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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 10-Q

 

x Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 OR 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarter ended July 14, 2012 or

 

¨ Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from _____ to _____

 

Commission File Number 0-6966

 

ESCALADE, INCORPORATED

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Indiana

(State of incorporation)

13-2739290

(I.R.S. EIN)

 

817 Maxwell Ave, Evansville, Indiana

(Address of principal executive office)

47711

(Zip Code)

 

812-467-4449

(Registrant's Telephone Number)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes x No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes x No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “accelerated filer”, “large accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨   Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer ¨
(do not check if a smaller
reporting company)
  Smaller reporting company x

 

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12 b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes ¨ No x

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

 

Class Outstanding at August 3, 2012
Common, no par value 13,373,594

 

 
 

 

INDEX

  

    Page
No.
     
Part I. Financial Information:  
     
Item 1 - Financial Statements:  
     
  Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets as of July 14, 2012, December 31, 2011, and  July 09, 2011 3
     
  Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations for the Three Months and Six Months Ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 4
     
  Consolidated Condensed Statements of ComprehensiveIncome (Loss) for the Three Months and Six Months Ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 4
     
  Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 5
     
  Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements 6
     
Item 2 - Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 12
     
Item 3 - Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 15
     
Item 4 - Controls and Procedures 15
     
Part II. Other Information  
     
Item 2 - Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 16
     
Item 5 - Other Information 17
     
Item 6 - Exhibits 18
     
  Signatures 18

 

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PART I.FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

ESCALADE, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(All amounts in thousands, except share information)

 

   July 14,
2012
   December 31,
 2011
   July 09,
2011
 
   (Unaudited)   (Audited)   (Unaudited) 
ASSETS               
Current Assets:               
Cash and cash equivalents  $1,615   $3,821   $2,224 
Time deposits   1,200    950    1,000 
Receivables, less allowance of $822; $938; and $940; respectively   24,367    26,914    22,610 
Inventories   35,074    29,035    32,727 
Prepaid expenses   1,177    1,102    1,863 
Deferred income tax benefit   1,556    1,478    1,309 
Income tax receivable       846     
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   64,989    64,146    61,733 
                
Property, plant and equipment, net   12,045    11,915    19,593 
Intangible assets   12,751    14,064    15,054 
Goodwill   24,806    25,285    26,163 
Investments   14,098    14,397    12,732 
Other assets   77    308     
   $128,766   $130,115   $135,275 
                
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY               
Current Liabilities:               
Notes payable  $12,671   $14,947   $13,825 
Current portion of long-term debt   2,000    2,000    2,000 
Trade accounts payable   4,533    3,293    4,773 
Accrued liabilities   12,975    14,410    13,179 
Income tax payable   1,926        955 
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES   34,105    34,650    34,732 
                
Other Liabilities:               
Long-term debt   4,000    5,000    6,000 
Deferred income tax liability   2,876    2,900    2,155 
TOTAL LIABILITIES   40,981    42,550    42,887 
                
Stockholders' Equity:               
Preferred stock:               
Authorized 1,000,000 shares; no par value, none issued               
Common stock:               
Authorized 30,000,000 shares; no par value, issued and outstanding – 13,364,999; 12,883,948; and 12,855,936; shares respectively   13,365    12,884    12,856 
Retained earnings   72,331    71,348    73,385 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   2,089    3,333    6,147 
    87,785    87,565    92,388 
   $128,766   $130,115   $135,275 

 

See notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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ESCALADE, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(All amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
 
                 
Net sales  $42,029   $40,850   $72,594   $68,848 
                     
Costs, expenses and other income:                    
Cost of products sold   29,685    28,043    49,694    45,916 
Selling, general and administrative expenses   8,966    9,598    16,263    17,339 
Amortization   689    492    1,206    809 
Operating income   2,689    2,717    5,431    4,784 
                     
Interest expense, net   (192)   (228)   (346)   (412)
Other income   240    513    412    635 
Income before income taxes   2,737    3,002    5,497    5,007 
                     
Provision for income taxes   1,650    1,517    2,834    2,319 
                     
Net income  $1,087   $1,485   $2,663   $2,688 
                     
Per share data:                    
Basic earnings per share  $0.08   $0.12   $0.20   $0.21 
                     
