Kodak Reports Continued Progress in Segment Profitability in Third Quarter
Eastman Kodak Company reported today that it made continued performance improvement in segment profitability for the third quarter of 2012 as a result of tightened focus on the company's most profitable customer accounts and businesses and a substantial reduction in costs. The company's focus on cost reductions and profitability resulted in a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses of $63 million, a 24% reduction from the same period in the prior year.
The segment operating loss for the third quarter was $37 million, an $87 million improvement from the prior year. The company's gross profit margin increased by 2 percentage points. On a GAAP basis, the third quarter loss from continuing operations before interest expense, other income (charges), net, reorganization items, net and income taxes was $193 million, compared to the prior year quarter loss of $167 million. Excluding restructuring costs, the operating loss was $76 million.
The company's worldwide cash balance was $1.13 billion at the end of the third quarter. The company has submitted to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for approval an agreement with the Official Committee of Retired Employees that will substantially reduce the company's payments for non-pension benefits for U.S. retirees, beginning in 2013, an action that would save the company about $100 million in cash expenditures next year (prior to reduction for appropriate expenses related to the agreement).
Kodak's revenue of $1.018 billion in the third quarter represented a decline of 19% from the year-ago quarter. This reduction reflects strategic decisions to focus on profitable businesses and accounts, lower sales of traditional products, unfavorable foreign exchange impact, and soft industry demand as a result of the broader economic downturn in some businesses and regions. The net loss for the quarter was $312 million. Excluding restructuring and reorganization costs, the loss would have narrowed to $139 million, an improvement of $66 million over the prior-year quarter.
“Since our Chapter 11 filing in January, we have focused on the businesses that are core to our future strategic direction and exited businesses that were unprofitable,” said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The actions we are taking in response to economic and market conditions are working and will position us to emerge in 2013 as a growing, profitable, sustainable company.”
A full disclosure of Kodak's quarterly performance is contained in a 10-Q report filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Eastman Kodak Company
Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Within the Company's third quarter 2012 earnings release, reference is made to the non-GAAP financial measures of segment operating loss, operating loss excluding restructuring costs, and net loss excluding restructuring and reorganization items, net.
The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures represent important internal measures of performance. Accordingly, they are provided to give the same financial data management uses with the belief that this information will assist the users of it in properly assessing the underlying performance of the Company.
The following reconciliations are provided with respect to terms used in the October 30, 2012, earnings release.
The following table reconciles segment operating loss to the most directly comparable GAAP measure of loss from continuing operations before interest expense, other income (charges), net, reorganization items, net and income taxes (amounts in millions):
|Segment loss, as presented||$||(37||)||$||(124||)||$||87|
|Restructuring costs and other (including restructuring related expenses reported in cost of sales)||(126||)||(18||)||(108||)|
|Corporate components of pension and OPEB expense||(34||)||(13||)||(21||)|
|Other operating (expenses) income, net||4||(12||)||16|
Loss from continuing operations before interest expense, other income (charges), net, reorganization items, net and income taxes (GAAP basis), as presented
The following table reconciles operating loss excluding restructuring costs to the most directly comparable GAAP measure of loss from continuing operations before interest expense, other income (charges), net, reorganization items, net and income taxes (amounts in millions):
|Operating loss, as presented||$||(76)|
|Restructuring costs and other||(117)|
|Loss from continuing operations before interest expense, other income (charges), net, reorganization items, net and income taxes (GAAP basis), as presented||$||(193)|
The following table reconciles net loss excluding restructuring costs and reorganization items, net to the most directly comparable GAAP measure of net loss (amounts in millions):
|Net loss before restructuring and reorganization items, net as presented||$||(139||)||$||(205||)||$||66|
|Restructuring costs and other||(117||)||(17||)||$||(100||)|
|Reorganization items, net||(56||)||-||(56||)|
|Net loss (GAAP basis), as presented||$||(312||)||$||(222||)||$||(90||)|