ATLANTA, July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A) reports earnings per share of $0.29 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to $0.29 for the same period of 2017. The earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2018 is $0.58 compared to $0.56 for the same period in 2017.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “We are encouraged by the performance of several of our new product lines, particularly in the bedroom category. This bodes well as customers begin to refresh more areas of their homes and we add more new groups in the second half of 2018. Promotions and markdowns in addition to higher freight costs pressured our gross margins for the second quarter.

“The U.S. recently proposed a 10% tariff on furniture, accessories, and components used in the manufacturing of furniture imported into the U.S. from China. We imported approximately $100 million of products in 2017 that were manufactured in China. We were the importer of record on approximately 12% of that amount and the remainder was purchased from vendors. The impact of the proposed tariffs, should they be imposed, would result in price negotiations with manufacturers and suppliers, the possible shifting of sourcing, and potential retail price increases. Given the waterfall effect of tariffs on cost inputs and retail pricing, the complete effect of a tariff imposition is not quantifiable.

“We look forward to beginning operations in our expanded western distribution facility. This investment will improve our daily product handling and increase efficiencies. The additional warehouse space provides supply chain options and additional opportunity for expanding region specific merchandise offerings.

“A new marketing campaign to amplify our brand message begins in the third quarter. We believe this will build on our progress as website sessions increased 36% in the second quarter over last year. Our focus remains on engaging and personalizing the customer’s Havertys experience and allowing her to move seamlessly between the website and store. We believe that our omnichannel capabilities is one of Havertys’ competitive advantages over those furniture retailers operating as part of a dealer network.”

Financial Highlights

Second Quarter 2018 Compared to Second Quarter 2017

-- As previously announced, net sales increased 1.0% to $198.8 million. Comparable store sales increased 1.3%. -- Total written sales for the second quarter of 2018 were up 1.1% and written comparable store sales were up 1.5%. -- Average written ticket increased 3.4% and custom upholstery sales were up 3.0%. -- Gross profit margins were 54.2% in 2018 versus 54.4% in 2017 due to increases in freight costs and merchandise pricing and mix. -- SG&A costs as a percent of sales were 49.7% in 2018 and 49.2% in 2017. Total SG&A dollars were $1.9 million higher in 2018. Third-party credit costs rose as usage of longer term credit promotions increased and group medical insurance costs were higher than in the prior year. -- We repurchased 280,196 shares of common stock for $5.8 million during the second quarter of 2018.

Six Months ended June 30, 2018 Compared to Same Period of 2017

-- Net sales increased 0.2% to $398.2 million. Comparable store sales increased 0.1%. -- Average ticket increased 2.5% and custom upholstery sales rose 9.0%. -- Gross profit margins were 54.4% compared to 54.6%. -- SG&A costs as a percent of sales was 50.2% in 2018 and 49.6% in 2017. Total SG&A dollars increased $2.5 million. Fixed and discretionary expenses were $125.7 million in 2018 versus $124.8 million in 2017. The variable type costs were 18.6% of sales compared to 18.2% in 2017.

Expectations and Other

-- Total written sales for the third quarter to date of 2018 are up approximately 0.5% and written comparable store sales are up 2.0% over the same period last year. Total delivered sales for the third quarter to date of 2018 are down approximately 0.7% from the same period last year and comparable store sales are up 1.1%. -- We expect that gross profit margins for the full year 2018 will be approximately 54.5%. Second half 2018 gross margins are expected to be approximately 20 basis points higher than the full year margin and 30 basis points higher for the fourth quarter. -- Our estimate for fixed and discretionary type SG&A expenses for 2018 is in the $257.0 to $259.0 million range, compared to $253.2 million for these same costs in 2017. The variable type costs within SG&A for the full year of 2018 are expected to be 18.5% compared to 18.2% in 2017. -- We expect selling square footage will decrease 2.3% in 2018 due to store closures and the timing of new store openings in 2019. Total capital expenditures are estimated to be approximately $20.0 million in 2018. The expansion of our western distribution facility will be completed in the third quarter. -- We have $10.7 million remaining from current board authorization for common stock repurchases.

