American Outdoor Brands (AOBC) Tops Q3 EPS by 11c; Guides Q4 EPS Below View

March 2, 2017 4:06 PM

American Outdoor Brands (NASDAQ: AOBC) reported Q3 EPS of $0.66, $0.11 better than the analyst estimate of $0.55. Revenue for the quarter came in at $233.5 million versus the consensus estimate of $235.84 million.

The firm sees Q4 revenues of $200-$220 million and EPS of $0.32-$0.42, versus consensus of $196.37 million and $0.46.

James Debney, American Outdoor Brands Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Today we are pleased to report our third quarter results, which include a strategic acquisition in the rugged outdoor space, several new product introductions, revenue growth that was on target, and profitability that exceeded the high-end of our guidance range. Toward the end of the quarter, consumer firearm purchasing began to cool – a trend that underscores the importance of remaining focused on our strategy to continue growing and balancing our business across the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast markets. In our Firearms segment, we attended the SHOT Show in January where we launched our next generation, full size M&P M2.0 pistol, significantly strengthening our growing family of innovative polymer pistols. Higher year-over-year revenue in the Outdoor Products & Accessories segment was driven largely by our acquisitions of Taylor Brands, LLC, Crimson Trace Corporation, and UST, all of which occurred in the current fiscal year, combined with organic segment revenue growth of 4.8%. During the quarter, we hired Brian Murphy, an industry veteran, who will focus on increasing our presence in the rugged outdoor recreation market, in areas such as camping, hiking and fishing - all of which resonate strongly with many of our core firearms consumers and retailers."

"Lastly, during the quarter, we successfully rebranded our holding company as American Outdoor Brands Corporation, a name that better represents our strategic direction as we explore markets outside of our core firearms business. Overall, we remain committed to creating long-term shareholder value by innovating, preserving and selectively acquiring strong brands that best meet the needs and lifestyles of our valued customers," concluded Debney.

Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer, said, "During our third quarter, strong November results more than offset late-quarter declines in both NICS background checks and firearm product shipments. That late quarter shift in consumer demand patterns has since carried forward into our fiscal fourth quarter. Accordingly, we have updated our full year guidance."

"Operating cash flow during the quarter was $48.2 million and we invested $33.0 million in acquisitions and paid off the $25 million outstanding on our line of credit. We ended the quarter with cash of $54.3 million, outstanding long-term debt of $170.6 million, and no borrowings on our $350 million banking line of credit, which is expandable to $500 million. Our strong balance sheet provides us with opportunities to activate our unused $50 million stock buyback authorization, and to further diversify our company by investing in our future – both organically and through highly selective, strategic acquisitions," concluded Buchanan.

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