Columbia Sportswear Company Reports Record Sales and Earnings; 2016 Net Income up 10 Percent on 2 Percent Sales Growth; Initial 2017 Outlook Anticipates up to 4 Percent Earnings Growth on 4 Percent Sa

February 9, 2017 4:07 PM

4th Quarter 2016 Highlights:

Fiscal Year 2016 Highlights:

Fiscal Year 2017 Outlook Highlights:

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM) today announced record fourth quarter net sales of $717.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, a 3 percent increase (2 percent constant-currency) compared with net sales of $699.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 operating income increased 22 percent to a fourth quarter record $100.4 million. Fourth quarter 2016 net income increased 34 percent to a fourth quarter record $84.7 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, compared with fourth quarter 2015 net income of $63.4 million, or $0.90 per diluted share.

Full year 2016 net sales increased 2 percent (2 percent constant-currency), to a record $2.38 billion. Operating income increased 3 percent to a record $256.5 million, representing operating margin of 10.8 percent compared with operating margin of 10.7 percent in 2015. Full year 2016 net income increased 10 percent to a record $191.9 million, or $2.72 per diluted share, compared with full year 2015 net income of $174.3 million, or $2.45 per diluted share.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Boyle commented, "We are very proud of our fourth quarter and full year 2016 performance against a challenging backdrop in many of our largest markets. Record net sales, record gross margins, record operating income, expanded operating margin, and record net income reflect our powerful brand portfolio, robust operational platforms and disciplined prioritization of investments.

"We are particularly encouraged by the strong results we achieved in our Europe-direct markets, completing a second consecutive year of mid-20 percent constant-currency sales growth and returning that business to profitability after several challenging years. We also grew in the U.S., despite significant headwinds from customer bankruptcies, changing consumer shopping behavior, unseasonably warm weather, and cautious wholesale customers."

Boyle concluded, "Our 2017 outlook anticipates up to 4 percent earnings growth on 4 percent net sales growth, driven by contributions from three of our four brands and all four of our geographic regions. As part of our focus on relentless improvement, the senior management team and I are engaging a leading consulting firm to assist us in performing a thorough assessment of our operating model. Our goal is to ensure that our business is aligned and organized to successfully execute our strategic plan. We remain confident in our ability to continue to drive sustainable profitable growth through our powerful brand portfolio."

Fourth Quarter Results

(All comparisons are between fourth quarter 2016 and fourth quarter 2015, unless otherwise noted.)

Net Sales

Fourth quarter consolidated net sales growth of 3 percent (2 percent constant-currency) was driven by:

partially offset by:

Global Columbia brand net sales increased 4 percent to $552.3 million. Global SOREL brand net sales decreased 1 percent (2 percent constant-currency) to $103.8 million. Global prAna brand net sales increased 2 percent to $28.2 million, and global Mountain Hardwear brand net sales decreased 11 percent (12 percent constant-currency) to $31.3 million. (See "Brand Net Sales" table below.)

Global Apparel, Accessories & Equipment net sales increased 4 percent to $535.8 million, and Footwear net sales decreased 1 percent (2 percent constant-currency) to $181.6 million. (See "Categorical Net Sales" table below.)

Profitability

Fourth quarter operating income increased 22 percent to a fourth quarter record $100.4 million, or 14 percent of net sales, compared to $82.3 million, or 11.8 percent of net sales, for the same period in 2015.

Fourth quarter net income increased 33.7 percent to a fourth quarter record $84.7 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, compared to $63.4 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, for the same period in 2015.

Fiscal Year 2016 Results

(All comparisons are between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2015, unless otherwise noted.)

Net Sales

Consolidated 2016 net sales increased 2 percent to a record $2.38 billion, compared with 2015 net sales of $2.33 billion.

Consolidated 2016 net sales growth of 2 percent included:

partially offset by:

Global Columbia brand net sales increased 2 percent (3 percent constant-currency) to $1.91 billion. Global SOREL brand net sales increased 2 percent (1 percent constant-currency) to $213.0 million. Global prAna brand net sales increased 12 percent to $139.9 million. Global Mountain Hardwear brand net sales declined 11 percent (10 percent constant-currency) to $104.0 million. (See "Brand Net Sales" table below.)

Global Apparel, Accessories & Equipment net sales increased 2 percent (3 percent constant-currency) to $1.87 billion. Global Footwear net sales increased 1 percent to $511.6 million. (See "Categorical Net Sales" table below.)

Profitability

Full year 2016 operating income increased 3 percent to a record $256.5 million, or 10.8 percent of net sales, compared with full year 2015 operating income of $249.7 million, or 10.7 percent of net sales.

Full year 2016 net income increased 10 percent to a record $191.9 million, or $2.72 per diluted share, including an unfavorable impact of approximately $(0.24) per diluted share resulting from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. This currency impact primarily consists of lower gross margins within many of our foreign subsidiaries as a result of increased local currency costs of inventory purchased in U.S. dollars. Full year 2015 net income totaled $174.3 million, or $2.45 per diluted share.

Balance Sheet, Cash Flow and Share Repurchase Activity

During the year ended December 31, 2016, the company generated a record $275.2 million in operating cash flow, invested $50.0 million in capital expenditures and paid dividends of $48.1 million.

At December 31, 2016, cash and short term investments totaled $551.9 million, of which approximately 49 percent was held in foreign jurisdictions from which a repatriation of those funds to the United States would likely result in a significant tax cost to the company.

Consolidated inventories increased 3 percent to $488.0 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $473.6 million balance at December 31, 2015, consisting primarily of current Fall 2016 styles, partially offset by later receipt of Spring 2017 production.

As of December 31, 2016, approximately $173.5 million remained available under the current repurchase authorization, which does not obligate the company to acquire any specific number of shares or to acquire shares over any specified period of time.

Dividend

The board of directors authorized a regular quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share, payable on March 22, 2017 to shareholders of record on March 9, 2017.

2017 Financial Outlook

All projections related to anticipated future results are forward-looking in nature and are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ, perhaps materially. Projections are predicated on normal seasonal weather globally. In addition, our 2017 outlook assumes that current macro and market conditions in key markets do not worsen and that current U.S. regulatory and tax policies remain largely unaltered for the balance of the year.

The company's annual net sales are weighted more heavily toward the Fall season, while operating expenses are more equally distributed throughout the year, resulting in a highly seasonal profitability pattern weighted toward the second half of the fiscal year.

The company's U.S. direct-to-consumer channel is expected to account for a majority of the projected full year 2017 global net sales increase. In addition, the company's anticipated growth in full year 2017 operating income and net income is expected to occur in the second half.

The company currently expects 2017 net sales growth of approximately 4 percent compared with 2016 net sales of $2.38 billion, including approximately 1 percentage point negative effect from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

The company expects fiscal year 2017 gross margins to improve by approximately 25 basis points, and for selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses to increase at a rate slightly faster than net sales, resulting in approximately 20 basis points of SG&A expense deleverage, including a planned increase in global demand creation spend from 5.0 percent of sales in 2016.

Based on the above assumptions, the company expects operating income to increase up to 5 percent, to between $260 million and $270 million, resulting in anticipated 2017 operating margin of up to 10.9 percent. Net income after non-controlling interest is expected to be between approximately $192 million and $200 million, or approximately $2.72 to $2.82 per diluted share.

A more detailed version of the company’s fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results and 2017 outlook can be found in the "CFO Commentary on Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results and 2017 Financial Outlook", available on the company’s investor relations website: http://investor.columbia.com/results.cfm.

CFO’s Commentary on Fourth Quarter/FY2016 Results and 2017 Outlook Available Online

At approximately 4:15 p.m. ET today, a commentary by Tom Cusick, executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer, reviewing the company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results and 2017 outlook will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on the company's website at http://investor.columbia.com/results.cfm. Analysts and investors are encouraged to review this commentary prior to participating in the conference call.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET to review its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results and 2017 outlook. Dial 877-407-9205 to participate. The call will also be webcast live on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://investor.columbia.com where it will remain available until approximately February 8, 2018.

First Quarter 2017 Reporting Schedule

Columbia Sportswear plans to report financial results for first quarter 2017 and its updated fiscal year 2017 financial outlook on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET. Following issuance of the earnings release, a commentary reviewing the company’s first quarter financial results and updated fiscal year 2017 financial outlook will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on the investor relations section of the company's website at http://investor.columbia.com/results.cfm. A public webcast of Columbia’s earnings conference call will follow at 5:00 p.m. ET at www.columbia.com.

Supplemental Constant-Currency Financial Information

The company reports its financial information in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). To supplement financial information reported in accordance with GAAP, the company discloses constant-currency net sales information, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, to provide a framework to assess how the business performed excluding the effects of changes in the exchange rates used to translate net sales generated in foreign currencies into U.S. dollars. The company calculates constant-currency net sales by translating net sales in foreign currencies for the current period into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates that were in effect during the comparable period of the prior year. Management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure reflects an additional and useful way of viewing an aspect of our operations that, when viewed in conjunction with our GAAP results, provides a more comprehensive understanding of our business and operations. In particular, investors may find the non-GAAP measures useful by reviewing our net sales results without the volatility in foreign currency exchange rates. This non-GAAP financial measure also facilitates management's internal comparisons to our historical net sales results and comparisons to competitors' net sales results. Constant-currency financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of or superior to, our financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The company provides a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. (See "Supplemental Financial Information - Constant-currency Basis" tables below.) The constant-currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

