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LL Flooring Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

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RICHMOND, Va., August 03, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LL Flooring Holdings, Inc. ("LL Flooring" or "Company") (NYSE: LL), a leading specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring in North America, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Tyson said, "During the second quarter, our teams delivered our fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth in sales to Pro customers, opened six new stores and rebuilt our inventory levels.

"We reported second quarter 2022 comparable store sales down 3.1%, representing sequential improvement from the first quarter of 2022 and a 6.9% increase on a three-year stack basis. The year-over-year decrease in comparable store sales reflected continued lower spending by consumers versus last year, which we believe reflected pressure from inflation and higher interest rates, and their preference to spend more on travel and entertainment. We reported operating margin of 1.6% and adjusted operating margin of 2.0%, as we continued to invest in our long-term growth strategies and navigate gross margin headwinds."

Tyson continued, "While we are cautious about the near-term consumer spending environment, we feel good about the strength in home remodel trends as well as the demand for hard-surface flooring over the medium to long term. We remain committed to investing in our six strategic pillars that will position us for long-term growth. Our balance sheet is strong. We had total liquidity of $187 million at the end of the second quarter. During the second quarter, we repurchased $7 million under the share repurchase authorization approved by the Board earlier this year, underscoring our confidence in our long-term net sales and profitability growth."

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Net sales of $299.0 million decreased $2.4 million, or 0.8%, from the second quarter of 2021. The Company reported record sales to Pro customers, which partially offset a decrease in sales to consumers and a 1.1% decrease in net services sales

  • Comparable store sales decreased 3.1% from the second quarter of 2021, but increased 28.2% on a two-year stack basis and 6.9% on a three-year stack basis. The year-over-year decrease in comparable store sales primarily reflected the same drivers as the change in net sales

  • Gross margin of 35.7% decreased 170 basis points as a percentage of sales compared to the same period last year; adjusted gross margin1 of 36.1% decreased 130 basis points as a percentage of sales compared to the same period last year, primarily reflecting significantly higher material and transportation costs (collectively up more than 1,000 basis points) that the Company was able to partially mitigate through pricing, promotion and alternative country/vendor sourcing strategies

  • SG&A as a percentage of net sales of 34.1% increased 220 basis points compared to the second quarter of last year; adjusted SG&A1 as a percentage of net sales of 34.1% increased 230 basis points compared to the second quarter of last year, primarily driven by investments to support the Company’s long-term growth, higher advertising expense due to the timing of promotions, and continued investment in customer facing and distribution center personnel

  • Operating margin of 1.6% decreased 390 basis points compared to the second quarter of last year; adjusted operating margin1 of 2.0% decreased 360 basis points compared to the second quarter of last year, primarily reflecting increased SG&A as a percent of net sales and lower gross margin

  • Diluted EPS of $0.09 decreased $0.32 compared to the second quarter of last year; adjusted earnings per diluted share1 of $0.13 decreased $0.28 compared to the second quarter of last year

  • During the second quarter of 2022, the Company opened six new stores, bringing total store count to 437 as of June 30, 2022

  • During the second quarter of 2022, the Company reduced the percent of merchandise receipts subject to Section 301 tariffs to 12% from 22% during the second quarter of 2021

1Please refer to the "Non-GAAP and Other Information" section and the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation tables below for more information.

Cash Flow & Liquidity

As of June 30, 2022, the Company had liquidity of $186.9 million, consisting of excess availability under its Credit Agreement of $181.9 million, and cash and cash equivalents of $5.0 million. This represents a decrease in liquidity of $40.3 million from December 31, 2021.

Merchandise inventories at June 30, 2022 increased $104.4 million from December 31, 2021, primarily due to increased purchases to replenish inventory, as well as, to a lesser extent, inflation.

For the first six months of 2022, the Company used $76.0 million of cash flows for its operating activities primarily due to replenishing its inventory, partially offset by increased accounts payable and net income. During the first six months of 2021, the Company generated $53.3 million of cash flows from operating activities, primarily due to positive changes in working capital, reflecting inventory supply constraints, as well as $22.6 million of net income.

During the second quarter, the Company made cash payments of $7.0 million to repurchase 571,332 shares at an average cost of $12.25 per share.