Diluted earnings per share  $0.08   $0.11   $0.20   $0.20 
                     
Dividends declared  $0.15   .—   $0.15      .— 

 

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(LOSS) (UNAUDITED)

 

   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   July 14,   July 09,   July 14,   July 09, 
   2012   2011   2012   2011 
                 
Net income  $1,087   $1,485   $2,663   $2,688 
                     
Foreign currency translation adjustment   (1,824)   333    (1,239)   2,226 
                     
Comprehensive income (loss)  $(737)  $1,818   $1,424   $4,914 

 

See notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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ESCALADE, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(All amounts in thousands)

 

   Six Months Ended 
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
 
         
Operating Activities:          
Net income  $2,663   $2,688 
Depreciation and amortization   2,305    2,344 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment       39 
Stock-based compensation   306    218 
Adjustments necessary to reconcile net income to net cash used by operating activities   (116)   (5,114)
Net cash provided by operating activities   5,158    175 
           
Investing Activities:          
Purchase of property and equipment   (1,461)   (984)
Purchase of short-term time deposits   (250)    
Proceeds from disposal of short-term time deposits       250 
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   4     
Net cash used by investing activities   (1,707)   (734)
           
Financing Activities:          
Dividends paid   (2,893)    
Net increase (decrease) in notes payable   (2,050)   2,294 
Net increase (decrease) in overdraft facility   (226)   478 
Principal payment on long-term debt   (1,000)   (1,500)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   395    87 
Director stock compensation   100    138 
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities   (5,674)   1,497 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   17    (250)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (2,206)   688 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   3,821    1,536 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $1,615   $2,224 

 

See notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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ESCALADE, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

 

Note A – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Presentation of Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements – The significant accounting policies followed by the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries for interim financial reporting are consistent with the accounting policies followed for annual financial reporting. All adjustments that are of a normal recurring nature and are in the opinion of management necessary for a fair statement of the results for the periods reported have been included in the accompanying consolidated condensed financial statements. The consolidated condensed balance sheet of the Company as of December 31, 2011 has been derived from the audited consolidated balance sheet of the Company as of that date. Certain information and note disclosures normally included in the Company’s annual financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted. These consolidated condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Form 10-K annual report for 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Note B - Reclassifications

 

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior year financial statements to conform to the current year financial statement presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on net earnings.

 

Note C - Seasonal Aspects

 

The results of operations for the three and six month periods ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year.

 

Note D - Inventories

 

In thousands  July 14,
2012
   December 31,
2011
   July 09,
2011
 
             
Raw materials  $8,911   $7,865   $9,465 
Work in progress   4,230    3,751    3,940 
Finished goods   21,933    17,419    19,322 
   $35,074   $29,035   $32,727 

 

Note E – Equity Interest Investments

 

The Company has a 50% interest in a joint venture, Stiga Sports AB (Stiga). The joint venture is accounted for under the equity method of accounting. Stiga, located in Sweden, is a global sporting goods company producing table tennis equipment and game products. Financial information for Stiga reflected in the table below has been translated from local currency to U.S. dollars using exchange rates in effect at the respective period-end for balance sheet amounts, and using average exchange rates for statement of operations amounts. Certain differences exist between U.S. GAAP and local GAAP in Sweden, and the impact of these differences is not reflected in the summarized information reflected in the table below. The most significant difference relates to the accounting for goodwill for Stiga which is amortized over eight years in Sweden but is not amortized for U.S. GAAP reporting purposes. The effect on Stiga’s net assets resulting from the amortization of goodwill for the periods ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 are addbacks to Stiga’s consolidated financial information of $9.8 million and $9.1 million, respectively. These net differences are comprised of cumulative goodwill adjustments of $13.7 million offset by the related cumulative tax effect of $3.9 million as of July 14, 2012 and cumulative goodwill adjustments of $12.7 million offset by the related cumulative tax effect of $3.6 million as of July 09, 2011. The statement of operations impact of these goodwill and tax adjustments and other individually insignificant U.S. GAAP adjustments for the periods ended July 14, 2012, and July 09, 2011 are to increase Stiga’s net income by approximately $1.2 million and $1.1 million, respectively. The Company’s 50% portion of net income for Stiga for the periods ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 was $0.5 million and $0.5 million, respectively, and is included in other income on the Company’s statements of operations.

