Hancock Fabrics Reports Operating Income of $2.7 Million for the 2014 Fiscal Year, Its Second Consecutive Year of Operating Income, and First Positive Cash Flow from Operations since 2010

BALDWYN, Miss.--()--Hancock Fabrics, Inc. (OTC symbol: HKFI) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter of 2014, which contained 14 weeks, and the 2014 fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, which contained 53 weeks.

Financial results for the fourth quarter include:

  • Net sales for the quarter were $88.8 million compared to $81.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. On a comparable 13 week basis net sales increased by 2.8% year over year and comparable store sales increased by 2.2%.
  • Gross profit for the fourth quarter was 40.1% compared to 41.0% for the fourth quarter of the prior year. The reduction was mostly driven by increased promotions that improved sales, as evidenced by the increase in fourth quarter comparable store sales, and increased freight costs, partially offset by inventory shrink reduction.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter, including depreciation and amortization, decreased to 36.7% of net sales from 37.1% as reductions in rent, incentive compensation, store payroll and utilities were partially offset by increased insurance and employee benefit cost.
  • Operating income for the quarter was $3.0 million compared to $3.1 million in the fourth quarter last year.
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, which is defined as earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, improved slightly to $4.4 million for the quarter from $4.3 million for the same period last year.
  • Net income decreased by $0.3 million with net income of $1.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to a net income of $1.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • At quarter end, the Company had outstanding borrowings under its revolving line of credit of $59.1 million, a term loan balance of $15.0 million and outstanding letters of credit of $7.6 million. Additional amounts available to borrow under its revolving line of credit at the end of the quarter were $10.6 million. The balance of the Company’s subordinated debt was $8.2 million at quarter end.

Fiscal 2014 financial results include:

  • Net sales for fiscal year 2014 were $283.1 million compared to $276.0 million last year. On a comparable 52 week basis net sales increased by 0.7% and comparable same store sales also increased by 0.7%.
  • Gross profit for fiscal 2014 declined by 30 basis points to 42.7% as compared to 43.0% for the prior year. The reduction was mostly due to increased promotions to drive sales volume and customer traffic and increased cost of handling inventory partially offset by inventory shrink reduction and vendor discounts.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for fiscal 2014, including depreciation and amortization increased to 41.7% of sales from 41.5% for the prior year. This increase was driven by increased depreciation from capital investments in stores and technology, increased insurance and employee benefit costs, partially offset by commission income and occupancy costs.
  • Operating income for 2014 was $2.7 million compared to $4.0 million for fiscal 2013.
  • EBITDA was $7.7 million for fiscal 2014 compared to $8.7 million for last year.
  • The net loss for fiscal 2014 was $3.2 million, or $0.15 per basic share, for fiscal year 2014, compared to a net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.09 per basic share for fiscal year 2013.

The Company announced on April 22, 2015 the refinancing of the Company’s existing senior debt under a new credit agreement with Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Great American Capital Partners. This will provide additional availability over the current senior debt and extends the maturity date of the Company’s senior debt to April 22, 2020, subject to a springing maturity provision which could cause the maturity date to be August 22, 2017 if the Company’s existing senior notes are not refinanced or repaid before that date and more than $750,000 of the senior notes remains outstanding on such date.

Steve Morgan, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are encouraged to have produced two consecutive years of positive operating income, something we have not done since 2009. In addition to this we generated positive cash flow from operations for the first time since 2010. We are pleased with these accomplishments, but remained focused on continuous improvement in operations and cash management. We also recently announced a new five year refinancing deal with Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Great American Capital Partners. The new refinancing was undertaken early as it gives us an extended term on our debt and additional availability. This enhances our ability to drive operating results and further improve cash flow through inventory productivity. With the trend of positive operating income and new financing recently completed, we are confident about the direction the Company is heading and what we believe our potential to be.”

Store Openings, Closings and Remodels

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company opened two new stores, relocated one store and closed one location. For the 2014 fiscal year, seven new stores opened, six closed, six stores were relocated and six remodeled ending the year with 263 stores.

