Skechers store at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Skechers store at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Photo by Ringo Chiu.

Skechers USA Inc. reported record sales in the third quarter thanks to the international market, spurring a two-year peak in its stock price.

The Manhattan Beach-based athletic and casual footwear company said last week its net sales increased by 16.2 percent to $1.09 billion in the third quarter compared to the same period a year earlier, while net income jumped 41.8 percent to $92.3 million.

The brand’s big gains ran counter to industry trends, with many long-established retailers in the midst of bankruptcies and declining sales.

Skechers stock rose more than 41 percent to close at $33.99 a share Oct. 20 on news of the results, a level it hadn’t reached since October 2015. Its market capitalization grew to $5.4 billion last week from $3.8 billion before the earnings report.

“The growth came across our three distribution channels … with double-digit increases in our company-owned Skechers retail business worldwide and our international subsidiary and joint venture businesses, as well as a single-digit increase in our international distributor and domestic wholesale businesses,” David Weinberg, chief operating officer, said in a statement.

The company said in its earnings call that it had a 25.7 percent gain in international wholesale revenue and an 18.6 percent increase in company-owned global retail stores revenue.

The company reported an increase of 1.4 percent increase in revenue domestically.

Analyst Corinna Van Der Ghinst of Citi Research asked on the earnings call about why Skechers was doing well, unlike its competitors, Weinberg said the company was seeing a broad strength across its collections, including “great acceptance” of BOBS, its new youth-oriented street collection as well as good demand among kids and a pickup across the men’s section.

“It’s about the product offering and the breadth of the product and the newness and the demand by consumer and also our decision not to lower prices and margins trying to compete for market share,” Weinberg said. “We’re very happy keeping the market share we have, growing it by low to mid-single digits at the minimum until all that competition goes away for whatever reason, and then maximize our position. So I think we’re in a good place.”

Romeo’s New Power Source

Vernon-based electric vehicle battery pack maker Romeo Power is moving into the consumer market.

The company this month launched “Saber,” a mobile charging device that it claims can charge an iPhone up to 10 times and a laptop twice on a single charge.

“Saber is like having a wall socket in your pocket,” said Dion Isselhardt, the company’s chief design officer and a former senior director of design at Samsung’s Strategy and Innovation Center.

The portable battery charger features four charging ports that include variable AC and USB inputs. The 2.2-pound device is designed to charge four accessories at once and anything that’s less than 90 watts.

“What makes this different from other products on the market is our proprietary technology,” said Michael Patterson, chief executive of the company. “The charger recognizes different devices and adjusts the power output, making it safe for your devices.”

Patterson said the No. 1 point of feedback he had heard about similar products in the market were concerns about possible explosions.

Saber retails for $299 but has a limited pre-order option for $199, well above the price of typical mobile charges on the market, which are usually less than $50. However, most portable power sources do not have an option to be plugged in directly, requiring a USB drive instead for connection, and Romeo Power says its products hold more charges and are safer.

Romeo Power closed a $30 million seed round in August. Patterson said his firm had secured $65 million in initial orders for its battery packs with automakers, manufacturers of motorcycles and forklifts, and other industrial players across the United States and Europe.

Caulipower Pizza Spreads

Eight-month-old Caulipower has now expanded into 6,500 stores nationwide, the company announced this month.

Caulipower was founded by Gail Becker, a former marketing executive at New York-based PR firm Edelman. The company makes frozen cauliflower-based pizza crusts and pizzas that were already in some Whole Foods Market Inc., Bristol Farms Inc. and Safeway Inc. locations, among others. They are now headed to supermarkets including Ralphs Grocery Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Becker said this summer that she had personal reasons to start the company. Both her sons, ages 14 and 19, have celiac disease and need to be on a gluten-free diet. The privately held company would not disclose sales and income figures. Its pizzas retail for $7.99.

Staff reporter Shwanika Narayan can be reached at snarayan@labusinessjournal.com or (323) 556-8351.

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