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KP Tissue Releases First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Business Expansion continues

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 4, 2017) - KP Tissue Inc. (KPT) (TSX:KPT) reports the Q1 2017 financial and operational results of KPT and Kruger Products L.P. (KPLP). Kruger Products is Canada's leading manufacturer of quality tissue products for the Consumer market (Cashmere, Purex, SpongeTowels, Scotties, and White Swan) and the Away-From-Home market, and continues to grow in the U.S. Consumer tissue business with the White Cloud® brand and premium private label products. KPT currently holds a 16.1% interest in KPLP.

KPLP Q1 2017 Business and Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased by 3.4% to $289.3 million in Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $33.8 million in Q1 2017 compared to $28.1 million in Q1 2016, up 20.3%
  • Achieved Adjusted EBITDA from TAD products of $15.7 million
  • Expanded distribution of White Cloud® to select U.S. retailers
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share to be paid on July 17, 2017

"We are pleased by our Adjusted EBITDA of $33.8 million for the first quarter of 2017, which was mainly driven by the higher contribution from TAD products, despite some headwinds from higher fibre prices," said Mario Gosselin, CEO of KP Tissue and KPLP.

"The commercialization of our TAD products is entering its fifth year and we are extremely pleased by the overall performance. For the first quarter, Adjusted EBITDA related to TAD products reached $15.7 million, representing an annualized run rate in excess of our previously stated expectation of $60 million for the TAD project. We now have TAD fully integrated into our business and are proud of the results we have achieved.

"While we anticipate higher pulp prices to negatively impact results in the near-term, Adjusted EBITDA for Q2 2017 is expected to increase slightly over Q2 2016. For the remainder of 2017, we look forward to the start-up of our new paper machine in Crabtree, improved performance from the Away-from-Home business and expanded distribution of the White Cloud® brand to select U.S. retailers," concluded Mr. Gosselin. 

KPLP Q1 2017 Financial Results

Revenue in Q1 2017 was $289.3 million, compared to $279.7 million in Q1 2016, an increase of $9.6 million or 3.4%. The increase in revenue was primarily due to higher sales volume and favourable selling price increase in Canada, partially offset by the unfavourable impact of foreign exchange on U.S. dollar sales. 

Cost of sales in Q1 2017 increased to $244.3 million, compared to $240.6 million in Q1 2016, primarily due to higher sales volumes and an increase in USD pulp prices, partially offset by the favourable impact of foreign exchange, cost reduction initiatives and the impact of capital projects. As a percentage of revenue, cost of sales were 84.4% in Q1 2017 compared to 86.0% in Q1 2016.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses in Q1 2017 were $23.2 million, compared to $21.7 million in Q1 2016. The increase was primarily due to slightly higher advertising and promotion expenses, and slightly higher selling expenses related to higher sales volume, partially offset by the favourable impact of foreign exchange. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A expenses were 8.0% in Q1 2017, compared to 7.8% in Q1 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA in Q1 2017 was $33.8 million, compared to $28.1 million in Q1 2016, primarily due to higher sales volume, improved selling prices in Canada, the net positive impact of foreign exchange and the impact of cost reduction initiatives and capital projects, partially offset by higher commodity costs and SG&A costs. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the sale of TAD products was $15.7 million in Q1 2017 compared to $10.5 million in Q1 2016.

Net income in Q1 2017 was $6.9 million, compared to $6.4 million in Q1 2016, primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA of $5.7 million and a decrease in interest expense of $0.9 million. These increases were partially offset by an increase in tax expense of $2.1 million, higher depreciation expense of $1.6 million, an increase in the change in amortized cost of Partnership units liability of $1.3 million, and a change in the foreign exchange gain of $1.1 million. 

Total liquidity, representing cash and cash equivalents and availability under the credit line within covenant limitations, was $88.6 million as of March 26, 2017, compared to $103.5 million as of December 31, 2016.

