Transcontinental Inc. announces its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019
- Revenues of $728.9 million, down 3.8% compared to the third quarter of 2018.
- Adjusted operating earnings before depreciation and amortization (1) of $112.9 million, down 3.0%.
- Operating earnings of $56.6 million, up 42.9%.
- Adjusted operating earnings (1) of $80.9 million, down 4.4%.
- Net earnings of $3.4 million ($0.04 per share) compared to $19.3 million ($0.22 per share) for the corresponding period in 2018.
- Adjusted net earnings (1) of $52.2 million ($0.60 per share) compared to $52.1 million ($0.59 per share) for the corresponding period in 2018.
- Cash flows from operating activities of $90.2 million, up 17.0%.
- Appointed Thomas Morin as President of the Packaging Sector.
- On September 3, 2019, announced the sale of the Fremont, California building to Hearst for US$75 million, subject to customary closing conditions.
- On September 3, 2019, announced the acquisition of a 60% participation in Industrial y Commercial Trilex C.A., a plastic packaging supplier located in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
(1) Please refer to the section entitled "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" in this press release for a definition of these measures.
Montréal, September 5, 2019 - Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B) announces its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, which ended July 28, 2019.
"I am satisfied with the synergies achieved to date from the integration of Coveris Americas and their impact on our profitability in the Packaging Sector, said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental. We are building solid foundations for the future growth of the company, in particular by signing long-term contracts with major customers.
"Our Printing Sector continued to be affected by the same trends observed in recent quarters with respect to our retailer-related service offering. We are however confident that the extent of the decrease in revenues recorded this year will be lower in the coming quarters and that the efficiency measures in place will enable us to optimize our cost structure.
"In summary, we are pursuing our business plan with confidence. The sale of the Fremont building, combined with the significant cash flows we continue to generate, will allow us to accelerate the reduction of our net indebtedness."
2019 Third Quarter Results
Revenues decreased by $29.0 million, or 3.8%, from $757.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 to $728.9 million in the corresponding period in 2019. This decrease is essentially related to a decline in Printing Sector revenues, mostly due to a decrease in revenues from our retailer-related service offering, and, to a lesser extent, a decline in Packaging Sector revenues, mostly due to lower volume in one of our segments as well as legislative changes having an unfavourable impact on our agricultural packaging product offering. This decrease was partially offset by the favourable exchange rate effect.
Operating earnings increased by $17.0 million, or 42.9%, from $39.6 million in the third quarter of 2018 to $56.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, mainly as a result of expenses related to the acquisition of Coveris Americas recorded in the third quarter of 2018, namely restructuring and other costs (gains) and the reversal of the fair value adjustment of inventory sold arising from business combinations. Adjusted operating earnings decreased by $3.7 million, or 4.4%, from $84.6 million to $80.9 million, mainly due to the decrease in revenues from our retailer-related service offering in the Printing Sector.
Net earnings decreased by $15.9 million, or 82.4%, from $19.3 million in the third quarter of 2018 to $3.4 million in the third quarter of 2019. This decrease is mainly due to an income tax expense of $30.2 million resulting from the retroactive application of a new directive as part of the U.S. tax reform, partially offset by the increase in operating earnings. On a per share basis, net earnings went from $0.22 to $0.04 due to the above-mentioned items. Adjusted net earnings increased by $0.1 million, or 0.2%, from $52.1 million in the third quarter of 2018 to $52.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, mainly as a result of lower adjusted income taxes, which were partially offset by the decrease in adjusted operating earnings and an increase in financial expenses. On a per share basis, adjusted net earnings went from $0.59 to $0.60.
2019 First Nine Months Results
Revenues increased by $453.6 million, or 25.3%, from $1,794.3 million in the first nine months of 2018 to $2,247.9 million in the corresponding period in 2019. This increase is essentially attributable to the acquisition of Coveris Americas, which contributed $624.3 million to revenues. It was mitigated by the impact of the accelerated recognition of deferred revenues of $102.1 million recorded in 2018, the effect of the sale of our California newspaper printing operations and the decline in Printing Sector revenues, which is mainly due to a decrease in printed flyer volume largely related to two major customers.
Operating earnings decreased by $108.9 million, or 41.5%, from $262.2 million in the first nine months of 2018 to $153.3 million in the corresponding period in 2019. This decrease is mainly due to the accelerated recognition of deferred revenues, net of accelerated depreciation, of $80.1 million. To a lesser extent, workforce reduction costs recorded in 2019 also contributed to the decrease in operating earnings. Adjusted operating earnings increased by $15.9 million, or 7.1%, from $225.3 million to $241.2 million. This increase is mostly attributable to the contribution from the acquisition of Coveris Americas, partially offset by the above-mentioned organic decline in the Printing Sector.
