Rocky Brands, Inc. Announces 2020 First Quarter Results

Company Release - 4/28/2020 4:05 PM ET

NELSONVILLE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

First Quarter 2020 Sales and Income
First quarter net sales were $55.7 million compared with $65.9 million in the first quarter of 2019. The Company reported first quarter net income of $1.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share compared to net income of $3.6 million, or $0.48 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2019. Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2020, which excludes expenses related to the closure of the Company’s manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19, was $2.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share.

Jason Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our business is holding up well despite one of the most difficult operating environments in our company’s long history. We entered 2020 with good momentum thanks to the multi-year execution of strategic initiatives that have enhanced our brands’ positioning in the marketplace, strengthened our relationships with our consumers and retail customers, and fortified our balance sheet. While we face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly within our brick and mortar wholesale channel as much of the country continues to shelter-at-home, we have taken decisive actions to capitalize on our digital and distribution center capabilities and increase liquidity. Over the past several weeks, we’ve experienced an acceleration in sales on our ecommerce sites as well as an uptick in new account growth for our online Lehigh CustomFit safety shoe business as many of our consumers work in critical industries that are keeping America running during this crisis. As Rocky Brands has done in the past, I am confident that we will weather this storm and emerge in a position to resume delivering sustained growth, increased profitability and enhanced value for our shareholders.”

COVID-19 Update
Below is a summary of the current status of Rocky Brands’ operations and the actions taken to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 and preserve liquidity to-date.

  • The Company’s 200,000 square-foot distribution center in Logan, Ohio has remained open and fully operational.
  • The Company’s manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have reopened following temporary government mandated shutdowns and are currently operating at a reduced capacity.
  • The Company has reduced operating expenses by approximately $1.5 million for the year.
  • The Company has delayed approximately $15 million in planned inventory receipts from third party suppliers.
  • The Company drew down $20 million on its credit facility as a precautionary measure. As of March 31, 2020, the Company had $44.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and $40 million in available borrowings on its credit facility.
  • The Company has suspended all share repurchases indefinitely.

First Quarter Review
Net sales for the first quarter were $55.7 million compared to $65.9 million a year ago. Wholesale sales for the first quarter were $35.0 million compared to $42.4 million for the same period in 2019. Retail sales for the first quarter increased 9.4% to $16.9 million compared to $15.4 million for the same period last year. Military segment sales for the first quarter were $3.8 million compared to $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Gross margin in the first quarter of 2020 was $19.3 million, or 34.7% of sales, compared to $23.0 million, or 34.9% of sales, for the same period last year. Adjusted gross margin, which excludes approximately $1.0 million in expenses related to the closure of the Company’s manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19, was $20.3 million, or 36.4%. The 150 basis point increase in adjusted gross margin was driven primarily by higher percentage of retail sales, which carry higher gross margins than wholesale and military sales, partially offset by lower wholesale and military margins.

Operating expenses were $17.8 million, or 32.0% of net sales, for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $18.5 million, or 28.0% of net sales, a year ago. The decrease in operating expenses was driven primarily by lower variable expenses associated with the decrease in sales.

Income from operations was $1.5 million, or 2.7% of net sales compared to income from operations of $4.5 million, or 6.8% of net sales a year ago. Adjusted operating income for the first quarter of 2020 was $2.5 million, or 4.5% of net sales.

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 condensed 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 first quarter 2020 results will be broadcast live over the internet today, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. The broadcast will be hosted at http://www.rockybrands.com.

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-term challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter-in-place orders currently in effect in many states (paragraph 3), the Company’s ability to capitalize on digital and distribution center capabilities and increase liquidity (paragraph 3), and the Company’s positioning to deliver sustained growth and increased profitability over the long-term (paragraph 3). 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). 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

44,247

$

15,518

$

17,630

Trade receivables – net

 

 

33,277

 

45,585

 

41,161

Contract receivables

 

 

2,551

 

4,746

 

817

Other receivables

 

 

532

 

366

 

161

Inventories – net

 

 

77,214

 

76,731

 

69,905

Income tax receivable

 

 

-

 

150

 

348

Prepaid expenses

 

 

3,522

 

3,030

 

3,383

Total current assets

 

 

161,343

 

146,126

 

133,405

LEASED ASSETS

 

 

1,588

 

1,743

 

1,037

PROPERTY, PLANT & EQUIPMENT – net

 

 

28,434

 

27,423

 

23,438

IDENTIFIED INTANGIBLES – net

 

 

30,232

 

30,240

 

30,264

OTHER ASSETS

 

 

333

 

294

 

262

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

221,930

$

205,826

$

188,406

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

17,933

$

15,776

$

17,271

Contract liabilities

 

 

2,551

 

4,746

 

817

Accrued expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and wages

 

 

1,204

 

3,044

 

1,518

Taxes - other

 

 

588

 

967

 

638

Accrued freight

 

 

282

 

867

 

455

Commissions

 

 

362

 

608

 

494

Accrued duty

 

 

4,041

 

3,824

 

2,124

Other

 

 

1,430

 

1,702

 

1,746

Total current liabilities

 

 

28,391

 

31,534

 

25,063

LONG TERM DEBT

 

 

20,000

 

-

 

-

LONG-TERM TAXES PAYABLE

 

 

169

 

169

 

169

LONG-TERM LEASE

 

 

1,031

 

1,158

 

517

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

 

 

8,108

 

8,108

 

7,780

DEFERRED LIABILITIES

 

 

215

 

201

 

121

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

57,914

 

41,170

 

33,650

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, no par value;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding March 31, 2020 7,309,121; December 31, 2019 - 7,354,970 and March 31, 2019 - 7,391,660

 

 

67,195

 

67,993

 

68,849

Retained earnings

 

 

96,821

 

96,663

 

85,907

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

164,016

 

164,656

 

154,756

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

$

221,930

$

205,826

$

188,406

 

Rocky Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

NET SALES

$

55,720

 

$

65,929

COST OF GOODS SOLD

 

36,400

 

 

42,951

GROSS MARGIN

 

19,320

 

 

22,978

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

17,807

 

 

18,479

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

 

1,513

 

 

4,499

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)

 

(9

)

 

65

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

1,504

 

 

4,564

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

 

316

 

 

959

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME

$

1,188

 

$

3,605

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME PER SHARE

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.16

 

$

0.49

Diluted

$

0.16

 

$

0.48

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF

 

 

 

 

COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

7,351

 

 

7,382

Diluted

 

7,386

 

 

7,434

 

Rocky Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures

(In thousands, except share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2020

 

2019

GROSS MARGIN

 

 

 

 

GROSS MARGIN, AS REPORTED

$

19,320

$

22,978

ADD: MANUFACTURING EXPENSES RELATED TO COVID-19 CLOSURES*

 

988

 

-

ADJUSTED GROSS MARGIN

$

20,308

$

22,978

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

$

17,807

$

18,479

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS, ADJUSTED

$

2,501

$

4,499

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME, AS REPORTED

$

1,188

$

3,605

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

 

781

 

-

ADJUSTED NET INCOME

$

1,969

$

3,605

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME PER SHARE, AS REPORTED

 

 

 

 

BASIC

$

0.16

$

0.49

DILUTED

$

0.16

$

0.48

 

 

 

 

 

ADJUSTED NET INCOME PER SHARE

 

 

 

 

BASIC

$

0.27

$

0.49

DILUTED

$

0.27

$

0.48

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING

 

 

 

 

BASIC

 

7,351

 

7,382

DILUTED

 

7,386

 

7,434

* Adjustment related to the overhead and payroll expenses incurred during the temporary closure of our manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19.

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

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

Source: Rocky Brands, Inc.

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