HIBB
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Hibbett Sports
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Earnings Details
2nd Quarter July 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016 6:30:00 AM
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Hibbett Sports Reports In-line

Hibbett Sports (HIBB) reported 2nd Quarter July 2016 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $206.9 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.28 per share on revenue of $209.5 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.29 per share. Revenue grew 3.9% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects fiscal year earnings of $2.93 to $3.02 per share. The company's previous guidance was earnings of $2.90 to $3.04 per share and the current consensus earnings estimate is $2.99 per share for the year ending January 31, 2017.

Hibbett Sports Inc is an operator of sporting goods retail stores in small to mid-sized markets mainly in the Southeast, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.29
Earnings Whisper
$0.29
Consensus Estimate
$0.28
Reported Revenue
$206.9 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$209.5 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Hibbett Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

Gross Margin Improves vs. Prior Year

--Company Updates Annual Guidance

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB), an athletic specialty retailer, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Second Quarter Results

Net sales for the 13-week period ended July 30, 2016, increased 3.9% to $206.9 million compared with $199.3 million for the 13-week period ended August 1, 2015. Comparable store sales increased 0.8%.

Gross profit was 33.0% of net sales for the 13-week period ended July 30, 2016, compared with 32.7% for the 13-week period ended August 1, 2015. The increase was mainly due to an improvement in the Company’s merchandise margin rate.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses were 25.9% of net sales for the 13-week period ended July 30, 2016, compared with 25.2% of net sales for the 13-week period ended August 1, 2015. These expenses were higher as a percentage of net sales due to additional expenses related to the Company’s omni-channel initiative and lower comparable store sales.

Net income for the 13-week period ended July 30, 2016, was $6.5 million compared with $7.0 million for the 13-week period ended August 1, 2015. Earnings per diluted share was $0.29 for the 13-week period ended July 30, 2016, compared with $0.28 for the 13-week period ended August 1, 2015.

Jeff Rosenthal, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We were pleased with our overall results and are encouraged by the progress on our major initiatives. Footwear continues to show significant strength, driven by our differentiated assortment and continued improvement in allocation and in-stock position. We also continue to see improvement in our merchandise margin rate, driven by improved systems and promotional management. Looking forward, we feel we are well positioned for our back-to-school season with our product assortments and early deliveries of merchandise for this important period."

For the quarter, Hibbett opened 14 new stores, expanded one high performing store and closed eight underperforming stores, bringing the store base to 1,059 in 33 states as of July 30, 2016.

Fiscal Year to Date Results

Net sales for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2016, increased 4.3% to $489.0 million compared with $469.1 million for the 26-week period ended August 1, 2015. Comparable store sales increased 1.1%.

Gross profit was 35.4% of net sales for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2016, compared with 35.2% for the 26-week period ended August 1, 2015.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses were 22.4% of net sales for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2016, compared with 21.7% of net sales for the 26-week period ended August 1, 2015.

Net income for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2016, was $34.4 million compared with $34.4 million for the 26-week period ended August 1, 2015. Earnings per diluted share was $1.52 for the 26-week period ended July 30, 2016, compared with $1.38 for the 26-week period ended August 1, 2015.

Liquidity and Stock Repurchases

Hibbett ended the second quarter of Fiscal 2017 with $45.9 million of available cash and cash equivalents on the unaudited consolidated balance sheet, no bank debt outstanding and full availability under its $80.0 million unsecured credit facilities.

During the second quarter, the Company repurchased 620,455 shares of its common stock for a total expenditure of $21.4 million. Approximately $271.2 million of the total authorization remained for future stock repurchases as of July 30, 2016.

Fiscal 2017 Outlook

The Company is updating its guidance for the 52 weeks ending January 28, 2017, to earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.93 to $3.02 from a previously reported range of $2.90 to $3.04. Additionally, merchandise margin is expected to be flat to slightly positive compared to a previously reported expectation of relatively flat versus the prior year.

