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Standard Register Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2011 Financial Results

Industrial revenues grew 9 percent to $77.8 million from $71.1 million in 2010 reflecting a strong first half within our customer base followed by a weaker second half. In-mold labeling solutions continued to make progress in increasing the pipeline of opportunities as well as booked revenues. Our Mexico operation also made progress with 24 percent revenue growth over the prior year and reporting profit for the current year.

Gross margin as a percent of revenue declined to 30.6 percent in the current year from 31.4 percent during the prior year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding pension loss amortization, declined $3.6 million for the full year to $182.4 million, or 28.1 percent of revenue as compared to $185.9 million and 27.8 percent of revenue in the prior year.

For 2011, capital expenditures were $21.5 million the majority of which supported the advancement of the Company’s core growth solutions. These expenditures consisted of $14.2 million in cash and $7.3 million in capital leases. In addition, the Company acquired 100 percent of the ownership interests of iMedConsent, LLC for $4.9 million in cash. Related to this acquisition a $0.7 million note payable will be paid over two years and, up to an additional $2.0 million in contingent payments will be made based upon the performance of the business through the two-year anniversary of the transaction. Pension funding contributions were $25.0 million for 2011. Non-GAAP cash on a net debt basis was negative $11.6 million for the year.

For 2012, the Company is planning to spend $9-11 million in capital expenditures to further support its core solutions offering and is planning to contribute at least the minimum requirement of $27 million for Pension funding.

Strategic Restructuring Program

On January 23, 2012, the Company announced a strategic restructuring program to better align resources in support of its growing core solutions business and to reduce costs to offset the impact of declining revenue in its legacy operations. The restructuring is expected to result in an estimated $45 million in annual savings and the elimination of 12 percent to 15 percent of its workforce over the next 6 to 9 months. Costs associated with the restructuring program reduced fourth quarter 2011 earnings by $5.5 million pre-tax, or $0.11 per diluted share. The balance of the costs will reduce 2012 earnings by approximately $1.5 million pre-tax, or $0.03 per diluted share.

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