PITTSBURGH, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: "GNC") (the "Company"), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, is providing certain potential investors with the following information. On February 16, 2012, the Company, in connection with its release of earnings for 2011 and based on then-current expectations, provided an estimate for the first quarter of 2012 for consolidated earnings per diluted share ("EPS") of approximately $0.49. This estimate was based in part on achieving an increase in domestic company-owned same store sales (including GNC.com internet sales, "Same Store Sales") of between 8% and 9% for the quarter ending March 31, 2012 compared to the same period in the prior year.
Through January and February, 2012, preliminary results reflect that Same Store Sales increased by a percentage in the mid-teens compared to the same period in the prior year. This compares to an increase of approximately 6% in Same Store Sales for the first two months of fiscal 2011, and a 7.5% increase that the Company reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 (which included a monthly Same Store Sales increase of 10.4% in March 2011 compared to March 2010), compared to the same periods in the prior year.
Based primarily on these preliminary results for Same Store Sales in the first two months of 2012, together with other preliminary results in its business for the first quarter to date, the Company currently expects to outperform its previously stated first quarter 2012 EPS guidance of approximately $0.49.The above information and expectations are based on preliminary data for only a portion of the first quarter, which has not been subjected to the Company's normal quarter-end closing and review procedures. Because the preliminary information for this period is not for an entire fiscal period and will be subject to quarter-end closing procedures and/or adjustments, it should not be viewed as a substitute for full interim financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and reviewed by the Company's auditors. This preliminary information could change materially and is not necessarily indicative of the results to be achieved for the quarter ending March 31, 2012, the remainder of fiscal year 2012 or any future period. There is no assurance that the Company will outperform its previously stated first quarter 2012 EPS guidance, or if it does that it will do so by any particular amount. The issuer has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and the other documents the issuer has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the issuer and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the issuer, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling toll-free J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at 1-866-803-9204, or Goldman, Sachs & Co. at 1-866-471-2526. A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.