 

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In addition, Escalade has a 50% interest in two joint ventures, Escalade International, Ltd. in the United Kingdom, and Neoteric Industries Inc. in Taiwan. Escalade International Ltd. is a sporting goods wholesaler, specializing in fitness equipment. The Company’s 50% portion of net income (loss) for Escalade International for the periods ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 was ($87,634) and $67,306 respectively, and is included in other income on the Company’s statements of operations. The income and assets of Neoteric have no impact on the Company’s financial reporting. Additional information regarding these entities is considered immaterial and has not been included in the totals listed below.

 

Summarized financial information for Stiga Sports AB balance sheets as of July 14, 2012, December 31, 2011, and July 09, 2011 and statements of operations for the periods ended July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011 is as follows:

 

In thousands  July 14,
2012
   December 31,
2011
   July 09,
2011
 
                
Current assets  $17,926   $23,451   $15,728 
Non-current assets   8,076    9,460    11,393 
Total assets   26,002    32,911    27,121 
                
Current liabilities   5,580    10,033    5,965 
Non-current liabilities   5,266    6,334    8,613 
Total liabilities   10,846    16,367    14,578 
                
Net assets  $15,156   $16,544   $12,543 

 

   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
 
                 
Net sales  $8,628   $9,147   $12,775   $13,618 
Gross profit   4,245    5,314    6,412    7,574 
Net income (loss)   (123)   239    (220)   45 

 

Note F – Notes Payable

 

On May 4, 2012, the Company entered into the Eighth Amendment to its Credit Agreement with its issuing bank, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Chase). The Eighth Amendment amends the Credit Agreement originally dated as of April 30, 2009. The Credit Agreement, as amended, makes available to the Company a senior revolving credit facility in the maximum principal amount of up to $22 million with a maturity date of July 31, 2013 and a term loan in the principal amount of $8.5 million with a maturity date of May 31, 2015. The term loan agreement requires the Company to make repayment of the principal balance in equal installments of $0.5 million per quarter beginning in September 2010. A portion of the credit facility not in excess of $5 million is available for the issuance of commercial or standby letters of credit to be issued by Chase. The Credit Agreement Amendment also provides a Euro 2.0 million (approximately $2.4 million) overdraft facility.

 

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The Eighth Amendment modified the loan covenants relating to Capital Expenditures, stock repurchases, and issuance of common stock. Escalade now may incur Capital Expenditures of up to $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2012, and up to $4,000,000 for fiscal year 2013; repurchase shares of Escalade common stock for an aggregate amount of up to $1,000,000; and issue up to 2,500,000 shares of its common stock pursuant to the Escalade 2007 Incentive Plan, as amended at Escalade’s 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to increase the total number of shares available for grant thereunder from 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 shares.

 

Note G – Income Taxes

 

The provision for income taxes was computed based on financial statement income. In accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 740, the Company has recorded the following changes in uncertain tax positions:

 

   Six Months Ended 
In thousands  July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
 
Beginning Balance  $46   $220 
Additions for current year tax positions        
Additions for prior year tax positions        
Settlements        
Reductions settlements        
Reductions for prior year tax positions        
Ending Balance  $46   $220 

 

Note H – Fair Values of Financial Instruments

 

The following methods were used to estimate the fair value of all financial instruments recognized in the accompanying balance sheets at amounts other than fair values.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Time Deposits

 

Fair values of cash and cash equivalents and time deposits approximate cost due to the short period of time to maturity.

 

Notes Payable and Long-term Debt

 

Fair values of notes payable and long-term debt is estimated based on borrowing rates currently available to the Company for bank loans with similar terms and maturities and determined through the use of a discounted cash flow model.

 

The following table presents estimated fair values of the Company’s financial instruments and the level within the fair value hierarchy in which the fair value measurements fall in accordance with FASB ASC 825 at July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011.

