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Hot Topic, Inc. Reports 3rd Quarter Earnings Increase

Announces Quarterly Dividend

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2012-- Hot Topic, Inc. (Nasdaq Global Select Market:HOTT), reported results for its third quarter of fiscal 2012 (13 weeks) ended October 27, 2012.

The company reported net income in the third fiscal quarter of $4.3 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to net income of $3.1 million, or $0.07 per share, for the comparable period last year. Total sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 2.0% to $179.4 million compared to $175.8 million for the third quarter last year. Total company comparable sales increased 0.2% for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. A summary of the sales results by division was included in the third quarter sales release.

“We validated the new merchandising and sourcing strategies at Torrid this quarter, and continue to be enthusiastic about Torrid as a growth vehicle for the company,” said Lisa Harper, Chairman and CEO of Hot Topic, Inc. “Customers reacted positively to the new fashion-forward assortment and brand marketing introduced in late July, and our new vertical sourcing model significantly improved our gross margin rate. At Hot Topic, we continue to see improvement in the fashion apparel and tee businesses, which offset the challenges in the accessory categories.”

The company also announced that on November 13, 2012, its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 14, 2012. The company accelerated its fourth quarter dividend, typically paid in January, to allow shareholders to benefit from the lower dividend tax rate that is set to expire December 31, 2012.

At the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the company operated 620 Hot Topic stores and 186 Torrid stores compared to 634 Hot Topic stores and 146 Torrid stores at the end of third quarter of fiscal 2011. During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the company opened 18 Torrid stores and closed three Torrid stores. The company also remodeled or relocated 13 Hot Topic stores and one Torrid store during the quarter.

A conference call to discuss third quarter results, business trends, guidance and other matters is scheduled for November 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM (ET). The live conference call number is 800-299-9086, pass code “Hot Topic”, and will be accessible to all interested parties. It will also be webcast on the company’s Investor Relations website located at http://investorrelations.hottopic.com. A replay of the conference call will be available at 888-286-8010, pass code 60862559, for approximately two weeks. In addition, a webcast replay of the conference call will be available on the company’s Investor Relations website for approximately two weeks.

Hot Topic, Inc. is a mall and web based specialty retailer operating the Hot Topic and Torrid concepts, as well as a new test retail concept, Blackheart. Hot Topic offers music/pop culture-licensed and music/pop culture-influenced apparel, accessories, music and gift items for young men and women. Torrid retails on-trend fashion apparel, lingerie and accessories inspired by and designed to fit the young, voluptuous woman who wears size 12 and up. Blackheart offers an expanded collection of dark, edgy, sexy lingerie, accessories and beauty products. As of November 14, 2012, the company operated 620 Hot Topic stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, 190 Torrid stores, one Blackheart store, and Internet stores hottopic.com, torrid.com and blackheartlingerie.com.

This news release and the aforementioned conference call contain forward-looking statements, which may include statements relating to financial results, guidance, store and online operations (including closures, remodels and relocations), projections, financial performance including cost reductions and changes in business operations, and related matters. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including risks and uncertainties associated with meeting expected financial results, fluctuations in sales and comparable sales results, music, license and fashion trends, competition from other retailers, uncertainties generally associated with specialty retailing, technology and other risks associated with Internet sales, the effect of negative conditions in the economic environment (including global capital and credit markets), the effect of severe weather or natural disasters, political and/or social changes or events that could negatively impact shopping patterns and/or mall traffic, relationships with mall developers and operators, relationships with our vendors, litigation proceedings and contingent liabilities, as well as other risks detailed in the company’s SEC reports including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 28, 2012, and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Historical results achieved are not necessarily indicative of the future prospects of the company, and actual results or circumstances could differ materially from the forward-looking statements.

HOT TOPIC, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
Oct. 27, 2012 Oct. 29, 2011
 
Net sales $179,413 $175,822
Cost of goods sold, including buying,
distribution and occupancy costs 115,174 116,238
Gross margin 64,239 59,584
Selling, general & administrative expenses 57,379 55,361
Income from operations 6,860 4,223
Interest and other income, net 39 88
Income before provision for income taxes 6,899 4,311
Provision for income taxes 2,610 1,198
Net income $4,289 $3,113
 
Earnings per share:
Basic and Diluted $0.10 $0.07
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 42,319 43,942
Diluted 43,056 44,481
 
Nine Months Ended
Oct. 27, 2012   Oct. 29, 2011
 
Net sales $508,785 $ 488,045
Cost of goods sold, including buying,
distribution and occupancy costs 329,010 329,389
Gross margin 179,775 158,656
Selling, general & administrative expenses 168,073 176,919
Income (loss) from operations 11,702 (18,263 )
Interest and other income, net 96 222
Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes 11,798 (18,041 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 4,441 (7,274 )
Net income (loss) $7,357 $ (10,767 )
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic and Diluted $0.17 $ (0.24 )
Shares used in computing earnings (loss) per share:
Basic 42,237 44,492
Diluted 42,962 44,492
 

