Kodak Poised to Accelerate Profitable Growth
Friday, February 08, 2008
Press release from the issuing companyFebruary 7, 2008--Eastman Kodak Company today will unveil to investors a new company that is poised to accelerate profitable growth on the strength of its unmatched expertise in materials science and digital image science.
Over the next four years, this new Kodak will leverage its leading portfolio of digital businesses, a highly profitable traditional business, and a relentless focus on operational effectiveness to deliver increased revenue, along with strong earnings growth and cash flow.
For 2008, on a continuing operations basis, Kodak expects:
Earnings from operations of 4% to 5% of revenue on total company revenue growth of 0% to 2%;
Digital revenue growth of 7% to 10%, with 60% of revenues generated by output businesses and 40% from capture businesses;
2008 GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $250 million to $275 million, including pre-tax charges of $60 million to $80 million for rationalization and carryover restructuring costs;
On a GAAP basis, cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations of $575 million to $625 million;
Cash generation of $400 million to $500 million before dividend payments and after taking into account payments for carryover restructuring and other rationalization costs of approximately $150 million.
“It is with great pride that I introduce the new Kodak, a company with a new spirit and winning attitude,” said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. “While completing a difficult and unprecedented business transformation, we also created breakthrough products and services that feature Kodak’s hallmark innovation, winning customer acceptance and critical praise for a brand renowned for its smart use of technology. In 2008 and beyond, we will leverage the innovative thinking of Kodak people to deliver on our commitments to shareholders and increase the value of this great company.”
At today’s annual strategy meeting in New York City, Perez and his management team will detail why Kodak is well positioned to excel in every market in which it competes.
Kodak's Traditional Business: A Sustainable Model
Starting this year, the company has consolidated all of its silver-halide products within the newly created Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group (FPEG) in order to maximize the performance of the business. In addition to consumer, professional, entertainment and industrial films, the business unit now includes responsibility for graphics films, silver-halide photographic paper and chemistry, and traditional retail and wholesale photofinishing product lines.
In the wake of the four-year restructuring, FPEG now enjoys a sustainable business model and is well positioned to weather additional declines while maintaining a strong market position in all of its key product categories. For 2008, the company expects FPEG to deliver another year of strong cash generation, reflecting earnings from operations of 6% to 8% of revenue on a revenue decline of 12% to 14%.
Kodak's Digital Business: Built to Grow
Both of the company’s digital business units – the Consumer Digital Imaging Group (CDG) and the Graphic Communications Group (GCG) – are poised to outpace the market by bringing to customers groundbreaking advances in imaging technology.
For 2008, the company expects revenues from its digital portfolio to grow by 7% to 10%, resulting in earnings from operations of 3% to 4% of revenue. This growth will be driven on the consumer side (CDG) by two to three times the unit sales of the company’s revolutionary consumer inkjet printers as compared to 2007, retail deployment of the innovative KODAK APEX thermal dry lab photofinishing system, global expansion of its photo kiosks, and new product introductions in digital cameras, digital frames, and next-generation image sensors. On the commercial side, GCG growth will be fueled by increased sales of workflow software, document scanners, digital plates and presses, and new product introductions, including the KODAK VERSAMARK VL2000 Printing System, a drop-on-demand digital production press. At drupa 2008, the company will introduce KODAK STREAM technology, a next-generation approach to continuous inkjet printing that provides offset-class quality.
GCG’s success reflects the hybrid nature of the commercial printing industry as it shifts from traditional to digital technology. Kodak is uniquely positioned because the company offers the broadest range of digital and traditional solutions to assist printers through each stage of their transition.
The Growth Model
Kodak enters 2008 with a strong balance sheet and the financial flexibility to make the necessary investments to achieve greater scale in its growing digital businesses.
On average, the company expects to grow total revenue by a compound annual growth rate of 5% per year from 2008 to 2011, with a compound annual growth rate of digital revenues of 10% to 12% per year during that period.
Kodak is targeting gross profit margins of 28% to 30% and earnings from operations of 8% to 10% of revenues by 2011. The company is also targeting cash generation before dividends to surpass $1.0 billion annually by the end of the planning period.
“Kodak is now a company with a broad portfolio of digital businesses with diverse sources of revenue, and earnings powered by an unmatched intellectual property position and a sustainable traditional business model,” Perez said. “I am confident that we will continue to achieve success in digital markets and create value for our shareholders in 2008 and beyond.”
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