Bassett Announces Fiscal Third Quarter Results

Bassett Furniture Industries, Incorporated

Bassett Furniture Industries, Incorporated

BASSETT, Va., Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: BSET) announced today its results of operations for its third quarter ended August 27, 2022.

Fiscal 2022 Third Quarter Highlights of Continuing Operations
(Dollars in millions)

 

Sales

 

Operating Income

 

3rd Qtr

 

Dollar

%

 

3rd Qtr

% of

 

3rd Qtr

% of

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

Change

Change

2022

Sales

 

2021

Sales

Consolidated (1)

$

118.0

$

104.9

 

$

13.1

12.5

%

 

$

10.7

9.2

%

 

$

5.0

4.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wholesale

$

79.0

$

73.1

 

$

5.9

8.3

%

 

$

1.6

2.0

%

 

$

4.5

6.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail

$

70.9

$

58.6

 

$

12.3

21.0

%

 

$

4.5

6.3

%

 

$

0.9

1.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Our consolidated results include certain intercompany eliminations as well as a gain on the sale of real estate in Q3 2022 which is not

included in our segment results. See Table 4, “Segment Information” below for an illustration of the effects of these items on our

consolidated sales and operating income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated revenue for our third quarter of 2022 came in at $118.0 million, a 12.5% increase compared to last year. Operating profit of $6.1 million improved by 22.1%, excluding the $4.6 million gain from the sale of our Southwest Freeway store in Houston, which brought the all-in income from operations to $10.7 million. Earnings per share of $0.82 was well ahead of $0.31 per share in 2021. We aggressively pursued our customer acquisition strategies while formulating business plans that take the uncertain business environment that clouds the outlook for 2023 into account. Nonetheless, we trust that the collective strength provided by our domestic manufacturing platform, international sourcing partnerships, dedicated distribution network, best in class logistics system, and burgeoning digital capabilities portend continued success for Bassett despite the challenges that currently exist for the U.S. economy.

Shipments from our wholesale segment grew by 8.1% with upholstery operations posting a 12.5% sales increase while wood operations grew a modest 1.3%. Said another way, shipments of domestically produced merchandise grew by 18.1% while imported product shipments declined by 15.7%. Significant for the period was the resurgent performance of our Newton, NC upholstery complex where combined shipments grew by 21.5% and divisional profitability returned to pre-covid levels. We are now producing goods with material costs that are fully reflected in the price for which they are invoiced as the rampant price increases that we have absorbed over the past two years have subsided. Further, we are excited by the early retail success of the new “Modern Casual” product range that hit stores in time for Labor Day, which we are counting on to help keep our production schedules on track moving forward. Fabric outages have improved significantly from the depths of the pandemic related chaos of 2021 and our lead times have markedly improved in the past few months. Shipments of our outdoor seating product continued its sizzling growth – this time at a rate of 30.3%. Amidst these strong performances is the problematic situation that we face with our imported Club Level product range. Recall that Club Level sales exploded in 2021 and that our inventory levels last year were such that we were out servicing our competition and enjoying robust shipments. Accordingly, we responded by ordering replenishment inventory at record levels into the teeth of the unprecedented ocean freight rate spiral. As sales of the product slowed at the beginning of April, incoming shipments, often months late due to Asian production delays, began to swell our inventory levels. Consequently, we have been aggressively discounting certain portions of our Club Level line and have suffered significant margin hits in so doing for the past four months. We expect this dynamic to persist for the next six months as we align inventory levels with current rates of sale. In the end, however, we remain committed to the long-term viability of the Club Level product line and value the open market account business that it will continue to provide. Also affecting our overall wholesale margins are the marketing spending levels that we have chosen to employ and, to a lesser extent, miscellaneous expenditures including the LIFO charges that have accompanied the inventory build that has characterized the twenty-one months since the end of covid dominated fiscal 2020. Overall inventory of $91.7 million at the end of the August quarter actually decreased for the first time since the pandemic build and should have peaked for the Bassett footprint for the foreseeable future. Returning our wholesale margins to their historical levels is an important element of successfully moving into 2023, although we do plan to continue our aggressive marketing spending as long as we can see corresponding upticks in business as a result.

Our corporate retail group extended their strong run of positive operating results, this time producing their “best ever” third quarter with $70.9 million of deliveries while providing $4.5 million of operating income to the cause. For the nine months, corporate retail revenue of $210.6 million represents an increase of 16.1% over 2021 and the $15.8 million of operating profit brought forth exceeds any full year bottom line performance to date. Delivered gross margins of 51.8% remained near our target range despite the headwinds that four store closings presented. Due to construction related supply chain issues, the opening of one of the contemplated replacement stores – this one in Dallas, was delayed from the original late August date until the new date in early November. In conjunction with the Dallas opening, we are remodeling two other Metroplex stores – Southlake and Frisco. There we are testing a “take with” strategy for certain accessory items and have designed a supporting fixturing package for all three Dallas area stores. Looking ahead to next year, we will incorporate these elements into the Austin, TX remodel project as well as into new stores that will open in Tampa, FL and in Houston. We are also considering another Florida location as well. In April, we opened a Regional Fulfillment Center (“RFC”) in Orlando to provide our stores and other customers with the ability to offer a two-week in-home delivery option to add a new selling opportunity to our incumbent design focused custom-made furniture business. We are excited to see the initial benefit of the quick ship capability and have subsequently opened another RFC in the Baltimore area to service the mid-Atlantic stores.

To begin our fourth quarter, on September 6th, we announced the acquisition of Montreal- based online furniture retailer, Noa Home Inc. Founded in 2016, Noa sells furniture, mattresses and accessory items online in four markets – Australia, Singapore, the UK, and Canada. Net revenue for their most current fiscal year was C$19.1 million. We have been enthusiastically collaborating with the Noa team over the past few months to identify and implement the synergies that do exist today and can be capitalized upon in the future between our two organizations. First on the list is to provide the capital to improve their in-stock positioning on their best-selling items. Next is to enter a 3PL warehouse in western Canada to open up the entire country for Noa distribution as they have heretofore only serviced Ontario and Quebec. We are simultaneously developing Bassett made upholstery products that can complement their existing best seller lineup and have entered initial production orders to ship to Noa warehouses. Once we make sure that we have begun to maximize the opportunity in their existing markets, we will start the planning process to introduce the Noa experience to the U.S. market sometime in 2023.

High inflation, rising mortgage rates, and a slowdown in the housing market have certainly taken a toll on the equity values of publicly traded furniture companies this year. We are definitely in the mode of “focusing on what we can control” as there are currently forces at work greater than Bassett in a macro sense. To that end, we invested in a robust marketing program for the recent three-week Labor Day promotion and the results were quite gratifying as our corporate retail stores recorded sales volumes better than both 2020 and 2021, which were, of course, very strong. We do believe that although our customer is being more judicious with their disposable income today than two years ago, their personal balance sheets are strong. So, there will be folks in the marketplace and we have to win them over. Meanwhile, Bassett has the financial strength to weather a downturn and an integrated strategy designed to provide multiple paths for growth in the future.

Robert H. Spilman, Jr., Chairman and CEO

About Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.
Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality home furnishings. With 92 company- and licensee-owned stores at the time of this release, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. Bassett’s retail strategy includes stylish, custom-built furniture that features the latest on-trend furniture styles, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. Bassett also has a traditional wholesale business with more than 700 accounts on the open market, across the United States and internationally and a logistics business specializing in home furnishings. For more information, visit the Company’s website at bassettfurniture.com. (BSET-E)

Certain of the statements in this release, particularly those preceded by, followed by or including the words “believes,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “should,” “estimates,” or similar expressions, or those relating to or anticipating financial results or changes in operations for periods beyond the end of the third fiscal quarter of 2022, constitute “forward looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. For those statements, Bassett claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In many cases, Bassett cannot predict what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Expectations included in the forward-looking statements are based on preliminary information as well as certain assumptions which management believes to be reasonable at this time. The following important factors affect Bassett and could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements: the effects of national and global economic or other conditions (including, without limitation, the effects on revenue, supply and demand resulting from the duration and extent of the COVID-19 pandemic) and future events on the retail demand for home furnishings and the ability of Bassett’s customers and consumers to obtain credit; the success of marketing, logistics, retail and other initiatives; and the economic, competitive, governmental and other factors identified in Bassett’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement that Bassett makes speaks only as of the date of such statement, and Bassett undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indication of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

