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Intertape Polymer Group Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Intertape Polymer Group Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results07:56 EDT Wednesday, November 03, 2010MONTREAL, QUEBEC AND BRADENTON, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2010) - Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX:ITP) ("Intertape" or the "Company") today released results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. All dollar amounts are US denominated unless otherwise indicated.Highlights:Sales for the quarter increased 14.3% to $187.1 million year-over-year Year-to-date sales increased by 18.9% to $540.5 million As of September 30, 2010, cash and unused availability under the ABL was $59.3 million Improved top-line performance from both divisions Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital of $7.4 million Expense reduction program on target to reach $14 to $15 million in 2010 "We are pleased with the third quarter increases in our top-line and sales volume. However, margins were impacted by high input costs and the inability to pass on these increases due to continued competitive industry pressures. In recent weeks, this environment appears to be easing as many industry players have announced price hikes," said Intertape's President and CEO, Greg Yull. Third quarter sales increased 14.3% to $187.1 million, compared to $163.7 million for the third quarter of 2009 and were up 3.8% sequentially from $180.3 million for the second quarter of 2010. Sales volume increased by approximately 6% over the third quarter of 2009 and also the second quarter of 2010. Third quarter is generally the strongest quarter from a business seasonality perspective. Selling prices for the third quarter increased approximately 5% compared to the third quarter of 2009 and decreased by approximately 2% compared to the second quarter of 2010 primarily due to a less favorable product and channel mix. On a year-over-year basis, third quarter sales for the T&F Division increased by 13.1% to $152.9 million while sales for the ECP Division increased by 19.8% to $34.1 million. Sales for the first nine months of 2010 were $540.5 million compared to $454.7 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 18.9%. This increase includes an approximately 12% increase in sales volume and approximately 4% in selling prices. Gross profit for the third quarter totaled $19.6 million, compared to $26.4 million a year ago, reflecting a $7.0 million decrease in the T&F Division and a $0.1 million increase in the ECP Division. Third quarter gross margin was 10.5% compared to 16.1% for the prior year and 11.9% for the second quarter of 2010. Gross profit for the most recent period continued to be impacted by high raw material costs and pricing pressures.Selling, general, and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $17.1 million, $0.7 million lower than the $17.8 million for the third quarter of 2009 and $0.8 million lower than the second quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $10.6 million compared to $16.1 million for the third quarter of 2009 and $10.4 million for the second quarter of 2010. On a year-over-year basis, adjusted EBITDA was lower in the third quarter of 2010, reflecting the pressure of higher raw material costs on gross profit and margin. Adjusted EBITDA was higher sequentially due to the lower SG&A expenses and Research and Development ("R&D") expenses. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2010 was $29.0 million compared to $35.2 million in 2009.Net loss for the third quarter of 2010 was $4.6 million or $0.08 per share, both basic and diluted, compared to net earnings of $2.0 million or $0.03 per share, both basic and diluted, for the same period last year. The net loss was primarily attributable to lower gross profit as a result of raw material costs increasing more than selling prices. Net loss for the nine months of 2010 totalled $13.1 million ($0.22 per share, both basic and diluted) compared to a net loss of $5.8 million ($0.10 per share, both basic and diluted) for the same period in 2009. The Company generated cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital items for the third quarter of $7.4 million compared to $13.4 million in the third quarter last year. The decrease was due to a net loss of $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2010. Cash flows from operating activities increased in the third quarter by $21.1 million to positive $10.7 million from negative $10.4 million in the third quarter a year ago. Changes in working capital items resulted in a net source of funds during the third quarter of 2010 of $3.4 million due to an increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities of $11.3 million related to higher raw material costs and the timing of raw material receipts during the quarter. This increase was partially offset by an increase in trade and other receivables of $6.1 million related to higher sales and inventories of $1.2 million. As compared to the third quarter of 2009, Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) and Days Inventory increased from 46 days to 48 days and decreased from 55 days to 50 days, respectively. The increase in DSO's was related to increases in international and consumer sales, which normally have longer payment terms.The Company decreased total indebtedness during the three months ended September 30, 2010 by $6.3 million. As of September 30, 2010, the Company had cash and unused availability under its ABL totaling $59.3 million. As of November 1, 2010, the Company had cash and unused availability under its ABL totaling over $52 million which reflects a $13.2 million reduction related to the appellate bond posted on October 13, 2010. As indicated in a press release issued on September 29, 2010, a jury in a case against one of the Company's subsidiaries reached a decision that certain