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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form 10-Q

 

 

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended October 31, 2013

Commission File No. 001-31552

 

 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Nevada   87-0543688
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)
2100 Roosevelt Avenue  
Springfield, Massachusetts   01104
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(800) 331-0852

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

The registrant had 55,958,140 shares of common stock, par value $0.001, outstanding as of December 5, 2013.

 

 

 


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SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013

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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)

     1   

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     19   

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     26   

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

     26   

PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

     28   

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     28   

Item 6. Exhibits

     29   

Signatures

     30   

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Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

The statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our “expectations,” “anticipations,” “intentions,” “beliefs,” or “strategies” regarding the future. Forward-looking statements also include statements regarding net sales, margins, expenses, earnings, and capital expenditures for fiscal 2014 and thereafter; the effect of a variety of economic, social, and political factors on our business; the outcome of the lawsuits to which we are subject and their effect on us; future investments for capital expenditures; future products and product developments; the features and performance of our products; the success of particular product or marketing programs; and liquidity and anticipated cash needs and availability. All forward-looking statements included in this report are based on information available to us as of the filing date of this report, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Our actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the factors discussed under Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2013, filed with the SEC on June 25, 2013.


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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

 

     As of:  
     October 31, 2013     April 30, 2013  
     (In thousands, except par value and share data)  
ASSETS   

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash of $3,345 on April 30, 2013

   $ 52,922      $ 100,487   

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,166 on October 31, 2013 and $1,128 on April 30, 2013

     68,521        46,088   

Inventories

     76,261        62,998   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     6,660        4,824   

Deferred income taxes

     12,076        12,076   

Income tax receivable

     9,192        3,093   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     225,632        229,566   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Property, plant, and equipment, net

     103,093        86,382   

Intangibles, net

     3,631        3,965   

Other assets

     10,124        7,076   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 342,480      $ 326,989   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 45,822      $ 31,220   

Accrued expenses

     15,660        16,033   

Accrued payroll

     11,509        13,096   

Accrued taxes other than income

     6,502        5,349   

Accrued profit sharing

     5,274        9,587   

Accrued product/municipal liability

     1,494        1,551   

Accrued warranty

     5,591        5,757   

Current portion of notes payable

     788        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     92,640        82,593   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes

     7,863        7,863   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Notes payable, net of current portion

     100,000        43,559   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other non-current liabilities

     10,996        11,675   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     211,499        145,690   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)

    

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding

     —          —     

Common stock, $.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 68,244,648 shares issued and 55,930,917 shares outstanding on October 31, 2013 and 67,596,716 shares issued and 64,297,113 shares outstanding on April 30, 2013

     68        68   

Additional paid-in capital

     206,187        199,120   

Retained earnings

     51,897        8,434   

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     73        73   

Treasury stock, at cost (12,313,731 common shares on October 31, 2013 and 3,299,603 common shares on April 30, 2013)

     (127,244     (26,396
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     130,981        181,299   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 342,480      $ 326,989   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

 

     For the Three Months Ended:     For the Six Months Ended:  
     (In thousands, except per share data)  
     October 31, 2013     October 31, 2012     October 31, 2013     October 31, 2012  

Net sales

   $ 139,294      $ 136,560      $ 310,314      $ 272,555   

Cost of sales

     81,357        88,092        179,604        172,861   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     57,937        48,468        130,710        99,694   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

        

Research and development

     1,305        1,268        2,664        2,439   

Selling and marketing

     7,681        8,077        15,229        14,916   

General and administrative

     20,177        12,499        36,029        24,417   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     29,163        21,844        53,922        41,772   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income from continuing operations

     28,774        26,624        76,788        57,922   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income/(expense):

        

Other income/(expense), net

     36        39        41        39   

Interest income

     8        335        110        703   

Interest expense

     (2,046     (1,344     (8,719     (3,331
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income/(expense), net

     (2,002     (970     (8,568     (2,589
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

     26,772        25,654        68,220        55,333   

Income tax expense

     9,627        9,253        24,549        20,061   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

     17,145        16,401        43,671        35,272   

Discontinued operations:

        

Loss from operations of discontinued security solutions division

     (222     (867     (274     (2,550

Income tax benefit

     (64     (5,651     (66     (6,249
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations

     (158     4,784        (208     3,699   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income/comprehensive income

   $ 16,987      $ 21,185      $ 43,463      $ 38,971   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per share (Note 11):

        

Basic - continuing operations

   $ 0.29      $ 0.25      $ 0.71      $ 0.54   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic - net income

   $ 0.28      $ 0.32      $ 0.70      $ 0.59   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted - continuing operations

   $ 0.28      $ 0.24      $ 0.69      $ 0.53   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted - net income

   $ 0.28      $ 0.31      $ 0.68      $ 0.58   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (Note 11):

        

Basic

     59,620        65,871        61,931        65,611   

Diluted

     60,984        67,274        63,751        66,914   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013

(Unaudited)

 

     Common      Additional            Accumulated                      
     Stock      Paid-In     Retained      Comprehensive      Treasury Stock     Stockholders’  
(In thousands)    Shares      Amount      Capital     Earnings      Income      Shares      Amount     Equity  

Balance at April 30, 2013

     67,597       $ 68       $ 199,120      $ 8,434       $ 73         3,300       $ (26,396   $ 181,299   

Exercise of employee stock options

     418         —           1,065        —           —           —           —          1,065   

Repurchase of treasury stock

     —           —           —          —           —           9,014         (100,848     (100,848

Stock-based compensation

     —           —           4,774        —           —           —           —          4,774   

Tax deduction of stock-based compensation in excess of book deductions

     —           —           1,395        —           —           —           —          1,395   

Shares issued under employee stock purchase plan

     84         —           624        —           —           —           —          624   

Issuance of common stock under restricted stock unit awards, net of shares surrendered

     146         —           (791     —           —           —           —          (791

Net income

     —           —           —          43,463         —           —           —          43,463   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at October 31, 2013

     68,245       $ 68       $ 206,187      $ 51,897       $ 73         12,314       $ (127,244   $ 130,981   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

     For the Six Months Ended:  
     October 31, 2013     October 31, 2012  
     (In thousands)  

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 43,463      $ 38,971   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Amortization and depreciation

     11,152        8,074   

Loss on sale of discontinued operations, including $45 of stock-based compensation expense

     —          798   

Loss on sale/disposition of assets

     77        292   

Provisions for losses on accounts receivable

     33        380   

Change in disposal group assets and liabilities

     —          (1,232

Stock-based compensation expense

     4,774        1,906   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     (22,466     (6,541

Inventories

     (13,263     (10,039

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     (1,836     (1,213

Income tax receivable/payable

     (6,099     (9,062

Accounts payable

     14,602        (3,964

Accrued payroll

     (1,587     (591

Accrued taxes other than income

     1,153        497   

Accrued profit sharing

     (4,313     (3,286

Accrued other expenses

     (373     (1,175

Accrued product/municipal liability

     (57     (32

Accrued warranty

     (166     (302

Other assets

     (781     (39

Other non-current liabilities

     (330     329   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     23,983        13,771   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Proceeds from sale of business

     —          7,500   

Receipts from note receivable

     38        36   

Payments to acquire patents and software

     (81     (22

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

     15        13   

Payments to acquire property and equipment

     (26,075     (15,836
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (26,103     (8,309
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Proceeds from loans and notes payable

     101,583        1,753   

Cash paid for debt issue costs

     (3,770     —     

Payments on capital lease obligation

     (349     (300

Payments on loans and notes payable

     (44,354     (7,405

Payments to acquire treasury stock

     (100,848     —     

Proceeds from exercise of options to acquire common stock, including employee stock purchase plan

     1,689        4,084   

Taxes paid related to restricted stock issuance

     (791     —     

Excess tax benefit of stock-based compensation

     1,395        984   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (45,445     (884
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

     (47,565     4,578   

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     100,487        56,717   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 52,922      $ 61,295   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information

    

Cash paid for:

    

Interest

   $ 4,600      $ 3,013   

Income taxes

     29,157        22,204   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

(1) Organization:

We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of firearms. We manufacture a wide array of handguns (including revolvers and pistols), long guns (including modern sporting, bolt action, and single shot rifles), handcuffs, and firearm-related products and accessories for sale to a wide variety of customers, including gun enthusiasts, collectors, hunters, sportsmen, competitive shooters, individuals desiring home and personal protection, law enforcement and security agencies and officers, and military agencies in the United States and throughout the world. We are one of the largest manufacturers of handguns, modern sporting rifles, and handcuffs in the United States and an active participant in the hunting rifle market. We sell our products under the Smith & Wesson® brand, the M&P® brand, the Thompson/Center Arms™ brand, and the Performance Center™ brand.

We manufacture our firearm products at our facilities in Springfield, Massachusetts and Houlton, Maine. We plan to continue to offer products that leverage the over 160 year old “Smith & Wesson” brand and capitalize on the goodwill developed through our historic American tradition by expanding consumer awareness of the products we produce. In addition, we pursue opportunities to license our name and trademarks to third parties for use in association with their products and services.

(2) Basis of Presentation:

The consolidated balance sheets as of October 31, 2013, the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, the consolidated statement of changes in stockholders’ equity for the six months ended October 31, 2013, and the consolidated statements of cash flows for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 have been prepared by us, without audit.

SWSS LLC, formerly Smith & Wesson Security Solutions, Inc. (“SWSS”), our security solutions division, is being presented as discontinued operations in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for all periods presented. Unless stated otherwise, any reference to the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income items in the notes to the consolidated financial statements refers to results from continuing operations.

In our opinion, all adjustments, which include only normal recurring adjustments necessary to fairly present the financial position, results of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows at October 31, 2013 and for the periods presented, have been included. All significant intercompany transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The consolidated balance sheets as of April 30, 2013 have been derived from our audited financial statements.

Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States have been condensed or omitted. These consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013, filed with the SEC on June 25, 2013. The results of operations for the six months ended October 31, 2013 may not be indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending April 30, 2014, or any other period.

Reclassification

Certain amounts presented in the prior periods’ consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income related to stock compensation expense have been reclassified to conform to the current period’s presentation.

(3) Significant Accounting Policies:

Revenue Recognition — For our firearm products, we recognize revenue when the following four basic criteria have been met: (1) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists; (2) delivery has occurred or services have been provided; (3) the fee is fixed or determinable; and (4) collection is reasonably assured.

Product sales account for most of our firearm revenue. We recognize revenue from firearm product sales when the earnings process is complete and the risks and rewards of ownership have transferred to the customer, which is generally upon shipment but could be delayed until customer acceptance is received. We also provide tooling, forging, heat treating, finishing, plating, and engineering support services to customers; we recognize this revenue when accepted by the customer, if applicable, when no further contingencies or material performance obligations exist, and when collectability is reasonably assured, thereby earning us the right to receive and retain payments for services performed and billed.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

We recognize trademark licensing revenue for individual licensees based on historical experience and expected cash receipts from licensees. Licensing revenue consists of minimum royalties and/or a percentage of a licensee’s sales on licensed products. Under our current licensing agreements, most of this revenue is payable on a calendar quarter basis. We recognize non-refundable license fees received upon initial signing of license agreements as revenue when no future obligation is required on our part. As a result of a combination of uncertain factors regarding existing licensees, including current and past payment performance, market acceptance of the licensees’ products, and insufficient historical experience, we believe that reasonable assurance of collectability does not exist based on the results and past payment performance of licensees in general. Therefore, we do not recognize minimum royalty payments upon contract signing, but instead record royalty revenue monthly when the minimum royalty can be reasonably estimated for that month and payment is assured.

Use of Estimates — The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the financial statement dates and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting periods. Our significant estimates include accruals for warranty, product liability, workers’ compensation expense, environmental liability, excess and obsolete inventory, allowance for doubtful accounts, income tax expense, including deferred tax asset valuation, forfeiture rates on stock-based awards, and medical claims payable. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Segment Information — We have historically reported certain financial information under two segments: firearms and security solutions. As a result of our divestiture of SWSS, the results of the operations comprising the security solutions segment are now being reported as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

Valuation of Long-lived Tangible and Intangible Assets — We evaluate the recoverability of long-lived assets, or asset groups, whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that carrying amounts may not be recoverable. When such evaluations indicate that the related future undiscounted cash flows are not sufficient to recover the carrying values of the assets, such carrying values are reduced to fair value and this adjusted carrying value becomes the asset’s new cost basis. We determine fair value primarily using future anticipated cash flows that are directly associated with and that are expected to arise as a direct result of the use and eventual disposition of the asset, or asset group, discounted using an interest rate commensurate with the risk involved.

We have significant long-lived tangible and intangible assets, which are susceptible to valuation adjustments as a result of changes in various factors or conditions. The most significant long-lived tangible and intangible assets are fixed assets, developed technology, patents, trademarks, and trade names. We amortize all finite-lived intangible assets either on a straight-line basis or based upon patterns in which we expect to utilize the economic benefits of such assets. We initially determine the values of intangible assets by a risk-adjusted, discounted cash flow approach. We assess the potential impairment of identifiable intangible assets and fixed assets whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying values may not be recoverable. Factors we consider important, which could trigger an impairment of such assets, include the following:

 

    significant underperformance relative to historical or projected future operating results;

 

    significant changes in the manner or use of the assets or the strategy for our overall business;

 

    significant negative industry or economic trends;

 

    significant decline in our stock price for a sustained period; and

 

    a decline in our market capitalization below net book value.

Future adverse changes in these or other unforeseeable factors could result in an impairment charge that would materially impact future results of operations and financial position in the reporting period identified. No impairment charges were taken during the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012.

 

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SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

(4) Notes Payable and Financing Arrangements:

Credit Facilities — As of October 31, 2013, we had a $75.0 million unsecured revolving credit facility that is expandable under an accordion feature that may be, in certain circumstances, increased in $25.0 million increments up to a maximum loan of $175.0 million. The credit facility replaced our prior $60.0 million credit facility and matures on December 15, 2016. The credit facility bears interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR or prime, at our election, plus an applicable margin based on our consolidated leverage ratio. As of October 31, 2013, there were no borrowings outstanding. Had there been borrowings, they would have borne an interest rate of 3.75% per annum, if we had selected the prime rate option.

9.5% Senior Notes — During fiscal 2011, we issued an aggregate of $50.0 million of 9.5% senior notes due January 14, 2016 (“9.5% Senior Notes”) in exchange for $50.0 million of Convertible Notes pursuant to the terms and conditions of an exchange agreement and indenture (the “Senior Notes Indenture”). During the six months ended October 31, 2012, we repurchased a total of $6.4 million of our 9.5% Senior Notes in the open market utilizing cash on hand. We paid $552,000 of interest relating to these purchases. The remaining notes were retired during the six months ended October 31, 2013, as described below.

5.875% Senior Notes — During the six months ended October 31, 2013, we sold an aggregate of $47.1 million of 5.875% Senior Notes due 2017 to various qualified institutional buyers in exchange for approximately $42.8 million of our outstanding 9.5% Senior Notes from existing holders of such notes. We also issued an additional $52.9 million of new 5.875% Senior Notes for cash. The remaining $712,000 of 9.5% Senior Notes outstanding after the exchange noted above were extinguished via legal defeasance during the six months ended October 31, 2013. As a result of this transaction, our indebtedness increased by $56.4 million and our debt service requirements increased by $1.8 million per annum. The 5.875% Senior Notes were sold pursuant to the terms and conditions of an indenture and exchange and purchase agreements. The 5.875% Senior Notes bear interest at a rate of 5.875% per annum payable on June 15 and December 15 of each year, beginning on December 15, 2013. We recorded $4.3 million of interest expense and $795,000 of debt issuance write-off costs relating to the exchange and defeasance of our 9.5% Senior Notes during the six months ended October 31, 2013.

At any time prior to June 15, 2015, we may, at our option, (a) upon not less than 30 nor more than 60 days’ prior notice, redeem all or a portion of the 5.875% Senior Notes at a redemption price of 100% of the principal amount of the 5.875% Senior Notes, plus an applicable premium, plus accrued and unpaid interest as of the redemption date; or (b) redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 5.875% Senior Notes with the net cash proceeds of one or more equity offerings at a redemption price of 105.875% of the principal amount of the 5.875% Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest as of the redemption date; provided that in the case of the foregoing clause, at least 65% of the aggregate original principal amount of the 5.875% Senior Notes remains outstanding, and the redemption occurs within 60 days after the closing of the equity offering. On and after June 15, 2015, we may, at our option, upon not less than 30 nor more than 60 days’ prior notice, redeem all or a portion of the 5.875% Senior Notes at a redemption price of (a) 102.9375% of the principal amount of the 5.875% Senior Notes to be redeemed, if redeemed during the 12-month period beginning on June 15, 2015; or (b) 100% of the principal amount of the 5.875% Senior Notes to be redeemed, if redeemed during the 12-month period beginning on June 15, 2016, plus, in either case, accrued and unpaid interest on the 5.875% Senior Notes as of the applicable redemption date. Subject to certain restrictions and conditions, we may be required to make an offer to repurchase the 5.875% Senior Notes in connection with a change of control or disposition of assets. If not redeemed by us or repaid pursuant to the holders’ right to require repurchase, the 5.875% Senior Notes mature on June 15, 2017.

The 5.875% Senior Notes are general, unsecured obligations of our company. The 5.875% Senior Notes Indenture contains certain affirmative and negative covenants, including limitations on restricted payments (such as share repurchases, dividends, and early payment of indebtedness), limitations on indebtedness, limitations on the sale of assets, and limitations on liens. Share repurchases are limited the lesser of (i) $30.0 million in any fiscal year or (ii) 75.0% of our consolidated net income for previous four consecutive published fiscal quarters beginning with the quarter ended July 31, 2013. In addition, we are allowed to purchase an additional $85.0 million of shares in fiscal 2014, which was put in place to cover our $75.0 million tender offer and the period prior to the publication of our July 31, 2013 financial statements.

The limitation on indebtedness in the 5.875% Senior Notes Indenture is only applicable at such time that the consolidated coverage ratio (as set forth in the Senior Notes Indenture) for us and our restricted subsidiaries is less than 3.00 to 1.00. In general, as set forth in the Senior Notes Indenture, the consolidated coverage ratio is determined by comparing our prior four quarters’ consolidated EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) to our consolidated interest expense.

 

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For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

The revolving credit facility contains financial covenants relating to maintaining maximum leverage and minimum debt service coverage. The 5.875% Senior Notes Indenture contains a financial covenant relating to times interest earned. We were in compliance with all debt covenants as of October 31, 2013.

(5) Capital Lease:

On October 28, 2011, we entered into a sale-leaseback agreement that included the sale of certain machinery and equipment. We then leased a total of $3.5 million of machinery and equipment to increase production capacity. The lease has an effective interest rate of 5.76% and is payable in 60 monthly installments through fiscal 2017. Leases are accounted for under the provisions of Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 840-10, Leases, which requires that leases be evaluated and classified as operating or capital leases for financial reporting purposes. Based on our evaluation of ASC 840-10, we determined that the lease qualifies as a capital lease because the net present value of future lease payments exceed 90% of the fair market value of the leased machinery and equipment. We have pledged the assets financed to secure the amounts outstanding. We have included $455,000 of short-term capital lease obligations in accrued expenses and $2.2 million in other non-current liabilities.

The following sets forth the future minimum lease payments as of October 31, 2013 and for the fiscal years ending April 30 (in thousands):

 

     Capital Lease
Obligation
 

2014

   $ 298   

2015

     596   

2016

     596   

2017

     1,493   
  

 

 

 

Total future minimum lease payments

     2,983   

Less amounts representing interest

     (339
  

 

 

 

Present value of minimum lease payments

     2,644   

Less current maturities of capital lease

     (455
  

 

 

 

Long-term maturities of capital lease

   $ 2,189   
  

 

 

 

(6) Inventories:

The following table sets forth a summary of inventories, stated at the lower of cost or market, as of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013 (in thousands):

 

     October 31, 2013      April 30, 2013  

Finished goods

   $ 21,027       $ 16,379   

Finished parts

     41,932         34,795   

Work in process

     7,762         7,852   

Raw material

     5,540         3,972   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total inventories

   $ 76,261       $ 62,998   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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(7) Accrued Expenses:

The following table sets forth other accrued expenses as of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013 (in thousands):

 

     October 31, 2013      April 30, 2013  

Accrued rebates and promotions

   $ 3,056       $ 3,900   

Accrued employee benefits

     2,214         1,953   

Interest payable

     2,213         1,542   

Accrued professional fees

     2,158         2,882   

Unrecognized tax benefits

     1,053         —     

Accrued workers’ compensation

     960         963   

Accrued distributor incentives

     939         458   

Accrued commissions

     716         949   

Current portion of capital lease obligation

     455         442   

Accrued severance

     258         —     

Accrued utilities

     198         537   

Accrued other

     1,440         2,407   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total accrued expenses

   $ 15,660       $ 16,033   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

(8) Advertising Costs:

We expense advertising costs, primarily consisting of magazine advertisements, printed materials, and television advertisements, either as incurred or upon the first occurrence of the advertising. Advertising expense, included in selling and marketing expenses, for continuing operations for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 was $4.1 million and $4.0 million, respectively. For the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, advertising expense for continuing operations was $8.4 million and $7.1 million, respectively.

(9) Warranty Reserve:

We generally provide a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser of our new firearm products and provide warranties for up to two years on the materials and workmanship in our security solutions projects, which includes products purchased by us from third-party manufacturers. We provide for estimated warranty obligations in the period in which we recognize the related revenue. We quantify and record an estimate for warranty-related costs based on our actual historical claims experience and current repair costs. We make adjustments to accruals as warranty claims data and historical experience warrant. Should we experience actual claims and repair costs that are higher than the estimated claims and repair costs used to calculate the provision, our operating results for the period or periods in which such returns or additional costs materialize would be adversely impacted.

On August 22, 2013, we issued a safety alert related to all M&P ShieldTM products manufactured prior to August 19, 2013. The cost of this alert was estimated at $370,000, which is included in the accrued warranty balance. On June 13, 2013, we initiated a recall of all Thompson/Center Arms bolt action rifles manufactured since the products’ introduction in 2007. On November 11, 2011, we also initiated a recall of all Thompson/Center Arms Venture rifles manufactured since the product’s introduction in mid-2009. We estimate the remaining cost of these recalls and safety alert will be $3.4 million, which is recorded in the accrued warranty balance. Warranty expense for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 was $908,000 and $1.6 million, respectively.

 

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For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

The following table sets forth the change in accrued warranty, a portion of which is recorded as a non-current liability, for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands):

 

     October 31, 2013     October 31, 2012  

Beginning Balance

   $ 8,423      $ 6,412   

Warranties issued and adjustments to provisions

     908        1,599   

Warranty claims

     (1,847     (1,898
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending Balance

   $ 7,484      $ 6,113   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

(10) Self-Insurance Reserves:

As of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013, we had reserves for workers’ compensation, product liability, municipal liability, and medical/dental costs totaling $10.0 million and $9.6 million, respectively, of which $6.1 million and $5.7 million, respectively, have been classified as non-current and included in other non-current liabilities. As of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013, $2.4 million and $2.3 million, respectively, has been included in accrued expenses, and $1.5 million and $1.6 million, respectively, has been included in accrued product/municipal liability on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. In addition, as of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013, $380,000 and $332,000, respectively, of excess workers’ compensation receivable has been classified as an other asset. While we believe these reserves to be adequate, it is possible that the ultimate liabilities will exceed such estimates. Amounts charged to expense were $2.8 million for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Amounts charged to expense were $5.6 million and $6.2 million for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

It is our policy to provide an estimate for loss as a result of expected adverse findings or legal settlements on product liability, municipal liability, workers’ compensation, and other matters when such losses are probable and are reasonably estimable. It is also our policy to accrue for reasonably estimable legal costs associated with defending such litigation. While such estimates involve a range of possible costs, we determine, in consultation with litigation counsel, the most likely cost within such range on a case-by-case basis. We also record receivables from insurance carriers relating to these matters when their collection is probable. As of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013, we had accrued reserves for product and municipal litigation liabilities of $4.5 million and $4.4 million, respectively (of which $3.0 million and $2.8 million, respectively, were non-current), consisting entirely of expected legal defense costs. In addition, as of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013, we had recorded receivables from insurance carriers related to these liabilities of $1.9 million, nearly all of which has been classified as other assets with $25,000 classified as other current assets.

(11) Stockholders’ Equity:

Treasury Stock

During fiscal 2013, our board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $35.0 million of our common stock, subject to certain conditions, in the open market or privately negotiated transactions on or prior to June 30, 2013. We repurchased 2,099,603 shares of our common stock during fiscal 2013 for $20.0 million, utilizing cash on hand, leaving $15.0 million of our common stock authorized to be repurchased. During the six months ended October 31, 2013, our board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $115.0 million of our common stock, of which up to $75.0 million was authorized for purchase in a tender offer and the remainder of which could be repurchased in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. This $115.0 million authorization replaced the stock repurchase program authorized in fiscal 2013 and is set to expire on or about June 17, 2014. During the six months ended October 31, 2013, we repurchased 1,417,233 shares of our common stock pursuant to the tender offer that expired on July 23, 2013 for $15.6 million and 7,596,895 shares of our common stock in the open market for $84.4 million, utilizing cash on hand, leaving $15.0 million of our common stock authorized to be purchased in the open market or privately negotiated transactions. Fees and expenses incurred related to the tender offer and open market purchases were $848,000 and were recorded in treasury stock.

 

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For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

Earnings per Share

The following table provides a reconciliation of the income amounts and weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares used to determine basic and diluted earnings per share for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands, except per share data):

 

     For the Three Months Ended October 31,      For the Six Months Ended October 31,  
     2013     2012      2013     2012  

Net income/(loss)

         

Income from continuing operations

   $ 17,145      $ 16,401       $ 43,671      $ 35,272   

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

     (158     4,784         (208     3,699   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 16,987      $ 21,185       $ 43,463      $ 38,971   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic

     59,620        65,871         61,931        65,611   

Dilutive effect of stock option and award plans

     1,364        1,403         1,820        1,303   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted shares outstanding

     60,984        67,274         63,751        66,914   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share - Basic (a)

         

Income from continuing operations

   $ 0.29      $ 0.25       $ 0.71      $ 0.54   

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations

   $ (0.00   $ 0.07       $ (0.00   $ 0.06   

Net income

   $ 0.28      $ 0.32       $ 0.70      $ 0.59   

Earnings per share - Diluted (a)

         

Income from continuing operations

   $ 0.28      $ 0.24       $ 0.69      $ 0.53   

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations

   $ (0.00   $ 0.07       $ (0.00   $ 0.06   

Net income

   $ 0.28      $ 0.31       $ 0.68      $ 0.58   

 

(a) Net income per share may not equal earnings per share from continuing plus discontinued operations due to rounding.

For the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, 88,839 and 163,542 shares of common stock, respectively, issuable upon the exercise of stock options were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect would be antidilutive.

For the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, 124,930 and 229,639 shares of common stock, respectively, issuable upon exercise of stock options were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect would be antidilutive.

Stock Option and Employee Stock Purchase Plans

We have two Stock Plans (“SPs”): the 2004 Incentive Stock Plan and the 2013 Incentive Stock Plan. New grants under the 2004 Incentive Stock Plan have not been made since the approval of the 2013 Incentive Stock Plan at our September 23, 2013 annual meeting of stockholders. All new grants covering all participants are issued under the 2013 Incentive Stock Plan.

The 2013 Incentive Stock Plan authorizes the issuance of 3,000,000 shares, plus any shares that were reserved and remained available for grant and delivery under the 2004 Incentive Stock Plan as of September 23, 2013, the effective date of the 2013 Incentive Stock Plan. The plan permits the grant of options to acquire common stock, restricted stock awards, restricted stock units (“RSUs”), stock appreciation rights, bonus stock and awards in lieu of obligations, performance awards, and dividend equivalents. Our board of directors, or a committee established by our board, administers the SPs, selects recipients to whom awards are granted, and determines the grants to be awarded. Options granted under the SPs are exercisable at a price determined by our board or committee at the time of grant, but, in no event, less than fair market value of our common stock on the date granted. Grants of options may be made to employees and directors without regard to any performance measures. All options issued pursuant to the SPs are nontransferable and subject to forfeiture.

 

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Unless terminated earlier by our board of directors, the 2013 Stock Plan will terminate at the earliest of (1) the tenth anniversary of the effective date of the 2013 Stock Plan, or (2) such time as no shares of common stock remain available for issuance under the plan and we have no further rights or obligations with respect to outstanding awards under the plan. The date of grant of an award is deemed to be the date upon which our board of directors or board committee authorizes the granting of such award.

Except in specific circumstances, awards vest over a period of three years and are exercisable for a period of 10 years. The plan also permits the grant of awards to non-employees, which the board has granted in the past. A separate option grant, outside of the 2004 Incentive Stock Plan, for 500,000 shares was made at an exercise price of $1.47 per share in connection with the hiring of our former President and Chief Executive Officer during the fiscal year ended April 30, 2005. Our former President and Chief Executive Officer retired on September 26, 2011 but continues his service as a member of our board of directors and was appointed co-vice chairman of the board. As of October 31, 2013, there were 100,000 options outstanding relating to this grant, which expire on December 6, 2014.

The number of shares and weighted average exercise prices of (i) options granted under the SPs and (ii) the separate option grant to our former President and Chief Executive Officer outside of the SPs for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 are as follows:

 

     For the Six Months Ended October 31,  
     2013      2012  
           Weighted-            Weighted-  
           Average            Average  
     Shares     Exercise Price      Shares     Exercise Price  

Options outstanding, beginning of year

     3,019,127      $ 5.31         3,988,164      $ 4.67   

Granted during year

     —          —           3,500        11.02   

Exercised during the period

     (418,466     2.55         (834,508     4.10   

Canceled/forfeited during period

     (28,000     5.59         (105,496     3.91   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Options outstanding, end of period

     2,572,661      $ 5.76         3,051,660      $ 4.86   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average remaining contractual life

     6.22 years           6.64 years     
  

 

 

      

 

 

   

Options exercisable, end of period

     2,013,974      $ 5.79         1,890,540      $ 5.10   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average remaining contractual life

     5.73 years           5.34 years     
  

 

 

      

 

 

   

The aggregate intrinsic value of outstanding options as of October 31, 2013 and 2012 was $14.0 million and $15.8 million, respectively. The aggregate intrinsic value of outstanding options that were exercisable as of October 31, 2013 and 2012 was $11.1 million and $9.8 million, respectively. The aggregate intrinsic value of the options exercised for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 was $3.9 million and $5.1 million, respectively. At October 31, 2013, the total unamortized fair value of outstanding options was $757,000, which is expected to be recognized over the remaining weighted average vesting period of 0.78 years.

On September 26, 2011, our stockholders approved our 2011 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”). All options and rights to participate in our ESPP are nontransferable and subject to forfeiture in accordance with our ESPP guidelines. In the event of certain corporate transactions, each option outstanding under our ESPP will be assumed or an equivalent option will be substituted by the successor corporation or a parent or subsidiary of such successor corporation. During the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, 84,081 and 92,476 shares were purchased under our ESPP, respectively.

We measure the cost of employee services received in exchange for an award of an equity instrument based on the grant-date fair value of the award. We calculate the fair value of our stock options issued to employees using the Black-Scholes model at the time the options are granted. That amount is then amortized over the vesting period of the option or warrant. With our ESPP, fair value is determined at the beginning of the purchase period and amortized over the term of each exercise period.

 

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For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

The following assumptions were used in valuing our options and ESPP purchases during the six-month periods ended October 31, 2013 and 2012:

 

     For the Six Months Ended October 31,  
     2013     2012  

Stock option grants:

    

Risk-free interest rate

     —          0.31

Expected term

     —          5.84 - 7.84 years   

Expected volatility

     —          70.0

Dividend yield

     —          0

Employee Stock Purchase Plan:

    

Risk-free interest rate

     0.40     0.14

Expected term

     6 - 12 months        6 months   

Expected volatility

     35.2     63.7

Dividend yield

     0     0 %

We estimate expected volatility using historical volatility for the expected term. The fair value of each stock option or ESPP purchase was estimated on the date of the grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model (using the risk-free interest rate, expected term, expected volatility, and dividend yield variables). There were no stock options granted during the six months ended October, 31, 2013, and 3,500 stock options were granted during the six months ended October 31, 2012. The total stock-based compensation expense, including stock options, purchases under our ESPP, and RSUs and performance-based RSUs (“PSUs”), was $4.8 million and $2.0 million, which included $45,000 of stock-based compensation expense related to the loss on the sale of our discontinued operations, for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Stock-based compensation expense is included in cost of sales, sales and marketing, research and development, and general and administrative expenses.

We grant service-based RSUs to employees, consultants, and directors. The awards are made at no cost to the recipient. An RSU represents the right to acquire one share of our common stock but does not carry voting or dividend rights. Except in specific circumstances, RSU grants to employees generally vest over a period of three years with one-third of the awards vesting on each anniversary date of the grant date. The aggregate fair value of our RSU grants is being amortized to compensation expense over the vesting period.

We grant PSUs with market conditions to our executive officers. We grant PSUs without market conditions to our employees who are not executive officers, including for the successful implementation of our new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system. At the time of grant, we calculate the fair value of our market condition PSUs using the Monte-Carlo simulation (using the risk-free interest rate, expected volatility, the correlation coefficient utilizing the same historical price data used to develop the volatility assumptions and dividend yield variables).

The market-condition PSUs vest, and the fair value of such PSUs will be recognized, over the corresponding three-year performance period. Our market-condition PSUs have a maximum aggregate award equal to 200% of the target amount granted. The number of market-condition PSUs that may be earned depends upon the total stockholder return (“TSR”) of our common stock compared to the TSR of the Russell 2000 Index (the “RUT”) or the NASDAQ Composite Index (the “IXIC”), as applicable, over the three-year performance period. Our stock must outperform the RUT or the IXIC, as applicable, by 10% in order for the target award to be earned.

During the six months ended October 31, 2013, we granted 450,656 service-based RSUs, including 250,000 RSUs to certain of our executive officers, 42,238 RSUs to our directors, and 153,418 RSUs to non-executive officer employees. In addition, we granted and vested 30,000 market-condition PSUs to an officer and former officer in connection with a 2010 award that achieved the maximum aggregate award. Compensation expense recognized related to grants of RSUs and PSUs was $3.7 million for the six months ended October 31, 2013.

 

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For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

During the six months ended October 31, 2013, we cancelled 12,518 service-based RSUs as a result of the service period condition not being met and delivered 210,230 shares of common stock to current employees under vested RSUs and PSUs with a total market value of $2.4 million.

During the six months ended October 31, 2012, we granted 55,250 service-based RSUs and 34,800 PSUs without market-conditions to employees and cancelled 12,331 service-based RSUs and 35,000 market-condition PSUs due to the service period condition not being met. Compensation expense recognized related to grants of RSUs and PSUs was $643,000 for the six months ended October 31, 2012. During the six months ended October 31, 2012, we delivered 7,667 shares of common stock to consultants and a former employee under vested RSUs with a total market value of $51,000.

A summary of activity in unvested RSUs and PSUs for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 are as follows:

 

    For the Six Months Ended October 31,  
    2013     2012  
    Total # of     Weighted Average     Total # of     Weighted Average  
    Restricted     Grant Date     Restricted     Grant Date  
    Stock Units     Fair Value     Stock Units     Fair Value  

RSUs and PSUs outstanding, beginning of year

    781,586      $ 8.42        384,140      $ 7.91   

Awarded

    480,656        10.30        90,050        9.67   

Vested

    (210,230     8.18        (7,667     8.11   

Forfeited

    (12,518     8.61        (47,331     5.84   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

RSUs and PSUs outstanding, end of period

    1,039,494      $ 9.23        419,192      $ 8.06   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

As of October 31, 2013, there was $5.0 million of unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested RSUs and PSUs. This cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted average remaining contractual term of 1.3 years.

(12) Income Taxes:

We use an asset and liability approach for financial accounting and reporting of income taxes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on temporary differences between financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities and are measured by applying enacted tax rates and laws to the taxable years in which differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date.

At October 31, 2013, we had gross tax-affected unrecognized tax benefits of approximately $812,000, all of which, if recognized, would favorably impact our effective tax rate. Included in the unrecognized tax benefits at October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013 was $321,000 and $270,000, respectively, of accrued interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions, which have been recorded in current liabilities as these positions are expected to reverse in the next 12 months.

In fiscal 2014, we expect to incur additional interest on outstanding tax accounts. We do not expect this change to be material. Interest and penalties related to income tax liabilities are included in income tax expense.

With limited exceptions, we are subject to U.S. federal, state, local, and non-U.S. income tax audits by tax authorities for fiscal years subsequent to April 30, 2009.

