Delta Apparel Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2005 Results

Net Sales Increases 7.8% to Record $49.2 Million; Second Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Increase to Record $0.27; Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.07 per share

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2005--Delta Apparel, Inc. (AMEX: DLA) today announced financial results for the second quarter, ended January 1, 2005.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2005, net sales increased 7.8% to $49.2 million compared to $45.6 million from the prior year. This increase primarily resulted from organic growth in the core Delta business. Net income increased to $1.2 million compared to a year ago loss of $(0.1) million. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.27 compared to a loss of $(0.02) in the prior year's second quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter improved 250 basis points to 22.0% compared to 19.5% in the prior year's quarter. Operating margin increased 390 basis points to 5.5% compared to a year-ago level of 1.6%.

For the six months ending January 1, 2005, net sales increased 35.4% to $103.5 million compared to $76.4 million in the prior year. Net income for the six month period increased 421.7% to $2.6 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, compared to $0.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in the same period last year.

Gross margins for the first six months of fiscal year 2005 improved 460 basis points to 21.6% compared to 17.0% in the prior year. Operating margin increased 330 basis points to 5.7% compared to 2.4% in the prior year. The prior year results included the operations of Soffe for three months, as M. J. Soffe Co. was acquired on October 3, 2003.

Robert W. Humphreys, President and CEO, commented, "We are very pleased with our results for the second fiscal quarter. Our focus on expanding our product lines and improving distribution resulted in a unit volume increase for the Delta business during the quarter. Soffe sales were limited by a conservative inventory position in fashion fleece for fall, but we have adjusted our inventory levels to meet expected increased demand. We believe the expanded Soffe product line will achieve sales growth through the spring selling season."

Mr. Humphreys continued, "During the first half of the year, we've increased our gross margins through an improved mix of higher margin goods as well as improvements to our manufacturing process. In the second half of the fiscal year, we look forward to a strong spring selling season for our core business divisions and expect continued growth in sales and gross margins."

The Delta business reported sales of $34.0 million for the three months ended January 1, 2005, an all-time record for this business. This was an increase of $5.5 million, or 19.1% from the prior year quarter. This increase stems from increased unit sales and higher average selling prices. Operating income for the quarter ended January 1, 2005, increased to $1.9 million compared to $5 thousand from the prior year quarter. Increased sales of higher margin products and improved manufacturing operations, offset partially by higher raw material costs, drove the improved operating income.

The Soffe business contributed $15.7 million in sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, a $1.4 million decrease, or 8.0%, from sales in the prior year's quarter. Sales were impacted by a conservative inventory position on fashion fleece. Operating income for the quarter ended January 1, 2005 increased 24.6% to $0.9 million compared to $0.7 million from the prior year quarter.

Accounts receivable increased 17.1%, or $4.0 million, from December 27, 2003 to $27.7 million on January 1, 2005, primarily as a result of the increased sales.

Inventory decreased $4.6 million compared to the prior year. In addition to more efficient inventory utilization in the core Delta business, the Company sold approximately $1.3 million of raw cotton and work in process yarn to Parkdale America, LLC in December.

Delta Apparel also announced today that on January 20, 2005, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of seven cents per common share of stock payable on February 28, 2005 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 16, 2005. This dividend was declared pursuant to the Company's previously announced quarterly dividend program, which the Company may amend or terminate at any time.

On January 5, 2005, the Company completed the sale of its yarn manufacturing plant in Edgefield, South Carolina to Parkdale America, LLC for $10 million. This accomplishes the Company's long-term yarn strategy of obtaining high quality, low cost yarn while reducing its working capital investment and eliminating the need for future capital expenditures in yarn manufacturing. The sale of the Edgefield Plant is expected to result in a pre-tax financial gain of approximately $3.5 million, or after-tax, $0.51 per diluted share. This gain will be recorded in the third fiscal quarter ending April 2, 2005. The Company expects the sale of the facility to lower working capital by approximately $4.0 million.

The Company will hold a conference call with senior management to discuss the financial results at 10 a.m. ET today. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's web site at Minimum requirements to listen to the webcast are access to the Internet through at least a 28.8 baud modem connection and Windows Media Player(TM) software, which is available for a free download on the Company's event details page.

About Delta Apparel, Inc.

Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its wholly owned subsidiary M. J. Soffe Co., is a marketer, manufacturer and distributor of high quality branded and private label activewear apparel. We specialize in selling a variety of casual and athletic activewear tops and bottoms, embellished and unembellished T-shirts, and fleece products for the ever-changing apparel market. We focus on our broad distribution of products, currently serving over 13,000 customers. We sell our products to screen printers, private label accounts, sporting goods stores, department stores and distributors. In addition, certain products are sold in college bookstores and to the U.S. Military. Our operations are in the United States, Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica and we employ approximately 4,400 worldwide. Additional information on our company is available at

Statements and other information in this press release that are not reported financial results or other historical information are forward-looking statements. These are based on our expectations and are necessarily dependent upon assumptions, estimates and data that we believe are reasonable and accurate but may be incorrect, incomplete or imprecise. Forward-looking statements are also subject to a number of business risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include, among others, changes in the retail demand for apparel products, the cost of raw materials, competitive conditions in the apparel and textile industries, the relative strength of the United States dollar as against other currencies, changes in United States trade regulations, the discovery of unknown conditions (such as with respect to environmental matters and similar items) and other risks described from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, any forward-looking statements do not purport to be predictions of future events or circumstances and may not be realized. We do not undertake publicly to update or revise the forward-looking statements even if it becomes clear that any projected results will not be realized.

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

                              Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                               Jan 1,    Dec 27,     Jan 1,    Dec 27,
                                2005       2003      2005       2003
                             ---------- ---------  --------- ---------
Net Sales                    $  49,195    45,623   $103,495    76,425
Cost of Goods Sold              38,379    36,714     81,102    63,434
                             ---------- ---------  --------- ---------
Gross Margin                    10,816     8,909     22,393    12,991

SG&A                             8,094     8,148     16,540    11,207
Other Expense/(Income)              15        31          5       (50)
                             ---------- ---------  --------- ---------
Operating Income                 2,707       730      5,848     1,834

Interest Expense                   835       892      1,538     1,046
Taxes                              718       (71)     1,712       290

                             ---------- ---------  --------- ---------
Net Income (Loss)            $   1,154  $    (91)  $  2,598  $    498
                             ========== =========  ========= =========

Weighted Average Shares
    Basic                        4,146     4,064      4,144     4,054
    Diluted                      4,281     4,064      4,280     4,176

Net Income (Loss) per Common
    Basic                    $    0.28  $  (0.02)  $   0.63  $   0.12
    Diluted                  $    0.27  $  (0.02)  $   0.61  $   0.12

                                          Jan 1,    July 3,   Dec 27,
                                           2005      2004      2003
                                        ---------  --------- ---------
Current Assets
    Cash                                $     53   $    333  $    365
    Receivables, Net                      27,739     38,610    23,693
    Income Tax Receivable                    830          -       669
    Inventories                          106,655    105,888   111,250
    Deferred Income Taxes                  1,071      1,075       668
    Assets Held for Sale                   6,384          -         -
    Other Assets                           1,457      1,616       992
                                        ---------  --------- ---------
Total Current Assets                     144,189    147,522   137,637

Noncurrent Assets
    Property, Plant &
     Equipment, Net                       16,326     19,529    20,891
    Deferred Income Taxes                    283        178         -
    Other Noncurrent Assets                2,403      2,150     2,142
                                        ---------  --------- ---------
Total Noncurrent Assets                   19,012     21,857    23,033

                                        ---------  --------- ---------
Total Assets                            $163,201   $169,379  $160,670
                                        =========  ========= =========

Current Liabilities
    Accounts Payable and
     Accrued Expenses                   $ 27,411   $ 30,511  $ 22,501
    Current Portion of Long
     Term Debt                            17,025     20,810    23,355
    Income Tax Payable                         -      1,793         -
                                        ---------  --------- ---------
Total Current Liabilities                 44,436     53,114    45,856

Noncurrent Liabilities
    Long-Term Debt                        32,628     29,246    35,460
    Deferred Income Taxes                      -          -       517
    Other Noncurrent
     Liabilities                           8,533     11,527    12,823
                                        ---------  --------- ---------
Total Noncurrent Liabilities              41,161     40,773    48,800

Stockholders' Equity                      77,604     75,492    66,014
                                        ---------  --------- ---------
Total Liabilities and
 Stockholders' Equity                   $163,201   $169,379  $160,670
                                        =========  ========= =========

CONTACT: Delta Apparel, Inc.
Herb Mueller, 678/775-6900
Investor Relations
Integrated Corporate Relations
Bill Zima, 203/682-8200

SOURCE: Delta Apparel, Inc.