• As of Dec. 31, 2012, the company had $64.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and $230.5 million in long-term debt, with $157.0 million remaining under its credit facility.
• During the second quarter, the company purchased 827,346 of its ordinary shares for $24.8 million, inclusive of transaction costs, at an average per-share cost of $29.94, as part of the share repurchase program authorized by the Supervisory Board in February 2012.
Fiscal 2013 Outlook as of Jan. 31, 2013:
Ernst Teunissen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, “Looking ahead to the second half of the fiscal year, we expect to continue to benefit from solid execution in North America and strong manufacturing results around the world. We continue to believe that our European marketing execution turn-around will take time, and our revenue weakness there will persist through at least the remainder of fiscal 2013. Given our continuing challenges in Europe, we expect that the shift from a strong seasonal consumer focus in our second fiscal quarter to small-business-oriented campaigns for the second half of the fiscal year will be more difficult than it has been in past years. Despite continued revenue weakness, we remain confident in our earnings per share outlook for the remainder of the year. Our guidance today reflects these factors. We are lowering and narrowing our revenue guidance range for the fiscal year, but narrowing our earnings per share guidance range to the upper part of the prior guidance range due to our strong earnings performance through the first half of the year.”
Financial Guidance as of Jan. 31, 2013:
As previously stated, beginning with fiscal year 2013, the company is providing revenue guidance on an annual and quarterly basis, and earnings guidance on an annual basis. Based on current and anticipated levels of demand, the company expects the following financial results: