Natuzzi S.p.A. Announces Its First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

The Board of Directors of Natuzzi S.p.A. (NYSE:NTZ), Italy’s largest furniture manufacturer and world’s leading manufacturer of leather-upholstered furniture, today approved its financial results for the first quarter of 2011.
  • Total Net Sales were €121.0 million, down 4.3% as compared to first quarter 2010
  • Industrial Margin was €42.8 million as compared to €48.7 million in first quarter 2010
  • Negative EBIT of €2.5 million, vs. a positive EBIT of €0.5 million in first quarter 2010
  • Net Group Loss of €3.0 million vs. a Net Group Loss of €1.3 million in first quarter 2010
  • Positive Net Financial Position of €74.9 with a considerable improvement as compared to December 31, 2010.

Total Net Sales (including raw materials and semi-finished products sold to third parties) were €121.0 million, decreasing by 4.3% with respect to 2010.Total upholstery sales totalled € 105.4 million with a decline of 5.3% over the same period in 2010.

The break-down of upholstery net sales by geographic area was as follows: Europe (excluding Italy) 49.5%, the Americas 26.1%, Italy 14.1% and Rest of the World 10.3%.The best commercial performances were reported in the Rest of the World area with an encouraging increase of 16.1%. In particular evidence, China has nearly tripled its sales of Natuzzi branded products. A return to a positive performance in Europe with 3.6% was noted. In particular, a recovery of sales of the Natuzzi branded products in Germany (+11.0%) and in Great Britain (+12.0%) was recorded. By contrast, Sales in North America still suffer from the persistent non favourable economic environment.

Industrial margin, 35.4% of sales compared to 38.5% in the first quarter of 2010, mainly reflects the considerable increase in the prices of raw materials.

Further rationalization of the selling and administrative costs (SG&A) allowed an improvement on net sales from 22.1% in first quarter 2010 to 21.4% in first quarter 2011.

EBITDA amounted to € 2.6 million in the first quarter of 2011 versus € 6.8 million in the first quarter of 2010 as a result of deterioration in EBIT margin, which ended with a loss of € 2.5 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to a positive margin of € 0.5 million in the same period of last year.

Finally, the net result of the Group for the first quarter of 2011 recorded a loss of € 3.0 million compared to a loss of € 1.3 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Balance Sheet

A strong improvement of net financial position was recorded at 31 March 2011 which rose from € 45.6 million at 31 December 2010 to € 74.9 million largely due to a compensation by Chinese governmental authorities, as a result of the Shanghai factory relocation in a new industrial area.

Pasquale Natuzzi, Chairman and CEO of the Natuzzi S.p.A., stated: "In the first quarter of 2011 we recorded a slight decrease in sales as a consequence of the U.S. market, which suffered from the decline in production in China due to the shift of production facilities. In recent weeks the level of production capacity has already been fully restored, which is necessary in order to ensure an adequate level of service which is fundamental in a market like the U.S., already characterized by weak demand for home decor products. We are aware of the difficulties we are still facing, given the uncertain economic situation, and for this reason we continue to work on simplification and integration of brands, markets, distribution channels and facilities to better serve customers that represent a core value for our company. The strong financial position enables us to give continuity to the specific investments in terms of product and process innovation, development and valorization of the brand, expansion within the emerging markets like India, China and Brazil, while maintaining our presence in our historical markets”.

The Company will host a conference call on May 24 th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (4.00 pm European Continental time) to discuss first quarter 2011 financial results. To participate, dial in toll-free 1-888-329-8889 and toll international 1-719-457-2714. A live web cast of the conference call will be available online at http://www.natuzzi.com/ under the Investor Relations section.

A replay of the call will be available shortly after the completion of the conference call through June 24 th 2011. To access the telephone replay, participants should dial 1-877-870-5176 for domestic calls and 1-858-384-5517 for international calls. The access code for the replay is: 9102020.

About NatuzziFounded in 1959 by Pasquale Natuzzi, Natuzzi S.p.A. designs and manufactures a broad collection of residential upholstered furniture. With consolidated revenues of EUR 518.6 million in 2010. Natuzzi is Italy's largest furniture manufacturer. Natuzzi Group exports its innovative high-quality sofas and armchairs to 130 markets on five continents under two brands, Natuzzi and Italsofa. Cutting-edge design, superior Italian craftsmanship and advanced, vertically integrated manufacturing operations underpin the Company's market leadership. Natuzzi S.p.A. has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since May 1993. The Company is ISO 9001 and 14001.

  Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Unaudited Consolidated Profit & Loss for the quarter ended on March 31, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(expressed in millions Euro except for share data)
                 
Three months ended on Change Percent of Sales
  March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010 %   March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010
 
Upholstery net sales 105.4 111.3 -5.3% 87.1% 88.0%
Other sales 15.6 15.2 2.6%   12.9% 12.0%
Total Net Sales 121.0 126.5 -4.3%   100.0% 100.0%
 
Consumption (*) (51.0) (49.7) 2.6% -42.1% -39.3%
Labor (19.6) (19.6) 0.0% -16.2% -15.5%
Industrial Costs (7.6) (8.5) -10.6% -6.3% -6.7%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (2.6) (3.1)        
Cost of Sales (78.2) (77.8) 0.5%   -64.6% -61.5%
             
Industrial Margin 42.8 48.7 -12.1%   35.4% 38.5%
 
Selling Expenses
Transportation (11.3) (11.5) 9.3% 9.1%
Commissions (2.2) (2.4) 1.8% 2.0%
Advertising (5.9) (6.3) 4.9% 5.0%
 
Other Selling and G&A (25.9) (28.0) 21.4% 22.1%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (2.5) (3.2)
             
EBITDA 2.6 6.8     2.1% 5.4%
             
EBIT (2.5) 0.5     -2.1% 0.4%
 
Interest Income/(Costs), Net (0.1) (0.4)
Foreign Exchange, Net 0.7 0.9
Other Income/(Cost), Net (0.5) 0.3
             
Earning before Income Taxes (2.3) 1.3     -1.9% 1.0%
 
Current taxes (0.7) (2.6) -0.6% -2.1%
             
Net result (3.0) (1.3)     -2.5% -1.0%
 
Minority interest 0.0 0.0
             
Net Group Result (3.0) (1.3)     -2.5% -1.0%
             
Net Group Result per Share (0.06) (0.02)        
 
             
Key Figures in U.S. dollars Three months ended on Change Percent of Sales
(millions) March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010 %   March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010
 
Total Net Sales 165.7 173.2 -4.3% 100.0% 100.0%
Industrial Profit 58.6 66.7 -12.1% 35.4% 38.5%
EBIT (3.4) 0.7 -600.0% -2.1% 0.4%
Net Group Result (4.2) (1.8) -134.6% -2.5% -1.0%
Net Group Result per Share (0.1) (0.0)
 
Average exchange rate (U.S.$ per €) 1.3694
             
 
(*) Purchases plus beginning stock minus final stock and leather processing

      UPHOLSTERY NET SALES BREAKDOWN    
   
Geographic breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                               
three months ended on three months ended on
                               
  March 31, 2011   March 31, 2010 Change %   March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010 Change %
 
Americas 27.5 26.1% 36.0 32.3% -23.6% 151,928 35.7% 197,694 42.4% -23.2%
Natuzzi 4.3 4.1% 4.4 4.0% -2.3% 12,516 2.9% 11,547 2.5% 8.4%
All brands (*) 23.2 22.0% 31.6 28.4% -26.6% 139,412 32.8% 186,147 39.9% -25.1%
 
Europe 52.2 49.5% 50.4 45.3% 3.6% 187,321 44.1% 187,564 40.2% -0.1%
Natuzzi 26.6 25.2% 26.6 23.9% 0.0% 61,768 14.5% 65,144 14.0% -5.2%
All brands (*) 25.6 24.3% 23.8 21.4% 7.6% 125,553 29.5% 122,420 26.3% 2.6%
 
Italy (Natuzzi) 14.9 14.1% 15.6 14.0% -4.5% 48,040 11.3% 46,494 10.0% 3.3%
 
Rest of the world 10.8 10.3% 9.3 8.4% 16.1% 37,895 8.9% 34,561 7.4% 9.6%
Natuzzi 6.7 6.4% 5.9 5.3% 13.6% 15,224 3.6% 13,352 10.0% 14.0%
All brands (*) 4.1 3.9% 3.4 3.1% 20.6% 22,671 5.3% 21,209 4.5% 6.9%
                               
Total 105.4 100.0% 111.3 100.0% -5.3% 425,184 100.0% 466,313 100.0% -8.8%
                               
 
Brands breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                               
three months ended on three months ended on
                               
