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MCBC Holdings (NASDAQ:MCFT)
Q3 2020 Earnings Call
May 06, 2020, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the MasterCraft Boat Development Holdings, Inc. Q3 2020 earnings conference call. [Operator instructions] Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. If you require any further assistance please press star zero.

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Tim Oxley, CFO. Please go ahead, sir.

Tim Oxley -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, operator, and welcome, everyone. Thank you for joining us today as we discuss MasterCraft's third-quarter performance for fiscal 2020. As a reminder, today's call is being webcast live and will also be archived on our website for future listening. Joining me on today's call are Fred Brightbill, chief executive officer and chairman; and George Steinbarger, our chief revenue officer.

As you can imagine, we have a lot to cover on today's call. Fred will begin with an overview of the industry landscape and the steps MasterCraft is taking to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. He will then touch on our operational highlights from the quarter and our preparedness for restarting operations. I will discuss our financial performance, both prior to and following the onset of COVID-19, as well as provide some commentary on how we currently see the rest of fiscal 2020, recognizing that conditions may change.

Then I'll turn the call back to Fred for some closing remarks, before we open the call for Q&A. Before we begin, we'd like to remind participants that the information contained in this call is current only as of today, May 6, 2020. The company assumes no obligation to update any statements, including forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and subject to the safe harbor disclaimer in today's press release.

Additionally, on this conference call, we will discuss non-GAAP measures that include or exclude special or items not indicative of our ongoing operations. For each non-GAAP measure, we also provide the most directly comparable GAAP measure in our fiscal 2020 third-quarter earnings release which includes a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to our GAAP results. We'd also like to remind listeners that there is a slide deck summarizing our financial results in the investors section of our website. With that, I'll turn the call over to Fred.

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Thank you, Tim, and good morning, everyone. I appreciate you joining us today, especially during this uncertain time. The world is a very different place than it was when we spoke last [Audio gap] families, our work, our communities and our daily lives. I extend my sincerest wishes that everyone with us today has remained safe and healthy.

The near-term impact of the pandemic on the recreational boating industry has been significant, specifically, government-mandated social distancing and stay-at-home restrictions impacted our production, our supply chain, our sales channel and curtailed customer spending after what had been a promising start to the year. While this health crisis has been unique and unprecedented in many ways, this is not the first time that our team have managed through a downturn. We leveraged our collective experience and the lessons learned to help us navigate through this environment. We acted swiftly and decisively while maintaining a level of operational and financial flexibility to adjust as needed.

I want to take a moment to thank the MasterCraft team for their hard work and commitment to our company. I know it has been a challenging last few weeks, and I'm extremely pleased with how our team has supported one another and continue to serve our customers even as production halted. As the quarter progressed, we monitored the situation, made informed real-time decisions with three key priorities in mind. First, support the health and safety of our employees, dealers and the communities in which we operate.

Second, take swift, disciplined action to ensure liquidity and manage the downside risk to our supply chain and dealer inventories. And third, evaluate alternative scenarios and position the company to accelerate growth as we emerge from the pandemic. Now, let me take a moment to discuss each of these priorities in more detail, starting with staying healthy. Protecting the health and well-being of our people, our partners and our communities has been our main priority, and we put measures in place to ensure that we did just that.

This began with implementing social distancing protocols at our facilities, stepping up cleaning and ultimately, evolved along with state and federal guidelines to a suspension of production and a work-from-home policy for office employees. I'm extremely proud of the way our employees have stepped up to assisting communities in the fight against the virus. Across all three of our locations, our employees have produced thousands of face mask that were donated to local healthcare providers, first responders and others on the front lines fighting this pandemic. MasterCraft also donated personal protection equipment to local healthcare facilities in the communities in which we operate.

