Vista Outdoor Reports Second Quarter FY24 Financial Results

Anoka, MN — Vista Outdoor Inc., the parent company of 41 renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor lifestyle products to consumers around the globe, reported financial results for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), which ended on September 24, 2023.

“The Vista Outdoor story that’s now unfolding is the most compelling in company history for stockholders and consumers alike,” said Gary McArthur, interim CEO of Vista Outdoor. “Our recent definitive agreement to sell Sporting Products to Czechoslovak Group (CSG) for an enterprise value of $1.91 billion creates meaningful value by returning at least $750 million to stockholders and locking in certainty of value for Sporting Products, while setting up both Sporting Products and Revelyst, and the brands in their portfolios, for long-term success. This is the next step in the transformation of our company and our continued belief that the separation of the two segments will unlock significant stockholder value.”

“After my first 10 weeks here, I am energized and excited about Revelyst,” said Eric Nyman, CEO of Revelyst. “While our fully formed strategy for Revelyst will evolve and expand in the coming months, we are kicking off an initiative called GEAR Up, a transformation program that will simplify our business model, deliver increased efficiency in new run-rate profitability improvements, and drive organic growth through new innovation. Our GEAR Up transformation program is being actioned immediately and will enable us to reinvest in our highest potential brands to accelerate their growth and product development pipelines to support our consumers in their greatest outdoor pursuits. A highlight in this vein is an upcoming product launch from Foresight Sports — the Foresight Falcon. This new technology for our passionate golf consumers will help professionals and casual players alike improve their games. More exciting innovations for the holiday can be found on Revelyst.com where we will be launching The Revelyst Lyst, a seasonal campaign for our fans around the world to find their favorite products for the holiday season. I look forward to sharing more about the GEAR Up Transformation plan and how it will unlock Revelyst’s potential.”

“We are pleased with where we stand at the midpoint of this fiscal year and see positive trends on the horizon,” said Jason Vanderbrink, CEO of Sporting Products. “Our profitability remains strong and is in line with our expectations, showcasing our strong product mix. We are excited for our bright future with CSG — a private, strategic owner that is committed to growing the reach of our iconic American brands and expanding our legacy of U.S. manufacturing.”

Consolidated results for the three months ended September 24, 2023 versus the three months ended September 25, 2022:

  • Sales decreased $105 million to $677 million, down 13 percent, in line with our recent earnings pre-release, driven by lower shipments across nearly all categories in the Sporting Products segment and lower volume as channel partners continue to be cautious with purchasing due to inventory levels and short-term consumer pressures in the Outdoor Products businesses. Organic sales were $646 million, a decline of 17 percent.
  • Gross profit declined 21 percent to $209 million and gross profit margin decreased 270 basis points to 30.9 percent primarily due to decreased volume and price in the Sporting Products segment and decreased volume in the organic Outdoor Products businesses, partially offset by acquisitions.
  • Operating expenses were $133 million, up 1 percent, primarily driven by increased selling, general, and administrative expenses from acquired businesses, partially offset by decreased selling costs in Sporting Products and decreased selling, general, and administrative expenses related to the organic businesses in Outdoor Products.
  • Operating income decreased 42 percent to $76 million. Operating income margins decreased 560 basis points to 11.2 percent.
  • Net income decreased 53 percent to $44 million. Net income margin decreased 539 basis points to 6.6 percent.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 28 percent to $116 million. Adjusted EBITDA margins decreased 370 basis points to 17.2 percent.
  • Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS) was $0.76, down 53 percent, compared with $1.62. Adjusted EPS was $0.96, down 42 percent, compared with $1.67.
  • Year to date cash provided by operating activities was $107,540, compared with $193,402. Year to date adjusted free cash flow was $115,735, compared with $201,489.

Segment results for the three months ended September 24, 2023 versus the three months ended September 25, 2022:

Sporting Products

  • Sales declined 19 percent to $350 million, in line with our recent earnings pre-release, driven primarily by lower shipments across nearly all categories as channel inventory has normalized, lower pricing, and the previously announced termination of the Lake City contract at the beginning of the third fiscal quarter in the prior year.
  • Gross profit decreased 28 percent to $115 million primarily caused by decreased volume and price.
  • Operating income decreased 31 percent to $92 million primarily driven by lower gross profit, partially offset by decreased selling costs. Operating income margin decreased 446 basis points to 26.4 percent.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 29 percent to $99 million. Adjusted EBITDA margins decreased 409 basis points to 28.3 percent.

Outdoor Products

  • Sales decreased 6 percent to $327 million, in line with our recent earnings pre-release, driven primarily by lower volume as channel partners continue to be cautious with purchasing due to inventory levels and as consumers are pressured by high interest rates and other short-term factors affecting their purchases of consumer durable goods. Organic sales were $296 million, down 15 percent.
  • Gross profit decreased 12 percent to $94 million primarily caused by lower volume from organic businesses, partially offset by acquisitions.
  • Operating income declined 57 percent to $13 million primarily driven by decreased gross profit, partially offset by reduced selling, general, and administrative costs related to organic businesses. Operating income margin decreased 459 basis points to 3.9 percent.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 33 percent to $30 million. Adjusted EBITDA margins decreased 370 basis points to 9.3 percent.

“In the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 we remained focused on the health of our balance sheet, as we continued to prioritize debt paydown as our primary use of capital,” said Andy Keegan, Vice President and Interim CFO of Vista Outdoor. “Our net debt decreased sequentially, and our net debt leverage ratio finished the quarter at 1.8x, within our target range of 1.0x to 2.0x. We expect to continue prioritizing debt paydown ahead of our stockholder vote for the sale of Sporting Products, as we are unable, under applicable securities laws, to repurchase shares while the stockholder vote for our Sporting Products business is pending.”

Revelyst GEAR Up Transformation Program

We are excited to launch our new GEAR Up transformation program, a nod to Revelyst’s future stock ticker, “GEAR,” that is being actioned immediately and will simplify the company’s business model, deliver increased efficiency and profitability from that simplified structure and reinvest in our highest potential brands to accelerate their growth and transformation.

Enabled by a simplified structure and powered by the recent engagement of a leading consulting partner, this new initiative will maximize efficiency through consolidation of Revelyst’s current real estate footprint as well as within the company’s back-office technology stack, supply chain and organizational structure.

We expect to drive growth through product innovation and streamline our operations by unlocking cost savings, starting in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024 with an estimated $100 million of realized annual cost savings by fiscal year 2027. This is in addition to the previously announced April 2023 $50 million cost restructuring program, of which $25 million in savings was specifically related to Revelyst, for a total of $125 million in expected run-rate cost savings.

In fiscal year 2025, we expect $25 to $30 million in realized cost savings, incremental to our previously announced April 2023 $50 million cost restructuring program, to give us confidence and momentum as we seek to double Revelyst Standalone Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal year 2025, as compared to fiscal year 2024.

Outlook for Fiscal Year 2024

Vista Outdoor has not reconciled adjusted EBITDA margin guidance to GAAP net income margin guidance because Vista Outdoor does not provide guidance for net income, which is a reconciling item between GAAP net income and non-GAAP EBITDA. Accordingly, a reconciliation to net income is not available without unreasonable effort. Reconciliations of adjusted EPS guidance to EPS guidance and adjusted free cash flow guidance to cash provided by operating activities guidance are available on page seven of this press release.

