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Hastings Entertainment, Inc. (HAST) Reports Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2010

May 17, 2010 (PR Newswire) —

AMARILLO, Texas, May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Hastings Entertainment, Inc.  (Nasdaq: HAST), a leading multimedia entertainment retailer, today reported results for the three months ended April 30, 2010.  Net earnings were approximately $1.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to net earnings of approximately $1.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.  Net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 included revenue of approximately $0.2 million related to gift card breakage.  Hastings began recognizing gift card breakage revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

Both operating income and adjusted operating income for the first quarter were approximately $1.5 million as compared to approximately $3.1 million in the first quarter of the prior year.  Adjusted operating income excludes gift card breakage revenue and stock compensation expense.  Earnings before interest, taxes, property and equipment depreciation expense and amortization (“EBITDA”) was approximately $5.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 as compared to approximately $8.0 million for the same period in the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes gift card breakage revenue and stock compensation expense, was approximately $5.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to approximately $8.0 million for the same period in the prior year.

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 with our comparable store revenue increase of 4.9%,” said John Marmaduke, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.  “Consumer spending has increased and we are cautiously optimistic about future revenue growth as the economy improves. Our new rental pricing strategy continues to drive growth in rental units which were up 9.7% for the first quarter. However, our rental unit increase was not enough to offset our lower price points. During the first quarter we have seen over sixty competitor store closings in our markets. Over the long-term this will have a positive impact on our rental revenues. Short-term, we are seeing a negative impact due to the majority of these stores running going out of business sales. With the recent announcement of the liquidation of a major chain we are excited about the future of our rental business as we continue to test various pricing strategies.”

Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010

Revenues. Total revenues for the first quarter increased approximately $3.4 million, or 2.7%, to $129.1 million compared to $125.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.  Excluding gift card breakage revenue, total revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 increased approximately $3.2 million, or 2.5%.  Comparable store sales, which exclude gift card breakage revenue, increased approximately 4.9%.  The following is a summary of our revenues results (dollars in thousands):

Three Months Ended April 30,

2010

2009

Increase (Decrease)

Revenues

Percent Of Total

Revenues

Percent Of Total

Dollar

Percent

Merchandise Revenue

$

108,125

83.8%

$

104,096

82.8%

$

4,029

3.9%

Rental Revenue

20,779

16.1%

21,597

17.2%

(818)

-3.8%

Gift Card Breakage

Revenue

194

0.1%

0.0%

194

Total Revenues

$

129,098

100.0%

$

125,693

100.0%

$

3,405

2.7%

Comparable-store revenues (“Comp”)

Total

4.9%

Merchandise

6.3%

Rental

-1.7%

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

Three Months Ended April 30,

2010

2009

Video Games

25.2%

-10.4%

Hardback Cafe

15.6%

8.5%

Movies

11.1%

-5.7%

Consumables

9.4%

4.5%

Trends

8.9%

6.0%

Electronics

4.1%

2.2%

Books

-1.2%

-0.2%

Music

-4.8%

-15.2%

Prior year Comp sales have been revised to reflect current year classification of Comp sale categories.  Video Game Comps increased 25.2% for the quarter, primarily due to strong sales of new and used video games for the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, and XBOX 360 platforms and increased video game hardware and accessory sales, partially offset by lower sales of older generation video games.  Titles that helped drive sales during the quarter included God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Final Fantasy XIII, and Dante’s Inferno. Hardback Cafe Comps increased 15.6% for the quarter, resulting from increased sales of specialty cafe drinks.  Movie Comps increased 11.1% for the quarter, primarily resulting from increased sales of new and used Blu-ray DVDs, DVD boxed sets, and used DVDs.  Consumables Comps increased 9.4% for the quarter, primarily due to strong sales of novelty drinks and fountain drinks.  Trends Comps increased 8.9% for the quarter, primarily due to strong sales of “As Seen on TV” products such as the Kymaro and the Big Top Cupcake, strong sales of Hex Bugs, and an increase in sales of action figures, driven primarily by an increase in action figures sold over the internet.  The increases were partially offset by lower sales of apparel products, including t-shirts and jewelry.  Electronics Comps increased 4.1% for the quarter primarily due to strong sales of new and refurbished iPods, MP3 players, and related accessories including headphones, partially offset by lower sales of digital converter boxes.  Book Comps decreased 1.2% for the quarter, primarily due to decreased sales of new trade paperbacks and hardbacks, partially offset by an increase in sales of used trade paperbacks and hardbacks.  Sales of new hardbacks and trade paperbacks faced a challenging comparison due to strong sales of books from Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga series during fiscal 2009.  Excluding The Twilight Saga series sales, book Comps for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 would have increased  3.2%.  Strong performers during the quarter included young readers titles Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and cooking titles Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood by Trisha Yearwood, and Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer.  Music Comps decreased 4.8% for the quarter due to lower sales of new and used CDs, resulting directly from a continued industry decline as well as a reduced footprint in twenty-seven stores.  Merchandise Comps, excluding the sale of new music, increased 8.2% for the quarter.

