Navarre Corporation Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010

Feb 1st 2010
Company Reports $4.5 Million Operating Income, Compared to Loss in Prior Year Conference Call on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. ET

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq:NAVR) today reported its third quarter and year-to-date financial results for its fiscal year 2010.

Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2010

  • Net sales were $133.3 million, as compared to net sales of $171.6 million for the same period last year, a decrease of 22%.
  • Operating income during the third quarter was $4.5 million; as compared to an operating loss of $32.0 million in the prior fiscal year.
  • Net income increased to $7.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $47.7 million, or a loss of $1.32 per diluted share, in the prior fiscal year. Net income in this year's third quarter includes the impact of a $5.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, non-cash income tax benefit arising out of the partial reversal of a valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets.
  • EBITDA before share-based compensation expense was $6.3 million, an increase of 43% compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $4.4 million in the prior year's third quarter. Adjusted EBITDA does not include the impact of impairment and restructuring charges recognized in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below)
  • Debt at December 31, 2009 was $25.0 million; as compared to debt of $48.7 million on December 31, 2008, a reduction of $23.7 million or 49%.

Year-to-Date Fiscal Year 2010

  • Net sales were $390 million, as compared to net sales of $483.9 million for the same nine month period last year, a decrease of 19%.
  • Net income increased to $13.7 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $91.6 million, or a net loss of $2.53 per diluted share, in the prior fiscal year. Net income in fiscal year 2010 includes the impact of a $5.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, non-cash income tax benefit arising out of the partial reversal of a valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets.
  • EBITDA before share-based compensation expense increased by 40% to $21.4 million, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $15.3 million in the first nine months of the prior fiscal year. Fiscal year 2009 Adjusted EBITDA does not include the impact of impairment and restructuring charges recognized in the second and third quarters of fiscal year 2009. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below)

Cary Deacon, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I'm very pleased with our enhanced profitability and debt reduction during the quarter. Our continued focus on operating expenses, combined with gross margin enhancement, generated EBITDA that significantly outpaced the prior year's quarter by 43%. Leveraging our streamlined infrastructure offers significant opportunities to generate profitability and cash flow from operations as economic conditions improve. In particular, we are seeing the expansion of value-added services contribute to gross margin improvement in the Distribution segment. These services strengthen relationships with both our customers and our vendors as we customize service levels to their exact requirements.

"We look forward to the opening of our Canadian facility in the greater Toronto area in April of this year. This is anticipated to increase the pace of our already expanding Canadian distribution business. The new facility is an important development in our continued focus to provide best in class sales and distribution services for our vendor and retail partners" continued Deacon.

Publishing Segment

The publishing segment includes the results of FUNimation Entertainment, Encore and BCI. For the third quarter ended December 31, 2009, the publishing segment had net sales, before inter-company eliminations, of $20.9 million, a decrease of 15%, as compared to net sales of $24.6 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. BCI generated no sales in this year's third quarter and accounted for nearly one-third of the publishing segment's net sales decline in the quarter. Net sales of consumer software increased slightly during the quarter versus the prior year, while sales of anime products declined as a result of a weaker release schedule compared to the prior year. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below)

Operating income during the third quarter for the publishing segment was $2.9 million, as compared to an operating loss of $30.9 million in the third quarter of the prior year. The operating loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 resulted from the recognition of $34 million in restructuring and impairment charges.

Distribution Segment

For the third quarter ended December 31, 2009, the distribution segment's net sales, before inter-company eliminations, were $124.8 million, as compared to net sales of $162.9 million for the same period last year, a decrease of 23%. The discontinuation of certain low margin video game product sales, coupled with reduced net sales of DVD video, made up the majority of this net sales decrease. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below)

Operating income in the distribution segment for the third quarter was $1.6 million, as compared to an operating loss of $1.0 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. Improvements to operating income resulted primarily from reduced operating expenses and a more than 25% increase to gross margin percentage due to a mix of sales that included higher margin products as well as an increase to fee-based revenue from the provision of third party logistics services.

Outlook

In light of results from the first three fiscal quarters, the company is updating its guidance for fiscal year 2010 as follows:

  • Net sales are anticipated to be between $500 million and $525 million;
  • EBITDA is expected to be between $25 million and $26 million; and
  • Cash flow from operations is anticipated to be positive.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, February 2, 2010, to discuss its fiscal year 2010 third quarter financial results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (800) 260-8140, and utilizing conference participant passcode "61600271", ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. In addition, this call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed in the "Investors" section of the Company's web site located at http://www.navarre.com. Those wishing to access the call through the internet should go to the Company's web site fifteen minutes prior to the start time to register and download any necessary software needed to listen to the call. A replay of the conference call will be available at the Company's web site following the call's completion.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In evaluating our financial performance and operating trends, management considers information concerning our net sales before inter-company eliminations, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation expense, and goodwill impairment, which are not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States of America. The Company's management believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors because they provide supplemental information that facilitates comparisons to prior periods and for the evaluation of financial results. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate its financial results, develop budgets and manage expenditures. The method the Company uses to produce non-GAAP results is not computed according to GAAP, is likely to differ from the methods used by other companies and should not be regarded as a replacement for corresponding GAAP measures. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these preliminary non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable preliminary GAAP results, which is attached to this release and can also be found on the Company's web site at http://www.navarre.com.

About Navarre Corporation

Navarre(R) Corporation is a publisher and distributer of computer software, home entertainment media and related products. The company produces anime video through its FUNimation Entertainment(R) subsidiary and publishes computer software in its Encore(R) subsidiary. Navarre Distribution Services provides complete distribution and third-party logistics (3PL) services to North American retailers and their suppliers. Navarre was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additional information can be found at http://www.navarre.com.

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Safe Harbor

The statements in this press release that are not strictly historical are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors provided therein. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and the actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: difficult economic conditions that adversely affect the Company's customers and vendors; the Company's revenues being derived from a small group of customers; a pending investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or litigation arising out of this investigation may subject the Company to significant costs; the seasonal nature of the Company's business; the potential for the Company to incur significant additional costs and to experience operational and logistical difficulties in connection with its new ERP system; the Company's dependence on significant vendors; uncertain growth in the publishing segment; the Company's ability to meet significant working capital requirements related to distributing products; and the Company's ability to compete effectively in the highly competitive distribution and publishing industries. In addition to these, a detailed statement of risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in particular the Company's Form 10-K filings, as well as its other SEC filings and public disclosures.

Investors and shareholders are urged to read this press release carefully. The Company can offer no assurances that any projections, assumptions or forecasts made or discussed in this press release will be met, and investors should understand the risks of investing solely due to such projections. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this report and the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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                               NAVARRE CORPORATION
                      Consolidated Statements of Operations
                     (In thousands, except per share amounts)

                                      (Unaudited)             (Unaudited)
                                   Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended

                                      December 31,            December 31,
                                 ----------------------  ----------------------

                                    2009         2008       2009         2008
                                 -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------


  Net sales                         $133,298   $171,580     $390,015   $483,901
  Cost of sales (exclusive of
   depreciation
  and amortization)                  111,249    172,734      323,535    438,699
                                 -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------

  Gross profit                        22,049    (1,154)       66,480     45,202
  Operating expenses:
   Selling and marketing               6,079      7,536       16,924     20,457
   Distribution and warehousing        2,544      3,538        7,055      9,468
   General and administrative          7,242      9,198       22,519     25,832
   Bad debt expense                      165         --          257        200
   Depreciation and
    amortization                       1,494      4,330        4,877      9,027
   Goodwill and intangible
    impairment                            --      6,209           --     79,621
                                 -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------

  Total operating expenses            17,524     30,811       51,632    144,605
                                 -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------
  Income (loss) from operations        4,525   (31,965)       14,848   (99,403)
  Other income (expense):
   Interest expense (1)              (1,007)    (1,427)      (2,327)    (3,875)
   Interest income                         7         20           14         49

   Other income (expense), net            70      (766)          885    (1,087)
                                 -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------
  Net income (loss) before
   income tax                          3,595   (34,138)       13,420  (104,316)

  Income tax benefit (expense)         3,644   (13,586)          260     12,711
                                 -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------

  Net income (loss)                   $7,239  ($47,724)      $13,680  ($91,605)
                                 ===========  =========  ===========  =========

  Earnings (loss) per common
   share:

   Basic                               $0.20    ($1.32)        $0.38    ($2.53)
                                 ===========  =========  ===========  =========

   Diluted                             $0.20    ($1.32)        $0.37    ($2.53)
                                 ===========  =========  ===========  =========
  Weighted average shares
   outstanding:
   Basic                              36,301     36,216       36,258     36,198
   Diluted                            36,744     36,216       36,617     36,198


  (1) The nine month period ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, includes a $0.29
   million and $0.95 million, respectively, non-cash write-off of debt
   acquisition costs.