We will continue to provide assistance on this front and look for additional ways to help those in need. In addition to health and safety concerns, government mandates and supply chain disruptions, a key consideration as we evaluated the suspension of production was the need to limit dealer inventory buildup in the face of a significant reduction in consumer spending. As market conditions continue to deteriorate in early March and the outlook became increasingly uncertain, we made the decision to pull back production in anticipation of a declining retail outlook. In late March, we made the decision to stop production at all our facilities, given the supply chain and dealer concerns.

As we have learned from previous downturns, maintaining a healthy dealer inventory is critical and important for the long run success not only of our company, but also our dealers. Limiting the flow of products and allowing existing inventory to clear, we believe MasterCraft will be much better positioned to capitalize on wholesale growth opportunities when the economy normalizes. Our dealer partners, along with our employees, are MasterCraft's most valued asset, and we have spent significant time and resources to ensure that they get through these trying times. Tim Oxley was quick to reach out to our floor plan lenders to negotiate curtailment and interest payment relief on behalf of all our dealers, providing them with immediate cash preservation.

We were also one of the first boat builders to proactively educate dealers on the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program through our business development managers and senior sales leadership. Given the mandated closures around the world, we were quick to realize the benefits of investments in digital marketing and continue to expand brand awareness and drive consumers to our dealers. As consumers adjust to a world of increased isolation, finding safe, family friendly recreational alternatives is becoming increasingly important. Boating has been one of the most sought-after alternatives available.

We've heard countless stories from dealers telling us of increased interest in their markets with Internet traffic and leads at all-time highs for this time of the year. Utilizing unique digital marketing strategies like virtual boat tours and touch-free demos and boat deliveries, our dealers are capitalizing on this increased interest in boating. Should the economy recover quicker than we anticipate, we could find ourselves in a position where some dealers do not have enough product to meet demand. Therefore, production schedules will prioritize the production of customer sold boats to make sure customers are on the water as soon as possible.

Lastly, we will continue to utilize retail rebates in a strategic, disciplined manner to drive retail activity in the most impacted areas to assist dealers with pockets of heavy inventory. Looking at our financial profile, particularly in this environment, we recognize that it is critically important to have a strong balance sheet and financial flexibility. MasterCraft has a highly flexible, low fixed cost business model, which is especially valuable in these market conditions, where rigorous cost and capital management is critical to maintaining resilience. We were able to reorganize many departments, and our financial strength and commitment to our people allowed us to keep, virtually, all our salary employees on the payroll without applying for any government loan programs.

Unfortunately, we did need to lay off hourly workers for approximately six weeks, but we covered their health insurance for four weeks. We look forward to bringing them back as we ramp up production in May. Tim will provide more detail on the specific cost, capital allocation and balance sheet actions that we have taken during the quarter in his section. As a team, we believe we are well-positioned to weather this storm.

As we evaluate new information and manage through the pandemic, continuing to implement our strategy to position MasterCraft for sustained value creation. While production has been shut down, we've continued to develop and refine our strategy to improve the customer experience, instill a customer-focused culture and achieve operational excellence. Since first announcing our plans during our second quarter conference call in January, we've made measurable progress, laying the foundation for change across the organization. MasterCraft quality system has been reorganized to allow us to take customer experience to the next level.

While it is still early, we are recognized -- recognizing that as a management team, our immediate focus has been on navigating through the downturn. We're increasingly seeing signs that our strategy is working. Specifically, during the quarter, we made significant progress in consolidating product development and engineering resources to better utilize the talented team of engineers and designers we have across all our brands. To lead this new group, we promoted Dave Ekern to the role of chief product officer.

And his mandate is to deliver to our customers the latest in innovation, features, styling, comfort and performance. I'm excited about the early results from this new structure and I know this initiative will dramatically improve the overall experience our customers have on the water with our products. During the quarter, we also continued to drive sales and marketing strategic initiatives aimed at improving the customer experience. At MasterCraft, we remain on plan to launch a new website and build a boat platform in July, which will deliver the best-in-class experience for new and existing customers.

