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Johnson Outdoors
Closing Price ($) Shares Out (MM) Market Cap ($MM)
$72.41 10 $727
10-Q 2018-12-28 Quarter: 2018-12-28
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10-Q 2018-03-30 Quarter: 2018-03-30
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JOUT 2018-12-28
Part I Financial Information
Item 1. Financial Statements
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
Part II Other Information
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 6. Exhibits
EX-31.1 ex31_1.htm
EX-31.2 ex31_2.htm
EX-32 ex32.htm

Johnson Outdoors Earnings 2018-12-28

JOUT 10Q Quarterly Report

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

10-Q 1 form10q.htm 10-Q
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

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

For the quarterly period ended December 28, 2018

OR

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

For the transition period from _________ to _________

Commission file number 0-16255

JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Wisconsin
 
39-1536083
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

555 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403
(Address of principal executive offices)

(262) 631-6600
(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 ☒   No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted 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 such files).  Yes ☒   No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act: Large accelerated filer ☐ Accelerated filer ☒ Non-accelerated filer (do not check if a smaller reporting company) ☐ Smaller reporting company ☐ Emerging growth company ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

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

As of January 25, 2019, 8,827,384 shares of Class A and 1,211,602 shares of Class B common stock of the Registrant were outstanding.



JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

Index
Page No.
   
PART I
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
     
 
Item 1.
 
       
   
1
       
   
2
       
   
3
       
   
4
       
   
5
       
 
Item 2.
17
       
 
Item 3.
24
       
 
Item 4.
25
       
PART II
OTHER INFORMATION
 
     
 
Item 1.
25
       
 
Item 1A.
25
       
 
Item 6.
25
       
   
26
       
   
26

JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

PART I      FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.
Financial Statements

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
 
(thousands, except per share data)
 
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Net sales
 
$
104,440
   
$
116,579
 
Cost of sales
   
60,121
     
67,768
 
Gross profit
   
44,319
     
48,811
 
Operating expenses:
               
Marketing and selling
   
24,693
     
26,495
 
Administrative management, finance and information systems
   
8,387
     
10,407
 
Research and development
   
5,261
     
4,872
 
Total operating expenses
   
38,341
     
41,774
 
Operating profit
   
5,978
     
7,037
 
Interest income
   
(540
)
   
(202
)
Interest expense
   
37
     
72
 
Other expense (income), net
   
2,150
     
(1,157
)
Profit before income taxes
   
4,331
     
8,324
 
Income tax expense
   
810
     
8,089
 
Net income
 
$
3,521
   
$
235
 
                 
Weighted average common shares - Basic:
               
Class A
   
8,753
     
8,704
 
Class B
   
1,212
     
1,212
 
Participating securities
   
43
     
46
 
Weighted average common shares - Dilutive
   
10,008
     
9,962
 
Net income per common share - Basic:
               
Class A
 
$
0.36
   
$
0.02
 
Class B
 
$
0.32
   
$
0.02
 
Net income per common share - Diluted:
               
Class A
 
$
0.35
   
$
0.02
 
Class B
 
$
0.35
   
$
0.02
 
Dividends declared per common share:
               
Class A
 
$
0.14
   
$
0.10
 
Class B
 
$
0.13
   
$
0.09
 

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

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
 
(thousands)
 
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Net income
 
$
3,521
   
$
235
 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
               
Foreign currency translation:
               
Foreign currency translation
   
(1,700
)
   
(276
)
Defined benefit pension plan:
               
Unrecognized gain arising during period, net of tax of $22 and $31, respectively
   
70
     
98
 
Amortization of unrecognized losses included in net periodic benefit cost, net of tax of $11 and $13, respectively
   
35
     
41
 
Total other comprehensive loss
   
(1,595
)
   
(137
)
Total comprehensive income
 
$
1,926
   
$
98
 

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

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)

(thousands, except share data)
 
December
28, 2018
   
September
28, 2018
   
December
29, 2017
 
ASSETS
                 
Current assets:
                 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
72,076
   
$
121,877
   
$
73,006
 
Short term investments
   
32,138
     
28,714
     
5,313
 
Accounts receivable, net
   
55,558
     
40,866
     
71,895
 
Inventories
   
116,278
     
88,864
     
90,861
 
Other current assets
   
6,008
     
5,373
     
3,483
 
Total current assets
   
282,058
     
285,694
     
244,558
 
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $133,958, $131,322 and $135,497, respectively
   
56,650
     
55,934
     
52,113
 
Deferred income taxes
   
11,678
     
11,748
     
16,176
 
Goodwill
   
11,164
     
11,199
     
11,228
 
Other intangible assets, net
   
12,047
     
12,341
     
13,235
 
Other assets
   
17,517
     
19,020
     
17,823
 
Total assets
 
$
391,114
   
$
395,936
   
$
355,133
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
                       
Current liabilities:
                       
Accounts payable
 
$
41,820
   
$
34,160
   
$
37,893
 
Accrued liabilities:
                       
Salaries, wages and benefits
   
13,146
     
22,315
     
13,522
 
Accrued warranty
   
9,021
     
8,499
     
7,408
 
Income taxes payable
   
6,299
     
7,739
     
6,551
 
Accrued discounts and returns
   
7,508
     
7,505
     
6,836
 
Other
   
11,300
     
12,566
     
13,379
 
Total current liabilities
   
89,094
     
92,784
     
85,589
 
Deferred income taxes
   
1,672
     
1,715
     
1,835
 
Retirement benefits
   
1,913
     
1,945
     
8,602
 
Other liabilities
   
18,868
     
20,295
     
17,161
 
Total liabilities
   
111,547
     
116,739
     
113,187
 
Shareholders’ equity:
                       
Common stock:
                       
Class A shares issued and outstanding:
   
442
     
442
     
442
 
December 28, 2018:  8,825,790
                       
September 28, 2018:  8,787,360
                       
December 29, 2017:  8,781,668
                       
Class B shares issued and outstanding:
   
61
     
61
     
61
 
December 28, 2018:  1,211,602
                       
September 28, 2018:  1,211,686
                       
December 29, 2017:  1,211,686
                       
Capital in excess of par value
   
73,968
     
75,025
     
73,145
 
Retained earnings
   
204,965
     
202,828
     
166,151
 
Accumulated other comprehensive income
   
1,892
     
3,487
     
4,856
 
Treasury stock at cost, shares of Class A common stock: 29,225, 67,655 and 69,982, respectively
   
(1,761
)
   
(2,646
)
   
(2,709
)
Total shareholders’ equity
   
279,567
     
279,197
     
241,946
 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
 
$
391,114
   
$
395,936
   
$
355,133
 

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

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
 
(thousands)
 
December
28, 2018
   
December
29, 2017
 
CASH USED FOR OPERATING ACTIVITIES
           
Net income
 
$
3,521
   
$
235
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used for operating activities:
               
Depreciation
   
3,090
     
2,943
 
Amortization of intangible assets
   
259
     
248
 
Amortization of deferred financing costs
   
7
     
38
 
Stock based compensation
   
534
     
537
 
Loss (gain) on disposal of productive assets
   
25
     
(98
)
Deferred income taxes
   
47
     
6,469
 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
               
Accounts receivable, net
   
(15,001
)
   
