Johnson Outdoors reported a rise in third-quarter sales and profits, driven by a continued recovery in fishing, camping and water recreation. At the same time, diving showed signs of a turnaround as Covid-19 travel restrictions were further eased. The diving segment’s revenues almost doubled from a year ago, rising by 93 percent to $20.6 million, as pandemic-related travel restrictions eased and Johnson’s decision to strengthen its Scubapro brand began to pay off, and the segment produced an operating profit of $2.0 million for the quarter as compared to a loss of $2.6 million in the year-ago period.
The group’s total net sales for the three months to July 2 surged by 54 percent to $213.6 million compared with a year ago, when most people were stuck at home under lockdowns. Net income more than doubled to $28.8 million, from $12.9 million a year earlier. The overall operating margin increased by 4.7 percentage points to 16.7 percent. The gross margin rose slightly to 45.7 percent from 45.2 percent. Like most companies grappling with the impact of the pandemic on the supply chain, Johnson faced higher costs due to tariffs and the use of inbound air freight as sea container shortages persisted. However, the company added that these issues were more than offset by volume-driven operating efficiencies.
Johnson’s operating income for its fishing segment rose by 69 percent to $39.4 million as its revenues increased by 51 percent to $155.3 million, due to continued high demand across all Minn Kota and Humminbird product lines from new and old anglers alike. Revenues from Camping grew by 84 percent to $17.7 million, driven by higher sales for its lightweight Jetboil Stash Stove and Eureka stoves and tents, and the segment’s operating profit jumped by 84 percent to $17.8 million. Strong demand across all product categories, including the Sportsman line, drove a 30 percent increase in its Watercraft Recreation sales to $19.8 million, leading to a nearly tripled operating profit of $3.4 million.
For the fiscal year-to-date, net sales rose by 36 percent year-on-year to $585.4 million. The gross margin went up to 45.4 percent from 44.5 percent. The operating profit jumped by 90 percent to $97.7 million. Net income increased to $76.5 million from $39.7 million.