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Callaway Golf Confirms Turnaround Plan is On Track

9.19am 29th July 2013 - Corporate

Callaway logoCallaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) has announced its second quarter and first half 2013 financial results. The announced results were generally consistent with the first half guidance provided by the Company last quarter and, consistent with the Company’s recent turnaround initiatives, reflect improved brand momentum, operating efficiencies and cost management.

(GAAP: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)

Despite softer than expected market conditions in the golf industry, the Company’s results include 6% sales growth for the first half of 2013, and 1% sales growth for the second quarter of 2013, both on a constant currency basis on its current business, which excludes the brands and businesses that in 2012 were sold or transitioned to a third party model.

The Company’s GAAP sales results reflect the impact of the sold or transitioned businesses, which negatively impacted GAAP sales comparisons by approximately $45 million for the first half of 2013 and by approximately $25 million for the second quarter of 2013.

The reported GAAP sales results were also impacted by changes in foreign currency rates in 2013 as compared to 2012, which adversely affected sales by approximately $18 million for the first half of 2013 and by approximately $10 million for the second quarter of 2013. GAAP sales, which include the impact of foreign currency and the sold or transitioned businesses, decreased by 5% and 11% for the first half and second quarter of 2013, respectively.

The Company’s improved brand momentum, operating efficiencies and cost management enabled the Company to overcome the softer than expected market conditions, adverse effects of the changes in foreign currency rates, and the impact of the sold or transitioned businesses. As a result, the Company reported improvements in operating income and earnings per share on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis for both the first half of 2013 and second quarter of 2013 as compared to the same periods in 2012.

“We are pleased with the results for the second quarter and first half of the year, with continued gains in market share in most major markets driving an increase in sales on a constant currency, continuing business basis of 1% and 6% respectively,” commented Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Likewise, non-GAAP net income for the second quarter and first half of the year increased 71% and 86%, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2012. Our turnaround plan remains on track and we have been able to continue to grow our hard goods market share despite market conditions that remained challenging during the quarter due to both continued adverse weather conditions and higher than normal promotional activity in both North America and Europe.”

“Our new products, and in particular our X Hot line of woods and irons, have resonated well this year with consumers globally,” continued Mr. Brewer. “Additionally, we are equally excited about the new products being introduced during the second half of this year, which include the new OptiForce driver and fairway woods, the Mack Daddy 2 wedges designed by Roger Cleveland, as well as our new Legacy Black product line to be introduced in Japan and the rest of Asia later this quarter.

“However, due to softer than expected market conditions and increased promotional activity, we are reducing our full year sales guidance and indicating in our revised earnings guidance that it is unclear whether our improved operating performance will be able to continue to offset fully the reduced sales estimates as we have been able to so far this year.”

Business Outlook

Because of softer than expected market conditions and increased promotional activity, the Company is revising its full year financial guidance.  The Company is currently providing the following revised guidance for the full year 2013:

*Note:  The non-GAAP estimates of earnings/loss exclude for 2013 carryover charges related to the Company’s 2012 cost-reduction initiatives and exclude for 2012 gains and charges related to the sale of the Top-Flite/Ben Hogan brands and the 2012 cost-reduction initiatives.  The non-GAAP estimates for both 2013 and 2012 are based upon an assumed tax rate of 38.5% for comparative purposes because the GAAP tax rates are not directly correlated to the Company’s pre-tax results due to the effect of the Company’s deferred tax valuation allowance.

Callaway Golf www.callawaygolf.com

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