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Berry Global Group, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
EVANSVILLE, Ind., Aug 03, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Copyright Business Wire 2017

Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) today reported results for its third fiscal 2017 quarter, referred to in the following as the June 2017 quarter.

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-- Net income for the June 2017 quarter was $107 million ($0.79 per diluted share) compared to $96 million ($0.76 per diluted share) in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net income per diluted share in the June 2017 quarter was 13 percent higher at $0.93 compared to $0.82 in the prior year quarter.

-- Net sales increased 16 percent over the prior year quarter and was a quarterly record at $1 billion 906 million. Operating income for the quarter increased by 18 percent to a quarterly record of $212 million compared to $179 million in the prior year quarter. Operating EBITDA was also a quarterly record at $364 million (19.1 percent of net sales), an increase of 15 percent compared to the June 2016 quarter.

-- Cash flow from operations for the last four quarters ended June 2017 was $870 million, and adjusted free cash flow for the same period was $554 million.

-- We are reaffirming our fiscal 2017 guidance of projected cash flow from operations of $925 million and adjusted free cash flow of $550 million.

-- Increased our annual cost synergies for the AEP acquisition again from our initial guidance of $50 million to $80 million

"This continues to be an exciting year for Berry as we celebrate our 50th year in business while also achieving a milestone in the quarter with our placement into the Fortune 500. We achieved quarterly records for net sales and operating EBITDA and continued our work integrating the AEP acquisition. Adjusted free cash flow improved 20 percent, and adjusted net income per diluted share was also 13% higher at 93 cents," said Tom Salmon, CEO of Berry.

June 2017 Quarter Results

Comparison of the Quarterly Period Ended July 1, 2017 ("Current Quarter") and the Quarterly Period Ended July 2, 2016 ("Prior Year Quarter") are presented below:

The net sales increase of $261 million from the prior year quarter is primarily attributed to acquisition net sales of $295 million and selling price increases of $49 million due to the pass through of higher resin prices, partially offset by a negative $76 million impact from base volume declines and a $8 million negative impact from foreign currency changes.

The operating income increase of $33 million from the prior year quarter is primarily attributed to acquisition operating income of $22 million, a $14 million decrease in selling, general and administrative expense, and a $11 million improvement in our product mix and price/cost spread, and a decrease in business integration expenses. These improvements were partially offset by a $5 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense and a negative $12 million impact from base volume declines.

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

Engineered Materials' net sales increased by $278 million from prior year quarter primarily attributed to acquisition net sales of $295 million and selling price increases of $32 million due to the pass through of higher resin prices, partially offset by a negative $49 million impact from base volume declines. We believe the volume decline is partially attributed to inventory reductions by our customers in anticipation of lower future resin costs as well as our decisions between volume and price in order to maximize earnings.

The operating income increase of $47 million from prior year quarter is primarily attributed to acquisition operating income of $22 million, a $25 million improvement in our product mix and price/cost spread, and a $5 million reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by a negative $7 million impact from the base volume decline.

Health, Hygiene, and Specialties' net sales were flat compared to the prior year quarter attributed to selling price increases of $8 million due to the pass through of higher resin prices partially offset by a $7 million unfavorable impact from currency translation.

The operating income decrease of $16 million from the prior year quarter is primarily attributed to a $15 million decrease in price/cost spread and an $8 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense as a result of Avintiv purchase accounting adjustments recorded in the prior year quarter, partially offset by a $4 million decrease in selling, general, and administrative expenses and a slight improvement in productivity in manufacturing.

Consumer Packaging's net sales decreased by $17 million from prior year quarter primarily attributed to a negative $25 million impact from base volume declines primarily attributed to general market softness. The decrease is partially offset by an $8 million selling price increase due to the pass through of higher resin prices.

The operating income increase of $2 million from prior year quarter was primarily attributed to a $5 million decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses and a $5 million decrease in depreciation and amortization expense. These improvements are partially offset by a negative $5 million impact from base volume declines and a slight impact from negative productivity in manufacturing.

Cash Flow and Capital Structure

Our cash from operating activities was $247 million for the June 2017 quarter and $870 million for the last four quarters ended June 2017. The Company's adjusted free cash flow was $181 million, a 20 percent increase compared to the prior year quarter of $151 million and $554 million for the last four quarters ended June 2017.

Our total debt less cash and cash equivalents at the end of the June 2017 quarter was $5,616 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the four quarters ended July 1, 2017 was $1,402 million.

Outlook

"Today, we are reaffirming our fiscal year 2017 projected cash flow from operations of $925 million and adjusted free cash flow of $550 million which includes the $925 million of cash flow from operations partially offset by net capital expenditures of $265 million as well as $110 million of payments under the tax receivable agreement ("TRA"). The $110 million of payments related to the TRA includes $60 million that was made in the first fiscal quarter and an anticipated $50 million payment to be made at the end of the September 2017 quarter.

Looking ahead, we will continue our focus on reducing our leverage ratio to a goal of below 4, on or before the end of fiscal 2017. Additionally, we remain excited about our recent acquisition of AEP, and the results to date have validated our expectations of the synergy potential and scale advantages through the combined businesses. Based on our progress to date, we are increasing our annual cost synergy target for the AEP acquisition from our initial $50 million and revised $70 million to now, $80 million," stated Salmon.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, August 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2017 results. The telephone number to access the conference call is (800) 305-1078 (domestic), or (703) 639-1173 (international), conference ID 53862139. 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, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, to August 10, 2017, by calling (855) 859-2056 (domestic), or (404) 537-3406 (international), access code 53862139.

About Berry

Berry 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 customized protection solutions. The Company's products include engineered materials, non-woven specialty materials, and consumer packaging. Berry's world headquarters is located in Evansville, Indiana. With net sales of $6.5 billion in fiscal 2016, Berry, a Fortune 500 company, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BERY. For additional information, visit the 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. Our "leverage ratio" means the ratio of (i) our total debt minus our cash and cash equivalents to (ii) our Adjusted EBITDA.

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 the inability to realize the anticipated cost synergies in the anticipated amounts or within the contemplated timeframes or cost expectations; (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 and (14) 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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SOURCE: Berry Global Group, Inc.


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