PRN: American Greetings Announces First Quarter Earnings

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American Greetings Announces First Quarter Earnings

 
[28-June-2012]
 

- Core product lines performing well

- Results include acquisition of senior secured debt of Clinton Cards

- justWink application and Cardstore.com well received by consumers

CLEVELAND, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) today announced its results for the first fiscal quarter ended May 25, 2012.

First Quarter Results

For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company reported total revenue of $393.1 million, pre-tax income of $10.4 million and net income of $7.3 million or 20 cents per share (all per-share amounts assume dilution). Revenue was reduced by $1.4 million as a result of scan-based trading conversions that occurred during the quarter. The pre-tax income impact of the scan-based trading conversions was $1.0 million (after-tax $0.6 million, reducing earnings per share by about 2 cents). The Company also incurred pre-tax costs of $2.1 million (after-tax $1.3 million, reducing earnings per share by about 4 cents) associated with the termination of a contr! act within the Company's intellectual property licensing group.

Also during the first quarter, on May 9, 2012, the Company announced the acquisition for approximately $56.6 million of the senior secured debt of Clinton Cards PLC ("Clinton Cards"), one of the largest specialty retailers of greeting cards in the United Kingdom ("U.K."). Subsequently, Clinton Cards was placed into administration, a procedure similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States, which gives the company, under the control of its administrators, an opportunity to restructure its business. These events triggered multiple charges that are reflected in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 (also see attached table). Revenue was reduced by $4.0 million as a result of the non-cash impairment of the supply agreement with the Birthdays subsidiary of Clinton Cards. The pre-tax income impact of the co! ntract asset impairment was $4.0 million (after-tax $3.0 million, reducing earnings per share by about 8 cents). The Company incurred pre-tax costs of $17.2 million (after-tax $12.9 million, reducing earnings per share by about 35 cents) associated with a bad debt write-off related to Clinton Cards. The Company also incurred pre-tax costs of $2.0 million (after-tax $1.2 million, reducing earnings per share by about 3 cents) associated with transaction fees. Finally, the Company incurred pre-tax costs of $7.8 million (after-tax $4.8 million, reducing earnings per share by about 13 cents) associated with an impairment of t! he acquired Clinton Cards senior secured debt.

The Company subsequently announced, on June 7, 2012, the acquisition of assets of Clinton Cards, including approximately 400 stores and related overhead as well as the Clinton Cards and related brands. The impacts of this transaction will be reflected in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company reported total revenue of $403.7 million, pre-tax income of $50.8 million, and net income of $32.6 million or 78 cents per share. Revenue was reduced by $1.9 million as a result of scan-based trading conversions that occurred during the quarter. The pre-tax income impact of the scan-based trading conversions was $2.3 million (after-tax $1.4 million, reducing earnings per share by about 3 cents).

Management Comments

Chief Executive Officer Zev Weiss said, "I am pleased with the overall performance of our core business in the first fiscal quarter, holding aside the impact of Clinton Cards. Our pipeline of product, breadth of brands and innovation continue to position us as the card company that sells more cards in more places than any other company in the world. Electronically, we are also taking a leadership role. Our justWink mobile application recently surpassed the one million downloads milestone, showing how we are setting the pace when it comes to connecting the digital and paper worlds for greeting cards."

Weiss continued, "This quarter, we also had our most successful customer acquisition campaign for Cardstore.com, driven by a heavy push for new customers tied to the Mother's Day holiday. Despite seeing competitors like Shutterfly and others trying to duplicate our formula for success for personalized greeting cards, our momentum fuels our confidence that we will lead in this area. We believe consumers will come to us for bulk cards and stay with us for more expressive, personal cards. We will compete aggressively on the bulk card business leveraging our scale and capacity, pricing it very competitively while offering a significantly better value than the current market. We will also maintain our focus on the more personalized cards, leveraging our intellectual property to deliver a best in class product. We are excited by the opportunities and encouraged by the consumer response we are seeing."

Financing Activities

Under the Company's previously authorized $75 million share repurchase program, the Company purchased approximately 2.8 million shares of its common stock for about $42.6 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Conference Call on the Web

American Greetings will broadcast its conference call live on the Internet at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time today. The conference call will be accessible through the Investors section of the American Greetings Web site at http://investors.americangreetings.com. A replay of the call will also be available on the site.

About American Greetings Corporation

For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-packaging and boxed cards. American Greetings also has one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web, including greeting cards available at Cardstore.com and electronic greeting cards available at AmericanGreetings.com. In addition to its product lines, American Greetings creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $1.7 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets worldwide. For more information on the Company, visit http://corporate.americangreetings.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Certain after-tax amounts included in the earnings release may be considered non-GAAP measures under the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation G. The after-tax amounts were calculated based on the Company's statutory tax rate of approximately 38.9% for U.S. based items and the appropriate rates for international jurisdictions. Management believes that after-tax information is useful in analyzing the Company's results.

Factors That May Affect Future Results

Certain statements in this release, including those under Management Comments, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts. They use such words as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information, but are subject to a variety of uncertainties, unknown risks and other factors concerning the Company's operations and business environment, which are difficult to predict and may be beyond the control of the Company. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statem! ents, and that could adversely affect the Company's future performance, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • a weak retail environment and general economic conditions;
  • the loss of one or more retail customers and/or retail consolidations, acquisitions and bankruptcies, including the possibility of resulting adverse changes to retail contract terms;
  • competitive terms of sale offered to customers, including costs and other terms associated with new and expanded customer relationships;
  • the ability to successfully integrate Clinton Cards and achieve the anticipated revenue and operating profits, together with the outcome of negotiations with landlords and the ultimate number of stores acquired;
  • the ability of  the administrators to generate sufficient proceeds from the liquidation of the remaining Clinton Cards business to repay the remaining secured debt owed to American Greetings;
  • the timing and impact of expenses incurred and investments made to support new retail or product strategies, including increased marketing e! xpenses, as well as new product introductions and achieving the desired benefits from those investments;
  • the timing of investments in, together with the ability to successfully implement or achieve the desired benefits and cost savings associated with, any information technology systems refresh the Company may implement;
  • the timing and impact of converting customers to a scan-based trading model;
  • the ability to achieve the desired benefits associated with the Company's cost reduction efforts;
  • Schurman Fine Papers' ability to successfully operate its retail operations and satisfy its obligations to the Company;
  • consumer demand for social expression products generally, shifts in consumer shopping behavior, and consumer acceptance of products as priced and marketed including the success of new and expanded advertising and marketing efforts, such as the Company's on-line efforts through Cardstore.com;
  • the impact ! and availability of technology, including social media, on pro! duct sal es;
  • escalation in the cost of providing employee health care;
  • the Company's ability to achieve the desired accretive effect from any share repurchase programs;
  • the Company's ability to comply with its debt covenants;
  • fluctuations in the value of currencies in major areas where the Company operates, including the U.S. Dollar, Euro, U.K. Pound Sterling, and Canadian Dollar; and
  • the outcome of any legal claims known or unknown.

Risks pertaining specifically to AG Interactive include the viability of online advertising, subscriptions as revenue generators, and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing social media and the digital photo sharing space.

In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis as of the date of this release; however the risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that the Company believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect American Greetings. Should any known or unknown risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, these developments could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. American Greetings does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in the! Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.



AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPO! RATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013


(In thousands of dollars except share and per share amounts)






(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended



May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011






Net sales


$   389,253


$   398,124

Other revenue


3,853


5,572

Total revenue


393,106


403,696






Material, labor! and other production costs


163,864


157,929

Selling, distribution and marketing expenses


127,163


124,640

Administrative and general expenses


80,168


65,298

Other operating expense (income) - net


1,574


(923)






Operating incom! e


20,337


56,752






Interest expens! e


4,376


6,124

Interest income


(138)


(321)

Other non-operating expense - net


5,679


159






Income before i! ncome tax expense 


10,420


50,790

Income tax expense 


3,170


18,197






Net income


$    7,250


$   32,593











Earnings per share - basic


$     0.20


$     0.80






Earnings per sh! are - assuming dilution


$     0.20


$     0.78






Average number ! of common shares outstanding


35,505,749


40,500,357






Average number ! of common shares outstanding -

assuming dilution 


36,154,078


41,799,366











Dividends declared per share                        


$     0.15


$     0.15



!


AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013


(In thousands of dollars)








(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended




May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011







Net income


$    7,250


$   32,593







Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:






Foreign currency translation a! djustments


(8,400)


4,482


Pension and postretirement benefit adjustments


475


(16)


Unrealized gain on securities


-


1

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:


(7,925)


4,467

Comprehensive (loss) income


$     (675)


$   37,060

















AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013


(In thousands of dollars)


(Unaudited)


May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011




ASSETS





CURRENT ASSETS






Cash and cash equi! valents


$   60,180


$   211,139


Trade accounts receivable, net


97,657


137,213


Inventories


214,588


203,346


Deferred and refundable income taxes


63,910


61,533


Assets held for sale


-


7,180


Prepaid expenses and other


110,482


113,744



Total current assets


546,817


734,155









GOODWILL 


-


29,701

OTHER ASSETS


530,452


427,714

DEFERRED AND REFUNDABLE INCOME TAXES


118,385


127,731









Property, plant and equipment - at cost


933,328


880,496

Less accumulated depreciation


640,511


630,684

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT - NET


292,817


249,812



$ 1,488,471


$ 1,569,113











LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





CURRENT LIABILITIES






Accounts payable !


$   99,872


$   98,641


Accrued liabilities


62,610


64,527


Accrued compensation and benefits


40,582


35,163


Income taxes payable


11,007


18,752


Deferred revenue


34,351


35,802


Other current liabilities


48,395


64,305



Total current liabilities


296,817


317,190









LONG-TERM DEBT


225,181


233,298

OTHER LIABILITIES


265,294


187,484

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES AND





  NONCURRENT INCOME TAXES PAYABLE


21,745


32,132









SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Common shares - Cl! ass A


31,336


37,942


Common shares - Class B


2,860


2,803


Capital in excess of par value


513,917


502,131


Treasury stock


(1,060,244)


(951,643)


Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income


(19,755)


2,121


Retained earnings


1,211,320


1,205,655



Total shareholders' equity



679,434


799,009



$ 1,488,471


$ 1,569,113









AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013

(In thousands of dollars)




(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended



May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011






OPERATING ACTIVITIES:






Net in! come 


$    7,250


$   32,593


Adjustments to reconcile net income

 to cash flows from operating activities:













Stock-based comp! ensation


1,869


2,662



Net loss on disposal of fixed assets


156


86



Depreciation and intangible assets amortization


11,469


10,988



Provision for doubtful
accounts



16,886



558



Deferred income taxes


(3,913)


1,147



Other non-cash charges


8,085


872



Changes in operating assets

 and liabilities, net of acquisitions








Trade accounts receivable


(2,176)


(12,947)




Inventories


(7,161)


(18,750)




Other current assets


4,093


2,378




Income taxes


3,445


7,596




Deferred costs - net


19,560


13,099




Accounts payable and other liabilities


(12,830)


(27,922)




Other - net


3,165


536



Total Cash Flows From Operating Activities


49,898


12,896







INVESTING ACTIVITIES:






Proper! ty, plant and equipment additions


(16,432)


(9,825)


Cash payments for business acquisitions, net of cash acquired


-


(5,992)


Proceeds from sale of fixed assets


19


24


Purchase of Clinton Cards debt


(56,560)


-



Total Cash Flows From Investing Activities


(72,973)


(15,793)











FINANCING ACTIVITIES:






Issuan! ce or exercise of share-based payment awards


(728)


10,061


Tax (deficiency) benefit from share-based payment awards


(421)


1,939


Purchase of treasury shares


(40,542)


(9,942)


Dividends to shareholders


(5,369)


(6,062)



Total Cash Flows From Financing Activities


(47,060)


(4,004)











EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH


(2,123)


2,202











DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(72,258)


(4,699)













Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning o! f Year</ span>


132,438


215,838



Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period


$   60,180


$   211,139





AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT DISCLOSURES

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013

(In thousands of dollars)






(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended



May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011

Total Revenue:





North American Social Expression Products


$   308,559


$   304,684






International S! ocial Expression Products


62,680


70,205






AG Interactive


15,496


16,608






Non-reportable ! segments


6,371


12,199








$   393,106


$   403,696











Segment Earnings (Loss) Before Tax:





North American Social Expression Products


$     56,218


$     59,294






International S! ocial Expression Products


(22,557)


3,303






AG Interactive


3,773


2,636






Non-reportable ! segments


(58)


4,606






Unallocated </! span>


(26,956)


(19,049)








$     10,420


$     50,790









AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL EXHIBIT

(Dollars in millions)


During the quarter ended May 25, 2012, the Corporation recorded certain charges associated with activities and transactions related to Clinton Cards PLC ("Clinton Cards") that do not have comparative amounts in the prior year period.  



(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


May 25, 2012




Contract asset impairment

Bad debt expense

Legal and advisory fees

Impairment of debt purchased

Total

Net sales

$ 4.0

-

-

-

$   4.0

Administrative
and general expenses

-

$ 17.2

$ 2.0

-

$ 19.2

Other non-operating expense

-

-

-

$ 7.8

$   7.8


$ 4.0

$ 17.2

$ 2.0

$ 7.8

$ 31.0





Company Codes: NYSE:AM
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