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Ethan Allen Reports Strong Fiscal 2023 Second Quarter Operating Results

Globe Newswire 25-Jan-2023 4:04 PM

DANBURY, CT, Jan. 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. ("Ethan Allen" or the "Company") (NYSE:ETD) today reported its financial and business results for its fiscal 2023 second quarter ended December 31, 2022.

Farooq Kathwari, Ethan Allen's Chairman, President and CEO commented, "We are pleased with our second quarter operating performance. Our strong delivered net sales of $203.2 million were helped by our backlog. Our gross margins increased to 61.0% and operating margins rose to 18.2%. Our adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.10 grew by 15.8%. We continued to generate strong operating cash flow and as of December 31, 2022, we had total cash and investments of $140.4 million and no debt. Our retail written orders have returned to near pre-pandemic levels. We are also pleased that yesterday we announced a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share, payable February 21, 2023."

Mr. Kathwari continued, "In November 2022 we opened a new state-of-the-art design center in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. This design center projection continues to position us as a leading Interior Design Destination. Combining personal service of our talented interior designers with advanced technology is an important focus. Over the next twelve months, we plan to greatly enhance the projection of all our design centers."

"We are well-positioned with continued strengthening of our vertically integrated structure, which includes enhancing our product offerings, continued re-positioning of our retail network as a premier Interior Design Destination, investments in our North American manufacturing, which accounts for about 75% of our net sales, and investing in technology and logistics. We remain cautiously optimistic," concluded Mr. Kathwari.

FISCAL 2023 SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS*

  • Consolidated net sales of $203.2 million decreased 2.4%
    • Retail net sales of $171.8 million decreased 4.4%
    • Wholesale net sales of $106.2 million decreased 8.3%
  • Written order trends
    • Retail segment written orders decreased 1.5% compared with the pre-pandemic second quarter of fiscal 2019; down 16.3% compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2022
    • Wholesale segment written orders were 18.6% lower than the second quarter of fiscal 2019; declined 20.2% from a year ago
  • Consolidated gross margin increased to 61.0%, up from 58.8% a year ago due to product pricing actions taken over the past 12 months, a favorable product mix, disciplined promotional activity and lower inbound freight costs
  • Operating margin of 18.2%; adjusted operating margin of 18.1% compared with 15.7% last year due to wholesale gross margin expansion and maintaining a disciplined approach to cost savings and expense control partially offset by lower net sales and higher retail delivery costs; adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses decreased from 43.1% of net sales to 42.9%
  • Advertising expenses were equal to 2.0% of net sales, the same as in the prior year second quarter; we continue to utilize various advertising mediums including national television, direct mail and digital
  • Diluted EPS of $1.10 compared with $1.05; adjusted diluted EPS of $1.10 increased 15.8%
  • Generated $2.5 million of cash from operating activities; cash and investments totaled $140.4 million with no debt outstanding
  • Ended the quarter with $159.9 million in inventory, down $16.6 million from June 30, 2022
  • The Company held a 2022 Virtual Convention in December, which highlighted Ethan Allen's rich history in classic style with a modern perspective, the service of its vertically integrated manufacturing and logistics networks, the strengthening of the retail network and the importance of being an interior design destination

* See reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to adjusted key financial measures in the back of this press release. Comparisons are to the second quarter of fiscal 2022.

KEY FINANCIAL MEASURES*

(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 Three months endedSix months ended
 December 31,December 31,
  2022  2021 % Change  2022  2021 % Change
Net sales$203,161 $208,093 (2.4%)$417,691 $390,420 7.0%
Gross profit$124,020 $122,269 1.4%$253,636 $231,461 9.6%
Gross margin 61.0% 58.8%  60.7% 59.3% 
GAAP operating income$37,069 $36,292 2.1%$76,719 $63,652 20.5%
Adjusted operating income*$36,873 $32,772 12.5%$74,565 $60,500 23.2%
GAAP operating margin 18.2% 17.4%  18.4% 16.3% 
Adjusted operating margin* 18.1% 15.7%  17.9% 15.5% 
GAAP net income$28,166 $26,894 4.7%$58,046 $47,047 23.4%
Adjusted net income*$28,020 $24,257 15.5%$56,437 $44,686 26.3%
Effective tax rate 25.7% 25.7%  25.5% 26.0% 
GAAP diluted EPS$1.10 $1.05 4.8%$2.27 $1.85 22.7%
Adjusted diluted EPS*$1.10 $0.95 15.8%$2.21 $1.75 26.3%
Cash flows from operating activities$2,517 $5,712 (55.9%)$40,939 $22,701 80.3%

* See reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to adjusted key financial measures in the back of this press release

BALANCE SHEET and CASH FLOW

Cash and investments totaled $140.4 million at December 31, 2022, compared with $121.1 million at June 30, 2022. The increase of $19.3 million during the year was primarily due to $40.9 million in cash generated from operating activities and $8.1 million in proceeds received from a sale-leaseback transaction completed in August 2022 partially offset by $20.9 million in cash dividends paid and capital expenditures of $8.5 million as the Company continues to return capital to shareholders and reinvest back into the business.

Cash dividends paid were $20.9 million during the first six months ended December 31, 2022, which included a special cash dividend of $12.7 million, or $0.50 per share. During the second quarter of fiscal 2023, the Company's Board declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share, which was paid on January 4, 2023 to shareholders of record as of December 7, 2022. The $0.32 per share cash dividend represented a 28.0% increase over the prior year regular quarterly cash dividend.

Cash from operating activities totaled $40.9 million during the first half of fiscal 2023, an increase from $22.7 million in the prior year period due to an improvement in working capital and higher net income. The increase in working capital was primarily from a reduction in customer deposits as net shipments outpaced written orders and improved collections on outstanding accounts receivable, which converted shipments to cash at a faster pace, partially offset by a reduction in inventory carrying levels. 

Inventories, net decreased to $159.9 million at December 31, 2022, compared with $176.5 million at June 30, 2022, as the Company restores its operating inventory levels to more historical norms as backlog declines. Inventory balances continue to decrease as the Company seeks to reduce its levels of inventory while also ensuring appropriate levels are maintained to service its customer base.

Customer deposits from written orders totaled $83.7 million at December 31, 2022, a decrease of $37.4 million during the fiscal year as net shipments outpaced written orders.

No debt outstanding at December 31, 2022.

DIVIDENDS

On January 24, 2023, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share, payable on February 21, 2023, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 7, 2023.

CONFERENCE CALL

Ethan Allen will host an analyst conference call today, January 25, 2023, at 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) to discuss its results. The analyst conference call will be webcast live from the Company's Investor Relations website at https://ir.ethanallen.com.

The following information is provided for those who would like to participate in the conference call:

  • U.S. Participants:                 877-705-2976
  • International Participants:     201-689-8798
  • Meeting Number:                13734717

For those unable to listen live, an archived recording of the call will be made available on the Company's website referenced above for up to six months.

ABOUT ETHAN ALLEN

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETD) is a leading interior design company, manufacturer and retailer in the home furnishings marketplace. The Company is a global luxury home fashion brand that is vertically integrated from product design through home delivery, which offers its customers stylish product offerings, artisanal quality, and personalized service. The Company provides interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of home furnishings through a retail network of design centers located throughout the United States and abroad as well as online at ethanallen.com. Ethan Allen owns and operates ten manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Mexico and Honduras, including one sawmill, one rough mill and a lumberyard. Approximately 75% of its products are manufactured or assembled in these North American facilities.

For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit www.ethanallen.com.

Investor / Media Contact:

Matt McNulty
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
IR@ethanallen.com

ABOUT NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release is intended to supplement, rather than to supersede, the Company's consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). In this press release the Company has included financial measures that are derived from the consolidated financial statements but are not presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted operating income and margin, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted EPS (collectively "non-GAAP financial measures"). The Company computes these non-GAAP financial measures by adjusting the comparable GAAP measure to remove the impact of certain charges and gains and the related tax effect of these adjustments. Investors should consider these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure reported in accordance with GAAP is provided at the end of this press release.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). Generally, forward-looking statements represent management's beliefs and assumptions concerning current expectations, projections or trends relating to results of operations, financial results, financial condition, strategic objectives and plans, expenses, dividends, share repurchases, liquidity, use of cash and cash requirements, investments, future economic performance, business and industry and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business operations and financial results. Such forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These forward-looking statements may include words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "plan," "intend," "believe," "continue," "may," "will," "short-term," "target," "outlook," "forecast," "future," "strategy," "opportunity," "would," "guidance," "non-recurring," "one-time," "unusual," "should," "likely," "COVID-19 impact," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. The Company derives many of its forward-looking statements from operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While the Company believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it cautions that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors and it is impossible for the Company to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results and matters that are identified as "short term," "non-recurring," "unusual," "one-time," or other words and terms of similar meaning may in fact recur in one or more future financial reporting periods. 

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that are expected. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties disclosed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors, in the Company's 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other factors identified in its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company, or persons acting on its behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements, as well as other cautionary statements. A reader should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this press release in the context of these risks and uncertainties. Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. Many of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. The Company is including this cautionary note to make applicable and take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 Three months ended December 31,Six months ended December 31,
  2022  2021  2022  2021 
Net sales$203,161 $208,093 $417,691 $390,420 
Cost of sales 79,141  85,824  164,055  158,959 
Gross profit 124,020  122,269  253,636  231,461 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 87,147  89,610  179,109  171,187 
Restructuring and other impairment charges, net of gains (196) (3,633) (2,192) (3,378)
Operating income 37,069  36,292  76,719  63,652 
Interest and other income, net
Interest expense and other financing costs
 901
50
 (26)      
48       
 1,297
105
  2
96
 
Income before income taxes 37,920  36,218  77,911  63,558 
Income tax expense 9,754  9,324  19,865  16,511 
Net income$28,166 $26,894 $58,046 $47,047 
     
Per share data    
Diluted earnings per common share:    
Net income per diluted share$1.10 $1.05 $2.27 $1.85 
Diluted weighted average common shares 25,582  25,513  25,571  25,482 
     


Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(Unaudited)  
(In thousands)  
 December 31,June 30,
ASSETS 2022  2022 
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents$85,392 $109,919 
Investments 55,030  11,199 
Accounts receivable, net 10,696  17,019 
Inventories, net 159,874  176,504 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 27,414  32,108 
Total current assets 338,406  346,749 
   
Property, plant and equipment, net 223,702  223,530 
Goodwill 25,388  25,388 
Intangible assets 19,740  19,740 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 103,238  100,782 
Deferred income taxes 1,091  820 
Other assets 2,416  2,886 
Total ASSETS$713,981 $719,895 
   
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  
Current liabilities:  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$30,463 $37,370 
Customer deposits 83,651  121,080 
Accrued compensation and benefits 21,131  22,700 
Current operating lease liabilities 24,122  25,705 
Other current liabilities 16,348  8,788 
Total current liabilities 175,715  215,643 
   
Operating lease liabilities, long-term 93,706  89,506 
Deferred income taxes 2,801  4,418 
Other long-term liabilities 4,695  3,005 
Total LIABILITIES$276,917 $312,572 
   
Shareholders' equity:  
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. shareholders' equity$437,085 $407,349 
Noncontrolling interests (21) (26)
Total shareholders' equity$437,064 $407,323 
Total LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY$713,981 $719,895 


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted operating income and margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. The reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are shown in tables below.

These non-GAAP measures are derived from the consolidated financial statements but are not presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide a meaningful comparison of its results to others in its industry and prior year results. Investors should consider these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, its financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all the items associated with the operations of the business as determined in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.

Despite the limitations of these non-GAAP financial measures, the Company believes these adjusted financial measures and the information they provide are useful in viewing its performance using the same tools that management uses to assess progress in achieving its goals. Adjusted measures may also facilitate comparisons to historical performance.

The following tables below provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)Three months ended  Six months ended 
 December 31,  December 31, 
  2022  2021 % Change  2022  2021 % Change
Consolidated Adjusted Operating Income / Operating Margin
GAAP Operating income$37,069 $36,292 2.1% $76,719 $63,652 20.5%
Adjustments (pre-tax)* (196) (3,520)   (2,154) (3,152) 
Adjusted operating income*$36,873 $32,772 12.5% $74,565 $60,500 23.2%
        
Consolidated Net sales$203,161 $208,093 (2.4%) $417,691 $390,420 7.0%
GAAP Operating margin 18.2% 17.4%   18.4% 16.3% 
Adjusted operating margin* 18.1% 15.7%   17.9% 15.5% 
        
Consolidated Adjusted Net Income / Adjusted Diluted EPS
GAAP Net income$28,166 $26,894 4.7% $58,046 $47,047 23.4%
Adjustments, net of tax* (146) (2,637)   (1,609) (2,361) 
Adjusted net income$28,020 $24,257 15.5% $56,437 $44,686 26.3%
Diluted weighted average common shares 25,582  25,513    25,571  25,482  
GAAP Diluted EPS$1.10 $1.05 4.8% $2.27 $1.85 22.7%
Adjusted diluted EPS*$1.10 $0.95 15.8% $2.21 $1.75 26.3%



* Adjustments to reported GAAP financial measures including operating income and margin, net income and diluted EPS have been adjusted by the following:
     
(Unaudited)Three months endedSix months ended
(In thousands)December 31,December 31,
  2022  2021  2022  2021 
Gain on sale-leaseback transaction$(654)$- $(2,911)$- 
Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment -  (3,913) -  (3,913)
Severance and other charges 458  393  757  761 
Adjustments to operating income$(196)$(3,520)$(2,154)$(3,152)
Adjustments to income before income taxes$(196)$(3,520)$(2,154)$(3,152)
Related income tax effects on non-recurring items(1) 50  883  545  791 
Adjustments to net income$(146)$(2,637)$(1,609)$(2,361)

(1)   Calculated using the marginal tax rate for each period presented.


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