Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation Announces Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

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Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (Nasdaq:BGFV), a leading sporting goods retailer, today reported financial results for the fiscal 2013 first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

For the fiscal 2013 first quarter, net sales increased to $246.3 million from net sales of $218.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Same store sales increased 10.5% for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.  As anticipated, first quarter sales were negatively affected by the calendar shift of the Easter holiday, during which the Company's stores are closed, out of the second quarter and into the first quarter this year.

Gross profit for the fiscal 2013 first quarter increased to $80.5 million from $67.4 million in the first quarter of the prior year. The Company's gross profit margin was 32.7% in the fiscal 2013 first quarter versus 30.9% in the first quarter of the prior year.  The improvement in gross profit margin reflects an increase in merchandise margins of 113 basis points and lower store occupancy and distribution costs as a percentage of net sales.

Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of net sales improved to 27.6% in the fiscal 2013 first quarter from 30.5% in the first quarter of the prior year. Overall selling and administrative expense increased $1.3 million for the quarter over the prior year due primarily to higher employee labor and benefit-related costs, higher credit card fees and higher operating costs to support an increase in store count, partially offset by lower advertising expense. 

Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $7.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to net income of $156,000, or$0.01 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

"We are pleased to deliver a quarter of very strong earnings growth, driven by a double-digit increase in same store sales, improvements in customer traffic and average sale and expansion of merchandise and operating margins," said Steven G. Miller, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our operating results significantly exceeded the upper end of our guidance range issued in late February as a result of a stronger than anticipated performance during our March period. We believe these results for the quarter reflect the ongoing enhancements to our merchandise and marketing programs, the continued benefit from the national increase in demand for firearms and ammunition products and more favorable weather conditions in a majority of our markets versus the prior year.  Our positive sales trends have continued into the second quarter and we feel well positioned to deliver strong results as we move through the spring and into the summer season." 

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Company's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per diluted share, which will be paid on June 14, 2013 to stockholders of record as of May 31, 2013.


For the fiscal 2013 second quarter, the Company expects same store sales in the positive mid-single-digit range and earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.20 to $0.26. This guidance reflects the benefit from the calendar shift of the Easter holiday, during which the Company's stores are closed, out of the second quarter and into the first quarter of fiscal 2013, as well as increased expenses associated with the development of our e-commerce platform. For comparative purposes, the Company's earnings per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 were $0.12, including $0.03 per diluted share of store closing and non-cash impairment charges. 

Store Openings

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company opened one new store and closed one store as part of a relocation that began in fiscal 2012, ending the quarter with 414 stores in operation. During the fiscal 2013 second quarter, the Company anticipates opening two new stores.  For the fiscal 2013 full year, the Company currently anticipates opening approximately 15 to 20 net new stores.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast today, April 30, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific (5:00 p.m. EDT) to discuss financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013. To access the conference call, participants in North America should dial (888) 505-4375, and international participants should dial (719) 457-2697. 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 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 May 7, 2013 by calling (877) 870-5176 to access the playback; passcode is 7576733.

About Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation

Big 5 is a leading sporting goods retailer in the western United States, operating 414 stores in 12 states under the "Big 5 Sporting Goods" name as of the end of the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2013. 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, winter and summer recreation 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, breach of data security or other unauthorized disclosure of sensitive personal or confidential information, the competitive environment in the sporting goods industry in general and in Big 5's specific market areas, inflation, product availability and growth opportunities, changes in the current market for (or regulation of) firearms, ammunition and certain related accessories, seasonal fluctuations, weather conditions, changes in cost of goods, operating expense fluctuations, litigation risks, disruption in product flow, changes in interest rates, credit availability, 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 fiscal 2012. 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.

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(In thousands, except share amounts)
  March 31,
December 30,
Current assets:    
 Cash and cash equivalents  $ 5,357  $ 7,635
 Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $113 and $99, respectively 10,554 15,297
 Merchandise inventories, net 271,871 270,350
 Prepaid expenses 8,736 8,784
 Deferred income taxes  10,114  9,905
 Total current assets 306,632 311,971
Property and equipment, net 70,048 72,089
Deferred income taxes 13,948 14,795
Other assets, net of accumulated amortization of $700 and $637, respectively 3,321 3,372
Goodwill 4,433 4,433
 Total assets  $ 398,382  $ 406,660
Current liabilities:    
 Accounts payable  $ 104,634  $ 92,688
 Accrued expenses 57,665 67,553
 Current portion of capital lease obligations 1,831 1,720
 Total current liabilities 164,130 161,961
Deferred rent, less current portion 20,736 21,386
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 2,556 2,855
Long-term debt  31,947  47,461
Other long-term liabilities 8,609 8,577
 Total liabilities 227,978 242,240
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' equity:    
 Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 50,000,000 shares; issued 23,934,367 and 23,783,084 shares, respectively; outstanding 21,892,531 and 21,741,248 shares, respectively 240 238
 Additional paid-in capital 103,305 102,658
 Retained earnings 92,799 87,464
 Less: Treasury stock, at cost; 2,041,836 shares (25,940) (25,940)
 Total stockholders' equity 170,404 164,420
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 398,382  $ 406,660
(In thousands, except per share data)
  13 Weeks Ended
  March 31,
April 1, 
Net sales  $ 246,266  $ 218,496
Cost of sales  165,791  151,068
Gross profit  80,475  67,428
Selling and administrative expense  67,928  66,585
Operating income  12,547  843
Interest expense  453  600
Income before income taxes 12,094 243
Income taxes  4,580  87
Net income  $ 7,514  $ 156
Earnings per share:    
Basic  $ 0.35  $ 0.01
Diluted  $ 0.34  $ 0.01
Dividends per share  $ 0.10  $ 0.075
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding:    
Basic 21,453 21,489
Diluted 21,822 21,654
CONTACT: Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation
         Barry Emerson
         Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
         (310) 536-0611

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         John Mills
         Senior Managing Director
         (310) 954-1105

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation

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