In an effort to demonstrate that it’s much more than a paper company, Midland Paper Packaging + Supplies has officially shortened its name to MIDLAND as part of a comprehensive rebranding initiative. The fresh approach, from the new logo and tagline to the updated brand messaging, reflects a modern distribution company with an eye toward the future. For more than a century, Midland has been a leader in paper distribution. But over the past two decades, it has evolved into much more than that. Today Midland is a dynamic company with a broad range of offerings. In addition to a full complement of paper offerings, MIDLAND offers solutions in sustainable packaging, automation equipment, and direct-to-consumer marketing and consulting. Given MIDLAND’s recent rapid sales growth and market diversification, the company underwent an exercise in brand clarity, starting with the name change. “By shortening our name to simply MIDLAND, we avoid being pigeon-holed into a single category, and are able to broaden our appeal beyond just paper. This is a logical evolution for our brand and will help unify our messaging” said Executive Vice President Jim O’Toole. With a renewed emphasis on performance and exceeding expectations, Midland’s mission is to deliver on commitments in its three core segments: • Packaging materials and custom design solutions • Paper and Specialty Media solutions for a variety of applications • Direct-to-consumer Marketing strategy and consulting. “At MIDLAND, performance matters. Delivering on our commitments is more than just our mission statement. It’s what defines us. It’s in our DNA” added O’Toole. “Our strength is our wide-ranging network of knowledge. We have a team of industry veterans for every service offered and our experience is unmatched. When people engage MIDLAND, they don’t just get one person – they get access to an entire network of experts.” said Mike Graves, MIDLAND’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
*Fourth Quarter Revenue of $2.0 Billion with GAAP EPS of $0.61; Adjusted EPS of $0.71
*Commitment to Low Cost Model Helped Drive GAAP Operating Income of $31 Million and Adjusted Operating Income of $47 Million in the Fourth Quarter of 2021
*GAAP Operating Income of $234 Million and Adjusted Operating Income of $305 Million for Full Year 2021
*Strategic Initiatives Successes Included Progress on Operational Separation of the Business, Sale of CompuCom, and Further Advancement of Varis Platform and Digital Business Commerce Capabilities
*Over $300 Million Committed to Shareholders in 2021 Through Stock Repurchases
“I’m extremely proud of our team for delivering strong results throughout the year while making significant progress on all of our initiatives to unlock shareholder value,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer of The ODP Corporation. “We delivered solid operating performance in 2021 against a macroeconomic backdrop challenged by supply chain constraints, inflation, and a slower pace of back-to-office trends, as we leveraged our pricing flexibility and the strength of our distribution network to help offset some of these market dynamics. Our commitment to our low cost model approach and the flexibility of our supply chain and distribution assets helped us deliver over $300 million in adjusted operating income and generate strong free cash flow results.”
“We’ve executed well upon all of our strategic initiatives that focus on generating greater shareholder value. Over the past year, we have used the flexibility afforded by our holding company structure to align our assets with the go-to-market strategies in our B2C, B2B, distribution, and digital platform businesses. We separated many of the operational components of our business and enhanced our focus on our core capabilities, including through the sale of CompuCom. Additionally, we advanced our new digital platform business, Varis, and remain very encouraged about our early progress. Also, as part of our overall capital structure and in support of our efforts to enhance return for shareholders, we’ve repaid approximately $100 million of near term maturity Industrial Revenue Bonds and committed over $300 million in the form of share buybacks,” he added.
“Moving forward, we’re committed to unlocking the value of our consumer business and driving growth in our B2B distribution and digital platform businesses. We remain focused on regaining momentum in our enterprise channel as more companies return to the office and as we work to mitigate the ongoing supply chain and inflation challenges. We expect 2022 to be a transformative year in the development of Varis, as we continue to invest in its capabilities, grow customer and supplier relationships, and launch the beta version of the platform with key partners, positioning us to drive future value in the large and growing business commerce market,” Smith concluded.
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