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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D. C. 20549



 

FORM 10-K



 

 
x   Annual report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, or

 
o   Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from  to 

Commission file number 0-9068



 

WEYCO GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



 

 
Wisconsin   39-0702200
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

333 W. Estabrook Boulevard,
P. O. Box 1188,
Milwaukee, WI 53201

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (414) 908-1600



 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 
Title of each class   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock — $1.00 par value per share   The NASDAQ Stock Market

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None



 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes o No x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act. Yes o No x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (Section 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No o

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulations S-K (Section 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

     
Large accelerated filer o   Accelerated filer x   Non-accelerated filer o   Smaller reporting company o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes o No x

The aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of the close of business on June 30, 2016, was $174,666,000. This was based on the closing price of $27.78 per share as reported by NASDAQ on June 30, 2016, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

As of March 1, 2017, there were 10,488,276 shares of common stock outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the definitive Proxy Statement for its Annual Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for May 9, 2017, are incorporated by reference in Part III of this report.

 

 


 
 

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WEYCO GROUP, INC.
 
Table of Contents to Annual Report on Form 10-K
Year Ended December 31, 2016

 
  Page
  CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS FOR FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION     1  
PART I.
 

ITEM 1.

BUSINESS

    2  

ITEM 1A.

RISK FACTORS

    4  

ITEM 1B.

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

    9  

ITEM 2.

PROPERTIES

    9  

ITEM 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

    9  

ITEM 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

    9  
  EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT     10  
PART II.
 

ITEM 5.

MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

    11  

ITEM 6.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

    12  

ITEM 7.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

    12  

ITEM 7A.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET
RISK

    25  

ITEM 8.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

    26  

ITEM 9.

CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

    62  

ITEM 9A.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

    62  

ITEM 9B.

OTHER INFORMATION

    62  
PART III.
 

ITEM 10.

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

    63  

ITEM 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

    63  

ITEM 12.

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

    63  

ITEM 13.

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

    63  

ITEM 14.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

    63  
PART IV.
 

ITEM 15.

EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

    64  

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS FOR FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This report contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to Weyco Group, Inc.’s (the “Company”) outlook for the future. These statements represent the Company’s reasonable judgment with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Such statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “is likely,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “will,” or variations of such words, and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, address matters that are, to varying degrees, uncertain. Therefore, the reader is cautioned that these forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described under Item 1A, “Risk Factors.”

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PART 1

ITEM 1 BUSINESS

Weyco Group, Inc. is a Wisconsin corporation incorporated in the year 1906 as Weyenberg Shoe Manufacturing Company. Effective April 25, 1990, the name of the corporation was changed to Weyco Group, Inc.

Weyco Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) engage in one line of business: the design and distribution of quality and innovative footwear. The Company designs and markets footwear principally for men, but also for women and children, under a portfolio of well-recognized brand names including: “Florsheim,” “Nunn Bush,” “Stacy Adams,” “BOGS,” “Rafters” and “Umi.” Trademarks maintained by the Company on its brands are important to the business. The Company’s products consist primarily of mid-priced leather dress shoes and casual footwear composed of man-made materials or leather. In addition, the Company added outdoor boots, shoes and sandals in 2011 with the acquisition of the BOGS and Rafters brands. The Company’s footwear is available in a broad range of sizes and widths, primarily purchased to meet the needs and desires of the general American population.

The Company purchases finished shoes from outside suppliers, primarily located in China and India. Almost all of these foreign-sourced purchases are denominated in U.S. dollars. The Company continues to experience upward cost pressures from its suppliers related to a variety of factors, including higher labor, materials and freight costs. Recently, the strength of the U.S. dollar against the Chinese and Indian currencies has helped to mitigate price increases. The Company has also worked to increase its selling prices to offset the effect of these increases.

The Company’s business is separated into two reportable segments — the North American wholesale segment (“wholesale”) and the North American retail segment (“retail”). The Company also has other wholesale and retail businesses overseas which include its businesses in Australia, South Africa and Asia Pacific (collectively, “Florsheim Australia”) and its wholesale and retail businesses in Europe (“Florsheim Europe”).

In 2016, 2015 and 2014, sales of the Company’s wholesale segment, which include both wholesale sales and worldwide licensing revenues, constituted approximately 77%, 78% and 76% of total sales, respectively. At wholesale, shoes are marketed throughout the United States and Canada in more than 10,000 shoe, clothing and department stores. In 2016, 2015, and 2014 no individual customer represented more than 10% of the Company’s total sales. The Company employs traveling salespeople and independent sales representatives who sell the Company’s products to retail outlets. Shoes are shipped to these retailers primarily from the Company’s distribution center in Glendale, Wisconsin. In the men’s footwear business, there is generally no identifiable seasonality, although new styles are historically developed and shown twice each year, in spring and fall. With the Company’s BOGS brand, which mainly sells winter and outdoor boots, there is seasonality in its business due to the nature of the product; the majority of BOGS sales occur in the third and fourth quarters. Consistent with industry practices, the Company carries significant amounts of inventory to meet customer delivery requirements and periodically provides extended payment terms to customers. The Company also has licensing agreements with third parties who sell its branded shoes outside of the United States, as well as licensing agreements with specialty shoe, apparel and accessory manufacturers in the United States.

Sales of the Company’s retail segment constituted 7% of total sales in each of the years 2016, 2015, and 2014. As of December 31, 2016, the retail segment consisted of 13 Company-operated stores and an internet business in the United States. Sales in retail stores are made directly to the consumer by Company employees.

Sales of the Company’s other businesses represented 16%, 15% and 17% of total sales in 2016, 2015, and 2014, respectively. These sales relate to the Company’s wholesale and retail operations in Australia, South Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe.

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As of December 31, 2016, the Company had a backlog of $38 million in orders compared with $41 million as of December 31, 2015. This does not include unconfirmed blanket orders from customers, which account for the majority of the Company’s orders, particularly from its larger accounts. All orders are expected to be filled within one year.

As of December 31, 2016, the Company employed 661 persons worldwide, of whom 29 were members of collective bargaining units. Future wage and benefit increases under the collective bargaining contracts are not expected to have a significant impact on the future operations or financial position of the Company.

Price, quality, service and brand recognition are all important competitive factors in the shoe industry. The Company has a design department that continually reviews and updates product designs. Compliance with environmental regulations historically has not had, and is not expected to have, a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations, financial position or cash flows, although there can be no assurances.

The Company makes available, free of charge, copies of its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to those reports upon written or telephone request. Investors can also access these reports through the Company’s website, www.weycogroup.com, as soon as reasonably practical after the Company files or furnishes those reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The information on the Company’s website is not a part of this filing. Also available on the Company’s website are various documents relating to the corporate governance of the Company, including its Code of Ethics.

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ITEM 1A RISK FACTORS

There are various factors that affect the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The following is a description of some of the significant factors that might materially and adversely affect the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

Decreases in disposable income and general market volatility in the U.S. and global economy may adversely affect the Company.

Spending patterns in the footwear market, particularly those in the moderate-priced market in which a majority of the Company’s products compete, have historically been impacted by consumers’ disposable income. As a result, the success of the Company is impacted by changes in general economic conditions, especially in the United States. Factors affecting discretionary income for the moderate consumer include, among others, general business conditions, gas and energy costs, employment, consumer confidence, interest rates and taxation. Additionally, the economy and consumer behavior can impact the financial strength and buying patterns of retailers, which can also affect the Company’s results. Volatile, unstable or weak economic conditions, or a worsening of conditions, could adversely affect the Company’s sales volume and overall performance.

Volatility and uncertainty in the U.S. and global credit markets could adversely affect the Company’s business.

U.S. and global financial markets recently have been, and continue to be, unstable and unpredictable, which has generally resulted in tightened credit markets with heightened lending standards and terms. Volatility and instability in the credit markets pose various risks to the Company, including, among others, negatively impacting retailer and consumer confidence, limiting the Company’s customers’ access to credit markets and interfering with the normal commercial relationships between the Company and its customers. Increased credit risks associated with the financial condition of some customers in the retail industry affects their level of purchases from the Company and the collectability of amounts owed to the Company, and in some cases, causes the Company to reduce or cease shipments to certain customers who no longer meet the Company’s credit requirements.

In addition, weak economic conditions and unstable and volatile financial markets could lead to certain of the Company’s customers experiencing cash flow problems, which may force them into higher default rates or to file for bankruptcy protection which may increase the Company’s bad debt expense or further negatively impact the Company’s business.

The Company is subject to risks related to the retail environment that could adversely impact the Company’s business.

The Company is subject to risks associated with doing business in the retail environment, primarily in the United States. The U.S. retail industry has experienced a growing trend toward consolidation of large retailers. The merger of major retailers could result in the Company losing sales volume or increasing its concentration of business with a few large accounts, resulting in reduced bargaining power on the part of the Company, which could increase pricing pressures and lower the Company’s margins.

As the popularity of online shopping for consumer goods increases, the Company’s retail partners may experience decreased foot traffic which could negatively impact their businesses. This may, in turn, negatively impact the Company’s sales to those customers, and adversely affect the Company’s results of operations.

Changes in consumer preferences could negatively impact the Company.

The Company’s success is dependent upon its ability to accurately anticipate and respond to rapidly changing fashion trends and consumer preferences. Failure to predict or respond to trends or preferences could have an adverse impact on the Company’s sales volume and overall performance.

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The Company relies on independent foreign sources of production and the availability of leather, rubber and other raw materials which could have unfavorable effects on the Company’s business.

The Company purchases its products entirely from independent foreign manufacturers, primarily in China and India. Although the Company has good working relationships with its manufacturers, the Company does not have long-term contracts with them. Thus, the Company could experience increases in manufacturing costs, disruptions in the timely supply of products or unanticipated reductions in manufacturing capacity, any of which could negatively impact the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition. The Company has the ability to move product to different suppliers; however, the transition may not occur smoothly and/or quickly and the Company could miss customer delivery date requirements and, consequently, could lose orders.

The Company’s use of foreign sources of production results in long production and delivery lead times. Therefore, the Company typically forecasts demand at least five months in advance. If the Company’s forecasts are wrong, it could result in the loss of sales if the Company does not have enough product on hand, or in reduced margins if the Company has excess inventory that needs to be sold at discounted prices.

The Company’s ability to import products in a timely and cost-effective manner may be affected by disruptions at U.S. or foreign ports or other transportation facilities, such as labor disputes and work stoppages, political unrest, severe weather, or security requirements in the United States and other countries. These issues could delay importation of products or require the Company to locate alternative ports or warehousing providers to avoid disruption to its customers. These alternatives may not be available on short notice or could result in higher transportation costs, which could have a material adverse impact on the Company’s overall profitability.

The Company’s products depend on the availability of raw materials, especially leather and rubber. Any significant shortages of quantities or increases in the cost of leather or rubber could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business and results of operations.

Additional risks associated with foreign sourcing that could negatively impact the Company’s business include adverse changes in foreign economic conditions, import regulations, restrictions on the transfer of funds, duties, tariffs, quotas and political or labor interruptions, foreign currency fluctuations, expropriation and nationalization.

The Company conducts business globally, which exposes it to the impact of foreign currency fluctuations as well as political and economic risks.

A portion of the Company’s revenues and expenses are denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. The Company is therefore subject to foreign currency risks and foreign exchange exposure. The Company’s primary exposures are to the Australian dollar and the Canadian dollar. Exchange rates can be volatile and could adversely impact the Company’s financial results.

The Company is exposed to risks of doing business in foreign jurisdictions and risks relating to U.S. policy with respect to companies doing business in foreign jurisdictions. Legislation or other changes in the U.S. tax laws could increase the Company’s U.S. income tax liability and adversely affect the Company’s after-tax profitability. In addition, the results of the recent U.S. election have introduced greater uncertainty with respect to future tax and trade regulations. Changes in tax policy or trade regulations, such as the disallowance of tax deductions on imported merchandise or the imposition of new tariffs on imported products, could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business and results of operations.

The Company operates in a highly competitive environment, which may result in lower prices and reduce its profits.

