For its first quarter, hhgregg, Inc. has reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the three month period ended June 30, 2013, compared with a net loss of $5.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. The decrease in net loss for the three month period ended June 30, 2013 was largely due to a comparable store sales increase of 0.8%, a decrease in SG&A as a percentage of net sales and a decrease in net advertising expense as a percentage of net sales, offset by a decrease in gross profit as a percentage of net sales, the company noted.
Dennis May, president and CEO, commented, “We are pleased with the early results and consumer feedback on the new product assortments that we have introduced and will continue to expand and refine these category additions throughout the coming year. We remain committed to improving productivity levels across our existing store base and are pleased with the early progress on our strategic initiatives to not only reshape our sales mix, but to expand our customer base and enhance our service offerings. The quarter’s results significantly outperformed our prior year earnings comparison, due to our positive comparable store sales and lapping the cost cutting measures put in place during the second quarter of the prior fiscal year, and are in-line with our expectations.”
Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2013 increased 7.2% to $524.9 million from $489.9 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase in net sales for the three month period was the result of a comparable store sales increase of 0.8% and the net addition of 18 stores during the past 12 months.
The increase in comparable store sales for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was driven primarily by an increase in comparable store sales in the appliances, computing and wireless and home products categories, partially offset by a decline in the consumer electronics category. The appliance category increase in comparable store sales was driven by an increase in both the average selling price and units sold. The growth in the computing and wireless category was led by increased demand for tablets, partially offset by a decline in mobile phones and notebook computers. The increase in comparable store sales for the home products category was primarily a result of a double digit comparable store sales increase in mattresses, in addition to sales from the introduction of furniture and fitness equipment categories. The consumer electronics category comparable store sales decline was driven primarily by a double digit comparable store sales decrease in televisions, largely resulting from a strategy of offering fewer entry level models.
Jeremy Aguilar, chief financial officer, commented “During the quarter, we continued to build on our strong balance sheet and liquidity position by generating year-over-year positive cash flow gains while continuing to execute on our share repurchase plan. Additionally, we have further strengthened our capital position and liquidity through the newly executed amendment to our credit facility. This new amendment allows us to benefit from an advantageous debt market by lowering our interest rate, increasing the size of our facility from $300 million to $400 million, and extending the term for five years. We believe we are appropriately capitalized and well positioned to execute on our core initiatives and long-term growth strategies.”