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Finish Line Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Year Earnings and Announces Lease Accounting Changes to Reflect SEC's Guidance.



INDIANAPOLIS, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alan H. Cohen cohen
 or kohen

(Hebrew: “priest”) Jewish priest descended from Zadok (a descendant of Aaron), priest at the First Temple of Jerusalem. The biblical priesthood was hereditary and male.
, Chief Executive Officer of The Finish Line, Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 26, 2005.

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS:

Net sales Net Sales

The amount a seller receives from the buyer after costs associated with the sale are deducted.

Notes:
This amount is calculated by subtracting the following items from gross sales: merchandise returned for credit, allowances for damaged or missing goods, freight
 increased 18% (eighteen percent) to $361.4 million for the thirteen weeks ended February 26, 2005 (the "fourth quarter" or "Q4") compared to $305.3 million reported for the thirteen weeks last year ended February 28, 2004 ("Q4 LY"). Comparable store net sales increased 8% (eight percent) for Q4 on top of a 19% (nineteen percent) increase reported for Q4 LY.

Net income for Q4 was $28.2 million or $.57 per diluted di·lute  
tr.v. di·lut·ed, di·lut·ing, di·lutes
1. To make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water.

2. To lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, especially by admixture.
 share versus $21.1 million or $.43 per diluted share on a restated basis for Q4 LY, an increase of 33% in diluted income per share. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 49,601,000 for the thirteen weeks ended February 26, 2005, versus 49,031,000 shares outstanding for the thirteen weeks ended February 28, 2004.

FISCAL YEAR RESULTS:

Net sales increased 18% (eighteen percent) to $1.167 billion for the fifty-two weeks ended February 26, 2005 ("Fiscal 2005") compared to $985.9 million for the fifty-two weeks ended February 28, 2004 ("Fiscal 2004"). Comparable store net sales increased 9% (nine percent) for Fiscal 2005 on top of a 20% (twenty percent) increase for Fiscal 2004.

Reported net income for Fiscal 2005 was $61.3 million or $1.24 per diluted share versus $47.3 million or $.98 per diluted share on a restated basis for Fiscal 2004. Included in Fiscal 2004 is the benefit from the gain on the tornado tornado, dark, funnel-shaped cloud containing violently rotating air that develops below a heavy cumulonimbus cloud mass and extends toward the earth. The funnel twists about, rises and falls, and where it reaches the earth causes great destruction.  insurance settlement of $.01 per diluted share. Excluding the insurance settlement noted above, Fiscal 2004 adjusted net income per diluted share would have been $.97. As a result, Fiscal 2005 earnings per diluted share of $1.24 increased 28% versus comparable earnings of $.97 per diluted share for Fiscal 2004. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 49,377,000 for Fiscal 2005, versus 48,272,000 shares outstanding for Fiscal 2004.

Mr. Cohen stated, "Fiscal 2005 was a record year for Finish Line and we are pleased to announce a 33% increase in diluted earnings per share diluted earnings per share

An earnings measure calculated by dividing net income less preferred stock dividends for a period by the average number of shares of common stock that would be outstanding if all convertible securities were converted into shares of
 for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2005 and a 28% increase in reported diluted earnings per share for the full fiscal year. Our operating margin Operating Margin

A ratio used to measure a company's pricing strategy and operating efficiency.

Calculated by:
 of 8.3% for Fiscal 2005 exceeded our goal of 8.1% we had set at the beginning of the year. In addition, our acquisition of the Man Alive chain effective as of January 29, 2005 offers another growth vehicle for the future."

LEASE ACCOUNTING ISSUES:

Consistent with many other retailers, Finish Line historically has accounted for construction allowances received from landlords on its balance sheets as a reduction of property and equipment, and amortized the allowances over the lives of the related assets. After consultation with its independent auditors and its Audit Committee, the Company has determined that this method of accounting is not consistent with the views expressed in a letter dated February 7, 2005 from the Chief Accountant of the SEC to the American Institute of Certified See certification.  Public Accountants. As a result, Finish Line reclassified construction allowances from property and equipment to deferred rent liabilities on its Balance Sheets for all periods presented. This had the effect of increasing capital expenditures, with an offsetting increase in depreciation and deferred rent on its Statement of Cash Flows. Accordingly, there was no effect on cash.

In addition, the Company has determined that its calculation of straight line rents should be modified. The Company had recognized straight line expense for leases beginning on the commencement date of the lease, which had the effect of excluding the store build-out periods from the calculation of the period over which it expensed rent. The Company restated its results to reflect straight line expense over the lease term including any rent-free build-out periods.

