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Spartan Stores Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Cash flow used in operating activities for the first quarter of 2013 was $19.2 million compared to cash flow provided by operating activities of $6.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. This decrease was primarily due to the timing of seasonal working capital requirements given that the first quarter ended one week closer to the July 4 th holiday than last year and a $9.8 million tax payment related to the previously mentioned tax law change which will reverse over the remainder of fiscal 2013.

As previously announced, the Company continued to strengthen its financial position by amending its credit facility to increase operational flexibility, extend the maturity date to June 2017 and lower its interest expense by $0.4 million annually. In addition, the Company repurchased approximately 604,000 shares of its common stock in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 for a total expenditure of $10.9 million. As of the end of the first quarter, the Company had approximately 50 percent of the authorized $50.0 million repurchase program available for future stock repurchases. The Company also increased its dividend for the second consecutive year, to $0.32 on an annual basis, from $0.26, which represents a 23 percent increase.

The Company had total net long-term debt (including current maturities and capital lease obligations and subtracting cash) of $154.6 million as of June 23, 2012 versus $137.0 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012. The Company’s total net long-term debt-to-capital ratio is 0.33-to-1.0 for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 and the net long-term debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio on an annual Adjusted EBITDA basis is 1.44-to-1.0. The Company anticipates substantially reducing its net long-term borrowings from these levels over the remainder of fiscal 2013 due to the Company’s strong cash flow and the non-recurring nature of certain significant first quarter cash payments.

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