The Dixie Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXYN) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended April 2, 2011. In the first quarter of 2011, the Company had sales of $65,954,000 and income from continuing operations of $644,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $2,459,000, or $0.20 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2010. The sales increase of 30.7% for the fiscal first quarter of 2011 as compared with the first quarter of 2010, equated to a 21.4% increase when adjusting for the 14-week period this year versus the 13-week period last year. Excluding items related to facility consolidations and one-time expenses, as detailed on the enclosed schedule, non-GAAP adjusted operating income from continuing operations was $1,801,000 for the first quarter of 2011, compared with a non-GAAP adjusted operating loss from continuing operations of $2,075,000 for the first quarter of 2010 or an improvement of $3,876,000 versus the same quarter in the prior year.

Commenting on the results, Daniel K. Frierson, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Dixie had a year-over-year carpet sales improvement; adjusted for a 14-week versus 13-week fiscal period last year, of 21.5% as compared with the industry wide growth of 2.3%. In contrast to our growth in all sectors of the market, the industry, for the first quarter of 2011 like the second half of 2010, saw improvement in the commercial sector while showing poor results for the residential sector. Dixie’s first quarter residential carpet sales reflected a 22.5% year-over-year increase when adjusted for the number of weeks, while industry sales of residential carpet declined 1.4% compared with the year-earlier first quarter. The residential carpet industry was adversely affected by lower sales of new and existing residential housing units, difficult credit conditions and poor weather early in the quarter. Our commercial carpet business grew 18.6% on an adjusted basis, largely due to significantly higher modular carpet tile sales, and well ahead of the industry’s 7.7% commercial carpet sales growth.

“Our continued investment in new products during the economic downturn, we believe, has positioned us to continue to outperform the industry and, as shown by our sales growth, exceed the industry these past 5 quarters. Wool carpet collections by Masland and Fabrica continued the growth trend we have experienced since they were introduced. Our Stainmaster® products continue to perform well, at all of our price points from mass merchant through upper end retail and designer channels of distribution. The growth of our commercial carpet business reflects the success of our modular carpet tile products as well as continued growth in our commercial end user markets.

"The first quarter typically is the slowest and most difficult quarter for our business. Due to the severe weather conditions in January, the quarter started slowly but business markedly improved as the quarter progressed. The slow start to the quarter, together with a mix change towards larger volume customers during the same period put pressure on our margins. However, the higher than anticipated volumes helped us leverage costs as our gross profit improved 0.6% compared with the same period a year ago. Our selling and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, dropped 5.2 percentage points to 23.3% for the quarter as compared with the prior year. The industry and Dixie implemented price increases due to higher raw-material costs in the period. This increase was fully effective by the end of the quarter. In addition, a second price increase was implemented in April; the effect of the increase should be largely completed by the end of the second quarter.

“Inventory turns improved 12% compared with first quarter of 2010. Capital expenditures were $1,101,000, while depreciation and amortization was $2,519,000 for the period. Total debt increased $3,044,000 during the first quarter, primarily due to higher levels of inventories and receivables required to support the higher level of sales. Availability under our credit lines was $10.1 million at quarter end and is $12.4 million as of May 11, 2011.

"Although severe weakness in the housing industry and tough credit conditions will likely persist throughout this year, we expect improved sales volumes during the second quarter as a result of the normal seasonality of the carpet industry and the strength of our business. We believe that conditions in the residential portion of our industry face challenges with higher gasoline prices and a negative consumer sentiment. In addition, the rate of growth of commercial carpet sales for the industry is uncertain due to the high dependence on the refurbishment of existing commercial space. However, we anticipate our sales to continue to outpace those of the carpet industry as a whole, due to the performance of our commercial business and the continued success of our new residential products,” Frierson concluded.

The Company’s loss from discontinued operations was $21,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011, compared with a loss from discontinued operations of $70,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the prior year. Including discontinued operations, the Company reported a net income of $623,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011 compared with a net loss of $2,529,000, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the year-earlier period.