(25,028
)
Inventories, net
   
(27,930
)
   
(11,607
)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
   
(3,298
)
   
1,756
 
Other current assets
   
(677
)
   
1,091
 
Other non-current assets
   
     
(1
)
Other long-term liabilities
   
179
     
(217
)
Other, net
   
49
     
(307
)
     
(39,195
)
   
(23,941
)
CASH (USED FOR) PROVIDED BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES
               
Purchase of short-term investments
   
(7,124
)
   
(3,206
)
Proceeds from sale of short-term investments
   
3,700
     
44,500
 
Proceeds from sale of productive assets
   
     
105
 
Capital expenditures
   
(4,081
)
   
(6,454
)
     
(7,505
)
   
34,945
 
CASH USED FOR FINANCING ACTIVITIES
               
Debt issuance costs paid
   
     
(57
)
Dividends paid
   
(1,384
)
   
(989
)
Purchases of treasury stock
   
(707
)
   
(675
)
     
(2,091
)
   
(1,721
)
Effect of foreign currency rate changes on cash
   
(1,010
)
   
(87
)
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
   
(49,801
)
   
9,196
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
               
Beginning of period
   
121,877
     
63,810
 
End of period
 
$
72,076
   
$
73,006
 
                 
Supplemental Disclosure:
               
Cash paid for taxes
 
$
247
   
$
542
 
Cash paid for interest
   
31
     
38
 

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

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(unaudited)

1
BASIS OF PRESENTATION

The condensed consolidated financial statements included herein are unaudited. In the opinion of management, these statements contain all adjustments (consisting of only normal recurring items) necessary to present fairly the financial position of Johnson Outdoors Inc. and subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) as of December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, and their results of operations for the three month periods then ended and cash flows for the three month periods then ended. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2018 which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 7, 2018.

Due to seasonal variations and other factors, the results of operations for the three months ended December 28, 2018 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the Company’s full 2019 fiscal year.  See “Seasonality” in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included elsewhere herein for additional information.

The Company considers all short-term investments in interest-bearing accounts and all securities and other instruments with an original maturity of three months or less, to be equivalent to cash.  Cash equivalents are stated at cost which approximates market value.  Short-term investments consist of certificates of deposit with original maturities greater than three months but less than one year.

All monetary amounts, other than share and per share amounts, are stated in thousands.

2
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Accounts receivable are stated net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $1,327, $1,637 and $2,328 as of December 28, 2018, September 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively. The increase in net accounts receivable to $55,558 as of December 28, 2018 from $40,866 as of September 28, 2018 is attributable to the seasonal nature of the Company’s business and the resulting increases in sales volumes between periods. The determination of the allowance for doubtful accounts is based on a combination of factors. In circumstances where specific collection concerns about a receivable exist, a reserve is established to value the affected account receivable at an amount the Company believes will be collected. For all other customers, the Company recognizes allowances for doubtful accounts based on historical experience of bad debts as a percent of accounts receivable outstanding for each business segment. Uncollectible accounts are written off against the allowance for doubtful accounts after collection efforts have been exhausted. The Company typically does not require collateral on its accounts receivable.

3
EARNINGS PER SHARE (“EPS”)

Net income or loss per share of Class A common stock and Class B common stock is computed using the two-class method.  Grants of restricted stock which receive non-forfeitable dividends are classified as participating securities and are required to be included as part of the basic weighted average share calculation under the two-class method.

Holders of Class A common stock are entitled to cash dividends equal to 110% of all dividends declared and paid on each share of Class B common stock. The Company grants shares of unvested restricted stock in the form of Class A shares, which carry the same distribution rights as the Class A common stock described above.  As such, the undistributed earnings for each period are allocated to each class of common stock based on the proportionate share of the amount of cash dividends that each such class is entitled to receive.

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

Basic EPS

Basic net income or loss per share is computed by dividing net income or loss allocated to Class A common stock and Class B common stock by the weighted-average number of shares of Class A common stock and Class B common stock outstanding, respectively.  In periods with cumulative year to date net income and undistributed income, the undistributed income for each period is allocated to each class of common stock based on the proportionate share of the amount of cash dividends that each such class is entitled to receive.  In periods where there is a cumulative year to date net loss or no undistributed income because distributions through dividends exceed net income, Class B shares are treated as anti-dilutive and, therefore, net losses are allocated equally on a per share basis among all participating securities.

For the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, basic income per share for the Class A and Class B shares has been presented using the two class method and reflects the allocation of undistributed income described above.

Diluted EPS

Diluted net income per share is computed by dividing allocated net income by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding, adjusted for the effect of dilutive stock options, restricted stock units (“stock units” or “units”) and non-vested restricted stock.  Anti-dilutive stock options, units and non-vested stock are excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS.  The computation of diluted net income per share of Class A common stock assumes that Class B common stock is converted into Class A common stock.  Therefore, diluted net income per share is the same for both Class A and Class B common shares.  In periods where the Company reports a net loss, the effect of anti-dilutive stock options and units is excluded and diluted loss per share is equal to basic loss per share for both classes of stock.

For the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, diluted net income per share reflects the effect of dilutive stock units and assumes the conversion of Class B common stock into Class A common stock.

Non-vested stock that could potentially dilute earnings per share in the future which were not included in the fully diluted computation because they would have been anti-dilutive totaled 38,562 and 46,776 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively.  There were no stock units that could potentially dilute earnings per share in the future and which were not included in the fully diluted computation because they would have been anti-dilutive during either of the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017.

4
STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION AND STOCK OWNERSHIP PLANS

The Company’s current stock ownership plans allow for issuance of stock options to acquire shares of Class A common stock by key executives and non-employee directors. Current plans also allow for issuance of shares of restricted stock, restricted stock units or stock appreciation rights in lieu of stock options.

Under the Company’s 2010 Long-Term Stock Incentive Plan and the 2012 Non-Employee Director Stock Ownership Plan (the only two plans where shares remain available for future equity incentive awards) there were a total of 539,703 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock available for future grant to key executives and non-employee directors at December 28, 2018.

Non-vested Stock

All shares of non-vested stock awarded by the Company have been granted in the form of shares of Class A common stock at their fair market value on the date of grant and vest within four years after the grant date.  The fair value at date of grant is based on the number of shares granted and the average of the Company’s high and low Class A common stock price on the date of grant or, if the Company’s Class A shares did not trade on the date of grant, the average of the Company’s high and low Class A common stock price on the last preceding date on which the Company’s Class A shares traded.

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

A summary of non-vested stock activity for the three months ended December 28, 2018 related to the Company’s stock ownership plans is as follows:

   
Shares
   
Weighted Average
Grant Price
 
Non-vested stock at September 28, 2018
   
46,776
   
$
36.37
 
Non-vested stock grants
   
9,030
     
71.42
 
Restricted stock vested
   
(17,244
)
   
30.05
 
Non-vested stock at December 28, 2018
   
38,562
     
47.41
 

Non-vested stock grantees may elect to reimburse the Company for withholding taxes due as a result of the vesting of shares by tendering a portion of the vested shares back to the Company.  Shares tendered back to the Company were 3,381 and 9,377 during the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively.

Stock compensation expense, net of forfeitures, related to non-vested stock was $116 and $182 for the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively.  Unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested stock as of December 28, 2018 was $1,346, which amount will be amortized to expense through November 2022 or adjusted for changes in future estimated or actual forfeitures.

The fair value of restricted stock vested during the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 was $1,237 and $3,948, respectively.

Restricted Stock Units

All restricted stock units (RSUs) awarded by the Company have been granted in the form of units payable in shares of Class A common stock upon vesting.  The units are valued at the fair market value of a share of Class A common stock on the date of grant and vest within one year from the date of grant for RSUs granted to directors and three years from the date of grant for RSUs granted to employees.  The fair value at the date of grant is based on the number of units granted and the average of the Company’s high and low Class A common stock trading price on the date of grant or, if the Company’s Class A shares did not trade on the date of grant, the average of the Company’s high and low Class A common stock trading price on the last preceding date on which the Company’s Class A shares traded.

A summary of RSU activity for the three months ended December 28, 2018 follows:

   
Number of RSUs
   
Weighted Average
Grant Price
 
RSUs at September 28, 2018
   
79,579
   
$
44.06
 
RSUs granted
   
22,192
     
71.42
 
RSUs vested
   
(32,031
)
   
24.16
 
RSUs at December 28, 2018
   
69,740
     
61.91
 

Stock compensation expense, net of forfeitures, related to RSUs was $402 and $345 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively.  Unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested RSUs as of December 28, 2018 was $2,838, which amount will be amortized to expense through September 2021 or adjusted for changes in future estimated or actual forfeitures.

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

RSU grantees may elect to reimburse the Company for withholding taxes due as a result of the vesting of units and issuance of unrestricted shares of Class A common stock by tendering a portion of such unrestricted shares back to the Company.  Shares tendered back to the Company were 6,509 and 0 during the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively.

The fair value of RSUs vested during the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 was $2,944 and $415, respectively.

Compensation expense related to units earned by employees (as opposed to grants to outside directors) is based upon the attainment of certain Company financial goals related to cumulative net sales and cumulative operating profit over a three-year performance period.  Awards are only paid if at least 80% of the target levels are met and maximum payouts are made if 120% or more of target levels are achieved.  The payouts for achievement at the threshold levels of performance are equal to 50% of the target award amount.  The payouts for achievement at maximum levels of performance are equal to 150% of the target award amount.  To the extent earned, awards are issued in shares of Company Class A common stock after the end of the three-year performance period.

Employees’ Stock Purchase Plan

The Company’s shareholders have adopted the Johnson Outdoors Inc. 2009 Employees’ Stock Purchase Plan, which was most recently amended on March 2, 2017, and which provides for the issuance of shares of Class A common stock at a purchase price of not less than 85% of the fair market value of such shares on the date of grant or on the date of purchase, whichever is lower.

During the three month period ended December 28, 2018, the Company issued no shares of Class A common stock and recognized $16 of expense in connection with the Employees’ Stock Purchase Plan.  During the three month period ended December 29, 2017, the Company issued no shares of Class A common stock and recognized $10 in connection with the Plan.

5
PENSION PLANS

The Company has non-contributory defined benefit pension plans covering certain of its U.S. employees. Retirement benefits are generally provided based on the employees’ years of service and average earnings. Normal retirement age is 65, with provisions for earlier retirement.

The Company made contributions of $45 and $48 to its pension plans for the three months ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively.

The components of net periodic benefit cost related to Company sponsored defined benefit plans for the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 were as follows:

   
Three Months Ended
 
   
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Components of net periodic benefit cost:
           
Service cost
 
$
   
$
 
Interest on projected benefit obligation
   
265
     
261
 
Less estimated return on plan assets
   
191
     
298
 
Amortization of unrecognized losses
   
138
     
182
 
Net periodic benefit cost
 
$
212
   
$
145
 

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6
INCOME TAXES

For the three months ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, the Company’s earnings before income taxes, income tax expense and effective income tax rate were as follows:

   
Three Months Ended
 
(thousands, except tax rate data)
 
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Profit (loss) before income taxes
 
$
4,331
   
$
8,324
 
Income tax expense
   
810
     
8,089
 
Effective income tax rate
   
18.7
%
   
97.2
%

The effective tax rate for the three months ended December 28, 2018 was lower than the prior year period primarily due to the impact of the $6,763 provisional tax expense generated by the enactment of comprehensive tax legislation generally referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act”) in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.  Also, the Company recorded a tax benefit of $524 and $433 during the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, respectively, related to equity compensation.

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. government enacted comprehensive tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Act.  Shortly after the Tax Act was enacted, the SEC issued accounting guidance, SAB 118, which provided a one-year measurement period during which a company may complete its accounting for the impacts of the Tax Act.  During the three months ended December 28, 2018, the Company completed the analysis of the various provisions of the Tax Act and recognized immaterial adjustments to the provisional amounts. The Company included these adjustments within income tax expense from continuing operations.

The Tax Act created a new requirement that certain income (commonly referred to as “GILTI”) earned by controlled foreign corporations (CFC’s) must be included currently in the gross income of the CFC’s U.S. shareholder. Under U.S. GAAP, we are allowed to make an accounting policy choice of either (1) treating taxes due on U.S. inclusions in taxable income related to GILTI as a current period expense when incurred (the “period cost method”) or (2) factoring such amounts into the Company’s measurement of its deferred taxes (the “deferred method”). Our selection of an accounting policy of the new GILTI tax rules will depend on analyzing our global income to determine whether we expect to have future U.S. inclusions in taxable income related to GILTI and, if so, what the impact is expected to be.  The Company has included an estimate of the GILTI tax in the Company’s annualized effective tax rate used to determine tax expense for the three months ended December 28, 2018. However, we have not yet made a policy choice regarding whether to record deferred taxes on GILTI.

Prior to the Tax Act, our practice and intention was to reinvest the earnings in our non-U.S. subsidiaries, and no U.S. deferred income taxes or foreign withholding taxes were recorded. The transition tax noted above resulted in the previously untaxed foreign earnings being included in fiscal 2018 taxable income. We are currently analyzing our global working capital requirements and the potential tax liabilities that would be incurred if the non-U.S. subsidiaries distribute cash to the U.S. parent, which may include withholding taxes, local country taxes and potential U.S. state taxation. For these reasons, we are not yet able to reasonably estimate the effect of this provision of the Tax Act and have not recorded any withholding or state tax liabilities, any deferred taxes attributable to GILTI (as noted above) or any deferred taxes attributable to our investment in our foreign subsidiaries.

