Amsterdam – 11th August 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 Financial Information
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In winter sports, the good early snow in 2010/2011 season did not last in Europe, and by mid January sales reorders reduced considerably driving sales down in the division by nearly 7% for the first quarter. This was reversed in the second quarter when sales increased by 18.7% driven mainly by earlier shipments of bindings under contract manufacturing agreements for the 2011/2012 season and a favourable product mix for boots.
Our tennis division was particularly impacted by the weakening of the US $ against the Euro which occurred in the second quarter. Overall volumes increased in both balls and racquets for the first six months of the year but the exchange rate movements combined with an unfavourable product mix in racquets resulted in lower reported sales for the division.
While the diving market started well in 2011, it was severely impacted by both political turbulence in key dive destinations in North Africa and natural disasters in Australia and Japan which resulted in a decline in sales for the first quarter. Some recovery was made during the second quarter when volumes increased, but these were impacted by exchange movements resulting in overall reported sales being broadly flat for the first six months of 2011.
Our newly introduced Sportswear Division generated a further €1.1m in sales in the second quarter matching those achieved in the first quarter.
Overall, sales for the group for the first six months of the year declined by nearly 1.4%.
The adjusted operating loss for the six month period improved marginally by €0.3m compared to prior year. This was mainly due to a €1.5m positive movement in other operating items, primarily due to exchange rate gains, offset by lower sales and increased raw material prices which reduced the gross margin by one percentage point from 42% to 41%.
The net loss for the six months increased by €1.8m due to non-cash share based compensation income in 2011 being lower by €3.4m and higher interest and other finance expense of €2.7m, offset by lower foreign exchange losses of €3.8m and the small improvement in the adjusted operating loss. The increase in interest and other finance expense of €2.7m in the period mainly arose due to the buy back of €14.4m of par value senior secured notes and the resultant acceleration of the amortization of non-cash disagio costs of €2.4m.
Operating cashflow for the six months declined by €9.6m due predominantly to movements on accounts payable. The increase in working capital is a result of returning to more normalised levels after the very tight levels during 2009 and 2010 which cannot be maintained long term.
The year to date has been mixed. We are delighted with the performance of Novak Djokovic who after his grand slam win at Wimbledon is now ranked number one in the world, but macro economic factors continue to impact our financial results, with exchange rate movements and increases in raw materials suppressing the margins, and natural disasters, political unrest and consumer confidence affecting sales.
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.
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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