BASSETT, VA -- Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET) announced today its results of operations for its fiscal quarter ended November 29, 2014.

Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Consolidated sales were $94.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $83.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 14%.
  • Operating income for the quarter was $6.8 million or 7.1% of sales as compared to $3.4 million or 4.1% of sales for the prior year quarter.
  • Wholesale operating profit increased to $4.3 million or 7.1% of sales as compared to $2.7 million or 4.9% of sales for the prior year quarter.
  • Company-owned store delivered sales increased 20%, including a comparable store sales increase of 12%, compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Comparable store operating income at corporate retail was $2.1 million for the current year quarter as compared to $0.9 million for the prior year quarter, a $1.2 million improvement.
  • Net income increased to $3.6 million or $0.35 per diluted share as compared to $1.6 million or $0.15 per diluted share for the prior year.
  • Generated $11.7 million in operating cash during the fourth quarter of 2014.

"Our fourth quarter performance capped a stellar year for Bassett in 2014", commented Robert H. Spilman, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. "After a sluggish start, our business began to strengthen in the late spring and has continued at a brisk pace since then. For the quarter, a robust 14% revenue gain produced $6.8 million of operating profit, double the amount of last year. And the 7.1% operating margin for the quarter attained a level of profitability that represents a milestone for our management team. Meanwhile, net income more than doubled to $3.6 million for the period as well."

"For the year ended November 29, 2014, consolidated revenue grew by 6.0% despite having one less week in the fiscal calendar", continued Spilman. "Net income grew by over 80% to $9.3 million, or $0.87 per share compared to $5.1 million or $0.47 per share last year. Many facets of our model worked together in concert to produce improvement of this magnitude. Our product assortment, retail marketing programs, open market sales efforts, domestic manufacturing capacity utilization, and corporate expense control all contributed to the growth in profitability and market share that characterized 2014."

"Although we invested $18.0 million of capital into the business, paid $5.2 million of dividends to our shareholders, and retired $5.6 million of our common stock over the course of the year, our financial position remains solid with almost $50 million of cash and investments on the balance sheet at year end due in large part to the generation of $30 million of operating cash flow in 2014", said Spilman. "In July, our Board of Directors authorized an increase to the Company's quarterly dividend of 33% to $0.08 per quarter. In November, for the second year in a row, the Board approved a $0.20 special dividend that was subsequently distributed in December. The balance between growing Bassett's business and returning capital to shareholders was once again thoughtfully considered in 2014 and will be in the future."

"As we move into 2015, our focus will largely center on wholesale revenue growth that we plan to achieve on several fronts", added Spilman. "Foremost will be our ongoing Bassett Home Furnishings corporate store expansion as we plan to open two to four new stores and reposition at least two others. We also plan to open at least one new licensed store as well. Accompanying the recent debut of the improved Bassettfurniture.com website was the late December launch of Bassett Baby and Kids. This effort is intended to leverage our 70 year history in the juvenile and youth furniture category and will initially be solely available on our website and in certain Bassett Home Furnishings retail stores. Another important new program for 2015 will be the birth of "Bench Made", an American handmade dining program that will begin to grace retail showrooms in early spring. Partnering with nearby hardwood component manufacturers, we will prepare, distress, finish and assemble an assortment of solid maple tables and chairs in a newly renovated Bassett-owned facility located in Bassett, Virginia - a true startup. Finally, we are about to embark upon the largest makeover of our imported wood product assortment in recent memory. Months in the making, these new products have been carefully architected by our merchants, designers, engineers and finishing technicians to achieve the upscale casual vibe that we believe speaks to the Bassett consumer today. These new products have been planned to hit our stores in waves coinciding with key holiday selling periods throughout 2015. In association with this aggressive level of activity there are significant startup expenses that will be incurred over the course of 2015 that must be absorbed. Given the 11% compounded annual growth rate that we have posted over the past four years, we believe that the operational and capital investments required to support our retail expansion and the extension of our product assortment are prudent strategies for growth and will reward Bassett shareholders in the years to come."

