EX-99.1 2 brhc10036871_ex99-1.htm EXHIBIT 1

Exhibit 1

Osmium Urges Kirkland’s Board to Increase & Execute an Accelerated Share Repurchase of 50% of the Outstanding Shares

Over the last ten years, Kirkland’s has generated approximately $300 million in operating cash flow or 3x the current market cap

Over the last 20 years, Kirkland’s has generated approximately $600 million in operating cash flow or 6x the current market cap

Currently, Kirkland’s has $80 million in cash and untapped access to capital which is equal to the market capitalization

We believe the company can borrow at 2% and could potentially buy 50% of the outstanding shares, which are currently trading at 2.5x the 20-year average annual operating cash flow

Dear Kirkland’s Board Members:

Osmium Partners has been an investor in Kirkland’s since May 2020 and currently owns 13% of the outstanding common shares. To date, we have been very impressed with the management team and the Board’s efforts in building a high-quality business. We believe Kirkland’s current valuation of less than $84 million represents an immediate opportunity for the Board to increase shareholder value materially. We believe Kirkland’s $75 million untapped asset-backed line (ABL), cash, and at least $115 million in inventory provide the liquidity needed to repurchase shares aggressively. For example, in 2020, inventory started the year at $95 million and finished at $63 million, and the company generated $78 million in cash flow.

We believe Kirkland’s current business model is a higher quality business and more valuable than in the past. Kirkland’s capital-light model now only requires the company to invest approximately 2% of sales on capital expenditures. Kirkland’s e-commerce revenue has grown significantly over the last several years to generate roughly $12 per share, while the company’s retail stores generate about $33 in sales per share.  This suggests to us a valuation of 0.12x sales (excluding leases) vs. a peer group of approximately 1x sales. In addition, we believe Kirkland’s has substantial opportunities to maximize cash flow since inventory is 120% of market cap with 5x annual inventory turns (Kirkland’s is valued at only 0.8x inventory/market cap vs. publicly traded peers at 7.6x).

Capital Sourcing: We believe Kirkland’s could fund a 50% repurchase or $42 million fairly easily:

Kirkland’s has $115 million in “unlevered” inventory; Kirkland’s can borrow $74 million at approximately 1.25-1.75%  interest on their current credit facility.

We believe Kirkland’s, with 4x-5x annual inventory turns and $115 million in inventory, could simply sell down “unlevered” inventory as well as holding $25 million in cash should be more than sufficient liquidity to aggressively buy up to 6 million shares very quickly.

Kirkland’s would simply make future inventory purchases on their credit facility and then pay off in fairly short order.

We believe Kirkland’s is set up for a massive value-creating opportunity to borrow at 2% and buy shares at roughly 2.5x the last 20 years’ earnings power or roughly 40% yield.

Last year, the company spent $37 million to repurchase 13% of the outstanding shares. Now, for a mere $5 million more or $42 million, the company can repurchase 50% of the outstanding shares. Alternatively, if Kirkland’s paid a $2.00 dividend immediately, we believe the stock would likely exceed $20 per share. Still, we believe the best way to drive shareholder value is to execute an aggressive share repurchase program.

Please consider the following key points:

Kirkland’s is trading for less than 2.4x the company’s 10-year and 20-year average annual operating cash flow, which is approximately $30 million. We believe Kirkland’s private market value is at least 8x operating cash flow minus CapEx.

Kirkland’s is trading at approximately 0.8x inventory/market cap with an average of roughly 4x-5x annual inventory turns, which we believe should lead to material cash generation later this year.

By our estimates, Kirkland’s implied guidance from the company’s March earnings call suggests a fiscal year-end January 2023 net cash balance of $5+ per share or approximately $60 million, which is a $35 million increase from January 2022. While the macro environment is changing, we believe Kirkland’s should grow cash flows at an attractive rate from the current levels.

Valuation Data Points: Kirkland’s vs. Public Peers

Kirkland’s is valued at 1.9x its trailing 12-month market capitalization/EBITDA vs. public peers at 8.2x

Kirkland’s tangible book value is 1.2x vs. public peers at 5x

Kirkland’s has a net cash position (excluding leases)

We believe a 50% share repurchase that reduces the share count to 6.1 million could result in the following outcomes:

Bear Case: $500 million in sales at 4% EBITDA margins = $3.30 per share in EBITDA

Base Case: $550 million in sales at 10% EBITDA margins = $9.00 per share in EBITDA

Bull Case: $600 million in sales at 15% EBITDA margins = $14.75 per share in EBITDA

We understand the challenging macro environment; however, Kirkland’s balance sheet is well-positioned to generate significant cash flows and is considerably under-levered. As shown above, we believe there is no more powerful lever to drive cash per share than a very large repurchase of shares at the current valuation. As Warren Buffett accurately describes, “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.”

Thank you for your consideration.

John Hartnett Lewis

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