The footwear market is extremely competitive. The Company competes with manufacturers, distributors and retailers of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, certain of which are larger and have substantially greater resources than the Company. The Company competes with these

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companies primarily on the basis of price, quality, service and brand recognition, all of which are important competitive factors in the shoe industry. The Company’s ability to maintain its competitive edge depends upon these factors, as well as its ability to deliver new products at the best value for the consumer, maintain positive brand recognition, and obtain sufficient retail floor space and effective product presentation at retail. If the Company does not remain competitive, the Company’s future results of operations and financial condition could decline.

The Company is dependent on information and communication systems to support its business and internet sales. Significant interruptions could disrupt its business.

The Company accepts and fills the majority of its larger customers’ orders through the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). It relies on its warehouse management system to efficiently process orders. The corporate office relies on computer systems to efficiently process and record transactions. Significant interruptions in the Company’s information and communication systems from power loss, telecommunications failure or computer system failure could significantly disrupt the Company’s business and operations. In addition, the Company sells footwear on its websites, and failures of the Company’s or other retailers’ websites could adversely affect the Company’s sales and results.

The Company, particularly its retail segment and its internet business, is subject to the risk of data loss and security breaches.

The Company sells footwear in its retail stores and on its websites, and therefore the Company and/or its third party credit card processors must process, store, and transmit large amounts of data, including personal information of its customers. Failure to prevent or mitigate data loss or other security breaches, including breaches of Company technology and systems, could expose the Company or its customers to a risk of loss or misuse of such information, adversely affect the Company’s operating results, result in litigation or potential liability for the Company, and otherwise harm the Company’s business and/or reputation. In order to address these risks, the Company uses third party technology and systems for a variety of reasons, including, without limitation, encryption and authentication technology, employee email, content delivery to customers, back-office support, and other functions. Although the Company has developed systems and processes that are designed to protect customer information and prevent data loss and other security breaches, including systems and processes designed to reduce the impact of a security breach at a third party vendor, such measures cannot provide absolute security.

The Company may not be able to successfully integrate new brands and businesses.

The Company has completed a number of acquisitions in the past and intends to continue to look for new acquisition opportunities. Those search efforts could be unsuccessful and costs could be incurred in any failed efforts. Further, if and when an acquisition occurs, the Company cannot guarantee that it will be able to successfully integrate the brand into its current operations, or that any acquired brand would achieve results in line with the Company’s historical performance or its specific expectations for the brand.

Loss of the services of the Company’s top executives could adversely affect the business.

Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr., the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and John W. Florsheim, the Company’s President, Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Secretary, have a strong heritage within the Company and the footwear industry. They possess knowledge, relationships and reputations based on their lifetime exposure to and experience in the Company and the industry. The loss of either one or both of the Company’s top executives could have an adverse impact on the Company’s performance.

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The limited public float and trading volume for the Company’s stock may have an adverse impact on the stock price or make it difficult to liquidate.

The Company’s common stock is held by a relatively small number of shareholders. The Florsheim family owns approximately 34% of the stock and two institutional shareholders hold significant blocks. Other officers, directors, and members of management own stock or have the potential to own stock through previously granted stock options and restricted stock. Consequently, the Company has a relatively small float and low average daily trading volume, which could affect a shareholder’s ability to sell stock or the price at which it can be sold. In addition, future sales of substantial amounts of the Company’s common stock in the public market by large shareholders, or the perception that these sales could occur, may adversely impact the market price of the stock and the stock could be difficult for the shareholder to liquidate.

Deterioration of the municipal bond market in general or of specific municipal bonds held by the Company or its pension plan may result in a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, and liquidity.

The Company maintains an investment portfolio consisting primarily of investment-grade municipal bond investments. The Company’s investment policy only permits the purchase of investment-grade securities. The Company’s investment portfolio totaled approximately $26 million as of December 31, 2016, or approximately 10% of total assets. If the value of municipal bonds in general or any of the Company’s municipal bond holdings deteriorate, the performance of the Company’s investment portfolio, financial condition, results of operations, and liquidity may be materially and adversely affected.

The Company’s total assets include goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets. If management determines these have become impaired in the future, net earnings could be materially adversely affected. Additionally, potential tax reform changes related to such assets may adversely affect the Company’s financial results.

Goodwill represents the excess of cost over the fair market value of net assets acquired in a business combination. Indefinite-lived intangible assets are comprised of trademarks on certain of the Company’s principal shoe brands. The Company’s goodwill and trademarks totaled approximately $44 million as of December 31, 2016, or approximately 16% of total assets.

The Company analyzes its goodwill and trademarks for impairment on an annual basis or more frequently when, in the judgment of management, an event has occurred that may indicate that additional analysis is required. Impairment may result from, among other things, deterioration in the Company’s performance, adverse market conditions, adverse changes in applicable laws or regulations, including changes that restrict the activities of or affect the products sold by the Company, and a variety of other factors. The amount of any quantified impairment must be expensed as a charge to results of operations in the period in which the asset becomes impaired.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company evaluated the current state of its Umi business and determined the brand did not fit the long-term strategic objectives of the Company. As a result, the Company recorded a $1.8 million impairment charge ($1.1 million after tax) to write off the majority of the value of the Umi trademark. Other than this write-off, the Company did not record any other goodwill or trademark impairment charges in 2016. The Company also did not record any goodwill or trademark impairment charges in 2015 or 2014. Any future determination of impairment of a significant portion of goodwill or other identifiable intangible assets could have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition and results of operations.

Goodwill and trademarks are being deducted for tax purposes in accordance with the U.S. tax policy. Any changes in the U.S. tax policy, limiting or eliminating the deductibility of such assets, could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial results.

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Risks related to our defined benefit plan may adversely impact our results of operations and cash flow.

Significant changes in actual investment return on defined benefit plan assets, discount rates, mortality assumptions and other factors could adversely affect the Company’s results of operations and the amounts of contributions the Company must make to its defined benefit plan in future periods. As the Company marks-to-market its defined benefit plan assets and liabilities on an annual basis, large non-cash gains or losses could be recorded in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year. Generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. require that the Company calculate income or expense for the plan using actuarial valuations. These valuations reflect assumptions about financial markets and interest rates, which may change based on economic conditions. Funding requirements for the Company’s defined benefit plans are dependent upon, among other things, interest rates, underlying asset returns and the impact of legislative or regulatory changes related to defined benefit funding obligations. For a discussion regarding the significant assumptions used to determine net periodic benefit cost, refer to “Critical Accounting Policies” included in Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

If the Company is unable to maintain effective internal control over its financial reporting, investors could lose confidence in the reliability of its financial statements, which could result in a reduction in the value of its common stock.

Under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, public companies must include a report of management on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting in their annual reports; that report must contain an assessment by management of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. In addition, the independent registered public accounting firm that audits a company’s financial statements must attest to and report on the effectiveness of the company’s internal control over financial reporting.

If the Company is unable to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting, including in connection with changes in accounting rules and standards that apply to it, this could lead to a failure to meet its reporting obligations to the SEC. Such a failure in turn could result in an adverse reaction to the Company in the marketplace or a loss in value of the Company’s common stock, due to a loss of confidence in the reliability of the Company’s financial statements.

Natural disasters and other events outside of the Company’s control, and the ineffective management of such events, may harm the Company’s business.

The Company’s facilities and operations, as well as those of the Company’s suppliers and customers, may be impacted by natural disasters. In the event of such disasters, and if the Company or its suppliers or customers are not adequately insured, the Company’s business could be harmed due to the event itself or due to its inability to effectively manage the effects of the particular event; potential harms include the loss of business continuity, the loss of inventory or business data and damage to infrastructure, warehouses or distribution centers.

Regulations related to conflict minerals may force us to incur additional expenses.

The SEC has adopted disclosure requirements related to certain minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries, or “conflict minerals,” that are necessary to the functionality of a product manufactured, or contracted to be manufactured, by a SEC reporting company. The minerals that the rules cover are commonly referred to as “3TG” and include tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. Implementation of the disclosure requirements could affect the sourcing and availability of some of the materials that the Company uses in the manufacture of its products. There is also uncertainty relating to the requirements of the regulations as a result of ongoing litigation challenging the constitutionality of portions of the regulations. The Company’s supply chain is complex, and if it is not able to determine the origins for all conflict minerals used in its products or that its products are “conflict free,” then it may face reputational challenges with customers or investors. The Company could also incur significant costs related to the compliance process, including potential difficulty or added costs in satisfying disclosure and audit requirements.

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ITEM 1B UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None

ITEM 2 PROPERTIES

The following facilities were operated by the Company or its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2016:

       
Location   Character   Owned/
Leased
  Square
Footage
  %
Utilized
Glendale, Wisconsin(2)     Two story office and distribution center       Owned       1,100,000       80 % 
Portland, Oregon(2)     Two story office       Leased (1)      6,300       100 % 
Montreal, Canada(2)     Multistory office and distribution center       Owned (4)      75,800       100 % 
Florence, Italy(3)     Two story office and distribution center       Leased (1)      15,100       100 % 
Fairfield Victoria, Australia(3)     Office and distribution center       Leased (1)      54,000       100 % 
Honeydew Park, South Africa(3)     Distribution center       Leased (1)      8,600       85 % 
Hong Kong, China(3)     Office and distribution center       Leased (1)      14,000       100 % 
Dongguan City, China(3)     Office       Leased (1)      4,400       100 % 

(1) Not material leases.
(2) These properties are used principally by the Company's North American wholesale segment.
(3) These properties are used principally by the Company's other businesses which are not reportable segments.
(4) The Company owns a 50% interest in this property. See Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

In addition to the above-described offices and distribution facilities, the Company also operates retail shoe stores under various rental agreements. All of these facilities are suitable and adequate for the Company’s current operations. See Note 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Item 1, “Business”, above.

ITEM 3 LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

None

ITEM 4 MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT

The following were executive officers of Company as of December 31, 2016:

   
Name   Position   Age
Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr.(1)   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer   58
John W. Florsheim(1)   President, Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Secretary   53
John F. Wittkowske   Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary   57
Judy Anderson   Vice President, Finance and Treasurer   49
Mike Bernsteen   Vice President, and President of Nunn Bush Brand   60
Dustin Combs   Vice President, and President of BOGS and Rafters Brands   34
Brian Flannery   Vice President, and President of Stacy Adams Brand   55
Kevin Schiff   Vice President, and President of Florsheim Brand   48
George Sotiros   Vice President, Information Technology   50
Allison Woss   Vice President, Supply Chain   44

(1) Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr. and John W. Florsheim are brothers, and Chairman Emeritus Thomas W. Florsheim is their father.

Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr. has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for more than 5 years.

John W. Florsheim has served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Secretary for more than 5 years.

John F. Wittkowske has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary for more than 5 years.

Judy Anderson has served as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for more than 5 years.

Mike Bernsteen has served as a Vice President of the Company and President of the Nunn Bush Brand for 5 years.

Dustin Combs has served as a Vice President of the Company and President of the BOGS and Rafters Brands since January 2015. Prior to this role, Mr. Combs served as Vice President of Sales for the BOGS and Rafters Brands from March 2011 to January 2015.

Brian Flannery has served as a Vice President of the Company and President of the Stacy Adams Brand for more than 5 years.

Kevin Schiff has served as a Vice President of the Company and President of the Florsheim Brand for more than 5 years.

George Sotiros has served as Vice President of Information Technology for more than 5 years.

Allison Woss has served as Vice President of Supply Chain since August 2016. Prior to this role, Ms. Woss served as Vice President of Purchasing from January 2007 to August 2016.

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PART II

ITEM 5 MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

The shares of the Company’s common stock are traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) under the symbol “WEYS.”

COMMON STOCK DATA

           
  2016   2015
     Stock Prices   Cash
Dividends
Declared
  Stock Prices   Cash
Dividends
Declared
Quarter:   High   Low   High   Low
First   $ 28.23     $ 22.94     $ 0.20     $ 30.57     $ 26.26     $ 0.19  
Second   $ 28.50     $ 25.84     $ 0.21     $ 31.01     $ 27.20     $ 0.20  
Third   $ 29.05     $ 24.52     $ 0.21     $ 30.44     $ 25.28     $ 0.20  
Fourth   $ 31.58     $ 24.91     $ 0.21     $ 29.18     $ 26.16     $ 0.20  
                       $ 0.83                       $ 0.79  

There were 139 holders of record of the Company's common stock as of March 1, 2017.

The stock prices shown above are the high and low actual trades on the NASDAQ for the calendar periods indicated.

