UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549



 

FORM 10-K



 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended April 24, 2010

COMMISSION FILE NUMBER 1-9656



 

LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 
MICHIGAN   38-0751137
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 
1284 North Telegraph Road, Monroe, Michigan   48162-3390
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (734) 242-1444



 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 
Title of each class   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Shares, $1.00 Par Value   New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None



 

Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes o No x

Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act. Yes o No x

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes o No o

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the Registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

     
Large accelerated filer o   Accelerated filer x   Non-accelerated filer o   Smaller reporting company o

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No x

Based on the closing price on the New York Stock Exchange on October 23, 2009, the aggregate market value of Registrant’s common shares held by non-affiliates of the Registrant on that date was $458.8 million.

The number of common shares outstanding of the Registrant was 51,778,891 as of June 7, 2010.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE:

(1) Portions of the Registrant’s Proxy Statement to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Regulation 14A for its 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference into Part III.
 

 


 
 

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LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT FISCAL 2010

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Number(s)
Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements     2  
PART I
        

Item 1.

Business

    3  

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

    9  

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

    11  

Item 2.

Properties

    11  

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

    12  

Item 4.

[Removed and Reserved]

    12  
Executive Officers of the Registrant     13  
PART II
        

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

    14  

Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

    17  

Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

    20  

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

    37  

Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

    38  

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

    74  

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

    74  

Item 9B.

Other Information

    74  
PART III
        

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers, and Corporate Governance

    75  

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

    75  

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

    75  

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

    75  

Item 14.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

    75  
PART IV
        

Item 15.

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

    76  

Note:  The responses to Items 10 through 14 will be included in the Company’s definitive proxy statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A for the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The required information is incorporated into this Form 10-K by reference to that document and is not repeated herein.

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Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

We are making forward-looking statements in this report. Generally, forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future actions, events or results of operations. More specifically, forward-looking statements may include information regarding:

 
future income, margins and cash flows   future economic performance
future growth   industry and importing trends
adequacy and cost of financial resources   management plans

Forward-looking statements also include those preceded or followed by the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “hopes,” “plans,” “intends” and “expects” or similar expressions. With respect to all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or projected due to a number of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to: (a) changes in consumer confidence and demographics; (b) continued economic recession; (c) changes in the real estate and credit markets and the potential impacts on our customers and suppliers; (d) the impact of political unrest internationally, terrorism or war; (e) continued energy and other commodity price changes; (f) the impact of logistics on imports; (g) the impact of interest rate and currency exchange rate changes; (h) operating factors, such as supply, labor or distribution disruptions including changes in operating conditions, product recalls or costs; (i) effects of restructuring actions; (j) changes in the domestic or international regulatory environment; (k) the impact of adopting new accounting principles; (l) the impact from severe weather or other natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes; (m) the ability to procure fabric rolls and leather hides or cut and sewn fabric and leather sets domestically or abroad; (n) fluctuations in our stock price; (o) impact of IT system failures; and (p) those matters discussed in Item 1A of this Annual Report and other factors identified from time-to-time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, either to reflect new developments or for any other reason.

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PART I

ITEM 1. BUSINESS.

Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker started Floral City Furniture in 1927, and in 1928 the newly formed company introduced its first recliner. In 1941, we were incorporated as La-Z-Boy Chair Company in the state of Michigan, and in 1996 the name was changed to La-Z-Boy Incorporated. The La-Z-Boy name is the most recognized brand in the furniture industry. La-Z-Boy Incorporated operates in three business segments — the Upholstery Group, the Casegoods Group and the Retail Group.

La-Z-Boy is the largest reclining-chair manufacturer in the world and one of North America’s largest manufacturers of upholstered furniture. We also manufacture and import casegoods (wood) furniture products for resale in North America. In addition, we have 68 company owned and operated retail stores located in eight markets in the United States. La-Z-Boy Incorporated markets furniture for every room of the home. According to the May 2010 Top 100 ranking by Furniture Today, which is an industry trade publication, the second largest retailer of single-brand upholstered furniture in the U.S. is the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores retail network.

Principal Products and Industry Segments

Our reportable operating segments are the Upholstery Group, the Casegoods Group and the Retail Group.

Upholstery Group.  In terms of revenue, our largest segment is the Upholstery Group, which includes La-Z-Boy, our largest operating unit. Also included in the Upholstery Group are the operating units England and Bauhaus. This group primarily manufactures and sells upholstered furniture to furniture retailers and proprietary stores. Upholstered furniture includes recliners and motion furniture, sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans, sleeper sofas, sectionals and modulars.

Casegoods Group.  Our Casegoods Group is primarily an importer, marketer and distributor of casegoods (wood) furniture. The operating units in the Casegoods Group consist of two groups, one including American Drew, Lea and Hammary, and the second being Kincaid. Casegoods product include tables, chairs, entertainment centers, headboards, dressers, accent pieces and some coordinated upholstered furniture.

Retail Group.  The Retail Group consists of 68 company-owned La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores located in eight markets ranging from the Midwest to the East Coast of the United States and also including Southeastern Florida. The Retail Group sells upholstered furniture, as well as casegoods and other accessories to end consumers through the retail network.

Additional detailed information regarding our segments and the products which comprise the segments is contained in Note 15 to our consolidated financial statements and our “Management’s Discussion and Analysis” section, both of which are included in this report.

Raw Materials and Parts

The principal raw materials for the Upholstery Group are purchased cover (primarily fabrics and leather), polyester batting and non-chlorofluorocarbonated polyurethane foam for cushioning and padding, lumber and plywood for frames and steel for motion mechanisms which total about 82% of our total raw material costs. We purchase about 68% of our polyurethane foam from one supplier, although this supplier has several facilities across the United States that ship to our plants.

Purchased cover is the largest raw material cost for this segment, representing about 44% of the Upholstery Group’s total material costs. We purchase cover from a variety of sources, but we do rely on a limited number of major suppliers. If one of these sources experienced financial or other difficulties we could experience temporary disruptions in our manufacturing process until another source could be found. Our cover is purchased either in a raw state (a roll or hide), then cut and sewn into parts in our plants or as cut-and-sewn parts from third-party offshore suppliers. The cover material costs are 55% fabric rolls and hides and 45% for cut-and-sewn parts. There are four primary suppliers of cut-and-sewn leather and fabric products, and the majority of our purchased cut-and-sewn sets come from China. One supplier manufactures the majority of the leather cut-and-sewn parts we receive from China. During the third quarter of fiscal 2009, we began shifting our domestic cutting and sewing operations to our facility in Mexico. At the end of fiscal 2010 almost 90% of

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our domestic fabric cutting and sewing operations had been transferred to our facility in Mexico. We expect to complete the transfer of our remaining domestic fabric cutting and sewing operations and our domestic leather cutting and sewing operations during fiscal 2011. We expect all of our cut-and-sewn parts to be supplied from our Mexican facility or from suppliers in China given the lower labor costs in these areas and the lack of competitively priced domestic sources.

As the economy improves we expect raw material costs to rise due to suppliers’ inability to meet increases in demand as capacity was reduced during the downturn of the economy. Steel, wood, and polyurethane manufacturers and the shipping industries all have reduced capacities and a major increase in business could force upward pricing pressures.

Our Casegoods Group is primarily an importer, marketer and distributor of casegoods furniture. In fiscal 2010, our two remaining Casegoods Group’s manufacturing facilities were consolidated into one plant. The principal raw materials used by our Casegoods Group are hardwoods, plywood and chip wood, veneers and liquid stains, paints and finishes and decorative hardware. Hardwood lumber and purchased hardwood components are the Casegoods Group’s largest raw material costs, representing about 50% of the segment’s total raw material costs, on domestically manufactured product.

Finished Goods Imports

Our Casegoods Group is primarily an importer of wood furniture. This import model is effective due to low labor and overhead costs associated with manufacturing casegoods product overseas. We have continued to make changes to our model in order to improve our service performance levels by improving our supply chain management and distribution networks, which includes the merger of our Hammary operations with our American Drew/Lea operations.

During fiscal 2010 prices on imported casegoods were flat compared to the second half of fiscal 2009. Prior to the second half of fiscal 2009 we were experiencing higher prices on imported casegoods due to increases related to higher labor, raw materials, currency valuations and transportation costs. We are also expecting increases in prices on imported casegoods during fiscal 2011 due to increases in labor and raw material costs, as well as increased transportation costs.

During fiscal 2010 and 2009, about 71% and 72%, respectively, of our casegoods finished goods sales were imported. Imported finished goods, for all our segments, represented approximately 11% of our fiscal 2010 consolidated sales.

Seasonal Business

We believe that the demand for furniture generally reflects sensitivity to overall economic conditions, including, but not limited to unemployment rates, housing market conditions and consumer confidence. Historically, our Upholstery Group experiences lower levels of sales during the first half of our fiscal year and higher levels of sales during the second half of our fiscal year. Our Casegoods Group historically experiences a lower level of sales during the first quarter of our fiscal year and a higher level of sales during our second fiscal quarter. Our Retail Group historically experiences a higher level of sales during the third quarter of our fiscal year, primarily because of the holidays and a lower level of sales during our first fiscal quarter. We believe variations to these historical patterns are a result of economic conditions during those periods and not a change in our historical patterns.

During fiscal 2010, our Upholstery and Casegoods Groups experienced its highest level of sales during our fourth fiscal quarter, whereas our Retail Group experienced their highest level of sales during our third fiscal quarter. All three of our segments experienced their lowest level of sales for fiscal 2010 during our first fiscal quarter.

When possible, we schedule production to maintain uniform manufacturing activity throughout the year. However, we shut down our domestic plants in July to perform routine maintenance on our equipment. A majority of our manufacturing facilities will shut down their production for at least one week in July 2010.

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Economic Cycle and Purchasing Cycle

The success of our business, to a significant extent, depends upon the level of consumer confidence. A number of economic conditions affect consumer confidence, including, among other things, the general state of the economy, general business conditions, uncertainty in the housing and credit markets, consumer debt levels, interest rates, taxation and unemployment levels.

While we are pleased with the progress in our Upholstery Group and Retail Group, we are concerned about the overall decrease in demand for casegoods products. We believe that consumers are postponing purchases of casegoods product because those products tend to be higher ticket purchases compared to upholstered furniture. We are continuing to modify our cost structure in our Casegoods Group to reduce operating expenses and be profitable on lower volumes. Our Retail Group is continuing to modify its cost structure to reduce operating expenses and increase sales volume in order to reduce losses and become profitable.

In terms of our product segments, upholstered furniture has a shorter life cycle and exhibits a less volatile sales pattern over an economic cycle than does casegoods. This is because upholstered furniture is typically more fashion and design oriented, and is often purchased one or two pieces at a time. In contrast, casegoods products are longer-lived, less fashion-oriented, and frequently purchased in groupings or “suites,” resulting in a much larger cost to the consumer.

Practices Regarding Working Capital Items

With the exception of company-owned stores and regional distribution centers discussed below, we do not carry significant amounts of upholstered finished goods in inventory as these goods are usually built to order. However, we generally build or import casegoods inventory to stock, in order to attain manufacturing efficiencies and/or to meet delivery requirements of customers. This results in higher levels of finished casegoods inventories than upholstery products. Our company-owned La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores maintain finished goods inventory at the stores.

Over the past few years we have created four regional distribution centers and opened a fifth distribution center in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. We created these distribution centers in order to streamline our warehousing and distribution processes for our La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network, which includes both company-owned stores and independently owned stores. Our move to distribution centers allowed us to reduce the number of individual warehouses needed to supply our retail outlets and helped us manage our inventory levels. As of April 24, 2010, our 4 regional distribution centers had eliminated 25 smaller warehouses, some of which were company operated and some of which were independently operated.

During fiscal 2010 and 2009, we made a concerted effort to manage our inventory levels to be more in-line with our sales volume. Our consolidation of casegoods warehouses and the creation of our distribution centers allowed us to be more effective in our management of inventory levels. Our overall inventory levels have declined 24% over the past two years. The changes mentioned above, as well as the overall decrease in our sales volume over the past two years resulted in the decline in our inventory levels.

In fiscal 2010 our Upholstery Group experienced an increase in inventory levels compared to fiscal 2009 as a result of the positive sales trend in the second half of fiscal 2010. Offsetting this was a decrease in inventory levels for our Casegoods Group due to the significant decline in sales volume.

During fiscal 2010 our accounts receivables increased by $17.2 million as a result of the positive sales trend in the second half of fiscal 2010. Additionally, economic conditions in fiscal 2009 resulted in increases to our allowance for bad debts of $10.4 million in fiscal 2009, thereby decreasing our net accounts receivable level for that period. During the second half of fiscal 2009, we experienced a sudden decrease in sales when compared to the second half of fiscal 2008. The sudden deterioration in economic conditions at that time affected the liquidity of some of our customers and their ability to pay outstanding past due balances, which resulted in our decision to record additional bad debt expense during the second half of fiscal 2009 and in the full fiscal 2009 year. Additionally, during fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009 we determined a portion of our receivables to be uncollectible and wrote them off against our provision for bad debts.

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Customers

We sell to a significant number of furniture retailers primarily throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, we sell to a number of furniture retailers outside of North America. We also sell to consumers through our company-owned La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores. We did not have any single customer whose purchases amounted to more than 4% of our fiscal year 2010 sales for either the Upholstery Group or the Casegoods Group. Sales in our Upholstery and Casegoods Groups are almost entirely to furniture retailers. The Retail Group sales are to end-consumers.

We have formal agreements with many of our retailers for them to display and merchandise products from one or more of our operating units and sell them to consumers in dedicated retail space, either in stand-alone stores or in dedicated galleries or studios within their stores. We consider these stores, as well as our own retail stores, to be “proprietary.” For our Upholstery and Casegoods Groups, our 2010 customer mix was about 52% proprietary, 16% major dealers (for example, Art Van Furniture, Berkshire Hathaway, Havertys Furniture, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture) and 32% other independent retail customers.

