Standard Register

Standard Register Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Standard Register, a leader in the management and execution of mission-critical communications, announced its financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2012. The Company reported quarterly revenue of $155.1 million and a net loss of $1.1 million or $0.04 per share. The results compare to prior year quarterly revenue of $164.3 million and a net loss of $1.0 million or $0.03 per share. Non-GAAP net income after adjustments for pension loss amortization, pension settlement, restructuring charges, tax effect of adjustments and deferred tax valuation allowances was $3.8 million or $0.13 per share for the second quarter of 2012, a $1.0 million increase from non-GAAP net income of $2.8 million, or $0.10 per share for the same period in 2011.

Through the first half of 2012, the Company reported revenue of $312.7 million and a net loss of $6.2 million or $0.21 per share. The first half results compare to last year’s revenue of $329.2 million and a net loss of $0.6 million or $0.02 per share through the first half of 2011. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the first half of 2012 was $5.7 million or $0.20 per share compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $6.9 million or $0.24 per share for the first half of 2011.

“Positive sales activity continued in the second quarter and performance in the aggregate as well as at the business unit level was in line with our restructuring plan,” said Joseph P. Morgan, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “Growth in our core solutions is steady, increasing 3.4 percent in the second quarter. Legacy sales continue to decline disproportionately as businesses discontinue the use of certain operational documents. Cost-saving initiatives associated with our restructuring plan are having a positive impact on operating income and we are optimizing our operations while delivering exceptional service to our customers. Our two business units, Healthcare and Business Solutions, are focused on adding new customers and fully implementing customer wins so they will begin contributing to revenue. We can reaffirm that we expect positive cash flow of at least $5 million for the year.”

Morgan continued, “In the second quarter, we sharpened our customer focus and applied what we have learned about market demand. We are accelerating our investment in the core technology-oriented solutions that are driving sales across the markets we serve, specifically healthcare software and services and marketing solutions software and services, where we can deliver more value for the customer, produce higher margins and offer a complete portfolio of solutions.”

Second Quarter Results

Total revenues declined 6 percent to $155.1 million in the second quarter compared to $164.3 million in the second quarter of 2011. Core solutions grew 3.4 percent, primarily due to increases in unit sales, while Legacy product declined 11.8 percent. At the end of the second quarter, approximately 43 percent of revenue was derived from core solutions sales and approximately 57 percent of revenue came from legacy products.

Healthcare revenues declined 7 percent for the quarter, to $54.8 million compared to $59.0 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income for the second quarter was $3.7 million compared to $3.8 million for the same period in 2011. Growth in core solutions was offset by declines in unit sales of legacy products, particularly clinical paper documents. Healthcare Solutions, technology-oriented products and services within the healthcare portfolio, grew 14 percent in the quarter, primarily driven by strong growth in patient information and marketing and communications solutions sales. New customers and new product introductions also impacted the quarter and are expected to contribute to additional core solutions sales in the second half of 2012. As healthcare customers transition to Electronic Medical Records (EMR), accelerated declines in sales of legacy products such as clinical forms is expected throughout 2012.

During the second quarter, the company’s Commercial Markets, Financial Services and Industrial business units were consolidated into one Business Solutions business unit to more efficiently develop and market technology-driven products and services across vertical markets. Business Solutions revenues for the second quarter was $100.3 million, a decrease of 5 percent compared to second quarter 2011 revenue of $105.3 million. Growth in core solutions sales was offset by declines in legacy product sales. Revenue from core solutions increased by 2.6 percent in the quarter, primarily due to new customer implementation and organic growth with existing customers, particularly in critical communications and on-demand publishing. The legacy decrease is primarily attributable to documents no longer being used rather than loss of customers, and to the associated loss of freight and other service revenues.

Consolidated gross margin as a percent of revenue was 30.0 percent compared to 30.9 percent for the second quarter of 2011. The decrease reflects decreased volume in legacy sales, somewhat offset by savings from ongoing restructuring activities and other cost-saving initiatives. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses declined 13 percent in the quarter.

In the second quarter, Standard Registered announced that it had received notice from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that it was not in compliance with listing requirements related to market capitalization and stock price averages. The Company delivered a plan for returning to compliance regarding market capitalization within 18 months. On June 25, 2012, the Company announced that it had received notice from the NYSE that its plan had been accepted. The plan is currently being implemented.

First Half of Year Results

Total revenues declined 5 percent to $312.7 million compared to $329.2 million for the first half of 2011. Legacy product unit volume continued to decline faster than growth in core solutions. Core solutions grew 3.1 percent in the first half of 2012 while legacy solutions declined 10.4 percent.

Healthcare revenues declined 7 percent to $111.8 million from $119.7 million in the first half of 2011. Operating income for the first half of 2012 was $6.3 million compared to $8.5 million for the prior year. Technology-oriented core solutions grew 14 percent in the first half of 2012 driven by growth in patient information, primarily from Dialog Medical (which was acquired in July 2011) and new customer implementations in marketing and communications solutions. Revenues from legacy products continued to decline as more hospitals adopt EMR.

Business Solutions revenues declined 4 percent to $200.9 million from $209.5 million in the first half of the prior year. Operating Income increased by 18 percent to $3.3 million from $2.8 million driven by increases in core solutions and savings initiatives. The growth was somewhat offset by declines in legacy product sales. As previously announced, the loss of a portion of business from a large financial services customer due to the customer’s restructuring is expected to total $18 to $20 million in 2012. The transition of the customer is proceeding slower than anticipated with a decrease in sales in the first half of 2012 of $5.7 million.

Consolidated gross margin as a percent of revenue was 30.3 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to 31.7 percent for the same period in 2011. Decreases in sales of legacy forms was the major component of the margin decline. SG&A expense declined 8% in the first half of 2012, to $95.6 million from $104.3 million in the prior year. SG&A expense in 2011 includes a credit of $2.1 million from amortization of prior credits related to the termination of the postretirement healthcare benefits plan.

Capital Expenditures, Restructuring Plan and Pension Contribution

Capital expenditures for the full year of 2012 are expected to be $9 million to $11 million. Through the first half of 2012, capital expenditures were $1.2 million. During the second half of 2012, the Company expects investment to be focused on supporting core solutions growth and increasing efficiencies with management reporting systems and customer service and support.

In January 2012, the Company announced a strategic restructuring plan expected to result in an estimated $45 million in annual savings. The Company has identified additional savings initiatives and currently expects savings of approximately $60 million by the end of 2013. Costs associated with the restructuring program are expected to be approximately $11.5 million by the end of 2013.

Standard Register originally expected to make contributions to the Company’s qualified pension plan of approximately $27 million in 2012 and in the first half of the year has contributed $13.5 million. Based on provisions of the highway reauthorization legislation signed into law in July, the Company has updated pension funding expectations for 2012 through 2014. Previously, pension plan contributions for 2012 through 2014 were expected to total $112 million. With relief provided by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAPS-21), commonly called the highway bill, the total contribution for the same period is expected to be lowered by $17 million to $95 million. Currently, the Company expects contributions to total $23 million in 2012, $30 million in 2013 and $42 million in 2014.

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