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Kirkland's Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today reported financial results for the 13-week and 39-week periods ended October 28, 2017.

Net sales for the 13 weeks ended October 28, 2017 increased 4.9% to $145.0 million compared with $138.2 million for the 13 weeks ended October 29, 2016. Comparable store sales, including e-commerce sales, increased 0.7% compared with a decrease of 2.3% in the prior-year quarter. Excluding the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma during the quarter, comparable store sales increased 2.0%. Kirkland's opened 10 stores and closed one during the quarter, bringing the total number of stores to 415 at quarter end.

Net sales for the 39 weeks ended October 28, 2017 increased 4.7% to $409.5 million compared with $391.2 million for the 39 weeks ended October 29, 2016. Comparable store sales, including e-commerce sales, decreased 0.6% compared with a decrease of 2.0% in the prior-year period. Kirkland's opened 26 stores and closed 15 during the 39-week period ended October 28, 2017.

For the 13 weeks ended October 28, 2017, the Company reported a net loss of $2.4 million, or ($0.15) per diluted share compared with a net loss of $0.8 million, or ($0.05) per diluted share, for the 13 weeks ended October 29, 2016. The total estimated earnings impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, including lost sales and property losses, was ($0.05) per diluted share for the quarter.

For the 39 weeks ended October 28, 2017, the Company reported a net loss of $7.6 million, or ($0.48) per diluted share compared with a net loss of $3.5 million, or ($0.22) per diluted share, for the 39 weeks ended October 29, 2016.

"We're pleased with our third quarter performance given the significant challenges we faced," said Mike Madden, Chief Executive Officer. "Initiatives to control SKUs, optimize promotional activity and rework targeted areas of our assortment are driving positive results, and we achieved a gain in comparable store sales despite disruptions from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The e-commerce channel continued its strong momentum, with sales at kirklands.com up approximately 40% as we focus on improving the omni-channel experience, the online assortment and our fulfillment operation."

"We're confident about our prospects for the fourth quarter. We are off to a strong start, with our holiday seasonal assortment performing exceptionally well and our marketing and promotional efforts gaining traction. We have a solid plan in place for the holiday season, with a number of initiatives in place to engage and delight our customers."

Fiscal 2017 Outlook

Including the impact of the hurricanes, Kirkland's is updating its outlook for fiscal 2017 as follows:

Store Growth:

For the 53-week period ending February 3, 2018 ("fiscal 2017"), the Company now expects to achieve approximately 5% square footage growth with 31 new store openings and 16 store closings.



Sales:

The Company expects total sales for fiscal 2017 to be at the high end of its previously issued annual guidance of an increase of 6% to 8% compared with fiscal 2016. This level of sales growth reflects the additional week in the retail calendar for fiscal 2017, which is not anticipated to have a material effect on annual earnings. This level of sales performance implies a comparable store sales increase in the range of 0% to 2% for the full year versus prior guidance of slightly negative to slightly positive.



Earnings:

The Company expects fiscal 2017 diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.50 to $0.60, including the impact of the hurricanes. The full year earnings projection assumes a tax rate of approximately 41% versus prior guidance of 38% due to a change in accounting for stock compensation.



Cash Flow:

Capital expenditures in fiscal 2017, which are driven primarily by new store openings and continued investments in the supply chain and omni-channel capabilities, are estimated to range between $27 million and $29 million compared with $32 million in fiscal 2016. The increase in capital expenditures from prior guidance reflects a higher store count and rebuilding costs from hurricane-damaged stores.

This updated performance outlook is based on current information as of November 21, 2017. The information on which this outlook is based is subject to change, and the Company may update its full year business outlook or any portion thereof at any time for any reason.

Investor Conference Call and Web Simulcast

Kirkland's will issue its earnings release for the third quarter of 2017 before the market opens on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and will host a conference call on the same day at 11:00 a.m. ET. The number to call for the interactive teleconference is (412) 542-4163. A replay of the conference call will be available through Tuesday, November 28, 2017, by dialing (412) 317-0088 and entering the confirmation number, 10114218.

A live webcast of Kirkland's quarterly conference call will be available online on the Company's Investor Relations Page on November 21, 2017, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for one year.

About Kirkland's, Inc.

Kirkland's, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is a specialty retailer of home décor in the United States. Although originally focused in the Southeast, the Company has grown beyond that region and currently operates 418 stores in 36 states as well as an e-Commerce enabled website, www.kirklands.com. The Company's stores present a broad selection of distinctive merchandise, including framed art, mirrors, candles, lamps, picture frames, accent rugs, garden accessories and artificial floral products. The Company's stores also offer an extensive assortment of gifts, as well as seasonal merchandise. More information can be found at www.kirklands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Kirkland's actual results to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the competitive environment in the home décor industry in general and in Kirkland's specific market areas, inflation, possibility of new tax legislation, fluctuations in cost and availability of products, interruptions in supply chain and distribution systems, adverse weather conditions, the ability to control employment, and other operating costs, availability of suitable retail locations and other growth opportunities, disruptions in information technology systems including the potential for security breaches of Kirkland's or its customers' information, seasonal fluctuations in consumer spending, and economic conditions in general. Those and other risks are more fully described in Kirkland's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2017 and subsequent reports. Kirkland's disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events or developments.


Contact:

Kirkland's

SCR Partners


Nicole Strain

Jeff Black: (615) 760-3679


(615) 872-4800

Tripp Sullivan: (615) 760-1104



IR@Kirklands.com

KIRKLAND'S, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)






13-Week Period
Ended


13-Week Period
Ended


October 28, 2017


October 29, 2016

Net sales

$ 144,979


$ 138,240

Cost of sales

94,441


87,762

Gross profit

50,538


50,478

Operating expenses:




Operating expenses

47,499


45,651

Depreciation

6,806


6,435

Operating loss

(3,767)


(1,608)

Other (income) expense, net

(160)


6

Loss before income taxes

(3,607)


(1,614)

Income tax benefit

(1,245)


(768)

Net loss

$ (2,362)


$ (846)

Loss per share:




Basic

$ (0.15)


$ (0.05)

Diluted

$ (0.15)


$ (0.05)

Shares used to calculate loss per share:




Basic

16,013


15,897

Diluted

16,013


15,897

KIRKLAND'S, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)






39-Week Period
Ended


39-Week Period
Ended


October 28, 2017


October 29, 2016

Net sales

$ 409,503


$ 391,168

Cost of sales

266,346


248,880

Gross profit

143,157


142,288

Operating expenses:




Operating expenses

135,057


129,564

Depreciation

19,841


18,703

Operating loss

(11,741)


(5,979)

Other (income) expense, net

(253)


34

Loss before income taxes

(11,488)


(6,013)

Income tax benefit

(3,919)


(2,516)

Net loss

$ (7,569)


$ (3,497)

Loss per share:




Basic

$ (0.48)


$ (0.22)

Diluted

$ (0.48)


$ (0.22)

Shares used to calculate loss per share:




Basic

15,932


15,844

Diluted

15,932


15,844

KIRKLAND'S, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)








October 28,
2017


January 28,
2017


October 29,
2016

ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$ 27,885


$ 63,937


$ 28,260

Inventories, net

107,322


75,447


99,989

Other current assets

23,063


13,656


19,503

Total current assets

158,270


153,040


147,752

Property and equipment, net

115,127


110,870


113,933

Non-current deferred income taxes

968


1,198


Other assets

6,552


5,038


3,135

Total assets

$ 280,917


$ 270,146


$ 264,820







LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

$ 51,701


$ 37,898


$ 52,676

Income taxes payable


6,273


Other current liabilities

34,699


30,270


29,711

Total current liabilities

86,400


74,441


82,387

Non-current deferred income taxes

2,561


479


1,689

Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities

64,112


61,413


62,193

Total liabilities

153,073


136,333


146,269

Net shareholders' equity

127,844


133,813


118,551

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$ 280,917


$ 270,146


$ 264,820

KIRKLAND'S, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)






39-Week Period
Ended


39-Week Period
Ended


October 28, 2017


October 29, 2016

Net cash (used in) provided by:




Operating activities

$ (12,269)


$ 12,223

Investing activities

(23,617)


(28,065)

Financing activities

(166)


(250)

Cash and cash equivalents:




Net decrease

(36,052)


(16,092)

Beginning of the period

63,937


44,352

End of the period

$ 27,885


$ 28,260

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