Cimpress Reports Q3 Loss, Revenue Growth
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Press release from the issuing company
Third quarter 2016 results:
VENLO, Netherlands - Cimpress N.V., the world leader in mass customization, today announced financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2016, the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year.
"We progressed toward our strategic objectives and deployed capital and resources across both organic opportunities and acquisitions," said Robert Keane, president and chief executive officer. "We improved the Vistaprint business unit across key customer, product, revenue, and profitability metrics and we grew our Upload and Print business units both organically and through acquisition, including through the recently closed WIRmachenDRUCK transaction. We also built foundations in our Most of World and Corporate Solutions business units. Our mass customization platform team increased product selection, including the launch of several products fulfilled via the platform to multiple Cimpress business units."
As a reminder, in fiscal 2016 Cimpress is increasing investments in its mass customization platform, product expansion, Most of World business units, post-merger integration, and other key areas.
"We grew constant-currency organic revenue by 10% for the quarter," said Sean Quinn, chief financial officer. "This was our fifth consecutive quarter of 10% or better constant-currency organic revenue growth: the Vistaprint business unit grew 10% and Pixartprinting and Printdeal, the business units in our Upload and Print segment that we have owned for at least a year, delivered a combined 25% growth. This was partially offset by anticipated and previously described partner revenue declines in the All Other business units segment."
Quinn continued, "Our GAAP operating income and net income were impacted this quarter by a goodwill impairment charge related to one of our 2015 acquisitions in Europe. Although we are disappointed that the outlook that prompted the partial impairment for this particular business is less favorable than originally expected, we still expect the upload and print portfolio as a whole to return above the 15 percent hurdle rate we use for M&A. Adjusted NOPAT, which excludes non-operational items such as this impairment charge, grew strongly, reflecting our underlying profitability improvements even as we continue to make significant operating expense investments in a number of strategic areas.
"Our approach to capital allocation remains unchanged and we continue to invest across the categories we described in depth at our August 2015 investor day," Quinn continued. "Nine months into fiscal year 2016, we are making good progress across the focus areas described at our investor day, though aggregate year-to-date investments across a few categories are lower than originally planned. We now expect the full year adjusted NOPAT burden of our 'major organic' investments, such as the plant network component of our mass customization platform, Columbus, Most of World, and post-merger integration, will be slightly lower versus our original expectations. At our August investor day we also said that, on an adjusted NOPAT basis, we expected our 'diverse other' investments, which include those in technology and advertising for the Vistaprint business unit, product selection, and other items, to grow in line with revenue for fiscal 2016. We now expect the growth of investments to be slower than the growth of our consolidated revenue in fiscal 2016 primarily due to leverage in certain investment categories, as well as the increased revenue from our acquisition of WIRmachenDRUCK. Additionally, aggregate capital expenditures have been lower than expected year-to-date, which should increase free cash flow relative to the expectations we outlined earlier this year. As we complete fiscal year 2016 and look ahead to fiscal 2017, we will continue to evaluate additional opportunities to deploy capital to value-creating investments."
Consolidated Financial Metrics:
Cimpress has posted an end-of-quarter presentation with accompanying prepared remarks at ir.cimpress.com. On Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. (EDT) the company will host a live Q&A conference call with management to discuss the financial results, which will be available via webcast at ir.cimpress.com and via dial-in at +1 (855) 319-5923, conference ID 90505846. A replay of the Q&A session will be available on the company’s website following the call on April 28, 2016.
Important Reminder of Cimpress’ Priorities
We ask investors and potential investors in Cimpress to understand the upper-most objectives by which we endeavor to make all decisions, including investment decisions. Often we make decisions in service of these priorities that could be considered non-optimal were they to be evaluated based on other criteria such as (but not limited to) near- and mid-term cash flow, EBITDA, EPS and adjusted NOPAT.
Our priorities are:
Strategic Objective: To be the world leader in mass customization. By mass customization, we mean producing, with the reliability, quality and affordability of mass production, small individual orders where each and every one embodies the personal relevance inherent to customized physical products.
Financial Objective: To maximize intrinsic value per share, defined as (a) the unlevered free cash flow per share that, in our best judgment, will occur between now and the long-term future, appropriately discounted to reflect our cost of capital, minus (b) net debt per share.
To understand these objectives and their implications, Cimpress encourages investors to read Robert Keane’s letter to investors published on July 29, 2015.
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