Fitness financials: Big 5 reports flat Q3 sales, plus Hanesbrands

A shift in the calendar stymied Big 5 Sporting Goods’ net sales comparison for the third quarter, and Hanesbrands completed the acquisition of GearCo Inc., known as Gear For Sports.
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Big 5 reports flat Q3 sales

A shift in the calendar stymied Big 5 Sporting Goods’ (Nasdaq: BGFV) net sales comparison for the third quarter, it said.

For the quarter ended Oct. 3, net sales increased to $231.8 million from net sales of $231.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Same-store sales increased 2.0 percent versus the comparable period last year.

Big 5 said the net sales comparison to the prior year was negatively impacted by a calendar shift as the company transitioned to a 52-week fiscal year in 2010 from a 53-week fiscal year in 2009. As a result, a high-volume sales week, which included the Fourth of July holiday, shifted out of the third fiscal quarter into the second quarter, and a lower-volume sales week at the beginning of October shifted into the third fiscal quarter of 2010, it noted.

Net income was $6.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, versus net income of $8.0 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the same period in 2009.

Gross profit was $77.4 million, compared to $78.5 million in the third quarter of the prior year. The company's gross profit margin was 33.4 percent versus 33.9 percent last year.

For the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter, the company said it expects same-store sales in the positive low single-digit range and earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.25 to $0.33.

The company's board of directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share of outstanding common stock, which will be paid on Dec. 15 to stockholders as of Dec. 1.

Hanesbrands completes Gear For Sports acquisition

Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI), parent of Champion, said it completed the acquisition of GearCo Inc., known as Gear For Sports, a seller of licensed logo apparel in collegiate bookstores and other channels.

Hanesbrands acquired Gear For Sports, which sells embellished licensed apparel under several brand names, including Hanesbrands’ Champion label, for $55 million and the retirement of approximately $172 million of debt.

The company said Gear For Sports, which has sales of approximately $225 million a year, is expected to contribute approximately $30 million in sales to Hanesbrands’ revenue in the fourth quarter.

With the acquisition, approximately 20 percent to 25 percent of Hanesbrands’ outerwear segment sales will be graphic apparel, it said.



--Compiled by Wendy Geister

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