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Veritiv’s net sales increase in 2017

Veritiv, a North American leader in business-to-business distribution solutions, has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended 31 December 2017.

Veritiv chairman and CEO Mary Laschinger said: "Our solid fourth quarter results brought to a close a challenging, but very important year for Veritiv. Once again led by growth in Packaging and Facility Solutions, our comparative reported quarterly and annual revenue performance was the strongest we have had since becoming a public company.

"In the fourth quarter we also reported a nearly 20% increase in consolidated Adjusted EBITDA over the prior year quarter which was largely driven by strength in our Packaging business, and the impact of one extra shipping day."

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2016:

Net sales were $2.2 billion, an increase of 5.0% from the prior year. Net sales increased 2.7% from the prior year, excluding the positive effect of foreign currency (0.5%) and the positive effect of one more shipping day (1.7%) in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Net income was $12.3 million, compared to net income of $4.2 million in the prior year. Net acquisition, integration and restructuring charges were $(4.9) million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $11.5 million in the prior year.

Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.78 and $0.77, respectively, compared to $0.26 for basic and diluted earnings per share in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $60.0 million, an increase of 19.8% from the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales was 2.7%, an increase of 30 basis points from the prior year.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to the year ended December 31, 2016:

Net sales were $8.4 billion, an increase of 0.5% from the prior year. Net sales increased 0.7% from the prior year, excluding the positive effect of foreign currency (0.2%) and the negative effect of one less shipping day (0.4%) in 2017.

Net loss was $(13.3) million, compared to net income of $21.0 million in the prior year. Net acquisition, integration and restructuring charges were $53.2 million in 2017 and $38.3 million in the prior year.

Basic and diluted loss per share was $(0.85), compared to $1.31 and $1.30 for basic and diluted earnings per share, respectively, in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $176.4 million, a decrease of 8.2% from the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales was 2.1%, a decrease of 20 basis points from the prior year.

Veritiv, headquartered in Atlanta and a Fortune 500® company, is a leading North American business-to-business distributor of packaging, facility solutions, print and publishing products and services; and also a provider of logistics and supply chain management solutions.