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May 4, 2018

Johnson Outdoors Posts Record Fiscal Second Quarter Results

RACINE, Wis., May 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc.(Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology, today reported double-digit increases in sales and earnings driving record-high results during the Company’s 2018 second fiscal quarter and first fiscal six months ending March 30, 2018.  

"We continue to benefit from our dedicated focus on consumer-driven innovation that delivers bigger, better marketplace success, most notably in Fishing, our largest and most profitable business. Only Johnson Outdoors can leverage the unique combination of groundbreaking technologies in our powerhouse Minn Kota® and Humminbird® brands to maximize the growth potential of our Fishing business.   Innovative core life-support products have also been key drivers behind SCUBAPRO® performance this year.  On the flip side, the negative impact on distribution channels from tough market conditions in Watercraft Recreation and Camping underscores the critical importance and urgency of our digital transformation,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “At this time, excitement for our 2018 product line-up remains strong, giving us a great start to the year and positioning our brands for continued marketplace success.  Ongoing investment against our three key strategic plan priorities – richer consumer insights, enhanced innovation processes and digital sophistication – are essential to ensure continued progress toward our goal of delivering accelerated sustained profitable growth.”


Sales in the second fiscal quarter reflect shipments to customers in anticipation of the primary retail-selling period for the outdoor recreation industry’s warm-weather products.  Net sales jumped 11 percent to $165.8 million in the current fiscal second quarter compared to $149.8 million in the prior year quarter, driven by continued strong positive momentum in the Company’s Fishing and Diving groups. Key contributing factors in year-over-year quarterly comparisons in each group were:

  • Exceptional new product performance in Minn Kota® and Humminbird® brands across all key channels powered a 19 percent increase in Fishing revenue.
  • Diving showed mixed results across global markets resulting in a 7 percent uptick in revenue. On a currency neutral basis, sales were flat vs. the prior year quarter.  
  • Watercraft Recreation sales were negatively impacted by a weakened market and retail consolidations. 
  • Primary drivers of a decline in Camping revenues were the divesture of the Silva brand and decreases in military tent revenue.   

Total Company operating profit in the fiscal second quarter was $26.0 million, a 27 percent increase over operating profit of $20.5 million in the previous fiscal year quarter.  Gross margin improved to 44.8 percent compared to 43.3 percent in the prior year second quarter due to favorable mix and improved operating efficiency.  Operating expense during the quarter increased 8 percent year-over-year due primarily to higher sales volume-related costs and discretionary compensation accruals.  Net income in the fiscal second quarter was $21.6 million, or $2.15 per diluted share, a 54 percent increase compared with net income of $14.0 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, in the previous fiscal year’s second quarter. 


Fiscal 2018 year-to-date net sales advanced 16.0 percent to $282.4 million versus net sales of $243.5 million in the same fiscal six-month period last year.  Total Company operating profit increased 58 percent to $33.0 million compared with $20.9 million during the prior fiscal year-to-date first six months.  Gross margin year-to-date improved to 43.6 percent versus 41.7 percent for the previous fiscal year first six months. Operating expense increased during the first half of the fiscal year due primarily to higher sales volume, yet declined as a percentage of sales. Net income of $21.9 million, or $2.18 per diluted share, in the first fiscal six-month period compared favorably to net income of $18.0 million, or $1.80 per diluted share, in the prior year-to-date period. New U.S. tax reform legislation prompted changes in accounting for taxes resulting in $6.8 million in charges during the first two 2018 fiscal quarters.

At March 30, 2018, cash, net of debt was $51.1 million compared with the Company’s cash, net of debt position of $24.4 million at March 31, 2017.  Depreciation and amortization was $6.4 million in the current year-to-date period versus $6.4 million in the prior fiscal first six-months. Capital spending totaled $10.9 million during the first six-month period compared with $5.2 million in the previous year-to-date period.  The increase in the current six-month period was driven by investments in system upgrades and digital transformation.

“The balance sheet remains strong and our growing cash position enables us to continue investment against strategic priorities and opportunities to expand our business and growth potential.  We remain confident in our ability and plans to create long-term value and consistently pay dividends to shareholders,” said David W. Johnson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.


The Company will host a conference call and audio web cast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 4, 2018.  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 innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technologies that inspire more people to experience the awe of the great outdoors. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft Recreation, Fishing, Diving and Camping.  Johnson Outdoors' iconic brands include: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak; Carlisle® paddles; Minn Kota® fishing motors, batteries and anchors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® marine electronics and charts; SCUBAPRO® dive equipment; Jetboil® outdoor cooking systems; and, Eureka!®camping and hiking equipment. 

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(thousands, except per share amounts)                              
Operating Results March 30
  March 31
  March 30
  March 31
Net sales $   165,778     $   149,807     $   282,357     $   243,536  
Cost of sales     91,583         84,894         159,351         142,058  
Gross profit     74,195         64,913         123,006         101,478  
Operating expenses     48,193         44,455         89,967         80,548  
Operating profit:     26,002         20,458         33,039         20,930  
Interest (income) expense, net     (76       115         (206 )       578  
Other income, net     (3,367       (1,494 )       (4,524 )       (1,440 )
Income before income taxes     29,445         21,837         37,769         21,792  
Income tax expense     7,825         7,878         15,914         3,777  
Net income $   21,620     $   13,959     $   21,855     $   18,015  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Dilutive     9,993         9,915         9,979         9,892  
Net income per common share - Diluted $   2.15     $   1.39     $   2.18     $   1.80  
Segment Results        
Net sales:        
Fishing $   125,506     $   105,424     $   214,413     $   172,495  
Camping     10,082         11,375         15,928         17,110  
Watercraft Recreation     10,808         15,087         15,165         21,304  
Diving     19,370         18,026         36,808         32,919  
Other/eliminations     12         (105 )       43         (292 )
Total $   165,778     $   149,807     $   282,357     $   243,536  
Operating profit (loss):        
Fishing $   30,762     $   22,838     $   44,827     $   30,031  
Camping     302         1,011         (422 )       239  
Watercraft Recreation     (170       847         (1,314 )       49  
Diving     14         311         (371 )       (750 )
Other/eliminations     (4,906       (4,549 )       (9,681 )       (8,639 )
Total $   26,002     $   20,458     $   33,039     $   20,930  
Balance Sheet Information (End of Period)        
Cash and cash equivalents     $   51,066     $   29,360  
Accounts receivable, net         124,237         122,386  
Inventories, net         94,607         74,858  
Total current assets         272,273         230,611  
Total assets         383,926         342,302  
Short-term debt         -         -  
Total current liabilities         99,902         86,775  
Long-term debt, less current maturities         -         5,000  
Shareholders’ equity         261,245         221,324  


At Johnson Outdoors Inc.   
David Johnson Patricia Penman
VP & Chief Financial Officer VP – Global marketing services & communications
262-631-6600 262-631-6600 


Source: Johnson Outdoors Inc.