ST. LOUIS - Furniture Brands International (NYSE:FBN) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2013. The Company also announced that in order to address its liquidity challenges and improve business performance it is implementing strategic initiatives to achieve cost reductions, pursuing asset sales and working with its lenders to potentially modify its credit facilities.

• Net sales for the second quarter of 2013 were $255.0 million, a decline of 4.0% compared to net sales of $265.5 million in the second quarter of 2012. Second quarter 2013 retail sales at the 49 Thomasville company-owned stores totaled $26.4 million compared with sales of $25.6 million at 48 company-owned stores in the prior year period. Second quarter same-store sales at the 44 Thomasville stores that the Company has owned for more than 15 months, were up 4.5% compared to the second quarter of 2012

• Gross profit for the second quarter of 2013 was $46.6 million and gross margin was 18.3%, compared to $64.0 million in gross profit and 24.1% gross margin in the prior year period. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2013 includes $2.4 million in charges related to product rationalization. Excluding this charge, the decrease in second quarter 2013 gross margin was primarily due to deleveraging of fixed manufacturing costs due to lower sales as well as additional clearance of older inventory and product that is being replaced.

• Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $63.0 million as compared to $69.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. This decrease was primarily due to lower compensation costs, marketing expenses, and expenses resulting from cost reduction activities, partially offset by higher bad debt expense due to lower bad debt recoveries in the current quarter.

• The Company had an operating loss of $43.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 as compared to an operating loss of $5.8 million in the prior year period. The operating loss in the second quarter of 2013 includes $29.3 million of charges, which consist of the previously mentioned $2.4 million of product rationalization and $26.9 million of asset impairment charges.

• The $26.9 million asset impairment charges includes $15.7 million related to an impairment of software assets as the Company is narrowing the scope of a planned systems implementation, $10.8 million related to trade name impairments, and $0.4 million of impairment charges related to assets held for sale.

• Interest expense was $2.5 million as compared to $0.8 million in the prior year period. The increase in interest expense was primarily due to the increased interest rate on higher debt and amortization of debt issuance costs related to the previously announced debt refinancing in September 2012.

• Net loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $40.8 million, or $5.15 per diluted share, which includes a $25.1 million after-tax charge from the aforementioned items. This compares to a net loss of $6.8 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012. These loss per share amounts are based on a share count that reflects the 7 for 1 reverse stock split that took place during the second quarter of 2013.

• The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $8.8 million and a debt balance of $117.7 million.

Mr. Ralph Scozzafava, Chairman and CEO stated, "Our financial performance in the second quarter was below our expectations. Continued solid top and bottom line performance of our designer brands and improving sales and order trends at our Thomasville owned retail stores were once again significantly over-shadowed by the challenges we are facing in stabilizing sales and profitability in our wholesale businesses."

Mr. Scozzafava continued, "As a result of the challenges we continue to face, we are conducting a thorough strategic review of our business and have engaged outside advisors to assist us in this effort. The scope of this effort encompasses achieving further cost reductions, pursuing asset sales and modifying our credit facilities in order to improve our liquidity."

FURNITURE BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC. 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(in thousands except per share data) 
(unaudited) 
         
   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   June 29,   June 30,   June 29,   June 30, 
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net sales   $ 254,984  $ 265,474  $ 509,711  $ 552,732
Cost of sales   208,336  201,466  411,585  417,282
Gross profit   46,648  64,008  98,126  135,450
Selling, general & administrative expenses   62,952  69,373  132,086  139,356
Impairment of assets, net of recoveries   26,883  454  28,260  478
Operating loss   (43,187)  (5,819)  (62,220)  (4,384)
Interest expense   2,481  840  4,905  1,590
Other income, net   881  99  993  303
Loss before income tax (benefit) expense   (44,787)  (6,560)  (66,132)  (5,671)
Income tax (benefit) expense   (3,966)  210  (4,108)  720
Net loss   $ (40,821)  $ (6,770)  $ (62,024)  $ (6,391)
         
Net loss per common share:         
Basic and diluted   $ (5.15)  $ (0.86)  $ (7.83)  $ (0.81)
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding:         
Basic & diluted   7,929  7,877  7,918  7,870
 
FURNITURE BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC. 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(in thousands) 
 (unaudited) 
         
       June 29,   December 29, 
      2013 2012
ASSETS         
         
Current assets:         
Cash and cash equivalents       $ 8,817  $ 11,869
Receivables, less allowances of $12,975 ($11,615 at December 29, 2012)       109,351  125,739
Inventories       226,538  244,333
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       10,021  11,287
Total current assets       354,727  393,228
         
Property, plant and equipment, net       96,254  103,403
Trade names       65,339  76,105
Other assets       30,412  45,705
       $ 546,732  $ 618,441
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY         
         
