updated 2/2/2011 4:47:08 PM ET 2011-02-02T21:47:08

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (Nasdaq:PARL) announced today unaudited net sales for the third quarter and the nine-month period ended December 31, 2010. Net sales for the quarter were $31.4 million, compared to $50.3 million in the prior year period. The prior year period contained approximately $15.3 million of GUESS net sales, which are no longer distributed by the Company. If we exclude GUESS sales, comparable prior year sales would have been $35.0 million. Net loss for the quarter was $273 thousand or ($0.01) per share, compared to a loss of $5.4 million, or ($0.27) per share for the same prior year period.

For the nine-month period ended December 31, 2010, net sales were $94.1 million, compared to $130.4 million, (which contained $43.4 million of GUESS net sales) in the prior year period. Excluding GUESS, our comparable prior year net sales would have been $87.0 million, an increase of 8% for the current nine-month period. Net profits were $1.1 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a loss of $4.9 million, or ($0.24) per share in the same prior year period.

Mr. Frederick E. Purches, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "For the nine-month period we were profitable compared to a significant loss in the comparable prior year period. Operating income improved by approximately $10 million. These results have been achieved by revising our selling strategy and significantly reducing operating expenses. I am pleased that our balance sheet at December 31, 2010 continues to strengthen showing a strong cash position, no long-term debt, and a net book value of $4.94 per share."

Mr. Purches continued, "Regarding the immediate future, based upon our expectations for the new Rihanna launch and a new Paris Hilton entry, PASSPORT, net sales for the fourth quarter ending March 31, 2011, are expected to be higher than the comparable prior year quarter. However, you will recall that in our fourth quarter last year, we reported a net loss of $9.8 million. We are not in a position to forecast earnings for the fourth quarter but expect that the changes we have introduced in our sales and spending strategy will result in reporting a profit for our fiscal year ending March 31, 2011 compared to the loss reported in the prior year. We are cautiously optimistic that we will end the fiscal year with net sales in the range of $120 to $125 million, and a sales target for fiscal year 2012 of between $145 and $150 million, with continued profitability."

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the Company's 3rd quarter results and to provide additional outlook for the fiscal year. To participate, please call Toll Free: 800-895-1549 or International: 785-424-1057. Conference ID: 7PARLUX. A replay of the conference call will be available following the conference call, until 11:59PM (ET) February 17, 2011. To access the replay, please go to our website www.parlux.com.

ABOUT PARLUX FRAGRANCES, INC.

Parlux Fragrances, Inc. is a manufacturer and international distributor of prestige fragrances and beauty related products. It holds licenses or sublicenses to manufacture and distribute the designer fragrance brands of Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Miller, Josie Natori, Queen Latifah, Marc Ecko, Rihanna, Kanye West, Vince Camuto and Fred Hayman Beverly Hills, as well as Paris Hilton sunglasses. 

Certain Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding, among other things, our plans, strategies and prospects, both business and financial. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements that may be made herein or otherwise to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

PARLUX FRAGRANCES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except number of shares and per share data)
         
  Three Months Ended

December 31,
Nine Months Ended 

December 31,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
         
Net sales:         
Unrelated customers  $ 19,336  $ 31,244  $ 51,159  $ 86,342
Related parties 11,864 15,546 41,508 40,553
Sales - expired license  197  3,490  1,423  3,490
   31,397  50,280  94,090  130,385
         
Cost of goods sold:        
Unrelated customers 7,795 15,937 21,785 39,853
Related parties 5,171 10,736 19,495 23,815
Cost of sales - expired license  197  4,922  1,422  4,922
   13,163  31,595  42,702  68,590
         
Operating expenses  18,479  27,306  49,283  69,453
         
Operating (loss) income   (245)  (8,621)  2,105  (7,658)
         
Interest (expense) income, net  (197)  (131)  (400)  (283)
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   1  --   1  (1)
(Loss) income before income taxes   (441)  (8,752)  1,706  (7,942)
         
Income tax (benefit) provision   (168)  (3,326)  648  (3,018)
         
Net (loss) income   $ (273)  $ (5,426)  $ 1,058  $ (4,924)
         
         
(Loss) income per common share:        
Basic  $ (0.01)  $ (0.27)  $ 0.05  $ (0.24)
         
Diluted  $ (0.01)  $ (0.27)  $ 0.05  $ (0.24)
         
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:        
Basic 20,496,334 20,324,812 20,487,316 20,324,812
         
Diluted 20,496,334 20,324,812 20,574,513 20,324,812
         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA    
(In thousands)    
         
  December 31,

2010
March 31,

2010
   
  (Unaudited)      
         
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 20,303  $ 17,579    
Trade receivables, net  23,207  14,245    
Inventories  38,795  41,846    
Other current assets  19,507  29,703    
Current Assets  101,812  103,373    
         
         
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net  1,910  2,679    
Trademarks and licenses, net  4,350  4,654    
Other assets  3,650  3,626    
Total Assets  $ 111,722  $ 114,332    
         
Other current liabilities and income taxes payable  $ 10,458  $ 14,532    
Current Liabilities  10,458  14,532    
         
Total Liabilities  10,458  14,532    
         
Stockholders' Equity  101,264  99,800    
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $ 111,722  $ 114,332    
CONTACT: Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (954) 316-9008
         Frederick E. Purches, Ext. 8116
         Raymond J. Balsys, Ext. 8106
         Web site: http://www.parlux.com

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