Reiterates Full Year 2024 Revenue Growth of 3% to 5%

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX), a world leader in innovative casual footwear for all, today announced its fourth quarter and full year 2023 financial results.

“We delivered a record year for Crocs Inc. capped off by a strong fourth quarter that exceeded expectations across all metrics. Revenues of nearly $4 billion grew over 11% underpinned by industry-leading operating margins and double-digit earnings per share growth. Crocs Brand grew across all regions and channels, highlighting the power of our strategy and disciplined execution. We made good progress in the fourth quarter towards returning our HEYDUDE Brand to a pull-market position resulting in improved gross margins and healthy inventory levels exiting the year,” said Andrew Rees, Chief Executive Officer. “We are starting off 2024 from a position of strength and taking the opportunity to reinvest into several key strategic areas as we continue to lay the foundation for durable market share gains.”

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” or “Non-GAAP” are Non-GAAP measures and include adjustments that are described under the heading “Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures.” A reconciliation of these amounts to their GAAP counterparts are contained in the schedules below.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Operating Results 

  • Revenues were $960 million, an increase of 1.6% from the same period last year, or 1.5% on a constant currency basis. Direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) revenues grew 6.8% and wholesale revenues contracted 4.6%. By brand, Crocs revenues were $732 million, an increase of 10.0% from the same period last year, or 9.9% on a constant currency basis. HEYDUDE revenues were $228 million, a decrease of 18.5% from the same period last year, or 18.7% on a constant currency basis.
  • Gross margin was 55.3% compared to 52.5% in the prior year. Adjusted gross margin improved 240 basis points to 55.7% compared to 53.3% in the same period last year.
  • Selling, general, and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) of $321 million increased from $276 million in the same period last year, and SG&A as a percent of revenues rose to 33.5% from 29.2% in prior year. Adjusted SG&A increased to 31.6% of revenues versus 27.3% for the same period last year.
  • Income from operations decreased 4.8% to $210 million and operating margin fell to 21.8%, compared to 23.3% for the same period last year. Adjusted income from operations fell 6.0% to $231 million and adjusted operating margin fell to 24.1% from 26.0%.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $4.16 as compared to $2.20 for the same period last year due to an increased tax benefit. Adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased 2.6% to $2.58 compared to $2.65 for the same period last year.
  • During the quarter $277 million of debt was repaid, and we reduced gross leverage to 1.5x and net leverage to 1.3x. We repurchased approximately 0.3 million shares for $25 million at an average share price of $86.34. At year end, $875 million of share repurchase authorization remained available for future repurchases.

2023 Operating Results

  • Record revenues of nearly $4.0 billion increased 11.5%, or 12.0% on a constant currency basis, over 2022.
  • Gross margin of 55.8% increased 350 basis points compared to 52.3% last year. Adjusted gross margin of 56.5% rose 210 basis points from last year.
  • SG&A expenses of $1,173 million increased from $1,010 million last year and as a percent of revenues increased by 120 basis points to 29.6%. Adjusted SG&A increased to 28.7% of revenues versus 26.7% last year.
  • Income from operations increased 21.9% to $1,037 million from $851 million last year. Operating margin increased 230 basis points to 26.2% from 23.9% compared to last year. Adjusted income from operations increased 11.4% to $1,099 million and adjusted operating margin was flat at 27.7% compared to last year.
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 46.8% to $12.79 per share. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 10.2% to $12.03, which excludes the fourth-quarter tax benefit.

2023 Brand Summary

  • Crocs Brand: Revenues increased 13.3%, or 14.0% on a constant currency basis, to $3.0 billion. Wholesale revenues increased 8.4%, or 9.3% on a constant currency basis. DTC revenues rose 18.5%, or 19.0% on a constant currency basis.
    • North America: Revenues of $1.8 billion increased 8.1%, or 8.3% on a constant currency basis.
    • International: Revenues of $1.2 billion increased 21.7%, or 23.2% on a constant currency basis.
  • HEYDUDE Brand: Revenues increased 6.0% to $949 million. Wholesale revenues decreased 1.3% and DTC revenues increased 18.9%. Including the period prior to the acquisition in February 2022, revenues contracted 3.7%.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

