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Spartan Stores Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results

The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides a meaningful representation of the operating performance for the Company as a whole and for its operating segments. The Company considers Adjusted EBITDA as an additional way to measure operating performance on an ongoing basis. Adjusted EBITDA is meant to reflect the ongoing operating performance of all of its retail stores and wholesale operations; consequently, it excludes the impact of items that could be considered “non-operating” or “non-core” in nature, and also excludes the contributions of activities classified as discontinued operations. Because Adjusted EBITDA is a performance measure that management uses to allocate resources, assess performance against its peers and evaluate overall performance, the Company believes it provides useful information for its investors. In addition, securities analysts, fund managers and other shareholders and stakeholders that communicate with the Company request its operating financial results in Adjusted EBITDA format.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and should not be considered as a substitute for net earnings, cash flows from operating activities and other income or cash flow statement data. The Company’s definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
(In thousands)

January 5, 2013
March 31, 2012

December 31, 2011
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations $ 4,104 $ 4,449 $ 49,313
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations   166,843   133,565   129,916
Total debt 170,947 138,014 179,229
Cash and cash equivalents   (8,960 )   (26,476 )   (55,059 )
Total net long-term debt $ 161,987 $ 111,538 $ 124,170

Notes: Total net long-term debt is a non-GAAP financial measure that is defined as long-term debt and capital lease obligations plus current maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations less cash and cash equivalents. The Company believes investors find the information useful because it reflects the amount of long-term debt obligations that are not covered by available cash and temporary investments.

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