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Office Depot Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results

Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced results for the fiscal quarter ended June 29, 2013.


Total Company sales for the second quarter of 2013 were $2.4 billion, down 4% compared to the second quarter of 2012 in both U.S. dollars and in constant currency. The shift in the timing of the Easter holiday had a small positive impact on sales that was offset by country exits in the International Division in late 2012 and in first quarter 2013.

The Company reported a net loss, after preferred stock dividends, of $64 million or $0.23 per share in the second quarter of 2013, compared to the same net loss, after preferred stock dividends, of $64 million or $0.23 per share in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Second quarter 2013 results included $30 million of pre-tax charges, comprised primarily of merger and certain shareholder-related expenses, restructuring activities, and $4 million related to non-cash store asset impairment charges in the North American Retail Division. Excluding these charges, the net loss, after preferred stock dividends, would have been $28 million or $0.10 per share.
  • The prior year results included $33 million of pre-tax charges, including $24 million in non-cash store asset impairment charges and $9 million in restructuring costs. Additionally, there was a $16 million income tax credit in the quarter. Excluding the charges and the tax credit, the second quarter 2012 net loss, after preferred stock dividends, would have been $40 million or $0.14 per share.

“Our second quarter results came in largely as expected, as we remain focused on executing against our multi-year strategic plan,” said Neil Austrian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Office Depot. “Sales continue to be impacted by a sluggish technology category, particularly laptops, as well as ongoing budgetary pressure on our federal accounts. Despite these headwinds, however, we were pleased with our cost reduction actions and progress on our key initiatives. In addition, we remain actively engaged in integration planning related to the proposed merger with OfficeMax, which we continue to expect to close by the end of the year. Shareholders of both companies overwhelmingly supported the merger at concurrent special meetings that were held in early July, and we look forward to closing the transaction and creating an even stronger office solutions provider in an increasingly competitive environment.”

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