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    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results
    Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 4:05:00 PM ET
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Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2013 second quarter ended October 31, 2012.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Highlights

Net sales from continuing operations for the second quarter were a record $136.6 million, up 48.0% from the second quarter last year. The increase was led by continued strong sales across all of the company’s firearm product lines, including M&P(TM) branded products, such as pistols, modern sporting rifles, and the recently launched Shield(TM) pistol designed for concealed carry and personal protection.

Gross profit for the second quarter was $48.5 million, or 35.5% of net sales, compared with gross profit of $24.6 million, or 26.7% of net sales, for the comparable quarter last year. Increased sales volume of polymer pistols and modern sporting rifles positively impacted gross profit. In addition, gross margin last year reflected costs related to the consolidation of our Thompson/Center Arms business to Springfield, Massachusetts.

Operating expenses for the second quarter were $21.9 million, or 16.0% of net sales, compared with operating expense of $21.2 million, or 22.9% of net sales, for the second quarter last year. Increased profit sharing and incentive compensation expenses were almost entirely offset by savings resulting from an ongoing company-wide focus on cost reduction activities and the favorable impact in the current year of the Thompson/Center Arms consolidation that occurred in the prior year.

Operating income from continuing operations for the second quarter was $26.6 million, or 19.5% percent of net sales, compared with operating income from continuing operations of $3.4 million, or 3.7% percent of net sales for the comparable quarter last year.

Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter was $16.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared with net income from continuing operations of $948,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the second quarter last year.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS from continuing operations for the second quarter increased to $32.0 million compared with $10.2 million for the second quarter last year.

At October 31, 2012, firearm backlog was $332.7 million, an increase of $182.8 million, or 122.0%, compared with the end of the second quarter last year, and a decrease of $59.7 million, or 15.2%, from the most recent sequential quarter.

Operating cash flow of $4.5 million and net capital spending of $9.6 million for the second quarter resulted in free cash outflow of $5.1 million. The sequentially lower operating cash flow reflected hunting seasonality, in which some receivables are extended until after the hunting season, as well as $8.0 million in early employee profit sharing payments. Profit sharing payments historically occurred in the company’s third quarter. Despite the free cash outflow, cash and cash equivalents increased to $61.3 million at the end of the second quarter, primarily as a result of proceeds from the exercise of options.

The company also today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a program to repurchase up to $20.0 million of the company’s outstanding shares of common stock from time to time until June 30, 2013. The amount and timing of any repurchases will depend on a number of factors, including price, trading volume, general market conditions, legal requirements, and other factors. The repurchases may be made on the open market, in block trades, or in privately negotiated transactions. Any shares of common stock repurchased under the program will be considered issued but not outstanding shares of the company’s common stock.

James Debney, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our strong fiscal second quarter financial performance reflects the ongoing successful execution of our strategic plan, and accordingly today we are increasing our full year fiscal 2013 financial guidance. During the second quarter, consumers continued to demonstrate their desire for our products, driving strong demand for our M&P modern sporting rifles and polymer pistols, including our M&P Shield pistol designed for concealed carry and personal protection. Increases in internal production capacity combined with improvements in our supply chain integration allowed us to offset the impact of the annual two-week shutdown as well as exceed our revenue and earnings guidance. As always, we engaged in product innovation and marketing activities designed to support and expand our user base. We unveiled several high-end pistols for our competitive and professional customers, including our M&P(TM) Pro Series C.O.R.E. pistols. We also announced our presenting sponsorship of the NRA Women’s Network, a meaningful resource for the growing number of female gun enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels."

Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, "By continuing to focus on our core firearm business, we delivered a second consecutive quarter of record sales combined with strong net income growth and earnings per share performance. In addition, our Board of Directors has approved a program authorizing the repurchase of up to $20.0 million of our common stock. We believe that this program demonstrates the confidence that our Board and management team have in the future of the company and our ongoing commitment to enhancing stockholder value."

Financial Outlook for Continuing Operations

The company expects net sales from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 to be between $126.0 million and $131.0 million, which would represent year-over-year growth from continuing operations in excess of 30.0%. The company anticipates GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $0.19 and $0.21 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013.

The company is raising its full year fiscal 2013 financial guidance. The company now anticipates net sales from continuing operations for fiscal 2013 of between $550.0 million and $560.0 million, which would represent year-over-year growth from continuing operations of approximately 35.0% at the midpoint. The company anticipates fiscal 2013 GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $1.00 and $1.05.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host a conference call and webcast today, December 6, 2012, to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2013 financial and operational results. Speakers on the conference call will include James Debney, President and CEO, and Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and CFO. The conference call may include forward-looking statements. The conference call and webcast will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). Those interested in listening to the call via telephone may call directly at 866-770-7129 and reference conference code 97402682. No RSVP is necessary. The conference call audio webcast can also be accessed live and for replay on the company’s website at www.smith-wesson.com, under the Investor Relations section. The company will maintain an audio replay of this conference call on its website for a period of time after the call. No other audio replay will be available.

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS

In this press release, a non-GAAP financial measure known as "Adjusted EBITDAS" is presented. From time-to-time, the company considers and uses Adjusted EBITDAS as a supplemental measure of operating performance in order to provide the reader with an improved understanding of underlying performance trends. Adjusted EBITDAS excludes the effects of interest expense, income taxes, depreciation of tangible fixed assets, amortization of intangible assets, stock-based employee compensation expense, loss on the sale of discontinued operations, DOJ and SEC investigation costs, and certain other transactions. See the attached "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income/(Loss) to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS" for a detailed explanation of the amounts excluded from and included in net income to arrive at Adjusted EBITDAS for the three-month and six-month periods ended October 31, 2012 and October 31, 2011. Adjusted or non-GAAP financial measures provide investors and the company with supplemental measures of operating performance and trends that facilitate comparisons between periods before, during, and after certain items that would not otherwise be apparent on a GAAP basis. Adjusted financial measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for GAAP results. The company’s definition of these adjusted financial measures may differ from similarly named measures used by others.

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson?, M&P(TM) and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor created thereby. Such forward-looking statements include the success of our ongoing company-wide focus on cost reduction activities; our expectation that some hunting receivables will be extended until after the hunting season; future repurchases of our common stock under our stock repurchase program, including the amount, time, and manner of repurchases, if any; the success of our strategic plan; increasing our full year fiscal 2013 financial guidance; our belief regarding our Board’s and management team’s confidence in our future and our ongoing commitment to enhancing stockholder value; and our outlook for net sales from continuing operations, year-over-year growth from continuing operations, and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 and the full 2013 fiscal year. We caution that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include the demand for our products; the costs and ultimate conclusion of certain legal matters, including the DOJ and SEC matters; the state of the U.S. economy; general economic conditions, and consumer spending patterns; the potential for increased gun control; speculation surrounding fears of terrorism and crime; our growth opportunities; our anticipated growth; our ability to increase demand for our products in various markets, including consumer, law enforcement, and military channels, domestically and internationally; the position of our hunting products in the consumer discretionary marketplace and distribution channel; our penetration rates in new and existing markets; our strategies; our ability to introduce new products; the success of new products; our ability to expand our markets; the potential for cancellation of orders from our backlog; the effects of the divestiture of our security solutions business on our core firearm business; and other risks detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, including our Form 10-K Report for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2012.

Contacts: Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (413) 747-3304 lsharp@smith-wesson.com

SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME/(LOSS) AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)
(Unaudited)
                                                                                            For the Three Months Ended:           For the Six Months Ended:
                                                                                            October 31, 2012   October 31, 2011   October 31, 2012   October 31, 2011
                                                                                            (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales                                                                                   $        136,560   $        92,299    $        272,555   $        184,029
Cost of sales                                                                                        88,037             67,693             172,739            132,907
Gross profit                                                                                         48,523             24,606             99,816             51,122
Operating expenses:
                           Research and development                                                  1,278              1,241              2,420              2,579
                           Selling and marketing                                                     8,042              8,636              14,870             16,761
                           General and administrative                                                12,579             11,295             24,604             22,817
                           Total operating expenses                                                  21,899             21,172             41,894             42,157
Operating income from continuing operations                                                          26,624             3,434              57,922             8,965
Other income/(expense):
                           Other income/(expense), net                                               39                 20                 39                 54
                           Interest income                                                           335                399                703                802
                           Interest expense                                                          (1,344)            (2,477)            (3,331)            (4,416)
                           Total other income/(expense), net                                         (970)              (2,058)            (2,589)            (3,560)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes                                                25,654             1,376              55,333             5,405
Income tax expense                                                                                   9,253              428                20,061             2,182
                           Income from continuing operations                                         16,401             948                35,272             3,223
Discontinued operations:
                           Loss from operations of discontinued security solutions division          (867)              (4,004)            (2,550)            (6,706)
                           Income tax benefit                                                        (5,651)            (1,465)            (6,249)            (2,681)
                           Income/(loss) from discontinued operations                                4,784              (2,539)            3,699              (4,025)
Net income/(loss)/comprehensive income/(loss)                                               $        21,185    $        (1,591)   $        38,971    $        (802)
Net income/(loss) per share:
                           Basic - continuing operations                                    $        0.25      $        0.01      $        0.54      $        0.05
                           Basic - net income/(loss)                                        $        0.32      $        (0.02)    $        0.59      $        (0.01)
                           Diluted - continuing operations                                  $        0.24      $        0.01      $        0.53      $        0.05
                           Diluted - net income/(loss)                                      $        0.31      $        (0.02)    $        0.58      $        (0.01)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
                           Basic                                                                     65,871             64,697             65,611             64,613
                           Diluted                                                                   67,274             65,110             66,914             65,130
SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           As of:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           October 31, 2012     April 30, 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (In thousands, except par value and share data)
ASSETS
Current assets:
                                                                                     Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash of $3,340 on October 31, 2012 and $3,334 on April 30, 2012                                       $         61,295     $         56,717
                                                                                     Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,096 on October 31, 2012 and $1,058 on April 30, 2012                                          54,474               48,313
                                                                                     Inventories                                                                                                                                                     65,335               55,296
                                                                                     Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                                                                                       6,176                4,139
                                                                                     Assets held for sale                                                                                                                                            1,150                13,490
                                                                                     Deferred income taxes                                                                                                                                           12,759               12,759
                                                                                     Income tax receivable                                                                                                                                           8,771                --
                                                                                                                                                                Total current assets                                                                 209,960              190,714
Property, plant and equipment, net                                                                                                                                                                                                                   68,954               60,528
Intangibles, net                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4,225                4,532
Other assets                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         5,470                5,900
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $         288,609    $         261,674
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
                                                                                     Accounts payable                                                                                                                                      $         24,654     $         28,618
                                                                                     Accrued expenses                                                                                                                                                20,310               20,685
                                                                                     Accrued payroll                                                                                                                                                 9,016                9,002
                                                                                     Accrued income taxes                                                                                                                                            --                   291
                                                                                     Accrued taxes other than income                                                                                                                                 4,767                4,270
                                                                                     Accrued profit sharing                                                                                                                                          4,754                8,040
                                                                                     Accrued product/municipal liability                                                                                                                             1,365                1,397
                                                                                     Accrued warranty                                                                                                                                                5,047                5,349
                                                                                     Liabilities held for sale                                                                                                                                       --                   5,693
