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Table of Contents

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

x   ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

    For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009

 

OR

 

¨   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

    For the transition period from                      to                     

 

Commission File Number 0-23939

 

 

 

COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Oregon   93-0498284
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (IRS Employer
Identification Number)
14375 NW Science Park Drive Portland, Oregon   97229
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

(503) 985-4000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such short period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  ¨    No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer  ¨     Accelerated filer  x
Non-accelerated filer  ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)   Smaller reporting company  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

 

The aggregate market value of the voting common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2009, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was $357,113,000 based on the last reported sale price of the Company’s Common Stock as reported by the NASDAQ Global Select Market System on that day.

 

The number of shares of Common Stock outstanding on February 26, 2010 was 33,706,791.

 

Part III is incorporated by reference from the registrant’s proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting of shareholders to be filed with the Commission within 120 days of December 31, 2009.

 

 

 


Table of Contents

COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY

 

DECEMBER 31, 2009

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Item

        Page
   PART I   

Item 1.

  

Business

   2

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors

   9

Item 1B.

  

Unresolved Staff Comments

   17

Item 2.

  

Properties

   17

Item 3.

  

Legal Proceedings

   18

Item 4.

  

[RESERVED]

   18

Item 4A.

  

Executive Officers and Key Employees of the Registrant

   18
   PART II   

Item 5.

  

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

   21

Item 6.

  

Selected Financial Data

   24

Item 7.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   25

Item 7A.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

   38

Item 8.

  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

   38

Item 9.

  

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

   68

Item 9A.

  

Controls and Procedures

   68

Item 9B.

  

Other Information

   70
   PART III   

Item 10.

  

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

   71

Item 11.

  

Executive Compensation

   71

Item 12.

  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

   71

Item 13.

  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

   72

Item 14.

  

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

   72
   PART IV   

Item 15.

  

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedule

   73

Signatures

   75


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PART I

 

Item 1. BUSINESS

 

General

 

Founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, as a small, family-owned, regional hat distributor and incorporated in 1961, Columbia Sportswear Company has grown to become a global leader in the design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment. Unless the context indicates otherwise, the terms “we”, “us”, “our”, “the Company” and “Columbia” refer to Columbia Sportswear Company and its consolidated subsidiaries.

 

As one of the largest outdoor apparel and footwear companies in the world, our products have earned an international reputation for innovation, quality and performance. Columbia products feature innovative technologies and designs that protect outdoor enthusiasts from the elements, increase comfort and make outdoor activities more enjoyable. In addition to our Columbia Sportswear® brand, we also design, develop, market and distribute active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment under the Mountain Hardwear®, Sorel®, Montrail® and Pacific Trail® brands. Our brands complement each other to address the diverse outdoor performance needs of a wide variety of outdoor consumer segments. We have sought to leverage our brand equity by expanding directly and through licensees into related outdoor and lifestyle merchandise categories, promoting a “head-to-toe” outfitting concept.

 

Our brands are distributed through a mix of wholesale distribution channels, independent distributors, our own retail channels and licensees. In 2009, our products were sold in over 100 countries. We employ creative marketing strategies designed to increase demand and reinforce consumer awareness of our brands. All of our products are manufactured by independent factories located outside the United States.

 

As a consumer products company, the popularity of outdoor activities and changing design trends affect the desirability of our products. Therefore, we seek to influence, anticipate and respond to trends and shifts in consumer preferences by adjusting the mix of available product offerings, developing new products with innovative performance features and designs, and by creating persuasive and memorable marketing communications to drive consumer awareness and demand. Failure to anticipate or respond to consumer needs and preferences in a timely and adequate manner could have a material adverse effect on our sales and profitability.

 

Our business is subject to many risks and uncertainties that may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described below under Item 1A, Risk Factors.

 

Seasonality and Variability of Business

 

Our business is affected by the general seasonal trends common to the outdoor industry and is heavily dependent upon discretionary consumer spending patterns. Our products are marketed on a seasonal basis and our product mix is weighted substantially toward the fall season, resulting in sales and profits being highest in the third calendar quarter. The expansion of our owned retail operations during 2008 and 2009 has begun to have a modest effect on the seasonality of our business, increasing the proportion of sales and profits that we generate in the fourth calendar quarter.

 

Results of operations in any period should not be considered indicative of the results to be expected for any future period, particularly in light of the current macro-economic environment. Sales of our products are subject to substantial cyclical fluctuation, the effects of unseasonable weather conditions, and the continued popularity of outdoor activities as part of an active lifestyle in key markets. Our net sales volumes have been affected by the volatility of the global economy and its impact on customer financial health, affecting their placement of advance orders, order cancellations and seasonal reorders. Sales tend to decline in periods of recession or uncertainty

 

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regarding future economic prospects that affect consumer spending, particularly on discretionary items. This cyclicality and any related fluctuation in consumer demand could have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

For further discussion regarding the effects of the current macro-economic environment on our business, see Part II, Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

Products

 

We provide high quality apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for use in a wide range of outdoor activities by men, women and youth. A large percentage of our products are also worn for casual or leisure purposes. The durability, functionality and affordability of our products make them ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. Our products serve a broad range of consumers including elite mountain climbers, winter outdoor enthusiasts, hunting and fishing enthusiasts, top endurance trail runners, and outdoor-inspired consumers. We also market licensed collegiate apparel and accessories under our Columbia brand.

 

We develop and manage our merchandise in four principal categories: (1) sportswear, (2) outerwear, (3) footwear and (4) accessories and equipment. Our product innovations and designs are inspired by the performance needs of consumers who participate in activities that we group into six end-user activity-based categories: (1) winter, (2) water, (3) trail, (4) travel, (5) fishing/hunting and (6) golf.

 

The following table presents the net sales and approximate percentages of net sales attributable to each of our principal product categories for each of the last three years ended December 31 (dollars in millions):

 

     2009     2008     2007  
   Net Sales    % of Sales     Net Sales    % of Sales     Net Sales    % of Sales  

Sportswear

   $ 472.5    38.0   $ 540.9    41.0   $ 565.6    41.7

Outerwear

     482.5    38.8        491.7    37.3        497.6    36.7   

Footwear

     214.6    17.2        217.2    16.5        227.4    16.8   

Accessories and equipment

     74.4    6.0        68.0    5.2        65.4    4.8   
                                       

Total

   $ 1,244.0    100.0   $ 1,317.8    100.0   $ 1,356.0    100.0
                                       

 

Sportswear

 

We design, develop, market and distribute sportswear products for men, women and youth under our Columbia and Mountain Hardwear brands. Our sportswear products incorporate various fabrication and construction technologies that protect consumers from the outdoor elements and enable consumers to enjoy the outdoors longer and in greater comfort year round. Our sportswear products are designed to be worn as a layering system with our outerwear and footwear products during fall and winter outdoor activities, or individually during milder weather commonly encountered during spring and summer outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, fishing, golfing, adventure travel and water sports. Mountain Hardwear-branded sportswear consists primarily of performance apparel designed for mountaineering, backpacking, rock climbing and adventure sports. Our Columbia and Mountain Hardwear sportswear product assortments also include casual styles designed to appeal to a broader consumer base.

 

Outerwear

 

We design, develop, market and distribute outerwear products for men and women under our Columbia, Mountain Hardwear and Sorel brands and for youth under our Columbia and Mountain Hardwear brands. Outerwear is our most established and iconic product category and incorporates the cumulative design, fabrication, fit and construction technologies that we have pioneered over several decades and that we continue to

 

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innovate. Our outerwear is designed to protect the wearer from the harsher inclement weather commonly encountered in fall and winter outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, hunting, fishing and adventure travel.

 

Footwear

 

We design, develop, market and distribute footwear products for men and women under our Columbia, Sorel, Montrail and Pacific Trail brands and for youth under our Columbia and Sorel brands. Our footwear products address the needs of outdoor consumers who participate in activities that typically involve challenging or unusual terrain and require superior stability, cushioning and traction features. Our Sorel-branded footwear has evolved from offering primarily rugged cold weather boots to incorporate function and fashion. Our footwear products include durable, lightweight hiking and trekking boots, trail running shoes, rugged cold weather boots for activities on snow and ice, sandals for use in amphibious activities, and casual shoes for everyday use.

 

Accessories and Equipment

 

We design, develop, market and distribute a line of Columbia-branded accessories and equipment, including bags, packs, headwear, scarves and gloves. These products incorporate many of our performance technologies and complement our apparel and footwear collections to protect consumers during a multitude of outdoor activities in virtually any climate. We also design, develop, market and distribute a line of Mountain Hardwear accessories and equipment that includes technically-advanced tents, sleeping systems, backpacks, headwear and gloves. These products are designed for mountaineering, ultralight backpacking and camping.

 

Licensed Products

 

We license our Columbia and Pacific Trail trademarks across a range of product categories that complement our current offerings. Licensing enables us to develop our “head-to-toe” outfitting concept by expanding the reach of our brands to appropriate and well-defined categories. In 2009, we licensed our Columbia and Pacific Trail trademarks through 15 licensees in 14 product categories, including, among others, apparel, footwear, socks, performance base layer, leather outerwear and accessories, camping gear, eyewear, home furnishings, watches and bicycles.

 

Product Design and Innovation

 

We believe our product innovation efforts are a key factor in our past and future success. We are committed to designing innovative and functional products that deliver relevant performance benefits to consumers who participate in a wide range of competitive and recreational outdoor activities, enabling them to enjoy their outdoor activities longer and in greater comfort. We also place significant value on product designs (the overall appearance and image of our products) that, along with technical performance features, distinguish our products in the marketplace.

 

Our research and development efforts involve working closely with independent fabric component suppliers to develop products that address the unique performance problems encountered by consumers during outdoor activities. The most important performance features of our sportswear and outerwear products include water resistant or waterproof fabrics, insulation from cold ambient air temperatures and the chilling effects of wind, body warmth retention, skin protection from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun, moisture wicking, breathability to minimize internal water vapor and moisture accumulation, protection from abrasion, liquid and stain repellency, light weight, and intelligent placement and operation of pockets and zippers for ample storage and easy access to important equipment and accessories. The most important performance features of our outdoor footwear products include cushioning, stability, superior traction in varying outdoor terrain and soil/moisture conditions, insulation from cold air or ground conditions such as snow and ice, water resistant or waterproof upper fabrics, water channeling and expulsion during aquatic activities, breathability of the upper fabrics, protection from bruising and abrasion, liquid and stain repellency, and fit.

 

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Intellectual Property

 

We own many trademarks, including Columbia®, Columbia Sportswear Company®, Convert®, Bugaboo®, Bugabootoo®, OMNI-HEATTM, OMNI-FREEZETM, OMNI-TECH®, OMNI-SHADE®, OMNI-SHIELDTM, OMNI-DRY®, OMNI-GRIP®, TECHLITE®, GRT®, PFG®, PHG®, Columbia Interchange System®, Titanium®, Sorel®, Mountain Hard Wear®, Montrail®, Pacific Trail®, the Columbia diamond shaped logo and arrow-circle design, the Mountain Hardwear nut logo and the Sorel polar bear logo. Our trademarks, many of which are registered or subject to pending applications in the United States and other nations, are used on virtually all of our products. We believe that our trademarks are an important factor in creating a market for our products, in identifying the Company, and in differentiating our products from competitors’ products. We vigorously protect these proprietary rights against counterfeit reproductions and other infringing activities.

 

Sales and Distribution

 

We sell our products through a mix of wholesale distribution channels, independent distributors, our own retail channels and licensees. Wholesale distribution channels include small, independently operated specialty outdoor and sporting goods stores, regional and national sporting goods chains, and large regional and national department store chains. We sell our products to independent distributors in various countries where we generally do not have direct sales operations. We sell our products directly to consumers through our own retail channels, which include a network of branded and outlet retail stores in all of our geographic segments and online operations in the U.S. and LAAP segment. We license our Columbia and Pacific Trail trademarks across a range of product categories that complement our current offerings. In addition to our own direct-to-consumer operations, independent distributors, franchisees and licensees operate a total of over 400 Columbia and Mountain Hardwear-branded and outlet retail stores in a variety of other countries.

 

The following table presents net sales to unrelated entities and approximate percentages of net sales by geographic segment for each of the last three years (dollars in millions):

 

    2009     2008     2007  
    Net Sales   % of Sales     Net Sales   % of Sales     Net Sales   % of Sales  

United States

  $ 736.9   59.2   $ 727.7   55.2   $ 767.2   56.6

Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”)

    197.4   15.9        267.2   20.3        287.0   21.1   

Latin America and Asia Pacific (“LAAP”)

    203.2   16.3        198.2   15.0        175.7   13.0   

Canada

    106.5   8.6        124.7   9.5        126.1   9.3   
                                   

Total

  $ 1,244.0   100.0   $ 1,317.8   100.0   $ 1,356.0   100.0
                                   

 

United States

 

We sell our products in the United States to wholesale customers and through our own retail channels. We sell directly to approximately 3,600 wholesale customers in the United States. As of December 31, 2009, we operated 39 outlet retail stores and 6 branded retail stores in various locations in the United States and two ecommerce websites, one for our Columbia brand and one for our Sorel brand. We plan to begin selling our Mountain Hardwear products online in the United States in the second half of 2010. Sales in the United States accounted for 59.2% of our net sales for 2009. In addition, we earn licensing income in the United States based on our licensees’ sale of licensed products.

 

We distribute the majority of our products sold to United States wholesale customers and our own retail stores from distribution centers in Portland, Oregon and Robards, Kentucky. We own and operate both of these facilities. In some instances, we arrange to have products shipped directly from the independent factories that manufacture our products to customer-designated facilities in the United States.

 

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EMEA

 

We sell our products in our EMEA segment to wholesale customers, to independent distributors and through our own retail stores. We sell directly to approximately 4,800 wholesale customers in our EMEA segment. We also sell to approximately 15 independent distributors in our EMEA segment that sell to approximately 800 wholesale customers in locations throughout the EMEA region, including Russia, portions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As of December 31, 2009, we operated 7 outlet retail stores and 3 branded retail stores in various locations in Western Europe. Sales in our EMEA region accounted for 15.9% of our net sales for 2009.

 

We distribute the majority of our products sold to EMEA wholesale customers and our own retail stores from a distribution center we own and operate in Cambrai, France. The majority of sales to our EMEA distributors are shipped directly from the independent factories that manufacture our products.

 

LAAP

 

We sell our products in our LAAP segment to wholesale customers, independent distributors, through our own retail stores and to franchisees. We sell directly to approximately 200 wholesale customers in our LAAP segment. We also sell to approximately 13 independent distributors in our LAAP segment that sell to approximately 1,300 wholesale customers in locations throughout the LAAP region, including Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and Asia. As of December 31, 2009, we operated 47 branded retail stores and 13 outlet retail stores in Japan and Korea within our LAAP segment. We also sell Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel and Montrail products through ecommerce websites in Japan and Korea. Sales in our LAAP region accounted for 16.3% of our net sales for 2009. In addition, we earn licensing income in our LAAP segment based on our licensees’ sale of licensed products.

 

We distribute our products to wholesale customers, our own retail stores and franchisees in Japan through an independent logistics company that owns and operates a warehouse located near Tokyo, Japan. We distribute our products to wholesale customers, our own retail stores and franchisees in Korea from a leased warehouse near Seoul, Korea. The majority of sales to our LAAP distributors are shipped directly from the independent factories that manufacture our products.

 

Canada

 

We sell our products in Canada to wholesale customers and through our own retail stores. We sell directly to approximately 1,300 wholesale customers in Canada. As of December 31, 2009, we operated two outlet retail stores in Canada. Sales in Canada accounted for 8.6% of our net sales for 2009.

 

We distribute the majority of our products sold to Canadian wholesale customers through two distribution centers in Strathroy, Ontario. We lease one of these facilities and own the other facility. In some instances, we arrange to have products shipped directly from the independent factories that manufacture our products to customer-designated facilities in Canada.

 

Advertising, Marketing, and Promotion

 

Advertising, marketing and promotional programs are integral parts of our global strategy to build brand equity, raise global brand relevance and awareness, infuse our brands with excitement and stimulate consumer demand for our products worldwide. Our advertising, marketing and promotional efforts consist of integrated marketing activities, including primarily Internet and print advertising; enhanced in-store displays and merchandising techniques executed in partnership with various wholesale customers; public relations and brand communications focused on our innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment technologies, performance features and styling. Our key brand messages are reinforced consistently at our wholesale customers’ stores using concept shops, focus areas and other visual merchandising displays dedicated exclusively

 

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to selling our merchandise on a year-round basis. We also reinforce our marketing and product innovation messages through selected sponsorships of individual outdoor athletes, personalities and teams who serve as inspirational models of excellence to consumers and also through sponsorship of selected outdoor events and competitions.

 

Working Capital Utilization

 

We design, develop, market and distribute our products, but do not own or operate our own manufacturing facilities. As a result, most of our capital is invested in short-term working capital assets, including cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, accounts receivable from customers, and finished goods inventory. At December 31, 2009, working capital assets accounted for approximately 76% of total assets. As a result, the degree to which we efficiently utilize our working capital assets can have a significant impact on our profitability and return on invested capital. The overall goals of our working capital management efforts are to maintain the minimum level of inventory necessary to deliver goods on time to our customers to satisfy end consumer demand, and to minimize the cycle time from the purchase of inventory from our suppliers to the collection of accounts receivable balances from our customers.

 

Demand Planning and Inventory Management

 

As a branded consumer products company, inventory represents one of the largest and riskiest capital commitments in our business model. We design and develop our seasonal product lines 12 to 18 months in advance of their availability to consumers in retail stores. As a result, our ability to estimate seasonal consumer demand and to purchase appropriate levels of finished goods from our suppliers can significantly affect our sales, gross margins and profitability. For this reason, we maintain and continue to make substantial investments in information systems, processes and personnel in support of our ongoing demand planning efforts. The goals of our demand planning efforts are to purchase an adequate amount of inventory to service a targeted percentage of total consumer demand while minimizing excess inventory to avoid the negative effect that liquidating excess, end-of-season goods at discounted prices has on our gross margins, profitability and brand strength.

 

In order to manage inventory risk, we use incentive discounts to encourage our wholesale customers to place advance orders approximately four to six months in advance of scheduled delivery. We use those advance orders, together with forecasted demand from our own retail stores, market trends, historical data, customer and sales feedback and several other important factors, to estimate the volumes of each product to purchase from our suppliers around the world. From the time of initial order through production, receipt and delivery, we attempt to manage our inventory to reduce risk.

 

Our inventory management efforts cannot entirely eliminate inventory risk due to the inherently unpredictable nature of consumer demand, the ability of customers to cancel their orders prior to shipment, and other variables that affect our customers’ ability to take delivery of their orders when originally scheduled. In addition, we build calculated amounts of speculative inventory to support estimated at-once orders from customers and auto-replenishment orders on certain long-lived styles.

 

Credit and Collection

 

We extend credit to our customers based on an assessment of each customer’s financial condition, generally without requiring collateral. To assist us in scheduling production with our suppliers and delivering seasonal products to our customers on time, we offer customers discounts for placing advance orders and extended payment terms for taking delivery before peak seasonal shipping periods. These extended payment terms increase our exposure to the risk of uncollectible receivables. In order to manage the inherent risks of customer receivables, we maintain and continue to invest in information systems, processes and personnel skilled in credit and collections. In some markets and with some customers we use credit insurance or standby letters of credit to minimize our risk of credit loss.

 

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Sourcing and Manufacturing

 

Virtually all of our products are manufactured to our specifications by independent factories located outside the United States. We believe that the use of independent factories enables us to substantially limit our capital expenditures and avoid the costs and risks associated with owning and operating large production facilities and managing large labor forces. We also believe that the use of independent factories greatly increases our production capacity, maximizes our flexibility and improves our product pricing. We generally do not maintain long-term manufacturing contracts; however, we believe that our long-term relationships with various factories will help to ensure that adequate sources are available to produce a sufficient supply of goods in a timely manner and on satisfactory economic terms in the future. In 2009, our four largest apparel factory groups accounted for approximately 15% of our total global apparel production and our four largest footwear factory groups accounted for approximately 66% of our total global footwear production. In addition, a single vendor supplies substantially all of the zippers used in our products. These companies, however, have multiple factory locations, many of which are in different countries, thus reducing the risk that unfavorable conditions at a single factory or location will have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

Our apparel is manufactured in more than 13 countries with Vietnam and China accounting for approximately 71% of our 2009 apparel production. Our footwear is manufactured in three countries, with China and Vietnam accounting for approximately 94% of our 2009 footwear production.

 

We maintain 13 manufacturing liaison offices in a total of seven Asian countries. We also maintain a manufacturing liaison office in Richmond, California. Personnel in these manufacturing liaison offices are direct employees of Columbia, and are responsible for overseeing production at our independent factories. We believe that having employees physically located in these regions enhances our ability to monitor factories for compliance with our policies, procedures and standards related to quality, delivery, pricing and labor practices. Our quality assurance process is designed to ensure that our products meet the highest quality standards. We believe that our quality assurance process is an important and effective means of maintaining the quality and reputation of our products.

