Kirkland's Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

May 21, 2015, 06:45 ET from Kirkland's, Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today reported financial results for the 13-week period ended May 2, 2015.

Net sales for the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2015, increased 9.3% to $118.3 million compared with $108.3 million for the 13 weeks ended May 3, 2014. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, including e-commerce sales, increased 3.0% compared with a comparable store sales increase of 5.0% in the prior-year quarter. Kirkland's opened one store and closed three during the first quarter, bringing the total number of stores to 342 at quarter end.

Net income for the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2015, increased 23% to $2.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. Adjusted net income for the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2015, increased 41% to $2.9 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2015 excludes a $0.02 per diluted share charge related to the retirement of the Company's previous CEO. The Company reported net income of $2.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the 13 weeks ended May 3, 2014.

Mike Madden, Kirkland's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We're pleased with our sales and earnings growth for the quarter. Sales came in at the top end of our guidance range, and earnings exceeded our expectations driven by strong merchandise margins and expense leverage in stores and e-commerce. Weather and the West Coast port delays presented challenges in the quarter, but our teams executed extremely well."

"We are encouraged by the current momentum in the business," continued Mr. Madden. "Customer reaction to our assortments has been positive as indicated by strong conversion, and our real estate plans remain on track for the second half of the year. Our long-term confidence in the business is underscored by the announcement of a $1.50 per-share special dividend, made in a separate release this morning." 

Fiscal 2015 Outlook

Store Growth:

For the 52-week period ending January 30, 2016 ("fiscal 2015"), the Company expects to achieve approximately 8% to 10% square footage growth with 35 to 40 new store openings and 10 to 15 store closings. New store openings are expected to be weighted toward the second and third quarters of the year, and store closings are expected to be spread evenly throughout the year.

Sales:

Total sales for fiscal 2015 are expected to increase approximately 10% to 12% compared with fiscal 2014. This level of sales performance would imply a comparable store sales increase of approximately 3% to 5% for fiscal 2015.

Margin & Expenses:

The Company expects gross profit margin to remain relatively flat year-over-year as a slight improvement in the merchandise margin is expected to be offset by increases in supply chain costs. Operating expenses are expected to decrease as a percent of sales.

Earnings:

Based on the above assumptions, the Company now expects adjusted fiscal 2015 earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $1.18 to $1.23, excluding a $0.02 per diluted share charge related to the retirement of the Company's previous CEO. The Company expects its full year tax rate to be approximately 39%.

Cash Flow:

Capital expenditures in fiscal 2015 are estimated to range between $27 million and $29 million compared with $30 million in fiscal 2014. Based on the above assumptions, the Company expects to generate positive cash flow in fiscal 2015 excluding the special dividend and share repurchases.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Outlook The Company issued guidance for the second quarter ending August 1, 2015, for a loss of $(0.10) to $(0.13) per diluted share.  Net sales are expected to be in the range of $115 million to $116 million with a comparable store sales increase in the range of 5% to 7%. Historically, the Company's second quarter sales and margins are sequentially lower than the first quarter due to traffic patterns and typical promotional activity. We expect an unfavorable comparison to the second quarter of 2014 due to the reversal of a shrinkage accrual in the year ago quarter, which provided a benefit to that quarter amounting to $0.02 per diluted share. Additionally, during the second quarter of 2015, the Company plans to open a net total of 14 stores versus four in the prior-year quarter, which will result in higher pre-opening expenses for the quarter. 

Special Cash Dividend The Company's board of directors declared a special cash dividend of $1.50 per share on its common stock. The special dividend will be paid on June 19, 2015 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 5, 2015.

Investor Conference Call and Web Simulcast Kirkland's will host a conference call today, May 21, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. ET. The number to call for the interactive teleconference is (412) 317-0790. A replay of the conference call will be available through Friday, May 29, 2015, by dialing (412) 317-0088 and entering the confirmation number, 10065466.

A live broadcast of Kirkland's quarterly conference call will be available online at the Company's website www.kirklands.com under Investor Relations or http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=102303 on May 21, 2015, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. 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 decor in the United States. Although originally focused in the Southeast, the Company has grown beyond that region and currently operates 342 stores in 35 states. 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, product availability and growth opportunities, seasonal fluctuations, 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 April 14, 2015.  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.

 

KIRKLAND'S, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share data) 

13-Week Period Ended

13-Week Period Ended

May 2,

May 3,

2015

2014

Net sales 

$     118,310

$        108,255

Cost of sales

70,647

65,653

Gross profit 

47,663

42,602

Operating expenses:

Operating expenses

38,337

34,943

Depreciation

5,229

4,300

Operating income

4,097

3,359

Other expense (income), net

15

(13)

Income before income taxes 

4,082

3,372

Income tax expense

1,553

1,317

Net income

$         2,529

$            2,055

Earnings per share:

  Basic 

$           0.15

$              0.12

  Diluted 

$           0.14

$              0.12

Shares used to calculate earnings per share:

  Basic 

17,238

17,308

   Diluted

17,805

17,825

 

 

KIRKLAND'S, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

May 2,

January 31,

May 3,

2015

2015

2014

ASSETS

Current assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents

$              93,437

$              99,138

$              82,418

  Inventories, net

58,291

55,775

50,702

  Deferred income taxes

3,614

3,538

2,857

  Other current assets

8,343

8,878

8,595

       Total current assets

163,685

167,329

144,572

Property and equipment, net

88,433

90,992

82,768

Other assets

2,283

2,166

2,028

Total assets

$            254,401

$            260,487

$            229,368

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

  Accounts payable

$              26,072

$              24,705

$              19,465

  Income taxes payable

191

5,648

866

  Other current liabilities

24,655

27,027

22,870

     Total current liabilities

50,918

57,380

43,201

Non-current deferred income taxes

4,049

4,138

3,239

Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities

47,017

47,907

44,930

     Total liabilities

101,984

109,425

91,370

Net shareholders' equity

152,417

151,062

137,998

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$            254,401

$            260,487

$            229,368

 

 

KIRKLAND'S, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands) 

13-Week Period Ended

13-Week Period Ended

May 2,

May 3,

2015

2014

 Net cash provided by (used in): 

 Operating activities 

$           (616)

$            221

 Investing activities 

(2,675)

(6,930)

 Financing activities 

(2,410)

77

 Cash and cash equivalents: 

 Net decrease 

(5,701)

(6,632)

 Beginning of the period 

99,138

89,050

 End of the period

$        93,437

$       82,418

 

 

Contact:     

Kirkland's                         

SCR Partners   

Adam Holland                           

Jeff Black: (615) 760-3679

(615) 872-4996                     

Tripp Sullivan: (615) 760-1104

IR@Kirklands.com                 

 

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