Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. (Nasdaq: FINL) is reporting fiscal first quarter profit of $12.4 million, compared to $5.1 million for the same period a year earlier. The athletic apparel retailer says it expects a slight increase in sales this fiscal year. June 27, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) today reported results for the thirteen weeks ended May 31, 2014.

“We are very pleased with the strong start to fiscal 2015 we delivered in the first quarter”

For the thirteen weeks ended May 31, 2014:

Consolidated net sales were $406.5 million, an increase of 15.8% over the prior year period.

Finish Line comparable store sales increased 5.0%.

On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share increased to $0.25 from $0.10 in the prior year.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, which excludes the impact of impairment charges in the current year and the impact of start-up costs related to the launch of the company’s operations in Macy’s in the prior year, increased 40.0% to $0.28 compared to $0.20 in the prior year.

“We are very pleased with the strong start to fiscal 2015 we delivered in the first quarter,” said Glenn Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The integration of our store and digital operations is allowing us to deliver great product and service to consumers in a seamless fashion no matter what channel they choose to shop. At the same time, we are reaching new consumers and expanding market share through our growing relationship with Macy’s. We are confident that our multidivisional, omnichannel strategies will strengthen our market position and drive growth in sales and earnings, allowing us to return increased value to our shareholders in the years ahead.”

Balance Sheet

As of May 31, 2014, consolidated merchandise inventories increased 0.8% to $295.0 million compared to $292.6 million as of June 1, 2013.

The company repurchased 700,000 shares of its common stock in the first quarter, totaling $18.7 million. The company has 3.2 million shares remaining on its current Board authorized repurchase program.

As of May 31, 2014, the company had no interest-bearing debt and $196.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $195.9 million in the prior year.

Outlook

For the fiscal year ending February 28, 2015, the company still expects Finish Line comparable store sales to be up mid single digits and earnings per share to increase in the high single to low double digit range over fiscal year 2014 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.66

Q1 Fiscal 2015 Conference Call Today, June 27, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

The company will host a conference call for investors today, June 27, 2014, 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 #59225560. 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 #59225560. This recording will be made available through Sunday, July 27, 2014. 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 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 approximately 900 stores including more than 260 shops in Macy’s in malls across the U.S. 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 and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLine.

Finish Line also operates the Running Specialty Group. This includes 58 specialty running shops in 12 states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker’s Running Spot, Running Fit and VA Runner banners. More information, including the particular states in which stores are located, is available at www.run.com.

Source: The Finish Line Inc.

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