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Hastings Entertainment, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2011

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AMARILLO, Texas, March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hastings Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAST), a leading multimedia entertainment retailer, today reported results for the three months and fiscal year ended January 31, 2012.  Net loss was approximately $8.4 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, for the three months ended January 31, 2012 compared to net earnings of approximately $3.8 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the three months ended January 31, 2011.  Net loss was approximately $17.6 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 compared to net earnings of $1.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011.

Earnings before interest, taxes, property and equipment depreciation expense and amortization ("EBITDA") was approximately $5.8 million for the three months ended January 31, 2012 compared to $10.9 million for the three months ended January 31, 2011.  Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes gift card breakage revenue, stock compensation expense, store asset impairment expense, abandoned lease expense and impairment of goodwill, was approximately $9.2 million for the three months ended January 31, 2012 compared to $11.6 million for the three months ended January 31, 2011.  EBITDA was approximately $5.7 million for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 compared to $20.7 million for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011.  Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $9.3 million for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 compared to $21.3 million for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the tables following the financial statements in this release.

"Our fourth quarter results reflected a continuation of comparable weak slates for movies," said John H. Marmaduke, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. "Furthermore, we continue to be impacted by the shift toward the digital delivery of entertainment, along with the increasing growth of rental kiosks and subscription-based services in movie rentals. Additionally, the current economic environment continues to impact consumer discretionary spending, thereby reducing average purchases, as customers are choosing lower priced products. This is evidenced by the fact that merchandise units sold for fiscal 2011 were flat with fiscal 2010 despite the decrease in revenue.

"With respect to the fourth quarter, income before income taxes was $1.178 million, after a charge of $2.436 million for abandoned leases. Fourth quarter Comp revenues for our Trends, Electronics, and Hardback Cafe departments increased on top of increases for the prior year comparable quarter. Book Comps also increased during the quarter, as a result of sales of our Nextbook Premium 7 e-reader tablet and related accessories. As we have previously disclosed, we launched our new eBook initiative on November 10, 2011.  We also closed three underperforming superstores during the fourth quarter.

"Over the years, our multimedia store model has allowed us to shift our offerings to meet our customers' changing preferences. Our multimedia platform is even more important in these economic times.  Our plans for fiscal 2012 include additional changes, as we shift our business model more toward lifestyle products and become less dependent on entertainment products. We began carrying certain lifestyle products, such as skate boards and related accessories, along with disc golf, in a number of superstores during fiscal 2011.  Coming to our Trends and Electronics departments during fiscal 2012 are tablet expansions for reading, watching movies and playing games and phone app products to be used with your smart phone for fun, health and fitness. In order to expand the footprint for these products, we will be reducing the footprint dedicated to Rental Movies. We plan to rollout this format change over the course of fiscal 2012, in approximately fifty-five stores, at a total estimated cost of approximately $3.0 million.

"Fiscal 2012 will be a difficult year for us as we continue to weather difficult economic times and secular trends.  Accordingly, we are projecting a net loss for fiscal 2012.  We are projecting a double digit decline in our Rental Comps and a slight increase in Merchandise Comps for fiscal 2012, primarily resulting from the initiatives mentioned above, which we anticipate will bring approximately $9.0 million in additional revenue during fiscal 2012.  Subsequent to fiscal 2012, we anticipate these initiatives will generate approximately $15.0 million to $20.0 million in revenues, on an annual basis. Projected cash flow from operations is approximately $8.2 million, and we are reducing our capital expenditures from $15.9 million in fiscal 2011 to approximately $9.7 million in fiscal 2012. We are also projecting a $1.5 million decrease in debt.  Additionally, we will not be opening any new stores or relocating any existing stores, and we anticipate closing one or two underperforming stores.  I am confident that with the business strategies discussed above, along with an improvement in current economic conditions, we will return to profitability and grow our business over the years to come."

Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

Revenues.  Total revenues for the fourth quarter decreased approximately $7.4 million, or 4.6%, to $153.1 million compared to $160.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.  As of January 31, 2012, we operated six fewer Hastings superstores, as compared to January 31, 2011.  In addition to our superstores, we operated two additional concept stores, TRADESMART (Littleton) and Sun Adventures Sports (Lubbock), as compared to January 31, 2011.  The following is a summary of our revenues results (dollars in thousands):




Three Months Ended January 31,







2012


2011


Decrease





Percent




Percent





Revenues


Of Total


Revenues


Of Total


Dollar


Percent

Merchandise Revenue

$

135,213


88.3%

$

138,863


86.5%

$

(3,650)


-2.6%

Rental Revenue


17,634


11.5%


21,415


13.3%


(3,781)


-17.7%

Gift Card Breakage

  Revenue


244


0.2%


264


0.2%


(20)


-7.6%

    Total Revenues

$

153,091


100.0%

$

160,542


100.0%

$

(7,451)


-4.6%














Stores open at period end


143




147




(4)


-2.7%



Comparable-store revenues ("Comp")




    Total

-5.5%


    Merchandise

-3.7%


    Rental

-16.7%




Below is a summary of the Comp results for our major merchandise categories:



Three Months Ended January 31,


2012


2011

Trends

9.5%


4.7%

Electronics

6.6%


2.3%

Hardback Cafe

4.4%


6.7%

Books

2.4%


-7.0%

Consumables

-3.3%


-5.0%

Video Games

-7.8%


-12.2%

Music

-9.8%


-1.1%

Movies

-10.7%


1.1%



Trends Comps increased 9.5% for the quarter primarily due to increased sales of apparel and accessories, novelty items, and action figures.  Key drivers in the apparel and accessories category included hats, licensed apparel, jewelry and t-shirts.  Key drivers in the novelty category included Tween merchandise, merchandise associated with movies and television shows, and barware.  Electronics Comps increased 6.6% for the quarter, resulting primarily from increased sales of headphones and MP3 and phone accessories, along with strong sales of refurbished Apple iPads.  These sales were partially offset by a decrease in sales of new Apple iPods.  Hardback Cafe Comps increased 4.4% for the quarter, primarily due to increased sales of blended and iced specialty cafe drinks.  Books Comps increased 2.4% for the quarter, primarily due to sales of the Nextbook Premium 7 e-reader tablet and related accessories, along with an increase in sales of trade paperbacks, partially offset by lower sales of new mass market books and used hardbacks.  We started selling the Nextbook Premium 7, in stores and online at www.goHastings.com, during November 2011.  Book Comps, excluding sales of the Nextbook Premium 7 and related accessories, decreased 0.7% for the quarter.  Consumable Comps decreased 3.3% for the quarter, primarily due to lower sales of popcorn, assorted candies, and bottled drinks.  Video Game Comps decreased 7.8% for the quarter primarily resulting from lower sales of new and used video game consoles, new gaming accessories and new video games for the Nintendo Wii.  These decreases were partially offset by increased sales of new games for the Microsoft XBOX 360 and Sony Playstation 3 and used accessories.  Music Comps decreased 9.8% during the quarter, primarily resulting from lower sales of new and used CDs. The decrease in sales of new and used CDs resulted primarily from a shift in sales to lower priced promotional product, along with a weaker slate of new release music during the current quarter.  Movie Comps decreased 10.7% for the quarter due to lower sales of new and used DVDs, along with DVD boxed sets, partially offset by an increase in sales of new and used Blu-ray movies.

Rental Comps decreased 16.7% during the quarter, primarily due to fewer rentals of DVDs and video games, partially offset by an increase in rentals of Blu-ray movies.  Rental Video Comps decreased 16.7% for the quarter, and units rented decreased 13.8%.  Rental Video Comps were negatively impacted by a continued lower quality of new releases during the current quarter and by competitor rental kiosks and subscription-based rental services.  Rental Video Game Comps decreased 16.9% for the quarter, and units rented decreased 18.9%.

