SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
|☒||ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934|
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020
|☐||TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934|
FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM TO
Commission file number: 001-31321
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incorporation or organization)
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17750 S.E. 6th Way
Vancouver, Washington 98683
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None.
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The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the last sales price ($9.27) as reported on the New York Stock Exchange as of the last business day of the registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter (June 30, 2020) was $273,256,935.
The number of shares outstanding of the registrant's common stock as of February 22, 2021 was 30,339,437 shares.
Documents Incorporated by Reference
The registrant has incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K portions of its Proxy Statement for its 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be filed within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year covered by this Form 10-K. Except with respect to information specifically incorporated by reference in this Form 10-K, the Proxy Statement shall not be deemed to be filed as part hereof.
2020 FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT
This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "plan," "expect," "aim," "believe," "project," "intend," "estimate," "will," "should," "could," and other terms of similar meaning typically identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this report include, without limitation: our ability to timely acquire inventory that meets our quality control standards from sole source foreign manufacturers at acceptable costs; an inability to pass along or otherwise mitigate the impact of raw material price increases and other cost pressures, including unfavorable currency exchange rates; experiencing delays and/or greater than anticipated costs in connection with launch of new products, entry into new markets, or strategic initiatives; our ability to hire and retain key management personnel; changes in consumer fitness trends; changes in the media consumption habits of our target consumers or the effectiveness of our media advertising; a decline in consumer spending due to unfavorable economic conditions; and softness in the retail marketplace. Additional assumptions, risks and uncertainties are described in detail in our registration statements, reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as supplemented by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Such filings are available on our website or at www.sec.gov. You are cautioned that such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that our actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any duty to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent developments, events or circumstances.
Item 1. Business
Founded in 1986, Nautilus, Inc. and subsidiaries (collectively, "Nautilus" or the "Company") is a global leader in innovative home fitness solutions, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and incorporated in the State of Washington in January 1993. We became a publicly traded company in May 1999 and are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Our company's diverse brand portfolio includes Bowflex®, Schwinn®, JRNY® and Nautilus® a broad selection of exercise bikes, cardio equipment, strength training products, as well as the JRNY® digital fitness platform.
Nautilus empowers healthier living through individualized connected fitness experiences. We sell our products through two distinct distribution channels, Direct and Retail, which we consider to be separate business segments.
We also derive a portion of our revenue from the licensing of our brands and intellectual property.
Nautilus empowers healthier living through individualized connected fitness experiences. We develop and market home fitness equipment and related products to meet the needs of a broad range of consumers. We have diversified our business by expanding our portfolio of high quality fitness equipment into multiple product lines utilizing our well-recognized brand names. We view the continual innovation of our product offerings as a key aspect of our business strategy. We regularly refresh our existing product lines with new technologies and finishes, and focus significant effort and resources on the development or acquisition of innovative new fitness products and technologies for introduction to the marketplace at periodic intervals.
Our long-term strategy involves:
•Enhancing our product lines by designing personalized connected-fitness equipment that meets or exceeds the high expectations of our existing and new customers;
•Continuing our investment in innovation, with a particular focus on expanding the reach of our digital platform, JRNY®;
•Creatively marketing our equipment, both directly to consumers and through our Retail customers, while leveraging our well-known brand names;
•Increasing our international Retail sales and distribution.
Our strategies incorporate the individual characteristics of our Direct and Retail businesses. Our Direct business focuses on: (i) the development of, or acquisition of rights to, unique, branded products and technologies; (ii) the application of creative, cost-effective ways to communicate the benefits of their use; and (iii) making various payment options available to our customers. We are particularly attentive to Direct business metrics that provide feedback regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of our media marketing programs and attractiveness of third-party consumer financing programs.
In our Retail business, we strive to develop long-term relationships with key retailers of sports or fitness equipment. The primary objectives of our Retail business are (i) to offer a selection of innovative, unique products at key price-points to capture market share; and (ii) to utilize the strength of our brands and long-standing customer relationships to secure more exposure in the stores or websites of our Retail customers.
We market quality cardiovascular and strength fitness products that cover a broad range of price points and features. Our products are designed for home use by individuals with varying exercise needs. From the person who works out occasionally to the serious athlete, we have products that will help them achieve their fitness objectives.
•Our Bowflex® brand represents a highly-regarded line of fitness equipment. Cardio products include the following connected-fitness equipment: C6® and VeloCore® bikes, the Max Trainer® line, and the new Treadmills. Strength products include SelectTech® dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells and the Revolution® home gyms.
•Our Schwinn® brand is known for its popular line of exercise bikes, including the connected-fitness IC4®.
•Our JRNY® digital fitness platform coaches members to achieve their fitness goals by offering curated workout and entertainment options that stream while being coached. The JRNY® platform uses machine learning to virtually create an infinite number of personalized workouts that include motivation and praise and is based on an initial fitness assessment that learns and adapts as the member progresses.
•Our Nautilus® brand is our corporate umbrella brand and is also used to differentiate certain specialized cardio equipment.
BUSINESS SEGMENTS AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
We conduct our business in two segments, Direct and Retail. Our Direct business offers products directly to consumers primarily through our websites. Our Retail business offers our products through a network of independent companies to reach consumers in the home use markets in the U.S. and internationally.
For further information regarding our segments and geographic information, see Note 21, Segment and Enterprise-Wide Information, to our consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of this report.
SALES AND MARKETING
In our Direct business, we sell our products directly to consumers via our websites bowflex.com, schwinnfitness.com and nautilus.com.
Our marketing efforts are based on an integrated combination of media and direct consumer contact. In addition to television advertising, our marketing mix includes a combination of digital, search, shopping and social media, as well as email and direct mail campaigns. Marketing and media effectiveness is measured continuously based on web traffic, leads generated, cost-per-lead, conversion rates, return on investment and other performance metrics and we strive to optimize the efficiency of our marketing and media expenditures based on this data. Almost all of our Direct customer orders are received either on our websites or through call centers.
In our Retail business, we market and sell a comprehensive line of consumer fitness equipment under the Bowflex®, Schwinn® and Nautilus® brands. Our products are marketed through a network of retail companies, via brick and mortar locations and those retailers' websites. Retail partners include, online-only retailers, sporting goods stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, large-format and warehouse stores, smaller specialty retailers and independent bike dealers.
We offer programs that provide price discounts to our Retail customers for ordering container-sized shipments or placing orders early enough in the season to allow for more efficient manufacturing by our Asian suppliers. These programs are designed to reduce our shipping and handling costs, with much of the savings being passed on to our customers. In addition, we often offer other types of sales incentives to our Retail customers, including volume discounts and various forms of rebates or allowances, which generally are intended to increase product exposure and availability for consumers, reduce transportation costs, and encourage marketing and promotion of our brands or specific products.
PRODUCT DESIGN AND INNOVATION
Innovation is a vital part of our business, and we continue to expand and diversify our product offerings by leveraging our research and development capabilities. We constantly search for new technologies and innovations that will help us grow our business, either through higher sales or increased production efficiencies. To accomplish this objective, we seek out ideas and concepts both within our company and from outside inventors. Recently, our investments have been focused on personalized connected-fitness such as voice coaching, simulated outdoor exploration and diverse music play list options with copyright clearance. Our JRNY® digital platform uses artificial intelligence and data from an initial assessment and every workout to create, and continually evolve, personalized daily workouts based on the user's fitness goals and capabilities. Our data shows the JRNY® system is coaching people to work out longer and getting them to stay with their fitness journey longer.
We rely on financial and engineering models to assist us in assessing the potential operational and economic impacts of adopting new technologies and innovations. If we determine that a third-party technology or innovation concept meets certain technical and financial criteria, we may enter into a licensing arrangement to utilize the technology or, in certain circumstances, purchase the technology for our own use. Our product design and engineering teams also invest considerable effort to improve product design and quality. As a consumer-driven company, we invest in qualitative and quantitative consumer research to help us assess new product concepts, optimal features and anticipated consumer adoption.
Our research and development expenses were $15.8 million, $14.3 million and $16.8 million in 2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The increase in our research and development expenses in 2020 compared to 2019 was due to increased expenses related to personnel to develop and update our connected-fitness technology. The decrease in our research and development expenses in 2019 compared to 2018 was due to increased capitalized investment for our connected-fitness technology. We expect our research and development expenses to increase in 2021 as we continue to supplement our investment in new product development, technology initiatives, and engineering capabilities.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our revenue from fitness equipment products varied seasonally. Sales were typically strongest in the fourth quarter and lowest in the second quarter as we believe that consumers tend to be involved in outdoor activities during the spring and summer months, including outdoor exercise, which impacts sales of indoor fitness equipment this seasonality had a significant effect on our inventory levels, working capital needs and resource utilization. In 2020, due to stay-at-home orders related to COVID-19 pandemic, we did not experience the typical seasonality.
All of our products are produced by third-party manufacturers, and our manufacturing partners are primarily located in Asia. Although multiple factories bid on and are able to produce most of our products, we typically select one factory to be the primary supplier of any given product. Lead times for inventory purchases from our Asian suppliers, from order placement to receipt of goods, generally range from approximately two to three months, of which transit time represents three to four weeks. The length of our lead times requires us to place advance manufacturing orders based on management forecasts of future demand for our products. We attempt to compensate for our long replenishment lead times by maintaining adequate levels of inventory at our warehousing facilities.
We monitor our suppliers' ability to meet our product needs and we participate in quality assurance activities to reinforce adherence to our quality standards. Our third-party manufacturing contracts are generally of annual or shorter duration and our manufactured products are sourced on the basis of individual purchase orders. Our manufacturing relationships are non-exclusive, and we are permitted to procure our products from other sources at
our discretion. None of our manufacturing contracts include production volume or purchase commitments on the part of either party. Our third-party manufacturers are responsible for the sourcing of raw materials and producing parts and finished products to our specifications.
In 2020, we experienced demand that significantly outpaced supply and we made efforts to increase the production capabilities of our Asian suppliers. We have increased capacity on all our modalities with an increased focus on connected fitness bikes, selectorized weights, and our new embedded screen products launched in late 2020 and early 2021. However, we are still experiencing supply constraints as the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic continues to put pressure on our lead times.
Our company-operated warehousing and distribution facilities are located in Oregon and Ohio. In addition to Company-operated distribution centers, we utilize third-party warehouses and logistics providers to fulfill orders.
In our Direct business, we strive to maintain inventory levels that will allow us to ship our products shortly after receiving a customer's order. We use common carriers for substantially all of our merchandise shipments to Direct customers.
In our Retail business, we manage our inventory levels to accommodate anticipated seasonal changes in demand. Generally, we maintain higher inventory levels at the end of the third and fourth quarters to satisfy relatively higher consumer demand in the fourth and first quarters of each year. Many of our Retail customers place orders well in advance of peak periods of consumer demand to ensure an adequate supply for the anticipated selling season.
In 2020, approximately 61% of our Retail customers' orders were shipped by our contract manufacturers in Asia directly to our Retail customers' locations, typically in container loads. The use of such direct shipments allows us to maintain lower levels of inventory in our warehouses, resulting in lower storage, handling, freight, insurance and other costs, with much of the savings being passed on to our customers. We use various commercial truck lines for our merchandise shipments to Retail customers.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have experienced demand that significantly outpaced supply and are still experiencing shipping constraints as the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic continues to put pressure on shipping container availability in Asia, global ship route availability, and overall shipping transit time.
The markets for all of our products are highly competitive. We believe the principal competitive factors affecting our business are quality, brand recognition, innovation and pricing. We believe we are well positioned to compete in markets in which we can take advantage of our strong brand names and that our focus on innovative product design, quality, and performance distinguishes our products from the competition.
Our products compete directly with those offered by a large number of companies that market consumer fitness equipment and fitness programs. As more retailers adopt eCommerce, our competitors have become increasingly similar across our Direct and Retail segments.
Our principal competitors include: Peloton, ICON Health & Fitness (NordicTrack), Johnson Health Tech, Technogym, Echelon, Mirror, Hydrow, Tonal, JaxJox and Tempo. We also compete with marketers of mobile device applications focused on fitness training and coaching on both iOS® and Android™ platforms, such as Peloton, Zwift, Strava, Mirror, BeachBody, Apple Fitness+, NeoU, Equinox+, FitScope, FitOn, Fulgaz Video Cycling, Sufferfest Training Systems, At Home Workouts by Daily Burn, and NIKE® Training Club. Additional marketers of competitive products include the following: activity trackers and content-driven physical activity products, such as Fitbit®, Garmin vivofit®, Whoop, and Oura; group fitness, such as cross-fit classes; and gym memberships, each of which offers alternative solutions for a fit and healthy lifestyle.
As of February 22, 2021, we had 412 employees, 410 of whom were full-time. None of our employees are subject to collective bargaining agreements. We have not experienced a material interruption of our operations due to labor disputes.
At Nautilus, we promote overall alignment of our mission, values and strategy to create a company culture that attracts talent and provides retention, employee engagement and wellness while ensuring equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion, and workforce compensation, and equity at the company for its employees.
We promote our company culture and have initiatives to provide alignment with our company's mission, values and strategy by conducting employee town halls, communicating strategy and encouraging feedback on a regular basis, and emphasizing the importance of each employees’ role in our success. We recognize the importance of wellness and fitness through company events and activities as well as encouraging holistic and healthy behaviors across numerous areas.
Employee engagement and wellness
We measure and analyze employee engagement. We conduct surveys on at least an annual basis, analyze the results, provide feedback to employees of those results, and where appropriate develop initiatives around issues raised by employees. Nautilus also supports learning and development initiatives, implementation of health and safety measures and other employee wellness programs. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we transitioned our workforce to remote work environment and at our distribution centers added safety measures and protocols were added to enhance the wellness of our employees. We encourage to live a healthy life style by having a free on-site fitness center, discounts, employee driven wellness program and the opportunity to participate in many company sponsored fitness and community events throughout the year.
Talent acquisition and retention
We monitor our overall workforce composition and talent needs and competitive trends affecting talent acquisition to meet our talent needs We leverage and design programs to identify, foster, and retain our top talent throughout the organization. We provide employees compensation that is both competitive and consistent with the employees’ positions, experience, skill levels and knowledge, and market trends. We also retain national outside compensation and benefits consulting firms that evaluate the effectiveness of our benefit programs and benchmarking to our peers and industry while designing compensation programs to be in alignment with shareholder interests, employee retention, and linking compensation with corporate strategic goals.
Trademarks, patents and other forms of intellectual property are vital to the success of our business and are an essential factor in maintaining our competitive position in the health and fitness industry. We regularly monitor commercial activity in our industry to identify potential infringement of our intellectual property. We protect our proprietary rights and attempt to take prompt, reasonable actions to prevent counterfeit products and other infringement on our intellectual property.
We own many trademarks, including Nautilus®, Bowflex®, Max Trainer®, TreadClimber®, Power Rod®, Bowflex Revolution®, SelectTech®, Airdyne®, Max Total®, Explore the World®, VeloCore® and JRNY®. Nautilus is the exclusive licensee under the Schwinn® mark for indoor fitness products. We believe that having distinctive trademarks that are readily identifiable by consumers is an important factor in creating a market for our products, maintaining a strong company identity and developing brand loyalty among our customers. In addition, we have granted licenses to a third party to use the Nautilus®, Schwinn® and TreadClimber® trademarks on commercial fitness products, for which we receive royalty income and expanded consumer awareness of our brands.
Each federally registered trademark is renewable indefinitely if the trademark is still in use at the time of renewal.
Patents and Designs
Building our intellectual property portfolio is an important factor in maintaining our competitive position in the health and fitness equipment industry. We have followed a policy of filing applications for U.S. and non-U.S. patents on utility and design inventions that we deem valuable to our business.
We own or license patents and design registrations covering a variety of technologies, some of which are utilized in our selectorized dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, treadmills, exercise bikes, and elliptical machines. Patent and design protection for these technologies, which are utilized in products sold in both the Direct and Retail segments, extends as far as 2045.
We maintain a portfolio of patents related to our TreadClimber® specialized cardio machines, which are sold primarily in our Direct segment. The portfolio includes patents with expiration dates ranging from 2021 to 2027.
We maintain a portfolio of patents and patent applications related to our Max Trainer® specialized cardio machines, which are sold in our Direct and Retail segments. The portfolio includes issued patents with expiration dates ranging from 2024 to 2037, and additional pending patent applications.
We maintain a portfolio of patents and patent applications related to our JRNY® digital fitness platform. The portfolio includes issued patents with expiration dates ranging from 2032 to 2038, and additional pending patent applications.
Nautilus is the licensee of patents related to the Bowflex Revolution® home gyms and patents related to the VeloCore® bike. The home gym patents have expiration dates ranging from 2022 to 2025, and the bike patents have expiration dates in 2027.
We define our customer order backlog to include firm orders for future shipment to our Retail customers, as well as unfulfilled consumer orders within the Direct segment.
Backlog as of a given date fluctuates based on specific timing of product shipment within the typical shipment timeframes for each of our segments. Due to the severe shortage of shipping containers, some factory fulfilled orders, representing over $16 million in revenue, did not ship in late December. Container shortages, worsening global logistics disruptions, and continued factory capacity constraints resulted in $91.5 million in backlog as of December 31, 2020. Our customer order backlog as of December 31, 2019 was approximately $5.8 million.
In 2020, 2019 and 2018, Amazon.com and Dick's Sporting Goods accounted for more than 10% of total net sales as follows:
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|Dick's Sporting Goods||10.2 ||%||11.7 ||%||13.8 ||%|
ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER REGULATORY MATTERS
Our operations are subject to various laws and regulations both domestically and abroad. In the U.S., federal, state and local regulations impose standards on our workplace and our relationship with the environment. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal agencies have the authority to promulgate regulations that may impact our operations. In particular, we are subject to legislation placing restrictions on our generation, emission, treatment, storage and disposal of materials, substances and wastes. Such legislation includes: the Toxic Substances Control Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Safe Drinking Water Act; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response and the Compensation and Liability Act (also known as Superfund). We are also subject to the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, in addition to regulations concerning employee health and safety matters.
Our operations and certain disposed components of our former Commercial business expose us to claims related to environmental matters. Although compliance with federal, state, local and international environmental legislation has not had a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations or cash flows in the past, there can be no assurance that material costs or liabilities will not be incurred in connection with such environmental matters in the future.
Our digital platforms may receive, process, transmit and store personal health and fitness information relating to identifiable individuals. Consumer demand for personalized fitness experiences, through mobile applications or wearable fitness trackers and our focus on digital fitness solutions for our products may increase the volume of identifiable individual information we receive on our platforms and through our products. We also receive, process, transmit and store information relating to identifiable individuals in our capacity as an employer. As a result, we may
be subject to numerous United States (both federal and state) and foreign jurisdiction laws and regulations designed to protect both individually identifiable information as well as personal health information, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (“HIPAA”) and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), each of which governs, among other things, the privacy, security and electronic transmission of individually identifiable health information. The GDPR includes, and a growing number of legislative and regulatory bodies elsewhere in the world have adopted, consumer notification requirements in the event of unauthorized access to or acquisition of certain types of personal data. These breach notification laws continue to evolve and include jurisdiction-specific obligations.
We believe that we comply with such laws and regulations in all material respects and our controls in place are adequate for our continued compliance.
Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol “NLS.” Our principal executive offices are located at 17750 SE 6th Way, Vancouver, Washington 98683, and our telephone number is (360) 859-2900. Our corporate website is http://www.nautilusinc.com and we use the investor relations page (www.nautilusinc.com/investors) to make information available to investors and the market
We file annual reports, quarterly reports, current reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The SEC maintains a website at http://www.sec.gov where you can access copies of most of our SEC filings.
We make our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports, and other information as filed with the SEC, available free of charge on the investor relations page of our corporate website. In addition to our SEC filings, we also webcast our earnings calls and certain events we participate in with members of the investment community on our investor relations page. Further, we use our investor relations page to make presentations and other materials regarding our business and financial performance available, along with our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, corporate governance policies, and the charters of our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The contents of our websites are not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K or in any other report or document we file with the SEC, and any references to our websites are intended to be inactive textual references only.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Nautilus operates in an environment that involves a number of risks and uncertainties. The risks and uncertainties described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are not the only risks and uncertainties that we face. Additional risks and uncertainties that presently are not considered material or are not known to us, and therefore are not mentioned herein, may impair our business operations. If any of the risks described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K actually occur, our business, operating results and financial position could be adversely affected.
Strategic and Operational Risks
Our business is typically affected by seasonality which results in fluctuations in our operating results.
We typically experience fluctuations in aggregate sales volume during the year. In years prior to 2020, sales were typically strongest in the fourth quarter and are generally weakest in the second quarter. The stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic largely nullified the seasonality we typically experience. The mix of product sales may vary considerably from time to time as a result of changes in seasonal and geographic demand for particular types of fitness equipment. In addition, our customers may cancel orders, change delivery schedules or change the mix of products ordered with minimal notice. As a result, we may not be able to accurately predict our quarterly sales. Accordingly, our results of operations are likely to fluctuate significantly from period to period.
The loss of one or more of our large Retail customers could negatively impact our revenue and operating results.
We derive a significant portion of our revenue from a small number of Retail customers. A Retail customer or any of our retail partners may in the future experience difficulties in their businesses that could prompt store closures or reorganizations. A loss of business from one or more of these large customers, if not replaced with new business, could negatively affect our operating results and cash flows.
Our inventory purchases are subject to long lead times, which could negatively impact our revenue, cash flows and liquidity.
All of our products are produced by third-party manufacturers, substantially all of which are located in Asia, primarily China. Lead times for inventory purchases from our Asian suppliers, from order placement to receipt of goods, generally range from approximately two to three months, of which transit time represents three to four weeks. The length of our lead times requires us to place advance manufacturing orders based on management forecasts of future demand for our products. Due to the length of our lead times, our revenue and cash flows may be negatively impacted if we do not have sufficient inventory on hand to meet customer demand for such items. In addition, our liquidity and cash flows may be negatively affected, and inventory obsolescence may increase, if the quantity of products we order exceeds customer demand for such items.
If our contract manufacturers experience any delay, disruption or quality control problems in their operations, we could lose revenues, and our reputation and market share may be harmed
Our reliance on contract manufacturers exposes us to the following risks over which we may have limited control:
•Unexpected increases in manufacturing and repair costs;
•Interruptions in shipments if our contract manufacturer is unable to complete production;
•Inability to completely control the quality of finished products;
•Inability to completely control delivery schedules;
•Changes in our contract manufacturer's business models or operations;
•Potential increases in our negotiated product costs as a result of fluctuations in currency exchange rates;
•Impact of the global market and economic conditions on the financial stability of our contract manufacturers and their ability to operate without requesting earlier payment terms or letters of credit;
•Potential lack of adequate capacity to manufacture all or a part of the products we require; and
•Potential unauthorized reproduction or counterfeiting of our products.
Substantially all of our contract manufacturers are located in Asia, primarily China, and may be subject to disruption by natural disasters, public health crises, such as pandemics and epidemics, as well as political, social or economic instability. The temporary or permanent loss of the services of any of our primary contract manufacturers could cause a significant disruption in our product supply chain and operations and delays in product shipments. For
example, the recent spread of the COVID-19 and related quarantines and work and travel restrictions in China has disrupted, and may continue to disrupt, production for certain of our products, and the extent to which these events will affect our results of operations and financial position remains uncertain. Such uncertainties, and disruptions caused by other public health crises, natural disasters and instability, could impair our ability to deliver products to our customers on a timely basis, reduce demand for our products or force us to incur remediation costs, any of which may have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.
Our third-party manufacturing contracts are generally of annual or shorter duration and some manufactured products are sourced on the basis of individual purchase orders. There is no assurance that we will be able to maintain our current relationships with these parties or, if necessary, establish future arrangements with other third-party manufacturers on commercially reasonable terms. Further, while we maintain an active quality control, factory inspection and qualification program, we cannot assure that their manufacturing and quality control processes will be maintained at a level sufficient to meet our inventory needs or prevent the inadvertent sale of substandard products. While we believe that products manufactured by our current third-party manufacturers could generally be procured from alternative sources, temporary or permanent loss of services from a significant manufacturer could cause disruption in our supply chain and operations.
Our operating results could be adversely affected if we are unable to accurately forecast consumer demand for our products and services and adequately manage our inventory.
To ensure adequate inventory supply, we must forecast inventory needs and expenses and place orders sufficiently in advance with our suppliers and contract manufacturers, based on our estimates of future demand for particular products and services. Failure to accurately forecast our needs may result in manufacturing delays or increased costs. Our ability to accurately forecast demand could be affected by many factors, including changes in consumer demand for our products and services, changes in demand for the products and services of our competitors, unanticipated changes in general market conditions, and the weakening of economic conditions or consumer confidence in future economic conditions, such as those caused by the current COVID-19 outbreak. This risk will be exacerbated by the fact that we may not carry a significant amount of inventory and may not be able to satisfy short-term demand increases. For example, we have experienced an unexpected increase in demand for our connected fitness products as a result of government shelter-in-place orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in inventory shortages and delayed delivery timelines. If we fail to accurately forecast consumer demand, we may experience excess inventory levels or a shortage of products available for sale.
