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Bauer Performance Sports Reports Record Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Results

EXETER, NH -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/14 -- Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX: BAU) ("BPS" or the "Company"), a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance sports equipment and apparel, reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter and nine months ended February 28, 2014. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

The third quarter 2014 financial results are in line with the estimates previously provided in the Company's news release on March 19, 2014, which disclosed preliminary third quarter results in connection with the financing of the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition.

Fiscal Q3 2014 Financial Highlights vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Revenues up 13% to a record $62.2 million (up 16% in constant currency)

  • Ice hockey equipment revenues up 13% (in constant currency, excluding Canadian tariff reduction)

  • Lacrosse revenues up 11%

  • Apparel revenues up 35% (in constant currency) with growth in all categories

  • Adjusted Gross Profit up 21% to $19.8 million, or as a percentage of revenues, up 190 basis points to 31.8%

Back-to-Hockey bookings vs. Year-Ago

  • "Back-to-Hockey" bookings up 18% to $200.2 million (in constant currency) or up 12% to $190.1 million at current FX rates

Management Commentary

"Global demand for all of our BPS brands continued to accelerate, as demonstrated by the strong double digit revenue growth in our third quarter," said Kevin Davis, president and CEO of Bauer Performance Sports. "Driving this record quarter, which is traditionally our weakest seasonally, was strong growth in hockey and lacrosse, as well as the contribution from COMBAT. We attribute these results to the strength of our product development platform, which is supported by authentic brands, deep consumer insight, world-class R&D and strong intellectual property."

"In our hockey business," continued Davis, "sell-through of our products remained strong as the retail marketplace continued to improve. Given this strengthening environment, together with the launch of several innovative new products, we recorded a significant increase in booking orders for our upcoming Back-to-Hockey selling season. We expect these bookings to help drive a strong Back-to-Hockey season despite the significant currency headwinds we face with the approximately 8% weaker Canadian dollar.

"We are excited about our recently announced definitive agreement to acquire the Easton Baseball/Softball business from Easton-Bell Sports. The transaction will immediately add the No. 1 market share brand in baseball/softball to our leading performance sports platform. Like BPS, Easton has a passion for improving the performance and safety of athletes. With this acquisition, we expect to raise the bar of innovation in every category as we've done for hockey and all of our high performance sports in the platform."

Fiscal Q3 2014 Financial Results

Revenues in the fiscal third quarter of 2014 increased 13% to $62.2 million compared to $54.9 million in the same year-ago quarter. On a constant currency basis, revenues were up 16%. The increase was due to strong sales in ice hockey equipment, the addition of COMBAT, growth across all apparel categories and continued growth in sales of lacrosse. Apparel revenues grew 31% in the quarter (35% in constant currency) due to the addition of hockey, lacrosse and soccer uniform sales, as well as a 60% increase in hockey bags, a 36% increase in off-ice team apparel and an 11% increase in lifestyle apparel.

Adjusted Gross Profit (a non-IFRS measure) in the third quarter increased 21% to $19.8 million compared to $16.4 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted Gross Profit increased 190 basis points to 31.8% compared to 29.9% in the same year-ago period. The increase in adjusted gross margin was primarily driven by higher profit margins in ice hockey equipment (see "Non-IFRS Measures" below for further discussion).

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses in the third quarter increased 27% to $24.5 million compared to $19.4 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to higher acquisition-related costs, the addition of COMBAT and higher marketing costs as a result of the NHL lockout in Fiscal 2013. As a percentage of revenues and excluding acquisition-related charges, costs related to share offerings and share-based payment expense, SG&A expenses were 32.8% compared to 31.3% of revenues in the year-ago quarter.

R&D expenses in the third quarter increased 20% to $4.7 million compared to $4.0 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to product development efforts and the addition of COMBAT. As a percentage of revenues, R&D expenses were 7.7% compared to 7.2% of revenues in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure) improved to a loss of $3.0 million compared to a loss of $3.8 million in the year-ago quarter due to the higher Adjusted Gross Profit and favorable realized gains on derivatives.

Adjusted Net Loss (a non-IFRS measure) in the third quarter was virtually unchanged compared to the prior year at $4.2 million or ($0.11) per adjusted diluted share.

On February 28, 2014, working capital was $179.9 million compared to $160.1 million one year ago, primarily due to the addition of COMBAT as well as higher inventory and accounts receivable due to the growth of the business. Total debt was $130.8 million compared to $140.3 million at February 28, 2013. The Company's leverage ratio, defined as average net indebtedness divided by trailing twelve months EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure), continued to decline and stood at 2.51x as of February 28, 2014 compared to 2.76x one year ago.

