For Immediate Release

    Company Contact:  
David Weinberg
Chief Operating Officer
Fred Schneider
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 318-3100
    Investor Relations:  
Andrew Greenebaum
Integrated Corporate Relations
(310) 954-1100


Record 2008 Net Sales of $1.441 Billion, an Increase of 3 Percent Over 2007
2008 Net Earnings of $55.4 Million, a Decrease of 27 Percent Over 2007

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA. – February 18, 2009 – SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a global leader in lifestyle footwear, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.

Fiscal year 2008 net sales increased 3 percent to $1.441 billion as compared to net sales of $1.394 billion in 2007. Net earnings for 2008 were $55.4 million versus net earnings of $75.7 million in 2007. For fiscal year 2008, diluted earnings per share were $1.19 based on 46,708,000 weighted average shares outstanding versus diluted earnings per share of $1.63 based on 46,741,000 weighted average shares outstanding in the prior year.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $298.1 million as compared to $302.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $20.4 million versus net earnings of $12.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Net loss per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $0.44 based on 46,123,000 weighted average shares outstanding as compared to net earnings per diluted share of $0.26 based on 46,639,000 weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2007.

“SKECHERS 2008 net sales of over $1.4 billion represent a new record, a significant achievement in a year marked by a rapidly weakening global economic environment,” stated Fred Schneider, chief financial officer of SKECHERS. “Despite the record yearly sales, we saw a shortfall in earnings in the fourth quarter primarily due to a decrease in gross margin of approximately 1,000 basis points from the same period last year. The decrease in gross margin is a direct result of the extremely weak retail climate, which caused a significant decline in U.S. retailers’ comps as well as a number of both retail bankruptcies and going out of business sales. Due to these declining economic conditions, we began to manage our inventory levels down at reduced prices and increased our reserves by over $15 million. As we complete this process, we expect to see our gross margin percentage return to its historic levels of over 40 percent later in 2009.”

Gross profit for 2008 was $595.9 million compared to $600.0 million in 2007. Gross margin for 2008 was 41.4 percent versus 43.0 percent for 2007. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $95.0 million compared to $127.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Gross margin in the fourth quarter 2008 was 31.9 percent versus 42.1 percent for the fourth quarter of 2007.

Robert Greenberg, SKECHERS chief executive officer, commented: “For SKECHERS, 2008 was a year of achievements with several new brands added to our fold, record sales, and meaningful growth in our international business. We continue to see the international arena as an opportunity to further grow our business, and are pleased with the continued solid performance of many of our SKECHERS and fashion brands in both the domestic and international markets. We are continuing to develop fresh styles in our more well-established lines and look forward to our first full year of footwear from Bebe Sport, Punkrose, and the emergence of TapouT footwear in sport retailers and with specialty chains, and other key accounts. Our product remains affordable, fashionable and relevant, offering a great value in the current marketplace. While the macro-economic environment remains challenging, we believe we will continue to be an increasingly important brand around the world given our on-target product, diversified distribution and team of talented people and dedicated partners.”

“In 2008, the economic downturn adversely affected our domestic and, to a lesser degree, our international business. We believe the economy will continue to have a negative impact on the retail industry for the foreseeable future, and the demand for consumer goods will be reduced,” stated David Weinberg, chief operating officer of SKECHERS. “In the first half of 2009, we are focusing on reducing our inventory levels and expenses while maintaining our strong domestic and international presence in this difficult economic environment, which we expect will result in us breaking even in the first half of 2009. As our inventory levels come more in line with our current expected sales and backlog, we believe we will return to profitability in the second half of 2009, and achieve annual revenues between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion. With a strong balance sheet and portfolio of brands, we remain confident that SKECHERS is well-positioned for sustainable long-term profitability.”

SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of footwear for men, women and children under the SKECHERS name, as well as under several uniquely branded names. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its
e-commerce website, as well as in over 100 countries and territories through the Company’s global network of distributors and subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia. Please visit or call the Company’s information line at 877-INFO-SKX.