 

Backlog

 

We typically receive the majority of our advance orders from our wholesale customers and independent distributors for the fall and spring seasons by March 31 and September 30, respectively, based upon customer ordering deadlines that we establish. As a result, our order backlog at each of March 31 and September 30 has historically been a meaningful indicator of anticipated sales to wholesale customers and independent distributors for the corresponding future period. Accordingly, we disclose our backlog at March 31 and at September 30 in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for those respective periods, rather than at December 31. Generally, orders are subject to cancellation prior to the date of shipment.

 

Our owned retail stores and e-commerce websites do not participate in the advance order program. Accordingly, to the extent that order cancellations from wholesale customers and independent distributors remain at elevated levels and our retail and e-commerce sales grow to represent a larger proportion of our total sales, our advance order backlog may become less indicative of anticipated sales for corresponding future periods.

 

Competition

 

The markets for sportswear, outerwear, footwear, accessories and equipment are highly competitive. In each of our geographic markets, we face significant competition from numerous and varying competitors. Some of our large wholesale customers also pose a significant competitive threat by marketing apparel, footwear and equipment under their own private labels. Our licensees operate in very competitive markets, such as those for watches, bicycles, leather outerwear and socks. In addition, our own retail channels expose us to competitors who operate retail stores in outlet malls and key metropolitan markets, as well as competitors who sell product online. We believe that the primary competitive factors in the market for active sportswear, outerwear, footwear, accessories and equipment are brand strength, product innovation, product design, functionality, durability and price.

 

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Government Regulation

 

Many of our imports are subject to existing or potential governmental tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, such as import duties and potential safeguard measures that may limit the quantity of various types of goods that may be imported into the United States and other countries. These trade barriers often represent a material portion of the cost of the merchandise. Our products are also subject to domestic and foreign product safety and environmental standards, laws and other regulations, which are increasingly restrictive and complex. Although we diligently monitor these standards and restrictions, the United States or other countries may impose new or adjusted quotas, duties, safety requirements, material restrictions, or other restrictions or regulations, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

 

Employees

 

At December 31, 2009 we had the equivalent of 3,113 full-time employees. Of these employees, 1,773 were based in the United States, 835 in Asia, 359 in Europe and 146 in Canada.

 

Available Information

 

We file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports, proxy statements and registration statements. You may read and copy any material we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549. You may also obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. In addition, the SEC maintains an internet site at http://www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers, including us, that file electronically. We make available free of charge on or through our website at www.columbia.com our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to these reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act as soon as reasonably practicable after we file these materials with the SEC.

 

Item 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

In addition to the other information contained in this Form 10-K, the following risk factors should be considered carefully in evaluating our business. Our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows may be materially adversely affected by any of these risks. Please note that additional risks not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business and operations.

 

Our Success Depends on Our Business Strategies

 

Our business strategies are to achieve sustainable, profitable growth by creating innovative products, elevating consumer perception of our brands, increasing consumer and retailer awareness and demand for our products, creating compelling retail environments, and building stronger emotional brand connections with consumers over time. We intend to pursue these strategies across extended product categories and in a growing number of geographic markets. We face many challenges in implementing our business strategies. For example, expansion of our direct-to-consumer business has required significant investments, yet, in the current macro-economic environment of economic uncertainty and weak consumer demand, this expansion may not have the desired effect of increasing demand for our products. Our ability to expand our global footwear business and European business may also be significantly limited as a result of global economic conditions and a general weakness in global consumer demand. The success of our retail and e-commerce initiatives depends on our ability to adapt our internal processes to facilitate direct-to-consumer sales, to effectively manage retail store and e-commerce inventory, to hire, retain and train personnel capable of managing retail and e-commerce operations, to identify and negotiate favorable terms for retail locations, to effectively manage construction, opening, and ongoing operations of stores globally and to manage the operation of our e-commerce platform effectively. The failure to implement our business strategies successfully could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

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Our business strategies and related increased expenditures could also cause our operating margin to decline if we are unable to offset our increased spending with increased sales or gross margins, or comparable reductions in other operating costs. If our sales decline or fail to grow as planned and we fail to sufficiently reduce our operating expenses, our profitability will decline. This could result in a decision to delay, reduce, modify or terminate our strategic business initiatives, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We continue to expand into international markets where we have little sales or distribution experience and where our brands are not yet widely known. Expanding into new markets involves, among other things, gaining consumer acceptance and establishing and protecting intellectual property rights. Attracting superior retail channel partners and improving the sales productivity of our customers each depend on various factors, including the strength of our brand names, our ability to design and manufacture innovative products, competitive conditions, the availability of desirable locations and the negotiation of terms with customers. Future terms with customers may be less favorable to us than those under which we now operate. Large wholesale customers in particular increasingly seek to transfer various costs of business to their vendors, such as the cost of lost profits from promotional activity and product price markdowns, which could cause our gross margins to decline if we are unable to offset price reductions with comparable reductions in operating costs.

 

To implement our business strategy, we must continue to modify various aspects of our business, to maintain and enhance our information systems and operations to respond to increased demand and to attract, retain and manage qualified personnel. Changes in our business may place an increasing strain on management, financial, product design, marketing, distribution and other resources, and we may have operating difficulties as a result. For example, our strategic initiatives, including the implementation of our retail store and e-commerce strategies, require significant management attention and corporate resources. These business initiatives involve many risks and uncertainties that, if not managed effectively, may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We May be Adversely Affected by a Prolonged Economic Downturn or Economic Uncertainty

 

We are a consumer products company and are highly dependent on consumer discretionary spending patterns and the purchasing patterns of our wholesale customers as they attempt to match their seasonal purchase volumes to volatile consumer demand. In addition, as we have expanded our base of retail stores, we have increased our direct exposure to the risks associated with volatile and unpredictable consumer discretionary spending patterns. As global economic conditions continue to be volatile or economic uncertainty remains, trends in consumer discretionary spending also become unpredictable and subject to reductions due to uncertainties about the future and credit constraints. Consumer demand for our products may not reach our sales targets, or may decline, when there is an economic downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets, particularly markets in North America and our EMEA region. Our sensitivity to economic cycles and any related fluctuation in consumer demand may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We May be Adversely Affected by Volatility in Global Production Costs

 

Our product costs are subject to substantial fluctuation based on changes in labor markets in certain Asian countries, particularly China and Vietnam, interest rates, currency exchange rates, global oil markets, production capacity at independent factories, and general economic conditions. For example, volatility in global oil markets has resulted in fluctuating fuel and product prices and caused costs to produce our products through independent contractors to change, sometimes significantly. Because we price our products in advance and the external cost changes may be difficult to predict, we may not be able to adjust our pricing structure in a timely manner in order to remain competitive, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. In addition, since the majority of our products are manufactured outside of our principal sales markets, our products must be transported by third parties over large geographical distances and volatile fuel costs can result in rapidly changing transportation costs.

 

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We May be Adversely Affected by the Financial Health of our Customers

 

Sluggish economies and consumer uncertainty regarding future economic prospects in our key markets are having an adverse effect on the financial health of our customers, some of whom have filed or may file for protection under bankruptcy laws, which may in turn have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition. We extend credit to our customers based on an assessment of the customer’s financial condition, generally without requiring collateral. To assist in the scheduling of production and the shipping of seasonal products, we offer customers discounts for placing advance orders and extended payment terms for taking delivery before the peak shipping season. These extended payment terms increase our exposure to the risk of uncollectible receivables. In addition, we face increased risk of order reduction or cancellation or reduced availability of credit insurance coverage when dealing with financially ailing retailers or retailers struggling with economic uncertainty. Some of our significant wholesale customers have liquidated or reorganized, while others have had financial difficulties in the past and have recently experienced tightened credit markets and declining sales and profitability on a comparable store basis, which in turn has an adverse effect on our business. We may reduce our level of business with customers experiencing financial difficulties and may not be able to replace that business with other customers, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We May be Adversely Affected by Global Credit Market Conditions

 

Economic downturns and economic uncertainty generally affect global credit markets. Our vendors, customers and other participants in our supply chain may require access to credit markets in order to do business. Credit market conditions may slow our collection efforts as customers find it more difficult to obtain necessary financing, leading to higher than normal accounts receivable. This could result in greater expense associated with collection efforts and increased bad debt expense. Credit conditions may impair our vendors’ ability to finance the purchase of raw materials or general working capital needs to support our production requirements, resulting in a delay or non-receipt of inventory shipments during key seasons.

 

Historically we have limited our reliance on long-term debt to finance our working capital, capital expenditures and investing activity requirements. We expect to fund our future capital expenditures with existing cash, expected operating cash flows and credit facilities, but if the need arises to finance additional expenditures, we may need to seek additional funding. Our ability to obtain additional financing will depend on many factors, including prevailing market conditions, our financial condition, and our ability to negotiate favorable terms and conditions. Financing may not be available on terms that are acceptable or favorable to us, if at all.

 

Our Results of Operations Could be Materially Harmed If We Are Unable to Accurately Forecast Demand for Our Products

 

Many factors may significantly affect demand for our products, including, among other things, economic conditions, fashion trends, consumer preferences and weather, making it difficult to accurately forecast demand for our products and our future results of operations. To minimize our purchasing costs, the time necessary to fill customer orders and the risk of non-delivery, we place some orders for our products with independent factories prior to receiving all of our customers’ orders and we maintain an inventory of various products that we anticipate will be in greater demand. In addition, customers are generally allowed to cancel orders prior to shipment with sufficient notice. During periods of weak economic conditions we may experience a significant increase in the volume of order cancellations by our customers, including cancellations resulting from the bankruptcy, liquidation or contraction of certain customers’ operations. Particularly in light of current economic conditions, we may not be able to sell all of the products we have ordered from independent factories or that we have in our inventory. Inventory levels in excess of customer demand may result in inventory write-downs and the sale of excess inventory at discounted prices through discount retail channels, which could have a material adverse effect on our brand image, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. For certain demand planning functions, we rely on manual processes and judgment that are difficult to control and are subject to human error.

 

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Conversely, if we underestimate demand for our products or if our independent factories are unable to supply products when we need them, we may experience inventory shortages. Inventory shortages might prevent us from fulfilling customer orders, delay shipments to customers, negatively affect customer relationships, and diminish our ability to build brand loyalty.

 

We May be Adversely Affected by Weather Conditions

 

Our business is adversely affected by unseasonable weather conditions. A significant portion of the sales of our sportswear, outerwear, footwear, accessories and equipment is dependent in part on the weather and may decline in years in which weather conditions do not favor the use of these products. Periods of unseasonably warm weather in the fall or winter or unseasonably cold or wet weather in the spring and summer may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. For example, in spring 2008, unseasonably cool weather in the United States caused customers to delay, and in some cases reduce or cancel, orders for our sportswear and footwear, which had an adverse effect on our net sales and profitability. Inventory accumulation by our wholesale customers resulting from unseasonable weather in one season may negatively affect orders in future seasons, which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows in future periods.

 

Our International Operations Involve Many Risks

 

We are subject to the risks generally associated with doing business abroad. These risks include the effects of foreign laws and regulations, changes in consumer preferences, foreign currency fluctuations, political unrest, terrorist acts, military operations, disruptions or delays in shipments, disease outbreaks and changes in economic conditions in countries in which we manufacture or sell products. These factors, among others, may affect our ability to sell products in international markets, our ability to manufacture products or procure materials, and our cost of doing business. If any of these or other factors make the conduct of business in a particular country undesirable or impractical, our business may be materially and adversely affected. As we expand our operations in geographic scope and product categories, we anticipate intellectual property disputes will increase as well, making it more expensive and challenging to establish and protect our intellectual property rights and to defend against claims of infringement by others.

 

As a global company, we determine our income tax liability in various competing tax jurisdictions based on a careful analysis and interpretation of local tax laws and regulations. This analysis requires a significant amount of judgment and estimation and is often based on various assumptions about the future actions of the local tax authorities. These determinations are the subject of periodic domestic and foreign tax audits. Although we accrue for uncertain tax positions, our accrual may be insufficient to satisfy unfavorable findings, which by their nature cannot be predicted with certainty. Unfavorable audit findings and tax rulings may result in payment of taxes, fines and penalties for prior periods and higher tax rates in future periods, which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. Changes in tax law or our interpretation of tax laws and the resolution of current and future tax audits could significantly affect the amounts provided for income taxes in our consolidated financial statements.

 

In addition, many of our imported products are subject to duties, tariffs or quotas that affect the cost and quantity of various types of goods imported into the United States or into our other sales markets. Any country in which our products are produced or sold may eliminate, adjust or impose new quotas, duties, tariffs, anti-dumping penalties or other charges or restrictions, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We Operate in Very Competitive Markets

 

The markets for sportswear, outerwear, footwear, accessories and equipment are highly competitive, as are the markets for our licensed products. In each of our geographic markets, we face significant competition from global and regional branded apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment companies.

 

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Retailers who are our customers often pose our most significant competitive threat by marketing apparel, footwear and equipment under their own private labels. For example, in the United States, several of our largest customers have developed significant private label brands during the past decade that compete directly with our products. These retailers have assumed an increasing degree of inventory risk in their private label products and, as a result, may first cancel advance orders with us in order to manage their own inventory levels downward during weak economic cycles.

 

We also compete with other companies for the production capacity of independent factories that produce our products and for import quota capacity. Many of our competitors are significantly larger than us, have substantially greater financial, distribution, marketing and other resources than we have, and have achieved greater brand strength than we have.

 

Increased competition may result in reduced access to production capacity, reductions in display areas in retail locations, reductions in sales, or reductions in our profit margins, any of which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We May be Adversely Affected by Retailer Consolidation

 

When our wholesale customers combine their operations through mergers, acquisitions, or other transactions, their consolidated order volume may decrease while their bargaining power and the competitive threat they pose by marketing products under their own private labels may increase. Some of our significant customers have consolidated their operations in the past, which in turn has had a negative effect on our business. As many retailers face increased financial pressure from significant decreases in consumer spending and continued economic uncertainty, we expect retailer consolidation to continue, which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We Face Risks Associated with Consumer Preferences and Fashion Trends

 

Changes in consumer preferences or consumer interest in outdoor activities may have a material adverse effect on our business. In addition, changes in fashion trends may have a greater impact than in the past as we expand our offerings to include more product categories in more geographic areas. We also face risks because our business requires us and our customers to anticipate consumer preferences. Our decisions about product designs often are made far in advance of consumer acceptance. Although we try to manage our inventory risk through early order commitments by retailers, we must generally place a significant portion of our seasonal production orders with our independent factories before we have received all of a season’s orders, and orders may be cancelled by customers before shipment. If we or our customers fail to anticipate and respond to consumer preferences, we may have lower sales, excess inventories and lower profit margins, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our Success Depends on Our Use and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

 

Our registered and common law trademarks have significant value and are important to our ability to create and sustain demand for our products. We also place significant value on our trade dress, the overall appearance and image of our products. From time to time, we discover products that are counterfeit reproductions of our products or that otherwise infringe on our proprietary rights. Counterfeiting activities typically increase as brand recognition increases, especially in markets outside the United States. Increased instances of counterfeit manufacture and sales may adversely affect our sales and our brand and result in a shift of consumer preference away from our products. The actions we take to establish and protect trademarks and other proprietary rights may not be adequate to prevent imitation of our products by others or to prevent others from seeking to block sales of our products as violations of proprietary rights. In markets outside of the United States, it may be more difficult for us to establish our proprietary rights and to successfully challenge use of those rights by other parties. We also license our proprietary rights to third parties. Failure to choose appropriate licensees and licensed product

 

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categories may dilute or harm our brand image. Actions or decisions in the management of our intellectual property portfolio may affect the strength of the brand, which may in turn have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Although we have not been materially inhibited from selling products in connection with patent, trademark and trade dress disputes, as we focus on innovation in our product lines, extend our brand into new product categories and expand the geographic scope of our marketing, we may become subject to litigation based on allegations of the infringement of intellectual property rights of third parties including third party trademark, copyright and patent rights. An increasing number of our products include technologies and/or designs for which we have obtained or applied for patent protection. Failure to successfully obtain and maintain patents on these innovations could negatively affect our ability to market and sell our products. Future litigation also may be necessary to defend against such claims or to enforce and protect our intellectual property rights. Any intellectual property litigation may be costly and may divert management’s attention from the operation of our business. Adverse determinations in any litigation may result in the loss of our proprietary rights, subject us to significant liabilities or require us to seek licenses from third parties, which may not be available on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. This may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our Success Depends on Our Distribution Facilities

 

Our ability to meet customer expectations, manage inventory, complete sales and achieve objectives for operating efficiencies depends on the proper operation of our existing distribution facilities, the development or expansion of additional distribution capabilities and the timely performance of services by third parties, including those involved in shipping product to and from our distribution facilities. In the United States, we rely primarily on our distribution centers in Portland, Oregon and Robards, Kentucky; in Canada, we rely primarily on our distribution facilities in Strathroy, Ontario; and in Europe, we rely primarily on our distribution center in Cambrai, France.

 

Our distribution facilities in the United States and France are highly automated, which means that their operations are complicated and may be subject to a number of risks related to computer viruses, the proper operation of software and hardware, electronic or power interruptions, and other system failures. Risks associated with upgrading or expanding these facilities may significantly disrupt or increase the cost of our operations. For example, in addition to supporting our traditional wholesale business, our existing distribution facilities have been modified to enable them to also support our new e-commerce sales. Failure to successfully maintain and update these modifications could disrupt our wholesale and e-commerce shipments and may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our current distribution facilities are designed to handle significantly greater volumes of product shipments than our business is currently generating, especially our European distribution center in Cambrai, France. The fixed costs associated with owning, operating and maintaining these large, highly-automated distribution centers during a period of economic weakness and declining sales could result in lower operating efficiencies and financial deleverage. This fixed cost structure may make it difficult for us to maintain profitability if sales volumes continue to decline for an extended period of time and could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our distribution facilities may also be interrupted by disasters, such as earthquakes (which are known to occur in the Northwestern United States) or fires. We maintain business interruption insurance, but it may not adequately protect us from the adverse effect that may be caused by significant disruptions in our distribution facilities.

 

We Rely on Our Highly-customized Information Management Systems

 

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communication between employees, with our subsidiaries and liaison offices overseas, as well as with our customers and retail stores. We also rely on our information systems to allocate resources, develop demand plans and forecast operating results. System failures, breaches of confidential information, or service interruptions may occur as the result of a number of factors, including computer viruses, programming errors, hacking or other unlawful activities by third parties, disasters, or our failure to properly maintain systems redundancy, or to protect, repair, maintain, or upgrade our systems. Any breach or interruption of critical business information systems could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our primary enterprise resource planning system is highly customized to our business. As a result, the availability of internal and external resources with the expertise to maintain our enterprise resource planning system is limited. We may experience difficulties if we transition to new or upgraded systems, including loss of data and decreases in productivity as our personnel become familiar with new systems. In addition, transitioning to new or upgraded systems could require significant capital investments. Difficulties in implementing new or upgraded information systems or significant system failures could disrupt our operations and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

As we implement our direct-to-consumer initiatives and plan for future growth, our customized enterprise resource planning system may inhibit our ability to operate efficiently, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations. For example, our enterprise resource planning system may not be compatible with other systems to support desired functionality for our operations.

 

We May be Adversely Affected by Currency Exchange Rate Fluctuations

 

Although the majority of our product purchases are denominated in U.S. dollars, the cost of these products may be affected by the relative changes in the value of the local currency of the manufacturer. Price increases caused by currency exchange rate fluctuations may make our products less competitive or have an adverse effect on our margins. Our international revenues and expenses generally are derived from sales and operations in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Because the primary currency of many of our subsidiaries is not the U.S. dollar, we are exposed to potentially material gains or losses from the remeasurement of monetary transactions into the U.S. dollar. Currency exchange rate fluctuations may also disrupt the business of the independent factories that produce our products by making their purchases of raw materials more expensive and more difficult to finance. As a result, currency fluctuations may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our Investments May be Adversely Affected by an Economic Downturn or Economic Uncertainty

 

Our investment portfolio is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Changes in market conditions, such as those that accompany an economic downturn or economic uncertainty, may negatively affect the value and liquidity of our investment portfolio, perhaps significantly. Our ability to find diversified investments that are both safe and liquid and that provide a reasonable return may be impaired, resulting in lower interest income, less diversification, longer investment maturities and/or higher other-than-temporary impairments.

 

We May be Adversely Affected by Labor Disruptions

 

Our business depends on our ability to source and distribute products in a timely manner. Labor disputes at independent factories where our goods are produced, shipping ports, transportation carriers, retail stores or distribution centers create significant risks for our business, particularly if these disputes result in work slowdowns, lockouts, strikes, or other disruptions during our peak manufacturing and importing seasons, and may have a material adverse effect on our business, potentially resulting in cancelled orders by customers, unanticipated inventory accumulation, and reduced revenues and earnings.

