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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.   20549

FORM 10-K


(Mark One)

[  X  ]  ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended:                                           January 29, 2011

or

[      ]  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from:  __________________________ to __________________________


Commission file number:                                                      000-20969


HIBBETT SPORTS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

DELAWARE
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
20-8159608
(I.R.S.  Employer
Identification No.)

451 Industrial Lane, Birmingham, Alabama  35211
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

205-942-4292
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value Per Share
 
NASDAQ Global Select Market
Title of Class
 
Name of each exchange on which registered

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act:
NONE

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.

 
Yes
   
No
X
 
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.

Yes
   
No
X


 
 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes
X
 
No
 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232-405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes
X
 
No
 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.      ____

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer
X
 
Accelerated filer
 
         
Non-accelerated filer
   
Smaller reporting company
 


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).

Yes
   
No
X

The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the Registrant (assuming for purposes of this calculation that all executive officers and directors are “affiliates”) was $754,585,663 on July 31, 2010, based on the closing sale price of $26.47 at July 30, 2010 for the common stock on such date on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

The number of shares outstanding of the Registrant’s common stock, as of March 18, 2011 was 27,344,943.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the Registrant’s Annual Report to Stockholders for the year ended January 29, 2011 are incorporated by reference into Part II and portions of the Registrant’s Proxy Statement for the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 26, 2011 are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.   Registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or before April 25, 2011.



 
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HIBBETT SPORTS, INC.

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A warning about Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements address future events, developments and results.  They include statements preceded by, followed by or including words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “target” or “estimate.”  For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding:

 
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our anticipated sales, including comparable store net sales changes, net sales growth and earnings;
 
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our growth, including our plans to add, expand or relocate stores and square footage growth, our markets’ ability to support such growth and the suitability of our distribution facility;
 
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the cost of regulatory compliance, including those directed at climate change and its effects and the costs and possible outcomes of pending legal actions and other contingencies;
 
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our cash needs, including our ability to fund our future capital expenditures and working capital requirements;
 
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our ability and plans to renew or increase our revolving credit facilities;
 
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our seasonal sales patterns and assumptions concerning customer buying behavior;
 
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our expectations regarding competition;
 
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our ability to renew or replace store leases satisfactorily;
 
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our estimates and assumptions as they relate to preferable tax and financial accounting methods, accruals, inventory valuations, dividends, carrying amount and liquidity of financial instruments and fair value of options and other stock-based compensation as well as our estimates of economic and useful lives of depreciable assets and leases;
 
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our expectations concerning future stock-based award types;
 
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our expectations concerning employee stock option exercise behavior;
 
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the possible effect of inflation, market decline and other economic changes on our costs and profitability, including the impact of changes in fuel costs and a downturn in the retail industry or changes in levels of store traffic;
 
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the possible effects of continued volatility and further deterioration of the capital markets, the commercial and consumer credit environment and the continuation of lowered levels of consumer spending resulting from the global economic downturn, lowered levels of consumer confidence and higher levels of unemployment;
 
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our analyses of trends as related to earnings performance;
 
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our target market presence and its expected impact on our sales growth;
 
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our expectations concerning vendor level purchases and related discounts;
 
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our estimates and assumptions related to income tax liabilities and uncertain tax positions;
 
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the future reliability of, and cost associated with, our sources of supply, particularly imported goods;
 
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the possible effect of recent accounting pronouncements;
 
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the loss of key vendor support; and
 
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our ability to mitigate the risk of possible business interruptions.
 
You should assume that the information appearing in this report is accurate only as of the date it was issued.  Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since that date.

For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors” described beginning on page 9, as well as “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” beginning on page 20.

Our forward-looking statements could be wrong in light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  The future events, developments or results described in this report could turn out to be materially different.  We have no obligation to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements after the date of this annual report and you should not expect us to do so.

Investors should also be aware that while we do, from time to time, communicate with securities analysts and others, we do not, by policy, selectively disclose to them any material non-public information with any statement or report issued by any analyst regardless of the content of the statement or report.  We do not, by policy, confirm forecasts or projections issued by others.  Thus, to the extent that reports issued by securities analysts contain any projections, forecasts or opinions, such reports are not our responsibility.

Introductory Note

Unless specifically indicated otherwise, any reference to “2012” or “Fiscal 2012” relates to our year ending January 28, 2012.  Any reference to “2011” or “Fiscal 2011” relates to our year ended January 29, 2011.  Any reference to “2010” or “Fiscal 2010” relates to our year ended January 30, 2010.  Any reference to “2009” or “Fiscal 2009” relates to our year ended January 31, 2009.  References to “we”, “our”, “us” and the “Company” used throughout this document refer to Hibbett Sports, Inc. and its subsidiaries as well as its predecessors.


 
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PART 1

Item 1.              Business.

Our Company

Our Company was originally organized in 1945 under the name Dixie Supply Company in Florence, Alabama, specializing primarily in the marine and small aircraft business.  In 1951, the Company started targeting school athletic programs in North Alabama and by the end of the 1950’s had developed a profitable team sales business.  In 1960, we sold the marine portion of our business and have been solely in the sporting goods business since that time.  In 1965, we opened Dyess & Hibbett Sporting Goods in Huntsville, Alabama, and hired Mickey Newsome, our current Executive Chairman of the Board.  The next year, we opened another sporting goods store in Birmingham and by the end of 1980, we had 12 stores in central and northwest Alabama with a distribution center located in Birmingham and our central accounting office in Florence.  We went public in October 1996 when we had 79 stores and were incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware as Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc.  We incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware as Hibbett Sports, Inc. in January 2007 and on February 10, 2007, Hibbett Sports, Inc. became the successor holding company for Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., which is now our operating subsidiary.

Today, we operate sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets predominantly in the Southeast, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest.   As of January 29, 2011, we operated 779 Hibbett Sports stores as well as 16 smaller-format Sports Additions athletic shoe stores and 3 larger-format Sports & Co. superstores in 26 states.  Our primary retail format and growth vehicle is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000 square foot store located primarily in strip centers which are usually influenced by a Wal-Mart store.  Approximately 76% of our Hibbett Sports store base is located in strip centers, which includes free-standing stores, while approximately 24% of our Hibbett Sports store base is located in enclosed malls.  We expect to continue our store base growth in strip centers versus enclosed malls.

Our stores offer a broad assortment of quality athletic equipment, footwear and apparel with a high level of customer service.  Our merchandise assortment emphasizes team sports complemented by localized apparel and accessories designed to appeal to a wide range of customers within each individual market.

Available Information

The Company maintains an Internet website at the following address: www.hibbett.com.

We make available free of charge on or through our website under the heading “Investor Information,” certain reports that we file with or furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act).  These include our annual reports on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our current reports on Form 8-K.  We make this information available on our website as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file the information with or furnish it to the SEC.  In addition to accessing copies of our reports online, you may request a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, at no charge, by writing to: Investor Relations, Hibbett Sports, Inc., 451 Industrial Lane, Birmingham, Alabama 35211.

Reports filed with or furnished to the SEC are also available free of charge upon request by contacting our corporate office at (205) 942-4292.

The public may also read or copy any materials filed by us with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549.  Information may be obtained on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-732-0330.  The SEC also maintains a website that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically at www.sec.gov.

Our Business Strategy

We target markets with county populations that range from 25,000 to 75,000.  By targeting these smaller markets, we believe that we achieve important strategic advantages, including store growth opportunities, comparatively low operating costs and a more limited competitive environment than generally faced in larger markets.  In addition, we establish greater customer, vendor and landlord recognition as a leading sporting goods retailer in these local communities.

We believe our ability to merchandise to local sporting and community interests differentiates us from our national competitors.  This strong regional focus also enables us to achieve significant cost benefits including lower corporate expenses, reduced distribution costs and increased economies of scale from marketing activities.  Additionally, we also use sophisticated information systems to maintain tight controls over inventory and operating costs and continually search for ways to improve efficiencies through information system upgrades.


 
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We strive to hire enthusiastic sales people with an interest in sports.  Our extensive training program focuses on product knowledge and selling skills and is conducted through the use of in-store clinics, DVDs, self-study courses, interactive group discussions and Hibbett University designed specifically for store management.

Our Store Concepts

Hibbett Sports

Our primary retail format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000 square foot store located primarily in strip centers which are usually influenced by a Wal-Mart store.  In considering locations for our Hibbett Sports stores, we take into account the size, demographics, quality of real estate and competitive conditions of each market.  Of these stores, 589 Hibbett Sports stores are located in strip centers, which include free-standing stores, with the remaining 190 stores located in enclosed malls, the majority of which are the only enclosed malls in the county.

Hibbett Sports stores offer a core selection of quality, brand name merchandise with an emphasis on team sports.  This merchandise mix is complemented by a selection of localized apparel and accessories designed to appeal to a wide range of customers within each market.  We strive to respond quickly to major sporting events of local interest.  Such events in the last few years included Auburn University’s and The University of Alabama’s historic football seasons and ultimate victories in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship games as well as the successful seasons of the Texas Rangers professional baseball team, the New Orleans Saints professional football team and the University of Kentucky college basketball program.

Sports Additions

Our 16 Sports Additions stores are small, enclosed mall-based stores, averaging 2,500 square feet with approximately 90% of merchandise consisting of athletic footwear and the remainder consisting of caps and a limited assortment of apparel.  Sports Additions stores offer a broader assortment of athletic footwear, with a greater emphasis on fashion than the athletic footwear assortment offered by our Hibbett Sports stores.  All but two Sports Additions stores are currently located in enclosed malls in which Hibbett Sports stores are also present.

Sports & Co.

We operate three Sports & Co. superstores that were opened between March and November 1995.  Sports & Co. superstores average 25,000 square feet and offer a broader assortment of athletic footwear, apparel and equipment than our Hibbett Sports stores.  Athletic equipment and apparel represent a higher percentage of the overall merchandise mix at Sports & Co. superstores than they do at Hibbett Sports stores.  Sports & Co. superstores are designed to project the same in-store atmosphere as our Hibbett Sports stores but on a larger scale.  We have no plans to open any superstores in the future.

Team Sales

Hibbett Team Sales, Inc. (Team Sales), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is a leading supplier of customized athletic apparel, equipment and footwear primarily to school athletic programs in Alabama and parts of Georgia, Florida and Mississippi.  Team Sales sells its merchandise directly to educational institutions and youth associations.  The operations of Team Sales are independent of the operations of our retail stores.  Team Sales does not meet the quantitative or qualitative reporting requirements of the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 280, Segment Reporting.

Our Expansion Strategy

In Fiscal 1994, we began to accelerate our rate of new store openings to take advantage of the growth opportunities in our target markets.  We have currently identified 350 to 375 potential markets for future Hibbett Sports stores within the states in which we operate.  Our clustered expansion program, which calls for opening new stores within a two-hour driving distance of an existing Hibbett location, allows us to take advantage of efficiencies in distribution, marketing and regional management.  It also allows us to build on our understanding of merchandise selection for that area.  We believe our current distribution center can support over 1,200 stores.

In Fiscal 2012, we expect our net store openings to accelerate somewhat over Fiscal 2011.  We have identified potential markets but have experienced difficulty in securing suitable real estate or leases within the targeted market over the last few years.  Although new construction store sites continue to be a challenge to find, we have been able to capitalize on prime locations left vacant by franchised and entertainment-related business closings.  While we expect new store growth at a faster pace than the last few years, we still anticipate that the current economic environment, particularly in the commercial real estate market, will continue to make it harder to open our stores at our historical rate of growth.  Because of the slowdown of new store openings, we have turned our focus somewhat on expanding high performing stores and have seen successful results from this strategy.


 
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In evaluating potential markets, we consider population, economic conditions, local competitive dynamics, availability of suitable real estate and proximity to existing Hibbett stores.  Our continued growth largely depends on our ability to open new stores in a timely manner, to operate them profitably and to manage them effectively.  Additionally, successful expansion is subject to various contingencies, many of which are beyond our control.  See “Risk Factors.”

Our Distribution

We maintain a single distribution center in Birmingham, Alabama.  The distribution process is centrally managed from our corporate headquarters, which is located in the same building as the distribution center.  We believe strong distribution support for our stores is a critical element of our expansion strategy and is central to our ability to maintain a low cost operating structure.  In addition, we also use third party logistics providers to gain efficiencies in the cost of distribution to approximately 17% of our outlying stores, which also saves space in our distribution center.  We believe our current distribution infrastructure, which includes the use of third party logistics providers, improved technology and vendor assistance with cross-docking, can service over 1,200 stores.

