Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

December 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2015 second quarter ended October 31, 2014.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Highlights

  • Net sales for the second quarter were $108.4 million, a decrease of 22.1% from net sales of $139.3 million for the second quarter last year.  The expected decrease was a result of lower consumer demand and competitors' excess inventory at distributor and retailer locations, which followed an earlier surge period when consumers purchased firearms in anticipation of possible additional restrictive regulations. Sales of long guns, primarily modern sporting rifles, were most heavily impacted, declining 50.3% compared with the comparable quarter last year, while  handgun sales declined 15.0% -- a smaller decline because of continued strong sales of small concealed carry polymer pistols and revolvers.

  • Gross profit margin for the second quarter was 32.1% compared with gross profit margin of 41.6% for the second quarter last year.  The decline was a result of lower sales volumes, particularly lower sales of higher margin products, and the resulting decrease in fixed-cost absorption as well as unfavorable spending relative to sales volumes.

  • Operating expenses for the second quarter were $24.0 million, or 22.1% of net sales, compared with operating expenses of $29.2 million, or 20.9% of net sales, for the second quarter last year.  The decrease in operating expense dollars was primarily because of reduced expenses relating to incentive compensation and the new enterprise resource planning system implemented in the prior year.

  • Operating income for the second quarter was 10.0% of net sales compared with 20.7% of net sales for the second quarter last year.

  • Income from continuing operations for the second quarter was $5.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared with $17.1 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the second quarter last year. 

  • Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS from continuing operations for the second quarter was $18.8 million compared with $36.9 million for the second quarter last year.

  • A cash reduction for the second quarter of $19.1 million was driven primarily by operating cash outflow of $14.2 million and capital spending of $6.6 million.  

James Debney, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Results for the second quarter met our expectations as we continued to navigate the consumer firearm market as it returns to a more normalized environment.  We again expanded our line of M&P® firearms by adding four new competition-ready pistol models with the launch of our M&P Performance Center® Ported series. These new models offer discerning customers new choices and premium features.  Our broad product offerings remain popular with consumers and our internal data indicates that we remained the market leader in both the handgun and the modern sporting rifle categories.  We think the strong consumer preference for our products helped lower Smith & Wesson inventory in our distribution channel by more than 18% in the second quarter. We are extremely pleased with that reduction and, in fact, believe that we have the lowest inventory in the channel of any major firearm manufacturer. Unfortunately, we expect that the excess channel inventory of other manufacturers' products will continue to reduce the open-to-buy for distributors and retailers for our next quarter."  

Debney continued, "Despite the persistent short-term headwinds, our long-term strategy remains focused on growth, both organic and inorganic, within our core firearm business.  After the close of the second quarter, we made two announcements in support of our strategy.  First, we have partnered with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems to pursue replacement of the U.S. Army's standard sidearm with our M&P polymer pistol.  Second, we signed an agreement to acquire Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. (BTI), a leading provider of hunting and shooting accessories.  This accretive acquisition represents an acceleration of our stated objective to expand our firearm accessories business.  BTI is a profitable company with a history of strong organic growth and can serve as a broad platform for the expansion of our combined firearm accessories businesses.  Given the solid management team and infrastructure in place at BTI, we believe a focused effort on organic and inorganic growth in the highly fragmented accessories market could deliver long-term double digit compounded annual growth in that segment."       

Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, "The strength and flexibility we have built into our balance sheet in the last two years has allowed us to make strategic and financial investments in our company, such as buying back $165 million of our common stock, spending $24 million to vertically integrate by acquiring the assets of our primary injection molding supplier, and now, in connection with the planned acquisition of BTI, investing $130.5 million to establish a broad platform for accretive growth in related firearm markets with high-margin products." 

Financial Outlook

For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, excluding the impact of the BTI acquisition, the company expects net sales to be between $113.0 million and $118.0 million and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $0.09 and $0.11.  If the BTI transaction is finalized in mid-December as planned, earnings per diluted share for the fiscal third quarter would decrease by approximately $0.05 as the company would be required to fully amortize backlog in that short period and pay expenses related to the transaction. 

For full fiscal 2015, excluding the impact of the BTI acquisition, the company expects net sales to be between $504.0 million and $508.0 million and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $0.66 and $0.70.  If the BTI transaction is finalized in mid-December as planned,  net sales for the full year would increase by between $13.0 million and $16.0 million and earnings per diluted share would decrease by approximately $0.05.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host a conference call and webcast today, December 4, 2014, to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2015 financial and operational results. Speakers on the conference call will include James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The conference call may include forward-looking statements. The conference call and webcast will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). Those interested in listening to the call via telephone may call directly at (857) 244-7308 and reference conference code 44133134.  No RSVP is necessary.  The conference call audio webcast can also be accessed live and for replay on the company's website at www.smith-wesson.com, under the Investor Relations section. The company will maintain an audio replay of this conference call on its website for a period of time after the call. No other audio replay will be available. 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, certain non-GAAP financial measures, including "Adjusted EBITDAS," are presented.  From time-to-time, the company considers and uses Adjusted EBITDAS as a supplemental measure of operating performance in order to provide the reader with an improved understanding of underlying performance trends. Adjusted EBITDAS excludes the effects of interest expense, income taxes, depreciation of tangible fixed assets, amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, and DOJ and SEC costs.  See the attached "Reconciliation of GAAP Income from Operations to Adjusted EBITDAS" for a detailed explanation of the amounts excluded from and included in net income to arrive at Adjusted EBITDAS for the three-month and six-month periods ended October 31, 2014 and 2013.