  • Cash and cash equivalents were $149 million as of December 31, 2023, down from $192 million as of December 31, 2022.
  • Inventories decreased 18.3% to $385 million as of December 31, 2023 compared to $472 million as of December 31, 2022.
  • Cash provided by operating activities rose 54.3% to $930 million during 2023 compared to $603 million during 2022.
  • Capital expenditures were $116 million during 2023 compared to $104 million during 2022.
  • Borrowings as of December 31, 2023 were $1.66 billion, compared to $2.32 billion as of December 31, 2022, as we repaid $666 million of debt in 2023. Our liquidity position remains strong with $149 million in cash and cash equivalents and $570 million in available borrowing capacity as of December 31, 2023.

Financial Outlook

First Quarter 2024

With respect to the first quarter of 2024, we expect:

  • Revenues to be down 1.5% to up 0.5% compared to first quarter 2023
    • Crocs Brand to grow 6% to 8% compared to first quarter 2023
    • HEYDUDE Brand to contract 23% to 20% compared to first quarter 2023
  • Adjusted operating margin of approximately 22%
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.15 to $2.25

Full Year 2024

With respect to 2024, we continue to expect:

  • Revenue growth of 3% to 5% compared to 2023 at currency rates as of December 31, 2023
    • Revenues for the Crocs Brand to grow 4% to 6%
    • Revenues for the HEYDUDE Brand flat to slightly up
  • Adjusted operating margin of approximately 25%
  • Non-GAAP adjustments of approximately $10 million primarily related to HEYDUDE’s distribution and logistics project, impacting cost of goods sold
  • Combined GAAP tax rate of approximately 21.5% and Non-GAAP effective tax rate of approximately 18%
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $12.05 to $12.50. Adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance does not assume any impact from potential future share repurchases
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $120 to $130 million

Segment Reporting Change

In the fourth quarter of 2023, to reflect changes in the way management evaluates performance, makes operating decisions, and allocates resources, we updated our reportable operating segments to be (i) Crocs Brand and (ii) HEYDUDE Brand. Our ‘North America,’ ‘Asia Pacific,’ and ‘EMEALA’ segments as well as revenues and expenses related to Crocs ‘Brand corporate’ have been consolidated to the ‘Crocs Brand.’ Please refer to our Form 10-K for more detailed information.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2023 results is scheduled for today, February 15, 2024, at 8:30 am ET. To receive conference call details, please register at the Investor Relations section of the Crocs website, investors.crocs.com. The webcast will also be available live and on replay through February 15, 2025 at this site.

About Crocs, Inc.:

Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX), headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for all, combining comfort and style with a value that consumers know and love. The Company’s brands include Crocs and HEYDUDE, and its products are sold in more than 80 countries through wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels. For more information on Crocs, Inc. visit investors.crocs.com. To learn more about our brands, visit www.crocs.com or www.heydude.com. Individuals can also visit https://investors.crocs.com/news-and-events/ and follow both Crocs and HEYDUDE on their social platforms.

Forward Looking Statements:

This press release includes estimates, projections, and statements relating to our plans, commitments, objectives, and expectations that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding potential impacts to our business related to our supply chain challenges, cost inflation, our financial condition, brand and liquidity outlook, and expectations regarding our future revenue, margins, non-GAAP adjustments, tax rate, earnings per share, debt ratios and capital expenditures, share repurchases, the acquisition of HEYDUDE and benefits thereof, our strategy, plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions, future financial results and growth potential, statements regarding first quarter and full year 2024 financial outlook and future profitability, cash flows, and brand strength, anticipated product portfolio and our ability to deliver sustained, highly profitable growth and create significant shareholder value. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: our expectations regarding supply chain disruptions; cost inflation; current global financial conditions; the effect of competition in our industry; our ability to effectively manage our future growth or declines in revenues; changing consumer preferences; our ability to maintain and expand revenues and gross margin; our ability to accurately forecast consumer demand for our products; our ability to successfully implement our strategic plans; our ability to develop and sell new products; our ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; the effect of potential adverse currency exchange rate fluctuations and other international operating risks; and other factors described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K under the heading “Risk Factors” and our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are encouraged to review that section and all other disclosures appearing in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

All information in this document speaks as of February 15, 2024. We do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022

Revenues

$      960,097


$      945,162


$   3,962,347


$   3,554,985

Cost of sales

429,400


448,839


1,752,337


1,694,703

Gross profit

530,697


496,323


2,210,010


1,860,282

Selling, general and administrative expenses

321,183


276,271


1,173,227


1,009,526

Income from operations

209,514


220,052


1,036,783


850,756

Foreign currency gains (losses), net

382


4,343


(1,240)


3,228

Interest income

1,181


801


2,406


1,020

Interest expense

(36,444)


(49,801)


(161,351)


(136,158)

Other income (expense), net

(774)


174


(326)


(338)

Income before income taxes

173,859


175,569


876,272


718,508

Income tax expense (benefit)

(79,727)


37,834


83,706


178,349

Net income

$      253,586


$      137,735


$      792,566


$      540,159

Net income per common share:








Basic

$             4.19


$             2.23


$           12.91


$             8.82

Diluted

$             4.16


$             2.20


$           12.79


$             8.71

Weighted average common shares outstanding:








Basic

60,543


61,747


61,386


61,220

Diluted

60,977


62,501


61,952


62,006









Gross margin

55.3 %


52.5 %


55.8 %


52.3 %

Operating margin

21.8 %


23.3 %


26.2 %


23.9 %

Selling, general and administrative expenses as a
     percentage of revenues

33.5 %


29.2 %


29.6 %


28.4 %

CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and par value amounts)



December 31,


2023


2022

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$          149,288


$          191,629

Restricted cash — current

2


2

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $27,591 and $24,493, respectively

305,747


295,594

Inventories

385,054


471,551

Income taxes receivable

4,413


14,752

Other receivables

21,071


18,842

Prepaid expenses and other assets

45,129


33,605

Total current assets

910,704


1,025,975

Property and equipment, net

238,315


181,529

Intangible assets, net

1,792,562


1,800,167

Goodwill

711,588


714,814

Deferred tax assets, net

667,972


528,278

Restricted cash

3,807


3,254

Right-of-use assets

287,440


239,905

Other assets

31,446


7,875

Total assets

$       4,643,834


$       4,501,797





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$          260,978


$          230,821

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

285,771


239,424

Income taxes payable

65,952


89,211

Current borrowings

23,328


24,362

Current operating lease liabilities

62,267


57,456

Total current liabilities

698,296


641,274

Deferred tax liabilities, net

12,912


302,030

Long-term income taxes payable

565,171


224,837

Long-term borrowings

1,640,996


2,298,027

Long-term operating lease liabilities

269,769


215,119

Other liabilities

2,767


2,579

Total liabilities

3,189,911


3,683,866

Stockholders’ equity:




Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 110.1 million and 109.5 million issued, 60.5
million and 61.7 million shares outstanding, respectively

110


110

Treasury stock, at cost, 49.6 million and 47.7 million shares, respectively

(1,888,869)


(1,695,501)

Additional paid-in capital

826,685


797,614

Retained earnings

2,611,765


1,819,199

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(95,768)


(103,491)

Total stockholders’ equity

1,453,923


817,931

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$       4,643,834


$       4,501,797

CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)



Year Ended December 31,


2023


2022

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$          792,566


$          540,159

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

54,304


39,229

Loss on disposal of assets

419


9,063

Operating lease cost

79,543


66,012

Inventory donations

2,078


2,770

Provision (recovery) for doubtful accounts, net

3,568


1,101

Share-based compensation

29,072


31,303

Asset impairments

9,287


Deferred taxes

(410,319)


(4,760)

Other non-cash items

3,401


9,947

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquired assets and assumed liabilities:




Accounts receivable, net of allowances

(13,317)


(56,766)

Inventories

86,350


(91,614)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(31,839)


(14,435)

Accounts payable

37,197


41,701

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

46,695


38,629

Right-of-use assets and operating lease liabilities

(75,107)


(63,355)

Income taxes

316,546


54,158

Cash provided by operating activities

930,444


603,142

Cash flows from investing activities:




Purchases of property, equipment, and software

(115,625)


(104,190)

Acquisition of HEYDUDE, net of cash acquired


(2,046,881)

Other

(46)


(20)

Cash used in investing activities

(115,671)


(2,151,091)

Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from bank borrowings

257,905


2,169,898

Repayments of bank borrowings

(923,703)


(575,285)

Deferred debt issuance costs

(1,736)


(53,596)

Repurchases of common stock

(175,019)


Repurchases of common stock for tax withholding

(17,086)


(11,477)

Other


119

Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(859,639)


1,529,659

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

3,078


(3,750)

Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(41,788)


(22,040)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash — beginning of year

194,885


216,925

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash — end of year

$          153,097


$          194,885





Cash paid for interest

$          151,621


$          127,809

Cash paid for income taxes

179,721


130,084

Cash paid for operating leases

74,729


62,852

Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities, net of terminations

120,865


137,554

Accrued purchases of property, equipment, and software

7,668


18,245

Share issuance at Acquisition


270,396


CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

In addition to financial measures presented on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), we present “Non-GAAP gross profit,” “Non-GAAP gross margin,” “Non-GAAP gross margin by brand,” “Non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses,” “Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses as a percent of revenues,” “Non-GAAP selling,general and administrative expenses as a percent of revenues by brand,” “Non-GAAP income from operations,” “Non-GAAP operating margin,” “Non-GAAP operating margin by brand,” “Non-GAAP tax rate,” “Non-GAAP diluted net income per common share,” “Non-GAAP income before income taxes,” “Non-GAAP income tax expense,” “Non-GAAP effective tax rate,” “Non-GAAP net income,” “Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per common share,” and “net leverage” which are non-GAAP financial measures. We also present future period guidance for “Non-GAAP operating margin,” “Non-GAAP income from operations,” “Non-GAAP effective tax rate,” “Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share,” and “net leverage.” Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of items that management believes affect the comparability or underlying business trends in our condensed consolidated financial statements in the periods presented.

We also present certain information related to our current period results of operations through “constant currency,” which is a non-GAAP financial measure and should be viewed as a supplement to our results of operations and presentation of reportable segments under GAAP. Constant currency represents current period results that have been retranslated using exchange rates used in the prior year comparative period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Management uses non-GAAP results to assist in comparing business trends from period to period on a consistent basis in communications with the board of directors, stockholders, analysts, and investors concerning our financial performance. We believe that these non-GAAP measures, in addition to corresponding GAAP measures, are useful to investors and other users of our condensed consolidated financial statements as an additional tool for evaluating operating performance and trends by providing meaningful information about operations compared to our peers by excluding the impacts of various differences.

Management believes Non-GAAP gross profit, Non-GAAP gross margin, and Non-GAAP gross margin by brand are useful performance measures for investors because they provide investors with a means of comparing these measures between periods without the impact of certain expenses that we believe are not indicative of our routine cost of sales. Our routine cost of sales includes core product costs and distribution expenses primarily related to receiving, inspecting, warehousing, and packaging product and transportation costs associated with delivering products from distribution centers. Costs not indicative of our routine cost of sales may or may not be recurring in nature and include costs to expand and transition to new distribution centers.

Management believes Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses and Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses as a percent of revenues are useful performance measures for investors because they provide a more meaningful comparison to prior periods and may be indicative of the level of such expenses to be incurred in future periods. These measures exclude the impact of certain expenses not related to our normal operations, such as costs related to the acquisition and integration of HEYDUDE and other costs that are expected to be non-recurring in nature.

Non-GAAP income from operations, Non-GAAP operating margin, and Non-GAAP operating margin by brand reflect the impact of Non-GAAP gross profit and Non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses, as discussed above. We believe these are useful performance measures for investors because they provide a useful basis to compare performance in the period to prior periods.

Non-GAAP income before income taxes reflects the impact of Non-GAAP income from operations, as discussed above. We believe this is a useful performance measure for investors because it provides a useful basis to compare performance in the period to prior periods.

Management believes Non-GAAP income tax expense is a useful performance measure for investors because it provides a basis to compare our tax rates to historical tax rates, and because the adjustment is necessary in order to calculate Non-GAAP net income.

Management believes Non-GAAP effective tax rate is a useful performance measure for investors because it provides an ongoing effective tax rate that they can use for historical comparisons and forecasting.

Management believes Non-GAAP net income is a useful performance measure for investors because it focuses on underlying operating results and trends and improves the comparability of our results to prior periods. This measure reflects the impact of Non-GAAP gross profit, Non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses, and Non-GAAP income tax expense, as described above.

Management believes Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per common share are useful performance measures for investors because they focus on underlying operating results and trends and improve the comparability of our results to prior periods. These measures reflect the impact of Non-GAAP gross profit, Non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses, and Non-GAAP income tax expense, as described above.

Management believes net leverage is a useful performance measure for investors because it allows for a direct comparison of this measure between periods and is reflective of outstanding borrowings after using all available cash and cash equivalents to reduce borrowings.

For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023, management believes it is helpful to evaluate our results excluding the impacts of various adjustments relating to special or non-recurring items. Investors should not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

Non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin reconciliation:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands)

GAAP revenues

$      960,097


$      945,162


$   3,962,347


$   3,554,985









GAAP gross profit

$      530,697


$      496,323


$   2,210,010


$   1,860,282

Distribution centers (1)

3,667


6,162


27,331


11,058

HEYDUDE inventory fair value step-up (2)




62,238

Inventory reserve in Russia (3)


(590)



(390)

Other


1,930



1,930

Total adjustments

3,667


7,502


27,331


74,836

Non-GAAP gross profit

$      534,364


$      503,825


$   2,237,341


$   1,935,118









GAAP gross margin

55.3 %


52.5 %


55.8 %


52.3 %

Non-GAAP gross margin

55.7 %


53.3 %


56.5 %


54.4 %

(1)

Represents expenses, including expansion costs and duplicate rent costs, primarily related to our distribution centers in Dayton, Ohio, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

(2)

Primarily represents a step-up of HEYDUDE inventory costs to fair value upon the close of the acquisition on February 17, 2022.

(3)

Represents the net impact of an inventory reserve expense in our Crocs Brand segment associated with the shutdown of our direct operations in Russia.

Non-GAAP gross margin reconciliation by brand:

Crocs Brand:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands)

GAAP Crocs Brand gross margin

59.4 %


55.3 %


60.0 %


56.3 %

Non-GAAP adjustments:








  Distribution centers (1)

0.1 %


0.9 %


0.2 %


0.4 %

  Inventory reserve in Russia (2)

— %


(0.1) %


— %


less than 1%

Non-GAAP Crocs Brand gross margin

59.5 %


56.1 %


60.2 %


56.7 %

(1)

Represents expenses, including expansion costs and duplicate rent costs, related to our distribution centers in Dayton, Ohio and Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

(2)

Represents the net impact of an inventory reserve expense in our Crocs Brand segment associated with the shutdown of our direct operations in Russia.

HEYDUDE Brand:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands)

GAAP HEYDUDE Brand gross margin (1)

44.3 %


46.4 %


44.0 %


40.8 %

Non-GAAP adjustments:








  Distribution centers (2)

1.2 %


0.1 %


2.2 %


less than 0.1%

  Inventory fair value step-up (3)

— %


— %


— %


6.9 %

  Other

— %


0.7 %


— %


0.2 %

Non-GAAP HEYDUDE Brand gross margin (1)

45.5 %


47.2 %


46.2 %


48.0 %

(1)

We acquired HEYDUDE on February 17, 2022 and, as a result, added the HEYDUDE Brand as a new reportable operating segment. Therefore, the amounts shown above for the year ended December 31, 2022 represents results during the partial period from the acquisition date of February 17, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

(2)

Represents a step-up of HEYDUDE inventory costs to fair value upon the close of the acquisition on February 17, 2022.

(3)

Represents expenses related to our distribution center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses reconciliation:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands)

GAAP revenues

$      960,097


$      945,162


$   3,962,347


$   3,554,985









GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses

$      321,183


$      276,271


$   1,173,227


$   1,009,526

Headquarters relocation (1)

(9,992)


(973)


(13,161)


(3,348)

Information technology project discontinuation



(4,119)


HEYDUDE acquisition and integration costs (2)

(1,064)


(4,992)


(3,025)


(38,197)

Impact of shutdown of Russia direct operations (3)


(8,489)



(14,286)

Other (4)

(6,861)


(3,782)


(14,218)


(4,909)

Total adjustments

(17,917)


(18,236)


(34,523)


(60,740)

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative
     expenses (5)

$      303,266


$      258,035


$   1,138,704


$      948,786









GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses as a
     percent of revenues

33.5 %


29.2 %


29.6 %


28.4 %

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses
     as a percent of revenues

31.6 %


27.3 %


28.7 %


26.7 %

(1)

Represents a $9.3 million impairment in the three months ended December 31, 2023 to our former corporate headquarters and the related long-lived assets, as well as the duplicate rent costs associated with our move to a new headquarters.

(2)

Represents costs related to the integration of HEYDUDE in the year ended December 31, 2023, and costs related to the acquisition and integration of HEYDUDE in the partial period from acquisition date of February 17, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

(3)

Represents various costs in the prior year associated with the shutdown of our direct operations in Russia, including the recognition of cumulative translation adjustments into earnings, severance, and lease exit costs and penalties.

(4)

Includes various restructuring costs, as well as costs associated with the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system.

(5)

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses are presented gross of tax.

Non-GAAP income from operations and operating margin reconciliation:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands)

GAAP revenues

$      960,097


$      945,162


$   3,962,347


$   3,554,985









GAAP income from operations

$      209,514


$      220,052


$   1,036,783


$      850,756

Non-GAAP gross profit adjustments (1)

3,667


7,502


27,331


74,836

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative
     expenses adjustments (2)

17,917


18,236


34,523


60,740

Non-GAAP income from operations

$      231,098


$      245,790


$   1,098,637


$      986,332









GAAP operating margin

21.8 %


23.3 %


26.2 %


23.9 %

Non-GAAP operating margin

24.1 %


26.0 %


27.7 %


27.7 %

(1)

See ‘Non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin reconciliation’ above for more details.

(2)

See ‘Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses reconciliation’ above for more details.

Non-GAAP income tax expense (benefit) and effective tax rate reconciliation:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands)

GAAP income from operations

$      209,514


$      220,052


$   1,036,783


$      850,756

GAAP income before income taxes

173,859


175,569


876,272


718,508









Non-GAAP income from operations (1)

$      231,098


$      245,790


$   1,098,637


$      986,332

GAAP non-operating income (expenses):








Foreign currency gains (losses), net

382


4,343


(1,240)


3,228

Interest income

1,181


801


2,406


1,020

Interest expense

(36,444)


(49,801)


(161,351)


(136,158)

Other income (expense), net

(774)


174


(326)


(338)

Non-GAAP income before income taxes

$      195,443


$      201,307


$      938,126


$      854,084









GAAP income tax expense (benefit)

$       (79,727)


$        37,834


$        83,706


$      178,349

Tax effect of non-GAAP operating adjustments

5,515


4,629


15,591


23,418

Impact of intra-entity IP transfers (2)

112,483


(6,737)


93,250


(25,011)

Non-GAAP income tax expense

$        38,271


$        35,726


$      192,547


$      176,756









GAAP effective income tax rate

(45.9) %


21.5 %


9.6 %


24.8 %

Non-GAAP effective income tax rate

19.6 %


17.7 %


20.5 %


20.7 %

(1)

See ‘Non-GAAP income from operations and operating margin reconciliation’ above for more details.

(2)

In the fourth quarter of 2023, and previously in 2021 and 2020, we made changes to our international legal structure, including an intra-entity transfer of certain intellectual property rights, primarily to align with current and future international operations. The transfers resulted in a step-up in the tax basis of intellectual property rights and correlated increases in foreign deferred tax assets based on the fair value of the transferred intellectual property rights. This adjustment represents the current period impact of these transfers.

