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Vista Outdoor Announces FY18 First Quarter Operating Results

Vista Outdoor Reaffirms FY18 Financial Guidance

August 10, 2017

FARMINGTON, Utah, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) today reported operating results for the first quarter of its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which ended on July 2, 2017.

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"We delivered a solid start to Fiscal Year 2018 in the face of a challenging retail environment," said Vista Outdoor Interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Callahan. "The company continues its focus on new product development, improved operational performance, and cost savings."

For the first quarter ended July 2, 2017:

  • Sales were $569 million, down 10 percent from the prior-year quarter, including $21 million of additional sales from the acquisition of Camp Chef. Sales were down 13 percent on an organic basis.
  • Gross profit was $147 million, down 14 percent from the prior-year quarter. This includes $7 million of gross profit from the Camp Chef acquisition, offset by an 18 percent decrease in organic gross profit.
  • Operating expenses were $107 million, compared to $112 million in the prior-year quarter.
  • Fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.29, compared to $0.48 in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EPS was $0.24, compared to $0.48 in the prior-year quarter.
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities was $39 million, compared to a use of $22 million for operating activities in the prior-year period. Year-to-date free cash flow generation was $23 million, compared to free cash flow use of $41 million in the prior-year period.

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

"We are pleased with our performance in the quarter," said Vista Outdoor Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan. "Our working capital reduction efforts are delivering results, with strong cash performance in a quarter when traditionally the company has had a net cash use. Margins were helped by the timing of some general overhead spending and by a late introduction in the quarter of ammunition promotional programs. This late introduction pushed the impact of those programs into later quarters. Our sales programs also resulted in the company pulling ahead some revenue from the second quarter into the latter part of our first quarter. Nonetheless, we are reaffirming previously issued guidance for the full year."

Vista Outdoor reaffirmed its FY18 financial guidance. The company expects:

  • Sales in a range of $2.36 billion to $2.42 billion.
  • Interest expense of approximately $50 million.
  • Adjusted tax rate of approximately 37 percent.
  • Adjusted 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.

Earnings Conference Call Webcast Information

Vista Outdoor will hold an investor conference call to discuss its first quarter FY18 financial results on August 10, 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 for the recorded call is 719-457-0820, and the confirmation code is 1265259.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Gross Profit, Operating Profit, and Earnings Per Share

The adjusted gross profit, operating expenses, operating profit (adjusted EBIT), adjusted tax rate, and adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS) presented below are non-GAAP financial measures. Vista Outdoor defines these measures as gross profit, operating profit (EBIT), tax rate, and EPS excluding, where applicable, the impact of costs incurred for current and possible transactions, pension curtailment, change in value of future payments of contingent consideration, transition costs for the Action Sports acquisition, and acquisition inventory step-up. Vista Outdoor management is presenting these measures so a reader may compare gross profit, EBIT, tax rate, 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 this measurement internally to assess business performance, and Vista Outdoor's definition may differ from those used by other companies.  



Vista Outdoor
















Quarter ended July 2,
2017:
















(in thousands)


















Gross
Profit


Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Income
Tax


Income
Tax Rate


Net
Income


EPS


As reported


$

146,558



$

107,217



$

39,341



$

10,296



38.2

%


$

16,652



$

0.29



Pension curtailment




5,783



(5,783)



(2,154)





(3,629)



(0.06)



Contingent consideration




(843)



843



314





529



0.01



Transaction costs




(84)



84



31





53





As adjusted


$

146,558



$

112,073



$

34,485



$

8,487



38.4

%


$

13,605



$

0.24



















Quarter ended July 3,
2016:
















(in thousands)


















Gross
Profit


Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Income
Tax


Income
Tax Rate


Net
Income


EPS


As reported


$

171,377



$

112,275



$

59,102



$

18,015



38.2

%


$

29,124



$

0.48



Contingent consideration
revaluation




3,396



(3,396)



(1,274)





(2,122)



(0.04)



Transaction and transition
costs




(2,002)



2,002



130





1,872



0.03



Inventory step-up


817





817



310





507



0.01



As adjusted


$

172,194



$

113,669



$

58,525



$

17,181



36.9

%


$

29,381



$

0.48





















Outdoor Products






Quarter ended July 3, 2016:






(in thousands)










Gross Profit


As reported




$

80,897



Inventory step-up




817



As adjusted




$

81,714









*NOTE: Adjustments to "as reported" results are items that are excluded to arrive at the "as adjusted" results for the quarters  ended July 2, 2017 and July 3, 2016.

During the quarter ended July 2, 2017, we announced changes to our qualified and non-qualified defined benefit pension plans that resulted in a one-time pension curtailment gain of $6 million. The curtailment is effective July 31, 2017, with employees receiving a pro-rated pay credit for 2017 and no future pay credits beginning in 2018. Given the nature of this item, we believe the gain is not indicative of the ongoing operations of the company. The tax effect of the pension curtailment was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 37 percent.

During the quarter ended July 2, 2017, Vista Outdoor incurred transaction costs associated with possible transactions, including advisory, legal, and accounting service fees. Given the nature of transaction 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 costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 37 percent.

During the quarter ended July 2, 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 contingent consideration cost was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 37 percent.

During the quarter ended July 3, 2016, Vista Outdoor incurred transaction and transition costs associated with the completed transaction of Action Sports as well as other possible transactions, including advisory, legal, and accounting service fees, a portion of which were non-deductible for tax purposes. 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 policy start up fees, and  severance costs. The tax effect of the deductible transaction and transition costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 38 percent.

For the quarter ended July 3, 2016, as result of not attaining the level of growth required to achieve the first-year growth milestone earnout for the Jimmy Styks acquisition, the company revalued the contingent consideration based on expected incremental profitability growth milestones and reduced the liability. The tax effect of the contingent consideration revaluation was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 38 percent.

