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Vista Outdoor Announces FY17 Third Quarter Operating Results

Vista Outdoor EPS Includes Non-Cash Intangible Impairment Charge

Vista Outdoor Updates FY17 Financial Guidance

February 09, 2017

FARMINGTON, Utah, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) today reported operating results for the third quarter of its Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), which ended on January 1, 2017. 

"Vista Outdoor is committed to delivering long-term growth through the execution of our strategy and a focus on new product development, operational efficiencies and execution excellence," said Vista Outdoor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark DeYoung. "The challenging retail environment we experienced in our first and second quarters worsened in our third quarter following a slow hunting season and the national elections. This resulted in the need for increased promotional activity to support sales and maintain market share. We have also seen increased inventory in our retail and wholesale channels. As a result of these market factors, we announced a non-cash intangible impairment charge. Although we are disappointed in the impairment within the Hunting and Shooting Accessories reporting unit, we continue to drive improvements in our execution and innovation in our product lines. The company launched more than 150 new products during the winter show season. We have created market leading positions in numerous outdoor product categories, and we are committed to delivering long-term value from our portfolio of top brands."

For the third quarter ended January 1, 2017:

  • Sales were $654 million, up 10 percent from the prior-year quarter, including $92 million from the recent acquisitions. Sales were down 5 percent on an organic basis.
  • Gross profit was $169 million, relatively flat to the prior-year quarter. This includes $24 million of gross profit from the recent acquisitions, offset by a 14 percent decrease in organic gross profit.
  • Operating expenses were $553 million, compared to $92 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase primarily reflects a pre-tax, non-cash goodwill and intangible impairment charge of $449 million. The increase in operating expenses also reflects additional expenses generated by the acquired businesses. These increases were partially offset by reductions due to lower incentive accruals as a result of current-year performance, and cost cutting initiatives.
  • The tax rate for the quarter was 4.4 percent compared to 36.0 percent in the prior-year quarter. The difference in the current-year rate was primarily caused by the non-deductible treatment of the goodwill impairment charge noted above. The adjusted tax rates were 33.6 percent in the third quarter and 36.0 percent in the prior-year quarter.
  • Fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $(6.44), compared to $0.70 in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EPS was $0.62, compared to $0.70 in the prior-year quarter.
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities was $58 million compared to $71 million in the prior-year period. Year-to-date free cash flow use was $18 million, compared to free cash flow generation of $51 million in the prior-year period.
  • The company repurchased approximately 1,560,000 shares for $60 million. On January 23, 2017, Vista Outdoor completed its $100 million share repurchase program. The total number of shares repurchased under this plan was approximately 2,737,000.

"The acceleration of current market challenges has led the company to update FY17 financial guidance," said Vista Outdoor Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan. "For the full year, we expect gross margins to be roughly in line with the third quarter results. While we will release formal guidance for FY18 during our May earnings call, we do expect the revenue and margin pressures we are experiencing in the back half of FY17 to continue into next year. Despite the pressures this year and next, the company is committed to a value-creating capital deployment strategy, long-term sales growth and margin improvement, and delivering long-term value to our shareholders."

Updated Outlook for Fiscal Year 2017

Vista Outdoor updates FY17 financial guidance:

  • Sales in a range of $2.50 billion to $2.54 billion.
  • Interest expense of approximately $45 million.
  • Tax rate of approximately (12) percent, with an adjusted tax rate of approximately 35 percent.
  • EPS in a range of $(4.57) to $(4.42), with adjusted EPS in a range of $1.95 to $2.10.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $90 million.
  • Free cash flow in a range of $25 million to $40 million.

The updated guidance above includes the previously announced Camp Chef acquisition but does not include the impact of the goodwill and intangible impairment that was recorded in the third quarter, any future strategic acquisitions, divestitures, investments, business combinations or other significant transactions, nor the impact of contingent consideration revaluation, transition expenses, the acquisition legal claim settlement or inventory step-ups for already-completed acquisitions.