The Company expects:

  • Sales in the range of $2.725 billion to $2.825 billion
  • Sporting Products sales expected to be approximately $1.450 billion to $1.500 billion
  • Outdoor Products sales expected to be approximately $1.275 billion to $1.325 billion
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin in the range of 15.50 percent to 16.25 percent
  • Sporting Products EBITDA margin range of 26.50 percent to 27.50 percent
  • Outdoor Products EBITDA margin range of 7.75 percent to 8.25 percent
  • Earnings per share in the range of $3.37 to $3.77. Adjusted Earnings per share in the range of $3.65 to $4.05
  • Cash from operating activities between $284 million to $336 million; adjusted free cash flow in the range of $265 million to $315 million
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 19.5 percent
  • Interest expense in the range of $55 million to $65 million
  • Capital expenditures as a percent of sales of approximately 1.50 percent

“We are reaffirming our guidance for fiscal year 2024,” continued Andy Keegan. “At Outdoor Products, the teams are hard at work clearing high priced inventory and we expect this to lead to Adjusted Segment EBITDA margins in the mid-single digits in the third quarter of fiscal year 2024, with sequential improvement to high single digits in the fourth quarter reflecting the beginning of our cost savings taking hold. At Sporting Products, we believe that the current increased global unrest along with a strong hunting season in the third quarter and the start of the election season in the fourth quarter will result in a more favorable performance than the second quarter. This is within our recently communicated guidance for the full year.”

Please see the tables in the press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures; organic sales, adjusted income from operations, adjusted taxes, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted free cash flow, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margins, net debt, and net debt leverage ratio to the comparable GAAP measures.

Earnings Conference Call Webcast Information

Vista Outdoor will hold an investor conference call to discuss its business operations, second quarter FY24 financial results, and provide an update on its business outlook on November 2, 2023, at 9 a.m. ET. The conference call will be accessible through a live webcast. Interested investors and other individuals can access the webcast and view and/or download the press release, including a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures, and the related earnings release presentation slides, which will also include detailed segment information, via Vista Outdoor’s website (www.vistaoutdoor.com). Choose “Investors” then “Events and Presentations”. For those who cannot participate in the live webcast, a telephone recording of the conference call will be available until November 30, 2023. The telephone number is (866) 813-9403, and the access code is 282930.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, organic sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, adjusted EPS, adjusted free cash flow, net debt and net debt leverage ratio as included in this press release are supplemental measures that are not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as substitutes for, GAAP measures. Please see the tables below for reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Beginning with the second quarter of fiscal year 2024, we modified our presentation of non-GAAP results and no longer exclude from adjusted results expenses related to retention payments in connection with our acquisitions. These specified expenses that were previously excluded from adjusted results under the line items of transition costs, post-acquisition compensation and planned separation are included in “operating expenses” in our as reported results. The Company is making these changes to its presentation of non-GAAP financial measures following comments from, and discussions with, staff members of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Prior period adjusted results have been revised for comparability. Adjusted EPS includes the negative impact of this change of approximately $0.04 per share for the periods ending September 24, 2023. Revised adjusted EPS includes the negative impact of this change of approximately $0.04 for the period ending September 25, 2022. The revised presentation of the reconciliation to previously reported adjusted EPS, and the revised reconciliation to adjusted results for the three months ended September 25, 2022, is reported below.

Reconciliation of previously reported adjusted EPS

(in thousands) Three months ended
September 25, 2022
(Unaudited, dollars and shares in millions except per share data)  
Transition costs previously specified $139 
Planned separation costs previously specified  267 
Post-acquisition compensation previously specified  2,130 
Income tax impact  (322)
Decrease in as adjusted net income $2,214 
   
Decrease in adjusted EPS $0.04 
Adjusted EPS previously reported  1.71 
Revised adjusted EPS $1.67 

In addition to the results prepared in accordance with GAAP, we are providing the information below on a non-GAAP basis, including adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating income, adjusted other income/(expense), adjusted interest expense, adjusted taxes, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS). Vista Outdoor defines these measures as gross profit, operating expenses, operating income, other income/(expense), interest expense, taxes, net income, and EPS, excluding, where applicable, the impact of costs incurred for transition costs, executive transition costs, planned separation costs, restructuring, contingent consideration and post-acquisition compensation. Vista Outdoor management is presenting these measures so a reader may compare gross profit, operating expenses, operating income, other income, interest expense, taxes, net income, and EPS excluding these items, as such adjusted measures provide investors with an important perspective on the operating results of the Company. Vista Outdoor management uses such adjusted measures internally to assess business performance, and Vista Outdoor’s definitions thereof may differ from those used by other companies.

