Jeffrey Siegel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said,
“I am pleased to report that our core Kitchenware products category performed well during the quarter, as it has all year; reflecting increases in our Kitchen Tools & Gadgets and Kitchen Cutlery & Cutting Board product lines, and strong gains in Cookware, driven by the introduction our new Guy Fieri ® cookware line.
“These gains were offset by declines in our Tabletop and Home Solutions product categories. Sales of tabletop products were negatively impacted by several factors, including a decision to restrict sales of Mikasa-branded dinnerware to customers that maintain and primarily sell through brick and mortar facilities and the well-publicized problems at a major retailer that traditionally had been a significant customer of our tabletop products.
“As previously noted, we are transitioning some of our home décor business to higher quality branded products sold under our Mikasa® and Pfaltzgraff® brands.“I am pleased to report that Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath had little impact on our operations. “Our holiday season is shaping up well. Based on our current bookings and orders, we expect consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter to be approximately 5% greater than net sales in the fourth quarter of 2011.” On November 2, 2012, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.025 per share payable on February 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on February 1, 2013. Conference Call The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET. The dial-in number for the conference call is (800) 291-9234 or (617) 614-3923, passcode #56998213. A replay of the call will also be available through November 15, 2012 and can be accessed by dialing (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888, conference ID #23693174. A live webcast of the conference call will be broadcast in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s web site, www.lifetimebrands.com. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an audio replay of the call will also be available on the site. Non-GAAP Financial Measures This earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures. For purposes of Regulation G, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statements of income, balance sheets, or statements of cash flows of the Company; or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, the Company has provided reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are provided because management of the Company uses these financial measures in evaluating the Company's on-going financial results and trends. Management uses this non-GAAP information as an indicator of business performance.