Currently, we own 68 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores. Additionally, we have agreements with independent dealers for 238 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, of which 29 stores are owned by Variable Interest Entities (VIEs) which we consolidate. These stores also sell accessories that are purchased from approved vendors. The success of our product distribution relies heavily on having retail floor space that is dedicated to displaying and marketing our product. This distribution system originated with our La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores network, which continues to have the largest number of proprietary stores and galleries among our other operating units. According to the May 2010 Top 100 ranking by Furniture Today, which is an industry trade publication, the second largest retailer of single-brand upholstered furniture in the U.S. is the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores retail network. In addition to the stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, the La-Z-Boy brand also has a distribution model known as Comfort Studios®. Comfort Studios® are defined spaces within a larger independent retailer that are dedicated to displaying La-Z-Boy branded furniture with the average size of the space being about 5,000 square feet. Currently there are 510 Comfort Studios® in our distribution system. Our proprietary distribution also includes in-store galleries for England, Kincaid and Lea’s La-Z-Boy KidzTM. Total “proprietary” floor space is approximately 8.8 million square feet.

Maintaining, updating, and expanding, when appropriate, our proprietary distribution is a key part of our marketing strategy. While we will continue to maintain and update our current stores, given the current economic climate, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network plans to be opportunistic in opening new stores during fiscal 2011. We select dealers for this proprietary distribution based on the management and financial qualifications of those dealers. The location of these proprietary stores is based on the potential for distribution in a specific geographical area. This proprietary method of distribution is beneficial to La-Z-Boy, our dealers and the consumer. For La-Z-Boy, it allows us to have a concentration of marketing of our product by sales personnel dedicated to our entire product line, and only that line. For our dealers who join this proprietary group, it allows them to take advantage of practices that have proven successful based on past experiences of other proprietary dealers. As a part of this, we facilitate forums and communications for these dealers to share best practices among their peers. For our consumers, these stores provide a full-service shopping experience with knowledgeable sales associates and in-home design consultants to support their purchasing process. The La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores dealers and the Comfort Studios® retailers are responsible for displaying and merchandising the product in the dedicated retail space.

Orders and Backlog

Upholstery orders are primarily built to a specific dealer order (stock order) or a special order with a down payment from a consumer (sold orders). Casegoods are primarily produced to our internal order (not a customer or consumer order), which results in higher finished goods inventory on hand. Our Upholstery Group and Casegoods Group typically ship products within 30 days of the order release date.

As of April 24, 2010, and April 25, 2009, Upholstery Group backlogs were approximately $65.5 million and $57.4 million, respectively. Our Casegoods Group backlogs as of April 24, 2010, and April 25, 2009, were approximately $19.3 million and $10.1 million, respectively. The increase in the Upholstery Group backlog from fiscal 2009 was due to our positive sales trend experienced in the second half of fiscal 2010. The

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increase in the Casegoods Group backlog from fiscal 2009 was a result of new introductions to our casegoods product line. The measure of backlog at a point in time may not be indicative of future sales performance, therefore we do not rely entirely on backlogs to predict future sales. For most operating units, an order cannot be canceled after it has been selected for production.

Competitive Conditions

We are currently the third largest manufacturer/distributor of residential (bedroom, dining room, living and family room) furniture in the United States, as measured by annual sales volume, according to industry trade publication Furniture Today.

In the Upholstery Group, the largest competitors are Ashley, Bassett Furniture, Berkline, Bernhardt, Ethan Allen, Flexsteel, Furniture Brands International, Klaussner, Natuzzi, and Palliser.

In the Casegoods Group, our main competitors are Ashley, Bernhardt, Ethan Allen, Furniture Brands International, Hooker Furniture, Stanley Furniture, and Universal. Additionally, there are market pressures related to foreign manufacturers entering the United States market, as well as by increased direct purchasing from overseas by some of the larger United States retailers.

The La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores operate in the retail furniture industry throughout North America; consequently, they have different competitors. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores competitors include but are not limited to: Ashley, Bassett Furniture Direct, Ethan Allen, Thomasville Home Furnishings Stores, several other regional competitors (for example Art Van Furniture, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, and Havertys Furniture), and family-owned independent furniture stores.

In addition to the larger competitors listed above, a substantial number of small and medium-sized firms operate within our business segments, all of which are highly competitive.

During the past couple of years there has been an increase in alternative distribution affecting our retail markets. Companies such as Costco, Home Depot, IKEA, Sam’s Club, Target, Wal-Mart, Williams Sonoma, and others are now offering products that compete with some of our product lines. The increased ability to purchase furniture products on-line through various furniture manufacturers’ and retailers’ websites has increased competition. Additionally, we compete in the mid-to-upper price point product lines. A shift in consumer tastes and trends to lower price point products could affect our competitive condition.

We compete primarily by emphasizing our brand names and the value, comfort, quality, and styling of our products. In addition, we remain committed to innovation within the furniture industry while striving to provide exceptional dealer support, outstanding customer service and efficient on-time delivery while operating in the mid-to-upper price segment of the furniture market. Also, maintaining, updating and expanding our proprietary distribution system is a key initiative for us in striving to remain competitive with others in the furniture industry.

Research and Development Activities

We provide information regarding our research and development activities in Note 1 to our consolidated financial statements, which is included in Item 8 of this report.

Trademarks, Licenses and Patents

We own several trademarks including La-Z-Boy, our most valuable. The La-Z-Boy trademark is essential to the upholstery and retail segments of our business. To protect our trademarks we have registered them in the United States and various other countries where our products are sold. The trademarks remain valid for as long as they are used properly for identification purposes, and we actively monitor the correct use of our trademarks. We license the use of the La-Z-Boy trademark on furniture sold outside the United States. We also license the use of the La-Z-Boy trademark on contract office furniture, outdoor furniture and on non-furniture products in the United States for the purpose of enhancing brand awareness. In addition, we license our proprietary dealers to use our La-Z-Boy trademark in connection with the sale of our products and related services, on their signs, and in other ways, which we consider to be a key part of our marketing strategies. We provide more information about those dealers above, under “Customers.”

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We hold a number of patents that we actively enforce but we believe that the loss of any single patent or group of patents would not materially impact our business.

Compliance with Environmental Regulations

Our manufacturing operations involve the use and disposal of certain substances regulated under environmental protection laws, and we are involved in a small number of remediation actions and site investigations concerning such substances. Based on a review of all currently known facts and our experience with previous environmental matters, we have recorded expense in respect of probable and reasonably estimable losses arising from environmental matters and currently do not anticipate any material loss.

Employees

We employed about 8,290 full-time equivalent persons as of April 24, 2010. The Upholstery Group employed about 6,786, the Casegoods Group employed about 483, the Retail Group employed about 458, with the remainder being non-segment personnel, which includes our VIEs. The majority of our employees are employed on a full-time basis. As of April 25, 2009, we had about 7,730 full-time equivalent employees.

Financial Information About Foreign and Domestic Operations and Export Sales

In fiscal 2010, our direct export sales, including sales in Canada, were approximately 12% of our total sales. We have a manufacturing joint venture in Thailand, which distributes furniture in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Thailand and other countries in Asia. In addition, we have a sales and marketing joint venture in Asia, which sells and distributes furniture in China, Japan and Korea among other Asian countries.

We also have a facility in Mexico which provides cut and sewn sets for our domestic upholstery manufacturing facilities. Information about sales in the United States and in Canada and other countries is contained in Note 15 to our consolidated financial statements, which is included in Item 8 of this report. Our property, plant, and equipment in the United States were $123.4 million and $131.6 million at the end of fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009, respectively. The property, plant, and equipment in foreign countries was $15.5 million and $15.3 million in fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009, respectively.

See Item 1A of this report for information about the risks attendant to our foreign operations.

Internet Availability

Available free of charge through our internet website are links to our Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, proxy statements on Schedule 14A and amendments to those reports. These reports can be found on our internet website www.la-z-boy.com as soon as reasonably practicable after being electronically filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Copies of any materials we file with the SEC can also be obtained free of charge through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The information on our website is not part of this report.

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS.

Our business is subject to a variety of risks. You should carefully consider the risk factors detailed below in conjunction with the other information contained in this document. Interest rates, consumer confidence, housing starts and the overall housing market, increased unemployment, tightening of the financial and consumer credit markets, downturns in the economy and other general economic factors that affect many other businesses are particularly significant to us because our principal products are consumer goods.

A continued economic downturn could have a negative material impact on our sales, results of operations and cash flows.

Over the past few years, negative changes in economic conditions, including high unemployment, volatile capital markets, decreases in the housing and real estate markets and tightening of consumer lending had a negative impact on our sales, results of operations and cash flows. A prolonged continuation of these conditions or a further economic downturn may cause our current and potential customers to delay their purchases or affect their ability to pay, which could have a negative long-term impact on our sales, results of operation and cash flows.

Our current retail markets and others we may acquire in the future may not achieve the growth and profitability we anticipated when we acquired them. We could incur charges for the impairment of long-lived assets if we cannot meet our earnings expectations for these markets.

We may remodel and relocate existing stores, as well as close underperforming stores. Profitability will depend on increased retail sales justifying the cost of remodeling and relocating these stores to support the lease carrying costs and our ability to reduce support costs as a percent of sales in advertising, selling and administration. In addition, while we are not currently planning on acquiring any new retail markets, we may acquire additional retail markets in the future, and if we do, they may be subject to many of the same risks. We may also incur additional costs upon acquiring new markets that could negatively impact our results of operations.

Availability of foreign sourcing and economic uncertainty in countries outside of the United States in which we operate or purchase product from could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

We have operations in countries outside the United States, some of which are located in emerging markets. Long-term economic and political uncertainty in some of the countries in which we operate, such as Mexico and Thailand, could result in the disruption of markets and negatively affect our business. We have been increasing our offshore capabilities to provide flexibility in product offerings and pricing to meet competitive pressures. Our Casegoods Group is primarily an importer of products manufactured by foreign sources. In addition, our Upholstery Group purchases cut and sewn fabric and leather sets from foreign sourced vendors. Our sourcing partners may not be able to produce these goods in a timely fashion, or the quality of their product may be rejected by us, causing delays in shipping to our customers for casegoods and manufacturing disruptions in our upholstery plants due to not receiving rolled fabric, leather hides, and fabric and leather cut and sewn sets. The majority of our cut and sewn leather sets purchased in China are purchased from one supplier. Additionally we receive cut and sewn sets from our facility located in Mexico. All of our cut and sewn sets will be supplied from Mexico and China after we are fully transitioned to our Mexican facility.

There are other risks that are inherent in our non-U.S. operations, including the potential for changes in socio-economic conditions, changes in laws and regulations, including import, export, labor and environmental laws, tariffs and trade barriers, monetary and fiscal policies, investments, taxation, and exchange controls. Additionally, unsettled political conditions, possible terrorist attacks, organized crime and public health concerns present a risk to our non-U.S. operations. All of these items could make it more difficult to service our customers or cause disruptions in our plants that could reduce our sales, earnings, or both in the future.

Changes in regulations of our international operations could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

Because we have operations outside of the United States and because we sell product in various countries, we are subject to many laws governing international relations, including those that prohibit improper payments to

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government officials and restrict where we can do business, what information or products we can supply to certain countries and what information we can provide to a non-U.S. government, including but not limited to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.S. Export Administration Act. Violations of these laws, which are complex, may result in criminal penalties or sanctions that could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations. Although we have implemented policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance with these laws, there can be no assurance that our employees, contractors, or agents will not violate our policies.

Fluctuations in the price, availability and quality of raw materials could cause delays that could result in our inability to provide goods to our customers or could increase our costs, either of which could decrease our earnings.

We use various types of wood, fabrics, leathers, upholstered filling material, steel, and other raw materials in manufacturing furniture. Because we are dependent on outside suppliers for our raw material needs, fluctuations in the price, availability and quality of the raw materials we use could have a negative effect on our cost of sales and our ability to meet our customers’ demands. Inability to meet our customers’ demands could result in the loss of future sales, and we may not always be able to pass along price increases to our customers due to competitive and marketing pressures. Since we have a higher concentration in upholstery sales (73%) than most of our competitors, the effects of steel, polyurethane foam and fabric price increases or quantity shortages are more significant for our business than for most other furniture companies. About 68% of our polyurethane foam comes from one supplier, although this supplier has several facilities across the United States. A natural disaster or severe weather that affects this supplier could result in delays in shipments of polyurethane foam to our plants. We have attempted to minimize this risk by requiring a minimum of 60 days worth of production of the principal raw material to be stored at an off-site facility.

A change in the financial condition of some of our domestic and foreign fabric suppliers could impede their ability to provide these products to us in a timely manner. In addition, upholstered furniture is highly fashion oriented, and if we are not able to acquire sufficient fabric variety, or if we are unable to predict or respond to changes in fashion trends, we may lose sales and have to sell excess inventory at reduced prices. This would lower our earnings as well as reduce our sales.

Business failures of large dealers or customers could result in a decrease in our future sales and earnings.

Although we have no customers who individually represent 4% or more of the annual sales of any of our segments, business failures or consolidation of large dealers or customers could result in a decrease in our future sales and earnings.

Healthcare reform legislation could have an impact on our business.

The recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Patient Act”) as well as other healthcare reform legislation being considered by Congress and state legislatures may have an impact on our business. While we are currently evaluating the effects of the Patient Act on our business, the impact on the healthcare industry is extensive and includes, among other things, having the federal government assume a greater role in the health care system, expanding healthcare coverage in the United States, mandating basic healthcare benefits and imposing regulations on businesses who provide or do not provide healthcare insurance to their employees. Our current assessment is that this legislation will most likely increase our employee healthcare-related costs. While the true cost of the recent healthcare legislation enacted will occur after 2013 due to provisions of the legislation being phased in over time, changes to our healthcare costs structure could have a significant impact on our business.

Climate change legislation could have an impact on our results of operations.

