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The Dixie Group Reports Results For Third Quarter Of 2022 And Announces Plan For Consolidation Of East Coast Manufacturing

  • The Dixie Group announcesits plan to consolidate the East Coast tufting operations to its existing plant in Eton, Georgia. This plan, along with other cost reductions, is expected to produce annual cost savings of approximately $25 million

DALTON, GA / ACCESSWIRE / November 3, 2022 / The Dixie Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXYN) reported financial results for the quarter ended September 24, 2022. For the third quarter of 2022, the Company had net sales from continuing operations of $71,762,000 and a net loss of $8,780,000 or $0.58 per diluted share. In the third quarter of 2021 net sales from continuing operations were $89,294,000 with a net income of $6,433,000 or $0.40 per diluted share.Net sales from continuing operations for the nine month period ending September 24, 2022 were $233,034,000, a decrease of 7.5% from the net sales of $252,022,000 in the same period of the previous year. The net loss for the nine month period ended September 24, 2022 was $16,624,000 or $1.09 per diluted share compared to a net income of $7,754,000 or $0.49 per diluted share in the nine month period ended September 25, 2021.

Commenting on the quarter, Daniel K. Frierson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our third quarter results were the culmination of the impact of several factors, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2021, that have had an unfavorable impact on our Company. As well as a general industry downturn which began in mid- second quarter and extended through the third quarter. The lower sales volume in the third quarter was also attributable to a year over year loss of approximately $8 million in sales with our largest mass merchant retail customer. Our sales with this customer ended in the first quarter of 2022 as the result of their change in strategy to focus on lower price point products. Our sales volume in 2022 has also been negatively impacted by the delay of new product introductions due to supply chain problems and issues with our sample vendors. This caused particular delays with the launch of our new decorative and hard-surface products which meant we have incurred the cost of launching these products but have not benefited from any sales of the products.

Gross margins in the third quarter of 2022 reflected the impact of several major items. In the third quarter we continued to work through the balance of the higher cost inventory resulted from the unprecedented price increases from our primary raw material supplier,coupled with their decision to exit the business. We have identified other suppliers to replace this volume and bring our costs down in line with the market and we began manufacturing inventory using these new lower cost raw materials in the third quarter. Second, gross margins from our sales of hard surface goods reflected the negative impact from dramatic increases in ocean freight costs. Fortunately, beginning with the end of the first quarter, these freight costs have continued to decline but remain substantially above prior year levels. And last, as with most every industry, we have incurred inflation driven cost increases throughout the year in most all of our raw materials, freight and people related costs.

In the third quarter we began a plan to reduce our manufacturing costs.Under this plan,we have consolidated all of our east coast tufting to one plant in North Georgia. We also began relocating our east coast distribution of luxury vinyl flooring from our facility in Saraland, Alabamato our plant in Atmore, Alabama. Our Atmore, Alabama plant will house the LVF distribution and our previously announced joint venture for future LVF production. We will retain office space in Saraland, Alabama for our valued and experienced administrative team located there as we look to sub-lease our warehouse space in the building. The cost of this plan in the third quarter was approximately $1 million. We are implementing our plan to lower both our fixed and variable costs by shutting higher cost assets, reducing staffing and aligning production with demand. As a result of these and other actions our headcount is down by 20% for the year. We are experiencing much lower ocean freight costs for our imported products and lower raw materials costs as we exit the Invista fibers in our inventory. Additionally, we are seeing reductions in raw material costs that should align with our current pricing when our higher cost inventory is depleted. We believe these actions will result in an annual improvement in operating results of approximately $25 million and return gross margins to a more normal level.

Throughout the third quarter, we continued the launch of our new decorative segment programs, 1866 by Masland and D├ęcor by Fabrica. This launch includes 30 new styles, a brand refresh, and updated merchandising. The decorative segment is a key growth initiative for the Company and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

We launched7 new EnVision Nylon carpet styles into the market during the third quarter.This launch included a collection in our Dixie Home line featuring better/best cut pile textures with 60 colors including solids and tonals.

In our hard surface segment, we introduced 18 new offerings in our Fabrica Engineered Wood Program featuring on trend colors and clean visuals. We also expanded our engineered wood offering into new price points with our Dixie Home Colonial collection, a mid-priced offering featuring white oak and hickory.In our TRUCOR line, we announced the launch of TRUCOR TYMBR XL, a beautiful laminate offering with up to 72 hour water resistance and an AC6 scratch resistance rating. We also launched TRUCOR Pinnacle, the undisputed largest luxury vinyl plank on the market at 12" x 90"," Frierson concluded.