Across all our brands, we continue to make investments in digital marketing initiatives that will drive market share gains and revenue growth. To ensure that these important investments are aligned with our overall strategy and lead to meaningful growth opportunities, we promoted George Steinbarger to the role of chief revenue officer. In his new role, George will retain responsibility for strategy. In addition, he will oversee sales and marketing functions across the entire MasterCraft portfolio, developing sales and marketing processes and goals that align with our broader market strategies aimed at gaining market share.

So, despite the near-term headwinds, we remain confident in our strategic focus and the company's growth potential over the long term. Now, let me share some highlights from the quarter. MasterCraft started the third quarter off on a strong note with very healthy performance and strong momentum in January, February and early March prior to the spread of COVID-19. In our MasterCraft brand, we continue to see positive year-over-year results in retail performance for the pre-COVID months of January and February.

While March retail was down due to the pandemic, we were encouraged with the resilience and retail performance for the month versus our internal expectations, which continued through April. Dealer inventories are down versus the same time last year, and we are already hearing from some dealers that they are concerned they may be short of boats this selling season. Additionally, I'm pleased to share the announcement from this past Monday, that our newly redesigned X26 was the recipient of the prestigious boating industry's top product award. This is recognition of our continued commitment to innovation and delivering the best on-the-water experience to our customers.

Introduced in September, the new X26 elevated the boat's luxurious appeal while setting a new precedent for wake and surf capabilities in the large towboat category. In our Aviara brand, we continue to see positive acceptance with MarineMax and consumers. Our retail sell-through rate for Q3 is ahead of our internal expectations. We launched the flagship model in the Aviara line, the AV40, at the Miami Boat Show in February, which complements the AV32 and the AV36 models previously introduced.

Similar to the MasterCraft X26, we are thrilled that the AV40 was recognized by boating industry as a top product award winner, reflecting our commitment to creating a new class of Luxury Day Boats with progressive styling, elevated control, modern comfort, quality details. We can't wait for this summer selling season to further showcase the Aviara brand to customers and truly elevate their experience on the water. In our NauticStar brand, we saw a sharp increase in retail activity on a year-over-year basis, pre-COVID. Similar to our MasterCraft brand, the retail resilience in March and April we have experienced at NauticStar has been encouraging.

Our dealer inventories at NauticStar are down year over year, positioning the brand to return to wholesale growth quicker once markets reopen. Lastly, in our Crest brand, we have seen the most improved retail performance of all our brands in Q3. Throughout the quarter and into April, Crest retail sales are up on a year-over-year basis despite the pandemic. Crest dealer inventories are now lower than this time last year, setting us up for a strong revenue growth in the future.

While we are pleased with the retail performance across all our brands during this turbulent time, we will continue to track retail activity closely. And we'll be prepared to adjust our production up or down as results dictate. With the most -- two most critical months in the retail selling season, May and June, upcoming, we'll have more visibility into retail demand to share with you during our Q4 earnings call. Now, I'll turn the call back over to Tim.

Who will provide more color on our financial results and expectations for the remainder of the year. Tim?

Tim Oxley -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you. As Fred noted, these are difficult times for the boating industry and the broader economy. While we started the quarter off on a strong note, the spread of COVID-19 across the globe and the corresponding economic and production shutdown has had a significant impact on our operations and as a result on our financial performance. Net sales for the third quarter were $102.6 million, a decrease of 25.8 million or 20.1%, compared to 128.4 million for the prior-year period.

The decrease was primarily due to a proactive decrease in unit production, given supply chain disruptions and in anticipation of a potential impact to retail demand, both related to COVID-19 pandemic. Our net sales in the quarter were also impacted by the previously planned reduction in unit sales to rightsize dealer inventory levels caused by last summer's weather impacted selling season, partially offset by the addition of our new Aviara brand. Gross profit decreased 10.1 million or 32.2% to 21.3 million, principally driven by the lower unit sales volumes for each reportable segment, 1.5 million of compensation and employee benefit costs related to our temporary shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and higher sales discounts. The decrease in consolidated gross margin percentage is primarily attributable to a decrease in overhead absorption due to the lower unit sales volumes across each reportable segment, the transitory 1.5 million of COVID-19 shutdown costs and higher sales discounts.

