Lumber Liquidators Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results And Updates Full Year 2014 Outlook

Lumber Liquidators Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results And Updates                             Full Year 2014 Outlook  ~ Net Sales Increased 6.9% to $246.3 Million, Adversely Impacted by Unusually Severe Weather  ~~ Comparable Store Net Sales Decline 0.6% ~  ~ Net Income of $13.7 Million, or $0.49 per Diluted Share  ~~ Company Maintains Full Year 2014 Outlook for Net Sales of $1.15 billion to $1.20 billion and EPS of $3.25 to $3.60  PR Newswire  TOANO, Va., April 30, 2014  TOANO, Va., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL), the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, and reiterated its outlook for 2014.  Lumber Liquidators  First Quarter Results  Net sales increased $15.9 million, or 6.9%, to $246.3 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $230.4 million in the first quarter of 2013. The Company estimates unusually severe winter weather adversely impacted net sales in as many as 135 of its 331 store locations in operation at March 31, 2014. In those stores adversely impacted by weather, net sales declined 3.8% to $93.6 million, and in all other stores, net sales increased 14.6% to $152.7 million.  In comparable stores, net sales decreased 0.6% overall, including a 13.1% decrease in weather-impacted stores and an 8.5% increase in all other stores. The Company's average sale across all stores rose 2.6% in the first quarter of 2014, indicating a 3.2% decrease in the number of customers invoiced. As the weather moderated, customer demand generally strengthened across comparable stores. The Company believes a significant portion of the customer demand delayed by adverse weather in the first quarter will be recovered in the second and third quarters of 2014.  Gross margin was 41.1% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 40.4% in the first quarter of 2013. The increase in gross margin reflects generally higher net product margin due to continued shifts in sales mix and lower product costs, partially offset by higher net transportation costs. Transportation costs included certain expenses related to the start-up of the West Coast distribution center, which began serving over 90 western store locations in March 2014.  Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses increased $11.3 million, or 16.7%, to $78.9 million, and included incremental costs of $1.0 million related to the West Coast distribution center and a $1.7 million increase in legal and professional fees compared to the first quarter of 2013. SG&A expenses were 32.0% of net sales in the first quarter of 2014, up from 29.3% in the first quarter of 2013.  Net income decreased 13.2% to $13.7 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014 from $15.8 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the first quarter of the prior year.  Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2014 totaled $76.1 million compared with $72.7 million at March 31, 2013 and $80.6 million at December 31, 2013.  Robert M. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Like so many, our team was frustrated by the severity, scale and duration of the harsh winter and the adverse impact it had on our net sales. Our customers generally follow a long purchase cycle, which we believe was either interrupted or completely suspended due to the unusually severe winter weather. However, as conditions generally became more seasonal in mid-March, customer demand increased. The key strategic initiatives we have implemented over the last two years have strengthened our operations, and we believe we are more capable than ever of serving customers who postponed their flooring purchase in the first quarter."  Company Outlook  The Company has reiterated its previously provided full year outlook for net sales and earnings per share, and now expects to achieve the following for the full year 2014:    oNet sales in the range of $1.15 billion to $1.20 billion.    oComparable store net sales increasing in the mid to high single digits,     from a previous range of high single to low-double digits.    oThe opening of a total of 35 to 40 new store locations in the expanded     showroom format, from a previous range of 30 to 40 new store locations.    oThe remodeling of a total of 25 to 30 existing stores in the expanded     showroom format, from a previous range of 25 to 35 existing stores.    oCapital expenditures between $80 million and $90 million, including up to     $50 million for supply chain investments.    oDe-leverage of SG&A expenses primarily related to store base expansion,     advertising expenses increasing at a rate greater than net sales, the     opening and continuing operation of the West Coast distribution center and     higher than normal legal and professional fees.    oOperating margin expansion to a range of 13.0% to 13.8%.    oEarnings per diluted share in the range of approximately $3.25 to $3.60,     based on a diluted share count of approximately 27.9 million shares, which     is exclusive of any future impact of the stock repurchase program.  Mr. Lynch concluded, "As we look forward, we remain confident in the long-term strength of our business model and believe that our value proposition will allow us to gain further share in the fragmented wood flooring market. Our infrastructure investment this year will be the largest in our history, as we open key facilities in our supply chain, expand our finishing capacity, explore vertical integration and continue our store base expansion. Our new stores continue to exceed our plans, and we expect that the long-term investments we have made implementing our key strategic initiatives will enable us to expand operating margin in the remainder of the year and beyond."  Conference Call and Webcast Information  The Company plans to host a conference call and audio webcast today, April 30, 2014, at 10:00 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 May 7, 2014 and may be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 and entering pin number 13580205. The live conference call and replay may also be accessed via audio webcast at the Investor Relations section of the Company's website,  About Lumber Liquidators  In its 20th year and withmore than335 locations, Lumber Liquidators is North America's largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring. Lumber Liquidators features more than 340top 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.  