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Intertape Polymer Group Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results
MONTREAL, QUEBEC and SARASOTA, FLORIDA, Aug 11, 2017 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- © 2017 Nasdaq, Inc. All rights reserved.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and SARASOTA, FLORIDA--(Marketwired - Aug. 11, 2017) - Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX:ITP) (the "Company") today released results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017. All amounts in this press release are denominated in US dollars unless otherwise indicated and all percentages are calculated on unrounded numbers. For more information, you may refer to the Company's management's discussion and analysis and unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as of and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights (as compared to second quarter 2016):

Revenue increased 4.3% to $210.2 million primarily due to an increase in average selling price including the impact of product mix, additional revenue from the Powerband Acquisition(1), and the non-recurrence of the South Carolina Commissioning Revenue Reduction(2) in the second quarter of 2016.

Gross margin decreased to 22.5% from 25.7% primarily due to the non-recurrence of South Carolina Flood Insurance Proceeds(2) of $4.5 million recorded in the second quarter of 2016.

Net earnings attributable to the Company shareholders ("IPG Net Earnings") decreased $3.5 million to $10.2 million, primarily due to a decrease in gross profit and an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A"), partially offset by a decrease in manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other related charges and income tax expense.

Adjusted EBITDA(3) decreased 13.7% to $28.5 million primarily due to a decrease in gross profit mainly related to the non-recurrence of South Carolina Flood Insurance Proceeds(2) of $4.5 million received in the second quarter of 2016. Included in adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016 are advisory fees and other costs associated with mergers and acquisitions activity totalling $2.3 million and $0.8 million, respectively.

Cash flows from operating activities decreased by $4.8 million to $19.6 million primarily due to the non-recurrence of South Carolina Flood Insurance Proceeds of $4.5 million recorded in the second quarter of 2016 and a larger increase in inventories.

Free cash flows(3) decreased by $11.4 million to negative $0.8 million primarily due to an increase in capital expenditures and a decrease in cash flows from operating activities.

Other Announcements:

On June 9, 2017, the Company increased the borrowing limit of the Company's revolving credit facility from $300.0 million to $450.0 million. The amended credit agreement continues to include an incremental accordion feature of $150.0 million, enabling the Company to further increase the credit limit of this facility if needed, subject to the credit agreement's existing terms and lender approval.

On June 23, 2017, as one of the initial steps in the establishment of the previously announced partnership transaction in the Company's woven business, the Company purchased substantially all of the issued and outstanding shares of Capstone Polyweave Private Limited ("Capstone"), a newly-formed enterprise in India, for cash consideration of $5.1 million ("Capstone Partnership"). 

On July 1, 2017, the Company acquired substantially all of the assets of Canadian Technical Tape Ltd. ("Cantech"), a privately-owned North American supplier of industrial and specialty tapes based in Montreal, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $67 million, net of cash acquired and subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment ("Cantech Acquisition").

On July 4, 2017, the Company and the minority shareholders of Powerband executed a binding term sheet that confirmed that the Company's call option on all of the shares owned by the minority shareholders had been triggered and substantially reaffirmed the exit terms of the shareholders' agreement executed between the parties on September 2, 2016. As of August 10, 2017, no shares have been purchased by the Company under this agreement as the parties continue to work through the exit provisions stipulated in the term sheet.

On July 17, 2017, the Company renewed its normal course issuer bid under which the Company is entitled to repurchase for cancellation up to 4,000,000 common shares over the twelve-month period ending July 16, 2018.

On August 8, 2017, the Company purchased additional shares of Capstone for a purchase price of $5.1 million.

On August 10, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per common share payable on September 29, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 15, 2017. These dividends will be designated by the Company as "eligible dividends" as defined in Subsection 89(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

"For the second quarter, Adjusted EBITDA was $28.5 million or flat compared to last year when you exclude the $4.5 million of South Carolina Flood Insurance Proceeds received in the same period in 2016 despite some headwinds in the current period," said Greg Yull, President and CEO. "We are very happy with the results of our efforts in our M&A program in that we successfully completed the Capstone and Cantech transactions at the end of June and beginning of July for which we incurred approximately $2.3 million in advisory fees and other costs in the second quarter. The main headwinds that caused our results to be slightly below our expectations are Powerband's performance that continues to suffer from external competitive and supply chain pressures, and lower than expected sales volumes stemming from the timing of commercialization of masking tape and stencil products produced in our Blythewood facility. The operational bright spot in the period is that we continue to execute strongly on our manufacturing cost reduction initiatives."

"We are also making solid progress on all our capital expenditure projects and recently completed the shrink film expansion project in Portugal on time and under budget. The integration of Cantech is already advancing well and we believe that the recently announced Capstone Partnership will provide us a path to enhancing our global competitiveness in woven products.

"With regards to our outlook, we have decided to revise our Adjusted EBITDA range down to $120 to $127 million from the previous range of $127 to $137 million. The revised outlook reflects ongoing competitive and supply chain pressures at Powerband that are expected to persist longer than anticipated and the slower progress in recovering lost sales related to the South Carolina Flood. That being said, excluding the positive effect of the South Carolina Flood Insurance Proceeds on the 2016 and 2017 results, we anticipate Adjusted EBITDA to increase between 10%-15% in 2017 as compared to 2016 and we still believe strongly in the strategic and financial benefits we are expecting to realize from our ongoing capital investment and merger and acquisition programs," concluded Mr. Yull.

Outlook

The Company has revised its expectations for fiscal year 2017 as stated below. The revision is primarily due to a lower contribution from Powerband driven by higher raw material costs resulting from a supply interruption and a difficult competitive environment that the Company believes is driven mainly by one key competitor in the industry. Both factors have persisted longer than initially anticipated. The Company expects Powerband's raw material costs to come down as supply capacity is restored, but it is uncertain as to how long this unfavourable impact will continue. Lastly, the revision in expectations is also due to slower progress on the commercialization of certain masking tape and stencil products produced in the Blythewood, South Carolina manufacturing facility.

