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    Lumber Liquidators Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

    Feb 21, 2017

    TOANO, Va., Feb. 21, 2017 /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, 2016.

    Fourth Quarter Results

    Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $244.9 million, an increase of 4.3% from the fourth quarter of 2015. This includes a comparable store net sales increase of 2.8%, which reflected a 3.0% increase in average sale slightly offset by a 0.2% decrease in customers invoiced. Non-comparable store net sales increased $3.6 million over the comparable prior year period. The Company opened three new stores during the fourth quarter of 2016.

    Gross margin was 32.9% in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 23.0% in the prior year period. The increase in gross margin was primarily attributable to the prior year reduction in the carrying value of the Company's inventory of laminate flooring sourced from China, related moldings and other inventory adjustments of approximately $21.7 million as well as shifts in the mix of products sold to items such as vinyl, which generally have lower retail price points, but higher gross margins.

    Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $89.7 million compared to $85.5 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was attributable to a $5.6 million increase in payroll-related costs in our store staffing, professional and installation sales teams, and corporate capabilities as well as an approximate $1.5 million increase in advertising spend. These items were offset by the net impact of the change in the costs highlighted in the attached supplemental schedule. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A increased slightly to 36.6% from 36.4% during the prior year period.

    Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $5.5 million, or a loss of $0.20 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $19.8 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, during the prior year period.

    At December 31, 2016, the Company had $101.0 million in liquidity, comprised of $10.3 million of cash and $90.7 million of availability under its revolving credit facility. The Company had $40.0 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility at December 31, 2016. This compares to $93.9 million in liquidity at December 31, 2015, which was comprised of $26.7 million in cash and $67.2 million of availability under the revolving credit facility. The Company had $20.0 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility at December 31, 2015.

    Dennis Knowles, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with our sales performance during the quarter, posting our second consecutive increase in comparable sales. While this represents a further step in the right direction, we remain focused on improving our business to drive long term value for Lumber Liquidators shareholders. Our recent investment in a broader, trend-right assortment supported by deeper inventory reflects our commitment to serve our customers. As a part of our strategic direction, we invested in our store operations and the development of both installation and pro-customer programs. We continue to believe the strategic direction we set for the Company remains sound, and we are committed to driving the actions that will return the Company to profitability."

    Full Year Results

    Net sales decreased 1.9% to $960.6 million in 2016 from $978.8 million in 2015. Comparable store net sales decreased $45.0 million, or 4.6%, and net sales in non-comparable stores added $26.8 million versus the prior year. The Company opened nine new stores in 2016, and as of December 31, 2016, operated 383 stores in the United States and Canada.

    Gross profit increased 9.0% to $303.9 million from $278.9 million in 2015. SG&A expenses increased as a percentage of net sales to 41.4% in 2016, compared to 37.0% in 2015.

    Net loss was $68.6 million, or $2.51 per diluted share in 2016 compared to a net loss of $56.4 million, or $2.08 per diluted share, in the prior year.

    Conference Call and Webcast Information

    The Company plans to host a conference call and audio webcast on February 21, 2017, 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 February 28, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 and entering pin number 13654853. 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 380 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.

    CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT

    This press release includes statements of the Company's expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs that constitute "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 legal matters and settlement discussions, the terms of and compliance with the Plea Agreement with the Department of Justice (the "Plea Agreement") and the associated environmental compliance plan (the "Lacey Compliance Plan"), the Company's ability to borrow under its asset-based revolving credit facility, elevated levels of legal and professional fees, elevated levels of payroll and stock-based compensation expense, sales growth, comparable store net sales, number of stores providing installation services, impact of cannibalization, impact of inflation, price changes, inventory availability and inventory per store, inventory valuation, earnings performance, stock-based compensation expense, margins, return on invested capital, advertising costs, costs to administer the Company's indoor air quality testing program, intention to conduct additional investigation and reviews in connection with certain consumers' indoor air quality tests, strategic direction, the scale of the expansion of and transition to the Company's laminate products sourced from Europe and North America, supply chain, the demand for the Company's products, benefits from an improving housing market, volatility in the housing market; construction of engineered hardwood as to not be subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties, ultimate resolution of governmental investigations, 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 rate; 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 Company employees; the availability of sufficient suitable hardwood; the impact on the Company if the Company 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 terms of and compliance with the voluntary measures associated with the settlement agreement with the California Air Resources Board; the terms of and compliance with the corrective action plan associated with the settlement agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission; changes in international trade laws and treaties; 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 additional 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; ability to successfully and timely implement the Lacey Compliance Plan; ability to make timely payments pursuant to the terms of the Plea Agreement; ability to borrow under its asset-based revolving credit facility; ability to reach an appropriate resolution in connection with the governmental investigations; uncertainty regarding the disposition of the laminate flooring sourced from China and costs and/or benefits associated with such disposal; 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, 2016.

