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RG Barry Brands Reports Solid FY 2013 Performance

PICKERINGTON, Ohio, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Accessories marketer R.G. Barry Corporation (NASDAQ-GM: DFZ) today reported a solid performance for its fiscal year ended June 29, 2013.

Annual Results
For the full 2013 fiscal year, the Company reported on a consolidated basis:

  • Net earnings of $13.3 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, compared to $14.5 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, reported one-year ago;
  • Year-over-year net sales of $147.0 million versus $156.0 million in fiscal 2012;
  • Gross profit as a percent of net sales of 43.5%, up 40 basis points from 43.1% in the comparable period one-year ago, primarily reflecting the net benefit of the discontinuation of lower-margin and licensed footwear products on mix; and
  • SG&A expenses of $43.0 million, or 29% of net sales, compared to $43.8 million, or 28% of net sales, reported for fiscal 2012.

The Company said that its results reflect a $15 million decline in net sales in its Footwear segment. Most of the decline was anticipated and resulted predominantly from the elimination of lower-margin and licensed business. The decline was partially offset by an increase of more than $6.0 million year-over-year in higher-margin net sales in the Company's Accessories segment.

Fourth Quarter Results
For the fourth quarter, the Company reported on a consolidated basis:

  • Net earnings of $281,000, or $0.02 cents per diluted share, versus $474,000, or $0.04 cents per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012;
  • Net sales of $25.5 million, up from $25.0 million in the comparable period one-year ago;
  • Gross profit as a percent of net sales contracted 120 basis points to 41.7% from 42.9% in the comparable period last year, reflecting a shift in sales mix for the quarter; and
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses of $10.5 million, or about 41% of quarterly net sales, compared to $10.6 million, or 42.6% of quarterly net sales, one-year ago.

Financial Strength
The Company remained in a healthy financial position at year-end. 

  • Cash and short-term investments were $39.5 million;
  • Consolidated inventory was at $24.2 million, up from $21.1 million at the end of fiscal 2012; and
  • Net shareholders' equity rose 17% to $87.1 million from $74.4 million one year ago.

Management Comments
"We are once again among the best-of-class in our category and we remain solidly positioned to continue transforming RG Barry Brands into a multi-dimensional provider of accessories products," said Greg Tunney, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We plan to meet future marketplace challenges with superior products, excellent performance and continuing investment in strengthening and expanding our portfolio of great accessories brands."

"Our actions last year in eliminating less-productive businesses reflected our realignment of the Footwear segment for future growth and enhanced profitability," added Jose Ibarra, Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer. "Despite facing the formidable combination of retail and economic headwinds and our strategic decision to eliminate lower-margin and licensed footwear products in fiscal 2013, we generated an operating profit in excess of 14% as a percentage of net sales, making us one of the best performers in our sector."

Mr. Tunney continued, "Looking to fiscal 2014, we expect to resume our pattern of increasing year-over-year revenue. In the non-promotional, full-price Accessories businesses we will target a growth rate in the mid-teens. The objective of our Footwear segment will be to hit a year-over-year growth target in low single digits, although at a higher level of profitability than in fiscal 2013. We also plan to increase investment spending in support of our current businesses to a level that is more in line with our long-term growth strategies and profitability profile.

"Our commitment to significant growth through acquisitions remains strong. We have continued to fine-tune our approach and have broadened the scope of our search to include prospects in select international markets and additional business categories that we believe will fit well with our model and filter. We also have created a full-time internal position to support our M&A efforts. We remain very confident that our next growth milestone of becoming a $200-to-$250 million company in 3-to-5 years can and will be achieved," he concluded.

Conference Call/Webcast Today
RG Barry senior management will conduct a conference call for all interested parties at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. Management will discuss the Company's performance, its plans for the future and will accept questions from teleconference participants.

To listen via the Internet, log on to http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=95711.

The call will also be available at 800.860.2442 (U.S.) and +1.412.858.4600 (international) until five minutes before starting time.

Replays will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call conclusion and running and through 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Sept. 20, 2013 at 877.344.7529 (U.S.) and +1.412.317.0088 (Canada/international); ask for conference 10033161. Replays and a written transcript of the call will be posted for up to one year in the Investor Room section of rgbarry.com.

