Crown Crafts Reports Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results

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GONZALES, La., Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crown Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ-CM: CRWS) (the “Company”) today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, 2019.

“We are very encouraged by our strong start to the new fiscal year, and proud of the results we achieved in what historically has been our weakest quarter of the year. We are very pleased to report increases in sales, gross margin, earnings per share and cash on the balance sheet,” said E. Randall Chestnut, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In light of the previous years’ challenges, this quarter’s results indicate continued progress on our growth initiatives as well as our enduring operational strength and discipline,” Chestnut continued.

Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $1.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, on net sales of $15.9 million, compared with net income of $264,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, on net sales of $15.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019.  Current year net income was impacted favorably by $292,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, due to a reversal of a portion of reserves for unrecognized tax benefits and the related interest and penalties that had been previously accrued.  Gross profit for the current year quarter increased to 28.5% of net sales from 26.7% of net sales in the prior year quarter.

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s Series A common stock of $0.08 per share, which will be paid on October 4, 2019 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 13, 2019.  “We are very pleased to once again reward our stockholders with a quarterly dividend payment. This payment reflects the Company’s financial health and our positive outlook for the future,” Chestnut said.

The Company will host a teleconference today at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to discuss the Company’s results, during which interested individuals will be given the opportunity to ask appropriate questions.  To join the teleconference, dial (844) 861-5504 and ask to be joined into the Crown Crafts, Inc. call.  The teleconference can also be accessed in listen-only mode by visiting the Company’s website at .  The financial information to be discussed during the teleconference may be accessed prior to the call on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website.  A telephone replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the end of the call through 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time on August 21, 2019.  To access the replay, dial (877) 344-7529 in the United States or (412) 317-0088 from international locations and refer to conference number 10133064.

Crown Crafts, Inc. designs, markets and distributes infant, toddler and juvenile consumer products.  Founded in 1957, Crown Crafts is one of America’s largest producers of infant bedding, toddler bedding, bibs and developmental toys. The Company operates through its three wholly owned subsidiaries, NoJo Baby & Kids, Inc., Sassy Baby, Inc. and Carousel Designs, LLC, which market a variety of infant, toddler and juvenile products under Company-owned trademarks, as well as licensed collections and exclusive private label programs. Sales are made directly to retailers such as mass merchants, large chain stores and juvenile specialty stores, as well as directly to consumers through . For more information, visit the Company’s website at .

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Globe Newswire: 11:45 GMT Wednesday 14th August 2019

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