10K Q4 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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FORM 10-K
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
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HNI Corporation
An Iowa Corporation
 
408 East Second Street
 
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Muscatine, IA 52761-0071
 
 
 
 
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The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by nonaffiliates of the Registrant, as of June 29, 2012 was $737,504,480, based on the New York Stock Exchange closing price for such shares on that date, assuming for purposes of this calculation that all 5% holders and all directors and executive officers of the Registrant are affiliates.

The number of shares outstanding of the Registrant's common stock, as of February 1, 2013 was 44,951,721.

Documents Incorporated by Reference

Portions of the Registrant's Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013 are incorporated by reference into Part III.



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ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
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ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K

PART I

ITEM 1.  BUSINESS
General

HNI Corporation (the “Corporation”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is an Iowa corporation incorporated in 1944.  The Corporation is a provider of office furniture and hearth products.  A broad office furniture product offering is sold to dealers, wholesalers, national office product distributors, end-user customers, and federal, state and local governments.  Dealers and wholesalers are the largest channels based on sales.  Hearth products include a full array of gas, electric, wood and biomass burning fireplaces, inserts, stoves, facings and accessories.  These products are sold through a national system of dealers and distributors, as well as Corporation-owned distribution and retail outlets.  In fiscal 2012, the Corporation had net sales of $2.0 billion, of which approximately $1.7 billion or 84% was attributable to office furniture products and $0.3 billion or 16% was attributable to hearth products.  Please refer to Operating Segment Information in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information about operating segments.

The Corporation is organized into a corporate headquarters and operating units with offices, manufacturing plants, distribution centers and sales showrooms in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India.  See Item 2. Properties later in this report for additional related discussion.

Nine operating units, marketing under various brand names, participate in the office furniture industry.  These operating units include:  The HON Company LLC ("HON"), Allsteel Inc., Maxon Furniture Inc., The Gunlocke Company L.L.C., Paoli LLC, Hickory Business Furniture, LLC (“HBF”), Sagus International, Inc. ("Sagus"), HNI Hong Kong Limited (“Lamex”) and BP Ergo Limited ("BP Ergo").  Each of these operating units provides products which are sold through various channels of distribution and segments of the industry.

The operating unit Hearth & Home Technologies LLC (“Hearth & Home”) participates in the hearth products industry.  The retail and distribution brand for this operating unit is Fireside Hearth & Home.

During fiscal 2012, the Corporation completed the acquisition of BP Ergo, a manufacturer and marketer of office furniture in India, for a purchase price of approximately $26 million.

HNI International Inc. (“HNI International”) sells office furniture products manufactured by the Corporation’s operating units in select markets outside the United States and Canada.  With dealers and servicing partners located in more than fifty countries, HNI International provides project management services virtually anywhere in the world.

Since inception, the Corporation has been committed to systematically eliminating waste and in 1992 introduced its process improvement approach known as Rapid Continuous Improvement (“RCI”), which focuses on streamlining design, manufacturing and administrative processes.  The Corporation's RCI program has contributed to increased productivity, lower costs, improved product quality and enhanced workplace safety.  In addition, the Corporation's RCI efforts enable it to offer short average lead times, from receipt of order to delivery and installation, for most products.

The Corporation distributes its products through an extensive network of independent office furniture dealers, office products dealers, wholesalers and retailers.  The Corporation is a supplier of office furniture to the largest nationwide distributors of office products.

The Corporation's product development efforts are focused on developing and providing solutions that are relevant and differentiated, and deliver quality, aesthetics and style.

An important element of the Corporation's success has been its member-owner culture, which has enabled it to attract, develop, retain and motivate skilled, experienced and efficient members (i.e., employees).  Each of the Corporation's eligible members has the opportunity to own stock in the Corporation through a number of stock-based plans, including a member stock purchase plan and a profit-sharing retirement plan, which drives a unique level of commitment to the Corporation’s success throughout the workforce.



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For further financial-related information with respect to acquisitions, operating segment information, restructuring and the Corporation’s operations in general, refer to “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Part II of this report, and the following sections in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements:  Nature of Operations, Business Combinations and Operating Segment Information.

Industry

According to the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (“BIFMA”), U.S. office furniture industry shipments were estimated to be $9.3 billion in 2012, a decrease of 1% compared to 2011, which was a 13% increase from 2010 levels.  

The U.S. office furniture market consists of two primary channels—the contract channel and the supplies-driven channel.  The contract channel has traditionally been characterized by sales of office furniture and services to large corporations, primarily for new office facilities, relocations or department or office redesigns, which are frequently customized to meet specific client and designer preferences.  Contract furniture is generally purchased through office furniture dealers who typically prepare a custom-designed office layout emphasizing image and design.  The selling process is complex and lengthy and generally has several manufacturers competing for the same projects.

The supplies-driven channel of the market, in which the Corporation is a leader, primarily represents smaller orders of office furniture purchased by small/medium businesses on the basis of price, quality, selection and speed and reliability of delivery.  Office products dealers, wholesalers and national office product distributors are the primary distribution channels in this market channel.  Office furniture and products dealers publish periodic catalogs displaying office furniture and products from various manufacturers.

The Corporation also competes in the hearth products industry, where it is a market leader.  Hearth products are typically purchased by builders during the construction of new homes and homeowners as an additional heating source during the renovation of existing homes.  Both types of purchases involve seasonality with remodel/retrofit activity being concentrated in the September to December time-frame.  Distribution is primarily through independent dealers, who may buy direct from the manufacturer or from an intermediate distributor.  The Corporation sells approximately 40% of its hearth products to the new construction/builder channel.

Growth Strategy

The Corporation's strategy is to build on its position as a leading manufacturer of office furniture and hearth products in North America and pursue select global markets where opportunities exist to create shareholder value.  The components of this growth strategy are to introduce new products, build brand equity, provide outstanding customer satisfaction by focusing on the end-user, strengthen the distribution network, respond to global competition, pursue complementary strategic acquisitions, enter markets not currently served and continually reduce costs.

The Corporation’s strategy has a dual focus:  working continuously to extract new growth from its core markets while identifying and developing new, adjacent potential areas of growth.  The Corporation focuses on extracting new growth from each of its existing businesses by deepening its understanding of end-users, using new insights gained to refine branding, selling and marketing and developing new products to serve them better.  The Corporation also pursues opportunities in potential growth drivers related to its core business, such as vertical markets or new distribution models.

Employees/Members

As of December 29, 2012, the Corporation employed approximately 10,400 persons, 9,700 of whom were full-time and 700 of whom were temporary personnel.  The Corporation believes its labor relations are good.

Products and Solutions

Office Furniture

The Corporation designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of office furniture systems and seating across a range of price points. The Corporation's portfolio includes panel-based and freestanding furniture systems and complementary products such as seating, storage and tables. The Corporation offers a complete line of office panel system products and freestanding desks, classroom solutions, bookshelves and credenzas in order to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of organizations. The Corporation offers a variety of storage options designed either to be integrated into the Corporation's office systems products or to function as freestanding furniture in office applications. The Corporation's seating line includes chairs designed for all types of office work.  The

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chairs are available in a variety of frame colors, coverings and a wide range of price points.  Key customer criteria in seating includes superior design, ergonomics, aesthetics, comfort and quality.

To meet the demands of various markets, the Corporation's products are sold under the Corporation's brands – HON®, Allsteel®, Maxon®, Gunlocke®, Paoli®, HBF®, Artco BellTM, Midwest Folding ProductsTM, LSI Corporation of AmericaTM, basyxTM , Lamex® and ERGO®, as well as private labels.


Hearth Products

The Corporation is North America’s largest manufacturer and marketer of prefabricated fireplaces, hearth stoves and related products, primarily for the home, which it sells under its widely recognized Heatilator®, Heat & Glo®, Quadra-Fire®, Harman StoveTM and PelProTM brand names.

The Corporation’s line of hearth products includes a full array of gas, electric and wood burning fireplaces, inserts, stoves, facings and accessories.  Heatilator® and Heat & Glo® are brand leaders in the two largest segments of the home fireplace market: vented-gas and wood fireplaces.  The Corporation is the leader in “direct vent” fireplaces, which replace the chimney-venting system used in traditional fireplaces with a less expensive vent through the roof or an outer wall.  In addition, the Corporation is the leader in pellet-burning stoves and furnaces with its Quadra-Fire®, Harman StoveTM and PelProTM product lines which provide home heating solutions using renewable fuel, an environmentally friendly trend that has come to the forefront in home heating.  See “Intellectual Property” under this Item 1. Business for additional details.

Manufacturing

The Corporation manufactures office furniture in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Texas, China and India.  The Corporation manufactures hearth products in Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The Corporation purchases raw materials and components from a variety of suppliers, and generally most items are available from multiple sources.  Major raw materials and components include coil steel, aluminum, zinc, castings, lumber, veneer, particleboard, fabric, paint, lacquer, hardware, plastic products and shipping cartons.

Since its inception, the Corporation has focused on making its manufacturing facilities and processes more flexible while at the same time reducing cost, eliminating waste and improving product quality.  The Corporation applies the principles of RCI and a lean manufacturing philosophy leveraging the creativity of its members to eliminate and reduce costs.  To achieve flexibility and attain efficiency goals, the Corporation has adopted a variety of production techniques, including cellular manufacturing, focused factories, just-in-time inventory management, value engineering, business simplification and 80/20 principles.  The application of RCI has increased productivity by reducing set-up and processing times, square footage, inventory levels, product costs and delivery times, while improving quality and enhancing member safety.  The Corporation's RCI process involves production and administrative employees, management, customers and suppliers.  The Corporation has facilitators, coaches and consultants dedicated to the RCI process and strives to involve all members in the RCI process.  Manufacturing also plays a key role in the Corporation's concurrent product development process that primarily seeks to design new products for ease of manufacturability.

Product Development

The Corporation's product development efforts are primarily focused on developing end-user solutions that are relevant, differentiated and focused on quality, aesthetics, style, sustainable design and on reducing manufacturing costs.  The Corporation accomplishes this through improving existing products, extending product lines, applying ergonomic research, improving manufacturing processes, applying alternative materials and providing engineering support and training to its operating units.  The Corporation conducts its product development efforts at both the corporate and operating unit level.  The Corporation invested approximately $26.9 million, $23.1 million and $21.8 million in product development during fiscal 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Intellectual Property

As of December 29, 2012, the Corporation owned 289 U.S. and 231 foreign patents with expiration dates from 2013 to 2033 and had applications pending for 20 U.S. and 56 foreign patents.  In addition, the Corporation holds 174 U.S. and 395 foreign trademark registrations and has applications pending for 16 U.S. and 10 foreign trademarks.


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The Corporation's principal office furniture products do not require frequent technical changes.  The Corporation believes neither any individual office furniture patent nor the Corporation's office furniture patents in the aggregate are material to the Corporation's business as a whole.

The Corporation’s patents covering its hearth products protect various technical innovations.  While the acquisition of patents reflects Hearth & Home’s position in the market as an innovation leader, the Corporation believes neither any individual hearth product patent nor the Corporation’s hearth product patents in the aggregate are material to the Corporation’s business as a whole.

The Corporation applies for patent protection when it believes the expense of doing so is justified, and the Corporation believes the duration of its registered patents is adequate to protect these rights.  The Corporation also pays royalties in certain instances for the use of patents on products and processes owned by others.

The Corporation actively protects its trademarks it believes have significant value.

Sales and Distribution: Customers

The Corporation sells its office furniture products through five principal distribution channels.  The first channel consisting of independent, local office furniture and office products dealers, specializes in the sale of a broad range of office furniture and office furniture systems to business, government, education, health care entities and home office owners.

The second distribution channel comprises national office product distributors including Staples, Inc., Office Max Incorporated and Office Depot, Inc.  These distributors sell furniture along with office supplies through a national network of dealerships and sales offices, which assist their customers with the evaluation of office space requirements, systems layout and product selection and design and office solution services provided by professional designers.  All of these distributors also sell through retail office products superstores.

The third distribution channel, corporate accounts, is where the Corporation has the lead selling relationship with the end-user.  Installation and service are normally provided through a dealer.

The fourth distribution channel comprises wholesalers serving as distributors of the Corporation's products to independent dealers, national supply dealers and superstores.  The Corporation sells to the nation's largest office supply/furniture wholesalers, United Stationers Inc. and S.P. Richards Company.  Wholesalers maintain inventory of standard product lines for resale to the various dealers and retailers.  They also special order products from the Corporation in customer-selected models and colors.  The Corporation's wholesalers maintain warehouse locations throughout the United States, which enables the Corporation to make its products available for rapid delivery to resellers anywhere in the country.

The fifth distribution channel comprises direct sales of the Corporation's products to federal, state and local government offices.

The Corporation's office furniture sales force consists of regional sales managers, salespersons and firms of independent manufacturers' representatives who collectively provide national sales coverage.  Sales managers and salespersons are compensated by a combination of salary and incentive bonus.

Office products dealers, national wholesalers and retailers market their products over the Internet and through catalogs published periodically.  These catalogs are distributed to existing and potential customers.  

The Corporation also makes export sales through HNI International to office furniture dealers and wholesale distributors serving select foreign markets.  Distributors are principally located in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.  Through Lamex and BP Ergo, the Corporation manufactures and distributes office furniture directly to end-users and through independent dealers and distributors in greater China, Asia and India.

Limited quantities of select finished goods inventories primarily built to order and awaiting shipment are at the Corporation's principal manufacturing plants and at its various distribution centers.