About RG Barry
RG Barry develops accessories brands that provide fashionable, solution-oriented products for a great life. Our primary brands include: Dearfoams slippers dearfoams.com; baggallini handbags, totes and travel accessories baggallini.com; and Foot Petals premium insoles and comfort products footpetals.com.  To learn more, visit us at rgbarry.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the disclosures in this news release contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties.  You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "expect," "could," "should," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," or words with similar meanings.  Any statements that refer to projections of our future performance, anticipated trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements.  These statements, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, are based upon our current plans and strategies and reflect our current assessment of the risks and uncertainties related to our business.  These risks include, but are not limited to: our continuing ability to source products from third parties located within and outside North America; competitive cost pressures; the loss of retailer customers to competitors, consolidations, bankruptcies or liquidations; shifts in consumer preferences; the impact of general economic conditions on consumer spending; the impact of the seasonal nature of our footwear business upon our overall operations; inaccurate forecasting of consumer demand; difficulties liquidating excess inventory; disruption of our supply chain or distribution networks; our ability to secure and protect trademarks and other intellectual property; our ability to implement new enterprise resource information systems; a failure in or a breach of our operational or security systems or infrastructure, or those of our third-party suppliers and other service providers, including as a result of cyber-attacks; the unexpected loss of any of the skills and experience of any of our senior officers; our ability to continue to identify suitable acquisition candidates to expand our business and to successfully integrate these acquisitions into our business; and our investment of excess cash in variable rate demand note securities and other short-term investments.  You should read this news release carefully, because the forward-looking statements contained in it (1) discuss our future expectations; (2) contain projections of our future results of operations or of our future financial condition; or (3) state other "forward-looking" information.  The risk factors described in this news release and in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in particular "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of Part I of our most-recent Form 10-K, give examples of the types of uncertainties that may cause actual performance to differ materially from the expectations we describe in our forward-looking statements. If the events described in this "Safe Harbor" Statement or in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of Part I of our most-recent Form 10-K occur, they could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.  You should also know that it is impossible to predict or identify all risks and uncertainties related to our business.  Consequently, no one should consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date on which the statement is made to reflect unanticipated events.  Any further disclosures in our filings with the SEC should also be considered.

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R.G. BARRY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands of dollars, except for per share data)














Thirteen weeks ended


Thirteen weeks ended




Fifty-two weeks ended


Fifty-two weeks ended




June 29, 2013


June 30, 2012


% Increase


June 29, 2013


June 30, 2012


% Increase


 (unaudited) 


 (unaudited) 


(Decrease)


 (unaudited) 


 (audited) 


(Decrease)

Net sales

$         25,472


$       24,995


1.9%


$        147,013


$        155,938


-5.7%

Cost of sales

14,851


14,270


4.1%


83,069


88,770


-6.4%

   Gross profit

10,621


10,725


-1.0%


63,944


67,168


-4.8%













     Gross profit (as percent of net sales)

41.7%


42.9%




43.5%


43.1%















Selling, general and administrative expenses

10,472


10,644


-1.6%


42,964


43,795


-1.9%













    Operating profit

149


81


84.0%


20,980


23,373


-10.2%













Other income

320


255




1,141


651



Interest  expense, net

(127)


(160)


-20.6%


(610)


(764)


-20.2%













     Earnings, before income taxes

342


176


94.3%


21,511


23,260


-7.5%













Income tax expense (benefit)

61


(298)


-120.5%


8,254


8,711


-5.2%













Net earnings

$              281


$            474


-40.7%


$          13,257


$          14,549


-8.9%













Earnings per common share












       Basic

$             0.02


$           0.04


-50.0%


$              1.17


$              1.30


-10.0%

       Diluted

$             0.02


$           0.04


-50.0%


$              1.15


$              1.27


-9.4%













Weighted average number of common shares outstanding












       Basic

11,377


11,268




11,352


11,207



       Diluted

11,522


11,471




11,530


11,414




















































CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS










(in thousands of dollars)










June 29, 2013


June 30, 2012










(unaudited)


 (audited) 





















ASSETS












Cash  & short-term investments

$         39,500


$       41,711









Accounts receivable, net

16,755


13,176









Inventory

24,239


21,149









Prepaid expenses and other current assets

3,670


2,864









   Total current assets

84,164


78,900





















Net property, plant and equipment

4,178


4,186





















Other assets

41,911


45,180









   Total assets

$       130,253


$     128,266





















LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY












Short-term notes payable

4,286


6,036









Accounts payable

10,655


10,962









Other current liabilities

4,899


5,701









    Total current liabilities

19,840


22,699





















Long-term debt

16,071


20,357









Accrued retirement costs and other

7,165


10,803









Shareholders' equity, net

87,177


74,407









   Total liabilities & shareholders' equity

$       130,253


$     128,266





















 

 

SOURCE R.G. Barry Corporation



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