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    Tuesday, May 06, 2014

    Kodak Narrows Loss on a Comparable Basis in First Quarter; Momentum Builds in Strategic Technology Businesses

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    • Christopher Veronda
      Eastman Kodak Company
      +1 585-724-2622

    • David Bullwinkle
      Investor Contact
      +1 585-724-4053

    Rochester, NY, May 06 -- 

    Highlights include:  

    • Net loss of $36 million is an improvement of $54 million on a comparable basis. Net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $283 million on a GAAP basis.
    • Liquidity remains strong with $809 million in cash vs. debt of $677 million.
    • Without the impact of a decline in non-recurring licensing revenue, Operational EBITDA for the strategic technology businesses improved by $13 million.
    • Key product lines in the strategic technology businesses achieved solid revenue growth.
    • Results are in line with company expectations.

    Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: KODK) today reported a net loss of $36 million for the first quarter of 2014. On a comparable basis, the net loss in 2013 would have been $85 million, or $54 million greater than the comparable net loss in 2014 of $31 million. On a GAAP basis, the net earnings in 2013 were $283 million, which included Other Operating Income, net of $494 million, primarily from a gain of $535 million from the sale of the digital imaging patent portfolio.

    Sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $482 million, compared to $594 million in the prior-year quarter, a decline of 19%, more than half attributable to continuing declines in the film and consumer inkjet products. In addition, non-recurring licensing revenue was $24 million lower than in the first quarter of 2013.

    “Kodak’s transformation continues. The path to sustainable growth and profitability is not a straight line, but we continue to progress, especially in the strategic technology businesses1 which will constitute the new Kodak,” said Jeff Clarke, Chief Executive Officer. “Our results, while within expectations, reflect the steep declines in our mature businesses, which are currently offsetting the increasing momentum we are seeing in our strategic technology businesses.

    “We saw significant increases in sales for our key new products in packaging, digital printing and digital plates, as increasing numbers of customers embraced our solutions.”

    Clarke noted the company’s strong liquidity, with cash of $809 million exceeding debt of $677 million, or by more than $130 million, provides flexibility to continue investing in the business to support future growth.

    “In 2014, we will invest about $100 million in R&D and about $40 million in capital improvements to continue bringing innovative solutions to market for our customers, and improving the efficiency of our operations,” Clarke said.

    "I'm pleased with our first-quarter reduction in SG&A.  This improvement in Kodak's cost structure will provide operating leverage to projected growth in our strategic technology businesses in the second half of the year.”

    Becky Roof, Chief Financial Officer, added, “As we’ve seen in the past, sales in several of our businesses are weighted toward later quarters. We fully expect to see such a pattern again this year, driving revenue and profitability growth.”

    Table 1 – Kodak Earnings Summary  
    Millions of dollars   1Q 2014   1Q 2013  
    Sales $        482 $        594
    Gross Profit $        86 $        149
    Percent of Revenue  17.8%  25.1%
    Net (loss) income (36) 283
    Operational EBITDA2 3 50

    Kodak operates under two business segments: Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Films (GECF) and Digital Printing & Enterprise (DP&E).

    Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Films (GECF): The GECF segment consists of the Graphics and Entertainment & Commercial Films groups, as well as Kodak’s intellectual property and brand licensing activities.

    Table 2 – GECF Segment Financial Overview  
    Millions of dollars   1Q 2014   1Q 2013  
    Revenue $        316 $        386
    Gross Profit 29 85
    Percent of Revenue  9.2%  22.0%
    Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) 53 64
    Research and Development(“R&D”) 6 5
    Segment (Loss) Earnings (30) 16
    Operational EBITDA2 9 52

    The GECF segment had sales of $316 million in the first quarter of 2014, a decline of 18% from the $386 million of the prior-year quarter. Most of this decline was due to the reduction in motion picture film and one-time licensing revenue. Although the Graphics business had a 4% decline in revenue, the Workflow Solutions business grew by 8%, while the decline in the digital plates business narrowed significantly. Recent sales momentum in the digital plates business provides confidence in expectations for continuing improvement in performance in that business through 2014.

    In the digital plates business, customers continued to switch to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. This technology platform is a breakthrough because it removes the processing step without sacrificing quality or productivity. In addition to the environmental and economic benefits of using SONORA Plates—water, waste and electricity savings—printers also receive the quality, productivity and print capability of traditional processed plates. Kodak expects to quadruple the number of customers using SONORA Plates during 2014, and is investing in increasing production of those plates at plants in Germany, China and the U.S. to meet growing demand for this revolutionary product line.

