Bassett Furniture Industries
Jan 29, 2008
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Bassett Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2007 Results and Dividend Declaration

BASSETT, Va., Jan 29, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET) announced today its results of operations for its fiscal year and quarter ended November 24, 2007.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $76.0 million down 1% from the $76.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2006. Sales for the year ended November 24, 2007 were $295.4 million as compared to $328.2 million for 2006 representing a 10% decrease. The 2007 reported sales have been positively impacted by reported revenue of $4.2 million and $5.2 million for the quarter and year, respectively, due to a change in the Company's invoicing practices with respect to freight for the delivery of wholesale furniture to our retail stores. During July, the Company began invoicing these customers on a fully landed basis such that the dealer invoice price includes the freight charge for delivery. Excluding the effects of the invoicing change, sales decreased 6% for the quarter and 12% for the year. This shortfall is primarily due to continued soft furniture retail conditions, which have impacted both retail sales and wholesale shipments. Gross margins for the fourth quarter of 2007 and for 2007 were 38.8% and 34.0%, respectively, compared to 32.0% and 32.8% for the comparable periods of 2006. Excluding the effects of the above-mentioned invoicing change, gross margins would have been 35.2% and 32.8% for the fourth quarter of 2007 and for 2007, respectively. This increase over 2006 is due primarily to a shift in wood product mix from domestic to imported and improved retail margins. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $3.6 million and $3.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2007 and for the year 2007, respectively, primarily due to the additional expense associated with more company-owned stores, spending to support the Company's key retail initiatives and recorded reserves primarily for bad debts and also for a crib recall. The Company reported a net loss of $(4.0) million, or $(0.34) per share, as compared to net income of $0.4 million, or $0.03 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2006. The Company reported a net loss of $(9.9) million, or $(0.84) per share, as compared to net income of $5.4 million, or $0.46 per share, in 2006. The 2007 results were negatively impacted by certain restructuring and non-recurring items netting ($7.3) million or $(0.62) per share for the year and $(2.8) million or $(0.23) per share for the quarter which are detailed and reconciled below. The 2006 results also included certain non-recurring items which are also detailed below.

"Overall conditions for our industry and our Company have been difficult all year and continue to be difficult today," said Robert H. Spilman Jr., Bassett's president and chief executive officer. "Our major challenge in 2007 has been to continue to dedicate operating and capital resources to staff our retail organization, to invest in our marketing strategies, and to design and construct our new prototype store while suffering through the worst industry wide sales slump in memory. Although we are certainly not pleased with our results this past year, we have addressed many key issues including the closing of our last major casegoods facility, the closing of several underperforming stores, major reductions in costs associated with our sales expense in the field, and the downsizing of our wholesale showroom. 2008 will feature continued cost reduction efforts balanced with the necessary support for the retail initiatives that are the foundation of the Company's future plans.

"We have been pleased with the performance of our two new prototype stores that were opened in Atlanta and Charlotte during the fourth quarter. These stores better communicate our interior design and custom furniture capabilities and the consumer has responded favorably. Organized around four targeted lifestyles, the store successfully portrays a more stylish residential feel and works in concert with our new consumer catalog that was mailed to more than nine million consumers in 2007.

"Utilizing the basic tenants of our new prototype as a guideline, we are in the midst of a visual standardization program that will ultimately permeate our entire fleet of stores. Implementation will occur in stages during 2008 and will logically display not only our styling point of view but also our points of differentiation in the marketplace."

The Bassett Furniture retail store program had 130 stores in operation at the end of the fourth quarter. During 2008, the Company plans to remodel several corporate locations at varying levels of magnitude to incorporate the new store design. Three new licensee-owned stores were opened in December of 2007, and the Company has also developed a plan to leverage the new design in a major portion of its licensee network.

Restructurings and Other Non-Recurring Items

During 2007 and 2006, the Company recorded several restructuring and other non-recurring items. In the first quarter of 2007, the Company announced it would close its wood manufacturing facility in Bassett, Va. As a result, the Company recorded $3.6 million of asset impairment charges and $1.0 million of restructuring charges largely related to severance. The Company has begun to experience gross margin improvement as it has effectively sourced certain of the products previously produced at the plant from overseas vendors.

The Company also took a number of other actions to reduce its overall expense structure. These included making a decision to exit four closed store locations and reducing the size of its wholesale showroom by more than half. The Company recorded pretax non-cash charges of $2.3 million related to lease exit costs ($0.4 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2007) and $1.0 million for an asset impairment charge related to the downsizing of its wholesale showroom. The Company has negotiated subleases on two of the closed store locations and is actively marketing the other locations.

During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company recorded a pretax charge of $2.2 million related to a settlement and debt restructuring with the minority interest partners of LRG Furniture, LLC. As part of the settlement, the Company purchased the remaining 20% interest in LRG and restructured certain debt obligations to be paid out over the next six years. In connection with the purchase, the Company recorded a tax charge of $2.4 million associated with the write-off of deferred taxes due to the termination of the LRG partnership.

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Company announced in November 2007 the voluntary recall of certain Wendy Bellissimo Collection convertible cribs sold exclusively at Babies "R" Us. During the fourth quarter, the Company recorded a $0.8 million charge largely for product to be returned, crib repair kits, customer refunds and other costs associated with the recall. The Company plans to be back on the floor with cribs at Babies "R" Us early in the second quarter of 2008.

Fourth quarter pre-tax earnings for 2007 and 2006 were positively impacted by $2.1 million and $1.5 million, respectively, of income related to subsidies received in connection with the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) for wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.

During the fourth quarter of 2006, the Company also recorded a $1.4 million charge associated with the impairment of previously recorded goodwill. Exclusive of these restructuring and other non-recurring gains and charges, net income (loss) for the fiscal year and quarter ended November 24, 2007 was $(2.6) million or $(0.22) per share and $(1.2) million or $(0.11) per share, respectively, as compared to $5.3 million or $0.45 per share and $0.2 million or $0.02 per share for the fiscal year and quarter ended November 25, 2006, respectively. Please refer to the attached schedule which reconciles net income (loss) as reported to net income (loss) as adjusted.

Wholesale Segment

Net sales for the wholesale segment were $63.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, 4% below the $65.9 million level attained in the fourth quarter of 2006. This shortfall is partially offset by $4.2 million of reported revenue due to a change in the company's invoicing practices as described above. Net sales for the year ended November 24, 2007 were $247.7 million as compared to $284.8 million for the year ended November 25, 2006. Excluding the effects of the invoicing change described above, sales decreased $42.3 million or 15% year over year. Approximately 49% of wholesale shipments during 2007 were imported products compared to 44% for 2006. The Company expects sales of imported products to increase to approximately 60% for 2008. Gross margins for the wholesale segment were 27.2% for the fourth quarter of 2007. Excluding the effects of the invoicing change described above, gross margins would have been 23.6% as compared to 24.2% for 2006. Gross margins were 24.3% for the year ended November 24, 2007. Excluding the effects of the invoicing change described above, gross margins would have been 22.7% as compared to 23.8% for 2006. Margins have been negatively impacted by the wind-down costs and inventory markdowns associated with the closure of the Bassett plant and lower volumes in the Company's two domestic production facilities. The Company expects improved wholesale operating results in 2008 from a full year of improved product mix, the absence of any Bassett plant closing costs and efforts to reduce variable spending in the remaining facilities and corporate support areas. With the continued difficult furniture retail environment, the Company will continue to assess and adjust its wholesale cost structure to match associated demand.

