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Comparable Ethan Allen design center sales down

Oct '09
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. reported operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2009.

Net delivered sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 amounted to $136.2 million as compared to $205.8 million in the prior year quarter. Net delivered sales for the Company's Retail division were $103.2 million compared with $155.9 million the prior year quarter. Wholesale sales were $81.3 million versus $121.3 million the prior year quarter. Comparable Ethan Allen design center delivered sales were down 35.3% as compared to the prior year quarter.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, diluted loss per share amounted to $0.47 on a loss of $13.6 million, which includes $8.5 million in plant transition costs and a $0.8 million restructuring and impairment charge for previously announced actions. This compares to diluted earnings per share and net income of $0.26 and $7.4 million, respectively, for the prior year, which included a restructuring benefit of $1.6 million due to the gain on the sale of properties closed in fiscal 2008.

Excluding the impact of the plant transition costs and restructuring and impairment charges in both periods and the impact of tax valuation allowances recorded in the current quarter, diluted loss per share amounted to $0.20 in the current period compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.22 in the prior year comparable period.

Farooq Kathwari, Chairman and CEO, commented, “The downturn has enabled us to reposition our business in all major areas. We have consolidated our US manufacturing and logistics to make it more efficient while we have reduced our cost structure in all areas of our enterprise during the last year. We have now started to selectively increase our associates both at manufacturing and at retail.”

Mr. Kathwari further stated, “Our focus during this period has been to increase our cash position, implement initiatives to help increase sales and also position us well as the economy starts to improve. We increased our cash by $19.5 million to $72.5 million during the quarter. In addition, we announced this week that we added an additional $20 million to our secured revolving credit facility increasing the line to $60 million.”

Commenting on the business, Mr. Kathwari continued, “While we have increased our written backlog by 19% during the quarter and reduced the decline in booked written orders by half to 19.5% in the quarter from a 38% decline from January to June 2009, we still remain cautious for the near term. As I mentioned earlier, we are well positioned as the economy improves to grow our sales and profitability.”

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The Company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers inthe United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates six manufacturing facilities in the United States, which includes one sawmill, and one manufacturing facility in Mexico, and manufactures approximately sixty-five percent of its products in its United States plants.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc

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