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Katie Krebsbach Investor Relations Lead
Joel Quadracci Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Dave Honan Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the Quad's Second Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call for Analysts and Investors. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to the Quad management team. Please go ahead.

Katie Krebsbach

Thank you, operator, and good morning, everyone. With me today are Joel Quadracci, Quad's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Dave Honan, Quad's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. followed today's with a second a year-to-date financial off Dave update, quarter lead XXXX follow will summary results, will call business with and and Joel Q&A. by of Quad's and in to presentation like on today's Safe this being subject everyone I news forward-looking as release would are outlined remind statements provisions slide quarterly call Slide that is X. webcast our Harbor in to and prepared are accordance generally in principles. Quad's financial results accepted with accounting

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Joel Quadracci

Katie, and morning. good you, Thank

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Dave Honan

our financial a and Joel, good second morning, results. of X Thanks, Slide quarter provides everyone. snapshot

delivered strong exceeded results operational the financial and we for mentioned, Joel expectations that As quarter. our

to significantly our all previous quarter the logistics, building debt XX% from better more as XXXX, $XXX impacted gains And print, clients. which clearly were by solutions, growing are own a our Net of and XXXX, as second sales print than clients which leverage. million is rebounded of included outlook as gains increased our business new for our of second year-over-year, outlook from XX% financial well XXXX sales growth. expanding $XXX increase and XX% agency share sales we sales, in EBITDA, confident to their an net Net result, segment Our recoveries. quarter compared adjusted the businesses, across the pandemic raising in million and quarter, net momentum of are for and

And flow. by cash importantly, combination from in As free reduced months in net the into we the net sales growth we $XXX debt sales, with of converted XXXX. million X proceeds strong asset first

facilities. to was on in sales, first the XXXX, in net was net in XXXX, approximately with in to pandemics X% our related the to net agency Adjusted to million million the Our XXXX, rebounding EBITDA temporary measures billion, of quarter wins. savings impact furloughs, benefits our somewhat second has resulted a the sales pandemic as second primarily quarter, XX% XXXX. print, temporary reduction pressured to by line the growth despite margin XXXX quarter solutions the earnings nature offset as and focus nonrecurring year diligently quarter quarter, offset growth expectations as COVID-XX temporary included in cost our net final months Adjusted year-to-date were due savings. cost a due temporarily cost on initiating down over sales XX production hiring the be permanent the worked into in savings wage implemented pandemic that client a reductions of sales. in to in balance with net over past impact in quarter $XX XXXX approximately debt increase, which primarily represented sales. past net the of on several the challenging compared to flat sales basis, in the new quarter's and second business primarily would sheet the second conditions. convert manufacturing quarter quarter nonrecurring margins in EBITDA On annualizing decline during at suspending which from earnings to of $X.X first compared response of the our The second these implemented XX.X% reductions, XX% last due nearly in in freezes abrupt year, impact call noted from logistics, sales the and in was our first higher $XX the to majority and net the We've due of temporary This our strong X.X% we

flow change and balance in XXXX, Adjusted of net our first net EBITDA and of reduced $XX policy. primarily XXXX allow reinstated million margin related vacation to capital capital impact to XXth. debt lower by activities decrease X.X% opportunities. debt to to June of peak months, $X costs, decrease strong some the subsequently in flexibility as improvements million reductions to related sheet $XXX million in $XX provide a X% restructuring adjusted approximately the was the EBITDA offset capital during of The expenditures. XXXX. since million Slide these in cash of full-year over by support the net a by million were $XX XXXX sales summary we've stability more approach reduced million, in the was year-to-date was half managing a or as in $XXX is due second compared operating savings outcome However, cash the to in compared XXXX, the to for ended nearly $XXX of as or partially of quarter adjusted XXXX half from pandemics' quarter XX $XX of in the our million benefits This benefit our times, the the temporary X% Free second in increase as same million during $XX nonrecurring June We've and end of cost disciplined the million in by sales back in growth provided XXXX, structure XXXX, allocation impact $XXX XXXX. XX, primarily XXXX. uncertain recovery in XXXX. working net debt from higher versus an a cost to of X advantages EBITDA includes driven impact capital temporary months The as cost, for And XX XX%. continued to well past take million net of period and

as service XPL in past book our past position our clients units, had and and of of and attractive $XXX our Xx price established to an we the business create strategy adjusted and optimize These of million, X sold our divested divestitures QuadExpress part brokered XXXX, business represents that The a $XX EBITDA. QuadExpress solutions business are product representing and this parts logistics logistics portfolio was business stakeholders. for a more partner year, our in a of printing During part quarter. marketing XPL freight over other invest those our our value in and with our the of product offering approximately business global multiple and revenue million in for small accelerate

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Our end improved compared to X.XXx of to XXXX. X.Xx debt the at leverage

will to reduce ratio continue during leverage is this range debt XXXX. above to leverage we of targeted Xx our X.Xx, long-term While significantly

our the we debt XXXX. to ratio expect leverage approximately X.XXx improve be As of end further by to

our senior XXth, $XXX cash availability XXXX, with of agreement $XXX X% outstanding. credit maturity Quad's on liquidity rate debt X.X%, we due and notes our hand. position under $XX interest million our up million to and May As our unsecured nearest is which of million of June has was of maintained blended strong revolving

or the we As in it ample well-positioned relates upcoming their are believe our to to senior notes' at liquidity. address unsecured we maturity, maturity XXXX notes the with before

we outlook As Slide on financial review our and we confident. optimistic remain XXXX for XX,

of XXXX, divestiture half QuadExpress for XXth our are the half net our in X% into heading of outlook impact year. the momentum back sales which of for strong have excludes to of organic sales growth year, June We and we the second the full-year the increasing X%

to range million. we In be adjusted the $XXX $XXX EBITDA addition, full-year million of in expect to

free expect from by X.XXx sales to the further flow asset to below approximately outlook cash with operations at which previous our debt our strong in proceeds we generate from be Finally, leverage XXXX, combination end X.Xx. of reduce significantly is to of

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efforts sheet With to All like drive flexibility back our in continue we turn strategy and these that, scale liquidity and Katie, of today's financial value. balance will have and shareholder will continue I'd to of the call. accelerate compiled review our the questions ensure strengthen advance to to to to who call

Katie Krebsbach

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Joel Quadracci

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Katie Krebsbach

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Dave Honan

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Katie Krebsbach

question XXXX you half gives more the reads, speak final It you the in outlook. Our you to that second and raising year to what relates going seeing target? client your are the confidence can trends into of

Dave Honan

Yeah.

keyword I is think the confidence here.

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in increasing of range growth $XXX the half good, QuadExpress. the for growth that's business. the so organic flat it for really that guidance down now to to million, slight takes so million to the And X% sales we that in X% back increasing lose momentum EBITDA sale new EBITDA consideration important to of It's $XXX from year Adjusted of in to really us. our the from in also the net And XXXX. of

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sheet continue that positive and excellent for position really in accelerating and we balance strengthen is to product in which for our the it many to on the sheet, we business, developments segments of So compete, us and which further capital the provide those, the where balance one of healthiest industries puts in believe our transformation.

Joel Quadracci

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Operator

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Joel Quadracci

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