Johnson Outdoors Reports Fiscal 2022 Results

RACINE, Wis., Dec. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology, today announced slightly lower sales and decreased earnings for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022.   Fiscal 2022 sales fell 1 percent compared to the previous record-high fiscal year, while operating profit decreased 40 percent and net income fell 47 percent over the prior fiscal year.

“While fiscal 2022 sales remained relatively flat compared to fiscal 2021, which was one of our strongest fiscal years, the challenging supply chain situation, primarily in our Fishing business, resulted in significant impact to our profitability. The fiscal fourth quarter showed some easing of supply availability, and we continue to focus on evaluating options to address increased costs and the efficiency of our supply chain. We ended the fiscal year with strong orders, and we continue to replenish customer inventory levels,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While it’s unclear the extent to which economic conditions and inflation may affect consumer buying behavior in the future, we remain focused on sustaining innovation leadership and building value for our consumers for the long-term.”


Total Company revenue fell 1 percent to $743.4 million versus fiscal 2021 revenue of $751.7 million. Key factors in the year-over-year comparison were:

Total Company operating profit was $66.3 million in fiscal 2022, which compared unfavorably to operating profit of $111.3 million in the prior fiscal year. As a result of significant increases in materials costs, gross margin was 36.5 percent in fiscal 2022 compared to 44.5 percent in fiscal 2021. Operating expenses decreased $17.8 million versus the prior year due largely to lower variable and deferred compensation expense incurred in fiscal 2022 as compared to the prior fiscal year. Profit before income taxes was $58.9 million versus $112.9 million in the prior year.

Net income for the fiscal year was $44.5 million, or $4.37 per diluted share, a 47 percent decline versus $83.4 million, or $8.21 per diluted share, in the last fiscal year. The effective tax rate was 24.4 percent compared to the previous fiscal year’s rate of 26.2 percent.

Total Company net sales in the fiscal fourth quarter were $196.4 million, an 18 percent increase from the prior fiscal year fourth quarter’s sales, as supply availability in our Fishing business started to improve. Operating profit of $13.3 million in the current year fourth quarter declined slightly from $13.6 million in the prior year fourth quarter. Gross margin declined 6 points from the prior year quarter due primarily to increased material costs and inventory reserves. Operating expenses remained consistent year over year despite higher sales volumes due in large part to lower warranty and bad debt expenses. Additionally, deferred compensation expense declined by $1.2 million due to losses on plan assets, which was entirely offset in Other Expense. Profit before income taxes improved from $10.5 million to $11.8 million in the current fiscal year fourth quarter. Net income for the fourth quarter was $9.7 million compared to $6.9 million in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter.

The Company reported cash and short-term investments of $129.8 million as of September 30, 2022, a $110.6 million decrease from the prior year, with no debt on its balance sheet. Depreciation and amortization were $14.2 million compared to $13.4 million in fiscal 2021. Capital spending totaled $31.7 million in fiscal 2022 compared with $21.4 million in fiscal 2021. In September 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a 3 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to shareholders of record as of October 13, 2022, which was payable on October 27, 2022.

“Heading into fiscal 2023, we remain focused on closely monitoring demand and proactively managing higher-than-normal inventory levels. While we have seen improvement in the supply chain for raw materials and purchased components, we do expect some supply chain constraints to periodically occur during fiscal 2023 and for our margins to continue to be impacted by inflationary pricing conditions,” said David W. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer. “Our balance sheet and healthy cash position continue to provide us with the flexibility and resources necessary to invest in strategic opportunities to strengthen the business, while consistently paying dividends to shareholders.”

The Company will host a conference call and audio web cast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 9, 2022. A live listen-only web cast of the conference call may be accessed here. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days on the Internet.

About Johnson Outdoors Inc.

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technologies that inspire more people to experience the awe of the great outdoors. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft Recreation, Fishing, Diving and Camping. Johnson Outdoors' iconic brands include: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak; Carlisle® paddles; Minn Kota® fishing motors, batteries and anchors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® marine electronics and charts; SCUBAPRO® dive equipment; Jetboil® outdoor cooking systems; and, Eureka!®camping and hiking equipment.

Visit Johnson Outdoors at http://www.johnsonoutdoors.com

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(thousands, except per share amounts)    
Operating resultsSeptember 30, 2022October 1, 2021September 30, 2022October 1, 2021
Net sales$196,389 $166,260 $743,355 $751,651 
Cost of sales 127,782  97,930  472,023  417,526 
Gross profit 68,607  68,330  271,332  334,125 
Operating expenses 55,285  54,739  205,022  222,842 
Operating profit: 13,322  13,591  66,310  111,283 
Interest income, net (432) (85) (654) (221)
Other expense (income), net 1,909  3,149  8,076  (1,418)
Profit before income taxes 11,845  10,527  58,888  112,922 
Income tax expense 2,192  3,601  14,397  29,541 
Net income$9,653 $6,926 $44,491 $83,381 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Dilutive 10,166  10,139  10,151  10,120 
Net income per common share - Diluted$0.95 $0.68 $4.37 $8.21 
Segment Results    
Net sales:    
Fishing$152,338 $110,637 $526,582 $553,000 
Camping 13,575  18,726  70,355  62,921 
Watercraft Recreation 8,459  16,509  67,940  66,603 
Diving 21,988  20,466  78,874  69,447 
Other / Eliminations 29  (78) (396) (320)
Total$196,389 $166,260 $743,355 $751,651 
Operating profit (loss):    
Fishing$21,267 $14,937 $65,433 $122,490 
Camping 548  3,950  13,415  14,025 
Watercraft Recreation (1,415) 1,844  6,173  9,173 
Diving 631  1,146  4,705  1,530 
Other / Eliminations (7,709) (8,286) (23,416) (35,935)
Total$13,322 $13,591 $66,310 $111,283 
Balance Sheet Information(End of Period)    
Cash and cash equivalents  $129,803 $240,448 
Accounts receivable, net   91,919  71,321 
Inventories, net   248,649  166,615 
Total current assets   480,316  491,264 
Total assets   679,931  674,287 
Total current liabilities   114,713  137,570 
Shareholders’ equity   488,014  458,505 

David JohnsonPatricia Penman
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