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Crocs Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) reported today financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Revenue for the third quarter of 2012 increased 7.5% to $295.6 million compared with revenue of $274.9 million reported in the third quarter of 2011. Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $45.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared with net income of $30.2 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011.
From a channel perspective, wholesale sales increased 1.5% to $156.2 million compared with sales of $154.0 million in the third quarter of 2011. Internet sales increased 6.0% to $27.1 million compared with sales of $25.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. Retail sales increased 17.7% to $112.2 million compared with sales of $95.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. The company ended the quarter with 499 retail store locations compared with 410 locations a year ago. Global same store sales for the third quarter of 2012 increased 1.0% on a currency neutral basis, as the Americas increased 5.5%, Europe increased 0.9%, and Asia declined 6.3%.
Sales growth during the quarter was driven by strength in the Americas and Asia. Geographically, revenue increased 7.4% for the Americas, 11.3% for Asia and decreased 2.9% for Europe. On a constant currency basis, revenue increased 8.6% for the Americas, 13.0% for Asia, 7.3% for Europe, and 10.3% globally.
“Our revenue growth during the third quarter reflects the benefit of balanced distribution channels globally. Our direct to consumer channel in the Americas increased 12% on year-over-year basis, highlighted by a mid single digit same store sales gain, and our expanded presence in Asia resulted in a direct to consumer sales increase of 17% in that region,” said John McCarvel, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our Americas and Asia performance helped to more than offset weakness in the European market, where challenging macroeconomic conditions and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations continue to pressure our results. At the same time, we haven’t been fully immune to some of the recent choppiness in Asia, particularly in Japan, where consumer demand slowed as the third quarter progressed. Despite the economic headwinds we faced during quarter, we continued to grow the business and make strategic progress toward our long-term goal of evolving Crocs into a four-season brand. For the spring summer 2013 season our wholesale pre-books have been strong. We are excited about the prospects for 2013 as enthusiasm for our products continues to grow and our opportunities globally expand.”