Ethan Allen Comments on Business in advance of Investor Meeting and Announces Earnings Release Date for Fiscal 2017 First Quarter
DANBURY, CT (October 18, 2016) - Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. ("Ethan Allen" or the "Company") (NYSE:ETH) commented today, in advance of its Fall Investor Meeting, on its financial results for the fiscal 2017 first quarter, which ended on September 30, 2016.
"We look forward to discussing our progress and initiatives at the forthcoming Investor Meeting," said Farooq Kathwari, Chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen. "Topics will include the repositioning of our offerings, our expanded marketing, investments in new Design Centers around the country, investments in technology, and the launch of the Ethan Allen | Disney magical home program in November 2016."
He added, "All of these initiatives coupled with a substantial expansion of our advertising have resulted in increased operating expenses compared to the prior year first quarter. Our retail comparable written sales increased 8% during the first quarter. We remain cautiously optimistic."
Based on preliminary financial information, the Company expects to report a retail comparable delivered sales increase of 5.7%, a consolidated net sales increase of 1.5% and an adjusted EPS in the range of $0.42 to $0.43, compared to $0.46 in the same period last year. Adjusted operating expenses for the quarter are expected to increase by $5.8 million. An advertising increase of 22.3% to $8.1 million, expenses associated with the Ethan Allen | Disney launch of $0.9 million and incremental new Design Center start-up losses of $0.9 million resulted in a $0.07 EPS impact.
The Company also announced today that it will release its fiscal 2017 first quarter financial results after the market closes on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
The Company's Fall Investor Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM ET. You will be able to access a live webcast of the Investor Meeting from the "Events & Presentations" page at http://ethanallen.com/investors. A replay will be archived on the company's website for at least 60 days. To access the conference call, dial 866-219-5894 (or 703-639-1125 for international callers), and provide conference ID 1676458.
About Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE: ETH) is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers complimentary interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates nine manufacturing facilities including six manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States plus one plant each in Mexico and Honduras. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its North American plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit www.ethanallen.com.
This press release and any related webcasts, conference calls and other related discussions should also be read in conjunction with the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016 (the "2016 Form 10-K") and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events based on information currently available to us relating to our future results. Such forward-looking statements are identified in this press release and in documents incorporated herein by reference by use of forward-looking words such as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "will", "may", "continue", "project", "target", "outlook", "forecast", "guidance", and similar expressions and the negatives of such forward-looking words. These forward-looking statements are subject to management decisions and various assumptions about future events, and are not guarantees of future performance. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: changes in global or regional political or economic conditions, including changes in governmental and central bank policies; our ability to secure debt or other forms of financing; the effect of operating losses on our ability to pay cash dividends; changes in business conditions in the furniture industry, including changes in consumer spending patterns, tastes and demand for home furnishings; competition from overseas manufacturers and domestic retailers and competitive factors such as changes in products or marketing efforts of others; effects of our brand awareness and marketing programs, including changes in demand for our existing and new products; our ability to locate new design center sites and/or negotiate favorable lease terms for additional design centers or for the expansion of existing design centers; fluctuations in interest rates and the cost, availability and quality of raw materials; pricing pressures; the effects of labor strikes; weather conditions that may affect sales; volatility in fuel, utility, transportation and security costs; the potential effects of natural disasters affecting our suppliers or trading partners; the effects of terrorist attacks or conflicts or wars involving the United States or its allies or trading partners; and those matters discussed in "Item 1A - Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016, and elsewhere in this press release and our SEC filings. Accordingly, actual circumstances and results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.
Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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