Sport Chalet Reports Second Quarter and Six Months Fiscal 2012 Results
Posted on November 09, 2011 at 16:00 PM EST
Second Quarter Highlights
Second Quarter Results
Comparable store sales increased 3.1% and online sales increased 18% for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The increase in comparable store sales marked the third consecutive quarterly increase as well as an improvement over the prior two quarters (Q4: 1.3%, Q1: 2.3%, and Q2: 3.1%). The increase in comparable store sales and online sales was offset by a decrease of $2.5 million due to a calendar shift (see "Fiscal Calendar" below for details), causing total sales to decrease 0.9% to $88.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 from $88.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The impact of the calendar shift is primarily the result of the Fourth of July weekend being included in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to the second quarter in fiscal 2011.
Gross profit as a percent of sales increased to 29.2% from 28.2% for the second quarter of last year primarily due to a decrease in markdowns, as a result of a change in promotional strategy related to the Labor Day weekend, and an improvement in inventory shrinkage. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses as a percent of sales slightly increased to 25.4% from 25.2% in the same period last year, primarily due to the decrease in leverage from the decline in total sales.
The Company's net income for the quarter ended October 2, 2011 increased by $1.1 million to $0.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, from a net loss of $0.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 26, 2010.
Craig Levra, Chairman and CEO, stated, "This quarter marked our second profitable quarter in the last three quarters and we continued to experience positive trends in comparable store sales and online sales. We continued our investment in training so our Experts can effectively sell our first to market performance, technology and lifestyle merchandise. Our data suggests our online business is helping drive customers into our stores, while establishing a national footprint online. Additionally, our database has grown to over 1.5 million Action Pass members. We are excited about the considerable improvement of our results which demonstrates the effectiveness of our strategies designed to return our company to profitability."
For the six months ended October 2, 2012, total sales increased 1.4% to $170.8 million from $168.5 million for the first half of the prior fiscal year, primarily due to a comparable store sales increase of 2.7% and an online sales increase of 39%, partially offset by a calendar shift decrease of $1.2 million.
Gross profit as a percent of sales increased to 29.0% from 28.2% for the first six months of last year, primarily due to a decrease in markdowns, an improvement in inventory shrinkage and a decrease in rent expense. SG&A expenses as a percent of sales decreased to 25.7% from 25.8% a year ago.
The Company's net loss for the six months ended October 2, 2011 was reduced by $2.2 million to $0.2 million, or $0.02 per share, from a net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.17 per share, for the six months ended September 26, 2010.
On October 2, 2011, the Company's bank credit facility had a borrowing capacity of $59.9 million, of which the Company utilized $43.6 million (including a letter of credit for $2.6 million) and had $16.3 million in availability.
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 26 weeks ended October 2, 2011 are compared to the 13 and 26 weeks ended September 26, 2010, except for comparable store sales results, which compare the 13 and 26 weeks ended October 2, 2011 to the 13 and 26 weeks ended October 3, 2010. 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
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 in 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, 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.
CONTACT: Howard Kaminsky, Chief Financial Officer (818) 949-5300 ext. 5728
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