HNI Corporation Announces Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2011

Company Release - 10/19/2011 5:00 PM ET

MUSCATINE, Iowa, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) today announced sales of $504.2 million, an increase of 10 percent, and income from continuing operations of $24.9 million, an increase of 59 percent, for the third quarter ending October 1, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.  Net income per diluted share for the quarter was $0.55.  

Third Quarter Summary Comments

"We delivered strong results that exceeded our sales and profit expectations for the third quarter.  All businesses increased sales and expanded operating margins.  Top line growth in our office furniture segment was driven by a double-digit increase in our contract and international businesses.  Despite low levels of small business confidence, we increased sales in our supplies-driven business.  Performance in our hearth segment was outstanding, led by continued double-digit growth in alternative energy products," said Stan Askren, HNI Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.


Third Quarter


Percent
Change

Dollars in millions

except per share data

Three Months Ended

10/01/2011

10/02/2010





Net sales

$504.2

$458.9

9.9%

Gross margin

$179.4

$161.2

11.3%

Gross margin %

35.6%

35.1%


SG&A

$138.9

$130.3

6.7%

SG&A %

27.6%

28.4%


Operating income

$40.4

$31.0

30.7%

Operating income %

8.0%

6.7%


Income from continuing operations

$24.9

$15.6

59.2%





Earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to HNI Corporation – diluted

$0.55

$0.34

58.8%




Third Quarter Results – Continuing Operations

  • Consolidated net sales increased $45.4 million or 9.9 percent to $504.2 million.  
  • Gross margins were 0.5 percentage points higher than prior year primarily due to higher volume, better price realization and lower restructuring and transition costs offset partially by increased material costs.
  • Total selling and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales, including restructuring charges, improved 0.8 percentage points due to higher volume partially offset by increased fuel costs and higher incentive-based compensation.
  • The Corporation's third quarter results included $0.5 million of restructuring and transition charges associated with previously announced shutdown and consolidation of office furniture manufacturing locations.  These included accelerated depreciation and transition costs of $0.2 million in cost of sales.  Included in the third quarter of 2010 were $0.7 million of restructuring and transition costs.

Third Quarter – Non-GAAP Financial Measures – Continuing Operations

(Reconciled with most comparable GAAP financial measures)


Dollars in millions

except per share data

Three Months Ended

10/01/2011


Three Months Ended

10/02/2010


Gross

Profit

Operating

Income


EPS


Gross

Profit

Operating

Income


EPS

As reported (GAAP)

$179.4

$40.4

$0.55


$161.2

$31.0

$0.34

% of net sales

35.6%

8.0%



35.1%

6.7%










Restructuring and impairment

$0.2

$0.4

$0.00


$0.9

$0.6

$0.01

Transition costs

$0.1

$0.1

$0.00


$0.1

$0.1

$0.00









Results (non-GAAP)

$179.7

$41.0

$0.55


$162.2

$31.7

$0.35

% of net sales

35.6%

8.1%



35.3%

6.9%





Year-to-Date Results

Consolidated net sales for the first nine months of 2011 increased $112.6 million, or 9.2 percent, to $1.3 billion compared to $1.2 billion in 2010.  Gross margins remained flat at 34.6 compared to the same period last year.  Income from continuing operations was $27.7 million compared to $17.1 million in 2010.  Earnings per share from continuing operations increased to $0.61 per diluted share compared to $0.37 per diluted share last year.

Cash flow from operations for the first nine months of 2011 was $67.0 million compared to $49.1 million last year.  Capital expenditures were $20.2 million in 2011 compared to $18.7 million in 2010.  

Discontinued Operations

The Corporation completed the sale of a small, non-core business in the office furniture segment and a small, non-core component of its hearth products segment during 2010.  Revenues and expenses associated with these business operations are presented as discontinued operations for all periods presented in the financial statements.