 

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       Fair Value Measurements Using 
July 14, 2012
In thousands
  Carrying
Amount
   Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets for
Identical
Assets
(Level 1)
   Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
   Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Financial assets                    
Cash and cash equivalents  $1,615   $1,615   $   $ 
Time deposits  $1,200   $1,200   $   $ 
                     
Financial liabilities                    
Note payable and Short-term debt  $12,671   $   $12,671   $ 
Current portion of Long-term debt  $2,000   $   $2,000   $ 
Long-term debt  $4,000   $   $4,000   $ 

 

       Fair Value Measurements Using 
July 09, 2011
In thousands
  Carrying
Amount
   Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets for
Identical
Assets
(Level 1)
   Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
   Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Financial assets                    
Cash and cash equivalents  $2,224   $2,224   $   $ 
Time deposits  $1,000   $1,000   $   $ 
                     
Financial liabilities                    
Note payable and Short-term debt  $13,825   $   $13,825   $ 
Current portion of Long-term debt  $2,000   $   $2,000   $ 
Long-term debt  $6,000   $   $6,000   $ 

 

The outstanding balance of the euro overdraft facility is included in Notes payable and Short-term debt. For the periods ended July 14, 2012, December 31, 2011, and July 09, 2011, the balance of the euro overdraft facility was $2.0 million, $2.2 million, and $2.1 million, respectively.

 

Note I – Stock Compensation

 

The fair value of stock-based compensation is recognized in accordance with the provisions of FASB ASC 718, Stock Compensation.

 

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During the six months ended July 14, 2012 and pursuant to the 2007 Incentive Plan, in lieu of director fees, the Company awarded to certain directors 26,091 shares of common stock. In addition, the Company awarded 37,500 stock options to directors and 200,000 stock options to employees. The stock options awarded to directors vest at the end of one year and have an exercise price equal to the market price on the date of grant. Director stock options are subject to forfeiture, except for termination of services as a result of retirement, death or disability, if on the vesting date the director no longer holds a position with the Company. The 2012 stock options awarded to employees have a graded vesting of 25% per year over four years and are subject to forfeiture if on the vesting date the employee is no longer employed. The 2012 employee awards were conditioned upon stockholder approval of an amendment to the Escalade, Incorporated 2007 Incentive Plan and bank approval. The Plan amendment was voted upon and approved at the April 2012 Shareholder Meeting, and bank approval was obtained as part of the Eighth Amendment to the Credit Agreement. The Company utilizes the Black-Scholes option pricing model to determine the fair value of stock options granted.

 

For the three months and six months ended July 14, 2012, the Company recognized stock based compensation expense of $235 thousand and $406 thousand, respectively, compared to stock based compensation expense of $137 thousand and $356 thousand for the same periods last year. At July 14, 2012 and July 09, 2011, respectively, there was $1.3 million and $1.2 million in unrecognized stock-based compensation expense related to non-vested stock awards.

 

Note J - Segment Information

 

   As of and for the Three Months 
Ended July 14, 2012
 
In thousands  Sporting
Goods
   Information
Security
and Print
Finishing
   Corp.   Total 
                 
Revenues from external customers  $31,432   $10,597   $   $42,029 
Operating income (loss)   4,189    (656)   (844)   2,689 
Net income (loss)   2,479    (1,046)   (346)   1,087 

 

   As of and for the Six Months 
Ended July 14, 2012
 
In thousands  Sporting
Goods
   Information
Security
and Print
Finishing
   Corp.   Total 
                 
Revenues from external customers  $53,646   $18,948   $   $72,594 
Operating income (loss)   7,448    (507)   (1,510)   5,431 
Net income (loss)   4,422    (1,108)   (651)   2,663 
Total assets  $72,837   $39,099   $16,830   $128,766 

 

   As of and for the Three Months 
Ended July 09, 2011
 
In thousands  Sporting
Goods
   Information
Security
and Print
Finishing
   Corp.   Total 
                 
Revenues from external customers  $29,743   $11,107   $   $40,850 
Operating income (loss)   3,987    (312)   (958)   2,717 
Net income (loss)   2,278    (610)   (183)   1,485 

 

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   As of and for the Six Months 
Ended July 09, 2011
 
In thousands  Sporting
Goods
   Information
Security
and Print
Finishing
   Corp.   Total 
                 
Revenues from external customers  $48,930   $19,918   $   $68,848 
Operating income (loss)   6,323    268    (1,807)   4,784 
Net income (loss)   3,602    (373)   (541)   2,688 
Total assets  $73,116   $42,261   $19,898   $135,275 

 

Note K – Dividend Payment

 

On January 5, 2012, the Company paid a dividend of $0.07 per common share to all shareholders of record on December 22, 2011. The total amount of the dividend was approximately $906 thousand and was charged against retained earnings.