HOT TOPIC, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
Oct. 27, 2012 Oct. 29, 2011
Current Assets:
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term

investments

$ 58,847 $ 41,776
Inventory 90,745 84,911
Prepaid expenses and other 10,980 23,759
Deferred tax assets 5,610 2,832
Total current assets 166,182 153,278
Property and equipment, net 109,297 108,413
Deposits and other 7,734 6,843
Long-term investments 1,730 1,737
Deferred tax assets 4,402 6,395
Total assets $ 289,345 $ 276,666
 
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 36,368 $ 33,896
Accrued liabilities 41,466 36,637
Income taxes payable 1,306 665
Total current liabilities 79,140 71,198
Deferred rent 19,977 21,559
Deferred compensation liability 4,933 4,587
Income taxes payable 533 1,224
Total liabilities 104,582 98,568
Total shareholders’ equity 184,762 178,098
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 289,345 $ 276,666
 

HOT TOPIC, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Nine Months Ended

Oct. 27, 2012 Oct. 29, 2011
Operating Activities
Net income (loss) $ 7,357 ($10,767 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operations:
Depreciation and amortization 25,178 27,070
Change in inventory (20,097 ) (14,594 )
Other, net 18,933 8,480
Net cash flows provided by operating activities 31,371 10,188

Investing activities

Purchases of property and equipment (30,187 ) (17,112 )
Proceeds from sale of investments 6,425 11,852
Net cash flows used in investing activities (23,762 ) (5,260 )
 
Financing activities
Payment of cash dividends (10,148 ) (9,253 )
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 472 589
Proceeds from employee stock purchases and stock
options exercised 1,213 2,844
Payment of capital lease obligation - (191 )
Repurchase of common stock - (23,170 )
Net cash used in financing activities (8,463 ) (29,181 )
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (854 ) (24,253 )
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash 6 3
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 49,615 51,316
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 48,767 $ 27,066
 

OTHER DATA

 
Total company store square footage 1,579,400 1,486,000
Hot Topic average store size 1,774 1,770
Torrid average store size 2,539 2,497
 

Nine Months Ended
Oct. 27, 2012   Oct. 29, 2011
Reported   Charges   Non-GAAP Reported   Charges   Non-GAAP
Net sales $ 508,785 $ - $ 508,785 $ 488,045 $ - $ 488,045
Cost of goods sold, including
buying, distribution and
occupancy costs   329,010   -   329,010   329,389     5,401   323,988  
Gross margin 179,775 - 179,775 158,656 5,401 164,057
Selling, general and
administrative expenses   168,073   -   168,073   176,919     11,176   165,743  
Income (loss) from operations 11,702 - 11,702 (18,263 ) 16,577 (1,686 )
Interest income, net   96   -   96   222     -   222  
Income (loss) before provision
(benefit) for income taxes 11,798 - 11,798 (18,041 ) 16,577 (1,464 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   4,441   -   4,441   (7,274 )   6,283   (991 )
Net income (loss) $ 7,357 $ - $ 7,357   ($10,767 ) $ 10,294   ($473 )
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.17 $ 0.17 $ (0.24 ) $ (0.01 )
Diluted $ 0.17 $ 0.17 $ (0.24 ) $ (0.01 )
Shares used in computing earnings
(loss) per share:
Basic 42,237 42,237 44,492 44,492
Diluted 42,962 42,962 44,492 44,492
 

NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES – Hot Topic, Inc. reports its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that non-GAAP performance measures, which exclude certain items that the Company does not consider part of its ongoing operating results when assessing the performance of the Company, present the operating results of the Company on a basis consistent with those used in managing the Company's business, and provide users of the Company's financial information with a more meaningful report on the condition of the Company's business. Non-GAAP performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Within this release, the Company has excluded the following items from its non-GAAP performance measures:

Year-To-Date (Nine months ended Oct. 29, 2011):

$17.2 million of charges, comprising of $6.2 million in cost of goods sold and $11.0 million in selling, general and administrative expenses, related to the strategic business changes previously announced on March 28, 2011.

$0.6 million net recovery of charges, comprising of $0.8 million recovery in cost of goods sold and $0.2 million charge in selling, general and administrative expenses, related to the implementation of the cost reduction plan previously announced on November 16, 2010.

Source: Hot Topic, Inc.

Hot Topic, Inc.
Investor Contacts:
Jim McGinty, CFO, 626-839-4681 x2675
George Wehlitz, VP Finance, 626-839-4681 x2174
or
Media Contact:
Jennifer Vides, 626-839-4681 x2970



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