We receive substantially all of our merchandise at our distribution center.  For key products, we maintain backstock at the distribution center that is allocated and distributed to stores through an automatic replenishment program based on items that are sold.  Merchandise is typically delivered to stores weekly via Company-operated vehicles or third party logistics providers.

Our Merchandising Strategy

Our merchandising strategy is to provide a broad assortment of quality brand name footwear, apparel and athletic equipment at competitive prices in a full service environment.  Historically, as well as for Fiscal 2011, our most popular consumer item was athletic footwear, followed by performance and fashion apparel and team sports equipment, ranked according to sales.

We believe that the breadth and depth of our brand name merchandise selection generally exceeds the merchandise selection carried by local independent competitors.  Many of these brand name products are highly technical and require considerable sales assistance.  We coordinate with our vendors to educate the sales staff at the store level on new products and trends.

Although the core merchandise assortment tends to be similar for each Hibbett Sports store, important local or regional differences frequently exist.  Accordingly, our stores regularly offer products that reflect preferences for particular sporting activities in each community and local interests in college and professional sports teams.  Our knowledge of these interests, combined with access to leading vendors, enables our stores to react quickly to emerging trends or special events, such as college or professional championships.

Our merchandising staff, operations staff and management analyze current sporting goods trends primarily through the gathering and analyzing of daily sales activity available through point-of-sale terminals located in the stores.  Other strategic measures we utilize to recognize trends or changes in our industry include:

 
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studying other retailers for best practices in merchandising;
 
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attending various trade shows, both in our industry and outside as well as reviewing industry trade publications;
 
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staying active in industry associations such as the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA);
 
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visiting competitor store locations;
 
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monitoring product selection at competing stores;
 
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maintaining close relationships with vendors and other retailers; and
 
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communicating with our regional vice presidents, district managers and store managers.

The merchandising staff works closely with store personnel to meet the requirements of individual stores for appropriate merchandise in sufficient quantities.  Our success depends in part on our ability to anticipate and respond to changing merchandise trends and consumer demand on a store level in a timely manner.  See “Risk Factors.”

Our Vendor Relationships

The sporting goods retail business is brand name driven.  Accordingly, we maintain positive relationships with a number of well-known sporting goods vendors to satisfy customer demand.  We believe that our stores are among the primary retail distribution avenues for brand name vendors that seek to penetrate our target markets.  As a result, we are able to attract considerable vendor interest and establish long-term partnerships with vendors.  As our vendors expand their product lines and grow in popularity, we expand sales and promotions of these products within our stores.  In addition, as we continue to increase our store base and enter new markets, our vendors increase their brand presence within these regions.  We also emphasize and work with our vendors to establish favorable pricing and to receive cooperative marketing funds.  We believe that we maintain good working relationships with our vendors.  For the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, Nike, our largest vendor, represented 47.8% of our total purchases while our next largest vendor represented 8.3% of our total purchases.  For the fiscal year ended January 30, 2010, Nike, our largest vendor, represented 49.9% of our total purchases while our next largest vendor represented 9.0% of our total purchases.

 
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The loss of key vendor support could be detrimental to our business, financial condition and results of operations.  We believe that we have long-standing and strong relationships with our vendors and that we have adequate sources of brand name merchandise on competitive terms; however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to acquire such merchandise at competitive prices or on competitive terms in the future.  In this regard, certain merchandise that is high profile and in high demand may be allocated by vendors based upon the vendors’ internal criterion, which is beyond our control.  See “Risk Factors.”

Our Information Systems

We maintain sophisticated information systems and use technology as an enabler of our business strategies.  For example, we have implemented systems targeted at improving financial control, cost management, inventory control, merchandise planning, replenishment and product allocation.  In recent years, we have focused on information systems that are designed to be used in all stores, yet are flexible enough to meet the unique needs of each specific store location.

A communications network sends and receives critical business data to and from our stores, providing timely and extensive information on business activity in every location.  Our information is processed in a secure environment to protect both the actual data and the physical assets.  We attempt to mitigate the risk of possible business interruptions by maintaining a disaster recovery plan, which includes storing critical business information off-site.

We strive to maintain highly qualified and motivated individuals to support our information systems, which includes help desk staff, programmers, system analysts, business analysts, project managers and a security officer.  Our systems are monitored 24 hours a day.  Our management believes that our current systems and practice of implementing regular updates position us well to support current needs and future growth.  We use a strategic information systems planning process that involves senior management and is integrated into our overall business planning and enterprise risk management.  Information systems projects are prioritized based upon strategic, financial, regulatory and other business criteria.

Our Advertising and Promotion

We target special advertising opportunities in our markets to increase the effectiveness of our advertising budget.  Our advertising and promotional spending is centrally directed.  Print advertising, including direct mail catalogs and postcards to customers, serves as the foundation of our promotional program and accounted for the majority of our total advertising costs in Fiscal 2011.

Other advertising means, such as television commercials, outdoor billboards, Hibbett trucks, our MVP customer loyalty program and the Hibbett website, are used to reinforce Hibbett’s name recognition and brand awareness in the community.  By allowing us to reach and interact with our customers on a regular basis through e-mail, the MVP program marketing effort is quickly becoming the most efficient, timely and targeted segment of our marketing program.

Our Competition

The business in which we are engaged is highly competitive.  Many of the items we offer in our stores are also sold by local sporting goods stores, athletic footwear and other specialty athletic stores, traditional shoe stores and national and regional sporting goods stores.  The marketplace for sporting goods is highly fragmented as many different retailers compete for market share by utilizing a variety of store formats and merchandising strategies.  However, we believe the competitive environment for sporting goods is different in smaller markets where retail demand may not support larger format stores.

Our stores compete with national chains that focus on athletic footwear, local sporting goods stores, department and discount stores, traditional shoe stores and mass merchandisers.  On a limited basis, we have competition from national sporting goods chains in some of our larger markets.  Although we face competition from a variety of competitors, including on-line competitors, we believe that our stores are able to compete effectively by being distinguished as sporting goods stores emphasizing team sports and fitness merchandise complemented by a selection of localized apparel and accessories.  Our competitors may carry similar product lines and national brands, but we believe the principal competitive factors for all of our stores are service, breadth of merchandise offered, availability of brand names and availability of local merchandise.  We believe we compete favorably with respect to these factors in the smaller markets predominantly in the Southeast, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States.  However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to continue to compete successfully against existing or future competitors.  Expansion into markets served by our competitors, entry of new competitors or expansion of existing competitors into our markets, could be detrimental to our business, financial condition and results of operations.  See “Risk Factors.”

Our Trademarks

Our Company, by and through subsidiaries, is the owner or licensee of trademarks that are very important to our business.  For the most part, trademarks are valid as long as they are in use and/or their registrations are properly maintained.  Registrations of trademarks can generally be renewed indefinitely as long as the trademarks are in use.


 
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Following is a list of active trademarks registered and owned by the Company:

 
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Hibbett Sports, Registration No. 2717584
 
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Sports Additions, Registration No. 1767761
 
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Hibbett, Registration No. 3275037

Our Employees

As of January 29, 2011, we employed approximately 2,150 full-time and approximately 3,900 part-time employees, none of whom are represented by a labor union.  The number of part-time employees fluctuates depending on seasonal needs.  We cannot guarantee that our employees will not, in the future, elect to be represented by a union.  We consider our relationship with our employees to be good and have not experienced significant interruptions of operations due to labor disagreements.

Employee Development.  We develop our training programs in a continuing effort to service the needs of our customers and employees.  These programs are designed to increase employee knowledge and include DVD training in all stores for the latest in technical detail of new products and new operational and service techniques.  Because we primarily promote or relocate current employees to serve as managers for new stores, training and assessment of our employees is essential to our sustained growth.

We have implemented programs in our stores and corporate offices to ensure that we hire and promote the most qualified employees in a non-discriminatory way.  One of the most significant programs we have is Hibbett University or “Hibbett U” which is an intensive, four-day training session held at our corporate offices and designed specifically for store management.

Seasonality

We experience seasonal fluctuations in our net sales and results of operations.  Customer buying patterns around the spring sales period and the holiday season historically result in higher first and fourth quarter net sales.  In addition, our quarterly results of operations may fluctuate significantly as a result of a variety of factors, including the timing of new store openings, the amount and timing of net sales contributed by new stores, merchandise mix and demand for apparel and accessories driven by local interest in sporting events.
 
Item 1A.           Risk Factors.
 
           You should carefully consider the following risks, as well as the other information contained in this report, before investing in shares of our common stock.  If any of the following risks actually occur, our business could be harmed.  In that case, the trading price of our common stock could decline, and you might lose all or part of your investment.

Risks Related to Our Business and Industry.

A further downturn in the economy could adversely affect consumer purchases of discretionary items, which could reduce our net sales.

In general, our sales represent discretionary spending by our customers.  The failure of U.S. government programs to bolster the economy, a further slowdown in the U.S. economy or other economic conditions affecting disposable consumer income, such as volatile fuel and energy costs, depressed real estate values, employment levels, inflation, business conditions, consumer debt levels, lack of available credit, interest rates and tax rates may adversely affect our business.  A reduction in overall consumer spending which causes customers to shift their spending to products other than those sold by us or to products sold by us that are less profitable could result in lower net sales, decreases in inventory turnover or a reduction in profitability due to lower margins.

A slower pace of new store openings may negatively impact our net sales growth and operating income and we may be unable to achieve our expansion plans for future growth.

The opening of new retail stores has contributed significantly to our growth in net sales.  In light of the challenging economic environment that has faced real estate developers over the past three years, we have slowed down the pace of our new store openings compared to our historical rate.  We expect that this pressure on the commercial market and developers will continue throughout Fiscal 2012 and that we will be able to increase our overall store base by approximately 5% in Fiscal 2012 compared to 4% in Fiscal 2011 and 3% in Fiscal 2010.  A slower pace of new store openings may negatively impact our net sales growth and operating income.

We have grown rapidly, primarily through opening new stores, growing from 67 stores at the beginning of Fiscal 1997 to 798 stores at January 29, 2011.  Our continued growth depends, in large part, upon our ability to open new stores in a timely manner and to operate them profitably.  Successful expansion is subject to various contingencies, many of which are beyond our control.  In order to open and operate new stores successfully, we must secure leases on suitable sites with acceptable terms, build-out and equip the stores with furnishings and appropriate merchandise, hire and train personnel and integrate the stores into our operations.

 
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In addition, our expansion strategy may be subject to rising real estate and construction costs, available credit to landlords and developers and landlord bankruptcies that could inhibit our ability to sustain our rate of growth.  We may also face new competitive, distribution and merchandising challenges different from those we currently face.  We cannot give any assurances that we will be able to continue our expansion plans successfully; that we will be able to achieve results similar to those achieved with prior locations; or that we will be able to continue to manage our growth effectively.  Our failure to achieve our expansion plans could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.  Furthermore, our operating margins may be impacted in periods in which incremental expenses are incurred as a result of new store openings.

Our estimates concerning long-lived assets and store closures may accelerate.

Our long-term success depends, in part, on our ability to operate stores in a manner that achieves appropriate returns on capital invested.  This is particularly challenging with the volatility of the current economic environment and customer behavior.  We will only continue to operate existing stores if they meet required sales or profit levels.  In the current macroeconomic environment, the results of our existing stores are impacted not only by a volatile sales environment, but by a number of things that are outside our control, such as the loss of traffic resulting from store closures by significant other retailers in our stores’ immediate vicinity.

The uncertainty of the economy, coupled with the volatility in the capital markets, affects our business and, ultimately, our revenue and profitability.  To the extent our estimates for net sales, gross profit and store expenses are not realized, future assessments of recoverability could result in impairment charges.  In addition, if we were to close stores, we could be subject to costs and charges that may adversely affect our financial results.

Our stores are concentrated within the Southeast, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States, which could subject us to regional risks.

Because our stores are located primarily in a concentrated area of the United States, we are subject to regional risks, such as the regional economy, weather conditions and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, tornadoes and hurricanes, increasing costs of electricity, oil and natural gas, as well as, government regulations specific in the states and localities within which we operate.  We sell a significant amount of team sports merchandise which can be adversely affected by significant weather events that postpone the start of or shorten sports seasons or that limit participation of fans and sports enthusiasts.