  March 31, 2011   March 31, 2010 Change %   March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010 Change %
 
Natuzzi 52.5 49.8% 52.5 47.2% 0.0% 137,547 32.4% 136,537 29.3% 0.7%
 
All brands (*) 52.9 50.2% 58.8 52.8% -10.0% 287,636 67.6% 329,776 70.7% -12.8%
                               
Total 105.4 100.0% 111.3 100.0% -5.3% 425,184 100.0% 466,313 100.0% -8.8%
                               
 
(*) Italsofa, Natuzzi Editions, Editions and unbranded

Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(Expressed in millions of euro)
 
ASSETS 31-Mar-11 31-Dec-10
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents 95.2 61.1
Marketable debt securities 0 0.0
Trade receivables, net 89.5 95.8
Other receivables 53.7 51.7
Inventories 88.5 87.4
Unrealized foreign exchange gains 1.3 0.2
Prepaid expenses and accrued income 1.7 1.3
Deferred income taxes 0.9 1.1
     
Total current assets 330.8 298.6
 
Non current assets:
Net property, plant and equipment 195.5 196
Other assets 8.7 9.3
     
Total non current assets 204.2 205.3
 
TOTAL ASSETS 535.0 503.9
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
 
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings 5.3 0.1
Current portion of long-term debt 2.6 2.6
Accounts payable-trade 57.6 64.3
Accounts payable-other 68.8 27.9
Unrealized foreign exchange losses 0.2 1.1
Income taxes 2.5 2.9
Salaries, wages and related liabilities 9.4 9.9
     
Total current liabilities 146.4 108.8
 
Long-term liabilities:
Employees' leaving entitlement 28.2 28.4
Long-term debt 12.4 12.8
Deferred income for capital grants 10.2 10.4
Other liabilities 18.6 18.2
     
Total long-term liabilities 69.4 69.8
     
Minority interest 2.0 2.1
 
Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 54.9 54.9
Reserves 12.0 12.0
Additional paid-in capital 9.3 9.3
Retained earnings 241.0 247.0
     
Total shareholders' equity 317.2 323.2
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 535.0 503.9

Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
(Expressed in million of euro)
31 March 11 31 Dec 10
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings (loss) (3.0) (11.1)
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 5.2 23.4
Employees' leaving entitlement (0.3) (1.2)
Deferred income taxes 0.2 (0.4)
Minority interest - 0.1
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets (0.3) 0.6
Unrealized foreign exchange losses and gains (2.0) 0.8
Impairment of long lived assets (0.1) (0.7)
Deferred income for capital grants
Non monetary operating costs 2.7 22.6
 
Change in assets and liabilities:
Receivables, net 6.3 1.2
Inventories (1.1) (5.8)
Prepaid expenses and accrued income (0.4) 0.1
Other assets (2.0) 2.8
Accounts payable (6.7) (2.2)
Income taxes (0.4) (0.7)
Salaries, wages and related liabilities (0.6) (5.1)
Other liabilities (1.3) (0.2)
 
Net working capital (6.2) (9.9)
 
Net cash provided by operating activities (6.5) 1.6
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Property, plant and equipment:
Additions (6.7) (17.9)
Disposals 0.1 0.2
Proceeds from sales 43.3
Marketable debt securities: -
 
Net cash used in investing activities 36.7 (17.7)
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Long-term debt:
Proceeds 9.8
Repayments (0.4) (1.3)
Short-term borrowings 5.2 (0.7)
Capital injection - -
Dividends paid to minority interests - -
 
Net cash used in financing activities 4.8 7.8
 
Effect of translation adjustments on cash (0.9) 3.1
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 34.1 (5.2)
 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year 61.1 66.3
 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year 95.2 61.1

Copyright Business Wire 2010

More from Press Releases

NFL Pushes for Regulation Following Supreme Court's Sports Gambling Ruling

NFL Pushes for Regulation Following Supreme Court's Sports Gambling Ruling

21st Century Fox Scoops Up Local News Stations

21st Century Fox Scoops Up Local News Stations

Walmart CEO: 'We Are Transforming Globally' With Flipkart

Walmart CEO: 'We Are Transforming Globally' With Flipkart

Three-Part FREE Webinar Series

Three-Part FREE Webinar Series

March 24 Full-Day Course Offering: Professional Approach to Trading SPX

March 24 Full-Day Course Offering: Professional Approach to Trading SPX