Gross Profit – Merchandise.  For the fourth quarter, total merchandise gross profit dollars decreased approximately $0.6 million, or 1.4%, to $40.9 million from $41.5 million for the same quarter in the prior year, primarily due to lower revenues, partially offset by increased merchandise margin rates.  As a percentage of total merchandise revenue, merchandise gross profit increased to 30.2% for the quarter compared to 29.9% for the same quarter in the prior year, resulting primarily from a shift in mix of revenues by category as compared to the same quarter in the prior year, along with reduced shrinkage expense and lower costs to return products to vendors, partially offset by increased freight costs.  The decrease in shrinkage expense is a direct result of our comprehensive store audit program that assesses store level execution and controls designed to reduce shrink, with a strong focus on our stores with historically high-shrinkage.

Gross Profit – Rental.  For the fourth quarter, total rental gross profit dollars decreased approximately $2.3 million, or 17.4%, to $10.9 million from $13.2 million for the same quarter in the prior year, due to lower revenues.  As a percentage of total rental revenue, rental gross profit increased to 62.0% for the quarter compared to 61.8% for the same quarter in the prior year.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses ("SG&A").  SG&A increased approximately $2.1 million during the quarter, or 4.3%, to $50.5 million compared to $48.4 million for the same quarter last year, primarily due to the recognition of approximately $2.4 million in abandoned lease expense related to two stores closed during the quarter, along with an increase of approximately $0.4 million in advertising expenses, an increase of approximately $0.3 million in travel expenses partially offset by a decrease of approximately $1.3 million in labor costs.  Excluding abandoned lease expense, SG&A decreased approximately $0.3 million during the quarter, or 0.6%, to $48.1 million compared to $48.4 million for the same period in the prior year.  As a percentage of total revenue, SG&A increased to 33.0% for the fourth quarter compared to 30.1% for the same quarter in the prior year due to deleveraging resulting from lower revenues, along with the increase in abandoned lease expense.  

Interest Expense.  For the fourth quarter, interest expense increased approximately $0.1 million, or 33.3%, to $0.4 million, compared to $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 due to higher average debt levels during the current quarter.  The average rate of interest charged for the fourth quarter decreased to 2.7% compared to 2.8% for the same quarter in the prior year.

Income Taxes.  A valuation allowance is required if it is more likely than not that a deferred tax asset will not be realized.  In assessing the need for a valuation allowance, we considered all available positive and negative evidence, including our ability to carry back operating losses to prior periods, projected future taxable income, tax planning strategies and the reversal of deferred tax liabilities.  Based on this analysis, we determined that it was more likely than not that our deferred tax assets will not be realized.  As such, we established a valuation allowance of approximately $8.6 million at January 31, 2012.  We will reassess the valuation allowance quarterly, and if future evidence allows for a partial or full release of the valuation allowance, a tax benefit will be recorded accordingly.  Excluding the valuation allowance, the effective tax rate for the three months ended January 31, 2012 was 82.8% as compared to an effective rate of 39.3% for the three months ended January 31, 2011.  This rate difference resulted from a return-to-provision adjustment recorded during the current quarter.  The rate was also affected by the relationship between permanent book to tax differences incurred (which typically stay consistent for each quarter in a fiscal year) in comparison to the level of book income before taxes for the respective quarters.

Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2012

Revenues.  Total revenues for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 decreased approximately $24.7 million, or 4.7%, to $496.4 million compared to $521.1 million for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011.  The following is a summary of our revenues results (dollars in thousands):




Fiscal Year Ended January 31,







2012


2011


Increase (Decrease)





Percent




Percent





Revenues


Of Total


Revenues


Of Total


Dollar


Percent

Merchandise Revenue

$

425,142


85.6%

$

440,038


84.5%

$

(14,896)


-3.4%

Rental Revenue


70,426


14.2%


80,216


15.4%


(9,790)


-12.2%

Gift Card Breakage

  Revenue


819


0.2%


801


0.1%


18


2.2%

    Total Revenues

$

496,387


100.0%

$

521,055


100.0%

$

(24,668)


-4.7%














Stores open at period end


143




147




(4)


-2.7%
















Comparable-store revenues ("Comp")

    Total

-5.3%


    Merchandise

-4.0%


    Rental

-12.4%




Below is a summary of the Comp results for our major merchandise categories:



Fiscal Year Ended January 31,


2012


2011

Trends

10.4%


9.7%

Hardback Cafe

4.8%


9.7%

Electronics

3.7%


2.0%

Music

-4.5%


-4.8%

Books

-4.8%


-4.2%

Video Games

-5.1%


4.7%

Consumables

-6.3%


2.7%

Movies

-8.2%


6.3%




Trends Comps increased 10.4% for fiscal 2011 due to increased sales of apparel and accessories, novelty items, new comics and graphic novels, action figures and collectible card games, such as Magic: The Gathering.  Key drivers in the apparel and accessories category included hats, jewelry, licensed apparel, bags and footwear.  Hardback Cafe Comps increased 4.8% during fiscal 2011 primarily due to increased sales of iced and blended specialty cafe drinks.  Electronics Comps increased 3.7% during fiscal 2011, primarily resulting from increased sales of headphones, along with strong sales of refurbished Apple iPads and tablet accessories, partially offset by lower sales of new Apple iPods.  Music Comps decreased 4.5% for fiscal 2011, due to lower sales of new and used CDs.  CD sales were impacted by a sales shift to lower priced promotional products.  Music units sold increased 1.3% during fiscal 2011.  Book Comps decreased 4.8% during fiscal 2011 due to lower sales of new mass market books, hardbacks and trade paperbacks, lower sales of used hardbacks and trade paperbacks, and lower sales of magazines, partially offset by sales of the Nextbook Premium 7 e-reader tablet and related accessories.  Book Comps, excluding sales of the Nextbook Premium 7 and related accessories, decreased 5.7% for fiscal 2011.  New book sales were negatively impacted by the increasing popularity of e-readers.  Video Game Comps decreased 5.1% during fiscal 2011, primarily due to lower sales of new and used video game consoles, new gaming accessories and new video games for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS handheld console.  These decreases were partially offset by increased sales of new and used games for the Microsoft XBOX 360, new games for the Sony Playstation 3, and used accessories.  Consumable Comps decreased 6.3% for fiscal 2011, primarily resulting from lower sales of bottled drinks, popcorn and assorted candies and snack foods.  Movies Comps decreased 8.2% during fiscal 2011 due to lower sales of new and used DVDs, along with DVD boxed sets, partially offset by increased sales of new and used Blu-ray movies.

Rental Comps decreased 12.4% for fiscal 2011, primarily due to fewer rentals of DVDs and video games, partially offset by increased rentals of Blu-ray movies.  Rental Video Comps were negatively impacted by a lower quality of new releases during the current fiscal year and by competitor rental kiosks and subscription-based rental services.  Rental Video Comps decreased 13.1% for the year, and units rented decreased 11.2%.  Rental Video Game Comps decreased 5.9% and units rented decreased 6.7%.

Gross Profit – Merchandise.  For fiscal 2011, total merchandise gross profit dollars decreased approximately $6.7 million, or 4.9%, to $129.6 million from $136.3 million for fiscal 2010, primarily due to lower revenues, along with lower merchandise margin rates.  As a percentage of total merchandise revenue, merchandise gross profit decreased to 30.5% for fiscal 2011, compared to 31.0% for fiscal 2010, primarily due to increased promotional pricing and freight costs, partially offset by lower shrinkage expense and lower markdown expense.  The decrease in shrinkage expense is a direct result of our comprehensive store audit program that assesses store level execution and controls designed to reduce shrink, with a strong focus on our stores with historically high-shrinkage.

