Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) has announced its first quarter 2013 financial results, including 12% sales growth 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 as part of its 2012 turnaround plan. On a GAAP basis, the Company’s sales grew 1% for the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.
The Company’s net sales for the first quarter of 2013 increased to $288 million, as compared to $285 million for the same period in 2012. The strength of the Company’s 2013 product line allowed the Company to more than offset the negative impact of foreign currency and the 2012 sale of the Top-Flite and Ben Hogan brands and the transition in 2012 to a third party model for other products, including U.S. apparel and footwear.
As compared to 2012, the Company’s first quarter 2013 net sales were adversely affected by $8 million due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates and by $20 million due to the sold or transitioned brands and products. For the first quarter of 2013, net sales relating to the Company’s current business, which excludes these sold or transitioned brands and products, increased by 8% and on a constant currency basis increased by 12%.
In addition to the increase in sales, improvements in gross margins and operating expenses contributed to a 27% increase in GAAP fully diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. The Company’s GAAP earnings results for both periods benefited from the effects of the Company’s deferred tax valuation allowance, which significantly reduced the Company’s income tax provision. The Company’s GAAP fully diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2013 was also adversely affected by approximately $0.02 per share related to charges incurred in connection with the Company’s 2012 cost-reduction initiatives. The Company’s GAAP fully diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2012 was positively affected by approximately $0.05 per share related to a gain on the sale of the Top-Flite and Ben Hogan brands. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes these charges/gains and uses an assumed tax rate of 38.5%, the Company’s fully diluted earnings per share increased to $0.33 for the first quarter of 2013 as compared to $0.18 for the first quarter of 2012.
“I am very pleased with our overall results this quarter,” commented Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The strength of our 2013 product line, including our new X Hot products and Versa line of putters, allowed us to achieve a 12% increase in net sales on our current business on a constant currency basis. In addition, we are beginning to see the results of the many cost-reduction and other initiatives we took in 2012, which contributed to improvements in gross margins and operating expenses, and all of which culminated in a $23 million increase in non-GAAP operating income for the first quarter of 2013. However, it is still early in the year, and the second quarter always has a big impact on our ability to achieve our full year financial targets. With that said, the first quarter was an important first step in our multi-year turnaround plan and we are pleased to report our turnaround is on track.”
First Half 2013
“We are lowering our first half 2013 net sales guidance due to continued foreign currency headwinds and a slower than expected start to the golf season in the United States and Europe as a result of unfavourable weather conditions,” commented Brad Holiday, Chief Financial Officer.
“Our earnings for the first quarter of 2013 were higher than anticipated due to better than expected gross margins and operating expenses, as well as gains on foreign exchange hedging contracts, all of which together more than offset the negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the quarter,” continued Mr. Holiday. “As a result of our better than expected first quarter earnings, we are raising our earnings guidance for the first half of 2013.”
Full Year 2013
“We are lowering our full year 2013 net sales guidance, primarily due to our expectations that the unfavourable foreign currency headwinds experienced during the first quarter of 2013 will continue for the balance of the year,” explained Brad Holiday, Chief Financial Officer. “We believe, however, that gains on our foreign currency hedging contracts, along with better operating efficiencies, will enable us to mitigate the anticipated adverse foreign currency conditions and maintain our full year earnings guidance at this time.”
As a result, the Company is currently providing the following revised guidance for the full year 2013:
*Note: The non-GAAP estimates of net income and earnings per share 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% 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.
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