This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those forecasted. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to our second quarter and fiscal 2012 outlook, our ability to pay off our asset-based credit facility in its entirety before the end of the fiscal year and our proposed transaction with Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: uncertainties as to the timing of the tender offer and the merger with Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.; the risk that the transaction will not close; the potential of the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, vendors or other business partners; changes in economic conditions that affect consumer spending; changes in the competitive environment; currency fluctuations; timely introduction and customer acceptance of merchandising offerings; foreign and domestic labor market fluctuations; interruptions in the flow of merchandise; changes in the cost of goods and services purchased including fuel, transportation and insurance; a material unfavorable outcome with respect to litigation, claims and assessments; unseasonable weather and other seasonal considerations; the effects associated with terrorist acts; and changes in accounting rules and regulations. Please refer to documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for a more detailed discussion of the Company’s risk factors. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
This release references the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA. The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measure allows management and investors to understand and compare the Company's operating results in a more consistent manner for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 and for the outlook amounts provided for the second quarter and full year of fiscal 2012. The non-GAAP measure presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The non-GAAP measure should be considered supplemental and not a substitute for the Company's financial results that are recorded in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for the periods presented.