Skechers' Shoe Fits: Fool by Numbers

On Feb. 22, footwear designer and retailer Skechers USA (NYSE: SKX  ) released fourth-quarter and year-end results for the period ended Dec. 31. Here are the quick-and-dirty details for the quarter.

  • Total sales grew an impressive 36%, ahead of analyst expectations. Skechers' brands are running right at the forefront of fashion.
  • Diluted earnings also beat analyst projections, growing 136%, thanks partly to higher gross margins and lower interest expense.
  • Inventory grew faster than sales, advancing nearly 48%.
  • Management is projecting first-quarter 2007 diluted earnings of $0.50-$0.55 per share, and net sales of $325 million-$335 million.
  • Stay tuned for the full analysis on Skechers. The stock currently merits a four-star rating from the Motley Fool CAPS community. To see what all the fuss is about, join the service for free today.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Q4 2006

Q4 2005

Change

Sales

$304,494

$223,494

36.2%

Net Profit

$14,582

$5,901

147.1%

EPS

$0.33

$0.14

135.7%

Diluted Shares

46,564

41,229

12.9%

*Three months ended Dec. 31, 2006 and 2005.

Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Margin Checkup

Q4 2006

Q4 2005

Change*

Gross Margin

42.01%

41.63%

0.38

Operating Margin

7.68%

4.73%

2.95

Net Margin

4.79%

2.64%

2.15

*Expressed in percentage points.

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Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q4 2006

Q4 2005

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$220,485

$197,007

11.9%

Accounts Rec.

$177,740

$134,600

32.1%

Inventory

$200,877

$136,171

47.5%



Liabilities

Q4 2006

Q4 2005

Change

Accounts Payable

$161,150

$108,395

48.7%

Long-Term Debt

$106,805

$107,288

(0.5%)



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Cash Flow Highlights

Fools will have to wait until Skechers files its 10-K with the SEC for juicy cash flow details.

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