“Global economic conditions continue to be challenging and the golf industry has not recovered as we had anticipated coming into this year,” commented George Fellows, President and CEO. “In fact, overall consumer spending on golf equipment in the United States is down approximately 3% compared to 2009, which was down approximately 14% compared to 2008.
“Although some sectors of the economy have begun to recover, it appears the golf industry recovery will be delayed into 2011, which is consistent with the golf industry having felt the initial effects of the economic crisis later than other sectors. Despite the decline in the golf industry this year, our worldwide golf equipment sales and market share on a year to date basis are flat to up slightly without the significant sales promotional activity that occurred in 2009.”
“Our third quarter 2010 net sales reflect these unfavorable conditions, particularly in the United States and Europe, two of our largest markets, and also reflect our reduction in sales promotion activity, which was higher in the third quarter of 2009,” continued Mr. Fellows. “The third quarter net sales also reflect the quarter to quarter fluctuations inherent in our business as the timing of sales and sales promotions between quarters can have a significant effect on the results of a particular quarter.”
“Our third quarter 2010 results were also affected by a temporary decrease in gross margins due to an increase in charges over 2009 related to the Company’s global operations strategy, negative fixed cost absorption resulting from lower volumes, and some non-cash inventory related charges,” explained Mr. Fellows. “On a year to date basis, however, where the timing of sales and charges tends to have less effect, both our sales and gross margins have improved compared to 2009 due to improved foreign currency rates, higher overall average selling prices, and positive results from our accessories and apparel businesses and emerging markets in China, India and Southeast Asia, as well as the benefits from our global operations strategy.”
For the third quarter, the Company reported:
For the first nine months, the Company reported:
Analysts report that Callaway stock has lost more than a quarter of its value over the past six months as the U.S. golfing recovery has not been as robust as expected.
“When the economic crisis began in 2008, we made the decision to maintain a balanced approach to our business, balancing cost management of our base business while at the same time continuing to invest in growth opportunities and our global operations strategy,” explained Mr. Fellows.
“Since that time, we have reduced the operating costs of our base business sufficiently to fund these investments, and we are beginning to see the benefits of these investments as gross margins have improved over 2009, our apparel and accessories business has increased, and our emerging markets have grown. While we still intend to invest prudently in these opportunities and initiatives, given the uncertainty as to when the golf industry will recover, we are taking additional action to realign our base business costs to be profitable next year regardless of the degree to which economic and industry conditions improve in 2011.”
“As we look forward, we believe there are some encouraging signs for 2011,” continued Mr. Fellows. “Even without any improvement in economic and industry conditions, we expect additional growth in our emerging markets and in our accessories and apparel businesses and expect that our global operations strategy initiatives will continue to yield significant benefits. Additionally, based on initial customer feedback, we believe that we have a very strong product line for 2011, strengthened by the strategic partnership recently announced with Lamborghini on forged composite technologies, an important element of our new drivers planned for introduction during the fourth quarter and early next year. We believe that these factors, together with the actions we are taking to realign our costs, will allow us once again to drive long-term shareholder value. We will provide a more detailed view of 2011 on our conference call in January.”
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