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Finish Line Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Results

Board of Directors Authorizes 5 Million Share Increase To Current Repurchase Program

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2013-- The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) today reported results for the 13-week and 39-week periods ended December 1, 2012.

For the thirteen weeks ended December 1, 2012:

  • Consolidated net sales increased 5.2% to $296.6 million.
  • Finish Line comparable store sales increased 3.6%.
  • Digital sales, which are included in the comparable store sales results, were up 25.0%.
  • Earnings per diluted share were breakeven.

“The third quarter was clearly more challenging than we anticipated,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Lyon. “Sales came in below plan due primarily to a shift within athletic footwear trends and a less than favorable consumer response to the new ecommerce site we launched in mid November. Our top-line performance forced us to get more promotional to improve the composition of our inventory ahead of the important Holiday season. At the same time, we did not adjust our cost structure quickly enough in response to slowing sales trends.”

“Following our recent challenges,” Lyon continued, “we have taken immediate actions to improve near-term results. This includes reverting back to our previous ecommerce site, implementing cost controls that allow us to better manage expenses, and elevating the assortment of key basketball products in our stores and online. Looking ahead, we remain committed to developing a premier omni-channel business. We’ll also continue to evaluate the speed of our transformation to ensure that we are best positioned to achieve both our near- and long-term goals.”

Balance Sheet

As of December 1, 2012, consolidated merchandise inventories increased 7.6% to $301.7 million compared to $280.4 million as of November 26, 2011. For Finish Line, merchandise inventories increased by 6.3%.

As of December 1, 2012, the company had no interest-bearing debt and $168.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $216.6 million a year ago.

Share Repurchase Program

The company repurchased 1.0 million shares of its outstanding common stock in the third quarter, totaling $21.2 million. Year-to-date, Finish Line repurchased 2.5 million shares totaling $53.6 million. As of December 1, 2012, the company had 1.3 million shares remaining on its current 5 million share authorization. On January 3, 2013, the company’s Board of Directors amended the current repurchase program to increase the authorization by 5 million shares. This amendment also extends the authorization to repurchase shares through December 31, 2017.


For the fourth quarter ending March 2, 2013, the company expects earnings per share to be between $0.74 and $0.78, compared to $0.74 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which excludes the $0.07 impact from the 53rd week. This guidance assumes fourth quarter comparable store sales increase in the low single digit range.

For the fiscal year ending March 2, 2013, the company now expects earnings per share to be between $1.47 and $1.51. This compares to its previous guidance for an increase of 6 to 9% over the $1.53 in fiscal 2012, which excludes the $0.07 impact from the 53rd week.

Q3 Fiscal 2013 Conference Call Today, January 4, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

The company will host a conference call for investors today, January 4, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the live conference call, dial 866-923-8645 (U.S. and Canada) or 660-422-4970 (International), conference ID #80443876. The live conference call will also be accessible online at A replay of the conference call can be accessed approximately two hours following the completion of the call by dialing 855-859-2056, conference ID #80443876. This recording will be made available through Friday, January 11, 2013. The replay will also be accessible online at

About Finish Line

The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line has 650 stores in malls across the U.S. and employs more than 11,000 sneakerologists who help customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style. Online shopping is available at and mobile shopping is available at Follow Finish Line on Twitter at and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at

Finish Line also operates, through a venture with Gart Capital Partners, the Running Specialty Group, including 25 specialty running shops in seven states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company and Run On! banners. More information is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes statements that are or may be considered “forward-looking” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words or phrases such as, but not limited to, “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “build”, “may,” “should,” “will,” “estimates,” “indication”, “potential,” “optimistic,” “confidence,” “momentum”, “continue,” “lead to”, “evolve,” “expand,” “growth” or words and phrases of similar meaning. Statements that describe objectives, plans or goals also are forward-looking statements.

