updated 5/6/2011 6:15:51 AM ET 2011-05-06T10:15:51

RACINE, Wisc., May 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global outdoor recreation company, today announced increased revenues and earnings during the second fiscal quarter ended April 1, 2011. Successful new product introductions and higher operating margins contributed to record second quarter sales and earnings for the Company.

"The growing trend toward an active outdoor lifestyle and improving economic conditions are boosting continued recovery for the outdoor recreational products industry. While the level and pace of recovery varies by category, overall our unparalleled portfolio of consumer-preferred brands gained share to outperform their markets and competition," said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Transformational efforts over the past two years have resulted in a more focused, more flexible and disciplined business model and a leaner, sustainable cost-structure enabling us to significantly enhance our profitability profile. At this time, we remain on track to deliver financial targets of five percent compound annual growth in sales, and six percent operating margin by the end of Fiscal 2012."  

SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

Second fiscal quarter sales reflect initial shipments to customers in advance of the primary retail selling period for the industry's seasonal warm-weather outdoor recreation products. Total net sales grew 14.1 percent to $128.9 million compared to net sales of $112.9 million in the prior year quarter. Strong new product response, anticipated pent-up demand in the marine accessories marketplace and a favorable retail season outlook drove the quarterly revenue growth. Currency translation had no appreciable impact on sales during the quarter.  Primary factors contributing to the quarter results were:

  • Marine Electronics revenue surged 27.1 percent ahead of last year due to exceptional new product acceptance in Minn Kota®, Humminbird® and Cannon® brands in all markets and all channels. 
  • Watercraft sales climbed 11.8 percent as a result of growth in national and regional sporting goods channels.  
  • Diving revenue grew 2.7 percent as solid growth in the U.S. was offset in part by sluggish markets in Japan, Australia and the Middle East. Currency translation had a positive impact on Diving revenues of 1.7 percent. 
  • Outdoor Equipment sales declined 25.2 percent due to delays in Military orders resulting from continued budget gridlock in Washington.     

Total Company operating profit increased41.8 percent to $11.4 million compared to operating profit of $8.1 million in the prior year quarter. Primary factors behind the favorable comparison were:

  • Higher revenues due to strong new product response and continued recovery of the outdoor recreational markets. 
  • An increase in gross profit margin to 41.1 percent from 40.2 percent in the prior year due to favorable product mix in Marine Electronics and improved operating efficiency year-over-year.
  • Lower operating expense as a percentage of sales as sales growth more than offset increased R&D costs and discretionary compensation accruals.

The Company reported a 37.2 percent increase in net earnings to $8.5 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, during the second fiscal quarter, compared to net earnings of $6.2 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year. Interest expense declined 30.1 percent year-over-year. 

YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS

Net sales in the first six months of fiscal 2011 increased13.2 percent to $207.6 million versus $183.4 million in the same six-month period last year. Total Company operating profit increased 124.4 percent to $10.1 million during the first six months of fiscal 2011 compared to an operating profit of $4.5 million during the prior year-to-date period. Net income for the first six months of the year improved more than 270 percent to $7.2 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $1.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the first six months of the prior year. Interest expense declined 28.9 percent compared with the same period last year. 

Primary drivers behind the year-to-date sales, profit and earning comparisons were consistent with those during the second quarter.

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

At April 1, 2011, debt, net of cash, was $43.9 million compared to $53.4 million at the end of the prior year quarter. Depreciation and amortization was $4.9 million year-to-date, compared to $5.0 million during the prior year-to-date period. Capital spending totaled $3.8 million during the current fiscal quarter compared with $4.0 million in the 2010 second fiscal quarter.

"Commodity, sourcing and freight costs are all on the rise and we are working with vendors and customers to minimize impact across the supply chain," said David W. Johnson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Looking ahead, as our markets continue to improve, we will be diligent and disciplined to ensure we strike the right balance of controlling costs and investing in growth."    

