Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. reported sales vaulted 118.79 percent in the second quarter ended October 31 to $248.7 million compared with $113.7 million for the comparable quarter last year.

Gross margin for the quarter was 40.6 percent compared with 28.4 percent for the comparable quarter last year.

Quarterly GAAP income was $49.1 million, or 87 cents per diluted share, up from $343,000, or 1 cent, for the comparable quarter last year.

Quarterly non-GAAP income was $52.8 million, or 93 cents per diluted share, compared with $472,000, or 1 cent, for the comparable quarter last year.

GAAP to non-GAAP adjustments for income exclude costs related to the spin-off of the outdoor products and accessories business, COVID-19-related expenses, and other costs. For a detailed reconciliation, see the schedules that follow in this release.

Quarterly non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS was $78.9 million, or 31.7 percent of net sales, compared with $13.4 million, or 11.8 percent of net sales, for the comparable quarter last year.

Mark Smith, president and CEO, commented, “Today, I am pleased to report a second consecutive record-breaking quarter for our 168-year-old company. These results are a testament to Smith & Wesson’s devoted team of employees, and their ability to deliver strong performance in the face of any challenge.  Because of the hard work of our employees, who have been diligently following our safety protocols, we have been able to continue safely operating our business and, during these extremely difficult times when so many of our fellow Americans are out of work, we successfully created and filled 287 new jobs during our second quarter.  Along with our existing employees, our  new team members played a critical role in achieving these record-breaking numbers.”

Deana McPherson, executive vice president and CFO, commented, “Smith & Wesson’s record-breaking financial performance enabled us to generate $49.1 million in net income, seed the outdoor products and accessories business with $25 million of cash at the spin date, repay the final $25 million on our revolving loan, and left us with $55.5 million of cash on hand, and zero bank debt, significantly sooner than our prior internal targets. Additionally, our Board again authorized a $0.05 per share dividend to shareholders of record as of December 17, 2020, with payment to be made on January 5, 2021.”

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