This announcement may contain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or simply state future results, performance or achievements, and can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will result,” “could,” “may,” “might,” or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international, national and local general economic, political and market conditions; intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; changes in fashion trends and consumer demands; popularity of particular designs and categories of products; the level of sales during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; the ability to anticipate, identify, interpret or forecast changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; the ability to maintain brand image; the ability to sustain, manage and forecast growth and inventories; the ability to secure and protect trademarks, patents and other intellectual property; the loss of any significant customers, decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments; potential disruptions in manufacturing related to overseas sourcing and concentration of production in China, including, without limitation, difficulties associated with political instability in China, the occurrence of a natural disaster or outbreak of a pandemic disease in China, or electrical shortages, labor shortages or work stoppages that may lead to higher production costs and/or production delays; changes in monetary controls and valuations of the Yuan by the Chinese government; increased costs of freight and transportation to meet delivery deadlines; violation of labor or other laws by independent contract manufacturers, suppliers or licensees; potential imposition of additional duties, tariffs or other trade restrictions; business disruptions resulting from natural disasters such as an earthquake due to the location of domestic warehouse, headquarters and a substantial number of retail stores in California; changes in business strategy or development plans; changes in economic conditions that could affect the ability to open retail stores in new markets and/or the sales performance of existing stores; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the disruption, expense and potential liability associated with existing or unanticipated future litigation; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. The risks included here are not exhaustive. We operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and we cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can we assess the impact of all such risk factors on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

(tables to follow)



(In thousands)

    December 31,   December 31,
    2008   2007
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 114,941     $ 199,516  
Short-term investments
Trade accounts receivable, net
    175,064       167,406  
Other receivables
    7,816       10,520  
Total receivables
    182,880       177,926  
    261,209       204,211  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    31,022       13,993  
Deferred tax assets
    11,955       8,594  
Total current assets
    602,007       708,740  
Property and equipment, at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    157,757       98,400  
Intangible assets, less applicable amortization
    5,407       78  
Deferred tax assets
    18,158       13,983  
Long-term investments
Other assets, at cost
    11,062       6,776  
  $ 876,316     $ 827,977  
Current Liabilities:
Current installments of long-term borrowings
  $ 572     $ 437  
Accounts payable
    164,643       164,466  
Accrued expenses
    23,021       19,949  
Total current liabilities
    188,236       184,852  
Long-term borrowings, excluding current installments
    16,188       16,462  
Minority interest
Stockholders’ equity
    668,693       626,663  
  $ 876,316     $ 827,977  



(In thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31
    2008   2007   2008   2007
Net sales
  $ 298,088   $ 302,041   $ 1,440,743   $ 1,394,181
Cost of sales
  203,062   174,789   844,821   794,192
Gross profit
  95,026   127,252   595,922   599,989
Royalty income
  800   787   2,461   4,179
  95,826   128,039   598,383   604,168
Operating expenses:
  21,853   21,079   126,890   126,527
General and administrative
  109,060   89,823   413,601   364,711
  130,913   110,902   540,491   491,238
Other income (expense):
Interest, net
  436   1,434   2,731   5,277
Other, net
  200   (31 )   120   98
  636   1,403   2,851   5,375
Earnings before income taxes and minority interest
  (34,451 )   18,540   60,743   118,305
Income tax expense (benefit from)
  (12,917 )   6,445   7,258   42,619
Minority interest in loss of consolidated
  (1,156 )     (1,911 )  
Net earnings (loss)
  $ (20,378 )   $ 12,095   $ 55,396   $ 75,686
Net earnings per share:
  $ (0.44 )   $ 0.26   $ 1.20   $ 1.67
  $ (0.44 )   $ 0.26   $ 1.19   $ 1.63
Weighted average shares:
  46,123   45,750   46,031   45,262
  46,123   46,639   46,708   46,741


The following information was filed by Skechers Usa Inc (SKX) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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