FINL
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Finish Line Cl A
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Earnings Details
1st Quarter May 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017 7:03:00 AM
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Finish Line Cl A Misses

Finish Line Cl A (FINL) reported 1st Quarter May 2017 earnings of $0.23 per share on revenue of $429.8 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.23 per share on revenue of $431.8 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.25 per share. Revenue fell 5.2% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it continues to expect fiscal 2018 earnings of $1.12 to $1.23 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $1.14 per share for the year ending February 28, 2018.

Finish Line Inc is a mall-based specialty retailer in the United States, and operates two retail divisions under the Finish Line brand name Finish Line and Running Specialty Group.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.23
Earnings Whisper
$0.25
Consensus Estimate
$0.23
Reported Revenue
$429.8 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$431.8 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Earnings Release

Finish Line Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results

The Finish Line, Inc. (FINL) today reported results for the thirteen weeks ended May 27, 2017.

For the thirteen weeks ended May 27, 2017:

Consolidated net sales were $429.8 million, a decrease of 0.1% over the prior year period.

-- Finish Line comparable store sales decreased 1.1%.

-- Finish Line Macy’s sales increased 13.6%.

On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.20.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, which primarily excludes the impact from store impairment charges, were $0.23.

"We delivered earnings in-line with our expectations despite some unanticipated headwinds late in the quarter," said Sam Sato, Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line. "Following low-single digit comparable sales growth for the combined March/April period, weak traffic trends, and a difficult product launch comparison in May resulted in comps coming in below plan. We offset pressure on our top-line and protected profitability with disciplined expense management resulting from the work we’ve done creating a more nimble and efficient organization. While the retail environment remains challenging, we continue to be confident that our merchandising, digital, in-store, and operational initiatives underway will help fuel profitable growth beginning in the back half of this fiscal year, better positioning the company to deliver increased shareholder value over the long-term."

Balance Sheet

As of May 27, 2017, consolidated merchandise inventories increased 5.1% to $341.4 million compared to $324.7 million as of May 28, 2016.

The company repurchased 250,000 shares of common stock in the first quarter, totaling $3.8 million. The company has 4.5 million shares remaining on its current Board authorized repurchase program.

As of May 27, 2017, the company had no interest-bearing debt and $76.0 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Outlook

For the 53 week fiscal year ending March 3, 2018, the company still expects Finish Line comparable store sales to increase in the low-single digits range and adjusted earnings per share to be between $1.12 and $1.23. For the second quarter ending August 26, 2017, we expect Finish Line comparable store sales to decrease in the low-single digits range.

Q1 Fiscal 2018 Conference Call Today, June 23, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

The company will host a conference call for investors today, June 23, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the live conference call, dial 866-923-8645 (US and Canada) or 660-422-4970 (International), conference ID #37167581. The live conference call will also be accessible online at www.finishline.com. A replay of the conference call can be accessed approximately two hours following the completion of the call by dialing 855-859-2056, conference ID #37167581. This recording will be made available through Sunday, July 23, 2017. The replay will also be accessible online at www.finishline.com.

Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Measures

This report refers to certain financial measures that are identified as non-GAAP. The company believes that these non-GAAP measures, including selling, general, and administrative expenses, operating income, income tax expense, net income from continuing operations, and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, are helpful to investors because they allow for a more direct comparison of the company’s year-over-year performance and are useful in assessing the company’s progress in achieving its long-term financial objectives. This supplemental information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures can be found in the company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission with this release.

About The Finish Line, Inc.

The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer that carries the latest and greatest shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line runs approximately 950 branded locations in U.S. malls and shops inside Macy’s department stores. Finish Line employs more than 14,000 associates who connect customers to sneaker culture through style and sport. Shop online at www.finishline.com or get access to everything on the Finish Line app. Also keep track of what’s fresh by following Finish Line on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes statements that are or may be considered "forward-looking" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "future," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "foresee," "may," "should," "will," "estimates," "outlook," "potential," "optimistic," "confidence," "continue," "evolve," "expand," "growth" or words and phrases of similar meaning. Statements that describe objectives, plans or goals also are forward-looking statements.

All of these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, management assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. The principal risk factors that could cause actual performance and future actions to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the company’s reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key vendor); the availability and timely receipt of products; the ability to timely fulfill and ship products to customers; fluctuations in oil prices causing changes in gasoline and energy prices, resulting in changes in consumer spending as well as increases in utility, freight and product costs; product demand and market acceptance risks; deterioration of macroeconomic and business conditions; the inability to locate and obtain or retain acceptable lease terms for the company’s stores; the effect of competitive products and pricing; loss of key employees; execution of strategic growth initiatives (including actual and potential mergers and acquisitions and other components of the company’s capital allocation strategy); cybersecurity risks, including breach of customer data; a major failure of technology and information systems; and the other risks detailed in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date of this report and Finish Line undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

The Finish Line, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of
Income (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share
and store/shop data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
Net sales
$ 429,772
$ 430,044
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs)
302,345
296,867
Gross profit
127,427
133,177
Selling, general, and administrative expenses
112,412
117,549
Impairment charges and store closing costs
2,158
--
Operating income
12,857
15,628
Interest income, net
--
6
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
12,857
15,634
Income tax expense
4,860
5,546
Net income from continuing operations
7,997
10,088
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
143
(462 )
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc.
$
8,140
$
9,626
Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc.
shareholders:
Continuing operations
0.20
0.24
Discontinued operations
--
(0.01 )
Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc.
0.20
0.23
shareholders
Diluted weighted average shares
40,362
41,890
Dividends declared per share
$
0.11
$
0.10
Finish Line store activity for the period:
Beginning of period
573
591
Opened
--
1
Closed
(2 )
(6 )
End of period
571
586
Square feet at end of period
3,176,188
3,251,223
Average square feet per store
5,563
5,548
Branded shops within department stores activity for the period:
Beginning of period
374
392
Opened
1
--
Closed
--
--
End of period
375
392
Square feet at end of period
527,713
476,533
Average square feet per shop
1,407
1,216
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
Net sales
100.0 %
100.0 %
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs)
70.4
69.0
Gross profit
29.6
31.0
Selling, general, and administrative expenses
26.1
27.4
Impairment charges and store closing costs
0.5
--
Operating income
3.0
3.6
Interest income, net
--
--
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
3.0
3.6
Income tax expense
1.1
1.3
Net income from continuing operations
1.9
2.3
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
--
(0.1 )
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc.
1.9 %
2.2 %
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
February 25, 2017
(Unaudited)
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents
$
75,979
$
85,389
$
90,856
Merchandise inventories, net
341,420
324,726
331,146
Other current assets
60,836
34,942
69,408
Assets held for sale
--
77,799
--
Property and equipment, net
244,443
237,382
247,897
Other assets, net
6,119
7,616
7,161
Total assets
$ 728,797
$ 767,854
$
746,468
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities, excluding the revolving credit facility
$ 207,221
$ 175,232
$
221,971
Liabilities held for sale
--
14,580
--
Deferred credits from landlords
32,454
31,801
32,133
Other long-term liabilities
36,017
31,720
40,866
Shareholders’ equity
453,105
514,521
451,498
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$ 728,797
$ 767,854
$
746,468
Reconciliation of Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses,
GAAP to Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses,
Non-GAAP
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
Selling, general, and administrative expenses, GAAP
$ 112,412
26.1 %
$ 117,549
27.4 %
Employee severance, retirement, and other costs
(338 )
(0.1 )
--
--
Selling, general, and administrative expenses, Non-GAAP
$ 112,074
26.0 %
$ 117,549
27.4 %
Reconciliation of Operating Income, GAAP to Operating Income,
Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
Operating income, GAAP
$ 12,857
3.0 %
$
15,628
3.6 %
Employee severance, retirement, and other costs
338
0.1
--
--
Impairment charges and store closing costs
2,158
0.5
--
--
Operating income, Non-GAAP
$ 15,353
3.6 %
$
15,628
3.6 %
Reconciliation of Income Tax Expense, GAAP to Income Tax Expense,
Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
Income tax expense, GAAP
$ 4,860
1.1 %
$
5,546
1.3 %
Tax affect of:
Employee severance, retirement, and other costs
130
--
--
--
Impairment charges and store closing costs
831
0.2
--
--
Income tax expense, Non-GAAP
$ 5,821
1.3 %
$
5,546
1.3 %
Reconciliation of Net Income From Continuing Operations, GAAP to
Net
Income From Continuing Operations, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In
thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
Net income from continuing operations, GAAP
$ 7,997
1.9 %
$
10,088
2.3 %
Employee severance, retirement, and other costs, net of income taxes
208
--
--
--
Impairment charges and store closing costs, net of income taxes
1,327
0.3
--
--
Net income from continuing operations, Non-GAAP
$ 9,532
2.2 %
$
10,088
2.3 %
Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings Per Share From Continuing
Operations, GAAP to
Diluted Earnings Per Share From
Continuing Operations, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 27, 2017
May 28, 2016
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, GAAP
$
0.20
$
0.24
Employee severance, retirement, and other costs, net of income taxes
--
--
Impairment charges and store closing costs, net of income taxes
0.03
--
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, Non-GAAP
$
0.23
$
0.24

Note: See Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Measures above.

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