Our gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 17.5% in the third quarter of 2022 compared to a gross margin of 27.9% in the same period of the prior year. Substantially higher costs from our primary raw material supplier, driven by their decision to exit the business, increased costs as a result of inflation and higher freight costs contributed to the lower margins.Selling and administrative costs were 25.9%of net sales in the third quarter of 2022 compared to 20.3% in the third quarter of 2021. The higher selling and administrative expenses were primarily related to increased investments in and cost of samples, professional fees in finance and information systems and higher overall costs as a result of inflation.

The Company's receivables decreased $8.5 million from the prior year ended December25, 2021. The decrease in receivables was primarily related to the loss of sales to our primary mass merchant customer in the second quarter of 2022. Inventories increased by $11.2 million at September 24, 2022 as compared to the prior year end balance. This increase was the result of higher raw material costs and investment in inventory for our decorative segment product launch. Accounts payable and accrued expenses decreased $.6 million from the prior year end balance.

Our capital expenditures for the third quarter were $1 million bringing our year to date September 24, 2022 capital expenditure amount to $4.0 million. Total capital expenditures are planned for 2022 at a maintenance level of approximately $5.0 million. Interest expense was $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2022 compared to $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2021. Our total debt increased by $8.2 million over the prior quarter end driven by increased investment in inventory and rising costs. Our borrowing availability at the end of the quarter under our line of credit with our senior credit facility was $23.7 million.

For the early part of the fourth quarter,order entry is running below prior year levels.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management and the Company at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of performance. Forward-looking statements are subject to risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements. Such factors include the levels of demand for the products produced by the Company. Other factors that could affect the Company's results include, but are not limited to, availability of raw material and transportation costs related to petroleum prices, the cost and availability of capital, integration of acquisitions, ability to attract, develop and retain qualified personnel and general economic and competitive conditions related to the Company's business. Issues related to the availability and price of energy may adversely affect the Company's operations. Additional information regarding these and other risk factors and uncertainties may be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements based on the occurrence of future events,the receipt of new information, or otherwise.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(unaudited; in thousands, except earnings (loss) per share)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 24, September 25, September 24, September 25,

2022 2021 2022 2021
Cost of sales
59,225 64,365 189,266 187,657
12,537 24,929 43,768 64,365
Selling and administrative expenses
18,606 18,132 54,875 50,828
Other operating (income) expense, net
113 (131 ) 258 (96 )
Facility consolidation and severance expenses, net
968 88 968 183
(7,150 ) 6,840 (12,333 ) 13,450
Interest expense
1,302 1,179 3,498 3,750
Other (income) expense, net
(2 ) 2 (3 ) 1
Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes
(8,450) 5,659 (15,828) 9,699
Income tax provision (benefit)
(78 ) 62 (94 ) 597
Income (loss) from continuing operations
(8,372 ) 5,597 (15,734 ) 9,102
Income (loss)from discontinued operations, net of tax
(408 ) 836 (890 ) (1,348 )
$ (8,780 ) $ 6,433 $ (16,624 ) $ 7,754
Continuing operations
$ (0.55 ) $ 0.35 $ (1.04 ) $ 0.58
Discontinued operations
(0.03 ) 0.05 (0.05 ) (0.09 )
Net income (loss)
$ (0.58 ) $ 0.40 $ (1.09 ) $ 0.49


Continuing operations
$ (0.55 ) $ 0.35 $ (1.04 ) $ 0.58
Discontinued operations
(0.03 ) 0.05 (0.05 ) (0.09 )
Net income (loss)
$ (0.58 ) $ 0.40 $ (1.09 ) $ 0.49

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

15,226 15,123 15,196 15,109
15,226 15,253 15,196 15,239

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

September 24, 2022 December 25, 2021
ASSETS (Unaudited)
Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 961 $ 1,471
Receivables, net
31,744 40,291
Inventories, net
93,901 82,739
Prepaids and other current assets
11,331 9,925
Current assets of discontinued operations
718 5,991
Total Current Assets
138,655 140,417
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net
46,685 48,658
Operating Lease Right-Of-Use Assets
21,298 22,534
Other Assets
17,740 21,138
Long-Term Assets of Discontinued Operations
1,755 2,752
$ 226,133 $ 235,499
Current Liabilities

Accounts payable

$ 19,448 $ 16,748
Accrued expenses
22,870 26,214
Current portion of long-term debt
1,570 3,361
Current portion of operating lease liabilities
2,758 2,528
Current liabilities of discontinued operations
2,327 5,362
Total Current Liabilities
48,973 54,213
Long-Term Debt, Net
92,001 73,701
Operating Lease Liabilities
19,497 20,692
Other Long-Term Liabilities
11,852 16,030
Long-Term Liabilities of Discontinued Operations
3,559 4,488
Stockholders' Equity
50,251 66,375
$ 226,133 $ 235,499


Allen Danzey
Chief Financial Officer

SOURCE: The Dixie Group

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