Navarre Corporation Reports Financial Results for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008

Aug 6th 2007
Company will host a conference call August 7, 2007 at 10:00a.m. ET

August 06, 2007: 04:37 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6 -- Navarre Corporation a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, today reported fiscal year 2008 first quarter results.

Financial Results Fiscal Year 2008 First Quarter

-- Net sales from continuing operations for the first quarter ended
June 30, 2007 were $137.0 million, as compared to net sales of
$132.2 million for the same period last year, an increase of 3.7%.

-- Net income was $5.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, as compared
to net income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 of
approximately $0.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. During the
first quarter of fiscal year 2008 the Company realized $3.5 million in
net income from discontinued operations, which included a capital gain
and a net loss from the discontinued operations of the independent
music business.

-- Net income from continuing operations for the first quarter was
$1.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, as compared to net income
from continuing operations in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 of
approximately $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share.

-- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
(EBITDA) from continuing operations for the fiscal first quarter was
$7.3 million, as compared to $5.4 million for the first quarter of
fiscal year 2007, an increase of 36.6%. See "Use of Non-GAAP
Financial Information" below.

-- Debt, net of cash, at June 30, 2007 was $53.8 million as
compared to debt, net of cash, of $72.7 million on
June 30, 2006.

Cary Deacon, Chief Executive Officer commented, "The Company is encouraged by its profit performance and management of its expenses, inventory and gross margin during the quarter. We also realized a net gain of $3.5 million from the strategic divestiture of our independent music business in the quarter. The Company is taking steps to reduce the central expenses that were associated with that business including the streamlining of our warehouse operations this fiscal year."

Deacon continued, "We are pleased with every division's performance in the quarter. The only exception was BCI. On August 1, 2007, the Company announced the relocation of the BCI corporate office to Navarre's corporate headquarters in New Hope, MN. With this relocation the Company will focus efforts to better leverage its existing corporate DVD video distribution assets."

Business Segment Highlights

Publishing Segment

The publishing segment includes the results of the wholly-owned subsidiaries FUNimation, Encore and BCI. For the first quarter ended June 30, 2007, the publishing segment's net sales, before inter-company eliminations, increased 13.8% to $29.6 million, as compared to net sales of $26.0 million for the same period last year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

FUNimation demonstrated strong year over year net sales growth in the fiscal year 2008 first quarter benefiting from the release of Afro Samurai, and strong sell-through of Dragon Ball Z season sets. FUNimation also continues to see growth in the digital sales of its anime content on iTunes and recently added its digital content to xBox Live Marketplace.

Encore exhibited net sales growth, as compared to last fiscal year's first quarter, on the performance of several launches of marquee brands including Wheel of Fortune Deluxe, Jeopardy Deluxe, Advantage 2008, The Learning Company 2008 and Adventure Workshop Version 9. Encore also benefited from sales of Monopoly Here & Now, Scrabble Champion Edition and Fate.

Publishing segment net sales growth was partially offset by a BCI sales decline in the first quarter. The Company has taken steps to focus BCI on new growth market opportunities as well as reposition BCI in its core budget category. On August 1, 2007, the Company announced the relocation of the BCI corporate office to Navarre's corporate headquarters in New Hope, MN. With this relocation the Company will focus efforts to better leverage its existing corporate DVD video distribution assets.

Distribution Segment

The distribution segment distributes PC software, DVD video, video games and accessories. For the first quarter ended June 30, 2007, the distribution segment's net sales, before inter-company eliminations, increased 4.5% to $123.9 million, as compared to net sales of $118.6 million for the same period last year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

Distribution net sales growth was driven by the performance of software and DVD content. Software growth is attributed to strong sales of utility and productivity titles.

Independent Music Business Divestiture

On May 31, 2007 the Company completed the sale of its independent music business to Koch Entertainment. The Company received $6.5 million in cash at closing and retained trade receivables valued at approximately $11 million related to the independent music business. Collection of these trade receivables is meeting the Company's expectations. Net proceeds from this transaction and the collection of associated receivables are being used to pay down the Company's debt. During the fiscal year 2008 first quarter the Company realized a gain on the sale, net of tax, of $4.6 million. The Company anticipates additional expenses, net of tax, related to the divestiture of the independent music business of approximately $0.9 million and expects that these expenses will be charged against discontinued operations in subsequent quarters. With the divestiture of the independent music business the Company has begun the process of consolidating its warehouse operations. After this consolidation the Company continues to expect the divestiture of the independent music business to be slightly accretive.

Outlook

The Company maintains its previously released outlook for fiscal year 2008 of net sales between $670 million and $690 million, EBITDA between $34 million and $36 million and anticipated net income of between $9 million and $10 million. For the fiscal year the Company also anticipates depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $10 million, and share-based compensation expense of approximately $1 million. The Company continues to anticipate that cash flow from operations will be positive for fiscal year 2008.

The fiscal year 2008 outlook excludes any impact from the discontinued operations of the Company's recently divested independent music business.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In evaluating our financial performances and operating trends, management considers information concerning our net sales before inter-company eliminations and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization that 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 non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP results, which is attached to this release and can also be found on the Company's web site at http://www.navarre.com.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, August 7, 2007, to discuss the Company's fiscal year 2008 first quarter results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 866-700-6979, conference participant passcode "32461004", ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. In addition, this call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at http://www.navarre.com. Investors should go to the web site 15 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 for a one-year period following the call's completion by accessing http://www.navarre.com.

About Navarre Corporation

Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the Company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and electronic superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The Company currently provides its products to over 19,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore, BCI, and FUNimation. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.navarre.com.

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: the Company's revenues being derived from a small group of customers; the seasonal nature of the Company's business; 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 for the year ended March 31, 2007.

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.

Investors and shareholders may obtain free copies of the Company's public filings through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/ or at one of the SEC's other public reference rooms in Washington D.C., New York, New York or Chicago, Illinois. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information with respect to the SEC's public reference rooms.



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

Three Months Ended
June 30,
2007 2006

Net sales $137,022 $132,171
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation
and amortization) 113,039 109,381
Gross profit 23,983 22,790
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 6,103 6,013
Distribution and warehousing 1,800 1,905
General and administrative 9,204 8,849
Bad debt expense 55 457
Depreciation and amortization (1) 2,218 2,624
Total operating expenses 19,380 19,848
Income from operations 4,603 2,942
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (1,674) (1,920)
Interest income 68 119
Warrant expense -- (424)
Other income (expense), net 223 82
Net income before tax 3,220 799
Income tax expense 1,314 323
Net income from continuing operations 1,906 476
Net income (loss) from discontinued
operations, net of tax (1,109) 158
Gain on discontinued
operations, net of tax 4,647 --
Net income $5,444 $634

Basic earnings per common share:
Continuing operations $0.05 $0.01
Discontinued operations 0.10 0.01
Net income $0.15 $0.02

Diluted earnings per common share:
Continuing operations $0.05 $0.01
Discontinued operations 0.10 0.01
Net income $0.15 $0.02

Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 35,985 35,650
Diluted 36,276 36,176

(1) Depreciation and amortization expense in the three months ended
June 30, 2007 and 2006 includes approximately $0.9 million and
$1.5 million, respectively, of amortization expense related to the
FUNimation acquisition.



NAVARRE CORPORATION
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

June 30, June 30, March 31,
2007 2006 2007
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $2,026 $6,170 $966
Receivables, net 70,271 65,993 70,609
Inventories 42,073 44,806 36,791
Other 24,601 25,852 20,889
Assets from discontinued
operations - current 10,211 22,872 21,889
Total current assets 149,182 165,693 151,144
Property and equipment, net 16,018 10,065 14,042
Other assets 124,808 128,245 122,696
Assets from discontinued
operations - non current -- 429 343
Total assets $290,008 $304,432 $288,225

Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Note payable - line of credit $43,003 $-- $38,956
Note payable - short-term 150 5,000 150
Accounts payable 89,263 81,707 87,145
Other 15,994 15,423 13,680
Liabilities from discontinued
operations - current 2,905 14,831 12,748
Total current liabilities 151,315 116,961 152,679
Long-term liabilities:
Note payable - long-term 12,707 73,880 14,850
Other 6,643 7,077 7,245
Total liabilities 170,665 197,918 174,774
Temporary equity -- 16,634
Shareholders' equity 119,343 89,880 113,451
Total liabilities and
shareholders' equity $290,008 $304,432 $288,225



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

Three Months Ended
June 30,
2007 2006

Net cash provided by (used in) operating
activities $500 $(7,564)
Net cash used in investing activities (7,140) (1,194)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing
activities 1,984 (1,198)
Net cash provided by (used in)
discontinued operating activities (784) 1,830
Proceeds from sale on discontinued
operations 6,500 --
Net increase (decrease) in cash 1,060 (8,126)
Cash at beginning of period 966 14,296
Cash at end of period $2,026 $6,170



NAVARRE CORPORATION
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Net Sales Before Inter-Company Eliminations to GAAP
Net Sales

Three Months Ended June 30,
2007 % 2006 %
Net sales:
Distribution $123,889 80.7% $118,583 82.0%
Publishing 29,624 19.3% 26,038 18.0%
Net sales before inter-
company eliminations 153,513 144,621
Inter-company eliminations (16,491) (12,450)
Net sales as reported $137,022 $132,171



Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations to EBITDA

Three Months Ended
June 30,
2007 2006
Net income from continuing operations,
as reported $1,906 $476
Interest expense (income), net 1,606 1,801
Tax expense 1,314 323
Depreciation and amortization 2,218 2,624
Share-based compensation 288 144
EBITDA $7,332 $5,368



Business Segments

Three months ended Distribution Publishing Eliminations Consolidated
June 30, 2007
Net sales $123,889 $29,624 $(16,491) $137,022
Income from
continuing
operations $1,573 $3,030 -- $4,603

Three months ended Distribution Publishing Eliminations Consolidated
June 30, 2006
Net sales $118,583 $26,038 $(12,450) $132,171
Income from
continuing
operations $933 $2,009 -- $2,942

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