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Kirkland's Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today reported financial results for the 13-week and 39-week periods ended October 27, 2012.

Net sales for the 13 weeks ended October 27, 2012, was $96.7 million compared with $97.1 million for 13-week period ended October 29, 2011. Comparable store sales, including e-commerce, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased 4.7% compared with a decrease of 3.6% in the prior-year quarter. Kirkland’s opened 10 stores and closed 4 during the third quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of stores to 308 at quarter end.

Net sales for the 39-week period ended October 27, 2012, increased 1.5% to $285.5 million compared with $281.2 million for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011. Comparable store sales, including e-commerce, for the 39 weeks ended October 27, 2012, decreased 3.2% compared with a decrease of 6.7% in the prior-year period. The Company opened 25 stores and closed 26 stores during the 39-week period.

The Company reported a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with net income of $1.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

For the 39-week period ended October 27, 2012, the Company reported a net loss of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with net income of $3.9 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011.

Robert Alderson, Kirkland's President and Chief Executive Officer, noted, “Overall results for the third quarter were in line with our previously issued guidance. We successfully implemented our merchandise management system as scheduled. Although our outlook remains conservative and somewhat cautious due to limited visibility less than a month into the quarter, we are focused on maximizing fourth quarter performance. As we approach fiscal 2013, our priorities for driving future sales and earnings results continue to be elevating our brand awareness, expanding our e-commerce business and improving our merchandising process and execution.”

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