Schawk Reports Net Loss Due to Challenging Americas Market

DES PLAINES, IL—Oct. 31, 2012—Schawk Inc. reported 2012 third-quarter results. Net loss in the third quarter of 2012 was $2.2 million, vs. net income of $8.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. Included in the 2012 third-quarter net loss is $4.3 million of non-cash expense related to the impairment of long-lived assets. In addition, business and system integration expenses for the company’s ongoing information technology and business process improvement initiative increased by approximately $1.0 million for the quarter compared to the prior-year period, which also contributed in part to the decline in net income.

On a non-GAAP basis, adjusting for financial impacts relating to the non-cash impairment expenses, business and system integration expense and other items, adjusted net income was $3.1 million, compared to $5.6 million during the prior-year period.

CEO David A. Schawk, commented, “During the third quarter, we saw measured growth with our largest client channel, consumer packaged goods, offset by continued declines in promotional activity with our retail and advertising and entertainment clients. Our growth in Europe and Asia Pacific continued to positively reflect the impact of emerging markets, investments made in expanding our capabilities, and our clients’ desire to consolidate their spending with fewer vendors.

“However, the Americas continued to reflect our clients’ uncertainty with local markets by taking a more cautionary approach to spending domestically. Adjusting for the non-cash impairment charge during the third quarter, the year-over-year decline in profitability was primarily driven by certain investments made to expand our brand development and deployment capabilities and extend our presence in emerging markets. Due to continued economic headwinds in the Americas, we took additional steps to leverage our operations during the third quarter, which will extend to the fourth quarter and set us up for a more competitive cost structure in 2013.”

Consolidated Results
Consolidated net sales in the third quarter of 2012 were $110.8 million, compared to $112.3 million in 2011, a decrease of approximately $1.5 million, or 1.3 percent. Year-over-year sales were negatively impacted by changes in foreign currency translation rates of approximately $0.6 million, as the U.S. dollar increased in value relative to the local currencies of certain of the company’s non-U.S. subsidiaries..

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  • Burned Before

    Dear Schawk,
    You will have to make immediate changes to save your company. You need to reduce overall expenses by 27% in order to stabilize and survive. Don’t ignore what is staring you in the face on your financial reports. Here’s the plan – Reduce staff by 10% (today), reduce wages of remaining employed by 12% (upper mgnt too), reduce ALL supplier cost by 5% (or find new suppliers). Why 12% wage decrease? It will be 15% if you ask again and you’ll be sent to bed without any dinner! Unfortunately this is a global plan that needs to take place in order to stabilize the world economy. Everyone has been overpaid, period.