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Courier Swings from Loss to Net Income of $1.6 Million on Sales of $59 Million

July 24, 2012
NORTH CHELMSFORD, MA—July 24, 2012—Courier Corp. announced results for its quarter ended June 23, 2012, the third quarter of its 2012 fiscal year. Revenues were $58.9 million, down 5 percent from last year’s third-quarter revenues of $61.9 million.

Net income was $1.6 million, including severance costs of $235,000 in conjunction with the previously announced consolidation of one-color printing operations, vs. a loss of $3.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, including a non-cash, pre-tax impairment charge of $8.6 million. Excluding the impairment charge related to Research & Education Association (REA) in the wake of the Borders Group bankruptcy, adjusted net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $2.0 million.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2012, Courier revenues were $184.2 million, down slightly from $185.7 million in fiscal 2011. Net income for the year to date was $3.5 million, including pretax charges totaling $1.8 million related to severance and post-retirement benefit costs and a first-quarter pretax gain of $0.6 million from the sale of certain non-operating assets.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, the company’s net loss was $6.3 million, including second-quarter restructuring costs and a bad-debt provision related to Borders as well as the third-quarter impairment charge. Excluding those items for both periods, adjusted net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $4.2 million, compared to $4.0 million or $.34 per diluted share for the first nine months of fiscal 2011.

Third-quarter results in Courier’s book manufacturing segment were affected by a shift in ordering patterns in the education market, with textbook publishers tightening their inventory management in the current economy by reducing print quantities and timing book production to the start of each semester. As a result, while education sales picked up as the quarter progressed, revenues were down from the previous year. In Courier’s specialty book publishing segment, sales were lower at two of its three businesses, but the continued streamlining of publishing operations enabled the segment to narrow its losses from the prior year.

“The sluggish economy continued to be a thorn in the side of many of our customers, and we felt it too,” said Courier Chairman and CEO James F. Conway III. “Yet our relationships with key customers are stronger than ever. While the traditional textbook ordering cycle has been pushed back closer to the start of the school year, we are working closely with customers to help them succeed, and we closed the quarter with a healthy run rate. Meanwhile, our specialty book publishing businesses continued to work through the effects of the past year’s channel turbulence with a sharper product focus, helped by an increasing ability to deliver award-winning content in both print and e-book form.

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