The impact of the Company’s operations in jurisdictions where a valuation allowance is assessed, primarily in the foreign locations, is removed from the overall effective tax rate methodology and recorded directly based on year to date results for the year for which no tax expense or benefit can be recognized.  The tax jurisdictions that have a valuation allowance for the periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 were:

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December 28, 2018
December 29, 2017
Australia
Australia
 
Austria
France
France
Indonesia
Indonesia
 
Japan
Netherlands
Netherlands
New Zealand
New Zealand
Spain
Spain
Switzerland
 

The Company regularly assesses the adequacy of its provisions for income tax contingencies in accordance with the applicable authoritative guidance on accounting for income taxes.  As a result, the Company may adjust the reserves for unrecognized tax benefits due to the impact of changes in its assumptions or as a result of new facts and developments, such as changes to interpretations of relevant tax law, assessments from taxing authorities, settlements with taxing authorities and lapses of statutes of limitation.  The Company’s 2019 fiscal year tax expense is anticipated to be unchanged related to uncertain income tax positions.

In accordance with its accounting policy, the Company recognizes accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized benefits as a component of income tax expense.  The Company is projecting accrued interest of $200 related to uncertain income tax positions for the fiscal year ending September 27, 2019.

The Company files income tax returns, including returns for its subsidiaries, with federal, state, local and foreign taxing jurisdictions.   The Company is currently undergoing income tax examinations in Germany and Italy. As of the date of this report, the following tax years remain open to examination by the respective tax jurisdictions:

Jurisdiction
Fiscal Years
United States
2015-2018
Canada
2014-2018
France
2015-2018
Germany
2014-2018
Italy
2013-2018
Switzerland
2008-2018

7
INVENTORIES

Inventories at the end of the respective periods consisted of the following:

   
December 28,
2018
   
September 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Raw materials
 
$
54,527
   
$
40,375
   
$
39,810
 
Work in process
   
328
     
39
     
91
 
Finished goods
   
61,423
     
48,450
     
50,960
 
   
$
116,278
   
$
88,864
   
$
90,861
 

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8
GOODWILL

The changes in goodwill during the three months ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 were as follows:

   
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Balance at beginning of period
 
$
11,199
   
$
11,238
 
Amount attributable to movements in foreign currency rates
   
(35
)
   
(10
)
Balance at end of period
 
$
11,164
   
$
11,228
 

The Company evaluates the carrying value of goodwill for a reporting unit on an annual basis or more frequently when events and circumstances warrant such an evaluation.  In conducting this analysis, the Company uses the income approach to compare the reporting unit’s carrying value to its indicated fair value.  Fair value is determined primarily by using a discounted cash flow methodology that requires considerable management judgment and long-term assumptions and is considered a Level 3 (unobservable) fair value determination in the fair value hierarchy (see Note 13) below.

9
WARRANTIES

The Company provides warranties on certain of its products as they are sold. The following table summarizes the Company’s warranty activity for the three months ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017.

   
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Balance at beginning of period
 
$
8,499
   
$
6,393
 
Expense accruals for warranties issued during the period
   
2,195
     
2,490
 
Less current period warranty claims paid
   
1,673
     
1,475
 
Balance at end of period
 
$
9,021
   
$
7,408
 

10
CONTINGENCIES

The Company is subject to various legal actions and proceedings in the normal course of business, including those related to commercial disputes, product liability, intellectual property and regulatory matters. The Company is insured against loss for certain of these matters. Although litigation is subject to many uncertainties and the ultimate exposure with respect to these matters cannot be ascertained, management does not believe the final outcome of any pending litigation will have a material adverse effect on the financial condition, results of operations, liquidity or cash flows of the Company.

11
INDEBTEDNESS

The Company had no debt at December 28, 2018, September 28, 2018, or December 29, 2017.

Revolvers
During the three months ended December 29, 2017, the Company and certain of its subsidiaries entered into a new unsecured credit facility with PNC Bank National Association and Associated Bank, N.A. (“the Lending Group”).  This credit facility replaced the Company’s previous revolving credit agreement dated September 16, 2013 and consists of an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated November 15, 2017 among the Company, certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, PNC Bank National Association, as lender and as administrative agent, and the other lender named therein (the “Credit Agreement” or “Revolver”).  The Revolver has an expiration date of November 15, 2022 and provides for borrowing of up to an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $75,000 with a $50,000 accordion feature that gives the Company the option to increase the maximum financing availability (i.e., an aggregate borrowing amount of $125,000) subject to the conditions of the Credit Agreement and subject to the approval of the lenders.

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The interest rate on the Revolver is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin, which margin resets each quarter.  The applicable margin ranges from 1.00% to 1.75% and is dependent on the Company’s leverage ratio for the trailing twelve month period.  The interest rates on the Revolver at December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 were approximately 3.5% and 2.5%, respectively.

The Credit Agreement restricts the Company’s ability to incur additional debt, includes maximum leverage ratio and minimum interest coverage ratio covenants and is unsecured.

Other Borrowings
The Company had no unsecured revolving credit facilities at its foreign subsidiaries as of December 28, 2018 or December 29, 2017.  The Company utilizes letters of credit primarily as security for the payment of future claims under its workers’ compensation insurance, which totaled approximately $279 at each of December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017.


12
DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS AND HEDGING ACTIVITIES

The following disclosures describe the Company’s objectives in using derivative instruments, the business purpose or context for using derivative instruments, and how the Company believes the use of derivative instruments helps achieve the stated objectives.  In addition, the following disclosures describe the effects of the Company’s use of derivative instruments and hedging activities on its financial statements.

Foreign Exchange Risk
The Company has significant foreign operations, for which the functional currencies are denominated primarily in euros, Swiss francs, Hong Kong dollars and Canadian dollars. As the values of the currencies of the foreign countries in which the Company has operations increase or decrease relative to the U.S. dollar, the sales, expenses, profits, losses, assets and liabilities of the Company’s foreign operations, as reported in the Company’s consolidated financial statements, increase or decrease, accordingly.  Approximately 13% of the Company’s revenues for the three month period ended December 28, 2018 were denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Approximately 7% were denominated in euros, approximately 3% were denominated in Canadian dollars and approximately 2% were denominated in Hong Kong dollars, with the remaining revenues denominated in various other foreign currencies. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates can cause the Company to experience unexpected financial losses or cash flow needs.

The Company may mitigate a portion of the fluctuations in certain foreign currencies through the use of foreign currency forward contracts.  Foreign currency forward contracts enable the Company to lock in the foreign currency exchange rate to be paid or received for a fixed amount of currency at a specified date in the future. The Company may use such foreign currency forward contracts to mitigate the risk associated with changes in foreign currency exchange rates on financial instruments and known commitments, including commitments for inventory purchases, denominated in foreign currencies. As of December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, the Company held no foreign currency forward contracts.

13
FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

Fair value is defined as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. Valuation techniques used to measure fair value must maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. A fair value hierarchy has been established based on three levels of inputs, of which the first two are considered observable and the last unobservable.

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Level 1 - Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. These are typically obtained from real-time quotes for transactions in active exchange markets involving identical assets or liabilities.


Level 2 - Inputs, other than quoted prices included within Level 1, which are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. These are typically obtained from readily-available pricing sources for comparable instruments.


Level 3 - Unobservable inputs, where there is little or no market activity for the asset or liability. These inputs reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions of the data that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, based on the best information available in the circumstances.

The carrying amounts of cash, cash equivalents, short term investments, accounts receivable, and accounts payable approximated their fair values at December 28, 2018, September 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 due to the short term maturities of these instruments. When indicators of impairment are present, the Company may be required to value certain long-lived assets such as property, plant, and equipment, and other intangibles at their fair value.

