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CROWN CRAFTS INC - 10-K - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

June 18, 2014

The following discussion is a summary of certain factors that management considers important in reviewing the Company's results of operations, financial position, liquidity and capital resources. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this report.

Results of Operations

The following table contains results of operations for fiscal years 2014 and 2013 and the dollar and percentage changes for those periods (in thousands, except percentages).

2014 2013 Change Change

Net sales by category Bedding, blankets and accessories $ 58,332$ 55,677$ 2,655 4.8 % Bibs, bath and disposable products 22,962 22,739 223 1.0 % Total net sales

81,294 78,416 2,878 3.7 % Cost of products sold 58,760 58,649 111 0.2 % Gross profit 22,534 19,767 2,767 14.0 % % of net sales 27.7 % 25.2 % Marketing and administrative expenses 13,156 11,674 1,482 12.7 % % of net sales 16.2 % 14.9 % Interest expense 49 81 (32 ) -39.5 % Other income 17 6 11 183.3 % Income tax expense 3,575 2,907 668 23.0 % Net income 5,771 5,111 660 12.9 % % of net sales 7.1 % 6.5 %

Net Sales: Sales of $81.3 million for 2014 were higher than 2013, having increased 3.7%, or $2.9 million. The majority of the sales increase was due to the introduction of three new programs during the second quarter of the current year.

Gross Profit: Gross profit increased in amount by $2.8 million and increased as a percentage of net sales from 25.2% to 27.7%. The increase as a percentage of net sales can be attributed to a more favorable product mix in the current year compared with the prior year. The higher level of sales in the current year also provided better coverage of the fixed portion of the Company's cost of sales than in the prior year. Additionally, the Company in the current year experienced a decline of $248,000 in costs associated with the Company's rental of an auxiliary warehouse and distribution center, which the Company vacated and sublet late in fiscal year 2013.

Marketing and Administrative Expenses: Marketing and administrative expenses for fiscal year 2014 increased in amount and as a percentage of net sales as compared with fiscal year 2013 primarily due to increases in the Company's performance-based compensation costs. The Company also in the current year experienced increased legal fees, primarily associated with the Company's defense of two lawsuits.



Interest Expense and Income: Interest expense decreased by $32,000 in fiscal year 2014 as compared to fiscal year 2013 due primarily to a reduction, effective as of July 11, 2013, from 0.25% to 0.125% in the fee payable on the average unused portion of the Company's revolving line of credit. Also, the Company's interest income on its daily cash balances held at its lender, CIT Group/Commercial Services, Inc. ("CIT"), was $40,000 lower during fiscal year 2014 than in fiscal year 2013 due to lower average cash balances during the current year.

Income Tax Expense: The Company's provision for income taxes increased to 38.3% during fiscal year 2014 from 36.3% in fiscal year 2013. The increase in the effective tax rate is primarily due to a decrease in the current year in the amount of certain expenses that are deductible for tax purposes but not book purposes, as well as a decrease in California Enterprise Zone wage credits.

Inflation: The Company has endeavored to increase its prices to offset inflationary increases in its raw materials and other costs, but there can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in maintaining such price increases or in effecting such price increases in a manner that will provide a timely match to the cost increases in the future.

Known Trends and Uncertainties

The Company's financial results are closely tied to sales to the Company's top two customers, which represented approximately 60% of the Company's gross sales in fiscal year 2014. A significant downturn experienced by any or all of these customers could lead to pressure on the Company's revenues. At times, the Company has also faced higher raw material costs, primarily cotton, as well as increases in labor, transportation and currency costs associated with the Company's sourcing activities in China. Increases in these costs could adversely affect the profitability of the Company if it cannot pass the cost increases along to its customers in the form of price increases or if the timing of price increases does not closely match the cost increases, or if the Company cannot further reduce its dependence on cotton. For additional discussion of trends, uncertainties and other factors that could impact the Company's operating results, see "Risk Factors" in Item 1A.

