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Vista Outdoor Reports FY17 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Operating Results

Vista Outdoor Establishes FY18 Financial Guidance

Vista Outdoor Announces New Lake City Long-Term Supply Agreement through September 2020

May 11, 2017

FARMINGTON, Utah, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), both of which ended on March 31, 2017. 

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"Vista Outdoor is focused on implementing initiatives that will ensure we achieve the vision and performance objectives we have established for this company, and in doing so, generate growth and returns for our shareholders," said Vista Outdoor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark DeYoung.

"We are experiencing unprecedented decline in demand for ammunition and firearms following the presidential election and softness in the retail environment. These impacts have manifested themselves in our results. In order to address ongoing market headwinds, we are taking actions on several fronts. We are expanding our brands' e-commerce presence to capitalize on the shift by consumers to online shopping. We are right-sizing our workforce, streamlining the organization and reducing inventory. We are driving cost-savings initiatives and improved efficiencies within our manufacturing, sourcing and distribution capabilities. We have also negotiated a long-term agreement with Orbital ATK for the supply of ammunition products produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant through September 2020. This new agreement sustains our leadership position in providing these products to the shooting sports market.

"The Outdoor Foundation recently published its 2017 'Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report' illustrating that outdoor recreation remains a vibrant and expanding passion for millions of outdoor enthusiasts and casual participants. Vista Outdoor has brand presence and product offerings in six of the top 10 areas of growth in outdoor recreation participation over the past three years. This positive overall trend in outdoor recreation reaffirms our strategy to expand our outdoor products portfolio beyond shooting sports and into other outdoor recreation categories.

"We remain confident in our ability to compete and win with a broad portfolio of exciting brands and products, and in our ability to deliver growth and value over the long term," said DeYoung.

For the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2017:

  • Sales were $579 million, down 5 percent from the prior-year quarter and down 21 percent organically.
  • Gross profit was $144 million, down 12 percent from the prior-year quarter and down 27 percent organically.
  • Operating expenses were $130 million. Adjusted operating expenses were $129 million, compared to $93 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase includes operating expenses from acquired businesses and a $17 million write off of a receivable due to a customer's bankruptcy. 
  • Fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.02. Adjusted EPS was $0.03, compared to $0.63 in the prior-year quarter. The decrease was caused by the items noted above, partially offset by lower share count due to share repurchases. Both fully diluted and adjusted EPS results include ($0.18) for the write off of the receivable mentioned above.
  • The company repurchased approximately 780,000 shares in the quarter for $24.5 million.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017:

  • Sales were $2.55 billion, up 12 percent from the prior year and down 7 percent organically.
  • Gross profit was $669 million, up 8 percent from the prior year and down 12 percent organically.
  • Operating expenses were $876 million. Adjusted operating expenses were $455 million, compared to $344 million in the prior year. The increase includes operating expenses from acquired businesses and the $17 million write off mentioned above. 
  • EPS was $(4.66).  Adjusted EPS was $1.90, compared to $2.50 in the prior year. Both GAAP and adjusted EPS results include ($0.18) for the write off mentioned above.
  • Free cash flow was $38 million, compared to $163 million in the prior-year period.
  • Total year shares repurchased were approximately 3,876,000 shares for $151 million.

Please see the tables in the press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted gross profit, operating profit, tax rate, fully diluted earnings per share, and free cash flow to the comparable GAAP measures.

Outlook for Fiscal Year 2018:

Vista Outdoor is establishing initial FY18 financial guidance. The company expects:

  • Sales in a range of $2.36 billion to $2.42 billion.
  •  Interest expense of approximately $50 million.
  • Tax rate of approximately 37 percent.
  • EPS in a range of $1.10 to $1.30.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $70 million.
  • Free cash flow in a range of $175 million to $200 million.

The guidance above does not include the impact of any future strategic acquisitions, divestitures, investments, business combinations or other significant transactions, nor the impact of transition expenses for already-completed acquisitions.

"Our FY18 financial guidance reflects a continuation of the weakness in the shooting sports market through FY18," said Vista Outdoor Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan. "While we still see indications that inventories in the channel will stabilize by the middle of the fiscal year, we expect the period of market correction will extend beyond that point. For FY18, we anticipate EBITDA margins of approximately 11 percent. Near term, the first quarter will reflect a continuation of the particularly weak market conditions we saw in the fourth quarter of FY17. We expect to generate approximately 22 to 24 percent of our annual revenue guidance in the first quarter. We also expect to generate approximately 10 percent of our annual EPS guidance during the first quarter, as a result of increased promotional activity, which is driven by continued weak market conditions and bankruptcy liquidations.

"Additionally, in partnership with our lenders, we amended the financial covenants in our credit agreement to give us improved financial flexibility over the current period of market softness."

Earnings Conference Call Webcast Information

Vista Outdoor will hold an investor conference call to discuss its Fiscal Year 2017 financial results on May 11, 2017, at 9 a.m. ET. 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 is 719-457-0820, and the confirmation code is 9542177.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Gross Profit, Operating Profit, Tax Rate 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 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, the impact of a gain recorded on an acquisition claim settlement, 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, facility rationalization costs, and acquisition inventory step-up. As these items 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.

