On Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

November 16, 2021

ZURICH-–On Holding AG (NYSE:ONON) (“On,” “On Holding AG,” the “Company,” “we,” “our,” “ours,” or “us”), has announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Martin Hoffmann, Co-CEO and CFO of On, said: “The third quarter of 2021 has been the strongest in the history of the Company in terms of net sales, gross profit, and adjusted EBITDA. We are thankful for the relentless work of our team during the pandemic to achieve this. Consumer demand for the On brand is accelerating across the globe, evident by the fact that our wholesale and direct-to-consumer sales channels, geographic regions, and product groups have all contributed significantly to our strong growth of 68% for the quarter and 77% for the first nine months. We expect the demand for the On brand to increase. Recent supply chain challenges will lead to a transitory supply shortage in the fourth quarter and the first half of 2022. But since early November, all our production factories are open, and our outlook on net sales and adjusted EBITDA exceeds our original assumptions. We believe we are well-positioned to leverage this market momentum and to capitalize on the powerful consumer trends that are enlarging the global sportswear industry, increasing our brand awareness, and expanding the size and breadth of our community.”

Caspar Coppetti, Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairman of On, said: “To see what started over ten years ago with our first prototype running shoe, to where we are today, generating quarterly net sales of CHF 218.0 million – makes us extremely proud. We are excited to see the great progress the Company has made over the third quarter of 2021 across all our strategic initiatives. We continued to strengthen our partnership with some of the most recognized premium global retailers while significantly scaling our community through our DTC channel, including a new On store in China. In addition to our strong results, we hit exciting milestones this quarter, which included becoming the official outfitter for the Swiss Olympics and Paralympics teams, introducing the Cloudboom Echo to support our athletes achieve incredible results, and wowing consumers with the new Cloudstratus. Further, we see our initial public offering in September as a stepping stone to continue to deliver on our growth strategy and our mission to serve more and more people around the world and have them move with us.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial and Operating Metrics
Key highlights for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021 compared to the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 include:

  • net sales increased 67.6% to CHF 218.0 million;
  • net sales through the direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) sales channel increased 93.0% to CHF 75.7 million;
  • net sales through the wholesale sales channel increased 56.7% to CHF 142.3 million;
  • net sales in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific increased 50.3% to CHF 88.3 million, 82.6% to CHF 112.2 million and 71.4% to CHF 13.1 million, respectively;
  • net sales from shoes, apparel and accessories increased 65.2% to CHF 205.0 million, 133.0% to 11.5 million and 41.5% to 1.5 million
  • gross profit increased 85.4% to CHF 131.3 million;
  • gross margin increased to 60.2% from 54.5%;
  • net income increased to CHF 13.0 million from CHF 8.1 million;
  • adjusted EBITDA increased 67.9% to CHF 37.9 million; and
  • adjusted EBITDA margin remained at 17.4%.

Key highlights for nine-month period ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020 include:

  • net sales increased 77.2% to CHF 533.5 million;
  • net sales through the DTC sales channel increased 69.8% to CHF 191.1 million;
  • net sales through the wholesale sales channel increased 81.7% to CHF 342.4 million;
  • net sales in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific increased 53.9% to CHF 216.3 million, 95.2% to CHF 276.1 million and 112.2% to CHF 32.1 million, respectively;
  • net sales from shoes, apparel and accessories increased 76.2% to CHF 503.6 million, 109.4% to CHF 26.4 million and 35.8% to CHF 3.6 million
  • gross profit increased 90.9% to CHF 318.5 million;
  • gross margin increased from 55.4% to 59.7%;
  • net income increased to CHF 16.8 million from a net loss of CHF 25.0 million;
  • adjusted EBITDA increased 121.0% to CHF 85.2 million; and adjusted EBITDA margin increased from 12.8% to 16.0%.

Key highlights as of September 30, 2021 include:

  • cash increased 641.6% to CHF 672.2 million compared to December 31, 2020; and
  • net working capital was CHF 200.3 million as of September 30, 2021 which reflects an increase of 89.6% compared to September 30, 2020 and 77.3% compared to December 31, 2020.

Due to recent events in Vietnam, we expect that the following supply chain challenges will have a short-term and transitory impact on our financial performance for the upcoming quarters: i) continued ramp-up after COVID-19 induced closures of factories located in the south of Vietnam are expected to cause supply constraints and higher airfreight expenses; ii) additional delays throughout the supply chain may delay a portion of net sales; and iii) higher freight and shipping charges and warehouse labor expenses will impact overall operating expenses.

The financial outlook assumes these challenges will impact the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first half of 2022.

For the year ending December 31, 2021, we expect net sales to be CHF 710 million, which represents year-over-year growth of approximately 67% compared to 2020. Further, for the year ending December 31, 2021 we expect adjusted EBITDA to be CHF 92 million, representing an adjusted EBITDA margin of 13.0% and year-over-year growth of 85%.

For the year ending December 31, 2022, we expect net sales to be at least CHF 960 million, and our net sales development returning to hyper-growth as of HY2 2022. Further, for the year ending December 31, 2022 we expect adjusted EBITDA to be CHF 125 million, representing an adjusted EBITDA margin of 13.0% and consistent with our outlook for 2021.

The above outlook is based on current market conditions and reflects the Company’s current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions and customer demand, which are all subject to change. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, including those stated below.