Professional team lockouts, as well as the poor performance of college and professional sports teams within our core regions of operation, could adversely affect our financial results.

  We sell a significant amount of team sports merchandise, the sale of which may be subject to fluctuations based on the success or failure of such teams.  Professional team lockouts, as well as poor performance by the college and professional sports teams within our core regions of operation, could cause our financial results to fluctuate accordingly year over year.

The occurrence of severe weather events, catastrophic health events or natural disasters could significantly damage or destroy our retail locations, could prohibit consumers from traveling to our retail locations or could prevent us from resupplying our stores or distribution center, especially during peak shopping seasons.

Unforeseen events, including public health issues and natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, snow or ice storms, floods and heavy rains, could disrupt our operations or the operations of our suppliers, as well as the behavior of our consumer.  We believe that we take reasonable precautions to prepare particularly for weather-related events, however, our precautions may not be adequate to deal with such events in the future.  As these events occur in the future, if they should impact areas in which we have our distribution center or a concentration of retail stores, such events could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations, particularly if they occur during peak shopping seasons.

Unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or confidential information could harm our business and reputation with our consumers.

The protection of Company, customer and employee data is critical to us.  We rely on third-party systems, software and monitoring tools to provide security for processing, transmission and storage of confidential customer and employee information such as payment card and personal information.  Despite the security measures we and our third-party providers have in place, our data may be vulnerable to security breaches, acts of vandalism, computer viruses, misplaced or lost data, programming and/or human errors, theft or other similar events.  Any security breach involving the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized disclosure of confidential information, whether by us or our providers, could damage our reputation, expose us to risk of litigation and liability and harm our business.



 
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Our inability to identify, and anticipate changes in consumer demands and preferences and our inability to respond to such consumer demands in a timely manner could reduce our net sales.

Our products appeal to a broad range of consumers whose preferences cannot be predicted with certainty and are subject to rapid change.  Our success depends on our ability to identify product trends as well as to anticipate and respond to changing merchandise trends and consumer demand in a timely manner.  We cannot assure you that we will be able to continue to offer assortments of products that appeal to our customers or that we will satisfy changing consumer demands in the future.  Accordingly, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected if:

 
·
we are unable to identify and respond to emerging trends, including shifts in the popularity of certain products;
 
·
we miscalculate either the market for the merchandise in our stores or our customers’ purchasing habits; or
 
·
consumer demand unexpectedly shifts away from athletic footwear or our more profitable apparel lines.

In addition, we may be faced with significant excess inventory of some products and missed opportunities for other products, which could decrease our profitability.

If we lose any of our key vendors or any of our key vendors fail to supply us with merchandise, we may not be able to meet the demand of our customers and our net sales could decline.

We are a reseller of manufacturers’ branded items and are thereby dependent on the availability of key products and brands.  Our business is dependent to a significant degree upon close relationships with vendors and our ability to purchase brand name merchandise at competitive prices.  As a reseller, we cannot control the supply, design, function or cost of many of the products we offer for sale.  In addition, many of our vendors provide us with incentives, such as return privileges, volume purchasing allowances and cooperative advertising.  The loss of key vendor support or decline or discontinuation of vendor incentives could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to acquire such merchandise at competitive prices or on competitive terms in the future.  In this regard, certain merchandise that is in high demand may be allocated by vendors based upon the vendors’ internal criterion which is beyond our control.

A disruption in the flow of imported merchandise or an increase in the cost of those goods may significantly decrease our net sales and operating income.

We believe many of our largest vendors source a substantial majority of their products from foreign countries.  Imported goods are generally less expensive than domestic goods and indirectly contribute significantly to our favorable profit margins.  We may experience a disruption or increase in the cost of imported vendor products at any time for reasons beyond our control.  If imported merchandise becomes more expensive or unavailable, the transition to alternative sources by our vendors may not occur in time to meet our demands or the demands of our customers.  Products from alternative sources may also be more expensive than those our vendors currently import.  Risks associated with reliance on imported goods include:

 
·
disruptions in the flow of imported goods because of factors such as:
 
·
raw material shortages, work stoppages, strikes and political unrest;
 
·
problems with oceanic shipping, including blockages at U.S. or foreign ports;
 
·
economic crises and international disputes; and

 
·
increases in the cost of purchasing or shipping foreign merchandise resulting from:
 
·
foreign government regulations;
 
·
rising commodity prices;
 
·
changes in currency exchange rates or policies and local economic conditions; and
 
·
trade restrictions, including import duties, import quotas or loss of “most favored nation” status with the United States.

In addition, to the extent that any foreign manufacturer from whom our vendors are associated may directly or indirectly utilize labor practices that are not commonly accepted in the United States, we could be affected by any resulting negative publicity.  Our net sales and operating income could decline if vendors are unable to promptly replace sources providing equally appealing products at a similar cost.



 
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Problems with our information system software could disrupt our operations and negatively impact our financial results and materially adversely affect our business operations.

The efficient operation of our business is dependent on the successful integration and operation of our information systems.  In particular, we rely on our information systems to effectively manage our sales, distribution, merchandise planning and replenishment, to process financial information and sales transactions and to optimize our overall inventory levels.  We attempt to mitigate the risk of possible business interruptions by maintaining a disaster recovery plan, which includes storing critical business information off-site.  Most of our information systems are centrally located at our headquarters, with offsite backup at other locations.  Our systems, if not functioning properly, could disrupt our ability to track, record and analyze sales and inventory movement and could cause disruptions of operations, including, among other things, our ability to process and ship inventory, process financial information including credit card transactions, process payrolls or vendor payments or engage in other similar normal business activities.   Although we attempt to mitigate the risk of possible business interruptions, any material disruption, malfunction or any other similar problem in or with our information systems could negatively impact our financial results and materially adversely affect our business operations.

Pressure from our competitors may force us to reduce our prices or increase our spending, which would lower our net sales and operating income.
 
The business in which we are engaged is highly competitive.  The marketplace for sporting goods is highly fragmented as many different retailers compete for market share by utilizing a variety of store formats and merchandising strategies.  We compete with national chains that focus on athletic footwear, local sporting goods stores, department and discount stores, traditional shoe stores and mass merchandisers and, on a limited basis, national sporting goods stores.  Many of our competitors have greater financial resources than we do.  In addition, many of our competitors employ price discounting policies that, if intensified, may make it difficult for us to reach our sales goals without reducing our prices.  As a result of this competition, we may also need to spend more on advertising and promotion than we anticipate.  We cannot guarantee that we will continue to be able to compete successfully against existing or future competitors.  Expansion into markets served by our competitors, entry of new competitors or expansion of existing competitors into our markets could be detrimental to our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our operating results are subject to seasonal and quarterly fluctuations.  Furthermore, our quarterly operating results, including comparable store net sales, will fluctuate and may not be a meaningful indicator of future performance.

We have historically experienced and expect to continue to experience seasonal fluctuations in our net sales, operating income and net income.  Our net sales, operating income and net income are typically higher in the spring, back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.  An economic downturn during these periods could adversely affect us to a greater extent than if a downturn occurred at other times of the year.

Customer buying patterns around the spring sales period and the holiday season historically result in higher first and fourth quarter net sales.  In addition, our quarterly results of operations may fluctuate significantly as a result of a variety of factors, many outside our control, including the timing of new store openings, the amount and timing of net sales contributed by new stores, merchandise mix, demand for apparel and accessories driven by local interest in sporting events, the demise of sports superstars key to certain product promotions or strikes or lockouts involving professional sports teams.  Any of these events, particularly in the fourth quarter, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and operating results for the entire fiscal year.

Comparable store net sales vary from quarter to quarter, and an unanticipated decline in comparable store net sales may cause the price of our common stock to fluctuate significantly.Factors which have historically affected, and will continue to affect our comparable store net sales results, include:

 
·
shifts in consumer tastes and fashion trends;
 
·
calendar shifts of holiday or seasonal periods;
 
·
the timing of income tax refunds to customers;
 
·
calendar shifts or cancellations of tax-free holidays in certain states;
 
·
the success or failure of college and professional sports teams within our core regions;
 
·
changes in the other tenants in the shopping centers in which we are located;
 
·
pricing, promotions or other actions taken by us or our existing or possible new competitors; and
 
·
unseasonable weather conditions or natural disasters.
 
We cannot assure you that comparable store net sales will trend at the rates achieved in prior periods or that rates will not decline.

New stores may also affect our net sales through the timing of new store openings and the relative proportion of new stores to mature stores, the level of pre-opening expenses associated with new stores and the amount and timing of net sales contributed by new stores.



 
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We would be materially and adversely affected if our single distribution center were shut down.

We currently operate a single centralized distribution center in Birmingham, Alabama.  We receive and ship substantially all of our merchandise at our distribution center.  Any natural disaster or other serious disruption to this facility due to fire, tornado or any other cause would damage a portion of our inventory and could impair our ability to adequately stock our stores and process returns of products to vendors and could adversely affect our sales and profitability.  In addition, we could incur significantly higher costs and longer lead times associated with distributing our products to our stores during the time it takes for us to reopen or replace the center.

We depend on key personnel, the loss of which may adversely affect our ability to run our business effectively and our results of operations.

We have benefited from the leadership and performance of our senior management, especially Michael J.  Newsome, our Executive Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer.  If we lose the services of any of our principal executive officers or Mr. Newsome, we may not be able to run our business effectively and operating results could suffer.  In particular, Mr. Newsome has been instrumental in directing our business strategy and maintaining long-term relationships with our key vendors.

In March 2005, we entered into a Retention Agreement (the Agreement) with Mr. Newsome.  The purpose of the Agreement is to secure the continued employment of Mr. Newsome as an advisor to us following his future retirement from the duties of Chief Executive Officer of our Company.  Although, Mr. Newsome stepped down as Chief Executive Officer in March 2010, he is actively involved in the daily operations of our Company and his retirement is not currently planned.

Provisions in our charter documents and Delaware law might deter acquisition bids for us.

Certain provisions of our certificate of incorporation and bylaws may be deemed to have anti-takeover effects and may discourage, delay or prevent a takeover attempt that a stockholder might consider in its best interest.  These provisions, among other things:

 
·
classify our Board of Directors into three classes, each of which serves for different three-year periods;
 
·
provide that a director may be removed by stockholders only for cause by a vote of the holders of not less than two-thirds of our shares entitled to vote;
 
·
provide that all vacancies on our Board of Directors, including any vacancies resulting from an increase in the number of directors, may be filled by a majority of the remaining directors, even if the number is less than a quorum;
 
·
provide that special meetings of the common stockholders may only be called by the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of Directors or upon the demand of the holders of a majority of the total voting power of all outstanding securities of the Company entitled to vote at any such special meeting; and
 
·
call for a vote of the holders of not less than two-thirds of the shares entitled to vote in order to amend the foregoing provisions and certain other provisions of our certificate of incorporation and bylaws.

In addition, our Board of Directors, without further action of the stockholders, is permitted to issue and fix the terms of preferred stock which may have rights senior to those of common stock.  We are also subject to the Delaware business combination statute, which may render a change in control of us more difficult.  Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Laws would be expected to have an anti-takeover effect with respect to transactions not approved in advance by the Board of Directors, including discouraging takeover attempts that might result in a premium over the market price for the shares of common stock held by stockholders.

Increases in transportation costs due to rising fuel costs, climate change regulation and other factors may negatively impact our results of operations.

We rely upon various means of transportation, including ship and truck, to deliver products from vendors to our distribution center and from our distribution center to our stores.  Consequently, our results can vary depending upon the price of fuel.  The price of oil has fluctuated drastically over the last few years, and has recently increased again, which has increased our fuel costs.  In addition, efforts to combat climate change through reduction of greenhouse gases may result in higher fuel costs through taxation or other means.  Any such future increases in fuel costs would increase our transportation costs for delivery of product to our distribution center and distribution to our stores, as well as our vendors’ transportation costs, which could adversely affect our results of operations.

In addition, labor shortages in the transportation industry could negatively affect transportation costs and our ability to supply our stores in a timely manner.  In particular, our business is highly dependent on the trucking industry to deliver products to our distribution center and our stores.  Our operating results may be adversely affected if we or our vendors are unable to secure adequate trucking resources at competitive prices to fulfill our delivery schedules to our distribution center or our stores.



 
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Our costs may change as a result of currency exchange rate fluctuations.

