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Veritiv Announces First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Thursday, May 04, 2017
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Veritiv Corporation, a North American leader in business-to-business distribution solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

"Our first quarter results were mixed," said Mary Laschinger, Chairman and CEO of Veritiv Corporation. "Our revenue trajectory continues to improve, led by a strong quarter from our Packaging segment. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was lower than the prior year quarter, due in part to investments being made to grow the business.  Looking forward, we expect positive performance from Packaging and Facility Solutions to help offset the industry challenges we are experiencing in our Print and Publishing businesses, keeping us on track for our 2017 commitments."

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2016:

•  Net sales were $2.0 billion, a decrease of 1.2% from the prior year quarter. Net sales declined 1.3% from the prior year quarter, excluding the positive effect of foreign currency (0.1%) in the first quarter of 2017.
•  Net loss was $(2.2) million, compared to net income of $3.3 million in the prior year quarter. Integration and restructuring charges were $10.5 million in the first quarter of 2017 and $7.9 million in the prior year quarter.
•  Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share was $(0.14), compared to $0.21 in the prior year quarter.
•  Adjusted EBITDA was $29.8 million, a decrease of 14.6% from the prior year quarter.
•  Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales was 1.5%, a decrease of 20 basis points from the prior year quarter.

"Our integration is proceeding as planned, focusing on information systems enhancements and the consolidation of our distribution center footprint," said Stephen Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Veritiv Corporation.  "Continued success in our integration efforts should allow us to improve earnings over time."

Veritiv Corporation will host a live conference call and webcast today, May 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. (ET) to discuss its first quarter financial results. To participate, callers within the U.S. and Canada can dial (877) 201-0168, and international callers can dial (647) 788-4901, both using conference ID number 4103809.  Interested parties can also listen online at ir.veritivcorp.com. A replay of the call and webcast will be available online for a limited period of time at ir.veritivcorp.com shortly after the live webcast is completed.

Important information regarding U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP") and related reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measures can be found in the schedules to this press release, which should be thoroughly reviewed.

About Veritiv  
Veritiv Corporation (NYSE: VRTV), headquartered in Atlanta and a Fortune 500® company, is a leading North American business-to-business distributor of packaging, facility solutions, print and publishing products and services; and also a provider of logistics and supply chain management solutions. Serving customers in a wide range of industries, the Company has approximately 170 operating distribution centers throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and employs approximately 8,700 team members that help shape the success of its customers.  For more information about Veritiv and its business segments visit www.veritivcorp.com.

Safe Harbor Provision  
Certain statements contained in this press release regarding Veritiv Corporation's (the "Company") future operating results, performance, business plans, prospects, guidance and any other statements not constituting historical fact are "forward-looking statements" subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Where possible, the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "continue," "intend," "should," "will," "would," "planned," "estimated," "potential," "goal," "outlook," "may," "predicts," "could," or the negative of such terms, or other comparable expressions, as they relate to the Company or its business, have been used to identify such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect only the Company's current beliefs and assumptions with respect to future operating results, performance, business plans, prospects, guidance and other matters, and are based on information currently available to the Company. Accordingly, the statements are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and contingencies, which could cause the Company's actual operating results, performance, business plans, prospects or guidance to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include risks and other factors described under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and elsewhere in the Company's publicly available reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which contain a discussion of various factors that may affect the Company's business or financial results. Such risks and other factors, which in some instances are beyond the Company's control, include: the industry-wide decline in demand for paper and related products; increased competition from existing and non-traditional sources; adverse developments in general business and economic conditions as well as conditions in the global capital and credit markets; foreign currency fluctuations; our ability to collect trade receivables from customers to whom we extend credit; our ability to attract, train and retain highly qualified employees; the effects of work stoppages, union negotiations and labor disputes; the loss of any of our significant customers; changes in business conditions in our international operations; procurement and other risks in obtaining packaging, paper and facility products from our suppliers for resale to our customers; changes in prices for raw materials; fuel cost increases; inclement weather, anti-terrorism measures and other disruptions to the transportation network; our dependence on a variety of IT and telecommunications systems and the Internet; our reliance on third-party vendors for various services; cyber-security risks; costs to comply with laws, rules and regulations, including environmental, health and safety laws, and to satisfy any liability or obligation imposed under such laws; regulatory changes and judicial rulings impacting our business; adverse results from litigation, governmental investigations or audits, or tax-related proceedings or audits; our inability to renew existing leases on acceptable terms, negotiate rent decreases or concessions and identify affordable real estate; our ability to adequately protect our material intellectual property and other proprietary rights, or to defend successfully against intellectual property infringement claims by third parties; our pension and health care costs and participation in multi-employer pension, health and welfare plans; increasing interest rates; our ability to generate sufficient cash to service our debt; our ability to comply with the covenants contained in our debt agreements; our ability to refinance or restructure our debt on reasonable terms and conditions as might be necessary from time to time; changes in accounting standards and methodologies; our ability to realize the anticipated synergies, cost savings and growth opportunities from the merger transaction, our ability to integrate the xpedx business with the Unisource business; the possibility of incurring expenditures in excess of those currently budgeted in connection with the integration; and other events of which we are presently unaware or that we currently deem immaterial that may result in unexpected adverse operating results. The Company is not responsible for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the published date, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet service providers. This press release is being furnished to the SEC through a Form 8-K. The Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2017 to be filed with the SEC may contain updates to the information included in this release.