Inventory levels in excess of consumer demand may result in inventory write-downs or write-offs and the sale of excess inventory at discounted prices, which would cause our gross margins to suffer and could impair the strength and premium nature of our brand. Further, lower than forecasted demand could also result in excess manufacturing capacity or reduced manufacturing efficiencies, which could result in lower margins. Conversely, if we underestimate consumer demand, our suppliers and manufacturers may not be able to deliver products to meet our requirements or we may be subject to higher costs in order to secure the necessary production capacity. An inability to meet consumer demand and delays in the delivery of our products to our customers could result in reputational harm and damaged customer relationships and have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and operating results.
We are subject to warranty claims for our products, which could result in unexpected expense.
Many of our products carry warranties for defects in quality and workmanship. We may experience significant expense as the result of product quality issues, product recalls or product liability claims which may have a material adverse effect on our business. We maintain a warranty reserve for estimated future warranty claims. However, the actual costs of servicing future warranty claims may exceed the reserve and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Portions of our operating expenses and costs of goods sold are relatively fixed, and we may have limited ability to reduce expenses sufficiently in response to any revenue shortfalls.
Many of our operating expenses are relatively fixed. We may not be able to adjust our operating expenses or other costs sufficiently to adequately respond to any revenue shortfalls. If we are unable to reduce operating expenses or other costs quickly in response to any declines in revenue, it would negatively impact our operating results, financial condition and cash flows.
If we are unable to anticipate consumer preferences or to effectively develop, market and sell future products, our future revenues and operating results could be adversely affected.
Our future success depends on our ability to effectively develop, market and sell new products that respond to new and evolving consumer preferences. Accordingly, our revenues and operating results may be adversely affected if we are unable to develop or acquire rights to new products that satisfy consumer preferences. In addition, any new products that we market may not generate sufficient revenues to recoup their acquisition, development, production, marketing, selling and other costs.
We may be unable to adapt to significant changes in media consumption habits and media coverage of current events may compete for consumer attention, which could diminish the effectiveness or efficiency of our advertising.
New technologies and services, such as streaming services and social media have changed traditional patterns of media coverage and consumption. Additionally, consumer attention is increasingly fragmented across a variety of traditional and digital media the balance of which may shift at any time in response to media coverage of current events and the advancement of new technologies. We believe that consumer attention to media coverage of major events, such as the Olympics and the U.S. presidential election, have, in the past, impacted the effectiveness of our media advertising. Future events that draw significant media coverage may similarly impact our ability to engage consumers with our media advertising. If we are unable to successfully adapt our media strategies to new television viewing and media consumption habits, or if consumer attention is focused on other events, the effectiveness and efficiency of our media placements could be adversely affected, and our operating results may be negatively impacted.
Substantially higher advertising rates or a significant decline in availability of media time may hinder our ability to effectively market our products and may reduce profitability.
We depend media advertising to market certain products sold directly to consumers. Consequently, an increase in the price we must pay for our preferred medium, or a reduction in its availability, may adversely impact our financial performance.
Health epidemics, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, have had, and could in the future have, an adverse impact on our operations, supply chains and distribution systems
Our business and operations has been and may continue to be affected by health epidemics, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, impacting the markets and communities in which we and our partners, advertisers, and customers operate. The global spread of COVID-19 has created significant worldwide operational and economic volatility, uncertainty and disruption, and the extent to which COVID-19 will adversely impact our business is highly uncertain, rapidly changing, and cannot be accurately predicted. A continued slowdown or downturn in the economy may have a negative impact on many of our customers.
Public health officials worldwide have recommended and mandated precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including prohibitions on congregating in heavily populated areas and shelter-in-place orders or similar measures. As a result, we have temporarily closed our offices and retailers have permanently closed some locations and curtailed occupancy of remaining locations. Some retail partners have increased their online presence or allowed for buy online, pick up in store. Our financial results could be adversely impacted by these retail store closures and other actions taken to contain or treat the impact of COVID-19, and the extent of such impacts will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. Our revenue growth may slow or our revenue may decline from a reduced demand for our products or services from the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is adversely affecting, and is expected to continue to adversely affect, our operations, supply chains and distribution systems. We have experienced, and expect to continue to experience, unpredictable supply and demand for certain of our products and services.
As a result of COVID-19, we have been unable to satisfy certain customer orders for our products. As a result, our customers have experienced delays in receiving our products due to difficulties in sourcing logistics from Asia during the pandemic and the resulting higher costs associated with securing shipping slots from Asia. There is uncertainty around the duration and breadth of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as general economic uncertainty and
macroeconomic conditions, and, as a result, the ultimate impact on our business, financial condition or operating results cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.
In addition, while the potential impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and our business in particular may be difficult to assess or predict, the pandemic has resulted in, and may continue to result in, significant disruption of global financial markets, potentially reducing our ability to access capital, which could negatively affect our liquidity in the future. While the spread of COVID-19 may eventually be contained or mitigated, there is no guarantee that a future outbreak of this or any other widespread epidemics will not occur, or that the global economy will recover, either of which could seriously harm our business.
Our business is subject to the risk of earthquakes, fire, power outages, floods, public health crises, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, and other catastrophic events, and to interruption by man-made problems such as terrorism.
Our business is vulnerable to damage or interruption from earthquakes, fires, floods, power losses, telecommunications failures, terrorist attacks, acts of war, human errors, break-ins, public health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and similar events. The third-party systems and operations and contract manufacturers we rely on are subject to similar risks. Our insurance policies may not cover losses from these events or may provide insufficient compensation that does not cover our total losses. For example, a significant natural disaster, such as an earthquake, fire, or flood, could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and operating results, and our insurance coverage may be insufficient to compensate us for losses that may occur. Acts of terrorism, which may be targeted at metropolitan areas that have higher population density than rural areas, could also cause disruptions in our or our suppliers’ and contract manufacturers’ businesses or the economy as a whole. We may not have sufficient protection or recovery plans in some circumstances, such as natural disasters affecting locations that store significant inventory of our products, that house our servers, or from which we generate content. As we rely heavily on our computer and communications systems, and the internet to conduct our business and provide high-quality customer service, these disruptions could negatively impact our ability to run our business and either directly or indirectly disrupt suppliers’ and our contract manufacturers’ businesses, which could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and operating results.
Disruption to our information and communication systems could result in interruptions to our business and potential implementation of new systems for critical business functions may heighten the risk of disruption.
Our business is reliant on information and communication technology, and a substantial portion of our revenues are generated with the support of information and communication systems. The success of our Direct business is heavily dependent on our ability to respond to customer sales inquiries and process sales transactions using our call center communication systems, websites and similar data monitoring and communication systems provided and supported by third-parties. If such systems were to fail, or experience significant or lengthy interruptions in availability or service, our revenues could be materially affected. We also rely on information systems in all stages of our product cycle, from design to distribution, and we use such systems as a method of communication between employees, suppliers and customers. In addition, we use information systems to maintain our accounting records, assist in trade receivables collection and customer service efforts, and forecast operating results and cash flows.
System failures or service interruptions may occur as the result of a number of factors, including: computer viruses; hacking or other unlawful activities by third parties; disasters; equipment, hardware or software failures; ineffective design or implementation of new systems or systems upgrades; cable outages, extended power failures, or our inability or failure to properly protect, repair or maintain our communication and information systems. To mitigate the risk of business interruption, we have in place a disaster recovery program that targets our most critical operational systems. If our disaster recovery system is ineffective, in whole or in part, or efforts conducted by us or third-parties to prevent or respond to system interruptions in a timely manner are ineffective, our ability to conduct operations would be significantly affected. If we do not consider the potential impact of critical decisions related to systems or process design and implementation, this could lead to operational challenges and increased costs. Any of the aforementioned factors could have a material adverse effect on our operating results, financial position and cash flows.
System security risks, data protection breaches and cyber-attacks could disrupt our operations.
We manage and store various proprietary information and sensitive or confidential data relating to our business, including sensitive and personally identifiable information. Breaches of our security measures or the accidental loss,
inadvertent disclosure or unapproved dissemination of proprietary information or sensitive or confidential data about us, or our customers, including the potential loss or disclosure of such information or data as a result of fraud, trickery or other forms of deception, could expose us, our customers or the individuals affected to a risk of loss or misuse of this information, result in litigation and potential liability for us, damage our brand and reputation or otherwise harm our business. In addition, the cost and operational consequences of implementing further data protection measures could be significant.
Experienced computer programmers and hackers may be able to penetrate our network security and misappropriate or compromise our confidential information or that of third parties, create system disruptions or cause shutdowns. Computer programmers and hackers also may be able to develop and deploy viruses, worms and other malicious software programs that attack or otherwise exploit any security vulnerabilities of our systems. In addition, sophisticated hardware and operating system software and applications that we procure from third parties may contain defects in design or manufacture, including "bugs" and other problems that could unexpectedly interfere with the operation of the system. The costs to us to eliminate or alleviate cyber or other security problems, bugs, viruses, worms, malicious software programs and security vulnerabilities could be significant, and our efforts to address these problems may not be successful and could result in interruptions, delays, cessation of service and loss of existing or potential customers that may impede our revenue, manufacturing, distribution or other critical functions.
Our products and services may be affected from time to time by design and manufacturing defects that could adversely affect our business and result in harm to our reputation.
We offer complex hardware and software products and services that can be affected by design and manufacturing defects. Sophisticated operating system software and applications, such as those offered by us, often have issues that can unexpectedly interfere with the intended operation of hardware or software products. Defects may also exist in components and products that we source from third parties. Any such defects could make our products and services unsafe, create a risk of environmental or property damage and personal injury, and subject us to the hazards and uncertainties of product liability claims and related litigation. In addition, from time to time we may experience outages, service slowdowns, or errors that affect our fitness and wellness programming. As a result, our services may not perform as anticipated and may not meet customer expectations. There can be no assurance that we will be able to detect and fix all issues and defects in the hardware, software, and services we offer. Failure to do so could result in widespread technical and performance issues affecting our products and services and could lead to claims against us. We maintain general liability insurance; however, design and manufacturing defects, and claims related thereto, may subject us to judgments or settlements that result in damages materially in excess of the limits of our insurance coverage. In addition, we may be exposed to recalls, product replacements or modifications, write-offs of inventory, property and equipment, or intangible assets, and significant warranty and other expenses such as litigation costs and regulatory fines. If we cannot successfully defend any large claim, maintain our general liability insurance on acceptable terms, or maintain adequate coverage against potential claims, our financial results could be adversely impacted. Further, quality problems could adversely affect the experience for users of our products and services, and result in harm to our reputation, loss of competitive advantage, poor market acceptance, reduced demand for our products and services, delay in new product and service introductions, and lost revenue.
Our results of operations and ability to grow could be materially negatively affected if it cannot successfully keep pace with technological changes impacting the development and implementation of its products, services and business needs.
Our success depends on the ability to keep pace with rapid technological changes affecting both the development and implementation of products, services and business needs. Technological advances such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation are impacting industries and business operations. In addition, we rely on a variety of technologies, including those that support order management, billing, and consumer analytics. If we do not sufficiently invest in new technology and industry developments, appropriately implement new technologies, or evolve its business at sufficient speed and scale in response to such developments, or if it does not make the right strategic investments to respond to these developments, our services, results of operations, and ability to develop and maintain its business could be negatively affected.
Future impairments of intangible assets could negatively impact our operating results.
As of December 31, 2020, we had other intangible assets of $9.4 million. Any future impairment charges, if significant, could materially and adversely affect our operating results. An unexpected decline in revenue, changes
in market conditions, changes in competitive products or technologies or a change in management's intentions regarding utilization of intangible assets could lead to future impairment charges.
Economic and External Market Risks
We operate in a highly competitive market and we may be unable to compete successfully against existing and future competitors.
The markets for our products and services are characterized by intense competition, new industry standards, evolving distribution models, limited barriers to entry, disruptive technology developments, short product life cycles, customer price sensitivity and frequent product introduction. Our products and services face significant competition in every aspect of our business, including at-home fitness equipment and digital platforms, fitness clubs, in-studio fitness classes, and health and wellness apps. Further, we expect the competition in our market to intensify in the future as new and existing competitors introduce new or enhanced products and services that compete with ours.
Our competitors may develop, or have already developed, products, features, content, services, or technologies that are similar to ours or that achieve greater acceptance, may undertake more successful product development efforts, create more compelling employment opportunities, or marketing campaigns, or may adopt more aggressive pricing policies. Our competitors may develop or acquire, or have already developed or acquired, intellectual property rights that significantly limit or prevent our ability to compete effectively in the public marketplace. In addition, some competitors may have greater resources, or lack a short-term profitability motive, allowing them to identify and capitalize more efficiently upon opportunities in new markets and consumer preferences and trends, quickly transition and adapt their products and services, devote greater resources to marketing and advertising, or be better positioned to withstand substantial price competition. If we are not able to compete effectively against our competitors, they may acquire and engage customers or generate revenue at the expense of our efforts, which could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and operating results.