On is an innovation company at heart. With a passion for innovation and expertise in running technology, the sports brand shows that performance, design thinking and sustainability can be a joint force. On recently announced a move away from petroleum-based resources in the mid-term by creating a new foam material called CleanCloud™, made using carbon emissions as a raw material. On is the first company in the footwear industry to explore carbon emissions as a primary raw material for a shoe bottom unit, specifically EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam, that could also be used in other shoe parts and products in the future. Find more information under this Link.

High-res images under this Link.

Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss third quarter results is scheduled for November 16, 2021 at 8 a.m. US Eastern time (2 p.m. Central European Time). Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial the following numbers:

United States: +1-646-664-1960 / +1-855-979-6654
United Kingdom: +44-20-3936-2999
Switzerland: +41-22-518-90-26
International: +44-20-3936-2999

Access Code: 415800

Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s investor relations website and under the following Link. Following the conclusion of the call, a replay of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website.

About On
On was born in the Swiss Alps with one goal: to revolutionize the sensation of running by empowering all to run on clouds. Eleven years after market launch, On delivers industry-disrupting innovation in premium footwear, apparel, and accessories for high-performance running, outdoor, and all-day activities. Fueled by customer-recommendation, On’s award-winning CloudTec® innovation, purposeful design and groundbreaking strides in sportswear’s circular economy have attracted a fast-growing global fanbase — inspiring humans to explore, discover and dream on.

On is present in more than 60 countries globally and engages with a digital community on www.on-running.com.

Non-IFRS Measures
Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, adjusted diluted EPS and Net Working Capital are financial measures that are not defined under IFRS. We use these non-IFRS measures when evaluating our performance, including when making financial and operating decisions, and as a key component in the determination of variable incentive compensation for employees. Additionally, we believe these non-IFRS measures enhance an investor’s understanding of our financial and operating performance from period to period, because certain measures, such as adjusted EBITDA, exclude certain material items relating to share-based compensation and transaction costs related to the IPO which are not reflective of our ongoing operations and performance. In particular, we believe adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and adjusted net income and Net Working Capital are measures commonly used by investors to evaluate companies in the sportswear industry.

However, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, adjusted diluted EPS or Net Working Capital should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-IFRS measures used by other companies. For more information on these non-IFRS measures, please see the section captioned “Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures” included in the accompanying financial tables, which includes more detail on the IFRS measure that is most directly comparable to each non-IFRS measure, and the related reconciliations between these measures.

Other than with respect to IFRS net-sales, we only provide guidance on a non-IFRS basis. The Company does not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking adjusted EBITDA to IFRS net income due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation. As a result, we are not able to forecast with reasonable certainty all deductions needed in order to provide a reconciliation to net income. The amount of these deductions may be material and, therefore, could result in projected net income being materially less than projected adjusted EBITDA. These statements represent forward-looking information and may represent a financial outlook, and actual results may vary. Please see the risks and assumptions referred to in the Forward-Looking Statements section of this news release.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes estimates, projections, statements relating to the Company’s business plans, objectives, and expected operating results that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “outlook,” “believes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements also include the Company’s guidance and outlook statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: our ability to maintain the value and reputation of our brand; the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and related government, private sector, and individual consumer responsive actions; our highly competitive market and increasing competition; and our ability to compete and conduct our business in the future; our ability to anticipate consumer preferences and to continue to innovate and to successfully develop and introduce new, innovative and updated products; the acceptability of our products to customers and our ability to connect with our consumer base; our ability to accurately forecast consumer demand for our products and manage product manufacturing decisions; changes in consumer tastes and shopping preferences and shifts in distribution channels; our international operations; our ability to expand internationally in light of our limited operating experience and limited brand recognition in new international markets; our ability to implement our growth strategy and manage our growth and the increased complexity of our business effectively; our ability to strengthen our direct-to-consumer channel; our ability to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner; seasonality; our third-party suppliers, manufactures and other partners, including their financial stability and our ability to find suitable partners to implement our growth strategy; our reliance on and limited control over third-party suppliers to provide materials for and to produce our products; the operations of many of our suppliers are subject to international and other risks; suppliers or manufacturers not complying with our Vendor Code of Ethics or applicable laws; our ability to deliver our products to the market and to meet consumer expectations if we have problems with our distribution system; our ability to distribute products through our wholesale channel; the availability of qualified personnel and the ability to retain such people; increasing labor costs and other factors associated with the production of our products in South Asia and South East Asia; changes in commodity, material, distribution and other operating costs; our ability to safeguard against security breaches with respect to our information technology systems; our compliance with privacy and data protection laws; our reliance on complex IT systems and any material disruption of our information systems, including security breaches; our ability to have technology-based systems function effectively and grow our e-commerce business globally; climate change, and related legislative and regulatory responses; increased scrutiny regarding our environmental, social, and governance; or sustainability responsibilities; an economic recession, depression, or downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets; global economic, demographic, political and business conditions; health epidemics, pandemics and similar outbreaks, including the COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to source and sell our merchandise profitably or at all if new trade restrictions are imposed or existing trade restrictions become more burdensome; changes in governmental regulations or tax laws, including unanticipated tax liabilities; our ability to comply with trade and other regulations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; imitation by our competitors; our ability to protect our intellectual property and defend against allegations of violations of third-party intellectual property by us; conflicting trademarks and the prevention of sale of certain products; our exposure to various types of litigation; our generation of net losses in the past and potentially in the future; other factors that may affect our financial condition, liquidity and results of operations; our expectations regarding the time during which we will be an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act and a foreign private issuer; and other risks and uncertainties set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov, including, without limitation, our most recent reports on Form F-1 and Form 6-K. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.