Current liabilities:         
Accounts payable       $ 108,057  $ 113,590
Accrued expenses       49,847  58,741
Total current liabilities       157,904  172,331
         
Long-term debt       117,747  105,000
Deferred income taxes       17,866  18,002
Pension liability       208,671  213,295
Other long-term liabilities       47,944  55,015
         
Shareholders' (deficit) equity      (3,400)  54,798
       $ 546,732  $ 618,441
 
FURNITURE BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC. 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(in thousands) 
(unaudited) 
         
       Six Months Ended 
       June 29,   June 30, 
      2013 2012
Cash flows from operating activities:         
Net loss       $ (62,024)  $ (6,391)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:         
Depreciation and amortization       7,917  10,166
Compensation expense related to stock option grants and restricted stock awards       837  1,205
Impairment of assets       28,173  478
Other, net       (558)  (336)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:         
Accounts receivable       16,389  (12,337)
Inventories       17,795  (20,882)
Prepaid expenses and other assets       2,397  (787)
Accounts payable and other accrued expenses       (14,452)  30,490
Deferred income taxes       (83)  544
Long-term liabilities       (7,074)  (5,155)
Net cash used in operating activities       (10,683)  (3,005)
         
Cash flows from investing activities:         
Proceeds from the disposal of assets       2,348  114
Additions to property, plant, equipment and software       (7,284)  (3,469)
Net cash used in investing activities       (4,936)  (3,355)
         
Cash flows from financing activities:         
Payments for debt issuance costs      (172)  --
Payments of term loan       (253)  --
Payments of long-term debt        (22,000)  --
Payments for debt issuance costs       35,000  --
Other       (8)  43
Net cash provided by financing activities       12,567  43
         
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents       (3,052)  (6,317)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period       11,869  25,387
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $ 8,817  $ 19,070
         
         
Supplemental disclosure:         
Cash payments (refunds) for income taxes, net       $ 428  $ (163)
         
Cash payments for interest expense       $ 4,891  $ 1,643
 
FURNITURE BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC. 
SUPPLEMENTAL RETAIL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands) 
(unaudited) 
         
   Thomasville Stores (a)   All Other Retail Locations (b) 
   Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended 
   June 29,   June 30,   June 29,   June 30, 
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net sales   $ 26,397  $ 25,578  $ 8,692  $ 8,637
Cost of sales   16,437  15,144  6,606  5,667
Gross profit   9,960  10,434  2,086  2,970
Selling, general & administrative expenses - open stores   15,418  14,692  3,871  4,133
Loss from operations - open stores (c)   (5,458)  (4,258)  (1,785)  (1,163)
         
Selling, general & administrative expenses - closed stores (d)   --  --  111  564
Loss from operations - retail operations (c)   $ (5,458)  $ (4,258)  $ (1,896)  $ (1,727)
         
Number of open stores and showrooms at end of period   49  48  14  16
Number of closed locations at end of period   --  --  17  21
         
Same-store-sales (e):         
Percentage change   5%  (7)%  (f)   (f) 
Number of stores  44  44    
         
         
   Thomasville Stores (a)   All Other Retail Locations (b) 
   Six Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   June 29,   June 30,   June 29,   June 30, 
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net sales   $ 53,302  $ 53,036  $ 17,127  $ 16,670
Cost of sales   32,470  30,810  12,359  10,669
Gross profit   20,832  22,226  4,768  6,001
Selling, general & administrative expenses - open stores   31,434  29,560  7,945  8,055
Operating loss - open stores (c)   (10,602)  (7,334)  (3,177)  (2,054)
         
Selling, general & administrative expenses - closed stores (d)   --  --  1,397  1,503
Operating loss - retail operations (c)   $ (10,602)  $ (7,334)  $ (4,574)  $ (3,557)
         
         
Same-store-sales (e):         
Percentage increase/(decrease)   1%  (4)%  (f)   (f) 
Number of stores   46  44    
         
a) This supplemental data includes company-owned Thomasville retail store locations that were open during the period. 
         
b) This supplemental data includes all company-owned retail locations other than open Thomasville stores ("all other retail locations"). 
         
c) Loss from operations does not include our wholesale profit on the above retail net sales. 
         
d) SG&A - closed stores includes occupancy costs, lease termination costs, and costs associated with closed store lease liabilities. 
         
e) The Thomasville same-store-sales percentage is based on sales from stores that have been in operation and company-owned for at least 15 months, including any stores that had been opened for at least 15 months but were closed during the period. 
         
f) Same-store-sales data is not meaningful and is not presented for all other retail locations because results include retail store locations of multiple brands including four Drexel Heritage stores, one Henredon store, one Broyhill store, and eight designer showrooms at June 29, 2013; and other than designer showrooms, it is not one of our long-term strategic initiatives to grow non-Thomasville brand company-owned retail locations. 

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