HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018

HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018

HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) last week announced sales for the full year ended December 29, 2018 of $2,258 million and net income of $93 million. GAAP net income per diluted share was $2.11 compared to $2.00 in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $2.41 compared to $1.97 in the prior year.

Fourth quarter sales were $598 million and net income was $32 million. GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.73 compared to $0.77 in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.97 compared to $0.47 in the prior year. GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations follow the financial statements in this release.

Fourth Quarter Summary Comments

“Our teams performed well in the fourth quarter – delivering significant earnings growth and margin expansion. We are managing through multiple challenges, including continued inflationary pressures, tariff impacts, and choppy demand. Our organization is responding well, and I am optimistic about what we can accomplish in the future,” said Jeff Lorenger, HNI Corporation, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Office Furniture and Hearths

HNI consists of an office furniture business and a heath manufacturing business. The Office Furniture business increased their net sales in Q4 with 0.1% and increased their year on year sales with 2.7%

HNI summary comments to the Office Furniture business in Q4

  • Fourth quarter office furniture net sales increased $0.6 million or 0.1 percent from the prior year quarter to $429.6 million. On an organic basis, sales increased 4.3 percent driven by increases in the supplies and contract businesses. The net impact of closing and divesting small office furniture companies decreased sales $17.1 million compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Fourth quarter office furniture GAAP operating profit margin increased 640 basis points. Of this increase, 200 basis points were driven by improved price realization, reduced spending, lower incentive based compensation, and the impact of closing small office furniture companies, partially offset by lower volume and input cost inflation. The remaining increase of 440 basis points was due to lower nonrecurring items, which include restructuring and impairment charges, and transition costs.

Full Year Summary Comments for office furniture

  • Full year office furniture net sales increased $45.4 million or 2.7 percent from the prior year to $1,706.1 million. On an organic basis, sales increased 6.4 percent driven by increases in the supplies and contract businesses. The net impact of closing and divesting small office furniture companies decreased sales $57.6 million compared to the prior year.
  • Full year office furniture GAAP operating profit margin increased 160 basis points. Input cost inflation, amortization and implementation costs from the Business Systems Transformation initiative, and strategic investments were partially offset by improved price realization, productivity and cost savings, and the impact of closing and divesting small office furniture companies, driving a decline of 40 basis points. This decline was more than offset by a 200 basis point increase due to lower nonrecurring items, which include restructuring and impairment charges, and transition costs. - (OfficeRepublic)