Climate change legislation has not yet been finalized or adopted, so any evaluation of its impact on our operations is speculative. We are a significant user of electricity, so any legislation that increases the operating costs of coal fired power plants will likely increase our operating expenses, although not disproportionately to our competitors or others in the industry. It is likely that cap and trade legislation regarding greenhouse gases will impose costs on carbon dioxide emissions from plants. Additionally, gasoline production will likely receive even greater cost allocations under cap and trade legislation. Increased costs associated with this type

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of legislation could have an adverse impact on our cost of raw materials or could result in increase costs associated with maintaining or updating our manufacturing facilities. New laws or regulations resulting in steep increases in the cost of fuel, or new technologies resulting in steep decreases in such costs, would affect our costs and the cost to our customers purchasing from us. If our costs increased, we might not always be able to pass along such increases to our customers due to competitive and marketing pressures, but we would expect our competitors to be similarly affected.

Failure to address product safety concerns could adversely affect our sales and results of operations.

If our product offerings do not meet applicable safety standards or our customers’ expectations regarding safety, we could experience lost sales, experience increased costs and be exposed to legal risk and damages to our reputation. All of our suppliers must comply with applicable product safety laws and we are somewhat dependent on them to ensure that the products we buy comply with all safety standards. We attempt to minimize this risk by performing our own independent testing of the products we buy from our suppliers. Events that give rise to actual or perceived product safety concerns could expose us to government enforcement action or private litigation and result in costly product recalls and other liabilities. In addition, negative perceptions regarding the safety of the products we sell could cause our customers to purchase furniture from a different source, resulting in lost sales, which could affect our results of operations.

Inability to maintain and enhance our brand and respond to changes in our current and potential customers’ tastes and trends in a timely manner could adversely affect our business and operating results.

The success of our business depends on our ability to maintain and enhance our brands to grow our business by retaining current customers and attracting new customers. Additionally, because furniture product is extremely fashion oriented, changes in consumers taste and trends and the resultant change in our product mix could adversely impact our business and operating results. We attempt to minimize these risks by maintaining a strong advertising and marketing campaign promoting both our brands and our current product designs, styles, quality and prices. If these efforts are unsuccessful or we incur substantial costs in connection with these efforts, our business, operating results and financial or competitive condition could be adversely affected.

We rely extensively on computer systems to process transactions, summarize results and manage our business. Disruptions in both our primary and back-up systems could adversely affect our business and operating results.

Our primary and back-up computer systems are subject to damage or interruption from power outages, computer and telecommunications failures, computer viruses, security breaches, natural disasters and usage errors by employees. Interruptions of our critical business computer systems and/or failure of our back-up systems could negatively impact our sales or result in longer production times. Additionally, if our critical business computer systems or our back-up systems are damaged or cease to function properly, we may have to make a significant investment to fix or replace them.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS.

None.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES.

We owned or leased approximately 11.0 million square feet of manufacturing, warehousing distribution centers, office, showroom, and retail facilities, and had approximately 2.2 million square feet of idle facilities at the end of fiscal 2010. Of the 11.0 million square feet occupied at the end of fiscal 2010, our Upholstery Group occupied approximately 6.4 million square feet, our Casegoods Group occupied approximately 2.4 million square feet, our Retail Group occupied approximately 1.3 million square feet and our non-segmented operations occupied the balance.

We sold several idle facilities during fiscal years 2010 and 2009. Our active facilities are located in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C., Toronto (Canada), Coahuila (Mexico) and

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Bangkok (Thailand). Most of them are less than 50 years old, and all of them are well maintained and insured. We do not expect any major land or building additions will be needed to increase capacity in the foreseeable future for our manufacturing operations. We own all of our domestic plants, some of which have been financed under long-term industrial revenue bonds, and our Thailand plant and we lease the majority of our retail stores and regional distribution centers, as well as our manufacturing facility in Mexico. For information on terms of operating leases for our properties, see Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements, which is included in Item 8 of this report.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

We are involved in various legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of our business. Based on a review of all currently known facts and our experience with previous legal matters, we have recorded expense in respect of probable and reasonably estimable losses arising from legal matters and currently do not anticipate any material additional loss.

ITEM 4. [REMOVED AND RESERVED.]

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF REGISTRANT

Listed below are the names, ages and current positions of our executive officers and, if they have not held those positions for at least five years, their former positions during that period with us or other companies. All executive officers serve at the pleasure of the board of directors.

Kurt L. Darrow, age 55

President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2003

Steven M. Kincaid, age 61

Senior Vice President of La-Z-Boy and President of Casegoods since November 2003
President, Kincaid Furniture Company, Incorporated since June 1983

Louis M. Riccio, Jr., age 47

Senior Vice President of La-Z-Boy and Chief Financial Officer since July 2006
Treasurer from April 2007 through August 2007 and February 2010 through April 2010
Vice President and Corporate Controller from February 2002 through June 2006

Otis S. Sawyer, age 52

Senior Vice President of La-Z-Boy and President of Non-Branded Upholstery since February 2008
President, England, Incorporated since February 2008
Senior Vice President Corporate Operations from May 2006 through February 2008
Vice President and Chief Information Officer from August 2004 through April 2006

Mark S. Bacon, Sr., age 47

Senior Vice President of La-Z-Boy and Chief Retail Officer since October 2008
Executive Vice President of Sales, Commercial and Operations of The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack from March 2004 through September 2007

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PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.

Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers

We did not purchase any of our common shares during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010.

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

There were no sales of unregistered securities during fiscal year 2010.

Equity Plans

The table below provides information concerning our compensation plans under which common shares may be issued.

Equity Compensation Plan Information as of April 24, 2010

     
Plan category   Number of securities
to be issued
upon exercise of
outstanding options
(i)
  Weighted-average
exercise prices of
outstanding options
(ii)
  Number of
securities remaining
available for future
issuance under equity
compensation plans
(excluding securities
reflected in
column (i))
(iii)
Equity compensation plans approved by shareholders     3,048,045 (1)    $ 10.41       974,340 (2) 

Note 1: These options were issued under our 2004 Long-Term Equity Award Plan and our 1997 Incentive Stock Option Plan. No additional options can be awarded under the 1997 plan, but 466,770 are still outstanding under the 1997 plan.

Note 2: This amount is the aggregate number of shares available for future issuance under our 2004 Long-Term Equity Award Plan, which has a stock option component, a restricted stock component and a performance award component, and our Restricted Stock Plan for Non-Employee Directors. The long-term equity award plan provides for awards of stock options, restricted stock, and performance awards (awards of our common stock based on achievement of pre-set goals over a performance period) to selected key employees. The non-employee directors’ plan provides for grants of 30-day options on our common shares. The total shown above consists of: (a) a maximum of 823,540 shares that may be granted under the long-term equity award plan; and (b) 150,800 shares available for future issuance under the non-employee directors’ plan. We discontinued awards under the non-employee directors’ plan in fiscal 2009.

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Performance Graph

The graph below shows the return for our last five fiscal years that would have been realized (assuming reinvestment of dividends) by an investor who invested $100 on April 30, 2005 in our common shares, in the S&P 500 Composite Index and in the Dow Jones U.S. Furnishings Index.

[GRAPHIC MISSING]

           
Company/Index/Market   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010
La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ 100     $ 133.54     $ 105.43     $ 60.08     $ 25.54     $ 125.20  
S&P 500 Composite Index   $ 100     $ 115.42     $ 133.00     $ 126.78     $ 82.01     $ 113.87  
Dow Jones U.S. Furnishings Index   $ 100     $ 111.92     $ 107.68     $ 74.56     $ 50.38     $ 86.43  

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Dividend and Market Information

The New York Stock Exchange is the principal market in which our common stock is traded. The tables below show the high and low sale prices of our common stock on the New York Stock Exchange during each quarter of our last two fiscal years, as well as the dividends we paid during each quarter.

       
Fiscal 2010 Quarter Ended   Dividends
Paid
  Market Price
  High   Low   Close
July 25   $ 0.00     $ 6.60     $ 1.81     $ 6.59  
October 24   $ 0.00     $ 10.29     $ 6.11     $ 8.90  
January 23   $ 0.00     $ 11.63     $ 6.57     $ 11.35  
April 24   $ 0.00     $ 15.46     $ 9.04     $ 14.75  
     $ 0.00                    

       
Fiscal 2009 Quarter Ended   Dividends
Paid
  Market Price
  High   Low   Close
July 26   $ 0.04     $ 7.93     $ 5.84     $ 7.60  
October 25   $ 0.04     $ 11.76     $ 4.50     $ 4.61  
January 24   $ 0.02     $ 5.78     $ 1.20     $ 1.21  
April 25   $ 0.00     $ 2.23     $ 0.53     $ 2.17  
     $ 0.10                    

Our credit agreement would prohibit us from paying dividends if our “excess availability,” as defined in the credit agreement, falls below $30 million. As of April 24, 2010, we had $90.6 million of excess availability under the credit agreement. Refer to Note 8 of the consolidated financial statements in Item 8 for further discussion of our credit agreement. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 we suspended our quarterly dividend in order to conserve cash and increase our financial flexibility. The payment of future cash dividends is within the discretion of our Board of Directors and will depend, among other factors, on our earnings, capital requirements and operating and financial condition, as well as excess availability under the credit agreement.

Shareholders

We had about 17,400 shareholders of record at June 11, 2010.

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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.

The following table presents our selected financial data. The table should be read in conjunction with Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. This information is derived from our audited financial statements and should be read in conjunction with those statements, including the related notes.

Consolidated Five-Year Summary of Financial Data

         
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Fiscal Year Ended
  (52 weeks)
4/24/2010
  (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  (52 weeks)
4/26/2008
  (52 weeks)
4/28/2007
  (52 weeks)
4/29/2006
Sales   $ 1,179,212     $ 1,226,674     $ 1,450,941     $ 1,621,460     $ 1,699,806  
Cost of sales
                                            
Cost of goods sold     802,344       879,889       1,053,785       1,191,463       1,275,053  
Restructuring     2,141       9,818       5,057       3,371       8,479  
Total cost of sales     804,485       889,707       1,058,842       1,194,834       1,283,532  
Gross profit     374,727       336,967       392,099       426,626       416,274  
Selling, general and administrative     331,491       373,502       397,713       387,431       379,059  
Restructuring     1,293       2,642       3,078       7,662        
Write-down of long-lived assets           7,503                    
Write-down of trade names           5,541                    
Write-down of goodwill           42,136       8,426             22,695  
Operating income (loss)     41,943       (94,357 )      (17,118 )      31,533       14,520  
Interest expense     2,972       5,581       13,899       10,206       11,540  
Interest income     724       2,504       3,614       3,952       3,101  
Income from Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act, net     4,436       8,124       7,147       3,430        
Other income (expense), net     590       (7,998 )      5,393       727       (933 ) 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes     44,721       (97,308 )      (14,863 )      29,436       5,148  
Income tax expense (benefit)     12,670       25,112       (7,214 )      9,933       10,758  
Income (loss) from continuing operations     32,051       (122,420 )      (7,649 )      19,503       (5,610 ) 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (net of tax)                 (6,000 )      (15,629 )      2,549  
Net income (loss)     32,051       (122,420 )      (13,649 )      3,874       (3,061 ) 
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     487       (252 )      (277 )      (29 )      (215 ) 
Net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ 32,538     $ (122,672 )    $ (13,926 )    $ 3,845     $ (3,276 ) 
Diluted weighted average shares     51,732       51,460       51,408       51,475       51,801  
Diluted income (loss) from continuing operations per share   $ 0.62     $ (2.39 )    $ (0.16 )    $ 0.38     $ (0.11 ) 
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.62     $ (2.39 )    $ (0.27 )    $ 0.07     $ (0.07 ) 
Dividends declared per share   $     $ 0.10     $ 0.40     $ 0.48     $ 0.44  
Book value of year-end shares outstanding   $ 6.61     $ 5.87     $ 8.71     $ 9.41     $ 9.83  
Return on average total equity*     9.8 %      (32.3 )%      (1.6 )%      3.9 %      (1.1 )% 
Gross profit as a percent of sales     31.8 %      27.5 %      27.0 %      26.3 %      24.5 % 
Operating profit (loss) as a percent of sales     3.6 %      (7.7 )%      (1.2 )%      1.9 %      0.9 % 
Effective tax rate*     28.3 %      (25.8 )%      48.5 %      33.7 %      209.0 % 
Return on sales*     2.7 %      (10.0 )%      (0.5 )%      1.2 %      (0.3 )% 
Depreciation and amortization   $ 25,246     $ 24,142     $ 25,323     $ 27,678     $ 29,613  
Capital expenditures   $ 10,986     $ 15,625     $ 27,386     $ 25,811     $ 27,991  
Property, plant and equipment, net   $ 138,857     $ 146,896     $ 168,325     $ 181,170     $ 208,412  
Working capital   $ 280,830     $ 221,752     $ 264,238     $ 314,471     $ 346,911  
Current ratio**     2.9 to 1        2.8 to 1        2.6 to 1        2.4 to 1        2.6 to 1   
Total assets   $ 608,818     $ 549,207     $ 766,857     $ 877,068     $ 955,422  
Long-term debt   $ 46,917     $ 52,148     $ 99,578     $ 113,172     $ 174,680  
Total debt   $ 47,983     $ 60,872     $ 104,370     $ 151,248     $ 185,682  
Total equity   $ 346,240     $ 306,432     $ 451,374     $ 486,098     $ 511,278  
Debt to equity ratio***     13.9 %      19.9 %      23.1 %      31.1 %      36.3 % 
Debt to capitalization ratio****     12.2 %      16.6 %      18.8 %      23.7 %      26.6 % 
Shareholders     17,400       16,700       20,200       23,900       31,900  
Employees     8,290       7,730       10,060       11,700       13,400  

* Based on income (loss) from continuing operations
** Equal to total current assets divided by total current liabilities
*** Equal to total debt divided by total equity
**** Equal to total debt divided by total debt plus total equity

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Unaudited Quarterly Financial Information Fiscal 2010

