Skullcandy Q1 Results: Net Sales See 47.9% Boost

Skullcandy has released the financial results for Q1, ended March 31, 2012. The company saw a 47.9% increase in its Net Sales to $53.3 million, accompanied by a gross profit boost of 41.9%, landing at $26 million.

Jeremy Andrus, Skullcandy’s President and CEO stated, “We are proud of our record first quarter results and achievements. In the first quarter we delivered a 47.9% net sales increase while laying the groundwork for the launch of the next generation of Skullcandy products and packaging — the biggest product conversion in the Company’s history. In line with expectations, we began shipping the new 2012 products and packaging. Early sell-through on the new Hesh and feedback on our Supreme Sound positioning and new packaging has been extremely positive. Over the next several months, we plan to further reinforce our evolved brand message with the rollout of a new global fixture and merchandising program that will include our award winning interactive listening displays and a series of new freestanding product fixtures.”

Read on for Skullcandy’s full Q1 results, plus goals looking forward:

PARK CITY, Utah, May 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 

First Quarter Highlights (Q1 2012 vs. Q1 2011)

  • GAAP net income was $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income increased 42.3% to $1.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. Adjusted net income excludes $418 thousand of after-tax expenses ($667 thousand before tax benefit) related to a lawsuit settled with Monster Cable Products, Inc. during the quarter

First Quarter Results

Net sales in the first quarter of 2012 increased 47.9% to $53.3 million from $36.0 million in the same quarter of the prior year. In the first quarter of 2012, domestic net sales increased 46.5% to $37.2 million, international net sales increased 44.1% to $10.9 million, and online net sales increased 69.4% to $5.2 million.

Gross profit in the first quarter of 2012 increased 41.9% to $26.0 million from $18.3 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Gross margin was 48.8% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 50.8% in the first quarter of 2011. The decrease in gross margin was due primarily to lower margin sales in the closeout channel in connection with the transition to an updated product and packaging collection, which will launch in retail stores in the second quarter of 2012 and be rolled out over the course of 2012.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses in the first quarter 2012 increased 70.2% to $24.5 million from $14.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The increase was primarily the result of $4.1 million in additional payroll-related expenses, $1.8 million in additional marketing and advertising expenses and $1.0 million in additional depreciation and amortization based on increased investments in property and equipment and the acquisition of certain intangible assets in August 2011. The Company continues to make critical investments in the business to support long-term growth. These investments include additional personnel in key areas of the business, product development, point-of-sale merchandising, international expansion and development of the Company’s gaming platform. The first quarter 2012 SG&A expenses also increased due to $0.7 million of legal expenses related to a lawsuit with Monster Cable Products, Inc. (“Monster”) that was settled on February 15, 2012. No further expenses related to the Monster lawsuit will be incurred in subsequent periods. 

Income tax expense in the first quarter of 2012 decreased $0.6 million to $0.3 million from $0.9 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The Company’s effective tax rate decreased to 19.3% as a result of disqualifying dispositions of incentive stock options as well as the impact of earnings in countries that have lower statutory rates than the United States.  All earnings in the first quarter 2011 were from the United States for tax purposes. 

GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, based on 28.0 million diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. Net income in the same quarter of the prior year was $1.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, based on 19.7 million diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. 

Excluding $418 thousand of after-tax expenses related to the Monster litigation, adjusted net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $1.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, based on 28.0 million diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. Adjusted net income in the same quarter of the prior year was equal to GAAP net income. 

EBITDA in the first quarter of 2012 decreased to $2.8 million from $4.2 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $3.4 million from $4.2 million in the same quarter of the prior year. For a reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income, see the accompanying tables at the end of this release. 

Outlook

For the full year 2012, the Company expects net sales of $280 million to $300 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.10 to $1.20. The expected adjusted diluted earnings per share excludes $0.4 million of after-tax expenses related to the Monster litigation. The expected 2012 adjusted diluted earnings per share range assumes an effective tax rate of approximately 35% and diluted weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 28.7 million.           

Call Information

A conference call to discuss the first quarter 2012 results is scheduled for today, May 2, 2012, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time/2:30 PM Mountain Time. A broadcast of the call will be available on the Company’s website, http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/ctr?d=254428&l=16&a=www.skullcandy.com&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.skullcandy.com%2Fwww.skullcandy.com. Analysts and investors can participate in the live call by dialing (800) 967-7184 or (719) 325-2289. In addition, a replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and remain available through May 9, 2012. To access the telephone replay, listeners should dial (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 and enter ID #4893351.

About Skullcandy, Inc.

Skullcandy became one of the world’s most distinct audio brands by bringing color, character and performance to an otherwise monochromatic space and helped revolutionize the audio arena by introducing headphones, earbuds and other audio and wireless lifestyle products that possess unmistakable style and exceptional performance. From the award-winning, optic-inspired Roc Nation Aviator headphones to the evolutionary fitting FIX earbuds and a roster of some of the world’s finest athletes, musicians and artists, Skullcandy continues to redefine world-class audio performance and style. Visit skullcandy.com, or join us at facebook.com/skullcandy or on Twitter @skullcandy. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, statements regarding the Company’s guidance, future financial and operating results and any other statements about the Company’s future expectations, beliefs or prospects expressed by management are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs, but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to extend the recognition and reputation of its brand, to continue to develop innovative and popular products, to respond to changes in consumer preferences, to grow its international business, to implement new sourcing initiatives and other factors that are detailed in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for its most recent fiscal year and in other reports the Company files with the SEC, including the Risk Factors contained in the Company’s annual and other reports, which are available at www.sec.gov. Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.