Financial Statements

VERITIV CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in millions, except per share data, unaudited)

       
 

Three Months Ended
 March 31,

 

2017

 

2016

Net sales

$

1,994.6

   

$

2,019.8

 

Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and
  amortization shown separately below)

1,629.3

   

1,654.5

 

Distribution expenses

126.2

   

127.5

 

Selling and administrative expenses

211.6

   

200.9

 

Depreciation and amortization

13.1

   

13.5

 

Integration expenses

6.4

   

6.2

 

Restructuring charges

4.1

   

1.7

 

Operating income

3.9

   

15.5

 

Interest expense, net

6.4

   

6.5

 

Other expense, net

1.1

   

1.5

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

(3.6)

   

7.5

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

(1.4)

   

4.2

 

Net income (loss)

$

(2.2)

   

$

3.3

 
       

Earnings (loss) per share:

     

     Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

(0.14)

   

$

0.21

 
       

Weighted average shares outstanding:

     

Basic and diluted

15.69

   

16.00

 

VERITIV CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollars in millions, except par value, unaudited)

       
 

March 31, 2017

 

December 31, 2016

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash

$

52.4

   

$

69.6

 

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $34.7 and $34.5, respectively

1,038.6

   

1,048.3

 

Related party receivable

3.7

   

3.9

 

Inventories

725.2

   

707.9

 

Other current assets

120.8

   

118.9

 

Total current assets

1,940.7

   

1,948.6

 

Property and equipment (net of depreciation and amortization of
    $296.5 and $292.8, respectively)

371.2

   

371.8

 

Goodwill

50.2

   

50.2

 

Other intangibles, net

20.4

   

21.0

 

Deferred income tax assets

64.1

   

61.8

 

Other non-current assets

30.4

   

30.3

 

Total assets

$

2,477.0

   

$

2,483.7

 

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accounts payable

$

604.3

   

$

654.1

 

Related party payable

10.1

   

9.0

 

Accrued payroll and benefits

67.7

   

84.4

 

Other accrued liabilities

95.8

   

102.5

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

2.6

   

2.9

 

Financing obligations to related party, current portion

14.9

   

14.9

 

Total current liabilities

795.4

   

867.8

 

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

825.7

   

749.2

 

Financing obligations to related party, less current portion

171.4

   

176.1

 

Defined benefit pension obligations

26.6

   

27.6

 

Other non-current liabilities

111.8

   

121.2

 

Total liabilities

1,930.9

   

1,941.9

 

Commitments and contingencies

     

Shareholders' equity:

     

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10.0 million shares authorized, none
   issued

   

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100.0 million shares authorized, 16.0
   million shares issued; shares outstanding - 15.7 million at March 31,
   2017 and December 31, 2016 respectively

0.2

   

0.2

 

Additional paid-in capital

578.2

   

574.5

 

Accumulated earnings

17.5

   

19.7

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(36.2)

   

(39.0)

 

Treasury stock at cost - 0.3 million shares at March 31, 2017 and
     December 31, 2016

(13.6)

   

(13.6)

 

Total shareholders' equity

546.1

   

541.8

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

2,477.0

   

$

2,483.7

 

VERITIV CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions, unaudited)

       
 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2017

 

2016

Operating activities

     

Net income (loss)

$

(2.2)

   

$

3.3

 

Depreciation and amortization

13.1

   

13.5

 

Amortization of deferred financing fees

0.6

   

1.1

 

Net losses on dispositions of property and equipment

0.5

   

0.2

 

Long-lived asset impairment charges

0.7

   

0.4

 

Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts

0.6

   

(2.3)

 

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

(2.1)

   

2.6

 

Stock-based compensation

3.7

   

2.0

 

Other non-cash items, net

(0.3)

   

2.1

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

     

Accounts receivable and related party receivable

11.8

   

58.5

 

Inventories

(15.6)

   

(2.8)

 

Other current assets

(0.9)

   

(6.3)

 

Accounts payable and related party payable

(25.9)

   

37.6

 

Accrued payroll and benefits

(16.9)

   

(20.7)

 

Other accrued liabilities

(5.5)

   

(15.1)

 

Other

(2.4)

   

0.4

 

Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities

(40.8)

   

74.5

 

Investing activities

     

Property and equipment additions

(11.4)

   

(8.9)

 

Proceeds from asset sales

2.0

   

1.0

 

Net cash used for investing activities

(9.4)

   

(7.9)

 

Financing activities

     

Change in book overdrafts

(24.2)

   

(15.4)

 

Borrowings of long-term debt

1,200.9

   

1,122.0

 

Repayments of long-term debt

(1,131.3)

   

(1,175.9)

 

Payments under equipment capital lease obligations

(0.7)

   

(1.0)

 

Payments under financing obligations to related party

(3.6)

   

(3.6)

 

Payments under Tax Receivable Agreement

(8.5)

   

 

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

32.6

   

(73.9)

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

0.4

   

0.6

 

Net change in cash

(17.2)

   

(6.7)

 

Cash at beginning of period

69.6

   

54.4

 

Cash at end of period

$

52.4

   

$

47.7

 

Supplemental cash flow information

     

Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds

$

1.3

   

$

0.6

 

Cash paid for interest

5.6

   

5.2

 

Non-cash investing and financing activities

     

Non-cash additions to property and equipment

$

6.8

   

$

 

Non-GAAP Measures  
We supplement our financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP with certain non-GAAP measures including Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the LIFO reserve, non-restructuring asset impairment charges, non-restructuring severance charges, integration expenses, fair value adjustments on the contingent liability associated with the Tax Receivable Agreement ("TRA") and certain other adjustments) because we believe investors commonly use Adjusted EBITDA  as a key financial metric for valuing companies. In addition, the credit agreement governing our asset-based lending facility permits us to exclude the foregoing and other charges in calculating "Consolidated EBITDA", as defined in the facility. We approximate foreign currency effects by applying the foreign currency exchange rate for the prior period to the local currency results for the current period.

Adjusted EBITDA is not an alternative measure of financial performance under GAAP. Non-GAAP measures do not have definitions under GAAP and may be defined differently by, and not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, we consider and evaluate non-GAAP measures in connection with a review of the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on such non-GAAP measures and to consider them with the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analyzing our results as reported under GAAP. Please see the following tables for reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Table I

VERITIV CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA; ADJUSTED EBITDA MARGIN

(in millions, unaudited)

     
   

Three Months Ended
 March 31,

   

2017

 

2016

Net income (loss)

 

$

(2.2)

   

$

3.3

 

Interest expense, net

 

6.4

   

6.5

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

(1.4)

   

4.2

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

13.1

   

13.5

 

EBITDA

 

15.9

   

27.5

 

Restructuring charges

 

4.1

   

1.7

 

Stock-based compensation

 

3.7

   

2.0

 

LIFO reserve decrease

 

(2.5)

   

(5.3)

 

Non-restructuring asset impairment charges

 

0.7

   

0.4

 

Non-restructuring severance charges

 

0.5

   

0.8

 

Integration expenses

 

6.4

   

6.2

 

Fair value adjustment on TRA contingent liability

 

0.9

   

1.8

 

Other

 

0.1

   

(0.2)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

29.8

   

$

34.9

 
         

Net sales

 

$

1,994.6

   

$

2,019.8

 

Adjusted EBITDA as a % of net sales

 

1.5

%

 

1.7

%

 

Source: prnewswire.com

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