NewPage Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results Results in line with expectations despite lower North American demand

Strong liquidity position as the company enters the second half of 2013

MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NewPage Holdings Inc. (NewPage) today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2013.

Net sales in the second quarter of 2013 were $720 million compared to $759 million in the second quarter of 2012.  The decrease was primarily the result of lower sales volume and lower average paper prices, partially offset by improved mix.

Net loss in the second quarter of 2013 was $13 million compared to net income of $84 million in the second quarter of 2012.  The change in results was driven by bankruptcy-related items in the prior-year quarter, primarily associated with the reversal of $115 million of interest expense on the pre-petition debt.

Operating cash flows in the second quarter of 2013 were $19 million, which included $16 million of bankruptcy-related payments. Operating cash flows in the second quarter of 2012 were $96 million, which included $12 million of bankruptcy-related payments and $63 million representing 2011 post-petition First Lien Notes interest that was reversed into income as it was re-characterized as a principal reduction.  For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the company used $23 million of cash in operations, which included $58 million of bankruptcy-related payments.  For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the company used $48 million of cash in operations, which included a $38 million interest payment on pre-petition debt and $34 million of other bankruptcy-related payments. Any remaining bankruptcy-related payments are not expected to be significant.

Adjusted EBITDA (see reconciliation of net loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA below), was $50 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to $57 million in the second quarter of 2012.  

"The results for the second quarter and first half of the year were in line with our expectations.  Lower costs offset the impact of weak North American demand and lower pricing for our coated paper products," said George F. Martin, president and chief executive officer for NewPage.  "We continue to align our product offerings to meet the changing needs of our customers and believe we are well positioned for the current competitive environment, with a highly efficient cost structure and a flexible, strategically placed mill platform."

NewPage ended the second quarter with $271 million of available liquidity, consisting of $267 million of availability under the revolving credit facility and $4 million of available cash and cash equivalents. "The company did an excellent job optimizing working capital during the second quarter," said Jay A. Epstein, senior vice president and chief financial officer.  "On July 15, 2013, we received confirmation from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that our financial position meets the requirement of adequate financial assurance related to certain landfill obligations. This confirmation will improve our available liquidity as it results in the release of approximately $20 million in letters of credit issued under the revolving credit facility."

Lower year over year prices reflect the continuing decline in demand for printing and writing paper.  Reported industry shipments of printing and writing paper in North America were down approximately 4%, in line with the company's volume decline during the second quarter.

Costs declined during the second quarter on a year over year basis.  Decreased volume and lower depreciation and maintenance expense were offset somewhat by inflation, which was lower than expected for the quarter driven largely by lower latex prices and lower wood costs.

"We have four of our five major outages behind us and our mills are running well in preparation for the seasonally stronger second half of the year.  Seasonal strength, the impact of our announced pricing actions and continued benefit from cost initiatives we put in place in the first half should help drive improved performance in the second half of the year," Martin concluded.

Basis of Presentation
The implementation of the Chapter 11 plan and the application of fresh start accounting materially changed the carrying amounts and classifications reported in the company's consolidated financial statements and resulted in it becoming a new entity for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, the company's consolidated financial statements for periods prior to December 31, 2012 will not be comparable to its consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2012 or for periods subsequent to December 31, 2012. References to "Successor" or "Successor Company" refer to NewPage Holdings on or after December 31, 2012, after giving effect to the implementation of the Chapter 11 plan and the application of fresh start accounting. References to "Predecessor" or "Predecessor Company" refer to NewPage prior to December 31, 2012.

Additional Information
The NewPage Form 10-Q Quarterly Report to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today will be available on the NewPage Web site. 

Conference Call and Webcast
The NewPage Second Quarter 2013 Conference Call and Webcast is scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Analysts and investors may access the live call and presentation slides by clicking on the link Conference Call and Webcast and following the instructions. Please go to this link at least one hour prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio/video software. An archive of the Conference Call and Webcast will be available at www.NewPageCorp.com starting at 2 p.m. (ET) on August 15, 2013, and will remain available for five weeks. Analysts and investors may also access the Conference Call only by dialing (800)-860-2442 (toll-free domestic) or (412)-858-4600 (international) and referencing the NewPage Second Quarter 2013 Conference Call.

About NewPage Corporation
NewPage is a leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America with $3.1 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2012. NewPage is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, and owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons of paper.

The company's portfolio of paper products includes coated, supercalendered and specialty papers. These papers are used in commercial printing to create corporate collateral, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts and direct mail as well as in specialty paper applications including beverage bottle labels, food and medical packaging, pressure-sensitive labels and release liners. To learn more, visit www.NewPageCorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements  
This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements other than statements of historical fact are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of federal and state securities laws.  Forward-looking statements may include the words "may," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends" and similar expressions. Although we believe these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, they are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected or assumed in our forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include changes in the supply of, demand for, or prices of our products; general economic and business conditions in the United States, Canada and elsewhere; the ability of our customers to continue as a going concern, including our ability to collect accounts receivable according to customary business terms; the activities of other suppliers, including those that may be engaged in unfair trade practices; changes in significant operating expenses, including raw material and energy costs; changes in currency exchange rates; changes in the availability of capital; changes in the regulatory environment, including requirements for enhanced environmental compliance; and other risks and uncertainties that are detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements.

NewPage Holdings Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

Dollars in millions, except per share amounts



Successor



Predecessor


2013



2012

Net sales

$

720



$

759








Cost of sales


686




728

Selling, general and administrative expenses


34




37

Interest expense (income)


13




(105)

Income (loss) before reorganization items and income taxes


(13)




99

Reorganization items, net





15

Income (loss) before income taxes


(13)




84

Income tax (benefit)





Net income (loss)

$

(13)



$

84








Net income (loss) per share:







     Basic and diluted

$

(1.84)



$

844,650








Weighted average common shares outstanding:







     Basic and diluted


7,080,000




100

 

 

 

NewPage Holdings Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

Dollars in millions, except per share amounts



Successor



Predecessor


2013



2012

Net sales

$

1,476



$

1,519








Cost of sales


1,401




1,451

Selling, general and administrative expenses


75




70

Interest expense


24




7

Income (loss) before reorganization items and income taxes


(24)




(9)

Reorganization items, net





48

Income (loss) before income taxes


(24)




(57)

Income tax (benefit)





(18)

Net income (loss)

$

(24)



$

(39)








Net income (loss) per share:







     Basic and diluted

$

(3.34)



$

(387,155)








Weighted average common shares outstanding:







     Basic and diluted


7,080,000




100

 

 

 

NewPage Holdings Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012

Dollars in millions, except per share amounts










Successor



June 30,


Dec. 31,



2013


2012

ASSETS







Cash and cash equivalents


$

4


$

43

Accounts receivable, net



220



220

Inventories



536



472

Other current assets



31



41

  Total current assets



791



776








Property, plant and equipment, net



1,257



1,314

Other assets



147



124

TOTAL ASSETS


$

2,195


$

2,214








LIABILITIES AND EQUITY







Accounts payable


$

175


$

193

Other current liabilities



137



123

Current maturities of long-term debt



15



5

  Total current liabilities



327



321








Long-term debt



492



485

Other long-term obligations



593



595

Commitments and contingencies














EQUITY







Preferred stock, 100,000 shares authorized, $0.001 per share par value





Common stock, 16,000,000 shares authorized, 7,080,000 shares  issued







  and outstanding, $0.001 per share par value





Additional paid-in capital



813



813

Accumulated deficit



(24)



Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(6)



  Total equity



783



813

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


$

2,195


$

2,214

 

 

 

NewPage Holdings Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

Dollars in millions











Successor



Predecessor



2013



2012

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES








Net income (loss)


$

(24)



$

(39)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to








net cash provided by (used for) operating activities:








  Depreciation and amortization



91




119

  Non-cash interest expense



3




59

  (Gain) loss on disposal of assets



1




2

  U.S. pension expense



2




17

  U.S. pension funding



(9)




(19)

  Equity award expense



8




  Debtor in possession financing costs






4

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:








      Accounts receivable



(1)




15

      Inventories



(63)




(78)

      Other operating assets



(19)




(2)

      Accounts payable



(18)




(3)

      Accrued expenses and other obligations



6




(123)

    Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities



(23)




(48)









CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES








Capital expenditures



(31)




(36)

    Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities



(31)




(36)









CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES








Payment of financing costs



(1)




Repayments of long-term debt



(3)




(63)

Borrowings on revolving credit facility



171




Payments on revolving credit facility



(152)




Proceeds from debtor in possession financing






187

Repayments of debtor in possession financing






(175)

Debtor in possession financing costs






(4)

    Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities



15




(55)

















Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



(39)




(139)

  Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



43




142

  Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

4



$

3

 

 

 

NewPage Holdings Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)

Three Months And Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

Dollars in millions













Three Months



Six Months




Ended June 30,



Ended June 30,




Successor



Predecessor



Successor



Predecessor




2013



2012



2013



2012


















Net income (loss)


$

(13)



$

84



$

(24)



$

(39)

Plus:

















Interest expense (income)



13




(105)




24




7


Income tax (benefit)












(18)


Depreciation and amortization



45




59




91




119

EBITDA


$

45



$

38



$

91



$

69


















Plus:

















Equity awards



4







8





(Gain) loss on disposal of assets



1




1




1




2


Integration and related severance costs






1




5




2


Reorganization items, net






15







48


Post-emergence bankruptcy-related items









3





Other






2




3




2

Adjusted EBITDA


$

50



$

57



$

111



$

123

 

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (as described in table above) are not measures of our performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"), are not intended to represent net income (loss), and should not be used as alternatives to net income (loss) as indicators of performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are shown because they are bases upon which our management assesses performance and are primary components of certain covenants under our revolving credit facility. In addition, our management believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors because they and similar measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies. The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA instead of net income (loss) has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

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