Business news : Crocs' Q2 Earnings Climb on 12 Percent Sales Gain
Sales growth during the quarter was driven by Asia and Americas which was partially offset by a modest decrease in Europe. Geographically, revenue increased 10.9 percent for the Americas, increased 20.5 percent for Asia and decreased 5.2 percent for Europe.
From a channel perspective, wholesale sales increased 7.3 percent to $188.5 million, over sales of $175.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Retail sales increased 22.6 percent to $112.5 million, over sales of $91.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. The company ended the quarter with 484 retail store locations, which compares to 397 locations a year ago. Global same store sales for the second quarter of 2012 increased 1.8 percent on a currency neutral basis. Internet sales increased 6.6 percent to $29.9 million, over sales of $28.1 million in the second quarter of 2011.
John McCarvel, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We're pleased with our ability to deliver profitability that exceeded our second quarter projections despite some challenges in certain areas of our business. Conditions in Europe, including currency headwinds, and slower than expected retail sales in the Americas resulted in slightly lower growth than expected. We are very encouraged by continued strong growth of Asia, sell through of our products in key wholesale accounts, our international retail performance, all driven by customer enthusiasm for our new products."
Gross profit for the second quarter of 2012 increased 15.2 percent to $196.1 million, or 59.3 percent as a percentage of sales, from $170.2 million, or 57.6 percent as a percentage of sales in the same period last year. Selling, General, & Administrative expenses (SG&A) increased 15.0 percent to $124.7 million versus $108.5 million a year ago. As a percentage of sales, SG&A was 37.7 percent compared to 36.7 percent in the second quarter of 2011.
Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2012 increased 54.9 percent to $278.8 million compared to $180.0 million at June 30, 2011. Inventories at June 30, 2012 were $166.0 million, up 6.1 percent compared to inventories at June 30, 2011 of $156.5 million.
Backlog at June 30, 2012 increased 2.7 percent to $172.6 million compared to backlog of $168.1 million at June 30, 2011. On a constant currency basis, backlog is up approximately 6 percent over 2011.
For the third quarter of 2012, the Company expects revenue of $300 million and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.42 and $0.44.
John McCarvel, continued: "Based on our year to date results, the increasing count of retail stores and the strength of our wholesale business, we are projecting that we will finish 2012 with US dollar revenue growth of about 14 percent over 2011, which on a constant currency growth represents 17.5 percent, inline with our previous guidance. For the first half of the year, we earned $0.99 per diluted share and we now project earnings to be between $1.50 and $1.54 per diluted share for the full year. We believe the diversification in our business model, global presence and product breadth provides the platform for continued sales growth and earnings expansion."