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Mon. 25 Oct 2021, 4:30pm ETBenzinga
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Company reports highest quarterly net sales in over eight years

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI), one of the world's leading innovators in recycled and synthetic yarns, today released operating results for the first fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2021.

First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Overview

  • Net sales were $196.0 million, representing an increase of 38.5% from the first quarter of fiscal 2021 and an increase of 6.3% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Revenues from REPREVE® Fiberproducts represented 37% of net sales, which was an increase of $20.3 million from the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Gross profit was $26.1 million compared to $14.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, while gross margin was 13.3% compared to 10.3% for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Operating income was $13.3 million compared to $2.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Net income was $8.7 million, or $0.46 diluted earnings per share ("EPS"), compared to net income of $3.4 million, or $0.18 diluted EPS for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 more than doubled to $19.8 million compared to $9.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the 12 fiscal months ended September 26, 2021 was $75.4 million compared to $13.3 million for the 12 fiscal months ended September 27, 2020.

Eddie Ingle, Chief Executive Officer of Unifi, said, "First quarter fiscal 2022 results surpassed our expectations as strong performance in each segment enabled us to achieve our highest quarterly net sales since the June 2013 quarter. Our first quarter results demonstrate the team's ability to expand our opportunities, grow our customer base and adapt to a rapidly changing macro environment for our industry. Strong performance in Brazil and Asia contributed to the favorable results, while the Polyester and Nylon segments continue to demonstrate recovery from the pandemic. Momentum for REPREVE® Fiber products in Asia, Central America, and the U.S. continues to be strong, and we remain focused on growing our innovative and sustainable product portfolio. While the global business setting is still dynamic, these strong results, along with the dedication of our employees and our diverse global strategy, provide us with a solid starting point to achieve our fiscal 2022 targets."

1 Adjusted EBITDA and Net Debt are non-GAAP financial measures. The schedules included in this press release reconcile each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Compared to First Quarter Fiscal 2021

Net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 were $196.0 million, compared to $141.5 million in the same period a year ago. The increase was primarily driven by double digit growth across all business segments in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to the prior year's first quarter, which was adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Asia Segment experienced a 36% increase in revenue due to volume growth, while the Brazil Segment captured a 49% year-over-year revenue increase from pricing and sales mix. Polyester Segment revenue increased 30%, primarily due to pricing adjustments associated with raw material cost increases, notwithstanding moderate headwinds experienced from import competition and input availability. REPREVE® Fiber products continue to meet the ever-growing demand for sustainable textiles, driving underlying portfolio momentum.

Gross profit increased 79% to $26.1 million, from $14.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. In addition to recovery from the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the first quarter of fiscal 2021, the increase in gross profit was mainly due to an improved sales mix and pricing for both the Polyester Segment and the Brazil Segment, along with sales growth for the Asia Segment.

Operating income increased substantially to $13.3 million compared to $2.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, primarily due to the increase in gross profit. Net income was $8.7 million, or diluted EPS of $0.46, compared to $3.4 million, or $0.18 per share. Adjusted EBITDA was $19.8 million, compared to $9.1 million. Combining an agile global business model and focused execution continues to offer strong opportunities to drive future growth in both profitability and cash flow.

Debt principal was $84.3 million on September 26, 2021 compared to $86.9 million on June 27, 2021. In connection with previously anticipated investments in new yarn texturing innovation and working capital to support future growth, cash and cash equivalents decreased to $49.5 million on September 26, 2021, from $78.3 million on June 27, 2021. Accordingly, Net Debt1 was $34.8 million on September 26, 2021 versus $8.6 million on June 27, 2021.

Outlook

The following are the Company's expectations for the fiscal quarter ending December 2021 ("Q2 2022") and fiscal 2022, assuming there are no further significant disruptions to global markets or interruptions to global supply chains, no supplier issues in China due to electrical power limitations, and no further adverse impacts from COVID-19:

Q2 2022:

  • Net sales to range between $185.0 million and $190.0 million; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA to range between $14.0 million and $15.0 million.

