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Earnings Details
Quarter January 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017 6:30:00 AM
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Hibbett Sports Misses

Hibbett Sports (HIBB) reported Quarter January 2017 earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $246.9 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.54 per share on revenue of $246.9 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.55 per share. Revenue grew 0.5% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects fiscal 2018 earnings of $2.65 to $2.85 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $2.76 per share for the year ending January 31, 2018.

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
$0.54
Earnings Whisper
$0.55
Consensus Estimate
$0.54
Reported Revenue
$246.9 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$246.9 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Hibbett Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2017 Results

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB):

-- Fourth Quarter EPS of $0.54 in Line with Recent Business Update

-- Comparable Store Sales Decrease 2.2% in Fourth Quarter

-- Issues Fiscal 2018 Outlook

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB), an athletic specialty retailer, today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 28, 2017.

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales for the 13-week period ended January 28, 2017, increased 0.5% to $246.9 million compared with $245.7 million for the 13-week period ended January 30, 2016. Comparable store sales decreased 2.2%. Apparel and equipment both experienced declines in comparable store sales, while footwear continued to show stronger sales with a mid-single digit increase.

Gross profit was 33.0% of net sales for the 13-week period ended January 28, 2017, compared with 34.8% for the 13-week period ended January 30, 2016. The decrease was mainly due to markdowns taken to reduce inventory, a negative effect of product mix due to higher footwear sales, and de-leverage of logistics and store occupancy expenses associated with lower comparable store sales.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses were 23.2% of net sales for the 13-week period ended January 28, 2017, compared with 21.8% of net sales for the 13-week period ended January 30, 2016. The increase was mainly due to de-leverage associated with lower comparable store sales and continued investments in the Company’s omni-channel initiative.

Net income for the 13-week period ended January 28, 2017, was $12.1 million compared with $17.4 million for the 13-week period ended January 30, 2016. Earnings per diluted share was $0.54 for the 13-week period ended January 28, 2017, compared with $0.76 for the 13-week period ended January 30, 2016.

Jeff Rosenthal, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Results did not meet our expectations for the quarter, although we were pleased with continued strength in our footwear business. The decline in comparable store sales was driven mainly by softer sales in apparel and equipment. Licensed products accounted for much of the weakness in apparel, while equipment was negatively impacted by weakness in team sports, fitness and accessories.

"Looking forward, we are excited about the progress we are making on our major initiatives, and expect them to have a favorable impact on revenue growth in Fiscal 2018 and beyond. Our store-to-home capability is scheduled to begin rollout in the first quarter of this year, which will enable us to use our entire chain to locate an item and send it directly to the customer’s home. We are also on track to launch our e-commerce site in the back half of Fiscal 2018, which will be fully integrated with our stores, and will include an enriched customer loyalty program. Once implemented, we believe these initiatives will provide an outstanding customer experience, and will position us well to drive long-term growth and shareholder value."

Fiscal 2017 Results

Net sales for the 52-week period ended January 28, 2017, increased 3.2% to $973.0 million compared with $943.1 million for the 52-week period ended January 30, 2016. Comparable store sales increased 0.2%.

Gross profit was 34.8% of net sales for the 52-week period ended January 28, 2017, compared with 35.3% for the 52-week period ended January 30, 2016.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses were 22.9% of net sales for the 52-week period ended January 28, 2017, compared with 21.6% of net sales for the 52-week period ended January 30, 2016.

Net income for the 52-week period ended January 28, 2017, was $61.1 million compared with $70.5 million for the 52-week period ended January 30, 2016. Earnings per diluted share was $2.72 for the 52-week period ended January 28, 2017, compared with $2.92 for the 52-week period ended January 30, 2016.

For the year, Hibbett opened 65 new stores, expanded 8 high performing stores and closed 31 underperforming stores, bringing the store base to 1,078 in 35 states as of January 28, 2017.

Liquidity and Stock Repurchases

Hibbett ended the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2017 with $39.0 million of available cash and cash equivalents on the consolidated balance sheet, no bank debt outstanding and full availability under its $80.0 million unsecured credit facilities.

During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 324,200 shares of common stock for a total expenditure of $11.4 million. Approximately $257.9 million of the total authorization remained for future stock repurchases as of January 28, 2017.

