February 08, 2012 at 16:00 PM EST
Sport Chalet Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Fiscal 2012 Results

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sport Chalet, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPCHA) (Nasdaq:SPCHB) today announced financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended January 1, 2012.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Comparable store sales decreased 2.0% primarily due to the unseasonably warm and dry winter weather;
  • Net sales increased $1.4 million to $97.2 million from $95.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011;
  • Non-winter categories comparable store sales increased 6.6%;
  • Online sales increased 14.5%; and
  • Online sales of non-winter categories increased 30.9%.

Third Quarter Results

Comparable store sales decreased 2.0% while online sales increased 14.5% for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The decrease in comparable store sales is primarily due to the unseasonably warm and dry winter weather, which significantly affected snowfall at the resorts most frequented by the Company's customers. This resulted in a 21.8% sales decrease in winter related merchandise, which was partially offset by a 6.6% sales increase in non-winter categories. Online sales of winter related merchandise decreased 13.0% while sales of non-winter categories increased 30.9%. The decrease in comparable store sales was offset by an increase of $5.2 million due to a calendar shift (see "Fiscal Calendar" below for details), causing net sales to increase 1.5% to $97.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 from $95.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. The impact of the calendar shift is primarily the result of the week following Christmas being included in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to the fourth quarter in fiscal 2011.

Gross profit as a percent of sales decreased to 27.1% from 27.5% for the third quarter of last year primarily due to an increase in promotional activity from the week following Christmas being included in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to the fourth quarter in fiscal 2011. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses as a percent of sales decreased slightly to 25.1% from 25.3% in the same period last year, primarily due to the increase in leverage from the increase in sales.

The Company's net loss for the quarter ended January 1, 2012 increased to $1.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, from a net loss of $0.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 26, 2010.

Craig Levra, Chairman and CEO, stated, "After three consecutive quarters of positive and sequential improvements in our comparable store sales, the unseasonably warm and dry winter weather we experienced in the third quarter impacted this trend and caused a 2.0% decrease in comparable store sales. We are working diligently to minimize the negative effects of the weather while capitalizing on the merchandise categories that respond well to warm and dry conditions."

Nine-Month Results

For the nine months ended January 1, 2012, net sales increased 1.4% to $268.0 million from $264.3 million for the first nine months of the prior fiscal year, primarily due to a comparable store sales increase of 1.0%, an online sales increase of 26.1%, and a calendar shift increase of $4.0 million.

Gross profit as a percent of sales increased to 28.3% from 28.0% for the first nine months of the prior fiscal year, primarily due to a decrease in markdowns and an improvement in inventory shrinkage. SG&A expenses as a percent of sales decreased to 25.5% from 25.6% a year ago.

The Company's net loss for the nine months ended January 1, 2012 was reduced by $2.1 million to $1.3 million, or $0.09 per share, from a net loss of $3.3 million, or $0.23 per share, for the nine months ended December 26, 2010.

Liquidity

On January 1, 2012, the Company's bank credit facility had a borrowing capacity of $65.0 million, of which the Company utilized $31.1 million (including a letter of credit for $2.6 million) and had $33.9 million in availability compared to $27.3 million for the same period ended last year. The amount of availability fluctuates due to seasonal changes throughout the year. 

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2012

The fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 may be negatively impacted by i) a further decline in comparable store sales due to continued warm and dry weather; ii) a relative increase in the amount of winter related merchandise sold at lower margins during the quarter compared to the same period last year; iii) the potential need for future retail price reductions on the additional remaining winter inventory; iv) the week following Christmas, a high sales volume week, being included in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 rather than the fourth quarter as in fiscal 2011; and v) the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 consists of one less week than the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  

Fiscal Calendar

The Company's fiscal year consists of 52 or 53 weeks, ends on the Sunday nearest to the last day of March and is named for the calendar year ending closest to that date. Fiscal 2011 was a 53 week year and thus included one extra week in the fourth quarter and ended on April 3, 2011. As a result of the extra week in fiscal 2011, the fiscal quarters of 2012 may not compare to fiscal 2011 due to the calendar shift of sales related to holiday promotions. The results for the 13 and 39 weeks ended January 1, 2012 are compared to the 13 and 39 weeks ended December 26, 2010, except for comparable store sales results, which compare the 13 and 39 weeks ended January 1, 2012 to the 13 and 39 weeks ended January 2, 2011. For a more detailed discussion of the calendar shift, see "Item 1. Business – Fiscal Calendar" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 3, 2011.

About Sport Chalet, Inc.

