Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  



Basis of Presentation

Reference in this quarterly report to “Sales” refer to Skechers’ net sales reported under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements of Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (the “Company”) have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”), for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S‑X. Accordingly, they do not include certain notes and financial presentations normally required under U.S. GAAP for complete financial reporting. The interim financial information is unaudited, but reflects all normal adjustments and accruals which are, in the opinion of management, considered necessary to provide a fair presentation for the interim periods presented. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.



As a result of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”), in January 2020, the Company began to experience business disruptions in Asia, including the temporary closure of stores in China and in surrounding areas, modified operating hours in certain stores that remained open, and a decline in store traffic. In late February 2020, the situation escalated as the scope of COVID-19 worsened beyond Asia, with Europe and the United States experiencing significant outbreaks. In March 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a National Public Health Emergency, in the United States, and also was declared to be a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. In response to COVID-19, certain governments have imposed travel restrictions and local statutory quarantines. The Company is monitoring and reacting to the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, including conforming to local governments and global health organizations’ guidance, implementing global travel restrictions, and implementing “work from home” measures for many of its employees.

With the wellbeing of the Company’s customers, employees and business partners in mind, the Company temporarily closed its Company-operated stores in North America, Europe, India, Japan, South America, and Central America, effective beginning in the third week of March 2020, and expects a significant portion of these stores to remain closed for the foreseeable future. The majority of the Company’s stores in China and the surrounding regions have reopened, although many with temporarily reduced operating hours and less foot traffic. The Company plans to follow the guidance of local governments and health organizations as well as its own policies to determine when it can reopen all its stores worldwide. As the situation continues to evolve rapidly, the Company is not currently able to predict the exact timing of the remaining stores reopening, which we expect to occur on a country-by-country and location-by-location basis.

The Company is monitoring the impacts COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on its global supply chain, including potential disruptions of product deliveries. The Company sources the majority of its merchandise outside of the U.S. through open purchase arrangements with independent contract manufacturers primarily located in China and Vietnam. In order to complete production, these vendors’ manufacturing factories are dependent on raw materials from vendors that are primarily located in Asia. The Company is collaborating with its independent contract manufactures to align existing inventory levels and production commitments with expected sales worldwide.

The Company entered this period of uncertainty with a healthy liquidity position and it took immediate, aggressive and prudent actions, including reevaluating all expenditures, including significant reductions in advertising spending, in order to enhance the Company’s ability to meet the business’ short-term liquidity needs, in order to best position the business for its key stakeholders, including the Company’s employees, customers and shareholders. As a precautionary measure, in March 2020, the Company borrowed $490 million on its unsecured revolving credit facility. The Company continues to partner with its vendors, landlords, and lenders to preserve liquidity and mitigate risk during this unprecedented outbreak. In addition, the Company is actively monitoring and assessing the rapidly emerging government policy and economic stimulus responses to COVID-19. The Company’s ecommerce operations remain open to serve the Company’s customers during this unprecedented period of store closures.


The current circumstances are dynamic and the impacts of COVID-19 on the Company’s business operations, including the duration and impact on overall consumer demand, cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. The Company anticipates COVID-19 will have a material adverse impact on its business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows for the year ending December 31, 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic is complex and rapidly evolving, the Companys plans as described above may change.


Inventories, principally finished goods, are stated at the lower of cost (based on the first-in, first-out method) or market (net realizable value). Cost includes shipping and handling fees and costs, which are subsequently expensed to cost of sales. The Company provides for estimated losses from obsolete or slow-moving inventories, and writes down the cost of inventory at the time such determinations are made. Reserves are estimated based on inventory on hand, historical sales activity, industry trends, the retail environment, and the expected net realizable value. The net realizable value is determined using estimated sales prices of similar inventory through off-price or discount store channels.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The accounting standard for fair value measurements provides a framework for measuring fair value and requires expanded disclosures regarding fair value measurements. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received for an asset or the exit price that would be paid to transfer a liability in the principal or most advantageous market in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. This accounting standard established a fair value hierarchy, which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs, where available. The following summarizes the three levels of inputs required:


Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. The Company’s Level 1 non-derivative investments primarily include money market funds and U.S. Treasury securities.


Level 2 – Observable inputs other than quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets, or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities. The Company’s Level 2 non-derivative investments primarily include corporate notes and bonds, asset-backed securities, U.S. Agency securities, and actively traded mutual funds. The Company has one Level 2 derivative which is an interest rate swap related to the refinancing of its domestic distribution center (see below).


