CAPITAL STRUCTURE AND CASH FLOW
Net debt (defined as total debt less cash) to adjusted EBITDA (defined as, for the last twelve month period, adjusted operating income plus depreciation and amortization) was 2.3 times at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011. Cash flow from operations for the first quarter of 2012 of $48.8 million supported capital expenditures of $23.7 million and common stock dividends of $26.1 million. Management intends to direct excess cash flow toward debt reduction in 2012 in order to reduce the ratio of net debt to adjusted EBITDA toward a target of approximately 2.0 times.
2012 EARNINGS OUTLOOK
Commenting on the outlook for the rest of the year, Theisen said, “This year, we are focused on initiatives that we expect to improve our operating performance and returns on invested capital. While we generally experience seasonally stronger volumes during the second quarter of the year, we expect unit sales volumes during the first half of 2012 to continue to be sluggish compared to 2011. Our full year guidance anticipates improved volumes during the second half of the year as our customers’ initiatives gain momentum.”Management expects adjusted diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2012 to be in the range of $0.51 to $0.57. Management expects adjusted diluted earnings per share for the full year 2012 to be in the range of $2.05 to $2.20 per share. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $175 million for the full year 2012. PRESENTATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION This press release refers to non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit as a percentage of net sales, net debt to adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted diluted earnings per share. These non-GAAP financial measures adjust for factors that are unusual or unpredictable. These measures exclude the impact of certain amounts related to facility consolidation activities including employee-related costs, lease termination payments, accelerated depreciation, and the write-down of equipment. These measures also exclude acquisition-related expenses including transaction expenses, due diligence expenses, professional and legal fees, purchase accounting adjustments for inventory and order backlog, integration expenses, the cash portion of any acquisition earn-out payments recorded as compensation expenses, changes in fair value of deferred acquisition payments, and goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges. This adjusted information should not be construed as an alternative to results determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). It is provided solely to assist in an investor’s understanding of the impact of these items on the comparability of the Company’s on-going business operations.