Crown Crafts, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010

GONZALES, La., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Crown Crafts, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: CRWS) today reported net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, which ended June 28, 2009.

Net income for the quarter was $538,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, on net sales of $17.7 million, compared to net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 of $619,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, on net sales of $19.8 million.

"We are very pleased to report positive results for the first quarter, which has traditionally been one of the weakest quarters of each fiscal year," commented E. Randall Chestnut, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "However, we are disappointed with the decreased sales volume in the current year as compared to the prior year. We have experienced a reduced order flow and a shift in sales as retailers have addressed the effect of the economic downturn by reducing their inventory levels and altering their buying patterns. We expect that our strong operating cash flow will keep us in an excellent competitive position to manage through this difficult economic situation and subsequently benefit during the recovery period. The Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 was $1.6 million, as compared to $1.8 million for the first quarter of the prior year," Mr. Chestnut continued.

Conference Call

The Company will host a teleconference today at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to discuss the Company's results and answer appropriate questions. Interested individuals may join the teleconference by dialing (800) 230-1074. Please refer to confirmation number 108976. 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 from 2:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time on August 12, 2009 through 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time on August 19, 2009. To access the replay, dial (800) 475-6701 in the United States or (320) 365-3844 from international locations. The access code for the replay is 108976.

About Crown Crafts, Inc.

Crown Crafts, Inc. designs, markets and distributes infant and toddler consumer products, including bedding, blankets, bibs, bath items and the recently-acquired portfolio of the mess protection products of Neat Solutions. Its operating subsidiaries include Hamco, Inc. in Louisiana and Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc. in California. Crown Crafts is America's largest distributor 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release 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.

                            SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
              In thousands, except percentages and per share data

                                                   Three Months Ended
                                             June 28, 2009  June 29, 2008
                                             -------------  -------------
    Net sales                                     $17,735        $19,755
    Gross profit                                    3,975          4,238
    Gross profit percentage                          22.4%          21.5%
    Income from operations                          1,089          1,332
    Income from continuing operations
     before income taxes                              899          1,017
    Income tax expense                                340            392
    Income from continuing operations after
     income taxes                                     559            625
    Loss from discontinued operations - net
     of income taxes                                  (21)            (6)
    Net income                                        538            619
    Basic earnings per share                        $0.06          $0.07
    Diluted earnings per share                      $0.06          $0.06

    Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
       Basic                                        9,209          9,415
       Diluted                                      9,379          9,677

                           CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                             SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
                                   In thousands

                                             June 28, 2009
                                              (Unaudited)  March 29, 2009
                                              -----------  --------------
    Cash and cash equivalents                    $14,883         $15,249
    Accounts receivable, net of allowances        13,539          18,954
    Inventories                                   16,289          11,751
    Total current assets                          47,594          48,495
    Intangible assets, net                         5,081           5,515
    Total assets                                 $55,339         $56,527

    Current maturities of long-term debt          $1,042          $1,667
    Total current liabilities                     12,494          10,548
    Long-term debt                                19,718          23,568

    Shareholders' equity                          23,127          22,411
    Total liabilities and shareholders'
     equity                                      $55,339         $56,527

                        CROWN CRAFTS, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
                         In thousands, except percentages

                                                  Three Months Ended
                                             June 28, 2009  June 29, 2008
                                             -------------  -------------

    Net income                                       $538           $619
    Interest expense                                  196            327
    Interest income                                    (7)           (54)
    Income tax expense on continuing
     operations                                       340            392
    Income tax benefit on discontinued
     operations                                       (11)            (3)
    Depreciation                                       73             88
    Amortization                                      434            434
      EBITDA                                        1,563          1,803

    Net Sales                                      17,735         19,755
      EBITDA as a percentage of net sales             8.8%           9.1%

    In addition to the Company's presentation of its results of operations in
    conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United
    States of America ("GAAP"), the Company is also presenting EBITDA, which
    is a measure of the Company's performance that is not determined in
    accordance with GAAP.  The Company uses EBITDA as an internal measure to
    monitor the Company's operating results and cash flow and to evaluate the
    performance of its businesses.  The Company believes that the presentation
    of EBITDA provides useful information to readers and is an important
    indicator of the Company's ability to generate cash sufficient to reduce
    debt, make strategic investments, meet capital expenditures and working
    capital requirements and otherwise meet its obligations as they become
    due.  The items excluded from EBITDA are significant components in
    understanding and assessing the Company's financial performance.  EBITDA
    is provided as supplemental information and should be considered in
    addition to, and not as a substitute for, such GAAP measures as net
    income, cash flow provided by or used in operating, investing or financing
    activities, and other measures of financial performance and liquidity
    reported in accordance with GAAP.  Because EBITDA is not a measure
    determined in accordance with GAAP, companies are free to calculate it in
    varying ways.  Therefore, EBITDA, as presented by the Company, may not be
    comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

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