Rental Comps decreased 1.7% for the first quarter, primarily due to lower price points, partially offset by fewer promotions offered during the current quarter.  Units rented increased approximately 9.7% for the quarter as compared to the prior year.  Rental Video Game Comps decreased 2.7% for the period, while Rental Movie Comps decreased 1.3%.

Gross Profit – Merchandise. For the first quarter, total merchandise gross profit dollars increased approximately $0.6 million, or 1.8%, to $33.7 million from $33.1 million for the same period in the prior year, primarily due to higher revenues, partially offset by decreased margin rates.  Lower margin rates were partially due to a significant increase in products sold through our proprietary goShip program on the internet that had lower margins than products sold at the stores.  As a percentage of total merchandise revenue, merchandise gross profit decreased to 31.2% for the quarter compared to 31.8% for the same period in the prior year, resulting from increased freight costs and shrinkage, partially offset by lower markdown expense.  Increased freight costs resulted from increased shipments related to our goShip program.

Gross Profit – Rental. For the first quarter, total rental gross profit dollars decreased approximately $0.8 million, or 5.8%, to $13.1 million from $13.9 million for the same period in the prior year primarily due to lower rental revenues.  As a percentage of total rental revenue, rental gross profit decreased to 62.9% for the quarter compared to 64.3% for the same period in the prior year primarily as a result of lower rental revenue as well as increased shrinkage.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (“SG&A”). As a percentage of total revenue, SG&A increased to 35.2% for the first quarter compared to 34.9% for the same quarter in the prior year.  SG&A increased approximately $1.5 million, or 3.4%, to $45.4 million compared to $43.9 million for the same quarter last year primarily as a result of increased store advertising costs along with increased associate benefit costs (primarily increases in associate health insurance and workers compensation insurance), partially offset by lower depreciation expense.

Interest Expense. For the first quarter, interest expense decreased approximately $0.2 million, or 66.7%, to $0.1 million, compared to $0.3 million for the same period in the prior year primarily as a result of lower interest rates and lower average debt levels outstanding during the period.  The average rate of interest charged for the quarter decreased to 1.9% compared to 3.0% for the same period in the prior year.

Income Tax Expense. During the three months ended April 30, 2010, the Company recorded a discrete tax benefit of approximately $0.2 million related to amended state returns resulting from an IRS audit of the Company’s previously filed Federal tax returns.  No discrete tax items were recorded during the three months ended April 30, 2009.  Primarily as a result of this discrete tax benefit, the effective tax rate for the three months ended April 30, 2010 decreased to 28.3% compared to 39.4% for the same period in the prior year.

Stock Repurchase

On September 18, 2001, we announced a stock repurchase program of up to $5.0 million of our common stock.  To date, the Board of Directors has approved increases in the program totaling $22.5 million.  During the first quarter of fiscal 2010, we purchased a total of 189,500 shares of common stock at a cost of $955,394, or $5.04 per share.  As of April 30, 2010, a total of 3,928,345 shares had been repurchased under the program at a cost of approximately $23.8 million, for an average cost of approximately $6.07 per share.  As of April 30, 2010, approximately $3.5 million remained available under the stock repurchase program.

Store Activity

Since March 22, 2010, which was the last date we reported store activity, we have not opened or closed any additional stores.

Fiscal Year 2010 Guidance

“Net earnings for the quarter were better than our internal forecast, which is the basis for our guidance,” said Dan Crow, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  “Due to continued uncertainty in the retail environment, particularly with respect to the holiday selling season, we are not changing our guidance for the full fiscal year.  Consequently, we are reaffirming our guidance of net earnings per share ranging from $0.32 to $0.37 for the full fiscal year ended January 31, 2011.”