Office Furniture



Dollars in millions

Three Months Ended

Percent
Change

10/01/2011

10/02/2010

Sales

$421.9

$387.4

8.9%

Operating profit

$41.5

$34.0

22.0%

Operating profit %

9.8%

8.8%






Third Quarter – Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Reconciled with most comparable GAAP financial measures)



Three Months Ended

Percent

Dollars in millions

10/01/2011

10/02/2010

Change





Operating profit as reported (GAAP)

$41.5

$34.0

22.0%

% of Net Sales

9.8%

8.8%






Restructuring and impairment

$0.4

$0.6


Transition costs

$0.1

$0.1






Operating profit (non-GAAP)

$42.0

$34.7

21.0%

% of Net Sales

10.0%

9.0%





  • Third quarter sales for the office furniture segment increased $34.5 million or 8.9 percent to $421.9 million.  The increase was across all channels of the office furniture segment with a more substantial increase in the contract and international channels.  
  • Third quarter operating profit increased $7.5 million.  Operating profit was positively impacted by higher volume, better price realization and lower restructuring costs.  These were partially offset by higher input costs.


Hearth Products



Dollars in millions

Three Months Ended

Percent
Change

10/01/2011

10/02/2010

Sales

$82.3

$71.5

15.2%

Operating profit

$6.9

$3.0

126.1%

Operating profit %

8.3%

4.3%








  • Third quarter sales for the hearth products segment increased $10.9 million or 15.2 percent to $82.3 million.  The increase was across all channels of the hearth products segment with a more substantial increase in the remodel-retrofit channel.  
  • Third quarter operating profit increased $3.8 million.  Operating profit was positively impacted by increased volume and higher price realization offset partially by higher material costs and incentive-based compensation.

Outlook

"I remain positive about our markets and prospects to drive profitable growth. We continue to invest for long term growth while maintaining our focus on lean practices and operational improvement. Our businesses are agile and well positioned for the future. I am confident we have the organizational capability, management processes, and market leadership to deliver increased profits in 2011 and 2012," said Mr. Askren.

The Corporation estimates sales growth between 2 to 5 percent in the fourth quarter over the same period in the prior year. For the full year, the Company is raising its estimate of non-GAAP earnings per diluted share to the range of $1.00 to $1.05 excluding restructuring charges and transition costs.

The Corporation remains focused on creating long-term shareholder value by growing its business through investment in building brands, product solutions and selling models, enhancing its strong member-owner culture and remaining focused on its long-standing rapid continuous improvement programs to build best total cost and a lean enterprise.

Conference Call and Presentation

HNI Corporation will host a conference call on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. (Central) to discuss third quarter results.  A presentation intended to accompany the call will be posted to the Corporation's website.  To participate, call the conference call line at 1-877-512-9166, Conference ID:  14313640.  A replay of the conference call will be available until Thursday, October 27, 10:59 p.m. (Central).  To access this replay, dial 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 – Conference ID:  14313640.   A link to the presentation and simultaneous web cast can be found under the Investor Information section of the Corporation's website at www.hnicorp.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures.  A "non-GAAP financial measure" is defined as a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes or includes amounts different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statements of income, balance sheets or statements of cash flow of the company.  Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, we have provided a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

The non-GAAP financial measures used within this earnings release are:  gross profit, operating income, operating profit and net income per diluted share from continuing operations (i.e., EPS), excluding restructuring and impairment charges and transition costs.  We present these measures because management uses this information to monitor and evaluate financial results and trends.  Management believes this information is also useful for investors. This earnings release also contains a forward-looking estimate of non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for the full fiscal year.  We provide such non-GAAP measures to investors on a prospective basis for the same reasons (set forth above) we provide them to investors on a historical basis.  We are unable to provide a reconciliation of our forward-looking estimate of non-GAAP earnings per diluted share to a forward-looking estimate of GAAP earnings per diluted share because certain information needed to make a reasonable forward-looking estimate of GAAP earnings per diluted share for the full fiscal year is difficult to predict and estimate and is often dependent on future events which may be uncertain or outside of our control.  Such events may include unanticipated charges related to asset impairments (fixed assets, intangibles or goodwill), unanticipated acquisition related costs and other unanticipated non-recurring items not reflective of ongoing operations.  