Operating expenses increased 55.6 million for the third quarter, compared to 12.9 million for the prior-year period due to 56.4 million of impairment charges, partially offset by lower incentive compensation cost. Excluding these impairment charges, our operating expenses declined versus the prior year. Given an anticipated lower retail demand for our products in the near term, we have taken certain actions to reduce our operating expenses. These actions include eliminating discretionary spending, delaying merit increases for salaried employees and pausing all nonessential hiring.

While decisions that involve personnel are never easy, we believe these actions better align our spending levels with a lower revenue environment. Additionally, this quarter, we recorded a noncash goodwill and intangible impairment charge of 56.4 million related to NauticStar and Crest. In light of a number of factors, including the impact of the pandemic revenue downturn, we now expect the financial performance of both divisions to materially differ from the projections derived at the time of both acquisitions. We have concluded that the fair value of both businesses was less than their respective carrying value, resulting in the noncash goodwill and intangible impairment charges.

Nevertheless, we believe in the long-term potential for both businesses to return to growth as we continue to take actions to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, implement our new strategic plan and as markets eventually recover. Turning to the bottom line. Adjusted net income for the third quarter was 8.6 million or $0.46 per share on a fully diluted weighted average share count of 18.9 million shares, computed using the company's estimated annual effective tax rate of approximately 23%. This compares to adjusted net income of 14.6 million or $0.78 per fully diluted share in the prior-year period.

Adjusted EBITDA was 14 million for the third quarter, compared to 21.9 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 13.6%, down from 17% in the prior-year period, principally due to decreased operating leverage on lower sales volumes. Turning to our liquidity and balance sheet. We took steps during the quarter to maintain financial flexibility and conserve cash.

As of the end of March, we had more than 40 million of cash in our balance sheet, including the 35 million we drew down on our revolving credit agreement as a precautionary measure. In addition, we've suspended or delayed lower priority capital projects and cut back on discretionary spending to conserve cash. Given our flexible cost structure and best-in-class working capital management, we can further conserve cash should circumstances warrant such action. Additionally, we expect to finalize an amendment to our credit agreement this week that will include the temporary removal and replacement of agreement's financial covenants to provide additional financial flexibility.

The credit amendment includes the addition of a 50-basis-point floor on LIBOR and modifications to the range of applicable LIBOR and prime interest rate margins. The covenant replacement will include the temporary removal of the total net leverage ratio covenant and fixed charge coverage ratio to be replaced with three separate covenants and interest coverage ratio, a minimum liquidity threshold and a maximum unfinanced capital expenditures limitation. The covenant replacements will remain in place until the three months ended June 30, 2021, at which time the old covenants will be reinstated. In addition, the total net leverage ratio calculation will be revised to include all unrestricted cash balances without limitation.

There is significant uncertainty around the extent of the impact that COVID-19 will have on our business. To that end, and as previously announced on March 25, we have withdrawn our fiscal 2020 guidance that was originally provided in our second-quarter earnings press release and conference call on February 5, 2020. While we do not believe we can reliably forecast financial targets at this time, we want to provide you with some high-level thoughts for the fourth quarter. It's important to highlight that when we ramp up production starting next week, we will have been shut down for more than six weeks in our fiscal Q4, and we'll be coming back at a production run rate below prior levels.

While we -- while our current order backlog supports production rates greater than this, we believe it is prudent to get more visibility on our retail performance and the status of the economy reopening before increasing our production levels. So, it is unlikely we will have positive earnings in the quarter. Given our current liquidity position, flexible financial model and cost-cutting measures implemented to date, we are confident in our ability to manage through this and drive back to profitability in short order. As of today, approximately, 75% of our dealer network is fully open and has the capability to take orders and sell boats, as well as provide service to their customer base.

