Quad/Graphics Reaffirms 2014 Annual Guidance

SUSSEX, Wis.--()--Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) (“Quad/Graphics” or the “Company”), today announced it is reaffirming its 2014 annual guidance for net sales, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow.

For the year ending December 31, 2014, the Company reaffirms:

  • Net sales to be in the range of $4.6 billion to $4.8 billion;
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $520 million to $550 million; and
  • Free Cash Flow to be in the range of $155 million and $165 million.

Earlier today, the Company announced a definitive agreement whereby Quad/Graphics will acquire Brown Printing Company (“Brown”). The transaction is subject to customary regulatory clearances and is expected to close in the second half of 2014. The reaffirmed guidance above does not include any potential 2014 impact from the Company’s acquisition of Brown.

“We are pleased to reaffirm our full-year 2014 guidance,” said David Honan, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “As always, we remain focused on maintaining strong Free Cash Flow as well as a strong and flexible balance sheet, which affords us the flexibility to pay down debt, continue disciplined investment in our business, pursue compelling acquisition opportunities like Brown, and return capital as part of creating long-term value for our shareholders.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, our current expectations about the Company’s future results, financial condition, revenue, earnings, free cash flow, margins, objectives, goals, strategies, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates, prospects, projections and outlook of the Company and can generally be identified by the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “foresee,” “project,” “believe,” “continue” or the negatives of these terms, variations on them and other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based largely on the Company’s expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control.

The factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include, among others: the impact of significant overcapacity in the highly competitive commercial printing industry, which creates downward pricing pressure and fluctuating demand for printing services; the inability of the Company to reduce costs and improve operating efficiency rapidly enough to meet market conditions; the impact of electronic media and similar technological changes, including digital substitution by consumers; the impact of changes in postal rates, service levels or regulations; the impact of changing future economic conditions; the failure to renew long-term contracts with clients on favorable terms or at all; the failure of clients to perform under long-term contracts due to financial or other reasons or due to client consolidation; the failure to successfully identify, manage, complete and integrate acquisitions and investments; the impact of increased business complexity as a result of the Company’s entry into additional markets; the impact of fluctuations in costs (including labor-related costs, energy costs, freight rates and raw materials) and the impact of fluctuations in the availability of raw materials; the impact of regulatory matters and legislative developments or changes in laws, including changes in privacy and environmental laws; the impact on the holders of Quad/Graphics class A common stock of a limited active market for such shares and the inability to independently elect directors or control decisions due to the voting power of the class B common stock; the impact of risks associated with the operations outside of the United States; significant capital expenditures may be needed to maintain the Company’s platform and processes and to remain technologically and economically competitive; and the other risk factors identified in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Except as required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial measures not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (referred to as Non-GAAP), specifically Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net earnings (loss) attributable to Quad/Graphics common shareholders plus interest expense, income tax expense (if applicable), depreciation and amortization and restructuring, impairment and transaction-related charges, and less income tax benefit (if applicable). Free Cash Flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment. These measures are presented to provide additional information regarding Quad/Graphics’ performance and because they are important measures by which Quad/Graphics assesses the profitability and liquidity of its business. These measures should not be considered alternatives to net earnings as a measure of operating performance or to cash flows provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity.

About Quad/Graphics

Quad/Graphics (NYSE: QUAD), a leading global printer and media channel integrator, is redefining print in today’s multichannel media world by helping marketers and publishers capitalize on print’s ability to complement and connect with other media channels. With consultative ideas, worldwide capabilities, leading-edge technology and single-source simplicity, Quad/Graphics has the resources and knowledge to help its clients maximize the revenue they derive from their marketing spend through channel integration, and minimize their total cost of print production and distribution through a fully integrated national distribution network. The Company provides a diverse range of print solutions, media solutions and logistics services from multiple locations throughout North America, Latin America and Europe.

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
Quad/Graphics
Kelly Vanderboom, 414-566-2464
Vice President & Treasurer
Kelly.Vanderboom@qg.com
or
Media Contact:
Quad/Graphics
Claire Ho, 414-566-2955
Director of Corporate Communications
Claire.Ho@qg.com

Release Summary

Quad/Graphics reaffirms its 2014 annual guidance.

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Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
Quad/Graphics
Kelly Vanderboom, 414-566-2464
Vice President & Treasurer
Kelly.Vanderboom@qg.com
or
Media Contact:
Quad/Graphics
Claire Ho, 414-566-2955
Director of Corporate Communications
Claire.Ho@qg.com