RR Donnelley’s Net Earnings Cut in Half as Net Sales Slump
CHICAGO—Nov. 1, 2012—R.R. Donnelley & Sons reported third-quarter-2012 net earnings of $71.4 million on net sales of $2.5 billion, compared to net earnings of $158 million on net sales of $2.7 billion in the third quarter of 2011.
"While our top line continues to be pressured by challenging industry dynamics and ongoing global economic headwinds, we remained focused on managing our cost structure to drive improved operating earnings and margins in the third quarter," said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley's president and CEO. "As we close the year and look ahead to 2013, our focus on aggressively aligning the cost structure with revenue will remain intact."
Net sales in the quarter were $2.5 billion, down $174.5 million, or 6.5 percent, from the third quarter of 2011. Pro forma for acquisitions, net sales decreased 6.9 percent due to volume declines, a 118 basis point unfavorable impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, price erosion and a 46 basis point unfavorable impact of lower pass-through paper sales.
Operating earnings in the third quarter of 2012 were $186.7 million, which were impacted by restructuring and impairment charges and acquisition-related expenses totaling $15.2 million, compared to operating earnings in the third quarter of 2011 of $156.8 million, which included restructuring and impairment charges and acquisition-related expenses totaling $34.9 million.
Excluding restructuring and impairment charges and acquisition-related expenses, non-GAAP operating income increased from $191.7 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $201.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. Lower variable compensation expense, lower pension expense, lower depreciation and amortization and productivity improvements more than offset lower volume, an unfavorable product mix, continued pricing pressure and unfavorable pricing on by-products.
The company reports its results in two reportable segments: U.S. Print and Related Services and International.