RR Donnelley & Sons Company

RR Donnelley Q2 Sales Up Nearly 9%, but Earnings Fall

Highlights

  • Second-quarter 2011 net sales of $2.6 billion increased 8.9% compared to the second quarter of 2010
  • Second-quarter 2011 GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.06 compared to $0.42 in the second quarter of 2010
  • Second-quarter 2011 non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.53 increased nearly 13% from $0.47 in the second quarter of 2010
  • Reaffirms projected full-year operating cash flow less capital expenditures of approximately $600 million

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD -10.44%) reported second-quarter net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $12.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, on net sales of $2.6 billion compared to $88.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, on net sales of $2.4 billion in the second quarter of 2010. The second-quarter net earnings attributable to common shareholders included pre-tax charges for restructuring ($51.4 million) and impairment ($24.3 million, non-cash), a loss on debt extinguishment related to the tender offers on the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Notes ($68.6 million),and acquisition-related costs ($0.9 million) totaling $145.2 million, partially offset by a pre-tax gain on an investment of $9.8 million in 2011, compared to charges for restructuring ($9.2 million) and impairment ($1.5 million, non-cash) and acquisition-related costs ($3.3 million) totaling $14.0 million in 2010. Additional details regarding the nature of these charges are included in the attached schedules.

The Company believes that certain non-GAAP measures, when presented in conjunction with comparable GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) measures, are useful because that information is an appropriate measure for evaluating the Company's operating performance. Internally, the Company uses this non-GAAP information as an indicator of business performance, and evaluates management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. These measures should be considered in addition to, not a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaled $105.6 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $99.5 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2010. Second-quarter non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders exclude restructuring and impairment charges and acquisition expenses for both years. In addition, second-quarter 2011 non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders exclude the loss on debt extinguishment and the investment gain. For non-GAAP comparison purposes, the effective tax rate decreased to 19.5% in the second quarter of 2011 from 26.2% in the second quarter of 2010, primarily due to the release of reserves related to the resolution of certain state audits and the release of valuation allowances on certain deferred tax assets. A reconciliation of GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders to non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders is presented in the attached tables.

"Our platform, like our customers, felt the economic challenges during the second quarter," said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Over the past month or so, customer demand in a variety of our offerings appears to be firming up, so we begin the second half of the year with renewed optimism."

Quinlan continued, "The share repurchase program and successful bond offering that we launched in the second quarter demonstrate the confidence that management and investors alike have in our ability to continue to drive strong cash flow. We remain on track to deliver approximately $600 million of operating cash flow less capital expenditures for the full year."

Business Review

The Company reports its results in two reportable segments: 1) U.S. Print and Related Services and 2) International. The Company reports as Corporate its unallocated expenses associated with general and administrative activities.

Summary

Net sales in the quarter were $2.6 billion, up 8.9% from the second quarter of 2010, including increased sales related to the acquisition of Bowne. Pro forma for acquisitions, net sales grew by 0.3%. Changes in foreign exchange rates accounted for $46.0 million of the increase from the second quarter of 2010. Gross margin of 24.5% in the second quarter of 2011 was flat to the second quarter of 2010 as productivity efforts, the acquisition of Bowne, lower variable compensation expense and a higher recovery on print-related by-products were offset by lower volume, primarily in books and directories, and pricing pressure. SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales in the second quarter of 2011 increased to 11.8% from 11.1% in the second quarter of 2010 primarily due to the acquisition of Bowne and higher pension and other benefits-related expenses. Operating earnings were negatively impacted by restructuring and impairment charges and acquisition expenses of $76.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $14.0 million in the second quarter of 2010, resulting in operating income of $116.1 million in 2011 and $175.3 million in 2010. Operating margin was 4.4% in 2011 and 7.3% in 2010.

Excluding restructuring and impairment charges and acquisition expenses, non-GAAP operating margin declined to 7.3% in the second quarter of 2011 from 7.9% in the second quarter of 2010. Changes in foreign exchange rates, primarily due to export sales from certain international operations, and higher pass-through paper sales unfavorably impacted non-GAAP operating margin by approximately 29 basis points. The remainder of the margin decline was primarily due to lower volume, continued pricing pressure and higher unallocated Corporate costs for pension and other benefits-related expenses, which more than offset the impact of productivity initiatives and lower variable compensation expense.

Segments

Net sales for the U.S. Print and Related Services segment in the quarter increased 6.2% from the second quarter of 2010 to $1.9 billion primarily due to the acquisition of Bowne and volume increases in commercial, logistics and financial print, partially offset by volume declines in books and directories and continued pricing pressure across the segment. Pro forma for acquisitions, net sales in the US Print and Related Services segment decreased by $50.7 million, or 2.6%, primarily due to volume declines in books and directories and continued pricing pressure across the segment. The segment's operating income, which was negatively impacted by charges for restructuring and impairment of $65.1 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $3.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, decreased to $132.8 million in the second quarter of 2011 from $179.5 million in the second quarter of 2010. Excluding the restructuring and impairment charges, the segment's non-GAAP operating margin improved to 10.3% in the second quarter of 2011 from 10.1% in the second quarter of 2010, due to productivity initiatives, lower variable compensation expense and a higher recovery on print-related by-products, which more than offset the impact of volume declines and continued pricing pressure.

Net sales for the International segment in the quarter increased 17.2% from the second quarter of 2010 to $702.5 million, including increased sales related to the acquisition of Bowne. Pro forma for acquisitions, net sales grew by $58.5 million, or 9.1% as changes in foreign exchange rates and increased volume offset the impact of continued pricing pressure. The segment's operating income, which was negatively impacted by charges for restructuring and impairment of $9.8 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, improved to $43.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 from $42.7 million in the second quarter of 2010. Excluding the restructuring and impairment charges, the segment's non-GAAP operating margin declined to 7.6% in the second quarter of 2011 from 8.2% in the second quarter of 2010 as the 99 basis point impact from changes in foreign exchange rates, primarily due to export sales from certain operations, as well as pricing pressure more than offset the benefits of increased volume and productivity efforts.

Unallocated Corporate operating expenses increased to $60.3 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $46.9 million in the second quarter of 2010. Excluding restructuring and impairment charges of $0.8 million and acquisition expenses of $0.9 million in the second quarter of 2011 and restructuring and impairment charges of $0.7 million and acquisition expenses of $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2010, unallocated Corporate operating expenses increased $15.7 million to $58.6 million in the second quarter of 2011. Higher pension and other benefits-related expenses and the acquisition of Bowne were the primary factors contributing to the increase.

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