Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS) today reported its unaudited operating results for the three-month transition period ended March 31, 2021. As previously disclosed, the Company changed its fiscal year from the twelve months beginning January 1 and ending December 31 to the twelve months beginning April 1 and ending March 31 in order to include the primary fitness season for exercise equipment, October to March, in the same fiscal year. In addition, the new fiscal year-end is better aligned with the fiscal year- end of the Company's retail partners. As a result throughout this press release, the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 is referred to as the "Transition Period."
Transition Period Highlights Compared to the Same Period Last Year (3-months ending 3/31/2020)
- Net sales were $206.1 million, up 119.9% compared to $93.7 million for the same period last year and up 143.3%, excluding sales related to the Octane brand, which was sold in October 2020. Sales growth was driven primarily by continued demand for connected fitness bikes and treadmills, like the Bowflex VeloCore® bike and T22 Treadmill, and robust sales of SelectTech® weights. Strong execution across the organization coupled with supply chain improvements that began last year drove record results.
- Gross profit was $79.1 million, up 122.2% compared to $35.6 million for the same period last year. Gross margin rates expanded by 40 basis points to 38.4% this year compared to 38.0% for the same period last year. Improved fixed costs leverage in the Retail segment offset margin pressures from inflationary price increases in commodities, FX, and continued elevated transportation costs driven by global logistics disruptions.
- Operating expenses increased by $3.2 million, or 8.9%, to $39.4 million primarily due to increased general and administrative costs.
- Operating income was $39.7 million, a $40.3 million improvement compared to a loss $0.6 million for the same period last year.
- EBITDA was $40.4 million compared to $2.3 million for the same period last year driven higher due to increased operating income.
- Income from continuing operations improved to $30.6 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, compared to $2.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the same period last year.
- Net income was $30.4 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $2.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period last year.
- The effective tax rate for the Transition Period was 19.9%.
“Our team delivered its second consecutive quarter of record-breaking results and posted the highest quarterly revenue in our Company’s 35-year history. Net revenue of $206 million exceeded the high end of guidance, growing 120% versus last year, or 143% excluding the divested Octane business. Growth was strong across both segments with Direct crossing $100 million for the first time and Retail delivering quarterly revenue second only to last quarter’s sales. In addition, our international business experienced 340% growth excluding Octane and we generated $39.7 million of operating income in the quarter,” said Jim Barr, Nautilus Inc. Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Barr continued, “As we enter this new fiscal year, our entire organization is focused on advancing North Star, our recently unveiled digital transformation plan. We are investing in increased marketing, expanded supply chain capabilities, and in continuing enhancements to our JRNY® platform to meet our goal of 250,000 members by the end of fiscal year 2022. These investments combined with our new embedded digital offerings, deep innovation pipeline, and a strong balance sheet position us well to execute on our North Star strategy and deliver sustainable long-term growth and profitability.”
Transition Period Segment Results Compared to First Calendar Quarter of 2020
- Direct delivered its best quarterly sales in segment history. Net sales were $101.5 million, up 115.4% compared to the same period last year.
- Strength product sales grew 178.6%, led by the popular SelectTech® weights and Bowflex® Home Gyms. Cardio sales increased 95.5%, driven by connected-fitness bikes and treadmills. The latest addition to the Max Trainer® line, the M9, also contributed to the growth in the segment.
- Gross margin rate declined by 120 basis points to 50.3%, primarily driven by higher landed costs due to inflationary increases in commodity prices, FX, and elevated transportation costs.
- Segment contribution income was $27.8 million or 27%, compared to $1.8 million or 4% for the same period last year. The $26.0 million improvement was primarily driven by higher gross profit and decreased media spend. Advertising expenses were $10.1 million compared to $13.2 million last year.
- Retail segment sales of $103.4 million were the second-best quarterly sales in segment history, second only to last quarter's $106.3 million.
- Net sales were up 126.8% from the same period last year, or 182.6% excluding sales related to the Octane brand. Retail segment sales outside the United States and Canada grew 200% or 340% excluding Octane.
- Strength product sales grew by 243.5%, led by the Bowflex® Home Gyms and popular SelectTech® weights and benches. Cardio sales increased by 96.2%, driven by bikes, particularly the Schwinn® IC3, IC4 and C7 connected-fitness bikes, and treadmills.
- Gross margin rate expanded by 340 basis points to 26.0%, primarily driven by favorable customer mix and fixed costs leverage which more than offset higher product landed costs.
- Segment contribution income was $20.3 million or 20%, compared to $2.4 million or 5% for the same period last year, primarily driven by higher gross profit.
Balance Sheet and Other Key Highlights as of March 31, 2021
The Company’s liquidity position continues to improve as detailed below:
- Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and available-for-sale securities were $113.2 million, an increase of $86.8 million, compared to cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $26.5 million as of March 31, 2020.
- Debt was $13.6 million compared to $28.4 million as of March 31, 2020.
- $54.4 million was available for borrowing under the Wells Fargo Asset Based Lending Revolving Facility as of March 31, 2021.
- Account receivables were $88.7 million, compared to $34.3 million as of March 31, 2020. The increase in accounts receivable was primarily due to the timing of customer payments on increased sales.
- Inventory was $68.1 million, compared to $34.9 million as of March 31, 2020. The increase in inventory was primarily due to the surge in demand for home-fitness products which depleted inventory to an uncharacteristically low level for the season last year.
- Trade payables were $98.9 million, compared to $34.2 million as of March 31, 2020. The increase in trade payables was primarily due to timing of payments for inventory.
- Capital expenditures totaled $2.7 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
Forward Looking Guidance
First Quarter Fiscal 2022
- Net sales are expected to grow between 40% and 50% versus prior year or between 51% and 62% when excluding Octane Fitness which was sold in calendar year 2020.
- Gross margins in the upcoming quarter will continue to be pressured by higher commodity prices, FX, and continued disruptions in global logistics. Additionally, extremely elevated prices for microchips given global scarcity and incremental investments in JRNY® and Supply Chain will further pressure gross margins in the near-term.
- The Company plans to return to normalized levels of media spend, moving to about 7% of sales vs 2% of sales last year.
- As a result, operating margins are expected to be between 6.5% and 8%.
Full Year Fiscal 2022
- Full year capital expenditures are expected to be between $12 million and $14 million with the majority earmarked for JRNY® investments.
- The Company is reiterating that JRNY® members are expected to be 250,000 by the end of FY22.
Update on Full-Year 2026 Financial Targets
Following the introduction of the Company’s North Star strategy at its recent Investor Day, the Company is providing the following updates to the Financial Targets presented.
The Company is reiterating its target of approximately $1 billion in total revenue by fiscal year 2026, which would represent a 5-year CAGR of 10%.
The Company is also providing an update to its expectations for the long-term trajectory of operating margins.
By Fiscal Year 2026
- Operating margins are expected to be well above the previously disclosed minimum of 10% and closer to 15%.
- Operating margins for the existing equipment business are expected to have downward pressure given the return to normalized advertising spend and incremental costs related to a higher mix of products with embedded screens, partially offset by improvements in the cost structure.
- The rapidly growing digital subscription business, JRNY®, is expected to have operating margins in the range of 20%-25% and JRNY® margins are expected to continue increasing as membership counts rise and fixed costs are leveraged beyond 2026, thereby contributing to the expansion of overall operating margins.
- The Company continues to expect the digital subscription business to represent approximately 20% of total company revenue and is targeting to have 2 million members by the year 2026.
Mr. Barr added, "Our recently unveiled long-term financial targets demonstrate the tremendous opportunity ahead for our business. In addition to targeting outsized revenue and digital subscription growth, there is a clear path forward to sustainable margin expansion. We previously said that we expect a floor of operating margins of at least 10% by fiscal year end 2026. To further illustrate the upside of the transformation and increasing contribution of our rapidly growing JRNY® business, we have updated our margin targets to be closer to 15% with the expectation of further accretion beyond 2026. We are building a new operating model with a more balanced portfolio of products and services that will ultimately yield higher quality recurring revenue and long-term profit growth."
Nautilus will discuss our Transition Period operating results during a live conference call and webcast on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling (877) 425-9470 in North America. International callers may dial (201) 389-0878. Please note that there will be presentation slides accompanying the earnings call. The slides will be displayed live on the webcast and will be available to download via the webcast player or at http://www.nautilusinc.com/events. The webcast will be archived online within two hours after completion of the call and will be available for six months. Participants from the Company will include Jim Barr, Chief Executive Officer and Aina Konold, Chief Financial Officer.
