Delta Apparel Reports Fiscal Year 2021 Full Year Diluted Earnings of $2.86 per Share | Financial Buzz

Delta Apparel Reports Fiscal Year 2021 Full Year Diluted Earnings of $2.86 per Share

Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE American: DLA), a leading provider of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products, today announced financial results for its 2021 fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended October 2, 2021 (“September 2021”).

Robert W. Humphreys, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our fourth quarter and full year performance, which outpaced our expectations, showcases the strength of our unique business model servicing diversified sales channels using our innovative supply chain technologies and vertically-integrated, flexible manufacturing platform. We ended the fiscal year on a positive note, with broad-based fourth quarter top line performance and solid margin expansion. I am incredibly proud of our entire organization whose hard work has enabled us to post these extraordinary results.”

Humphreys continued, “Brand awareness and consumer engagement with Salt Life is at an all-time high, which is driving exceptional growth in our branded retail stores as well as our wholesale business. Within our Delta Group, we continue to see strong demand from brands, retailers and retail license accounts utilizing our comprehensive and diverse services. With record-level manufacturing output we are rebuilding our inventory levels and I am confident we are poised to continue to deliver outstanding results in fiscal 2022 and beyond. We believe our solid financial position, including historically low debt leverage at only 2.5 times EBITDA, and strong cash flows allow us to fund our growth initiatives while also providing liquidity for other actions to increase shareholder value.”

For the fourth quarter ended September 2021:

  • Net sales were $114.7 million compared to $116.7 million in the prior year fourth quarter, which was a 14-week quarter. Calculated on a comparable 13-week quarter, sales increased 5.9% from the prior year period, with Delta Group and Salt Life Group segments up 5.0% and 13.8%, respectively.
  • Gross margin improved 170 basis points to 23.1% from 21.4% in the prior year quarter, driven by year-over-year improvement in both the Delta Group and Salt Life Group segments.
  • Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses increased slightly from the prior year quarter to $17.7 million, or 15.5% of sales. SG&A costs as a percent of sales increased year-over-year primarily from higher distribution labor costs and the prior year benefiting from favorable adjustments to credit risk reserves.
  • Other income includes a $1.2 million favorable adjustment to contingent consideration associated with the fiscal year 2018 digital print acquisition. The prior year quarter included a favorable adjustment of $0.4 million.
  • Operating income was $10.1 million, a 22.6% improvement from the prior year period, resulting in net income of $6.9 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to $5.0 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

For the full year ended September 2021:

  • Net sales were $436.8 million, up 14.6% from $381.0 million in the prior fiscal year. Net sales in the Delta Group and Salt Life Group segments increased 12.5% and 33.9%, respectively, over the prior year period.
  • Gross profit increased 49% to $101.8 million from $68.4 million in the prior year period, with gross margins improving 540 basis points to 23.3% of sales. Gross margins expanded in both business segments, with year-over-year improvement of 500 basis points in the Delta Group and 430 basis points in the Salt Life Group.
  • SG&A expenses were $70.7 million in fiscal year 2021, or 16.2% of sales, an improvement of 170 basis points from the prior year period.
  • Operating income was $32.8 million, or 7.5% of sales, record operating results for the Company.
  • Net income was $20.3 million, or $2.86 per diluted share.

All-time record levels of manufacturing production during fiscal year 2021, partially offset by strong demand for products, resulted in an 11.1% increase in inventory from a year ago. Finished goods inventory at September 2021 remain lower than optimal, but higher manufacturing production in the first half of fiscal year 2022 is expected to position the Company for a strong spring 2022 selling season.

