American Greetings Announces First Quarter Earnings

- Core product lines performing well

- Results include acquisition of senior secured debt of Clinton Cards

- justWink application and Cardstore.com well received by consumers

CLEVELAND, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) today announced its results for the first fiscal quarter ended May 25, 2012.

First Quarter Results

For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company reported total revenue of $393.1 million, pre-tax income of $10.4 million and net income of $7.3 million or 20 cents per share (all per-share amounts assume dilution). Revenue was reduced by $1.4 million as a result of scan-based trading conversions that occurred during the quarter. The pre-tax income impact of the scan-based trading conversions was $1.0 million (after-tax $0.6 million, reducing earnings per share by about 2 cents). The Company also incurred pre-tax costs of $2.1 million (after-tax $1.3 million, reducing earnings per share by about 4 cents) associated with the termination of a contract within the Company's intellectual property licensing group.

Also during the first quarter, on May 9, 2012, the Company announced the acquisition for approximately $56.6 million of the senior secured debt of Clinton Cards PLC ("Clinton Cards"), one of the largest specialty retailers of greeting cards in the United Kingdom ("U.K."). Subsequently, Clinton Cards was placed into administration, a procedure similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States, which gives the company, under the control of its administrators, an opportunity to restructure its business. These events triggered multiple charges that are reflected in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 (also see attached table). Revenue was reduced by $4.0 million as a result of the non-cash impairment of the supply agreement with the Birthdays subsidiary of Clinton Cards. The pre-tax income impact of the contract asset impairment was $4.0 million (after-tax $3.0 million, reducing earnings per share by about 8 cents). The Company incurred pre-tax costs of $17.2 million (after-tax $12.9 million, reducing earnings per share by about 35 cents) associated with a bad debt write-off related to Clinton Cards. The Company also incurred pre-tax costs of $2.0 million (after-tax $1.2 million, reducing earnings per share by about 3 cents) associated with transaction fees. Finally, the Company incurred pre-tax costs of $7.8 million (after-tax $4.8 million, reducing earnings per share by about 13 cents) associated with an impairment of the acquired Clinton Cards senior secured debt.

The Company subsequently announced, on June 7, 2012, the acquisition of assets of Clinton Cards, including approximately 400 stores and related overhead as well as the Clinton Cards and related brands. The impacts of this transaction will be reflected in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company reported total revenue of $403.7 million, pre-tax income of $50.8 million, and net income of $32.6 million or 78 cents per share. Revenue was reduced by $1.9 million as a result of scan-based trading conversions that occurred during the quarter. The pre-tax income impact of the scan-based trading conversions was $2.3 million (after-tax $1.4 million, reducing earnings per share by about 3 cents).

Management Comments

Chief Executive Officer Zev Weiss said, "I am pleased with the overall performance of our core business in the first fiscal quarter, holding aside the impact of Clinton Cards. Our pipeline of product, breadth of brands and innovation continue to position us as the card company that sells more cards in more places than any other company in the world. Electronically, we are also taking a leadership role. Our justWink mobile application recently surpassed the one million downloads milestone, showing how we are setting the pace when it comes to connecting the digital and paper worlds for greeting cards."

Weiss continued, "This quarter, we also had our most successful customer acquisition campaign for Cardstore.com, driven by a heavy push for new customers tied to the Mother's Day holiday. Despite seeing competitors like Shutterfly and others trying to duplicate our formula for success for personalized greeting cards, our momentum fuels our confidence that we will lead in this area. We believe consumers will come to us for bulk cards and stay with us for more expressive, personal cards. We will compete aggressively on the bulk card business leveraging our scale and capacity, pricing it very competitively while offering a significantly better value than the current market. We will also maintain our focus on the more personalized cards, leveraging our intellectual property to deliver a best in class product. We are excited by the opportunities and encouraged by the consumer response we are seeing."

Financing Activities

Under the Company's previously authorized $75 million share repurchase program, the Company purchased approximately 2.8 million shares of its common stock for about $42.6 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Conference Call on the Web

American Greetings will broadcast its conference call live on the Internet at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time today. The conference call will be accessible through the Investors section of the American Greetings Web site at http://investors.americangreetings.com. A replay of the call will also be available on the site.

About American Greetings Corporation

For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-packaging and boxed cards. American Greetings also has one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web, including greeting cards available at Cardstore.com and electronic greeting cards available at AmericanGreetings.com. In addition to its product lines, American Greetings creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $1.7 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets worldwide. For more information on the Company, visit http://corporate.americangreetings.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Certain after-tax amounts included in the earnings release may be considered non-GAAP measures under the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation G. The after-tax amounts were calculated based on the Company's statutory tax rate of approximately 38.9% for U.S. based items and the appropriate rates for international jurisdictions. Management believes that after-tax information is useful in analyzing the Company's results.

