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Crown Crafts reports growth in Q3 fiscal 2024 By Investing.com


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Crown Crafts (NASDAQ:), Incorporated (NASDAQ: CRWS) has reported a significant increase in net sales and net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2024, as detailed in their latest earnings call. The company, known for its infant and toddler products, recognized a top and bottom line improvement, with net sales rising approximately 25% to $23.8 million, compared to $19 million in the prior year’s quarter. This growth was largely due to the addition of Manhattan Toy, which contributed $6 million in net sales. Gross margin also returned to more historical levels, and the company continues to manage through macroeconomic challenges while positioning for future improvement in the economy.

Key Takeaways

  • Net sales increased by 25% to $23.8 million in Q3 fiscal 2024, compared to the same quarter last year.
  • Manhattan Toy contributed $6 million in net sales.
  • Gross profit margin improved to 27%, up from 23.7% in the prior year’s quarter.
  • Net income rose to $1.7 million or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $1.3 million or $0.13 per diluted share in the previous year.
  • Inventory levels remained well-controlled, with total inventory at $34.9 million.
  • The company paid a regular quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share.

Company Outlook

  • Crown Crafts aims to continue growth in the Toy category, with toys expected to represent nearly half of overall sales for fiscal 2024.
  • Plans to enter new product categories through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
  • Working on product development to bring select items from Manhattan Toy into Walmart (NYSE:).
  • Implementing operating cost efficiencies and investing in technology and organizational structure.

Bearish Highlights

  • Consumers are facing economic pressures, with bedding, blankets, and accessories sales remaining flat.
  • Cash and cash equivalents decreased to $683,000 from $1.7 million at the end of fiscal 2023.
  • Borrowings on the revolver reduced to $10 million from $12.7 million at the end of fiscal 2023.

Bullish Highlights

  • Gross margins have returned to historical levels.
  • The reopening of 11 buybuy Baby stores is expected to provide gradual benefits.
  • Inventory levels have been well-managed, with a slight increase compared to the end of fiscal 2023.

Misses

  • Selling direct to consumers remains challenging due to significant upfront spending required for website development and brand advertising.

Q&A Highlights

  • The company has seen success in lowering Manhattan Toy manufacturing costs and is exploring further cost reductions.
  • Crown Crafts is considering the possibility of combining warehouses, potentially outside of California, with a solution expected in the next 18 months.
  • A strong relationship with Walmart may lead to select Manhattan Toy products being sold in a minimal number of stores in fiscal 2025.

Crown Crafts’ President and CEO, Olivia Elliott, expressed confidence in the company’s long-term prospects and commitment to delivering value to shareholders. The company will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2024 results in June.

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Full transcript – Crown Crafts (CRWS) Q3 2024:

Operator: Good morning, and welcome to the Crown Crafts, Incorporated Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2024 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. Please note, this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to John Beisler with Three Part Advisors. Please go ahead.

John Beisler: Thank you, operator, and good morning, everyone. We appreciate you joining us for the Crown Crafts third quarter fiscal 2024 conference call. Joining me today are Crown Crafts’ President and CEO, Olivia Elliott, and the company’s CFO, Craig Demarest. Earlier this morning, Crown Crafts filed its 10-Q and issued a press release regarding their third quarter fiscal 2024 results. A copy of this release is available on the company’s website, crowncrafts.com. During today’s call, the company will make certain forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may be beyond Crown Crafts control, and the company is under no obligation to update these statements. For more information about the company’s risk factors and other uncertainties, please refer to the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Finally, I would like to remind you today’s call is being recorded, and a replay will be available through the company’s Investor Relations page. Now I would like to turn the call over to the President and CEO, Olivia Elliott.

Olivia Elliott: Thank you, John, and good morning, everyone. Our third quarter results reflect meaningful top and bottom line improvements. We saw our gross margin return to more historical levels, and we continue to see a nice contribution from Manhattan Toy, which contributed $6 million in net sales during the quarter. As we continue to monitor the macro environment, we are encouraged to see that recent economic reports indicate a more favorable outlook as the year progresses. However, the overall impact from the higher inflationary environment that has transpired over the past couple of years, continues to be a prolonged strain on our consumers as reflected yesterday in yesterday’s CPI report. This is particularly evident at the lower end of the income scale where those consumers have experienced a longer-term effect to their discretionary income due to higher interest rates for mortgages and credit cards as well as the resumption of student loan repayments. Another encouraging update is the reopening of 11 buybuy Baby stores which started during the quarter. Although we did ship product to these locations, we expect this to be a more gradual benefit as they slowly roll out the opening of more stores. buybuy Baby’s goal is to open 100 additional stores over the next few years would equal the number of stores that were closed as part of last year’s bankruptcy. These openings would be a great benefit, giving us additional physical locations for consumers to get a first-hand look and feel for our products particularly our higher-end infant bedding offerings. We also continue to work with other specialty retailers to add our products to their shelves. We’ve made good controls on our inventory throughout the year as major retailers continue to carry lower levels of goods within their systems. At the end of the quarter, total inventory was $34.9 million compared to $34.2 million at the end of fiscal ’23, compared to the same period last year, NoJo and Sassy inventory levels have declined from $25.8 million last year to $22.7 million this year. With that, I’d like to turn the call over to Craig to cover the financials in more detail.

Craig Demarest: Thank you, Olivia, and good morning, everyone. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal ’24 increased approximately 25% to $23.8 million compared to $19 million in the prior year quarter. The increase is attributable to the addition of Manhattan Toy, which added $6 million in net sales to the current year quarter. Net sales of bedding, blankets and accessories were essentially flat as consumers face the economic pressures that Olivia mentioned. Gross profit for the quarter was 27% compared to 23.7% in the third quarter of fiscal ’23 as margins have returned to historical levels and consistent with year-to-date margins. Marketing and administrative expenses were $4.1 million in the current year quarter versus $2.7 million in the prior year quarter. This increase is primarily related to expenses associated with Manhattan Toy. Net income for the quarter was $1.7 million or $0.17 per diluted share compared to net income of $1.3 million or $0.13 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. Turning now to our balance sheet. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter were $683,000 compared to $1.7 million at the end of fiscal ’23. Borrowings on our revolver at the end of the quarter were $10 million compared to $12.7 million at the end of fiscal ’23. And finally, we paid our regular quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share and declared our next dividend, which will be paid in April. On an annualized basis, our shares currently offer just over 6% yield based on yesterday’s closing price. And now I will turn the call back over to Olivia for additional comments.

Olivia Elliott: Thank you, Craig. As we approach the end of fiscal 2024, we continue to implement our long-term strategic plan, which was approved by our Board in fiscal 2023. As a reminder, this plan includes continuing growth in our Toy category through market share expansion within both Sassy and Manhattan Toy. Toys are projected to represent nearly half of our overall sales for fiscal 2024 compared to just 17% at the end of fiscal 2023. We also have plans to enter into new and adjacent product categories through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. We are working on product development to bring select items from the Manhattan Toy lineup into Walmart if the price points make sense and we continue to look at additional acquisition opportunities that expand or complement our existing portfolio. Selling direct to consumers has remained challenging, given the significant upfront spending to build out the website, followed by advertising of the brand. Manhattan Toy had a website in place at the time of the acquisition, which we are using to sell some of the Sassy brands and our NoJo brand is ready to launch its own website. The remainder of the plan is centered on implementing operating cost efficiencies and investing in technology and our organizational structure. Our company has a long track record of holding expenses in line, and we will continue to run the business with this at the forefront. Overall, we continue to manage our business through the ongoing macroeconomic challenges while positioning our brands to capitalize when the overall economy improves. We believe the long-term prospects of the company remain favorable, as evident by our long-standing track record and dividends and look forward to delivering long-term value to our shareholders. With that, I’d like to open up the line for questions. Danielle?

Operator: [Operator Instructions] The first question comes from Doug Ruth of Lenox Financial Services. Please go ahead.

Douglas Ruth: Olivia, and Craig, congratulations, a very good report. A couple of questions for you. Can you talk about — are you having any success lowering the Manhattan Toy manufacturing cost?

Olivia Elliott: Yes. Actually, we are. So I mean, we’ve kind of went into this with a look at everything from the first cost to freight pretty much everything across the whole manufacturing channel, we’ve managed to get some decreases.

Douglas Ruth: Is there more to come, do you think?

Olivia Elliott: We are always trying. So I mean we’re pushing on certain things. I mean as you know, the inventory that was already in the warehouse was at some higher cost. And so as we run through that, I’m hopeful that we can see more decreases.

Douglas Ruth: Okay. And my understanding is that you are considering the possibility of combining warehouses. Could you maybe explain to us what’s happening with that?

Olivia Elliott: We’re on the early stages of that. So yes, we’re starting to look at other locations for warehouses, possibly even outside of California. And so to do that, it’s a pretty big commitment and it takes some time because when we do make a move, it will be for at least hopefully, 10 years or more. So we want to make sure we get it right. So we’re looking at that on the front end right now. And hopefully, we’ll have a solution within the next 18 months or so.

Douglas Ruth: Okay. Very good. And then my final question, can you give us a little bit more color on the relationship with Walmart? And is it possible that maybe Manhattan Toy might be able to get into Walmart, maybe in fiscal 2025 is — anything you could share is appreciated.

Olivia Elliott: So yes, we’ve got a very good relationship with Walmart. Sassy and NoJo have both been selling to them for many, many years, longer than I’ve been at the company. And so we are talking to Walmart. We do have some opportunities in a very minimal amount of stores in fiscal 2025. But hopefully, if the sales go well with that, then we’ll have an opportunity to expand more.

Douglas Ruth: Okay. Thank you for answering my questions. And congratulations, really a tremendous earnings report.

Olivia Elliott: Thank you, Doug.

Operator: [Operator Instructions] As there are no further questions. I would like to turn the call back over to Olivia Elliott for closing remarks.

Olivia Elliott: Thank you for your continued interest in our company. We look forward to speaking with you again when we report our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2024 results in June. Thank you.

Operator: The conference has now concluded. Thank you for attending today’s presentation. You may now disconnect.

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