Exhibit 99.1

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News Release
Corporate Communications
262 N. University Dr.
Farmington, UT 84025
Phone:  801-447-3000

 
For Immediate Release
 
 
 
Media Contact:
Investor Contact:
 
 
Amanda Covington
Michael Pici
Phone: 801-447-3035
Phone: 801-447-3168
E-mail: media.relations@vistaoutdoor.com
E-mail: investor.relations@vistaoutdoor.com
 
Vista Outdoor Announces FY17 Third Quarter Operating Results

Vista Outdoor EPS Includes Non-Cash Intangible Impairment Charge

Vista Outdoor Updates FY17 Financial Guidance

Farmington, Utah, February 9, 2017 Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) today reported operating results for the third quarter of its Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), which ended on January 1, 2017

"Vista Outdoor is committed to delivering long-term growth through the execution of our strategy and a focus on new product development, operational efficiencies and execution excellence," said Vista Outdoor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark DeYoung. "The challenging retail environment we experienced in our first and second quarters worsened in our third quarter following a slow hunting season and the national elections. This resulted in the need for increased promotional activity to support sales and maintain market share. We have also seen increased inventory in our retail and wholesale channels. As a result of these market factors, we announced a non-cash intangible impairment charge. Although we are disappointed in the impairment within the Hunting and Shooting Accessories reporting unit, we continue to drive improvements in our execution and innovation in our product lines. The company launched more than 150 new products during the winter show season. We have created market leading positions in numerous outdoor product categories, and we are committed to delivering long-term value from our portfolio of top brands."

For the third quarter ended January 1, 2017:
Sales were $654 million, up 10 percent from the prior-year quarter, including $92 million from the recent acquisitions. Sales were down 5 percent on an organic basis.
Gross profit was $169 million, relatively flat to the prior-year quarter. This includes $24 million of gross profit from the recent acquisitions, offset by a 14 percent decrease in organic gross profit.
Operating expenses were $553 million, compared to $92 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase primarily reflects a pre-tax, non-cash goodwill and intangible impairment charge of $449 million. The increase in operating expenses also reflects additional expenses generated by the acquired businesses. These increases were partially offset by reductions due to lower incentive accruals as a result of current-year performance, and cost cutting initiatives.
The tax rate for the quarter was 4.4 percent compared to 36.0 percent in the prior-year quarter. The difference in the current-year rate was primarily caused by the non-deductible treatment of the goodwill impairment charge noted above. The adjusted tax rates were 33.6 percent in the third quarter and 36.0 percent in the prior-year quarter.
Fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $(6.44), compared to $0.70 in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EPS was $0.62, compared to $0.70 in the prior-year quarter.
Cash flow provided by operating activities was $58 million compared to $71 million in the prior-year period. Year-to-date free cash flow use was $18 million, compared to free cash flow generation of $51 million in the prior-year period.
The company repurchased approximately 1,560,000 shares for $60 million. On January 23, 2017, Vista Outdoor completed its $100 million share repurchase program. The total number of shares repurchased under this plan was approximately 2,737,000.

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The following information was filed by Vista Outdoor Inc. (VSTO) on Thursday, February 9, 2017 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-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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