Visant Corporation Announces 2015 Second Quarter And First Half Results

Aug 14, 2015, 07:30 ET from Visant Corporation

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VISANT CORPORATION today announced results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 4, 2015, including consolidated net sales from continuing operations of $380.4 million, compared to $389.4 million for its second fiscal quarter ended June 28, 2014.  Visant reported consolidated net income from continuing operations of $22.0 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2015, compared to consolidated net income from continuing operations of $56.5 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014.  The decrease in net income for the second quarter was primarily attributable to a $52.1 million non-cash impairment charge associated with the sale of Phoenix Color Corp. in the Publishing and Packaging Services segment.  Before giving effect to the non-cash impairment charge in the second quarter of 2015, consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (defined in the accompanying summary of financial data) for the three months ended July 4, 2015, was $162.0 million compared to $162.3 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014.

For the first six months of fiscal year 2015, consolidated net sales from continuing operations were $550.0 million compared to $558.0 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2014.  Consolidated net income from continuing operations decreased to $7.5 million during the first six months of fiscal year 2015 compared to consolidated net income from continuing operations of $43.0 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2014.  The decrease in net income for the six months end July 4, 2015, was primarily attributable to the $52.1 million non-cash impairment charge associated with the sale of Phoenix Color Corp. in the Publishing and Packaging Services segment.  Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA totaled $193.4 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2015 compared to consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $194.0 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2014.

Visant's reported consolidated results from continuing operations do not include the Lehigh Direct operations of The Lehigh Press LLC and AKI, Inc. d/b/a Arcade Marketing business, which were, as previously reported, sold during the third quarter of fiscal 2014.  The results of these businesses, which comprised a portion of the Marketing and Publishing Services segment, have been reclassified on the consolidated statement of operations to a single line captioned "Income from discontinued operations, net of tax."  Previously, the results of these businesses included certain allocated corporate costs, which costs have been reallocated to the remaining continuing operations on a retrospective basis, which continuing operations are now comprised of our Scholastic, Memory Book and Publishing and Packaging Services segments.  Results from continuing operations for all periods are exclusive of these discontinued operations. 

On July 13, 2015, Visant Corporation announced its entry into a definitive purchase agreement with ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. dated July 11, 2015, for the sale by Visant of Phoenix Color Corp. and its subsidiaries, which comprise Visant's Publishing and Packaging Services segment, in exchange for consideration of $90 million in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments. The closing of the proposed transaction is subject to financing and customary closing conditions and is expected to occur within the third quarter.

Results of Operations

Net sales for the Scholastic segment were $120.0 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2015 compared to $127.2 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014.  This decrease was primarily attributable to lower volume in our professional championship business in addition to lower volume in our graduation products. 

Net sales for the Memory Book segment were $239.4 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2015 compared to $240.2 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014. This decrease was primarily due to lower volume.

Net sales for the Publishing and Packaging Services segment for the second fiscal quarter of 2015 were $21.0 million, compared to $22.3 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014.  This decrease was primarily due to lower book component volume compared to the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Scholastic segment increased $0.1 million to $29.6 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2015, compared to $29.5 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014. This increase was primarily due to reduced manufacturing costs and corporate cost savings in addition to sales mix.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Memory Book segment decreased $0.6 million to $126.2 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2015, compared to $126.8 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014.  This decrease was attributable to lower volume, offset by corporate cost savings. 

Adjusted EBITDA for the Publishing and Packaging Services increased $0.2 million to $6.2 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2015, compared to $6.0 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2014. This increase was primarily due to lower overall costs as a result of cost saving initiatives, which offset the decline in revenues.

Net sales for the Scholastic segment for the six-month period ended July 4, 2015 were $262.4 million compared to $266.3 million for the six-month period ended June 28, 2014.  This decrease was primarily attributable to lower volume in our professional championship business offset with increased graduation products volume. 

Net sales for the Memory Book segment for the six-month period ended July 4, 2015 remained flat at $245.6 million compared to the six-month period ended June 28, 2014. 

Net sales for the Publishing and Packaging Services segment for the six-month period ended July 4, 2015 were $42.1 million compared to $46.6 million for the six-month period ended June 28, 2014. This decrease was primarily due to lower book component volume in 2015 compared to the first six months of 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Scholastic segment increased $2.2 million to $62.1 million for the six-month period ended July 4, 2015, compared to $59.9 million for the six-month period ended June 28, 2014.   This increase was primarily due to favorable graduation product volume along with reduced manufacturing costs and corporate cost savings.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Memory Book segment decreased $1.3 million to $120.1 million for the six-month period ended July 4, 2015 compared to $121.4 million for the six-month period ended June 28, 2014.  This decrease was attributable to lower volume, offset by corporate cost savings. 

Adjusted EBITDA for the Publishing and Packaging Services segment decreased $1.6 million to $11.2 million for the six-month period ended July 4, 2015, compared to $12.8 million for the six-month period ended June 28, 2014.  This decrease was primarily due to the decrease in book component volumes. 

Consolidated Indebtedness

As of July 4, 2015, Visant's consolidated debt, comprised of the outstanding indebtedness under its senior secured credit facilities and its 10.00% senior notes due 2017, was $1,509.2 million, including $3.3 million of capital lease and equipment financing obligations and exclusive of original issue discount of $14.1 million related to the term loan under the senior secured credit facilities.  Visant's cash position as of July 4, 2015 totaled $53.5 million.

Visant has provided a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA in the accompanying summary of financial data. 

Supplemental data has also been provided for Visant's three segments: Scholastic, Memory Book and Publishing and Packaging Services.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company's quarterly conference call concerning the 2015 second quarter results will be webcast live on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the Investor Information section of Visant's website at www.visant.net.

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

Visant is a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, educational and trade publishing segments.

The Company has three reportable segments:

Scholastic - provides services in conjunction with the marketing, sale and production of class rings and an array of graduation products and other scholastic affinity products to students and administrators primarily in high schools, colleges and other post-secondary institutions.

Memory Book - provides services in conjunction with the publication, marketing, sale and production of school yearbooks, memory books and related products that help people tell their stories and chronicle important events.

Publishing and Packaging Services - provides services in conjunction with the development, marketing, sale and production of books, book components and packaging.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements concerning the conditions in our industry, expectations with respect to future cost savings, our operations, our economic performance and financial condition, including, in particular, statements relating to our business and growth strategy and product development efforts. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but rather predictions and generally can be identified by use of statements that include such words as "may", "might", "will", "should", "estimate", "project", "plan", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "outlook", "believe" and other similar expressions that are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions by our management that, although we believe to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain and subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those identified under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 3, 2015.

The following list represents some, but not necessarily all, of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from historical results or those anticipated or predicted by these forward-looking statements: our substantial indebtedness and our ability to service the indebtedness; our ability to implement our business strategy in a timely and effective manner; competitive factors and pressures; our ability to consummate acquisitions and dispositions on acceptable terms and to integrate acquisitions successfully and to achieve anticipated synergies; global market and economic conditions; fluctuations in raw material prices; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers; the seasonality of our businesses; the loss of significant customers or customer relationships; Jostens' reliance on independent sales representatives; our reliance on numerous complex information systems and associated security risks; the amount of capital expenditures required at our businesses; developments in technology and related changes in consumer behavior; the reliance of our businesses on limited production facilities; labor disturbances; environmental obligations and liabilities; risks associated with doing business outside the United States;  the enforcement of intellectual property rights; the impact of changes in applicable law and regulations, including tax legislation; the application of privacy laws and other related obligations and liabilities for our business; control by our stockholders; changes in market value of the securities held in our pension plans; and risks associated with our minority investment.

