Bassett Announces Fiscal Third Quarter Results

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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 ChangeChange2022Sales 2021Sales
Consolidated (1)$118.0$104.9 $13.112.5% $10.79.2% $5.04.8%
Wholesale$79.0$73.1 $5.98.3% $1.62.0% $4.56.2%
Retail$70.9$58.6 $12.321.0% $4.56.3% $0.91.5%
(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 (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
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
 AmountNet Sales AmountNet Sales AmountNet Sales AmountNet 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
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
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 
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
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
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Peter D. Morrison
Vice President of Communications
(276) 629-6450 – Media

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