Natuzzi S.p.A. Announces Its First Six Months And Second 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 second quarter and first six months of 2011.

1H 2011 financial results
  • Net Group Profit of € 6.6 million vs. a Net Group Loss of € 4.1 million in 1H 2010
  • Negative EBIT of € 8.1 million, vs. a positive EBIT of € 2.7 million in 1H 2010
  • Industrial Margin was € 83.3 million as compared to € 103.3 million in 1H 2010
  • Total Net Sales were € 242.4 million, down 10.8% as compared to 1H 2010

2Q 2011 financial results
  • Net Group Profit of € 9.6 million vs. a Net Group Loss of € 2.8 million in 2Q 2010
  • Negative EBIT of € 5.5 million, vs. a positive EBIT of € 2.3 million in 2Q 2010
  • Industrial Margin was € 40.6 million as compared to € 54.6 million in 2Q 2010
  • Total Net Sales were € 121.4 million, down 16.4% as compared to 2Q 2010
  • Positive Net Financial Position of €61.6 with a considerable improvement as compared to December 31, 2010.

1H 2011 financial results

Total Net Sales (including raw materials and semi-finished products sold to third parties) were € 242.4 million, decreasing by 10.8% with respect to 2010.Total upholstery sales totalled € 211.0 million with a decline of 12.9% over the same period in 2010.In particular, the Natuzzi brand was down 4.2%, while the “all brands” marked a decrease of 19.4%. Within the Natuzzi brand, the decline is mainly concentrated in Europe, while there is positive performance in the Americas and Rest of World.Sales of “all brands” (-19.4%) affected in particular by the sharp decline in North America, whose results were negatively impacted by the relocation of existing production sites in China to a new plant that generated delays in production today returned to normal.Other sales have registered a total increase of 6.4% thanks to strong sales of accessories.

Industrial margin, 34.4% of sales compared to 38.0% in the first six months of 2010, mainly reflects the increase in prices of raw materials and labour costs (in particular China and Romania).

Transportation costs, showed a decline in absolute terms or €3.1 million and a percentage of sales in line with the first half of 2010.

Commissions, as well as advertising costs, registered a total reduction versus the first six months of 2011, of €3.4 million.

Commercial and administrative costs (SG & A) allowed an improvement in absolute terms amounted to € 2.7 million versus the first six months 2010, although the impact on net sales rose from 21.0% in 1H 2010 to 22.4% in 1H 2011.

EBITDA amounted to € 2.0 million in 1H of 2011 versus €14.9 million in 1H of 2010 as a result of deterioration in EBIT, (negative for €8.1 million in 1H of 2011 as compared to a positive margin of € 2.7 million in the same period of last year).

Finally, the net result of the Group for 1H of 2011 recorded a profit amounted to € 6.6 million as compared to a loss of € 4.1 million in 1H of 2010, thanks to extraordinary income from the reimbursement obtained by the Chinese authorities for the relocation of one of the Group factories in China.

2Q 2011 financial results

Total Net Sales for € 121.4 (including raw materials and semi-finished products sold to third parties) while remaining in line with sales in the first quarter of 2011, decreased by 16.4% with respect to 2010.Total upholstery sales totalled € 105.6 million with a decline of 19.3% over the same period in 2010.The break-down of upholstery net sales by geographic area was as follows: Europe (excluding Italy) 40.1%, the Americas 34.4%, Italy 11.0% and Rest of the World 14.5%.

Industrial margin, 33.4% of sales compared to 37.6% in the second quarter of 2010, mainly reflects the increase in labour costs both in China and Romania and the further increase in prices of raw materials.

Transportation costs, by contrast, reported a positive slowdown, which showed a reduction in costs both in absolute terms for € 2.8 million that in terms of percentage on net sales with a decrease of 0.5%.Even commissions, as well as advertising costs have registered a reduction in the second quarter of 2011, respectively reporting a decrease of € 1.3 million and € 1.5 million.

The rationalization of the commercial and administrative costs (SG & A) allowed an improvement in absolute terms amounted to € 0.6 million versus the second quarter of 2010, although the impact on net sales rose from 20.0% in the second quarter of 2010 to 23.5% in the second quarter of 2011.

EBITDA amounted to a negative € 0.5 million in the second quarter of 2011 versus a positive € 8.2 million in the second quarter of 2010 as a result of deterioration in EBIT margin, which ended with a loss of € 5.5 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to a positive margin of € 2.3 million in the same period of last year.

Finally, the net result of the Group for the second quarter of 2011 recorded a profit amounted to € 9.6 million compared to a loss of €2.8 million in the second quarter of 2010, thanks to the extraordinary income from the reimbursement by the Chinese authorities to transfer one of the Chinese factories of the Group .

Balance Sheet

A strong improvement of net financial position was recorded at June 30, 2011 which rose from € 45.6 million at December 31, 2010 to € 61.6 million as at June 30, 2011.

Pasquale Natuzzi, Chairman and CEO of Natuzzi S.p.A., commented, "In the first half of 2011 the world's economies have continued to show uncertainty which is even increasing in recent weeks. The consequence is that the demand for consumer goods - especially durable ones - remains to be weak and volatile. Macroeconomic performance and some internal factors explain the decline of the Natuzzi Group sales by 12.9%, recorded by the Group in this first half. Specifically, however, I would emphasize that the Natuzzi brand sales have shown signs of recovery in the American market with + 5.3% and in the Asian market with + 3.0%. In contrast, sales of “all brands” show a general decline, with the largest drop recorded in the North American market. The main reason for this decline was the relocation of the new factory in China that led to delays in production for export to North America. This problem has now been resolved and the new production facility has begun to deliver faster service to the markets. We are aware of the difficulties that still exist for the next six months due to the difficult economic environment. Although the return to normal production levels in China and commercial activities with the most important customers in Europe and North America let us predict improvement in the coming months, we will still need to wait until next year to turn our efforts into incremental revenue. Our solid financial position also allows us to continue investing in product and process innovations to regain market share in more mature markets and to grow in emerging markets like India, China and Brazil".

The Company will host a conference call on September 26 th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (4.00 pm European Continental time) to discuss second quarter and six months 2011 financial results. To participate, dial in toll-free 1-888-487-0361 and toll International 1-719-325-2180. 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 October 26 th. 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: 3906144.

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 June 30, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(expressed in millions Euro except for share data)
                     
Three months ended on   Change Percent of Sales
    June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010   %   June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010
 
Upholstery net sales 105.6 130.9 -19.3% 87.0% 90.2%
Other sales   15.8   14.3   10.5%   13.0%   9.8%
Total Net Sales   121.4   145.2   -16.4%   100.0%   100.0%
 
Consumption (*) (52.1) (62.4) -16.5% -42.9% -43.0%
Labor (20.5) (20.6) -0.5% -16.9% -14.2%
Industrial Costs (8.2) (7.6) 7.9% -6.8% -5.2%
of which Depreciation, Amortization   (2.4)   (2.9)            
Cost of Sales   (80.8)   (90.6)   -10.8%   -66.6%   -62.4%
                     
Industrial Margin   40.6   54.6   -25.6%   33.4%   37.6%
 
Selling Expenses
Transportation (10.7) (13.5) 8.8% 9.3%
Commissions (2.0) (3.3) -1.6% -2.3%
Advertising (4.9) (6.4) 4.0% 4.4%
 
Other Selling and G&A (28.5) (29.1) 23.5% 20.0%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (2.6) (3.0)
                     
EBITDA   (0.5)   8.2       -0.4%   5.6%
                     
EBIT   (5.5)   2.3       -4.5%   1.6%
 
Interest Income/(Costs), Net (0.2) (0.3)
Foreign Exchange, Net (0.9) 1.1
Other Income/(Cost), Net 17.7 (2.6)
                     
Earning before Income Taxes   11.1   0.5       9.1%   0.3%
 
Current taxes (0.5) (3.2) -0.4% -2.2%
                     
Net result   10.6   (2.7)       8.7%   -1.9%
 
Minority interest (1.0) (0.1)
                     
Net Group Result   9.6   (2.8)       7.9%   -1.9%
                     
Net Group Result per Share   0.18   (0.05)            
 
                     
Key Figures in U.S. dollars Three months ended on Change Percent of Sales
(millions)   June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010   %   June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010
 
Total Net Sales 174.8 209.0 -16.4% 100.0% 100.0%
Industrial Profit 58.4 78.6 -25.6% 33.4% 37.6%
EBIT (7.9) 3.3 -339.1% -4.5% 1.6%
Net Group Result 13.8 (4.0) 442.9% 7.9% -1.9%
Net Group Result per Share 0.3 (0.1)
 
Average exchange rate (U.S.$ per €) 1.4395

    UPHOLSTERY NET SALES BREAKDOWN    
   
Geographic breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                                         
three months ended on three months ended on
                                         
    June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %   June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %
 
Americas 36.3 34.4% 49.0 37.4% -25.9% 201,095 45.5% 259,429 47.5% -22.5%
Natuzzi 3.8 3.6% 3.3 2.5% 15.2% 11,854 2.7% 8,234 1.5% 44.0%
All brands (*) 32.5 30.8% 45.7 34.9% -28.9% 189,241 42.8% 251,195 46.0% -24.7%
 
Europe 42.3 40.1% 52.5 40.1% -19.4% 147,630 33.4% 186,053 34.0% -20.7%
Natuzzi 23.2 22.0% 26.5 20.2% -12.5% 48,244 10.9% 53,882 9.9% -10.5%
All brands (*) 19.1 18.1% 26.0 19.9% -26.5% 99,386 22.5% 132,171 24.2% -24.8%
 
Italy (Natuzzi) 11.7 11.0% 13.1 10.0% -10.7% 33,966 7.7% 40,462 7.4% -16.1%
 
Rest of the world 15.3 14.5% 16.3 12.5% -6.1% 59,196 13.4% 60,505 11.1% -2.2%
Natuzzi 8.4 8.0% 8.8 6.7% -4.5% 20,767 4.7% 20,790 7.4% -0.1%
All brands (*) 6.9 6.5% 7.5 5.7% -8.0% 38,429 8.7% 39,715 7.3% -3.2%
                                         
Total 105.6 100.0% 130.9 100.0% -19.3% 441,887 100.0% 546,449 100.0% -19.1%
                                         
 
Brands breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                                         
three months ended on three months ended on
                                         
    June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %   June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %
 
Natuzzi 47.1 44.6% 51.7 39.5% -8.9% 114,831 26.0% 123,368 22.6% -6.9%
 
All brands (*) 58.5 55.4% 79.2 60.5% -26.1% 327,056 74.0% 423,081 77.4% -22.7%
                                         
Total 105.6 100.0% 130.9 100.0% -19.3% 441,887 100.0% 546,449 100.0% -19.1%
                                         
 
(*) Italsofa, Natuzzi Editions, Editions and unbranded

  Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Unaudited Consolidated Profit & Loss for the quarter ended on June 30, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(expressed in millions Euro except for share data)
                     
Six months ended on   Change Percent of Sales
    June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010   %   June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010
 
Upholstery net sales 211.0 242.2 -12.9% 87.0% 89.1%
Other sales   31.4   29.5   6.4%   13.0%   10.9%
Total Net Sales   242.4   271.7   -10.8%   100.0%   100.0%
 
Consumption (*) (103.2) (112.1) -7.9% -42.6% -41.3%
Labor (40.1) (40.2) -0.2% -16.5% -14.8%
Industrial Costs (15.8) (16.1) -1.9% -6.5% -5.9%
of which Depreciation, Amortization   (5.0)   (6.0)            
Cost of Sales   (159.1)   (168.4)   -5.5%   -65.6%   -62.0%
                     
Industrial Margin   83.3   103.3   -19.4%   34.4%   38.0%
 
Selling Expenses
Transportation (22.0) (25.1) 9.1% 9.2%
Commissions (4.2) (5.7) 1.7% 2.1%
Advertising (10.8) (12.7) 4.5% 4.7%
 
Other Selling and G&A (54.4) (57.1) 22.4% 21.0%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (5.1) (6.2)
                     
EBITDA   2.0   14.9       0.8%   5.5%
                     
EBIT   (8.1)   2.7       -3.3%   1.0%
 
Interest Income/(Costs), Net (0.3) (0.7)
Foreign Exchange, Net (0.2) 2.1
Other Income/(Cost), Net 17.4 (2.3)
                     
Earning before Income Taxes   8.8   1.8       3.6%   0.7%
 
Current taxes (1.2) (5.8) -0.5% -2.1%
                     
Net result   7.6   (4.0)       3.1%   -1.5%
 
Minority interest (1.0) (0.1)
                     
Net Group Result   6.6   (4.1)       2.7%   -1.5%
                     
Net Group Result per Share   0.12   (0.07)            
 
                     
Key Figures in U.S. dollars Six months ended on Change Percent of Sales
(millions)   June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010   %   June 30, 2011   June 30, 2010
 
Total Net Sales 340.5 381.7 -10.8% 100.0% 100.0%
Industrial Profit 117.0 145.1 -19.4% 34.4% 38.0%
EBIT (11.4) 3.8 -400.0% -3.3% 1.0%
Net Group Result 9.3 (5.8) 261.0% 2.7% -1.5%
Net Group Result per Share 0.2 (0.1)
 
Average exchange rate (U.S.$ per €) 1.4047
                     
 
(*) Purchases plus beginning stock minus final stock and leather processing

    UPHOLSTERY NET SALES BREAKDOWN    
   
Geographic breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                                         
Six months ended on Six months ended on
                                         
    June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %   June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %
 
Americas 63.7 30.2% 84.9 35.1% -25.0% 353,023 40.7% 457,123 45.1% -22.8%
Natuzzi 8.0 3.8% 7.6 3.1% 5.3% 24,370 2.8% 19,781 2.0% 23.2%
All brands (*) 55.7 26.4% 77.3 31.9% -27.9% 328,653 37.9% 437,342 43.2% -24.9%
 
