Havertys Reports Record Operating Results for Fourth Quarter and Year End 2022
ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / February 21, 2023 / HAVERTYS (NYSE:HVT and HVT.A), today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022.
Fourth quarter 2022 versus fourth quarter 2021:
FY 2022 versus FY 2021:
Clarence H. Smith, chairman and CEO, said, "We are pleased to report continued record-breaking quarterly sales and our second year of annual sales over a billion dollars. Our fourth quarter gross profit margins remained strong and for the year reached a new high of 57.7%. Inflation and rising interest rates impacted our operating costs for wages and benefits and third-party financing. Our pre-tax income of $32.5 million was the 11th consecutive quarter we have achieved our goal of double-digit operating income as a percentage of sales.
"In 2022, we returned $63.9 million of capital to our shareholders. We purchased $30.0 million in common shares, paid quarterly dividends of $17.8 million, and in December paid a special cash dividend of $16.1 million. We have paid an annual cash dividend since 1935 and increased our quarterly cash dividend payouts each year since 2008.
"Looking ahead, we face an uncertain consumer spending environment, and rising interest rates have impacted the housing industry, particularly new home sales, which have a high correlation with our business. Despite these headwinds, we remain cautiously optimistic that our store expansion plan supported by our improved online presence, high-quality merchandise, and helpful service will drive market share gains. We are planning for profitable long-term growth and have the financial strength, systems, and importantly the people to achieve our goals and deliver investor value."
(1) See the reconciliation of the non-GAAP metrics at the end of the release.
Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2022 Compared to Same Period of 2021
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 because it affords investors a view of what we consider Havertys' earnings performance and the ability to make a more informed assessment of such earnings performance.
Reconciliation of GAAP measures to EBITDA and EBITDA to Adjusted 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. Stores closed due to COVID-19 were excluded from comp-store sales.
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 audiocast of the conference call on February 22, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. ET at its website 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 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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We caution that our forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and while we believe that our expectations for the future are reasonable in view of currently available information you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, and they should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the state of the economy; state of the residential construction and housing markets; the consumer spending environment for big ticket items; effects of competition; management of relationships with our associates, potential associates, suppliers and vendors; public health issues (including pandemics and quarantines, related shut-downs and other governmental orders, as well as subsequent re-openings); new regulations or taxation plans, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2021 and from time to time in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Forward-looking statements describe our expectations only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our subsequent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and other reports filed with the SEC.
02/21/2023 EQS Newswire / EQS Group AG