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Standard Register Posts Earnings Increase in Q1 Results

Friday, April 25, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

DAYTON, Ohio - Standard Register today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The Company reported revenue of $228.5 million and a net loss of $7.1 million or $0.83 per diluted share. The results compare to revenue of $141.6 million for the first quarter of 2013 and net income of $4.7 million or $0.80 per diluted share.

Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes certain items as detailed in the attached reconciliation, was $13.2 million compared to $12.2 million for the first quarter of 2013.

Results for the first quarter of 2013 do not include results from WorkflowOne, which Standard Registeracquired on August 1, 2013.

"Although we are not satisfied with the overall results, first-quarter revenue increased in a number of our growth solutions," said Joseph P. Morgan, Jr., president and chief executive officer. "We are investing in the growing areas of our business and have a healthy pipeline. However, many of our solutions have long sales cycles and lengthy customized implementations, which delay realization of revenue. Throughout 2014, we will be focused on driving sales of our entire portfolio into our large customer base. The acquisition brought us many new opportunities and the integration is proceeding on track with, and in some respects ahead of our internal plan."

First Quarter Results
Total revenue increased 61 percent to $228.5 million compared to $141.6 million in the 2013 first quarter. On a pro forma basis, including WorkflowOne revenue for the first quarter of 2013, the Company would have reported revenue of $253.7 million.

Gross Margin as a percentage of revenue was 27.3 percent, compared to 29.6 percent for the first quarter last year. Unit and volume decreases, and costs associated with integration of the acquisition contributed to the decrease in gross margin. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $58.7 millioncompared to $34.7 million for the first quarter last year. The increase is primarily attributable to the acquisition and integration.

The Company incurred $5.5 million of additional expense in the first quarter of 2014 related to executing the acquisition, restructuring and integration. Capital expenditures were $3.6 million compared to $3.9 million in the first quarter last year. The Company expects to invest approximately $15 to $21 million in 2014 capital expenditures.

Standard Register contributed $5.9 million to the Company's qualified pension plan in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $5.8 million in the first quarter last year. Total pension contributions to meet minimum funding requirements for 2014 are expected to be $42.0 million compared to contributions of $24.7 millionfor 2013.

Standard Register operates two business units: Healthcare and Business Solutions.

Healthcare revenue was $64.8 million, an increase of 31 percent over revenue of $49.5 million in the first quarter of 2013. Technology-enabled patient information systems continued a double-digit growth rate in the first quarter, however regulatory changes in requirements for distribution of printed materials, and a large kitting project in the first quarter of 2013 also impacted the overall comparable business unit results. Operating profit was $1.9 million compared to $2.1 million in the 2013 first quarter.

Business Solutions revenue was $163.7 million, an increase of 78 percent over revenue of $92.1 millionin the 2013 first quarter. The increase was attributable to business added from the acquisition and growth in revenue from Mexico-based label manufacturing operations. Declines in demand for traditional printed forms and transactional documents continue to outpace growth in the other solutions in the business unit performance. Operating profit was $1.4 million compared to $2.9 million in the 2013 first quarter.

First Quarter Highlights

  • The acquisition integration process is proceeding on track with internal plans and the Company is beginning to realize expected synergies. In the first quarter of 2014, systems and data centers were integrated, headcount reduced, three production facilities closed and three warehouse facilities closed.
  • The first of two high-speed ink jet presses was installed in Sacramento, California. The second, larger press was delivered to Columbus, Ohio, early in April. Both are expected to contribute to customer communications solutions sales during 2014.
  • An efficient consolidation of the Dayton workforce into one headquarters location will result in significant savings as the lease of the former WorkflowOne offices has been assigned.
  • Standard Register Healthcare launched an innovative SMARTworks® EffectiveResponse solution for patient follow-up, an important accountable care requirement for healthcare providers.
  • The Company's Mexico-based operations received a supplier award from Carrier Mexico for superior quality performance, including 100 percent on-time delivery.
  • Standard Register's Product Marking and Labeling launched the first on-demand labeling solution to allow businesses to order durable UL/CUL approved digital labels online economically, regardless of volume, to address a significant pain point for the industry.


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