R.G. Barry Corporation, the parent of Dearfoams, reported net earnings
in its fourth quarter ended June 29, slid to $281,000, or 2 cents per
share, from $474,000, or 4 cents, in the fourth quarter of
fiscal 2012. Net sales reached $25.5 million, up from $25.0 million in
the comparable period one-year ago.

Gross profit as a percent of net sales contracted 120 basis points to
41.7 percent from 42.9 percent in the comparable period last year,
reflecting a shift in sales mix for the quarter.

Selling, general
and administrative expenses of $10.5 million, or about 41 percent of
quarterly net sales, compared to $10.6 million, or 42.6 percent of
quarterly net sales, one-year ago.

Annual Results

For the full 2013 fiscal year, the Company reported on a consolidated basis:

  • Net
    earnings of $13.3 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, compared to
    $14.5 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, reported one-year ago;
  • Year-over-year net sales of $147.0 million versus $156.0 million in fiscal 2012;
  • Gross
    profit as a percent of net sales of 43.5 percent, up 40 basis points
    from 43.1 percent in the comparable period one-year ago, primarily
    reflecting the net benefit of the discontinuation of lower-margin and
    licensed footwear products on mix; and
  • SG&A
    expenses of $43.0 million, or 29 percent of net sales, compared to
    $43.8 million, or 28 percent of net sales, reported for fiscal 2012.

company said that its results reflect a $15 million decline in net
sales in its Footwear segment. Most of the decline was anticipated and
resulted predominantly from the elimination of lower-margin and licensed
business. The decline was partially offset by an increase of more than
$6.0 million year-over-year in higher-margin net sales in the company’s
Accessories segment.

Financial Strength

The company remained in a healthy financial position at year-end.

  • Cash and short-term investments were $39.5 million;
  • Consolidated inventory was at $24.2 million, up from $21.1 million at the end of fiscal 2012; and
  • Net shareholders’ equity rose 17 percent to $87.1 million from $74.4 million one year ago.

Management Comments

are once again among the best-of-class in our category and we remain
solidly positioned to continue transforming RG Barry Brands into a
multi-dimensional provider of accessories products,” said Greg Tunney,
president and chief executive officer.  ”We plan to meet future
marketplace challenges with superior products, excellent performance and
continuing investment in strengthening and expanding our portfolio of
great accessories brands.”

“Our actions last year in eliminating
less-productive businesses reflected our realignment of the Footwear
segment for future growth and enhanced profitability,” added Jose
Ibarra, senior vice president finance and chief financial officer.
“Despite facing the formidable combination of retail and economic
headwinds and our strategic decision to eliminate lower-margin and
licensed footwear products in fiscal 2013, we generated an operating
profit in excess of 14 percent as a percentage of net sales, making us
one of the best performers in our sector.”

Tunney continued,
“Looking to fiscal 2014, we expect to resume our pattern of increasing
year-over-year revenue. In the non-promotional, full-price Accessories
businesses we will target a growth rate in the mid-teens. The objective
of our Footwear segment will be to hit a year-over-year growth target in
low single digits, although at a higher level of profitability than in
fiscal 2013. We also plan to increase investment spending in support of
our current businesses to a level that is more in line with our
long-term growth strategies and profitability profile.

commitment to significant growth through acquisitions remains strong. We
have continued to fine-tune our approach and have broadened the scope
of our search to include prospects in select international markets and
additional business categories that we believe will fit well with our
model and filter. We also have created a full-time internal position to
support our M&A efforts. We remain very confident that our next
growth milestone of becoming a $200-to-$250 million company in 3-to-5
years can and will be achieved,” he concluded.

RG Barry develops
accessories brands that provide fashionable, solution-oriented products
for a great life. Its primary brands include: Dearfoams slippers
dearfoams.com; baggallini handbags, totes and travel accessories
baggallini.com; and Foot Petals premium insoles and comfort products