MONROE, Mich., Aug. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB) today reported its operating results for the fiscal 2019 first quarter ended July 28, 2018.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2019:

-- Consolidated sales increased 7.7% to $384.7 million versus $357.1 million in last year’s first quarter; -- Written same-store sales for the entire La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network increased 3.1%; -- Delivered same-store sales for the company-owned retail segment increased 4.6%; -- Consolidated operating income increased 42% to $23.2 million versus the fiscal 2018 first quarter; -- Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated increased 57% to $18.3 million versus the fiscal 2018 first quarter; -- Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.39 versus $0.24 in last year’s first quarter; -- Cash flow from operations was $32.2 million; and -- The company announced it would acquire Joybird and nine Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores. (Both acquisitions closed early in the company’s fiscal 2019 second quarter).

For the first quarter of fiscal 2019, consolidated sales increased 7.7% to $384.7 million and consolidated operating margin was 6.0% versus 4.6% in the prior-year quarter. Sales in the company’s Upholstery segment increased 6.9% to $293.4 million and operating margin was 8.1% compared with 8.5% in last year’s first quarter. Margin declined slightly as recent price increases implemented to mitigate increased raw material costs were not yet fully realized in the quarter. In the Casegoods segment, sales increased 11.3% to $28.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and operating margin increased to 10.9% from 10.7% in the prior-year period. Sales in the Retail segment increased 7.9% to $119.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and operating margin increased to 3.7% from 1.6% in last year’s first quarter.

Earnings per diluted share for the fiscal 2019 first quarter were $0.39 versus $0.24 in the prior-year period. The fiscal 2019 first-quarter results were impacted positively by a $0.03 per share benefit for currency changes and $0.05 per share due to the lower tax rate related to Tax Reform when compared with the prior-year quarter. The fiscal 2018 first quarter included a $0.03 per share benefit in other income for an investment gain.

Kurt L. Darrow, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy, said, “We had an excellent start to fiscal 2019, with strong results across the business. In addition to sales increases in all three operating segments, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network delivered its sixth consecutive quarterly increase in written same-store sales, and our company-owned Retail segment posted a strong delivered same-store sales increase for the 139 stores owned in last year’s first quarter. Additionally, the two strategic acquisition announcements made during the period – Joybird, a premier e-commerce retailer and manufacturer of upholstered furniture, and the highly successful and profitable Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores – have established a strong platform for our next phase of growth.”

The company is encouraged by the improved performance in the Retail segment, which continues to hone processes and tactics across the business in the areas of marketing, pricing strategies, merchandising and product mix. These combined adjustments to operational practices drove an improvement in sales and operating margin for the quarter. In addition to an increase in conversion, the average ticket improved as a result of a higher concentration of design service and custom-order sales.

On the wholesale side of the business, the increase in Upholstery segment sales was driven by favorable changes in product mix, increased unit volume and higher selling prices. Additionally, the Casegoods business continues to perform well. With improved product styling, the segment’s collections are resonating with consumers. On-trend collections, an excellent in-stock position on best-selling groups, and quick shipping have enabled the group to increase floor space with many dealers.

Update on Acquisitions:

The two acquisitions (Joybird and the Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores) announced during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 closed early in the company’s second quarter. As key elements of La-Z-Boy’s dual-growth strategy, Joybird will provide access to a new customer, and La-Z-Boy will benefit and learn from the operating structure and methodologies of the Arizona stores, which were owned by its most-successful La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® licensee. The outstanding management teams of the acquired companies will further strengthen operations and leadership capability across La-Z-Boy Incorporated. In combination, the two acquisitions are expected to add approximately $80 million in incremental sales to the company in fiscal 2019.

Joybird is a growing brand and will allow La-Z-Boy to more easily reach millennial and Gen X consumers through its well-established online shopping platform. Joybird has demonstrated rapid growth over the last four years, but has been constrained by limited capital and production capacity. With access to the La-Z-Boy supply chain, Joybird will be able to accelerate its expansion, lower costs, and improve service to its customers. Once the integration process is complete, additional volume added to the La-Z-Boy-branded manufacturing facilities will enable the company to further leverage its fixed manufacturing costs. This acquisition is a key element of La-Z-Boy’s e-commerce strategy which has been evolving over the past year.

The acquisition of the Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores will strengthen the company’s integrated retail platform where La-Z-Boy earns a combined wholesale/retail operating profit on each sale. Four of the nine stores acquired are the highest-volume stores throughout the 351-store La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network, and the acquisition will be accretive immediately to the company.

The company closed the acquisition of Joybird on July 30, 2018, for guaranteed cash payments of $75 million, including $50 million in up-front cash, $25 million paid annually over five years, and two future earn-out opportunities. Joybird has experienced rapid growth, with annual revenue last year of approximately $55 million.

On August 15, 2018, La-Z-Boy closed on the acquisition of the nine Arizona-based stores for a purchase price of approximately $40 million. The stores had combined calendar 2017 revenue of $78 million. As the company is already recording wholesale sales volume for the Arizona stores, the acquisition will contribute approximately $40 million annually of sales volume to the company on a consolidated basis.

Excluding purchase accounting adjustments, the combined entities are expected to begin to be slightly accretive to profit by the end of fiscal 2019. Separately, the company expects purchase accounting charges to be approximately $0.12 to $0.14 per diluted share for the fiscal 2019 year.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the quarter, the company generated $32.2 million in cash from operating activities. La-Z-Boy ended the quarter with $134.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, $31.6 million in investments to enhance returns on cash, and $2.4 million in restricted cash. The company spent $5.6 million on dividends to shareholders and $7.9 million purchasing 0.3 million shares of stock in the open market under its existing authorized share purchase program, leaving 6.4 million shares of purchase availability in the program.

FISCAL 2019 PROJECTED* STORE ACTIVITY

Total New AcquiCloseTotal Remodel Relocation FY18 red d FY19 Company- owned 146 2 9 (2 155 3 - ) Dealer-owned 204 6 (9 ) (1 ) 200 10 2 Total 350 8 - (3 ) 355 13 2

*Projects anticipated to be completed

Outlook

Darrow concluded, “We are optimistic about the potential for La-Z-Boy Incorporated over the long term, although concerns relating to potential duties and tariffs that could impact the business persist and we are monitoring that situation closely to determine what changes may be appropriate. At the same time, our brand is the strongest in the industry, we have a world-class supply chain, a vast distribution network, and we now own a leading online furniture brand that is poised for growth and returns. We have the elements in place for the effective execution of our comprehensive dual-growth strategy to deliver long-term value to our shareholders.”

Conference Call

La-Z-Boy will hold a conference call with the investment community on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. The toll-free dial-in number is 877.407.9205; international callers may use 201.689.8054.

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 Conference ID #36785. The webcast replay will be available for one year.

Forward-looking Information

This news release contains, and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of La‑Z‑Boy may contain, “forward-looking statements.” With respect to all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Actual results could differ materially from those we anticipate or project due to a number of factors, including: (a) changes in consumer confidence and demographics; (b) the possibility of a recession; (c) changes in the real estate and credit markets and their effects on our customers, consumers and suppliers; (d) international political unrest, terrorism or war; (e) volatility in energy and other commodities prices; (f) the impact of logistics on imports and exports; (g) tax rate, interest rate, and currency exchange rate changes; (h) changes in the stock market impacting our profitability and our effective tax rate; (i) operating factors, such as supply, labor or distribution disruptions (e.g. port strikes); (j) changes in legislation, including the tax code, or changes in the domestic or international regulatory environment or trade policies, including new or increased duties, tariffs, retaliatory tariffs, trade limitations and termination or renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement; (k) adoption of new accounting principles; (l) fires, severe weather or other natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes and tsunamis; (m) our ability to procure, transport or import, or material increases to the cost of transporting or importing, fabric rolls, leather hides or cut-and-sewn fabric and leather sets domestically or abroad; (n) information technology conversions or system failures and our ability to recover from a system failure; (o) effects of our brand awareness and marketing programs; (p) the discovery of defects in our products resulting in delays in manufacturing, recall campaigns, reputational damage, or increased warranty costs; (q) litigation arising out of alleged defects in our products; (r) unusual or significant litigation; (s) our ability to locate new La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores (or store owners) and negotiate favorable lease terms for new or existing locations; (t) the ability to increase volume through our e-commerce initiatives; (u) the impact of potential goodwill or intangible asset impairments; and (v) those matters discussed in Item 1A of our fiscal 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information or new developments or for any other reason.

Additional Information

This news release is just one part of La-Z-Boy’s financial disclosures and should be read in conjunction with other information filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is available at: https://lazboy.gcs-web.com/financial-information/sec-filings. Investors and others wishing to be notified of future La-Z-Boy news releases, SEC filings and quarterly investor conference calls may sign up at: https://lazboy.gcs-web.com/.

Background Information

La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery segment companies are England and La-Z-Boy. The Casegoods segment consists of three brands: American Drew, Hammary, and Kincaid. The company-owned Retail segment includes 156 of the 351 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores (the company owned 147 stores at the end of the fiscal 2019 first quarter, plus the nine Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores acquired subsequent to quarter end).

The corporation’s branded distribution network is dedicated to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 351 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 538 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 http://www.la-z-boy.com/.

