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Bassett Announces 11% Sales Increase For The Fourth Quarter & The Potential Sale Of The International Home Furnishings Center

BASSETT, Va., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET) announced today its results of operations for its fiscal quarter ended November 27, 2010.

Consolidated sales for the quarter ended November 27, 2010 were $66.0 million as compared to $59.5 million for the quarter ended November 28, 2009, an increase of 10.9%. This sales increase was primarily driven by a 10.1% increase in total wholesale shipments and increased sales at retail due primarily to additional Company-owned stores. Gross margins for the fourth quarter of 2010 and 2009 were 48.3% and 46.5%, respectively. The margin increase was primarily a result of the retail segment's increased share of the overall sales mix, partially offset by lower margins in both the wholesale and retail segments. Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding bad debt and notes receivable valuation charges, increased $4.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, primarily due to the net addition of 11 Company-owned retail stores since the fourth quarter of 2009. The Company also recorded $1.4 million of bad debt and notes receivable valuation charges during the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to $2.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, a $0.8 million decrease. The Company reported net income of $1.9 million, or $0.17 per share, for the quarter ended November 27, 2010, as compared to net income of $2.6 million, or $0.22 per share, for the quarter ended November 28, 2009.

In order to better understand profitability trends related to on-going operations, the Company's management considers the effects of certain items on results for the quarter. Accordingly, the results for the quarter ended November 27, 2010 included $0.5 million of proceeds from the Continued Dumping & Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA), and $0.8 million of periodic costs associated with carrying idle retail facilities. The results for the quarter ended November 28, 2009 included a $1.7 million tax benefit associated with a one-time carryback of net operating losses due to a change in tax law, $1.6 million of proceeds from the CDSOA, pretax charges of $1.1 million associated with the closure of the Company's fiberboard manufacturing facility in Bassett, Va., $0.5 million associated with the impairment of goodwill, $0.4 million associated with updates to certain assumptions concerning existing lease termination accruals, and $0.5 million of periodic costs associated with carrying idle retail facilities. Excluding these items, the net income for the quarter ended November 27, 2010 would have been $2.3 million as compared to net income of $1.7 million for the quarter ended November 28, 2009. See the attached Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) as Reported to Net Income (Loss) as Adjusted.

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