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Rocky Brands, Inc. Announces 2020 Third Quarter Results

·11 min read

Third Quarter Net Sales Increased 15.8% to $77.8 Million

Wholesales Sales Increased 19.3%; Retail Sales Increased 11.4%

Third Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Increased 38.7% to $1.04

Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 and Year-to-Date Sales and Income

Third quarter net sales increased 15.8% to $77.8 million compared to $67.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. The Company reported third quarter net income of $7.6 million, or $1.04 per diluted share compared to net income of $5.6 million, or $0.75 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2019.

Net sales for the first nine months of 2020 were $189.7 million compared with $195.1 million for the first nine months of 2019. The Company reported net income of $11.2 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, and net income of $12.4 million, or $1.66 per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Adjusted net income for the first nine months of 2020, which excludes expenses related to the temporary closure of the Company’s manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19, was $12.8 million, or $1.74 per diluted share. Adjusted net income for the first nine months of 2019, which excludes hurricane expense related reimbursement, was $11.8 million, or $1.59 per diluted share.

Jason Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We delivered outstanding results fueled by the resurgence of our wholesale business combined with continued strength in our direct to consumer channels. The third quarter was highlighted by strong demand for our product lines which drove increased full priced selling in stores and online. These top-line dynamics contributed to meaningful gains in gross margins and operating expense leverage, resulting in a strong increase in Q3 profitability. Our recent performance amidst ongoing challenges created by COVID-19 underscores the strong consumer appeal of our current footwear offering, the importance of our brands to our retail partners, and the work we’ve done creating a more efficient organization. While there are uncertainties around the near and long-term impact that COVID-19 will have on our industry and the overall economy, we are currently on track for a solid finish to the year and I’m confident that we’ll emerge from this pandemic well positioned financially to continue investing in future growth."

Third Quarter Review

Net sales for the third quarter increased 15.8% to $77.8 million compared to $67.2 million a year ago. Wholesale sales for the third quarter increased 19.3% to $56.3 million compared to $47.2 million for the same period in 2019. Retail sales for the third quarter increased 11.4% to $16.1 million compared to $14.5 million for the same period last year. Military segment sales for the third quarter were $5.3 million compared to $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2019.

Gross margin in the third quarter of 2020 was $29.8 million, or 38.4% of sales, compared to $25.0 million, or 37.2% of sales, for the same period last year. The 120 basis point increase was primarily attributable to higher wholesale margins driven by increased full priced selling along with higher retail margins, partially offset by lower military margins compared to 2019.

Operating expenses were $20.2 million, or 25.9% of net sales, for the third quarter of 2020 compared to $18.0 million, or 26.8% of net sales, a year ago. The increase in operating expenses was driven primarily by higher variable expenses associated with the increase in sales.

Income from operations for the third quarter of 2020 was $9.7 million, or 12.4% of net sales compared to $7.0 million for the same period a year ago, or 10.4% of net sales.

Balance Sheet Review

Cash and cash equivalents increased $13.5 million, or 209.7%, to $19.9 million at September 30, 2020 compared to $6.4 million on the same date a year ago. As of September 30, 2020, the Company had zero debt and $71 million in available borrowings on its credit facility.

Inventory at September 30, 2020 decreased 2.7% to $80.7 million compared to $82.9 million on the same date a year ago.

The Company repurchased approximately 41,000 shares of common stock during the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to GAAP financial measures, the Company presents the following non-GAAP financial measures: "adjusted net income," "adjusted net income per share" and "adjusted gross margin." Adjusted results exclude the impact of items that management of the Company believes affect the comparability or underlying business trends in its consolidated financial statements in the periods presented. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and other users of our consolidated financial statements as an additional tool for evaluating operating performance. The Company believes they also provide a useful baseline for analyzing trends in its operations. Investors should not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. See "Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures" accompanying this press release.

Conference Call Information

The Company’s conference call to review third quarter 2020 results will be broadcast live over the internet today, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 (domestic) or (201) 493-6725 (international). The conference call will also be available to interested parties through a live webcast at www.rockybrands.com. Please visit the website and select the "Investors" link at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary software.

About Rocky Brands, Inc.

Rocky Brands, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium quality footwear and apparel marketed under a portfolio of well recognized brand names including Rocky®, Georgia Boot®, Durango®, Lehigh®, and the licensed brand Michelin®.

Safe Harbor Language

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Those statements include, but may not be limited to, all statements regarding intent, beliefs, expectations, projections, forecasts, and plans of the Company and its management and include statements in this press release regarding the Company’s ability to face near and long-term challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Company’s industry and overall economy (paragraph 4), the Company’s expectations regarding its performance through year-end (paragraph 4), and the Company’s ability to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic well-positioned financially to continue investing in future growth (paragraph 4). These forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the various risks inherent in the Company’s business as set forth in periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 (filed March 6, 2020) and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 (filed May 7, 2020) and June 30, 2020 (filed August 6, 2020). One or more of these factors have affected historical results, and could in the future affect the Company’s businesses and financial results in future periods and could cause actual results to differ materially from plans and projections. Therefore there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this press release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the Company, or any other person should not regard the inclusion of such information as a representation that the objectives and plans of the Company will be achieved. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on information presently available to the management of the Company. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Rocky Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share amounts)

September 30,

December 31,

September 30,

2020

2019

2019

ASSETS:

CURRENT ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

19,947

$

15,518

$

6,440

Trade receivables – net

49,188

45,585

50,700

Contract receivables

-

4,746

2,036

Other receivables

364

366

310

Inventories – net

80,655

76,731

82,881

Income tax receivable

-

150

-

Prepaid expenses

3,611

3,030

2,656

Total current assets

153,765

146,126

145,023

LEASED ASSETS

1,399

1,743

1,781

PROPERTY, PLANT & EQUIPMENT – net

31,325

27,423

25,150

IDENTIFIED INTANGIBLES – net

30,216

30,240

30,248

OTHER ASSETS

355

294

293

TOTAL ASSETS

$

217,060

$

205,826

$

202,495

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

Accounts payable

$

23,834

$

15,776

$

20,531

Contract liabilities

-

4,746

1,936

Accrued expenses:

Salaries and wages

3,813

3,044

2,791

Taxes - other

789

967

624

Accrued freight

729

867

495

Commissions

544

608

488

Accrued duty

4,586

3,824

2,597

Income tax payable

422

-

19

Other

1,563

1,702

1,766

Total current liabilities

36,280

31,534

31,247

LONG-TERM TAXES PAYABLE

169

169

169

LONG-TERM LEASE

833

1,158

1,188

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

8,108

8,108

7,780

DEFERRED LIABILITIES

238

201

230

TOTAL LIABILITIES

45,628

41,170

40,614

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Common stock, no par value;

25,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding September 30, 2020 - 7,276,379; December 31, 2019 - 7,354,970 and September 30, 2019 - 7,403,219

66,604

67,993

69,273

Retained earnings

104,828

96,663

92,608

Total shareholders' equity

171,432

164,656

161,881

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

217,060

$

205,826

$

202,495

Rocky Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

NET SALES

$

77,785

$

67,179

$

189,691

$

195,067

COST OF GOODS SOLD

47,952

42,165

121,077

125,633

GROSS MARGIN

29,833

25,014

68,614

69,434

OPERATING EXPENSES

20,175

18,027

54,344

54,004

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

9,658

6,987

14,270

15,430

OTHER (EXPENSES) INCOME

(55

)

43

(112

)

160

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

9,603

7,030

14,158

15,590

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

1,992

1,414

2,917

3,212

NET INCOME

$

7,611

$

5,616

$

11,241

$

12,378

INCOME PER SHARE

Basic

$

1.04

$

0.76

$

1.54

$

1.67

Diluted

$

1.04

$

0.75

$

1.53

$

1.66

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

Basic

7,306

7,400

7,323

7,392

Diluted

7,336

7,455

7,352

7,443

Rocky Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures

(In thousands, except share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

GROSS MARGIN

GROSS MARGIN, AS REPORTED

$

29,833

$

25,014

$

68,614

$

69,434

ADD: MANUFACTURING EXPENSES RELATED TO COVID-19 CLOSURES/SUPPLIES*

-

-

1,974

-

LESS: HURRICANE RELATED EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT**

-

(725

)

-

(725

)

ADJUSTED GROSS MARGIN

$

29,833

$

24,289

$

70,588

$

68,709

OPERATING EXPENSES

$

20,175

$

18,027

$

54,344

$

54,004

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS, ADJUSTED

$

9,658

$

6,262

$

16,244

$

14,705

OTHER INCOME AND (EXPENSES):

(55

)

43

(112

)

160

NET INCOME

NET INCOME, AS REPORTED

$

7,611

$

5,616

$

11,241

$

12,378

ADD: MANUFACTURING EXPENSES RELATED TO COVID-19 CLOSURES/SUPPLIES, AFTER TAX

-

-

1,570

-

LESS: HURRICANE RELATED EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT, AFTER TAX

-

(579

)

-

(579

)

ADJUSTED NET INCOME

$

7,611

$

5,037

$

12,811

$

11,799

NET INCOME PER SHARE, AS REPORTED

BASIC

$

1.04

$

0.76

$

1.54

$

1.67

DILUTED

$

1.04

$

0.75

$

1.53

$

1.66

ADJUSTED NET INCOME PER SHARE

BASIC

$

1.04

$

0.68

$

1.75

$

1.60

DILUTED

$

1.04

$

0.68

$

1.74

$

1.59

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING

BASIC

7,306

7,400

7,323

7,392

DILUTED

7,336

7,455

7,352

7,443

* Adjustment related to the overhead, payroll expenses and supplies incurred during the temporary closure of our manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19.
** Adjustment related to reimbursements of expenses associated with the temporary closure of our Puerto Rican manufacturing facility as a result of Hurricane Maria in 2017

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Contacts

Company Contact:
Tom Robertson
Chief Financial Officer
(740) 753-9100

Investor Relations:
Brendon Frey
ICR, Inc.
(203) 682-8200