Europe 90.4 42.8% 99.7 41.2% -9.3% 319,644 36.9% 360,810 35.6% -11.4%
Natuzzi 47.8 22.7% 51.1 21.1% -6.5% 104,847 12.1% 113,986 11.3% -8.0%
All brands (*) 42.6 20.1% 48.6 20.1% -12.3% 214,797 24.8% 246,824 24.4% -13.0%
 
Italy (Natuzzi) 26.7 12.7% 28.7 11.8% -7.0% 82,007 9.5% 86,956 8.6% -5.7%
 
Rest of the world 30.2 14.3% 28.9 11.9% 4.5% 112,398 13.0% 107,873 10.7% 4.2%
Natuzzi 17.2 8.2% 16.7 6.9% 3.0% 41,156 4.7% 39,183 8.6% 5.0%
All brands (*) 13.0 6.1% 12.2 5.0% 6.6% 71,242 8.2% 68,690 6.8% 3.7%
                                         
Total 211.0 100.0% 242.2 100.0% -12.9% 867,072 100.0% 1,012,762 100.0% -14.4%
                                         
 
Brands breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                                         
Six months ended on Six months ended on
                                         
    June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %   June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010 Change %
 
Natuzzi 99.7 47.3% 104.1 43.0% -4.2% 252,380 29.1% 259,906 25.7% -2.9%
 
All brands (*) 111.3 52.7% 138.1 57.0% -19.4% 614,692 70.9% 752,856 74.3% -18.4%
                                         
Total 211.0 100.0% 242.2 100.0% -12.9% 867,072 100.0% 1,012,762 100.0% -14.4%
                                         
 
(*) Italsofa, Natuzzi Editions, Editions and unbranded

Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets at June 30, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(Expressed in millions of euro)
 
ASSETS   30-Jun-11   31-Dec-10
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents 76.0 61.1
Marketable debt securities 0.0
Trade receivables, net 87.7 95.8
Other receivables 57.6 51.7
Inventories 94.4 87.4
Unrealized foreign exchange gains 0.7 0.2
Prepaid expenses and accrued income 1.9 1.3
Deferred income taxes 1.6 1.1
         
Total current assets   319.9   298.6
 
Non current assets:
Net property, plant and equipment 171.6 196
Other assets 6.5 9.3
         
Total non current assets   178.1   205.3
 
TOTAL ASSETS   498.0   503.9
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
 
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings 0 0.1
Current portion of long-term debt 2.9 2.6
Accounts payable-trade 66.2 64.3
Accounts payable-other 25.9 27.9
Unrealized foreign exchange losses 0.1 1.1
Income taxes 1.2 2.9
Salaries, wages and related liabilities 9.8 9.9
         
Total current liabilities   106.1   108.8
 
Long-term liabilities:
Employees' leaving entitlement 27.7 28.4
Long-term debt 11.5 12.8
Deferred income for capital grants 10.1 10.4
Other liabilities 15.3 18.2
         
Total long-term liabilities   64.6   69.8
         
Minority interest   3.0   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 248.1 247.0
         
Total shareholders' equity   324.3   323.2
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   498.0   503.9

Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
(Expressed in million of euro)
June 30, 2011   Dec 31, 2010
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings (loss) 6.6 (11.1)
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 10.1 23.4
Employees' leaving entitlement 2.7 (1.2)
Deferred income taxes (0.5) (0.4)
Minority interest 1.0 0.1
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets (20.7) 0.6
Unrealized foreign exchange losses and gains (1.5) 0.8
Impairment of long lived assets
Deferred income for capital grants (0.3) (0.7)
Non monetary operating costs (9.2) 22.6
 
Change in assets and liabilities:
Receivables, net 8.1 1.2
Inventories (7.1) (5.8)
Prepaid expenses and accrued income (0.5) 0.1
Other assets (5.9) 2.8
Accounts payable 1.9 (2.2)
Income taxes (1.8) (0.7)
Salaries, wages and related liabilities (0.1) (5.1)
Other liabilities (7.6) (0.2)
 
Net working capital (13.0)   (9.9)
 
Net cash provided by operating activities   (15.6)   1.6
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Property, plant and equipment:
Additions (11.9) (17.9)
Disposals 0.1 0.2
Proceeds from sales 45.0
Marketable debt securities: -
 
Net cash used in investing activities   33.2   (17.7)
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Long-term debt:
Proceeds 9.8
Repayments (1.0) (1.3)
Short-term borrowings (0.1) (0.7)
Capital injection - -
Dividends paid to minority interests -   -
 
Net cash used in financing activities (1.1)   7.8
 
Effect of translation adjustments on cash (1.6)   3.1
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 14.9 (5.2)
 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year 61.1   66.3
 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year   76.0   61.1

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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