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Valassis Communications, Inc. : Valassis Announces Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

04/26/2012 | 08:35am US/Eastern
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LIVONIA, Mich., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Valassis (NYSE: VCI) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. First-quarter 2012 revenues were $518.6 million, a decrease of 5.2% from $547.0 million in the prior year quarter. This decrease in revenues was due primarily to reduced spending by consumer packaged goods (CPG) clients across our various business segments and the absence of custom co-op programs within our Free-standing Inserts (FSI) segment.

First-quarter 2012 net earnings were $26.4 million, an increase of 23.4% from $21.4 million in the prior year quarter, which included a loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax, of $8.2 million. Excluding this charge, first-quarter 2011 adjusted net earnings* were $29.6 million. First-quarter 2012 diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.60, an increase of 46.3% from $0.41 in the prior year quarter, which included the negative impact of the aforementioned loss on extinguishment of debt of $0.16. Excluding this charge, first-quarter 2011 adjusted diluted EPS* was $0.57.

First-quarter 2012 diluted cash EPS* was $0.78, a decrease of 3.7% from $0.81 in the prior year quarter. First-quarter 2012 diluted cash EPS* was negatively impacted by the increased level of capital expenditures in first-quarter 2012 compared to the prior-year quarter. First-quarter 2012 adjusted EBITDA* was $67.0 million, a decrease of 10.1% from $74.5 million in the prior year quarter.

"We continue to face headwinds associated with the pullback in CPG spending," said Rob Mason, Valassis President and Chief Executive Officer. "While I certainly would have preferred a stronger start to the year, I remain very confident in our ability to execute and ultimately deliver our 2012 guidance."

Some additional highlights include:

    --  Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) Costs: First-quarter 2012
        SG&A costs were $77.6 million (which included $2.3 million in non-cash
        stock-based compensation expense), down slightly compared to the prior
        year quarter SG&A costs of $78.4 million (which included $1.9 million in
        non-cash stock-based compensation expense).
    --  Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures for first-quarter 2012 were
        $9.3 million.
    --  Stock Repurchases: During first-quarter 2012, we repurchased $1.4
        million, or 59,122 shares, of our common stock at an average price of
        $23.10 per share under our stock repurchase program.
    --  Liquidity:
        --  We reduced total debt by $3.8 million during first-quarter 2012, and
            we ended the quarter with net debt (total debt less cash) of $491.6
            million.
        --  At March 31, 2012, we had $107.2 million in cash.

Outlook

Based on our plan, current outlook and the assumptions specified in our Dec. 13, 2011 earnings guidance press release, we reiterate full-year 2012 guidance as follows:

-- Diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $3.07; -- Diluted cash EPS* of $3.97; and -- Capital expenditures of approximately $32 million.

Business Segment Discussion

    --  Shared Mail:  Revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were $328.1
        million, an increase of 1.7% compared to the prior year quarter. 
        Segment profit for the quarter was $42.4 million, an increase of 0.7%
        compared to the prior year quarter.  The improvement in segment results
        was driven by an increase in revenue per package and lower SG&A costs;
        however, segment profit was negatively impacted by reduced wrap revenue
        and a decrease in insert volume.

    --  Neighborhood Targeted:  Revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were
        $72.2 million, a decrease of 19.9% compared to the prior year quarter. 
        Segment loss for the quarter was $1.6 million compared to segment profit
        in the prior year quarter of $1.9 million, due to the aforementioned
        revenue decline. Segment results were negatively impacted primarily by
        the reduction in CPG spend across newspaper inserts and sampling.

    --  Free-standing Inserts (FSI):  Revenues for the first quarter of 2012
        were $76.3 million, a decrease of 14.5% compared to the prior year
        quarter. Segment profit for the quarter was $5.4 million, a decrease of
        27.0% compared to the prior year quarter. Segment results for the
        quarter were impacted by the reduced CPG spend and the absence of custom
        co-op business.

    --  International, Digital Media & Services (IDMS):  Revenues for the first
        quarter of 2012 were $42.0 million, a decrease of 6.9% compared to the
        prior year quarter. Growth in NCH Marketing Services, Inc., our coupon
        clearing and analytics business, and our digital business was offset by
        declines in solo direct mail and in-store products. Segment profit for
        the quarter was $2.7 million, a decrease of 50.0% compared to the prior
        year quarter. The segment profit decline was primarily due to the
        negative pressure on the in-store business resulting from the reduction
        in CPG spend.