Hancock Fabrics, Inc. is committed to being the inspirational authority in fabric and sewing, serving creative enthusiasts with a complete selection of fashion and home decorating textiles, sewing accessories, needlecraft supplies and sewing machines. The Company currently operates 263 retail stores in 37 states and an Internet store at www.hancockfabrics.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the following: adverse economic conditions; intense competition and adverse discounting actions taken by competitors; our merchandising initiatives and marketing emphasis may not provide expected results; changes in customer demands and failure to manage inventory effectively; our inability to effectively implement our growth strategy; our ability to attract and retain skilled people; interest rate increases; our ability to successfully access funds through capital markets and financial institutions; significant changes in discount rates, mortality rates, actual investment return on pension assets and other factors could affect our earnings, equity, and pension contributions in future periods; business matters encountered by our suppliers may adversely impact our ability to meet our customers’ needs; risks associated with obtaining merchandise from foreign suppliers; transportation industry challenges and rising fuel costs; delays or interruptions in the flow of merchandise between our suppliers and/or our distribution center and our stores; changes in the labor market and in federal, state, or local regulations; taxing authorities could disagree with our tax treatment of certain deductions or transactions, resulting in unexpected tax assessments; our current cash resources might not be sufficient to meet our expected near-term cash needs; a disruption in our data processing services; a failure to adequately maintain the security of confidential information; failure to comply with various laws and regulations as well as litigation developments; we may not be able to maintain or negotiate favorable lease terms for our retail stores; changes in accounting principles; serious disruptions or catastrophic events, including geo-political events and weather; changes in newspaper subscription rates may result in reduced exposure to our circular advertisement; unexpected or unfavorable consumer responses to our promotional or merchandising programs; risks associated with our common stock trading on the OTC Markets, formerly known as the “Pink Sheets”; our stock price has been volatile and could decrease in value; future sales of our common stock could adversely affect the market price and our future capital-raising activities could involve the issuance of equity securities, which could result in a decline in the trading price of shares of our common stock; we do not expect to pay cash dividends on shares of our common stock for the foreseeable future and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings, including the risk factors set forth in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2015 and the Company’s other reports with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events.

 
HANCOCK FABRICS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
             
    January 31,     January 25,
(in thousands, except for share amounts)     2015     2014
Assets
Current assets:
Cash $ 2,886 $ 1,806
Receivables 4,335 5,259
Inventories 108,917 107,180
Prepaid expenses       2,565         2,107  
Total current assets 118,703 116,352
 
Property and equipment, net 33,637 33,409
Goodwill 2,880 2,880
Other assets       1,832         2,431  
Total assets     $ 157,052       $ 155,072  
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' (Deficit) Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 22,845 $ 20,466
Accrued liabilities       14,515         13,742  
Total current liabilities 37,360 34,208
 
Long-term debt obligations, net 82,339 78,691
Capital lease obligations 2,401 2,605
Postretirement benefits other than pensions 3,056 2,728
Pension and SERP liabilities 43,759 28,407
Other liabilities       5,702         5,351  
Total liabilities       174,617         151,990  
 
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' (deficit) equity:

Common stock, $.01 par value; 80,000,000 shares authorized; 35,507,986 and 35,116,436 issued and 22,006,329 and 21,641,004 outstanding, respectively

355 351
Additional paid-in capital 91,892 91,360
Retained earnings 91,331 94,484

Treasury stock, at cost, 13,501,657 and 13,475,432 shares held, respectively

(153,812 ) (153,793 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (47,331 )       (29,320 )
Total shareholders' (deficit) equity       (17,565 )       3,082  
Total liabilities and shareholders' (deficit) equity     $ 157,052       $ 155,072  
 
 
HANCOCK FABRICS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                   
 
(in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)
Fourteen Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended

January 31,

% of

January 25,

% of

2015    

net sales

      2014    

net sales

 
 
