Natuzzi S.p.A. Announces Its Nine Months And Third 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 consolidated financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2011.

9 MONTHS 2011 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS
  • Net Loss of €3.6 million vs. a Net Loss of €9.6 million in 9M 2010
  • Negative EBIT of €17.0 million, vs. a positive EBIT of €0.2 million in 9M 2010
  • Gross profit was €117.2 million as compared to €145.9 million in 9M 2010
  • Total Net Sales were €356.8 million, down 7.7% as compared to 9M 2010

3Q 2011 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS
  • Net Loss of €10.3 million vs. a Net Loss of €5.5 million in 3Q 2010
  • Negative EBIT of €9.0 million, vs. a negative EBIT of €2.5 million in 3Q 2010
  • Gross profit was €33.9 million as compared to €42.6 million in 3Q 2010
  • Total Net Sales were €114.4 million, down 0.5% as compared to 3Q 2010
  • Positive Net Financial Position of €58.8, with a good improvement as compared to December 31, 2010.

9 MONTHS 2011 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS Total Net Sales (including raw materials and semi-finished products sold to third parties) were €356.8 million, decreasing by 7.7% with respect to 2010.

Total upholstery sales totalled €310.7 million with a decline of 9.9% over the same period in 2010.

In particular, the Natuzzi brand was down 6.1%, while all other brands marked a decrease of 12.6%. Within the Natuzzi brand, the decline is mainly concentrated in Europe, while there is positive performance in the Rest of the World and a slight improved performance in Americas.

Sales of all other brand (-12.6%) were affected in particular by the decline in North America (-19.2%), due to the impact of the relocation of existing production sites in China to a new plant that generated delays in production, today returned to normal, but whose positive effects will be visible in subsequent quarters.The Rest of the world recorded, instead, still a positive performance of 10.5%.

Other sales have registered a total increase of 10.0% mainly due to strong sales of accessories.

Gross profit, 32.8% of sales compared to 37.7% in the first nine months of 2010, reflects the further increase in prices of raw materials and labour cost mainly in China and Romania.

Transportation costs, showed a favourable decline in absolute terms of €3.8 million and in a percentage of sales that went from 9.7% in 2010 to 9.4% in the first nine months of 2011.

Commissions, as well as advertising costs, registered a reduction versus the first nine months of 2010, of €3.8 million (0.6% on sales).

Commercial and administrative costs (SG&A) allowed a significant improvement in absolute terms and amounted to €3.9 million as compared to the first nine months of 2010, but a slight worsening as a percentage on net sales (0.7%).

Both EBITDA and EBIT for the first nine months of 2011 were negative, €2.0 million and €17.0 million, respectively, as a result of lower sales and, increasing cost of goods sold, partly offset by commercial and administrative cost reductions.

Finally, the net consolidated result for the first nine months of 2011 recorded a loss amounted to €3.6 million as compared to a loss of €9.6 million in the first 9 months of 2010, thanks to extraordinary income deriving from the compensation obtained by the Chinese authorities for the relocation of the major factory of the Group located in China.

3Q 2011 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

Total Net Sales for €114.4 (including raw materials and semi-finished products sold to third parties) recorded a marginal decrease of 0.5% with respect to 3Q 2010.

Total upholstery sales recorded a decline of 2.8% over the same period of 2010, but were almost completely offset by growth in other sales of 18.5% vs. the third quarter of 2010.

The break-down of upholstery net sales by geographic area was as follows: Europe (excluding Italy) 34.4%, the Americas 41.7%, Italy 8.1% and Rest of the World 15.8%, emphasizing a continuous and constant shifting of the Group revenues into the Rest of the World.

Gross profit represented 29.6% on sales compared to 37.0% in the third quarter of 2010, mainly reflects the further increase in prices of raw materials and the growth of labour cost recorded in China and in Romania.

Transportation costs have declined significantly registering a reduction in absolute term of €0.7 million.

The optimization processes in the of Commercial and Administrative areas allowed a further improvement in absolute terms amounted to €1.0 million compared to third quarter 2010. Consequently, the impact of SG&A on net sales went from 22.0% in the third quarter of 2010 to 21.1% in the third quarter of 2011.

EBITDA amounted to a negative €4.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 versus a positive €3.4 million in the third quarter of 2010, and EBIT was negative by €9.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to a negative margin of €2.5 million in the same period of last year.

Finally, the net result of the Group for the third quarter of 2011 recorded a loss amounted to €10.3 million compared to a loss of €5.5 million in the third quarter of 2010.

BALANCE SHEET

Net financial position rose from €45.6 million at December 31, 2010 to €58.8 million as at September 30, 2011.

