Tefron Announces Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results Tefron Continues to Achieve Improvements in Operational Results: Company Improves EBITDA for Q3 2010 by $6.4M to -$0.6M and Reduces Operating Loss by $6.2M Compared to Q3 2009

MISGAV, Israel, December 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tefron Ltd. (OTC:TFRFF; TASE:TFRN), a leading producer of seamless intimate apparel and engineered-for-performance (EFPTM) active wear, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2010.

    Financial Highlights:

    - EBITDA improved to negative $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2010,
    an improvement of $6.4 million compared with negative EBITDA of $7.0
    million in the third quarter of 2009.

    - Operating loss for the third quarter of 2010 improved by $6.2 million
    to $3.1 million, compared with an operating loss of $9.3 million in the
    third quarter of 2009.

    - Loss for the third quarter of 2010 totaled $3.1 million, compared with
    a loss of $8.3 million for the third quarter of 2009.

    - Operating loss for the first nine months of 2010 totaled $8.9 million,
    compared to an operating loss of $15.3 million in the first nine months
    of 2009.

    - The loss for the first nine months of 2010 amounted to $8.3 million
    compared with a loss of $12.7 million in the corresponding period of
    2009.

Third Quarter 2010 Results

Tefron reported revenues for the third quarter of 2010 of $18.0 million. This compares with revenues of $21.0 million in the third quarter of 2009. The Company reported a gross profit in the third quarter of $0.2 million, compared with a gross loss of $5.5 million in third quarter of 2009. Operating loss for the third quarter of 2010 was $3.1 million, representing a $6.2 million improvement compared with an operating loss of $9.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. Despite the lower sales turnover, Tefron achieved this $6.2 million reduction in the operating loss through its efforts to cut production waste and losses, lower labor costs, increase operating efficiency, and an improvement in lead time to costumers.

EBITDA for the third quarter of 2010 improved to negative $0.6 million, compared to negative EBITDA of $7.0 million in the third quarter of 2009, representing a $6.4 million improvement. Net financial expenses in the third quarter of 2010 totaled $869 thousand, compared to net financial expenses of $474 thousand in the third quarter of 2009. This 83.3% increase in financial expenses resulted from an increase of interest on loans and bank credit, and from the devaluation of the U.S. dollar against the NIS. Loss for the third quarter of 2010 was $3.1 million, compared with loss of $8.3 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Revenues for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2010 totaled $68.7 million, compared to $93.3 million for the comparable period in 2009. Operating loss for the first nine months of 2010 was $8.9 million, compared to an operating loss of $15.3 million for the first three quarters of 2009. EBITDA from January to September 30, 2010 was negative $ 1.7 million, compared to negative EBITDA of $8.4 million for the first nine months of 2009, representing an improvement of $ 6.7 million. The loss in the nine month reporting period amounted to $8.3 million compared with a loss of $12.7 million for the same period in 2009.

Third Quarter 2010 Financial Position

Current assets as of September 30, 2010 were $30 million, compared to 39.9 million on December 31, 2009. The 24.8% decrease in current assets was mainly due to a decease of $5.2 million in trade receivables and $4.2 million in inventories, reflecting the reduction in sales volume and the seasonality in swimwear products.

Tefron's current liabilities on September 30, 2010 amounted to $37.7 million, compared to $46.6 million on December 31, 2009. The decrease of $8.9 million was mainly due to the reduction of $6 million in trade payables following the decrease in activity of the company during the reporting period. The balance of current liabilities includes long-term loans of $19.8 million and $11.6 million as of September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

Non-current liabilities of the company on September 30, 2010 were $ 2.6 million, compared to $5.6 million on December 31, 2009. The decrease of $3 million was mainly due to a decrease of $2.4 million in deferred tax balances.

Shareholders' equity totaled $42.8 million on September 30, 2010 and accounted for 51.5% of the balance sheet, compared to $47 million on December 31, 2009, which was equivalent to 47.4% of the balance sheet .The decrease in shareholders' equity was mainly due to the $8.3 million net loss in the reporting period, which was partly offset by fund raising of $ 4 million (gross) in Tefron's Rights Offering and Private Placement.

