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Skechers Announces Third Quarter 2015 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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

Record Net Sales of $856.2 Million, an Increase of 27.0 Percent

Earnings from Operations of $95.6 Million

Net Earnings of $66.6 Million

Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.43

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA. October 22, 2015 SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a global footwear leader and the second largest athletic footwear brand in the United States, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. All share and per share information has been retroactively adjusted for the three-for-one stock split that was effective on October 15, 2015.

Third quarter 20 15 net sales were $856.2 million compared to $674.3 million for the third quarter of 2014. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2015 was $387.0 million or 45.2 percent of net sales compared to $304.5 million or 45.2 percent of net sales for the third quarter of last year. Earnings from operations for the third quarter of 2015 were $95.6 million as compared to earnings from operations of $74.1 million in the third quarter of 2014.

With product and marketing initiatives that continue to resonate with our consumers worldwide, we achieved a new quarterly sales record of $856.2 million in the third quarter of 2015. These results followed record first and second quarter revenues, resulting in a 34.1 percent net sales increase for the first nine months of 2015 as compared to the same period last year, began David Weinberg, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Driving the quarterly revenue were net sales increases of 11.8 percent in our domestic wholesale business, 52.9 percent in our international wholesale business, and 20.9 percent in our Company-owned global retail business, which includes a 10.4 percent increase in comparable sales for the quarter. Of note, the gains in our business came despite the impact of negative foreign currency exchange rates in Brazil, Canada and Chile, and a rather sluggish domestic retail environment where we still achieved an increase in average price per pair of 6.8 percent during the third quarter in our domestic wholesale business.

Net earnings for the third quarter were $66.6 million compared to net earnings of $51.1 million in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 30.3 percent. Diluted net earnings per share for the third quarter were $0.43 on 154.5 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to diluted net earnings per share of $0.33 on 153.0 million weighted average shares outstanding for the third quarter of 2014. The Companys diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2015 was negatively impacted by several factors including foreign currency translation and exchange losses of $13.5 million, and increased deferred rent expenses of $3.5 million related to the new Fifth Avenue Skechers retail store, which opened during the third quarter, and a second Skechers location in Times Square, which just opened. Additionally, during the third quarter of 2015 diluted earnings per share were impacted by increased legal expenses of $5.0 million related to the settlement of personal injury lawsuits from the Companys toning footwear business; and $5.9 million in higher legal fees and associated costs primarily related to intellectual property litigation, which included the matter of

Converse, Inc. v. Skechers U.S.A., Inc.

, which went to trial before the International Trade Commission in August of this year. The Company believes that most, if not all, of these legal matters will come to a conclusion by early next year. During the third quarter of 2015, these additional expenses reduced diluted earnings per share by $0.15

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net sales were $2.425 billion compared to net sales of $1.808 billion in the first nine months of 2014. Gross profit for the first nine months of 2015 was $1.094 billion or 45.1 percent of net sales, compared to $814.3 million or 45.0 percent of net sales for the first nine months of 2014. Earnings from operations for the first nine months of 2015 were $296.1 million, compared to earnings from operations of $176.1 million in the first nine months of 2014.

Net earnings for first nine months of 2015 were $202.5 million compared to net earnings of $116.9 million in the same period last year, an increase of 73.2 percent. Diluted net earnings per share in the first nine...


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