We source goods from various countries, including China, and thus changes in the value of the U.S. dollar compared to other currencies may affect the costs of goods that we purchase.

We manage cash and cash equivalents beyond federally insured limits per financial institution and purchase investments not fully guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), subjecting us to investment and credit availability risks.

We manage cash and cash equivalents in various institutions at levels beyond federally insured limits per institution, and we purchase investments not guaranteed by the FDIC.  Accordingly, there is a risk that we will not recover the full principal of our investments or that their liquidity may be diminished.  In an attempt to mitigate this risk, our investment policy emphasizes preservation of principal and liquidity.  With the current financial environment and the instability of financial institutions, we cannot be assured that we will not experience losses on our deposits.

We face risk that financial institutions may fail to fulfill commitments under our committed credit facilities.

We have financial institutions that are committed to providing loans under our revolving credit facilities.  With the current financial environment and the instability of financial institutions, there is a risk that these institutions cannot deliver against these obligations in a timely matter, or at all.  If the financial institutions that provide these credit facilities were to default on their obligation to fund the commitments, these facilities would not be available to us, which could adversely affect our liquidity and financial condition.  For discussion of our credit facilities, see “Liquidity and Capital Resources” in Item 7 and Note 5 to our consolidated financial statements.

Risks Related to Ownership of Our Common Stock.

The market price of our common stock, like the stock market in general, is likely to be highly volatile.  Factors that could cause fluctuation in our common stock price may include, among other things:

 
·
actual or anticipated variations in quarterly operating results;
 
·
changes in financial estimates by investment analysts and our inability to meet or exceed those estimates;
 
·
additions or departures of key personnel;
 
·
market rumors or announcements by us or by our competitors of significant acquisitions, divestitures or joint ventures, strategic partnerships, large capital commitments or other strategic initiatives; and
 
·
sales of our common stock by key personnel or large institutional holders.

Many of these factors are beyond our control and may cause the market price of our common stock to decline, regardless of our operating performance.

Risks Related to Regulatory, Legislative and Legal Matters.

We operate in a number of jurisdictions.  It can be cumbersome to fill needed positions and comply with labor laws and regulations, many of which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

We are heavily dependent upon our labor force.  We attempt to attract and retain an appropriate level of personnel in both field operations and corporate functions.  Our compensation packages are designed to provide benefits commensurate with our level of expected service.  However, within our retail operations, we face the challenge of filling many positions at wage scales that are appropriate to the industry and competitive factors.  We operate in a number of jurisdictions which can make it cumbersome to comply with labor laws and regulations, many of which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  As a result of these and other factors, we face many external risks and internal factors in meeting our labor needs, including competition for qualified personnel, overall unemployment levels, prevailing wage rates, as well as rising employee benefit costs, including insurance costs and compensation programs.  We also engage third parties in some of our process such as delivery and transaction processing and these providers may face similar issues.  Changes in any of these factors, including a shortage of available workforce in areas in which we operate, could interfere with our ability to adequately service our customers or to open suitable locations and could result in increasing labor costs.

We cannot be assured that we will not experience pressure from labor unions or become the target of labor union campaigns.

While we believe we maintain good relations with our employees, we cannot be assured that we will not experience pressure from labor unions or become the target of labor union campaigns.  The potential for unionization could increase in the United States if Congress passes federal legislation that would facilitate labor organization.  The unionization of a significant portion of our workforce could increase our overall costs at the affected locations and adversely affect our flexibility to run our business in the most efficient manner to remain competitive or acquire new business.  In addition, significant union representation would require us to negotiate wages, salaries, benefits and other terms with many of our employees collectively and could adversely affect our results of operations by increasing our labor costs or otherwise restricting our ability to maximize the efficiency of our operations.

 
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Changes in federal, state or local law, or our failure to comply with such laws, could increase our expenses and expose us to legal risks.

While businesses are subject to regulatory matters relating to the conduct of their business, including consumer protection laws, consumer credit privacy acts, product safety regulations, advertising regulations, zoning and land use regulations, sales and use tax laws, wage and hour regulations, workplace safety regulations, environmental laws (including measures related to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, soil and groundwater contamination and disposal of waste and hazardous materials) and the like, certain jurisdictions have taken a particularly aggressive stance with respect to such matters and have stepped up enforcement, including fines and other sanctions.  An increasing regulatory environment could expose us to a challenging enforcement environment or to third party liability (such as monetary recoveries and recoveries of attorneys fees) and could have a material adverse affect on our business and results of operations, including the added cost of increased preventative measures that we may determine to be necessary to conduct our business in certain locales.

We believe that we are in substantial compliance with applicable environment and other laws and regulations and, although no assurance can be given, we do not foresee the need for any significant expenditures in this area in the near future.

Changes in rules related to accounting for income taxes, changes in tax laws in any of the jurisdictions in which we operate or adverse outcomes from audits by taxing authorities could result in an unfavorable change in our effective tax rate.

We operate our business in several jurisdictions.  As a result, our effective tax rate is derived from a combination of the federal rate and applicable tax rates in the various states in which we operate.  Our effective tax rate may be lower or higher than our tax rates have been in the past due to numerous factors, including the sources of our income and the tax filing positions we take.  We base our estimate of an effective tax rate at any given point in time upon a calculated mix of the tax rates applicable to our Company and to estimates of the amount of business likely to be done in any given jurisdiction.  Changes in rules related to accounting for income taxes, changes in tax laws in any of the jurisdictions in which we operate or adverse outcomes from tax audits that we may be subject to in any of the jurisdictions in which we operate could result in an unfavorable change in our effective tax rate.

Litigation may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our business is subject to the risk of litigation by employees, consumers, suppliers, competitors, stockholders, government agencies or others through private actions, class actions, administrative proceedings, regulatory actions or other litigation.  The outcome of litigation, particularly class action lawsuits and regulatory actions, is difficult to assess or quantify.  We may incur losses relating to these claims and, in addition, these proceedings could cause us to incur costs and may require us to devote resources to defend against these claims which could adversely affect our results of operations.  For a description of current legal proceedings, see “Part I, Item 3, Legal Proceedings.”

Item 1B.           Unresolved Staff Comments.
 
None.
 
Item 2.              Properties.
 
We currently lease all of our existing 798 store locations and expect that our policy of leasing rather than owning will continue as we continue to expand.  Our leases typically provide for terms of five to ten years with options on our part to extend.  Most leases also contain a kick-out clause if projected sales levels are not met and an early termination/remedy option if co-tenancy and exclusivity provisions are violated.  We believe this leasing strategy enhances our flexibility to pursue various expansion opportunities resulting from changing market conditions and to periodically re-evaluate store locations.  Our ability to open new stores is contingent upon locating satisfactory sites, negotiating acceptable leases, recruiting and training qualified management personnel and the availability of market relevant inventory.

As current leases expire, we believe we will either be able to obtain lease renewals for present store locations or to obtain leases for equivalent or better locations in the same general area.  Historically, we have not experienced any significant difficulty in either renewing leases for existing locations or securing leases for suitable locations for new stores.  However, we experienced difficulty in securing leases for new stores related to new construction in Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010 due to the economic issues facing the commercial real estate market and landlords, thus reducing our ability to open stores at our historical rates.  Based primarily on our belief that we maintain good relations with our landlords, that most of our leases are at approximate market rents and that generally we have been able to secure leases for suitable locations, we believe our lease strategy will not be detrimental to our business, financial condition or results of operations.  Although we do expect continued difficulty in securing leases for new stores throughout Fiscal 2012, we believe we will be able to somewhat accelerate our new store growth compared to the last few years by negotiating acceptable leases for suitable locations left vacant by recent closings of franchised and entertainment-related businesses.


 
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Our corporate offices and our retail distribution center are leased under an operating lease.  We own the Team Sales’ facility located in Birmingham, Alabama that warehouses inventory for educational institutions and youth associations.  We believe our current distribution center is suitable and adequate to support our needs in the next few years.

Store Locations

As of January 29, 2011, we currently operate 798 stores in 26 contiguous states.  Of these stores, 208 are located in enclosed malls and 590 are located in strip-shopping centers which are typically influenced by a Wal-Mart store.  Strip-shopping centers include free-standing stores.  The following shows the number of locations by state as of January 29, 2011:
 
Alabama
82
 
Kansas
19
 
Oklahoma
37
Arizona
6
 
Kentucky
40
 
South Carolina
31
Arkansas
41
 
Louisiana
44
 
South Dakota
1
Colorado
3
 
Missouri
25
 
Tennessee
56
Florida
37
 
Mississippi
56
 
Texas
80
Georgia
87
 
Nebraska
5
 
Virginia
19
Iowa
6
 
New Mexico
10
 
West Virginia
9
Illinois
18
 
North Carolina
46
 
Wisconsin
2
Indiana
19
 
Ohio
19
 
TOTAL
798
 
As of March 18, 2011, we operated 798 stores in 26 states.

Item 3.              Legal Proceedings.

We are a party to various legal proceedings incidental to our business.  We do not believe that any of these matters will, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on our business or financial condition.  We cannot give assurance, however, that one or more of these lawsuits will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations for the period in which they are resolved.  At January 29, 2011, we estimate that the liability related to these matters is approximately $0.4 million and accordingly, have accrued $0.4 million as a current liability in our consolidated balance sheet.  As of January 30, 2010, we had accrued $0.3 million as it related to our estimated liability for legal proceedings.

The estimates of our liability for pending and unasserted potential claims do not include litigation costs.  It is our policy to accrue legal fees when it is probable that we will have to defend against known claims or allegations and we can reasonably estimate the amount of the anticipated expense.

From time to time, we enter into certain types of agreements that require us to indemnify parties against third party claims under certain circumstances.  Generally, these agreements relate to: (a) agreements with vendors and suppliers under which we may provide customary indemnification to our vendors and suppliers in respect to actions they take at our request or otherwise on our behalf; (b) agreements to indemnify vendors against trademark and copyright infringement claims concerning merchandise manufactured specifically for or on behalf of the Company; (c) real estate leases, under which we may agree to indemnify the lessors from claims arising from our use of the property; and (d) agreements with our directors, officers and employees, under which we may agree to indemnify such persons for liabilities arising out of their relationship with us.  We have director and officer liability insurance, which, subject to the policy’s conditions, provides coverage for indemnification amounts payable by us with respect to our directors and officers up to specified limits and subject to certain deductibles.

If we believe that a loss is both probable and estimable for a particular matter, the loss is accrued in accordance with the requirements of ASC Topic 450, Contingencies.  With respect to any matter, we could change our belief as to whether a loss is probable or estimable, or its estimate of loss, at any time.

Item 4.              Removed and Reserved.





 
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PART II

Item 5.              Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

Our common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ/GS) under the symbol HIBB.  The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the high and low sales prices of shares of our Common Stock as reported by NASDAQ.

   
High
   
Low
 
Fiscal 2011:
           
First Quarter ended May 1, 2010
  $ 28.54     $ 20.77  
Second Quarter ended July 31, 2010
  $ 28.58     $ 23.12  
Third Quarter ended October 30, 2010
  $ 28.13     $ 22.09  
Fourth Quarter ended January 29, 2011
  $ 39.84     $ 25.96  
                 
Fiscal 2010:
               
First Quarter ended May 2, 2009
  $ 22.39     $ 12.82  
Second Quarter ended August 1, 2009
  $ 21.62     $ 16.08  
Third Quarter ended October 31, 2009
  $ 21.17     $ 16.00  
Fourth Quarter ended January 30, 2010
  $ 23.61     $ 18.24  
 
On March 18, 2011, the last reported sale price for our common stock as quoted by NASDAQ was $30.78 per share.  As of March 18, 2011, we had 20 stockholders of record.


 
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The Stock Price Performance Graph below compares the percentage change in our cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock against a cumulative total return of the NASDAQ Composite Index and the NASDAQ Retail Trade Index.  The graph below outlines returns for the period beginning on January 31, 2006 to January 31, 2011.  We have not paid any dividends.  Total stockholder return for prior periods is not necessarily an indication of future performance.

Dividend Policy.  We have never declared or paid any dividends on our common stock.  We currently intend to retain our future earnings to finance the growth and development of our business and for our stock repurchase program, and therefore do not anticipate declaring or paying cash dividends on our common stock for the foreseeable future.  Any future decision to declare or pay dividends will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will be dependent upon our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and such other factors as our Board of Directors deems relevant.

Equity Compensation Plans.  For information on securities authorized for issuance under our equity compensation plans, see “Part III, Item 12, Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.”

Issuer Repurchases of Equity Securities

The following table presents our shares repurchase activity for the thirteen weeks and quarter ending January 29, 2011 (1):

Period
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased
   
Average Price per Share
   
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Programs
   
Approximate Dollar Value of Shares that may yet be Purchased Under the Programs (in thousands)
 
October 31, 2010 to November 27, 2010
    -     $ -       -     $ 219,937  
November 28, 2010 to January 1, 2011
    51,600     $ 37.55       51,600     $ 218,000  
January 2, 2011 to January 29, 2011
    173,800     $ 33.71       173,800     $ 212,141  
   Total
    225,400     $ 34.59       225,400     $ 212,141  
(1)  In November 2009, the Board of Directors authorized a new Stock Repurchase Program (Program) of $250.0 million to repurchase our common stock through February 2, 2013.  The Program replaced an existing plan that was adopted in August 2004, which was to expire in January 2010 and which the maximum authorization was $250.0 million.  See Note 1, “Stock Repurchase Program,” on page 37.
 
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Item 6.                      Selected Consolidated Financial Data.

The following selected consolidated financial data has been derived from the consolidated financial statements of the Company.  The data set forth below should be read in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our “Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” and “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” thereto.

   
(In thousands, except per share amounts and Selected Operating Data)
 
   
Fiscal Year Ended
 
   
January 29,
   
January 30,
   
January 31,
   
February 2,
   
February 3,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2009
   
2008
   
2007
 
   
(52 weeks)
   
(52 weeks)
   
(52 weeks)
   
(52 weeks)
   
(53 weeks)
 
Income Statement Data:
                             
Net sales
  $ 664,954     $ 593,492     $ 564,188     $ 520,720     $ 512,094  
Cost of goods sold, including distribution center and store occupancy costs
    434,552       397,292       378,817       351,876       338,963  
  Gross profit
    230,402       196,200       185,371       168,844       173,131  
                                         
Store operating, selling and administrative expenses
    143,232       129,888       123,075       108,463       100,461  
Depreciation and amortization
    13,623       13,905       14,324       12,154       10,932  
  Operating income
    73,547       52,407       47,972       48,227       61,738  
                                         
Interest income
    42       60       41       582       906  
Interest expense
    (147 )     (117 )     (660 )     (151 )     (30 )
  Interest (expense) income, net
    (105 )     (57 )     (619 )     431       876  
    Income before provision for income taxes
    73,442       52,350       47,353       48,658       62,614  
                                         
Provision for income taxes
    27,042       19,801       17,905       18,329       24,541  
    Net income
  $ 46,400     $ 32,549     $ 29,448     $ 30,329     $ 38,073  
                                         
Earnings per common share:
                                       
  Basic
  $ 1.63     $ 1.14     $ 1.03     $ 0.98     $ 1.19  
  Diluted
  $ 1.60     $ 1.12     $ 1.02     $ 0.96     $ 1.17  
                                         
Weighted average shares outstanding:
                                       
  Basic
    28,426       28,629       28,547       31,049       32,094  
  Diluted
    29,033       29,089       28,954       31,525       32,620  
                                         
Balance Sheet Data:
                                       
Working capital
  $ 175,007     $ 147,583     $ 107,055     $ 89,383     $ 106,428  
Total assets
    314,265       276,704       235,087       216,734       212,853  
Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases
    2,245       152       -       -       -  
Stockholders' investment
    200,088       175,079       136,575       119,055       136,641  
                                         
Selected Operating Data:
                                       
Number of stores open at end of period:
                                       
  Hibbett Sports
    779       747       723       666       593  
  Sports & Co.
    3       4       4       4       4  
  Sports Additions
    16       16       18       18       16  
    Total
    798       767       745       688       613  
 
Note:  No dividends have been declared or paid.

 
 
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Item 7.                      Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Overview

Hibbett Sports, Inc. operates sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the Southeast, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States.  Our stores offer a broad assortment of quality footwear, apparel and athletic equipment with a high level of customer service.  As of January 29, 2011, we operated a total of 798 retail stores composed of 779 Hibbett Sports stores, 16 Sports Additions athletic shoe stores and 3 Sports & Co. superstores in 26 states.

Our primary retail format and growth vehicle is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-foot store located primarily in strip centers which are usually influenced by a Wal-Mart store.  Approximately 76% of our Hibbett Sports store base is located in strip centers,  which includes free-standing stores, while approximately 24% of our Hibbett Sports store base is located in enclosed malls.  Over the last several years, we have concentrated and expect to continue our store base growth in strip centers versus enclosed malls.  We believe Hibbett Sports stores are typically the primary sporting goods retailers in their markets due to the extensive selection of quality brand name merchandise and a high level of customer service.  We do not expect that the average size of our stores opening in Fiscal 2012 will vary significantly from the average size of stores opened in Fiscal 2011.

The volatile global economic conditions experienced in Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009 improved somewhat in Fiscal 2011 and we saw an increase in comparable store and total net sales, while also enhancing net income through continued effective management of expenses.  Unlike Fiscal 2010, all of our merchandise categories experienced robust comparable store sales.  Footwear and equipment experienced mid-single digit comparable store sales while apparel, led by activewear and accessories, posted double-digit gains.

We historically have increases in comparable store net sales in the low to mid-single digit range.  We plan to increase total company-wide square footage by over 5% in Fiscal 2012, which is at the lower end of our historical range of 3% to 12%, but is an improvement over Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010 square footage increases.  To somewhat offset the slower new store openings, we continue to expand high performing stores, increasing the square footage in 14 existing stores in Fiscal 2011.  We expect to expand an additional 20 stores in Fiscal 2012.  Total sales percentage growth is expected to be in the low to mid-single digits in Fiscal 2012.  Over the past several years, we have increased our product margin through improved vendor discounts, fewer retail price reductions and increased efficiencies in logistics.  We expect an improvement in product margin rate in Fiscal 2012 as we continue to benefit from increased efficiencies from our previous investment in systems.

Although the macroeconomic environment has presented many challenges in the last three years, our management believes that our business fundamentals remain strong and that we are well-positioned for the future.  We are a leader in the markets in which we compete and we will continue to benefit from our comparatively low operating costs compared to the costs of our competitors.  We continue to manage our costs and inventories prudently as dictated by the current economic environment, and we intend to continue to invest in initiatives to prepare our infrastructure for continued long-term growth.

Our management expects that the uncertainty and volatility of global economic conditions experienced over the last three years will continue.  Any further negative impact on customer discretionary spending could negatively impact our net sales and level of profitability in Fiscal 2012.

Due to our increased net sales, we have historically leveraged our store operating, selling and administrative expenses.  Based on projected net sales, we expect operating, selling and administrative rates to increase slightly in Fiscal 2012, primarily due to investments in technology.  We also expect to continue to generate sufficient cash to enable us to expand and remodel our store base, to provide capital expenditures for both distribution center and technology upgrade projects and to repurchase our common stock under our stock repurchase authorization.

We utilize a merchandise management system that allows us to identify and monitor trends.  However, this system does not produce U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP) financial information by product category.  Therefore, it is impracticable to provide U.S. GAAP net sales by product category.

Hibbett operates on a 52- or 53-week fiscal year ending on the Saturday nearest to January 31 of each year.  The consolidated statements of operations for fiscal years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009 includes 52 weeks of operations.  We have operated as a public company and have been incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware since October 6, 1996.

Comparable store net sales data for the periods presented reflects sales for our traditional format Hibbett Sports and Sports Additions stores open throughout the period and the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year.  If a store remodel or relocation results in the store being closed for a significant period of time, its sales are removed from the comparable store base until it has been open a full 12 months.  Our three Sports & Co. stores are not and have never been included in the comparable store net sales comparison because we have not opened a superstore since September 1996 and we do not have plans to open additional superstores in the future.


 
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Executive Summary

Net sales for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, increased to $665.0 million compared with $593.5 million and $564.2 million for the fiscal years ended January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009, respectively.  Operating income was 11.1% of net sales for Fiscal 2011 compared to 8.8% for Fiscal 2010 and 8.5% for Fiscal 2009.  Comparable store sales increased 9.8% in Fiscal 2011, compared to a comparable store sales increase of 0.7% in Fiscal 2010 and a comparable store sales increase of 0.5% in Fiscal 2009.  Net income in Fiscal 2011 increased 42.6% to $46.4 million compared with $32.5 million in Fiscal 2010 and $29.4 million in Fiscal 2009.  Earnings per diluted share increased to $1.60 compared with $1.12 for Fiscal 2010 and $1.02 for Fiscal 2009.

During the fiscal year, Hibbett opened forty-five new stores and closed fourteen stores, bringing the store base to 798 in 26 states as of January 29, 2011.  Inventory on a per store basis at January 29, 2011 decreased slightly with an improvement in aged merchandise compared to January 30, 2010.  Hibbett ended the fiscal year with $75.5 million of available cash and cash equivalents on the consolidated balance sheet and full availability under its $80.0 million unsecured credit facilities.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 2 of Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, for information regarding recent accounting pronouncements.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth the percentage relationship to net sales of certain items included in our consolidated statements of operations for the periods indicated.

   
Fiscal Year Ended
 
   
January 29,
   
January 30,
   
January 31,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2009
 
Net sales
    100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %
Costs of goods sold, including distribution and store occupancy costs
    65.3       66.9       67.1  
    Gross profit
    34.7       33.1       32.9  
                         
Store operating, selling and administrative expenses
    21.5       21.9       21.8  
Depreciation and amortization
    2.1       2.3       2.5  
    Operating income
    11.1       8.8       8.5  
                         
Interest income
    -       -       -  
Interest expense
    -       -       (0.1 )
  Interest (expense) income, net
    -       -       (0.1 )
    Income before provision for income taxes
    11.1       8.8       8.4  
                         
Provision for income taxes
    4.1       3.3       3.2  
    Net income
    7.0 %     5.5 %     5.2 %
 
Note:  Columns may not sum due to rounding.

Fiscal 2011 Compared to Fiscal 2010

Net sales.  Net sales increased $71.5 million, or 12.0%, to $665.0 million for the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011, from $593.5 million for the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  Furthermore:

 
·
We opened 45 Hibbett Sports stores while closing 13 underperforming Hibbett Sports stores and one Sports & Co. store for net stores opened of 31 stores in the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011.  We expanded or remodeled 17 high performing stores.  New stores and stores not in the comparable store net sales calculation accounted for $17.2 million of the increase in net sales.  Store openings and closings are reported net of relocations.
 
·
We experienced a 9.8% increase in comparable store net sales for the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011 compared to the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  Higher comparable store net sales contributed $54.3 million to the increase in net sales.



 
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During Fiscal 2011, 705 stores were included in the comparable store sales comparison.  The increase in comparable store net sales was broad-based with strong performances across footwear, equipment, apparel and accessories.  Strong product performances were led by positive trends in accessories, licensed apparel, activewear, all categories of footwear and equipment.  Strip locations continue to outperform enclosed mall stores.  Strip center locations now comprise approximately 76% of our total store base and include free-standing store locations.

Gross profit.  Cost of goods sold includes the cost of inventory, occupancy costs for stores and occupancy and operating costs for the distribution center.  Gross profit was $230.4 million, or 34.7% of net sales, in the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011, compared with $196.2 million, or 33.1% of net sales, in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  The increase in gross profit percent was due primarily to a higher percentage of merchandise sold at regular price and fewer promotions.  Distribution expense as a percentage of net sales decreased 19 basis points primarily due to basis point decreases in salary and benefit costs compared to a year ago.  Store occupancy expense as a percentage of net sales decreased 67 basis points.  The largest decrease was rent expense as a percentage of net sales as we continue to experience rent savings through lease renegotiations and from co-tenancy violations by our landlords, offset somewhat by a decrease in construction allowances used to offset rent expense.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses.  Store operating, selling and administrative expenses were $143.2 million, or 21.5% of net sales, for the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011, compared with $129.9 million, or 21.9% of net sales, for the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  Expense trends we experienced included:

 
·
Salary and benefit costs in our stores decreased by 45 basis points as a percentage of net sales, but increased in dollars, primarily from annual pay rate increases and incentive payments associated with higher sales.  These expenses increased at the administrative level by 12 basis points as a percentage of net sales primarily due to increases in accruals for bonuses.
 
·
Legal fees, business insurance costs and professional fees were lower as we continue to closely monitor and carefully manage these costs.
 
·
Credit and debit card fees increased as a percent to net sales due to higher exchange rates.  Medical insurance costs increased as a result of increased enrollment coupled with a slight increase in actual claims.  Third party freight and shipping costs were also higher, primarily due to an increase in the total number of stores serviced.

Depreciation and amortization.  Depreciation and amortization as a percentage of net sales was 2.1% in the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011, and 2.3% in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  The average lease term of new store leases added in Fiscal 2011 compared to those added in Fiscal 2010 increased to 7.85 years compared to 6.38 years, respectively, as the result of the execution of more leases with longer initial lease terms in Fiscal 2011 compared to Fiscal 2010.  We attribute the decrease in depreciation expense as a percent of net sales to a decrease in the investment in leasehold improvements in recent years as more of the build-out work is being done by landlords offset somewhat by changes in estimates of useful lives of leasehold improvements in some underperforming stores.

Provision for income taxes.  Provision for income taxes as a percentage of net sales was 4.1% in the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011, compared to 3.3% for the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  This increase was primarily due to operating efficiencies achieved resulting in higher pre-tax income as a percentage of net sales.  The combined federal, state and local effective income tax rate as a percentage of pre-tax income was 36.8% for Fiscal 2011 and 37.8% for Fiscal 2010.  This decrease was primarily due to increased stock option exercise activity.

Fiscal 2010 Compared to Fiscal 2009

Net sales.  Net sales increased $29.3 million, or 5.2%, to $593.5 million for the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010, from $564.2 million for the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009.  Furthermore:

 
·
We opened 42 Hibbett Sports stores while closing 20 Hibbett Sports stores for net stores opened of 22 stores in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  Nineteen high performing stores were expanded.  New stores and stores not in the comparable store net sales calculation accounted for $25.5 million of the increase in net sales.  Store openings and closings are reported net of relocations.
 
·
We experienced a 0.7% increase in comparable store net sales for the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010 compared to the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009.  Higher comparable store net sales contributed $3.8 million to the increase in net sales.
 
·
Items per sales transaction improved by 3.3% in Fiscal 2010 compared to Fiscal 2009.



 
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During Fiscal 2010, 646 stores were included in the comparable store sales comparison.  The slight increase in comparable store net sales was primarily attributable to an increase in the number of items per transaction and improved efficiencies in systems that enhanced our ability to offer the right product in the right store.  We also believe that the close proximity of our stores, coupled with brand name merchandise selection and successful college and professional sports seasons within our markets in the fourth quarter contributed to our increase in comparable store net sales.  With the exception of footwear, we experienced an overall increase in comparable store sales across our merchandise categories.  Accessories made the largest comparable stores sales gains in the high teens and twenties while footwear, excluding cleats, declined mid-single digits.  We believe the gains in accessory sales is the direct result of concentrated efforts of our Operations and Marketing teams to increase items per transaction by offering accessories as add-ons at the point of sale.

We believe that the decline in footwear sales resulted from the lack of economic stimulus checks that were in the market in Fiscal 2009 and also from the tougher macroeconomic environment which has affected discretionary spending.  All other categories of merchandise performed within the levels we expected.  Strip center locations continue to outperform enclosed mall stores.  Strip center locations now comprise approximately 75% of our total store base and include free-standing store locations.

Gross profit.  Cost of goods sold includes the cost of inventory, occupancy costs for stores and occupancy and operating costs for the distribution center.  Gross profit was $196.2 million, or 33.1% of net sales, in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010, compared with $185.4 million, or 32.9% of net sales, in the 52 week period of the prior fiscal year.  We attribute this increase in gross profit to increased markups, improved vendor contributions and reduced freight costs.  Of the store occupancy related costs, rent expense had the greatest increase due to the 3% increase in our store base and fewer construction allowance dollars to offset rent as landlords are delivering more complete stores.  Utility expenses and real estate taxes also increased as a percent to net sales.  Distribution expense decreases contributed the most to our increase in gross profit percent to net sales.  The most significant decreases were in data processing costs and fuel costs in Fiscal 2010, as compared to Fiscal 2009, as we move towards delivery by third-party logistics providers to our outlying stores, increasing the efficiency of the Hibbett fleet.

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses.  Store operating, selling and administrative expenses were $129.9 million, or 21.9% of net sales, for the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010, compared with $123.1 million, or 21.8% of net sales, for the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009.  Expense trends we experienced included:

 
·
Salary and benefit costs in our stores increased by 24 basis points, resulting primarily from increased incentive sales pay and increases in the minimum wage.  Administrative salary and benefit costs decreased slightly, although stock-based compensation increased 7 basis points as the result of the achievement of performance-based awards and a higher stock price at the date of grant as compared to Fiscal 2009.
 
·
As a result of fewer store openings in Fiscal 2010 compared to Fiscal 2009, new store costs decreased 14 basis points and store training costs, associated primarily with the training of new store managers, decreased 5 basis points.
 
·
Credit and debit card fees increased as a percent to net sales due to higher exchange rates.

Depreciation and amortization.  Depreciation and amortization as a percentage of net sales was 2.3% in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010, and 2.5% in the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009.  The average lease term of new store leases added in Fiscal 2010 compared to those added in Fiscal 2009 decreased to 6.38 years compared to 6.65 years, respectively.  We attribute the decrease in depreciation expense as a percent of net sales to the lower number of new stores added in the last three years and a lower investment in leasehold improvements for each new location as landlords are moving toward delivering more occupant-ready stores and moving away from construction allowances and tenant-completed units.

Provision for income taxes.  Provision for income taxes as a percentage of net sales was 3.3% in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010, compared to 3.2% for the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009.  The combined federal, state and local effective income tax rate as a percentage of pre-tax income was 37.8% for Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our capital requirements relate primarily to new store openings, stock repurchases and working capital requirements.  Our working capital requirements are somewhat seasonal in nature and typically reach their peak near the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth quarters of our fiscal year.  Historically, we have funded our cash requirements primarily through our cash flow from operations and occasionally from borrowings under our revolving credit facilities.



 
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Our consolidated statements of cash flows are summarized as follows (in thousands):

   
Fiscal Year Ended
 
   
January 29,
   
January 30,
   
January 31,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2009
 
Net cash provided by operating activities:
  $ 61,918     $ 36,914     $ 38,997  
Net cash used in investing activities:
    (10,883 )     (9,603 )     (13,781 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities:
    (25,209 )     1,730       (15,308 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
  $ 25,826     $ 29,041     $ 9,908  
 
Operating Activities.

Cash flow from operations is seasonal in our business.  Typically, we use cash flow from operations to increase inventory in advance of peak selling seasons, such as winter holidays and back-to-school.  Inventory levels are reduced in connection with higher sales during the peak selling seasons and this inventory reduction, combined with proportionately higher net income, typically produces a positive cash flow.  In recent years, we have experienced a trend of increasing free rent provisions in lieu of cash construction allowances in our leases.  We believe this is primarily the result of the tightening of commercial credit on our landlords.  Because of this, the non-cash portion of landlord allowances has also experienced increases.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $61.9 million for the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011 compared with net cash provided by operating activities of $36.9 million and $39.0 million in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009, respectively.

Inventory levels have continued to increase year over year as the number of stores have increased, although the inventory per store has historically trended slightly down to flat.  Ending inventory at January 29, 2011 was up 3.2% compared to January 30, 2010.  The increase in inventory used cash of $5.5 million, $17.6 million and $10.4 million during Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, respectively.  The accounts payable increase provided cash of $11.0 million, $0.5 million and $0.3 million during Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, respectively, as we took advantage of more favorable payment terms and managed cash while protecting vendor discounts.  Net income provided cash of $46.4 million, $32.5 million and $29.4 million during Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, respectively.  Non-cash charges included depreciation and amortization expense of $13.6 million, $13.9 million and $14.3 million during Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, respectively, and stock-based compensation expense of $4.8 million, $4.2 million and $3.6 million during Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, respectively.

Investing Activities.

Cash used in investing activities in the fiscal periods ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009 totaled $10.9 million, $9.6 million and $13.8 million, respectively.  Gross capital expenditures used $10.5 million, $9.6 million and $13.7 million during Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, respectively.

We use cash in investing activities to build new stores and remodel or relocate existing stores.  Furthermore, net cash used in investing activities includes purchases of information technology assets and expenditures for our distribution facility and corporate headquarters.

We opened 45 new stores and relocated and/or remodeled 17 existing stores during the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011.  We opened 42 new stores and relocated and/or remodeled 21 existing stores during the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010.  We opened 69 new stores and relocated and/or remodeled 19 existing stores during the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009.

We estimate the cash outlay for capital expenditures in the fiscal year ending January 28, 2012 will be approximately $13.0 million, which relates to the opening of approximately 50 new stores, remodeling of selected existing stores, information system upgrades and various improvements at our headquarters and distribution center.  Of the total budgeted dollars for capital expenditures for Fiscal 2012, we anticipate that approximately 56% will be related to the opening of new stores and remodeling and/or relocating existing stores.  Approximately 34% will be related to information systems with the remaining 10% related primarily to office expansion, distribution center improvement and security equipment for our stores.

As of January 29, 2011, we had an approximate $0.8 million outlay remaining on enhancements to our merchandising system relating to inventory planning.  We believe these enhancements will further advance our ability to analyze inventory needs and generally improve sales across all markets and merchandise by providing another tool for managing our inventory at the store level.




 
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Financing Activities.

Net cash used in financing activities was $25.2 million in the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011 compared to net cash provided by financing activities of $1.7 million in the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010 and net cash used in financing activities of $15.3 million in the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009.  The financing activity cash fluctuation between years is primarily the result of repurchases of our common stock.  We expended $37.7 million and $16.9 million on repurchases of our common stock during Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2009, respectively.  We did not repurchase any of our common stock during Fiscal 2010.

Financing activities also consisted of proceeds from stock option exercises and the excess tax benefit from the exercise of incentive stock options.  As stock options are exercised, we will continue to receive proceeds and expect a tax deduction; however, the amounts and timing cannot be predicted.

At January 29, 2011, we had two unsecured revolving credit facilities that allow borrowings up to $30.0 million and $50.0 million, respectively, and which renew in August 2011 and November 2011, respectively.  The facilities do not require a commitment or agency fee nor are there any covenant restrictions.  We plan to renew these facilities as they expire and do not anticipate any problems in doing so; however, no assurance can be given that we will be granted a renewal or terms which are acceptable to us.  As of January 29, 2011, we did not have any debt outstanding under either of these facilities.

At January 30, 2010, we had two unsecured revolving credit facilities that allowed borrowings up to $30.0 million and $50.0 million, respectively, and which renewed in August 2010 and November 2010, respectively.  The facilities did not require a commitment or agency fee nor were there any covenant restrictions.  We renewed these facilities as they expired.  As of January 30, 2010, we did not have any debt outstanding under either of these facilities.

The following table lists the aggregate maturities of various classes of obligations and expiration amounts of various classes of commitments related to Hibbett Sports, Inc. at January 29, 2011 (in thousands):

   
Payment due by period
 
Contractual Obligations
 
Less than 1 year
   
1 - 3 years
   
3 - 5 years
   
More than 5 years
   
Total
 
Long-term debt obligations (1)
  $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Capital lease obligations (2)
    312       360       425       1,460       2,557  
Interest on capital lease obligations (2)
    228       372       310       363       1,273  
Operating lease obligations (2)
    42,609       64,794       34,095       17,621       159,119  
Purchase obligations (3)
    2,962       1,604       651       -       5,217  
Other liabilities (4)
    477       -       -       847       1,324  
Total
  $ 46,588     $ 67,130     $ 35,481     $ 20,291     $ 169,490  
 
 
(1)
See “Part II, Item 8, Consolidated Financial Statements Note 5 – Debt.”
 
(2)
See “Part II, Item 8, Consolidated Financial Statements Note 6 – Leases.”
 
(3)
Purchase obligations include all material legally binding contracts such as software license commitments and service contracts.  The table above also includes stand-by letters of credit in conjunction with our self-insured workers’ compensation and general liability insurance coverage.  Contractual obligations, including purchase orders for inventory, that are not binding agreements are excluded from the table above.  Utility contracts, including waste disposal agreements, are also excluded.
 