Hearth & Home sells its fireplace and stove products through dealers, distributors and Corporation-owned distribution and retail outlets.  The Corporation has a field sales organization of regional sales managers, salespersons, and firms of independent manufacturers' representatives.


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In fiscal 2012, the Corporation's five largest customers represented approximately 23% of its consolidated net sales. No single customer accounted for 10% or more of the Corporation’s consolidated net sales in fiscal 2012.  The substantial purchasing power exercised by large customers may adversely affect the prices at which the Corporation can successfully offer its products.  

The above percentages do not include revenue from various government agencies. In aggregate, entities purchasing under the Corporation's U.S. General Services Administration contracts collectively accounted for approximately 4% of the Corporation's consolidated net sales.

As of December 29, 2012, the Corporation had an order backlog of approximately $159.0 million, which will be filled in the ordinary course of business within the first few months of the fiscal year.  This compares with $159.1 million as of December 31, 2011, and $150.5 million as of January 1, 2011.  Backlog, in terms of percentage of net sales, was 7.9%, 8.7% and 8.9%, for fiscal 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  The Corporation’s products are typically manufactured and shipped within a few weeks following receipt of order.  The dollar amount of the Corporation’s order backlog is, therefore, not considered by management to be a leading indicator of the Corporation’s expected sales in any particular fiscal period.

Competition

The Corporation is the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the world and believes it is the largest provider of furniture to small- and medium-sized workplaces.  The Corporation is the largest manufacturer and marketer of fireplaces in North America.

The office furniture industry is highly competitive, with a significant number of competitors offering similar products.  The Corporation competes by emphasizing its ability to deliver compelling value products, solutions and a high level of customer service.  The Corporation competes with large office furniture manufacturers, which cover a substantial portion of the North America market share in the contract-oriented office furniture market, such as Steelcase Inc., Haworth, Inc., Herman Miller, Inc. and Knoll, Inc.  The Corporation also competes with a number of other office furniture manufacturers, including The Global Group (a Canadian company), Kimball International, Inc., Krueger International Inc. (KI), Virco Mfg. Corporation and Teknion Corporation (a Canadian company), as well as global importers.  The Corporation faces significant price competition from its competitors and may encounter competition from new market entrants.

Hearth products, consisting of prefabricated fireplaces and related products, are manufactured by a number of national and regional competitors.  The Corporation competes primarily against a broad range of manufacturers, including Travis Industries Inc., Comvest Partners (Innovative Hearth Products), Riverside Company (Vermont Castings Group), Wolf Steel Ltd. (Napoleon) and FPI Fireplace Products International Ltd. (Regency).

Both office furniture and hearth products compete on the basis of performance, quality, price, complete and on-time delivery to the customer and customer service and support.  The Corporation believes it competes principally by providing compelling value products designed to be among the best in their price range for product quality and performance, superior customer service and short lead-times.  This is made possible, in part, by the Corporation's on-going investment in product development, highly efficient and low cost manufacturing operations and an extensive distribution network.

For further discussion of the Corporation's competitive situation, refer to “Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” later in this report.

Effects of Inflation

Certain business costs may, from time to time, increase at a rate exceeding the general rate of inflation.  The Corporation’s objective is to offset the effect of normal inflation on its costs primarily through productivity increases in combination with certain adjustments to the selling price of its products as competitive market and general economic conditions permit.

Investments are routinely made in modernizing plants, equipment, support systems and RCI programs.  These investments collectively focus on business simplification and increasing productivity which helps to offset the effect of rising material and labor costs.  The Corporation also routinely employs ongoing cost control disciplines.  In addition, the last-in, first-out ("LIFO") valuation method is used for most of the Corporation's inventories, which ensures changing material and labor costs are recognized in reported income and, more importantly, these costs are recognized in pricing decisions.






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Environmental

The Corporation is subject to a variety of environmental laws and regulations governing use of materials and substances in products, the management of wastes resulting from use of certain material and the remediation of contamination associated with releases of hazardous substances used in the past.  Although the Corporation believes it is in material compliance with all of the various regulations applicable to its business, there can be no assurance requirements will not change in the future or the Corporation will not incur material costs to comply with such regulations.  The Corporation has trained staff responsible for monitoring compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements.  The Corporation’s environmental staff works with responsible personnel at each manufacturing facility, the Corporation’s environmental legal counsel and consultants on the management of environmental, health and safety issues.  The Corporation’s ultimate goal is to reduce and, when practical, eliminate the generation of environmental pollutants in its manufacturing processes.

The Corporation’s environmental management system has earned the recognition of numerous state and federal agencies as well as non-government organizations.  Aligning continuous improvement initiatives with the Corporation’s environmental objectives creates a model of the triple bottom line of sustainable development where members work toward shared goals of personal growth, economic reward and a healthy environment for the future.

Over the past several years, the Corporation has expanded its environmental management system and established metrics to influence product design and development, supplier and supply chain performance, energy and resource consumption and the impacts of its facilities.  In addition, the Corporation is providing sustainability training to senior decision makers and has assigned resources to documenting and communicating its progress to an increasingly knowledgeable market.  Integrating sustainable objectives into core business systems is consistent with the Corporation’s vision and ensures its commitment to being a sustainable enterprise remains a priority for all members. The Corporation's growing commitment to sustainability has allowed its businesses to obtain level® certification for the office furniture industry's widest and most complete offering of products rated under the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.

Compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations has not had a material effect on the capital expenditures, earnings or competitive position of the Corporation to date.  The Corporation does not anticipate financially material capital expenditures will be required during fiscal 2013 for environmental control facilities.  It is management’s judgment that compliance with current regulations should not have a material effect on the Corporation’s financial condition or results of operations.  However, there can be no assurance new environmental legislation and technology in this area will not result in or require material capital expenditures.

Business Development

The development of the Corporation's business during the fiscal years ended December 29, 2012, December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011 is discussed in “Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” later in this report.

Available Information

Information regarding the Corporation’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to these reports, will be made available, free of charge, on the Corporation’s website at www.hnicorp.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after the Corporation electronically files such reports with or furnishes them to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  The Corporation’s information is also available from the SEC’s Public Reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549, or on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this report to the extent they are not statements of historical or present fact, including statements as to plans, outlook, objectives and future financial performance, are “forward-looking” statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words, such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “confident,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “hope,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the Corporation’s actual results in the future to differ materially from expected results.  The most significant factors known to the Corporation that may adversely affect the Corporation’s business, operations, industries, financial position or future financial performance are described later in this report under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”  The Corporation cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement which speaks only as of the date made and to recognize forward-looking statements are predictions of future results, which may not occur as anticipated.  Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and from historical results due to the risks and uncertainties described elsewhere in this report, including under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” as well as others that the Corporation may consider immaterial or does not anticipate at this time.  The risks and uncertainties described in this report, including those under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” are not exclusive and further information concerning the Corporation, including factors that potentially could materially affect the Corporation’s financial results or condition, may emerge from time to time.

The Corporation assumes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.  The Corporation advises you, however, to consult any further disclosures made on related subjects in future quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with or furnished to the SEC.

ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS

The following risk factors and other information included in this report should be carefully considered.  If any of the following risks actually occur, our business, operating results, cash flows or financial condition could be materially adversely affected.

Unfavorable economic and market conditions could reduce our sales and profitability and as a result, our operating results may be adversely affected.

Over the past few years, economic conditions have been challenging in the U.S. and many of the countries and regions in which we do business. Despite modest recovery in the U.S. economic conditions remain uncertain and challenging for the foreseeable future.  Economic conditions in the U.S., and in international markets have had, and may continue to have, a significant adverse impact on demand for our products.  General business and economic conditions that could affect us include short-term and long-term interest rates, unemployment, inflation, fluctuations in debt and equity capital markets, limited availability of consumer financing and weak credit markets, the strength of the U.S. economy and the local economies in which we operate.

There could be a number of effects from these economic developments on our business, including:  reduced demand for products; insolvency of our dealers resulting in increased provisions for credit losses; insolvency of our key suppliers resulting in product delays; inability of customers to obtain credit to finance purchases of our products; decreased customer demand, including order delays or cancellations; and counter-party failures negatively impacting our treasury operations.

In addition, the current weak recovery and general uncertain economic conditions in the U.S. and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. federal government, including the debt ceiling and the so-called "fiscal cliff", make it increasingly difficult for us, our customers and our suppliers to accurately forecast future product demand trends, which could cause us to incur excess costs.  Additionally, this forecasting difficulty could cause a shortage of products, labor or materials used in our products that could result in an inability to satisfy demand for our products and a loss of market share.

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We may need to take additional impairment charges related to goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets, which would adversely affect our results of operations.

Goodwill and other acquired intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized but are tested for impairment annually, and when an event occurs or circumstances change such that it is reasonably possible an impairment may exist.  As of December 29, 2012, we had goodwill of $288 million recorded on our balance sheet. We test for impairment annually during the fourth quarter of the year and whenever indicators of impairment exist.  We test goodwill for impairment by first comparing the carrying value of net assets to the fair value of the reporting unit.  If the fair value is determined to be less than carrying value, a second step is performed to determine the implied fair value of goodwill associated with the reporting unit.  If the carrying value of goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of goodwill, such excess represents the amount of goodwill impairment, and accordingly, such impairment is recognized.

We estimate the fair values of the reporting units using discounted cash flows.  Forecasts of future cash flows are based on our best estimate of longer term, broad market trends.  We combine this trend data with estimates of current economic conditions in the U.S., competitor behavior, the mix of product sales, commodity costs, wage rates, the level of manufacturing capacity and the pricing environment.  In addition, estimates of fair value are impacted by estimates of the market-participant-derived weighted average cost of capital.  Changes in these forecasts could significantly change the amount of impairment recorded, if any. We have two reporting units that have been recently acquired and therefore have a historical cost closer to their current fair value.

The office furniture and hearth products industries are highly competitive and, as a result, we may not always be successful.

Both the office furniture and hearth products industries are highly competitive, with a significant number of competitors in both industries offering similar products.  While competitive factors vary geographically and between differing sales situations, typical factors for both industries include:  price; delivery and service; product design and features; product quality; strength of dealers and other distributors; and relationships with customers and key influencers, such as architects, designers, home-builders and facility managers.  Our principal competitors in the office furniture industry include The Global Group, Haworth, Inc., Kimball International, Inc., Steelcase Inc., Herman Miller, Inc., Teknion Corporation, Virco Mfg. Corporaton, Krueger International Inc. (KI) and Knoll, Inc.  Our principal competitors in the hearth products industry include Travis Industries Inc., Comvest Partners (Innovative Hearth Products), Riverside Company (Vermont Castings Group), Wolf Steel Ltd. (Napoleon) and FPI Fireplace Products International Ltd. (Regency).  In both industries, most of our top competitors have an installed base of products that can be a source of significant future sales through repeat and expansion orders.  These competitors manufacture products with strong acceptance in the marketplace and are capable of developing products that have a competitive advantage over our products.

Our continued success will depend on many factors, including our ability to continue to manufacture and market high quality, high performance products at competitive prices and our ability to adapt our business model to effectively compete in the highly competitive environments of both the office furniture and hearth products industries.  Our success is also subject to our ability to sustain and grow our positive brand reputation and recognition among existing and potential customers and use our brands and trademarks effectively in entering new markets.

In both the office furniture and hearth products industries, we also face significant price competition from our competitors and from new market entrants who primarily manufacture and source products from lower cost countries.  Such price competition impacts our ability to implement price increases or, in some cases, even maintain prices, which could lower our profit margins.  In addition, we may not be able to maintain or raise the prices of our products in response to rising raw material prices and other inflationary pressures.  

The concentration of our customer base, changes in demand and order patterns from our customers, as well as the increased purchasing power of such customers, could adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

We sell our products through multiple distribution channels.  These distribution channels have been consolidating in the past several years and may continue to consolidate in the future.  Such consolidation may result in a greater proportion of our sales being concentrated in fewer customers.  The increased purchasing power exercised by larger customers may adversely affect the prices at which we can successfully offer our products.  As a result of this consolidation, changes in the purchase patterns or the loss of a single customer may have a greater impact on our business, operating results or financial condition than such events would have had prior to such consolidation.

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The growth in sales of private-label products by some of our largest office furniture customers may reduce our revenue and adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

Private-label products are products sold under the name of the distributor or retailer, but manufactured by another party.  Some of our largest customers have aggressive private-label initiatives to increase sales of office furniture.  If successful, they may reduce our revenue and inhibit our ability to raise prices and may, in some cases, even force us to lower prices, which could result in an adverse effect on our business, operating results or financial condition.

Increases in basic commodity, raw material and component costs, as well as disruptions to the supply of basic commodities, raw materials and components, could adversely affect our profitability.

Fluctuations in the price, availability and quality of the commodities, raw materials and components used by us in manufacturing could have an adverse effect on our costs of sales, profitability and our ability to meet customers' demand.  We source commodities, raw materials and components from domestic and international suppliers for both our office furniture and hearth products.  From both domestic and international suppliers, the cost, quality and availability of commodities, raw materials and components, including steel, our largest raw material category, have been significantly affected in recent years by, among other things, changes in global supply and demand, changes in laws and regulations (including tariffs and duties), changes in exchange rates and worldwide price levels, natural disasters, labor disputes, terrorism and political unrest or instability.  These factors could lead to further price increases or supply interruptions in the future.  Our profit margins could be adversely affected if commodity, raw material and component costs remain high or escalate further, and we are either unable to offset such costs through strategic sourcing initiatives and continuous improvement programs or, as a result of competitive market dynamics, unable to pass along a portion of the higher costs to our customers.

