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Crocs, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

NIWOT, Colo., Oct. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq:CROX) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

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

Crocs President Andrew Rees said, "Revenues in the quarter were in line with our expectations in three out of four regions. Despite unfavorable exchange rates, we saw 13% year-over-year revenue growth in Europe, with the greatest part of that coming from strong wholesale channel performance. In the Americas, we saw a 10% revenue rise, as U.S. same-store sales trends began to improve in the back half of the quarter. Revenue declined slightly in Asia, where results were substantially impacted by weaker performance in our China wholesale and retail businesses. While Internet sales increased slightly in Japan, revenue for the region was down 9% overall due to weak retail same-store sales, lower at-once demand and continued weakness in the Yen."

"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."

Financial Review

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.

"Factors driving our third quarter 2014 performance included strong revenue growth in Europe, particularly in the wholesale channel, and improvements in the Americas region, where wholesale channel performance also led the way," said Jeff Lasher, Crocs Chief Financial Officer. "These were offset by negative currency impacts in Europe and Japan and weak performance in Asia, where our China wholesale volume declined significantly and retail sales at comparable stores declined by double digits in China, Korea and Hong Kong. The quarter also was impacted by a reserve for doubtful accounts in excess of $5 million primarily as a result of delayed payments from partner-owned stores in China."

Balance Sheet

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.

Margins

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.

Stock Repurchase

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.

Backlog

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."

Financial Outlook

The company expects GAAP revenue of approximately $200 to $210 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

CEO Search

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.

Visit www.crocs.com for additional information.

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.

CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
($ thousands, except per share data)  2014 2013  2014  2013 
Revenues  $ 302,401  $ 288,524  $ 991,750  $ 964,007
Cost of sales  146,801  134,943  475,323  443,710
Restructuring charges  583  --  2,612  --
Gross profit  155,017  153,581  513,815  520,297
Selling, general and administrative expenses  143,719  135,674  434,244  414,119
Restructuring charges  7,585  --  13,895  --
Asset impairment charges  2,600  --  5,830  202
Income from operations  1,113  17,907  59,846  105,976
Foreign currency transaction losses, net  1,290  1,043  4,278  4,457
Interest income  (424)  (853)  (1,304)  (1,676)
Interest expense  366  44  685  519
Other (income) expense, net  (217)  13  (388)  180
Income before income taxes  98  17,660  56,575  102,496
Income tax (benefit) expense  (15,669)  4,624  8,407  25,143
Net income  $ 15,767  $ 13,036  $ 48,168  $ 77,353
Dividends on Series A convertible preferred stock  3,067  --  8,233  --
Dividend equivalents on Series A convertible preferred stock related to redemption value accretion and beneficial conversion feature  691  --  2,030  --
Net income attributable to common stockholders  $ 12,009  $ 13,036  $ 37,905  $ 77,353
Net income per common share:        
Basic  $ 0.12  $ 0.15  $ 0.38  $ 0.88
Diluted  $ 0.12  $ 0.15  $ 0.37  $ 0.87
 
 
CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES (UNAUDITED)
         
In addition to financial measures presented on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"), we present current period 'adjusted results', which are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted results of operations exclude the impact of items that management believes affect the comparability or underlying business trends in our condensed consolidated financial statements in the periods presented.  
         
Management uses adjusted results to assist in comparing business trends from period to period on a consistent basis without regard to the impact of non-GAAP adjustments in communications with the board of directors, stockholders, analysts and investors concerning our financial performance. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are used by, and are useful to, investors and other users of our financial statements in evaluating operating performance by providing better comparability between reporting periods because they provide an additional tool to evaluate our performance without regard to non-GAAP adjustments that may not be indicative of overall business trends. They also provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our operations. We do not suggest that investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
         
  Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2014
Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2013
Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2014
Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2013
Cost of sales and restructuring charges reconciliation:        
GAAP cost of sales and restructuring charges  $ 147,384  $ 134,943  $ 477,935  $ 443,710
Inventory write-down (1)  (896)  --  (896)  --
Restructuring charges (2)  (583)  --  (2,612)  --
Non-GAAP cost of sales and restructuring charges  $ 145,905  $ 134,943  $ 474,427  $ 443,710
         
Gross margin reconciliation:        
GAAP gross margin 51.3% 53.2% 51.8% 54.0%
Inventory write-down (1) 0.3  -- 0.1  --
Restructuring charges (2) 0.2  -- 0.3  --
Non-GAAP gross margin 51.8% 53.2% 52.2% 54.0%
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A"), restructuring charges and asset impairment charges reconciliation:        
GAAP SG&A, restructuring charges and asset impairment charges  $ 153,904  $ 135,674  $ 453,969  $ 414,321
Restructuring charges (2)  (7,585)  --  (13,895)  --
New ERP implementation (3)  (4,094)  (3,089)  (11,122)  (6,833)
Retail asset impairment charges (4)  (2,600)  --  (5,830)  (202)
Reorganization charges (2)  (1,125)  --  (5,576)  --
Legal settlement (5)  (487)  --  (2,333)  --
Brazil tax credits (6)  --  --  --  (6,094)
Non-GAAP SG&A, restructuring charges and asset impairment charges  $ 138,013  $ 132,585  $ 415,213  $ 401,192
         
Net income attributable to common stockholders reconciliation:        
GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders reconciliation:  $ 12,009  $ 13,036  $ 37,905  $ 77,353
Restructuring charges (2)  8,168  --  16,507  --
New ERP implementation (3)  4,094  3,089  11,122  6,833
Retail asset impairment charges (4)  2,600  --  5,830  202
Reorganization charges (2)  1,125  --  5,576  --
Inventory write-down (1)  896  --  896  --
Legal settlement (5)  487  --  2,333  --
Brazil tax credits (6)  --  --  --  6,094
Non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders  $ 29,379  $ 16,125  $ 80,169  $ 90,482
         
Net income per diluted common share reconciliation:        
GAAP net income per diluted common share  $ 0.12  $ 0.15  $ 0.37  $ 0.87
Restructuring charges (2)  0.08  --  0.16  --
New ERP implementation (3)  0.04  0.03  0.11  0.08
Retail asset impairment charges (4)  0.03  --  0.06  --
Reorganization charges (2)  0.01  --  0.06  --
Inventory write-down (1)  0.01  --  0.01  --
Legal settlement (5)  0.01  --  0.02  --
Brazil tax credits (6)  --  --  --  0.07
Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share  $ 0.30  $ 0.18  $ 0.79  $ 1.02
         
(1) This relates to a write-off of obsolete inventory.
(2) This relates to severance expenses, bonuses, store closure costs, consulting fees and other expenses related to recent restructuring activities and our investment agreement with Blackstone.
(3) This represents operating expenses related to the implementation of our new ERP system and the add-back of accelerated depreciation and amortization on tangible and intangible items related to our current ERP system and supporting platforms that will no longer be utilized once the implementation of a new ERP is complete.
(4) This represents retail asset impairment charges for certain underperforming locations in our Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe segments.
(5) This represents legal settlement expenses.
(6) This represents a net expense related to the resolution of a statutory tax audit in Brazil.
 
 
CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
     
($ thousands, except number of shares) September 30,
2014
December 31,
2013
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 350,371  $ 317,144
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $21,001 and $10,513, respectively   158,664  104,405
Inventories   202,819  162,341
Deferred tax assets, net   4,278  4,440
Income tax receivable   19,677  10,630
Other receivables   17,196  11,942
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   36,717  29,175
Total current assets   789,722  640,077
Property and equipment, net   73,575  86,971
Intangible assets, net   89,599  72,315
Goodwill  2,235  2,507
Deferred tax assets, net   17,581  19,628
Other assets   34,220  53,661
Total assets   $ 1,006,932  $ 875,159
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable   $ 66,133  $ 57,450
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   105,142  97,111
Deferred tax liabilities, net   11,129  11,199
Accrued restructuring  3,435  --
Income taxes payable   29,218  15,992
Current portion of long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations   5,259  5,176
Total current liabilities   220,316  186,928
Long-term income tax payable   14,632  36,616
Long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations  7,714  11,670
Long-term accrued restructuring  310  
Other liabilities   15,685  15,201
Total liabilities   258,657  250,415
     
