Flexsteel Industries, Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Results
Flexsteel Industries, Inc. (“Flexsteel” or the “Company”), one of the largest manufacturers, importers and online marketers of furniture products in the United States, reported third quarter fiscal 2021 financial results.
Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended March 31, 2021
–Net sales increased 19.8% to $118.4 million compared to $98.8 million in the prior year quarter
–Organic net sales1, excluding discontinued Vehicle Seating and Hospitality product lines, increased by 32.9%
–Record retail home furnishings backlog of $140 million as of March 31, 2021, up 314% versus prior year driven by strong year-over-year order growth of 131% in the third quarter
–Gross margin increased to 19.5% compared to 14.0% in the prior year quarter
–GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.67 compared to net loss of ($0.66) in the prior year quarter
–Non-GAAP1 net income per diluted share of $0.72 compared to net loss of ($0.16) in the prior year quarter
–Share repurchases of $8.5 million during the quarter
1GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations follow the financial statements in this press release.
“Despite ongoing industry challenges related to supply chain, we executed well and delivered on continued strong demand for home furnishings products during our third quarter as we reported sales growth of 20% and organic sales growth of 33% compared to the prior year quarter, with growth in virtually all product categories,” said Jerry Dittmer, President and CEO of Flexsteel Industries.
“We enter the fourth quarter well positioned to continue profitable growth. Our sales momentum is strong and building. Our retail home furnishings orders in the third quarter were up 131% versus prior year and grew 22% sequentially from a strong order performance in the second quarter. This positive momentum gained traction throughout the third quarter as total company orders in March set a monthly historical record high for our home furnishings business.”
“While we are aggressively ramping up both our North American manufacturing capacity and global supplier capacity to best serve our customers and meet growing consumer demand for furniture, global supply chain issues remain a significant near-term challenge. Ocean container availability has been constrained since the beginning of COVID-19, and conditions worsened in our third quarter which constricted our ability to quickly replenish inventories for customers. Increased congestion at ports and railways has further exacerbated the lead-times for sourced product. While the container situation remains highly fluid, it did improve in March, and as a result we had a significant amount of inbound inventory on the ocean at the end of the third quarter. Material and labor shortages remain headwinds and have challenged our efforts to quickly ramp up manufacturing capacity. Most notably, a shortage of foam is having a crippling impact on the furniture industry as well as many other industries, including automotive. While foam shortage has been a concern since last fall, it was significantly aggravated by the recent deep freeze in Louisiana and Texas, where most of the key chemical inputs for foam are produced. While the foam shortage has forced several furniture manufacturers to temporarily shut down operations in recent weeks, we have been able to keep our manufacturing plants running and stable, albeit at reduced levels, due to proactive planning and improved forecasting with multiple strategic suppliers. Lumber availability has also been under significant pressure driven by heightened demand for furniture coupled with extraordinary growth in housing.”
“Given the shortages in ocean containers and key materials, we also experienced unprecedented cost inflation in the third quarter. Ocean container rates were three times higher than rates prior to COVID-19. Costs on several key materials in our home furnishings products have risen by as much as 60% to 100% with substantial cost increases realized specifically in the third quarter. While we attempt to pass through cost increases to the market whenever reasonably possible, there is an inherent lag between when we realize cost inflation versus prices increases. This cost-price lag is putting considerable pressure on our gross margins in the near-term. In response, we are prudently managing discretionary SG&A expenditures to partially offset the gross margin pressures until price realization catches up to cost increases.”
“Despite the current supply chain challenges, we are very encouraged by our strong sales and order performance and are working feverishly to expand capacity in all areas of our supply chain operations. As noted last quarter, we signed a new building lease in Juarez, Mexico for an additional manufacturing plant which is ready to start production once foam availability improves. Production capacity at the new facility will quickly ramp up throughout the remainder of the calendar year as material availability stabilizes and new workers are trained. Most of our strategic global suppliers are also ramping up their capacity and are committed to supporting Flexsteel’s growth ambitions in fiscal year 2022 and beyond. We continue to invest strategically in our business to improve our customers’ experience, expand our digital and e-commerce capabilities, build our brands, and drive product innovation relevant to the market. The future of the company is promising, and we remain confident in our ability to create value for our customers, employees, partners and shareholders.”
Operating Results for the Third Quarter Ended March 31, 2021
Net sales were $118.4 million for the third quarter compared to net sales of $98.8 million in the prior year quarter, an increase of 19.8%. The increase was driven by home furnishings products sold through retail stores of $26.5 million, or 34.4%, versus the prior year quarter and an increase in homestylesTM products sold through e-commerce channels of $2.8 million, or 23.4%, versus the prior year quarter. The increases in retail and e-commerce channels were partially offset by a decline of $9.7 million versus the prior year quarter, due to the Company’s exit of the Vehicle Seating and Hospitality product lines during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.
The Company reported net income of $4.9 million or $0.67 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to net loss of $5.3 million or ($0.66) per diluted share in the prior year quarter. The reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, included $0.5 million pre-tax restructuring expense primarily for facility closures as part of the previously announced comprehensive transformation program. Excluding this item (see attached non-GAAP disclosure), the Company reported adjusted net income of $5.2 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, as compared to adjusted net loss of $1.3 million, or ($0.16) per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020.
Gross margin as a percent of net sales increased 550 basis points to 19.5% compared to 14.0% for the prior year quarter. The 550 basis points increase in gross margin was primarily due to structural cost reductions, operational efficiencies, fixed cost leverage due to higher sales volume as compared to the prior year quarter and lower inventory reserve due to demand.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased $3.8 million or 19.0% to $16.3 million as compared to $20.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 13.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 20.4% of net sales in the prior year quarter. The 660 bps decline compared to the prior year quarter was driven by a 350 bps decline due to higher bad debt expenses in the prior year quarter primarily related to a customer bankruptcy, with the remaining decline primarily due to cost leverage gained from higher sales.
The Company reported tax expense of $1.5 million, or an effective rate of 23.9%, during the third quarter compared to a $3.0 million tax benefit, or an effective rate of 35.9%, in the prior year quarter.
During the quarter, the Company incurred $0.5 million of restructuring expense primarily due to on-going facility and transition costs as part of the Company’s previously announced comprehensive transformation program. The Company expects to incur a total of approximately $3.0 to $3.5 million in restructuring expenses during fiscal 2021.
The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $17.0 million and working capital (current assets less current liabilities) of $121.0 million, and no outstanding balance on its $25.0 million secured line of credit.
Capital expenditures for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 were $2.0 million. For the full fiscal year 2021, capital expenditures are estimated to be in the range of $2.5 million to $3.0 million.
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Flexsteel Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries (the “Company”) is one of the largest manufacturers, importers and online marketers of furniture products in the United States. Product offerings include a wide variety of upholstered furniture such as sofas, loveseats, chairs, reclining and rocker-reclining chairs, swivel rockers, sofa beds, convertible bedding units, occasional tables, desks, dining tables and chairs and bedroom furniture. A featured component in most of the upholstered furniture is a unique steel drop-in seat spring from which the name “Flexsteel” is derived. The Company distributes its products throughout the United States through its ecommerce channel and direct sales force.
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