter in relation to our promotional cadence. Our estimated gross profit margins are based on changes in product and freight costs and its impact on our LIFO reserve.
  • Fixed and discretionary expenses within SG&A for the full year of 2021 are expected to be in the $265.0 to $268.0 million range, a slight increase over our previous 2021 estimate due to rising benefit costs. Variable SG&A expenses for the full year of 2021 are anticipated to be in the 17.5% to 17.8%, a slight increase from our most recent quarters’ levels based on potential increases in selling and delivery costs.
  • Our effective tax rate for 2021 is expected to be 24.0% excluding the impact from the vesting of stock-based awards and potential new tax legislation.
  • Planned capital expenditures for 2021 are approximately $23.0 million which include amounts for a store which opened in February in Myrtle Beach, S.C., a new market for Havertys, and also opening in 2021 a new store in The Villages, Fla., and another location in an existing market. We will close one store in 2021 and retail square footage is expected to increase approximately 1% versus 2020.

(In thousands, except per share data – Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 2021 2020 
Net sales$236,491 $179,432 
Cost of goods sold 101,457  79,879 
Gross profit 135,034  99,553 
Selling, general and administrative 109,762  97,535 
Other (income) expense, net (36) (68)
Total expenses 109,726  97,467 
Income before interest and income taxes 25,308  2,086 
Interest income, net 56  214 
Income before income taxes 25,364  2,300 
Income tax expense 5,958  481 
Net income$19,406 $1,819 
Other comprehensive income      
Adjustments related to retirement plans; net of tax expense of $10 in 2020 and $3 in 2019$49 $31 
Comprehensive income$19,455 $1,850 
Basic earnings per share:      
Common Stock$1.07 $0.10 
Class A Common Stock$1.00 $0.09 
Diluted earnings per share:      
Common Stock$1.04 $0.09 
Class A Common Stock$0.98 $0.09 
Cash dividends per share:      
Common Stock$0.22 $0.20 
Class A Common Stock$0.20 $0.19 

(In thousands - Unaudited)

     March 31,
 December 31,
 March 31,
     (Unaudited)   (unaudited) 
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $210,124 $200,058 $84,570 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents  6,715  6,713  6,699 
Inventories  103,569  89,908  110,547 
Prepaid expenses  12,335  9,580  9,989 
Other current assets  9,957  9,985  8,378 
Total current assets  342,700  316,244  220,183 
Property and equipment, net  108,836  108,366  153,215 
Right-of-use lease assets  228,089  228,749  180,058 
Deferred income taxes  16,713  15,814  12,067 
Other assets  11,934  11,199  9,356 
Total assets $708,272 $680,372 $574,879 
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable $25,031 $31,429 $16,819 
Customer deposits  104,728  86,183  26,174 
Accrued liabilities  51,409  52,963  29,759 
Current lease liabilities  33,760  33,466  30,201 
Notes payable to bank      43,800 
Total current liabilities  214,928  204,041  146,753 
Noncurrent lease liabilities  199,344  200,200  153,824 
Other liabilities  23,686  23,164  21,855 
Total liabilities  437,958  427,405  322,432 
Stockholders’ equity  270,314  252,967  252,447 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $708,272 $680,372 $574,879 

(In thousands – Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended March 31,  
 2021 2020 
 (unaudited) (unaudited) 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:      
Net income$19,406 $1,819 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 3,992  5,124 
Share-based compensation expense 2,679  972 
Other (915) 1,241 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Inventories (13,661) (5,731)
Customer deposits 18,545  (3,947)
Other assets and liabilities (2,777) (826)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (7,668) (20,231)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 19,601  (21,579)
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:      
Capital expenditures (4,745) (2,480)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   4 
Net cash used in investing activities (4,745) (2,476)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:      
Proceeds from borrowings under revolving credit facilities   43,800 
Payments of borrowings under revolving credit facilities    
Net change in borrowings under revolving credit facilities   43,800 
Dividends paid (3,987) (3,750)
Common stock repurchased   (6,810)
Other (801) (318)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (4,788) 32,922 
Increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents during the period 10,068  8,867 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of period 206,771  82,402 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at end of period$216,839 $91,269 

Comparable Store Sales  
Comparable-store or “comp-store” sales is a measure which indicates the performance of our existing stores and website by comparing the sales growth for stores and online for a particular month over the corresponding month in the prior year. Stores are considered non-comparable if they were not open during the corresponding month or if the selling square footage has been changed significantly. Stores closed due to COVID-19 were excluded from comp-store sales.

Cost of Goods Sold and SG&A Expense  
We include substantially all our occupancy and home delivery costs in SG&A expense as well as a portion of our warehousing expenses.  Accordingly, our gross profit may not be comparable to those entities that include these costs in cost of goods sold.  
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 April 28, 2021 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 May 8, 2021. The number to access the telephone playback is 1-888-203-1112 (access code: 2632821).

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 contains, and the conference call may contain forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and change based on various important factors, many of which are beyond our control.  

All statements in the future tense and all statements accompanied by words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “position,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “on track,” “anticipate,” “to come,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, our expected ability to operate and protect our team members and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the execution and effect of our cost savings initiatives, the use of proceeds from our sale-leaseback transaction, our expectations for selling square footage and capital expenditures for 2021, our liquidity position to continue to operate during these highly uncertain times, and our efforts and initiatives to help us emerge from the pandemic well-positioned. 
We caution that our 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, and they should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the extent and duration of the disruption to our business operations caused by the health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the effects on the financial health of our business partners and customers, on supply chains and our suppliers, and on access to capital and liquidity provided by the financial and capital markets; our ability to maintain compliance with debt covenants and amend such credit facilities as necessary; disruptions in our suppliers' operations, including from the impact of COVID-19, including potential problems with inventory availability and the potential result of the volatility or higher cost of product and international freight due to the high demand of products and low supply for an unpredictable period of time; disruptions in our third-party producers’ operations in foreign countries; changes in national and international legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes to import tariffs and the unpredictability of such changes; failure of vendors to meet our quality control standards or to react to changes in legislative or regulatory frameworks; disruptions in our distribution centers; changes in general economic conditions, including unemployment, inflation (including the impact of tariffs); labor shortages and the Company's ability to successfully attract and retain employees in the current labor market; uncertain credit markets and other macroeconomic conditions; competitive product, service and pricing pressures; failure or weakness in our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting; disruptions caused by a failure or breach of the Company's information systems and information technology infrastructure, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2020 (all of which risks may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic) and from time to time in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. 

Forward-looking statements describe our expectations only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our subsequent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and other reports filed with the SEC.  

Havertys 404-443-2900 
Jenny Hill Parker 
SVP, Finance, and Corporate Secretary 

SOURCE:  Havertys 

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