RACINE, Wis., July 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology, today reported lower sales and net income during the Company’s 2020 third fiscal quarter ending June 26, 2020, compared to the prior year quarter. Year-to-date revenue and net income also declined.

“As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the quarter. Strong momentum in Fishing, Watercraft Recreation and Camping in May and June could not offset the pandemic-related impact on operations in April. Stay-at-home mandates hit during the heart of our primary selling season, as many retailers were closed and consumers were restricted to essential-only activities. As those mandates eased, we began to see high demand and growing participation in Fishing, Camping and Watercraft Recreation, while travel restrictions continue to limit accessibility to Diving,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Going forward, our goal is to continue the positive momentum of our Fishing, Watercraft Recreation and Camping brands through the end of the year by leveraging the increased interest in outdoor activities to the fullest.”

At the beginning of the third quarter, the Company temporarily suspended operations at some locations. When production and shipments resumed in its North American operations on April 22, 2020, the Company began operating under strict procedures and protocols, consistent with CDC guidelines and public health safety directives for COVID-19, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  

Typically the third quarter is the primary selling season for our warm weather outdoor recreation products; however, due to COVID-19, customer inventory and replenishment and consumer sell-through patterns have shifted. Total Company net sales declined 21.5 percent to $138.4 million, versus $176.3 million in the prior year third quarter.

  • Strong demand in Fishing throughout May and June was not enough to offset the impact of COVID-19 in April, resulting in a 20 percent decline in sales.
  • New product innovation and positive market dynamics in Watercraft drove higher demand, leading to a 17 percent growth in revenue.
  • Retail closures and state and national park closures contributed to a 34 percent decline in Camping sales.
  • Diving, our most global business and the first to be affected by stay-at-home mandates, posted a 47 percent decline in revenue.

Total Company operating profit was $12.9 million for the third quarter compared to $28.0 million in the prior year third fiscal quarter, due primarily to lower sales volume. Gross margin of 45.2 percent was flat to the prior year quarter. Reduced efficiencies from COVID-19 shutdowns were offset by improved product mix and pricing.  Operating expense decreased $2.1 million compared to the prior year quarter, due to reduced sales volume-related costs  which were offset in part by a $2.1 million unfavorable impact year-over-year from valuation adjustments to the Company’s deferred compensation plan assets, which are totally offset in Other Income. Net income was $12.9 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, versus $22.1 million, or $2.19 per diluted share in the previous year’s third quarter.  

Fiscal 2020 year-to-date net sales declined six percent to $429.5 million compared to $458.4 million in last year’s first fiscal nine-month period. Total Company operating profit was $51.5 million compared to $61.9 million in the prior fiscal year-to-date period.  Gross margin was 44.5 percent in the current year-to-date period, and operating expenses declined $1.5 million year-over-year. Net income during the first fiscal nine months was $39.7 million, or $3.93 per diluted share, versus $47.5 million, or $4.72 per diluted share, in the prior fiscal year-to-date period. The Company’s effective tax rate decreased slightly year-over-year to 24.4 percent. 

The Company reported cash and short-term investments of $181.4 million as of June 26, 2020, versus $149.0 million on June 28, 2019. Depreciation and amortization were $11.5 million compared to $10.4 million in the previous year’s quarter. Capital spending totaled $11.4 million in the first fiscal nine months compared with $12.0 million in the prior year-to-date period. In May 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders of record as of July 9, 2020, which was payable on July 23, 2020.

“During the quarter, where appropriate, we reduced expenses; however, at this time, the challenge is keeping pace with demand, with a focus on ending the year strong,” said David W. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer. “Our debt-free balance sheet and our healthy cash position will be beneficial as we continue to work through challenges ahead and make smart investments to strengthen the business and drive value for our shareholders.”

