RR Donnelley & Sons Company

RR Donnelley Reports First-Quarter 2014 Results

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) yesterday reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014:

Highlights:

  • First-quarter net sales of $2.7 billion grew 5.3% from the first quarter of 2013; organic sales down 0.1% in the quarter
  • First-quarter GAAP net loss attributable to common shareholders of $29.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders in the first quarter of 2013 of $27.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share
  • First-quarter non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $59.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders in the first quarter of 2013 of $68.1 million, or $0.37 per diluted share
  • Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in the quarter of $276.5 million compared to $277.1 million in the first quarter of 2013

"We are pleased with our first-quarter performance, which was consistent with our expectations. While the difficult weather conditions and a lagging macroeconomic environment created challenges in the quarter, we were able to deliver nearly flat year-over-year organic revenue by leveraging the broad portfolio of product and service offerings that we have built to support our customers' communications requirements," said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we further enhanced our breadth of offerings and geographic diversity with the acquisitions that closed in the quarter. While still early in the process, the integration of each is proceeding very well and we remain excited about the benefits associated with adding these companies to RR Donnelley."

Net Sales

Net sales in the quarter were $2.7 billion, up $135.3 million, or 5.3%, from the first quarter of 2013, largely due to the acquisition of Consolidated Graphics. After adjusting for the impact of acquisitions and dispositions, a 30 basis point negative impact from changes in foreign exchange rates and a 40 basis point negative impact from pass-through paper sales, organic sales declined 0.1% from the first quarter of 2013, as volume declines in the variable print and publishing and retail services segments and price erosion were nearly offset by volume growth in the strategic services and international segments.

GAAP Earnings

The first-quarter 2014 net loss attributable to common shareholders was $29.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $27.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. The first-quarter net loss attributable to common shareholders included pre-tax charges, expenses and other adjustments, detailed on the attached schedules, of $148.1 million and $62.5 million in 2014 and 2013, respectively, all of which were excluded from the presentation of non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders. Additional details regarding the amount and nature of these and other items are included in the attached schedules.

Non-GAAP Earnings

First-quarter 2014 non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $276.5 million, or 10.3% of net sales, compared to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $277.1 million, or 10.9% of net sales, in the first quarter of 2013. Price pressure and wage and other cost inflation more than offset higher volume, the benefit of two months of Consolidated Graphics and a favorable product mix.

Non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaled $59.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $68.1 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. First-quarter non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders exclude pre-tax charges, expenses and other adjustments of $148.1 million and $62.5 million in 2014 and 2013, respectively. A reconciliation of net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders is presented in the attached schedules.

2014 Guidance

The Company provides the following updated full-year guidance for 2014, which includes the impact of the recently completed acquisition of Esselte North America:

  Current Guidance Previous Guidance
Net sales $11.5 to $11.8 billion $11.5 to $11.7 billion
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA margin 10.5% to 11.0% 10.5% to 11.0%
Depreciation and amortization $485 to $495 million $500 to $510 million
Interest expense $275 to $285 million $275 to $285 million
Non-GAAP effective tax rate 33% to 35% 33% to 35%
Diluted share count Approximately 200 million Approximately 199 million
Capital expenditures $225 to $250 million $225 to $250 million
Free cash flow(1) $400 to $500 million $400 to $500 million
     
(1) Defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures    

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