 

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We Depend on Independent Factories

 

Our products are produced by independent factories worldwide. We do not operate or own any production facilities. Although we enter into purchase order commitments with these independent factories each season, we generally do not maintain long-term manufacturing commitments with them. Because of these factors, independent factories may fail to perform as expected or our competitors may obtain production or quota capacities that effectively limit or eliminate the availability of these resources to us. If an independent manufacturer fails to ship orders in a timely manner or to meet our standards or if we are unable to obtain necessary production or quota capacities, we may miss delivery deadlines or incur additional costs, which may result in cancellation of orders, refusal to accept deliveries, a reduction in purchase prices, or increased costs, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Reliance on independent factories also creates quality control risks. A failure in our quality control program may result in diminished product quality, which may result in increased order cancellations and returns, decreased consumer demand for our products, or product recalls, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Finally, if an independent manufacturer violates labor or other laws, or engages in practices that are not generally accepted as ethical in our key markets, we may be subject to significant negative publicity that could result in long-term damage to our brand image, consumer demand for our products may decrease, and under some circumstances we may be subject to liability for the independent manufacturer’s practices, any of which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We Depend on Key Suppliers

 

Some of the materials that we use may be available from only one source or a very limited number of sources. For example, some specialty fabrics are manufactured to our specification by one source or a few sources, and zippers are supplied by one manufacturer. From time to time, we have difficulty satisfying our raw material and finished goods requirements. Although we believe that we can identify and qualify additional independent factories to produce these materials as necessary, there are no guarantees that additional independent factories will be available. In addition, depending on the timing, any changes may result in increased costs or production delays, which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We Depend on Key Personnel

 

Our future success will depend in part on the continued service of key personnel and our ability to attract and retain key managers, designers, sales people and others. We face intense competition for these individuals worldwide, and there is a significant concentration of well-funded apparel and footwear competitors in and around Portland, Oregon. We may not be able to attract qualified new employees or retain existing employees, which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our Business Is Affected by Seasonality

 

Our business is affected by the general seasonal trends common to the outdoor apparel industry. Our products are marketed on a seasonal basis and our product mix is weighted substantially toward the fall season, resulting in sales and profits being highest in the third calendar quarter. We expect the expansion of our retail operations to have a modest effect on the seasonality of our business, increasing the proportion of sales and profits that we generate in the fourth calendar quarter. This seasonality, along with other factors that are beyond our control and that are discussed elsewhere in this section, may adversely affect our business and cause our results of operations to fluctuate. Results of operations in any period should not be considered indicative of the results to be expected for any future period.

 

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Our Products Are Subject to Increasing Product Regulations and We Face Risks of Product Liability and Warranty Claims

 

Our products are subject to increasingly stringent and complex domestic and foreign product labeling and performance and safety standards, laws and other regulations. These requirements could result in greater expense associated with compliance efforts, and failure to comply with these regulations could result in a delay, non-delivery or mandated recall or destruction of inventory shipments during key seasons or in other financial penalties. Significant or continuing noncompliance with these standards and laws could harm our reputation and, as a result, could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our products are used in outdoor activities, sometimes in severe conditions. Product recalls or product liability claims in the future, resulting from the alleged failure of our products, could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. Some of our products carry warranties for defects in quality and workmanship. We maintain a warranty reserve for future warranty claims, but the actual costs of servicing future warranty claims may exceed the reserve, which may also have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Our Common Stock Price May Be Volatile

 

The price of our common stock has fluctuated substantially since our initial public offering. Our common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, which is likely to continue to have significant price and volume fluctuations that may adversely affect the market price of our common stock without regard to our operating performance. Factors such as general market conditions, fluctuations in financial results, variances from financial market expectations, changes in earnings estimates by analysts, or announcements by us or our competitors may also cause the market price of our common stock to fluctuate, perhaps substantially.

 

Insiders Control a Majority of Our Common Stock and May Sell Shares

 

Three related shareholders, Timothy Boyle, Gertrude Boyle and Sarah Bany, beneficially own a majority of our common stock. As a result, if acting together, they can effectively control matters requiring shareholder approval without the cooperation of other shareholders. Shares held by these three insiders are available for resale, subject to the requirements of, and the rules under, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The sale or the prospect of the sale of a substantial number of these shares may have an adverse effect on the market price of our common stock.

 

Item 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

None.

 

Item 2. PROPERTIES

 

Following is a summary of principal properties owned or leased by us.

 

Corporate Headquarters:

 

Europe Headquarters (2):

Portland, Oregon (1 location)— owned

 

Geneva, Switzerland (1 location)—leased

U.S. Distribution Facilities:

 

Europe Administrative Operation:

Portland, Oregon (1 location)—owned

 

Strasbourg, France (1 location)—owned

Robards, Kentucky (1 location)—owned

 

Europe Distribution Facility:

Canadian Operation and Distribution Facilities (1):

 

Cambrai, France (1 location)—owned

Strathroy, Ontario (2 locations)—1 owned, 1 leased

 

 

(1)   Lease expires in December 2011.
(2)  

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In addition, as of December 31, 2009, we leased over 100 locations globally for the operation of our branded and outlet retail stores. We also have several leases globally for office space, warehouse facilities, storage space, vehicles and equipment, among other things. See Note 11 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further lease-related disclosures.

 

Item 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

None.

 

Item 4. [RESERVED]

 

Item 4A. EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND KEY EMPLOYEES OF THE REGISTRANT

 

The following table sets forth our executive officers and certain key employees. All information is as of the date of the filing of this report.

 

Name

 

Age

  

Position

Gertrude Boyle

  86    Chairman of the Board (1)

Timothy P. Boyle

  60    President, Chief Executive Officer, Director (1)

Darwin K. Agena

  51    Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Kerry W. Barnes

  59    Vice President of Retail

Timothy C. Bartels

  45    Vice President of Global Footwear Sales

Peter J. Bragdon

  47    Senior Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary (1)

Thomas B. Cusick

  42    Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (1)

Daniel A. Dougherty

  57    Vice President Global Distribution

Mitchell C. Fields

  62    Vice President of Global Apparel Sales

James T. Gorman

  62    Vice President Footwear Manufacturing

Daniel G. Hanson

  51    Vice President of Marketing

Lisa A. Kulok

  44    Vice President Global Marketplace Planning and Customer Operations

Michael W. McCormick

  47    Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing (1)

Mark J. Nenow

  52    Vice President of Global Footwear Merchandising

Susan S. Parham

  51    Vice President Global Apparel, Accessories and Equipment

Susan G. Popp

  54    Vice President of Global Human Resources (1)

Bryan L. Timm

  46    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (1)

William Tung

  45    Vice President of Latin America and Asia Pacific (1)

Patrick J. Werner

  54    Vice President of Global Apparel Manufacturing

 

(1)   These individuals are considered Executive Officers of Columbia.

 

Gertrude Boyle has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1983. Columbia was founded by her parents in 1938 and managed by her husband, Neal Boyle, from 1964 until his death in 1970. Mrs. Boyle also served as our President from 1970 to 1988. Mrs. Boyle is Timothy P. Boyle’s mother.

 

Timothy P. Boyle joined Columbia in 1971 as General Manager and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1988. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1978. Mr. Boyle is also a member of the Board of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company and Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. Mr. Boyle is Gertrude Boyle’s son.

 

Darwin K. Agena joined Columbia in January 2008 as Chief Information Officer and was named Vice President, Chief Information Officer in October 2009. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Agena served as Vice President of Management Information Systems at Warner Bros. Entertainment. From 1988 to 2004, Mr. Agena held various positions at Colgate Palmolive Company.

 

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Kerry W. Barnes joined Columbia in January 2007 as Vice President of Retail. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Barnes served as the Director of Retail Stores for adidas AG. From 1981 to 2001, Mr. Barnes held various retail positions at Foot Locker, Inc. including Director of Outlet Stores and Regional Vice President of the West Coast.

 

Timothy C. Bartels joined Columbia in July 2008 as Vice President of Global Footwear Sales. Mr. Bartels served as Vice President of Global Sales for Keen Footwear from 2006 to 2008 and Vice President of Sales for DC Shoes, Inc. (a division of Quiksilver, Inc.) from 2002 to 2006. From 1987 to 2002, Mr. Bartels held a variety of sales management and sales leadership roles at NIKE, Inc.

 

Peter J. Bragdon became Vice President and General Counsel, Secretary of Columbia in July 2004 and was named Senior Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary in January 2010. From 1999 to January 2003, Mr. Bragdon served as Senior Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property for Columbia. Mr. Bragdon served as Chief of Staff in the Oregon Governor’s office from January 2003 through June 2004. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Bragdon was an attorney in the corporate securities and finance group at Stoel Rives LLP. Mr. Bragdon served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice for seven months in 1996.

 

Thomas B. Cusick joined Columbia in September 2002 as Corporate Controller, was named Vice President and Corporate Controller in March 2006, was named Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer in May 2008, was named Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in January 2009, and was named Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in January 2010. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Cusick worked for Cadence Design Systems (and OrCAD, a company acquired by Cadence in 1999), which operates in the electronic design automation industry, in various financial management positions. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Cusick was an accountant with KPMG LLP.

 

Daniel A. Dougherty joined Columbia in December 1997 and was named Vice President of Global Distribution in October 2009. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Dougherty worked for Glen Oaks Industries, Inc., where he served as Vice President of Distribution. Prior to that, Mr. Dougherty served as Vice President at both Fussell & Associates, Inc. and Burton & Associates, Inc.

 

Mitchell C. Fields joined Columbia in October 2006 as National Sales Manager of Men’s Apparel and was named Vice President of Global Apparel Sales in June 2008. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Fields served as Director of Sales for Callaway Golf Footwear. From 1984 to 2001, Mr. Fields held various sales management positions at NIKE, Inc. including Director of Sales for Nike Golf and Director of Replenishment.

 

James T. Gorman joined Columbia in October 2009 as Vice President Footwear Manufacturing. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Gorman was President and Founder of Momentum Brand Group, LLC. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Gorman served as President of PUMA North America, Inc., and from 1994 to 1997, Mr. Gorman served as CEO of Diadora America, Inc. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Gorman was Senior Vice President Logistics for adidas A.G., and from 1972 to 1990, Mr. Gorman held several key positions at NIKE, Inc., including Divisional Vice President.

 

Daniel G. Hanson joined Columbia in September 1989 and held various management positions in sales and marketing until 1996, when he became Director of Marketing Communications. In March 2006 Mr. Hanson was named Vice President of Marketing. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Hanson worked for Helly Hansen AS, where he served as United States Marketing Manager from 1986 to 1989.

 

Lisa A. Kulok joined Columbia in February 2008 as Senior Director of Global Planning and was named Vice President of Global Marketplace Planning and Customer Operations in October 2009. From 1987 to 2007, Ms. Kulok held various leadership positions at NIKE, Inc., including USA Apparel Marketplace Planning Director and Director of Regional Planning.

 

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Michael W. McCormick joined Columbia in August 2006 as Vice President of Sales and was named Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing in October 2008. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. McCormick served as Chief Marketing Officer for Golf Galaxy, Inc. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. McCormick served as Executive Vice President—Global Sales for Callaway Golf Company, and from 1992 to 2000, Mr. McCormick worked for NIKE, Inc. in various sales management positions, including Director of National Sales.

 

Mark J. Nenow joined Columbia in May 2007 as Vice President of Global Footwear Merchandising. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Nenow served as Vice President of Global Footwear Merchandising at Brooks Sports. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Nenow worked for NIKE, Inc., where he held various product line management positions in the running and outdoor categories. Prior to his footwear career, Mr. Nenow was a professional track and field athlete and held the American track record for the 10,000 meters from 1986 to 2003.

 

Susan G. Popp joined Columbia in April 1997 as Human Resources Manager and was named Human Resources Director in May 2004. In March 2006, Ms. Popp was named Vice President of Global Human Resources. Prior to joining Columbia, Ms. Popp held Human Resource positions at NIKE, Inc. from 1996 to 1997; at Avia from 1994 to 1996; and at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oregon from 1981 to 1993.

 

Susan S. Parham joined Columbia in January 2010 as Vice President Global Apparel, Accessories and Equipment. From 1998 to 2010, Mrs. Parham served as President and Founder of the consulting firm Lessons Learned. From 1990 to 1998, Mrs. Parham held several leadership positions at NIKE, Inc., including Director of U.S. Apparel Merchandising and General Merchandising Manager of Nike Retail.

 

Bryan L. Timm joined Columbia in June 1997 as Corporate Controller and was named Chief Financial Officer in July 2002. In 2003 Mr. Timm was named Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and in October 2008 he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and continued to serve in the role of Chief Financial Officer until January 2009. From 1991 to 1997 Mr. Timm held various financial management positions for Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Timm was an accountant with KPMG LLP. Mr. Timm is a member of the Board of Directors of Umpqua Holdings Corporation.

 

William Tung joined Columbia in September 2003 and was named Vice President of International Sales and Operations in December 2004. In October 2008, he was named Vice President of Latin America and Asia Pacific. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Tung worked for The Body Shop International PLC as Regional Director of North Asia. He was employed by The Rockport Company from 1994 to 2002 where he served in a variety of capacities, most recently as Vice President of Europe. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Tung worked for Prince Racquet Sports (a division of Benetton Sportsystems) as Sales and Marketing Manager of Asia-Pacific.

 

Patrick J. Werner joined Columbia in April 2004 as the Director of Apparel Sportswear Sourcing and was named Vice President of Global Apparel Manufacturing in November 2006. Prior to Columbia, Mr. Werner held several key apparel sourcing manufacturing compliance roles at NIKE, Inc., where he worked from 1981 until 2004.

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and trades under the symbol “COLM.” At February 26, 2010, we had approximately 472 shareholders of record.

 

Following are the quarterly high and low closing prices for our Common Stock for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:

 

     HIGH    LOW    DIVIDENDS
DECLARED

2009

        

First Quarter

   $ 35.93    $ 25.22    $ 0.16

Second Quarter

   $ 37.53    $ 29.90    $ 0.16

Third Quarter

   $ 42.87    $ 30.05    $ 0.16

Fourth Quarter

   $ 45.00    $ 37.60    $ 0.18

2008

        

First Quarter

   $ 44.74    $ 35.80    $ 0.16

Second Quarter

   $ 46.26    $ 36.75    $ 0.16

Third Quarter

   $ 46.98    $ 33.72    $ 0.16

Fourth Quarter

   $ 40.90    $ 28.93    $ 0.16

 

Since the completion of our initial public offering in April 1998 through the third quarter of 2006, we did not declare any dividends. We declared our first quarterly dividend in November 2006. Our current dividend policy is dependent on our earnings, capital requirements, financial condition, restrictions imposed by our credit agreements, and other factors considered relevant by our Board of Directors. For various restrictions on our ability to pay dividends, see Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and Note 5 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Performance Graph

 

The line graph below compares the cumulative total shareholder return of our Common Stock with the cumulative total return of the Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) 400 Mid-Cap Index and the Russell 3000 Textiles Apparel Manufacturers for the period beginning December 31, 2004 and ending December 31, 2009. The graph assumes that $100 was invested on December 31, 2004, and that any dividends were reinvested.

 

Historical stock price performance should not be relied on as indicative of future stock price performance.

 

Columbia Sportswear Company

Stock Price Performance

December 31, 2004—December 31, 2009

 

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Total Return Analysis

                 
     12/31/2004    12/31/2005    12/31/2006    12/31/2007    12/31/2008    12/31/2009

Columbia Sportswear Co.

   $ 100.00    $ 80.07    $ 93.66    $ 74.88    $ 61.07    $ 68.74

S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index

   $ 100.00    $ 112.55    $ 124.16    $ 134.05    $ 85.47    $ 117.41

Russell 3000 Textiles Apparel Mfrs.

   $ 100.00    $ 105.39    $ 135.66    $ 104.09    $ 61.25    $ 86.82

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

See Part III, Item 12, Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for information regarding our securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans.

 

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Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Period

   Total Number of
Shares
Purchased
   Average
Price Paid
per Share
   Total Number of
Shares
Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs (1)
   Approximate
Dollar Value of
Shares that May
Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans or
Programs

October 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009

   —        —      —      $ 95,167,000

November 1, 2009 to November 30, 2009

   67,500    $ 38.02    67,500    $ 92,601,000

December 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009

   —        —      —      $ 92,601,000
                       

Total

   67,500    $ 38.02    67,500    $ 92,601,000

 

(1)   Since the inception of the Company’s stock repurchase plan in April 2004 through December 31, 2009, the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of $500,000,000 of the Company’s common stock. As of December 31, 2009, the Company has repurchased 8,897,957 shares under this program at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $407,399,000. Shares of the Company’s common stock may be purchased in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to acquire any specific number of shares or to acquire shares over any specified period of time.

 

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Item 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Selected Consolidated Financial Data

 

The selected consolidated financial data presented below for, and as of the end of, each of the years in the five-year period ended December 31, 2009 have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements. The consolidated financial data should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Accompanying Notes that appear elsewhere in this annual report and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations set forth in Item 7.

 

     Year Ended December 31,
     2009    2008    2007    2006    2005 (1)
     (In thousands, except per share amounts)

Statement of Operations Data:

              

Net sales

   $ 1,244,023    $ 1,317,835    $ 1,356,039    $ 1,287,672    $ 1,155,791

Net income

     67,021      95,047      144,452      123,018      130,736

Per Share of Common Stock Data:

Earnings per share:

              

Basic

   $ 1.98    $ 2.75    $ 4.00    $ 3.39    $ 3.39

Diluted

     1.97      2.74      3.96      3.36      3.36

Cash dividends per share

     0.66      0.64      0.58      0.14      —  

Weighted average shares outstanding:

              

Basic

     33,846      34,610      36,106      36,245      38,549

Diluted

     33,981      34,711      36,434      36,644      38,943
     December 31,
     2009    2008    2007    2006    2005

Balance Sheet Data:

              

Total assets

   $ 1,212,883    $ 1,148,236    $ 1,166,481    $ 1,027,289    $ 967,640

Long-term obligations, net of current maturities

     —        15      61      136      7,414

 

(1)   Effective January 1, 2006, we adopted the fair value recognition provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 123R, Share-Based Payment, which was codified into Topic 718 Stock Compensation in the Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”). Under this standard, compensation expense is recognized in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the fair value of employee stock-based compensation. Prior to the adoption of this standard, we accounted for stock-based compensation using the intrinsic value method, which results in no compensation expense recognized because the exercise price of our employee stock options was equal to the market price of the underlying stock on the date of grant. If we had applied the fair value recognition provisions of ASC Topic 718 to stock-based compensation for the year ended December 31, 2005, net income would have been $122,513,000 and basic and diluted earnings per share would have been $3.18 and $3.14, respectively.

 

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Item 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

This Annual Report, including Item 1 of Part I and Items 6 and 6A of Part II, contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include any statements related to our expectations regarding future performance or market position, including any statements regarding anticipated sales across markets, distribution channels and product categories, access to raw materials and factory capacity, financing and working capital requirements and resources and our exposure to market risk associated with interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates.

 

These forward-looking statements, and others we make from time to time, are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Many factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements, including the risks described above in Item 1A, Risk Factors. We do not undertake any duty to either update forward-looking statements after the date they are made or conform them to actual results or to changes in circumstances or expectations.

 

Our Business

 

As one of the largest outdoor apparel and footwear companies in the world, we design, develop, market and distribute active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment under the Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel, Montrail, and Pacific Trail brands. Our products are sold through a mix of wholesale distribution channels, independent distributors, our own retail channels and licensees.

 

The popularity of outdoor activities and changing design trends affect consumer desire for our products. Therefore, we seek to anticipate and respond to trends and shifts in consumer preferences by adjusting the mix of available product offerings, developing new products with innovative performance features and designs, and by creating persuasive and memorable marketing communications to drive consumer awareness and demand. Failure to anticipate or respond to consumer needs and preferences in a timely and adequate manner could have a material adverse effect on our sales and profitability.

 

Business Environment

 

Like other branded consumer product companies, our business is heavily dependent upon discretionary consumer spending patterns. Our net sales volumes have been negatively affected by the volatility of the global economy and its impact on consumer purchasing behavior, and retailers’ behavior related to advance orders, replenishment orders, order cancellations and seasonal reorders. Consequences of the economic environment during the past 18 months include tightening of credit for some of our wholesale customers and consumers and a significant slowing of retail sales. This has resulted in, and could continue to result in, liquidations and reorganization of several of our wholesale customers and a more cautious approach by many of our wholesale customers when placing advance orders for seasonal products. It also affects decisions regarding reducing, delaying delivery of, or cancelling advance orders prior to shipment. In addition, the effects of foreign currency exchange rates may amplify any revenue declines if the U.S. dollar strengthens compared to local currencies in our direct markets, as we have experienced in some markets.

 

We believe that we have appropriately factored our historical experiences, incremental sales from our new retail stores and e-commerce platform, and the estimated effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates into our outlook for fiscal year 2010. However, unfavorable and unprecedented global economic conditions have increased the uncertainty of our planning and forecasts. In this challenging economic environment, we are also mindful of our reliance on the overall financial health of our wholesale customers and their ability to continue to access credit markets to fund their inventory purchases and day-to-day operations.

