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Columbia Sportswear reports first quarter results

By Press Releases
April 28, 2011 1:27 PM

Press Release:

 

Columbia Sportswear Company First Quarter 2011 Net Income Increases 38 Percent on 11 Percent Sales Growth; Fall 2011 Backlog up 19 Percent to Record $861 Million; Raises Quarterly Dividend

 

First quarter 2011 net sales increased 11 percent to $333.1 million, compared to first quarter 2010 net sales of $300.4 million, including a 2 percentage point positive effect from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

 

First quarter 2011 net income increased 38 percent to $12.8 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to net income of $9.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2010.

 

Global Fall 2011 wholesale order backlog was a record $860.8 million at March 31, 2011, a record increase of $135.5 million, or 19 percent, compared with March 31, 2010, including a 2 percentage point positive effect from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

 

The company expects full year 2011 net sales to increase 14 to 16 percent and to generate operating margin of approximately 7.5 to 7.7 percent.

 

The board of directors authorized an increase in the quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share, or 10 percent, to $0.22 per share, payable on June 2, 2011 to shareholders of record on May 19, 2011.

 

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM - News), a leading innovator in the active outdoor apparel and footwear industries, today announced net sales of $333.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, an 11 percent increase compared to net sales of $300.4 million for the same period of 2010, with 2 percentage points of that increase resulting from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

 

First quarter net income increased 38 percent to $12.8 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared with net income of $9.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the same period of 2010.

 

As of March 31, 2011, Fall 2011 wholesale backlog was a record $860.8 million, 19 percent higher than Fall 2010 wholesale backlog of $725.3 million, including a 2 percentage point positive effect from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

 

Tim Boyle, Columbia’s president and chief executive officer, commented, “Our strong first quarter results and record Fall 2011 wholesale backlog clearly indicate that the innovations, enhanced designs and compelling marketing communications behind each of our major brands are resonating with customers and consumers around the world.”

 

Boyle continued, “Fall 2011 wholesale backlog growth of $135.5 million included increases in each of our four major brands, geographic regions and product categories, and showed a favorable shift toward our innovative products. The Columbia brand’s Fall wholesale backlog grew low double-digits as advance orders for Omni-Heat styles more than doubled from Fall 2010 and Columbia footwear contributed high-teens percentage growth. In addition, the Sorel brand continued to expand with existing wholesale customers while also adding hundreds of high-quality specialty footwear customers around the world, causing Sorel’s Fall wholesale backlog to jump more than 80 percent.

 

“Fall 2011 wholesale backlog in our Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region grew more than 50 percent as our brands gain momentum in this key region. U.S. backlog increased low double-digits, driven by growth in the Sorel and Columbia brands. The Latin America & Asia Pacific (LAAP) region backlog increased more than 30 percent, including growth in Japan. Although we have tempered our FY2011 outlook in response to Japan’s March 11 disasters, the response of our Japan management team has been commendable and we remain cautiously optimistic that the LAAP region will produce growth for the full year.”

 

Boyle concluded, “These results are strong evidence of the increasing strength of our portfolio of global outdoor brands.”

 

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