Escalade Reports 18% Sales Growth for Fourth Quarter, Full Year Up 11%

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EVANSVILLE, IN--(Marketwire -03/02/12)- Escalade, Incorporated (NASDAQ: ESCA - News) announced that net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $2.1 million, or $0.17 basic earnings per share ($0.16 diluted earnings per share) compared to net income of $2.2 million or $0.18 basic earnings per share ($0.17 diluted earnings per share) for the same quarter in 2010. Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2011 were 17.6% higher than the same quarter last year. Sales growth is a result of continued focus on product innovation and brand marketing. Net income for the full year 2011 was $4.4 million, or $0.35 basic earnings per share ($0.33 diluted earnings per share) compared to net income of $6.1 million, or $0.48 basic and $0.46 diluted earnings per share for full year 2010. Net revenues for the full year 2011 were 11.3% higher than last year.

In 2011, the Company began accelerating depreciation expense related to the replacement of its Oracle ERP system. Accelerated depreciation expense for the year of $4.4 million is included in SG&A. Net income for the quarter, prior to the adjustment for this accelerated depreciation would have been $3.5 million or $0.27 basic earnings per share, an increase of 57% over prior year net income for the quarter. Net income for the year 2011 would have been $7.2 million or $0.56 basis earnings per share, an increase of 18% over prior year net income.

In the Sporting Goods segment, net revenue increased 13.0% in 2011 compared to 2010 with growth coming from most sales channels. The Company continues to aggressively pursue opportunities to increase revenue through introduction of new products, expansion of product distribution, and increased investment in consumer marketing.

Net revenue in the Information Security and Print Finishing business increased 7.0% in 2011 compared to 2010 primarily due to a specialty product sold to one customer. The Company has widened its product range to promote its opportunities in the information security and print finishing markets. Excluding the effect of changes in foreign exchange rates, 2011 sales were up 4.5% from 2010.

"We are delighted with the results achieved in 2011, including an 11% increase in top line sales and a 18% increase in full year net income prior to accelerated depreciation," stated Robert J. Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Escalade, Inc. "We are now driving substantial growth in numerous categories through a balanced strategy of product innovation and brand marketing. Our aim is to serve the customer in all ways. We have great customer partners who share our passion for providing consumers and end-users with great products today and into the future."

Escalade is a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods and information security and print finishing products sold worldwide. To obtain more information on the Company and its products, visit our website at: www.EscaladeInc.com or contact Deborah Meinert, Vice President and CFO at 812/467-4449.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This report contains forward-looking statements relating to present or future trends or factors that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks include, but are not limited to, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product demand and market acceptance, Escalade's ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired assets and businesses, new product development, the continuation and development of key customer and supplier relationships, Escalade's ability to control costs, general economic conditions, fluctuation in operating results, changes in the securities market, Escalade's ability to obtain financing and to maintain compliance with the terms of such financing, and other risks detailed from time to time in Escalade's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Escalade's future financial performance could differ materially from the expectations of management contained herein. Escalade undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements after the date of this report.

 


                  ESCALADE, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
              CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
             (Unaudited, In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

                         Three Months Ended          Twelve Months Ended
                     --------------------------  --------------------------
                      31 December   25 December   31 December   25 December
                         2011          2010          2011          2010
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

NET SALES            $     36,668  $     31,185  $    134,250  $    120,656

OPERATING EXPENSES
  Cost of goods sold       26,197        23,662        92,541        83,475
  Selling and
   administrative           9,878         6,306        35,942        27,704
  Amortization                351           246         1,596         1,288
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

OPERATING INCOME              242           971         4,171         8,189

OTHER INCOME
 (EXPENSE)
  Interest expense           (164)         (158)         (693)       (1,163)
  Other income              1,697         1,464         3,397         2,050
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

INCOME BEFORE INCOME
 TAXES (BENEFIT)            1,775         2,277         6,875         9,076

PROVISION (BENEFIT)
 FOR INCOME TAXES            (358)           54         2,434         3,017
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

NET INCOME           $      2,133  $      2,223  $      4,441  $      6,059
                     ============  ============  ============  ============

PER SHARE DATA
  Basic earnings per
   share             $       0.17  $       0.18  $       0.35  $       0.48
                     ============  ============  ============  ============
  Diluted earnings
   per share         $       0.16  $       0.17  $       0.33  $       0.46
                     ============  ============  ============  ============
  Average shares
   outstanding             12,884        12,775        12,849        12,726




                    CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET
                          (Unaudited, In Thousands)

                                           31 December 2011 25 December 2010
                                           ---------------- ----------------
ASSETS
  Current assets                           $         64,146 $         55,010
  Property, plant & equipment - net                  11,915           19,844
  Other assets                                       28,769           27,302
  Goodwill                                           25,285           25,397
                                           ---------------- ----------------
    Total                                  $        130,115 $        127,553
                                           ================ ================

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Current liabilities                      $         34,650 $         30,878
  Other liabilities                                   7,900            9,645
  Stockholders' equity                               87,565           87,030
                                           ---------------- ----------------
    Total                                  $        130,115 $        127,553
                                           ================ ================


Contact:
Contact
Deborah Meinert
Vice President and CFO
812/467-4449

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