EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 3, 2018--Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) today reported results for its third fiscal 2018 quarter, referred to in the following as the June 2018 quarter.

Highlights

(all comparisons made to the June 2017 quarter)

Net income per diluted share up 3 percent to $0.81. Adjusted net income per diluted share up 7 percent to $0.96. Net sales increased 9 percent to $2.1 billion. Operating income increased by 2 percent to $216 million. Operating EBITDA was $374 million, an increase of 3 percent. Announced authorization of new $500 million share repurchase program Reaffirmed adjusted free cash flow guidance of $630 million for fiscal year 2018; including cash flow from operations of $987 million partially offset by net capital expenditures of $320 million and tax receivable payment of $37 million.

Commenting on the quarter, Tom Salmon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berry stated, “During the quarter we reported record net sales of $2.1 billion, growth of 9 percent compared to the prior year quarter. Additionally, we had quarterly records for operating EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share of $374 million and $0.96, respectively."

“Specifically by segment, Consumer Packaging reported strong net sales and organic volume growth of 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively in the quarter, which was led by our foodservice products driven by stronger demand at quick service restaurants and convenience stores. Within our Health, Hygiene & Specialties division we recorded strong revenue growth of 20 percent as well as an 11 percent improvement in Operating EBITDA, including the impact of the recently completed acquisition of Clopay. Inside our Engineered Materials division, we recorded modest positive organic volume growth in our legacy business led by our tape and flexible packaging products.”

Mr. Salmon continued, “Berry’s financial performance and balance sheet have strengthened considerably over the past several years. We are now in a position to return cash to shareholders while still maintaining financial flexibility to execute our strategic plan, further strengthen our balance sheet, and invest for future growth. I am happy to announce that Berry’s Board of Directors have approved a $500 million share repurchase program.”

June 2018 Quarter Results

The net sales increase of $166 million from the prior year quarter was primarily attributed to acquisition net sales of $125 million, selling price increases of $37 million due to the pass through of higher resin prices, a $14 million favorable impact from foreign currency changes along with 1 percent base volume improvement, partially offset by a core sales decline of $19 million in legacy AEP locations as a result of business rationalizations.

The operating income increase of $4 million from the prior year quarter was primarily attributed to a $12 million decrease in selling, general, and administrative expense due to synergies and cost reductions, acquisition operating income of $9 million, a $4 million decrease in depreciation and amortization expense, a $2 million impact from the base volume improvement, and a $3 million favorable impact from foreign currency changes, partially offset by a $20 million negative impact from under recovery of higher cost of goods sold, and a $7 million earnings decline from legacy AEP locations.

The performance of the Company’s divisions compared with the prior fiscal year quarter is as follows:

Engineered Materials’ net sales increase from the prior year quarter was primarily attributed to selling price increases of $8 million due to the pass through of higher resin prices, acquisition net sales of $7 million, a $2 million favorable impact from foreign currency changes, and a slight base volume improvement partially offset by a core sales decline of $19 million in legacy AEP locations as a result of business rationalizations.

The operating income decrease from the prior year quarter was primarily attributed to a $7 million earnings decline from legacy AEP locations and a $5 million increase in business integration expense, partially offset by a $4 million decrease in depreciation and amortization, and a $3 million decrease in selling, general, and administrative expense.

Health, Hygiene, and Specialties’ net sales increased $120 million from the prior year quarter primarily attributed to acquisition net sales of $118 million, selling price increases of $9 million due to the pass through of higher resin prices, and a $12 million favorable impact from foreign currency changes, partially offset by a 3 percent base volume decline.

The operating income increase of $9 million from the prior year quarter was primarily attributed to acquisition operating income of $8 million, a $5 million decrease in selling, general, and administrative expenses, a $5 million decrease in business integration expenses, a $3 million favorable impact from foreign currency changes, and a $2 million decrease in depreciation and amortization, partially offset by a $11 million negative impact from under recovery of higher cost of goods sold, and a $3 million negative impact from the volume decline.

Consumer Packaging’s net sales increased by $45 million from the prior year quarter, primarily attributed to a 4 percent base volume improvement along with selling price increases of $20 million due to the pass through of higher resin prices.

Operating income was flat compared to the prior year quarter and was positively impacted by a $4 million improvement in base volumes along with a $4 million decrease in selling, general and administrative expense offset by an $7 million negative impact from under recovery of higher cost of goods sold.