Based on these revised assumptions, and adjusted for the Cantech Acquisition and Capstone Partnership, net of integration costs, the Company now expects the following:

Additionally, the Company expects revenue, gross margin and adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2017 to be greater than in the third quarter of 2016.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the Company's 2017 second quarter will be held Friday, August 11, 2017, at 10 A.M. Eastern Time. Participants may dial 877-291-4570 (USA & Canada) and 647-788-4919 (International).

AN ACCOMPANYING PRESENTATION WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CLICK THE LINK OR TYPE INTO YOUR BROWSER TO ACCESS:

https://www.itape.com/investor%20relations/events%20and%20presentations/investor%20presentations

You may access a replay of the call by dialing 800-585-8367 (USA & Canada) or 416-621-4642 (International) and entering Access Code 35687440. The recording will be available from August 11, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. until September 11, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time.

About Intertape Polymer Group Inc.

Intertape Polymer Group Inc. is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and sale of a variety of paper and film based pressure-sensitive and water-activated tapes, polyethylene and specialized polyolefin films, woven coated fabrics and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota, Florida, the Company employs approximately 2,450 employees with operations in 20 locations, including 13 manufacturing facilities in North America and one each in Europe and Asia.

For information about the Company, visit www.itape.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (collectively, "forward-looking statements"), which are made in reliance upon the protections provided by such legislation for forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including statements regarding the Company's ability to increase the credit limit of its revolving credit facility; dividends; external competitive and supply chain pressures on Powerband; the Company's integration of Cantech; the Capstone Partnership's enhancement of the Company's global competitiveness in woven products; the Company's slower progress in recovering lost sales related to the South Carolina Flood; the Company's expected strategic and financial benefits from its ongoing capital investment and merger and acquisition programs; the Company's third quarter and full year 2017 outlook, including Adjusted EBITDA, gross margin, manufacturing cost reductions, capital expenditures, effective tax rate and income tax expenses and revenue, may constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections made by the Company's management. Words such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "continue," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "plan," "foresee," "believe" or "seek" or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements, by their nature, involve risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Such statements are also subject to assumptions concerning, among other things: business conditions and growth or declines in the Company's industry, the Company's customers' industries and the general economy; the anticipated benefits from the Company's manufacturing facility closures and other restructuring efforts; the anticipated benefits from the Company's acquisitions and partnerships; the anticipated benefits from the Company's capital expenditures; the quality and market reception of the Company's products; the Company's anticipated business strategies; risks and costs inherent in litigation; the Company's ability to maintain and improve quality and customer service; anticipated trends in the Company's business; anticipated cash flows from the Company's operations; availability of funds under the Company's Revolving Credit Facility; and the Company's ability to continue to control costs. The Company can give no assurance that these estimates and expectations will prove to have been correct. Actual outcomes and results may, and often do, differ from what is expressed, implied or projected in such forward-looking statements, and such differences may be material. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. For additional information regarding important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties, and the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements, you are encouraged to read "Item 3 Key Information - Risk Factors", "Item 5 Operating and Financial Review and Prospects (Management's Discussion & Analysis)" and statements located elsewhere in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016 and the other statements and factors contained in the Company's filings with the Canadian securities regulators and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Each of these forward-looking statements speaks only as of the date of this press release. The Company will not update these statements unless applicable securities laws require it to do so.

Note to readers: Complete consolidated financial statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis are available on the Company's website at www.itape.com in the Investor Relations section or under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under applicable securities legislation, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flows. The Company believes such non-GAAP financial measures improve the period-to-period comparability of the Company's results by providing more insight into the performance of the ongoing core business operations. As required by applicable securities legislation, the Company has provided definitions of those measures and reconciliations of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Investors and other readers are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures set forth below and should consider non-GAAP financial measures only as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or as a superior measure to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

A reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net earnings (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, 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) interest and other finance costs; (ii) income tax expense (benefit); (iii) amortization of intangible assets; and (iv) depreciation of property, plant and equipment. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before (i) manufacturing facility closures, restructuring and other related charges; (ii) share-based compensation expense (benefit); (iii) impairment of goodwill; (iv) impairment (reversal of impairment) of long-lived assets and other assets; (v) write-down on assets classified as held-for-sale; (vi) (gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment; and (vii) other discrete items as shown in the table below. The terms "EBITDA" and "adjusted EBITDA" do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP 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 they allow investors to make a more meaningful comparison between periods of the Company's performance, underlying business trends and the Company's ongoing operations. The Company further believes these measures may be useful in comparing its operating performance with the performance of other companies that may have different financing and capital structures, and tax rates. Adjusted EBITDA excludes costs that are not considered by management to be representative of the Company's underlying core operating performance, including certain non-operating expenses, non-cash expenses and non-recurring expenses. In addition, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are used by management to set targets and are metrics that, among others, can be used by the Company's Compensation Committee to establish performance bonus metrics and payout, and by the Company's lenders and investors to evaluate the Company's performance and ability to service its debt, finance capital expenditures and acquisitions, and provide for the payment of dividends to shareholders.

Free Cash Flows

The Company is reporting free cash flows, a non-GAAP financial measure, because it is used by management and investors in evaluating the Company's performance and liquidity. Free cash flows does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Free cash flows should not be interpreted to represent residual cash flow available for discretionary purposes, as it excludes other mandatory expenditures such as debt service.

Free cash flows is defined by the Company as cash flows from operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment.

MaisonBrison Communications Pierre Boucher 514-731-0000


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