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Intertape Polymer Group Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results: Adjusted EBITDA of $17.5 Million Increased 59.3% Over Last Year

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Intertape Polymer Group Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results: Adjusted EBITDA of $17.5 Million Increased 59.3% Over Last Year16:00 EST Tuesday, November 08, 2011MONTREAL, QUEBEC and BRADENTON, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX:ITP) ("Intertape" or the "Company") today released results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. All dollar amounts are US denominated unless otherwise indicated.Third Quarter Highlights:Revenue increased 7.6% over last year to $201.4 million Gross margin increased to 15.1% from 10.9% last year Adjusted EBITDA of $17.5 million increased 59.3% over last year EPS of $0.05 compared to loss of ($0.05) last year Adjusted EPS of $0.06 compared to a loss of ($0.03) last year Total debt reduced by $18.1 million from Q2 2011 Cash flow from operations after changes in working capital was $27.3 million "While our customers remain extremely cautious due to ongoing economic concerns, results for the quarter were in line with our expectations and represented another solid quarter with adjusted EBITDA increasing 59.3% over the same quarter last year. We are particularly pleased by the debt reduction of $18.1 million during the quarter, supporting one of our key corporate objectives," stated Intertape President and Chief Executive Officer, Greg Yull. Third quarter revenue increased 7.6% to $201.4 million, compared to $187.1 million for the third quarter of 2010 and was down 4.0% sequentially from $209.7 million for the second quarter of 2011. Sales volume decreased approximately 11% compared to the third quarter of 2010 and approximately 10% compared to the second quarter of 2011. The sales volume decrease, both year-over-year and sequentially, would be approximately 8% after adjusting for the closure of the Brantford facility completed during the second quarter of 2011. The decrease in volume was primarily due to the Company's progress toward reducing sales of low-margin products. The Company believes sales volume may also have been adversely impacted to some extent by certain customers increasing their inventories in the second quarter of 2011 in anticipation of price increases.Selling prices, including the impact of product mix, increased approximately 19% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010 after adjusting for the closure of the Brantford facility. The improved pricing environment was the primary reason for the increase, followed by a more favourable mix of products driven by a greater focus on selling higher margin products and by the progress made toward reducing sales of low-margin products. Gross profit for the third quarter totalled $30.3 million, compared to $20.4 million a year ago and $32.7 million for the second quarter of 2011. Third quarter gross margin was 15.1% compared to 10.9% for the prior year and 15.6% for the second quarter of 2011. When compared to the third quarter of 2010, gross profit and gross margin were higher due to higher selling prices and improved product mix. The modest sequential decline in the gross margin over the second quarter of 2011 reflects lower sales volume. The spread between selling prices and raw material costs remains compressed when compared to periods prior to 2010.Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $17.5 million compared to $11.0 million for the third quarter of 2010 and $18.5 million for the second quarter of 2011. The higher adjusted EBITDA when compared to the third quarter of 2010 reflects higher revenue and gross margin. The sequential decline in adjusted EBITDA is attributable to lower revenue and gross margin partially offset by lower selling, general, and administrative expenses.Adjusted net earnings were $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2011 as compared to an adjusted net loss of $2.0 million for the third quarter of 2010 and adjusted net earnings of $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2011 was $0.06 compared with a loss per share of $0.03 for the same period last year and adjusted earnings per share of $0.11 for the second quarter of 2011. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Earnings (Loss) and Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share are not generally accepted accounting principle ("GAAP") measures. Whenever Intertape uses such non-GAAP measures, it will provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. Investors and other readers are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to their most closely applicable GAAP measure set forth below and should consider non-GAAP measures only as a supplement to, not as a substitute for or as a superior measure to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company generated cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital items for the third quarter of $14.0 million compared to $12.3 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to Intertape's improved net earnings. Cash flows from operating activities increased in the third quarter of 2011 by $10.4 million to $27.3 million with changes in working capital items providing a net source of funds of $13.4 million.During the third quarter of 2011, the Company reduced total indebtedness by $18.1 million from the second quarter of 2011. As of September 30, 2011, the Company had cash and unused availability under its Asset-based loan ("ABL") totalling $56.1 million. As of November 7, 2011, the Company had cash and unused availability under its ABL exceeding $66 million. As a result of the Company's structural, operational, management and reporting realignments during the third quarter of 2010, the Company no longer has operating divisions and now operates as a single segment. The Company is no longer required to present operating results at a divisional level; however, in the interest of historical reporting consistency, the results discussed below are as per the previously-defined divisions.Tapes & Films ("T&F") Business Third Quarter HighlightsRevenue increased 10.8% over last year Sales volume decreased approximately 8% Selling prices, including the impact of product mix, increased approximately 21% Gross margin increased to 14.9% compared to 11.7% last year Adjusted EBITDA of $14.2 million increased 23.1% over last yearT&F BUSINESS RESULTS AND ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION TO EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES(in millions of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSept 30,Sept 30,June 30,Sept 30,Sept 30,20112010201120112010$$$$$Revenue169.5152.9178.5510.3448.1Gross profit25.317.928.975.356.2Earnings before income taxes8.04.410.723.79.0Depreciation, amortization and foreign exchange gains (losses)6.17.16.619.121.7EBITDA14.211.517.342.730.6Adjusted EBITDA14.211.517.342.730.6Engineered Coated Products ("ECP") Business Third Quarter HighlightsRevenue increased 0.9% over last year after adjusting for the Brantford facility closure Sales volume decreased approximately 7% after adjusting for the Brantford facility closure Selling prices, including the impact of product mix, increased approximately 8% after adjusting for the Brantford facility closure Gross margin increased to 15.8% compared to 7.3% last year Adjusted EBITDA of $3.9 million increased $3.7 million over last yearECP BUSINESS RESULTS AND ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION TO EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES(in millions of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSept 30,Sept 30,June 30,Sept 30,Sept 30,20112010201120112010$$$$$Revenue31.934.131.393.492.4Gross profit5.02.53.811.56.9Earnings (loss) before income taxes1.7(1.2)(1.1)0.2(3.0)Depreciation, amortization and foreign exchange gains (losses)1.21.41.54.43.8EBITDA2.90.20.44.60.7Manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other charges1.00.11.52.50.1Adjusted EBITDA3.90.22.07.10.8Outlook "A more favourable pricing environment combined with our internal initiatives and programs to reduce costs and improve margins generated solid results for the quarter," said Mr. Yull. "While some raw material costs have been trending downward in recent months, we expect prices to remain volatile as we enter 2012. "The Company has no significant debt maturities until March 2013 at which time the ABL will mature. However, we expect to be successful in replacing or extending the ABL in the first half of 2012. The Company also anticipates that cash flows from operating activities during the fourth quarter of 2011 will allow debt to be further reduced."The Company anticipates sequentially lower revenue and lower adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2011 which is reflective of normal seasonality. However, both revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2011 are expected to be significantly higher than the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross margins for the next two quarters are expected to be similar to the third quarter of 2011," concluded Mr. Yull.EBITDAA 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, 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) interest and other (income) expense; (iii) refinancing expense, net of amortization; (iv) amortization of debt issue expenses; (v) amortization of intangibles assets and deferred charges; and (vi) depreciation of property, plant and equipment. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before (i) manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other charges; (ii) impairment of goodwill; (iii) impairment of long-lived assets and other assets; (iv) write-down on assets classified as held-for-sale; and (v) other items as disclosed. The terms "EBITDA" and "adjusted EBITDA" do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP in Canada 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 indicators of the Company'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 permits investors to make a more meaningful comparison of the Company'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 endedSept 30,Sept 30,June 30,Sept 30,Sept 30,20112010201120112010$$$$$Net earnings (loss)2.8(2.7)3.86.6(10.0)Add back: Interest and other (income) expense5.54.44.113.412.7Income taxes0.70.30.21.21.1Depreciation and amortization7.58.47.823.225.2EBITDA16.610.316.044.429.0Manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other charges1.00.71.52.50.7ITI litigation settlement--1.01.0-Adjusted EBITDA17.511.018.547.929.7Adjusted Net Earnings (Loss)A reconciliation of the Company's adjusted net earnings (loss), a non-GAAP financial measure, to GAAP net earnings (loss) is set out in the adjusted net earnings (loss) reconciliation table below. Adjusted net earnings (loss) should not be construed as net earnings (loss) as determined by GAAP. The Company defines adjusted net earnings (loss) as net earnings (loss) before (i) manufacturing facility closures, restructuring, and other charges; and (ii) other items as disclosed. The term "adjusted net earnings (loss)" does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP in Canada and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Adjusted net earnings (loss) is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings (loss) as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company has included this non-GAAP financial measure because it believes that it permits investors to make a more meaningful comparison of the Company's performance between periods presented. In addition, adjusted net earnings (loss) is used by management in evaluating the Company's performance because it believes it provides a more accurate indicator of the Company's performance.Adjusted earnings (loss) per share is also presented in the following table. Adjusted earnings (loss) per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted earnings (loss) per share should not be construed as earnings (loss) per share as determined by GAAP. The Company defines adjusted earnings (loss) per share as adjusted net earnings (loss) divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding, both basic and diluted. The term "adjusted earnings (loss) per share" does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP in Canada and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Adjusted earnings (loss) per share is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to earnings (loss) per share as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company has included this non-GAAP financial measure because it believes that it permits investors to make a more meaningful comparison of the Company's performance between periods presented. In addition, adjusted earnings (loss) per share is used by management in evaluating the Company's performance because it believes it provides a more accurate indicator of the Company's performance.ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS (LOSS) RECONCILIATION TO NET EARNINGS (LOSS)(in US dollars)(Unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSept 30,Sept 30,June 30,Sept 30,Sept 30,20112010201120112010$$$$$Net earnings (loss)2.8(2.7)3.86.6(10.0)Add back: Manufacturing facility closures, restructuring, and other charges; net of nil income taxes1.00.71.52.50.7ITI litigation settlement; net of nil income taxes--1.01.0-Adjusted net earnings (loss)3.8(2.0)6.310.1(9.3)Earnings (loss) per shareBasic0.05(0.05)0.060.11(0.17)Diluted0.05(0.05)0.060.11(0.17)Adjusted earnings (loss) per shareBasic0.06(0.03)0.110.17(0.16)Diluted0.06(0.03)0.110.17(0.16)Weighted average number of common shares outstandingBasic58,961,05058,951,05058,961,05058,961,05058,951,050Diluted59,267,98758,951,05058,989,39459,011,60258,951,050IFRS ConversionThe Company has adopted International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), as issued by the International Accounting Board, as of January 1, 2011 and, as such, the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended September 30, 2011 are prepared under IFRS and include corresponding comparative financial information for 2010. The Company previously prepared its Consolidated Financial Statements under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. In accordance with IFRS 1, First-Time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards, the Company's IFRS transition date was January 1, 2010 and the Company prepared its opening IFRS balance sheet as of that date.Conference CallA conference call to discuss Intertape's 2011 third quarter results will be held November 9, 2011, at 10 A.M. Eastern Time. Participants may dial 800-954-0684 (U.S. and Canada) and 212-231-2904 (International). You may access a replay of the call by dialing 800-633-8284 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-402-977-9140 (International) and entering the Access Code 21544426. The recording will be available from, November 9, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. until December 9, 2011 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 Bradenton, Florida, the Company employs approximately 2,000 employees with operations in 16 locations, including 11 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 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, the Company's ability to extend or replace the ABL before maturity, 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 and protection of intellectual property. 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 applicable securities legislation. 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 applicable securities legislation, the Company has provided a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Condensed Consolidated Earnings (Loss)Periods ended September 30,(In thousands of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30,September 30,2011201020112010$$$$Revenue201,360187,057603,721540,455Cost of sales171,035166,655516,860477,341Gross profit30,32520,40286,86163,114Selling, general and administrative expenses18,58917,01358,55354,465Research expenses1,7371,4854,5784,90620,32618,49863,13159,371Operating profit before manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other charges9,9991,90423,7303,743Manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other charges967-2,513-Operating profit9,0321,90421,2173,743Interest3,9013,91011,70211,711Other expense1,6104611,733975Earnings (loss) before income taxes (recovery)3,521(2,467)7,782(8,943)Income taxes (recovery)Current176447566533Deferred496(192)5985376722551,1641,070Net earnings (loss)2,849(2,722)6,618(10,013)Earning (loss) per shareBasic0.05(0.05)0.11(0.17)Diluted0.05(0.05)0.11(0.17)Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Condensed Consolidated Comprehensive Income (Loss)Periods ended September 30,(In thousands of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30,September 30,2011201020112010$$$$Net earnings (loss)2,849(2,722)6,618(10,013)Other comprehensive income (loss)Changes in fair value of interest rate swap agreements, designated as cash flow hedges (net of deferred income taxes of nil, nil in 2010)-(142)(30)(588)Settlements of interest rate swap agreements, transferred to earnings (net of income taxes of nil, nil in 2010)298312927936Changes in fair value of forward foreign exchange rate contracts, designated as cash flow hedges (net of deferred income taxes of nil, nil in 2010)(852)807130782Settlements of forward foreign exchange rate contracts, transferred to earnings (net of income taxes of nil, nil in 2010)(311)(163)(1,053)(562)Gain on forward foreign exchange rate contracts recorded in consolidated earnings pursuant to recognition of the hedged item in cost of sales upon discontinuance of the related hedging relationships (net of income taxes of nil)(615)(179)(998)(333)Change in cumulative translation difference(6,407)4,241(2,399)1,071Other comprehensive income (loss)(7,887)4,876(3,423)1,306Comprehensive income (loss) for the period(5,038)2,1543,195(8,707)Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Condensed Consolidated Cash FlowsPeriods ended September 30,(In thousands of US dollars)(Unaudited)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30,September 30,2011201020112010$$$$OPERATING ACTIVITIESNet earnings (loss)2,849(2,722)6,618(10,013)Adjustments for non-cash itemsDepreciation and amortization7,5458,66523,16926,063Income tax expense6722551,1641,070Interest expense3,6043,63510,82410,886Charges in connection with manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other charges119-76-Write-down of inventories, net506061741,498Stock-based compensation expense223328585567Pension and post-retirement benefits expense2081,2036221,704Gain (loss) on foreign exchange330534(331)(148)Impairment of property, plant and equipment-88-88Write-down on classification as assets held-for-sale-633-633Other adjustments for non cash items4999144296Income taxes paid(347)(81)(524)(675)Contributions to defined benefit plans(1,352)(957)(3,265)(2,797)Cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital items13,95012,28639,25629,172Changes in working capital itemsTrade receivables2,764(5,992)(14,043)(23,987)Inventories17,327(1,148)3,136(13,423)Parts and supplies(127)(90)(772)(84)Other current assets488(668)(1,360)(1,453)Accounts payable and accrued liabilities(6,088)12,000(4,835)28,421Provisions(1,006)513(396)1,36213,3584,615(18,270)(9,164)Cash flows from operating activities27,30816,90120,98620,008INVESTING ACTIVITIESProceeds on the settlements of forward foreign exchange rate contracts subsequent to the discontinuance of the related hedging relationships471-1,520647Purchase of property, plant and equipment(3,449)(1,329)(9,609)(6,855)Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment and other assets858212,920216Restricted cash and other assets163(2,637)5,261(2,680)Purchase of intangible assets(1,059)(224)(1,141)(224)Cash flows from investing activities(3,016)(4,169)(1,049)(8,896)FINANCING ACTIVITIESProceeds from long-term debt6,45512,94237,54635,089Repayment of long-term debt(23,788)(19,262)(41,921)(28,450)Interest paid(5,479)(6,160)(12,871)(13,333)Cash flows from financing activities(22,812)(12,480)(17,246)(6,694)Net increase (decrease) in cash1,4802522,6914,418Effect of exchange differences on cash(294)533(37)(210)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period5,4367,0943,9683,671Cash and cash equivalents, end of period6,6227,8796,6227,879Intertape Polymer Group Inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance SheetsAs at(In thousands of US dollars)(Unaudited)September 30,December 31,January 1,2011 (Unaudited)2010 (Unaudited)2010 (Unaudited)$$$ASSETSCurrent assetsCash and cash equivalents6,6223,9683,671Restricted cash-5,183-Trade receivables100,12986,51674,161Other receivables3,8834,2703,052Inventories89,05392,62979,001Parts and supplies14,61713,93313,967Prepaid expenses6,2484,5863,693Derivative financial instruments-1,2701,438220,552212,355178,983Property, plant and equipment207,272224,335251,378Assets held-for-sale-671149Other assets2,8592,9833,443Intangible assets3,1432,3442,216Deferred tax assets32,18033,92664,806Total Assets466,006476,614500,975LIABILITIESCurrent liabilitiesAccounts payable and accrued liabilities74,77982,25266,034Provisions2,4442,8932,194Derivative financial instruments788--Installments on long-term debt2,9732,8371,72180,98487,98269,949Long-term debt213,149216,856213,450Pension and post-retirement benefits22,10924,68024,675Derivative financial instruments-8981,548Other liabilities61230-Provisions1,8381,8831,330318,141332,529310,952SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCapital stock348,148348,148348,143Contributed surplus16,37815,79315,024Deficit(216,409)(223,027)(172,387)Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(252)3,171(757)147,865144,085190,023Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity466,006476,614500,975FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Rick Leckner/Pierre BoucherMaisonBrison Communications514-731-0000