We believe it will take some time for markets to reopen and they will open at different rates across the country. Based on this, we currently expect retail to be down significantly in calendar Q2 and moderating in the second half of the calendar year. This forecast will vary by brand and region, but our wholesale modeling is based on these assumptions. Better retail than this will provide significantly more wholesale demand.

In either case, we have modeled a wide range of scenarios. And with the steps we have taken, we believe that MasterCraft has the financial strength, flexibility and liquidity to navigate changing demand trends and effectively and efficiently manage the business. I'll now turn the call back to Fred for closing remarks. Fred?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Thanks, Tim. While COVID-19 presented many challenges for MasterCraft in the third quarter, we believe that we have implemented a plan to manage through the near-term headwinds and position the company for success as the economy begins to recover. As we prepare to resume production and send employees back to our facilities, we are focused on maintaining rigorous health and safety standards. We will be following best practices, including health screening certification, temperature scans, use of masks, physical distancing, enhanced personal hygiene and heightened cleaning protocols.

We will monitor the sites closely, and we'll continue to consider local and federal government guidelines throughout this transition. In closing, we have a strong foundation of committed employees and dealers, a resilient business model and a long-term plan to grow market share and drive shareholder value. I'm confident that MasterCraft will convert this adversity into a competitive advantage and emerge from this situation stronger than ever. With that, we'll go ahead and open the line for questions.

Operator?

Questions & Answers:


Operator

[Operator instructions] Your first question comes from the line of Eric Wold with B. Riley.

Eric Wold -- B. Riley FBR -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning, guys. I want to make sure I understood a few comments. It sounds like retail demand, at least what you've been seeing in March and April, was at least better than expected and, actually, with regard to Crest moving up in April with inventory levels kind of dipping down, but you're going to be -- facing initial production levels, assuming retail is down meaningfully in the June quarter and then ramping from there.

Is that a concern around kind of what you're seeing in retail that may not be kind of be able to hold steady? Or that's just taking a conservative view and to kind of continue to manage inventory levels out there in the channel?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Once again, retail was quite good coming pre-COVID. Pre-COVID put a damper. That in conjunction with the fact that we were being extremely careful, as you know, about managing inventories this year to ideal levels at model year-end. It just created this huge uncertainty about where retail is really going to be through this busy selling season.

So, initially, we're seeing very encouraging signs. And feel very positive about that. Having said that, we still have a long way to go, as you well know, and the heaviest months are May and June. So, dealers are still opening.

Dealers that have access are experiencing success, but it's very much a mixed bag out there. And there's so much uncertainty, that's what's caused us to just want to be very careful to make sure that we achieve optimal inventory levels at the year-end.

Eric Wold -- B. Riley FBR -- Analyst

Is there a way to frame the decline in inventory levels year over year at the dealer channel, not per se by brand, your overall side. Just trying to get a sense, where they are year over year, and kind of where they need to be [Inaudible]. How you quickly you could ramp production if need be and if demand is there, heading into the May and June period?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Well, a couple of things. One, we feel very good about where the overall absolute levels are. The question is what's demand going to be through the remainder of the year. That's the big issue.

And so, we just have to keep our ear to the track closely and be prepared to respond. So, as we ramp up here, and as you well know, the most important thing is to ensure that we produce a high-quality product. So, we're going to be very careful about our ramp up. Having said that, we have flexibility within the quarter, to some extent, but that's essentially a month and a half, six weeks in the quarter of production.

And we have significantly more flexibility in Q1 of fiscal '21.

Tim Oxley -- Chief Financial Officer

I would agree. I think the -- if retail continues to be better than we expect, I think primarily, it's going to be a driver for fiscal '21. By the time you recognize that the quarter is over from a manufacturing point of view. June still represents approximately 20% of the year.

