Hastings Entertainment, Inc. Reports Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2012 - Reduced second quarter pre-tax loss by $2.0 million, or 37.7%, as compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.

-Positive Free Cash Flow of $17.1 million for the six months ending July 31, 2012 compared to negative $12.6 million for the six months ending July 31, 2011.

- Debt reduced by $17.4 million from the beginning of fiscal year 2012.

AMARILLO, Texas, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hastings Entertainment, Inc.  (NASDAQ: HAST), a leading multimedia entertainment retailer, today reported results for the three and six months ended July 31, 2012.  Net loss was approximately $3.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the three months ended July 31, 2012 compared to a net loss of approximately $4.1 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the three months ended July 31, 2011.  Net loss was approximately $2.5 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the six months ended July 31, 2012 compared to net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, for the six months ended July 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.

"We are pleased to announce a significant decrease in pre-tax loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2011," said John Marmaduke, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.  "We had positive comparable sales growth in the majority of our merchandise departments with the exception of music and games, along with a double digit increase in comparable sales in our Hardback Cafes.  Our second quarter results reflect a continuation of comparable weak releases for movies and games. Movies, which had a slight positive increase in comparable sales, continue to be impacted by the increasing growth of rental kiosks and subscription-based services in movie rentals.  With respect to games, the industry as a whole continues to struggle and is down significantly due to a lack of new game platforms and game releases. Additionally, the current economic environment continues to impact consumer discretionary spending.  For the second quarter, we continued to improve margin rates, improve store execution and reduce SG&A expenses, all of which enabled us to reduce operating loss by $2 million in spite of lower comparable sales.  Finally, by better management of working capital, we were able to reduce debt by $17.4 million during the first half of our current fiscal year."

Financial Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012

Revenues.  Total revenues for the second quarter decreased approximately $6.5 million, or 5.9%, to $104.1 million compared to $110.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011.  As of July 31, 2012, we operated 7 fewer superstores, as compared to July 31, 2011.  The following is a summary of our revenues results (dollars in thousands):



Three Months Ended July 31,







2012


2011


Decrease





Percent




Percent





Revenues


Of Total


Revenues


Of Total


Dollar


Percent

Merchandise Revenue

$

89,314


85.8%

$

92,828


84.0%

$

(3,514)


-3.8%

Rental Revenue


15,087

 

(348)


  14.5%

 

 (0.3%)


  17,423

 

 284


  15.8%

 

    0.2%


 (2,336)

 

 (632)


     -13.4%

 

   -222.5%

Gift Card Breakage

   Revenue







     Total Revenues

$

104,053


100.0%

$

110,535


100.0%

$

(6,482)


-5.9%

 

        Comparable-store revenues ("Comp")

 


          Total

-3.3%



          Merchandise

-1.7%



          Rental

-11.2%



















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


Three Months Ended July 31,


2012


2011

Hardback Cafe

12.1%


3.8%

Trends

11.2%


9.9%

Consumables

7.9%


-9.7%

Electronics

5.4%


5.6%

Books

2.5%


-9.4%

Movies

0.4%


-11.4%

Music

-11.6%


-5.7%

Games

-22.8%


-5.1%

Hardback Cafe Comps increased 12.1% for the quarter, primarily due to increased sales in blended and iced specialty cafe drinks, and fruit smoothies.  Trends Comps increased 11.2% for the quarter, primarily due to increased sales of apparel and accessories, novelty items, and comics.  Key drivers in the apparel and accessories category included licensed apparel and accessories, novelty fashion accessories, and body jewelry.  Key drivers in the novelty items category included tchotchke impulse items, barware, and the expansion of tween and movie related merchandise.  Key drivers in the comics category included the chain roll out of a comic subscription program, Hastings exclusive variant comics, and strong licensed comics, including Avengers vs. X-Men, Batman and the Walking Dead series.  Consumable Comps increased 7.9% due to the success of the monthly candy suggestive sell item and the expansion licensed novelty candy items.  Electronics Comps increased 5.4% for the quarter, primarily due to increased sales of headphones, wireless phone accessories, tablet accessories, musical instrument accessories, and new hardware, partially offset by declining sales in refurbished iPods, musical instruments, storage, and recordable media.  Book Comps increased 2.5% for the quarter, primarily due to strong trade paperback sales driven by the 50 Shades series, as well as strong used book sales, partially offset by declining hardcover sales due to a weak release schedule and the continued adoption of digital books in fiction categories.  Book Comps, excluding Nextbook sales, digital books, and accessories increased 1.2% for the quarter.  Movie Comps increased 0.4% for the quarter, primarily due to increased sales of new and used Blu-ray movies, partially offset by declining sales in new and used DVD movies, including boxed sets.  Music Comps decreased 11.6% for the quarter, primarily resulting from lower sales of new and used products and the continued shift to lower priced promotional goods.  Video Game Comps decreased 22.8% for the quarter, primarily due to lower sales of video game consoles, new gaming accessories, and new video games, partially offset by increased sales in used video game hardware and accessories.  Sales in the video game industry, as a whole, continue to struggle and are down significantly due to a lack of new video game releases and weak console sales.

