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Lifetime Brands, Inc. Reports First Quarter Financial Results
Consolidated Net Sales Increase 2.2% or 5.1% in Constant Currency

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lifetime Brands, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LCUT), a leading global provider of branded kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Consolidated net sales were $113.4 million, as compared to consolidated net sales of $110.9 million for the corresponding period in 2016. In constant currency, which excludes the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations, consolidated net sales increased $5.5 million, or 5.1%, as compared to consolidated net sales in the corresponding period in 2016.

Gross margin was $43.9 million, or 38.8%, as compared to $40.6 million, or 36.6%, for the corresponding period in 2016.

Loss from operations was $1.9 million, as compared to a loss of $5.2 million for the corresponding period in 2016.

Net loss was $1.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the corresponding period in 2016.  

Adjusted net loss was $1.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, as compared to a loss of $3.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the corresponding period in 2016.

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA was $2.3 million, as compared to $0.3 million for the corresponding 2016 period.

Equity in earnings, net of taxes, was $540 thousand, as compared to equity in losses, net of taxes of $150 thousand in the corresponding 2016 period.

Jeffrey Siegel, Lifetime's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented,

“Lifetime’s excellent first-quarter results were in line with our expectations and reflect the ability of our portfolio of businesses to perform well in a challenging and rapidly evolving retailing environment.

“Our investments in a first-class ecommerce team and systems over the last several years have enabled us to take advantage of the increasing penetration of online sales and to offset the impact of lower store traffic and soft consumer spending at traditional brick and mortar retail. We are pleased that we made these investments early, as the cost of playing catch-up in the world of ecommerce is extremely high.  We intend to continue to upgrade our I.T. and distribution systems to be able to capitalize on this continuing shift in consumer spending. 

“We already are beginning to see the strategic and financial benefits of a number of initiatives designed to accelerate our growth and improve our profitability.

  • Lifetime Next™ is an important strategic program designed to assure that every part of our U.S. business is aligned with our goals. Conceived in late 2015 and implemented beginning in mid-2016; this program is expected to result in higher gross margins, reduced SG&A expenses per dollar of sales and a more optimal level of working capital. We already have realigned a number of our divisions, reorganized our sales organization, reduced management layers, simplified processes and relocated several key product engineering positions from the United States to Asia.

  • We also are undertaking major improvements to our infrastructure, including plans now underway to relocate our West Coast distribution center to a new purpose-built leased facility that will be operational in early 2018 and to consolidate our European distribution into a new efficient warehouse location that we expect to be completed in 2019.

  • At year-end, we merged our U.K. businesses, Creative Tops and Kitchen Craft, to form Lifetime Brands Europe. We already have successfully integrated the management of these companies and are working towards transitioning Kitchen Craft onto the Creative Tops SAP platform.

“When fully implemented, we expect these improvements to result in $10-$13 million of additional annual pre-tax profit, excluding the impact of additional revenue growth. While some of the benefits of these initiatives already are apparent, we expect to realize the full impact of these initiatives over the next 18-24 months.”

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call for May 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET. The dial-in number for the conference call is (844) 787-0801 or (661) 378-9632, passcode #12793193.  A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible through http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/dhn8qri3. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an audio replay of the webcast will be available.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures. A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statements of income, balance sheets, or statements of cash flows of the Company; or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. As required by SEC rules, the Company has provided reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are provided because management of the Company uses these financial measures in evaluating the Company's on-going financial results and trends, and management believes that exclusion of certain items allows for more accurate comparison of the Company’s operating performance. Management uses this non-GAAP information as an indicator of business performance. These non-GAAP measures should be viewed as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, GAAP measures of performance.

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release, the use of the words “believe,” "could," "expect," "may," "positioned," "project," "projected," "should," "will," "would" or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements that represent the Company’s current judgment about possible future events. The Company believes these judgments are reasonable, but these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Such factors might include, among others, the Company’s ability to comply with the requirements of its credit agreements; the availability of funding under such credit agreements; the Company’s ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources and an appropriate level of debt; changes in general economic conditions which could affect customer payment practices or consumer spending; the impact of changes in general economic conditions on the Company’s customers; changes in demand for the Company’s products; shortages of and price volatility for certain commodities; significant changes in the competitive environment and the effect of competition on the Company’s markets, including on the Company’s pricing policies, financing sources and an appropriate level of debt.

Lifetime Brands, Inc.  

Lifetime Brands is a leading global provider of kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home. The Company markets its products under well-known kitchenware brands, including Farberware®, KitchenAid®, Sabatier®, Amco Houseworks®, Chicago™ Metallic, Copco®, Fred® & Friends, Kitchen Craft®, Kamenstein®, Kizmos™, La Cafetière®, Misto®, Mossy Oak®, Reo®, Savora™, Swing-A-Way® and Vasconia®; respected tableware and giftware brands, including Mikasa®, Pfaltzgraff®, Creative Tops®, Empire Silver™, Gorham®, International® Silver, Kirk Stieff®, Towle® Silversmiths, Tuttle®, Wallace®, Wilton Armetale®, V&A® and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew®; and valued home solutions brands, including Bombay®, BUILT NY®, Debbie Meyer® and Design for Living™. The Company also provides exclusive private label products to leading retailers worldwide.

The Company’s corporate website is www.lifetimebrands.com.

Contacts:    
Lifetime Brands, Inc.
Laurence Winoker, Chief Financial Officer
516-203-3590
investor.relations@lifetimebrands.com
  Lippert/Heilshorn& Assoc.
Harriet Fried, SVP
212-838-3777
hfried@lhai.com


LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands - except per share data)
(unaudited)
     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
     2017     2016 
         
Net sales   $   113,356     $   110,925  
         
Cost of sales       69,415         70,374  
         
Gross margin       43,941         40,551  
         
Distribution expenses       13,433         13,317  
Selling, general and administrative expenses       32,382         31,808  
Restructuring expenses       -         641  
         
Loss from operations       (1,874 )       (5,215 )
         
Interest expense       (941 )       (1,193 )
         
Loss before income taxes and equity in earnings       (2,815 )       (6,408 )
         
Income tax benefit       944         2,270  
Equity in earnings (losses), net of taxes       540         (150 )
         
NET LOSS   $   (1,331 )   $   (4,288 )
         
Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic       14,396         13,963  
         
BASIC LOSS PER COMMON SHARE    $   (0.09 )   $   (0.31 )
         
Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted       14,396         13,963  
         
DILUTED LOSS PER COMMON SHARE    $   (0.09 )   $   (0.31 )
         
Cash dividends declared per common share   $   0.0425     $   0.0425  


LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands - except share data)
 
        March 31,   December 31,
        2017   2016
        (unaudited)    
ASSETS      
CURRENT ASSETS      
  Cash and cash equivalents $   6,289     $   7,883  
  Accounts receivable, less allowances of $4,545 at March 31, 2017 and $5,725 at December 31, 2016   61,756       104,556  
  Inventory    154,188       135,212  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets      9,837         8,796  
    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   232,070       256,447  
             
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net     19,891         21,131  
INVESTMENTS      24,331         22,712  
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net     88,069         89,219  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     8,473         8,459  
OTHER ASSETS     1,813         1,886  
      TOTAL ASSETS $ 374,647     $ 399,854  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
  Current maturity of Credit Agreement Term Loan $   6,890     $   9,343  
  Short term loan      233         113  
  Accounts payable      26,569         29,698  
  Accrued expenses      31,145         45,212  
  Income taxes payable     5,525         6,920  
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     70,362         91,286  
             
DEFERRED RENT & OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES     17,871         18,973  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     5,778         5,666  
REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY     81,933         86,201  
             
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
  Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, shares authorized: 100 shares of Series A and 2,000,000 shares of Series B; none issued and outstanding     -          -   
  Common stock, $.01 par value, shares authorized: 50,000,000 at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016; shares issued and outstanding: 14,571,748 at March 31, 2017 and 14,555,936 at December 31, 2016     146         146  
  Paid-in capital   174,573       173,600  
  Retained earnings      58,979         60,981  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (34,995 )     (36,999 )
    TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   198,703       197,728  
      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 374,647     $ 399,854  


LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
 
        Three Months Ended
        March 31, 
          2017       2016  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES      
  Net loss $   (1,331 )   $   (4,288 )
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:      
    Depreciation and amortization     3,286         3,484  
    Amortization of financing costs     217         162  
    Deferred rent     (140 )       20  
    Deferred income taxes     -          113  
    Stock compensation expense     804         803  
    Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net      (540 )       150  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding the effects of business acquisitions)      
    Accounts receivable     43,044         15,733  
    Inventory     (18,648 )       (3,510 )
    Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other assets     (1,073 )       (2,546 )
    Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities     (18,135 )       (10,508 )
    Income taxes receivable     (132 )       (3,561 )
    Income taxes payable     (1,373 )       (4,872 )
       NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES      5,979         (8,820 )
             
INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
  Purchases of property and equipment     (373 )       (761 )
      NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES     (373 )       (761 )
             
FINANCING ACTIVITIES      
  Proceeds from Revolving Credit Facility     66,298         58,392  
  Repayments of Revolving Credit Facility     (70,620 )       (46,813 )
  Repayment of Credit Agreement Term Loan     (2,500 )       (2,500 )
  Proceeds from Short Term Loan     119         -   
  Payments on Short Term Loan     -          (117 )
  Payment of financing costs     (29 )       -   
  Payment for capital leases     -          (16 )
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options     92         115  
  Cash dividends paid      (613 )       (594 )
      NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES      (7,253 )       8,467  
             
Effect of foreign exchange on cash     53         (139 )
             
DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     (1,594 )       (1,253 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     7,883         7,131  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $   6,289     $   5,878  


LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)
 
    Consolidated adjusted
EBITDA for the Four
Quarters Ended

March 31, 2017
Three months ended March 31, 2017 $   2,251
Three months ended December 31, 2016     25,100
Three months ended September 30, 2016     16,652
Three months ended June 30, 2016     5,206
  Total for the four quarters $   49,209
     
    Consolidated adjusted
EBITDA for the Four
Quarters Ended

March 31, 2016
Three months ended March 31, 2016 $   268
Three months ended December 31, 2015     23,889
Three months ended September 30, 2015     14,089
Three months ended June 30, 2015     4,388
  Total for the four quarters $   42,634


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA:               
      Three Months Ended
      March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016   September 30,
2016
  June 30,
2016
Net income (loss) as reported $   (1,331 )   $   14,747     $   6,452   $   (1,191 )
  Subtract out:              
    Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net     (540 )       (814 )       138       (18 )
  Add back:              
    Income tax provision (benefit)     (944 )       6,812         2,961       (473 )
    Interest expense      941         1,257         1,231       1,122  
    Loss on early retirement of debt     -          -          -        272  
    Depreciation and amortization     3,286         2,404         4,682       3,578  
    Stock compensation expense     804         827         825       487  
    Permitted acquisition related expenses, net of acquisition not completed     35         (852 )       363       369  
    Restructuring expenses     -          719         -        1,060  
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA  $   2,251     $   25,100     $   16,652   $   5,206  
                   
       
      Three Months Ended
      March 31, 2016   December 31, 2015   September 30,
2015
  June 30,
2015
Net income (loss) as reported $   (4,288 )   $   11,006     $   5,104   $   (1,727 )
  Subtract out:              
    Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net     150         (517 )       459       (2 )
  Add back:              
    Income tax provision (benefit)     (2,270 )       5,962         2,745       (717 )
    Interest expense      1,193         1,402         1,454       1,459  
    Depreciation and amortization     3,484         3,500         3,510       3,638  
    Stock compensation expense     803         2,972         791       773  
    Contingent consideration      -          (876 )       -        1,545  
    Permitted acquisition related expenses, net of recovery     555         3         26       (581 )
    Restructuring expenses     641         437         -        -   
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA  $   268     $   23,889     $   14,089   $   4,388  
                   

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that the Company defines as net income (loss), adjusted to exclude undistributed equity in earnings (losses), income taxes, interest, losses on early retirement of debt, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation expense, intangible asset impairment, contingent consideration, permitted acquisition related expenses and restructuring expenses, as shown in the tables above.

 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results (continued)
 
Adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per common share:
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
      2017       2016  
         
Net loss as reported $   (1,331 )   $   (4,288 )
Adjustments:      
  Acquisition related expenses     35         555  
  Restructuring expenses     -          641  
  Deferred tax for foreign currency translation for Grupo Vasconia     (225 )       194  
  Income tax effect on adjustments     (14 )       (478 )
Adjusted net loss $   (1,535 )   $   (3,376 )
Adjusted diluted loss per common share $   (0.11 )   $   (0.24 )
         

Adjusted net loss in the three months ended March 31, 2017 excludes acquisition related expenses and the deferred tax for foreign currency translation for Grupo Vasconia.  Adjusted net loss in the three months ended March 31, 2016 excludes acquisition related expenses, restructuring expenses and the deferred tax for foreign currency translation for Grupo Vasconia.

                                             
Constant Currency:                                  
   As Reported   Constant Currency (1)                      
  Three Months Ended    Three Months Ended        Year-Over-Year 
  March 31,   March 31,       Increase (Decrease)
Net sales   2017     2016   Increase (Decrease)     2017     2016   Increase (Decrease)   Currency Impact   Excluding Currency     Including Currency     Currency Impact  
U.S. Wholesale $   87,392   $   82,268   $   5,124     $   87,392   $   82,292   $   5,100     $   24       6.2    %      6.2    %      0.0    % 
International     21,228       23,673       (2,445 )       21,228       20,531       697         (3,142 )     3.4    %      (10.3 )  %      (13.7 )  % 
Retail Direct     4,736       4,984       (248 )       4,736       4,984       (248 )       -        (5.0 )  %      (5.0 )  %      -     % 
Total net sales $   113,356   $   110,925   $   2,431     $   113,356   $   107,807   $   5,549     $   (3,118 )     5.1    %      2.2    %      (3.0 )  % 

(1)"Constant Currency" is determined by applying the 2017 average exchange rates to the prior year local currency net sales amounts, with the difference between the change in "As Reported" net sales and "Constant Currency" net sales,  reported in the table as "Currency Impact". Constant currency net sales growth excludes the impact of currency.


Lifetime Brands, Inc.