Libbey Inc. Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results Sales Total $187.8 Million with Strong Growth in China and Mexico

Significant Debt Reduction Planned Through Redemption of $40 Million in Senior Secured Notes

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Libbey Inc. (NYSE Amex: LBY) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Sales for the first quarter were $187.8 million, compared to $181.0 million for the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 3.8 percent (or 5.3 percent excluding currency fluctuation).
  • Sales in the Glass Operations segment were $171.3 million, compared to $162.1 million in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 5.7 percent (or 7.4 percent excluding currency fluctuation).  A primary contributor was a 69.0 percent increase in sales within our China sales region (62.1 percent excluding currency impact).
  • Income from operations grew 39.6 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2011, increasing to $14.9 million from $10.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
  • Net income of $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, was reported for the first quarter, compared to a net loss of $1.0 million, or a net loss of $0.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.  
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.4 percent to $24.9 million, compared to $21.2 million for the first quarter of 2011, which included an EBITDA contribution of $0.7 million from subsidiary Traex, substantially all of the assets of which were divested in April 2011. 
  • Working capital as a percentage of the last twelve months' sales was 23.3 percent at March 31, 2012, compared to 24.7 percent during the same time period in 2011.
  • The Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Libbey Glass Inc., plans to call for redemption, prior to the end of the second quarter of 2012, an aggregate principal amount of $40.0 million of its outstanding senior secured notes due in 2015.

"We are pleased with these results, driven by higher sales.  Excluding currency impact, each sales region showed improvement, led by an exceptionally strong quarter in China and Mexico," said Stephanie A. Streeter, chief executive officer of Libbey Inc.  "Our ongoing success depends on a continued focus on improving our cost structure, leveraging our high-growth overseas markets and strengthening our balance sheet.  When combined with our ongoing productivity enhancement efforts, strong customer relationships and stable, leading market share, we believe we are well positioned to achieve ongoing financial and operational performance improvements."  

First Quarter Regional Sales and Operational Review

  • Primary contributors to increased Glass Operations sales were a 69.0 percent increase in sales within our China sales region (62.1 percent excluding currency impact), a 4.6 percent increase in sales within our U.S. and Canadian sales region and a sales increase within our Mexico sales region of 7.0 percent (excluding currency impact, net sales were 13.2 percent higher than the prior year quarter).  We saw a 2.7 percent decrease in sales within our European sales region (a 1.6 percent increase excluding currency fluctuation). 
  • Sales to U.S. and Canadian foodservice glassware customers increased by 10.3 percent. Glassware sales to U.S. and Canadian business-to-business customers increased 4.3 percent during the first quarter of 2012, while sales to retail customers in the U.S. and Canada were essentially flat.
  • Sales in the Other Operations segment were $16.8 million, compared to $19.2 million in the prior-year quarter.  As a result of the sale of substantially all of the assets of Traex in late April 2011, sales of Traex products were lower by $3.6 million versus the prior year, accounting for more than the total $2.4 million decrease in sales for Other Operations. Partially offsetting the lack of sales of Traex products were increased sales to World Tableware customers of 6.6 percent during the quarter and an 11.2 percent increase in sales to Syracuse China customers.
  • Libbey reported earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of $14.3 million, compared to EBIT of $10.9 million in the year-ago quarter.  Items that drove the improved income from operations and EBIT included the higher sales and lower utility costs.   Segment EBIT was $22.0 million for Glass Operations, compared to Segment EBIT of $17.4 million in the year-ago quarter.  Other Operations reported Segment EBIT for the first quarter of 2012 of $3.1 million, compared to $2.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
  • Interest expense decreased by $1.2 million to $10.4 million, compared to $11.6 million in the year-ago period, primarily as a result of lower debt.
  • Our effective tax rate increased to 83.7 percent for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to a negative 45.7 percent for the quarter-ended March 31, 2011, primarily due to required increases in tax reserves.  Additionally, the effective tax rate was influenced by jurisdictions with recorded valuation allowances and changes in the mix of earnings with differing statutory rates.
  • There were no special items during the first quarter of 2012. The special items in the first quarter of 2011 included a net gain on the sale of land at our Libbey Holland facility, restructuring charges related to the closure of our Syracuse, New York, facility, fees related to write-off of unamortized finance fees and discounts and a call premium payment on the $40.0 million senior notes redeemed in March 2011.

Partial Redemption of Senior Secured Notes

  • Libbey Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Libbey Glass Inc. plans to call for redemption prior to the end of the second quarter of 2012, an aggregate principal amount of $40.0 million of its outstanding 10.0 percent senior secured notes due 2015 (the "Notes"). 
  • The Company plans to fund this redemption using cash on its balance sheet and/or borrowings under its Asset Backed Loan (ABL) credit facility.  This redemption is expected to result in a one-time charge for early extinguishment of debt in the Company's 2012 second quarter of $2.2 million ($1.0 million of which is a non-cash charge), or approximately $0.10 per diluted share.

Ms. Streeter added, "Between June 2009 and the end of 2011, we reduced our debt by nearly $150 million, improving our debt net of cash to Adjusted EBITDA ratio from 8.4x to 3.0x.  While we have made significant progress, there is still more work to be done. As we continue to focus on reducing our debt and strengthening our balance sheet, the planned $40 million redemption of outstanding senior notes in June, following an additional $9.5 million repayment of debt in China in April 2012, are both important near-term steps towards achieving our leverage reduction goals."

Working Capital and Liquidity

  • As of March 31, 2012, working capital, defined as inventories and accounts receivable less accounts payable, was $191.7 million, compared to $199.1 million at March 31, 2011. This reduced investment in working capital resulted in working capital as a percentage of the last twelve months' net sales of 23.3 percent at March 31, 2012, compared to 24.7 percent at March 31, 2011.
  • Free cash flow use was $25.4 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared to a use of $27.0 million in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Libbey reported that it had available capacity of $64.3 million under its ABL credit facility as of March 31, 2012, with no loans currently outstanding.  The Company also had cash on hand of $32.8 million at March 31, 2012.

Webcast Information

Libbey will hold a conference call for investors on Friday, April 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  The conference call will be simulcast live on the Internet and is accessible from the Investor Relations' section of www.libbey.com. To listen to the call, please go to the website at least 10 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software.  A replay will be available for 7 days after the conclusion of the call.

About Libbey Inc.

Based in Toledo, Ohio, since 1888, Libbey Inc. is the largest manufacturer of glass tableware in the western hemisphere and one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world. It supplies products to foodservice, retail, industrial and business-to-business customers in over 100 countries, and it is the leading manufacturer of tabletop products for the U.S. foodservice industry.

Libbey operates glass tableware manufacturing plants in the United States in Louisiana and Ohio, as well as in Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands.  Its Crisa subsidiary, located in Monterrey, Mexico, is the leading producer of glass tableware in Mexico and Latin America.  Its Royal Leerdam subsidiary, located in Leerdam, Netherlands, is among the world leaders in producing and selling glass stemware to retail, foodservice and industrial clients.  Its Crisal subsidiary, located in Portugal, provides an expanded presence in Europe.  Its Syracuse China subsidiary designs and distributes an extensive line of high-quality ceramic dinnerware, principally for foodservice establishments in the United States.  Its World Tableware subsidiary imports and sells a full-line of metal flatware and hollowware and an assortment of ceramic dinnerware and other tabletop items principally for foodservice establishments in the United States.  In 2011, Libbey Inc.'s net sales totaled $817.1 million.

This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Such statements only reflect the Company's best assessment at this time and are indicated by words or phrases such as "goal," "expects," " believes," "will," "estimates," "anticipates," or similar phrases.  Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty and that actual results may differ materially from these statements, and that investors should not place undue reliance on such statements.  These forward-looking statements may be affected by the risks and uncertainties in the Company's business. This information is qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company's report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on March 14, 2012.  Important factors potentially affecting performance include but are not limited to increased competition from foreign suppliers endeavoring to sell glass tableware in the United States and Mexico; the impact of lower duties for imported products; global economic conditions and the related impact on consumer spending levels; major slowdowns in the retail, travel or entertainment industries in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe and Asia, caused by terrorist attacks or otherwise; significant increases in per-unit costs for natural gas, electricity, freight, corrugated packaging, and other purchased materials; high levels of indebtedness; high interest rates that increase the Company's borrowing costs or volatility in the financial markets that could constrain liquidity and credit availability; protracted work stoppages related to collective bargaining agreements; increases in expense associated with higher medical costs, increased pension expense associated with lower returns on pension investments and increased pension obligations; devaluations and other major currency fluctuations relative to the U.S. dollar and the Euro that could reduce the cost competitiveness of the Company's products compared to foreign competition; the effect of exchange rate changes to the value of the Mexican peso and the earnings and cash flow of Crisa, expressed under U.S. GAAP; the inability to achieve savings and profit improvements at targeted levels in the Company's operations or within the intended time periods; and whether the Company completes any significant acquisition and whether such acquisitions can operate profitably.  Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date of this press release.

 

 

Libbey Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(dollars in thousands, except per-share amounts)
(unaudited)




Three months ended March 31,


2012


2011

Net sales

$

187,829



$

181,015


Freight billed to customers

708



411


Total revenues

188,537



181,426


Cost of sales

145,481



145,280


Gross profit

43,056



36,146


Selling, general and administrative expenses

28,126



25,402


Special charges (1)



51


Income from operations

14,930



10,693


Loss on redemption of debt  (1)



(2,803)


Other (expense) income (1)

(591)



3,006


Earnings before interest and income taxes

14,339



10,896


Interest expense

10,408



11,583


Income (loss) before income taxes

3,931



(687)


Provision for income taxes

3,290



314


Net income (loss)

$

641



$

(1,001)






Net income (loss) per share:




Basic

$

0.03



$

(0.05)


Diluted

$

0.03



$

(0.05)






Weighted average shares:




Outstanding

20,769



19,955


Diluted

21,184



19,955


(1) Refer to Table 1 for Special Items detail.

 

 

Libbey Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands)






March 31, 2012


December 31, 2011


(unaudited)



ASSETS:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

32,818



$

58,291


Accounts receivable — net

86,862



88,045


Inventories — net

159,127



145,859


Other current assets

9,416



9,701


Total current assets

288,223



301,896






Pension asset

18,699



17,485


Goodwill and purchased intangibles — net

187,636



187,772


Property, plant and equipment — net

263,191



264,718


Other assets

17,836



18,280


Total assets

$

775,585



$

790,151






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:




Notes payable

$



$

339


Accounts payable

54,285



58,759


Accrued liabilities

74,453



88,761


Pension liability (current portion)

2,229



5,990


Non-pension postretirement benefits (current portion)

4,721



4,721


Other current liabilities

7,548



6,730


Long-term debt due within one year

3,946



3,853


Total current liabilities

147,182



169,153






Long-term debt

393,377



393,168


Pension liability

123,337



122,145


Non-pension postretirement benefits

69,322



68,496


Other liabilities

9,612



9,409


Total liabilities

742,830



762,371






Common stock, capital in excess of par value and warrants

310,410



311,188


Retained deficit

(154,395)



(155,036)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(123,260)



(128,372)


Total shareholders' equity

32,755



27,780


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

775,585



$

790,151


 

 

Libbey Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)




Three months ended March 31,


2012


2011

Operating activities:




Net income (loss)

$

641



$

(1,001)


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

10,536



10,881


Gain on asset sales and disposals

(1)



(3,360)


Change in accounts receivable

1,604



(586)


Change in inventories

(12,166)



(14,741)


Change in accounts payable

(5,218)



(667)


Accrued interest and amortization of discounts, warrants and finance fees

(7,375)



(8,653)


Call premium on senior notes



1,203


Write-off of finance fee & discounts on senior notes



1,600


Pension & non-pension postretirement benefits

(560)



3,451


Restructuring charges



(145)


Accrued liabilities & prepaid expenses

(9,336)



(8,267)


Income taxes

1,977



(4,303)


Share-based compensation expense

727



827


Other operating activities

73



681


Net cash used in operating activities

(19,098)



(23,080)






Investing activities:




Additions to property, plant and equipment

(6,446)



(8,506)


Proceeds from asset sales and other

180



4,602


Net cash used in investing activities

(6,266)



(3,904)






Financing activities:




Net borrowings on ABL credit facility



4,350


Other repayments

(394)



(48)


Senior note payments



(40,000)


Call premium on senior notes



(1,203)


Stock options exercised

28



475


Debt issuance costs



(116)


Net cash used in financing activities

(366)



(36,542)


Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash

257



380


Decrease in cash

(25,473)



(63,146)






Cash at beginning of period

58,291



76,258


Cash at end of period

$

32,818



$

13,112


 

In accordance with the SEC's Regulation G, tables 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 provide non-GAAP measures used in this earnings release and a reconciliation to the most closely related Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) measure.  Libbey believes that providing supplemental non-GAAP financial information is useful to investors in understanding Libbey's core business and trends.  In addition, it is the basis on which Libbey's management assesses performance.  Although Libbey believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented enhance investors' understanding of Libbey's business and performance, these non-GAAP measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP.

 

 

Table 1

Reconciliation of "As Reported" Results to "As Adjusted" Results - Quarter

(dollars in thousands, except per-share amounts)

(unaudited)



Three months ended March 31,



2012


2011



As Reported


Special Items


As Adjusted


As Reported


Special Items


As Adjusted

Net sales


$

187,829



$



$

187,829



$

181,015



$



$

181,015


Freight billed to customers


708





708



411





411


Total revenues


188,537





188,537



181,426





181,426


Cost of sales


145,481





145,481



145,280





145,280


Gross profit


43,056





43,056



36,146





36,146


Selling, general and administrative expenses


28,126





28,126



25,402





25,402


Special charges








51



51




Income from operations


14,930





14,930



10,693



(51)



10,744


Loss on redemption of debt








(2,803)



(2,803)




Other (expense) income


(591)





(591)



3,006



3,445



(439)


Earnings before interest and income taxes


14,339





14,339



10,896



591



10,305


Interest expense


10,408





10,408



11,583





11,583


Income (loss) before income taxes


3,931





3,931



(687)