HNI Corporation is a NYSE traded company (ticker symbol: HNI) providing products and solutions for the home and workplace environments.  HNI Corporation is the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the world and is also the nation's leading manufacturer and marketer of gas- and wood-burning fireplaces.  The Corporation's strong brands, including HON®, Allsteel®, Gunlocke®, Paoli®, Maxon®, Lamex®, HBF® , Heatilator®, Heat & Glo®, Quadra-Fire® and Harman Stove™ have leading positions in their markets.  HNI Corporation is committed to maintaining its long-standing corporate values of integrity, financial soundness and a culture of service and responsiveness.  More information can be found on the Corporation's website at www.hnicorp.com.

Statements in this release that are not strictly historical, including statements as to plans, outlook, objectives and future financial performance, are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements include, without limitation, expectations for (i) sales growth to be between 2 and 5 percent for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 and (ii) non-GAAP earnings per diluted share (excluding restructuring charges and transition costs) to be in the range of $1.00 to $1.05 for fiscal 2011.  In addition, words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "confident," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "hope," "intend," "likely," "may," "plan," "possible," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "would" and variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the Corporation's actual results in the future to differ materially from expected results.  These risks include, without limitation:  the Corporation's ability to realize financial benefits from its (a) price increases, (b) cost containment and business simplification initiatives for the entire Corporation, (c) investments in strategic acquisitions, new products and brand building, (d) investments in distribution and rapid continuous improvement, (e) ability to maintain its effective tax rate, (f) repurchases of common stock and (g) consolidation and logistical realignment initiatives; uncertainty related to the availability of cash and credit, and the terms and interest rates on which credit would be available, to fund operations and future growth; lower than expected demand for the Corporation's products due to uncertain political and economic conditions, including the recent credit crisis, slow or negative growth rates in global and domestic economies and the protracted decline in the domestic housing market; lower industry growth than expected; major disruptions at key facilities or in the supply of any key raw materials, components or finished goods; uncertainty related to disruptions of business by terrorism, military action, epidemic, acts of God or other Force Majeure events; competitive pricing pressure from foreign and domestic competitors; higher than expected costs and lower than expected supplies of materials (including steel and petroleum based materials); higher than expected costs for energy and fuel; changes in the mix of products sold and of customers purchasing; relationships with distribution channel partners, including the financial viability of distributors and dealers; restrictions imposed by the terms of the Corporation's revolving credit facility and note purchase agreement; currency fluctuations and other factors described in the Corporation's annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.  The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

For Information Contact:
Derek P. Schmidt, Treasurer and Vice President, Corporate Finance (563) 272-7344
Kurt A. Tjaden, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (563) 272-7400

HNI CORPORATION

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations



(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Oct. 1, 2011

Oct. 2, 2010

Oct. 1, 2011

Oct. 2, 2010

Net Sales

$504,220

$458,853

$1,333,181

$1,220,581

Cost of products sold

324,825

297,635

872,132

798,866

Gross profit

179,395

161,218

461,049

421,715

Selling and administrative expenses

138,671

130,514

407,281

381,346

Restructuring and impairment charges

277

(251)

2,130

2,821

Operating income

40,447

30,955

51,638

37,548

Interest income

222

166

465

346

Interest expense

2,567

2,843

9,189

8,620

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

38,102

28,278

42,914

29,274

Income taxes

13,186

12,630

15,192

12,176

Income from continuing operations, less applicable income taxes

24,916

15,648

27,722

17,098

Discontinued operations, less applicable income taxes

-

(13)

-

(2,551)

Net income  

24,916

15,635

27,722

14,547

Less:  Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

(31)

(46)

(127)

149

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation

$24,947

$15,681

$27,849

$14,398

Income from continuing operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – basic

$0.56

$0.35

$0.62


$0.38

Discontinued operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share –basic

-

$(0.00)

-


$(0.06)

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation common shareholders – basic

$0.56

$0.35

$0.62

$0.32

Average number of common shares outstanding – basic

44,787,437

44,800,821

44,795,155

45,053,536

Income from continuing operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – diluted

