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Havertys Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018

February 19, 2019

ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HAVERTYS (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A) reports earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 of $0.45 per share compared to $0.13 per share for the same period of 2017. The earnings per share for the full year 2018 were $1.42 compared to $0.98 per share for 2017.

Clarence H. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, said, “Our results reflect the impact of our efforts to more closely align gross profit margins with the quality of our Havertys branded merchandise and gains from operational efficiencies against the backdrop of difficult sales conditions.

“The fourth quarter was a challenge for our teams dealing with the tariffs placed on goods from China. We have addressed the disruption to product selection, sourcing, vendor pricing, supply chain and merchandise availability. We expect to continue to manage and work through the effect of the current 10% tariff without material impact to our business. Should the slated increase to 25% in March occur, we believe we can handle this change as well as any other company in our industry.

“We closed five locations during 2018, improving our comparable store sales results and future operating costs. In addition to strict analysis of our store base, SG&A costs are under rigorous scrutiny to ensure that we remain profitable and competitive. We made investments in our people during 2018 as we increased minimum hourly wages, made additional contributions to employees’ 401(k) savings accounts, expanded our sick leave policy and wellness program, and absorbed additional costs related to employee health care benefits.

“The current retail environment highlights the imperative of connecting and meeting the needs of the consumer. We are making continued investments in our online presence and website capabilities, and our brick-and-mortar portfolio has never been in better shape. Coupled with our sales consultants and in-home designers, we provide an exceptional start to finish shopping experience followed by first-class delivery service. Our entire team is committed to achieving profitable sales growth, efficient operations, and satisfying our customers.”

Financial Highlights

Fourth Quarter 2018 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2017

-- As previously reported, net sales declined 2.8%. On a comparable store basis, sales were down 1.6%. Total written sales were down 5.2% and written comparable store sales declined 3.9% over the same period last year. -- Average written ticket increased 6.7% over last year’s quarter and custom upholstery written business increased 5.8%. -- Gross profit margin increased 73 basis points to 54.8%. The improvement was primarily from product pricing and mix. -- Selling, general and administrative costs declined $1.7 million and as a percent of sales increased 60 basis points to 48.8% from 48.2%. Fixed and discretionary expenses were relatively flat. The increases in advertising and marketing expenses of $0.6 million and warehouse costs of $0.3 million were partly offset by a $0.5 million decrease in depreciation. Variable expenses were 18.3% as a percent of sales in 2018 compared to 18.6% in 2017. The savings were driven by reductions in our selling expenses. -- Other income in 2017 includes $1.9 million in gains from insurance recoveries. -- Tax expense in 2017 includes $5.9 million for the enactment of the Tax Act, which increased our effective tax rate to 79.2% and reduced diluted earnings per share $0.27. -- During 2018, we paid a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share to common stockholders and $0.95 per share to Class A common stockholders. -- During 2018, we purchased 202,663 shares of common stock for $4.3 million.

Twelve Months ended December 31, 2018 Compared to Same Period of 2017

-- As previously reported, net sales totaled $817.7 million, compared with $819.9 million in 2017, representing a decrease of 0.3%. Comparable store sales were up 0.3%. -- Average written ticket was $2,184, an increase of 4.4%, and custom upholstery written business increased 8.7%. -- Gross profit margin increased 30 basis points to 54.6% from 54.3%. -- Selling, general and administrative costs as a percent of sales increased 40 basis points to 49.5% from 49.1%. Fixed and discretionary expenses increased $1.8 million to $255.0 million. The increase was primarily from administrative costs which grew $1.6 million driven by increased group medical costs. Spending on advertising and marketing increased $0.5 million and warehouse expenses rose $0.5 million, which were partly offset by $0.7 million in lower depreciation. Variable expenses increased to 18.3% as a percent of sales in 2018 from 18.2% in 2017 primarily due to higher delivery costs. -- Other income in 2017 includes $2.9 million in gains from insurance recoveries. -- Tax expense in 2017 includes $5.9 million for the enactment of the Tax Act, which increased our effective tax rate to 51.2% and reduced diluted earnings per share $0.27. -- During 2018, we purchased 890,225 shares of common stock for $18.7 million. -- Our retail store count at the end of 2018 was 120, as we closed five locations and opened one in a new market.

Expectations and Other

-- Our gross profit margin for the full year of 2019 is expected to be 54.6%. First half gross profit margin is projected to be 10 basis points lower than the average for 2019, with the second half running approximately 10 basis points higher. These estimates assume that there will be no increases in the existing tariffs being paid on imports. -- Fixed and discretionary type expenses within SG&A are expected to be in the $260 to $262 million range for 2019. This includes an estimated $2.0 million impact from the new lease accounting standard, which will reduce interest expense by a similar amount. The expected increase is also due to higher occupancy costs from new and relocated stores and inflation. Variable SG&A expenses for 2019 are anticipated to be 18.2% as a percent of sales. -- Our effective tax rate for 2019 is expected to be 25% excluding the impact from the vesting of stock-based awards. -- Planned capital expenditures for 2019 are $19 million, which include opening a store in two new markets, a new location in the Atlanta market, and a store relocation. Retail square footage is expected to increase 2% in 2019. Investments of $4.0 million in information technology are also included in our planned capital expenditures.