Fiscal 2022:

  • Sales volume and REPREVE® Fiber sales growth driving net sales to $750 million or more, which would represent an increase of 12% or more from the level achieved in fiscal 2021;
  • Adjusted EBITDA to range between $65.0 million and $67.0 million;
  • An effective tax rate between 35% and 40%, assuming no significant changes in existing tax legislation; and
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $40.0 million to $44.0 million, as the Company continues its plan to invest in new yarn texturing machinery within its Americas facilities. Such capital expenditure levels will be funded by cash on-hand and available financing arrangements and are inclusive of approximately $10.0 million to $12.0 million of routine annual maintenance.

Ingle concluded, "I'd like to thank all of our employees around the globe for their continued dedication and strong execution, specifically their proactive navigation of temporary supply chain disruptions, input shortages and cost volatility, and labor availability. Given our regional focus and global commercial model, I remain confident that we will maintain a high level of performance to mitigate short-term headwinds, especially as we continue our focus on sustainable growth for Unifi and delivering long-term value for our shareholders."

Investor Day 2022

The Company plans to host an Investor Day on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at its manufacturing facilities in North Carolina. More details on this event will be released in the coming months.

Update on Recent Trade Actions

On October 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced final antidumping duty deposit rates on imports of polyester textured yarn from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to announce its final determination on November 30, 2021.

First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Earnings Conference Call

The Company will provide additional commentary regarding its first quarter results and other developments during its earnings conference call on October 26, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time. The call can be accessed via a live audio webcast on the Company's website at http://investor.unifi.com. Additional supporting materials and information related to the call will also be available on the Company's website.

About Unifi

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI) is a global textile solutions provider and one of the world's leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. Through REPREVE®, one of Unifi's proprietary technologies and the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 25 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products. Unifi continually innovates technologies to meet consumer needs in moisture management, thermal regulation, antimicrobial protection, UV protection, stretch, water resistance and enhanced softness. Unifi collaborates with many of the world's most influential brands in the sports apparel, fashion, home, automotive and other industries. For more information about Unifi, visit www.Unifi.com.

Financial Statements, Business Segment Information and Reconciliations of Reported Results to Adjusted Results to Follow

 
 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

September 27,

2020

 

Net sales

 

$

195,992

 

 

$

141,505

 

Cost of sales

 

 

169,895

 

 

 

126,944

 

Gross profit

 

 

26,097

 

 

 

14,561

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

12,670

 

 

 

11,364

 

Benefit for bad debts

 

 

(80

)

 

 

(887

)

Other operating expense, net

 

 

256

 

 

 

1,178

 

Operating income

 

 

13,251

 

 

 

2,906

 

Interest income

 

 

(258

)

 

 

(125

)

Interest expense

 

 

696

 

 

 

871

 

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

(280

)

 

 

(93

)

Income before income taxes

 

 

13,093

 

 

 

2,253

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 

4,413

 

 

 

(1,179

)

Net income

 

$

8,680

 

 

$

3,432

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per common share:

 

Basic

 

$

0.47

 

 

$

0.19

 

Diluted

 

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

Basic

 

 

18,515

 

 

 

18,447

 

Diluted

 

 

18,997

 

 

 

18,698

 

 
 
 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

June 27,

2021

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

49,556

 

 

$

78,253

 

Receivables, net

 

 

103,031

 

 

 

94,837

 

Inventories

 

 

150,511

 

 

 

141,221

 

Income taxes receivable

 

 

3,368

 

 

 

2,392

 

Other current assets

 

 

12,816

 

 

 

12,364

 

Total current assets

 

 

319,282

 

 

 

329,067

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

203,339

 

 

 

201,696

 

Operating lease assets

 

 

9,561

 

 

 

8,772

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

2,462

 

 

 

1,208

 

Other non-current assets

 

 

14,061

 

 

 

14,625

 

Total assets

 

$

548,705

 

 

$

555,368

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

57,528

 

 

$

54,259

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

5,177

 

 

 

1,625

 

Current operating lease liabilities

 

 

2,150

 

 

 

1,856

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

15,428

 

 

 

16,045

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

19,319

 