A listen-only Internet simulcast and replay of Dixie's conference call may be accessed with appropriate software at the Company's website or at The simulcast will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 12, 2011. A replay will be available approximately two hours later and will continue for approximately 30 days. If Internet access is unavailable, a listen-only telephonic conference will be available by dialing (913) 312-1507 at least ten minutes before the appointed time. A seven-day telephonic replay will be available two hours after the call ends by dialing (719) 457-0820 and entering 9354698 when prompted for the access code. For further information, please see updated investor presentation at and click on the Investor Relations tab; file is listed under Overview - Featured Reports.

The Dixie Group ( is a leading marketer and manufacturer of carpet and rugs to higher-end residential and commercial customers through the Fabrica International, Masland Carpets, Dixie Home, Masland Contract and Whitespace brands.

Statements in this news release, which relate to the future, 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, raw material and transportation costs related to petroleum prices, the cost and availability of capital, 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.


Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations

(unaudited; in thousands, except earnings per share)
        Three Months Ended
        April 2, 2011   March 27, 2010
NET SALES $ 65,954   $ 50,454
  Cost of sales     49,384       38,101  
GROSS PROFIT 16,570 12,353
Selling and administrative expenses 15,393 14,358
Other operating income (574 ) (59 )
Other operating expense 83 129
  Facility consolidation and severance expenses     ---       211  
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 1,668 (2,286 )
Interest expense 932 1,235
Other income (24 ) (11 )
  Other expense     7       9  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes 753 (3,519 )
  Income tax provision (benefit)     109       (1,060 )

Income (loss) from continuing operations
644 (2,459 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax     (21 )     (70 )
NET INCOME (LOSS)   $ 623     $ (2,529 )
Continuing operations $ 0.05 $ (0.20 )
  Discontinued operations     (0.00 )     (0.00 )
  Net income (loss)   $ 0.05     $ (0.20 )
Continuing operations $ 0.05 $ (0.20 )
  Discontinued operations     (0.00 )     (0.00 )
  Net income (loss)   $ 0.05     $ (0.20 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 12,856 12,496
  Diluted     12,902       12,496  


Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets

(in thousands)
        April 2, 2011   December 25, 2010
ASSETS (Unaudited)
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 281 $ 244
Receivables, net 29,881 28,550
Inventories 66,750 58,289
  Other     8,296     6,943
Total Current Assets 105,208 94,026
Net Property, Plant and Equipment 68,878 70,246
Other Assets     14,101     13,830
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 188,187   $ 178,102
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 37,061 $ 30,385
  Current portion of long-term debt     6,541     7,145
Total Current Liabilities 43,602 37,530
Long-Term Debt
Senior indebtedness 51,562 47,876
Capital lease obligations 494 532
Convertible subordinated debentures 9,662 9,662
Deferred Income Taxes 4,578 4,759
Other Liabilities 14,601 15,313
Stockholders' Equity     63,688     62,430
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information:

(in thousands)


The Company believes that non-GAAP performance measures, which management uses in evaluating the Company’s business, may provide users of the Company’s financial information with additional meaningful bases for comparing the Company’s current results and results in a prior period, as these measures reflect factors that are unique to one period relative to the comparable period. However, the non-GAAP performance measures should be viewed in addition to, not as an alternative for, the Company’s reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.


The first quarter of 2011 contained 14 operating weeks compared with 13 operating weeks in first quarter of 2010. Percentage changes in net sales have been adjusted to reflect the comparable number of weeks in the reporting periods.


The Company defines Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) as Operating Income (Loss) plus facility consolidation expenses and severance expenses, plus impairment of assets, plus impairment of goodwill, plus one-time items so defined.
        Three Months Ended
        April 2, 2011   March 27, 2010
Net Sales Adjusted:    
Weeks in period 14 13
Net sales as reported $ 65,954 $ 50,454
Adjustment for weeks (4,711 ) ---
Non-GAAP net sales as adjusted $ 61,243 $ 50,454
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss):
Operating income (loss) $ 1,668 $ (2,286 )
Facility consolidation and severance expenses --- 211
Insurance gain - non-taxable (492 ) ---
Workers’ compensation retention 625 ---
Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) $ 1,801 $ (2,075 )

Further non-GAAP reconciliation data, including Non-GAAP Adjusted EBIT and EBITDA are available at under the Investor Relations section.

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