The Dixie Group Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

The Dixie Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXYN) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2013. In the second quarter of 2013, the Company had sales of $83,617,000 and income from continuing operations of $1,677,000, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared with sales of $66,566,000 and a loss from continuing operations of $404,000, or $0.03 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2012.

Commenting on the results, Daniel K. Frierson, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “The second quarter was one of strong performance both residentially and commercially. Dixie had a year-over-year sales improvement of 26% with sales growth in all areas of the business. Our sales growth in the residential business was 27% as compared to the same period a year ago. We believe the residential market grew during the quarter in the high single digits with the market strengthening as the quarter progressed. It appears that the residential carpet market is now being positively impacted by the increase in the housing sector that began in 2012. Sales for our commercial products increased 21% versus the second quarter of 2012. This increase was in comparison to the commercial market being up only slightly in our estimation.

“Our continued growth in excess of 20% in 2013 is a result of the investments we have made over the last several years in new products and sales coverage. The residential growth was a combination of strong results in our mass merchant area, continued growth of our Stainmaster® TruSoft® and SolarMax® products, strength in our wool business and momentum gained from the integration of the Gulistan products purchased late last year. The shift to softer products, as demonstrated by the growth of our Stainmaster® TruSoft® products, continued throughout the quarter. In addition, the success of our high performance Stainmaster® SolarMax® products has led us to expand manufacturing capacity to fulfill rising demand. Sales for all of our residential brands were up for the quarter and all retail channels are showing strength early in the third quarter. In the commercial market, we had growth in both our modular carpet tile and broadloom product categories. Our market strength in the store planning sector was of particular note during the quarter. The response to our SPEAK modular carpet tile and FIT office remodel collections has been very favorable. These high performance products give us added breadth in our line and fulfill the need for high styled modular and broadloom carpet products in today's market. We implemented the planned expansion of both our residential and commercial sales forces in the first half of the year to give us more strategic focus in select markets. Avant Contract, our newest commercial brand, launched its first series of products during the quarter. The Avant Contract brand is primarily focused on the fastest growing commercial segment, the modular office market. The initial impressions of Avant's edgier use of patterns, textures and colors combined with the marketing campaign promoting local and regional Artisans is being well received by the Architectural and Design community. We expect Avant to positively impact our sales in 2014. Our continued investment in products, processes and people has positioned us to continue to outperform the industry at the high end of the marketplace.

“The quarter had a gross profit margin of 26.7% and an operating income of 3.9% of net sales. Our growth initiatives begun in 2012 resulted in increased operating utilization but also added expense as we responded quickly to the increased demand. The additional costs from our Roanoke yarn expansion, the Crown Rug and Colormaster continuous dye house integrations, and the higher sampling costs as we accelerated our investment in new products in 2013, negatively impacted our operating income by over $1 million during the quarter. Our tax rate was 27% for the period.

“Working capital increased by $8,851,000 during the quarter due to higher receivables and inventory to support our higher level of sales. Our inventory turns improved 11% versus the same period in the prior year. Capital leases and expenditures were $3,441,000, while depreciation and amortization was $2,559,000 for the period. We anticipate capital leases and expenditures to be $13,500,000 and depreciation and amortization to be $10,300,000 for the entire year of 2013. Total debt increased $7,873,000 during the quarter. Availability under our credit lines was $25.0 million at quarter end. Subsequent to quarter end, we amended and extended our senior credit facility to accommodate the growth in working capital as we continue to grow our sales. In addition, in early July we completed the acquisition of Robertex Associates, a maker of fine wool products.

“We are pleased to see residential industry growth in the second quarter as this signals to us that the recovery in the housing sector has finally impacted the carpet market. Despite potential macro-economic issues, we believe that conditions in the upper-end residential portion of our industry will continue to improve during 2013. The commercial market appears to be stable with the highest growth in the modular carpet tile segment. We continue our commitment to growing our market share with innovative products, refinement of our manufacturing processes and investment in our people,” Frierson concluded.

The Company's loss from discontinued operations was $32,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013, compared with a loss from discontinued operations of $29,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the prior year. Including discontinued operations, the Company reported a net income of $1,645,000, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $433,000, or $0.03 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 at The simulcast will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on July 31, 2013. 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) 312-0953 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 2816116 when prompted for the access code.

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 Avant 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.

THE DIXIE GROUP, INC.Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations(unaudited; in thousands, except earnings per share)
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 29,2013   June 30,2012   June 29,2013   June 30,2012
NET SALES   $ 83,617   $ 66,566   $ 159,057   $ 129,416
Cost of sales   61,315     50,847     118,342     97,995  
GROSS PROFIT 22,302 15,719 40,715 31,421
Selling and administrative expenses 18,841 15,683 35,737 30,745
Other operating expense, net   190     76     30     96  
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 3,271 (40 ) 4,948 580
Interest expense 869 762 1,864 1,488
Other (income) expense, net 11 (95 ) 18 (92 )
Refinancing expenses   94         94      
Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes 2,297 (707 ) 2,972 (816 )
Income tax provision (benefit)   620     (303 )   643     (308 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations 1,677 (404 ) 2,329 (508 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   (32 )   (29 )   (47 )   (106 )
NET INCOME (LOSS)   $ 1,645     $ (433 )   $ 2,282     $ (614 )
Continuing operations $ 0.13 $ (0.03 ) $ 0.18 $ (0.04 )
Discontinued operations   (0.00 )   (0.00 )   (0.00 )   (0.01 )
Net income (loss)   $ 0.13     $ (0.03 )   $ 0.18     $ (0.05 )
Continuing operations $ 0.13 $ (0.03 ) $ 0.17 $ (0.04 )
Discontinued operations   (0.00 )   (0.00 )   (0.00 )   (0.01 )
Net income (loss)   $ 0.13     $ (0.03 )   $ 0.17     $ (0.05 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 12,733 12,633 12,704 12,619
Diluted   12,846     12,633     12,793     12,619  

THE DIXIE GROUP, INC.Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets(in thousands)
    June 29,2013   December 29,2012
ASSETS   (Unaudited)  
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 211 $ 491
Receivables, net 43,085 32,469
Inventories 79,657 72,245
Other   10,032     9,850
Total Current Assets 132,985 115,055
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 70,597 69,483
Other Assets   18,444     17,232
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 222,026     $ 201,770
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 41,131 $ 34,038
Current portion of long-term debt   3,122     4,059
Total Current Liabilities 44,253 38,097
Long-Term Debt 91,505 80,166
Deferred Income Taxes 3,509 3,824
Other Liabilities 15,702 15,637
Stockholders' Equity   67,057     64,046

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