Skechers USA (SKX) Tops Q4 EPS by 4c, Revenues Beat

February 4, 2021 4:09 PM EST

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Skechers USA (NYSE: SKX) reported Q4 EPS of $0.34, $0.04 better than the analyst estimate of $0.30. Revenue for the quarter came in at $1.32 billion versus the consensus estimate of $1.31 billion.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Sales of $1.32 billion, a decrease of 0.5% year-over-year
  • Domestic Wholesale sales grew 1.2% year-over-year
  • China sales grew 29.7% year-over-year
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.34, including a one-time tax benefit of $0.10 per share
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $1.37 billion at quarter-end

“For Skechers, 2020 began with positive momentum following a year of record sales, but the global pandemic put us to the test. This past year, we were forced to act and react faster and continue to do so given the on-going health crisis. In the fourth quarter, we nearly drove our sales to a new fourth quarter record,” began Robert Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of Skechers. “Our consumers want comfort and familiarity, especially those working from home and essential workers. We are a natural and trusted choice as comfort is the cornerstone of our product. The enhanced comfort and technology features offered within our athletic and casual footwear, including the boot and work collections delivered what consumers needed. We have a history of delivering quality and value, and athletic lifestyle footwear is one of our leading product categories. In the fourth quarter, we also expanded efforts to communicate our comfort messaging across numerous digital channels as well as through more traditional advertising methods. Remaining authentic was paramount in 2020, but the challenges we faced last year and are still facing in 2021, have created an even more agile and focused company—one with products that will remain in-demand during the ongoing crisis and beyond."

“In the face of the continuing global pandemic, Skechers experienced sales down only half a percent from the record fourth quarter sales of 2019, a significant accomplishment during this challenging time and a testament to the strength and relevance of our brand,” stated David Weinberg, Chief Operating Officer of Skechers. “Skechers has always been quick to market and able to pivot. We effectively managed the flow of our inventory to open markets, fulfilling demand as we delivered must-have products to consumers. We saw our athletic lifestyle, walking and work footwear products for men and women drive Domestic Wholesale growth. Our International Wholesale business achieved 2.5% sales growth led by a 29.7% increase in China, as well as double-digit increases in Chile, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain, among others. Though our Direct-to-Consumer sales decreased 6.4%, primarily due to the temporary closures and reduced operating hours of stores, we experienced triple-digit growth in our domestic e-commerce sales. New Skechers stores opened in select domestic and international markets, including our first dedicated golf store, located at the premier Mission Hills resort in China. While we understand the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will not be quick and many regions are still being impacted, Skechers remains a desired brand. As we plan for future success, we continue to invest in our long-term growth potential, including improving our supply chain in the United States, Asia and Europe and other select markets, scaling innovation within our operations, and further enhancing our digital capabilities with the planned roll out of e-commerce platforms around the world.”

“2020 was an extremely challenging year and the fourth quarter was no exception. Multiple markets experienced temporary store closures and significantly restricted operating environments; a situation we expect to continue through the first half of 2021. Despite this, the Skechers brand continued to perform exceptionally well with strong sell through and gross margins, and the Skechers organization continued to manage effectively for today while also investing for the future,” stated, John Vandemore, Chief Financial Officer. “We believe that the strength of our financial position, the prudent investments in our infrastructure around the globe, and the focus on enhancing our digital capabilities, will position Skechers for meaningful long-term growth and shareholder value creation.”

Outlook

The Company is not providing further financial guidance at this time given the ongoing business disruption and substantial uncertainty surrounding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business globally.

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