Hastings Entertainment Declares Annual and Special Dividends

         Hastings Entertainment Declares Annual and Special Dividends

PR Newswire

AMARILLO, Texas, Dec. 10, 2012

AMARILLO, Texas, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hastings Entertainment, Inc.
(NASDAQ: HAST), a leading multimedia entertainment superstore retailer,
announced today that on December 7, 2012 the Board of Directors adopted a
dividend policy under which they intend to pay an annual dividend. The
initial annual dividend rate declared was $0.02 per share. In addition, the
Board of Directors declared a special dividend of $0.35 per share. Both the
initial dividend under the annual dividend policy and the special dividend
will be payable on December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 21,

"We are pleased to be in a position where we can pay these dividends to our
shareholders so that they may utilize the benefit of the current dividend tax
treatment without any significant adverse effect on our liquidity position,"
said John Marmaduke, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. "We felt it was in
the best interest of our shareholders to pay these dividends."

About Hastings
Founded in 1968, Hastings Entertainment, Inc. is a leading multimedia
entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos,
video games and CDs, as well as trends and consumer electronics merchandise,
with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format. We
currently operate 137 superstores, averaging approximately 24,000 square feet,
primarily in medium-sized markets throughout the United States. We also
operate three concept stores, Sun Adventure Sports, located in Amarillo, Texas
and Lubbock, Texas, and TRADESMART, located in Littleton, Colorado.

We also operate www.goHastings.com, an e-commerce Internet Web site that makes
available to our customers new and used entertainment products and unique,
contemporary gifts and toys. The site features exceptional product and
pricing offers. The Investor Relations section of our web site contains press
releases, a link to request financial and other literature and access to our
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


SOURCE Hastings Entertainment, Inc.

Website: http://www.gohastings.com
Contact: Dan Crow, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, +1-806-677-1422
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