Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM), a leading innovator in the active outdoor apparel and footwear industries, today announced net sales of $290.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, an 8 percent increase compared with net sales of $268.0 million for the same period in 2011. Changes in currency exchange rates reduced the reported sales increase by 1 percentage point.
Second quarter net loss improved 42 percent to $7.9 million, or $(0.23) per diluted share, compared with net loss of $13.6 million, or $(0.40) per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.
Tim Boyle, Columbia’s president and chief executive officer, commented, “Second quarter sales growth reflected improved operational execution and supply chain capacities which allowed us to deliver a larger portion of our international distributors’ Fall 2012 advance orders in the second quarter. We are also in good position entering the third quarter to fulfill wholesale customers’ orders on a timely basis because we have received Fall 2012 inventory earlier this year. Second quarter sales were also strong in Japan and in our U.S. direct-to-consumer business. Continued focus on expense management, reflected by lower SG&A expense, more than offset lower gross margins, resulting in meaningful improvement in our second quarter financial performance.”
Boyle continued, “Based on our performance through the first half of 2012, and despite increasing macro-economic headwinds in key markets, we are reaffirming our full year guidance for 2012 sales growth of up to 1 percent, and operating margins to approximate the 8.1 percent operating margins achieved in 2011. While we recognize the higher degree of uncertainty posed by today’s macro-economic conditions, we remain focused on innovation, operational execution and expense control as we position our brands for renewed sales growth and improved profitability.”Second Quarter Results (All comparisons are between second quarter 2012 and second quarter 2011, unless otherwise noted.)