Stock Performance

The following line graph compares the cumulative total shareholder return on the Company’s common stock during the five years ended December 31, 2016 with the cumulative return on the NASDAQ-100 Index and the Russell 3000 — RGS Textiles Apparel & Shoe Index. The comparison assumes $100 was invested on December 31, 2011, in the Company’s common stock and in each of the foregoing indices and assumes reinvestment of dividends.

[GRAPHIC MISSING]

           
  2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016
Weyco Group, Inc.     100       97       122       122       117       141  
NASDAQ-100 Global Index     100       118       162       193       212       228  
Russell 3000 – RGS Textiles Apparel & Shoe Index     100       112       165       183       179       158  

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In 1998 the Company’s stock repurchase program was established. On several occasions since the program’s inception, the Board of Directors has extended the number of shares authorized for repurchase under the program. In total, 6.5 million shares have been authorized for repurchase. The table below presents information pursuant to Item 703 of Regulation S-K regarding the repurchase of the Company’s common stock by the Company in the three-month period ended December 31, 2016.

       
Period   Total Number
of Shares
Purchased
  Average Price
Paid Per Share
  Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of the
Publicly Announced
Program
  Maximum Number of
Shares that May Yet
Be Purchased Under
the Program
10/01/2016 – 10/31/2016     16,782     $ 26.32       16,782       607,201  
11/01/2016 – 11/30/2016     41,567     $ 27.54       41,567       565,634  
12/01/2016 – 12/31/2016     459     $ 28.03       459       565,175  
Total     58,808       27.20       58,808           

ITEM 6 SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

The following selected financial data reflects the results of operations, balance sheet data and common share information as of and for the years ended December 31, 2012 through December 31, 2016.

         
  Years Ended December 31,
     (in thousands, except per share amounts)
     2016   2015   2014   2013   2012
Net Sales   $ 296,933     $ 320,617     $ 320,488     $ 300,284     $ 293,471  
Net earnings attributable to Weyco Group, Inc.   $ 16,472     $ 18,212     $ 19,020     $ 17,601     $ 18,957  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.56     $ 1.68     $ 1.75     $ 1.62     $ 1.73  
Weighted average diluted shares
outstanding
    10,572       10,859       10,888       10,865       10,950  
Cash dividends per share   $ 0.83     $ 0.79     $ 0.75     $ 0.54     $ 0.84  
Total assets at year end   $ 268,240     $ 298,997     $ 277,446     $ 267,533     $ 285,321  
Bank borrowings at year end   $ 4,268     $ 26,649     $ 5,405     $ 12,000     $ 45,000  

ITEM 7 MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

GENERAL

The Company designs and markets quality and innovative footwear for men, women and children under a portfolio of well-recognized brand names, including: “Florsheim,” “Nunn Bush,” “Stacy Adams,” “BOGS,” “Rafters” and “Umi.” Inventory is purchased from third-party overseas manufacturers. The majority of foreign-sourced purchases are denominated in U.S. dollars. The Company has two reportable segments, North American wholesale operations (“wholesale”) and North American retail operations (“retail”). In the wholesale segment, the Company’s products are sold to leading footwear, department and specialty stores, primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company also has licensing agreements with third parties who sell its branded apparel, accessories and specialty footwear in the United States, as well as its footwear in Mexico and certain markets overseas. Licensing revenues are included in the Company’s wholesale segment. The Company’s retail segment consisted of 13 Company-owned retail stores and an internet business in the United States as of December 31, 2016. Sales in retail outlets are made directly to consumers by Company employees. The Company’s “other” operations include the Company’s wholesale and retail businesses in Australia, South Africa and Asia Pacific (collectively, “Florsheim Australia”) and Europe (“Florsheim Europe”). The majority of the Company’s operations are in the United States, and its results are primarily affected by the economic conditions and the retail environment in the United States.

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This discussion summarizes the significant factors affecting the consolidated operating results, financial position and liquidity of the Company for the three-year period ended December 31, 2016. This discussion should be read in conjunction with Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” below.

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

Sales and Earnings Highlights

Consolidated net sales were $296.9 million in 2016, a decrease of 7% as compared to $320.6 million in 2015. Earnings from operations were $21.2 million this year, down 29% as compared to $29.8 million in 2015. Net earnings attributable to Weyco Group, Inc. decreased 10% to $16.5 million in 2016, from $18.2 million last year. Diluted earnings per share were $1.56 in 2016, as compared to $1.68 in 2015.

Earnings for 2016 included an impairment of long-lived assets charge of $1.8 million ($1.1 million after tax) related to the Umi trademark, offset by a $3.1 million adjustment to reverse the deferred tax liability on corporate-owned life insurance policies. Earnings for 2015 included $458,000 ($279,000 after tax) of income representing the final adjustment to the BOGS/Rafters earnout payment. Without these non-recurring adjustments, earnings from operations and net earnings attributable to the Company would have been down 22% and 20%, respectively, for the year.

Diluted earnings per share were $1.56 in 2016, as compared to $1.68 per share in 2015. Without the non-recurring adjustments described above, diluted earnings per share on an adjusted basis would have been $1.36 per share in 2016 and $1.65 in 2015.

Net sales in the Company’s wholesale segment decreased $23.8 million, or 9% for the year, primarily due to lower sales of BOGS and Nunn Bush branded footwear. Net sales in the Company’s retail segment decreased 1%, and net sales of the Company’s other businesses (Florsheim Australia and Florsheim Europe) increased 1% for the year.

Consolidated earnings from operations decreased $8.5 million for the year. Excluding the non-recurring adjustments related to the Umi trademark and the BOGS/Rafters final earnout payment, consolidated earnings from operations would have been down $6.3 million for the year. This decrease was primarily due to lower sales volumes in the Company’s wholesale segment. Earnings from operations in the Company’s retail segment were also down for the year, due to lower sales at the Company’s brick and mortar locations. Earnings from operations of the Company’s other businesses were down for the year, mainly due to lower operating earnings at the Company’s retail store in Macau, resulting from lower sales.

Financial Position Highlights

At December 31, 2016, cash and marketable securities totaled $39.4 million and outstanding debt totaled $4.3 million. At December 31, 2015, cash and marketable securities totaled $43.1 million and outstanding debt totaled $26.6 million. During 2016, the Company generated $46.9 million of cash from operations, and used funds to pay $22.4 million on its revolving line of credit, purchase $11.0 million of its common stock, and pay $8.9 million of dividends. In addition, the Company paid the $5.2 million BOGS/Rafters final earn-out payment, and spent $6.0 million on capital expenditures.

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2016 vs. 2015

Non-Recurring Adjustments

In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company evaluated the current state of its Umi business and determined the brand did not fit the long-term strategic objectives of the Company. As a result, the Company recorded a $1.8 million impairment charge ($1.1 million after tax) to write off the majority of the value of the Umi trademark. The Company is currently reviewing a number of alternatives for the future of the Umi brand.

Additionally, in the fourth quarter 2016, the Company reviewed its liquidity needs and sources of capital, including evaluating whether it would need the cash available under corporate-owned life insurance policies on two former executives. It was determined that the chances were remote that the Company would need to surrender these policies to satisfy liquidity needs, and, as a result, the Company reversed the $3.1 million deferred tax liability related to these policies.

Finally, in 2015, the Company recorded a $458,000 adjustment ($279,000 after tax) to the final earnout payment related to the 2011 acquisition of the BOGS/Rafters brands. The final earnout payment was paid in March 2016.

For a tabular presentation of the impact of the non-recurring adjustments on the Company’s results, see the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” table in the “OTHER” section below.

SEGMENT ANALYSIS

Net sales and earnings from operations for the Company’s segments, as well as its “other” operations, in the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, were as follows:

     
  Years ended December 31,  
     2016   2015   % Change
     (Dollars in thousands)     
Net Sales
                          
North American Wholesale   $ 227,537     $ 251,370       -9 % 
North American Retail     21,883       22,121       -1 % 
Other     47,513       47,126       1 % 
Total   $ 296,933     $ 320,617       -7 % 
Earnings from Operations
                          
North American Wholesale   $ 16,398     $ 24,272       -32 % 
North American Retail     2,109       2,519       -16 % 
Other     2,729       2,994       -9 % 
Total   $ 21,236     $ 29,785       -29 % 

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North American Wholesale Segment

Net Sales

Net sales in the Company’s North American wholesale segment for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, were as follows:

     
  Years ended December 31,  
     2016   2015   % Change
     (Dollars in thousands)
North American Net Sales
                          
Stacy Adams   $ 66,620     $ 67,655       -2 % 
Nunn Bush     58,229       66,681       -13 % 
Florsheim     51,563       50,961       1 % 
BOGS/Rafters     46,075       59,616       -23 % 
Umi     2,265       2,825       -20 % 
Total North American Wholesale   $ 224,752     $ 247,738       -9 % 
Licensing     2,785       3,632       -23 % 
Total North American Wholesale Segment   $ 227,537     $ 251,370       -10 % 

The Company’s wholesale business faced a challenging retail environment in 2016. Foot traffic at the Company’s customers’ brick and mortar stores has been declining, as the popularity of online shopping continues to grow. Nunn Bush was particularly impacted because a significant amount of the brand’s business is with mid-tier department stores, a segment particularly struggling with this problem. Sales of the BOGS brand also declined, mainly due to the continued impact of the mild 2015/2016 winter season, as retailers carried over BOGS inventory into the 2016/2017 winter season.

Licensing revenues consist of royalties earned on sales of branded apparel, accessories and specialty footwear in the United States and on branded footwear in Mexico and certain overseas markets. The decrease in licensing revenues resulted mainly from licensee transitions that occurred in 2016.

Earnings from Operations

Gross earnings as a percent of net sales were 32.1% in 2016 versus 32.5% in 2015 this year. Earnings from operations in the North American wholesale segment were $16.4 million in 2016, down 32% as compared to $24.3 million in 2015. This year’s wholesale operating earnings included an impairment charge of $1.8 million related to the Umi trademark. Last year’s wholesale operating earnings included $458,000 of income representing the final adjustment to the BOGS/Rafters earnout payment. Without these non-recurring adjustments, wholesale earnings from operations would have been down 24% for the year, due mainly to the decrease in wholesale sales.

The Company’s cost of sales does not include distribution costs (e.g., receiving, inspection or warehousing costs) or shipping and handling expenses. The Company’s distribution costs were $11.7 million and $11.3 million in the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The Company’s wholesale shipping and handling expenses were $1.6 million and $1.9 million in the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These costs were included in selling and administrative expenses. The Company’s gross earnings may not be comparable to other companies, as some companies may include distribution costs in cost of sales.

North American wholesale segment selling and administrative expenses include, and are primarily related to, distribution costs, salaries and commissions, advertising costs, employee benefit costs and depreciation. Wholesale selling and administrative expenses decreased $627,000 in 2016, as compared to the prior year. Excluding the non-recurring adjustments described above, wholesale selling and administrative expenses would have been down $2.8 million between years, primarily due to lower employee benefit costs and advertising costs. As a percent of net sales, wholesale selling and administrative expenses were 25% and 23% in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Without the

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non-recurring adjustments described above, wholesale selling and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales would have been 24% and 23% in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

North American Retail Segment

Net Sales

Net sales in the Company’s North American retail segment were $21.9 million in 2016, down 1% as compared to $22.1 million in 2015. Same store sales, which include U.S. internet sales, were up 1% for the year. There were three fewer domestic retail stores operating in 2016 than there were in 2015, as four stores closed and one store opened. Stores are included in same store sales beginning in the store’s 13th month of operations after its grand opening. The increase in same store sales was due to an increase in the Company’s U.S. internet business.

Earnings from Operations

Earnings from operations in the North American retail segment were $2.1 million in 2016, down 16% as compared to $2.5 million in 2015. Retail gross earnings as a percent of net sales were 65.0% in 2016 and 65.7% in 2015. Selling and administrative expenses for the retail segment include, and are primarily related to, rent and occupancy costs, employee costs, advertising expense and freight. Selling and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales were 55% in 2016 compared to 54% in 2015. The decrease in retail earnings from operations was primarily due to lower net sales at the Company’s brick and mortar locations.

The Company reviews its long-lived assets for impairment in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 360, Property Plant and Equipment (“ASC 360”). See Note 2 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information. A $113,000 impairment charge was recognized in 2016. No impairment charges were recognized in 2015.

