HNI Corporation Reports Strong Sales And Earnings For First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015

First Quarter Highlights

-- Sales increased 15.8% with office furniture growth of 13.7%

-- Strong gross margin improvement

-- Non-GAAP net income per share increased 75% to $0.21; GAAP net income per share $0.19

Company Release - 4/22/2015 5:28 PM ET

MUSCATINE, Iowa, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) today announced sales for the first quarter ended April 4, 2015, of $523.5 million and net income of $8.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income per diluted share improved 75 percent from the prior year quarter to $0.21, which excludes restructuring charges, transition costs and prior year gain on sale of assets.

First Quarter Summary Comments

"We are pleased with our very strong sales and earnings for the first quarter.  Performance in our office furniture businesses was outstanding, with double-digit growth in both the supplies-driven and contract businesses and strong operational execution.  Our hearth business delivered significant sales growth in the new construction channel," said Stan Askren, HNI Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

First Quarter -- Financial Performance

(Dollars in millions, except per share data)


Three Months Ended



4/4/2015

3/29/2014

Change

GAAP




Net Sales

$523.5

$452.2

15.8%

Gross Profit %

35.2%

34.3%

90 bps

SG&A %

32.2%

32.1%

10 bps

(Gain) loss on sale of assets %

-

(1.9%)

-190 bps

Restructuring charges %

0.1%

-

10 bps

Operating Income

$15.4

$18.4

-16.2%

Operating Income %

2.9%

4.1%

-120 bps

Net Income %

1.6%

2.5%

-90 bps

EPS - diluted

$0.19

$0.24

-20.8%





Non-GAAP




Gross Profit %

35.5%

34.3%

120 bps

Operating Income

$16.9

$10.0

69.8%

Operating Income %

3.2%

2.2%

100 bps

EPS - diluted

$0.21

$0.12

75.0%

First Quarter Summary Comments

  • Consolidated net sales increased $71.3 million or 15.8 percent to $523.5 million. Compared to prior year quarter, an acquisition increased sales $19.0 million. On an organic basis, sales increased 11.6 percent.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin increased 120 basis points compared to prior year driven by higher volume, better price realization and strong operational performance.
  • Selling and administrative expenses, as a percentage of sales, increased 10 basis points due to increased freight costs, strategic investments, higher incentive-based compensation and acquisition impact.
  • In connection with previously announced closures, the Corporation recorded $1.5 million of restructuring and transition costs of which $1.1 million was included in cost of sales. First quarter 2014 included an $8.4 million gain on the sale of a vacated facility.

Office Furniture -- Financial Performance

(Dollars in millions)


Three Months Ended



4/4/2015

3/29/2014

Change

GAAP




Net Sales

$407.4

$358.4

13.7%

Operating Profit

$20.2

$16.5

22.2%

Operating Profit %

4.9%

4.6%

30 bps





Non-GAAP




Operating Profit

$21.7

$8.1

168.5%

Operating Profit %

5.3%

2.3%

300 bps

 

  • First quarter sales increased $49.1 million or 13.7 percent to $407.4 million. Sales for the quarter increased across all channels.
  • First quarter non-GAAP operating profit increased $13.6 million or 168.5 percent. Increased volume, higher price realization and strong operational performance were partially offset by increased freight costs and strategic investments.

Hearth Products -- Financial Performance

(Dollars in millions)


Three Months Ended



4/4/2015

3/29/2014

Change

GAAP




Net Sales

$116.0

$93.8

23.7%

Operating Profit

$12.5

$11.7

6.8%

Operating Profit %

10.8%

12.5%

-170 bps

 

  • First quarter sales increased $22.2 million or 23.7 percent to $116.0 million. Compared to prior year quarter, acquisitions increased sales by $19.0 million. On an organic basis, sales increased 3.4 percent for the quarter driven by an increase in the new construction channel partially offset by a decrease in the remodel/retrofit channel due to biomass products.
  • For the quarter, operating profit increased $0.8 million or 6.8 percent due to increased volume partially offset by acquisition impact.

Outlook

"Our office furniture and hearth businesses have strong momentum as we enter the second quarter.  We continue to make investments to drive long-term profitable growth and shareholder value," said Mr. Askren.

The Corporation estimates sales to be up 12 to 16 percent in the second quarter over the same period in the prior year, including sales from the Vermont Castings Group acquisition.  Non-GAAP earnings per share are anticipated to be in the range of $0.47 to $0.52 for the second quarter and $2.50 to $2.65 for the full year, which includes the Vermont Castings Group acquisition results and excludes restructuring and transition costs.

Conference Call

HNI Corporation will host a conference call on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (Central) to discuss first quarter fiscal year 2015 results.  To participate, call 1-877-512-9166 -- conference ID number 16569758.  A live webcast of the call will be available on HNI Corporation's website at http://www.hnicorp.com (under Investor Information -- Webcasts).  A replay of the webcast will be made available at the website address above.  An audio replay of the call will be available until Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:59 p.m. (Central) by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 -- Conference ID number 16569758. 

About HNI Corporation

HNI Corporation is a NYSE traded company (ticker symbol: HNI) providing products and solutions for the home and workplace environments.  HNI Corporation is a leading global office furniture manufacturer and is the nation's leading manufacturer of hearth products.  The Corporation's strong brands have leading positions in their markets.  More information can be found on the Corporation's website at www.hnicorp.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking" statements based on current expectations regarding future plans, events, outlook, objectives and financial performance, expectations for future sales growth and earnings per diluted share (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the second quarter and full year fiscal 2015.  Forward-looking statements can be identified by words including "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "may," "will," "would," "could," "confident" or other similar words, phrases or expressions.  Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the Corporation's actual future results and performance to differ materially from expected results.  These risks include but are not limited to: general economic conditions in the United States and internationally; unfavorable changes in the United States housing market; industry and competitive conditions; a decline in corporate spending on office furniture; changes in raw material, component or commodity pricing; future acquisitions, divestitures or investments; the cost of energy; changing legal, regulatory, environmental and healthcare conditions; the Corporation's ability to successfully complete its business software system implementation; the Corporation's ability to implement price increases; changes in the sales mix of products; and force majeure events outside the Corporation's control.   A description of these risks and additional risks can be found 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.

For Information Contact:
Matthew D. McGough, Vice President, Corporate Finance (563) 272-7563
Kurt A. Tjaden, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (563) 272-7400

HNI CORPORATION
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations



(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

4/4/2015

3/29/2014

Net sales

$523,477

$452,201

Cost of products sold

338,977

297,029

Gross profit

184,500

155,172

Selling and administrative expenses

168,704

145,210

(Gain) loss on sale of assets

-

(8,400)

Restructuring charges

377

(28)

Operating income

15,419

18,390

Interest income

90

70

Interest expense

1,989

2,202

Income before income taxes

13,520

16,258

Income taxes

5,068

5,242

Net income

8,452

11,016

Less: Net (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest

(26)

(80)

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation

$8,478

$11,096

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation common shareholders -- basic

$0.19

$0.25

Average number of common shares outstanding -- basic

44,303,788

45,038,512

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation common shareholders -- diluted

$0.19

$0.24

Average number of common shares outstanding -- diluted

45,523,785

45,837,579

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet




Assets


Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

(Dollars in thousands)

As of



As of


4/4/2015

1/3/2015



4/4/2015

1/3/2015

Cash and cash equivalents

$25,469

$34,144


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

$369,891

 

$453,754

Short-term investments

1,152

3,052


Receivables

232,678

240,053


Note payable and current maturities of long-term debt



Inventories

143,883

121,791


74,653

160

Deferred income taxes

17,047

17,310


Current maturities of other long-term obligations

 

4,229

 

3,419

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

37,810

 

39,209






      Current assets

458,039

455,559


      Current liabilities

448,773

457,333








Property and equipment -- net

310,713

311,008


Long-term debt

198,023

197,736

Goodwill

279,772

279,310


Other long-term liabilities

83,607

80,353

Other assets

200,628

193,457


Deferred income taxes

91,169

89,411












Parent Company shareholders' equity

 

427,231

 

414,587









Noncontrolling interest

349

(86)





Shareholders' equity

427,580

414,501





      Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$1,249,152

 

$1,239,334

Total assets

$1,249,152

$1,239,334


 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows




Three Months Ended

(Dollars in thousands)

4/4/2015

3/29/2014

Net cash flows from (to) operating activities

$(49,317)

$(36,065)

Net cash flows from (to) investing activities:



   Capital expenditures

(28,223)

(22,693)

   Other

51

12,812

Net cash flows from (to) financing activities

68,814

26,600

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(8,675)

(19,346)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

34,144

65,030

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$25,469

$  45,684

 

Business Segment Data




Three Months Ended

(Dollars in thousands)

4/4/2015

3/29/2014

Net sales:



  Office furniture

$407,429

$358,369

  Hearth products

116,048

93,832


$523,477

$452,201




Operating profit:



  Office furniture

$20,152

$16,493

  Hearth products

12,501

11,708

  Total operating profit

32,653

28,201

  Unallocated corporate expense

(19,133)

(11,943)

  Income before income taxes

$13,520

$16,258




Depreciation and amortization expense:



  Office furniture

$10,377

$9,499

  Hearth products

1,958

1,176

  General corporate

1,525

1,349


$13,860

$12,024




Capital expenditures (including capitalized software):



  Office furniture

$14,551

$13,488

  Hearth products

2,404

1,512

  General corporate

11,268

7,693


$28,223

$22,693





As of

4/4/2015

As of

1/3/2015

Identifiable assets:



  Office furniture

$734,190

$724,293

  Hearth products

345,617

341,315

  General corporate

169,345

173,726


$1,249,152

$1,239,334

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures.  A "non-GAAP financial measure" is 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.  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, net income per diluted share (i.e., EPS), excluding restructuring charges, transition costs and gain/loss on sale.  Non-GAAP EPS is calculated using the Corporation's overall effective tax rate for the period.  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 second quarter and full fiscal year 2015.  We provide such non-GAAP measures to investors on a prospective basis for the same reasons 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 second quarter and 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.  These 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 Reconciliation

(Dollars in millions, except per share data)


Three Months Ended 4/4/2015


Three Months Ended 3/29/2014


Gross Profit


Operating Income


 

EPS


Gross Profit


Operating Income


 

EPS

As Reported (GAAP)

$184.5


$15.4


$0.19


$155.2


$18.4


$0.24

  % of net sales

35.2%


2.9%




34.3%


4.1%















Restructuring charges

-


$0.4


$0.01


-


-



Transition costs

$1.1


$1.1


$0.02


-


-



(Gain) loss on sale of assets

-


-


-


-


$(8.4)


$(0.12)













Results (non-GAAP)

$185.6


$16.9


$0.21


$155.2


$10.0


$0.12

  % of net sales

35.5%


3.2%




34.3%


2.2%



 

Office Furniture Reconciliation

(Dollars in millions)


Three Months Ended


Percent

Change


4/4/2015


3/29/2014


Operating profit as reported (GAAP)

$20.2


$16.5


22.2%

  % of Net Sales

4.9%


4.6%









Restructuring charges

$0.4


-



Transition Costs

$1.1


-



(Gain) Loss on Sale of Assets

-


$(8.4)









Operating profit (non-GAAP)

$21.7


$8.1


168.5%

  % of Net Sales

5.3%


2.3%



 

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