Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

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Smith and Wesson just released their first-quarter fiscal 2021 consolidated financial highlights. IMG Jim Grant

U.S.A. -( Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, September 3rd announced financial results for the first quarter fiscal 2021, ended July 31, 2020.  The financial results for the period are reported in two segments: Firearms and Outdoor Products & Accessories.  On August 24, 2020, the company announced that it had completed the previously announced spin-off of its Outdoor Products & Accessories segment.  Therefore, first-quarter fiscal 2021 represents the final period in which the Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. financial results will include the financial results of the Outdoor Products & Accessories segment.

First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Consolidated Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly net sales were $278.0 million compared with $123.7 million for the first quarter last year, an increase of 124.8%.  Firearms segment gross sales were $229.9 million, which included $1.0 million of intersegment revenue, an increase of $134.4 million, or 140.9%, over the comparable quarter last year.  Outdoor Products & Accessories segment gross sales were $50.6 million, which included $1.5 million of intersegment revenue, an increase of $17.4 million, or 52.3%, over the comparable quarter last year.
  • Gross margin for the quarter was 42.0% compared with 38.7% for the comparable quarter last year.
  • Quarterly GAAP net income was $48.4 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $(2.1) million, or $(0.04) per diluted share, for the comparable quarter last year.
  • Quarterly non-GAAP net income was $54.9 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with $1.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the comparable quarter last year. GAAP to non-GAAP adjustments for net income exclude costs related to the spin-off of the Outdoor Products & Accessories segment, COVID-19 related expenses, and other costs. For a detailed reconciliation, see the schedules that follow in this release.
  • Quarterly non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS was $84.2 million, or 30.3% of net sales, compared with $17.5 million, or 14.1% of net sales, for the comparable quarter last year.
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S&W July-April 2020 condensed consolidated balance sheets. IMG Smith & Wesson Brands

Mark Smith, President, and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Today, I am pleased to report record-breaking first-quarter financial results for Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. These results could not have been possible without our dedicated employees, who not only worked diligently to manufacture and fulfill the strong flow of customer orders with a broad assortment of our highly sought-after firearms but did so with a heightened commitment to the health and safety protocols that our operations management team put in place at the start of the pandemic.  Our record revenue and unit sales during the quarter demonstrates our ability to rapidly respond to increased demand through our flexible manufacturing model and our state-of-the-art distribution facility, delivering outstanding products that resonate with the firearms consumer.”

Smith continued, “With the successful spin-off of our Outdoor Products & Accessories segment last week, we have now returned to our heritage as a pure-play firearms company, with a focus on organic growth and returning excess capital to our stockholders.  As such, our Board of Directors has authorized the company to declare a regular, quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share. Our first quarterly dividend will be payable on October 1, 2020 to shareholders of record as of the market close on September 17, 2020.”

Deana McPherson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Our strong financial performance enabled us to generate operating cash flow of $83.5 million during the quarter, which, combined with our cash on hand, allowed us to pay down $135.0 million on our revolving line of credit and end the quarter with zero net debt.  After the end of the first quarter, as part of the spin-off process, we restructured our credit facility for a new, five-year term that enables us to maintain an unsecured $100 million line of credit for the foreseeable future.”

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host a conference call and webcast today, September 3, 2020, to discuss its first-quarter fiscal 2021 financial and operational results. Speakers on the conference call will include Mark Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Deana L. McPherson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The conference call may include forward-looking statements. The conference call and webcast will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). Those interested in listening to the conference call via telephone may call directly at (844) 309-6568 and reference conference identification number 7047608.  No RSVP is necessary.  The conference call audio webcast can also be accessed live on the company’s website at, under the Investor Relations section.

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, certain non-GAAP financial measures, including “non-GAAP net income,” “Adjusted EBITDAS,” and “free cash flow” are presented. From time-to-time, the company considers and uses these supplemental measures of operating performance in order to provide the reader with an improved understanding of underlying performance trends.  The company believes it is useful for itself and the reader to review, as applicable, both (1) GAAP measures that include (i) amortization of acquired intangible assets, (ii) transition costs, (iii) recall related expenses, (iv) the tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments, (v) COVID-19 expenses, (vi) net cash used in investing activities, (vii) interest expense, (viii) income tax expense, (ix) depreciation and amortization, and (x) stock-based compensation expenses; and (2) the non-GAAP measures that exclude such information. The company presents these non-GAAP measures because it considers them an important supplemental measure of its performance. The company’s definition of these adjusted financial measures may differ from similarly named measures used by others. The company believes these measures facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period by eliminating potential differences caused by the existence and timing of certain expense items that would not otherwise be apparent on a GAAP basis.  These non-GAAP measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the company’s GAAP measures.  The principal limitations of these measures are that they do not reflect the company’s actual expenses and may thus have the effect of inflating its financial measures on a GAAP basis.

Smith & WessonAbout Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality handgun, long gun, and suppressor products to the global consumer and professional markets under the iconic Smith & Wesson, M&P, Thompson/Center Arms, and Gemtech brands.  The company also provides manufacturing services including forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services.  For more information call (844) 363-5386 or visit

Safe Harbor Statement   

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor created thereby.  Such forward-looking statements include, among others, our intent to pay a regular, quarterly cash dividend.  We caution that these statements are qualified by important risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, among others, economic, social, political, legislative, and regulatory factors; the potential for increased regulation of firearms and firearm-related products; actions of social activists that could have an adverse effect on our business; the impact of lawsuits; the demand for our products; the state of the U.S. economy in general and the firearm industry in particular; general economic conditions and consumer spending patterns; our competitive environment; the supply, availability, and costs of raw materials and components; the impact of protectionist tariffs and trade wars; speculation surrounding fears of terrorism and crime; our anticipated growth and growth opportunities; our ability to increase demand for our products in various markets, including consumer, law enforcement, and military channels, domestically and internationally; our penetration rates in new and existing markets; our strategies; our ability to maintain and enhance brand recognition and reputation; our ability to introduce new products; the success of new products; our ability to expand our markets; the potential for cancellation of orders from our backlog; and other risks detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2020.

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“The company will host a conference call and webcast today, September 3, 2020, to discuss its first-quarter fiscal 2021 financial and operational results.”

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