Delta Apparel Reports FY13 Third Quarter and YTD Results

Revenue Growth Continues Across Most Business Units

GREENVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DLA) today reported net sales of $120.1 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 30, 2013, compared to $125.5 million in its 2012 third quarter. Net income for the 2013 third quarter was $1.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $1.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the 2012 third quarter.

Delta Apparel achieved revenue growth in its basics business and all of its branded business units except for Soffe. However, cooler weather conditions throughout the country combined with continued weakness in certain retail channels resulted in slower than expected overall sales during the third quarter. This, along with continued softness in the Soffe business, resulted in lower comparable third quarter revenue and net income.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2013, net sales increased to $357.0 million from $354.6 million in the comparable period of 2012. Net income for the 2013 nine month period was $5.2 million, or $0.61 per diluted share. For comparison, the prior year’s nine-month period, which included the second quarter 2012 inventory markdown in the basics segment necessitated by the unprecedented record high cotton costs, resulted in a net loss of $7.3 million, or $0.86 per diluted share.

Branded Segment Review

All of Delta Apparel’s branded segment businesses experienced solid sales growth during the fiscal 2013 third quarter with the exception of Soffe; however, overall branded segment revenue was down 10% to $52.6 million, from $58.5 million in the prior year’s third quarter. The decrease was driven entirely by a 30% sales decline in the Soffe business, due primarily to turmoil in the current retail environment and a strategic shift by some large retailers from branded products to more private label products. Consistent with Delta Apparel’s other branded segment businesses, The Game saw good third quarter results, with 15% sales growth on higher volume and improved gross margins. Sales for Junkfood increased 9% with another strong showing in the professional sports license business. Art Gun continued its rapid growth, achieving a 60% sales increase in the third quarter and a 95% increase for the nine-month period. With the exception of Soffe, each of the Company’s branded businesses also experienced sales growth with improved margins for the entire nine months.

Basics Segment Review

Net sales for Delta Apparel’s basics segment in the 2013 third quarter were up slightly to $67.4 million compared with $67.0 million for last year’s third quarter. Sales for the private label business grew 4% for the quarter and nearly 10% for the nine-month period. The Catalog business achieved unit sales growth of 6% but this was offset by lower average selling prices, leaving sales relatively flat for the quarter. Revenue in the Catalog business is up over 8% for the year on unit sales growth of over 17%. Margins improved across the board in the basics segment due primarily to improved manufacturing performance.

Robert W. Humphreys, Delta Apparel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented that except for Soffe, sales growth continued in all of our business units, in spite of the “late Spring” that we experienced this year. “I believe this attests to the strength and desirability of our products, but we obviously have a good deal of work to do at Soffe to bring the business back to our expectations.”

“We have made some key management changes within Soffe that we believe will return that business to the strong performer it has been in the past. These changes go all the way to the top of that business and should have a profound effect, particularly in the areas of marketing and sales. We are making a rigorous effort to regain lost volume and to realign the Soffe business to meet current market demands, and we are already seeing some limited results from these efforts. In the meantime, we are taking immediate steps to reduce costs in order to return Soffe to profitability at current sales levels.”

“While we are encouraged with the sales growth and profitability advances we are seeing in all of our other business units, we are continuing our efforts to further streamline their operations. As we announced previously, we are expanding manufacturing capabilities within our existing facilities, and anticipate completion by the end of this calendar year. Year-end is also the target date for completion of our college bookstore consolidation under The Game, which will provide us with a lower-cost platform for this sales channel. We are already seeing some of the benefits of these activities in the fourth quarter and expect to realize the greater impact as we move into the 2014 fiscal year,” Mr. Humphreys said.

Fiscal 2013 Guidance

The effect on sales of the “late Spring” and the lower than expected third quarter sales for Soffe will make the Company’s previous guidance difficult to achieve. With the weather moderating, demand appears to be improving; however, it is too soon to tell how much of an effect it will have on the remaining quarter of the fiscal year. Therefore, Delta is adjusting its guidance for fiscal 2013. For the fiscal year ending June 29, 2013, the Company now anticipates net sales to be in the $490 million to $495 million range with net income for the year in the range of $1.05 to $1.10 per diluted share.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call with senior management to discuss these financial results at 4:30 p.m. ET today. The Company invites you to join the call by dialing 888-539-3678. If calling from outside the United States, dial 719-325-2472. Use confirmation number 1971770. A live webcast of the conference call will be available at Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register for the teleconference webcast and download any necessary software. A replay of the call will be available through May 25, 2013. To access the telephone replay, participants should dial toll-free 877-870-5176. International callers can dial 858-384-5517. The access code for the replay is 1971770.

About Delta Apparel, Inc.

Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries, M. J. Soffe, LLC, Junkfood Clothing Company, To The Game, LLC and Art Gun, LLC, is an international design, marketing, manufacturing, and sourcing company that features a diverse portfolio of lifestyle branded activewear apparel and headwear, and produces high quality private label programs. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products across distribution tiers and in most store types, including specialty stores, boutiques, department stores, mid-tier and mass chains. From a niche distribution standpoint, the Company also has strong distribution at college bookstores and the U.S. military. The Company’s products are made available direct-to-consumer on its websites at,, and Additional products can be viewed at and The Company's operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 7,200 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at

Statements and other information in this press release that are not reported financial results or other historical information are forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These are based on our expectations and are necessarily dependent upon assumptions, estimates and data that we believe are reasonable and accurate but may be incorrect, incomplete or imprecise. Forward-looking statements are also subject to a number of business risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include, among others, the general U.S and international economic conditions; the ability to grow, achieve synergies and realize the expected profitability of recent acquisitions; the volatility and uncertainty of raw material, transportation and energy prices and the availability of these products and services; changes in consumer confidence, consumer spending, and demand for apparel products; the ability of our brands and products to meet consumer preferences within the prevailing retail environment; significant interruptions in our distribution network or information systems; the financial difficulties encountered by our customers and higher credit risk exposure; the competitive conditions in the apparel and textile industries; changes in environmental, tax, trade, employment and other laws and regulations; changes in the economic, political and social stability of our offshore locations; significant litigation in either domestic or international jurisdictions, the relative strength of the United States dollar as against other currencies; and other risks described from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, any forward-looking statements do not purport to be predictions of future events or circumstances and may not be realized. Further, any forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and we do not undertake publicly to update or revise the forward-looking statements even if it becomes clear that any projected results will not be realized.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA:                    
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Mar 30, 2013 Mar 31, 2012 Mar 30, 2013 Mar 31, 2012
Net Sales $ 120,092 $ 125,541 $ 356,956 $ 354,550
Cost of Goods Sold   93,677     100,350     275,933   297,963  
Gross Profit 26,415 25,191 81,023 56,587
Selling, General and Administrative 23,706 22,256 71,442 67,001
Other Expense, Net   145     79     335   19  
Operating Income (Loss) 2,564 2,856 9,246 (10,433 )
Interest Expense, Net   1,015     1,017     2,978   2,901  
Income (Loss) Before (Benefit) Provision for Income Taxes 1,549 1,839 6,268 (13,334 )
(Benefit) Provision for Income Taxes   (59 )   (80 )   1,051   (6,076 )
Net Income (Loss) $ 1,608   $ 1,919   $ 5,217 $ (7,258 )
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
Basic 8,165 8,450 8,288 8,455
Diluted 8,439 8,786 8,546 8,455
Net Income (Loss) per Common Share
Basic $ 0.20 $ 0.23 $ 0.63 $ (0.86 )
Diluted $ 0.19 $ 0.22 $ 0.61 $ (0.86 )
Mar 30, 2013 Jun 30, 2012 Mar 31, 2012
Current Assets
Cash $ 489 $ 467 $ 565
Receivables, Net 70,808 73,856 73,704
Income Tax Receivable 7,829 8,796 2,678
Inventories, Net 165,823 161,633 180,007
Prepaids and Other Assets 4,312 3,770 4,545
Deferred Income Taxes   4,847     4,964   8,973  
Total Current Assets 254,108 253,486 270,472
Noncurrent Assets
Property, Plant & Equipment, Net 39,236 39,425 39,811
Goodwill and Other Intangibles, Net 23,154 23,609 23,761
Other Noncurrent Assets   3,600     3,874   3,834  
Total Noncurrent Assets 65,990 66,908 67,406
Total Assets $ 320,098   $ 320,394 $ 337,878  
Current Liabilities
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $ 63,621 $ 62,928 $ 67,468
Current Portion of Long-Term Debt   3,529     3,529   3,529  
Total Current Liabilities 67,150 66,457 70,997
Noncurrent Liabilities
Long-Term Debt 109,380 110,949 129,085
Deferred Income Taxes 3,384 3,803 3,547
Other Noncurrent Liabilities   102     218   219  
Total Noncurrent Liabilities 112,866 114,970 132,851
Shareholders' Equity 140,082 138,967 134,030
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 320,098   $ 320,394 $ 337,878  

Delta Apparel, Inc.
Company Contact:
Deborah Merrill, 864-232-5200 x6620
Chief Financial Officer
Investor Relations Contact:
Sally Wallick, 404-806-1398

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