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Callaway Golf Company Announces 2010 Third Quarter and Nine Month Results

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Callaway Golf Company Announces 2010 Third Quarter and Nine Month Results16:15 EDT Tuesday, October 26, 2010CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) today announced its financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2010.  ?Global economic conditions continue to be challenging and the golf industry has not recovered as we had anticipated coming into this year,? commented George Fellows, President and CEO.  ?In fact, overall consumer spending on golf equipment in the United States is down approximately 3% compared to 2009, which was down approximately 14% compared to 2008. Although some sectors of the economy have begun to recover, it appears the golf industry recovery will be delayed into 2011, which is consistent with the golf industry having felt the initial effects of the economic crisis later than other sectors.  Despite the decline in the golf industry this year, our worldwide golf equipment sales and market share on a year to date basis are flat to up slightly without the significant sales promotional activity that occurred in 2009.??Our third quarter 2010 net sales reflect these unfavorable conditions, particularly in the United States and Europe, two of our largest markets, and also reflect our reduction in sales promotion activity, which was higher in the third quarter of 2009,? continued Mr. Fellows. ?The third quarter net sales also reflect the quarter to quarter fluctuations inherent in our business as the timing of sales and sales promotions between quarters can have a significant effect on the results of a particular quarter.??Our third quarter 2010 results were also affected by a temporary decrease in gross margins due to an increase in charges over 2009 related to the Company?s global operations strategy, negative fixed cost absorption resulting from lower volumes, and some non-cash inventory related charges,? explained Mr. Fellows. ?On a year to date basis, however, where the timing of sales and charges tends to have less effect, both our sales and gross margins have improved compared to 2009 due to improved foreign currency rates, higher overall average selling prices, and positive results from our accessories and apparel businesses and emerging markets in China, India and Southeast Asia, as well as the benefits from our global operations strategy.?For the third quarter, the Company reported:Net sales of $176 million, a decrease of 8% compared to $191 million for the third quarter of 2009.  On a currency neutral basis, net sales would have been $172 million, a decrease of 10% compared to the third quarter of 2009.  Gross profit of $49 million (28% of net sales) compared to gross profit of $60 million (31% of net sales) in the third quarter of 2009. Operating expenses of $87 million (50% of net sales) compared to $85 million (45% of net sales) for the same period in 2009.  A loss of $0.33 per share (on 64.0 million shares outstanding), compared to a loss of $0.25 per share (on 63.2 million shares outstanding) in 2009.  The loss per share for the third quarter includes after-tax charges for the Company?s global operations strategy of $0.05 per share in 2010 and $0.01 per share in 2009.  For the first nine months, the Company reported:Net sales of $782 million, an increase of 2% compared to $765 million for the same period last year. On a currency neutral basis, net sales would have been $758 million, a decrease of 1% compared to the first nine months of 2009. Gross profit of $310 million (40% of net sales) compared to $286 million (37% of net sales) for 2009. Operating expenses of $294 million (38% of net sales) compared to $287 million (38% of net sales) for 2009.  Earnings per share of $0.09 (on 64.3 million shares outstanding) compared to a loss per share of $0.04 (on 63.1 million shares outstanding) for 2009.  Results for the period include after-tax charges for the Company?s global operations strategy of $0.07 per share in 2010 and $0.04 per share in 2009.  ?When the economic crisis began in 2008, we made the decision to maintain a balanced approach to our business, balancing cost management of our base business while at the same time continuing to invest in growth opportunities and our global operations strategy,? explained Mr. Fellows. ?Since that time, we have reduced the operating costs of our base business sufficiently to fund these investments, and we are beginning to see the benefits of these investments as gross margins have improved over 2009, our apparel and accessories business has increased, and our emerging markets have grown. While we still intend to invest prudently in these opportunities and initiatives, given the uncertainty as to when the golf industry will recover, we are taking additional action to realign our base business costs to be profitable next year regardless of the degree to which economic and industry conditions improve in 2011.??As we look forward, we believe there are some encouraging signs for 2011,? continued Mr. Fellows. ?Even without any improvement in economic and industry conditions, we expect additional growth in our emerging markets and in our accessories and apparel businesses and expect that our global operations strategy initiatives will continue to yield significant benefits.  