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Vista Outdoor Reports FY15 Third Quarter Operating Results

CLEARFIELD, Utah, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Outdoor Inc. ("Vista Outdoor") today reported operating results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 (FY15), which ended on December 28, 2014. As previously announced, Alliant Techsystems Inc. ("ATK") (NYSE: ATK) and Orbital Sciences Corporation ("Orbital") have entered into a transaction agreement, whereby ATK's Aerospace and Defense Groups will merge with Orbital immediately following the spin-off of ATK's Sporting Group business as Vista Outdoor. The companies anticipate completing the transaction on February 9, 2015, subject to the satisfaction of remaining closing conditions.

Vista Outdoor operates two business segments: Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products (see Segment Results below).

Third quarter sales for Vista Outdoor were $507 million, down 3 percent from the prior-year quarter of $524 million, due to decreased volume in the Shooting Sports segment, partially offset by an increase in the Outdoor Products segment. On a proforma basis, sales in the prior-year quarter were $580 million, which was calculated by combining the results of Vista Outdoor with the standalone results of Bushnell for the pre-acquisition period prior to November 1, 2013. On a proforma organic basis, sales decreased 13 percent.

Gross profit was flat in the third quarter compared to the prior-year period at $134 million. The increase in gross profit in the Outdoor Products segment was offset by decreased gross profit in the Shooting Sports segment and increased corporate costs.

As previously announced, during the third quarter, Vista Outdoor recorded a $52 million ($48 million, net of tax) non-cash, goodwill/trade name impairment charge associated with the Savage acquisition with only partial tax benefits. The basis for this impairment charge reflects the current market correction impacting demand for firearms. A major factor to this impairment is the significant impact to the valuations of other firearms market participants, which was considered as a basis for this impairment. Also, contributing to this impairment is a decline in the company's near-term projected cash flows in the firearms business.

Reflecting this impairment charge, third quarter operating profit was $11 million compared to $63 million in the prior-year period. Excluding the goodwill/trade name impairment and transaction costs in both the current and prior-year periods, adjusted operating profit was $66 million compared to $75 million (see reconciliation tables for details). This is a result of the gross profit being flat as noted above and an increase in selling and general and administrative costs, primarily due to a full-quarter of the November 2013 Bushnell acquisition.

"Vista Outdoor's leadership in its current markets, broad portfolio of widely recognized brands, scale position and common distribution uniquely position Vista Outdoor for growth in an attractive $63 billion outdoor recreation industry," said Mark DeYoung, ATK President and Chief Executive Officer and named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Vista Outdoor. "Despite the recent market conditions in certain segments of the shooting sports industry, our ability to outperform our competitors, maintain attractive margins, deliver innovative products and strategically position our portfolio with a variety of customers enables Vista Outdoor to position itself for new market opportunities and utilize proven execution excellence to deliver results for our shareholders. Due to the nature of the transaction, Vista Outdoor will be spun off with low leverage and will pursue a balanced capital deployment strategy."

Please see segment and corporate results below.

SUMMARY OF REPORTED RESULTS

The following tables present the company's results for the third quarter of the fiscal year, which ended December 28, 2014 (in thousands).

Sales:


Quarters Ended


December 28, 2014


December 29, 2013


$

Change


%

Change

Shooting Sports

$

308,787


$

383,543


$

(74,756)


(19.5)%

Outdoor Products

198,094


140,685


57,409


40.8%

Total sales

$

506,881


$

524,228


$

(17,347)


(3.3)%

Gross Profit:


Quarters Ended


December 28, 2014


December 29, 2013


$
Change



Change

Shooting Sports

$

80,973


$

104,566


$

(23,593)


(22.6)%

Outdoor Products

54,224


28,253


25,971


91.9%

Corporate

(1,160)


857


(2,017)


235.4%

Total gross profit

$

134,037


$

133,676


$

361


0.3%

SEGMENT RESULTS

The Shooting Sports segment designs, develops and manufactures ammunition, long guns and related equipment products. Brands under the Shooting Sports segment include: American Eagle, Blazer, CCI, Estate Cartridge, Federal Premium, Fusion, Savage Arms, Speer and Stevens.

The Outdoor Products segment designs, develops, manufactures and sources optics, archery products, helmets, eyewear and accessories. The segment currently includes the following brands: Alliant Powder, Bee Stinger, BLACKHAWK!, Bollé, Bushnell, Butler Creek, Cébé, Champion Target, Eagle, Final Approach, GunMate, Gunslick Pro, Gold Tip, Hoppe's, Millett, Night Optics, Outers, Primos, RCBS, Serengeti, Simmons, Stoney Point, Tasco, Uncle Mike's and Weaver Optics.

SHOOTING SPORTS

Sales in the third quarter decreased 19 percent to $309 million, compared to $384 million in the prior-year quarter. The decrease was driven primarily by reduced volume of .223/5.56 ammunition (which is primarily sourced from ATK), primers and firearms as a result of softening market demand.

Gross profit for the quarter was $81 million, down 23 percent, compared to $105 million in the prior-year period, reflecting the decrease in sales noted above, product mix and targeted promotional activity in response to current market conditions.

OUTDOOR PRODUCTS

Third quarter sales increased 41 percent to $198 million, compared to $141 million in the prior-year quarter, including results from the Bushnell acquisition. On a proforma basis, sales in the prior-year quarter were $197 million, which was calculated by combining the results of the Outdoor Products segment with the standalone results of Bushnell for the pre-acquisition period. Proforma organic sales grew 1 percent largely due to growth in the optics business, partially offset by softening in the tactical accessories and reloading business. Sales from the Bushnell acquisition were $151 million in the current year period compared to $85 million in the prior-year period.

Gross profit in the third quarter was $54 million, up 92 percent compared to $28 million in the prior-year quarter, including results from the Bushnell acquisition and the absence of facility rationalization costs incurred in the prior-year quarter. Gross profit from the Bushnell acquisition was $44 million in the current-year period compared to $21 million in the prior-year period, including inventory step-up and transition costs.

CORPORATE AND OTHER

Corporate gross profit primarily reflects expenses incurred for foreign currency gain/loss, pension and postretirement expense, derivative instruments and self-insurance results. In the third quarter, corporate and other was $1 million of expense, compared to $1 million in income from the prior-year quarter, primarily reflecting changes in foreign currency and derivative gain/loss.

Operating expenses increased by $52 million from the prior-year period, driven by the goodwill/trade name impairment recorded in the current year. Research and development costs were relatively flat. Selling expenses increased primarily due to increased commissions as a result of the full-quarter costs associated with the Bushnell acquisition. General and administrative costs decreased due to the absence of acquisition transaction costs in the prior-year quarter, partially offset by transaction costs related to the anticipated transaction and full-quarter costs associated with the Bushnell acquisition.

The current financial statements include approximately $1 billion of allocated long-term debt and associated interest expense of approximately $8.4 million. Following the spin-off of Vista Outdoor from ATK, the company will have $350 million of debt at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 1.75 and approximately $175 million of cash.

OUTLOOK

"After exceptional prior-period growth rates, the shooting sports market is currently settling back to normalized demand levels," said Stephen Nolan, the named Chief Financial Officer for Vista Outdoor. "Our results are in line with our expectations for the market correction and recovery. The average market correction period is approximately18 months. Consistent with previous expectations, we see Vista Outdoor generating modest growth for FY16, primarily in the second half of the year. We continue to position the company for future growth with our focus on delivering new, innovative solutions to the market, such as the Bushnell Tour-X Golf Laser Range Finder and the Savage A17 rifle."

Vista Outdoor anticipates providing guidance in its fiscal year 2015 year-end earnings release in the May 2015 time frame.

On the anticipated closing date, February 9, ATK stockholders as of the applicable record date, February 2, will receive two shares of Vista Outdoor common stock for every one share of ATK common stock they hold.

Vista Outdoor common stock is expected to trade on a "when-issued" basis on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") from January 29 through February 9. On the first trading day following the closing, which is expected to be February 10, "regular way" trading of Vista Outdoor common stock under the symbol "VSTO" will begin. Additional information concerning Vista Outdoor and the proposed spin-off is contained in Vista Outdoor's registration statement on Form 10.

