Johnson Outdoors Announces Cash Dividend

RACINE, Wis., Oct. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a global leader in innovative outdoor recreation equipment products, today announced approval by the Board of Directors of a quarterly cash dividend. The dividend approved by the Board anticipates a total annual payout of $0.30 per share on the Company's outstanding shares of Class A common stock, payable through a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per Class A share. An estimated total annual payout of $0.27 per share of the Company's outstanding shares of Class B common stock is also anticipated, payable through a quarterly cash dividend of $0.068 per Class B share. The first quarterly cash dividend is payable on November 7, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 24, 2013.

"Over the past five years we have outpaced our markets and competitors, steadily growing profits faster than sales and enhancing the value of Johnson Outdoors for investors. Our consistently strong financial performance, disciplined balance sheet management and healthy cash position enables us to continue to make smart, strategic investments in future growth, and to simultaneously pay a dividend to our shareholders. We are very pleased to return a portion of earnings to shareholders as we drive forward with our plans for continued success in the future," said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"We evaluated a number of ways to further enhance value for shareholders, with a clear focus on our ability to do so consistently going forward. We believe we are on a clear path of sustained profitable growth, with the strength and capabilities to deliver strong financial performance now and in the future," added David W. Johnson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

While the Company intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, the declaration and payment of future dividends will be subject to determination by the Board of Directors each quarter after its review of the Company's financial performance and other relevant factors.


JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation equipment company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Gear. Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak and Necky® kayaks; Carlisle® paddles; Extrasport® personal flotation devices; Minn Kota® motors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® marine electronics; LakeMaster® electronic charts; SCUBAPRO® and SUBGEAR® dive equipment; Silva® compasses; Jetboil® outdoor cooking systems; and Eureka!® camping and hiking equipment.

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