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Lifetime Brands, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Financial Results
Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Nov. 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights:

Consolidated net sales were $166.0 million, as compared to consolidated net sales of $170.1 million in the corresponding period in 2016. In constant currency, which excludes the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations, consolidated net sales decreased 2.5%, as compared to consolidated net sales in the corresponding period in 2016.

Gross margin was $57.2 million, or 34.5%, as compared to $58.3 million, or 34.3%, for the corresponding period in 2016.

Income from operations was $9.3 million, as compared to $10.8 million for the corresponding period in 2016.

Net income was $4.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $6.5 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the corresponding period in 2016.  

Adjusted net income was $5.5 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, as compared to adjusted net income of $7.5 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, in the corresponding period in 2016.

Consolidated EBITDA was $15.7 million, as compared to $16.7 million for the corresponding 2016 period.

Equity in losses, net of taxes, was $326,000, as compared to equity in losses, net of taxes, of $138,000 in the corresponding 2016 period.

Nine Months Financial Highlights:

Consolidated net sales were $396.7 million, as compared to consolidated net sales of $399.1 million for the corresponding period in 2016.  In constant currency, consolidated net sales increased 0.8%.

Gross margin was $143.9 million, or 36.3%, as compared to $141.9 million, or 35.5%, for the corresponding period in 2016.

Income from operations was $4.3 million, as compared to $5.3 million, for the corresponding period in 2016.

Net income was $0.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $1.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the 2016 period. 

Adjusted net income was $3.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, as compared to $3.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the 2016 period. 

Consolidated EBITDA was $21.0 million, as compared to $21.7 million for the corresponding 2016 period.

Equity in earnings, net of taxes, was $0.7 million, as compared to equity in losses, net of taxes, of $0.3 million in the corresponding 2016 period.

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

“The third quarter was a challenging period for Lifetime. Our quarterly results fell short of last year’s strong numbers and were also below our internal expectations, as retailers in the U.S. continued to close stores, reduce inventory levels, and adjust their strategies in an effort to offset the inroads that online shopping has made in their business. In addition, we intentionally limited sales to certain retailers due to credit concerns. Gross margin percentage in the quarter increased, partially offsetting the impact of lower net sales.

“Also, on the positive side, our e-commerce sales grew dramatically in the quarter. If our growth in online sales through pure play online retailers and online sites of our traditional customers continues at the same pace as in the third quarter, we expect such e-commerce sales fully to offset the decline in sales to traditional brick and mortar stores during 2018.

“In the U.K., the environment also has been difficult, with consumer confidence suffering from fall-out related to Brexit and the economic changes it may bring. These headwinds also impacted Lifetime Brands’ performance.

“Third quarter 2017 financial results included an unrealized foreign currency loss of $0.9 million, compared to a loss of $25,000 in the 2016 third quarter. These amounts represent mark-to-market adjustments on GBP/USD currency contracts related to purchases of inventory. The adjustments will reverse as the contracts are settled in the ordinary course of business and, therefore, are not expected to have a permanent economic impact. Excluding the non-cash mark-to market adjustments, consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017, was in line with the prior year.

“Despite the quarter’s difficult market conditions, there were many bright spots in our performance. As noted, we have made significant progress in building our e-commerce presence. U.S. Wholesale e-commerce sales for three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 increased 59% and 51%, respectively, versus the comparable periods in 2016. The double-digit sales increases we have achieved reflect the investments we made in infrastructure, staffing and data resources in order to compete effectively in this increasingly important arena. 

“We have also been forging ahead with Lifetime Next™, our comprehensive program for achieving more consistent growth and profitability in today’s complex business environment. Recent actions in the U.S. include the implementation of new programs to enable us to reduce SKU’s and to operate with lower inventories; and the opening of our new West Coast distribution center, scheduled for later this month, which will be fully operational by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

“In Europe, we are continuing with the integration of KitchenCraft and Creative Tops, which includes combining sales forces, rationalizing other positions and implementing SAP at KitchenCraft, completed during the quarter, closing our office and warehouse in the Netherlands and the finalization of plans for a new UK distribution center, scheduled to open in 2019. These measures, which we expect will lower our expenses and increase profitability beginning in 2018, are costly and negatively impacted our performance during the quarter.

“In addition, we have taken steps to grow our market share across our major product lines. We have, for example, been bringing an exciting pipeline of new kitchenware products to market that will continue into 2018. Early reception from retailers has been strong, and we expect the new items to contribute to our results in this year’s important fourth quarter and beyond.

“Given the challenging retail environment in both North America and Europe, we now expect full-year 2017 consolidated net sales to be approximately flat to last year’s (excluding foreign currency impact) and gross margin to  improve approximately 25 basis points.  Based on the expected sales volume, distribution and SG&A expenses (excluding the non-cash unrealized foreign currency adjustments) as a percentage of sales is expected to be slightly higher than in 2016.”

Dividend

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.0425 per share payable on February 15, 2018 to shareholders of record on February 1, 2018.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The dial-in number for the conference call is (844) 787-0801 or (661) 378-9632, passcode # 8787399. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible through https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/opnkiufe.  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, including consolidated net sales in constant currency, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted income per common share, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA. 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®, MasterClass®, Misto®, Mossy Oak®, Swing-A-Way® and Vasconia®; respected tableware and giftware brands, including Mikasa®, Pfaltzgraff®, Fitz and Floyd®, 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® and Debbie Meyer® . 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.        Lippert/Heilshorn & Assoc.
Laurence Winoker, Chief Financial Officer              Harriet Fried, SVP
516-203-3590                212-838-3777
investor.relations@lifetimebrands.com                  hfried@lhai.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,
      2017       2016       2017       2016  
                 
Net sales $   165,957     $   170,124     $   396,706     $   399,099  
Cost of sales     108,769         111,802         252,780         257,232  
Gross margin     57,188         58,322         143,926         141,867  
Distribution expenses     13,495         14,531         39,510         40,225  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     34,088         33,009         99,572         94,662  
Restructuring expenses     272         -         526         1,701  
Income from operations     9,333         10,782         4,318         5,279  
Interest expense     (1,172 )       (1,231 )       (3,114 )       (3,546 )
Loss on early retirement of debt     -         -         (110 )       (272 )
Income before income taxes and equity in earnings     8,161         9,551         1,094         1,461  
Income tax provision     (3,505 )       (2,961 )       (863 )       (218 )
Equity in earnings (losses), net of taxes     (326 )       (138 )       672         (270 )
NET INCOME $   4,330     $   6,452     $   903     $   973  
Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic     14,572         14,266         14,422         14,129  
BASIC INCOME PER COMMON SHARE $   0.30     $   0.45     $   0.06     $   0.07  
Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted     15,043         14,631         14,900         14,494  
DILUTED INCOME PER COMMON SHARE $   0.29     $   0.44     $   0.06     $   0.07  
Cash dividends declared per common share $   0.0425     $   0.0425     $   0.1275     $   0.1275  
                               


  

 
LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 (In thousands - except share data)
 
        September 30,   December 31,
          2017       2016  
        (unaudited)    
ASSETS      
CURRENT ASSETS      
  Cash and cash equivalents $   5,533     $   7,883  
  Accounts receivable, less allowances of $4,658 at September 30, 2017 and $5,725 at December 31, 2016    119,732        104,556  
  Inventory    175,645        135,212  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets      7,110         8,796  
  Income tax receivable     862         -  
    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS    308,882        256,447  
             
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net     20,091         21,131  
INVESTMENTS     24,480         22,712  
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net     90,045         89,219  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     8,458         8,459  
OTHER ASSETS     1,768         1,886  
      TOTAL ASSETS $  453,724     $  399,854  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
  Current maturity of Credit Agreement Term Loan $   -     $   9,343  
  Short term loan     123         113  
  Accounts payable     47,987         29,698  
  Accrued expenses     45,339         45,212  
  Income taxes payable     -         6,920  
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     93,449         91,286  
             
DEFERRED RENT & OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES     17,429         18,973  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     6,290         5,666  
REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY    128,457         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 September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; shares issued and outstanding: 14,797,199 at September 30, 2017 and 14,555,936 at December 31, 2016   148       146  
  Paid-in capital    177,459        173,600  
  Retained earnings     59,900         60,981  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (29,408 )      (36,999 )
    TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY    208,099        197,728  
      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $  453,724     $  399,854  
       


 

 
LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
 
        Nine Months Ended
        September 30,
          2017       2016  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES      
  Net income $   903     $   973  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:      
    Depreciation and amortization     10,697         11,744  
    Amortization of financing costs     401         513  
    Deferred rent     (469 )       (125 )
    Stock compensation expense     2,482         2,115  
    Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net     (644 )       270  
    Loss (gain) on disposal of fixed assets     -          (23 )
    Loss on early retirement of debt     110         272  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding the effects of business
  acquisitions)
     
    Accounts receivable     (10,524 )       (42,360 )
    Inventory     (32,508 )       (34,552 )
    Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other assets     1,901         (412 )
    Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities     14,539         38,410  
    Income taxes receivable     (862 )       (1,967 )
    Income taxes payable     (6,949 )       (5,246 )
       NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES      (20,923 )       (30,388 )
             
INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
  Purchases of property and equipment     (4,269 )       (1,982 )
  Proceeds from disposition of GSI     -          567  
  Acquisitions     (9,072 )       (9,382 )
      NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES     (13,341 )       (10,797 )
             
FINANCING ACTIVITIES      
  Proceeds from Revolving Credit Facility     191,087         200,144  
  Repayments of Revolving Credit Facility     (149,289 )       (136,175 )
  Repayment of Credit Agreement Term Loan     (9,500 )       (23,000 )
  Proceeds from Short Term Loan     119         118  
  Payments on Short Term Loan     (114 )       (248 )
  Payments of financing costs     (39 )       (13 )
  Payments for capital leases     (72 )       (55 )
  Payments of tax withholding for stock based compensation     (188 )       (74 )
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options     1,453         1,217  
  Cash dividends paid     (1,855 )       (1,804 )
             
      NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES      31,602         40,110  
Effect of foreign exchange on cash     312         (225 )
             
DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     (2,350 )       (1,300 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     7,883         7,131  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $   5,533     $   5,831  
 

 

 
LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)
 
    Consolidated adjusted
EBITDA for the Four
Quarters Ended
September 30, 2017
Three months ended September 30, 2017 $   15,683
Three months ended June 30, 2017 (1)     2,817
Three months ended March 31, 2017 (1)     2,546
Three months ended December 31, 2016 (1)     24,741
  Total for the four quarters $   45,787
     
    Consolidated adjusted
EBITDA for the Four
Quarters Ended
September 30, 2016
Three months ended September 30, 2016 (1) $   16,677
Three months ended June 30, 2016 (1)     4,994
Three months ended March 31, 2016  (1)     69
Three months ended December 31, 2015  (1)     23,839
  Total for the four quarters $   45,579

(1) Consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, September 30, 2016, June 30, 2016, March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 presented above have been re-cast to exclude the non-cash gains and losses related to the Company’s derivative financial instruments not designated as hedging instruments, recognized in earnings. These non-cash gains and losses are permitted to be excluded from the EBITDA covenant in the Company’s Credit Agreement.

 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)
 
 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results
 
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA:
      Three Months Ended    
      September 30, 
2017
  June 30, 
2017
  March 31,
2017
  December 31,
2016
   
Net income (loss) as reported $   4,330   $   (2,096 )   $   (1,331 )   $   14,747      
  Subtract out:                  
    Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net     326       (430 )       (540 )       (814 )    
  Add back:                  
    Income tax provision (benefit)     3,505       (1,698 )       (944 )       6,812      
    Interest expense     1,172       1,001         941         1,257      
    Loss on early retirement of debt     -        110         -          -       
    Depreciation and amortization     4,063       3,348         3,286         2,404      
    Stock compensation expense     952       726         804         827      
    Permitted acquisition related expenses, net of acquisitions not completed     166       (9 )       35         (852 )    
    Restructuring expenses     272       254         -          719      
    Severance expense     -        155         -          -       
    Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currency contracts     897       1,456         295         (359 )    
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA $   15,683   $   2,817     $   2,546     $   24,741      
                       
      Three Months Ended    
      September 30,
2016
  June 30, 
2016
  March 31,
2016
  December 31,
2015
   
Net income (loss) as reported $   6,452   $   (1,191 )   $   (4,288 )   $   11,006      
  Subtract out:                  
    Undistributed equity in (earnings) losses, net     138       (18 )       150         (517 )    
  Add back:                  
    Income tax provision (benefit)     2,961       (473 )       (2,270 )       5,962      
    Interest expense     1,231       1,122         1,193         1,402      
    Loss on early retirement of debt     -        272         -          -       
    Depreciation and amortization     4,682       3,578         3,484         3,500      
    Stock compensation expense     825       487         803         2,972      
    Contingent consideration     -        -          -          (876 )    
    Permitted acquisition related expenses     363       369         555         3      
    Restructuring expenses     -        1,060         641         437      
    Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currency contracts     25       (212 )       (199 )       (50 )    
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA $   16,677   $   4,994     $   69     $   23,839      
 

 

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, contingent consideration, certain acquisition related expenses, restructuring expenses, non-restructuring severance expense and non-cash gains or losses associated with the Company’s foreign currency contracts, as shown in the tables above.