       
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Fiscal Quarter Ended
  (13 weeks)
7/25/2009
  (13 weeks)
10/24/2009
  (13 weeks)
1/23/2010
  (13 weeks)
4/24/2010
Sales   $ 262,671     $ 300,707     $ 305,094     $ 310,740  
Cost of sales
                                   
Cost of goods sold     181,549       204,962       206,895       208,938  
Restructuring     736       663       392       350  
Total cost of sales     182,285       205,625       207,287       209,288  
Gross profit     80,386       95,082       97,807       101,452  
Selling, general and administrative     77,622       84,862       83,527       85,480  
Restructuring     301       520       201       271  
Operating income     2,463       9,700       14,079       15,701  
Interest expense     980       831       577       584  
Interest income     276       199       140       109  
Income from Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act, net                 4,436        
Other income (expense), net     711       236       (593 )      236  
Earnings before income taxes     2,470       9,304       17,485       15,462  
Income tax expense     439       3,762       6,547       1,922  
Net income     2,031       5,542       10,938       13,540  
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     (48 )      365       38       132  
Net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ 1,983     $ 5,907     $ 10,976     $ 13,672  
Diluted weighted average shares     51,479       51,755       51,845       52,101  
Diluted net income attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.04     $ 0.11     $ 0.21     $ 0.26  

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Unaudited Quarterly Financial Information Fiscal 2009

       
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Fiscal Quarter Ended
  (13 weeks)
7/26/2008
  (13 weeks)
10/25/2008
  (13 weeks)
1/24/2009
  (13 weeks)
4/25/2009
Sales   $ 321,652     $ 331,948     $ 288,576     $ 284,498  
Cost of sales
                                   
Cost of goods sold     235,596       243,090       207,809       193,394  
Restructuring     5,795       2,236       1,664       123  
Total cost of sales     241,391       245,326       209,473       193,517  
Gross profit     80,261       86,622       79,103       90,981  
Selling, general and administrative     91,435       101,665       93,501       86,901  
Restructuring     781       687       741       433  
Write-down of long-lived assets                 7,036       467  
Write-down of trade names                 5,541        
Write-down of goodwill     1,292       408       40,436        
Operating income (loss)     (13,247 )      (16,138 )      (68,152 )      3,180  
Interest expense     1,495       1,651       1,386       1,049  
Interest income     932       630       323       619  
Income from Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act, net                 8,124        
Other income (expense), net     143       (685 )      (7,433 )      (23 ) 
Earnings (loss) before income taxes     (13,667 )      (17,844 )      (68,524 )      2,727  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (5,107 )      36,757       (4,263 )      (2,275 ) 
Net income (loss)     (8,560 )      (54,601 )      (64,261 )      5,002  
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     (86 )      (34 )      (287 )      155  
Net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ (8,646 )    $ (54,635 )    $ (64,548 )    $ 5,157  
Diluted weighted average shares     51,428       51,458       51,475       51,478  
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ (0.17 )    $ (1.06 )    $ (1.25 )    $ 0.10  

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

Our Management’s Discussion and Analysis is an integral part of understanding our financial results. This Management’s Discussion and Analysis should be read in conjunction with the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. We begin the Management’s Discussion and Analysis with an introduction to La-Z-Boy Incorporated’s key businesses, strategies and significant operational events in fiscal 2010. We then provide a discussion of our results of operations, liquidity and capital resources, critical accounting policies and other matters.

Introduction

La-Z-Boy Incorporated manufactures, markets, imports, distributes and retails upholstery products and casegoods (wood) furniture products. Our La-Z-Boy brand is the most recognized brand in the furniture industry, and we are the leading global producer of reclining chairs. We own 68 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, which are retail locations dedicated to marketing our La-Z-Boy branded product. These 68 stores are part of the larger network of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, which includes a total of 306 stores, the balance of which are independently owned and operated. The network constitutes the industry’s largest single-branded upholstered furniture retailer in North America. These stores combine the style, comfort and quality of La-Z-Boy furniture with our in-home design service to help consumers furnish their homes. In addition to our La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network, the La-Z-Boy brand also has a distribution model known as Comfort Studios®. Comfort Studios® are defined spaces within a larger independent retailer that are dedicated to displaying La-Z-Boy branded furniture with the average size of the space being about 5,000 square feet. As of April 24, 2010, we had 510 Comfort Studios®. Additionally, our Kincaid, England and Lea operating units also have in-store gallery programs.

In addition to our company-owned stores, we consolidate certain of our independent dealers who did not have sufficient equity to carry out their principal business activities without our financial support. These dealers are referred to as Variable Interest Entities (“VIEs”). At the end of fiscal 2010, we had three VIEs, operating 29 stores, in our Consolidated Statement of Operations. At the end of fiscal 2009, we had three VIEs, operating 30 stores, in our Consolidated Statement of Operations.

Our reportable operating segments are the Upholstery Group, the Casegoods Group and the Retail Group.

Upholstery Group.  In terms of revenue, our largest segment is the Upholstery Group, which includes La-Z-Boy, our largest operating unit. Also included in the Upholstery Group are the operating units Bauhaus and England. This group primarily manufactures and sells upholstered furniture to furniture retailers and proprietary stores. The Upholstery Group sells furniture mainly to La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, general dealers and department stores. Upholstered furniture includes recliners and motion furniture, sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans and sleeper sofas.

Casegoods Group.  Our Casegoods Group is primarily an importer, marketer and distributor of casegoods (wood) furniture. The operating units in the Casegoods Group consist of two groups, one including American Drew, Lea, and Hammary, the second being Kincaid. Casegoods products include tables, chairs, entertainment centers, headboards, dressers, accent pieces and some coordinated upholstered furniture.

Retail Group.  The Retail Group consists of 68 company-owned La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores located in eight markets ranging from the Midwest to the East Coast of the United States and also including Southeastern Florida. The Retail Group sells upholstered furniture, as well as casegoods and other accessories to end consumers through the retail network.

Significant Operational Events in Fiscal 2010

The furniture industry as a whole faced challenging economic conditions during fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009 which affected sales volumes. In fiscal 2010, we recorded net sales of $1.2 billion, a 3.9% decrease compared to fiscal 2009. The majority of our decrease in sales volume came from our Casegoods Group, which continues to be more negatively impacted by the economic climate. We believe consumers are continuing to postpone purchases of casegoods product because these products tend to be a higher ticket purchase than upholstered furniture. Our Upholstery Group sales were flat compared to fiscal 2009 and our Retail Group had a slight decrease in sales volume for fiscal 2010 compared to fiscal 2009. However the Upholstery and Retail

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Groups had increases in sales volumes in the second half of fiscal 2010 compared to the second half of fiscal 2009. We believe the somewhat improved economy and the strength of and the inherent quality associated with the La-Z-Boy brand, as well as our decision to maintain a strong advertising presence throughout the challenging economic conditions were the principal reasons for the improvement in our Upholstery and Retail Groups during the second half of fiscal 2010.

While our business has experienced a decline in sales volumes, we have been able to increase our consolidated operating margin to 3.6% in fiscal 2010 from (7.7)% in fiscal 2009. Our operating margin improvement was the result of a 6.7 percentage point improvement in our Upholstery Group’s operating margin and an 8.8 percentage point improvement in our Retail Group’s operating margin, offset by a 0.5 percentage point decrease in our Casegoods Group’s operating margin. We believe our conversion to cellular manufacturing and various restructurings we have completed in recent years have resulted in improved operating margins for our Upholstery Group. Additionally, we continued to focus on increasing our gross margin and reducing selling and administrative costs in our Retail Group, which enabled us to improve our operating margin even on lower sales volume. The steep decline in sales volume for our Casegoods Group, which outpaced our reduction in operating costs, resulted in a decrease in operating margin for our Casegoods Group. Our Casegoods Group continues to focus on reducing costs to be more in line with the sales volume by consolidating manufacturing facilities and warehouses, as well as administrative functions.

The consolidation of our casegoods manufacturing facilities was completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and the conversion of our other casegoods facility to a warehouse was completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. We converted the other casegoods facility to a warehouse in order to reduce our costs by vacating an expensive leased warehouse. Additionally, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 our American Drew, Lea, and Hammary operations were merged. At the end of fiscal 2010, almost 90% of our domestic fabric cut and sew operations had been transferred to our facility in Mexico, with the balance expected to be transitioned during fiscal 2011. We also expect to transition our leather cut and sew operations to our facility in Mexico during fiscal 2011.

Our fiscal 2009 consolidated operating margin included 3.9 percentage points for the write-down of goodwill and trade names, 1.0 percentage points for restructuring and 0.6 percentage points for the write-down of long-lived assets.

In addition to our positive earnings, we increased our cash and equivalents to $108.4 million as of April 24, 2010, compared to $17.4 million as of April 25, 2009. We have also decreased our total debt to $48.0 million and increased our cash provided by operating activities by $38.0 million during fiscal 2010 to $89.7 million.

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Results of Operations
Fiscal Year 2010 Compared to Fiscal Year 2009

La-Z-Boy Incorporated

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/24/2010
  (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  Percent
change
Consolidated sales   $ 1,179,212     $ 1,226,674       (3.9 )% 
Consolidated operating income (loss)     41,943       (94,357 )      144.5 % 
Consolidated operating margin     3.6 %      (7.7 )%          

Consolidated sales decreased $47.5 million due to the continued challenging economic climate. The challenging conditions coupled with our decision to limit our exposure and credit support to certain independent dealers was reflected in our overall decrease in sales for fiscal 2010 compared to fiscal 2009.

Our fiscal 2010 gross margin increased by 4.3 percentage points mainly due to the efficiencies gained in our upholstery plants, the restructurings completed in our Casegoods Group and improved pricing and merchandising in our retail stores.
Our fiscal 2010 operating margin included 0.3 percentage points of restructuring charges, whereas our fiscal 2009 operating margin included 3.9 percentage points for the write-down of goodwill and trade names, 1.0 percentage points of restructuring charges and 0.6 percentage points for the write-down of long-lived assets.
A decrease in our bad debt expense resulted in a 1.5 percentage point improvement in our operating margin. The decrease in bad debt expense was a result of the stabilization of the financial performance of our dealers during fiscal 2010 compared to fiscal 2009. The sudden deterioration in economic conditions during fiscal 2009 affected the liquidity of some of our customers and their ability to pay outstanding past due balances, which resulted in increased bad debt expense during that time period.

Upholstery Group

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/24/2010
  (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  Percent
change
Sales   $ 904,871     $ 899,204       0.6 % 
Operating income     96,392       35,947       168.2 % 
Operating margin     10.7 %      4.0 %          

Sales

Our Upholstery Group sales were flat compared to fiscal 2009. We believe the strength of the La-Z-Boy brand and the inherent quality associated with the brand allowed us to gain market share during this time of economic distress. Additionally, we continued to focus on various sales initiatives and maintained a strong advertising presence throughout the challenging economic climate.

While our Upholstery Group sales were flat for the full fiscal 2010 year compared with the full fiscal 2009 year, sales comparisons trended upward in the second half of our fiscal year. Sales for our Upholstery Group increased by 14.8% in the second half of fiscal 2010, compared with the second half of fiscal 2009.
In fiscal 2009 the reporting of the retail warehouse operations was changed from the Retail Group to the Upholstery Group. Since the warehouse operations were expanded to incorporate the warehousing, staging and delivery of independent La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® dealers’ products as well as for our Retail Group, the reporting of those warehouses was more appropriately included in our La-Z-Boy wholesale operating unit which is a part of our Upholstery Group. As a result of this change, sales and operating profit that were previously recorded within our Upholstery Group

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for product sold to our Retail Group and still in inventory were reversed. A one-time adjustment was recorded in fiscal 2009 that reduced inter-company sales for the Upholstery Group by $12.1 million during that period, with a corresponding offset recorded in our eliminations line. This adjustment did not affect our consolidated sales.
The adjustment mentioned above was partially offset by an increase in sales resulting from a change in contractual relationships with our third party carriers as reported in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 26, 2008. This change resulted in an increase of $11.0 million of sales for our Upholstery Group in fiscal 2009.

Operating Margin

Our Upholstery Group operating margin increased 6.7 percentage points in fiscal 2010.

Efficiencies realized in our domestic upholstery manufacturing facilities resulted in an increase in our operating margin of 3.3 percentage points. Our conversion to cellular manufacturing and our various restructurings completed in recent years resulted in more efficient capacity utilization.
Although we incurred rising raw material costs in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, for the full fiscal year, decreases in raw material costs for our Upholstery Group resulted in a 2.1 percentage point improvement in our operating margin.
A decrease in our bad debt expense for our Upholstery Group resulted in a 1.8 percentage point improvement in our operating margin.
In fiscal 2009, the Upholstery Group operating income was reduced by $3.3 million due to the one-time adjustment for inter-company profit resulting from the previously mentioned change in reporting of the retail warehouse operations. This adjustment did not affect our consolidated operating results.
In fiscal 2009 our Upholstery Group operating profit increased by $1.5 million as a result of the change in third party freight carrier contracts as noted previously in our sales discussion.

Casegoods Group

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/24/2010
  (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  Percent
change
Sales   $ 146,706     $ 178,000       (17.6 )% 
Operating income (loss)     (243 )      554       (143.9 )% 
Operating margin     (0.2 )%      0.3 %          

Sales

The $31.3 million decrease in sales volume occurred across all of our casegoods operating units due to weak consumer demand. The challenging economic climate had a negative impact on consumers’ discretionary spending. We believe that consumers are postponing purchases of casegoods product to a greater extent than upholstered furniture because casegoods product tends to be a higher ticket purchase compared to upholstered furniture. In spite of reduced demand, we were able to reduce our sales discounts, which resulted in a 1.6 percentage point increase in sales for our Casegoods Group.

Operating Margin

Our Casegoods Group basically broke even on a 17.6% decrease in sales volume. The 0.5 percentage point decrease in operating margin in fiscal 2010 was a result of the overall decrease in sales volume experienced across all of our casegoods operating units. The decrease in sales volume outpaced our reduction in operating costs and improvement in gross margin.

