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Lifetime Brands, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

Company Reports Record Third Quarter Net Sales and EBITDA

Growth from Acquisitions and International Expansion Offsets Modest Weakness in North America

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 6, 2014-- 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated net sales were $162.2 million, as compared to consolidated net sales of $142.2 million for the corresponding period in 2013. Consolidated net sales included $20.7 million of net sales from Kitchen Craft and other acquisitions that were completed in 2014.
  • Gross margin was $57.9 million, or 35.7%, as compared to $51.3 million, or 36.1%, for the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Income from operations before Intangible asset impairment and Restructuring expenses was $11.8 million in both the 2014 and 2013 periods.
  • Income from operations was $8.4 million, as compared to $11.7 million, for the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Net income (loss) was $(1.6 million), or $(0.12) per diluted share, as compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Adjusted net income was $5.7 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, as compared to $6.1 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Consolidated EBITDA was $16.5 million, as compared to $15.1 million for the corresponding 2013 period.
  • Equity in losses, net of taxes, was $5.2 million, including a charge of $5.2 million, net of tax, for the reduction in the fair value of the Company’s investment in GS Internacional S/A, as compared to $5.5 million, including a charge of $5.0 million, net of tax, for the reduction in the fair value of the Company’s investment in Grupo Vasconia SAB, in the corresponding 2013 period.

Nine Months Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated net sales were $396.0 million, as compared to net sales of $337.9 million for the corresponding period in 2013. Consolidated net sales in the nine months ended September 30, 2014 included $53.9 million of net sales from Kitchen Craft and other acquisitions that were completed in 2014.
  • Gross margin was $143.1 million, or 36.1%, as compared to $123.9 million, or 36.7%, for the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Income from operations before Intangible asset impairment and Restructuring expenses was $6.6 million, as compared to $12.0 million in the 2013 period.
  • Income from operations was $3.1 million, as compared to $11.6 million, for the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Net income (loss) was $(7.7 million), or $(0.57) per diluted share, as compared to net income (loss) of $(0.1 million), or $(0.01) per diluted share, in the 2013 period.
  • Adjusted net income was $0.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, as compared to $4.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the 2013 period.
  • Consolidated EBITDA was $21.6 million, as compared to $22.5 million for the corresponding 2013 period.
  • Equity in losses, net of taxes was $5.4 million, including a charge of $5.2 million, net of tax, for the reduction in the fair value of the Company’s investment in GS Internacional S/A, in the nine months ended September 30, 2014 as compared to $5.1 million, including a charge of $5.0 million, net of tax, for the reduction in the fair value of the Company’s investment in Grupo Vasconia SAB, in the corresponding 2013 period.

Jeffrey Siegel, Lifetime's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Despite a continuation of the tough retail environment, Lifetime delivered record sales of $162.2 million and record EBITDA of $16.5 million, largely due to the success of our acquisition strategy and international expansion.

“Net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 increased by $20.0 million, or 14.1%, to a record $162.2 million. The increase includes $20.7 million in net sales attributable to businesses that we acquired in 2014.

"Wholesale net sales in the U.S. decreased 3.7% organically, primarily due to a decrease in sales of kitchenware products to warehouse clubs. This decrease was partially offset by sales attributable to Built, which we acquired in 2014, and by organic increases in sales of tableware and other products.

"Outside the U.S., wholesale net sales increased by $22.8 million, primarily due to the inclusion of Kitchen Craft and La Cafetière, which were acquired in 2014, and to higher sales at Creative Tops and sales to Walmart stores in China. Gross margin increased by 440 basis points to 35.2%, driven principally by the inclusion of net sales of higher margin kitchenware products at Kitchen Craft.

“I am pleased to note that Grupo Vasconia, our Partner Company in Mexico, is overcoming the challenges it faced in 2013 and recorded improvement in both its kitchenware and commercial aluminum businesses. For the quarter, Vasconia reported income from operations of $1.7 million, as compared to a loss in the 2013 period. Equity in earnings was $0.3 million, compared to equity in losses of $5.3 million in the 2013 period.

“In Brazil, our Partner Company GS Internacional is making strides in transforming itself into a leader in the mass market and recently was appointed Category Advisor for kitchenware, cutlery & cutting boards at one of Brazil’s largest mass market retailers. While we have confidence in the ultimate success of our investment in GS, we are taking a non-cash charge of $5.2 million to reflect GS’s current operating results and current economic conditions in Brazil.

“Our home décor products category has experienced a decline in sales and profit in the recent years. We have made some progress in restructuring that business by re-branding a portion of our home décor products under the Mikasa®, and Pfaltzgraff® trade names and, more recently, through the acquisition of the Bombay® license for decorative accessories. As a result of these factors, we are taking a non-cash impairment charge of $3.4 million with respect to certain trade names that previously represented significant portions of our home décor sales.

“Reflecting the outlook for ongoing weakness in sales of certain product categories in the U.S., we are reducing our sales guidance for the year to $590 million from the $600 million that we previously had forecast.”

Dividend

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.0375 per share payable on February 13, 2015 to shareholders of record on January 30, 2015.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. ET. The dial-in number for the conference call is (877) 415-3183 or (857) 244-7326 passcode #25056533. A replay of the call will also be available through Thursday, November 13, 2014 and can be accessed by dialing (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888, conference ID #42073527. A live webcast of the conference call will be broadcast in the Investor Relations section of the Company's web site, www.lifetimebrands.com. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an audio replay of the call will also be available on the site.

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 such well-known kitchenware brands as Farberware®, KitchenAid®, Cuisine de France®, Fred® & Friends, Guy Fieri®, Kitchen Craft®, Kizmos, La Cafetière®, Misto®, Mossy Oak®, Pedrini®, Sabatier®, Savora and Vasconia®; respected tableware brands such as Mikasa®, Pfaltzgraff®, Creative Tops®, Gorham®, International® Silver, Kirk Stieff®, Sasaki®, Towle® Silversmiths, Tuttle®, Wallace®, V&A® and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew®; and home solutions brands, including Kamenstein®, Bombay®, BUILT®, 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.

 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands - except per share data)
(unaudited)

 
      Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014     2013 2014     2013
 
Net sales $ 162,244 $ 142,229 $ 395,976 $ 337,862
 
Cost of sales   104,321     90,952     252,869     213,917  
 
Gross margin 57,923 51,277 143,107 123,945
 
Distribution expenses 13,262 10,564 38,068 31,489
Selling, general and administrative expenses 32,849 28,941 98,456 80,499
Intangible asset impairment 3,384 - 3,384 -
Restructuring expenses   -     79     125     367  
 
Income from operations 8,428 11,693 3,074 11,590
 
Interest expense (1,698 ) (1,280 ) (4,760 ) (3,591 )
Loss on early retirement of debt   -     -     (319 )   -  
 
Income (loss) before income taxes and equity in earnings 6,730 10,413 (2,005 ) 7,999
 
Income tax provision (3,123 ) (3,869 ) (352 ) (2,993 )
Equity in losses, net of taxes   (5,193 )   (5,451 )   (5,360 )   (5,113 )
 
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ (1,586 ) $ 1,093   $ (7,717 ) $ (107 )
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic   13,619     12,707     13,460     12,758  
 
BASIC INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE $ (0.12 ) $ 0.09   $ (0.57 ) $ (0.01 )
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted   13,619     13,046     13,460     12,758  
 
DILUTED INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE $ (0.12 ) $ 0.08   $ (0.57 ) $ (0.01 )
 
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.0375 $ 0.03125 $ 0.1125 $ 0.09375
 
 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands - except share data)
(unaudited)

 
      September 30,     December 31,
2014 2013
(unaudited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,977 $ 4,947

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $6,983 at September 30, 2014 and
$5,209 at December 31, 2013

101,765 87,217
Inventory 170,320 112,791
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,014 5,781
Deferred income taxes   3,938     3,940  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 290,014 214,676
 
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net 26,953 27,698
INVESTMENTS 30,893 36,948
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net 105,640 55,149
OTHER ASSETS   3,164     2,268  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 456,664   $ 336,739  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Current maturity of Credit Agreement Term Loan $ 10,000 $ -
Current maturity of Senior Secured Term Loan - 3,937
Short term loan 951 -
Accounts payable 42,801 21,426
Accrued expenses 36,852 41,095
Income taxes payable   345     3,036  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 90,949 69,494
 
DEFERRED RENT & OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES 21,826 18,644
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 10,499 1,777
REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY 113,062 49,231
CREDIT AGREEMENT TERM LOAN 37,500 -
SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN - 16,688
 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Preferred stock, $.01 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: 25,000,000; shares
issued and outstanding: 13,681,189 at September 30, 2014 and 12,777,407 at
December 31, 2013

138 128
Paid-in capital 158,971 146,273
Retained earnings 28,956 38,224
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5,237 )   (3,720 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   182,828     180,905  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 456,664   $ 336,739  
 
 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(unaudited)

 
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2014     2013
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net loss $ (7,717 ) $ (107 )

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

 

Provision for doubtful accounts 133 17
Depreciation and amortization 10,628 7,707
Amortization of financing costs 465 397
Deferred rent (623 ) (721 )
Deferred income taxes (212 ) 26
Stock compensation expense 2,133 2,131
Undistributed equity in losses, net 5,360 5,686
Intangible asset impairment 3,384 -
Loss on early retirement of debt 319 -

Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding the effects of business acquisitions)

 

