Virco Reports Record 3rd Quarter and YTD Results

  • Net Income increased 29% on 9% Growth in Sales compared to prior year
  • Company Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend
  • Board Authorizes $5 Million Share Repurchase

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virco Mfg. Corporation (NASDAQ: VIRC) reported financial results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2023, as well as the reinstatement of a quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share and a $5,000,000 open market share repurchase program.

For the third quarter ended October 31, 2023, sales increased to $84,252,000 compared to $77,395,000 in the same period of the prior year. Gross margin improved to 45.4% from 39.8%. SG&A as a percent of sales decreased slightly to 27.9% versus 28.4% in the prior year. Operating Income grew 67.1%, to $14,706,000 versus $8,800,000 in the same period last year. Interest expense was up slightly to $765,000 from $567,000. Net income improved 29% to $10,160,000 from $7,875,000.

For the nine months ended October 31, 2023, sales increased 17.8% to $226,516,000 from $192,276,000 in the same period of the prior year. YTD Gross margin improved to 44.1% versus 37.6%. SG&A as a percent of sales declined slightly to 28.8% versus 29.7% in the prior year, despite an increase in the proportion of orders requiring full service. This improvement was due to efficiencies of coordination between the Company’s domestic U.S. factories and its logistics and field service teams. Operating income for the first nine months more than doubled, from $15,230,000 last year to $34,648,000 this year. Interest expense was $2,560,000 or 1.1% of revenue versus $1,692,000 or 0.9% of revenue in the same period of the prior year, reflecting higher interest rates and slightly higher financing of inventories and accounts receivable during the Company’s peak delivery season in summer.

For the three and nine month periods ended October 31, 2023 the effective tax rate increased materially due to the recording of a valuation allowance needed for federal deferred tax assets and certain state net operating loss carryforwards which commenced in the fourth quarter of fiscal year ended January 31, 2022 and continued through the period ended October 31, 2022. The increase in the effective tax rates was primarily due to the reversal of the valuation allowance at January 31, 2023.

Management’s preferred measure of business momentum: YTD shipments + the unshipped backlog (“Shipments + Backlog”), stood at $268,067,000 on October 31, 2023. This compares to $151,905,000 at the low point of the pandemic on October 31, 2020. Since that low point, Shipments + Backlog has grown 76% without additional borrowing or capital infusion. Management attributes this strong organically-funded growth to the intrinsic efficiencies of the Company’s domestically-based, vertically-integrated business model, as well as the resilience of the markets for public and private school furniture.

Thanks to these strong results, Virco’s Board of Directors has re-instated a quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share, payable to shareholders of record as of December 22, 2023, payable January 10, 2024. In addition, the Board has authorized an open-market share repurchase program of up to $5,000,000. In combination with share price appreciation, these actions will re-establish the balanced portfolio of shareholder returns that allows individual shareholders to choose the return(s) that allows individual shareholders to share in the benefits of current income plus capital appreciation.

Support for in-person education is being reflected in robust funding across many domains, including state and local funding for public schools, federal support for particular earmarked activities such as pre-K programs and expanded foodservice, as well as continued growth in support for charter schools and private/parochial schools. Support is also well distributed geographically, with strong revenue growth in both California and Florida.

Commenting on the Company’s strong results, Virco CEO and Chairman Robert Virtue said: “I’m very happy that we are able restore a dividend and launch an open-market share repurchase program. This speaks to the strength of our recovery after the pandemic and speaks as well to the renewed appreciation many people have for in-person education. We take our role as a supplier of welcoming and supportive educational environments very seriously. To be able to share our success in this important work with our loyal shareholders is very gratifying.”

Virco President Doug Virtue elaborated: “The fact that we’ve been able to support a 76% expansion in business activity from the depths of the pandemic, without the need for additional debt or capital, is a direct reflection of the inherent efficiencies of our domestically based business model, which includes a full suite of services from project layout and design to final installation and clean-up. The expansion of these services across our entire product line has stabilized our revenue and allowed us to be true partners with educators. It’s also led to a level of success that has allowed us to reward our employees for their extraordinary dedication.”

Virco Mfg. Corporation
(310) 533-0474
Robert A. Virtue, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Doug Virtue, President
Robert Dose, Chief Financial Officer

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes a statement of shipments plus unshipped backlog as of October 31, 2023 compared to the same date in the prior fiscal years. Shipments represent the dollar amount of net sales actually shipped during the period presented. Unshipped backlog represents the dollar amount of net sales that we expect to recognize in the future from sales orders that have been received from customers in the ordinary course of business. The Company considers shipments plus unshipped backlog a relevant and preferred supplemental measure for production and delivery planning. However, such measure has inherent limitations, is not required to be uniformly applied or audited and other companies may use methodologies to calculate similar measures that are not comparable. Readers should be aware of these limitations and should be cautious as to their use of such measure.

Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding: our future financial results and growth in our business; business strategies; market demand and product development; estimates of unshipped backlog; order rates and trends in seasonality; product relevance; economic conditions and patterns; the educational furniture industry generally, including the domestic market for classroom furniture; cost control initiatives; absorption rates; declaration of dividends in future periods; and supply chain challenges. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs about future events or circumstances, and you should not place undue reliance on these statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, many of which are out of our control and difficult to forecast. These factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those that are anticipated. Such factors include, but are not limited to: uncertainties surrounding the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; changes in general economic conditions including raw material, energy and freight costs; state and municipal bond funding; state, local, and municipal tax receipts; order rates; the seasonality of our markets; the markets for school and office furniture generally, the specific markets and customers with which we conduct our principal business; the impact of cost-saving initiatives on our business; the competitive landscape, including responses of our competitors and customers to changes in our prices; demographics; and the terms and conditions of available funding sources. See our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2023, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other reports and material that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further description of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our business. We assume no, and hereby disclaim any, obligation to update any of our forward-looking statements. We nonetheless reserve the right to make such updates from time to time by press release, periodic reports, or other methods of public disclosure without the need for specific reference to this press release. No such update shall be deemed to indicate that other statements which are not addressed by such an update remain correct or create an obligation to provide any other updates. There can be no assurance that the Company will declare and pay dividends in future periods.

Repurchases of common stock under the share repurchase program may be made at management’s discretion from time to time through open market purchases, in privately negotiated transactions, or by other means, including through the use of trading plans intended to qualify under Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, in accordance with applicable securities laws and other restrictions. The timing and total amount of stock repurchases will depend upon business, economic and market conditions, corporate, legal and regulatory requirements, prevailing stock prices, trading volume, and other considerations. The repurchase program has no time limit and may be suspended for periods or discontinued at any time. The Company expects to utilize its existing cash and cash equivalents to fund repurchases under the share repurchase program.

Financial Tables Follow

Virco Mfg. Corporation

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 10/31/2023 1/31/2023 10/31/2022
 (In thousands)
Current assets     
Cash$4,887 $1,057 $2,175
Trade accounts receivables, net 33,029  18,435  28,028
Other receivables 27  68  102
Income tax receivable   19  106
Inventories 58,931  67,406  57,465
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,961  2,083  1,671
Total current assets 98,835  89,068  89,547
Non-current assets     
Property, plant and equipment     
Land 3,731  3,731  3,731
Land improvements 694  686  686
Buildings and building improvements 51,498  51,310  51,459
Machinery and equipment 116,695  113,662  114,762
Leasehold improvements 976  983  1,012
Total property, plant and equipment 173,594  170,372  171,650
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 138,650  135,810  136,998
Net property, plant and equipment 34,944  34,562  34,652
Operating lease right-of-use assets 7,156  10,120  11,116
Deferred tax assets, net 7,031  7,800  160
Other assets, net 9,073  8,576  8,245
Total assets$157,039 $150,126 $143,720

Virco Mfg. Corporation

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
 10/31/2023 1/31/2023 10/31/2022
 (In thousands, except share and par value data)
Current liabilities     
Accounts payable$14,351  $19,448  $18,926 
Accrued compensation and employee benefits 11,102   9,554   9,084 
Income tax payable 3,130       
Current portion of long-term debt 245   7,360   2,457 
Current portion operating lease liability 5,465   5,082   4,985 
Other accrued liabilities 7,339   7,081   7,767 
Total current liabilities 41,632   48,525   43,219 
Non-current liabilities     
Accrued self-insurance retention 748   1,050   1,454 
Accrued pension expenses 9,334   10,676   11,776 
Long-term debt, less current portion 7,946   14,384   14,444 
Operating lease liability, less current portion 2,933   6,796   8,028 
Other long-term liabilities 657   634   771 
Total non-current liabilities 21,618   33,540   36,473 
Commitments and contingencies (Notes 6, 7 and 13)     
Stockholders’ equity     
Preferred stock:     
Authorized 3,000,000 shares, $0.01 par value; none issued or outstanding        
Common stock:     
Authorized 25,000,000 shares, $0.01 par value; issued and outstanding 16,347,314 shares at 10/31/2023 and 16,210,985 at 1/31/2023 and 10/31/2022 164   162   162 
Additional paid-in capital 121,201   120,890   120,787 
Accumulated deficit (26,379)  (50,631)  (54,707)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,197)  (2,360)  (2,214)
Total stockholders’ equity 93,789   68,061   64,028 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$157,039  $150,126  $143,720 

Virco Mfg. Corporation

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
 Three months ended
 10/31/2023 10/31/2022
 (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales$84,252 $77,395 
Costs of goods sold 46,041  46,618 
Gross profit 38,211  30,777 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 23,505  21,977 
Operating income 14,706  8,800 
Unrealized loss (gain) on investment in trust account 176  (220)
Pension expense 301  259 
Interest expense 765  567 
Income before income taxes 13,464  8,194 
Income tax expense 3,304  319 
Net income$10,160 $7,875 
Net income per common share:   
Basic$0.62 $0.49 
Diluted$0.62 $0.48 
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:   
Basic 16,347  16,211 
Diluted 16,428  16,249 

Virco Mfg. Corporation

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
 Nine months ended
 10/31/2023 10/31/2022
 (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales$226,516 $192,276
Costs of goods sold 126,525  119,947
Gross profit 99,991  72,329
Selling, general and administrative expenses 65,343  57,099
Operating income 34,648  15,230
Unrealized (gain) loss on investment in trust account (448  85
Pension expense 623  650
Interest expense 2,560  1,692
Income before income taxes 31,913  12,803
Income tax expense 7,661  332
Net income$24,252 $12,471
Net income per common share:   
Basic$1.49 $0.77
Diluted$1.48 $0.77
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:   
Basic 16,277  16,118
Diluted 16,334  16,136