Seeing More Upside In Footstar

Mar.23.07 | About: Footstar Inc (FTAR)

Briefly about Footstar Inc. (OTC:FTAR):

• FTAR operates footwear departments in 1,392 Kmart stores as of Dec 30, 2006.
• March 2, 2004: FTAR filed for Chapter 11.
• Feb 2, 2006: FTAR emerged from bankruptcy and repaid creditors in full with interest.
• Amended Master Agreement with Kmart will expire at the end of 2008. Kmart is obligated to purchase shoemart inventory (but not the brands) at book value.

Liquidation Value (Based on 2006 10K)


I. Cash = $101M

II. Account Receivables = $10.6M
III. Inventories = $92M
IV. Prepaid expenses = $7.9M
V. Property = $20.4M (Based on Oct 2004 valuation)
Total assets = $231.9M


I. Account payables = $50M
II. Accrued expenses = $27.6M
III. Income taxes = $0.9M
IV. Liabilities from discontinued operations = $2.3M
V. Liabilities subject to compromise = $1.2M
VI. Other long term liabilities = $26.6M
VII. Amount due under Kmart settlement = $5.2M

Total liabilities = $113.8M

Net assets after deducting total liabilities = $118.1M


Further upsides above $8.74/share:

I. At the end of 2008, FTAR would still have over $110M of Net Operating Loss. This may worth $10M to $30M to an acquirer.
II. Brand value of Thom McAnn. The brand may fetch $5M to $10M in a sale.
III. Short interest is about 38%. Once the share starts advancing north, short sellers might tumble over each other to cover.
IV. Activist hedge fund: Schultze Asset Management owned over 5% of FTAR. They will try to influence the management to use cash in the way that benefits shareholders.
V. Revenue estimates for 2007 and 2008 are conservative and may turn up to be better than expected.
VI. If FTAR managed to negotiate with Kmart to continue its operation after 2008, potential upside may be huge; easily north of $12/share based on EV/EBIT of 6.

I bought FTAR at $6.30 prior to 10K release. Based on 10Q for 3rd Qtr 2006, I estimated the liquidation value of at least $6.50/share. The results for year 2006 were much better than I predicted and I subsequently readjusted my valuation to $8.74/share.

Disclosure: Author is long FTAR.OB

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