Hibbett Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Hibbett Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB):

  • Achieves 12th Consecutive Quarter of Comparable Store Sales Increase

  • Comparable Store Sales up 6.4% on Strong Back-to-School Sales

  • EPS Increases 20%

  • Raises Fiscal 2013 Guidance

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB), a sporting goods retailer, today announced results for the third quarter ended October 27, 2012.


Third Quarter Results

Net sales for the 13-week period ended October 27, 2012, increased 9.6% to $202.9 million compared with $185.2 million for the 13-week period ended October 29, 2011. Comparable store sales increased 6.4%.

Gross profit for the 13-week period ended October 27, 2012, increased 11.2% to $75.4 million from $67.8 million for the 13-week period ended October 29, 2011. As a percent to net sales, gross profit improved to 37.2% compared to 36.6% for the 13-week period ended October 29, 2011. The improvement as a percent of net sales was due to improved product margin and leveraging store occupancy costs.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses improved to 20.7% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 27, 2012, compared to 21.3% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 29, 2011. This was primarily attributed to the leveraging of store level costs and decreased debit card transaction fees.

Net income for the 13-week period ended October 27, 2012, increased 18.8% to $19.0 million compared with $16.0 million for the 13-week period ended October 29, 2011. Earnings per diluted share increased 20.3% to $0.71 compared with $0.59 for the 13-week period ended October 29, 2011.

Fiscal Year to Date Results

Net sales for the 39-week period ended October 27, 2012, increased 10.9% to $601.3 million compared with $542.0 million for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011. Comparable store sales increased 7.7%.

Gross profit for the 39-week period ended October 27, 2012, increased 13.5% to $220.4 million from $194.2 million for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011. As a percent to net sales, gross profit improved to 36.7% for the 39-week period ended October 27, 2012, compared to 35.8% for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011. The improvement as a percent of net sales was due to improved product margin and leveraging store occupancy costs.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses improved to 20.9% of net sales for the 39-week period ended October 27, 2012, compared to 21.4% of net sales for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011. This was primarily attributed to the leveraging of store level costs and decreased debit card transaction fees.

Net income for the 39-week period ended October 27, 2012, increased 23.1% to $53.2 million compared with $43.2 million for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011. Earnings per diluted share increased 27.6% to $1.99 compared with $1.56 for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011.

Jeff Rosenthal, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The back-to-school season, particularly in August, was as strong as we had anticipated. The positive trends in apparel and footwear, along with our continued focus on local assortments and exceptional inventory control, resulted in significant margin expansion and another increase to our Fiscal 2013 guidance. We are well positioned to maintain this positive momentum during the upcoming holiday season."

For the quarter, Hibbett opened 13 new stores, expanded 4 high performing stores and closed 2 underperforming stores, bringing the store base to 848 in 26 states as of October 27, 2012.

Liquidity and Stock Repurchases

Hibbett ended the third quarter of Fiscal 2013 with $75.3 million of available cash and cash equivalents on the consolidated balance sheet, no bank debt outstanding, and full availability under its $80.0 million unsecured credit facilities.

During the third quarter, the Company repurchased 206,729 shares of common stock for a total expenditure of $11.8 million. On November 15, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized a new Stock Repurchase Program (Program) of $250.0 million expiring on January 29, 2016. Effective immediately, the new Program replaces the existing authorization which was due to expire on February 2, 2013. Under prior authorizations, the Company has purchased 11,900,356 shares of common stock to date at a cost of $316.6 million.

Fiscal 2013 Outlook

The Company increased its earnings guidance for Fiscal 2013 to a range of $2.66 to $2.71 per diluted share (which includes an expected contribution of $0.09 to $0.11 per diluted share from the 53rd week) and an increase in comparable store sales in the mid single digit range. For Fiscal 2013, the Company expects to open 57 to 60 new stores, expand approximately 17 high performing stores, and close up to 18 stores.

The Company also announced it would begin construction of its new 412,000-square-foot wholesaling and logistics facility in Alabama in early first quarter Fiscal 2014.

