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KIRKLAND’S REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2018 RESULTS

Net sales increased 6.6% to $154.6 million
Comparable sales increased 1.4%; e-commerce revenue up 22.9%
Loss per diluted share of $0.18; adjusted loss per diluted share of $0.13 on improved EBITDA margin
Annual EPS guidance reaffirmed at $0.50 to $0.60, excluding new CEO charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 29, 2018) — Kirkland’s, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today reported financial results for the 13-week and 39-week periods ended November 3, 2018.
“I am excited to join the Kirkland’s team and encouraged with the ongoing initiatives as well as the energy across the company,” said Steve “Woody” Woodward, Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time, I believe there is significant opportunity to improve the consistency and relevancy of our assortments to make Kirkland’s the destination of choice for quality home décor at an affordable price.”
Mike Cairnes, President and Chief Operating Officer added, “Quarterly performance benefitted from strong sell through of seasonal merchandise and continued progress in operating performance. E-commerce trends improved in the quarter while expenses and inventory remained well managed. We are operating the business with greater efficiency and believe we are well positioned to deliver a solid holiday season.”
Financial Performance
Net sales for the 13 weeks ended November 3, 2018 increased 6.6% to $154.6 million compared with $145.0 million for the 13 weeks ended October 28, 2017. Net sales for the third quarter were driven by an increase in both store count and e-commerce revenue. Kirkland’s opened six stores and closed no stores during the third quarter, bringing the total number of stores to 432 at quarter-end. Comparable store sales, including e-commerce sales, increased 1.4% compared with an increase of 0.7% in the prior-year quarter. Brick and mortar traffic trends improved versus year-ago levels; negative store traffic was partially offset by an improvement in conversion and average ticket. E-commerce sales were driven by gains in traffic and conversion.
Net loss for the 13 weeks ended November 3, 2018 was $2.8 million, or ($0.18) per diluted share compared with a net loss of $2.4 million, or ($0.15) per diluted share, for the 13 weeks ended October 28, 2017. Adjusted loss, excluding charges associated with the transition of the Company’s Chief Executive Officers, for the 13 weeks ended November 3, 2018 was $2.0 million, or ($0.13) per diluted share. The decline in gross profit as a percentage of sales in the third quarter was driven by a decline in merchandise margin primarily due to higher inbound freight costs and the deleverage of store occupancy costs. Total operating expenses as a percentage of sales declined versus the prior-year period.
Net sales for the 39 weeks ended November 3, 2018 increased 5.2% to $430.9 million compared with $409.5 million for the 39 weeks ended October 28, 2017. Comparable store sales for the 39 weeks ended November 3, 2018, including e-commerce sales, decreased 0.3% compared with a decrease of 0.6% in the prior-year period. Kirkland’s opened 22 stores and closed eight during the 39-week period ended November 3, 2018.
Net loss for the 39 weeks ended November 3, 2018 was $10.4 million, or ($0.66) per diluted share compared with a net loss of $7.6 million, or ($0.48) per diluted share, for the 39 weeks ended October 28, 2017. Adjusted loss, excluding severance and other charges associated with the transition of the Company’s Chief Executive Officers, for the 39 weeks ended November 3, 2018 was $8.5 million, or ($0.54) per diluted share.


The following information was filed by Kirkland's, Inc (KIRK) on Thursday, November 29, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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