                                                                                     Current portion of notes payable                                                                                                                                789                  --
                                                                                                                                                                Total current liabilities                                                            70,702               83,345
Deferred income taxes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4,537                4,537
Notes payable, net of current portion                                                                                                                                                                                                                43,559               50,000
Other non-current liabilities                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10,977               10,948
                                                                                                                                                                Total liabilities                                                                    129,775              148,830
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
          Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding                                                                                                                                            --                   --
          Common stock, $.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 67,447,748 shares issued and  66,247,748 shares outstanding on October 31, 2012 and 66,512,097 shares issued and 65,312,097 shares outstanding on April 30, 2012             67                   67
          Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                                                                                                                                 196,398              189,379
          Accumulated deficit                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (31,308)             (70,279)
          Accumulated other comprehensive income                                                                                                                                                                                                     73                   73
          Treasury stock, at cost (1,200,000 common shares)                                                                                                                                                                                          (6,396)              (6,396)
                                                                                                                                                                Total stockholders’ equity                                                           158,834              112,844
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $         288,609    $         261,674
SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                 For the Six Months Ended:
                                                                                                                                                 October 31, 2012   October 31, 2011
                                                                                                                                                 (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
              Net income/(loss)                                                                                                                  $        38,971    $        (802)
              Adjustments to reconcile net income/(loss) to net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities:
                                               Amortization and depreciation                                                                              8,074              7,881
                                               Loss on sale of discontinued operations, including $45 of stock-based compensation expense                 798                --
                                               Loss on sale/disposition of assets                                                                         292                320
                                               Provision for/(recoveries of) losses on accounts receivable                                                380                (636)
                                               Change in disposal group assets and liabilities                                                            (1,232)            5,005
                                               Stock-based compensation expense                                                                           1,906              1,124
                                               Excess book deduction of stock-based compensation                                                          --                 (240)
                                               Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
                                               Accounts receivable                                                                                        (6,541)            7,828
                                               Inventories                                                                                                (10,039)           (8,346)
                                               Other current assets                                                                                       (1,213)            (1,460)
                                               Income tax receivable/payable                                                                              (9,062)            (1,417)
                                               Accounts payable                                                                                           (3,964)            (7,803)
                                               Accrued payroll                                                                                            (591)              1,297
                                               Accrued taxes other than income                                                                            497                (8,181)
                                               Accrued profit sharing                                                                                     (3,286)            1,974
                                               Accrued other expenses                                                                                     (1,175)            (1,349)
                                               Accrued product/municipal liability                                                                        (32)               (309)
                                               Accrued warranty                                                                                           (302)              2,351
                                               Other assets                                                                                               (39)               (79)
                                               Other non-current liabilities                                                                              329                306
                                                                                             Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities          13,771             (2,536)
Cash flows from investing activities:
              Proceeds from sale of discontinued operations                                                                                               7,500              --
              Receipts from note receivable                                                                                                               36                 --
              Payments to acquire patents and software                                                                                                    (22)               (64)
              Proceeds from sale of property and equipment                                                                                                13                 --
              Payments to acquire property and equipment                                                                                                  (15,836)           (6,086)
                                                                                             Net cash used in investing activities                        (8,309)            (6,150)
Cash flows from financing activities:
              Proceeds from loans and notes payable                                                                                                       1,753              1,532
              Cash paid for debt issue costs                                                                                                              --                 (1,887)
              Proceeds from energy efficiency incentive programs                                                                                          --                 225
              Payments on capital lease obligation                                                                                                        (300)              --
              Payments on loans and notes payable                                                                                                         (7,405)            (990)
              Proceeds from exercise of options to acquire common stock, including employee stock purchase plan                                           4,084              704
              Excess tax benefit of stock-based compensation                                                                                              984                --