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

Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, --------------------- --------------------- 2018 2017 2018 2017 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net Sales $ 208,968 $ 214,962 $ 817,733 $ 819,866 Cost of goods sold 94,502 98,769 371,191 374,943 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Gross Profit 114,466 116,193 446,542 444,923 Credit service charges 23 35 103 161 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Gross profit and other revenue 114,489 116,228 446,645 445,084 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Expenses: Selling, general and administrative 101,914 103,573 404,856 402,884 Provision for doubtful accounts 10 43 68 224 Other income, net (12 ) (1,927 ) (110 ) (3,358 ) - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Total expenses 101,912 101,689 404,814 399,750 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Income before interest and income taxes 12,577 14,539 41,831 45,334 Interest expense, net 239 469 1,423 2,111 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Income before income taxes 12,338 14,070 40,408 43,223 Income tax expense (1) 2,909 11,149 10,101 22,148 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Net income (1) $ 9,429 $ 2,921 $ 30,307 $ 21,075 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Diluted earnings per share: Common Stock (1) $ 0.45 $ 0.13 $ 1.42 $ 0.98 Class A Common Stock $ 0.44 $ 0.13 $ 1.39 $ 0.94 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding: Common Stock 20,957 21,647 21,295 21,599 Class A Common Stock 1,761 1,790 1,765 1,801 Cash dividends per share: Common Stock $ 1.18 $ 0.1500 $ 1.72 $ 0.5400 Class A Common Stock $ 1.12 $ 0.1425 $ 1.63 $ 0.5100

(1) In December 2017, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act was enacted and significantly impacted U.S. tax law. As a result of this legislation, our fourth quarter and full year 2017 income tax expense increased $5.9 million, which impacted net income and earnings per share. Our diluted earnings per common share decreased $0.27 for both the fourth quarter and full year 2017.

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

December 31, -------------------- 2018 2017 --------- --------- ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 71,537 $ 79,491 Restricted cash equivalents 8,272 8,115 Accounts receivable, net 1,833 2,408 Inventories 105,840 103,437 Prepaid expenses 8,106 11,314 Other current assets 6,262 5,922 - ------- - ------- Total current assets 201,850 210,687 Accounts receivable, long-term, net 226 254 Property and equipment, net 216,852 229,215 Deferred income tax 12,544 12,375 Other assets 8,707 8,798 - ------- - ------- Total assets $ 440,179 $ 461,329 - ------- - ------- LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable $ 19,840 $ 20,501 Customer deposits 24,465 27,813 Accrued liabilities 39,903 37,582 Current portion of lease obligations 4,018 3,788 - ------- - ------- Total current liabilities 88,226 89,684 Lease obligations, less current portion 46,785 50,803 Other liabilities 30,539 26,700 Total liabilities 165,550 167,187 - ------- - ------- Stockholders’ equity 274,629 294,142 - ------- - ------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 440,179 $ 461,329 - ------- - -------

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

Year Ended December 31, --------------------- 2018 2017 --------- --------- Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net income $ 30,307 $ 21,075 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 29,806 30,516 Gain on insurance recovery (307 ) (2,848 ) Proceeds from insurance recovery received for business 266 2,867 interruption and destroyed inventory Stock-based compensation expense 4,358 3,818 Deferred income taxes (439 ) 5,559 Provision for doubtful accounts 68 224 Other 863 82 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 535 1,820 Inventories (2,403 ) (2,112 ) Customer deposits (3,348 ) 2,890 Other assets and liabilities 9,196 (932 ) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 1,490 (10,502 ) ------- ------- Net cash provided by operating activities 70,392 52,457 ------- ------- Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Capital expenditures (21,473 ) (24,465 ) Proceeds from sale of property and 2,446 951 equipment Proceeds from insurance for destroyed 55 1,987 property and equipment Net cash used in investing activities (18,972 ) (21,527 ) ------- ------- Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Construction allowance receipts - 1,590 Payments on lease obligations (3,788 ) (3,482 ) Excess tax benefit from stock-based plans - - Dividend paid (35,464 ) (11,392 ) Common stock repurchased and retired (18,732 ) - Taxes on vested restricted shares (1,233 ) (1,555 ) ------- ------- Net cash used in financing activities (59,217 ) (14,839 ) ------- ------- Increase (decrease) in cash, cash (7,797 ) 16,091 equivalents and restricted cash equivalents Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 87,606 71,515 equivalents at beginning of year ------- ------- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 79,809 $ 87,606 equivalents at end of year ------- -------

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 February 20 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 February 27. The number to access the telephone playback is 1-888-203-1112 (access code:6782950).

About Havertys

Havertys (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 120 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.

Safe Harbor

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

SOURCE: Havertys