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Here's How Johnson Outdoors Fared During FY 2014

Dec. 13, 2014 2:30 PM ETJohnson Outdoors Inc. (JOUT)
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William Bias


  • Bad weather and asset impairments impacted Johnson Outdoors’ top and bottom line results.
  • Lower capital expenditures made up for it on the free cash flow front.
  • Johnson Outdoors’ excellent balance sheet should help it through tough times.

On Dec. 5, Johnson Outdoors (NASDAQ: NASDAQ:JOUT), a company that makes and sells recreational products used in fishing, paddling, hiking, and camping came out with its FY 2014 earnings announcement and 10-k. Overall, the company saw some lousy performance last year. Let's take a look to see what's going on with it.

Weather affected top line results

Johnson Outdoors' overall revenue declined 0.25% for its FY 2014 which the company attributed to unusually cold weather. However, the company more than made up for it in the second half of the year. This goes to show that people don't want to do recreation out in the cold and this should be taken into consideration when weighing these types of investments. Net Income declined 53% last year. Shipping delays as well as weak demand in the diving segment contributed heavily to the gross profit decline. One-time items such as the write down of "certain intangible assets" in its Jetboil business impacted operating income contributing to the heavy decline in net income.

Free cash flow expanded

Free cash flow expanded 56% in Johnson Outdoors' FY 2014. Operating cash flow increased 11%, getting a partial boost from accounts receivable and a lower inventory. Also the backing out of impairment losses contributed to greater operating cash flow balance. Moreover, capital expenditures declined 19% year-over-year and had disposal of plant, property, and equipment of $1.4 million which was absent in the previous year. Personally, I would like to see an increase in net income give a boost to free cash flow rather than impairment accruals, inventory reduction and collection of receipts on already booked sales from customers.

Excellent balance sheet

Johnson Outdoors is one of the few companies that I have researched that meets my strict balance sheet criteria. The company possesses $70.8 million in cash which equates

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