Other

The Company’s other businesses include its wholesale and retail operations in Australia, South Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. In 2016, net sales of the Company’s other businesses were $47.5 million, up 1% as compared with $47.1 million in 2015. This increase was primarily due to higher net sales in Florsheim Europe’s wholesale business. Earnings from operations at Florsheim Australia and Florsheim Europe were $2.7 million in 2016, down 9% as compared to $3.0 million last year. This decrease was primarily due to lower operating earnings at the Company’s retail store in Macau, resulting from lower sales.

2015 vs. 2014

SEGMENT ANALYSIS

Net sales and earnings from operations for the Company’s segments, as well as its “other” operations, in the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, were as follows:

     
  Years ended December 31,  
     2015   2014   % Change
     (Dollars in thousands)     
Net Sales
                          
North American Wholesale   $ 251,370     $ 243,429       3 % 
North American Retail     22,121       23,324       -5 % 
Other     47,126       53,735       -12 % 
Total   $ 320,617     $ 320,488       0 % 
Earnings from Operations
                          
North American Wholesale   $ 24,272     $ 22,527       8 % 
North American Retail     2,519       3,300       -24 % 
Other     2,994       4,830       -38 % 
Total   $ 29,785     $ 30,657       -3 % 

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North American Wholesale Segment

Net Sales

Net sales in the Company’s North American wholesale segment for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, were as follows:

     
  Years ended December 31,  
     2015   2014   % Change
     (Dollars in thousands)
North American Net Sales
                          
Stacy Adams   $ 67,655     $ 61,157       11 % 
Nunn Bush     66,681       66,498       0 % 
Florsheim     50,961       51,440       -1 % 
BOGS/Rafters     59,616       57,830       3 % 
Umi     2,825       3,322       -15 % 
Total North American Wholesale   $ 247,738     $ 240,247       3 % 
Licensing     3,632       3,182       14 % 
Total North American Wholesale Segment   $ 251,370     $ 243,429       3 % 

The increase in Stacy Adams 2015 net sales was driven by strong new product sales. Net sales of the BOGS/Rafters brands were up in 2015 compared to 2014 due to strong sales of BOGS women’s and children’s footwear in the U.S.

Licensing revenues consist of royalties earned on sales of branded apparel, accessories and specialty footwear in the United States and on branded footwear in Mexico and certain overseas markets.

Earnings from Operations

Gross margins for the wholesale segment increased to 32.5% in 2015, from 32.3% in 2014. Gross margins in the U.S. increased to 32.4% in 2015, from 31.4% in 2014, however, this increase was offset by lower gross margins in Canada. Gross margins in Canada continue to be negatively affected by the weaker Canadian dollar because inventory is purchased in U.S. dollars.

Earnings from operations in the North American wholesale segment were $24.3 million in 2015, up 8% as compared to $22.5 million in 2014. This increase was due to higher sales and gross margins.

The Company’s cost of sales does not include distribution costs (e.g., receiving, inspection or warehousing costs) or shipping and handling expenses. The Company’s distribution costs were $11.3 million and $11.0 million in the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The Company’s wholesale shipping and handling expenses were $1.9 million and $2.4 million in the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. These costs were included in selling and administrative expenses. The Company’s gross earnings may not be comparable to other companies, as some companies may include distribution costs in cost of sales.

North American wholesale segment selling and administrative expenses include, and are primarily related to, distribution costs, salaries and commissions, advertising costs, employee benefit costs and depreciation. Wholesale selling and administrative expenses were up $1.3 million in 2015, which included an additional $2 million in marketing and advertising expenses. As a percent of net sales, wholesale selling and administrative expenses were 23% in each of 2015 and 2014.

North American Retail Segment

Net Sales

Net sales in the Company’s North American retail segment were $22.1 million in 2015, down 5% as compared to $23.3 million in 2014. The decrease was due to three fewer domestic retail stores operating in 2015 as compared to 2014. Same store sales, which include U.S. internet sales, were

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up 1% for the year. Stores are included in same store sales beginning in the store’s 13th month of operations after its grand opening. The increase in same store sales was due to an increase in the Company’s U.S. internet business.

Earnings from Operations

Earnings from operations in the North American retail segment were $2.5 million in 2015, down 24% as compared to $3.3 million in 2014. Retail gross earnings as a percent of net sales were 65.7% in 2015 and 65.9% in 2014. Selling and administrative expenses for the retail segment include, and are primarily related to, rent and occupancy costs, employee costs and depreciation. Selling and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales were 54% in 2015 compared to 52% in 2014. The decrease in retail earnings from operations was primarily due to lower net sales at the Company’s brick and mortar locations.

The Company reviews its long-lived assets for impairment in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 360, Property Plant and Equipment (“ASC 360”). See Note 2 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information. No impairment charge was recognized in 2015 or 2014.

Other

The Company’s other businesses include its wholesale and retail operations in Australia, South Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. In 2015, net sales of the Company’s other businesses were $47.1 million, down 12% as compared with $53.7 million in 2014. This decrease was primarily due to lower net sales at Florsheim Australia, caused by the translation of the weaker Australian currency into U.S. dollars. In local currency, Florsheim Australia’s net sales were up 7% for the year. Earnings from operations at Florsheim Australia and Florsheim Europe were $3.0 million in 2015, down 38% as compared to $4.8 million in 2014. This decrease was primarily due to lower operating earnings at recently opened stores in Asia and Australia as well as lower operating earnings at the Company’s retail store in Macau, as a result of higher operating expenses.

OTHER INCOME AND EXPENSE AND TAXES

The majority of the Company’s interest income is from its investments in marketable securities. Interest income was $763,000 in 2016, $936,000 in 2015, and $1.2 million in 2014. The decrease over the three-year period was primarily due to lower average investment balances.

Interest expense was $436,000 in 2016, $181,000 in 2015 and $178,000 in 2014. The increase in interest expense in 2016 was primarily due to interest recognized on a 2016 tax settlement.

Other income (expense), net, was $514,000 of income in 2016 compared to expense of ($1.4 million) and ($595,000) in 2015 and 2014, respectively. This year’s other income included foreign currency transaction gains of $513,000, resulting mainly from unrealized gains on foreign exchange contracts entered into by Florsheim Australia. Last year’s other expense included ($961,000) of foreign currency transaction losses, resulting mainly from unrealized losses on foreign exchange contracts entered into by Florsheim Australia, as well as losses from the revaluation of intercompany loans between the Company’s wholesale segment and Florsheim Australia. Additionally, other expense for 2015 included $473,000 of expense related to the operating losses and write-off of an investment by Florsheim Australia in a foreign joint venture. Other expense in 2014 included ($268,000) of foreign currency transaction losses, resulting mainly from the revaluation of intercompany loans between the Company’s wholesale segment and Florsheim Australia.

The effective tax rate for 2016 was 23.0% compared with 37.7% in 2015 and 36.2% in 2014. The decrease in 2016 was mainly due to the reversal of the deferred tax liability on corporate-owned life insurance policies (14.2%), as discussed above. The increase in 2015 was primarily due to a higher state tax liability as well as higher effective tax rates at the Company’s foreign locations.

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LIQUIDITY & CAPITAL RESOURCES

The Company’s primary sources of liquidity are its cash and short-term marketable securities, which aggregated $18.3 million at December 31, 2016, and $22.4 million at December 31, 2015, and its revolving line of credit. In 2016, the Company generated $46.9 million of cash from operations, compared with using $5.7 million of cash in operations in 2015, and generating $17.8 million of cash from operations in 2014. Fluctuations in net cash from operating activities over the three-year period have mainly resulted from changes in net earnings and operating assets and liabilities, and most significantly the year-end inventory and accounts receivable balances. The increase in 2016 was related to the reduction in inventory levels in accordance with customer orders, and also to reflect a more conservative position based on the overall retail environment.

The Company’s capital expenditures were $6.0 million, $2.5 million and $2.9 million in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The Company expects capital expenditures to be between $2 million and $3 million in 2017. The increase in 2016 was due to improvements that were made to the Company’s distribution center in Glendale, Wisconsin to increase its capacity, as well as remodeling projects to improve two of the Company’s Florida retail stores, and the build out for the new store opened in Florida this year.

The Company paid cash dividends of $8.9 million, $8.5 million and $8.2 million in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

The Company continues to repurchase its common stock under its share repurchase program when the Company believes market conditions are favorable. In 2016, the Company repurchased 410,983 shares for a total cost of $11.0 million. In 2015, the Company repurchased 354,741 shares for a total cost of $9.9 million. In 2014, the Company repurchased 297,576 shares for a total cost of $8.0 million. At December 31, 2016, the remaining total shares available to purchase under the program was approximately 565,000 shares.

At December 31, 2016, the Company had a $60 million unsecured revolving line of credit with a bank expiring November 3, 2017. The line of credit bears interest at LIBOR plus 0.75%. At December 31, 2016, outstanding borrowings were approximately $4.3 million at an interest rate of 1.52%. The highest balance during the year was $28.4 million. At December 31, 2015, outstanding borrowings were $26.6 million at an interest rate of 1.18%. The highest balance during 2015 was $42.0 million.

In connection with the Bogs acquisition, the Company had two earn-out payments due to the former shareholders of Bogs. The Company made the first earn-out payment of $1,270,000 in the first quarter of 2013. The second and final earn-out payment of $5,217,000 was made in March 2016. For additional information, see Note 10 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

As of December 31, 2016, $3.1 million of cash and cash equivalents was held by the Company’s foreign subsidiaries. If these funds are needed for operations in the U.S., the Company would be required to accrue and pay U.S. taxes to repatriate these funds. Management believes that under the current tax law, the related tax impact of any such repatriation would not be material to the Company’s financial statements. For additional information, see Note 12 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company reviewed its liquidity needs and sources of capital, including evaluating whether it would need the cash available under corporate-owned life insurance policies on two former executives. It was determined that the chances were remote that the Company would need to surrender the policies to satisfy liquidity needs, and, as a result, the Company reversed the $3.1 million deferred tax liability related to the policies.

The Company will continue to evaluate the best uses for its available liquidity, including, among other uses, capital expenditures, continued stock repurchases and additional acquisitions.

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The Company believes that available cash and marketable securities, cash provided by operations, and available borrowing facilities will provide adequate support for the cash needs of the business through March 2018, although there can be no assurances.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

The Company does not utilize any special purpose entities or other off-balance sheet arrangements.

Commitments

The Company’s significant contractual obligations are its supplemental pension plan, short-term borrowings, and its operating leases. These obligations are discussed further in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company also has significant obligations to purchase inventory. Future obligations under operating leases are disclosed in Note 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. The table below provides summary information about these obligations as of December 31, 2016.

         
  Payments Due by Period (dollars in thousands)
     Total   Less Than
a Year
  2 – 3 Years   4 – 5 Years   More Than
5 Years
Pension obligations   $ 34,031     $ 409     $ 893     $ 1,040     $ 31,689  
Short-term borrowings     4,268     $ 4,268     $     $     $  
Operating leases     41,138       9,178       15,793       10,384       5,783  
Purchase obligations*     51,460       51,460                    
Total   $ 130,897     $ 65,315     $ 16,686     $ 11,424     $ 37,472  

* Purchase obligations relate entirely to commitments to purchase inventory.

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OTHER

Non-GAAP Information

The comparability of certain of the Company’s financial measures was impacted by non-recurring adjustments related to the Umi trademark impairment, an adjustment to reverse the deferred tax liability on corporate-owned life insurance policies, and the gain from the final adjustment to the earnout payment related to the 2011 acquisition of Bogs. To provide additional information to investors to facilitate the comparison of past and present performance, the Company presented non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the financial impact of these non-recurring adjustments. These non-GAAP financial measures were used internally by management in evaluating the results of operations, but they are not intended to replace the presentation of financial results in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures, as presented in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings, is provided in the table below.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following is a reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures for the twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.

           
  Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016   Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015
     GAAP
Measures
(As Reported)
  Adjustments   Non-GAAP
Measures
(As Adjusted)
  GAAP
Measures
(As Reported)
  Adjustments   Non-GAAP
Measures
(As Adjusted)
Net sales   $ 296,933              $ 296,933     $ 320,617              $ 320,617  
Cost of sales     184,890             184,890       199,008             199,008  
Gross earnings     112,043                112,043       121,609                121,609  
Selling and administrative expenses     90,807       (1,770 )(1)      89,037       91,824       458 (3)      92,282  
Earnings from operations     21,236                23,006       29,785                29,327  
Interest income     763                763       936                936  
Interest expense     (436 )               (436 )      (181 )               (181 ) 
Other income (expense), net     514             514       (1,425 )            (1,425 ) 
Earnings before provision for income taxes     22,077                23,847       29,115                28,657  
Provision for income taxes     5,084       3,832 (2)      8,916       10,962       (179 )(3)      10,783  
Net earnings     16,993                14,931       18,153                17,874  
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest     521             521       (59 )            (59 ) 
Net earnings attributable to Weyco Group, Inc.   $ 16,472           $ 14,410     $ 18,212           $ 17,933  
Earnings per share
                                                     
Basic   $ 1.57       (0.20 )    $ 1.37     $ 1.69       (0.03 )    $ 1.66  
Diluted   $ 1.56       (0.20 )    $ 1.36     $ 1.68       (0.03 )    $ 1.65  

(1) Umi trademark impairment
(2) Includes a $3.1 million adjustment to reverse deferred taxes on corporate-owned life insurance policies, and the tax effect of the Umi trademark impairment
(3) Gain from the final adjustment to the earnout payment relating to the 2011 acquisition of Bogs, and the related tax effect.

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Critical Accounting Policies

The Company’s accounting policies are more fully described in Note 2 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. As disclosed in Note 2, the preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions about future events that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Future events and their effects cannot be determined with absolute certainty. Therefore, the determination of estimates requires the exercise of judgment. Actual results inevitably will differ from those estimates, and such differences may be material to the consolidated financial statements. The following policies are considered by management to be the most critical in understanding the significant accounting estimates inherent in the preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and the uncertainties that could impact the Company’s results of operations, financial position and cash flows.

Sales Returns, Sales Allowances and Doubtful Accounts

The Company records reserves and allowances (“reserves”) for sales returns, sales allowances and discounts, cooperative advertising, and accounts receivable balances that it believes will ultimately not be collected. The reserves are based on such factors as specific customer situations, historical experience, a review of the current aging status of customer receivables and current and expected economic conditions. The reserve for doubtful accounts includes a specific reserve for accounts identified as potentially uncollectible, plus an additional reserve for the balance of accounts, determined based on historical trends. The Company evaluates the reserves and the estimation process and makes adjustments when appropriate. Historically, actual write-offs against the reserves have been within the Company’s expectations. Changes in these reserves may be required if actual returns, discounts and bad debt activity varies from the original estimates. These changes could impact the Company’s results of operations, financial position and cash flows.

Pension Plan Accounting

The Company’s pension expense and corresponding obligation are determined on an actuarial basis and require certain actuarial assumptions. Management believes the two most critical of these assumptions are the discount rate and the expected rate of return on plan assets. The Company evaluates its actuarial assumptions annually on the measurement date (December 31) and makes modifications based on such factors as market interest rates and historical asset performance. Changes in these assumptions can result in different expense and liability amounts, and future actual experience can differ from these assumptions.

Discount Rate — Pension expense and projected benefit obligation both increase as the discount rate is reduced. See Note 11 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for discount rates used in determining the net pension expense for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and the funded status of the plans at December 31, 2016 and 2015. Effective January 1, 2016, the Company adopted the spot-rate approach to determine the interest cost component of pension expense. Under the spot-rate approach, the interest cost is calculated by applying interest to the discounted cash flow expected at each payment date. The interest is determined using the same spot rate along the yield curve that was used to determine the present value of the associated payment. Prior to 2016, the Company the Company utilized the cash flow matching method, which discounted each year’s projected cash flows at the associated spot interest rate back to the measurement date. A 0.5% decrease in the discount rate would increase annual pension expense and the projected benefit obligation by approximately $32,000 and $3.9 million, respectively.

The Company considered the adoption of the spot rate approach a change in accounting estimate and recognized the effects of the change on a prospective basis. The effects of adopting the spot rate approach reduced net pension expense by approximately $522,000 ($318,000 after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share) in 2016, primarily due to a reduction in interest cost.

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Expected Rate of Return — Pension expense increases as the expected rate of return on pension plan assets decreases. In estimating the expected return on plan assets, the Company considers the historical returns on plan assets and future expectations of asset returns. The Company utilized an expected rate of return on plan assets of 7.50% in 2016, 2015 and 2014. This rate was based on the Company’s long-term investment policy of equity securities: 20% – 80%; fixed income securities: 20% – 80%; and other, principally cash: 0% – 20%. A 0.5% decrease in the expected return on plan assets would increase annual pension expense by approximately $156,000.

The Company’s unfunded benefit obligation was $28.2 million and $30.6 million at December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The decrease between years was primarily due to the pension plan freeze, effective December 31, 2016. The effect of the freeze was a reduction of the projected benefit obligation to the amount of the plans’ accumulated benefit obligations.

Goodwill and Trademarks

Goodwill and trademarks are tested for impairment on an annual basis and more frequently when significant events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying values may not be recoverable. Conditions that would trigger an impairment assessment include, but are not limited to, a significant adverse change in legal factors or business climate that could affect the value of the asset.

The Company’s $11.1 million of goodwill resulted from the 2011 acquisition of The Combs Company (“Bogs”). The Company uses a two-step process to test this goodwill for impairment. First, the applicable reporting unit’s fair value is compared to its carrying value. If the reporting unit’s carrying amount exceeds its fair value, an indication exists that the reporting unit’s goodwill may be impaired, and the second step of the impairment test would be performed. The second step of the goodwill impairment test is to measure the amount of the impairment loss, if any. In the second step, the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill is determined by allocating the reporting unit’s fair value to all of its assets and liabilities similar to a purchase price allocation. The implied fair value of the goodwill that results from the application of this second step is then compared to the carrying amount of the goodwill and an impairment charge would be recorded for the difference if the carrying value exceeds the implied fair value of the goodwill.

The Company conducted its annual impairment test of goodwill as of December 31, 2016. For goodwill impairment testing, the Company determined the applicable reporting unit is its wholesale segment. Fair value of the wholesale segment was estimated based on a discounted cash flow analysis. The rate used in determining discounted cash flows was a rate corresponding to the Company’s weighted average cost of capital, adjusted for risk where appropriate. In determining the estimated future cash flows, current and future levels of income were considered as well as business trends and market conditions. The testing determined that the estimated fair value of the wholesale segment exceeded its carrying value therefore there was no impairment of goodwill in 2016.

The Company conducted its annual impairment tests of trademarks as of December 31, 2016. The Company uses a discounted cash flow methodology to determine the fair value of its trademarks, and a loss would be recognized if the carrying values of the trademarks exceeded their fair values. During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company evaluated the current state of the Umi business and determined the brand did not fit the long-term strategic objectives of the Company. As a result, the Company recorded a $1,770,000 impairment charge to write off the majority of the value of the Umi trademark. Other than this write-down, there were no other impairments of the Company’s trademarks in 2016. Additionally, there were no impairments of the Company’s trademarks in 2015 or 2014.

The Company can make no assurances that the goodwill or trademarks will not be impaired in the future. When preparing a discounted cash flow analysis, the Company makes a number of key estimates and assumptions. The Company estimates the future cash flows based on historical and forecasted revenues and operating costs. This, in turn, involves further estimates such as estimates of future growth rates and inflation rates. The discount rate is based on the estimated weighted

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average cost of capital for the business and may change from year to year. Weighted average cost of capital includes certain assumptions such as market capital structures, market beta, risk-free rate of return and estimated costs of borrowing. Changes in these key estimates and assumptions, or in other assumptions used in this process, could materially affect the Company’s impairment analysis for a given year.

Contingent Consideration

Contingent consideration was comprised of two earn-out payments that the Company was obligated to pay the former shareholders of Bogs in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Bogs in 2011. The contingent consideration was formula-driven and was based on Bogs achieving certain levels of gross margin dollars between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015. The first earn-out payment was paid on March 28, 2013 in the amount of $1,270,000. The second earn-out payment was paid on March 23, 2016 in the amount of $5,217,000. The second and final earn-out payment was recorded within accrued liabilities as of December 31, 2015.

Prior to December 31, 2015, the Company determined the fair value of the contingent consideration using a probability-weighted model which included estimates related to Bogs future sales levels and gross margins. On a quarterly basis, the Company revalued the obligation and recorded increases or decreases in its fair value as an adjustment to operating earnings. Changes to the contingent consideration obligation resulted from accretion of the discount due to the passage of time and changes in the actual or projected future performance of Bogs. The assumptions used to determine the fair value of the liability included a significant amount of judgment, and any changes in the assumptions may have had a material impact on the amount of contingent consideration expense or income recorded in a given period.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 2 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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ITEM 7A QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

The Company is exposed to market risk from changes in foreign exchange and interest rates. To reduce the risk from changes in foreign exchange rates, the Company selectively uses foreign exchange contracts. The Company does not hold or issue financial instruments for trading purposes. The Company generally does not have significant market risk on its marketable securities as those investments consist of investment-grade securities and are held to maturity. The Company reviewed its portfolio of investments as of December 31, 2016, and determined that no other-than-temporary market value impairment exists.

The Company is also exposed to market risk related to the assets in its defined benefit pension plan. The Company reduces that risk by having a diversified portfolio of equity and fixed income investments and periodically reviews this allocation with its investment consultants.

Foreign Currency

The Company’s earnings are affected by fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies, primarily as a result of the sale of product to Canadian customers, Florsheim Australia’s purchases of its inventory in U.S. dollars and the Company’s intercompany loans with Florsheim Australia. At December 31, 2016, the Company had foreign exchange contracts outstanding to sell $6.0 million Canadian dollars at a price of approximately $4.5 million U.S. dollars. Additionally, Florsheim Australia had foreign exchange contracts outstanding to buy $2.6 million U.S. dollars at a price of approximately $3.5 million Australian dollars. All contracts expire in less than one year. Based on the Company’s outstanding foreign contracts and intercompany loans, a 10% depreciation in the U.S. dollar at December 31, 2016 would result in a loss of approximately $298,000.

Interest Rates

The Company is exposed to interest rate fluctuations on borrowings under its revolving line of credit. At December 31, 2016, the Company had approximately $4.3 million of outstanding borrowings under the revolving line of credit. The interest expense related to borrowings under the line during 2016 was approximately $217,000. A 10% increase in the Company’s interest rate on borrowings outstanding as of December 31, 2016 would not have a material effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

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MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

The Company’s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting. The Company’s management, with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, assessed the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016. In making this assessment, management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013). Based on the assessment, the Company’s management has concluded that, as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective based on those criteria.

The Company’s internal control system was designed to provide reasonable assurance to the Company’s management and Board of Directors regarding the preparation and fair presentation of published financial statements. All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation.

The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm has audited the Company’s consolidated financial statements and the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016 as stated in its report below.

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Shareholders, Audit Committee and Board of Directors
Weyco Group, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Weyco Group, Inc. as of December 31, 2016, and 2015, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, equity and cash flows for the years then ended. We also have audited Weyco Group, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) (2013 framework). The company’s management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements and an opinion on the company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements include examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of consolidated financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

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In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Weyco Group, Inc. as of December 31, 2016, and 2015 and the results of their operations and cash flows for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also in our opinion, Weyco Group, Inc. maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) (2013 framework).

As discussed in Note 12 to the financial statements, effective January 1, 2016, Weyco Group, Inc. adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2015-17, Income Taxes (Topic 740) Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes.

/s/ Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
March 9, 2017

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Weyco Group, Inc.