Three months ended September 24, 2023                
(in thousands except per share amounts) Gross Profit Operating Expenses Operating income Other Expense Interest Expense Taxes Net Income EPS (1)
As reported $208,870 $133,085  $75,785  $(1,174) $(16,643) $(13,546) $44,422  $0.76
Transition costs    (3,554)  3,554         (854)  2,700   
Executive transition costs    (433)  433         (218)  215   
Planned separation costs    (7,375)  7,375         (1,770)  5,605   
Restructuring    (3,936)  3,936         (945)  2,991   
Post-acquisition compensation    (160)  160            160   
As adjusted $208,870 $117,627  $91,243  $(1,174) $(16,643) $(17,333) $56,093  $0.96
                 
(1) As reported net earnings per share and adjusted net earnings per share are both calculated based on 58,299 diluted weighted average shares of common stock.
                 
Three months ended September 25, 2022                
(in thousands except per share amounts) Gross Profit Operating Expenses Operating income Other Expense Interest Expense Taxes Net Income EPS (1)
As reported $262,874 $131,707  $131,167  $741  $(13,934) $(24,519) $93,455  $1.62
Inventory step-up  3,036     3,036         (759)  2,277   
Transaction costs    (5,779)  5,779         (951)  4,828   
Contingent consideration    11,313   (11,313)           (11,313)  
Transition costs    (261)  261         (65)  196   
Post-acquisition compensation    (1,139)  1,139         (266)  873   
Debt issuance             785   (196)  589   
Planned separation costs    (7,420)  7,420         (1,855)  5,565   
As adjusted $265,910 $128,421  $137,489  $741  $(13,149) $(28,611) $96,470  $1.67
                 
(1) As reported net earnings per share and adjusted net earnings per share are both calculated based on 57,814 diluted weighted average shares of common stock.

During the three months ended September 24, 2023, we incurred costs that we feel are not indicative of ongoing operations as follows:

  • transition costs for prior acquisitions to integrate into the Company such as professional fees and travel costs;
  • executive transition costs for executive search fees and related costs for the transition of our CEO and General Counsel executives;
  • costs associated with the planned separation of our Outdoor Products and Sporting Products reportable segments into two independent, publicly traded companies, including restructuring, severance, advisory and legal fees;
  • restructuring costs related to a $50 million cost reduction and earnings improvement program, announced during our fourth fiscal quarter of 2023, which includes severance and asset impairments related to product line reassessments, office closures, and headcount reductions across our brands and corporate teams, and;
  • post-acquisition compensation expense related to the Stone Glacier acquisition.

As noted above, our reported tax expense of $(13,546) results in a tax rate of 23.4 percent and our adjusted tax expense of $(17,333) results in an adjusted tax rate of 23.6 percent.

During the three months ended September 25, 2022, we incurred costs that we believe are not indicative of ongoing operations as follows:

  • inventory step-up costs associated with our acquisitions, which will be expensed over their inventory cycles;
  • non-cash income for the change in the estimated fair value of the contingent consideration payable related to our QuietKat acquisition;
  • transaction costs associated with possible and actual transactions, including advisory and legal fees;
  • costs for prior acquisitions to integrate into the Company such as professional fees and travel;
  • incurred post-acquisition compensation expense in connection with the Stone Glacier acquisition;
  • costs associated with the planned separation of our Outdoor Products and Sporting Products reportable segments into two independent, publicly traded companies, including advisory and legal fees; and
  • we refinanced our 2021 ABL Revolving Credit Facility, and wrote off unamortized debt issuance costs related to such Credit Facility.

