Callaway Golf Company reported net sales of $176 million for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010, a decrease of 8% compared to $191 million for the third quarter of 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.”
Gross profit for Golfsmith was $49 million (28% of net sales) compared to gross profit of $60 million (31% of net sales) in the third quarter of 2009.
“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.”
The company reiterated its guidance that full year 2010 gross margins and pro forma earnings are expected to be better than in 2009. Pro forma earnings exclude charges related to the Company’s global operations strategy. These charges are estimated to be $0.17 per share for 2010 and were $0.06 per share for 2009. The Company also refined its prior guidance on full year operating expenses from flat to an increase of approximately 2% over 2009 depending upon foreign currency rates. Because of the uncertain economic environment and the lack of visibility into sales, the Company did not provide more specific financial guidance for the balance of the year. The Company did note, however, that sales from new product introductions in the fourth quarter are expected to be less than in the fourth quarter of 2009 as fewer new products will be released during the fourth quarter of 2010.
For the first nine months, the company reported:
Net sales of $782 million, an increase of 2% compared to $765 million for the same period last year. On a currency neutral basis, net sales would have been $758 million, a decrease of 1% compared to the first nine months of 2009.
Gross profit of $310 million (40% of net sales) compared to $286 million (37% of net sales) for 2009.
Operating expenses of $294 million (38% of net sales) compared to $287 million (38% of net sales) for 2009.
Earnings per share of $0.09 (on 64.3 million shares outstanding) compared to a loss per share of 4 cents (on 63.1 million shares outstanding) for 2009. Results for the period include after-tax charges for the company’s global operations strategy of 7 cents per share in 2010 and 4 cents per share in 2009.
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