LFL, Canada’s Largest Residence Furnishings Retailer, Releases File Monetary Outcomes for Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2020

LFL, Canada’s Largest Residence Furnishings Retailer, Releases File Monetary Outcomes for Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2020

TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2021 /CNW/ – Leon’s Furnishings Restricted (“LFL” or the “Firm“) (TSX: LNF), immediately introduced report monetary outcomes for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Monetary Highlights – This autumn-2020

    Whole system broad gross sales(1) elevated 10.6% to a report $830.9 million in This autumn-2020 in comparison with $751.3 million in This autumn-2019.
    Achieved report income within the quarter of $675.1 million in comparison with $621.4 million in This autumn-2019, a rise of 8.6%. With will increase throughout all product classes.
    Identical-store gross sales(1) elevated 7.3% in This autumn-2020 in comparison with This autumn-2019.
    E-commerce gross sales progress of 227% within the quarter, persevering with the development of triple digit progress in our eCommerce enterprise.
    Gross revenue margin improved throughout all product classes to 45.73% in This autumn-2020 from 44.88% in This autumn-2019.
    Adjusted EBITDA(1) elevated by 20.2% to $106 million in This autumn-2020 in comparison with This autumn-2019.
    Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) grew by 47.9% to $0.71 in This autumn-2020 from $0.48 in This autumn-2019.

Monetary Highlights – Fiscal Yr 2020

    Achieved free money circulation(1) of $467.9 million in 2020 a rise of $266.2 million over 2019.
    Adjusted EBITDA(1) elevated 18.4% to $344.3 million in 2020 in comparison with 2019.
    Internet earnings elevated by 52.8% to $163.3 million in 2020 in comparison with 2019.
    Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) grew by 56.9% to $2.04 in 2020 from $1.30 in 2019.
    Opened a complete of 9 new shops within the 12 months, 7 new company shops and a pair of franchise shops comprised of three Leon’s banner shops and 6 Brick retailer places.
    The Firm reached a report $1 Billion in shareholders’ fairness, after returning $118.1 million to its shareholders’ with a mix of dividends declared and customary share repurchases in 2020.
    Out there and unrestricted liquidity is roughly $661.5 million which is made up of the Firm’s $487.5 million in money and investments and $174 million in undrawn credit score amenities as at December 31, 2020.

Edward Leon, Chief Govt Officer of LFL Group commented, “LFL generated strong monetary outcomes throughout fiscal 2020, whereas on the similar time adapting to the challenges offered by the continued COVID-19 pandemic. I’m notably happy with our crew’s efficiency in This autumn, with focused promoting spending driving excessive single digit progress in income and similar retailer gross sales, and eCommerce pushed gross sales progress of greater than 200%. Much more importantly, the highest line progress throughout This autumn translated into adjusted diluted earnings per share progress of 47.9%. As we enter 2021, we proceed to see momentum throughout the enterprise, with annualized eCommerce pushed gross sales exiting 2020 up greater than five-fold in comparison with our 2019 exit charge. The investments we made throughout 2018 to build-out a scalable eCommerce platform proceed to repay, and we’re squarely positioned as one of many strongest omnichannel retailers in Canada immediately. Backed by a coast-to-coast distribution community and one of many nation’s largest final mile supply providers, LFL offers clients the prospect to buy the place they need, when they need and the way they need and that can proceed to ship nice outcomes for our shareholders.”  

Mr. Leon added, “I want to personally categorical my due to all of our associates throughout the nation for his or her dedication and work via a really difficult 12 months. We’re steadfast in our dedication to the wellbeing of our individuals and made the choice once more in This autumn to supply each lively and briefly laid-off workers with a particular cost along with Firm-paid advantages. In whole for 2020, we’ve got offered simply over $10 million in particular funds and extra advantages over and above our customary compensation practices and we very a lot stay up for welcoming a lot of our associates again.”

