Havertys Reports Operating Results for First Quarter 2023
ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / May 2, 2023 / HAVERTYS (NYSE:HVT and HVT.A), today reported its operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.
First quarter 2023 versus first quarter 2022:
Clarence H. Smith, chairman and CEO, said, "Our team delivered a strong quarter against difficult headwinds of shifts in consumer spending and persistent inflationary pressures. Sales reflect the reduction in traffic and written business that we have reported in recent quarters as our business transitioned from the pandemic's explosive pace to a more measured one. Our written business for the first quarter of 2023 compared to the "normal" pre-pandemic first quarter of 2019 was up 10.9% and written comp-store sales were up 6.9%.
Our first quarter's average sales ticket was up over last year's and the sales generated by our free in-home design service exceeded 25% of total sales. We are receiving new products, which were delayed during the pandemic, addressing a key part of our merchandise plan. We remain disciplined in our pricing and protective of the gross profit margin gains we have steadily achieved. Operationally, our experienced leaders are focused on ensuring we are efficiently meeting our objectives.
Our financial strength allows us to capitalize during weak cycles, making investments and executing on our growth strategy with the addition of new stores and improving the shopping experience in-store and online. We are adapting and evolving to stay ahead and grow in a changing retail and economic landscape."
(amounts in millions, except per share amounts)
First Quarter ended March 31, 2023 Compared to Same Period of 2022
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Expectations and Other
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GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
We report our financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). We supplement the reporting of our financial information under GAAP with certain non-GAAP financial information. The non-GAAP information presented provides additional useful information but should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for the related GAAP measures. We believe that EBITDA is a meaningful measure to share with investors.
Reconciliation of GAAP measures to EBITDA
Comparable Store Sales
Comparable-store or "comp-store" sales is a measure which indicates the performance of our existing stores and website by comparing the sales growth for stores and online for a particular month over the corresponding month in the prior year. Stores are considered non-comparable if they were not open during the corresponding month or if the selling square footage has been changed significantly.
Cost of Goods Sold and SG&A Expense
We include substantially all our occupancy and home delivery costs in SG&A expense as well as a portion of our warehousing expenses. Accordingly, our gross profit may not be comparable to those entities that include these costs in cost of goods sold.
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 webcast of the conference call on May 3, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website, ir.havertys.com. If you cannot listen live, a replay will be available on the day of the conference call at the website at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET.
Havertys (NYSE:HVT and HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 123 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.
This press release contains, and the conference call may contain forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and change based on various important factors, many of which are beyond our control.
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