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Vista Outdoor Announces FY18 Second Quarter Operating Results

Vista Outdoor Revises FY18 Financial Guidance

Vista Outdoor Announces Intention to Divest Brands within Sports Protection Business

Vista Outdoor Announces Leadership Changes in Shooting Sports

Vista Outdoor Announces Intangible Asset Impairment Charge

November 09, 2017

FARMINGTON, Utah, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) today reported operating results for the second quarter of its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which ended on October 1, 2017.  The company also announced that its Board of Directors has named Michael Callahan to serve as chairman.

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"I am honored to be elected chairman of Vista Outdoor," said Callahan. "I am optimistic about the future, and the board is impressed with how quickly our new CEO Chris Metz has wrapped his mind around the business. His strategic, savvy and decisive approach is exactly the right leadership the company needs to realize the full potential of our diverse portfolio of iconic brands."

"I am excited to combine my passion for these brands and this industry with my professional experience and deep background in consumer products," said Vista Outdoor Chief Executive Officer Chris Metz. "While I've only been here a short time, I realize we have much to do: we must make significant changes, act decisively, and move quickly to reposition and stabilize the company. We will take an aggressive position on profit improvement through both margin expansion and cost reductions across all areas of the core business.

"We're in the process of completing a portfolio review of our brands, and we will divest assets where we see the potential to unlock shareholder value. As a first outcome of this process, we are announcing our intention to sell the Bollé, Serengeti and Cébé brands in the Sports Protection business. These brands were acquired as part of the Bushnell transaction in 2013 and focus primarily on fashion, prescription and safety eyewear, which are areas that we have determined are not core to our business. The sale of these brands is expected to take place over the next few quarters.

"To allow our business leaders to drive changes faster and have clear line of sight to the goals at hand, I have decided to eliminate the Shooting Sports segment president position," said Metz.

With this restructuring, Shooting Sports President Bob Keller will leave the company on November 17, 2017.

"I want to thank Bob for his leadership and his many contributions to the company, and I wish him well in his future endeavors," said Metz.

Upon Keller's departure, Al Kasper, President of Firearms, and Jason Vanderbrink, President of Ammunition, will report directly to Metz, as leaders within the Shooting Sports Segment. Kasper currently leads Firearms for the company. He joined Savage Arms in 1996 as chief financial officer and became its president and chief operating officer in 2001. Vanderbrink has served as Vista Outdoor's senior vice president of sales since January 2017 and will also continue to serve in the sales role as the company evaluates its organizational structure for sales, marketing and product development. He joined Vista Outdoor in 2005 and has 17 years of extensive experience in the outdoor recreation and shooting sports industries.

"Al's tenure with the company and insights into the firearms industry make him ideal for this position. Jason has a proven history of strategic leadership at Vista Outdoor, and has strong customer relationships and market knowledge within the ammunition industry. I have confidence in both of these fine leaders and look forward to working with them as they deploy their capabilities across these critical roles."

For the second quarter ended October 1, 2017:

  • Sales were $587 million, down 14 percent from the prior-year quarter, including $12 million of additional sales from the acquisition of Camp Chef. Sales were down 16 percent on an organic basis.
  • Gross profit was $139 million, down 25 percent from the prior-year quarter. This includes $3 million of additional gross profit from the Camp Chef acquisition, offset by a 27 percent decrease in organic gross profit.
  • Operating expenses were $266 million, compared to $81 million in the prior-year quarter. This $185 million difference was primarily due to a $152 million goodwill and intangibles impairment in the current period, partially offset by a $30 million acquisition settlement gain in the prior-year period.
  • Fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $(2.01), compared to $1.22 in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EPS was $0.34, compared to $0.74 in the prior-year quarter.
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities year to date was $109 million, compared to $10 million in the prior-year period. Year-to-date free cash flow generation was $77 million, compared to free cash flow use of $48 million in the prior-year period, primarily driven by inventory reduction initiatives.

"During the second quarter, the competitive environment in ammunition, firearms and shooting-related accessories continued to impact our business," said Vista Outdoor Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan. "Ongoing promotional activity combined with high inventory trends in our wholesale channels contributed to a challenging quarter. The company remains focused on cost-savings initiatives and working capital improvements. I'm pleased with the significant reductions to company inventory levels we have made, both year over year and sequentially. We just completed another workforce reduction to better align production with demand. The company generated cash at a level that is higher than our historic average, and we continue to build out our e-commerce strategy and invest in new, innovative products."

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

"During the quarter we recorded an impairment of intangible assets of $152 million in our Outdoor Products segment, with $75 million related to our Sports Protection business and $77 million related to our Hunting and Shooting Accessories business," said Nolan. "The impairment was triggered by increased downward pressure on sales and margins as a result of challenging market conditions that have persisted longer than previously expected. These challenging market conditions have been exacerbated by additional customer bankruptcies and consolidations. We continue to see high channel inventories for our Hunting and Shooting Accessories business. We expect these inventory levels will take the remainder of the fiscal year to work through, and will continue to put pressure on sales and margins. Our Sports Protection business has been impacted by the ongoing challenges facing the cycling industry broadly and by reduced retail space for our products.

"The market contraction and competitive environment I mentioned earlier will have more of an impact in the second half of the year than it did in the first half, including the full impact of the ammunition pricing action, which we took in the first and second quarters. While we have taken actions to reduce costs, these initiatives have been more than offset by persisting market conditions. As a result, we are revising our FY18 financial guidance for the year."

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

  • Sales in a range of $2.24 billion to $2.26 billion.
  • An adjusted tax rate of approximately 25 percent.
  • Adjusted EPS in a range of $0.50 to $0.60.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $65 million.
  • Free cash flow in a range of $155 million to $175 million.
  • Interest expense remains unchanged at approximately $50 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 second quarter FY18 financial results on November 9, 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 8570212.

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 contingent consideration, transactions, CEO transition costs, goodwill and intangible asset impairment, pension curtailment, acquisition claim settlement gain, transition costs, 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.  










Quarter ended October 1,
2017:
















(in thousands)


















Gross
Profit


Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Income
Tax


Income
Tax Rate


Net
Income


EPS


As reported


$

138,977



$

266,153



$

(127,176)



$

(25,040)



17.9

%


$

(114,705)



$

(2.01)



Contingent consideration




211



(211)



314





(525)



(0.01)



Transaction costs




(316)



316



118





198





CEO transition costs




(8,693)



8,693



3,076





5,617



0.10



Goodwill and intangibles
impairment




(152,320)



152,320



23,393





128,927



2.26



As adjusted


$

138,977



$

105,035



$

33,942



$

1,861



8.7

%


$

19,512



$

0.34



















Quarter ended October 2,
2016:
















(in thousands)


















Gross
Profit


Operating
Expenses


Operating
Profit


Income
Tax


Income
Tax Rate


Net
Income


EPS


As reported


$

185,409



$

80,846



$

104,563



$

21,196



22.4

%


$

73,224



$

1.22



Acquisition claim
settlement gain, net




30,027



(30,027)



143





(30,170)



(0.50)



Transaction and transition
costs




(2,067)



2,067



779





1,288



0.02



As adjusted


$

185,409



$

108,806



$

76,603



$

22,118



33.3

%


$

44,342



$

0.74



















 

*NOTE: Adjustments to "as reported" results are items that are excluded to arrive at the "as adjusted" results for the quarters  ended October 1, 2017 and October 2, 2016.

During the quarter ended October 1, 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 October 1, 2017, Vista Outdoor recorded $0.8 million of the $10 million of compensation for the 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 growth milestones. The tax effect of the contingent consideration adjustment was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 37 percent. In addition, during the quarter ended October 1, 2017, we reduced by $1 million the liability for the earn-out related to the Bell Powersports product line as a result of changes in expectations and the likelihood of achieving future profitability milestones for the remaining periods of the earn-out. There was no tax effect of this contingent consideration adjustment. Given these contingent consideration amounts relate to the purchase price of the companies and are not normal ongoing compensation of the employees, we do not believe these costs are indicative of operations.

