Tile Shop Holdings, Inc.

Q1 2023 Earnings Conference Call


spk04: Good day, and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Q1 Tile Shop Holdings Incorporated Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speaker's presentation, there will be a Q&A session. To ask a question during the session, you will need to press star 11 on your telephone, and you will hear an automated message advising your hand is raised. To withdraw your question, please press star 11 again. be advised today's conference call is to be recorded. I would now like to hand the conference call over to your speaker today, Mark Davis, Vice President of Investor Relations and Chief Accounting Officer.
spk00: Mark, please go ahead. Thank you.
spk02: Good morning to everyone and welcome to the Tile Shop's first quarter earnings call. Joining me today are Cab Loma, our Chief Executive Officer, and Carla Lunen, our Chief Financial Officer. Certain statements made during the call today constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to and within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 1995 as amended. Such forward-looking statements are subject to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Those risks and uncertainties are described in our earnings press release issued earlier and in our filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements made today are as of the date of this call, and we do not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Today's call will also include certain non-GAAP measurements. Please see our earnings release for a reconciliation of those non-GAAP financial measures, which has been posted on our company website. With that, let me now turn the call over to Kat.
spk03: Thanks, Mark. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today for an update on our business and our first quarter results. Comparable store sales during the first quarter of 2023 were flat with 2022. During the quarter, macro headwinds continued to persist. Rising interest rates and slowing housing turnover created challenges across our industry. However, we continue to see steady demand for remodeling projects. Feedback received from our customers indicates that some homeowners are choosing to remodel their homes as opposed to moving. Many of our pros indicate they still have a healthy backlog of work. Nevertheless, we anticipate macro conditions will remain challenging over the next several quarters. Store teams continue to make progress against their retail excellence goals. Our pro sales mix, which includes sales to pros and pro referrals, was over 70% of our total sales during the first quarter. Additionally, we've made progress improving adoption of best practices at a number of our stores that have underperformed in the past. While we're making progress in this area, we still have more work in front of us. Given the challenging macro environment, I've made the decision to delay opening a second new store in 2023. We're still on track. We continue to execute our initiatives during the first quarter. We have identified a number of high-quality products that we can source for lower price points from suppliers across the world. We believe that this effort, combined with recent decreases in international freight rates, will help offset some of the inflationary price increases we have experienced over the last year. Additionally, we've seen an increase in clearance item sales following steps taken to improve visibility to clearance items on our website over the last quarter. Sales of our LVT products are gaining momentum. We formally launched our expanded line of LVT products across all of our stores during the fourth quarter. We're excited about this addition to our assortment and believe it could become a meaningful part of our overall sales mix over time. As I've mentioned before, we started to test LVT in our stores last year, given advancements in product quality and shifting consumer sentiment, suggesting that our core higher end customer demographic started widely accepting LVT as a flooring alternative in their homes. The customer feedback we've received indicates we have a great assortment and competitive price points. With that, I'll now hand the call over to Carla.
spk01: Thanks, Cavi. Good morning, everyone. First quarter sales at comparable stores were flat with 2022. We did see lower levels of traffic during the quarter that was offset by an increase in the ticket average. Our gross margin rate during the first quarter was 64.2%, which equates to a 30 basis point decrease from the fourth quarter. The sequential decrease in margin is due to continued increases in inventory costs. We value inventory at average cost and typically hold just under a year of inventory on hand. While average costs were still increasing as inventory receipts landed during the first quarter, we expect costs will start to improve as international freight rates have come down and as lower priced products from our resourcing initiatives start to work their way into our assortment. At the same time, it's important to note that we have priced our LVT and back shelf products competitively. and that these products carry a lower gross margin rate than our tile products. We anticipate the acceleration of LVT sales and continued growth of back shelf will create a headwind to our overall gross margin rate. However, we expect the incremental sales of these products will result in an increase of gross profit dollars and improve our leverage on fixed SG&A expenses. First quarter selling general and administrative expenses decreased by $700,000 when compared to the first quarter of 2022. The decrease was largely attributed to a $1.1 million decrease in variable compensation expenses, a $900,000 decrease in shipping and transportation expenses, and a $700,000 decrease in depreciation expense. These decreases were partially offset by a $600,000 increase in wages due to headcount and pay increases, a $600,000 increase in software licenses, and a $400,000 increase in operating supplies. Net income was $2.5 million during the first quarter of 2023, and adjusted EBITDA was $10.3 million. Our adjusted EBITDA margin rate was 10.1%. First quarter earnings per share decreased by one penny from 7 cents during the first quarter of 2022 to 6 cents during the first quarter of 2023. Turning our attention to the balance sheet, our inventory decreased by $5.5 million from the fourth quarter to $115.5 million at the end of the first quarter. Also during the quarter, we generated $25.8 million of operating cash flow. The majority of this cash was used to reduce our debt, which was $25 million at the end of the quarter. With that, Tabby and I are happy to take any questions.
spk04: Thank you. At this time, we will conduct a question and answer. As a reminder, to ask a question, you need to press star 1-1 on your telephone and wait for your name to be announced. To withdraw your question, please press star 1-1 and stand by while we compile the Q&A roster.
spk00: Our first question comes from Mark Smith from Lake Street.
spk05: Hey, guys. Jacob's on for Mark this morning. Just looking, could you give us any update, any additional details on the new store openings this year?
spk03: Hey, Jacob. Yeah, this is Kev. We're on track to open our new store here coming up in December. June, July, depending on some scheduling. We did delay our second new store just due to some of the macro headwinds we're experiencing at this point. You know, the focus really is on the profitability of our business. And I thought it best to just push this at this time. So, yeah, I mean, we're going to relocate another store to a better area that we feel is going to generate more income. But that's pretty much it.
spk05: Okay. Maybe just kind of balance sheet improvements are solid. How are you guys thinking about returning capital or cash to shareholders via buyback or?
spk01: Good morning. This is Carla. And thank you for your question. At this point, we are not planning on any share buybacks or dividends at this point. I mean, it's always a consideration. We are constantly looking and forecasting and trying to control our SG&A and improve our results, but at this time we do not have any plans to do any major events such as that like we have in the past.
spk03: On that note, Jacob, we're pretty pleased with our reduction in our debt in Q1 that we're proud of and we're going to continue to chip away at that. Uh, that's my first goal is let's get debt free and then figure out how we're going to return shareholder values. So that's the goal right now. Let's just generate cash and, uh, get the debt down to zero and then move forward.
spk05: Okay. I got it. That's helpful. Um, maybe just talk about the inflationary pressures. Um, I know you had mentioned, um, sea freight coming down, um, but maybe could you just talk about kind of the different drivers and maybe the product costs and, um, are you able to pass through any price increases?
spk03: Sure. Yeah. So we're pretty, we're happy with the reduction in freight costs overall that we've been seeing in the past few months. And, you know, when you look at product costs, it outweighed a lot of the product costs over the last year. The ocean freight cost was large in comparison to some of the overall product cost increase. So with that coming down, and some of our resourcing efforts getting us lower cost product landing in our DCs, we feel that we're on track to start rebounding in our margin. We have a years worth of inventory typically. So as we go through this inventory and this product starts to land, we're now hopefully on the upswing with margins. So it's still a battle. It's not just freight. It's Everything else from the DCs to ops in the stores to even corporate marketing, everything's a little bit more expensive these days. So we have to be strategic and focused to make sure we're making the best decisions across the company at this point. But, yeah, product cost has come down. We're starting to land that in our DCs. So we feel that we're going to rebound nicely.
spk00: Okay. Got it. Thank you.
spk04: Okay, at this time, I would like to turn it over to Mark for any closing remarks.
spk02: Thank you for listening to our earnings conference call. We anticipate filing our Form 10-Q later today. Thank you for your interest in the tile shop. Have a nice day.

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