We are affected by the cost of energy, and increases in energy prices could adversely affect our gross margins and profitability.

Our gross margins and the profitability of our business operations are sensitive to the cost of energy because it is reflected in our cost of transportation, petroleum-based materials like plastics and operation of our manufacturing facilities.  If the costs of petroleum-based products, operating our manufacturing facilities or transportation increase, it could adversely affect our gross margins and profitability.

Our efforts to introduce new products that meet customer and workplace requirements may not be successful, which could limit our sales growth or cause our sales to decline.

To keep pace with market trends in both the office furniture and hearth products industries, we must periodically introduce new products.  Such trends include changes in workplace and home design and increases in the use of technology and evolving regulatory and industry requirements, including environmental, health, safety and similar standards for the workplace and home and for product performance.  The introduction of new products in both industries requires the coordination of the design, manufacturing and marketing of such products, which may be affected by factors beyond our control.  The design and engineering of certain new products can take up to a year or more, and further time may be required to achieve client acceptance.  In addition, we may face difficulties in introducing new products if we cannot successfully align ourselves with independent architects, home-builders and designers who are able to design, in a timely manner, high quality products consistent with our image.  Accordingly, the launch of any particular product may be later or less successful than we originally anticipated.  Difficulties or delays in introducing new products or lack of customer acceptance of new products could limit our sales growth or cause our sales to decline and may result in an adverse effect on our business, operating results or financial condition.

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We have grown, and may continue to grow, our business through acquisitions, alliances and joint venture arrangements, which could adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

One of our growth strategies is to supplement our internal growth through acquisitions of, and alliances and joint venture arrangements with, businesses with technologies or products that complement or augment our existing products or distribution or add new products or distribution to our business.  In the past two years, we acquired Sagus International, an education furniture company, and BP Ergo Limited, an office furniture company in India, both of which we continue to integrate into our business. The benefits of these acquisitions, or future acquisitions, alliances or joint ventures may take more time than expected to develop or integrate into our operations, and we cannot guarantee any completed or future acquisitions, alliances or joint ventures will in fact produce any benefits.  In addition, acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures involve a number of risks, including, without limitation:

diversion of management’s attention, including significant management time devoted to integrating acquisitions;
difficulties in assimilating the operations and products of an acquired business or in realizing projected efficiencies, cost savings and revenue synergies;
potential loss of key employees or customers of the acquired businesses or adverse effects on existing business relationships with suppliers and customers;
adverse impact on overall profitability if acquired businesses do not achieve the financial results projected in our valuation models;
reallocation of amounts of capital from other operating initiatives or an increase in our leverage and debt service requirements to pay the acquisition purchase prices, which could in turn restrict our ability to access additional capital when needed or to pursue other important elements of our business strategy;
inaccurate assessment of undisclosed, contingent or other liabilities or problems and unanticipated costs associated with the acquisition; and
incorrect estimates made in accounting for acquisitions, incurrence of non-recurring charges and write-off of significant amounts of goodwill that could adversely affect our operating results.

Our ability to grow through future acquisitions will depend, in part, on the availability of suitable acquisition candidates at an acceptable price, our ability to compete effectively for these acquisition candidates and the availability of capital to complete such acquisitions.  These risks could be heightened if we complete several acquisitions within a relatively short period of time.  In addition, there can be no assurance we will be able to continue to identify attractive opportunities or enter into any such transactions with acceptable terms in the future.  If an acquisition is completed, there can be no assurance we will be able to successfully integrate the acquired entity into our operations or that we will achieve sales and profitability that justify our investment in such businesses.  Any potential acquisition may not be successful and could adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

We are subject to extensive environmental regulation and have exposure to potential environmental liabilities.

The past and present operation and ownership by us of manufacturing facilities and real property are subject to extensive and changing federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, including those relating to discharges in air, water and land, the handling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste and the remediation of contamination associated with releases of hazardous substances.  Compliance with environmental regulations has not had a material effect on our capital expenditures, earnings or competitive position to date; however, compliance with current laws or more stringent laws or regulations which may be imposed on us in the future, stricter interpretation of existing laws or discoveries of contamination at our real property sites which occurred prior to our ownership or the advent of environmental regulation may require us to incur additional expenditures in the future, some of which may be material.

The existence of various unfavorable macroeconomic and industry factors for a prolonged period could adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

Office furniture industry revenues are impacted by a variety of macroeconomic factors such as service-sector employment levels, corporate profits, small business confidence, commercial construction and office vacancy rates.  Industry factors, such as corporate restructuring, technology changes, corporate relocations, health and safety concerns, including ergonomic considerations, and the globalization of companies also influence office furniture industry revenues.

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Hearth products industry revenues are impacted by a variety of macroeconomic factors as well, including housing starts, overall employment levels, interest rates, consumer confidence, energy costs, disposable income and changing demographics.  Industry factors, such as technology changes, health and safety concerns and environmental regulation, including indoor air quality standards, also influence hearth products industry revenues.  Deterioration of the economic conditions or a slowdown in the recovery in the homebuilding industry and the hearth products market could decrease demand for our hearth products and have additional adverse effects on our operating results.

Increasing healthcare costs could adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
We provide healthcare benefits to the majority of our members and are self-insured.  Healthcare costs have continued to rise over time, which increases our annual spending on healthcare and could adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.

Our inability to improve the quality/capability of our network of independent dealers or the loss of a significant number of such dealers could adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

In both the office furniture and hearth products industries, we rely in large part on a network of independent dealers to market our products to customers.  We also rely upon these dealers to provide a variety of important specification, installation and after-market services to our customers.  Our dealers may terminate their relationships with us at any time and for any reason.  The loss or termination of a significant number of dealer relationships could cause difficulties for us in marketing and distributing our products, resulting in a decline in our sales, which may adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

Our international operations expose us to risks related to conducting business in multiple jurisdictions outside the United States.

During the past several years, we have experienced growth in our international operations and sales, including in China and India. We plan to continue to grow internationally. We primarily sell our products and report our financial results in U.S. dollars; however, our increased business in countries outside the United States exposes us to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.  Paying our expenses in other currencies can result in a significant increase or decrease in the amount of those expenses in terms of U.S. dollars, which may affect our profits.  In the future, any foreign currency appreciation relative to the U.S. dollar would increase our expenses that are denominated in that currency.  Additionally, as we report currency in the U.S. dollar, our financial position is affected by the strength of the currencies in countries where we have operations relative to the strength of the U.S. dollar.

Further, certain countries have complex regulatory systems which impose administrative and legal requirements which make managing international operations more difficult, including approvals to transfer funds into certain countries. If we are unable to provide financial support to our international operations in a timely manner, our business, operating results and financial condition could be adversely affected.

We periodically review our foreign currency exposure and evaluate whether we should enter into hedging transactions.

Our international sales and operations are subject to a number of additional risks, including, without limitation:

social and political turmoil, official corruption and civil and labor unrest;
restrictive government actions, such as the imposition of trade quotas and tariffs and restrictions on transfers of funds;
changes in labor laws and regulations affecting our ability to hire, retain or dismiss employees;
the need to comply with multiple and potentially conflicting laws and regulations, including environmental and corporate laws and regulations;
preference for locally branded products and laws and business practices favoring local competition;
less effective protection of intellectual property and increased possibility of loss due to cyber-theft;
unfavorable business conditions or economic instability in any particular country or region;
infrastructure disruptions;
potentially conflicting cultural and business practices; and
difficulty in obtaining distribution and support.

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Restrictions imposed by the terms of our credit facility and note purchase agreement may limit our operating and financial flexibility.

Our credit facility and note purchase agreement, dated as of April 6, 2006, pursuant to which we issued $150 million of senior, unsecured notes designated as Series 2006-A Senior Notes, limit our ability to finance operations, service debt or engage in other business activities that may be in our interest.  Specifically, our credit facility restricts our ability to incur additional indebtedness, create or incur certain liens with respect to any of our properties or assets, engage in lines of business substantially different than those currently conducted by us, sell, lease, license or dispose of any of our assets, enter into certain transactions with affiliates, make certain restricted payments or take certain restricted actions and enter into certain sale-leaseback arrangements.  Our note purchase agreement contains customary restrictive covenants that, among other things, place limits on our ability to incur liens on assets, incur additional debt, transfer or sell our assets, merge or consolidate with other persons or enter into material transactions with affiliates.  Our credit facility and note purchase agreement also require us to maintain certain financial covenants.

Our failure to comply with the obligations under our credit facility may result in an event of default, which, if not cured or waived, may cause accelerated repayment of the indebtedness under the credit facility and could result in a cross default under our note purchase agreement.  We cannot be certain we will have sufficient funds available to pay any accelerated repayments or we will have the ability to refinance accelerated repayments on terms favorable to us or at all.

Costs related to product defects, including product liability costs, could adversely affect our profitability.

We incur various expenses related to product defects, including product warranty costs, product recall and retrofit costs and product liability costs.  These expenses relative to product sales vary and could increase.  We use chemicals and materials in our products and include components in our products from external suppliers, which we believe are safe and appropriate for their designated use; however, harmful effects may become known which could subject us to litigation, including health-related litigation, and significant losses. We maintain reserves for product defect-related costs based on estimates and our knowledge of circumstances that indicate the need for such reserves.  We cannot, however, be certain these reserves will be adequate to cover actual product defect-related claims in the future.  We also purchase insurance coverage to reduce our exposure to significant levels of product liability claims and maintain a reserve for our self-insured losses based upon estimates of the aggregate liability using claims experience and actuarial assumptions, but we cannot be certain insurance would cover all losses related to product claims. Incorrect estimates or any significant increase in the rate of our product defect expenses could have a material adverse effect on operations.

We may require additional capital in the future, which may not be available or may be available only on unfavorable terms.

Our capital requirements depend on many factors, including capital improvements, tooling, new product development and acquisitions.  To the extent our existing capital is insufficient to meet these requirements and cover any losses, we may need to raise additional funds through financings or curtail our growth and reduce our assets.  Our ability to generate cash depends on economic, financial, competitive, legislative, regulatory and other factors that may be beyond our control.  Future borrowings or financings may not be available to us under our credit facility or otherwise in an amount sufficient to enable us to pay our debt or meet our liquidity needs.

Any equity or debt financing, if available at all, could have terms that are not favorable to us.  In addition, financings could result in dilution to our shareholders or the securities may have rights, preferences and privileges that are senior to those of our common stock.  If our need for capital arises because of significant losses, the occurrence of these losses may make it more difficult for us to raise the necessary capital.

Our sales to the U.S. government and various state and local governments is subject to uncertain future funding levels and federal, state and local procurement laws and are governed by restrictive contract terms; any of these factors could limit current or future business.

We derive a significant portion of our revenue from sales to various U.S. federal, state and local government agencies and departments.  Our ability to compete successfully for and retain business with the U.S. government, as well as with state and local governments, is highly dependent on cost-effective performance.  Our government business is highly sensitive to changes in procurement laws; national, international, state and local public priorities; and budgets at all levels of government, which have recently experienced downward pressure and, in the case of the federal budget, are subject to uncertainty due in part to the potential for automatic spending cuts; including those related to the federal debt ceiling and the so-called "fiscal cliff".

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Our contracts with government entities are subject to various statutes and regulations that apply to companies doing business with the government.  The U.S. government as well as state and local governments can typically terminate or modify their contracts with us either for their convenience or if we default by failing to perform under the terms of the applicable contract.  A termination arising out of our default could expose us to liability and impede our ability to compete in the future for contracts and orders with agencies and departments at all levels of government.  Moreover, we are subject to investigation and audit for compliance with the requirements governing government contracts, including requirements related to procurement integrity, export controls, employment practices, the accuracy of records and reporting of costs.  If we were found to not be a responsible supplier or to have committed fraud or certain criminal offenses, we could be suspended or debarred from all further federal, state or local government contracting.

Increased government focus on enforcement may significantly increase our operating costs.

The federal government has increased its focus on enforcement under a wide range of laws and regulations impacting our business, particularly in the following areas:

antitrust and competition;
foreign corrupt practices;
government contracting;
securities and public company reporting;
labor and employment practices;
fraud and abuse; and
tax reporting.

Should we become the target of a government investigation or enforcement action, we could incur significant costs and suffer damage to our reputation which could adversely impact our business, operating results or financial condition.

Our implementation and use of a new business software system, and accompanying transformation of our business processes, could result in problems that could negatively impact our business and results of operations.

We are engaged in a multi-year, company-wide program to implement new integrated software systems (the "System") to support and streamline our business processes. We expect implementation of the System will require transformation of business and financial processes to realize the full benefits of the project. Significant efforts are required to design, test and implement the System, requiring investment of resources, including additional selling, general and administrative and capital expenditures. There can be no assurance other issues relating to System implementation will not occur, including compatibility issues, integration challenges and delays, and higher than expected implementation costs. Additionally, when implemented, the System could function improperly or not deliver the projected benefits, which could significantly disrupt our business, including our ability to provide quotes, process orders, ship products, invoice customers, process payments, generate management and financial reports and otherwise run our business. Our business and results of operations may be adversely affected if we experience problems related to the System.
 
We rely on information technology systems to manage numerous aspects of our business, and a disruption of these systems could adversely affect our business.
 
In the ordinary course of business, we rely upon information technology networks and systems to process, transmit and store electronic information, and to manage numerous aspects of our business and provide information to management. Additionally, we collect and store sensitive data of our customers and suppliers, as well as personally identifiable information of our employees, in data centers and on information technology networks. The secure operation of these information technology networks, and the processing and maintenance of this information, is critical to our business operations and strategy. These networks and systems, despite security and precautionary measures, are vulnerable to, among other things, damage and interruption from power loss or natural disasters, computer system and network failures, loss of telecommunications services, physical and electronic loss of data, security breaches, hackers and employee misuse. We may face unauthorized attempts by hackers seeking to harm us or as a result of industrial espionage to penetrate our network security and gain access to our network, steal proprietary data, including design, sales or personally identifiable information, introduce malicious software or interrupt our internal systems, manufacturing or distribution. Though we attempt to prevent and detect these incidents, we may not be successful. Any disruption of our information technology networks or systems, or access to or disclosure of information stored in or transmitted by our systems, could result in legal claims and damages, disrupt operations, result in competitive disadvantage and damage our reputation, which could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

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Natural disasters, acts of God, force majeure events or other catastrophic events may impact the Corporation's production capacity and, in turn, negatively impact profitability.

Natural disasters, acts of God, force majeure events or other catastrophic events, including severe weather, military action, terrorist attacks, power interruptions and fires, could disrupt operations and likewise the ability to produce or deliver our products. Several of our production facilities, members and key management are located within a small geographic area in eastern Iowa and a natural disaster or catastrophe in the area could have a significant adverse effect on our results of operations and business conditions. Further, several of our production facilities are single-site manufacturers of certain products, and an adverse event affecting any of those facilities could significantly delay production of certain products and adversely affect our operations and business conditions. Members are an integral part of our business and events such as an epidemic could reduce the availability of members reporting for work. In the event we experience a temporary or permanent interruption in our ability to produce or deliver product, revenues could be reduced, and business could be materially adversely affected. In addition, any continuing disruption in our computer system could adversely affect our ability to receive and process customers orders, manufacture products and ship products on a timely basis and could adversely affect relations with customers, potentially resulting in reduction in orders from customers or loss of customers. We maintain insurance to help protect us from costs relating to some of these events, but it may not be sufficient or paid in a timely manner in the event we suffer such an event.

Our business is subject to a number of other miscellaneous risks that may adversely affect our business, operating results or financial condition.

Other miscellaneous risks include, without limitation:

reduced demand for our storage products caused by changes in office technology, including the change from paper record storage to electronic record storage;

our ability to realize cost savings and productivity improvements from our cost containment, business simplification, manufacturing consolidation and logistical realignment initiatives;

volatility in the market price and trading volume of equity securities may adversely affect the market price for our common stock;

our ability to protect our intellectual property, including trade secrets and key business operations data;

labor or other manufacturing inefficiencies due to items such as new product introductions, a new operating system or turnover in personnel;

our ability to effectively manage working capital and maintain our effective tax rate;

potential claims by third parties that we infringed upon their intellectual property rights;
our insurance may not adequately (1) insulate us from expenses for product defects and the negligent acts and omissions of our members and agents and (2) compensate us for damages to our facilities and equipment and loss of business; and

our ability to retain our experienced management team and recruit other key personnel.


ITEM 1B.  UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

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ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES

The Corporation maintains its corporate headquarters in Muscatine, Iowa, and conducts operations at locations throughout the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India and Taiwan, which house manufacturing, distribution and retail operations and offices totaling an aggregate of approximately 10.2 million square feet.  Of this total, approximately 1.8 million square feet are leased.

Although the plants are of varying ages, the Corporation believes they are well maintained, equipped with modern and efficient equipment, in good operating condition and suitable for the purposes for which they are being used.  The Corporation has sufficient capacity to increase output at most locations by increasing the use of overtime or the number of production shifts employed.

The Corporation's principal manufacturing and distribution facilities (200,000 square feet in size or larger) are as follows:

Location
Approximate
Square Feet
Owned or
Leased
Description
of Use
Cedartown, Georgia
550,000
Owned
Manufacturing nonwood casegoods office furniture
Dongguan, China
1,007,716
Owned
Manufacturing wood and nonwood casegoods and seating office furniture (1)
Florence, Alabama
304,365
Owned
Manufacturing wood and nonwood casegoods office furniture
Hickory, North Carolina
206,316
Owned
Manufacturing wood casegoods and seating office furniture
Lake City, Minnesota
241,500
Owned
Manufacturing metal prefabricated fireplaces
Milan, Illinois
239,452
Leased
Warehousing office furniture
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
288,006
Owned
Manufacturing metal prefabricated fireplaces (1)
Muscatine, Iowa
272,900
Owned
Manufacturing nonwood casegoods office furniture
Muscatine, Iowa
578,284
Owned
Warehousing office furniture
Muscatine, Iowa
236,100
Owned
Manufacturing nonwood casegoods office furniture
Muscatine, Iowa
636,250
Owned
Manufacturing Systems office furniture
Muscatine, Iowa
237,800
Owned
Manufacturing nonwood seating office furniture
Nagpur, India
355,135
Owned
Manufacturing office furniture
Orleans, Indiana
1,196,946
Owned
Manufacturing wood casegoods and seating office furniture (1)
Temple, Texas
392,134
Owned
Manufacturing office furniture
Temple, Texas
372,560
Leased
Warehousing office furniture
Wayland, New York
716,484
Owned
Manufacturing wood casegoods and seating office furniture (1)
(1)
Also includes a regional warehouse/distribution center

Other Corporation facilities, under 200,000 square feet in size, are located in various communities throughout the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India and Taiwan.  These facilities total approximately 2.3 million square feet with approximately 1.3 million square feet used for the manufacture and distribution of office furniture and approximately .9 million square feet for hearth products.  Of this total, approximately 1.2 million square feet are leased.  The Corporation also leases sales showroom space in office furniture market centers in several major metropolitan areas.

There are no major encumbrances on Corporation-owned properties.  Refer to Property, Plant, and Equipment in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for related cost, accumulated depreciation and net book value data.


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ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The Corporation is involved in various kinds of disputes and legal proceedings that have arisen in the ordinary course of its business, including pending litigation, environmental remediation, taxes and other claims.  It is the Corporation’s opinion, after consultation with legal counsel, that liabilities, if any, resulting from these matters are not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Corporation’s financial condition, cash flows or on the Corporation’s quarterly or annual operating results when resolved in a future period.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.


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TABLE I
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
December 29, 2012

Name
Age
Family
Relationship
Position
Position
Held Since
Other Business Experience
During Past Five Years
Stan A. Askren
52
None
Chairman of the Board Chief Executive Officer President
Director
2004
2004
2003
2003
 
Steven M. Bradford
55
None
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
2008
Vice President and Regional General Counsel for The Americas, Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (2003-08); General Counsel, North America, ICI Paints (2004-08); President ICI Group Services (2004-08)
Gary L. Carlson
62
None
Vice President, Member and Community Relations
2007
President and CEO, Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2003-07)
Bradley D. Determan
51
None
Executive Vice President President, Hearth & Home Technologies LLC*
2005
2003
 
Jerald K. Dittmer
55
None
Executive Vice President, President, The HON Company LLC*
2008
2008
 
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2001-08)
 
Jeffrey D. Lorenger
47
None
Executive Vice President President, Allsteel Inc.*
2010 2008
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary HNI Corporation (2005-08); Vice President, Sales and Marketing The HON Company LLC (2007-08)
Donald T. Mead
53
None
Executive Vice President President, The Gunlocke Company L.L.C.
2011
2008
Vice President, Marketing, The HON Company LLC (2006-08)
Marco V. Molinari
53
None
Executive Vice President President, HNI International Inc.*
2006
2003
 
Kurt A. Tjaden
49
None
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
2008
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Asia, Whirlpool Corporation (2006-08)

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PART II

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

The Corporation’s common stock is listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the trading symbol HNI.  As of year-end 2012, the Corporation had 7,790 stockholders of record.

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, St. Paul, Minnesota, serves as the Corporation’s transfer agent and registrar of its common stock.  Shareholders may report a change of address or make inquiries by writing or calling:  Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, P.O. Box 64874, St. Paul, MN 55164-0854 or telephone 800/468-9716.

Information regarding historical sale prices of and dividends paid on the Corporation's common stock is presented in the Investor Information section which follows the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements filed as part of this report and is incorporated herein by reference.

The Corporation expects to continue its policy of paying regular quarterly cash dividends.  Dividends have been paid each quarter since the Corporation paid its first dividend in 1955.  The average dividend payout percentage for the most recent three-year period has been 185% of prior year earnings.  Future dividends are dependent on future earnings, capital requirements and the Corporation’s financial condition, and are declared in the sole discretion of the Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities:

The following is a summary of share repurchase activity during the quarter ended December 29, 2012.
Period
 
(a) Total Number of Shares (or Units) Purchased (1)
 
(b) Average
price Paid
per Share or
Unit
 
(c) Total Number of
Shares (or Units)
Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs
 
(d) Maximum
Number (or
Approximate
Dollar Value) of
Shares (or Units)
that May Yet be
Purchased Under
the Plans or
Programs
9/30/12 - 10/27/12
 
8,000

 
$26.45
 
8,000

 
$122,225,118
10/28/12 - 11/24/12
 
109,920

 
$27.78
 
109,920

 
$119,171,985
11/25/12 - 12/29/12
 
154,080

 
$30.14
 
154,080

 
$114,774,452
Total
 
272,000

 
$28.17
 
272,000

 
 
(1) No shares were purchased outside of a publicly announced plan or program.

The Corporation repurchases shares under previously announced plans authorized by the Board as follows:
Plan announced November 9, 2007, providing share repurchase authorization of $200,000,000 with no specific expiration date.
No repurchase plans expired or were terminated during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, nor do any plans exist under which the Corporation does not intend to make further purchases.
 




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ITEM 6.  SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA — FIVE-YEAR SUMMARY
 
2012(a)
 
2011
 
2010
 
2009
 
2008
Per Common Share Data (Basic and Dilutive)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations Attributable to HNI Corporation – basic
$
1.08

 
$
1.03

 
$
0.66

 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
1.14

Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations Attributable to HNI Corporation – diluted
1.07

 
1.01

 
0.65

 
(0.04
)
 
1.14

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to HNI Corporation – basic
1.08

 
1.03

 
0.60

 
(0.14
)
 
1.03

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to HNI Corporation – diluted
1.07

 
1.01

 
0.59

 
(0.14
)
 
1.02

Cash Dividends
0.95

 
0.92

 
0.86

 
0.86

 
0.86

Book Value – year-end
9.35

 
9.34

 
9.10

 
9.30

 
10.13

Net Working Capital – year-end
0.20

 
1.01

 
1.04

 
1.33

 
1.00

Operating Results (Thousands of Dollars)
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net Sales
$
2,004,003

 
$
1,833,450

 
$
1,686,728

 
$
1,623,327

 
$
2,429,631

Gross Profit as a % of Net Sales
34.4
%
 
34.9
%
 
34.7
%
 
34.7
 %
 
33.7
%
Interest Expense
$
10,865

 
$
11,951

 
$
11,903

 
$
12,080

 
$
16,865

Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations
48,326

 
45,748

 
29,681

 
(1,598
)
 
50,706

Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations as a % of Net Sales
2.4
%
 
2.5
%
 
1.8
%
 
(0.1
)%
 
2.1
%
Discontinued Operations
$

 
$

 
$
(2,558
)
 
$
(4,661
)
 
$
(5,099
)
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to HNI Corporation
48,967

 
45,986

 
26,941

 
(6,442
)
 
45,450

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to HNI Corporation as a % of Net Sales
2.4
%
 
2.5
%
 
1.6
%
 
(0.4
)%
 
1.9
%
Cash Dividends
$
43,041

 
$
41,250

 
$
38,737

 
$
38,667

 
$
38,095

% Return on Average Shareholders’ Equity
11.7
%
 
11.1
%
 
6.5
%
 
(1.5
)%
 
10.0
%
Depreciation and Amortization
$
43,360

 
$
46,287

 
$
58,630

 
$
74,867

 
$
70,155

Financial Position (Thousands of Dollars)
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Current Assets
$
404,940

 
$
434,040

 
$
408,161

 
$
360,271

 
$
417,841

Current Liabilities
395,885

 
388,910

 
361,351

 
300,142

 
373,625

Working Capital
9,055

 
45,130

 
46,810

 
60,129

 
44,216

Current Ratio
1.02

 
1.12

 
1.13

 
1.20

 
1.12

Total Assets
$
1,079,631

 
$
1,054,258

 
$
997,880

 
$
994,326

 
$
1,165,629

% Return on Beginning Assets Employed
8.3
%
 
8.2
%
 
5.8
%
 
0.7
 %
 
7.7
%
Long-Term Debt and Capital Lease Obligations
$
150,372

 
$
150,540

 
$
150,111

 
$
200,000

 
$
267,343

Shareholders’ Equity
420,359

 
419,057

 
407,985

 
419,284

 
448,833

Current Share Data
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Number of Shares Outstanding at Year-End
44,950,703

 
44,855,207

 
44,840,701

 
45,093,379

 
44,324,409

Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding During Year – basic
45,211,385

 
44,803,248

 
44,993,934

 
44,888,809

 
44,309,765

Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding During Year – diluted
45,819,979

 
45,694,278

 
45,808,704

 
44,888,809

 
44,433,945

Number of Shareholders of Record at Year-End
7,790

 
7,259

 
7,866

 
8,257

 
8,274

Other Operational Data
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Capital Expenditures (Thousands of Dollars)
$
39,473

 
$
27,795

 
$
25,683

 
$
16,017

 
$
70,083

Members (Employees) at Year-End
10.352

 
9.49

 
8,470

 
8,748

 
12.241

(a)
Includes full year results for Sagus and partial year results for BP Ergo.
       

