Q.E.P. Co., Inc., Reports Fiscal 2023 First Quarter Results
Q.E.P. CO., Inc. (the “Company” or “QEP”) reported its consolidated results of operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023, which ended on May 31, 2022.
Q.E.P. reported net sales of $117.1 million for the quarter ended May 31, 2022, an increase of $2.7 million or 2.3% compared to $114.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. The increase in net sales was primarily due to year-over-year price increases that were implemented to mitigate the impact of inflationary pressures. These price increases were partially offset by lower sales volume and the currency translation impact of the strong U.S. Dollar in the current period. As a percentage of net sales, gross margin was 26.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2023, as compared to 27.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
Lewis Gould, Executive Chairman, commented on the Company’s results, “We continue to be adversely impacted by significant inflationary pressures and disruption to the global supply chain. Despite implementing an unprecedented series of price increases, we continue to lag the impact of elevated inbound freight rates, along with higher product, labor and other operating costs. In light of these headwinds, the Company continues to closely monitor and take appropriate actions on marginally profitable products, product lines and operating expenses.”
Mr. Gould concluded, “The Company recognizes the challenging and volatile environment in which we operate and remains focused on improving the overall profitability of our operations.”
The Company’s gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 was $30.9 million, representing a decrease of $0.4 million, or 1.4% from $31.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. The decrease in absolute gross margin and gross margin as a percentage of net sales was due to increased inbound freight and products costs, that were not fully recovered through price increases to customers and cost reduction initiatives.
Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 and 2022 were $29.1 million or 24.9% of net sales and $27.3 million or 23.9% of net sales, respectively. The increase in operating expenses was due to higher outbound freight costs directly related to higher energy costs. Additionally, the Company had higher personnel and marketing costs as it reinvested in sales support infrastructure, including marketing displays and samples, to support the recent launch of certain flooring product lines.
The higher interest expense during the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was due to an increase in borrowings under the Company’s credit facilities and higher interest rates during the current period.
The provision for income taxes as a percentage of income before taxes was 28.0% for both the first quarter of fiscal 2023 and the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
Net income forthe first quarter of fiscal 2023 was $1.0 million or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $2.6 million or $0.79 per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 was $2.7 million as compared to $5.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
Cash used in operations during the first quarter of fiscal 2023 was $8.8 million as compared to cash provided by operations of $1.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, reflecting the payment to suppliers that previously funded the increase in inventory. In the first quarter of fiscal 2023, cash used in operations and capital expenditures was funded by increased borrowings under the Company’s lines of credit.
Working capital as of May 31, 2022 was $53.4 million compared to $55.0 million at the end of fiscal 2022. Aggregate debt, net of available cash balances at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2023 was $43.4 million or 54.5% of equity, an increase of $10.0 million compared to $33.4 million or 42.0% of equity at the end of fiscal 2022.
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Founded in 1979, Q.E.P. Co., Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of best-inclass flooring and installation solutions for commercial and home improvement projects worldwide. QEP offers a comprehensive line of specialty installation tools, adhesives, and underlayment as well as a complete line of hardwood, luxury vinyl, and modular carpet tile. QEP sells its products throughout the world to home improvement retail centers, professional specialty distribution outlets, and flooring dealers under brand names including QEP®, LASH®, ROBERTS®, Vitrex®, Brutus®, PRCI®, Plasplugs®, Tomecanic®, Premix-Marbletite® (PMM), Apple Creek®, Homelux®, Capitol® and XPS Foam™. Brand names featured under QEP’s Harris Flooring Group® include Harris®, Kraus® and Naturally Aged Flooring™. QEP is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with offices in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
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Source: Q.E.P. Co., Inc.