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OfficeMax Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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- Results Include Approximately $72 Million of Cash Proceeds From Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. Received in July

- Maintains Good Quarterly Customer Retention Rate in U.S. Contract

- Double-Digit Sales Growth for OfficeMax.com

- Continues Executing In-Store Services Strategy

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leading provider of office and facility supplies, technology and services, today announced the results for its fiscal third quarter ended September 28, 2013. 

Consolidated Results

Reported Results

Total sales were $1,664.9 million in the third quarter of 2013, as compared to $1,744.6 in the third quarter of 2012.  For the third quarter of 2013, OfficeMax reported operating income of $66.8 million compared to operating income of $33.5 million in the third quarter of 2012; and net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders of $30.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $433.0 million, or $4.92 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2012.  

Adjusted Results

"In the third quarter, we continued to experience soft sales overall and weak margins within our Contract business, due to a competitive global environment," said Ravi Saligram, President and CEO of OfficeMax.  "However, through our strategic initiatives, we continue to lay the foundation for evolving our business model.  We believe that these initiatives, in combination with the anticipated annual cost synergies from our pending merger with Office Depot, will position the combined company well for success."

Consolidated  (in millions, except per-share amounts)

3Q13

3Q12

YTD13

YTD12

Sales

$1,664.9

$1,744.6

$4,964.6

$5,219.9

Sales decline (from prior year period)

-4.6%


-4.9%


Adjusted sales decline (from prior year period)*

-3.4%


-3.9%


Gross profit

$417.5

$460.4

$1,263.8

$1,352.7

Gross profit margin

25.1%

26.4%

25.5%

25.9%

Adjusted operating income*

$28.4

$42.7

$61.6

$104.8

Adjusted operating income margin*

1.7%

2.4%

1.2%

2.0%

Adjusted net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders*

$13.6

$22.2

$25.5

$50.7

Adjusted diluted income per common share*

$0.15

$0.25

$0.29

$0.58

*Adjusted sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, adjusted net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders, and adjusted diluted income per share are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the effect of certain items and charges described in the footnotes to the accompanying financial statements.  A reconciliation to the company's GAAP financial results is included in this press release.

Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, the impact of stores closed and opened, and the difference in the number of business days in the quarter compared to the same quarter last year, adjusted sales for the third quarter of 2013 decreased 3.4% from the third quarter of 2012. 

For the third quarter of 2013, adjusted operating income was $28.4 million, or 1.7% of sales, compared to $42.7 million, or 2.4% of sales, in the third quarter of 2012; and adjusted net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders was $13.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $22.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012. 

The third quarter of 2013 adjusted figures in the preceding paragraph exclude income of $47.7 million for the recognition of deferred gains related to OfficeMax's investment in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. and dividend income of $25.4 million related to OfficeMax's voting securities held in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. reflected in the Corporate and Other segment, as well as charges of $30.5 million in our Corporate and Other segment for certain costs related to our pending merger with Office Depot, and charges of $4.1 million associated with store closures in the U.S.  The third quarter of 2012 adjusted figures exclude a non-cash gain of $670.8 million related to the extinguishment of non-recourse debt guaranteed by Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. and $11.4 million of expenses to impair fixed assets associated with certain stores and to record a change in the estimated lease obligation of a previously closed store in the U.S.  The third quarter of 2012 adjusted figures also exclude $2.2 million of dividend income from the investment in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. Series A Units, which were subsequently redeemed in the first quarter of 2013.  The net effect of these items increased net income by $16.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013, and increased net income by $410.7 million, or $4.67 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012.

Contract Segment Results

Contract segment sales decreased 4.4% compared to the prior year period to $841.9 million in the third quarter of 2013.  This decrease reflected a U.S. Contract operations sales decrease of 3.6% and an international Contract operations sales decrease of 6.5% in U.S. dollars (a decrease of 0.8% on a local currency basis).  The U.S. Contract performance reflects weaker sales to existing corporate accounts.

Contract  (in millions)

3Q13

3Q12

YTD13

YTD12

Sales

$841.9

$880.9

$2,612.8

$2,720.3

Sales decline (from prior year period)

-4.4%


-4.0%


Gross profit margin

20.7%

22.8%

21.8%

22.5%

Segment income

$8.8

$26.5

$41.3

$79.3

Segment income margin

1.0%

3.0%

1.6%

2.9%

Contract segment gross profit margin decreased to 20.7% in the third quarter of 2013 from 22.8% in the third quarter of 2012, primarily reflecting lower customer margins in U.S. Contract and International Contract.  Contract segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales decreased to 19.6% in the third quarter of 2013 from 19.8% in the third quarter of 2012 primarily due to lower incentive compensation expense and net favorable legal and sales tax settlements, partially offset by continued investments in growth and profitability initiatives.  Contract segment income was $8.8 million, or 1.0% of sales, in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $26.5 million, or 3.0% of sales, in the third quarter of 2012.

Retail Segment Results

Retail segment sales in the third quarter of 2013 decreased 4.7% to $823.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2012, reflecting a same-store sales decrease on a local currency basis of 2.8% primarily due to decreased traffic and lower technology product category sales.  The decrease reflected a U.S. Retail operations same-store sales decrease of 2.8%, and a Mexico retail operations same-store sales decrease of 2.2% on a local currency basis.

Retail  (in millions)

 3Q13

 3Q12

 YTD13

 YTD12

Sales

$823.0

$863.7

$2,351.8

$2,499.6

Same-store sales decline on a local currency basis

-2.8%


-4.0%


Gross profit margin

29.6%

30.0%

29.6%

29.6%

Segment income

$26.2

$27.7

$44.4

$53.4

Segment income margin

3.2%

3.2%

1.9%

2.1%

Retail segment gross profit margin decreased to 29.6% in the third quarter of 2013 from 30.0% in the third quarter of 2012 primarily reflecting an expiration of favorable purchase accounting for leases as of the end of fiscal 2012, and deleveraging of occupancy costs due to lower sales.  Retail segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales decreased to 26.4% in the third quarter of 2013 from 26.8% in the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to favorable sales and property tax settlements, lower store payroll expense, and reduced advertising expenses.  Retail segment income was $26.2 million, or 3.2% of sales, in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $27.7 million, or 3.2% of sales, in the third quarter of 2012. 

OfficeMax ended the third quarter of 2013 with a total of 921 Retail stores, consisting of 828 Retail stores in the U.S. and 93 Retail stores in Mexico.  During the third quarter of 2013, OfficeMax closed 15 stores and opened one store in the U.S.; and opened three stores in Mexico.  

Corporate and Other Segment Results

The Corporate and Other segment includes support staff services and certain other expenses that are not fully allocated to the Contract and Retail segments.  Corporate and Other segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses were $6.7 million in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $11.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 primarily due to favorable sales tax settlements and cost reductions in the third quarter of 2013. 

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of September 28, 2013, OfficeMax had total debt of $232.4 million, excluding $735.0 million of non-recourse debt related to the Wells Fargo-backed timber notes. 

During the first nine months of 2013, OfficeMax generated $85.2 million of cash flow from operations and invested $65.3 million in capital expenditures. In July of 2013, OfficeMax received a $71.8 million distribution from Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. of which $25.4 million was recorded as dividend income and included in cash provided by operations, and the remaining $46.4 million was recorded as a reduction in the carrying value of the Boise investment and classified as cash provided by investment.

In July of 2013, OfficeMax paid a special dividend to common shareholders of $130.7 million in cash.

Merger Update

On February 20, 2013, OfficeMax and Office Depot announced their entry into an agreement to combine their companies in a merger of equals. On July 10, 2013, stockholders of both companies approved the merger.  The companies received FTC clearance for the merger on November 1, 2013 and expect to close the transaction after market close on November 5, 2013.  Additional information about the merger process can be found in the "Investors" section of the OfficeMax website.

Additional Comments

OfficeMax expects to post further comments by its President and CEO, Ravi Saligram, and its SVP of Finance, Interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, Deb O'Connor, regarding its third quarter 2013 financial results.  The comments will be available by visiting the SEC Filings section of the OfficeMax Investor Relations website at investor.officemax.com. 

About OfficeMax

OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in integrating products, solutions and services for the workplace, whether for business or at home.  The OfficeMax mission is simple: We provide workplace innovation that enables our customers to work better.  The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers.  OfficeMax consumers and business customers are served by approximately 28,000 associates through OfficeMax.com; OfficeMaxWorkplace.com and Reliable.com; more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico; and direct sales and catalogs. OfficeMax has been named one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies, and is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute.  To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX.  For more information, visit www.OfficeMax.com.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of OfficeMax Incorporated. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements made in this document and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of OfficeMax and Office Depot constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements regarding both companies' future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future.  OfficeMax and Office Depot cannot guarantee that the macroeconomy will perform within the assumptions underlying their respective projected outlook; that their respective initiatives will be successfully executed and produce the results underlying their respective expectations, due to the uncertainties inherent in new initiatives, including customer acceptance, unexpected expenses or challenges, or slower-than-expected results from initiatives; or that their respective actual results will be consistent with the forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on them.  In addition, forward-looking statements could be affected by the following additional factors, among others, related to the business combination: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement or the failure to satisfy closing conditions; the risk that the synergies from the transaction may not be realized, may take longer to realize than expected, or may cost more to achieve than expected; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the ability to successfully integrate the businesses; unexpected costs or unexpected liabilities that may arise from the transaction, whether or not consummated; the inability to retain key personnel; future regulatory or legislative actions that could adversely affect OfficeMax and Office Depot; and business plans of the customers and suppliers of OfficeMax and Office Depot.  The forward-looking statements made herein are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date they are made.  OfficeMax and Office Depot undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise.  Important factors regarding OfficeMax and Office Depot that may cause results to differ from expectations are included in the companies' respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012, under 1A "Risk Factors", and in the companies' other filings with the SEC.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities in any jurisdiction in connection with the proposed merger of OfficeMax with Office Depot or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Office Depot has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a definitive Joint Proxy Statement of Office Depot and OfficeMax that also constitutes a definitive prospectus of Office Depot.  The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on June 7, 2013.  OfficeMax and Office Depot mailed the definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus to their respective shareholders in connection with the transaction on or about June 10, 2013.  INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OFFICE DEPOT, OFFICEMAX, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and shareholders are able to obtain free copies of the definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by OfficeMax and Office Depot through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders are able to obtain free copies of the definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed by OfficeMax by contacting OfficeMax Investor Relations at 263 Shuman Blvd., Naperville, Illinois 60563 or by calling 630-864-6800, and are able to obtain free copies of the definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed by Office Depot with the SEC by contacting Office Depot Investor Relations at 6600 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33496 or by calling 561-438-7878.

Investor Contact

Media Contact

Mike Steele

Julie Treon

630 864 6826

630 864 6155

 

 

OFFICEMAX INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

(thousands, except per-share amounts)





 Quarter Ended 



 September 28, 


 September 29, 



2013


2012






Sales


$      1,664,859


$      1,744,579

Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs


1,247,373


1,284,177

    Gross profit


417,486


460,402






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