CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 28, 2013 – Leatt Corporation (OTCQB: LEAT) today announced its financial results for 2012, including the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. Leatt is a global developer, marketer and distributor of personal protective equipment for all forms of sports, especially extreme motor sports; products include the flagship Leatt-Brace®, a widely recognized neck brace system designed to help prevent potentially devastating injuries to the cervical spine (neck) for helmeted sports. All financial numbers are in US dollars.
CEO Sean Macdonald commented, “2012 was a transitional year, where we continued our leap from being a company with one well-known product to being a company with multiple product lines for multiple sports. We have introduced a number of new products, including our 3DF® soft protection products, which were shipped to distributors for the first time during the fourth quarter. Overall sales were lower, due to a decrease in neck-brace sales, as distribution channels were re-worked and some new OEM distributors came on board, in some cases replacing other distributors whose capabilities did not match our goals for the expanded product lines. However our new products performed well, with 131% growth in body protection products. We expect that our introduction of new products to the marketplace will continue in the near term. We believe that our worldwide reputation for laboratory proven, innovative safety products will help us gain market share in markets that are already being served by other companies, but we expect that more competitive pricing will continue to result in lower, though acceptable margins, compared to the Leatt-Brace®.”
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
The Company had a number of successes during the Fourth Quarter of 2012, including the following highlights:
- In October, our Leatt Brace® patent was challenged in the European Patent Office and emerged stronger than ever.
- In November, we received SFI certification of our new race-car neck brace, potentially a very large new market entry.
- Body protection expert Jörn Steffens joined our product development team.
- We shipped our first 3DF® soft protection products to distributors. The 3DF® line protects more areas of the body, including the knees and elbows, while providing our usual safety and comfort. We believe that the 3DF® line is a logical extension of our brace and body protection products, and can be sold along with better-known Leatt products to professional athletes, as well as to everyday enthusiasts riding bicycles, skateboards, snowboards, motorbikes and a host of other sporting activities.
Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Performance
For the three months ended December 31, 2012, revenues were $6.1 million, with a net profit of $630,847 or $0.12 per share, as compared to $6.4 million, with net income of $445,924, or $0.09 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. We were pleased that our return on sales exceeded 10% for the fourth quarter.
Our cash and cash equivalents decreased to $667,671 at year-end, largely due to a steep increase in accounts receivable, a situation that can be anticipated with new products and new distributors. Our current ratio was at 3.2:1, slightly up from 3.1:1 at the end of 2011. We have no long-term debt and a short-term note that is used solely to finance our product liability insurance premium.
Mr. Macdonald added, “We held our operating costs down despite significant costs related to increased product liability insurance premium expense and litigation, as well as the costs of becoming and maintaining our status as a U.S. public company. In January 2013, our Leatt Chest Protector Pro Lite® was named 2012 Product of the Year by Transworld Motocross magazine. We are focusing on innovative ways to improve margins while maintaining our award-winning standards for safety and quality products.”
Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Performance
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 decreased by $1.3 million (or 7%), to $16.6 million, compared to $17.9 million in the same period a year ago. Gross profit for 2012 was $8.9 million or 54%, down from 58% for 2011. In spite of improved performance in the fourth quarter, our operating income was $65,524, down from an operating income of $858,530 in 2011, as professional fees rose steeply due to litigation and the push to be a fully reporting public company in the US, including the recently gained DTC eligibility for our common stock, which will make it easier for US investors to buy and hold Leatt shares. We reported a net profit of $78,643 for 2012, representing a decrease of $685,856 (or 90%) from a net income of $764,499 for 2011. Fully diluted income per share was $0.015 compared to fully diluted income per share of $0.15 for 2011.
Mr. Macdonald said, “We anticipate that demand for our products, especially the new protective products, will increase through 2013, and we intend to continue to add innovative new products to our catalog. Our mission is to be a broad-spectrum provider for sporting-goods and specialty sports stores in the U.S. and around the world.”
“We expect to continue strengthening our brand to represent quality and safety balanced with comfort and competitive pricing. We have substantially grown our development team to include team members with international product development experience and they are continuing to focus on developing additional brace and protection lines that will protect more people in more sports.”
“We also have scheduled a week of investor road show meetings in June for New York City, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco where we plan to introduce Leatt to more investors and analysts. We look forward to telling the Leatt story across the US.”
The Company will host a conference call at 11:00 am Eastern Time on March 28, 2013, to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 results and answer questions from investors. Participants may access the call by dialing 1-877-317-6789 (USA) or +1-412-317-6789 (international).
There will also be a simultaneous live webcast through the Company’s website, https://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 1-877-344-7529 (USA) or +1-412-317-0088 (international) and using passcode 10026676.
For those unable to attend to the live webcast, it will be archived shortly following the event for 30 days in the Investors section of the Company’s website.
About Leatt Corporation
Leatt Corporation develops, distributes and markets 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: https://www.leatt-corp.com. | http://www.leatt.com.
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