hhgregg Announces First Fiscal Quarter Operating Results

hhgregg Announces First Fiscal Quarter Operating Results

First Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales increased 7.2% to $524.9 million

  • Comparable store sales increased 0.8%

  • Net loss per diluted share was $0.04 versus net loss per diluted share of $0.16 in the prior year quarter

  • The Company repurchased 0.7 million shares of its common stock for $10.3 million under its share repurchase program

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE: HGG) :

Three Months Ended

June 30,

(unaudited, amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

2013

2012

Net sales

$

524,922

$

489,856

Net sales % increase

7.2

%

13.5

%

Comparable store sales % increase (decrease) (1)

0.8

%

(5.1

)%

Gross profit as a % of net sales

29.5

%

29.9

%

SG&A as a % of net sales

22.7

%

24.3

%

Net advertising expense as a % of net sales

4.9

%

5.6

%

Depreciation and amortization expense as a % of net sales

2.1

%

1.9

%

Loss from operations as a % of net sales

(0.3

)%

(1.9

)%

Net interest expense as a % of net sales

0.1

%

0.1

%

Net loss

$

(1,260

)

$

(5,700

)

Net loss per diluted share

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.16

)

Weighted average shares outstanding—diluted

31,263,226

36,138,688

Number of stores open at the end of period

228

210

(1)

Comprised of net sales at stores in operation for at least 14 full months, including remodeled and relocated stores, as well as net sales for the Company's e-commerce site.


hhgregg, Inc. ("hhgregg" or the "Company") today reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the three month period ended June 30, 2013, compared with a net loss of $5.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. The decrease in net loss for the three month period ended June 30, 2013 was largely due to a comparable store sales increase of 0.8%, a decrease in SG&A as a percentage of net sales and a decrease in net advertising expense as a percentage of net sales, offset by a decrease in gross profit as a percentage of net sales.

Dennis May, President and CEO commented, "We are pleased with the early results and consumer feedback on the new product assortments that we have introduced and will continue to expand and refine these category additions throughout the coming year. We remain committed to improving productivity levels across our existing store base and are pleased with the early progress on our strategic initiatives to not only reshape our sales mix, but to expand our customer base and enhance our service offerings. The quarter's results significantly outperformed our prior year earnings comparison, due to our positive comparable store sales and lapping the cost cutting measures put in place during the second quarter of the prior fiscal year, and are in-line with our expectations."

Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2013 increased 7.2% to $524.9 million from $489.9 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase in net sales for the three month period was the result of a comparable store sales increase of 0.8% and the net addition of 18 stores during the past 12 months.

Net sales mix and comparable store sales percentage changes by product category for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 were as follows:

Net Sales Mix Summary

Comparable Store Sales Summary

Three Months Ended June 30,

Three Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Appliances

52

%

49

%

7.5

%

6.3

%

Consumer electronics (1)

34

%

40

%

(15.0

)%

(18.0

)%

Computing and wireless (2)

9

%

9

%

13.2

%

8.3

%

Home products (3)

5

%

2

%

84.5

%

(6.8

)%

Total

100

%

100

%

0.8

%

(5.1

)%

(1)

Primarily consists of accessories, audio, personal electronics and televisions.

(2)

Primarily consists of computers, mobile phones and tablets.

(3)

Primarily consists of fitness equipment, furniture and mattresses.

The increase in comparable store sales for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was driven primarily by an increase in comparable store sales in the appliances, computing and wireless and home products categories, partially offset by a decline in the consumer electronics category. The appliance category increase in comparable store sales was driven by an increase in both the average selling price and units sold. The growth in the computing and wireless category was led by increased demand for tablets, partially offset by a decline in mobile phones and notebook computers. The increase in comparable store sales for the home products category was primarily a result of a double digit comparable store sales increase in mattresses, in addition to sales from the introduction of furniture and fitness equipment categories. The consumer electronics category comparable store sales decline was driven primarily by a double digit comparable store sales decrease in televisions, largely resulting from our strategy of offering fewer entry level models.

