INTERTAPE POLYMER GROUP INC.
NYSE : ITP
TSX : ITP

INTERTAPE POLYMER GROUP INC.

May 14, 2008 06:00 ET

Intertape Polymer Group Reports First Quarter 2008 Results

- First quarter year-over-year EBITDA and gross margins improve - Higher selling prices help offset rising raw material costs - New financial arrangements place Company on solid footing

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and BRADENTON, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX:ITP)(NYSE:ITP) ("Intertape" or the "Company") today released results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008. All dollar amounts are US denominated unless otherwise indicated.

"We are pleased with the results of the first quarter. We achieved year-over-year increases in both gross margins and EBITDA. Intertape's ability to obtain higher selling prices, and thus offset raw material cost increases, as well as a refocus on high-margin products, helped the Company's performance despite the overall weakened economic situation in the U.S.

"This is most evident in the Engineered Coated Products ("ECP") Division, where EBITDA almost doubled from the previous year, despite the continuing slowdown in the residential construction sector.

"A further highlight of the first quarter was the completion of new financing arrangements. Among the advantages the Company expects are the elimination of all but one financial covenant and a significant reduction in interest expense in 2008 compared to 2007. This places the Company on a very solid footing," stated Melbourne F. Yull, Intertape's Executive Director.

A reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to GAAP net earnings, is set out below in the EBITDA reconciliation table in the section entitled "Non-GAAP Information"

Earnings

Adjusted net earnings for the first quarter of 2008 were $1.9 million or $0.03 per share, both basic and diluted, compared to $0.9 million or $0.02 per share both basic and diluted for the same period last year.

Non-recurring items in the first quarter were related to the refinancing of the existing Senior Secured Credit Facility and included both the noncash write-off of debt issue expenses of $3.1 million and the settlement of the interest rate swap agreements at a cost of $2.9 million. Adjusted net earnings are defined by the Company as net earnings (loss) excluding refinancing costs and manufacturing facility closures, restructuring, strategic alternatives and other charges (net of tax).

A reconciliation of the Company's adjusted net earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, to GAAP net earnings, is set out below in the adjusted net earnings reconciliation table in the section entitled "Non-GAAP Information".

The net loss for the first quarter was $1.9 million or $0.03 per share, both basic and diluted, compared to a net loss of $0.6 million or $0.01 per share, both basic and diluted, for the first quarter of 2007.

Sales

First quarter sales were $184.5 million, down slightly from sales of $186.8 million in the first quarter of 2007 due to the continuing economic weakness in the United States. Intertape was able to raise prices during the quarter to offset certain raw material cost increases, most significantly resin plastic based raw material.

Gross profit and gross margin

Gross profit for the first quarter totaled $27.6 million, basically even with the gross profit of $27.5 million a year ago. First quarter gross margin increased to 15.0% from 14.7% in the first quarter of 2007.

SG&A expenses

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $17.6 million for the first quarter of 2008 (9.6% of sales), compared to $18.3 million for the first quarter of 2007 (9.8% of sales).

EBITDA

First quarter EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA were both $17.0 million compared to EBITDA of $14.0 million and adjusted EBITDA of $16.4 million for the first quarter in 2007.

Segmented Information

Tapes & Films ("T&F") Division

Sales for the T&F Division for the first quarter totalled $148.7 million, a 1.6% decrease compared to $151.1 million for the first quarter of 2007. Sales volumes (units) decreased 7.1% compared to the first quarter of 2007. The volume decline was largely offset by selling price increases.

First quarter gross profits for the Division totalled $23.3 million at a gross margin of 15.7% compared to $24.2 million at a gross margin of 16.0% for the first quarter of 2007.

EBITDA was $15.6 million compared to $16.4 million for the comparable period a year ago.

Tapes and Films Division EBITDA Reconciliation to Net Earnings
(in millions of US dollars)



For the periods ended, Three months ended Three months ended
Mar. 31, 2008 Mar. 31, 2007
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$ $
Divisional earnings before
income taxes 8.4 9.0
Depreciation and amortization 7.2 7.4
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EBITDA 15.6 16.4
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EBITDA margin 10.5% 10.9%
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Engineered Coated Products ("ECP") Division

Sales for the ECP Division for the first quarter were $35.8 million, flat when compared to the first quarter a year ago. The first quarter is traditionally the slowest of the year. Sales volumes (units) decreased 0.9% from the first quarter of 2007. The unit decline was mitigated by selling price increases and product mix changes. While sales volumes continued to be affected by a decline in products sold to the residential construction market, newer higher margin products performed well.

Gross profits for the Division for the first quarter totalled $4.3 million at a gross margin of 12.1% compared to $3.3 million at a gross margin of 9.1% for the first quarter of 2007. The first quarter gross profit and gross margin improvement resulted from increased selling prices and improved product mix.

EBITDA for the first quarter was $2.2 million compared to $1.2 million for the same quarter of 2007 due to the gross profit and gross margin improvement.