    Segment Results Summary

    ---
                                                    Quarter Ended Mar.
                                                         31,
    Segment Revenues ($ in millions)                  2012       2011  % Change
                                                      ----       ----  --------
                Shared Mail                       $328.1     $322.6        1.7%
                                                    ------     ------       ----
                Neighborhood Targeted              $72.2      $90.1      -19.9%
                                                     -----      -----      -----
                Free-standing Inserts              $76.3      $89.2      -14.5%
                                                   -----      -----      -----
                 International, Digital Media &
                 Services                          $42.0      $45.1       -6.9%
                                                   -----      -----      -----
    Total Segment Revenues                        $518.6     $547.0       -5.2%
                                                  ------     ------       ----

                                                Quarter Ended Mar.
                                                         31,
    Segment Profit (Loss)  ($ in millions)          2012       2011  % Change
                                                    ----       ----  --------
                Shared Mail                        $42.4      $42.1        0.7%
                                                   -----      -----       ----
                Neighborhood Targeted              ($1.6)      $1.9     -184.2%
                                                  ------       ----       ----
                Free-standing Inserts               $5.4       $7.4      -27.0%
                                                    ----       ----       ----
                 International, Digital Media &
                 Services                           $2.7       $5.4      -50.0%
                                                    ----       ----       ----
    Total Segment Profit                           $48.9      $56.8      -13.9%
                                                   -----      -----      -----

Conference Call Information

We will hold an investor call today to discuss our first-quarter 2012 results at 11 a.m. (ET). The call-in number is 877-941-0844 (please reference conference #4520865). The call will be simulcast on our website at http://www.valassis.com. This earnings release, webcast and a transcript of the conference call will be archived on our website under "Investors."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

*We define adjusted EBITDA as net earnings before interest expense, net, other non-cash expenses (income), net, income taxes, gain or loss on extinguishment of debt, impairment charges and other non-recurring costs, depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense. We define diluted cash EPS as net earnings per common share, diluted, plus the per-share effect of depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment charges and other non-recurring costs, net of tax, and loss on extinguishment of debt and related charges, net of tax, less the per-share effect of capital expenditures. We define adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted EPS as net earnings and diluted EPS excluding the effect, net of tax, of loss on extinguishment of debt and related charges, and impairment charges and other non-recurring costs. Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted EPS and diluted cash EPS are non-GAAP financial measures commonly used by financial analysts, investors, rating agencies and other interested parties in evaluating companies, including marketing services companies. Accordingly, management believes that these non-GAAP measures may be useful in assessing our operating performance and our ability to meet our debt service requirements. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are used by management to measure and analyze our operating performance and, along with other data, as our internal measure for setting annual operating budgets, assessing financial performance of business segments and as performance criteria for incentive compensation. Management also believes that diluted cash EPS is useful to investors because it provides a measure of our profitability on a more comparable basis to historical periods and provides a more meaningful basis for forecasting future performance, by replacing non-cash amortization and depreciation expenses, which are currently running significantly higher than our annual capital needs, with actual and forecasted capital expenditures. Additionally, because of management's focus on generating shareholder value, of which profitability is a primary driver, management believes these non-GAAP measures, as defined above, provide an important measure of our results of operations.

However, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or as alternatives to, operating income, cash flow, EPS or other income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

    --  adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures for capital
        equipment or other contractual commitments;
    --  although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets
        being depreciated or amortized may have to be replaced in the future,
        and adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure
        requirements for such replacements;
    --  adjusted EBITDA and diluted cash EPS do not reflect changes in, or cash
        requirements for, our working capital needs;
    --  adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense or the
        cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on
        our indebtedness;
    --  adjusted EBITDA does not reflect income tax expense or the cash
        necessary to pay income taxes;
    --  adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted EPS, and
        diluted cash EPS do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges
        resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing
        operations; and
    --  other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate
        these measures differently and as the number of differences in the way
        two different companies calculate these measures increases, the degree
        of their usefulness as comparative measures correspondingly decreases.

Because of these limitations, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted EPS, and diluted cash EPS should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or reduce indebtedness. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using these non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally. Further important information regarding reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their respective most comparable GAAP measures can be found below.

    Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Diluted EPS
     to Net Earnings
    and Diluted EPS (in millions except for per share data):

                                                      Quarter ended
                                                      Mar. 31, 2011
                                                     --------------
                                                      Net Earnings      Diluted EPS
                                                      ------------      -----------

    As reported                                                   $21.4           $0.41
    Exclude:
      Loss on extinguishment
       of debt, net of tax(1)                                       8.2            0.16
    As adjusted                                                   $29.6           $0.57
                                                                  =====           =====

    (1)Represents costs related to the extinguishment of our 8-1/4%
     Senior Notes due 2015

    Reconciliation of Diluted Cash EPS to Diluted EPS for the
     Quarter Ended:

    ---
                                             Mar. 31, 2012      Mar. 31, 2011
                                             -------------      -------------
      Net earnings (in
       millions)                                         $26.4              $21.4
      ----------------                                   -----              -----
      Diluted EPS                                        $0.60              $0.41
      Loss on
       extinguishment of
       debt, net of tax                                      -               0.16
                                                           ---               ----
      Adjusted Diluted EPS                               $0.60              $0.57

      plus effect of:
         Depreciation                                     0.27               0.24
         Amortization                                     0.07               0.06
         Stock-based
          compensation
          expense                                         0.05               0.04

      less effect of:
         Capital expenditures                            (0.21)             (0.10)
                                                         -----
      Diluted Cash EPS                                   $0.78              $0.81
      ----------------                                   -----              -----
      Weighted Average
       Diluted Shares
       Outstanding (in
       thousands)                                       44,045             52,333
      ----------------                                  ------             ------

    Reconciliation of Full-year 2012 Diluted Cash EPS Guidance to Full-
     year 2012
    Diluted EPS Guidance:

    ---
                                                  Full-Year 2012
                                                     Guidance
                                                     --------
      Net earnings (in millions)                                $131.6
      -------------------------                                 ------
      Diluted EPS                                                $3.07

      plus effect of:
         Depreciation                                             1.07
         Amortization                                             0.29
         Stock-based compensation expense                         0.29

      less effect of:
         Capital expenditures                                    (0.75)
                                                                 -----
      Diluted Cash EPS                                           $3.97
      ----------------                                           -----
      Weighted Average Diluted Shares
       Outstanding (in thousands)(1)                            42,900
      -------------------------------                           ------

    (1) Represents estimated weighted average diluted shares outstanding
     for the year ended
    Dec. 31, 2012 and assumes the use of 50% of free cash flow for stock
     repurchases.


                    Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Earnings and Cash Flows from Operating Activities
                                                      (dollars in thousands)
                                                            Unaudited

                                                                                                               Three Months Ended
                                                                                                                    March 31,
                                                                                                                    ---------
                                                                                                                   2012              2011
                                                                                                                   ----              ----
    Net Earnings - GAAP                                          $26,421                                        $21,411
                                                                 =======                                        =======

                                          plus:                           Income taxes                           16,198            13,296
                                                                          Interest expense, net                   6,996             9,636
                                          Loss on extinguishment of debt  -                                               13,352
                                                                          Depreciation and amortization          14,710            15,729
                                                                           Other non-cash expenses (income),
                                                                           net                                      387              (876)
                                                                                                                    ---              ----
    EBITDA                                                       $64,712                                        $72,548

                                                                          Stock-based compensation expense        2,287             1,912
    Adjusted EBITDA                                              $66,999                                        $74,460
                                                                 -------                                        -------

                                                                          Income taxes                          (16,198)          (13,296)
                                                                          Interest expense, net                  (6,996)           (9,636)
                                                                           Changes in operating assets and
                                                                           liabilities                          (29,431)          (33,562)
                                                                                                                -------           -------

    Cash Flows from Operating Activities                         $14,374                                        $17,966
                                                                 =======                                        =======

About Valassis

Valassis is one of the nation's leading media and marketing services companies, offering unparalleled reach and scale to more than 15,000 advertisers. Its RedPlum(TM) media portfolio delivers value on a weekly basis to over 100 million shoppers across a multi-media platform - in-home, in-store and in-motion. Through its digital offering, including redplum.com and save.com, consumers can find compelling national and local deals online. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan with approximately 7,000 associates in 28 states and eight countries, Valassis is widely recognized for its associate and corporate citizenship programs, including its America's Looking for Its Missing Children® program. Valassis companies include Valassis Direct Mail, Inc., Valassis Canada, Promotion Watch, Valassis Relationship Marketing Systems, LLC and NCH Marketing Services, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.valassis.com, http://www.redplum.com and http://www.save.com. To learn about advertising opportunities with RedPlum, please call 1-800-437-0479.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This document contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: price competition from our existing competitors; new competitors in any of our businesses; a shift in client preferences for different promotional materials, strategies or coupon delivery methods, including, without limitation, as a result of declines in newspaper circulation and/or increased competition from new media formats including digital; an unforeseen increase in paper or postal costs; changes which affect the businesses of our clients and lead to reduced sales promotion spending, including, without limitation, a decrease of marketing budgets which are generally discretionary in nature and easier to reduce in the short-term than other expenses; our substantial indebtedness, and ability to refinance such indebtedness, if necessary, and our ability to incur additional indebtedness, may affect our financial health; the financial condition, including bankruptcies, of our clients, suppliers, senior secured credit facility lenders or other counterparties; certain covenants in our debt documents could adversely restrict our financial and operating flexibility; fluctuations in the amount, timing, pages, weight and kinds of advertising pieces from period to period, due to a change in our clients' promotional needs, inventories and other factors, including, without limitation, high levels of coupon redemption rates; our failure to attract and retain qualified personnel may affect our business and results of operations; a rise in interest rates could increase our borrowing costs; possible governmental regulation or litigation affecting aspects of our business; clients experiencing financial difficulties, or otherwise being unable to meet their obligations as they become due, could affect our results of operations and financial condition; uncertainty in the application and interpretation of applicable state sales tax laws may expose us to additional sales tax liability; and general economic conditions, whether nationally, internationally, or in the market areas in which we conduct our business, including the adverse impact of the ongoing economic downturn on the marketing expenditures and activities of our clients and prospective clients as well as our vendors, with whom we rely on to provide us with quality materials at the right prices and in a timely manner. These and other risks and uncertainties related to our business are described in greater detail in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and the foregoing information should be read in conjunction with these filings. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