Valuation Techniques

Rabbi Trust Assets
Rabbi trust assets are classified as trading securities and are comprised of marketable debt and equity securities that are marked to fair value based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets.  The rabbi trust assets are used to fund amounts the Company owes to certain officers and other employees under the Company’s non-qualified deferred compensation plan.  These assets are included in “Other assets” in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, and the mark to market adjustments on the assets are recorded in “Other expense (income), net” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  The offsetting deferred compensation liability is also reported at fair value and is included in “Other liabilities” in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. Changes in the liability are recorded in “Administrative management, finance and information systems” expense in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

The following table summarizes the Company’s financial assets measured at fair value as of December 28, 2018:

   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
   
Total
 
Assets:
                       
Rabbi trust assets
 
$
15,982
   
$
   
$
   
$
15,982
 

The following table summarizes the Company’s financial assets measured at fair value as of September 28, 2018:

   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
   
Total
 
Assets:
                       
Rabbi trust assets
 
$
17,477
   
$
   
$
   
$
17,477
 

The following table summarizes the Company’s financial assets measured at fair value as of December 29, 2017:

   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
   
Total
 
Assets:
                       
Rabbi trust assets
 
$
16,207
   
$
   
$
   
$
16,207
 

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The effect of changes in the fair value of financial instruments on the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 was:

        
Three Months Ended
 


 
Location of loss (income) recognized in
Statement of Operations
 
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Rabbi trust assets
 
Other expense (income), net
 
$
2,277
   
$
(528
)

There were no assets or liabilities measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis in periods subsequent to their initial recognition for either of the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 or December 29, 2017.

14
NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

Recently adopted accounting pronouncements

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which supersedes existing revenue recognition requirements and provides a new comprehensive revenue recognition model.  The underlying principle of the new standard requires entities to recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects what it expects to receive in exchange for those goods or services.  The Company adopted the provisions of this ASU on September 29, 2018 for all contracts on a modified retrospective basis, with no cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings upon adoption.  The comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards that were in effect for those periods. The additional disclosures required by the ASU are include in Note 15 “Revenues” of these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Recently issued accounting pronouncements

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). In July 2018, the FASB also issued ASU 2018-10 Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases and ASU 2018-11 Leases (Topic 842) Targeted Improvements.  The amendments in this update will increase the transparency and comparability among organizations by recognizing lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet and disclosing key information about leasing arrangements. This guidance is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, and may be applied through a modified retrospective transition approach for leases existing at, or entered into after, the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented in the financial statements with certain practical expedients available.  An entity may apply the new leases standard at the adoption date and recognize a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption. The Company is currently evaluating the effect of this standard on its consolidated financial statements.

In February 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-02, Income Statement - Reporting Comprehensive Income - Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Topic 220), which allows for a reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings for stranded tax effects resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. ASU No. 2018-02 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The ASU allows for early adoption in any interim period after issuance of the update. The Company is currently assessing the impact this ASU will have on its consolidated financial statements.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-14, Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans (Topic 715), which modifies the disclosure requirements for employers that sponsor defined pension or postretirement plans. The amendments in this guidance are effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact of this guidance on its disclosures.

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15
REVENUES

Adoption of Topic 606

On September 29, 2018, the Company adopted ASU 2014-09 and all subsequent ASUs that modified Topic 606.  The adoption of the new revenue standard did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and the timing and amount of its revenue recognition remained substantially unchanged under this new guidance.

Revenue recognition

Revenue is recognized when obligations under the terms of a contract with our customer are satisfied; generally this occurs with the transfer of control of our goods at a point in time based on shipping terms and transfer of title.  Revenue is measured as the amount of consideration we expect to receive in exchange for transferring goods.  For all contracts with customers, the Company has not adjusted the promised amount of consideration for the effects of a
significant financing component as the period between the transfer of the promised goods and the customer’s payment is expected to be one year or less.  Sales are made on normal and customary short-term credit terms or upon delivery of point of sale transactions.  Sales, value add, and other taxes we collect concurrent with revenue-producing activities are excluded from revenue.

The Company enters into contractual arrangements with customers in the form of individual customer orders which specify the goods, quantity, pricing, and associated order terms. The Company does not have long-term contracts which are satisfied over time. Due to the nature of these contracts, no significant judgment exists in relation to the identification of the customer contract, satisfaction of the performance obligation, or transaction price. The Company expenses incremental costs of obtaining a contract due to the short-term nature of the contracts.

Estimated costs of returns, allowances and discounts, based on historic experience, are accrued as a reduction to sales when revenue is recognized.  Additionally, the Company records an other current asset for inventory which it expects to be returned with a corresponding reduction of cost of goods sold.  The Company also offers assurance-type warranties relating to its products sold to end customers that continue to be accounted for under ASC 460 Guarantees.

The Company generally accounts for shipping and handling activities as a fulfillment activity, consistent with the timing of revenue recognition; that is, when a customer takes control of the transferred goods. In the event that a customer were to take control of a product prior to shipment, the Company made an accounting policy election to treat such shipping and handling activities as a fulfillment cost.  Shipping and handling fees billed to customers are included in “Net Sales,” and shipping and handling costs are recognized within “Marketing and selling expenses” in the same period the related revenue is recognized.

The Company has a wide variety of seasonal, outdoor recreation products used primarily for fishing from a boat, diving, paddling, hiking and camping, that are sold to a variety of customers in multiple end markets. While there are multiple products sold, the nature of products are similar in terms of the nature of the revenue recognition policies.

16
SEGMENTS OF BUSINESS

The Company conducts its worldwide operations through separate business segments, each of which represents major product lines. Operations are conducted in the United States and various foreign countries, primarily in Europe, Canada and the Pacific Basin.  During the three month period ended December 28, 2018,  two customers of the Company’s Fishing, Camping and Watercraft Recreation segments each exceeded 10% of total net sales.  The combined net sales to these two customers represented approximately $31,876 of the Company’s consolidated revenues during the first fiscal quarter of 2019.  During the three month period ended December 29, 2017, one customer represented approximately $18,826 of the Company’s consolidated revenues.

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Net sales and operating profit include both sales to customers, as reported in the Company’s accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, and interunit transfers, which are priced to recover cost plus an appropriate profit margin. Total assets represent assets that are used in the Company’s operations in each business segment at the end of the periods presented.