Contact: Kathy Liebmann (734) 241-2438 kathy.liebmann@la-z-boy.com

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME

Quarter Ended (Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data) 7/28/18 7/29/17 ------------------------------------------------------------------ --------- --------- Sales $ 384,695 $ 357,079 Cost of sales 236,173 217,976 Gross profit 148,522 139,103 Selling, general and administrative expense 125,362 122,805 Operating income 23,160 16,298 Interest expense 104 157 Interest income 602 343 Other income (expense), net 892 1,749 - ------- Income before income taxes 24,550 18,233 Income tax expense 5,599 6,489 - ------- - ------- Net income 18,951 11,744 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (648 ) (93 ) - ------- - ------- Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated $ 18,303 $ 11,651 - ------- - ------- Basic weighted average common shares 46,716 48,357 Basic net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share $ 0.39 $ 0.24 Diluted weighted average common shares 47,161 48,846 Diluted net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share $ 0.39 $ 0.24 Dividends declared per share $ 0.12 $ 0.11

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATEDCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except par value) 7/28/18 4/28/18 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------- --------- Current assets Cash and equivalents $ 134,247 $ 134,515 Restricted cash 2,358 2,356 Receivables, net of allowance of $2,058 at 7/28/18 and $1,956 at 4/28/18 138,979 154,055 Inventories, net 195,015 184,841 Other current assets 55,313 42,451 - ------- - ------- Total current assets 525,912 518,218 Property, plant and equipment, net 188,088 180,882 Goodwill 74,553 75,254 Other intangible assets, net 17,874 18,190 Deferred income taxes – long-term 21,255 21,265 Other long-term assets, net 78,900 79,158 - ------- - ------- Total assets $ 906,582 $ 892,967 - ------- - ------- Current liabilities Current portion of long-term debt $ 221 $ 223 Accounts payable 62,885 62,403 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 127,708 118,721 - ------- - ------- Total current liabilities 190,814 181,347 Long-term debt 142 199 Other long-term liabilities 88,962 86,205 Contingencies and commitments Shareholders' equity Preferred shares – 5,000 authorized; none issued — — Common shares, $1 par value – 150,000 authorized; 46,691 outstanding at 7/28/18 and 46,691 46,788 46,788 outstanding at 4/28/18 Capital in excess of par value 300,770 298,948 Retained earnings 296,321 291,644 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (29,573 ) (25,199 ) - ------- - ------- Total La-Z-Boy Incorporated shareholders’ equity 614,209 612,181 Noncontrolling interests 12,455 13,035 - ------- - ------- Total equity 626,664 625,216 - ------- - ------- Total liabilities and equity $ 906,582 $ 892,967 - ------- - -------

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATEDCONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

Quarter Ended --------------------- (Unaudited, amounts in thousands) 7/28/18 7/29/17 Cash flows from operating activities Net income $ 18,951 $ 11,744 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used for) operating activities Change in deferred taxes (183 ) 1,344 Provision for doubtful accounts 279 (22 ) Depreciation and amortization 7,541 7,758 Equity-based compensation expense 2,040 3,558 Change in receivables 14,236 15,753 Change in inventories (11,092 ) (2,477 ) Change in other assets 463 (10,837 ) Change in payables 2,491 (3,974 ) Change in other liabilities (2,572 ) (3,339 ) Net cash provided by operating activities 32,154 19,508 Cash flows from investing activities Proceeds from disposals of assets 61 459 Proceeds from property insurance 58 450 Capital expenditures (15,873 ) (9,146 ) Purchases of investments (4,190 ) (10,851 ) Proceeds from sales of investments 4,762 5,857 Acquisitions, net of cash acquired — (15,879 ) Net cash used for investing activities (15,182 ) (29,110 ) Cash flows from financing activities Payments on debt (59 ) (66 ) Stock issued for stock and employee benefit plans, net of shares withheld for taxes (2,009 ) 377 Purchases of common stock (7,944 ) (11,491 ) Dividends paid (5,625 ) (5,337 ) - ------- - ------- Net cash used for financing activities (15,637 ) (16,517 ) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents (1,601 ) 851 - ------- - ------- Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (266 ) (25,268 ) Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of 136,871 150,859 period - ------- - ------- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 136,605 $ 125,591 - ------- - ------- Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities Capital expenditures included in payables $ 4,122 $ 1,671

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATEDSEGMENT INFORMATION

Quarter Ended --------------------- (Unaudited, amounts in thousands) 7/28/18 7/29/17 --------------------------------- --------- --------- Sales Upholstery segment: Sales to external customers $ 240,054 $ 224,814 Intersegment sales 53,344 49,593 - ------- - ------- Upholstery segment sales 293,398 274,407 - ------- - ------- Casegoods segment: Sales to external customers 24,403 21,019 Intersegment sales 3,983 4,491 - ------- - ------- Casegoods segment sales 28,386 25,510 - ------- - ------- Retail segment sales 119,228 110,516 Corporate and Other: Sales to external customers 1,010 730 Intersegment sales 2,855 1,930 - ------- - ------- Corporate and Other sales 3,865 2,660 - ------- - ------- Eliminations (60,182 ) (56,014 ) - ------- - ------- Consolidated sales $ 384,695 $ 357,079 - ------- - ------- Operating Income (Loss) Upholstery segment $ 23,884 $ 23,299 Casegoods segment 3,080 2,739 Retail segment 4,458 1,767 Corporate and Other (8,262 ) (11,507 ) - ------- - ------- Consolidated operating income $ 23,160 $ 16,298 - ------- - -------