During the quarter ended October 1, 2017, Mr. Mark DeYoung, then CEO, retired from Vista Outdoor and Michael Callahan assumed the role of interim CEO. In addition, the company performed a search for a permanent CEO. We recorded approximately $9 million in costs related to severance, retirement benefits, and executive search fees related to the CEO transition. We believe these costs are not indicative of the ongoing operations of the company. The tax effect of the costs was calculated based on a blended statutory rate of approximately 37 percent partially offset by a tax deduction shortfall.

During the quarter ended October 1, 2017, we recognized a $152 million total impairment of goodwill and identifiable intangible assets. The company previously anticipated a return to sales growth in fiscal 2018 for the Hunting and Shooting Accessories and Sports Protection reporting units. However, during the quarter ended October 1, 2017 the company concluded that the return to growth for those reporting units would take longer than previously anticipated. As a result, we reduced the projected cash flows for these reporting units to reflect the lower expected sales volume and higher product discounting. This reduction in our internal projections for these reporting units triggered an analysis of our goodwill and tradename intangibles. Given the unusual and infrequent nature of this impairment we do not believe these costs are indicative of operations of the company. The tax effect of the goodwill and intangibles impairment charge was determined based on the fact that the goodwill impairment charge of $143 million, a portion of which was non-deductible and the remainder was deductible at a rate of approximately 37 percent for tax purposes, and the remaining intangible asset impairment of $9 million was deductible at a rate of approximately 37 percent.

During the quarter ended October 2, 2016, 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.

During the quarter ended October 2, 2016, Vista Outdoor incurred transaction and transition costs associated with the completed transaction of Action Sports and Camp Chef 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-related expenses, and severance costs.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures and excluding transaction, transition, and acquisition claim settlement 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)


Six months ended
October 1, 2017


Six months ended
October 2, 2016


Projected year ending
March 31, 2018

Cash provided by operating activities


$

109,164



$

10,183



$220,809–$240,809

Capital expenditures


(31,189)



(31,117)



~(65,000)

Acquisition claim settlement gain, net




(30,027)



CEO transition costs paid to date, net of tax


(1,061)





(1,061)

Transaction costs paid to date, net of tax


252



3,123



252

Free cash flow


$

77,166



$

(47,838)



$155,000–$175,000

 

Adjusted Earnings Per Share - Guidance Reconciliation Table

The projected adjusted earnings per share (EPS), excluding the impact of costs incurred to date for current and possible transactions,  changes in value of future payments of pension curtailment, contingent consideration, transactions, goodwill and intangible asset impairment, and transition costs 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


$

(1.80)



$

(1.70)



Pension curtailment


(0.06)



(0.06)



Goodwill and intangibles impairment


2.26



2.26



CEO transition costs


0.10



0.10



Adjusted EPS guidance


$

0.50



$

0.60









 

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


Six months ended

(Amounts in thousands except per share data)


October 1,
2017


October 2,
2016


October 1,
2017


October 2,
2016

Sales, net


$

587,283



$

684,312



$

1,156,032



$

1,314,581


Cost of sales


448,306



498,903



870,497



957,795


Gross profit


138,977



185,409



285,535



356,786


Operating expenses:









Research and development


7,447



8,150



15,238



15,981


Selling, general, and administrative


106,386



102,723



205,812



207,167


Acquisition claim settlement gain, net




(30,027)





(30,027)


Goodwill and intangibles impairment


152,320





152,320




Income (loss) before interest and income taxes


(127,176)



104,563



(87,835)



163,665


Interest expense, net


(12,569)



(10,143)



(24,962)



(22,106)


