Hooker Furniture Reports 71% Higher Net Income For Fiscal 2013

MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hooker Furniture (Nasdaq:HOFT) today reported consolidated net sales of $218.4 million and net income of $8.6 million, or $0.80 per share, for its fifty-three week fiscal year ended February 3, 2013.

For fiscal 2013, annual net income increased 70.6% on slightly lower annual net sales, which decreased by $4.1 million, or (1.9)%, compared to the prior year and earnings per share increased to $0.80 for fiscal 2013 compared to $0.47 for the prior year.

The Company's upholstery segment returned to operating profitability in fiscal 2013 after reporting operating losses since the fiscal 2009 second quarter and posted 10.4% and 3.6% net sales increases for the 2013 fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year, respectively, compared to the same prior-year periods. As a result of lower discounting in the current year, the Company's casegoods segment reported a 12% increase in operating income despite a 5% sales decline compared to the fiscal 2012 year.

For the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter, consolidated net sales increased 9.7% to $59.6 million as compared to $54.4 million for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter. Consolidated net income increased $3.1 million to $3.7 million, or $0.34 per share, for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter. In the casegoods segment, higher revenues were driven by a better in-stock position. Upholstery sales improvements were driven by higher demand.

Improved consolidated profitability in both 2013 fiscal periods was primarily driven by higher average selling prices and lower sales discounting for both segments, and reduced upholstery segment manufacturing costs as a percentage of net sales.

"After some challenges at the beginning of the year, we finished the second half with considerable momentum," said Paul B. Toms Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "By year end, we had solid performances by all of our operating units, healthy orders, good inventory availability, increased efficiencies and a strong product lineup."

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