Weyco Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Results

MILWAUKEE, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyco Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WEYS) (the "Company") today announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.

FOURTH QUARTER

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $95.3 million, an increase of 21% from 2013 net sales of $78.5 million. Earnings from operations were $13.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 24% as compared to $10.8 million in 2013. Net earnings attributable to the Company were $8.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, as compared to $6.8 million in 2013, an increase of 19%. Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 included $611,000 ($373,000 after tax) of expense resulting from an increase in the estimated liability for future payments related to the 2011 acquisition of The Combs Company ("Bogs"). Without this adjustment, earnings from operations and net earnings attributable to the Company would have been up 30% and 25%, respectively, for the quarter.

Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.75 in the fourth quarter of 2014, up from $0.62 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013. Without the Bogs liability adjustment described above, diluted earnings per share on an adjusted basis would have been $0.78 in the fourth quarter of 2014, as shown in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure" table below.

Net sales in the North American wholesale segment, which include North American wholesale sales and licensing revenues, were $73.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, up 27% as compared to $58.2 million in 2013. Within the wholesale segment, net sales of our BOGS brand were up 69% this quarter, driven by increased sales of women's and children's boots in the U.S. and Canada. Stacy Adams net sales increased 19% for the quarter, due to sales volume increases in the modern dress shoe category which resulted in higher sales with department stores and national shoe chains. Net sales of the Nunn Bush brand were up 13% for the quarter, mainly due to higher sales with department stores and internet retailers. Florsheim net sales were up 10% for the quarter, driven by higher sales volumes with national shoe chains and internet retailers. Wholesale gross earnings were 35.2% of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to 36.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease in gross earnings percentage was the result of significantly lower margins in our Canadian business, caused by the weaker Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar in the fourth quarter of 2014, as compared to last year's fourth quarter. Driven by higher sales volumes, wholesale earnings from operations increased 26% to $9.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, from $7.8 million in 2013. This year's fourth quarter earnings from operations included additional expense resulting from the Bogs liability adjustment described above. Without this adjustment, wholesale earnings from operations would have been up 33% for the quarter.

Net sales in the North American retail segment, which include sales from the Company's Florsheim retail stores and its internet business in the United States, were $7.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 9% as compared to $6.9 million in 2013. Same store sales were up 11% for the quarter. There was one fewer domestic retail store operating during the fourth quarter of 2014 than there was in last year's fourth quarter. Earnings from operations for the retail segment were $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 14% as compared to $1.5 million in 2013. The increase in both sales and operating earnings was due to improved performance in the Company's U.S. internet business.

Other net sales, which include the wholesale and retail sales of Florsheim Australia and Florsheim Europe, were $13.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 3% as compared to $13.5 million in 2013. This increase was primarily due to higher net sales in Florsheim Europe's wholesale business. Florsheim Australia's net sales were flat at $12.1 million this quarter, compared to the same period last year. In local currency, Florsheim Australia's net sales were up 8% for the quarter, due to higher sales in its retail businesses, where sales were up 15% (same store sales up 6%), partially offset by lower sales in its wholesale businesses, where sales were down 7% for the quarter. Florsheim Australia's net sales in U.S. dollars were negatively impacted by the weaker Australian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar in 2014. Earnings from operations of these businesses were $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 23% as compared to $1.6 million in the same period one year ago. This increase was driven by higher gross margins in Florsheim Australia's wholesale businesses.

FULL YEAR 2014

Overall net sales in 2014 were $320.5 million, an increase of 7% from 2013 net sales of $300.3 million. Earnings from operations were $30.7 million in 2014, up 10% as compared to $27.8 million in 2013. Net earnings attributable to the Company were $19.0 million in 2014, as compared to $17.6 million in 2013, an increase of 8%. Earnings for 2014 included $611,000 ($373,000 after tax) of expense resulting from an increase in the estimated liability for future payments related to the 2011 acquisition of Bogs. Without this adjustment, earnings from operations and net earnings attributable to the Company would have been up 12% and 10%, respectively, for the year.

Diluted earnings per share increased to $1.75 in 2014, up from $1.62 per share in 2013. Without the Bogs liability adjustment described above, 2014 diluted earnings per share on an adjusted basis would have been $1.78, as shown in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure" table below.

