Flexsteel Industries, Inc. Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2023 Results
Flexsteel Industries, Inc. (“Flexsteel” or the “Company”), one of the largest manufacturers, importers, and marketers of residential furniture products in the United States, today reported first quarter fiscal year 2023 financial results.
Key Results for the First Quarter Ended September 30, 2022
- Net sales for the quarter decreased 30.5% to $95.7 million compared to $137.7 million in the prior year’s quarter.
- Gross margin decreased to 16.0% for the quarter compared to 17.0% in the prior year quarter.
- GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.05 for the current quarter compared to net income of $0.61 in the prior year quarter.
- Non-GAAP1 net income per diluted share of $0.09 for the quarter compared to net income of $0.48 in the prior year quarter.
- Cash flow from operations of $13.0 million.
- Debt repayment of $7.7 million.
1GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations follow the financial statements in this press release.
“Despite challenging macroeconomic conditions, including weakened demand, intensifying competitive pricing pressures and an overabundance of retail inventory, we were able to deliver solid results in the first quarter. I am encouraged that we were able to adjust to these challenges and deliver sales for the quarter of $95.7 million, which outperformed our sales guidance of $80 to $90 million,” said Jerry Dittmer, President, and CEO of Flexsteel Industries. Compared to pre-pandemic sales from the first quarter of fiscal 2020, home furnishings product sales were up $6.5 million, or 7.3%.
“While our long-term outlook remains positive, we believe the next six to nine months will be challenging for our industry due to excess inventory at both retailers and manufacturers, margin pressures from competitive pricing and economic headwinds. Regardless of external challenges, we remain focused on executing our growth strategy, launching exciting new products, and continuing to deliver on our industry leading lead times of 3 to 5 weeks for custom manufactured product. We recently launched our new brand, Charisma™, designed to serve customers seeking good quality, stylish furniture at affordable prices. Customer interest has been positive, and we began production last week to fulfill a strong backlog of new orders. Additionally, we remain on track for a third quarter launch of our new Zecliner™ sleep solution recliner, and flex™, our small parcel, contemporary modular furniture solution.”
Mr. Dittmer concludes, “At the same time that we’re advancing our growth initiatives, we are mindful of looming economic uncertainties and the need to remain operationally and financially agile if market conditions were to change quickly. Our top priority is growth and servicing customers, however we are also focused near-term on working capital improvements, generating cash, and reducing debt to effectively navigate various economic scenarios without compromising our growth pursuits. I’m confident that the investments we’ve made, and will continue to make, in talent, product innovation, operational capabilities and customer experience improvements, have effectively positioned us to compete well in the near term as well as achieve our longer-term vision for the company.”
Operating Results for the First Quarter Ended September 30, 2022
Net sales were $95.7 million for the first quarter compared to net sales of $137.7 million in the prior year quarter, a decrease of approximately $42.0 million, or (30.5%), as home furnishings sales revert to pre-pandemic norms. The decrease was driven by lower sales volume in home furnishings products sold through retail stores of $38.7 million, or (31.1%), versus the prior-year quarter. Sales of products sold through e-commerce channels decreased by $3.3 million, or (25.2%) compared to the first quarter of the prior year. Sales in the prior year quarter were especially strong due to a surge in COVID-induced spending on home furniture.
The Company reported net income of $0.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, compared to a net income of $4.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. The reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, included a $0.3 million pre-tax charge for expenses related an unsolicited proposal to purchase Flexsteel shares received in August and the subsequent evaluation and unanimous rejection of the proposal by the Board of Directors. Excluding this item (see attached non-GAAP disclosure), the Company reported an adjusted net income of $0.5 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, as compared to an adjusted net income of $3.4 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
Gross margin as a percent of net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, was 16.0%, compared to 17.0% for the prior-year quarter, a decrease of 100 basis points (“bps”). The 100-bps decrease was primarily driven by impact of lower volume deleveraging our fixed manufacturing costs, and increased cost of delivery due to higher diesel fuel costs, partially offset by improvement related to reduced ancillary charges in the quarter.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased to $14.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $18.8 million in the prior year quarter, a decrease of 22.4%. The decrease is mainly due to reduced compensation expense and controlled spending across all other categories.
The Company reported a tax benefit of $0.2 million, or an effective rate of (175.5%), during the first quarter compared to a $1.3 million tax expense, or an effective rate of 23.2%, in the prior-year quarter. The effective tax rate is primarily impacted by adjustments related to uncertain tax positions.
The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $4.0 million and working capital (current assets less current liabilities) of $116.1 million, and availability of approximately $40.4 million under its secured line of credit.
Capital expenditures for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, were $1.9 million.
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Flexsteel Industries, Inc., and Subsidiaries (NASDAQ:FLXS) (the “Company”) is one of the largest manufacturers, importers, and marketers of residential furniture products in the United States. Product offerings include a wide variety of furniture such as sofas, loveseats, chairs, reclining rocking chairs, swivel rockers, sofa beds, convertible bedding units, occasional tables, desks, dining tables and chairs, kitchen storage, bedroom furniture, and outdoor 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 e-commerce channel and direct sales force.
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