Income (loss) before income taxes


(139,745)



94,420



(112,797)



141,559


Income tax provision (benefit)


(25,040)



21,196



(14,744)



39,211


Net income (loss)


$

(114,705)



$

73,224



$

(98,053)



$

102,348


Earnings (loss) per common share:









Basic


$

(2.01)



$

1.23



$

(1.72)



$

1.70


Diluted


$

(2.01)



$

1.22



$

(1.72)



$

1.69


Weighted-average number of common shares
outstanding:









Basic


57,099



59,710



57,041



60,055


Diluted


57,099



60,055



57,041



60,400


 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(preliminary and unaudited)






(Amounts in thousands except share data)


October 1, 2017


March 31, 2017

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

50,998



$

45,075


Net receivables


502,610



450,715


Net inventories


508,835



562,795


Income tax receivable


15,255



25,658


Other current assets


25,333



25,604


Total current assets


1,103,031



1,109,847


Net property, plant, and equipment


270,711



272,346


Goodwill


721,121



857,631


Net intangible assets


683,737



708,530


Deferred charges and other non-current assets


31,666



28,393


Total assets


$

2,810,266



$

2,976,747


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt


$

32,000



$

32,000


Accounts payable


134,845



127,718


Accrued compensation


35,663



33,663


Federal excise tax


25,822



30,082


Other accrued liabilities


135,640



122,926


Total current liabilities


363,970



346,389


Long-term debt


1,012,941



1,089,252


Deferred income tax liabilities


132,664



160,765


Accrued pension and postemployment benefits


58,069



64,230


Other long-term liabilities


69,079



71,046


Total liabilities


1,636,723



1,731,682







Common stock—$.01 par value:





Authorized—500,000,000 shares





Issued and outstanding — 57,277,977 shares as of October 1, 2017 and 57,014,319
shares as of March 31, 2017


573



571


Additional paid-in capital


1,751,192



1,752,903


Accumulated deficit


(206,086)



(108,033)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(96,000)



(112,992)


Common stock in treasury, at cost — 6,686,462 shares held as of October 1, 2017 and
6,950,120 shares held as of March 31, 2017


(276,136)



(287,384)


Total stockholders' equity


1,173,543



1,245,065


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

2,810,266



$

2,976,747



 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(preliminary and unaudited)




Six months ended

(Amounts in thousands)


October 1,
2017


October 2,
2016

Operating Activities:





Net income (loss)


$

(98,053)



$

102,348


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





  Depreciation


27,503



26,993


  Amortization of intangible assets


18,253



20,393


  Goodwill and intangibles impairment


152,320




  Amortization of deferred financing costs


1,494



2,823


  Deferred income taxes


(29,425)



(11)


  Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment


83




Stock-based compensation


7,325



6,524


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





  Net receivables


(49,967)



(40,122)


  Net inventories


52,337



(73,717)


  Accounts payable


11,950



(47,574)


  Accrued compensation


(246)



(15,651)


  Accrued income taxes


12,028



(4,431)


  Federal excise tax


(4,335)



2,895


  Pension and other postretirement benefits


(3,840)



1,155


  Other assets and liabilities


11,737



28,558


Cash provided by operating activities


109,164



10,183


Investing Activities:





Capital expenditures


(31,189)



(31,117)


Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired




(458,149)


Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment


58



66


Cash used for investing activities


(31,131)



(489,200)


Financing Activities:





Borrowings on line of credit


210,000



290,000


Payments made on line of credit


(270,000)



(130,000)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt




307,500


Payments made on long-term debt


(16,000)



(16,000)


Payments made for debt issuance costs


(1,805)



(3,660)


Purchase of treasury shares




(64,961)


Deferred payments for acquisitions




(7,136)


Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans


4,237



75


Cash (used for) provided by financing activities


(73,568)



375,818


Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash


1,458



(218)


Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


5,923



(103,417)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


45,075



151,692


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

50,998



$

48,275


 

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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