23 Sep 2019

Océ, via Canon, refinances debt

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Océ, through Canon Inc., refinanced both the multicurrency revolving credit facilities and the United States Private Placements. The intent of Canon and Océ to refinance Océ's debt has been announced on various occasions prior to the completion of Canon's offer on Océ's ordinary shares.

The refinancing does not include financial covenants or commitment fees and is at more favorable interest margins than the aforementioned facilities.

As a consequence of the refinancing, Océ's second quarter earnings will include EUR 40 million one-off finance expenses. In addition, as a consequence of the change of control, also other substantial one-off items will be recorded in Océ's quarterly earnings.

HP reports strong Q2 across the company

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HP today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2010, with net revenue of $30.8 billion, up 13% from a year earlier including a favorable currency benefit of four percentage points.

In the second quarter, GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.91, up from $0.71 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $1.09, up from $0.86 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax costs of approximately $0.18 per share and $0.15 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 and 2009, respectively, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

"HP had an exceptional quarter with strong performance across every region," said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "We've built the best portfolio in the industry, and our customers are responding. We're winning in the marketplace, investing for the future and confident in the enormous opportunity that lies ahead."

Information about HP's use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under "Use of non-GAAP financial information" below. Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates included in the narrative below reflect year-over-year comparisons.

Second quarter revenue was up 11% in the Americas to $13.5 billion. Revenue was up 11% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and up 19% in Asia Pacific to $11.8 billion and $5.5 billion, respectively. When adjusted for the effects of currency, revenue was up 9% in the Americas, up 7% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and up 10% in Asia Pacific. Revenue from outside of the United States in the second quarter accounted for 66% of total HP revenue, with revenue in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) increasing 25% while accounting for 10% of total HP revenue.

"HP drove double-digit revenue growth and improving profits, contributing to our twentieth consecutive quarter of year-over-year operating margin expansion," said Cathie Lesjak, HP executive vice president and chief financial officer. "With the improving demand environment, we are accelerating investments for growth while raising our full-year outlook."

 

Services

Services revenue increased 2% to $8.7 billion. Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue increased 6%, while revenue in Technology Services and Business Process Outsourcing were roughly flat year over year. Application Services revenue was down 2% versus the prior-year period. Operating profit was $1.4 billion, or 15.9% of revenue, up from $1.2 billion, or 13.8% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

 

Enterprise Storage and Servers

Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) reported total revenue of $4.5 billion, up 31%. Industry Standard Server revenue increased 54%, while Storage revenue increased 16% with the midrange EVA product line up 3%. Business Critical Systems revenue declined 17%, while ESS blade revenue was up 45%. Operating profit was $571 million, or 12.6% of revenue, up from $250 million, or 7.2% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

 

HP Software

HP Software revenue declined 1% to $871 million. Business Technology Optimization revenue increased 3%, and Other Software revenue decreased 8%. Operating profit was $162 million, or 18.6% of revenue, up from $157 million, or 17.8% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

 

Personal Systems Group

Personal Systems Group (PSG) posted a 20% increase in unit shipments and maintained the leading market share position in PCs worldwide. PSG revenue increased 21% to $10.0 billion. Notebook revenue for the quarter was up 17%, while Desktop revenue increased 27%. Commercial client revenue was up 19%, while Consumer client revenue increased 25%. Operating profit was $465 million, or 4.7% of revenue, up from $378 million, or 4.6% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

 

Imaging and Printing Group

Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) revenue increased 8% to $6.4 billion. Supplies revenue was up 6%, while Commercial hardware revenue and Consumer hardware revenue increased 13% and 16%, respectively. Printer unit shipments increased 9%, with Commercial printer hardware units down 8% and Consumer printer hardware units up 15%. Operating profit was $1.1 billion, or 17.2% of revenue, versus $1.1 billion, or 18.2% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

 

Corporate Investments

ProCurve revenue increased 31%, and HP Networking overall increased 58% year-over-year including the impact of the 3Com acquisition.

 

HP Financial Services

HP Financial Services (HPFS) revenue increased 18% to $755 million. Financing volume increased 20%, and net portfolio assets increased 21%. Operating margin was 9.1%, up from 7.2% in the prior-year period.

 

Asset management

HP generated $3.1 billion in cash flow from operations for the second quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $6.4 billion, flat year over year in days of inventory. Accounts receivable of $14.8 billion was down 5 days year-over-year. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $13.4 billion, up 2 days over the prior-year period. HP's dividend payment of $0.08 per share in the second quarter resulted in cash usage of $196 million. HP also utilized $1.8 billion of cash during the quarter to repurchase approximately 35 million shares of common stock in the open market. HP exited the quarter with $14.3 billion in gross cash.

 

Outlook

For the third quarter of fiscal 2010, HP estimates revenue of approximately $29.7 billion to $30.0 billion, GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.87 to $0.89, and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $1.05 to $1.07. Third quarter fiscal 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.18 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

HP expects full year fiscal 2010 revenue growth of approximately eight to nine percent. HP expects full year fiscal 2010 GAAP diluted EPS to be in the range of $3.76 to $3.81, down from its previous estimate of $3.79 to $3.86, and non-GAAP diluted EPS to be in the range of $4.45 to $4.50, up from its previous estimate of $4.37 to $4.44. Full year fiscal 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.69 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

The non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates for both the third quarter and the full year fiscal 2010 include the expected dilution associated with the proposed acquisition of Palm, Inc. that HP announced on April 28, 2010. However, HP has not included any revenue associated with the Palm acquisition in its revenue outlook for either the third quarter or the full year fiscal 2010.

GMG partners with Roland DG for high-quality mockup production and proofing applications in the packaging sector

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GMG, the world's leading color management solutions provider, and Roland DG, a leading worldwide provider of large format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional large format graphics, are excited to announce their global partnership, enabling special high quality packaging applications such as the production of color-accurate mockups on original substrates as well as proofing applications.

The strategic partnership comprises the development of a printer driver by GMG for the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer, which is supported by the GMG ColorProof proofing solution. GMG ColorProof and GMG FlexoProof/DotProof will be available shortly for the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer for high quality contone and halftone proofing applications. The GMG printer driver brings perfect color accuracy and repeatability on a wide range of substrates to the packaging market. Therefore, GMG customers can easily integrate the LEC-330 in their existing proofing workflows with GMG ColorProof. In the same way, Roland customers can maximize the performance of their large format printer.

The combination of the comprehensive capabilities of the LEC-330 with GMG's award winning proofing technology and high level of automation provides an unrivalled platform to produce cost-effective packaging proofing at a finished-product standard.

GMG ColorServer, the color management solution for color conversions, and SmartProfiler for the creation of color profiles as well as large format printer calibrations, are available for all Roland large format printers. This common solution allows users to achieve highest color accuracy, repeatability and color consistency for packaging mockups on original substrates. It is possible to print spot varnish, white ink, cut, crease and more on the actual output stock.

Tigerprint, the Hallmark UK subsidiary which produces greetings cards products exclusively for Marks & Spencer, produces color accurate prototypes on its LEC-330 using GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler before they are printed in its Far East facilities. GMG set up profiles in advance in SmartProfiler for all the different substrates that Tigerprint uses, such as coated and uncoated stock. These profiles give the highest possible color accuracy and guaranteed repeatability. "This gives us the confidence that everything will match," says Senior Artwork Manager Chris Broadbent. "It is even feasible to produce the finished product on the LEC-330 and we are considering using it for short runs of 5-10 copies. Its ability to print on to the correct stock and on to die cut material makes this perfectly possible."

Stéphane Romano is Project Manager Packaging at Packpool, an agency for packaging design and printing with locations in Germany and Switzerland. He says: "For Packpool as a supplier of the packaging industry it is more and more crucial to provide customers with high-quality color accurate mock-ups or prototypes of the future product. The new Roland LEC-330 printing system and GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler color management software enable us to very quickly help our customers see highest quality results before they start their marketing meeting, TV-spot or attend an exhibition. It doesn't matter which material we use for a mock-up - be it foil, aluminium or paper - the profiling and calibration technology of GMG makes it extremely easy."

The solution will be demonstrated at Ipex 2010 on both the GMG stand (Hall 9-E322) and the Roland stand (Hall 12-C140). The software solution will be available through the usual selected GMG and selected Roland channels worldwide.

"We are very pleased to work with Roland in this venture," says Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "The partnership is a natural fit and the benefit to the packaging sector in particular is enormous. GMG's proofing products are second to none and their use with a high-end printer such as the Versa-UV LEC-330 is a winning combination."

Takafumi Shigenoya, Executive Officer, Product Marketing Department at Roland DG says: "The combination of the GMGColorServer/Smart Profiler with our VersaUV machines gives our existing users and new clients full access to the UV printers/cutters' unique capabilities and helps integrate them in their own packaging or labeling workflow."

Epson partners with leading RIP software vendors to showcase inkjet commercial/packaging proofing and display graphics printing at Ipex

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At IPEX, Epson will showcase the accurate and flexible proofing and display printing capabilities of its award-winning Micro Piezo™ Stylus Pro digital inkjet printing technology for commercial and packaging applications in partnership with leading software RIP vendors.

Joining Epson on its stand (Hall 10 Stand C260) will be CGS, Compose, EFI, GMG, Graphic Republik, and Shiraz. These strategic industry software partners will demonstrate a range of local and remote proofing for offset, flexo, and gravure applications, plus display printing on Epson’s latest range of Stylus Pro inkjet digital printers: the new Epson Stylus Pro WT 7900 packaging proofing system, the A2 Stylus Pro 7900, the A0 Stylus Pro 9900 and the 64in wide Stylus Pro GS 6000.

-    Packaging proofing: the specialist CGS ORIS Color Tuner, EFI Color-XF, Graphic Republik/ISI Graphic System MaxPro and StarProof, and GMG ColourProof, FlexoProof XG and Dotproof XG packaging proofing RIPs will all demonstrate the proofing and mockup functionality of the new Epson Stylus Pro WT 7900 printer, which has been designed specifically to provide all the features important for highly accurate, contract-level, packaging proofing. The printer uses a 9-colour subset of  Epson’s UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink set to produce a wide colour gamut and accurate spot colours on a variety of flexible film, paper and metallic media (launched at Ipex). To deliver the high density white tints and accurate overlays important for packaging proof applications, Epson has developed a water-based white ink specifically for this printer – a world first.

-    Commercial and remote proofing: The CGS ORIS Colour Tuner, Compose/ISI Graphic System Star Proof, EFI Colour-XF and GMG ColourProof, Dotproof XG RIPs will show commercial and remote proofing on the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 printers. These RIPs provide many tools required to produce accurate proofs, including halftone, dot and spot colour proofing, Hexachome support, generic profile production, automatic colour matching, printer calibration, etc.

-    Display graphics: Shiraz will demonstrate its Signature software producing a range of display graphics on a range of media, including poster and backlit display graphics on the Stylus Pro WT9700; canvas-based fine art products on the Stylus Pro 9900; and eco-friendly signage on the Stylus Pro GS 6000 using new BioMedia material. BioMedia is a range of biodegradable and recyclable materials developed by G3S that give the look and durability of a laminated sheet but can biodegrade in under five years.

Claes Jeppsson, Senior Business Manager, LFP and LPF Solutions, Epson Europe, says, “In association with our software partners we are pleased to be showing the widest selection of proofing systems for the broadest range of print and packaging applications at IPEX. It’s a winning combination of leading RIP software, Epson inkjet printing technology, ink and substrates that delivers highly accurate, contract-level but cost-effective proofing solutions.”

EFI to Acquire Radius Solutions

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Electronics For Imaging, Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Radius Solutions, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions for the packaging industry. Radius Solutions is a leading ERP/MIS software provider focused exclusively on the packaging and printing industry.

While the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, the cash transaction is expected to be slightly accretive to full year 2010 results. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions.

"We are very pleased to add Radius to our growing portfolio of industry-leading software solutions targeted to the print industry," said Marc Olin, Sr. VP/GM APPS of EFI. "EFI's goal is to offer our customers a complete product portfolio that assists them from job creation to production, while allowing them to be more efficient and effective, and ultimately, more profitable. Radius allows us to bring this concept to the packaging market, which is one of the largest segments of the print market and an area of strategic focus for EFI, joining our Pace and Monarch MIS systems which are targeted to the display graphics and commercial print markets."

Radius Solutions will become part of the Advanced Professional Print Software (APPS) division of EFI. EFI intends to integrate a number of its award winning products including Fiery, VUTEk, Jetrion, Digital StoreFront, PrintFlow and Auto-Count, with the Radius product line. The Radius acquisition further strengthens EFI's growing product portfolio of software tools, UV Inkjet digital presses and inks, and MIS solutions for the packaging market, which is one of the largest printing markets in the world.

Radius Solutions is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with direct operations in the United States and Europe. Radius brings many years of experience developing and deploying applications developed specifically to manage the unique needs of packaging and printing organizations. Radius has established itself as a leading provider of management information systems specifically designed to help flexible packaging, folding carton and label printers manage their operations.

"We are very excited to have Radius Solutions join the EFI family," said David Taylor, President and CEO of Radius Solutions. "Our ERP packaging software fits strategically within EFI's solutions portfolio. Our clients will gain a supplier with a global footprint and the additional resources of a tier one organization. I look forward to managing the Radius product line within their world class organization."

Kodak Reports profits and cash flow improve significantly in Q1

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Eastman Kodak Company today reported first-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $119 million, or $0.40 per share on a diluted basis, on sales of $1.933 billion. This represents a $479 million year-over-year earnings improvement and reflects a previously announced intellectual property transaction and significantly improved operating results across all of the company's key business segments.

Excluding the non-recurring intellectual property transaction, Kodak's first-quarter segment earnings improved by $69 million and digital earnings improved by $60 million. Additionally, cash generation before restructuring payments and the equivalent GAAP measure, cash used in operating activities, improved by more than $300 million during the first quarter. This performance was largely due to improved cash earnings and working capital. Cash received from intellectual property transactions was essentially the same year-over-year.

"Our first quarter performance is additional proof that our strategy is working and we continue to make progress toward our goals," said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. "I am particularly pleased with the performance of our core growth businesses -- Consumer Inkjet, Commercial Inkjet, Workflow Software and Solutions, and Packaging Solutions. Combined first-quarter revenue for these product lines grew by 14% and gross profits improved by more than $20 million. We also continue to make significant operational improvements in the rest of our digital businesses, including digital cameras and devices, image sensor solutions, electrophotographic solutions and prepress solutions. Our Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment business continues to deliver improved profitability, despite a challenging marketplace. We're off to a good start for 2010, and I am optimistic about the year."

First-quarter sales totaled $1.933 billion, an increase of 31% from $1.477 billion in the first quarter of 2009, including the $550 million intellectual property transaction and 3% favorable foreign exchange impact.

On the basis of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company reported first-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $119 million, or $0.40 per share on a diluted basis, compared with a loss from continuing operations on the same basis of $360 million, or $1.34 per share, in the year-ago period. Items of net expense that impacted comparability in the first quarter of 2010 totaled $137 million after tax, or $0.42 per share, primarily related to a loss on early extinguishment of debt, restructuring charges, and tax-related items. Items of net expense that impacted comparability in the first quarter of 2009 totaled $105 million after tax, or $0.39 per share, due primarily to restructuring charges and tax-related items. (Please refer to the attached Items of Comparability table for more information.)

Other first-quarter 2010 details:

- The company's first-quarter earnings from continuing operations, before interest expense, other income (charges), net, and income taxes were $389 million, an improvement of $725 million as compared with a loss on the same basis of $336 million in the year-ago quarter. This earnings improvement is composed of operational improvements, including productivity gains, and the impact of the non-recurring intellectual property transaction.