Pasquale Natuzzi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Natuzzi SpA, commented: "This third quarter of 2011 was characterized by uncertain and volatile markets. This condition negatively affects GDP growth in mature markets and in particular the demand for consumer durables, which in fact remains weak and volatile. These macroeconomic results coupled with factors pertaining to the Natuzzi Group, resulted in an overall drop in sales of 7.7% in the first nine months of 2011. In line with the macro-economic framework, mature markets suffered the most while emerging markets continued to show encouraging results. Specifically, the rest of the world has shown an overall +8.7% over the same period last year.

The Group’s financial performance was still negatively affected by delays in Chinese production impacting mainly North America, consequent to the relocation of the factory in China. This problem has now been overcome but results won’t be evident until the coming quarters.

We are aware of the continuing difficulties of the Western economies linked to sovereign debt in Europe and North America. However, commercial actions, taken to regain share in mature markets such as the important European and North American markets, the expansion in emerging markets of China, India and Brazil, and structural actions to increase internal efficiency, make us confident on a better scenarios for the near future of the Group”.

The Company will host a conference call on November 28 th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (4.00 pm European Continental time) to discuss third quarter and nine months 2011 financial results. To participate, dial in toll-free 1-888-312-9849 and toll International 1-719-325-2326. A live web cast of the conference call will be available online at 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 December 28 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: 5948061.

About Natuzzi

Founded 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

Attached Financial Statements

  Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries  
Unaudited Consolidated Profit & Loss for the quarter ended on September 30, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(expressed in millions Euro except for share data)
                 
Three months ended on Change Percent of Sales
  30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10 % 30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10
 
Upholstery net sales 99.7 102.6 -2.8% 87.2% 89.2%
Other sales 14.7 12.4 18.5% 12.8% 10.8%
Total Net Sales 114.4 115.0 -0.5% 100.0% 100.0%
 
Consumption (*) (53.9) (48.3) 11.6% -47.1% 42.0%
Labor (18.9) (16.8) 12.5% -16.5% 14.6%
Industrial Costs (7.7) (7.3) 5.5% -6.7% 6.3%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (2.4) (2.9)      
Cost of Sales (80.5) (72.4) 11.2% 70.4% 63.0%
           
Industrial Margin 33.9 42.6 -20.4% 29.6% 37.0%
 
Selling Expenses (18.7) (19.9)
Transportation (11.6) (12.3) 10.1% 10.7%
Commissions (2.1) (1.9) 1.8% 1.7%
Advertising (5.0) (5.7) 4.4% 5.0%
 
Other Selling and G&A (24.2) (25.2) 21.1% 22.0%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (2.4) (3.0)
           
EBITDA (4.2) 3.4   -3.7% 3.0%
           
EBIT (9.0) (2.5)   -7.9% -2.2%
 
Interest Income/(Costs), Net 0.1 (0.3)
Foreign Exchange, Net (0.9) (1.6)
Other Income/(Cost), Net (0.7) (0.8)
           
Earning before Income Taxes (10.6) (5.2)   -9.2% -4.5%
 
Current taxes 0.3 (0.4) 0.3% -0.3%
           
Net result (10.3) (5.6)   -9.0% -4.9%
 
Minority interest 0.0 0.1
           
Net Group Result (10.3) (5.5)   -9.0% -4.8%
           
Net Group Result per Share (0.19) (0.10)      
 
           
Key Figures in U.S. dollars Three months ended on Change Percent of Sales
(millions) 30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10 % 30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10
 
Total Net Sales 161.6 162.5 -0.5% 100.0% 100.0%
Industrial Profit 47.9 60.2 -20.4% 29.6% 37.0%
EBIT (12.7) (3.5) -7.9% -2.2%
Net Group Result (14.5) (7.8) -9.0% -4.8%
Net Group Result per Share (0.3) (0.1)
 
Average exchange rate (U.S.$ per €) 1.4128
           
 
(*) 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
                               
  30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %   30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %
 
Americas 41.5 41.7% 42.6 41.5% -2.6% 223,058 50.4% 222,078 50.1% 0.4%
Natuzzi 4.0 4.0% 4.4 4.3% -9.1% 10,958 2.5% 10,953 2.5% 0.0%
All brands (*) 37.5 37.6% 38.2 37.2% -1.8% 212,100 47.9% 211,125 47.6% 0.5%
 
Europe 34.3 34.4% 36.8 35.9% -6.8% 132,974 30.0% 137,752 31.1% -3.5%
Natuzzi 14.2 14.2% 17.5 17.1% -18.9% 28,801 6.5% 36,429 8.2% -20.9%
All brands (*) 20.1 20.2% 19.3 18.8% 4.1% 104,173 23.5% 101,323 22.9% 2.8%
 
Italy (Natuzzi) 8.1 8.1% 9.8 9.5% -17.3% 27,376 6.2% 30,930 7.0% -11.5%
 
Rest of the world 15.8 15.8% 13.4 13.1% 17.9% 59,135 13.4% 52,392 11.8% 12.9%
Natuzzi 7.9 7.9% 6.6 6.4% 19.7% 18,139 4.1% 14,508 7.0% 25.0%
All brands (*) 7.9 7.9% 6.8 6.6% 16.2% 40,996 9.3% 37,884 8.5% 8.2%
                               
Total 99.7 100.0% 102.6 100.0% -2.8% 442,543 100.0% 443,152 100.0% -0.1%
                               
 
Brands breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                               
three months ended on three months ended on
                               
  30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %   30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %
 
Natuzzi 34.2 34.3% 38.3 37.3% -10.7% 85,274 19.3% 92,820 20.9% -8.1%
 
All brands (*) 65.5 65.7% 64.3 62.7% 1.9% 357,269 80.7% 350,332 79.1% 2.0%
                               
Total 99.7 100.0% 102.6 100.0% -2.8% 442,543 100.0% 443,152 100.0% -0.1%
                               
 
(*) Italsofa, Natuzzi Editions, Editions and unbranded

  Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Unaudited Consolidated Profit & Loss for the quarter ended on September 30, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(expressed in millions Euro except for share data)
                 
Nine months ended on Change Percent of Sales
  30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10 %   30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10
 
Upholstery net sales 310.7 344.8 -9.9% 87.1% 89.2%
Other sales 46.1 41.9 10.0%   12.9% 10.8%
Total Net Sales 356.8 386.7 -7.7%   100.0% 100.0%
 
Consumption (*) (157.0) (160.4) -2.1% 44.0% 41.5%
Labor (59.0) (56.9) 3.7% 16.5% 14.7%
Industrial Costs (23.6) (23.5) 0.4% 6.6% 6.1%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (7.5) (8.8)        
Cost of Sales (239.6) (240.8) -0.5%   67.2% 62.3%
             
Industrial Margin 117.2 145.9 -19.7%   32.8% 37.7%
 
Selling Expenses (55.7) (63.3)
Transportation (33.6) (37.4) 9.4% 9.7%
Commissions (6.3) (7.5) 1.8% 2.0%
Advertising (15.8) (18.4) 4.4% 4.8%
 
Other Selling and G&A (78.5) (82.4) 22.0% 21.3%
of which Depreciation, Amortization (7.5) (9.3)
             
EBITDA (2.0) 18.3     -0.6% 4.7%
             
EBIT (17.0) 0.2     -4.8% 0.1%
 
Interest Income/(Costs), Net (0.3) (0.9)
Foreign Exchange, Net (1.2) 0.5
Other Income/(Cost), Net 16.7 (3.2)
             
Earning before Income Taxes (1.8) (3.4)     -0.5% -0.9%
 
Current taxes (0.9) (6.2) -0.3% -1.6%
             
Net result (2.7) (9.6)     -0.8% -2.5%
 
Minority interest (0.9) (0.0)
             
Net Group Result (3.6) (9.6)     -1.0% -2.5%
             
Net Group Result per Share (0.07) (0.18)        
 
             
Key Figures in U.S. dollars Nine months ended on Change Percent of Sales
(millions) 30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10 %   30-Sep-11 30-Sep-10
 
Total Net Sales 502.2 544.3 -7.7% 100.0% 100.0%
Industrial Profit 165.0 205.4 -19.7% 32.8% 37.7%
EBIT (23.9) 0.3 -4.8% 0.1%
Net Group Result (5.1) (13.5) -1.0% -2.5%
Net Group Result per Share (0.1) (0.2)
 
Average exchange rate (U.S.$ per €) 1.4075
             
 
(*) Purchases plus beginning stock minus final stock and leather processing

    UPHOLSTERY NET SALES BREAKDOWN  
     
Geographic breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                               
Nine months ended on Nine months ended on
                               
  30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %   30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %
 
Americas 105.3 33.9% 127.4 36.9% -17.3% 576,081 44.0% 679,201 46.7% -15.2%
Natuzzi 12.1 3.9% 12.0 3.5% 0.8% 35,328 2.7% 30,734 2.1% 14.9%
All brands (*) 93.2 30.0% 115.4 33.5% -19.2% 540,753 41.3% 648,467 44.5% -16.6%
 
Europe 124.7 40.1% 136.5 39.6% -8.6% 452,617 34.6% 498,711 34.3% -9.2%
Natuzzi 62.0 20.0% 68.6 19.9% -9.6% 133,647 10.2% 150,415 10.3% -11.1%
All brands (*) 62.7 20.1% 67.9 19.7% -7.7% 318,970 24.4% 348,296 23.9% -8.4%
 
