Veritiv Announces Record First Quarter 2022 Net Income, EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin; Raises Guidance

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Net sales of $1.9 billion, an increase of 19.2% from prior year
  • Net Income and Diluted EPS of $78.5 Million and $5.12, respectively
  • Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin1 of $119.5 Million and 6.4%, respectively
  • Net Leverage Ratio of 1.1x

ATLANTA, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Veritiv Corporation (NYSE: VRTV), a full-service provider of business-to-business products, services and solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

“Double-digit sales growth and year-over-year Adjusted EBITDA margin improvements across each of our segments drove record earnings performance for any quarter in Veritiv history” said Sal Abbate, Chief Executive Officer. “We reported record Adjusted EBITDA margin of 6.4% in the first quarter, which marks the ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement. Our trend of delivering consecutive record financial metrics demonstrates the consistency and sustainability of our performance. Our commercial effectiveness across all businesses, Print Solutions growth and ongoing momentum in our Packaging business were key contributors to the continued improvement in our results. Our own delivery fleet and comprehensive distribution network remain key differentiators to both our suppliers and customers. These factors drove above-market volume growth across all our segments and further established our position as the leading provider of business-to-business packaging solutions in North America.”

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021:

  • Net sales were $1.9 billion, an increase of 19.2% from the prior year.
  • Net income was $78.5 million, compared to $21.3 million in the prior year. Net restructuring charges were $2.7 million, compared to $4.3 million in the prior year.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share were $5.31 and $5.12, respectively, compared to $1.34 and $1.28, respectively in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $119.5 million, an increase of 100.8% from the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin was 6.4%, an increase of 260 basis points from the prior year.

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, net cash used for operating activities was $(5.9) million and free cash flow was $(15.3) million.

“We completed the sale of our Canada business on May 2. The combination of record earnings performance and the divestiture of our Canada business further support both our financial and strategic capital objectives,” said Steve Smith, Chief Financial Officer. “We announced a new $200 million share repurchase program in March of this year and have repurchased approximately $53 million of our shares through May 6, 2022.”

Revised 2022 Guidance

Given the strong financial performance so far this year and favorable outlook for the remainder of the year the Company now expects full year 2022 net income to be in the range of $270 to $305 million. Diluted earnings per share is estimated to be in the range of $18.00 to $21.00, based on approximately 14.7 million fully diluted shares outstanding. Adjusted EBITDA is now expected to be in the range of $445 to $485 million. Net cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow are expected to be approximately $280 million and $250 million, respectively. Capital expenditures are now estimated to be approximately $30 million.

1Adjusted EBITDA Margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales.

Veritiv Corporation will host a conference call and webcast today, May 9, 2022, at 9 a.m. (ET) to discuss its first quarter financial results. To participate, callers within the United States (U.S.) and Canada can dial (833) 968-2031, and international callers can dial (236) 714-2130, both using conference ID number 4679335. Interested parties can also listen online at ir.veritivcorp.com. A replay of the call and webcast will be available online for a limited period of time at ir.veritivcorp.com shortly after the webcast is completed.

Important information regarding U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) and related reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measures can be found in the schedules to this press release, which should be thoroughly reviewed.

About Veritiv

Veritiv Corporation (NYSE: VRTV), headquartered in Atlanta and a Fortune 500® company, is a full-service provider of packaging, JanSan and hygiene products, services and solutions. Additionally, Veritiv provides print and publishing products, and logistics and supply chain management solutions. Serving customers in a wide range of industries both in North America and globally, Veritiv has distribution centers throughout the U.S. and Mexico, and team members around the world helping shape the success of its customers.  For more information about Veritiv and its business segments visit www.veritivcorp.com.

Safe Harbor Provision

Certain statements contained in this press release regarding Veritiv Corporation’s (the “Company”) future operating results, performance, strategy, business plans, prospects, guidance, statements related to the impact of COVID-19 and any other statements not constituting historical fact are “forward-looking statements” subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Where possible, the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “continue,” “intend,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “planned,” “estimated,” “potential,” “goal,” “outlook,” “may,” “predicts,” “could,” or the negative of such terms, or other comparable expressions, have been used to identify such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect only the Company’s current beliefs and assumptions with respect to future operating results, performance, business plans, prospects, guidance and other matters, and are based on information currently available to the Company. Accordingly, the statements are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and contingencies, which could cause the Company’s actual operating results, performance, business plans, prospects or guidance to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. 

