SOURCE: Big Dog Holdings, Inc.

November 06, 2007 04:00 ET

Big Dog Holdings, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Big Dog Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDOG) (www.thewalkingcompany.com) (www.bigdogs.com), a developer and retailer of branded, lifestyle consumer products, today reported the financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2007, consolidated net sales were $56,554,000 as compared with $54,127,000 in the third quarter 2006. Our consolidated net sales increased 4.5%, primarily due to the addition of 26 (net) new The Walking Company ("TWC") stores, offset by the closure of 17 (net) Big Dog stores. The Company had a total of 303 stores opened (165 TWC stores and 138 Big Dog stores) at the end of September 30, 2007, as compared to 294 stores (139 TWC stores and 155 Big Dog stores) as of September 30, 2006. Comparative retail store sales increased 1.2% for the third quarter 2007 (9.6% increase for TWC, offset by a 10.7% decline for Big Dog). Consolidated gross profit increased to $30,195,000 in the third quarter 2007 as compared with $28,982,000 in the third quarter 2006. The overall increase in consolidated gross profit is the result of increased sales for TWC and some improvement in gross margins at TWC and Big Dog. TWC gross margin was 51.6% compared to 51.3% last year. Big Dog's gross margin increased to 56.8% from 56.4% last year.

Consolidated operating expenses in the third quarter 2007 were $29,251,000, or 51.7% of consolidated net sales, compared to $27,656,000 or 51.1% in 2006. Consolidated operating income for the third quarter 2007 was $944,000, compared to $1,326,000 for the third quarter 2006. The increase in operating expenses as a percentage of sales and the decrease in operating income, are largely attributable to the reduction in Big Dog's revenue and contribution. As a result, the consolidated fully diluted net loss/income per share decreased to ($.01) per share as compared with $.05 net income per share last year.

Andrew Feshbach, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "In regard to business at TWC for the third quarter, we achieved strong comparative stores sales increases and opened six (net) new TWC stores. Our increase in comparative store sales reflects continue expansion of market share in our existing malls, a strong fall merchandise mix, and the opening of our kiosk program in many of our store locations. Our new store openings as a whole are performing well in relation to our internal sales projections and we are on schedule to open an additional 20 stores in the fourth quarter. Looking forward to the fourth quarter and important holiday selling season we are presently trending at a similar pace to the third quarter. We are optimistic about our holiday prospects not withstanding the general conservative outlook for most retailers this fourth quarter.

"Our Big Dog business continues to under-perform and we expect this to continue in the foreseeable future. Management is focused on reducing long-term commitments and inventories. Further, we plan to be more aggressive promotionally during the holiday selling season."

Today's Conference Call

Today the company will host a conference call at 1:30 pm PST to discuss financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2007. Dial in information is as follows: U.S. Toll Free: 1-800-434-1335. Conference code (to be given to the operator): 665839#. In the event you are unable to attend a recordable copy will be available two (2) hours after the call has ended. Dial in information to listen to the recorded call is as follows: 1-800-750-4065, Participant code: 55866518#.

Big Dog Holdings, Inc. consists of Big Dogs and The Walking Company. Big Dogs develops, markets and retails a branded, lifestyle collection of unique, high-quality, popular-priced consumer products, including activewear, casual sportswear, accessories and gifts. The BIG DOGS® brand image is one of quality, value and fun. The Walking Company is a leading independent specialty retailer of high quality, technically designed comfort shoes and accessories that features premium brands such as ECCO, Mephisto, Dansko, Ugg, Pikolinos and Merrell among many others. These products have particular appeal to one of the largest and most rapidly growing demographics in the nation. The Walking Company currently operates 165 stores in premium malls across the nation. The BIG DOGS® brand is designed to appeal to people of all ages and demographics, particularly baby boomers and their kids, big and tall customers, and pet owners. In addition to its 138 retail stores, Big Dogs markets its products through its catalog, internet and corporate sales accounts.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 -- With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The actual future sales and other results of the Company could differ significantly from those statements. Further information on the Company's risk factors is contained in the Company's quarterly and annual reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


                  BIG DOG HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                (Unaudited)


                                                     September 30,
                                             ------------------------------
                                                  2007             2006
                                             -------------    -------------
                         ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
   Cash and cash equivalents                 $     911,000    $     949,000
   Receivables, net                              4,039,000        1,623,000
   Inventories, net                             82,620,000       71,329,000
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,528,000        1,382,000
   Deferred income taxes                         7,248,000        2,914,000
                                             -------------    -------------
        Total current assets                    97,346,000       78,197,000
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, Net                     32,483,000       20,203,000
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, Net                           3,797,000        4,212,000
GOODWILL                                         3,131,000        3,131,000
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                            2,104,000        2,072,000
OTHER ASSETS                                       362,000          395,000
                                             -------------    -------------
    TOTAL                                    $ 139,223,000    $ 108,210,000
                                             =============    =============

          LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
   Short-term borrowings                     $  36,124,000    $  31,951,000
   Current portion of long-term debt             3,348,000        1,797,000
   Accounts payable                             20,580,000       17,749,000
   Income taxes payable                                  -           41,000
   Accrued expenses and other current
    liabilities                                  5,809,000        5,063,000
                                             -------------    -------------
        Total current liabilities               65,861,000       56,601,000
LONG-TERM CONVERTIBLE DEBT                      17,269,000                -
NOTES PAYABLE                                    2,265,000        2,996,000
CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS                        1,968,000            2,000
DEFERRED RENT AND LEASE INCENTIVES               6,601,000        2,783,000
DEFERRED GAIN ON SALE-LEASEBACK                    103,000          156,000
                                             -------------    -------------
    Total liabilities                           94,067,000       62,538,000
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                            45,156,000       45,672,000
                                             -------------    -------------
    TOTAL                                    $ 139,223,000    $ 108,210,000
                                             =============    =============



                  BIG DOG HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                (Unaudited)


                      Three Months Ended            Nine Months Ended
                         September 30,                 September 30,
                ----------------------------  ----------------------------
                     2007            2006          2007           2006
                -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------

NET SALES       $  56,554,000  $  54,127,000  $ 156,632,000  $ 145,975,000
COST OF GOODS
 SOLD              26,359,000     25,145,000     72,640,000     67,514,000
                -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------
GROSS PROFIT       30,195,000     28,982,000     83,992,000     78,461,000
                -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------
OPERATING
 EXPENSES:
  Selling,
   marketing
   and distr-
    ibution        25,388,000     23,945,000     76,304,000     69,694,000
  General
   and admin-
   istrative        2,020,000      2,042,000      6,495,000      6,164,000
  Depreciation
   and
   amortization     1,843,000      1,669,000      5,331,000      4,526,000
                -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------
    Total
     operating
     expenses      29,251,000     27,656,000     88,130,000     80,384,000
                -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------
INCOME (LOSS)
 FROM OPERATIONS      944,000      1,326,000     (4,138,000)    (1,923,000)
INTEREST INCOME         2,000          1,000          8,000          6,000
INTEREST EXPENSE   (1,173,000)      (572,000)    (3,010,000)    (1,358,000)
                -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------
INCOME (LOSS)
 BEFORE
 PROVISION
 FOR (BENEFIT
 FROM) INCOME
 TAXES               (227,000)       755,000     (7,140,000)    (3,275,000)
PROVISION FOR
 (BENEFIT FROM)
 INCOME TAXES         (87,000)       284,000     (2,678,000)    (1,227,000)
                -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------
NET INCOME
 (LOSS)         $    (140,000) $     471,000  $  (4,462,000) $  (2,048,000)
                =============  =============  =============  =============
NET INCOME
 (LOSS) PER
 SHARE
   BASIC        $       (0.01) $        0.05  $       (0.47) $       (0.22)
                =============  =============  =============  =============
   DILUTED      $       (0.01) $        0.05  $       (0.47) $       (0.22)
                =============  =============  =============  =============

WEIGHTED
 AVERAGE SHARES
 OUTSTANDING:

   BASIC            9,457,000      9,210,553      9,403,000      9,159,415
                =============  =============  =============  =============
   DILUTED          9,457,000      9,476,000      9,403,000      9,159,415
                =============  =============  =============  =============

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