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Flexsteel Industries, Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Results

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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 2022 financial results.

Key Results for the Third Quarter Ended March 31, 2022

  • Net sales for the quarter increased 18.6% to $140.4 million compared to $118.4 million in the prior-year quarter.
  • Operating cash flow for the quarter of $37.1 million.
    • Reduction of bank borrowings of $18.1 million.
    • Share repurchases of $18.3 million, or a reduction of 13.7% of outstanding shares from the prior quarter ended December 31, 2021.
  • GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.82 for the current quarter compared to $0.67 in the prior-year quarter.
  • Non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.81 for the quarter compared to $0.72 in the prior-year quarter.

Management Commentary

“We executed solidly in the quarter delivering strong sales growth of 18.6%, restoring profitability, and generating significant operating cash flow despite continued supply chain and logistics challenges,” said Jerry Dittmer, President and CEO of Flexsteel Industries.

“Although supply chain conditions, including logistics, remain tumultuous, our team has deployed multiple strategies to navigate cost pressures and effectively service customers despite the turbulence. In the second quarter, ancillary costs associated with ocean container logistics adversely impacted our earnings results, but we reduced those costs by over $10 million in the third quarter through sustainable process improvement and stronger alignment with preferred logistics partners. Inflationary cost pressures remain a key concern across all areas of our supply chain including materials, wages, and transportation, but we will continue to offset higher costs with pricing where we can and will remain vigilant in managing SG&A costs while still supporting investments for long-term growth. Though much uncertainty remains in the global economy due to rising inflation, COVID, and escalating geopolitical tensions, the Company remains agile and is committed to sustaining or improving third-quarter profitability levels for the remainder of fiscal 2022.”

Mr. Dittmer continues, “I remain energized about our prospects for long-term profitable growth. Even though consumer demand for furniture is expected to moderate near term compared to the extraordinarily high levels from a year ago, we will continue to pursue new sources of growth including new customers and products. Our recent investments to expand North American capacity will both support growth and build supply chain resiliency. Production at our third and newest manufacturing plant in Juarez, Mexico has accelerated the reduction of our backlog, and we expect our lead times for manufactured products to return to pre-pandemic levels of 4 to 6 weeks by early June. Construction of our new facility in Mexicali, Mexico remains on target for completion in late summer, and we are aggressively selling the incremental capacity to generate new business. Our new distribution center in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, started up this past quarter and is supporting improved service levels and growth in the East Coast. These initiatives combined with ongoing investments in talent, brands, product innovation, and digital capabilities position us well to achieve our longer-term growth ambitions.”

Operating Results for the Third Quarter Ended March 31, 2022

Net sales were $140.4 million for the third quarter compared to net sales of $118.4 million in the prior-year quarter, an increase of 18.6%. The increase was driven by an increase in sales of products sold through retail stores of $22.9 million, or 22.1%, versus the prior-year quarter. Sales of homestylesTM products sold through e-commerce channels decreased by $0.9 million compared to the third quarter of the prior year.

The Company reported a net income of $5.3 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to a net income of $4.9 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. The reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, included $0.06 million of pre-tax restructuring expense reduction primarily from the adjustment of a previously recorded employee pension plan liability.

Gross margin as a percent of net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, was 15.7%, compared to 19.5% for the prior-year quarter, a decrease of 380 basis points (“bps”). The 380-bps decrease was primarily due to a 160-bps decrease related to ancillary charges caused by domestic supply chain disruptions and higher per diem charges, a decrease of 130-bps related to capacity growth investments in a third, additional manufacturing plant in Mexico, and a new distribution facility in Greencastle, PA., and a decrease of 90-bps primarily related to cost inflation for materials, labor, and transportation, partially offset by price realization.

Selling, general, and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were flat at $16.3 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2022, as compared to the same quarter of the fiscal year 2021. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 11.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to 13.8% of net sales in the prior-year quarter. The decrease of 220-bps is primarily due to a decrease of 90-bps in incentive compensation expenses, and a decrease of 130-bps due to volume leverage partially offset by growth investments.

The Company reported a tax expense of $0.3 million, or an effective rate of 5.9%, during the third quarter compared to a $1.5 million tax expense, or an effective rate of 23.9%, in the prior-year quarter.

Restructuring Update

During the quarter, the Company recorded $0.06 million of restructuring expense reduction primarily due to an adjustment of an employee pension plan accrual recorded as part of the Company’s previously announced comprehensive transformation program. The Company expects to incur a total of approximately $1.0 million in restructuring expenses during fiscal 2022.


The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $3.4 million and working capital (current assets less current liabilities) of $138.4 million, and availability of approximately $29 million under its secured line of credit.

Capital expenditures for the nine months ended March 31, 2022, were $2.9 million. For the full fiscal year 2022, capital expenditures are estimated to be in the range of $7.0 to $9.0 million and will be primarily deployed to expand both the manufacturing and distribution capacity necessary to support future growth.

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About Flexsteel

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 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.


Derek Schmidt – Investor Relations – – (563) 585-8383

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