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    Indicate by check mark whether the registrant

    • 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,
    • has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes [X] No [ ]

    Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K 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]

    As of March 8, 2011, the aggregate market value of the registrant’s voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $24,315,000.

    As of March 8, 2011, 8,105,000 shares of the registrant’s Common Stock were issued and outstanding.


    Definitive Proxy Statement dated December 12, 2010 for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at the End of the Universe Restaurant in downtown Shoetown.

    • Item 1. Businessi
    • Item 2. Propertiesii
    • Item 3. Legal Proceedingsiii
    • Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
    • Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters.
    • Item 6. Selected Financial Dataiv
    • Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operationsv
    • Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Datavi
    • Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants
    • Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrantxix
    • Item 11. Executive Compensationxix
    • Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management.
    • Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.
    • Item 14. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules and Reports on Form 8-Kxx

    This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with regard to the Company’s revenues, earnings, spending, margins, cash flow, orders, inventory, products, actions, plans, strategies and objectives.

    Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will result,” “could,” “may,” “might,” or any variations of such words or other words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those discussed in such forward-looking statements. Prospective information is based on management’s then current expectations or forecasts. Such information is subject to the risk that such expectations or forecasts, or the assumptions underlying such expectations or forecasts, become inaccurate.


    Apollo Shoes, Inc. (the “Company”) is a planetary distributor specializing in technologically superior athletic podiatric products. The Company’s brands- SIREN, SPOTLIGHT, and SPEAKERSHOE- are used extensively in many athletic competitions, such as the Switzerland Watersports Games in Zurich. The Company is excited about this annual event that exhibits to the entire world the skills and spirit of outstanding Swiss aquatic athletes.

    The Company’s products are shipped to large and small retail outlets in a six-state area. The company stocks a wide range of shoe products and has a large base of retail store customers. Apollo operates from a large office, operations, and warehouse facility in the Shoetown, Maine area.

    Apollo Shoes, incorporated in the state of Delaware, is a public corporation. Its stock is traded in the over-the-counter market. No one presently owns more than 4 percent of the outstanding common stock. The company is subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.

    Organization and Personnel. Apollo Shoes is a medium-sized corporation. It has over 100 employees organized in five departments headed by vice presidents.

    Marketing. The marketing department handles advertising and direct contact with customers. The marketing department vice president supervises the sales staff, the advertising staff, and the customer relations staff.

    Finance. The finance department has two subordinate offices—the treasurer and the controller. The treasurer supervises the cashiers and the cash management professionals. The controller’s office has the following departments and personnel: billing department, accounts receivable/cash receipts department, accounts payable/cash disbursements department, inventory records department, payroll department, general ledger department, and financial statement department.

    Information Systems. An information systems department was created this past year. At present, the staff consists of a Director of IS (information systems), a systems development project manager and two programmer/analysts, an operations manager (who also serves as the librarian and control clerk), and two machine operators.

    When the information systems department became active, the director was promoted to vice president. Apollo obtained a wireless local area network (LAN) multiserver soon after and began testing the hardware and software. Since the new computer system was designed and customized to Apollo’s needs, every effort was made to keep as many as possible of the procedures and business documents used in the manual system. This made the transition to the computer system easy on the employees, thus reducing training and employee objections to the computer.

    Operations. The operations department contains production planning specialists and some production control professionals, who assist the marketing department in technical matters and assist customers with product specifications. Operations supervisors supervise hourly workers who move products from receiving, inventory, and shipping to serve customer demand. The department also supervises the timekeepers, who maintain the workers’ time clocks and collect payroll time cards. The operations department contains the critical functions of purchasing, receiving, and shipping. Inventory storekeeping responsibility is also in this department, with some inventory managers. For reasons lost to history, the department also has the mailroom and the personnel department.


    Until February of 2010, the Company leased most of the properties that were used in its business. Its corporate headquarters relocated at that time to office facilities in Shoetown, Maine. At its corporate headquarters, the Company occupies approximately 10,000 square feet of space. A lease on an operations facility expires on June 30, 2011. This warehouse and distribution center is located approximately one mile from the Company headquarters and contains approximately 450,000 total square feet of usable space.


