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Smith & Wesson Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

August 28, 2014



ENP Newswire - 28 August 2014

Release date- 26082014 - SPRINGFIELD, Mass - Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2015 first quarter ended July 31, 2014.

First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Highlights

Net sales for the first quarter were $131.9 million, a decrease of $39.2 million from the first quarter last year, primarily due to lower sales of long guns, including modern sporting rifles, which drove 87% of the first quarter decline. As expected, sales of long guns, including modern sporting rifles, were negatively impacted by lower consumer demand. Handgun sales showed continued consumer demand for the company's small concealed carry polymer pistols and revolvers, although those sales were more than offset by lower sales of large frame polymer pistols.

Gross profit for the first quarter was $49.1 million, or 37.2% of net sales, compared with gross profit of $72.8 million, or 42.6% of net sales, for the comparable quarter last year. While gross profit margin was favorably impacted by the company's acquisition of the assets of its principal injection molding supplier in May, total gross profit declined as a result of reduced sales volumes of modern sporting rifles and related decreases in fixed-cost absorption, combined with three fewer production days versus the first quarter last year.

Operating expenses for the first quarter were $23.3 million, or 17.7% of net sales, compared with operating expenses of $24.8 million, or 14.5% of net sales, for the first quarter of 2014.

Operating income for the first quarter was $25.8 million, or 19.5% of net sales, compared with operating income of $48.0 million, or 28.1% of net sales, for the first quarter of 2014.

Income from continuing operations for the first quarter was $14.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with income from continuing operations of $26.5 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS from continuing operations for the first quarter was $33.6 million, compared with $55.2 million for the first quarter last year.

Operating cash generated for the first quarter was $10.8 million. Internal capital spending totaled $14.6 million, and the company used an additional $24.1 million of cash to acquire the assets of its principal injection molding supplier.

Cash and cash equivalents as of July 31, 2014 were $83.5 million, up from $68.9 million at April 30, 2014.

Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, 'We continued to add flexibility to our balance sheet in the first quarter by raising $75.0 million in proceeds through the issuance of our new 5.000% Senior Notes due 2018. We also leveraged our strong cash position to generate value for our stockholders by completing all share repurchases authorized by our Board of Directors under our share repurchase program. During the quarter, we repurchased $30.0 million of our common stock. Since December 2012, we have repurchased a total of 14.4 million shares of our common stock for $165.0 million, representing a total reduction in shares outstanding of 21.7%.'

James Debney, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, 'Our results for the first quarter met our expectations and reflected continued execution on our strategy. We launched our new M&P22 Compact, a tactical rimfire pistol that delivers the popular features of our M&P centerfire pistol in a smaller scale version. We also joined forces with Crimson Trace to introduce enhanced, integrated laser sighting systems for our popular line of M&P BODYGUARD handguns. Operationally, we completed the acquisition of the assets of our principal injection molding supplier, an action that strengthened our business and contributed favorably to gross margin and net income in the quarter.'

Debney continued, 'We believe that the current environment reflects high inventories industry-wide resulting from channel replenishment that occurred following an earlier surge in consumer buying. That environment, combined with typical seasonality that slows consumer buying activity during the summer, is causing us to lower our financial outlook for fiscal 2015. We expect that these conditions will have the largest impact on our second fiscal quarter, especially on sales of our modern sporting rifles, and that we will return to a more normalized environment in the second half of our current fiscal year. We believe that our operational and financial strength and flexibility will benefit us in the short term, and we remain focused on our strategy to take handgun market share. We expect the industry will continue to deliver growth over the long term.'

Financial Outlook

The company expects net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 to be between $100.0 million and $110.0 million and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $0.04 and $0.08.

Fiscal 2015 net sales are anticipated to be between $530.0 million and $540.0 million. The company anticipates GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $0.89 and $0.94 for fiscal 2015. The company believes that results within this range would generate a cash balance at the end of fiscal 2015 in excess of $125.0 million.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host a conference call and webcast today, August 26, 2014, to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2015 financial and operational results. Speakers on the conference call will include James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The conference call may include forward-looking statements. The conference call and webcast will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). Those interested in listening to the call via telephone may call directly at (857) 244-7304 and reference conference code 73268897. No RSVP is necessary. The conference call audio webcast can also be accessed live and for replay on the company's website at www.smith-wesson.com, under the Investor Relations section. The company will maintain an audio replay of this conference call on its website for a period of time after the call. No other audio replay will be available.

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

In this press release, certain non-GAAP financial measures, including 'Adjusted EBITDAS', are presented. From time-to-time, the company considers and uses Adjusted EBITDAS as a supplemental measure of operating performance in order to provide the reader with an improved understanding of underlying performance trends. Adjusted EBITDAS excludes the effects of interest expense, income taxes, depreciation of tangible fixed assets, amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, DOJ and SEC costs, and certain other transactions. See the attached 'Reconciliation of GAAP Income from Operations to Adjusted EBITDAS' for a detailed explanation of the amounts excluded from and included in net income to arrive at Adjusted EBITDAS for the three-month periods ended July 31, 2014 and 2013.

Adjusted or non-GAAP financial measures provide investors and the company with supplemental measures of operating performance and trends that facilitate comparisons between periods before, during, and after certain items that would not otherwise be apparent on a GAAP basis. Adjusted financial measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for GAAP results. The company's definition of these adjusted financial measures may differ from similarly named measures used by others.

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P, and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor created thereby. Such forward-looking statements include the negative impact of lower consumer demand on our sales; the continued consumer demand for our small concealed carry pistols and revolvers; our belief that we added flexibility to our balance sheet by virtue of our new senior notes; our belief we have leveraged our strong cash position to generate value for our stockholders through our share repurchase program; our belief that the new M&P22 Compact will deliver popular features; the success of the M&P22 Compact and our relationship with Crimson Trace, including for laser sighting systems for our M&P BODYGUARD handguns; our belief that our acquisition of the assets of our principal injection molding supplier strengthened our business; our belief that the current environment reflects high, industry-wide inventories resulting from channel replenishment that occurred following an earlier surge in consumer buying; our expectation regarding the impact of the current environment, combined with typical seasonality that slows consumer buying activity during the summer, on our financial outlook for fiscal 2015; our expectation that such conditions will have the largest impact on our second fiscal quarter, and that we will return to a more normalized environment in the second half of our current fiscal year; our belief that our operational and financial strength and flexibility will benefit us in the short term; our continued focus on our strategy to take market share; our expectation that the industry will continue to deliver growth over the long term; our expectations for net sales and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 as well as net sales and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for fiscal 2015; and our expectations for our cash balance at the end of fiscal 2015. We caution that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include the demand for our products; the costs and ultimate conclusion of certain legal matters; the state of the U.S. economy; general economic conditions and consumer spending patterns; the potential for increased regulation of firearms and firearm-related products; speculation surrounding fears of terrorism and crime; our growth opportunities; our anticipated growth; our ability to increase demand for our products in various markets, including consumer, law enforcement, and military channels, domestically and internationally; the position of our hunting products in the consumer discretionary marketplace and distribution channel; our penetration rates in new and existing markets; our strategies; our ability to introduce new products; the success of new products; our ability to expand our markets; our ability to integrate the assets we acquired from our principal injection molding supplier in a successful manner; the potential for cancellation of orders from our backlog; and other risks detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2014.

Contact: Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.

(413) 747-3304

lsharp@smith-wesson.com

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

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