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Skechers Announces Record First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Record Quarterly Sales of $978.8 Million, an Increase of 27.4 Percent

Record Quarterly Earnings from Operations of $138.6 Million

Record Quarterly Net Earnings of $97.6 Million

Record Quarterly Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.63

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA. April 21, 2016 SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a global footwear leader and the second largest footwear brand in the United States, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First quarter 2016 net sales were $978.8 million compared to $768.0 million in the first quarter of 2015, an increa se of 27.4 percent. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2016 was $432.2 million, or 44.2 percent of net sales, compared to $332.5 million, or 43.3 percent of net sales in the first quarter of 2015. Earnings from operations for the first quarter of 2016 were $138.6 million, or 14.2 percent of net sales, compared to net earnings from operations of $88.2 million, or 11.5 percent of net sales, for the first quarter of 2015.

At no other time in the Companys history have we been stronger across our many product categories, marketing initiatives and multiple distribution channels. The growing demand for our brand has resulted in record revenues of $978.8 million and earnings from operations of $138.6 million for the first quarter of 2016, began David Weinberg, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. These significant achievements are primarily the result of a 47.1 percent increase in our international wholesale business over the first quarter 2015, and a shift forward of some domestic and international orders into the first quarter due to the Easter timing. In addition, domestic wholesale sales increased 12.1 percent and our Company-owned retail sales increased by 23.2 percent with a 9.8 percent comp store sales increase over the prior year period. For the first time ever, our international business has grown to be our largest segmentwith international wholesale representing 42.9 percent and international wholesale and retail representing 47.7 percent of our total sales. To meet the increased demand, we are investing in our infrastructure, including improved efficiencies in our European Distribution Center, which allowed us to achieve a record three million pairs shipped in a month during February. With the completion of our European Distribution Center expansion to one million square feet in the second quarter of 2016, and with the automation to be fully completed later this year, we expect to be even more efficient in our largest market outside of the United States.

Net earnings in the first quarter of 2016 were $97.6 million compared to net earnings of $56.1 million for the first quarter of 2015. Net earnings per diluted share in the first quarter 2016 increased 72.5 percent to $0.63 based on 154.8 million weighted average shares outstanding compared to a diluted net earnings per share of $0.37 based on 153.4 million weighted average shares outstanding for the same period in the prior year.

Robert Greenberg, SKECHERS chief executive officer, commented: 2016 marks Skechers 24

year in business and we couldnt be more pleased to start 2016 with record quarterly revenues just shy of the billion dollar mark. By remaining focused on our product, building on our proven sellerslike our colorful and comfortable Skechers Sport collection and our vast array of Skechers GOwalk footwearand introducing new designs, including a retro sport line that global singing sensation Meghan Trainor is wearing in her new Skechers campaign, we continue to innovate and further develop our global brand. The sales growth that we achieved in the first quarter in the United States is due to our expanding product range that appeals both to our loyal shoppers and a widening demographic, including tweens and teens, as well as those that first wore our product in 1992. This is due to our advertisingwhich features young superstars like Meghan and Demi Lovato, as well as icons such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Ringo Starr and now Howie Long. Our consumer base also includes serious athletes who have embraced our technical product thanks in part to the recognition were receiving with our elite runner Meb in the running for an Olympic medal, a team of top ranked golfers, and the title sponsorship of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. With a strong sales increase in the first quarter driven by substantial growth across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and closer to home in Canada and Chile, we see our international business as being a key driver of our continued growth as we deliver a broader assortment of our footwear for men, women and kids, expand into new accounts, and open more international Skechers retail stores. In the first quarter, together with our international partners, we opened 87 Skechers retail stores, bringing the total to 1,397; with the opening of 17 stores in the second quarter already, we now have 1,414 Skechers stores, of which 1,017 are in international markets. Given our significant momentum and current product in the pipeline, we believe our success will continue throughout the year.

Mr. Weinberg added: Last years second quarter was extremely strong as shipments were pushed from the first quarter into the second quarter of 2015, while this year shipments were pulled from the second quarter into the first quarter. We believe this was in part due to our European business strengthening and China increasing its wholesale distribution strategy through a franchise store model, both of which concentrated volume into the first quarter. Total inventories, which decreased $118.4 million or 19.1 percent from December 31, 2015, and increased $109.7 million or 28.0 percent from March 31, 2015, are in line with our growth and increased Company-owned store count. Our financial position is strong with $443.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. We currently believe second quarter 2016 net sales will be between $875 million and $900 million; this guidance assumes no significant shift or pull forward of orders from the third quarter into the second quarter. Our first and third quarter net sales have the potential to become larger relative to the net sales balance of the other quarters as our international business becomes a greater percentage of our total net sales. We therefore believe there could be upside opportunity for the third quarter of 2016 and the balance of the year.

About SKECHERS USA, Inc.

SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 160 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,410 SKECHERS Company-owned and third-party retail stores, and the Companys e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin America and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Companys future domestic and international growth, financial results and operations including expected net sales and earnings, its development of new products, future demand for its products, its planned domestic and international expansion and opening of new stores, the completion of the expansion and upgrade of the Companys European Distribution Center, and advertising and marketing initiatives. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as believe, anticipate, expect, estimate, intend, plan, project, will be, will continue, will result, could, may, might, or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international economic, political and market conditions including the uncertainty of sustained recovery in Europe; entry into the highly competitive performance footwear market; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers; decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Companys annual report on

Form 10-K

for the year ended December 31, 2015. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

SKECHERS U.S.A., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

March 31,

December 31,

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

443,828

507,991

Trade accounts receivable, net

542,396

343,930

Other receivables

21,600

18,661

Total receivables

563,996

362,591

Inventories

501,855

620,247

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

44,080

57,363

Total current assets

1,553,759

1,548,192

Property, plant and equipment, net

456,971

435,907

Deferred tax assets

16,164

17,825

Other assets

41,516

37,954

Total non-current assets

514,651

491,686

TOTAL ASSETS

2,068,410

2,039,878

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Current installments of long-term borrowings

14,420

15,653

Accounts payable

405,324

473,983

Short-term borrowings

Accrued expenses

62,103

87,318

Total current liabilities

481,905

577,013

Long-term borrowings, net of current installments

68,498

68,942

Deferred tax liabilities

Other long-term liabilities

10,424

Total non-current liabilities

87,682

87,131

Total liabilities

569,587

664,144

Stockholders equity:

Skechers U.S.A., Inc. equity

1,438,756

1,327,556

Noncontrolling interests

60,067

48,178

Total equity

1,498,823

1,375,734

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended March 31,

Net sales

978,794

767,997

Cost of sales

546,642

435,457

432,152

332,540

Royalty income

434,777

334,422

Operating expenses:

Selling

53,878

49,092

General and administrative

242,349

197,141

296,227

246,233

138,550

88,189

Other income (expense):

Interest, net

(1,122

(2,650

Other, net

(4,761

(7,411

Earnings before income tax expense

140,207

80,778

Income tax expense

30,568

19,120

109,639

61,658

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

12,027

Net earnings attributable to Skechers U.S.A., Inc.

97,612

56,080

Net earnings per share attributable to Skechers U.S.A., Inc.:

Weighted average shares used in calculating earnings per share attributable to Skechers U.S.A., Inc.:

153,745

152,413

154,818

153,430

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