HAVERTY FURNITURE COMPANIES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (In Thousands, except per share data – Unaudited)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, -------------------- --------------------- 2018 2017 2018 2017 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net sales $ 198,775 $ 196,829 $ 398,218 $ 397,257 Cost of goods sold 90,978 89,710 181,514 180,542 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Gross profit 107,797 107,119 216,704 216,715 Credit service charges 25 42 57 87 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Gross profit and other revenue 107,822 107,161 216,761 216,802 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Expenses: Selling, general and administrative 98,753 96,837 199,756 197,212 Provision for doubtful accounts 22 61 24 163 Other expense (income), net 183 4 (811 ) (1,155 ) - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Total expenses 98,958 96,902 198,969 196,220 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Income before interest and income taxes 8,864 10,259 17,792 20,582 Interest expense, net 454 565 925 1,148 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Income before income taxes 8,410 9,694 16,867 19,434 Income tax expense 2,196 3,509 4,340 7,263 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Net income $ 6,214 $ 6,185 $ 12,527 $ 12.171 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Diluted earnings per share: Common Stock $ 0.29 $ 0.29 $ 0.58 $ 0.56 Class A Common Stock $ 0.28 $ 0.27 $ 0.56 $ 0.54 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding: Common Stock 21,391 21,596 21,498 21,568 Class A Common Stock 1,766 1,801 1,767 1,807 Cash dividends per share: Common Stock $ 0.1800 $ 0.1200 $ 0.360 $ 0.240 Class A Common Stock $ 0.1700 $ 0.1125 $ 0.340 $ 0.225

HAVERTY FURNITURE COMPANIES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In Thousands - Unaudited)

June 30, December June 30, 2018 31, 2017 2017 --------- --------- --------- (Unaudited (Unaudited ) ) ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 74,643 $ 79,491 $ 65,858 Restricted cash and cash equivalents 8,179 8,115 8,065 Accounts receivable 1,918 2,408 2,915 Inventories 107,482 103,437 103,822 Prepaid expenses 12,167 11,314 10,296 Other current assets 6,266 5,922 4,934 - ------- - ------- - ------- Total current assets 210,655 210,687 195,890 Accounts receivable, long-term 210 254 352 Property and equipment 226,120 229,215 229,221 Deferred income taxes 12,648 12,375 20,148 Other assets 9,232 8,798 8,707 - ------- - ------- - ------- Total assets $ 458,865 $ 461,329 $ 454,318 - ------- - ------- - ------- LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable $ 22,055 $ 20,501 $ 20,770 Customer deposits 29,352 27,813 28,481 Accrued liabilities 36,570 37,582 33,469 Current portion of lease obligations 3,883 3,788 3,624 - ------- - ------- - ------- Total current liabilities 91,860 89,684 86,344 Lease obligations, less current portion 48,836 50,803 51,151 Other liabilities 26,391 26,700 26,532 Total liabilities 167,087 167,187 164,027 - ------- - ------- - ------- Stockholders’ equity 291,778 294,142 290,291 - ------- - ------- - ------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 458,865 $ 461,329 $ 454,318 - ------- - ------- - -------

HAVERTY FURNITURE COMPANIES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In Thousands – Unaudited)

Six Months Ended June 30, --------------------- 2018 2017 --------- --------- CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $ 12,527 $ 12,171 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 15,061 15,201 Share-based compensation expense 2,557 2,175 Deferred income taxes (335 ) (1,790 ) Gain on insurance recovery (307 ) (1,170 ) Proceeds from insurance recovery 266 311 Provision for doubtful accounts 24 163 Other 18 629 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 510 1,276 Inventories (4,044 ) (1,802 ) Customer deposits 1,539 3,558 Other assets and liabilities (484 ) 2,558 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 1,525 (13,183 ) ------- ------- Net cash provided by operating activities 28,857 20,097 ------- ------- CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Capital expenditures (14,642 ) (10,457 ) Proceeds from sale of property and 846 79 equipment Proceeds from insurance destroyed property 55 989 and equipment Net cash used in investing activities (13,741 ) (9,389 ) ------- ------- CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Payments on lease obligations (1,872 ) (1,708 ) Taxes on vested restricted shares (1,162 ) (1,539 ) Dividends paid (7,585 ) (5,053 ) Common stock purchased (9,281 ) - Net cash used in financing activities (19,900 ) (8,300 ) ------- ------- Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash during the (4,784 ) 2,408 period Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 87,606 71,515 at beginning of period ------- ------- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 82,822 $ 73,923 at end of period ------- -------

SG&A Expense Classification

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 audiocast of the conference call on August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website, havertys.com under the investor relations section. If you cannot listen live, a replay will be available on the day of the conference call at the website or via telephone at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET through, August 8. The number to access the telephone playback is 1‑888‑203‑1112 (replay passcode: 2195751).

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, havertys.com.

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Contact:Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc., 404-443-2900Richard B. Hare EVP & CFOJenny Hill Parker SVP, Finance, Secretary and Treasurer