Monroe, MI (August 17, 2021) – La-Z-boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB), a global leader in residential furniture, today reported operating results for the fiscal 2022 first quarter ended July 24, 2021.
*Subsequent to quarter end, the Board of Directors increased the company’s share repurchase authorization by 6,5 million shares to 9 million shares, representing approximately 20% of shares outstanding, equal to approximately $320 million at yesterday’s closing stock price.
Melinda D. Whittington, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-boy, said, “The La-Z-boy enterprise delivered all-time, record-high sales for a quarter, even with our annual one-week maintenance shutdown in July. We are excited about our future as demand trends remain strong across all business units, our cash position is solid, and we are investing in our business for continued success throughout the pandemic period and beyond.”
Whittington added, “While we increased our production capacity in the period, we also continue to navigate our way through a volatile environment, including rapidly escalating commodity and freight costs, which have not shown signs of abating. To mitigate these historic rising costs, we took additional pricing actions in the quarter and, for the first time, imposed a surcharge on pending dealer orders in our backlog to help mitigate these significant cost increases in the near term.”
Chief Financial Officer Bob Lucian noted, “With the initiatives we are executing, we expect margin performance to begin to improve in the second quarter, finishing the full fiscal year with a consolidated non-GAAP operating margin at or near double digits. Over the last two quarters, we returned $79 million in value to our shareholders through share repurchases. Reflecting confidence in our long-term cash generation, our Board of Directors has increased our share repurchase authorization, enabling our continued share buyback.”
Consolidated sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 increased 84% to $525 million versus the fiscal 2021 first quarter, which was impacted by COVID, with plants reopening at reduced capacity and most retailers closed for a portion of the quarter. Compared with the pre-pandemic fiscal 2020 first quarter, consolidated sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 increased 27%, for a compounded annual growth rate of 13%. Consolidated GAAP operating margin increased to 6,5% versus 1,5% in the prior-year first quarter. Consolidated non-GAAP(1) operating margin improved to 6,6% versus 3,1% in the prior-year first quarter. Operating margin for the period was impacted by short-term pressures on Wholesale margins, resulting from previous pricing trailing escalating input costs due to significant backlog, as well as continued investment in capacity expansion.
GAAP diluted EPS was $0,54 for the fiscal 2022 first quarter versus $0,10 in the prior-year quarter. Non-GAAP(1) diluted EPS was $0,55 versus $0,18 in the prior-year first quarter.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, the company generated $6 million in cash from operating activities, after investing $39 million in higher inventory levels to protect against supply chain disruptions and to support increased production and delivered sales. La-Z-boy ended the period with $336 million in cash(2) and no debt, compared with $337 million in cash(2) and $50 million in short-term borrowings at the end of the fiscal 2021 first quarter. The company holds $33 million in investments to enhance returns on cash versus $16,5 million at the end of the fiscal 2021 first quarter. During the period, the company invested $19 million in the business through capital expenditures, paid $7 million in dividends and spent $36 million repurchasing approximately 0,9 million shares of stock in the open market under its existing authorized share repurchase program, leaving approximately 2,5 million shares available for repurchase under the program as of July 24, 2021.
On August 17, 2021, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0,15 per share on the common stock of the company, payable on September 15, 2021, to shareholders of record on September 2, 2021.
Additionally on August 17, 2021, demonstrating its confidence in the company’s ability to grow profitably and continue to generate strong operating cash flow, the company’s Board of Directors approved an increase of 6,5 million shares to its existing share repurchase authorization. With the shares available for repurchase under the program as of the end of the fiscal 2022 first quarter, this increase brings the total share repurchase authorization to 9 million shares, representing approximately 20% of shares outstanding, equal to approximately $320 million at yesterday’s closing stock price. The company expects to execute the repurchase program over a three-to-four-year period, subject to market conditions, operational performance, cash flow from operations, cash balances, potential M&A activity and other business investments.
Please refer to the accompanying “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for detailed information on calculating the Non-GAAP measures used in this press release and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.
(2)Cash includes cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
La-Z-boy will hold a conference call with the investment community on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The toll-free dial-in number is 844.369.8770; international callers may use 862.298.0840.
