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U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

- Net sales were $47.0 million, up 29% year over year.

- Adjusted EBITDA $3.6 million.

- Gross margin 35.9%.

CARSON, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRTS), the largest online provider of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, today reported record net sales for the third quarter ended October 3, 2009 of $47.0 million, an increase of $10.5 million or 29% over Q3 2008 net sales of $36.6 million. Q3 2009 net income was $0.8 million or $0.03 per diluted share, an increase of $1.3 million over Q3 2008. The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $3.6 million for the quarter compared to $0.9 million for Q3 2008. For further information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), see non-GAAP Financial Measures below.

"We are pleased that the company returned to year over year double digit growth and even more excited that sales in our seasonally weak third quarter exceeded sales for the second quarter, which is typically our seasonally strongest quarter," stated Shane Evangelist, Chief Executive Officer. "More significantly, Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter exceeded $3 million for the third consecutive quarter. These results were driven by both an increase in conversion and unique visitors."

"Looking forward, we expect favorable macro DIY market trends and Internet penetration of the DIY market to continue. We will continue to focus on our two major growth initiatives: AutoMD and the continued acceleration of private label parts," continued Evangelist.

Q3 2009 Financial Highlights

    --  Net sales for Q3 2009 increased by 29% from Q3 2008. Online sales for Q3
        2009 increased 30% and offline sales increased by 8% compared to Q3
        2008.  The increase in online sales resulted from increases in
        conversion and unique visitors.
    --  Gross profit for Q3 2009 was $16.9 million or 35.9% of net sales
        compared to 33.0% of net sales for Q3 2008. The increase in gross margin
        was primarily due to initiatives that reduced freight expense.
    --  Online advertising expense was $3.3 million or 7.5% of internet net
        sales for the third quarter of 2009, unchanged as a percentage of sales
        from the prior year period.  Marketing expense, excluding advertising
        expense, was $3.1 million or 6.6% of net sales for the third quarter of
        2009 compared to 7.5% of net sales in the prior year period.  The
        decrease was primarily due to fixed cost leverage from higher sales.
    --  General and administrative expense was $5.1 million or 10.9% of net
        sales for the third quarter of 2009 compared to 11.4% of net sales in
        the prior year period.  This decrease was primarily due to fixed cost
        leverage from higher sales, partially offset by higher depreciation
        associated with software investments, higher personnel incentive costs
        related to improved company performance and increased legal expenses to
        enforce our intellectual property rights.
    --  Fulfillment expense was $2.9 million or 6.2% of net sales in the third
        quarter of 2009 compared to 6.4% in the prior year period.  The decrease
        is primarily due to fixed cost leverage from higher sales, partially
        offset by increased facility costs to support the opening and expansion
        of our East Coast distribution center in Q1 2009.
    --  Technology expense was $1.1 million or 2.3% of net sales in the third
        quarter of 2009 compared to 2.8% of net sales in the prior year period. 
        The decrease reflects fixed cost leverage from increased sales,
        partially offset by expanded communication bandwidth to accommodate
    --  Capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2009 were $2.8 million
        which included $2.2 million of internally developed software and website
        development costs.

    --  Cash, cash equivalents and investments were $42.0 million at October 3,
        2009.  The Company includes $4.1 million of investments in United States
        treasury bills in short-term assets and $4.3 million of investments in
        auction rate preferred securities in long-term assets, which are not
        included in cash. Cash, cash equivalents and investments declined by
        $0.6 million over the previous quarter due to acquisitions and capital

Q3 2009 Operating Metrics

                                  Q3 2009      Q3 2008      Q2 2009
                                  -------      -------      -------
    Conversion Rate                1.43%        1.26%        1.35%
    ---------------                -----        -----        -----
    Customer Acquisition Cost      $7.28        $5.98        $6.65
    -------------------------      -----        -----        -----
    Unique Visitors (millions)      27.1         23.1         26.9
    --------------------------     -----        -----        -----
    Orders (thousands)              386          291          363
    ------------------             -----        -----        -----
    Revenue Capture (% Sales)*     82.2%        78.1%        80.5%
    --------------------------     -----        -----        -----
    Average Order Value            $118         $121         $121
    -------------------            -----        -----        -----

      *Revenue capture is the amount of actual dollars retained after
       taking into consideration returns, credit card declines and product

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," and other provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, define and prescribe the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. We provide "Adjusted EBITDA," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income before (a) interest income (expense), net; (b) income tax provision (benefit); (c) amortization of intangibles and impairment loss; (d) depreciation and amortization; and (e) share-based compensation expense related to stock options.

The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors. This non-GAAP financial measure reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's business and results of operations.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measurement of the Company's operating performance because it assists in comparisons of the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of items not directly resulting from core operations. Internally, this non-GAAP measure is also used by management for planning purposes, including the preparation of internal budgets; for allocating resources to enhance financial performance; for evaluating the effectiveness of operational strategies; and for evaluating the Company's capacity to fund capital expenditures and expand its business. The Company also believes that analysts and investors use Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies in our industry. Additionally, lenders or potential lenders use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the Company's ability to repay loans.

This non-GAAP financial measure is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review the Company's consolidated financial statements in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. In addition, the Company expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from the Company's non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

The table below reconciles net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented (in thousands):

                             Thirteen     Three     Thirty-Nine     Nine
                               Weeks      Months       Weeks        Months
                               Ended      Ended        Ended        Ended
                               -----      -----        -----        -----
                             October 3, September 30, October 3, September 30,
                               2009        2008         2009         2008
                             ---------- ------------- ---------- -------------
    Net income (loss)          $781       $(491)        $731      $(13,429)
    Interest income, net        (32)       (238)        (172)         (741)
    Income tax provision
     (benefit)                  604        (362)       2,436        (8,968)
    Amortization of
     intangibles                 60         365          580         4,560
    Depreciation and
     amortization             1,302         916        3,454         2,674
                              -----         ---        -----         -----
    EBITDA                    2,715         190        7,029       (15,904)
    Impairment loss on
     intangibles                  -           -            -        18,445
    Share-based compensation    854         750        2,701         2,068
                                ---         ---        -----         -----
    Adjusted EBITDA          $3,569        $940       $9,730        $4,609
                             ======        ====       ======        ======

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss the results today, Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 2:00 pm Pacific Time (5:00 pm Eastern Time). The conference call will be conducted by Shane Evangelist, Chief Executive Officer and Ted Sanders, Chief Financial Officer. Participants may access the call by dialing 877-941-1429 (domestic) or 480-629-9666 (international). In addition, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at where the call will be archived for two weeks. A telephone replay will be available through November 12, 2009. To access the replay, please dial (800) 406-7325 (domestic) or (303) 590-3030 (international), passcode 4177434.

To view the press release or the financial or other statistical information required by SEC Regulation G, please visit the Investor Relations section of the U.S. Auto Parts website at

About U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.

Established in 1995, U.S. Auto Parts is a leading online provider of automotive aftermarket parts, including body parts, engine parts, performance parts and accessories. Through the Company's network of websites, U.S. Auto Parts provides individual consumers with a broad selection of competitively priced products that are mapped by a proprietary product database to product applications based on vehicle makes, models and years. U.S. Auto Parts' flagship websites are located at and and the Company's corporate website is located at

U.S. Auto Parts is headquartered in Carson, California.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements which are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business and its industry, as well as certain assumptions made by the Company. These statements are forward looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Words such as ''anticipates,'' "could," ''expects,'' ''intends,'' ''plans,'' "potential," ''believes,'' "predicts," "projects," ''seeks,'' "estimates," "may,'' ''will,'' "would," "will likely continue" and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's expectations regarding its future operating results and financial condition, impact of changes in our key operating metrics, our potential growth, our liquidity requirements, and the status of our auction rate preferred securities. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.

Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, economic downturn that could adversely impact retail sales; marketplace illiquidity; demand for the Company's products; increases in commodity and component pricing that would increase the Company's per unit cost and reduce margins; the competitive and volatile environment in the Company's industry; the Company's ability to expand and price its product offerings, control costs and expenses, and provide superior customer service; the mix of products sold by the Company; the effect and timing of technological changes and the Company's ability to integrate such changes and maintain, update and expand its infrastructure and improve its unified product catalog; the Company's ability to improve customer satisfaction and retain, recruit and hire key executives, technical personnel and other employees in the positions and numbers, with the experience and capabilities, and at the compensation levels needed to implement the Company's business plans both domestically and internationally; the Company's cash needs; any changes in the search algorithms by leading Internet search companies; the Company's need to assess impairment of intangible assets and goodwill; and the Company's ability to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and maintain an adequate system of internal controls; any remediation costs or other factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the Risk Factors contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are available at and the SEC's website at You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements in this release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as result of new information, future events or otherwise.

                           U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC.
                 (in thousands, except share data and par value)

                                            October 3, 2009  December 31, 2008
                                            ---------------  -----------------
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                  $33,609          $32,473
      Short-term investments                       4,100                -
      Accounts receivable, net                     2,816            1,353
      Inventory, net                              15,365           10,910
      Deferred income taxes                        1,021            2,095
      Other current assets                         4,221            2,090
                                                   -----            -----

        Total current assets                      61,132           48,921

    Property and equipment, net                   11,567            8,203
    Intangible assets, net                         3,184            3,028
    Goodwill                                       9,772            9,772
    Deferred income taxes                         12,475           14,061
    Investments                                    4,251            6,351
    Other non-current assets                          97               94
                                                --------          -------
        Total assets                            $102,478          $90,430
                                                ========          =======

    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable                            $9,411           $5,702
      Accrued expenses                             9,596            5,663
      Capital leases payable, current portion          1               47
      Other current liabilities                    2,156            1,496
                                                   -----            -----
        Total current liabilities                 21,164           12,908

    Commitments and contingencies                      -                -

    Stockholders' equity:
      Common stock, $0.001 par value;
       100,000,000 shares authorized at
       October 3, 2009 and December 31,
       2008; 29,850,507 and 29,846,757 shares
       issued and outstanding as of October 3,
       2009 and December 31, 2008 respectively        30               30

      Additional paid-in capital                 149,299          146,408
      Accumulated other comprehensive
       income (loss)                                  82              (88)
      Accumulated deficit                        (68,097)         (68,828)
                                                 --------         --------
        Total stockholders' equity                81,314           77,522
                                                 --------          -------
           Total liabilities and
            stockholders' equity                $102,478          $90,430
                                                ========          =======

                           U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC.
                 (in thousands, except share and per share data)

                           Thirteen   Three Months  Thirty-Nine  Nine Months
                         Weeks Ended     Ended      Weeks Ended     Ended
                          October 3,  September 30,  October 3,  September 30,
                            2009         2008          2009         2008
                            ----         ----          ----         ----

    Net sales             $47,043       $36,554       $130,512      $119,668
    Cost of sales          30,144        24,485         83,105        79,262
                           ------        ------         ------        ------

    Gross profit           16,899        12,069         47,407        40,406
    Operating expenses:
      Marketing (1)         6,351         5,240         17,367        17,842
      General and
       administrative (1)   5,131         4,170         14,707        13,381
      Fulfillment (1)       2,926         2,322          8,386         6,787
      Technology (1)        1,103         1,041          3,374         2,512
      Amortization of
       intangibles and
       impairment loss         60           365            580        23,005
                              ---           ---            ---        ------

    Total operating
     expenses              15,571        13,138         44,414        63,527
    Income (loss) from
     operations             1,328        (1,069)         2,993       (23,121)
    Other income:
      Other income (loss)      25           (22)             2           (17)
      Interest income, net     32           238            172           741
                              ---           ---            ---           ---
    Other income, net          57           216            174           724
    Income (loss)
     before income taxes    1,385          (853)         3,167       (22,397)
    Income tax provision
     (benefit)                604          (362)         2,436        (8,968)
                              ---          -----         -----        -------
    Net income (loss)        $781         $(491)          $731      $(13,429)
                             ====         ======          ====      =========

    Basic net income
     (loss) per share       $0.03        $(0.02)         $0.02        $(0.45)
    Diluted net income
     (loss) per share       $0.03        $(0.02)         $0.02        $(0.45)
    Shares used in
     computation of
     basic net
     income (loss)
     per share         29,848,694    29,846,757     29,847,398    29,846,757
    Shares used in
     computation of
     diluted net
     income (loss) per
     share             31,004,035    29,846,757     30,385,534    29,846,757


                           Thirteen   Three Months  Thirty-Nine  Nine Months
                         Weeks Ended     Ended      Weeks Ended     Ended
                          October 3,  September 30,  October 3,  September 30,
                            2009         2008          2009         2008
                            ----         ----          ----         ----
    (1)  Includes
     expense as
      Marketing              $106         $62          $322         $257
      General and
       administrative         575         541         1,892        1,545
      Fulfillment              49          37           153          100
      Technology              124         110           334          166
                              ---         ---           ---          ---
        Total share-
         expense             $854        $750        $2,701       $2,068
                             ====        ====        ======       ======

                            U.S. AUTO PARTS NETWORK, INC.
                                  (in thousands)

                                                   Thirty-Nine    Nine Months
                                                   Weeks Ended       Ended
                                                    October 3,   September 30,
                                                      2009            2008
                                                   -----------   -------------
    Operating activities
      Net income/(loss)                                $731       $(13,429)
       Adjustments to reconcile net income to
       net cash provided by operating activities:
        Depreciation and amortization                 3,454          2,674
        Amortization of intangibles                     580          4,560
        Impairment loss on intangibles                    -         18,445
        Loss from disposition of assets                   -             23
        Share-based compensation expense              2,701          2,068
        Deferred taxes                                2,660         (8,866)
      Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
        Accounts receivable, net                     (1,463)         1,418
        Inventory, net                               (4,454)          (914)
        Prepaid expenses and other current assets    (2,128)        (1,162)
        Other non current assets                         (3)            (8)
        Accounts payable and accrued expenses         7,623         (3,080)
        Other current liabilities                       660            207
                                                        ---            ---

    Net cash provided by operating activities        10,361          1,936

    Investing activities
        Additions to property and equipment          (6,641)        (2,894)
        Proceeds from the sale of marketable
         securities                                   2,150         21,650
        Purchases of marketable securities           (4,100)        (5,500)
        Cash paid for intangible assets                (736)          (414)
                                                      ------         ------
    Net cash (used in) provided by investing
     activities                                      (9,327)        12,842

    Financing activities
        Payments made on notes payable                    -         (1,000)
        Payments on short-term financing                (46)           (56)
        Proceeds from exercise of stock options          12              -
                                                        ---         ------
    Net cash used in financing activities               (34)        (1,056)
                                                        ----        -------

    Effect of changes in foreign currencies             136              1

    Net increase in cash and cash equivalents         1,136         13,723
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning
     of period                                       32,473         19,399
                                                    -------        -------
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period      $33,609        $33,122
                                                    =======        =======

    Investor Contacts:
    Ted Sanders, Chief Financial Officer
    (424) 702-1455

    Budd Zuckerman, President
    Genesis Select Corporation
    (303) 415-0200

SOURCE U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.