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October 28, 2021

Escalade Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

Third-Quarter Highlights

- Revenue increased to $81.3 million vs. $78.1 million in Q3 2020 and $45.8 million in Q3 2019

- Gross margin declined 760 basis points to 22.5% vs. 30.1% in Q3 2020

- Operating income of $7.7 million vs. $12.8 million in Q3 2020 and $2.9 million in Q3 2019

- Quarterly Diluted EPS of $0.43 per share vs. $0.71 in Q3 2020 and $0.18 in Q3 2019

- YTD Diluted EPS of $1.40 per share vs. $1.47 in 2020 and $0.32 in 2019

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Escalade, Incorporated (NASDAQ: ESCA) – today announced its third quarter results for 2021, ended October 2, 2021. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $81.3 million, an increase of 4.1% over prior year. Quarterly diluted earnings per share were $0.43, a decline of 39.5% vs. Q3 2020, and an increase of 140% vs. Q3 2019.

"Third quarter results reflect continued demand for our products, offset by sharply higher transportation expenses, raw material costs, currency exchange rates, increased wage pressure, and inventory handling costs. Combined, these expenses negatively impacted earnings per share by more than 20 cents in the quarter and 40 cents per share for the nine months. Global supply chain issues have intensified and the costs to keep goods flowing to our customers have soared. The Company is taking action on several fronts to address the margin compression and long lead times. In addition to raising prices where necessary, we are redesigning products to reduce costs while maintaining quality, moving some production from Asia to our North American facilities, and adding warehouse capacity to store additional buffer inventory. Despite these challenges, we are continuing to invest in our brands to support long-term growth." said Walter P. Glazer, Jr., Interim President and CEO of Escalade, Inc.

"Year to date sales are up 20.8% and net income decreased 6.3% due to the aforementioned cost pressures and to a lesser extent, our sales mix," continued Glazer. "With the critical holiday selling season ahead of us, our teams are well prepared to serve our retail partners and meet consumer demand. We have invested heavily to make sure we have ample inventory despite the supply chain issues."

Net sales for the third quarter of 2021 were $81.3 million compared to net sales of $78.1 million for the same quarter in 2020, an increase of $3.2 million or 4.1%.

Gross margin ratio for the third quarter of 2021 was 22.5%, compared to 30.1% for the same period in the prior year. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2021 was $18.3 million compared to gross profit of $23.5 million for the same quarter in 2020.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $10.2 million for the quarter compared to $10.4 million for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $0.2 million or 1.7%. SG&A, as a percent of sales, for the third quarter of 2021 decreased to 12.6% from 13.3% reported for the same period prior year.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was $7.7 million compared to operating income of $12.8 million for the same period in the prior year.

Net income for the third quarter of 2021 was $6.0 million, or $0.43 diluted earnings per share compared to net income of $10.2 million, or $0.71 diluted earnings per share for the same quarter in 2020.

The Company announced a quarterly dividend of $0.14 per share to be paid to all shareholders of record on December 6, 2021 and disbursed on December 13, 2021.

Escalade is a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods products sold worldwide. To obtain more information on the Company and its products, visit our website at: www.EscaladeInc.com or contact Patrick Griffin, Vice President of Corporate Development & Investor Relations at 812/467-1358.

ABOUT ESCALADE SPORTS

Headquartered in Evansville, IN, Escalade Sports is a global manufacturer and distributor of sports and outdoor recreational equipment. Leaders in their respective categories, Escalade Sports' brands include Bear® Archery, Bear X™, Trophy Ridge®, Rocket®, SIK® and Cajun Bowfishing™ archery equipment; STIGA® and Ping-Pong® table tennis; Accudart® and Unicorn® darting; RAVE Sports® water recreation products; Atomic®, Victory Tailgate®, Triumph™ Sports, Viva Sol®, Zume Games® recreational games; DURA® and Onix® pickleball equipment; Goalrilla™, Goalsetter® residential in-ground basketball systems, Goaliath® and Silverback® residential in-ground and portable basketball goals; Lifeline® and the STEP® fitness products; Woodplay® premium playsets; American Heritage Billiards® - premium billiards and game room assortment; and Cue&Case® - a leader in specialty billiard accessories. Escalade Sports' products are available at sporting goods dealers and independent retailers nationwide. For more information on Escalade Sports, its brands, instruction manuals, retailers, warranty, replacement parts or customer service, please call 1-888-784-4288 or visit www.escaladesports.com

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: specific and overall impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on Escalade's financial condition and results of operations; Escalade's plans and expectations surrounding the transition to its Interim Chief Executive Officer and all potential related effects and consequences; the impact of competitive products and pricing; product demand and market acceptance; new product development; Escalade's ability to achieve its business objectives, especially with respect to its Sporting Goods business on which it has chosen to focus; Escalade's ability to successfully achieve the anticipated results of strategic transactions, including the integration of the operations of acquired assets and businesses and of divestitures or discontinuances of certain operations, assets, brands, and products; the continuation and development of key customer, supplier, licensing and other business relationships; Escalade's ability to develop and implement our own direct to consumer e-commerce distribution channel; Escalade's ability to successfully negotiate the shifting retail environment and changes in consumer buying habits; the financial health of our customers; disruptions or delays in our business operations, including without limitation disruptions or delays in our supply chain, arising from political unrest, war, labor strikes, natural disasters, public health crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, and other events and circumstances beyond our control; Escalade's ability to control costs; Escalade's ability to successfully implement actions to lessen the potential impacts of tariffs and other trade restrictions applicable to our products and raw materials, including impacts on the costs of producing our goods, importing products and materials into our markets for sale, and on the pricing of our products; general economic conditions; fluctuation in operating results; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; changes in the securities markets; Escalade's ability to obtain financing and to maintain compliance with the terms of such financing; the availability, integration and effective operation of information systems and other technology, and the potential interruption of such systems or technology; risks related to data security of privacy breaches; 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.

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