ACCO Brands Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, today reported its second quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2012.

"We successfully completed the acquisition of the Mead Consumer and Office Products business on May 1, our integration efforts are on or ahead of schedule, and we are expecting significant top- and bottom-line synergies over the next several years," said Robert J. Keller, chairman and chief executive officer.  "The environment in which we operate has become increasingly more challenging since the acquisition, but we are a much stronger and more resilient business today because of the product diversity, channel balance, geographic expansion, financial stability and leadership talent that the merger of ACCO Brands and Mead has brought us.  Our team remains enthusiastic about the potential for the combined business, and our ability to deliver significant value for our shareowners going forward."

Second Quarter Results

Net sales increased 33% to $438.7 million compared to $330.2 million in the prior-year quarter, due to the merger with MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office Products business ("Mead C&OP").  Income from continuing operations was $94.2 million, or $0.98 per share, compared to income of $6.3 million, or $0.11 per share, in the prior-year quarter, or $0.15 per share using a normalized effective tax rate of 30%.  The increase was the result of the merger with Mead C&OP and the reversal of the U.S. tax valuation allowances due to the merger, partially offset by one-time refinancing and merger-related costs.

On a pro forma basis, including the results of Mead C&OP for the full quarter in both years, sales decreased 9%. Of this decline, volume/mix accounted for 7% and the negative impact of foreign currency accounted for 3%; pricing added 1%.  Adjusted pro forma income from continuing operations was $20.6 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to $25.8 million, or $0.23 per share in the comparable prior-year period. This excludes $16.3 million of restructuring charges and Mead corporate allocations, collectively, and uses a normalized effective tax rate of 30% in both periods.

Business Segment Highlights

(Note: The company reorganized two of its business segments in connection with the merger.  The Computer Products Group segment was unaffected by the merger.  Refer to the Form 8-K furnished to the SEC on August 9, 2012 for more information and for 2011 and 2012 quarterly pro forma segment results.)

ACCO Brands North America

ACCO Brands North America second quarter net sales increased 76% to $279.8 million, from $159.1 million in the prior-year quarter due to the merger with Mead C&OP.  Reported segment operating income increased to $13.6 million from $9.7 million in the prior-year quarter, due to the merger, partially offset by restructuring charges. 

On a pro forma basis, including the results of Mead C&OP in both periods, net sales decreased 5% to $303.7 million from $320.1 million in the comparable prior-year period.  This decrease was driven by lower volume/mix of 6% in the legacy ACCO Brands business due to slightly lower demand and a mix shift to lower sales value products during the back-to-school season.  Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced sales by 1% and higher net pricing added 2%.  

Adjusted pro forma operating income was $34.0 million, compared to $35.2 million in the prior-year quarter, and excludes $14.1 million of restructuring charges.  Adjusted pro forma operating income declined due to lower sales and gross profit driven by the unfavorable product mix noted above.  Adjusted pro forma operating margin increased modestly to 11.2% from 11.0%

ACCO Brands International

ACCO Brands International net sales decreased to $113.9 million from $122.4 million in the prior-year quarter due to due to planned strategic exits of low-margin products in ACCO Brands' European business as well as the weak demand environment in Europe and Australia, partially offset by the merger with Mead C&OP.  Operating income decreased to $9.0 million from $13.8 million in the prior-year quarter due the decline in sales and restructuring charges. 

On a pro forma basis, including the results of Mead C&OP in both periods, net sales decreased 18% to $118.2 million from $144.1 million in the prior year.  Of this decline, volume/mix accounted for 10% and negative foreign exchange accounted for 8%.  The decline in volume was primarily due to planned strategic exits of low-margin products in ACCO Brands' European business as well as the weak demand environment in Europe and Australia.  This was partially offset by gains in Latin America and Asia.

Adjusted pro forma operating income was $8.0 million, compared to $11.6 million in the prior-year quarter, and excludes restructuring charges of $0.6 million in the current year. Adjusted pro forma operating margin decreased to 6.8%, from 8.0%.  The decline in profit and margin was due to lower sales volumes and lower pricing in Australia, which were only partially offset by improved profitability in the European business resulting from price increases, the exit of low-margin products and operational improvements executed in 2011.

Computer Products Group

Computer Products net sales decreased 8% to $45.0 million, compared to $48.7 million in the prior-year quarter.  Pricing and foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted sales by approximately 4% each. Volume/mix increased modestly driven by new product introductions for smart phones and tablets, which offset lower sales of laptop accessories, particularly security products in the U.S.  Operating income was $10.0 million, compared to $13.1 million in the prior-year quarter, and operating margin decreased to 22.2% from 26.9%.  The decline was due to higher mix of lower margin products.

Six Month Results

Net sales increased 16% to $727.6 million compared to $628.8 million in the prior-year six-month period, due to the merger.  Income from continuing operations was $76.9 million, or $1.00 per share, compared a loss of $2.7 million, or $(0.05) per share, in the prior-year period, or $0.09 per share using a normalized effective tax rate of 30%.  The increase was the due to the reversal of the U.S. tax valuation allowances and the merger with Mead C&OP. 

On a pro forma basis, including the results of Mead C&OP for the full six months, sales decreased 7%.  The decrease was due to lower volume/mix of 6% in the legacy ACCO Brands business and unfavorable foreign currency translation of 2%, offset by higher pricing of 1%.  Adjusted pro forma income from continuing operations was $17.8 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to $22.0 million, or $0.19 per share in the comparable prior-year period. This excludes $27.6 million of restructuring charges and Mead corporate allocations, collectively, and uses a normalized effective tax rate of 30% in both periods.

Business Outlook

The company now expects pro forma sales, including Mead C&OP for the entire 12-month period, to be $1.90-$1.95 billion for 2012, compared to $2.1 billion in the comparable 2011 year period. Adjusted pro forma earnings per share* are expected to be $0.82-$0.85.  The company expects free cash flow (cash available for debt reduction) of approximately $50 million.  For 2013 the company expects an increase in adjusted pro forma earnings per share of approximately $0.20, primarily driven by cost synergies.  

Webcast                                                       

At 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today, ACCO Brands Corporation will host a conference call to discuss the company's results.  The call will be broadcast live via webcast.  The webcast can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of www.accobrands.com.  The webcast will be in listen-only mode and will be available for replay for one month following the event.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis in this earnings release, we provide investors with certain non-GAAP measures, including "adjusted,"  "adjusted pro forma," and "adjusted supplemental EBITDA" financial measures.  See our Reconciliation of Adjusted Results, Reconciliation of Adjusted Pro Forma Results, and Reconciliation of Pro Forma Operating Income to Adjusted Supplemental EBITDA for a description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure for each of the periods presented herein.  We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our past financial performance and also our prospects for the future, as well as to facilitate comparisons with our historical operating results.  These adjustments to our GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of our underlying operational results and trends.  For example, the non-GAAP results are an indication of our baseline performance before gains, losses or other charges that are considered by management to be outside our core operating results.  In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for our planning and forecasting of future periods.

There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.  The non-GAAP financial measures are limited in value because they exclude certain items that may have a material impact upon our reported financial results.  The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.  Investors should review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as provided in the tables accompanying this press release.

About ACCO Brands Corporation

ACCO Brands Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers of branded office and consumer products and print finishing solutions.  Our widely recognized brands include AT-A-GLANCE®, Day-Timer®, Five Star®, GBC®, Hilroy®, Kensington®, Marbig, Mead®, NOBO, Quartet®, Rexel, Swingline®, Tilibra®, Wilson Jones® and many others.  We design, market and sell products in more than 100 countries around the world.  More information about ACCO Brands can be found at www.accobrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements which may constitute "forward-looking" statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, are made as of the date hereof and the company assumes no obligation to update them.  The company's ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain.  Because actual results may differ from those predicted by such forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on them when deciding to buy, sell or hold the company's securities.  Among the factors that could cause our plans, actions and results to differ materially from current expectations are: fluctuations in the cost and availability of raw materials; competition within the markets in which the company operates; the effects of both general and extraordinary economic, political and social conditions, including any volatility and disruption in the capital and credit markets; our continued ability to access the capital and credit markets; the liquidity and solvency of our major customers; the effect of consolidation in the office products industry; the dependence of the company on certain suppliers of manufactured products; the risk that targeted cost savings and synergies from business combinations may not be fully realized or take longer to realize than expected; future goodwill and/or impairment charges; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; the development, introduction and acceptance of new products; the degree to which higher raw material costs and freight and distribution costs can be passed on to customers through selling price increases and the effect on sales volumes as a result thereof; increases in health care, pension and other employee welfare costs; the risk that anticipated cost savings, growth opportunities and other financial and operating benefits as a result of our recent acquisition of the MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office Products Business may not be realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the risk that benefits from our acquisition of MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office Products Business may be significantly offset by costs incurred in integrating the companies; potential adverse impacts from incurring additional indebtedness in connection with our acquisition of MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office Products Business; and potential difficulties in connection with the process of integrating MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office Products Business with the company, which potential difficulties include, but are not limited to, coordinating geographically separate organizations, integrating business cultures, which could prove to be incompatible, difficulties and costs of integrating information technology systems, and potential difficulty in retaining key officers and personnel.  These and other risks are more fully described under "Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and "Part II, Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and in other reports we file with the SEC.

 

ACCO Brands Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets





June 30,


December 31,



2012


2011


(in millions of dollars)


(unaudited)




Assets






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents


$            94.5


$       121.2


Accounts receivable, net


415.3


269.5


Inventories


352.4


197.7


Deferred income taxes


21.1


7.6


Other current assets


49.8


26.9


Total current assets


933.1


622.9








Total property, plant and equipment


567.6


463.3


Less accumulated depreciation


(298.4)


(316.1)


Property, plant and equipment, net


269.2


147.2


Deferred income taxes


34.1


16.7


Goodwill


538.5


135.0


Identifiable intangibles, net


657.9


130.4


Other assets


94.6


64.5


Total assets


$       2,527.4


$    1,116.7








Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)






Current liabilities:






Notes payable to banks


$              0.6


$              -


Current portion of long-term debt


10.4


0.2


Accounts payable


178.0


127.1


Accrued compensation


31.5


24.2


Accrued customer program liabilities


94.9


66.8


Accrued interest


7.9


20.2


Other current liabilities


90.2


67.6


Total current liabilities


413.5


306.1








Long-term debt


1,249.2


668.8


Deferred income taxes


136.6


85.6


Pension and post retirement benefit obligations


95.9


106.1


Other non-current liabilities


43.6


12.0


Total liabilities


1,938.8


1,178.6








Stockholders' equity (deficit):






Common stock


1.1


0.6


Treasury stock


(2.1)


(1.7)


Paid-in capital


2,012.9


1,407.4


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(162.9)


(131.0)


Accumulated deficit


(1,260.4)


(1,337.2)


Total stockholders' equity (deficit)


588.6


(61.9)


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)


$       2,527.4


$    1,116.7


 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)








Six Months Ended




June 30,

(in millions of dollars)

2012


2011


Operating activities






Net income


$       76.8


$       35.6


Amortization of inventory step-up


10.8


-


Loss (gain) on disposal of assets


0.3


(40.8)


Release of tax valuation allowance


(130.4)


-


Depreciation


14.7


13.9


Amortization of debt issuance costs and bond discount


3.2


3.3


Amortization of intangibles


6.6


3.3


Stock-based compensation


4.1


2.8


Loss on debt extinguishment


15.5


-


Changes in balance sheet items:








Accounts receivable


(78.7)


15.7




Inventories


(28.5)


(10.2)




Other assets


(8.7)


(5.6)




Accounts payable


4.4


(7.7)




Accrued expenses and other liabilities


(4.2)


(42.2)




Accrued income taxes


(60.7)


0.6


Equity in earnings of joint ventures, net of dividends received


8.5


2.4



Net cash used by operating activities


(166.3)


(28.9)


Investing activities






Additions to property, plant and equipment


(10.3)


(7.1)


Assets acquired


-


(1.4)


Proceeds from the sale of discontinued operations


2.2


54.6


Proceeds from the disposition of assets


2.2


0.2


Cost of acquisition, net of cash acquired


(401.4)


