Weyco Reports First Quarter Sales And Earnings

|May 5|magazine27 min read

MILWAUKEE, May 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyco Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEYS) (the "Company") today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

The Company's operations and business experienced significant disruptions beginning in the second half of March 2020 due to the unprecedented conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Government-mandated shutdowns of non-essential businesses resulted in the majority of retailers temporarily closing their stores, which significantly affected the Company's wholesale business. The Company's domestic retail locations closed on March 18, 2020, and remain closed due to government orders. Overseas, the Company's wholesale and retail businesses in Australia, Asia, South Africa, and Europe were similarly impacted by retail store closures and lockdowns requiring consumers to stay at home. These closings resulted in lower first quarter sales and earnings across all of the Company's businesses, and the Company expects the shutdowns and global economic slowdown caused by the pandemic to continue to adversely impact its businesses during 2020.

Net sales for the first quarter of 2020 were $63.6 million, down 14% compared to first quarter 2019 net sales of $74.1 million. Earnings from operations were $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2019. Net earnings were $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2020 and $4.0 million in last year's first quarter. Diluted earnings per share were $0.12 per share in the first quarter of 2020 and $0.40 per share in the first quarter of 2019.

Net sales in the North American wholesale segment, which include North American wholesale sales and licensing revenues, were $52.7 million in the first quarter of 2020, down 11% compared to $59.5 million in the first quarter of 2019. Within the wholesale segment, Stacy Adams, BOGS, and Nunn Bush first quarter net sales declined 23%, 22%, and 8%, respectively, with sales down in most major categories as a result of the retail shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These decreases were partially offset by a 4% increase in net sales of the Florsheim brand. Florsheim's increase stems from strong sales in January and February before the retail shutdowns went into effect. Licensing revenues were $461,000 in the first quarter of 2020 and $707,000 in last year's first quarter.

Gross earnings for the North American wholesale segment were 31.8% of net sales in the first quarter of 2020, compared to 34.3% of net sales in last year's first quarter. The decrease in gross margins was largely due to the additional costs of the tariff on certain footwear imported from China.  Earnings from operations for the wholesale segment were $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Net sales in the North American retail segment, which include sales from the Company's Florsheim retail stores and its e-commerce businesses in the United States, were $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2020, down 15% compared to $5.6 million in last year's first quarter. Same store sales (which include U.S. e-commerce sales) were down 13% for the quarter, due primarily to retail store closings late in the quarter and decreased sales on the Company's websites. As a result, the retail segment had operating losses totaling $89,000 this quarter compared to operating earnings of $483,000 in last year's first quarter.

Other net sales, which include the wholesale and retail sales of Florsheim Australia and Florsheim Europe, were $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2020, down 32% compared to $9.1 million in the first quarter of 2019. This decrease was due to lower net sales at both Florsheim Australia and Florsheim Europe resulting from retail shutdowns and government orders for consumers to stay at home. Collectively, Florsheim Australia and Florsheim Europe had operating losses totaling $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to operating losses of $543,000 in the first quarter of 2019.

Other income (expense), net, totaled $407,000 of income in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $125,000 of expense in last year's first quarter. The increase this quarter was primarily due to unrealized gains on favorable foreign exchange contracts held by Florsheim Australia.

"Our company has taken a long-term approach to the current situation," stated Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr., Chairman and CEO. "We believe that our strong balance sheet and operating expertise will allow us to manage our way through this crisis.  Our distribution center and the majority of our supply chain continue to operate which allows us to continue shipping e-commerce orders while remaining ready to commence full operations when appropriate. Our distribution system allows us to quickly adapt to changes in customer demand, and we believe that our system is well-suited for adjusting to the future consumer landscape. However, since we do not know when our retail partners will reopen their stores, we cannot presently estimate the future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the resulting global economic slowdown, on our business, but we do expect it to have an adverse effect on our business in 2020. We have strong brands that resonate well with consumers and we believe we are in a strong financial position to get through these challenges."

On May 5, 2020, the Company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.24 per share to all shareholders of record on May 29, 2020, payable June 30, 2020. 

Conference Call Details:

Weyco Group will host a conference call on May 6, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the first quarter financial results in more detail.  To participate in the call, you will first need to pre-register online. Pre-registration takes only a few minutes and you may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time. This quarter, we are advising all participants to dial in to the call 15-20 minutes prior to the call start time to avoid potentially long participant hold times. To pre-register please go to: https://www.directeventreg.com/registration/event/6377585. The pre-registration process will provide the conference call phone number and a passcode required to enter the call. A replay will be available for one year beginning about two hours after the completion of the call at the following webcast link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/ak4gued5. A recording of the conference call will also be available in the investor relations section of Weyco Group's website at www.weycogroup.com.

About Weyco Group:

Weyco Group, Inc., designs and markets quality and innovative footwear principally for men, but also for women and children, under a portfolio of well-recognized brand names including: Florsheim, Nunn Bush, Stacy Adams, BOGS, and Rafters. The Company's products can be found in leading footwear, department, and specialty stores, as well as on e-commerce websites worldwide.  Weyco Group also operates Florsheim stores in the United States and Australia, as well as in a variety of international markets.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Various factors could cause the results of Weyco Group to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to: (i) successfully market and sell its products in a highly competitive industry and in view of changing consumer trends, consumer acceptance of products and other factors affecting retail market conditions; (ii) procure its products from independent manufacturers; and (iii) other factors, including those detailed from time to time in Weyco Group's filings made with the SEC.  With respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous factors will determine the extent and length of the impact on the Company, including the extent and duration of the pandemic and resulting global economic slowdown; actions taken by governments, such as stay-at-home and similar orders that, among other effects, require retail store closures; the financial health of the Company's customers and business partners; the performance/resiliency of the Company's supply chain; and the health and welfare of the Company's employees. Weyco Group undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

WEYCO GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)











Three Months Ended March 31, 




2020


2019




(In thousands, except per share amounts)







Net sales


$                     63,584


$                     74,128

Cost of sales


40,407


45,364

Gross earnings


23,177


28,764







Selling and administrative expenses


21,836


23,618

Earnings from operations


1,341


5,146







Interest income 


149


223

Interest expense


(51)


(32)

Other income (expense), net


407


(125)







Earnings before provision for income taxes


1,846


5,212







Provision for income taxes


684


1,244







Net earnings


$                       1,162


$                       3,968







Weighted average shares outstanding






Basic


9,781


9,949


Diluted


9,786


10,027







Earnings per share






Basic


$                         0.12


$                         0.40


Diluted


$                         0.12


$                         0.40







Cash dividends declared (per share)


$                         0.24


$                         0.23













Comprehensive (loss) income


$                     (1,258)


$                       4,206

 

WEYCO GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)










March 31, 


December 31, 


2020


2019


(Dollars in thousands)

ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

$   14,181


$            9,799

Marketable securities, at amortized cost

2,129


5,904

Accounts receivable, net

46,535


51,532

Inventories

67,983


86,713

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,176


6,047

     Total current assets

135,004


159,995





Marketable securities, at amortized cost

15,081


15,814

Deferred income tax benefits

2,175


2,487

Property, plant and equipment, net

32,844


32,214

Operating lease right-of-use assets

16,303


18,753

Goodwill

11,112


11,112

Trademarks

32,868


32,868

Other assets

23,395


23,674

     Total assets

$ 268,782


$        296,917









LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:

Short-term borrowings

$           -


$            7,049

Accounts payable

3,992


12,455

Dividend payable

-


2,355

Operating lease liabilities

5,823


6,505

Accrued liabilities

9,871


13,422

Accrued income tax payable

755


90

     Total current liabilities

20,441


41,876





Deferred income tax liabilities

3,182


3,085

Long-term pension liability

27,352


27,523

Operating lease liabilities

12,117


14,110

Other long-term liabilities

264


329

     Total liabilities

63,356


86,923





Common stock

9,813


9,873

Capital in excess of par value

66,183


65,832

Reinvested earnings

156,386


158,825

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(26,956)


(24,536)

     Total equity

205,426


209,994

     Total liabilities and equity

$ 268,782


$        296,917

 

WEYCO GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)











Three Months Ended March 31,




2020


2019




(Dollars in thousands)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net earnings

$    1,162


$    3,968


Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash





 provided by operating activities - 






Depreciation

733


827



Amortization

71


83



Bad debt expense

145


48



Deferred income taxes

360


(12)



Net foreign currency transaction (gains) losses

(356)


16



Share-based compensation expense

351


366



Pension expense

111


229



Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance

(135)


(135)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities - 






Accounts receivable

4,878


816



Inventories

18,704


6,900



Prepaid expenses and other assets

2,176


2,182



Accounts payable

(8,477)


(7,990)



Accrued liabilities and other

(5,410)


(3,537)



Accrued income taxes

680


696



    Net cash provided by operating activities

14,993


4,457







CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:





Purchases of marketable securities

-


(1,327)


Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities

4,510


680


Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(1,797)


(981)



     Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities

2,713


(1,628)







CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Cash dividends paid

(4,694)


(4,593)


Shares purchased and retired

(1,304)


(1,828)


Net proceeds from stock options exercised

-


7


Proceeds from bank borrowings

11,883


31,813


Repayments of bank borrowings

(18,932)


(33,933)



     Net cash used for financing activities

(13,047)


(8,534)








Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(277)


72







Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$    4,382


$  (5,633)







CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at beginning of period

9,799


22,973







CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at end of period

$  14,181


$  17,340







SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:





Income taxes paid, net of refunds

$       235


$       423


Interest paid

$         51


$         31

 

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SOURCE Weyco Group, Inc.