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Retail Group

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/24/2010
  (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  Percent
change
Sales   $ 153,620     $ 160,838       (4.5 )% 
Operating loss     (19,825 )      (34,841 )      43.1 % 
Operating margin     (12.9 )%      (21.7 )%          

Sales

The $7.2 million decrease in sales was mostly the result of a 15.2% decrease in sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2009. There were only slight decreases in sales for the second and third quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to the second and third quarter of fiscal 2009, with a slight increase in sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to fiscal 2009.
The improvement in sales for our Retail Group in the latter part of fiscal 2010 was due to increased traffic and a 10% increase in our average ticket, as well as better product merchandising.

Operating Margin

Our Retail Group operating margin increased 8.8 percentage points in fiscal 2010.

Our Retail Group experienced a 1.1 percentage point improvement in gross profit margin.
Changes made to our selling structure resulted in a 4.7 percentage point improvement in our Retail Group’s operating margin.
A decrease in occupancy related expenses for our Retail Group resulted in a 0.9 percentage point improvement in our Retail Group’s operating margin. This was mainly a result of improved utility management and a decrease in common area maintenance charges for our leased facilities.
A decrease in advertising expense for our Retail Group resulted in a 0.7 percentage point improvement in our Retail Group’s operating margin, as we continued to focus on cost effectiveness of our advertising expenses.

VIEs/Corporate and Other

Our VIEs’ sales increased to $53.2 million in fiscal 2010, compared to $50.9 million in fiscal 2009. Additionally, our VIEs’ operating income improved to $0.1 million in fiscal 2010, compared to an operating loss of $5.8 million in fiscal 2009 mainly due to operational improvements made at our Toronto, Ontario VIE.

Our Corporate and Other operating loss increased $8.4 million due in part to a $2.7 million decrease in realized gains on property sales. Additionally, a $6.3 million increase in costs for bonus and stock incentives as a result of our improved performance and higher stock price, resulted in an increase in our Corporate and Other operating loss.

Income from Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act

We received $4.4 million and $8.1 million in payments and funds related to the anti-dumping order on wooden bedroom furniture from China during fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009, respectively, for duties collected on imports entered into the United States before September 30, 2007. The Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”) provides for distribution of monies collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection from anti-dumping cases to domestic producers that supported the anti-dumping petition. In view of the uncertainties associated with this program, we are unable to predict the amounts, if any, we may receive in the future under CDSOA.

Interest Expense

Interest expense for fiscal 2010 was $2.6 million less than fiscal 2009 due to a $56.8 million decrease in our average debt. Our weighted average interest rate increased 1.5 percentage points in fiscal 2010 compared to fiscal 2009 due to fees associated with the unused portion of our credit facility weighting the overall effective

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interest rate more heavily. Interest expense is expected to be less in fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2010 as we expect to continue to maintain our relatively low level of debt and interest rates remain at historically low levels.

Other Income/(Expense)

Other income (expense), net, was income of $0.6 million for fiscal 2010, compared to expense of $8.0 million for fiscal 2009. During fiscal 2010, we recognized $0.1 million related to gains on the sale of investments, compared to $5.3 million of losses during fiscal 2009. Of the $5.3 million for fiscal 2009, $5.1 million was an impairment charge related to available-for-sale marketable securities used to fund future obligations of one of our non-qualified retirement plans. The impairment charge was recorded because those losses were considered other-than-temporary.

Income Taxes

Our effective tax rate for fiscal 2010 was 28.3%. During fiscal 2010 we realized a reduction of our tax asset valuation reserves which lowered our tax rate by 5.3 percentage points. The reduction in our valuation reserves was due to the utilization of some tax assets which were previously reserved in addition to reversals of reserves as a result of improved operating performance in certain state tax jurisdictions.

Our effective tax rate for fiscal 2009 was (25.8)%. During fiscal 2009 we recorded a substantial valuation reserve against our federal, state, and foreign deferred tax assets, which more than offset the tax benefit of our losses and reduced our effective tax rate from 35.0% to (12.5)%. Our rate was further reduced to (25.8)% as a result of a non-deductible goodwill impairment charge and other adjustments.

Results of Operations
Fiscal Year 2009 Compared to Fiscal Year 2008

La-Z-Boy Incorporated

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  (52 weeks)
4/26/2008
  Percent
change
Consolidated sales   $ 1,226,674     $ 1,450,941       (15.5 )% 
Consolidated operating loss     (94,357 )      (17,118 )      (451.2 )% 
Consolidated operating margin     (7.7 )%      (1.2 )%          

Consolidated sales decreased $224.3 million due in large part to the challenging economic conditions including the weak retail environment, record low consumer confidence, an uncertain housing market and a deteriorating credit environment. Our consolidated operating margin decreased 6.5 percentage points in fiscal 2009.

Our fiscal 2009 operating margin included 3.9 percentage points for the write-down of goodwill and trade names, 1.0 percentage points of restructuring charges and 0.6 percentage points for the write-down of long-lived assets. Our fiscal 2008 operating margin included 0.6 percentage points of restructuring charges and 0.6 percentage points for the write-down of goodwill and trade names. With the significant decline in sales volume in fiscal 2009 compared to fiscal 2008, coupled with the write-down of goodwill, trade names and long-lived assets, we were unable to reduce our fixed selling, general and administrative expenses to maintain our operating margin.

Upholstery Group

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  (52 weeks)
4/26/2008
  Percent
change
Sales   $ 899,204     $ 1,084,418       (17.1 )% 
Operating income     35,947       70,661       (49.1 )% 
Operating margin     4.0 %      6.5 %          

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Sales

Our Upholstery Group sales decrease was primarily a result of the challenging economic conditions.

Sales price increases, net of changes in our discounting resulted in a 2.8% increase in sales.
In fiscal 2009 the reporting of the retail warehouse operations was changed from the Retail Group to the Upholstery Group. Since the warehouse operations were expanded to incorporate the warehousing, staging and delivery of independent La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® dealers’ products as well as for our Retail Group, the reporting of those warehouses was more appropriately included in our La-Z-Boy wholesale operating unit which is a part of our Upholstery Group. As a result of this change, sales and operating profit that were previously recorded within our Upholstery Group for product sold to our Retail Group and still in inventory were reversed. A one-time adjustment was recorded in fiscal 2009 that reduced inter-company sales for the Upholstery Group by $12.1 million during that period, with a corresponding offset recorded in our eliminations line. This adjustment did not affect our consolidated sales.
The decline in sales volume was partially offset by an increase in sales resulting from a change in contractual relationships with our third party carriers as reported in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 26, 2008. This change resulted in an increase of $11.0 million of sales for the Upholstery Group in fiscal 2009.

Operating Margin

Our Upholstery Group operating margin decreased 2.5 percentage points in fiscal 2009. With a $185.2 million decrease in sales volume and a $14.8 million increase in bad debt expense, we were unable to maintain our operating margin. The increase in bad debt expense was a result of the sudden deterioration in economic conditions during fiscal 2009 that affected the liquidity of some of our customers and their ability to pay outstanding past due balances, which resulted in our decision to record additional bad debt expense.

Increased costs associated with steel, polyurethane foam, plywood, fabric and leather negatively impacted our Upholstery Group operating margin.
In fiscal 2009, the Upholstery Group operating income was reduced by $3.3 million due to the one-time adjustment for inter-company profit resulting from the previously mentioned change in reporting of the retail warehouse operations. This adjustment did not affect our consolidated operating results.
In fiscal 2009 our Upholstery Group operating profit increased by $1.5 million as a result of the change in third party freight carrier contracts as noted previously in our sales discussion.
Selling price increases resulted in a 3.4 percentage point improvement in our Upholstery Group operating margin, however the significant decrease in volume more than offset the benefit received from increasing our sales prices.

Casegoods Group

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  (52 weeks)
4/26/2008
  Percent
change
Sales   $ 178,000     $ 213,896       (16.8 )% 
Operating income     554       10,151       (94.5 )% 
Operating margin     0.3 %      4.7 %          

Sales

The $35.9 million decrease in sales volume occurred across all of our casegoods operating units due to weak consumer demand and the challenging economic conditions.

Operating Margin

Our Casegoods Group operating margin decreased 4.4 percentage points in fiscal 2009. With a 16.8% decrease in sales volume, we were unable to reduce our costs enough to maintain our operating margin.

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Retail Group

     
(Amounts in thousands, except percentages)   (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  (52 weeks)
4/26/2008
  Percent
change
Sales   $ 160,838     $ 190,180       (15.4 )% 
Operating loss     (34,841 )      (40,265 )      13.5 % 
Operating margin     (21.7 )%      (21.2 )%          

Sales

The $29.3 million decrease in sales was related to the challenging economic conditions, which had an extremely negative effect on the home furnishings market.

Operating Margin

Our Retail Group operating margin decreased 0.5 percentage points in fiscal 2009. The decrease primarily resulted from the fixed occupancy costs of our retail operations coupled with the decline in sales, partially offset by selling price increases, reduced advertising expense and reduced warehousing costs.

VIEs/Corporate and Other

Our VIEs’ sales decreased $1.1 million in fiscal 2009, compared to fiscal 2008. Additionally, our VIEs’ operating loss increased to $5.8 million in fiscal 2009, compared to $3.8 million in fiscal 2008.

Our Corporate and Other operating loss decreased $14.7 million due in part to a $3.1 million increase in realized gains on property sales. Additionally, during the first six months of fiscal 2008, we continued a retail test market program which increased our fiscal 2008 expenses by $2.4 million. This program was not repeated in fiscal 2009. The remaining decrease was a result of our overall reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses, in particular professional fees, which decreased $3.0 million during fiscal 2009 compared to fiscal 2008.

Income from Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act

We received $8.1 million and $7.1 million in payments and funds related to the anti-dumping order on wooden bedroom furniture from China, during fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008, respectively, for duties collected on imports entered into the United States before September 30, 2007. The Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”) provides for distribution of monies collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection from anti-dumping cases to domestic producers that supported the anti-dumping petition.

Interest Expense

Interest expense decreased $8.3 million for fiscal 2009 compared to fiscal 2008. Interest expense for fiscal 2008 included a $6.0 million make-whole premium paid to our private placement note-holders when we settled the notes with the proceeds from our credit facility obtained in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Additionally, interest expense decreased in fiscal 2009 due to a $37.4 million decrease in our average debt and a 0.7 percentage point decrease in our weighted average interest rate.

Other Income/(Expense)

Other income (expense), net, was $8.0 million of expense during fiscal 2009, compared to $5.4 million of income during fiscal 2008. The majority of the decrease was due to a recognized loss of $5.3 million in fiscal 2009 compared to a gain on sale of investments in fiscal 2008 of $3.8 million. Of the $5.3 million loss, $5.1 million was the result of an impairment we recognized in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. In fiscal 2009 we recognized a loss on our investments due to the losses being considered other-than-temporary. We sold several investments in fiscal 2008 generating gains of $3.8 million in order to utilize capital loss carry-forwards.

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Income Taxes

Our effective tax rate was (25.8)% in fiscal 2009 compared to 48.5% in fiscal 2008. During fiscal 2009 we recorded a substantial valuation reserve against the majority of our federal, state, and foreign deferred tax assets, which reduced our effective tax rate by 47.5 percentage points. In addition during fiscal 2009, the effective tax rate was reduced by 10.6 percentage points by the impairment of goodwill recorded during the year. During fiscal 2008 we realized a benefit from the prior years’ losses of our European joint venture. In addition, the effective tax rate was significantly affected by the foreign tax rate differential primarily related to the dividend from our operating unit in the United Kingdom. The rate for fiscal 2008 also was unfavorably impacted due to the decrease in the cash surrender value of company owned life insurance policies, which resulted in an expense under accounting rules but no deductions for income tax purposes.

Discontinued Operations

We had no discontinued operations during fiscal 2009. During fiscal 2008, our discontinued operations recognized a loss of $6.0 million after-tax. During the second quarter of fiscal 2008, we completed the sale of our Clayton Marcus operating unit and the sale of our Pennsylvania House trade name. The stock of Clayton Marcus was sold to Rowe Fine Furniture, Incorporated, resulting in a loss of about $5.8 million or $3.6 million after-tax. Of this loss, about $3.4 million pre-tax related to the intangible assets of Clayton Marcus. The Pennsylvania House trade name was sold to Universal Furniture for $1.7 million, resulting in a pre-tax charge of about $0.6 million ($0.4 million net of taxes). We also recorded an additional loss of $3.0 million to adjust the inventory to fair value due to the liquidation of the remaining inventory at discounted prices.

Restructuring

In fiscal 2009, we committed to a restructuring plan to consolidate our casegoods manufacturing plants in North Carolina related to our Kincaid and American Drew/Lea operations and convert one of the facilities into a distribution center. The consolidation of these plants was completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and the conversion of the distribution center was completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. In connection with this plan, we recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $2.8 million and $0.2 million in fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009, respectively, classified in total cost of sales, covering severance and benefits and other restructuring costs.

During fiscal 2008, we committed to a restructuring plan to consolidate all of our North American cutting and sewing operations in Mexico and transfer production from our Tremonton, Utah, plant, to our five remaining La-Z-Boy branded upholstery manufacturing facilities. Our Utah facility ceased operations during the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and production was shifted to our remaining manufacturing facilities. As of the end of fiscal 2010 we had about 1,260 employees at our Mexican facility, with almost 90% of our fabric cutting and sewing operations coming from our Mexican facility, compared to 8% at the end of fiscal 2009. During fiscal 2010, we had a net reduction of estimated restructuring liabilities of $0.7 million classified in total cost of sales. The reduction of estimated restructuring liabilities related to a decrease in our estimated healthcare costs for this plan. During fiscal 2009, we had restructuring charges of $7.7 million classified in total cost of sales, covering severance and benefits ($3.1 million) and other restructuring costs ($4.6 million). During fiscal 2008, we had restructuring charges of $2.6 million classified in total cost of sales, covering severance and benefits for this plan. Other restructuring costs include transportation, freight surcharges and other transition costs as we moved production to other plants.

During fiscal 2007 and fiscal 2008, several of our retail warehouses were consolidated into larger facilities and several underperforming stores were closed. In fiscal 2010, fiscal 2009, and fiscal 2008 we had restructuring charges of $1.3 million, $1.6 million, and $3.0 million, respectively, classified as an operating expense line item below selling, general and administrative (SG&A), due to contract terminations relating to these actions.

In fiscal 2009, we committed to a restructuring plan to close our plant in Sherman, Mississippi, related to our Bauhaus operations. The closure of this plant was completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. In connection with this plan, we recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $0.6 million in fiscal 2009 classified in total cost of sales covering severance and benefits ($0.2 million) and the write-down of fixed assets ($0.4 million).

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In fiscal 2009, we announced a plan to reduce our company-wide employment to be more in line with sales volume. In connection with this plan, we recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $1.0 million in fiscal 2009 classified as an operating expense line item below SG&A, covering severance and benefits.

In fiscal 2009, we committed to a restructuring plan to close the operations of our La-Z-Boy U.K. subsidiary due to a change in our strategic direction for this operation. The closure of this operation occurred in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. In connection with this plan, we recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $1.9 million in fiscal 2009, covering the write-down of inventory ($1.2 million) classified in total cost of sales, the write-down of fixed assets and other restructuring charges ($0.7 million) classified as an operating expense line item below SG&A.

In fiscal 2007, we committed to a restructuring plan which included the closures of two upholstery manufacturing facilities, the closure of a rough mill lumber operation, the consolidation of operations at another upholstery facility and the elimination of a number of positions throughout the remainder of the organization. This plan occurred in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and the first quarter of fiscal 2008. During fiscal 2009, we had restructuring reversals of $0.5 million, classified as an operating expense line item below SG&A, relating to these activities due to lower benefit costs than originally estimated. During fiscal 2008, we had restructuring charges of $2.5 million, classified in total cost of sales covering severance and benefits.

Long-lived Asset Write-down

During the third quarter of fiscal 2009, we evaluated the recoverability of our long-lived assets of our key asset groups. Based on the results of the review it was determined that the expected future undiscounted cash flows of the assets of our Upholstery Group and Casegoods Group substantially exceeded their carrying value in fiscal 2009 and therefore no impairment existed. Because of the historical operating losses of our Retail Group and the decline in real estate values in fiscal 2009, we recorded impairments on some of the assets of our Retail Group. As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009, we had $39.9 million in long-lived assets for our Retail Group. Of this $39.9 million, fair value exceeded carrying value for $20.4 million of these assets. For the remaining $19.5 million, we recorded an impairment charge of $7.0 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

For the seven retail facilities that we owned, which accounted for $17.9 million in value as of the end of fiscal 2009, third party appraisals were utilized to determine the fair value of the stores. For the remaining retail facilities we utilized a discounted cash flow model over the remaining life of the lease, as well as comparable market data, to determine fair value. Our cash flow model assumed an economic recovery in our fiscal 2011 and used a 16% discount rate based on the market participant’s view of our industry’s weighted average cost of capital. The impairment charge recorded in fiscal 2009 was based on current market conditions and the current fair value of those assets. Changes in economic conditions could result in a need to evaluate whether the fair value of the long-lived assets of our retail stores has deteriorated further which could result in additional impairment charges. The net book value of our retail fixed assets was $28.5 million as of April 24, 2010.

In addition, during fiscal 2009 we recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $0.5 million relating to two of our retail properties that were held for sale. One of those properties was subsequently leased during fiscal 2010 and the other property was still held for sale at April 24, 2010.

Write-down of Intangibles

During the third quarter of fiscal 2009, we evaluated the goodwill of our Upholstery and Retail Groups and the trade names of our Casegoods Group. Due to the steep decline in our stock price and its negative impact on our market capitalization at that time, we recognized a $40.4 million non-cash impairment charge relating to the goodwill in our Retail and Upholstery Groups and a $5.5 million non-cash impairment charge relating to the trade names in our Casegoods Group during the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2009, we reorganized the Toronto, Ontario, retail market which we consolidated as a VIE. As a result of this plan we recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $0.4 million which represented the entire goodwill balance of this market.

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In fiscal 2009, we closed the operations of our La-Z-Boy U.K. subsidiary due to a change in our strategic direction for this operation. As a result of this plan, during the first quarter of fiscal 2009, we recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $1.3 million which represented the entire goodwill amount of the operating unit.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2008, we evaluated the goodwill of our South Florida retail market as a result of the decision to delay our planned store openings in this market. This delay was the result of a slow housing market causing a double-digit decline in sales in the market over the previous twelve months. We recognized a $5.8 million non-cash impairment charge for the full amount of the goodwill of this retail market in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.

We performed our fiscal 2010 annual fourth quarter testing of our remaining trade names and found no additional impairments. As of the end of fiscal 2009 we had no goodwill remaining.

Business Outlook

While our results and other public data points indicate the beginning of improved industry conditions, we remain cautious going into fiscal 2011. Sales growth and cost-savings initiatives will need to be balanced against various macroeconomic factors, including relatively low consumer confidence levels, ongoing high unemployment and volatility within the housing market, as well as headwinds relating to raw material price increases versus last year. Against this backdrop, we will continue to manage our business aggressively. We believe our company is well positioned to compete in this environment and we are focused on improving our operations across all business segments.

As it relates to the first quarter, we are experiencing a significant delta in raw material costs when compared with the year-ago period, and we expect cost savings initiatives, including efficiencies from the Mexico Cut and Sew Center, to accelerate as we move through the year as volumes increase and projects are completed. Additionally, as a result of normal seasonality factors, our first quarter, which ends in July, is typically the weakest in terms of sales and profits as the furniture industry, in general, experiences weaker demand throughout the summer. Accordingly, our plants shut down for one week for vacation, yielding 12 weeks of shipping versus the normal 13 weeks.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our sources of liquidity include cash and equivalents, cash from operations and amounts available under our credit facility. These sources have been adequate for day-to-day operations and capital expenditures. We had cash and equivalents of $108.4 million at April 24, 2010, compared to $17.4 million at April 25, 2009. Our positive earnings in fiscal 2010 resulted in the majority of our increase in cash and equivalents during fiscal 2010. Also in fiscal 2010, the transfer of obligations of our wholly-owned insurance company to our parent company released the restriction on $17.5 million in cash, which positively impacted our liquidity during fiscal 2010.

Under our revolving credit facility we have certain covenants and restrictions, including a 1.05 to 1.00 fixed charge coverage ratio requirement which would become effective only if excess availability on the revolving credit facility fell below $30.0 million. Excess availability is the difference between our eligible accounts receivable and inventory less the total of our outstanding letters of credit, other reserves as denoted in our credit agreement and our outstanding borrowings on our revolving credit facility. We do not expect to fall below the required excess availability threshold in the next twelve months. As of April 24, 2010, we had $30.0 million outstanding on our credit facility and $90.6 million of excess availability, compared to $35.0 million outstanding on our credit facility and $65.0 million of excess availability as of April 25, 2009. As of April 24, 2010, we would have been in compliance with the fixed charge coverage ratio requirement had it been in effect.

Our borrowing capacity is based on eligible trade accounts receivables and inventory of the company. During fiscal 2010, our accounts receivable increased, while our inventory levels decreased slightly and the amount outstanding on our credit facility decreased. As it relates to our borrowing capacity, the majority of the increase in our accounts receivable were classified as eligible trade accounts receivable. As a result, the capacity to borrow on our credit facility increased during fiscal 2010. Periodically, our lenders have the option to change the advance rates on inventory and accounts receivable and to adjust reserves, which could have a negative impact on our availability.

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Unsettled credit markets have caused some lenders to reduce or cease to provide funding to borrowers. However, our lenders have not indicated to us that they would not honor their obligations under our credit facility. Our access to the credit facility could be negatively affected by decreases in our operating results or decreases in those assets on which our borrowing capacity is based.

Capital expenditures for fiscal 2010 were $11.0 million compared with $15.6 million during fiscal 2009. As of April 24, 2010, there are no material purchase commitments for capital expenditures, which are expected to be in the range of $15.0 million to $18.0 million in fiscal 2011. We expect restructuring costs from our plan to transition our domestic cutting and sewing operations to Mexico and our ongoing costs for our closed retail facilities to impact cash by $1.3 million during fiscal 2011.

We believe our present cash balance of $108.4 million, cash flows from operations and current availability under our credit facility of $90.6 million will be sufficient to fund our business needs, including our fiscal 2011 contractual obligations of $49.9 million.

The following table illustrates the main components of our cash flows:

   
  Year Ended
(Amounts in thousands)   4/24/2010   4/25/2009
Cash Flows Provided By (Used For)
                 
Operating activities
                 
Net income (loss)   $ 32,051     $ (122,420 ) 
Non-cash add backs and changes in deferred taxes     33,787       150,188  
Restructuring     3,434       12,460  
Working capital     20,387       11,460  
Cash provided by operating activities     89,659       51,688  
Investing activities     14,009       (2,008 ) 
Financing activities
                 
Net decrease in debt     (12,890 )      (41,345 ) 
Other financing activities     1,035       (5,177 ) 
Cash used for financing activities     (11,855 )      (46,522 ) 
Exchange rate changes     (756 )      (901 ) 
Net increase in cash and equivalents   $ 91,057     $ 2,257  

Operating Activities

During fiscal 2010, net cash provided by operating activities was $89.7 million, compared with $51.7 million in fiscal 2009. The main reason for our increase in cash flows from operations was our net income in fiscal 2010 versus our net loss in fiscal 2009, as well as increased cash flow from working capital. Cash flow from working capital reflects favorable changes in our customer deposits, bonus accruals, inventory and income taxes. These favorable impacts to our cash provided by working capital were offset by an increase in our accounts receivable during fiscal 2010 due to positive sales trends during fiscal 2010, as opposed to the negative sales trend in fiscal 2009.

Investing Activities

During fiscal 2010, net cash provided by investing activities was $14.0 million, compared with $2.0 million cash used for investing activities during fiscal 2009. The increase in net cash provided by investing activities resulted primarily from the $17.5 million decrease in restricted cash during fiscal 2010, compared to the $18.2 million increase in restricted cash during fiscal 2009. Additionally, capital expenditures in fiscal 2010 were $11.0 million, compared to $15.6 million in fiscal 2009. During fiscal 2010, $8.8 million in proceeds were received from the sale of investments, offset by investment purchases of $4.9 million. In comparison, during fiscal 2009 $34.7 million in proceeds were received from the sale of investments, offset by investment purchases of $11.3 million. Additionally, proceeds from the disposal of assets decreased by $5.7 million in fiscal 2010, compared to fiscal 2009.

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Financing Activities

We used $11.9 million of cash for financing activities in fiscal 2010 compared to $46.5 million during fiscal 2009. Our financing activities in fiscal 2010 included a net pay down of debt of $12.9 million, compared to a net pay down of debt of $41.3 million in fiscal 2009. In addition to these financing activities, fiscal 2009 also included dividend payments of $5.2 million.

Other

The following table summarizes our contractual obligations of the types specified:

         
    Payments by Period
(Amounts in thousands)   Total   Less than
1 Year
  1 – 3
Years
  4 – 5
Years
  More than
5 Years
Long-term debt obligations   $ 47,247     $ 698     $ 37,503     $ 7,954     $ 1,092  
Capital lease obligations     736       368       368              
Operating lease obligations     337,585       43,676       75,637       64,042       154,230  
Interest obligations*     5,899       2,660       3,068       150       21  
Pension contribution obligations**     2,500       2,500                    
Total contractual obligations   $ 393,967     $ 49,902     $ 116,576     $ 72,146     $ 155,343  

* For our variable interest rate obligations, the interest rate projected for future periods is the average rate for the current fiscal quarter projected over such future fiscal periods. For our fixed rate obligations, it is the fixed rate over the term of such obligation. We have assumed that the debt outstanding at the end of our current fiscal period will be outstanding over the entire term of the various agreements, however this amount could significantly increase or decrease based on the amount of debt we borrow or pay in future periods.
** For our pension contribution obligations, we are not statutorily required to make a contribution until our fiscal 2012. However in order to receive tax benefits, we expect to make this contribution during fiscal 2011 and therefore have included it in our “Less than 1 Year” category. Funding projections beyond that are not practical to estimate.

The balance sheet at the end of fiscal 2010 reflected a $2.5 million liability for uncertain income tax positions. We expect that a portion of this liability will be settled within the next twelve months. The amount to be resolved within the next twelve months is composed of gross unrecognized tax benefits of $0.5 million and interest of $0.1 million, net of deferred tax benefits of $0.2 million and penalties of $0.2 million. The remaining balance, to the extent it is ever paid, will be paid as tax audits are completed or settled. These were not included in our obligations table above because the timing of when they will be settled is difficult to estimate.

Realization of these deferred tax assets is dependent on generating sufficient future taxable income. Valuation allowances of $46.5 million associated with certain U.S. federal and state deferred tax assets could be reduced in the latter part of fiscal 2011 based on the level of taxable income generated in fiscal 2011.

Our debt-to-capitalization ratio was 12.2% at April 24, 2010, and 16.6% at April 25, 2009. Capitalization is defined as total debt plus total equity.

Our Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of company stock. As of April 24, 2010, 5.4 million additional shares could be purchased pursuant to this authorization. We did not purchase any shares during fiscal 2010.

We have guaranteed various leases and notes of dealers with proprietary stores. The total amount of these guarantees was $2.1 million at April 24, 2010. Of this, $1.8 million will expire within one year and $0.3 million in one to three years. At the end of fiscal 2010, we had $33.3 million in open purchase orders with foreign casegoods, leather and fabric sources. Our open purchase orders that have not begun production are cancelable.

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During fiscal 2010 we were not required and we did not make any contributions to our defined benefit plan. However, in order to receive tax benefits we expect to make a $2.5 million contribution to our defined benefit plan during fiscal 2011, although this contribution is not required until fiscal 2012.

