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RR Donnelley Reports First-Quarter 2014 Results


CHICAGO, May 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014:


  • First-quarter net sales of $2.7 billion grew 5.3% from the first quarter of 2013; organic sales down 0.1% in the quarter
  • First-quarter GAAP net loss attributable to common shareholders of $29.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders in the first quarter of 2013 of $27.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share
  • First-quarter non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $59.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders in the first quarter of 2013 of $68.1 million, or $0.37 per diluted share
  • Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in the quarter of $276.5 million compared to $277.1 million in the first quarter of 2013

"We are pleased with our first-quarter performance, which was consistent with our expectations. While the difficult weather conditions and a lagging macroeconomic environment created challenges in the quarter, we were able to deliver nearly flat year-over-year organic revenue by leveraging the broad portfolio of product and service offerings that we have built to support our customers' communications requirements," said Thomas J. Quinlan III , RR Donnelley's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we further enhanced our breadth of offerings and geographic diversity with the acquisitions that closed in the quarter. While still early in the process, the integration of each is proceeding very well and we remain excited about the benefits associated with adding these companies to RR Donnelley."

Net Sales

Net sales in the quarter were $2.7 billion, up $135.3 million, or 5.3%, from the first quarter of 2013, largely due to the acquisition of Consolidated Graphics. After adjusting for the impact of acquisitions and dispositions, a 30 basis point negative impact from changes in foreign exchange rates and a 40 basis point negative impact from pass-through paper sales, organic sales declined 0.1% from the first quarter of 2013, as volume declines in the variable print and publishing and retail services segments and price erosion were nearly offset by volume growth in the strategic services and international segments.

GAAP Earnings

The first-quarter 2014 net loss attributable to common shareholders was $29.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $27.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. The first-quarter net loss attributable to common shareholders included pre-tax charges, expenses and other adjustments, detailed on the attached schedules, of $148.1 million and $62.5 million in 2014 and 2013, respectively, 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

First-quarter 2014 non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $276.5 million, or 10.3% of net sales, compared to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $277.1 million, or 10.9% of net sales, in the first quarter of 2013. Price pressure and wage and other cost inflation more than offset higher volume, the benefit of two months of Consolidated Graphics and a favorable product mix.

Non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaled $59.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $68.1 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. First-quarter non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders exclude pre-tax charges, expenses and other adjustments of $148.1 million and $62.5 million in 2014 and 2013, respectively. A reconciliation of net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP net earnings attributable to common shareholders is presented in the attached schedules.

2014 Guidance

The Company provides the following updated full-year guidance for 2014, which includes the impact of the recently completed acquisition of Esselte North America:

  Current Guidance Previous Guidance
Net sales $11.5 to $11.8 billion $11.5 to $11.7 billion
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA margin 10.5% to 11.0% 10.5% to 11.0%
Depreciation and amortization $485 to $495 million $500 to $510 million
Interest expense $275 to $285 million $275 to $285 million
Non-GAAP effective tax rate 33% to 35% 33% to 35%
Diluted share count Approximately 200 million Approximately 199 million
Capital expenditures $225 to $250 million $225 to $250 million
Free cash flow(1) $400 to $500 million $400 to $500 million
(1) Defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures    

Conference Call

RR Donnelley will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its first-quarter results today, Thursday, May 1, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time). The live webcast will be accessible on RR Donnelley's web site: Individuals wishing to participate must register in advance at After registering, participants will receive dial-in numbers, a passcode, and a personal identification number (PIN) that is used to uniquely identify their presence and automatically join them into the audio conference. A webcast replay will be archived on the Company's web site for 30 days after the call. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available for seven days at 630.652.3042, passcode 9850121#.

About RR Donnelley

RR Donnelley (Nasdaq:RRD) helps organizations communicate more effectively by working to create, manage, produce, distribute and process content on behalf of our customers. The company assists customers in developing and executing multichannel communication strategies that engage audiences, reduce costs, drive revenues and increase compliance. RR Donnelley's innovative technologies enhance digital and print communications to deliver integrated messages across multiple media to highly targeted audiences at optimal times for clients in virtually every private and public sector. Strategically located operations provide local service and responsiveness while leveraging the economic, geographic and technological advantages of a global organization.

For more information, and for RR Donnelley's Global Social Responsibility Report, visit the company's web site at

Use of non-GAAP Information

This news release contains certain non-GAAP measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures, when presented in conjunction with comparable GAAP measures, are useful because that information is an appropriate measure for evaluating the Company's operating performance. Internally, the Company uses this non-GAAP information as an indicator of business performance, and evaluates management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. These measures should be considered in addition to, not a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Use of Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of, and subject to the safe harbor created by, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, with respect to the business, strategy and plans of RR Donnelley and its expectations relating to future financial condition and performance. These statements include all of the items under the column labeled "Current Guidance" in the table included under the "2014 Guidance" section. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about RR Donnelley management's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "aims," "potential," "will," "would," "could," "considered," "likely," "estimate" and variations of these words and similar future or conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. While RR Donnelley believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond RR Donnelley's control. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon future circumstances that may or may not occur. Actual results may differ materially from RR Donnelley's current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting the business and risks associated with the performance of the business. These factors include such risks and uncertainties detailed in RRD's periodic public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to those discussed under "Risk Factors" in RRD's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, those discussed under "Cautionary Statement" in RRD's quarterly Form 10-Q filings, and other filings with the SEC and in other investor communications of RRD from time to time. RR Donnelley does not undertake to and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect future events or circumstances after the date of such statement or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

 R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013
(in millions, except per share data)
   March 31, 2014   December 31, 2013 
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 308.4  $ 1,028.4
Receivables, less allowances for doubtful accounts  2,018.9 1,832.3
Inventories  581.7 501.2
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  269.3 199.7
Total Current Assets   3,178.3  3,561.6
Property, plant and equipment - net  1,699.6 1,430.1
Goodwill  1,735.5 1,436.3
Other intangible assets - net  502.3 315.9
Deferred income taxes  87.5 118.8
Other noncurrent assets  391.2 375.5
Total Assets   $ 7,594.4  $ 7,238.2
Accounts payable   $ 1,104.9  $ 1,143.0
Accrued liabilities  815.1 814.8
Short-term and current portion of long-term debt  278.3 270.9
Total Current Liabilities   2,198.3  2,228.7
Long-term debt  3,627.2 3,587.0
Pension liabilities  233.0 245.2
Other postretirement benefits plan liabilities  171.0 174.1
Other noncurrent liabilities  479.4 349.5
Total Liabilities   6,708.9  6,584.5
Common stock, $1.25 par value   323.7  303.7
Authorized shares: 500.0     
Issued shares: 259.0 in 2014 (2013 - 243.0 shares)     
Additional paid-in capital  3,034.2 2,802.4
Accumulated deficit  (549.7) (473.4)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (496.1) (488.1)
Treasury stock, at cost, 59.4 shares in 2014 (2013 - 61.2 shares)  (1,446.2) (1,512.8)
Total RR Donnelley shareholders' equity  865.9 631.8
Noncontrolling interests  19.6 21.9
Total Equity   885.5  653.7
Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 7,594.4  $ 7,238.2
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 
(in millions, except per share data) 
   For the Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2 0 1 4
 2 0 1 4
 2 0 1 3

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