As noted above, our reported tax expense of $(24,519) results in a tax rate of 20.8 percent and our adjusted tax expense of $(28,611) results in an adjusted tax rate of 22.9 percent.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Vista Outdoor management believes that free cash flow provides investors with an important indication of the cash generated by our business for debt repayment, share repurchases and acquisitions after making the capital investments required to support ongoing business operations. Vista Outdoor management uses free cash flow to assess overall liquidity. Vista Outdoor’s definition of free cash flow may differ from those used by other companies.

Adjusted free cash flow is defined as free cash flow eliminating the cash impact of the following items that are adjusted in our presentation of adjusted net income: transaction costs, transition costs, planned separation costs, post-acquisition compensation, restructuring, and executive transition costs. Vista Outdoor management believes that adjusted free cash flow enhances investors’ understanding of the liquidity of our ongoing operations. Adjusted free cash flow is also used by Vista Outdoor to assess employees’ performance and determine their annual incentive payments. Vista Outdoor’s definition of adjusted free cash flow may differ from those used by other companies. During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023, we modified our definition of adjusted free cash flow to no longer adjust for applicable tax amounts. Beginning with the second quarter of fiscal year 2024, we modified our presentation of non-GAAP results and no longer exclude from adjusted free cash flow, cash payments related to retention payments in connection with our acquisitions and planned separation. All periods presented have been adjusted for this modification.

   Six months ended  
(in thousands) Three months ended September 24, 2023 September 24, 2023 September 25, 2022 Projected year ending March 31, 2024
Cash provided by operating activities $33,839  $107,540  $193,402  $284,255–335,755
Capital expenditures  (5,809)  (13,425)  (12,957) ~(40,875-42,375)
Free cash flow $28,030  $94,115  $180,445  $243,380-293,380
Transaction costs        8,995  
Transition costs  4,926   6,665   506  6,665
Planned separation costs  4,405   7,034   11,543  7,034
Post acquisition compensation  83   166     166
Restructuring  2,040   4,281     4,281
Executive transition  691   3,474     3,474
Adjusted free cash flow $40,175  $115,735  $201,489  $265,000–315,000
Current FY24 Full-Year Adjusted EPS Guidance Reconciliation    
  Low High
EPS guidance including transition costs, executive transition costs, planned separation costs, restructuring, and post-acquisition compensation $3.37 $3.77
Transition costs  0.07  0.07
Executive transition costs  0.01  0.01
Planned separation costs  0.13  0.13
Restructuring  0.06  0.06
Post-acquisition compensation  0.01  0.01
Adjusted EPS guidance $3.65 $4.05

Organic Sales Reconciliation

Organic sales is a non-GAAP measure of sales excluding the impacts of acquisitions from year-over-year comparisons. Sales are considered inorganic for the twelve months after acquisition. We believe this measure provides investors with a supplemental understanding of underlying sales trends by providing sales on a consistent basis. This measure is used in assessing achievement of management goals for at-risk compensation. Vista Outdoor’s definition of organic sales may differ from those used by other companies.

  Three months ended
(in thousands) September 24, 2023 September 25, 2022
Sporting Products $349,500  $432,489
Outdoor Products  327,308   349,189
Sales, net $676,808  $781,678
Less Sporting Products acquisitions     
Less Outdoor Products acquisitions  (31,263)  
Sporting Products organic sales, net $349,500  $432,489
Outdoor Products organic sales, net  296,045   349,189
Organic sales, net $645,545  $781,678

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before other income/(expense), interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization, excluding the non-recurring and non-cash items referenced above. We calculate “Adjusted EBITDA margins” as Adjusted EBITDA divided by net sales. Vista Outdoor management believes adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin provide investors with an important perspective on the Company’s core profitability and help investors analyze underlying trends in the Company’s business and evaluate its performance on an absolute basis and relative to its peers. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, GAAP net income and GAAP net income margin. Vista Outdoor’s definitions may differ from those used by other companies.

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

  Three months ended September 24, 2023
(in thousands) Sporting Products Outdoor Products Total
Segment operating income (1) $92,348  $12,854  $105,202
Depreciation and amortization  6,458   17,474   23,932
Segment adjusted EBITDA $98,806  $30,328  $129,134
Segment adjusted EBITDA margin  28.3%  9.3%  
       
  Three months ended September 25, 2022
(in thousands) Sporting Products Outdoor Products Total
Segment operating income (1) $133,552  $29,730  $163,282
Depreciation and amortization  6,398   15,543   21,941
Segment adjusted EBITDA $139,950  $45,273  $185,223
Segment adjusted EBITDA margin  32.4%  13.0%  
       
(1) We do not calculate GAAP net income at the segment level, but have provided segment operating income as a relevant measurement of profitability. Segment operating income does not include interest expense and taxes as well as other non-cash and non-recurring items. Segment operating income is reconciled to our consolidated net income in the segment income to consolidated net income reconciliation table included in this press release.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

  Three months ended
(in thousands) September 24, 2023 September 25, 2022
Net Income $44,422  $93,455 
Other expense, net  1,174   (741)
Interest expense, net  16,643   13,934 
Income tax provision  13,546   24,519 
Depreciation and amortization  24,879   22,984 
Inventory step-up     3,036 
Transaction costs     5,779 
Transition costs  3,554   261 
Restructuring  3,936    
Executive transition costs  433    
Contingent consideration     (11,313)
Planned separation costs  7,375   7,420 
Post-acquisition compensation  160   1,139 
Adjusted EBITDA $116,122  $160,473 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin  17.2%  20.5%

Segment Income to Consolidated Net Income Reconciliation

  Three months ended
(in thousands) September 24, 2023 September 25, 2022
Segment income $105,202  $163,282 
Corporate costs and expenses (1)  (29,417)  (32,115)
Operating income $75,785  $131,167 
Other expense, net  (1,174)  741 
Interest expense, net  (16,643)  (13,934)
Income tax provision  (13,546)  (24,519)
Net Income $44,422  $93,455 
     
(1) Includes corporate overhead and certain non-recurring items as described in the schedules to this press release

Net Debt and Net Debt Leverage Ratio

Net debt is defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents. Net debt leverage ratio is defined as net debt as of the balance sheet date divided by adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months then ended. We believe that using net debt is useful to investors in determining our leverage ratio since we could choose to use cash and cash equivalents to retire debt. Vista Outdoor’s definitions may differ from those used by other companies.

Net Debt and Net Debt Leverage Ratio Reconciliation

(in thousands) As of September 24, 2023
Total Debt Outstanding $945,000 
Less: Cash  (39,954)
Net Debt $905,046 
(in thousands) Twelve months ended September 24, 2023
Net Income $(126,666)
Other expense, net  332 
Interest expense, net  71,934 
Income tax provision  26,634 
Depreciation and amortization  99,595 
Transition costs  9,462 
Executive transition costs  6,722 
Post-acquisition compensation  (4,041)
Planned separation costs  25,003 
Restructuring  17,881 
Inventory step-up  6,492 
Transaction costs  240 
Intangibles impairment  374,355 
Contingent consideration  (16,082)
Adjusted EBITDA $491,861 
Net debt leverage ratio  1.8 

About Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. Brands include Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fox Racing, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, Simms Fishing, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition, Remington Ammunition and more. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. For news and information, visit our website at www.VistaOutdoor.com.