    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,

    2016




    December 31,

    2015









    Assets









    Current Assets:









    Cash and Cash Equivalents


    $

    10,271



    $

    26,703


    Merchandise Inventories



    301,892




    244,402


    Prepaid Expenses



    5,367




    5,931


    Refundable Income Taxes



    31,429




    19,596


    Deferred Tax Asset



    6,090




    21,045


    Other Current Assets



    5,346




    5,111


    Total Current Assets



    360,395




    322,788


    Property and Equipment, net



    115,004




    121,997


    Goodwill



    9,693




    9,693


    Other Assets



    3,542




    1,724


    Total Assets


    $

    488,634



    $

    456,202











    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity









    Current Liabilities:









    Accounts Payable


    $

    120,647



    $

    55,247


    Customer Deposits and Store Credits



    32,639




    33,771


    Accrued Compensation



    9,193




    6,057


    Sales and Income Tax Liabilities



    4,249




    3,914


    Other Current Liabilities



    19,984




    28,755


    Total Current Liabilities



    186,712




    127,744


    Other Long-Term Liabilities



    21,142




    20,252


    Deferred Tax Liability



    9,888




    10,638


    Revolving Credit Facility



    40,000




    20,000


    Total Liabilities



    257,742




    178,634











    Stockholders' Equity:









    Common Stock ($0.001 par value; 35,000,000 shares authorized;
    31,102,436 and 29,913,274 shares issued and 28,248,606 and
    27,088,460 shares outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 2015,
    respectively)



    31




    30




    Treasury Stock, at cost (2,853,830 and 2,824,814 shares, respectively)



    (139,420)




    (138,987)


    Additional Capital



    202,700




    180,590


    Retained Earnings



    169,037




    237,600


    Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss



    (1,456)




    (1,665)


    Total Stockholders' Equity



    230,892




    277,568


    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


    $

    488,634



    $

    456,202











     

     


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
































    Three Months Ended


    Year Ended




    December 31,


    December 31,




    2016


    2015


    2016


    2015





    (unaudited)






















    Net Sales 


    $

    244,901


    $

    234,807


    $

    960,588


    $

    978,776


    Cost of Sales 



    164,414



    180,841



    656,719



    699,918


    Gross Profit 



    80,487



    53,966



    303,869



    278,858


    Selling, General and Administrative Expenses 



    89,707



    85,487



    397,504



    362,051


    Operating Income (Loss)



    (9,220)



    (31,521)



    (93,635)



    (83,193)


    Other Expense 



    188



    97



    638



    234


    Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes 



    (9,408)



    (31,618)



    (94,273)



    (83,427)


    Income Tax Expense (Benefit)



    (3,915)



    (11,791)



    (25,710)



    (26,994)


    Net Income (Loss)


    $

    (5,493)


    $

    (19,827)


    $

    (68,563)


    $

    (56,433)


    Net Income (Loss) per Common
    Share—Basic 


    $

    (0.20)


    $

    (0.73)


    $

    (2.51)


    $

    (2.08)


    Net Income (Loss) per Common
    Share—Diluted 


    $

    (0.20)


    $

    (0.73)


    $

    (2.51)


    $

    (2.08)


    Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:














    Basic 



    27,734,878



    27,087,965



    27,284,434



    27,082,299


    Diluted 



    27,734,878



    27,087,965



    27,284,434



    27,082,299















     

     

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























    Year Ended December 31,



    2016


    2015


    2014

    Cash Flows from Operating Activities:










    Net (Loss) Income


    $

    (68,563)


    $

    (56,433)


    $

    63,371

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










    Depreciation and Amortization



    17,505



    17,392



    14,714

    Deferred Income Taxes



    14,205



    (12,064)



    (152)

    Stock-Based Compensation Expense



    5,568



    3,941



    5,593

    Stock-Based Portion of Provision for Securities Class Action



    16,760





    Inventory Lower of Cost or Market Adjustments



    3,723



    26,162



    Impairment Charges related to Property and Equipment





    4,392



    Deconsolidation of Variable Interest Entity





    1,457



    Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:










    Merchandise Inventories



    (62,054)



    42,773



    (62,140)

    Accounts Payable



    64,025



    (21,450)



    21,478

    Customer Deposits and Store Credits



    (988)



    (1,075)



    12,623

    Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets



    (11,465)



    (18,385)



    (1,836)

    Other Assets and Liabilities



    (6,317)



    22,494



    3,436

    Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities



    (27,601)



    9,204



    57,087

    Cash Flows from Investing Activities:










    Purchases of Property and Equipment



    (8,908)



    (22,478)



    (71,138)

    Other Investing Activities



    575





    Net Cash Used in Investing Activities



    (8,333)



    (22,478)



    (71,138)

    Cash Flows from Financing Activities:










    Payments for Stock Repurchases



    (433)



    (295)



    (53,310)

    Proceeds from the Exercise of Stock Options



    539





    3,150

    Excess Tax Benefit from Stock-Based Compensation



    54





    4,004

    Payments for Debt Issuance Costs



    (933)





    Payments on Capital Lease Obligations



    (469)





    Borrowings on Revolving Credit Facility



    37,000



    39,000



    53,000

    Payments on Revolving Credit Facility



    (17,000)



    (19,000)



    (53,000)

    Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities



    18,758



    19,705



    (46,156)

    Effect of Exchange Rates on Cash and Cash Equivalents



    744



    (15)



    (140)

    Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents



    (16,432)



    6,416



    (60,347)

    Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year



    26,703



    20,287



    80,634

    Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Year


    $

    10,271


    $

    26,703


    $

    20,287











    Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:










    Borrowing on capital lease obligation to acquire equipment


    $

    351


    $


    $











     

     



    Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.
    Other Supporting Schedules
    (in thousands)


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



    Three Months Ended

    Twelve Months Ended


    December 31,

    December 31,


    2016

    2015

    2016

    2015

    Inventory Impairments (1)

    $

    -

    $21,719

    $

    -

    $29,051

    Antidumping Charges (2)


    -

    -

    $5,450

    $4,921

    Indoor Air Quality Testing Program (3)


    -

    (198)

    $6,187

    $9,445

                Total

    $

    -

    $21,521

    $11,637

    $43,417



    1In 2015, we recorded a write-off related to our suspension of the sale of Chinese laminate products totaling $22.5 million and incurred costs of $6.6 million related to the simplification of our business.

    2We incurred countervailing and antidumping costs of $5.5 million and $4.9 million associated with applicable shipments of engineered hardwood from China for the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

    3During the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, we incurred costs related to our indoor air quality testing program of $6.2 and $9.4 million, respectively. Prior to June 30, 2016, costs related to our indoor air quality testing program were expensed as incurred. During the second quarter of 2016, we recorded an accrual of $3.0 million, which represented our best estimate of costs to be incurred in the future periods related to this program and its incurred in the total for 2016.

     

     

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



    Three Months Ended

    Twelve Months Ended


    December 31,

    December 31,


    2016

    2015

    2016

    2015

    Securities and Derivatives Class Action (1)

    ($2,910)

    -

    $19,260

    -

    Legal and Professional Fees (2)

    $3,385

    $4,129

    $28,414

    $21,059

    Lacey/DOJ Settlement (3)

    -

    -

    -

    $13,155

    All Other (4)

    -

    $4,787

    $2,800

    $11,089

               Total

    $475

    $8,916

    $50,474

    $45,303



    1This amount represents the net charge to earnings related to the stock-based element of our settlement in the securities class action lawsuit in addition to $2.5 million related to our derivatives class action lawsuit.

    2Represents 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.

    3Represents settlement accruals related to the completed DOJ-Lacey Act investigation in 2015.

    4All other primarily relates to various payroll factors, including our retention initiatives, impairment charges related to our decision to simplify our business and the net impact of the CARB and Prop 65 settlements in 2016.

     

    SOURCE Lumber Liquidators, Inc.


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