Quad/Graphics Posts Decline in Net Sales, Strengthens Balance Sheet
“We are proud of the progress we continue to make in strengthening our balance sheet through the repayment of $42 million in debt during the quarter, and $132 million in the first half of 2012,” said John Fowler, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Our leverage ratio of 2.2x remains in our targeted range of 2.0x to 2.5x and we continue to generate significant Recurring Free Cash Flow to support our disciplined capital deployment strategy. Our quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share will be payable on Sept. 21, 2012, to shareholders of record as of Sept. 10, 2012.”
For the first six months of 2012, Quad’s net sales were $1.92 billion vs. $2.0 billion for the same period in 2011, reflecting expected volume and price pressures combined with impacts from continued economic uncertainty and secular pressures.
Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA was $238 million vs. $258 million in 2011, reflecting lower volumes partially offset by lower selling, general and administrative costs. Recurring Free Cash Flow was $167 million for the first six months of 2012 compared to $102 million in the first six months of 2011, continuing a track record of solid cash flow generation.
Quad/Graphics (NYSE: QUAD) is a global provider of print and related multichannel solutions for consumer magazines, special interest publications, catalogs, retail inserts/circulars, direct mail, books, directories, and commercial and specialty products, including in-store signage. Headquartered in Sussex, Wis. (just west of Milwaukee), the Company has approximately 22,000 full-time equivalent employees working from more than 50 print-production facilities as well as other support locations throughout North America, Latin America and Europe.