Advo Inc (801622) SEC Filing 10-K Annual report for the fiscal year ending Saturday, September 25, 2004

Advo Inc

CIK: 801622


                                                                    EXHIBIT 99.1

                      ADVO Reports Fourth Quarter Results

     WINDSOR, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 2004--ADVO, Inc. (NYSE: AD) today
reported that revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 25, 2004
grew to $320.3 million, an increase of $25.1 million, or 8.5%, over the prior
year quarter. Diluted E.P.S. for the quarter was $0.41, including the expected
additional distribution expense and start-up costs related to the Company's
recently announced expansions in Southern California and Pittsburgh, as well as
minor negative impacts from the Florida hurricanes. For the full fiscal year
2004, revenues were $1,245.8 million, up 7.1% over prior year, and E.P.S. was
$1.59 as reported, and $1.70 excluding charges in the first and third quarters
of $0.03 and $0.08, respectively.
     The Company's fourth quarter revenue growth was driven by continued
strength in advertising piece volumes, which were up 9.2% over the prior year
quarter, to 7.8 billion pieces. Total shared advertising packages were up 8.3%,
driven by growth in the frequency and reach of advertising programs in response
to client demand. Pieces per package and revenue per piece each grew 0.8%. As
anticipated, the Company's September expansions in Southern California and
Pittsburgh increased the number of advertising packages distributed, and reduced
pieces per package. Excluding the effect of these expansions, total packages
increased 6.2%, and pieces per package increased 2.1% (see table below).
     Gross margin was up $4.3 million in the fourth quarter versus the prior
year period despite $2.4 million of additional distribution costs in Southern
California and Pittsburgh. As expected, these expansions negatively impacted
gross margin as a percent of revenue, which was down 0.7 percentage points.
Excluding the expansions, gross margin was up $6.0 million, and flat as a
percent of revenue versus prior year. SG&A for the quarter was $59.1 million,
significantly less than recent quarterly run-rates, but up $4.0 million versus
the prior year period. Year-over year increases in SG&A included investments in
the Company's selling capabilities, and new systems implementations. The
Company's balance sheet showed continued strength, with the only outstanding
debt $125.2 million of 10-year notes, $30.3 million in cash, and record
shareholders equity of $141.8 million.
     ADVO Board Member, Bobbie Gaunt, who was ADVO's Interim CEO, stated, "Our
results demonstrate the continuing success and evolution of our growth strategy.
This quarter we began important investments in the future to fulfill significant
growth opportunities in Southern California and Pittsburgh. I am pleased to
report the start-up of these programs was executed by our associates
exceptionally well. They are anchored by strong, marquee advertisers including
Albertsons, Giant Eagle, and Food Lion. These clients provided important "base
player" content from which to grow and develop the new programs, and our sales
efforts are off to a strong start. Importantly, our core revenue momentum in
other markets across the country continues to be very strong, with our growth
continuing to be broad-based across geographies and categories. Given our fourth
quarter results, we remain comfortable with our ability to achieve full-year
fiscal 2005 E.P.S. in line with previous guidance of $1.80-1.85."
     Ms. Gaunt continued, "We are also pleased the Company is beginning fiscal
2005 under the leadership of Scott Harding, as its new CEO. His depth of
experience in the industry coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit and
demonstrated success, make him the right person to drive ADVO's growth now and
into the future."
     Scott Harding, ADVO's newly appointed CEO stated, "As we begin the new
fiscal year, we will focus on building upon the growth momentum the business is
beginning to demonstrate. I know first-hand from my experience as an advertiser
the effectiveness and superior return on investment of ADVO's targeting. As a
result, we have a unique competitive advantage that delivers significant value
to the marketplace. I look forward to leading the Company to realize its full
potential with a strong focus on delivering both top and bottom-line results."

     The Company will hold an analyst conference call to discuss its fourth
quarter earnings today at 5:15-6:00 p.m. ET. The call in number is 800-565-5442,
and the replay number is 888-203-1112 (access code #944028). The replay will be
available until midnight November 21, 2004. The call will also be available via
webcast through the Investor Relations section of ADVO's website at

Key Statistics - 4Q04 Results and Growth vs. 4Q03

                                          New                For So.
                                        Southern    New     Cal. and
                                      California Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
                                         Weekend  Mid-Week   ("Same
                                          (Began   (Began    Program"
                              Total      9/16/04) 9/14/04)  Results*)
Advertising Pieces
 (millions)                  7,772.2       25.5       25.8    7,720.9
Advertising Piece Growth         9.2%                             8.4%

Advertising Packages
 (millions)                    935.8       12.7        4.9      918.1
Ad Package Growth                8.3%                             6.2%

Pieces per Package               8.3        2.0        5.3        8.4
Pieces per Package Growth        0.8%                             2.1%

Revenue per Thousand Pieces   $37.91      33.51      36.56     $37.92
Revenue per Piece Growth         0.8%                             0.8%

