INDIANAPOLIS, Jul 08, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE:HGG) today announced updated new store opening plans in connection with the company's accelerated growth strategy for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
During the past year, competitive dynamics within the consumer electronics industry and the real estate landscape have changed considerably, with a major competitor exiting the market and substantial real estate availability in both new and existing markets. These changes have created significant opportunities for the company to expand at growth rates greater than previously projected. The company now expects to open between 20 and 22 new stores during the current fiscal year, up from previous expectations of 16 to 18 new store openings. These store openings will include the launch of three new multi-store markets: Tampa, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; and Richmond, Virginia. Capital expenditures, net of sale and leaseback proceeds, are expected to range between $45 million and $50 million for the fiscal year, up from previous expectations of $30 million to $35 million. This increase primarily reflects the incremental capital expenditures expected to be incurred in late fiscal 2010 for the increased number of store openings expected in early fiscal 2011.
In addition, the company expects to open between 40 and 45 new stores during fiscal 2011, with the majority of these new stores located in large and mid-sized metropolitan markets in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. In connection with these expansion plans, the company also intends to open its fourth central distribution center for the Mid-Atlantic region in early fiscal 2011. The company has executed leases for nearly all of the new stores expected to be opened during fiscal 2010 and has begun to execute leases for fiscal 2011 new store openings. To date, the Company's Board of Directors has approved 18 locations for 2011.
The company expects to fund its fiscal 2010 store openings from cash from operations and its revolving credit facility. The company is currently exploring various financing alternatives, including equity and debt, to fund its store growth thereafter.
Dennis May, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "We have an extraordinary opportunity to gain market share by taking advantage of the current rental rates and excess availability in the real estate market. The combination of our effective operating model, an opportunistic real estate environment, strong partnerships with key vendors and the availability of talented field-level personnel, create a significant opportunity for the company to accelerate its growth while continuing to provide customers with a superior customer purchase experience."
hhgregg is a specialty retailer of consumer electronics, home appliances, mattresses and related services operating under the names hhgregg(TM) and Fine Lines(TM). hhgregg currently operates 112 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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Other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release are more fully described in the "Risk Factors" section in the Company's Form 10-K filed June 2, 2009. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the time of this news release. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results described in these forward looking statements. hhgregg does not undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation to update any of these statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of these statements to reflect future events or developments.
SOURCE: hhgregg, Inc.
Andy Giesler, Director of Finance, 317-848-8710
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