So, if June comes in better than expected, then that gives you the tailwind that carries over until July and forward in fiscal '21.

Eric Wold -- B. Riley FBR -- Analyst

Last for me, just how will you be managing the ramp of production? Is that kind of relative to normal four to eight, 10-hour work week during normal periods, how will it look initially as those plants open in the coming weeks?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Yeah, you're spot on. Four-10s is what we normally run. That's what we plan on running. And so, if implicit in your point, if we needed to run another Friday, yes, we could do that.

We really want to try and avoid that in the ramp-up. And to the extent possible, stick to the four-10s. Having said that, we'll increment up the count, boat counts as we go through not only the months, but also the quarters.

Eric Wold -- B. Riley FBR -- Analyst

Perfect. Thanks, guys..

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

You bet. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Joe Altobello with Raymond James.

Joe Altobello -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Hey, guys.  Good morning. Hopefully, all of you are doing well. I wanted to just delve into retail a bit more in detail.

I mean, obviously, March and April, rough months, but was there any major difference by geography, meaning did you see better numbers from rural dealers versus urban dealers, or suburban dealers?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

I don't know about rural versus urban so much, even though you certainly think about the pandemic affecting those geographies differently. It was more based on what the regulations were within the states in terms of the ability to open and function right in the boat. I mean, the most extreme case being Michigan, where power boating was prohibited for a period and dealers were not able to operate at all. That was the most extreme situation, if you will, to other states where both dealers were treated along with automotive as essential services and open all along the way.

So, it's run the whole gamut and every different geography has been slightly different, but primarily related to what those government regulations were in terms of allowing operation.

Joe Altobello -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Got it. OK. And then, just secondly, you guys obviously are implementing some protocols here in your plants, social distancing, wearing masks, etc. Those protocols, will they have an impact longer term, do you think, on your manufacturing costs or your manufacturing capacity or really not much of an impact on that perspective?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

My personal opinion is I don't believe that they will. And I do believe that this is going to be a way of life for some period of time. So, we've embraced it in terms of this is just going to be part of safe operating. And if we get through COVID, the reality is, something else will probably pop up down the road.

We want to be prepared for, and we may need this again. But my view is the biggest impact is going to be if there's a disruption related to it either in the overall economy, or in terms of some widespread containment necessary in our facility. But following these procedures, I believe, is going to allow us to minimize that risk.

Joe Altobello -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Got it. OK. Thank you, guys. Stay safe.

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

You, too.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Brett Andress with KeyBanc Capital.

Brett Andress -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey, good morning. So, you mentioned increased interest, I think, at your dealers here recently, but can you just give us any more specifics on April retail trends, what the rate was and I guess more importantly, what the cadence of April was, as the month progressed?

George Steinbarger -- Chief Revenue Officer

Brett, it's George. So, we took a pretty draconian view on what we thought might happen with retail in the month of April and it significantly outperformed our internal expectations across the three brands. I would say, it was roughly down in that 20 to 30% range year over year versus our much higher down expectations. And we have continued to see some strong momentum here early in May.

But May -- as Fred said, May and June are the two most critical months of this coming selling season. So, while we've certainly been very pleased with the resilience we've seen at retail, we are going to take a very prudent approach to watching retail over the next couple of months as we determine our ultimate wholesale production run rates.

Brett Andress -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Got it. And then, looking at the fourth quarter, looks like it's coming in below what most of us had expected. But given all the actions you've taken here on the cost front, can you just give us some insight on what you think the fixed versus variable cost mix should look like in the quarter?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

The -- we've reported in the past that we see approximately 90% of our cost of sales is actually variable. What makes this a little bit unusual and why it's going to be a bit less in quarter four is we've continued to bring people in to build mask, we've also continued with some of the improvement processes that we put in place. So, we've invested in the fourth quarter, so that it's not going to be as variable as it could be. And as we could make it in the future, if necessary.

So, it would be in the 70s, I think, on the variable side.