Retail Segment

Bassett's 32 corporate stores made progress despite difficult conditions at retail with sales of $23.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 as compared to $21.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. Sales year over year increased $3.1 million from $84.4 million for 2006 as compared to $87.5 million for 2007. These sales increases have primarily resulted from the additional Company owned stores acquired in 2007 and increases in comparable store sales (sales for stores open for longer than one year). Comparable store sales for Company-owned stores increased 6% and 2% for the fourth quarter and year as compared to 2006, respectively. Gross margins for the quarter and the year increased 4.1 and 1.7 percentage points, respectively, due to improved pricing and promotional strategies, coupled with less clearance sales activity as compared to 2006. The Company believes that the combination of new product introductions, store prototype retrofits, better hiring and training of design consultants and continued improved marketing efforts will lead to the further improvement in retail operating results.

Other Income

Other income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.5 million as compared to $0.9 million for 2006. Other income for the year ended November 24, 2007 was $5.9 million as compared to $6.9 million for the year ended November 25, 2006. The Company's Alternative Asset Fund did record positive earnings for the quarter, however, they were well below the historical levels of 2006 and the first nine months of 2007. Other income for 2006 was negatively impacted by losses recorded on the Company's former equity investment in BFD Northeast, LLC ("BFDNE"). On February 28, 2007, the Company entered into an agreement with BFDNE whereby the Company contributed its 30% interest in BFDNE to BFDNE in exchange for certain assets of BFDNE's two stores in Boston, Massachusetts.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Accounts receivable have increased during 2007, due to the slower pace of collections from certain store licensees related in part to the overall retail environment. The Company continually assesses its levels of bad debt reserves and increased those reserves by $1.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2007. Although the Company believes it has adequate reserves for bad debts, it will continue to work with its dealers to help limit bad debt exposure. Some of these actions expected to be taken in 2008 could result in an additional six to eight licensed store closings over the next six to nine months.

The Company is committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet in order to weather this difficult environment, allow it to take advantage of opportunities as market conditions improve, and to execute its long-term retail growth strategies. With its $76.9 million investment portfolio and relatively low levels of debt, the Company continues to invest in retail growth and has continued to pay quarterly dividends to shareholders. The Company used $8.5 million of cash in operating activities during 2007 and paid $9.5 million in regular quarterly dividends. These cash uses were primarily funded through sales of investments netting an approximate $6.6 million, $6.1 million of dividends received from an affiliate and a $6.0 million increase in borrowings under its revolving credit facility. The $40 million revolving credit facility was renewed in November and matures November 30, 2009.

IHFC Balance Sheet Restatement

During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company's equity investee, The International Home Furnishings Center ("IHFC"), determined that the method of accounting for its health care plan did not conform to the requirements of SFAS No. 106, "Employers' Accounting for Postretirement Benefits Other than Pensions", and restated its 2006 and 2005 financial statements. As a result of this restatement and in accordance with SFAS No. 154, "Accounting Changes and Error Corrections", the Company has restated the balance of its equity investment as of the beginning of the year ended November 26, 2005 by increasing the negative balance in the investment by $0.7 million (reflected as "Distributions in excess of affiliate earnings" in the consolidated balance sheet), increasing deferred tax assets by $0.3 million and reducing retained earnings by $0.4 million. Due to the immateriality of the effects on the Company's statements of operations and cash flows for 2006 and 2005, no changes have been made to the previously reported statements. IHFC's audited financial statements with further details on the restatement will be included as an exhibit to the Company's Form 10-K to be filed by February 7, 2008.

Dividend Declaration

Our Board of Directors have declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share payable on March 3, 2008, to shareholders of record on February 15, 2008.

About Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With approximately 130 Bassett stores, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a growing network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. The most significant growth vehicle for Bassett continues to be the Company's dedicated retail store program. Bassett's retail strategy includes affordable custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, more than 1,000 upholstery fabrics, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. For more information, visit the Company's website at bassettfurniture.com. (BSET-E)

Certain of the statements in this release, particularly those preceded by, followed by or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "should," "estimates," or similar expressions, or those relating to or anticipating financial results for periods beyond the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. For those statements, Bassett claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In many cases, Bassett cannot predict what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Expectations included in the forward-looking statements are based on preliminary information as well as certain assumptions which management believes to be reasonable at this time. The following important factors affect Bassett and could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements: economic, competitive, governmental and other factors identified in Bassett's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the effects of national and global economic or other conditions and future events on the retail demand for home furnishings.



