Unifi reported a steep drop in earnings in its third quarter. Demand for the company's domestically produced polyester and nylon products softened during the quarter as apparel companies delayed purchases ahead of the holiday selling season in order to manage inventory levels. 

Sales for the September quarter were $171 million, a decrease from $175 million, or 2 percent, from the September 2010 quarter.  Net income for the September 2011 quarter was $286,000, a decrease from $10.2 million in the September 2010 quarter, and earnings per basic share decreased to 1 cent from 51 cents per share in the September 2010 quarter. 

On a global basis, prices for the company's primary raw materials remained near their 30-year highs for the second consecutive quarter and in our Brazilian operation, the strength of the Real created a challenging operating environment for local production.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) for the September 2011 quarter were $8.1 million compared to $18.4 million in the September 2010 quarter.

“We believe raw materials prices reached their peak levels during the quarter, as a result of unplanned outages of feedstock production during a period of tight supply across the polyester supply chain,” said Bill Jasper, Chairman and CEO of Unifi.  “We expect these prices to decline over the next few quarters, as the supply issues correct themselves and new capacity begins to come online.  We also expect the destocking of the retail supply chain inventory to be completed by the end of the Company's third fiscal quarter, with volume improvements beginning after the first of the calendar year.” 

Cash-on-hand as of September 25, 2011 was $19.8 million and borrowings under our revolving credit facility were $39.9 million.  During the quarter, the Company redeemed $10 million of its 11.5% Senior Secured Notes due 2014, and as of September 25, 2011, $123.7 million of senior secured notes remained outstanding.

“Interest expense in the September 2011 quarter was $900 thousand lower than the prior year quarter, which is a result of the progress we are making in our deleveraging strategy,” said Ron Smith, chief financial officer of Unifi.  “Since June 30, 2010, the company has retired $55 million in principal amount of our 2014 notes and we plan to continue utilizing excess operating cash and borrowings under the revolver to redeem additional amounts of these notes.”

Jasper added, “The company had anticipated a decline in adjusted EBITDA in the quarter based on cost variances related to raw material supply issues in the prior quarter and the business environment in Brazil.  These expected issues, combined with the higher than anticipated raw materials prices and lower capacity utilization resulted in lower adjusted EBITDA levels in the quarter.  Going forward, we remain positive about the state of our underlying business.  The strength of retail apparel and the competitiveness of the North American trading region are strong macro trends for our business.  These positive trends, along with the expected decline in raw material prices and the return of volume once the destocking of the apparel supply chain is completed, are expected to contribute to improved operating results as we move through the remainder of the fiscal year.” 



(Unaudited) (In Thousands Except Per Share Data)

For the Quarters Ended

September 25, 2011

September 26, 2010

Summary of Operations:

 Net sales

$                              171,013

$                              175,092

 Cost of sales



     Gross profit



 Restructuring charges


 Selling, general & administrative expenses



 Provision (benefit) for bad debts



 Other operating (income) expense, net



     Operating income



Non-operating (income) expense:

 Interest income



 Interest expense



 Loss on extinguishment of debt



 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

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Thomas J. Ryan

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