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CCL Industries Announces Third Quarter Results
Nov 08, 2017 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- © 2017 Nasdaq, Inc. All rights reserved.

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 08, 2017) -

Third Quarter Highlights

Adjusted basic earnings per Class B share(3) of $0.61 up 1.7%; basic earnings per Class B share of $0.60 up 22.4%; currency translation negative $0.01 per share

Sales increased 10.8%, 4.6% organic sales growth at CCL

Temporary hiatus in polymer banknote substrate demand, negatively affected CCL Secure as expected

Return on sales improved at Avery and Container segments, also at Innovia Films sequentially. Checkpoint delivered 13.3% operating margin(1)

Nine-Month Highlights

Year-to-date adjusted basic earnings per Class B share(3) of $1.86, up 10.1%; basic earnings per Class B share of $1.73 up 21.8%

Sales increased 20.7% supported by 5.7% CCL organic sales growth

Operating income(1) increased 20.3%

CCL Industries Inc. ("CCLInd" or "the Company"), a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, government institutions, small businesses and consumers, today reported 2017 third quarter results.

Sales for the third quarter of 2017 increased 10.8% to $1,206.8 million, compared to $1,089.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, with 0.5% organic growth and 12.4% acquisition-related growth, primarily driven by the Innovia Group of Companies ("Innovia") acquired on February 28, 2017, partially offset by a negative 2.1% impact from foreign currency translation.

Operating income(1) for the third quarter of 2017 was $185.3 million, an increase of 23.8% compared to $149.7 million for the comparable quarter of 2016. Excluding a $17.3 million non-cash accounting adjustment primarily related to the acquired finished goods inventory of the Checkpoint acquisition in 2016, operating income increased 11.0%.

Restructuring and other items of $2.9 million were reported for the third quarter of 2017 primarily related to reorganization costs associated with the 2016 acquisition of Checkpoint Systems Inc. and other acquisition related transaction costs. There was a net expense for restructuring and other items of $6.0 million in the 2016 third quarter.

Tax expense for the third quarter of 2017 was $45.1 million compared to $36.7 million in the prior year period. The effective tax rates for these two periods were 29.9% and 30.3%, respectively. However, the effective tax rate for the third quarter was higher compared to the 2017 nine-month period effective tax rate of 28.9% due to a higher portion of pre-tax income being earned in higher tax jurisdictions in the third quarter of 2017 and the cessation of foreign investment income tax reduction programs in certain foreign regimes compared to the first six months of 2017.

Net earnings were $106.9 million for the 2017 third quarter compared to $86.1 million for the 2016 third quarter. Basic and adjusted basic earnings per Class B share(3) were $0.60 and $0.61, respectively, compared to basic and adjusted basic earnings per Class B share(3) of $0.49 and $0.60, respectively, in the prior year third quarter.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2017, sales, operating income and net earnings improved 20.7%, 20.3% and 22.9% to $3.5 billion, $532.5 million and $304.7 million, respectively, compared to the same nine-month period in 2016. Included in the 2017 nine-month period was a $15.2 million non-cash acquisition accounting adjustment to the acquired finished goods inventory from the Innovia acquisition that was expensed through cost of goods sold in the period. Excluding this non-cash adjustment, operating income was $547.7 million. The 2016 nine-month period included non-cash acquisition accounting adjustments to acquired finished goods inventories of $33.9 million, therefore comparative adjusted operating income was $476.6 million. The 2017 nine-month period included results from eleven acquisitions completed since January 1, 2016, delivering acquisition related sales growth for the period of 20.7%. Organic sales growth of 1.4% provided the foundation for solid profit improvement and foreign currency translation had a negative impact of $0.03 per share. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2017, basic and adjusted basic earnings per Class B share(3) were $1.73 and $1.86, respectively, compared to basic and adjusted basic earnings per Class B share(3) of $1.42 and $1.69, respectively, in the prior year nine-month period.

Geoffrey T. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "4.6% organic sales growth underpinned solid performance in legacy CCL operations driven by strong gains in Europe and Asia Pacific. As expected, CCL Secure's polymer banknote business experienced a short term hiatus in demand levels for the third quarter reducing profitability; pro-forma results for the nine calendar months of 2017 remain solidly ahead of the same period in 2016 and demand for the fourth quarter is strong. Container profitability for the quarter improved sequentially and comparatively on the benefits of consolidating volume into our U.S. operation and strong double digit organic sales gains in Mexico. Avery delivered solid profitability improvement on sequentially better performance in Printable Media, organic and acquisition sales growth in Direct to Consumer product lines and richer Back-to-School sales mix. Checkpoint posted a slightly improved 13.3% third quarter operating margin despite challenging comparatives to the prior year period. Although Innovia profitability improved sequentially on higher volume and richer mix, comparisons to pre-acquisition results in 2016 continue to be impacted by significantly increased resin costs. Hurricane Harvey and its short term effect on resin prices will be a headwind for the fourth quarter. Trailing twelve months free cash flow for the Company continues to be a highlight."

Mr. Martin continued, "Foreign currency translation had a negative impact of $0.01 and $0.03 on earnings per Class B share for both the three-month and nine-month periods of 2017. At today's Canadian dollar exchange rates, currency translation would be a headwind, if sustained, for the fourth quarter of 2017."

Mr. Martin concluded, "Through the first nine months of 2017, debt repayments totaled $215.3 million. At the end of the third quarter, improved profitability measures including the trailing results of the acquired business, reduced the Company's leverage ratio(4), to 2.0 times EBITDA(2). Combined $513 million cash-on-hand and US$274 million undrawn capacity on our syndicated revolving credit facility strengthened the Company's balance sheet and liquidity positions. While the healthy free cash flow outlook for 2017 is targeted for debt repayment, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.115 per Class B non-voting share and a dividend of $0.1125 per Class A voting share, payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 8, 2017, to be paid on December 22, 2017."

2017 Reporting Changes

Reporting Segment Update: Subsequent to the acquisition of Innovia on February 28, 2017, the Company modified its Segment reporting disclosure. The Label Segment, or CCL Label, was renamed the CCL Segment or CCL, and now includes the results of the former Innovia Security operations. The new Innovia Segment includes the results of the Innovia films operations as well as the legacy films business, which was previously included in the CCL Segment. Furthermore, on June 5, 2017, the Company affected a 5:1 stock split on its Class A and Class B common shares. Unless otherwise noted, impacted amounts and share information included in this press release have been retroactively adjusted for the stock split as if such stock split occurred on the first day of the first period presented. Certain amounts in this press release may be slightly different than previously reported due to rounding of fractional shares as a result of the stock split.

2017 Third Quarter Highlights

CCL (formerly CCL Label)

Sales increased 7.5% to $687.2 million, with 4.6% organic growth, 5.1% acquisition contribution and 2.2% negative currency translation

Regional organic sales growth: Americas flat, Europe up high single digit and Asia Pacific up in the mid-teens

13.8% operating margin(1) negatively impacted by the new CCL Secure operations; strong order backlog in place for the fourth quarter

Label joint ventures added $0.01 earnings per Class B share


Sales of $212.0 million, down 3.7%, with 3.4% acquisition contribution offset by 4.5% organic decline and 2.6% negative currency translation

Operating income(1) improved 10.2% to $49.9 million, 23.5% operating margin

European acquisitions met expectations


Sales were $162.6 million, down 7.4% on organic decline of 5.5% and 1.9% negative currency translation

Operating income(1) of $21.7 million; 13.3% operating margin

Additional restructuring costs recorded for the quarter; total spending now $27.5 million since acquisition, expect to conclude the programme by early 2018


Sales of $95.6 million

Operating income(1) of $11.4 million; 11.9% operating margin

Continued resin cost pressure expected for the fourth quarter


Sales down 8.7% to $49.4 million with 7.0% organic sales decline and 1.7% negative currency translation

Operating income(1) up 61.7% to $7.6 million, 15.4% operating margin

Rheinfelden Americas aluminum slug joint venture continues to record start-up losses

CCL will hold a conference call at 8:00 a.m. EST on November 8, 2017, to discuss these results. The analyst presentation will be posted on the Company's website.

To access this call, please dial: 1 (844) 347-1036 - Toll Free 1 (209) 905-5911 - International Dial-In Number 99341222: Optional Conference Passcode

Audio replay service will be available from November 8, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. EST until November 26, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. EST.

To access Conference Replay, please dial: 1 (855) 859-2056 - Toll Free 1 (404) 537-3406 - International Dial-In Number 99341222: Conference Passcode

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements (hereinafter collectively referred to as "forward-looking statements"), as defined under applicable securities laws, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are predictive in nature or depend on future events or conditions. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans" or similar expressions. Statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, priorities, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Company, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the anticipated growth in sales, CCL Secure's expected increase in demand in the 2017 fourth quarter; the impact of Hurricane Harvey on fourth quarter resin costs for Innovia; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates would be a headwind for the fourth quarter; income and profitability of the Company's segments; and the Company's expectations regarding general business and economic conditions.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. They involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties relating to future events and conditions including, but not limited to, the after-effects of the global financial crisis and its impact on the world economy and capital markets; the impact of competition; consumer confidence and spending preferences; general economic and geopolitical conditions; currency exchange rates; interest rates and credit availability; technological change; changes in government regulations; risks associated with operating and product hazards; and CCLInd's ability to attract and retain qualified employees. Do not unduly rely on forward-looking statements as the Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are also based on a number of assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions about the following: global economic environment and higher consumer spending; improved customer demand for the Company's products; continued historical growth trends, market growth in specific sectors and entering into new sectors; the Company's ability to provide a wide range of products to multinational customers on a global basis; the benefits of the Company's focused strategies and operational approach; the achievement of the Company's plans for improved efficiency and lower costs, including stable aluminum costs; the availability of cash and credit; fluctuations of currency exchange rates; the Company's continued relations with its customers; the Company's estimated annual cost reductions and financial impact from the restructuring of the Checkpoint Systems, Inc. acquisition; and economic conditions. Should one or more risks materialize or should any assumptions prove incorrect, then actual results could vary materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Further details on key risks can be found in the 2016 Annual Report, Management's Discussion and Analysis, particularly under Section 4: "Risks and Uncertainties." CCL's annual and quarterly reports can be found online at and or are available upon request.

Except as otherwise indicated, forward-looking statements do not take into account the effect that transactions or non-recurring or other special items announced or occurring after the statements are made may have on CCL's business. Such statements do not, unless otherwise specified by the Company, reflect the impact of dispositions, sales of assets, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or transactions, asset write-downs or other charges announced or occurring after forward-looking statements are made. The financial impact of these transactions and non-recurring and other special items can be complex and depends on the facts particular to each of them and therefore cannot be described in a meaningful way in advance of knowing specific facts. The forward-looking statements are provided as of the date of this press release and the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

The financial information presented herein has been prepared on the basis of IFRS for financial statements and is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

Financial Information

Non-IFRS Measures

(1) Operating income and operating income margin are key non-IFRS financial measures used to assist in understanding the profitability of the Company's business units. Operating income is defined as earnings before corporate expenses, net finance cost, goodwill impairment loss, earnings in equity accounted investments, restructuring and other items, and taxes. Operating income margin is defined as operating income over sales.

(2) EBITDA is a critical non-IFRS financial measure used extensively in the packaging industry and other industries to assist in understanding and measuring operating results. EBITDA is also considered as a proxy for cash flow and a facilitator for business valuations. This non-IFRS financial measure is defined as earnings before net finance cost, taxes, depreciation and amortization, goodwill impairment loss, non-cash acquisition accounting adjustments to finished goods inventory, earnings in equity accounted investments and restructuring and other items. Calculations are provided below to reconcile operating income to EBITDA. The Company believes that this is an important measure as it allows management to assess CCLInd's ongoing business without the impact of net finance cost, depreciation and amortization and income tax expenses, as well as non-operating factors and one-time items. As a proxy for cash flow, it is intended to indicate CCLInd's ability to incur or service debt and to invest in property, plant and equipment, and it allows management to compare CCLInd's business to those of CCLInd's peers and competitors who may have different capital or organizational structures. EBITDA is tracked by financial analysts and investors to evaluate financial performance and is a key metric in business valuations. EBITDA is considered an important measure by lenders to the Company and is included in the financial covenants of CCLInd's senior notes and bank lines of credit.

Reconciliation of operating income to EBITDA


(3) Adjusted basic earnings per Class B share is an important non-IFRS measure to assist in understanding the ongoing earnings performance of the Company excluding items of a one-time or non-recurring nature. It is not considered a substitute for basic net earnings per Class B share but it does provide additional insight into the ongoing financial results of the Company. This non-IFRS financial measure is defined as basic net earnings per Class B share excluding gains on business dispositions, goodwill impairment loss, non-cash acquisition accounting adjustments to finished goods inventory, restructuring and other items, and tax adjustments.

Reconciliation of Basic Earnings per Class B Share to Adjusted Basic Earnings per Class B Share

(4) Leverage ratio is a measure that indicates the Company's ability to service its existing debt. Leverage ratio is calculated as net debt divided by EBITDA.

Supplemental Financial Information

Business Description

CCL Industries Inc. employs over 20,000 people operating more than 150 production facilities in 36 countries with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. CCL is the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional, functional and security applications for government institutions and large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare and chemicals, consumer electronic device and automotive markets. Extruded and laminated plastic tubes, folded instructional leaflets, precision decorated and die cut components, electronic displays, polymer bank note substrate and other complementary products and services are sold in parallel to specific end-use markets. Avery is the world's largest supplier of labels, specialty converted media and software solutions to enable short-run digital printing in businesses and homes alongside complementary products sold through distributors and mass market retailers. Checkpoint is a leading developer of RF and RFID based technology systems for loss prevention and inventory management including labeling and tagging solutions for the global retail and apparel industries. Innovia is a leading global producer of specialty, high performance, multi-layer, surface engineered films for label, packaging and security applications. Container is a leading producer of impact extruded aluminum aerosol cans and specialty bottles for consumer packaged goods and healthcare customers in the United States and Mexico. The Company is also backward integrated into materials science with capabilities in polymer extrusion, adhesive development, coating and lamination, surface engineering and metallurgy that are deployed across all five business segments.

For more information on CCL, visit our website - or contact: Sean Washchuk Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 416-756-8526

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