KPT Q1 2017 Financial Results

KPT incurred a net loss of $0.6 million in Q1 2017. Included in the net loss was $1.1 million representing KPT's share of KPLP's income. The income was reduced by depreciation expense of $1.5 million related to adjustments to carrying amounts on acquisition and income tax expense of $0.2 million.

Dividends on Common Shares

The Board of Directors of KPT declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share to be paid on July 17, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2017.

Additional Information

For additional information please refer to Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of KPT and KPLP for the first quarter ended March 26, 2017 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or our website at www.kptissueinc.com.

First Quarter Results Conference Call Information

KPT will hold its first quarter conference call on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Via telephone: 1-877-223-4471 or 647-788-4922

Via the internet at: www.kptissueinc.com

Presentation material referenced during the conference call will be available at www.kptissueinc.com.

A rebroadcast of the conference call will be available until midnight, June 5, 2017 by dialing 800-585-8367 or 416-621-4642 and entering passcode 5982186.

The replay of the webcast will remain available on the website until midnight, June 5, 2017.

About KP Tissue Inc. (KPT)

KPT was created to acquire, and its business is limited to holding, a limited partnership interest in KPLP, which is accounted for as an investment on the equity basis. KPT currently holds a 16.1% interest in KPLP. For more information visit www.kptissueinc.com.

About Kruger Products L.P. (KPLP)

KPLP is Canada's leading manufacturer of quality tissue products for household, industrial and commercial use. KPLP serves the Canadian consumer market with such well-known brands as Cashmere®, Purex®, SpongeTowels®, Scotties® and White Swan®. In the U.S., KPLP manufactures the White Cloud® brand, as well as many private label products. The Away-From-Home division manufactures and distributes high-quality, cost-effective product solutions to a wide range of commercial and public entities. KPLP has approximately 2,500 employees and operates eight FSC® COC-certified (FSC® C-104904) production facilities in North America. For more information visit www.krugerproducts.ca.

Non-IFRS Measures

This press release uses certain non-IFRS financial measures which KPLP believes provide useful information to management of KPLP and the readers of the financial information in measuring the financial performance and financial condition of KPLP. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. An example of such a measure is Adjusted EBITDA. Beginning with Q4 2015 in accordance with Canadian Securities Administrators Staff Notice 52-306 (Revised), we reference Adjusted EBITDA as a non-IFRS financial measure. This term replaces the previously referenced non-IFRS financial measure EBITDA. Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA is unchanged from our former definition of EBITDA. Accordingly, this change in terminology has no impact on our reported financial results for prior periods. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of operating performance computed in accordance with IFRS and should not be considered as a substitute for operating income, net income or cash flows from operating activities computed in accordance with IFRS. "Adjusted EBITDA" is calculated by KPLP as net income (loss) before (i) interest expense, (ii) income taxes, (iii) depreciation, (iv) amortization, (v) impairment (gain on sale) of non-financial assets, (vi) loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment, (vii) foreign exchange loss (gain), (viii) costs related to restructuring activities, (ix) changes in amortized cost of Partnership units liability, and (x) one-time costs due to pension revaluations related to past service. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the relevant reported results can be found in the MD&A of KPT and KPLP for the first quarter ended March 26, 2017 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release about KPT's and KPLP's current and future plans, expectations and intentions, results, levels of activity, performance, goals or achievements or any other future events or developments constitute forward-looking statements. The words "may", "will", "would", "should", "could", "expects", "plans", "intends", "trends", "indications", "anticipates", "believes", "estimates", "predicts", "likely" or "potential" or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by KPT, including expectations and assumptions concerning: the impact of the TAD Project on Adjusted EBITDA; the expectation of continued growth in sales of TAD products in the U.S.; a successful start-up of the Crabtree paper machine in Q4 2017; improved performance of the Away-From-Home business; and expanded distribution of White Cloud to select U.S. retailers. Although KPT believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information since no assurance can be given that such expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct.

