Garmin Reports Record 3rd Quarter

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Garmin Reports Record 3rd Quarter

Schaffhausen, Switzerland:  Garmin® Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced results for the third quarter ended September 25, 2021.


Highlights for third quarter 2021 include:


  • Total revenue of $1.19 billion, a 7% increase over the prior year quarter
  • Gross and operating margin were 58.4% and 23.7%, respectively
  • Operating income of $283 million, an 11% decrease compared to the prior year quarter
  • GAAP EPS was $1.34 and pro forma EPS(1) was $1.41
  • Named Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association for the seventh consecutive year
  • Ranked #1 in avionics support for the 18th consecutive year by Aviation International News
  • Received production qualification from BMW for our Olathe, Kansas manufacturing facility
  • Launched the Approach® R10, our first portable golf launch monitor
  • Recently hosted fifth annual Garmin Developer Conference where we announced strategic Connect IQ partnerships


 (In thousands, except per share information)   13-Weeks Ended     39-Weeks Ended  
    September 25,     September 26,     YoY     September 25,     September 26,     YoY  
    2021     2020     Change     2021     2020     Change  
Net sales   $ 1,191,973     $ 1,109,194     7%     $ 3,591,206     $ 2,835,168     27%  
Fitness     342,316       328,446     4%       1,063,642       846,688     26%  
Outdoor     323,856       334,844     (3)%       903,715       716,146     26%  
Aviation     180,165       151,112     19%       534,886       465,850     15%  
Marine     207,534       165,437     25%       678,698       486,269     40%  
Auto     138,102       129,355     7%       410,265       320,215     28%  
Gross margin %   58.4%     60.2%             59.0%     59.6%          
Operating income %   23.7%     28.6%             25.2%     24.1%          
GAAP diluted EPS   $ 1.34     $ 1.63     (18)%     $ 4.13     $ 3.44     20%  
Pro forma diluted EPS(1)   $ 1.41     $ 1.58     (11)%     $ 4.27     $ 3.41     25%  
(1) See attached Non-GAAP Financial Information for discussion and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures, including pro forma diluted EPS    


Executive Overview from Cliff Pemble, President and Chief Executive Officer:

“I am very pleased with our performance in the quarter as we are now comparing against the robust pandemic-driven growth from the prior year,” said Cliff Pemble, President and CEO of Garmin. “Strong demand for active lifestyle products continued, and our marine and aviation segments recorded impressive double-digit growth resulting in record consolidated revenue in the third quarter. We are very pleased with the results we have delivered thus far, giving us confidence to raise our full year 2021 revenue and EPS guidance.”



Revenue from the fitness segment grew 4% in the third quarter driven by solid demand for our cycling and advanced wearable products. Gross margin and operating margins were 53% and 23%, respectively, resulting in $78 million of operating income. We recently hosted our fifth annual Garmin Developer Conference where we announced a collaboration with Dexcom to provide people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes with a way to quickly see their glucose levels and trends on their compatible Garmin smartwatch or cycling computer.




Revenue from the outdoor segment decreased 3% in the third quarter primarily due to the timing of product introductions in the prior year. Gross margin and operating margins were 65% and 38%, respectively, resulting in $124 million of operating income. During the quarter, we launched the Approach R10, our first portable golf launch monitor, designed to help golfers improve their game with more than a dozen key metrics shown in real time.




Revenue from the aviation segment grew 19% in the third quarter with contributions from both OEM and aftermarket product categories. Gross margin and operating margins were 73% and 28%, respectively, resulting in $51 million of operating income. During the quarter, we introduced Smart Glide, a revolutionary safety tool that helps pilots in loss of engine power emergencies by automating tasks to reduce pilot workload. Also during the quarter, we announced the certification of our GFC 600H flight control system for Bell 505 helicopters. The GFC 600H reduces a pilot’s workload and brings a number of helicopter-specific safety features to the market.




Revenue from the marine segment grew 25% in the third quarter with growth across multiple categories, led by strong demand for our chartplotters. Gross margin and operating margins were 56% and 26%, respectively, resulting in $54 million of operating income. During the quarter, we launched Surround View, the marine industry’s first intelligent camera system to offer captains a 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the boat. Also, during the quarter, Garmin marine electronics were selected by Malibu Boats to exclusively outfit their full line of Axis wakesurf and wakeboarding boats.




Revenue from the auto segment grew 7% during the third quarter primarily driven by growth in auto OEM programs. Gross margin was 40%, and we recorded an operating loss of $24 million in the quarter driven by investments in auto OEM programs. During the quarter, we began production shipments of the BMW computing module from our United States manufacturing facility and began prototype shipments of next-generation BMW computing modules from our Poland manufacturing facility. Also, we recently introduced a new lineup of Drive navigators for the consumer market, bringing larger displays and more connected features to our customers.


Additional Financial Information:

Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $413 million, an 18% increase over the prior year. Research and development increased by 22%, primarily due to engineering personnel costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 14%, driven primarily by personnel related expenses and information technology costs. Advertising increased 8% driven primarily by higher media spend in the quarter.


The effective tax rate in the third quarter of 2021 was 5.9% compared to 6.9% in the prior year quarter.


In the third quarter of 2021, we generated approximately $204 million of free cash flow(1) and paid a quarterly dividend of approximately $129 million. We ended the quarter with cash and marketable securities of approximately $3.2 billion.


  • See attached Non-GAAP Financial Information for discussion and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures, including pro forma effective tax rate and free cash flow.



2021 Guidance(2):

Based on our strong performance in the first three quarters of 2021, we are updating our full year guidance. We now anticipate revenue of approximately $4.95 billion with projected growth in all segments. We anticipate our full year pro forma EPS will be approximately $5.60 based on a gross margin of approximately 58.2%, operating margin of approximately 24.0% and a full year pro forma effective tax rate of approximately 11.5%.


    2021 Guidance   Segment   Revenue Growth Estimates
    Updated   Prior       Updated   Prior
Revenue   $4.95B   $4.90B   Fitness   17%   17%
Gross Margin   58.2%   58.5%   Outdoor   17%   17%
Operating Margin   24.0%   23.8%   Aviation   12%   10%
Tax Rate   11.5%   11.5%   Marine   30%   27%
EPS   $5.60   $5.50   Auto   17%   15%
(2) All amounts and %s in the above 2021 Guidance tables are approximate. Also, see attached discussion on Forward-looking Financial Measures






















Webcast Information/Forward-Looking Statements:


The information for Garmin Ltd.’s earnings call is as follows:

When:        Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern


How:          Simply log on to the web at the address above or call to listen in at 855-757-3897


An archive of the live webcast will be available until October 26, 2022 on the Garmin website at  To access the replay, click on the Investors link and click over to the Events Calendar page.


This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business that are commonly identified by words such as “anticipates,” “would,” “may,” “expects,” “estimates,” “plans,” “intends,” “projects,” and other words or phrases with similar meanings.  Any statements regarding the Company’s expected fiscal 2021 GAAP and pro forma estimated earnings, EPS, and effective tax rate, and the Company’s expected segment revenue growth rates, consolidated revenue, gross margins, operating margins, potential future acquisitions, currency movements, expenses, pricing, new products launches, market reach, statements relating to possible future dividends, statements related to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Company’s plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors that are described in both the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2020 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 25, 2021 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s 2020 Form 10-K and the Q3 2021 Form 10-Q can be downloaded from All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of September 25, 2021. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.

This release and the attachments contain non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure and a discussion of the Company’s use of these measures are included in the attachments.

Garmin, the Garmin logo, the Garmin delta, and Approach are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries and are registered in one or more countries, including the U.S. Drive is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.




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