 

Total Vista Outdoor for the Quarter Ended






















March 31, 2017:




























Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Taxes


Tax Rate


Net Income


EPS

As reported


$

129,827



$

13,967



$

2,097



71.0

%


$

857



$

0.02


Transaction and transition costs


(490)



490



136





354




Contingent Consideration


(382)



382



(87)





469



0.01


As adjusted


$

128,955



$

14,839



$

2,146



56.1

%


$

1,680



$

0.03















March 31, 2016:




























Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Taxes


Tax Rate


Net Income


EPS

As reported


$

95,824



$

67,801



$

23,046



38.2

%


$

37,312



$

0.61


Transaction costs


(1,331)



1,331



506





825



0.01


Facility rationalization


(1,073)



1,073



408





665



0.01


As adjusted


$

93,420



$

70,205



$

23,960



38.2

%


$

38,802



$

0.63















 

Total Vista Outdoor for the Year Ended






















March 31, 2017:





























Gross
Profit


Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Taxes


Tax Rate


Net Income


EPS

As reported

$

669,186



$

876,210



$

(207,024)



$

23,760



(9.5)

%


$

(274,454)



$

(4.66)


Goodwill and intangibles impairment



(449,199)



449,199



35,670





413,529



7.02


Acquisition claim settlement gain, net



30,027



(30,027)



143





(30,170)



(0.51)


Contingent consideration



2,171



(2,171)



(1,045)





(1,126)



(0.02)


Transaction and transition costs



(4,575)



4,575



1,035





3,540



0.06


Inventory step-up

817





817



310





507



0.01


As adjusted

$

670,003



$

454,634



$

215,369



$

59,873



34.9

%


$

111,826



$

1.90
















March 31, 2016:





























Gross
Profit


Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Taxes


Tax Rate


Net Income


EPS

As reported

$

619,445



$

356,687



$

262,758



$

91,370



38.3

%


$

147,037



$

2.35


Transaction costs



(9,009)



9,009



2,384





6,625



0.11


Facility rationalization



(3,258)



3,258



1,238





2,020



0.03


Inventory step-up

1,043





1,043



396





647



0.01


As adjusted

$

620,488



$

344,420



$

276,068



$

95,388



37.9

%


$

156,329



$

2.50
















 

Outdoor Products






Year ended March 31, 2017:






(in thousands)










Gross Profit


As reported




$

292,967



Inventory step-up




817



As adjusted




$

293,784









Year ended March 31, 2016:






(in thousands)










Gross Profit


As reported




$

242,817



Inventory step-up




1,043



As adjusted




$

243,860









 

*NOTE: Adjustments to "as reported" results are items that are excluded to arrive at the "as adjusted" results for the quarters and years ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.

A challenging retail environment and other market pressures resulted in deeper discounting of Vista Outdoor's accessories products during the second half of the year ended March 31, 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 percent.

During the year ended March 31, 2017, we finalized a settlement of claims that we brought against the previous owner of Bushnell Holdings and third-party insurance providers relating to certain disputes arising under the purchase agreement with respect to the acquisition.  The significant majority of the transaction was not taxable for income tax purposes.

For the quarter and year ended March 31, 2017, as result of not achieving the first growth milestone and the likelihood of not meeting any future growth milestone for the Jimmy Styks acquisition and changes in expectations for remaining periods for the earnout related to the Bell Powersports product line, the company revalued the contingent consideration based on expected incremental profitability growth milestones and reduced the liability.  In addition, 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 percent.

For the years ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, as a result of the acquisitions of Action Sports, 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 was expensed to the income statement over the first inventory cycle.  The tax effect of the inventory step-up was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of 38 percent.

During the quarters and years ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, Vista Outdoor incurred transaction and transition costs associated with the completed acquisitions of Jimmy Styks, Camelbak, 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 percent.

During the year ended March 31, 2016, Vista Outdoor incurred certain facility rationalization costs associated with the closure of the Meridian, Idaho facility. The tax effect of the facility rationalization costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of 38 percent.

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.

 



Year ended
March 31, 2017


Year ended
March 31, 2016


Projected Year Ending
March 31, 2018

Cash provided by operating activities


$

154,688



$

198,002



$245,000–$270,000

Capital expenditures


(90,665)



(41,526)



                ~(70,000)

Acquisition claim settlement gain, net


(30,027)






Transaction costs paid to date, net of tax


3,720



6,485




Free cash flow


$

37,716



$

162,961



$175,000–$200,000

 

EBITDA Margin

EBITDA margin is defined as EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization) divided by net sales. Vista Outdoor management believes EBITDA margin provides investors with an important perspective on the company's core profitability and helps investors analyze underlying trends in the company's business and evaluate its performance on an absolute basis and relative to its peers. EBITDA margin should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, GAAP net profit margin. Vista Outdoor's definition may differ from that used by other companies.

Vista Outdoor has not reconciled EBITDA margin guidance to GAAP net profit margin guidance because Vista Outdoor does not provide guidance for net income, which is a reconciling item between GAAP net profit margin and non-GAAP EBITDA margin. Accordingly, a reconciliation to net profit margin is not available without unreasonable effort.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
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, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, 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, and Europe.

