Crown Crafts Reports Results for Fiscal 2012 First Quarter

- Sales of bedding, blankets and accessories, which represent approximately three-fourths of the business, increased 3.3% in the first quarter as a result of successful new designs and promotions

- Overall net sales increased 1.9% for the quarter ended July 3, 2011

GONZALES, La., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ-CM: CRWS) today reported operating results for the fiscal 2012 first quarter, which ended July 3, 2011.

“Net sales continued to improve as a result of our innovative and popular new designs in bedding, blankets and accessories, combined with our aggressive promotional and marketing activities in this product category,” said E. Randall Chestnut, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also continued our progress in growing sales of Company-branded products.”

Chestnut added that gross profit and net income continue to be challenged by rising costs for raw materials, labor, transportation and currency associated with the Company’s sourcing operations in China. Additionally, the gross profit in the first quarter of the prior year was favorably impacted by the over-absorption of overhead expenses amounting to $333,000. Most of this over-absorption reversed as merchandise was sold, resulting in an unfavorable impact to gross profit in the later quarters of fiscal 2011. The impact to gross profit in the first quarter of the current year from the absorption of overhead was minimal. “We remain confident that we have built a solid foundation for profitable growth,” he said.

Financial Results

Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was $530,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, on net sales of $17.5 million, compared with net income in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 of $726,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, on net sales of $17.2 million. Gross profit declined to $3.8 million, from $4.3 million a year ago. By product category, sales of bedding, blankets and accessories increased 3.3% to $13.0 million, while sales of bibs, bath and disposable products decreased 1.8% to $4.5 million.

Higher-than-expected raw material, labor, transportation and currency costs were partially offset by a decrease in marketing and administrative expenses due to lower overall compensation costs and factoring fees.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Company previously announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s Series A common stock of $0.03 per share. The dividend will be paid on October 7, 2011 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 16, 2011. “The Board remains committed to the payment of a dividend, which reflects the strength of our balance sheet and operating cash flow, as well as the continued earnings potential of our business focus and growth strategy in fiscal 2012 and beyond,” said Chestnut.

Conference Call

The Company will host a teleconference today at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to discuss the Company’s results, during which interested individuals will be given the opportunity to ask appropriate questions. To join the teleconference, dial (877) 317-6789 and refer to conference number 10002669. The teleconference can also be accessed in listen-only mode by visiting the Company’s website at The financial information to be discussed during the teleconference may be accessed prior to the call on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website.

A telephone replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the end of the call through 8:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time on August 25, 2011. To access the replay, dial (877) 344-7529 in the U.S. or (412) 317-0088 from international locations and refer to conference number 10002669.

About Crown Crafts, Inc.

Crown Crafts, Inc. designs, markets and distributes infant, toddler and juvenile consumer products, including crib and toddler bedding and blankets; nursery and bath accessories; reusable and disposable bibs and floor mats; burp cloths; room decor; and disposable placemats, toilet seat covers and changing mats. The Company’s operating subsidiaries include Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc. in California and Hamco, Inc. in Louisiana. Crown Crafts is among America’s largest producer of infant bedding, bibs and bath items. The Company’s products include licensed and branded collections as well as exclusive private label programs for certain of its customers. The latest news about Crown Crafts can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements

The foregoing contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon management’s current expectations, projections, estimates and assumptions. Words such as “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates” and variations of such words and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks include, among others, general economic conditions, including changes in interest rates, in the overall level of consumer spending and in the price of oil, cotton and other raw materials used in the Company’s products, changing competition, changes in the retail environment, the level and pricing of future orders from the Company’s customers, the extent to which the Company’s business is concentrated in a small number of customers, the Company’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, including some located in foreign countries, customer acceptance of both new designs and newly-introduced product lines, actions of competitors that may impact the Company’s business, disruptions to transportation systems or shipping lanes used by the Company or its suppliers, and the Company’s dependence upon licenses from third parties. Reference is also made to the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional factors that may impact the Company’s results of operations and financial condition. The Company does not undertake to update the forward-looking statements contained herein to conform to actual results or changes in our expectations, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.




In thousands, except percentages and per share data

Three-Month Periods Ended

July 3, 2011

June 27, 2010

Net sales

$      17,499

$         17,167

Gross profit



Gross profit percentage



Income from operations



Income before income tax expense



Income tax expense



Income from continuing operations



Loss from discontinued operations – net of  income taxes



Net income



Basic earnings per share

$          0.06

$             0.08

Diluted earnings per share

$          0.05

$             0.08

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:









In thousands

July 3, 2011

April 3, 2011

Cash and cash equivalents

$             11

$              205

Accounts receivable, net of allowances






Total current assets



Finite-lived intangible assets, net



Total assets

$      44,061

$         45,702

Current maturities of long-term debt

$        1,988

$           1,952

Total current liabilities



Long-term debt



Shareholders’ equity



Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$      44,061

$         45,702

SOURCE Crown Crafts, Inc.