Please see the tables below for a reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted EPS, operating profit and free cash flow to the comparable GAAP measures.

Earnings Conference Call Webcast Information

Vista Outdoor will hold an investor conference call to discuss its third quarter FY17 financial results on February 9, 2017, at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be accessible through live webcast. Interested investors and other individuals can access the webcast and view and/or download the earnings press release, including a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures, and the related earnings release presentation slides, which will also include detailed segment information, via Vista Outdoor's website (www.vistaoutdoor.com). Choose "Investors" then "Events and Presentations." For those who cannot participate in the live webcast, a telephone recording of the conference call will be available for one month after the call. The telephone number for the recorded call is 719-457-0820, and the confirmation code is 1276869.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Gross Profit, Operating Profit and Earnings Per Share

The adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, operating profit (adjusted EBIT), adjusted tax rate, adjusted net income, and adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS) presented above are non-GAAP financial measures that Vista Outdoor defines as gross profit, operating expenses, operating profit (EBIT), tax rate, net income, and EPS excluding, where applicable, the impact of a non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment, changes in value of future payments of contingent consideration, costs incurred in the period for completed and potential transactions, transition costs for the Action Sports acquisition, and acquisition inventory step-up. As these transactions impact a variety of financial measures Vista Outdoor management is presenting each of these measures so a reader may compare gross profit, operating expenses, EBIT, tax rate, net income and EPS excluding these items, as the measures provide investors with an important perspective on the operating results of the company. Vista Outdoor management uses these measurements internally to assess business performance, and Vista Outdoor's definition may differ from those used by other companies. 

 










Vista Outdoor
















Quarter ended January 1, 2017:
















(in thousands)


















Gross Profit


Operating Expenses


Operating Profit


Income Tax


Income Tax Rate


Net Income(Loss)


EPS


As reported


$

168,606



$

553,262



$

(384,656)



$

(17,548)



4.4

%


$

(377,659)



$

(6.44)



Goodwill and intangibles impairment




(449,199)



449,199



35,670





413,529



7.05



Contingent consideration




(843)



843



320





523



0.01



Transaction and transition costs




(16)



16



6





10





As adjusted


$

168,606



$

103,204



$

65,402



$

18,448



33.6

%


$

36,403



$

0.62



















Quarter ended January 3, 2016:
















(in thousands)


















Gross Profit


Operating Expenses


Operating Profit


Income Tax


Income Tax Rate


Net Income


EPS


As reported


$

167,504



$

92,272



$

75,232



$

24,297



36.0

%


$

43,159



$

0.70



Transaction costs




(265)



265



101





164





Inventory step-up


505





505



192





313





As adjusted


$

168,009



$

92,007



$

76,002



$

24,590



36.0

%


$

43,636



$

0.70











 

Outdoor Products




Quarter ended January 3, 2016:




(in thousands)






Gross Profit


As reported


$

63,607



Inventory step-up


505



As adjusted


$

64,112







 

*NOTE: Adjustments to "as reported" results are items that are excluded to arrive at the "as adjusted" results for the quarters ended January 1, 2017 and January 3, 2016.

A challenging retail environment and other market pressures resulted in deeper discounting of Vista Outdoor's accessories products during the quarter ending January 1, 2017. The deeper discounting caused a reduction in the projected cash flows of the Hunting and Shooting Accessories reporting unit. Given this drop in projected cash flows and a continued challenging retail environment, we determined a triggering event had occurred requiring an evaluation of goodwill.  Upon completion of the analysis an impairment of goodwill and identifiable intangible assets was determined to be necessary.  Given the non-cash and unusual and infrequent nature of this intangible asset impairment we do not believe these costs are indicative of operations of the company. The tax effect of the goodwill and intangible impairment charge was determined based on the fact that the goodwill impairment charge of $354 million is non-deductible for tax purposes and the remaining intangible asset impairment of $95 million was deductible at a rate of approximately 37.5%.

