Big Dog Holdings, Inc. reported net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 were $15,354,000 as compared with $17,546,000 in the first quarter 2002. Our total retail store sales decreased 12% due to the closing of 9 stores and our comparable store sales decrease of 12.4% for the quarter. The Company had 200 stores opened at the end of the period as compared with 206 stores on March 31, 2002.
Gross profit for the quarter decreased to $8,103,000 as compared with $9,266,000 in the first quarter 2002 due to the decrease in sales. The gross margin remained stable at 52.8%. Operating expenses in the first quarter 2002 were 81.5% of sales or $12,512,000 as compared to 74.4% or $13,060,000 in 2002. The loss from operations increased to $4,409,000 as compared to $3,794,000 in the first quarter 2002. The net loss for the first quarter increased to $2,750,000 or $.33 per share, as compared with $2,383,000 or $.28 per share for the first quarter 2002.
Commenting on the first quarter results, Andrew Feshbach, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our first quarter sales continued in the same trend as last quarter holiday season. This year’s Easter holiday shifted into the second quarter this year, which resulted in lower traffic levels and sales in March. We continue to focus on taking steps to strengthen our balance sheet and position us for our summer selling season.”
The Company was informed by NASDAQ that the Company’s shares of common stock could be listed on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market or over the counter on the OTCBB, rather than on the National Market, unless they traded above a certain price for a designated period. The Company’s shares have now met that requirement and will therefore remain listed on the NASDAQ National Market.
BIG DOG HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Three Months Ended March 31, 2003 2002 (Unaudited) NET SALES $15,354,000 $17,546,000 COST OF GOODS SOLD 7,251,000 8,280,000 GROSS PROFIT 8,103,000 9,266,000 OPERATING EXPENSES: Selling, marketing and distribution 11,311,000 11,836,000 General and administrative 1,201,000 1,224,000 Total operating expenses 12,512,000 13,060,000 LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (4,409,000) (3,794,000) INTEREST EXPENSE, NET 62,000 81,000 LOSS BEFORE BENEFIT FROM INCOME TAXES (4,471,000) (3,875,000) BENEFIT FROM INCOME TAXES (1,721,000) (1,492,000) NET LOSS $(2,750,000) $(2,383,000)