$0.55

$0.34

$0.61


$0.37

Discontinued operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – diluted

-

$(0.00)

-


$(0.06)

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation common shareholders – diluted

$0.55

$0.34

$0.61

$0.31

Average number of common shares outstanding – diluted

45,637,042

45,601,327

45,683,520

45,831,091




Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet


Assets

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


As of


As of


(Dollars in thousands)

Oct. 1,

2011

Jan. 1,

2011


Oct. 1,

2011

Jan. 1,

2011

Cash and cash equivalents

$101,534

$ 99,096

Accounts payable and



Short-term investments

19,504

10,567

  accrued expenses

$352,222

$311,066

Receivables

220,484

190,118

Note payable and current



Inventories

95,725

68,956

  maturities of long-term debt

50,378

50,029

Deferred income taxes

21,336

18,467

Current maturities of other



Prepaid expenses and



  long-term obligations

261

256

  other current assets

20,564

20,957




     Current assets

479,147

408,161

     Current liabilities

402,861

361,351










Long-term debt

150,182

150,000




Capital lease obligations

370

111




Other long-term liabilities

51,064

47,437

Property and equipment – net

219,711

231,781

Deferred income taxes

41,022

30,525

Goodwill

260,634

260,634




Other assets

95,692

97,304

Parent Company shareholders'






  equity

409,328

407,985




Noncontrolling interest

357

471




Shareholders' equity

409,685

408,456




     Total liabilities and



Total assets

$1,055,184

$997,880

       shareholders' equity

$1,055,184

$997,880




Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows



Nine Months Ended

(Dollars in thousands)

Oct. 1, 2011

Oct. 2, 2010

Net cash flows from (to) operating activities

$  66,972

$  49,119

Net cash flows from (to) investing activities:



  Capital expenditures

(20,194)

(18,676)

  Other

(5,588)

2,773

Net cash flows from (to) financing activities

(38,753)

(48,351)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

2,437

(15,135)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

99,096

87,374

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$101,533

$  72,239




Business Segment Data



Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

(Dollars in thousands)

Oct. 1, 2011

Oct. 2, 2010

Oct. 1, 2011

Oct. 2, 2010

Net sales:





 Office furniture

$  421,873

$  387,382

$1,125,643

$1,030,112

 Hearth products

82,347

71,471

207,538

190,469


$  504,220

$  458,853

$1,333,181

$1,220,581






Operating profit (loss):





 Office furniture





   Operations before restructuring and impairment charges

$  41,776

$    33,776

$  69,161

$     65,701

   Restructuring and impairment charges

(277)

251

(1,711)

(2,720)

      Office furniture – net

41,499

34,027

67,450

62,981

 Hearth products





   Operations before restructuring and impairment charges

6,875

3,041

5,749

(2,397)

   Restructuring and impairment charges

-

-

(419)

(101)

      Hearth products – net

6,875

3,041

5,330

(2,498)

 Total operating profit

48,374

37,068

72,780

60,483

      Unallocated corporate expense

(10,272)

(8,790)

(29,866)

(31,209)

 Income before income taxes

$  38,102

$    28,278

$  42,914

$     29,274






Depreciation and amortization expense:





 Office furniture

$  8,855

$    11,096

$  27,308

$     34,468

 Hearth products

1,818

2,559

5,925

9,052

 General corporate

700

602

1,902

1,841


$ 11,373

$    14,257

$  35,135

$     45,361






Capital expenditures – net:





 Office furniture

$  4,578

$     4,018

$  15,812

$     14,625

 Hearth products

975

614

1,980

1,443

 General corporate

69

1,616

2,402

2,608


$  5,622

$     6,248

$  20,194

$     18,676









As of

Oct. 1, 2011

As of

Oct. 2, 2010

Identifiable assets:





 Office furniture



$618,588

$   601,661

 Hearth products



282,168

291,213

 General corporate



154,428

109,892




$1,055,184

$1,002,766




SOURCE HNI Corporation