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Kirkland's Reports Second Quarter Results

The Company expects to fully fund its new store growth and technology improvements through cash generated from operations. Capital expenditures are estimated to range between $24 million and $27 million for fiscal 2011. Cash and cash equivalents as of July 30, 2011 amounted to $75.1 million. Without taking into account any potential share repurchase activity, the Company expects to have approximately $90 million to $100 million in cash and cash equivalents at year-end fiscal 2011.

For the third quarter ending October 29, 2011, the Company expects sales and earnings results to be similar to those reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Total sales and merchandise margin are expected to be sequentially higher, but should be offset by the impact from higher occupancy and operating expenses associated with a large number of store openings in the third quarter.

For the second half of fiscal 2011, the Company expects to continue with new store and square footage growth plans, deliver strong new store performance and generate significant cash flow. However, given the current trends in the business and the uncertain economic outlook in the U.S., the all-important fourth quarter holiday shopping season is difficult to predict at this time. As a result, the Company will provide details on its outlook for the fourth quarter when it announces its results for the third quarter in November 2011.

Investor Conference Call and Web Simulcast

Kirkland's will host a conference call today, at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss its results of operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The number to call for the interactive teleconference is (212) 231-2900. A replay of the conference call will be available through Friday, August 26, 2011, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the confirmation number, 21533188.

A live broadcast of Kirkland's quarterly conference call will be available online at the Company's website under Investor Relations or on August 26, 2011, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for one year.

Kirkland's, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is a specialty retailer of home décor in the United States. Although originally focused in the Southeast, the Company has grown beyond that region and currently operates 294 stores in 30 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

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, 2011. 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.
(numbers in thousands, except per share amounts)    
13 Week Period Ended
July 30, July 31,
2011 2010
Net sales $ 89,701 $ 89,504
Cost of sales   58,856     54,682  
Gross profit 30,845 34,822
Operating expenses:
Operating expenses 28,752 26,637
Depreciation   2,733     3,121  
Operating income (loss) (640 ) 5,064
Other income, net   (42 )   (95 )
Income (loss) before income taxes (598 ) 5,159
Income tax provision (benefit)   (118 )   1,907  
Net income (loss) $ (480 ) $ 3,252  
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.02 ) $ 0.16  
Diluted $ (0.02 ) $ 0.16  
Shares used to calculate earnings (loss) per share:
Basic   19,957     19,852  
Diluted   19,957     20,636  
(numbers in thousands, except per share amounts)
26 Week Period Ended
July 30, July 31,
2011 2010
Net sales $ 184,104 $ 182,969
Cost of sales   115,171     107,511  
Gross profit 68,933 75,458
Operating expenses:
Operating expenses 58,433 53,293
Depreciation   5,974     6,148  
Operating income 4,526 16,017
Other income, net   (5 )   (119 )
Income before income taxes 4,531 16,136
Income tax provision   1,841     6,366  
Net income $ 2,690   $ 9,770  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.13   $ 0.49  
Diluted $ 0.13   $ 0.47  
Shares used to calculate earnings per share:
Basic   19,936     19,814  
Diluted   20,645     20,622  
(dollars in thousands)
July 30, January 29, July 31,
2011 2011 2010
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 75,106 $ 91,222 $ 65,688
Inventories, net 47,656 44,452 43,413
Income taxes receivable 3,880 - 3,478
Deferred income taxes 3,274 3,528 3,309
Other current assets   9,283   7,468   7,310
Total current assets 139,199 146,670 123,198
Property and equipment, net 51,940 46,231 39,660
Non-current deferred income taxes 1,394 1,440 4,314
Other assets   847   736   634
Total assets $ 193,380 $ 195,077 $ 167,806
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 17,011 $ 20,236 $ 18,419
Income taxes payable - 1,289 -
Other current liabilities   21,527   24,364   21,878
Total current liabilities 38,538 45,889 40,297
Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities   31,997   30,899   27,723
Total liabilities   70,535   76,788   68,020
Net shareholders' equity   122,845   118,289   99,786
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 193,380 $ 195,077 $ 167,806
(dollars in thousands)
26 Week Period Ended
July 30, July 31,
2011 2010
Net cash provided by (used in):
Operating activities $ (5,606 ) $ (2,056 )
Investing activities (11,811 ) (9,147 )
Financing activities   1,301     479  
Cash and cash equivalents:
Net decrease (16,116 ) (10,724 )
Beginning of the period   91,222     76,412  
End of the period $ 75,106   $ 65,688  

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