El Segundo, CA — Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (Nasdaq: BGFV) (the “Company,” “we,” “our,” “us,” “Big 5”), a leading sporting goods retailer, reported sales results for the fiscal 2023 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023.
For the fiscal 2023 fourth quarter, net sales were $196.3 million compared to net sales of $238.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Same store sales decreased 17.7% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. The Company’s merchandise margins decreased 43 basis points for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to the prior year period.
“Our fourth quarter results were challenged by extraordinarily unfavorable winter weather conditions across our western footprint,” said Steven G. Miller, the Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Winter-related products are typically an important seasonal driver of our fourth quarter business, but this year’s warm weather and lack of snow weighed heavily on the category’s performance, which was down nearly 40% versus the prior year. Sales of non-winter products were down approximately 10%, consistent with the guidance that we provided at the beginning of the quarter. In the challenged sales environment, we remained focused on maintaining strong merchandise margins and controlling the elements of the business that we can, including managing inventory and expenses. As we begin 2024, we are in a solid financial position with no debt and the flexibility to capitalize on opportunities in this dynamic environment.”
For the fiscal 2023 full year, net sales were $884.7 million compared to net sales of $995.5 million for fiscal 2022. Same store sales decreased 11.2% for the fiscal 2023 full year compared to fiscal 2022. The Company’s merchandise margins were essentially flat for the fiscal 2023 full year compared to fiscal 2022.
For the fiscal 2023 fourth quarter, the Company now expects to report a loss per basic share in the range of $0.38 to $0.40, which compares to the Company’s previous guidance for a fourth quarter loss per basic share in the range of $0.20 to $0.35. For the fiscal 2023 full year, the Company now expects to report a loss per basic share in the range of $0.30 to $0.32. Financial results for the fiscal 2023 fourth quarter and full year are unaudited, preliminary, and subject to final year-end accounting entries.
The Company ended the 2023 fiscal year with no borrowings under its credit facility and with a cash balance of $9.2 million. Total merchandise inventories decreased by 7.8% as of the end of fiscal 2023 versus the end of the prior fiscal year.
The Company expects to issue earnings results for the fiscal 2023 fourth quarter and full year in late February 2024.
About Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation
Big 5 is a leading sporting goods retailer in the western United States, currently operating 425 stores under the “Big 5 Sporting Goods” name. Big 5 provides a full-line product offering in a traditional sporting goods store format that averages 12,000 square feet. Big 5’s product mix includes athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, home recreation, tennis, golf, and winter and summer recreation.
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause Big 5’s actual results in current or future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the economic impacts of COVID-19, including any potential variants, on Big 5’s business operations, including as a result of regulations that may be issued in response to COVID-19, global supply chain disruptions resulting from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, changes in the consumer spending environment, fluctuations in consumer holiday spending patterns, increased competition from e-commerce retailers, breach of data security or other unauthorized disclosure of sensitive personal or confidential information, the competitive environment in the sporting goods industry in general and in Big 5’s specific market areas, inflation, product availability and growth opportunities, changes in the current market for (or regulation of) firearm-related products, a reduction or loss of product from a key supplier, disruption in product flow, seasonal fluctuations, weather conditions, changes in cost of goods, operating expense fluctuations, increases in labor and benefit-related expense, changes in laws or regulations, including those related to tariffs and duties, as well as environmental, social and governance issues, public health issues (including those caused by COVID-19 or any potential variants), impacts from civil unrest or widespread vandalism, lower than expected profitability of Big 5’s e-commerce platform or cannibalization of sales from Big 5’s existing store base which could occur as a result of operating the e-commerce platform, litigation risks, stockholder campaigns and proxy contests, risks related to Big 5’s historically leveraged financial condition, changes in interest rates, credit availability, higher expense associated with sources of credit resulting from uncertainty in financial markets and economic conditions in general. Those and other risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Big 5’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Big 5 conducts its business in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment. Accordingly, new risk factors may arise. It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors, nor to assess the impact of all such risk factors on Big 5’s business or the extent to which any individual risk factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Big 5 undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by it or on its behalf.