Factors That May Affect Future Results

Certain statements in this release, including those under Management Comments, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts. They use such words as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information, but are subject to a variety of uncertainties, unknown risks and other factors concerning the Company's operations and business environment, which are difficult to predict and may be beyond the control of the Company. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements, and that could adversely affect the Company's future performance, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • a weak retail environment and general economic conditions;
  • the loss of one or more retail customers and/or retail consolidations, acquisitions and bankruptcies, including the possibility of resulting adverse changes to retail contract terms;
  • competitive terms of sale offered to customers, including costs and other terms associated with new and expanded customer relationships;
  • the ability to successfully integrate Clinton Cards and achieve the anticipated revenue and operating profits, together with the outcome of negotiations with landlords and the ultimate number of stores acquired;
  • the ability of the administrators to generate sufficient proceeds from the liquidation of the remaining Clinton Cards business to repay the remaining secured debt owed to American Greetings;
  • the timing and impact of expenses incurred and investments made to support new retail or product strategies, including increased marketing expenses, as well as new product introductions and achieving the desired benefits from those investments;
  • the timing of investments in, together with the ability to successfully implement or achieve the desired benefits and cost savings associated with, any information technology systems refresh the Company may implement;
  • the timing and impact of converting customers to a scan-based trading model;
  • the ability to achieve the desired benefits associated with the Company's cost reduction efforts;
  • Schurman Fine Papers' ability to successfully operate its retail operations and satisfy its obligations to the Company;
  • consumer demand for social expression products generally, shifts in consumer shopping behavior, and consumer acceptance of products as priced and marketed including the success of new and expanded advertising and marketing efforts, such as the Company's on-line efforts through Cardstore.com;
  • the impact and availability of technology, including social media, on product sales;
  • escalation in the cost of providing employee health care;
  • the Company's ability to achieve the desired accretive effect from any share repurchase programs;
  • the Company's ability to comply with its debt covenants;
  • fluctuations in the value of currencies in major areas where the Company operates, including the U.S. Dollar, Euro, U.K. Pound Sterling, and Canadian Dollar; and
  • the outcome of any legal claims known or unknown.

Risks pertaining specifically to AG Interactive include the viability of online advertising, subscriptions as revenue generators, and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing social media and the digital photo sharing space.

In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis as of the date of this release; however the risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that the Company believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect American Greetings. Should any known or unknown risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, these developments could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. American Greetings does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.









AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013









(In thousands of dollars except share and per share amounts)














(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended






May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011









Net sales





$ 389,253


$ 398,124

Other revenue





3,853


5,572

Total revenue





393,106


403,696









Material, labor and other production costs





163,864


157,929

Selling, distribution and marketing expenses





127,163


124,640

Administrative and general expenses





80,168


65,298

Other operating expense (income) - net





1,574


(923)









Operating income





20,337


56,752









Interest expense





4,376


6,124

Interest income





(138)


(321)

Other non-operating expense - net





5,679


159









Income before income tax expense





10,420


50,790

Income tax expense





3,170


18,197









Net income





$ 7,250


$ 32,593

















Earnings per share - basic





$ 0.20


$ 0.80









Earnings per share - assuming dilution





$ 0.20


$ 0.78









Average number of common shares outstanding





35,505,749


40,500,357









Average number of common shares outstanding -

assuming dilution





36,154,078


41,799,366

















Dividends declared per share





$ 0.15


$ 0.15

























AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013









(In thousands of dollars)














(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended






May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011









Net income




$ 7,250


$ 32,593









Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:








Foreign currency translation adjustments




(8,400)


4,482


Pension and postretirement benefit adjustments




475


(16)


Unrealized gain on securities




-


1

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:




(7,925)


4,467

Comprehensive (loss) income




$ (675)


$ 37,060





























AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION


FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION


FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013














(In thousands of dollars)










(Unaudited)










May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011














ASSETS






CURRENT ASSETS







Cash and cash equivalents


$ 60,180


$ 211,139



Trade accounts receivable, net


97,657


137,213



Inventories


214,588


203,346



Deferred and refundable income taxes


63,910


61,533



Assets held for sale


-


7,180



Prepaid expenses and other


110,482


113,744




Total current assets


546,817


734,155














GOODWILL


-


29,701


OTHER ASSETS


530,452


427,714


DEFERRED AND REFUNDABLE INCOME TAXES


118,385


127,731














Property, plant and equipment - at cost


933,328


880,496


Less accumulated depreciation


640,511


630,684


PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT - NET


292,817


249,812










$ 1,488,471


$ 1,569,113


























LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






CURRENT LIABILITIES







Accounts payable


$ 99,872


$ 98,641



Accrued liabilities


62,610


64,527



Accrued compensation and benefits


40,582


35,163



Income taxes payable


11,007


18,752



Deferred revenue


34,351


35,802



Other current liabilities


48,395


64,305




Total current liabilities


296,817


317,190














LONG-TERM DEBT


225,181


233,298


OTHER LIABILITIES


265,294


187,484


DEFERRED INCOME TAXES AND






NONCURRENT INCOME TAXES PAYABLE


21,745


32,132














SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Common shares - Class A


31,336


37,942



Common shares - Class B


2,860


2,803



Capital in excess of par value


513,917


502,131



Treasury stock


(1,060,244)


(951,643)



Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income


(19,755)


2,121



Retained earnings


1,211,320


1,205,655




Total shareholders' equity






679,434


799,009










$ 1,488,471


$ 1,569,113
























AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013

(In thousands of dollars)


















(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended








May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011











OPERATING ACTIVITIES:






Net income


$ 7,250


$ 32,593


Adjustments to reconcile net income

to cash flows from operating activities:

















Stock-based compensation


1,869


2,662



Net loss on disposal of fixed assets


156


86



Depreciation and intangible assets amortization


11,469


10,988



Provision for doubtful accounts


16,886


558



Deferred income taxes


(3,913)


1,147



Other non-cash charges


8,085


872



Changes in operating assets

and liabilities, net of acquisitions








Trade accounts receivable


(2,176)


(12,947)




Inventories


(7,161)


(18,750)




Other current assets


4,093


2,378




Income taxes


3,445


7,596




Deferred costs - net


19,560


13,099




Accounts payable and other liabilities


(12,830)


(27,922)




Other - net


3,165


536



Total Cash Flows From Operating Activities


49,898


12,896











INVESTING ACTIVITIES:






Property, plant and equipment additions


(16,432)


(9,825)


Cash payments for business acquisitions, net of cash acquired


-


(5,992)


Proceeds from sale of fixed assets


19


24


Purchase of Clinton Cards debt


(56,560)


-



Total Cash Flows From Investing Activities


(72,973)


(15,793)











FINANCING ACTIVITIES:






Issuance or exercise of share-based payment awards


(728)


10,061


Tax (deficiency) benefit from share-based payment awards


(421)


1,939


Purchase of treasury shares


(40,542)


(9,942)


Dividends to shareholders


(5,369)


(6,062)



Total Cash Flows From Financing Activities


(47,060)


(4,004)











EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH


(2,123)


2,202











DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(72,258)


(4,699)













Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year


132,438


215,838



Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period


$ 60,180


$ 211,139




















AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION


FIRST QUARTER CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT DISCLOSURES


FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013


(In thousands of dollars)
















(Unaudited)







Three Months Ended







May 25, 2012


May 27, 2011


Total Revenue:









North American Social Expression Products





$ 308,559


$ 304,684











International Social Expression Products





62,680


70,205











AG Interactive





15,496


16,608











Non-reportable segments





6,371


12,199
















$ 393,106


$ 403,696




















Segment Earnings (Loss) Before Tax:









North American Social Expression Products





$ 56,218


$ 59,294











International Social Expression Products





(22,557)


3,303











AG Interactive





3,773


2,636











Non-reportable segments





(58)


4,606











Unallocated





(26,956)


(19,049)
















$ 10,420


$ 50,790





















AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL EXHIBIT

(Dollars in millions)





















During the quarter ended May 25, 2012, the Corporation recorded certain charges associated with activities and transactions related to Clinton Cards PLC ("Clinton Cards") that do not have comparative amounts in the prior year period.
































(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


May 25, 2012












Contract asset impairment


Bad debt expense


Legal and advisory fees


Impairment of debt

purchased


Total

Net sales

$ 4.0


-


-


-


$ 4.0

Administrative and general expenses

-


$ 17.2


$ 2.0


-


$ 19.2

Other non-operating expense

-


-


-


$ 7.8


$ 7.8


$ 4.0


$ 17.2


$ 2.0


$ 7.8


$ 31.0











SOURCE American Greetings Corporation

For further information:

Gregory M. Steinberg, Treasurer and Executive Director of Investor Relations, American Greetings Corporation, +1-216-252-4864, investor.relations@amgreetings.com

http://corporate.americangreetings.com

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