We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and any such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the following cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, are based on current expectations and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements in light of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Comparisons of results for current and prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

The information presented in this release contains financial measures other than in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the company's historical consolidated financial statements. The company presents this information because management uses it to monitor and evaluate the company's ongoing operating results and trends, and the covenants in its debt agreements are tied to these measures. The company believes this information provides investors with an understanding of the company's operating performance over comparative periods.

 

VISANT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)












Three months ended


Six months ended




July 4,

June 28,


July 4,

June 28,

In thousands

2015

2014


2015

2014

 Net sales 

$    380,369

$    389,444


$    549,979

$    558,012

 Cost of products sold 

139,130

144,930


208,681

214,863


 Gross profit 

241,239

244,514


341,298

343,149

 Selling and administrative expenses 

95,162

97,777


179,194

181,894

 Gain on disposal of fixed assets 

(6)

(122)


(341)

(325)

 Special charges (1) 

54,174

4,253


56,053

5,599


 Operating income 

91,909

142,606


106,392

155,981

 Equity in income of affiliate (2) 

(6,490)


(4,669)

 Interest expense, net 

35,102

38,615


70,460

77,398


 Income before income taxes 

63,297

103,991


40,601

78,583

 Provision for income taxes 

41,300

47,519


33,134

35,627


 Income from continuing operations 

21,997

56,472


7,467

42,956

 Income from discontinued operations, net 

67

7,669


173

11,284

 Net income 

$      22,064

$      64,141


$        7,640

$      54,240

















SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL DATA









Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation:






In thousands






 Net income 

$      22,064

$      64,141


$        7,640

$      54,240

 Interest expense, net 

35,102

38,615


70,460

77,398

 Provision for income taxes 

41,300

47,519


33,134

35,627

 Depreciation and amortization expense 

13,343

12,831


26,737

25,469

 Discontinued operations, net 

(67)

(7,669)


(173)

(11,284)


 EBITDA 

111,742

155,437


137,798

181,450









 Special charges (1) 

54,174

4,253


56,053

5,599

 Gain on disposal of fixed assets 

(6)

(122)


(341)

(325)

 Equity in income of affiliate (2) 

(6,490)


(4,669)

 Stock-based compensation (4) 

643

431


1,206

814

 Other (5) 

1,944

2,310


3,377

6,494


 Adjusted EBITDA (3) 

$    162,007

$    162,309


$    193,424

$    194,032


(1)

Special charges for the second fiscal quarter ended July 4, 2015 included $0.6 million of severance and related benefits costs associated with the elimination of certain corporate management positions.  Also included in special charges for the three months ended July 4, 2015 was $0.3 million of severance and related benefits associated with reductions in force in the Publishing and Packaging Services segment. Additionally, included in other special charges for the three months ended July 4, 2015, were $53.3 million of goodwill impairment charges associated with the sale of Phoenix Color Corp. in the Publishing and Packaging Services segment.

 

Special charges for the six month period ended July 4, 2015 included $2.3 million of severance and related benefits costs associated with the elimination of certain corporate management positions.  Also included in special charges for the six month period ended July 4, 2015 was $0.5 million of severance and related benefits associated with reductions in force in the Publishing and Packaging Services segment. Additionally, included in other special charges for the six months ended July 4, 2015, were $53.3 million of goodwill impairment charges associated with the sale of Phoenix Color Corp. in the Publishing and Packaging Services segment.

 

Special charges for the second fiscal quarter ended June 28, 2014 included $2.2 million and $0.5 million of severance and related benefits associated with reductions in force in the Scholastic and Marketing and Publishing Services segments, respectively.  Also included in special charges for the second fiscal quarter ended June 28, 2014 were $1.6 million of non-cash asset impairment charges associated with facility consolidations in the Scholastic segment.

 

Special charges for the six months ended June 28, 2014 included $3.0 million, $0.6 million and $0.1 million of severance and related benefits associated with reductions in force in the Scholastic, Memory Book and Publishing and Publishing Services segments, respectively.  Also included in special charges for the six months ended June 28, 2014 were $1.9 million of non-cash asset impairment charges associated with facility consolidations in the Scholastic segment. 

 

(2)

Represents Visant's 25% equity interest in Tripolis Holdings S.à.r.l. The net income recorded in the three and six months ended July 4, 2015 was due to a gain on the redemption of debt.



(3)

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income plus net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, excluding certain non-recurring items.  Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain items that are also excluded for purposes of calculating required covenant ratios and compliance under the indenture governing our outstanding 10.00% senior notes and our senior secured credit facilities.  As such, Adjusted EBITDA is a material component of these covenants.  Non-compliance with the financial ratio maintenance covenants contained in our senior secured credit facilities could result in the requirement to immediately repay all amounts outstanding under such facilities, while non-compliance with the debt incurrence ratio contained in the indenture governing the senior notes would prohibit Visant and its restricted subsidiaries from being able to incur additional indebtedness other than pursuant to specified exceptions.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), is not a measure of financial condition or profitability and should not be considered as an alternative to (a) net income (loss) determined in accordance with GAAP or (b) operating cash flows determined in accordance with GAAP.  Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements.  Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

 

(4)

 

Reflects amounts included in selling and administrative expenses in connection with the recognition by Visant Corporation of stock-based compensation expense.

 

(5)

Other charges for the quarter ended July 4, 2015 included $1.0 million of management fees and $0.9 million of other costs that are non-recurring in nature.

 

Other charges for the six-month period ended July 4, 2015 included $2.0 million of management fees, and $1.4 million of other costs that are non-recurring in nature.

 

Other charges for the quarter ended June 28, 2014 included $1.0 million of management fees, $0.7 million of acquisition-related costs, $0.4 million of costs related to the relocation of certain manufacturing equipment and the consolidation of certain facilities in the Memory Book segment and $0.2 million of other costs that are non-recurring in nature.

 

Other charges for the six-month period ended June 28, 2014 included $3.7 million of acquisition-related costs, $2.0 million of management fees, $0.5 million of costs related to the relocation of certain manufacturing equipment and the consolidation of certain facilities in the Memory Book segment and $0.3 million of other costs that are non-recurring in nature.

 

 

VISANT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL DATA (UNAUDITED)






Three months ended







July 4,

June 28,



In thousands


2015

2014

$ Change

% Change

Net sales







Scholastic


$ 120,021

$ 127,152

$   (7,131)

(5.6%)


Memory Book


239,364

240,241

(877)

(0.4%)


Publishing and Packaging Services


20,995

22,298

(1,303)

(5.8%)


Inter-segment eliminations


(11)

(247)

236

NM





$ 380,369

$ 389,444

$   (9,075)

(2.3%)

Adjusted EBITDA







Scholastic


$   29,610

$   29,515

$          95

0.3%


Memory Book


126,217

126,831

(614)

(0.5%)


Publishing and Packaging Services


6,180

5,963

217

3.6%





$ 162,007

$ 162,309

$      (302)

(0.2%)

Adjusted EBITDA margin


42.6%

41.7%











NM = not meaningful


















Six months ended







July 4,

June 28,



In thousands


2015

2014

$ Change

% Change

Net sales







Scholastic


$ 262,360

$ 266,265

$   (3,905)

(1.5%)


Memory Book


245,604

245,624

(20)

(0.0%)


Publishing and Packaging Services


42,051

46,614

(4,563)

(9.8%)


Inter-segment eliminations


(36)

(491)

455

NM





$ 549,979

$ 558,012

$   (8,033)

(1.4%)

Adjusted EBITDA







Scholastic


$   62,148

$   59,896

$     2,252

3.8%


Memory Book


120,063

121,374

(1,311)

(1.1%)


Publishing and Packaging Services


11,213

12,762

(1,549)

(12.1%)





$ 193,424

$ 194,032

$      (608)

(0.3%)

Adjusted EBITDA margin


35.2%

34.8%











NM = not meaningful






 

SOURCE Visant Corporation