The outlook provided in respect of Adjusted EBITDA for Q2 2017 is forward-looking information and is subject to the risk and uncertainties referred to below. The purpose of the outlook is to provide the reader with an indication of management's expectations, at the date of this press release, regarding KPLP's future financial performance. Readers are cautioned that this information may not be appropriate for other purposes. 

Many factors could cause KPLP's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements or future events or developments (which could in turn affect the economic benefits derived from the Corporation's economic interest in KPLP) to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, which are discussed in greater detail in the "Risk Factors - Risks Related to KPLP's Business" section of the KPT Annual Information Form dated March 9, 2017 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com: Kruger Inc.'s influence over KPLP; KPLP's reliance on Kruger Inc.; consequences of an event of insolvency relating to Kruger Inc.; risks associated with the TAD Project; operational risks; Gatineau Plant land lease; significant increases in input costs; reduction in supply of fibre; increased pricing pressure and intense competition; KPLP's inability to innovate effectively; adverse economic conditions; dependence on key retail trade customers; damage to the reputation of KPLP or KPLP's brands; KPLP's sales being less than anticipated; KPLP's failure to implement its business and operating strategies; KPLP's obligation to make regular capital expenditures; KPLP's entering into unsuccessful acquisitions; KPLP's dependence on key personnel; KPLP's inability to retain its existing customers or obtain new customers; KPLP's loss of key suppliers; KPLP's failure to adequately protect its intellectual property rights; KPLP's reliance on third party intellectual property licenses; adverse litigation and other claims affecting KPLP; material expenditures due to comprehensive environmental regulation affecting KPLP's cash flow; KPLP's pension obligations are significant and can be materially higher than predicted if KPLP Management's underlying assumptions are incorrect; labour disputes adversely affecting KPLP's cost structure and KPLP's ability to run its plants; exchange rate and U.S. competitors; KPLP's inability to service all of its indebtedness; exposure to potential consumer product liability, restrictive covenants; interest rate and refinancing risk; information technology; cyber-security; insurance; internal controls; and trade related risk.

Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements made herein. The forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of press release and KPT undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.

Kruger Products L.P.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(thousands of Canadian dollars)
  
     
 March 26, 2017 December 31, 2016 
 $ $ 
Assets    
Current assets    
 Cash and cash equivalents34,844 36,511 
 Trade and other receivables113,536 123,095 
 Receivables from related parties518 185 
 Current portion of advances to partners439 5,465 
 Inventories181,572 179,543 
 Income tax recoverable45 423 
 Prepaid expenses12,927 7,286 
 343,881 352,508 
Non-current assets    
 Property, plant & equipment769,586 762,270 
 Other long-term assets5,945 6,075 
 Goodwill160,939 160,939 
 Intangible assets15,030 15,270 
 Deferred income taxes37,188 39,913 
Total assets1,332,569 1,336,975 
     
Liabilities    
Current liabilities    
 Bank indebtedness- 9,007 
 Trade and other payables183,426 201,477 
 Payables to related parties4,578 3,606 
 Income tax payable766 1,779 
 Distributions payable10,203 10,148 
 Current portion of provisions1,604 1,885 
 Current portion of long-term debt8,828 8,859 
 209,405 236,761 
Non-current liabilities    
 Long-term debt443,471 415,379 
 Provisions6,730 6,487 
 Pensions94,953 92,646 
 Post-retirement benefits58,307 57,162 
 Liabilities to non-unitholders812,866 808,435 
 Current portion of Partnership units liability8,611 8,611 
 Long-term portion of Partnership units liability131,214 137,296 
 Total Partnership units liability139,825 145,907 
Total liabilities952,691 954,342 
     
Equity    
 Partnership units341,406 336,576 
 Deficit(49,612)(42,792)
 Accumulated other comprehensive income88,084 88,849 
Total equity379,878 382,633 
Total equity and liabilities1,332,569 1,336,975 
     
     
Kruger Products L.P. 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (Loss) 
(thousands of Canadian dollars) 
     
     
 3-month
period ended
March 26, 2017
 3-month
period ended
March 27, 2016
 
 $ $ 
     
Revenue289,271 279,690 
     
Expenses    
 Cost of sales244,254 240,647 
 Selling, general and administrative expenses23,221 21,652 
 Loss on sale of non-financial assets13 - 
 Restructuring costs, net11 - 
     
Operating income21,772 17,391 
     
 Interest expense10,264 11,214 
 Other (income) expense1,945 (829)
     
Income before income taxes9,563 7,006 
     
Income taxes2,614 616 
     
Net income for the period6,949 6,390 
     
Other comprehensive loss    
 Items that will not be reclassified to net income:    
 Remeasurements of pensions(2,567)(16,769)
 Remeasurements of post-retirement benefits(884)121 
 Items that may be subsequently reclassified to net income:    
 Available-for-sale investment- (290)
 Cumulative translation adjustment(765)(13,981)
     
Total other comprehensive loss for the period(4,216)(30,919)
     
Comprehensive income (loss) for the period2,733 (24,529)
     
     
     
Kruger Products L.P. 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows 
(thousands of Canadian dollars) 
     
     
 3-month
period ended
March 26 2017
 3-month
period ended
March 27, 2016
 
 $ $ 
Cash flows from (used in) operating activities    
Net income for the period6,949 6,390 
Items not affecting cash    
 Depreciation11,748 10,087 
 Amortization240 284 
 Loss (gain) on sale of property, plant and equipment(2)1 
 Change in amortized cost of Partnership units liability2,529 1,234 
 Gain on sale of investment- (324)
 Foreign exchange gain(584)(1,739)
 Interest expense10,264 11,214 
 Pension and post retirement benefits2,513 2,659 
 Provisions244 141 
 Income taxes2,614 616 
 Loss on sale of non-financial assets13 - 
 Total items not affecting cash29,579 24,173 
     
Net change in non-cash working capital(28,860)(16,639)
Contributions to pension and post-retirement benefit plans(3,738)(5,843)
Provisions paid(334)(476)
Income tax payments(1,507)(865)
     
Net cash from operating activities2,089 6,740 
     
Cash flows from (used in) investing activities    
Purchases of property, plant & equipment(12,734)(16,189)
Capitalized interest paid(222)- 
Proceeds on sale of investment- 1,439 
Government assistance received916 1,209 
Purchases of software- (69)
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment1,043 - 
     
Net cash used in investing activities(10,997)(13,610)
     
Cash flows from (used in) financing activities    
Proceeds from long-term debt28,015 791 
Repayment of long-term debt(126)(7,204)
Payment of deferred financing fees(9)(330)
Interest paid on long-term debt(2,558)(1,019)
Distributions and advances paid, net(9,018)(6,547)
     
Net cash from (used in) financing activities16,304 (14,309)
     
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents held in foreign currency(56)(296)
     
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period7,340 (21,475)
     
Cash and cash equivalents - Beginning of period27,504 25,455 
     
Cash and cash equivalents - End of period34,844 3,980 
     
     
     
Kruger Products L.P. 
Segment and Geographic Results 
(thousands of Canadian dollars) 
     
 3-month
period ended
March 26, 2017
 3-month
period ended
March 27, 2016
 
 $ $ 
     
Segment Information    
     
Segment Revenue    
 Consumer238,927 228,151 
 AFH48,674 49,052 
 Other1,670 2,487 
     
Total segment revenue289,271 279,690 
     
Segment Adjusted EBITDA    
 Consumer32,972 27,807 
 AFH655 30 
 Other155 250 
     
Total segment Adjusted EBITDA33,782 28,087 
     
Reconciliation to Net Income:    
     
Depreciation and amortization11,988 10,371 
Interest expense10,264 11,214 
Change in amortized cost of Partnership units liability2,529 1,234 
Loss (gain) on sale of property, plant and equipment(2)1 
Loss on sale of non-financial assets13 - 
Restructuring costs11 - 
Foreign exchange gain(584)(1,739)
     
Income before income taxes9,563 7,006 
     
Income taxes2,614 616 
     
Net income6,949 6,390 
     
Geographic Revenue    
     
Canada173,877 163,772 
U.S.104,649 103,786 
Mexico10,745 12,132 
     
Total revenue289,271 279,690 
     
     
     
KP Tissue Inc. 
Unaudited Condensed Statement of Financial Position 
(thousands of Canadian dollars) 
  
     
 March 26, 2017 December 31, 2016 
 $ $ 
Assets    
     
Current assets    
 Distributions receivable1,642 1,636 
 Receivable from Partnership- 426 
 Income tax recoverable303 - 
 1,945 2,062 
     
Non-current assets    
 Investment in associate113,706 117,349 
     
Total Assets115,651 119,411 
     
Liabilities    
     
Current liabilities    
 Dividend payable1,642 1,636 
 Payable to Partnership271 - 
 Current portion of advances from Partnership71 914 
 Income tax payable- 884 
 1,984 3,434 
Non-current liabilities    
 Deferred income taxes944 893 
     
Total liabilities2,928 4,327 
     
Equity    
     
 Common shares13,647 13,176 
 Contributed surplus144,819 144,819 
 Deficit(61,389)(58,729)
 Accumulated other comprehensive income15,646 15,818 
     
Total equity112,723 115,084 
     
Total liabilities and equity115,651 119,411 
     
     
KP Tissue Inc. 
Unaudited Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Loss 
(thousands of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts) 
     
 3-month
period ended
March 26, 2017
 3-month
period ended
March 27, 2016
 
 $ $ 
     
Equity loss(363)(378)
     
Dilution gain (loss)50 (171)
     
Loss before income taxes(313)(549)
     
Income taxes248 929 
     
Net loss for the period(561)(1,478)
     
     
Other comprehensive income (loss)net of tax expense (recovery)    
 Items that will not be reclassified to net loss:    
 Remeasurements of pensions(359)(2,380)
 Remeasurements of post-retirement benefits(87)12 
 Items that may be subsequently reclassified to net loss:    
 Available-for-sale investment- (41)
 Cumulative translation adjustment(172)(2,531)
     
Total other comprehensive loss for the period(618)(4,940)
     
Comprehensive loss for the period(1,179)(6,418)
     
Basic loss per share(0.06)(0.16)
     
Weighted average number of shares outstanding9,116,437 8,993,554 
     
     
KP Tissue Inc. 
Unaudited Condensed Statement of Cash Flows 
(thousands of Canadian dollars) 
     
 3-month
period ended
March 26, 2017
 3-month
period ended
March 27, 2016
 
 $ $ 
Cash flows from (used in) operating activities    
Net loss for the period(561)(1,478)
Items not affecting cash    
 Equity loss363 378 
 Dilution (gain) loss(50)171 
 Income taxes248 929 
 Total items not affecting cash561 1,478 
     
Net change in non-cash working capital697 - 
Tax payments(1,249)(205)
Tax Distribution received481 - 
Advances received71 205 
     
Net cash from (used in) operating activities- - 
     
Cash flows from investing activites    
Partnership unit distributions received1,176 1,613 
     
Net cash from investing activities1,176 1,613 
     
Cash flows used in financing activities    
Dividends paid(1,176)(1,613)
     
Net cash used in financing activities(1,176)(1,613)
     
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period- - 
     
Cash and cash equivalents - Beginning of period- - 
     
Cash and cash equivalents - End of period- - 

INFORMATION:
Francois Paroyan
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
KP Tissue Inc.
905.812.6936
francois.paroyan@krugerproducts.ca

INVESTORS:
Mike Baldesarra
Director of Investor Relations
KP Tissue Inc.
905.812.6962
IR@KPTissueinc.com

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