Clarus Corporation ( CLAR Quick Quote CLAR - Free Report) reported robust first-quarter fiscal 2021 results, wherein both earnings and revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Both the metrics also surpassed the consensus mark for the third straight quarter. Clarus president John Walbrecht said “We had another quarter of double-digit revenue growth driven by continued robust demand across all of our brands and product categories.” The company reported adjusted earnings of 31 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 24 cents by 29.2%. In the prior year, the company had reported adjusted earnings per share of 9 cents. Revenues of $75.3 million surpassed the consensus mark of $70 million by 7.1%. Moreover, the top line improved 40.7% year over year. This uptick can be attributed to strong sales performance from Black Diamond and Sierra. Revenues gain in the quarter also includes revenue contribution of nearly $8.5 million from Barnes acquisition, which was completed on Oct 2, 2020. Black Diamond sales rose 13% in first quarter, while Sierra sales soared 203% (94% excluding Barnes). The company benefited from increase in consumer demand and the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Operating Highlights
In the reported quarter, gross margin was 35.9%, up 130 basis points (bps) from the prior-year quarter’s levels. Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $10.6 million compared with $3.6 million in the prior-year quarter.
As of Mar 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $6.5 million compared with $17.8 million as of Dec 31, 2020. Inventory increased to $70 million from $68.4 million at 2020 end. Long-term debt as of Mar 31 amounted to $23.7 million, up from $30.6 million at the end of 2020.
The company raised its 2021 outlook. Clarus now expects fiscal 2021 sales to rise approximately 32% to $295 million from 2020 levels and also up from the prior estimate of $280 million. The company anticipates sales for Black Diamond to increase 20% to $205 million, compared with the prior estimate of $200 million. The company projects Sierra and Barnes combined sales to increase 71% to $90 million compared with 2020, up from the prior estimate of $80 million.
Adjusted EBITDA for 2021 is likely to increase approximately 70% to $38 million, compared with the prior estimate of $35 million. Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Clarus currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks worth considering in the same space include
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