Net earnings decreased by $92.6 million, or 63.3%, from $146.4 million in the first nine months of 2018 to $53.8 million in the corresponding period in 2019. This decrease is due to the previously explained decline in operating earnings as well as higher financial expenses in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the corresponding period in 2018, partially mitigated by a decrease in income tax expense. On a per share basis, net earnings went from $1.81 to $0.62 due to the above-mentioned items, but also to the effect of the issuance of 10.8 million Class A Subordinate Voting Shares of the Corporation in May 2018.
Adjusted net earnings decreased by $2.1 million, or 1.4%, from $152.4 million in the first nine months of 2018 to $150.3 million in the corresponding period in 2019, mostly as a result of higher financial expenses, which more than offset the increase in adjusted operating earnings and the decrease in income tax expense. On a per share basis, adjusted net earnings went from $1.89 to $1.72, mainly as a result of the issuance of 10.8 million Class A Subordinated Voting Shares of the Corporation in May 2018 and the decrease in adjusted net earnings.
For more detailed financial information, please see the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the third quarter ended July 28, 2019 as well as the financial statements in the “Investors” section of our website at www.tc.tc
In the Packaging Sector, we expect that the decrease in revenues will be more significant in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter, mostly as a result of lower volume within a segment, in addition to the effect of legislative changes in Europe having an impact on our agricultural packaging product offering. We will continue to focus on profit margins and the achievement of synergies, which should help mitigate the impact on operating earnings. To support our customers and strengthen our position in the packaging industry, we will also continue to invest in the research and development of innovative and eco-responsible products. Lastly, by signing long-term contracts with major customers and developing business opportunities, we are building solid foundations for the company's growth.
In the Printing Sector, and more specifically with respect to the retailer-related service offering, we expect a decrease in volume that will be slightly less significant than the trends observed in recent quarters. In addition, our in-store marketing products and book printing offerings should continue to grow. The other printing verticals should be affected by the same trends observed in recent quarters. Our operational efficiency initiatives already under way will have a positive impact in the fourth quarter, which should partially offset the effect of the decrease in volume on operating earnings. We therefore expect that the decrease in our profit margins will be less significant in the fourth quarter of 2019.
We expect that the Media Sector will continue to record a good performance in the fourth quarter, both in terms of revenues and profitability.
To conclude, we expect to continue generating significant cash flows from all our operating activities, which will enable us to reduce our indebtedness in line with our strategy.
Non-IFRS Financial Measures
In this document, unless otherwise indicated, all financial data are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the term "dollar", as well as the symbol "$" designate Canadian dollars.
In addition, in this press release, we also use non-IFRS financial measures for which a complete definition is presented below and for which a reconciliation to financial information in accordance with IFRS is presented in the section entitled "Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures" and in Note 3 "Segmented Information" to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the third quarter ended July 28, 2019.
Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures
The financial information has been prepared in accordance with IFRS. However, financial measures used, namely the adjusted revenues, the adjusted operating earnings before depreciation and amortization, the adjusted operating earnings, the adjusted net earnings, the adjusted net earnings per share, the net indebtedness and the net indebtedness ratio, for which a reconciliation is presented in the following table, do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and could be calculated differently by other companies. We believe that many of our readers analyze the financial performance of the Corporation’s activities based on these non-IFRS financial measures as such measures may allow for easier comparisons between periods. These measures should be considered as a complement to financial performance measures in accordance with IFRS. They do not substitute and are not superior to them.
We also believe that the adjusted revenues, the adjusted operating earnings before depreciation and amortization, the adjusted operating earnings and the adjusted net earnings are useful indicators of the performance of our operations. Furthermore, management also uses some of these non-IFRS financial measures to assess the performance of its activities and managers.
Regarding the net indebtedness and net indebtedness ratio, we believe that these indicators are useful to measure the Corporation’s financial leverage and ability to meet its financial obligations.
The Corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.22 per share on Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares. This dividend is payable on October 16, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2019.
Upon releasing its 2019 third quarter results, the Corporation will hold a conference call for the financial community today at 4:15 p.m. The dial-in numbers are 1 647 788-4922 or 1 877 223-4471. Media may hear the call in listen-only mode or tune in to the simultaneous audio broadcast on the Corporation’s website, which will then be archived for 30 days. For media requests or interviews, please contact Nathalie St-Jean, Senior Advisor, Corporate Communications of TC Transcontinental, at 514 954-3581.
TC Transcontinental is a leader in flexible packaging in North America, and Canada’s largest printer. The Corporation is also a Canadian leader in its specialty media segments. For over 40 years, TC Transcontinental's mission has been to create products and services that allow businesses to attract, reach and retain their target customers.
Respect, teamwork, performance and innovation are the strong values held by the Corporation and its employees. TC Transcontinental's commitment to its stakeholders is to pursue its business activities in a responsible manner.
Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B), known as TC Transcontinental, has over 9,000 employees, the majority of which are based in Canada, the United States and Latin America. TC Transcontinental had revenues of more than C$2.6 billion for the fiscal year ended October 28, 2018. For more information, visit TC Transcontinental's website at www.tc.tc.
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