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include the risks and other factors described under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other publicly available reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Such risks and other factors, which in some instances are beyond the Company’s control, include: adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; the industry-wide decline in demand for paper and related products; increased competition from existing and non-traditional sources; procurement and other risks in obtaining packaging, facility products and paper from our suppliers for resale to our customers; changes in prices for raw materials; changes in trade policies and regulations; increases in the cost of fuel and third-party freight and the availability of third-party freight providers; the loss of any of our significant customers; inability to realize expected benefits of restructuring plans; adverse developments in general business and economic conditions that could impair our ability to use net operating loss carryforwards and other deferred tax assets; our ability to adequately protect our material intellectual property and other proprietary rights, or to defend successfully against intellectual property infringement claims by third parties; our ability to attract, train and retain highly qualified employees; our pension and health care costs and participation in multi-employer pension, health and welfare plans; the effects of work stoppages, union negotiations and labor disputes; our ability to generate sufficient cash to service our debt; increasing interest rates; our ability to refinance or restructure our debt on reasonable terms and conditions as might be necessary from time to time; our ability to comply with the covenants contained in our debt agreements; costs to comply with laws, rules and regulations, including environmental, health and safety laws, and to satisfy any liability or obligation imposed under such laws; changes in tax laws; adverse results from litigation, governmental investigations or audits, or tax-related proceedings or audits; regulatory changes and judicial rulings impacting our business; the impact of adverse developments in general business and economic conditions as well as conditions in the global capital and credit markets on demand for our products and services, our business including our international operations, and our customers; foreign currency fluctuations; inclement weather, widespread outbreak of an illness, anti-terrorism measures and other disruptions to our supply chain, distribution system and operations; our dependence on a variety of information technology and telecommunications systems and the Internet; our reliance on third-party vendors for various services; cybersecurity risks; and other events of which we are presently unaware or that we currently deem immaterial that may result in unexpected adverse operating results.

The Company is not responsible for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the published date, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet service providers. This press release is being furnished to the SEC through a Form 8-K. The Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2022 to be filed with the SEC may contain updates to the information included in this release.

Financial Statements

VERITIV CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in millions, except per share data, unaudited)








Three Months Ended

March 31,



2022


2021

Net sales


$     1,858.1


$     1,559.3

Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown
separately below)


1,455.4


1,238.1

Distribution expenses


112.2


101.5

Selling and administrative expenses


187.9


166.4

Depreciation and amortization


12.7


14.5

Restructuring charges, net


2.7


4.3

Operating income (loss)


87.2


34.5

Interest expense, net


3.5


5.1

Other (income) expense, net


(0.6)


(1.0)

Income (loss) before income taxes


84.3


30.4

Income tax expense (benefit)


5.8


9.1

Net income (loss)


$          78.5


$          21.3






Earnings (loss) per share:





Basic


$          5.31


$          1.34

Diluted


$          5.12


$          1.28






Weighted-average shares outstanding:





Basic


14.77


15.88

Diluted


15.32


16.66

VERITIV CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollars in millions, except par value, unaudited)








March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021

Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$                         33.8


$                        49.3

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $30.2 and $34.4, respectively


944.3


1,011.2

Inventories


407.7


484.5

Other current assets


118.9


131.5

Assets-held-for-sale


300.5


1.2

Total current assets


1,805.2


1,677.7

Property and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation and amortization
of $313.9 and $332.4, respectively)


137.1


162.9

Goodwill


96.3


99.6

Other intangibles, net


38.9


42.7

Deferred income tax assets


59.8


47.1

Other non-current assets


369.9


408.4

Total assets


$                    2,507.2


$                   2,438.4

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$                       512.4


$                      561.9

Accrued payroll and benefits


54.9


110.0

Other accrued liabilities


165.8


185.7

Liabilities-held-for-sale


172.9


Current portion of debt


15.0


16.0

Total current liabilities


921.0


873.6

Long-term debt, net of current portion


511.5


499.7

Defined benefit pension obligations


3.5


7.2

Other non-current liabilities


391.4


422.1

Total liabilities


1,827.4


1,802.6

Commitments and contingencies





Shareholders’ equity:





Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10.0 million shares authorized, none issued



Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100.0 million shares authorized; shares
issued – 17.5 million and 17.0 million, respectively; shares outstanding – 15.0
million and 14.6 million, respectively


0.2


0.2

Additional paid-in capital


607.1


633.8

Accumulated earnings (deficit)


221.7


143.2

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(21.7)


(24.3)

Treasury stock at cost – 2.5 million and 2.4 million shares, respectively


(127.5)


(117.1)

Total shareholders’ equity


679.8


635.8

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity


$                    2,507.2


$                   2,438.4

VERITIV CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions, unaudited)








Three Months Ended March 31,



2022


2021

Operating activities





Net income (loss)


$                     78.5


$                     21.3

Depreciation and amortization


12.7


14.5

Amortization and write-off of deferred financing fees


0.4


0.3

Net losses (gains) on disposition of assets and sale of a business


(2.3)


(2.2)

Provision for expected credit losses


(0.6)


0.9

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)


(12.7)


3.1

Stock-based compensation


2.8


1.2

Other non-cash items, net


0.5


0.8

Changes in operating assets and liabilities





Accounts receivable


(25.8)


(10.3)

Inventories


(8.8)


(30.7)

Other current assets


(1.1)


1.7

Accounts payable


4.5


54.3

Accrued payroll and benefits


(50.6)


(29.8)

Other accrued liabilities


1.0


(10.9)

Other


(4.4)


(1.0)

Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


(5.9)


13.2

Investing activities





Property and equipment additions


(9.4)