Adjusted or non-GAAP financial measures provide investors and the company with supplemental measures of operating performance and trends that facilitate comparisons between periods before, during, and after certain items that would not otherwise be apparent on a GAAP basis. Adjusted financial measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for GAAP results. The company's definition of these adjusted financial measures may differ from similarly named measures used by others.

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

Safe Harbor Statement                    

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor created thereby.  Such forward-looking statements include our belief that the consumer firearm market is returning to a more normalized environment; our belief that our new M&P Performance Center Ported series pistol models will offer discerning customers new choices and premium features; our belief that our broad product offerings remain popular with consumers; our belief that we remained the market leader in both the handgun and the modern sporting rifle categories; our belief there is a strong consumer preference for our products; our belief regarding inventory levels in our distribution channel and its impact on our business; our determination to focus on a long-term strategy to remain focused on growth, both organic and inorganic, within our core firearm business despite short-term headwinds; our assessment of the timing and completion of our acquisition of BTI and our belief that BTI can serve as a broad platform for the expansion of our combined firearm accessories business; our belief that a focused effort on organic and inorganic growth in the accessories market could deliver long-term double digit compounded annual growth in that segment; our belief that BTI offers a broad platform for accretive growth; our expectations for net sales and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 as well as net sales and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for fiscal 2015; and our expectations regarding the impact of the BTI transaction on earnings per diluted share for the fiscal 2015 third quarter and full year as well as net sales for fiscal 2015.  We caution that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such forward-looking statements.  Such factors include the demand for our products; the costs and ultimate conclusion of certain legal matters; the state of the U.S. economy in general and the firearm industry in particular; general economic conditions and consumer spending patterns; the potential for increased regulation of firearms and firearm-related products; speculation surrounding fears of terrorism and crime; our growth opportunities; our anticipated growth; our ability to increase demand for our products in various markets, including consumer, law enforcement, and military channels, domestically and internationally; the position of our hunting products in the consumer discretionary marketplace and distribution channel; our penetration rates in new and existing markets; our strategies; our ability to introduce new products; the success of new products; our ability to expand our markets; our ability to integrate the assets we acquired from our principal injection molding supplier in a successful manner; the success of our partnership with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems; the consummation of our proposed acquisition of BTI and the general growth of our firearm accessories business; difficulties in the integration of BTI with our company; the potential loss of key personnel, customers, or suppliers following the acquisition of BTI; the potential for cancellation of orders from our backlog; and other risks detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2014.

Contact: Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
(413) 747-3304
lsharp@smith-wesson.com

 

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)







For the Three Months Ended:


For the Six Months Ended



October 31, 2014


October 31, 2013


October 31, 2014


October 31, 2013



(In thousands, except per share data)

Net sales


$     108,446


$     139,294


$      240,315


$      310,314

Cost of sales


73,606


81,357


156,357


179,604

Gross profit


34,840


57,937


83,958


130,710

Operating expenses:









Research and development


1,473


1,305


2,929


2,664

Selling and marketing


8,850


7,681


16,797


15,229

General and administrative


13,682


20,177


27,627


36,029

Total operating expenses


24,005


29,163


47,353


53,922

Operating income


10,835


28,774


36,605


76,788

Other (expense)/income:









Other (expense)/income, net


(11)


36


(17)


41

Interest income


20


8


44


110

Interest expense


(2,914)


(2,046)


(4,898)


(8,719)

Total other (expense)/income, net


(2,905)


(2,002)


(4,871)


(8,568)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes


7,930


26,772


31,734


68,220

Income tax expense


2,839


9,627


12,026


24,549

Income from continuing operations


5,091


17,145


19,708


43,671

Discontinued operations:









Loss from operations of discontinued security solutions division


(61)


(222)


(156)


(274)

Income tax benefit


(20)


(64)


(54)


(66)

Loss from discontinued operations


(41)


(158)


(102)


(208)

Net income


$       5,050


$      16,987


$      19,606


$      43,463










Net income per share:









Basic - continuing operations


$         0.10


$         0.29


$         0.36


$         0.71

Basic - total


$         0.09


$         0.28


$         0.36


$         0.70

Diluted - continuing operations


$         0.09


$         0.28


$         0.36


$         0.69

Diluted - total


$         0.09


$         0.28


$         0.35


$         0.68

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:









Basic


53,545


59,620


54,188


61,931

Diluted


54,651


60,984


55,435


63,751

 

 

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)







As of:


October 31, 2014


April 30, 2014


(In thousands, except par value and share data)

 ASSETS

 Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$         64,373


$         68,860

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $947 on October
31, 2014 and $844 on April 30, 2014

51,411


55,890

Inventories

99,243


86,742

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

8,744


5,958

Deferred income taxes 

16,917


17,094

Income tax receivable 

4,230


4,627

Total current assets

244,918


239,171

 Property, plant, and equipment, net

134,027


120,440

 Intangibles, net

3,891


3,425

 Goodwill

14,110


 Other assets

19,043


18,467


$      415,989


$      381,503









 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$        23,852


$        37,688

Accrued expenses

15,112


16,051

Accrued payroll

7,165


15,816

Accrued taxes other than income

4,371


5,359

Accrued profit sharing

2,500


11,060

Accrued product/municipal liability

965


1,056

Accrued warranty

5,054


5,513

Total current liabilities

59,019


92,543

 Deferred income taxes 

11,241


11,418

 Notes payable

175,000


100,000

 Other non-current liabilities

11,017


10,719

Total liabilities

256,277


214,680

 Commitments and contingencies 




 Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued
   or outstanding


Common stock, $.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 69,264,706 shares
   issued and 53,702,084 shares outstanding on October 31, 2014 and
   68,809,986 shares issued and 55,352,679 shares outstanding on April 30, 2014

69


69

Additional paid-in capital 

214,548


211,225

Retained earnings

117,345


97,739

Accumulated other comprehensive income

73


73

Treasury stock, at cost (15,562,622 common shares on October 31, 2014 and
   13,457,307 common shares on April 30, 2014)

(172,323)


(142,283)

Total stockholders' equity

159,712


166,823


$       415,989


$       381,503

 

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)


For the Six Months Ended


October 31, 2014


October 31, 2013


(In thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$      19,606


$       43,463

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Amortization and depreciation

12,983


11,152

(Gain)/loss on sale/disposition of assets

(86)


77

Provisions for losses on accounts receivable

230


33

Stock-based compensation expense

2,801


4,774

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

6,873


(22,466)

Inventories

(9,622)


(13,263)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(2,786)


(1,836)

Income tax receivable/(payable)

397


(6,099)

Accounts payable

(14,206)


14,602

Accrued payroll

(9,012)


(1,587)

Accrued taxes other than income

(988)


1,153

Accrued profit sharing

(8,560)


(4,313)

Accrued expenses

(967)


(373)

Accrued product/municipal liability

(91)


(57)

Accrued warranty

(459)


(166)

Other assets

(137)


(781)

Other non-current liabilities

596


(330)

Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities

(3,428)


23,983

Cash flows from investing activities:




Payments for the net assets of Tri Town Precision Plastics, Inc.

(24,095)


Refunds of deposits for machinery and equipment

1,204


Receipts from note receivable

40


38

Payments to acquire patents and software

(84)


(81)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

225


15

Payments to acquire property and equipment

(21,200)


(26,075)

Net cash used in investing activities

(43,910)


(26,103)

Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from loans and notes payable

75,000


101,583

Cash paid for debt issue costs

(2,333)


(3,770)

Payments on capital lease obligation

(298)


(349)

Payments on loans and notes payable


(44,354)

Payments to acquire treasury stock

(30,040)


(100,848)

Proceeds from exercise of options to acquire common stock, including employee stock purchase plan

1,432


1,689

Payroll taxes paid as a result of restricted stock unit withholdings

(1,107)


(791)

Excess tax benefit of stock-based compensation

197


1,395

Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities

42,851


(45,445)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(4,487)


(47,565)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

68,860


100,487

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$      64,373


$      52,922

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information




Cash paid for:




Interest

$        3,106


$        4,600

Income taxes

11,682


29,157

 

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP INCOME FROM OPERATIONS TO ADJUSTED EBITDAS (Unaudited)














For the Three Months Ended October 31, 2014:


For the Three Months Ended October 31, 2013:














Continuing


Discontinued


Total


Continuing


Discontinued


Total













Income/(loss) from operations

$     5,091


$    (41)


$     5,050


$   17,145


$   (158)


$   16,987

Interest expense

2,914



2,914


2,046



2,046

Income tax expense/(benefit)

2,839


(20)


2,819


9,627


(64)


9,563

Depreciation and amortization

6,485



6,485


4,985



4,985

Stock compensation expense

1,220



1,220


2,573



2,573

DOJ/SEC costs

258



258


474



474

Adjusted EBITDAS

$   18,807


$    (61)


$   18,746


$   36,850


$   (222)


$   36,628


























For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2014:


For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013:














Continuing


Discontinued


Total


Continuing


Discontinued


Total













Income/(loss) from operations

$   19,708


$   (102)


$   19,606


$   43,671


$   (208)


$   43,463

Interest expense

4,898



4,898


8,719



8,719

Income tax expense/(benefit)

12,026


(54)


11,972


24,549


(66)


24,483

Depreciation and amortization

12,324



12,324


9,688



9,688

Stock compensation expense

2,801



2,801


4,774



4,774

DOJ/SEC costs

689



689


682



682

Adjusted EBITDAS

$   52,446


$   (156)


$   52,290


$   92,083


$   (274)


$   91,809

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