Total net debt, including capital lease financing and cash on hand, as of September 2021 was $121.7 million, consistent with the prior year. Cash on hand and availability under the Company’s U.S. revolving credit facility totaled $45.3 million as of September 2021, a $2.0 million improvement from June 2021. The Company remains optimistic about the broad-based opportunities for continued growth in the business and believes its future free cash flow, cash on hand, and availability under its credit facilities is sufficient to support the Company’s growth initiatives while also providing liquidity for the Company to repurchase its common stock pursuant to its previously announced Share Repurchase Program or take other actions as the Board of Directors may deem appropriate to increase shareholder value.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call with senior management to discuss its financial results today at 4:30 PM ET. The Company invites you to join the call by dialing 800-437-2398. If calling from outside the United States, please dial 323-289-6576. A live webcast of the conference call will be available at www.deltaapparelinc.com. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register for the teleconference webcast and download any necessary software. A replay of the call will be available through December 18, 2021. To access the telephone replay, participants should dial toll-free 844-512-2921. International callers can dial 412-317-6671. The access code for the replay is 9801947.

About Delta Apparel, Inc.

Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries, DTG2Go, LLC, Salt Life, LLC, and M.J. Soffe, LLC, is a vertically-integrated, international apparel company that designs, manufactures, sources, and markets a diverse portfolio of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products under the primary brands of Salt Life®, Soffe®, and Delta. The Company is a market leader in the direct-to-garment digital print and fulfillment industry, bringing DTG2Go technology and innovation to the supply chain of its customers. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products through a variety of distribution channels and tiers, including outdoor and sporting goods retailers, independent and specialty stores, better department stores and mid-tier retailers, mass merchants and e-retailers, the U.S. military, and through its business-to-business e-commerce sites. The Company’s products are also made available direct-to-consumer on its websites at www.saltlife.com, www.soffe.com and www.deltaapparel.com as well as through its branded retail stores. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at www.deltaapparelinc.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Any number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated or forecasted results, including, but not limited to, the volatility and uncertainty of cotton and other raw material prices and availability; the general U.S. and international economic conditions; competitive conditions in the apparel industry; restrictions on our ability to borrow capital or service our indebtedness; deterioration in the financial condition of our customers and suppliers and changes in the operations and strategies of our customers and suppliers; changing consumer preferences or trends; our ability to successfully open and operate new retail stores; changes in economic, political or social stability at our offshore locations; significant interruptions within our manufacturing or distribution facilities or other operations; our ability to attract and retain key management; significant changes in our effective tax rate; interest rate fluctuations increasing our obligations under our variable rate indebtedness; the ability to raise additional capital; the ability to grow, achieve synergies and realize the expected profitability of acquisitions; the volatility and uncertainty of energy, fuel and other costs; material disruptions in our information systems; compromises of our data security; significant litigation in either domestic or international jurisdictions; recalls, claims and negative publicity associated with product liability issues; the ability to protect our trademarks and other intellectual property; and the other factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” contained in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as updated in our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Except as may be required by law, Delta Apparel, Inc. expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 
 
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA:        
(In thousands, except per share amounts)        
 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

September 2021

 

September 2020

 

September 2021

 

September 2020

         
Net Sales  

$

114,735

 

 

$

116,684

 

 

$

436,750

 

 

$

381,035

 

Cost of Goods Sold  

 

88,192

 

 

 

91,767

 

 

 

334,870

 

 

 

312,660

 

Gross Profit  

 

26,543

 

 

 

24,917

 

 

 

101,880

 

 

 

68,375

 

         
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses  

 

17,737

 

 

 

17,253

 

 

 

70,743

 

 

 

68,383

 

Other (Income) Loss, Net  

 

(1,355

)

 

 

(657

)

 

 

(1,574

)

 

 

7,067

 

Operating Income (Loss)  

 

10,161

 

 

 

8,321

 

 

 

32,711

 

 

 

(7,075

)

         
Interest Expense, Net  

 

1,619

 

 

 

1,685

 

 

 

6,844

 

 

 

7,005

 

         
Earnings (Loss) Before Provision For (Benefit From) Income Taxes  

 

8,542

 

 

 

6,636

 

 

 

25,867

 

 

 

(14,080

)

         
Provision For (Benefit From) Income Taxes  

 

1,672

 

 

 

1,624

 

 

 

5,705

 

 

 

(3,260

)

         
Consolidated Net Earnings (Loss)  

 

6,870

 

 

 

5,012

 

 

 

