Johnson Outdoors Reports Results for Fiscal Year 2023

RACINE, Wis., Dec. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology, today announced lower revenue and earnings for the fiscal year ending September 29, 2023. Fiscal 2023 sales fell 11 percent compared to the previous year, while operating profit decreased $54.6 million, or 82 percent, and net income fell $25.0 million, or 56 percent, over the prior fiscal year.

“The end of the elevated pandemic-driven demand of the past few years, combined with higher inventory levels at retail, resulted in lower sales and profits for our 2023 fiscal year. Our fiscal fourth quarter was particularly impacted by significantly slower demand,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Heading into fiscal 2024, we are working hard to outperform the challenging marketplace and improving our profitability profile. We’re excited about new innovation announced this year, including Minn Kota®’s new line of motors and Old Town®’s award-winning power-assisted pedal drive boat. We will continue to invest in innovation to keep our brands strong, and to maximize opportunities to enhance the long-term growth and profitability of all our businesses.”


  • Announced broad line of new, innovative products in Fishing
  • Received ICAST award for cutting-edge technology in Watercraft Recreation
  • Maintained debt-free balance sheet and strong cash position
  • Increased quarterly dividend to shareholders

Total Company revenue fell 11 percent to $663.8 million versus fiscal 2022 revenue of $743.4 million. Key factors in the year-over-year comparison were:

  • Fishing revenue decreased 6 percent as demand moderated to pre-pandemic levels
  • Diving sales increased 8 percent, comparing favorably to the prior fiscal year, due to strong performance in a recovering market
  • Camping decreased $25.0 million due primarily to a significant decline in demand as well as the sale of the Military and Commercial tents product lines in the fiscal second quarter
  • Watercraft Recreation sales decreased $27.2 million, reflecting significant reductions in the overall market demand

Total Company operating profit was $11.7 million in fiscal 2023, which compared unfavorably to operating profit of $66.3 million in the prior fiscal year due to the lower sales volumes and a $27.3 million increase in operating expenses. Deferred compensation expense increased $9.1 million as a result of marking plan assets to market and was entirely offset in Other Income. Additionally, higher warranty expense, investments in research and development costs, and higher marketing and professional services costs further drove the operating expense increase versus fiscal 2022.

Profit before income taxes was $25.8 million in fiscal 2023, compared to $58.9 million in fiscal 2022. Other Income improved by $17.8 million over the prior year due primarily to improved gains on deferred compensation plan assets (offset in operating expenses as noted above) and a $6.6 million gain on the sale of Military and Commercial Tents. Net income for the fiscal year fell to $19.5 million, or $1.90 per diluted share, a 56 percent decline versus $44.5 million, or $4.37 per diluted share, in the last fiscal year. The effective tax rate was 24.4 percent compared to the previous fiscal year’s rate of 24.4 percent.

Total Company net sales in the fiscal fourth quarter were $96.3 million, a $100.1 million decrease from the prior fiscal year fourth quarter’s sales of $196.4 million. Operating loss of $22.6 million in the current year fourth quarter declined from operating profit of $13.3 million in the prior year fourth quarter. Gross profit declined from the prior year quarter due to lower sales, increased inventory reserves, and unfavorable overhead absorption. Operating expenses decreased $4.3 million due primarily to a reduction in sales volume-driven expenses and lower incentive compensation expense. Loss before income taxes was $22.1 million in the current year quarter, compared to profit before income taxes of $11.8 million in the prior year fourth quarter. Net loss for the fourth quarter was $16.0 million compared to net income of $9.7 million in fiscal 2022.

The Company reported cash and investments of $152.6 million as of September 29, 2023, a $22.8 million increase from the prior year, with no debt on its balance sheet. Depreciation and amortization were $16.3 million compared to $14.2 million in fiscal 2022. Capital spending totaled $22.7 million in fiscal 2023 compared with $31.7 million in fiscal 2022. In September 2023, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a 3 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to shareholders of record as of October 13, 2023, which was payable on October 27, 2023.

“Heading into fiscal year 2024, we’re focused on carefully managing higher-than-normal inventories and improving profitability with a defined cost savings program in place and prudent expense management,” said David W. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer. “The balance sheet remains debt-free and our healthy cash position enables us to continue investing in strategic opportunities to strengthen the business and consistently pay dividends to shareholders.”

The Company will host a conference call and audio web cast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 8, 2023. A live listen-only web cast of the conference call may be accessed here. 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.

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(thousands, except per share amounts)    
Operating resultsSeptember 29, 2023September 30, 2022September 29, 2023September 30, 2022
Net sales$96,345 $196,389 $663,844 $743,355 
Cost of sales 67,959  127,782  419,757  472,023 
Gross profit 28,386  68,607  244,087  271,332 
Operating expenses 50,951  55,285  232,347  205,022 
Operating (loss) profit: (22,565) 13,322  11,740  66,310 
Interest income, net (1,699) (432) (4,391) (654)
Other (income) expense, net 1,246  1,909  (9,693) 8,076 
(Loss) profit before income taxes (22,112) 11,845  25,824  58,888 
Income tax (benefit) expense (6,105) 2,192  6,290  14,397 
Net (loss) income$(16,007)$9,653 $19,534 $44,491 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Dilutive 10,216  10,166  10,195  10,151 
Net (loss) income per common share - Diluted$(1.56)$0.95 $1.90 $4.37 
Segment Results    
Net sales:    
Fishing$62,085 $152,338 $492,927 $526,582 
Camping 8,326  13,575  45,322  70,355 
Watercraft Recreation 2,494  8,459  40,768  67,940 
Diving 23,475  21,988  85,069  78,874 
Other / Eliminations (35) 29  (242) (396)
Total$96,345 $196,389 $663,844 $743,355 
Operating profit (loss):    
Fishing$(10,033)$21,267 $41,325 $65,433 
Camping (4,406) 548  457  13,415 
Watercraft Recreation (3,414) (1,415) (1,777) 6,173 
Diving 1,902  631  6,092  4,705 
Other / Eliminations (6,614) (7,709) (34,357) (23,416)
Total$(22,565)$13,322 $11,740 $66,310 
Balance Sheet Information (End of Period)    
Cash, cash equivalents, and short term investments  $138,618 $129,803 
Accounts receivable, net   43,159  91,919 
Inventories, net   261,474  248,649 
Total current assets   458,656  480,316 
Long term investments   13,943   
Total assets   681,606  679,931 
Total current liabilities   104,006  114,713 
Total liabilities   181,869  191,917 
Shareholders’ equity   499,737  488,014 

Johnson Outdoors Inc. 
David JohnsonPatricia Penman
VP & Chief Financial OfficerVP – Marketing Services & Global Communications