Gross profit margin, expressed as gross profit as a percentage of net sales, decreased for the three months ended June 30, 2013 to 29.5% from 29.9% for the comparable prior year period. The decrease was largely due to decreases in gross profit margin rates in the consumer electronics and computing and wireless categories, partially offset by a slight increase in gross profit margin rate in the appliance category.

SG&A expense, as a percentage of net sales, decreased 152 basis points for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the prior year period. The decrease in SG&A as a percentage of net sales was largely a result of decreases in wage expense, employee benefit expense and occupancy costs as a percentage of net sales. The decrease was due to continued cost cutting measures implemented in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year, coupled with the leveraging effect of the net sales increase.

Net advertising expense, as a percentage of net sales, decreased 70 basis points during the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the prior year period. The decrease as a percentage of net sales was driven largely by the leveraging effect of the net sales increase and decreased advertising spend in comparable markets.

Depreciation expense, as a percentage of net sales, increased 18 basis points for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the prior year period. The increase as a percentage of net sales was primarily due to the capital spend associated with the 18 new stores opened during the past 12 months.

Effective income tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2013 decreased to 39.3% from 40.7% in the comparable prior year period. The decrease in the effective income tax rate is primarily the result of higher state income tax credits recognized in fiscal 2013. The additional state income tax credits increased effective income tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 due to the net loss recognized.

Share Repurchase

During the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 698,369 shares of its common stock at a total cost of $10.3 million. The shares were repurchased under the Company's $50 million share repurchase program that was authorized by the Company's Board of Directors on May 16, 2013 and expires on May 22, 2014. As of June 30, 2013, the Company had approximately $39.7 million authorized to repurchase shares of common stock remaining under the current share repurchase program.

Revolving Credit Facility

On July 29, 2013, Gregg Appliances entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement (the "Amended Facility"). The Amended Facility increased the maximum credit available from $300 million to $400 million, subject to borrowing base availability, and extended the term of the facility to July, 29, 2018.

Jeremy Aguilar, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, commented "During the quarter, we continued to build on our strong balance sheet and liquidity position by generating year-over-year positive cash flow gains while continuing to execute on our share repurchase plan. Additionally, we have further strengthened our capital position and liquidity through the newly executed amendment to our credit facility. This new amendment allows us to benefit from an advantageous debt market by lowering our interest rate, increasing the size of our facility from $300 million to $400 million, and extending the term for five years. We believe we are appropriately capitalized and well positioned to execute on our core initiatives and long-term growth strategies."

Guidance

The Company is not updating its fiscal year guidance in connection with its first quarter earnings given that the Company is only one quarter through its fiscal year and due to the relatively small seasonal influence of the first quarter's earnings on the entire fiscal year. The Company expects to provide an update to its annual guidance in connection with the release of its second fiscal quarter results.

Teleconference and Webcast

hhgregg will be conducting a conference call to discuss operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2013, on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Interested investors and other parties may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto hhgregg's website at www.hhgregg.com. The on-line replay will be available for a limited time immediately following the call. The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 304-8963. Callers should reference the hhgregg earnings call.

About hhgregg

hhgregg is a specialty retailer of home appliances, televisions, computers, consumer electronics, home entertainment furniture, mattresses, fitness equipment and related services operating under the name hhgregg. hhgregg currently operates 228 stores in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Safe Harbor Statement