Financial Position, Liquidity and Capital Resources

Net cash provided by operating activities decreased from $9.1 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 to $3.6 million for the fiscal year ended March 30, 2014. In the current year, the Company experienced a greater decrease in accounts payable and a greater increase in inventory balances, which was offset by a lesser increase in accounts receivable.

Net cash used in investing activities was $161,000 in fiscal year 2014 compared with $1.1 million in the prior year. The decrease in cash used in investing activities in the current year was primarily associated with lower capitalized costs of the Company's internally developed intangible assets.

Net cash used in financing activities decreased from $7.9 million to $3.3 million in the current year as compared with the prior year. Cash used for the payment of dividends was $4.5 lower in the current year, primarily associated with the payment of a special cash dividend during the prior year of $0.50 per share.

From April 1, 2013 to March 30, 2014, the Company used the bulk of its net cash provided by operating activities for the payment of dividends.

The Company's future performance is, to a certain extent, subject to general economic, financial, competitive, legislative, regulatory and other factors beyond its control. Based upon the current level of operations, the Company believes that its cash flow from operations and availability on its revolving line of credit will be adequate to meet its liquidity needs.

The Company's credit facility at March 30, 2014 consisted of a revolving line of credit under a financing agreement with CIT of up to $26.0 million, which includes a $1.5 million sub-limit for letters of credit, bearing interest at the rate of prime minus 0.50% or LIBOR plus 2.00%. The financing agreement matures on July 11, 2016 and is secured by a first lien on all assets of the Company. At March 30, 2014, the Company had elected to pay interest on balances owed under the revolving line of credit, if any, under the LIBOR option. The financing agreement also provides for the payment by CIT to the Company of interest at the rate of prime minus 2.00%, which was 1.25% at March 30, 2014, on daily negative balances held at CIT.

Under the financing agreement, a monthly fee is assessed based on 0.125% of the average unused portion of the $26.0 million revolving line of credit, less any outstanding letters of credit (the "Commitment Fee"). The Commitment Fee amounted to $41,000 and $64,000 during fiscal years 2014 and 2013, respectively. At March 30, 2014, there was no balance owed on the revolving line of credit, there was no letter of credit outstanding and the Company had $24.7 million available under the revolving line of credit based on its eligible accounts receivable and inventory balances.



The financing agreement contains usual and customary covenants for agreements of that type, including limitations on other indebtedness, liens, transfers of assets, investments and acquisitions, merger or consolidation transactions, transactions with affiliates, and changes in or amendments to the organizational documents for the Company and its subsidiaries. The Company believes it was in compliance with these covenants as of May 30, 2014.

To reduce its exposure to credit losses, the Company assigns the majority of its trade accounts receivable to CIT pursuant to factoring agreements, which have expiration dates that are coterminous with that of the financing agreement described above. Under the terms of the factoring agreements, CIT remits customer payments to the Company as such payments are received by CIT.

CIT bears credit losses with respect to assigned accounts receivable from approved shipments, while the Company bears the responsibility for adjustments from customers related to returns, allowances, claims and discounts. CIT may at any time terminate or limit its approval of shipments to a particular customer. If such a termination or limitation were to occur, the Company would either assume the credit risk for shipments to the customer after the date of such termination or limitation or cease shipments to the customer. Factoring fees, which are included in marketing and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of income, were $461,000 and $455,000 during fiscal years 2014 and 2013, respectively. There were no advances on the factoring agreements at either March 30, 2014 or March 31, 2013.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The Company prepares its financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") as promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB"), the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the regulations thereunder as administered by the SEC. References herein to GAAP are to topics within the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (the "FASB ASC"), which the FASB periodically revises through the issuance of an Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") and which has been established by the FASB as the authoritative source for GAAP recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities.

Use of Estimates: The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated balance sheets and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The listing below, while not inclusive of all of the Company's accounting policies, sets forth those accounting policies which the Company's management believes embody the most significant judgments due to the uncertainties affecting their application and the likelihood that materially different amounts would be reported under different conditions or using different assumptions.