Non-GAAP earnings per share reconciliation:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands, except per share data)

Numerator:








GAAP net income

$          253,586


$          137,735


$          792,566


$          540,159

Non-GAAP gross profit adjustments (1)

3,667


7,502


27,331


74,836

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative
     expenses adjustments (2)

17,917


18,236


34,523


60,740

Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (3)

(117,998)


2,108


(108,841)


1,593

Non-GAAP net income

$          157,172


$          165,581


$          745,579


$          677,328

Denominator:








GAAP weighted average common shares outstanding
     – basic

60,543


61,747


61,386


61,220

Plus: GAAP dilutive effect of stock options and
     unvested restricted stock units

434


754


566


786

GAAP weighted average common shares outstanding
     – diluted

60,977


62,501


61,952


62,006









GAAP net income per common share:








Basic

$                 4.19


$                 2.23


$              12.91


$                 8.82

Diluted

$                 4.16


$                 2.20


$              12.79


$                 8.71









Non-GAAP net income per common share:








Basic

$                 2.60


$                 2.68


$              12.15


$              11.06

Diluted

$                 2.58


$                 2.65


$              12.03


$              10.92

(1)

See ‘Non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin reconciliation’ above for more information.

(2)

See ‘Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses reconciliation’ above for more information.

(3)

See ‘Non-GAAP income tax expense (benefit) and effective tax rate reconciliation’ above for more information.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL GUIDANCE


Full Year 2024:



Approximately:

Non-GAAP operating margin reconciliation:


GAAP operating margin

25 %

Non-GAAP adjustments, primarily related to capital investments to support growth (1)

less than 1%

   Non-GAAP operating margin

25 %

Non-GAAP effective tax rate reconciliation:


GAAP effective tax rate

22 %

Non-GAAP adjustments associated with amortization of intellectual property (2)

(4) %

   Non-GAAP effective tax rate

18 %

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share reconciliation:


GAAP diluted earnings per share

$11.40 to $11.85

Non-GAAP adjustments, primarily related to capital investments to support growth and amortization of
     intellectual property (1)(2)

$0.65

   Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

$12.05 to $12.50

(1)

For the full year 2024, we expect to incur $10 million in costs primarily related to capital investments to support growth and to be primarily in cost of goods sold

(2)

In the fourth quarter of 2023, we made changes to our international legal structure, including an intra-entity transfer of certain intellectual property rights, primarily to align with current and future international operations. The transfers resulted in a step-up in the tax basis of intellectual property rights and correlated increases in foreign deferred tax assets based on the fair value of the transferred intellectual property rights.

Non-GAAP Financial Guidance

Our forward-looking guidance for consolidated first quarter “adjusted operating margin” and “adjusted diluted earnings per share” represents non-GAAP financial measures that exclude or otherwise have been adjusted for special items from our U.S. GAAP financial statements. We consider these items to be necessary adjustments for purposes of evaluating our ongoing business performance and are often considered non-recurring. Such adjustments are subjective and involve significant management judgment.

While we are able to estimate full year non-GAAP adjustments, we are unable to reconcile forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest U.S. GAAP measure quarter-by-quarter because we are unable to predict the timing of these adjustments with a reasonable degree of certainty. Similarly, we are unable to reconcile long-term net leverage and long-term adjusted operating margin to their nearest U.S. GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts because we are unable to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty the actual impact of the special and other non-core items. By their very nature, special and other non-core items are difficult to anticipate with precision because they are generally associated with unexpected and unplanned events that impact our company and its financial results. Therefore, we are unable to provide a reconciliation of these measures.

CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

REVENUES BY SEGMENT, CHANNEL, and GEOGRAPHY



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


% Change


Constant Currency

% Change (1)




Favorable (Unfavorable)


2023


2022


2023


2022


Q4 2023-
2022


Full Year
2023-2022


Q4 2023-
2022


Full Year
2023-2022


($ in thousands)

Crocs Brand:
















North America:
















   Wholesale

$    134,884


$    142,177


$    652,943


$    644,215


(5.1) %


1.4 %


(5.1) %


1.5 %

   Direct-to-consumer

336,392


314,744


1,124,942


1,000,441


6.9 %


12.4 %


6.9 %


12.6 %

  Total North America (2)

471,276


456,921


1,777,885


1,644,656


3.1 %


8.1 %


3.1 %


8.3 %

International:
