Level 3 – Inputs that are generally unobservable and typically reflect management’s estimate of assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. The Company currently does not have any Level 3 assets or liabilities.

The carrying amount of the Company’s financial instruments, which principally include cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, accounts receivable, long-term investments, accounts payable and accrued expenses approximates fair value because of the relatively short maturity of such instruments. The carrying amount of the Company’s short-term and long-term borrowings, which are considered Level 2 liabilities, approximates fair value based upon current rates and terms available to the company for similar debt.

On August 12, 2015, the Company entered into an interest rate swap agreement concurrent with refinancing its domestic distribution center construction loan. On March 18, 2020, HF-T1 and Bank of America, N.A. also executed an amendment to the Swap Agreement (the “Swap Agreement Amendment”) to extend the maturity date of the Interest Rate Swap to March 18, 2025. The Swap Agreement Amendment fixes the effective interest rate on the 2020 Loan at 2.55% per annum. The 2020 Amendment and the Swap Agreement Amendment are subject to customary covenants and events of default. Bank of America, N.A. also acts as a lender and syndication agent under the Company’s unsecured revolving credit facility dated November 21, 2019. (see Note 5 – Short Term and Long Term Borrowings). The fair value of the interest rate swap was determined using the market standard methodology of netting the discounted future fixed cash payments and the discounted expected variable cash receipts. The variable cash receipt was based on an expectation of future interest rates (forward curves) derived from observable market interest rate curves. To comply with U.S. GAAP, credit valuation adjustments were incorporated to appropriately reflect both the Company’s nonperformance risk and the respective counterparty’s nonperformance risk in the fair value measurements. The majority of the inputs used to value the interest rate swap were within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy. As of March 31, 2020, the interest rate swap was a Level 2 derivative and was classified as other long-term liabilities in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements, in conformity with U.S. GAAP, 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 financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. Actual results could differ materially from those estimates.

Revenue Recognition

In accordance with Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers,” (“ASU 2014-09”), the Company recognizes revenue when control of the promised goods or services is transferred to its customers in an amount that reflects the consideration the Company expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. The Company derives income from the sale of footwear and royalties earned from licensing the Skechers brand. For North America, goods are shipped Free on Board (“FOB”) shipping point directly from the Company’s domestic distribution center in Rancho Belago, California. For international wholesale customers product is shipped FOB shipping point, (i) direct from the Company’s distribution center in Liege, Belgium, (ii) to third-party distribution centers in Central America, South America and Asia, (iii) directly from third-party manufacturers to other international customers. For distributor sales, the goods are generally delivered directly from the independent factories to third-party distribution centers or to distributors’ freight forwarders on a Free Named Carrier (“FCA”) basis. The Company recognizes revenue on wholesale sales upon shipment as that is when the customer obtains control of the promised goods. Related costs paid to third-party shipping companies are recorded as cost of sales and are accounted for as a fulfillment cost and not as a separate performance obligation. The Company generates direct-to-consumer revenues primarily from the sale of footwear to customers at retail locations or through the Company’s websites. For in-store sales, the Company recognizes revenue at the point of sale. For sales made through its websites, the Company recognizes revenue upon shipment to the customer which is when the customer obtains control of the promised good. Sales and value added taxes collected from direct-to-consumer customers are excluded from reported revenues.  

The Company records accounts receivable at the time of shipment when the Company’s right to the consideration becomes unconditional. The Company typically extends credit terms to its wholesale customers based on their creditworthiness and generally does not receive advance payments. Generally, wholesale customers do not have the right to return goods, however, the Company periodically decides to accept returns or provide customers with credits. Allowances for estimated returns, discounts, doubtful accounts and chargebacks are provided for when related revenue is recorded. Retail and direct-to-consumer sales represent amounts due from credit card companies and are generally collected within a few days of the purchase. As such, the Company has determined that an allowance for doubtful accounts for retail and direct-to-consumer sales is not necessary.

The Company earns royalty income from its licensing arrangements which qualify as symbolic licenses rather than functional licenses. Upon signing a new licensing agreement, the Company receives up-front fees, which are generally characterized as prepaid royalties. These fees are initially deferred and recognized as revenue is earned (i.e., as licensed sales are reported to the Company or on a straight-line basis over the term of the agreement). The Company applies the sales-based royalty exception for the royalty income based on sales and recognizes revenue only when subsequent sales occur. The Company calculates and accrues estimated royalties based on the agreement terms and correspondence with the licensees regarding actual sales.


