Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS) recently reported its unaudited operating results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.
Q2 2017 Highlights
All comparisons relate to the second quarter of 2016 unless otherwise indicated:
o Total revenue was $77.0 million compared to prior year of $78.5 million.
o Direct segment sales decreased 13.0% to $39.1 million primarily due to expected declines in TreadClimber® sales.
o Retail segment sales increased 12.7% to $37.1 million, reflecting robust growth across traditional and e-commerce partners in multiple product categories.
• Gross Margins:
o Total company gross margins decreased by 350 basis points to 49.8% due to a shift in segment mix, and lower margins in the Direct segment, that more than offset higher Retail segment margins.
o Direct margins decreased by 380 basis points due to unfavorable overhead absorption related to lower volumes and increased TreadClimber® discounting.
o Retail margins increased by 100 basis points due to improved product mix and the reduction of certain warranty reserves.
• Operating Expenses:
o Operating expenses were approximately flat as a percentage of net sales due to expense management and the reversal of a reserve related to a settled royalty dispute.
• Operating income of $3.8 million compared to prior year of $6.6 million, with operating margin of 5.0%, down 340 basis points versus prior year.
• Income from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2017 was $2.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $3.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in the prior year quarter.
• EBITDA from continuing operations totaled $6.2 million compared to $8.5 million in the prior year period.
• At June 30, 2017, cash and marketable securities increased to $85.4 million and debt decreased to $56.0 million, compared to $79.6 million and $64.0 million, respectively, at December 31, 2016.
Q2 2017 YTD Highlights
All comparisons relate to the first six months of 2016 unless otherwise indicated:
o Total revenue was $190.3 million compared to prior year of $199.5 million.
o Direct segment sales decreased 9.8% to $113.8 million primarily due to lower TreadClimber® sales.
o Retail segment sales increased 4.4% to $74.9 million, reflecting sales increases across a variety of accounts.
• Gross Margins:
o Total company gross margins decreased by 170 basis points to 52.6% due to a shift in segment mix, and lower margins in the Direct segment, partially offset by higher Retail margins.
• Operating income decreased by 36.1% to $16.5 million and operating margin decreased by 430 basis points, from 13.0% to 8.7%.
• EBITDA from continuing operations decreased by 28.6% to $21.1 million.
Bruce M. Cazenave, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Second quarter 2017 results were in-line with our expectations. Solid double-digit revenue growth and increased gross margins in our Retail segment were driven by strong performance in our traditional retail and Octane Fitness businesses, and across several product categories. In our Direct Segment, we saw increased sales of the recently launched Bowflex Hybrid Velocity Trainer, ‘HVT’, and continued gains in the Strength category, which were more than offset by continued declines in TreadClimber sales despite increased discounting.”
Mr. Cazenave continued, “Our second quarter performance gives us the confidence to reiterate our 2017 full year guidance of 5%-7% growth in revenues and operating income. We expect to return to double-digit top line growth for the back half of 2017 due to a number of factors. In our Direct segment, expected growth from multiple product offerings, including our Bowflex Max Trainer and the added new HVT offering, along with comparable quarter results reflective of reduced TreadClimber sales, will enable us to return to growth in this segment. In our Retail segment, we anticipate continued solid results driven by expanded product offerings across our Octane, Nautilus, and Bowflex brands, which are expected to garner broad commercial, traditional retail, and e-commerce placement this Fall.”
Net sales for the Direct segment were $39.1 million in the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 13.0% over the comparable period last year. Direct segment sales were impacted by a decline in TreadClimber® product sales, coupled with difficult prior period comps related to the launch of the Max Trainer M7 in late Q1 2016. Operating income for the Direct segment was $2.5 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $7.5 million in the second quarter of last year. Operating income was impacted by the declines in net sales and gross profits, coupled with higher creative costs related to the HVT product launch. Gross margin for the Direct business declined by 380 basis points due to increased discounting for TreadClimber® products and lower volume resulting in lower overhead absorption.
Net sales for the Retail segment were $37.1 million in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 12.7% when compared to $32.9 million in the second quarter last year. The increase reflected robust growth across multiple products and several key customer accounts. Operating income for the Retail segment was $6.1 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared to $4.1 million in the second quarter of last year. The increase in Retail operating income was primarily due to the higher net sales and gross margins, coupled with reversal of a $1.4 million reserve related to settlement of a royalty dispute. Retail gross margin was 34.5% in the second quarter of 2017, compared to 33.5% in the same quarter of the prior year. The higher gross margin reflected improved product mix, coupled with the experience-related reduction of warranty reserves.
Royalty revenue in the second quarter 2017 was $0.8 million, compared to $0.7 million for the same quarter of last year.
As of June 30, 2017, the Company had cash and marketable securities of $85.4 million and debt of $56.0 million, compared to cash and marketable securities of $79.6 million and debt of $64.0 million at year-end 2016. Working capital of $87.1 million as of June 30, 2017 was $2.2 million higher than the 2016 year-end balance of $85.0 million, as an increase in cash and marketable securities offset a decline in other working capital accounts. Inventory as of June 30, 2017 was $42.3 million, compared to $47.0 million as of December 31, 2016 and $43.0 million at the end of the second quarter last year.
Nautilus will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT) on Monday, July 31, 2017. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at http://www.nautilusinc.com/events and will be archived online within one hour after completion of the call. In addition, listeners may call (888) 287-5563 in North America and international listeners may call (719) 325-2495. Participants from the Company will include Bruce M. Cazenave, Chief Executive Officer, Sid Nayar, Chief Financial Officer, and William B. McMahon, Chief Operating Officer.
A telephonic playback will be available from 7:30 p.m. ET, July 31, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. ET, August 14, 2017. Participants can dial (844) 512-2921 in North America and international participants can dial (412) 317-6671 to hear the playback. The passcode for the playback is 4396733.
In addition to disclosing results determined in accordance with GAAP, Nautilus has presented EBITDA from continuing operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.
The Company defines EBITDA from continuing operations as its income from continuing operations, adjusted to exclude interest expense (income), income tax expense of continuing operations, and depreciation and amortization expense. The Company uses EBITDA from continuing operations in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes such as budgeting and establishing operational goals. The Company believes that EBITDA from continuing operations helps identify underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the items that are excluded from EBITDA from continuing operations and enhances the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects. The Company presents EBITDA from continuing operations as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP, and these results should not be regarded as a substitute for GAAP. The Company strongly encourages you to review all of its financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure.
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