February 21, 2013 at 08:30 AM EST
Valassis Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended Dec. 31, 2012

LIVONIA, Mich., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Valassis (NYSE: VCI) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2012. Fourth-quarter 2012 revenues were $579.4 million, a decrease of 2.7% from $595.3 million in the prior year quarter. Full-year 2012 revenues were $2,162.1 million, a decrease of 3.3% from $2,236.0 million in full-year 2011. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a shortfall in shared mail volume, a decline in the  Neighborhood Targeted segment and consumer packaged goods (CPG) clients' spend patterns, which negatively influenced multiple business segments.

Fourth-quarter 2012 net earnings were $34.1 million, flat from $34.3 million in the prior year quarter. Fourth-quarter 2012 diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.85, an increase of 11.8% from $0.76 in the prior year quarter due to a lower share base as a result of share repurchases. Fourth-quarter 2011 net earnings and diluted EPS were negatively impacted by charges in an aggregate amount of $14.0 million ($8.5 million, net of tax) and $0.19, respectively, primarily related to the restructuring of certain non-core businesses and the associated costs including write-offs of impaired assets, as well as the early termination of leases and severance costs. 

Full-year 2012 net earnings were $119.0 million, an increase of 4.9% from $113.4 million for full-year 2011. Full-year 2012 adjusted net earnings* were $124.7 million, which excludes $10.7 million of restructuring charges and asset impairments resulting from the exit of the newspaper polybag advertising and sampling and solo direct mail businesses and other non-recurring costs, net of tax, and a tax benefit of $5.0 million related to the reversal of certain tax reserves. Full-year 2011 adjusted net earnings* were $133.5 million, which excludes debt refinancing costs of $11.6 million, net of tax, and the restructuring and related charges described above of $8.5 million, net of tax. Full-year 2012 adjusted net earnings* decreased 6.6% from full-year 2011.

Full-year 2012 diluted EPS was $2.84 and full-year 2011 diluted EPS was $2.33. Full-year 2012 adjusted diluted EPS*, which excludes a $0.13 net effect from the items described above, was $2.97. Full-year 2012 adjusted diluted EPS* increased 8.4% from full-year 2011 adjusted diluted EPS* of $2.74 due to a lower share base as a result of share repurchases. 

Fourth-quarter 2012 adjusted EBITDA* was $86.4 million, a decrease of 5.4% from $91.3 million in the prior year quarter. Full-year 2012 adjusted EBITDA* was $305.4 million, a decrease of 3.5% from $316.6 million in full-year 2011. 

"While clearly disappointed in our fourth-quarter and full-year results, I am pleased with our growth in earnings per share and the results of our efforts to return value to our shareholders," said Rob Mason, Valassis President and Chief Executive Officer. "We established a solid foundation for growth in 2012 and I fully expect that 2013 will see growth in both our top and bottom lines."

Some additional highlights include:

  • Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) Costs: Fourth-quarter 2012 SG&A costs were $82.8 million, a decrease of 7.3% compared to the prior year quarter SG&A costs of $89.3 million. Full-year 2012 SG&A costs were $317.3 million, a decrease of 3.6% compared to full-year 2011 SG&A costs of $329.1 million. Cost savings efforts in the back half of 2012 favorably impacted SG&A for the full year.
  • Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 were $5.4 million and $21.2 million, respectively.
  • Stock Repurchases: During 2012, we spent $112.0 million to repurchase 5.1 million shares, or approximately 13% of our common stock, at an average price of $21.89 per share under our stock repurchase program.
  • Liquidity:
    • We reduced total debt by $15.0 million during 2012, and we ended 2012 with net debt (total debt less cash) of $492.9 million.
    • At Dec. 31, 2012, we had $94.7 million in cash.

Outlook
Based on our plan, current outlook and the assumptions specified in our Dec. 14, 2012 earnings guidance press release, we reiterate full-year 2013 guidance as follows:

  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $3.50;
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of approximately $315.0 million; and
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $25 million.

