Bassett Furniture Industries
Oct 9, 2008
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Bassett Announces Third Quarter 2008 Results of Operations

BASSETT, Va., Oct 9, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET) announced today its results of operations for its fiscal quarter and 40 week period ended August 30, 2008.

Sales for the quarter ended August 30, 2008 were $70.2 million as compared to $70.5 million for the quarter ended August 25, 2007. The 2008 and 2007 reported sales were increased by reported revenue of $4.0 million and $1.0 million, respectively, due to a change in the Company's business practices with respect to freight for the delivery of wholesale furniture to its retail stores. In July of 2007, the Company began invoicing these customers on a fully landed basis such that the invoice price includes freight. Excluding the effects of the business change, sales would have been $66.2 million for the quarter ended August 30, 2008 as compared to $69.5 million for the quarter ended August 25, 2007, a 5% decrease due primarily to a further softening in the overall retail environment late in the third quarter (see also discussion in the Wholesale and Retail Segments below).

Gross margins for the third quarter of 2008 and 2007 were 40.0% and 35.0%, respectively. Excluding the effects of the above-mentioned business change, the gross margin for 2008 and 2007 would have been 36.4% and 34.0%, respectively. This increase over 2007 results from improved margins in both the wholesale and retail segments. Selling, general and administrative expenses, which exclude the effects of the above-mentioned business change, increased $2.2 million for the third quarter of 2008 as compared to 2007 primarily due to a $3.2 million increase in the provision for bad debts related to the impact that the prolonged weak retail environment is having on certain of the Company's dealers. The Company reported a net loss of $(2.7) million, or $(0.23) per share for the quarter ended August 30, 2008, as compared to net income of $0.7 million, or $0.06 per share, for the quarter ended August 25, 2007.

Sales for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 were $226.6 million as compared to $219.3 million for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007, an increase of 3%. The 2008 and 2007 reported sales were increased by reported revenue of $12.7 million and $1.0 million, respectively, due to the change in the Company's business practices as described above. In addition, fiscal 2008 included an additional week of sales due to the Company's fiscal calendar. Gross margins for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 and 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007 were 39.8% and 32.3%, respectively. Excluding the effects of the above-mentioned business change, the gross margin for 2008 and 2007 would have been 36.2% and 32.0%, respectively. This significant increase over 2007 results from improved margins in both the wholesale and retail segments. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $4.9 million for the nine months of 2008 as compared to 2007 primarily due to the increase in the provision for bad debts as described above. The Company reported a net loss of $(2.5) million or $(0.22) per share for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008, as compared to a net loss of $(5.9) million, or $(0.50) per share, for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007.

The Bassett Furniture retail store program had 120 stores in operation as of August 30, 2008. For the first nine months of 2008, three new stores were opened (two licensee- and one corporate-owned) and 13 stores were closed (10 licensee and three corporate-owned). Although management will continue to work closely with its licensee stores to ensure the success of both the licensee and Bassett, the Company expects that three to five additional underperforming stores will close during the remainder of 2008.

"Despite our overall disappointing results, we believe that progress was made in key areas of our operations," said Robert H. Spilman, Bassett's president and chief executive officer. "We continue to show improved gross margins in both the wholesale and retail divisions over 2007 and our new product introductions have been well-received. We also have been successful in reducing our overall cost structure through targeted spending reductions. We remain encouraged by the sales results from our new retail store prototype despite the ongoing difficult home furnishings environment. Sales per square foot in the new format continue to meet our expectations and to noticeably outperform our existing fleet average.

"Given the difficult and somewhat unprecedented environment, we have had no choice but to take several important actions aimed at improving our results in the short-term. These include:



   *  Aggressively working with certain licensees to close those
      stores that are underperforming thereby limiting further
      exposure in our accounts receivable.
   *  Reducing our inventory levels to improve working capital
      and cash flow.
   *  Right-sizing our expense structure in both our wholesale
      and corporate retail divisions.

"Although we have these short-term actions in place, we will continue to think and act in the best long-term interests of our shareholders. We will continue to thoughtfully invest in store prototype conversions and remodels and work diligently with our licensed network to improve their operating results. With the improvements in our retail program and our strong balance sheet, we are well positioned to not only survive these turbulent times, but also to gain market share as some of our competitors exit the industry."

The results for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 included four unusual pretax items consisting of $1.4 million of legal and other expenses for the proxy contest with Costa Brava Partnership III L.P., a $1.3 million gain associated with the sale of the Company's airplane, a $0.6 million loss on the exit of a corporate retail store lease recorded in the third quarter and a $0.6 million impairment charge associated with the writeoff of leasehold improvements for a closed store, of which $0.2 million was recorded in the third quarter. The loss for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007 included unusual pretax charges of $3.6 million for the writedown of the plant and equipment for the closing of the Bassett plant, $1.9 million associated with lease exit costs for certain closed stores, $1.0 million associated with the writeoff of tenant improvements from the downsizing of the Company's showroom space and $0.9 million associated with severance from the closure of the Bassett plant. Please refer to the attached schedule which summarizes these unusual items.

Excluding these unusual items, the net loss for the quarter and 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 would have been $(2.1) million and $(1.7) million, respectively, and the net loss for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007 would have been $(1.4) million. Please refer to the attached schedule which reconciles net income (loss) as reported to net income (loss) as adjusted.

Wholesale Segment

Net sales for the wholesale segment were $59.5 million for the third quarter of 2008 as compared to $58.5 million for the third quarter of 2007, an increase of 2%. The 2008 and 2007 reported sales were increased by reported revenue of $4.0 million and $1.0 million, respectively, due to a change in the Company's business practices as described above. Excluding the effects of the business change, sales would have been $55.5 million for the quarter ended August 30, 2008 as compared to $57.5 million for the quarter ended August 25, 2007, a 3% decrease. Approximately 53% of wholesale shipments during the third quarter of 2008 were imported products compared to 51% for the third quarter of 2007. Gross margins for the wholesale segment were 29.7% for the third quarter of 2008 as compared to 24.4% for the third quarter of 2007. Excluding the effects of the invoicing change described above, gross margins for the third quarter of 2008 and 2007 would have been 24.7% and 23.1%, respectively, a 1.6 percentage point increase. This increase is primarily due to an improved product mix associated with increased imported products which carry a higher margin and the absence of certain wind down costs incurred in 2007 related to the closing of the Bassett plant. The Company recorded $4.1 million of bad debt expense, which was $3.2 million more than in 2007. Certain of the Company's licensee-owned stores continue to be impacted by the deteriorating retail environment and strained credit markets coupled with lower consumer confidence. The increased bad debt expense was partially offset by reduced spending in other SG&A areas.

Net sales for the wholesale segment were $190.8 million for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 as compared to $184.2 million for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007, an increase of 4%. The 2008 and 2007 reported sales were increased by reported revenue of $12.7 million and $1.0 million, respectively, due to a change in the Company's business practices as described above. Gross margins for the wholesale segment were 29.7% for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 as compared to 22.9% for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007. Excluding the effects of the business change described above, gross margins for the nine months of 2008 and 2007 would have been 24.8% and 22.5%, respectively, a 2.3 percentage point increase. This increase is primarily due to the improved product mix as described above. The Company recorded $6.1 million of bad debt expense for fiscal 2008, which was $3.9 million more than in 2007.

Retail Segment

The third quarter featured an unusual amount of activity in Bassett's 29 corporate stores, as one store was permanently closed, two stores were temporarily closed for conversion to the new store prototype, and three stores were remodeled. Nevertheless, retail sales increased to $24.0 million in the third quarter of 2008 as compared to $22.2 million in the third quarter of 2007. These sales increases have primarily resulted from the additional Company-owned stores acquired during 2007 and an increase in comparable store sales. The comparable store sales increases were primarily driven by progress in the Dallas market, the benefits of store consolidation in upstate New York, and increased sales in its Pineville, N.C., store due to its conversion to the new store prototype. Gross margins for the quarter decreased 2.3 percentage points due primarily to lower margins in the Houston and Atlanta markets, resulting from the temporary closure of two stores for conversion to the new store prototype concept as these stores ran inventory liquidation events. Even with the lower gross margins and an overall difficult retail environment, the retail segment slightly reduced its operating loss over the prior year period. For its 24 comparable corporate stores, the Company reduced its operating losses by approximately 20% in the third quarter of 2008 as compared to the third quarter of 2007. The Company believes that the combination of new product introductions, store prototype retrofits, better hiring and training of design consultants and continued improved marketing efforts will lead to further improvement in retail operating results.