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, equity, and cash flows of Weyco Group, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) for the year ended December 31, 2014. The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the results of operations and cash flows of Weyco Group, Inc. and subsidiaries for the year ended December 31, 2014, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
March 11, 2015

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

For the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

     
  2016   2015   2014
     (In thousands, except per share amounts)
Net sales   $ 296,933     $ 320,617     $ 320,488  
Cost of sales     184,890       199,008       197,420  
Gross earnings     112,043       121,609       123,068  
Selling and administrative expenses     90,807       91,824       92,411  
Earnings from operations     21,236       29,785       30,657  
Interest income     763       936       1,174  
Interest expense     (436 )      (181 )      (178 ) 
Other income (expense), net     514       (1,425 )      (595 ) 
Earnings before provision for income taxes     22,077       29,115       31,058  
Provision for income taxes     5,084       10,962       11,234  
Net earnings     16,993       18,153       19,824  
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest     521       (59 )      804  
Net earnings attributable to Weyco Group, Inc.   $ 16,472     $ 18,212     $ 19,020  
Basic earnings per share   $ 1.57     $ 1.69     $ 1.76  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.56     $ 1.68     $ 1.75  

 
 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

     
  2016   2015   2014
     (Dollars in thousands)
Net earnings   $ 16,993     $ 18,153     $ 19,824  
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
                          
Foreign currency translation adjustments     198       (3,411 )      (2,374 ) 
Pension liability adjustments     1,696       2,360       (6,648 ) 
Other comprehensive income (loss)     1,894       (1,051 )      (9,022 ) 
Comprehensive income     18,887       17,102       10,802  
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest     517       (673 )      390  
Comprehensive income attributable to Weyco Group, Inc.   $ 18,370     $ 17,775     $ 10,412  

 
 
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of December 31, 2016 and 2015

   
  2016   2015
     (In thousands, except par value and share data)
ASSETS:
                 
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 13,710     $ 17,926  
Marketable securities, at amortized cost     4,601       4,522  
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $2,516 and $2,257, respectively     50,726       54,009  
Income tax receivable     789        
Inventories     69,898       97,184  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     6,203       5,835  
Total current assets     145,927       179,476  
Marketable securities, at amortized cost     21,061       20,685  
Deferred income tax benefits     660        
Property, plant and equipment, net     33,717       31,833  
Goodwill     11,112       11,112  
Trademarks     32,978       34,748  
Other assets     22,785       21,143  
Total assets   $ 268,240     $ 298,997  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:
                 
Short-term borrowings   $ 4,268     $ 26,649  
Accounts payable     11,942       13,339  
Dividend payable     2,192       2,147  
Accrued liabilities:
                 
Wages, salaries and commissions     2,372       3,134  
Taxes other than income taxes     1,193       1,111  
Other     7,007       13,239  
Accrued income tax payable           31  
Deferred income tax liabilities           1,537  
Total current liabilities     28,974       61,187  
Deferred income tax liabilities     703       70  
Long-term pension liability     27,801       30,188  
Other long-term liabilities     2,482       2,823  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)
                 
Equity:
                 
Common stock, $1.00 par value, authorized 24,000,000 shares in 2016 and 2015, issued and outstanding 10,504,975 shares in 2016 and 10,767,389 shares in 2015     10,505       10,767  
Capital in excess of par value     50,184       45,759  
Reinvested earnings     157,468       160,325  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (16,569 )      (18,467 ) 
Total Weyco Group, Inc. equity     201,588       198,384  
Noncontrolling interest     6,692       6,345  
Total equity     208,280       204,729  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 268,240     $ 298,997  

 
 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY

For the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

         
  Common
Stock
  Capital in
Excess of
Par Value
  Reinvested
Earnings
  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
  Noncontrolling
Interest
Balance, December 31, 2013   $ 10,876     $ 31,729     $ 156,983     $ (9,422)     $ 6,826  
Net earnings                 19,020             804  
Foreign currency translation adjustments                       (1,960 )      (414 ) 
Pension liability adjustment (net of tax of $4,250)                       (6,648 )       
Cash dividends declared ($0.75 per share)                 (8,137 )             
Cash dividends paid to noncontrolling interest of subsidiary                             (198 ) 
Stock options exercised     218       4,663                    
Issuance of restricted stock     24       (24 )                   
Stock-based compensation expense           1,465                    
Income tax benefit from stock options exercised and vesting of restricted stock           133                    
Shares purchased and retired     (297 )            (7,687 )             
Balance, December 31, 2014   $ 10,821     $ 37,966     $ 160,179     $ (18,030)     $ 7,018  
Net earnings                 18,212             (59 ) 
Foreign currency translation adjustments                       (2,797 )      (614 ) 
Pension liability adjustment (net of tax of $1,509)                       2,360        
Cash dividends declared ($0.79 per share)                 (8,563 )             
Stock options exercised     279       5,865                    
Issuance of restricted stock     22       (22 )                   
Stock-based compensation expense           1,559                    
Income tax benefit from stock options exercised and vesting of restricted stock           391                    
Shares purchased and retired     (355 )            (9,503 )             
Balance, December 31, 2015   $ 10,767     $ 45,759     $ 160,325     $ (18,467)     $ 6,345  
Net earnings                 16,472             521  
Foreign currency translation adjustments                       202       (4 ) 
Pension liability adjustment (net of tax of $1,085)                       1,696        
Cash dividends declared ($0.83 per share)                 (8,772 )             
Cash dividends paid to noncontrolling interest of subsidiary                             (170 ) 
Stock options exercised     123       2,871                    
Issuance of restricted stock     27       (27 )                   
Restricted stock forfeited     (2 )      2                             
Stock-based compensation expense           1,559                    
Income tax benefit from stock options exercised and vesting of restricted stock           20                    
Shares purchased and retired     (410 )            (10,557 )             
Balance, December 31, 2016   $ 10,505     $ 50,184     $ 157,468     $ (16,569)     $ 6,692  

 
 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

For the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

     
  2016   2015   2014
     (Dollars in thousands)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
                          
Net earnings   $ 16,993     $ 18,153     $ 19,824  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities – 
                          
Depreciation     3,670       3,612       3,659  
Amortization     387       426       361  
Bad debt expense     76       235       240  
Deferred income taxes     (2,645 )      346       1,115  
Net (gains) losses on remeasurement of contingent consideration           (458 )      611  
Net foreign currency transaction (gains) losses     (513 )      961       268  
Stock-based compensation     1,559       1,559       1,465  
Pension contributions     (2,400 )      (2,633 )      (1,300 ) 
Pension expense     3,184       3,699       2,212  
Impairment of property, plant and equipment     113              
Impairment of trademark     1,770              
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance     (573 )      (573 )      (552 ) 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities – 
                          
Accounts receivable     3,179       1,009       (6,787 ) 
Inventories     27,313       (28,282 )      (5,807 ) 
Prepaid expenses and other assets     (1,595 )      2,237       (901 ) 
Accounts payable     (1,389 )      (2,326 )      1,626  
Accrued liabilities and other     (1,447 )      (3,587 )      604  
Accrued income taxes     (811 )      (105 )      1,205  
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities     46,871       (5,727 )      17,843  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                          
Purchase of marketable securities     (6,287 )      (3,033 )      (8,427 ) 
Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities     5,745       8,191       8,177  
Life insurance premiums paid     (155 )      (155 )      (155 ) 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (5,992 )      (2,481 )      (2,890 ) 
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities     (6,689 )      2,522       (3,295 ) 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                          
Cash dividends paid     (8,720 )      (8,452 )      (8,029 ) 
Cash dividends paid to noncontrolling interest of subsidiary     (170 )            (198 ) 
Shares purchased and retired     (10,967 )      (9,858 )      (7,984 ) 
Proceeds from stock options exercised     2,994       6,144       4,881  
Payment of contingent consideration     (5,217 )             
Proceeds from bank borrowings     121,959       160,534       101,200  
Repayments of bank borrowings     (144,340 )      (139,290 )      (107,795 ) 
Income tax benefits from stock-based compensation     20       391       133  
Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities     (44,441 )      9,469       (17,792 ) 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     43       (837 )      (226 ) 
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   $ (4,216)     $ 5,427     $ (3,470 ) 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at beginning of year     17,926       12,499       15,969  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at end of year   $ 13,710     $ 17,926     $ 12,499  
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
                          
Income taxes paid, net of refunds   $ 8,505     $ 10,341     $ 8,875  
Interest paid   $ 436     $ 181     $ 127  

 
 
The accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements are an integral part of these financial statements.

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1. NATURE OF OPERATIONS

Weyco Group, Inc. designs and markets quality and innovative footwear for men, women and children under a portfolio of well-recognized brand names including: “Florsheim,” “Nunn Bush,” “Stacy Adams,” “BOGS,” “Rafters,” and “Umi.” Inventory is purchased from third-party overseas manufacturers. The majority of foreign-sourced purchases are denominated in U.S. dollars. The Company has two reportable segments, North American wholesale operations (“wholesale”) and North American retail operations (“retail”). In the wholesale segment, the Company’s products are sold to leading footwear, department and specialty stores primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company also has licensing agreements with third parties who sell its branded apparel, accessories and specialty footwear in the United States, as well as its footwear in Mexico and certain markets overseas. Licensing revenues are included in the Company’s wholesale segment. The Company’s retail segment consisted of 13 Company-owned retail stores and an internet business in the United States as of December 31, 2016. Sales in retail outlets are made directly to consumers by Company employees. The Company’s “other” operations include the Company’s wholesale and retail operations in Australia, South Africa, Asia Pacific (collectively, “Florsheim Australia”) and Europe (“Florsheim Europe”). The majority of the Company’s operations are in the United States, and its results are primarily affected by the economic conditions and retail environment in the United States.

2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Principles of Consolidation — The consolidated financial statements are prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and include all of the Company’s majority-owned subsidiaries after elimination of intercompany accounts and transactions.

Use of Estimates — The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America 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 reported periods. Actual results could differ materially from those estimates.

Cash and Cash Equivalents — The Company considers all highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less at the date of purchase to be cash equivalents. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents included investments in money market accounts and cash deposits at various banks. The Company periodically has cash balances in excess of insured amounts. The Company has not experienced any losses on deposits in excess of insured amounts.

Investments — All of the Company’s municipal bond investments are classified as held-to-maturity securities and reported at amortized cost pursuant to Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 320, Investments — Debt and Equity Securities (“ASC 320”) as the Company has the intent and ability to hold all investments to maturity. See Note 4.

Accounts Receivable — Trade accounts receivable arise from the sale of products on unsecured trade credit terms. On a quarterly basis, the Company reviews all significant accounts with past due balances, as well as the collectability of other outstanding trade accounts receivable for possible write-off. It is the Company’s policy to write-off accounts receivable against the allowance account when receivables are deemed to be uncollectible. The allowance for doubtful accounts reflects the Company’s best estimate of probable losses in the accounts receivable balances. The Company determines the allowance based on known troubled accounts, historical experience and other evidence currently available.

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Inventories — Inventories are valued at cost, which is not in excess of market value. The majority of inventories are determined on a last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) basis. Inventory costs include the cost of shoes purchased from third-party manufacturers, as well as related freight and duty costs. The Company generally takes title to product at the time of shipping. See Note 5.

Property, Plant and Equipment and Depreciation — Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost. Plant and equipment are depreciated using primarily the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives as follows: buildings and improvements, 10 to 39 years; machinery and equipment, 3 to 5 years; furniture and fixtures, 5 to 7 years. For income tax reporting purposes, depreciation is calculated using applicable methods.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets — Property, plant and equipment are reviewed for impairment in accordance with ASC 360, Property, Plant and Equipment if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts may not be recoverable. Recoverability of assets is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to its related estimated undiscounted future cash flows. If the sum of the expected undiscounted cash flows is less than the carrying value of the related asset or group of assets, a loss is recognized for the difference between the fair value and carrying value of the asset or group of assets. To derive the fair value, the Company utilizes the income approach and the fair value determined is categorized as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy. The fair value of each asset group is determined using the estimated future cash flows discounted at an estimated weighted-average cost of capital. For purposes of the impairment review, the Company groups assets at the lowest level for which identifiable cash flows are largely independent of the cash flows of other assets and liabilities. In the case of its retail stores, the Company groups assets at the individual store level. In connection with the Company’s impairment review, the Company’s retail segment recognized an impairment charge of $113,000 in 2016 which was recorded within selling and administrative expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings. No impairment charges were recorded in 2015 or 2014.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets — Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair value of the underlying assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the acquisition of a business. Goodwill is not subject to amortization. Other intangible assets consist of trademarks, customer relationships, and a non-compete agreement. Intangible assets with definite lives are amortized over their estimated useful lives. Intangible assets which are not amortized are reviewed for impairment annually and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying amounts may not be recoverable. See Note 7.

Life Insurance — Life insurance policies are recorded at the amount that could be realized under the insurance contracts as of the balance sheet date. These assets are included within other assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. See Note 8.

Contingent Consideration — Contingent consideration was comprised of two earn-out payments that the Company was obligated to pay the former shareholders of The Combs Company (“Bogs”) in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Bogs in 2011. The Company revalued the contingent consideration liability on a quarterly basis and recorded increases or decreases in its fair value as an adjustment to operating earnings. Changes to the liability resulted from accretion of the discount due to the passage of time as well as changes in the actual or projected performance of Bogs. The assumptions used to determine the fair value of the contingent consideration liability included a significant amount of judgment. See Note 10.

Income Taxes — Deferred income taxes are provided on temporary differences arising from differences in the basis of assets and liabilities for income tax and financial reporting purposes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted income tax rates in effect. Tax rate changes affecting deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized in income at the enactment date.

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The Company’s policy related to interest and penalties associated with unrecognized tax benefits are recorded within interest expense and income tax expense, respectively. See Note 12.

Noncontrolling Interest — The Company’s noncontrolling interest is accounted for under ASC 810, Consolidation (“ASC 810”) and represents the minority shareholder’s ownership interest related to the Company’s wholesale and retail businesses in Australia, South Africa and Asia Pacific. In accordance with ASC 810, the Company reports its noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries as a separate component of equity in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and reports both net (loss) earnings attributable to the noncontrolling interest and net earnings attributable to the Company’s common shareholders on the face of the Consolidated Statements of Earnings.

In accordance with the subscription agreement entered into in connection with the acquisition of Florsheim Australia in January 2009, the Company’s equity interest in Florsheim Australia decreases from 60% to 51% of equity issued under the subscription agreement as intercompany loans are paid in accordance with their terms. To date, the Company’s equity interest in Florsheim Australia has decreased from 60% to 55% and the noncontrolling shareholder’s interest has increased from 40% to 45%. This change is reflected in the Consolidated Statements of Equity.

Revenue Recognition — Revenue from the sale of product is recognized when title and risk of loss transfers to the customer and the customer is obligated to pay the Company. Sales to independent dealers are recorded at the time of shipment to those dealers. Sales through Company-owned retail outlets are recorded at the time of delivery to retail customers. All product sales are recorded net of estimated allowances for returns and discounts. The Company’s estimates of allowances for returns and discounts are based on such factors as specific customer situations, historical experience, and current and expected economic conditions. The Company evaluates the reserves and the estimation process and makes adjustments when appropriate. Revenue from third-party licensing agreements is recognized in the period earned. Licensing revenues were $2.8 million for 2016, $3.6 million for 2015 and $3.2 million for 2014.

Shipping and Handling Fees — The Company classifies shipping and handling fees billed to customers as revenues. Shipping and handling expenses incurred by the Company are included in selling and administrative expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings. Wholesale segment shipping and handling expenses totaled $1.6 million in 2016, $1.9 million in 2015, and $2.4 million in 2014. Retail segment shipping and handling expenses, which result primarily from the Company’s shipments to its U.S. internet consumers, totaled $1.4 million in 2016, $1.2 million in 2015, and $1.1 million in 2014.

Cost of Sales — The Company’s cost of sales includes the cost of products and inbound freight and duty costs.

Selling and Administrative Expenses — Selling and administrative expenses primarily include salaries and commissions, advertising costs, employee benefit costs, distribution costs (e.g., receiving, inspection and warehousing costs), rent and depreciation. Distribution costs included in selling and administrative expenses were $11.7 million in 2016, $11.3 million in 2015, and $11.0 million in 2014.

Advertising Costs — Advertising costs are expensed as incurred. Total advertising costs were $11.8 million, $12.8 million, and $10.5 million in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. All advertising expenses are included in selling and administrative expenses with the exception of co-op advertising expenses which are recorded as a reduction of net sales. Co-op advertising expenses, which are included in the above totals, reduced net sales by $4.0 million, $4.2 million, and $3.5 million in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

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Foreign Currency Translations — The Company accounts for currency translations in accordance with ASC 830, Foreign Currency Matters. The Company’s non-U.S. subsidiaries’ local currencies are the functional currencies under which the balance sheet accounts are translated into U.S. dollars at the rates of exchange in effect at fiscal year-end and income and expense accounts are translated at the weighted average rates of exchange in effect during the year. Translation adjustments resulting from this process are recognized as a separate component of accumulated other comprehensive loss, which is a component of equity.

Foreign Currency Transactions — Gains and losses from foreign currency transactions are included in other income (expense), net, in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings. Net foreign currency transaction gains (losses) totaled $513,000 of gains in 2016, as compared to losses of ($961,000) and ($268,000) in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

The foreign currency transaction gains recognized in 2016 resulted mainly from unrealized gains on foreign exchange contracts entered into by Florsheim Australia. The foreign currency transaction losses recognized in 2015 resulted mainly from unrealized losses on foreign exchange contracts entered into by Florsheim Australia, as well as losses from the revaluation of intercompany loans between the Company’s wholesale segment and Florsheim Australia. The foreign currency transaction losses recognized in 2014 resulted mainly from the revaluation of intercompany loans between the Company’s wholesale segment and Florsheim Australia

Financial Instruments — At December 31, 2016, the Company had foreign exchange contracts outstanding to sell $6.0 million Canadian dollars at a price of approximately $4.5 million U.S. dollars. Additionally, the Company’s majority-owned subsidiary, Florsheim Australia, had foreign exchange contracts outstanding to buy $2.6 million U.S. dollars at a price of approximately $3.5 million Australian dollars. These contracts all expire in 2017.

Realized gains and losses on foreign exchange contracts are related to the purchase and sale of inventory and therefore are included in the Company’s net sales or cost of sales. In 2016, there were no significant realized gains or losses on foreign exchange contracts. In 2015, the Company recognized realized gains of $1.4 million related to foreign exchange contracts, and in 2014, there were no significant realized gains or losses related to foreign exchange contracts.

Earnings Per Share — Basic earnings per share excludes any dilutive effects of restricted stock and options to purchase common stock. Diluted earnings per share includes any dilutive effects of restricted stock and options to purchase common stock. See Note 15.

Comprehensive Income — Comprehensive income includes net earnings and changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss. Comprehensive income is reported in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

The components of accumulated other comprehensive loss as recorded on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets were as follows:

   
  2016   2015
     (Dollars in thousands)
Foreign currency translation adjustments   $ (5,489)     $ (5,691 ) 
Pension liability, net of tax     (11,080 )      (12,776 ) 
Total accumulated other comprehensive loss   $ (16,569)     $ (18,467 ) 

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The noncontrolling interest as recorded in the Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2016 and 2015, included foreign currency translation adjustments of approximately ($1,065,000) and ($1,061,000), respectively.

The following presents a tabular disclosure about changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss (dollars in thousands):

     
  Foreign
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
  Defined
Benefit
Pension
Items
  Total
Balance, December 31, 2014   $ (2,894 )    $ (15,136 )    $ (18,030 ) 
Other comprehensive (loss) income before reclassifications     (2,797 )      1,285       (1,512 ) 
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss           1,075       1,075  
Net current period other comprehensive (loss) income     (2,797 )      2,360       (437 ) 
Balance, December 31, 2015   $ (5,691 )    $ (12,776 )    $ (18,467 ) 
Other comprehensive income before reclassifications     202       765       967  
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss           931       931  
Net current period other comprehensive income     202       1,696       1,898  
Balance, December 31, 2016   $ (5,489 )    $ (11,080 )    $ (16,569 ) 

The following presents a tabular disclosure about reclassification adjustments out of accumulated other comprehensive loss during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 (dollars in thousands):

     
  Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss for the year ended December 31,   Affected line item in the statement where net income is presented
     2016   2015
Amortization of defined benefit pension items
                          
Prior service cost   $ (262)     $ (112 )      (1)  
Actuarial losses     1,789       1,874       (1)  
Total before tax     1,527       1,762           
Tax benefit     (596 )      (687 )       
Net of tax   $ 931     $ 1,075        

(1) These amounts were included in the computation of net periodic pension cost. See Note 11 for additional details.

Stock-Based Compensation — At December 31, 2016, the Company had two stock-based employee compensation plans, which are described more fully in Note 17. The Company accounts for these plans under the recognition and measurement principles of ASC 718, Compensation —  Stock Compensation, (“ASC 718”). The Company’s policy is to estimate the fair market value of each option award granted on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The Company estimates the fair value of each restricted stock award based on the fair market value of

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the Company’s stock price on the grant date. The resulting compensation cost for both the options and restricted stock is amortized on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the respective awards.

Concentration of Credit Risk — The Company had one individual customer accounts receivable balance outstanding that represented 11% of the Company’s gross accounts receivable balance at December 31, 2016. There was no single customer that represented more than 10% of the Company’s gross accounts receivable balance at December 31, 2015. Additionally, there were no individual customers with sales above 10% of the Company’s total sales in 2016, 2015 and 2014.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements — 

In January 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-04 “Intangibles — Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment.” This new standard simplifies the accounting for goodwill impairments by eliminating step 2 from the goodwill impairment test. The amendments in this update are effective for annual impairment tests in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted for goodwill impairment tests performed on or after January 1, 2017. The Company does not anticipate that the adoption of this new standard will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09, “Compensation — Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.” This new standard simplifies the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, an option to recognize gross stock compensation expense with actual forfeitures recognized as they occur, as well as certain reclassifications on the statement of cash flows. The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016. The Company is currently assessing the impact of the adoption of this standard on its consolidated financial statements.

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02 “Leases (Topic 842).” This new standard requires lessees to recognize on the balance sheet the assets and liabilities for the rights and obligations created by finance and operating leases with lease terms of more than 12 months. The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018 and interim periods therein. The Company is currently assessing the impact of the adoption of this standard on its consolidated financial statements.

In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-11, “Inventory (Topic 330): Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory.” The new standard clarifies that, for inventories measured at the lower of cost and net realizable value, net realizable value should be determined based on the estimated selling prices in the ordinary course of business less reasonably predictable costs of completion, disposal, and transportation. The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016. The Company does not anticipate that the adoption of this new accounting standard will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606),” outlines a new, single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers and supersedes most current revenue recognition guidance, including industry specific guidance. The new revenue recognition model provides a five-step analysis in determining when and how revenue is recognized. The new model will require revenue recognition to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration a company expects to receive in exchange for those goods or services. In August 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-14, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date.” The amendment in this update defers the effective date of ASU No. 2014-09 for all entities by

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one year. Additional ASUs have been issued as part of the overall new revenue guidance. This new revenue standard permits the use of either the retrospective or cumulative effect transition method.

The Company has begun its initial assessment of the new revenue standard, with a focus on identifying the contracts with customers and assessing whether and what performance obligations exist. Based on our preliminary assessment to date, the Company does not expect that the adoption of this new standard will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements. The Company currently plans to adopt the new standard in the first quarter of 2018. The Company is continuing its assessment, which may identify other impacts.

3. FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures (“ASC 820”) defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. ASC 820 also establishes the following three-level hierarchy for fair value measurements based upon the sources of data and assumptions used to develop the fair value measurements:

Level 1 — unadjusted quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that are publicly accessible.

Level 2 — quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active and inputs (other than quoted prices) that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

Level 3 — unobservable inputs that reflect the Company’s assumptions, consistent with reasonably available assumptions made by other market participants.

The carrying amounts of all short-term financial instruments, except marketable securities and foreign exchange contracts, approximate fair value due to the short-term nature of those instruments. Marketable securities are carried at amortized cost. The fair value disclosures of marketable securities are Level 2 valuations as defined by ASC 820, consisting of quoted prices for identical or similar assets in markets that are not active. See Note 4. Foreign exchange contracts are carried at fair value. The fair value measurements of foreign exchange contracts are based on observable market transactions of spot and forward rates, and thus represent level 2 valuations as defined by ASC 820. The Company’s contingent consideration was measured at fair value. See Note 10.

4. INVESTMENTS

Below is a summary of the amortized cost and estimated market values of the Company’s marketable securities as of December 31, 2016, and 2015. The estimated market values provided are Level 2 valuations as defined by ASC 820.

