PRN: American Greetings Announces First Quarter Earnings
American Greetings Announces First Quarter Earnings
- 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).
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."
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.
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:
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.
Company Codes: NYSE:AM