Rocky Brands, Inc. Announces Record First Quarter Results
Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021.
First Quarter 2021 Highlights
Jason Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "It has been an excellent start to the year for Rocky Brands as we delivered a strong first quarter performance and completed a highly transformative acquisition. We experienced robust demand for our Rocky, Georgia and Durango brands across our wholesale and direct to consumer channels, which when combined with an easier comparison due to the impact on our business from COVID-19 in the year ago period, resulted in a dramatic improvement in revenue and earnings per share. The multi-year initiatives we've been executing in product innovation, fulfillment, consumer engagement and inventory management enhanced our ability to capture market share during the pandemic while creating a strong foundation to support long-term growth. The recent addition of The Original Muck Boot Company, XTRATUF, Servus, NEOS, and Ranger brands has further bolstered our powerful portfolio and provided our business model with compelling new opportunities to drive profitable, top-line expansion and increased shareholder value for years to come."
First Quarter Review
First quarter net sales increased 57.3% to $87.7 million compared with $55.7 million in the first quarter of 2020. First quarter 2021 net sales includes $6.5 million in net sales from the performance and lifestyle footwear business acquired from Honeywell International, Inc. on March 15, 2021.
Wholesale sales for the first quarter increased 69.1% to $59.2 million compared to $35.0 million for the same period in 2020. Retail sales for the first quarter increased 42.0% to $24.0 million compared to $16.9 million for the same period last year. Military segment sales for the first quarter were $4.4 million compared to $3.8 million in the first quarter of 2020.
Gross margin in the first quarter of 2021 was $35.1 million, or 40.1% of net sales, compared to $19.3 million, or 34.7% of net sales, for the same period last year. Adjusted gross margin in the first quarter of 2021, which excludes a $0.3 million inventory purchase accounting adjustment, was $35.5 million, or 40.5% of net sales. Adjusted gross margin in the first quarter of 2020, which excluded approximately $1.0 million in expenses related to the closure of the Company's manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19, was $20.3 million, or 36.4% of net sales. The 410 basis point increase was attributable to higher margins in all three operating segments, with the largest gain coming from wholesale. (See below for a reconciliation of GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures).
Operating expenses were $28.6 million, or 32.6% of net sales, for the first quarter of 2021 compared to $17.8 million, or 32.0% of net sales, a year ago. Excluding $5.2 million in expenses associated with the acquisition, first quarter 2021 operating expenses were $23.4 million, or 26.7% of net sales. The improvement in operating expenses as a percent of net sales was driven by leverage on higher net sales.
Income from operations for the first quarter of 2021 increased 335.0% to $6.6 million, or 7.5% of net sales compared to $1.5 million for the same period a year ago, or 2.7% of net sales. Adjusted operating income for the first quarter of 2021 was $12.1 million, or 13.8% of net sales, compared to adjusted operating income for the first quarter of 2020 of $2.5 million, or 4.5% of net sales.
The Company reported first quarter net income of $4.5 million, or $0.61 per diluted share compared to net income of $1.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2021, was $8.7 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, compared to an adjusted net income of $2.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2020.
Balance Sheet Review
Cash and cash equivalents were $8.9 million at March 31, 2021 compared to $44.2 million on the same date a year ago. The change in cash and cash equivalents was driven primarily by the use of cash to fund a portion of the acquisition of the performance and lifestyle footwear business of Honeywell International, Inc.
Total debt at March 31, 2021 was $186.3 million consisting of $130 million senior term loan and borrowings under the Company's senior secured asset-backed credit facility.
Inventory at March 31, 2021 increased to $125.1 million compared to $77.2 million on the same date a year ago. The $47.9 million increase in inventory includes approximately $41 million associated with the newly acquired brands.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to GAAP financial measures, we present the following non-GAAP financial measures: "non-GAAP adjusted gross margin," "non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses," "non-GAAP adjusted net income," and "non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share." Adjusted results exclude the impact of items that management believes affect the comparability or underlying business trends in our consolidated financial statements in the periods presented. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and other users of our consolidated financial statements as an additional tool for evaluating operating performance. We believe they also provide a useful baseline for analyzing trends in our operations. Investors should not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. See "Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures" accompanying this press release.
Conference Call Information
The Company's conference call to review first quarter 2021 results will be broadcast live over the internet today, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 (domestic) or (201) 493-6725 (international). The conference call will also be available to interested parties through a live webcast at www.rockybrands.com. Please visit the website and select the "Investors" link at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary software.
About Rocky Brands, Inc.
Rocky Brands, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium quality footwear and apparel marketed under a portfolio of well recognized brand names. Brands in the portfolio include Rocky®, Georgia Boot®, Durango®, Lehigh®, The Original Muck Boot Company®, XTRATUF®, Servus®, NEOS® and Ranger®. More information can be found at RockyBrands.com.
Safe Harbor Language
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Those statements include, but may not be limited to, all statements regarding intent, beliefs, expectations, projections, forecasts, and plans of the Company and its management and include statements in this press release regarding the Company's ability to support long-term growth (paragraph 2), to successfully integrate and grow the recently acquired business and brand portfolio (paragraph 2) and to deliver increased value to shareholders in the years to come (paragraph 2). These forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the various risks inherent in the Company's business as set forth in periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 (filed March 16, 2021). One or more of these factors have affected historical results, and could in the future affect the Company's businesses and financial results in future periods and could cause actual results to differ materially from plans and projections. Therefore there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this press release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation or warranty by the Company or any other person that the objectives and plans of the Company will be achieved. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on information presently available to the management of the Company. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
* Adjustment related to the fair value markup of inventory purchased with the acquisition of the performance and lifestyle footwear business of Honeywell International, Inc.
** Adjustment related to the overhead, payroll expenses and supplies incurred during the temporary closure of our manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19.
*** Adjustment related to expenses including bank fees, legal and professional fees, transaction fees, and consulting fees tied to the acquisition of the performance and lifestyle footwear business of Honeywell International, Inc.
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