Royalty Payments: The Company has entered into agreements that provide for royalty payments based on a percentage of sales with certain minimum guaranteed amounts. These royalty amounts are accrued based upon historical sales rates adjusted for current sales trends by customers. Royalty expense is included in cost of sales and amounted to $7.5 million and $6.8 million for fiscal years 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Revenue Recognition: Sales are recorded when goods are shipped to customers and are reported net of allowances for estimated returns and allowances in the consolidated statements of income. Allowances for returns are estimated based on historical rates. Allowances for returns, advertising allowances, warehouse allowances, placement fees and volume rebates are recorded commensurate with sales activity or using the straight-line method, as appropriate, and the cost of such allowances is netted against sales in reporting the results of operations. Shipping and handling costs, net of amounts reimbursed by customers, are not material and are included in net sales.

Allowances Against Accounts Receivable: The Company's allowances against accounts receivable are primarily contractually agreed-upon deductions for items such as cooperative advertising and warehouse allowances, placement fees and volume rebates. These deductions are recorded throughout the year commensurate with sales activity or using the straight-line method, as appropriate. Funding of the majority of the Company's allowances occurs on a per-invoice basis. The allowances for customer deductions, which are netted against accounts receivable in the consolidated balance sheets, consist of agreed-upon cooperative advertising support, placement fees, markdowns and warehouse and other allowances. All such allowances are recorded as direct offsets to sales, and such costs are accrued commensurate with sales activities or as a straight-line amortization charge of an agreed-upon fixed amount, as appropriate to the circumstances for each arrangement. When a customer requests deductions, the allowances are reduced to reflect such payments or credits issued against the customer's account balance. The Company analyzes the components of the allowances for customer deductions monthly and adjusts the allowances to the appropriate levels. The timing of the customer-initiated funding requests for advertising support can cause the net balance in the allowance account to fluctuate from period to period. The timing of such funding requests should have a minimal impact on the consolidated statements of income since such costs are accrued commensurate with sales activity or using the straight-line method, as appropriate.



To reduce its exposure to credit losses, the Company assigns the majority of its receivables under factoring agreements with CIT. In the event a factored receivable becomes uncollectible due to creditworthiness, CIT bears the risk of loss. The Company's management must make estimates of the uncollectiblity of its non-factored accounts receivable when evaluating the adequacy of its allowance for doubtful accounts, which it accomplishes by specifically analyzing accounts receivable, historical bad debts, customer concentrations, customer creditworthiness, current economic trends and changes in its customers' payment terms.

Inventory Valuation: The preparation of the Company's financial statements requires careful determination of the appropriate dollar amount of the Company's inventory balances. Such amount is presented as a current asset in the Company's consolidated balance sheets and is a direct determinant of cost of goods sold in the consolidated statements of income and, therefore, has a significant impact on the amount of net income reported in the accounting periods. The basis of accounting for inventories is cost, which includes the direct supplier acquisition cost, duties, taxes and freight, and the indirect costs to design, develop, source and store the product until it is sold. Once cost has been determined, the Company's inventory is then stated at the lower of cost or market, with cost determined using the first-in, first-out ("FIFO") method, which assumes that inventory quantities are sold in the order in which they are acquired.

The determination of the indirect charges and their allocation to the Company's finished goods inventories is complex and requires significant management judgment and estimates. If management made different judgments or utilized different estimates, then differences would result in the valuation of the Company's inventories and in the amount and timing of the Company's cost of goods sold and resulting net income for the reporting period.

On a periodic basis, management reviews its inventory quantities on hand for obsolescence, physical deterioration, changes in price levels and the existence of quantities on hand which may not reasonably be expected to be sold within the Company's normal operating cycle. To the extent that any of these conditions is believed to exist or the market value of the inventory expected to be realized in the ordinary course of business is otherwise no longer as great as its carrying value, an allowance against the inventory value is established. To the extent that this allowance is established or increased during an accounting period, an expense is recorded in cost of goods sold in the Company's consolidated statements of income. Only when inventory for which an allowance has been established is later sold or is otherwise disposed is the allowance reduced accordingly. Significant management judgment is required in determining the amount and adequacy of this allowance. In the event that actual results differ from management's estimates or these estimates and judgments are revised in future periods, the Company may not fully realize the carrying value of its inventory or may need to establish additional allowances, either of which could materially impact the Company's financial position and results of operations.