Decline in consumer spending would likely negatively affect our product revenues and earnings.
Success of each of our products depends substantially on the amount of discretionary funds available to our customers. Global credit and financial markets have experienced extreme disruptions in the recent past, including severely diminished liquidity and credit availability, declines in consumer confidence, declines in economic growth, increases in unemployment rates and uncertainty about economic stability. There can be no assurance that similar disruptions will not occur in the future. Deterioration in general economic conditions may depress consumer spending, especially spending for discretionary consumer products such as ours. Poor economic conditions could, in turn, lead to substantial decreases in our net sales or have a material adverse effect on our operating results, financial position and cash flows.
Our revenues could decline due to changes in credit markets and decisions made by credit providers.
Historically, a significant portion of our Direct sales have been financed for our customers under various programs offered by third-party consumer credit financing sources. Reductions in consumer lending and the availability of consumer credit could limit the number of customers with the financial means to purchase our products. Higher interest rates could increase monthly payments for consumer products financed through one of our financing partners or through other sources of consumer financing. In the past, we have partnered with financial service companies to assist our customers in obtaining financing to purchase our products. Our present agreements with our third-party consumer credit financing providers enable certain customers to obtain financing if they qualify for the provider's private label revolving credit card. We cannot be assured that our third-party financing providers will continue to provide consumers with access to credit or that credit limits under such arrangements will not be reduced. Such restrictions or reductions in the availability of consumer credit could have a material adverse impact on our results of operations, financial position and cash flows.
Currency exchange rate fluctuations could result in higher costs, reduced margins or decreased international sales.
Substantially all of our products are manufactured outside of the U.S. and, therefore, currency exchange rate fluctuations could result in higher costs for our products, or could disrupt the business of independent manufacturers that produce our products, by making their purchases of raw materials more expensive and more difficult to finance. Our future financial results could be significantly affected by the value of the U.S. dollar in relation to the foreign
currencies in which we, our customers or our suppliers conduct business. Past fluctuations in currency exchange rates versus the U.S. dollar have caused our costs for certain products to increase, reducing our margins and cash flows. Similar fluctuations and cost increases may occur in the future. If we are unable to increase our selling prices to offset such cost increases, or if such increases have a negative impact on sales of our products, our revenues and margins would be reduced and our operating results and cash flows would be negatively impacted. In addition, a portion of our revenue is derived from sales outside the U.S., primarily in Canada and Europe. Currency rate fluctuations could make our products more expensive for foreign consumers and reduce our revenue, which would negatively affect our operating results and cash flows.
Legal and Regulatory Risks
We are subject to laws of the United States and foreign jurisdictions relating to individually identifiable information and personal health information, and failure to comply with those laws, whether or not inadvertent, could subject us to legal actions and could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our digital platforms may receive, process, transmit and store personal health and fitness information relating to identifiable individuals. Consumer demand for personalized fitness experiences, through mobile applications or wearable fitness trackers, and our strategy to focus on digital fitness solutions for our products may increase the volume of identifiable individual information we receive on our platforms and through our products. We also receive, process, transmit and store information relating to identifiable individuals in our capacity as an employer. As a result, we may be subject to United States (both federal and state) and foreign jurisdiction laws and regulations designed to protect both individually identifiable information and personal health information, including HIPAA and its regulations, and the GDPR, which became effective in May 2018. The GDPR includes, and a growing number of legislative and regulatory bodies elsewhere in the world have adopted, consumer notification requirements in the event of unauthorized access to or acquisition of certain types of personal data. These breach notification laws continue to evolve and include jurisdiction-specific obligations. Complying with these obligations could cause us to incur substantial costs and could increase negative publicity surrounding any incident that compromises personal data.
These and other related laws have been subject to frequent changes, and new legislation in this area may be enacted at any time. Changes to existing laws, introduction of new laws in this area or failure to comply with existing laws that are applicable to us may subject us to, among other things, additional costs or changes to our business practices, liability for monetary damages, fines and/or criminal prosecution, unfavorable publicity, restrictions on our ability to obtain and process information and allegations by our customers and consumers that we have not performed our contractual obligations, any of which could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
We may face competition from providers of comparable products in categories where our patent protection is limited or reduced due to patent expiration. Increased competition in those product categories could negatively affect our future revenues and operating results.
Sales of cardio products represent a substantial portion of our Direct segment revenues. Introduction by competitors of comparable products, a maturing product lifecycle or other factors could result in a continued decline in our revenues derived from this product line. A significant decline in our revenue from this product line, without offsetting sales gains, would have a material adverse effect on our operating results, financial position and cash flows.
Trademark infringement, patent infringement or other intellectual property claims relating to our products could increase our costs.
Our industry is susceptible to litigation regarding trademark and patent infringement and other intellectual property rights. We could become a plaintiff or defendant in litigation involving trademark or patent infringement claims or claims for breach of a license agreement. The prosecution or defense of intellectual property litigation is both costly and disruptive of the time and resources of our management, regardless of the claim's merit. We could also be required to pay substantial damages or settlement costs to resolve intellectual property litigation or related matters.
We may not be able to successfully acquire intellectual property rights, protect existing rights, or potentially prevent others from claiming that we have violated their proprietary rights. We could incur substantial costs in defending
against such claims even if they are without basis, and we could become subject to judgments or settlements requiring us to pay substantial damages, royalties or other charges.
We are subject to periodic litigation, product liability risk and other regulatory proceedings, which could result in unexpected expense of time and resources.
From time to time, we may be a defendant in lawsuits and regulatory actions relating to our business or the former operations of our discontinued Commercial business segment. Due to the inherent uncertainties of litigation and regulatory proceedings, we cannot accurately predict the ultimate outcome of any such proceedings. An unfavorable outcome could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, any significant litigation in the future, regardless of its merits, could divert management's attention from our operations and may result in substantial legal costs.
Our business is exposed to potential false advertising and other related claims, which could adversely affect our financial condition and performance.
The global nature of our business involves a risk of exposure under U.S. (both federal and state) and foreign laws and regulations related to false advertising. A false advertising claim or related judgment against us could result in substantial and unexpected expenditures, affect consumer or customer confidence in our products and services, and divert management’s time and attention from other responsibilities. Although we maintain product and general liability insurance, there can be no assurance that the type or level of coverage we have is adequate (or will apply to the claim at hand) or that we will be able to continue to maintain our existing insurance or obtain comparable insurance at a reasonable cost, if at all. A false advertising or other judgment against us and related negative publicity could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, results of operations and financial condition.
We may in the future be subject to claims and lawsuits alleging that our products fail to provide accurate measurements and data to our users.
Some components of our digital platform are used to track and display various information about users’ activities, such as calories burned, distance traveled and floors climbed. We anticipate new features and functionality in the future, as well. We believe that we have done, and will continue to do, everything we can to ensure accuracy of measurements in our digital system, but as with all such systems, there is always the risk that there may be an unintentional software design issue that results in measurements being inaccurately reported. We may receive reports made against us alleging that our products do not provide accurate measurements and data to users, including claims asserting that certain features of our products do not operate as advertised. Such reports and claims may result in negative publicity, and may require us to expend time and resources to defend litigation. If our products fail to provide accurate measurements and data to users, or if there are reports or claims of inaccurate measurements, claims of false advertisement, or claims of inaccuracy regarding the overall health benefits of our products and services in the future, we may become the subject of negative publicity, litigation, including class action litigation, regulatory proceedings, and warranty claims, and our brand, operating results, and business could be harmed.
Government regulatory actions could disrupt our marketing efforts and product sales.
Various international and U.S. federal, state and local governmental authorities, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, regulate our product and marketing efforts. Our revenue and profitability could be significantly harmed if any of these authorities commence a regulatory enforcement action that interrupts our marketing efforts, results in a product recall or negative publicity, or requires changes in product design or marketing materials.
Changes in international trade policy could adversely affect our business and results of operations.
All of our products are produced by third-party manufacturers, substantially all of which are located in Asia, primarily in China. Additionally, we make significant sales to customers worldwide, and in particular to customers in Canada. Most of our imported products are subject to duties or tariffs that affect the cost and quantity of various types of goods imported into the U.S. or our other markets. The prior U.S. presidential administration sought changes to, or the withdrawal of the United States from various international treaties and trade arrangements. Our operating results have been negatively impacted by tariffs imposed by the prior U.S. presidential administration. Uncertainty regarding future policies affecting global trade may make it difficult for our management to accurately forecast our
business, and increases in the duties, tariffs and other charges imposed on our products by the United States or other countries in which on our products are manufactured or sold, or other restraints on international trade, could negatively affect our business and the results of our operations.
A delay in getting non-U.S.-sourced products through port operations and customs in a timely manner could result in reduced sales, canceled sales orders and unanticipated inventory accumulation.
Our business depends on our ability to source and distribute products in a timely manner. As a result, we rely on the free flow of goods through open and operational ports worldwide. Labor disputes or other disruptions at ports create significant risks for our business, particularly if work slowdowns, lockouts, strikes or other disruptions occur during our peak importing seasons. Any of these factors could result in reduced sales, canceled sales orders and unanticipated inventory accumulation and have a material adverse effect on our operating results, financial position and cash flows.
Unpredictable events and circumstances relating to our international operations, including our use of non-U.S. manufacturers, could have a material adverse effect on our business.
Substantially all of our products are manufactured outside of the U.S. and a portion of our revenue is derived from sales outside the U.S., primarily in Canada, but also in markets outside North America. Accordingly, our future results could be materially adversely affected by a variety of factors pertaining to international trade, including: changes in a specific country's or region's political or economic conditions; trade restrictions; import and export licensing requirements; changes in regulatory requirements; additional efforts to comply with a variety of foreign laws and regulations; and longer payment cycles in certain countries, thus requiring us to finance customer purchases over a longer period than those made in the U.S. In addition, we rely on the performance of our employees located in foreign countries. Our ability to control the actions of these employees may be limited by the laws and regulations in effect in each country. Changes in any of the above factors could have a material adverse effect on our operating results, financial position and cash flows.
Regulations related to conflict minerals may cause us to incur additional expenses and could limit the supply and increase the costs of certain metals used in the manufacturing of our products.
We are subject to requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which will require us to conduct due diligence on and disclose whether or not our products contain conflict minerals. The implementation of these requirements could adversely affect the sourcing, availability, and pricing of the materials used in the manufacture of components used in our products. In addition, we will incur additional costs to comply with the disclosure requirements, including costs related to conducting diligence procedures to determine the sources of minerals that may be used or necessary to the production of our products and, if applicable, potential changes to products, processes, or sources of supply as a consequence of such due diligence activities. It is also possible that we may face reputational harm if we determine that certain of our products contain minerals not determined to be conflict free or if we are unable to alter our products, processes, or sources of supply to avoid such materials.
Failure or inability to protect our intellectual property could significantly harm our competitive position.
Protecting our intellectual property is an essential factor in maintaining our competitive position in the health and fitness industry. Failure to maximize or to successfully assert our intellectual property rights could impact our competitiveness. We rely on trademark, trade secret, patent and copyright laws to protect our intellectual property rights. Many factors bear upon the exclusive ownership and right to exploit intellectual properties, including, without limitation, prior rights of third parties and nonuse and/or nonenforcement by us and/or related entities. While we make efforts to develop and protect our intellectual property, the validity, enforceability and commercial value of our intellectual property rights may be reduced or eliminated. We cannot be sure that our intellectual property rights will be maximized or that they can be successfully asserted. There is a risk that we will not be able to obtain and perfect our own intellectual property rights or, where appropriate, license intellectual property rights necessary to compete successfully within the marketplace for our products. We cannot be sure that these rights, if obtained, will not be invalidated, circumvented or challenged in the future. If we do not, or are unable to, adequately protect our intellectual property, then we may face difficulty in differentiating our products from those of our competitors and our business, operating results and financial condition may be adversely affected.
General Risk Factors
Our revenues and profitability can fluctuate from period to period and are often difficult to predict due to factors beyond our control.
Our results of operations in any particular period may not be indicative of results to be expected in future periods, and have historically been, and are expected to continue to be, subject to periodic fluctuations arising from a number of factors, including:
•Introduction and market acceptance of new products and sales trends affecting specific existing products;
•Variations in product selling prices and costs and the mix of products sold;
•Size and timing of Retail customer orders, which, in turn, often depend upon the success of our customers' businesses or specific products;
•Changes in the market conditions for consumer fitness equipment;
•Changes in macroeconomic factors;
•Availability of consumer credit;
•Timing and availability of products coming from our offshore contract manufacturing suppliers;
•Seasonality of markets, which vary from quarter-to-quarter and are influenced by outside factors such as overall consumer confidence and the availability and cost of television advertising time;
•Effectiveness of our media and advertising programs;
•Customer consolidation in our Retail segment, or the bankruptcy of any of our larger Retail customers;
•Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges; and
•Legal and contract settlement charges.
These trends and factors could adversely affect our business, operating results, financial position and cash flows in any particular period.
Our business and operations are dependent on the expertise of our key contributors, our successful implementation of succession plans, and our ability to attract and retain management employees and skilled labor.
Our future success depends on, among other factors, our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, including executives and skilled labor. Availability of skilled workers is critical to our operations. We may experience difficulty maintaining desired staffing levels with unemployment rates at low levels in many of the geographic areas in which we manufacture or distribute goods. COVID-19 has added new challenges in attracting people for relocation.The loss of qualified personnel, our inability to attract new qualified employees or adequately train employees or a delay in hiring key personnel, could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our ability to continue to execute our growth strategy could potentially be adversely affected by the effectiveness of organizational changes. Any disruption or uncertainty resulting from such changes could have a material adverse impact on our business, results of operations, and financial condition.
We are subject to a number of debt covenants.
In January 2020, we entered into new credit facility with Wells Fargo National Association for a period of five years ending January 2025. The proceeds from this new credit facilities were used to refinance our existing indebtedness. Our new credit facility contain certain debt covenants and other customary events of default. Our ability to comply with these debt covenants may be affected by the other factors described in this “Risk Factors” section and other factors outside of our control. Failure to comply with one or more of these debt covenants may result in an event of default. Upon an event of default, if not waived by our our lender may declare all amounts outstanding as due and payable. If our current lender accelerates the maturity of our indebtedness, we may not have sufficient capital available at that time to pay the amounts due to our lender on a timely basis. In addition, these debt covenants may prevent us from engaging in transactions that benefit us, including responding to changing business and economic conditions and taking advantage of attractive business opportunities. If we need additional capital and cannot raise it on acceptable terms, our business, financial condition and operating results could be materially and adversely affected.
The issuance of additional shares of our common stock could cause the market price of our common stock to decline and may result in dilution to our existing shareholders.
The Company filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 on November 9, 2020 with the SEC, that will allow us to issue up to $100 million in securities including common stock, debt securities, warrants and units. The shelf registration statement is intended to provide the Company with increased financial flexibility and more efficient access to the capital markets. We cannot predict the effect, if any, that market sales of these securities or the availability of the securities will have on the prevailing market price of our common stock from time to time. Substantial sales of shares of our common stock or other securities in the public market, or the perception that those sales could occur, may cause the market price of our common stock to decline. Such a decrease in our share price could in turn impair our ability to raise capital through the sale of additional equity securities. Future issuances of our common stock, or other securities convertible into our common stock, may result in significant dilution to our existing shareholders. Significant dilution would reduce the proportionate ownership and voting power held by our existing shareholders.
We have incurred operating losses in the past, may incur operating losses in the future, and may not achieve or maintain profitability in the future.
We have incurred operating losses in our fiscal year of 2019 of $92.8 million and may incur net losses in the future. We expect our operating expenses to increase in the future as we continue our sales and marketing efforts, continue to invest in research and development, expand our operating and retail infrastructure, add content and software features to our platform, expand into new geographies, develop new connected-fitness products and services, and in connection with legal, accounting, and other expenses related to operating as a public company. These efforts and additional expenses may be more costly than we expect, and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to increase our revenue to offset our operating expenses. Our revenue growth may slow or our revenue may decline for a number of other reasons, including reduced demand for our products and services, increased competition, a decrease in the growth or reduction in size of our overall market, the impacts to our business from the COVID-19 pandemic, or if we cannot capitalize on growth opportunities. If our revenue does not grow at a greater rate than our operating expenses, we will not be able to achieve and maintain profitability.
We track certain operational and business metrics with internal methods that are subject to inherent challenges in measurement, and real or perceived inaccuracies in such metrics may harm our reputation and negatively affect our business.
We track certain operational and business metrics, including our connected fitness products, with internal methods, which are not independently verified by any third party and are often reliant upon an interface with mobile operating systems, networks and standards that we do not control. Our internal methods have limitations and our process for tracking these metrics may change over time, which could result in unexpected changes to our metrics, including the metrics we report. If the internal methods we use under-count or over-count metrics related to our connected fitness products metrics as a result of algorithm or other technical errors, the operational and business metrics that we report may not be accurate. In addition, limitations or errors with respect to how we measure certain operational and business metrics may affect our understanding of certain details of our business, which could affect our longer term strategies. If our operational and business metrics are not accurate representations of our business, market penetration, retention or engagement; if we discover material inaccuracies in our metrics; or if the metrics we rely on to track our performance do not provide an accurate measurement of our business, our reputation may be harmed, and our operating and financial results could be adversely affected.
We may engage in merger and acquisition activities, which could require significant management attention, disrupt our business, dilute stockholder value, and adversely affect our operating results.
As part of our business strategy, we have made or may in the future make investments in other companies, products, or technologies. We may not be able to find suitable acquisition candidates and we may not be able to complete acquisitions on favorable terms, if at all, in the future. If we do complete acquisitions, we may not ultimately strengthen our competitive position or achieve our goals, and any acquisitions we complete could be viewed negatively by Members or investors. Moreover, an acquisition, investment, or business relationship may result in unforeseen operating difficulties and expenditures, including disrupting our ongoing operations, diverting management from their primary responsibilities, subjecting us to additional liabilities, increasing our expenses, and adversely impacting our business, financial condition, and operating results. Moreover, we may be exposed to unknown liabilities and the anticipated benefits of any acquisition, investment, or business relationship may not be realized, if, for example, we fail to successfully integrate such acquisitions, or the technologies associated with such acquisitions, into our company.
To pay for any such acquisitions, we would have to use cash, incur debt, or issue equity securities, each of which may affect our financial condition or the value of our capital stock and could result in dilution to our stockholders. If we incur more debt it would result in increased fixed obligations and could also subject us to covenants or other restrictions that would impede our ability to manage our operations. Additionally, we may receive indications of interest from other parties interested in acquiring some or all of our business. The time required to evaluate such indications of interest could require significant attention from management, disrupt the ordinary functioning of our business, and could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and operating results.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2. Properties
Following is a summary of each of our properties as of December 31, 2020:
|Company||Location||Primary Function(s)||Owned or|
|Nautilus||Washington||Corporate headquarters, customer call center, and R&D facility||Leased|
|Nautilus||Ohio||Warehouse and distribution facility||Leased|
|Nautilus||Oregon||Warehouse and distribution facility||Leased|
|Nautilus||China||Quality assurance and software engineering offices||Leased|
Our properties are used by both our Direct and Retail segments. We believe our properties are generally well-maintained, adequate and suitable for their intended purposes, and we believe our existing properties will meet our operational needs for the foreseeable future. If we require additional warehouse or office space in the future, we believe we will be able to obtain such space on commercially reasonable terms.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
From time to time, in the ordinary course of business, we may be involved in various claims, lawsuits and other proceedings. These legal proceedings involve uncertainty as to the eventual outcomes and losses which may be realized when one or more future events occur or fail to occur.
As of the date of filing of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we were not involved in any material legal proceedings.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Market for our Common Stock
Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and trades under the symbol “NLS.” As of February 22, 2021, there were 40 holders of record of our common stock and approximately 5,200 beneficial shareholders.
We did not pay any dividends on our common stock in 2020 or 2019. Payment of any future dividends, in accordance with our borrowing arrangements, is at the discretion of our Board of Directors, which considers various factors such as our financial condition, operating results, current and anticipated cash needs and future expansion plans.
Equity Compensation Plans
See Part III, Item 12 for equity compensation plan information.
Stock Performance Graph
The graph below compares the cumulative total shareholder return of our common stock with the cumulative total return of the NYSE Composite Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 index for the period commencing December 31, 2015 and ending on December 31, 2020. The S&P SmallCap 600 was chosen because we do not believe we can reasonably identify an industry index or specific peer issuer that would offer a meaningful comparison. The S&P SmallCap 600 represents a broad-based index of companies with similar market capitalization.
The graph assumes $100 was invested, on December 31, 2015, in our common stock and each index presented in the graph. The comparisons in the table below are not intended to forecast or be indicative of future performance of our common stock.
Item 6. Selected Financial Data
The following selected consolidated financial data should be read in connection with our audited consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto and with Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, which are included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The consolidated statements of operations data for fiscal years 2020, 2019 and 2018, and the selected consolidated balance sheets data as of December 31, 2020 and 2019 are derived from, and are qualified by reference to, the audited consolidated financial statements which are included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The consolidated statements of operations data for fiscal 2017 and 2016 and the consolidated balance sheets data as of December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016 are derived from audited consolidated financial statements which are not included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
|For the Year Ended December 31,|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)||2020||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations Data|
|Net sales||$||552,560 ||$||309,285 ||$||396,753 ||$||406,184 ||$||406,039 |
|Cost of sales||323,758 ||198,702 ||215,013 ||202,302 ||194,514 |
|Gross profit||228,802 ||110,583 ||181,740 ||203,882 ||211,525 |
| Selling and marketing||78,337 ||94,595 ||115,920 ||116,222 ||115,437 |
| General and administrative||36,176 ||30,242 ||28,226 ||27,111 ||28,775 |
| Research and development||15,812 ||14,282 ||16,825 ||15,446 ||13,919 |
Loss on disposal group, goodwill and other intangible impairment charges (2)
|20,668 ||72,008 ||— ||8,800 ||— |
| Total operating expenses||150,993 ||211,127 ||160,971 ||167,579 ||158,131 |
|Operating income (loss)||77,809 ||(100,544)||20,769 ||36,303 ||53,394 |
|Other income (expense):|
| Interest income||11 ||162 ||1,044 ||653 ||234 |
| Interest expense||(1,498)||(980)||(1,051)||(1,552)||(1,928)|
|(3,587)||(470)||239 ||301 ||(119)|
| Total other (expense) income||(5,074)||(1,288)||232 ||(598)||(1,813)|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes||72,735 ||(101,832)||21,001 ||35,705 ||51,581 |
Income tax expense (benefit) (3)
|12,198 ||(9,537)||5,891 ||8,080 ||16,480 |
|Income (loss) from continuing operations||60,537 ||(92,295)||15,110 ||27,625 ||35,101 |
|Loss from discontinued operations||(689)||(505)||(452)||(1,358)||(923)|
|Net income (loss)||$||59,848 ||$||(92,800)||$||14,658 ||$||26,267 ||$||34,178 |
|Basic income (loss) per share from continuing operations||$||2.02 ||$||(3.11)||$||0.50 ||$||0.90 ||$||1.13 |
|Basic loss per share from discontinued operations||(0.03)||(0.02)||(0.02)||(0.04)||(0.03)|
Basic net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||1.99 ||$||(3.13)||$||0.49 ||$||0.86 ||$||1.10 |
|Diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations||$||1.88 ||$||(3.11)||$||0.50 ||$||0.89 ||$||1.12 |
|Diluted loss per share from discontinued operations||(0.02)||(0.02)||(0.01)||(0.04)||(0.03)|
Diluted net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||1.86 ||$||(3.13)||$||0.48 ||$||0.85 ||$||1.09 |
|Shares used in per share calculations:|
| Basic||30,007 ||29,684 ||30,099 ||30,671 ||31,032 |
| Diluted||32,123 ||29,684 ||30,355 ||31,010 ||31,301 |
|As of December 31,|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets Data||2020||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Cash and investments||$||94,119 ||$||11,070 ||$||63,517 ||$||85,196 ||$||79,617 |
|Working capital||130,131 ||40,485 ||76,621 ||91,118 ||84,951 |
|Total assets||318,117 ||220,479 ||332,944 ||324,776 ||333,066 |
|Long-term note payable, net of current portion||10,710 ||14,071 ||15,993 ||31,986 ||47,979 |
|Other long-term liabilities||24,651 ||27,104 ||19,514 ||16,227 ||25,825 |
|Total shareholders' equity||153,195 ||90,596 ||182,596 ||179,189 ||160,857 |
|May not add due to rounding.|
Loss on disposal group in 2020 related to the sale of our Octane Fitness business. Goodwill and other intangible impairment charge in 2019 related to market capitalization. An asset impairment charge in 2017 related to the Octane Fitness brand name.
|Income tax expense in 2017 includes a $5.6 million benefit related to the change in U.S. tax law that resulted in a lower effective tax rate compared to prior years.|
|Equity investment impairment in 2020 for $2.5 million.|
Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
You should read the following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations together with the consolidated financial statements and related notes that are included in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. This discussion contains forward-looking statements based upon current expectations that involve risks and uncertainties.