Gross Profit – Rental.  For fiscal 2011, total rental gross profit dollars decreased approximately $7.0 million, or 13.9%, to $43.3 million from $50.3 million for fiscal 2010, primarily due to lower revenues, along with lower rental margin rates.  As a percentage of total rental revenue, rental gross profit decreased to 61.4% for fiscal 2011 compared to 62.7% for fiscal 2010, also primarily as a result of lower rental revenues.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses ("SG&A").  SG&A increased approximately $1.0 million, or 0.5%, to $185.1 million compared to $184.1 million for the same period last year, primarily due to the recognition of approximately $2.4 million in abandoned lease expense related to two stores closed during the fourth quarter and an increase of approximately $0.5 million in store maintenance costs, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $1.2 million in store labor costs and a decrease in bonuses under our bonus incentive programs of approximately $0.8 million.  Excluding abandoned lease expense, SG&A decreased approximately $1.4 million during fiscal 2011, or 0.8%, to $182.7 million compared to $184.1 million for fiscal 2010.  As a percentage of total revenue, SG&A increased to 37.3% for fiscal 2011 compared to 35.3% for fiscal 2010, primarily due to deleveraging resulting from lower revenues.  

Interest Expense.  For fiscal 2011, interest expense increased approximately $0.3 million, or 30.0%, to $1.3 million, compared to $1.0 million for fiscal 2010 primarily as a result of higher average debt levels during the current fiscal year, along with higher interest rates. The average rate of interest charged for fiscal 2011 increased to 2.7% compared to 2.5% for fiscal 2010.  

Income Taxes.  A valuation allowance is required if it is more likely than not that a deferred tax asset will not be realized.  In assessing the need for a valuation allowance we considered all available positive and negative evidence, including our ability to carry back operating losses to prior periods, projected future taxable income, tax planning strategies and the reversal of deferred tax liabilities.  Based on this analysis, we determined that it was more likely than not that our deferred tax assets will not be realized.  As such, we established a valuation allowance of approximately $8.6 million at January 31, 2012.  We will reassess the valuation allowance quarterly, and if future evidence allows for a partial or full release of the valuation allowance, a tax benefit will be recorded accordingly.  Excluding the valuation allowance, the effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 was 29.4%, as compared to an effective rate of 28.7% for fiscal 2010.  

Stock Repurchases

On September 18, 2001, we announced a stock repurchase program of up to $5.0 million of our common stock.  As of January 31, 2012, the Board of Directors had approved increases in the program totaling $32.5 million.  During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, we purchased a total of 232,100 shares of common stock at a cost of $363,497, or $1.57 per share.  As of January 31, 2012, a total of 5,343,749 shares had been repurchased under the program at a cost of approximately $31.2 million, for an average cost of approximately $5.84 per share.  As of January 31, 2012, a total of $6.3 million remained available under the stock repurchase program.

Store Activity

Since November 21, 2011, which was the last date we reported store activity, we have the following activity to report.

  • Store closed in Cordova, Tennessee on December 9, 2011.
  • Store closed in Topeka, Kansas on January 21, 2012.
  • Store closed in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 23, 2012.
  • Store closed in Greeley, Colorado on February 18, 2012.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements."  Hastings Entertainment, Inc. is including this statement for the express purpose of availing itself of the protections of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all such forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and represent the beliefs of the management of the Company.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  These risks include, but are not limited to, consumer appeal of our existing and planned product offerings, and the related impact of competitor pricing and product offerings; overall industry performance and the accuracy of our estimates and judgments regarding trends; our ability to obtain favorable terms from suppliers; our ability to respond to changing consumer preferences, including with respect to new technologies and alternative methods of content delivery, and to effectively adjust our offerings if and as necessary; the application and impact of future accounting policies or interpretations of existing accounting policies; unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects; the effects of a continued deterioration in economic conditions in the U.S. or the markets in which we operate our stores; the effect of inclement weather on the ability of consumers to reach our stores; and other factors which may be outside of the company's control.  We undertake no obligation to affirm, publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.  Please refer to the company's annual, quarterly, and periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that could cause results to differ materially.

About Hastings

Founded in 1968, Hastings Entertainment, Inc. is a leading multimedia entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos, video games and CDs, and trends and consumer electronics merchandise, with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format.  We currently operate 139 superstores, averaging approximately 24,000 square feet, primarily in medium-sized markets throughout the United States.  We also operate three concept stores, Sun Adventure Sports, located in Amarillo, Texas and Lubbock, Texas, and TRADESMART, located in Littleton, Colorado.

