Cabela’s Net Income Slides

Sidney, Neb. Cabela’s Inc. reported that net income for the second quarter of 2008 was $7.3 million compared to $11.3 million for the second quarter of 2007.

Total revenue for its second quarter increased 16.6% to $526.0 million compared to $451.2 million in the same quarter as last year. Retail store revenue increased 37.1% to $273.6 million with a same-store sales decrease of 1.6%; direct revenue increased 1.5% to $207.0 million; and financial-services revenue decreased 6.7% to $38.3 million.

The company said financial-services revenue was adversely impacted by an increase in bad debts in the company's credit-card portfolio. Charge-off levels remain well below industry average, and delinquency rates have stabilized as compared to the first quarter of 2008.

"During the second quarter, we achieved top-line improvements in our direct and retail businesses despite a continued difficult macroeconomic environment," said Dennis Highby, Cabela’s president and CEO. "However, revenue in our financial-services segment declined year over year due to higher net charge-offs."

The company plans to open an 80,000-sq.-ft. store in Rapid City, S.D., next month. Designed to be less capital intensive and more efficient, the Rapid City location is designated as the company’s next-generation store.

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