2022 Business Outlook

The Company continues to navigate uncertainty in the macroeconomic environment related to inflation, consumer spending, global supply chain disruptions, COVID-19, and a challenging labor market. As a result, the Company is not providing financial guidance at this time.

The Company is, however, providing commentary as follows:

  • Given near-term consumer spending headwinds, the Company is more cautious on its outlook for the second half of 2022 and may not be able to deliver positive comparable store sales on a full-year basis

  • The Company continues to expect higher transportation and material costs will be a headwind to gross margins in 2022. The Company expects to continue to partially offset these higher costs through pricing, promotion and sourcing strategies but will monitor the market to inform and guide its decisions

  • Consistent with its previously stated investment year in 2022 to support long-term growth, the Company expects SG&A dollar spend and spend as a percent of sales to increase in 2022 compared to 2021

  • The Company expects capital expenditures in the range of approximately $23 million to $25 million, primarily to support growth strategies such as new stores

  • The Company expects to open 20 to 22 new stores in 2022

Learn More about LL Flooring

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company plans to host a conference call and audio webcast on August 3, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference may be accessed by dialing (844) 200-6205 or (646) 904-5544 and entering pin number 900530. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call ends through August 10, 2022 and may be accessed by dialing (929) 458-6194 and entering pin number 229986. The live conference call and replay can also be accessed via audio webcast at the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.LLFlooring.com.

About LL Flooring

LL Flooring is one of the leading specialty retailers of hard-surface flooring in the U.S. with 437 stores. The Company seeks to offer the best customer experience online and in stores, with more than 500 varieties of hard-surface floors featuring a range of quality styles and on-trend designs. LL Flooring’s online tools also help empower customers to find the right solution for the space they’ve envisioned. LL Flooring’s extensive selection includes waterproof hybrid resilient, waterproof vinyl plank, solid and engineered hardwood, laminate, bamboo, porcelain tile, and cork, with a wide range of flooring enhancements and accessories to complement. Our stores are staffed with flooring experts who provide advice, Pro partnership services and installation options for all of LL Flooring’s products, the majority of which is in stock and ready for delivery.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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.

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. For a discussion of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the "Risk Factors" section of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Such filings are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and the Company’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.llflooring.com.

Non-GAAP and Other Information

To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures in the body of this press release and in the supplemental tables at the end of the release: (i) Adjusted Gross Profit; (ii) Adjusted Gross Margin; (iii) Adjusted SG&A; (iv) Adjusted SG&A as a percentage of net sales; (v) Adjusted Operating Income; (vi) Adjusted Operating Margin; (vii) Adjusted Other Expense; (viii) Adjusted Other Expense as a percentage of net sales; (ix) Adjusted Earnings; and (x) Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share. These non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. These supplemental measures may vary from, and may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures by other companies.

The non-GAAP financial measures are presented because management and analysts use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company’s operating performance and, in certain cases, to determine incentive compensation. Therefore, the Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to, and facilitates additional analysis by, investors. The presented non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that management does not believe reflect the Company’s core operating performance, which include regulatory and legal settlements and associated legal and operating costs, changes in antidumping and countervailing duties, and store closures, as such items are outside of the Company’s control due to their inherent unusual, non-operating, unpredictable, non-recurring, or non-cash nature.

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LL Flooring Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited, in thousands)

June 30,

December 31,

2022

2021

Assets

Current Assets:

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

5,032

$

85,189

Merchandise Inventories

358,804

254,385

Prepaid Expenses

10,959

9,160

Other Current Assets

14,995

11,094

Total Current Assets

389,790

359,828

Property and Equipment, net

100,148

96,926

Operating Lease Right-of-Use Assets

123,756

119,510

Goodwill

9,693

9,693

Net Deferred Tax Assets

11,469

11,336

Other Assets

6,404

8,599

Total Assets

$

641,260

$

605,892

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Current Liabilities:

Accounts Payable

$

88,954

$

63,464

Customer Deposits and Store Credits

58,427

67,063

Accrued Compensation

8,042

10,128

Sales and Income Tax Liabilities

5,560

4,297

Accrual for Legal Matters and Settlements

23,799

33,611

Operating Lease Liabilities - Current

34,064

33,060

Other Current Liabilities

27,093

20,717

Total Current Liabilities

245,939

232,340

Other Long-Term Liabilities

6,979

4,268

Operating Lease Liabilities - Long-Term

100,073

97,163

Credit Agreement

15,000

Total Liabilities

367,991

333,771

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders’ Equity:

Common Stock ($0.001 par value; 35,000 shares authorized; 30,733 and 30,536 shares issued and 28,680 and 29,113 shares outstanding, respectively)

31

31

Treasury Stock, at cost (2,053 and 1,423 shares, respectively)

(153,244

)

(145,337

)

Additional Capital

230,086

227,804

Retained Earnings

196,396

189,623

Total Stockholders’ Equity

273,269

272,121

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

641,260

$

605,892

LL Flooring Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Net Sales

Net Merchandise Sales

$

257,569

$

259,542

$

501,840

$

509,585

Net Services Sales

41,388

41,842

76,149

75,249

Total Net Sales

298,957

301,384

577,989

584,834

Cost of Sales

Cost of Merchandise Sold

160,527

156,597

307,946

298,607

Cost of Services Sold

31,680

32,057

59,214

57,905

Total Cost of Sales

192,207

188,654

367,160

356,512

Gross Profit

106,750

112,730

210,829

228,322

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

102,087

96,116

201,112

198,602

Operating Income

4,663

16,614

9,717

29,720

Other Expense (Income)

199

498

184

(270

)

Income Before Income Taxes

4,464

16,116

9,533

29,990

Income Tax Expense

1,728

4,127

2,760

7,379

Net Income and Comprehensive Income

$

2,736

$

11,989

$

6,773

$

22,611

Net Income per Common Share—Basic

$

0.09

$

0.41

$

0.23

$

0.78

Net Income per Common Share—Diluted

$

0.09

$

0.41

$

0.23

$

0.77

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:

Basic

28,927

29,042

28,856

28,993

Diluted

29,065

29,488

29,079

29,543

LL Flooring Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited, in thousands)

Six Months Ended June 30,

2022

2021

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net Income

$

6,773

$

22,611

Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income:

Depreciation and Amortization

9,047

9,282

Deferred Income Taxes Provision

(133

)

28

Income on Vouchers Redeemed for Legal Settlements

(750

)

(821

)

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

1,986

2,596

Provision for Inventory Obsolescence Reserves

292

1,420

Gain (Loss) on Disposal of Fixed Assets

(1

)

18

Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:

Merchandise Inventories

(106,004

)

17,583

Accounts Payable

25,036

(596

)

Customer Deposits and Store Credits

(8,636

)

6,342

Accrued Compensation

(2,086

)

(4,633

)

Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets

(3,327

)

293

Advertising Accrual

6,141

1,086

Accrual for Legal Matters and Settlements

293

7,733

Payments for Legal Matters and Settlements

(8,062

)

(62

)

Other Assets and Liabilities

3,449

(9,546

)

Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities

(75,982

)

53,334

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Purchases of Property and Equipment

(11,628

)

(7,435

)

Proceeds from Disposal of Fixed Assets

64

57

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(11,564

)

(7,378

)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Borrowings on Credit Agreement

51,500

Payments on Credit Agreement

(36,500

)

(101,000

)

Proceeds from the Exercise of Stock Options

296

64

Common Stock Repurchased

(7,907

)

(1,811

)

Other Financing Activities

(755

)

Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

7,389

(103,502

)

Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(80,157

)

(57,546

)

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year

85,189

169,941

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Year

$

5,032

$

112,395

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash operating and financing activities:

Relief of Inventory for Vouchers Redeemed for Legal Settlements

$

1,293

$

1,498

Tenant Improvement Allowance for Leases

(742

)

(765

)

LL Flooring Holdings, Inc.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(Unaudited, in thousands, except percentages)

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

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

$

% of Sales

$

% of Sales

$

% of Sales

$

% of Sales

(dollars in thousands)

(dollars in thousands)

Gross Profit/Margin, as reported (GAAP)

$

106,750

35.7

%

$

112,730

37.4

%

$

210,829

36.5

%

$

228,322

39.0

%

Antidumping Adjustments1

1,218

0.4

%

%

977

0.2

%