Hni Corp. has a market cap of $1.22 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.06 with a P/E ratio of 32.9 and P/S ratio of 0.7. The dividend yield of Hni Corp. stocks is 3.1%.HNI is in the portfolios of First Pacific Advisors of First Pacific Advisors, LLC, First Pacific Advisors of First Pacific Advisors, LLC, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors.
Highlight of Business Operations:As a result of challenging market conditions and the Corporation's ongoing business simplification and cost reduction strategies, management made the decision in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 to close an office furniture manufacturing facility located in Salisbury, North Carolina and consolidate production into existing office furniture manufacturing facilities. In connection with the closure of the Salisbury location and other office furniture plant closures announced in 2009, the Corporation recorded $2.1 million of charges during the quarter ended July 3, 2010 which included $0.9 million of accelerated depreciation recorded in cost of sales and $1.2 million of other costs which were recorded as restructuring costs. The Corporation had previously recorded $1.3 million of severance costs for approximately 125 members during the first quarter in connection with the closure of the Salisbury facility. The closure and consolidation of the Salisbury facility is expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2010. The Corporation anticipates additional restructuring and transition costs of approximately $2.6 million related to the various closures over the remainder of 2010.
For the first six months of 2010, consolidated net sales decreased $9.9 million, or 1.3 percent, to $761.7 million compared to $771.6 million in 2009. Gross margins increased to 34.2 percent compared to 32.4 percent for the same period last year. Income from continuing operations was $1.5 million for the first six months of 2009 compared to a loss of $12.9 million for the first six months of 2009. Earnings per share from continuing operations increased to $0.03 per diluted share compared to ($0.29) per diluted share for the same period last year.
Second quarter 2010 sales for the office furniture segment increased 7.8 percent or $24.7 million to $342.7 million from $318.0 million for the same quarter last year driven by growth in all channels of the office furniture industry. Operating profit prior to unallocated corporate expenses increased $5.6 million to $22.7 million as a result of higher volume, improved distribution efficiencies, cost reduction initiatives and lower restructuring and transition costs. These were partially offset by lower price realization, higher mix of lower margin products, increased fuel costs, investments in selling initiatives and higher incentive based compensation. Second quarter 2010 included $2.4 million of restructuring and transition costs including accelerated depreciation compared to $3.7 million of restructuring costs in second quarter 2009.
Net sales for the first six months of 2010 decreased 0.9 percent or $6.0 million to $642.7 million compared to $648.8 million for the same period in 2009. Operating profit increased 63.0 percent or $11.2 million to $29.0 million.
Second quarter 2010 net sales for the hearth products segment decreased 2.3 percent or $1.3 million to $55.5 million from $56.8 million for the same quarter last year driven by a decline in the remodel-retrofit channel partially offset by an increase in the new construction channel. Operating profit prior to unallocated corporate expenses increased $6.4 million to a $2.6 million loss due to cost reduction initiatives and lower restructuring costs partially offset by lower volume and higher material costs. Second quarter 2009 included $1.5 million of restructuring and transition costs.
Net sales for the first six months of 2010 decreased 3.0 percent or $3.8 million to $119.0 million compared to $122.8 million for the same period in 2009. Operating profit increased $14.8 million to a $5.5 million loss when compared to the same period last year.
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