Mon, 02 Oct 2023

ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / August 2, 2022 / HAVERTYS (NYSE:HVT and HVT.A), today reported its operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Second quarter 2022 versus second quarter 2021:

  • Diluted earnings per common share ('EPS') of $1.27 versus $1.21.
  • Consolidated sales increased 1.3% to $253.2 million. Comparable store sales increased 1.1%. Total written sales declined 13.3%
  • Gross profit margin of 57.9% versus 56.6% and above expectations due to pricing discipline and merchandise mix.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman and CEO, said, 'Our strong earnings were driven by solid gross margin improvement and attention to operating costs. These results are particularly gratifying as we are comparing to last year's record setting growth. Supply chains issues are subsiding, and we are restoring our operating inventory levels and reducing our backlog of orders. Consumers continue to return to their historical shopping patterns of concentrating spending around traditional holiday events. We have had declines in in-store traffic and outside these peak periods and our written business was down 13.3% for the quarter compared to last year. We believe consumers are still investing in their home as our written business for the second quarter was up 23.2% over the 'normal' pre-pandemic second quarter of 2019.

The second half of this year could be challenging as consumer discretionary spending is impacted by rising inflation, market volatility, and geopolitical concerns. During Havertys' 137 years, its competitive and financial strengths have provided the means to grow from adversity.'

Key Results
(amounts in millions, except per share amounts)

Other Financial and Operations Data

  1. See the reconciliation of the non-GAAP metrics at the end of the release.

Liquidity Measures

Second Quarter ended June 30, 2022 Compared to Same Period of 2021

  • Total sales up 1.3%, comp-store sales up 1.1% for the quarter. Total written sales were down 13.3% for the quarter.
  • Gross profit margins increased 130 basis points to 57.9% in 2022 from 56.6% in 2021 due to pricing discipline and merchandise mix.
  • SG&A expenses were 46.7% of sales versus 45.0% and increased $5.7 million. The primary drivers of this change are:
    • increase of $2.3 million in selling expenses due to increased compensation and benefits costs and third-party credit costs.
    • increase in distribution and delivery costs of $2.6 million due to increases in compensation and benefits costs and fuel costs.
    • Increase in occupancy costs of $0.6 million primarily resulting from the timing of repairs and maintenance and depreciation expense.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

  • Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2022 are $150.2 million.
  • Generated $26.3 million in cash from operating activities primarily from solid earnings performance, offset by funding of a $22.0 million increase in inventories and a $4.2 million increase in other operating assets and liabilities.
  • Purchased 899,890 shares of common stock for $25.0 million and paid $8.8 million in quarterly cash dividends during the six months ended June 30, 2022.
  • No funded debt.

Expectations and Other

  • We expect gross profit margins for 2022 will be between 57.7% to 58.0%. Gross profit margins fluctuate quarter to quarter in relation to our promotional cadence. Our estimated gross profit margins are based on anticipated changes in product and freight costs and its impact on our LIFO reserve.
  • Fixed and discretionary expenses within SG&A for the full year of 2022 are expected to be in the $293.0 to $295.0 million range. Variable SG&A expenses for the full year of 2022 are anticipated to be in the 18.2% to 18.4% range in 2022. These estimates of our SG&A costs reflect changes in our previous guidance for marketing spend and increases in selling and delivery costs.
  • Our effective tax rate for 2022 is expected to be 25% excluding the impact from the vesting of stock-based awards, potential tax credits, and any new tax legislation.
  • Planned capital expenditures are approximately $32.0 million in 2022. We expect retail square footage will be relatively flat as we plan to open three stores and close three in 2022. These capital expenditures also include one store expected to open in early 2023. We plan to open one store in early 2023. As part of our enhanced online presence, we are making investments in information technology. This current capital expenditures estimate reflects a deferral of the conversion of our home delivery center in Virginia to a regional distribution facility due to availability and pricing of building materials.




GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

We report our financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ('GAAP'). We supplement the reporting of our financial information under GAAP with certain non-GAAP financial information. The non-GAAP information presented provides additional useful information but should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for the related GAAP measures. We believe that EBITDA is a meaningful measure to share with investors.

Reconciliation of GAAP measures to EBITDA

Comparable Store Sales 

Comparable-store or 'comp-store' sales is a measure which indicates the performance of our existing stores and website by comparing the sales growth for stores and online for a particular month over the corresponding month in the prior year. Stores are considered non-comparable if they were not open during the corresponding month or if the selling square footage has been changed significantly. Stores closed due to COVID-19 were excluded from comp-store sales.

Cost of Goods Sold and SG&A Expense 

We include substantially all our occupancy and home delivery costs in SG&A expense as well as a portion of our warehousing expenses.  Accordingly, our gross profit may not be comparable to those entities that include these costs in cost of goods sold. 

We classify our SG&A expenses as either variable or fixed and discretionary.  Our variable expenses are comprised of selling and delivery costs.  Selling expenses are primarily compensation and related benefits for our commission-based sales associates, the discount we pay for third party financing of customer sales and transaction fees for credit card usage.  We do not outsource delivery, so these costs include personnel, fuel, and other expenses related to this function.  Fixed and discretionary expenses are comprised of rent, depreciation and amortization and other occupancy costs for stores, warehouses and offices, and all advertising and administrative costs. 

Conference Call Information

The company invites interested parties to listen to the live webcast of the conference call on August 3, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website, If you cannot listen live, a replay will be available on the day of the conference call at the website at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET.

About Havertys

Havertys (NYSE:HVT and HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 121 showrooms in 16 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions providing its customers with a wide selection of quality merchandise in middle to upper-middle price ranges. Additional information is available on the Company's website 

Safe Harbor

This press release contains, and the conference call may contain forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and change based on various important factors, many of which are beyond our control.

All statements in the future tense and all statements accompanied by words such as 'expect,' 'likely,' 'outlook,' 'forecast,' 'preliminary,' 'would,' 'could,' 'should,' 'position,' 'will,' 'project,' 'intend,' 'plan,' 'on track,' 'anticipate,' 'to come,' 'may,' 'possible,' 'assume,' and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, our expectations for retail and operating margins, selling square footage and capital expenditures for 2022, our liquidity position to continue to fund our growth plans, and our efforts and initiatives to execute our strategic plan.

We caution that our forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and while we believe that our expectations for the future are reasonable in view of currently available information you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, and they should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the extent and duration of the disruption to our business operations caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic; disruptions in our suppliers' operations; potential problems with inventory availability and the potential result of the volatility or higher cost of product and international freight due to the high demand of products and low supply for an unpredictable period of time; disruptions in our third-party producers' operations in foreign countries; changes in national and international legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes to import tariffs and the unpredictability of such changes; failure of vendors to meet our quality control standards or to react to changes in legislative or regulatory frameworks; disruptions in our distribution centers; changes in general economic conditions, including unemployment, inflation (including the impact of tariffs); labor shortages and the Company's ability to successfully attract and retain employees in the current labor market; uncertain credit markets and other macroeconomic conditions; competitive product, service and pricing pressures; failure or weakness in our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting; disruptions caused by a failure or breach of the Company's information systems and information technology infrastructure, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2021 and from time to time in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC.

Forward-looking statements describe our expectations only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our subsequent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and other reports filed with the SEC. 

Havertys, Tuesday, August 2, 2022, Press release picture


Havertys 404-443-2900
Jenny Hill Parker
SVP, Finance, and Corporate Secretary

SOURCE: Havertys

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