- Recorded third quarter net sales of $1.1 billion and GAAP net earnings of $11 million.
- Increased third quarter Adjusted EBITDA by 2% year-over-year to $122 million, and Adjusted EBITDA margin improved by 100 basis points to 11.5%.
- Increased year-to-date GAAP cash flow from operations by $81 million to $260 million, and increased Free Cash Flow by $134 million to $202 million.
- Reduced debt by $177 million through nine months of 2016, and Debt Leverage Ratio reduced to 2.37x as of September 30, 2016, within the Company’s long-term targeted leverage range of 2.0x – 2.5x.
- Declares quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share.
Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) (“Quad/Graphics” or the “Company”) today reported results for its third quarter ending September 30, 2016.
“We are pleased with our third quarter performance, which reflects our ongoing focus on driving sustainable cost reductions, productivity improvements and operational efficiencies across our platform,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics. “Our solid earnings and cash flow in the quarter further strengthened our balance sheet and support our sustainable dividend policy. Because industry pressures continue to impact our top line, our team remains diligent and proactive in matching costs to revenue with the goal of being the low-cost producer while also listening to clients and innovating solutions to position the Company for long-term growth. Quad/Graphics holds a truly unique position in the industry, offering highly integrated, end-to-end print solutions as well as capabilities to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of clients’ media spend across print, digital, social, mobile and other channels. This customer-centric model gives us a distinct competitive advantage.”
Net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2016, were $1.1 billion, a 7.0% decrease from the three months ended September 30, 2015. Organic sales decreased 4.6% due to ongoing industry volume and pricing pressures, after excluding acquisitions (1.0% impact), foreign exchange (-0.5% impact) and pass through paper sales (-2.9% impact). This decrease is consistent with annual guidance of down 4% to 7%. GAAP net earnings improved to $11 million during the three months ended September 30, 2016. The improvement in earnings year-over-year was due to better operating performance from ongoing improvements in manufacturing productivity and labor management, sustainable cost reductions, lower depreciation and amortization expense and lower restructuring and non-cash impairment charges. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA increased $2 million to $122 million compared to $120 million in 2015, and Adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 11.5% compared to 10.5% last year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin primarily reflect enhanced operational efficiency and sustainable cost reductions.
Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, were $3.1 billion, a 4.6% decrease from the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Organic sales decreased 3.7% due to ongoing industry volume and pricing pressures, after excluding acquisitions (1.9% impact), foreign exchange (-0.7% impact) and pass through paper sales (-2.1% impact). GAAP net earnings improved to $7 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA increased $26 million to $340 million as compared to $314 million in 2015, and Adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 10.9% as compared to 9.6%. These year-to-date financial trends are consistent with the explanations provided for the third quarter.