EMEA region net sales declined $44.8 million, or 16 percent, including a 4 percentage point negative effect from changes in currency exchange rates; Canada net sales declined $14.9 million, or 11 percent, with a neutral effect from changes in currency exchange rates; and U.S. net sales declined $1.3 million, or less than 1 percent. Those declines were partially offset by an LAAP region net sales increase of $36.6 million, or 11 percent, including a neutral effect from changes in currency exchange rates. (See “Geographical Net Sales” table below.)
Apparel, Accessories & Equipment net sales totaled $1.35 billion, an increase of $12.1 million, or 1 percent. Footwear net sales totaled $322.6 million, a decrease of $36.5 million, or 10 percent. (See “Categorical Net Sales” table below.)
Columbia brand net sales totaled $1.39 billion, essentially equal to 2011 Columbia brand net sales of $1.39 billion; Sorel brand net sales totaled $127.0 million, a decrease of $23.3 million, or 16 percent; and Mountain Hardwear brand net sales totaled $141.5 million, compared to 2011 net sales of $142.3 million. (See “Brand Net Sales” table below.)
Balance SheetThe company ended the year with $335.4 million in cash and short-term investments, compared with $243.9 million at December 31, 2011. Consolidated inventories of $363.3 million at December 31, 2012 were less than 1 percent lower than the $365.2 million balance at December 31, 2011. A high single-digit unit decline was largely offset by higher average unit costs and changes in product mix. Dividend The board of directors approved a first quarter dividend of $0.22 per share, payable on March 6, 2013 to shareholders of record on February 21, 2013. Preliminary 2013 Financial Outlook All projections related to anticipated future results are forward-looking in nature and are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ, perhaps significantly.