During the quarter ended January 1, 2017, Vista Outdoor incurred transaction and transition costs associated with the completed acquisitions of Action Sports and Camp Chef as well as other possible transactions, including advisory, legal and accounting service fees. Transition costs for the Action Sports business include one-time costs related to the integration of the business into the company including vendor change fees, insurance-related expenses, and severance costs.  Given the nature of transaction and transition costs, and differences in these amounts from one acquisition to another, we feel these costs are not indicative of operations of the company. The tax effect of the transaction and transition costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of 38%.

During the quarter ended January 1, 2017, Vista Outdoor recorded a portion of the $10 million of compensation for Camp Chef earn-out, which will be paid over the next three years, subject to continued Camp Chef leadership employment and the achievement of certain incremental profitability growth milestones. Given this balance is related to the purchase price of the company and is not normal compensation of the employees and will not be a continuing cost, we do not believe these costs are indicative of operations of the company.  The tax effect of the transaction and transition costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of 38%.

For the quarter ended January 3, 2016, Vista Outdoor incurred transaction costs for potential transactions including advisory, legal and accounting service fees. Given the nature of transaction and transition costs and differences in these amounts from one acquisition to another, we feel these costs are not indicative of operations of the company.  The tax effect of the transaction and transition costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of 38%.

For the quarter ended January 3, 2016, as a result of the acquisitions of CamelBak and Jimmy Styks, Vista Outdoor recorded a step-up in the inventory balances, which is the purchase accounting fair value adjustment. The inventory step-up will be expensed to the income statement over the first inventory cycle. Given the nature of transaction and transition costs and differences in these amounts from one acquisition to another, we feel these costs are not indicative of operations of the company.  The tax effect of the transaction and transition costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of 38%.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures and excluding an acquisition claim settlement, and transaction and transition costs net of taxes incurred to date. Vista Outdoor management believes free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available for debt repayment, share repurchases and acquisitions after making the capital investments required to support ongoing business operations. Vista Outdoor management uses free cash flow internally to assess both business performance and overall liquidity. 

 

(in thousands)


Nine months ended
January 1, 2017


Nine months ended
January 3, 2016


Projected year ending
March 31, 2017

Cash provided by operating activities


$

57,891



$

71,288



$141,357–$156,357


Capital expenditures


(49,302)



(26,301)



~(90,000)


Acquisition claim settlement gain, net


(30,027)





(30,027)


Transaction and transition costs paid to date, net of tax


3,670



5,663



3,670


Free cash flow


$

(17,768)



$

50,650



$25,000–$40,000


 

Adjusted Earnings Per Share - Guidance Reconciliation Table

The projected adjusted earnings per share (EPS), excluding the impact of a goodwill and intangible impairment, a gain due to an acquisition claim settlement, costs incurred for completed and potential transactions, transition costs for the Action Sports acquisition, changes in value of future payments of contingent consideration, and acquisition inventory step-up, is a non-GAAP financial measure that Vista Outdoor defines as EPS excluding the impact of these items. Vista Outdoor management is presenting this measure so a reader may compare EPS, excluding these items, as this measure provides investors with an important perspective on the operating results of the company. Vista Outdoor management uses this measurement internally to assess business performance, and Vista Outdoor's definition may differ from those used by other companies. 

