K-Swiss Inc. reported sales slumped 34.8% in the second quarter to $54 million from $82.9 million a year ago. The company reported a net loss of $11.5 million, or 33 cents a share, in the period.

Results for the 2009 period include a pre-tax non-operating loss of $2.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share (after tax), from the acquisition of the remaining interest in Palladium SAS in June 2009, and a pre-tax gain of $1.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share (after tax), from the sale of Royal Elastics in April 2009. he sale of Royal Elastics on April 30, 2009, is being accounted for as a discontinued operation in the Company’s financial results and is excluded from futures orders data for the current and prior-year periods.

In the year-ago quarter, K-Swiss earned $26.4 million, or 75 cents a share, a year ago after a pre-tax gain of $30 million, or 52 cents a share, related to the settlement of litigation.

Domestic revenues in the quarter decreased 18.7% to $28.7 million in the second quarter, and international revenues decreased 46.8% to $25.3 million.

The net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2009, was $12.6 million, or 36 cents per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $33 million, or 95 cents, a year ago.

Total worldwide revenues for the first six months of 2009 decreased 29.4% to $128.1 million compared with $181.3 million, in the first six months of 2008. Domestic revenues decreased 22.3% to $59.1 million in the first half of 2009, and international revenues decreased 34.4% to $69 million.

Futures Orders

Worldwide futures orders with start ship dates from July through December 2009 were $70.6 million at June 30, 2009, compared with $101,852,000 at June 30, 2008, a decline of 30.6%. Domestic futures orders decreased 43.0% to $21.4 million at June 30, 2009, from $37 million, the previous year. International futures orders decreased 23.4% to $49.3 million at June 30, 2009, from $64.3 million the previous year. Excluding Palladium, our international backlog would have been $37.9 million at June 30, 2009, or a decrease of 41.0%.

Palladium

For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, Palladium brand revenues were $2.1 million with a net loss of $1.74 million. Futures orders with start ship dates from July through December 2009 were $11.5. million  at June 30, 2009. Revenues, financial results and futures orders for Palladium are included in the consolidated results above for the 2009 periods. On June 16, 2009, the Company completed the acquisition of the remaining 43% equity interest in Palladium SAS for 5.0 million Euros in cash plus a potential earn out based on Palladium’s EBITDA for 2012. K•Swiss had previously acquired a 57% equity interest in Palladium in July 2008, as well as the trademarks to the brand in the United States and Canada earlier in 2008.

Sale of Royal Elastics

On April 30, 2009, the Company completed the sale of Royal Elastics, the Company’s laceless fashion footwear brand. The sale resulted in a pre-tax gain of approximately $1.9 million, or 5 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2009.

Earnings Guidance

The company expects full-year revenues to be approximately $215 million to $230 million and expects to report a full-year loss per diluted share of approximately $0.70 to $0.90. Full-year SG&A expenses are currently projected to be approximately $121 million, but are expected to fluctuate based on strategic decisions made during the year as well as general trends in the retail marketplace.

Steven Nichols, chairman and president, stated, “The environment at retail, as well as our brand’s popularity, remain challenging and are evident in the continued year-over-year decline in sales, earnings and backlog. We are managing this environment with firm control of our administrative cost structure, but with an eye on the future as we continue product development investments establishing K-Swiss as an innovator in Classic, Tennis and Running. It is just beginning to pay off with athletes winning in our products. We are slowly beginning to attain the brand recognition we desire.”













































































































































































































































































































































K•Swiss Inc. Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(In thousands, except earnings per share data)

 
   
 
   


Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended


June 30,
June 30,


2009

2008
2009

2008


(Unaudited)
(Unaudited)
Revenues
$ 54,032


$ 82,885

$ 128,076


$ 181,286
Cost of goods sold
  37,772  

  46,513  
  83,524  

  98,978
Gross profit

16,260



36,372


44,552



82,308
Selling, general and administrative expenses
  30,304  

  33,556  
  60,280  

  73,917
Operating (loss) profit

(14,044 )


2,816


(15,728 )


8,391
Other (expense) income, net

(763 )


30,000


(763 )


30,000
Interest Income, net
  468  

  1,864  
  344  

  4,156
(Loss) earnings before income taxes and discontinued operations

(14,339 )


34,680


(16,147 )


42,547
Income tax (benefit) expense
  (3,274 )

  6,959  
  (3,477 )

  7,696
(Loss) earnings before discontinued operations

(11,065 )


27,721


(12,670 )


34,851
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, less applicable income tax
  (432 )

  (1,298 )
  80  

  (1,318
Net (loss) earnings
$ (11,497 )

$ 26,423  
$ (12,590 )

$ 33,533
Basic (loss) earnings per share
$ (0.33 )

$ 0.76  
$ (0.36 )

$ 0.97
Diluted (loss) earnings per share
$ (0.33 )

$ 0.75  
$ (0.36 )

$ 0.95
Weighted average number of shares outstanding









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