Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation Announces Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter Results
  • Exceeds Third Quarter Earnings per Diluted Share Guidance; Achieves EPS of $0.27
  • Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.075 per Share
  • Lowers Interest Rate and Extends Term of Current Credit Agreement

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (Nasdaq:BGFV), a leading sporting goods retailer, today reported financial results for the fiscal 2011 third quarter and nine months ended October 2, 2011.

For the fiscal 2011 third quarter, net sales were $234.7 million, compared to net sales of $231.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Same store sales decreased 0.1% for the third quarter of 2011 versus the comparable period last year, when same store sales increased 2.0% over the prior year. Sales results reflect continued weakness in the consumer environment, which contributed to a decrease in customer traffic, partially offset by an increase in the average sales ticket.

Gross profit for the fiscal 2011 third quarter was $77.0 million, compared to $77.4 million in the third quarter of the prior year. The Company's gross profit margin was 32.8% in the fiscal 2011 third quarter versus 33.4% in the third quarter of last year. The decrease in gross profit margin primarily resulted from a decline of 40 basis points in merchandise margins, reflecting the impact of promotional activities and product cost inflation.

Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of net sales was 28.8% in the fiscal 2011 third quarter versus 28.6% in the third quarter of the prior year. Overall selling and administrative expense increased $1.2 million during the quarter from the prior year due primarily to an increase in store-related expenses as a result of new store openings.

Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $5.8 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, versus net income of $6.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

For the 39-week period ended October 2, 2011, net sales were $675.4 million compared to net sales of $670.1 million in the 39 weeks ended October 3, 2010. Same store sales decreased 0.9% in the first 39 weeks of fiscal 2011 versus the comparable period last year. Net income was $11.7 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, including a $0.02 non-cash impairment charge, for the first 39 weeks of fiscal 2011, compared to net income of $16.6 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, for the first 39 weeks of last year.

"We are pleased to have exceeded our earnings guidance for the third quarter," said Steven G. Miller, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The earnings upside was driven by better than expected merchandise margins and favorable operating expenses.  After a soft start to the quarter that we believe was largely attributable to unfavorable weather conditions in many of our markets, sales trends improved during August and September and we comped up in the low single-digit range over the back half of the quarter. We produced positive same store sales in both our apparel and footwear categories for the quarter, while our hardgoods category comped slightly down."

Mr. Miller continued, "While we are pleased to report that positive sales trends have continued into the fourth quarter, we should note that consumer spending during the upcoming holiday season remains highly unpredictable.  We are encouraged by our new merchandise and marketing initiatives and remain focused on identifying opportunities to broaden the reach of both our product and customer base."

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Company's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share of outstanding common stock, which will be paid on December 15, 2011 to stockholders of record as of December 1, 2011.

Guidance

For the fiscal 2011 fourth quarter, the Company expects same store sales in the positive low to low-mid single-digit range and earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.12 to $0.24.  The Company's sales guidance is subject to the impact of consumer demand during the important holiday selling period, for which there is a large degree of uncertainty.  A material improvement or decline in the overall consumer environment could materially impact the Company's performance relative to this guidance. The Company's earnings guidance assumes continued merchandise margin pressure resulting from product cost inflation. For comparative purposes, the Company's earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 were $0.18, including a charge of $0.07 per diluted share related to legal matters.

Store Openings

The Company opened three new stores during the third quarter of fiscal 2011, bringing its store count at the end of the quarter to 398 stores.  The Company has opened two new stores during the fourth quarter to date, and anticipates opening an additional six new stores over the remainder of the fourth quarter.  Excluding stores closed as part of relocations that began last year, the Company now expects to open 11 net new stores during fiscal 2011.

Amended Credit Facility

On October 31, 2011, the Company amended the terms of its existing $140 million revolving credit facility to, among other things, extend the term of the facility to October 2016, reduce the interest rates charged on borrowings, reduce the fee charged for the unused portion of the facility and modify provisions for restricting certain payments and investments.  Following the amendment, LIBO rate loans under the credit facility will bear interest based on LIBO rates plus a variable margin rate of 1.50% to 2.00% based on the remaining availability under the credit line.  