 

 

31,638

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

99,602

 

 

 

105,423

 

Long-term debt

 

 

68,465

 

 

 

70,336

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

 

7,524

 

 

 

7,032

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

4,473

 

 

 

6,686

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

7,644

 

 

 

7,472

 

Total liabilities

 

 

187,708

 

 

 

196,949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

1,852

 

 

 

1,849

 

Capital in excess of par value

 

 

65,770

 

 

 

65,205

 

Retained earnings

 

 

353,477

 

 

 

344,797

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(60,102

)

 

 

(53,432

)

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

360,997

 

 

 

358,419

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

548,705

 

 

$

555,368

 

 
 
 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

September 27,

2020

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

$

78,253

 

 

$

75,267

 

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

8,680

 

 

 

3,432

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used) provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

(280

)

 

 

(93

)

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

6,365

 

 

 

6,112

 

Non-cash compensation expense

 

 

660

 

 

 

509

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

(3,463

)

 

 

(2,072

)

Other, net

 

 

(100

)

 

 

(132

)

Changes in assets and liabilities

 

 

(27,670

)

 

 

166

 

Net cash (used) provided by operating activities

 

 

(15,808

)

 

 

7,922

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

 

(9,300

)

 

 

(1,864

)

Other, net

 

 

31

 

 

 

 

Net cash used by investing activities

 

 

(9,269

)

 

 

(1,864

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from long-term debt

 

 

882

 

 

 

 

Payments on long-term debt

 

 

(3,427

)

 

 

(3,445

)

Other, net

 

 

(222

)

 

 

(7

)

Net cash used by financing activities

 

 

(2,767

)

 

 

(3,452

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(853

)

 

 

222

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(28,697

)

 

 

2,828

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

49,556

 

 

$

78,095

 
 
 
 
 

BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Net sales details for each reportable segment of the Company are as follows:

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

September 27,

2020

 

Polyester

 

$

89,467

 

 

$

69,076

 

Asia

 

 

51,428

 

 

 

37,723

 

Brazil

 

 

33,738

 

 

 

22,606

 

Nylon

 

 

20,159

 

 

 

11,029

 

All Other

 

 

1,200

 

 

 

1,071

 

Consolidated net sales

 

$

195,992

 

 

$

141,505

 

 
 

Gross profit details for each reportable segment of the Company are as follows:

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

September 27,

2020

 

Polyester

 

$

8,294

 

 

$

4,632

 

Asia

 

 

6,971

 

 

 

4,578

 

Brazil

 

 

9,940

 

 

 

4,613

 

Nylon

 

 

726

 

 

 

665

 

All Other

 

 

166

 

 

 

73

 

Consolidated gross profit

 

$

26,097

 

 

$

14,561

 

 
 
 
 
 

RECONCILIATIONS OF REPORTED RESULTS TO ADJUSTED RESULTS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP Measures)

 

The reconciliations of the amounts reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for Net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are set forth below.

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

September 27,

2020

 

Net income

 

$

8,680

 

 

$

3,432

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

438

 

 

 

746

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 

4,413

 

 

 

(1,179

)

Depreciation and amortization expense (1)

 

 

6,308

 

 

 

6,052

 

EBITDA

 

 

19,839

 

 

 

9,051

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other adjustments (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

19,839

 

 

$

9,051

 

(1)

Within this reconciliation, depreciation and amortization expense excludes the amortization of debt issuance costs, which are reflected in interest expense, net. Within the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows, amortization of debt issuance costs is reflected in depreciation and amortization expense.

(2)

For the periods presented, there were no other adjustments necessary to reconcile Net income to Adjusted EBITDA.

 

 

For the Twelve Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

September 27,

2020

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

34,321

 

 

$

(57,517

)

Interest expense, net

 

 

2,412

 

 

 

3,756

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 

22,866

 

 

 

(928

)

Depreciation and amortization expense (1)

 

 

25,549

 

 

 

23,836

 

EBITDA

 

 

85,148

 

 

 

(30,853

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in earnings of former minority investment

 

 

 

 

 

(215

)

EBITDA excluding former minority investment

 

 

85,148

 

 

 

(31,068

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovery of non-income taxes (2)

 

 

(9,717

)

 

 

 

Gain on sale of investment in unconsolidated affiliate (3)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,284

)

Impairment of investment in unconsolidated affiliate (3)

 

 

 

 

 

45,194

 

Severance (4)

 

 

 

 

 

1,485

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

75,431

 

 

$

13,327

 

(1)

 

Within this reconciliation, depreciation and amortization expense excludes the amortization of debt issuance costs, which are reflected in interest expense, net. Within the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows, amortization of debt issuance costs is reflected in depreciation and amortization expense.

(2)

During fiscal 2021 and the twelve fiscal months ended September 26, 2021, the Company recorded a recovery of non-income taxes of $9,717 related to favorable litigation results for its Brazilian operations, generating overpayments that resulted from excess social program taxes paid in prior fiscal years.

(3)

During fiscal 2020 and the twelve fiscal months ended September 27, 2020, the Company recorded an impairment charge of $45,194 relating to the April 29, 2020 sale of its minority interest in a domestic cotton producer. The Company's 34% share of the associated losses subsequent to the date of the impairment charge (March 29, 2020) and through the date of the transaction closing (April 29, 2020) was $2,284 and generated a gain on sale.

(4)

During fiscal 2020 and the twelve fiscal months ended September 27, 2020, the Company recorded severance costs related to overall cost reduction efforts in the U.S. and a wind-down plan for its operations in Sri Lanka.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP Measures)

 

For the three months ended September 26, 2021 and September 27, 2020, there were no adjustments necessary to reconcile Net income to Adjusted Net Income or Adjusted EPS.

 

Net Debt (Non-GAAP Measure)

 

Reconciliations of Net Debt are as follows:

 

 

September 26,

2021

 

 

June 27,

2021

 

Long-term debt

 

$

68,465

 

 

$

70,336

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

15,428

 

 

 

16,045

 

Unamortized debt issuance costs

 

 

419

 

 

 

476

 

Debt principal

 

 

84,312

 

 

 

86,857

 

Less: cash and cash equivalents

 

 

49,556

 

 

 

78,253

 

Net Debt

 

$

34,756

 

 

$

8,604

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

At September 26, 2021 and June 27, 2021, the Company's domestic operations held approximately 24% and 48% of consolidated cash and cash equivalents, respectively.

REPREVE® Fiber

REPREVE® Fiber represents the Company's collection of fiber products on its recycled platform, with or without added technologies. Beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, as a result of its annual review of products meeting the REPREVE® Fiber definition, the Company began including certain product sales in the Asia Segment that were previously excluded from the REPREVE® Fiber sales metric. Quarters 1, 2, and 3 of fiscal 2021 have been adjusted to reflect such sales, which resulted in a change of not more than 1% for any quarter.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain non-GAAP financial measures included herein are designed to complement the financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures include Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA"), Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS and Net Debt (together, the "non-GAAP financial measures").

  • EBITDA represents Net income before net interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization expense.
  • Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted to exclude, from time to time, certain other adjustments necessary to understand and compare the underlying results of UNIFI.
  • Adjusted Net Income represents Net income calculated under GAAP adjusted to exclude certain amounts. Management believes the excluded amounts do not reflect the ongoing operations and performance of UNIFI and/or exclusion may be necessary to understand and compare the underlying results of UNIFI.
  • Adjusted EPS represents Adjusted Net Income divided by UNIFI's weighted average common shares outstanding.
  • Net Debt represents debt principal less cash and cash equivalents.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered a substitute for performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The calculations of the non-GAAP financial measures are subjective, based on management's belief as to which items should be included or excluded in order to provide the most reasonable and comparable view of the underlying operating performance of the business. We may, from time to time, modify the amounts used to determine our non-GAAP financial measures.

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures better reflect Unifi's underlying operations and performance and that their use, as operating performance measures, provides investors and analysts with a measure of operating results unaffected by differences in capital structures, capital investment cycles, and ages of related assets, among otherwise comparable companies.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA (i) as a measurement of operating performance because it assists us in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis, as it removes the impact of (a) items directly related to our asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) and (b) items that we would not expect to occur as a part of our normal business on a regular basis; (ii) for planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget; (iii) as a valuation measure for evaluating our operating performance and our capacity to incur and service debt, fund capital expenditures, and expand our business; and (iv) as one measure in determining the value of other acquisitions and dispositions. Adjusted EBITDA is a key performance metric utilized in the determination of variable compensation. We also believe Adjusted EBITDA is an appropriate supplemental measure of debt service capacity, because it serves as a high-level proxy for cash generated from operations.

Management uses Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS (i) as measurements of net operating performance because they assist us in comparing such performance on a consistent basis, as they remove the impact of (a) items that we would not expect to occur as a part of our normal business on a regular basis and (b) components of the provision for income taxes that we would not expect to occur as a part of our underlying taxable operations; (ii) for planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget; and (iii) as measures in determining the value of other acquisitions and dispositions.

Management uses Net Debt as a liquidity and leverage metric to determine how much debt would remain if all cash and cash equivalents were used to pay down debt principal.

In evaluating non-GAAP financial measures, investors should be aware that, in the future, we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments included herein. Our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as indicating that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. Each of our non-GAAP financial measures has limitations as an analytical tool, and investors should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results or liquidity measures as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are (i) it is not adjusted for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in our statements of cash flows; (ii) it does not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters we consider not indicative of our ongoing operations; (iii) it does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; (iv) it does not reflect the cash requirements necessary to make payments on our debt; (v) it does not reflect our future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; (vi) it does not reflect limitations on or costs related to transferring earnings from our subsidiaries to us; and (vii) other companies in our industry may calculate this measure differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or as a measure of cash that will be available to us to meet our obligations, including those under our outstanding debt obligations. Investors should compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using these measures only as supplemental information.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included herein contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws about the financial condition and results of operations of Unifi that are based on management's beliefs, assumptions and expectations about our future economic performance, considering the information currently available to management. An example of such forward-looking statements include, among others, guidance pertaining to our financial outlook. The words "believe," "may," "could," "will," "should," "would," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "project," "expect," "intend," "seek," "strive" and words of similar import, or the negative of such words, identify or signal the presence of forward-looking statements. These statements are not statements of historical fact, and they involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance or financial condition that we express or imply in any forward-looking statement.

Factors that could contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the competitive nature of the textile industry and the impact of global competition; changes in the trade regulatory environment and governmental policies and legislation; the availability, sourcing and pricing of raw materials; general domestic and international economic and industry conditions in markets where Unifi competes, including economic and political factors over which Unifi has no control; changes in consumer spending, customer preferences, fashion trends and end uses for products; the financial condition of Unifi's customers; the loss of a significant customer or brand partner; natural disasters, industrial accidents, power or water shortages, extreme weather conditions and other disruptions at one of our facilities; the disruption of operations, global demand, or financial performance as a result of catastrophic or extraordinary events, including epidemics or pandemics such as the recent strain of coronavirus; the success of Unifi's strategic business initiatives; the volatility of financial and credit markets; the ability to service indebtedness and fund capital expenditures and strategic business initiatives; the availability of and access to credit on reasonable terms; changes in foreign currency exchange, interest and inflation rates; fluctuations in production costs; the ability to protect intellectual property; the strength and reputation of our brands; employee relations; the ability to attract, retain and motivate key employees; the impact of environmental, health and safety regulations; the impact of tax laws, the judicial or administrative interpretations of tax laws and/or changes in such laws or interpretations; the operating performance of joint ventures and other equity method investments; and the accurate financial reporting of information from equity method investees.

All such factors are difficult to predict, contain uncertainties that may materially affect actual results and may be beyond our control. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors or to assess the impact of each such factor on Unifi. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, except as may be required by federal securities laws. The above and other risks and uncertainties are described in Unifi's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and additional risks or uncertainties may be described from time to time in other reports filed by Unifi with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.