Booking orders for the Company's 2014 Back-to-Hockey season (April - September) increased 12% over 2013 to $190.1 million. On a constant currency basis, booking orders were up 18% to $200.2 million. For further detail on the Company's bookings, please refer to the "Booking Orders" section below.

Fiscal Q3 2014 Operational Highlights

  • BPS entered into an agreement with Easton-Bell Sports to acquire the Easton Baseball/Softball business for $330 million in cash, subject to a working capital adjustment and acquisition costs, which, upon closing, would make BPS the No. 1 market leader in both hockey and diamond sports. The acquisition is expected to close within two weeks from the date of this news release.

  • Bauer Hockey unveiled BAUER OD1N, the most revolutionary line of equipment ever introduced to the sport of hockey. Taking two years to develop, the line includes the lightest hockey skate ever created, a fully personalized protective body suit and an ultra-lightweight goal pad constructed with advanced materials never before used in hockey.

  • COMBAT entered into an exclusive three-year agreement with Texas Tech University Softball to be its official supplier of elite softball bats and accessory products.

Nine Month Fiscal 2014 Financial Results

Revenues in the first nine months of fiscal 2014 increased 7% to $333.3 million compared to $312.9 million in the same year-ago period. On a constant currency basis, revenues were up 8%.

Adjusted Gross Profit in the first nine months increased 3% to $120.9 million compared to $117.1 million in the prior year period. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted Gross Profit was 36.3% compared to 37.4% in the year-ago period.

SG&A expenses increased 16% to $77.8 million compared to $67.1 million in the same period a year ago. As a percentage of revenues, and excluding acquisition-related charges and share-based payment expense, SG&A was 20.3% compared to 19.2% of revenues in the year-ago period.

R&D expenses increased 15% to $13.1 million compared to $11.5 million in the same period a year ago. As a percentage of revenues, R&D was 3.9% compared to 3.7% of revenues in the year-ago period.

Adjusted EBITDA in the first nine months of fiscal 2014 was $47.7 million compared to $48.3 million in the same year-ago period.

Adjusted Net Income in the first nine months was $26.5 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to $26.0 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2013.

Conference Call

BPS will hold a conference call tomorrow, April 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, to discuss its fiscal third quarter 2014 results.

The Company's President and CEO Kevin Davis and CFO Amir Rosenthal will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (7:00 a.m. Pacific time)
Dial-in number: 1-877-941-1427
International dial-in number: 1-480-629-9664
Conference ID: 4675108

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=108359 and via the investors section of the Company's website at www.bauerperformancesports.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through April 24, 2014.

Toll-free replay number: 1-877-870-5176
International replay number: 1-858-384-5517
Replay ID: 4675108

About Bauer Performance Sports Ltd.

Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX: BAU) is a leading developer and manufacturer of ice hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse, baseball and softball equipment, as well as related apparel. The Company has the most recognized and strongest brand in the ice hockey equipment industry, and holds the top market share position in both ice and roller hockey. Its products are marketed under the BAUER, MISSION, MAVERIK, CASCADE, INARIA and COMBAT brand names and are distributed by sales representatives and independent distributors throughout the world. Bauer Performance Sports is focused on building its leadership position and growing market share in all product categories through continued innovation at every level. For more information, please visit www.bauerperformancesports.com.

Booking Orders

The Company's revenues are comprised of booking, repeat and other orders. Although ice hockey booking orders provide the Company some visibility into its future revenues for the season, there may not be a direct relationship between the change in booking orders year-over-year and the anticipated total revenues change for that season, due to several factors including, among others, the potential impact booking orders have on the amount and timing of future repeat orders for which the Company has little visibility and the increased diversification of the Company's product offerings. For a more detailed discussion and definition of the Company's booking and repeat orders, please see the Outlook section of the Company's third quarter MD&A, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Non-IFRS Measures

Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income/Loss are non-IFRS measures. Adjusted Gross Profit is defined as gross profit plus the following expenses which are part of cost of goods sold: (i) amortization and depreciation of intangible assets, (ii) non-cash charges to cost of goods sold resulting from fair market value adjustments to inventory as a result of business acquisitions, (iii) reserves established to dispose of obsolete inventory acquired from acquisitions and (iv) other one-time or non-cash items. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (net income adjusted for income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, losses related to amendments to the credit facility, gain or loss on disposal of fixed assets, net interest expense, deferred financing fees, unrealized gains/losses on derivative instruments, and realized and unrealized gains/losses related to foreign exchange revaluation) before restructuring and other one-time or non-cash charges associated with acquisitions, other one-time or non-cash items, pre-initial public offering sponsor fees, costs related to share offerings, as well as share-based payment expenses. Adjusted EPS is defined as Adjusted Net Income/Loss divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Adjusted Net Income/Loss is defined as net income adjusted for all unrealized gains/losses related to derivative instruments and unrealized gains/losses related to foreign exchange revaluation, non-cash or incremental charges associated with acquisitions, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets for acquisitions since the Company's initial public offering, costs related to share offerings, share-based compensation expense and other non-cash or one-time items.

