Johnson Outdoors (NASDAQ:JOUT) Reports Sales Below Analyst Estimates In Q1 Earnings

Jabin Bastian /
2024/02/02 6:06 am EST

Outdoor recreational products company Johnson Outdoors (NASDAQ:JOUT) fell short of analysts' expectations in Q1 FY2024, with revenue down 22.3% year on year to $138.6 million. It made a GAAP profit of $0.38 per share, down from its profit of $0.57 per share in the same quarter last year.

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Johnson Outdoors (JOUT) Q1 FY2024 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $138.6 million vs analyst estimates of $140.4 million (1.3% miss)
  • Operating income: roughly breakeven, in-line with expectations
  • EPS: $0.38 vs analyst estimates of $0.15 ($0.23 beat)
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 38.1%, up from 35.2% in the same quarter last year
  • Market Capitalization: $466 million

“We’re facing a tough marketplace with high inventory levels at retail and lower consumer demand resulting in soft first quarter sales. We are taking steps to outperform the challenging marketplace and improve our financial results,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Operating in locations worldwide, Johnson Outdoors (NASDAQ:JOUT) specializes in innovative outdoor recreational products for adventurers worldwide.

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Sales Growth

A company’s long-term performance can give signals about its business quality. Even a bad business can shine for one or two quarters, but a top-tier one may grow for years. Johnson Outdoors's annualized revenue growth rate of 3.7% over the last 5 years was weak for a consumer discretionary business. Johnson Outdoors Total RevenueWithin consumer discretionary, product cycles are short and revenue can be hit-driven due to rapidly changing trends. That's why we also follow short-term performance. Johnson Outdoors's recent history shows a reversal from its 5-year trend, as its revenue has shown annualized declines of 8.1% over the last 2 years.

This quarter, Johnson Outdoors missed Wall Street's estimates and reported a rather uninspiring 22.3% year-on-year revenue decline, generating $138.6 million of revenue.

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Operating Margin

Operating margin is a key measure of profitability. Think of it as net income–the bottom line–excluding the impact of taxes and interest on debt, which are less connected to business fundamentals.

Johnson Outdoors was profitable over the last two years but held back by its large expense base. Its average operating margin of 2.7% has been paltry for a consumer discretionary business. Johnson Outdoors Operating Margin (GAAP)

This quarter, Johnson Outdoors generated an operating profit margin of 0%, down 3 percentage points year on year. This reduction indicates the company was less efficient with its expenses over the last year, spending more money in areas like corporate overhead and advertising.

Key Takeaways from Johnson Outdoors's Q1 Results

Revenue missed and was down meaningfully year on year. Operating profit was roughly breakeven, also a decrease from last year. However, gross margin improved year on year and beat, as did EPS beat, although this was driven by the 'other income' line. Overall, the results could have been better. The stock is up 1.8% after reporting and currently trades at $46.33 per share.

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