The Company considered several factors in determining that control transfers to the customer upon shipment of products. These factors include that legal title transfers to the customer, the Company has a present right to payment, and the customer has assumed the risks and rewards of ownership at the time of shipment. The Company accrues a liability for product returns at the time of sale based on our historical experience. The Company also accrues amounts for goods expected to be returned in salable condition. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the Company’s sales returns liability totaled $104.3 million and $86.5 million, respectively, and was included in accrued expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.

Business Combinations

Business acquisitions are accounted for under the acquisition method by assigning the purchase price to tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Assets acquired and liabilities assumed are recorded at their fair values and the excess of the purchase price over the amounts assigned is recorded as goodwill. Purchased intangible assets with finite lives are amortized over their estimated useful lives. Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized but are tested at least annually for impairment or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. Fair value determinations require judgment and may involve the use of significant estimates and assumptions, including assumptions with respect to future cash inflows and outflows, discount rates, asset lives, and market multiples, among other items. In the second quarter of 2019, the Company purchased a 60% interest in Manhattan SKMX, de R.L. de C.V. (“Skechers Mexico”), for a total consideration of $120.6 million, net of cash acquired. Skechers Mexico is a joint venture that operates and generates sales in Mexico. As a result of this purchase, Skechers Mexico became a majority-owned subsidiary and the results are included in the condensed consolidated financial statements. The purchase price allocation was completed during the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Pro forma results of operations have not been presented because the effects of the acquisition were not material to the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements. 


Accounting Standards Adopted in 2020

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13 “Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments,” (“ASU No. 2016-13”), which amends the impairment model by requiring entities to use a forward-looking approach based on expected losses to estimate credit losses on certain types of financial instruments, which include trade and other receivables, loans and held-to-maturity debt securities, to record an allowance for credit risk based on expected losses rather than incurred losses, otherwise known as “CECL.” In addition, this guidance changes the recognition for credit losses on available-for-sale debt securities, which can occur as a result of market and credit risk and requires additional disclosures. The Company adopted ASU 2016-03 on January 1, 2020 and the adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on its condensed consolidated financial statements.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-13 “Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework-Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement,” (“ASU No. 2018-13”), which modifies the disclosure requirements on fair value measurements, including the consideration of costs and benefits. ASU 2018-13 is effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, but entities are permitted to early adopt either the entire standard or only the provisions that eliminate or modify the requirements. The Company adopted ASU 2018-13 on January 1, 2020 and the adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on its condensed consolidated financial statements.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-15 “Intangibles-Goodwill and Other-Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer's Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That is a Service Contract,” (“ASU 2018-15”). ASU 2018-15 requires that issuers follow the internal-use software guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 350-40 to determine which costs to capitalize as assets or expense as incurred. The ASC 350-40 guidance requires that certain costs incurred during the application development stage be capitalized and other costs incurred during the preliminary project and post-implementation stages be expensed as they are incurred. ASU 2018-15 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. The Company adopted ASU 2018-15 on January 1, 2020 and the adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on its condensed consolidated financial statements.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU no. 2019-12, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes,” (“ASU No. 2019-12”). The amendment removes certain exceptions to the general income tax accounting methodology including an exception for the recognition of a deferred tax liability when a foreign subsidiary becomes an equity method investment and an exception for interim periods showing operating losses in excess of anticipated operating losses for the year. The amendment also reduces the complexity surrounding franchise tax recognition; the step up in the tax basis of goodwill in conjunction with business combinations; and the accounting for the effect of changes in tax laws enacted during interim periods. The amendments in this update are effective for the Company for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2019-12; however, at the current time the Company does not expect that the adoption of this ASU will have a material impact on its condensed consolidated financial statements.


In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-04 “Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848): Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting,” (“ASU No. 2020-04”), which provides practical expedients for contract modifications and certain hedging relationships associated with the transition from reference rates that are expected to be discontinued. This guidance is applicable for our borrowing instruments, which use LIBOR as a reference rate, and is effective immediately, but is only available through December 31, 2022. The company is currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2020-04; however, at the current time the Company does not expect that the adoption of this ASU will have a material impact on its condensed consolidated financial statements.