Investor Conference Call and Simulcast

Hibbett Sports, Inc. will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, November 16, 2012, to discuss third quarter Fiscal 2013 results. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (212) 231-2934. A replay of the conference call will be available until November 23, 2012, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 21576995.

The Company will also provide an online Web simulcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter Fiscal 2013 conference call. The live broadcast of Hibbett's quarterly conference call will be available online at www.hibbett.com under Investor Relations, www.streetevents.com and www.earnings.com, on November 16, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue through November 23, 2012.

Hibbett Sports, Inc. operates sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominately in the South, Mid-Atlantic and the lower Midwest regions of the United States. The Company's primary store format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-foot store located in strip centers and enclosed malls.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward looking statements" as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Forward looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, guidance, outlook, or estimate.For example, our forward looking statements include statements regarding store opening, expansion and closing plans, liquidity, sales trends, margin trends, the effects of the 53rdweek, earnings per diluted share and comparable store sales for Fiscal 2013.Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including economic conditions, industry trends, merchandise trends, vendor relationships, customer demand, and competition.For a discussion of these factors, as well as others which could affect our business, you should carefully review our Annual Report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors," "Business" and "MD&A" sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 26, 2012, and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed on June 1, 2012 and September 4, 2012.In light of these risks and uncertainties, the future events, developments or results described by our forward looking statements in this document could turn out to be materially and adversely different from those we discuss or imply.We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

October 27,

October 29,

October 27,

October 29,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Net sales

$

202,934

$

185,180

$

601,293

$

541,963

Cost of goods sold, distribution center and store occupancy costs

127,494

117,361

380,900

347,714

Gross profit

75,440

67,819

220,393

194,249

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses

41,933

39,514

125,705

115,855

Depreciation and amortization

3,207

3,334

9,613

9,914

Operating income

30,300

24,971

85,075

68,480

Interest expense, net

39

51

127

168

Income before provision for income taxes

30,261

24,920

84,948

68,312

Provision for income taxes

11,296

8,961

31,725

25,076

Net income

$

18,965

$

15,959

$

53,223

$

43,236

Net income per common share:

Basic earnings per share

$

0.73

$

0.60

$

2.03

$

1.59

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.71

$

0.59

$

1.99

$

1.56

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

26,125

26,748

26,234

27,154

Diluted

26,613

27,266

26,738

27,681

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

October 27,

January 28,

2012

2012

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

75,288

$

55,138

Inventories, net

207,283

195,071

Other current assets

18,160

18,564

Total current assets

300,731

268,773

Property and equipment, net

45,169

39,596

Other assets

6,418

5,327

Total assets

$

352,318

$

313,696

Liabilities and Stockholders' Investment

Accounts payable

$

88,883

$

73,735

Short-term capital leases

212

173

Accrued expenses

15,253

17,750

Total current liabilities

104,348

91,658

Non-current liabilities

18,677

18,288

Stockholders' investment

229,293

203,750

Total liabilities and stockholders' investment

$

352,318

$

313,696

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

October 27,

October 29,

October 27,

October 29,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Sales Information

Total sales increase

9.6

%

10.6

%

10.9

%

10.2

%

Comparable store sales increase

6.4

%

7.0

%

7.7

%

6.6

%

Store Count Information

Beginning of period

837

802

832

798

New stores opened

13

16

27

32

Stores closed

(2

)

(3

)

(11

)

(15

)

End of period

848

815

848

815

Stores expanded

4

5

10

10

Estimated square footage at end of period (in thousands)

4,860

4,669

Balance Sheet Information

Average inventory per store

$

244,437

$

241,967

Share Repurchase Program

Shares

206,729

698,880

700,132

1,671,832

Cost (in thousands)

$

11,822

$

25,427

$

38,843

$

58,506



Hibbett Sports, Inc.
Scott J. Bowman, 205-942-4292
Senior Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer

KEYWORDS: United States North America Alabama

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