MARINE PRODUCTS : Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (form 10-K) –


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The following discussion should be read in conjunction with "Selected Financial
Data" and the Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this
document. See also "Forward-Looking Statements" on page 2. Discussions of 2019
items and year-to-year comparisons of 2019 and 2018 that are not included in
this Form 10-K can be found in "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in Part II, Item 7 of our Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which Item is
incorporated herein by reference.


Marine Products, through our wholly owned subsidiaries Chaparral and Robalo, is
a leading manufacturer of recreational fiberglass powerboats. Our sales and
profits are generated by selling the products that we manufacture to a network
of independent dealers who in turn sell the products to retail consumers. These
dealers are located throughout the continental United States and in several
international markets. Dealers either remit payment upon receipt of the product
or finance their inventory through third-party floor plan lenders, who pay
Marine Products generally within ten days of delivery of the products to the

We manage our Company by focusing on the execution of the following business and
financial strategies:

? Manufacturing high-quality, stylish, and innovative powerboats for our dealers

and retail consumers which are competitive in the market,

Providing our independent dealer network appropriate incentives, training, and

? other support to enhance their success and their customers' satisfaction,

thereby facilitating their continued relationship with us,

? Managing our production and dealer order backlog to optimize operating results

and reduce risk in the event of a downturn in sales of our products,

? Maintaining a flexible, variable cost structure which can be reduced quickly

when deemed appropriate,

Designing our products and marketing strategies to create a positive, memorable

? experience for our customers, within an evolving environment which calls for

the increased use of technology to conduct virtual marketing and product


? Monitoring the recreational boat market for strong complementary product lines

which we may enter through new product development or acquisition,

? Extending our brand name recognition to enhance the success of new boat models

that complement our existing offerings,

? Improving our sales and profits by increasing the utilization of our

manufacturing capacity,

? Monitoring the activities and financial condition of our dealers and of the

third-party floor plan lenders who finance our dealers' inventories,

Maximizing stockholder return by optimizing the balance of cash invested in the

? Company's productive assets, the payment of dividends to stockholders, and the

repurchase of the Company's common stock on the open market, and

? Aligning the interests of our management and stockholders.

In executing these strategies and attempting to optimize our financial returns,
management closely monitors dealer orders and inventories, the production mix of
various models, and indications of near term demand such as consumer confidence,
evolving customer preferences for socially distanced recreational activities,
interest rates, dealer orders placed at our annual dealer conferences, and
retail attendance and orders at annual winter boat show exhibitions and through
virtual marketing events. We also consider trends related to certain key
financial and other data, including our historical and forecasted financial
results, market share, unit sales of our products, average selling price per
boat, and gross profit margins, among others, as indicators of the success of
our strategies. Marine Products' financial results are affected by consumer
confidence and preferences, because pleasure boating is a discretionary
expenditure and consumers have many competing activities for their leisure time.
Pleasure boating is also impacted by interest rates, the availability of
financing and shifting consumer preferences towards safe activities which do not
involve large crowds.


During 2020, aggregate retail sales of the boating segments in which Marine
Products operates increased by approximately 11.3 percent. Sales in each segment
in which we operate increased during the year. Our consolidated net sales
declined in 2020 compared to 2019 due to a decrease in unit sales caused by the
temporary suspension of operations in our production facility during the second
quarter due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as declines in our
Chaparral H2O models due to our de-emphasis of this product line. These unit
sales declines were partially offset by higher average selling prices resulting
from a favorable model mix. Unit sales in 2020 decreased by 23.5 percent
compared to 2019. Management will continue to monitor retail demand among the
various segments in the recreational boat market, the actions of our
competitors, dealer inventory levels and the availability of dealer and consumer
financing for the purchase of our products and adjust our production levels as
deemed appropriate.

We periodically monitor our market share in the 19 to 34 foot sterndrive
category as one indicator of the success of our strategies and the market's
acceptance of our products. For the 12 month period ended September 30, 2020
(latest data available to us), Chaparral's market share in the 19 to 34 foot
sterndrive category was 16.5 percent, a slight increase in comparison to the
prior year same period, the second highest market share in this category during
this period. For the 12-month period ended September 30, 2020, Robalo's share of
the 16 to 36 foot outboard sport fishing boat market was 5.2 percent, the
highest market share within this category. Marine Products Corporation's share
of the outboard recreational market, including both Robalo and Chaparral's
outboard units, was 6.5 percent of the total market within its size range for
the 12 months ended September 30, 2020. Moreover, the Company held the highest
share among manufacturers of various outboard brands during the period. We will
continue to monitor our market share and believe it to be important, but we
believe that maximizing profitability takes precedence over growing our market
share. Furthermore, as we continue to expand the breadth of our product
offerings within our core category and new categories, we consider our overall
market share across the various powerboat categories to be of greater importance
to the long-term health of our company than our market share within any specific
type of recreational boat.


