BASSETT, Va., Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: BSET) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a $0.20 per share special dividend payable on December 19, 2014 to shareholders of record on December 5, 2014. "We are pleased to announce this special dividend at year end," said Robert H. Spilman, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. "2014 has been another year of improved performance for Bassett as sales and operating profit have increased significantly. In support of these efforts, the Company has invested $15 million in new store openings and relocations and domestic manufacturing infrastructure. "As our business has continued to improve, the Bassett Home Furnishings stores that we have opened and relocated over the past three years have produced encouraging results and we expect to open three to five more new stores in 2015," continued Spilman. "We will continue to closely monitor the operating results of the newer stores to challenge the rate at which we will grow our store count. Our balance sheet is fundamental to our growth strategy and we will primarily utilize it for this purpose. In concert, management and our Board of Directors will continue to review the Company's capital allocation and, when deemed appropriate, will consider a return of capital to shareholders. It is in this context that today's special dividend has been declared." About Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With 94 company- and licensee-owned stores, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. The most significant growth opportunity for Bassett continues to be the Company's dedicated retail store program. Bassett's retail strategy includes affordable custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, more than 1,000 upholstery fabrics, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. Bassett is also growing its traditional wholesale business with more than 600 accounts on the open market, across the United States and internationally. For more information, visit the Company's website at bassettfurniture.com. (BSET-E)
Certain of the statements in this release, particularly those preceded by, followed by or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "should," "estimates," or similar expressions, or those relating to or anticipating financial results for periods beyond the end of the third fiscal quarter of 2014, constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. For those statements, Bassett claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In many cases, Bassett cannot predict what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements. Expectations included in the forward-looking statements are based on preliminary information as well as certain assumptions which management believes to be reasonable at this time. The following important factors affect Bassett and could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements: the effects of national and global economic or other conditions and future events on the retail demand for home furnishings and the ability of Bassett's customers and consumers to obtain credit; and the economic, competitive, governmental and other factors identified in Bassett's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement that Bassett makes speaks only as of the date of such statement, and Bassett undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indication of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.
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