Press Release

Rayonier Advanced Materials Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results
  • Second quarter net income of $5 million impacted by unfavorable sales mix and acquisition costs; full year projected net income of $32 to $39 million
  • Reaffirming pro forma EBITDA guidance at the high-end of $190 to $200 million initial range
  • On-track for $30 million of cost transformation improvements in 2017 with $15 million achieved year-to-date
  • Acquisition of Tembec approved by its shareholders and cleared by U.S. antitrust regulators; Expected to close in the fourth quarter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 2, 2017-- Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:RYAM) today reported second quarter 2017 net income of $5 million, or $0.03 per diluted common share compared to $19 million, or $0.46 per diluted common share in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter 2017 pro forma net income was $9 million, or $0.11 per diluted common share, compared to $19 million, or $0.46 per diluted common share in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter 2017 pro forma net income and diluted earnings per share are adjusted for transaction costs and an unrealized gain on derivative instrument both associated with the pending acquisition of Tembec. Additionally, the 2017 earnings per diluted common share amount reflects the impact of the Mandatory Preferred Stock issuance in the third quarter of 2016.

Year-to-date net income was $14 million, or $0.18 per diluted common share compared to $40 million, or $0.95 per diluted common share in 2016. Year to date pro forma net income was $18 million, or $0.26 per diluted common share, compared to $34 million, or $0.82 per diluted common share in 2016. In addition to the 2017 impact of the pro forma adjustments mentioned above, 2016 pro forma net income and diluted earnings per common share reflect an adjustment for a gain on debt extinguishment associated with the repurchase of Senior Notes.

“We continue to execute well against our 2017 objectives and are on track to achieve the high-end of our full year EBITDA guidance,” said Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain focused on our four strategic pillars and are investing to drive meaningful future growth. In particular, we continue to achieve significant results from our cost transformation, with year to date savings of $15 million and cumulative savings to date of $100 million.”

Second Quarter and Year-to-Date Operating Results    

Second quarter 2017 sales were $201 million compared to $214 million in the prior year, a decrease of $13 million or 6 percent. Year-to-date sales were $403 million compared to $431 million in the prior year, a decrease of $28 million or 7 percent. The decrease in net sales was driven by a decline in cellulose specialties sales prices of 7 and 6 percent for the second quarter and year-to-date periods, respectively, and slightly lower cellulose specialties sales volumes. Cellulose specialties sales price declines in both periods are due to sales mix. As previously announced, the Company expects year-over-year cellulose specialties price declines of 3 to 4 percent. Cellulose specialties volume commitments remain unchanged with sales in the second half of 2017 more heavily weighted toward higher priced products. As a result, cellulose specialties pricing for the second half of 2017 is anticipated to improve relative to the first half. Full year cellulose specialties sales volumes are expected to be flat with prior year. During the periods, commodity products sales volumes decreased and prices increased due to a shift in production from fluff to commodity viscose, improving profitability due to relatively more attractive viscose markets. Overall, commodity products sales volumes are expected to be lower than prior year due to the mix shift and timing of sales.

Second quarter and year-to-date 2017 operating income was $13 million and $39 million, respectively, $26 million and $31 million less than the prior year respective comparable periods. Excluding the impact of the costs associated with the pending acquisition of Tembec, second quarter and year-to-date 2017 pro forma operating income was $21 million and $47 million, respectively, $18 million and $23 million less than prior year respective comparable periods. The second quarter and year-to-date 2017 results reflect lower cellulose specialties sales prices and lower cellulose specialties and commodity product sales volumes, partially offset by higher commodity product sales prices, as previously discussed. Savings from the Cost Transformation were offset by costs incurred to achieve additional future savings, higher production expenses due to sales mix, chemical prices, and depreciation, as well as, investments in customer product development. Selling, general and administrative expenses also increased primarily due to higher stock compensation expense and increased costs related to New Product development activities.

Year-to-date 2017, the Company has realized approximately $15 million in gross cost savings against its Cost Transformation target of $30 million, primarily due to cost improvements in supply chain, chemical usage and wood optimization. Savings from the Cost Transformation pillar now total $100 million since inception.

The Company expects second half pro forma operating income to improve significantly as the mix of cellulose specialties sales will reflect a higher percentage of higher value products, lower costs and no planned maintenance outages.

Interest and Other Expense, Net

Interest expense, net of interest income and other expense, was $17 million for 2017, comparable to the prior year as a result of lower outstanding debt offset by higher LIBOR interest rates on floating rate debt and higher cash balances.

Income Tax Expense

The year-to-date effective tax rate was 42 percent, compared to 36 percent during the prior year period. The current period effective tax rate reflects the accounting impact of the write-off of the deferred tax asset associated with the 2014 employee incentive stock grant, which did not vest.

Cash Flows and Liquidity

Year-to-date, the Company generated operating cash flows of $87 million and adjusted free cash flows of $56 million in the period. As a result, debt was reduced $1 million, to $782 million, while net debt was reduced $45 million to $421 million. With strong adjusted free cash flows, the Company ended the second quarter with $369 million of cash and $612 million of total liquidity, including $243 million available under the revolving credit facility after taking into account outstanding letters of credit.

Guidance

The Company expects net income of $32 to $39 million and EBITDA at the high-end of our initial guidance of $190 to $200 million. Cash flow from operations and adjusted free cash flows are anticipated to be $142 to $152 million and $90 to $100 million, respectively. The Company anticipates capital expenditures of approximately $60 million, including our investment in the LignoTech Florida project.

Tembec Acquisition

On May 25, 2017, the Company announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Tembec Inc. (“Tembec”). Tembec is a leading manufacturer of forest products including lumber, paper pulp, paper, commodity products and cellulose specialties with operations in Canada and France. On July 23, 2017, the agreement was amended. Under the terms of the amendment, Tembec shareholders at their choice will receive C$4.75 in cash or 0.2542 shares of the Company’s common stock, subject to proration to ensure that no more than 66.8 percent of the aggregate Tembec shares will receive the per share cash consideration and no more than 33.2 percent of the aggregate Tembec shares will receive the per share stock consideration. The purchase price of approximately $870 million, which includes approximately $481 million of Tembec net debt, is based on the Company’s closing stock price and currency exchange rate as of June 24, 2017. The transaction is expected to be funded with cash on-hand, committed bank financing and the issuance of approximately 8.4 million shares of Company stock. Completion of the transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including approval by Tembec’s shareholders, which was obtained at its shareholder meeting on July 27, approval by Canadian courts, which is expected on August 7, 2017, and remaining approvals by antitrust regulators in Canada and China, which are anticipated to occur in the fourth quarter.

“We continue to reshape our business by lowering our cost position, engineering new products and optimizing the approach to the markets we serve,” Boynton concluded. “The pending acquisition of Tembec will further our goal to diversify our product mix, cash flows, customer base and geographic presence. Combined, the companies will have improved scale leading to new opportunities to create value for stockholders.”

Conference Call Information

Rayonier Advanced Materials will host a conference call on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss these results. Supplemental materials and access to the live audio webcast will be available at www.rayonieram.com. A replay of this webcast will be archived on the Company’s website shortly after the call. Investors may listen to the conference call by dialing 877-407-8293, no passcode required. For international parties, dial 201-689-8349. The replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the call ends until 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 17, 2017. The replay dial-in number within the U.S. is 877-660-6853, international is 201-612-7415, Conference ID: 13666595.

About Rayonier Advanced Materials

Rayonier Advanced Materials is the leading global supplier of high-purity, cellulose specialties natural polymers for the chemical industry. Working closely with its customers, the Company engineers natural polymeric chemical chains to create dozens of customized high-purity performance fibers at its plants in Florida and Georgia. Rayonier Advanced Materials’ intellectual property and manufacturing processes have been developed over 90 years, resulting in unique properties and very high quality and consistency. The Company’s facilities have the capacity to produce approximately 485,000 tons of cellulose specialties for use in a wide range of industrial and consumer products such as filters, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals and approximately 245,000 tons of commodity products. Rayonier Advanced Materials is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 exporters and delivers products to 80 ports around the world, serving customers in 35 countries across five continents. More information is available at www.rayonieram.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this document regarding anticipated financial, business, legal or other outcomes including business and market conditions, outlook and other similar statements relating to Rayonier Advanced Materials’ future events, developments, or financial or operational performance or results, are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “guidance,” and other similar language. However, the absence of these or similar words or expressions does not mean a statement is not forward-looking. While we believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable when made, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance these expectations will be attained and it is possible actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks and uncertainties.

Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: competitive pressures in the markets in which we operate, especially with respect to increases in supply and pressures on demand for our products, which impact pricing; our ability to complete our announced cost and debt reduction initiatives and objectives within the planned parameters and achieve the anticipated benefits; our customer concentration, especially with our three largest customers; changes in global economic conditions, including currency; the Chinese dumping duties currently in effect for commodity viscose pulps; potential legal, regulatory and similar challenges relating to our permitted air emissions and waste water discharges from our facilities by non-governmental groups and individuals; the effect of current and future environmental laws and regulations as well as changes in circumstances on the cost and estimated future cost of required environmental expenditures; the potential impact of future tobacco-related restrictions; potential for additional pension contributions; labor relations with the unions representing our hourly employees; the effect of weather and other natural conditions; changes in transportation-related costs and availability; the failure to attract and retain key personnel; the failure to innovate to maintain our competitiveness, grow our business and protect our intellectual property; uncertainties related to the availability of additional financing to us in the future and the terms of such financing; our inability to make or effectively integrate current and future acquisitions and engage in certain other corporate transactions; any failure to realize expected benefits from our separation from Rayonier Inc.; risks related to our pending acquisition of Tembec Inc., including the failure to satisfy the conditions to completing the transaction, including obtaining regulatory approvals, our failure to obtain the anticipated benefits and synergies from the acquisition and the impact of additional debt we will incur and equity that we will issue to finance the acquisition; financial and other obligations under agreements relating to our debt; and uncertainties relating to general economic, political, and regulatory conditions.

Other important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements that may have been made in this document are described or will be described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Rayonier Advanced Materials assumes no obligation to update these statements except as is required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release and the accompanying schedules contain certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted free cash flows, pro forma operating income, pro forma net income, pro forma EBITDA and adjusted net debt. These non-GAAP measures are reconciled to each of their respective most directly comparable GAAP financial measures on Schedules C - E of this earnings release.

We believe these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to our board of directors, management and investors regarding certain trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations. Our management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare our performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, purposes of determining management incentive compensation and budgeting, forecasting and planning purposes.

We do not consider these non-GAAP measures an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitations of these non-GAAP financial measures are that they may exclude significant expenses and income items that are required by GAAP to be recognized in our consolidated financial statements. In addition, they reflect the exercise of management’s judgment about which expenses and income items are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures. In order to compensate for these limitations, management provides reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures we use to their most directly comparable GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be relied upon, in whole or part, in evaluating the financial condition, results of operations or future prospects of the Company.

 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
June 24, 2017 (Unaudited)

(millions of dollars, except per share information)

 
 
      Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
June 24,     March 25,     June 25, June 24,     June 25,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net Sales
Cellulose specialties $ 158 $ 157 $ 175 $ 315 $ 340
Commodity products and other   43     44        

39

    88     91  
Total Net Sales 201 201 214 403 431
Cost of Sales   (168 )   (165 )   (165 )   (333 )   (342 )
Gross Margin 33 36 49 70 89
Selling, general & administrative expenses (18 ) (9 ) (9 ) (28 ) (17 )
Other operating expense, net   (2 )   (1 )   (1 )   (3 )   (2 )
Operating Income 13 26 39 39 70
Interest and other expense, net (8 ) (8 ) (9 ) (17 ) (17 )
Unrealized gain on derivative instrument 2 2
Gain on debt extinguishment                   9  
Income Before Income Taxes 7 18 30 24 62
Income tax expense   (2 )   (8 )   (11 )   (10 )   (22 )

Net Income Attributable to Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.