         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
     Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations - Unaudited
              (In thousands, except for per share data)

                                     Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended
                                   November 24, 2007  November 25, 2006
                                   -----------------  -----------------
                                             Percent           Percent
                                              of Net            of Net
                                    Amount    Sales    Amount   Sales
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Net sales                         $ 76,035   100.0%  $ 76,502   100.0%

 Cost of sales                       46,558    61.2%    52,055    68.0%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Gross profit                        29,477    38.8%    24,447    32.0%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Selling, general and
  administrative                     29,222    38.4%    25,604    33.5%
 Wholesale delivery expenses          4,212     5.5%        --
 Income from Continued Dumping
  & Subsidy Offset Act               (2,135)   -2.8%    (1,549)   -2.0%
 LRG settlement and debt
  restructuring                       2,154     2.8%        --
 Lease exit costs                       363     0.5%        --
 Restructuring and impaired asset
  charges                                --              1,359     1.8%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Income (loss) from operations       (4,339)   -5.7%      (967)   -1.3%

 Other income, net                    1,470     1.9%       947     1.2%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Income (loss) before income taxes   (2,869)   -3.8%       (20)    0.0%
 Income tax (provision) benefit      (1,109)   -1.5%       379     0.5%
                                   -----------------  -----------------
 Net income  (loss)                $ (3,978)   -5.2%  $    359     0.5%
                                   =================  =================

 Basic earnings (loss) per share:  $  (0.34)          $   0.03
                                   =========          =========

 Diluted earnings (loss) per
  share:                           $  (0.34)          $   0.03
                                   =========          =========



         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
     Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations - Unaudited
              (In thousands, except for per share data)

                                      Year Ended         Year Ended
                                   November 24, 2007  November 25, 2006
                                   -----------------  -----------------
                                             Percent           Percent
                                              of Net            of Net
                                    Amount    Sales    Amount   Sales
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Net sales                         $295,384   100.0%  $328,214   100.0%

 Cost of sales                      195,001    66.0%   225,319    68.7%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Gross profit                       100,383    34.0%   102,895    31.3%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Selling, general and
  administrative                    107,207    36.3%    103,551   31.5%
 Wholesale delivery expenses          5,232     1.8%        --
 Income from CDSOA                   (2,135)   -0.7%    (1,549)   -0.5%
 LRG settlement and debt
  restructuring                       2,154     0.7%        --
 Lease exit costs                     2,297     0.8%        --
 Restructuring and impaired asset
  charges                             5,544     1.9%     1,359     0.4%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Income (loss) from operations      (19,916)   -6.7%      (466)   -0.1%

 Other income, net                    5,947     2.0%     6,921     2.1%
                                   -----------------  -----------------

 Income (loss) before income taxes  (13,969)   -4.7%     6,455     2.0%
 Income tax (provision) benefit       4,059     1.4%    (1,026)   -0.3%
                                   -----------------  -----------------
 Net income (loss)                 $ (9,910)   -3.4%  $  5,429     1.7%
                                   =================  =================

 Basic earnings (loss) per share:  $  (0.84)          $   0.46
                                   =========          =========

 Diluted earnings (loss) per
  share:                           $  (0.84)          $   0.46
                                   =========          =========


            BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                              (In thousands)

                                                           Unaudited
                                             Unaudited    As restated
                                            November 24,  November 25,
                                                2007           2006
 Assets                                     ------------  ------------

 Current assets
  Cash and cash equivalents                   $   3,538     $   6,051
  Accounts receivable, net                       38,612        38,253
  Inventories                                    50,550        48,880
  Deferred income taxes                           6,001         6,391
  Assets held for sale                               --         1,091
  Other current assets                           12,421         6,812
                                            ------------  ------------
  Total current assets                          111,122       107,478
                                            ------------  ------------

 Property and equipment, net                     53,225        58,925
                                            ------------  ------------

