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Kenneth Cole Productions Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

NEW YORK, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. (NYSE:  KCP) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.  

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The Company reported that net revenues in the first quarter were $116.8 million, versus the year-ago level of $117.5 million.  Wholesale revenues were up 3.0% to $76.7 million versus the year-ago period.  Consumer Direct revenues decreased 6.7% to $31.0 million versus the year-ago period due to the operation of four fewer stores and a comparable store sales decline of 2.0%.  Licensing revenues in the first quarter declined 6.3% to $9.1 million versus the prior year's level due principally to the transition of the women's apparel business to an in-house operation from a licensing model.

Gross profit improved by 140 basis points to 36.9% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 compared to 35.5% in the year-ago period, primarily due to less clearance activity than last year, which was highly promotional to clear excess inventory from store closings.

As a percentage of net revenues, selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A"), excluding other charges (severance, store closings, deferred compensation plan liability charges and costs in connection with proposed transaction), decreased 140 basis points to 38.0% vs. 39.4% versus the year-ago period.  SG&A dollars, excluding these other charges, decreased $1.9 million to $44.4 million

The net loss for the first quarter was $(1.9) million or $(0.10) per share versus a loss of $(17.2) million or $(0.94) per share in the prior year's quarter.  The Company noted that last year's loss of $(17.2) million included $12.5 million of other SG&A charges relating to store closings and severance.

The Company ended the quarter with $48.9 million in cash and no long-term debt.  Inventory increased 5.9% to $45.6 million versus the prior year's level of $43.1 million.

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



per share & outstanding share amounts)

(Unaudited)




03/31/12


03/31/11









    Net sales

$107,681


$107,696









Royalty revenue      

9,159


9,777









Net revenues

$116,840


$117,473









Gross profit

43,150


41,671









Selling, gen'l & administrative expenses

44,445


46,305



Deferred compensation plan liability charge

1,716


--



Severance, store closing and costs in connection with proposed transaction

 

796


 

12,482



Total operating expense

46,957


58,787









Operating loss

(3,807)


(17,116)









Deferred compensation plan investment income

1,716


--



Interest & other income, net

24


47















Loss before income taxes

(2,067)


(17,069)









(Benefit from)/provision for income taxes

(187)


133









Net loss

$(1,880)


$(17,202)









Net loss per share:  Basic

$(0.10)


$(0.94)









Net loss per share:  Diluted

$(0.10)


$(0.94)









Average shares outstanding:  Basic

18,205,000


18,239,000









Average shares outstanding:   Diluted

18,205,000


18,239,000









Balance Sheet Data:

03/31/12


03/31/11



Cash & Cash Equivalents

$  48,943


$  54,286



Accounts Receivable, Net

56,349


60,914



Inventory

45,625


43,094



Total Assets

254,484


264,031



Working Capital

94,512


82,300



Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses

51,194


65,538



Long-term Debt

--


--



Total Shareholders' Equity

145,304


131,329




























SOURCE Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.



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