Company Reports Earnings Per Diluted Share of $0.49 and Record Third Quarter Revenue of $295.6 million
NIWOT, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Crocs Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) reported today financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Revenue for the third quarter of 2012 increased 7.5% to $295.6 million compared with revenue of $274.9 million reported in the third quarter of 2011. Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $45.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared with net income of $30.2 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011.
“We saw exceptional growth in third quarter of 2012 pre-books as our wholesale customers accelerated their order books to secure sourcing for spring summer deliveries of our hottest new products for 2013, which include the huarache, molded boat shoes, and our women’s wedge line.”
From a channel perspective, wholesale sales increased 1.5% to $156.2 million compared with sales of $154.0 million in the third quarter of 2011. Internet sales increased 6.0% to $27.1 million compared with sales of $25.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. Retail sales increased 17.7% to $112.2 million compared with sales of $95.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. The company ended the quarter with 499 retail store locations compared with 410 locations a year ago. Global same store sales for the third quarter of 2012 increased 1.0% on a currency neutral basis, as the Americas increased 5.5%, Europe increased 0.9%, and Asia declined 6.3%.
Sales growth during the quarter was driven by strength in the Americas and Asia. Geographically, revenue increased 7.4% for the Americas, 11.3% for Asia and decreased 2.9% for Europe. On a constant currency basis, revenue increased 8.6% for the Americas, 13.0% for Asia, 7.3% for Europe, and 10.3% globally.
“Our revenue growth during the third quarter reflects the benefit of balanced distribution channels globally. Our direct to consumer channel in the Americas increased 12% on year-over-year basis, highlighted by a mid single digit same store sales gain, and our expanded presence in Asia resulted in a direct to consumer sales increase of 17% in that region,” said John McCarvel, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our Americas and Asia performance helped to more than offset weakness in the European market, where challenging macroeconomic conditions and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations continue to pressure our results. At the same time, we haven’t been fully immune to some of the recent choppiness in Asia, particularly in Japan, where consumer demand slowed as the third quarter progressed. Despite the economic headwinds we faced during quarter, we continued to grow the business and make strategic progress toward our long-term goal of evolving Crocs into a four-season brand. For the spring summer 2013 season our wholesale pre-books have been strong. We are excited about the prospects for 2013 as enthusiasm for our products continues to grow and our opportunities globally expand.”
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2012 increased 9.2% to $160.7 million, or 54.4% as a percentage of sales, from $147.2 million, or 53.5% as a percentage of sales in the same period last year. Selling, General, & Administrative expenses (SG&A) increased 8.1% to $120.7 million versus $111.7 million a year ago. As a percentage of sales, SG&A was 40.8% compared with 40.6% in the third quarter of 2011.
Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2012 increased 41.8% to $312.6 million compared to $220.4 million at September 30, 2011. Inventories at September 30, 2012 were $187.5 million, up 24.1% compared to inventories at September 30, 2011 of $151.1 million. Inventory levels during the third quarter of 2012 were partially driven by the 22% increase in retail store locations in the quarter and the need for additional inventory for the 35 to 40 new store openings planned for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Backlog at September 30, 2012 increased 33.2% to $395.4 million compared with backlog of $296.8 million at September 30, 2011. John McCarvel continued “We saw exceptional growth in third quarter of 2012 pre-books as our wholesale customers accelerated their order books to secure sourcing for spring summer deliveries of our hottest new products for 2013, which include the huarache, molded boat shoes, and our women’s wedge line.”
For the quarter, the company recorded a non-recurring tax benefit of $11.4 million due to a reversal of certain tax provisions and the release of certain valuation allowances associated with deferred tax assets.
For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company expects break-even diluted earnings per share on revenue of $220 million.
Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss Crocs’ 2012 third quarter financial results is scheduled for today (October 24, 2012) at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. A webcast of the call will take place simultaneously and can be accessed by clicking the ‘Investor Relations’ link under the Company section on www.crocs.com or at www.earnings.com. To listen to the broadcast, your computer must have Windows Media Player installed. If you do not have Windows Media Player, go to www.earnings.com prior to the call, where you can download the software for free.
About Crocs, Inc.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, Crocs, Inc. is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children. Crocs offers several distinct shoe collections with more than 300 four-season footwear styles. All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs fans know and love. Crocs fans “Get Crocs Inside” every pair of shoes, from the iconic clog to new sneakers, sandals, boots and heels. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 200 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world. The brand celebrated reaching $1 billion in annual sales in 2011.
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