Kodak Reports 17 Percent Decrease in Revenues
Graphic Communications Group third-quarter 2011 sales were $665 million, a 1% increase over the prior-year period. The third-quarter loss from operations for the segment was $55 million, compared with a loss of $35 million in the year-ago quarter. The results primarily reflect start-up costs to support growth opportunities in Commercial Inkjet, unfavorable price/mix for digital plates, and increased raw material costs.
Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group third-quarter sales were $389 million, a 10% decline from the year-ago quarter, driven by continuing industry-related volume declines. Third-quarter earnings from operations for the segment were $15 million, compared with earnings of $28 million in the year-ago period. This decrease in earnings was primarily driven by significantly increased raw material costs, particularly silver, and industry-related declines in volumes, largely offset by cost reductions and price actions across the segment.
For the full year, the company now expects its total revenue to be in the range of $6.3 billion to $6.4 billion. Previously, the company forecasted full-year revenue to be in the range of $6.4 billion to $6.7 billion.
Kodak continues to build the scale of its digital growth businesses - Consumer and Commercial Inkjet, Workflow Software & Services, and Packaging Solutions - and now expects to achieve 2011 full-year aggregate revenue growth from these businesses of approximately 25%. Previously, the company forecasted aggregate full-year revenue growth in a range of 30% to 40%.
Kodak now expects 2011 segment losses to be closer to $300 million, which is within the previously forecasted segment loss range of $100 million to $300 million. On a GAAP basis, the company now expects earnings from continuing operations before interest expense, other income (charges), net, and income taxes in the range of a negative $300 million to negative $400 million, reflecting lower earnings and lower gains on asset sales. Previously, the company forecasted GAAP earnings in the range of $50 million to negative $150 million.