Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) today announced the completion of a cost savings review aimed at better positioning the Company for profitable growth. Following the integration of the lifestyle footwear business acquired from Honeywell International Inc. in March 2021, the Company identified a number of operational synergies and cost saving opportunities. As the result of this process, Rocky Brands will close its Boston office acquired via the transaction and will reduce non-manufacturing headcount related to the acquired brands by approximately 13%. These actions are expected to result in approximately $3.0 - $4.0 million in annualized savings.
Jason Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Brands, Inc., said, “The success of our acquisition is evident by our sales performance over the last year. These cost saving measures will allow us to better convert our top-line performance into enhanced margins and profitability. We are now in a stronger position to more efficiently capitalize on near-term marketplace opportunities while remaining agile and flexible for the future."
Brooks added, “The actions we are announcing today were the result of diligent planning for the long-term success of our organization, but the decisions that impact colleagues are not ones that we ever take lightly. We greatly value the contributions of the Boston team members who are not continuing on with our Company and look to support them through this transition.”
The Company expects to record a one-time severance charge of approximately $1.0 million in the second quarter 2022 associated with the reduction in force.
About Rocky Brands, Inc.
Rocky Brands, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium quality footwear and apparel marketed under a portfolio of well recognized brand names. Brands in the portfolio include Rocky®, Georgia Boot®, Durango®, Lehigh®, The Original Muck Boot Company®, XTRATUF®, Servus®, NEOS® and Ranger®. More information can be found at RockyBrands.com.
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