Brett Andress -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Mike Swartz with SunTrust.

Mike Swartz -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

Hey, guys. Good morning.

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Good morning

Mike Swartz -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

Just want to start out with your comments on Crest and some of the resilience you're seeing there year to date. I think you said retail is actually up for that brand through April. Maybe just give us a sense of why that is? And did you have easier year-over-year comps, it just is a striking trend given everything that's going on?

George Steinbarger -- Chief Revenue Officer

Yeah. Mike, it's George. As you know, the pontoon industry has been probably a little more greatly impacted coming out of the weather downturn that -- down retail that we had last year. What we have seen in our -- in the pontoon space is that that segment is much more reliant on boat shows.

And so, we had a fantastic boat show season with Crest. Retail and orders were up significantly year over year. And I think what we're seeing is as customers have -- interest in boating has accelerated, I think the pontoon segment, coupled with the performance during the boat shows, I think, has been a great segment to look into for boaters that have families want to get out on the lake, maybe they don't have a big lake. The price point is much more approachable for a lot more consumers in this environment.

So, I think a couple of things have set up well for the pontoon segment overall. But specifically, Crest has just continued to take market share and had a really, really strong boat show season, and I think that's starting to come through in our internal warranty registrations as most of the dealers have been able to deliver those boats as dealer -- as customers have asked for them.

Mike Swartz -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

OK, great. And then, just with Aviara, I know a lot has changed since February. So, I guess, one, how much does Aviara contribute to the quarter? And then how should we think about the revenue from that business this year? Is it still in the 10 to $15 million range? And then just the ramp to profitability, I think you had expected to be profitable around this time, so is that more of a 2021 or maybe even 2022 event now?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

I think you're spot on. This has pushed back that profitability a bit. And it's still in a ramp-up mode. We're still, as we said, introducing the 40 and so the 32 has been running through the plant very well.

36, it was the next product and that's ramping up. So, once again, feel very, very good about next year and its level of profitability, as well as overall sales growth. Retail has held up very well for it. And we've actually continued to produce some and ship some, so we continue down that path.

But yes, it's probably delayed a quarter from where we had originally anticipated the profitability.

Mike Swartz -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

OK, great. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Tim Conder with Wells Fargo Securities.

Tim Conder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning, gentlemen. I wanted to circle back on the channel inventory. So, it sounds like all your inventory in the channel is down sequentially, correct me if that's wrong.

But then also, if you could give us some color on the aging. And then related to that aging color, just a little confused if you're in cash conservation mode, it would seem potentially that maybe instead of offering rebates and if some customers are waiting on boats, would it be easier to try to say, hey, I know you're waiting on maybe a brand-new boat, but here's a brand-new one that we've already got in inventory, it might not be the current model. But would it be cheaper just to move that boat among different regions rather than to do the rebates across the board. So, I'm just trying to get, again, understanding on the aging color, maybe that's the answer versus instead of doing the rebates, just trying to move those boats around.

We're hearing some of that in other areas in the broader boating industry. So, just kind of wondering your approach there.

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Just a couple of summary comments, and then I'll turn it over to George for more detail. But yes, to your question in terms of are we using those other tools? Are we moving boats? Yes to all of those as well. So, it's a combination of using all the tools that we have surgically, and we feel very good about the way that's working. Our retail programs have been successful.

And yes, we are moving boats among dealers also. And just to clarify on the comments you made earlier, inventories are down, not just sequentially, but year over year too. So, with that, I'll turn it over to George.

George Steinbarger -- Chief Revenue Officer

Yeah. Tim, the thing I would add is, while certainly, retail rebates play a part of our overall strategy, as we've always discussed, we don't peanut butter spread retail rebates across the country. We use them disciplined and strategically in markets where we think we need them, where maybe we have a pocket of heavy inventory or heavy age products. So, it's just one tool in the tool belt.