ECP Division EBITDA Reconciliation to Net Earnings
(in millions of US dollars)



For the periods ended, Three months ended Three months ended
Mar. 31, 2008 Mar. 31, 2007

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$ $
Divisional earnings (loss)
before income taxes 0.8 (0.1)
Depreciation and amortization 1.4 1.3
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EBITDA 2.2 1.2
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EBITDA margin 6.1% 3.7%
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Cash flow from operations

Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital items provided liquidity of $9.5 million for the first quarter of 2008 compared to $7.8 million for the first quarter of 2007. The improvement essentially reflects profit improvement, despite a $2.9 million charge for the settlement of the interest rate swap agreements.

Changes in non-cash working capital items used $12.3 million for the first quarter of 2008 compared to using $1.5 million during the same period in 2007. The greater cash use in the first quarter of 2008 primarily results from increases in trade accounts receivable and inventories and a reduction in accounts payable and accrued liabilities from year-end levels.

As a result, operating activities used cash of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2008 compared to providing liquidity of $6.3 million for the first quarter of 2007.

Outlook

"The Company expects costs to continue to increase. Escalating oil prices will have an effect on all energy-related expenses, such as freight, natural gas and other utilities. Higher raw material costs are also expected. The prevailing challenging economy also adds an element of uncertainty going forward. However, with Intertape's financial stability, we are able to focus on achieving additional cost reductions to help mitigate these conditions. New, higher-margin products are also being commercialized and we will continue to seek higher selling prices," concluded Mr. Yull.

Non-GAAP Information

This release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net earnings. The Company believes the inclusion of such non-GAAP financial measures improve the transparency of the Company's disclosure, provide a meaningful presentation of the Company's results from its core business operations by excluding the impact of items not related to the Company's ongoing core business operations, improve the period-to-period comparability of the Company's results from its core business operations, and are used by management and the Company's investors in evaluating the Company's performance. The Company has provided reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

"Adjusted net earnings" is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company is including because management believes that it provides a better comparison of results for the periods presented, as it does not take into account non-recurring items and manufacturing facility closures, restructuring, strategic alternatives and other charges in each period. Adjusted net earnings does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP in Canada or the United States and is therefore, unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. A reconciliation of the Company's adjusted net earnings is set out in the following table:

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Adjusted Net Earnings
(in millions of US dollars)



For the three months ended March 31, 2008 2007
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$ $
Net loss - as reported (1.9) (0.6)
Add back (net of tax):
Refinancing expense 3.8
Manufacturing facility closures,
restructuring, strategic alternatives
and other charges 1.5
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Adjusted Net Earnings 1.9 0.9
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Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic - as reported (0.03) (0.01)
Basic - adjusted 0.03 0.02
Diluted - as reported (0.03) (0.01)
Diluted - adjusted 0.03 0.02


A reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, both non-GAAP financial measures, to GAAP net earnings (loss) is set out in the EBITDA reconciliation table below. EBITDA should not be construed as earnings before income taxes, net earnings (loss) or cash from operating activities as determined by GAAP. The Company defines EBITDA as net earnings (loss) before (i) income taxes (recovery); (ii) financial expenses, net of amortization; (iii) refinancing expense net of amortization; (iv) amortization of other intangibles and capitalized software costs; and (v) depreciation. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before manufacturing facility closures, restructuring, strategic alternatives and other charges. Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities or as alternatives to net earnings (loss) as indicators of the Company's operating performance or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company has included these non-GAAP financial measures because they permit investors to make a more meaningful comparison of the Company's performance between periods presented. In addition, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used by management in evaluating the Company's performance.

EBITDA Reconciliation to Net Earnings (Loss)
(in millions of US dollars)



For the three months ended March 31, 2008 2007

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$ $
Net loss - as reported (1.9) (0.6)
Add back (deduct):
Financial expenses, net of amortization 4.4 6.0
Refinancing expense net of amortization 2.9
Income taxes (recovery) (0.8) (0.4)
Depreciation and amortization 12.4 9.0
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EBITDA 17.0 14.0
Manufacturing facility closures,
restructuring, strategic alternatives
and other charges 2.4
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Adjusted EBITDA 17.0 16.4
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(All figures in US Dollars, unless otherwise stated; March 31, 2008 exchange rate: Cdn 1.0181 equals U.S. $1.00)

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss Intertape's 2008 first quarter results will be held later this morning at 10 A.M. Eastern Time. Participants may dial 1-800-230-1951 (U.S. and Canada) and 1-612-332-0226 (International).

You may access a replay of the call by dialing 1-800-475-6701 (U.S. and Canada), or 1-320-365-3844 (International), and entering the Access Code 922566. The recording will be available from Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:00 P.M. until Friday, June 13, 2008 at 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time.

About Intertape Polymer Group

Intertape Polymer Group is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of specialized polyolefin plastic and paper based packaging products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida, the Company employs approximately 2,100 employees with operations in 17 locations, including 13 manufacturing facilities in North America and one in Europe.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements and information included in this quarterly report constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to the Company's future outlook and anticipated events, the Company's business, its operations, its financial condition or its results. Particularly, statements about the Company's objectives and strategies to achieve those objectives are forward-looking statements. While these statements are based on certain factors and assumptions which management considers to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. The risks include, but are not limited to, the factors contained in the Company's filings with the Canadian securities regulators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. While the Company may elect to, it is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) and does not undertake to update or alter this information at any particular time. This quarterly report contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, including adjusted net earnings, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and operating profit. The Company believes such non-GAAP financial measures improve the transparency of the Company's disclosures, provide a meaningful presentation of the Company's results from its core business operations by excluding the impact of items not related to the Company's ongoing core business operations, and improve the period-to-period comparability of the Company's results from its core business operations. As required by SEC rules, the Company has provided reconciliations of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.



Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Earnings
Three month periods ended
(In thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
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March 31,
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2008 2007
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$ $

Sales 184,501 186,835
Cost of sales 156,871 159,370
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Gross profit 27,630 27,465
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Selling, general and administrative expenses 17,629 18,321
Stock-based compensation expense 421 454
Research and development expenses 1,441 1,025
Financial expenses
Interest 5,984 6,549
Other (1,195) (255)
Refinancing expense 6,031
Manufacturing facility closures, restructuring,
strategic alternatives, and other charges 2,369
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30,311 28,463
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Loss before income taxes recovery (2,681) (998)
Income taxes recovery (818) (428)
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Net loss (1,863) (570)
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Loss per share
Basic (0.03) (0.01)
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Diluted (0.03) (0.01)
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Consolidated Deficit
Three month periods ended
(In thousands of US dollars)
(Unaudited)
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March 31,
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2008 2007
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$ $
Balance, beginning of period (67,482) (59,532)
Cummulative impact of accounting changes
related to financial instruments, hedges,
and inventories (252) 443
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Balance, beginning of period, as restated (67,734) (59,089)
Net loss (1,863) (570)
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Balance, end of period (69,597) (59,659)
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Weighted average number of common shares
outstanding

GAAP - Basic 58,956,348 40,986,940
GAAP - Diluted 58,956,348 40,986,940



Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Three months periods ended
(In thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
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March 31,
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2008 2007
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$ $

Net loss (1,863) (570)
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Other comprehensive income
Change in fair value of interest rate swap
agreements, designed as a cash flow hedge
(net of future income taxes as at March 31,
2008 and 2007 of $785 and $161,
respectively) (1,337) (274)
Settlement of interest rate swap agreements,
recorded in consolidated earnings (net of
future income taxes of $1,080) 1,840
Change in accumulated currency translation
adjustments (4,295) 2,130
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Other comprehensive income (3,792) 1,856
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Comprehensive income (loss) (5,655) 1,286
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Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
As at
(In thousands of US dollars)
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March 31, December 31,
2008 2007
(Unaudited) (Audited)
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$ $
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 10,851 15,529
Trade receivables 96,380 91,427
Other receivables 4,193 2,970
Inventories 101,529 99,482
Parts and supplies 13,491 13,356
Prepaid expenses 3,296 3,522
Future income taxes 11,231 11,231
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240,971 237,517
Property, plant and equipment 312,051 317,866
Other assets 21,733 23,176
Future income taxes 53,774 53,990
Goodwill 68,759 70,250
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697,288 702,799
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LIABILITIES
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 85,564 88,866
Installments on long-term debt 1,022 3,074
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86,586 91,940
Long-term debt 246,606 240,285
Pension and post-retirement benefits 9,578 9,765
Deriative financial instruments 799
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342,770 342,789
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SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Capital stock 348,168 348,174
Contributed surplus 12,277 11,856

Deficit (69,597) (67,482)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 63,670 67,462
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(5,927) (20)
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354,518 360,010
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697,288 702,799
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Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Cash Flows
Three months periods ended
(In thousands of US dollars)
(Unaudited)
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March 31,
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2008 2007
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$ $
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net loss (1,863) (570)
Non-cash items
Depreciation and amortization 9,264 8,959
Write off of debt issue expenses 3,111
(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant
and equipment (163) 59
Future income taxes (1,061) (602)
Stock-based compensation expense 421 454
Pension and post-retirement benefits funding
in excess of amounts expensed (199) (490)
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Cash flows from operations before changes
in non-cash working capital items 9,510 7,810
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Changes in non-cash working capital items
Trade receivables (4,381) (7,544)
Other receivables (1,309) 143
Inventories (3,590) (7,196)
Parts and supplies (240) (227)
Prepaid expenses 191 464
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (3,019) 12,894
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(12,348) (1,466)
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Cash flows from operating activities (2,838) 6,344
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INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Property, plant and equipment (4,248) (5,466)
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment 3,114 10
Other assets (107) 573
Goodwill (300)
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Cash flows from investing activities (1,241) (5,183)
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FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Net change in bank indebtedness 3,171
Long-term debt 118,767 177
Debt issue expenses (2,165)
Repayment of long-term debt (117,124) (17,421)
Cash flows from financing activities (522) (14,073)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (4,601) (12,912)
Effect of currency translation adjustments (77) 32
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 15,529 17,299
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Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 10,851 4,419
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Contact Information

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    Rick Leckner
    514-731-0000