Reconciliations of these non-IFRS measures to the relevant reported results can be found in the tables at the end of this press release and in the Company's MD&A for the third quarter.

All references to "constant currency" reflect the impact of translating the current period results at the monthly foreign exchange rates from the prior year period. This translation impact does not include the impact of foreign exchange on the Company's direct material costs or gains/losses on derivatives. For more information, see Factors Affecting our Performance - Impact of Foreign Exchange in the Company's MD&A.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including with respect to booking orders driving strong fourth quarter results for the Company's hockey business, further innovation in baseball and softball following the completion of the acquisition of the Easton baseball/softball business, the Company's pending acquisition of the Easton baseball/softball business and the financing thereof. Forward-looking statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. The words "may", "will", "would", "should", "could", "expects", "plans", "intends", "trends", "indications", "anticipates", "believes", "estimates", "predicts", "likely" or "potential" or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions, including those described herein and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors: failure by the Company to complete the acquisition of the Easton baseball/softball business (including financing thereof) or to realize the anticipated strategic benefits or operational or cost synergies, expectations regarding a counter seasonal revenue stream to the Company's existing revenue stream and the successful expansion of the market share of the Easton baseball/softball business, inability to introduce new and innovative products, intense competition in the equipment and apparel industries, inability to introduce technical innovation, inability to protect worldwide intellectual property rights and related litigation, inability to successfully integrate acquisitions, decrease in ice hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse and/or baseball/softball participation rates, adverse publicity, reduction in popularity of the NHL, NLL, MLB and other professional leagues in which our products are used, changes in consumer preferences and the difficulty in anticipating or forecasting those changes, inability to maintain and enhance brands, reliance on third party suppliers and manufacturers, disruption of distribution chain or loss of significant customers or suppliers, cost of raw materials and shipping freight and other cost pressures, a change in the mix or timing of orders placed by customers, inability to forecast demand for products, inventory shrinkage or excess inventory, product liability claims and lawsuits, product recalls, compliance with standards of testing and athletic governing bodies, departure of senior executives or other key personnel, litigation and related matters, employment or union related matters, fluctuations in the value of certain foreign currencies in relation to the US dollar, inability to manage foreign exchange derivative instruments, general economic and market conditions, natural disasters, as well as the factors identified in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's MD&A for the third quarter and the Annual Information Form dated August 27, 2013, both of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and we have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

                       BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
                  (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

                                                  As of           As of
                                              February 28,       May 31,
                                                  2014            2013
                                             --------------  --------------
Current assets:
  Cash                                       $        7,700  $        4,467
  Trade and other receivables                       109,896         113,682
  Inventories                                        95,650         109,747
  Income taxes recoverable                            2,345           1,966
  Foreign currency forward contracts                  6,439           4,513
  Prepaid expenses and other assets                   4,483           3,084
                                             --------------  --------------
Total current assets                                226,513         237,459

Property, plant and equipment                         9,310          10,509
Goodwill and intangible assets                      146,891         152,644
Foreign currency forward contracts                      143           1,119
Other non-current assets                              3,048             721
Deferred income taxes                                 5,902           4,985
                                             --------------  --------------
TOTAL ASSETS                                 $      391,807  $      407,437
                                             ==============  ==============

Current liabilities:
  Debt                                       $        7,866  $       10,774
  Trade and other payables                           25,658          22,548
  Accrued liabilities                                27,095          25,672
  Provisions                                          2,944           2,041
  Income taxes payable                                3,593             989
  Retirement benefit obligations                        336             358
                                             --------------  --------------
Total current liabilities                            67,492          62,382

Debt                                                122,931         160,913
Provisions                                                -             383
Retirement benefit obligations                        5,107           5,522
Other non-current liabilities                           301             879
Deferred income taxes                                   850             918
                                             --------------  --------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                   196,681         230,997

  Share capital                                     145,821         141,397
  Contributed surplus                                11,990           9,562
  Retained earnings                                  46,854          27,037
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss               (9,539)         (1,556)
                                             --------------  --------------
TOTAL EQUITY                                        195,126         176,440

                                             --------------  --------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                   $      391,807  $      407,437
                                             ==============  ==============

                       BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
     (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)