The call will be webcast live, with corresponding slides, and archived on the Internet. It will be available at https://lazboy.gcs-web.com/. A telephone replay will be available for a week following the call. This replay will be accessible to callers from the U.S. and Canada at 877.481.4010 and to international callers at 919.882.2331. Enter Replay Passcode: 42340. The webcast replay will be available for one year.
This news release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Generally, forward-looking statements include information concerning expectations, projections or trends relating to our results of operations, financial results, financial condition, strategic initiatives and plans, expenses, dividends, share repurchases, liquidity, use of cash and cash requirements, borrowing capacity, investments, future economic performance, business, and industry and the effect of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic on our business operations and financial results.
The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on certain assumptions and currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control, such as the continuing and developing impact of, and uncertainty caused by, the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional risks and uncertainties that we do not presently know about or that we currently consider to be immaterial may also affect our business operations and financial results. Our actual future results and trends may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed in our fiscal 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other factors identified in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not rely on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We are including this cautionary note to make applicable and take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or for any other reason.
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La-Z-boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The Wholesale segment includes England, La-Z-boy, American Drew®, Hammary®, and Kincaid®. The company-owned Retail segment includes 157 of the 352 La-Z-boy Furniture Galleries® stores. Joybird is an e-commerce retailer and manufacturer of upholstered furniture. The corporation’s branded distribution network is dedicated to selling La-Z-boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 352 stand-alone La-Z-boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 560 independent Comfort Studio® locations, in addition to in-store gallery programs for the company’s Kincaid and England operating units. Additional information is available at https://www.la-z-boy.com/.
In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), this press release also includes Non-GAAP financial measures. Management uses these Non-GAAP financial measures when assessing our ongoing performance. This press release contains references to Non-GAAP operating income, Non-GAAP operating margin, Non-GAAP income before income taxes, Non-GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-boy Incorporated and Non-GAAP net income attributable to La-Z-boy Incorporated per diluted share, which may exclude, as applicable, goodwill impairment charges, business realignment charges, purchase accounting charges, charges for our supply chain optimization initiative, an impairment charge for one investment, benefits from the CARES Act, and refunds related to terminating the company’s defined benefit pension plan. The business realignment charges include severance costs, asset impairment costs, and costs to relocate equipment and inventory related to organizational changes we undertook as a result of our COVID-19 Action Plan. The purchase accounting charges may include the amortization of intangible assets, incremental expense upon the sale of inventory acquired at fair value, amortization of employee retention agreements, fair value adjustments of future cash payments recorded as interest expense, and adjustments to the fair value of contingent consideration. The charges for our supply chain optimization initiative may include severance costs, accelerated depreciation expense, costs to relocate equipment and inventory, as well as other costs related to the closure, relocation and sale of certain manufacturing operations. The benefits from the CARES Act include the impact of employee retention credits. These Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for La-Z-boy Incorporated’s results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Reconciliations of such Non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in the accompanying tables.
Management believes that presenting certain Non-GAAP financial measures will help investors understand the long-term profitability trends of our business and compare our profitability to prior and future periods and to our peers. Management excludes goodwill impairment charges and purchase accounting charges because the amount and timing of such charges are significantly impacted by the timing, size, number and nature of the acquisitions consummated and the success with which we operate the businesses acquired. While the company has a history of acquisition activity, it does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle, and the impact of goodwill impairment charges and purchase accounting charges is unique to each acquisition and can vary significantly from acquisition to acquisition. Similarly, business realignment charges and the charges related to the company’s supply chain optimization initiative are dependent on the timing, size, number and nature of the operations being moved or closed, and the charges may not be incurred on a predictable cycle. Management also excludes an impairment charge for one investment, benefits from the CARES Act and refunds related to the termination of the company’s defined benefit pension plan when assessing the company’s operating and financial performance due to the one-time nature of these transactions. Management believes that exclusion of these items facilitates more consistent comparisons of the company’s operating results over time. Where applicable, the accompanying “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables present the excluded items net of tax calculated using the effective tax rate from operations for the period in which the adjustment is presented, except for the non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge and the adjustment to the fair value of contingent consideration which reflects the associated GAAP tax impact in the period presented.