And as Tim said -- or I'm sorry, as Fred said, we are absolutely taking advantage of being able to move inventory across our network where possible to get customers into boats today. Our order backlog, as we said, we're prioritizing the building of custom ordered boats when we do come back online to make sure those customers get the boats that they want and are back on the water as quickly as possible. But any new customers walking in, we are helping our dealers make sure that they can get the product they need in their hands to convert that sale. In terms of aged inventory, the percentage is down sequentially.

It's a little higher on a percentage basis than this time last year, but that's more of a function of the reduced wholesale shipments for model year '20 product this year versus our wholesale units are going to be down in '20 versus '19. So, as a percentage, aged is higher. But from an absolute number perspective, we feel very good about the health of our aged inventory and the fact that our wholesale will be down so significantly for model year '20 product, that sets us up for future years to have a very clean and very healthy aged inventory heading into '21.

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

I would -- Tim, I'd just add that the retail environment, too, is competitive. And so, some of the programs are a necessary response to competitors.

Tim Conder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

OK. OK. Helpful, gentlemen. And any -- again, I know seasonality or Q2 here is just the prime season.

So, anything you can say up through, let's just say, April from a color-by-region on a year-over-year basis? Are you seeing certain regions stronger than others? Are you seeing any -- in particular, I guess, the real question would be any impact from areas exposed to the oil and gas markets?

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Yeah. Actually, interestingly, Texas has been a particularly strong market for us. It's been very resilient. It's done very well.

So, in spite of what's going on in West Texas, the overall state has been very healthy. Very different story in Western Canada and Alberta. It's very tough going up there. So, with regard to oil and gas, that would be the major color I could provide.

In terms of by region, once again, tended to do pretty well overall in the south. The weather has been a little bit better and more favorable. We are in that period between boat shows and between the weather turning in the north. And so, in a way, to the extent that this virus can pass when we can open business and catch the season as the weather warms up.

We're hoping that we can minimize the impact in terms of consumers' propensity to purchase, so that's where we think we are right now in terms of those key states in the north opening up, as you well know. And so, we're still looking at half full, but still watching it very close. And once again, we came at this from really trying to protect ourselves from the worst case. And as you all know, there was tremendous diversity of opinion about how bad this was going to be and how long.

And we're -- virtually, as every day goes by, we feel more optimistic about it.

Tim Conder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

OK. Gentlemen, thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Brett Andress with KeyBanc Capital.

Brett Andress -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey. Thanks for the follow up. Just to be more clear around the covenant relief here. I guess, is that more of a precaution? Or do your current internal models have you breaching those? Because I guess if I pencil in negative EBITDA for 4Q, you get close, but if you could just walk me through the thought process there.

And then the second question I have is, what should we be modeling for interest expense with some of the debt cost changes?

Tim Oxley -- Chief Financial Officer

Sure. First of all, we have a number of different scenarios we've run for fiscal '21. And certainly, it was prudent for us to get this covenant relief, to give us the greatest financial flexibility that's possible.

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Let me just add, we didn't have a gun at our head. It wasn't a situation that we expected a near-term issue. So, it was something as we looked out into the future, we wanted to make sure we have the appropriate flexibility.

Tim Oxley -- Chief Financial Officer

What we've modeled from an interest perspective is probably another 400,000, give or take, a year in our annual interest cost, obviously, depending on a number of factors, including the production level. But I think, give or take, that's kind of what we estimated it would cost us. Plus, that doesn't include the upfront cost, which are probably another 300-ish. So, that's our perspective on that.

Brett Andress -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Appreciate the color. Thank you.

Operator

There are no questions at this time. [Operator signoff]

Duration: 46 minutes

Call participants:

Tim Oxley -- Chief Financial Officer

Fred Brightbill -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Eric Wold -- B. Riley FBR -- Analyst

Joe Altobello -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Brett Andress -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

George Steinbarger -- Chief Revenue Officer

Mike Swartz -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

Tim Conder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

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