November 11, 2020
Callaway Golf Announces Record 2019 Sales
News, Golf Equipment
Callaway Golf Company announced today record full year 2019 net sales of $1,701 million, an increase of 37% compared to net sales of $1,243 in 2018. This $458 million net sales increase reflects increases in all operating segments, all major product categories and all major regions. The Jack Wolfskin business, which the Company acquired in early 2019, contributed $356 million of this sales growth compared to 2018. The Company achieved these record sales results despite a negative impact of $31 million from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.
The Company also announced record operating profits of $133 million for 2019, a 3% increase compared to $128 million in 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income increased 23% to $163 million compared to $133 million in 2018. The Company's earnings per share decreased to $0.82 for 2019 compared to $1.08 in 2018. This $0.26 decrease is due to $30 million($0.28) of non-cash purchase accounting adjustments and acquisition-related costs. Excluding such costs, non-GAAP earnings per share increased 2% to $1.10 compared to $1.08 in 2018. The Company was able to achieve this 2% increase despite absorbing the $31 million unfavorable sales impact from changes in foreign currency rates, approximately $5 million related to the incremental tariffs, and a $34 million increase in interest expense, primarily related to the financing of the Jack Wolfskin acquisition, all of which was offset by the record operating performance discussed above.
"2019 was another successful year for our Company," commented Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company. "In addition to record sales and operating profit, we made great progress executing our corporate strategy of transforming Callaway into a premium golf equipment and active lifestyle company. The acquisition of Jack Wolfskin in early 2019 was an important part of that strategy and our TravisMathew business continues to grow at double digit rates. All the while, we remained steadfast in our focus on the golf equipment business which grew over 7%, outpacing the overall golf market and further strengthening our brand positions."
"Looking forward to 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus will impact our business with regard to sales in Asia and on the supply side," added Mr. Brewer. "The financial guidance we provided today reflects our best estimate of the impact of this outbreak on our business. It is very difficult, however, to provide an estimate with any degree of certainty given the dynamic nature of this crisis. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of China, including our employees, customers and their families in that region, as well as those affected by the virus globally. We hope and pray for a speedy resolution."
Mr. Brewer continued, "While the coronavirus, tariffs and foreign currency rates will provide headwinds in 2020, we are looking forward to another strong year of operational performance with growth in both our golf equipment and soft goods segments. We also intend to make additional investments in our business in furtherance of our corporate strategy of making Callaway a larger and more diverse company with higher embedded growth prospects and long-term earnings outlook."