 Investments                                     76,924        78,617
 Retail real estate                              31,207        33,501
 Notes receivable, net                           14,128        13,391
 Deferred income taxes                            9,902         5,953
 Other                                           14,195        12,368
                                            ------------  ------------
                                                146,356       143,830
                                            ------------  ------------
 Total assets                                 $ 310,703     $ 310,233
                                            ============  ============

 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 Current liabilities
  Accounts payable                            $  26,104     $  16,927
  Customer deposits                               8,894         8,310
  Other accrued liabilities                      21,596        18,323
                                            ------------  ------------
  Total current liabilities                      56,594        43,560
                                            ------------  ------------

 Long-term liabilities
  Post employment benefit obligations            14,493        15,263
  Long-term revolving debt                       10,000         4,000
  Real estate notes payable                      18,850        19,522
  Distributions in excess of affiliate
   earnings                                      12,244        12,468
  Other long-term liabilities                     3,670            --
                                            ------------  ------------
                                                 59,257        51,253
                                            ------------  ------------

 Commitments and Contingencies

 Stockholders' equity

  Common stock                                  59,033         59,018
  Retained earnings                            131,725        151,089
  Additional paid-in-capital                     2,180          1,993
  Accumulated other comprehensive income         1,914          3,320
                                            ------------  ------------
  Total stockholders' equity                   194,852        215,420
                                            ------------  ------------
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $310,703      $ 310,233
                                            ============  ============


         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
          Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Unaudited
                            (In thousands)

                                             Year Ended    Year Ended
                                            November 24,  November 25,
                                                2007         2006
                                            ------------  ------------
 Operating activities:
 Net income (loss)                            $ (9,910)     $  5,429
 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss)
  to net cash used in operating activities:
   Depreciation and amortization                 9,089         9,253
   Equity in undistributed income of
    investments and unconsolidated
    affiliated companies                        (8,323)       (9,594)
   Provision for restructuring and asset
    impairment costs                             5,544         1,359
   Provision for lease exit costs                2,297            --
   LRG settlement and debt restructuring         2,154            --
   Realized income from investments             (2,937)       (2,121)
   Provision for losses on accounts and notes
    receivable                                   3,852         3,364
   Deferred income taxes                        (2,918)       (1,437)
   Other, net                                      624          (353)
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities
    (exclusive of assets acquired in
    business combinations):
     Accounts receivable                       (10,919)       (7,417)
     Inventories                                  (315)        2,503
     Other current assets                       (5,662)       (1,477)
     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities    8,962        (5,659)
                                            ------------  ------------
    Net cash used in operating activities       (8,462)       (6,150)
                                            ------------  ------------
 Investing activities:
 Purchases of property and equipment            (5,544)       (3,344)
 Purchases of retail real estate                  (375)       (3,594)
 Proceeds from sales of property and equipment   3,176         1,736
 Proceeds from sales of investments             16,982        21,618
 Purchases of investments                      (10,413)      (14,748)
 Acquisition of retail licensee stores, net
  of cash acquired                                  --          (430)
 Dividends from an affiliate                     6,091         6,559
 Proceeds from sale of certain assets of
  Weiman division                                   --         1,300
 Net cash received on licensee notes             1,029           411
 Other, net                                        (57)          833
                                            ------------  ------------
     Net cash provided by investing
      activities                                10,889        10,341
                                            ------------  ------------
 Financing activities:
 Borrowings under revolving credit facility      6,000         1,000
 Repayments of long-term debt                     (770)         (910)
 Borrowings (repayments) of real estate notes
  payable                                         (622)        4,378
 Issuance of common stock                          448           745
 Repurchases of common stock                      (546)       (1,013)
 Cash dividends                                 (9,450)       (9,449)
                                            ------------  ------------
     Net cash used in financing activities      (4,940)       (5,249)
                                            ------------  ------------
 Change in cash and cash equivalents            (2,513)       (1,058)
 Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year   6,051         7,109
                                            ------------  ------------
 Cash and cash equivalents - end of year      $  3,538      $  6,051
                                            ============  ============


            BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                      Segment Information - Unaudited
                             (In thousands)

                                Quarter Ended         Year Ended
                            --------------------  --------------------
                             Nov. 24,   Nov. 25,  Nov. 24,    Nov. 25,
                              2007       2006       2007       2006
                            --------------------  --------------------
 Net Sales
 Wholesale                  $ 63,460   $ 65,883   $247,676   $284,803
 Retail                       23,923     21,496     87,537     84,401
 Inter-company elimination   (11,348)   (10,877)   (39,829)   (40,990)
                            --------------------  --------------------
 Consolidated               $ 76,035   $ 76,502   $295,384   $328,214
                            ====================  ====================

 Operating Income (loss)
 Wholesale                  $ (1,122)  $  2,472   $   (964)  $ 12,096
 Retail                       (2,755)    (3,434)   (10,780)   (12,126)
 Inter-company elimination       (80)      (195)      (312)      (626)
 Restructuring and impaired
  asset charges                   --     (1,359)    (5,544)    (1,359)
 Income from CDSOA             2,135      1,549      2,135      1,549
 Lease exit costs               (363)        --     (2,297)        --
 LRG settlement and debt
  restructuring               (2,154)        --     (2,154)        --
                            --------------------  --------------------
 Consolidated               $ (4,339)  $   (967)  $(19,916)  $   (466)
                            ====================  ====================



         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

               Reconciliation of Net Income as Reported
                 to Net Income as Adjusted (Unaudited)
              (In thousands, except for per share data)

                                  Year                 Year
                                 Ended                Ended
                                Nov. 24,     Per     Nov. 25,   Per
                                  2007      Share      2006    Share
                                --------------------------------------

 Net income (loss) as reported  $(9,910)  $ (0.84)  $ 5,429   $  0.46
 Income from CDSOA, net
  of taxes                       (1,281)    (0.11)     (929)    (0.08)
 LRG settlement and debt
  restructuring, net of taxes     1,052      0.09        --        --
 Lease exit costs, net of taxes   1,378      0.12        --        --
 Restructuring & impaired
  asset charges, net of taxes     3,326      0.28       815      0.07
 Costs associated with crib
  recall, net of taxes              491      0.04        --        --
 Deferred tax write-off
  associated with LRG
  partnership liquidation (a)     2,383      0.20        --        --
                                --------------------------------------
 Net income (loss) as adjusted  $(2,561)  $ (0.22)  $ 5,315   $  0.45
                                ======================================


                                Quarter              Quarter
                                 Ended                Ended
                                Nov. 24,     Per     Nov. 25,    Per
                                  2007      Share      2006     Share
                                --------------------------------------
 Net income (loss) as reported  $(3,978)  $ (0.34)  $   359   $  0.03
 Income from CDSOA, net
  of taxes                       (1,281)    (0.11)     (929)    (0.08)
 LRG settlement and debt
  restructuring, net of taxes     1,052      0.09        --        --
 Lease exit costs, net of taxes     145      0.01        --        --
 Restructuring impaired asset
  charges, net of taxes              --        --       815      0.07
 Costs associated with crib
  recall, net of taxes              491      0.04        --        --
 Deferred tax write-off
  associated with LRG
  partnership liquidation (a)     2,383      0.20        --        --
                                --------------------------------------
 Net income (loss) as adjusted  $(1,188)  $ (0.11)  $   245   $  0.02
                                ======================================

 Adjustments to net income (loss) are net of income taxes at a
 40% effective tax rate
 (a)  Adjustment is directly to tax expense.   Amount has not been
      adjusted for a 40% effective tax rate.

 The Company has included the "as adjusted" information because it
 uses, and believes that others may use, such information in comparing
 the Company's operating results from period to period.  However, the
 items excluded in determining the "as adjusted" information are
 significant components in understanding and assessing the Company's
 overall financial performance for the periods covered.

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