Crown Crafts Net Up 19 Percent for Fourth Quarter, 17 Percent for Fiscal Year

GONZALEZ, La.-Despite declines in sales, Crown Crafts was able to record significant increases in net income for both its fourth quarter and its fiscal year.

Fourth-quarter net rose 19 percent to $1.9 million, while net income for the fiscal year jumped 17 percent to $5 million. E. Randall Chestnut, chairman, president and CEO, said Crown Crafts posted strong bottom-line improvements through "aggressively managing our business." The company was able to partly offset increases in cotton prices and labor costs by passing along some price increases, redesigning several products to reduce its dependency on cotton, and transitioning away from an unprofitable private-label bedding program.

While hurting sales somewhat, these moves helped boost the company's gross margin by 220 basis points in the fourth quarter, to 23.3 percent. Net sales, meanwhile, fell 8.5 percent in the quarter to $24.8 million. For the whole fiscal year, net sales finished 5.2 percent down at $85.3 million.

Chestnut added that Crown Crafts was able to push up sales in company-branded product lines. In addition, the company posted "meaningful sales" in distribution channels such as pet bedding and the dollar-store segment "that did not exist for us just four years ago," he said.

HFN Staff | News & Commentary

HFN provides detailed information on the key home classifications: Housewares, Tabletop, Floor Covering & Rugs, Furniture, Home Textiles, Lighting, Home Decor, Mattresses & Bedding, Gifts, Major Appliances and Consumer Electronics as well as Business, Finance and Retail.

Videos

  • Patti Carpenter Talks Color and its Importance in the Home

    Camera Icon   More Videos

Subscribe to
HFN Omnichannel
Receive the news you need to know about the trends in the industry delivered right to your inbox.

Current Issue

  • HFN August 2017 cover

    HFN's DIGITAL EDITION

    August 2017


    COVER STORY: Sharpening the Focus on Millennials

    Find out what makes Millennials tick when it comes to home decorating, shopping and at-home entertaining with HFN's annual consumer study. Turns out, Millennials favor the in-store shopping experience.


    ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

    • Power of the People - Crowdfunding campaigns provide needed capital, feedback for home and housewares product launches.
    •  Omnichannel Retailing: Visual Search Takes Off - Learn how voice and visual search are revolutionizing product discovery.