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    Lumber Liquidators Announces Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

    Jul 27, 2016

    TOANO, Va., July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL), the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, today announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2016.

    Lumber Liquidators.

    Second Quarter Results

    Net sales in the second quarter of 2016 were $238.1 million, a decrease of 4.0% from the second quarter of 2015.  This includes a comparable store net sales decline of 7.2%, reflecting a 0.7% increase in the average sale which was more than fully offset by a 7.9% decrease in the number of customers invoiced.  The Company believes the number of customers invoiced was impacted by its change in strategy from a very promotional period in the prior year to a more strategic pricing approach during the current year period.  Additionally, the Company believes demand for certain product categories decreased as our assortment of products did not match changes in customer trends.  Non-comparable store net sales increased $8.1 million over the comparable prior year period.  The Company opened four new stores during the second quarter of 2016.

    Gross margin was 29.7% in the second quarter of 2016, compared with 25.1% in the prior year period.  The change in gross margin was primarily attributable to the items highlighted in the attached supplemental schedule as well as changes in the Company's promotional strategy and increases in the sales mix of laminates and vinyl, which generally have lower retail price points and above average gross margins. 

    Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses in the second quarter of 2016 were $89.9 million, $0.7 million below the prior year quarter.  The change is primarily attributable to the items highlighted in the attached supplemental schedule as well as slight reductions in the Company's advertising spend in second quarter of 2016 partially offset by higher payroll related costs in the second quarter of 2015.  As a percentage of net sales, SG&A increased to 37.8% from 36.5% during the prior year period, primarily as a result of weaker than expected net sales.

    Net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $12.2 million, or a loss of $0.45 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $20.3 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, during the prior year period.    

    Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2016 totaled $12.7 million compared with $26.7 million at December 31, 2015. At June 30, 2016, the Company had $32.0 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility, with remaining availability of $53.7 million.  In July 2016, the Company received a $22.1 million refund from the IRS related to the carry back of 2015 net operating losses to prior periods where the Company generated taxable income.  This amount was reflected in other current assets on the condensed consolidated balance sheet at June 30, 2016.

    During the quarter, the Company continued to progress in its efforts to resolve outstanding legal and regulatory issues: On June 16, 2016, the court reaffirmed the favorable ruling of the Proposition 65 lawsuit.  On June 15, the Company entered into a voluntary agreement with the Office of Compliance and Field Operations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission with respect to its laminate products sourced from China and agreed to, among other things, continue the indoor air quality testing program.  On July 6, 2016, the court preliminarily approved a definitive settlement agreement related to a consolidated securities class action matter.  On July 18, 2016, the Company signed a definitive settlement agreement related to its derivative litigation matter to settle outstanding claims. 

    John Presley, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "While our financial results this quarter were below our expectations, we are encouraged by the progress we made in strengthening Lumber Liquidators for growth and profitability in the long term.  We resolved several legacy regulatory issues, made good progress on resolving certain other outstanding legal matters, and continued to enhance our compliance program.  We have also taken significant steps to improve store performance, ensuring our sites are equipped with the right people and products to serve our customers.  In short, we are making steady progress, and will continue to focus on execution within the business in the coming quarters."

    Conference Call and Webcast Information

    The Company plans to host a conference call and audio webcast on July 27, 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 August 3, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 and entering pin number 13640863.  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 375 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 useful information about Lumber Liquidators' low priced product, 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, profitability, comparable store net sales, margins, return on invested capital, strategic direction, 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 customer of our promotional strategy and our assortment displayed in a good-better-best format; 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 laminate flooring 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 Environmental Compliance Plan in accordance with the terms of the 2015 plea agreement 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 related to the Lacey Act; the ability to borrow under its asset-backed revolving credit facility; the 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

     

     

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    Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.

    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    (in thousands, except share and per share data)

     


    (unaudited)












    June 30,



    December 31,





    2016



    2015


    Assets








    Current Assets:








    Cash and Cash Equivalents


    $

    12,732


    $

    26,703


    Merchandise Inventories



    254,937



    244,402


    Insurance Receivable



    28,500




    Prepaid Expenses



    7,116



    5,931


    Other Current Assets



    56,733



    45,752


    Total Current Assets



    360,018



    322,788


    Property and Equipment, net



    116,949



    121,997


    Goodwill



    9,693



    9,693


    Other Assets



    1,710



    1,724


    Total Assets


    $

    488,370


    $

    456,202










    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity








    Current Liabilities:








    Accounts Payable


    $

    72,396


    $

    55,247


    Customer Deposits and Store Credits



    30,997



    33,771


    Accrued Compensation



    9,347



    6,057


    Accrued Securities Class Action



    41,420




    Sales and Income Tax Liabilities



    3,641



    3,914


    Other Current Liabilities



    28,989



    28,755


    Total Current Liabilities



    186,790



    127,744


    Other Long-Term Liabilities



    21,847



    20,252


    Deferred Tax Liability



    11,806



    10,638


    Revolving Credit Facility



    32,000



    20,000


    Total Liabilities



    252,443



    178,634










    Stockholders' Equity:








    Common Stock ($0.001 par value; 35,000,000 shares authorized; 27,142,069 and 27,088,460 shares outstanding, respectively)



    30



    30


    Treasury Stock, at cost (2,832,057 and 2,824,814 shares, respectively)



    (139,074)



    (138,987)


    Additional Capital



    183,329



    180,590


    Retained Earnings



    192,968



    237,600


    Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss



    (1,326)