                       NAVARRE CORPORATION
               Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet
                         (In thousands)

                             (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)
                              December     December     March
                                 31,          31,         31,

                                2009         2008        2009
                             -----------  -----------  --------
  Assets
  Current assets:
   Accounts receivables,
    net                          $62,367      $89,149   $72,817
   Inventories                    27,030       34,602    26,732

   Other                          18,825       22,811    23,199
                             -----------  -----------  --------
  Total current assets           108,222      146,562   122,748
  Property and equipment,
   net                            13,826       16,994    15,957

  Other assets                    48,463       50,164    44,464
                             -----------  -----------  --------

  Total assets                  $170,511     $213,720  $183,169
                             ===========  ===========  ========

  Liabilities and
   shareholders' equity
  Current liabilities:
   Note payable -- line of
    credit                       $25,046      $48,689   $24,133
   Accounts payable               73,468      109,068   106,708

   Other                          19,169       19,551    14,040
                             -----------  -----------  --------
  Total current liabilities      117,683      177,308   144,881
  Long-term liabilities:

   Other                           1,481        2,818     1,281
                             -----------  -----------  --------
  Total liabilities              119,164      180,126   146,162

   Shareholders' equity           51,347       33,594    37,007
                             -----------  -----------  --------
  Total liabilities and
   shareholders' equity         $170,511     $213,720  $183,169
                             ===========  ===========  ========


                         NAVARRE CORPORATION
           Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
                           (In thousands)

                                                   (Unaudited)
                                                Nine Months Ended

                                                   December 31,
                                              ---------------------

                                                 2009        2008
                                              -----------  --------

  Net cash provided by (used in) operating
   activities                                      $2,167  ($8,826)
  Net cash used in investing activities           (2,569)   (1,384)

  Net cash provided by financing activities           402     5,897
                                              -----------  --------
  Net decrease in cash                                 --   (4,313)

  Cash at beginning of period                          --     4,445
                                              -----------  --------


  Cash at end of period                               $--      $132
                                              ===========  ========

                                         NAVARRE CORPORATION
                                       Supplemental Information
                                            (In thousands)
                                             (Unaudited)

         Reconciliation of Net Sales Before Inter-Company Eliminations to GAAP Net Sales and
                                     Business Segment Information


                               Three Months Ended December 31,      Nine Months Ended December 31,
                              ----------------------------------  ----------------------------------

                                2009      %       2008       %       2009      %       2008      %
                              --------  -----  ----------  -----  ---------  -----  ---------  -----
  Net sales:
   Publishing                  $20,893  14.3%     $24,567  13.1%    $67,189  15.8%    $80,779  15.1%

   Distribution                124,786            162,904           357,518           454,457
                              --------  85.7%  ----------  86.9%  ---------  84.2%  ---------  84.9%
  Net sales before
   inter-company
   eliminations                145,679            187,471           424,707           535,236
   Inter-company
    eliminations              (12,381)           (15,891)          (34,692)          (51,335)
                              --------         ----------         ---------         ---------

  Net sales as reported       $133,298          $ 171,580         $ 390,015          $483,901
                              ========         ==========         =========         =========


  Income (loss) from
   operations:
   Publishing                   $2,935          ($30,940)           $11,620         ($97,801)

   Distribution                  1,590            (1,025)           3,228             (1,602)
                              --------         ----------         ---------         ---------
  Consolidated income (loss)
   from operations              $4,525          ($31,965)           $14,848         ($99,403)
                              ========         ==========         =========         =========

     Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA Before Share-Based Compensation
                                    Expense and
                                 Adjusted EBITDA

                                        Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended

                                          December 31,         December 31,
                                       -------------------  -------------------

                                         2009       2008      2009       2008
                                       --------  ---------  --------  ---------

  Net income (loss), as reported         $7,239  ($47,724)   $13,680  ($91,605)
   Interest expense, net                  1,000      1,407     2,313      3,826
   Income tax (benefit) expense          (3644)     13,586     (260)   (12,711)
   Depreciation and amortization          1,494      2,301     4,877      6,998
   Share-based compensation                 252        286       781        787

   Goodwill impairment                       --     34,582        --    107,994
                                       --------  ---------  --------  ---------
  EBITDA before share-based
   compensation expense(1) and
   Adjusted EBITDA(2)                    $6,341     $4,438   $21,391    $15,289
                                       ========  =========  ========  =========

  (1) EBITDA before share-based compensation expense is shown for the three
   month period and the nine month period ended December 31, 2009.

  (2) Adjusted EBITDA is shown for the three month period and the nine month
   period ended December 31, 2008.

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