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Standard Register Reports Q4 Results, Reduces Loss

Monday, February 25, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

DAYTON, Ohio -- Standard Register, a leader in critical communications management solutions, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012. The Company reported fourth quarter 2012 revenue of $143.6 million and a net loss of $0.2 million or $0.01 per share. The results compare to 2011 fourth quarter revenue of $161.4 million and a net loss of $95.5 million or $3.28 per share. The 2011 fourth quarter loss included a non-cash charge of $89.5 million to establish a valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets.

Non-GAAP net income from operations after adjustments for pension loss amortization, pension settlement, restructuring charges, postretirement plan termination, tax effect of adjustments and deferred tax valuation allowances was $4.0 million or $0.14 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $0.9 million or $0.03 per share for the same period in 2011.

For the full 12 months of 2012, the Company reported revenue of $602.0 million and a net loss of $9.1 million or $0.31 per share. The results compare to full year 2011 revenue of $648.1 million and a net loss of $87.7 million or $3.02 per share. Full year 2011 included the $89.5 million valuation allowance and a $20.2 million one-time gain from the termination of the postretirement health care plan.

Non-GAAP adjusted net income from operations for the full year 2012 was $12.2 million or $0.42 per share compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $7.7 million or $0.26 per share for the prior year.

"Operational performance continues to improve, which is an indicator that customers are seeing the value of our transition from a traditional printing company to a provider of communications and marketing solutions across multiple delivery channels," said Joseph P. Morgan, Jr., president and chief executive officer. "The restructuring plan that we introduced in January 2012 has resulted in improvements in efficiency as well as helping us align our cost structure with our resources. We are building a sustainable enterprise based on our recognized expertise in managing workflow and our platform of marketing, communications and program management for business and healthcare."

Morgan continued, "Macro-trends are affecting our traditional printing business, but Standard Register has maintained strong customer relationships. Our qualified pension plan is still a challenge in this low interest rate environment; however we exceeded our 2012 obligation by funding $22.7 million in contributions to the plan during 2012. We are on track with our restructuring plan and ended the year with $8.2 million in positive cash flow on a net debt basis."

The Company previously announced reductions in volume and freight business with a large financial services customer that reorganized its distribution channels and restructured its operations. Revenue from this customer declined $24.2 million ($17.6 million in Legacy products and $6.6 million in Core solutions) in 2012 and is estimated to decline an additional $18 million to $20 million in 2013.

Fourth Quarter Results

Total revenue declined 11 percent to $143.6 million in the fourth quarter compared to $161.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Approximately half of the decline was attributable to reduced volumes with the large financial services customer. Core solutions, the Company's priority growth products and services, declined 4 percent. Legacy products, generally transactional documents and printed materials, decreased 14 percent.

Healthcare revenue declined 11 percent for the quarter, to $52.5 million compared to $59.3 million in the prior year quarter. Declines in volumes, particularly in printed forms related to the mandated migration to Electronic Healthcare Records, offset increases in Core solutions sales. Operating income for the fourth quarter was $4.1 million compared to $2.1 million for the same period in 2011.

Business Solutions revenue for the fourth quarter was $91.0 million, a decrease of 11 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 revenue of $102.1 million. Core solutions and Legacy products declined, primarily related to the reduction in volume from the large financial services customer. Operating income for the fourth quarter was $2.4 million compared to an operating loss of $1.3 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Consolidated gross margin as a percent of revenue was 30 percent, the same as for the fourth quarter of 2011. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses declined 18 percent in the quarter.

Full Year Results

Total revenue declined 7 percent to $602.0 million compared to $648.1 million for the full year 2011. Over half of this decline was attributable to reduced volume with the large financial services customer and the remainder was primarily the result of Legacy product unit volumes declining more rapidly than growth in Core solutions sales. For 2012, Core solutions declined 0.3 percent. Legacy products declined 12 percent. At the end of 2012, Core solutions comprised 43 percent of revenue, compared to 40 percent at the end of 2011. Legacy products correspondingly declined to 57 percent from 60 percent for the same periods.

Healthcare revenue declined 9 percent to $215.9 million from $236.8 million in 2011. Operating income for 2012 decreased 12 percent, to $12.7 million from $14.5 million for the prior year.

Business Solutions revenue declined to $386.1 million from $411.3 million for 2011. Nearly all of the decline was from reduced volume with the large financial services customer. Operating income for 2012 more than doubled to $8.1 million from $3.5 million for 2011.

Consolidated gross margin as a percent of revenue was 30 percent for 2012, compared to 31 percent for 2011. SG&A expense declined 13 percent to $180.7 million from $206.9 million in the prior year.

Cash flow on a net debt basis was positive by $8.2 million for 2012 compared to negative cash flow of $11.6 million for 2011.

Capital Expenditures, Restructuring and Pension Contribution Updates

For 2012 capital expenditures were $6.0 million. The Company continues to invest at a prudent level to support Core technology solutions growth and to increase efficiencies with management reporting capabilities. Restructuring efforts have more clearly defined investments that will produce the best return. The Company expects capital expenditures for 2013 to be within the range of $15 million to $18 million.

In January 2012, the Company announced a two-year strategic restructuring plan to better align its resources in support of the growing Core solutions business and reduce costs to offset the impact of declining revenues in Legacy products. When fully implemented at the end of 2013, annual savings of $60 million are expected to be realized. Through 2012, the Company achieved approximately $40 million of savings and incurred nearly all of the expected $10.0 million in cumulative costs associated with the program.

Standard Register contributed $22.7 million to the Company's qualified pension plan in 2012, including $2.0 million more than required for the year. With relief provided by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAPS-21), commonly called the highway bill, and the additional $2.0 million of funding in 2012, contributions for 2013 and 2014 are expected to be $24.8 million and $36.4 million, respectively.

 

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