Third quarter net sales were $935 million, down $14 million, or 1.5%, from the third quarter of 2016. Pro forma for acquisitions completed in the last four quarters, changes in foreign exchange rates, and pass-through paper sales, organic net sales decreased 6.6% from the third quarter of 2016. The decrease in organic net sales was due to lower volume and price declines in both the Print and Office Products segments.
Third quarter 2017 net loss was $3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to net income of $38 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016. The third quarter of 2017 included $19 million of interest expense primarily related to debt issued in connection with the Oct. 1, 2016 separation from RR Donnelley & Sons Company, while no interest expense was allocated to LSC Communications in the third quarter of 2016.
“We are pleased with our third quarter results. As the year has progressed, we have improved our year-over-year earnings trend, and we continue to focus on integrating our recent acquisitions, to realize synergy opportunities and further drive productivity savings,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, LSC Communications’ chairman and CEO. “In our first full year as a stand-alone company, we have made significant progress executing our strategy with targeted acquisitions and investments that position LSC to better serve our customers with enhanced capabilities and technology and improved geographic reach.”
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2017 was $96 million, or 10.3% of net sales, compared to $101 million, or 10.6% of net sales, in the third quarter of 2016.