Liquidation World Inc.
TSX : LQW

Liquidation World Inc.

December 13, 2006 08:00 ET

Liquidation World Returns to Profitability in 2006

Growth plans on track for further improvements in 2007

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 13, 2006) - Liquidation World Inc. (TSX:LQW) today announces the results of operations for the 52 weeks ended October 1, 2006. For the year, revenue increased by 13.1% to $208.2 million from $184.2 million, and set a new annual record. Net earnings for the year increased $8.0 million to $1.5 million ($0.18 per share) from a loss of $6.5 million ($0.77 per share) in 2005.

For the 13-week period ending October 1, 2006, revenue increased 13.0% to $52.9 million from $46.8 million, and set a new Q4 record. A net loss of $1.1 million ($0.13 per share) was recorded during the quarter, compared with net earnings of $0.4 million ($0.05 per share) during Q4 of 2005.

Additional details are provided in the financial statements below.

Jonathan Hill, President & CEO, said:

Fiscal 2006 was an important year for the Company. During the year, we embarked on a strategy to build a platform for growth. In particular, we added three experienced senior retail executives to our strong existing team in key merchandising, operations and real estate roles; we expanded our buying team and reorganized it along product lines for greater inventory accountability and control; and, we went live with our new merchandise management system (MMS).

The effort expended during the year did result in noteworthy improvements to the business and a return to profitability. However, the year was not without setbacks. Our year end procedures brought to light certain process and data issues associated with the transition to our new merchandise management system which negatively impacted gross margins during the fourth quarter. As part of our previously stated strategy, we have been working aggressively to increase excitement for our customers by keeping the merchandise in our stores new and interesting. An important tool in our day-to-day pricing decisions has been the information generated by our new merchandise management system. During the quarter, this information indicated that gross margins were ahead of plan and, on that basis, we acted to accelerate markdowns associated with our strategic inventory objectives.

The accelerated markdown activity caused a margin shortfall that resulted in an unforeseen loss for the quarter. We have since identified substantially all of the causes, and have taken corrective measures to address them.

While the Company's increased markdown activity may have had an effect on same store sales gains for quarter, it was not the sole driver; indeed, the Company enjoyed solid same store sales growth in each quarter of 2006. Furthermore, a comparison to 2005 reveals a substantial increase in the number of same store transactions and a consistent basket size, which implies higher customer shopping frequency and the successful recruitment of new customers which are both desired outcomes of our growth strategy.

The investments we have made to strengthen our buying team have resulted in growth in several underdeveloped categories, more product selection in general, and higher quality product in our stores. That means that our customers are finding fresh inventory when they visit our stores, and have reason to return sooner. Indeed, over the past year, the percentage of inventory aged 18 months or greater has been reduced to less than 1.5%. It is important to note that the accelerated inventory markdowns taken in the fourth quarter were not particularly related to aged and non-performing inventory.

Commenting on Liquidation World's plans for fiscal 2007, Mr. Hill said:

The Company's expense ratio improved over the prior fiscal year. However, our modest earnings for the year demonstrate that our infrastructure investments are not yet fully leveraged. In the coming year, we will add revenue from same store sales growth and the addition of new outlets. As a result, we expect our expense ratio will continue to decline and overall profitability will continue to improve.

In terms of new stores, our plan during fiscal 2007 is to grow from 106 to 125 stores with no significant additional investments in infrastructure. These plans are unfolding in line with expectations. Two months into the year, we have 112 stores open and leases in place on several additional locations.

Notwithstanding the margin shortfalls experienced in Q4, we also believe that improvements we have made to the quality, freshness and selection of product in our stores will continue to deliver gains in same store sales during fiscal 2007.

The Q4 results are a disappointing end to our year, however, they do not undermine the appropriateness of our strategy nor should they detract from the accomplishments we have achieved during the year. Going forward, we will continue to work diligently to effectively manage merchandise, deliver great deals to our customers and grow our business to the benefit of our shareholders.

About Liquidation World

Liquidation World liquidates consumer merchandise through 114 retail outlets located throughout Canada and the northwest US. The Company solves asset recovery problems in a professional manner for the financial services industry, insurance companies, manufacturers, wholesalers and other organizations. Liquidation World opened its first retail outlet in Calgary, Alberta in 1986 and, today, with more than 1,800 employees, is one of the largest liquidators in North America.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes forward-looking statements and potential future circumstances and developments. Forward-looking statements regarding future performance are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. Due to fluctuations in gross margins and other expenses, an increase in revenue does not directly correlate to an increase in net earnings.

Liquidation World has scheduled a conference call to begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. Calgary time (1:00 p.m. EST) on December 13(th), 2006.

Conference call dial in number is 1-877-888-4210 or 416-695-5259

A replay of the conference call will be accessible on Liquidation World's website within twenty-four hours at www.liquidationworld.com by selecting "Investor Info", "News Releases", and "Annual Conference Call".



LIQUIDATION WORLD INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
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October 1, October 2,
2006 2005
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Assets

Current assets
Cash and equivalents $ 184 $ 177
Accounts receivable 309 621
Inventory 55,184 46,552
Prepaid expenses 2,121 2,242
Income taxes recoverable - 2,916
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57,798 52,508

Property and equipment 12,710 9,895
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$ 70,508 $ 62,403
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Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities
Bank indebtedness $ 5,397 $ 2,265
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 8,398 6,387
Income taxes payable 332 -
Current portion of obligations under
capital leases 979 715
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15,106 9,367
Obligations under capital leases 2,898 1,997

Future income tax commitments 754 445

Shareholders' equity
Share capital 15,507 15,764
Contributed surplus (note 6) 800 437
Retained earnings 35,443 34,393
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51,750 50,594

$ 70,508 $ 62,403



LIQUIDATION WORLD INC.
Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Retained Earnings
For the years ended October 1, 2006 and October 2, 2005
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
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13 weeks 13 weeks Year Year
ended ended ended ended
October 1, October 2, October 1, October 2,
2006 2005 2006 2005
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Revenue $ 52,911 $ 46,813 $ 208,205 $ 184,151
Cost of sales 35,026 28,892 129,847 121,871
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17,885 17,921 78,358 62,280

Expenses
Selling, general and
administrative 18,420 16,753 72,191 68,407
Depreciation and
amortization 884 642 3,196 2,078
Stock based
compensation 123 (43) 362 166
Interest 125 55 376 125
Foreign exchange (34) (14) (139) (15)
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19,518 17,393 75,986 70,761
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Earnings (loss)
before income taxes (1,633) 528 2,372 (8,481)

Income taxes
Current (recovery) (523) 35 543 (2,214)
Future 21 75 309 187
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(502) 110 852 (2,027)
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Net earnings (loss) (1,131) 418 1,520 (6,454)

Retained earnings,
beginning of year 36,846 33,975 34,393 41,220
Excess of repurchase
amount over stated
capital of repurchased
shares (272) - (470) (102)
Adjustment to reflect
change in accounting
policy - (271)
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Retained earnings, end
of year $ 35,443 $ 34,393 $ 35,443 $ 34,393
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Earnings (loss) per share
Basic $ (0.13)$ 0.05 $ 0.18 $ (0.77)
Fully diluted $ (0.13)$ 0.05 $ 0.18 $ (0.77)
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Segmented Information

(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
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13 weeks 13 weeks Year Year
ended ended ended ended
October 1, October 2, October 1, October 2,
2006 2005 2006 2005
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Revenue
Canada $ 45,947 $ 41,356 $ 178,522 $ 159,789
United States 6,964 5,457 29,683 24,362
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Total $ 52,911 $ 46,813 $ 208,205 $ 184,151
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As at As at
October 1, October 2,
Property and equipment 2006 2005
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Canada $ 11,902 $ 9,413
United States 808 482
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Total $ 12,710 $ 9,895
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LIQUIDATION WORLD INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the years ended October 1, 2006 and October 2, 2005
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
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13 weeks 13 weeks Year Year
ended ended ended ended
October 1, October 2, October 1, October 2,
2006 2005 2006 2005
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Cash provided by (used in):

Continuing operations
Net earnings (loss) $ (1,131) $ 418 $ 1,520 $ (6,454)
Add (deduct) non-cash
items:
Depreciation and
amortization 884 642 3,196 2,078
Stock based
compensation 123 (43) 362 166
Future income taxes 21 75 309 187
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(103) 1,092 5,387 (4,023)
Changes in non-cash
operating working capital
Accounts receivable 82 (1,116) 312 (190)
Inventory 3,511 3,186 (8,632) 9,153
Prepaid expenses (464) 185 121 39
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 1,286 (924) 2,011 (1,319)
Income taxes
recoverable / payable (506) 109 3,248 (3,779)
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3,806 2,532 2,447 (119)

Discontinued operations
Changes in non-cash
operating working capital (45)
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- - - (45)
Investments
Purchase of capital assets (2,015) (1,583) (4,845) (6,207)
Proceeds on disposal
of equity interest - 725 - 725
Proceeds on disposal
of discontinued operations - 65 - 65
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(2,015) (793) (4,845) (5,417)
Financing
Increase in bank
indebtedness (1,351) (4,487) 3,132 2,265
Proceeds from capital
lease - 2,712 - 2,712
Proceeds on issuance
of common shares - 5 - 61
Repurchase of common shares (430) - (727) (156)
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(1,781) (1,770) 2,405 4,882
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Increase (decrease) in cash 10 (31) 7 (699)

Cash and cash equivalents,
beginning of year 174 208 177 876

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Cash and cash equivalents,
end of year $ 184 $ 177 $ 184 $ 177
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Supplemental disclosure of
cash paid (recovered) for:
Income taxes $ - $ 327 $ (2,695) 1,637
Interest 123 55 376 125
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$ 123 $ 382 $ (2,319) $ 1,762



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