Financial News Release


La-Z-Boy Reports Fiscal 2019 First-Quarter Results

MONROE, Mich., Aug. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB) today reported its operating results for the fiscal 2019 first quarter ended July 28, 2018.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2019:

  • Consolidated sales increased 7.7% to $384.7 million versus $357.1 million in last year’s first quarter;
  • Written same-store sales for the entire La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network increased 3.1%;
  • Delivered same-store sales for the company-owned retail segment increased 4.6%;  
  • Consolidated operating income increased 42% to $23.2 million versus the fiscal 2018 first quarter;
  • Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated increased 57% to $18.3 million versus the fiscal 2018 first quarter;
  • Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.39 versus $0.24 in last year’s first quarter;
  • Cash flow from operations was $32.2 million; and
  • The company announced it would acquire Joybird and nine Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores. (Both acquisitions closed early in the company’s fiscal 2019 second quarter).

For the first quarter of fiscal 2019, consolidated sales increased 7.7% to $384.7 million and consolidated operating margin was 6.0% versus 4.6% in the prior-year quarter.  Sales in the company’s Upholstery segment increased 6.9% to $293.4 million and operating margin was 8.1% compared with 8.5% in last year’s first quarter.  Margin declined slightly as recent price increases implemented to mitigate increased raw material costs were not yet fully realized in the quarter. In the Casegoods segment, sales increased 11.3% to $28.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and operating margin increased to 10.9% from 10.7% in the prior-year period. Sales in the Retail segment increased 7.9% to $119.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and operating margin increased to 3.7% from 1.6% in last year’s first quarter.

Earnings per diluted share for the fiscal 2019 first quarter were $0.39 versus $0.24 in the prior-year period.  The fiscal 2019 first-quarter results were impacted positively by a $0.03 per share benefit for currency changes and $0.05 per share due to the lower tax rate related to Tax Reform when compared with the prior-year quarter.  The fiscal 2018 first quarter included a $0.03 per share benefit in other income for an investment gain. 

Kurt L. Darrow, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy, said, “We had an excellent start to fiscal 2019, with strong results across the business. In addition to sales increases in all three operating segments, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network delivered its sixth consecutive quarterly increase in written same-store sales, and our company-owned Retail segment posted a strong delivered same-store sales increase for the 139 stores owned in last year’s first quarter. Additionally, the two strategic acquisition announcements made during the period – Joybird, a premier e-commerce retailer and manufacturer of upholstered furniture, and the highly successful and profitable Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores – have established a strong platform for our next phase of growth.”

The company is encouraged by the improved performance in the Retail segment, which continues to hone processes and tactics across the business in the areas of marketing, pricing strategies, merchandising and product mix. These combined adjustments to operational practices drove an improvement in sales and operating margin for the quarter. In addition to an increase in conversion, the average ticket improved as a result of a higher concentration of design service and custom-order sales.

On the wholesale side of the business, the increase in Upholstery segment sales was driven by favorable changes in product mix, increased unit volume and higher selling prices. Additionally, the Casegoods business continues to perform well. With improved product styling, the segment’s collections are resonating with consumers. On-trend collections, an excellent in-stock position on best-selling groups, and quick shipping have enabled the group to increase floor space with many dealers.

Update on Acquisitions:

The two acquisitions (Joybird and the Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores) announced during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 closed early in the company’s second quarter. As key elements of La-Z-Boy’s dual-growth strategy, Joybird will provide access to a new customer, and La-Z-Boy will benefit and learn from the operating structure and methodologies of the Arizona stores, which were owned by its most-successful La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® licensee. The outstanding management teams of the acquired companies will further strengthen operations and leadership capability across La-Z-Boy Incorporated.  In combination, the two acquisitions are expected to add approximately $80 million in incremental sales to the company in fiscal 2019.

Joybird is a growing brand and will allow La-Z-Boy to more easily reach millennial and Gen X consumers through its well-established online shopping platform. Joybird has demonstrated rapid growth over the last four years, but has been constrained by limited capital and production capacity. With access to the La-Z-Boy supply chain, Joybird will be able to accelerate its expansion, lower costs, and improve service to its customers.  Once the integration process is complete, additional volume added to the La-Z-Boy-branded manufacturing facilities will enable the company to further leverage its fixed manufacturing costs. This acquisition is a key element of La-Z-Boy’s e-commerce strategy which has been evolving over the past year.

The acquisition of the Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores will strengthen the company’s integrated retail platform where La-Z-Boy earns a combined wholesale/retail operating profit on each sale.  Four of the nine stores acquired are the highest-volume stores throughout the 351-store La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network, and the acquisition will be accretive immediately to the company.

The company closed the acquisition of Joybird on July 30, 2018, for guaranteed cash payments of $75 million, including $50 million in up-front cash, $25 million paid annually over five years, and two future earn-out opportunities. Joybird has experienced rapid growth, with annual revenue last year of approximately $55 million.

On August 15, 2018, La-Z-Boy closed on the acquisition of the nine Arizona-based stores for a purchase price of approximately $40 million. The stores had combined calendar 2017 revenue of $78 million. As the company is already recording wholesale sales volume for the Arizona stores, the acquisition will contribute approximately $40 million annually of sales volume to the company on a consolidated basis. 

Excluding purchase accounting adjustments, the combined entities are expected to begin to be slightly accretive to profit by the end of fiscal 2019.  Separately, the company expects purchase accounting charges to be approximately $0.12 to $0.14 per diluted share for the fiscal 2019 year.    

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the quarter, the company generated $32.2 million in cash from operating activities. La-Z-Boy ended the quarter with $134.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, $31.6 million in investments to enhance returns on cash, and $2.4 million in restricted cash. The company spent $5.6 million on dividends to shareholders and $7.9 million purchasing 0.3 million shares of stock in the open market under its existing authorized share purchase program, leaving 6.4 million shares of purchase availability in the program.


New Acquired Closed Total
Remodel Relocation
146  2 9   (2

155 3 -
Dealer-owned 204 6 (9 ) (1 ) 200 10 2
Total 350 8 -   (3 ) 355 13 2

*Projects anticipated to be completed


Darrow concluded, “We are optimistic about the potential for La-Z-Boy Incorporated over the long term, although concerns relating to potential duties and tariffs that could impact the business persist and we are monitoring that situation closely to determine what changes may be appropriate. At the same time, our brand is the strongest in the industry, we have a world-class supply chain, a vast distribution network, and we now own a leading online furniture brand that is poised for growth and returns. We have the elements in place for the effective execution of our comprehensive dual-growth strategy to deliver long-term value to our shareholders.” 

Conference Call

La-Z-Boy will hold a conference call with the investment community on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. The toll-free dial-in number is 877.407.9205; international callers may use 201.689.8054. 

The call will be webcast live, with corresponding slides, and archived on the Internet.  It will be available at A telephone replay will be available for a week following the call. This replay will be accessible to callers from the U.S. and Canada at 877.481.4010 and to international callers at 919.882.2331. Enter Conference ID #36785. The webcast replay will be available for one year.

Forward-looking Information

This news release contains, and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of La‑Z‑Boy may contain, “forward-looking statements.” With respect to all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 

Actual results could differ materially from those we anticipate or project due to a number of factors, including: (a) changes in consumer confidence and demographics; (b) the possibility of a recession; (c) changes in the real estate and credit markets and their effects on our customers, consumers and suppliers; (d) international political unrest, terrorism or war; (e) volatility in energy and other commodities prices; (f) the impact of logistics on imports and exports; (g) tax rate, interest rate, and currency exchange rate changes; (h) changes in the stock market impacting our profitability and our effective tax rate; (i) operating factors, such as supply, labor or distribution disruptions (e.g. port strikes); (j) changes in legislation, including the tax code, or changes in the domestic or international regulatory environment or trade policies, including new or increased duties, tariffs, retaliatory tariffs, trade limitations and termination or renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement; (k) adoption of new accounting principles; (l) fires, severe weather or other natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes and tsunamis; (m) our ability to procure, transport or import, or material increases to the cost of transporting or importing, fabric rolls, leather hides or cut-and-sewn fabric and leather sets domestically or abroad; (n) information technology conversions or system failures and our ability to recover from a system failure; (o) effects of our brand awareness and marketing programs; (p) the discovery of defects in our products resulting in delays in manufacturing, recall campaigns, reputational damage, or increased warranty costs; (q) litigation arising out of alleged defects in our products; (r) unusual or significant litigation; (s) our ability to locate new La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores (or store owners) and negotiate favorable lease terms for new or existing locations; (t) the ability to increase volume through our e-commerce initiatives; (u) the impact of potential goodwill or intangible asset impairments; and (v) those matters discussed in Item 1A of our fiscal 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information or new developments or for any other reason.

Additional Information

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Background Information

La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery segment companies are England and La-Z-Boy. The Casegoods segment consists of three brands: American Drew, Hammary, and Kincaid. The company-owned Retail segment includes 156 of the 351 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores (the company owned 147 stores at the end of the fiscal 2019 first quarter, plus the nine Arizona-based La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores acquired subsequent to quarter end).

The corporation’s branded distribution network is dedicated to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 351 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 538 independent Comfort Studio® locations, in addition to in-store gallery programs for the company’s Kincaid and England operating units. Additional information is available at

Kathy Liebmann                 
(734) 241-2438



    Quarter Ended  
(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)   7/28/18   7/29/17  
Sales   $ 384,695   $ 357,079    
Cost of sales     236,173     217,976    
  Gross profit     148,522     139,103    
Selling, general and administrative expense     125,362     122,805    
  Operating income     23,160     16,298    
Interest expense     104     157    
Interest income     602     343    
Other income (expense), net     892     1,749    
  Income before income taxes     24,550     18,233    
Income tax expense     5,599     6,489    
  Net income     18,951     11,744    
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (648 )   (93 )  
  Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ 18,303   $ 11,651    
Basic weighted average common shares     46,716     48,357    
Basic net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.39   $ 0.24    
Diluted weighted average common shares     47,161     48,846    
Diluted net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.39   $ 0.24    
Dividends declared per share    $ 0.12   $ 0.11    


(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except par value)   7/28/18   4/28/18  
Current assets          
Cash and equivalents   $ 134,247   $ 134,515  
Restricted cash     2,358     2,356  
Receivables, net of allowance of $2,058 at 7/28/18 and $1,956 at 4/28/18     138,979     154,055  
Inventories, net     195,015     184,841  
Other current assets     55,313     42,451  
Total current assets     525,912     518,218  
Property, plant and equipment, net     188,088     180,882  
Goodwill     74,553     75,254  
Other intangible assets, net     17,874     18,190  
Deferred income taxes – long-term     21,255     21,265  
Other long-term assets, net     78,900     79,158  
Total assets   $ 906,582   $ 892,967  
Current liabilities          
Current portion of long-term debt   $ 221   $ 223  
Accounts payable     62,885     62,403  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     127,708     118,721  
Total current liabilities     190,814     181,347  
Long-term debt     142     199  
Other long-term liabilities     88,962     86,205  
Contingencies and commitments          
Shareholders' equity          
Preferred shares – 5,000 authorized; none issued          
Common shares, $1 par value – 150,000 authorized; 46,691 outstanding at 7/28/18 and 46,788 outstanding at 4/28/18     46,691     46,788  
Capital in excess of par value     300,770     298,948  
Retained earnings     296,321     291,644  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (29,573 )   (25,199 )
Total La-Z-Boy Incorporated shareholders’ equity     614,209     612,181  
Noncontrolling interests     12,455     13,035  
Total equity     626,664     625,216  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 906,582   $ 892,967  


    Quarter Ended  
(Unaudited, amounts in thousands)   7/28/18   7/29/17  
Cash flows from operating activities          
  Net income   $ 18,951   $ 11,744  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by 
  (used for) operating activities
  Change in deferred taxes     (183 )   1,344  
  Provision for doubtful accounts     279     (22 )
  Depreciation and amortization     7,541     7,758  
  Equity-based compensation expense     2,040     3,558  
  Change in receivables     14,236     15,753  
  Change in inventories     (11,092 )   (2,477 )
  Change in other assets     463     (10,837 )
  Change in payables     2,491     (3,974 )
  Change in other liabilities     (2,572 )   (3,339 )
  Net cash provided by operating activities     32,154     19,508  
Cash flows from investing activities          
  Proceeds from disposals of assets     61     459  
  Proceeds from property insurance     58     450  
  Capital expenditures     (15,873 )   (9,146 )
  Purchases of investments     (4,190 )   (10,851 )
  Proceeds from sales of investments     4,762     5,857  
  Acquisitions, net of cash acquired         (15,879 )
  Net cash used for investing activities     (15,182 )   (29,110 )
Cash flows from financing activities          
  Payments on debt     (59 )   (66 )
  Stock issued for stock and employee benefit plans, net of 
  shares withheld for taxes



  Purchases of common stock     (7,944 )   (11,491 )
  Dividends paid     (5,625 )   (5,337 )
  Net cash used for financing activities     (15,637 )   (16,517 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents     (1,601 )   851  
Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (266 )   (25,268 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of
    136,871     150,859  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   $ 136,605   $ 125,591  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities          
  Capital expenditures included in payables   $ 4,122   $ 1,671  


  Quarter Ended  
 (Unaudited, amounts in thousands)   7/28/18   7/29/17  
Upholstery segment:          
  Sales to external customers   $ 240,054   $ 224,814  
  Intersegment sales     53,344     49,593  
Upholstery segment sales     293,398     274,407  
Casegoods segment:          
  Sales to external customers     24,403     21,019  
  Intersegment sales     3,983     4,491  
Casegoods segment sales     28,386     25,510  
Retail segment sales     119,228     110,516  
Corporate and Other:          
  Sales to external customers     1,010     730  
  Intersegment sales     2,855     1,930  
Corporate and Other sales     3,865     2,660  
Eliminations     (60,182 )   (56,014 )
  Consolidated sales   $ 384,695   $ 357,079  
Operating Income (Loss)          
Upholstery segment   $ 23,884   $ 23,299  
Casegoods segment     3,080     2,739  
Retail segment     4,458     1,767  
Corporate and Other     (8,262 )   (11,507 )
  Consolidated operating income   $ 23,160   $ 16,298  

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