agreements between the parties were breached. The jury concluded that Inspired Technologies Inc. ("ITI"), should be awarded damages in the approximate amount of $13.2 million. As indicted above, an appellate bond was posted for the amount of the award. The Company firmly believes that ITI's allegations were unfounded, that there was no competent evidence to justify the amount of the damage award, and that such damages are unsupportable as a matter of law. On October 27, 2010, the Company filed its post trial motions seeking alternatively judgment as a matter of law, a new trial, or a reduction of the damages. The Company will continue to vigorously defend this matter. Accordingly, the Company did not record an accrual in connection with this contingent loss.T&F DivisionSales for the T&F Division for the third quarter totaled $152.9 million, representing a 13.1% increase compared to $135.2 million for the third quarter of 2009 and a 2.1% increase over sales of $149.8 million for the second quarter of 2010. Sales volume increased approximately 9% compared to the third quarter of 2009 and increased approximately 7% sequentially over the second quarter of 2010. Sales across most product lines contributed to both the year-over-year and sequential increases. Selling prices increased approximately 3% in the third quarter as compared to the third quarter of 2009 and decreased approximately 2% in comparison to the second quarter of 2010. Excluding the stretch film business and mix changes within product lines, prices increased approximately 1% sequentially. Price increases announced late in the third quarter contributed very little to this increase.Third quarter gross profit for the T&F Division totaled $17.4 million at a gross margin of 11.4% compared to $24.4 million at a gross margin of 18.0% for the third quarter of last year, reflecting higher resin-based, paper and adhesive raw material costs partially offset by higher volume and manufacturing cost reduction initiatives. On a sequential basis, gross profit decreased by $1.0 million reported for the second quarter of 2010. A sequential decline in resin-based raw material costs was largely offset by increases in paper and adhesive raw material costs. T&F Division's EBITDA was $10.8 million compared to $16.3 million for the comparable period a year ago and $9.2 million for the second quarter of 2010. The year-over-year third quarter decrease in EBITDA was due to lower gross profit. T&F Division EBITDA Reconciliation to Net Earnings (in millions of US dollars)(unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30, 2010September 30, 2009June 30, 2010September 30, 2010September 30, 2009$$$$$Divisional earnings before income taxes3.78.91.97.614.1Depreciation, amortization, and foreign exchange gain (loss)7.17.47.321.722.3EBITDA10.816.39.229.336.4ECP DivisionSales for the ECP Division for the third quarter were $34.1 million, representing a 19.8% increase when compared to $28.5 million for the third quarter a year ago and a 12.2% increase over sales of $30.4 million for the second quarter of 2010. Sales volume decreased in the third quarter of 2010 by approximately 4% compared to the third quarter of 2009 and increased approximately 5% sequentially over the second quarter of 2010. A significant mix shift from paper products to woven products resulted in sales increasing more than sales volume. Selling prices increased approximately 13% in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009 and increased approximately 2% over the second quarter of 2010.Gross profits for the ECP Division for the third quarter totaled $2.1 million at a gross margin of 6.2%, compared to $2.0 million at a gross margin of 7.0% for the third quarter of 2009. The increase in gross profit and decrease in gross margin was primarily due to changes in product mix, differences in inventory valuation and increased resin-based and paper raw materials.Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2010, third quarter of 2009, and second quarter of 2010 was positive $0.5 million, positive $0.8 million and positive $1.9 million, respectively. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter of 2009 was due to differences in gross profit and severance charges taken in the third quarter of 2010. Sequential decline was due to differences in gross profit and legal expenses as well as severance charges taken in the third quarter.ECP Division Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation to Net Earnings (Loss) (in millions of US dollars)(unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30, 2010September 30, 2009June 30,2010September 30, 2010September 30, 2009$$$$$Divisional earnings (loss) before income taxes(1.8)(0.9)0.5(4.3)(3.4)Depreciation, amortization, and foreign exchange gain (loss)2.21.71.55.84.8EBITDA0.40.81.91.61.4Impairment of property, plant and equipment0.10.1Adjusted EBITDA0.50.81.91.71.4Outlook "Sales and sales volume were strong in both Divisions. However the competitive industry environment and, more specifically, the lack of pricing power, impacted our profitability. While resin-based raw material costs declined as expected in the third quarter of 2010, the benefits were offset by the higher cost of paper-based and adhesive raw materials," said Intertape's President and CEO, Greg Yull. "This year's pricing environment is unsustainable with losses impacting many industry players. We are starting to see some early signs that the pricing environment could improve but we remain extremely cautious considering similar indications in the past. Management is completely focused on passing on input costs. "Paying down debt is an important objective as we carefully manage our balance sheet. We are on track to reduce expenses by $14 to $15 million in 2010. As of November 1, 2010, the Company had cash and unused availability under its ABL totaling over $52 million. For the fourth quarter of 2010, we expect lower sequential sales related to normal business seasonality and slightly higher adjusted EBITDA," concluded Mr. Yull.Non-GAAP Information A reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to GAAP net earnings (loss) is set out in the EBITDA reconciliation table below. EBITDA should not be construed as earnings (loss) before income taxes (recovery), net earnings (loss) or cash flows from operating activities as determined by GAAP. The Company defines EBITDA as net earnings (loss) before (i) income taxes (recovery); (ii) financial expenses, net of amortization; (iii) refinancing expense, net of amortization; (iv) foreign exchange gain (loss); (v) amortization of other intangibles and capitalized software costs; and (vi) depreciation. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before manufacturing facility closures, restructuring, strategic alternatives and other charges, impairment of property, plant and equipment, write down of assets held for sale, impairment of goodwill charges and unprecedented gross margin compression. The terms "EBITDA" and "Adjusted EBITDA" do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP in Canada or in the United States and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to cash flows from operating activities or as alternatives to net earnings (loss) as an indicator of IPG's operating performance or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company has included these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes that it allows investors to make a more meaningful comparison of IPG's performance between periods presented. In addition, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used by management and the Company's lenders in evaluating the Company's performance.Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation to Net Earnings (Loss) (in millions of US dollars)(unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30, 2010September 30, 2009June 30,2010September 30, 2010September 30, 2009$$$$$Net earnings (loss) – as reported(4.6)2.0(2.7)(13.1)(5.8)Add back:Financial expenses, net of amortization (including foreign exchange gain (loss))4.23.23.811.611.8Income taxes (recovery)0.81.4(0.1)1.51.3Depreciation and amortization9.59.59.328.227.9EBITDA9.916.110.428.335.2Write down of asset held for sale0.60.6Impairment of property, plant and equipment0.10.1Adjusted EBITDA10.616.110.429.035.2Conference CallA conference call to discuss Intertape's 2010 third quarter results will be held November 3, 2010, at 10 A.M. Eastern Time. Participants may dial 1-800-230-1059 (U.S. and Canada) and 1-612-332-7516 (International). You may access a replay of the call by dialing 1-800-475-6701 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-320-365-3844 (International) and entering the Access Code 175368. The recording will be available from Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 12:00 P.M. until Friday, December 3, 2010 at 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time.About Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Intertape Polymer Group Inc. is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of specialized polyolefin plastic and paper based packaging products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida, the Company employs approximately 2,000 employees with operations in 16 locations, including 13 manufacturing facilities in North America and one in Europe.Safe Harbor Statement Certain statements and information included in this press release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements may relate to the Company's future outlook and anticipated events, the Company's business, its operations, financial condition or results. Particularly, statements about the Company's objectives and strategies to achieve those objectives, and the ITI litigation are forward-looking statements and are identified by terms such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," and similar expressions. While these statements are based on certain factors and assumptions, which management considers to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. The risks include, but are not limited to, exchange rate risk, general business, economic and political conditions, fluctuations in the amount of available funds under the Company's ABL, ability to meet debt service obligations, cost and availability of raw materials, timing and market acceptance of new products, competition, international operations, compliance with environmental regulations, protection of intellectual property, the fact that the jury's verdict may be upheld on appeal and the reactions of the marketplace to the foregoing. A discussion of risk factors is also contained in the Company's filings with the Canadian securities regulators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Except as required by applicable law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules. The Company believes such non-GAAP financial measures improve the transparency of the Company's disclosures, and improves the period-to-period comparability of the Company's results from its core business operations. As required by Canadian and SEC rules, the Company has provided a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Consolidated EarningsPeriods ended September 30,(In thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Three monthsNine months2010200920102009$$$$Sales187,057163,688540,455454,668Cost of sales167,492137,295479,891391,926Gross profit19,56526,39360,56462,742Selling, general and administrative expenses17,07317,75653,83549,773Stock-based compensation expense302255786767Research and development expenses1,4851,4494,9064,117Financial expensesInterest4,0624,05011,58812,105Other461(525)97550523,38322,98572,09067,267Earnings (loss) before income taxes(3,818)3,408(11,526)(4,525)Income taxesCurrent447155533549Future3421,2531,0097737891,4081,5421,322Net earnings (loss)(4,607)2,000(13,068)(5,847)Earnings (loss) per shareBasic(0.08)0.03(0.22)(0.10)Diluted(0.08)0.03(0.22)(0.10)Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Consolidated DeficitPeriods ended September 30,(In thousands of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three monthsNine months2010200920102009$$$$Balance, beginning of period(183,370)(168,367)(174,909)(160,533)Net earnings (loss)(4,607)2,000(13,068)(5,847)Repurchase of common shares13Balance, end of period(187,977)(166,367)(187,977)(166,367)Weighted average number of common shares outstandingBasic58,951,05058,951,05058,951,05058,951,050Diluted58,951,05058,981,30058,951,05058,951,050Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Consolidated Comprehensive Income (Loss)Periods ended September 30,(In thousands of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three monthsNine months2010200920102009$$$$Net earnings (loss)(4,607)2,000(13,068)(5,847)Other comprehensive incomeChanges in fair value of interest rate swap agreements, designated as cash flow hedges (net of future income taxes of nil)(142)103(588)(137)Settlements of interest rate swap agreements, recorded in the consolidated earnings (net of income taxes of nil)312936Changes in fair value of investment in publicly traded securities designated as available-for-sale(21)1,044Gain on sale of investment in publicly traded securities, recorded in the consolidated earnings(1,044)(1,044)Changes in fair value of forward foreign exchange rate contracts, designated as cash flow hedges (net of future income taxes of nil)8071,7327823,154Settlements of forward foreign exchange rate contracts, recorded in the consolidated earnings (net of income taxes of nil)(163)(423)(562)(353)Gain on forward foreign exchange rate contracts recorded in the consolidated earnings pursuant to recognition of the hedged item in cost of sales(179)(333)(453)Reduction in net investment in a foreign subsidiary(125)Changes in accumulated currency translation adjustments4,5088,0731,34613,236Other comprehensive income5,1438,4201,58115,322Comprehensive income (loss) for the period53610,420(11,487)9,475Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Consolidated Cash FlowsPeriods ended September 30,(In thousands of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three monthsNine months2010200920102009$$$$OPERATING ACTIVITIESNet earnings (loss)(4,607)2,000(13,068)(5,847)Non-cash itemsDepreciation, amortization and accretion expense9,4909,48028,20927,974Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment129155258478Write-down of inventories6067821,5081,046Reversal of a portion of write-down of inventories(390)(10)(2,082)Future income taxes3421,2531,009773Stock-based compensation expense302255786767Pension and post-retirement benefits funding in excess of amounts expensed(134)435(495)1,228Impairment of property, plant and equipment8888Write-down on classification as asset held-for-sale633633Gain on forward foreign exchange rate contracts(18)453(181)Changes in fair value of forward foreign exchange rate contracts subsequent to the discontinuance of the related hedging relationships(6)(110)2Changes in fair value of forward foreign exchange rate contracts for which hedge accounting was not applied173233Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)3853(202)57Gain on sale of publicly traded securities(1,044)(1,044)Foreign exchange gain resulting from reduction in net investment in a foreign subsidiary(125)Other(30)16638288Cash flows from operations before changes in working capital items7,35313,43818,80823,513Changes in working capital itemsTrade receivables(5,992)164(23,987)(4,922)Other receivables(57)(688)(1,162)451Inventories(1,148)(1,445)(13,423)12,243Parts and supplies(90)(9)(84)(420)Prepaid expenses(611)172(291)(700)Accounts payable and accrued liabilities11,286(21,996)26,814(19,770)3,388(23,802)(12,133)(13,118)Cash flows from operating activities10,741(10,364)6,67510,395INVESTING ACTIVITIESProceeds on the settlements of forward foreign exchange rate contracts subsequent to the discontinuance of the related hedging relationships647Property, plant and equipment(1,329)(2,435)(6,855)(9,695)Proceeds on the disposal of property, plant and equipment and other assets211021610Proceeds on disposal of investment in publicly traded securities1,0441,044Other assets(2,637)(53)(2,680)(107)Intangible assets(224)(224)(933)Cash flows from investing activities(4,169)(1,434)(8,896)(9,681)FINANCING ACTIVITIESLong-term debt12,9429,14335,08913,752Repayment of long-term debt(19,262)(182)(28,450)(23,928)Repurchase of common shares(18)Cash flows from financing activities(6,320)8,9616,639(10,194)Net increase (decrease) in cash252(2,837)4,418(9,480)Effect of foreign currency translation adjustments533319(210)479Cash, beginning of period7,0948,9073,67115,390Cash, end of period7,8796,3897,8796,389Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Consolidated Balance SheetsAs at(In thousands of US dollars)September 30,December 31,20102009(Unaudited)(Audited)$$ASSETSCurrent assetsCash7,8793,671Trade receivables98,14274,161Other receivables4,2053,052Inventories91,08779,001Parts and supplies15,33715,203Prepaid expenses4,1943,693Derivative financial instruments6241,438Asset held-for-sale1,222149Future income taxes11,86011,860234,550192,228Property, plant and equipment254,590274,470Other assets23,58421,869Intangible assets4,0643,550Future income taxes43,23343,736560,021535,853LIABILITIESCurrent liabilitiesAccounts payable and accrued liabilities95,44768,228Installments on long-term debt1,8501,72197,29769,949Long-term debt221,843215,281Pension and post-retirement benefits10,58610,200Derivative financial instruments1,2001,548Other liabilities1,9931,072332,919298,050SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCapital stock348,143348,143Contributed surplus14,94714,161Deficit(187,977)(174,909)Accumulated other comprehensive income51,98950,408(135,988)(124,501)227,102237,803560,021535,853FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Rick Leckner/Pierre BoucherMaisonBrison Communications514-731-0000