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 the construction allowances and adjust straight-line rents, property and equipment on the fiscal 2005 Balance Sheet increased by approximately $36.2 million, and the liability for deferred rent increased by approximately $41.6 million. The restatement Restatement

A revision in a company's earlier financial statements.

Notes:
The need for restating financial figures can result from fraud, misrepresentation, or a simple clerical error.
 had no effect on earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter and Fiscal 2005 was affected by a charge to earnings of $.01 per diluted share. The adjustment to earnings in each of the affected years is a non-cash item. The estimated cumulative effect on Retained Earnings Retained Earnings

The percentage of net earnings not paid out in dividends, but retained by the company to be reinvested in its core business or to pay debt. It is recorded under shareholders equity on the balance sheet.
 as of the beginning of the year for Fiscal 2003 will be a reduction of approximately $2.3 million. The net income effect for Fiscal 2003, Fiscal 2004 and Fiscal 2005 was a charge of $0.4 million, a benefit of $0.1 million and a charge of $0.7 million, respectively.

Additional information regarding the restatement can be found in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K Form 8-K

The form required by the SEC when a publicly held company incurs any event that might affect its financial situation or the share value of its stock.


Form 8-K

See 8-K.
 filed with the SEC today. The Company expects to file the corrections to its annual and interim financial statements in its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 26, 2005. The Company's Forms 10-Q for fiscal 2006 will reflect the restated information for the corresponding quarters in fiscal 2005.

INVENTORY AND STORE INFORMATION:

Merchandise inventories on a consolidated basis (including Man Alive) were $241.2 million at February 26, 2005. Finish Line store merchandise inventories were $237.5 million at fiscal year end compared to $192.6 million at February 28, 2004. On a per square foot basis Finish Line store merchandise inventories at fiscal year end increased approximately 11% (eleven percent) compared to one year ago.

Finish Line operated 598 stores at February 26, 2005, an increase of 13% (thirteen percent) over the 531 stores operated one year ago. For the year, Finish Line opened 71 new stores, remodeled 27 existing stores and closed 4 stores with retail square footage increasing 11% (eleven percent) to 3,414,000 at February 26, 2005 versus 3,081,000 at February 28, 2004. As of February 26, 2005, Man Alive operated 37 stores totaling 105,000 square feet.

CONFERENCE CALL:

The Company is hosting a live conference call at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 24th. Interested parties may participate in the call by calling 1-706-634-5566 (conference leader is Steve Schneider and conference ID# is 4107872). Those interested in listening to the call on the web can do so at http://www.finishline.com/ .

The Company will make available a replay of the live conference call by calling 1-706-645-9291 (Conference ID# 4107872). This replay will be available commencing at approximately 9:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 24th and will remain available through March 25th. In addition, the replay will be available on the web at http://www.finishline.com/ .

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 with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The name of this country. The United States, now thirty-one in number, are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, . Adjusted results are non- GAAP GAAP

See: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles


GAAP

See generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
 and are from continuing operations continuing operations

Parts of a business that are expected to be maintained as an ongoing segment of an overall business operation. Income and losses from continuing operations are reported separately if any segments have been discontinued during the
 and exclude the insurance settlement gain related to a tornado. The reported results for all operations and reconciliation between reported and non-GAAP adjusted results are attached to this press release.

The Company has experienced, and expects to continue to experience, significant variability in net sales and comparable store net sales from quarter to quarter. Therefore, the results of the periods presented herein are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for any other future period or year.

Certain statements contained in this press release regard matters that are not historical facts and are forward looking statements (as such term is defined in the rules promulgated prom·ul·gate  
tr.v. prom·ul·gat·ed, prom·ul·gat·ing, prom·ul·gates
1. To make known (a decree, for example) by public declaration; announce officially. See Synonyms at announce.

2.
 pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended). Because such forward looking statements contain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: changing consumer preferences; the Company's inability to successfully market its footwear, apparel, accessories and other merchandise; price, product and other competition from other retailers (including Internet and direct manufacturer sales); the unavailability of products; the inability to locate and obtain favorable fa·vor·a·ble  
adj.
1. Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.

2. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.

3.
 lease terms for the Company's stores; the loss of key employees, general economic conditions and adverse factors impacting the retail athletic industry; management of growth, and the other risks detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to these forward looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof here·of  
adv.
Of this.


hereof
Adverb

Formal or law of or concerning this

Adv. 1. hereof - of or concerning this; "the twigs hereof are physic"
 or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

The Finish Line, Inc. is one of the nation's leading athletic specialty retailers offering the best selection of footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. Finish Line is publicly traded on the NASDAQ NASDAQ
 in full National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

U.S. market for over-the-counter securities. Established in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), NASDAQ is an automated quotation system that reports on
 National Market under the symbol FINL FINL Financial Independent Network Limited  and currently operates 605 Finish Line stores in 46 states and online. In addition, the Company also operates 37 Man Alive stores in nine states. To learn more about The Finish Line, visit http://www.finishline.com/ and to learn more about Man Alive visit http://www.manalive.com/ .
 Investor Relations:
  CONTACT:  Kevin S. Wampler, 317-899-1022, ext. 6914
            Executive Vice President - CFO

  Media Requests:
  CONTACT:  Elise Hasbrook, 317-899-1022, ext. 6827
            Corporate Communications Manager


                          The Finish Line, Inc.
                    Consolidated Statements of Income
                               (Unaudited)
             (In thousands, except per share and store data)

                                    As Restated                 As Restated
                         Thirteen Weeks Ended        Fifty-two Weeks Ended
                      February 26,  February 28,  February 26,  February 28,
                         2005          2004          2005          2004
                      ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Net Sales            $361,386      $305,262    $1,166,767      $985,891
  Cost of Sales
   (including
    occupancy
    expenses)           242,046       205,957       798,033       681,561
                      ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Gross profit          119,340        99,305       368,734       304,330

  Selling, general,
   and administrative
   expenses              74,586        65,409       271,787       229,842
  Insurance settlement        -             -             -        (1,228)
  Interest income - net     363           178         1,076           651
                      ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Income before
   income taxes          45,117        34,074        98,023        76,367
  Income taxes           16,920        12,948        36,760        29,020
                      ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Net income            $28,197       $21,126       $61,263       $47,347
                      ============  ============  ============  ============
  Diluted weighted
   average shares
   outstanding (1)       49,601        49,031        49,377        48,272
                      ============  ============  ============  ============
  Diluted net income
   per share (1)          $0.57         $0.43         $1.24         $0.98
                      ============  ============  ============  ============

  Dividends declared
   per share             $0.025             -        $0.075             -
                      ============  ============  ============  ============


  Reconciliation of GAAP
   net income to non-GAAP
   adjusted net income
  ------------------------

  GAAP net income       $28,197       $21,126       $61,263        $47,347

  Adjustments to GAAP income:
    Insurance settlement      -             -             -         (1,228)
                      ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
                         28,197        21,126        61,263         46,119
    Tax effect                -             -             -            467
                      ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
    Non-GAAP adjusted
     net income         $28,197       $21,126       $61,263        $46,586
                      ============  ============  ============  ============

  Diluted weighted
   average shares
   outstanding (1)       49,601        49,031        49,377         48,272
                      ============  ============  ============  ============

  Non-GAAP adjusted
   diluted net income
   per share on a
   comparable basis
   to previous
   guidance (1)           $0.57         $0.43         $1.24          $0.97
                      ============  ============  ============  ============



                  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                               (Unaudited)

                                                                As Restated
                                               February 26,     February 28,
   ASSETS                                          2005              2004
   ---------------------------------------     ------------     ------------

   Cash and marketable securities               $113,166           $95,852
   Merchandise inventories                       241,242           192,599
   Other current assets                           17,392             9,087
   Property and equipment, net                   188,298           156,027
   Other assets                                   13,897             7,178
                                               ------------     ------------
   Total assets                                 $573,995          $460,743
                                               ============     ============

   LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
   ---------------------------------------
   Current liabilities                          $135,991           $93,334
   Deferred rent payments                         50,533            46,755
   Other liabilities                               1,500              -
   Shareholders' equity                          385,971           320,654
                                               ------------     ------------
   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $573,995          $460,743
                                               ============     ============





(1) Amounts presented for all periods give effect to the 2 for 1 stock split on November 17, 2004.

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CONTACT: Investor Relations Investor relations

The process by which the corporation communicates with its investors.
: Kevin S. Wampler, Executive Vice President - CFO See Chief Financial Officer. , +1-317-899-1022, ext. 6914, or Media Requests: Elise Hasbrook, Corporate Communications Corporate communications is the process of facilitating information and knowledge exchanges with internal and key external groups and individuals that have a direct relationship with an enterprise.  Manager, +1-317-899-1022, ext. 6827, both of The Finish Line, Inc.

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