 

On April 16, 2012, the Company paid a dividend of $0.07 per common share to all shareholders of record on April 6, 2012. The total amount of this dividend payment was approximately $926 thousand and was charged against retained earnings.

 

On July 9, 2012, the Company paid a dividend of $0.08 per common share to all shareholders of record on July 2, 2012. The total amount of this dividend payment was approximately $1.1 million and was charged against retained earnings.

 

Note L - Earnings Per Share

 

The shares used in computation of the Company’s basic and diluted earnings per common share are as follows:

 

   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
All amounts in thousands  July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
 
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding   13,260    12,839    13,103    12,824 
Dilutive effect of stock options and restricted stock units   188    429    180    438 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, assuming dilution   13,448    13,268    13,283    13,262 

 

Stock options that are anti-dilutive as to earnings per share and unvested restricted stock units which have a market condition for vesting that has not been achieved are ignored in the computation of dilutive earnings per share. The number of stock options and restricted stock units that were excluded in 2012 and 2011 were 456,500 and 252,024, respectively.

 

Note M – New Accounting Standards

 

There have been no recent accounting pronouncements or changes in accounting pronouncements during the six months ended July 14, 2012, as compared to the recent accounting pronouncements described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, that are of significance, or potential significance to the Company.

 

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Note N – Commitments and Contingencies

 

The Company is involved in litigation arising in the normal course of business. The Company does not believe that the disposition or ultimate resolution of existing claims or lawsuits will have a material adverse effect on the business or financial condition of the Company.

 

Item 2.MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

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 successfully integrate the operations of acquired assets and businesses, 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.

 

Overview

 

Escalade, Incorporated (“Escalade” or “Company”) manufactures and distributes products for two industries: Sporting Goods and Information Security and Print Finishing. Within these industries the Company has successfully built a market presence in niche markets. This strategy is heavily dependent on expanding the customer base, barriers to entry, brand recognition and excellent customer service. A key strategic advantage is the Company’s established relationships with major customers that allow the Company to bring new products to the market in a cost effective manner while maintaining a diversified product line and wide customer base. In addition to strategic customer relations, the Company has substantial manufacturing and import experience that enable it to be a low cost supplier.

 

A majority of the Company’s products are in markets that are experiencing low growth rates. Where the Company enjoys a commanding market position, such as table tennis tables in the Sporting Goods segment and paper folding machines in the Information Security and Print Finishing segment, revenue growth is expected to be roughly equal to general growth/decline in the economy. However, in markets that are fragmented and where the Company is not the dominant leader, such as archery in the Sporting Goods segment and data security shredders in the Information Security and Print Finishing segment, the Company anticipates growth. To enhance growth, the Company has a strategy of promoting new product innovation and development and brand marketing. In the Information Security and Print Finishing segment, the Company’s strategic focus is increasingly upon expanding its product and service offerings to assist businesses and governments with their document and information high security needs to secure sensitive customer, employee and business information and to comply with new information privacy laws, rules and regulations. The Company continues to extend the capabilities of its line of shredders to include not only the secure destruction of paper but also the secure destruction and/or de-commissioning of medical patient information, drug prescriptions and adhesive labels, pill and syrup vials, CDs, DVDs, and other forms of magnetic, optical and solid state media. The Company is further exploring opportunities to provide secure on-site and off-site document and data destruction and disposal services to meet the specific needs of its customers.

