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ACCO Brands well-positioned to respond to pandemic

ACCO Brands announced that net sales decreased 2.5 percent to $384.1 million from $393.9 million in 2019 due to adverse foreign exchange of $10.6 million, or 2.7 percent.

The Foroni acquisition added $14.4 million. Comparable sales decreased 3.5 percent driven by weakness in the EMEA and International segments, particularly in March from COVID-19-related business closures. These declines were partially offset by growth in North America.

"Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of the global ACCO Brands team, we delivered quarterly results that met our expectations despite the COVID-19-related disruptions. Moving forward, we are facing an uncertain environment with limited visibility due to government and business actions being taken in response to the pandemic. As a result, we have initiated many incremental cost reduction initiatives that will benefit our second quarter and beyond. While the near-term is challenging, we are well-positioned for the long term," said Boris Elisman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACCO Brands.

"Looking at the second quarter, our back-to-school orders have remained solid while our commercial orders are very soft. Based on what we have seen thus far, we expect our second quarter sales and profits to be down significantly compared with last year. However, our balance sheet remains strong, we have good liquidity, and no debt maturities until May 2024. We also amended our bank debt maintenance covenant to give us additional financial flexibility to deal with the impact of COVID-19. We expect to continue to generate strong cash flow for the full year," Elisman added.

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