For the quarter ended July 3, 2016, as a result of the acquisitions of Action Sports, 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. The tax effect of the inventory step-up was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 38 percent.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures and excluding 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)


Three months
ended July 2, 2017


Three months
ended July 3, 2016


Projected year ending
March 31, 2018

Cash provided by (used for) operating activities


$

38,909



$

(22,158)



$244,947–$269,947

Capital expenditures


(16,430)



(21,006)



~(70,000)

Transaction and transition costs paid to date, net of tax


53



2,419



53

Free cash flow


$

22,532



$

(40,745)



$175,000–$200,000

Adjusted Earnings Per Share - Guidance Reconciliation Table

The projected adjusted earnings per share (EPS), excluding the impact of costs incurred for current and possible transactions,  changes in value of future payments of pension curtailment and contingent consideration, 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 FY18 Full-Year Adjusted EPS Guidance














Low


High


EPS guidance including pension curtailment, contingent consideration revaluation, and
transaction costs incurred to date


$

1.15



$

1.35



Pension curtailment


(0.06)



(0.06)



Contingent consideration


0.01



0.01



Adjusted EPS guidance


$

1.10



$

1.30









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, 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, the conditions in the retail environment, 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, including our ability to respond to shifting preferences of the end consumer from brick and mortar retail to online retail; 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 STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(preliminary and unaudited)




Quarter ended

(Amounts in thousands except per share data)


July 2, 2017


July 3, 2016

Sales, net


$

568,749



$

630,269


Cost of sales


422,191



458,892


Gross profit


146,558



171,377


Operating expenses:





Research and development


7,791



7,831


Selling, general, and administrative


99,426



104,444


Income before interest and income taxes


39,341



59,102


Interest expense, net


(12,393)



(11,963)


Income before income taxes


26,948



47,139


Income tax provision


10,296



18,015


Net income


$

16,652



$

29,124


Earnings per common share:





Basic


$

0.29



$

0.48


Diluted


$

0.29



$

0.48


Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:





Basic


56,916



60,384


Diluted


56,957



60,715


 

 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(preliminary and unaudited)


(Amounts in thousands except share data)


July 2, 2017


March 31, 2017

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

53,550



$

45,075


Net receivables


454,789



450,715


Net inventories


542,880



562,795


Income tax receivable


17,944



25,658


Other current assets


26,639



25,604


Total current assets


1,095,802



1,109,847


Net property, plant, and equipment


272,773



272,346


Goodwill


861,114



857,631


Net intangible assets


700,839



708,530


Deferred charges and other non-current assets


30,779



28,393


Total assets


$

2,961,307



$

2,976,747


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt


$

32,000



$

32,000


Accounts payable


102,098



127,718


Accrued compensation


31,773



33,663


Federal excise tax


26,092



30,082


Other accrued liabilities


130,022



122,926


Total current liabilities


321,985



346,389


Long-term debt


1,075,175



1,089,252


Deferred income tax liabilities


159,444



160,765


Accrued pension and postemployment benefits


62,710



64,230


Other long-term liabilities


71,360



71,046


Total liabilities


1,690,674



1,731,682







Common stock—$.01 par value:





Authorized—500,000,000 shares





Issued and outstanding — 57,030,534 shares at July 2, 2017 and 57,014,319 shares at
March 31, 2017


570



571


Additional paid-in capital


1,755,119



1,752,903


Accumulated deficit


(91,381)



(108,033)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(107,178)



(112,992)


Common stock in treasury, at cost — 6,933,905 shares held at July 2, 2017 and
6,950,120 shares held at March 31, 2017


(286,497)



(287,384)


Total stockholders' equity


1,270,633



1,245,065


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

2,961,307



$

2,976,747



 

 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(preliminary and unaudited)




Three months ended

(Amounts in thousands)


July 2, 2017


July 3, 2016

Operating Activities:





Net income


$

16,652



$

29,124


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





  Depreciation


13,552



13,676


  Amortization of intangible assets


9,110



10,106


  Amortization of deferred financing costs


728



2,172


  Deferred income taxes


2



52


  Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment


77



41


Stock-based compensation


3,357



3,310


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





  Net receivables


(2,323)



(12,908)


  Net inventories


17,550



(57,697)


  Accounts payable


(20,953)



(33,196)


  Accrued compensation


(2,559)



(19,322)


  Accrued income taxes


8,423



14,396


  Federal excise tax


(4,036)



737


  Pension and other postretirement benefits


(4,841)



579


  Other assets and liabilities


4,170



26,772


Cash provided by (used for) operating activities


38,909



(22,158)


Investing Activities:





Capital expenditures


(16,430)



(21,006)


Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired




(405,943)


Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment


13



34


Cash used for investing activities


(16,417)



(426,915)


Financing Activities:





Borrowings on line of credit


145,000



115,000


Payments made on line of credit


(150,000)



(25,000)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt




307,500


Payments made on long-term debt


(8,000)



(8,000)


Payments made for debt issuance costs


(1,805)



(3,660)


Purchase of treasury shares




(22,058)


Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans


298




Cash provided by (used for) financing activities


(14,507)



363,782


Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash


490



(401)


(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


8,475



(85,692)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


45,075



151,692


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

53,550



$

66,000


 

 

Media Contact:

Investor Contact:



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Michael Pici

Phone: 801-447-3035

Phone: 801-447-3168

E-mail: media.relations@vistaoutdoor.com

E-mail: investor.relations@vistaoutdoor.com



Corporate Communications

Phone:  801-447-3000

262 N. University Dr.


Farmington, UT 84025


 

 

SOURCE Vista Outdoor Inc.


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