(13) Commitments and Contingencies:

Litigation

On January 19, 2010, the DOJ unsealed indictments of 22 individuals from the law enforcement and military equipment industries, one of whom was our former Vice President-Sales, International & U.S. Law Enforcement. We were not charged in the indictment. We also were served with a Grand Jury subpoena for the production of documents. We have always taken, and continue to take seriously, our obligation as an industry leader to foster a responsible and ethical culture, which includes adherence to laws and industry regulations in the United States and abroad. Although we are cooperating fully with the DOJ in this matter and have undertaken a comprehensive review of company policies and procedures, the DOJ may determine that we have violated FCPA laws.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

On February 21, 2012, the DOJ filed a motion to dismiss with prejudice the indictments of the remaining defendants who were pending trial, including our former Vice President-Sales, International & U.S. Law Enforcement. On February 24, 2012, the district court granted the motion to dismiss. We cannot predict, however, when the investigation will be completed or its outcome. There could be additional indictments of our company, our officers, or our employees. If the DOJ determines that we violated FCPA laws, we may face sanctions, including significant civil and criminal penalties. In addition, we could be prevented from bidding on domestic military and government contracts and could risk debarment by the U.S. Department of State. We also face increased legal expenses and could see an increase in the cost of doing international business. We could also see private civil litigation arising as a result of the outcome of the investigation. In addition, responding to the investigation may divert the time and attention of our management from normal business operations. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the publicity surrounding the investigation and the potential risks associated with the investigation could negatively impact the perception of our company by investors, customers, and others.

In fiscal 2011, we received a subpoena from the staff of the SEC giving notice that the SEC is conducting a non-public, fact-finding inquiry to determine whether there have been any violations of the federal securities laws. It appears this civil inquiry was triggered in part by the DOJ investigation into potential FCPA violations. Although we are cooperating fully with the SEC in this matter, the SEC may determine that we have violated federal securities laws. We cannot predict when this inquiry will be completed or its outcome. If the SEC determines that we have violated federal securities laws, we may face injunctive relief, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and sanctions, including fines and penalties, or may be forced to take corrective actions that could increase our costs or otherwise adversely affect our business, results of operations, and liquidity. We also face increased legal expenses and could see an increase in the cost of doing business. We could also see private civil litigation arising as a result of the outcome of this inquiry. In addition, responding to the inquiry may divert the time and attention of our management from normal business operations. Regardless of the outcome of the inquiry, the publicity surrounding the inquiry and the potential risks associated with the inquiry could negatively impact the perception of our company by investors, customers, and others.

We are involved in two purported stockholder derivative lawsuits. These actions were brought by putative plaintiffs on behalf of our company against certain of our officers, directors, and employees. The lawsuits are based principally on a theory of breach of fiduciary duties. The putative plaintiffs seek damages on behalf of our company from the individual defendants. Damages sought in each case include equitable and/or injunctive relief, actions to improve corporate governance, and recovery of attorneys’ fees, and in one case also include declaratory relief and the rescission of certain option awards. A stipulation of settlement in one of our cases has been submitted and has been preliminarily approved by the court. We believe that the allegations asserted in the above lawsuits are unfounded.

We are a defendant in ten product liability cases and are aware of approximately eight other product liability claims, primarily alleging defective product design, defective manufacturing, or failure to provide adequate warnings. In addition, we are a co-defendant in a case filed on August 27, 1999 by the city of Gary, Indiana against numerous firearm manufacturers, distributors, and dealers seeking to recover damages allegedly arising out of the misuse of firearms by third parties. We believe that the various allegations as described above are unfounded, and, in addition, that any accident and any results from them were due to negligence or misuse of the firearm by the claimant or a third party and that there should be no recovery against us.

In addition, we are involved in lawsuits, claims, investigations, and proceedings, including commercial, environmental, and employment matters, which arise in the ordinary course of business.

The relief sought in individual cases primarily includes compensatory and, sometimes, punitive damages. Certain of the cases and claims seek unspecified compensatory or punitive damages. In others, compensatory damages sought may range from less than $75,000 to in excess of $1.4 million. In our experience, initial demands do not generally bear a reasonable relationship to the facts and circumstances of a particular matter. We believe that our accruals for product liability cases and claims, as described below, are a reasonable quantitative measure of the cost to us of product liability cases and claims.

We are vigorously defending ourselves in the lawsuits to which we are subject. An unfavorable outcome or prolonged litigation could harm our business. Litigation of this nature also is expensive and time consuming, and diverts the time and attention of our management.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

We monitor the status of known claims and the product liability accrual, which includes amounts for defense costs for asserted and un-asserted claims. While it is difficult to forecast the outcome of these claims, we believe, after consultation with litigation counsel, that it is uncertain whether the outcome of these claims will have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. We believe that we have provided adequate reserves for defense costs. We do not anticipate material adverse judgments and intend to vigorously defend ourselves.

We have recorded our liability for defense costs before consideration for reimbursement from insurance carriers. We have also recorded the amount due as reimbursement under existing policies from the insurance carriers as a receivable shown in other current assets and other assets.

At this time, an estimated range of reasonably possible additional losses relating to unfavorable outcomes cannot be made.

Environmental Remediation

We are subject to numerous federal, state, and local laws that regulate both the health and safety of our workforce as well as our environmental liability, including those regulations monitored by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Department of Public Health (DPH). Though not exhaustive, examples of applicable regulations include confined space safety, walking and working surfaces, machine guarding, and life safety.

We are required to comply with regulations that mitigate any release into the environment. These laws have required, and are expected to continue to require, us to make significant expenditures of both a capital and expense nature. Several of the more significant federal laws applicable to our operations include the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), and the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

We have in place programs and personnel to monitor compliance with various federal, state, and local environmental regulations. In the normal course of our manufacturing operations, we are subject to governmental proceedings and orders pertaining to waste disposal, air emissions, and water discharges into the environment. We fund our environmental costs through cash flows from operations. We believe that we are in compliance with applicable environmental regulations in all material respects.

We are required to remediate hazardous waste at our facilities. Currently, we own designated sites in Springfield, Massachusetts and are subject to two release areas, which are the focus of remediation projects as part of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (“MCP”). The MCP provides a structured environment for the voluntary remediation of regulated releases. We may be required to remove hazardous waste or remediate the alleged effects of hazardous substances on the environment associated with past disposal practices at sites not owned by us. We have received notice that we are a potentially responsible party from the Environmental Protection Agency and/or individual states under CERCLA or a state equivalent at two sites.

As of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2012, respectively, we had recorded $577,000 of the environmental reserve in non-current liabilities. We have calculated the net present value of the environmental reserve to be equal to the carrying value of the liability recorded on our books. Our estimate of these costs is based upon currently enacted laws and regulations, currently available facts, experience in remediation efforts, existing technology, and the ability of other potentially responsible parties or contractually liable parties to pay the allocated portions of any environmental obligations.

When the available information is sufficient to estimate the amount of liability, that estimate has been used. When the information is only sufficient to establish a range of probable liability and no point within the range is more likely than any other, the lower end of the range has been used. We may not have insurance coverage for our environmental remediation costs. We have not recognized any gains from probable recoveries or other gain contingencies. The environmental reserve was calculated using undiscounted amounts based on independent environmental remediation reports obtained.

Based on information known to us, we do not expect current environmental regulations or environmental proceedings and claims to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. However, it is not possible to predict with certainty the impact on us of future environmental compliance requirements or of the cost of resolution of future environmental proceedings and claims, in part because the scope of the remedies that may be required is not certain, liability under federal environmental laws is joint and several in nature, and environmental laws and regulations are subject to modification and changes in interpretation. There can be no assurance that additional or changing environmental regulation will not become more burdensome in the future and that any such development would not have a material adverse effect on our company.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

Suppliers

The inability to obtain sufficient quantities of components, parts, raw materials, and other supplies from independent sources necessary for the production of our products could result in reduced or delayed sales or lost orders. Any delay in or loss of sales could adversely impact our operating results. Many of the components, parts, raw materials, and other supplies used in the production of our products are available only from a limited number of suppliers. In most cases, we do not have long-term supply contracts with these suppliers.

Contracts

Employment Agreements — We have employment, severance, and change of control agreements with certain officers and managers.

Other Agreements — We have distribution agreements with various third parties in the ordinary course of business.

Outstanding Letters of Credit/Restricted Cash — We had open letters of credit aggregating $1.1 million and no restricted cash as of October 31, 2013.

(14) Fair Value Measurements:

In accordance with ASC 820-10, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures Topic, financial assets and liabilities recorded on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets are categorized based on the inputs to the valuation techniques as follows:

Level 1 — Financial assets and liabilities whose values are based on unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in an active market that we have the ability to access at the measurement date (examples include active exchange-traded equity securities, listed derivatives, and most U.S. Government and agency securities).

Level 2 — Financial assets and liabilities whose values are based on quoted prices in markets in which trading occurs infrequently or whose values are based on quoted prices of instruments with similar attributes in active markets. Level 2 inputs include the following:

 

    quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in non-active markets (such as corporate and municipal bonds which trade infrequently);

 

    inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for substantially the full term of the asset or liability (examples include interest rate and currency swaps); and

 

    inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the asset or liability (such as certain securities and derivatives).

We currently do not have any Level 2 financial assets or liabilities.

Level 3 — Financial assets and liabilities whose values are based on prices or valuation techniques that require inputs that are both unobservable and significant to the overall fair value measurement. These inputs reflect our assumptions about the assumptions a market participant would use in pricing the asset or liability. We currently do not have any Level 3 financial assets or liabilities.

The following table presents information about our assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of October 31, 2013 and April 30, 2013, respectively, and indicates the fair value hierarchy of the valuation techniques we utilized to determine such fair value (in thousands):

 

Description

   October 31, 2013      (Level 1)      April 30, 2013      (Level 1)  

Assets:

           

Cash equivalents (a)

   $ 52,901       $ 52,901       $ 100,413       $ 100,413   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 52,901       $ 52,901       $ 100,413       $ 100,413   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

a) Cash and cash equivalents include operating cash and money market accounts.