Depreciation and Amortization: The Company's consolidated balance sheets reflect property, plant and equipment, and certain intangible assets at cost less accumulated depreciation or amortization. The Company capitalizes additions and improvements and expenses maintenance and repairs as incurred. Depreciation and amortization are computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets, which are three to eight years for property, plant and equipment, and one to twenty years for intangible assets other than goodwill. The Company amortizes improvements to its leased facilities over the term of the lease or the estimated useful life of the asset, whichever is shorter.

Valuation of Long-Lived Assets, Identifiable Intangible Assets and Goodwill: In addition to the depreciation and amortization procedures set forth above, the Company reviews for impairment long-lived assets and certain identifiable intangible assets whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of any asset may not be recoverable. In the event of impairment, the asset is written down to its fair market value. Assets to be disposed of, if any, are recorded at the lower of net book value or fair market value, less estimated costs to sell at the date management commits to a plan of disposal, and are classified as assets held for sale on the consolidated balance sheets.

The Company tests the carrying value of its goodwill annually on the first day of the Company's fiscal year. An additional impairment test is performed during the year whenever an event or change in circumstances suggest that the fair value of the goodwill of either of the reporting units of the Company has more likely than not fallen below its carrying value. The Company considers its wholly-owned subsidiaries, CCIP and Hamco, to each be a reporting unit of the Company for goodwill impairment testing purposes.

Patent Costs: The Company incurs certain legal and related costs in connection with patent applications. The Company capitalizes such costs to be amortized over the expected life of the patent to the extent that an economic benefit is anticipated from the resulting patent or alternative future use is available to the Company. The Company also capitalizes legal costs incurred in the defense of the Company's patents when it is believed that the future economic benefit of the patent will be maintained or increased and a successful defense is probable. Capitalized patent defense costs are amortized over the remaining expected life of the related patent. The Company's assessment of future economic benefit or a successful defense of its patents involves considerable management judgment, and a different conclusion or outcome of litigation could result in a material impairment charge up to the carrying value of these assets.



Provision for Income Taxes: The Company's provision for income taxes includes all currently payable federal, state, local and foreign taxes that are based on the Company's taxable income and the change during the fiscal year in net deferred income tax assets and liabilities. The Company provides for deferred income taxes based on the difference between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates that will be in effect when the differences are expected to reverse. The Company's policy is to recognize the effect that a change in enacted tax rates would have on net deferred income tax assets and liabilities in the period that the tax rates are changed. The Company's provision for income taxes on continuing operations is based on effective tax rates of 38.3% and 36.3% in fiscal years 2014 and 2013, respectively. These effective tax rates are the sum of the top U.S. statutory federal income tax rate and a composite rate for state income taxes, net of federal tax benefit, in the various states in which the Company operates.

Management evaluates items of income, deductions and credits reported on the Company's various federal and state income tax returns filed and recognizes the effect of positions taken on those income tax returns only if those positions are more likely than not to be sustained. Recognized income tax positions are measured at the largest amount that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized. Changes in recognition or measurement are reflected in the period in which the change in judgment occurs. Based on its recent evaluation, the Company has concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions requiring recognition in the Company's consolidated financial statements. The Company's policy is to accrue interest expense and penalties as appropriate on any estimated unrecognized tax benefits as a charge to interest expense in the Company's consolidated statements of income.

Recently-Issued Accounting Standards

On May 28, 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which will replace most existing revenue guidance in GAAP when it becomes effective for the first annual fiscal period beginning after December 15, 2016. Early adoption is not permitted. The Company has evaluated this ASU and has determined that its adoption on April 3, 2017 is not expected to have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements. The Company has also determined that all other ASUs issued through May 30, 2014 which were in effect as of that date, or which will become effective at some future date, are not expected to have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

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