Ad hoc: HEAD NV and HTM Sport GmbH Announce the Unaudited Results of Head NV for the Three and Nine Months ended 30th September 2011.
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Ad hoc: HEAD NV and HTM Sport GmbH Announce the Unaudited Results of Head NV for
the Three and Nine Months ended 30th September 2011.
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Amsterdam - 10(th) November 2011 - Head NV (VSX: HEAD; U.S. OTC: HEDYY.PK), a
leading global manufacturer and marketer of sports equipment, and HTM Sport
GmbH, a subsidiary of Head NV, announced the following results today.
In Winter Sports, for the first nine months of 2011, sales were 1.9% or â‚¬1.5m
ahead of 2010 driven by earlier delivery of snowboard and higher binding sales,
offset in part by a small decline in ski and boot sales.
Our Racquet Sports sales for the first nine months of 2011 were 3.1% or â‚¬3.1m
behind 2010. The decline was primarily due to the weakening of the US dollar
against the Euro and lower sales of tennis balls. The volume of racquets sold
has increased compared to 2010 and this allowed the division to reverse the
trend of the first two quarters and report a growth of 0.8% in the third
While the diving market has been severely impacted by both political turbulence
in key dive destinations in North Africa and natural disasters in Australia and
Japan our division has managed to achieve a slight growth in sales on a currency
neutral basis for the first nine months of 2011 compared to 2010. The
unfavourable development of exchange rates has led to an overall decline of
0.3% or â‚¬0.1m over the same period.
Our newly introduced Sportswear Division generated sales of â‚¬3.8m for the first
nine months of 2011.
Overall, sales for the group for the first nine months of the year declined by
just 0.1% or â‚¬0.3m.
The adjusted operating profit for the nine month period declined by â‚¬2.7m
compared to prior year. This was mainly due to a negative â‚¬1.5m impact of lower
gross margins (41.4% in 2011 compared to 42.1% in 2010) as a result of higher
raw material prices and higher selling and marketing expenses of â‚¬1.5m offset by
general and administration expenses being lower by â‚¬0.3m.
The reported operating profit for the nine month period declined by â‚¬6.0m
compared to the prior year. The further decline of â‚¬3.2m compared to the
adjusted operating profit came from the accounting for our stock option plans.
In 2010 we recorded a non-cash income of â‚¬3.3m for the plans, compared to an
income of â‚¬0.1m in 2011.
In both the three month period and the nine month period, interest and other
financial costs increased significantly. This was due to the acceleration of the
amortisation of the non-cash disagio costs as a result of the buy back and
redemption of the Senior Secured Notes during 2011. Excluding this non-cash
disagio cost, interest and other financial expenses would have decreased from
â‚¬2.4m to â‚¬2.3m for the three month period to September 2011 compared to 2010,
and increased just slightly from â‚¬7.0m to â‚¬7.1m for the nine month period.
Overall the net loss for the nine months increased by â‚¬9.2m in the nine months
to September 2011 compared to the nine months to September 2010.
Operating cashflow for the nine months to September 2011 compared to 2010
declined by â‚¬15.5m due predominantly to movements in working capital of â‚¬12.9m
and the lower operating result.
During 2011 we have continued to work at producing excellent products and
marketing them effectively. We are delighted with the performance of our
The Ski World Cup season has got off to a great start with Lindsey Vonn winning
the opening Giant Slalom womens race, and Ted Ligety winning the opening Giant
Slalom mens race. In mens tennis we now have two of the top three players in the
world with Novak Djokovic ranked world number one, and Andy Murray, ranked third
and two of the top four womens players with Victoria Azarenka and Maria
In addition during 2011, we have been restructuring our financing and have
redeemed our Senior Secured Notes and replaced them with lower interest more
flexible working capital lines in Austria and the US.
The macro economic factors, however, have not improved and raw material prices
have been increasing at the same time as consumers are spending more cautiously.
We continue to forecast a lower operating profit in 2011 than we achieved in
HEAD NV is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium sports
HEAD NV's ordinary shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange ("HEAD").
Our business is organized into five divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports,
Diving, Sportswear and Licensing. We sell products under the HEAD (tennis,
squash and racquetball racquets, tennis balls, tennis footwear, badminton
products, alpine skis, ski bindings and ski boots, snowboards, bindings and
boots and sportswear), Penn (tennis and racquetball balls), Tyrolia (ski
bindings) and Mares (diving equipment) brands.
For more information, please visit our website: www.head.com
Analysts, investors, media and others seeking financial and general information,
Clare Vincent, Investor Relations
Tel: +44 207 499 7800
Fax: +44 207 491 7725
Gunter Hagspiel, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +43 5574 608
Fax +43 5574 608 130
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other statements that are not historical facts. These statements reflect beliefs
of Head NV's management as well as assumptions made by its management and
information currently available to Head NV. Although Head NV believes that these
beliefs and assumptions are reasonable, the statements are subject to numerous
factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to
be materially different from those projected. These Factors include, but are not
limited to, the following: the still possible impact of the global economic
turmoil, weather and other factors beyond our control, competitive pressures and
trends in the sporting goods industry, our ability to implement our business
strategy, our liquidity and capital expenditures, our ability to obtain
financing, our ability to compete, including internationally, our ability to
introduce new and innovative products, legal proceedings and regulatory matters,
our ability to fund our future capital needs, and general economic conditions.
These factors, risks and uncertainties expressly qualify all subsequent oral and
written forward-looking statements attributable to Head NV or persons acting on
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Stock Market: Official Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange
HTM Senior Notes ISIN: XS0184717956 and XS0184719143
HTM Senior Secured Notes ISIN: XS0447202218 and XS0447202309
Listing: Luxembourg Stock Exchange
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