 

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For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

(15) Recent Accounting Pronouncements:

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

In April 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2013-11, Income Taxes (Topic 740)—Presentation of an Unrecognized Tax Benefit When a Net Operating Loss Carryforward, a Similar Tax Loss, or a Tax Credit Carryforward Exists. The amendments in ASU 2013-11 require companies to present an unrecognized tax benefit, or a portion thereof, as a reduction to a deferred tax asset for a net operating loss (NOL) carryforward or a similar tax loss or tax credit carryforward, unless the uncertain tax position is not available to reduce, or would not be used to reduce, the NOL or carryforward under the tax law in the same jurisdiction; otherwise, the unrecognized tax benefit should be presented as a gross liability and should not net the unrecognized tax benefit with a deferred tax asset. Early adoption and retrospective application is permitted. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Overview

Please refer to the 2013 Highlights found in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013. This section sets forth key objectives and key performance indicators used by us as well as key industry data tracked by us.

The results of SWSS, our former security solutions division, which were previously reported as a separate business segment, are being presented as discontinued operations in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for all periods presented. See “Discontinued Operations” below for additional information regarding these discontinued operations. Unless otherwise indicated, any reference to income statement items in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations refers to results from continuing operations.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Highlights

Net sales for the three months ended October 31, 2013 were $139.3 million, an increase of $2.7 million, or 2.0%, over net sales of $136.6 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012. It should be noted that we ended our exclusive U.S. importer and distributor agreement with Walther at the end of fiscal 2013, resulting in $9.0 million of less Walther firearm net sales in the three months ended October 31, 2013. Excluding Walther, sales increased $11.7 million, or 9.2%, because of the introduction of new products in the last several years, strong consumer demand in the firearm industry in general, increases in production capacity, and strategic change in our production mix. In particular, handgun sales increased 27.4% during the current quarter because of increased production volumes of our M&P branded polymer products and smaller sized pistols. Net sales were also favorably impacted by increased consumer demand and customer acceptance resulted in higher net sales and gross profit during the current quarter. The increase in sales was offset by reduced sales of our rimfire M&P rifle, constrained bolt action rifle sales as we service the Thompson/Center Arms bolt action rifle recall we announced in June 2013, and production losses and inefficiencies from the conversion to our new Enterprise Resources Planning (“ERP”) system.

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 41.6% for the three months ended October 31, 2013 compared with gross profit of 35.5% for the three months ended October 31, 2012 due to increased sales volume of our higher margin products, the termination of our Walther distribution agreement, which had lower gross margins, and the improvements in manufacturing fixed-cost absorption from higher volume.

Income from continuing operations for the three months ended October 31, 2013 was $17.1 million, or $0.28 per fully diluted share, compared with income from continuing operations of $16.4 million, or $0.24 per fully diluted share, for the three months ended October 31, 2012.

Net sales for the six months ended October 31, 2013 were $310.3 million, an increase of $37.8 million, or 13.9%, over net sales of $272.6 million for the six months ended October 31, 2012. Excluding Walther, sales increased $56.9 million, or 22.7%, because of the introduction of new products in the last several years, strong consumer demand, and increases in production capacity as noted above.

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 42.1% for the six months ended October 31, 2013 compared with gross profit of 36.6% for the six months ended October 31, 2012 due, in part, to increased sales volume of our higher margin products, the termination of our Walther distribution agreement, which had lower gross margins, and the improvements in manufacturing fixed-cost absorption from higher volume as noted above.

Income from continuing operations for the six months ended October 31, 2013 was $43.7 million, or $0.69 per fully diluted share, compared with income from continuing operations of $35.3 million, or $0.53 per fully diluted share, for the six months ended October 31, 2012. Income for the current period was favorably impacted by increased net sales and improved gross profit margin and negatively impacted by additional general and administration expenses noted above and one-time expenses associated with the retirement of our outstanding 9.5% Senior Notes.

 

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Results of Operations

Net Sales

The following table sets forth certain information relating to net sales for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change     % Change  

Handguns

   $ 91,479       $ 71,814       $ 19,665        27.4

Long Guns

     37,914         42,204         (4,290     -10.2

Walther

     734         9,687         (8,953     -92.4

Other Products & Services

     9,167         12,855         (3,688     -28.7
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Net Sales

   $ 139,294       $ 136,560       $ 2,734        2.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net sales for the three-month period ended October 31, 2013 increased 2.0% over the comparable quarter last year. The current quarter net sales was negatively impacted by production and sales losses and inefficiencies from the conversion to our new ERP system. Despite those ERP issues, handgun product sales increased $19.7 million, or 27.4%, over the comparable quarter last year, most noticeably for M&P branded polymer pistol products as we were able to address ongoing consumer demand with increases in production capacity. Net sales of our long guns decreased $4.3 million from the comparable quarter last year, primarily because of constrained bolt action rifle sales as we service the Thompson/Center Arms bolt action rifle recall and reduced sales of our rimfire M&P rifle caused by ammunition constraints. Those lower rifle sales were offset by increased sales of our full size M&P rifles, including an M&P rifle newly introduced in 2013. In addition, in January 2013, we implemented a new pricing structure that reduced discounts and improved net sales. Walther net sales were $9.0 million less than the prior comparable quarter because we ended our exclusive U.S. importer and distributor agreement with Walther at the end of fiscal 2013. Walther net sales for the three months ended October 31, 2013 related to the Walther products we manufacture at our Houlton, Maine facility through an agreement with Carl Walther GmbH that extends through the end of fiscal 2014. Other products and services decreased by 28.7% over the comparable period last year primarily from a reduction in hunting accessory sales.

Net sales into our sporting goods distribution channel, excluding Walther products, were $123.3 million for the three months ended October 31, 2013, an increase of 11.1% over the comparable quarter last year, which was primarily a result of increased handgun sales because of increased production capacity to satisfy demand. Net sales into our professional channels, which exclude Walther products and include federal, international, and law enforcement sales, were $14.3 million, a decrease of 6.1% over the comparable quarter last year because of decreased international shipments.

The following table sets forth certain information relating to net sales for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change     % Change  

Handguns

   $ 198,000       $ 147,035       $ 50,965        34.7

Long Guns

     88,801         81,308         7,493        9.2

Walther

     2,326         21,485         (19,159     -89.2

Other Products & Services

     21,187         22,727         (1,540     -6.8
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Net Sales

   $ 310,314       $ 272,555       $ 37,759        13.9
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net sales for the six-month period ended October 31, 2013 increased 13.9% over the comparable period last year primarily because of the strength of orders for the handgun products for the reasons noted above. Long gun net sales were negatively impacted because of constrained bolt action rifle sales as we service the Thompson/Center Arms bolt action rifle recall. Excluding these constraints, long gun net sales increased primarily because of increased consumer demand for our M&P rifles for the reasons mentioned above. Walther net sales decreased because we ended our distributor agreement with Walther, as noted above. Other products and services decreased by 6.8% from the comparable period last year because of a reduction in hunting accessory sales. In addition, we implemented a new pricing structure that reduced discounts and improved net sales, which was offset by sales and production losses and inefficiencies from the conversion to our new ERP system.

Net sales in our sporting goods distribution channel, excluding Walther products, were $273.1 million for the six months ended October 31, 2013, an increase of 23.0% over the comparable period last year, which was primarily a result of increased polymer pistol and U.S. M&P rifle sales. Net sales into our professional channels, excluding Walther products, were $33.4 million, an increase of 19.9% from the comparable period last year because of increased shipments of polymer products and long guns to law enforcement agencies, particularly the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Cost of Sales and Gross Profit

The following table sets forth certain information regarding cost of sales and gross profit for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013     2012     $ Change     % Change  

Cost of sales

   $ 81,357      $ 88,092      $ (6,735     -7.6

% of net sales

     58.4     64.5    

Gross profit

   $ 57,937      $ 48,468      $ 9,469        19.5

% of net sales

     41.6     35.5    

Gross profit for the three months ended October 31, 2013 increased by 19.5% over the comparable quarter last year, primarily because of favorable product mix, increased sales volume, increased production capacity to meet demand, and corresponding improvements in manufacturing fixed-cost absorption from the higher sales volume. That absorption increase and favorable mix, along with increased manufacturing efficiencies, favorably impacted gross profit percentage by 5.0 percentage points, or $7.8 million. In addition, we experienced favorable promotional spending of $1.6 million, or 1.2 percentage points, and our new pricing and discount structure improved gross profit by 0.6 percentage points, or $1.3 million. We also experienced favorable manufacturing spending variances that resulted in the remaining gross profit increase, offset by increased volume-related spending of $2.0 million, or 1.4 percentage points. Finally, as a result of selling less Walther products in the current quarter due to the terminated Walther distributor agreement, margins were favorably impacted by 1.3 percentage points because the Walther products sold in the quarter ended October 31, 2012 had lower gross margin percentage than our other products.

The following table sets forth certain information regarding cost of sales and gross profit for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013     2012     $ Change      % Change  

Cost of sales

   $ 179,604      $ 172,861      $ 6,743         3.9

% of net sales

     57.9     63.4     

Gross profit

   $ 130,710      $ 99,694      $ 31,016         31.1

% of net sales

     42.1     36.6     

Gross profit for the six months ended October 31, 2013 increased 31.1% from the comparable period last year, primarily as a result of the favorable product mix, increase in sales volume, and fixed-cost absorption as noted above. That absorption increase and favorable mix, along with increased manufacturing efficiencies, favorably impacted gross profit percentage by 5.1 percentage points, or $27.6 million. We also experienced favorable promotional spending of $2.5 million, or 0.8 percentage points, and our new pricing and discount structure also improved gross profit by 0.6 percentage points, or $3.0 million, partially offset by increased volume-related spending of $3.1 million, or 1.0 percentage points. Gross margins were also positively impacted in the current period by 1.4 percentage points due to the termination of the Walther distributor agreement, as noted above.