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, September 30, 2016, June 30, 2016, March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 presented above have been re-cast to exclude the non-cash gains and losses related to the Company’s derivative financial instruments not designated as hedging instruments, recognized in earnings. These non-cash gains or losses are permitted to be excluded from the EBITDA covenant in the Company’s Credit Agreement.

 

 
LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands- except per share data)
 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results (continued)
 
Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted income per common share:
         
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
      2017       2016       2017       2016  
                 
Net income as reported $   4,330     $   6,452         903     $   973  
  Adjustments:              
  Acquisition related expenses (adjustments), net     166         363         192         1,287  
  Depreciation expense adjustment     -          1,327         -          1,327  
  Loss on early retirement of debt     -          -          110         272  
  Restructuring expenses     272         -          526         1,701  
  Severance expenses     -          -          155         -   
  Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currency contracts     897         25         2,648         (386 )
  Deferred tax (benefit) expense for foreign currency translation for Grupo Vasconia     127         62         (238 )       517  
  Income tax effect on adjustments     (291 )       (681 )       (794 )       (1,758 )
Adjusted net income $   5,501     $   7,548     $   3,502     $   3,933  
Adjusted diluted income per common share $   0.37     $   0.52     $   0.24     $   0.27  
 

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted income per common share in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 excludes acquisition related expenses, loss on early retirement of debt, restructuring expenses, non-restructuring severance expense, the unrealized loss on foreign currency contracts, deferred tax (benefit) expense related to our equity earnings of Vasconia due to recording the tax benefit of cumulative translation gains through other comprehensive income (loss) and the related income tax effect on adjustments. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted income per common share in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 excludes acquisition related expenses, a charge to correct accumulated depreciation balance relating to certain leasehold improvements at one of the Company’s U.S. warehouses, loss on early retirement of debt, restructuring expenses, the unrealized (gain) loss on foreign currency contracts, deferred tax expense related to our equity earnings of Vasconia due to recording the tax benefit of cumulative translation losses through other comprehensive income and the related income tax effect on adjustments.


 
LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Information
(In thousands)
 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results (continued)
                                               
     As Reported   Constant Currency (1)                      
    Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended       Year-Over-Year
    September 30,   September 30,       Increase (Decrease)
  Net sales   2017     2016   Increase (Decrease)     2017     2016   Increase (Decrease)   Currency Impact   Excluding Currency     Including Currency     Currency Impact  
  U.S. Wholesale $   137,096   $   139,607   $   (2,511 )   $   137,096   $   139,621   $   (2,525 )   $   14       (1.8 ) %     (1.8 ) %     -    %
  International     25,330       26,736       (1,406 )       25,330       26,740       (1,410 )       4       (5.3 ) %     (5.3 ) %     -    %
  Retail Direct     3,531       3,781       (250 )       3,531       3,781       (250 )       -        (6.6 ) %     (6.6 ) %     -    %
  Total net sales $   165,957   $   170,124   $   (4,167 )   $   165,957   $   170,142   $   (4,185 )   $   18       (2.5 ) %     (2.5 ) %     -    %
                                               
                                               
                                               
     As Reported   Constant Currency (1)                      
    Nine Months Ended   Nine Months Ended       Year-Over-Year
    September 30,   September 30,       Increase (Decrease)
  Net sales   2017     2016   Increase (Decrease)     2017     2016   Increase (Decrease)   Currency Impact   Excluding Currency     Including Currency     Currency Impact  
  U.S. Wholesale $   319,258   $   314,613   $   4,645     $   319,258   $   314,641   $   4,617     $   28       1.5   %     1.5   %     -    %
  International     65,923       71,969     (6,046 )     65,923     6,492     (569 )       (5,477 )   (0.9 ) %   (8.4 ) %   (7.5 ) %
  Retail Direct     11,525       12,517       (992 )       11,525       12,517       (992 )        -        (7.9 ) %     (7.9 ) %     -    %
  Total net sales $   396,706   $   399,099   $   (2,393 )   $   396,706   $   393,650   $   3,056     $   (5,449 )     0.8   %     (0.6 ) %     (1.4 ) %

 

(1) "Constant Currency" is determined by applying the 2017 average exchange rates to the prior year local currency 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 sales growth is intended to exclude the impact of currency.

Source: Lifetime Brands, Inc.