We empower healthier living through individualized connected fitness experiences. We are committed to build a healthier world, one person at a time. Our principal business activities include designing, developing, sourcing and marketing high-quality cardio and strength fitness products, related accessories and digital platform for consumer use, primarily in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Our products are sold under some of the most-recognized brand names in the fitness industry: Bowflex®, Schwinn®, JRNY® and Nautilus®.
We market our products through two distinct distribution channels, Direct and Retail, which we consider to be separate business segments. Our Direct business offers products directly to consumers primarily through websites. Our Retail business offers our products through a network of independent retail companies to reach consumers in the home use markets in the U.S. and internationally. We also derive a portion of our revenue from the licensing of our brands and intellectual property.
Our results for 2020 were primarily impacted by strong demand driven by changes we made to our operating model beginning in late 2019 and COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The primary actions taken include extensive, in-depth consumer insights research, which has identified an effective new positioning for the Bowflex® brand, and which is now underway through a new advertising campaign and updates to our websites, television commercials, social media, and other digital platforms. Additionally, we expect to launch targeted new products across all our channels over the next twelve months. In parallel, we plan to continue our digital transformation with the inclusion of updated digital experience platforms on key new products, moving toward our goal of having the majority of our products equipped with subscription-based digital experience offerings.
•Net sales for 2020 were $552.6 million, reflecting a 78.7% increase as compared to net sales of $309.3 million for 2019.
•Net sales of our Direct segment increased by $121.3 million, or 101.4%, in 2020, compared to 2019.
•Net sales of our Retail segment increased by $121.5 million, or 65.1%, in 2020, compared to 2019, and up 95.4% excluding sales related to the Octane brand.
•Due to the severe shortage of shipping containers, some factory fulfilled orders, representing over $16 million in revenue, did not ship in late December. Container shortages, worsening global logistics disruptions, and continued factory capacity constraints resulted in $91.5 million of backlog.
•Royalty income for 2020 increased by $0.5 million compared to 2019.
•Gross profit for 2020 was $228.8 million, or 41.4% of net sales, an increase of $118.2 million, or 106.9%, as compared to gross profit of $110.6 million, or 35.8% of net sales, for 2019.
•Operating expenses for 2020 were $151.0 million, a decrease of $60.1 million, or 28.5%, as compared to operating expenses of $211.1 million for 2019.
•Operating income for 2020 was $77.8 million, an increase of $178.4 million, or 177.4%, as compared to an operating loss of $100.5 million for 2019.
•Income from continuing operations was $60.5 million for 2020, or $1.88 per diluted share, compared to loss from continuing operations of $92.3 million, or $3.11 per diluted share, for 2019. The effective tax rates for 2020 and 2019 were 16.8% and 9.4%, respectively.
•Net income for 2020 was $59.8 million, compared to a net loss of $92.8 million for 2019. Net income per diluted share was $1.86 for 2020, compared to net loss per diluted share of $3.13 per diluted share, for 2019.
Forward Looking Guidance
Turning now to our forward-looking guidance for the transition period from January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021.
We expect sales growth of 55% to 75% versus the same period last year.
Due to pressure from increased logistics costs, higher commodity prices, and continued foreign exchange headwinds, we expect gross margins to be relatively flat to the same period last year.
We expect operating expenses to be higher in dollars but achieve leverage as these expenses are expected to be lower as a percent of sales than the same period last year, driven by increased marketing and investments in JRNY® and North Star.
Factors Affecting Our Performance
Our results of operations may vary significantly from period-to-period. Our revenues typically fluctuate due to the seasonality of our industry, customer buying patterns, product innovation, the nature and level of competition for health and fitness products, our ability to procure products to meet customer demand, the level of spending on, and effectiveness of, our media and advertising programs and our ability to attract new customers and maintain existing sales relationships. In addition, our revenues are highly susceptible to economic factors, including, among other things, the overall condition of the economy and the availability of consumer credit in both the U.S. and Canada. Our profit margins may vary in response to the aforementioned factors and our ability to manage product costs. Profit margins may also be affected by fluctuations in the costs or availability of materials used to manufacture our products, product warranty costs, the cost of fuel, and changes in costs of other distribution or manufacturing-related services. Our operating profits or losses may also be affected by the efficiency and effectiveness of our organization. Historically, our operating expenses have been influenced by media costs to produce and distribute advertisements of our products on television, websites and other media, facility costs, operating costs of our information and communications systems, product supply chain management, customer support and new product development activities. In addition, our operating expenses have been affected from time-to-time by asset impairment charges, restructuring charges and other significant unusual or infrequent expenses.
As a result of the above and other factors, our period-to-period operating results may not be indicative of future performance. You should not place undue reliance on our operating results and should consider our prospects in light of the risks, expenses and difficulties typically encountered by us and other companies, both within and outside our industry. We may not be able to successfully address these risks and difficulties and, consequently, we cannot assure you any future growth or profitability. For more information, see our discussion of Risk Factors located at Part I, Item 1A of this Form 10-K.
Results from discontinued operations relate to the disposal of our former Nautilus® Commercial business, which was completed in April 2011. We reached substantial completion of asset liquidation at December 31, 2012. Although there was no revenue related to the Commercial business in 2020, 2019 and 2018, we continue to incur product liability expenses associated with product previously sold into the Commercial channel, and accrued interest associated with an uncertain tax position on discontinued international operations.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities in the consolidated financial statements. An accounting estimate is considered to be critical if it meets both of the following criteria: (i) the nature of the estimate is material due to the levels of subjectivity and judgment necessary to account for highly uncertain matters or the susceptibility
of such matters to change, and (ii) the impact of the estimate on financial condition or operating performance is material. Our critical accounting estimates are discussed below.
Goodwill and Other Long-Term Assets Valuation
We evaluate our indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill for potential impairment annually or when events or circumstances indicate their carrying value may be impaired. Definite-lived intangible assets, including acquired trade names, customer relationships, patents and patent rights, and other long-lived assets, primarily property, plant and equipment, are evaluated for impairment when events or circumstances indicate the carrying value may be impaired. In 2019, we recognized a non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge of $72.0 million primarily related to the goodwill and indefinite-lived Octane Fitness brand name which was sold October 14, 2020. No goodwill remained as of December 31, 2019. In 2020, we recognized a loss on disposal for the sale of Octane Fitness related assets of $20.7 million.
Our impairment evaluations contain uncertainties because they require management to make assumptions and to apply judgment in order to estimate future cash flows and asset fair values. Our judgments regarding potential impairment are based on a number of factors including: the timing and amount of anticipated cash flows; market conditions; relative levels of risk; the cost of capital; terminal values; royalty rates; and the allocation of revenues, expenses and assets and liabilities to reporting units. Each of these factors can significantly affect the value of our goodwill or other long-term assets and, thereby, could have a material adverse effect on our financial position and results of operations.
Significant judgments are required in determining tax provisions in relation to valuation allowance and tax positions. Such judgments require us to interpret existing tax law and other published guidance as applied to our circumstances. If our financial results or other relevant factors change, thereby impacting the likelihood of realizing the tax benefit of an uncertain tax position or deferred tax assets, significant judgment would be applied in determining the effect of the change. A tax benefit from an uncertain tax position may be recognized when it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained based on the technical merits of the position upon examination, including resolutions of any related appeals or litigation. Furthermore, valuation allowance would be provided against deferred tax assets if we determine it is no longer more likely than not that such assets would be fully realized based on the objectively verifiable evidence available.
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was enacted and signed into law in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). The CARES Act, among other things, includes several significant provisions that could impact corporate taxpayers’ accounting for income taxes.
In 2020, we recorded income tax expense from continuing operations of $12.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 and net non-current deferred income tax assets of $2.4 million, which included a deferred tax asset for the capital loss from the sale of the Octane business, net of valuation allowance.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The discussion that follows regarding our financial condition and results of operations for fiscal 2020 compared to fiscal 2019 should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the related notes in this report. All comparisons to prior year results are in reference to continuing operations only in each period, unless otherwise indicated. A discussion regarding our financial condition and results of operations for fiscal 2019 compared to fiscal 2018 can be found under Item 7 in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2020, which is available free of charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and our Investors website at http://www.nautilusinc.com/investors/sec-filings/.
Results of operations information was as follows (in thousands):
| ||Year Ended December 31,|| |
|2020||2019|| ||Change|| ||% Change|
|Net sales||$||552,560 ||$||309,285 || ||$||243,275 || ||78.7 ||%|
|Cost of sales||323,758 ||198,702 || ||125,056 || ||62.9 ||%|
|Gross profit||228,802 ||110,583 || ||118,219 || ||106.9 ||%|
|Operating expenses:|| || |
|Selling and marketing||78,337 ||94,595 || ||(16,258)|| ||(17.2)||%|
|General and administrative||36,176 ||30,242 || ||5,934 || ||19.6 ||%|
|Research and development||15,812 ||14,282 || ||1,530 || ||10.7 ||%|
|Loss on disposal group, goodwill and other intangible impairment charge||20,668 ||72,008 ||(51,340)||(71.3)||%|
|Total operating expenses||150,993 ||211,127 ||(60,134)|| ||(28.5)||%|
|Operating income (loss)||77,809 ||(100,544)|| ||178,353 || ||*|
|Other income (expense):|| || |
|Interest income||11 ||162 || ||(151)|| |
|Interest expense||(1,498)||(980)|| ||(518)|| |
|Other, net||(3,587)||(470)|| ||(3,117)|| |
|Total other expense, net||(5,074)||(1,288)|| ||(3,786)|| |
|Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes||72,735 ||(101,832)|| ||174,567 || |
|Income tax expense (benefit)||12,198 ||(9,537)|| ||21,735 || |
|Income (loss) from continuing operations||60,537 ||(92,295)|| ||152,832 || |
|Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes||(689)||(505)|| ||(184)|| |
|Net income (loss)||$||59,848 ||$||(92,800)|| ||$||152,648 || |
Results of operations information by segment and major product lines was as follows (in thousands):
| ||Year Ended December 31,|| || |
|2020|| ||2019|| ||Change|| ||% Change|
|Direct net sales:|
|$||178,615 || ||$||97,824 || ||$||80,791 || ||82.6 ||%|
|62,311 ||21,827 ||40,484 || ||185.5 ||%|
|Direct||240,926 ||119,651 ||121,275 ||101.4 ||%|
|Retail net sales:|
|$||235,333 || ||$||141,331 || ||$||94,002 ||66.5 ||%|
|72,703 ||45,253 ||27,450 ||60.7 ||%|
|Retail||308,036 ||186,584 ||121,452 ||65.1 ||%|
|Royalty income||3,598 ||3,050 ||548 ||18.0 ||%|
|$||552,560 ||$||309,285 ||$||243,275 ||78.7 ||%|
|Cost of sales:|
|Direct||$||110,111 ||$||60,101 ||$||50,010 ||83.2 ||%|
|Retail||213,647 ||138,601 ||75,046 ||54.1 ||%|
|$||323,758 ||$||198,702 ||$||125,056 ||62.9 ||%|
|Direct||$||130,815 ||$||59,550 ||$||71,265 ||119.7 ||%|
|Retail||94,389 ||47,983 ||46,406 ||96.7 ||%|
|Royalty||3,598 ||3,050 ||548 ||18.0 ||%|
|$||228,802 ||$||110,583 ||$||118,219 ||106.9 ||%|
|Direct||54.3 ||%||49.8 ||%||450 || basis points|
|Retail||30.6 ||%||25.7 ||%||490 || basis points|
|Direct||$||59,976 ||$||(24,569)||$||84,545 ||(344.1)||%|
|Retail||62,782 ||16,043 ||46,739 ||291.3 ||%|
|Direct||45.8 ||%||(41.3)||%||8,710 ||basis points|
|Retail||66.5 ||%||33.4 ||%||3,310 ||basis points|
(1) Cardio products include: connected-fitness bikes like the Bowflex® C6, VeloCore® and Schwinn® IC4, Max Trainer®, Zero Runner®, treadmills, other exercise bikes, ellipticals and subscription services.
(2) Strength products include: home gyms and Bowflex® SelectTech® dumbbells, kettlebell and barbell weights, and accessories
Sales and Gross Profit
Net sales for 2020 were $240.9 million, reflecting a 101.4% increase as compared to $119.7 million for 2019. Increased sales were driven primarily by cardio products which grew by 82.6% versus 2019 and were led by strong demand for our connected-fitness bikes, the Bowflex® C6 and Schwinn® IC4, offset by lower Max Trainer® sales. Strength product sales grew 185.5% versus the same period in 2019 driven by SelectTech® weights and Bowflex® Home Gyms. Positive customer response to the new JRNY® powered connected fitness products launched in 2020 also contributed to sales growth.
Gross margin rates for 2020 and 2019 were 54.3% and 49.8%, respectively, with the increase primarily driven by increased full-priced sales and favorable fixed cost leverage, partially offset by higher transportation costs.
Segment contribution income for 2020 was $60.0 million, compared to loss of $24.6 million for 2019. The $84.6 million improvement was primarily driven by higher gross profit.
Combined consumer credit approvals by our primary and secondary U.S. third-party financing providers were 52.0% in 2020 compared to 54.1% in 2019. The decrease in approvals reflects lower credit quality applications.
Net sales for 2020 were $308.0 million, reflecting a 65.1% increase as compared to $186.6 million for 2019 or a 95.4% increase, excluding sales related to the Octane brand. Cardio sales were up 66.5% versus 2019, driven by the Schwinn® IC4 connected-fitness bikes, Bowflex® VeloCore® and Max Trainer®. Strength sales were up 60.7% versus 2019 led by the popular Bowflex® Home Gyms and SelectTech® weights.
Gross margin rates for 2020 and 2019 were 30.6% and 25.7%, respectively, with the increase primarily driven by favorable customer mix and fixed cost leverage, partially offset by higher transportation costs.
Segment contribution income for 2020 was $62.8 million, compared to $16.0 million for 2019. The $46.8 million improvement was primarily driven by higher gross profit.
Royalty income increased by $0.5 million, or 18.0%, to $3.6 million for 2020, compared to 2019, due to a royalty settlement and increased license sales in 2020.
Operating expenses for 2020 were $151.0 million, a decrease of $60.1 million, or 28.5%, as compared to operating expenses of $211.1 million for 2019. The decrease in operating expenses primarily related to a loss on disposal group of $20.7 million in 2020 compared to a goodwill and other intangible impairment charge of $72.0 million in 2019 and a reduction in media spending in 2020 to $34.1 million compared to $44.9 million in 2019. These expense reductions were partially offset by increases in general and administrative and research and development costs.
Selling and Marketing
Selling and marketing expenses include payroll, employee benefits, and other headcount-related expenses associated with sales and marketing personnel, and the costs of media advertising, promotions, trade shows, seminars, and other programs.
Selling and marketing information was as follows (dollars in thousands):
|Year Ended December 31,|| ||Change|
|2020|| ||2019|| ||$|| ||%|
|Selling and marketing||$||78,337 ||$||94,595 ||$||(16,258)||(17.2)%|
|As % of net sales||14.2%||30.6%|
Media advertising expense of our Direct business is the largest component of selling and marketing and was as follows (dollars in thousands):
|Year Ended December 31,|| ||Change|
|2020|| ||2019|| ||$|| ||%|
|Media advertising||$||34,066 ||$||44,916 ||$||(10,850)||(24.2)%|
The decrease in selling and marketing expenses in 2020 compared to 2019 was primarily due to decreases, during the first six months of 2020, in media advertising, given strong organic demand and inventory scarcity. Additionally, COVID-19 reduced travel costs related to selling and marketing.
The decrease in selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of net sales in 2020 compared to 2019 was due to the increase in net sales combined with lower expenses.
General and Administrative
General and administrative expenses include payroll, employee benefits, stock-based compensation expense, and other headcount-related expenses associated with finance, legal, facilities, certain human resources and other administrative personnel, and other administrative fees.
General and administrative expenses was as follows (dollars in thousands):
|Year Ended December 31,|| ||Change|
|2020|| ||2019|| ||$|| ||%|
|General and administrative||$||36,176 ||$||30,242 ||$||5,934 ||19.6%|
|As % of net sales||6.5%||9.8%|
The increase in general and administrative expenses in 2020 compared to 2019 was due to personnel costs, primarily in bonus and stock expenses, and consulting expenses.
The decrease in general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales in 2020 compared to 2019 was primarily due to the increase net sales.
Research and Development
Research and development expenses include payroll, employee benefits, other headcount-related expenses and information technology associated with product development.
Research and development expenses was as follows (dollars in thousands):
|Year Ended December 31,|| ||Change|
|2020|| ||2019|| ||$|| ||%|
|Research and development||$||15,812 ||$||14,282 ||$||1,530 ||10.7%|
|As % of net sales||2.9%||4.6%|
The increase in research and development expenses in 2020 compared to 2019, was driven primarily by increased investments in our JRNY® digital platform.
Loss on Disposal Group, Goodwill and Other Intangible Impairment Charge
In 2019, we recognized a non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge of $72.0 million primarily related to the goodwill and indefinite-lived Octane Fitness brand name which was sold October 14, 2020. No
goodwill remained as of December 31, 2019. In 2020, we recognized a loss on disposal for the sale of Octane Fitness related assets of $20.7 million.
Operating income for 2020 was $77.8 million, an increase of $178.4 million, as compared to an operating loss of $100.5 million for 2019. The increase in operating income was primarily due to higher gross profit and lower operating expenses as discussed in more detail above.
Income from continuing operations was $72.7 million for 2020, or $1.88 per diluted share, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $101.8 million, or $3.11 per diluted share, for 2019. The increase in income from continuing operations was primarily due to higher gross profit and lower operating expenses as discussed in more detail above and aided by the tax benefit related to the CARES act.
Interest expense of $1.5 million and $1.0 million in 2020 and 2019, respectively, was primarily related to the outstanding balance on our term loan and line of credit and a loss on debt extinguishment.
Other, net includes the effect of currency exchange rate fluctuations with the U.S. and our foreign subsidiaries and equity investment impairments. Other, net for 2020 was $3.6 million, an increase of $3.1 million, as compared to $0.5 million in 2019. The increase in other, net was primarily due to an equity investment impairment for the significant fair value deterioration from adverse changes in the general market condition of investees' industry of $2.5 million.
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)
Income tax expense (benefit) includes U.S. and international income taxes, and interest and penalties on uncertain tax positions.
Income tax expense (benefit) was as follows (dollars in thousands):
|Year Ended December 31,|| ||Change|
|2020|| ||2019|| ||$|| ||%|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||$||12,198 ||$||(9,537)||$||21,735 ||(227.9)%|
|Effective tax rate||16.8%||9.4%|
The higher effective tax rate from continuing operations for 2020 compared to 2019 was primarily due to profit generated in the U.S., partially offset by the 14% rate benefit of net operating loss carry-backs as a result of the enactment of the CARES Act.
Refer to Note 16, Income Taxes, to our consolidated financial statements included in Part II, Item 8 of this report for additional information.
Net income was $59.8 million for 2020, compared to a net loss of $92.8 million for 2019. Net income per diluted share was $1.86 for 2020, compared to net loss per diluted share of $3.13 for 2019.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
Our future capital requirements may vary materially from those currently planned and will depend on many factors, including our levels of revenue, the timing and extent of spending on research and development efforts and other business initiatives, the expansion of sales and marketing activities, the timing of new product introductions, market acceptance of our products, and overall economic conditions. To the extent that current and anticipated future sources of liquidity are insufficient to fund our future business activities and requirements, we may be required to seek additional equity or debt financing. The sale of additional equity would result in additional dilution to our shareholders. The incurrence of debt financing would result in debt service obligations and the instruments governing such debt could provide for operating and financing covenants that would restrict our operations.
As of December 31, 2020, we had $94.1 million of cash, cash equivalents and investments, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $11.1 million as of December 31, 2019.
Cash provided by operating activities was $71.7 million for 2020, compared to cash used in operating activities of $22.6 million for 2019. The increase in cash flows from operating activities for 2020, compared to 2019, was primarily due the increase in operating income, along with the changes in our operating assets and liabilities discussed below.
Trade receivables increased by $36.6 million to $91.2 million as of December 31, 2020, compared to $54.6 million as of December 31, 2019, due to the higher net sales and the timing of receipts in 2020.
Inventory decreased by $3.6 million to $51.1 million as of December 31, 2020, compared to $54.8 million as of December 31, 2019, primarily due to the surge in demand for home-fitness products and the divestiture of Octane Fitness in 2020.
Prepaids and other current assets increased by $10.9 million to $19.2 million as of December 31, 2020, compared to $8.3 million as of December 31, 2019, primarily related to short-term deposits.
Trade payables increased by $22.1 million to $96.4 million as of December 31, 2020, compared to $74.3 million as of December 31, 2019, primarily due to timing of payments for inventory and advertising related payments.
Accrued liabilities increased by $15.2 million to $22.8 million as of December 31, 2020, compared to $7.6 million as of December 31, 2019, primarily due to payroll related liabilities and customer deposits.
Warranty obligations decreased by $0.5 million to $5.2 million as of December 31, 2020, compared to $5.7 million as of December 31, 2019, primarily due to the sales mix offset by $2.8 million in warranty obligations assumed by True Fitness on the sale of Octane Fitness.
Net deferred income tax assets increased by $3.6 million to $2.4 million as of December 31, 2020, compared to net deferred income tax liabilities of $1.2 million as of December 31, 2019, primarily due to the divestiture of Octane Fitness in 2020.
Cash used in investing activities of $24.5 million for 2020 was related to the purchase of marketable securities of $36.2 million, $9.7 million used for capital expenditures during 2020, primarily for information technology assets, our digital platform JRNY®, and production tooling and equipment offset by proceeds from the sale of Octane Fitness of $21.4 million.
Cash used in financing activities of $3.1 million for 2020 was primarily related to principal repayments on our term loan and line of credit of $45.1 million, tax payments and proceeds on stock award issuances of $2.2 million and debt issuance costs of $1.8 million, offset by proceeds from our line of credit of $45.8 million.
JP Morgan Chase Bank Credit Agreement
As of December 31, 2019, we had an outstanding credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. (“Chase Bank”) which consisted of an $80.0 million term loan and a $40.0 million revolving line of credit. The term loan was used to finance the acquisition of Octane Fitness and was scheduled to mature on December 31, 2020. The revolving line of credit was scheduled to mature December 31, 2021. Both the term loan and the revolving line of credit were secured by substantially all of our assets. The Chase Bank debt facilities were terminated in January 2020 upon entering into a new credit agreement described below.
Wells Fargo Bank Credit Agreement
On January 31, 2020, we entered into a Credit Agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”) and lenders from time to time party thereto (collectively with Wells Fargo the “Lenders”) (“Credit Agreement”), pursuant to which the Lenders have agreed, among other things, to make available to us an asset-based revolving loan facility in the aggregate principal amount of up to $55.0 million, subject to a borrowing base (the “ABL Revolving Facility”), and a term loan facility in the aggregate principal amount of $15.0 million (the “Term Loan Facility” and together with the ABL Revolving Facility, the “Wells Fargo Financing"), in each case, as such amounts may increase or decrease in accordance with the terms of the Credit Agreement. The Wells Fargo Financing expires and all outstanding amounts become due on January 31, 2025 unless the maturity is accelerated subject to the terms set forth in the Credit Agreement. The repayment of obligations under the Credit Agreement is secured by substantially all of our assets. Principal and interest amounts are required to be paid as scheduled.
We used the proceeds from the Wells Fargo Financing to extinguish our existing $40.0 million revolver with Chase Bank, pay transaction expenses, and for general corporate purposes. Our previously existing credit facilities and agreements with Chase Bank and all guarantees and liens existing in connection with those facilities and agreements were terminated upon the closing of this Wells Fargo financing. In connection with the termination of the Chase Bank facility, we recorded a loss on debt extinguishment of $0.2 million as interest expense in our consolidated statements of operations.
Interest on the ABL Revolving Facility will accrue at LIBOR plus a margin of 1.75% to 2.25% (based on average quarterly availability) and interest on the Term Loan Facility will accrue at LIBOR plus 5.00%. As of December 31, 2020, our interest rate was 1.90% for the ABL Revolving Facility and 5.15% for the Term Loan Facility.
As of December 31, 2020, outstanding borrowings totaled $13.8 million, with $13.6 million and $0.2 million under our Term Loan Facility and ABL Revolving Facility, respectively. As of December 31, 2020, we were in compliance with the financial covenants of the Wells Fargo Financing and $54.8 million was available for borrowing under the ABL Revolving Facility. Any outstanding balance is due and payable on January 31, 2025.
The balance sheet classification of the borrowings under the revolving loan credit facility has been determined in accordance with ASC 470, Debt. Borrowings outstanding under a revolving credit agreement that includes both a subjective acceleration clause and a requirement to maintain a springing lock-box arrangement are classified based on the provisions of ASC 470 because the lock-box remittances do not automatically reduce the debt outstanding. As of December 31, 2020, the Company was in compliance with all covenants contained in our Term Loan Facility and ABL Revolving Facility and assessed the probability that the creditor would accelerate the due date of the debt by exercising the subjective acceleration clauses of our Term Loan Facility and ABL Revolving Facility before its scheduled maturity as remote. Accordingly, this obligation has been classified as a long-term liability in the balance sheet.
The Credit Agreement contains customary affirmative and negative covenants for financings of this type, including, among other terms and conditions, delivery of financial statements, reports and maintenance of existence, revolving availability subject to a calculated borrowing base, as well as limitations and conditions on our ability to: create, incur, assume or be liable for indebtedness; dispose of assets outside the ordinary course; acquire, merge or consolidate with or into another person or entity; create, incur or allow any lien on any of our property; make investments; or pay dividends or make distributions, in each case subject to certain exceptions. The financial covenants set forth in the Credit Agreement include a minimum liquidity covenant of $7.5 million. Beginning February 1, 2022, the minimum liquidity covenant will decrease to $5.0 million and only a minimum EBITDA covenant will apply. In addition, the Credit Agreement includes customary events of default, including but not limited to, the nonpayment of principal and interest when due thereunder, breaches of representations and warranties, noncompliance with covenants, acts of insolvency and default on indebtedness held by third parties (subject to certain limitations and cure periods).
Shelf Registration Statement
On November 9, 2020, we filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (“Shelf Registration”) with the SEC under which we may, from time to time, sell securities in one or more offerings up to a total dollar amount of $100,000,000. Our ability to issue securities is subject to market conditions. We have not made any offerings of securities under the Shelf Registration.
Stock Repurchase Program
On February 21, 2018 our Board of Directors authorized an additional $15.0 million share repurchase program. Under this program, shares of our common stock may be repurchased from time to time through February 21, 2020. During 2019, we repurchased 990,229 shares at an average price of $13.12 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $13.0 million. As of February 2020, the stock repurchases under this program were completed in full and the program expired.
Repurchases were made in open market transactions at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, or by other means in accordance with federal securities laws. Share repurchases were funded with existing cash balances, and the repurchased shares were retired and returned to unissued authorized shares.
Commitments and Contingencies
For a description of our commitments and contingencies, refer to Note 22, Commitments and Contingencies, to our consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of this report.
Non-Cancellable Contractual Obligations
Our operating cash flows include the effect of certain non-cancellable contractual obligations. A summary of such obligations as of December 31, 2020 is as follows (in thousands):
|Payments due by period|
|Total||Less 1 year||1-3 years||3-5 years||More than 5 years|
|Debt obligations, including interest||$||15,591 ||$||3,841 || ||$||11,458 ||$||292 || ||$||— |
|165,676 || ||165,676 || ||— ||— || ||— |
|Minimum royalty obligations||625 ||625 ||— ||— ||— |
| Total ||$||181,892 ||$||170,142 ||$||11,458 ||$||292 ||$||— |
(1) Our purchase obligations are comprised primarily of inventory purchase commitments to our third-party manufactures. Because substantially all of our inventory is sourced from Asia, we have long lead times and therefore need to secure factory capacity from our vendors in advance. Our third-party manufacturing contracts are generally of annual or shorter duration, or manufactured products are sourced on the basis of individual purchase orders.
Due to uncertainty with respect to the timing of future cash flows associated with our unrecognized tax benefits at December 31, 2020, we are unable to make reasonable reliable estimates of the timing of any cash settlements with the respective taxing authorities. Therefore, approximately $4.4 million of liabilities related to unrecognized tax benefits, including interest and penalties on uncertain tax positions, have been excluded from the contractual table above. For further information, refer to Note 16, Income Taxes.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
In the ordinary course of business, we enter into agreements that require us to indemnify counterparties against third-party claims. These may include: agreements with vendors and suppliers, under which we may indemnify them against claims arising from our use of their products or services; agreements with customers, under which we may indemnify them against claims arising from their use or sale of our products; real estate and equipment leases, under which we may indemnify lessors against third-party claims relating to the use of their property; agreements with licensees or licensors, under which we may indemnify the licensee or licensor against claims arising from their use of our intellectual property or our use of their intellectual property; and agreements with parties to debt arrangements, under which we may indemnify them against claims relating to their participation in the transactions.
The nature and terms of these indemnifications vary from contract to contract, and generally a maximum obligation is not stated. We hold insurance policies that mitigate potential losses arising from certain types of indemnifications. Because we are unable to estimate our potential obligation, and because management does not expect these obligations to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows, no liabilities are recorded at December 31, 2020.
We do not believe that inflation had a material effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations in 2020, 2019 or 2018. Inflation pressures do exist in countries where our contract manufacturers are based; however, we have largely mitigated these increases through cost improvement measures.
NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
See Note 1, Significant Accounting Policies, to our consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of this report.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Interest Rate and Foreign Exchange Risk
Our exposure to market risk from changes in interest rates relates primarily to our cash equivalents, marketable debt securities, derivative assets, and variable-rate debt obligations. As of December 31, 2020, we held money market funds and marketable debt securities in a combination of certificates of deposit, corporate bonds, and U.S. government bonds. Our cash equivalents mature within three months or less from the date of purchase. Marketable securities with original maturities of greater than three months and remaining maturities of less than one year are classified as short-term investments. Investments with maturities beyond one year may be classified as short-term based on their highly liquid nature and because such marketable securities represent the investment of cash that is available for current operations. We have classified our marketable securities as available-for-sale and, therefore, we may choose to sell or hold them as changes in the market occur. Because of the short-term nature of the instruments in our portfolio, a decline in interest rates would reduce our interest income over time, and an increase in interest rates may negatively affect the market price or liquidity of certain securities within the portfolio.
Our negotiated credit facilities generally charge interest based on a benchmark rate such as LIBOR. Fluctuations in short-term interest rates may cause interest payments on term loan principal and drawn amounts on the revolving line to increase or decrease. As of December 31, 2020, the outstanding balances on our credit facilities totaled $13.8 million.
We enter into foreign exchange forward contracts to offset the earnings impacts of exchange rate fluctuations on certain monetary assets and liabilities. Total notional amounts outstanding at December 31, 2020 were $32.1 million. A hypothetical 10% increase in interest rates, or a 10% movement in the currencies underlying our foreign currency derivative positions, would have material impacts on our results of operations, financial position or cash flows.
We do not enter into derivative instruments for any purpose other than to manage our interest rate or foreign currency exposure. That is, we do not engage in interest rate or currency exchange rate speculation using derivative instruments.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Shareholders and Board of Directors
Opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Nautilus, Inc. and subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2020, and the related notes (collectively, the consolidated financial statements). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2020, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, and our report dated February 26, 2021 expressed an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
Change in Accounting Principle
As discussed in Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has changed its method of accounting for Leases as of January 1, 2019 due to the adoption of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842).
Basis for Opinion
These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Critical Audit Matter
The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of a critical audit matter does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.
Income tax impacts of the sale of the Octane business
As described in Note 1 and Note 16 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company accounts for income taxes based on the asset and liability method, whereby deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and the tax basis of existing assets and liabilities. The Company recorded income tax expense from continuing operations of $12.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 and net non-current deferred income tax assets of $2.4 million, which included a deferred tax asset for the capital loss from the sale of the Octane business.
We identified the evaluation of particular income tax impacts of the sale of the Octane business, including the recognition of the deferred tax asset related to the capital loss, as a critical audit matter. Due to the transaction being significant, complex, and unusual in nature, the audit effort related to the evaluation of these income tax impacts of the transaction and application of the relevant tax laws and regulations in calculating the capital loss required the involvement of professionals with specialized tax skills and knowledge.
The following are the primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter. We evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of certain internal controls related to the Company’s assessment of these income tax impacts of the sale and recognition of the deferred tax asset for the capital loss. We involved tax professionals with specialized skills and knowledge, who assisted in assessing the relevant tax laws and regulations were appropriately applied to the transaction and to the calculation of the capital loss.
/s/ KPMG LLP
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2017.
February 26, 2021
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
To the Shareholders and Board of Directors
Opinion on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
We have audited Nautilus, Inc. and subsidiaries' (the Company) internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheets of the Company as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2020, and the related notes (collectively, the consolidated financial statements), and our report dated February 26, 2021 expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements.
Basis for Opinion
The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Assessment. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audit also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
/s/ KPMG LLP
February 26, 2021
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|As of December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||56,581 ||$||11,070 |
|Restricted cash||1,339 ||— |
|Available-for-sale securities||36,199 ||— |
Trade receivables, net of allowances of $337 and $45
|91,224 ||54,600 |
|Inventories||51,140 ||54,768 |
|Prepaids and other current assets||19,188 ||8,283 |
|Income taxes receivable||4,021 ||472 |
| Total current assets||259,692 ||129,193 |
|Property, plant and equipment, net||23,926 ||22,755 |
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||19,876 ||20,778 |
|Other intangible assets, net||9,380 ||43,243 |
|Deferred income tax assets, non-current||2,426 ||630 |
|Other assets||2,817 ||3,880 |
|Total assets||$||318,117 ||$||220,479 |
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Trade payables||$||96,399 ||$||74,255 |
|Accrued liabilities||22,841 ||7,633 |
|Operating lease liabilities, current portion||3,331 ||3,720 |
|Warranty obligations, current portion||4,198 ||3,100 |
Debt payable, current portion, net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $83 and $0
|2,792 ||— |
| Total current liabilities||129,561 ||88,708 |
|Operating lease liabilities, non-current||18,736 ||18,982 |
|Warranty obligations, non-current||1,000 ||2,617 |
|Income taxes payable, non-current||4,309 ||3,676 |
|Deferred income tax liabilities, non-current||— ||1,783 |
|Other long-term liabilities||606 ||46 |
Debt payable, non-current, net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $256 and $230
|10,710 ||14,071 |
|Total liabilities||164,922 ||129,883 |
|Commitments and contingencies (Note 22)|
Common stock - no par value, 75,000 shares authorized, 30,330 and 29,781 shares issued and outstanding
|3,061 ||1,261 |
|Retained earnings||150,120 ||90,272 |
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||14 ||(937)|
|Total shareholders' equity||153,195 ||90,596 |
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||318,117 ||$||220,479 |
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Net sales||$||552,560 ||$||309,285 ||$||396,753 |
|Cost of sales||323,758 ||198,702 ||215,013 |
|Gross profit||228,802 ||110,583 ||181,740 |
|Selling and marketing||78,337 ||94,595 ||115,920 |
|General and administrative||36,176 ||30,242 ||28,226 |
|Research and development||15,812 ||14,282 ||16,825 |
|Loss on disposal group, goodwill and other intangible impairment charge||20,668 ||72,008 ||— |
|Total operating expenses||150,993 ||211,127 ||160,971 |
|Operating income (loss) ||77,809 ||(100,544)||20,769 |
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest income||11 ||162 ||1,044 |
|Other, net||(3,587)||(470)||239 |
|Total other (expense) income, net||(5,074)||(1,288)||232 |
|Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes||72,735 ||(101,832)||21,001 |
|Income tax expense (benefit)||12,198 ||(9,537)||5,891 |
|Income (loss) from continuing operations||60,537 ||(92,295)||15,110 |
|Loss from discontinued operations before income taxes||(162)||(206)||(206)|
|Income tax expense of discontinued operations||527 ||299 ||246 |
|Loss from discontinued operations||(689)||(505)||(452)|
|Net income (loss)||$||59,848 ||$||(92,800)||$||14,658 |
|Basic income (loss) per share from continuing operations||$||2.02 ||$||(3.11)||$||0.50 |
|Basic loss per share from discontinued operations||(0.03)||(0.02)||(0.02)|
Basic net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||1.99 ||$||(3.13)||$||0.49 |
| Diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations||$||1.88 ||$||(3.11)||$||0.50 |
|Diluted loss per share from discontinued operations||(0.02)||(0.02)||(0.01)|
Diluted net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||1.86 ||$||(3.13)||$||0.48 |
|Shares used in per share calculations:|
|Basic||30,007 ||29,684 ||30,099 |
|Diluted||32,123 ||29,684 ||30,355 |
(1) May not add due to rounding.
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Net income (loss) ||$||59,848 ||$||(92,800)||$||14,658 |
|Other comprehensive income (loss):|
|Unrealized (loss) gain on marketable securities, net of income tax expense of $0, $6 and $13||(4)||6 ||58 |
|(Loss) gain on derivative securities, effective portion, net of income tax benefit of $0, $139 and $17||— ||(223)||7 |
|Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of income tax benefit of $32, $27 and $2||955 ||189 ||(715)|
|Other comprehensive income (loss)||951 ||(28)||(650)|
|Comprehensive income (loss)||$||60,799 ||$||(92,828)||$|