Quad/Graphics Exceeds 2012 Recurring Free Cash Flow Guidance, Provides 2013 Outlook
“We continue to generate significant Recurring Free Cash Flow to support our disciplined capital deployment strategy, which we adjust based on current circumstances and what we think is best for shareholder value creation,” said John Fowler, executive vice president and CFO. “We also continue to manage our debt to maintain a strong balance sheet, providing us with the ability to adjust to changing economic conditions. We repaid $120 million in debt in 2012. After payment of the regular dividend and special $2 yearend dividend, our yearend leverage ratio of 2.39x remains within our targeted range of 2.0x to 2.5x. On January 16, 2013, Quad/Graphics completed our acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Vertis, and we already have started integration activities to achieve cost savings and improve the overall efficiency and productivity of our platform, all while maintaining focus on serving clients well. It’s worth noting that the acquisition of Vertis, after normalization of working capital, will not impact our leverage ratio.”
As it relates to 2013 guidance, Quadracci said: “We anticipate our 2013 revenue, which will now include Vertis, to be approximately $4.8 billion to $5.0 billion. In addition, we expect 2013 Adjusted EBITDA to be $580 million to $610 million, and 2013 Recurring Free Cash Flow to be in excess of $360 million. As we move forward, we will continue working on initiatives to improve productivity and implement sustainable cost reductions to be the low-cost producer. We will also focus on maintaining a strong and flexible balance sheet to adjust to changing industry conditions while also investing in our business, pursuing profitable investment opportunities, and returning capital and creating long-term value for our shareholders.”
Quad/Graphics’ next quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share will be payable on March 29, 2013, to shareholders of record as of March 18, 2013.