Wholesale Segment

Net sales for the wholesale segment were $60.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to $54.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $6.1 million or 11%. Increased wholesale shipments to both the Bassett Home Furnishings store network and the open market (outside the Bassett Home Furnishings store network) drove the increase in the wholesale sales. Gross margins for the wholesale segment were 33.9% for the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to 33.4% for the fourth quarter of 2013. This increase was primarily due to improved margins in the wood operations due to less discounting of discontinued product. Wholesale SG&A increased $0.8 million to $16.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to $15.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. SG&A as a percentage of sales decreased to 26.8% as compared to 28.4% for the fourth quarter of 2013 primarily due to greater leverage of fixed costs from higher sales volumes coupled with tighter expense control. Operating income was $4.3 million or 7.1% of sales as compared to $2.7 million or 4.9% of sales in the prior year quarter.

"Wholesale shipments increased 11% for the quarter to $60.7 million and operating profit grew by 61% to $4.3 million", said Spilman. "As in the fourth quarter, the wholesale product sales growth that we experienced in 2014 was primarily driven by the assortment of domestically manufactured custom furniture products that are the key differentiator of our retail store and independently owned Bassett Design Center presentations. In wood products, sales of our casual dining tables and chairs manufactured in Martinsville, Virginia grew by 23% this year, allowing our plant work schedules to increase substantially. The expansion of the Martinsville plant completed in the first quarter gave our work force adequate space to handle higher throughput volume, thereby generating the intended increases in productivity and profitability. We also began an upgrade program to our Newton, N.C. upholstery facility which will continue into 2015. The domestically manufactured segment of our upholstery line has been on a roll for several years and we continued the trend last year with an 11% sales gain. Our upholstery manufacturing team has achieved significantly higher levels of unit throughput without relying on corresponding levels of increases in headcount. And despite all of the aforementioned sales growth, both our domestic wood and upholstery manufacturing organizations have been able to keep our "30 days in the home" custom furniture mantra intact."

Retail Segment

Net sales for the 60 Company-owned Bassett Home Furnishings stores were $62.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to $51.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $10.5 million or 20%. The increase was primarily due to a $6.0 million or 12% increase in comparable store sales coupled with a $4.5 million increase in non-comparable store sales from 7 new stores opened in the last 15 months.

While the Company does not recognize sales until goods are delivered to the consumer, management tracks written sales (the retail dollar value of sales orders taken, rather than delivered) as a key store performance indicator. Written sales for comparable stores increased by 15% for the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

The consolidated retail operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $2.1 million, compared to $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The 53 comparable stores generated operating income of $2.1 million for the quarter, or 3.8% of sales, as compared to $0.9 million or 1.9% of sales for the prior year quarter. Gross margins were flat at 50.4% for both the current and prior year quarter. SG&A expenses for comparable stores increased $1.8 million to $26.0 million or 46.6% of sales as compared to 48.5% of sales for the fourth quarter of 2013. This decrease is primarily due to greater leverage of fixed costs due to higher sales volumes.

The Company expects to continue opening new stores in the future, primarily in underpenetrated markets where it currently has stores. The Company and certain licensees are actively engaged in site selection and lease negotiations for several locations and expect to open at least three to five new stores in 2015. While the Company currently expects to renew or extend three leases for Company-owned stores that expire in 2015, we will continue to evaluate whether it is more appropriate to reposition the stores to a more favorable location within the market as we do with any leases that come up for renewal. Specific plans for 2015 currently include opening new stores in Los Angeles (Woodland Hills), California and Dulles, Virginia, and the relocation of one store in San Antonio, Texas and one in Southlake, Texas where the leases expired in 2014.

"Naturally, our corporate retail team enjoyed posting a 12% comparable store delivered sales increase for the fourth quarter," continued Spilman. "More importantly, the $2.1 million of operating income recorded for the period was the best in our 15 year journey of operating company owned stores. 2014 was once again quite active as we opened six stores in new markets across the country. Despite absorbing the startup costs associated with the new stores during the year, operating losses were reduced by $900k, bringing us close to our goal of annual profitability in the corporate retail fleet. The improvement came from higher sales levels and a 170 basis point increase in gross margin. Looking ahead, we believe that our formula continues to gain traction with the consumer while being very difficult for others to replicate in totality. The combination of our designers and their expertise in guiding consumers through the home makeover process, the technology platform that supports the consumer's experience, our vertically integrated assortment of custom products, and our best of class service proposition is a recipe that has been painstakingly and purposely crafted over 15 years and provides Bassett an even greater opportunity as we enhance these capabilities going forward."

About Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With 94 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. The most significant growth opportunity for Bassett continues to be the Company's dedicated retail store program. Bassett's retail strategy includes affordable custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, more than 1,000 upholstery fabrics, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. Bassett is also growing its traditional wholesale business with more than 600 accounts on the open market, across the United States and internationally. 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," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "should," "estimates," or similar expressions, or those relating to or anticipating financial results for periods beyond the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, 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 and future events on the retail demand for home furnishings and the ability of Bassett's customers and consumers to obtain credit; 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.

 

 

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except for per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Audited

 

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Year Ended*

Year Ended*

 

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

 

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 $ 94,720

100.0%

 $ 83,062

100.0%

 $ 340,738

100.0%

 $ 321,286

100.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 42,883

45.3%

 38,977

46.9%

 158,317

46.5%

 155,292

48.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 51,837

54.7%

 44,085

53.1%

 182,421

53.5%

 165,994

51.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

 45,082

47.6%

 40,301

48.5%

 166,073

48.7%

 155,318

48.3%

New store pre-opening costs

 --

0.0%

 376

0.5%

 1,217

0.4%

 671

0.2%

Operating income

 6,755

7.1%

 3,408

4.1%

 15,131

4.4%

 10,005

3.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other loss, net

 (472)

-0.5%

 (792)

-1.0%

 (524)

-0.2%

 (1,818)

-0.6%

Income before income taxes

 6,283

6.6%

 2,616

3.1%

 14,607

4.2%

 8,187

2.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax provision

 (2,634)

-2.8%

 (1,009)

-1.2%

 (5,308)

-1.6%

 (3,091)

-1.0%

Net income

 $ 3,649

3.8%

 $ 1,607

1.9%

 $ 9,299

2.6%

 $ 5,096

1.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 $ 0.35

 

 $ 0.15

 

 $ 0.88

 

 $ 0.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

 $ 0.35

 

 $ 0.15

 

 $ 0.87

 

 $ 0.47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Year ended November 29, 2014 had 52 weeks compared to 53 weeks for the year ended November 30, 2013

 

 

 

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - Audited

(In thousands)

 

 

 

Assets

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

Current assets

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 $ 26,673

 $ 12,733

Short-term investments

 23,125

 28,125

Accounts receivable, net

 15,228

 16,080

Inventories, net

 57,272

 53,069

Deferred income taxes, net

 5,268

 4,418

Other current assets

 7,796

 11,949

Total current assets

 135,362

 126,374

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 74,812

 64,271

 

 

 

Other long-term assets

 

 

Retail real estate

 6,302

 10,435

Deferred income taxes, net

 9,701

 10,734

Other

 14,569

 14,035

Total long-term assets

 30,572

 35,204

Total assets

 $ 240,746

 $ 225,849

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

Accounts payable

 $ 22,251

 $ 19,892

Accrued compensation and benefits

 8,931

 6,503

Customer deposits

 22,202

 16,214

Dividends payable

 2,102

 2,172

Other accrued liabilities

 11,287

 6,660

Total current liabilities

 66,773

 51,441

 

 

 

Long-term liabilities

 

 

Post employment benefit obligations

 11,498

 11,146

Real estate notes payable

 1,902

 2,467

Other long-term liabilities

 3,741

 3,386

Total long-term liabilities

 17,141

 16,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

Common stock

 52,467

 54,297

Retained earnings

 106,339

 104,526

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 (1,974)

 (1,414)

Total stockholders' equity

 156,832

 157,409

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 $ 240,746

 $ 225,849

 

 

 

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Audited

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

Operating activities:

 

 

Net income

 $ 9,299

 $ 5,096

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

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 7,316

 6,198

Equity in undistributed income of investments and unconsolidated affiliated companies

 (661)

 (770)

Impairment and lease exit charges on retail real estate

 --

 416

Deferred income taxes

 544

 2,282

Tenant improvement allowances received from lessors

 3,060

 --

Collateral deposited with insurance carrier

 (1,150)

 --

Other, net

 264

 677

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

Accounts receivable

 775

 (686)

Inventories

 (4,203)

 4,847

Other current and long-term assets

 1,548

 (4,819)

Customer deposits

 5,912

 3,961

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 7,257

 (6,562)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 29,961

 10,640

 

 

 

Investing activities:

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 (17,980)

 (14,302)

Proceeds from sale of retail real estate and property and equipment

 5,157

 958

Proceeds from sale of interest in affiliate

 2,348

 2,348

Proceeds from maturity of short-term investments

 5,000

 --

Purchases of investments

 --

 (28,125)

Other

 320

 89

Net cash used in investing activities

 (5,155)

 (39,032)

 

 

 

Financing activities:

 

 

Repayments of real estate notes payable

 (528)

 (549)

Issuance of common stock

 608

 706

Repurchases of common stock

 (5,602)

 (1,750)

Taxes paid related to net share settlements of equity awards

 (489)

 (226)

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

 300

 313

Cash dividends

 (5,155)

 (2,935)

Net cash used in financing activities

 (10,866)

 (4,441)

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 13,940

 (32,833)

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

 12,733

 45,566

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

 $ 26,673

 $ 12,733

 

 

 

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

Segment Information

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Audited

 

Quarter ended

Quarter ended

 Year Ended*

Year Ended*

 

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

Net Sales

 

 

 

 

Wholesale

 $ 60,654

 $ 54,631

 $ 223,993

 $ 215,451

Retail

 62,230

 51,708

 216,631

 199,380

Inter-company elimination

 (28,164)

 (23,277)

 (99,886)

 (93,545)

Consolidated

 $ 94,720

 $ 83,062

 $ 340,738

 $ 321,286

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss)

 

 

 

 

Wholesale

 $ 4,299

 $ 2,665

 $ 14,120

 $ 10,883

Retail

 2,077

 351

 (528)

 (1,452)

Inter-company elimination

 379

 392

 1,539

 574

Consolidated

 $ 6,755

 $ 3,408

 $ 15,131

 $ 10,005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Year ended November, 2014 had 52 weeks compared to 53 weeks for the year ended November 30, 2013

 

 

 

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

Rollforward of BHF Store Count - Unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 30,

New 

Closed

November 29,

 

2013

Stores

Stores

2014

 

 

 

 

 

Company-owned stores

 55

 6

 (1)

 60

Licensee-owned stores

 34

 -- 

 -- 

 34

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 89

 6

 (1)

 94

 

 

 

 

 

New Stores Opened in 2014:

 

 

 

 

Ft. Worth, Texas

 

 

 

 

Annapolis, Maryland

 

 

 

 

Westport, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

Burlington, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

Hartsdale, New York

 

 

 

 

Rockville, Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Supplemental Retail Information--Unaudited

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53 Comparable Stores

51 Comparable Stores***

 

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

Year Ended

 

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

 

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 $ 55,884

100.0%

 $ 49,879

100.0%

 $ 194,092

100.0%

 $ 187,146

100.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 27,716

49.6%

 24,737

49.6%

 97,187

50.1%

 96,520

51.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 28,168

50.4%

 25,142

50.4%

 96,905

49.9%

 90,626

48.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expense*

 26,029

46.6%

 24,198

48.5%

 94,726

48.8%

 90,389

48.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 $ 2,139

3.8%

 $ 944

1.9%

 $ 2,179

1.1%

 $ 237

0.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other Stores

All Other Stores***

 

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

Year Ended

 

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

November 29, 2014

November 30, 2013

 

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Percent of

 

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

Amount

Net Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 $ 6,347

100.0%

 $ 1,829

100.0%

 $ 22,539

100.0%

 $ 12,234

100.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 3,112

49.0%

 980

53.6%

 10,987

48.7%

 6,391

52.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 3,235

51.0%

 849

46.4%

 11,552

51.3%

 5,843

47.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

 3,296

51.9%

 1,066

58.3%

 13,042

57.9%

 6,861

56.1%

Pre-opening store costs**

 --

0.0%

 376

20.6%

 1,217

5.4%

 671

5.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from operations

 $ (61)

-0.9%

 $ (593)

-32.5%

 $ (2,707)

-12.0%

 $ (1,689)

-13.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Comparable store SG&A includes retail corporate overhead and administrative costs.

**Pre-opening store costs include the accrual for straight-line rent recorded during the period between date of possession and the store opening date, employee payroll and training costs prior to store opening and other various expenses incurred prior to store opening.

***Year ended November 29, 2014 had 52 weeks compared to 53 weeks for the year ended November 30, 2013.

Source: Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.

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