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Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results

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NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. (NYSE:  KCP) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011.

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For the full year revenues increased 4.7% to $478.9 million, gross margins were down 410 basis points, and selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues decreased 460 basis points.  The Company reported a loss of $(2.9) million for the full year, or $(0.16) per share, compared to a profit of $2.1 million or $0.11 per fully diluted share in 2010.

For the fourth quarter, net revenues increased 8.6% to $131.2 million versus $120.8 million in the fourth quarter last year.  Wholesale revenues were up 47% to $62.3 million versus the year-ago period. Over 75% of the revenue increase was driven by the inclusion of non-comp Kenneth Cole New York women's sportswear in Wholesale, increased doors in Reaction men's sportswear and a one-time special holiday handbag program.  Consumer Direct revenues decreased 16.6% to $54.7 million versus the year-ago period due to the closing earlier in the year of several unproductive full-priced stores and a comparable store sales decline of 5.0%. Licensing revenues in the fourth quarter improved approximately 10% to $14.2 million versus $12.9 million in the year-ago period, driven primarily by higher than anticipated inventory purchases by one international licensee.  

Gross margin declined 230 basis points to 41.2% in the fourth quarter compared to 43.5% in the year ago period.  This resulted primarily from the combination of higher sourcing costs and a mix shift in revenues toward Wholesale.  

Selling, general and administrative expenses, which do not include one-time charges in each fourth quarter, improved 680 basis points to 33.8% from 40.6% in the year ago period. This improvement was primarily the result of the elimination of overhead related to unproductive stores closed in the first quarter of 2011 and leverage achieved on Wholesale growth.

Net income on a GAAP basis for the fourth quarter was $8.0 million, or $0.43 per fully diluted share versus a loss of $2.7 million, or $(0.15) in the year ago period.  The Company noted that due to losses in prior years it did not  provide for any federal income taxes in its earnings per share calculation.  

The Company ended the year with $58 million in cash and no long-term debt.  Inventory increased 12.2% to $42.2 million versus the prior year's level of $37.7 million.

In addition, the Company repurchased 107,627 shares of its stock for approximately $1.1 million during the quarter. The company has subsequently suspended activity under the repurchase program.

About Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.

Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. designs, sources, and markets a broad range of footwear, handbags, apparel and accessories under the brand names Kenneth Cole New York; Kenneth Cole Reaction; Unlisted; and Le Tigre, as well as footwear under the proprietary trademark Gentle Souls.  The Company has also granted a wide variety of third party licenses for the production of men's, women's and children's apparel as well as fragrances, watches, jewelry, eyewear, and several other accessory categories.  The Company's products are distributed through department stores, better specialty stores, company-owned retail stores and its e-commerce website.  Further information can be found at http://www.kennethcole.com/.

Forward Looking Statement Disclosure

The statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, may be deemed to constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual future results might differ materially from those projected in such statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, demand and competition for the Company's products, the ability to enter into new product license agreements or to renew or replace existing product licensee agreements, changes in consumer preferences or fashion trends, delays in anticipated store openings, and changes in the Company's relationships with retailers, licensees, vendors and other resources.  The forward looking statements contained herein are also subject to other risks and uncertainties that are described in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.



(In thousands, except

Quarter Ended


Year Ended

per share & outstanding share amounts)







12/31/11


12/31/10


12/31/11


12/31/10









Net sales

$117,034


$107,878


$432,606


$411,652









Royalty Revenue

14,177


12,929


46,338


45,676









Net revenues

$131,211


$120,807


$478,944


$457,328









Gross profit

54,062


52,500


185,441


195,863









Selling, gen'l & administrative expenses

44,301


49,077


173,163


186,498

Store closings, severance,  impairment of intangible and long-lived assets

1,124


6,316


13,771


7,885

Total operating expense

45,425


55,393


186,934


194,383









Operating income/(loss)

8,637


(2,893)


(1,493)


1,480









Interest & other (loss)/income, net

(277)


61


(113)


326

Investment gains/(impairments)

-


677


(405)


1,174

















Income/(loss) before taxes

8,360


(2,155)


(2,011)


2,980









Provision for income taxes

410


550


904


896









Net income/(loss)

$7,950


$(2,705)


$(2,915)


$2,084

















Net income/(loss) per share: Basic

$0.44


$(0.15)


$(0.16)


$0.11









Net income/(loss) per share: Diluted

$0.43


$(0.15)


$(0.16)


$0.11









Average shares outstanding: Basic

18,116,000


18,223,000


18,211,000


18,169,000









Average shares outstanding: Diluted

18,437,000


18,223,000


18,211,000


18,533,000









Balance Sheet Data:

12/31/11


12/31/10





Cash & Cash Equivalents

$58,043


$83,395





Accounts Receivable

45,564


34,660





Inventory

42,249


37,658





Total Assets

249,818


262,969




Working Capital

92,302


100,286




Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses

46,435


43,608




Long-term Debt

-


-



Total Shareholders' Equity

143,866


146,735


















SOURCE Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.



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