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; 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 retail 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 STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)
(preliminary and unaudited)








QUARTERS ENDED


YEARS ENDED

(Amounts in thousands except per share data)


March 31,
2017


March 31,
2016


March 31,
2017


March 31,
2016

Sales, net


$

578,753



$

612,303



$

2,546,892



$

2,270,734


Cost of sales


434,959



448,678



1,877,706



1,651,289


Gross profit


143,794



163,625



669,186



619,445


Operating expenses:









Research and development


8,618



3,660



32,769



12,512


Selling, general, and administrative


121,209



92,164



424,269



344,175


Acquisition claim settlement gain, net






(30,027)




Goodwill and intangibles impairment






449,199




Income (loss) before interest and income taxes


13,967



67,801



(207,024)



262,758


Interest expense, net


(11,013)



(7,443)



(43,670)



(24,351)


Income (loss) before income taxes


2,954



60,358



(250,694)



238,407


Income tax provision


2,097



23,046



23,760



91,370


Net income (loss)


$

857



$

37,312



$

(274,454)



$

147,037


Earnings (loss) per common share:









Basic


$

0.02



$

0.61



$

(4.66)



$

2.36


Diluted


$

0.02



$

0.61



$

(4.66)



$

2.35


Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:









Basic


56,929



60,774



58,911



62,211


Diluted


57,021



61,132



58,911



62,568











 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(preliminary and unaudited)






(Amounts in thousands except share data)


March 31, 2017


March 31, 2016

Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

45,075



$

151,692


Net receivables


450,715



428,398


Net inventories


562,795



440,240


Income tax receivable


25,658




Other current assets


25,604



29,334


Total current assets


1,109,847



1,049,664


Net property, plant, and equipment


272,346



203,485


Goodwill


857,631



1,023,451


Net intangible assets


708,530



650,472


Deferred charges and other non-current assets


28,393



15,562


Total assets


$

2,976,747



$

2,942,634


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt


$

32,000



$

17,500


Accounts payable


127,718



147,738


Accrued compensation


33,663



47,394


Accrued income taxes




12,171


Federal excise tax


30,082



27,701


Other accrued liabilities


122,926



116,397


Total current liabilities


346,389



368,901


Long-term debt


1,089,252



652,787


Deferred income tax liabilities


160,765



135,957


Accrued pension and postemployment liabilities


64,230



73,503


Other long-term liabilities


71,046



51,319


Total liabilities


1,731,682



1,282,467


Commitments and contingencies





Common stock—$.01 par value:





Authorized—500,000,000 shares





Issued and outstanding— 57,014,319 shares at March 31, 2017 and 60,825,914 shares at
March 31, 2016


571



608


Additional paid-in-capital


1,752,903



1,743,371


(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings


(108,033)



166,421


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(112,992)



(110,214)


Common stock in treasury, at cost— 6,950,120 shares held at March 31, 2017 and
3,138,525 shares held at March 31, 2016


(287,384)



(140,019)


Total stockholders' equity


1,245,065



1,660,167


Total liabilities and equity


$

2,976,747



$

2,942,634


 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(preliminary and unaudited)






Years Ended March 31

(Amounts in thousands)


2017


2016

Operating Activities





Net income (loss)


$

(274,454)



$

147,037


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





Depreciation


54,157



38,953


Amortization of intangible assets


39,622



33,661


Amortization of deferred financing costs


4,125



2,501


Goodwill and intangibles impairment


449,199




Deferred income taxes


(22,470)



(457)


Loss (gain) on disposal of property


239



323


Share-based compensation


12,648



12,279


Changes in assets and liabilities:





Net receivables


63,101



(33,596)


Net inventories


(85,680)



(31,065)


Accounts payable


(54,055)



3,398


Accrued compensation


(21,641)



8,006


Accrued income taxes


(26,689)



(1,804)


Federal excise tax


2,437



4,535


Pension and other postretirement benefits


1,006



5,076


Other assets and liabilities


13,143



9,155


Cash provided by operating activities


154,688



198,002


Investing Activities





Capital expenditures


(90,665)



(41,526)


Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired


(458,149)



(462,050)


Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment


135



372


Cash used for investing activities


(548,679)



(503,204)


Financing Activities





Borrowings on line of credit


555,000



360,000


Repayments of line of credit


(380,000)



(360,000)


Payments made on long-term debt


(32,000)



(17,500)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt


307,500



350,000


Payment from former parent




6,500


Payments made for debt issue costs


(3,660)



(4,379)


Purchase of treasury shares


(151,850)



(143,194)


Deferred payments for acquisitions


(7,136)




Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans


75



1,173


Cash provided by financing activities


287,929



192,600


Effect of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on cash


(555)



343


(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(106,617)



(112,259)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


151,692



263,951


Cash and cash equivalents at end of year


$

45,075



$

151,692


 

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

 

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262 N. University Dr. 
Farmington, UT 84025

Phone:  801-447-3000

 

 

SOURCE Vista Outdoor Inc.


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