Commitments and contingencies    
Series A convertible preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, 200,000 shares issued and outstanding, redemption amount and liquidation preference of $203,067 and $0 at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively  171,973  --
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding   --  --
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 92,282,045 and 82,964,597 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at September 30, 2014 and 91,662,656 and 88,450,203 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at December 31, 2013   93  92
Treasury stock, at cost, 9,317,448 and 3,212,453 shares, respectively   (144,898)  (55,964)
Additional paid-in capital   343,768  321,532
Retained earnings   382,337  344,432
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (4,998)  14,652
Total stockholders' equity   576,302  624,744
Total liabilities, commitments and contingencies and stockholders' equity   $ 1,006,932  $ 875,159
 
 
CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CHANNEL REVENUES (UNAUDITED)
             
  Three Months Ended September 30, Change Constant Currency Change (1)
($ thousands) 2014 2013 $ % $ %
Channel revenues:            
Wholesale:            
Americas  $ 53,097  $ 45,134  $ 7,963 17.6%  $ 8,160 18.1%
Asia Pacific  42,363  43,268  (905) (2.1)  (1,074) (2.5)
Japan  21,609  24,536  (2,927) (11.9)  (1,879) (7.7)
Europe  33,691  27,414  6,277 22.9  6,710 24.5
Other businesses  435  37  398 1075.7  393 1062.2
Total Wholesale  151,195  140,389  10,806 7.7  12,310 8.8
Consumer-direct:            
Retail:            
Americas  61,721  59,839  1,882 3.1  2,179 3.6
Asia Pacific  32,733  33,469  (736) (2.2)  (1,600) (4.8)
Japan  11,654  12,397  (743) (6.0)  (223) (1.8)
Europe  19,494  18,995  499 2.6  531 2.8
Total Retail  125,602  124,700  902 0.7  887 0.7
Internet:            
Americas  12,657  11,221  1,436 12.8  1,476 13.2
Asia Pacific  3,231  2,669  562 21.1  537 20.1
Japan  2,256  2,051  205 10.0  299 14.6
Europe  7,460  7,494  (34) (0.5)  (37) (0.5)
Total Internet  25,604  23,435  2,169 9.3  2,275 9.7
Total revenues:  $ 302,401  $ 288,524  $ 13,877 4.8%  $ 15,472 5.4%
             
             
  Three Months Ended September 30, Change Constant Currency Change(1)
($ thousands) 2014 2013 $ % $ %
Regional Revenue:            
Americas  $ 127,475  $ 116,194  $ 11,281 9.7%  $ 11,815 10.2%
Asia Pacific  78,327  79,406  (1,079) (1.4)  (2,137) (2.7)
Japan  35,519  38,984  (3,465) (8.9)  (1,803) (4.6)
Europe  60,645  53,903  6,742 12.5  7,204 13.4
Other businesses  435  37  398 1,075.7  393 1,062.2
Total revenues:  $ 302,401  $ 288,524  $ 13,877  4.8%  $ 15,472 5.4%
             
             
  Nine Months Ended September 30, Change Constant Currency Change(1)
($ thousands) 2014 2013 $ % $ %
Channel revenues:            
Wholesale:            
Americas  $ 188,987  $ 195,827  $ (6,840) (3.5)%  $ (4,766) (2.4)%
Asia Pacific  192,108  180,205  11,903 6.6  12,545 7.0
Japan  69,353  78,116  (8,763) (11.2)  (4,618) (5.9)
Europe  126,047  107,689  18,358 17.0  15,639 14.5
Other businesses  607  200  407 203.5  375 187.5
Total Wholesale  577,102  562,037  15,065 2.7  19,175 3.4
Consumer-direct:            
Retail:            
Americas  158,924  156,784  2,140 1.4  3,270 2.1
Asia Pacific  99,500  93,937  5,563 5.9  3,972 4.2
Japan  30,112  30,625  (513) (1.7)  1,139 3.7
Europe  49,844  46,734  3,110 6.7  2,908 6.2
Total Retail  338,380  328,080  10,300 3.1  11,289 3.4
Internet:            
Americas  38,252  39,267  (1,015) (2.6)  (780) (2.0)
Asia Pacific  10,070  7,553  2,517 33.3  2,626 34.8
Japan  6,299  6,074  225 3.7  625 10.3
Europe  21,647  20,996  651 3.1  134 0.6
Total Internet  76,268  73,890  2,378 3.2  2,605 3.5
Total revenues:  $ 991,750  $ 964,007  $ 27,743 2.9%  $ 33,069 3.4%
             