Fiscal 2018 Outlook

The Company provided the following guidance for Fiscal 2018, which will have 53 weeks versus 52 weeks in Fiscal 2017:

Earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.65 to $2.85, including an increase of approximately $0.09 to $0.11 per diluted share due to the 53rd week.

An estimated negative impact of $0.03 to $0.04 per diluted share due to the Company’s omni-channel initiative. This includes additional SG&A and depreciation expenses, partially offset by additional revenue.

-- Increase in comparable store sales in the low-single digit range.

Approximately 50 to 60 new store openings with approximately 25 to 35 store closures.

-- Relatively flat gross margin rate compared to Fiscal 2017.

-- Capital expenditures of approximately $25 million to $30 million.

-- Share buyback of approximately $45 million to $55 million.

Investor Conference Call and Simulcast

Hibbett Sports, Inc. will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, March 10, 2017, to discuss fourth quarter and Fiscal 2017 results. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (212) 231-2905. A replay of the conference call will be available until March 17, 2017, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 21842978.

The Company will also provide an online Web simulcast and rebroadcast of its fourth quarter and 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 March 10, 2017, 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 comparable store sales, revenue growth, gross margin, expenses, earnings per diluted share, impact of the 53rd week in Fiscal 2018, capital expenditures, store openings and closings, share repurchases, and the capabilities and financial impact of our omni-channel initiative, including store-to-home and e-commerce 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 Reports on Form 10-Q filed on June 7, 2016, September 9, 2016 and December 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
Fifty-Two Weeks Ended
January 28,
January 30,
January 28,
January 30,
2017
2016
2017
2016
Net sales
$ 246,929
$ 245,719
$ 972,960
$
943,104
Cost of goods sold, wholesale and logistics facility and store
165,417
160,250
634,364
610,389
occupancy costs
Gross profit
81,512
85,469
338,596
332,715
Store operating, selling and administrative expenses
57,369
53,467
222,785
203,673
Depreciation and amortization
5,011
4,382
19,047
17,038
Operating income
19,132
27,620
96,764
112,004
Interest expense, net
82
90
268
292
Income before provision for income taxes
19,050
27,530
96,496
111,712
Provision for income taxes
6,995
10,119
35,421
41,184
Net income
$
12,055
$
17,411
$
61,075
$
70,528
Net income per common share:
Basic earnings per share
$
0.55
$
0.76
$
2.75
$
2.95
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.54
$
0.76
$
2.72
$
2.92
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic
21,910
22,790
22,240
23,947
Diluted
22,132
22,960
22,427
24,129
HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
January 28,
January 30,
2017
2016
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents
$
38,958
$
32,274
Inventories, net
280,701
283,099
Other current assets
18,605
14,995
Total current assets
338,264
330,368
Property and equipment, net
111,634
101,389
Other assets
8,956
10,615
Total assets
$ 458,854
$
442,372
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Investment
Accounts payable
$
77,046
$
88,456
Short-term capital leases
595
478
Accrued expenses
18,431
16,256
Total current liabilities
96,072
105,190
Non-current liabilities
28,742
26,336
Stockholders’ investment
334,040
310,846
Total liabilities and stockholders’ investment
$ 458,854
$
442,372
HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Information
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
Fifty-Two Weeks Ended
January 28,
January 30,
January 28,
January 30,
2017
2016
2017
2016
Sales Information
Net sales increase
0.5 %
2.7 %
3.2 %
3.2 %
Comparable store sales (decrease) increase
-2.2 %
-0.6 %
0.2 %
-0.4 %
Store Count Information
Beginning of period
1,067
1,031
1,044
988
New stores opened
21
20
65
71
Stores closed
(10 )
(7 )
(31 )
(15 )
End of period
1,078
1,044
1,078
1,044
Stores expanded
4
8
8
16
Estimated square footage at end of period (in thousands)
6,141
5,974
Balance Sheet Information
Average inventory per store
$ 260,390
$ 271,168
Share Repurchase Program
Shares
324,200
99,000
1,235,556
2,236,389
Cost (in thousands)
$
11,424
$
3,389
$
43,058
$
91,333

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SOURCE: Hibbett Sports, Inc.

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