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Lifetime Brands Acquires S’well®

Lifetime Brands, Inc.
Lifetime Brands, Inc.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., March 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lifetime Brands, Inc. (NasdaqGS: LCUT), a leading global provider of kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home, today announced that it has acquired the business and certain assets of Can’t Live Without It (d/b/a S’well Bottle).

Founded in 2010, S’well is a global designer, wholesaler and retailer of reusable, vacuum-insulated products. It is best known for creating the first, reusable hydration fashion accessory. S’well's products can be purchased through omnichannel retail partners, specialty stores, co-branded partnership opportunities, and its own direct-to-consumer website, www.swell.com.

Rob Kay, Lifetime’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are extremely pleased to welcome the S’well brand to our portfolio. S’well originated the category of sustainable hydration products and has consistently been a design, feature and product innovator. The brand is a perfect fit for our growing and successful hydration and storage categories, where we have already made great progress growing our BUILT brand. S’well’s established e-commerce presence will expand our direct-to-consumer offering and its significant corporate partnership business will open up a new and attractive channel for Lifetime. Additionally, S’well’s recognition as a leader in sustainability helps reinforce our commitment in this important area. We expect this highly complementary addition to our portfolio to have an accretive impact on our earnings beginning in 2022.”

Sarah Kauss, the visionary founder of S’well, will oversee the transition to Lifetime Brands and continue in an advisory role, said “I’m so proud of what S’well has accomplished over the years. We created a movement around reusables, helped displace more than 4 billion single-use plastic bottles and touched millions of lives. With this transition into the Lifetime family, the S’well brand will continue to deliver beautiful, innovative products while being a force for good.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The Company believes that once fully integrated into Lifetime’s operations, a process expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022, S’well will contribute approximately $4.5 million of annualized EBITDA.

Canaccord Genuity Sawaya Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to S’well in connection with this transaction. Greenberg Traurig, LLP provided legal counsel to S’well. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provided legal counsel to Lifetime Brands.

Lifetime Brands, Inc.

Lifetime Brands is a leading global designer, developer and marketer of a broad range of branded consumer products used in the home. The Company markets its products under well-known kitchenware brands, including Farberware®, KitchenAid®, Sabatier®, Amco Houseworks®, Chef’n® Chicago™ Metallic, Copco®, Fred® & Friends, Houdini™, KitchenCraft®, Kamenstein®, La Cafetière®, MasterClass®, Misto®, Swing-A-Way®, Taylor® Kitchen, and Rabbit®; respected tableware and giftware brands, including Mikasa®, Pfaltzgraff®, Fitz and Floyd®, Empire Silver™, Gorham®, International® Silver, Towle® Silversmiths, Wallace®, Wilton Armetale®, V&A®, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew® and Year & Day®; and valued home solutions brands, including BUILT NY®, Taylor® Bath, Taylor® Kitchen, Taylor® Weather and Planet Box®. The Company also provides exclusive private label products to leading retailers worldwide.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain statements, estimates or projections that constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” "could," "expect," "may," "positioned," "project," "projected," "should," "will," "would" or similar expressions identify forward-looking statements that represent the Company’s current judgment about possible future events. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from its historical experience and our present expectations or projections. These risks include, but are not limited to, the negative impacts of, and continuing uncertainties associated with the scope, severity and duration of the global COVID-19 pandemic and any resurgences of the pandemic; market conditions and by global and economic conditions (including, without limitation, conflict or war); inflation or deflation in supply chain costs; the imposition of tariffs and other trade policies and/or economic sanctions implemented by the U.S. and other governments; risks relating to competition; risks relating to customer purchasing practices and changes in the retail industry and environment; our ability to successfully integrate the S’well business; and other risks discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which filings are available from the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This press release includes a reference to EBITDA as a forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure. The Company is not providing a quantitative reconciliation with respect to this forward-looking non-GAAP measure in reliance on the “unreasonable efforts” exception set forth in SEC rules because certain financial information, the probable significance of which cannot be determined, is not available and cannot be reasonably estimated. For example, unusual, one-time, non-ordinary, or non-recurring costs, cannot be reasonably estimated.

Source: Lifetime Brands, Inc.

Lifetime Brands, Inc.
Laurence Winoker, 516-203-3590
Chief Financial Officer