Office Depot Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

Delivered strong operating results and cash flow in the first quarter and during onset of global pandemic

Strong balance sheet with $1.7 Billion in available liquidity; Highest net cash position in two years

Post quarter refinancing activity increases credit facility size and extends maturity date to 2025; Retirement of term loan expected to result in $90 million in annual interest and amortization savings

Board of Directors approve holding company reorganization

Withdrawing 2020 guidance due to COVID-19 pandemic

Temporarily suspending share buybacks and dividend

First Quarter 2020 Highlights(1)

  • Total Reported Sales of $2.7 Billion, down 2% from Prior Year Period
  • Operating Income of $80 Million, up 233% YOY; Net Income of $45 Million, up 463% YOY
  • Adjusted Operating Income of $108 Million, up 61% YOY; Adjusted EBITDA of $157 Million, up 33% YOY
  • Operating Cash Flow of $188 Million and Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $173 Million
  • EPS of $0.08, up $0.07 from Prior Year Period; Adjusted EPS of $0.12, up $0.05 from Prior Year Period
  • Positive Net Cash Position; $1.7 Billion of Available Liquidity Including $842 Million in Cash

 

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Office Depot, Inc. (“Office Depot,” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading provider of business services and supplies, products and technology solutions through an integrated B2B distribution platform, announced results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2020.

 

Consolidated (in millions, except per share amounts)

1Q20

1Q19

Selected GAAP measures:

 

 

Sales

$2,725

$2,769

Sales change from prior year period

(2)%

 

Operating income

$80

$24

Operating income margin

2.9%

0.9%

Net income

$45

$8

Diluted earnings per share

$0.08

$0.01

Operating Cash Flow

$188

$60

Selected Non-GAAP measures: (1)

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$157

$118

Adjusted operating income

$108

$67

Adjusted operating income margin

4.0%

2.4%

Adjusted net income

$66

$39

Adjusted earnings per share (most dilutive)

$0.12

$0.07

Free Cash Flow (2)

$163

$14

Adjusted Free Cash Flow (3)

$173

$14

(1)

Adjusted results represent non-GAAP financial measures and exclude charges or credits not indicative of core operations and the tax effect of these items, which may include but not be limited to merger integration, restructuring, acquisition costs, asset impairments, and executive transition costs. Reconciliations from GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures can be found in this release as well as on the Investor Relations website at investor.officedepot.com.

(2)

As used in this release, Free Cash Flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less capital expenditures. Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliations from GAAP financial measures can be found in this release.

(3)

As used in this release, Adjusted Free Cash Flow excludes cash charges associated with the Company’s Business Acceleration Program of $10 million in the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliations from GAAP financial measures can be found in this release.

 

The safety of our employees is paramount, and we simply cannot express enough gratitude to our associates, customers, and vendors who have worked together to help ensure the health, safety and critical support for each other during this crucial time,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer of Office Depot. “While the global pandemic has quickly impacted the business environment, the foundation we have created over the past few years has provided us the flexibility to continue to serve our customers’ expanded needs, preserve cash, and deliver necessary products and support services to help our customers succeed through this crisis,” he added.

Our strong Q1 performance reflects the commitment and tireless work of our team as we supported the essential needs of businesses, consumers, educators, students, healthcare workers, and first responders during the global health crisis that has unfolded in our nation. Our B2B focus is helping businesses remain operational in the home or at the office, our facilities have largely remained open serving customers with enhanced sanitation and safety protocols, and our eCommerce platform and retail stores are proving to be trusted means for customers to access the critical products and services they need. Same store sales were up 2% over the same period last year and sales in our eCommerce channel experienced a significant increase in demand. Our ability to continue to serve customers during the COVID-19 health crisis helped drive strong operating results and generate $188 million in operating cash flow including $173 million in adjusted free cash flow. This strong performance resulted in our highest net cash position in over 2 years and nearly $1.7 billion in total available liquidity,” he added.

While significant challenges remain ahead, we are in a strong financial position and remain focused on utilizing our B2B platform to provide essential products and services necessary to help our customers and the nation weather through this pandemic,” Smith continued. “We have an extremely strong balance sheet that has been further enhanced by refinancing our credit facility and paying off our term loan, which preserves cash and extends our credit facility maturity to 2025. We have a global sourcing and supply chain network capable of delivering essential products including personal protective equipment (PPE); we have business support capabilities enabling enterprises and individuals to work from home and learn from home; and we have a business model that has significant variable cost flexibility. We expect that all of these factors place us in a position to successfully navigate this evolving environment,” he added.

Additionally, I believe our opportunities are evolving as we expand our value proposition to customers, sourcing and distributing a broader set of in-demand products and business support services. We are uniquely positioned to support our customers in this challenging environment and our focus on evolving our B2B platform and executing our pivot remains resolute. Combined with our strong balance sheet, I am confident that we are taking the necessary steps to navigate through the challenges posed by this global health crisis,” he added.

Consolidated Results

Reported (GAAP) Results

Total reported sales for the first quarter of 2020 were $2.7 billion, a decrease of 2% compared to the first quarter of 2019. The decrease in revenue over the same period last year was primarily the result of lower sales in the Retail Division, driven by fewer retail stores in service partially offset by higher same store sales, combined with lower sales in the CompuCom Division and Business Solutions Division (BSD) largely driven by impacts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Product sales in the first quarter were down 1% relative to the prior year period. Service revenue was down 5% in the quarter related to lower comparable sales at CompuCom and sales of service in our Retail Division, both of which were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This decline in service revenues was partially mitigated by a 14% year-over-year increase in service revenue in the BSD Division. On a consolidated basis, service revenue represented approximately 14% of total Company sales in the first quarter of 2020.

 

Sales Breakdown (in millions)

1Q20

1Q19

Product sales

$2,337

$2,361

Product sales change from prior year

(1)%

 

Service revenues

$388

$408

Service revenues change from prior year

(5)%

 

Total sales

$2,725

$2,769

 

Office Depot reported operating income of $80 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $24 million in the prior year period. Operating income included $16 million in merger and restructuring costs, $8 million of which is associated with restructuring charges related to the Business Acceleration Program (BAP) recognized in the quarter. The Company also recognized asset impairment charges of $12 million in the first quarter of 2020, $10 million of which was related to the impairment of operating lease right-of-use (ROU) assets associated with the Company’s retail store locations, with the remainder relating to the impairment of fixed assets. These impacts were offset by higher operating results in the quarter versus the prior year period, as the Company delivered improved margin performance in its CompuCom and Retail Divisions. Net income was $45 million, or $0.08 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020, compared to net income of $8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2019.

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Results (4)

Adjusted results for the first quarter of 2020 exclude charges and credits totaling $28 million, comprised of $9 million largely in BAP-related charges, $12 million in asset impairments, and $7 million in merger, acquisition and integration-related expenses, and the tax impacts associated with these items.

  • First quarter 2020 adjusted EBITDA was $157 million compared to $118 million in the prior year period, an increase of 33%. This included adjusted depreciation and amortization(5) of $49 million and $48 million in the first quarters of 2020 and 2019, respectively.
  • First quarter 2020 adjusted operating income was $108 million compared to adjusted operating income of $67 million in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 61%. The primary driver of this improved performance was stronger operating results in the CompuCom and Retail Divisions driven by BAP-related cost efficiency efforts and flow through effect of increased demand from businesses and consumers for essential products and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • First quarter 2020 adjusted net income was $66 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $39 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2019. Reduced interest expense and fewer outstanding shares contributed to this performance.
 

(4)

Adjusted results represent non-GAAP financial measures and exclude charges or credits not indicative of core operations and the tax effect of these items, which may include but not be limited to merger integration, restructuring, acquisition costs, asset impairments and executive transition costs. Reconciliations from GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures can be found in this release as well as on the Investor Relations website at investor.officedepot.com.

 

 

(5)

Adjusted depreciation and amortization each represents a non-GAAP financial measure and excludes accelerated depreciation caused by updating the salvage value and shortening the useful life of depreciable fixed assets to coincide with planned store closures under an approved restructuring plan, but only if impairment is not present.

 

First Quarter Division Results

Business Solutions Division

BSD reported sales were $1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020, down 1% compared to the first quarter of 2019. The year-over-year comparable sales performance includes the positive impact of customer acquisitions and growth in adjacency categories, primarily cleaning and breakroom supplies and technology, which were up 25% and 10%, respectively, as customer demand for these products increased as a result of COVID-19 outbreak. Adjacency categories, which include cleaning and breakroom supplies, technology, furniture, and copy and print services, grew to 39% of total BSD revenue for the quarter. These positive sales drivers were more than offset by lower demand in certain product categories due to a portion of our B2B customers having either paused operations or temporarily transitioned into a remote work environment as a result of restrictions imposed in March 2020 aimed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This effect resulted in lower sales in our contract channel partially offset by higher sales in our eCommerce channel, as demand increased for certain essential products. Product sales in the first quarter of 2020 decreased 2%, while service revenue increased 14% driven by increases in sales of our managed print and fulfillment services, copy and print services, and shipping services compared to the prior year period.