A telephonic playback will be available from 4:30 p.m. PT, May 10, 2021 through 8:59 p.m. PT, May 24, 2021. Participants can dial (844) 512-2921 in North America and international participants can dial (412) 317-6671 to hear the playback. The passcode for the playback is 13718946.
About Nautilus, Inc.
Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS) is a global technology driven fitness solutions company that believes everyone deserves a fit and healthy life. With a brand portfolio including Bowflex®, Schwinn®, JRNY® and Nautilus®. Nautilus, Inc. is committed to build a healthier world, one person at a time. Nautilus, Inc. uses the investor relations page of its website (www.nautilusinc.com/investors) to make information available to its investors and the market.
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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS INFORMATION
The following summary contains information from our consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts):
Three Months Ended
Cost of sales
Selling and marketing
General and administrative
Research and development
Total operating expenses
Operating income (loss)
Other expense, net
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
Income tax expense (benefit)
Income from continuing operations
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
Basic income per share from continuing operations
Basic loss per share from discontinued operations
Basic net income per share(1)
Diluted income per share from continuing operations
Diluted loss per share from discontinued operations
Diluted net income per share(1)
Shares used in per share calculations:
(1) May not add due to rounding.
The following tables present certain comparative information by segment and major product lines within each business segment for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited and in thousands):
Three Months Ended
|Direct net sales:|
|Retail net sales:|
|Consolidated net sales|
|Consolidated gross profit|
(120) basis points
340 basis points
|Reconciliation of consolidated contribution to income from continuing operations:|
|Amounts not directly related to segments:|
|Other expense, net|
|Income tax (expense) benefit|
|Income from continuing operations|
(1) Cardio products include: connected-fitness bikes, the Bowflex® C6, Bowflex® VeloCore®, Schwinn® IC4, Max Trainer®, connected-fitness treadmills, other exercise bikes, ellipticals and subscription services.
(2) Strength products include: Bowflex® Home Gyms, Bowflex® SelectTech® dumbbells, kettlebell and barbell weights, and accessories.
BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION
The following summary contains information from our consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2021, December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020 (unaudited and in thousands):
Cash and cash equivalents
Trade receivables, net of allowances of $1,177, $337 and $415
Prepaids and other current assets
Income taxes receivable
Total current assets
Property, plant and equipment, net
Operating lease right-of-use assets
Other intangible assets, net
Deferred income tax assets, non-current
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Operating lease liabilities, current portion
Warranty obligations, current portion
Income taxes payable, current portion
Debt payable, current portion, net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $83, $83 and $70
Total current liabilities
Operating lease liabilities, non-current
Warranty obligations, non-current
Income taxes payable, non-current
Deferred income tax liabilities, non-current
Other non-current liabilities
Debt payable, non-current, net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $236, $256 and $270
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity|
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
In addition to disclosing its financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, Nautilus has presented in this release certain non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude the impact of certain items (as further described below) and provide supplemental information regarding operating performance. Nautilus presents non-GAAP financial measures as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP, and the non-GAAP financial measures should not be regarded as a substitute for GAAP. By disclosing these non-GAAP financial measures, management intends to provide investors with a supplemental comparison of operating results and trends for the periods presented. Management believes these measures are also useful to investors as such measures allow investors to evaluate performance using the same metrics that management uses to evaluate past performance and prospects for future performance. Nautilus strongly encourages you to review all its financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure.
EBITDA from Continuing Operations
Nautilus defines EBITDA from continuing operations as its income from continuing operations, adjusted to exclude interest expense (income), income tax expense (benefit) of continuing operations, and depreciation and amortization expense. Nautilus uses EBITDA from continuing operations in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes such as budgeting and establishing operational goals. Nautilus believes that EBITDA from continuing operations helps identify underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the items that are excluded from EBITDA from continuing operations and enhances the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects. Management believes that EBITDA is frequently used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies, many of which present EBITDA when reporting their results. Other companies may calculate EBITDA differently, and it may not be comparable.
The following table presents a reconciliation of income from continuing operations, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited and in thousands):
Three Months Ended
Income from continuing operations
Interest expense, net
Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations
Depreciation and amortization
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations