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RR Donnelley Q4 Tops Estimates

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO - R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013.

"We are pleased with the fourth-quarter organic revenue growth of 2.3%, driven by strong revenue performance across many of our offerings. For the year, we realized reported revenue growth of 2.5% and organic growth of 0.6%, our best organic revenue growth performance since 2010, and continued to deliver strong free cash flow, at the upper end of our guidance for the year," said Thomas J. Quinlan III, R.R. Donnelley's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The continuing development of our market segment solutions, combined with our recent acquisition of Consolidated Graphics, will allow us to build upon the positive trend realized in 2013. We continue to target gross leverage on a long-term sustainable basis to be in the range of 2.25x to 2.75x."  

Net Sales

Net sales in the quarter were $2.8 billion, up $95.7 million, or 3.6%, from the fourth quarter of 2012. After adjusting for the impact of acquisitions, changes in foreign exchange rates and pass-through paper sales, organic sales grew by 2.3% from the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by volume growth in many offerings and an increase in pass-through postage revenue.

GAAP Earnings

Fourth-quarter 2013 net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $104.0 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $849.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Fourth-quarter net earnings attributable to common shareholders included pre-tax charges and expenses, detailed on the attached schedules, of $74.5 million and $1.0 billion in 2013 and 2012, respectively, as well as income tax adjustments in both years, all of which were excluded from the presentation of non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders. Additional details regarding the amount and nature of these and other items are included in the attached schedules.

Non-GAAP Earnings

Fourth-quarter 2013 non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $293.6 million or 10.7% of net sales, compared to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of$292.2 million, or 11.0% of net sales, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Unfavorable changes in foreign exchange rates contributed nearly 20 basis points of the quarter-over-quarter margin decline, while higher pass-through postage revenue accounted for an additional 20 basis points of the decline. Higher volume and a favorable product mix offset price pressure, higher benefits-related expenses and wage and other cost inflation.

Non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaled $89.8 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $78.1 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Fourth-quarter non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders exclude pre-tax charges and expenses of $74.5 million and $1.0 billion in 2013 and 2012, respectively, as well as income tax adjustments in both years. A reconciliation of net earnings attributable to common shareholders to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders is presented in the attached schedules. 

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