A summary of the Company’s operations by business segment is presented below:

   
Three Months Ended


 
September 28,
2018

   
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
Net sales:
             
 
Fishing:
             
 
Unaffiliated customers
 
$
78,707
   
$
88,845
   
 
Interunit transfers
   
90
     
62
       
Camping:
                       
Unaffiliated customers
   
5,814
     
5,837
       
Interunit transfers
   
6
     
9
       
Watercraft Recreation:
                       
Unaffiliated customers
   
4,319
     
4,349
       
Interunit transfers
   
6
     
8
       
Diving
                       
Unaffiliated customers
   
15,529
     
17,433
       
Interunit transfers
   
9
     
5
       
Other / Corporate
   
70
     
115
       
Eliminations
   
(110
)
   
(84
)
     
Total
 
$
104,440
   
$
116,579
       
Operating profit (loss):
                       
Fishing
 
$
11,422
   
$
14,065
       
Camping
   
(686
)
   
(724
)
     
Watercraft Recreation
   
(1,492
)
   
(1,144
)
     
Diving
   
(707
)
   
(385
)
     
Other / Corporate
   
(2,559
)
   
(4,775
)
     
   
$
5,978
   
$
7,037
       
Total assets (end of period):
                       
Fishing
 
$
174,412
   
$
161,135
 
$
135,808
 
Camping
   
31,788
     
29,082
   
32,728
 
Watercraft Recreation
   
19,218
     
21,562
   
16,994
 
Diving
   
54,597
     
59,189
   
56,498
 
Other / Corporate
   
111,099
     
84,165
   
153,908
 


$
391,114


$
355,133

$
395,936
 
1

17
ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

The changes in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (“AOCI”) by component, net of tax, for the three months ended December 28, 2018 were as follows:

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Foreign
Currency
Translation
Adjustment
   
Unamortized
Loss on Defined
Benefit Pension
Plans
   
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Balance at September 28, 2018
 
$
7,796
   
$
(4,309
)
 
$
3,487
 
Other comprehensive loss before reclassifications
   
(1,700
)
   
     
(1,700
)
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income
   
     
138
     
138
 
Tax effects
   
     
(33
)
   
(33
)
Balance at December 28, 2018
 
$
6,096
   
$
(4,204
)
 
$
1,892
 

The changes in AOCI by component, net of tax, for the three months ended December 29, 2017 were as follows:

   
Foreign
Currency
Translation
Adjustment
   
Unamortized
Loss on Defined
Benefit Pension
Plans
   
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Balance at September 29, 2017
 
$
11,179
   
$
(6,186
)
 
$
4,993
 
Other comprehensive loss before reclassifications
   
(276
)
   
     
(276
)
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income
   
     
183
     
183
 
Tax effects
   
     
(44
)
   
(44
)
Balance at December 29, 2017
 
$
10,903
   
$
(6,047
)
 
$
4,856
 

The reclassifications out of AOCI for the three months ended December 28, 2018 were as follows:

       
Statement of Operations
Presentation
Unamortized loss on defined benefit pension plans:
        
Amortization of loss
 
$
138
 
Other income and expense
Tax effects
   
(33
)
Income tax expense
Total reclassifications for the period
 
$
105
   

The reclassifications out of AOCI for the three months ended December 29, 2017 were as follows:

       
Statement of Operations
Presentation
Unamortized loss on defined benefit pension plans:
        
Amortization of loss
 
$
183
  Other income and expense
Tax effects
   
(44
)
Income tax expense
Total reclassifications for the period
 
$
139
   

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

This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) includes comments and analysis relating to the results of operations and financial condition of Johnson Outdoors Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) as of and for the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017.  All monetary amounts, other than share and per share amounts, are stated in thousands.

Our MD&A is presented in the following sections:

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Forward Looking Statements

Trademarks

Overview

Results of Operations

Liquidity and Financial Condition

Contractual Obligations and Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

This discussion should be read in conjunction with the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes that immediately precede this section, as well as the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2018 which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 7, 2018.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this Form 10-Q are “forward-looking statements,” and the Company intends these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this statement for purposes of those safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such because they include phrases such as the Company “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” use of words such as “confident,” “could,” “may,” “planned,” “potential,” “should,” “will,” “would” or the negative of such words or other words of similar meaning. Similarly, statements that describe the Company’s future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those currently anticipated.

Factors that could affect actual results or outcomes include the matters described under the caption “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 7, 2018 and the following:  changes in economic conditions, consumer confidence levels and discretionary spending patterns in key markets; uncertainties stemming from changes in U.S. trade policies, tariffs, and the reaction of other countries to such changes; the Company’s success in implementing its strategic plan, including its targeted sales growth platforms, innovation focus and its increasing digital presence; litigation costs related to actions of and disputes with third parties, including competitors; the Company’s continued success in its working capital management and cost-structure reductions; the Company’s success in integrating strategic acquisitions; the risk of future writedowns of goodwill or other long-lived assets; the ability of the Company’s customers to meet payment obligations; movements in foreign currencies, interest rates or commodity costs; fluctuations in the prices of raw materials or the availability of raw materials used by the Company; any disruptions in the Company’s supply chain as a result of material fluctuations in the Company’s order volumes and requirements for raw materials and other components necessary to manufacture and produce the Company’s products;  the success of the Company’s suppliers and customers and the impact of any consolidation in the industries of the Company’s suppliers and customers; the ability of the Company to deploy its capital successfully; unanticipated outcomes related to outsourcing certain manufacturing processes; unanticipated outcomes related to litigation matters; and adverse weather conditions. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the date of this filing. The Company assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Trademarks

We have registered the following trademarks, among others, which may be used in this report: Minn Kota®, Cannon®, Humminbird®, Eureka!®, Jetboil®, Old Town®, Ocean Kayak®, Carlisle®, and SCUBAPRO®.

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JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

Overview

The Company is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of branded seasonal outdoor recreation products used primarily for fishing, diving, paddling and camping.  The Company’s portfolio of well-known consumer brands has attained leading market positions due to continuous innovation, marketing excellence, product performance and quality.  The Company’s values and culture support innovation in all areas, promoting and leveraging best practices and synergies within and across its subsidiaries to advance the Company’s strategic vision set by executive management and approved by the Company’s Board of Directors.  The Company is controlled by Helen P. Johnson-Leipold, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, members of her family and related entities.

Highlights

Net sales of $104,440 for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $12,139, or 10%, from the same period in the prior year, mainly due to decreased sales volume in the Fishing and Diving businesses.  This sales volume decrease was the primary driver of a decrease of $1,059 in operating profit over the prior year quarter.  Tax expense had a significant impact on net income in the prior year quarter as the Company recognized provisional expenses related to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 during the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

Seasonality

The Company’s business is seasonal in nature. The first fiscal quarter falls prior to the Company’s primary selling season for its warm-weather outdoor recreation products.  The table below sets forth a historical view of the Company’s seasonality during the last three fiscal years.

   
Fiscal Year
 
   
2018
   
2017
   
2016
 
Quarter Ended
 
Net
Sales
   
Operating
Profit
   
Net
Sales
   
Operating
Profit
   
Net
Sales
   
Operating
Profit
 
December
   
21
%
   
11
%
   
19
%
   
1
%
   
20
%
   
-4
%
March
   
31
%
   
41
%
   
30
%
   
45
%
   
31
%
   
66
%
June
   
31
%
   
51
%
   
32
%
   
54
%
   
32
%
   
59
%
September
   
17
%
   
-3
%
   
19
%
   
%
   
17
%
   
-21
%
     
100
%
   
100
%
   
100
%
   
100
%
   
100
%
   
100
%

Results of Operations

The Company’s net sales and operating profit (loss) by business segment for the periods shown below were as follows:

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Three Months Ended
 
   
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Net sales:
           
Fishing
 
$
78,797
   
$
88,907
 
Camping
   
5,820
     
5,846
 
Watercraft Recreation
   
4,325
     
4,357
 
Diving
   
15,538
     
17,438
 
Other / Eliminations
   
(40
)
   
31
 
Total
 
$
104,440
   
$
116,579
 
Operating profit (loss):
               
Fishing
 
$
11,422
   
$
14,065
 
Camping
   
(686
)
   
(724
)
Watercraft Recreation
   
(1,492
)
   
(1,144
)
Diving
   
(707
)
   
(385
)
Other / Eliminations
   
(2,559
)
   
(4,775
)
Total
 
$
5,978
   
$
7,037
 

See “Note 16 – Segments of Business” of the notes to the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the definition of segment net sales and operating profit.

