Trans World Entertainment Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Trans World Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC) today announced total sales for the third quarter ended October 31, 2009 decreased 17% to $161.4 million, compared to $195.2 million in the third quarter of 2008. The average number of stores in operation during the quarter was 694 compared to 786 last year, a 12% decline. Comparable store sales in the third quarter of 2009 decreased 9%. For the third quarter of 2009, the net loss was $22.3 million, or $0.71 per share compared to a net loss of $28.4 million, or $0.91 per share for the same period last year.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales for the third quarter of 2009 was 33.9% compared to 33.5% in the third quarter of 2008. SG&A expenses were 17% less than last year and were 44.8% of sales compared to 44.7% last year.

Sales for the thirty-nine week period ended October 31, 2009 decreased 19% to $518.6 million, compared to $643.0 million in 2008. Comparable store sales for the thirty-nine week period ended October 31, 2009 decreased 11%. Net loss for the thirty-nine week period was $53.8 million or $1.72 per share versus $59.5 million or $1.91 per share last year.

The Company had $55.5 million in borrowings outstanding on its credit facility at the end of the quarter as compared to $62.1 million last year. Inventory was $369.0 million, or $83 per square foot, at the end of the quarter versus $468.8 million or $95 per square foot for the same period last year.

Trans World Entertainment is a leading specialty retailer of entertainment software, including music, video and video games and related products. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, primarily under the names f.y.e. for your entertainment and Suncoast and on the web at www.fye.com, www.wherehouse.com, www.secondspin.com, and www.suncoast.com.

Certain statements in this release set forth management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current facts and analyses. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in such statements. Additional information on factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                      TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
                                Financial Results

    STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS:
    (in millions, except per share data)
                                             Thirteen Weeks Ended
                                             --------------------
                                    October 31,  % to    November 1,  % to
                                       2009     Sales       2008      Sales
                                    ---------- -------   ----------  -------
    Net sales                        $161.4               $195.2
    Cost of sales                     106.8     66.1%      129.8      66.5%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------
    Gross profit                       54.6     33.9%       65.4     33.5%

    Selling, general and
       administrative expenses         72.2     44.8%       87.2     44.7%

    Depreciation and amortization       3.9      2.4%        5.6      2.8%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------
    Loss from operations              (21.5)   -13.3%      (27.4)   -14.0%

    Interest expense, net               0.7      0.4%        1.1      0.6%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------

    Loss before income taxes          (22.2)   -13.7%      (28.5)   -14.6%
    Income tax expense (benefit)        0.1      0.1%       (0.1)     0.0%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------

    NET LOSS                         $(22.3)   -13.8%     $(28.4)   -14.6%
                                     =======   =======    =======   =======
    Basic and diluted loss per
     common share:                    ------               ------
    Basic and diluted loss
     per share                       $(0.71)              $(0.91)
                                     =======              =======
    Weighted average number of
       common shares outstanding
       - basic and diluted             31.4                 31.3
                                     =======              =======

    STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS:
    (in millions, except per share data)
                                            Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
                                            -----------------------
                                    October 31,  % to    November 1,  % to
                                       2009     Sales      2008       Sales
                                    ---------- -------   ----------  -------
    Net sales                        $518.6               $643.0

    Cost of sales                     339.4     65.5%      418.7     65.1%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------
    Gross profit                      179.2     34.5%      224.3     34.9%

    Selling, general and
       administrative expenses        220.0     42.3%      264.6     41.0%

    Depreciation and amortization      11.3      2.2%       16.6      2.6%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------
    Loss from operations              (52.1)   -10.0%      (56.9)    -8.7%

    Interest expense, net               2.1      0.4%        3.0      0.5%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------

    Loss before income taxes          (54.2)   -10.4%      (59.9)    -9.2%
    Income tax expense (benefit)       (0.4)     0.0%       (0.4)     0.0%
                                     -------   -------    -------   -------

    NET LOSS                         $(53.8)   -10.4%     $(59.5)    -9.2%
                                     =======   =======    =======   =======
    Basic and diluted loss per
     common share:                    ------               ------
    Basic and diluted loss
     per share                       $(1.72)              $(1.91)
                                     =======              =======
    Weighted average number of
       common shares outstanding
       - basic and diluted             31.4                 31.2
                                     =======              =======




    SELECTED BALANCE SHEET CAPTIONS:         October 31,   November 1,
    (in millions, except store data)             2009         2008
                                            ------------ ------------

    Cash and cash equivalents                    $9.1         $9.1
    Merchandise inventory                       369.0        468.8
    Fixed assets (net)                           41.6         68.5
    Accounts payable                            135.5        193.3
    Borrowings under line of credit              55.5         62.1
    Long-term debt, less current portion          7.2          9.8

    Stores in operation                           690          786

SOURCE Trans World Entertainment Corporation

Trans World Entertainment
John J. Sullivan, EVP, Chief Financial Officer, +1-518-452-1242
or
Financial Relations Board
Marilynn Meek, +1-212-827-3773