 

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The business climate continues to present us with a great deal of uncertainty, with a number of variables that we rely on for planning purposes moving in opposing directions and making it more difficult to predict the future. Factors that could significantly affect our 2010 outlook include:

 

   

Fluctuating currency exchange rates;

 

   

Changes in mix and volume of full price sales in contrast with closeout product sales;

 

   

Changes in the volume of order cancellations and reorders;

 

   

Incremental sales through our expanding retail and e-commerce operations, which are not included in backlog;

 

   

Changes in consumer activity and sales fluctuations in our retail stores; and

 

   

Changes in spending levels related to strategic initiatives and cost-containment efforts.

 

Although we cannot predict future results with certainty and despite current global economic conditions, we are committed to our strategies, which focus on product innovation and using our portfolio of outdoor brands to meet the needs of outdoor consumers. Our direct-to-consumer initiatives include our retail expansion plans and e-commerce platforms. We believe that our commitment to invest in these strategies, while maintaining a well-developed sourcing and distribution infrastructure, positions us well to establish sustainable platforms that will support long-term growth and profitability.

 

Overview

 

The following discussion of our results of operations and liquidity and capital resources, including known trends and uncertainties identified by management, should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Notes that appear elsewhere in this annual report.

 

All references to years relate to the calendar year ended December 31. Highlights for the year ended December 31, 2009 include the following:

 

   

Net sales decreased $73.8 million, or 6%, to $1,244.0 million in 2009 from $1,317.8 million in 2008. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared with 2008 negatively affected the consolidated net sales comparison by approximately one percentage point. The decrease in net sales was primarily the result of decreased sales of Columbia-branded products in the EMEA region and Canada, partially offset by increased sales of Columbia-branded products in the United States and the LAAP region. Difficult economic conditions worldwide negatively affected our net sales during 2009 as initial orders for our wholesale businesses declined for the spring and fall 2009 selling seasons. In addition, customer order cancellation rates were higher and reorder rates were lower for our spring 2009 selling season, with some improvement in cancellation and reorder rates for our fall 2009 selling season.

 

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    Year Ended December 31,
         2009              2008              % Change     
    (In millions, except for percentage changes)

Geographical Net Sales to Unrelated Entities:

       

United States

  $ 736.9    $ 727.7    1%

EMEA

    197.4      267.2    (26)%

LAAP

    203.2      198.2    3%

Canada

    106.5      124.7    (15)%
               
  $ 1,244.0    $ 1,317.8    (6)%

Categorical Net Sales to Unrelated Entities:

       

Sportswear

  $ 472.5    $ 540.9    (13)%

Outerwear

    482.5      491.7    (2)%

Footwear

    214.6      217.2    (1)%

Accessories and Equipment

    74.4      68.0    9%
               
  $ 1,244.0    $ 1,317.8    (6)%

Brand Net Sales to Unrelated Entities:

       

Columbia

  $ 1,072.5    $ 1,162.0    (8)%

Mountain Hardwear

    100.5      95.0    6%

Sorel

    60.6      48.1    26%

Other

    10.4      12.7    (18)%
               
  $ 1,244.0    $ 1,317.8    (6)%

 

   

Our wholesale backlog for the spring 2010 selling season as of September 30, 2009 decreased $20.1 million, or 5%, to $350.8 million from $370.9 million as of September 30, 2008, including a benefit of approximately two percentage points from changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared with 2008. The decrease in our spring wholesale backlog consisted of a decline in orders from EMEA distributors, our EMEA direct business and LAAP distributors, partially offset by an increase in orders in Japan. Spring wholesale backlog for the United States and Canada was essentially flat compared to 2008. The decrease in orders, categorically, was driven primarily by a decline in orders of Columbia-branded sportswear. Although we cannot predict with certainty any future results, our reported wholesale backlog is one indicator of our anticipated wholesale net sales for the spring 2010 selling season. Many factors, however, could cause actual sales to differ materially from reported wholesale backlog, including the potential cancellation of orders by customers, which was significant for spring 2009 products, changes in the volume of closeout products sales, changes in foreign currency exchange rates and macroeconomic conditions. In addition, we expect incremental sales through our direct-to-consumer operations, which are not included in wholesale backlog, to affect actual sales comparisons for the spring 2010 season. Our spring 2010 wholesale backlog should not be used as a sole indicator of, or in forecasting, sales beyond the spring 2010 selling season.

 

   

Gross profit decreased 100 basis points to 42.1% in 2009 from 43.1% in 2008. Gross profit margins contracted primarily as a result of a higher volume of close-out product sales at lower gross margins and unfavorable hedge rates.

 

   

Selling, general and administrative expense increased $14.3 million, or 3%, to $444.7 million in 2009 from $430.4 million in 2008. This increase was primarily due to initial investment and incremental operating costs in support of our direct-to-consumer initiatives and increased incentive compensation and professional fees, partially offset by reduced advertising and bad debt expense.

 

   

Net income decreased 29% to $67.0 million in 2009 from $95.0 million in 2008, and diluted earnings per share decreased to $1.97 in 2009 compared to $2.74 in 2008, which included a $0.46 per diluted share after-tax impairment charge. Net income in 2009 was unfavorably affected by lower revenues and gross profit margins and increased selling, general and administrative expenses compared to 2008. Our effective tax rate was 25.4% in 2009 compared to 24.7% in 2008.

 

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Since the inception of our stock repurchase plan in 2004 through December 31, 2009, our Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of $500 million of our common stock. As of December 31, 2009, we have repurchased 8,897,957 shares under this program at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $407.4 million. Shares of our common stock may be purchased in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions. The repurchase program does not obligate us to acquire any specific number of shares or to acquire shares over any specified period of time.

 

Results of Operations

 

Net income decreased $28.0 million, or 29%, to $67.0 million in 2009 from $95.0 million in 2008. Diluted earnings per share decreased to $1.97 in 2009 from $2.74 in 2008, which included a $0.46 per diluted share after-tax impairment charge. Net income decreased $49.5 million, or 34%, to $95.0 million in 2008 from $144.5 million in 2007. Diluted earnings per share decreased to $2.74 in 2008, which included a $0.46 per diluted share after-tax impairment charge, from $3.96 in 2007.

 

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the percentage relationship to net sales of specified items in our Consolidated Statements of Operations:

 

     2009     2008     2007  

Net sales

   100.0   100.0   100.0

Cost of sales

   57.9      56.9      57.2   
                  

Gross profit

   42.1      43.1      42.8   

Selling, general and administrative expense

   35.7      32.7      28.5   

Impairment of acquired intangible assets

   —        1.9      —     

Net licensing income

   0.7      0.5      0.4   
                  

Income from operations

   7.1      9.0      14.7   

Interest income, net

   0.1      0.6      0.6   
                  

Income before income tax

   7.2      9.6      15.3   

Income tax expense

   (1.8   (2.4   (4.6
                  

Net income

   5.4   7.2   10.7
                  

 

Year Ended December 31, 2009 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2008

 

Net Sales:    Consolidated net sales decreased $73.8 million, or 6%, to $1,244.0 million in 2009 from $1,317.8 million in 2008. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared with 2008 negatively affected the consolidated net sales comparison by approximately one percentage point. The decrease in net sales was led by the EMEA region and Canada, partially offset by increased net sales in the United States and the LAAP region. By product category, the reduction in net sales was led by sportswear, followed by outerwear and footwear, partially offset by increased net sales of accessories and equipment.

 

Sales by Product Category

 

Net sales of sportswear decreased $68.4 million, or 13%, to $472.5 million in 2009 from $540.9 million in 2008. The decrease in sportswear net sales consisted of decreased net sales in the United States wholesale business, the EMEA direct and distributor businesses, Canada and the LAAP distributor business, partially offset by increased net sales in our United States retail business, Japan and Korea. By brand, the decrease in net sales of Columbia-branded sportswear was partially offset by increased net sales of Mountain Hardwear-branded sportswear. We primarily attribute the decrease in wholesale net sales of Columbia-branded sportswear to lower initial order volumes.

 

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Net sales of outerwear decreased $9.2 million, or 2%, to $482.5 million in 2009 from $491.7 million in 2008. The decrease in outerwear net sales consisted of decreased net sales in the EMEA direct and distributor businesses, the LAAP distributor business, Canada and the United States wholesale business, partially offset by increased net sales in our United States retail business, Japan and Korea. By brand, the decrease in net sales of Columbia-branded outerwear was partially offset by increased net sales of Mountain Hardwear-branded outerwear. We primarily attribute the decrease in wholesale net sales of Columbia-branded outerwear to lower initial order volumes.

 

Net sales of footwear decreased $2.6 million, or 1%, to $214.6 million in 2009 from $217.2 million in 2008. The decrease in footwear net sales was concentrated in the EMEA distributor business, followed by the United States wholesale and LAAP distributor businesses, partially offset by increased net sales of footwear in our United States retail business, Japan and Canada. Footwear net sales were essentially flat in the EMEA direct business and Korea. By brand, the decrease in net sales of Columbia-branded footwear was partially offset by increased net sales of Sorel-branded footwear. Net sales of Sorel-branded footwear increased in all regions and businesses except the EMEA distributor business. The decrease in footwear net sales to EMEA distributors primarily reflects lower Columbia-branded product net sales to our largest customer in that region and a shift in the timing of shipments as a smaller percentage of spring 2010 shipments occurred in the fourth quarter of 2009, while a higher percentage of spring 2009 shipments occurred in the fourth quarter of 2008.

 

Net sales of accessories and equipment increased $6.4 million, or 9%, to $74.4 million in 2009 from $68.0 million in 2008. Accessories and equipment sales growth was concentrated in Columbia-branded accessories and equipment and led by the United States and the LAAP region, followed by Canada, partially offset by a decrease in net sales in the EMEA region.

 

Sales by Geographic Region

 

Net sales in the United States increased $9.2 million, or 1%, to $736.9 million in 2009 from $727.7 million in 2008. The increase in net sales in the United States was led by outerwear, followed by footwear and accessories and equipment, partially offset by decreased net sales of sportswear. A net sales increase through our retail channels was partially offset by a net sales decrease in our wholesale business. During 2009, we opened 11 new outlet retail stores in the United States, ending the year with 39 outlet retail stores and 6 branded retail stores. In addition, we launched e-commerce websites for the Columbia brand in the third quarter of 2009 and for the Sorel brand in the fourth quarter of 2009.

 

Net sales in the EMEA region decreased $69.8 million, or 26%, to $197.4 million in 2009 from $267.2 million in 2008. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared to 2008 negatively affected the net sales comparison by three percentage points. The decrease in net sales in the EMEA region was led by sportswear and outerwear, followed by footwear and accessories and equipment. Net sales decreased for both the EMEA distributor and EMEA direct businesses. The decrease in net sales to EMEA distributors primarily reflects lower Columbia-branded product net sales to our largest distributor in the region and a shift in the timing of shipments as a smaller percentage of spring 2010 shipments occurred in the fourth quarter of 2009, while a higher percentage of spring 2009 shipments occurred in the fourth quarter of 2008. The decrease in EMEA direct net sales was consistent with lower advance order volumes due in part to continued product assortment and marketing challenges.

 

Net sales in the LAAP region increased $5.0 million, or 3%, to $203.2 million in 2009 from $198.2 million in 2008. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates contributed two percentage points of benefit to LAAP net sales compared to 2008. The net sales increase in the LAAP region was led by outerwear, followed by accessories and equipment and footwear, partially offset by a net sales decrease in sportswear. Net sales growth in the LAAP region was led by our Japan business, which benefited from foreign currency exchange rates, followed by our Korea business, partially offset by a net sales decrease in our LAAP distributor business.

 

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Net sales in Canada decreased $18.2 million, or 15%, to $106.5 million in 2009 from $124.7 million in 2008. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared to 2008 negatively affected the net sales comparison by seven percentage points. The decrease in net sales in Canada was led by sportswear and outerwear, partially offset by increased net sales of footwear and accessories and equipment. The decrease in net sales was consistent with lower advance order volumes of Columbia-branded products due in part to planned reductions in certain channels of distribution.

 

Gross Profit:    Gross profit as a percentage of net sales decreased to 42.1% in 2009 from 43.1% in 2008. Gross profit margins contracted primarily as a result of a higher volume of close-out product sales at lower gross margins and unfavorable hedge rates.

 

Our gross profits may not be comparable to those of other companies in our industry because some include all of the costs related to their distribution network in cost of sales. We, like others, have chosen to include these expenses as a component of selling, general and administrative expense.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expense:    Selling, general and administrative expense (“SG&A”) includes all costs associated with our design, merchandising, marketing, selling, distribution and corporate functions, including related depreciation and amortization.

 

SG&A expense increased $14.3 million, or 3%, to $444.7 million in 2009 from $430.4 million in 2008. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A expense increased to 35.7% of net sales in 2009 from 32.7% of net sales in 2008. The increase in SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales was largely the result of reduced net sales in our wholesale business coupled with an increased fixed cost base related to our expanding direct-to-consumer operations and increased incentive compensation and professional fees, partially offset by reduced advertising and bad debt expense.

 

Selling expenses, including commissions and advertising, decreased $17.0 million, or 14%, to 8.4% of net sales in 2009 from 9.2% of net sales in 2008. We attribute the decrease in selling expenses as a percentage of net sales to lower commission expense as relationships with certain independent sales agencies in the United States and the EMEA region have been discontinued and replaced by in-house sales operations. Operating expenses for the in-house sales organization are included in general and administrative expenses.

 

General and administrative expenses increased $31.3 million, or 10%, to 27.4% of net sales in 2009 from 23.4% of net sales for the comparable period in 2008. The increase in general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales was primarily due to incremental operating costs in support our direct-to-consumer initiatives and the expansion of our in-house sales organization, partially offset by lower bad debt expense. Depreciation and amortization included in SG&A expense totaled $35.5 million for 2009, compared to $30.1 million for the same period in 2008.

 

Impairment of Acquired Intangible Assets:    We did not incur any impairment of acquired intangible assets in 2009. During the fourth quarter of 2008, we incurred a $24.7 million non-cash pre-tax charge, or approximately $0.46 per diluted share after tax, for the write-down of acquired intangible assets related to our acquisitions of the Pacific Trail and Montrail brands in 2006. The impairment charge related primarily to goodwill and trademarks and resulted from our annual evaluation of intangible asset values. These brands had not achieved our sales and profitability objectives and the deterioration in the macro-economic environment and resulting effect on consumer demand have decreased the probability of realizing these objectives in the near future. We remain committed to marketing and distributing Montrail-branded footwear through the outdoor specialty, running specialty and sporting goods channels. Beginning in 2009, Pacific Trail products are sold primarily through licensing arrangements.

 

Net Licensing Income:    Net licensing income increased $2.4 million, or 40%, to $8.4 million in 2009 from $6.0 million in 2008. The increase in net licensing income was primarily due to increased apparel and footwear

 

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licensing in the LAAP region. Products distributed by our licensees in 2009 included apparel, footwear, leather accessories, eyewear, socks, insulated products including soft-sided coolers, camping gear, bicycles, home products, luggage, watches and other accessories.

 

Interest Income, Net:    Interest income was $2.1 million in 2009 compared to $7.6 million in 2008. The decrease in interest income was almost entirely due to significantly lower interest rates in 2009 compared to 2008. Interest expense was nominal in 2009 and 2008.

 

Income Tax Expense:    Our provision for income taxes decreased to $22.8 million in 2009 from $31.2 million in 2008. This decrease resulted from lower income before tax, partially offset by an increase in our effective income tax rate to 25.4% in 2009 compared to 24.7% in 2008. Our 2009 effective tax rate varied from the U.S. statutory rate due to foreign tax credits and the favorable settlement of uncertain tax positions.

 

Year Ended December 31, 2008 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2007

 

Net Sales:    Consolidated net sales decreased $38.2 million, or 3%, to $1,317.8 million in 2008 from $1,356.0 million in 2007. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared to 2007 contributed one percentage point of benefit to the consolidated net sales comparison. The decrease in net sales was led by the United States, followed by the EMEA region and Canada, partially offset by increased net sales in the LAAP region. By product category, the reduction in net sales was led by sportswear, followed by footwear and outerwear, partially offset by increased net sales of accessories and equipment.

 

Sales by Product Category

 

Net sales of sportswear decreased $24.7 million, or 4%, to $540.9 million in 2008 from $565.6 million in 2007. The decrease in sportswear net sales was predominantly the result of decreased net sales in the United States, followed by the EMEA region, offset by increased net sales in the LAAP region and Canada. The sportswear net sales decrease was led by the United States wholesale business for the Columbia brand, partially offset by incremental net sales through our expanded base of branded and outlet retail stores. We primarily attribute the decrease in wholesale net sales of sportswear to the lower initial order volumes and the weak U.S. retail environment resulting from difficult macro-economic conditions.

 

Net sales of outerwear decreased $5.9 million, or 1%, to $491.7 million in 2008 from $497.6 million in 2007. The decrease in outerwear net sales was led by the United States, followed by the EMEA region and Canada, partially offset by an increase in the LAAP region. The decrease in outerwear net sales was predominantly the result of decreased sales of the Columbia brand in the United States wholesale and EMEA direct businesses. The decrease in both regions was primarily the result of lower initial order volumes for the spring and fall 2008 seasons as well as the weak retail environment resulting from difficult macro-economic conditions. The decrease in sales of Columbia-branded outerwear was partially offset by increased sales of Mountain Hardwear-branded outerwear.

 

Net sales of footwear decreased $10.2 million, or 4%, to $217.2 million in 2008 from $227.4 million in 2007. The decrease in footwear net sales was led by the EMEA region, followed by Canada, partially offset by increased net sales of footwear in the LAAP region and the United States. The decrease in footwear net sales in the EMEA region was led by EMEA direct footwear net sales, followed by EMEA distributor net sales. The decrease in EMEA direct footwear net sales was primarily the result of lower initial order volumes due to continued product assortment and marketing challenges, coupled with economic uncertainty in that region. The decrease in EMEA distributor footwear net sales was primarily a result of earlier shipments of spring 2008 product that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2007.

 

Net sales of accessories and equipment increased $2.6 million, or 4%, to $68.0 million in 2008 from $65.4 million in 2007. Accessories and equipment sales growth was led by the LAAP region, followed by Canada, partially offset by a decrease in net sales in the United States, while net sales of accessories and equipment remained flat in the EMEA region.

 

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Sales by Geographic Region

 

Net sales in the United States decreased $39.5 million, or 5%, to $727.7 million in 2008 from $767.2 million in 2007. The reduction in net sales in the United States was led by sportswear, followed by outerwear and accessories and equipment, while sales of footwear remained essentially flat. The net sales decrease was led by the wholesale business for the Columbia brand, partially offset by increased net sales through our expanded base of branded and outlet retail stores. During 2008 we opened 15 new outlet retail stores and 5 branded retail stores in the United States, ending the year with 28 outlet retail stores and 6 branded retail stores in the United States.

 

Net sales in the EMEA region decreased $19.8 million, or 7%, to $267.2 million in 2008 from $287.0 million in 2007. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates contributed five percentage points of benefit to EMEA net sales compared to 2007. The decrease in net sales in the EMEA region was led by footwear, followed by outerwear and sportswear, while net sales of accessories and equipment remained essentially flat. The decrease in net sales in the EMEA region included a decrease in EMEA direct net sales, partially offset by an increase in net sales to EMEA distributors. The decrease in EMEA direct net sales was the result of lower initial order volumes for the spring and fall 2008 seasons due to continued product assortment and marketing challenges, coupled with economic uncertainty in the region. The increase in net sales to EMEA distributors primarily reflects increased Columbia-branded outerwear and sportswear net sales to our largest distributor in the region.

 

Net sales in the LAAP region increased $22.5 million, or 13%, to $198.2 million in 2008 from $175.7 million in 2007. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates contributed less than one percentage point of benefit to LAAP net sales compared to 2007. Sales growth in the LAAP region was led by our Japan business, which benefited from foreign currency exchange rates, followed by our LAAP distributor business, while net sales in Korea remained essentially flat, including a negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates. The increase in Japan net sales was primarily the result of growth in our retail business as well as continued expansion with key wholesale partners, particularly in the sports chain channel.

 

Net sales in Canada decreased $1.4 million, or 1%, to $124.7 million in 2008 from $126.1 million in 2007. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates contributed two percentage points of benefit to Canada net sales compared to 2007. The decrease in net sales in Canada was led by outerwear, followed by footwear, partially offset by increased net sales of sportswear and accessories and equipment. The decrease in outerwear was primarily attributable to lower initial order volumes of Columbia-branded products for the fall 2008 season, partially offset by incremental sales of Mountain Hardwear-branded products that were previously sold through third party distributors.

 

Gross Profit:    Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased to 43.1% in 2008 from 42.8% in 2007. Gross profit margins expanded in all of our product categories primarily due to a lower volume of close-out product sales and an increase in average selling prices, partially offset by the negative effects of an increased mix of sales to distributors, which carry lower margins than wholesale customers, and the effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

 

A decrease in 2008 close-out product sales at slightly lower gross margins compared to 2007 had a favorable affect on our consolidated gross profits. We primarily attribute this decrease to earlier close-out sales of fall 2007 product in the fourth quarter of 2007.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expense:    SG&A expense increased $44.6 million, or 12%, to $430.4 million in 2008 from $385.8 million in 2007. Selling expenses increased $8.2 million, or 7%, while general and administrative expenses increased $36.4 million, or 13%. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A expense increased to 32.7% of net sales in 2008 from 28.5% of net sales in 2007.

 

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Selling expenses, including commissions and advertising, increased to 9.2% of net sales in 2008 from 8.3% of net sales in 2007. We attribute the increase in selling expenses as a percentage of net sales to our increased marketing investments to drive consumer demand for our brands, which was amplified by a decrease in consolidated net sales in 2008 compared with the same period in 2007.

 

The increase in general and administrative expenses primarily resulted from the start-up and operational costs of our new retail stores. Depreciation and amortization included in SG&A expense totaled $30.1 million for 2008, compared to $29.3 million for the same period in 2007.

 

Impairment of Acquired Intangible Assets:    We incurred a $24.7 million non-cash pre-tax charge, or approximately $0.46 per diluted share after tax, in 2008 for the write-down of acquired intangible assets related to our acquisitions of the Pacific Trail and Montrail brands in 2006. The impairment charge related primarily to goodwill and trademarks and resulted from our annual evaluation of intangible asset values. These brands have not achieved our sales and profitability objectives and the deterioration in the macro-economic environment and resulting effect on consumer demand decreased the probability of realizing these objectives in the near future.

 

Net Licensing Income:    Net licensing income increased $0.8 million, or 15%, to $6.0 million in 2008 from $5.2 million in 2007. In 2008, licensing income was led by Columbia-branded leather accessories, followed by Columbia-branded socks, eyewear, insulated products including soft-sided coolers, and camping gear.

 

Interest Income, Net:    Interest income was $7.6 million in 2008 compared to $9.0 million in 2007. The decrease in interest income was primarily due to lower average investment yields compared with the same period in 2007. Interest expense was nominal in 2008 and 2007.

 

Income Tax Expense:    Our provision for income taxes decreased to $31.2 million in 2008 from $63.6 million in 2007. This decrease resulted from lower income before tax combined with a decrease in our effective income tax rate to 24.7% in 2008 compared to 30.6% in 2007. The decrease in our tax rate resulted primarily from generating a higher proportion of our income in foreign jurisdictions with lower overall tax rates, increased foreign tax credits and the favorable conclusion of a European tax examination.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our primary ongoing funding requirements are for working capital, investing activities associated with the expansion of our global operations and general corporate needs. At December 31, 2009, we had total cash and cash equivalents of $386.7 million compared to $230.6 million at December 31, 2008. In addition, we had short-term investments of $22.8 million at December 31, 2009 compared to $22.4 million at December 31, 2008.

 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $214.4 million in 2009 compared to $144.9 million in 2008. The increase in cash provided by operating activities was primarily the result of significant reductions in accounts receivable and inventory in 2009, partially offset by lower net income and a decrease in accounts payable in 2009, and the non-cash pre-tax charge for the impairment of acquired intangible assets in 2008.

 

Net cash used in investing activities was $33.2 million in 2009 compared to net cash provided by investing activities of $11.7 million in 2008. In 2009, our investing activities primarily consisted of capital expenditures of $40.9 million, of which $7.8 million was incurred but not yet paid. Capital expenditures in 2009 consisted of approximately $25.7 million related to retail expansion, including e-commerce in the United States and modest investments in Korea and Japan, and approximately $15.2 million in maintenance and infrastructure projects. In 2008, our investing activities primarily consisted of net liquidation of short-term investments of $59.2 million partially offset by capital expenditures of $54.3 million, of which $6.7 million was incurred but not yet paid. Capital expenditures in 2008 consisted of approximately $12.8 million in maintenance capital expenditures and $41.5 million for retail expansion and other capacity initiatives.

 

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Cash used in financing activities was $29.6 million in 2009 compared to $102.4 million in 2008. In 2009, net cash used in financing activities included dividend payments of $22.3 million and the repurchase of common stock at an aggregate price of $7.4 million. In 2008, net cash used in financing activities included the repurchase of common stock at an aggregate price of $83.9 million and dividend payments of $22.1 million, partially offset by proceeds from the issuance of common stock under employee stock plans of $3.5 million.

 

To fund our domestic working capital requirements, we have available unsecured revolving lines of credit with aggregate seasonal limits ranging from $50 million to $125 million, of which $25 million to $100 million is committed. At December 31, 2009, no balance was outstanding under these lines of credit and we were in compliance with all associated covenants. Internationally, our subsidiaries have local currency operating lines of credit in place guaranteed by us with a combined limit of approximately $105.1 million at December 31, 2009, of which $3.6 million is designated as a European customs guarantee. At December 31, 2009, no balance was outstanding under these lines of credit.

 

We expect to fund our future capital expenditures with existing cash, operating cash flows and credit facilities. If the need arises for additional expenditures, we may need to seek additional funding. Our ability to obtain additional financing will depend on many factors, including prevailing market conditions, our financial condition, and our ability to negotiate favorable terms and conditions. Financing may not be available on terms that are acceptable or favorable to us, if at all.

 

Our operations are affected by seasonal trends typical in the outdoor apparel industry, and have historically resulted in higher sales and profits in the third calendar quarter. This pattern has resulted primarily from the timing of shipments to wholesale customers for the fall season. We believe that our liquidity requirements for at least the next 12 months will be adequately covered by existing cash, cash provided by operations and existing short-term borrowing arrangements.

 

The following table presents our estimated contractual commitments (in thousands):

 

     Year ending December 31,
     2010    2011    2012    2013    2014    Thereafter    Total

Inventory purchase obligations (1)

   258,069    —      —      —      —      —      258,069

Operating leases (2):

                    

Non-related parties

   28,379    27,534    26,137    25,678    23,869    128,672    260,269

Related party

   625    625    72    72    54    —      1,448

 

We have recorded liabilities for net unrecognized tax benefits related to income tax uncertainties in our Consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2009 of approximately $20.9 million; however, they have not been included in the table above because we are uncertain about whether or when these amounts may be settled. See Note 9 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

(1)   Inventory purchase obligations consist of open production purchase orders for sourced apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment, and materials used to manufacture apparel. The reported amounts exclude product purchase liabilities included in accounts payable on the Consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2009. To support certain inventory purchase obligations, we maintain unsecured and uncommitted lines of credit available for issuing import letters of credit. At December 31, 2009, we had letters of credit outstanding of $7.8 million issued for purchase orders for inventory. See Off-balance Sheet Arrangements in Note 5 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further disclosure.
(2)   Operating lease obligations include retail space operating leases, which often include real estate taxes, insurance, common area maintenance (“CAM”), and other costs in addition to base rent. Operating lease obligations listed above do not include real estate taxes, insurance, CAM, and other costs for which we are obligated. Total expenses for real estate taxes, insurance, CAM, and other costs related to retail space operating leases for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $7.2 million and is included in SG&A expense in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. These operating lease commitments are not reflected on the Consolidated Balance Sheet.

 

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Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

In the normal course of business, our financial position and results of operations are routinely subject to a variety of risks, including market risk associated with interest rate movements on borrowings and investments and exchange rate movements on non-U.S. dollar currency denominated assets, liabilities, income and expenses. We regularly assess these risks and have established policies and business practices that should result in an appropriate level of protection against the adverse effect of these and other potential exposures. We do not engage in speculative trading in any financial market.

 

Our foreign currency risk management objective is to mitigate the uncertainty of anticipated cash flows attributable to changes in exchange rates. We focus on anticipated cash flows resulting from firmly and non-firmly committed inventory purchases and the related receivables and payables, including third party or intercompany transactions.

 

We manage this risk primarily by using currency forward, option and swap contracts. Anticipated, but not yet firmly committed, transactions that we hedge carry a high level of certainty and are expected to be recognized within one year. We use cross-currency swaps to hedge foreign currency denominated payments related to intercompany loan agreements. Hedged transactions are denominated primarily in European euros, Canadian dollars, Japanese yen and Korean won.

 

The fair value of our hedging contracts was unfavorable by approximately $0.4 million and $1.8 million at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. A 10% change in the euro, Canadian dollar, yen and won exchange rates would have resulted in the fair value fluctuating approximately $9.7 million at December 31, 2009 and $6.2 million at December 31, 2008. Changes in fair value resulting from foreign exchange rate fluctuations would be substantially offset by the change in value of the underlying hedged transactions.

 

Our exposure to market risk for changes in interest rates relates primarily to our debt obligations. We did not have any long-term debt obligations at December 31, 2009 or 2008. We have cash flow exposure on our committed and uncommitted bank lines of credit since the interest is indexed to various reference rates such as Prime and LIBOR. At December 31, 2009 and 2008, our bank lines of credit did not have an outstanding balance.

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

Management’s discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based on our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make various estimates and judgments that affect reported amounts of assets, liabilities, sales, cost of sales and expenses and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. We believe that the estimates, assumptions and judgments involved in the accounting policies described below have the greatest potential impact on our financial statements, so we consider these to be our critical accounting policies and estimates. Because of the uncertainty inherent in these matters, actual results could differ from the estimates we use in applying the critical accounting policies. We base our ongoing estimates on historical experience and other various assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Many of these critical accounting policies affect working capital account balances, including the policy for revenue recognition, the allowance for uncollectible accounts receivable, the provision for potential excess, close-out and slow moving inventory, product warranty, income taxes and stock-based compensation.

 

Management and our independent auditors regularly discuss with our audit committee each of our critical accounting estimates, the development and selection of these accounting estimates, and the disclosure about each estimate in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. These discussions typically occur at our quarterly audit committee meetings and include the basis and methodology used in developing and selecting these estimates, the trends in and amounts of these estimates, specific matters affecting the amount of and changes in these estimates, and any other relevant matters related to these estimates, including significant issues concerning accounting principles and financial statement presentation.

 

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Revenue Recognition

 

We record wholesale and licensed product revenues when title passes and the risks and rewards of ownership have passed to the customer, based on the terms of sale. Title generally passes upon shipment to, or upon receipt by, the customer depending on the country of the sale and the agreement with the customer. Retail store revenues are recorded at the time of sale and e-commerce revenues are recorded upon shipment to the customer.

 

In some countries outside of the United States where title passes upon receipt by the customer, predominantly in our Western European wholesale business, precise information regarding the date of receipt by the customer is not readily available. In these cases, we estimate the date of receipt by the customer based on historical and expected delivery times by geographic location. We periodically test the accuracy of these estimates based on actual transactions. Delivery times vary by geographic location, generally from one to five days. To date, we have found these estimates to be materially accurate.

 

At the time of revenue recognition, we also provide for estimated sales returns and miscellaneous claims from customers as reductions to revenues. The estimates are based on historical rates of product returns and claims. However, actual returns and claims in any future period are inherently uncertain and thus may differ from the estimates. If actual or expected future returns and claims are significantly greater or lower than the reserves that we have established, we will record a reduction or increase to net revenues in the period in which we make such a determination. Over the three year period ended December 31, 2009, our actual annual sales returns and miscellaneous claims from customers have averaged approximately two percent of net sales.

 

Allowance for Uncollectible Accounts Receivable

 

We make ongoing estimates of the uncollectibility of our accounts receivable and maintain an allowance for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make required payments. In determining the amount of the allowance, we consider our historical level of credit losses and we make judgments about the creditworthiness of customers based on ongoing credit evaluations. We analyze specific customer accounts, customer concentrations, credit insurance coverage, standby letters of credit, current economic trends, and changes in customer payment terms. Current credit and market conditions may slow our collection efforts as customers experience increased difficulty in accessing credit and paying their obligations, leading to higher than normal accounts receivable and increased bad debt expense. Because we cannot predict future changes in the financial stability of our customers, actual future losses from uncollectible accounts may differ from our estimates and may have a material effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. If the financial condition of our customers deteriorates and results in their inability to make payments, a larger allowance may be required. If we determine that a smaller or larger allowance is appropriate, we will record a credit or a charge to SG&A expense in the period in which we make such a determination.

 

Inventory Obsolescence and Product Warranty

 

We make ongoing estimates of potential future excess, close-out or slow moving inventory and product warranty costs. We evaluate our inventory on hand considering our purchase commitments, sales forecasts, and historical experience to identify excess, close-out or slow moving inventory and make provisions as necessary to properly reflect inventory value at the lower of cost or estimated market value. When we evaluate our reserve for warranty costs, we consider our historical claim rates by season, product mix, current economic trends, and the historical cost to repair, replace, or refund the original sale. If we determine that a smaller or larger reserve is appropriate, we will record a credit or a charge to cost of sales in the period in which we make such a determination.

 

Long-lived assets:

 

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undiscounted cash flows to be derived from the asset or asset group to determine whether a potential impairment exists. When reviewing for retail store impairment, identifiable cash flows are measured at the individual store level. If the sum of the estimated undiscounted cash flows is less than the carrying value of the asset, we recognize an impairment loss, measured as the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the estimated fair value of the asset. Our evaluations of impairment require estimates and assumptions about the forecasted amount and duration of future cash flows and residual value, if any, attributable to assets being tested. Impairment charges for long-lived assets are included in SG&A expense.

 

Income Taxes

 

We use the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes. Under this method, we recognize income tax expense for the amount of taxes payable or refundable for the current year and for the amount of deferred tax liabilities and assets for the future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in our financial statements or tax returns. We make assumptions, judgments and estimates to determine our current provision for income taxes, our deferred tax assets and liabilities, and our uncertain tax positions. Our judgments, assumptions and estimates relative to the current provision for income tax take into account current tax laws, our interpretation of current tax laws and possible outcomes of current and future audits conducted by foreign and domestic tax authorities. Changes in tax law or our interpretation of tax laws and the resolution of current and future tax audits could significantly affect the amounts provided for income taxes in our consolidated financial statements. Our assumptions, judgments and estimates relative to the value of a deferred tax asset take into account predictions of the amount and category of future taxable income. Actual operating results and the underlying amount and category of income in future years could cause our current assumptions, judgments and estimates of recoverable net deferred taxes to be inaccurate. Changes in any of the assumptions, judgments and estimates mentioned above could cause our actual income tax obligations to differ from our estimates, which could materially affect our financial position and results of operations.

 

Our tax provision for interim periods is determined using an estimate of our annual effective tax rate, adjusted for discrete items, if any, that are taken into account in the relevant period. As the calendar year progresses, we periodically refine our estimate based on actual events and earnings by jurisdiction. This ongoing estimation process can result in changes to our expected effective tax rate for the full calendar year. When this occurs, we adjust the income tax provision during the quarter in which the change in estimate occurs so that our year-to-date provision equals our expected annual effective tax rate.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Stock-based compensation cost is estimated at the grant date based on the award’s fair value and is recognized as expense over the requisite service period using the straight-line attribution method. We estimate stock-based compensation for stock options granted using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, which requires various highly subjective assumptions, including volatility and expected option life. Further, we estimate forfeitures for stock-based awards granted, which are not expected to vest. If any of these inputs or assumptions changes significantly, stock-based compensation expense may differ materially in the future from that recorded in the current period.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

See “Recent Accounting Pronouncements” in Note 1 to the notes to the consolidated financial statements.

 

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Item 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

The information required by this item is included in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and is incorporated herein by this reference.

 

Item 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

Our management is responsible for the information and representations contained in this report. The financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which we consider appropriate in the circumstances and include some amounts based on our best estimates and judgments. Other financial information in this report is consistent with these financial statements.

 

Our accounting systems include controls designed to reasonably assure that assets are safeguarded from unauthorized use or disposition and which provide for the preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. These systems are supplemented by the selection and training of qualified financial personnel and an organizational structure providing for appropriate segregation of duties.

 

The Audit Committee is responsible for recommending to the Board of Directors the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm and reviews with the independent registered public accounting firm and management the scope and the results of the annual examination, the effectiveness of the accounting control system and other matters relating to our financial affairs as they deem appropriate.

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders

Columbia Sportswear Company

Portland, Oregon

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Columbia Sportswear Company and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, and the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2009. Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed on the Index at Item 15. These financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial statement schedule based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2009, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, such financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.

 

We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009, based on the criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated March 12, 2010, expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Portland, Oregon

March 12, 2010

 

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COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

 

     December 31,
     2009    2008
ASSETS      

Current Assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 386,664    $ 230,617

Short-term investments

     22,759      22,433

Accounts receivable, net (Note 2)

     226,548      299,585

Inventories, net (Note 3)

     222,161      256,312

Deferred income taxes (Note 9)

     31,550      33,867

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     32,030      29,705
             

Total current assets

     921,712      872,519

Property, plant, and equipment, net (Note 4)

     235,440      229,693

Intangibles and other non-current assets (Notes 2 and 9)

     43,072      33,365

Goodwill (Note 2)

     12,659      12,659
             

Total assets

   $ 1,212,883    $ 1,148,236
             
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      

Current Liabilities:

     

Accounts payable

   $ 102,494    $ 104,354

Accrued liabilities (Note 6)

     67,312      58,148

Income taxes payable (Note 9)

     6,884      8,718

Deferred income taxes (Note 9)

     2,597      1,969
             

Total current liabilities

     179,287      173,189

Income taxes payable (Note 9)

     19,830      20,412

Deferred income taxes (Note 9)

     1,494      —  

Other long-term liabilities (Note 7)

     15,044      10,545
             

Total liabilities

     215,655      204,146

Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)

     

Shareholders’ Equity:

     

Preferred stock; 10,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

     —        —  

Common stock (no par value); 125,000 shares authorized; 33,736 and 33,865 issued and outstanding (Note 8)

     836      1,481

Retained earnings (Note 8)

     952,948      909,443

Accumulated other comprehensive income (Note 14)

     43,444      33,166
             

Total shareholders’ equity

     997,228      944,090
             

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 1,212,883    $ 1,148,236
             

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2009     2008     2007  

Net sales

   $ 1,244,023      $ 1,317,835      $ 1,356,039   

Cost of sales

     719,945        750,024        776,288   
                        

Gross profit

     524,078        567,811        579,751   

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

     444,715        430,350        385,769   

Impairment of acquired intangible assets (Note 2)

     —          24,742        —     

Net licensing income

     8,399        5,987        5,157   
                        

Income from operations

     87,762        118,706        199,139   

Interest income, net

     2,088        7,537        8,888   
                        

Income before income tax

     89,850        126,243        208,027   

Income tax expense (Note 9)

     (22,829     (31,196     (63,575
                        

Net income

   $ 67,021      $ 95,047      $ 144,452   
                        

Earnings per share:

      

Basic

   $ 1.98      $ 2.75      $ 4.00   

Diluted

     1.97        2.74        3.96   

Cash dividends per share:

   $ 0.66      $ 0.64      $ 0.58   

Weighted average shares outstanding (Note 13):

      

Basic

     33,846        34,610        36,106   

Diluted

     33,981        34,711        36,434   

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2009     2008     2007  

Cash flows from operating activities:

      

Net income

   $ 67,021      $ 95,047      $ 144,452   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

      

Depreciation and amortization

     36,253        31,158        30,338   

Loss on disposal or impairment of property, plant, and equipment

     1,828        253        237   

Deferred income tax (benefit) expense

     55        (10,338     278   

Stock-based compensation

     6,353        6,302        7,260   

Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans

     (41     (72     (1,811

Impairment of acquired intangibles

     —          24,742        —     

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

      

Accounts receivable

     77,490        (9,689     (3,093

Inventories

     38,831        4,507        (46,010

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     (1,695     (15,787     (1,355

Intangibles and other assets

     (5,179     101        592   

Accounts payable

     (16,944     8,944        1,381   

Accrued liabilities

     7,563        (1,047     (4,400

Income taxes payable

     (1,558     2,567        (5,665

Other liabilities

     4,395        8,242        2,111   
                        

Net cash provided by operating activities

     214,372        144,930        124,315   
                        

Cash flows from investing activities:

      

Purchases of short-term investments

     (25,305     (72,337     (305,769

Sales of short-term investments

     25,163        131,565        379,460   

Capital expenditures

     (33,074     (47,580     (31,971

Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment

     31        52        32   
                        

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

     (33,185     11,700        41,752   
                        

Cash flows from financing activities:

      

Proceeds from notes payable

     57,588        33,727        30,651   

Repayments on notes payable

     (57,588     (33,727     (34,276

Repayment on long-term debt and other long-term liabilities

     (4     (21     (22

Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock plans, net

     86        3,488        14,162   

Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans

     41        72        1,811   

Repurchase of common stock

     (7,399     (83,865     (31,819

Cash dividends paid

     (22,331     (22,098     (20,915
                        

Net cash used in financing activities

     (29,607     (102,424     (40,408
                        

Net effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     4,467        (15,539     1,411   
                        

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

     156,047        38,667        127,070   

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

     230,617        191,950        64,880   
                        

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

   $ 386,664      $ 230,617      $ 191,950   
                        

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

      

Cash paid during the year for interest, net of capitalized interest

   $ 35      $ 47      $ 148   

Cash paid during the year for income taxes

     31,284        48,521        73,293   

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing activities:

      

Capital expenditures incurred but not yet paid

     7,852        6,760        2,318   

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(In thousands)

 

    Common Stock     Retained
Earnings
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
    Comprehensive
Income
    Total  
  Shares
Outstanding
    Amount          

BALANCE, JANUARY 1, 2007

  35,998      $ 24,370      $ 771,939      $ 34,394        $ 830,703   

Components of comprehensive income:

           

Net income

  —          —          144,452        —        $ 144,452        144,452   

Cash dividends ($0.58 per share)

  —          —          (20,915     —          —          (20,915

Foreign currency translation adjustment

  —          —          —          25,394        25,394        25,394   

Unrealized holding loss on derivative transactions, net

  —          —          —          (2,147     (2,147     (2,147
                 

Comprehensive income

  —          —          —          —        $ 167,699        —     
                 

Issuance of common stock under employee stock plans, net

  416        14,162        —          —            14,162   

Tax benefit from stock plans

  —          3,031        —          —            3,031   

Stock-based compensation expense

  —          7,260        —          —            7,260   

Repurchase of common stock

  (590     (31,819     —          —            (31,819
                                       

BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 2007

  35,824        17,004        895,476        57,641          970,121   

Components of comprehensive income:

           

Net income

  —          —          95,047        —        $ 95,047        95,047   

Cash dividends ($0.64 per share)

  —          —          (22,098     —          —          (22,098

Foreign currency translation adjustment

  —          —          —          (30,511     (30,511     (30,511

Unrealized holding gain on derivative transactions, net

  —          —          —          6,036        6,036        6,036   
                 

Comprehensive income

  —          —          —          —        $ 70,572        —     
                 

Issuance of common stock under employee stock plans, net

  131        3,488        —          —            3,488   

Tax adjustment from stock plans

  —          (430     —          —            (430

Stock-based compensation expense

  —          6,302        —          —            6,302   

Repurchase of common stock

  (2,090     (24,883     (58,982     —            (83,865
                                       

BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 2008

  33,865        1,481        909,443        33,166          944,090   

Components of comprehensive income:

           

Net income

  —          —          67,021        —        $ 67,021        67,021   

Cash dividends ($0.66 per share)

  —          —          (22,331     —          —          (22,331

Unrealized holding gains on available-for-sales securities, net

  —          —          —          64        64        64   

Foreign currency translation adjustment

  —          —          —          13,854        13,854        13,854   

Unrealized holding loss on derivative transactions, net

  —          —          —          (3,640     (3,640     (3,640
                 

Comprehensive income

  —          —          —          —        $ 77,299        —     
                 

Issuance of common stock under employee stock plans, net

  75        86        —          —            86   

Tax adjustment from stock plans

  —          (870     —          —            (870

Stock-based compensation expense

  —          6,353        —          —            6,353   

Repurchase of common stock

  (204     (6,214     (1,185     —            (7,399
                                       

BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 2009

  33,736      $ 836      $ 952,948      $ 43,444        $ 997,228   
                                       

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 1—BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND ORGANIZATION

 

Nature of the business:

 

Columbia Sportswear Company is a global leader in the design, development, marketing and distribution of active outdoor apparel, including sportswear, outerwear, footwear, accessories and equipment.

