Lifetime Brands, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Lifetime Brands, Inc. (NasdaqGS: LCUT), a global provider of branded products used to prepare, serve and consume foods in the home, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $94.9 million. Net sales grew by 5.0% compared to the corresponding period in 2011. Net sales increased primarily as a result of including the net sales of Creative Tops, acquired in November 2011, and increased net sales of Kitchenware products, offset by a decrease in net sales of Home Solutions products.

Gross margin for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $35.4 million, or 37.3%, as compared to $34.0 million, or 37.7%, for the corresponding period in 2011. The decrease in the gross margin percentage primarily reflects a decline in the gross margin percentage of Home Solutions products.

Net income decreased to $0.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, from $2.1 million, or $0.17 per diluted share.

Adjusted net income for the quarter was $1.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, as compared to $1.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in 2011. Adjusted net income in the 2012 period excludes a loss on early retirement of debt, related to the repayment of $10 million principal amount of the Company’s Term Loan, and an expense related to retirement benefit obligations. Adjusted net income in 2011 excludes the equity earnings from an entity that discontinued the sale of products in late 2011.

Jeffrey Siegel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said,

“The quarter was marked by continuing economic uncertainty, which restrained retail sales in most of our product categories. In response, our major retailer partners generally maintained conservative inventory positions.

“Despite this uncertainty, Lifetime achieved continued growth and margin expansion in our core Kitchenware categories; however, these gains were offset by a decline in net sales and gross margin in our Home Solutions product category.

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