591



(1,278)


Provision for income taxes


3,290





3,290



314





314


Net income (loss)


$

641



$



$

641



$

(1,001)



$

591



$

(1,592)















Net income (loss) per share:













Basic


$

0.03



$



$

0.03



$

(0.05)



$

0.03



$

(0.08)


Diluted


$

0.03



$



$

0.03



$

(0.05)



$

0.03



$

(0.08)















Weighted average shares:













Outstanding


20,769







19,955






Diluted


21,184







19,955






 

 



Three months

ended March 31,

2011

Special Items Detail  -  (Income) Expense:


Sale of Land (1)


Restructuring

Charges (2)


Finance Fees (3)


Total Special Items

Special charges


$



$

51



$



$

51


Loss on redemption of debt






2,803



2,803


Other income


(3,445)







(3,445)


Total Special Items


$

(3,445)



$

51



$

2,803



$

(591)


 

(1) Net gain on the sale of land at our Libbey Holland facility.

(2) Restructuring charges are related to the closure of our Syracuse, New York, manufacturing facility.

(3) Finance fees include the write-off of unamortized finance fees and discounts and call premium payments on the $40.0 million senior notes redeemed in March 2011.


 

Table 2





Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA

(dollars in thousands)












Three months ended March 31,



2012


2011

Reported net income (loss)


$

641



$

(1,001)


Add:





Interest expense


10,408



11,583


Provision for income taxes


3,290



314


Depreciation and amortization


10,536



10,881


EBITDA


24,875



21,777


Add: Special items before interest and taxes




(591)


Adjusted EBITDA


$

24,875



$

21,186


 

 

 

Table 3





Reconciliation of Net Cash Used in Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow

(dollars in thousands)







Three months ended March 31,



2012


2011






Net cash used in operating activities


$

(19,098)



$

(23,080)


Capital expenditures


(6,446)



(8,506)


Proceeds from asset sales and other


180



4,602


Free Cash Flow


$

(25,364)



$

(26,984)


 


Table 4





Summary Business Segment Information





(dollars in thousands)







Three months ended March 31,



2012


2011

Net Sales:





Glass Operations(1)


$

171,278



$

162,053


Other Operations(2)


16,754



19,161


Eliminations


(203)



(199)


Consolidated


$

187,829



$

181,015







Segment Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (Segment EBIT) (3) :





Glass Operations(1)


$

21,983



$

17,391


Other Operations(2)


3,064



2,879


Segment EBIT


$

25,047



$

20,270







Reconciliation of Segment EBIT to Net Income (Loss):





Segment EBIT


$

25,047



$

20,270


Retained corporate costs (4)


(10,708)



(9,965)


Consolidated Adjusted EBIT


14,339



10,305


Loss on redemption of debt




(2,803)


Gain on sale of land




3,445


Restructuring charges




(51)


Special Items before interest and taxes




591


Interest expense


(10,408)



(11,583)


Income taxes


(3,290)



(314)


Net income (loss)


$

641



$

(1,001)







Depreciation & Amortization:





Glass Operations(1)


$

10,136



$

10,249


Other Operations(2)


11



192


Corporate


389



440


Consolidated


$

10,536



$

10,881


 

(1) Glass Operations—includes worldwide sales of manufactured and sourced glass tableware from domestic and international subsidiaries.

(2) Other Operations—includes worldwide sales of sourced ceramic dinnerware, metal tableware, hollowware and serveware. Plastic items were sold through April 28, 2011.

(3) Segment EBIT represents earnings before interest and taxes and excludes amounts related to certain items we consider not representative of ongoing operations, as well as, certain retained corporate costs.

(4) Retained corporate costs includes certain headquarter, administrative and facility costs, and other costs that are not allocable to the reporting segments.


 

Table 5





Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA and Debt Net of Cash to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio

(dollars in thousands)





(unaudited)







Last twelve months ended



December 31, 2011


June 30, 2009

Reported net income (loss)


$

23,641



$

(100,096)


Add:





Interest expense


43,419



69,660


Provision (benefit) for income taxes


1,643



(1,369)


Depreciation and amortization


42,188



44,142


EBITDA


110,891



12,337


Add: Special items before interest and taxes


2,198



50,879


Less: Depreciation expense included in special items and also in depreciation and amortization above




(966)


Adjusted EBITDA


$

113,089



$

62,250







Debt


$

397,360



$

543,032


Plus: Unamortized discount and warrants


4,300



3,727


Less: Carrying value adjustment on debt related to the Interest Rate Agreement

4,043




Gross debt


397,617



546,759


Cash


58,291



24,082


Debt net of cash


$

339,326



$

522,677







Debt net of cash to Adjusted EBITDA ratio


3.0

x


8.4

x

 

SOURCE Libbey Inc.



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