Lumber Liquidators Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2015 Financial Results

Feb 29, 2016, 06:00 ET from Lumber Liquidators, Inc.

TOANO, Va., Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL), the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $234.8 million, a decrease of 13.7% from the fourth quarter of 2014, including a comparable store net sales decline of 17.2% due to a 15.6% decrease in the number of customers invoiced and a 1.6% decrease in the average sale. The Company believes net sales continued to be negatively impacted by certain unfavorable allegations surrounding the product quality of its laminates sourced from China. Non-comparable store net sales increased $9.6 million over the comparable prior year period. The Company opened five new stores during the fourth quarter of 2015.

Gross margin was 23.0% in the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared with 39.2% in the prior year period. This decrease is primarily attributable to a $22.2 million reduction in the carrying value of the Company's current inventory of laminate flooring sourced from China and related moldings. The reduction was the result of the Company's determination during the quarter that it would not sell such products through its stores due to strategic and operational considerations including potential distraction these products could have on our employees and our business. Gross margin was further impacted by a lower average selling price and lower traffic versus the prior year period. 

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased $7.7 million, or 9.9%, from the fourth quarter of 2014 to $85.5 million. This rise was primarily due to a $6.5 million increase in certain legal and professional fees and related accruals. SG&A expenses were 36.4% of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 28.6% of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Net loss was $19.8 million, or a loss of $0.73 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to net income of $17.3 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.   

Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2015 totaled $26.7 million compared with $20.3 million at December 31, 2014. At December 31, 2015, the Company had $20.0 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility. 

John Presley, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Over the past quarter we have taken meaningful steps to reestablish Lumber Liquidators with our customers and our shareholders. While we have made some progress in key areas such as compliance and core operational efficiency, we still have a long way to go. That said, our business model is intact, we are addressing legacy issues with clarity and candor, and we are rebuilding our brand."

Full Year Results

Net sales decreased 6.6% to $978.8 million in 2015 from $1.05 billion in 2014. Comparable store net sales decreased $116.2 million, or 11.1%, and net sales in non-comparable stores added $47.6 million versus the prior year. The Company opened 23 new stores in 2015, and as of December 31, 2015, operated 374 stores in the United States and Canada. 

Gross profit decreased 33.3% to $278.9 million from $418.2 million in 2014. SG&A expenses increased as a percentage of net sales to 37.0% in 2015, compared to 30.0% in 2014.

Net loss was $56.4 million, or $2.08 per diluted share, in 2015 compared to net income of $63.4 million, or $2.31 per diluted share, in the prior year.

Mr. Presley concluded, "As we begin 2016, we are focused on four main areas that we believe will provide a strong foundation for Lumber Liquidators. First, we will concentrate on store performance and execution. Second, we will strengthen our value proposition to customers. Third, we will continue to enhance our vigilance surrounding responsible and compliant sourcing. Finally, we will opportunistically expand our business to better serve our customers. We believe that if we execute on these areas with excellence and integrity, we will build a stronger Lumber Liquidators for our customers, our employees and our shareholders."

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company plans to host a conference call and audio webcast on February 29, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference may be accessed by dialing (877) 407-9039 or (201) 689-8470. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call ends through March 7, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 and entering pin number 13630145. The live conference call and replay can also be accessed via audio webcast at the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.lumberliquidators.com.

About Lumber Liquidators

With more than 370 locations, Lumber Liquidators is North America's largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring. The Company features more than 400 top quality flooring varieties, including solid and engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork, laminate and resilient vinyl. Additionally, Lumber Liquidators provides a wide selection of flooring enhancements and accessories to complement, install and maintain your new floor. Every location is staffed with flooring experts who can provide advice and installation options for all of Lumber Liquidators' products, much of which is in stock and ready for delivery.

With premier brands including Bellawood and Morning Star Bamboo, Lumber Liquidators' flooring is often featured on popular television shows such as HGTV's Dream Home and This Old House. For more information, please visit www.LumberLiquidators.com or call 1.800.HARDWOOD.

Lumber Liquidators aims to be the industry leader in sustainability. For more information, please visit www.LumberLiquidators.com/Sustainability. Learn more about our corporate giving program at LayItForward.LumberLiquidators.com. You can also follow the Company on Facebook and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and accompanying financial tables may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meanings of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which may be identified by words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "thinks," "estimates," "seeks," "predicts," "could," "projects," "potential" and other similar terms and phrases, are based on the beliefs of the Company's management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Company's management as of the date of such statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements in this press release may include, without limitation, statements regarding sales growth, comparable store net sales, earnings performance, margins, return on invested capital, strategic direction, capital expenditures, supply chain, the demand for the Company's products, and store openings and remodels. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of potential risks, uncertainties and other factors including, but not limited to, changes in general economic and financial conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, consumer access to credit, and interest rates; the volatility in mortgage rates; the legislative/regulatory climate; political unrest in the countries of the Company's suppliers; the ability to retain and motivate the Company's employees; the availability of sufficient suitable hardwood; the impact on the Company if it is unable to maintain quality control over its products; the cost and effect on the Company's reputation of, and consumers' purchasing decisions in connection with, unfavorable allegations surrounding the product quality of the Company's laminates sourced from China; the Company's suppliers' ability to meet its quality assurance requirements; disruption in the Company's suppliers' abilities to supply needed inventory; the impact on the Company's business of its expansion of laminate products sourced from Europe and North America and the flooring industry's demand for product from these regions; disruptions or delays in the production, shipment, delivery or processing through ports of entry; the strength of the Company's competitors and their ability to increase their market share; slower growth in personal income; the number of customers requesting and cost associated with addressing the Company's indoor air quality testing program; the ability to collect necessary information from applicable customers in connection with indoor air quality test results; changes in business and consumer spending and the demand for the Company's products; changes in transportation costs; the rate of growth of residential remodeling and new home construction; the Company's ability to offset the effects of the rate of inflation, if higher than expected; the demand for and profitability of installation services; changes in the scope or rates of any antidumping or countervailing duty rates applicable to the Company's products; the duration, costs and outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the ability to successfully and timely implement the compliance plan in connection with the plea agreement entered into with the Department of Justice; the ability to make timely payments pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement entered into with the Department of Justice; the ability to borrow under its asset-backed revolving credit facility; he ability to reach an appropriate resolution in connection with the governmental investigations; and inventory levels. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these statements, which speak only as of the dates on which such statements are made, except as may be required under the federal securities laws. Information regarding these additional risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Item 1A, "Risk Factors," section of the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.