    (1,665)


    Total Stockholders' Equity



    235,927



    277,568


    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


    $

    488,370


    $

    456,202


     

     

     

    Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

    (in thousands, except share data and per share amounts)


    (unaudited)































    Three Months Ended


    Six Months Ended




    June 30,


    June 30,












    2016


    2015


    2016


    2015
















    Net Sales


    $

    238,092


    $

    247,944


    $

    471,605


    $

    507,905


    Cost of Sales



    167,508



    185,660



    324,912



    354,009


    Gross Profit



    70,584



    62,284



    146,693



    153,896


    Selling, General and Administrative Expenses



    89,900



    90,551



    207,136



    188,231


    Operating Income (Loss)



    (19,316)



    (28,267)



    (60,443)



    (34,335)


    Other Expense



    131



    65



    282



    81


    Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes



    (19,447)



    (28,332)



    (60,725)



    (34,416)


    Income Tax Expense (Benefit)



    (7,217)



    (7,985)



    (16,093)



    (6,289)


    Net Income (Loss)


    $

    (12,230)


    $

    (20,347)


    $

    (44,632)


    $

    (28,127)


    Net Income (Loss) per Common Share—Basic


    $

    (0.45)


    $

    (0.75)


    $

    (1.65)


    $

    (1.04)


    Net Income (Loss) per Common Share—Diluted


    $

    (0.45)


    $

    (0.75)


    $

    (1.65)


    $

    (1.04)


    Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:














    Basic



    27,108,461



    27,082,878



    27,099,518



    27,077,312


    Diluted



    27,108,461



    27,082,878



    27,099,518



    27,077,312


     

     

     


    Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    (in thousands)


    (unaudited)

















    Six Months Ended



    June 30,



    2016


    2015

    Cash Flows from Operating Activities:







    Net Income (Loss)


    $

    (44,632)


    $

    (28,127)

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







    Depreciation and Amortization



    8,867



    8,756

    Stock-Based Compensation Expense



    3,085



    597

    Stock-Based Portion of Provision for Securities Class Action



    15,420



    Impairment Charges





    5,351

    Deconsolidation of Variable Interest Entity





    1,457

    Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:







    Merchandise Inventories



    (11,308)



    46,872

    Accounts Payable



    16,860



    (20,562)

    Customer Deposits and Store Credits



    (2,692)



    (3,694)

    Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets



    (40,643)



    (7,324)

    Other Assets and Liabilities



    31,318



    15,725

    Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities



    (23,725)



    19,051

    Cash Flows from Investing Activities:







    Purchases of Property and Equipment



    (3,834)



    (14,251)

    Other Investing Activities



    575



    -

    Net Cash Used in Investing Activities



    (3,259)



    (14,251)

    Cash Flows from Financing Activities:







    Borrowings on Revolving Credit Facility



    17,000



    39,000

    Payments on Revolving Credit Facility



    (5,000)



    (19,000)

    Other Financing Activities



    114



    (276)

    Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities



    12,114



    19,724

    Effect of Exchange Rates on Cash and Cash Equivalents



    899



    455

    Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents



    (13,971)



    24,979

    Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period



    26,703



    20,287

    Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period


    $

    12,732


    $

    45,266

     

     

    Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.

    Other Supporting Schedules

    (in thousands)


    (unaudited)


    Items impacting gross margin with comparisons to the prior year include:

















    Three Months Ended June 30,



    Six Months Ended June 30,




    2016



    2015



    2016



    2015




    (dollars in thousands)

    Inventory Impairments 1


    $

    -


    $

    6,269


    $

    -


    $

    7,332

    Antidumping Charges 2


    $

    5,450


    $

    4,921


    $

    5,450


    $

    4,921

    Indoor Air Quality Testing Program 3


    $

    3,292


    $

    4,918


    $

    6,187


    $

    7,231

    ___________________













    1 Inventory impairment charges were related to our decision to simplify our business by phasing out a significant portion of tile flooring and related accessories and discontinuing certain vertical integration initiatives.

    2 We incurred countervailing and antidumping costs of $5.5 million and $4.9 million associated with applicable shipments of engineered hardwood from China for the three months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

    3 We incurred costs related to our indoor air quality testing program. During the quarter ended June 30, 2016, we held a reserve of $3.6 million in other current liabilities in the condensed consolidated balance sheet representing our best estimate of costs to be incurred in the future periods to service this program.














     

     

    Items impacting SG&A with comparisons to the prior year include:

















    Three Months Ended June 30,



    Six Months Ended June 30,




    2016



    2015



    2016



    2015




    (dollars in thousands)

    Securities and Derivatives Class Action 1


    $

    (600)


    $

    -


    $

    15,420


    $

    -

    Legal and Professional Fees 2


    $

    8,294


    $

    6,328


    $

    18,708


    $

    10,795

    All Other 3


    $

    945


    $

    3,330


    $

    2,220


    $

    13,770

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    1 Represents the net charge to earnings related to the stock-based element of our proposed settlement in these class action lawsuits. See Part II, Item 1 on Legal Proceedings for a complete discussion of these matters.

    2 Represents charges to earnings related to our defense of various significant legal actions during the period. This does not include all legal costs incurred by the Company.

    3 All other primarily relates to settlements accruals related to the completed DOJ-Lacey Act investigation in 2015, various payroll factors, including our retention initiatives and the net impact of the CARB and Prop 65 settlements in 2016.














     

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