We operate www.goHastings.com, an e-commerce Internet web site that makes available to our customers new and used entertainment products and unique, contemporary gifts and toys.  The site features exceptional product and pricing offers.  The Investor Relations section of our web site contains press releases, a link to request financial and other literature and access to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)




January 31,


January 31,



2012


2011



(unaudited)



Assets





Current assets





  Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,172

$

6,149

  Merchandise inventories, net


151,366


146,636

  Deferred income taxes



6,022

  Prepaid expenses and other current assets


15,229


11,742

        Total current assets


170,767


170,549






Rental assets, net


12,634


13,129

Property and equipment, net


39,449


41,588

Deferred income taxes



1,668

Intangible assets, net


244


391

Other assets


2,380


2,358






Total assets

$

225,474

$

229,683






Liabilities and shareholders' equity





Current liabilities





  Trade accounts payable

$

51,268

$

60,555

  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


26,150


26,124

        Total current liabilities


77,418


86,679






Long-term debt, excluding current maturities


53,279


31,766

Deferred income taxes


42


Other liabilities


8,677


6,512






Shareholders' equity





  Preferred stock



  Common stock


119


119

  Additional paid-in capital


36,231


36,673

  Retained earnings


71,010


88,589

  Accumulated other comprehensive income


118


107

  Treasury stock, at cost


(21,420)


(20,762)

        Total shareholders' equity


86,058


104,726






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

225,474

$

229,683




Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)




Three months ended


Fiscal year ended



January 31,


January 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011



(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(unaudited)












Merchandise revenue

$

135,213

$

138,863

$

425,142

$

440,038

Rental revenue


17,634


21,415


70,426


80,216

Gift card breakage revenue


244


264


819


801

  Total revenues


153,091


160,542


496,387


521,055


Merchandise cost of revenue


94,320


97,381


295,506


303,714

Rental cost of revenue


6,696


8,182


27,166


29,950

  Total cost of revenues


101,016


105,563


322,672


333,664


  Gross profit


52,075


54,979


173,715


187,391


Selling, general and administrative expenses


50,500


48,389


185,107


184,142

Pre-opening expenses


2



244



  Operating income (loss)


1,573


6,590


(11,636)


3,249


Other income (expense):









  Interest expense, net


(440)


(319)


(1,334)


(1,014)

  Other, net


45


65


275


156


  Income (loss) before income taxes


1,178


6,336


(12,695)


2,391


Income tax expense


9,592


2,488


4,884


686


  Net income (loss)

$

(8,414)

$

3,848

$

(17,579)

$

1,705


Basic income (loss) per share

$

(1.00)

$

0.44

$

(2.05)

$

0.19


Diluted income (loss) per share

$

(1.00)

$

0.43

$

(2.05)

$

0.18



Weighted-average common shares

  outstanding:









    Basic


8,410


8,787


8,556


9,036

    Dilutive effect of stock awards



251



290


    Diluted



8,410


9,038


8,556


9,326




Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollars in thousands)




Fiscal year ended January 31,



2012


2011



(unaudited)



Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income (loss)

$

(17,579)

$

1,705

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net  

  cash provided by (used in) operations:





    Rental asset depreciation expense


11,042


11,887

    Purchases of rental assets


(22,126)


(25,628)

    Property and equipment depreciation expense


17,026


17,273

    Impairment of goodwill


147


    Deferred income taxes


7,725


1,424

    Loss on rental assets lost, stolen and defective


1,293


1,830

    Loss on disposal or impairment of property and equipment,

    excluding rental assets


1,055


740

    Non-cash stock-based compensation


1,058


749


 Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





    Merchandise inventories, net


5,558


13,422

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(3,487)


(1,622)

    Trade accounts payable


(8,284)


3,789

    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


(177)


(1,814)

    Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation



(190)

    Other assets and liabilities, net


2,229


(108)

       Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


(4,520)


23,457


Cash flows from investing activities:





   Purchases of property and equipment


(15,944)


(11,906)

       Net cash used in investing activities


(15,944)


(11,906)


Cash flows from financing activities:





   Net borrowings (repayments) under revolving credit facility


21,513


(6,408)

   Purchase of treasury stock


(1,992)