Cash Flow and Capital Structure

Our cash flow from operating activities was $271 million and $952 million for the quarter and last four quarters ended June 2018, respectively. The Company’s adjusted free cash flow for the quarter and last four quarters ended June 2018 was $185 million and $530 million, respectively. Our total debt less cash and cash equivalents at the end of the June 2018 quarter was $5,580 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the four quarters ended June 30, 2018 was $1,449 million.

$500 Million Share Repurchase Program

Today the Company announced that its Board has unanimously approved a new $500 million share repurchase program. The new share repurchase authorization allows for the repurchase of shares, from time to time, through open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, Rule 10b5-1 plans, and any other purchase techniques deemed appropriate in accordance with applicable securities laws. The timing of purchases will depend on market conditions. The share repurchase program has no expiration date.

Outlook

Today we are reaffirming our fiscal year 2018 adjusted free cash flow guidance of $630 million. This includes cash flow from operations of $987 million partially offset by net capital expenditures of $320 million and the $37 million tax receivable payment that was made in the Company’s first fiscal quarter. This guidance includes a reduction to capital spending of $20 million along with a total $30 million of lower cash taxes and other cash costs. The earnings reduction is being driven by ongoing cost inflation versus the timing lag of passing along these cost increases. We are extremely proud of our history and predictability and have a proven track record of generating growth in annual free cash flow through various economic cycles and market conditions.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, August 3, 2018, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2018 results. The telephone number to access the conference call is (800) 305-1078 (domestic), or (703) 639-1173 (international), conference ID 2239647. We expect the call to last approximately one hour. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast and view the accompanying slides by visiting the Company’s Investor page at www.berryglobal.com. A replay of the conference call can also be accessed on the Investor page of the website beginning August 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, to August 24, 2018, by calling (855) 859-2056 (domestic), or (404) 537-3406 (international), access code 2239647.

About Berry

Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY), headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, is committed to its mission of ‘Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important,’ and proudly partners with its customers to provide them with value-added protective solutions. The Company is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative non-woven, flexible, and rigid products used every day within consumer and industrial end markets. Berry, a Fortune 500 company, generated $7.1 billion of sales in fiscal 2017. For additional information, visit Berry’s website at www.berryglobal.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes non-GAAP financial measures such as operating EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and adjusted free cash flow. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to comparable measures determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) is set forth at the end of this press release.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not historical, including statements relating to the expected future performance of the Company, are considered “forward looking” and are presented pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “outlook,” or “looking forward,” or similar expressions that relate to our strategy, plans, or intentions. All statements we make relating to our estimated and projected earnings, margins, costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates, and financial results or to our expectations regarding future industry trends are forward-looking statements. In addition, we, through our senior management team, from time to time make forward-looking public statements concerning our expected future operations and performance and other developments. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may change at any time, and, therefore, our actual results may differ materially from those that we expected.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations, which we refer to as cautionary statements, are disclosed under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, in conjunction with the forward-looking statements included in this release. All forward-looking information and subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us, or to persons acting on our behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements. Some of the factors that we believe could affect our results include: (1) risks associated with our substantial indebtedness and debt service; (2) changes in prices and availability of resin and other raw materials and our ability to pass on changes in raw material prices on a timely basis; (3) the impact of potential changes in interest rates: (4) performance of our business and future operating results; (5) risks related to our acquisition strategy and integration of acquired businesses; (6) reliance on unpatented know-how and trade secrets; (7) increases in the cost of compliance with laws and regulations, including environmental, safety, and production and product laws and regulations; (8) risks related to disruptions in the overall economy and the financial markets may adversely impact our business; (9) catastrophic loss of one of our key manufacturing facilities, natural disasters, and other unplanned business interruptions; (10) risks of competition, including foreign competition, in our existing and future markets;(11) general business and economic conditions, particularly an economic downturn; (12) potential failure to realize the intended benefits from recent acquisitions including, without limitation, the inability to realize the anticipated cost synergies in the anticipated amounts or within the contemplated timeframes or cost expectations, the inability to realize the anticipated revenues, expenses, earnings and other financial results, and growth and expansion of the company’s operations, and the anticipated tax treatment; (13) risks related to international business, including foreign currency exchange rate risk and the risks of compliance with applicable export controls, sanctions, anti-corruption laws and regulations, (14) the ability of our insurance to fully cover potential exposures and (15) the other factors discussed in the under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We caution you that the foregoing list of important factors may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on those statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

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