 

Principles of consolidation:

 

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Columbia Sportswear Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (the “Company”). All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Estimates and assumptions:

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results may differ from these estimates and assumptions. Some of these more significant estimates relate to revenue recognition, allowance for doubtful accounts, inventory, product warranty, long-lived and intangible assets and income taxes.

 

Reclassifications:

 

Certain immaterial reclassifications of amounts reported in the prior period financial statements have been made to conform to classifications used in the current period financial statements.

 

Dependence on key suppliers:

 

The Company’s products are produced by independent factories worldwide. For 2009, the Company sourced nearly all of its products outside the United States, principally in the Southeast Asia. In 2009, the Company’s four largest apparel factory groups accounted for approximately 15% of the Company’s total global apparel production and the Company’s four largest footwear factory groups accounted for approximately 66% of the Company’s total global footwear production. In addition, a single vendor supplied substantially all of the zippers used in the Company’s products in 2009. From time to time, the Company has had difficulty satisfying its raw material and finished goods requirements. Although the Company believes that it can identify and qualify additional raw material suppliers and independent factories to produce these products, the unavailability of some existing suppliers or independent factories for supply of these products may have a material adverse effect on the Company.

 

Concentration of credit risk:

 

Trade Receivables

 

At December 31, 2009, the Company had one customer in its Canadian segment that accounted for approximately 15.5% of consolidated accounts receivable. At December 31, 2008, the Company had one customer in its EMEA segment and one customer in its Canadian segment that accounted for approximately 13.5% and 10.2% of consolidated accounts receivable, respectively. No single customer accounted for 10% or more of consolidated revenues for any of the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 or 2007.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

Cash and Investments

 

At December 31, 2009, approximately 80% of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents were concentrated in domestic and international money market mutual funds. Substantially all of the Company’s money market mutual funds were assigned a AAA or analogous rating from S&P, Moody’s Investor Services (“Moody’s”) or Fitch Ratings.

 

All the Company’s remaining cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were deposited with various institutions in the Company’s primary operating geographies. All institutions were rated investment grade by both S&P and Moody’s and most were rated AA- / Aa1 or better.

 

Derivatives

 

The Company uses derivative instruments primarily to hedge the exchange rate risk of anticipated transactions denominated in non-functional currencies. From time to time, the Company also uses derivative instruments to economically hedge the exchange rate risk of certain investment positions and to hedge balance sheet remeasurement risk. At December 31, 2009, the Company’s derivative contracts had a remaining maturity of approximately one year or less. All the counterparties to these transactions had a S&P / Moody’s short-term credit rating of A-2 / P-2 or better. The net exposure to any single counterparty, which is generally limited to the aggregate unrealized gain of all contracts with that counterparty, was less than $1,000,000 at December 31, 2009. The majority of the Company’s derivative counterparties have strong credit ratings and as a result, the Company does not require collateral to facilitate transactions. See Note 16 for further disclosures concerning derivatives.

 

NOTE 2—SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Cash and cash equivalents:

 

Cash and cash equivalents are stated at cost, which approximates fair value, and include investments with maturities of three months or less from the date of acquisition. At December 31, 2009 and 2008, cash and cash equivalents were $386,664,000 and $230,617,000, respectively, primarily consisting of money market funds and time deposits with maturities ranging from overnight to less than 90 days.

 

Investments:

 

At December 31, 2009 and 2008, short-term investments consisted of shares in a short-term bond fund available for use in current operations and time deposits with maturities of six months or less. All short-term investments are classified as available-for-sale securities and are recorded at fair value with any unrealized gains and losses reported, net of tax, in other comprehensive income. Realized gains or losses are determined based on the specific identification method.

 

At December 31, 2009, long-term investments consisted of mutual fund shares held to offset liabilities to participants in the Company’s deferred compensation plan. The investments are classified as long-term as the related deferred compensation liabilities are not expected to be paid within the next year. These investments are classified as trading securities and are recorded at fair value with unrealized gains and losses reported in operating expenses. These long-term investments are included in intangibles and other non-current assets and totaled $826,000 at December 31, 2009, including unrealized gains of $130,000. There were no long-term investments at December 31, 2008.

 

Accounts receivable:

 

Accounts receivable have been reduced by an allowance for doubtful accounts. The Company makes ongoing estimates of the uncollectibility of accounts receivable and maintains an allowance for estimated losses

 

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resulting from the inability of the Company’s customers to make required payments. The allowance for doubtful accounts was $7,347,000 and $9,542,000 at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

Inventories:

 

Inventories are carried at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the first-in, first-out method. The Company periodically reviews its inventories for excess, close-out or slow moving items and makes provisions as necessary to properly reflect inventory value.

 

Property, plant, and equipment:

 

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost, net of accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is provided using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. The principal estimated useful lives are: buildings and building improvements, 15-30 years; land improvements, 15 years; furniture and fixtures, 3-10 years; and machinery and equipment, 3-5 years. Leasehold improvements are depreciated over the lesser of the estimated useful life of the improvement, which is most commonly 7 years, or the remaining term of the underlying lease.

 

The interest-carrying costs of capital assets under construction are capitalized based on the Company’s weighted average borrowing rates if there are any outstanding borrowings. There was no capitalized interest for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

 

Impairment of long-lived assets:

 

Long-lived assets are amortized over their useful lives and are measured for impairment only when events or circumstances indicate the carrying value may be impaired. In these cases, the Company estimates the future undiscounted cash flows to be derived from the asset or asset group to determine whether a potential impairment exists. When reviewing for retail store impairment, identifiable cash flows are measured at the individual store level. If the sum of the estimated undiscounted cash flows is less than the carrying value of the asset, the Company recognizes an impairment loss, measured as the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the estimated fair value of the asset. Impairment charges for long-lived assets are included in selling, general and administrative expense and were immaterial for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

 

Intangibles and other non-current assets:

 

Intangible assets with indefinite useful lives are not amortized and are periodically evaluated for impairment. Intangible assets that are determined to have finite lives are amortized using the straight-line method over their useful lives.

 

The following table summarizes the Company’s identifiable intangible assets (in thousands):

 

     December 31, 2009     December 31, 2008  
     Gross Carrying
Amount
   Accumulated
Amortization
    Gross Carrying
Amount
   Accumulated
Amortization
 

Intangible assets subject to amortization:

          

Patents

   $ 898    $ (643   $ 898    $ (534
                              

Intangible assets not subject to amortization:

          

Trademarks and trade names

   $ 26,872      $ 26,872   

Goodwill

     12,659        12,659   
                  
   $ 39,531      $ 39,531   
                  

 

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Amortization expense for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008, and 2007 was $109,000, $205,000 and $175,000, respectively. Amortization expense for patents is estimated to be $109,000 in 2010 and $73,000 per year in 2011 and 2012. These patents are anticipated to become fully amortized in 2012.

 

Other non-current assets consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

     December 31,
     2009    2008

Deferred tax assets

   $ 5,435    $ 723

Long-term deposits

     8,360      4,483

Other

     2,150      923
             
   $ 15,945    $ 6,129
             

 

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets:

 

Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite useful lives are not amortized but instead are measured for impairment. The Company reviews and tests its goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite useful lives for impairment in the fourth quarter of each year and when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may be impaired. The Company’s intangible assets with indefinite lives consist of trademarks and trade names. Substantially all of the Company’s goodwill is recorded in the United States segment and impairment testing for goodwill is performed at the reporting unit level. The two-step process first compares the estimated fair value of reporting unit goodwill with the carrying amount of that reporting unit. The Company estimates the fair value of its reporting units using a combination of discounted cash flow analysis, comparisons with the market values of similar publicly traded companies and other operating performance based valuation methods. If step one indicates impairment, step two compares the estimated fair value of the reporting unit to the estimated fair value of all reporting unit assets and liabilities except goodwill to determine the implied fair value of goodwill. The Company calculates impairment as the excess of carrying amount of goodwill over the implied fair value of goodwill. In the impairment test for trademarks, the Company compares the estimated fair value of the asset to the carrying amount. The fair value of trademarks is estimated using the relief from royalty approach, a standard form of discounted cash flow analysis used in the valuation of trademarks. If the carrying amount of trademarks exceeds the estimated fair value, the Company calculates impairment as the excess of carrying amount over the estimate of fair value. Impairment charges are classified as a component of operating expense. The fair value estimates are based on a number of factors, including assumptions and estimates for projected sales, income, cash flows, discount rates and other operating performance measures. Changes in estimates or the application of alternative assumptions could produce significantly different results. These assumptions and estimates may change in the future due to changes in economic conditions, changes in the Company’s ability to meet sales and profitability objectives or changes in the Company’s business operations or strategic direction.

 

Intangible assets that are determined to have finite lives are amortized over their useful lives and are measured for impairment only when events or circumstances indicate the carrying value may be impaired. In these cases, the Company estimates the future undiscounted cash flows to be derived from the asset or asset group to determine whether a potential impairment exists. If the sum of the estimated undiscounted cash flows is less than the carrying value of the asset the Company recognizes an impairment loss, measured as the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the estimated fair value of the asset. Impairment charges are classified as a component of operating expense.

 

At December 31, 2009, the Company determined that its goodwill and intangible assets were not impaired. At December 31, 2008, the Company determined that its Pacific Trail brand and Montrail brand goodwill and

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

trademarks were impaired. These brands were not achieving their sales and profitability objectives. The deterioration in the macroeconomic environment and the resulting effect on consumer demand decreased the probability of realizing the objectives in the near future. These brands were acquired in 2006. For the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company recorded impairment charges, before income taxes, of $12,250,000 in trademarks and $3,900,000 in goodwill for the Pacific Trail brand. The Pacific Trail brand has $2,300,000 in trademarks and no goodwill after the impairment charge. The Pacific Trail brand is a reporting unit for goodwill impairment testing and Pacific Trail brand intangible assets are included in the United States segment. For the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company recorded impairment charges, before income taxes, of $7,400,000 in trademarks, $714,000 in goodwill and $478,000 in patents for the Montrail brand. The Montrail brand has $2,600,000 in trademarks and no goodwill or patents after the impairment charge. The Montrail brand is a reporting unit for goodwill impairment testing and Montrail brand intangible assets are included in the United States segment. Other than Pacific Trail brand goodwill and trademarks and Montrail brand goodwill, trademarks and patents, at December 31, 2008, the Company determined that its goodwill and intangible assets were not impaired.

 

Deferred income taxes:

 

Income tax expense is provided at the U.S. tax rate on financial statement earnings, adjusted for the difference between the U.S. tax rate and the rate of tax in effect for non-U.S. earnings deemed to be permanently reinvested in the Company’s non-U.S. operations. Deferred income taxes have not been provided for the potential remittance of non-U.S. undistributed earnings to the extent those earnings are deemed to be permanently reinvested, or to the extent such recognition would result in a deferred tax asset. Deferred income taxes are provided for the expected tax consequences of temporary differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their reported amounts. Valuation allowances are recorded to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount that will more likely than not be realized.

 

Revenue Recognition:

 

The Company records wholesale and licensed product revenues when title passes and the risks and rewards of ownership have passed to the customer, based on the terms of sale. Title generally passes upon shipment to, or upon receipt by, the customer depending on the country of the sale and the agreement with the customer. Retail store revenues are recorded at the time of sale and e-commerce revenues are recorded upon shipment to the customer.

 

In some countries outside of the United States where title passes upon receipt by the customer, predominantly in the Company’s Western European wholesale business, precise information regarding the date of receipt by the customer is not readily available. In these cases, the Company estimates the date of receipt by the customer based on historical and expected delivery times by geographic location. The Company periodically tests the accuracy of these estimates based on actual transactions. Delivery times vary by geographic location, generally from one to five days. To date, the Company has found these estimates to be materially accurate.

 

At the time of revenue recognition, the Company also provides for estimated sales returns and miscellaneous claims from customers as reductions to revenues. The estimates are based on historical rates of product returns and claims. However, actual returns and claims in any future period are inherently uncertain and thus may differ from the estimates. If actual or expected future returns and claims are significantly greater or lower than the reserves that had been established, the Company would record a reduction or increase to net revenues in the period in which it made such determination. Over the three year period ended December 31, 2009, the Company’s actual annual sales returns and miscellaneous claims from customers have averaged

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

approximately two percent of net sales. The allowance for outstanding sales returns and miscellaneous claims from customers was approximately $13,889,000 and $10,583,000 as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

Cost of sales:

 

The expenses that are included in cost of sales include all direct product and conversion-related costs, and costs related to shipping, duties and importation. Product warranty costs and specific provisions for excess, close-out or slow moving inventory are also included in cost of sales.

 

Selling, general and administrative expense:

 

Selling, general and administrative expense consists of commissions, advertising, other selling costs, personnel-related costs, planning, receiving finished goods, warehousing, depreciation and other general operating expenses.

 

Shipping and handling costs:

 

Shipping and handling fees billed to customers are recorded as revenue. The direct costs associated with shipping goods to customers are recorded as cost of sales. Inventory planning, receiving and handling costs are recorded as a component of selling, general, and administrative expenses and were $55,867,000, $57,700,000 and $64,420,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Foreign currency translation:

 

The assets and liabilities of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries have been translated into U.S. dollars using the exchange rates in effect at period end, and the net sales and expenses have been translated into U.S. dollars using average exchange rates in effect during the period. The foreign currency translation adjustments are included as a separate component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) in shareholders’ equity and are not currently adjusted for income taxes when they relate to indefinite net investments in non-U.S. operations.

 

Fair value of financial instruments:

 

The carrying value of substantially all financial instruments potentially subject to valuation risk (principally consisting of cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, accounts receivable and accounts payable) approximates fair value because of their short-term maturities. See note 17 for more information on fair value measures for financial instruments.

 

Derivatives:

 

Changes in fair values of outstanding cash flow hedges are recorded in other comprehensive income until earnings are affected by the hedged transaction. In most cases amounts recorded in other comprehensive income will be released to earnings some time after maturity of the related derivative. The Consolidated Statement of Operations classification of effective hedge results is the same as that of the underlying exposure. Results of hedges of product costs are recorded in cost of sales when the underlying hedged transaction affects earnings. Unrealized derivative gains and losses, which are recorded in current assets and liabilities, respectively, are non-cash items and therefore are taken into account in the preparation of the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows based on their respective balance sheet classifications. See note 16 for more information on derivatives and risk management.

 

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Stock-based compensation:

 

Stock-based compensation cost is estimated at the grant date based on the award’s fair value and is recognized as expense over the requisite service period using the straight-line attribution method. The Company estimates stock-based compensation for stock options granted using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, which requires various highly subjective assumptions, including volatility and expected option life. Further, the Company estimates forfeitures for stock-based awards granted, which are not expected to vest. If any of these inputs or assumptions changes significantly, stock-based compensation expense may differ materially in the future from that recorded in the current period.

 

Advertising costs:

 

Advertising costs are expensed in the period incurred and are included in selling, general and administrative expenses. Total advertising expense, including cooperative advertising costs, was $65,204,000, $72,237,000 and $55,290,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Through cooperative advertising programs, the Company reimburses its wholesale customers for some of their costs of advertising the Company’s products based on various criteria, including the value of purchases from the Company and various advertising specifications. Cooperative advertising costs are included in expenses because the Company receives an identifiable benefit in exchange for the cost, the advertising may be obtained from a party other than the customer, and the fair value of the advertising benefit can be reasonably estimated. Cooperative advertising costs were $10,978,000, $16,351,000 and $17,884,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Product warranty:

 

Some of the Company’s products carry limited warranty provisions for defects in quality and workmanship. A warranty reserve is established at the time of sale to cover estimated costs based on the Company’s history of warranty repairs and replacements and is recorded in cost of sales. The reserve for warranty claims at December 31, 2009 and 2008 was $12,112,000 and $9,746,000, respectively.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements:

 

In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued SFAS No. 168, The FASB Accounting Standards Codification and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, as amended, which was codified into Topic 105 Generally Accepted Accounting Standards in the ASC. This standard establishes the FASB ASC as the source of authoritative accounting principles recognized by the FASB to be applied in the preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. This standard is effective for interim and annual financial periods ending after September 15, 2009. The adoption of this standard did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

In May 2009, the FASB issued SFAS No. 165, Subsequent Events, which was codified into Topic 855 Subsequent Events in the ASC and updated by Accounting Standards Update No. 2010-09, Amendments to Certain Recognition and Disclosure Requirements. This guidance establishes general standards of evaluating and accounting for events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued or are available to be issued. This standard is effective for interim or annual financial periods ending after June 15, 2009. The adoption of this standard did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

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In March 2008, the FASB issued SFAS No. 161, Disclosures about Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, which was codified into Topic 815 Derivatives and Hedging in the ASC. This standard is intended to improve financial reporting about derivative instruments and hedging activities by requiring enhanced disclosures to enable investors to better understand their effects on an entity’s financial position, financial performance and cash flows. The provisions of this standard are effective for fiscal years and interim quarters beginning after November 15, 2008. The adoption of this standard did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. See Note 16.

 

NOTE 3—INVENTORIES, NET

 

Inventories consist of the following (in thousands):

 

     December 31,
     2009    2008

Raw materials

   $ 1,021    $ 621

Work in process

     163      1,065

Finished goods

     220,977      254,626
             
   $ 222,161    $ 256,312
             

 

NOTE 4—PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT, NET

 

Property, plant, and equipment consist of the following (in thousands):

 

     December 31,
     2009    2008

Land and improvements

   $ 16,557    $ 16,465

Building and improvements

     147,093      143,997

Machinery and equipment

     184,721      171,091

Furniture and fixtures

     44,158      37,886

Leasehold improvements

     57,866      45,231

Construction in progress

     8,932      5,929
             
     459,327      420,599

Less accumulated depreciation

     223,887      190,906
             
   $ 235,440    $ 229,693
             

 

NOTE 5—SHORT-TERM BORROWINGS AND CREDIT LINES

 

The Company has available an unsecured and committed revolving line of credit providing for borrowings in an aggregate amount not to exceed, at any time, $100,000,000 during the period of August 15 through November 14 and $25,000,000 at all other times. The maturity date of this agreement is July 1, 2010. Interest, payable monthly, is computed at the bank’s prime rate minus 195 to 205 basis points per annum or LIBOR plus 45 to 65 basis points. The unsecured revolving line of credit requires the Company to comply with certain covenants including a Capital Ratio, which limits indebtedness to tangible net worth. At December 31, 2009, the Company was in compliance with all of these covenants. If the Company defaults on its payments, it is prohibited, subject to certain exceptions, from making dividend payments or other distributions. The Company also has available an unsecured and uncommitted revolving line of credit providing for borrowing to a maximum of $25,000,000. The revolving line accrues interest at LIBOR plus 125 basis points. There were no balances outstanding under either of these lines at December 31, 2009 and 2008.

 

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The Company’s Canadian subsidiary has available an unsecured and uncommitted line of credit guaranteed by the parent company providing for borrowing to a maximum of C$30,000,000 (US$28,485,000) at December 31, 2009. The revolving line accrues interest at the bank’s Canadian prime rate. There was no balance outstanding under this line at December 31, 2009 and 2008.

 

The Company’s European subsidiary has available two separate unsecured and uncommitted lines of credit guaranteed by the parent company providing for borrowing to a maximum of 30,000,000 and 20,000,000 euros respectively (combined US$71,602,000) at December 31, 2009, of which US$3,580,000 of the 20,000,000 euro line is designated as a European customs guarantee. These lines accrue interest based on the ECB refinancing rate plus 50 basis points and EONIA plus 75 basis points, respectively. There was no balance outstanding under either line at December 31, 2009 or 2008.

 

The Company’s Japanese subsidiary has an unsecured and uncommitted line of credit guaranteed by the parent company providing for borrowing to a maximum of US$5,000,000 at December 31, 2009. The revolving line accrues interest at the bank’s Best Lending Rate. There was no balance outstanding under this line at December 31, 2009 and 2008.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

The Company has arrangements in place to facilitate the import and purchase of inventory through import letters of credit. The Company has available unsecured and uncommitted import letters of credit in the aggregate amount of $65,000,000 subject to annual renewal. At December 31, 2009, the Company had outstanding letters of credit of $7,771,000 for purchase orders for inventory under this arrangement.

 

NOTE 6—ACCRUED LIABILITIES

 

Accrued liabilities consist of the following (in thousands):

 

     December 31,
     2009    2008

Accrued salaries, bonus, vacation and other benefits

   $ 34,711    $ 29,437

Accrued product warranty

     12,112      9,746

Accrued cooperative advertising

     4,358      6,457

Other

     16,131      12,508
             
   $ 67,312    $ 58,148
             

 

NOTE 7—OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

 

Other long-term liabilities consist of deferred rent obligations, the effect of straight-line rent under various operating leases, rental asset retirement obligations, liabilities to participants in the Company’s nonqualified deferred compensation plan, installment purchase obligations for non-inventory purchases made in the ordinary course of business and long-term severance liabilities. Deferred rent, straight-line rent, and rental asset retirement obligation liabilities were $14,218,000 and $10,126,000 at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. The corresponding lease obligations for these deferred and straight-line rent liabilities are disclosed in Note 11. Principal payments due on other long-term liabilities are immaterial.

 

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NOTE 8—SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Since the inception of the Company’s stock repurchase plan in 2004 through December 31, 2009, the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of $500,000,000 of the Company’s common stock. As of December 31, 2009, the Company has repurchased 8,897,957 shares under this program at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $407,399,000. During the year ended December 31, 2009, the Company repurchased an aggregate of $7,399,000 of the Company’s common stock under the stock repurchase plan, of which $1,185,000 was recorded as a reduction to total retained earnings; otherwise, the aggregate purchase price would have resulted in a negative common stock carrying amount. Shares of the Company’s common stock may be purchased in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to the market conditions. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to acquire any specific number of shares or to acquire shares over any specified period of time.

 

NOTE 9—INCOME TAXES

 

The Company applies an asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes that requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in the Company’s financial statements or tax returns. In estimating future tax consequences, the Company generally considers all expected future events other than enactment of changes in the tax laws or rates. Deferred taxes are provided for temporary differences between assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and for income tax purposes. Valuation allowances are recorded against net deferred tax assets when it is more likely than not that the asset will not be realized.

 

The Company had undistributed earnings of foreign subsidiaries of approximately $162,784,000 at December 31, 2009 for which deferred taxes have not been provided. Such earnings are considered indefinitely invested outside of the United States. If these earnings were repatriated to the United States, the earnings would be subject to U.S. taxation. The amount of the unrecognized deferred tax liability associated with the undistributed earnings was approximately $40,011,000 at December 31, 2009. The unrecognized deferred tax liability approximates the excess of the United States tax liability over the creditable foreign taxes paid that would result from a full remittance of undistributed earnings.

 

The Company recognizes the tax benefit from an uncertain tax position if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the relevant taxing authority based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such positions are then measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the relevant tax authority. In making this determination, the Company assumes that the taxing authority will examine the position and that they will have full knowledge of all relevant information. A reconciliation of the beginning and ending amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits is as follows (in thousands):

 

     December 31,  
     2009     2008  

Balance at January 1

   $ 21,839      $ 20,694   

Increases related to prior years tax positions

     1,346        583   

Decreases related to prior years tax positions

     (634     (2,496

Increases related to current year tax positions

     1,598        4,768   

Settlements

     (1,194     —     

Lapses of statute of limitations

     (2,772     (1,710
                

Balance at December 31

   $ 20,183      $ 21,839   
                

 

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$18,659,000 and $20,096,000 of the unrecognized tax benefits balance would affect the effective tax rate if recognized at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

The Company conducts business globally, and as a result, the Company or one or more of its subsidiaries files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and various state and foreign jurisdictions. The Company is subject to examination by taxing authorities throughout the world, including such major jurisdictions as Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Company has effectively settled U.S. tax examinations of all years through 2005. Internationally, the Company has effectively settled French tax examinations of all years through 2006 and Italian tax examinations of all years through 2007. The Company has effectively settled Canadian tax examinations of all years through 2004 and is currently under examination for the tax years 2005 through 2008. The Company does not anticipate that adjustments relative to this ongoing tax audit will result in a material change to its consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Due to the potential for resolution of income tax audits currently in progress, and the expiration of various statutes of limitation, it is reasonably possible that the unrecognized tax benefits balance may change within the twelve months following December 31, 2009 by a range of zero to $9,181,000. At December 31, 2008, the comparable range was zero to $8,645,000. Open tax years, including those previously mentioned, contain matters that could be subject to differing interpretations of applicable tax laws and regulations as they relate to the amount, timing, or inclusion of revenue and expenses or the sustainability of income tax credits for a given examination cycle.

 

The Company recognizes interest expense and penalties related to income tax matters in income tax expense. The Company recognized a net reversal of accrued interest and penalties of $80,000 during 2009. The Company recognized net interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions during 2008 of $313,000 and the Company recognized a net reversal of accrued interest and penalties of $117,000 during 2007. The Company had $3,155,000 and $3,234,000 of accrued interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

Consolidated income from continuing operations before income taxes consists of the following (in thousands):

 

     Year Ended December 31,
     2009    2008    2007

U.S. operations

   $ 59,629    $ 44,478    $ 122,588

Foreign operations

     30,221      81,765      85,439
                    

Income before income tax

   $ 89,850    $ 126,243    $ 208,027
                    

 

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The components of the provision (benefit) for income taxes consist of the following (in thousands):

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2009     2008     2007  

Current:

      

Federal

   $ 10,030      $ 22,576      $ 40,490   

State and local

     2,088        2,459        3,685   

Non-U.S.

     10,399        18,568        22,493   
                        
     22,517        43,603        66,668   

Deferred:

      

Federal

     2,377        (10,444     (2,726

State and local

     12        (1,228     (222

Non-U.S.

     (2,077     (735     (145
                        
     312        (12,407     (3,093
                        

Income tax expense

   $ 22,829      $ 31,196      $ 63,575   
                        

 

The following is a reconciliation of the normal expected statutory federal income tax rate to the effective rate reported in the financial statements:

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
       2009         2008         2007    
     (percent of income)  

Provision for federal income taxes at the statutory rate

   35.0   35.0   35.0

State and local income taxes, net of federal benefit

   1.9      0.8      1.1   

Non-U.S. income taxed at different rates

   0.4      (4.1   (1.4

Foreign tax credits

   (5.8   (3.2   —     

Reduction of accrued income taxes

   (4.1   (3.3   (2.8

Tax-exempt interest

   (0.5   (0.8   (1.0

Other

   (1.5   0.3      (0.3
                  

Actual provision for income taxes

   25.4   24.7   30.6
                  

 

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Significant components of the Company’s deferred taxes are as follows (in thousands):

 

     December 31,  
     2009     2008  

Deferred tax assets:

    

Non-deductible accruals and allowances

   $ 18,979      $ 14,886   

Capitalized inventory costs

     15,326        14,703   

Stock compensation

     5,399        4,857   

Net operating loss carryforward

     4,734        2,130   

Depreciation and amortization

     582        972   

Other

     1,633        1,747   
                
     46,653        39,295   

Valuation allowance

     (5,163     (2,512
                

Net deferred tax assets

     41,490        36,783   

Deferred tax liabilities:

    

Deductible accruals and allowance

     (1,129     (1,396

Depreciation and amortization

     (4,624     —     

Foreign currency loss

     (1,475     (2,022

Other

     (1,368     (744
                
     (8,596     (4,162
                

Total

   $ 32,894      $ 32,621   
                

 

The Company had net operating loss carryforwards at December 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008 in certain international tax jurisdictions of $50,338,000 and $27,191,000, respectively which will begin to expire in 2014. The net operating losses result in a deferred tax asset at December 31, 2009 of $4,734,000, which was subject to a $4,734,000 valuation allowance, and a deferred tax asset at December 31, 2008 of $2,130,000, which was subject to a $2,130,000 valuation allowance. To the extent that the Company reverses a portion of the valuation allowance, the adjustment would be recorded as a reduction to income tax expense.

 

Non-current deferred tax assets of $5,435,000 and $723,000 are included as a component of other non-current assets in the consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

NOTE 10—PROFIT SHARING PLANS

 

401(k) Profit-Sharing Plan

 

The Company has a 401(k) profit-sharing plan, which covers substantially all U.S. employees. Participation begins the first of the quarter following completion of thirty days of service. The Company may elect to make discretionary matching and/or non-matching contributions. All Company contributions to the plan as determined by the Board of Directors totaled $2,610,000, $3,118,000 and $5,083,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Deferred Compensation Plan

 

The Company sponsors a nonqualified retirement savings plan for certain senior management employees whose contributions to the tax qualified 401(k) plan would be limited by provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. This plan allows participants to defer receipt of a portion of their salary and incentive compensation and to

 

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receive matching contributions for a portion of the deferred amounts. Company contributions to the plan totaled $108,000 and $115,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Participants earn a return on their deferred compensation based on investment earnings of participant-selected mutual funds. Changes in the market value of the participants’ investment selections are recorded as an adjustment to deferred compensation liabilities, with an offset to compensation expense. Deferred compensation, including accumulated earnings on the participant-directed investment selections, is distributable in cash at participant-specified dates or upon retirement, death, disability or termination of employment. At December 31, 2009, the liability to participants under this plan was $826,000 and was recorded in other long-term liabilities. The current portion of the participant liability at December 31, 2009 was not material.

 

The Company has purchased specific mutual funds in the same amounts as the participant-directed investment selections underlying the deferred compensation liabilities. These investment securities and earnings thereon, held in an irrevocable trust, are intended to provide a source of funds to meet the deferred compensation obligations, subject to claims of creditors in the event of the Company’s insolvency. The mutual funds are recorded at fair value in intangibles and other non-current assets. At December 31, 2009, the fair value of the mutual fund investments was $826,000. Realized and unrealized gains and losses on the mutual fund investments are recorded in compensation expense and offset losses and gains resulting from changes in deferred compensation liabilities to participants.

 

NOTE 11—COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Operating Leases

 

The Company leases, among other things, retail space, office space, warehouse facilities, storage space, vehicles and equipment. Generally, the base lease terms are between 5 and 10 years. Certain lease agreements contain scheduled rent escalation clauses in their future minimum lease payments. Future minimum lease payments are recognized on a straight-line basis over the minimum lease term and the pro rata portion of scheduled rent escalations is included in other long-term liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Certain retail space lease agreements provide for additional rents based on a percentage of annual sales in excess of stipulated minimums (percentage rent). Certain lease agreements require the Company to pay real estate taxes, insurance, CAM, and other costs, collectively referred to as operating costs, in addition to base rent. Percentage rent and operating costs are recognized as incurred in SG&A expense in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. Certain lease agreements also contain lease incentives, such as tenant improvement allowances and rent holidays. The Company recognizes the benefits related to the lease incentives on a straight-line basis over the applicable lease term.

 

Rent expense, including percentage rent but excluding operating costs for which the Company is obligated, was $32,034,000, $25,220,000 and $13,938,000 for non-related party leases during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Of these amounts $30,569,000, $23,687,000 and $12,504,000 were included as part of selling, general and administrative expense for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, and $1,465,000, $1,533,000 and $1,434,000 were included as part of cost of goods sold for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

The Company leases certain operating facilities from related parties of the Company. Total rent expense for these leases was included as part of selling, general and administrative expense and amounted to $571,000, $543,000 and $583,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

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Approximate future minimum payments, including rent escalation clauses and stores that are not yet open, on all lease obligations at December 31, 2009, are as follows (in thousands). Future minimum payments listed below do not include percentage rent or operating costs for which the Company is obligated.

 

     Non-related
Parties
   Related
Party
   Total

2010

   $ 28,379    $ 625    $ 29,004

2011

     27,534      625      28,159

2012

     26,137      72      26,209

2013

     25,678      72      25,750

2014

     23,869      54      23,923

Thereafter

     128,672      —        128,672
                    
   $ 260,269    $ 1,448    $ 261,717
                    

 

Inventory Purchase Obligations

 

Inventory purchase obligations consist of open production purchase orders for sourced apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment, and materials used to manufacture apparel. At December 31, 2009 and 2008 inventory purchase obligations were $258,069,000 and $157,774,000, respectively. To support certain inventory purchase obligations, the Company maintains unsecured and uncommitted lines of credit available for issuing import letters of credit. At December 31, 2009, the Company had letters of credit of $7,771,000 outstanding for inventory purchase obligations. See Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements in Note 5 for further disclosure.

 

Litigation

 

The Company is a party to various legal claims, actions and complaints from time to time. Although the ultimate resolution of legal proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty, management believes that disposition of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

Indemnities and Guarantees

 

During its normal course of business, the Company has made certain indemnities, commitments and guarantees under which it may be required to make payments in relation to certain transactions. These include (i) intellectual property indemnities to the Company’s customers and licensees in connection with the use, sale and/or license of Company products, (ii) indemnities to various lessors in connection with facility leases for certain claims arising from such facility or lease, (iii) indemnities to vendors and service providers pertaining to claims based on the negligence or willful misconduct of the Company, (iv) executive severance arrangements and (v) indemnities involving the accuracy of representations and warranties in certain contracts. The duration of these indemnities, commitments and guarantees varies, and in certain cases, may be indefinite. The majority of these indemnities, commitments and guarantees do not provide for any limitation of the maximum potential for future payments the Company could be obligated to make. The Company has not recorded any liability for these indemnities, commitments and guarantees in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

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NOTE 12—STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

The following table shows total stock-based compensation expense included in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the years ended December 31, (in thousands):

 

     2009     2008     2007  

Cost of sales

   $ 335      $ 302      $ 415   

Selling, general, and administrative expense

     6,018        6,000        6,830   

Licensing

     —          —          15   
                        

Pre-tax stock-based compensation expense

     6,353        6,302        7,260   

Income tax benefits

     (2,258     (2,088     (2,383
                        

Total stock-based compensation expense, net of tax

   $ 4,095      $ 4,214      $ 4,877   
                        

 

No stock-based compensation costs were capitalized for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

 

The Company realized a tax benefit for the deduction from stock-based award transactions of $851,000, $636,000, and $4,213,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

1997 Stock Incentive Plan

 

The Company’s 1997 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) provides for issuance of up to 8,900,000 shares of the Company’s Common Stock, of which 2,106,182 shares were available for future grants under the Plan at December 31, 2009. The Plan allows for grants of incentive stock options, non-statutory stock options, restricted stock awards, restricted stock units and other stock-based awards. The Company uses original issuance shares to satisfy share-based payments.

 

Stock Options

 

Options to purchase the Company’s common stock are granted at prices equal to or greater than the fair market value on the date of grant. Options granted prior to 2001 generally vested and became exercisable ratably on a monthly basis over a period of five years from the date of grant and expire ten years from the date of grant. Options granted after 2000 and before 2009 generally vest and become exercisable over a period of four years (twenty-five percent on the first anniversary date following the date of grant and monthly thereafter) and expire ten years from the date of the grant, with the exception of most options granted in 2005. Most options granted in 2005 vested and became exercisable one year from the date of grant and expire ten years from the date of grant. Options granted in 2009 generally vest and become exercisable ratably on an annual basis over a period of four years and expire ten years from the date of the grant.

 

The Company estimates the fair value of stock options using the Black-Scholes model. Key inputs and assumptions used to estimate the fair value of stock options include the exercise price of the award, the expected option term, the expected volatility of the Company’s stock over the option’s expected term, the risk-free interest rate over the option’s expected term, and the Company’s expected annual dividend yield. Assumptions are evaluated and revised as necessary to reflect changes in market conditions and the Company’s experience. Estimates of fair value are not intended to predict actual future events or the value ultimately realized by people who receive equity awards.

 

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The following table shows the weighted average assumptions for the year ended December 31:

 

     2009   2008   2007

Expected term

   4.71 years   4.43 years   5.04 years

Expected stock price volatility

   29.52%   25.03%   28.97%

Risk-free interest rate

   1.73%   2.54%   4.55%

Expected dividend yield

   2.17%   1.57%   1.01%

Weighted average grant date fair value

   $ 6.55   $ 8.60   $ 18.87

 

The following table summarizes stock option activity under the Plan:

 

    Number of
Shares
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
  Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life
  Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value (in
thousands)

Options outstanding at January 1, 2007

  1,579,150      $ 41.93   6.78   $ 21,761

Granted

  263,272        61.44    

Cancelled

  (81,160     53.11    

Exercised

  (402,845     36.37    
               

Options outstanding at December 31, 2007

  1,358,417        46.70   6.54     4,497

Granted

  640,008        40.98    

Cancelled

  (228,300     49.49    

Exercised

  (116,486     32.42    
               

Options outstanding at December 31, 2008

  1,653,639        45.10   6.73     1,042

Granted

  387,505        29.75    

Cancelled

  (252,303     44.90    

Exercised

  (28,668     24.76    
               

Options outstanding at December 31, 2009

  1,760,173      $ 42.08   6.25   $ 4,599
                     

Options vested and expected to vest at December 31, 2009

  1,707,304      $ 42.31   6.18   $ 4,289
                     

Options exercisable at December 31, 2009

  1,069,713      $ 45.56   4.94   $ 1,209
                     

 

The aggregate intrinsic value in the table above represents pre-tax intrinsic value that would have been realized if all options had been exercised on the last business day of the period indicated, based on the Company’s closing stock price on that day. Total stock option compensation expense for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $2,861,000, $3,329,000 and $4,417,000, respectively. At December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, unrecognized costs related to stock options totaled approximately $4,609,000, $6,473,000 and $6,515,000, respectively, before any related tax benefit. The unrecognized costs related to stock options are being amortized over the related vesting period using the straight-line attribution method. Unrecognized costs related to stock options at December 31, 2009 are expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.46 years. The aggregate intrinsic value of stock options exercised was $333,000, $1,071,000 and $10,953,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The total cash received as a result of stock option exercises for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $710,000, $3,731,000 and $14,604,000, respectively.

 

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Restricted Stock Units

 

Service-based restricted stock units are granted at no cost to key employees and shares granted prior to 2009 generally vest over three years from the date of grant. Service-based restricted stock units granted in 2009 generally vest over a period of four years. Performance-based restricted stock units are granted at no cost to certain members of the Company’s senior executive team, excluding the Chairman and the President and Chief Executive Officer, and generally vest over a performance period of between two and one-half and three years with an additional required service period of one year. Restricted stock units vest in accordance with the terms and conditions established by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, and are based on continued service and, in some instances, on individual performance and/or Company performance. For the majority of restricted stock units granted, the number of shares issued on the date the restricted stock units vest is net of the minimum statutory withholding requirements that the Company pays in cash to the appropriate taxing authorities on behalf of its employees. For the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, the Company withheld 19,819, 5,951 and 7,176 shares, respectively, to satisfy $624,000, $243,000 and $442,000 of employees’ tax obligations, respectively.

 

The fair value of service-based and performance-based restricted stock units is discounted by the present value of the estimated future stream of dividends over the vesting period using the Black-Scholes model. The relevant inputs and assumptions used in the Black-Scholes model to compute the discount are the vesting period, dividend yield and closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant.