Net sales $ 88,821 100.0 % $ 81,345 100.0 %
Cost of goods sold   53,196       59.9           47,988       59.0  
 
Gross profit 35,625 40.1 33,357 41.0
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 31,472 35.4 29,271 36.0
Depreciation and amortization   1,130       1.3           941       1.1  
 
Operating income 3,023 3.4 3,145 3.9
 
Interest expense, net   1,583       1.8           1,398       1.8  
 
Income before income taxes 1,440 1.6 1,747 2.1
Income taxes   -       -           -       -  
 
 
Net income $ 1,440       1.6 %       $ 1,747       2.1 %
 
Earnings per share:
Basic earnings per share $ 0.07               $ 0.08          
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.06               $ 0.07          
 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic   21,205                 20,776          
Diluted   22,832                 25,256          
 
 
 
Fifty-three Weeks Ended Fifty-two Weeks Ended
January 31,

% of

January 25,

% of

2015    

net sales

      2014    

net sales

 
 
Net sales $ 283,144 100.0 % $ 276,030 100.0 %
Cost of goods sold   162,141       57.3           157,275       57.0  
 
Gross profit 121,003 42.7 118,755 43.0
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 114,172 40.3 111,107 40.2
Depreciation and amortization   4,095       1.4           3,623       1.3  
 
Operating income 2,736 1.0 4,025 1.5
 
Interest expense, net   5,889       2.1           5,967       2.2  
 
Loss before income taxes (3,153 ) (1.1 ) (1,942 ) (0.7)
Income taxes   -       -           -       -  
 
 
Net loss $ (3,153 )     (1.1 )%       $ (1,942 )     (0.7) %
 
Basic and diluted loss per share:                        
Net loss $ (0.15 )             $ (0.09 )        
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted   21,009                 20,562          
 

Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Company has presented Earnings (Loss) before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) in this press release to provide investors with additional information to evaluate our operating performance and our ability to service our debt. The Company defines EBITDA as earnings (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company uses EBITDA, among other things, to evaluate operating performance, to plan and forecast future periods’ operating performance, and as an incentive compensation target for certain management personnel.

As EBITDA is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, this measure should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net income (loss), as an indicator of operating performance, or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities as an indicator of liquidity. Our computation of EBITDA may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies. As EBITDA excludes certain financial information compared with net income (loss) and net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, users of this financial information should consider the types of events and transactions which are excluded. The table below shows a reconciliation of EBITDA to net income (loss) and net cash provided by (used in) operating activities.

   
Hancock Fabrics, Inc.
Reconciliation of EBITDA
           
 
(unaudited)

Fourteen
Weeks Ended

Thirteen
Weeks Ended

Fifty-three
Weeks Ended

Fifty-two
Weeks Ended

January 31, January 25, January 31, January 25,
(in thousands) 2015     2014     2015     2014
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 12,375 $ 5,826 $ 3,242 $ (5,700 )
Depreciation and amortization, including cost of goods sold (1,368 ) (1,159 ) (4,951 ) (4,693 )
Amortization of deferred loan costs (189 ) (186 ) (722 ) (720 )
Amortization of bond discount - - - (379 )
Stock-based compensation (142 ) (134 ) (536 ) (623 )
Inventory valuation reserve 215 466 111 (431 )
Other (148 ) (76 ) (316 ) (324 )
Changes in assets and liabilities   (9,303 )       (2,990 )       19         10,928  
 
Net income (loss) 1,440 1,747 (3,153 ) (1,942 )
Interest expense, net 1,583 1,398 5,889 5,967
Depreciation and amortization, including cost of goods sold   1,368         1,159         4,951         4,693  
 
EBITDA $ 4,391       $ 4,304       $ 7,687       $ 8,718  

Contacts

Hancock Fabrics, Inc.
James B. Brown, 662-365-6112
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Contacts

Hancock Fabrics, Inc.
James B. Brown, 662-365-6112
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer