Exhibit 99.1

 

  Contact:
Trans World Entertainment
John Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
(518) 452-1242
Contact:
Financial Relations Board
Marilynn Meek
(mmeek@frbir.com)
(212) 827-3773
     
38 Corporate Circle
Albany, NY 12203

www.twec.com
NEWS RELEASE

 

TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND
ANNUAL RESULTS

 

Company reports net income of $33.7 million for fiscal 2012

 

Albany, NY, March 7, 2013 -- Trans World Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 2, 2013. For the fourteen weeks ended February 2, 2013 (“fourth quarter”), the Company reported net income of $35.0 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $16.5 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, for the thirteen week fourth quarter last year. For the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013 (“Fiscal 2012”), the Company reported net income of $33.7 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012 (“Fiscal 2011”). These results included a one-time gain of $22.8 million from the sale of real property in Miami, Florida. Excluding the gain, the Company recorded net income of $12.2 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the fourth quarter, and $10.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share for Fiscal 2012.

 

Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter were down 3% compared to the same quarter last year. Total sales for the fourth quarter decreased 15% to $163.4 million compared to $193.1 million in 2011. During the fourth quarter, the Company operated an average of 373 stores compared to 427 stores last year, a 13% decline.

 

Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $59.8 million, or 36.6% of sales, as compared to $69.2 million, or 35.8%, of sales for the fourth quarter last year.

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A expenses”) decreased 9% for the fourth quarter to $45.9 million compared to $50.5 million for the fourth quarter last year. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses were 28.1% in the fourth quarter compared to 26.2% for the fourth quarter last year.

 

For Fiscal 2012, comparable store sales were down 1% as compared to Fiscal 2011. Total sales for Fiscal 2012 decreased 15% to $458.5 million, compared to $542.6 million for Fiscal 2011. During Fiscal 2012, the Company operated an average of 378 stores compared to 439 stores in Fiscal 2011, a 14% decline.

 

Gross profit for Fiscal 2012 was $172.1 million, or 37.5% of sales, compared to $198.2 million, or 36.5%, of sales for Fiscal 2011. For Fiscal 2012, SG&A expenses decreased 17% to $154.8 million

 

compared to $186.7 million in Fiscal 2011. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses improved by 60 basis points to 33.8% from 34.4% for the same period last year.

 

Inventory was $155.4 million at the end of Fiscal 2012, versus $191.3 million at the end of Fiscal 2011, a reduction of 19%. Cash on hand at the end of Fiscal 2012 was $133.0 million, compared to $88.5 million at the end of Fiscal 2011. The Company did not require any borrowings under its line of credit at any point during Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2011.

 

“Our strong financial position provides us many options to enhance shareholder value. In fact, our Board gave careful consideration to and decided to pay a $15 million special cash dividend to return value to shareholders during the fourth quarter, which was the first dividend in the Company’s history. The Board will continue to monitor the Company’s financial needs and resources and will consider all options to enhance shareholder value,” said Bob Higgins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

 

Trans World will host a teleconference call today, Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10:00 AM ET to discuss its financial results. Interested parties can listen to the simultaneous webcast on the Company’s corporate website, www.twec.com.

 

Trans World Entertainment is a leading specialty retailer of entertainment products, including video, music, trend, electronics, video games and related products. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, primarily under the names f.y.e. for your entertainment and Suncoast and on the web at www.fye.com, www.wherehouse.com, and www.secondspin.com.

 

Certain statements in this release set forth management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current facts and analyses. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in such statements. Additional information on factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION

Financial Results

 

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS:

(in thousands, except per share data)

   Fourteen and Thirteen Weeks Ended (1)    Fiscal Year Ended (2)  
   February 2, 2013   % to
Sales
   January 28, 2012   % to
Sales
   February 2, 2013   % to
Sales
   January 28, 2012   % to
Sales
 
                                         
Net sales  $163,449        $193,106        $458,544        $542,589      
                                         
Cost of sales   103,699    63.4%   123,885    64.2%   286,422    62.5%   344,435    63.5%
Gross profit   59,750    36.6%   69,221    35.8%   172,122    37.5%   198,154    36.5%
                                         
Selling, general and  administrative expenses   45,861    28.1%   50,538    26.2%   154,789    33.8%   186,650    34.4%
                                         
Gain on sale of asset, net   (22,750)   -13.9%       0.0%   (22,750)   -5.0%       0.0%
                                         
Depreciation and amortization   1,010    0.6%   1,337    0.7%   3,783    0.8%   6,003    1.1%
Income from operations   35,629    21.8%   17,346    8.9%   36,300    7.9%   5,500    1.0%
                                         
Interest expense, net   513    0.3%   790    0.4%   2,318    0.5%   3,189    0.6%
Income before income taxes   35,116    21.5%   16,556    8.5%   33,982    7.4%   2,311    0.4%
Income tax expense (benefit)   107    0.1%   59    0.0%   248    0.1%   149    0.0%
                                         
Net income  $35,009    21.4%  $16,497    8.5%  $33,734    7.3%  $2,162    0.4%
                                         
Basic income per common share:                                         
Basic income per share  $1.11        $0.52        $1.07        $0.07      
Weighted average number of  common shares outstanding - basic   31,670         31,527         31,577         31,520      
                                         
Diluted income per common share:                                         
                                         
Diluted income per share  $1.09        $0.51        $1.06        $0.07      
                                         
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - diluted   32,055         32,090         31,878         32,036      

 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET CAPTIONS: 
(in thousands, except store data)
            February 2, 2013        January 28, 2012      
                                         
Cash and cash equivalents                      $132,982        $88,515      
Merchandise inventory                       155,429         191,327      
Fixed assets (net)                       9,057         16,651      
Accounts payable                       79,438         93,141      
Borrowings under line of credit                                      
Long-term debt, less current portion                       2,004         4,009      
                                         
Stores in operation, end of period                       358         390      
Stores in operation, average during the period                       378         439      

 

(1) -  The fourth fiscal quarter ended February 2, 2013 contains 14 weeks.
The fourth fiscal quarter ended January 28, 2012 contains 13 weeks.

 

(2) -  The fiscal year ended February 2, 2013 contains 53 weeks.
The fiscal year ended January 28, 2012 contains 52 weeks.

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The following information was filed by Trans World Entertainment Corp (TWMC) on Friday, March 8, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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