All of these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, management assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. The principal risk factors that could cause actual performance and future actions to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the company’s reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key vendor); the availability and timely receipt of products; the ability to timely fulfill and ship products to customers; fluctuations in oil prices causing changes in gasoline and energy prices, resulting in changes in consumer spending as well as increases in utility, freight and product costs; product demand and market acceptance risks; deterioration of macro-economic and business conditions; the inability to locate and obtain or retain acceptable lease terms for the company’s stores; the effect of competitive products and pricing; loss of key employees; execution of strategic growth initiatives (including actual and potential mergers and acquisitions and other components of the company’s capital allocation strategy); and the other risks detailed in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date of this report and Finish Line undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

  The Finish Line, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share and store data)

Weeks Ended

Weeks Ended

Weeks Ended

Weeks Ended

December 1, November 26, December 1, November 26,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net sales $ 296,623 $ 282,011 $ 1,000,683 $ 912,999
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs)   206,833     191,002     671,684     602,393  
Gross profit 89,790 91,009 328,999 310,606
Selling, general and administrative expenses 91,447 83,067 271,004 241,818
Store closing costs   1     368     421     965  
Operating (loss) income (1,658 ) 7,574 57,574 67,823
Interest income, net   38     109     167     390  
(Loss) Income before income taxes (1,620 ) 7,683 57,741 68,213
Income tax (benefit) expense   (811 )   2,135     22,033     25,329  
Net (loss) income (809 ) 5,548 35,708 42,884
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest   702     -     1,436     -  
Net (loss) income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. $ (107 ) $ 5,548   $ 37,144   $ 42,884  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders $ -   $ 0.11   $ 0.72   $ 0.80  
Diluted weighted average shares   49,949     52,082     50,977     53,076  
Dividends declared per share $ 0.06   $ 0.05   $ 0.18   $ 0.15  
Finish Line store activity for the period:
Beginning of period 638 647 637 664
Opened 14 4 27 4
Closed   (1 )   (3 )   (13 )   (20 )
End of period   651     648     651     648  
Square feet at end of period 3,531,426 3,491,396
Average square feet per store 5,425 5,388
Running Company store activity for the period:
Beginning of period 19 - 19 -
Acquired 5 18 5 18
Opened 1 1 1 1
Closed   -     -     -     -  
End of period   25     19     25     19  
Square feet at end of period 78,120 57,302
Average square feet per store 3,125 3,016
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
December 1, November 26, December 1, November 26,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net sales 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs)   69.7     67.7     67.1     66.0  
Gross profit 30.3 32.3 32.9 34.0
Selling, general and administrative expenses 30.8 29.5 27.1 26.5
Store closing costs   -     0.1     -     0.1  
Operating (loss) income (0.5 ) 2.7 5.8 7.4
Interest income, net   -     -     -     0.1  
(Loss) income before income taxes (0.5 ) 2.7 5.8 7.5
Income tax (benefit) expense   (0.3 )   0.7     2.2     2.8  
Net (loss) income (0.2 ) 2.0 3.6 4.7
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest   0.2     -     0.1     -  
Net (loss) income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc.   -   %   2.0   %   3.7   %   4.7   %
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 1, November 26, March 3,
2012 2011 2012
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 168,154 $ 216,570 $ 307,494
Merchandise inventories, net 301,654 280,409 220,405
Other current assets 30,904 21,366 24,849
Property and equipment, net 167,970 128,343 126,997
Other assets   41,103   37,737   31,751
Total assets $ 709,785 $ 684,425 $ 711,496
Current liabilities $ 145,609 $ 147,983 $ 138,683
Deferred credits from landlords 28,139 30,035 27,737
Other long-term liabilities 18,462 15,335 15,539
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 4,535 - -
Shareholders' equity   513,040   491,072   529,537
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 709,785 $ 684,425 $ 711,496

Source: The Finish Line, Inc.

The Finish Line, Inc.
Media Contact:
Dianna Boyce, Corporate Communications, 317-613-6577
Investor Contact:
Ed Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer, 317-613-6914

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Finish Line's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.
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