Net Sales

Consolidated net sales for the three months ended December 28, 2018 were $104,440, a decrease of $12,139, or 10%, compared to $116,579 for the three months ended December 29, 2017.  Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of less than 1% on current year first quarter net sales compared to the prior year’s first quarter net sales.

Net sales for the three months ended December 28, 2018 for the Fishing business were $78,797, a decrease of $10,110, or 11%, from $88,907 during the first fiscal quarter of the prior year.  Timing for the release of new products and shipments drove the decrease over the prior year quarter.

Net sales for the Camping business were $5,820 for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, a decrease of $26, or 0%, from the prior year net sales during the same period of $5,846.  Lower tent sales and the divestiture of the Silva brand since the prior year period fully offset increased sales of Jetboil products in the current year quarter.

Market conditions remain challenging in Watercraft Recreation where net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $4,325, a decrease of $32, or 1%, compared to $4,357 in the prior year same period.

Diving net sales were $15,538 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 versus $17,438 for the three months ended December 29, 2017, a decrease of $1,900, or 11%.  Weakened markets in Asia as well as the closure of the segment’s Japan entity contributed to the decline over the prior year quarter.  Furthermore, foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted sales in this segment by 2% versus the prior year first quarter.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales for the three months ended December 28, 2018 was $60,121 compared to $67,768 for the three months ended December 29, 2017.  The decrease year over year was driven primarily by lower sales volume in the current year quarter over the prior year quarter.

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The Company’s business is impacted by international or cross-border trade, including related to tariffs and trade tensions among nations.  Changes in U.S. trade policies, including the implementation of tariffs on the import of certain components and other supplies from China increased costs of sales by approximately $700 on its cost of sales for the three months ended December 28, 2018 over the prior year quarter.

Gross Profit Margin

For the three months ended December 28, 2018, gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 42.4% compared to 41.9% in the three month period ended December 29, 2017.  Favorable product mix was the primary driver of the improvement year over year.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were $38,341 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 compared to $41,774 for the three months ended December 29, 2017.  The decrease of $3,433 was primarily due to the impact of unfavorable market conditions on the Company’s deferred compensation plan assets which resulted in lower compensation expense and an offseting loss in Other Expense.  Additionally, lower sales volume related expenses between quarters further drove the decrease from the prior year period.

Operating Profit

Operating profit on a consolidated basis for the three month period ended December 28, 2018 was $5,978 compared to an operating profit of $7,037 in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year.   The decrease year over year was driven primarily by the decreased sales volume between quarters and the other factors noted above.

Interest

For the three months ended December 28, 2018, interest expense was $37 compared to $72 in the three months ended December 29, 2017.

Interest income for the three month periods ended December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 was $540 and $202, respectively.  The increase in interest income year over year was mainly driven by increased interest rates, as well as interest earnings on increased balances of short term investments and interest bearing cash in fiscal 2019 versus the corresponding periods of fiscal 2018.

Other Expense (Income), net

Other expense was $2,150 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 compared to other income of $1,157 in the prior year period.  For the three months ended December 28, 2018, foreign currency exchange losses were $213 compared to gains of $394 for the three months ended December 29, 2017.  Investment losses on the assets related to the Company’s non-qualified deferred compensation plan were $2,277 in the three month period ended December 28, 2018 compared to investment gains and earnings of $703 in the three month period ended December 29, 2017.

Income Tax Expense

The Company’s provision for income taxes is based upon estimated annual effective tax rates in the tax jurisdictions in which the Company operates.  The effective tax rate for the three month period ended December 28, 2018 was 18.7%, compared to 97.2% in the corresponding period of the prior year.  The primary difference in the effective tax rate between the first quarter of 2019 and 2018 is the prior year period impact of a $6,763 provisional tax expense related to the 2017 tax reform referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  The difference between the 2019 first quarter overall tax rate and the U.S. statutory rate of 21% primarily relates to a first quarter tax benefit of $524 related to equity compensation awarded during the three month period ended December 28, 2018.  The Company expects similar discrete income tax impacts in future years that will vary dependent upon the value of share based payouts in those years.

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Net Income

Net income for the three months ended December 28, 2018 was $3,521, or $0.35 per diluted common class A and B share, compared to net income of $235, or $0.02 per diluted common class A and B share, for the first quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Liquidity and Financial Condition

Cash and cash equivalents and short term investments totaled $104,214 as of December 28, 2018, compared to cash and cash equivalents and short term investments of $78,319 as of December 29, 2017.  The Company’s debt to total capitalization ratio was 0% as of December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017.  The Company’s total debt balance was $0 as of each of December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017.  See “Note 11 – Indebtedness” in the notes to the Company’s accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements for further discussion.

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts, were $55,558 as of December 28, 2018, a decrease of $16,337 compared to $71,895 as of December 29, 2017.  The decrease year over year related primarily to the decrease in sales volumes between the same periods.  Inventories, net of inventory reserves, were $116,278 as of December 28, 2018, an increase of $25,417, compared to $90,861 as of December 29, 2017.  The increase over the prior year period is due, in part, to pulling forward certain purchases in anticipation of recently announced tariffs.  Accounts payable were $41,820 at December 28, 2018 compared to $37,893 as of December 29, 2017.

The Company’s cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities, as presented in the Company’s accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, are summarized in the following table:

   
Nine Months Ended
 
(thousands)
 
December 28,
2018
   
December 29,
2017
 
Cash (used for) provided by:
           
Operating activities
 
$
(39,195
)
 
$
(23,941
)
Investing activities
   
(7,505
)
   
34,945
 
Financing activities
   
(2,091
)
   
(1,721
)
Effect of foreign currency rate changes on cash
   
(1,010
)
   
(87
)
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
$
(49,801
)
 
$
9,196
 

Operating Activities

Cash used for operations totaled $39,195 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 compared with cash used for operations of $23,941 during the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year.  The increase in the use of cash over the prior year three month period was due primarily to the increase in inventory, primarily in the Fishing segment between periods.  Depreciation and amortization charges were $3,349 for the three month period ended December 28, 2018 compared to $3,191 for the corresponding period of the prior year.

Investing Activities

Cash used for investing activities totaled $7,505 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 compared to $34,945 of cash provided by investing activities for the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year.  Cash provided in the prior year reflects the liquidation of short-term investments to cash in that period, which was re-invested in other short-term investments in subsequent periods, however, there were no similar liquidations in the current year quarter.  Cash usage for capital expenditures totaled $4,081 for the current quarter and $6,454 for the prior year quarter.  The decrease in expenditures in the current year quarter was primarily related to a planned global systems infrastructure upgrade and investments in digital transformation in the prior year quarter. The Company’s recurring investments are made primarily for software development and tooling for new products and enhancements on existing products. Any additional expenditures in fiscal 2019 are expected to be funded by working capital.

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Financing Activities

Cash used for financing activities totaled $2,091 for the three months ended December 28, 2018 compared to cash used for financing activities of $1,721 for the three month period ended December 29, 2017.  The year over year change was due primarily to higher dividends paid in the current year period over the prior year period.

During the quarter ended December 29, 2017, the Company and certain of its subsidiaries entered into a new unsecured revolving credit facility with PNC Bank National Association and Associated Bank, N.A. (“the Lending Group”).  This credit facility replaced the Company’s previous revolving credit agreement dated September 16, 2013 and consists of an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated November 15, 2017 among the Company, certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, PNC Bank National Association, as lender and as administrative agent, and the other lender named therein (the “Credit Agreement” or “Revolver”).  The Revolver has an expiration date of November 15, 2022 and provides for borrowing of up to an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $75,000 with a $50,000 accordion feature that gives the Company the option to increase the maximum financing availability (i.e., an aggregate borrowing amount of $125,000) subject to the conditions of the Credit Agreement and subject to the approval of the lenders.  The Credit Agreement restricts the Company’s ability to incur additional debt and includes maximum leverage ratios and minimum interest coverage ratio covenants.

The interest rate on the Revolver resets each quarter and is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin.  The applicable margin on the Revolver ranges from 1.00% to 1.75% and is dependent on the Company’s leverage ratio for the trailing twelve month period.  The interest rates on the Revolver at December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017 were approximately 3.5% and 2.5%, respectively.

As of December 28, 2018 the Company held approximately $36,044 of cash and cash equivalents in bank accounts in foreign taxing jurisdictions.

Contractual Obligations and Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

The Company has contractual obligations and commitments to make future payments including under operating leases and open purchase orders.  The following schedule details these significant contractual obligations existing at December 28, 2018.

   
Total
   
Less than 1
year
   
2-3 years
   
4-5 years
   
After 5 years
 
Operating lease obligations
 
$
50,232
   
$
5,792
   
$
13,022
   
$
6,586
   
$
24,832
 
Open purchase orders
   
102,839
     
102,839
     
     
     
 
Contractually obligated interest payments
   
436
     
84
     
225
     
127
     
 
Total contractual obligations
 
$
153,507
   
$
108,715
   
$
13,247
   
$
6,713
   
$
24,832
 

The Company utilizes letters of credit primarily as security for the payment of future claims under its workers compensation insurance.  Letters of credit outstanding were approximately $279 at each of December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017.

The Company anticipates making contributions of $139 to its defined benefit pension plans during the remainder of fiscal 2019.

The Company has no other off-balance sheet arrangements.

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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The Company’s critical accounting policies and estimates are identified in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending September 28, 2018 in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations under the heading “Critical Accounting Estimates.”  There were no significant changes to the Company’s critical accounting policies and estimates during the three months ended December 28, 2018.

Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

The Company’s exposure to market risk is limited to fluctuations in raw material commodity prices, interest rate fluctuations on borrowings under our secured credit facilities and foreign currency exchange rate risk associated with our foreign operations.  The Company does not utilize financial instruments for trading purposes.

Foreign Exchange Risk

The Company has significant foreign operations, for which the functional currencies are denominated primarily in euros, Swiss francs, Hong Kong dollars, and Canadian dollars. As the values of the currencies of the foreign countries in which the Company has operations increase or decrease relative to the U.S. dollar, the sales, expenses, profits, losses, assets and liabilities of the Company’s foreign operations, as reported in the Company’s consolidated financial statements, increase or decrease, accordingly. Approximately 13% of the Company’s revenues for the three month period ended December 28, 2018 were denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Approximately 7% were denominated in euros, approximately 3% in Canadian dollars and approximately 2% in Hong Kong dollars, with the remaining revenues denominated in various other foreign currencies. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates can cause unexpected financial losses or cash flow needs.  The Company may mitigate a portion of the fluctuations in certain foreign currencies through the use of foreign currency forward contracts.  Foreign currency forward contracts enable the Company to lock in the foreign currency exchange rate to be paid or received for a fixed amount of currency at a specified date in the future. The Company may use such foreign currency forward contracts to mitigate the risk associated with changes in foreign currency exchange rates on financial instruments and known commitments, including commitments for inventory purchases, denominated in foreign currencies. As of December 28, 2018 and December 29, 2017, the Company held no foreign currency forward contracts.

Interest Rate Risk

The Company operates in a seasonal business and experiences significant fluctuations in operating cash flow as working capital needs increase in advance of the Company’s primary selling and cash generation season, and decline as accounts receivable are collected and cash is accumulated or debt is repaid.  The Company is subject to interest rate risk on its seasonal working capital needs if such needs are funded with short term floating rate debt.

Commodities

Certain components used in the Company’s products are exposed to commodity price changes.  The Company manages this risk through instruments such as purchase orders and non-cancelable supply contracts.  Primary commodity price exposures include costs associated with metals, resins and packaging materials.

Impact of Inflation

The Company anticipates that changing costs of basic raw materials may impact future operating costs and, accordingly, the prices of its products.  The Company is involved in continuing programs to mitigate the impact of cost increases through changes in product design and identification of sourcing and manufacturing efficiencies.  Price increases and, in certain situations, price decreases are implemented for individual products, when appropriate.

The Company’s results of operations and financial condition are presented based on historical cost.  The Company does not believe that inflation has significantly affected its results of operations.

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Item 4.
Controls and Procedures

The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the Company’s reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms, and that the information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to its management, including its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. As of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures. Based on this evaluation, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of the end of such period, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective at reaching a level of reasonable assurance. It should be noted that in designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives, and management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. The Company has designed its disclosure controls and procedures to reach a level of reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives.

There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a‑15(f) and 15d‑15(f) under the Exchange Act) that occurred during the last fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

PART II
OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1.
Legal Proceedings

In the normal course of business, the Company may be involved in various legal proceedings from time to time.  We do not believe we are currently involved in any claim or action the ultimate disposition of which would have a material adverse effect on our financial statements.

Item 1A.
Risk Factors

There have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in our Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 7, 2018.

Item 6.
Exhibits

See Exhibit Index to this Form 10-Q report.

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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.

 
JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.
Signatures Dated: February 4, 2019
 
 
/s/ Helen P. Johnson-Leipold
 
Helen P. Johnson-Leipold
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
 
(Principal Executive Officer)
   
 
/s/ David W. Johnson
 
David W. Johnson
 
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

Exhibit Index to Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

Exhibit
Number
Description
   
Certification by the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
Certification by the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32 (1)
Certification of Periodic Financial Report by the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
101
The following materials from Johnson Outdoors Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 28, 2018 formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) and furnished electronically herewith: (i) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets; (ii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations; (iii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income; (iv) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; and (v) Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

(1) This certification is not “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.




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