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Finish Line Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 24, 2016-- The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) today reported results for the thirteen weeks ended May 28, 2016.

For the thirteen weeks ended May 28, 2016:

  • Consolidated net sales were $453.5 million, an increase of 2.3% over the prior year period.
  • Finish Line comparable store sales increased 1.5%.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.23.

“We delivered first quarter results that were in-line with expectations despite the challenging retail environment,” said Sam Sato, Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line. “Importantly, we’ve made further progress toward optimizing our supply chain and improving execution throughout the enterprise. We remain focused on successfully executing the strategic initiatives for our Finish Line, Macy’s, and JackRabbit businesses while creating an operating model that drives profitable growth and generates shareholder value consistently over the long-term.”

Balance Sheet

As of May 28, 2016, consolidated merchandise inventories increased 9.0% to $352.3 million compared to $323.3 million as of May 30, 2015.

The company repurchased 1.0 million shares of its common stock in the first quarter, totaling $21.3 million. The company has 1.3 million shares remaining on its current Board authorized repurchase program.

As of May 28, 2016, the company had no interest-bearing debt and $85.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Outlook

For the fiscal year ending February 25, 2017, the company still expects Finish Line comparable store sales to increase in the 3% to 5% range and earnings per share to be between $1.50 and $1.56.

Q1 Fiscal 2017 Conference Call Today, June 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

The company will host a conference call for investors today, June 24, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the live conference call, dial 866-923-8645 (U.S. and Canada) or 660-422-4970 (International), conference ID #31333880. 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 #31333880. This recording will be made available through Sunday, July 24, 2016. 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 operating income, net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., and diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders, 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 of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line has approximately 980 Finish Line branded locations primarily in U.S. malls and shops inside Macy’s department stores and employs more than 14,000 sneakerologists who help customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style. Online shopping is available at www.finishline.com and www.macys.com. Mobile shopping is available at m.finishline.com. Follow Finish Line on Twitter at Twitter.com/FinishLine or Twitter.com/FinishLineNews and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLine. Track loyalty points and find store and product information with the free Finish Line app downloadable for iOS and Android customers.

Finish Line also operates JackRabbit (previously referred to by the company as Running Specialty Group), which includes 71 specialty running stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia under the JackRabbit, The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker’s Running Spot, Running Fit, VA Runner, Capital RunWalk, Richmond RoadRunner, Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, Run Colorado, Raleigh Running Outfitters, Striders and Indiana Running Company banners. More information is available at www.jackrabbit.com or www.boulderrunningcompany.com. Follow the latest about the brand on Twitter at Twitter.com/JackRabbit or Instagram via @JackRabbitNYC.

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 macro-economic 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 28,
2016

 

May 30,
2015

Net sales $ 453,515 $ 443,394
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs) 313,704   304,418  
Gross profit 139,811 138,976
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 124,899 116,457
Impairment charges and store closing costs 35   168  
Operating income 14,877 22,351
Interest income (expense), net 6   (2 )
Income before income taxes 14,883 22,349
Income tax expense 5,257   8,615  
Net income 9,626 13,734
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest   55  
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. $ 9,626   $ 13,789  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders $ 0.23   $ 0.30  
Diluted weighted average shares 41,890   45,719  
Dividends declared per share $ 0.10   $ 0.09  
 
Finish Line store activity for the period:
Beginning of period 591 637
Opened 1 2
Closed (6 ) (15 )
End of period 586   624  
Square feet at end of period 3,251,223 3,413,420
Average square feet per store 5,548 5,470
Branded shops within department stores activity for the period:
Beginning of period 392 395
Opened
Closed    
End of period 392   395  
Square feet at end of period 476,533 422,783
Average square feet per shop 1,216 1,070
JackRabbit store activity for the period:
Beginning of period 72 71
Acquired 4
Opened 1
Closed (1 )  
End of period 71   76  
Square feet at end of period 257,933 275,842
Average square feet per store 3,633 3,630
 
  Thirteen Weeks Ended

May 28,
2016

 

May 30,
2015

Net sales 100.0 % 100.0 %
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs) 69.2   68.7  
Gross profit 30.8 31.3
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 27.5 26.3
Impairment charges and store closing costs    
Operating income 3.3 5.0
Interest income (expense), net    
Income before income taxes 3.3 5.0
Income tax expense 1.2   1.9  
Net income 2.1 3.1
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest    
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. 2.1 % 3.1 %
 
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

May 28,
2016

 

May 30,
2015

 

February 27,
2016

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 85,389 $ 82,193 $ 79,495
Merchandise inventories, net 352,309 323,319 376,506
Other current assets 36,091 34,428 65,352
Property and equipment, net 241,511 275,373 243,393
Goodwill 44,029 44,187 44,029
Other assets, net 8,525   9,830   8,773
Total assets $ 767,854   $ 769,330   $ 817,548
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities $ 187,854 $ 130,623 $ 221,187
Deferred credits from landlords 33,703 29,964 32,327
Other long-term liabilities 31,776 38,481 36,390
Redeemable noncontrolling interest, net 35
Shareholders’ equity 514,521   570,227   527,644
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 767,854   $ 769,330   $ 817,548
 

Reconciliation of Operating Income, GAAP to Operating Income, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

 
Thirteen Weeks Ended

May 28, 2016

 

May 30, 2015

Operating income, GAAP $ 14,877     3.3 % $ 22,351     5.0 %
Impairment charges and store closing costs 35     168    
Operating income, Non-GAAP $ 14,912   3.3 % $ 22,519   5.1 %
 

Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., GAAP to
Net Income Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 28, 2016   May 30, 2015
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., GAAP $ 9,626     2.1 % $ 13,789     3.1 %
Impairment charges and store closing costs, net of income taxes 21     103    
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., Non-GAAP $ 9,647   2.1 % $ 13,892   3.1 %
 

Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. Shareholders, GAAP to
Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. Shareholders, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)

 
Thirteen Weeks Ended

May 28,
2016

 

May 30,
2015

Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders, GAAP $ 0.23 $ 0.30
Impairment charges and store closing costs, net of income taxes  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders, Non-GAAP $ 0.23   $ 0.30
 
Note: See Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Measures above.

Source: The Finish Line, Inc.

The Finish Line, Inc.
Media Contact:
Dianna Boyce, 317-613-6577
Corporate Communications
or
Investor Contact:
Ed Wilhelm, 317-613-6914
Chief Financial Officer