Additionally, based on initial customer feedback, we believe that we have a very strong product line for 2011, strengthened by the strategic partnership recently announced with Lamborghini on forged composite technologies, an important element of our new drivers planned for introduction during the fourth quarter and early next year. We believe that these factors, together with the actions we are taking to realign our costs, will allow us once again to drive long-term shareholder value. We will provide a more detailed view of 2011 on our conference call in January.?  Business OutlookThe Company reiterated its guidance that full year 2010 gross margins and pro forma earnings are expected to be better than in 2009. Pro forma earnings exclude charges related to the Company?s global operations strategy.  These charges are estimated to be $0.17 per share for 2010 and were $0.06 per share for 2009.  The Company also refined its prior guidance on full year operating expenses from flat to an increase of approximately 2% over 2009 depending upon foreign currency rates.  Because of the uncertain economic environment and the lack of visibility into sales, the Company did not provide more specific financial guidance for the balance of the year.  The Company did note, however, that sales from new product introductions in the fourth quarter are expected to be less than in the fourth quarter of 2009 as fewer new products will be released during the fourth quarter of 2010.Conference Call and WebcastThe Company will be holding a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PDT today.  The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at  To listen to the call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the call to register and for instructions on how to access the broadcast.  A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call ends, and will remain available through 9:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  The replay may be accessed through the Internet at or by telephone by calling 1-800-642-1687 toll free for calls originating within the United States or 706-645-9291 for International calls.  The replay pass code is 97241162.  Disclaimer:  Statements used in this press release that relate to future plans, events, financial results, performance or prospects, including statements relating to a golf industry recovery, the Company?s future performance, future growth in the Company?s emerging markets and apparel and accessories businesses, the strength of the Company?s 2011 product line, the realignment of costs to return the Company to profitability in 2011, the creation of long-term shareholder value, and the estimated 2010 gross margins, operating expenses, and earnings, as well as the estimated amount and timing of the charges and savings related to the Company?s global operations strategy initiatives, are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These estimates and statements are based upon current information and expectations. Accurately estimating the forward-looking statements is based upon various unknowns, including future changes in foreign currency exchange rates, consumer acceptance and demand for the Company?s products, the level of promotional activity in the marketplace, as well as future consumer discretionary purchasing activity, which can be significantly adversely affected by unfavorable economic or market conditions. Actual results may differ materially from those estimated or anticipated as a result of these unknowns or other risks and uncertainties, including continued compliance with the terms of the Company?s credit facility; delays, difficulties or increased costs in the supply of components needed to manufacture the Company?s products, in manufacturing the Company?s products, or in connection with the implementation of the Company?s planned global operations strategy initiatives, cost realignment actions, or other future initiatives; adverse weather conditions and seasonality; any rule changes or other actions taken by the USGA or other golf association that could have an adverse impact upon demand or supply of the Company?s products; a decrease in participation levels in golf; and the effect of terrorist activity, armed conflict, natural disasters or pandemic diseases on the economy generally, on the level of demand for the Company's products or on the Company's ability to manage its supply and delivery logistics in such an environment. For additional information concerning these and other risks and uncertainties that could affect these statements and the golf industry and the Company?s business, see the Company?s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 as well as other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company?s reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K subsequently filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes no obligation to republish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.Currency Neutral Basis:  This press release includes information regarding certain aspects of the Company?s financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2010 that is presented on a ?currency neutral basis.? This information estimates the impact of the effect of foreign currency translation on the Company?s 2010 results as compared to the same period in 2009.  This impact is derived by taking the Company?s 2010 local currency results and translating them into U.S. dollars based upon 2009 foreign currency exchange rates for the periods presented and does not include any other effect of changes in foreign currency rates on the Company?s results.  Regulation G:  This press release and the financial statement schedules attached to this press release have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (?GAAP?).  