 




Current FY17 Full-Year Adjusted EPS Guidance














Low


High


EPS guidance including goodwill and intangible impairment, acquisition claim settlement, contingent consideration revaluation, transaction and transition costs, and inventory step-up incurred to date


$

(4.57)



$

(4.42)



Goodwill and intangibles impairment


6.99



6.99



Acquisition claim settlement, net


(0.50)



(0.50)



Contingent consideration


(0.03)



(0.03)



Transaction and transition costs incurred to date


0.05



0.05



Inventory step-up


0.01



0.01



Adjusted EPS guidance


$

1.95



$

2.10









 

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Outdoor Products and Shooting Sports, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release and other oral and written statements made by Vista Outdoor from time to time are forward-looking statements, including those that discuss, among other things: Vista Outdoor's plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; projections with respect to future revenues, income, earnings per share or other financial measures for Vista Outdoor; and the assumptions that underlie these matters. The words 'believe', 'expect', 'anticipate', 'intend', 'aim', 'should' and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. To the extent that any such information is forward-looking, it is intended to fit within the safe harbor for forward-looking information provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause Vista Outdoor's actual results to differ materially from expectations described in such forward-looking statements, including the following: general economic and business conditions in the U.S. and Vista Outdoor's other markets, including conditions affecting employment levels, consumer confidence and spending, and other economic conditions affecting demand for our products and the financial health of our customers; Vista Outdoor's ability to attract and retain key personnel and maintain and grow its relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners, including Vista Outdoor's ability to obtain acceptable third party licenses; Vista Outdoor's ability to adapt its products to changes in technology, the marketplace and customer preferences; Vista Outdoor's ability to maintain and enhance brand recognition and reputation; reductions, unexpected changes in or our inability to accurately forecast demand for ammunition, firearms or accessories or other outdoor sports and recreation products; risks associated with Vista Outdoor's sales to significant customers, including unexpected cancellations, delays and other changes to purchase orders; supplier capacity constraints, production disruptions or quality or price issues affecting Vista Outdoor's operating costs; Vista Outdoor's competitive environment; risks associated with compliance and diversification into international and commercial markets; the supply, availability and costs of raw materials and components; increases in commodity, energy and production costs; changes in laws, rules and regulations relating to Vista Outdoor's business, such as federal and state firearms and ammunition regulations; Vista Outdoor's ability to execute its long-term growth strategy, including our ability to complete and realize expected benefits from acquisitions and integrate acquired businesses; Vista Outdoor's ability to take advantage of growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; the outcome of contingencies, including with respect to litigation and other proceedings relating to intellectual property, product liability, warranty liability, personal injury and environmental remediation; risks associated with cybersecurity and other industrial and physical security threats; capital market volatility and the availability of financing; changes to accounting standards or policies; and changes in tax rules or pronouncements. Vista Outdoor undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact Vista Outdoor, and statements contained herein, please refer to Vista Outdoor's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (LOSS)

(preliminary and unaudited)




Quarter ended


Nine months ended

(Amounts in thousands except per share data)


January 1,
2017


January 3,
2016


January 1,
2017


January 3,
2016

Sales, net


$

653,558



$

592,557



$

1,968,139



$

1,658,431


Cost of sales


484,952



425,053



1,442,747



1,202,611


Gross profit


168,606



167,504



525,392



455,820


Operating expenses:









Research and development


8,170



3,681



24,151



8,851


Selling, general, and administrative


95,893



88,591



303,060



252,011


Acquisition claim settlement gain, net






(30,027)




Goodwill and intangibles impairment


449,199





449,199




Income (loss) before interest and income taxes


(384,656)



75,232



(220,991)



194,958


Interest expense, net


(10,551)



(7,776)



(32,657)



(16,908)


Income (loss) before income taxes


(395,207)



67,456



(253,648)



178,050


Income tax provision (benefit)


(17,548)



24,297



21,663



68,326


Net income (loss)


$

(377,659)



$

43,159



$

(275,311)



$

109,724


Earnings (loss) per common share:









Basic


$

(6.48)



$

0.70



$

(4.63)



$

1.76


Diluted


$

(6.44)



$

0.70



$

(4.60)



$

1.75


Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:









Basic


58,275



61,717



59,478



62,175


Diluted


58,634



62,092



59,819



62,534


 

 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(preliminary and unaudited)