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

The following discussion of the Corporation’s historical results of operations and of its liquidity and capital resources should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Corporation and related notes.  Statements that are not historical are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under Item 1A Risk Factors and elsewhere in this report.

Overview

The Corporation has two reportable segments:  office furniture and hearth products.  The Corporation is the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the world and the nation’s leading manufacturer and marketer of gas and wood burning fireplaces.  The Corporation utilizes its split and focus, decentralized business model to deliver value to its customers with various brands and selling models.  The Corporation is focused on growing its existing businesses while seeking out and developing new opportunities for growth.

The Corporation delivered profitable growth in 2012 despite challenging market conditions, decrease in federal government sales and economic uncertainty. Growth in the supplies-driven channel was strong despite the heavy weight of economic and political uncertainty on small business confidence. Growth in the contract channel of the office furniture segment was modest as many large corporations delayed or postponed major projects in reaction to economic uncertainty. The Corporation's hearth products segment leveraged its leading market position to increase sales and drive significant profit improvement as the housing market began to recover. The Corporation remained committed to long-term profitable growth across its core businesses and increased the amount of focused investments in selling, marketing, manufacturing and product initiatives. The Corporation completed the acquisition of BP Ergo Limited, a manufacturer and marketer of office furniture in India, during 2012.
 
Net sales during 2012 were $2.0 billion, an increase of 9.3 percent, compared to net sales of $1.8 billion in 2011.  The sales increase was driven by increased volume in both the supplies-driven and contract channels of the office furniture segment, acquisitions in the office furniture segment, and increased volume in the new construction channel of the hearth products segment.

Management is optimistic about the office furniture and hearth markets. The Corporation will continue to invest in selling, marketing and product initiatives and remain focused on improving operations and reducing cost.



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Results of Operations

The following table sets forth the percentage of consolidated net sales represented by certain items reflected in the Corporation’s Consolidated Statements of Income for the periods indicated.

Fiscal
2012
 
2011
 
2010
Net Sales
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
Cost of products sold
65.6

 
65.1

 
65.3

Gross profit
34.4

 
34.9

 
34.7

Selling and administrative expenses
29.9

 
30.2

 
30.7

Restructuring related charges
0.1

 
0.2

 
0.6

Operating income
4.4

 
4.4

 
3.4

Interest income (expense) net
(0.5
)
 
(0.6
)
 
(0.7
)
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
3.9

 
3.8

 
2.8

Income taxes
1.5

 
1.3

 
1.0

Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to HNI Corporation
2.4
 %
 
2.5
 %
 
1.7
 %

Net Sales

Net sales during 2012 were $2.0 billion, an increase of 9.3 percent, compared to net sales of $1.8 billion in 2011.   Both the office furniture segment and the hearth products segment experienced increased volume and better price realization. Acquisitions contributed $93.0 million or 5.1 percent sales growth in 2012. Net sales during 2011 were $1.8 billion, an increase of 8.7 percent, compared to net sales of $1.7 billion in 2010.  Both the office furniture segment and the hearth products segment experienced increased volume and better price realization. Acquisitions contributed $8.2 million or 0.5 percent sales growth in 2011.

Gross Profit

Gross profit as a percent of net sales decreased 0.5 percentage points in 2012 as compared to 2011 due to unfavorable mix, investments to improve operations, new product ramp-up and impact of acquisitions offset partially by higher volume, better price realization and lower material costs.  Gross profit as a percent of net sales increased 0.2 percentage points in 2011 as compared to 2010 due to higher volume, better price realization and lower restructuring and transition costs offset partially by increased material costs.

Selling and Administrative Expenses

Selling and administrative expenses increased 8.2 percent in 2012 and 7.0 percent in 2011.  The increase in 2012 was due to volume related expenses, investments in selling and growth initiatives, higher incentive-based compensation and costs associated with acquisitions. The increase in 2011 was due to volume related expenses, higher fuel costs, increased distribution costs due to mix of customers, investments in selling and growth initiatives, higher incentive-based compensation and costs associated with an acquisition. These were offset partially by cost control initiatives and lower amortization of intangibles.  

Selling and administrative expenses include freight expense for shipments to customers, product development costs and amortization expense of intangible assets.  Refer to Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information regarding the comparative expense levels for these items.

Restructuring and Impairment Charges

During 2011, the Corporation made the decision to transition out of its Lithia Springs, Georgia office furniture distribution center and the transition was completed in the fourth quarter of 2012. The distribution center was operated by a third-party logistics provider. The Corporation added distribution capacity to its Cedartown, Georgia office furniture manufacturing facility and distribution center to make up for the loss of the Lithia Springs distribution center. To make room for the additional distribution capacity, the Corporation consolidated some office furniture manufacturing production from the Cedartown facility into exisiting

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office furniture manufacturing facilities in Muscatine, Iowa. In addition, during 2011, the Corporation made the decision to consolidate some office furniture manufacturing production from its Hickory, North Carolina facility into its Wayland, New York facility. In connection with the closure, consolidations and realignment, the Corporation recorded $2.0 million of pre-tax charges which included $0.2 million of accelerated depreciation of machinery and equipment recorded in cost of sales and $1.8 million of severance and facility exit costs recorded as restructuring costs in 2011. During 2012, the Corporation recorded current period charges which included $0.3 million of accelerated depreciation of machinery and equipment recorded in cost of sales and $1.5 million of severance and facility exit costs recorded as restructuring costs. These included impairment of leasehold improvements of $0.2 million which was a non-cash transaction.
 
The Corporation made the decision to close certain hearth products retail and distribution locations during the first quarter of 2011. A pre-tax charge of $0.4 million was recorded for severance and facility exit costs.

During 2010, the Corporation made the decision to close an office furniture facility in Salisbury, North Carolina and consolidate production into existing office furniture manufacturing facilities. In connection with the closure of this facility, the Corporation recorded $4.2 million of pre-tax charges which included $2.3 million of accelerated depreciation of buildings, machinery and equipment recorded in cost of sales and $1.9 million of severance and facility exit costs recorded as restructuring costs in 2010. During 2011, the Corporation incurred $0.6 million of current period charges recorded as restructuring costs.

During 2010, the Corporation completed the shutdown of three office furniture facilities in South Gate, California; Louisburg, North Carolina and Owensboro, Kentucky and consolidated production into existing office furniture manufacturing facilities.  The Corporation announced and started these activities during 2009. During 2010, the Corporation incurred $2.0 million of current period charges which included $0.3 million of accelerated depreciation of machinery and equipment recorded in cost of sales and $1.6 million of other costs recorded as restructuring costs. During 2011 and 2012, the Corporation incurred $0.5 million and $0.4 million of current period charges due to ongoing costs related to a vacant building recorded as restructuring costs, respectively.

During 2010, the Corporation made the decision to close certain hearth products retail and distribution locations. A pre-tax charge of $0.2 million was recorded for severance and facility exit costs in 2010.
    
During 2010, the Corporation completed the consolidation of significant production from its hearth products Mount Pleasant, Iowa plant to other existing hearth products manufacturing facilities.  Additionally the Corporation completed the closure of hearth products distribution centers in Alsip, Illinois and Lake City, Minnesota and transferred operations to its Mount Pleasant facility.  During 2010, the Corporation incurred $0.1 million of current period charges recorded as restructuring costs.

The Corporation made the decision to sell certain hearth products distribution locations during the fourth quarter of 2010. The assets to be sold were moved to held for sale, and the Corporation recorded an impairment charge of $5.0 million to reduce the value of the business unit to fair market value. The Corporation also recorded $0.5 million of impairment charges in 2010 related to adjusting excess land held for sale to fair market value.


Operating Income

Operating income increased $6.1 million to $87.6 million in 2012, compared to $81.5 million in 2011.  The increase was due to higher volume, better price realization and lower material costs. These were offset partially by investments in operations, selling, marketing and product initiatives, and higher incentive-based compensation. Operating income increased $23.6 million to $81.5 million in 2011, compared to $57.9 million in 2010. The increase was due to higher volume, better price realization and lower restructuring, transition and impairment charges. These were offset partially by higher input costs, investments in selling, marketing and product initiatives and impact of new acquisitions.  

Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes for continuing operations reflect an effective tax rate of 37.7 percent, 34.8 percent and 36.1 percent for 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The current year increase in the effective tax rate was primarily driven by the Corporation's inability to claim a federal research and development credit along with other items. On January 2, 2013 the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 was enacted into law, which included an extension of the federal research and development tax credit and other tax credits through December 31, 2013. As a result the Corporation expects its income tax provision for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 will include $0.9 million of discrete tax benefit.




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Income From Continuing Operations

Income from continuing operations in 2012, which excludes the Corporation's discontinued business (see Discontinued Operations in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements) was $48.3 million compared to $45.7 million in 2011, a 5.6 percent increase. Income from continuing operations in 2011 was $45.7 million compared to $29.7 million in 2010, a 54.1 percent increase.  Income from continuing operations per diluted share increased by 5.9 percent to $1.07 in 2012 compared to $1.01 in 2011 and $0.65 in 2010.

Discontinued Operations

During 2010, the Corporation completed the sale of a non-core business in the office furniture segment and a small non-core component of its hearth products segment. Revenues and expenses associated with these components are presented as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  Refer to Discontinued Operations in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.

Net Income Attributable to HNI Corporation

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation increased 6.5 percent to $49.0 million in 2012 compared to $46.0 million in 2011 and $26.9 million in 2010.  Net income per diluted share increased 5.9 percent to $1.07 in 2012 compared to $1.01 in 2011 and $0.59 in 2010.  

Office Furniture

Office furniture comprised 84 percent, 83 percent and 83 percent of consolidated net sales for 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  Net sales for office furniture increased $159 million or 10.4 percent in 2012 to $1.7 billion compared to $1.5 billion in 2011. Acquisitions contributed $93 million of sales in 2012. Organic sales increased $66 million or 4.3 percent including increased price realization of $41 million. The Corporation experienced growth in both the supplies-driven and contract channels partially offset by a large decline in sales to the federal government. Net sales for office furniture increased 8.8 percent in 2011 to $1.5 billion compared to $1.4 billion in 2010.  Acquisitions contributed $8 million of sales in 2011. Organic sales increased $115 million or 8.2 percent including increased price realization of $21 million. The Corporation experienced growth in both the supplies-driven and contract channels as the economy continued to stabilize. BIFMA reported 2012 shipments down 1 percent from 2011 levels which were up 13 percent from 2010 levels.

Operating profit as a percent of net sales was 5.4 percent in 2012, 6.5 percent in 2011 and 6.2 percent in 2010.  The decrease in operating margins in 2012 was due to unfavorable mix, investments to improve operations, new product ramp-up, investments in growth initiatives and impact of acquisitions. These were partially offset by increased volume, better price realization and lower restructuring costs. The increase in operating margins in 2011 was due to higher volume, better price realization and lower restructuring costs. These were partially offset by higher input costs, higher mix of lower margin products and investments in strategic growth and selling initiatives.

Hearth Products

Hearth products sales increased $11 million or 3.7 percent in 2012 to $317 million compared to $305 million in 2011 including increased price realization of $5 million. The sales increase was due to an increase in the new construction channel offset partially by a decrease in the remodel/retrofit channel. Hearth products sales increased 8.4 percent in 2011 to $305 million compared to $282 million in 2010 including increased price realization of $8 million. The sales increase was due to an increase in the remodel/retrofit channel driven by alternative energy products offset partially by a decrease in the new construction channel.  

Operating profit as a percent of sales in 2012 was 8.4 percent compared to 4.8 percent in 2011 and 1.0 percent in 2010.  The increase in operating margins in 2012 was due to higher volume and better price realization. These were partially offset by investments in selling and marketing initiatives. The increase in operating margins in 2011 was due to lower restructuring and impairment charges of $5 million compared to 2010 as well as higher volume and better price realization. These were partially offset by higher input costs, investments in selling and marketing initiatives and higher incentive-based compensation.   



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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash Flow – Operating Activities

Cash generated from operating activities in 2012 totaled $144.8 million compared to $134.3 million generated in 2011.  Changes in working capital balances resulted in a $33.0 million source of cash in 2012 compared to $12.9 million in the prior year.

The source of cash related to working capital balances in 2012 was primarily driven from lower inventory of $9.5 million and increased current liabilities of $32.3 million. The increase in current liabilities is comprised of a $25.4 million increase in trade accounts payable, a $2.2 million increase in other accruals, namely compensation and marketing expense accruals and a $4.7 million increase in tax-related accruals. These sources of cash were offset partially by a $7.0 million increase in trade receivables due to increased sales during the fourth quarter.

The source of cash related to working capital balances in 2011 was primarily driven from increased current liabilities of $35.4 million. The increase in current liabilities is comprised of a $29.5 million increase in trade accounts payable, a $10.3 million increase in other accruals, namely compensation and marketing expense accruals, offset by a $4.4 million decrease in tax-related accruals. These sources of cash were offset partially by a $6.9 million increase in trade receivables and higher inventory of $11.3 million due to increased sales during the fourth quarter.

The Corporation places special emphasis on management and control of working capital with a particular focus on trade receivables and inventory levels.  The success achieved in managing receivables is in large part a result of doing business with quality customers and maintaining close communication with them.  Management believes recorded trade receivable valuation allowances at the end of 2012 are adequate to cover the risk of potential bad debts.  Allowances for non-collectible trade receivables, as a percent of gross trade receivables, totaled 2.4 percent, 2.3 percent and 2.8 percent at the end of fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The Corporation’s inventory turns were 14, 16 and 16, for 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Cash Flow – Investing Activities

Capital expenditures, including capitalized software, were $60.3 million in 2012, $31.1 million in 2011 and $26.7 million in 2010.  These expenditures continue to focus on machinery and equipment and tooling required to support new products, continuous improvements in our manufacturing processes and cost savings initiatives as well as the implementation of new integrated software systems to support business process transformation.  The Corporation anticipates capital expenditures for 2013 to total $70 to $75 million, primarily related to new products, operational process improvements and the business systems transformation project referred to above.

In 2012, the investing activities reflected a net cash outflow of $25.5 million related to the acquisition of BP Ergo and $1.5 million related to the acquisition of a pellet stove business. The addition of BP Ergo provides the Corporation a presence in the India office furniture market. In 2011, investing activities reflected a net cash outflow of $55 million related to the acquisition of Sagus. The addition of Sagus increased the Corporation's presence in the educational furniture market. Refer to the Business Combination note in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.   

In 2011, the Corporation completed the sale of a facility located in Owensboro, Kentucky, a facility located in Salisbury, North Carolina and excess land located in Meadville, Pennsylvania. In 2010, the Corporation completed the sale of a facility located in Louisburg, North Carolina. The proceeds from these sales of $3 million and $1 million are reflected in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows as “Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment” for 2011 and 2010, respectively.

In 2010, the Corporation completed the sale of a small, non-core business in the office furniture segment and a small non-core component of its hearth products segment. The combined proceeds from these sales of $4 million are reflected in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows in investing activities.


Cash Flow – Financing Activities

On September 28, 2011, the Corporation amended and restated its existing revolving credit facility dated June 11, 2010. The Corporation increased its borrowing capacity from $150 million to $250 million and has the option to increase its borrowing capacity by an additional $100 million. The Corporation also extended the term to the earlier of (i) September 28, 2016 or (ii) the date 90 days prior to the maturity date of the Corporation's senior notes (April 6, 2016), subject to certain exceptions. The Corporation effectively decreased interest costs. Amounts borrowed under the credit agreement may be borrowed, repaid and reborrowed from time to time. The Corporation paid approximately $1.2 million of debt issuance costs that are being amortized

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straight-line over the term of the credit agreement. During 2012 net borrowings under the revolving credit facility peaked at $80 million. As of December 29, 2012, there were no amounts outstanding under the revolving credit facility.

In 2006, the Corporation refinanced $150 million of borrowings outstanding under its prior revolving credit facility with 5.54 percent, ten-year unsecured Senior Notes due in 2016 issued through the private placement debt market.  Interest payments are due semi-annually on April 1 and October 1 of each year and the principal is due in a lump sum in 2016.

Additional borrowing capacity of $250 million, less amounts used for designated letters of credit, is available through the revolving credit facility in the event cash generated from operations should be inadequate to meet future needs.  The Corporation does not currently expect access to future capital to be a constraint on planned growth.  Long-term debt, including capital lease obligations, was 26% of total capitalization as of December 29, 2012, 26% as of December 31, 2011 and 27% as of January 1, 2011.

The credit agreement governing the revolving credit facility and the note purchase agreement pertaining to the Senior Notes contain covenants that, among other things, restrict, subject to certain exceptions, our ability to:
incur additional indebtedness and lease obligations and make guarantees;
create liens on assets;
engage in any material line of business substantially different from existing lines of business;
sell assets;
make investments, loans and advances, including acquisitions;
engage in sale-leaseback transactions in excess of $50 million in the aggregate;
repay the Senior Notes or enter into certain amendments thereof; and
engage in certain transactions with affiliates.

The credit agreement governing the revolving credit facility contains a number of covenants, including covenants requiring maintenance of the following financial ratios as of the end of any fiscal quarter:
a consolidated interest coverage ratio of not less than 4.0 to 1.0, based upon the ratio of (a) consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the credit agreement) for the last four fiscal quarters to (b) the sum of consolidated interest charges; and
a consolidated leverage ratio of not greater than 3.0 to 1.0, based upon the ratio of (a) the quarter-end consolidated funded indebtedness (as defined in the credit agreement) to (b) consolidated EBITDA for the last four fiscal quarters; or
a consolidated leverage ratio of not greater than 3.5 to 1.0, based upon the ratio of (a) the quarter-end consolidated funded indebtedness to (b) consolidated EBITDA for the last four fiscal quarters following any qualifying debt financed acquisition.

The note purchase agreement governing the Senior Notes also contains a number of covenants, including a covenant requiring maintenance of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the note purchase agreement) of not greater than 3.5 to 1.0, based upon the ratio of (a) the quarter-end consolidated funded indebtedness (as defined in the note purchase agreement) to (b) consolidated EBITDA for the last four fiscal quarters.

The revolving credit facility and Senior Notes are the primary sources of committed funding from which the Corporation finances its planned capital expenditures, strategic initiatives such as repurchases of common stock and certain working capital needs.  Non-compliance with the various financial covenant ratios could prevent the Corporation from being able to access further borrowings under the revolving credit facility, require immediate repayment of all amounts outstanding with respect to the revolving credit facility and Senior Notes and increase the cost of borrowing.

The most restrictive of the financial covenants is the consolidated leverage ratio requirement of 3.0 to 1.0 included in the credit agreement governing the revolving credit facility.  Under the credit agreement, adjusted EBITDA is defined as consolidated net income before interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization of intangibles, as well as non-cash nonrecurring charges and all non-cash items increasing net income.  At December 29, 2012, the Corporation was well below this ratio and was in compliance with all of the covenants and other restrictions in the credit agreement and note purchase agreement.  The Corporation currently expects to remain in compliance over the next twelve months.

In 2008, the Corporation entered into an interest rate swap agreement with one of its relationship banks, designated as a cash flow hedge, for purposes of managing its benchmark interest rate fluctuation risk.  The fair value of the swap arrangement changes based on fluctuations in market interest rates.  Changes in fair value are recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income in the equity section of the Corporation’s consolidated balance sheet.  This interest rate swap had the effect of increasing total interest expense by $0.9 million in 2011. The interest rate swap agreement matured on May 27, 2011.


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During 2012, the Corporation repurchased 800,000 shares of its common stock at a cost of approximately $21.0 million, or an average price of $26.28. The Board authorized $200 million on August 8, 2006, and an additional $200 million on November 9, 2007, for repurchases of the Corporation’s common stock.  As of December 29, 2012 approximately $114.8 million of this authorized amount remained unspent.  During 2011, the Corporation repurchased 323,965 shares of its common stock at a cost of approximately $10.0 million, or an average price of $30.87. During 2010, the Corporation repurchased 655,032 shares of its common stock at a cost of approximately $17.8 million, or an average price of $27.20.       

A cash dividend has been paid every quarter since April 15, 1955, and quarterly dividends are expected to continue.  Cash dividends were $0.95 per common share for 2012, $0.92 for 2011 and $0.86 for 2010.  The last quarterly dividend increase was from $0.23 to $0.24 per common share effective with the June 1, 2012 dividend payment for shareholders of record at the close of business on May 18, 2012.  The average dividend payout percentage for the most recent three-year period has been 185 percent of prior year earnings.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $49.0 million at the end of 2012 compared to $82.0 million at the end of 2011 and $109.7 million at the end of 2010.  These funds, coupled with cash from future operations, borrowing capacity under the existing facility and the ability to access capital markets are expected to be adequate to fund operations and satisfy cash flow needs for at least the next twelve months.  As of the end of 2012, $16.2 million of cash was held overseas and considered permanently reinvested. The Corporation does not believe asserting this cash as permanently reinvested will have any impact on its liquidity.

Contractual Obligations
The following table discloses the Corporation’s obligations and commitments to make future payments under contracts:
 
Payments Due by Period
(In thousands)
Total

 
Less than
1 Year

 
1 – 3
Years

 
3 – 5
Years

 
More than
5 Years

Long-term debt obligations, including estimated interest (1)
$
183,731

 
$
12,811

 
$
16,729

 
$
154,191

 
$

Capital lease obligations
366

 
129

 
237

 

 

Operating lease obligations
112,123

 
25,365

 
43,482

 
24,563

 
18,713

Purchase obligations (2)
60,763

 
60,763

 

 

 

Other long-term obligations (3)
36,743

 
4,072

 
9,515

 
3,906

 
19,250

Total
$
393,726

 
$
103,140

 
$
69,963

 
$
182,660

 
$
37,963

(1)
Interest has been included for all debt at the fixed rate in effect as of December 29, 2012, as applicable.
(2)
Purchase obligations include agreements to purchase goods or services that are enforceable, legally binding and specify all significant terms, including the quantity to be purchased, the price to be paid and the timing of the purchase.
(3)
Other long-term obligations represent payments due to members who are participants in the Corporation’s deferred and long-term incentive compensation programs, mandatory purchases of the remaining unowned interest in an acquisition, liability for unrecognized tax liabilities and contribution and benefit payments expected to be made pursuant to the Corporation’s post-retirement benefit plans.  It should be noted the obligations related to post-retirement benefit plans are not contractual and the plans could be amended at the discretion of the Corporation.  The disclosure of contributions and benefit payments has been limited to 10 years, as information beyond this time period was not available.

Litigation and Uncertainties
The Corporation is involved in various kinds of disputes and legal proceedings that have arisen in the ordinary course of business, including pending litigation, environmental remediation, taxes and other claims.  It is the Corporation’s opinion, after consultation with legal counsel, that additional liabilities, if any, resulting from these matters are not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Corporation’s financial condition, cash flows or on the Corporation’s quarterly or annual operating results when resolved in a future period.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

The Corporation does not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future
material effect on the Corporation's financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures
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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

General

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is based upon the Consolidated Financial Statements, prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").  The preparation of these financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities.  Management bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources.  Senior management has discussed the development, selection and disclosure of these estimates with the Audit Committee of the Board. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

An accounting policy is deemed to be critical if it requires an accounting estimate be made based on assumptions about matters uncertain at the time the estimate is made, and if different estimates that reasonably could have been used, or changes in the accounting estimates that are reasonably likely to occur periodically, could materially impact the financial statements.  Management believes the following critical accounting policies reflect its more significant estimates and assumptions used in the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Fiscal year-end – The Corporation follows a 52/53-week fiscal year which ends on the Saturday nearest December 31.  Fiscal year 2012 ended on December 29, 2012; 2011 ended on December 31, 2011; and 2010 ended on January 1, 2011.  The financial statements for fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010 are all on a 52-week basis. A 53-week year occurs approximately every sixth year.

Revenue recognition – Sales of office furniture and hearth products are generally recognized when title transfers and the risks and rewards of ownership have passed to customers. Typically title and risk of ownership transfer when the product is shipped. In certain circumstances, title and risk of ownership do not transfer until the goods are received by the customer or upon installation or customer acceptance.  Revenue includes freight charged to customers; related costs are included in selling and administrative expense.  Rebates, discounts and other marketing program expenses directly related to the sale are recorded as a reduction to sales.  Marketing program accruals require the use of management estimates and the consideration of contractual arrangements subject to interpretation.  Customer sales that achieve or do not achieve certain award levels can affect the amount of such estimates, and actual results could differ from these estimates.  Future market conditions may require increased incentive offerings, possibly resulting in an incremental reduction in net sales at the time the incentive is offered.

Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable – The allowance for doubtful accounts receivable is based on several factors, including overall customer credit quality, historical write-off experience, the length of time a receivable has been outstanding and specific account analysis that projects the ultimate collectability of the account.  As such, these factors may change over time causing the Corporation to adjust the reserve level accordingly.

When the Corporation determines a customer is unlikely to pay, a charge is recorded to bad debt expense in the income statement and the allowance for doubtful accounts is increased.  When the Corporation is reasonably certain the customer cannot pay, the receivable is written off by removing the accounts receivable amount and reducing the allowance for doubtful accounts accordingly.

As of December 29, 2012, there was approximately $219 million in outstanding accounts receivable and $5 million recorded in the allowance for doubtful accounts to cover potential future customer non-payments.  However, if economic conditions were to deteriorate significantly or one of the Corporation’s large customers declares bankruptcy, a larger allowance for doubtful accounts might be necessary.  The allowance for doubtful accounts was approximately $5 million at year-end 2011 and $5 million at year-end 2010.

Inventory valuation – Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is principally determined using the last-in, first-out ("LIFO") method. The value of inventories on the LIFO basis represented about 70%, 67% and 77% of total inventories at December 29, 2012, December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively. If the first-in, first-out ("FIFO") method had been in use, inventories would have been $25.5 million, $25.9 million and $23.8 million higher than reported at December 29, 2012, December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively.

Long-lived assets - The Corporation reviews long-lived assets for impairment as events or changes in circumstances occur indicating the amount of the asset reflected in the Corporation’s balance sheet may not be recoverable.  The Corporation compares an estimate

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of undiscounted cash flows produced by the asset, or the appropriate group of assets, to the carrying value to determine whether impairment exists.  The estimates of future cash flows involve considerable management judgment and are based upon the Corporation’s assumptions about future operating performance.  The actual cash flows could differ from management’s estimates due to changes in business conditions, operating performance and economic conditions.  Asset impairment charges associated with the Corporation’s restructuring activities are discussed in Restructuring Related and Impairment Charges in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

The Corporation’s continuous focus on improving the manufacturing process tends to increase the likelihood of assets being replaced; therefore, the Corporation is regularly evaluating the expected useful lives of its equipment which can result in accelerated depreciation.

Goodwill and other intangibles – The Corporation evaluates its goodwill for impairment on an annual basis during the fourth quarter or whenever indicators of impairment exist.  The Corporation had nine reporting units within its office furniture and hearth products reportable segments, which contained goodwill during the fourth quarter analysis.  These reporting units constitute components for which discrete financial information is available and regularly reviewed by segment management.  In September 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued guidance that simplified how entities test for goodwill impairment. This guidance permits entities to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test. The Corporation utilized this guidance for the annual impairment evaluation for certain reporting units during the fourth quarter of 2012 where the fair value was well in excess of carrying value in prior years analysis. The Corporation determined that based on relevant qualitative factors that it was more likely than not the fair values of the reporting units were greater than their carrying amount. Therefore, no further testing was performed on these reporting units. The qualitative factors considered included, but were not limited to, general economic conditions, outlook for the office furniture and hearth industries and recent and forecasted financial performance.

The Corporation prepared a two-step fair value analysis for all other reporting units. Determining the fair value of a reporting unit involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions.  The estimate of fair value of each reporting unit is based on management’s projection of revenues, gross margin, operating costs and cash flows considering historical and estimated future results, general economic and market conditions as well as the impact of planned business and operational strategies.  The valuations employ present value techniques to measure fair value and consider market factors.  Management believes the assumptions used for the impairment test are consistent with those utilized by a market participant in performing similar valuations of its reporting units.  A separate discount rate was utilized for each reporting unit with rates ranging from 10.5% to 11%.  Management bases its fair value estimates on assumptions they believe to be reasonable at the time, but such assumptions are subject to inherent uncertainty.  Actual results may differ from those estimates.  In addition, for reasonableness, the Corporation computed the fair value of the reporting units using EBIT multiples of market competitors, noting the fair value as determined by the discounted cash flow analysis was consistent with these estimates.

If the fair value of the reporting unit is less than its carrying value, an additional step is required to determine the implied fair value of goodwill associated with that reporting unit.  The implied fair value of goodwill is determined by first allocating the fair value of the reporting unit to all of its assets and liabilities and then computing the excess of the reporting unit’s fair value over the amounts assigned to the assets and liabilities.  If the carrying value of goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of goodwill, such excess represents the amount of goodwill impairment and, accordingly, such impairment is recognized.

As a result of the review performed in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Corporation determined the fair value of its reporting units exceeds the carrying value and, therefore, no impairment of goodwill was recorded.   

The significant estimates and assumptions used in estimating future cash flows of the Corporation's reporting units are based on management’s view of longer-term broad market trends.  Management combines this trend data with estimates of current economic conditions in the U.S., competitor behavior, the mix of products sales, commodity costs, wage rates, the level of manufacturing capacity, and the pricing environment.  In addition, estimates of fair value are impacted by estimates of the market-participant-derived weighted average cost of capital.  

The Corporation has two recently acquired reporting units within the office furniture segment where the fair value exceeds the carrying value by fourteen percent and twenty-three percent. There is approximately $28 million of total goodwill associated with these two reporting units. While management does not believe that impairment is probable, the performance of these businesses require continued improvement in future periods to sustain their carrying value. Holding the other valuation assumptions constant, a downward shift in future operating profits of fifteen percent across all periods from projected levels would indicate the carrying value of the businesses are in excess of the fair value as of the measurement date. The amount of any future impairment is dependent on the performance of the businesses which are dependent upon a number of variables which cannot be predicted with certainty.

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Goodwill of approximately $288 million remains on the consolidated balance sheet as of the end of fiscal 2012.

The Corporation also determines the fair value of indefinite-lived trade names on an annual basis during the fourth quarter or whenever indication of impairment exists.  The Corporation performed its fiscal 2012 assessment of indefinite lived trade names during the fourth quarter.  The estimate of the fair value of the trade names was based on a discounted cash flow model using inputs which included:  projected revenues from management’s long-term plan, assumed royalty rates that could be payable if the trade names were not owned and a discount rate.  As a result of the review, the Corporation determined the fair value of all trade names exceed their carrying value. The Corporation has one trade name with a carrying value of $11 million and the fair value exceeds the carrying value by 5 percent. In 2010 the Corporation recorded an impairment charge of $1.1 million upon the sale of a non-core business in the office furniture segment which was included in discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statements of Income. A carrying value of all indefinite-lived trade names of approximately $41 million remains on the consolidated balance sheet at the end of fiscal 2012.

The Corporation has definite-lived intangibles that are amortized over their estimated useful lives.  Impairment losses are recognized if the carrying amount of an intangible, subject to amortization, is not recoverable from expected future cash flows and its carrying amount exceeds its fair value.  During 2010, the Corporation committed to a plan to sell certain hearth product retail and distribution locations and classified the group of net assets as held for sale. The Corporation recorded an impairment charge of $4.9 million in 2010 to adjust the carrying value of the net assets to fair market value less cost to sell as of the reporting date. The Corporation also recorded an impairment charge of $2.0 million upon the sale of a non-core business in the office furniture segment which was included in discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statements of Income. Intangibles, net of amortization, of approximately $87 million are included on the consolidated balance sheet as of the end of fiscal 2012.

Key to recoverability of goodwill, indefinite-lived intangibles and long-lived assets is the forecast of the speed and magnitude of the economic recovery and its impact on future revenues, operating margins and cash flows.  Management’s projection for the U.S. office furniture and domestic hearth markets and global economic conditions is inherently subject to a number of uncertain factors, such as global economic improvement, the U.S housing market, credit availability and borrowing rates, and overall consumer confidence.  In the near term, as management monitors the above factors, it is possible it may change the revenue and cash flow projections of certain reporting units, which may require the recording of additional asset impairment charges.  There are certain reporting units that have been recently acquired and therefore have a historical cost that is closer to the current fair value.  For all reporting units other than the ones described above, the estimated fair value exceeds the carrying value by a large margin with the closest calculated margin at greater than 24 percent of the carrying value.  

Self-insured reserves – The Corporation is primarily self-insured or carries high deductibles for general, auto, and product liability; workers’ compensation; and certain employee health benefits.  The general, auto, product, and workers’ compensation liabilities are managed via a wholly-owned insurance captive; the related liabilities are included in the accompanying financial statements.  As of December 29, 2012, those liabilities totaled $26 million.  The Corporation’s policy is to accrue amounts in accordance with the actuarially determined liabilities.  The actuarial valuations are based on historical information along with certain assumptions about future events.  Changes in assumptions for such matters as the number or severity of claims, medical cost inflation, and magnitude of change in actual experience development could cause these estimates to change in the near term.

Stock-based compensation – The Corporation measures the cost of employee services in exchange for an award of equity instruments based on the grant-date fair value of the award and recognizes cost over the requisite service period.  This resulted in a cost of approximately $6.4 million in 2012, $7.2 million in 2011 and $6.6 million in 2010.  

Income taxes – Deferred income taxes are provided for the temporary differences between the financial reporting basis and the tax basis of the Corporation’s assets and liabilities.  The Corporation provides for taxes that may be payable if undistributed earnings of overseas subsidiaries were to be remitted to the United States, except for those earnings that it considers to be permanently reinvested.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In June 2011, the FASB issued accounting guidance updating the presentation format of comprehensive income. The guidance provided two options for presenting net income and other comprehensive income. The total of comprehensive income, the components of net income and the components of other comprehensive income may be presented in either a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. The Corporation adopted the new guidance beginning January 1, 2012. The guidance did not have a material impact on the Corporation's financial statements.

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for indefinite-lived intangible assets other than goodwill by providing the option of performing a qualitative assessment to
determine whether future impairment testing is necessary. This guidance became effective December 30, 2012, the beginning of
the Corporation's 2013 fiscal year. The Corporation does not anticipate this guidance to have any impact on the Corporation's financial statements.

Looking Ahead

Management remains optimistic about the office furniture and hearth markets and the Corporation's long-term prospects.

The Corporation remains focused on creating long-term shareholder value by growing its business through investment in building brands, product solutions and selling models, enhancing its strong member-owner culture and remaining focused on its long-standing rapid continuous improvement programs to build best total cost and a lean enterprise.

ITEM 7A.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

During the normal course of business, the Corporation is subjected to market risk associated with interest rate movements.  Interest rate risk arises from our variable interest debt obligations.  For information related to the Corporation’s long-term debt, refer to the Long-Term Debt disclosure in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements filed as part of this report.  The Corporation does not currently have any interest rate swap agreements in place. The Corporation does not currently have any significant foreign currency exposure.

The Corporation began using derivative instruments to mitigate the volatility of diesel fuel prices and related fuel surcharges, and not to speculate on the future price of diesel fuel, in April of 2010. The hedging instruments consist of a series of financially settled fixed forward contracts with expiration dates ranging up to twelve months. At December 29, 2012, the effect on the consolidated balance sheet was insignificant. The effect on the consolidated statement of income for the year ended December 29, 2012 was a reduction in operating expense of $0.2 million.
 
The Corporation is exposed to risks arising from price changes for certain direct materials and assembly components used in its operations.  The most significant material purchases and cost for the Corporation are for steel, plastics, textiles, wood particleboard and cartoning.  Steel, aluminum and wood/wood related products are the most significant raw material used in the manufacturing of products.  The market price of plastics and textiles in particular are sensitive to the cost of oil and natural gas.  Oil, natural gas and diesel fuel prices have experienced high volatility in the last several years and as a result the costs of plastics, textiles and transportation have also been volatile.  The cost of wood particleboard has been impacted by continued downsizing of production capacity as well as increased volatility in input and transportation costs.  All of these materials are impacted increasingly by global market pressure.  The Corporation works to offset these increased costs through global sourcing initiatives, product re-engineering and price increases on its products; however, historically, margins have been negatively impacted due to the lag between cost increases and the Corporation’s ability to increase its prices.  The Corporation believes future market price increases on its key direct materials and assembly components are likely.  Consequently, it views the prospect of such increases as an outlook risk to the business.

ITEM 8.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

The financial statements listed under Item 15(a)(1) and (2) are filed as part of this report and are incorporated herein by reference.

The Summary of Unaudited Quarterly Results of Operations follows the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements filed as part of this report and are incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 9.  CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

None.

ITEM 9A.  CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Corporation in the reports it files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms.  Disclosure controls and procedures are also designed

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to ensure information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures.

Under the supervision and with the participation of management, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation have evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Corporation’s disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rules 13a – 15(e) and 15d – 15(e) under the Exchange Act.  As of December 29, 2012, and, based on their evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded these controls and procedures are effective.  There have not been any changes in the Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2012 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting.

Management’s annual report on internal control over financial reporting and the attestation report of the Corporation’s independent registered public accounting firm are included in Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules of this report under the headings “Management Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting” and “Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm,” respectively and management's annual report is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 9B.  OTHER INFORMATION

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PART III

ITEM 10.  DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The information under the caption "Proposal No. 1 - Election of Directors" of the Corporation's Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, is incorporated herein by reference.  For information with respect to executive officers of the Corporation, see Table I - Executive Officers of the Registrant included in Part I of this report.

Information relating to the identification of the audit committee and audit committee financial expert of the Corporation is contained under the caption “Information Regarding the Board” of the Corporation’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Code of Ethics

The information under the caption “Code of Business Conduct and Ethics” of the Corporation’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, is incorporated herein by reference.

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act

The information under the caption "Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance" of the Corporation's Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 11.  EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

The information under the captions “Executive Compensation” and “Director Compensation” of the Corporation's Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 12.  SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

The information under the captions “Security Ownership” and “Equity Compensation Plan Information” of the Corporation's Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 13.  CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

The information under the captions “Information Regarding the Board” and “Review, Approval or Ratification of Transactions with Related Persons” of the Corporation's Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 14.  PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

The information under the caption “Fees Incurred for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP” of the Corporation’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 7, 2013, is incorporated herein by reference.


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PART IV
 
ITEM 15.  EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

(a)(1) Financial Statements

The following consolidated financial statements of the Corporation and its subsidiaries included in the Corporation's 2012 Annual Report to Shareholders are filed as a part of this Report pursuant to Item 8:

 
Page
 
 
(2) Financial Statement Schedules

The following consolidated financial statement schedule of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is attached:

Schedule II
Valuation and Qualifying Accounts for the Years Ended December 29, 2012, December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011
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All other schedules for which provision is made in the applicable accounting regulation of the SEC are not required under the related instructions or are inapplicable and, therefore, have been omitted.

(b)
Exhibits
An exhibit index of all exhibits incorporated by reference into, or filed with, this Report appears on Page 75.  The following exhibits are filed herewith:

Exhibit

 
 
(21
)
 
Subsidiaries of the Registrant
(23
)
 
Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
(31.1
)
 
Certification of the CEO Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
(31.2
)
 
Certification of the CFO Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
(32.1
)
 
Certification of CEO and CFO Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101

 
The following materials from HNI Corporation's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2012 formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) and furnished electronically herewith: (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets; (ii) Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income; (iii) Consolidated Statements of Equity; (iv) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; and (iv) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements(a)
 
(a)
Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files in Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.




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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Annual Report on Form 10-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 
 
HNI Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date:
February 22, 2013
By:
/s/ Stan A. Askren
 
 
 
Stan A. Askren
 
 
 
Chairman, President and CEO

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.  Each Director whose signature appears below authorizes and appoints Stan A. Askren as his or her attorney-in-fact to sign and file on his or her behalf any and all amendments and post-effective amendments to this report.

Signature
 
Title
Date
 
 
 
 
/s/ Stan A. Askren
 
Chairman, President and CEO,
February 22, 2013
Stan A. Askren
 
Principal Executive Officer,
 
 
 
and Director
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Kurt A. Tjaden
 
Vice President and Chief Financial
February 22, 2013
Kurt A. Tjaden
 
Officer, Principal Financial Officer and
 
 
 
Principal Accounting Officer
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Mary H. Bell
 
Director
February 22, 2013
Mary H. Bell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Miguel M. Calado
 
Director
February 22, 2013
Miguel M. Calado
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Cheryl A. Francis
 
Director
February 22, 2013
Cheryl A. Francis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ James R. Jenkins
 
Director
February 22, 2013
James R. Jenkins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Dennis J. Martin
 
Director
February 22, 2013
Dennis J. Martin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Larry B. Porcellato
 
Director
February 22, 2013
Larry B. Porcellato
 
 
 


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Signature
 
Title
Date
 
 
 
 
/s/ Abbie J. Smith
 
Director
February 22, 2013
Abbie J. Smith
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Brian E. Stern
 
Director
February 22, 2013
Brian E. Stern
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Ronald V. Waters, III
 
Lead Director
February 22, 2013
Ronald V. Waters, III
 
 
 


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Management Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Management of HNI Corporation is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  HNI Corporation’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 accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.  HNI Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting includes those written policies and procedures that:

pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of HNI Corporation;
provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and that receipts and expenditures of HNI Corporation are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of HNI Corporation; and
provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of assets that could have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Internal control over financial reporting includes the controls themselves, monitoring (including internal auditing practices), and actions taken to correct deficiencies as identified.

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 controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

On August 13, 2012, the Corporation completed the acquisition of 97.8% of BP Ergo as discussed in the Business Combination footnote to the Corporation's consolidated financial statements. Management excluded BP Ergo from its assessment of the Corporation's internal control over financial reporting as it was acquired during the fiscal year. BP Ergo is a majority-owned subsidiary, whose total assets and total revenues represent 4% and less than 1%, respectively, of the consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 29, 2012.
  
Management assessed the effectiveness of HNI Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 29, 2012.  Management based this assessment on criteria for effective internal control over financial reporting described in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.  Management’s assessment included an evaluation of the design of HNI Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting and testing of operational effectiveness of HNI Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting.  Management reviewed the results of its assessment with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

Based on this assessment, management determined, as of December 29, 2012, HNI Corporation maintained effective internal control over financial reporting.

Management’s assessment of the effectiveness of HNI Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 29, 2012 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in its report which appears herein.

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of HNI Corporation:

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)(1), present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of HNI Corporation and its subsidiaries (the “Corporation”) at December 29, 2012, December 31, 2011, and January 1, 2011, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 29, 2012 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.  In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)(2) presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements.  Also in our opinion, the Corporation maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 29, 2012, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Corporation's management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the Management Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 15.  Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Corporation'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.

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.

As described in the Management Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, management has excluded BP Ergo from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting as of December 29, 2012 because it was acquired by the Corporation in a purchase business combination during 2012. We have also excluded BP Ergo from our audit of internal control over financial reporting. BP Ergo is a majority-owned subsidiary, whose total assets and total revenues represent 4% and less than 1%, respectively, of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 29, 2012.

/s/PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Chicago, Illinois
February 22, 2013


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HNI CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 
(Amounts in thousands, except for per share data)
 
 
 
 
 
For the Years
2012

 
2011

 
2010

Net sales
$
2,004,003

 
$
1,833,450

 
$
1,686,728

Cost of products sold
1,314,776

 
1,194,387

 
1,101,112

Gross profit
689,227

 
639,063

 
585,616

Selling and administrative expenses
599,656

 
554,315

 
518,257

Restructuring related and impairment charges
1,944

 
3,261

 
9,449

Operating income
87,627

 
81,487

 
57,910

Interest income
842

 
623

 
471

Interest expense
10,865

 
11,951

 
11,903

Income from continuing operations before income taxes
77,604

 
70,159

 
46,478

Income taxes
29,278

 
24,411

 
16,797

Income from continuing operations, less applicable income taxes
48,326

 
45,748

 
29,681

Discontinued operations, less applicable income taxes

 

 
(2,558
)
Net income
48,326

 
45,748

 
27,123

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to the  noncontrolling interest
(641
)
 
(238
)
 
182

Net income attributable to HNI Corporation
$
48,967

 
$
45,986

 
$
26,941

Income from continuing operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – basic
$
1.08

 
$
1.03

 
$
0.66

Discontinued operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – basic
$

 
$

 
$
(0.06
)
Net income attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – basic
$
1.08

 
$
1.03

 
$
0.60

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic
45,211,385

 
44,803,248

 
44,993,934

Income from continuing operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – diluted
$
1.07

 
$
1.01

 
$
0.65

Discontinued operations attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – diluted
$

 
$

 
$
(0.06
)
Net income attributable to HNI Corporation per common share – diluted
$
1.07

 
$
1.01

 
$
0.59

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted
45,819,979

 
45,694,278

 
45,808,704

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss) net of tax
$
(402
)
 
$
56

 
$
2,433

Comprehensive income
47,924

 
45,804

 
29,556

Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest
(641
)
 
(238
)
 
182

Comprehensive income attributable to HNI Corporation
$
48,565

 
$
46,042

 
$
29,374

 The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.


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HNI CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands of dollars and shares except par value)

As of Year-end
2012

 
2011

 
2010

Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Current Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
41,782

 
$
72,812

 
$
99,096

Short-term investments
7,250

 
9,157

 
10,567

Receivables, net
213,490

 
204,036

 
190,118

Inventories
93,515

 
101,873

 
68,956

Deferred income taxes
21,977

 
18,797

 
18,467

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
26,926

 
27,365

 
20,957

Total Current Assets
404,940

 
434,040

 
408,161

Property, Plant, and Equipment
240,490

 
229,727

 
231,781

Goodwill
288,348

 
270,761

 
260,634

Other Assets
145,853

 
119,730

 
97,304

Total Assets
$
1,079,631

 
$
1,054,258

 
$
997,880

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
 

 
 

 
 

Current Liabilities
 

 
 

 
 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses
$
390,958

 
$
358,290

 
$
311,066

Note payable and current maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations
4,554

 
30,345

 
50,029

Current maturities of other long-term obligations
373

 
275

 
256

Total Current Liabilities
395,885

 
388,910

 
361,351

Long-Term Debt
150,146

 
150,200

 
150,000

Capital Lease Obligations
226

 
340

 
111

Other Long-Term Liabilities
57,281

 
52,716

 
47,437

Deferred Income Taxes
55,433

 
42,770

 
30,525

Commitments and Contingencies


 


 


Shareholders’ Equity
 

 
 

 
 

Preferred stock - $1 par value

 

 

Authorized:  2,000
 
 
 

 
 

Issued:  None
 
 
 

 
 

Common stock - $1 par value
44,951

 
44,855

 
44,841

Authorized:  200,000
 
 
 

 
 

Issued and outstanding:  2012-44,951; 2011-44,855; 2010-44,841
 
 
 
 
 
Additional paid-in capital
20,153

 
24,277

 
18,011

Retained Earnings
353,942

 
348,210

 
343,474

Accumulated other comprehensive income
1,313

 
1,715

 
1,659

Total HNI Corporation shareholders’ equity
420,359

 
419,057

 
407,985

Noncontrolling interest
301

 
265

 
471

Total  Equity
420,660

 
419,322

 
408,456

Total Liabilities and  Equity
$
1,079,631

 
$
1,054,258

 
$
997,880

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.


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HNI CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY
 
Parent Company Shareholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
(Amounts in thousands)
Common
Stock

 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital

 
Retained
Earnings

 
Accumulated Other
Comprehensive
(Loss)/Income

 
Non-
controlling
Interest

 
Total
Shareholders’
Equity

Balance, January 2, 2010
$
45,093

 
$
19,695

 
$
355,270

 
$
(774
)
 
$
341

 
$
419,625

Comprehensive income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Net income


 


 
26,941

 


 
182

 
27,123

Other comprehensive income


 


 


 
2,433

 


 
2,433

Distributions to noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(52
)
 
(52
)
Cash dividends; $0.86 per share


 


 
(38,737
)
 


 


 
(38,737
)
Common shares – treasury:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shares purchased
(655
)
 
(17,162
)
 


 


 


 
(17,817
)
Shares issued under Members’ Stock Purchase Plan and stock awards
403

 
15,478

 


 


 


 
15,881

Balance, January 1, 2011
$
44,841

 
$
18,011

 
$
343,474

 
$
1,659

 
$
471

 
$
408,456

Comprehensive income:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net income (loss)


 


 
45,986

 


 
(238
)
 
45,748

Other comprehensive income


 


 


 
56

 


 
56

Distributions to noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(87
)
 
(87
)
Change in ownership of noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
119

 
119

Cash dividends; $0.92 per share


 


 
(41,250
)
 


 


 
(41,250
)
Common shares – treasury:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Shares purchased
(324
)
 
(9,676
)
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
(10,000
)
Shares issued under Members’ Stock Purchase Plan and stock awards
338

 
15,942

 


 


 


 
16,280

Balance, December 31, 2011
$
44,855

 
$
24,277

 
$
348,210

 
$
1,715

 
$
265

 
$
419,322

Comprehensive income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)


 


 
48,967

 


 
(641
)
 
48,326

Other comprehensive income


 


 


 
(402
)
 


 
(402
)
Distributions to noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(124
)
 
(124
)
Change in ownership of noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
(194
)
 
 
 
801

 
607

Cash dividends; $0.95 per share

 

 
(43,041
)
 

 

 
(43,041
)
Common shares – treasury:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shares purchased
(800
)
 
(20,221
)
 

 

 

 
(21,021
)
Shares issued under Members’ Stock Purchase Plan and stock awards
896

 
16,097

 

 

 

 
16,993

Balance, December 29, 2012
$
44,951

 
$
20,153

 
$
353,942

 
$
1,313

 
$
301

 
$
420,660

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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HNI CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in thousands)
For the Years
2012

 
2011

 
2010

Net Cash Flows From (To) Operating Activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
48,326

 
$
45,748

 
$
27,123

Noncash items included in net income:
 
 
 

 
 

Depreciation and amortization
43,360

 
46,287

 
58,630

Other postretirement and post-employment benefits
1,678

 
1,660

 
1,691

Stock-based compensation
6,437

 
7,171

 
6,601

Excess tax benefits from stock compensation
(4,156
)
 
(99
)
 
(25
)
Deferred income taxes
7,060

 
12,400

 
7,196

Net loss on sales, retirements and impairments of long-lived assets and intangibles
1,032

 
273

 
8,951

Stock issued to retirement plan
4,864

 
4,906

 
5,400

Other – net
2,557

 
849

 
2,025

Changes in working capital, excluding acquisition and disposition:
 

 
 

 
 

Receivables
(6,993
)
 
(6,924
)
 
(30,027
)
Inventories
9,546

 
(11,279
)
 
(4,391
)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
(1,799
)
 
(4,352
)
 
(527
)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
27,606

 
39,856

 
14,412

Income taxes
4,662

 
(4,444
)
 
529

Increase (decrease) in other liabilities
597

 
2,226

 
(3,204
)
Net cash flows from (to) operating activities
144,777

 
134,278

 
94,384

Net Cash Flows From (To) Investing Activities:
 

 
 

 
 

Capital expenditures
(39,473
)
 
(27,795
)
 
(25,683
)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
1,182

 
3,255

 
2,289

Capitalized software
(20,797
)
 
(3,348
)
 
(1,039
)
Acquisition spending, net of cash acquired
(26,894
)
 
(54,990
)
 
(149
)
Purchase of investments
(5,554
)
 
(15,555
)
 
(15,040
)
Sales or maturities of investments
4,762

 
6,480

 
10,624

Other – net
961

 
412

 
3,945

Net cash flows from (to) investing activities
(85,813
)
 
(91,541
)
 
(25,053
)
Net Cash Flows From (To) Financing Activities:
 

 
 

 
 

Purchase of HNI Corporation common stock
(21,021
)
 
(10,000
)
 
(17,817
)
Withholding related to net share settlements of equity based awards
(5,995
)
 

 

Proceeds from long-term debt
148,844

 
5,455

 
50,157

Payments of note and long-term debt and other financing
(179,333
)
 
(26,523
)
 
(54,241
)
Proceeds from sale of HNI Corporation common stock
6,396

 
3,198

 
3,004

Excess tax benefits from stock compensation
4,156

 
99

 
25

Dividends paid
(43,041
)
 
(41,250
)
 
(38,737
)
Net cash flows from (to) financing activities
(89,994
)
 
(69,021
)
 
(57,609
)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
(31,030
)
 
(26,284
)
 
11,722

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year