   Wholesale

171,572


145,052


840,594


733,087


18.3 %


14.7 %


19.4 %


16.3 %

   Direct-to-consumer

89,609


64,004


394,475


281,382


40.0 %


40.2 %


36.6 %


41.5 %

  Total International

261,181


209,056


1,235,069


1,014,469


24.9 %


21.7 %


24.6 %


23.2 %

  Total Crocs Brand

$    732,457


$    665,977


$ 3,012,954


$ 2,659,125


10.0 %


13.3 %


9.9 %


14.0 %

















Crocs Brand:
















Total Wholesale

$    306,456


$    287,229


$ 1,493,537


$ 1,377,302


6.7 %


8.4 %


7.3 %


9.3 %

Total Direct-to-consumer

426,001


378,748


1,519,417


1,281,823


12.5 %


18.5 %


12.0 %


19.0 %

   Total Crocs Brand

732,457


665,977


3,012,954


2,659,125


10.0 %


13.3 %


9.9 %


14.0 %

HEYDUDE Brand:
















Total Wholesale

103,748


142,954


566,937


574,140


(27.4) %


(1.3) %


(27.7) %


(1.3) %

Total Direct-to-consumer

123,892


136,231


382,456


321,720


(9.1) %


18.9 %


(9.1) %


18.9 %

   Total HEYDUDE Brand (3)

227,640


279,185


949,393


895,860


(18.5) %


6.0 %


(18.7) %


6.0 %

  Total consolidated
     revenues

$    960,097


$    945,162


$ 3,962,347


$ 3,554,985


1.6 %


11.5 %


1.5 %


12.0 %

(1)

Reflects year over year change as if the current period results were in constant currency, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. See ‘Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures’ above for more information.

(2)

North America includes the United States and Canada.

(3)

We acquired HEYDUDE on February 17, 2022 and, as a result, added the HEYDUDE Brand as a new reportable operating segment. Therefore, the amounts shown above for the year ended December 31, 2022 represent results during the partial period from the acquisition date of February 17, 2022 through December 31, 2022 (the “Partial Period”). The vast majority of HEYDUDE Brand revenues are derived from North America.

CROCS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

DIGITAL SALES PERCENTAGE AND DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER COMPARABLE SALES

 

Digital sales, which includes sales through our company-owned website, third-party marketplaces, and e-tailers (which are reported in our wholesale channel), as a percent of total revenues, by operating segment were:



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022

Digital sales as a percent of total revenues:








Crocs Brand

42.0 %


42.3 %


36.6 %


37.6 %

HEYDUDE Brand (1)

54.2 %


51.6 %


41.8 %


38.5 %

Total

44.8 %


45.1 %


37.9 %


37.8 %

(1)

We acquired HEYDUDE on February 17, 2022 and, as a result, added the HEYDUDE Brand as a new reportable operating segment. Therefore, the amounts shown above for the year ended December 31, 2022 represent results during the Partial Period.

Direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) comparable sales for the Crocs Brand are as follows:


Constant Currency (1)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022

Direct-to-consumer comparable sales: (2)








Crocs Brand

10.7 %


18.5 %


15.5 %


15.0 %

HEYDUDE Brand (3)

(14.2) %


N/A


3.6 %


N/A

(1)

Reflects period over period change on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for more information.

(2)

Comparable store status, as included in the DTC comparable sales figures above, is determined on a monthly basis. Comparable store sales include the revenues of stores that have been in operation for more than twelve months. Stores in which selling square footage has changed more than 15% as a result of a remodel, expansion, or reduction are excluded until the thirteenth month in which they have comparable prior year sales. Temporarily closed stores are excluded from the comparable store sales calculation during the month of closure and in the same month in the following year. Location closures in excess of three months are excluded until the thirteenth month post re-opening. E-commerce comparable revenues are based on same site sales period over period. E-commerce sites that are temporarily offline or unable to transact or fulfill orders (“site disruption”) are excluded from the comparable sales calculation during the month of site disruption and in the same month in the following year. E-commerce site disruptions in excess of three months are excluded until the thirteenth month after the site has re-opened.

(3)

We acquired HEYDUDE on February 17, 2022 and, as a result, added the HEYDUDE Brand as a new operating segment. As such, in the three months ended and year ended December 31, 2022, we did not disclose DTC comparable sales for the HEYDUDE Brand.

SOURCE Crocs, Inc.

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