20,162

 

 

 

(10,820

)

         
Net (Income) Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest  

 

(14

)

 

 

(43

)

 

 

134

 

 

 

243

 

         
Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Shareholders  

$

6,856

 

 

$

4,969

 

 

$

20,296

 

 

$

(10,577

)

         
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding        
Basic  

 

6,975

 

 

 

6,890

 

 

 

6,961

 

 

 

6,921

 

Diluted  

 

7,142

 

 

 

7,015

 

 

 

7,093

 

 

 

6,921

 

         
Net Earnings (Loss) per Common Share        
Basic  

$

0.98

 

 

$

0.72

 

 

$

2.92

 

 

$

(1.53

)

Diluted  

$

0.96

 

 

$

0.71

 

 

$

2.86

 

 

$

(1.53

)

         
         
 

September 2021

 

September 2020

   
         
Current Assets        
Cash  

$

9,376

 

 

$

16,458

 

   
Receivables, Net  

 

68,090

 

 

 

61,000

 

   
Inventories, Net  

 

161,703

 

 

 

145,515

 

   
Prepaids and Other Assets  

 

3,794

 

 

 

3,795

 

   
Total Current Assets  

 

242,963

 

 

 

226,768

 

   
         
Noncurrent Assets        
Property, Plant & Equipment, Net  

 

67,564

 

 

 

63,950

 

   
Goodwill and Other Intangibles, Net  

 

64,188

 

 

 

57,845

 

   
Deferred Income Taxes  

 

1,854

 

 

 

4,052

 

   
Operating Lease Assets  

 

45,279

 

 

 

54,645

 

   
Investment in Joint Venture  

 

10,433

 

 

 

10,573

 

   
Other Noncurrent Assets  

 

2,007

 

 

 

2,398

 

   
Total Noncurrent Assets  

 

191,325

 

 

 

193,463

 

   
         
Total Assets  

$

434,288

 

 

$

420,231

 

   
         
         
Current Liabilities        
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses  

$

83,264

 

 

$

70,353

 

   
Current Portion of Contingent Consideration  

 

 

 

 

2,120

 

   
Current Portion of Finance Leases  

 

6,621

 

 

 

6,956

 

   
Current Portion of Operating Leases  

 

8,509

 

 

 

9,039

 

   
Current Portion of Long-Term Debt  

 

7,067

 

 

 

7,559

 

   
Total Current Liabilities  

 

105,461

 

 

 

96,027

 

   
         
Noncurrent Liabilities        
Long-Term Taxes Payable  

 

3,220

 

 

 

3,599

 

   
Long-Term Contingent Consideration  

 

1,897

 

 

 

4,300

 

   
Long-Term Finance Leases  

 

15,669

 

 

 

11,328

 

   
Long-Term Operating Leases  

 

38,546

 

 

 

46,570

 

   
Long-Term Debt  

 

101,680

 

 

 

112,782

 

   
Deferred Income Taxes  

 

1,520

 

 

 

 

   
Other Noncurrent Liabilities  

 

2,101

 

 

 

2,939

 

   
Total Noncurrent Liabilities  

 

164,633

 

 

 

181,518

 

   
         
Common Stock  

 

96

 

 

 

96

 

   
Additional Paid-In Capital  

 

60,831

 

 

 

61,005

 

   
Equity Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest  

 

(658

)

 

 

(524

)

   
Retained Earnings  

 

146,860

 

 

 

126,564

 

   
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss  

 

(786

)

 

 

(1,322

)

   
Treasury Stock  

 

(42,149

)

 

 

(43,133

)

   
Total Equity  

 

164,194

 

 

 

142,686

 

   
         
Total Liabilities and Equity  

$

434,288

 

 

$

420,231

 

   

 

Contacts

Company Contact:

Deborah Merrill, 864-232-5200 x6620

investor.relations@deltaapparel.com

Investor Relations and Media Contact:

ICR, Inc.

Investors:

Tom Filandro, 646-277-1235

Media:

Jessica Liddell, 203-682-8208

DLAPR@icrinc.com

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