Finish Line Posts Higher Profit

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Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. (Nasdaq: FINL) is reporting a fiscal second quarter profit of $26.5 million, compared to $25 million for the same period a year earlier. The athletic apparel retailer says it is maintaining its outlook of a slight increase in earnings per share for fiscal 2013.

September 27, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS --The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) today reported results for the 13-weeks ended August 31, 2013.

For the thirteen weeks ended August 31, 2013:

Consolidated net sales were $436.0 million, an increase of 13.3% over the prior year period.

Finish Line comparable store sales increased 0.9%.

Diluted earnings per share increased 10.2% to $0.54.

“We are pleased to have delivered a solid second quarter performance,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Lyon. “The combination of positive comparable sales and good expense control drove a 10% increase in earnings per share over last year. At the same time, we continued to make good progress building our business with Macy’s and growing our Running Specialty Group. Looking ahead, we are cognizant of the headwinds currently facing the retail industry and this has been incorporated into our near-term planning. We remain confident that our strategy to create a leading multi-divisional, omni-channel business will lead to sustainable sales and earnings growth and increased shareholder value over the long term.”

Balance Sheet

As of August 31, 2013, consolidated merchandise inventories increased 18.1% to $296.0 million compared to $250.6 million as of September 1, 2012. The increase resulted primarily from the start-up of Macy’s business. For Finish Line, merchandise inventories decreased 0.5%.

The company repurchased 250,000 shares of its common stock in the second quarter, totaling $5.5 million. The company has 4.3 million shares remaining on its current Board authorized repurchase plan.

As of August 31, 2013, the company had no interest-bearing debt and $203.8 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $254.2 million a year ago.

Outlook

For the fiscal year ending March 1, 2014, the company now expects Finish Line comparable store sales to increase low single digits compared to its previous expectation for a slight increase. The company still expects earnings per share to increase mid-single digit percent over fiscal year 2013 Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.47.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 gross profit, selling, general and administrative expenses, 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 658 stores in malls across the U.S., manages the athletic footwear inventory in 660 Macy’s stores including 182 branded shops, and employs more than 11,000 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 and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLine.

Finish Line also operates, through a venture with Gart Capital Partners, the Running Specialty Group, including 39 specialty running shops in 11 states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile and Boulder Running Company banners. More information is available at www.run.com.

Source: The Finish Line Inc.