High inventories, drop in consumer demand hit home at Dorel Industries

Company reports drop in Q2 sales, earnings due to marketplace challenges

MONTREAL — The results of Dorel Industries’ latest earnings report for the second quarter ended June 30 illustrates how a drop in consumer demand combined with high inventories have affected the overall business, particularly in the furniture segment

The company recently reported a 4.4% drop in second quarter revenue and a 3.4% drop in revenue for the first half. Sales for the quarter totaled $427.8 million, down from $447.6 million in the same quarter last year. Meanwhile sales for the first half totaled $855.9 million, down from $886.2 million in the first half last year.

The company also reported a net loss from continuing operations of $13.6 million in the quarter, or 42 cents per share. For the first half, the company reported an adjusted net loss of $40.8 million, or $1.25 per share.

The results exemplify the challenges the company — and the industry at large — have faced in recent months, although Dorel is unique in the sense that its European business has largely been impacted by consumer sentiment regarding the war in Ukraine for example.

In addition to war, the company said that inflationary pressures also contributed to the softened demand in Europe, particularly in the juvenile segment. And while it has received positive response to new juvenile products, a stronger U.S. dollar has dramatically reduced earnings.

During the quarter, the juvenile segment had a $4.7 million operating loss. During the first half, the operating loss was $17.1 million.

On a positive note, the company said that Dorel Juvenile second quarter revenues were the strongest since 2019, overall with “excellent performance in the Americas” more than offsetting the declines in Europe.

Second quarter revenues in the juvenile segment were $218 million, up 3.7% from the $210.9 million reported during the same period last year. Revenues in the first half were $434.6 million, up 3.3% from the $420.7 million reported in the first half last year.

The Dorel Home furniture segment didn’t fare quite as well.

Revenues fell 11.4% in the second quarter, from $236.8 million, to $209.8 million. For the six-months, they fell 9.5% from $465.5 million, to $421.3 million.

Operating profits were impacted by the lower sales, the company said, as well as higher operating costs due to elevated inventories and higher input costs, largely from ocean freight.

The company said that despite raising prices to offset the costs, this was not enough to compensate for the increases, “as promotional activity was introduced to drive sales and reduce inventory levels going forward.”

Operating profit in the quarter in the furniture segment fell 84.4% from $14.3 million last year to $2.2 million in the second quarter. For the full first half, it fell from $29.1 million to $7.8 million, down 73.4%.

“At Dorel Home the supply chain backlog cleared, thus we received a significant amount of inventory in the quarter,” said Dorel President and CEO Martin Schwartz. “At the same time there was a drop in consumer demand and orders as our retail partners also dealt with higher in-stock levels. This impacted earnings not only because of lower sales, but also higher operating costs. Both segments are carrying excess inventory due to the easing of the supply chain backlog and now we are focused on right-sizing our inventory levels across the balance of the year.”

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at tom@homenewsnow.com and at 336-508-4616.

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