16% Increase in Global Revenues to $28.3 million;
15% Increase in Net Income to $1.4 million
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, (March 24, 2020) – 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 fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2019. All financial numbers are in U.S. dollars.
- Record full year revenues of $28.3 million, up $3.9 million, or 16%, compared to 2018
- Fourth quarter revenues of $7.3 million, up 32% compared to 2018
- Net Income increased 15% to $1.4 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to $1.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in 2018
- Total operating expenses increased 9%, while revenues increased by 16%
- Income from operations increased 33% to $2.0 million, compared to $1.5 million in 2018
- Cash and cash equivalents increased to $2.07 million, compared to $1.71 million in 2018
- DBX 4.0 Helmet won Design & Innovation Award from jury of bicycle industry experts
- Leatt Neck Brace voted Number One neck brace to buy in Vital MX audience survey
- 2019 Racer X Readers’ Choice Award for Leatt neck brace as number one
Leatt CEO, Sean Macdonald, said, “We are pleased to report that 2019 was another record year for Leatt, in terms of our financial results, our innovative product development and the increasing consumer demand for our expanding range of exceptional revolutionary products. Global revenues grew by $3.9 million to $28.3 million, an increase of 16 percent, compared to 2018. In the United States, revenues grew by 13 percent over 2018, as our team of sales representatives continue to expand our selling footprint to existing and new dealers with our growing range of protective gear and apparel. International revenue also grew significantly as we refine and build relationships with top tier distributors that sell to both brick and mortar and online dealers. We also see strong growth in revenues from our stable of bicycle products that are sold through a growing network of distributors and dealers in the US and abroad.
“During 2019, we introduced several new revolutionary products that included: our latest generation Z-Frame knee brace, our bulletproof Velocity 6.5 goggles, and yet another new category for Leatt – Moto boots.
“Our line of medically proven and approved knee braces that cater to many consumer preferences and price points continues to be a key revenue driver and a focus of our engineering team. Goggle sales continue to exceed expectations with new dealerships expanding the range, both in the US and abroad. The GPX 5.5 motorcycle boot is another example of a Leatt product that is extensively athlete tested and designed to be extremely comfortable from the first day of wear. Our strategy continues to be one of building a pipeline of exceptional protective gear in multiple categories to fuel revenue growth.”
Founder and Chairman, Dr. Christopher Leatt, added, “Our product development and engineering team continues to refine our product categories and deliver a pipeline of cutting edge innovative protective gear that strives to define each category and reach a wider riding community globally.”
Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased to $7.3 million, up 32%, compared to $5.5 million for the 2018 fourth quarter.
Fourth quarter income from operations was $101,000, compared to a loss of $(128,000) in 2018.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $(28,000), or $(0.00) per basic and diluted share, compared to $(900) or $(0.00) per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2018.
For the full year of 2019, revenues increased by $3.9 million, or 16%, to $28.3 million, up from $24.3 million for the full year of 2018. The increase for 2019 was driven by a 73% increase in other product and accessories sales, a 20% increase in Body armor sales, a 2% increase in Neck brace sales that were partially offset by a $0.83 million decrease in helmet sales.
Mr. Macdonald commented, “Although neck brace revenues grew marginally, sales volume is increasing. As for our helmet category: Bicycle helmet sales are growing with good traction from our extreme mountain biking line. However, motorcycle helmet sales are challenging. It is an extremely competitive segment, but we believe that our cutting edge and technologically advanced helmets already in the market and in the pipeline can stimulate the necessary consumer demand to be successful.”
For the full year of 2019, gross profit was $13.0 million, or 46% of revenues, up 12%, compared to $11.6 million, or 47% of revenues for 2018.
For the full year of 2019, income from operations was $2.0 million, compared to $1.5 million for 2018.
Net income for the full year of 2019 increased 15% to $1.4 million, or $0.26 per basic share and $0.25 per diluted share, compared to $1.2 million, or $0.22 per basic and diluted share, for 2018.
Leatt continued to meet its working capital needs from cash on hand and internally generated cash flow from operations. At December 31, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.07 million, a current ratio of 2.2:1 and there was no long-term debt.
Mr. Macdonald said, “The Leatt brand continues to gain traction around the world, thanks to our engaging marketing campaigns and our partnerships with competitive athletes and teams that help us to promote the technology, safety and style of our exceptional gear.
“During the first quarter of 2020 we added another highly-anticipated product category that bodes well for future growth and defines Leatt as a premium ‘Head to Toe Brand’ providing a full line of gear to both the Motorcycle and Bicycle communities: our revolutionary line of MTB shoes. The Leatt line of Mountain biking shoes is designed to combine style, comfort and control for mountain bikers at all levels. The shoes have been developed and tested extensively on terrain as varied as the desert of Moab and the glaciers of the Alps. A key feature of the shoes is the RideGrip sole, which contains a durable rubber compound we developed that resists abrasion and forms the perfect pedal adhesion surface.
“While it’s still early, we believe that the shoe launch already can be considered a success. The shoes have been featured in many media outlets and our focused marketing efforts have had a great response on social media, increasing our reach and engagement significantly with consumers reaching out on all of our channels.
“While the success we achieved throughout 2019 has energized our entire team, we have seen conservative distributor buying patterns as a result of various global markets including California going into temporary “lock down” with the escalation of the COVID-19 global pandemic that may affect our growth trajectory going forward. Our management team is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that Leatt and its partners remain safe and return to normal trading patterns on a sustainable basis going forward.”
The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 am ET on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to discuss the 2019 fourth quarter and full year 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 13700230.
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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