                              For the three months     For the nine months
                                      ended                   ended
                                  February 28,            February 28,
                             ----------------------  ----------------------
                                2014        2013        2014        2013
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Revenues                     $   62,197  $   54,946  $  333,277  $  312,854
Cost of goods sold               43,349      40,258     216,732     199,476
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Gross profit                     18,848      14,688     116,545     113,378

Selling, general and
 administrative expenses         24,501      19,361      77,810      67,060
Research and development
 expenses                         4,763       3,964      13,141      11,494
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Income (loss) before finance
 costs, finance income,
 other expenses and income
 tax expense (benefit)          (10,416)     (8,637)     25,594      34,824

Finance costs                     1,591       1,859       5,384       6,916
Finance income                   (5,044)     (5,612)     (8,148)       (919)
Other expenses                      121          62         148         132
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Income (loss) before income
 tax expense (benefit)           (7,084)     (4,946)     28,210      28,695

Income tax expense (benefit)     (2,199)     (2,079)      8,393       9,506

                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net income (loss)            $   (4,885) $   (2,867) $   19,817  $   19,189

Other comprehensive income

  Items that may be
   reclassified to net
   income (loss):
    Foreign currency
     translation differences     (5,477)     (2,536)     (8,023)        518

  Items that will not be
   subsequently reclassified
   to net income (loss):
    Actuarial gains (losses)
     on defined benefit
     plans, net                      28          12          40         (26)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Other comprehensive income
 (loss), net of taxes            (5,449)     (2,524)     (7,983)        492

                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total comprehensive income
 (loss)                      $  (10,334) $   (5,391) $   11,834  $   19,681
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Basic earnings (loss) per
 common share                $    (0.14) $    (0.08) $     0.56  $     0.56
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Diluted earnings (loss) per
 common share                $    (0.14) $    (0.08) $     0.53  $     0.53
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

                        BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
                   (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)

                                Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
                                   February 28,            February 28,
                                 2014        2013        2014        2013
                             ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
                             (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)

                             ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Gross profit                 $      18.8 $      14.7 $     116.5 $     113.4
                             ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Amortization & depreciation
 of intangible assets                0.9         1.0         2.7         2.7
Inventory step-up / step-
 down & reserves                       -         0.7         0.9         1.0
Other                                0.1           -         0.8           -

                             ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Adjusted Gross Profit        $      19.8 $      16.4 $     120.9 $     117.1
                             ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

                       BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
                  (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)

                            Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                               February 28,              February 28,
                             2014         2013         2014         2013
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
                         (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income (loss)        $      (4.9) $      (2.9) $      19.8  $      19.2
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Income tax expense
 (benefit)                      (2.2)        (2.1)         8.4          9.5
Depreciation &
 amortization                    2.2          2.0          6.7          5.8
Loss on amendment of
 revolving loan                    -            -            -          0.3
Interest expense, net            1.1          1.5          4.1          5.3
Deferred financing fees          0.3          0.4          1.1          1.1
Unrealized (gain)/loss
 on derivative
 instruments, net               (2.1)        (4.9)        (1.5)        (0.2)
Foreign exchange
 (gain)/loss                    (1.7)        (0.6)        (2.8)        (0.6)
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
  EBITDA                 $      (7.3) $      (6.6) $      35.8  $      40.4

Acquisition Related
Inventory step-up /
 step-down & reserves              -          0.7          0.9          1.0
Rebranding / integration
 costs (adjustments)            (0.2)         0.7          1.8          2.1
Acquisition costs                3.1          0.1          4.9          2.1
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
  Subtotal               $       2.9  $       1.5  $       7.6  $       5.2

Costs related to share
 offerings                       0.1          0.4          0.5          0.8

Share-based payment
 expense                         1.1          0.9          2.9          1.9

Other                            0.2            -          0.9            -

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Adjusted EBITDA          $      (3.0) $      (3.8) $      47.7  $      48.3
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

                       BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
                                ADJUSTED EPS
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)

                            Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                               February 28,              February 28,
                             2014         2013         2014         2013
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
                         (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income (loss)        $      (4.9) $      (2.9) $      19.8  $      19.2
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Unrealized foreign
 exchange loss / (gain)         (3.6)        (5.3)        (3.3)        (0.6)
Costs related to share
 offerings                       0.1          0.4          0.5          0.8
 charges                         3.5          2.1          9.4          6.7
Share-based payment
 expense                         1.1          0.9          2.9          1.9
Other                            0.2            -          0.9          0.3

Tax impact on above
 items                          (0.6)         0.6         (3.7)        (2.3)

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Adjusted Net Income
 (Loss)                  $      (4.2) $      (4.2) $      26.5  $      26.0
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Average diluted shares
 outstanding              37,694,392   36,712,575   37,155,632   36,335,206

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Adjusted EPS             $     (0.11) $     (0.11) $      0.71  $      0.72
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

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