(6,376)

   Change in cash overdraft


(1,003)


(1,302)

   Deferred financing costs paid


(68)


(599)

   Proceeds from exercise of stock options


37


230

   Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation



190

       Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


18,487


(14,265)


Net decrease in cash


(1,977)


(2,714)


Cash at beginning of period


6,149


8,863


Cash at end of period

$

4,172

$

6,149




Balance Sheet and Other Ratios ( A )

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)




January 31,

2012


January 31,

2011

Merchandise inventories, net

$

151,366

$

146,636

Inventory turns, trailing 12 months ( B )


1.87


1.95


Long-term debt

$

53,279

$

31,766

Long-term debt to total capitalization ( C )


38.2%


23.3%


Book value ( D )

$

86,058

$

104,726


Book value per share ( E )

$

10.06

$

11.23






Three Months Ended January 31,

Fiscal Year Ended January 31,



2012

2011


2012


2011


Comparable-store revenues ( F ):








  Total

-5.5%

-3.2%


-5.3%


1.4%


  Merchandise

-3.7%

-3.4%


-4.0%


1.5%


  Rental

-16.7%

-2.1%


-12.4%


1.0%





( A )

Calculations may differ in the method employed from similarly titled measures used by other companies.

( B )

Calculated as merchandise cost of goods sold for the period's trailing twelve months divided by average merchandise inventory over the same period.

( C )

Defined as long-term debt divided by long-term debt plus total shareholders' equity (book value).

( D )

Defined as total shareholders' equity.

( E )

Defined as total shareholders' equity divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

( F )

Stores included in the comparable-store revenues calculation are those stores that have been open for a minimum of 60 weeks.  Also included are stores that are remodeled or relocated during the comparable period.  Gift card breakage revenues are not included, and closed stores are removed from each comparable period for the purpose of calculating comparable-store revenues.  



Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company is providing EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA as supplemental non-GAAP financial measures regarding the Company's operational performance.  The Company evaluates its historical and prospective financial performance, and its performance relative to its competitors, by using such non-GAAP financial measures.  Specifically, management uses these items to further its own understanding of the Company's core operating performance, which management believes represents the Company's performance in the ordinary, ongoing and customary course of its operations.  Therefore, management excludes from core operating performance those items, such as those relating to restructuring, investing, stock-based compensation expense and non-cash activities that management does not believe are reflective of such ordinary, ongoing and customary activities.

The Company believes that providing this information to its investors, in addition to the presentation of GAAP financial measures, allows investors to see the Company's financial results "through the eyes" of management.  The Company further believes that providing this information allows investors to both better understand the Company's financial performance and to evaluate the efficacy of the methodology and information used by management to evaluate and measure such performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense (net), income tax expense (benefit), property and equipment depreciation expense, and amortization.  Adjusted EBITDA, as presented herein, is EBITDA excluding gift card breakage revenue, stock-based compensation expense, store asset impairment expense, abandoned lease expense and impairment of goodwill.  The following table reconciles net income (loss), a GAAP financial measure, to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP financial measures (in thousands):



Three months ended January 31,

Fiscal year ended January 31,


2012

2011

2012

2011

Net income (loss)

$            (8,414)

$                   3,848

$        (17,579)

$              1,705

Adjusted for





  Interest expense, net

440

319

1,334

1,014

  Income tax expense

9,592

2,488

4,884

686

  Property and equipment depreciation expense

4,223

4,284

17,026

17,273

EBITDA

5,841

10,939

5,665

20,678






  Gift card breakage revenue

(244)

(264)

(819)

(801)

  Non-cash stock-based compensation

299

268

1,058

749

  Store asset impairment expense

722

678

808

678

  Abandoned lease expense

2,436

2,436

  Impairment of goodwill

147

147






Adjusted EBITDA

$               9,201

$                 11,621

$             9,295

$            21,304




EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are considered non-GAAP financial measures under the SEC's Regulation G and therefore should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flow from operating activities, or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP.  The financial measures of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may vary among other companies.  Therefore, our EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

SOURCE Hastings Entertainment, Inc.



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