Skechers USA, Inc. reported earnings jumped 143.6 percent in its third quarter ended Sept. 30, to $26.8 million, or 53 cents a share, compared to net earnings of $11.0 million, or 22 cents, a year ago. Revenues climbed 20.1 percent to $515.8 million compared to $429.4 million for the third quarter of 2012.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2013 was $230.5 million or 44.7 percent of net sales compared to $187.8 million or 43.7 percent of net sales for the third quarter of last year. Earnings from operations for the third quarter of 2013 were $44.0 million versus earnings from operations of $20.3 million in the third quarter of 2012.
Due to increased domestic profitability, the company revised its estimated effective tax rate for 2013 to 32 percent from 30 percent. As a result, the tax rate for the third quarter of 2013 was 33.2 percent. Also, earnings from operations included additional professional fees related to the re-audit of its 2011 and 2012 consolidated financial statements of approximately $900,000 and $1.7 million during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively.
“The momentum we experienced in the first half of the year continued through the third quarter as we saw revenue growth of 20 percent, making our quarterly net sales the second highest in the company’s history,” began David Weinberg, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. “This growth was the result of strong product demand across our men’s, women’s and kids collections, which drove double-digit increases in net sales in our domestic wholesale and domestic and international company-owned retail businesses, as well as single-digit improvements in our international wholesale business. The 16.9 percent comp stores increase in our domestic and international company-owned stores during the quarter is further validation of the increased demand for our product.”
Net earnings for the third quarter were $26.8 million compared to net earnings of $11.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. Diluted net earnings per share for the third quarter were $0.53 on 50,604,000 weighted average shares outstanding, compared to diluted net earnings per share of $0.22 on 49,923,000 weighted average shares outstanding for the third quarter of 2012.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, net sales were $1.396 billion compared to net sales of $1.165 billion in the first nine months of 2012. Gross profit for the first nine months of 2013 was $618.1 million or 44.3 percent of net sales, compared to $514.9 million or 44.2 percent of net sales for the first nine months of 2012. Earnings from operations for the first nine months of 2013 were $76.5 million, compared to earnings from operations of $14.4 million in the first nine months of 2012.
Net earnings for first nine months of 2013 were $40.6 million compared to net earnings of $5.6 million in the same period last year. Diluted net earnings per share in the first nine months of 2013 was $0.80 per share on 50,532,000 weighted average shares, compared to net earnings per share of $0.11 on 49,834,000 weighted average shares for the same period last year.
Robert Greenberg, Skechers chief executive officer, commented: “Through constant product innovation, development and execution backed by effective marketing, the last three months, as well as the first half of the year, have been exceptional for Skechers. The strong demand for our product is reflected in both our sales and incoming order rates. This demand is driven by multiple product categories from our award-winning Skechers GO platform to the Relaxed Fit from Skechers collections for men and women, to our lighted and non-lighted kids offering both in the United States as well as many key markets around the world. To create increased brand awareness, we continue to support our many successful product initiatives with a multi-platform marketing approach with television commercials as the cornerstone, and print, outdoor, events, digital, in-store, and social media as integral mediums. During back-to-school, we aired a number of campaigns, including television commercials with Brooke Burke-Charvet and Joe Montana, both of which we will also air for the Holiday season. We are continuing to build on this momentum with the development of more new product, including the evolution of our Skechers GO footwear and the expansion of our Skechers Sport and Sport Active collections, and we believe that our continued strong product and marketing support will result in further growth opportunities in 2014.”
Weinberg added, “We believe the product success and financial performance we have experienced in the first nine months of 2013 will continue in the fourth quarter, as well as into 2014. Our domestic and international combined backlogs are up 19.7 percent from the prior year period, and our third quarter was one of our strongest third quarters for incoming orders, with October also shaping up to be one of our strongest Octobers for incoming orders. Our cash balance of $333 million, in-line inventory levels, and significantly improved profitability are all indicators of our commitment to efficiently grow our business. While we are very pleased with our position in the global footwear market, we believe the strong demand for our many product categories will continue into the foreseeable future.”