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Numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations described in such forward-looking statements, including the following: risks related to the Transaction, including (i) the failure to receive, on a timely basis or otherwise, the required approval of the Transaction by Vista Outdoor’s stockholders, (ii) the possibility that any or all of the various conditions to the consummation of the Transaction may not be satisfied or waived, including the failure to receive any required regulatory approvals from any applicable governmental entities (or any conditions, limitations or restrictions placed on such approvals), (iii) the possibility that competing offers or acquisition proposals may be made, (iv) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement relating to the Transaction, including in circumstances which would require Vista Outdoor to pay a termination fee, (v) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the Transaction on Vista Outdoor’s ability to attract, motivate or retain key executives and employees, its ability to maintain relationships with its customers, vendors, service providers and others with whom it does business, or its operating results and business generally, (vi) risks related to the Transaction diverting management’s attention from Vista Outdoor’s ongoing business operations and (vii) that the Transaction may not achieve some or all of any anticipated benefits with respect to either business segment and that the Transaction may not be completed in accordance with our expected plans or anticipated timelines, or at all; impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on Vista Outdoor’s operations, the operations of our customers and suppliers and general economic conditions; supplier capacity constraints, production or shipping disruptions or quality or price issues affecting our operating costs; the supply, availability and costs of raw materials and components; increases in commodity, energy, and production costs; seasonality and weather conditions; our ability to complete acquisitions, realize expected benefits from acquisitions and integrate acquired businesses; reductions in or unexpected changes in or our inability to accurately forecast demand for ammunition, accessories, or other outdoor sports and recreation products; disruption in the service or significant increase in the cost of our primary delivery and shipping services for our products and components or a significant disruption at shipping ports; risks associated with diversification into new international and commercial markets, including regulatory compliance; our ability to take advantage of growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; our ability to obtain and maintain licenses to third-party technology; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; disruptions caused by catastrophic events; risks associated with our sales to significant retail customers, including unexpected cancellations, delays, and other changes to purchase orders; our competitive environment; our ability to adapt our products to changes in technology, the marketplace and customer preferences, including our ability to respond to shifting preferences of the end consumer from brick and mortar retail to online retail; our ability to maintain and enhance brand recognition and reputation; others’ use of social media to disseminate negative commentary about us, our products, and boycotts; the outcome of contingencies, including with respect to litigation and other proceedings relating to intellectual property, product liability, warranty liability, personal injury, and environmental remediation; our ability to comply with extensive federal, state and international laws, rules and regulations; changes in laws, rules and regulations relating to our business, such as federal and state ammunition regulations; risks associated with cybersecurity and other industrial and physical security threats; interest rate risk; changes in the current tariff structures; changes in tax rules or pronouncements; capital market volatility and the availability of financing; foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; general economic and business conditions in the United States and our markets outside the United States, including as a result of the war in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions on Russia, the COVID-19 pandemic, conditions affecting employment levels, consumer confidence and spending, conditions in the retail environment, and other economic conditions affecting demand for our products and the financial health of our customers. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements we make. A more detailed description of risk factors that may affect our operating results can be found in Part 1, Item 1A, Risk Factors, of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2023 and in the filings we make with the SEC from time to time. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law.

VISTA OUTDOOR INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(preliminary and unaudited)
 
  Three months ended Six months ended
(Amounts in thousands except per share data) September 24, 2023 September 25, 2022 September 24, 2023 September 25, 2022
Sales, net $676,808  $781,678  $1,370,141  $1,584,290 
Cost of sales  467,938   518,804   934,514   1,027,946 
Gross profit  208,870   262,874   435,627   556,344 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  12,203   11,154   24,283   19,051 
Selling, general, and administrative  120,882   120,553   243,373   233,701 
Operating income  75,785   131,167   167,971   303,592 
Other (expense) income, net  (1,174)  741   (1,715)  741 
Interest expense, net  (16,643)  (13,934)  (32,861)  (20,244)
Income before income taxes  57,968   117,974   133,395   284,089 
Income tax provision  (13,546)  (24,519)  (30,873)  (64,619)
Net income $44,422  $93,455  $102,522  $219,470 
Earnings per common share:        
Basic $0.77  $1.65  $1.78  $3.88 
Diluted $0.76  $1.62  $1.75  $3.78 
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:        
Basic  58,041   56,553   57,757   56,520 
Diluted  58,299   57,814   58,426   58,098 
VISTA OUTDOOR INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(preliminary and unaudited)
 