(4)
Other liabilities include amounts accrued for various deferred compensation arrangements and the current portion of unrecognized tax benefits.  See “Part II, Item 8, Consolidated Financial Statements Note 7 – Defined Contribution Benefit Plans” for a discussion regarding our employee benefit plans.  Non-current liabilities, primarily consisting of deferred rent and unrecognized tax benefits, have been excluded from the above table to the extent that the timing and/or amount of any cash payment are uncertain.  See “Part II, Item 8, Consolidated Financial Statements Note 1 – Deferred Rent” for a discussion on our deferred rent liabilities.  See “Part II, Item 8, Consolidated Financial Statements Note 9 – Income Taxes” for a discussion of our unrecognized tax benefits.

Excluded from this table are approximately $3.4 million of unrecognized tax benefits which have been recorded as liabilities in accordance with ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes, as the timing of such payments cannot be reasonably determined.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have not provided any financial guarantees as of January 29, 2011.  We have not created, and are not party to, any special-purpose or off-balance sheet entities for the purpose of raising capital, incurring debt or operating our business.  We do not have any arrangements or relationships with entities that are not consolidated into the financial statements.


 
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Inflation and Other Economic Factors

Our ability to provide quality merchandise on a profitable basis may be subject to economic factors and influences that we cannot control.  National or international events, including uncertainties in the global financial markets, U.S. government policies, the Middle East and Asia, could lead to disruptions in economies in the United States or in foreign countries where a significant portion of our merchandise is manufactured.  These and other factors could increase our merchandise costs and other costs that are critical to our operations.  Consumer spending could also decline because of economic pressures.

Merchandise Costs.  Based on current economic conditions, we expect that any increase in merchandise costs per unit will be offset by improved vendor discounts and increased retail prices in Fiscal 2012.

Freight Costs.  We experienced stabilized fuel costs during the first half of Fiscal 2011 compared to Fiscal 2010, but those costs began increasing in the second half of the fiscal year.  At the end of Fiscal 2011, freight costs were still rising, and we expect fuel costs to continue to rise in Fiscal 2012.  We expect volatility in freight costs to have a slight effect on our results of operations.

Minimum Wage.  Increases in the mandated minimum wage over the past several years have impacted our payroll costs.  Congress approved federal minimum wage increases totaling 40.8% over a three-year period beginning in Fiscal 2008.  Currently, no new increases to minimum wage have been proposed.  Some of the states we operate in have automatic provisions for future increases based on the Consumer Price Index or on inflation.  We expect wage increases to have a slight effect on our store operating, selling and administrative expenses.

Insurance Costs.  In Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010, we experienced a decrease in general business insurance.  We are primarily self-insured for health claims, and during all three fiscal periods, have experienced an increase in our average monthly health insurance claims.  In Fiscal 2012, we expect that both general business insurance costs and health insurance costs will increase slightly, but do not expect these increases to have a significant impact in our consolidated financial statements.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

We continuously monitor and review all current accounting pronouncements and standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and other authoritative sources of U.S. GAAP for applicability to our operations.

In February 2010, the FASB issued amended guidance on subsequent events.  Under this amended guidance, SEC filers are no longer required to disclose the date through which subsequent events have been evaluated in originally issued and revised financial statements.  The guidance was effective immediately, and we have adopted this new guidance.

Proposed Amendments to Current Accounting Standards.  The FASB is currently working on amendments to existing accounting standards governing a number of areas including, but not limited to, accounting for leases.  In August 2010, the FASB issued an exposure draft, Leases, which would replace the existing guidance in ASC Topic 840, Leases.  When and if effective, this proposed standard will likely have a significant impact in our consolidated financial statements.  However, as the standard-setting process is still ongoing, we are unable to determine the impact this proposed change in accounting will have in our consolidated financial statements at this time.

Our Critical Accounting Policies

Our critical accounting policies reflected in the consolidated financial statements are detailed below.

Revenue Recognition.  We recognize revenue, including gift card and layaway sales, in accordance with ASC Topic 605, Revenue Recognition.

Retail merchandise sales occur on-site in our retail stores.  Customers have the option of paying the full purchase price of the merchandise upon sale or paying a down payment and placing the merchandise on layaway.  The customer may make further payments in installments, but the entire purchase price for merchandise placed on layaway must be received by us within 30 days.  The down payment and any installments are recorded by us as short-term deferred revenue until the customer pays the entire purchase price for the merchandise.  We recognize revenue at the time the customer takes possession of the merchandise.   Retail sales are recorded net of returns and discounts and exclude sales taxes.

In Fiscal 2009, we began a customer loyalty program, the MVP Rewards program, whereby customers enroll in the program and receive points in a variety of ways that are automatically converted into reward certificates based on program parameters that are subject to change.  An estimate of the obligation related to the program, based on historical redemption rates, is recorded as a current liability and a reduction of net retail sales in the period earned by the customer.  The current liability is reduced, and a corresponding amount is recognized in net retail sales, in the amount of and at the time of redemption of the reward certificate.  At January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the amount recorded in current liabilities for reward certificates issued was inconsequential.

 
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The cost of coupon sales incentives is recognized at the time the related revenue is recognized by us.  Proceeds received from the issuance of gift cards are initially recorded as deferred revenue.  Revenue is subsequently recognized at the time the customer redeems the gift cards and takes possession of the merchandise.  Unredeemed gift cards are recorded as a current liability.

Beginning in Fiscal 2010, to the extent not required to be remitted to jurisdictions as unclaimed property, gift card breakage revenue is recognized based upon historical redemption patterns and represents the balance of gift cards for which we believe the likelihood of redemption by the customer is remote.  Prior to Fiscal 2010, gift card breakage revenue was not recognized due to the absence of reliable historical data.  For Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010, $0.2 million and $0.3 million of breakage revenue, respectively, was recorded in income as other income and is included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations as a reduction to store operating, selling and administrative expense.  For Fiscal 2009, there was no breakage revenue recorded in our consolidated statements of operations.  The net deferred revenue liability at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, was $3.1 million and $2.5 million, respectively.  Prior to Fiscal 2010, we escheated unredeemed gift cards.

Inventory Valuation.

Lower of Cost or Market:  Inventories are valued using the lower of weighted average cost or market method.  Market is determined based on estimated net realizable value.  We regularly review inventories to determine if the carrying value exceeds realizable value, and we record an accrual to reduce the carrying value to net realizable value as necessary.  We account for obsolescence as part of our lower of cost or market accrual based on historical trends and specific identification.  As of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the accrual was $1.8 million and $2.0 million, respectively.  A determination of net realizable value requires significant judgment and estimates.

Shrink Reserves:  We accrue for inventory shrinkage based on the actual historical results of our recent physical inventories.  These estimates are compared to actual results as physical inventory counts are performed and reconciled to the general ledger.  Store counts are typically performed on a cyclical basis, and the distribution center’s counts are performed quarterly.  As of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the accrual was $1.8 million.

Inventory Purchase Concentration:  Our business is dependent to a significant degree upon close relationships with our vendors.  Our largest vendor, Nike, represented 47.8% and 49.9% of our purchases for Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010, respectively.  Our second largest vendor represented 8.3% and 6.4% of our purchases while our third largest vendor represented 8.1% and 9.0% of our purchases for Fiscal 2011 and Fiscal 2010, respectively.

Consignment Inventories:  Beginning in Fiscal 2010, we expanded our business model to include consignment merchandise.  Consignment inventories, which are owned by the vendor but located in our stores, are not reported as our inventory until title is transferred to us or our purchase obligation is determined.  At January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, vendor-owned inventories held at our locations (and not reported as our inventory) were $0.7 million and $0.3 million, respectively.

Accrued Expenses.  On a monthly basis, we estimate certain significant expenses in an effort to record those expenses in the period incurred.  Our most significant estimates relate to payroll and payroll tax expenses, property taxes, insurance-related expenses and utility expenses.  Estimates are primarily based on current activity and historical results and are adjusted as our estimates change.  Determination of estimates and assumptions for accrued expenses requires significant judgment.

Income Taxes.  We estimate the annual tax rate based on projected taxable income for the full year and record a quarterly income tax provision in accordance with the anticipated annual rate.  As the year progresses, we refine the estimates of the year’s taxable income as new information becomes available, including year-to-date financial results.  This continual estimation process often results in a change to our expected effective tax rate for the year.  When this occurs, we adjust the income tax provision during the quarter in which the change in estimate occurs so that the year-to-date provision reflects the expected annual tax rate.  Significant judgment is required in determining our effective tax rate and in evaluating our tax position and changes in estimates could materially impact our results of operations and financial position.

Uncertain Tax Positions.  We account for uncertain tax positions in accordance with ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes.  The application of income tax law is inherently complex.  Laws and regulations in this area are voluminous and are often ambiguous.  As such, we are required to make many subjective assumptions and judgments regarding our income tax exposures.  Interpretations of and guidance surrounding income tax laws and regulations change over time.  As such, changes in our subjective assumptions and judgments can materially affect amounts recognized in the consolidated balance sheets and statements of operations.  See “Part II, Item 8, Consolidated Financial Statements Note 9 – Income Taxes” for additional detail on our uncertain tax positions.

 
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Litigation Accruals.  Estimated amounts for claims that are probable and can be reasonably estimated are recorded as liabilities in the consolidated balance sheets.  The likelihood of a material change in these estimated accruals is dependent on new claims as they may arise and the favorable or unfavorable outcome of a particular litigation.  As additional information becomes available, we assess the potential liability related to pending litigation and revise estimates as appropriate.  Such revisions in estimates of the potential liability could materially impact our results of operations and financial position.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets.  We continually evaluate whether events and circumstances have occurred that indicate the remaining balance of long-lived assets may be impaired and not recoverable.  Our policy is to adjust the remaining useful life of depreciable assets and to recognize any impairment loss on long-lived assets as a charge to current income when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the assets may not be recoverable.  Impairment is assessed considering the estimated undiscounted cash flows over the asset’s remaining life.  If estimated cash flows are insufficient to recover the investment, an impairment loss is recognized based on a comparison of the cost of the asset to fair value less any costs of disposition.  Evaluation of asset impairment requires significant judgment and estimates.

Stock-Based Compensation.  We use the Black-Scholes option-pricing model to estimate the fair value at the date of grant of stock options granted under our stock option plans and stock purchase rights associated with the Employee Stock Purchase Plan.  Volatility is estimated as of the date of grant or purchase date based on management’s estimate of the time period that captures the relative volatility of our stock.  We base the risk-free interest rate on the annual continuously compounded risk-free rate with a term equal to the option’s expected term.  The effects on net income and earnings per share (EPS) of stock-based compensation expense, net of tax, calculated using the fair value of stock options and stock purchase rights in accordance with the Black-Scholes options-pricing model are not necessarily representative of the effects of our results of operations in the future.  In addition, the compensation expense utilizes an option-pricing model developed for traded options with relatively short lives.  Our stock option grants have a life of up to ten years and are not transferable.  Therefore, the actual fair value of a stock option grant may be different from our estimates.  We believe that our estimates incorporate all relevant information and represent a reasonable approximation in light of the difficulties involved in valuing non-traded stock options.  All estimates and assumptions are regularly evaluated and updated when applicable.

Insurance Accruals.  We use a combination of insurance and self-insurance for a number of risks including workers’ compensation, general liability and employee-related health benefits, a portion of which is paid by our employees.  The estimates and accruals for the liabilities associated with these risks are regularly evaluated for adequacy based on the most current available information, including historical claims experience and expected future claims costs.

Leases.  We lease all our retail stores, our distribution center and certain equipment, including transportation and computer equipment.  We evaluate each lease at inception to determine whether the lease will be accounted for as an operating or capital lease.  The term of the lease used for this evaluation includes renewal option periods only in instances in which the exercise of the renewal option can be reasonably assured and failure to exercise such option would result in an economic penalty.  The majority of our retail stores and our distribution center are operating leases.

Many of our operating lease agreements contain rent holidays, rent escalation clauses and/or contingent rent provisions.  We recognize rent expense on a straight-line basis over the expected lease term, including cancelable option periods where failure to exercise such options would result in an economic penalty.  We use a time period for our straight-line rent expense calculation that equals or exceeds the time period used for depreciation on leasehold improvements.  In addition, the commencement date of the lease term is the earlier of the date when we become legally obligated for the rent payments or the date when we take possession of the building for initial setup of fixtures and merchandise.