    The decrease in GECF gross profit percent was driven by unfavorable manufacturing costs within Entertainment Imaging & Commercial Films primarily due to lower production volumes and the impact of fresh start accounting, as well as the decline in one-time licensing revenue.  Partially offsetting these factors was an improvement in manufacturing costs in Graphics.

    Digital Printing and Enterprise (DP&E): The DP&E Segment consists of four product/service groups, Digital Printing, Packaging and Functional Printing, Enterprise Services & Solutions, and Consumer Inkjet Systems.

    Table 3 – DP&E Segment Financial Overview  
    Millions of dollars   1Q 2014   1Q 2013  
    Revenue $        166 $        197
    Gross Profit 42 52
    Percent of Revenue 25.3% 26.4%
    Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) 42 50
    Research and Development (“R&D”) 25 20
    Segment Loss (25) (18)
    Operational EBITDA2 (6) (2)

    DP&E had sales of $166 million in the first quarter of 2014, a decline of 16% from the $197 million of the prior-year quarter. Nearly two-thirds of the decline was related to lower sales in the Consumer Inkjet business.

    For 2014, Kodak is on track to generate significant increases in equipment placements for two DP&E product lines that are essential to profitable business growth. The company expects to increase the number of KODAK PROSPER Presses installed to more than 40 during 2014, while also increasing the number of KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems by one-third to more than 1,000. Several PROSPER Press customers have achieved more than one billion cumulative printed pages from their units.

    It is also expected that placements of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systems in the packaging industry will increase by more than 25% to more than 400 units, a growth rate that significantly exceeds the industry average. FLEXCEL Solutions deliver efficiency and durability on press, and enable eye-catching packaging on store shelves. Reflecting this strong growth in placements and the benefits to customers, FLEXCEL System annuity volumes grew by 55% in the quarter.

    The decline in gross profit percent for DP&E was primarily due to consumer inkjet ink sales constituting a lower percentage of the segment’s gross profit dollars, and higher manufacturing costs due primarily to the application of fresh start accounting.

    About Kodak
    Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. We provide innovative hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic communications, packaging and functional printing. We also serve entertainment and commercial films markets. With our world-class R&D organization and extensive product portfolio, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to grow their own businesses in a sustainable way. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.


    This document, which includes any exhibits or appendices attached hereto, includes “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning the Company's plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future revenue or performance, capital expenditures, liquidity, investments, financing needs, business trends, and other information that is not historical information. When used in this document, the words “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “predicts,” “forecasts,” or future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “could,” or “may,” and variations of such words or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends and data are based upon the Company's expectations and various assumptions. Future events or results may differ from those anticipated or expressed in these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, among others, the risks and uncertainties described in more detail in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, under the headings “Business,” “Risk Factors,” and/or “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations–Liquidity and Capital Resources,” and those described in filings made by the Company with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and in other filings the Company makes with the SEC from time to time, as well as the following: the Company’s ability to improve and sustain its operating structure, financial results and profitability; the ability of the Company to achieve cash forecasts, financial projections, and projected growth; our ability to achieve the financial and operational results contained in our business plans; the ability of the Company to discontinue or sell certain non-core businesses or operations; the Company’s ability to comply with the covenants in its credit facilities; our ability to obtain additional financing if and as needed; any potential adverse effects of the Chapter 11 proceedings on the Company's brand or business prospects; the Company's ability to fund continued investments, capital needs, restructuring payments and service its debt; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; the resolution of claims against the Company; our ability to attract and retain key executives, managers and employees; our ability to maintain product reliability and quality and growth in relevant markets; our ability to effectively anticipate technology trends and develop and market new products, solutions and technologies; and the impact of the global economic environment on the Company. There may be other factors that may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf apply only as of the date of this document and are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements included in this document. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    1Kodak’s strategic technology businesses include Digital Printing Solutions, Packaging and Functional Printing, Enterprise Services, Intellectual Property/Brand Licensing and Graphics (encompassing Digital Plates and Workflow Software)  

    2Operational EBITDA is defined as Total Segment Earnings (Loss) plus depreciation and amortization expense, and excluding the reallocation of costs previously allocated to discontinued businesses, the impact of fresh start accounting, stock-based compensation expense and certain consulting costs. Total Segment Earnings (Loss) represents the company’s measure of segment earnings which excludes Restructuring costs, Reorganization items, net, the Corporate components of pension and OPEB expenses / income (as defined in the company’s public filings with regard to segment earnings information), other operating income (expense), net, and other income and expenses.  

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    First Quarter 2014 Non-GAAP Reconciliation
    Financial Discussion Document
    What Our Customers are Saying—First Quarter 2014