Continuing compliance with existing federal, state and local statutes dealing with protection of the environment is not expected to have a material effect upon our capital expenditures, earnings, competitive position or liquidity.

Critical Accounting Policies

An appreciation of our critical accounting policies is necessary to understand our financial results. These policies may require management to make difficult and subjective judgments regarding uncertainties and, as a result, such estimates may significantly impact our financial results. These policies were identified as critical because they are broadly applicable within our operating units. The expenses and accrued liabilities or allowances related to certain of these policies are initially based on our best estimates at the time of original entry in our accounting records. Adjustments are recorded when our actual experience differs from the assumptions underlying the estimates. These adjustments could be material if our experience were to change significantly in a short period of time. We make frequent comparisons of actual experience to our assumptions in order to mitigate the likelihood of material adjustments.

Revenue Recognition and Related Allowances

During the first quarter of fiscal 2009, our largest division revised certain shipping agreements with third-party carriers such that risk of loss transfers to our customers upon shipment rather than upon delivery. For the remainder of the company, shipping terms using third-party carriers are FOB shipping point. Accordingly, substantially all of our shipments with third-party carriers are recognized as revenue upon shipment of the product. In all cases, for product shipped on our company-owned trucks, revenue is recognized upon delivery. This revenue includes amounts billed to customers for shipping. Provisions are made at the time revenue is recognized for estimated product returns and warranties, as well as other incentives that may be offered to customers. We import certain products from foreign ports, which are shipped directly to our domestic customers. In this case, revenue is not recognized until title is assumed by our customer, which is normally after the goods pass through U.S. Customs.

Incentives offered to customers include cash discounts, advertising agreements and other sales incentive programs. Cash discounts and other sales incentives are recorded as a reduction of revenues when the revenue is recognized. Our advertising agreements give customers advertising allowances based on revenues and are recorded when the revenue is recognized as a reduction to revenue.

On a quarterly basis, our management team reviews all significant accounts as to their past due balances, as well as collectability of the outstanding trade accounts receivable for possible write off. It is our policy to write off the accounts receivable against the allowance account when we deem the receivable to be uncollectible. Additionally, for those dealers that are significantly past due, we review their sales orders and ship product when collectability of the incremental sale is reasonably assured.

The allowance for doubtful accounts reflects our best estimate of probable losses inherent in the accounts and notes receivable balances. We determine the allowance based on known troubled accounts, historical experience and other currently available evidence.

Investments

We evaluate our investments periodically for possible other-than-temporary impairments by reviewing factors such as the length of time and extent to which fair value has been below cost basis, the financial condition of the issuer and our ability and intent to hold the investment for a period of time which may be sufficient for anticipated recovery of market value. If the impairment is determined to be other-than-temporary, the amount of the impairment is recognized as part of earnings. If the impairment is determined to be temporary, then the resulting change in market value is recorded as part of other comprehensive income in our statement of shareholders’ equity.

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Long-lived Assets

Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset or asset group may not be recoverable. Our assessment of recoverability is based on our best estimates using quoted market prices, as well as analysis of the undiscounted projected future cash flows by asset groups in order to determine if the fair value of our long-lived assets exceed their carrying value. Our asset groups consist of our operating units in our Upholstery and Casegoods Group (La-Z-Boy, England, Bauhaus, American Drew and Lea, Hammary, Kincaid) and each of our retail stores.

Trade Names

Trade names are tested at least annually for impairment by comparing their fair value to their carrying values. The fair value for each trade name is estimated based upon management’s estimates using a royalty savings approach, which is based on the principle that, if the business did not own the asset, it would have to license it in order to earn the returns that it was earning. The fair value is calculated based on the present value of the royalty stream that the business was saving by owning the asset.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, we performed our annual testing on our trade names and found no impairments.

Other Loss Reserves

We have various other loss exposures arising from the ordinary course of business, including inventory obsolescence, health insurance, litigation, environmental claims, and product liability. Establishing loss reserves requires estimates and the judgment of management with respect to risk and ultimate liability. We use legal counsel or other experts, including actuaries as appropriate, to assist in developing estimates. Due to the uncertainties and potential changes in facts and circumstances, additional charges related to these reserves could be required in the future.

We have various excess loss coverages for auto, product liability and workers’ compensation. Our deductibles generally do not exceed $1.0 million.

Income Taxes

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases and operating loss and tax credit carry-forwards. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. In periods when deferred tax assets are recorded, we are required to estimate whether recoverability is more likely than not, based on forecasts of taxable earnings in the related tax jurisdiction. We consider historical and projected future operating results, the eligible carry-forward period, tax law changes, tax planning opportunities and other relevant considerations when making judgments about realizing the value of our deferred tax assets.

Pensions

We maintain a defined benefit pension plan for eligible factory hourly employees at one operating unit. This plan has been frozen for new participants since January 1, 2001, but active participants still earn service cost. Annual net periodic expense and benefit liabilities under our defined benefit plans are determined on an actuarial basis using various assumptions and estimates including discount rates, long-term rates of return, estimated remaining years of service and estimated life expectancy. Each year, we compare the actual experience to the more significant assumptions used; if warranted, we make adjustments to the assumptions.

Our pension plan discount rate assumption is evaluated annually. The discount rate is based upon a single rate developed after matching a pool of high quality bond payments to the plan’s expected future benefit payments. We utilized a discount rate of 5.85% at April 24, 2010, compared with a rate of 7.15% at April 25, 2009, and 6.60% at April 26, 2008. The same methodology was utilized for fiscal 2010, fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008.

Pension benefits are funded through deposits with trustees and satisfy, at a minimum, the applicable funding regulations. The expected long-term rates of return on fund assets are based upon actual historical returns modified for known changes in the markets and any expected changes in investment policy.

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Besides evaluating the discount rate used to determine our pension obligation, we also evaluate our assumption relating to the expected return on plan assets annually. In selecting the expected long-term rate of return on assets, we considered the average rate of earnings expected on the funds invested or to be invested to provide the benefits of these plans. This included considering the trust’s asset allocation, investment strategy, and the expected returns likely to be earned over the life of the plans. The rate of return assumption as of April 24, 2010, and April 25, 2009, was 8.0%. The expected rate of return assumption as of April 24, 2010, will be used to determine pension expense for fiscal 2011.

Our long-term stated investment objective is to maximize the investment return with the least amount of risk through a combination of capital appreciation and income. The strategic asset allocation targets are 65% equities and 35% fixed income within a range of 5% of the target.

Our non-qualified retirement plan was not required to be funded at April 24, 2010; however, we hold investments in a Rabbi trust that support the liability of the plan. We are not required to make any contributions to the qualified defined benefit plan in fiscal 2011.

We expect that the fiscal 2011 pension expense for the defined benefit pension plan, after considering all relevant assumptions will be $2.5 million compared with $3.9 million in fiscal 2010. We do not believe that a 25 basis point change in our discount rate or our expected return on plan assets would have a material impact on our financial statements.

Financial Guarantees and Product Warranties

We have provided secured and unsecured financial guarantees relating to leases and notes in connection with certain La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores which are not operated by the company. The guarantees are generally for real estate leases and have remaining terms from one to three years. These guarantees enhance the credit of these dealers. The dealer is required to make periodic fee payments to compensate us for our guarantees. We would be required to perform under these agreements only if the dealer were to default on the lease or note.

We have, from time to time, entered into agreements which resulted in indemnifying third parties against certain liabilities, mainly environmental obligations. We believe that judgments, if any, against us related to such agreements would not have a material effect on our business or financial condition.

Our accounting policy for product warranties is to accrue an estimated liability at the time the revenue is recognized. We estimate future warranty claims based on claim experience and any additional anticipated future costs on previously sold product. Our liability incorporates the cost of repairs including materials consumed, labor and overhead amounts necessary to perform the repair and any costs associated with delivery of the repaired product to the customer. Considerable judgment is used in the determination of our estimate. If actual costs were to differ significantly from our estimates, we would record the impact of these unforeseen costs in subsequent periods.

Variable Interest Entities

Financial accounting standards require the “primary beneficiary” of a VIE to include the VIE’s assets, liabilities and operating results in its consolidated financial statements. In general, a VIE is a corporation, partnership, limited-liability company, trust or any other legal structure used to conduct activities or hold assets that either (a) has an insufficient amount of equity to carry out its principal activities without additional subordinated financial support, (b) has a group of equity owners that are unable to make significant decisions about its activities, or (c) has a group of equity owners that do not have the obligation to absorb losses or the right to receive returns generated by its operations.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores that are not operated by us are operated by independent dealers. These stores sell La-Z-Boy manufactured products as well as various accessories purchased from approved La-Z-Boy vendors. Most of these independent dealers have sufficient equity to carry out their principal operating activities without subordinated financial support. However, there are certain independent dealers that we have determined may not have sufficient equity. In some cases we have extended credit beyond normal trade terms to the independent dealers, made direct loans, entered into leases and/or guaranteed certain leases.

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We evaluate our transactions and relationships with our La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® dealers on a quarterly basis to determine if any of our independent dealers qualify as a variable interest entity and additionally whether we are the primary beneficiary for any of the dealers who do qualify as a variable interest entity. We also evaluate our current VIEs on a quarterly basis to determine if they no longer qualify as a variable interest entity.

Based on the criteria for consolidation of VIEs, we have consolidated several dealers where we were the primary beneficiary based on the fair value of our variable interests. All of our consolidated VIEs were recorded at fair value on the date we became the primary beneficiary. In fiscal 2010, all earnings and losses attributed to these VIEs were recorded as Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests. Prior to fiscal 2010, all losses of the VIEs in excess of their equity were recorded as Net income (loss) and all earnings of these VIEs to the extent of recouping the losses were recorded as Net income (loss). Earnings in excess of losses were attributed to equity owners and were recorded as minority interest.

Stock-Based Compensation

Stock-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date based on the value of the award and is recognized as expense over the vesting period. Determining the fair value of stock-based awards at the grant date requires judgment, including estimating expected dividends, future stock-price volatility, expected option lives and the amount of share-based awards that are expected to be forfeited. We do not expect that changes in these assumptions would have a material impact on our results of operations.

The fair value of each option grant was estimated using a Black-Scholes option-pricing model. Expected volatility was estimated based on the historical volatility of our common shares. The average expected life was based on the contractual term of the stock option and expected employee exercise and post-vesting employment termination trends. The risk-free rate was based on U.S. Treasury issues with a term equal to the expected life assumed at the date of grant. Forfeitures were estimated at the date of grant based on historical experience.

Regulatory Developments

Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000

The Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 (“CDSOA”) provides for distribution of monies collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) from anti-dumping cases to domestic producers that supported the anti-dumping petition. The Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) ruled that such payments violate the United States’ WTO obligations. In response to that ruling, on February 8, 2006, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that repeals CDSOA distributions to eligible domestic producers for duties collected on imports entered into the United States after September 30, 2007. The government set aside CDSOA funds in connection with two court cases involving challenges to the CDSOA on constitutional grounds, from which appellate proceedings are continuing. In 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) issued a decision in one of those cases holding that the CDSOA does not violate the Constitution’s free speech and equal protection guarantees. On October 15, 2009, the Federal Circuit denied en banc review of its decision and, on December 28, 2009, a petition for writ of certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. On May 17, 2010, the Supreme Court denied review of the Federal Circuit’s decision. There have been numerous cases before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the Federal Circuit that have been stayed in light of the litigation discussed above. The resolution of these cases will have a significant impact on the amount of additional CDSOA funds we receive.

In view of the uncertainties associated with this program, we are unable to predict the amounts, if any, we may receive in the future under CDSOA. However, assuming CDSOA distributions continue, these distributions could be material depending on the results of legal appeals and administrative reviews and our actual percentage allocation.

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Climate Change Legislation

Except for the potential effects of severe weather, which we discuss in Item 1A in regard to foreign sourcing and the availability of raw materials, we do not believe that future climate change or existing or pending laws, regulations, international accords, or business trends relating to climate change are reasonably likely to have a material effect on our business or financial condition. We currently utilize trucking to transport goods to our distribution centers and in some instances to our customers. In most cases, our customers utilize trucking to obtain goods from us. New laws or regulations resulting in steep increases in the cost of fuel, or new technologies resulting in steep decreases in such costs, would affect our costs and the cost to our customers purchasing from us. If our costs increased, we might not always be able to pass along such increases to our customers due to competitive and marketing pressures, but we would expect our competitors to be similarly affected.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Refer to Note 1 of the consolidated financial statements in Item 8 for detailed information regarding accounting pronouncements.

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

We are exposed to market risk from changes in interest rates. Our exposure to interest rate risk results from our variable rate debt under which we had $23.4 million of borrowings at April 24, 2010. In May 2008, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement to mitigate the impact of changes in interest rates on $20.0 million of our floating rate debt. Management estimates that a one percentage point change in interest rates would not have a material impact on our results of operations for fiscal 2011 based upon the current levels of exposed liabilities.

We are exposed to market risk from changes in the value of foreign currencies. Substantially all of our purchases outside of North America are denominated in U.S. dollars. Our exposure to changes in the value of foreign currencies results from the assets of our Mexico subsidiary, which totaled $5.7 million at April 24, 2010. Management estimates that a 10% change in the value of the peso would not have a material impact on our results of operations for fiscal 2011 based upon the current asset levels.

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

Management’s Report to our Shareholders

Management’s Responsibility for Financial Information

Management of La-Z-Boy Incorporated is responsible for the preparation, integrity and objectivity of La-Z-Boy Incorporated’s consolidated financial statements and other financial information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Those consolidated financial statements were prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In preparing those consolidated financial statements, Management was required to make certain estimates and judgments, which are based upon currently available information and Management’s view of current conditions and circumstances.