             
  Nine Months Ended September 30, Change Constant Currency Change(1)
($ thousands) 2014 2013 $ % $ %
Regional Revenue:            
Americas  $ 386,163  $ 391,878  $ (5,715) (1.5)%  $ (2,276) (0.6)%
Asia Pacific  301,678  281,695  19,983 7.1  19,143 6.8
Japan  105,764  114,815  (9,051) (7.9)  (2,854) (2.5)
Europe  197,538  175,419  22,119 12.6  18,681 10.6
Other businesses  607  200  407 203.5  375 187.5
Total revenues:  $ 991,750  $ 964,007  $ 27,743 2.9%  $ 33,069 3.4%
             
(1) Reflects quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year change as if the current period results were in "constant currency," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Constant currency is a measure utilized by management in which current period results have been restated using 2013 average foreign exchange rates for the comparative period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends by excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. We do not suggest that investors should consider this non-GAAP measure in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
 
 
CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RETAIL STORE COUNTS (UNAUDITED)
   
Company-operated retail locations: December 31,
2013
 
Opened 
 
Closed 
September 30,
2014
Type:        
Kiosk/Store in Store   122  5  (27)  100
Retail Stores   327  39  (37)  329
Outlet Stores   170  21  (15)  176
Total   619  65  (79)  605
Operating segment:        
Americas   216  16  (21)  211
Asia Pacific  236  34  (48)  222
Japan  49  5  (1)  53
Europe   118  10  (9)  119
Total   619  65  (79)  605
         
Company-operated retail locations: September 30,
2013
 
Opened 
 
Closed 
September 30,
2014
Type:        
Kiosk/Store in Store   122  7  (29)  100
Retail Stores   315  53  (39)  329
Outlet Stores   157  35  (16)  176
Total   594  95  (84)  605
Operating segment:        
Americas   208  24  (21)  211
Asia Pacific  221  52  (51)  222
Japan  50  5  (2)  53
Europe   115  14  (10)  119
Total   594  95  (84)  605
 
 
CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
COMPARABLE STORE SALES (UNAUDITED)
     
Comparable store sales (1) Constant Currency
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2014 (2)
Constant Currency
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2013 (2)
Americas   (3.1)%  (8.3)%
Asia Pacific  (9.2)  6.0
Japan  (8.0)  (16.3)
Europe   0.1  8.8
Global  (4.5)%  (4.2)%
     
Comparable store sales (1) Constant Currency
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2014 (2)
Constant Currency
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2013 (2)
Americas   (4.7)%  (5.1)%
Asia Pacific  (4.9)  7.2
Japan  (5.9)  (16.1)
Europe   0.6  3.1
Global  (4.1)%  (2.4)%
     
(1) Comparable store status is determined on a monthly basis. Comparable store sales begin in the thirteenth month of a store's operation. Stores in which selling square footage has changed more than 15% as a result of a remodel, expansion or reduction are excluded until the thirteenth month in which they have comparable prior year sales. Temporarily closed stores are excluded from the comparable store sales calculation during the month of closure. Location closures in excess of three months are excluded until the thirteenth month post re-opening. Comparable store sales exclude the impact of our internet channel revenues and are calculated on a currency neutral basis using historical annual average currency rates.
     
(2) Reflects quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year change as if the current period results were in "constant currency," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Constant currency is a measure utilized by management in which current period results have been restated using 2013 average foreign exchange rates for the comparative period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends by excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. We do not suggest that investors should consider this non-GAAP measure in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
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