Sport Chalet, founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, is a leading, full service specialty retailer with 54 stores in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah; Sport Chalet online at sportchalet.com; and a Team Sales division. The Company offers over 50 specialty services for the sports enthusiast, including climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education, and mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat charters, team sales, custom golf club fitting, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store locations.

The Sport Chalet, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10020

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward- looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to the effectiveness of the Company's strategies to return to profitability, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks include, among other things, the negative effect of the economic downturn on the Company's sales, limitations on borrowing under the Company's bank credit facility, the Company's ability to control operating expenses and costs, the competitive environment of the sporting goods industry in general and in the Company's specific market areas, inflation, the challenge of maintaining its competitive position, changes in costs of goods and services, and the weather and economic conditions in general and in specific market areas. These and other risks are more fully described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sport Chalet, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
 13 weeks ended   39 weeks ended 
January 1, 2012 December 26, 2010 January 1, 2012 December 26, 2010
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Net sales   $ 97,223  $ 95,828  $ 268,027  $ 264,278
Cost of goods sold, buying and occupancy costs  70,917  69,464  192,198  190,366
Gross profit   26,306  26,364  75,829  73,912
Selling, general and administrative expenses   24,410  24,226  68,365  67,706
Depreciation and amortization  2,468  2,456  7,365  7,644
(Loss) income from operations   (572)  (318)  99  (1,438)
Interest expense   464  543  1,360  1,884
Loss before income taxes   (1,036)  (861)  (1,261)  (3,322)
Income tax provision  --   --   2  -- 
Net loss  $ (1,036)  $ (861)  $ (1,263)  $ (3,322)
Loss per share:
Basic and diluted  $ (0.07)  $ (0.06)  $ (0.09)  $ (0.23)
Weighted average number of common shares 
outstanding:
Basic and diluted  14,190  14,189  14,190  14,188

Sport Chalet, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
January 1, April 3,
2012 2011
(Unaudited)
Assets (in thousands, except share amounts)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 1,026  $ 51
Accounts receivable, net  4,758  2,109
Merchandise inventories   107,004  93,588
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   4,547  4,542
Total current assets   117,335  100,290
Fixed assets, net  23,064  26,830
Total assets   $ 140,399  $ 127,120
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable   $ 43,867  $ 21,606
Loan payable to bank  28,505  40,854
Salaries and wages payable   4,870  3,247
Other accrued expenses   21,268  16,943
Total current liabilities   98,510  82,650
Deferred rent  19,905  22,024
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par value:
Authorized shares - 2,000,000
Issued and outstanding shares – none  --   -- 
Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value:
Authorized shares - 46,000,000
Issued and outstanding shares – 12,414,490 at
January 1, 2012 and 12,413,490 at April 3, 2011  124  124
Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value:
Authorized shares - 2,000,000
Issued and outstanding shares – 1,775,821 at
January 1, 2012 and 1,775,821 at April 3, 2011  18  18
Additional paid-in capital   36,908  36,107
Accumulated deficit  (15,066)  (13,803)
Total stockholders' equity   21,984  22,446
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 140,399  $ 127,120
Sport Chalet, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
 39 weeks ended 
January 1, 2012 December 26, 2010
(in thousands)
Operating activities
Net loss  $ (1,263)  $ (3,322)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash 
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization   7,365  7,644
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  43  1
Share-based compensation  801  697
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable   (2,649)  (1,584)
Merchandise inventories   (13,416)  (10,794)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (5)  (57)
Income tax receivable  --   9
Accounts payable   22,261  20,497
Salaries and wages payable   1,623  (626)
Other accrued expenses   3,603  3,355
Deferred rent  (2,119)  (481)
Net cash provided by operating activities   16,244  15,339
Investing activities
Purchase of fixed assets   (2,980)  (1,216)
Proceeds from sale of assets  60  -- 
Net cash used in investing activities   (2,920)  (1,216)
Financing activities
Proceeds from bank borrowing  273,584  269,628
Repayment of bank borrowing  (285,933)  (273,025)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  --   12
Net cash used in financing activities  (12,349)  (3,385)
Increase in cash and cash equivalents   975  10,738
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  51  2,906
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 1,026  $ 13,644
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information
Cash paid during the period for: 
Interest   $ 1,338  $ 1,771
Income tax  $ 2  $ -- 
Supplemental Disclosure of non-cash investing   
and financing activities
Fixed assets acquired under capital leases  $ 722  $ 642
CONTACT: Howard Kaminsky, Chief Financial Officer
         (818) 949-5300 ext. 5728
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