(Amounts in thousands except share data) September 24, 2023 March 31, 2023
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $39,954  $86,208 
Net receivables  397,038   339,373 
Net inventories  689,989   709,897 
Income tax receivable  13,084    
Other current assets  47,824   60,636 
Total current assets  1,187,889   1,196,114 
Net property, plant, and equipment  213,978   228,247 
Operating lease assets  98,709   106,828 
Goodwill  465,709   465,709 
Net intangible assets  707,857   733,176 
Deferred charges and other non-current assets, net  72,657   68,808 
Total assets $2,746,799  $2,798,882 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Current portion of long-term debt $150,000  $65,000 
Accounts payable  128,951   136,556 
Accrued compensation  51,726   60,719 
Accrued income taxes     6,676 
Federal excise, use, and other taxes  33,509   38,543 
Other current liabilities  153,265   146,377 
Total current liabilities  517,451   453,871 
Long-term debt  787,538   984,658 
Deferred income tax liabilities  42,771   40,749 
Long-term operating lease liabilities  97,651   103,313 
Accrued pension and postemployment benefits  24,323   25,114 
Other long-term liabilities  51,321   59,384 
Total liabilities  1,521,055   1,667,089 
     
Common stock — $.01 par value:    
Authorized — 500,000,000 shares    
Issued and outstanding — 58,062,364 shares as of September 24, 2023 and 57,085,756 shares as of March 31, 2023  579   570 
Additional paid-in capital  1,653,407   1,711,155 
Accumulated deficit  (128,006)  (230,528)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (76,035)  (80,802)
Common stock in treasury, at cost — 5,902,075 shares held as of September 24, 2023 and 6,878,683 shares held as of March 31, 2023  (224,201)  (268,602)
Total stockholders’ equity  1,225,744   1,131,793 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $2,746,799  $2,798,882 
VISTA OUTDOOR INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(preliminary and unaudited)
 
  Six months ended
(Amounts in thousands) September 24, 2023 September 25, 2022
Operating Activities:    
Net income $102,522  $219,470 
Adjustments to net income to arrive at cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation  24,470   23,317 
Amortization of intangible assets  25,336   18,983 
Amortization of deferred financing costs  4,154   2,518 
Impairment of long-lived assets  2,802    
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (11,425)
Deferred income taxes  514   (124)
Gain on foreign exchange  (240)  (741)
Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment  69   551 
Share-based compensation  2,680   14,756 
Changes in assets and liabilities:    
Net receivables  (57,128)  (25,601)
Net inventories  13,541   (36,042)
Accounts payable  (5,104)  10,092 
Accrued compensation  (8,859)  (26,233)
Accrued income taxes  (17,125)  4,313 
Federal excise, use, and other taxes  (5,027)  (1,261)
Pension and other postretirement benefits  685   944 
Other assets and liabilities  24,250   (115)
Cash provided by operating activities  107,540   193,402 
Investing Activities:    
Capital expenditures  (13,425)  (12,957)
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash received     (761,170)
Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment  137   43 
Cash used for investing activities  (13,288)  (774,084)
Financing Activities:    
Proceeds from credit facility  102,000   465,000 
Repayments of credit facility  (162,000)  (165,000)
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     350,000 
Debt issuance costs  (60)  (15,905)
Payments on long-term debt  (55,000)   
Payments made for contingent consideration  (8,585)   
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  39   181 
Payment of employee taxes related to vested stock awards  (16,200)  (8,889)
Cash (used) provided by financing activities  (139,806)  625,387 
Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash  (700)  (1,224)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (46,254)  43,481 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  86,208   22,584 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $39,954  $66,065 

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