$ 5   $ 10   $ 19   $ 14   $ 40  
 
Mandatory convertible stock dividends   (4 )   (3 )       (7 )    

Net Income Available to Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. Common Stockholders

$ 1   $ 7   $ 19   $ 7   $ 40  
 
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock
Basic earnings per share $ 0.03   $ 0.15   $ 0.46   $ 0.18   $ 0.95  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.03   $ 0.15   $ 0.46   $ 0.18   $ 0.95  
 
Pro forma net income per share (a) $ 0.11   $ 0.15   $ 0.46   $ 0.26   $ 0.82  
 

Shares Used for Determining

Basic EPS   42,387,578     42,348,148     42,229,476     42,368,652     42,217,952  
Diluted EPS   43,223,599     43,096,360     42,480,021     43,155,083     42,377,789  
 

(a) Pro forma net income per share is a non-GAAP measure. See Schedule D for a reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure.

 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
June 24, 2017 (Unaudited)

(millions of dollars)

     

June 24,
2017

   

December 31,
2016

Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 369 $ 326
Other current assets 202 193
Property, plant and equipment, net 787 801
Other assets   91   102
$ 1,449 $ 1,422
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 13 $ 9
Other current liabilities 139 117
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 769 774
Non-current liabilities for disposed operations 136 139
Other non-current liabilities 170 171
Total stockholders’ equity   222   212
$ 1,449 $ 1,422
 
 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
June 24, 2017 (Unaudited)

(millions of dollars)

      Six Months Ended

June 24,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

Cash Provided by Operating Activities:
Net income $ 14 $ 40
Depreciation and amortization 42 42
Other items to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities 18 21
Changes in working capital and other assets and liabilities   13     48  
  87     151  
Cash Used for Investing Activities:
Capital expenditures (32 ) (38 )
Other       2  
  (32 )   (36 )
Cash Used for Financing Activities:
Changes in debt (2 ) (47 )
Dividends paid - preferred stock (7 )
Dividends paid - common stock   (3 )   (3 )
  (12 )   (50 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents:
Change in cash and cash equivalents 43 65
Balance, beginning of year   326     101  
Balance, end of period $ 369   $ 166  
 
 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
June 24, 2017 (Unaudited)

(millions of dollars)

 
      Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
EBITDA (a):

June 24,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

June 24,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

Net Income $ 5 $ 19 $ 14 $ 40
Depreciation and amortization 20 19 43 42
Interest expense, net 9 9 17 17
Income tax expense   2     11   10     22  
EBITDA $ 36   $ 58 $ 84   $ 121  
 
Acquisition Related Costs 8 8
Unrealized gain on derivative instrument (2 ) (2 )
Gain on debt extinguishment             (9 )
Pro Forma EBITDA $ 42   $ 58 $ 90   $ 112  
 

(a) Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We define pro forma EBITDA as EBITDA before acquisition related costs, unrealized gain on derivative instrument, and gain on debt extinguishment. EBITDA and pro forma EBITDA are not necessarily indicative of results that may be generated in future periods.

     
Six Months Ended
Adjusted Free Cash Flows (b):

June 24,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

Cash provided by operating activities $ 87 $ 151
Capital expenditures   (31 )   (38 )
Adjusted Free Cash Flows $ 56   $ 113  
 

(b) We define adjusted free cash flows as cash provided by operating activities adjusted for capital expenditures excluding strategic capital. Adjusted free cash flows is a non-GAAP measure of cash generated during a period which is available for dividend distribution, debt reduction, strategic acquisitions and repurchase of our common stock. Adjusted free cash flows is not necessarily indicative of the adjusted free cash flows that may be generated in future periods.

         
Adjusted Net Debt (c):

June 24,
2017

December 31,
2016

Current maturities of long-term debt 13 9
Long-term debt & capital lease obligation 769   774  
Total debt 782 783
Original issue discount and debt issuance costs 8 9
Cash and cash equivalents (369 ) (326 )
Adjusted Net Debt 421   466  
 

(c) We define adjusted net debt as the amount of debt after the consideration of the original issue discount and debt issuance costs, less cash. Adjusted net debt is a non-GAAP measure of debt and is not necessarily indicative of the adjusted net debt that may occur in future periods.

 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)
June 24, 2017 (Unaudited)

(millions of dollars, except per share information)

 
 
      Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended

June 24,
2017

   

March 25,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

June 24,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

Pro Forma Net Income (a): $    

Per
Diluted
Share

$    

Per
Diluted
Share

$    

Per
Diluted
Share

$    

Per
Diluted
Share

$    

Per
Diluted
Share

Operating Income $ 13 $ 26 $ 39 $ 39 $ 70
Acquisition related costs   8         8      
Pro Forma Operating Income $ 21   $ 26 $ 39 $ 47   $ 70  
 
Net Income $ 5 $ 0.03 $ 10 $ 0.15 $ 19 $ 0.46 $ 14 $ 0.18 $ 40 $ 0.95
Gain on debt extinguishment (9 ) $ (0.21 )
Acquisition related costs 8 $ 0.18 8 $ 0.18
Unrealized gain on derivative instrument (2 ) $ (0.05 ) (2 ) $ (0.05 )
Tax effects of Pro Forma adjustments   (2 ) $ (0.05 )           (2 ) $ (0.05 )   3   $ 0.08  
Pro Forma Net Income $ 9   $ 0.11   $ 10 $ 0.15 $ 19 $ 0.46 $ 18   $ 0.26   $ 34   $ 0.82  
 

(a) Pro forma operating income is defined as operating income adjusted for acquisition related costs. Pro forma net income is defined as net income adjusted net of tax for gain on debt extinguishment, acquisition related costs and unrealized gain on debt extinguishment. Pro forma operating income and pro forma net income are not necessarily indicative of results that may be generated in future periods.

 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Selected Financial and Operating Information
June 24, 2017 (Unaudited)
 
 
      Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended

June 24,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

June 24,
2017

   

June 25,
2016

Sales Volume, thousands of metric tons
Cellulose specialties 110 113 217 219
Commodity products   54   55   113   130
Total   164   168   330   349
 
Average Sales Price, $ per metric ton
Cellulose specialties $ 1,434 $ 1,548 $ 1,453 $ 1,551
Commodity products $ 764 $ 668 $ 740 $ 675
 

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Reconciliation of Guided Non-GAAP Measures
June 24, 2017 (Unaudited)
(millions of dollars, except per share information)

The following schedules include non-GAAP measures related to management’s performance expectations for the future. While we believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable when made, they are not guarantees of future performance or events and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that these expectations will be attained and it is possible that actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements.

Our management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare our performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, purposes of determining management incentive compensation and budgeting, forecasting and planning purposes; however, we do not consider these non-GAAP measures an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. As such, we provide reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures we use to their most directly comparable GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be relied upon, in whole or part, in evaluating the financial condition, results of operations or future prospects of the Company.

         
Minimum Maximum
2017 Net Income Guidance $ 32 $ 39
Income tax expense (a) 20 23
Acquisition related costs (b) 12 12
Interest expense, net 37 37
Depreciation and amortization   89   89
2017 Pro Forma EBITDA Guidance   190   200
 

(a) Income tax expense for the full year 2017 is based on an expected effective tax rate of approximately 37.5 percent.

(b) Acquisition costs, net of tax, represents the forecasted legal, due-diligence and consulting costs for the Company and excludes all costs that are contingent upon the closing of the acquisition of Tembec. These costs could vary materially from this estimate.

         
Minimum Maximum
2017 Operating Cash Flows Guidance $ 142 $ 152
Acquisition related costs, net of tax benefit 8 8
Capital expenditures   (60 )   (60 )
2017 Adjusted Free Cash Flows Guidance   90     100  
 

Source: Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.

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