Lumber Liquidators reports sales in line with lowered guidance

After a delay of several days, Lumber Liquidators has released its second-quarter earnings report, which reflected an estimated aggregate net sales shortfall of up to $18 million in certain product categories. Net sales for the quarter still increased, however, by 2.3%, totaling $263.1 million (compared with $257.1 million in the same quarter last year).

Comparable-store sales decreased by 7.1%, with the average sale declining 1.8%. Net income was $16.6 million for the three months ended June 30, down 18.7% from last year's $20.4 million.

The report comes on the heels of a revised full-year guidance from Lumber Liquidators, which caused its stock to plummet in recent days. Its full-year 2014 outlook now stands at net sales in the range of $1.05 billion to $1.10 billion, and earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.65 to $3.00.

"Our second-quarter net sales and earnings per diluted share were in line with our revised expectations communicated earlier this month," said president and CEO Robert Lynch. "Despite the challenges we faced in the second quarter and results that were not at the level we would have hoped, our value proposition is as strong and relevant as ever to our customers. We remain focused on continuous improvement across our operations and implementing our multi-year strategic initiatives to position the company for long-term growth."

Gross margin came in at 40.4% last quarter, down from 41.3% in the second quarter of 2013. Lumber Liquidators primarily attributed this to adverse net shifts in sales mix, greater discounting at the point of sale and higher net transportation costs.

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