The following is a Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This press release includes forward-looking statements, including our ability to manage costs, shifts in our sales mix, plans to roll out additional products, and plans to update guidance. hhgregg has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While hhgregg believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, these forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. These and other important factors may cause hhgregg's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Some of the key factors that could cause actual results to differ from hhgregg's expectations are: the effect of general and regional economic and employment conditions on its net sales; impact of average selling prices on net sales; its ability to anticipate changes in consumer preferences and maintain positive brand perception and recognition; competition in existing, adjacent and new metropolitan markets; competition from Internet retailers; ability to modify its product mix based on changes in consumer trends and preferences; industry wide declines in the consumer electronics category; ability to reduce reliance on the consumer electronics category; impact of our sales mix and ability to focus on consumer home products; its ability to effectively execute its strategic initiatives, particularly in the consumer electronics category; its ability to effectively manage and monitor its operations, costs and service quality; its ability to maintain the security of customer, associate or Company information; its reliance on a small number of suppliers; rapid inflation or deflation in core product prices; the failure of manufacturers to introduce new products and technologies; customer acceptance of new technology; its dependence on the Company's key management personnel and its ability to attract and retain qualified sale's personnel; its ability to meet the financial performance guidance provided to the public; its ability to negotiate with its suppliers to provide product on a timely basis at competitive prices; the identification and acquisition of suitable sites for its stores and the negotiation of acceptable leases for those sites; fluctuation in seasonal demand; its ability to maintain its rate of growth and penetrate new geographic areas; its ability to locate suitable new store sites; its ability to obtain additional financing and maintain its credit facilities; its ability to maintain and upgrade its information technology systems; the effect of a disruption at the Company's central distribution centers; changes in cost for advertising; and changes in legal and/or trade regulations, currency fluctuations and prevailing interest rates.

Other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release are more fully described in the "Risk Factors" section in the Company's fiscal 2013 Form 10-K filed May 20, 2013. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, hhgregg does not undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation to update any of these statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of these statements to reflect future events or developments.

HHGREGG, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2013

June 30, 2012

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

Net sales

$

524,922

$

489,856

Cost of goods sold

370,157

343,197

Gross profit

154,765

146,659

Selling, general and administrative expenses

119,309

118,773

Net advertising expense

25,896

27,616

Depreciation and amortization expense

11,038

9,414

Loss from operations

(1,478

)

(9,144

)

Other expense (income):

Interest expense

604

478

Interest income

(5

)

(2

)

Total other expense

599

476

Loss before income taxes

(2,077

)

(9,620

)

Income tax benefit

(817

)

(3,920

)

Net loss

$

(1,260

)

$

(5,700

)

Net loss per share

Basic

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.16

)

Diluted

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.16

)

Weighted average shares outstanding-basic

31,263,226

36,138,688

Weighted average shares outstanding-diluted

31,263,226

36,138,688

HHGREGG, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(AS A PERCENTAGE OF NET SALES)

(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2013

June 30, 2012

Net sales

100.0

%

100.0

%

Cost of goods sold

70.5

70.1

Gross profit

29.5

29.9

Selling, general and administrative expenses

22.7

24.3

Net advertising expense

4.9

5.6

Depreciation and amortization expense

2.1

1.9

Loss from operations

(0.3

)

(1.9

)

Other expense (income):

Interest expense

0.1

0.1

Interest income

Total other expense

0.1

0.1

Loss before income taxes

(0.4

)

(2.0

)

Income tax benefit

(0.2

)

(0.8

)

Net loss

(0.2

)

(1.2

)

Certain percentage amounts do not sum due to rounding

HHGREGG, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

JUNE 30, 2013, MARCH 31, 2013 AND JUNE 30, 2012

(UNAUDITED)

June 30, 2013

March 31, 2013

June 30, 2012

(In thousands, except share data)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

23,120

48,592

4,289

Accounts receivable—trade, less allowances of $33, $1 and $27 as of June 30, 2013, March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2012, respectively

37,408

24,271

28,603

Accounts receivable—other

18,261

18,748

23,067

Merchandise inventories, net

349,509

315,562

326,892

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,825

5,567

5,707

Income tax receivable

2,645

1,414

7,743

Deferred income taxes

6,471

5,758

9,775

Total current assets

443,239

419,912

406,076

Net property and equipment

212,816

217,911

214,150

Deferred financing costs, net

1,826

1,992

2,490

Deferred income taxes

35,318

35,252

38,093

Other assets

1,340

1,354

1,059

Total long-term assets

251,300

256,509

255,792

Total assets

694,539

676,421

661,868