Unifi Inc. on Monday announced preliminary financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2018.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the company expects:

  • Net sales of approximately $167 million;
  • Gross margins of approximately 8.4 percent;
  • Operating loss between ($1.5) million and ($0.5) million;
  • Loss before income taxes between ($1.5) million and ($0.5) million; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $4.5 million and $5.5 million.

“While we remain committed to delivering our revenue growth targets, and are confident in our Partner, Innovate and Build Strategy, our fiscal second quarter profitability was considerably lower than we anticipated,” said Kevin Hall, CEO of Unifi. “Polyester raw material costs spiked in September to reach a multi-year high in October, resulting in short-term demand disruption. While those costs have declined since, gross margins were pressured throughout the second quarter as we worked through the higher-cost inventory. These headwinds were compounded by lower production volumes and a weaker sales mix.”

Hall concluded, “Despite these headwinds, we saw continued growth in certain international operations against foreign economic and currency pressure. As we look forward, we continue to forecast solid revenue growth in the second-half of fiscal 2019, and we expect to drive stronger operating income and Adjusted EBITDA given the recent decline in raw material costs, the seasonal demand that historically occurs in our third and fourth quarters, and the continued traction of our PVA portfolio. This second-half outlook includes gross margins near more seasonal norms in the third and fourth quarters. Therefore, we are reiterating our top-line guidance for the year and have adjusted our outlook for fiscal 2019 operating income and Adjusted EBITDA.”

For fiscal 2019, the company is updating its outlook as follows:

Current Fiscal 2019 Outlook Previous Fiscal 2019 Outlook
Mid-single-digit percentage growth for net sales Mid-single-digit percentage growth for net sales
Operating income between $19.0 million and $23.0 million Mid-single-digit percentage growth for operating income
Adjusted EBITDA between $42.0 million and $46.0 million Adjusted EBITDA, assuming an improving price to raw material cost relationship
Capital expenditures of approximately $25.0 million Capital expenditures of approximately $25.0 million
Effective tax rate in the mid-40 percent range Effective tax rate in the mid-40 percent range