Johnson Outdoors innovation continues to capture awards and generate excitement at ICAST, the world’s most prestigious fishing show, winning its third “Best of Show” award in the last five years. The new Old Town® Sportsman Autopilot™ won the coveted 2020 “Best of Show” honors, as well as this year’s “Best Boats and Watercraft” award. The Sportsman Autopilot, part of Old Town’s new pioneering line of power, pedal and paddle fishing kayaks, utilizes a GPS-enabled Minn Kota® trolling motor to propel, maneuver, and "anchor" the kayak with its unique Spot-Lock™ Technology.

Johnson Outdoors fishing brands continue to dominate their respective categories at ICAST. The Humminbird® CoastMaster™ won “Best Electronics” honors, resulting in nine ICAST “Best of Electronics” awards in the last ten years. CoastMaster arms saltwater anglers with the very latest information to identify the most productive fishing areas in any U.S. coastal waters and allows anglers to navigate these areas safely and with confidence. The Minn Kota® Raptor™ Shallow Water Anchor grabbed “Best Boating Accessory” honors. Minn Kota’s new Raptor debuts two industry-first technologies: Active Anchoring™, which monitors anchoring force and adjusts to stay pinned to the bottom, and Auto-Bottom Mode™, which automatically detects bottom hardness to determine the right amount of anchoring force.

The Company will host a conference call and audio web cast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, July 31, 2020.  A live listen-only web cast of the conference call may be accessed at Johnson Outdoors’ home page. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days on the Internet.

About Johnson Outdoors Inc.

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technologies that inspire more people to experience the awe of the great outdoors. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft Recreation, Fishing, Diving and Camping.  Johnson Outdoors' iconic brands include: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak™; Carlisle® paddles; Minn Kota® fishing motors, batteries and anchors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® marine electronics and charts; SCUBAPRO® dive equipment; Jetboil® outdoor cooking systems; and, Eureka!®camping and hiking equipment. 

Visit Johnson Outdoors at http://www.johnsonoutdoors.com

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(thousands, except per share amounts) 
Operating ResultsJune 26

 June 28

 June 28

 June 28

Net sales$138,390 $176,253 $429,528 $458,400 
Cost of sales 75,828  96,528  238,222  255,227 
Gross profit 62,562  79,725  191,306  203,173 
Operating expenses 49,633  51,696  139,782  141,322 
Operating profit: 12,929  28,029  51,524  61,851 
Interest (income) expense, net (135) (370) (1,204) (1,154)
Other (income) expense, net (2,493) (493) 205  (238)
Income before income taxes 15,557  28,892  52,523  63,243 
Income tax expense 2,688  6,826  12,837  15,733 
Net income$12,869 $22,066 $39,686 $47,510 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Dilutive 10,074  10,037  10,055  10,021 
Net income per common share - Diluted$1.27 $2.19 $3.93 $4.72 

Segment Results
Net sales:    
Fishing$102,741 $128,196 $335,974 $345,222 
Camping 9,665  14,728  26,028  30,077 
Watercraft Recreation 15,267  13,010  26,140  27,186 
Diving 10,696  20,243  41,416  55,866 
Other/eliminations 21  76  (30) 49 
Total$138,390 $176,253 $429,528 $458,400 
Operating profit (loss):    
Fishing$23,273 $29,672 $71,208 $75,684 
Camping 828  2,315  1,603  2,048 
Watercraft Recreation 1,181  380  (2,021) (1,628)
Diving (2,595) 1,440  (3,202) 2,156 
Other/eliminations (9,758) (5,778) (16,064) (16,409)
Total$12,929 $28,029 $51,524 $61,851 
Balance Sheet Information (End of Period)    
Cash, cash equivalents and short term investments  $181,445 $148,968 
Accounts receivable, net   82,577  82,860 
Inventories, net   94,218  95,833 
Total current assets   365,881  333,180 
Total assets   517,609  445,558 
Total current liabilities   98,799  97,004 
Shareholders’ equity   361,534  322,972 

At Johnson Outdoors Inc 
David Johnson
VP & Chief Financial Officer
Patricia Penman
VP – marketing services & global communications