Operating Expenses

The following table sets forth certain information regarding operating expenses for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013     2012     $ Change     % Change  

Research and development

   $ 1,305      $ 1,268      $ 37        2.9

Selling and marketing

     7,681        8,077        (396     -4.9

General and administrative

     20,177        12,499        7,678        61.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

   $ 29,163      $ 21,844      $ 7,319        33.5

% of net sales

     20.9     16.0    

Research and development expenses were flat compared with the prior year comparable quarter. Selling and marketing expenses decreased from the prior year comparable quarter primarily because of $500,000 of reduced third-party commissions. General and administrative costs increased compared with the prior year comparable quarter because of $4.3 of additional professional fees, primarily associated with the consulting support and employee training for our new ERP system, $1.5 million of additional stock-based compensation expense related to options, RSUs, and PSUs granted to our employees late in fiscal 2013 and the first quarter of fiscal 2014, $1.6 million of additional salary expense from additional headcount to service our production demand and management incentive accruals, and $453,000 of additional depreciation expense.

 

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The following table sets forth certain information regarding operating expenses for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013     2012     $ Change      % Change  

Research and development

   $ 2,664      $ 2,439      $ 225         9.2

Selling and marketing

     15,229        14,916        313         2.1

General and administrative

     36,029        24,417        11,612         47.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

   $ 53,922      $ 41,772      $ 12,150         29.1

% of net sales

     17.4     15.3     

Research and development and expenses increased compared with the prior year comparable period as a result of increased salary and benefit expense and depreciation expense. Selling and marketing expenses were relatively flat compared with the prior year comparable period; however, we incurred $405,000 of additional salaries and benefit expense and $1.2 million of additional advertising expense, offset by $812,000 of reduced third party commissions and $242,000 of reduced consulting expense. General and administrative costs increased compared with the prior year comparable quarter as a result of $4.6 million of additional professional fees primarily associated with the support and employee training of our new ERP system, $2.8 million of additional stock-based compensation expense related to options, RSUs, and PSUs granted to our employees late in fiscal 2013 and the first quarter of fiscal 2014, $2.3 million of additional salary expense from additional headcount to service our production demand and management incentive accruals, $585,000 of additional depreciation expense, and $495,000 of increased profit sharing expense as a result of increased eligible compensation.

Operating Income from Continuing Operations

The following table sets forth certain information regarding operating income from continuing operations for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013     2012     $ Change      % Change  

Operating income from continuing operations

   $ 28,774      $ 26,624      $ 2,150         8.1

% of net sales

     20.7     19.5     

The increase in operating income from continuing operations for the three months ended October 31, 2013 compared with the prior year comparable quarter resulted primarily from increased sales volume as we have been able to increase production capacity and the related gross profit, the corresponding impact of improved favorable fixed cost absorption, offset by increased general and administrative costs related to the support and employee training for our new ERP system, additional stock-based compensation expense primarily from RSUs and PSUs granted to our employees late in fiscal 2013 and early fiscal 2014, salary and benefit accruals, and additional depreciation expense from increased capital expenditures.

The following table sets forth certain information regarding operating income from continuing operations for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013     2012     $ Change      % Change  

Operating income from continuing operations

   $ 76,788      $ 57,922      $ 18,866         32.6

% of net sales

     24.7     21.3     

The increase in operating income from continuing operations for the six months ended October 31, 2013 compared with the prior year comparable period resulted primarily from the same factors mentioned above.

Interest Expense

The following table sets forth certain information regarding interest expense for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change      % Change  

Interest expense

   $ 2,046       $ 1,344       $ 702         52.2

Interest expense increased for the three months ended October 31, 2013, primarily as a result of servicing our $100.0 million 5.875% Senior Notes compared with our exchanged $43.6 million 9.5% Senior Notes in the comparable quarter last year.

 

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The following table sets forth certain information regarding interest expense for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change      % Change  

Interest expense

   $ 8,719       $ 3,331       $ 5,388         161.8

Interest expense for the six months ended October 31, 2013 increased from the six months ended October 31, 2012, primarily as a result of the $4.3 million of bond premium and $795,000 of debt issuance write-off costs incurred to retire the outstanding 9.5% Senior Notes, which were exchanged for 5.875% Senior Notes during the six months ended October 31, 2013, and increased debt.

Income Taxes

The following table sets forth certain information regarding income tax expense for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change      % Change  

Income tax expense

   $ 9,627       $ 9,253       $ 374         4.0

Income tax expense increased as a result of the increase in operating profit.

The following table sets forth certain information regarding income tax expense for the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change      % Change  

Income tax expense

   $ 24,549       $ 20,061       $ 4,488         22.4

Income tax expense increased as a result of the increase in operating profit noted above. The effective tax rates for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 were 36.0% and 36.1%, respectively. We expect that the effective tax rate will remain stable throughout the rest of the current fiscal year.

Income from Continuing Operations

The following table sets forth certain information regarding income from continuing operations and the related per share data for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands, except per share data):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change      % Change  

Income from continuing operations

   $ 17,145       $ 16,401       $ 744         4.5

Net income per share from continuing operations

           

Basic

   $ 0.29       $ 0.25       $ 0.04         16.0

Diluted

   $ 0.28       $ 0.24       $ 0.04         16.7

Income from continuing operations for the three months ended October 31, 2013 increased primarily because of increased sales volumes, corresponding gross profit, as well as our new pricing and discount structure that resulted in increased net sales and gross profit. In addition to the impact of increased profitability, net income per share also increased as a result of the tender offer completed in July 2013 and the open market purchases of our common stock that occurred in December 2012 and August through September 2013 totaling $120.0 million at an average price of $10.79 per share or 11.1 million shares.

The following table sets forth certain information regarding net income from continuing operations and the related per share data for the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011 (dollars in thousands, except per share data):

 

     2013      2012      $ Change      % Change  

Income from continuing operations

   $ 43,671       $ 35,272       $ 8,399         23.8

Net income per share from continuing operations

           

Basic

   $ 0.71       $ 0.54       $ 0.17         31.5

Diluted

   $ 0.69       $ 0.53       $ 0.16         30.2

 

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The increase of income from continuing operations for the six months ended October 31, 2012 was favorably impacted by the same items noted above during the three-month period.

Discontinued Operations

The following is a summary of the operating results of discontinued operations of our security solutions division for the three and six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands, except per share data):

 

     For the Three Months Ended October 31,     For the Six Months Ended October 31,  
     2013     2012     $ Change     2013     2012     $ Change  

Net sales from discontinued operations

   $ —        $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 6,732      $ (6,732

Loss before income taxes

   $ (222   $ (867   $ 645      $ (274   $ (2,550   $ 2,276   

Income tax benefit

   $ (64   $ (5,651   $ 5,587      $ (66   $ (6,249   $ 6,183   

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations

   $ (158   $ 4,784      $ (4,942   $ (208   $ 3,699      $ (3,907

Basic - discontinued operations

   $ 0.00      $ 0.07      $ (0.07   $ 0.00      $ 0.06      $ (0.06

Diluted - discontinued operations

   $ 0.00      $ 0.07      $ (0.07   $ 0.00      $ 0.06      $ (0.06

We completed the disposition of SWSS on July 26, 2012. As a result, there were no net sales from discontinued operations for the three and six months ended October 31, 2013. The loss before income taxes for the three and six months ended October 31, 2013 related primarily to legal fees associated with retained liabilities.

During the six months ended October 31, 2012, in addition to the loss from operations, we recognized a loss on sale of disposal group of $798,000, which is included in net income for the six-month period. Net income for the three and six months ended October 31, 2013 primarily relate to a potential $5.4 million worthless stock deduction related to SWSS stock recognized during the period.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our principal cash requirements are to finance the growth of our operations, including any potential acquisitions, and to service our existing debt. Capital expenditures for new products, capacity expansion, and process improvements represent important operational cash needs.

The following table sets forth certain information relative to cash flow for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands):

 

     2013     2012     $ Change     % Change  

Operating activities

   $ 23,983      $ 13,771      $ 10,212        74.2

Investing activities

     (26,103     (8,309     (17,794     -214.2

Financing activities

     (45,445     (884     (44,561     -5040.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cash flow

   $ (47,565   $ 4,578      $ (52,143     1139.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating Activities

On an annual basis, operating activities represent the principal source of our cash flow.

For the six months ended October 31, 2013, we generated $24.0 million in cash from operating activities, an increase of $10.2 million from the $13.8 million of cash generated by operating activities in the first six months of fiscal 2013. Cash generated during the six months ended October 31, 2013 was primarily because of an $4.5 million increase in net income, an $18.6 million increase in accounts payable due to timing of inventory shipments and increased capital expenditures, a $3.1 million increase in amortization and depreciation from increased capital spending primarily relating to capacity projects to accommodate strong demand of our products, and a $2.9 million increase in stock compensation expense relating to awards issued to our employees at the end of fiscal 2013 and beginning of fiscal 2014. Cash provided by operating activities was negatively impacted by $15.9 million of increased accounts receivable from increased net sales volume and timing of customer shipments and $3.2 million of increased inventory levels because of increased parts purchased to accommodate customer demand for our polymer pistol products.

