Lifetime Brands, Inc. (NasdaqGS: LCUT), North America's leading resource for nationally branded kitchenware, tabletop and home décor products, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.

For the fourth quarter of 2010, consolidated net sales were $142.6 million, an increase of 11.3%, as compared to consolidated net sales of $128.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income was $13.9 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, as compared to $5.0 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. Net income for the 2010 fourth quarter included non-cash income attributable to a reduction of a deferred income tax valuation allowance and an extraordinary gain. In addition, net income for the 2009 fourth quarter included a charge for restructuring activities and a tax benefit for losses incurred during the first half of 2009. Excluding these items, adjusted net income was $8.1 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2010, as compared to $5.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the 2009 period.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, consolidated net sales were $443.2 million, an increase of 6.8%, as compared to consolidated net sales of $415.0 million for 2009. Net income was $20.3 million, or $1.64 per diluted share, in 2010, as compared $2.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in 2009. Excluding the items described above and a loss on early retirement of debt during 2010, adjusted net income was $15.0 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, in 2010, as compared $5.2 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in 2009.

Jeffrey Siegel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "We are pleased with our 2010 financial results, which were derived from strong sales growth, stability in margins and continuing focus on cost containment. We achieved these results through careful execution of our strategy during an uncertain and challenging period for the global economy. Given our positive outlook for 2011 and the Company’s strong financial condition, we have decided to resume paying cash dividends on the Company’s common stock.”

On March 4, 2011, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.025 per share payable on May 16, 2011, to shareholders of record on May 2, 2011.

Net sales for the Wholesale Segment grew $13.2 million, or 11.2%, to $131.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and grew $24.8 million, or 6.4%, to $413.8 million for the full year. This growth reflects the consumer appeal of Lifetime’s new products, which increased the Company’s presence at key retailers.

Net sales for the Retail Direct Segment grew $1.3 million, or 13.1%, to $11.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and by $3.4 million, or 13.1%, to $29.4 million for the full year. The growth in this segment primarily reflected increased sales volume from our Mikasa® website and from our new Lifetime Sterling® and Housewares Deals™ websites.

Income from Operations for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased to $14.5 million, or 10.2% of consolidated net sales, as compared to $11.7 million (excluding restructuring expenses), or 9.1% of consolidated net sales, in the fourth quarter of 2009. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales declined to 38.2% from 40.0% in 2009. The decline in the gross margin percentage in the 2010 quarter compared to the 2009 quarter was attributable primarily to a change in sales mix for the Wholesale Segment, whereby a greater percentage of sales was shipped directly to retailers from overseas. Such sales generally are at a lower gross margin, as the merchandise does not pass through the Company’s distribution facilities. The Retail Direct gross margin declined due to increased promotional activity during the quarter. For the 2010 quarter, Income from Operations benefited as selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses as a percent of net sales significantly improved over the 2009 period.

Income from Operations for the full year 2010 increased to $29.8 million, or 6.7% of consolidated net sales, as compared to $18.2 million (excluding restructuring expenses), or 4.4% of consolidated net sales, in 2009. For the full year, the gross margin percentage increased to 38.2% in 2010, as compared to 37.9% in 2009. The higher gross margin percentage came from the Wholesale Segment increase of 36.3% from 35.7%, partially offset by a decline in the Retail Direct Segment due to promotional activities. Income from Operations also benefited during 2010 as SG&A expenses as a percent of net sales declined.

Interest expense declined to $2.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 from $4.1 million in the prior year period and declined to $9.4 million for the full year from $13.2 million in 2009. The decline resulted from the reduction in borrowings from free cash flow generated and an interest rate reduction as a result of our June 2010 debt refinancing.

Equity in earnings in Grupo Vasconia S.A.B. was $2.7 million in 2010 compared to $2.2 million in 2009. The increase was driven by growth in sales volume.

During the fourth quarter and full year of 2010, the Company recorded a non-cash extraordinary gain of $2.5 million from the elimination of negative goodwill related to the 2008 acquisition of the Mikasa business.

Consolidated EBITDA for the three month period ended December 31, 2010 was $17.5 million, as compared to $15.6 million in the 2009 period. Consolidated EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $42.9 million, as compared to $32.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2009.

EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that the Company defines as net income, adjusted to exclude undistributed earnings of Grupo Vasconia, extraordinary items, interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring expenses, stock compensation expense and loss on early retirement of debt, as shown in the table below. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted income per share are non-GAAP measures that the Company defines as net income, adjusted to exclude an extraordinary item, loss on early retirement of debt, restructuring activities and income tax valuation allowance changes to reflect a normalized annual tax rate.

Conference Call

Lifetime has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year 2010 results. The dial-in number for the call is 706-679-7464; the conference ID is #43675790. A live webcast of the call will be broadcast at the Company’s web site, www.lifetimebrands.com.

A replay of the call will also be available through Thursday, March 17, 2011 and can be accessed by dialing 706-645-9291, conference ID #43675790. 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 maintaining and evaluating the Company's on-going financial results and trends. Management uses this non-GAAP information as an indicator of business performance.

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release, the use of the words “believe,” "could," "expect," "may," "positioned," "project," "projected," "should," "will," "would" or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements that represent the Company’s current judgment about possible future events. The Company believes these judgments are reasonable, but these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Such factors might include, among others, the Company’s ability to comply with the requirements of its credit agreements; the availability of funding under such credit agreements; the Company’s ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources and an appropriate level of debt; changes in general economic conditions which could affect customer payment practices or consumer spending; the impact of changes in general economic conditions on the Company’s customers; changes in demand for the Company’s products; shortages of and price volatility for certain commodities; significant changes in the competitive environment and the effect of competition on the Company’s markets, including on the Company’s pricing policies, financing sources and an appropriate level of debt.

Lifetime Brands, Inc.

Lifetime Brands is North America’s leading resource for nationally branded kitchenware, tabletop and home décor products. The Company markets its products under many of the industry’s best known brands, including Farberware®, KitchenAid®, Pfaltzgraff®, Mikasa®, Cuisinart®, Calvin Klein®, CasaMōda®, Gorham®, Hoffritz®, International® Silver, Kirk Stieff®, Nautica®, Pedrini®, Roshco®, Sabatier®, Sasaki®, Towle® Silversmiths, Tuttle®, Wallace® and Vasconia®. Lifetime’s products are distributed through most major retailers in North America.
                 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Three Months Ended

December 31,
Year Ended

December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
 
Net sales $ 142,628 $ 128,070 $ 443,171 $ 415,040
 
Cost of sales 88,118 76,807 273,774 257,839
Distribution expenses 13,528 12,466 44,570 43,329
Selling, general and administrative expenses 26,477 27,064 95,044 95,647
Restructuring expenses     1,784       2,616  
 
Income from operations 14,505 9,949 29,783 15,609
 
Interest expense (2,188 ) (4,124 ) (9,351 ) (13,185 )
Loss on early retirement of debt       (764 )  
Income before income taxes, equity in earnings
Of Grupo Vasconia, S.A.B. and extraordinary item 12,317 5,825 19,668 2,424
 
Income tax provision (1,600 ) (1,311 ) (4,602 ) (1,880 )
Equity in earnings of Grupo Vasconia, S.A.B., net of taxes   734     534     2,718     2,171  
 
Income before extraordinary item $ 11,451 $ 5,048 $ 17,784 $ 2,715
Extraordinary item, net of taxes   2,477       2,477    
 
NET INCOME $ 13,928   $ 5,048   $ 20,261   $ 2,715  
 
Basic income per common share before extraordinary item $ 0.96 $ 0.42 $ 1.48 $ 0.23
Basic income per common share of extraordinary item   0.20       0.20    
 
BASIC INCOME PER COMMON SHARE $ 1.16   $ 0.42   $ 1.68   $ 0.23  
 
Diluted income per common share before extraordinary item $ 0.87 $ 0.41 $ 1.44 $ 0.22
Diluted income per common share of extraordinary item   0.20       0.20    
 
DILUTED INCOME PER COMMON SHARE $ 1.07   $ 0.41   $ 1.64   $ 0.22  
 
           

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands-except share data)
 
December 31,
2010 2009
ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,351 $ 682
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $12,611 at 2010
and $16,557 at 2009 72,795 61,552
Inventory 99,935 103,931
Deferred income taxes 1,124
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   5,048     7,685  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 182,253 173,850
 
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net 36,093 41,623
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net 30,818 37,641
INVESTMENT IN GRUPO VASCONIA, S.A.B. 24,068 20,338
OTHER ASSETS   4,354     3,271  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 277,586   $ 276,723  
 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES
Revolving Credit Facility $ 4,100 $ 24,601
Accounts payable 19,414 21,895
Accrued expenses 31,962 29,827
Deferred income tax liabilities 207
Income taxes payable   5,036     680  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 60,512 77,210
 
DEFERRED RENT & OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES 14,482 20,527
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 1,429 4,447
REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY 10,000
TERM LOAN 40,000
4.75% CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES 23,557 70,527
 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Preferred stock, $.01 par value, shares authorized: 100 shares

of Series A and 2,000,000 shares of Series B; none issued and outstanding

Common stock, $.01 par value, shares authorized: 25,000,000; sharesissued and outstanding: 12,064,543 in 2010 and 12,015,273 in 2009
121 120
Paid-in capital 131,350 129,655
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 1,312 (18,949 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)   (5,177 )   (6,814 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   127,606     104,012  
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 277,586   $ 276,723  
 
                 

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Information

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results

(In thousands – except per share data)
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009

Consolidated EBITDA:
Net income as reported $ 13,928 $ 5,048 $ 20,261 $ 2,715
Subtract out:
Undistributed earnings of Grupo Vasconia, S.A.B (733 ) (534 ) (2,321 ) (1,953 )
Extraordinary item, net of taxes (2,477 ) (2,477 )
Add back:
Provision for income taxes 1,600 1,311 4,602 1,880
Interest expense 2,188 4,124 9,351 13,185
Depreciation and amortization 2,292 3,214 9,810 11,472
Restructuring expenses 1,784 2,616
Stock compensation expense 746 611 2,928 2,099
Loss on early retirement of debt       764    
Consolidated EBITDA $ 17,544   $ 15,558   $ 42,918   $ 32,014  

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted income pershare:

 

 

Net income as reported
      $ 13,928         $ 5,048         $ 20,261         $ 2,715
Adjustments:
Normalized tax benefit (provision) on reported income (3,327 ) (1,019 ) (3,265 ) 910
Extraordinary item, net of tax (2,477 ) (2,477 )
Restructuring expenses, net of tax 1,070 1,570
Loss on early retirement of debt, net of tax       458  
Adjusted net income $ 8,124   $ 5,099   $ 14,977   $ 5,195
Adjusted diluted income per share $ 0.63   $ 0.41   $ 1.21   $ 0.43

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