We believe that retail demand for new recreational boats during 2021 will be
higher than demand in 2020 due to the impact on consumer preferences caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, interest rates have fallen, which decreases
the cost of boat ownership and encourage consumers to consider purchasing
recreational boats. The Company believes that recreational boating's appeal to
U.S. consumers is growing because people perceive it to be a safe outdoor
activity which does not involve large groups of people. During 2020, many
consumers chose recreational boating when they temporarily left urban areas to
spend time in vacation homes or in smaller groups, often located near
recreational bodies of water.

Preliminary industry data indicate that retail boat sales in 2020 exceeded boat
sales generated during the previous cyclical peak in 2007. Fluctuations in fuel
prices can impact our industry, and although they declined in 2020, they have
remained relatively stable and we do not believe that they have recently
impacted sales. In general, the overall cost of boat ownership has increased
over the last several years, especially in the sterndrive recreational boat
market segment, which comprised approximately 35 percent of the Company's unit
sales during 2020. The higher cost of boat ownership can discourage consumers
from purchasing recreational boats. For years, Marine Products and other boat
manufacturers have been improving their customer service capabilities, marketing
strategies and sales promotions to attract more consumers to recreational
boating as well as improve consumers' boating experiences. The Company provides
financial incentives to its dealers for receiving favorable customer
satisfaction surveys. In addition, the recreational boating industry conducts a
promotional program which involves advertising and consumer targeting efforts,
as well as other activities designed to increase the potential consumer market
for pleasure boats. Many manufacturers, including Marine Products, participate
in this program. Management believes that these efforts have incrementally
benefited the industry and Marine Products. As in past years, Marine Products
enhanced its selection of models for the 2021 model year which began on July 1,
2020 by broadening the size range of its product offerings and adding several
new models. In a typical year, Marine Products and its dealers present our new
models to retail customers during the winter boat show season, which takes place
during the fourth and first calendar quarters. During the 2021 model year,
however, most winter boat shows have been cancelled due to the COVID-19
pandemic. As a result of these cancellations, the Company and its dealers have
replaced their physical boat show presences with virtual marketing efforts. The
Company believes that these efforts are effective and competitive with our
peers. For the new model year, we continue to emphasize our larger Robalo center
console models. In addition, we have introduced two larger Chaparral SSX and
Surf Series models for the 2021 model year. We believe that these boat models
will appeal to our customer base and dealer network. We plan to continue to
develop and produce additional new products for subsequent model years.


Our financial results will depend on a number of factors, including health of
American consumers and economic recovery from the pandemic, potential changes in
consumer behavior as society recovers from the pandemic, interest rates,
consumer confidence, the availability of credit to our dealers and consumers,
fuel costs, the continued acceptance of our new products in the recreational
boating market, the near-term effectiveness of our marketing efforts, the
availability and cost of labor and certain of our raw materials and key
components used in manufacturing our products.

Results of Operations

Years ended December 31,
($'s in thousands) 2020 2019 2018
Total number of boats sold to dealers 3,689 4,825 5,340
Average gross selling price per boat $ 56.1$ 52.6$ 48.7
Net sales $ 239,825$ 292,136$ 298,616
Percentage of gross profit to net sales 22.4 % 22.4 % 22.2 %
Percentage of selling, general and administrative
expenses to net sales 12.2 % 10.7 % 10.4 %
Operating income $ 24,361$ 34,135$ 35,387
Warranty expense $ 2,845$ 3,807$ 4,178

Year Ended December 31, 2020 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2019

Net Sales. Marine Products' net sales decreased by $52.3 million or 17.9 percent
in 2020 compared to 2019. The decrease was primarily due to a 23.5 percent
decrease in the number of boats sold, as well as a decrease in parts and
accessories sales, partially offset by 6.7 percent increase in the average gross
selling price per boat. Unit sales decreased due to the temporary suspension of
operations in our production facility due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
during the second quarter, as well as declines in our Chaparral H2O models due
to our de-emphasis of this product line. Average selling prices increased
primarily due to a favorable model mix which included increased sales of our
larger boats and reduced incentive costs. Domestic net sales were $228.1
million, a decrease of 17.1 percent compared to the prior year. International
sales decreased 31.0 percent during 2020 compared to 2019 due to continued
tariffs imposed on boat imports into Mexico and the European Union.

Cost of Goods Sold. Cost of goods sold decreased 17.9 percent in 2020 compared
to 2019 consistent with decrease in net sales. As a percentage of net sales,
cost of goods sold were 77.6 percent in 2020 and 2019.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and
administrative expenses decreased by 6.4 percent in 2020 compared to 2019
primarily due to decreases in incentive compensation and warranty expense
consistent with the decline in net sales. This decrease was partially offset by
a reduction in a research and development state tax credit by $1.2 million in
2020 compared to prior year, as well as $963 thousand in deferred compensation
expense associated with the accelerated vesting of restricted stock due to the
death of the Company's Chairman in the third quarter of 2020 coupled with a
non-cash pension settlement loss of $647 thousand recorded during the fourth
quarter of 2020. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of
sales increased to 12.2 percent in 2020 from 10.7 percent in 2019. As a
percentage of net sales, warranty expense decreased to 1.2 percent in 2020,
compared to 1.3 percent in 2019.

Interest Income. Interest income decreased to $95 thousand in 2020 compared to
$323 thousand in 2019. Marine Products generated interest income in 2020
primarily from investments in money market funds. This decrease was primarily
due to a lower percentage investment yield due to lower interest rates,
partially offset by an increase in the average investable balance of cash and
cash equivalents.

Income Tax Provision. The income tax provision decreased to $5.0 million in 2020
compared to $6.2 million in 2019. The effective tax rate was 20.5 percent in
2020 compared to 18.0 percent in 2019. The increase in the 2020 effective tax
rate resulted from a non-deductible permanent item related to stock compensation
coupled with a detrimental provision to return discrete adjustment compared to a
beneficial discrete adjustment in 2019.


Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash and Cash Flows

The Company's cash and cash equivalents were $31.6 million at December 31, 2020,
$19.8 million at December 31, 2019 and $8.7 million at December 31, 2018. The
following table sets forth the historical cash flows for the twelve months

December 31:

(in thousands) 2020 2019 2018

Net cash provided by operating activities $ 29,874$ 33,917$ 22,775
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities (2,065) 5,345 3,060
Net cash used for financing activities (16,040) (28,203) (24,774)

Cash provided by operating activities decreased by $4.0 million in 2020 compared
to 2019. This decrease is primarily due to a decrease in net income partially
offset by a favorable change in working capital.

The major components of the net favorable change in working capital were as
follows: a favorable change of $1.9 million in accounts receivable due to lower
revenues and the timing of receipts in comparison to the prior year; a favorable
change of $0.9 million in income taxes receivable; an unfavorable change of $0.8
million in inventories primarily due to the timing of shipments of finished
boats and receipts of raw materials and key components; and favorable changes of
$2.2 million in accounts payable and $2.4 million in other accrued expenses due
to the timing of payments.

Cash used for investing activities for 2020 was $2.1 million compared to $5.3
million of cash provided by investing activities for 2019. The unfavorable
change in cash used for investing activities is primarily due to net sales of
marketable securities during the first quarter of 2019 resulting from a change
in investment strategy, partially offset by a decrease in capital expenditures
during 2020 in comparison to the prior year.

Cash used for financing activities for 2020 decreased $12.2 million compared to
2019 primarily due to a reduction in the cost of open market share repurchases
coupled with lower common stock dividends paid to shareholders in 2020 compared
to the prior year.

Cash Requirements

Management expects that capital expenditures during 2021 will be approximately
$3.3 million.

The Company participates in a multiple employer Retirement Income Plan,
sponsored by RPC. During 2020, the Company made a cash contribution of $0.6
million to this plan. We do not currently expect that additional contributions
by the Company to the Retirement Income Plan will be made in 2021.

On January 26, 2021, the Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend
of $0.10 per common share payable March 10, 2021 to stockholders of record at
the close of business on February 10, 2021.

The Company has a contractual agreement with one employee that provides for a
monthly payment equal to 10 percent of profits (defined as pretax income before
goodwill amortization and certain allocated corporate expenses).

In January 2008, the Board of Directors authorized an additional 3,000,000
shares that the Company may repurchase for a total aggregate authorization of
8,250,000 shares. The Company repurchased 97,940 shares in the open market
during 2020, and 1,570,428 shares remain available for repurchase under this

The Company has entered into agreements with third-party floor plan lenders
where it has agreed, in the event of default by a qualifying dealer, to
repurchase MPC boats repossessed from the dealer. These arrangements are subject
to maximum repurchase amounts and the associated risk is mitigated by the value
of the boats repurchased. The Company had no repurchases of dealer inventory in
2020 and repurchases totaled $3.4 million under contractual agreements during
2019. See further information regarding repurchase obligations in "NOTE 10:
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES" of the Consolidated Financial Statements which is
incorporated herein by reference.

The Company believes that the liquidity provided by its existing cash and cash
equivalents, marketable securities, and cash expected to be generated from
operations will provide sufficient capital to meet its requirements for at

the next twelve months.


The Company's decisions about the amount of cash to be used for investing and
financing purposes are influenced by its capital position and the expected
amount of cash to be provided by operations.

Contractual Obligations

The following table summarizes the Company's contractual obligations as of
December 31, 2020:

Payments due by period
than 1 1-3 3-5 More
Contractual Obligations (in thousands) Total year years years than 5 years
Long-term debt $ - $ - $ - $ - $ -
Capital lease obligation - - - - -
Operating leases (1) 127 55 68 4 -
Purchase obligations (2) - - - - -
Due to floor plan lenders (3) - - - - -
Other long-term liabilities (4) 768 192

384 192 -
Total $ 895$ 247$ 452$ 196 $ -

(1) Operating leases represent agreements for various office equipment.

As part of the normal course of business the Company enters into purchase
(2) commitments to manage its various operating needs. However, the Company does

not have any obligations that are non-cancelable or subject to a penalty if


The Company has agreements with various third-party lenders where it
(3) guarantees varying amounts of debt for qualifying dealers on boats in dealer

inventory. As of December 31, 2020, there are no outstanding cash obligations

to floor plan lenders.

(4) Represents amounts related to the usage of a corporate aircraft.

Fair Value Measurements

The Company's assets and liabilities measured at fair value are classified in
the fair value hierarchy (Level 1, 2 or 3) based on the inputs used for
valuation. Assets and liabilities that are traded on an exchange with a quoted
price are classified as Level 1. Assets and liabilities that are valued using
significant observable inputs in addition to quoted market prices are classified
as Level 2. The Company currently has no assets or liabilities measured on a
recurring basis that are valued using unobservable inputs and therefore no
assets or liabilities measured on a recurring basis are classified as Level 3.
For defined benefit plan and Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan ("SERP")
investments measured at net asset value, the values are computed using inputs
such as cost, discounted future cash flows, independent appraisals and market
based comparable data or on net asset values calculated by the fund and not
publicly available.

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

To assist dealers in obtaining financing for the purchase of its boats for
inventory, the Company has entered into agreements with various third-party
floor plan lenders whereby the Company guarantees varying amounts of debt for
qualifying dealers on boats in dealer inventory. The Company's obligation under
these guarantees becomes effective in the case of a default under the financing
arrangement between the dealer and the third-party lender. The agreements
typically provide for the return of all repossessed boats in "new and unused"
condition subject to normal wear and tear, as defined, to the Company, in
exchange for the Company's assumption of specified percentages of the debt
obligation on those boats, up to certain contractually determined dollar limits
which vary by lender. The Company had no repurchases of dealer inventory under
contractual agreements during 2020 and had repurchases totaled $3.4 million
during 2019.

Management continues to monitor the risk of additional defaults and resulting
repurchase obligation based primarily upon information provided by the
third-party floor plan lenders and to adjust the guarantee liability at the end
of each reporting period based on information reasonably available at that time.
As of December 31, 2020, the Company believes the fair value of its guarantee
liability is immaterial. See further information regarding repurchase
obligations in "NOTE 10: COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES" of the Consolidated
Financial Statements which is incorporated herein by reference.


The Company currently has an agreement with one of the floor plan lenders
whereby the contractual repurchase obligation is limited to a maximum of 16
percent of the average net receivables financed by the floor plan lender for
dealers during the prior 12 month period, which was $9.7 million as of December
31, 2020. The Company has contractual repurchase agreements with additional
lenders with an aggregate maximum repurchase obligation of $3.5 million, with
various expiration and cancellation terms of less than one year. Accordingly,
the aggregate repurchase obligation with all financing institutions is $13.2
million as of December 31, 2020. Although the Company has these agreements with
financial institutions, in certain situations, the Company may decide for
business reasons to repurchase boats in excess of these contractual amounts.

Related Party Transactions

See "NOTE 12: RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS" of the Consolidated Financial
Statements, which is incorporated herein by reference, for a description of
related party transactions.

Critical Accounting Policies

The consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting
principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which require
significant judgment by management in selecting the appropriate assumptions for
calculating accounting estimates. These judgments are based on our historical
experience, terms of existing contracts, trends in the industry, and information
available from other outside sources, as appropriate. Senior management has
discussed the development, selection and disclosure of its critical accounting
policies that require significant judgements or estimates with the Audit
Committee of our Board of Directors. The Company believes that, of its
significant accounting policies, the following may involve a higher degree of
judgment and complexity.

Sales recognition - The Company sells its boats through its network of
independent dealers and recognizes revenues from contracts with its customers
based on the consideration received in exchange for the goods sold. Revenue is
recognized when obligations under the terms of a contract with our customer are
satisfied. Satisfaction of contract terms occur with the transfer of title of
our boats, accessories, and parts to our dealers. Net sale is measured as the
amount of consideration we expect to receive in exchange for transferring the
goods to the dealer and consists of the sales price adjusted for dealer

Sales incentives and discounts - The Company records incentives as a reduction
of sales or as a cost of sales as appropriate. Using historical trends and
management estimates, adjusted for current changes, the Company estimates the
amount of incentives that will be paid in the future on boats sold and accrues
an estimated liability. The Company offers various incentives that promote sales
to dealers, and to a lesser extent, retail customers. These incentives are
designed to encourage timely replenishment of dealer inventories after peak
selling seasons, stabilize manufacturing volumes throughout the year, and
improve production model mix. The dealer incentive programs are a combination of
annual volume commitment discounts, and additional discounts at time of invoice
for those dealers who do not finance their inventory through specified floor
plan financing agreements. The annual dealer volume discounts are primarily
based on July 1 through June 30 model year purchases. In addition, the Company
offers at various times other time-specific or model-specific incentives.

The factors that complicate the calculation of the cost of these incentives are
the ability to forecast sales of the Company and individual dealers, the volume
and timing of inventory financed by specific dealers, identification of which
boats have been sold subject to an incentive, and the estimated lag time between
sales and payment of incentives. Settlement of the incentives generally occurs
from three to twelve months after the sale. The Company regularly analyzes the
historical incentive trends and adjusts recorded liabilities for changes in
trends and terms of incentive programs. Total cost of incentives recorded in net
sales as a percentage of gross sales was 6.7 percent in 2020, 7.0 percent in
2019, and 7.2 percent in 2018. A 0.25 percentage point change in cost of
incentives as a percentage of gross sales during 2020 would have increased or
decreased net sales, gross margin and operating income by approximately $0.5


Warranty costs -The Company records as part of selling, general and
administrative expenses an experience-based estimate of the future warranty
costs to be incurred when sales are recognized. The Company evaluates its
warranty obligation for each product line on a model year basis. The Company
provides warranties against manufacturing defects for various components of the
boats, primarily the fiberglass deck and hull, with warranty periods extending
up to a lifetime. Warranty costs, if any, on other components of the boats are
generally absorbed by the original component manufacturer. Warranty costs can
vary depending upon the size and number of components in the boats sold, the
pre-sale warranty claims, and the desired level of customer service. While we
focus on high quality manufacturing programs and processes, including actively
monitoring the quality of our component suppliers and managing the dealer and
customer service warranty experience and reimbursements, our estimated warranty
obligation is based upon the warranty terms and the Company's enforcement of
those terms over time, manufacturing defects or issues, repair costs, and the
volume and mix of boat sales. The estimate of warranty costs is regularly
analyzed and is adjusted based on several factors including the actual claims
that occur. Warranty expense as a percentage of net sales was 1.2 percent in
2020, 1.3 percent in 2019, and 1.4 percent in 2018. A 0.10 percentage point
increase in the estimated warranty expense as a percentage of net sales during
2020 would have increased selling, general and administrative expenses and
reduced operating income by approximately $0.2 million.

Impact of Recent Accounting Pronouncements:

See "NOTE 1: SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES" of the Consolidated Financial
Statements, which is incorporated herein by reference, for a description of
recent accounting pronouncements, including the expected dates of adoption and
expected effects on results of operations and financial condition, if known.© Edgar Online, source Glimpses

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