 

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Investing Activities

Cash used for investing activities increased by $17.8 million for the six months ended October 31, 2013 compared with the prior comparable quarter in fiscal 2013 as a result of increased capital spending of $10.2 million during the quarter. Also impacting the increase in cash used in investing activities was $7.5 million of proceeds received for the sale of our discontinued operations in the prior comparable quarter. We currently expect to spend approximately $60.0 million on capital expenditures in fiscal 2014, an increase of approximately $18.6 million over the $41.4 million spent in fiscal 2013. Major capital expenditures in fiscal 2014 relate to increasing capacity for existing products, improving production efficiencies, tooling for new product offerings, implementation of a new ERP system, and various projects designed to upgrade manufacturing technology.

Financing Activities

Cash used in financing activities was $45.4 million for the six months ended October 31, 2013 compared with cash used in financing activities of $884,000 for the six months ended October 31, 2012. Cash used in financing activities was primarily a result of our completed tender offer under which we purchased 1.4 million shares of our common stock for $16.0 million and open market purchases of 7.6 million shares of our common stock for $84.8 million, utilizing cash on hand as discussed below. The cash used in financing activities was offset by $56.4 million of net proceeds related to the issuance of new 5.875% Senior Notes in exchange for 9.5% Senior Notes. We paid $4.3 million of interest and $3.8 million of debt issuance costs relating to this exchange. We had no short-term bank borrowings at October 31, 2013 or 2012. The usage in the prior year comparable period primarily related to $6.4 million of purchases of our 9.5% Senior Notes. We paid $552,000 of interest relating to these purchases.

During the six months ended October 31, 2013, we sold an aggregate of $47.1 million of 5.875% Senior Notes due 2017 to various qualified institutional buyers in exchange for approximately $42.8 million of our outstanding 9.5% Senior Notes from existing holders of such notes. We also issued an additional $52.9 million of new 5.875% Senior Notes for cash. The remaining $712,000 of 9.5% Senior Notes outstanding after the exchange noted above were extinguished via legal defeasance during the six months ended October 31, 2013. As a result of this transaction, our indebtedness increased by $56.4 million and our debt service requirements increased by $1.8 million per annum. The 5.875% Senior Notes were sold pursuant to the terms and conditions of an indenture and exchange and purchase agreements. The 5.875% Senior Notes bear interest at a rate of 5.875% per annum payable on June 15 and December 15 of each year, beginning on December 15, 2013. We recorded $4.3 million of interest expense relating to the exchange and defeasance of our 9.5% Senior Notes and amortized $795,000 of debt issue costs related to the exchange and defeasance during the six months ended October 31, 2013.

The 5.875% Senior Notes are general, unsecured obligations of our company. The 5.875% Senior Notes Indenture contains certain affirmative and negative covenants, including limitations on restricted payments (such as share repurchases, dividends, and early payment of indebtedness), limitations on indebtedness, limitations on the sale of assets, and limitations on liens. Share repurchases are limited the lesser of (i) $30.0 million in any fiscal year or (ii) 75.0% of our consolidated net income for previous four consecutive published fiscal quarters beginning with the quarter ended July 31, 2013. In addition, we are allowed to purchase an additional $85.0 million of shares in fiscal 2014, which was put in place to cover our $75.0 million tender offer and the period prior to the publication of our July 31, 2013 financial statements.

The limitation on indebtedness in the 5.875% Senior Notes Indenture is only applicable at such time that the consolidated coverage ratio (as set forth in the Senior Notes Indenture) for us and our restricted subsidiaries is less than 3.00 to 1.00. In general, as set forth in the Senior Notes Indenture, the consolidated coverage ratio is determined by comparing our prior four quarters’ consolidated EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) to our consolidated interest expense.

As of October 31, 2013, we had a $75.0 million unsecured revolving credit facility that is expandable under an accordion feature that may be, in certain circumstances, increased in $25.0 million increments up to a maximum loan of $175.0 million. The credit facility replaced our prior $60.0 million credit facility and will mature on December 15, 2016. The credit facility bears interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR or prime, at our election, plus an applicable margin based on our consolidated leverage ratio, at our election. Proceeds under the new credit facility will be used for general corporate purposes.

During fiscal 2013, our board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $35.0 million of our common stock, subject to certain conditions, in the open market or privately negotiated transactions on or prior to June 30, 2013. We repurchased 2,099,603 shares of our common stock during fiscal 2013 for $20.0 million, utilizing cash on hand leaving $15.0 million of our common stock authorized to be repurchased. During the six months ended October 31, 2013, our board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $115.0 million of our common stock, of which up to $75.0 million was authorized for purchase in a tender offer and the remainder of which may be repurchased in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. This $115.0 million authorization replaces the stock repurchase program authorized in fiscal 2013 and is set to expire on or about June 17, 2014. During the six months ended

 

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October 31, 2013, we repurchased 1,417,233 shares of our common stock pursuant to the tender offer that expired on July 23, 2013 for $15.6 million and 7,596,895 shares of our common stock in the open market for $84.4 million utilizing cash on hand leaving $15.0 million of our common stock authorized to be purchased in the open market or privately negotiated transactions. Fees and expenses incurred related to the tender offer and open market purchases were $848,000 and were recorded in treasury stock.

Our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including net sales, the timing and extent of spending to support product development efforts, the expansion of sales and marketing activities, the timing of introductions of new products and enhancements to existing products, the costs to ensure access to adequate manufacturing capacity, and any acquisitions or strategic investments that we may determine to make. Further equity or debt financing may not be available to us on acceptable terms or at all. If sufficient funds are not available or are not available on acceptable terms, our ability to take advantage of unexpected business opportunities or to respond to competitive pressures could be limited or severely constrained.

Summary

As of October 31, 2013, we had $52.9 million in cash and cash equivalents on hand. During the six months ended October 31, 2013, we repurchased $16.0 million of our common stock through a tender offer and $84.8 million of our common stock in the open market utilizing cash on hand. We had a $75.0 million revolving line of credit with the Lenders, upon which we had no borrowings as of October 31, 2013. Our credit agreement with the Lenders contains financial covenants relating to maintaining maximum leverage and minimum debt service coverage. The 5.875% Senior Notes Indenture contains a financial covenant relating to times interest earned. We were in compliance with all debt covenants as of October 31, 2013. Based upon our current working capital position, current operating plans, the potential repurchase of $15.0 million authorized under our stock repurchase plan, and expected business conditions, we believe that our existing capital resources and credit facilities, including the $100.0 million 5.875% Senior Notes sold during June 2013, will be adequate to fund our operations, including our outstanding debt and other commitments, for the next 12 months, apart from major acquisitions.

Other Matters

Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period. Significant accounting policies are disclosed in Note 2 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013. The most significant areas involving our judgments and estimates are described in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013, to which there have been no material changes. Actual results could differ from estimates made.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

The nature and impact of recent accounting pronouncements, if any, is discussed in Note 15 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report, which is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

During the period ending October 31, 2013, we did not enter into or transact any forward option contracts related to fluctuations in exchange rates when purchasing finished goods and components from a European supplier. We continue to review the dollar/euro relationship and have purchased euros at the spot rate and will continue to do so until such time that we determine that our foreign exchange risk will be best mitigated by entering into one or more forward contracts. As of October 31, 2013, we had no forward contracts outstanding.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act). Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as of April 30, 2013, concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act was recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

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Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that, as of October 31, 2013, our disclosure controls and procedures are effective at a reasonable assurance level in that they were reasonably designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act (i) is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC, and (ii) is accumulated and communicated to management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II — OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

The nature of legal proceedings against us is discussed in Note 13 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report, which is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

The following table sets forth certain information relating to the purchases of our common stock by us and any affiliated purchasers within the meaning of Rule 10b-18(a)(3) under the Exchange Act during the three months ended October 31, 2013 (dollars in thousands, except per share data):

 

     Total # of      Average      Total # of Shares
Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced
    

Maximum Dollar
Value of Shares

that May Yet Be
Purchased

 
     Shares      Price Paid      Plans or      Under the Plans  

Period

   Purchased      Per Share      Programs (1)      or Programs  

August 1 to 31, 2013

     668,224       $ 10.99         668,224       $ 92,069   

September 1 to 30, 2013

     6,730,977         11.14         6,730,977         17,234   

October 1 to 31, 2013

     197,694         11.32         197,694         15,000   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     7,596,895       $ 11.00         7,596,895       $ 15,000   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) During the six months ended October 31, 2013, our board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $115.0 million of our common stock, of which up to $75.0 million may be repurchased in a tender offer and the remainder of which could be repurchased in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. We repurchased 1,417,233 shares of our common stock relating to the tender offer that expired on July 23, 2013 for $15.6 and 7,596,895 shares of our common stock in the open market for $84.4 million, utilizing cash on hand. The remaining amount authorized for the repurchase of our common stock through June 17, 2014 is $15.0 million. Fees and expenses incurred related to the tender offer and open market purchases were $848,000 and were recorded in treasury stock.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

 

  31.1    Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of Principal Executive Officer
  31.2    Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of Principal Financial Officer
  32.1    Section 1350 Certification of Principal Executive Officer
  32.2    Section 1350 Certification of Principal Financial Officer
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL    XBLR Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE    XBLR Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

   

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION,

a Nevada corporation

Date: December 10, 2013     By:  

/s/ P. JAMES DEBNEY

      P. James Debney
      President and Chief Executive Officer
Date: December 10, 2013     By:  

/s/ JEFFREY D. BUCHANAN

      Jeffrey D. Buchanan
      Chief Financial Officer

 

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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

  31.1    Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of Principal Executive Officer
  31.2    Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of Principal Financial Officer
  32.1    Section 1350 Certification of Principal Executive Officer
  32.2    Section 1350 Certification of Principal Financial Officer
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL    XBLR Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE    XBLR Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

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