Vista Outdoor will be headquartered in Utah, an outdoor recreation hub for manufacturers and recreational-equipment suppliers to the outdoor industry. The company will have approximately 5,800 employees across the U.S. and internationally. The company's widely known and respected brands include: Alliant Powder, CCI, Cébé, Champion Targets, BLACKHAWK!, Bollé, Bushnell, Federal Premium, Final Approach, Gold Tip Arrows, Hoppe's, Outers, Primos, RCBS, Savage Arms, Serengeti, Speer, Uncle Mike's, Weaver Optics.

The company's competitive strengths include a portfolio of authentic brands focused on outdoor sports and recreation; leading innovation and product development competencies; proven manufacturing, global sourcing and distribution platforms; and proven M&A capabilities, highlighted by the recent acquisitions of BLACKHAWK!, Savage Arms and Bushnell.

Vista Outdoor has built a long-tenured, highly experienced and capable leadership team focused on executing a strategy to capitalize on a growing and fragmented market, develop new and innovative products to drive organic growth and customer loyalty, leverage relationships with wholesale and retail channels, continuously improve operations and expand into complementary or adjacent categories through M&A.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBIT

EBIT, excluding goodwill/trade name impairment, transaction costs for Bushnell acquisition and proposed transactions, and Bushnell inventory step-up, is a non-GAAP financial measure that Vista Outdoor defines as EBIT excluding the impact of these items. Vista Outdoor management is presenting this measure so a reader may compare EBIT excluding these items as the measures provide investors with an important perspective on the operating results of the Company. Vista Outdoor management uses these measurements internally to assess business performance, and Vista Outdoor's definition may differ from those used by other companies.

Total Vista Outdoor for the Quarter Ending






December 28, 2014:






EBIT


As reported


$

11,394


Goodwill/trade name impairment


52,220


Transaction costs


2,597


As adjusted


$

66,211






December 29, 2013:






EBIT


As reported


$

62,575


Transaction costs


10,591


Inventory step-up


1,377


As adjusted


$

74,543






About Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has more than 30 well-recognized brands that provide consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products in the ammunition, firearms and outdoor accessories categories. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 10 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada along with international sales and sourcing operations in Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although Vista Outdoor believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: Vista Outdoor's ability to operate successfully as a standalone business; the ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain and grow its relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners, including the ability to obtain acceptable third party licenses; the company's ability to adapt its products to changes in technology or the marketplace and the corresponding assumptions regarding customer preferences and market acceptance of new products; assumptions regarding the ability to maintain and enhance brand recognition and reputation; reductions or changes in demand for commercial ammunition, firearms or accessories or other outdoor sports and recreation products, including the risk that placed orders exceed actual customer requirements; assumptions regarding seasonality and weather conditions in the company's markets; the company's competitive environment; risks associated with compliance and diversification into international and commercial markets; the supply, availability and costs of raw materials and components, including commodity price fluctuations; changes in government laws and other rules and regulations, such as federal and state firearms and ammunition regulations; assumptions regarding the company's long-term growth strategy; assumptions regarding growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; increases in commodity costs, energy prices and production costs; foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; assumptions regarding orders; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; changes in projections or cost estimates related to relocation of facilities; the outcome of contingencies, including litigation relating to intellectual property, product liability, warranty liability and personal injury; environmental remediation; cybersecurity and other industrial and physical security threats; actual pension asset returns and assumptions regarding future returns, discount rates and service costs; capital market volatility and corresponding assumptions related to the company's shares outstanding; the availability of capital market financing; changes to accounting standards or policies; changes in tax rules or pronouncements; economic conditions; and the company's capital deployment strategy, including debt repayment, any dividend payments, share repurchases, pension funding, mergers and acquisitions - including the related costs and any integration thereof. Vista Outdoor undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact Vista Outdoor, and statements contained herein, please refer to Vista Outdoor's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's registration statement on Form 10.

 


VISTA OUTDOOR INC.

CONDENSED COMBINED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(preliminary and unaudited)





Quarter Ended


Nine Months Ended

(Amounts in thousands except per share data)


December 28, 2014


December 29, 2013


December 28, 2014


December 29, 2013

Net sales


$

506,881


$

524,228


$

1,598,025


$

1,308,754

Cost of sales


372,844


390,552


1,191,942


998,414

Gross profit


134,037


133,676


406,083


310,340

Operating expenses:









Research and development


2,318


1,842


7,043


6,274

Selling


39,377


34,542


114,801


78,634

General and administrative


28,728


34,717


86,598


77,298

Goodwill/trade name impairment


52,220



52,220


Income before interest, and income taxes


11,394


62,575


145,421


148,134

Interest expense


(8,357)


(6,416)


(25,281)


(7,671)

Interest income





Income before income taxes


3,037


56,159


120,140


140,463

Income tax provision


14,206


22,794


56,519


55,137

Net income (loss)


(11,169)


33,365


63,621


85,326










Net income


$

(11,169)


$

33,365


$

63,621


$

85,326

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:









   Change in fair value of derivatives, net of tax benefit (expense) of $2, $(180), $(316) and $(471), respectively


(3)


287


504


753

Change in cumulative translation adjustment, net of tax benefits of $4,806, $1,035, $9,650, and $1,011, respectively


(7,677)


(1,654)


(15,415)


(1,620)

Total other comprehensive income


$

(7,680)


$

(1,367)


$

(14,911)


$

(867)

Comprehensive income


(18,849)


31,998


48,710


84,459

 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.

CONDENSED COMBINED BALANCE SHEETS

(preliminary and unaudited)


(Amounts in thousands except share data)


December 28, 2014


March 31, 2014

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

65,766


$

40,004

Net receivables


361,720


300,734

Net inventories


418,241


425,558

Deferred income tax assets


48,146


58,876

Other current assets


12,309


24,502

Total current assets


906,182


849,674

Net property, plant, and equipment


184,409


189,096

Goodwill


794,681


829,238

Net intangible assets


493,619


567,380

Deferred charges and other non-current assets


53,892


22,270

Total assets


$

2,432,783


$

2,457,658

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


123,968


181,506

Accrued compensation


23,964


32,449

Accrued income taxes


4,155


2,079

Federal excise tax


24,684


27,990

Other accrued liabilities


111,898


88,603

Total current liabilities


288,669


332,627

Long-term debt


1,001,686


1,014,911

Noncurrent deferred income tax liabilities


209,552


216,138

Other long-term liabilities


26,696


23,251

Total liabilities


1,526,603


1,586,927

Commitments and contingencies (Notes 16)





Parent Equity


922,596


872,236

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(16,416)


(1,505)

Total equity


906,180


870,731

Total liabilities and equity


$

2,432,783


$

2,457,658

 

 

VISTA OUTDOOR INC

CONDENSED COMBINED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(preliminary and unaudited)

 




NINE MONTHS ENDED

(Amounts in thousands)


December 28, 2014


December 29, 2013

Operating Activities:





Net income


$

63,621


$

85,326

Adjustments to net income to arrive at cash provided by operating activities:





Depreciation


24,384


16,479

Amortization of intangibles


23,112


13,135

Amortization of deferred financing costs


1,923


359

Goodwill/tradename impairment


52,220


Deferred income taxes


(3,873)


(3,277)

Loss on disposal of property


1,129


3,463

Changes in assets and liabilities net of effects of business acquisitions:





Net receivables


(71,034)


3,799

Net inventories


3,552


(7,817)

Accounts payable


(45,303)


(92,261)

Accrued compensation


(8,840)


(3,720)

Accrued income taxes


9,628


(5,560)

Other assets and liabilities


28,655


36,477

Cash provided by operating activities


79,174


46,403

Investing Activities:





Capital expenditures


(30,630)


(21,951)

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired



(1,301,597)

Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment


(4)


138

Cash used for investing activities


(30,634)


(1,323,410)

Financing Activities:





Borrowings on line of credit



280,000

Repayments of line of credit



(280,000)

Net transfers from (to) parent


(7,386)


300,899

Payments made on long term debt to parent


(13,225)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt to parent


50,000


1,021,273

Payments made to extinguish debt


(50,000)


(12,273)

Payments made for debt issue costs


(501)


Cash provided by (used for) financing activities


(21,112)


1,309,899

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on cash


(1,666)


(121)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents


25,762


32,771

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


40,004


67

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

65,766


$

32,838

 

Media Contact:

Investor Contact:



Amanda Covington

Michael Pici

Phone: 703-412-3231

Phone: 703-412-3216

E-mail: amanda.covington@atk.com

E-mail: michael.pici@atk.com

 

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SOURCE Vista Outdoor Inc.

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