                                                                                             Net cash used in financing activities                        (884)              (416)
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                      4,578              (9,102)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period                                                                                                            56,717             58,292
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                                                                                                         $        61,295    $        49,190
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
              Cash paid for:
                                               Interest                                                                                          $        3,013     $        2,649
                                               Income taxes                                                                                               22,204             1,129
SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME/(LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDAS (Unaudited)
                                                                                            For the Three Months Ended October 31, 2012:    For the Three Months Ended October 31, 2011:
                                                                                            GAAP          Adjustments        Adjusted       GAAP          Adjustments        Adjusted
Net sales                                                                                   $    136,560       --            $    136,560   $    92,299        --            $    92,299
Cost of sales                                                                                    88,037   $    (3,428) (9)        84,609         67,693   $    (3,659) (1)        64,034
Gross profit                                                                                     48,523        3,428              51,951         24,606        3,659              28,265
Operating expenses:
                           Research and development                                              1,278         (29)    (9)        1,249          1,241         (45)    (1)        1,196
                           Selling and marketing                                                 8,042         (63)    (9)        7,979          8,636         (90)    (1)        8,546
                           General and administrative                                            12,579        (1,797) (2)        10,782         11,295        (2,871) (3)        8,424
                           Total operating expenses                                              21,899        (1,889)            20,010         21,172        (3,006)            18,166
Operating income from continuing operations                                                      26,624        5,317              31,941         3,434         6,665              10,099
Other income/(expense):
                           Other income/(expense), net                                           39            --      (4)        39             20            --      (4)        20
                           Interest income                                                       335           (291)   (7)        44             399           (361)   (7)        38
                           Interest expense                                                      (1,344)       1,344   (5)        --             (2,477)       2,477   (5)        --
                           Total other income/(expense), net                                     (970)         1,053              83             (2,058)       2,116              58
Income from continuing operations before income taxes                                            25,654        6,370              32,024         1,376         8,781              10,157
Income tax expense                                                                               9,253         (9,253) (6)        --             428           (428)   (6)        --
Income from continuing operations                                                                16,401        15,623             32,024         948           9,209              10,157
Discontinued operations:
                           Loss from operations of discontinued security solutions division      (867)         1,020   (8)        153            (4,004)       779     (8)        (3,225)
Income tax benefit                                                                               (5,651)       5,651   (6)        --             (1,465)       1,465   (6)        --
Income/(loss) from discontinued operations                                                       4,784         (4,631)            153            (2,539)       (686)              (3,225)
Net income/(loss)/comprehensive income/(loss)                                               $    21,185   $    10,992        $    32,177    $    (1,591)  $    8,523         $    6,932
SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME/(LOSS) TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EBITDAS (Unaudited)
                                                                                            For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2012:       For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2011:
                                                                                            GAAP          Adjustments         Adjusted       GAAP          Adjustments        Adjusted
Net sales                                                                                   $    272,555       --             $    272,555   $    184,029       --            $    184,029
Cost of sales                                                                                    172,739  $    (6,796)  (9)        165,943        132,907  $    (7,630) (1)        125,277
Gross profit                                                                                     99,816        6,796               106,612        51,122        7,630              58,752
Operating expenses:
                           Research and development                                              2,420         (57)     (9)        2,363          2,579         (103)   (1)        2,476
                           Selling and marketing                                                 14,870        (125)    (9)        14,745         16,761        (174)   (1)        16,587
                           General and administrative                                            24,604        (3,135)  (2)        21,469         22,817        (5,350) (3)        17,467
                           Total operating expenses                                              41,894        (3,317)             38,577         42,157        (5,627)            36,530
Operating income from continuing operations                                                      57,922        10,113              68,035         8,965         13,257             22,222
Other income/(expense):
                           Other income/(expense), net                                           39            --       (4)        39             54            --      (4)        54
                           Interest income                                                       703           (608)    (7)        95             802           (681)   (7)        121
                           Interest expense                                                      (3,331)       3,331    (5)        --             (4,416)       4,416   (5)        --
                           Total other income/(expense), net                                     (2,589)       2,723               134            (3,560)       3,735              175
Income from continuing operations before income taxes                                            55,333        12,836              68,169         5,405         16,992             22,397
Income tax expense                                                                               20,061        (20,061) (6)        --             2,182         (2,182) (6)        --
Income from continuing operations                                                                35,272        32,897              68,169         3,223         19,174             22,397
Discontinued operations:
                           Loss from operations of discontinued security solutions division      (2,550)       1,383    (8)        (1,167)        (6,706)       1,501   (8)        (5,205)
                           Income tax benefit                                                    (6,249)       6,249    (6)        --             (2,681)       2,681   (6)        --
Income/(loss) from discontinued operations                                                       3,699         (4,866)             (1,167)        (4,025)       (1,180)            (5,205)
Net income/(loss)/comprehensive income/(loss)                                               $    38,971   $    28,031         $    67,002    $    (802)    $    17,994        $    17,192
(1) To eliminate depreciation, amortization, and plant consolidation costs.
(2) To eliminate depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, and DOJ/SEC costs and related profit sharing impacts of DOJ/SEC.
(3) To eliminate depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, plant consolidation costs, severance benefits for our former President and CEO, and DOJ/SEC costs and related profit sharing impacts of DOJ/SEC.
(4) To eliminate unrealized mark-to-market adjustments on foreign exchange contracts.  We did not have any foreign exchange contracts that required mark-to-market adjustments for all periods presented.
(5) To eliminate interest expense.
(6) To eliminate income tax expense.
(7) To eliminate intercompany interest income.
(8) To eliminate depreciation, amortization, interest expense, and stock-based compensation expense.
(9) To eliminate depreciation and amortization.

SOURCE Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation

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