- Gross Profit was 41.1% of sales, as compared to 13.1% in the year-ago period. This increase in margin was driven by the non-recurring intellectual property transaction, continued productivity improvements, and favorable foreign exchange. Excluding the impact of the non-recurring intellectual property transaction, gross profit improved nearly five percentage points.

- Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses, on a GAAP basis, were $310 million in the first quarter, down 1%, from $313 million in the year-ago quarter.

- Research and Development expenses, on a GAAP basis, were $79 million in the first quarter, down $26 million, from $105 million in the year-ago quarter, as the company focuses research dollars on its core growth businesses.

- First-quarter 2010 cash generation, before restructuring payments, improved by $301 million, representing a usage of $456 million in the current quarter, compared with cash usage on the same basis of $757 million in the year-ago quarter. This corresponds to net cash used in continuing operations from operating activities on a GAAP basis of $471 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared with a net cash usage of $781 million in the first quarter of 2009. This improvement was primarily driven by reduced usage of working capital and higher cash earnings. Notably, cash received from intellectual property transactions was essentially the same year-over-year. As has been the case in previous years, the company expects to generate the majority of its cash flow during the second half of the year, consistent with its historic seasonal pattern.

- Kodak held $1.5 billion in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2010, compared with $1.3 billion on the same date a year ago.

- The carrying value of the company's long-term debt stood at $1.3 billion as of March 31, 2010. This equates to total maturity value of debt of approximately $1.4 billion.

 

Segment sales and earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, and other income and charges (segment earnings from operations), are as follows:

- Consumer Digital Imaging Group first-quarter sales were $891 million, compared with $369 million in the prior-year quarter. First-quarter earnings from operations for the segment were $415 million, a $572 million increase over the year-ago quarter. This change in revenue and earnings is primarily due to the completion of the previously announced intellectual property transaction. Excluding the one-time impact to net sales of the intellectual property transaction, segment earnings improved by $22 million. This was driven by improved profitability in consumer inkjet systems, including a 27% revenue increase in consumer inkjet printer hardware and ink and lower costs, improved operating performance in digital cameras & devices and image sensor solutions, and reduced R&D expenses.

- Graphic Communications Group first-quarter 2010 sales were $611 million, a 1% increase from the first quarter of 2009. This revenue improvement was primarily driven by increased volumes of digital plates within prepress solutions and favorable foreign exchange offset by unfavorable price/mix. During the first quarter, the company shipped its first KODAK PROSPER Press, based on Kodak's Stream Inkjet technology, and expects to begin to recognize revenue from PROSPER Presses in the second half of 2010. First-quarter loss from operations for the segment totaled $22 million, a $38 million improvement compared with the year-ago quarter. This earnings improvement was primarily driven by improved operational performance, particularly within digital printing and prepress solutions, lower raw material costs, and favorable foreign exchange, partially offset by unfavorable price/mix across several product lines.

- Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group first-quarter sales were $431 million, a 14% decline from the year-ago quarter, consistent with continuing secular declines. First-quarter earnings from operations for the segment were $16 million, compared with earnings of $8 million in the year-ago period. The increase in earnings was driven by cost reductions across the segment and favorable foreign exchange, partially offset by increased raw material costs and industry-related declines in volumes.

 

2010 Outlook

For 2010, on a continuing operations basis, Kodak is targeting the following financial results:

- Segment earnings from operations of $350 million to $450 million on total company revenue of between $7.5 billion to $7.7 billion. This equates to GAAP earnings from continuing operations before interest expense, other income (charges), net and income taxes of $275 million to $375 million;

- 2010 GAAP earnings from continuing operations in the range of negative $150 million to negative $50 million, including the impact of the $102 million net charge for early extinguishment of debt, related to the company's recent financing transactions;

- Digital revenue growth of 5% to 9%, and overall revenue growth of 0% to 1%;

- Positive cash generation before restructuring payments, and, on a GAAP basis, net cash provided by continuing operations from operating activities of $50 million to $150 million;

- A year-end cash balance of $1.8 billion to $2.0 billion, after taking into account all cash actions, including modest debt payments due during 2010.