We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides a meaningful representation of our operating performance for the Company as a whole and for our operating segments. We consider 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 our 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, we believe it provides useful information for our investors. In addition, securities analysts, fund managers and other shareholders and stakeholders that communicate with us request our 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. Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
 
SPARTAN STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES RECONCILIATION OF LONG-TERM
DEBT AND CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS TO TOTAL NET LONG TERM DEBT AND
CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS
(A NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)
 
  September 15,   March 31,   September 10,
2012 2012 2011
 
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations $ 4,185 $ 4,449 $ 4,249
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations   150,789     133,565     173,282  
Total Debt 154,974 138,014 177,531
Cash and cash equivalents   (7,491 )   (26,476 )   (62,080 )
Total net long-term debt $ 147,483   $ 111,538   $ 115,451  

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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