 

The following table presents the weighted average assumptions for the years ended December 31:

 

     2009   2008   2007

Vesting period

   3.82 years   3.06 years   3.11 years

Expected dividend yield

   2.19%   1.56%   1.01%

Estimated average fair value per restricted stock unit granted

   $ 27.14   $ 39.27   $ 60.16

 

The following table summarizes the restricted stock unit activity under the Plan:

 

     Number of
Shares
    Weighted Average
Grant Date Fair Value
Per Share

Restricted stock units outstanding at January 1, 2007

   99,688      $ 49.06

Granted

   98,422        60.16

Vested

   (21,622     49.79

Forfeited

   (16,618     53.72
            

Restricted stock units outstanding at December 31, 2007

   159,870        55.31

Granted

   168,347        39.27

Vested

   (20,625     51.85

Forfeited

   (47,083     49.25
            

Restricted stock units outstanding at December 31, 2008

   260,509        46.32

Granted

   136,327        27.14

Vested

   (65,935     53.41

Forfeited

   (44,381     41.22
            

Restricted stock units outstanding at December 31, 2009

   286,520      $ 36.35
            

 

Restricted stock unit compensation expense for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $3,492,000, $2,973,000 and $2,843,000, respectively. At December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, unrecognized costs

 

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related to restricted stock units totaled approximately $4,216,000, $5,499,000 and $5,963,000, respectively, before any related tax benefit. The unrecognized costs related to restricted stock units are being amortized over the related vesting period using the straight-line attribution method. These unrecognized costs at December 31, 2009 are expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.95 years. The total grant date fair value of restricted stock units vested during the year ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $3,522,000, $1,069,000 and $1,077,000, respectively.

 

1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

In 1999, the Company’s shareholders approved the 1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”). There are 750,000 shares of common stock authorized for issuance under the ESPP, which allows qualified employees of the Company to purchase shares on a quarterly basis up to fifteen percent of their respective compensation. The purchase price of the shares is equal to eighty five percent of the lesser of the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the first or last trading day of the respective quarter. Effective July 1, 2005, the Company suspended offerings under the ESPP indefinitely. As of December 31, 2009, a total of 275,556 shares of common stock had been issued under the ESPP.

 

NOTE 13—EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

Earnings per Share (“EPS”), is presented on both a basic and diluted basis. Basic EPS is based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted EPS reflects the potential dilution that could occur if outstanding securities or other contracts to issue common stock were exercised or converted into common stock. For the calculation of diluted EPS, the basic weighted average number of shares is increased by the dilutive effect of stock options and restricted stock units determined using the treasury stock method.

 

A reconciliation of the common shares used in the denominator for computing basic and diluted EPS is as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Year Ended December 31,
     2009    2008    2007

Weighted average common shares outstanding, used in computing basic earnings per share

     33,846      34,610      36,106

Effect of dilutive stock options and restricted stock units

     135      101      328
                    

Weighted-average common shares outstanding, used in computing diluted earnings per share

     33,981      34,711      36,434
                    

Earnings per share of common stock:

        

Basic

   $ 1.98    $ 2.75    $ 4.00

Diluted

     1.97      2.74      3.96

 

Stock options and service-based restricted stock units representing 1,562,064, 1,410,849 and 354,342 shares of common stock for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, were outstanding but were excluded in the computation of diluted EPS because their effect would be anti-dilutive as a result of applying the treasury stock method. In addition, performance-based restricted stock units representing 44,043, 41,799 and 24,318 shares for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, were outstanding but were excluded from the computation of diluted EPS because these shares were subject to performance conditions that had not been met.

 

Since the inception of the Company’s stock repurchase plan in 2004 through December 31, 2009, the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of $500,000,000 of the Company’s common stock.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

As of December 31, 2009, the Company has repurchased 8,897,957 shares under this program at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $407,399,000. During the year ended December 31, 2009, the Company repurchased an aggregate of $7,399,000 of the Company’s common stock under the stock repurchase plan, of which $1,185,000 was recorded as a reduction to total retained earnings; otherwise, the aggregate purchase price would have resulted in a negative common stock carrying amount. Shares of the Company’s common stock may be purchased in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to the market conditions. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to acquire any specific number of shares or to acquire shares over any specified period of time.

 

NOTE 14—COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of applicable taxes, reported on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets consists of foreign currency translation adjustments, unrealized gains and losses on derivative transactions and unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities. A summary of comprehensive income, net of related tax effects, for the year ended December 31, is as follows (in thousands):

 

     2009     2008     2007  

Net income

   $ 67,021      $ 95,047      $ 144,452   

Other comprehensive income (loss):

      

Unrealized holding gains on available-for-sale securities

     64        —          —     

Unrealized derivative holding gains (losses) arising during period (net of tax expense (benefit) of ($1,054), $361 and ($796) in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively)

     (3,024     6,425        (844

Reclassification to net income of previously deferred gains on derivative transactions (net of tax benefit of $227, $36 and $608 in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively)

     (616     (389     (1,303

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     13,854        (30,511     25,394   
                        

Other comprehensive income (loss)

     10,278        (24,475     23,247   
                        

Comprehensive income

   $ 77,299      $ 70,572      $ 167,699   
                        

 

NOTE 15—SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

The Company operates in four geographic segments: (1) United States, (2) Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), (3) Latin America and Asia Pacific (“LAAP”), and (4) Canada, which are reflective of the Company’s internal organization, management, and oversight structure. Each geographic segment operates predominantly in one industry: the design, development, marketing and distribution of active outdoor apparel, including sportswear, outerwear, footwear, accessories and equipment.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The geographic distribution of the Company’s net sales, income before income taxes, interest income (expense), income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization expense and identifiable assets are summarized in the following tables (in thousands) for, and for the years ended, December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007. Inter-geographic net sales, which are recorded at a negotiated mark-up and eliminated in consolidation, are not material.

 

     2009     2008     2007  

Net sales to unrelated entities:

      

United States

   $ 736,942      $ 727,706      $ 767,198   

EMEA

     197,357        267,152        286,968   

LAAP

     203,230        198,236        175,725   

Canada

     106,494        124,741        126,148   
                        
   $ 1,244,023      $ 1,317,835      $ 1,356,039   
                        

Income before income taxes:

      

United States

   $ 49,660      $ 38,674      $ 112,986   

EMEA

     1,410        26,167        29,210   

LAAP

     27,138        32,857        29,585   

Canada

     9,554        21,008        27,195   

Interest and other income and eliminations

     2,088        7,537        9,051   
                        
   $ 89,850      $ 126,243      $ 208,027   
                        

Interest income (expense), net:

      

United States

   $ 4,561      $ 5,804      $ 9,602   

EMEA

     (910     45        (1,856

LAAP

     561        1,023        482   

Canada

     (2,124     665        660   
                        
   $ 2,088      $ 7,537      $ 8,888   
                        

Income tax (expense) benefit:

      

United States

   $ (13,710   $ (13,363   $ (41,227

EMEA

     (2,744     (2,692     (5,185

LAAP

     (6,745     (8,312     (7,084

Canada

     370        (6,829     (10,079
                        
   $ (22,829   $ (31,196   $ (63,575
                        

Depreciation and amortization expense:

      

United States

   $ 26,850      $ 21,866      $ 18,643   

EMEA

     6,642        6,978        9,910   

LAAP

     2,120        1,865        1,540   

Canada

     641        449        245   
                        
   $ 36,253      $ 31,158      $ 30,338   
                        

 

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     2009     2008     2007  

Assets:

      

United States

   $ 916,847      $ 857,228      $ 872,027   

EMEA

     249,838        246,072        239,007   

LAAP

     104,734        93,773        78,308   

Canada

     127,205        89,463        97,815   
                        

Total identifiable assets

     1,398,624        1,286,536        1,287,157   

Eliminations and reclassifications

     (185,741     (138,300     (120,676
                        

Total assets

   $ 1,212,883      $ 1,148,236      $ 1,166,481   
                        

Net sales to unrelated entities:

      

Sportswear

   $ 472,508      $ 540,903      $ 565,591   

Outerwear

     482,512        491,777        497,551   

Footwear

     214,565        217,237        227,434   

Accessories and equipment

     74,438        67,918        65,463   
                        
   $ 1,244,023      $ 1,317,835      $ 1,356,039   
                        

 

NOTE 16—FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS AND RISK MANAGEMENT

 

In the normal course of business, the Company’s financial position and results of operations are routinely subject to a variety of risks, including market risk associated with interest rate movements on borrowings and investments and currency rate movements on non-functional currency denominated assets, liabilities and income. The Company regularly assesses these risks and has established policies and business practices that serve to mitigate these potential exposures. As part of the Company’s risk management programs, the Company may use a variety of financial instruments, including foreign currency option and forward contracts. The Company does not hold or issue derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.

 

The Company’s foreign currency risk management objective is to mitigate the uncertainty of anticipated cash flows attributable to changes in exchange rates. Particular focus is put on cash flows resulting from anticipated inventory purchases and the related receivables and payables, including third party or intercompany transactions. The Company manages this risk primarily by using currency forward exchange contracts and options. Anticipated transactions that are hedged carry a high level of certainty and are expected to be recognized within one year. In addition, the Company may use cross-currency swaps to hedge foreign currency denominated payments related to intercompany loan agreements.

 

The Company hedges against the exchange rate risk associated with anticipated transactions denominated in non-functional currencies and accounts for these instruments as cash flow hedges. The effective change in fair value of these financial instruments is initially offset to accumulated other comprehensive income and any ineffective portion offset to current income. Amounts accumulated in other comprehensive income are subsequently reclassified to cost of sales when the underlying transaction is included in income. Hedge effectiveness is determined by evaluating the ability of a hedging instrument’s cumulative change in fair value to offset the cumulative change in the present value of expected cash flows on the underlying exposures. For forward contracts and options, the change in fair value attributable to changes in forward points and time value, respectively, are excluded from the determination of hedge effectiveness and included in current cost of sales. Hedge ineffectiveness was not material during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007. The Company did not discontinue any material cash flow hedging relationships during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 because it remained probable that the forecasted transactions would occur by the end of the specified period.

 

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At December 31, 2009, the notional value of outstanding forward contracts designated as hedging anticipated inventory purchases was approximately $82,730,000. At December 31, 2009, insignificant deferred gains and losses (net of tax) on both outstanding and matured derivatives accumulated in other comprehensive income are expected to be reclassified to net income during the next twelve months as a result of underlying hedged transactions also being recorded in net income. Actual amounts ultimately reclassified to net income are dependent on U.S. dollar exchange rates in effect against the European euro, Canadian dollar, Japanese yen and Korean won when outstanding derivative contracts mature.

 

The classification of effective hedge results in the Consolidated Statements of Operations is the same as that of the underlying exposure. Results of hedges of product costs are recorded in cost of sales when the underlying hedged transaction affects income. Unrealized derivative gains and losses, which are recorded in current assets and liabilities, respectively, are non-cash items and therefore are taken into account in the preparation of the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows based on their respective balance sheet classifications.

 

The Company also uses derivative instruments not formally designated as hedges to manage the exchange rate risk associated with the functional currency remeasurement of monetary assets and liabilities. At December 31, 2009, the notional value of outstanding forward contracts not formally designated as hedges was approximately $61,017,000. The change in fair value of these instruments is recognized immediately in cost of sales.

 

The Company does not hold derivatives featuring credit-related contingent terms. In addition, the Company is not a party to any derivative master agreement featuring credit-related contingent terms. Finally, the Company has not pledged assets or posted collateral as a requirement for entering into or maintaining derivative positions. See “Concentration of credit risk” under Note 1 for more information on credit risk related to financial instruments.

 

The following table presents the balance sheet classification and fair value of derivative instruments as of December 31, 2009 (in thousands):

 

     

Classification

   Fair Value

Derivative instruments designated as cash flow hedges(1):

     

Derivative instruments in asset positions:

     

Currency forward contracts

   Prepaid expenses and other current assets    $ 1,099

Derivative instruments in liability positions:

     

Currency forward contracts

   Accrued liabilities      890

 

(1)   Includes a $45,000 net liability position attributable to the component excluded from effectiveness testing.

 

     

Classification

   Fair Value

Derivative instruments not designated as hedges:

     

Derivative instruments in asset positions:

     

Currency forward contracts

   Prepaid expenses and other current assets    $ 453

Derivative instruments in liability positions:

     

Currency forward contracts

   Accrued liabilities      1,065

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The following table presents the effect and classification of derivative instruments for the year ended December 31, 2009 (in thousands):

 

     Statement Of
Operations
Classification
   Gain
(loss)
 

Currency Forward Contracts:

     

Derivative instruments designated as cash flow hedges:

     

Loss recognized in other comprehensive income, net of tax

   —      $ (3,024

Loss reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income to income for the effective portion, net of tax

   Cost of sales      (740

Loss recognized in income for amount excluded from effectiveness testing and for the ineffective portion(1)

   Cost of sales      (14

Derivative instruments not designated as cash flow hedges:

     

Loss recognized in income

   Cost of sales      (130

 

(1)   During the periods presented, the Company recognized an immaterial amount of ineffectiveness.

 

NOTE 17—FAIR VALUE MEASURES

 

Certain assets and liabilities are reported at fair value on either a recurring or nonrecurring basis. Fair value is defined as an exit price, representing the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants, under a three-tier fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value as follows:

 

Level 1 –   observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets;
Level 2 –   inputs, other than the quoted market prices in active markets, which are observable, either directly or indirectly; and
Level 3 –   unobservable inputs for which there is little or no market data available, which require the reporting entity to develop its own assumptions.

 

Assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of December 31, 2009 are as follows (in thousands):

 

     Total    Level 1 (1)    Level 2 (2)    Level 3

Assets:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 386,664    $ 386,664    $ —      $ —  

Short-term investments

     22,759      22,759      —        —  

Long-term investments

     826      826      —        —  

Derivative financial instruments

     1,552      —        1,552      —  

Liabilities:

           

Derivative financial instruments

     1,955      —        1,955      —  

 

(1)   Level 1 assets include cash equivalents consisting of money market funds, ultra-short bond funds, bank deposits and time deposits for which cost approximates fair value and long-term investments consisting of equity-concentrated mutual funds held to offset deferred compensation arrangements.
(2)   Level 2 assets and liabilities include derivative financial instruments which are valued based on significant observable inputs. See Note 14 and Note 16 for further discussion.

 

There were no assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis.

 

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SUPPLEMENTARY DATA—QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA (Unaudited)

 

The following table summarizes the Company’s quarterly financial data for the past two years ended December 31, 2009 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

2009

   First
Quarter
   Second
Quarter
    Third
Quarter
   Fourth
Quarter

Net sales

   $ 271,966    $ 179,268      $ 434,473    $ 358,316

Gross profit

     110,495      74,307        188,599      150,677

Net income (loss)

     6,898      (9,878     46,915      23,086

Earnings (loss) per share

          

Basic

   $ 0.20    $ (0.29   $ 1.39    $ 0.68

Diluted

     0.20      (0.29     1.38      0.68

 

2008

   First
Quarter
   Second
Quarter
    Third
Quarter
   Fourth
Quarter

Net sales

   $ 297,363    $ 213,147      $ 452,415    $ 354,910

Gross profit

     130,555      85,765        202,053      149,438

Net income (loss)

     19,931      (1,770     58,329      18,557

Earnings (loss) per share

          

Basic

   $ 0.56    $ (0.05   $ 1.70    $ 0.55

Diluted

     0.56      (0.05     1.69      0.55

 

Item 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

 

None.

 

Item 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Our management has evaluated, under the supervision and with the participation of our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report pursuant to Rule 13a-15(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). Based on that evaluation, our chief executive officer and chief financial officer have concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, our disclosure controls and procedures are effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed in our Exchange Act reports is (1) recorded, processed, summarized and reported in a timely manner, and (2) accumulated and communicated to our management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Design and Evaluation of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

Report of Management

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation.

 

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, we assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009. In making this assessment, we used the criteria

 

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set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission in Internal Control—Integrated Framework. Based on our assessment we believe that, as of December 31, 2009, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting is effective based on those criteria.

 

There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during our fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2009 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

Our independent auditors have issued an audit report on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009, which is included herein.

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders

Columbia Sportswear Company

Portland, Oregon

 

We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of Columbia Sportswear Company and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2009, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. 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 “Report of Management”. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). 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 included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the company’s board of directors, management, and other personnel 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 the inherent limitations of internal control over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

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In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009, based on the criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.

 

We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule as of and for the year ended December 31, 2009 of the Company and our report dated March 12, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements and financial statement schedule.

 

DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Portland, Oregon

March 12, 2010

 

Item 9B. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

The sections of our 2010 Proxy Statement entitled “Election of Directors,” “Corporate Governance—Corporate Governance Guidelines,” “Corporate Governance—Code of Business Conduct and Ethics,” “Corporate Governance—Board Committees,” “Corporate Governance—Director Nomination Policy” and “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance” are incorporated herein by reference.

 

See Item 4A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for information regarding our executive officers.

 

Item 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

The sections of our 2010 Proxy Statement entitled “Executive Compensation,” “Corporate Governance—Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation” and “Compensation Committee Report” are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

The section of our 2010 Proxy Statement entitled “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” is incorporated herein by reference.

 

The following table provides information about compensation plans (including individual compensation arrangements) under which our equity securities are authorized for issuance to employees or non-employees (such as directors and consultants), at December 31, 2009:

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

Plan Category

   Number of
securities to be
issued upon
exercise of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights (1)
   Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding
options, warrants
and rights (2)
   Number of securities
remaining available for
future issuance under
equity compensation
plans (excluding
securities reflected in
column a)
     (a)    (b)    (c)

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders:

        

1997 Stock Incentive Plan

   2,046,693    $ 42.08    2,106,182

1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (3)

   —        —      474,444

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

   —        —      —  
                

Total

   2,046,693    $ 42.08    2,580,626
                

 

(1)   The number of outstanding shares to be issued under the 1997 Stock Incentive Plan includes stock options and restricted stock units.
(2)   The weighted-average exercise price excludes 286,520 shares issuable upon the vesting of outstanding restricted stock units, which have no exercise price.
(3)   The 1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan was suspended indefinitely effective July 1, 2005.

 

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Item 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS, RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

The sections of our 2010 Proxy Statement entitled “Corporate Governance—Certain Relationships and Related Transactions,” “Corporate Governance—Related Transactions Approval Process,” and “Corporate Governance—Corporate Governance Guidelines” are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

The section of our 2010 Proxy Statement entitled “Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm—Principal Accountant Fees and Services” is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULE

 

(a)(1) and (a)(2) Financial Statements. The Financial Statements of Columbia and Supplementary Data filed as part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K are on pages 40 to 68 of this Annual Report.

 

(b) See Exhibit Index beginning on page 76 for a description of the documents that are filed as Exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K or incorporated herein by reference.

 

In reviewing the agreements included as exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K, please remember they are included to provide you with information regarding their terms and are not intended to provide any other factual or disclosure information about Columbia or the other parties to the agreements. The agreements may contain representations and warranties by each of the parties to the applicable agreement. These representations and warranties have been made solely for the benefit of the other party or parties to the applicable agreement and:

 

   

should not in all instances be treated as categorical statements of fact, but rather as a means of allocating the risk to one of the parties if those statements prove to be inaccurate;

 

   

may have been qualified by disclosures that were made to the other party or parties in connection with the negotiation of the applicable agreement, which disclosures are not necessarily reflected in the agreement;

 

   

may apply standards of materiality in a manner that is different from what may be viewed as material to you or other investors; and

 

   

were made only as of the date of the applicable agreement or other date or dates that may be specified in the agreement and are subject to more recent developments.

 

Accordingly, these representations and warranties may not describe the actual state of affairs as of the date they were made or at any other time. Additional information about Columbia may be found elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and Columbia’s other public filings, which are available without charge through the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

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Schedule II

Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

(in thousands)

 

Description

   Balance at
Beginning
of Period
   Charged to
Costs and
Expenses
   Deductions
(a)
    Other
(b)
    Balance at
End of
Period

Year Ended December 31, 2009:

            

Allowance for doubtful accounts

   $ 9,542    $ 768    $ (3,133   $ 170      $ 7,347

Product warranty

     9,746      5,133      (2,984     217        12,112

Year Ended December 31, 2008:

            

Allowance for doubtful accounts

   $ 7,369    $ 3,473    $ (940   $ (360   $ 9,542

Product warranty

     10,862      2,718      (3,364     (470     9,746

Year Ended December 31, 2007:

            

Allowance for doubtful accounts

   $ 6,732    $ 950    $ (612   $ 299      $ 7,369

Product warranty

     11,162      2,269      (3,128     559        10,862

 

(a)   Charges to the accounts included in this column are for the purposes for which the reserves were created.
(b)   Amounts included in this column primarily relate to foreign currency translation.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY

By:

 

/s/    THOMAS B. CUSICK        

 

Thomas B. Cusick

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

Date: March 12, 2010

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Signatures

  

Title

/s/    TIMOTHY P. BOYLE        

Timothy P. Boyle