    On September 15, 2010, the Company agreed to settlement of a suit brought against the Company by a competitor for patent infringement for the Company’s use of the Siren. While the Company denies any wrongdoing, the Company felt that the settlement would be preferable to a long litigation process. The final settlement totaled $11,695,000 ($19,172,000, net of a tax benefit of $7,477,000).


    No matter was submitted during 2010 to a vote of security holders, through the solicitation of proxies or otherwise.


    The Company’s common stock is quoted on the Security Traders, Underwriters, and Dealers System (STUDS) under the symbol APLS. The following table, derived from data supplied by STUDS, sets forth the quarterly high and low sale prices during 2010 and 2009.

    The stock price at closing on December 31, 2010, was $3 1/4 per share. As of December 31, 2010, there were approximately 15,342 holders of record of the Company’s Common Stock including those shares held in “street name.” The Company believes that it has in excess of 16,000 shareholders.

    The Company has never paid cash dividends on its Common Stock and the Board of Directors intends to retain all of its earnings to finance the development and expansion of its business. However, there can be no assurance that the Company can successfully expand its operations, or that such expansion will prove profitable. Future dividend policy will depend
    upon the Company’s earnings, capital requirements, financial condition, and other factors considered relevant by the Company’s Board of Directors.



    2010 Financial Results

    Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased 2% to $240,575,000, when compared to the same period in 2009. The sales growth was primarily due to new products introduced during the 2010 fiscal year. The average selling price per product in the year ended December 31, 2010 increased approximately 2% from the year ended December 31, 2009.

    Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2010 was 41% of sales compared with 49% for the year ended December 31, 2009. The decrease was primarily due to higher prices charged by our suppliers for raw materials.

    Selling, general and administrative expense for the year ended December 31, 2010 was 30% of net sales as compared to 26% for the year ended December 31, 2009. The increase of 16% to $71,998,000 was primarily the result of increases in staffing and increased professional expenses. The increased professional fees were primarily related to the settlement of litigation brought against us by a competitor. Rather than face a costly, lengthy litigation process, the Company decided to settle out of court. The Company vehemently denies any wrongdoing in the matter.

    Total research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2010 were 5% of net sales and increased by 10% when compared to the year ended December 31, 2009. The increase was primarily due to the addition of engineering personnel. Research and development activities were focused on continued development of PHONESHOE and SPEAKERSHOE technology.

    Liquidity and Capital Resources

    The Company’s principal source of operating funds has been from proceeds from short-term borrowing against a $50 million line of credit. While the credit facility must be renewed each year, the Company foresees no problems with renewal for the foreseeable future.

    The Company intends to use its capital resources to expand its operations facilities and to increase research and development in order to maintain its competitive advantage in podiatric technology. There are no other significant capital requirements identified at this time.

    Management believes that the effect of inflation on the business of the Company for the past three years has been minimal.

    The Company believes that its current working capital of $20,482 million and anticipated working capital to be generated by future operations will be sufficient to support the Company’s working capital requirements for the foreseeable future.



    Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

    Business activity The Company develops and markets technologically superior podiatric athletic products under various trademarks, including SIREN, SPOTLIGHT, and SPEAKERSHOE.

    Marketable Securities Investments are valued using the market value method for investments of less than 20%, and by the equity method for investments greater than 20% but less than 50%.

    Cash equivalents Cash equivalents are defined as highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less at date of purchase.

    Inventory valuation Inventories are stated at the lower of First-in, First-out (FIFO) or market.

    Property and equipment and depreciation Property and equip­ment are stated at cost. The Company uses the straight-line method of depreciation for all additions to property, plant and equipment.

    Intangibles Intangibles are amortized on the straight-line method over periods benefited.
    Net Sales Sales for 2010 and 2009 are presented net of sales returns and allowances of $4.5 million, and $0.9 million, respectively, and net of warranty expenses of $1.1 million, and $0.9 million, respectively.