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, which consists solely of independent directors, oversees our process of reporting financial information and the audit of our consolidated financial statements. The Audit Committee is informed of the financial condition of La-Z-Boy Incorporated and regularly reviews Management’s critical accounting policies, the independence of our independent auditors, our internal controls and the objectivity of our financial reporting. Both the independent auditors and the internal auditors have free access to the Audit Committee and meet with the Audit Committee periodically, both with and without Management present.

On September 11, 2009, La-Z-Boy Incorporated’s Chief Executive Officer submitted his annual certification to the New York Stock Exchange stating that he was not aware of any violation by the corporation of the Exchange’s corporate governance listing standards. La-Z-Boy filed the certifications by its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer required by Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 as exhibits to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 24, 2010.

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act. Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting based upon the framework in “Internal Control — Integrated Framework” issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on that evaluation, our management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of April 24, 2010. The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of April 24, 2010, has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which appears herein.

Kurt L. Darrow
President and Chief Executive Officer

Louis M. Riccio, Jr.
Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of La-Z-Boy Incorporated:

In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in equity and cash flows present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of La-Z-Boy Incorporated and its subsidiaries at April 24, 2010 and April 25, 2009, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended April 24, 2010 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of April 24, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements and on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

As discussed in Note 1 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements, effective April 26, 2009, the Company changed its accounting and reporting for noncontrolling interests and earnings per share in fiscal 2010. As discussed in Note 17 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements the Company changed its method of accounting for uncertainties in income taxes effective April 29, 2007.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Detroit, Michigan
June 14, 2010

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LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

     
  Fiscal Year Ended
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)   (52 weeks)
4/24/2010
  (52 weeks)
4/25/2009
  (52 weeks)
4/26/2008
Sales   $ 1,179,212     $ 1,226,674     $ 1,450,941  
Cost of sales
                          
Cost of goods sold     802,344       879,889       1,053,785  
Restructuring     2,141       9,818       5,057  
Total cost of sales     804,485       889,707       1,058,842  
Gross profit     374,727       336,967       392,099  
Selling, general and administrative     331,491       373,502       397,713  
Restructuring     1,293       2,642       3,078  
Write-down of long-lived assets           7,503        
Write-down of trade names           5,541        
Write-down of goodwill           42,136       8,426  
Operating income (loss)     41,943       (94,357 )      (17,118 ) 
Interest expense     2,972       5,581       13,899  
Interest income     724       2,504       3,614  
Income from Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act, net     4,436       8,124       7,147  
Other income (expense), net     590       (7,998 )      5,393  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes     44,721       (97,308 )      (14,863 ) 
Income tax expense (benefit)     12,670       25,112       (7,214 ) 
Income (loss) from continuing operations     32,051       (122,420 )      (7,649 ) 
Loss from discontinued operations (net of tax of $(3,990) in 2008)                 (6,000 ) 
Net income (loss)     32,051       (122,420 )      (13,649 ) 
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     487       (252 )      (277 ) 
Net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ 32,538     $ (122,672 )    $ (13,926 ) 
Basic average shares     51,533       51,460       51,408  
Basic income (loss) from continuing operations per share   $ 0.63     $ (2.39 )    $ (0.16 ) 
Discontinued operations per share (net of tax)                 (0.11 ) 
Basic net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.63     $ (2.39 )    $ (0.27 ) 
Diluted average shares     51,732       51,460       51,408  
Diluted income (loss) from continuing operations per share   $ 0.62     $ (2.39 )    $ (0.16 ) 
Discontinued operations per share (net of tax)                 (0.11 ) 
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ 0.62     $ (2.39 )    $ (0.27 ) 
Dividends declared per share   $     $ 0.10     $ 0.40  

 
 
The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

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LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

   
  As of
(Amounts in thousands, except par value)   4/24/2010   4/25/2009
Current assets
                 
Cash and equivalents   $ 108,421     $ 17,364  
Restricted cash           18,713  
Receivables, net of allowance of $20,258 in 2010 and $28,385 in 2009     165,038       147,858  
Inventories, net     134,187       140,178  
Deferred income taxes – current     2,305       795  
Other current assets     18,159       22,872  
Total current assets     428,110       347,780  
Property, plant and equipment, net     138,857       146,896  
Trade names     3,100       3,100  
Deferred income taxes – long term     458        
Other long-term assets, net of allowance of $942 in 2010 and $4,309 in 2009     38,293       51,431  
Total assets   $ 608,818     $ 549,207  
Current liabilities
                 
Current portion of long-term debt   $ 1,066     $ 8,724  
Accounts payable     54,718       41,571  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     91,496       75,733  
Total current liabilities     147,280       126,028  
Long-term debt     46,917       52,148  
Deferred income taxes           724  
Other long-term liabilities     68,381       63,875  
Contingencies and commitments            
Shareholders’ equity
                 
Common shares, $1 par value – 150,000 authorized; 51,770 outstanding in 2010 and 51,478 outstanding in 2009     51,770       51,478  
Capital in excess of par value     201,873       205,945  
Retained earnings     108,707       67,431  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (20,251 )      (22,559 ) 
Total La-Z-Boy Incorporated shareholders’ equity     342,099       302,295  
Noncontrolling interests     4,141       4,137  
Total equity     346,240       306,432  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 608,818     $ 549,207  

 
 
The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

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LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

     
  Fiscal Year Ended
(Amounts in thousands)   4/24/2010   4/25/2009   4/26/2008
Cash flows from operating activities
                          
Net income (loss)   $ 32,051     $ (122,420 )    $ (13,649 ) 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by operating activities
 
(Gain) loss on sale of assets     (538 )      (2,813 )      270  
Write-down of long-lived assets           7,503        
Write-down of trade names           5,541        
Write-down of goodwill           42,136       8,426  
Write-down of investments           5,140        
Write-down of assets from businesses held for sale (net of tax)                 2,159  
Loss on sale of discontinued operations (net of tax)                 3,696  
Restructuring     3,434       12,460       8,135  
Provision for doubtful accounts     6,535       25,254       8,550  
Depreciation and amortization     25,246       24,142       25,323  
Stock-based compensation expense     5,236       3,819       4,527  
Change in receivables     (17,287 )      27,223       20,956  
Change in inventories     5,991       36,995       23,471  
Change in other assets     4,187       2,946       (1,385 ) 
Change in payables     13,147       (14,544 )      (10,394 ) 
Change in other liabilities     14,349       (41,160 )      (24,580 ) 
Change in deferred taxes     (2,692 )      39,466       (6,266 ) 
Total adjustments     57,608       174,108       62,888  
Net cash provided by operating activities     89,659       51,688       49,239  
Cash flows from investing activities
                          
Proceeds from disposals of assets     3,338       9,060       8,761  
Proceeds from sale of discontinued operations                 4,169  
Capital expenditures     (10,986 )      (15,625 )      (27,386 ) 
Purchases of investments     (4,933 )      (11,330 )      (34,562 ) 
Proceeds from sales of investments     8,833       34,675       35,580  
Change in restricted cash     17,507       (18,207 )      160  
Change in other long-term assets     250       (581 )      (705 ) 
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities     14,009       (2,008 )      (13,983 ) 
Cash flows from financing activities
                          
Proceeds from debt     41,817       50,794       93,861  
Payments on debt     (54,707 )      (92,139 )      (144,790 ) 
Stock issued/(canceled) for stock and employee benefit plans     1,035             (269 ) 
Dividends paid           (5,177 )      (20,746 ) 
Net cash used for financing activities     (11,855 )      (46,522 )      (71,944 ) 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents     (756 )      (901 )      109  
Change in cash and equivalents     91,057       2,257       (36,579 ) 
Cash acquired from consolidation of VIEs           631        
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period     17,364       14,476       51,055  
Cash and equivalents at end of period   $ 108,421     $ 17,364     $ 14,476  

 
 
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LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

           
           
(Amounts in thousands)   Common
Shares
  Capital in
Excess of
Par Value
  Retained
Earnings
  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
  Non-
Controlling
Interests
  Total
At April 28, 2007   $ 51,377     $ 208,283     $ 222,273     $ 1,376     $ 2,789     $ 486,098  
Comprehensive loss
                                                     
Net income (loss)                       (13,926 )               277           
Unrealized loss on marketable securities arising during the period (net of tax of $0.1 million)                                (222 )                   
Reclassification adjustment for gain on marketable securities included in net income (net of tax of $1.4 million)                                (2,420 )                   
Translation adjustment                                (209 )      92           
Net actuarial gain (net of tax of $0.2 million)                       532                 
Total comprehensive loss                                                  (15,876 ) 
Stock issued for stock and employee benefit plans, net of cancellations     51       (3,422 )      3,102                         (269 ) 
Stock option, performance-based and restricted stock expense              4,527                                  4,527  
Dividends declarerd                       (20,746 )                        (20,746 ) 
Changes in noncontrolling interest                                         140       140  
Impact of adoption of accounting standards relating to uncertain tax positions                       (2,500 )                        (2,500 ) 
At April 26, 2008     51,428       209,388       188,203       (943 )      3,298       451,374  
Comprehensive loss
                                                     
Net income (loss)                       (122,672 )               252           
Unrealized loss on marketable securities arising during the period (net of tax of $0.4 million)                                (4,332 )                   
Reclassification adjustment for loss on marketable securities included in net loss                                5,180                    
Translation adjustment                                233       (408 )          
Change in fair value of cash flow hedge                                (723 )                   
Net actuarial loss                       (21,974 )                
Total comprehensive loss                                                  (144,444 ) 
Stock issued for stock and employee benefit plans, net of cancellations     50       (7,262 )      7,077                         (135 ) 
Stock option, restricted stock and performance based stock expense              3,819                                  3,819  
Change in noncontrolling interest upon consolidation of VIE and other changes in noncontrolling interests                                         995       995  
Dividends declared                       (5,177 )                        (5,177 ) 
At April 25, 2009     51,478       205,945       67,431       (22,559 )      4,137       306,432  
Comprehensive income
                                                     
Net income (loss)                       32,538                (487 )          
Unrealized gain on marketable securities arising during the period                                2,685                    
Reclassification adjustment for gain on marketable securities included in net income                                (97 )                   
Translation adjustment                                (766 )      401           
Change in fair value of cash flow hedge                                146                    
Net pension amortization and net actuarial loss                       340                 
Total comprehensive income                                                  34,760  
Stock issued for stock and employee benefit plans, net of cancellations     292       (9,294 )      8,738                         (264 ) 
Stock option, restricted stock and performance based stock expense              5,222                                  5,222  
Change in noncontrolling interest                                         90       90  
At April 24, 2010   $ 51,770     $ 201,873     $ 108,707     $ (20,251 )    $ 4,141     $ 346,240  

 
 
The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Note 1: Accounting Policies

The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed in the preparation of these consolidated financial statements. Our fiscal year ends on the last Saturday of April. Fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008 included 52 weeks.

Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of La-Z-Boy Incorporated and its majority-owned subsidiaries (“the Company”). All significant inter-company transactions have been eliminated. Additionally, the consolidated financial statements include the accounts of certain entities in which the company holds a controlling interest based on exposure to economic risks and potential rewards (variable interests) for which it is the primary beneficiary.

New accounting standards define a noncontrolling interest, previously called a minority interest, as the portion of equity in a subsidiary that is not attributable, directly or indirectly, to a parent. This standard requires, among other things, that a noncontrolling interest be clearly identified, labeled and presented in the consolidated balance sheet as equity, but separate from the parent’s equity; and that the amount of consolidated net income attributable to the parent and to the noncontrolling interest be clearly identified and presented on the face of the consolidated statement of operations. Effective April 26, 2009, we adopted this standard and applied it retrospectively which affected only presentation and disclosure. As a result, we reclassified noncontrolling interests in the amount of $4.1 million from other long-term liabilities and accumulated other comprehensive loss to equity in the April 25, 2009, Consolidated Balance Sheet. Certain reclassifications to the Consolidated Statement of Operations were made to prior period amounts to conform to the presentation of the current period under this standard. Recorded amounts for prior periods previously presented as Net income (loss), which are now presented as Net income (loss) attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated, have not changed as a result of this adoption.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2010, we corrected our historical financial statements related to one of our VIEs. This VIE previously amortized leasehold improvements over a period that exceeded the appropriate useful life in accordance with our accounting policy. The cumulative effect was a $3.3 million reduction to fixed assets and retained earnings as of April 25, 2009, to record the previously unrecognized amortization. The correction resulted in an increase in our net loss for the fiscal years ended April 29, 2006, April 26, 2008, and April 25, 2009, of $0.2 million, $0.4 million and $1.3 million, respectively, as well as a decrease in our net income for the fiscal year ended April 28, 2007, of $0.3 million. We determined that the cumulative impact of this correction was material to our fiscal 2010 year. However, we determined that the corrections were not material, either individually or in the aggregate, to any of our historical fiscal years or interim periods. Consequently, we revised our historical financial statements for the prior periods. Because our analysis concluded that these corrections were immaterial to any prior period, we did not amend our previous filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Note 1: Accounting Policies  – (continued)

The following tables set forth the impact of the immaterial corrections to our consolidated statements of operations for the fiscal years ended April 25, 2009, and April 26, 2008, and our consolidated balance sheet as of April 25, 2009:

     
  Year Ended 4/25/2009
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)   4/25/2009
(as previously
reported)
  Adjustments   4/25/2009
(as adjusted)
Net loss attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ (121,347 )    $ (1,325 )    $ (122,672 ) 
Diluted net loss attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ (2.36 )    $ (0.03 )    $ (2.39 ) 

     
  Year Ended 4/26/2008
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)   4/26/2008
(as previously
reported)
  Adjustments   4/26/2008
(as adjusted)
Net loss attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated   $ (13,537 )    $ (389 )    $ (13,926 ) 
Diluted net loss attributable to La-Z-Boy Incorporated per share   $ (0.27 )    $ (0.00 )    $ (0.27 ) 

     
  As of 4/25/2009
(Amounts in thousands)   4/25/2009
(as previously
reported)
  Adjustments   4/25/2009
(as adjusted)
Property, plant and equipment, net   $ 150,234     $ (3,338 )    $ 146,896  
Retained earnings