Accounts receivable 587 4,177
Inventory (37,479 ) (28,469 )
Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other assets (1,889 ) (1,391 )
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 10,985 20,266
Income taxes payable   (7,535 )   (3,885 )
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES   (21,461 )   5,834  
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchases of property and equipment (4,410 ) (2,772 )
Kitchen Craft acquisition, net of cash acquired (59,977 ) -
Other acquisitions, net of cash acquired (5,280 ) -
Net proceeds from sale of property   70     7  
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (69,597 )   (2,765 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from Revolving Credit Facility 206,193 155,929
Repayments of Revolving Credit Facility (142,114 ) (151,794 )
Repayments of Senior Secured Term Loan (20,625 ) (3,500 )
Proceeds from Credit Agreement Term Loan 50,000 -
Repayment of Credit Agreement Term Loan (2,500 ) -
Proceeds from Short Term Loan 1,168 -
Payments on Short Term Loan (217 ) -
Payment of financing costs (1,375 ) -
Payments for common stock repurchases - (3,229 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 2,192 943
Cash dividends paid   (1,517 )   (1,117 )
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES   91,205     (2,768 )
 
Effect of foreign exchange on cash (117 ) 431
 
INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   30     732  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   4,947     1,871  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 4,977   $ 2,603  
 
 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)

 
     

Consolidated EBITDA for
the Four Quarters Ended
September 30, 2014(1)

Three months ended September 30, 2014 $ 16,470
Three months ended June 30, 2014 1,494
Three months ended March 31, 2014 3,660
Three months ended December 31, 2013   21,011
Total for the four quarters $ 42,635
 

Consolidated EBITDA for
the Four Quarters Ended
September 30, 2013

Three months ended September 30, 2013 $ 15,067
Three months ended June 30, 2013 4,321
Three months ended March 31, 2013 3,079
Three months ended December 31, 2012   17,868
Total for the four quarters $ 40,335
 

(1) Consolidated EBITDA for the four quarters ended September 30, 2014 excludes the effect of a pro forma acquisition adjustment of $3.0 million.

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results

 

Consolidated EBITDA:

 
      Three Months Ended

September 30,
2014

   

June 30,
2014

   

March 31,
2014

   

December 31,
2013

Net income (loss) as reported $ (1,586 ) $ (3,202 ) $ (2,929 ) $ 9,388
Subtract out:
Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net 5,193 (41 ) 208 (332 )
Add back:
Income tax provision (benefit) 3,123 (1,586 ) (1,185 ) 6,182
Interest expense 1,698 1,672 1,390 1,256
Loss on early retirement of debt - - 319 102
Intangible asset impairment 3,384 - - -
Depreciation and amortization 3,299 3,716 3,613 2,708
Stock compensation expense 694 713 726 750
Contingent consideration accretion 665 - - -
Permitted acquisition related expenses - 97 1,518 957
Restructuring expenses   -     125     -     -  
Consolidated EBITDA $ 16,470   $ 1,494   $ 3,660   $ 21,011  
 
 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results (continued)

 

Consolidated EBITDA:

 
Three Months Ended

September 30,
2013

June 30,
2013

March 31,
2013

December 31,
2012

Net income (loss) as reported $ 1,093 $ (568 ) $ (632 ) $ 15,154
Subtract out:
Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net 5,452 480 (246 ) (4,464 )
Add back:
Income tax provision (benefit) 3,869 (477 ) (399 ) 2,596
Interest expense 1,280 1,149 1,162 1,254
Depreciation and amortization 2,517 2,667 2,523 2,446
Stock compensation expense 738 722 671 662
Permitted acquisition related expenses 39 60 - 220
Restructuring expenses   79     288     -     -  
Consolidated EBITDA $ 15,067   $ 4,321   $ 3,079   $ 17,868  
 

Consolidated 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, accretion of contingent consideration, acquisition related expenses and restructuring expenses, as shown in the tables above.

 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands- except per share data)

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results (continued)

 

Adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per common share:

 
      Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014     2013 2014     2013
 
Net income (loss) as reported $ (1,586 ) $ 1,093 $ (7,717 ) $ (107 )
Adjustments:
Acquisition related expenses, net of tax - - 1,057 -
Loss on early retirement of debt, net of tax - - 191 -
Restructuring expenses, net of tax - 47 75 220
Intangible asset impairment 2,030 - 2,030 -
Impairment of GS Internacional S/A 5,248 - 5,248 -
Impairment of Grupo Vasconia investment, net of tax - 5,040 - 5,040
Grupo Vasconia recovery of value-added taxes   -     (68 )   -     (740 )
Adjusted net income $ 5,692   $ 6,112   $ 885   $ 4,413  
Adjusted diluted income per share $ 0.41   $ 0.47   $ 0.06   $ 0.34  
 

Adjusted net income in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 excludes acquisition related expenses, the loss on retirement of debt, restructuring expenses, intangible asset impairment and impairment of the Company’s investment in GS Internacional S/A. Adjusted net loss in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 excludes restructuring expenses related to the planned closure of the Fred®& Friends distribution center, impairment of the Company’s investment in Grupo Vasconia and a recovery by Grupo Vasconia of value-added taxes related to a 2004 tax position.

Source: Lifetime Brands, Inc.

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