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Jostens IH Corp. Announces Sales Increase of 5.2%

Monday, November 22, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

MINNEAPOLIS--Nov. 19, 2004-- Jostens IH Corp. ("JIHC") today announced unaudited pro forma year-to-date sales of $1,142 million, an increase of 5.2% over the comparable nine-month period in 2003. On October 4, 2004, JIHC completed a series of transactions pursuant to which AHC I Acquisition Corp. ("Arcade") and Von Hoffmann Holdings Inc. ("Von Hoffmann") joined Jostens, Inc. ("Jostens") as direct, wholly owned subsidiaries of JIHC. The transactions included the acquisition of Von Hoffmann and Arcade by an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. ("KKR") through separate mergers with those companies, and the contribution of the stock of Von Hoffmann and Arcade to JIHC, in exchange for stock of Jostens Holding Corp. ("Jostens Holdings"), our parent. Prior to the October 4 transactions, Von Hoffmann and Arcade were each controlled by affiliates of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners II, L.P. and Jostens by affiliates of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III, L.P., ("DLJMBP III"). As a result of the October 4 transactions, affiliates of KKR own approximately 49.6% of the voting interest of Jostens Holdings and 45% of the economic interest, and affiliates of DLJMBP III, own approximately 41% of the voting interest of Jostens Holdings and 45% of the economic interest, with the remainder held by other co-investors and certain members of management. Through the combination of Jostens, Von Hoffmann and Arcade, JIHC is a leading North American speciality printing, marketing and school-related affinity products and services enterprise. As a result of the October 4, 2004 transactions occurring subsequent to the October 2, 2004 quarter end, JIHC is presenting unaudited pro forma summary financial information for the three- and nine-month periods ending October 2, 2004 and the corresponding periods in 2003. The Von Hoffmann and Arcade pro forma financial data have been presented based on their respective three- and nine-month periods ended September 30th. The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statements of income for the periods presented give effect to (1) the October 4th transactions and related financing; (2) the 2003 merger of Jostens with an affiliate of DLJMBP III; (3) adjustments to exclude the effect on costs of products sold of purchase accounting adjustments to inventory in connection with the 2003 merger, as well as transaction costs related to the 2003 merger; (4) the acquisition by Von Hoffmann of The Lehigh Press; and (5) the reclassification of the Lehigh Direct division from a discontinued operation to a continuing operation, as if they had all occurred on December 29, 2002. The unaudited pro forma information is based upon available information and certain assumptions that the company believes are reasonable under the circumstances. The unaudited pro forma financial information is presented for informational purposes only and does not purport to represent what the company's results of operations or financial condition would actually have been had all of the events described above, including the October 4th transactions, occurred on the date indicated, nor does it purport to project the results of operations or financial condition of JIHC for any future period or as of any future date. Pro forma net sales for the three- and nine-month periods ended October 2, 2004 were $284.5 million and $1,142.3 million, respectively, an increase of 5.2% over both of the prior year comparative periods. Pro forma net sales for each of the separate subsidiary companies for the three-month period compared to the prior year comparative period were: Jostens of $105.3 million, an increase of 12.3%, compared to $93.8 million; Von Hoffmann of $134.6 million, a decrease of 3.4%, compared to $139.4 million; and Arcade of $44.6 million, an increase of 19.9%, compared to $37.2 million. Pro forma net sales for each of the separate subsidiary companies for the nine-month period compared to the prior year comparative period were: Jostens of $624.6 million, an increase of 5.8%, compared to $590.3 million; Von Hoffmann of $409.6 million, an increase of 1.2%, compared to $404.8 million; and Arcade of $108.1 million, an increase of 19.4%, compared to $90.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA (as defined in the accompanying summary of financial data) on a pro forma basis for the three- and nine-month periods was $37.3 million and $226.2 million, respectively, an increase of 32.7% and 9.6%, respectively, over $28.1 million and $206.3 million in the respective prior year comparative periods. JIHC has provided a reconciliation of pro forma net (loss) income to Adjusted EBITDA in the accompanying summary of financial data. Adjusted EBITDA on a pro forma basis for each of the separate subsidiary companies for the three-month period compared to the prior year comparative period was: Jostens a loss of $0.6 million, compared to a loss of $5.6 million. A portion of this period over period growth is attributable to favorable timing of shipments from fourth quarter to third quarter; Von Hoffmann of $24.8 million, compared to $23.1 million; and Arcade of $13.1 million, compared to $10.6 million. Adjusted EBITDA on a pro forma basis for each of the separate subsidiary companies for the nine-month period compared to the prior year comparative period was: Jostens of $126.9 million, compared to $113.4 million; Von Hoffmann of $70.1 million, compared to $69.3 million; and Arcade of $29.2 million, compared to $23.6 million. "With the completion of the October 4th transactions, I look forward to leading JIHC to a strong future through focusing on the continued growth of the existing Jostens, Von Hoffmann and Arcade franchises and the synergistic and operational opportunities we believe exist for the combined enterprise and identifying and executing on acquisition opportunities that will complement the products and services we currently offer," said Marc Reisch, CEO. Jostens is a leading provider of school-related affinity products and services that help people celebrate important moments, recognize achievements and build affiliation. Jostens' products include yearbooks, class rings, graduation products and school photography. Von Hoffmann is a leading manufacturer of four-color case bound and soft-cover educational textbooks, textbook covers, standardized test materials and related components for major educational publishers in the United States. Von Hoffmann also provides commercial printing services to non-educational customers, including business-to-business catalogers and its Lehigh Direct business provides a range of innovative printing products and services to the direct marketing sector.

 

 

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