Best Quarter in Company’s History;
71% Increase in Global Revenues to $12.9 million;
469% Increase in Net Income to $2.1 million
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, (May 12, 2021) – Leatt Corporation (OTCQB: LEAT), a leading developer and marketer of protective equipment and ancillary products for many forms of sports, especially extreme high-velocity sports, today announced record financial results for the first quarter of 2021. All financial numbers are in U.S. dollars.
First Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights:
- Record first quarter revenues of $12.9 million, up 71%, compared to the 2020 first quarter
- Record first quarter net income of $2.1 million, up 469%, compared to the 2020 first quarter
- Total operating expenses increased 10%, while revenues increased by 71%
- Income from operations of $2.8 million, up 460%, compared to the 2020 first quarter
- Cash and cash equivalents increased to $3.8 million, compared to $1.4 million in 2020
- Earnings per share increased to $0.38, up 443%, compared to $0.07 in the 2020 first quarter
CEO Sean Macdonald commented, “We are pleased that our strong 2020 performance trend has continued into the 2021 first quarter, with record-breaking results. Traditionally a slower quarter of the year, the 2021 first quarter saw a 71% increase in revenue, compared to a year ago, with revenue growth across our full ‘head-to-toe’ range of products for MTB and off-road MOTO in North America and abroad. We saw surging growth in most of our products, particularly body armor, MTB and MOTO helmets and footwear, including boots and shoes, with encouraging growth in neck brace revenues. This was the best quarter in our Company’s history, which we believe is a strong testament to our evolving and robust business model and the fantastic work done by our entire team.
“The numbers for the first quarter were remarkable: Global first quarter revenues were $12.9 million, first quarter net income was $2.1 million, an increase of 469% compared to a year ago. Margins remained consistent with last year at 47%, which has been a challenge as we continue to actively manage manufacturing and logistics costs amid rising raw materials and shipping costs in Asia.
“Leatt’s strong performance is the result of more than a decade of innovative and consumer focused work, with a dedication to excellence that is returning dividends. We are extremely encouraged with the momentum that our brand and products have achieved in the marketplace and our increasing value to our partner dealers and distributors around the world.”
Founder and Chairman Dr. Christopher Leatt remarked, “Our team of product developers and engineers, as well as our team riders, continue to strive for excellence. As we build out our categories, we continue to refine our ‘head-to-toe’ offering with products that offer the riding community sustained value add and the confidence to push themselves further with gear they can rely on.”
Total revenues for the first quarter of 2021 increased to $12.9 million, up 71%, compared to $7.5 million for the first quarter of 2020.
The increase in the first quarter of 2021 was driven by a 48% increase in neck brace sales, a 79% increase in body armor sales, a 109% increase in helmet sales, and a 47% increase in sales of other products, parts, and accessories. We are very pleased with the performance of our Neck Brace products which continues to generate a higher gross margin than our other product categories.
First quarter income from operations increased to $2.8 million, up 460%, compared to $491,893 for the first quarter of 2020.
Net income for the first quarter of 2021 was $2.1 million, or $0.38 per basic and $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $362,448, or $0.07 per basic and $0.07 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Leatt continued to meet its working capital needs from cash on hand and internally generated cash flow from operations. At March 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $3.8 million, a current ratio of 2.8:1, and there was no long-term debt.
Mr. Macdonald added: “This was a brilliant quarter for Leatt, especially coming at what has been a traditionally slower time and after a record breaking fourth quarter of 2020. The continued demand for our exceptional protective gear clearly demonstrates the tremendous traction as a “head-toe” off-road motorcycle and mountain biking brand that Leatt has continued to achieve with consumers participating extensively in outdoor activities despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This surge towards outdoor activities is a trend that we expect to continue.
“Our strategy of building a global consumer brand and a pipeline of award-winning, cutting-edge and innovative protective gear that appeals to a wide range of riders is working exceptionally well. We will continue on this path, investing in a superior professional sales and marketing staff that we believe will fuel additional growth now and in the future. Furthermore, we are growing sustainably. We are managing our working capital, re-investing our cash in operations, and strengthening our balance sheet.
“We look forward to presenting our 2022 product lineup to consumers during the second half of 2021 and are already very encouraged by the initial ordering sentiment from our distributors and dealers worldwide.”
The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 am ET on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, to discuss the 2021 first quarter results.
Participants should dial in to the call ten minutes before the scheduled time, using the following numbers: 1-877-407-9716 (U.S.A) or +1-201-493-6779 (international) to access the call.
There will also be a simultaneous live webcast through the Company’s website, www.leatt-corp.com. Participants should register on the website approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the webcast.
An audio replay of the conference call will be available for seven days and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.A) or +1-412-317-6671 (international) and using passcode 13719613
For those unable to attend the call, a recording of the live webcast, will be archived shortly following the event for 30 days on the Company’s website.
About Leatt Corp
Leatt Corporation develops personal protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially extreme motor sports. The Leatt-Brace® is an award-winning neck brace system considered the gold standard for neck protection for anyone wearing a crash helmet as a form of protection. It was designed for participants in extreme sports or riding motorcycles, bicycles, mountain bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other vehicles. For more information, visit www.leatt.com.
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