Net sales in the North American wholesale segment, which include North American wholesale sales and licensing revenues, were $243.4 million in 2014, up 8% as compared to $225.7 million in 2013. Within the wholesale segment, net sales of our BOGS brand were up 46% for the year, driven by increased sales of women's and children's boots in the U.S. and Canada. Stacy Adams net sales were up 5% for the year, due to sales volume increases in the modern dress shoe category which resulted in higher sales across a number of distribution categories. Net sales of our Nunn Bush and Florsheim brands were down 4% and 1%, respectively, for the year. The decline at Nunn Bush was mainly due to lower sales with one major department store. Florsheim net sales were down due to lower sales with department stores and independent stores, partially offset by increases with chain stores and internet retailers. Wholesale gross earnings were 32.3% of net sales in 2014, compared to 32.6% in 2013. The decrease in gross earnings percentage was the result of significantly lower margins in our Canadian business, caused by the weaker Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar in 2014, as compared to 2013. Driven by higher sales volumes, wholesale earnings from operations increased 9% to $22.5 million in 2014, from $20.7 million in 2013. This year's earnings from operations included additional expense resulting from the Bogs liability adjustment described above. Without this adjustment, wholesale earnings from operations would have been up 11% for the year.

In the North American retail segment, net sales were flat at $23.3 million in 2014 and 2013. There were seven fewer domestic retail stores operating in 2014 than in 2013; one store that closed in 2014 and six stores that closed throughout 2013. The sales losses from these closed stores were offset by a 5% increase in same store sales for the year. Earnings from operations for the retail segment were $3.3 million in 2014, up 9% as compared to $3.0 million in 2013. This increase was due to improved performance in the Company's U.S. internet business.

The Company's other businesses had net sales of $53.7 million in 2014, up 5% as compared with $51.4 million in 2013. This increase was due to higher sales volumes at both Florsheim Europe and Florsheim Australia. Florsheim Australia's net sales were up $1.4 million, or 3%, for the year. In local currency, Florsheim Australia's net sales were up 10% for the year. This increase was due to higher sales in both its retail businesses, where sales were up 13% (same store sales up 10%), and its wholesale businesses, where sales were up 6%. Florsheim Australia's net sales in U.S. dollars were negatively impacted by the weaker Australian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar in 2014. Earnings from operations of these businesses were $4.8 million in 2014, up 21% as compared to $4.0 million last year. The increase was primarily due to higher operating earnings at Florsheim Australia.

"We are excited about the growth of our BOGS brand this year, which was fueled by the growing popularity of the brand in both the U.S. and Canada," stated Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr., the Company's Chairman and CEO. "We are also encouraged by the positive momentum our legacy brands enjoyed during the second half of the year. As we embark on 2015, we feel our brands are well-positioned in their respective markets for future growth."

On March 2, 2015, the Company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.19 per share to all shareholders of record on March 16, 2015, payable March 31, 2015.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2014


2013


2014


2013

Diluted earnings per share, as reported

$               0.75


$            0.62


$            1.75


$           1.62

Effect of Bogs liability adjustment

0.03


-


0.03


-

Diluted earnings per share, as adjusted

$               0.78


$            0.62


$            1.78


$           1.62

In addition to the results reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") included in this release, the table above (as well as the information provided in this release) provides certain non-GAAP financial information, related to diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of the Bogs liability adjustment (as described in more details above). Management believes that presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information to investors because this information may allow investors to better evaluate ongoing business performance and certain components of the Company's results. In addition, the Company believes the presentation of diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of the Bogs liability adjustment enhances an investor's ability to make period-to-period comparisons of the Company's operating results. This information should be considered in addition to the results presented in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for the GAAP results. The Company has reconciled the non-GAAP financial information included in this release to the nearest GAAP measure.

Conference Call Details

Weyco Group will host a conference call on March 3, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results in more detail. To participate in the call please dial 888-679-8035 or 617-213-4848, referencing passcode 55353660, five minutes before the start of the call. A replay will be available for one year beginning about two hours after the completion of the call at the following webcast link: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/3o433q3z. Alternatively, the conference call and replay will be available by visiting the investor relations section of Weyco Group's website at www.weycogroup.com.

About Weyco Group

Weyco Group, Inc., designs and markets quality and innovative footwear for men, women and children under a portfolio of well-recognized brand names including: Florsheim, Nunn Bush, Stacy Adams, BOGS, Rafters and Umi. The Company's products can be found in leading footwear, department, and specialty stores worldwide. Weyco Group also operates Florsheim concept stores in the United States and Australia, as well as in a variety of international markets.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Various factors could cause the results of Weyco Group to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to: (i) successfully market and sell its products in a highly competitive industry and in view of changing consumer trends, consumer acceptance of products and other factors affecting retail market conditions; (ii) procure its products from independent manufacturers; and (iii) other factors, including those detailed from time to time in Weyco Group's filings made with the SEC. Weyco Group undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

WEYCO GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013 (UNAUDITED)





















Three Months Ended December 31, 


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2014


2013


2014


2013



(In thousands, except per share amounts)










Net sales

$  95,271


$   78,545


$    320,488


$   300,284

Cost of sales

56,205


45,208


197,420


182,971

Gross earnings

39,066


33,337


123,068


117,313










Selling and administrative expenses

25,685


22,536


92,411


89,558

Earnings from operations

13,381


10,801


30,657


27,755










Interest income 

282


317


1,174


1,461

Interest expense

(55)


(70)


(178)


(384)

Other (expense) and income, net

(334)


97


(595)


(653)










Earnings before provision for income taxes

13,274


11,145


31,058


28,179










Provision for income taxes

4,746


3,887


11,234


9,930










Net earnings

8,528


7,258


19,824


18,249










Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest

438


454


804


648










Net earnings attributable to Weyco Group, Inc.

$    8,090


$     6,804


$      19,020


$     17,601










Weighted average shares outstanding









Basic

10,735


10,807


10,791


10,779


Diluted

10,845


10,939


10,888


10,865










Earnings per share









Basic

$      0.75


$       0.63


$          1.76


$         1.63


Diluted

$      0.75


$       0.62


$          1.75


$         1.62










Cash dividends declared (per share)

$      0.19


$       0.18


$          0.75


$         0.54

WEYCO GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)













December 31,


December 31,



2014


2013



(Dollars in thousands)

ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents


$                   12,499


$                   15,969

Marketable securities, at amortized cost


5,914


5,196

Accounts receivable, net


55,100


48,530

Accrued income tax receivable


-


1,055

Inventories


69,015


63,196

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


7,521


6,136

     Total current assets


150,049


140,082






Marketable securities, at amortized cost


24,540


25,024

Deferred income tax benefits


1,999


-

Property, plant and equipment, net


33,694


35,112

Goodwill


11,112


11,112

Trademarks


34,748


34,748

Other assets


21,304


21,455

     Total assets


$               277,446


$               267,533






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:





Short-term borrowings


$                     5,405


$                   12,000

Accounts payable


15,657


13,956

Dividend payable


2,045


1,949

Accrued liabilities


12,752


10,902

Accrued income tax payable


151


-

Deferred income tax liabilities 


1,747


849

     Total current liabilities


37,757


39,656






Deferred income tax liabilities 


-


1,993

Long-term pension liability


33,379


21,901

Other long-term liabilities


8,356


6,991






Common stock


10,821


10,876

Capital in excess of par value


37,966


31,729

Reinvested earnings


160,179


156,983

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(18,030)


(9,422)

     Total Weyco Group, Inc. equity


190,936


190,166

Noncontrolling interest


7,018


6,826

     Total equity


197,954


196,992

     Total liabilities and equity


$               277,446


$               267,533

WEYCO GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)











Twelve Months Ended December 31,




2014


2013




(Dollars in thousands)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net earnings

$        19,824


$         18,249


Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash





 provided by operating activities - 






Depreciation

3,659


3,962



Amortization

361


272



Bad debt expense

240


132



Deferred income taxes

1,115


1,268



Net losses on remeasurement of contingent consideration

611


24



Net foreign currency transaction losses

268


279



Stock-based compensation

1,465


1,283



Pension contributions

(1,300)


(1,282)



Pension expense

2,212


3,737



Other-than-temporary investment impairment

-


200



Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance

(552)


(540)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities - 






Accounts receivable

(6,787)


421



Inventories

(5,807)


2,048



Prepaid expenses and other assets

(901)


(295)



Accounts payable

1,626


2,846



Accrued liabilities and other

604


(2,858)



Accrued income taxes

1,205


80



    Net cash provided by operating activities

17,843


29,826







CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:





Purchase of marketable securities

(8,427)


(122)


Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities

8,177


13,968


Life insurance premiums paid

(155)


(155)


Investment in real estate

-


(3,206)


Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(2,890)


(2,699)



     Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities

(3,295)


7,786







CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Cash dividends paid

(8,029)


(3,904)


Cash dividends paid to noncontrolling interest of subsidiary

(198)


(205)


Shares purchased and retired

(7,984)


(4,623)


Proceeds from stock options exercised

4,881


3,932


Payment of contingent consideration

-


(1,270)


Proceeds from bank borrowings

101,200


11,000


Repayments of bank borrowings

(107,795)


(44,000)


Income tax benefits from stock-based compensation

133


570



     Net cash used for financing activities

(17,792)


(38,500)








Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(226)


(431)








Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$                (3,470)


$         (1,319)







CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at beginning of year

15,969


17,288







CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at end of year

$                12,499


$         15,969







SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:





Income taxes paid, net of refunds

$                  8,875


$           7,807


Interest paid

$                     127


$              335



CONTACT: John Wittkowske, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 414-908-1880


The following information was filed by Weyco Group Inc (WEYS) on Monday, March 2, 2015 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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