Kirkland's Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today reported financial results for the 13-week period ended April 28, 2012.

Net sales for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2012, increased 3.6% to $97.8 million compared with $94.4 million for the prior-year quarter. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased 1.2% compared with a decrease of 8.4% in the prior-year quarter. Kirkland’s opened 5 stores and closed 17 during the first quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of stores to 297 at quarter end.

The Company reported net income of $2.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with net income of $3.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

Robert Alderson, Kirkland's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We entered the first quarter with positive momentum and confidence that the substantial effort to address Spring merchandising and marketing opportunities would sustain those trends, but we noticed a distinct change in customer sentiment in the latter half of the quarter that we addressed with promotional activity. As a result, we experienced weaker margin and comparable store sales trends that have continued into early second quarter.

“Our second quarter outlook reflects the current environment in retail, but does not overshadow the continued investments we are making to support steady store growth, complete the four-year program to upgrade our information systems, deliver a consistent store experience and maintain the growth and momentum in our e-commerce effort. The opportunity for Kirkland’s is to deliver consistent and reasonable sales and earnings growth, and these investments are bringing us closer to achieving that goal. We are focusing intently on merchandising improvement to better leverage our industry leadership in inventory productivity and a loyal customer base.”

Stock Repurchase Plan

During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 219,434 shares of common stock for a total of $3.2 million, or an average price of $14.60 per share. The Company has $13.4 million remaining under its repurchase authorization.

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