The Buckle, Inc. Reports December 2007 Net Sales
January 10, 2008 at 07:00 AM EST
KEARNEY, Neb., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE) announced today that net sales for the 5-week fiscal month ended January 5, 2008 increased 22.3 percent to $108.5 million from net sales of $88.8 million for the prior year 5-week fiscal month ended December 30, 2006. Comparable store net sales, for stores open at least one year, increased 18.7 percent from comparable store net sales for the 5-week period ended January 6, 2007. Total net sales were up 25.3 percent compared to the same 5-week period ended January 6, 2007.
Net sales year-to-date, for the 48-week fiscal period ended January 5, 2008, increased 18.5 percent to $580.9 million from net sales of $490.0 million for the prior year 48-week fiscal period ended December 30, 2006. Comparable store net sales year-to-date increased 12.8 percent from comparable store net sales for the 48-week period ended January 6, 2007. Total net sales were up 18.3 percent compared to the same 48-week period ended January 6, 2007.
Due to the 53rd week in fiscal 2006, comparable store net sales for the month and year-to-date periods are compared to the 5-week and 48-week periods ended January 6, 2007.
During the five-week period ended January 5, 2008, the Company repurchased 260,600 shares of its common stock at an average price of $33.06 per share. Of the shares repurchased, 28,200 were purchased pursuant to the 1,500,000 share corporate stock repurchase program authorized by the Board of Directors on October 12, 2005, and amended on March 24, 2006, completing this authorization. Additionally, 232,400 shares were purchased pursuant to the 500,000 share corporate stock repurchase program authorized by the Board of Directors on November 27, 2007. The Company has 267,600 shares remaining to complete this authorization.
Offering a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear, Buckle caters to fashion-conscious young men and women. Known as a denim destination, each store carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the Company's exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 369 retail stores in 38 states compared to 351 stores in 38 states as of January 10, 2007. To listen to the Company's recorded monthly sales commentary, please call (308) 238-2500.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995; All forward-looking statements made by the Company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors which may be beyond the Company's control. Accordingly, the Company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
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Contact: Karen B. Rhoads, Chief Financial Officer
The Buckle, Inc. 308/236-8491
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