       
  2016   2015
     Amortized
Cost
  Market
Value
  Amortized
Cost
  Market
Value
     (Dollars in thousands)
Municipal bonds:
                                   
Current   $ 4,601     $ 4,610     $ 4,522     $ 4,546  
Due from one through five years     12,133       12,486       12,395       13,057  
Due from six through ten years     7,705       7,804       6,929       7,217  
Due from eleven through twenty years     1,223       1,222       1,361       1,391  
Total   $ 25,662     $ 26,122     $ 25,207     $ 26,211  

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The unrealized gains and losses on marketable securities at December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows:

       
  2016   2015
     Unrealized
Gains
  Unrealized
Losses
  Unrealized
Gains
  Unrealized
Losses
     (Dollars in thousands)
Municipal bonds   $ 546     $ (86)     $ 1,014     $ (10 ) 

At each reporting date, the Company reviews its investments to determine whether a decline in fair value below the amortized cost basis is other-than-temporary. To determine whether a decline in value is other-than-temporary, the Company considers all available evidence, including the issuer’s financial condition, the severity and duration of the decline in fair value, and the Company’s intent and ability to hold the investment for a reasonable period of time sufficient for any forecasted recovery. If a decline in value is deemed other-than-temporary, the Company records a reduction in the carrying value to the estimated fair value. The Company determined that no other-than-temporary impairment exists for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

5. INVENTORIES

At December 31, 2016 and 2015, inventories consisted of:

   
  2016   2015
     (Dollars in thousands)
Finished shoes   $ 88,277     $ 116,177  
LIFO reserve     (18,379 )      (18,993 ) 
Total inventories   $ 69,898     $ 97,184  

Finished shoes included inventory in-transit of $16.4 million and $38.1 million at December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. At December 31, 2016, approximately 89% of the Company’s inventories were valued by the LIFO method of accounting while approximately 11% were valued by the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) method of accounting. At December 31, 2015, approximately 91% of the Company’s inventories were valued by the LIFO method of accounting while approximately 9% were valued by the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) method of accounting.

During 2016, there were liquidations of LIFO inventory quantities which resulted in immaterial decreases in cost of sales in 2016. During 2015, there were no liquidations of LIFO inventory quantities carried at lower costs prevailing in prior years as compared to the cost of fiscal 2015 purchases. During 2014, there were liquidations of LIFO inventory quantities carried at lower costs prevailing in prior years as compared to the cost of fiscal 2014 purchases. The effect of the liquidation decreased cost of sales by $151,000 in 2014.

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6. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

At December 31, 2016 and 2015, property, plant and equipment consisted of:

   
  2016   2015
     (Dollars in thousands)
Land and land improvements   $ 3,714     $ 3,706  
Buildings and improvements     26,912       26,912  
Machinery and equipment     30,906       27,142  
Retail fixtures and leasehold improvements     12,455       11,232  
Construction in progress     39       24  
Property, plant and equipment     74,026       69,016  
Less: Accumulated depreciation     (40,309 )      (37,183 ) 
Property, plant and equipment, net   $ 33,717     $ 31,833  

7. INTANGIBLE ASSETS

The Company’s indefinite-lived intangible assets as recorded in the Consolidated Balance Sheets consisted of the following:

           
  December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
     Gross Carrying Amount   Accumulated Impairment   Net   Gross Carrying Amount   Accumulated Impairment   Net
     (Dollars in thousands)   (Dollars in thousands)
Indefinite-lived intangible assets
                                                     
Goodwill   $ 11,112     $     $ 11,112     $ 11,112     $     $ 11,112  
Trademarks     34,748       (1,770 )      32,978       34,748             34,748  
Total indefinite-lived intangible assets   $ 45,860     $ (1,770 )    $ 44,090     $ 45,860     $     $ 45,860  

The Company performs impairment tests for goodwill and trademarks on an annual basis and more frequently if an event or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying values may not be recoverable. Conditions that would trigger an impairment assessment include, but are not limited to, a significant adverse change in legal factors or business climate that could affect the value of the asset.

The Company’s goodwill resulted from the 2011 acquisition of the BOGS/Rafters brands. The Company uses a two-step process to test this goodwill for impairment. The first step is to compare the applicable reporting unit’s fair value to its carrying value. The Company determined that the applicable reporting unit is its wholesale segment. If the fair value of the wholesale segment is greater than its carrying value, there is no impairment. If the carrying value is greater than the fair value, then the second step must be completed to measure the amount of the impairment, if any. The second step calculates the implied fair value of the goodwill, which is compared to its carrying value. If the implied fair value is less than the carrying value, an impairment loss is recognized equal to the difference. In 2016, the testing determined that the estimated fair value of the wholesale segment exceeded its carrying value, therefore there was no impairment of goodwill. The Company has never recorded an impairment charge on this goodwill.

The Company tests its trademarks for impairment annually by comparing the fair value of each trademark to its related carrying value. Fair value is estimated using a discounted cash flow methodology. During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company evaluated the current state of the Umi business and determined the brand did not fit the long-term strategic objectives of the Company. As a result, the Company recorded a $1,770,000 impairment charge to write off the majority of the value of

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the Umi trademark. The Company is currently looking into different strategic alternatives for the Umi brand. Other than this write-off, the Company did not record any other trademark impairment charges in 2016.

The Company’s amortizable intangible assets as recorded in the Consolidated Balance Sheets consisted of the following:

             
  Weighted Average Life (Years)   December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
     Gross Carrying Amount   Accumulated Amortization   Net   Gross Carrying Amount   Accumulated Amortization   Net
          (Dollars in thousands)   (Dollars in thousands)
Amortizable intangible assets
                                                              
Non-compete agreement     5     $ 200     $ (200 )    $     $ 200     $ (193 )    $ 7  
Customer relationships     15       3,500       (1,361 )      2,139       3,500       (1,128 )      2,372  
Total amortizable intangible assets         $ 3,700     $ (1,561 )    $ 2,139     $ 3,700     $ (1,321 )    $ 2,379  

The amortizable intangible assets are included within other assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. See Note 8.

The Company recorded amortization expense for intangible assets of $240,000 in 2016 and $273,000 in each of 2015 and 2014. Excluding the impact of any future acquisitions, the Company anticipates future amortization expense to be as follows:

 
(Dollars in thousands)   Intangible
Assets
2017   $ 233  
2018     233  
2019     233  
2020     233  
2021     233  
Thereafter     974  
Total   $ 2,139  

8. OTHER ASSETS

Other assets included the following amounts at December 31, 2016 and 2015:

   
  2016   2015
     (Dollars in thousands)
Cash surrender value of life insurance   $ 15,604     $ 14,876  
Amortizable intangible assets (See Note 7)     2,139       2,379  
Investment in real estate     2,297       2,284  
Other     2,745       1,604  
Total other assets   $ 22,785     $ 21,143  

The Company has five life insurance policies on current and former executives. Upon death of the insured executives, the approximate death benefit the Company would receive is $16.6 million in aggregate as of December 31, 2016.

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On May 1, 2013, the Company purchased a 50% interest in a building in Montreal, Canada for approximately $3.2 million. The building, which is classified as an investment in real estate in the above table, serves as the Company’s Canadian office and distribution center. The purchase was accounted for as an equity-method investment under ASC 323, Investments — Equity Method and Joint Ventures.

9. SHORT-TERM BORROWINGS

At December 31, 2016, the Company had a $60 million unsecured revolving line of credit with a bank expiring November 3, 2017. The line of credit bears interest at LIBOR plus 0.75%. At December 31, 2016, outstanding borrowings were approximately $4.3 million at an interest rate of 1.52%. The highest balance during the year was $28.4 million. At December 31, 2015, outstanding borrowings were $26.6 million at an interest rate of 1.18%.

10. CONTINGENT CONSIDERATION

Contingent consideration was comprised of two earn-out payments that the Company was obligated to pay the former shareholders of The Combs Company (“Bogs”) in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Bogs in 2011. The estimate of contingent consideration was formula-driven and was based on Bogs achieving certain levels of gross margin dollars between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015. The first earn-out payment was paid on March 28, 2013 in the amount of $1,270,000. The second and final earn-out payment was paid on March 23, 2016 in the amount of $5,217,000. In accordance with ASC 805, Business Combinations, the Company remeasured its estimate of the fair value of the liability at each reporting date. The change in fair value was recognized in earnings.

The following table summarizes the activity during 2016 and 2015 related to the second earn-out payment as recorded in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings (dollars in thousands):

   
  2016   2015
Beginning balance   $ 5,217     $ 5,675  
Net gain on remeasurement of contingent consideration           (458 ) 
Payment of contingent consideration     (5,217 )       
Ending balance   $     $ 5,217  

The second and final earn-out payment was recorded within accrued liabilities at December 31, 2015. The gain on remeasurement of contingent consideration was recorded within selling and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of earnings for the year ended December 31, 2015.

The total contingent consideration was reflected in the Company’s wholesale segment. The fair value measurement of the contingent consideration was based on significant inputs not observed in the market and thus represented a level 3 valuation as defined by ASC 820.

11. EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLANS

The Company has a defined benefit pension plan covering substantially all employees, as well as an unfunded supplemental pension plan for key executives. Retirement benefits are provided based on employees’ years of credited service and average earnings or stated amounts for years of service. Normal retirement age is 65 with provisions for earlier retirement. The plan also has provisions for disability and death benefits. The plan closed to new participants as of August 1, 2011. Additionally, benefit accruals under the plan were frozen effective December 31, 2016.

The Company’s funding policy for the defined benefit pension plan is to make contributions to the plan such that all employees’ benefits will be fully provided by the time they retire. Plan assets

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are stated at market value and consist primarily of equity securities and fixed income securities, mainly U.S. government and corporate obligations.

The Company follows ASC 715, Compensation — Retirement Benefits (“ASC 715”) which requires employers to recognize the funded status of defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plans as an asset or liability in their statements of financial position and to recognize changes in the funded status in the year in which the changes occur as a component of comprehensive income. In addition, ASC 715 requires employers to measure the funded status of their plans as of the date of their year-end statements of financial position. ASC 715 also requires additional disclosures regarding amounts included in accumulated other comprehensive loss.

The Company’s pension plan’s weighted average asset allocation at December 31, 2016 and 2015, by asset category, was as follows:

   
  Plan Assets at December 31,
     2016   2015
Asset Category:
                 
Equity Securities     54 %      52 % 
Fixed Income Securities     38 %      40 % 
Other     8 %      8 % 
Total     100 %      100 % 

The Company has a Retirement Plan Committee, consisting of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to manage the operations and administration of all benefit plans and related trusts. The committee has an investment policy for the pension plan assets that establishes target asset allocation ranges for the above listed asset classes as follows: equity securities: 20% – 80%; fixed income securities: 20% – 80%; and other, principally cash: 0% – 20%. On a semi-annual basis, the committee reviews progress towards achieving the pension plan’s performance objectives.

To develop the expected long-term rate of return on assets assumption, the Company considered the historical returns and the future expectations for returns for each asset class, as well as the target asset allocation of the pension portfolio. This resulted in the selection of the 7.50% long-term rate of return on assets assumption for 2016.

Assumptions used in determining the funded status at December 31, 2016 and 2015 were:

   
  2016   2015
Discount rate     4.35 %      4.62 % 
Rate of compensation increase     4.00 %      4.00 % 

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The following is a reconciliation of the change in benefit obligation and plan assets of both the defined benefit pension plan and the unfunded supplemental pension plan for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

       
  Defined Benefit
Pension Plan
  Supplemental
Pension Plan
     2016   2015   2016   2015
     (Dollars in thousands)
Change in projected benefit obligation
                                   
Projected benefit obligation, beginning of year   $ 48,677     $ 50,932     $ 14,261     $ 14,841  
Service cost     1,328       1,345       310       291  
Interest cost     1,833       2,051       616       614  
Plan curtailment     (5,098 )            (919 )       
Actuarial loss (gain)     2,282       (3,806 )      1,527       (1,135 ) 
Benefits paid     (3,943 )      (1,845 )      (386 )      (350 ) 
Projected benefit obligation, end of year   $ 45,079     $ 48,677     $ 15,409     $ 14,261  
Change in plan assets
                                   
Fair value of plan assets, beginning of year     32,345       32,027              
Actual return on plan assets     1,791       (320 )