Shares of fast-rising footwear company Rocky Shoes & Boots
Management said yesterday that 2003 revenues rose more than 19% to $106.2 million. This is despite a drop in boot sales to the U.S. military, demand for which changes according to the Defense Department's needs. (In late September, the company announced a $6.1 million military deal scheduled to run between December and April, most of which will turn up as Q1 revenue.)
Gross margins expanded as the company lowered production expense by moving more production to the Far East. That powered improved operating margins, even as SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue rose because of increased commissions and distribution costs. As a result, net income more than doubled to $6 million. Earnings per share grew more quickly on a slightly lower share count.
No shortage of investor attention has been paid to footwear companies in recent quarters, as the run-ups in shares of firms like Deckers Outdoor
But Rocky has been no slouch. Yesterday's numbers -- impressive for a small company that's both profitable and growing -- illustrate why.
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Fool contributor Dave Marino-Nachison doesn't own any companies in this story. He can be reached via email.