Bemis Company Reports 2012 Second Quarter Results
Source: Bemis Company, Inc.
NEENAH, WISCONSIN, July 26, 2012 – Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) today reported diluted earnings of $0.40 per share for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Diluted earnings per share would have been $0.54 for the second quarter of 2012, excluding the effect of facility consolidation and acquisition-related integration charges detailed in the attached schedule, “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Data.”
Highlights of the second quarter 2012:
- Net sales totaled $1.3 billion.
- Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.54 increased 5.9 percent from the second quarter of 2011 and was in line with management’s second quarter guidance of $0.51 to $0.57 per share.
- Bemis expanded its facility consolidation program, which is now expected to generate approximately $50 million in annualized cost savings.
- Cash flow generated from operating activities increased to $94.5 million.
- Management revised guidance for the second half of the year:
- Adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2012 in the range of $0.51 to $0.57
- Total year 2012 adjusted earnings per share guidance in the range of $2.00 to $2.10
- Total year 2012 capital spending of approximately $150 million
“In this challenging year, we continue to focus on prudent cost management and efficient implementation of our facility consolidation program,” said Henry Theisen, Bemis Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “A favorable raw material cost environment is expected to mitigate some of the negative effects of lower volume levels in 2012. Significant foreign currency changes have also negatively impacted translation of foreign profits. Our ongoing improvements in cost structure will position us well to deliver performance improvement once volume begins to strengthen.”
Total Bemis net sales for the second quarter of 2012 was $1.3 billion, a 4.2 percent decrease from the same period of 2011, reflecting the impact of lower unit volume in the flexible packaging business segment. Acquisitions completed during the second half of 2011 increased second quarter net sales by an estimated 1.5 percent. The impact of currency translation reduced net sales by 4.8 percent.
Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.40 compared to $0.51 per share in the same quarter of 2011. Excluding the effect of acquisition-related integration costs and facility consolidation costs, as detailed in the attached schedule, “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Data,” diluted earnings per share, as adjusted, would have been $0.54 for the second quarter of 2012.
During the second quarter of 2012, Bemis continued to implement its previously announced facility consolidation program. In addition, Bemis expanded the program to include four additional locations, including three facilities outside of the United States. The objective of Bemis’ facility consolidation program is to improve efficiencies and reduce fixed costs. This facility consolidation program is expected to save approximately $50 million in annualized costs beginning in 2013.
Highlights of the facility consolidation program:
- Total estimated program cost is expanded to $141 million
- $38.4 million expensed in 2011 ($26.3 million of employee costs; $12.1 million of fixed asset-related expenses)
- $8.3 million expensed in the first quarter of 2012 ($1.2 million of employee costs; $7.1 million of fixed asset-related expenses)
- $19.7 million expensed in the second quarter of 2012 ($14.0 million of employee costs; $5.7 million of fixed asset-related expenses)
- Most of the remaining charges are expected to occur during the second half of 2012, with about $20 million expected to move into early 2013.
- Total expected cash paid for the program has been revised to approximately $96 million
- $3.3 million paid in 2011
- $8.0 million paid in the first quarter of 2012
- $4.5 million paid in the second quarter of 2012
- $51 million expected to be paid during the remainder of 2012
- Remaining cash expenditures are expected to be paid in 2013
FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BUSINESS SEGMENT
Net sales of Bemis’ flexible packaging business segment was $1.2 billion, a 3.9 percent decrease from the same period of 2011. The impact of currency translation reduced net sales by 4.8 percent compared to the previous year, primarily reflecting the weaker Brazilian currency. Bemis estimates that acquisitions completed during the second half of 2011 increased 2012 net sales by 1.7 percent. The remaining modest reduction in sales represents the negative impact of lower unit sales volumes offset by higher selling prices and improved sales mix.
Segment operating profit for the second quarter of 2012 was $96.3 million, or 8.2 percent of net sales, compared to $116.3 million, or 9.5 percent of net sales, for the same period of 2011. Facility consolidation program and acquisition-related integration costs negatively impacted results during the second quarter of 2012. Excluding these costs, segment operating profit, as adjusted, would have been $117.7 million, or 10.1 percent of net sales. (See attached schedule: “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Data.”) The effect of currency translation decreased operating profit in the second quarter of 2012 by $4.2 million compared to the same quarter of 2011. Performance for the quarter reflects the benefits of prudent cost management and improvements in price/mix, partially offset by the negative impact of lower unit sales volumes.
Commenting on the flexible packaging segment results, Theisen said, “Performance in the second quarter was as expected, with the negative effects of soft volume levels more than offset by increased pricing and improved sales mix. We enjoyed modest volume growth in our high barrier food and medical product applications, but overall volume levels declined due to generally lower sales volumes in less complex product areas. Our facility consolidation program aims to reduce costs and support our focus on high value-added packaging.”
PRESSURE SENSITIVE MATERIALS BUSINESS SEGMENT
Pressure sensitive materials net sales for the second quarter of 2012 were $141.9 million, down 6.3 percent compared to $151.5 million in the second quarter of 2011. The decrease in net sales reflects the impact of lower sales volumes in addition to a negative impact from currency translation of 5.0 percent. Currency translation in this business segment is primarily related to the Euro. For the second quarter of 2012, operating profit was $10.9 million, or 7.7 percent of net sales, compared to operating profit for the second quarter of 2011 of $11.8 million, or 7.8 percent of net sales. The effect of currency translation decreased operating profit in the second quarter of 2012 by $0.8 million compared to the same quarter of 2011.
OTHER OPERATING (INCOME) EXPENSE, NET
For the second quarter of 2012, other operating income and expense included $4.4 million of fiscal incentive income, compared to $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2011. Fiscal incentives are associated with net sales and manufacturing activities in certain South American operations and are included in flexible packaging segment operating profit.
CAPITAL STRUCTURE AND CASH FLOW
Net debt (defined as total debt less cash) to adjusted EBITDA (defined as, for the last twelve month period, adjusted operating income plus depreciation and amortization) was 2.3 times at June 30, 2012. Cash provided by operating activities for the second quarter of 2012 was $94.5 million after the payment of $23.5 million of pension contributions. These contributions maintain the current funded status of the U.S. pension plans above 90 percent. Management intends to direct future excess cash flow toward debt reduction during 2012 in order to reduce the ratio of net debt to adjusted EBITDA toward a target of approximately 2.0 times.
2012 EARNINGS OUTLOOK
Commenting on the outlook for the rest of the year, Theisen said, “We have lowered our expectation for sales volumes for the remainder of the year and adjusted guidance to reflect both lower volumes and weaker foreign currency exchange rates. We are executing our facility consolidation program to effectively deliver measurable savings in 2013 and meet our objectives for performance improvement. Our 2012 capital expenditure plan supports our key high barrier product growth initiatives in China, Brazil, and North America, but we have reduced our expected investments in other areas in light of current volume trends.”
Management expects adjusted diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2012 to be in the range of $0.51 to $0.57. Management expects adjusted diluted earnings per share for the full year 2012 to be in the range of $2.00 to $2.10 per share. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $150 million for the full year 2012, a reduction from management’s previous guidance of $175 million.
PRESENTATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION
This press release refers to non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit as a percentage of net sales, net debt to adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted diluted earnings per share. These non-GAAP financial measures adjust for factors that are unusual or unpredictable. These measures exclude the impact of certain amounts related to facility consolidation activities including employee-related costs, lease termination payments, accelerated depreciation, and the write-down of equipment. These measures also exclude acquisition-related expenses including transaction expenses, due diligence expenses, professional and legal fees, purchase accounting adjustments for inventory and order backlog, integration expenses, the cash portion of any acquisition earn-out payments recorded as compensation expenses, changes in fair value of deferred acquisition payments, and goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges. This adjusted information should not be construed as an alternative to results determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). It is provided solely to assist in an investor’s understanding of the impact of these items on the comparability of the Company’s on-going business operations.
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 Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such content is subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to future changes in cost or availability of raw materials, our ability to adjust selling prices, consumer buying patterns, changes in customer order patterns, the results of competitive bid processes, unexpected costs associated with plant closures, a failure in our information technology infrastructure or applications, foreign currency fluctuations, changes in working capital requirements, changes in interest rates, changes in government regulations, and the availability and related cost of financing from banks and capital markets. Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those projected in any such forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors which are detailed in the Company’s regular SEC filings including the most recently filed Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL
Bemis Company, Inc. will webcast an investor telephone conference regarding its second quarter 2012 financial results this morning at 10 a.m., Eastern Time. Individuals may listen to the call on the Internet at www.bemis.com under “Investor Relations.” Listeners are urged to check the website ahead of time to ensure their computers are configured for the audio stream. Instructions for obtaining the required, free, downloadable software are available in a pre-event system test on the site.
ABOUT BEMIS COMPANY, INC.
Bemis Company, Inc. is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported 2011 net sales of $5.3 billion. The Company’s flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing, and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs approximately 20,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website, www.bemis.com.
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