Crown Crafts Shows More Profit
Don Hogsett -- Home Textiles Today, November 27, 2006
Still building sales and margins in a tricky retail environment, and chalking up a $4.1 million gain as it slashed its debt as part of a sweeping refinancing, Crown Crafts Inc. recorded a second fiscal quarter profit of $5.3 million, more than four times the size of $1.2 million in year-ago earnings.
Sales at the diversified producer of infant and juvenile bedding rose by 1.4%, to $21.6 million from $21.2 million, as gains in the core bedding business offset a continuing slide in fashion throws.
The lion's share of the earnings pickup resulted from a $4.1 million gain stemming from a recent refinancing that reduced the book value of debt to $2.9 million from $7.0 million. But even without that big gain, operating profits rose by 50.2%, to $3.0 million from $2.0 million, swollen by suddenly wider margins.
But there's a qualifying footnote there as well. Operating profit soared on the strength of sharply higher margins, which climbed by 500 basis points, or 5.0 percentage points, to 26.7% from 21.7% a year ago. But driving that growth, the company said, was another one-time item.
Margins were strong on their own, but made even stronger by an over-absorption of overhead, which contributed about 1.4% of the total 5.0% increased in margin strength. That over-absorption, the company noted, will reverse itself out over the rest of the year as all costs are fully absorbed. Even without the help from that one-time item, margins still rose an impressive 360 basis points, or 3.6 percentage points.
Breaking results out by category, bedding, blankets and accessories sales grew by 2.5%, to $15.2 million, and sales of bibs and bath were flat at $5.7 million. Sales at the Churchill Weavers division, which produces pricey hand-woven throws, declined by 10.2%, to $655,000.
Wall Street and investors rewarded the company on the day of the report by driving its stock price higher by 3.5%, or $0.13 a share, to $3.85.
CROWN CRAFTS INC.
|Qtr. 10/2 (x000)||2006||2005||% change|
|a. Second quarter results include a $4.1 million gain on debt refinancing and miscellaneous income of $21,000, compared with miscellaneous expenses of $25,000 during the same period a year ago.
b. Six-month results include a $4.1 million gain on debt refinancing and $140,000 in miscellaneous income, compared with $17,000 last year.
|Oper. income (EBIT)||3,024||2,013||50.2|
|Average gross margin||26.7%||21.7%||—|
|Oper. income (EBIT)||5,154||2,512||105.2|
|Average gross margin||27.4%||21.7%||—|