Net sales for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 were $74.5 million as compared to $65.3 million for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007. These sales increases have primarily resulted from the additional Company-owned stores acquired during 2007 and increases in comparable store sales. Gross margins for the 2008 period increased 1.5 percentage points due to improved pricing and promotional strategies. The Company's retail segment reduced its total operating losses by $0.8 million, a 10% decrease. For its 22 comparable corporate stores, the Company reduced its operating losses by approximately 35% in the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 as compared to the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007.

Other, net

Other, net for the quarter and 40 week period ended August 30, 2008 was $(0.7) million and $(0.5) million as compared to $0.8 million and $4.5 million for the quarter and 39 week period ended August 25, 2007, respectively. These decreases were primarily related to the performance of the Company's Alternative Asset Fund, as the Company recognized market losses of $(0.6) million and $(1.0) million for the quarter and nine months ended August 30, 2008 as compared to market gains of $0.1 million and $2.9 million for the quarter and nine months ended August 25, 2007. As of August 30, 2008, the fair value of the Company's investment in the Alternative Asset Fund was $29.0 million, which is included in investments in the consolidated balance sheet.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

The Company used $12.7 million of cash in operating activities during the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 primarily due to the continued difficult environment at retail as well as payments to fund the inventory build at the end of 2007 for the January 2008 new product rollout. Representing one of the most extensive redesigns and rollouts in the Company's recent history, the new product has been well-received at retail and has helped fuel sales. Due to the lead time to source the majority of the new product, inventory and accounts payable balances were unusually high at the end of fiscal 2007. Management expects inventory levels to slightly increase over the remainder of the year as the Company prepares for additional product introductions in January 2009. These introductions will not be as extensive as the 2008 rollout. The Company's accounts payable balance was reduced by $7.8 million during the 40 week period and has returned to a more normalized level. The Company also funded $16.1 million in dividends, including an $8.7 million special dividend in August as discussed below, and repurchased $3.6 million of common stock under the previously announced $20 million share repurchase plan. These cash requirements were primarily funded through $27.6 million of net investment sales and $2.0 million in additional borrowings on the revolving credit facility.

Net accounts receivable increased $2.4 million during the 40 week period ended August 30, 2008, due primarily to the slower pace of collections from certain store licensees related primarily to the overall retail environment. The Company continually assesses its levels of bad debt reserves and recorded $6.1 million in provision for losses on accounts receivable in 2008 with $4.1 million of that recorded in the third quarter. A continuing difficult and weak retail environment could result in further bad debt expenses, reduced revenue and other store real estate charges.

Special Dividend and Status of Investment Redemptions

During the quarter ended August 30, 2008, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had approved the first installment of $0.75 per share to be paid as part of the $1.25 special dividend announced in April. Accordingly, $8.7 million was paid out in August. To fund this special dividend, the Company received $12.6 million during the quarter from the full liquidation of a position in the Alternative Asset Fund and $3.6 million from the partial liquidation of a position, with excess funds primarily being used for additional repurchases of common stock under the Company's share repurchase plan and to reduce outstanding debt.

About Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With approximately 120 Bassett stores, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a growing network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. The most significant growth vehicle for Bassett continues to be the Company's dedicated retail store program. Bassett's retail strategy includes affordable custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, more than 750 upholstery fabrics, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. For more information, visit the Company's website at bassettfurniture.com. (BSET-E)

Certain of the statements in this release, particularly those preceded by, followed by or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "should," "estimates," or similar expressions, or those relating to or anticipating financial results for periods beyond the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2008, constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. For those statements, Bassett claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In many cases, Bassett cannot predict what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements. Expectations included in the forward-looking statements are based on preliminary information as well as certain assumptions which management believes to be reasonable at this time. The following important factors affect Bassett and could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements: delays or difficulties in converting some of Bassett's non-operating assets to cash; economic, competitive, governmental and other factors identified in Bassett's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; and the effects of national and global economic or other conditions and future events on the retail demand for home furnishings and the ability of Bassett's customers and consumers to obtain credit. Any forward-looking statement that Bassett makes speaks only as of the date of such statement, and Bassett undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indication of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.



         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
      Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations - Unaudited
               (In thousands, except for per share data)

                                  13 Weeks Ended       13 Weeks Ended
                                  August 30, 2008      August 25, 2007
                                  ----------------    ----------------
                                           Percent             Percent
                                           of Net              of Net
                                   Amount   Sales      Amount   Sales
                                  ----------------    ----------------


 Net sales                        $ 70,159   100.0%   $ 70,497   100.0%

 Cost of sales                      42,105    60.0%     45,847    65.0%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Gross profit                       28,054    40.0%     24,650    35.0%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Selling, general and
  administrative                    28,277    40.3%     26,103    37.0%
 Wholesale delivery
  expenses                           3,970     5.7%      1,020     1.4%
 Proxy defense costs                    --     0.0%         --     0.0%
 Restructuring, asset
  impairment charges and
  unusual gains, net                   240     0.3%         --     0.0%
 Lease exit costs                      640     0.9%         --     0.0%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Loss from operations               (5,073)   -7.2%     (2,473)   -3.5%

 Other income (loss), net             (745)   -1.1%        785     1.1%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Loss before income taxes           (5,818)   -8.3%     (1,688)   -2.4%
 Income tax benefit                  3,166     4.5%      2,364     3.4%
                                  ----------------    ----------------
 Net income  (loss)               $ (2,652)   -3.8%   $    676     1.0%
                                  ================    ================

 Basic earnings (loss)
  per share:                      $  (0.23)           $   0.06
                                  ========            ========

 Diluted earnings (loss)
  per share:                      $  (0.23)           $   0.06
                                  ========            ========




                                   40 Weeks Ended      39 Weeks Ended
                                   August 30, 2008     August 25, 2007
                                  ----------------    ----------------
                                           Percent             Percent
                                            of Net              of Net
                                   Amount   Sales      Amount   Sales
                                  ----------------    ----------------


 Net sales                        $226,620   100.0%   $219,349   100.0%

 Cost of sales                     136,421    60.2%    148,442    67.7%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Gross profit                       90,199    39.8%     70,907    32.3%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Selling, general and
  administrative                    82,846    36.6%     77,985    35.6%
 Wholesale delivery
  expenses                          12,663     5.6%      1,020     0.5%
 Proxy defense costs                 1,418     0.6%         --     0.0%
 Restructuring, asset
  impairment charges and
  unusual gains, net                  (718)   -0.3%      5,544     2.5%
 Lease exit costs                      640     0.3%      1,934     0.9%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Loss from operations               (6,650)   -2.9%    (15,576)   -7.1%

 Other income (loss), net             (460)   -0.2%      4,477     2.0%
                                  ----------------    ----------------

 Loss before income taxes           (7,110)   -3.1%    (11,099)   -5.1%
 Income tax benefit                  4,582     2.0%      5,168     2.4%
                                  ----------------    ----------------
 Net income  (loss)               $ (2,528)   -1.1%   $ (5,931)   -2.7%
                                  ================    ================

 Basic earnings (loss)
  per share:                      $  (0.22)           $  (0.50)
                                  ========            ========

 Diluted earnings (loss)
  per share:                      $  (0.22)           $  (0.50)
                                  ========            ========



         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                           (In thousands)


                                                  unaudited
                                                   Aug. 30,   Nov. 24,
                                                     2008       2007
 Assets                                           ---------  ---------

 Current assets
  Cash and cash equivalents                       $   5,572  $   3,538
  Accounts receivable, net                           41,036     38,612
  Inventories                                        42,114     50,550
  Deferred income taxes                               7,831      6,001
  Other current assets                               11,998     12,421
                                                  ---------  ---------
  Total current assets                              108,551    111,122
                                                  ---------  ---------

 Property and equipment, net                         56,911     53,225
                                                  ---------  ---------

 Investments                                         45,430     76,924
 Retail real estate                                  30,008     31,207
 Notes receivable, net                               14,853     14,128
 Deferred income taxes                               14,868      9,902
 Other                                               12,057     14,195
                                                  ---------  ---------
                                                    117,216    146,356
                                                  ---------  ---------
 Total assets                                     $ 282,678  $ 310,703
                                                  =========  =========

 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 Current liabilities
  Accounts payable                                $  18,325  $  26,104
  Customer deposits                                   7,455      8,894
  Other accrued liabilities                          20,007     21,596
                                                  ---------  ---------
  Total current liabilities                          45,787     56,594
                                                  ---------  ---------

 Long-term liabilities
  Post employment benefit obligations                14,188     14,493
  Long-term revolving debt                           12,000     10,000
  Real estate notes payable                          21,553     18,850
  Distributions in excess of affiliate earnings      14,439     12,244
  Other long-term liabilities                         5,012      3,670
                                                  ---------  ---------
                                                     67,192     59,257
                                                  ---------  ---------

 Commitments and Contingencies

 Stockholders' equity

  Common stock                                       57,606     59,033
  Retained earnings                                 112,136    131,725
  Additional paid-in-capital                            326      2,180
  Accumulated other comprehensive income               (369)     1,914
                                                  ---------  ---------
  Total stockholders' equity                        169,699    194,852
                                                  ---------  ---------
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity       $ 282,678  $ 310,703
                                                  =========  =========


         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
          Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Unaudited
                           (In thousands)

                                                    40 Weeks  39 Weeks
                                                     Ended     Ended
                                                    Aug. 30,  Aug. 25,
                                                      2008      2007
                                                    --------  --------
 Operating activities:
 Net loss                                           $ (2,528) $ (5,931)
 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net
  cash used in operating activities:
   Depreciation and amortization                       5,732     6,864
   Equity in undistributed income of investments
   and unconsolidated affiliated companies            (2,450)   (6,358)
   Provision for restructuring, asset impairment
    charges and unusual gains, net                      (718)    5,544
   Impairment of licensed retail real estate             499        --
   Provision for corporate retail lease exit costs       640     1,934
   Income from investments                              (980)   (2,393)
   Provision for losses on accounts and notes
    receivable                                         6,059     2,205
   Deferred income taxes                              (3,478)   (3,693)
   Other, net                                            137       115
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities
     Accounts receivable                              (9,789)   (9,660)
     Inventories                                       8,436     5,465
     Other current assets                             (1,411)   (3,283)
     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        (12,816)    2,487
                                                    --------  --------
  Net cash used in operating activities              (12,667)   (6,704)
                                                    --------  --------
 Investing activities:
 Purchases of property and equipment                  (3,006)   (2,842)
 Purchases of retail real estate                        (630)      (40)
 Proceeds from sales of property and equipment         2,205     3,111
 Acquisition of Charleston stores, net                  (216)       --
 Proceeds from sales of investments                   31,829    13,134
 Purchases of investments                             (4,212)   (8,590)
 Dividends from an affiliate                           6,091     6,091
 Net cash received on licensee notes                     790       920
 Other, net                                               26      (322)
                                                    --------  --------
  Net cash provided by investing activities           32,877    11,462
                                                    --------  --------
 Financing activities:
 Borrowings under revolving credit facility            2,000     2,000
 Repayments of long-term debt                             --      (770)
 Repayments of real estate notes payable                (590)     (500)
 Issuance of common stock                                123       385
 Repurchases of common stock                          (3,622)     (476)
 Cash dividends                                      (16,087)   (7,088)
                                                    --------  --------
  Net cash used in financing activities              (18,176)   (6,449)
                                                    --------  --------

 Change in cash and cash equivalents                   2,034    (1,691)

 Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year         3,538     6,051
                                                    --------  --------
 Cash and cash equivalents - end of quarter         $  5,572  $  4,360
                                                    ========  ========


           BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                     Segment Information - Unaudited
                             (In thousands)

                            13 Weeks   13 Weeks   40 Weeks   39 Weeks
                              Ended      Ended      Ended      Ended
                             8/30/08    8/25/07    8/30/08    8/30/07
                           --------------------- ----------------------
 Net Sales

 Wholesale                  $ 59,466   $ 58,482   $ 190,766  $ 184,216
 Retail                       24,004     22,222      74,529     65,314
 Inter-company elimination   (13,311)   (10,207)    (38,675)   (30,181)
                           --------------------- ----------------------
 Consolidated               $ 70,159   $ 70,497   $ 226,620  $ 219,349
                           ===================== ======================

 Operating Income (loss)

 Wholesale                  $   (995)  $    555   $   2,559  $     157
 Retail                       (2,807)    (2,898)     (7,222)    (8,023)
 Inter-company elimination      (391)      (130)       (647)      (232)
 Proxy defense costs              --         --      (1,418)        --
 Restructuring, asset
  impairment charges and
  unusual gains, net            (240)        --         718     (5,544)
 Lease exit costs               (640)        --        (640)    (1,934)
                           --------------------- ----------------------
 Consolidated               $ (5,073)  $ (2,473)  $  (6,650) $ (15,576)
                           ===================== ======================


          BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              Summary of Unusual Pretax Charges and Gains
                            (in thousands)


                         13 Weeks    13 Weeks    40 Weeks     39 Weeks
                           Ended       Ended       Ended        Ended
                          8/30/08     8/25/07     8/30/08      8/25/07
                         ---------------------- ----------------------

 Proxy defense costs     $     --    $     --    $  1,418     $     --
 Restructuring, asset
  impairment charges
  and unusual gains
   Gain on sale of
    airplane                   --          --      (1,342)          --
   Writeoff of
    leasehold
    improvements              240          --         624          975
   Asset impairment
    associated with
    Basset plant closure       --          --          --        3,609
   Severance                   --          --          --          960
 Lease exit costs             640          --         640        1,934
                         ---------------------- ----------------------
 Net charges             $    880    $     --    $  1,340     $  7,478
                         ====================== ======================




         BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
        Reconciliation of Net Income as Reported to Net Income
                        as Adjusted (Unaudited)
               (In thousands, except for per share data)

                           13 Weeks                13 Weeks
                            Ended        Per        Ended        Per
                           8/30/08      Share      8/25/07      Share
                           -------------------------------------------
 Net income (loss)
  as reported              $(2,652)    $ (0.23)    $   676     $  0.06
 Proxy defense costs            --          --          --          --
 Restructuring, asset
  impairment charges
  and unusual gains, net       146        0.01          --          --
 Lease exit costs              390        0.03          --          --
                           -------------------------------------------
 Net income (loss) as
  adjusted                 $(2,116)    $ (0.19)    $   676     $  0.06
                           ===========================================

                           40 Weeks                39 Weeks
                            Ended        Per        Ended        Per
                           8/30/08      Share      8/25/07      Share
                           -------------------------------------------
 Net income (loss)
  as reported              $(2,528)    $ (0.22)    $(5,931)    $ (0.50)
 Proxy defense costs           865        0.07          --          --
 Restructuring, asset
  impairment charges
  and unusual gains, net      (438)      (0.04)      3,382        0.29
 Lease exit costs              390        0.03       1,180        0.10
                           -------------------------------------------
 Net income (loss) as
  adjusted                 $(1,711)    $ (0.16)    $(1,369)    $ (0.11)
                           ===========================================

 Adjustments to net income(loss) are net of income taxes at a 39%
  effective tax rate

 The Company has included the "as adjusted" information because it
      uses, and believes that others may use, such information in
      comparing the  Company's  operating results from period to
      period. However, the items excluded in determining the "as
      adjusted" information are significant components in
      understanding  and assessing the Company's overall financial
      performance for the periods covered.

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