DANBURY, CT - Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. has reported operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

  • Consolidated net sales for the quarter were $168.1 million, a decrease of 4.4% compared with $175.9 million the prior year which grew 8.0%. The Company's Retail division net sales of $132.1 million increased 0.5% over the 12.3% growth the prior year. Comparable design center net sales also grew 0.5% this quarter over the 9.4% growth the prior year. Retail division written orders during the quarter were $28 million greater than their net sales during the quarter, but were 2.4% lower than written orders the prior year third quarter which grew 11.0%. Comparable design center written orders were also 2.4% lower than the prior year.
  • Adjusted earnings for the quarter grew 50% to $0.21 per diluted share or $6.1 million from $0.14 per diluted share or $4.0 million in the prior year quarter. Year to date adjusted earnings grew 44% to $0.98 per diluted share or $28.5 million from $0.68 per diluted share or $19.7 million the prior period.
  • The Company's retail division adjusted operating profit improved by $7.3 million in the quarter to $0.7 million or 0.6% of net sales on a 0.5% increase in net sales compared to the prior year quarter. Year to date, the retail division adjusted operating profit improved by $18.9 million to $10.3 million or 2.4% of net sales on a 4.2% increase in net sales over the prior year to date.
  • Cash and securities as of March 31, 2013 grew to $117.3 million from $99.8 million the prior year while paying $19.6 million in dividends year to date versus $6.0 million the prior year to date period and managing our inventories at $142 million, equal to the prior year. Year to date, we have reduced our inventories by 9% or $13.7 million.

 US GAAP net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $4.4 million or $0.15 per diluted share compared with $27.5 million or $0.94 per diluted share in the prior year quarter which included $23.9 million in non-cash tax benefits. Please refer to the attached reconciliations of our GAAP to non-GAAP measures.

Farooq Kathwari, Chairman and CEO commented, "While our third quarter is historically our seasonally slowest delivered sales quarter, our written and delivered sales growth rates this quarter were affected by several factors including: high prior year prototype product sales, adverse timing of the Easter and Passover holidays falling within the current year quarter, and entering the quarter with lower backlogs due to Hurricane Sandy. This quarter, we also had lower shipments to our retailer in China. While their sales of Ethan Allen products have grown nicely, they had accumulated inventory in anticipation of even higher sales and to support a greater number of design center openings."

Mr. Kathwari continued, "We have continued to aggressively manage our expenses and are pleased that our adjusted earnings this quarter improved 50% to $0.21 per diluted share. This reflects the leverage of our vertically integrated enterprise which we continue to make more efficient. A loss on the sale of a vacant property and international expansion costs totaling $3.1 million were excluded from the current quarter while $0.5 million manufacturing expansion costs were excluded from the prior year quarter along with normalizing tax adjustments in both periods."

Mr. Kathwari concluded, "Our focus continues to be on increasing sales. We have major marketing initiatives underway. We are also focused on improving our cash position. We ended the current quarter with a healthy $117.3 million in cash and securities, up $17.5 million versus the prior year, after distributing an $11.8 million special dividend in December 2012 and effectively managing our inventories. We remain cautiously optimistic about our performance in our fourth fiscal quarter and next fiscal year due to the many strong programs already in place and others we will introduce in the coming months."

Analyst Conference Call

Ethan Allen will conduct a conference call at 11:00 AM (Eastern) on Wednesday, April 24th to discuss the financial results and its business initiatives. The live webcast and replay are accessible via the Company's website at http://ethanallen.com/investors. To participate on the call, dial 866-814-1914 with conference ID# 1608167.

About Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States plus two plants in Mexico and Honduras. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its North American plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit ethanallen.com.

This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2012 (the "2012 Form 10-K") and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release and related discussions contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations concerning future events and results of the Company, and are subject to various assumptions, risks and uncertainties including specifically, and without limitation, those set forth in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of the 2012 Form 10-K. Accordingly, actual future events or results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update or provide revision to any forward-looking statement at any time for any reason.

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