The Company expects near term revenue in its BSD division to be negatively impacted by the business conditions related to the COVID-19 outbreak for the reasons described above. We expect these conditions to temporarily impact trends in the second quarter of 2020, resulting in declining revenue in the Company’s contract channel as many businesses have paused operations or have temporarily migrated to a distributed remote workforce solution. Partially offsetting the impact of these conditions, revenues in the Company’s eCommerce channel are higher as demand is increasing for essential products and services to support home office operations. In order to help mitigate the impact of these trends, the BSD division is implementing several strategies to leverage its global sourcing and supply chain capabilities to procure and deliver essential products, including personal protective equipment (PPE) to business customers, including hospitals and first responders, and supporting work-from-home/learn-from-home workforces, while modifying its supply chain operations to serve and support customers in a more distributed manner.

Our strong financial position and focus on utilizing our B2B platform to provide essential products and services are critical to helping our customers manage the challenges related to this crisis,” said Smith. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a disruption in the business environment, it is also creating more opportunities for us by expanding the nature of our value proposition to customers,” said Smith. “With our global sourcing and supply chain capabilities, our platform is becoming a broader source of mission critical products and services to a wider range of customers through our B2B network.”

 

Business Solutions Division (in millions)

1Q20

1Q19

Sales

$1,334

$1,344

Sales change from prior year

(1)%

 

Division operating income

$40

$46

Division operating income margin

3.0%

3.4%

 

BSD operating income was $40 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $46 million in the first quarter of 2019, with flat comparable operating margins. The decrease in operating income versus last year was related to the flow through effect of lower sales, product mix, and higher distribution costs related to the COVID-19 impacts.

Retail Division

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the nature of certain products we offer through our retail outlets are considered essential retail commerce by most local jurisdictions, therefore a substantial majority of our retail locations have remained open and operational with the appropriate safety measures in place. In late March, the Company implemented a curbside pick-up option in all locations, including a portion of retail locations that have transferred to curbside pick-up only, as well as temporarily reduced store hours by 2 hours per day.

The Retail Division reported sales were $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2020, down 2% versus the prior year period. Planned closures of underperforming retail stores drove the reported decline with 64 fewer retail outlets at the end of the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the prior year. Compared to the prior year period, product sales in the quarter were relatively flat, while service revenue was down 11% as copy and print services and subscription offerings were negatively impacted by the effects related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the government-imposed temporary closures of non-essential businesses.

Same store sales were up by 2% as the demand for essential products including cleaning and breakroom supplies, technology products, furniture, and work-from-home/learn-from-home enabling products increased significantly since the onset of the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Higher average order volume and sales per shopper, as well as a 26% increase in the buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) offering, added to this strong performance.

The increased demand for essential products during the COVID-19 outbreak drove increased sales during the period. Presently, supply constraints for essential cleaning and breakroom products, the closure of a limited number of stores in accordance with social distancing and shelter-in-place protocols, and the reduction of store hours by two hours per day are expected to have a negative impact to sales in the Company’s retail operations in the second quarter of 2020.

Retail Division (in millions)

1Q20

1Q19

Sales

$1,156

$1,175

Comparable store sales change from prior year

2%

 

Division operating income

$87

$67

Division operating income margin

7.5%

5.7%

Retail Division operating income was $87 million in the first quarter of 2020, up 30% over the same period last year. As a percentage of sales, this performance reflects an approximate 180 basis point margin improvement. The increase in operating income versus the prior year was largely related to lower SG&A from cost savings initiatives, improved gross margin, improvements in distribution and inventory management costs, and lower operating lease costs recognized as a result of the new lease accounting standard.

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company closed 12 stores and ended the quarter with a total of 1,295 stores in the Retail Division.

CompuCom Division

The CompuCom Division reported sales were $235 million in the first quarter of 2020, down 5% compared to the first quarter of 2019 and flat with the fourth quarter of 2019. The year-over-year decrease was due to project-related customer-imposed delays and lower services volumes as the COVID-19 health crisis impacted business operations of certain customers. Additionally, targeted actions to reduce certain unprofitable sales activities to improve profitability also impacted comparable year-over-year sales. These factors were partially offset by an increase in technology-related product sales despite supply constraints limiting the ability to fulfill the entirety of the demand.

