Navarre Corporation Reports Preliminary Financial Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2009

Oct 30th 2008
Company will host a conference call on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 11:00
a.m. ET

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 30 -- Navarre Corporation
(Nasdaq: NAVR), a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home
entertainment and multimedia products, today reported preliminary results
for its second quarter of fiscal year 2009 ended September 30, 2008. These
results are provided on a preliminary basis and do not reflect the impact
of a yet to be determined non-cash charge to goodwill that is currently
being evaluated by the Company. This non-cash goodwill impairment charge
will not have an impact on the Company's compliance with its financial
covenants in its credit agreement with its lender.


-- Net sales were $170.3 million, as compared to net sales of $143.7
million for the same period last year, an increase of $26.6 million or
18.5%.
-- Preliminary operating income was $3.2 million during the quarter, as
compared to $1.6 million in the prior year, an increase of 98%.
-- Preliminary net income from continuing operations was $1.3 million, or
$0.04 per diluted share, as compared to net income from continuing
operations in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008 of $200,000, or
$0.01 per diluted share.
-- Preliminary earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization
and share-based compensation expense (EBITDA) from continuing
operations increased by 27% to approximately $5.6 million, as compared
to EBITDA from continuing operations of $4.4 million for the same
quarter last year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.
-- Debt, net of cash, on September 30, 2008 was $45.6 million, as compared
to debt, net of cash, of $52.9 million on September 30, 2007, a
reduction of $7.3 million; and interest expense during the quarter was
$800,000, as compared to $1.4 million in the second quarter of the
prior year, a reduction of 41%.
-- The financial results referenced in this press release are preliminary.
As the Company's market capitalization has been less than its book
value for a sustained period of time, the Company is performing an
interim goodwill impairment assessment under SFAS 142 "Goodwill and
Other Intangible Assets". The Company has not completed its assessment
at this time and does not know the amount of this non-cash goodwill
impairment charge. Total goodwill at September 30, 2008 prior to any
impairment was approximately $81.7 million and this non-cash charge
could result in a substantial reduction to the carrying value. At this
time the Company anticipates that it will record this non-cash goodwill
impairment charge in its financial statements when it files its second
fiscal quarter Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission. This non-cash goodwill impairment charge will not have an
impact on the Company's compliance with its financial covenants in its
credit agreement with its lender.

"In spite of a very difficult economic climate, the Company
demonstrated solid top line revenue growth in the quarter. Distribution
more than doubled its sales of video games and experienced strong sales of
utility software products in the quarter, due in part to some major
releases moving earlier than anticipated. The Publishing segment saw
significant increases in its sales of anime content which was responsible
for our year over year profit improvement." commented Cary Deacon, Chief
Executive Officer.

Deacon continued, "We continue to adeptly manage our balance sheet.
Inventories were reduced compared to the prior year and we continue to
carefully monitor our accounts receivable risks in this rapidly changing
retail environment."

Business Segment Highlights

Publishing Segment

The publishing segment includes the results of the wholly-owned
subsidiaries FUNimation, Encore and BCI. For the second quarter ended
September 30, 2008, the publishing segment achieved net sales, before
inter- company eliminations, of $28.8 million, as compared to net sales of
$27.0 million in net sales before inter-company eliminations for the same
period last year, an increase of $1.8 million or 6.5%. See "Use of Non-GAAP
Financial Information" below. On a fiscal year to date basis, the
publishing segment's net sales, before inter-company eliminations, were
$56.2 million, as compared to net sales of $56.7 million in net sales
before inter-company eliminations for the same period last year. See "Use
of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

FUNimation saw net sales gains during the second quarter as a result of
the recent acquisition of a significant amount of new content, as well as
several new digital distribution agreements. Encore's net sales were
generally flat during the quarter as several major product releases
occurred at the end of the quarter, which is anticipated to have a positive
net sales impact through the remainder of the fiscal year.

Preliminary income from continuing operations in the publishing segment
increased to $3.1 million in the second quarter, as compared to $1.2
million in the prior year, an increase of 149%. This improvement resulted
primarily from increased sales of anime content as well as lower operating
costs and improved margins at BCI.

Distribution Segment

The distribution segment distributes PC software, DVD video and video
games. 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 second quarter of fiscal year 2009, the distribution segment's
net sales, before inter-company eliminations, increased by 18.8% to $158.5
million, as compared to net sales of $133.4 million for the same period
last year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below. During the
first six months of fiscal year 2009 the distribution segment's net sales,
before inter-company eliminations, were $291.6 million, as compared to net
sales of $257.3 million in net sales before inter-company eliminations for
the same period last year, an increase of $34.3 million or 13.3%. See "Use
of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

The Distribution segment's net sales increase during the second quarter
arose primarily out of good sales performance in lower margin productivity
and utility software, as well as a significant increase in video games
during the quarter.

Preliminary income from continuing operations in the distribution
segment was $114,000 in the second quarter, as compared to $377,000 in the
prior year, a decrease of $263,000. This reduction resulted primarily from
the previously-discussed shift during the quarter towards an increase in
sales of lower margin products.

ERP System

The final implementation phase of the Company's new Enterprise Resource
Planning (ERP) system has now been fully operational since July 2008. This
system continues to meet the Company's performance expectations.

Outlook

Due to the uncertain scope of the anticipated non-cash goodwill
impairment charge, the Company is only reiterating its fiscal year 2009 net
sales and cash flow projections at this time; those anticipated results are
as follows:


-- Net sales are expected to range between $640 million and $670 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, Friday,
October 31, 2008, to discuss its fiscal year 2009 second quarter, and year
to date, financial results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing
(800) 299-0433, conference participant passcode "67756564", 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 preliminary 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 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 (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
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 potential
for a significant charge to arise out of the Company's goodwill impairment
assessment; 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 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; 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.

Investors and shareholders may obtain free copies of the 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
Preliminary(1) Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2008 2007 2008 2007
Net sales $170,296 $143,715 $312,321 $280,737
Cost of sales (exclusive of
depreciation and amortization) 146,066 121,654 265,965 234,693
Gross profit 24,230 22,061 46,356 46,044
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 7,206 6,665 12,921 13,600
Distribution and warehousing 3,046 3,344 5,930 6,056
General and administrative 8,181 8,074 16,634 15,534
Bad debt expense 200 30 200 85
Depreciation and amortization 2,376 2,323 4,697 4,541
Total operating expenses 21,009 20,436 40,382 39,816
Income from operations 3,221 1,625 5,974 6,228
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (2) (833) (1,405) (2,448) (3,079)
Interest income 14 56 29 124
Other income (expense), net (223) 148 (321) 371
Income from continuing operations
before tax 2,179 424 3,234 3,644
Income tax expense (908) (202) (1,336) (1,516)
Net income from continuing operations 1,271 222 1,898 2,128
Discontinued operations, net of tax
Gain (loss) on sale of discontinued
operations - (3) - 4,644
Loss from discontinued operations - (594) - (1,703)
Net income (loss) $1,271 $(375) $1,898 $5,069

Basic earnings (loss) per
common share:
Continuing operations $0.04 $0.01 $0.05 $0.06
Discontinued operations - (0.02) - 0.08
Net income $0.04 $(0.01) $0.05 $0.14
Diluted earnings (loss) per
common share:
Continuing operations $0.04 $0.01 $0.05 $0.06
Discontinued operations - (0.02) - 0.08
Net income $0.04 $(0.01) $0.05 $0.14
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 36,191 36,110 36,188 36,048
Diluted 36,299 36,303 36,284 36,289

(1) Preliminary results do not reflect the yet to be determined impact of
a non-cash goodwill impairment charge.
(2) Fiscal year 2009 six months interest expense includes approximately
$490,000 of a non-cash write off of debt acquisition costs.


NAVARRE CORPORATION
Preliminary(1) Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet
(In thousands)


(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
September 30, September 30, March 31,
2008 2007 2008
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $- $- $4,445
Accounts receivables, net 94,689 84,077 76,806
Inventories 49,632 59,192 32,654
Assets of discontinued operations - 143 -
Other 26,115 25,251 23,661
Total current assets 170,436 168,663 137,566
Property and equipment, net 17,949 16,882 17,181
Goodwill 81,697 81,697 81,697
Other assets 49,303 45,556 47,018
Total assets $319,385 $312,798 $283,462

Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Note payable - line of credit $45,597 $43,049 $31,314
Note payable - short-term - 150 150
Accounts payable 120,432 111,015 92,199
Liabilities of discontinued
operations - 796 -
Other 18,883 21,574 18,257
Total current liabilities 184,912 176,584 141,920
Long-term liabilities:
Note payable - long-term - 9,670 9,594
Other 7,650 7,155 7,537
Total liabilities 192,562 193,409 159,051
Shareholders' equity 126,823 119,389 124,411
Total liabilities
and shareholders' equity $319,385 $312,798 $283,462

(1) Preliminary results do not reflect the yet to be determined impact of
a non-cash goodwill impairment charge.



NAVARRE CORPORATION
Preliminary(1) Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Six Months Ended
September 30,
2008 2007
Net cash used in operating activities $(7,408) $(9,578)
Net cash used in investing activities (426) (9,313)
Net cash provided by financing activities 3,389 4,847
Net cash used in continuing operations (4,445) (14,044)
Net cash provided by discontinued operations - 13,078
Net decrease in cash (4,445) (966)
Cash at beginning of period 4,445 966
Cash at end of period $- $-

(1) Preliminary results do not reflect the yet to be determined impact of
a non-cash goodwill impairment charge.



NAVARRE CORPORATION
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Preliminary(1) Reconciliation of Net Sales Before Inter-Company
Eliminations to GAAP Net Sales and Business Segment Information

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2008 % 2007 % 2008 % 2007 %
Net sales:
Publishing $28,794 15.4% $27,043 16.9% $56,212 16.2% $56,666 18.0%
Distribution 158,458 84.6% 133,391 83.1% 291,553 83.8% 257,281 82.0%
Net sales
before
inter-company
eliminations 187,252 160,434 347,765 313,947
Inter-company
eliminations (16,956) (16,719) (35,444) (33,210)
Net sales as
reported $170,296 $143,715 $312,321 $280,737


Income from
continuing
operations:
Publishing $3,107 $1,248 $6,551 $1,951
Distribution 114 377 (577) 4,277
Consolidated
income from
continuing
operations $3,221 $1,625 $5,974 $6,228

(1) Preliminary results do not reflect the yet to be determined impact of
a non-cash goodwill impairment charge.



Preliminary(1) Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to
EBITDA
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2008 2007 2008 2007

Net income from
continuing operations,
as reported $1,271 $222 $1,898 $2,128
Interest
expense (income), net 819 1,349 2,419 2,955
Income tax expense 908 202 1,336 1,516
Depreciation and amortization 2,376 2,323 4,697 4,541
Share-based compensation 213 279 501 567
EBITDA $5,587 $4,375 $10,851 $11,707

(1) Preliminary results do not reflect the yet to be determined impact of
a non-cash goodwill impairment charge.

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