Table 1

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income – unaudited

(In thousands, except for per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

August 27, 2022

 

August 28, 2021

 

August 27, 2022

 

August 28, 2021

 

 

Percent of

 

 

Percent of

 

 

Percent of

 

 

Percent of

 

Amount

Net Sales

 

Amount

Net Sales

 

Amount

Net Sales

 

Amount

Net Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales of furniture and accessories

$

118,012

 

100.0

%

 

$

104,870

 

100.0

%

 

$

364,582

 

100.0

%

 

$

316,522

 

100.0

%

Cost of furniture and accessories sold

 

57,240

 

48.5

%

 

 

52,263

 

49.8

%

 

 

180,479

 

49.5

%

 

 

153,426

 

48.5

%

Gross profit

 

60,772

 

51.5

%

 

 

52,607

 

50.2

%

 

 

184,103

 

50.5

%

 

 

163,096

 

51.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

54,695

 

46.3

%

 

 

47,631

 

45.4

%

 

 

160,536

 

44.0

%

 

 

145,473

 

46.0

%

Gain on sale of retail real estate

 

4,595

 

3.9

%

 

 

 

0.0

%

 

 

4,595

 

1.3

%

 

 

 

0.0

%

Income from operations

 

10,672

 

9.0

%

 

 

4,976

 

4.7

%

 

 

28,162

 

7.7

%

 

 

17,623

 

5.6

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (loss), net

 

(594

)

-0.5

%

 

 

(268

)

-0.3

%

 

 

(1,850

)

-0.5

%

 

 

(828

)

-0.3

%

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

 

10,078

 

8.5

%

 

 

4,708

 

4.5

%

 

 

26,312

 

7.2

%

 

 

16,795

 

5.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

2,305

 

2.0

%

 

 

1,267

 

1.2

%

 

 

6,505

 

1.8

%

 

 

4,579

 

1.4

%

Income from continuing operations

 

7,773

 

6.6

%

 

 

3,441

 

3.3

%

 

 

19,807

 

5.4

%

 

 

12,216

 

3.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations of logistical services

 

 

 

 

 

(565

)

 

 

 

1,712

 

 

 

 

1,079

 

 

Gain on disposal

 

(193

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53,061

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

(48

)

 

 

 

(140

)

 

 

 

14,261

 

 

 

 

294

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

(145

)

 

 

 

(425

)

 

 

 

40,512

 

 

 

 

785

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

7,628

 

 

 

$

3,016

 

 

 

$

60,319

 

 

 

$

13,001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

$

0.84

 

 

 

$

0.35

 

 

 

$

2.08

 

 

 

$

1.24

 

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

(0.02

)

 

 

 

(0.04

)

 

 

 

4.26

 

 

 

 

0.08

 

 

Basic earnings per share

$

0.82

 

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

 

$

6.34

 

 

 

$

1.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

$

0.84

 

 

 

$

0.35

 

 

 

$

2.08

 

 

 

$

1.24

 

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

(0.02

)

 

 

 

(0.04

)

 

 

 

4.26

 

 

 

 

0.08

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.82

 

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

 

$

6.34

 

 

 

$

1.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

Assets

 

August 27, 2022

 

November 27, 2021

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

66,870

 

 

$

34,374

 

Short-term investments

 

 

17,715

 

 

 

17,715

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

20,950

 

 

 

20,567

 

Inventories, net

 

 

91,681

 

 

 

78,004

 

Recoverable income taxes

 

 

5,427

 

 

 

8,379

 

Current assets of discontinued operations held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

11,064

 

Other current assets

 

 

11,104

 

 

 

10,181

 

Total current assets

 

 

213,747

 

 

 

180,284

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

75,513

 

 

 

69,168

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other long-term assets

 

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

 

6,045

 

 

 

3,189

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets

 

 

14,313

 

 

 

14,354

 

Right of use assets under operating leases

 

 

86,809

 

 

 

95,955

 

Long-term assets of discontinued operations held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

52,757

 

Other

 

 

6,260

 

 

 

5,953

 

Total long-term assets

 

 

113,427

 

 

 

172,208

 

Total assets

 

$

402,687

 

 

$

421,660

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

24,189

 

 

$

23,988

 

Accrued compensation and benefits

 

 

12,809

 

 

 

12,639

 

Customer deposits

 

 

40,311

 

 

 

51,492

 

Current portion of operating lease obligations

 

 

19,969

 

 

 

20,235

 

Current liabilities of discontinued operations held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

16,095

 

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses

 

 

12,746

 

 

 

9,770

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

110,024

 

 

 

134,219

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term liabilities

 

 

 

 

Post employment benefit obligations

 

 

13,016

 

 

 

12,968

 

Long-term portion of operating lease obligations

 

 

84,102

 

 

 

94,845

 

Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations held for sale

 

 

 

 

16,210

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

606

 

 

 

686

 

Total long-term liabilities

 

 

97,724

 

 

 

124,709

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

46,064

 

 

 

48,811

 

Retained earnings

 

 

150,553

 

 

 

115,631

 

Additional paid-in-capital

 

 

 

 

 

113

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(1,678

)

 

 

(1,823

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

194,939

 

 

 

162,732

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

402,687

 

 

$

421,660

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 3

 

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – unaudited

 

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

August 27, 2022

 

August 28, 2021

 

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

60,319

 

 

$

13,001

 

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in)

 

 

 

 

 

operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

8,732

 

 

 

10,458

 

 

Gain on disposal of discontinued operations

 

 

(53,061

)

 

 

 

 

Gain on sale of property and equipment

 

 

(4,603

)

 

 

(68

)

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

(2,856

)

 

 

1,053

 

 

Other, net

 

 

1,425

 

 

 

478

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

57

 

 

 

(4,329

)

 

Inventories

 

 

(13,677

)

 

 

(18,941

)

 

Other current and long-term assets

 

 

2,961

 

 

 

(100

)

 

Right of use assets under operating leases

 

 

15,881

 

 

 

18,857

 

 

Customer deposits

 

 

(11,181

)

 

 

11,341

 

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

 

1,227

 

 

 

2,750

 

 

Obligations under operating leases

 

 

(17,519

)

 

 

(20,823

)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

(12,295

)

 

 

13,677

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(17,266

)

 

 

(7,141

)

 

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

 

8,226

 

 

 

101

 

 

Proceeds from disposal of discontinued operations, net

 

 

84,534

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

(1,428

)

 

 

(1,173

)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

74,066

 

 

 

(8,213

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends

 

 

(18,734

)

 

 

(6,321

)

 

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

 

 

 

 

 

42

 

 

Other issuance of common stock

 

 

340

 

 

 

266

 

 

Repurchases of common stock

 

 

(10,263

)

 

 

(5,566

)

 

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

 

 

 

 

 

(219

)

 

Repayments of finance lease obligations

 

 

(618

)

 

 

(854

)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(29,275

)

 

 

(12,652

)

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

32,496

 

 

 

(7,188

)

 

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

 

 

34,374

 

 

 

45,799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

 

$

66,870

 

 

$

38,611

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 4

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Segment Information – unaudited

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

August 27, 2022

 

August 28, 2021

 

August 27, 2022

 

August 28, 2021

Sales Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wholesale sales of furniture and accessories

 

$

78,959

 

$

73,073

 

$

249,945

 

$

219,371

Less: Sales to retail segment

 

(31,833)

 

(26,779)

 

(95,976)

 

(84,303)

Wholesale sales to external customers

 

47,126

 

46,294

 

153,969

 

135,068

Retail sales of furniture and accessories

 

70,886

 

58,576

 

210,613

 

181,454

Consolidated net sales of furniture and accessories

$

118,012

 

$

104,870

 

$

364,582

 

$

316,522

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wholesale

 

$

1,611

 

$

4,466

 

$

8,430

 

$

14,622

Retail

 

4,529

 

917

 

15,754

 

3,663

Inter-company elimination

 

(63)

 

(407)

 

(617)

 

(662)

Gain on sale of real estate

 

4,595

 

 

4,595

 

Consolidated

 

$

10,672

 

$

4,976

 

$

28,162

 

$

17,623

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Michael Daniel
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
(276) 629-6614 – Investors
[email protected]

Peter D. Morrison
Vice President of Communications
(276) 629-6450 – Media