Navarre Corporation Reports Financial Results for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2009

Company will host a conference call August 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. ET

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 1 -- Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR), a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, today reported its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009, ended June 30, 2008.

Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2009 First Quarter

-- Net sales were $142.0 million, as compared to net sales of $137.0 million for the same period last year, an increase of $5.0 million or 3.7%.
-- Net income from continuing operations was $627,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, as compared to net income from continuing operations in the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 of $1.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. Included in net income from continuing operations during the first quarter of fiscal 2009, were tax adjusted charges totaling approximately $291,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, associated with the write off of debt acquisition costs in connection with the June 2008 pay off of the Company's Term B debt facility.
-- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and share-based compensation expense (EBITDA) from continuing operations was approximately $5.3 million, as compared to EBITDA from continuing operations of $7.3 million for the same quarter last year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.
-- Debt, net of cash, on June 30, 2008 was $48.7 million, as compared to debt, net of cash, of $53.8 million on June 30, 2007.

Cary Deacon, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with our first quarter results and believe that we are on track to meet our targets for the full fiscal year. Although we anticipate that macro economic conditions will continue to be difficult during the foreseeable future, we feel that our products, brands and services provide a compelling value proposition to our customers, content providers and the consumer. I am excited about FUNimation's prospects with their content additions that will solidify this fiscal year and provide strong growth impetus for next year. I am particularly pleased with BCI's management and their commitment to significantly improving this division's results for the year."

Deacon continued, "The final implementation phase of our new enterprise resources planning system went live at the end of July. This system implementation has been a massive undertaking for our company and we are pleased to have it in place. As this system matures over the next few quarters, we anticipate that it will deliver greater efficiencies as well as additional opportunities to provide value added services to our customers and vendors."

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, 2008, the publishing segment achieved net sales, before inter-company eliminations, of $27.4 million, a decrease of 7.4%, as compared to net sales of $29.6 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

Net sales for the quarter at FUNimation were strong and exceeded expectations. Although FUNimation's net sales during the quarter were below the prior year, during the first quarter of the fiscal year 2008 FUNimation had released Afro Samurai, the best selling anime DVD of the 2007 calendar year. FUNimation's recent acquisition of significant new content is anticipated to provide strong sales gains for the remainder of the fiscal year. New content acquisitions during the first quarter included over 30 titles whose rights were previously held by A.D. Vision, distribution rights to the Geneon Entertainment catalog, as well as the rights to the upcoming release of Afro Samurai: Resurrection.

BCI's net sales for the quarter increased significantly compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. During the quarter BCI largely eliminated its operating loss as compared to the prior year which resulted in year over year improvements to the publishing segment's operating income.

Distribution Segment

The distribution segment distributes PC software, DVD video and video games. It should be noted that the results of operations related to the independent music distribution business, which was sold May 31, 2007, are now reflected in discontinued operations.

For the first quarter ended June 30, 2008, the distribution segment's net sales, before inter-company eliminations, increased by 7.4% to $133.1 million, as compared to net sales of $123.9 million for the same period last year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below. The distribution segment saw strong net sales gains in lower margin productivity and utility software during the quarter, as well as good performance in DVD video and video games.

Costs related to the implementation of the final phase of the Company's new ERP system are reflected in the distribution segment's operating expenses. Those ERP implementation costs, together with the quarter's net sales blend towards a greater amount of lower margin products, resulted in a reduction to the distribution segment's operating profit compared to the prior year.

ERP Implementation Complete

The Company went live during the last week of July with the final phase (warehouse and transportation management) of its new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This last phase of the ERP system implementation is now integrated with the Company's financial reporting systems which operate on an SAP platform. Performance of this new system has continued to meet expectations and the Company is already benefiting from the enhanced business information available from this system.

The Company reiterates its fiscal year 2009 guidance as follows:

-- Net sales are expected to range between $640 million and $670 million;
-- EBITDA is anticipated to range between $28 million and $31 million;
-- Net income from continuing operations is anticipated to be between $7 million and $9 million; and
-- Cash flow from operations is anticipated to again be positive for fiscal year 2009 results.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET, Monday, August 4, 2008, to discuss its fiscal year 2009 first quarter results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (800) 573-4840, conference participant passcode "14887546", 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 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 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

About Navarre Corporation

Navarre(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR) is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, DVD video, video games and accessories. Navarre licenses and publishes home entertainment and multimedia content through its Encore, BCI, and FUNimation subsidiaries and has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels. Navarre was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in New Hope, Minnesota. Additional information regarding Navarre can be found at

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; pending investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or litigation 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 implementation of a new ERP system; 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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Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
June 30,
2008 2007
Net sales $142,025 $137,022
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation
and amortization) 119,899 113,039
Gross profit 22,126 23,983
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 5,715 6,915
Distribution and warehousing 2,884 2,712
General and administrative 8,453 7,480
Bad debt expense - 55
Depreciation and amortization 2,321 2,218
Total operating expenses 19,373 19,380
Income from operations 2,753 4,603
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (1) (1,615) (1,674)
Interest income 15 68
Other income (expense), net (98) 223
Income from continuing operations before tax 1,055 3,220
Income tax expense (428) (1,314)
Net income from continuing operations 627 1,906
Discontinued operations, net of tax
Gain on sale of discontinued operations - 4,647
Loss from discontinued operations - (1,109)
Net income $627 $5,444

Basic earnings per common share:
Continuing operations $0.02 $0.05
Discontinued operations $- $0.10
Net income $0.02 $0.15
Diluted earnings per common share:
Continuing operations $0.02 $0.05
Discontinued operations $- $0.10
Net income $0.02 $0.15
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 36,186 35,985
Diluted 36,250 36,276

(1) Fiscal year 2009 first quarter interest expense includes
approximately $490,000 of a non-cash write off of debt acquisition

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet
(In thousands)

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
June 30, June 30, March 31,
2008 2007 2008
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $- $2,026 $4,445
Accounts receivables, net 88,528 70,271 76,806
Inventories 42,046 42,073 32,654
Assets of discontinued
operations - 10,211 -
Other 26,129 24,601 23,661
Total current assets 156,703 149,182 137,566
Property and equipment, net 18,525 16,018 17,181
Other assets 127,961 124,808 128,715
Total assets $303,189 $290,008 $283,462

Liabilities and shareholders'
Current liabilities:
Note payable -
line of credit $48,731 $43,003 $31,314
Note payable -
short-term - 150 150
Accounts payable 106,390 89,263 92,199
Liabilities of discontinued
operations - 2,905 -
Other 15,612 15,994 18,257
Total current liabilities 170,733 151,315 141,920
Long-term liabilities:
Note payable - long-term - 12,707 9,594
Other 7,117 6,643 7,537
Total liabilities 177,850 170,665 159,051
Shareholders' equity 125,339 119,343 124,411
Total liabilities and
shareholders' equity $303,189 $290,008 $283,462

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
June 30,
2008 2007
Net cash (used in) provided by
operating activities $(9,947) $500
Net cash used in investing activities (1,029) (7,140)
Net cash provided by financing activities 6,531 1,984
Net cash used in continuing operations (4,445) (4,656)
Net cash provided by discontinued operations - 5,716
Net (decrease) increase in cash (4,445) 1,060
Cash at beginning of period 4,445 966
Cash at end of period $- $2,026

Supplemental Information
(In thousands)
Reconciliation of Net Sales Before Inter-Company Eliminations to GAAP Net Sales and Business Segment Information

Three Months Ended June 30,
2008 % 2007 %
Net sales:
Publishing $27,418 17.1% $29,624 19.3%
Distribution 133,095 82.9% 123,889 80.7%
Net sales before
eliminations 160,513 153,513
eliminations (18,488) (16,491)
Net sales as
reported $142,025 $137,022

Income (loss) from
Publishing $3,444 $3,030
Distribution (691) 1,573
Consolidated income
from continuing
operations $2,753 $4,603

Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to EBITDA

Three Months Ended
June 30,
2008 2007
Net income from continuing operations,
as reported $627 $1,906
Interest expense (income), net 1,600 1,606
Income tax expense 428 1,314
Depreciation and amortization 2,321 2,218
Share-based compensation 288 288
EBITDA $5,264 $7,332

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