WEBCAST

The Company will host a conference call and audio web cast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 6, 2011. A live listen-only web cast of the conference call may be accessed at Johnson Outdoors' home page. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days on the Internet.

ABOUT JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products.  The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Equipment.  Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak and Necky® kayaks; Carlisle paddles; Extrasport® personal flotation devices; Minn Kota® motors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® fishfinders; Geonav®marine electronics; SCUBAPRO® and SUBGEAR® dive equipment; Silva® compasses; Tech4O® digital instruments; and Eureka!® tents. 

Visit Johnson Outdoors at http://www.johnsonoutdoors.com

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements," intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical fact are considered forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "anticipate,'' "believe,'' "could,'' "expect,'' "intend,'' "may,'' "planned,'' "potential,'' "should,'' "will,'' "would'' or the negative of those terms or other words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those currently anticipated. Factors that could affect actual results or outcomes include changes in discretionary consumer spending patterns; the Company's success in implementing its strategic plan, including its focus on innovation; actions of and disputes with third parties, including companies that compete with the Company; the Company's success in managing working capital and its on-going cost-structure reduction efforts; the Company's success in meeting financial covenants and potential risk associated with the cost of obtaining any waiver or amendment that lenders would be willing to provide; risk of future write-downs of goodwill or other intangible assets; ability of the Company's customers to meet payment obligations; movements in foreign currencies, interest rates and commodity costs; the Company's success in implementing targeted sales growth initiatives; the success of suppliers and customers; the ability of the Company to deploy its capital successfully; adverse weather conditions; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Operating Results April 1

2011
April 2

2010
April 1

2011
April 2

2010
Net sales  $ 128,864  $ 112,897  $ 207,564  $ 183,357
Cost of sales  75,931  67,511  123,951  111,615
Gross profit  52,933  45,386  83,613  71,742
Operating expenses  41,509  37,332  73,524  67,243
Operating profit  11,424  8,054  10,089  4,499
Interest expense, net  993  1,444  1,817  2,601
Other expense (income), net  343  209  337  (471)
Income before income taxes  10,088  6,401  7,935  2,369
Income tax expense   1,602  218  686  422
Net income  $ 8,486  $ 6,183  $ 7,249  $ 1,947
Diluted average common shares outstanding  9,289  9,262  9,293  9,244
Net income per common share - Basic and Diluted  $ 0.87  $ 0.64  $ 0.75  $ 0.20
Segment Results        
Net sales:        
Marine electronics   $ 78,899  $ 62,096  $ 121,844  $ 95,191
Outdoor equipment  10,281  13,738  20,737  22,500
Watercraft   18,115  16,200  24,250  26,469
Diving  21,759  21,194  41,111  39,689
Other/eliminations  (190)  (331)  (378)  (492)
Total  $ 128,864  $ 112,897  $ 207,564  $ 183,357
Operating profit (loss):        
Marine electronics  $ 12,822  $ 8,084  $ 13,200  $ 7,591
Outdoor equipment  652  1,935  2,153  2,665
Watercraft   669  134  (1,074)  (1,011)
Diving  (6)  300  1,145  216
Other/eliminations  (2,713)  (2,399)  (5,335)  (4,962)
Total $ 11,424  $ 8,054 $ 10,089  $ 4,499
Balance Sheet Information (End of Period)        
Cash and cash equivalents      $ 28,580  $ 20,623
Accounts receivable, net      112,902  104,747
Inventories, net      84,754  69,055
Total current assets      232,378  201,948
Total assets      299,412  269,494
Short-term debt      57,831  58,017
Total current liabilities      127,325  117,490
Long-term debt      14,609  15,961
Shareholders' equity      139,002  116,254
CONTACT: At Johnson Outdoors Inc.
         David Johnson
         VP & Chief Financial Officer
         262-631-6600
         
         Cynthia Georgeson
         VP - Worldwide Communication
         262-631-6600

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