Trans World Entertainment Announces First Quarter Results Reports $5 Million Year-Over-Year Improvement in Net Income

Comparable Store Sales Increase 1% for the Quarter

ALBANY, N.Y., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Trans World Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended April 28, 2012.  For the first quarter of 2012, the Company reported a $5.3 million increase in net income to $2.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.5 million, or a loss of $0.08 per diluted share, for the same period last year.    

Comparable store sales for the quarter increased 1% compared to the same quarter last year.  Total sales for the quarter decreased 15% to $112.3 million compared to $131.5 million in 2011.  During the quarter, the Company operated an average of 383 stores compared to 451 stores last year, a 15% decline. 

"The first quarter marked our ninth consecutive quarter of improved operating results," said Robert J. Higgins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trans World Entertainment.  "We were able to follow up our strong fiscal 2011 performance, with a terrific start to 2012.  Our comp sales increase reflects our ability to drive business with a continued commitment to offering our customers a broad selection at great value coupled with a positive shopping experience.   In addition, we recently amended our credit agreement providing us with a five year, $75 million facility at reduced interest rates, lower costs and providing for other favorable terms.  The amended credit facility supports our ability to fund strategic initiatives and growth over the next five years.  We look forward to continued success for the remainder of fiscal 2012 and beyond."

Gross profit for the quarter was $41.8 million, or 37.2% of sales, as compared to $48.3 million, or 36.7%, of sales for the same period last year.  The 50 basis point increase in gross profit as a percentage of sales was due to higher margin rates across all product categories. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 23% for the quarter to $37.3 million compared to $48.3 million in the comparable period last year.  The reduction in SG&A expenses was due to the closing of underperforming stores and continued effective expense management.  As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses were reduced by 350 basis points to 33.2% in the quarter from 36.7% for the same period last year.

The Company did not require any borrowings under its line of credit during the quarter.  Cash on hand at the end of the quarter was $62.3 million, compared to $29.7 million at the end of the first quarter last year.  Inventory was $176.2 million at the end of the quarter, versus $217.8 million at the end of the first quarter last year, a decline of 19%. 

Trans World will host a teleconference call today, Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 10:00 AM ET to discuss its financial results. Interested parties can listen to the simultaneous webcast on the Company's corporate website, www.twec.com.

Trans World Entertainment is a leading specialty retailer of entertainment products, including video, music, electronics, trend, video games and related products.  The Company operates retail stores in the United States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, primarily under the names f.y.e. for your entertainment and Suncoast and on the web at www.fye.comwww.wherehouse.com, and www.secondspin.com.

Certain statements in this release set forth management's intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current facts and analyses.  Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in such statements.  Additional information on factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION

Financial Results











STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS:





(in thousands, except per share and store data)






Fiscal Quarter Ended


April 28,

% to

April 30,

% to


2012

Sales

2011

Sales






Net sales

$    112,287


$     131,496







Cost of sales

70,472

62.8%

83,207

63.3%

Gross profit

41,815

37.2%

48,289

36.7%






Selling, general and





   administrative expenses

37,260

33.2%

48,253

36.7%






Depreciation and amortization

941

0.8%

1,715

1.3%

Income (loss) from operations

3,614

3.2%

(1,679)

(1.3%)






Interest expense, net

770

0.7%

832

0.6%






Income (loss) before income taxes

2,844

2.5%

(2,511)

(1.9%)

Income tax expense

47

0.0%

36

0.0%











Net Income (loss)

$        2,797

2.5%

$        (2,547)

(1.9%)






Basic income (loss) per common share:










Basic income (loss) per share

$          0.09


$          (0.08)







Weighted average number of





   common shares outstanding - basic

31,535


31,425







Diluted income (loss) per common share:










Diluted income (loss) per share

$          0.09


$          (0.08)







Weighted average number of





   common shares outstanding - diluted

32,210


31,425












SELECTED BALANCE SHEET CAPTIONS:

April 28,


April 30,


(in thousands, except store data)

2012


2011







Cash and cash equivalents

$      62,343


$       29,674


Merchandise inventory

176,227


217,785


Fixed assets, net

15,681


20,047


Accounts payable

52,163


71,021


Borrowings under line of credit

-


-


Long-term debt, less current portion

-


1,582







Stores in operation

379


444


 

SOURCE Trans World Entertainment Corporation



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