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Escalade Announces Sporting Goods Focus, Dividend Increase And Second Quarter Earnings

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Escalade, Incorporated (NASDAQ: ESCA) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to focus the Company on the Sporting Goods segment.  The Company conducted a careful evaluation of each business unit with the objective of increasing shareholder value and redeploying capital where possible. The resulting plan includes the Company's intent to sell the Information Security business.  The decision to divest the Information Security business, coupled with the previously announced sale of its Print Finishing business on June 30, 2014, will represent the Company's complete exit from the Information Security and Print Finishing segment.  Timing for the divesture of the Information Security business will be determined by market conditions, but is expected to be completed within one year.  Escalade believes its focus on the Sporting Goods segment will facilitate better deployment of Company resources, increased market leadership and greater returns for shareholders.

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Following this decision, Escalade's Board of Directors increased the quarterly dividend on the Company's common stock from $0.09 per share to $0.10, to be paid to all shareholders of record on September 14, 2014 and disbursed on September 21, 2014.  Escalade's Board of Directors will evaluate its dividend policy on an ongoing basis, giving careful consideration to the Company's financial condition, outlook, and potential cash flow requirements. 

As a result of the decision to exit the Information Security business, effective as of the quarter ended July 12, 2014, the Company incurred an impairment of certain assets totaling $12.9 million.  Net loss for the second quarter of 2014 was $8.1 million, or $(0.57) diluted earnings per share compared to net income of $2.6 million or $0.19 diluted earnings per share for the same quarter in 2013.  Operating income from Continuing Operations for the quarter was $3.9 million compared with $6.0 million for the same quarter in 2013, a 35% decline.  The decline in operating profits is primarily driven by a lower sales volume and an unfavorable product mix in certain Sporting Goods categories, coupled with increased product research and development investments for which the benefit will be realized in future quarters. 

Revenue from the Sporting Goods business was flat for the second quarter of 2014 and up 4% for the first half of 2014, compared with the same periods in 2013.   During the first half of 2013, the Company realized exceptional sales growth in certain categories that was not matched during the first half of 2014.  The Company expects improved sales growth for the remainder of the year.

The Sporting Goods gross margin ratio for the first half of 2014 was 31.3% compared to 33.6% for the same period in 2013.  Decreased gross margin resulted from lower sales in certain higher margin categories and increased product research and development investments.

"We are excited to announce Escalade's clear strategic vision for the Sporting Goods segment," stated Robert J. Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Escalade, Inc.  "We are a team of sports and outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for innovation and a close connection to our brands and the active lifestyles they inspire. We look forward to building Escalade into a premier Sports and Outdoors company that will play an important leadership role in the $27 billion Sporting Goods equipment industry.  Strong cash flow from profits in the Sporting Goods segment and proceeds from the sale of the Print Finishing business allowed the Company to reduce its debt by more than 50% thus far in 2014.  As a result, the Company is pleased to increase its quarterly dividend."

Escalade is a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods products sold worldwide. To obtain more information on the Company and its products, visit our website at: www.EscaladeInc.com or contact Deborah Meinert, Vice President and CFO at 812/467-4449.


This report contains forward-looking statements relating to present or future trends or factors that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  These risks include, but are not limited to, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product demand and market acceptance, Escalade's ability to achieve its business objectives, especially with respect to its Sporting Goods business on which is has chosen to focus, Escalade's ability to successfully achieve the anticipated results of strategic transactions, including the integration of the operations of acquired assets and businesses, and the anticipated sale of its Information Security business, new product development, the continuation and development of key customer and supplier relationships, Escalade's ability to control costs, general economic conditions, fluctuation in operating results, changes in foreign currency exchange rates,  changes in the securities market, Escalade's ability to obtain financing and to maintain compliance with the terms of such financing, and other risks detailed from time to time in Escalade's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Escalade's future financial performance could differ materially from the expectations of management contained herein.  Escalade undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements after the date of this report.


Escalade, Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Condensed Statement of Operations

(Unaudited, In Thousands Except Per Share Data)

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

All Amounts in Thousands Except Per Share Data

July 12,

July 13,

July 12,

July 13,

Net sales





Costs, Expenses and Other Income

Cost of products sold





Selling, administrative and general expenses










Operating Income





Interest expense





Other expense (income)





Equity method investment impairment





Income Before Income Taxes from continuing operations





Provision for Income Taxes from continuing operations





Net Income from continuing operations





Discontinuing operations

Loss from operations





Loss on classification as held for sale





Gain on disposal





Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes





Net Loss from discontinuing operations





Net Income (Loss)

$ (8,084)

$ 2,618

$ (273)

$ (3,349)

Basic Earnings Per Share Data:

Income from continuing operations

$  0.20

$  0.29

$  0.85

$  0.97

Loss from discontinued operations





Net Income (Loss)

$  (0.58)

$  0.19

$  (0.02)

$  (0.25)

Diluted Earnings Per Share Data:

Income from continuing operations

$  0.20

$  0.28

$  0.84

$  0.97

Loss from discontinued operations





Net Income (Loss)

$  (0.57)

$  0.19

$  (0.02)

$  (0.25)

Average shares outstanding







Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets

(In Thousands)

July 12,

December 28,

July 13,


Current assets excluding assets held for sale

$  63,115

$  64,655

$  55,911

Property, plant & equipment, net




Other assets








Assets held for sale





$ 119,348

$ 141,974

$ 129,425

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities excluding liabilities  held for sale

$   24,551

$   36,839

$   32,901

Other liabilities




Liabilities  held for sale




Stockholders' equity





$ 119,348

$ 141,974

$ 129,425


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