We make judgments regarding the probable term for each lease, which can impact the classification and accounting for a lease as capital or operating, the escalations in payments that are taken into consideration when calculating straight-line rent and the term over which landlord allowances received are amortized.  These judgments may produce materially different amounts of depreciation, amortization and rent expense than would be reported in a specific period if different assumed lease terms were used.
 
Dividend Policy

We have never declared or paid any dividends on our common stock.  We currently intend to retain our future earnings to finance the growth and development of our business and for our stock repurchase program, and therefore do not anticipate declaring or paying cash dividends on our common stock for the foreseeable future.  Any future decision to declare or pay dividends will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will be dependent upon our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and such other factors as our Board of Directors deems relevant.

Controls and Procedures

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer (see “Part II, Item 9A, Controls and Procedures”).

 
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Quarterly and Seasonal Fluctuations

We experience seasonal fluctuations in our net sales and results of operations.  Customer buying patterns around the spring sales period and the holiday season historically result in higher first and fourth quarter net sales.  In addition, our quarterly results of operations may fluctuate significantly as a result of a variety of factors, including the timing of new store openings, the amount and timing of net sales contributed by new stores, merchandise mix and demand for apparel and accessories driven by local interest in sporting events.

Although our operations are influenced by general economic conditions, we do not believe that, historically, inflation has had a material impact on our results of operations as we are generally able to pass along inflationary increases in costs to our customers.  However, in recent periods, we have experienced an impact on overall sales due to volatility in consumer spending behaviors attributable to higher unemployment, falling equity and real estate values, adverse weather conditions and the limited availability of credit.

Item 7A.                      Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

Investment and Credit Availability Risk

We manage cash and cash equivalents in various institutions at levels beyond federally insured limits per institution, and we purchase investments not guaranteed by the FDIC.  Accordingly, there is a risk that we will not recover the full principal of our investments or that their liquidity may be diminished.  In an attempt to mitigate this risk, our investment policy emphasizes preservation of principal and liquidity.

We also have financial institutions that are committed to provide loans under our revolving credit facilities.  There is a risk that these institutions cannot deliver against these obligations.  For a further discussion of this risk and risks related to our deposits, see “Risk Factors” beginning on Page 9.

Interest Rate Risk

Our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows are subject to market risk from interest rate fluctuations on our credit facilities, which bear an interest at a rate that varies with LIBOR, prime or federal funds rates.

At the end of Fiscal 2011, Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009, we had no borrowings outstanding under any credit facility.  There were 10 days during the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011, where we incurred borrowings against our credit facilities for an average borrowing of $5.3 million.  During Fiscal 2011, the maximum amount outstanding against these agreements was $10.8 million and the weighted average interest rate was 2.28%.

There were 110 days during the 52 weeks ended January 30, 2010, where we incurred borrowings against our credit facility for an average and maximum borrowing of $7.3 and $13.9 million, respectively, and an average interest rate of 1.82%.  There were 348 days during the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2009, where we incurred borrowings against our credit facility for an average and maximum borrowing of $23.2 million and $47.1 million, respectively, and an average interest rate of 2.85%.

A 10.0% increase or decrease in market interest rates would not have a material impact on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.


 
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Item 8.                      Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

The following consolidated financial statements and supplementary data of our Company are included in response to this item:


All other schedules are omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is shown in the consolidated financial statements or notes thereto.


 
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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


The Board of Directors and Stockholders
Hibbett Sports, Inc.:

 
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Hibbett Sports, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders’ investment, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended January 29, 2011. We also have audited Hibbett Sports, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2011, based on the criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Hibbett Sports, Inc.’s management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting (Item 9A (b)). Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements and an opinion on Hibbett Sports, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Hibbett Sports, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended January 29, 2011, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also in our opinion, Hibbett Sports, Inc. and subsidiaries maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2011, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.

/s/ KPMG LLP

Birmingham, Alabama
March 29, 2011





 
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HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share information)

ASSETS
 
January 29, 2011
   
January 30, 2010
 
Current Assets:
           
  Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 75,517     $ 49,691  
  Trade receivables, net
    3,290       2,693  
  Accounts receivable, other
    2,095       1,936  
  Inventories, net
    174,878       169,394  
  Prepaid expenses and other
    6,033       1,643  
  Deferred income taxes, net
    7,528       6,163  
      Total current assets
    269,341       231,520  
                 
Property and Equipment:
               
  Land and building
    245       245  
  Buildings under capital lease
    2,403       -  
  Equipment
    51,087       48,715  
  Equipment under capital lease
    345       345  
  Furniture and fixtures
    25,629       24,352  
  Leasehold improvements
    63,309       61,908  
  Construction in progress
    1,245       691  
      144,263       136,256  
  Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    104,207       95,172  
      Net property and equipment
    40,056       41,084  
                 
Deferred income taxes, net
    3,596       3,507  
Other assets, net
    1,272       593  
Total Assets
  $ 314,265     $ 276,704  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' INVESTMENT
               
Current Liabilities:
               
  Accounts payable
  $ 75,986     $ 64,949  
  Short-term debt and capital lease obligations
    312       117  
  Accrued income taxes
    -       2,459  
  Accrued payroll expenses
    9,818       8,012  
  Deferred rent
    4,026       4,915  
  Other accrued expenses
    4,192       3,485  
      Total current liabilities
    94,334       83,937  
                 
Obligations under capital leases
    2,245       152  
Deferred rent
    12,816       14,224  
Unrecognized tax benefits
    3,692       2,775  
Other liabilities, net
    1,090       537  
      Total liabilities
    114,177       101,625  
                 
Stockholders' Investment:
               
  Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized,
               
    no shares issued
    -       -  
  Common stock, $.01 par value, 80,000,000 shares authorized,
               
    37,130,646 and 36,436,503 shares issued at January 29, 2011
               
    and January 30, 2010, respectively
    371       364  
  Paid-in capital
    114,568       98,107  
  Retained earnings
    289,952       243,552  
  Treasury stock, at cost; 9,223,038 and 7,761,813 shares
               
    repurchased at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively
    (204,803 )     (166,944 )
      Total stockholders' investment
    200,088       175,079  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Investment
  $ 314,265     $ 276,704  
 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 
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HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share information)


   
Fiscal Year Ended
 
   
January 29, 2011 (52 weeks)
   
January 30, 2010 (52 weeks)
   
January 31, 2009 (52 weeks)
 
Net sales
  $ 664,954     $ 593,492     $ 564,188  
Cost of goods sold, including distribution
                       
 center and store occupancy costs
    434,552       397,292       378,817  
    Gross profit
    230,402       196,200       185,371  
                         
Store operating, selling and administrative
                       
 expenses
    143,232       129,888       123,075  
Depreciation and amortization
    13,623       13,905       14,324  
   Operating income
    73,547       52,407       47,972  
                         
Interest income
    42       60       41  
Interest expense
    (147 )     (117 )     (660 )
   Interest expense, net
    (105 )     (57 )     (619 )
     Income before provision for income taxes
    73,442       52,350       47,353  
                         
Provision for income taxes
    27,042       19,801       17,905  
   Net income
  $ 46,400     $ 32,549     $ 29,448  
                         
Basic earnings per share
  $ 1.63     $ 1.14     $ 1.03  
Diluted earnings per share
  $ 1.60     $ 1.12     $ 1.02  
                         
Weighted average shares outstanding:
                       
  Basic
    28,426       28,629       28,547  
  Diluted
    29,033       29,089       28,954  


See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.




 
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HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands, except share information)

   
Fiscal Year Ended
 
   
January 29, 2011
   
January 30, 2010
   
January 31, 2009
 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:
                 
  Net income
  $ 46,400     $ 32,549     $ 29,448  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
                       
    provided by operating activities:
                       
    Depreciation and amortization
    13,623       13,905       14,324  
    Deferred and unrecognized income tax benefit, net
    (1,558 )     (2,433 )     (925 )
    Excess tax benefit from stock option exercises
    (3,435 )     (781 )     (388 )
    Loss on disposal and write-down of assets, net
    164       232       513  
    Stock-based compensation
    4,796       4,157       3,556  
    Other
    (2 )     -       -  
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
                       
      Trade receivables, net
    (597 )     (70 )     (724 )
      Accounts receivable, other
    (160 )     829       912  
      Inventories, net
    (5,484 )     (17,618 )     (10,369 )
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    (4,391 )     2,177       1,525  
      Accrued income taxes
    906       3,232       (476 )
      Other assets, non-current
    (149 )     169       71  
      Accounts payable
    11,036       489       336  
      Deferred rent, non-current
    (1,408 )     (2,319 )     (1,469 )
      Accrued expenses and other
    2,177       2,396       2,663  
        Net cash provided by operating activities
    61,918       36,914       38,997  
                         
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:
                       
  Purchase of investments, net
    (529 )     (39 )     (141 )
  Capital expenditures
    (10,476 )     (9,605 )     (13,697 )
  Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
    122       41       57  
        Net cash used in investing activities
    (10,883 )     (9,603 )     (13,781 )
                         
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:
                       
  Cash used for stock repurchases
    (37,715 )     -       (16,940 )
  Net payments on revolving credit facility and
                       
    capital lease obligations
    (114 )     (77 )     -  
  Excess tax benefit from stock option exercises
    3,435       781       388  
  Cash used to settle net share equity awards
    (144 )     -       -  
  Proceeds from options exercised and purchase of
                       
    shares under the employee stock purchase plan
    9,329       1,026       1,244  
        Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
    (25,209 )     1,730       (15,308 )
                         
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents
    25,826       29,041       9,908  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year
    49,691       20,650       10,742  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Year
  $ 75,517     $ 49,691     $ 20,650  
                         
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:
                       
  Cash paid during the year for:
                       
     Interest
  $ 95     $ 117     $ 659  
     Income taxes, net of refunds
  $ 31,987     $ 16,955     $ 21,162  
                         
Supplemental Schedule of Non-Cash Financing Activities:
                       
  Deferred board compensation
  $ -     $ -     $ 10  
  Shares awarded to satisfy deferred board compensation
    -       -       664  
  Capital leases
  $ 2,403     $ 345     $ -  
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 
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HIBBETT SPORTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT
(in thousands, except share information)

   
Common Stock
               
Treasury Stock
       
   
Number of Shares
   
Amount
   
Paid-In Capital
   
Retained Earnings
   
Number of Shares
   
Amount
   
Total Stockholders' Investment
 
Balance-February 2, 2008
    36,162,201     $ 362     $ 87,142     $ 181,555       6,723,113     $ (150,004 )   $ 119,055  
Net income
    -       -       -       29,448       -       -       29,448  
Issuance of shares from the employee stock purchase plan and the exercise of stock options, including tax benefit of $182
    142,534       1       1,425       -       -       -       1,426  
Tax shortfall on release of restricted stock and option exercises
    -       -       (176 )     -       -       -       (176 )
Adjustment to income tax benefit from exercises of employee stock options
    -       -       206       -       -       -       206  
Purchase of shares under the stock repurchase program
    -       -       -       -       1,038,700       (16,940 )     (16,940 )
Stock-based compensation
    -       -       3,556       -       -       -       3,556  
                                                         
Balance-January 31, 2009
    36,304,735       363       92,153       211,003       7,761,813       (166,944 )     136,575  
Net income
    -       -       -       32,549       -       -       32,549  
Issuance of shares from the employee stock purchase plan and the exercise of stock options, including tax benefit of $408
    131,768       1       1,430       -       -       -       1,431  
Tax shortfall on release of restricted stock and option exercises
    -       -       (6 )     -       -       -       (6 )
Adjustment to income tax benefit from exercises of employee stock options
    -       -       373       -       -       -       373  
Stock-based compensation
    -       -       4,157       -       -       -       4,157  
                                                         
Balance-January 30, 2010
    36,436,503       364       98,107       243,552       7,761,813       (166,944 )     175,079  
Net income
    -       -       -       46,400       -       -       46,400  
Issuance of shares from the employee stock purchase plan and the exercise of stock options, including tax benefit of $3,435
    694,143       7       12,756       -       -       -       12,763  
Tax shortfall on release of restricted stock and option exercises
    -       -       (67 )     -       -       -       (67 )
Adjustment to income tax benefit from exercises of employee stock options
    -       -       (1,024 )     -       -       -       (1,024 )
Purchase of shares under the stock repurchase program
    -       -       -       -       1,461,225       (37,859 )     (37,859 )
Stock-based compensation
    -       -       4,796       -       -       -       4,796  
Balance-January 29, 2011
    37,130,646     $ 371     $ 114,568