Third Quarter Financial Highlights:
- GAAP revenue increased 4.8% in the third quarter of 2014 to $302.4 million, which is in line with previously provided guidance of $300 million to $305 million. On a constant currency basis, revenue increased 5.4% in the third quarter of 2014.
- Net income was $0.12 per diluted common share on a GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2014. Excluding certain charges, the company reported a non-GAAP net income1 per common share of $0.30
"From a channel perspective," Rees continued, "global wholesale revenue climbed 8% and global Internet revenue rose 9%, with very strong Internet sales results in the Americas. We continue to work to improve performance in our global retail channel, where revenue rose about 1% in the quarter but same-store sales were down 4.5%. As a follow up to the reorganization efforts in the third quarter, we recently made several key changes to our global management team. Including the consolidation of global product development and merchandising under Michelle Poole, an industry veteran with over 14 years of footwear experience. The addition of Bob Munroe as GM of the Americas; Bob joins us with 30 years of footwear and apparel experience, including 11 years at Reebok where he was ultimately President of North America. And, the promotion of Scott Yuan to the position of General Manager of Greater China. We are excited to enrich our team as we focus on the future and potential growth opportunities of the Crocs brand."
Third quarter operating results
In the third quarter of 2014, GAAP operating income was $1.1 million versus $17.9 million in the comparable quarter in the prior year. GAAP net income was $15.8 million versus net income of $13.0 million in the comparable quarter in the prior year.
As outlined in the non-GAAP reconciliations set forth later in this press release, the company recorded $17.4 million in non-GAAP charges (of which $6.8 million were non-cash charges). This includes $4.1 million of expenses for the company's new ERP system in the quarter. The company also recorded $3.8 million of dividends and dividend equivalents on the preferred stock that was issued in the first quarter of 2014. Undistributed earnings related to preferred stock reduced net income for common shareholders by 14.0% (equal to the equity participation of the preferred investment). Excluding these items the company reported:
- Non-GAAP operating income of $18.5 million versus $21.0 million in the comparable prior year period.
Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2014, amounted to $350.4 million. Inventory was $202.8 million and Accounts Receivable was $158.7 million.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2014 was $155.0 million, or 51.3% as a percentage of sales, compared with $153.6 million, or 53.2% as a percentage of sales for the prior-year period.
Excluding special items, non-GAAP gross margins were 51.8% and Selling, General & Administrative ("SG&A") expenses increased 4.0% to $138.0 million compared with $132.6 million a year ago, as a result of the increase in doubtful account reserves. As a percentage of sales, SG&A decreased slightly to 45.6% compared with 46.0% in the third quarter of 2013.
During the quarter the company repurchased approximately 2.9 million shares of common stock at an average price of $14.74 per share under its previously announced stock repurchase program. For the year to date, the company has repurchased approximately $90 million of common stock. The company intends to be patient, methodical and opportunistic in the execution of this buyback plan.
ERP System Implementation
The company's SAP rollout continues to go well, with successful rollouts completed in Australia and Japan, meeting expectations. The company expects full implementation to be complete during the first half of 2015.
The company has determined that due to the timing of bookings for future orders, they will no longer be providing detailed backlog. Mr. Rees said: "In general, our pre-books for spring 2015 are in line with our expectations. The issues in China are partially offset by growth in Europe, and we will go over more detail in the conference call today."
The company expects GAAP revenue of approximately $200 to $210 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
As previously announced, a search is underway for a new chief executive officer for the company. The company will make an announcement when the search is successfully concluded.
Conference Call Information
A teleconference call to discuss third quarter 2014 results is scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2014, at 5 p.m. ET. The call participation number is (888) 771-4371. A replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the completion of the call at (888) 843-7419. International participants can dial (847) 585-4405 to take part in the conference call and can access a replay of the call at (630) 652-3042. All of the above calls will require the input of the conference identification number 38339914. The call also will be streamed on the Crocs website, www.crocs.com. An audio recording of the conference call will be available at www.crocs.com through October 31, 2014.
About Crocs, Inc.
Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq:CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children. Crocs offers a broad portfolio of all-season products, while remaining true to its core molded footwear heritage. All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs fans know and love. Crocs celebrates the fun of being a little different and encourages fans to "Find Your Fun" in every colorful pair of shoes. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 300 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.
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The matters regarding the future discussed in this news release include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding prospects, investments in our business and outlook. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: macroeconomic issues, including, but not limited to, the current global financial conditions; the effect of competition in our industry; our ability to effectively manage our future growth or declines in revenue; changing fashion trends; our ability to maintain and expand revenues and gross margin; our ability to accurately forecast consumer demand for our products; our ability to develop and sell new products; our ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; the effect of potential adverse currency exchange rate fluctuations and other international operating risks; our ability to open and operate additional retail locations; and other factors described in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K under the heading "Risk Factors" and our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are encouraged to review that section and all other disclosures appearing in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
All information in this document speaks as of September 30, 2014. We do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, any estimate regarding revenues or earnings, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, future events, or otherwise.
1 Non-GAAP net income is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (non-GAAP). See the non-GAAP reconciliations set forth later in this press release for additional information.
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