Amsterdam – 10th November 2011 – Head NV (VSX: HEAD; U.S. OTC: HEDYY.PK), a leading global manufacturer and marketer of sports equipment, and HTM Sport GmbH, a subsidiary of Head NV, announced the following results today.
Summary Unaudited Financiel Information
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In Winter Sports, for the first nine months of 2011, sales were 1.9% or €1.5m ahead of 2010 driven by earlier delivery of snowboard and higher binding sales, offset in part by a small decline in ski and boot sales.
Our Racquet Sports sales for the first nine months of 2011 were 3.1% or €3.1m behind 2010. The decline was primarily due to the weakening of the US dollar against the Euro and lower sales of tennis balls. The volume of racquets sold has increased compared to 2010 and this allowed the division to reverse the trend of the first two quarters and report a growth of 0.8% in the third quarter.
While the diving market has been severely impacted by both political turbulence in key dive destinations in North Africa and natural disasters in Australia and Japan our division has managed to achieve a slight growth in sales on a currency neutral basis for the first nine months of 2011 compared to 2010. The unfavourable development of exchange rates has led to an overall decline of 0.3% or €0.1m over the same period.
Our newly introduced Sportswear Division generated sales of €3.8m for the first nine months of 2011.
Overall, sales for the group for the first nine months of the year declined by just 0.1% or €0.3m.
The adjusted operating profit for the nine month period declined by €2.7m compared to prior year. This was mainly due to a negative €1.5m impact of lower gross margins (41.4% in 2011 compared to 42.1% in 2010) as a result of higher raw material prices and higher selling and marketing expenses of €1.5m offset by general and administration expenses being lower by €0.3m.
The reported operating profit for the nine month period declined by €6.0m compared to the prior year. The further decline of €3.2m compared to the adjusted operating profit came from the accounting for our stock option plans. In 2010 we recorded a non-cash income of €3.3m for the plans, compared to an income of €0.1m in 2011.
In both the three month period and the nine month period, interest and other financial costs increased significantly. This was due to the acceleration of the amortisation of the non-cash disagio costs as a result of the buy back and redemption of the Senior Secured Notes during 2011. Excluding this non-cash disagio cost, interest and other financial expenses would have decreased from €2.4m to €2.3m for the three month period to September 2011 compared to 2010, and increased just slightly from €7.0m to €7.1m for the nine month period.
Overall the net loss for the nine months increased by €9.2m in the nine months to September 2011 compared to the nine months to September 2010.
Operating cashflow for the nine months to September 2011 compared to 2010 declined by €15.5m due predominantly to movements in working capital of €12.9m and the lower operating result.
During 2011 we have continued to work at producing excellent products and marketing them effectively. We are delighted with the performance of our athletes.
The Ski World Cup season has got off to a great start with Lindsey Vonn winning the opening Giant Slalom womens race, and Ted Ligety winning the opening Giant Slalom mens race. In mens tennis we now have two of the top three players in the world with Novak Djokovic ranked world number one, and Andy Murray, ranked third and two of the top four womens players with Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.
In addition during 2011, we have been restructuring our financing and have redeemed our Senior Secured Notes and replaced them with lower interest more flexible working capital lines in Austria and the US.
The macro economic factors, however, have not improved and raw material prices have been increasing at the same time as consumers are spending more cautiously. We continue to forecast a lower operating profit in 2011 than we achieved in 2010.
HEAD NV is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium sports equipment.
HEAD NV’s ordinary shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange (“HEAD”).
Our business is organized into five divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving, Sportswear and Licensing. We sell products under the HEAD (tennis, squash and racquetball racquets, tennis balls, tennis footwear, badminton products, alpine skis, ski bindings and ski boots, snowboards, bindings and boots and sportswear), Penn (tennis and racquetball balls), Tyrolia (ski bindings) and Mares (diving equipment) brands.
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.head.com
Analysts, investors, media and others seeking financial and general information, please contact:
Clare Vincent, Investor Relations
Tel: +44 207 499 7800
Fax: +44 207 491 7725
E mail: email@example.com
Gunter Hagspiel, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +43 5574 608
Fax +43 5574 608 130
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Prins Bernhardplein 200,
1097 JB Amsterdam
Stock Market: Official Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange
HTM Senior Notes ISIN: XS0184717956 and XS0184719143
HTM Senior Secured Notes ISIN: XS0447202218 and XS0447202309
Listing: Luxembourg Stock Exchange