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; 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, as well as trends merchandise, with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format.  We currently operate 147 superstores, averaging approximately 24,000 square feet, primarily in medium-sized markets throughout the United States.

We also 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 our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)

April 30,

April 30,

January 31,

2010

2009

2010

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Assets

Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,620

$

3,754

$

8,863

Merchandise inventories, net

152,804

150,917

148,149

Deferred income taxes

6,777

10,660

7,804

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

9,364

10,791

10,120

Total current assets

173,565

176,122

174,936

Rental assets, net

13,432

13,295

13,127

Property and equipment, net

45,616

54,620

47,695

Deferred income taxes

2,974

3,461

1,310

Intangible assets, net

391

391

391

Other assets

1,366

1,051

1,341

Total assets

$

237,344

$

248,940

$

238,800

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Current liabilities
Trade accounts payable

$

69,973

$

69,919

$

58,068

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

26,177

34,479

28,128

Total current liabilities

96,150

104,398

86,196

Long-term debt, excluding current maturities

26,435

35,270

38,174

Other liabilities

6,262

5,551

6,272

Shareholders’ equity
Preferred stock

Common stock

119

119

119

Additional paid-in capital

36,978

36,702

36,920

Retained earnings

87,902

81,653

86,884

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

68

(41)

37

Treasury stock, at cost

(16,570)

(14,712)

(15,802)

Total shareholders’ equity

108,497

103,721

108,158

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

237,344

$

248,940

$

238,800

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended

April 30,

2010

2009

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Merchandise revenue

$

108,125

$

104,096

Rental revenue

20,779

21,597

Gift card breakage revenue

194

Total revenues

129,098

125,693

Merchandise cost of revenue

74,426

70,994

Rental cost of revenue

7,705

7,713

Total cost of revenues

82,131

78,707

Gross profit

46,967

46,986

Selling, general and administrative expenses

45,436

43,898

Pre-opening expenses

2

Operating income

1,531

3,086

Other income (expense):
Interest expense, net

(132)

(295)

Other, net

20

18

Income before income taxes

1,419

2,809

Income tax expense

401

1,107

Net income

$

1,018

$

1,702

Basic income per share

$

0.11

$

0.17

Diluted income per share

$

0.11

$

0.17

Weighted-average common shares

outstanding:

Basic

9,432

9,729

Dilutive effect of stock awards

236

29

Diluted

9,668

9,758

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollars in thousands)

For the Three Months Ended April 30,

2010

2009

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income

$

1,018

$

1,702

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net

cash provided by operations:

Rental asset depreciation expense

2,654

3,610

Purchases of rental assets

(5,980)

(4,459)

Property and equipment depreciation expense

4,321

4,850

Deferred income taxes

(637)

(507)

Loss on rental assets lost, stolen and defective

470

202

Loss on disposal of other assets

19

169

Non-cash stock-based compensation

143

51

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Merchandise inventories

(2,105)

(145)

Other current assets

756

433

Trade accounts payable

12,092

12,775

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

(1,951)

(6,135)

Other assets and liabilities, net

(4)

823

Net cash provided by operating activities

10,796

13,369

Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property, equipment and improvements

(2,260)

(3,054)

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,260)

(3,054)

Cash flows from financing activities:
Net repayments under revolving credit facility

(11,739)

(9,237)

Purchase of treasury stock

(959)

(94)

Change in cash overdraft

(187)

(4,679)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

106

Net cash used in financing activities

(12,779)

(14,010)

Net decrease in cash

(4,243)

(3,695)

Cash at beginning of period

8,863

7,449

Cash at end of period

$

4,620

$

3,754

Balance Sheet and Other Ratios ( A )

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

April 30, 2010

April 30, 2009

Merchandise inventories, net

$

152,804

$

150,917

Inventory turns, trailing 12 months ( B )

1.89

1.81

Long-term debt

$

26,435

$

35,270

Long-term debt to total capitalization ( C )

19.6%

25.4%

Book value ( D )

$

108,497

$

103,721

Book value per share ( E )

$

11.22

$

10.63

Three Months Ended April 30,

2010

2009

Comparable-store revenues ( F ):
Total

4.9%

-5.9%

Merchandise

6.3%

-5.1%

Rental

-1.7%

-9.3%

( 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 three month period ended April 30, 2010 and 2009, 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 are included and closed stores are removed from each comparable period for the purpose of calculating comparable-store revenues.
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