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 SKECHERS Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results
   Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:00:14 PM ET

--Fourth Quarter 2014 Net Sales Increased 26.4 Percent to $569.7 Million

--Fourth Quarter 2014 Net Earnings of $21.9 Million

--Fourth Quarter 2014 Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.43

SKECHERS USA, Inc. (SKX ) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $569.7 million compared to $450.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $257.6 million or 45.2 percent of net sales compared to $200.6 million or 44.5 percent of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2013. Earnings from operations in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $33.0 million compared to earnings from operations of $17.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

"Skechers fourth quarter revenues of over $569 million set a new record for the period, and followed a record third quarter 2014, which was the highest quarterly sales in the Company’s history. This momentum led to record annual revenues of $2.378 billion for 2014, an approximately 29 percent increase compared to 2013 sales of $1.846 billion," began David Weinberg, SKECHERS chief operating officer and chief financial officer. "The outstanding fourth quarter growth was the result of double-digit improvements in our domestic and international wholesale and Skechers Company-owned retail businesses, all of which benefited from our universally appealing men’s, women’s and kids’ product. We are also pleased to note that within our domestic wholesale business, our average price per pair increased by 7.4 percent in the quarter, and within our international wholesale business, we experienced double-digit growth in many key countries that were negatively impacted by currency issues, both further testaments to the strength of our brand and product."

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $21.9 million compared to net earnings of $14.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Net earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $0.43 based on 51.4 million weighted average shares outstanding compared to $0.28 based on 50.7 million weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company’s net earnings were negatively impacted by approximately $7.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share of which $4.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share was the result of negative foreign currency translations and transactions and $2.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, was the result of foreign and domestic bad debt write-offs. The Company’s effective tax rate for the year-ended December 31, 2014, was 20.5 percent, which was below the forecasted rate of 22.6 percent at the close of the third quarter 2014. The decrease in its effective tax rate was due to increased international sales and profitability combined with slightly decreased domestic profitability. The Company expects improved international sales and profitability to continue to have a positive impact on its 2015 effective tax rate, which is forecasted to be between 20 percent and 25 percent.

Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $2.378 billion compared to net sales of $1.846 billion in 2013. Gross profit for 2014 was $1.072 billion or 45.1 percent of net sales compared to $818.8 million or 44.4 percent of net sales in 2013. Earnings from operations for 2014 were $209.1 million compared to $93.6 million in 2013.

Net earnings for 2014 were $138.8 million compared to $54.8 million in 2013. Net earnings per diluted share for fiscal year 2014 were $2.72 based on 51.0 million weighted average shares outstanding compared to $1.08 based on 50.6 million weighted average shares outstanding in the prior year.

Robert Greenberg, SKECHERS chief executive officer, commented: "Just a year ago, we were honored as the 2013 Brand of the Year for GO (Footwear News) and 2013 Running Design Excellence and Children’s Design Excellence (Footwear Plus), and now we are 2014 Company of the Year (Footwear News and Footwear Plus), and the No. 2 footwear brand and the No. 1 walking brand in America. This speaks volumes to the product we have developed and delivered, the global marketing support behind it, and the many other achievements and milestones made throughout the year. In the fourth quarter alone, we signed world renowned drummer Ringo Starr to a global marketing agreement for our growing men’s footwear line, launched our first Demi Lovato campaign -- which spurred a flurry of social media engagement around the world, and saw Meb cross the finish line first among the Americans at the New York Marathon. We also announced the opening of our 1,000th Skechers retail store, completed the initial phase of the automation of our European Distribution Center equipment and moved up our Fall 2015 buy meetings with our key domestic accounts to October and November, which allowed us to meet the increased order rate for our new product. This in turn positively impacted our international partners as they have been able to place orders for the coming season earlier, which will allow us to deliver more product in a timely manner. In the first quarter of 2015, we decided to convert three distribution partners doing business in 14 Central Eastern European countries to wholly-owned subsidiaries, enabling us to leverage the success we are experiencing across Europe. With our women’s footwear reaching an expanding audience thanks to both the fresh styling and our advertising campaign featuring Demi Lovato, our men’s footwear collectively achieving the highest percentage gains, and new innovations in our children’s footwear -- including Game Kicks, the shoe with an electronic memory game built in -- we believe the demand for our footwear is at an all-time high. We are looking forward to delivering new product in the Spring, expanding the Skechers retail store base to an estimated 1,250 stores by the end of 2015, and continuing to see strong double-digit and, in some cases, triple-digit gains in Europe, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. We believe there are still tremendous growth opportunities for Skechers in 2015 and beyond."

David Weinberg continued: "2014 was an excellent year for Skechers, and we expect the momentum to continue in 2015 based on domestic and international Skechers retail stores comps of 17 percent in January, year-over-year worldwide backlogs up 60 percent at December 31, 2014, and the steady demand for our product including expansion in new doors and existing doors. With continued investments in our infrastructure for the coming years, including equipment automation upgrades at our European Distribution Center and establishment of a Company-operated distribution center in Chile, $466.7 million in cash and inventories in-line with expected sales, we believe we are prepared for growth in 2015. We believe the best is yet to come, and are looking forward to the first quarter of 2015, which we expect will be a new quarterly sales record of $690 million to $710 million and earnings per share of $0.95-$1.05."

About SKECHERS USA, Inc.

SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 100 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,000 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 12 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit skechers.com and follow us (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s future growth, financial results and operations, its development of new products, future demand for its products and growth opportunities, its planned opening of new stores, advertising and marketing initiatives, and the expansion and automation plans for the Company’s European Distribution Center. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "project," "will be," "will continue," "will result," "could," "may," "might," or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international, national and local general economic, political and market conditions including the ongoing global economic slowdown and market instability; entry into the highly competitive performance footwear market; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers, decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

 
                                                                                                             SKECHERS U.S.A., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                                                                              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                                                                           (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                         (In thousands)
 
                                                                                   December 31,                         December 31,
                                                                                                                                                2014                                 2013
                                                                                                                                   --------------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------------------
ASSETS
Current Assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                          $   466,685                                                                                   $   372,011
   Trade accounts receivable, net                                                                                                                         272,103                                                                                       225,941
   Other receivables                                                                                                                    16,510            10,599
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
      Total receivables                                                                                                                                   288,613                                                                                       236,540
   Inventories                                                                                                                                            453,837                                                                                       358,168
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                                                                               57,015                                                                                        26,094
   Deferred tax assets                                                                                                                  18,864            22,115
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
      Total current assets                                                                                                                              1,285,014                                                                                     1,014,928
Property, plant and equipment, at cost, less accumulated                                                                                                  373,183                                                                                       361,755
depreciation and amortization
Goodwill and other intangible assets, less accumulated amortization                                                                                         1,630                                                                                         2,377
Deferred tax assets                                                                                                                                         2,044                                                                                         9,950
Other assets, at cost                                                                                                                   13,047            19,560
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
      Total non-current assets                                                                                                         389,904           393,642
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
TOTAL ASSETS                                                                                                                                          $ 1,674,918                          $ 1,408,570
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LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
   Current installments of long-term borrowings                                                                                                       $   101,407                                                                                   $    12,028
   Accounts payable                                                                                                                                       352,815                                                                                       258,183
   Short-term borrowings                                                                                                                                    1,810                                                                                            87
   Accrued expenses                                                                                                                     49,705            40,124
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
      Total current liabilities                                                                                                                           505,737                                                                                       310,422
   Long-term borrowings, net of current installments                                                                                                       15,081                                                                                       116,488
   Other long-term liabilities                                                                                                          19,993             1,740
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
      Total non-current liabilities                                                                                                     35,074           118,228
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
Total liabilities                                                                                                                                         540,811                                                                                       428,650
Stockholders’ equity:
   Skechers U.S.A., Inc. equity                                                                                                                         1,075,249                                                                                       930,322
   Noncontrolling interests                                                                                                             58,858            49,598
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
      Total equity                                                                                                                   1,134,107           979,920
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                                                                                                                          $ 1,674,918                          $ 1,408,570
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     SKECHERS U.S.A., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (In thousands, except per share data)
 
                                                                                                                                             Three Months Ended                                                                                                                                                         Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                                                                                                                         December 31,                                                                                                                                                                                                                        December 31,
                                                                                                                                                     2014                                                    2013                                                     2014                                                      2013
                                                                                                                              ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------- -------------------- ----------------------------------------------------
Net sales                                                                                                                                        $ 569,722                                               $ 450,737                                                                                                        $ 2,377,561                                               $ 1,846,361
Cost of sales                                                                                                                   312,093           250,092           1,305,656           1,027,569  
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
      Gross profit                                                                                                                                 257,629                                                                                                          200,645                                                                                                          1,071,905                                                                                                            818,792
Royalty income                                                                                                                    2,178             2,890               9,106               7,734  
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                259,807           203,535           1,081,011             826,526  
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
Operating expenses:
   Selling                                                                                                                                          40,198                                                                                                           33,496                                                                                                            181,018                                                                                                            153,491
   General and administrative                                                                                                   186,598           152,977             690,923             579,426  
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                226,796           186,473             871,941             732,917  
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
Income from operations                                                                                                                              33,011                                                                                                           17,062                                                                                                            209,070                                                                                                             93,609
Other income (expense):
   Interest, net                                                                                                                                    (3,093 )                                                                                                         (2,696 )                                                                                                          (11,629 )                                                                                                          (11,049 )
   Other, net                                                                                                                    (1,230 )                              2,111              (6,062 )                                 (345 )
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                 (4,323 )                               (585 )                              (17,691 )                              (11,394 )
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
Earnings before income tax expense                                                                                                                  28,688                                                                                                           16,477                                                                                                            191,379                                                                                                             82,215
   Income tax expense                                                                                                             2,833               376              39,184              21,347  
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
   Net earnings                                                                                                                                     25,855                                                                                                           16,101                                                                                                            152,195                                                                                                             60,868
   Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests                                                                    3,935             1,936              13,385               6,080  
                                                                                                                              -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
      Net earnings attributable to Skechers U.S.A., Inc.                                                                                         $  21,920                            $  14,165                            $   138,810                            $    54,788  
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Net earnings per share attributable to Skechers U.S.A., Inc.:
   Basic                                                                                                                                         $    0.43                            $    0.28                            $      2.74                            $      1.09  
                                                                                                                              ==================== ======= ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ======= ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ========= ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ========= ====================
   Diluted                                                                                                                                       $    0.43                            $    0.28                            $      2.72                            $      1.08  
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Weighted average shares used in calculating earnings per share
attributable to Skechers U.S.A., Inc.:
   Basic                                                                                                                         50,697            50,463              50,613              50,363  
                                                                                                                              ==================== ======= ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ======= ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ========= ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ==================== ========= ====================
   Diluted                                                                                                                       51,355            50,653              51,026              50,563  
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http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=bwnews&sty=20150211006311r1&sid=cmtx6&distro=nx&lang=en

SOURCE: SKECHERS USA, Inc.

SKECHERS USA, Inc. 
David Weinberg, 310-318-3100 
Chief Operating Officer, 
Chief Financial Officer 
or 
Investor Relations: 
Addo Communications 
Andrew Greenebaum, 310-829-5400


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