In addition to the GAAP results, the Company has also provided certain additional financial information concerning its results, which includes certain financial measures not prepared in accordance with GAAP.  The non-GAAP financial measures included in the press release and attached schedules present certain of the Company?s financial results (i) on a ?currency neutral basis,? (ii) excluding charges for the Company?s global operations strategy and (iii) excluding interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization expenses, and changes in the Company?s prior derivative valuation account (?Adjusted EBITDA?). These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for any measure derived in accordance with GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures may also be inconsistent with the manner in which similar measures are derived or used by other companies.  Management believes that the presentation of such non-GAAP financial measures, when considered in conjunction with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, provides additional useful information for investors as to the underlying performance of the Company?s business without regard to these items.  The Company has provided reconciling information within the press release and attached schedules.About Callaway GolfThrough an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) creates products and services designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf accessories, under the Callaway Golf®, Odyssey®, Top-Flite®, Ben Hogan® and uPro® brands in more than 110 countries worldwide. For more information please visit or http://Shop.CallawayGolf.comContacts:Brad HolidayEric StruikTim Buckman(760) 931-1771(Logo: Golf CompanyConsolidated Condensed Balance Sheets(In thousands)(Unaudited)September 30,December 31,20102009ASSETSCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents$       110,932$        78,314Accounts receivable, net152,441139,776Inventories229,861219,178Deferred taxes, net32,04321,276Income taxes receivable2,10619,730Other current assets31,08134,713    Total current assets558,464512,987Property, plant and equipment, net132,827143,436Intangible assets, net170,616174,017Other assets45,96345,490    Total assets$       907,870$      875,930LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS? EQUITYCurrent liabilities:Accounts payable and accrued expenses$       128,905$      118,294Accrued employee compensation and benefits24,53422,219Accrued warranty expense8,9319,449Income tax liability3,1701,492    Total current liabilities165,540151,454Long-term liabilities15,53014,594Shareholders' equity726,800709,882    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$       907,870$      875,930Callaway Golf CompanyStatements of Operations(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)Quarter EndedSeptember 30,20102009Net sales$ 175,644$ 190,864Cost of sales126,593131,287Gross profit49,05159,577Operating expenses:Selling 56,30756,972General and administrative 21,44720,452Research and development 9,2657,727Total operating expenses87,01985,151Loss from operations(37,968)(25,574)Other income (expense), net(2,449)837Loss before income taxes (40,417)(24,737)Income tax benefit(22,100)(11,308)Net loss(18,317)(13,429)Dividends on convertible preferred stock2,6252,625Net loss allocable to common shareholders$ (20,942)$ (16,054)Earnings (loss) per common share:Basic($0.33)($0.25)Diluted($0.33)($0.25)Weighted-average common shares outstanding:Basic63,98963,240Diluted63,98963,240Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,20102009Net sales$ 782,128$ 764,947Cost of sales472,156479,341Gross profit309,972285,606Operating expenses:Selling201,665204,016General and administrative65,57059,797Research and development27,23123,667Total operating expenses294,466287,480Income (loss) from operations15,506(1,874)Other expense, net(5,582)(1,032)Income (loss) before income taxes 9,924(2,906)Income tax benefit(3,527)(3,201)Net income 13,451295Dividends on convertible preferred stock7,8753,063Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders$     5,576$   (2,768)Earnings (loss) per common share:Basic$0.09($0.04)Diluted$0.09($0.04)Weighted-average common shares outstanding:Basic63,83163,120Diluted64,31963,120Callaway Golf CompanyConsolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows(In thousands)(Unaudited)Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,20102009Cash flows from operating activities:Net income $   13,451$        295Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation and amortization30,24230,244Deferred taxes, net(10,713)(12,147)Non-cash share-based compensation7,5476,653Loss (gain) on disposal of long-lived assets149(574)Changes in assets and liabilities15,20732,905Net cash provided by operating activities55,88357,376Cash flows from investing activities:Capital expenditures(15,355)(29,782)Other investing activities(2,595)103Net cash used in investing activities(17,950)(29,679)Cash flows from financing activities:Issuance of common stock2,9542,562Issuance of preferred stock-140,000Equity issuance cost(52)(5,923)Dividends paid, net(9,800)(8,326)Payments on credit facilities, net-(90,000)Other financing activities(494)40Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities(7,392)38,353Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents2,077290Net increase in cash and cash equivalents32,61866,340Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period78,31438,337Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$ 110,932$ 104,677Callaway Golf CompanyConsolidated Net Sales and Operating Segment Information(In thousands)(Unaudited)Net Sales by Product CategoryQuarter EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,Growth/(Decline)September 30,Growth/(Decline)20102009DollarsPercent20102009DollarsPercentNet sales:Woods$   26,907$   35,746$   (8,839)-25%$ 184,659$ 191,584$ (6,925)-4%Irons 48,41249,371(959)-2%176,994186,780(9,786)-5%Putters15,77217,099(1,327)-8%87,43971,21116,22823%Golf balls35,10940,896(5,787)-14%144,247146,489(2,242)-2%Accessories and other 49,44447,7521,6924%188,789168,88319,90612%$ 175,644$ 190,864$ (15,220)-8%$ 782,128$ 764,947$ 17,1812%Net Sales by RegionQuarter EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,Growth/(Decline)September 30,Growth/(Decline)20102009DollarsPercent20102009DollarsPercentNet sales:United States$   76,208$   93,867$ (17,659)-19%$ 389,627$ 398,889$ (9,262)-2%Europe23,39627,010(3,614)-13%107,130112,489(5,359)-5%Japan36,68929,1377,55226%120,252113,5936,6596%Rest of Asia21,47320,9814922%70,78658,83311,95320%Other foreign countries17,87819,869(1,991)-10%94,33381,14313,19016%$ 175,644$ 190,864$ (15,220)-8%$ 782,128$ 764,947$ 17,1812%Operating Segment InformationQuarter EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,Growth/(Decline)September 30,Growth/(Decline)20102009DollarsPercent20102009DollarsPercentNet sales:Golf clubs$ 140,535$ 149,968$   (9,433)-6%$ 637,881$ 618,458$ 19,4233%Golf balls35,10940,896(5,787)-14%144,247146,489(2,242)-2%$ 175,644$ 190,864$ (15,220)-8%$ 782,128$ 764,947$ 17,1812%Income (loss) before income taxes:Golf clubs $ (18,433)$   (7,501)$ (10,932)-146%$   56,020$   46,149$   9,87121%Golf balls (4,635)(4,236)(399)-9%3,012(6,900)9,912144%Reconciling items (1)(17,349)(13,000)(4,349)-33%(49,108)(42,155)(6,953)-16%$ (40,417)$ (24,737)$ (15,680)-63%$     9,924$   (2,906)$ 12,830442%(1) Represents corporate general and administrative expenses and other income (expense) not utilized by management in determining segment profitability.Callaway Golf CompanySupplemental Financial Information(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)Quarter Ended September 30,Quarter Ended September 30,20102009Pro Forma Callaway GolfGlobal Operations Strategy InitiativesTotal as ReportedPro Forma Callaway GolfGlobal Operations Strategy InitiativesTotal as ReportedNet sales$        175,644$                      -$           175,644$           190,864$                      -$           190,864Gross profit54,156(5,105)49,05160,489(912)59,577% of sales31% n/a 28%32% n/a 31%Operating expenses86,78023987,01985,151-85,151Income (loss) from operations(32,624)(5,344)(37,968)(24,662)(912)(25,574)Other income (loss), net(2,449)-(2,449)837-837Income (loss) before income taxes(35,073)(5,344)(40,417)(23,825)(912)(24,737)Income tax provision (benefit)(20,091)(2,009)(22,100)(10,956)(352)(11,308)Net income (loss)(14,982)(3,335)(18,317)(12,869)(560)(13,429)Dividends on convertible preferred stock2,625-2,6252,625-2,625Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders$        (17,607)$             (3,335)$           (20,942)$           (15,494)$                (560)$           (16,054)Diluted earnings (loss) per share:$            (0.28)$               (0.05)$               (0.33)$               (0.24)$               (0.01)$               (0.25)Weighted-average shares outstanding:63,98963,98963,98963,24063,24063,240Nine Months Ended June 30,Nine Months Ended June 30,20102009Pro Forma Callaway GolfGlobal Operations Strategy InitiativesTotal as ReportedPro Forma Callaway GolfGlobal Operations Strategy InitiativesTotal as ReportedNet sales$        782,128$                    -$           782,128$           764,947$                    -$           764,947Gross profit317,274(7,302)309,972289,888(4,282)285,606% of sales41% n/a 40%38% n/a 37%Operating expenses294,066400294,466287,480-287,480Income (loss)  from operations23,208(7,702)15,5062,408(4,282)(1,874)Other expense, net(5,582)-(5,582)(1,032)-(1,032)Income (expense) before income taxes17,626(7,702)9,9241,376(4,282)(2,906)Income tax provision (benefit)(598)(2,929)(3,527)(1,552)(1,649)(3,201)Net income (loss)18,224(4,773)13,4512,928(2,633)295Dividends due to preferred shareholders7,875-7,8753,063-3,063Net income (loss) available to common shareholders$          10,349$             (4,773)$               5,576$                (135)$             (2,633)$             (2,768)Diluted earnings (loss) per share:$              0.16$               (0.07)$                 0.09$               (0.00)$               (0.04)$               (0.04) Weighted-average shares outstanding:64,31964,31964,31963,12063,12063,1202010 Trailing Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDA2009 Trailing Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDAAdjusted EBITDA:Quarter EndedQuarter EndedDecember 31,March 31,June 30,September 30,December 31,March 31,June 30,September 30,2009201020102010Total2008200920092009TotalNet income (loss)$        (15,555)$             20,303$             11,465$           (18,317)$             (2,104)$             (3,154)$               6,812$               6,912$        (13,429)$          (2,859)Interest expense (income), net(435)(118)(242)1,234439272(123)551(46)654Income tax provision (benefit)(11,142)9,6418,932(22,100)(14,669)(4,766)4,2483,859(11,308)(7,967)Depreciation and amortization expense10,5049,9499,60610,68740,7469,2169,94410,17210,12839,460Change in energy derivative valuation acct.-----(19,922)---(19,922)Adjusted EBITDA$        (16,628)$             39,775-$             29,761$           (28,496)$             24,412$           (18,354)$             20,881$             21,494$        (14,655)$            9,366SOURCE Callaway Golf CompanyFor further information: Brad Holiday, Eric Struik, or Tim Buckman, all for Callaway Golf Company, +1-760-931-1771