About Columbia Sportswear Company

Columbia Sportswear Company has assembled a portfolio of brands for active lives, making it a leader in the global active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industry. Founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, the company's brands are today sold in approximately 100 countries. In addition to the Columbia® brand, Columbia Sportswear Company also owns the Mountain Hardwear®, SOREL®, prAna®, and OutDry® brands. To learn more, please visit the company's websites at www.columbia.com, www.mountainhardwear.com, www.SOREL.com, www.prana.com, and www.outdry.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements regarding anticipated results, net sales and net sales growth, gross margins, operating expenses, operating income, operating margins, net income, selling, general and administrative expenses, income tax rates, earnings per share, the effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, growth in certain brands and geographic regions, and the performance of our U.S. direct-to-consumer channel. Forward-looking statements often use words such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "should" and "may" and other words and terms of similar meaning or reference future dates. The company's expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith and are believed to have a reasonable basis; however, each forward-looking statement involves a number of risks and uncertainties, including those set forth in this document, those described in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q under the heading "Risk Factors," and those that have been or may be described in other reports filed by the company, including reports on Form 8-K. Potential risks and uncertainties that may affect our future revenues, earnings and performance and could cause the actual results of operations or financial condition of the company to differ materially from the anticipated results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements in this document include: loss of key customer accounts; our ability to effectively implement IT infrastructure and business process initiatives and to maintain the strength and security of our IT systems; the effects of unseasonable weather, including global climate change; trends affecting consumer traffic and spending in direct-to-consumer channels; our ability to implement our growth strategy; unfavorable economic conditions generally, the financial health of our customers and changes in the level of consumer spending, apparel preferences and fashion trends; changes in international, federal or state tax, labor and other laws and regulations that affect our business, including changes in corporate tax rates or increasing wage rates; volatility in global production and transportation costs and capacity; risks inherent in doing business in foreign markets, including fluctuations in currency exchange rates; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks associated with our joint venture; higher than expected rates of order cancellations; increased consolidation of our wholesale customers; our ability to effectively source and deliver our products to customers in a timely manner; our dependence on independent manufacturers and suppliers and our ability to source finished products and components at competitive prices from them; the effectiveness of our sales and marketing efforts; intense competition in the industry; business disruptions and acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks or military activities around the globe; our ability to establish and protect our intellectual property; the seasonality of our business; and our ability to develop innovative products. The company cautions that forward-looking statements are inherently less reliable than historical information. The company does not undertake any duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this document to conform them to actual results or to reflect changes in events, circumstances or its expectations. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the company to predict or assess the impact of all such factors or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
December 31,
2016 2015
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 551,389 $ 369,770
Short-term investments 472 629
Accounts receivable, net 333,678 371,953
Inventories 487,997 473,637
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 38,487 33,400
Total current assets 1,412,023 1,249,389
Property, plant, and equipment, net 279,650 291,687
Intangible assets, net 133,438 138,584
Goodwill 68,594 68,594
Deferred income taxes 92,494 76,181
Other non-current assets 27,695 21,718
Total assets $ 2,013,894 $ 1,846,153
Current Liabilities:
Short-term borrowings $ - $ 1,940
Accounts payable 215,048 217,230
Accrued liabilities 142,158 141,862
Income taxes payable 5,645 5,038
Total current liabilities 362,851 366,070
Note payable to related party 14,053 15,030
Other long-term liabilities 42,622 40,172
Income taxes payable 12,710 8,839
Deferred income taxes 147 229
Total liabilities 432,383 430,340
Equity:
Columbia Sportswear Company shareholders' equity 1,560,820 1,399,800
Non-controlling interest 20,691 16,013
Total equity 1,581,511 1,415,813
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,013,894 $ 1,846,153
COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net sales $ 717,450 $ 699,414 $ 2,377,045 $ 2,326,180
Cost of sales 379,775 382,466 1,266,697 1,252,680
Gross profit 337,675 316,948 1,110,348 1,073,500
47.1 % 45.3 % 46.7 % 46.1 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 241,241 237,188 864,084 831,971
Net licensing income 3,965 2,533 10,244 8,192
Income from operations 100,399 82,293 256,508 249,721
Interest income, net 427 272 2,003 1,531
Interest expense on note payable to related party (262 ) (273 ) (1,041 ) (1,099 )
Other non-operating expense 164 453 (572 ) (2,834 )
Income before income tax 100,728 82,745 256,898 247,319
Income tax expense (15,162 ) (17,949 ) (58,459 ) (67,468 )
Net income 85,566 64,796 198,439 179,851
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest 851 1,446 6,541 5,514
Net income attributable to Columbia Sportswear Company $ 84,715 $ 63,350 $ 191,898 $ 174,337
Earnings per share attributable to Columbia Sportswear Company:
Basic $ 1.21 $ 0.91 $ 2.75 $ 2.48
Diluted 1.20 0.90 2.72 2.45
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 69,835 69,884 69,683 70,162
Diluted 70,725 70,616 70,632 71,064
COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 198,439 $ 179,851
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 60,016 56,521
Loss on disposal and impairment of property, plant, and equipment 4,805 5,098
Deferred income taxes (19,178 ) (11,709 )
Stock-based compensation 10,986 11,672
Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans - (7,873 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 36,710 (40,419 )
Inventories (18,777 ) (103,296 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (5,452 ) 4,411
Other assets (5,948 ) (2,524 )
Accounts payable 1,483 11,418
Accrued liabilities 4,847 (2,017 )
Income taxes payable 4,768 (10,994 )
Other liabilities 2,468 4,966
Net cash used in operating activities 275,167 95,105
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of short-term investments (21,263 ) (38,208 )
Sales of short-term investments 21,263 64,980
Capital expenditures (49,987 ) (69,917 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment 97 144
Net cash used in investing activities (49,890 ) (43,001 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from credit facilities 62,885 53,429
Repayments on credit facilities (64,825 ) (51,479 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock plans 13,167 17,442
Tax payments related to restricted stock unit issuances (5,117 ) (4,895 )
Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans - 7,873
Repurchase of common stock (11 ) (70,068 )
Cash dividends paid (48,122 ) (43,547 )
Net cash used in financing activities (42,023 ) (91,245 )
Net effect of exchange rate changes on cash (1,635 ) (4,647 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 181,619 (43,788 )

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

369,770 413,558
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 551,389 $ 369,770
Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:
Capital expenditures incurred but not yet paid $ 2,710 $ 4,698
COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY
Supplemental Financial Information
Net Sales Growth - Constant-currency Basis
(In millions, except percentage changes)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31,
Adjust for Constant- Constant-
Reported Foreign currency Reported Reported currency

Net Sales

Currency

Net Sales Net Sales Net Sales Net Sales
2016 Translation

2016(1)

2015 % Change

% Change(1)

Geographical Net Sales:
United States $ 455.4 $ $ 455.4 $ 446.2 2 % 2 %
LAAP 151.9 (3.9 ) 148.0 149.7 1 % (1 )%
EMEA 70.1 70.1 58.2 20 % 20 %
Canada 40.0 0.1 40.1 45.3 (12 )% (11 )%
Total $ 717.4 $ (3.8 ) $ 713.6 $ 699.4 3 % 2 %
Brand Net Sales:
Columbia $ 552.3 $ (2.4 ) $ 549.9 $ 528.9 4 % 4 %
SOREL 103.8 (1.0 ) 102.8 105.3 (1 )% (2 )%
prAna 28.2 28.2 27.7 2 % 2 %
Mountain Hardwear 31.3 (0.4 ) 30.9 35.2 (11 )% (12 )%
Other 1.8 1.8 2.3 (22 )% (22 )%
Total $ 717.4 $ (3.8 ) $ 713.6 $ 699.4 3 % 2 %
Categorical Net Sales:
Apparel, Accessories and Equipment $ 535.8 $ (2.1 ) $ 533.7 $ 515.6 4 % 4 %
Footwear 181.6 (1.7 ) 179.9 183.8 (1 )% (2 )%
Total $ 717.4 $ (3.8 ) $ 713.6 $ 699.4 3 % 2 %
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
Adjust for Constant- Constant-
Reported Foreign currency Reported Reported currency
Net Sales Currency Net Sales Net Sales Net Sales Net Sales
2016 Translation

2016(1)

2015 % Change % Change(1)
Geographical Net Sales:
United States $ 1,505.2 $ $ 1,505.2 $ 1,455.2 3 % 3 %
LAAP 453.7 (3.6 ) 450.1 469.2 (3 )% (4 )%
EMEA 253.5 2.4 255.9 233.2 9 % 10 %
Canada 164.6 5.7 170.3 168.6 (2 )% 1 %
Total $ 2,377.0 $ 4.5 $ 2,381.5 $ 2,326.2 2 % 2 %
Brand Net Sales:
Columbia $ 1,910.1 $ 5.3 $ 1,915.4 $ 1,864.7 2 % 3 %
SOREL 213.0 (0.8 ) 212.2 209.2 2 % 1 %
prAna 139.9 139.9 125.3 12 % 12 %
Mountain Hardwear 104.0 0.1 104.1 116.3 (11 )% (10 )%
Other 10.0 (0.1 ) 9.9 10.7 (7 )% (7 )%
Total $ 2,377.0 $ 4.5 $ 2,381.5 $ 2,326.2 2 % 2 %
Categorical Net Sales:
Apparel, Accessories and Equipment $ 1,865.4 $ 4.1 $ 1,869.5 $ 1,821.2 2 % 3 %
Footwear 511.6 0.4 512.0 505.0 1 % 1 %
Total $ 2,377.0 $ 4.5 $ 2,381.5 $ 2,326.2 2 % 2 %
(1) Constant-currency net sales information is a non-GAAP financial measure, which excludes the effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates against the U.S. dollar between comparable reporting periods. The Company calculates constant-currency net sales by translating net sales in foreign currencies for the current period into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates that were in effect during the comparable period of the prior year.

Columbia Sportswear Company

Ron Parham, 503-985-4584

Sr. Director of Investor Relations

& Corporate Communications

rparham@columbia.com

Source: Columbia Sportswear Company

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