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Hibbett Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results
  • EPS Increases 56%
  • Comparable Store Sales up 5.9%
  • Increases Fiscal 2012 Guidance

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB), a sporting goods retailer, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 30, 2011.

Financial Highlights

Net sales for the 13-week period ended July 30, 2011, increased 9.5% to $153.1 million compared with $139.8 million for the 13-week period ended July 31, 2010. Comparable store sales increased 5.9%. Net income for the 13-week period ended July 30, 2011, increased 48.0% to $5.9 million compared with $4.0 million for the 13-week period ended July 31, 2010. Earnings per diluted share increased 56.4% to $0.21 compared with $0.14 for the 13-week period ended July 31, 2010.

Net sales for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2011, increased 10.0% to $356.8 million compared with $324.3 million for the 26-week period ended July 31, 2010. Comparable store sales increased 6.4%. Net income for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2011, was $27.3 million compared with $21.4 million for the 26-week period ended July 31, 2010. Earnings per diluted share increased 34.6% to $0.98 compared with $0.73 for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2010.

Jeff Rosenthal, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our performance in second quarter is our seventh consecutive quarter of comparable store sales increases and our eighth consecutive quarter of earnings increases. The true nature of our success is our great employees and their dedication to providing exceptional service to our customers. We continue to see strength in our active wear and footwear businesses. We are well positioned entering the back-to-school season and have experienced continued positive sales trends to date in the third quarter."

For the second quarter, Hibbett opened 8 new stores, expanded 5 high performing stores and closed 5 underperforming stores, bringing the store base to 802 in 26 states as of July 30, 2011. In Fiscal 2012, the Company expects to open approximately 50 to 55 new stores, expand 15 high performing stores and close 10 to 15 stores.

Liquidity and Stock Repurchases

Hibbett ended the second quarter of Fiscal 2012 with $65.2 million of available cash and cash equivalents on the consolidated balance sheet, no bank debt and full availability under its $80.0 million unsecured credit facilities.

During the second quarter, the Company repurchased 240,405 shares of common stock for a total expenditure of $9.4 million. Approximately $180.2 million of the current $250.0 million authorization remains for future stock repurchases.

Fiscal 2012 Outlook

The Company increased its earnings guidance for Fiscal 2012 to a range of $1.90 to $2.00 per diluted share with a comparable store sales increase in the mid-single digit range.

Investor Conference Call and Simulcast

Hibbett Sports, Inc. will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, August 19, 2011, to discuss second quarter 2012 fiscal results. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (212) 231-2919. A replay of the conference call will be available until August 26, 2011, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 21533361.

The Company will also provide an online Web simulcast and rebroadcast of its Fiscal 2012 second quarter conference call. The live broadcast of Hibbett's quarterly conference call will be available online at under Investor Relations, and on Friday, August 19, 2011, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue through August 26, 2011.

Hibbett Sports, Inc. operates sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominately in the Southeast, Southwest, 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, earnings per diluted share and comparable sales for Fiscal 2012, and merchandising, inventory and repurchase plans.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 29, 2011, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on June 3, 2011.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.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, July 31, July 30, July 31,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net sales $ 153,127 $ 139,819 $ 356,783 $ 324,325

Cost of goods sold, distribution
center and store occupancy costs

102,490 95,044 230,353 213,441
Gross profit 50,637 44,775 126,430 110,884

Store operating, selling and administrative

37,969 34,917 76,342 69,858
Depreciation and amortization 3,300 3,377 6,580 6,869
Operating income 9,368 6,481 43,508 34,157
Interest expense, net 60 44 116 51
Income before provision for income taxes 9,308 6,437 43,392 34,106
Provision for income taxes 3,368 2,424 16,115 12,752
Net income $ 5,940 $ 4,013 $ 27,277 $ 21,354
Net income per common share:
Basic earnings per share $ 0.22 $ 0.14 $ 1.00 $ 0.74
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.21 $ 0.14 $ 0.98 $ 0.73
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 27,267 28,786 27,356 28,768
Diluted 27,804 29,389 27,889 29,377
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
July 30, January 29,
2011 2011
Cash and cash equivalents $ 65,186 $ 75,517
Accounts receivable, net 7,027 5,385
Inventories, net 192,770 174,878
Prepaid expenses and other 15,615 13,561
Total current assets 280,598 269,341
Property and equipment, net 39,563 40,056
Other assets 5,119 4,868
Total assets $ 325,280 $ 314,265
Liabilities and Stockholders' Investment
Accounts payable $ 87,566 $ 75,986
Short-term capital leases 247 312
Accrued expenses 16,544 18,036
Total current liabilities 104,357 94,334
Non-current liabilities 18,250 19,843
Stockholders' investment 202,673 200,088
Total liabilities and stockholders' investment $ 325,280 $ 314,265

SOURCE: Hibbett Sports, Inc.

Hibbett Sports, Inc.
Gary A. Smith, 205-942-4292
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer