Intertape Polymer Group Inc. today released results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. All dollar amounts are US denominated unless otherwise indicated.
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 decreased 0.3% to $784.4 million compared to $786.7 million in 2011. After adjusting for the closure of the Brantford facility in the second quarter of 2011, revenue increased 0.3% in 2012 from $781.7 million in 2011. The adjusted selling prices, including the impact of product mix, increased approximately 3% partially offset by the adjusted sales volume decrease of approximately 3%. An improved pricing environment that began in 2011 as well as the reduction in sales of low-margin products were the primary reasons for the increase in selling prices including the impact of product mix. The decrease in sales volume was primarily due to the progress the Company made toward reducing sales of low-margin products partially offset by an increase in sales of new products.
Fourth quarter revenue increased 3.4% to $189.3 million, compared to $183.0 million in 2011 and decreased 4.6% sequentially from $198.5 million for the third quarter of 2012.
Sales volume for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased approximately 6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 primarily due to increased demand for tape products. The decrease in the sales volume of approximately 3% when compared to the third quarter of 2012 largely reflects normal seasonality.
Selling prices, including the impact of product mix, decreased approximately 3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 primarily due to a shift in the mix of products sold. When compared to the third quarter of 2012, selling prices, including the impact of product mix, decreased by approximately 2% primarily due to a shift in the mix of products sold.
Gross profit totalled $141.0 million for 2012, an increase of 23.2% from 2011. Gross margin was 18.0% in 2012 and 14.6% in 2011. The increase in gross profit in 2012 compared to 2011 was primarily due to an improved pricing environment, manufacturing cost reductions, increase in sales of higher margin products and the closure of the Brantford, Ontario manufacturing facility in 2011 partially offset by lower sales volumes. The increase in gross margin in 2012 compared to 2011 was primarily due to manufacturing cost reductions, an increase in sales of higher margin products, an improved pricing environment and the progress made toward reducing sales of low-margin products.