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April 14, 2022

Escalade Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Escalade, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESCA, or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods and indoor/outdoor recreational equipment, today announced results for the first quarter 2022.


(As compared to the first quarter 2021)

  • Net Sales increased 22.3% to $72.4 million
  • Organic growth, excluding the contribution from acquisitions was 12.2%
  • Gross margin declined 165 basis points, while Gross Profit increased 15.4%
  • Operating income increased 26.6% to $9.0 million
  • Net income increased to $6.7 million, or $0.49 per diluted share vs. $0.39 per share for Q1 2021
  • Announced $0.15 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record on May 31, 2022

For the three months ended March 19, 2022, Escalade posted net sales of $72.4 million, net income of $6.7 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.49.

During the first quarter Escalade completed its acquisition of Brunswick Billiards®, the largest and oldest provider of billiards tables, game tables, and game room furniture in the United States. The Escalade Board of Directors also approved a 7.1% increase in the quarterly dividend from $0.14 to $0.15.

First quarter 2022 results benefited from strong organic sales growth across the basketball, archery, pickleball, and indoor game categories, together with contributions from the Company's acquisition of Brunswick Billiards®.

Gross margin declined 165 basis points due to continued challenges related to the global supply chain, raw materials cost inflation and labor constraints. Tight overhead cost control led to a 26.6% increase in operating income. A marginally higher tax rate and 2.7% smaller share base contributed to a 22.3% increase in net income and 25.4% increase in diluted EPS.

"We are very pleased with the results in Q1," stated Walter P. Glazer, Jr., President and CEO of Escalade. "Nearly all categories performed very well which validates the strength of our brand portfolio and consumer acceptance of our range of products. Our product teams continue to innovate and bring compelling sporting goods, games, and related items to market while our sourcing and logistics professionals navigate the challenging global supply chain. We continue to 'onshore' items we can produce in our domestic manufacturing facilities and remain focused on the integration of the Brunswick acquisition, which we expect will be accretive to earnings beginning in the second half of 2022."

"The first quarter was positively impacted by sales pulled forward from Q2 and favorable mix. In the near term, we anticipate continued supply chain pressures, including delays and excess logistics costs. We are also carefully monitoring point of sale data along with consumer behavior and sentiment, given rising interest rates, inflation, and geopolitical uncertainty," continued Glazer. "We have seen a slowdown in demand for fitness products following unsustainable growth over the past two years. Longer term, we believe consumers will continue to value the positive experiences and memories created with the fun, healthy activities they can enjoy with the Escalade lifestyle," concluded Glazer.

Net sales for the first quarter of 2022 were $72.4 million compared to net sales of $59.2 million for the same quarter in 2021, an increase of $13.2 million or 22.3%.

Gross margin for the first quarter of 2022 was 27.8%, compared to 29.5% for the same period in the prior year. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2022 was $20.1 million compared to gross profit of $17.4 million for the same quarter in 2021.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $10.5 million for the quarter compared to $9.9 million for the same period in the prior year, an increase of $0.6 million or 6.6%. SG&A, as a percent of sales, for the first quarter of 2022 decreased to 14.5% from 16.7% reported for the same period prior year.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2022 was $9.0 million compared to operating income of $7.1 million for the same period in the prior year.

Net income for the first quarter of 2022 was $6.7 million, or $0.49 diluted earnings per share compared to net income of $5.4 million, or $0.39 diluted earnings per share for the same quarter in 2021.

The Company announced a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share to be paid to all shareholders of record on May 31, 2022 and disbursed on June 7, 2022.


A conference call will be held Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. ET to review the Company's financial results, discuss recent events and conduct a question-and-answer session.

A webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of Escalade's website at www.escaladeinc.com. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download, and install any necessary audio software.

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Founded in 1922, and headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, Escalade designs, manufactures, and sells sporting goods, fitness, and indoor/outdoor recreation equipment. Our mission is to connect family and friends creating lasting memories. Leaders in our respective categories, Escalade's brands include Brunswick Billiards®; STIGA® table tennis; Accudart®; RAVE Sports® water recreation; Victory Tailgate® custom games; Onix® pickleball; Goalrilla™ basketball; Lifeline® fitness; Woodplay® playsets; and Bear® Archery. Escalade's products are available online and at leading retailers nationwide. For more information about Escalade's many brands, history, financials, and governance please visit www.escaladeinc.com.


Patrick Griffin
Vice President - Corporate Development & Investor Relations

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