(1) For a full clarification of the Firm’s use of non-IFRS monetary measures, please check with the part of this press launch with the heading “Non-IFRS Monetary Measures”.

Abstract monetary highlights for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

For the

Three months ended

(C$ in thousands and thousands besides %, share and per share quantities)

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

$ Improve

% Improve

Whole system broad gross sales (1)

830.9

751.3

79.6

10.6%

Franchise gross sales (1)

155.8

129.8

26.0

20.0%

Income

675.1

621.4

53.7

8.6%

Identical retailer gross sales (1)

653.1

608.8

44.3

7.3%

Gross revenue margin as a share of income

45.73%

44.88%



SG&A (2)

230.8

220.4

10.4

4.7%

SG&A (2) as a share of income

34.19%

35.47%



Adjusted EBITDA

106.0

88.2

17.8

20.2%

Adjusted internet earnings (1)

56.3

39.3

17.0

43.3%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (1)

$0.71

$0.48

$0.23

47.9%

Internet earnings

53.3

39.3

14.0

35.6%

Widespread share dividends declared

$0.46

$0.14

$0.32

228.6%

(1)

Check with the “Non-IFRS Monetary Measures” part of this press launch for extra info on these measures

(2)

Promoting, normal and administrative bills (“SG&A”)

Income

For the three months ended December 31, 2020, income was $675.1 million in contrast to $621.4 million in the fourth quarter 2019. Income elevated $53.7 million or 8.6% as in comparison with the prior 12 months quarter as a consequence of will increase in all product classes which was pushed by elevated client demand that started within the second quarter 2020 and continued throughout a lot of the the rest of 2020. The Firm’s continued deal with eCommerce, together with its dwell chat initiatives, generated a 12 months over 12 months 227% improve in eCommerce pushed gross sales in the course of the quarter. The continuing power in eCommerce gross sales within the quarter additionally proceed to validate that the Firm’s digital platform is sort of scalable and able to considerably contributing increased working revenue margin percentages as a consequence of its present working value construction. The digital platform is essential to permitting the Firm to draw new clients as they start their purchasing expertise on-line after which proceed in retailer to be assisted by our educated gross sales associates.  

Nevertheless, as a result of provincially mandated retail showroom closures that started on November 12, 2020, in Manitoba for non-essential gadgets and which then continued to impression the municipalities of Toronto and Peel within the province of Ontario starting on November 23, 2020, the Firm was pressured to briefly prohibit or briefly shut its retail showrooms in these affected areas. However these showroom restrictions, the provincial governments continued to permit the Firm to supply curbside pickup at our retail showrooms and warehouses and to proceed to supply residence deliveries to our clients. All of the Firm’s retail showrooms in Ontario and Quebec have been briefly closed to our clients starting on December 26, 2020, as a consequence of province-wide momentary closures of all non-essential retail showrooms. These additional closures didn’t impression curbside pickup at our retail shops and warehouse places and it didn’t impression our capability to carry out buyer deliveries. As well as, it didn’t prohibit our capability to supply gross sales and repair to our clients by telephone, to carry out restore or set up providers at their required places or to proceed to maximise the Firm’s use of our dwell chat initiatives on-line. This continued deal with eCommerce pushed gross sales, has generated a five-fold improve to the annualized run charge in eCommerce gross sales subsequent to the quarter finish December 31, 2020. These actions and outcomes are as a result of ongoing dedication and loyalty exhibited by all of our associates throughout all divisions and subsidiaries of the Firm. Subsequent to the fourth quarter ended 2020, the overwhelming majority of those provincial shutdown measures have been lifted and a lot of the affected retail shops have been reopened as of February 22, 2021, albeit with sure indoor capability restrictions. 

The Firm could be very happy that we now can recall and return virtually all associates, again to their positions. To financially help our associates throughout these unprecedented occasions, the Firm authorised particular funds associated to the fourth quarter totaling  a number of million {dollars} and distributed these funds to each lively and laid-off associates. For the reason that begin of this pandemic, the Firm selected to supply particular funds, help and advantages to each our actively employed and briefly laid-off associates. The mixture whole of those Firm funded quantities for the 2020 fiscal 12 months is roughly $10 million over and above the Firm’s customary compensation practices. These further quantities reveal how necessary our associates monetary and bodily wellbeing continues to be to the Firm.

Promoting, Basic and Administrative Bills (“SG&A”)

SG&A as a share of income within the present quarter was down by 128 foundation factors as a consequence of successfully managing general SG&A bills all through the quarter.

Internet Earnings and Diluted Earnings Per Share

Internet earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $53.3 million, or $0.67 per diluted earnings per share as in comparison with internet earnings of $39.3 million within the prior 12 months’s quarter, or $0.48 per diluted earnings per share.

Dividends

As beforehand introduced, the Firm paid a quarterly dividend of $0.16 and a particular dividend of $0.30 per frequent share on seventh day of January 2021. In the present day the Administrators have declared a quarterly dividend of $0.16 per frequent share payable on the 8th day of April 2021 to shareholders of report on the shut of enterprise on the 8th day of March 2020. As of 2007, dividends paid by Leon’s Furnishings Restricted are “eligible dividends” pursuant to the modifications to the Earnings Tax Act below Invoice C-28, Canada.

Outlook

Within the quick time period, the period and full monetary impact of COVID-19 is unknown, as is the efficacy of presidency and central financial institution interventions to curb the unfold of COVID-19 and stimulate the economic system. Federal and provincial governments have instituted social distancing necessities, momentary retailer closures, bans on non-essential journey and different measures which have immediately led to uncertainty relating to buyer demand. The Firm continues to actively monitor the state of affairs and can proceed to reply because the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, which can rely on quite a lot of elements together with the course of the virus, our buyer and worker reactions and any additional authorities actions, none of which will be predicted with any diploma of certainty.

Administration anticipates that actions taken so far have positioned the Firm strongly to climate the present disaster and to make the most of any accretive alternatives that will come up, together with:

    The important nature of a few of the Firm’s services. Family home equipment which might be essential to prepare dinner and clear have been acknowledged as important by provincial governments. The Firm additionally owns the biggest third-party equipment service firm in Canada, Transglobal Service, that has been working throughout the nation with enhanced well being and security protocols to guard each our clients and our technicians.
    Fast scalability of our eCommerce enterprise. The Firm’s eCommerce pushed gross sales have continued to develop considerably within the fourth quarter. For the reason that Firm moved its on-line shops to the Shopify Plus platform, the eCommerce providing has turn into a greater buyer expertise and a extra interactive providing. The platform has resulted in improved scalability and enabled vital working leverage, which has and continues to supply a aggressive benefit to the Firm.
    Unencumbered possession of considerable actual property belongings throughout the nation. The Firm owns 4.4 million sq. toes (workplace, retail, industrial) of roughly 13 million sq. toes in use immediately by the Firm. This can be a vital aggressive benefit within the present setting, leading to a far decrease carrying value for closed shops or different properties than related leased properties. As well as, the worth inherent on this portfolio may allow the Firm to readily entry extra liquidity to assist present operations and make the most of accretive alternatives as they come up.
    A powerful steadiness sheet as evidenced by the Firm’s compensation of over $440 million in varied types of debt over the past 7 years. The Firm has unrestricted liquidity of roughly $661.5 million as at December 31, 2020, with room to broaden additional if mandatory.

On a longer-term foundation, we nonetheless consider that the underlying Canadian economic system stays comparatively robust. Though it’s tough to gauge future client confidence and what impression it could have on retail, we stay cautiously optimistic that our gross sales and profitability will improve. Given the Firm’s robust and constantly bettering monetary place, our principal goal is to extend our market share and profitability. We stay centered on our dedication to successfully handle our prices however to additionally constantly spend money on digital innovation that we consider will drive extra clients to each our on-line eCommerce websites and our 304 retailer places throughout Canada.

Non-IFRS Monetary Measures

The Firm makes use of monetary measures that do not need standardized which means below IFRS and is probably not akin to related measures offered by different entities. The Firm calculates the non-IFRS monetary measures by adjusting sure IFRS measures for particular gadgets the Firm believes are vital, however not reflective of underlying operations within the interval, as detailed beneath:

Non-IFRS Measure

IFRS Measure

Adjusted internet earnings

Internet earnings

Adjusted earnings earlier than earnings taxes

Earnings earlier than earnings taxes

Adjusted earnings per share – fundamental

Earnings per share – fundamental

Adjusted earnings per share – diluted

Earnings per share – diluted

Adjusted EBITDA

Internet earnings

Adjusted Internet Earnings

Leon’s calculates comparable measures by excluding the impact of modifications in truthful worth of by-product devices, associated to the web impact of USD-denominated ahead contracts. The Firm makes use of by-product devices to handle its monetary danger in accordance with the Firm’s company treasury coverage. Administration believes excluding from earnings the impact of those mark-to-market valuations and modifications thereto, till settlement, higher aligns the intent and monetary impact of those contracts with the underlying money flows.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted earnings earlier than curiosity, earnings taxes, depreciation and amortization, mark-to-market adjustment as a result of modifications within the truthful worth of the Firm’s monetary by-product devices and any non-recurring costs to earnings (“Adjusted EBITDA”) is a non-IFRS monetary measure utilized by the Firm. The Firm considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an efficient measure of profitability on an operational foundation and is usually considered an oblique measure of working money circulation, a big indicator of success for a lot of companies. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS monetary measure utilized by the Firm. The Firm’s Adjusted EBITDA is probably not akin to the Adjusted EBITDA measure of different corporations, however in administration’s view appropriately displays LFL’s particular monetary situation. This measure is just not supposed to interchange internet earnings, which, as decided in accordance with IFRS, is an indicator of working efficiency.

Identical Retailer Gross sales

Identical retailer gross sales are outlined as gross sales generated by shops, each in retailer and thru on-line transactions, which have been open for greater than 12 months on a fiscal foundation. Identical retailer gross sales is just not an earnings measure acknowledged by IFRS, and doesn’t have a standardized which means prescribed by IFRS, however it’s a key indicator utilized by the Firm to measure efficiency towards prior interval outcomes. Identical retailer gross sales as mentioned on this MD&A is probably not akin to related measures offered by different issuers, nonetheless this measure is usually used within the retail business. We consider that disclosing this measure is significant to buyers as a result of it permits them to higher perceive the extent of progress of our enterprise.

Whole System Large Gross sales

Whole system broad gross sales check with the aggregation of income acknowledged within the Firm’s consolidated monetary statements plus the franchise gross sales occurring at franchise shops to their clients which aren’t included within the income determine offered within the Firm’s consolidated monetary statements. Whole system broad gross sales is just not a measure acknowledged by IFRS and doesn’t have a standardized which means prescribed by IFRS, however it’s a key indicator utilized by the Firm to measure efficiency towards prior interval outcomes. Subsequently, whole system broad gross sales as mentioned on this MD&A is probably not akin to related measures offered by different issuers. We consider that disclosing this measure is significant to buyers as a result of it serves as an indicator of the power of the Firm’s general retailer community, which finally impacts monetary efficiency.

Franchise Gross sales

Franchise gross sales figures check with gross sales occurring at franchise shops to their clients which aren’t included within the income figures offered within the Firm’s consolidated monetary statements, or in the identical retailer gross sales figures on this MD&A. Franchise gross sales is just not a measure acknowledged by IFRS, and doesn’t have a standardized which means prescribed by IFRS, however it’s a key indicator utilized by the Firm to measure efficiency towards prior interval outcomes. Subsequently, franchise gross sales as mentioned on this MD&A is probably not akin to related measures offered by different issuers. As soon as once more, we consider that disclosing this measure is significant to buyers as a result of it serves as an indicator of the power of the Firm’s manufacturers, which finally impacts monetary efficiency.

Free Money Circulation

Free money circulation refers to money offered by working actions much less whole capital expenditure. Free money circulation is just not a measure acknowledged by IFRS and doesn’t have a standardized which means prescribed by IFRS, however it’s a key indicator utilized by the Firm to measure monetary efficiency. We consider that disclosing this measure is significant to buyers as a result of it serves as an indicator of the monetary power of the Firm.

About Leon’s Furnishings Restricted

Leon’s Furnishings Restricted is the biggest retailer of furnishings, home equipment and electronics in Canada. Our retail banners embody: Leon’s; The Brick; Brick Outlet; and The Brick Mattress Retailer. Lastly, with The Brick’s Midnorthern Equipment banner alongside with Leon’s Equipment Canada banner, this makes the Firm the nation’s largest industrial retailer of home equipment to builders, builders, inns and property administration corporations. The Firm has 304 retail shops from coast to coast in Canada below varied banners. The Firm operates three web sites: leons.ca, thebrick.com and furnishings.ca.

Cautionary Assertion

This press launch might comprise forward-looking statements which might be topic to recognized and unknown dangers and uncertainties that would trigger precise outcomes to differ materially from focused outcomes. Such dangers and uncertainties embody these described in Leon’s Furnishings Restricted’s periodic stories together with the annual report or within the filings made by Leon’s Furnishings Restricted infrequently with securities regulatory authorities.

This Information Launch might embody sure “forward-looking statements” which aren’t comprised of historic details. Ahead-looking statements embody estimates and statements that describe the Firm’s future plans, targets or targets, together with phrases to the impact that the Firm or administration expects a acknowledged situation or outcome to happen. Ahead-looking statements could also be recognized by such phrases as “believes”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “estimates”, “might”, “may”, “would”, “will”, or “plan”. Since forward-looking statements are primarily based on assumptions and handle future occasions and circumstances, by their very nature they contain inherent dangers and uncertainties. Though these statements are primarily based on info at present accessible to the Firm, the Firm gives no assurance that precise outcomes will meet administration’s expectations. Dangers, uncertainties and different elements concerned with forward-looking info may trigger precise occasions, outcomes, efficiency, prospects and alternatives to vary materially from these expressed or implied by such forward-looking info. Ahead trying info on this information launch consists of, however is just not restricted to, the Firm’s targets, targets or future plans, and estimates of market circumstances. Elements that would trigger precise outcomes to vary materially from such forward-looking info embody, however aren’t restricted to failure to determine helpful enterprise alternatives, failure to transform the potential within the pursued enterprise alternatives to tangible advantages to the Firm or its shareholders, the flexibility of the Firm to counteract the potential impression of the COVID-19 coronavirus on elements related to the Firm’s enterprise, delays in acquiring or failures to acquire required shareholder and TSX approvals, modifications in fairness markets, inflation, modifications in alternate charges, fluctuations in commodity costs, delays within the growth of tasks, and people dangers set out within the Firm’s public paperwork filed on SEDAR. Though the Firm believes that the assumptions and elements utilized in getting ready the forward-looking info on this information launch are cheap, undue reliance shouldn’t be positioned on such info, which solely applies as of the date of this information launch, and no assurance will be provided that such occasions will happen within the disclosed time frames or in any respect. The Firm disclaims any intention or obligation to replace or revise any forward-looking info, whether or not on account of new info, future occasions or in any other case, apart from as required by regulation.

SOURCE Leon’s Furnishings Restricted

For additional info: Constantine Pefanis, Chief Monetary Officer, Leon’s Furnishings Restricted, Tel: (416) 243-4073, lflgroup.ca; Jonathan Ross, LodeRock Advisors, Leon’s Investor Relations, [email protected], Tel: (416) 283-0178

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