For further information contact:

Lumber Liquidators Investor Relations Steve Calk Tel: 757.566.7512

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, except share data)

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

Assets

Current Assets:

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

26,703

$

20,287

Merchandise Inventories

244,402

314,371

Prepaid Expenses

5,931

5,575

Refundable Income Taxes

19,596

-

Deferred Tax Asset

21,045

8,901

Other Current Assets

5,111

8,143

Total Current Assets

322,788

357,277

Property and Equipment, net

121,997

124,867

Goodwill

9,693

9,693

Other Assets

1,724

1,625

Total Assets

$

456,202

$

493,462

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current Liabilities:

Accounts Payable

$

55,247

$

80,303

Customer Deposits and Store Credits

33,771

34,943

Accrued Compensation

6,057

3,693

Sales and Income Tax Liabilities

3,914

7,472

Other Current Liabilities

28,755

17,836

Total Current Liabilities

127,744

144,247

Other Long-Term Liabilities

20,252

6,603

Deferred Tax Liability

10,638

10,558

Revolving Credit Facility

20,000

Total Liabilities

178,634

161,408

Stockholders' Equity:

Common Stock ($0.001 par value; 35,000,000 shares authorized; 27,088,460 and 27,069,307 shares outstanding, respectively)

30

30

Treasury Stock, at cost (2,824,814 and 2,816,780 shares, respectively)

(138,987)

(138,692)

Additional Capital

180,590

177,479

Retained Earnings

237,600

294,033

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(1,665)

(796)

Total Stockholders' Equity

277,568

332,054

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

456,202

$

493,462

 

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands, except share data and per share amounts)

Year Ended December 31,

2015

2014

2013

Net Sales

$

978,776

$

1,047,419

$

1,000,240

Cost of Sales

699,918

629,252

589,257

Gross Profit

278,858

418,167

410,983

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

362,051

314,094

284,960

Operating (Loss) Income

(83,193)

104,073

126,023

Other Expense (Income)

234

490

(442)

(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes

(83,427)

103,583

126,465

Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

(26,994)

40,212

49,070

Net (Loss) Income

$

(56,433)

$

63,371

$

77,395

Net (Loss) Income per Common Share—Basic

$

(2.08)

$

2.32

$

2.82

Net (Loss) Income per Common Share—Diluted

$

(2.08)

$

2.31

$

2.77

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:

Basic

27,082,299

27,264,882

27,484,790

Diluted

27,082,299

27,485,852

27,914,322

  

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands)

Year Ended December 31,

2015

2014

2013

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net (Loss) Income

$

(56,433)

$

63,371

$

77,395

Adjustments to Reconcile Net (Loss) Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:

Depreciation and Amortization

17,392

14,714

11,666

Deferred Income Taxes

(12,064)

(152)

(846)

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

3,941

5,593

5,974

Impairment Charges related to Property and Equipment

4,392

Inventory Lower of Cost or Market Adjustments

26,162

Deconsolidation of Variable Interest Entity

1,457

Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:

Merchandise Inventories

42,773

(62,140)

(45,834)

Accounts Payable

(21,450)

21,478

(15)

Customer Deposits and Store Credits

(1,075)

12,623

(3,354)

Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets

(18,385)

(1,836)

(257)

Other Assets and Liabilities

22,494

3,436

8,271

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

9,204

57,087

53,000

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Purchases of Property and Equipment

(22,478)

(71,138)

(28,585)

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(22,478)

(71,138)

(28,585)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Payments for Stock Repurchases

(295)

(53,310)

(34,830)

Proceeds from the Exercise of Stock Options

3,150

10,255

Excess Tax Benefit from Stock-Based Compensation

4,004

17,132

Borrowings on Revolving Credit Facility

39,000

53,000

Payments on Revolving Credit Facility

(19,000)

(53,000)

Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

19,705

(46,156)

(7,443)

Effect of Exchange Rates on Cash and Cash Equivalents

(15)

(140)

(505)

Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

6,416

(60,347)

16,467

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year

20,287

80,634

64,167

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Year

$

26,703

$

20,287

$

80,634

 

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SOURCE Lumber Liquidators, Inc.



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