NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today reported financial results for the 13-week and 26-week periods ended August 3, 2019.

Net sales for the 13 weeks ended August 3, 2019 decreased 10.5% to $119.9 million compared to $133.9 million for the 13 weeks ended August 4, 2018. Kirkland's opened one store and closed one store during the second quarter, bringing the total number of stores to 431 at quarter-end. Comparable store sales, including e-commerce sales, decreased 11.2% compared to a decrease of 3.9% in the prior-year quarter. The decline in comparable stores sales for the quarter was driven by a decline in store sales partially offset by an increase in e-commerce sales. Store sales were impacted by negative store traffic and a decline in average ticket, which was partially offset by an improvement in conversion. E-commerce sales were driven by gains in traffic and conversion, partially offset by a decline in average ticket.

Net loss for the 13 weeks ended August 3, 2019 was $17.1 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.7 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the 13 weeks ended August 4, 2018. Adjusted net loss, excluding asset impairment and severance charges, for the 13 weeks ended August 3, 2019 was $14.9 million, or $1.05 per share compared to an adjusted net loss, excluding CEO transition costs, in the prior year period of $6.4 million or $0.41 per share. Gross profit declined from 27.5% to 22.2% of sales, primarily driven by an increase in and deleverage of store occupancy and distribution center costs and a decline in merchandise margin. Total operating expenses, excluding depreciation and impairment charges, increased from 32.8% to 36.6% of net sales primarily due to the deleverage of payroll costs.

Net sales for the 26 weeks ended August 3, 2019 decreased 9.7% to $249.5 million compared to $276.4 million for the 26 weeks ended August 4, 2018. Kirkland's opened four stores and closed one store during the first 26 weeks of fiscal 2019. Comparable store sales, including e-commerce sales, decreased 10.9% compared to a decrease of 1.2% in the prior-year period.

Net loss for the 26 weeks ended August 3, 2019 was $26.0 million, or $1.83 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.6 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for the 26 weeks ended August 4, 2018. Adjusted net loss, excluding asset impairment and severance charges, for the 26 weeks ended August 3, 2019 was $22.3 million, or $1.56 per share compared to an adjusted net loss, excluding CEO transition costs, in the prior year period of $6.4 million or $0.40 per share.

"Overall trends remained challenging in the second quarter as our home décor customers continued to shift their shopping and purchasing patterns," said Woody Woodward, Chief Executive Officer. "E-commerce sales re-accelerated in the second quarter, resulting in 22% growth over the prior year, while store traffic declined at a double-digit rate, pressuring margins with associated expense deleverage. Store traffic remains challenging, and we expect near-term financial results to be impacted by promotional activity to bring inventory back into alignment and increased marketing spend to drive traffic, highlight new product and target new customers," continued Mr. Woodward.

"As we look forward, our teams are moving with increased speed and determination to implement our strategy to broaden Kirkland's product reach, optimize brick and mortar infrastructure to align with an omni-channel experience and streamline the supply chain. We're seeing solid performance in new categories including table top and rugs, and we're excited about the upcoming launch of bedding, which will be introduced in the third quarter. We have the right plan, the right people, and capital to drive our transformation, and we're confident we can return Kirkland's to profitable growth over time."

Forward Outlook

The Company now expects fiscal 2019 diluted earnings per share to be in the range of a loss of $1.25 to a loss of $1.50. The new range reflects uncertainty regarding tariff exposure and the timing of potential benefits from its merchandising, cost and supply chain initiatives.

The Company will continue to update investors on the progress of its strategic priorities, which include, but are not limited to:

Merchandising:  

Kirkland's will continue to address merchandising and marketing to improve relevance and reinforce the simplicity, universal appeal and utility of its assortment. That includes a sharper focus on key items and product introductions in adjacent categories that are particularly relevant to home shoppers.



Omni-channel:  

In addition to expanding BOPIS, Kirkland's is working to streamline checkout, increase speed, and elevate the design elements of kirklands.com. The Company believes it can significantly reduce pickup time as well as add ancillary services over time which will support accelerated e-commerce growth and improved profitability.



Infrastructure:  

Kirkland's is focused on realigning its supply chain and store infrastructure to optimize operating costs and support a more efficient omni-channel strategy.  The Company has engaged a third party to aggressively renegotiate our store leases.  The Company has identified a number of potential store closures and depending on the success of these negotiations, may increase that number to reduce our brick and mortar infrastructure costs to a more profitable omni-channel model.



Capital Allocation: 

Kirkland's ended the second quarter of 2019 with approximately $15 million in cash. The Company expects to end fiscal 2019 in a net cash position and has ample liquidity under its existing credit facility. Kirkland's  intends to use cash to support its long-term strategy by investing in its operating initiatives.

This performance outlook is based on current information as of September 5, 2019. 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 hold its earnings call for the second quarter later today at 9:00 a.m. ET. Participating on the call will be Steve Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Mike Cairnes, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Nicole Strain, Chief Financial Officer. The number to call for the interactive teleconference is (412) 542-4163. A replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, September 12, 2019 by dialing (412) 317-0088 and entering the confirmation number 10134571.

A live webcast of Kirkland's quarterly conference call will be available online on the Company's Investor Relations Page on September 5, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for one year.

About Kirkland's, Inc.

Kirkland's, Inc. is a specialty retailer of home décor in the United States, currently operating 431 stores in 37 states as well as an e-Commerce enabled website, www.kirklands.com.  The Company's stores present a broad selection of distinctive merchandise, including holiday décor, furniture, art, fragrance and accessories, ornamental wall décor, decorative accessories, mirrors, lamps, textiles, artificial floral products, gifts, housewares, outdoor living items, frames and clocks.  The Company's stores offer an extensive assortment of holiday merchandise during seasonal periods as well as items carried throughout the year suitable for gift-giving.  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 and are subject to the finalization of the Company's quarterly financial and accounting procedures. 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, fluctuations in cost and availability of products, interruptions in supply chain and distribution systems, including our e-commerce systems and channels, 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 29, 2019 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.

 

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



13-Week
Period Ended


13-Week
Period Ended


August 3, 2019


August 4, 2018

Net sales

$

119,885



$

133,899


Cost of sales

93,312



97,101


    Gross profit

26,573



36,798


Operating expenses:




Compensation and benefits

27,162



26,020


Other operating expenses

16,656



17,965


Depreciation (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)

1,736



1,774


Asset impairment

1,981




       Total operating expenses

47,535



45,759


       Operating loss

(20,962)



(8,961)


Other income, net

(158)



(204)


Loss before income taxes

(20,804)



(8,757)


Income tax benefit

(3,684)



(2,042)


Net loss

$

(17,120)



$

(6,715)


Loss per share:




Basic

$

(1.21)



$

(0.43)


Diluted

$

(1.21)



$

(0.43)


Shares used to calculate loss per share:




Basic

14,110



15,726


Diluted

14,110



15,726


 

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



26-Week
Period Ended


26-Week
Period Ended


August 3, 2019


August 4, 2018

Net sales

$

249,533



$

276,353


Cost of sales

186,741



194,243


    Gross profit

62,792



82,110


Operating expenses:




Compensation and benefits

54,218



53,869


Other operating expenses

34,790



35,284


Depreciation (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)

3,575



3,538


Asset impairment

3,859




       Total operating expenses

96,442



92,691


       Operating loss

(33,650)



(10,581)


Other income, net

(416)



(470)


Loss before income taxes

(33,234)



(10,111)


Income tax benefit

(7,193)



(2,514)


Net loss

$

(26,041)



$

(7,597)


Loss per share:




Basic

$

(1.83)



$

(0.48)


Diluted

$

(1.83)



$

(0.48)


Shares used to calculate loss per share:




Basic

14,241



15,925


Diluted

14,241



15,925


 

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



August 3,
2019


February 2,
2019


August 4,
2018

ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

14,650



$

57,946



$

35,359


Inventories, net

108,233



84,434



95,466


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

8,662



15,561



21,053


Total current assets

131,545



157,941



151,878


Property and equipment, net

102,566



110,823



117,068


Operating lease right-of-use assets

219,648






Deferred income taxes

9,010



1,703



1,344


Other assets

6,229



6,681



7,248


Total assets

$

468,998



$

277,148



$

277,538








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

$

60,537



$

48,170



$

49,596


Income taxes payable



701




Accrued expenses

24,646



37,665



35,345


Operating lease liabilities

53,561






Total current liabilities

138,744



86,536



84,941


Deferred rent



51,871



53,080


Operating lease liabilities

218,700






Deferred income taxes





411


Other liabilities

9,148



7,941



9,049


       Total liabilities

366,592



146,348



147,481


Net shareholders' equity

102,406



130,800



130,057


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

468,998



$

277,148



$

277,538


 

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



26-Week
Period Ended


26-Week
Period Ended


August 3, 2019


August 4, 2018

Net cash used in:




Operating activities

$

(31,526)



$

(22,517)


Investing activities

(8,457)



(18,282)


Financing activities

(3,313)



(3,998)


Cash and cash equivalents:




Net decrease

(43,296)



(44,797)


Beginning of the period

57,946



80,156


End of the period

$

14,650



$

35,359


 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this earnings release and the related earnings conference call contain certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted loss and adjusted diluted loss per share. These measures are not in accordance with, and are not intended as alternatives to, GAAP. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing our financial results and believes that they provide useful information to analysts and investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating our operational performance.

The Company defines EBITDA as net income or loss before interest, provision for income tax, and depreciation and amortization and adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding the impact of special items. The Company defines adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per share by adjusting the applicable GAAP measure to remove the impact of special items.

Non-GAAP measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meanings prescribed by GAAP. Use of these terms may differ from similar measures reported by other companies. Each non-GAAP measure has its limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP.

The following table shows a reconciliation of operating loss to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for the 13 weeks and 26 weeks ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018 and a reconciliation of net loss and diluted loss per share to adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per share for the 13 weeks and 26 weeks ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018:

KIRKLAND'S, INC.
UNAUDITED NON-GAAP MEASURE RECONCILIATION
(In thousands, except per share data)



13-Week Period Ended


26-Week Period Ended


August 3, 2019


August 4, 2018


August 3, 2019


August 4, 2018

Operating loss

$

(20,962)



$

(8,961)



$

(33,650)



$

(10,581)


Depreciation and amortization

7,051



7,324



14,295



14,390


(Loss) earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation
and amortization (EBITDA)

(13,911)



(1,637)



(19,355)



3,809


Special Items:








CEO transition costs



300





1,369


Severance charges

391





643




Asset impairment

1,981





3,859




Total special items, pre-tax

2,372



300



4,502



1,369


Adjusted EBITDA

$

(11,539)



$

(1,337)



$

(14,853)



$

5,178










Net loss

$

(17,120)



$

(6,715)



$

(26,041)



$

(7,597)


Special Items:








CEO transition costs, net of tax



344





1,154


Severance charges, net of tax

631





813




Asset impairment, net of tax

1,628





2,978




Total special items, net of tax

2,259



344



3,791



1,154


Adjusted net loss

$

(14,861)



$

(6,371)



$

(22,250)



$

(6,443)










Diluted loss per share

$

(1.21)



$

(0.43)



$

(1.83)



$

(0.48)


Adjusted diluted loss per share

$

(1.05)



$

(0.41)



$

(1.56)



$

(0.40)










Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

14,110



15,726



14,241



15,925


 

 

Contact:

Kirkland's 

SCR Partners       


Nicole Strain 

Jeff Black: (615) 760-3679


(615) 872-4800 

Tripp Sullivan: (615) 760-1104



IR@Kirklands.com

 

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