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PSUN to close remaining Demo stores

By Tiffany Montgomery
January 04, 2008 7:17 AM

The company is also closing its Anaheim warehouse and moving that operation to its Midwest facility at a cost of $3 million. Warehouse employees in Anaheim will lose their jobs. It is unclear how many positions are impacted.

Pacific Sunwear decided to close 154 remaining Demo stores to focus on its PacSun business. Previously, the company had closed 74 Demo stores. The new round of closures will cost between $35 to $50 million.

Here's the release:

ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 4, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NasdaqGS:PSUN - News) (the ``Company') reported today that it will close its remaining 154 demo stores as soon as is practical. The determination to take this action followed a review of strategic alternatives for its demo division, as previously announced in October 2007. In February 2007, the Company announced the planned closure of 74 underperforming demo stores, all of which were closed as of the end of May 2007.

Pacific Sunwear's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sally Frame Kasaks commented: ``As we previously announced, we strongly believe that the best course for enhancing shareholder value is to focus our attention and resources on the PacSun business. We engaged an outside financial advisor to help us carefully evaluate strategic alternatives for demo and have determined on the basis of this review that it is in the best interests of our investors to close our remaining demo stores and concentrate our efforts on our core business.'

As a result of this decision, the Company expects to incur aggregate pre-tax charges in the range of approximately $35 million to $50 million for anticipated lease terminations, employee severance charges, inventory reserves, and agency fees. Approximately $3 million to $4 million of such charges are expected to be incurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 ending February 2, 2008. These charges were not reflected in the Company's previously given GAAP earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. The remainder of such charges is expected to be incurred during the first quarter of fiscal 2008 ending May 3, 2008, by which time the Company currently expects that all 154 demo stores will be closed. Upon the completion of the inventory liquidation and lease termination negotiations, together with anticipated income tax benefits expected to be realized, the Company expects the net cash outflow of the demo store closings to be in the range of near neutral to approximately $10 million. The Company intends to engage the Gordon Brothers Group, LLP and its subsidiary, DJM Realty, LLP, to assist in the demo store closing effort.

Separately, the Company also announced today that, following a review of its supply chain operations, it will relocate all of its distribution activities to its distribution center in Olathe, Kansas, and close its distribution center in Anaheim, California.

Ms. Kasaks added, ``In analyzing our operations, it became clear that we can better leverage our existing capacity at our Olathe distribution center to improve the efficiency of our supply chain, better service our stores and reduce certain costs. We regret the impact on our associates of both of these decisions, but recognize these actions are necessary in order to improve our financial performance and best position the Company for future growth.'

The relocation of the Anaheim distribution operations is expected to result in pre-tax charges of approximately $3 million, of which approximately $1 million is expected to be incurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and approximately $2 million is expected to be incurred during the first quarter of fiscal 2008. These charges were not reflected in the Company's previously given GAAP earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. The Company plans to gradually phase down its operations in the Anaheim distribution center and expects the facility to close by the end of April 2008. The Company is currently evaluating sale or lease alternatives for the Anaheim distribution center, which are expected to generate cash flow in excess of the current net book value of those assets.

About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.

Pacific Sunwear, operating under three distinct retail concepts, is a leading specialty retailer of everyday casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to meet the needs of active teens and young adults. As of January 2, 2008, the Company operated 841 PacSun stores, 120 PacSun Outlet stores, 154 demo stores and 6 One Thousand Steps stores for a total of 1,121 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun's website address is http://www.pacsun.com, merchandise carried at demo stores can be found at http://www.demostores.com and information about One Thousand Steps can be found at http://www.onethousandsteps.com.

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