Clarus Corp said it expects sales growth for the third quarter to range from 5 percent to 6 percent as triple-digit gains at Sierra Bullets offsets a slight decline at Black Diamond.Sales are expected to range between $63 and $64 million, up from $60.2 million in the third quarter of 2019.Black Diamond sales are expected to decline approximately 10 percent and Sierra sales are expected to increase approximately 130 percent, both compared to the third quarter of 2019. The company also expects adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2020 to range between $8 million to $9 million, an estimated 18 percent to 32 percent increase compared to $6.8 million in the year-ago quarter.As of September 30, cash and cash equivalents are expected to be approximately $17.0 million and total debt is expected to be approximately $41.1 million (net debt of $24.1 million) with approximately $40.0 million of remaining access on the company’s revolving line of credit.

“The momentum of our well-diversified brand portfolio strengthened in the third quarter as demonstrated by today’s preliminary results,” said John Walbrecht, Clarus’ president. “In our Black Diamond business, our performance continued to improve sequentially each month of the quarter, and we believe the brand is well-positioned for continued recovery into the fourth quarter. We also achieved record sales performance in our Sierra brand as a result of strong domestic market conditions, a return to growth in our international markets, and positive reception to our new ammunition line. Our Sierra team continues to do an exemplary job with order fulfillment amid the extraordinary demand environment.”

“These results demonstrate our focus on preserving brand equity while continuing to execute on our ‘innovate and accelerate’ playbook across our portfolio of ‘superfan’ brands, despite COVID-19,” continued Walbrecht. “We look forward to leveraging the optionality we have created in our brands and strong balance sheet as we continue delivering on our long-term growth strategy.”

The company expects to report its full third-quarter 2020 results in early November.

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