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast today, November 1, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. EDT) to discuss financial results for the fiscal 2011 third quarter. To access the conference call, participants in North America should dial (888) 461-2014, and international participants should dial (719) 325-2187.  Participants are encouraged to dial in to the conference call ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.big5sportinggoods.com. Visitors to the website should select the "Investor Relations" link to access the webcast.  The webcast will be archived and accessible on the same website for 30 days following the call. A telephone replay will be available through November 15, 2011 by calling (877) 870-5176 to access the playback; pass code is 3707046.

About Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation

Big 5 is a leading sporting goods retailer in the western United States, operating 400 stores in 12 states under the "Big 5 Sporting Goods" name. Big 5 provides a full-line product offering in a traditional sporting goods store format that averages 11,000 square feet. Big 5's product mix includes athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding and roller sports.

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause Big 5's actual results in current or future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, continued or worsening weakness in the consumer spending environment and the U.S. financial and credit markets, fluctuations in consumer holiday spending patterns, the competitive environment in the sporting goods industry in general and in Big 5's specific market areas, inflation, product availability and growth opportunities, seasonal fluctuations, weather conditions, changes in cost of goods, operating expense fluctuations, litigation risks, disruption in product flow, changes in interest rates, credit availability, and higher costs associated with sources of credit resulting from uncertainty in financial markets and economic conditions in general. Those and other risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Big 5's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2011 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 3, 2011. Big 5 conducts its business in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment. Accordingly, new risk factors may arise. It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors, nor to assess the impact of all such risk factors on Big 5's business or the extent to which any individual risk factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Big 5 undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by it or on its behalf.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share amounts)
   
 October 2,
2011
January 2,
2011
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 4,723  $ 5,620
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $89 and $201, respectively 9,014 15,000
Merchandise inventories, net 280,041 254,217
Prepaid expenses 7,708 7,588
Deferred income taxes  8,220  9,447
Total current assets 309,706 291,872
Property and equipment, net 76,826 81,333
Deferred income taxes 13,360 12,396
Other assets, net of accumulated amortization of $314 and $69, respectively 2,153 2,322
Goodwill 4,433 4,433
Total assets  $ 406,478  $ 392,356
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
 Accounts payable  $ 91,607  $ 94,818
 Accrued expenses 53,542 64,392
 Current portion of capital lease obligations 1,636 1,925
Total current liabilities 146,785 161,135
Deferred rent, less current portion 22,892 24,349
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 2,570 1,569
Long-term debt 69,116 48,313
Other long-term liabilities  6,359  6,264
Total liabilities 247,722 241,630
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 50,000,000 shares; issued 23,477,865 and
     23,315,832 shares, respectively; outstanding 21,994,570 and 21,832,537 shares, respectively
235 233
Additional paid-in capital 99,191 97,910
Retained earnings 80,696 73,949
Less: Treasury stock, at cost; 1,483,295 shares (21,366) (21,366)
Total stockholders' equity 158,756 150,726
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 406,478  $ 392,356
BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
13 Weeks Ended39 Weeks Ended
 October 2,
2011
October 3,
2010
October 2,
2011
October 3,
2010
Net sales  $ 234,680  $ 231,753  $ 675,411  $ 670,102
Cost of sales  157,691  154,337  454,497  448,170
Gross profit  76,989  77,416  220,914  221,932
Selling and administrative expense (1)  67,484  66,301  201,590  194,366
Operating income (1)  9,505  11,115  19,324  27,566
Interest expense  632  603  1,838  1,370
Income before income taxes (1) 8,873 10,512 17,486 26,196
Income taxes  3,056  3,689  5,804  9,588
Net income (1)  $ 5,817  $ 6,823  $ 11,682  $ 16,608
Earnings per share: (1)
Basic  $ 0.27  $ 0.32  $ 0.54  $ 0.77
Diluted  $ 0.27  $ 0.31  $ 0.53  $ 0.76
Dividends per share  $ 0.075  $ 0.05  $ 0.225  $ 0.15
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic 21,689 21,580 21,660 21,539
Diluted 21,791 21,845 21,874 21,873
(1) In the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company recorded a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $0.6 million related to
certain underperforming stores. This charge reduced net income by $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. This impairment
charge is included in selling and administrative expense in the consolidated statement of operations for the 39 weeks ended
October 2, 2011. No impairment charges were recognized in fiscal 2010.
CONTACT: Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation
         Barry Emerson
         Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
         (310) 536-0611
         
         ICR, Inc.
         John Mills
         Senior Managing Director
         (310) 954-1105
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