Investor Conference Call and Simulcast

Hibbett Sports, Inc. will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, August 19, 2016, to discuss second quarter Fiscal 2017 results. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (212) 231-2903. A replay of the conference call will be available until August 26, 2016, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 21812478.

The Company will also provide an online Web simulcast and rebroadcast of its second quarter Fiscal 2017 conference call. The live broadcast of Hibbett’s quarterly conference call will be available online at www.hibbett.com under Investor Relations on August 19, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and be available for replay for 30 days.

Hibbett Sports, Inc. operates athletic specialty stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominately in the South, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. The Company’s primary store format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-foot store located in strip centers and enclosed malls.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward looking statements" as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, guidance, outlook, or estimate. For example, our forward looking statements include statements regarding earnings per diluted share, sales trends, product assortment, inventory position, merchandise margin rates and omni-channel initiatives. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including economic conditions, industry trends, merchandise trends, vendor relationships, customer demand, and competition. For a discussion of these factors, as well as others which could affect our business, you should carefully review our Annual Report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors," "Business" and "MD&A" sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 28, 2016 and in our Quarterly Report on form 10-Q filed on June 7, 2016. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the future events, developments or results described by our forward looking statements in this document could be materially and adversely different from those we discuss or imply. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2016
August 1, 2015
July 30, 2016
August 1, 2015
Net sales
$ 206,933
$ 199,261
$ 489,026
$
469,085
Cost of goods sold, including wholesale, logistics and store
138,676
134,082
315,767
304,192
occupancy costs
Gross profit
68,257
65,179
173,259
164,893
Store operating, selling and administrative expenses
53,501
50,181
109,562
101,951
Depreciation and amortization
4,638
4,276
9,238
8,418
Operating income
10,118
10,722
54,459
54,524
Interest expense, net
62
65
127
134
Income before provision for income taxes
10,056
10,657
54,332
54,390
Provision for income taxes
3,546
3,626
19,916
19,950
Net income
$
6,510
$
7,031
$
34,416
$
34,440
Net income per common share:
Basic earnings per share
$
0.29
$
0.29
$
1.53
$
1.39
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.29
$
0.28
$
1.52
$
1.38
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic
22,281
24,533
22,531
24,697
Diluted
22,442
24,710
22,695
24,889
HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
July 30,
January 30,
2016
2016
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents
$
45,887
$
32,274
Inventories, net
292,906
283,099
Other current assets
15,806
14,995
Total current assets
354,599
330,368
Property and equipment, net
104,591
101,389
Other assets
9,891
10,615
Total assets
$ 469,081
$
442,372
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Investment
Accounts payable
$ 105,239
$
88,456
Short-term capital leases
523
478
Accrued expenses
17,334
16,256
Total current liabilities
123,096
105,190
Non-current liabilities
27,292
26,336
Stockholders’ investment
318,693
310,846
Total liabilities and stockholders’ investment
$ 469,081
$
442,372
HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Information
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2016
August 1, 2015
July 30, 2016
August 1, 2015
Sales Information
Net sales increase
3.9 %
2.8 %
4.3 %
2.9 %
Comparable store sales increase (decrease)
0.8 %
-1.1 %
1.1 %
-1.0 %
Store Count Information
Beginning of period
1,053
1,001
1,044
988
New stores opened
14
16
31
31
Stores closed
(8 )
(3 )
(16 )
(5 )
End of period
1,059
1,014
1,059
1,014
Stores expanded
1
4
2
7
Estimated square footage at end of period
6,050
5,799
(in thousands)
Balance Sheet Information
Average inventory per store
$ 276,587
$ 247,870
Share Repurchase Activity
Shares
620,455
601,455
857,837
796,219
Cost (in thousands)
$
21,376
$
27,938
$
29,693
$
37,402

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SOURCE: Hibbett Sports, Inc.

Hibbett Sports, Inc.
Scott J. Bowman, 205-942-4292
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer