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School Specialty Announces Its Fiscal 2015 Second Quarter Results and Provides Corporate Updates

GREENVILLE, Wis., Dec. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) ("School Specialty" or "the Company"), a leading distributor of supplies, furniture and both supplemental and curriculum products to the education marketplace, today announced its fiscal 2015 second quarter and six month results for the period ended October 25, 2014. The Company also announced today changes in its senior leadership team and provided updates on its outlook for fiscal 2015.

Joseph M. Yorio, President and Chief Executive Officer of School Specialty stated, "Our revenues through the first half of the year came in a little below expectations as some school construction project orders were delayed, growth in sales of technology products were not as strong as expected and initiatives to drive sales in the early childhood market have yet to take hold. Despite this, we have been very successful in executing our strategy as revenues increased throughout our core public school districts, and across many of our targeted geographies and product categories. Transactional product sales were up, and we had solid year-over-year growth in our e-tail and retail channels. Our customer relationships remain strong and we believe we are positioned for modest growth in the second half of the year and more growth next year with the improvements in our sales force structure and product assortment, and with opportunities in new markets."

Second Quarter Financial Results (compares three months ended October 25, 2014 and October 26, 2013)

  • Revenues were $238.7 million, a decline of 2.8% as compared to revenues of $245.6 million, which includes $1.7 million of revenues from printing plants that were divested in last year's third quarter. Distribution segment revenues decreased 3.3% or $7.0 million, which includes the divestiture of printing plants, and Curriculum segment revenues, were up 0.2% or $0.1 million. Sales of the Company's student planners and agendas product line declined approximately $0.9 million year-over-year in the second quarter and approximately $2.8 million of the decline was related to timing of furniture sales related to various school construction projects the Company believes to have shifted into the second half of fiscal 2015. The remaining product lines within the Company's Distribution segment were down $1.6 million or 1.4%.
  • Gross profit margin was 36.4% as compared to 38.0%. Distribution segment gross margin was 34.2% as compared to 35.6%, and Curriculum segment gross margin was 51.1% as compared to 54.3%. Lower sales and margins of student planners and agendas, higher product development amortization and product mix shift adversely impacted consolidated gross profit margins and was partially offset by higher margin curriculum products.
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $67.9 million as compared to $71.7 million, a decrease of $3.8 million or 5.3%. SG&A attributable to the Distribution and Curriculum segments decreased $4.4 million and Corporate SG&A increased $0.6 million. Lower depreciation and amortization expense and declines in marketing costs and compensation related expenses led to lower SG&A within the business segments, partially offset by additional outbound transportation costs as a result of the ongoing distribution center consolidation. The increase in Corporate SG&A is related primarily to improvements in implementation costs such as consulting fees and warehouse implementation costs associated with transitioning the majority of fulfillment activities to the Company's Mansfield, OH distribution center.
  • The Company recorded $1.9 million of charges related primarily to severance and lease termination estimates as compared to $2.2 million of bankruptcy-related restructuring charges.
  • Operating income was $17.0 million as compared to operating income of $19.2 million. Net income was $11.9 million or net income per share of $11.92 compared with net income of $14.7 million and net income per share of $14.70.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $30.2 million as compared to $32.9 million.

Six Month Financial Results (compares six months ended October 25, 2014 and combined six months ended October 26, 2013)

As a result of the emergence from bankruptcy occurring six weeks into fiscal 2014, management believes that the presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Information – Combined Results for the first six months of fiscal 2014 offers a useful non-GAAP normalized comparison to GAAP results of the Successor Company for the six months ended October 25, 2014. Non-GAAP combined results for the six months ended October 26, 2013 include results of operations for the Successor Company for the twenty weeks ended October 26, 2013 and the Predecessor Company for the six weeks ended June 11, 2013.

  • Revenues were $438.1 million, a decline of 2.2% as compared to $447.8 million, which includes $4.3 million of revenues from printing plants that were divested in fiscal 2014. Distribution segment revenues decreased 3.6% or $13.8 million, including the divestiture of printing plants. The student planner and agenda products accounted for $8.2 million of the decline, while the remaining categories in the Distribution segment were down $2.3 million, or 1.1%. Additionally, the Company's furniture business was up $1.0 million compared to the prior year. Curriculum segment revenues increased 6.9%, or $4.1 million, primarily related to the adoption of a state science curriculum in Texas during the first quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • Gross profit margin was 37.7% as compared to 39.4%. Distribution segment gross margin was 35.5% as compared to 37.2%, and Curriculum segment gross margin was 51.1% as compared to 53.9%. As with the three month results, lower sales and margins of student planners and agendas, higher product development amortization and product mix shift adversely impacted consolidated gross profit margins in the first half of fiscal 2015 and was partially offset by higher margin curriculum products.
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $129.8 million as compared to $136.3 million, a decrease of $6.5 million or 4.8%. SG&A attributable to the Distribution and Curriculum segments decreased $8.4 million and Corporate SG&A increased $1.9 million. Driving the declines in the business segments were lower marketing costs, compensation and benefit costs, as well as lower depreciation and amortization expenses for the comparable six month periods. This was partially offset by additional outbound freight costs related to the Company's DC consolidation initiatives, as well as higher Corporate SG&A expenditures associated with the implementation of various Process Improvement Programs and restructuring initiatives.
  • The Company recorded $2.1 million of restructuring charges related primarily to severance and adjustments to estimated lease termination costs associated with a prior year closure of a distribution center as compared to $3.6 million of bankruptcy-related restructuring charges.
  • Operating income was $33.5 million as compared to operating income of $36.7 million. Net income was $22.9 million or net income per share of $22.94 compared with net income of $107.7 million and net income per share of $35.66.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $57.4 million as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $61.2 million.

Executive Leadership Updates

The Company announced today changes in its executive leadership team. Todd Shaw, who joined in July 2014 as Vice President, Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement and was later given the added responsibilities of merchandising and supply chain management, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations. Mr. Shaw will now lead all Operations, including management of the distribution centers/warehouses, supply chain, procurement, transportation, logistics, customer service, and merchandising functions. Additionally, as part of the Company's continued operational realignment initiatives, Joe Geltz, previously a senior member of the operational team with Staples and Corporate Express, has joined School Specialty as Sr. Director of Distribution Center Operations based out of the Company's Mansfield distribution center.

The Company also announced that Bodie Marx, who joined School Specialty as General Manager of Science in October 2013, has been appointed Senior Vice President of Curriculum Sales, responsible for all curriculum products. Mr. Marx has over 35 years of experience in the industry, having most recently served as a Senior Vice President with McGraw-Hill School Publishing. The Company is in the advanced stages of identifying an executive to assume the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer, a new position which will assume managerial responsibility for the entire sales organization, including both the Distribution and Curriculum business segments, and expects this role to be filled in January 2015.

As previously announced in October 2014, Ryan Bohr joined School Specialty as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Kevin Baehler, who was named Interim Chief Financial Officer in January 2014, was named Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer as part of this transition.

Mr. Yorio added, "The changes to the leadership team have added a significant amount of relevant experience and proven execution ability. Many members of the team we have and are continuing to assemble have worked together for years and I am confident that collectively, we have the right skill sets, expertise and vision to continue our transformation and drive value for our customers and our shareholders."

Financial Outlook

The Company today provided updates to its outlook for fiscal 2015. Management estimates that revenues will be approximately $625 million - $640 million for fiscal 2015, as compared to $630.7 million reported in the prior year, which includes $4.3 million of revenues from printing plants that were divested. The updated top-line forecast is based on lower revenues through the first half of the fiscal year and the potential that not all of the shortfall, including certain timing related items, can be recovered in the second half of the fiscal year. There remains great optimism in the potential for higher revenue growth in the coming year as a result of ongoing improvements in product assortment and innovation, the newly implemented sales coverage model and new initiatives the Company expects to introduce over the coming year. The Company also today is reaffirming its Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $48 million - $54 million for fiscal 2015, as a result of continued efficiency improvements and lower operating expenses. Capital expenditures are still anticipated to be approximately $17 million - $19 million.

Mr. Yorio concluded, "We continue to implement changes at all levels of our organization and across all departments to be more competitive in the marketplace and to deliver an unparalleled level of service for our customers. Operationally, we still have significant room for improvement, both in terms of cost management and our processes. We intend to continue to invest in our DC's, our systems and across our supply chain to become quicker and more efficient. New sourcing, procurement and merchandising initiatives are expected to drive innovation in our future offerings; all of these areas are critical to improving our financial performance. Furthermore, I am focused on unlocking the collective potential and vision of the team members across our organization as the depth of industry knowledge and expertise of our people is truly unmatched. I look forward to providing further updates on our operational and financial successes as the year progresses."

School Specialty intends to publish an accompanying presentation on its financial results shortly. The Company will be hosting a conference call and webcast on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Speaking from management will be Joseph M. Yorio, School Specialty's President and Chief Executive Officer and Ryan M. Bohr, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Conference Call Information

  • Toll-free number: 877-266-0479 / International number: 920-663-6267 / Conference ID: 41343384

Replay Information

  • Replay number: 855-859-2056 / International replay number: 404-537-3406 / Conference ID: 41343384

For those who will be unable to participate, a teleconference replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will last for one week (12/5/14 – 12/12/14). Interested parties can also participate on the live webcast or can access the archived call shortly thereafter, by visiting the School Specialty website in the Investor Relations section at http://investors.schoolspecialty.com.

About School Specialty, Inc.

School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.

Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Information

Any statements made in this press release about School Specialty's future financial condition, results of operations, expectations, plans, or prospects, including the information under the heading "Financial Outlook", constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements also include those preceded or followed by the words "anticipates," "believes," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "projects," "should," "targets" and/or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on School Specialty's current estimates and assumptions and, as such, involve uncertainty and risk. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements because of a number of factors, including the factors described in Item 1A of School Specialty's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 26, 2014, which factors are incorporated herein by reference. Any forward-looking statement in this release speaks only as of the date in which it is made. Except to the extent required under the federal securities laws, School Specialty does not intend to update or revise the forward-looking statements.

SCHOOL SPECIALTY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED COMBINED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
Unaudited / Non-GAAP

Successor Company

Successor Company
Predecessor
Company
Non-GAAP
Combined
Three Months Ended
October 25, 2014
Three Months Ended
October 26, 2013
Six Months Ended
October 25, 2014
Twenty Weeks Ended
October 26, 2013
Six Weeks Ended
June 11, 2013
Six Months Ended
October 26, 2013
Revenues $ 238,670 $ 245,629 $ 438,139 $ 389,128 $ 58,697 $ 447,825
Cost of revenues 151,848 152,424 272,751 236,165 35,079 271,244
Gross profit 86,822 93,205 165,388 152,963 23,618 176,581
Selling, general and administrative expenses 67,893 71,713 129,835 108,819 27,473 136,292
Facility exit costs and restructuring 1,929 2,249 2,062 3,605 -- 3,605
Operating income (loss) 17,000 19,243 33,491 40,539 (3,855) 36,684
Other expense (income):
Interest expense 5,206 4,605 10,481 7,426 3,235 10,661
Change in fair value of interest rate swap 42 622 29 622 -- 622
Refund of early termination fee -- (4,054) -- (4,054) -- (4,054)
Reorganization items, net -- 3,367 271 4,647 (84,799) (80,152)
Income before provision for (benefit from) income taxes 11,752 14,703 22,710 31,898 77,709 109,607
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (171) 6 (227) 258 1,641 1,899
Net income $ 11,923 $ 14,697 $ 22,937 $ 31,640 $ 76,068 $ 107,708
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 18,922
Diluted 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 18,922
Net Income per Share:
Basic $ 11.92 $ 14.70 $ 22.94 $ 31.64 $ 4.02 $ 35.66
Diluted $ 11.92 $ 14.70 $ 22.94 $ 31.64 $ 4.02 $ 35.66
Adjusted Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation,
amortization, bankruptcy-related costs, restructuring and impairment
charges (EBITDA) reconciliation:
Net income $ 11,923 $ 14,697 $ 22,937 $ 107,708
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (171) 6 (227) 1,899
Reorganization items, net -- 3,367 271 (80,152)
Restructuring costs 1,929 2,249 2,062 3,605
Restructuring-related costs incl in SG&A 3,164 2,568 5,706 3,807
Change in fair value of interest rate swap 42 622 29 622
Early termination fee -- (4,054) -- (4,054)
Depreciation and amortization expense 4,683 6,613 9,052 12,463
Amortization of development costs 3,278 2,199 6,949 4,596
Net interest expense 5,206 4,605 10,481 10,661
Stock-based compensation 141 -- 141 --
Adjusted EBITDA $ 30,195 $ 32,872 $ 57,401 $ 61,155
SCHOOL SPECIALTY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(In Thousands, Except Share Data)
Successor Company
October 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 October 26, 2013
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,253 $ 9,008 $ 10,671
Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,145, $984 and $2,228, respectively 117,990 62,631 122,180
Inventories 70,147 93,387 67,744
Deferred catalog costs 2,351 8,057 3,433
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 16,498 18,043 14,087
Refundable income taxes 554 -- 5,024
Assets held for sale 2,200 2,200 2,928
Total current assets 219,993 193,326 226,067
Property, plant and equipment, net 37,618 39,045 37,567
Goodwill 21,588 21,588 25,535
Intangible assets, net 46,009 48,251 46,681
Development costs and other 32,034 36,646 36,847
Deferred taxes long-term 13 48 51
Investment in unconsolidated affiliate 715 715 715
Total assets $ 357,970 $ 339,619 $ 373,463
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current maturities - long-term debt $ 10,273 $ 12,388 $ 5,334
Accounts payable 36,348 42,977 25,763
Accrued compensation 12,046 8,966 13,144
Deferred revenue 2,928 2,613 3,088
Other accrued liabilities 14,640 14,460 19,310
Total current liabilities 76,235 81,404 66,639
Long-term debt - less current maturities 156,510 153,987 152,227
Other liabilities 807 1,171 2,107
Total liabilities 233,552 236,562 220,973
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share, 500,000 shares authorized; none outstanding -- -- --
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share, 2,000,000 shares authorized; 1,000,004 shares outstanding 1 1 1
Capital in excess of par value 119,533 120,955 120,955
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (568) (414) (106)
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 5,452 (17,485) 31,640
Total stockholders' equity 124,418 103,057 152,490
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 357,970 $ 339,619 $ 373,463

CONTACT: Company Contact Ryan Bohr Ryan.Bohr@SchoolSpecialty.com Tel: 920-882-5868 Company Contact Glenn Wiener IR@SchoolSpecialty.com Tel: 212-786-6011

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