(Amounts in thousands except share data)


January 1, 2017


March 31, 2016

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

40,841



$

151,692


Net receivables


533,334



428,398


Net inventories


585,116



440,240


Income tax receivable


8,904




Other current assets


28,443



29,334


Total current assets


1,196,638



1,049,664


Net property, plant, and equipment


247,715



203,485


Goodwill


855,215



1,023,451


Net intangible assets


717,165



650,472


Deferred charges and other non-current assets


27,432



15,562


Total assets


$

3,044,165



$

2,942,634


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt


$

222,000



$

17,500


Accounts payable


102,904



147,738


Accrued compensation


39,923



47,394


Accrued income taxes




12,171


Federal excise tax


31,196



27,701


Other current liabilities


181,421



116,397


Total current liabilities


577,444



368,901


Long-term debt


921,601



652,787


Deferred income tax liabilities


153,130



135,957


Accrued pension and postemployment liabilities


69,575



73,503


Other long-term liabilities


64,731



51,319


Total liabilities


1,786,481



1,282,467







Common stock—$.01 par value:





Authorized—500,000,000 shares





Issued and outstanding— 57,722,723 shares at January 1, 2017 and 60,825,914 shares at March 31, 2016


577



608


Additional paid-in capital


1,755,742



1,743,371


(Accumulated deficit) Retained earnings


(108,890)



166,421


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(122,583)



(110,214)


Common stock in treasury, at cost— 6,241,716 shares held at January 1, 2017 and 3,138,525 shares held at March 31, 2016


(267,162)



(140,019)


Total stockholders' equity


1,257,684



1,660,167


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

3,044,165



$

2,942,634


 

 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(preliminary and unaudited)




Nine months ended

(Amounts in thousands)


January 1,
2017


January 3,
2016

Operating Activities:





Net income (loss)


$

(275,311)



$

109,724


Adjustments to net income(loss) to arrive at cash provided by operating activities:





  Depreciation


40,805



28,134


  Amortization of intangible assets


31,020



24,602


  Goodwill and intangibles impairment


449,199




  Amortization of deferred financing costs


3,474



1,831


  Deferred income taxes


(30,171)



697


  Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant, and equipment


140



(180)


Stock-based compensation


9,603



9,055


Excess tax benefits from share-based plans




(206)


Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisition of businesses:





  Net receivables


(19,226)



(36,387)


  Net inventories


(85,162)



(75,437)


  Accounts payable


(79,414)



(32,909)


  Accrued compensation


(18,871)



5,328


  Accrued income taxes


(15,863)



(4,543)


  Federal excise tax


3,566



5,688


  Pension and other postretirement benefits


635



3,458


  Other assets and liabilities


43,467



32,433


Cash provided by operating activities


57,891



71,288


Investing Activities:





Capital expenditures


(49,302)



(26,301)


Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired


(458,149)



(462,116)


Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment


92



696


Cash used for investing activities


(507,359)



(487,721)


Financing Activities:





Borrowings on line of credit


445,000



360,000


Payments on line of credit


(255,000)



(360,000)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt


307,500



350,000


Payment from former parent




6,500


Payments made on long-term debt


(24,000)



(13,125)


Payments made for debt issuance costs


(3,660)



(4,379)


Purchase of treasury shares


(122,860)



(115,194)


Deferred payments for acquisitions


(7,136)




Excess tax benefits from share-based plans




206


Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans


75



438


Cash provided by financing activities


339,919



224,446


Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash


(1,302)



(830)


Decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(110,851)



(192,817)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


151,692



263,951


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

40,841



$

71,134


 

 




Media Contact:


Investor Contact:




Amanda Covington


Michael Pici

Phone: 801-447-3035


Phone: 801-447-3168

E-mail: media.relations@vistaoutdoor.com


E-mail: investor.relations@vistaoutdoor.com

 

 

SOURCE Vista Outdoor Inc.


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