Tefron CEO Amit Meridor: "Tefron's adherence to its turnaround program has enabled the Company to significantly improve operating performance this quarter, reducing operating losses and improving EBITDA, and to better balance the effects of seasonality on swimwear sales typical in the third quarter. These improvements reflect the company's enhanced cost structure, in particular, improvements on lead time delivery to customers, the reduction of production waste, lower labor costs, and increase in manufacturing efficiency. "

Mr. Meridor continued, "Our recent transaction to acquire the Seamless activities of the Canadian apparel manufacturer, Nouvelle Seamless, has far-reaching implications for our success in regaining our leading position in Seamless and performance apparel. Nouvelle's activities with its strong product offering to the mass market and its customer portfolio, complement Tefron's activity in the market and will strengthen Tefron's sales and marketing network in the US. At the same time, Nouvelle has developed low-cost production channels, as well as other distribution channels in the Far East which will enable us to continue to improve Tefron's offering and geographical reach."

Tefron's Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arnon Tiberg: "The third quarter results reflect the success of Tefron's management in meeting targets for streamlining the manufacturing process which were set in the turnaround program and included a systematic restructuring of the organization and the production floor to increase efficiency, as well as processes to improve other operational components. The recently signed deal includes, as well, an investment of $5.8 million in Tefron, and will contribute to further improvements in the cost structure of Tefron, as well as expanding our marketing and distribution activities, particularly in the US. We are currently working on the preparations for the merger of the Nouvelle's Seamless activities into Tefron's operation so that immediately upon closing and approval by the Tefron's shareholders committee we can move ahead to integrate the businesses. In addition, Tefron is expected to sign a modified agreement with its financing banks approving the deal and extending Tefron's credit and debt line by at least $5m."

Mr. Tiberg summarizes, "The combined effect of Tefron's improved cost structure, funding sources of $10.8m, and intensive marketing activity in North America gives Tefron strong potential for profitable growth."

Events after balance sheet date:

Tefron announced that the company signed an agreement for a total investment of $5.8 million dollars in exchange for 51% of its equity. In addition, it would acquire the seamless activities of Canadian apparel manufacturer, Nouvelle.

In addition, Tefron announced that it was in advanced stages of negotiations with its financing banks to approve the transaction, increase its credit and debt facilities by at least $5 million and to determine new financial covenants, according to the company's business plan.

The Lieberman family, Nouvelle shareholders, will invest $3.3 million in Tefron. Together with the shares issued to Nouvelle for its assets, the Lieberman family will become Tefron's largest shareholder, with approximately 33% of Tefron's shares. Mivtach Shamir will invest $ 1.3 million for a consideration of 9.5% of Tefron shares, and the investors group led by Rimon Funds will invest a total of $1.2 million in exchange for 8.7% of the company shares.

The transaction is subject to fulfillment of conditions, including, inter alia, approval of the transaction at the shareholders' general meeting of the company by a special majority, and a modified financing arrangement with the banks. The company is in advanced stages of negotiations with the financing banks to increase its credit and debt facilities by at least $5 million and to determine new financial covenants, to the satisfaction of the new investors. The company is waiting for the approval of the banks, but there is no certainty that such authorization will be received. The company will provide updated information with the signing of a final settlement.

About Tefron

Tefron manufactures boutique-quality everyday seamless intimate apparel, active wear and swim wear sold throughout the world by such name-brand marketers as Victoria's Secret, lululemon athletica, Warnaco/Calvin Klein , Walmart Stores Inc, The Gap, J. C. Penney, Maidenform, , Patagonia, Reebok, and El Corte Ingles, as well as other well known retailers and designer labels. The company's product line includes knitted briefs, bras, tank tops, boxers, leggings, crop, T-shirts, nightwear, bodysuits, swim wear, beach wear and active-wear.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, with respect to the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events.

Words such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "will," "plan," "could," "may," "project," "goal," "target," and similar expressions often identify forward-looking statements but are not the only way we identify these statements. Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release regarding our future performance, plans to increase revenues or margins and any statements regarding other future events or future prospects are forward-looking statements.

These forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to:

    - the effect of the worldwide recession on our sales to our
    customers in the United States and in Europe and on our ability to
    finance our operations;
    - our customers' continued purchase of our products in the same
    volumes or on the same terms;
    - the cyclical nature of the clothing retail industr and the
    ongoing changes in fashion preferences;
    - the competitive nature of the markets in which we operate,
    including the ability of our competitors to enter into and compete in the
    seamless market in which we operate;
    - the potential adverse effect on our business resulting from our
    international operations, including increased custom duties and import
    quotas (e.g. in China, where we manufacture for our swimwear division).
    - fluctuations in inflation and currency rates;
    - the potential adverse effect on our future operating efficiency
    resulting from our expansion into new product lines with more complicated
    products, different raw materials and changes in market trends;
    - the purchase of new equipment that may be necessary as a result
    of our expansion into new product lines;
    - our dependence on our suppliers for our machinery and the
    maintenance of our machinery;
    - fluctuations in the costs of raw materials;
    - our dependence on subcontractors in connection with our
    manufacturing process;
    - our failure to generate sufficient cash from our operations to
    pay our debt;
    - political, economic, social, climatic risks, associated with
    international business and relating to operations in Israel;

as well as certain other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    Tefron Ltd. - Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                                               As of December
                                       As of September 30,           31,
                                        2010         2009           2009
                                            Unaudited              Audited
                                                In dollars thousands
    Current Assets
    Cash and cash equivalents            1,948        5,326          1,904
    Sort-term investments                  700          837            737
    Trade receivables, net               9,430       16,258         14,597
    Other current assets                 2,080        2,933          2,892
    Inventories                         15,625       20,046         19,778

                                        29,783       45,400         39,908

    Non-Current Assets held for sale       176            -              -

                                        29,959       45,400         39,908

    Non-Current Assets
    Deferred taxes, net                  1,488        1,449          1,409
    Fixed assets, net                   50,997       58,712         56,920
    Goodwill and other intangible
    assets, net                            660        1,554            960

                                        53,145       61,715         59,289

                                        83,104      107,115         99,197

    Current Liabilities
    Bank credit                         25,260       16,956         25,847
    Trade payables                       8,981       18,615         15,042
    Other current liabilities            3,454        5,824          5,666

                                        37,695       41,395         46,555
    Non-Current Liabilities

    Bank loans                               -        8,222              -
    Employee benefits, net                 486        1,543            729
    Other non-current liabilities        1,473          778          1,838
    Deferred taxes, net                    635        4,048          3,080

                                         2,594       14,591          5,647

    Equity related to Company
    shareholders
    Share capital                       10,351        7,518          7,518
    Additional paid-in capital         108,942      107,492        107,522
    Accumulated deficit                (69,138)     (56,477)       (60,666)
    Treasury shares                     (7,408)      (7,408)        (7,408)
    Capital reserves                        68            4             29

    Total equity                        42,815       51,129         46,995

                                        83,104      107,115         99,197

    Tefron Ltd. - Consolidated Statements of Income


                                                                     Year
                                                                     ended
                        Nine months ended       Three months ended  December
                          September 30,           September 30,        31,
                        2010       2009       2010         2009      2009
                                      Unaudited                     Audited
                                      In dollars thousands

                                 (excluding loss per share data)

    Sales               68,709    93,263     17,990       21,018    115,538
    Cost of sales       65,927    94,902     17,768       26,542    119,339

    Gross profit
    (loss)               2,782    (1,639)       222       (5,524)    (3,801)

    Selling and
    marketing
    expenses             9,123    10,925      2,527        3,138     13,842
    General and
    administrative
    expenses             2,440     2,745        642          652      3,779
    Other expenses
    (income)               133         -        133            -       (496)

    Operating loss      (8,914)  (15,309)    (3,080)      (9,314)   (20,926)

    Loss from the
    early
    repayment of a
    subordinated
    note
    receivable               -    (1,285)         -       (1,285)    (1,285)
    Financial
    income                 271     2,425          7          270      1,747
    Financial
    expenses            (2,048)   (2,839)      (876)        (744)    (2,259)

    Financial
    expenses, net       (1,777)     (414)      (869)        (474)      (512)

    Loss before
    taxes on
    income             (10,691)  (17,008)    (3,949)     (11,073)   (22,723)
    Tax benefit          2,365     4,270        872        2,810      5,330

    Loss                (8,326)  (12,738)    (3,077)      (8,263)   (17,393)

    Basic and
    diluted loss          (2.9)     (6.0)      (1.0)        (3.9)      (8.1)


    Contacts
    Company Contact:
    Eran Rotem
    Chief Financial Officer
    +972-4-990-0881
    reran@tefron.com

SOURCE Tefron Ltd




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