2013 Planned Uses of Cash

  • Stock repurchase plan: We assume the use of approximately 35-40% of free cash flow for continued stock repurchases during 2013. Our stock repurchase program does not obligate us to acquire any particular amount of shares of common stock, and may be modified or suspended at any time at our discretion.
  • Quarterly dividend: In December 2012, the Board approved a cash dividend policy pursuant to which Valassis intends to pay a quarterly cash dividend to holders of its common stock. The first such dividend for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012 was $0.31 per share of common stock. Valassis may modify, suspend or discontinue the dividend policy at any time at its discretion.

Business Segment Discussion

  • Shared Mail:  Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $357.3 million, a decrease of 0.9% compared to the prior year quarter. Full-year 2012 revenues were $1,365.6 million, an increase of 1.1% compared to full-year 2011 driven by postage and an increase in printed programs. Segment profit for the quarter was $54.4 million, a decrease of 2.7% compared to the prior year quarter. The declines in segment results for the quarter were driven primarily by a decrease in insert volume due to softness in the specialty and discount retail categories. Full-year 2012 segment profit was $201.4 million, an increase of 5.0% compared to full-year 2011 driven primarily by a decrease in SG&A costs.

  • Neighborhood Targeted:  Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $100.9 million, a decrease of 15.1% compared to the prior year quarter. Full-year 2012 revenues were $326.4 million, a decrease of 12.9% compared to full-year 2011. Segment profit for the quarter was $4.0 million, a decrease of 13.0% compared to the prior year quarter. Full-year 2012 segment loss was $1.0 million, compared to full-year 2011 segment profit of $7.7 million.  Segment results for the quarter and full year were negatively impacted by continued margin pressure, a decline in newspaper insert volume and the change in certain client contracts to a fee-based media placement model.

  • Free-standing Inserts (FSI):  Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $64.9 million, an increase of 1.2% compared to the prior year quarter, due to increased page volume. Full-year 2012 revenues were $283.9 million, a decrease of 10.2% compared to the prior year, primarily due to the absence of the custom co-op business. Segment profit for the quarter was $1.6 million compared to the prior year quarter segment loss of $0.8 million. Segment profit for the full-year 2012 was $21.9 million, an increase of 55.3% compared to the prior year. Segment results for the quarter and full year were positively impacted by an increase in page volume in our core FSI product and improved gross profit margin.

  • International, Digital Media & Services (IDMS):  Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $56.3 million, an increase of 8.5% compared to the prior year quarter, driven by growth in our digital business, partially offset by lower coupon redemption volumes at NCH and the exit from the solo direct mail business. Full-year 2012 revenues were $186.2 million, a decrease of 4.3% compared to the prior year despite digital revenue growth of over 100%. Segment profit for the quarter was $3.2 million, a decrease of 65.6% compared to the prior year quarter which can primarily be attributed to the acquisition of Brand.net. Full-year 2012 segment profit was $8.3 million, a decrease of 65.8% compared to the prior year, primarily due to the continued investment in our in-store and digital businesses and reduced volumes at NCH.

 

Segment Results Summary



Quarter Ended Dec. 31, 


Segment Revenues ($ in millions)

2012

2011

% Change


Shared Mail 

$357.3

$360.4

-0.9%


Neighborhood Targeted

$100.9

$118.9

-15.1%


Free-standing Inserts

$64.9

$64.1

1.2%


International, Digital Media & Services 

$56.3

$51.9

8.5%

Total Segment Revenues

$579.4

$595.3

-2.7%








Quarter Ended Dec. 31,


Segment Profit ($ in millions)

2012

2011

% Change


Shared Mail 

$54.4

$55.9

-2.7%


Neighborhood Targeted

$4.0

$4.6

-13.0%


Free-standing Inserts

$1.6

($0.8)

*


International, Digital Media & Services

$3.2

$9.3

-65.6%

Total Segment Profit

$63.2

$69.0

-8.4%




*Not Meaningful



Year Ended Dec. 31, 


Segment Revenues ($ in millions)

2012

2011

% Change


Shared Mail 

$1,365.6

$1,350.8

1.1%


Neighborhood Targeted

$326.4

$374.7

-12.9%


Free-standing Inserts

$283.9

$316.0

-10.2%


International, Digital Media & Services 

$186.2

$194.5

-4.3%

Total Segment Revenues

$2,162.1

$2,236.0

-3.3%








Year Ended Dec. 31,


Segment Profit ($ in millions)