Italy (Natuzzi) 34.7 11.2% 38.6 11.2% -10.1% 109,383 8.4% 117,887 8.1% -7.2%
 
Rest of the world 46.0 14.8% 42.3 12.3% 8.7% 171,534 13.1% 160,115 11.0% 7.1%
Natuzzi 25.0 8.0% 23.3 6.8% 7.3% 59,296 4.5% 53,691 8.1% 10.4%
All brands (*) 21.0 6.1% 19.0 5.5% 10.5% 112,238 8.6% 106,424 7.3% 5.5%
                               
Total 310.7 100.0% 344.8 100.0% -9.9% 1,309,615 100.0% 1,455,914 100.0% -10.0%
                               
 
Brands breakdown
Net sales million euro Net sales seats
                               
Nine months ended on Nine months ended on
                               
  30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %   30/09/2011 30/09/2010 Change %
 
Natuzzi 133.8 43.1% 142.5 41.3% -6.1% 337,654 25.8% 352,727 24.2% -4.3%
 
All brands (*) 176.9 56.9% 202.3 58.7% -12.6% 971,961 74.2% 1,103,187 75.8% -11.9%
                               
Total 310.7 100.0% 344.8 100.0% -9.9% 1,309,615 100.0% 1,455,914 100.0% -10.0%
                               
 
(*) Italsofa, Natuzzi Editions, Editions and unbranded

Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2011 on the basis of Italian GAAP
(Expressed in millions of euro)
 
ASSETS 30-Sep-11 31-Dec-10
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents 98.6 61.1
Marketable debt securities 0.0 0.0
Trade receivables, net 88.4 95.8
Other receivables 56.3 51.7
Inventories 90.2 87.4
Unrealized foreign exchange gains 0.0 0.2
Prepaid expenses and accrued income 2.3 1.3
Deferred income taxes 1.7 1.1
     
Total current assets 337.5 298.6
 
Non current assets:
Net property, plant and equipment 169.7 196
Other assets 5.9 9.3
     
Total non current assets 175.6 205.3
 
TOTAL ASSETS 513.1 503.9
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
 
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings 24.4 0.1
Current portion of long-term debt 3.7 2.6
Accounts payable-trade 63.4 64.3
Accounts payable-other 23 27.9
Unrealized foreign exchange losses 0.3 1.1
Income taxes 1.1 2.9
Salaries, wages and related liabilities 10.2 9.9
     
Total current liabilities 126.1 108.8
 
Long-term liabilities:
Employees' leaving entitlement 27.4 28.4
Long-term debt 11.7 12.8
Deferred income for capital grants 10 10.4
Other liabilities 14 18.2
     
Total long-term liabilities 63.1 69.8
     
Minority interest 3.1 2.1
 
Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 54.8 54.9
Reserves 12.0 12.0
Additional paid-in capital 9.3 9.3
Retained earnings 244.7 247.0
     
Total shareholders' equity 320.8 323.2
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 513.1 503.9

Natuzzi S.p.A. and Subsidiaries    
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
(Expressed in million of euro)
30-Sep-11 31-Dec-10
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings (loss) (3.6) (11.1)
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 15.0 23.4
Employees' leaving entitlement 4.0 (1.2)
Deferred income taxes (0.6) (0.4)
Minority interest 0.9 0.1
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets (24.6) 0.6
Unrealized foreign exchange losses and gains (0.6) 0.8
Impairment of long lived assets - -
Deferred income for capital grants (0.4) (0.7)
Non monetary operating costs (6.3) 22.6
 
Change in assets and liabilities:
Receivables, net 7.4 1.2
Inventories (2.8) (5.8)
Prepaid expenses and accrued income (0.9) 0.1
Other assets (4.6) 2.8
Accounts payable (1.0) (2.2)
Income taxes (1.8) (0.7)
Salaries, wages and related liabilities 0.2 (5.1)
Other liabilities (4.0) (0.2)
 
Net working capital (7.5) (9.9)
 
Net cash provided by operating activities (17.4) 1.6
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Property, plant and equipment:
Additions (14.7) (17.9)
Disposals 0.1 0.2
Proceeds from sales 45.0
Marketable debt securities: -
 
Net cash used in investing activities 30.4 (17.7)
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Long-term debt:
Proceeds 1.0 9.8
Repayments (1.0) (1.3)
Short-term borrowings 24.4 (0.7)
Capital injection - -
Dividends paid to minority interests - -
 
Net cash used in financing activities 24.4 7.8
 
Effect of translation adjustments on cash 0.2 3.1
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 37.5 (5.2)
 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year 61.1 66.3
 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year 98.6 61.1

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