Wolverine Bites Back: Fool by Numbers

On Oct. 5, Wolverine World Wide (NYSE: WWW  ) released earnings for its 2005 third quarter, which ended Sept. 10.

  • Sales of $279.1 million fell a little short of Street expectations. But it didn't matter: EPS of $0.42 was up more than 12% over the last year's Q3 and also ahead of analyst estimates. Investors responded by bidding up the stock by more than 6%.
  • Gross margin saw notable improvement, but it's still a few points below Wolverine's major competitors.
  • Growth continued to slow sequentially, but the improving balance sheet -- the progress illustrated by a 26% reduction in long-term debt -- indicates good cash management. That could be good news for investors.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights(What's this?)

Avg. Est.

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Sales

$279,330

$279,116

$260,897

+7.0%

Net Profit

--

$24,634

$21,946

+12.2%

EPS

$0.41

$0.42

$0.37

+13.5%

Margin Checkup(What's this?)

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Gross Margin

38.93%

37.63%

+1.30%

Op. Margin

13.10%

12.64%

+0.46%

Net Margin

8.83%

8.41%

+0.41%

Balance Sheet Highlights(What's this?)

Assets

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Cash+ ST Invest.

$47,794

$39,136

+22.1%

Inventory

$196,397

$182,018

+7.9%

Accounts Rec.

$205,255

$191,926

+6.9%

Liabilities

Q3 2005 Q3 2004

% Change

Long-Term Debt

$32,154

$43,894

-26.7%

Accounts Pay.

$123,653

$121,388

+1.9%



Cash Flow Highlights(What's this?)

No cash flow data provided. (Boo!)

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