2012

2011

% Change


Shared Mail 

$201.4

$191.9

5.0%


Neighborhood Targeted

($1.0)

$7.7

-113.0%


Free-standing Inserts

$21.9

$14.1

55.3%


International, Digital Media & Services

$8.3

$24.3

-65.8%

Total Segment Profit

$230.6

$238.0

-3.1%

 

Conference Call Information
We will hold an investor call today to discuss our fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 results at 11 a.m. (ET). The call-in number is 800-762-8779 (Conference ID: 4591892). The call will be simulcast on our website at www.valassis.com. This earnings release, webcast and a transcript of the conference call will be archived on our website under "Investors."

*Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We define adjusted EBITDA as net earnings before interest expense, net, other non-cash expenses (income), net, income taxes, gain or loss on extinguishment of debt, impairment charges and other non-recurring costs, depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense. We define adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted EPS as net earnings and diluted EPS excluding the effect, net of tax, of loss on extinguishment of debt and related charges,  impairment charges and other non-recurring costs and the expiration of certain tax reserves. We define free cash flow as net earnings before depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense, less capital expenditures. Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted EPS and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures commonly used by financial analysts, investors, rating agencies and other interested parties in evaluating companies, including marketing services companies. Accordingly, management believes that these non-GAAP measures may be useful in assessing our operating performance and our ability to meet our debt service requirements.  In addition, these non-GAAP measures are used by management to measure and analyze our operating performance and, along with other data, as our internal measure for setting annual operating budgets, assessing financial performance of business segments and as performance criteria for incentive compensation. Additionally, because of management's focus on generating shareholder value, of which profitability is a primary driver, management believes these non-GAAP measures, as defined above, provide an important measure of our results of operations.

However, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or as alternatives to, operating income, cash flow, EPS or other income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures for capital equipment or other contractual commitments;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements;
  • adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our indebtedness;
  • adjusted EBITDA does not reflect income tax expense or the cash necessary to pay income taxes;
  • adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted EPS and free cash flow do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations;
  • free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures because certain non-discretionary expenditures like mandatory debt service requirements are not deducted from the measure; and
  • other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate these measures differently and as the number of differences in the way two different companies calculate these measures increases, the degree of their usefulness as comparative measures correspondingly decreases.

Because of these limitations, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted EPS and free cash flow should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or reduce indebtedness. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using these non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally.  Further important information regarding reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their respective most comparable GAAP measures can be found below.

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Diluted EPS to Net Earnings and Diluted EPS

(in millions except for per share data):



Quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012


Quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011


Net Earnings


Diluted EPS


Net Earnings


Diluted EPS









As reported

$            34.1


$              0.85


$            34.3


$              0.76

Exclude, net of tax:








  Impairment charges and other non-recurring costs

-


-


8.5


0.19

As adjusted

$            34.1


$              0.85


$            42.8


$              0.95


















Year ended Dec. 31, 2012


Year ended Dec. 31, 2011


Net Earnings


Diluted EPS


Net Earnings


Diluted EPS

As reported

$          119.0


$              2.84


$          113.4


$              2.33

Exclude, net of tax:








  Loss on extinguishment of debt and related charges

-


-


11.6


0.24

  Impairment charges and other non-recurring costs

10.7


0.25


8.5


0.17

  Tax benefit due to expiration of certain tax reserves

(5.0)


(0.12)


-


-

As adjusted

$          124.7


$              2.97


$          133.5


$              2.74

 

Reconciliation of Full-year 2013 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance to Full-year 2013 Net Earnings Guidance(1):








Full-year 2013
Guidance
($ in millions)









Net Earnings

$                     138.9









plus: Interest expense, net

29.2









        Income taxes

85.8









        Depreciation and amortization

46.8









        Other non-cash expenses (income), net

-









EBITDA

$                     300.7









plus: Stock-based compensation expense

14.3









Adjusted EBITDA

$                     315.0








Reconciliation of Full-year 2013 Free Cash Flow to Full-year 2013 Net Earnings Guidance(1):















Full-year 2013
Guidance
($ in millions)









Net Earnings

$                      138.9









plus: Depreciation and amortization

46.8









         Stock-based compensation expense

14.3









less: Capital expenditures

(25.0)









Free cash flow

$                      175.0





(1) Due to the forward-looking nature of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, information to reconcile adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to cash flows from operating activities is not available without unreasonable effort. We believe that the information necessary to reconcile these measures is not reasonably estimable or predictable.

 


Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Earnings and Cash Flows from Operating Activities

(dollars in millions)

Unaudited





Three Months Ended




December 31,




2012


2011

Net Earnings - GAAP

$                          34.1


$                          34.3








plus:

Income taxes

21.3


15.9



Interest expense, net

7.3


6.0



Depreciation and amortization

14.9


15.2



Other non-cash expense (income), net

1.9


(0.4)

EBITDA


$                          79.5


$                          71.0









Stock-based compensation expense

6.9


6.3



Impairment charges and other non-recurring costs

-


14.0

Adjusted EBITDA

$                          86.4


$                          91.3









Income taxes

(21.3)


(15.9)



Interest expense, net

(7.3)


(6.0)



Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(23.0)


7.6







Cash Flows from Operating Activities

$                         34.8


$                          77.0
















Year Ended




December 31,




2012


2011

Net Earnings - GAAP

$                        119.0


$                        113.4








plus:

Income taxes

65.9


66.3



Interest expense, net

28.5


35.3



Loss on extinguishment of debt

-


16.3



Depreciation and amortization

58.0


60.7



Other non-cash expense (income), net

2.9


(2.3)

EBITDA


$                        274.3


$                        289.7









Stock-based compensation expense

13.9


12.9



Impairment charges and other non-recurring costs

17.2


14.0

Adjusted EBITDA

$                        305.4


$                        316.6









Income taxes

(65.9)


(66.3)



Interest expense, net

(28.5)


(35.3)



Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(65.0)


(14.8)







Cash Flows from Operating Activities

$                        146.0


$                        200.2

 

About Valassis
Valassis (NYSE: VCI) is a leader in intelligent media delivery, providing over 15,000 advertisers proven and innovative media solutions to influence consumers wherever they plan, shop, buy and share.  By integrating online and offline data combined with powerful insights, Valassis precisely targets its clients' most valuable shoppers, offering unparalleled reach and scale.  Valassis subsidiaries include Brand.net, a Valassis Digital Company, and NCH Marketing Services, Inc. Valassis consumer brands include RedPlum® and save.com. Its signature Have You Seen Me?® program delivers hope to missing children and their families. To learn more, visit Valassis.com.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This document contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: price competition from our existing competitors; new competitors in any of our businesses; a shift in client preferences for different promotional materials, strategies or coupon delivery methods, including, without limitation, as a result of declines in newspaper circulation and/or increased competition from new media formats including digital; an unforeseen increase in paper or postal costs; changes which affect the businesses of our clients and lead to reduced sales promotion spending, including, without limitation, a decrease of marketing budgets which are generally discretionary in nature and easier to reduce in the short-term than other expenses; our substantial indebtedness, and ability to refinance such indebtedness, if necessary, and our ability to incur additional indebtedness, may affect our financial health; the financial condition, including bankruptcies, of our clients, suppliers, senior secured credit facility lenders or other counterparties; certain covenants in our debt documents could adversely restrict our financial and operating flexibility; fluctuations in the amount, timing, pages, weight and kinds of advertising pieces from period to period, due to a change in our clients' promotional needs, inventories and other factors, including, without limitation, high levels of coupon redemption rates; our failure to attract and retain qualified personnel may affect our business and results of operations; a rise in interest rates could increase our borrowing costs; possible governmental regulation or litigation affecting aspects of our business; clients experiencing financial difficulties, or otherwise being unable to meet their obligations as they become due, could affect our results of operations and financial condition; uncertainty in the application and interpretation of applicable state sales tax laws may expose us to additional sales tax liability; and general economic conditions, whether nationally, internationally, or in the market areas in which we conduct our business, including the adverse impact of the ongoing economic downturn on the marketing expenditures and activities of our clients and prospective clients as well as our vendors, with whom we rely on to provide us with quality materials at the right prices and in a timely manner. These and other risks and uncertainties related to our business are described in greater detail in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and the foregoing information should be read in conjunction with these filings.  We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

VALASSIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands)

Unaudited



Dec. 31,


Dec. 31,


2012


2011

Assets




Current assets:




  Cash and cash equivalents

$               94,711


$             101,971

  Accounts receivable, net

426,899


448,320

  Inventories

43,253


41,120

  Prepaid expenses and other

36,589


37,655

Total current assets

601,452


629,066

Property, plant and equipment, net

125,832


148,905

Goodwill

632,438


636,471

Other intangible assets, net

215,171


213,613

Other assets

14,142


16,392

Total assets

$          1,589,035


$          1,644,447





Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




  Current portion long-term debt

$               22,500


$               15,000

  Accounts payable

281,320


334,378

  Progress billings

39,595


39,975

  Accrued expenses

107,467


98,409

Total current liabilities

450,882


487,762

Long-term debt

565,061


587,560

Deferred income taxes

57,258


67,404

Other non-current liabilities

42,271


52,187

Total liabilities

1,115,472


1,194,913





Stockholders' equity:




  Common stock

654


654

  Additional paid-in capital

90,362


123,881

  Retained earnings

1,140,551


1,021,566

  Accumulated other comprehensive income

3,574


2,775

  Treasury stock, at cost

(761,578)


(699,342)

Total stockholders' equity

473,563


449,534

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$          1,589,035


$          1,644,447


More tables to follow . . .

 

VALASSIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

Unaudited



Quarter Ended




Dec. 31,


%


2012


2011


Change







Revenues

$             579,439


$             595,337


-2.7%







Costs and expenses:






  Cost of sales

429,234


447,926


-4.2%

  Selling, general and administrative

82,759


89,282


-7.3%

  Amortization expense

4,249


3,157


34.6%

Total costs and expenses

516,242


540,365


-4.5%

Operating income

63,197


54,972


15.0%







Other expenses and income:






  Interest expense

7,294


6,047


20.6%

  Interest income

(31)


(57)


-45.6%

  Other expense (income), net

495


(1,214)


-140.8%

Total other expenses, net

7,758


4,776


62.4%

Earnings before income taxes

55,439


50,196


10.4%

Income tax expense

21,322


15,923


33.9%

Net earnings

$               34,117


$               34,273


-0.5%







Net earnings per common share, diluted

$                   0.85


$                   0.76


11.8%







Weighted average common shares, diluted

40,191


44,842


-10.4%













Supplementary Data






  Amortization

4,249


3,157



  Depreciation

10,684


12,064



  Stock-based Compensation

6,887


6,344



  Capital Expenditures

5,411


3,593



 

VALASSIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

Unaudited



Year Ended




Dec. 31,


%


2012


2011


Change







Revenues

$          2,162,084


$          2,235,959


-3.3%







Costs and expenses:






  Cost of sales

1,610,139


1,670,271


-3.6%

  Selling, general and administrative

317,257


329,060


-3.6%

  Amortization expense

13,806


12,624


9.4%

  Impairment charge

7,585


-



Total costs and expenses

1,948,787


2,011,955


-3.1%

Operating income

213,297


224,004


-4.8%







Other expenses and income:






  Interest expense

28,666


35,696


-19.7%

  Interest income

(205)


(372)


-44.9%

  Loss on extinguishment of debt

-


16,318



  Other income, net

(30)


(7,382)


-99.6%

Total other expenses, net

28,431


44,260


-35.8%

Earnings before income taxes

184,866


179,744


2.8%

Income tax expense

65,881


66,314


-0.7%

Net earnings

$             118,985


$             113,430


4.9%







Net earnings per common share, diluted

$                   2.84


$                   2.33


21.9%







Weighted average common shares, diluted

41,947


48,777


-14.0%













Supplementary Data






  Amortization

13,806


12,624



  Depreciation

44,149


48,084



  Stock-based Compensation

13,908


12,908



  Capital Expenditures

21,194


21,720



 

 

SOURCE Valassis

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