 

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In addition, the Company will continue to investigate acquisition opportunities of companies or product lines that complement or expand the Company’s existing product lines. A key objective is the acquisition of product lines with barriers to entry that the Company can take to market through its established distribution channels or through new market channels. Significant synergies are achieved through assimilation of acquired product lines into the existing company structure. As part of its ongoing strategy development, the Company also routinely assesses product line profitability and category alignment. Management believes that key indicators in measuring the success of this strategy are revenue growth, earnings growth and the expansion of channels of distribution.

 

In 2012, Escalade's Board of Directors adopted a dividend policy under which the Company intends to pay quarterly cash dividends on its common stock. Escalade expects the initial annual rate to be $0.32 per share per year, or $0.08 per share quarterly. Escalade's Board of Directors will evaluate the Company's dividend policy on an ongoing basis after giving consideration to, among other things, the financial condition of and outlook for the Company and any particular cash flow and financing needs of the Company.

 

Results of Operations

 

Consolidated net sales for the second quarter of 2012 were 3% higher compared to the same quarter last year. For the year to date, net sales have increased 5% over the prior year. The Company’s operating income for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2012 was $2.7 million and $5.4 million, respectively, compared to operating income of $2.7 million and $4.8 million for the same periods last year. The early shipment of basketball and playground products in the first quarter resulted in a shift of sales between quarters as compared to prior year. In addition, certain expenses incurred in the first quarter in the prior year and in the second quarter of the current year resulted in a shift of operating income between quarters. Year to date totals are reflective of the overall improvement in sales and operating income for the current year. The following schedule sets forth certain consolidated statement of operations data as a percentage of net revenue:

 

   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
   July 14,
2012
   July 09,
2011
 
Net revenue   100.0%   100.0%   100.0%   100.0%
Cost of products sold   70.6%   68.6%   68.5%   66.7%
Gross margin   29.4%   31.4%   31.5%   33.3%
Selling, administrative and general expenses   21.3%   23.5%   22.4%   25.2%
Amortization   1.6%   1.2%   1.7%   1.2%
Operating income   6.5%   6.7%   7.4%   6.9%

 

Consolidated Revenue and Gross Margin

 

Revenues from the Sporting Goods business were up 5.7% for the quarter and 9.6% for the first half of 2012, compared to the same periods prior year. Management believes improved sales in the Sporting Goods segment will continue through the remainder of the year as the Company builds on new product placements and expanded brand-building activity.

 

Revenues from the Information Security and Print Finishing business decreased 4.6% and 4.9% for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to last year. Excluding the effects of changes in the currency exchange rates, revenues decreased 0.5% and 1.7%, for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively. Revenues in this business segment remain fairly flat to prior year and the Company expects continued challenges in the international market due partly to austerity measures taken in European and other governmental channels.

 

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The overall gross margin ratios for the second quarter and first half of 2012 were 29.4% and 31.5%, respectively, compared to 31.4% and 33.3%, respectively, for same periods last year. The Company incurred certain costs related to staff reductions and one-time expenditures in the Information Security and Print Finishing segment which affected both gross margin and selling and administration expense for the quarter. The Company will continue to identify and implement cost savings initiatives, particularly in this business segment, while working to enhance product design to expand market share.

 

Consolidated Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

Compared to the same periods last year, consolidated selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) costs decreased as a percent of net sales to 21.3% and 22.4% for the three and six months periods in 2012; down from 23.5% and 25.2% for the three and six months periods in 2011. As mentioned above, the Company incurred certain expenditures in the Information Security and Print Finishing segment which are not expected to be repeated in subsequent quarters. Cost saving initiatives implemented in the period will benefit future periods.

 

Provision for Income Taxes

 

The effective tax rate in the second quarter of 2012 was 60.3% compared with 50.5% for the same period last year. The effective tax rate year to date is 51.6% and 46.3% for 2012 and 2011, respectively. The increase in the current year tax rate is due mainly to losses generated in certain foreign taxing jurisdictions which do not offset gains in other foreign taxing jurisdictions.

