SOURCE: Crown Crafts, Inc.

June 21, 2005 08:10 ET

Crown Crafts, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2005 Results

GONZALES, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2005 -- Crown Crafts, Inc. (the "Company") (OTC BB: CRWS) today reported net income for fiscal year 2005 of $2.4 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, on net sales of $83.9 million compared to net income for fiscal year 2004 of $3.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, on net sales of $86.2 million.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2005 were $23.3 million, compared to net sales of $25.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2004. Net income for the quarter was $0.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2004.

The Company attributes the decline in sales to the direct-to-retail shift in the Company's Classic Pooh license and a decrease in bib and bath sales due to the loss of a significant bath program. In addition, the elimination of quota on goods from China effective January 1, 2005, led to a reduction in the Company's top line sales volume. Although the Company experienced a decline in gross margin, this decline was offset in part by savings in marketing, administrative and interest expenses.

"Fiscal year 2005 was a difficult year of transition as we moved from domestic contracting on many of our products to Asian sourcing. In addition, the elimination of quota on several of our products created top line erosion and squeezed margins as prices to retailers were reduced before we could obtain lower prices from our suppliers and work through our inventory. For the year, we are pleased that we maintained profitability and improved shareholder equity 13.2%," commented E. Randall Chestnut, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

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 from stockholders. Interested investors may join the teleconference by dialing (877) 209-0397. Please refer to confirmation number 783420. 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 found prior to the call on the investor relations portion of the Company's website.

A telephone replay of the teleconference will be available from 3:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time on June 21, 2005 through 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time on June 28, 2005. 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 783420.

Crown Crafts, Inc. designs, markets and distributes infant and juvenile consumer products, including bedding, blankets, bibs, bath items, diaper bags and accessories, and luxury hand-woven home décor. Its subsidiaries include Hamco, Inc. in Louisiana, Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc. in California and Churchill Weavers, Inc. in Kentucky. Crown Crafts is 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.

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 Company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, including some located in foreign countries with unstable political situations, the Company's ability to successfully implement new information technologies, 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.

                              SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
                         In thousands, except per share data

                   Three Months Ended          Twelve Months Ended
                   April 3,   March 28,        April 3,   March 28,
                    2005        2004            2005        2004
                   ------      ------          ------      ------
Net sales       $  23,331   $  25,044       $  83,908   $  86,227
Gross profit        4,510       6,072          17,025      19,594
Gross margin         19.3%       24.2%           20.3%       22.7%
Income from
 operations         1,812       2,782           6,237       7,434
Net income            778       1,574           2,438       3,103
Basic income
 per share           0.08        0.17            0.26        0.33
Diluted income
 per share           0.04        0.07            0.11        0.14

Weighted Average
 Shares Outstanding:
  Basic             9,505       9,505           9,505       9,485
  Diluted          21,971      22,278          21,945      22,393

                       SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
                            In thousands

                         April 3, 2005          March 28, 2004
                         -------------          --------------
Accounts receivable,
 net of allowances        $  14,368               $  17,221
 net of reserves             12,544                  14,394
Total current
 assets                      29,317                  33,308
Goodwill                     22,974                  22,974
Total assets                 54,124                  58,387

Current maturities
 of long-term debt            2,317                   3,016
Total current liabilities     8,164                  11,503
Long-term debt               25,085                  28,447
Total non-current
 liabilities                 25,085                  28,447

Stockholders' equity         20,875                  18,437
Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity        54,124                  58,387

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