RRD Releases Q4 and FY19 Financials; Total Debt Reduced by $273M
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019.
Full year key messages
Reported net sales, including the impact of dispositions and FX, declined 7.7 percent; organic net sales declined 2.3 percent.
- GAAP loss per share of $1.31 includes a fourth quarter goodwill impairment charge of $1.38 per share; Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share of $0.66 includes a fourth quarter charge of $0.09 cents per share for a state tax valuation allowance
- GAAP income from operations down 52.7 percent for the year; Non-GAAP adjusted income from operations improves 1.1 percent from prior year and adjusted operating margin improves 34 bps
- Reduced total debt by $273 million from prior year while increasing investments for strategic projects; total liquidity, including availability on credit facility and cash on hand, exceeds $800 million
“Despite a challenging industry backdrop, I am pleased to report that we delivered solid full year results in 2019,” said Dan Knotts, president and CEO of RRD. “For the year, we reported growth in adjusted income from operations and expanded operating margins by improving our core operating performance, leveraging our extensive portfolio of capabilities to expand existing client relationships, and continuing to win new clients. Further, we significantly reduced our debt outstanding and expanded our liquidity in line with our strategic focus to improve our balance sheet flexibility. As we look to 2020, we have a strong client opportunity pipeline, a relentless focus on lowering our cost to serve, and a strengthened financial position to execute our strategy as a leading marketing and business communications company.”
The following tables provide an overview of RRD’s financial performance:
Net sales in the quarter were $1.63 billion, down $137.2 million or 7.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018. The decrease includes a $78.2 million impact from business dispositions and a $5.6 million reduction due to changes in foreign exchange rates. On an organic basis, consolidated net sales declined 3 percent. The Marketing Solutions segment grew 12.4 percent organically driven by higher volumes in the Direct Marketing and Digital Print product categories. The Business Services segment was down 6.6 percent organically due primarily to declines in Commercial Print and Logistics, partially offset by growth in Labels.
Loss from operations was $19.4 million in the fourth quarter compared to income from operations of $90 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter of 2019 included a non-cash charge of $98.5 million to recognize the impairment of goodwill in the logistics reporting unit and net restructuring and other charges of $6 million. Prior year GAAP results included restructuring and other charges of $16 million.
Non-GAAP adjusted income from operations of $93.8 million decreased $13.2 million from the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to lower sales, inflationary cost increases, higher variable compensation expense and lower by-product recoveries, partially offset by productivity improvements.
Loss per share attributable to common stockholders was $1.26 in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to a loss per share of $0.32 in the fourth quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter of 2019 included a $1.38 loss per share for the non-deductible goodwill impairment charge. The fourth quarter of 2018 included a $0.45 loss per share on debt extinguishments and a $0.32 loss per share for adjustments related to the provisional one-time transition tax initially recorded at Dec. 31, 2017.
Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.44 in the fourth quarter of 2019 declined from $0.64 in the fourth quarter of 2018 primarily due to higher taxes, which included a $0.09 per share charge associated with a state tax valuation allowance and lower adjusted income from operations, partially offset by lower interest expense.
Other highlights and information
Cash provided by operating activities of $227.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased $40.3 million versus the prior year period amount. Cash provided by operating activities during the 12months ended Dec. 31, 2019 was $139.3 million compared to $203.5 million in the prior year period. The full year decrease is primarily related to higher tax and restructuring payments. Capital expenditures in the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2019 were $138.8 million versus $104.4 million in the prior year period. The 2019 amount includes incremental investments from the previously announced construction of a new facility in China and the 2020 Census project. Proceeds from other asset sales, including non-refundable deposits collected, were $65.4 million in 2019.
During the fourth quarter of 2019, the company repatriated an additional $71 million of international cash to the US, bringing the full year total to $327 million. Net proceeds were used primarily to reduce debt outstanding. During 2020, the Company expects to repatriate an additional $50 million to $75 million of international cash.
As of Dec. 31, 2019, cash on hand was $190.8 million, down $179.8 million from 2018, and total debt outstanding was $1.82 billion, down $273 million from 2018. Availability under the credit facility was $633.7 million at Dec. 31, 2019, up $109.7 million from 2018.
The company provides its full year guidance as follows:
"Our 2020 guidance reflects our focus on winning new business, further strengthening our core operating performance and reducing the cost of our capital structure,” said Terry Peterson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of RRD. “While uncertainties regarding the impact of COVID-19 remain, we plan to continue our aggressive focus on executing our strategy by both adding and expanding client relationships, lowering our cost to serve and further rationalizing our operating platform. The mid-point of our guidance would reflect a significant improvement in both EPS and cash flow which includes benefits from lower interest and taxes.
“Disciplined management of our capital structure has been a key area of focus for our team since we’ve been together,” Peterson continued. “We have executed multiple actions to reduce our interest expense in 2020, including reducing outstanding debt and lowering the effective interest rate by executing interest rate swaps to lock in attractive fixed rates on a substantial portion of our term loan. As is always the case, we are continuously evaluating opportunities to improve our cost of capital against market conditions and execution costs, and will continue to take advantage of value creating opportunities when appropriate.
"We have reduced our total debt by $569 million from 2016 year-end levels and we exited 2019 with well over $600 million of availability on our ABL, which represents our highest level reported since 2016. While we have ample capacity under our ABL to retire our 2020 and 2021 maturities, we will continue evaluating opportunities to extend our capital structure and improve our cost of capital, maturity profile and execution costs. We also remain highly focused on further expanding our financial flexibility through both positive cash flow and additional proceeds from monetizing assets, including facility sales and potential business dispositions.”
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