 

Financial Condition and Liquidity

 

Total bank debt at the end of the first half of 2012 was down 14.5% or $3.2 million from the same period last year, and down 14.9% or $3.3 million from December 31, 2011. The decrease in debt over same period prior year is due mainly to strong profits in 2012. Planned increases in inventory levels have been made to better meet customer demand. The following schedule summarizes the Company’s total bank debt:

 

In thousands  July 14,
 2012
   December 31,
2011
   July 09,
2011
 
             
Notes payable short-term  $10,650   $12,700   $11,700 
Current portion long-term debt   2,000    2,000    2,000 
Bank overdraft facility   2,021    2,247    2,125 
Long term debt   4,000    5,000    6,000 
Total bank debt  $18,671   $21,947   $21,825 

 

As a percentage of stockholders’ equity, total bank debt was 21%, 25% and 23% at July 14, 2012, December 31, 2011, and July 09, 2011 respectively.

 

The Company funds working capital requirements through operating cash flows and revolving credit agreements with its bank. Based on working capital requirements, the Company expects to have access to adequate levels of revolving credit to meet growth needs.

 

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Item 3.           QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

The Company is exposed to financial market risks, including changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates. The Company attempts to minimize these risks through regular operating and financing activities and, when considered appropriate, through the use of derivative financial instruments. During the quarter there were no derivatives in use. The Company does not purchase, hold or sell derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.

 

Interest Rates
The Company’s exposure to market-rate risk for changes in interest rates relates primarily to its revolving variable rate bank debt which is based on LIBOR interest rates and its overdraft facility which is based on EURIBOR interest rates. A hypothetical 1% or 100 basis point change in interest rates would not have a significant effect on our consolidated financial position or results of operations.

 

Foreign Currency
The Company conducts business in various countries around the world and is therefore subject to risks associated with fluctuating foreign exchange rates. This revenue is generated from the operations of the Company’s subsidiaries in their respective countries and surrounding geographic areas and is primarily denominated in each subsidiary’s local functional currency. These subsidiaries incur most of their expenses (other than inter-company expenses) in their local functional currency and include the Euro, Great Britain Pound Sterling, Mexican Peso, Chinese Yuan, Swedish Krona and South African Rand.

 

The geographic areas outside the United States in which the Company operates are generally not considered by management to be highly inflationary. Nonetheless, the Company’s foreign operations are sensitive to fluctuations in currency exchange rates arising from, among other things, certain inter-company transactions that are denominated in currencies other than the respective functional currency. Operating results as well as assets and liabilities are also subject to the effect of foreign currency translation when the operating results, assets and liabilities of our foreign subsidiaries are translated into U.S. dollars in our consolidated financial statements.

 

The Company and its subsidiaries conduct substantially all their business in their respective functional currencies to avoid the effects of cross-border transactions. To protect against reductions in value and the volatility of future cash flows caused by changes in currency exchange rates, the Company carefully considers the use of transaction and balance sheet hedging programs such as matching assets and liabilities in the same currency. Such programs reduce, but do not entirely eliminate the impact of currency exchange rate changes. The Company has evaluated the use of currency exchange hedging financial instruments but has determined that it would not use such instruments under the current circumstances. Changes in currency exchange rates may be volatile and could affect the Company’s performance.

 

Item 4.           CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Escalade maintains disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the Company’s Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure based closely on the definition of “disclosure controls and procedures” in Rule 13a-14(c). In designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, Management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives, and Management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Also, the Company has investments in certain unconsolidated entities. As the Company does not control or manage these entities, its disclosure controls and procedures with respect to such entities are necessarily substantially more limited than those it maintains with respect to its consolidated subsidiaries.

 

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The Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on the foregoing, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

Management of the Company has evaluated, with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, changes in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) during the second quarter of 2012.

 

There have been no changes to the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred since the beginning of the Company’s second quarter of 2012 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II.          OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.Not Required.

 

Item 1A.Not Required.

