O THER F INANCIAL I NFORMATION
At March 29, 2013, debt, net of cash was $20.2 million which was slightly below debt, net of cash of $21.8 million at the end of the prior year quarter. Depreciation and amortization was $5.1 million year-to-date, compared to $5.7 million during the prior year-to-date period. Capital spending totaled $6.1 million during the first six-month period compared with $5.0 million in the previous 2012 year-to-date period.
"Pre-season demand and a delay in shipments due to a delayed season in some U.S. markets resulted in the increase in inventory. Access and analysis of proprietary point-of-sale data helps ensure we take the right steps at the right time throughout the year to keep inventory levels consistent with demand," said David W. Johnson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Our cash position is strong, providing us the ability to invest in targeted strategic growth opportunities as we continue to evaluate a range of capital deployment strategies."
W EBCASTThe Company will host a conference call and audio web cast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday May 3, 2013. A live listen-only web cast of the conference call may be accessed at Johnson Outdoors' home page. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days on the Internet. A BOUT J OHNSON O UTDOORS I NC . J OHNSON O UTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Gear. Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Old Town ® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak ™ and Necky ® kayaks; Carlisle ® paddles; Extrasport ® personal flotation devices; Minn Kota ® motors; Cannon ® downriggers; Humminbird ® marine electronics; LakeMaster ® electronic charts; SCUBAPRO ® and SUBGEAR ® dive equipment; Silva ® compasses; Jetboil ® outdoor cooking systems; and Eureka! ® camping and hiking equipment. Visit Johnson Outdoors at http://www.johnsonoutdoors.com S AFE H ARBOR S TATEMENT Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements," intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical fact are considered forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "anticipate,'' "believe,'' "could,'' "expect,'' "intend,'' "may,'' "planned,'' "potential,'' "should,'' "will,'' "would'' or the negative of those terms or other words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those currently anticipated. Factors that could affect actual results or outcomes include changes in economic conditions, consumer confidence levels and discretionary spending patterns in key markets; the Company's continued success in implementing its strategic plan, including its targeted sales growth platforms and focus on innovation; the Company's success in integrating strategic acquisitions; litigation costs related to actions of and disputes with third parties, including competitors; the Company's continued success in working capital management and cost-structure reductions; the Company's ongoing success in meeting financial covenants in its credit agreements with lenders; risk of future write-downs of goodwill or other intangible assets; ability of the Company's customers to meet payment obligations; movements in foreign currencies, interest rates and commodity costs; the success of suppliers and customers; the ability of the Company to deploy its capital successfully; adverse weather conditions; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.