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Direct channel helps Columbia to record first half

Europe-direct boosts record Q2 sales

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First half revenues passed the $1bn mark for the first time as Columbia announced record net sales of $481.6 million for the quarter ended 30th June 2018, an increase of 21 per cent (19 per cent constant-currency), compared with net sales of $398.9 million for the second quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP net sales of $474.1 million increased 19 per cent (17 per cent constant-currency).

Second quarter 2018 net income increased to $9.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with second quarter 2017 net loss of $11.5 million, or $(0.17) per share. Non-GAAP second quarter 2018 net income increased to $11.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP second quarter 2017 net loss of $9.0 million, or $(0.13) per share.

Through the first six months of 2018, net sales grew $146.2 million, or 16 percent (13 percent constant-currency), to $1,088.9 million, compared to $942.7 million in the first half of 2017. First half 2018 net income increased 124 percent to $54.8 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to $24.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the first half of 2017. Non-GAAP net sales through the first six months of 2018 grew $130.5 million, or 14 percent (11 percent constant-currency), to $1,073.2 million, compared to $942.7 million in the first half of 2017. First half 2018 non-GAAP net income increased 136 percent to $65.8 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $27.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the first half of 2017.

President and CEO Tim Boyle commented: “Our better than expected second quarter and record first half results reflect continued momentum across our brand portfolio. Our first half revenue surpassed the one billion dollar mark for the first time in company history led by growth in the Columbia brand driven by solid performance in the United States across all channels as well as strong growth internationally led by our Europe-direct business. We are also pleased with strong first half performance for both prAna and SOREL, including a positive consumer response to SOREL’s Spring 2018 assortment and progress in evolving to a year-round brand. With the strength in the first half performance we are pleased to increase our full year 2018 financial outlook.”

“These results and updated outlook demonstrate the strength of our brands and our shift to become a more brand-led and consumer-focused organization. Our powerful balance sheet, with $775 million in cash and short-term investments, and no long-term debt, provides the flexibility to invest in our growth initiatives as our major markets continue to evolve. It is from this position of strength and confidence that we are investing in our four strategic priorities to:

  • drive brand awareness and sales growth through increased, focused demand creation investments;
  • enhance consumer experience and digital capabilities in all our channels and geographies;
  • expand and improve global direct-to-consumer operations with supporting processes and systems; and
  • invest in our people and optimize our organization across our portfolio of brands.”

“We are excited about the second half of 2018, which we expect to include broad based revenue growth, increased demand creation spending, and continued investment in our strategic priorities.”

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