 

CompuCom Division (in millions)

1Q20

1Q19

Sales

$235

$247

Sales change from prior year

(5)%

 

Division operating income (loss)

$3

$(15)

Division operating income (loss) margin

1.3%

(6.1)%

 

The CompuCom Division operating income was $3 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to a $15 million operating loss in the first quarter of 2019. BAP cost efficiency measures and other cost reduction efforts helped to drive the year-over-year increase. Operating income was down on a sequential basis as the Company incurred costs in anticipation of supporting the implementation of new future service contracts as well as supporting new project-related work in the quarter that did not materialize due to the business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under its new leadership, CompuCom continues to refine its strategy to pursue higher growth and improve margins by refocusing efforts on its core strengths aligned with customer needs. The Company continues to take actions to improve future operating performance, including increased use of automation and technology to improve service efficiency, simplifying operational structures to improve service velocity, and aligning sales efforts to better serve customers and accelerate cross-selling opportunities.

We remain encouraged by the early signs of progress and the opportunities ahead for CompuCom,” said Gerry Smith. “During the COVID-19 health crisis, CompuCom’s operational support was critical, and they have built significant credibility with customers by enabling them to remain operational during this period, as many companies pivoted to a work-from-home environment. Notwithstanding the near term challenges, CompuCom’s unique capabilities to support distributed work forces with state of the art technology, and a unique field force of over 6,500 field techs and support personnel, have it well positioned to capitalize on opportunities in this growing area. We continue to gain traction as evidenced by another quarter of significant new contract wins, including eight new major customers. CompuCom’s refocused strategy of connecting people, technology, and the edge, places greater emphasis on its core offerings and expands its value proposition. Although we have much more work to accomplish, CompuCom is on the right path to capture profitable growth in the expanding digital workforce arena,” he added.

Corporate and Other

Corporate expenses include support staff services and certain other expenses that are not allocated to the Company’s operating divisions. Unallocated expenses were $22 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $31 million in the first quarter of 2019. The year-over-year comparison primarily reflects lower deferred compensation expenses to our executive function and lower professional fees in the first quarter of 2020.

The Company’s “Other” segment, which contains the global sourcing and trading operations in the Asia/Pacific region and the elimination of intersegment revenues, had no material contribution to sales or operating income in the first quarter of 2020.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of March 28, 2020, Office Depot had total available liquidity of approximately $1.7 billion, consisting of $842 million in cash and cash equivalents and $851 million of available credit under the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement. Total debt was $652 million.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company successfully refinanced its asset-based credit facility with a new five-year agreement and retired its Term Loan Credit Agreement due 2022 (“term loan”). The Company’s new $1.3 billion asset-based credit facility matures in April 2025 and replaces the Company’s previous credit facility that was due to expire in May 2021.

Upon closing of the transaction, the Company borrowed a total of $400 million under the new credit facility. These proceeds, along with available cash on hand, were used to repay the remaining $388 million balance on the term loan and approximately $66 million in other debt. By eliminating the term loan in its entirety, the Company expects to save approximately $14 million in annual cash interest expense and $75 million in required annual amortization payments. The new credit facility was significantly oversubscribed with strong lender support and provides substantial financial flexibility to continue the Company’s transformation efforts.

For the first quarter of 2020, cash provided by operating activities was $188 million, which included $4 million in acquisition and integration-related costs and $10 million in restructuring costs, compared to $60 million in the first quarter of the prior year.

Capital expenditures in the quarter were $25 million versus $46 million in the prior year period, reflecting lower investment in retail operations, while continuing growth investments in the Company’s service platform, distribution network, and eCommerce capabilities. The cash charges associated with the Company’s Business Acceleration Program in the quarter were $10 million. Accordingly, Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $173 million in the first quarter of 2020. The Company also invested $18 million in the quarter to expand its BSD distribution network and its business customer base through acquisitions.

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.025 per share on March 13, 2020 for $13 million and made a $19 million scheduled debt repayment on the 2022 term loan. In addition, Office Depot repurchased approximately 13 million shares at a total cost of $30 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Contacts

Tim Perrott

Investor Relations

561-438-4629

Tim.Perrott@officedepot.com

Danny Jovic

Media Relations

561-438-1594

Danny.Jovic@officedepot.com

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