(6.3)

Proceeds from asset sales and sale of a business


0.2


8.0

Proceeds from insurance related to property and equipment


2.1


Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities


(7.1)


1.7

Financing activities





Change in book overdrafts


20.3


(9.2)

Borrowings of long-term debt


1,515.2


1,392.8

Repayments of long-term debt


(1,481.8)


(1,378.9)

Payments under right-of-use finance leases


(3.4)


(3.3)

Payments under vendor-based financing arrangements


(3.2)


Purchase of treasury stock


(10.4)


(24.6)

Impact of tax withholding on share-based compensation


(29.5)


(3.3)

Other


0.2


0.4

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities


7.4


(26.1)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


0.0


(0.4)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents, including cash classified
within assets-held-for-sale


(5.6)


(11.6)

Less: cash included in assets-held-for-sale, end of period


(9.9)


Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(15.5)


(11.6)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


49.3


120.6

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$                     33.8


$                   109.0

Supplemental cash flow information





Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds


$                     15.1


$                     11.2

Cash paid for interest


2.9


4.6

Non-cash investing and financing activities





Non-cash additions to property and equipment for right-of-use
finance leases and vendor-based financing arrangements


$                     15.6


$                       0.2

Non-cash additions to other non-current assets for right-of-use
operating leases


31.2


11.3

Non-GAAP Measures

We supplement our financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP with certain non-GAAP measures including Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, net, integration and acquisition expenses and other similar charges including any severance costs, costs associated with warehouse and office openings or closings, consolidation, and relocation and other business optimization expenses, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the LIFO reserve, non-restructuring asset impairment charges, non-restructuring severance charges, non-restructuring pension charges, net, fair value adjustments related to contingent liabilities assumed in mergers and acquisitions and certain other adjustments), free cash flow and other non-GAAP measures such as the Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio. We believe investors commonly use Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and these other non-GAAP measures as key financial metrics for valuing companies. In addition, the credit agreement governing our Asset-Based Lending Facility (the “ABL Facility”) permits us to exclude the foregoing and other charges in calculating “Consolidated EBITDA”, as defined in the ABL Facility.

Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and these other non-GAAP measures are not alternative measures of financial performance or liquidity under U.S. GAAP. Non-GAAP measures do not have definitions under U.S. GAAP and may be defined differently by, and not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, we consider and evaluate non-GAAP measures in connection with a review of the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on such non-GAAP measures and to consider them with the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures. Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and these other non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analyzing our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Please see the following tables for reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measures. 

Table I

VERITIV CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA; ADJUSTED EBITDA MARGIN

(in millions, unaudited)






Three Months Ended

March 31,



2022


2021

Net income (loss)


$        78.5


$        21.3

Interest expense, net


3.5


5.1

Income tax expense (benefit)


5.8


9.1

Depreciation and amortization


12.7


14.5

EBITDA


100.5


50.0

Restructuring charges, net


2.7


4.3

Facility closure charges, including (gain) loss from asset disposition


(0.6)


0.3

Stock-based compensation


2.8


1.2

LIFO reserve (decrease) increase


11.0


5.1

Non-restructuring severance charges


1.7


0.8

Other


1.4


(2.2)

Adjusted EBITDA


$      119.5


$        59.5






Net sales


$   1,858.1


$   1,559.3

Adjusted EBITDA as a % of net sales


6.4 %


3.8 %

Table I.a.

VERITIV CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA GUIDANCE

(in millions, unaudited)








Forecast for Year Ending December 31, 2022



Low


High

Net income (loss)


$                            270


$                            305

Interest expense, net


15


15

Income tax expense (benefit)


80


95

Depreciation and amortization


50


50

Other reconciling items


30


20

Adjusted EBITDA


$                            445


$                            485

Table II

VERITIV CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

FREE CASH FLOW

(in millions, unaudited)






Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022

Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


$                               (5.9)

Less: Capital expenditures


(9.4)

Free cash flow


$                            (15.3)

Table II.a

VERITIV CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

FREE CASH FLOW GUIDANCE

(in millions, unaudited)






Forecast for Year Ending December 31, 2022

Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


approximately $280

Less: Capital expenditures


(30)

Free cash flow


approximately $250

VERITIV CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

NET DEBT TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

(in millions, unaudited)




March 31, 2022

Amount drawn on ABL Facility

$                             474.2

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

(33.8)

Net debt

$                             440.4



Last Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDA

$                             402.6



Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA

1.1x




Last Twelve Months


March 31, 2022

Net income (loss)

$                             201.8

Interest expense, net

15.6

Income tax expense (benefit)

49.6

Depreciation and amortization

53.4

EBITDA

320.4

Restructuring charges, net

13.8

Facility closure charges, including (gain) loss from asset disposition

(0.8)

Stock-based compensation

9.0

LIFO reserve (decrease) increase

49.5

Non-restructuring severance charges

8.7

Non-restructuring pension charges, net

0.5

Other

1.5

Adjusted EBITDA

$                             402.6

SOURCE Veritiv Corporation

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