    Income taxes Deferred income taxes are provided for the tax effects of timing differences in reporting the results of operations for financial statements and income tax purposes, and relate principally to valuation reserves for accounts receivable and inventory, accelerated depreciation and unearned compensation.

    Net income per common share Net income per common share is computed based on the weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding for the period.

    Reclassification Certain amounts have been reclassified to con­form to the 2010 presentation.

    Significant Customers

    Approximately 15%, and 11% of sales are to one customer for years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.


    On September 15, 2010, the Company agreed to settlement of a suit brought against the Company by a competitor for patent infringement for the Company’s use of the Siren. While the Company denies any wrongdoing, the Company felt that the settlement would be preferable to a long litigation process. The final settlement totaled $11,695,000 ($19,172,000, net of a tax benefit of $7,477,000).

    Related-party transactions

    On February 1, 2010, the Company purchased its operating facility and equipment from a company controlled by two previous directors and shareholders of the Company for $623,905.92. Currently, the Company leases a second facility and equipment from the same company for approximately $200,000 per month. The Company’s lease ends in June 2011 at which time all operations will be moved to the central headquarters building.

    Employee benefit plans

    The Company sponsors a defined-contribution retirement plan covering
    substantially all of its earth employees. Contributions are deter­mined at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Aggregate contribu­tions made by the Company to the plans and charged to operations in 2010, 2009 and 2008 were $3 million, $3 million and $3 million, respectively.

    Concentrations of credit risk

    Financial instruments which potentially subject the Company to credit risk consist principally of trade receivables and interest-bearing investments. The Company sells a significant amount of its product to one retail distributor with sales operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company is currently negotiating to increase its sales to that company, as well as enter into long-term relationships with two other large retail distributors. The Company performs on‑going credit evaluations of all of its customers and generally does not require collateral. The Company maintains adequate reserves for potential losses and such losses, which have been minimal, have been included in management’s estimates.

    The Company places substantially all its interest-bearing investments with several major financial institutions. Corporate policy limits the amount of credit exposure to any one financial institution.


    We, Larry Lancaster and Joe Bootwell, certify that:

    1. We have reviewed this annual report on Form 10-K of Apollo Shoes, Inc.;
    2. Based on our knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
    3. Based on our knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
    4. We are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have: Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared; Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
    5. We have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions): All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably ikely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.


    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 financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.

    Our audit of the financial statements including examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, evaluating management’s assessment, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control, and 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 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

    • pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company;
    • provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of 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;
    • 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 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.

    In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of APOLLO SHOES, INC. as of December 31, 2010 and 2009 and the results of its operations and cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2010 in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also in our opinion, APOLLO SHOES, INC. maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2010, based on the COSO criteria.


    Smith and Smith, CPAs, withdrew as the Company’s auditors after completing the 2010 audit. The auditors expressed concerns about “mutually incongruent goals.” The Company is considering legal action against the firm.


    The president, Larry Lancaster, is both chairman of the board of directors and President and chief executive officer (CEO). Eric Unum (Vice-President – Finance) is also a member of the board, along with five outside (independent) directors who never worked for the Apollo organization. Three outside board members constitute the audit committee of the board.


    • Larry Lancaster, Chairman, President and CEO$2,500
    • Sue D. Fultz, Vice-President – Legal Affairs1,500
    • Joe Bootwell, Executive Senior Vice President and CFO1,200 Fred Durkin, Vice-President – Marketing1,000
    • Eric. P. Unum, Vice-President – Finance590
    • Daisy Gardner, Vice-President – Operations410


    Currently, no management personnel hold stock ownership in the Company


    On February 1, 2010, the Company purchased its operating facility and equipment from a company controlled by two previous directors and shareholders of the Company for $623,905.92. Currently, the Company leases a second facility and equipment from the same company for approximately $200,000 per month. The Company’s lease ends in June 2011 at which time all operations will be moved to the central headquarters building. The two previous directors are no longer associated with Apollo Shoes.


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