NECK BRACES AND BODY ARMOR UP YEAR-TO-YEAR; MARGINS INCREASE 500 BASIS POINTS
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 13, 2014 – Leatt Corporation (OTCQB: LEAT) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Leatt Corporation develops and markets protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially extreme high-velocity sports. All financial numbers are in US dollars.
First Quarter 2014 Financial Performance
Overall revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, were $3.5 million, with a net loss of $340,886, or $0.07 loss per share, compared to the previous year’s first quarter, for which the Company reported revenue of$3.2 million, with a net loss of $754,741, or $0.14 loss per share.
CEO Sean Macdonald commented, “We followed our strong finish in 2013 with a good start for 2014. Revenue was up 8 percent largely due to an increase in sales of both our signature Neck Brace products and Body Armor products for the period. We broadened the Neck Brace product line during 2013, principally by introducing the Five.Five, a new generation of the classic Leatt Neck Brace design, and our new revolutionary Fusion Vest 2.0, a product for children that includes upper-body and neck protection. As a result, Neck Brace sales increased to $1.9 million, versus $1.8 million in the first quarter of last year. Overall profit margins increased to 54 percent, from 49 percent in the prior-year period, due to improved gross profit margins earned on Body Armor products, the sale of our new neck brace products at higher margins and a concomitant drop in Cost of Goods Sold. Expenses were carefully controlled, and dropped to $2.3 million from $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.”
“Keeping in mind that the first quarter is typically our weakest quarter,” Mr. Macdonald added, “we were very pleased that our Body Armor, which is one of our newest product lines, increased to $1.4 million for the quarter, compared to $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2013. And it is also worth noting that although we participated in our first-ever downhill ski show in February, and actually previewed our new Knee Brace, there were no sales of Knee Brace products in the quarter, as initial salesman sample shipments are due to be made during the current quarter ended 30 June, 2014 and production shipments are expected to follow shortly thereafter. Additionally, given that our ski product line was only seen midway through the quarter, and that the winter quarter was exceptionally cold and snowy over most of our biggest market geographies, we consider our results to be quite good. We are definitely beginning to see some momentum.”
The Company’s cash balance was $0.7 million at March 31, 2014, from $0.8 million at the 2013 year end. The first quarter ending ratio of 3.3:1 is slightly stronger than the 3.0:1 at the beginning of the quarter. The company has no long-term debt.
“We have been in a period of transition,” said Mr. Macdonald, “from being a Neck Brace company, to being a company with a broad and growing line of protective gear for sports enthusiasts of all ages. We announced our Knee Brace products this year, an entirely new category for us, aimed at our primary market of athletes participating in high-velocity sports, such as motocross, mountain biking, downhill skiing, and snowboarding. Additionally, we are investigating the potential for the Knee Brace as an adjunct to medical procedures and diagnoses, and we are exploring pursuit of a CE Mark and submission to the USFDA for that purpose. We are pleased that not only are our product lines growing, our markets are also growing.”
Leatt’s management team will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s financial results at 10 am ET today. Participants should dial in to the call ten minutes before the scheduled time, using the following numbers: 1-877-300-8521 (USA) or +1-412-317-6026 (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.
For those unable to attend the call, an audio replay of the conference call will be available for seven days and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 (USA) or +1-858-384-5517 (international) and using passcode 10046024. A recording of the live webcast will also be archived for 30 days on the Company’s website.
About Leatt Corporation
Leatt Corporation develops and sells protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially extreme high-velocity sports. The Leatt-Brace® is an award-winning neck brace system considered to be the gold standard in neck protection for anyone wearing a crash helmet as a form of protection. The latest generation of the Leatt-Brace, the Five.Five neck brace, is also designed for participants in high-velocity sports such as motorcycling, bicycling, mountain bicycling, driving all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other vehicles, and have potential applications in any downhill or freestyle high-velocity sports. For more information, visit: www.leatt-corp.com |www.leatt.com
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