                                          VALASSIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                                           Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                              (dollars in thousands)
                                                    Unaudited

                                                   March 31,            Dec. 31,
                                                                 2012                 2011
                                                                 ----                 ----
    Assets
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash
       equivalents                                           $107,199             $101,971
      Accounts
       receivable, net                                        417,010              448,320
      Inventories                                              33,936               41,120
      Prepaid expenses
       and other                                               26,853               37,655
                                                               ------               ------
                Total current
                    assets                                    584,998              629,066
    Property, plant and
     equipment, net                                           146,689              148,905
    Goodwill                                                  636,471              636,471
    Other intangible
     assets, net                                              210,457              213,613
    Other assets                                               15,062               16,392
                                                               ------               ------
                 Total assets                              $1,593,677           $1,644,447
                                                           ==========           ==========

    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
    Current liabilities:
      Current portion
       long-term debt                                         $15,000              $15,000
      Accounts payable                                        281,873              334,378
      Progress billings                                        44,131               39,975
      Accrued expenses                                         65,291               98,409
                                                               ------               ------
                Total current
                  liabilities                                 406,295              487,762
    Long-term debt                                            583,810              587,560
    Deferred income
     taxes                                                     67,154               67,404
    Other non-current
     liabilities                                               52,264               52,187
                                                               ------               ------
              Total liabilities                             1,109,523            1,194,913

    Stockholders' equity:
      Common stock                                                654                  654
      Additional paid-in
       capital                                                113,577              123,881
      Retained earnings                                     1,047,987            1,021,566
      Accumulated other
       comprehensive
       income                                                   2,721                2,775
      Treasury stock, at
       cost                                                  (680,785)            (699,342)
                                                             --------             --------
             Total stockholders'
                    equity                                    484,154              449,534
                                                              -------              -------
              Total liabilities
               and stockholders'
                    equity                                 $1,593,677           $1,644,447
                                                           ==========           ==========

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                                VALASSIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                            Consolidated Statements of Operations
                            (in thousands, except per share data)
                                          Unaudited

                                               Quarter Ended
                                                 March 31,                  %
                                                 ---------
                                               2012                   2011    Change
                                               ----                   ----    ------

    Revenues                               $518,585               $546,979            -5.2%

    Costs and expenses:
      Cost of sales                         388,894                408,577            -4.8%
      Selling, general
       and
       administrative                        77,617                 78,427            -1.0%
      Amortization
       expense                                3,156                  3,156             0.0%
                                              -----                  -----             ---
              Total costs and
                  expenses                  469,667                490,160            -4.2%
                                            -------                -------            ----
    Operating income                         48,918                 56,819           -13.9%
                                             ------                 ------           -----

    Other expenses and income:
      Interest expense                        7,054                  9,775           -27.8%
      Interest income                           (58)                  (139)          -58.3%
      Loss on
       extinguishment
       of debt                                    -                 13,352
      Other income, net                        (697)                  (876)          -20.4%
                                               ----                   ----           -----
                Total other
                expenses, net                 6,299                 22,112           -71.5%
                                              -----                 ------           -----
    Earnings before
     income taxes                            42,619                 34,707            22.8%
    Income tax
     expense                                 16,198                 13,296            21.8%
                                             ------                 ------            ----
    Net earnings                            $26,421                $21,411            23.4%
                                            =======                =======            ====

    Net earnings per
     common share,
     diluted                                  $0.60                  $0.41            46.3%

    Weighted average
     common shares,
     diluted                                 44,045                 52,333           -15.8%


    Supplementary Data
    ------------------
      Amortization                            3,156                  3,156
      Depreciation                           11,554                 12,573
      Capital
       Expenditures                           9,263                  5,024

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