ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (Nasdaq:PSUN) (the "Company"), announced today that net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended July 28, 2012, were $210.3 million versus net sales of $200.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended July 30, 2011. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a loss from continuing operations of $17.5 million, or $(0.26) per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $17.5 million, or $(0.26) per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The loss from continuing operations for the Company's second quarter of fiscal 2012 included a non-cash loss of $8.2 million, or $0.12 per share, related to a derivative liability that resulted from the issuance of the Convertible Series B Preferred Stock (the "Series B Preferred") in connection with the term loan financing the Company completed in December 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the non-cash loss on derivative liability and using a normalized annual income tax rate of approximately 37%, the Company's loss from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 would have been $5.8 million, or $(0.08) per share, as compared to a loss from continuing operations of $11.1 million, or $(0.17) per share, for the same period a year ago. "Our 5% comparable store sales, 260 basis point increase in merchandise margins, and positive operating cash flow for the second quarter further demonstrate our belief that customers are beginning to rediscover PacSun, including our improved merchandising and brand mix, and our distinct Golden State of Mind brand identity," said Gary H. Schoenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Newer brands helped drive a 7% comp in our Men's business, which represents our biggest increase in Men's since 2004. Women's continued to improve as well with a 2% comp and higher margins, and we also achieved a 15% increase in online sales."