% Underweight                   21.6%      65.6%      35.0%      20.8%
Percentage Point Decrease
 (Increase)                    0.6pp                            1.3pp

* "Same Program" Results reflect ADVO's shared mail program
revenue statistics for all geographies and frequencies except the new
start-up programs in Southern California and Pittsburgh

Diluted Earnings per Share: Reconciliation of
GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures*

                                                   Twelve Months Ended
                                                   September September
                                                      25,       27,
                                                     2004      2003
                                                   --------- ---------
Diluted Earnings per share - As Reported              $1.59     $1.64
Charge - CEO Departure (3Q04)                          0.08        --
Charge - Refinancing (1Q04)                            0.03        --
                                                   --------- ---------
Diluted Earnings per share - Pro Forma                $1.70     $1.64
                                                   ========= =========
* This non-GAAP financial measure reconciliation is provided
because management believes the charges the Company incurred in its
first and third quarters of fiscal 2004 are not directly related to
operating results for the period, and that reconciling E.P.S. in this
manner facilitates comparisons to prior period results. The non-GAAP
E.P.S. measure is also comparable to earnings forecasts made by
securities analysts and others, which have generally excluded these
special items. The above non-GAAP E.P.S. calculation should not be
considered a substitute for GAAP E.P.S.

     This report contains certain forward looking statements regarding the
Company's results of operations and financial position within the meaning of
Sections 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward
looking statements are based on current information and expectations and are
subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company's actual
results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. The
Company's business is promotional in nature, and ADVO serves its clients on a
"just in time" basis. As a result, fluctuations in the amount, timing, pages,
weight, and kinds of advertising pieces can vary significantly from week to
week, depending on its customers' promotional needs, inventories, and other
factors. In any particular quarter these transactional fluctuations are
difficult to predict, and can materially affect the Company's revenue and profit
results. The Company's business contains additional risks and uncertainties
which include, but are not limited to: general changes in customer demand and
pricing; the possibility of consolidation in the retail sector; the impact of
economic or political conditions on advertising spending and the Company's
distribution system; postal and paper prices; possible governmental regulation
or legislation affecting aspects of the Company's business; the efficiencies
achieved with technology upgrades; the amount of shares the Company repurchases
in the future under its buyback program; fluctuations in interest rates related
to the outstanding debt; and other general economic factors.

     ADVO, Inc. (NYSE: AD) is the largest targeted in-home print advertising
company in the United States, with annual revenues in excess of $1.2 billion.
The Company's shared mail advertising programs reach, on average, 67 million US
households weekly, and 112 million households monthly. This includes its core
ShopWise(TM) branded programs, and the reach of its ADVO National Network
Extension (A.N.N.E.) program. Additionally, the Company's SuperCoups(R)
advertising solutions provide targeted advertising for local neighborhood
businesses. ADVO launched the America's Looking For Its Missing Children(R)
program in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
and the United States Postal Service in 1985, and ADVO's missing child cards are
responsible for safely recovering 133 children. ADVO has 23 mail processing
facilities and 34 sales offices nationwide and in Canada. ADVO's corporate
headquarters are located at One Targeting Centre, Windsor, Connecticut 06095,
and the Company can be visited at its Web site at

                                   ADVO, Inc.
                        Results of Operations (Unaudited)
                    Quarter and Year Ended September 25, 2004
                      (In thousands, except per share data)

                              Quarter Ended          Year Ended
                           ------------------- -----------------------
                           Sept. 25, Sept. 27,  Sept. 25,   Sept. 27,
                              2004      2003       2004        2003
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------

Revenues                   $320,271  $295,184  $1,245,838  $1,163,113

Cost of sales               239,588   218,791     915,767     859,223

Selling, general &
 administrative              59,077    55,086     249,093     222,248
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------

Operating Income             21,606    21,307      80,978      81,642

Interest (expense)           (1,407)   (1,286)     (5,364)     (7,356)
Write-off debt issue costs      ---       ---      (1,401)        ---
Other income / (expense),
 net                            276       259       1,919       1,123
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------

Income before income taxes   20,475    20,280      76,132      75,409

Provision for income taxes    7,755     6,195      27,408      25,865
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
Net Income                  $12,720   $14,085     $48,724     $49,544
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

Basic earnings per share      $0.42     $0.47       $1.61       $1.67
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

Diluted earnings per share    $0.41     $0.46       $1.59       $1.64
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

Weighted average basic
 shares:                     30,534    29,817      30,193      29,749
Weighted average diluted
 shares:                     30,894    30,395      30,680      30,129

                                   ADVO, Inc.
                     Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
                                 (In thousands)

                                        September 25,   September 27,
                                            2004            2003
                                        ------------    -------------
Current assets:
 Cash and cash equivalents                 $ 30,284         $ 17,012
 Accounts receivable, net                   149,606          122,104
 Inventories                                  2,123            2,491
 Prepaid expenses and other current
  assets                                      7,788           10,875
 Deferred income taxes                       15,484           12,496
                                        ------------    -------------
   Total Current Assets                     205,285          164,978

Property, plant and equipment - net         177,937          143,025
Investment in deferred compensation
 plan                                        12,800           11,106
Goodwill                                     22,514           22,242
Other assets                                  8,873           12,130
                                        ------------    -------------

   Total Assets                           $ 427,409        $ 353,481
                                        ============    =============

Current liabilities:
 Current portion of long-term debt            $ ---         $ 36,250
 Accounts payable                            51,880           36,581
 Accrued compensation and benefits           28,050           25,286
 Customer advances                            8,650            4,991
 Federal and state income taxes
  payable                                     3,405           10,398
 Accrued other expenses                      24,088           20,559
                                        ------------    -------------
   Total Current Liabilities              $ 116,073         $134,065

Long-term debt                              125,159           94,000
Deferred income taxes                        25,330           19,765
Deferred compensation plan                   13,821           11,917
Other liabilities                             5,205            4,666

Stockholders' Equity

 Preferred Stock, $.01 par value                ---              ---
 Common Stock, $.01 par value                   310              200
 Additional paid-in capital                 160,145          137,252
 Unamortized deferred compensation           (1,878)          (1,628)
 Accumulated (deficit) earnings              (9,073)         (44,384)
 Common stock held in treasury at
  cost                                       (6,547)          (1,716)
 Common stock held in deferred
  compensation trust                         (1,022)            (811)
 Accumulated other comprehensive
  (loss) income                                (114)             155
                                        ------------    -------------

   Total Stockholders' Equity             $ 141,821         $ 89,068
                                        ------------    -------------

   Total Liabilities and Stockholders'
    Equity                                $ 427,409        $ 353,481
                                        ============    =============

                                   ADVO, Inc.
                Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
                                 (In thousands)

                                         Year ended       Year ended
                                      September 25,     September 27,
                                           2004              2003
                                        ------------    -------------
Cash flows from operating activities:
 Net income                                $ 48,724         $ 49,544

Adjustments to reconcile net income
 to net cash flows provided by
 operating activities:
 Depreciation                                35,901           33,671
 Amortization of intangibles and
  deferred compensation                       1,703            1,715
 Amortization of debt issue costs               627              992
 Deferred income taxes                        2,811            7,688
 Provision for bad debts                      6,836            3,826
 Equity earnings from joint ventures         (2,601)          (1,476)
 Write off of debt issue costs                1,401              ---
 Other                                           53              248

Change in operating assets and
 liabilities, net of effects of
 Accounts receivable                        (34,408)          (5,217)
 Inventories                                    371              (61)
 Prepaid expenses and other current
  assets                                      2,650           (3,735)
 Investment in deferred compensation
  plan                                          491              (81)
 Other assets                                 3,917              402
 Accounts payable                            15,385            3,572
 Accrued compensation and benefits            2,769              461
 Deferred compensation plan                    (491)              81
 Customer advances                            3,653           (2,182)
 Federal and state income taxes
  payable                                      (954)           5,933
 Other liabilities                            3,580           (3,458)
                                        ------------    -------------
   Net cash provided by operating
    activities                               92,418           91,923

Cash flows from investing activities:
 Acquisitions, net of cash acquired            (220)              19
 Expenditures for property, plant and
  equipment                                 (70,955)         (49,212)
 Proceeds from disposals of property,
  plant and equipment                            97              675
 Distributions from equity joint
  ventures                                    2,559            1,197
                                        ------------    -------------

   Net cash used by investing
    activities                              (68,519)         (47,321)

Cash flows from financing activities:
 Payments on term loan                     (101,250)         (22,500)
 Revolving line of credit - net             (29,000)         (16,500)
 Proceeds on private placement notes        125,000              ---
 Note payable                                   ---           (1,715)
 Proceeds from exercise of stock
  options                                    15,231            1,645
 Treasury stock transactions                 (5,179)            (922)
 Payment of debt issue costs                 (2,213)             ---
 Cash dividends paid                        (13,275)             ---
                                        ------------    -------------
   Net cash used by financing
    activities                              (10,686)         (39,992)

Effect of exchange rate changes on
 cash and cash equivalents                       59              121

Change in cash and cash equivalents          13,272            4,731

Cash and cash equivalents at
 beginning of year                           17,012           12,281

Cash and cash equivalents at end of
 year                                      $ 30,284         $ 17,012

     CONTACT: ADVO, Inc.
              Chris Hutter, 860-285-6424

The following information was filed by Advo Inc on Thursday, October 21, 2004 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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CIK: 801622
Form Type: 10-K Annual Report
Accession Number: 0000950123-04-014600
Submitted to the SEC: Thu Dec 09 2004 4:22:05 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Thu Dec 09 2004
Period: Saturday, September 25, 2004
Industry: Direct Mail Advertising Services

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