Rental Comps decreased 11.2% for the quarter primarily due to fewer rentals of DVDs and video games, partially offset by an increase in rentals of Blu-ray movies.  Rental Movie Comps decreased 7.9%, primarily due to lower quality of new releases during the quarter and competition from rental kiosks and subscription-based services.  Rental Video Game Comps decreased 32.0%, due to a weak release schedule and lower sales of new video game consoles.

Gross Profit – Merchandise.  For the second quarter, total merchandise gross profit dollars increased approximately $1.4 million, or 4.8%, to $30.3 million from $28.9 million for the same period in the prior year, primarily due to an increase in margin rates partially offset by a decrease in revenue.  As a percentage of total merchandise revenue, merchandise gross profit increased to 33.9% for the quarter compared to 31.2% for the same period in the prior year, resulting primarily from a continued shift in mix of revenues by category, lower shrink and markdown expense. 

Gross Profit – Rental.  For the second quarter, total rental gross profit dollars decreased approximately $0.5 million, or 4.8%, to $10.0 million from $10.5 million for the same period in the prior year, primarily due to a decrease in revenue.  As a percentage of total rental revenue, rental gross profit increased to 66.6% for the quarter compared to 60.5% for the same period in the prior year, primarily from lower depreciation and shrinkage expense. 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses ("SG&A").  As a percentage of total revenue, SG&A increased to 41.4% for the second quarter compared to 40.5% for the same period in the prior year due to deleveraging resulting from lower revenues.  SG&A decreased approximately $1.7 million during the quarter, or 3.8%, to $43.0 million compared to $44.7 million for the same quarter last year.  The decrease results primarily from a decrease of $1.2 million in store labor costs, a decrease of approximately $0.6 million in occupancy costs, including depreciation, and reductions in the majority of controllable expenses.  The decrease was partially offset by an increase in bonuses under our corporate officer and management bonus incentive programs, resulting from the fact that no bonuses were earned during the second quarter of 2011.  The decrease in occupancy expense and, to a certain extent, the decrease in store labor costs, are primarily a result of operating seven fewer superstores this quarter compared to the same period in the prior year.

Interest Expense.  For the second quarter, interest expense remained at approximately $0.3 million, compared to $0.3 million for the same period in the prior year.  The average rate of interest charged for the second quarter decreased to 2.5% compared to 2.6% for the same period in the prior year.

Income Tax Expense.  The effective tax rate for the second quarter was -2.0% primarily due to Texas state income tax, which is based primarily on gross margin. For further details, see the Income Tax Expense notes in the section covering Financial Results for the Six Months Ended July 31, 2012.

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended July 31, 2012

Revenues.  Total revenues for the six months ended July 31, 2012 decreased approximately $15.1 million, or 6.4%, to $219.5 million compared to $234.7 million for the six months ended July 31, 2011.  The following is a summary of our revenues results (dollars in thousands):

 



Six Months Ended July 31,







2012


2011


Decrease





Percent




Percent





Revenues


Of Total


Revenues


Of Total


Dollar


Percent

Merchandise Revenue

$

188,833


86.0%

$

197,291


84.1%

$

(8,458)


-4.3%

Rental Revenue


 30,913

 

 (206)


  14.1%

 

   -0.1%


   36,951

 

     430


   15.7%

 

  0.2%


  (6,038)

 

   (636)


   -16.3%

 

  -147.9%

Gift Card Breakage

   Revenue







      Total Revenues

$

219,540


100.0%

$

234,672


100.0%

$

(15,132)


-6.4%

 

        Comparable-store revenues ("Comp")

 


          Total

-5.2%



          Merchandise

-3.5%



          Rental

-14.1%



















 

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


Six Months Ended July 31,


2012


2011

Trends

11.4%


10.9%

Electronics

8.8%


1.1%

Hardback Café

8.7%


4.6%

Consumables

3.2%


-7.8%

Books

0.3%


-9.3%

Movies

-2.2%


-8.8%

Music

-10.8%


-2.1%

Games

-22.1%


-0.9%

Trends Comps increased 11.4% for the period, primarily due to increased sales of apparel and accessories, novelty items, and comics.  Key drivers in the apparel and accessories category included licensed apparel and accessories, novelty fashion accessories, and body jewelry.  Key drivers in the novelty items category included tchotchke impulse items, barware, and the expansion of tween and movie related merchandise.  Key drivers in the comics category included the chain roll out of a comic subscription program, Hastings exclusive variant comics, and strong licensed comics, including Avengers vs. X-Men, Batman and the Walking Dead series.  Electronics Comps increased 8.8% for the period, primarily due to increased sales of headphones, wireless phone accessories, tablet accessories, musical instrument accessories, and new hardware, partially offset by declining sales in refurbished iPods, musical instruments, storage, and recordable media.  Hardback Café Comps increased 8.7% for the period, primarily due to increased sales in blended and iced specialty café drinks and fruit smoothies.  Consumable Comps increased 3.2% for the period, due to the success of the monthly candy suggestive sell item and the expansion of licensed novelty candy items.  Book Comps increased 0.3% for the period, primarily due to strong paperback sales driven by the 50 Shades series and strong used book sales, partially offset by declining hardcover sales due to a weak release schedule and the continued adoption of digital books in fiction categories.  Book Comps, excluding Nextbook sales, digital books, and accessories decreased 1.0% for the period.  Movie Comps decreased 2.2% for the period, primarily due to declining sales in new and used DVDs, including boxed sets, partially offset by increased sales of new and used Blu-ray movies.  Music Comps decreased 10.8% for the period, primarily resulting from lower sales of new and used CDs, along with a weaker slate of new release music during the period.  The decrease in physical unit sales was 9.1% for the period, outperforming the industry by 2.7%, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers for the January 1July 7, 2012 time frame.  Video Game Comps decreased 22.1% for the period, primarily due to lower sales of video game consoles, new gaming accessories, and new video games, partially offset by increased sales in used video game hardware and accessories.  Sales in the video game industry, as a whole, continue to struggle and are down significantly due to a lack of new video game releases and weak console sales.

Rental Comps decreased 14.1% for the period primarily due to fewer rentals of DVDs and video games, partially offset by an increase in rentals of Blu-ray movies.  Rental Movie Comps decreased 11.9% for the period, primarily due to lower quality of new releases during the quarter and competition from rental kiosks and subscription-based services.  Rental Video Game Comps decreased 28.6% for the period, due to a weak release schedule and lower sales of new video game consoles.

Gross Profit – Merchandise.  For the current six months, total merchandise gross profit dollars increased approximately $1.0 million, or 1.6%, to $62.3 million from $61.3 million for the same period in the prior year, primarily due to an increase in margin rates partially offset by a decrease in revenues.  As a percentage of total merchandise revenue, merchandise gross profit increased to 33.0% for the current six months, compared to 31.1% for the same period in the prior year, primarily due to a shift in mix of revenues by category and lower shrink and markdown expense.

Gross Profit – Rental.  For the current six months, total rental gross profit dollars decreased approximately $2.4 million, or 10.5%, to $20.4 million from $22.8 million for the same period in the prior year primarily due to a decrease in revenue.  As a percentage of total rental revenue, rental gross profit increased to 65.9% for the current six month period compared to 61.6% for the same period in the prior year, primarily as a result of lower depreciation and shrinkage expense.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses ("SG&A").  As a percentage of total revenue, SG&A increased to 38.4% for the current six months compared to 37.7% for the same period in the prior year primarily due to deleveraging resulting from lower revenues.  SG&A decreased approximately $4.1 million, or 4.6%, to $84.3 million compared to $88.4 million for the same period last year.  The main drivers of the decrease in SG&A included a $2.8 million decrease in store labor costs, a $1.3 million decrease in occupancy expense, including depreciation, and a reduction in the majority of controllable expenses. The decrease was partially offset by an increase in bonuses under our corporate officer and management bonus incentive programs, resulting from the fact that no bonuses were earned for the first half of fiscal 2011. The decrease in occupancy expense and, to a certain extent, the decrease in store labor costs, are primarily a result of operating seven fewer superstores this year compared to the same period in the prior year.

Interest Expense.  For the current six months, interest expense increased approximately $0.1 million to $0.6 million, compared to $0.5 million for the same period in the prior year primarily as a result of higher average outstanding debt levels. The average rate of interest charged for the current six months decreased to 2.5% compared to 2.6% for the same period in the prior year. 

Income Tax Expense.  The effective tax rate for the first six months of fiscal 2012 was -5.5% primarily due to Texas state income tax, which is based primarily on gross margin. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 we established a valuation allowance. 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 and continue to believe that it is more likely than not that these assets will not be realized.  As such, we evaluated and increased the valuation allowance to approximately $10.3 million at July 31, 2012. Our effective rate is significantly lower than statutory rates due to the valuation allowance. 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.

Stock Repurchases

On September 18, 2001, we announced a stock repurchase program of up to $5.0 million of our common stock.  As of July 31, 2012, the Board of Directors had approved increases in the program totaling $32.5 million.  During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, we purchased a total of 9,500 shares of common stock at a cost of $19,670, or $2.07 per share.  As of July 31, 2012, a total of 5,436,449 shares had been repurchased under the program at a cost of approximately $31.4 million, for an average cost of approximately $5.78 per share.  As of July 31, 2012 a total of $6.1 million remained available under the stock repurchase program.

Store Activity

Since May 21, 2012, which was the last date we reported store activity, we have the following activity to report.

  • Store closed in Denton, TX on August 9, 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 137 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, with locations in Amarillo, Texas and Lubbock, Texas, and TRADESMART, 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)










July 31,


July 31,


January 31,



2012


2011


2012



(unaudited)


(unaudited)



Assets







Current assets







   Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,397

$

7,277

$

4,172

   Merchandise inventories, net


143,592


158,067


151,366

   Deferred income taxes



6,237


   Prepaid expenses and other current assets


10,265


12,756


15,229

         Total current assets


158,254


184,337


170,767








Rental assets, net


10,618


13,056


12,634

Property and equipment, net


35,404


41,092


39,449

Deferred income taxes



421


Intangible assets, net


244


391


244

Other assets


2,237


2,267


2,380








Total assets

$

206,757

$

241,564

$

225,474








Liabilities and shareholders' equity







Current liabilities







   Trade accounts payable

$

51,499

$

62,690

$

51,268

   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


27,339


25,424


26,150

         Total current liabilities


78,838


88,114


77,418








Long-term debt, excluding current maturities


35,893


45,955


53,279

Deferred income taxes


47



42

Other liabilities


8,251


6,712


8,677








Shareholders' equity







   Preferred stock




   Common stock


119


119


119

   Additional paid-in capital


36,490


36,935


36,231

   Retained earnings


68,487


84,947


71,010

   Accumulated other comprehensive income


154


118


118

   Treasury stock, at cost


(21,522)


(21,336)


(21,420)

         Total shareholders' equity


83,728


100,783


86,058








Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

206,757

$

241,564

$

225,474

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)








Three months ended


Six months ended



July 31,


July 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011



(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(unaudited)










Merchandise revenue

$

89,314

$

92,828

$

188,833

$

197,291

Rental revenue


15,087


17,423


30,913


36,951

Gift card breakage revenue


(348)


284


(206)


430

   Total revenues


104,053


110,535


219,540


234,672

 

Merchandise cost of revenue


59,050


63,889


126,579


136,009

Rental cost of revenue


5,038


6,886


10,553


14,171

   Total cost of revenues


64,088


70,775


137,132


150,180

 

   Gross profit


39,965


39,760


82,408


84,492

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses


43,035


44,717


84,325


88,427

Pre-opening expenses




154




212

 

   Operating loss


(3,070)


(5,111)


(1,917)


(4,147)

 

Other income (expense):









   Interest expense, net


(292)


(287)


(570)


(489)

   Other, net


72


118


96


137

 

   Loss before income taxes


(3,290)


(5,280)


(2,391)


(4,499)

 

Income tax expense (benefit)


66


(1,225)


132


(857)

 

   Net loss

$

(3,356)

$

(4,055)

$

(2,523)

$

(3,642)

 

Basic loss per share

$

(0.41)

$

(0.47)

$

(0.31)

$

(0.42)

 

Diluted loss per share

$

(0.41)

$

(0.47)

$

(0.31)

$

(0.42)

 

 

Weighted-average common shares

   outstanding:









     Basic


8,214


8,600


8,238


8,655

     Dilutive effect of stock awards





 

     Diluted


8,214


8,600


8,238


8,655

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in thousands)






Six Months Ended July 31,



2012


2011



(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:





 Net loss

$

(2,523)

$

(3,642)

 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net 

   cash provided by (used in) operations:





     Rental asset depreciation expense


3,069


5,923

     Purchases of rental assets


(4,835)


(12,163)

     Property and equipment depreciation expense


7,707


8,674

     Deferred income taxes


5


1025

     Loss on rental assets lost, stolen and defective


363


872

     Loss on disposal of other assets


93


59

     Non-cash stock-based compensation


371


639

 

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





     Merchandise inventories


11,191


(5,988)

     Prepaid expenses and other current assets


4,964


(1,014)

     Trade accounts payable


(505)


1,750

     Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


1,189


(685)

     Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation



(15)

     Other assets and liabilities, net


(246)


241

        Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


20,843


(4,324)

 

Cash flows from investing activities:





    Purchases of property and equipment


(3,754)


(8,239)

        Net cash used in investing activities


(3,754)


(8,239)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:





    Net (repayments) borrowings under revolving credit facility


(17,386)


14,189

    Purchase of treasury stock


(214)


(979)

    Change in cash overdraft


736


385

    Deferred financing costs paid



68

    Proceeds from exercise of stock options



13

    Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation



15

        Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


(16,864)


13,691

 

Net increase in cash


225


1,128

 

Cash at beginning of period


4,172


6,149

 

Cash at end of period

$

4,397

$

7,277

Balance Sheet and Other Ratios ( A )
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)








July 31,

2012


July 31,

2011

Merchandise inventories, net

$

143,592

$

158,067

Inventory turns, trailing 12 months ( B )


1.84


1.93






Long-term debt

$

35,893

$

45,955

Long-term debt to total capitalization ( C )


30.0%


31.3%






Book value ( D )

$

83,728

$

100,783






Book value per share ( E )

$

10.16

$

11.64


Three Months Ended July 31,

Six Months Ended July 31,


2012

2011


2012


2011

Comparable-store revenues ( F ):







   Total

-3.3%

-8.1%


-5.2%


-5.6%

   Merchandise

-1.7%

-6.6%


-3.5%


-4.7%

   Rental

-11.2%

-15.1%


-14.1%


-10.4%









( 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 six months ended July 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. Sales via the internet and 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 free cash flow, 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.

Free Cash Flow

Management defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities for the period less purchases of property, equipment and improvements during the period.  Purchases of property, equipment and improvements during the period are netted with any proceeds received from insurance on casualty loss that are directly related to the reinvestment of new capital expenditures.  The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities, a GAAP financial measure, to free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure (in thousands):


Six months ended July 31,


2012

2011

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$                  20,843

$                  (4,324)

Purchase of property, equipment and improvements, net

(3,754)

(8,239)

Free cash flow

$                  17,089

$                (12,563)

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 and store asset impairments.  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 July 31,

Six months ended July 31,


2012

2011

2012

2011

Net loss

$            (3,356)

$                (4,055)

$          (2,523)

$           (3,642)

Adjusted for





   Interest expense, net

292

287

570

489

   Income tax expense (benefit)

66

(1,225)

132

(857)

   Property and equipment depreciation expense

3,926

4,519

7,707

8,674

EBITDA

928

(474)

5,886

4,664






   Gift card breakage revenue

348

(284)

206

(430)

   Non-cash stock-based compensation

207

337

371

639






Adjusted EBITDA

$               1,483

$               (421)

$             6,463

$         4,873

SOURCE Hastings Entertainment, Inc.



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