Second Quarter Total Same-Store Sales Decreased 0.8 Percent
January 11, 2008 // Franchising.com // Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS), the global leader in the $170 billion hair care industry, today reported consolidated revenues increased 3.8 percent in the second quarter of 2008 to a record $682 million, compared to $657 million a year ago. Deconsolidation of the beauty schools reduced revenue in the quarter by approximately $17 million. Absent the impact of the school deconsolidation, consolidated revenues for the quarter would have increased 6.5 percent. Second quarter total same-store sales decreased 0.8 percent.
"The momentum we have seen in the last nine months in our service business slowed in the quarter. Like many retailers, we had a disappointing holiday shopping season and, as a result, our quarterly same-store sales came in below our expectations," commented Paul D. Finkelstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Today's casual lifestyle continues to have a lingering impact on fashion and salon visitation patterns. However, ours is a very predictable business and, in our 85 year history, we've never experienced an annual same-store sales decrease. We have a great business model and, over time, our customer visits will normalize. Until then, we will continue to focus on increasing our average ticket and, more specifically, implementing price increases."
Despite second quarter same-store sales falling below the low end of the previously issued guidance range, the Company expects to report earnings per diluted share at the low end of the previously issued guidance range of $0.51 to $0.57 per diluted share. Second quarter earnings results will benefit from an unplanned adjustment to prior years' workers' compensation reserves of approximately $0.05 per diluted share, the result of the Company's continued success of its salon safety programs.
Second Quarter Revenues:
For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2007
Salons Hair Restoration
North America International Centers Consolidated
Service $399,377 $43,224 $15,267 $457,868
Product 166,803 19,133 16,760 202,696
Royalties and fees 9,900 10,699 1,078 21,677
Total $576,080 $73,056 $33,105 $682,241
For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2006
Salons Beauty Hair Restoration
North America International Schools Centers Consolidated
Service $372,161 $35,234 $20,142 $12,808 $440,345
Product 163,256 15,919 1,834 15,743 196,752
and fees 9,496 9,216 - 1,181 19,893
Total $544,913 $60,369 $21,976 $29,732 $656,990
On August 1, 2007, Regis Corporation contributed substantially all of its accredited cosmetology schools to Empire Education Group, Inc.
Second Quarter Same-Store Sales:
For the Three Months Ended December 31,
Service Retail Total Service Retail Total
Regis Salons -0.3% 3.5% 0.3% 0.2% -0.3% 0.1%
MasterCuts 0.1 -3.7 -0.7 0.6 -2.0 0.0
Trade Secret -8.2 -7.2 -7.3 -2.9 -2.4 -2.5
Strip Center Salons 0.4 1.8 0.6 2.5 1.5 2.4
SmartStyle 0.5 -2.1 -0.4 2.9 -2.6 0.9
Sales 0.0% -3.0% -0.8% 1.6% -1.6% 0.6%
Same-Store Sales -5.8% -2.6% -4.7% -3.2% 5.2% -0.6%
Same-Store Sales 6.6% 7.0% 6.8%
Same-Store Sales -0.2% -2.3% -0.8% 1.3% -1.2% 0.5%
International same-store sales for the quarter represent the 12-week period ended December 15, 2007 versus the 12-week period ended December 9, 2006. The Company began including Hair Restoration Centers in its same-store sales calculation beginning with the third fiscal quarter of 2007.
Regis Corporation will announce second quarter 2008 earnings results on January 22, 2008. A conference call discussing second quarter results will follow at 10:00 a.m., Central Time. Interested parties are invited to listen by logging on to www.regiscorp.com.
About Regis Corporation
Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) is the beauty industry's global leader in beauty salons, hair restoration centers and cosmetology education. As of September 30, 2007, the Company owned, franchised or held ownership interests in over 12,500 worldwide locations. Regis' corporate and franchised locations operate under concepts such as Supercuts, Jean Louis David, Vidal Sassoon, Regis Salons, MasterCuts, Trade Secret, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters and Hair Club for Men and Women. In addition, Regis maintains ownership interests in Empire Education Group and various other salon concepts such as Cool Cuts 4 Kids, and the Beauty Takashi and Beauty Plaza concepts in Japan. System-wide, these and other concepts are located in the U.S. and in eleven other countries in North America, Europe and Asia. Regis also maintains a 50 percent ownership interest in Intelligent Nutrients, a joint venture that provides a wide variety of certified organic products for health and beauty. For additional information about the company, including management's current financial outlook and a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial information, please visit the Investor Information section of the corporate website at www.regiscorp.com. To join Regis Corporation's email alert list, click on this link: http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=913&to=ea&Nav=1&S=0&L=1
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