-


Other


-


0.6



Net cash (used) provided by investing activities


(407.3)


46.9


Financing activities






Proceeds from long-term borrowings


1,270.0


-


Repayments of long-term debt


(681.8)


(11.0)


Borrowings of short term debt, net


0.6


0.3


Payments of debt issuance costs


(37.7)


-


Exercise of stock options


(0.3)


(0.2)



Net cash provided (used) by financing activities


550.8


(10.9)


Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash


(3.9)


2.4



Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(26.7)


9.5


Cash and cash equivalents






Beginning of period


121.2


83.2


End of period


$       94.5


$       92.7


 

ACCO Brands Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results (Unaudited)

(In millions of dollars, except per share data)










Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended






June 30, 2012


June 30, 2011


















%


%




Adjusted






Adjusted




Change


Change


Reported (A)


Items (B)


Adjusted


Reported


Items (B)


Adjusted


Reported


Adjusted

Net sales

$   438.7


$             -


$      438.7


$   330.2


$             -


$      330.2


33%


33%

Cost of products sold

314.4


(10.8)

 (B.1) 

303.6


228.8


-


228.8


37%


33%

Gross profit

124.3


10.8


135.1


101.4


-


101.4


23%


33%

















Operating costs and expenses:
















Advertising, selling, general and administrative expenses

92.9


(13.8)

 (B.2) 

79.1


69.5


-


69.5


34%


14%

Amortization of intangibles

5.1


-


5.1


1.6


-


1.6


219%


219%

Restructuring charges (income)

14.7


(14.7)

 (B.3) 

-


(0.3)


-


(0.3)


NM


NM

Total operating costs and expenses

112.7


(28.5)


84.2


70.8


-


70.8


59%


19%

















Operating income

11.6


39.3


50.9


30.6


-


30.6


(62)%


66%

















Non-operating expense (income):
















Interest expense, net

32.8


(15.8)

 (B.4) 

17.0


19.5


-


19.5


68%


(13)%

Equity in earnings of joint ventures

(1.2)


-


(1.2)


(1.2)


-


(1.2)


0%


0%

Other expense (income), net

61.3


(61.4)

 (B.5) 

(0.1)


-


-


-


NM


NM

















Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax

(81.3)


116.5


35.2


12.3


-


12.3


NM


186%

Income tax expense (benefit)

(175.5)


186.1

 (B.6) 

10.6


6.0


(2.3)

 (B.6) 

3.7


NM


186%

Income from continuing operations

94.2


(69.6)


24.6


6.3


2.3


8.6


NM


186%

Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

-


-


-


37.4


-


37.4


(100)%


(100)%

Net income

$     94.2


$      (69.6)


$        24.6


$     43.7


$           2.3


$        46.0


116%


(47)%

















Per share:
















Basic earnings per share:
















Income from continuing operations

$      1.00




$        0.26


$      0.11




$         0.16


809%


63%

Income from discontinued operations

$         -




$             -


$     0.68




$        0.68


(100)%


(100)%

Basic earnings per share

$      1.00




$        0.26


$     0.79




$        0.83


27%


(69)%

















Diluted earnings per share:
















Income from continuing operations

$     0.98




$        0.26


$      0.11




$         0.15


791%


73%

Income from discontinued operations

$         -




$             -


$     0.64




$        0.64


(100)%


(100)%

Diluted earnings per share

$     0.98




$        0.26


$     0.75




$        0.79


31%


(67)%

















Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
















Basic

94.2




94.2


55.2




55.2





Diluted

96.2




96.2


58.0




58.0





 

Statistics (as a % of Net sales, except Income tax rate)




Three Months Ended


June 30, 2012


June 30, 2011


Reported


Adjusted


Reported


Adjusted

Gross profit (Net sales, less Cost of products sold)

28.3%


30.8%


30.7%



Advertising, selling, general and administrative

21.2%


18.0%


21.0%



Operating income

2.6%


11.6%


9.3%



Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax

(18.5)%


8.0%


3.7%



Net income

21.5%


5.6%


13.2%


13.9%

Income tax rate

NM


30.0%


48.8%


30.0%