 

Item 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

 

c) Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Period  (a) Total
Number of
Shares (or
Units)
Purchased
   (b) Average
Price Paid
per Share
(or Unit)
   (c) Total
Number of
Shares (or
Units)
Purchased as
Part of
Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
   (d) Maximum
Number (or
Approximate
Dollar
Value) of
Shares (or
Units) that
May Yet Be
Purchased
Under the
Plans or
Programs
 
Shares purchases prior to 3/24/2012 under the current repurchase program.   982,916   $8.84    982,916   $2,273,939 
                     
Second quarter purchases:                    
03/25/2012–04/21/2012   None    None    No Change    No Change 
04/22/2012-05/19/2012   None    None    No Change    No Change 
05/20/2012-06/16/2012   None     None    No Change    No Change 
06/17/2012-07/14/2012   None    None    No Change    No Change 
Total share purchases under the current program   982,916   $8.84    982,916   $2,273,939 

 

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The Company has one stock repurchase program which was established in February 2003 by the Board of Directors and which authorized management to expend up to $3,000,000 to repurchase shares on the open market as well as in private negotiated transactions. The repurchase plan has no termination date. There have been no share repurchases that were not part of a publicly announced program. In February 2008, the Board of Directors increased the remaining amount on this plan to its original level of $3,000,000. Although authorized by the Board, the Company has agreed to certain restrictions on the repurchase of shares as part of the April 30, 2009 Credit Agreement terms. The Eighth Amendment increased the limit on the share repurchases from $50,000 to $1,000,000.

 

Item 3.Not Required.

 

Item 4.Not Required.

 

Item 5.Other Information

 

As previously discussed in the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the SEC on May 1, 2012, on April 27, 2012, Escalade, Incorporated (the “Company”) held its Annual Meeting of Stockholders for which the Board of Directors solicited proxies. At the Annual Meeting, the stockholders voted on the election of directors, the appointment of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the Company’s 2012 fiscal year, the re-approval of the performance criteria and goals under the Escalade, Incorporated 2007 Incentive Plan, and the approval of an amendment to the Escalade, Incorporated 2007 Incentive Plan.

 

In the election of directors, as described in the Company’s proxy statement relating to the Annual Meeting, the three incumbent directors whose terms were expiring were nominated for reelection for a two-year term. The four other incumbent directors are currently serving a two year term that will expire at the 2013 Annual Meeting. The results of the voting in the election of directors are as follows:

 

   Number of Votes 
Director Nominee  For   Withheld 
         
George Savitsky   7,668,170    1,092,672 
Richard D. White   7,650,620    1,110,222 
Edward E. Williams   7,326,637    1,434,205 

 

Therefore, Messrs. Savitsky, White, and Williams were elected to the Board. There were 3,615,063 broker non-votes with respect to the election of each of the nominees.

 

As to the appointment of the firm, BKD, LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the Company’s 2012 fiscal year, the Company’s stockholders ratified such appointment by a vote of 11,767,321 shares FOR, 604,321 shares AGAINST, and 4,263 shares ABSTAINED, with no broker non-votes. Therefore, the appointment of BKD, LLP was approved.

 

As to the re-approval of the performance criteria and goals under the Escalade, Incorporated 2007 Incentive Plan, the Company’s stockholders ratified the re-approval by a vote of 7,690,010 shares FOR, 1,054,531 shares AGAINST, and 16,301 shares ABSTAINED, with 3,615,063 broker non-votes. Therefore, the re-approval of the performance criteria and goals under the Escalade, Incorporated 2007 Incentive Plan was approved.

 

As to the approval of the amendment to the Escalade, Incorporated 2007 Incentive Plan, providing for the issuance of up to an additional one million five hundred thousand shares thereunder, the Company’s stockholders approved the amendment by a vote of 6,877,547 shares FOR, 1,867,944 shares AGAINST, and 15,351 shares ABSTAINED, with 3,615,063 broker non-votes. Therefore, the amendment to the Escalade, Incorporated 2007 Incentive Plan was approved.

 

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Item 6.Exhibits

 

(a)Exhibits

 

  Number Description
     
  10.1 Eighth Amendment to Credit Agreement dated as of May 4, 2012 by and between Escalade, Incorporated and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the SEC on May 7, 2012.
     
  31.1 Chief Executive Officer Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification.
     
  31.2 Chief Financial Officer Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification.
     
  32.1 Chief Executive Officer Section 1350 Certification.
     
  32.2 Chief Financial Officer Section 1350 Certification.

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

  ESCALADE, INCORPORATED
   
Date: August 14, 2012 /s/ Deborah Meinert
  Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  (On behalf of the registrant and in her
  capacities as Principal Financial Officer
  and Principal Accounting Officer)

 

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