Withpremierbrands including Bellawood Prefinished Hardwood 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 visitwww.LumberLiquidators.comor call 1.800.HARDWOOD. You can also follow the company onFacebookandTwitter,and learn more about its corporate giving program  Forward-Looking Statements  This press release and accompanying financial tables may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements are based on currently available information as of the date of such statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these statements which speak only as of their respective dates, except as may be required under the federal securities laws. Information regarding these additional risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  For further information contact:  Lumber Liquidators Investor Relations Ashleigh McDermott Tel: 757.566.7512  (Tables Follow)    Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  (in thousands, except share data)                                                  March31,      December31,                                                   2014           2013                                                  (unaudited) Assets Current Assets: Cash and Cash Equivalents                        $    76,065 $    80,634 Merchandise Inventories                          247,370        252,428 Prepaid Expenses                                 7,926          6,229 Other Current Assets                             11,880         12,916 Total Current Assets                             343,241        352,207 Property and Equipment, net                      78,409         65,947 Goodwill                                         9,693          9,693 Other Assets                                     1,698          1,712 Total Assets                                     $  433,041    $  429,559 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current Liabilities: Accounts Payable                                 $    41,496 $    56,327 Customer Deposits and Store Credits              33,510         22,377 Accrued Compensation                             4,813          11,709 Sales and Income Tax Liabilities                 8,046          4,878 Other Current Liabilities                        18,330         11,709 Total Current Liabilities                        106,195        107,000 Deferred Rent                                    4,862          4,169 Deferred Tax Liability                           9,636          9,061 Stockholders' Equity: Common Stock ($0.001 par value; 35,000,000 authorized; 27,505,476                           30             30   and 27,557,570 outstanding, respectively) Treasury Stock, at cost (2,311,285 and 2,133,307 (103,046)      (85,382) shares, respectively) Additional Capital                               171,419        164,581 Retained Earnings                                244,356        230,662 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss             (411)          (562) Total Stockholders' Equity                       312,348        309,329 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity       $  433,041    $  429,559      Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income  (in thousands, except share data and per share amounts)  (unaudited)                                        Three Months Ended                                         March31,                                        2014             2013 Net Sales                              $  246,291      $    230,419 Cost of Sales                          145,004          137,422 Gross Profit                           101,287          92,997 Selling, General and Administrative    78,866           67,589 Expenses Operating Income                       22,421           25,408 Other (Income) Expense                 94               (210) Income Before Income Taxes             22,327           25,618 Provision for Income Taxes             8,633            9,837 Net Income                             $   13,694    $      15,781 Net Income per Common Share—Basic      $      0.50 $         0.58 Net Income per Common Share—Diluted    $      0.49 $         0.57 Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding: Basic                                  27,521,443       27,211,506 Diluted                                27,832,110       27,783,611      Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  (in thousands)  (unaudited)                                                Three Months Ended                                                 March31,                                                2014            2013 Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net Income                                     $    13,694 $    15,781 Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating   Activities: Depreciation and Amortization                  3,437           2,716 Stock-Based Compensation Expense               1,514           1,107 Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities: Merchandise Inventories                        4,897           (3,522) Accounts Payable                               (16,305)        (15,966) Customer Deposits and Store Credits            11,170          2,874 Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets      (533)           1,952 Other Assets and Liabilities                   4,421           6,122 Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities      22,295          11,064 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchases of Property and Equipment            (14,384)        (2,589) Net Cash Used in Investing Activities          (14,384)        (2,589) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Payments for Stock Repurchases                 (17,664)        (4,276) Proceeds from the Exercise of Stock Options    2,089           1,278 Excess Tax Benefit from Stock-Based            3,224           3,367 Compensation Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Financing       (12,351)        369 Activities Effect of Exchange Rates on Cash and Cash      (129)           (283) Equivalents Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash       (4,569)         8,561 Equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period 80,634          64,167 Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period       $   76,065   $   72,728      Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.  Other Supporting Schedules  (in thousands)  (unaudited) Segregation of total first quarter 2014 net sales and the percentage change in comparison to the first quarter of 2013 into those stores the Company believes were significantly impacted by the unusually severe weather from all other stores:                              Three Months Ended March 31, 2014                                           Stores Significantly     All Other                              All Stores                            Stores                                           Impacted by Weather Net sales                    $         $    93,628           $                                 246,291                               152,663  Percentage increase     6.9%         (3.8)%                   14.6% (decrease)                              percentage increase (decrease) Comparable stores net        (0.6)%       (13.1)%                  8.5% sales^1 Net sales in markets with all stores                              3.2%         (7.1)%                   9.8%  comparable (no cannibalization) Net sales in cannibalized    17.2%        0.6%                     37.0% markets^2 ___________________  ^1A store is generally considered comparable on the first day of the thirteenth full calendar month after opening  ^2A cannibalized market has at least one comparable store and one non-comparable store    Logo -  SOURCE Lumber Liquidators  Website:  
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