CCL Industries Inc.
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CCL Industries Inc.

May 03, 2007 14:20 ET

CCL Delivers Record First Quarter Results and Declares Dividend

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2007) - CCL Industries Inc. (TSX:CCL.A)(TSX:CCL.B) -

Attention Business/Financial Editors:



Dear Shareholder:

Please find enclosed your First Quarter 2007 shareholder package for CCL
Industries Inc. This report provides detailed information about your Company's
business activities and its financial performance.
The management of CCL hosted an Investors' Day at the Toronto Stock
Exchange on March 7, 2007. This annual event has become the primary
communication vehicle for current and potential investors, analysts and other
stakeholders to meet management and to hear about CCL's business strategy and
financial and operating plans. This forum allowed management to review in
detail each of its businesses and their growth prospects and provided
attendees an opportunity to ask pertinent questions in an interactive
environment. This successful event was webcast live and is posted for your
review on our website at www.cclind.com
Your Board of Directors is very pleased with the strong financial
performance of your Company and today approved its quarterly dividend payable
on June 29, 2007. This dividend is supported by the strong cash flow and
earnings growth of your Company and is maintained at the current level after
having risen by 9% in the previous quarter. This dividend is a continuation of
CCL's record of paying consecutive quarterly dividends for over 25 years
without a reduction. The dividend is $0.12 per Class B non-voting share and
$0.1075 per Class A voting share.
Conference calls with our stakeholders are held following the release of
our quarterly results. Presentation materials used during the conference calls
and the annual Investors' Day, as described above, are posted on our website
along with audio recordings of the meetings. Instructions for accessing these
services are set out at the end of this earnings release.
We encourage all shareholders to access our web site www.cclind.com on a
regular basis for investor and company news including scheduled dates for
future earnings releases. If you would like to have future Press Releases
e-mailed to you at the time they are issued, please complete the Information
Request Form under the "Investors" tab ("Contact Us" icon) on our website or
write to us at CCL to the attention of Christene Duncan.

Yours truly,

Jon K. Grant
Chairman of the Board


Investor Update
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1. Press Release - First Quarter 2007 Results and Dividend Declaration
2. Consolidated Statements of Earnings, Retained Earnings and
Comprehensive Income
3. Consolidated Balance Sheets
4. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
5. Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
6. First Quarter 2007 Management's Discussion and Analysis



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Results Summary

Three Months Ended March 31st
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(in millions of Cdn dollars except %
per share data) 2007 2006 Change
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Sales $ 373.1 $ 313.2 19.1
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Restructuring and other items - net
gain (loss) $ (0.3) 0.4
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Net earnings $ 30.0 $ 21.1 42.2
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Earnings per Class B share
Net earnings $ 0.93 $ 0.66
Diluted earnings 0.90 0.64

Restructuring and other items and
favourable tax settlement and tax benefit
on previously unrecognized tax losses -
net gain (loss) $ 0.05 $ (0.03)
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Number of outstanding shares (in 000s)
Weighted average for the period 32,229 32,184
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Actual at period-end 32,653 32,565
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Toronto, May 3, 2007 - CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in the
development of manufacturing, packaging and labelling solutions for the
consumer products and healthcare industries, announced today its financial
results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007 and the declaration of its
quarterly dividend.
Sales for the first quarter of 2007 of $373.1 million were 19% ahead of
the $313.2 million recorded in the first quarter of 2006. Financial
comparisons to the prior year's results have been positively affected by the
significant appreciation of the euro, and most other currencies, and to a
lesser degree, the U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar. In addition,
business acquisitions in the Label Division and dispositions have impacted the
comparison to prior periods. Sales increased for the quarter by 14% due to
organic growth and acquisitions while foreign exchange, net of dispositions,
added a further 5%. On a comparative basis with last year's first quarter,
sales increased significantly in all reporting segments with the exception of
a slight decline in the Tube Division.
Net earnings for the first quarter of 2007 were $30.0 million, up by 42%
from the $21.1 million recorded in the first quarter of 2006 due primarily to
the substantial sales and operating income increases in the business and
favourable currency translation. The improvement in net income was partly due
to the positive effect of currency translation as a result of the appreciation
of the euro, U.S. dollar and other currencies relative to the Canadian dollar.
In the first quarter of 2007, a gain on the sale of a redundant property and
favourable tax adjustments were partially offset by restructuring and other
items and favourable tax adjustments, which increased net earnings by
$1.6 million. In the first quarter of 2006, net earnings were also impacted by
a net gain from restructuring costs and other items and favourable tax
adjustments of $0.4 million before tax (but a loss of $1.2 million after tax).
Earnings per Class B share were $0.93 in the first quarter of 2007
compared to the $0.66 earned in the same period last year, an increase of 41%.
Restructuring and other items and favourable tax adjustments had a positive
effect on earnings per share in the first quarter of 2007 of $0.05.
Restructuring and other items net of favourable tax adjustments in the first
quarter of 2006 decreased earnings per Class B share by $0.03. Diluted
earnings per Class B share were $0.90 in the first quarter of 2007 and $0.64
in the first quarter of 2006.
Donald G. Lang, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented, "We
are extremely pleased by the strong performance of our businesses in the first
quarter, resulting in record quarterly earnings from operations. Our earnings
per share were 41% ahead of the first quarter last year and excluding
restructuring and other items and favourable tax benefits, were an exceptional
28% ahead of last year's comparable period. This record performance was
augmented by the favourable impact of the stronger euro and U.S. dollar on our
results, which contributed 6% of the improvement. Our global customers are
continuing to experience good sales growth and CCL's operations have
successfully followed our customers' growth in traditional and new
geographies.
"The Label Division continues to show good growth in sales and increasing
profitability as our strategy to invest in high-end equipment, new plants and
accretive acquisitions are generating meaningful earnings progress. We are
very pleased with the operating performance of the former Illinois Tool Works
business specializing in shrink and stretch sleeves, acquired in January, and
expect to see continued strong earnings accretion from it in future periods.
The Container Division has seen a modest increase in sales volume and improved
profitability from the last half of 2006, as it has been somewhat successful
in passing on the higher aluminum commodity costs to our customers. The Tube
Division has experienced flat volume with last year's level due to reduced
consumer spending in the U.S. but has increased its profitability with
improved operating performance. Our ColepCCL joint venture has also gotten off
to a strong start in sales and income in 2007 as it continues to benefit from
a good European economy and strong demand for its products."
Mr. Lang added, "With the completion of the ITW acquisition, we finished
the quarter with a net debt to total capitalization ratio of 40%, which is
still below our target level of 45%. We have $87 million of cash on hand and
can continue to seek out accretive small acquisitions and spend capital
internally to grow organically without concerns about our financial leverage."
Mr. Lang concluded, "Our outlook for 2007 remains quite positive as we
have had a very strong start in the first quarter. We continue to generate
growth in earnings and cash flow from operations. As a result, your Board of
Directors has declared a dividend at the same level as the higher dividend
declared last quarter. The quarterly dividend is $0.12 on the Class B
non-voting shares and $0.1075 on the Class A voting shares to shareholders of
record at the close of business on June 15, 2007 payable on June 29, 2007. CCL
continues its record of paying quarterly dividends without reduction or
omission for over 25 years."
At the end of March 2007, cash and cash equivalents amounted to
$87 million compared to $106 million at March 31, 2006. Net debt amounted to
$449 million at the end of March 2007, which is $87 million higher than the
$362 million level from a year ago. The increase is primarily due to the ITW
business unit acquisition in January 2007. Net debt to total capitalization at
March 31, 2007 was 40%, up from 38% at the end of March 2006. Book value per
share has now grown to $20.95 at March 31, 2007, up 14% from $18.30 a year
earlier.

CCL Industries Inc. manufactures pressure-sensitive, shrink sleeve and
in-mould labels, aluminum containers and plastic tubes for leading global
companies in the home and personal care, healthcare and specialty food and
beverage sectors. With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, CCL Industries employs
approximately 5,000 people and operates 48 production facilities in North
America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. CCL's joint venture, ColepCCL
operates five plants in Europe and employs approximately 2,000 people.

Statements contained in this Press Release, other than statements of
historical facts, are forward-looking statements subject to a number of
uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ
materially from some statements made.

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Note: CCL will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Friday,
----- May 4, 2007 to discuss these results.

To access this call, please dial Toll-Free North America -
1-800-379-4140 or Domestic and International - 416-620-5690.

Post-View service will be available from Friday, May 4, 2007 at
12:00 p.m. EDT until Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Dial: Toll-Free - 1-800-558-5253 - Access Code: 21335469.

For more details on CCL, visit our web site - www.cclind.com

Financial Tables follow ...



CCL INDUSTRIES INC.
2007 First Quarter
Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Retained Earnings

Unaudited Three months ended March 31st
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(in millions of Cdn dollars, %
except per share data) 2007 2006 Change
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Sales $ 373.1 $ 313.2 19.1
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Income before undernoted items 67.8 55.1 23.0
Depreciation and amortization 20.8 18.1
Interest expense, net 6.6 5.6

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40.4 31.4 28.7
Restructuring and other items - net
gain (loss) (note 5) (0.3) 0.4

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Earnings before income taxes 40.1 31.8 26.1
Income taxes 10.1 10.7

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Net earnings 30.0 21.1 42.2
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Retained earnings, beginning of period
as reported 476.6 413.0
Transition adjustment on adoption of
financial instruments standards, net of
tax (note 1) (3.0) -
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Retained earnings, beginning of period
as restated 473.6 413.0

Net earnings 30.0 21.1
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503.6 434.1
Less dividends:
Class A shares 0.3 0.2
Class B shares 3.5 3.0
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3.8 3.2
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Retained earnings, end of period $ 499.8 $ 430.9
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Earnings per share
Class B $ 0.93 $ 0.66 40.9
Class A $ 0.92 $ 0.65
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Diluted earnings per share
Class B $ 0.90 $ 0.64 40.6
Class A $ 0.89 $ 0.63
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See notes to interim consolidated financial statements.



CCL INDUSTRIES INC.
2007 First Quarter
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

Unaudited Three months ended March 31st
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(in millions of Cdn dollars) 2007 2006
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Net earnings 30.0 21.1
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Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

Unrealized gains (losses) on translation of financial
statements of self-sustaining foreign operations (4.0) 12.6

Gains (losses) on hedges of net investment in
self-sustaining foreign operations, net of tax
of $0.3 million 0.9 (8.9)

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Unrealized foreign currency translation, net of
hedging activites (3.1) 3.7
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Loss on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges,
net of tax (0.1) -

Losses on derivatives designated as cash flow
hedges in prior periods transferred to net earnings
in the current period, net of tax of $0.2 million (0.2) -

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Change in losses on derivatives designated as cash
flow hedges (0.3) -
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Other comprehensive income (loss) (3.4) 3.7
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Comprehensive income (note 1) $ 26.6 $ 24.8
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See notes to interim consolidated financial statements.



CCL INDUSTRIES INC.
2007 First Quarter
Consolidated Balance Sheets

March December March
31st 31st 31st
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(in millions of Cdn dollars) 2007 2006 2006
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(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 86.6 $ 125.0 $ 105.8
Accounts receivable - trade 215.0 178.8 181.9
Other receivables and prepaid
expenses (note 1) 29.4 23.1 22.4
Inventories 104.4 98.0 108.5
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435.4 424.9 418.6
Property, plant and equipment 675.9 628.0 564.9
Other assets 23.6 28.9 26.4
Future income tax assets 33.6 32.3 30.4
Intangible assets 38.1 39.5 28.1
Goodwill 439.4 389.0 405.6
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Total assets $1,646.0 $1,542.6 $1,474.0
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Liabilities
Current liabilities
Bank advances $ 6.1 $ 12.4 $ 9.6
Accounts payable and accrued
liabilities (note 1) 260.6 280.8 232.7
Income and other taxes payable 20.4 13.7 20.6
Current portion of long-term debt 17.4 16.1 17.8
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304.5 323.0 280.7
Long-term debt (note 1) 511.7 413.6 439.9
Other long-term items 54.4 52.3 51.9
Future income taxes 102.8 101.1 112.8
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Total liabilities 973.4 890.0 885.3
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Shareholders' equity
Share capital (note 2) 186.6 190.3 189.5
Contributed surplus 5.3 4.2 2.6
Retained earnings 499.8 476.6 430.9
Accumulated other comprehensive
income (notes 1 & 4) (19.1) (18.5) (34.3)
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Total shareholders' equity 672.6 652.6 588.7
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Total liabilities and shareholders'
equity $1,646.0 $1,542.6 $1,474.0
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See notes to interim consolidated financial statements.
Certain 2006 figures have been restated for comparative purposes.



CCL INDUSTRIES INC.
2007 First Quarter
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Unaudited Three months ended March 31st
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(in millions of Cdn dollars) 2007 2006
Cash provided by (used for) -------- --------

Operating activities
Net earnings $ 30.0 $ 21.1
Items not requiring cash:
Depreciation and amortization 20.8 18.1
Stock-based compensation 1.1 0.5
Future income taxes (0.7) 2.8
Restructuring and other items, net of tax (note 5) (0.2) 1.2
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51.0 43.7
Net change in non-cash working capital (45.8) (39.7)
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Cash provided by operating activities 5.2 4.0
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Financing activities
Proceeds on issuance of long-term debt 103.7 200.8
Retirement of long-term debt (2.2) (140.5)
Increase in bank advances (6.3) 0.6
Issue of shares 0.7 0.7
Purchase of shares held in trust (note 2) (4.4) -
Dividends (3.8) (3.2)
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Cash provided by financing activities 87.7 58.4
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Investing activities
Additions to property, plant and equipment (31.2) (42.5)
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 2.9 1.2
Proceeds on business dispositions (note 5) - 24.4
Business acquisitions (note 3) (105.6) (62.2)
Other 3.2 1.7
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Cash used for investing activities (130.7) (77.4)
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Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (0.6) 0.6
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Decrease in cash (38.4) (14.4)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 125.0 120.2
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Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 86.6 $ 105.8
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Cash and cash equivalents are defined as cash and short-term investments.
See notes to interim consolidated financial statements.



CCL INDUSTRIES INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Periods ended March 31, 2007 AND 2006
(Tabular amounts in millions of Cdn dollars except share data)
(Unaudited)

1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The disclosures contained in these unaudited interim consolidated
financial statements do not include all of the requirements of
generally accepted accounting principles for annual financial
statements. The unaudited interim consolidated financial statements
should be read in conjunction with the annual consolidated financial
statements for the year ended December 31, 2006.

The unaudited interim consolidated financial statements are based
upon accounting principles consistent with those used and described
in the annual consolidated statements, except that: starting
January 1, 2007, the Company adopted the new Canadian Institute of
Chartered Accountants ("CICA") Handbook Sections 1530, "Comprehensive
Income", Section 3251, "Equity", Section 3861, "Financial
Instruments - Disclosure and Presentation", Section 3865, "Hedges"
and Section 3855, "Financial Instruments - Recognition and
Measurement".

Section 1530 establishes standards for reporting and presenting
comprehensive income, which is defined as the change in equity from
transactions and other events from non-owner sources. Other
comprehensive income refers to items recognized in comprehensive
income that are excluded from net income calculated in accordance
with generally accepted accounting principles.

Section 3861 establishes standards for presentation of financial
instruments and non-financial derivatives, and identifies the
information that should be disclosed about them. Under the new
standards, policies followed for periods prior to the effective date
are generally not reversed, therefore, the comparative figures have
not been restated except for the requirement to restate currency
translation adjustment as part of other comprehensive income.

Section 3865 describes when and how hedge accounting can be applied
as well as the disclosure requirements. Hedge accounting enables the
recording of gains, losses, revenues and expenses from derivative
financial instruments in the same period as for those related to the
hedged item.

Section 3855 prescribes when a financial asset, financial liability
or non-financial derivative is to be recognized on the balance sheet
and at what amount, requiring fair value or cost-based measures under
different circumstances. Under Section 3855, financial instruments
must be classified into one of these five categories: held-for-
trading, held-to-maturity, loans and receivables, available-for-sale
financial assets or other financial liabilities. All financial
instruments, including derivatives, are measured on the balance sheet
at fair value except for loans and receivables, held-to-maturity
investments and other financial liabilities which are measured at
amortized cost. Subsequent measurement and changes in fair value will
depend on their initial classification, as follows: held-for-trading
financial assets are measured at fair value and changes in fair value
are recognized in net earnings; available-for-sale financial
instruments are measured at fair value with changes in fair value
recorded in other comprehensive income until the investment is
derecognized or impaired at which time the amounts would be recorded
in net earnings.

Under adoption of these new standards, the Company designated its
cash and cash equivalents and long-term investments as held-for-
trading, which are measured at fair value. Accounts receivable are
classified as loans and receivables, which are measured at amortized
cost. Bank advances, accounts payable and accrued liabilities and
long-term debt are classified as other financial liabilities, which
are measured at amortized cost. The Company has also elected to
expense, as incurred, transaction costs related to long-term debt.

Upon adoption of these new standards, the Company recorded a decrease
to opening retained earnings of $3.0 million. The decrease to opening
retained earnings was a result of the write-off of previously
deferred transaction costs related to issuance of long-term debt
($1.0 million loss, net of tax of $0.5 million), the write-off of a
deferred loss on the termination of various cross currency interest
rate swaps that did not meet the new requirements ($2.1 million loss,
no tax) and the ineffectiveness of cash flow hedges discussed below
($0.1 million gain, net of tax).

All derivative instruments, including embedded derivatives, are
recorded on the balance sheet at fair value unless exempted from
derivative treatment as a normal purchase or sale. All changes in
their fair value are recorded in net earnings unless cash flow hedge
accounting is used, in which case, changes in fair value are recorded
in other comprehensive income. The Company has applied this
accounting treatment for all embedded derivatives in existence at
transition. The impact of the change in accounting policy related to
embedded derivatives is not material.

The Company uses various financial instruments to manage foreign
currency exposures, fluctuation in interest rates and exposures
related to the purchase of aluminum for the Container Division. These
financial instruments are classified into three types of hedges: cash
flow hedges, fair value hedges and hedges of net investments in self-
sustaining operations.

In a cash flow hedge, the effective portion of changes in the fair
value of derivatives is recognized in other comprehensive income. Any
gain or loss in fair value relating to the ineffective portion is
recognized immediately in the statement of earnings. Upon adoption of
the new standards, the Company remeasured its cash flow hedge
derivatives at fair value. Aluminum forward contracts with a
favourable fair value of $2.8 million are the largest component of
the Company's cash flow hedges and are recorded in other receivables
and prepaid expense. In addition, the Company entered into Cross
Currency Interest Rate Swap Agreements (CCIRSA) that converted U.S.
dollar fixed rate debt into Canadian dollar fixed rate debt in order
to reduce the Company's exposure to the U.S. dollar debt and currency
exposures. This CCIRSA is also designated as a cash flow hedge and
has an unfavourable fair value of $0.9 million for the current period
and is recorded in long-term debt. The Company also uses forward
contracts to hedge foreign exchange exposure on anticipated sales.
These hedges have an unfavourable fair value of $0.1 million as at
March 31, 2007 and are recorded in accounts payable and accrued
liabilities.

In a fair value hedging relationship, the carrying value of the
hedged item is adjusted by gains or losses attributable to the hedged
risk and recorded in net earnings. This change in fair value of the
hedged item, to the extent the hedging relationship is effective, is
offset by changes in the fair value of the derivative also measured
at fair value on the balance sheet date, with changes in value
recorded through net earnings. The Company has two CCIRSAs designated
as fair value hedges, which convert U.S. dollar fixed rate debt into
Canadian dollar floating rate debt in order to reduce interest rate
and currency risk. In addition, the Company has an interest rate swap
converting U.S. dollar fixed rate debt to U.S. dollar floating rate
debt to reduce interest rate risk exposure. These fair value hedges
have an unfavourable fair value of $1.4 million and are recorded in
long-term debt.

In a hedge of a net investment in a self-sustaining foreign
operation, the portion of the gain or loss on the hedging item that
is determined to be an effective hedge should be recognized in
comprehensive income and the ineffective portion should be recognized
in net earnings. During 2006, the Company entered into CCIRSAs that
converted Canadian dollar fixed rate and floating rate debt into euro
fixed rate debt and euro floating rate debt in order to hedge the
Company's exposure to the euro, with a view to reducing foreign
exchange fluctuations and interest expense. These CCIRSAs have been
designated as net investment hedges and have an unfavourable fair
value of $5.6 million at the end of the current period and are
recorded in long-term debt. The Company has also entered into a non-
deliverable forward foreign exchange contract to hedge its investment
in its Brazilian subsidiaries. This foreign exchange contract has an
unfavourable fair value of $1.6 million for the period and is
recorded in accounts payable and accrued liabilities. The Company has
elected to record the forward points associated with the forward
contract into accumulated other comprehensive income.

2. SHARE CAPITAL

Issued and outstanding
March 31, December 31, March 31,
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2007 2006 2006
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Issued share capital $ 198.2 $ 197.5 $ 196.9
Less: Executive share purchase
plan loans (1.6) (1.6) (1.8)
Shares held in trust (10.0) (5.6) (5.6)
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Total $ 186.6 $ 190.3 $ 189.5
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During 2007, the Company granted an award of 120,000 Class B shares
of the Company. These shares are restricted in nature and will vest
in 2009 dependent on continuing employment and company performance.
The Company purchased these 120,000 shares in the open market and has
placed them in trust until they vest. The fair value of this stock
award is being amortized over the vesting period and recognized as
executive compensation expense.

Actual number of shares:
March 31, December 31, March 31,
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2007 2006 2006
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Class A 2,378,496 2,378,496 2,421,784
Class B 30,274,947 30,223,047 30,142,759
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32,653,443 32,601,543 32,564,543
Less: Executive share purchase
plan shares - Class B (125,000) (125,000) (150,000)
Shares held in trust -
Class B (320,000) (200,000) (200,000)
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Total 32,208,443 32,276,543 32,214,543
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Year-to-date weighted average
number of shares 32,228,526 32,240,324 32,183,601
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Year-to-date weighted average
diluted number of shares 33,437,378 33,259,055 33,250,268
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3. ACQUISITIONS

On January 26, 2007, the Company completed its purchase of the sleeve
label business of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). ITW's sleeve label
business, through its two locations in the United Kingdom and one
location in each of Austria, Brazil and United States, is a leading
supplier of shrink sleeve and stretch sleeve labels for markets in
Europe and the Americas. The purchase price was $105.6 million, net
of cash acquired. The Company established a $95.0 million line of
credit, of which $75.0 million was drawn to facilitate the purchase.
The Company is reviewing the valuation of the net assets acquired,
including intangible assets, therefore, certain items disclosed below
may change when the review is completed in 2007.

Details of the transaction are as follows:

Current assets $ 24.3
Current liabilities (8.5)
Non-current assets at assigned values 39.4
Future taxes (0.8)
Goodwill and intangible assets 51.2
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Net assets purchased $ 105.6
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Total consideration:
Cash, less cash acquired of $2.8 million $ 105.6
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In January 2006, the Company purchased Prodesmaq, based in Vinhedo,
Brazil. Prodesmaq operated two state-of-the-art plants and is
Brazil's largest supplier of pressure sensitive labels for many
global companies in the home and personal care, healthcare and
premium food and beverage markets. The purchase price was
$62.2 million, net of cash acquired.

Details of the transaction are as follows:

Current assets $ 9.8
Current liabilities (2.1)
Non-current assets at assigned values 9.3
Intangible assets 14.8
Goodwill 30.4
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Net assets purchased $ 62.2
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Total consideration:
Cash, less cash acquired of $1.7 million $ 62.2
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4. ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

March 31, December 31, March 31,
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2007 2006 2006
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Unrealized foreign currency translation
gains and losses, net of tax of
$7.5 million $ (21.6) $ (18.5) $ (34.3)

Impact of new net investment hedge
accounting standards on January 1,
2007, net of tax $0.1 million 0.4 - -

Impact of new cash flow hedge accounting
standards on January 1, 2007, net of
tax of $1.3 million 2.4 - -

Change in derivatives designated as
cash flow hedges, net of tax recovery
of $0.2 million (0.3) - -
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$ (19.1) $ (18.5) $ (34.3)
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5. RESTRUCTURING AND OTHER ITEMS

Three months ended March 31
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Segment 2007 2006
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Container segment restructuring Container $ (1.0) $ (1.3)
Sale of non-operational land Corporate 0.7 -
Gain on net assets sale of CCL Tube
Dispensing Systems, LLC - 1.7
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Net gain (loss) $ (0.3) $ 0.4
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Tax recovery (expense) $ 0.5 $ (2.6)
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The Company commenced a senior management restructuring of the
Container segment and recorded provisions related to severances of
$1.3 million ($0.9 million after tax) in the first three months of
2006, and by year-end, additional costs related to obsolete equipment
and spare parts were recorded of $10.1 million ($6.3 million after
tax). In 2007, further costs of $1.0 million ($0.7 million after tax)
were incurred.

In March 2007, the Company sold its non-operational land in Toronto,
Canada for $2.0 million cash and realized a gain of $0.7 million
($0.9 million after tax).

In February 2006, the Company sold its CCL Dispensing Systems, LLC
net assets for $24.4 million cash and realized a gain of $1.7 million
(loss of $1.3 million after tax).

6. EMPLOYEE FUTURE BENEFITS

The expense for the defined benefit plans in the first quarter is
$0.4 million (2006 - $0.4 million).

7. SEGMENTED INFORMATION

Industry segments

Three months ended March 31st
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Sales Operating income
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2007 2006 2007 2006
---- ---- ---- ----

Label $ 245.1 $ 205.1 $ 37.8 $ 29.2

Container 52.9 44.4 6.0 6.2

Tube 18.2 19.1 1.4 1.0

ColepCCL 56.9 44.6 5.3 4.1
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Total operations $ 373.1 $ 313.2 50.5 40.5
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Corporate expense (3.5) (3.5)
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47.0 37.0

Interest expense, net 6.6 5.6
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40.4 31.4

Restructuring and other items -
net gain (loss) (note 5) (0.3) 0.4
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Earnings before income taxes 40.1 31.8

Income taxes 10.1 10.7
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Net earnings $ 30.0 $ 21.1
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Identifiable Assets Goodwill
------------------- --------

March 31st December 31st March 31st December 31st
---------- ------------- ---------- -------------
2007 2006 2007 2006
---- ---- ---- ----

Label $1,054.7 $ 909.3 $ 354.3 $ 303.6
Container 194.2 194.4 12.8 12.8
Tube 96.5 96.9 29.7 30.0
ColepCCL 174.2 172.4 42.6 42.6
Corporate 126.4 169.6 - -
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Total $1,646.0 $1,542.6 $ 439.4 $ 389.0
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Depreciation & Amortization Capital Expenditures
--------------------------- --------------------

Three months ended Three months ended
March 31st March 31st
------------------- -------------------
2007 2006 2007 2006
---- ---- ---- ----
Continuing operations
---------------------
Label $ 13.7 $ 11.7 $ 26.9 $ 28.8
Container 2.9 2.5 0.5 9.7
Tube 1.8 1.9 0.3 3.1
ColepCCL 2.0 1.8 3.5 0.9
Corporate 0.4 0.2 - -
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Total $ 20.8 $ 18.1 $ 31.2 $ 42.5
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
First Quarters Ended March 31, 2007 and 2006

This document has been prepared for the purpose of providing Management's
Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of the financial condition and results of
operations for the first quarters ended March 31, 2007 and 2006 and an update
to the 2006 Annual MD&A document. The information in this interim MD&A is
current to May 3, 2007 and should be read in conjunction with the Company's
March 31, 2007 unaudited first quarter financial statements released on May 3,
2007 and the 2006 Annual MD&A document, which forms part of the CCL Industries
Inc. 2006 Annual Report, dated February 21, 2007.
The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Canadian
generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and in accordance with the
requirements of section 1751, Interim Financial Statements, of the CICA
Handbook. Unless otherwise noted, both the financial statements and this
interim MD&A are expressed in Canadian dollars as the reporting currency. The
measurement currencies of CCL's operations are the Canadian dollar, the U.S.
dollar, the euro, the Danish krone, the U.K. pound sterling, the Mexican peso,
the Thailand baht, the Chinese renminbi, the Brazilian real and the Polish
zloty. CCL's Audit Committee and its Board of Directors have reviewed this
interim MD&A to ensure consistency with the approved strategy and results of
the Company.
Management's Discussion and Analysis contains forward-looking statements,
as defined in the Securities Act (Ontario) (hereinafter referred to as
"forward-looking statements"), including statements concerning possible or
assumed future results of operations of the Company. Forward-looking
statements typically are preceded by, followed by or include the words
"believes", "expects", "anticipates", "estimates", "intends", "plans" or
similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance. They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, but
not limited to: the impact of competition; consumer confidence and spending
preferences; general economic and geo-political conditions; currency exchange
rates; and CCL's ability to attract and retain qualified employees and,
accordingly, the Company's results could differ materially from those
anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

Overview
--------
Most of CCL's global customers continue to enjoy higher sales volumes
than last year, generally reflecting the positive world economy. CCL is
benefiting from this favourable environment and has experienced very good
growth in most product categories and regions in the first quarter of 2007. In
particular, CCL has mirrored the global results of many of its customers with
strong demand in Europe, Asia and Latin America and more modest growth in
North America.
Expectations are for continued strong markets in Europe, Latin America
and Asia. There have been concerns about a slowdown in the U.S. economy. This
has been reflected in cautionary comments from some of our customers and
suppliers about future prospects for the North American region. CCL continues
to see only limited growth in demand from its North American customers in
2007. It is also important to note that the first quarter has become CCL's
most profitable quarter due to the seasonality of the business as discussed
further in this report.

Review of Consolidated Operations
---------------------------------
Sales for the first quarter of 2007 of $373.1 million were 19% ahead of
the $313.2 million recorded in the first quarter of 2006. Financial
comparisons to the prior year's results have been positively affected by the
significant appreciation of the euro and most other currencies and to a lesser
degree, the U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar. In addition, business
acquisitions in the Label Division and dispositions have impacted the
comparison to prior periods. Sales increased for the quarter by 14% due to
organic growth and acquisitions, while foreign exchange net of a disposition
added a further 5%. On a comparative basis with last year's first quarter,
sales increased significantly in all reporting segments with the exception of
a slight decline in the Tube Division.
The following acquisitions and divestitures affected financial
comparisons in the first quarter. Further details on these transactions follow
later in the Business Segment Review section:

<<
- In January 2006, the Label Division acquired the label converting
assets of Prodesmaq in Brazil for $62 million.

- In February 2006, the Company divested the assets of its CCL
Dispensing business in Libertyville, IL for $24 million. It is
included in the Tube Division for comparative purposes.

- In October 2006, the non-core label business in Houten, the
Netherlands was sold for $3 million.

- On January 26, 2007, CCL acquired the shrink sleeve and stretch
sleeve business of Illinois Tool Works ("ITW") located in the United
Kingdom, Austria, Brazil and the United States for approximately
$106 million.
>>

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2007 were $30.0 million, up 42%
from the $21.1 million recorded in the first quarter of 2006 due primarily to
the substantial sales and operating income increases in the business and
favourable currency translation. Operating income improved by $10.0 million or
25% from last year's first quarter due to substantially stronger performances
in the Label and Tube Divisions and higher income from the ColepCCL joint
venture. Operating income in the Container Division was slightly below the
prior year's level. These improvements were partly due to the positive effect
of currency translation as a result of the appreciation of the euro, U.S.
dollar and other currencies relative to the Canadian dollar. In the first
quarter of 2007, a gain on the sale of a redundant property and favourable tax
adjustments (a tax settlement in a subsidiary) were partially offset by
restructuring and other items and increased net earnings by $1.6 million. In
the first quarter of 2006, net earnings were impacted by a net gain from
restructuring costs and other items and favourable tax adjustments of
$0.4 million before tax (but a loss of $1.2 million after tax).
Net interest expense was $6.6 million, $1.0 million higher than last
year's corresponding quarter due primarily to higher net debt levels and the
impact of currency translation. Corporate expenses for the quarter of
$3.5 million were the same as last year's first quarter. The overall effective
income tax rate was 25% for the first quarter of 2007 compared to 34% in the
first quarter of 2006. If the impact of restructuring and other items and
favourable tax adjustments were excluded, the effective tax rate in the first
quarter of 2007 would have been 30% compared to 29% in last year's first
quarter.
Earnings per Class B share were $0.93 in the first quarter of 2007
compared to $0.66 earned in the same period last year, an increase of 41%.
Restructuring and other items and favourable tax adjustments had a positive
effect on earnings per share in the first quarter of 2007 of $0.05.
Restructuring and other items net of favourable tax adjustments in the first
quarter of 2006 decreased earnings per Class B share by $0.03. The impact of
restructuring and other items and favourable tax adjustments on a per share
basis is measured by dividing the after-tax income of these items by the
average number of shares outstanding in the relevant period. Management will
continue to disclose the impact of these items on its results because the
timing and extent of such items do not reflect or relate to the Company's
ongoing performance. Management evaluates the operating income of its
divisions before the effect of these items.
Diluted earnings per Class B share were $0.03 lower than basic earnings
per Class B share in the first quarter of 2007 and $0.02 lower in the first
quarter of 2006.
In the first quarter of 2007, restructuring and other costs were incurred
in the Container Division consisting primarily of severance costs as new
management continues to take action to improve efficiency and profitability.
Costs incurred were $1.0 million ($0.7 million after tax). In addition, a
redundant operating property was sold for a gain of $0.7 million ($0.9 million
after tax). A favourable tax settlement was also reached in a subsidiary
resulting in a decrease in income tax expense of $1.4 million in the quarter.
The total increase in net income for the above items was $1.6 million.
There were three restructuring and other items and a favourable tax
adjustment in the first quarter of 2006 for a total gain of $0.4 million (but
a loss of $1.2 million after tax), as follows:

<<
- Sale of CCL Dispensing - This business was part of the Tube Division.
Its net assets were sold for a pre-tax gain of $1.7 million. Tax of
$3.0 million was incurred on the sale, resulting in an after-tax loss
of $1.3 million.

- Container Division Restructuring - During the latter part of the
first quarter of 2006, the Company reorganized the management of this
business and incurred severance and other related costs on this
restructuring. The new management continues to review all aspects of
the business. This restructuring cost was $1.3 million ($0.9 million
after tax) for the first quarter of 2006.

- Favourable Tax Recovery - In March 2006, with the repayment of
US$ 120 million notes, certain foreign exchange gains were realized
for tax purposes only. Tax payments are not required due to the
ability of the Company to utilize previously unrecognized capital
losses generated from a 2002 unusual item write-down. The utilization
of these capital losses gave rise to a reduction in tax expense of
$1.0 million.

The following table is presented to provide context to the change in the
Company's financial performance. There is a major improvement over the prior
year's earnings performance.

(in Canadian dollars)
---------------------
Three Months Ended
March 31
------------------

Earnings per Class B shares 2007 2006
--------------------------- ------ ------

From operations $ 0.93 $ 0.66

Net gain (loss) from restructuring and other
items and favourable tax adjustments $ 0.05 $(0.03)

The following is selected financial information for the nine most recently
completed quarters. In May 2005, the North American Custom Manufacturing
business was sold and was treated as Discontinued Operations.

(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
-----------------------------------------------------------

Qtr 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr 4 Total
----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Sales-continuing
operations
2007 $373.1
2006 313.2 $296.6 $293.5 $308.9 $1,212.2
2005 265.7 280.1 281.9 282.4 1,110.1

Net earnings-continuing
operations
2007 30.0
2006 21.1 17.6 13.6 25.1 77.4
2005 16.1 5.1 15.3 13.5 50.0

Net earnings
2007 30.0
2006 21.1 17.6 13.6 25.1 77.4
2005 19.7 113.8 15.3 15.0 163.8


Qtr 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr 4 Total
----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Net earnings per
Class B share-
continuing operations

Basic
2007 $0.93
2006 0.66 $0.54 $0.43 $0.78 $2.41
2005 0.50 0.16 0.48 0.43 1.57

Diluted
2007 0.90
2006 0.64 0.53 0.41 0.75 2.33
2005 0.49 0.16 0.46 0.41 1.52

Net earnings per
Class B share
Basic
2007 0.93
2006 0.66 0.54 0.43 0.78 2.41
2005 0.61 3.53 0.48 0.48 5.10

Diluted
2007 0.90
2006 0.64 0.53 0.41 0.75 2.33
2005 0.60 3.45 0.46 0.46 4.97

Restructuring and other
items and favourable tax
adjustments and gain on
discontinued operations
per Class B share
2007 0.05
2006 (0.03) (0.03) (0.10) 0.20 0.04
2005 - 2.96 - (0.02) 2.94
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>>

The impact on net earnings per Class B share of the gain on the sale of
Custom in 2005 is included in the table above. Net earnings per Class B share
have generally increased over time but have also fluctuated significantly due
to changes in foreign exchange rates, restructuring costs and other items and
favourable tax adjustments.
In addition, the seasonality of the business has evolved over the last
few years with the first quarter generally being the strongest due to the
aggressive marketing plans of many customers at the beginning of the year.
Also, there are many products that have a spring-summer bias in North America
and Europe such as agricultural chemicals and certain beverage products, which
generate additional sales volumes for CCL in the first half of the year. The
last two quarters of the year are negatively affected from a sales perspective
by summer vacation in the Northern Hemisphere, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas
season shutdowns in the fourth quarter.

<<
Business Segment Review
-----------------------

Label Division ($ Millions) Q1 2007 Q1 2006 +/- %
-------------- ------- ------- -----

Sales $ 245.1 $ 205.1 +20%
Operating Income $ 37.8 $ 29.2 +29%
Return on Sales(1) 15.4% 14.2%
Capital Spending $ 26.9 $ 28.8
Depreciation and
Amortization $ 13.7 $ 11.7

(1) Return on sales is a non-GAAP measure indicating relative
profitability of sales to customers. It is defined as operating
income divided by sales expressed as a percentage.
>>

Sales for the Label Division were very strong at $245.1 million for the
first quarter, up 20% from $205.1 million in the same quarter last year. The
sales increase was a result of acquisitions and organic growth contributing
14% and foreign exchange adding a further 6%.
Sales growth in the first quarter was due in part to the ITW acquisition
(owned by CCL for just over two months in 2007). However, the base business
also generally experienced a continuation of very positive sales and operating
income trends.
North America had the weakest sales growth in the Label Division.
Personal care volume was flat for the quarter compared to last year, as our
customers experienced a softer market. Healthcare sales were also flat due in
part to a slow insert business, because of label design changes driven by the
FDA. Insert sales are expected to pick up later in the year when the new
designs are finalized. Specialty products sales were well ahead of last year's
first quarter with good growth in agricultural chemical labels, a strong
promotional label market, and modest growth in battery labels. Overall,
profitability was up on higher sales, better mix, and improved efficiencies.
Latin America continued to show strong sales growth in Brazil and Mexico
with improvements in operating income due to the volume growth and operating
efficiencies. Profitability is well above average in both of these operations.
In Europe, sales showed steady growth in personal care, particularly in
Germany compared to last year, but there was considerable growth in beverage
applications. Healthcare and specialty sales were strong and the business
remains very profitable. The battery business had lower sales in local
currency due to the expiration of patents and the move of a key customer to
China. This reduction plus the movement of significant beverage volume into
this operation had the effect of reducing overall margins on increased sales.
The ITW acquisition generated strong sales in shrink and stretch sleeves and
operating income was well above expectations.
Asia continued to generate exciting sales growth. Sales in Thailand were
over 20% ahead of last year with further growth expected, and the plant in
Hefei, China continued to progress with growth in the battery business. In
addition, the Guangzhou, China operation that opened only a year ago, was very
busy in personal care and made a small profit. The label business continues to
benefit from its international presence when dealing with large global
customers.
Operating income for the first quarter of 2007 was $37.8 million, up 29%
from the $29.2 million in the first quarter of 2006. Positive currency
translation contributed to this improvement. Drivers of this improvement were
the performance of all the recent acquisitions and higher sales in most
product categories in each region. Operating income as a percentage of sales
at 15.4% exceeded our internal targets and the 14.2% return generated in last
year's first quarter. The first quarter has become the strongest quarter for
the Label Division due to the aggressive marketing plans of many customers at
the beginning of the year, seasonal products such as agricultural chemicals,
and minimal vacation and holiday shutdowns.
Incremental sales and operating income in the first quarter of 2007
compared to 2006 for the ITW and Prodesmaq acquisitions noted earlier in this
report were $18.8 million and $4.2 million, respectively. The Houten,
Netherlands operation disposed of in the fall of 2006 generated sales of
$1.7 million and nominal operating income in the first quarter of 2006.
Sales backlogs for the label business are generally low due to short
customer lead times, but indications are that customers' orders continue to be
firm through the second quarter of 2007. Raw material pricing has stabilized
compared to a year ago.
The Label Division invested $26.9 million in capital in the first quarter
of 2007 compared to $28.8 million in the same period last year. The capital
was spent throughout the Division to maintain and expand its manufacturing
base by adding presses in strategic locations, including the plant
construction for the soon to be relocated Memphis, Tennessee operation and a
plant extension in Brazil. The Division expects to continue to spend capital
to increase its capabilities, expand geographically, and replace or upgrade
existing plants and equipment to improve efficiencies over the next few years.
Depreciation and amortization for the Label Division were $13.7 million for
the first quarter of 2007 and $11.7 million in the comparable 2006 period.

<<
Container Division ($ Millions) Q1 2007 Q1 2006 +/- %
------------------ ------- ------- -----

Sales $ 52.9 $ 44.4 +19%
Operating Income $ 6.0 $ 6.2 -3%
Return on Sales(1) 11.3% 14.0%
Capital Spending $ 0.5 $ 9.7
Depreciation and
Amortization $ 2.9 $ 2.5

(1) A non-GAAP measure. See definition in earlier Label Division section.
>>

Sales in the first quarter were $52.9 million, up 19% from $44.4 million
last year. Sales increased for the quarter due to volume growth and price
increases. Foreign currency translation was a small positive factor in the
sales growth.
The Container Division experienced an improvement in sales volume as
management has been able to attract new volumes and has benefited from the
strong demand for aluminum aerosol containers and other applications for
shaped-can and bag-in-can technologies. Despite significant price increases in
the last year, the aluminum container continues to flourish and capacity for
these products in North America and Europe could become tighter in later
quarters. Personal care volume in the aerosol format continues to grow
modestly. Although beverage volume has been light, there are many interesting
opportunities under discussion with potential customers for this niche
product. Mexican aerosol container sales volumes were also substantially
higher in the first quarter compared to last year.
Operating income for the Container Division before restructuring and
other costs for the first quarter of 2007 were $6.0 million, down 3% from
$6.2 million in the first quarter of 2006. The key issues continue to be the
significant increase in aluminum costs, the reduction of aluminum hedges and
related income and our ability to pass on price increases to customers. Return
on sales for the first quarter of 2007 was 11.3% compared to 14.0% in last
year's first quarter but the trend has improved significantly over the last
two quarters of 2006 due to volume improvement and price increases.
The aluminum container plant in Penetanguishene, Ontario sells a large
part of its production to the United States market in U.S. dollars. The
business hedges a part of the Canadian dollar value of these U.S. dollar sales
by way of forward contracts. The change in the exchange rates on U.S. currency
transactions reduced comparative income for the Container Division by $0.5
million in the first quarter of 2007. The Division is not planning to hedge
the U.S. dollar in the future due to materiality and the reduction in the risk
of further weakening of the U.S. dollar.
The Container Division invested $0.5 million in capital in the first
quarter of 2007 compared to $9.7 million in the same quarter last year. Only
modest maintenance capital was expended in the first quarter of 2007 compared
to the acquisition and installation of production lines last year.
Depreciation and amortization for the first quarters of 2007 and 2006 were
$2.9 million and $2.5 million, respectively. The Division has successfully
installed six new aluminum container lines in the last four years. A seventh
new line is ready to be shipped and will be installed at a new plant under
construction in Guanajuato, Mexico. The new plant will come on line in the
first half of 2008.
The Container Division continues to hedge some of its anticipated future
aluminum purchases through futures contracts. The cost of aluminum persists in
remaining at near record levels and the Division continues to be challenged to
recover these higher costs by increasing prices to its customers. Also, most
of the aluminum hedges acquired at much lower prices in prior years have been
realized and there will be less benefit from aluminum hedging going forward.

<<
Tube Division ($ Millions) Q1 2007 Q1 2006 +/- %
------------- ------- ------- -----

Sales $ 18.2 $ 19.1 -5%
Operating Income $ 1.4 $ 1.0 +40%
Return on Sales(1) 7.7% 5.2%
Capital Spending $ 0.3 $ 3.1
Depreciation and
Amortization $ 1.8 $ 1.9

(1) A non-GAAP measure. See definition in earlier Label Division section.
>>

Sales in the first quarter for the Tube Division were $18.2 million, down
5% from $19.1 million last year. Sales decreased for the quarter due to the
divestiture of CCL Dispensing Systems early last year and slower order intake
at the end of 2006. The demand for plastic tubes slowed down in the last
couple of quarters due in part to the weak consumer economy in the U.S.
However, there are expectations for modest improvement into the second
quarter.
Operating income for the Tube Division for the first quarter of 2007 was
$1.4 million, up 40% from $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2006. The
increase was due to improved margins, manufacturing efficiency, and a small
loss incurred in CCL Dispensing in its last month of operation in the first
quarter of 2006. The return on sales continues to rise towards acceptable
levels at 7.7% in the first quarter compared to a 5.2% return in the prior
year's first quarter.
The Tube Division invested $0.3 million in maintenance capital in the
first quarter of 2007 compared to $3.1 million in the same quarter last year,
which included new decorating equipment. Depreciation and amortization for the
first quarters of 2007 and 2006 were $1.8 million and $1.9 million,
respectively.

<<
ColepCCL Joint Venture ($ Millions) Q1 2007 Q1 2006 +/- %
----------------------------------- ------- ------- -----
Sales $ 56.9 $ 44.6 +28%
Operating Income $ 5.3 $ 4.1 +29%
Return on Sales(1) 9.3% 9.2%
Capital Spending $ 3.5 $ 0.9
Depreciation and
Amortization $ 2.0 $ 1.8

(1) A non-GAAP measure. See earlier Label Division section.
>>

The ColepCCL joint venture was created in mid-July 2004. For the first
quarter of 2007, CCL's 40% proportionate share of the joint venture's sales
was $56.9 million. This sales level was 28% higher than the comparative sales
last year of $44.6 million due primarily to robust markets in Europe and
Eastern Europe for ColepCCL's products and also the 11% increase in the value
of the euro versus the comparable quarter. New order levels continue to be
strong and it is anticipated that sales will grow in the second half of the
year.
Operating income in the first quarter of 2007 for ColepCCL was
5.3 million, indicating a return on sales of 9.3%, and in the first quarter of
2006, operating income was $4.1 million, with a return on sales of 9.2%.
Operating income was 29% ahead of last year's level due to higher margins,
improved manufacturing performance and currency translation.

Currency Translation and Currency Transaction Hedging
-----------------------------------------------------
As only about 10% of CCL's sales are generated from Canadian
manufacturing locations, 90% of sales from international operations are
recorded in foreign currencies and then translated into Canadian dollars for
reporting purposes. The U.S. dollar is the functional currency for
approximately 35% of the Company's total sales and it appreciated 1% on
average compared to the Canadian dollar in the first quarter of 2007 versus
last year's first quarter. In addition, European currencies are now the
measurement currencies for over 40% of CCL's sales and the primary European
currency, the euro, has also strengthened by a substantial 11% compared to the
Canadian dollar versus the prior year's quarter. Changes in foreign exchange
rates have increased earnings per share due to currency translation by $0.05
in the first quarter compared to 2006.
Additionally, CCL has utilized a hedging program to lock in a portion of
its expected U.S. dollar revenues earned in Canada by the Container Division.
These hedge transactions were at an average rate of $1.24 (US$ 6.0 million
sold forward) for the first quarter of 2006 and were $1.13 (US$ 3.0 million
sold forward) for the first quarter of 2007. The Container Division also took
in an additional US$ 6.6 million at this year's average rate; 1% above the
prior year's rate. This change in the exchange rates on U.S. currency
transactions reduced comparative income for continuing operations by
$0.5 million in the first quarter of 2007 and reduced comparative earnings per
share by $0.01 for the quarter. As at March 31, 2007, outstanding foreign
exchange contracts were for only US$ 3 million and covered only the second
quarter of 2007. Due to the overall materiality and reduced net risk, the
Company has discontinued currency hedging for the Container business.
After the acquisition of Prodesmaq early last year, the Company hedged a
portion of its expected cash flow from Brazil. The hedge involved locking in
20.8 million reais at $0.48 per Canadian dollar ($10.0 million in total)
matured in April 2007 at $0.55. The Company is not anticipating further hedges
against the Brazilian currency on the basis of its diversified foreign
exchange exposure in many currencies.

<<
Liquidity and Capital Resources
-------------------------------
The Company's capital structure is as follows:

March 31, December 31, March 31,
$ Millions 2007 2006 2006
---------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Total debt $ 535.2 $ 442.1 $ 467.3
Cash and cash equivalents 86.6 125.0 105.8
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Net debt(1) $ 448.6 $ 317.1 $ 361.5
------- ------- -------
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Shareholders' equity $ 672.6 $ 652.6 $ 588.7
Net debt: total capitalization(2) 40.0% 32.7% 38.0%
Book value per Class B share $ 20.95 $ 20.24 $ 18.30

(1) Net debt is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as total debt less cash
and cash equivalents.

(2) A non-GAAP measure indicating the financial leverage of CCL. It
measures the relative use of debt versus equity in the book capital
of the Company. Net debt to total capitalization is defined as
current debt plus long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents,
divided by gross debt including bank advances less cash and cash
equivalents plus shareholders' equity, expressed as a percentage.
>>

The Company's financial position is solid. As of March 31, 2007, cash and
cash equivalents amounted to $87 million compared to $106 million at March 31,
2006. Net debt amounted to $449 million at March 31, 2007, $87 million higher
than the net debt of $362 million at the end of March 2006. The increase in
net debt in this time frame is primarily due to the ITW sleeve business
acquisition in the first quarter of 2007.
Net debt to total capitalization, defined as net debt divided by net debt
plus shareholders' equity, at March 31, 2007 was 40%, up from 38% at the end
of March 2006 and 33% at the end of 2006 primarily due to the ITW sleeve
business acquisition. Book value per share, defined as shareholders' equity
divided by total period end shares, was $20.95 at the end of the first quarter
of 2007, 14% above $18.30 a year ago. The increase is primarily the result of
earnings retained in the Company and the increase in shareholders' equity due
to the changes in accumulated other comprehensive income (mainly due to
currency translation).
The Company's debt structure is comprised of three private debt
placements completed in 1997, 1998 and 2006 for a total of US$336.2 million
(Cdn.$388.2 million) and a 5-year revolving line of credit of $95 million at
March 31, 2007. The Company's overall average interest rate is 5.6% after
factoring in the related Interest Rate Swap Agreements ("IRSAs") and Cross
Currency Swap Agreements ("CCIRSAs"). The IRSAs and CCIRSAs are discussed
later in this report.
In January 2007, the Company established a line of credit with a Canadian
chartered bank for $95 million to facilitate the $106 million purchase of the
ITW sleeve label business. As at the end of March 2007, $90 million of this
line was used to acquire the business. In March 2006, the Company completed a
private placement financing of Senior Unsecured Notes with U.S. institutional
investors. The amount of the borrowing was US$170 million with US$60 million
to be repaid in five years and US$110 million to be repaid in ten years.
Interest rates for the five- year and ten-year financing are 5.29% and 5.57%,
respectively. The five- year component was effectively swapped into euro fixed
rate debt at an interest rate of 3.82%. The proceeds from this financing were
used to repay the US$120 million Senior Unsecured Notes that matured later in
March 2006 that had a ten-year term with the balance of the proceeds to be
used for future business opportunities.
The Company believes that it has sufficient cash on hand and the ability
to generate cash flow from operations to fund its expected financial
obligations during the balance of 2007.

Cash Flow
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During the first quarters of 2007 and 2006, the Company generated cash
from operating activities of $5.2 million and $4.0 million, respectively. The
increase in cash flow compared to last year's first quarter was due to higher
net earnings. The reduction in cash flow compared to other quarters of the
year is primarily due to the seasonal build-up of working capital during the
first quarter of both years.
Working capital grew in its typical seasonal fashion including the impact
of acquisitions and higher sales volumes in the first quarter by $45.8 million
compared to $39.7 million last year.
Capital spending in the first quarter of $31.2 million compared to
$42.5 million last year. The major capital expenditures in the first quarter
were for many new presses for the Label Division. This level of capital
spending was higher than the $20.8 million of depreciation and amortization in
the first quarter of 2007 and the $18.1 million in the first quarter of 2006.
Plans for capital spending in 2007 are expected to be below the $150 million
spent in 2006. The Company is continuing to expand its business base into new
markets, and invest in assets to add capacity and improve its competitiveness.
Dividends declared in each of the first quarters of 2007 and 2006 were
$3.8 million and $3.2 million, respectively. The total number of shares
outstanding as at March 31, 2007 and 2006 was 32.7 million and 32.6 million,
respectively. The Company has historically paid out dividends at a rate of
20-25% of net earnings. Since the Company's cash flow and financial position
are strong, the Board of Directors approved a continuation of the higher
dividend declared last quarter of $0.1075 per Class A share and $0.12 per
Class B share to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2007 and payable on
June 29, 2007. The annualized dividend rate is $0.43 per Class A share and
$0.48 per Class B share.

Interest Rate and Foreign Exchange Management
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The Company has utilized Interest Rate Swap Agreements to allocate
notional debt between fixed and floating rates by converting the underlying
U.S. dollar fixed rate private placement debt into U.S. dollar floating rate
debt. The Company has developed into a global business with a significant
asset base in Europe over the last few years. It has utilized Cross Currency
Interest Rate Swap Agreements to effectively convert notional U.S. dollar
fixed rate debt into fixed and floating euro debt in order to hedge its
euro-based assets and cash flows.
The Company has utilized IRSAs to allocate notional debt between fixed
and floating rates since the underlying debt is fixed rate debt with U.S.
financial institutions. Since the Company has developed into a global business
with a significant asset base in Europe in the last few years, it has utilized
CCIRSAs to effectively convert notional U.S. dollar debt into euro debt to
hedge its euro-based assets and cash flows.
The effect of the IRSAs and CCIRSAs has been to reduce interest expense
by $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2007 compared to a reduction of
$0.5 million in the first quarter of 2006. Interest coverage (defined as
operating income before restructuring and other items and net interest expense
divided by net interest expense calculated on a 12-month rolling basis)
improved to 6.1 times in 2007 compared to 5.7 times in 2006 as at March 31.

New Accounting Standards
------------------------
Starting on January 1, 2007, the Company adopted the new Canadian
Institute of Chartered Accountants ("CICA") Handbook Sections 1530,
"Comprehensive Income", Section 3251, "Equity", Section 3861, "Financial
Instruments - Disclosure and Presentation", Section 3865, "Hedges" and Section
3855, "Financial Instruments - Recognition and Measurement".
Section 1530 establishes standards for reporting and presenting
comprehensive income, which is defined as the change in equity from
transactions and other events from non-owner sources. Other comprehensive
income refers to items recognized in comprehensive income that are excluded
from net income calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting
principles.
Section 3861 establishes standards for presentation of financial
instruments and non-financial derivatives, and identifies the information that
should be disclosed about them. Under the new standards, policies followed for
periods prior to the effective date are generally not reversed, therefore, the
comparative figures have not been restated except for the requirement to
restate the currency translation adjustment as part of other comprehensive
income.
Section 3865 prescribes when and how hedge accounting can be applied as
well as the disclosure requirements. Hedge accounting enables the recording of
gains, losses, revenues and expenses from derivative financial instruments in
the same period as those related to the hedged item.
Section 3855 prescribes when a financial asset, financial liability or
non-financial derivative is to be recognized on the balance sheet and at what
amount, requiring fair value or cost-based measures under different
circumstances. Under Section 3855, financial instruments must be classified
into one of these five categories: held-for-trading, held-to- maturity, loans
and receivables, available-for-sale financial assets or other financial
liabilities. All financial instruments, including derivatives, are measured on
the balance sheet at fair value except for loans and receivables,
held-to-maturity investments and other financial liabilities, which are
measured at amortized cost. Subsequent measurement and changes in fair value
will depend on their initial classification, as follows: held-for-trading
financial assets are measured at fair value and changes in fair value are
recognized in net earnings; available-for-sale financial instruments are
measured at fair value with changes in fair value recorded in other
comprehensive income until the investment is derecognized or impaired at which
time the amounts would be recorded in net earnings.
Upon adoption of these new standards, the Company designated its cash and
cash equivalents and long-term investments as held-for-trading, which are
measured at fair value. Accounts receivable are classified as loans and
receivables, which are measured at amortized cost. Bank advances, accounts
payable and accrued liabilities and long-term debt are classified as other
financial liabilities, which are measured at amortized cost. The Company has
also elected to expense, as incurred, transaction costs related to long-term
debt.
Under adoption of the new standard, the Company recorded a decrease to
opening retained earnings of $3.0 million. The decrease to opening retained
earnings was a result of the write-off of previously deferred transaction
costs related to issuance of long-term debt ($1.0 million loss net of tax),
the write-off of a deferred loss on the termination of various cross currency
interest rate swaps that did not meet the new requirements ($2.1 million loss,
no tax), and the ineffectiveness of cash flow hedges discussed below
($0.1 million gain, net of tax).
All derivative instruments, including embedded derivatives, are recorded
on the balance sheet at fair value unless exempted from derivative treatment
as a normal purchase or sale. All changes in their fair value are recorded in
earnings unless cash flow hedge accounting is used, in which case changes in
fair value are recorded in other comprehensive income. The Company has applied
this accounting treatment for all embedded derivatives in existence at
transition. The impact of the change in accounting policy related to embedded
derivatives is not material.
The Company uses various financial instruments to manage foreign currency
exposures, fluctuation in interest rates, and exposures related to the
purchase of aluminum for the Container Division. These financial instruments
are classified into three types of hedges: cash flow hedges, fair value hedges
and hedges of net investments in self-sustaining operations.
In a cash flow hedge, the effective portion of changes in the fair value
of derivatives is recognized in other comprehensive income. Any gain or loss
in fair value relating to the ineffective portion is recognized immediately in
the statement of earnings. Upon adoption of the new standards, the Company
remeasured its cash flow hedge derivatives at fair value. Aluminum forward
contracts with a favourable fair value of $2.8 million are the largest
component of the Company's cash flow hedges and are recorded in other
receivables and prepaid expenses. In addition, the Company entered into Cross
Currency Interest Rate Swap Agreements (CCIRSAs) that converted U.S. dollar
fixed rate debt into Canadian dollar fixed rate debt in order to reduce the
Company's exposure to the U.S. dollar debt and currency exposures. This CCIRSA
is also designated as a cash flow hedge and has an unfavourable fair value of
$0.9 million for the current period and is recorded in long-term debt. The
Company also uses forward contracts to hedge foreign exchange exposure on
anticipated sales. These hedges have an unfavourable fair value as at
March 31, 2007 of $0.1 million and are recorded in accounts payable and
accrued liabilities.
In a fair value hedging relationship, the carrying value of the hedged
item is adjusted by gains and losses attributable to the hedged risk and
recorded in net earnings. This change in fair value of the hedged item, to the
extent the hedging relationship is effective, is offset by changes in the fair
value of the derivative also measured at fair value on the balance sheet date,
with changes in value recorded through net earnings. The Company has two
CCIRSAs designated as fair value hedges, which convert U.S. dollar fixed rate
debt into Canadian dollar floating rate debt in order to reduce interest rate
and currency risk. In addition, the Company has an interest rate swap
converting U.S. dollar fixed rate debt to U.S. dollar floating rate debt to
reduce interest rate risk exposure. These fair value hedges have an
unfavourable fair value of $1.4 million and are recorded in long-term debt.
In a hedge of a net investment in a self-sustaining foreign operation,
the portion of the gain or loss on the hedging item that is determined to be
an effective hedge should be recognized in comprehensive income and the
ineffective portion should be recognized in net earnings. During 2006, the
Company entered into CCIRSAs that converted Canadian dollar fixed rate and
floating rate debt into euro fixed rate debt and euro floating rate debt in
order to hedge the Company's exposure to the euro, with a view to reducing
foreign exchange fluctuations and interest expense. These CCIRSAs have been
designated as net investment hedges and have an unfavourable fair value of
$5.6 million at the end of the current period and are recorded in long-term
debt. The Company has also entered into a non-deliverable forward foreign
exchange contract to hedge its investment in its Brazilian subsidiaries. This
foreign exchange contract has an unfavourable fair value of $1.6 million for
the period and is recorded in accounts payable and accrued liabilities. The
Company has elected to record the forward points associated with the forward
contract nto accumulated other comprehensive income.

Commitments and Contingencies
-----------------------------
The Company has no material "off-balance sheet" financing obligations
except for typical long-term operating lease agreements. The nature of these
commitments is described in note 14 of the December 31, 2006 Annual
Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company does not have any material
related party transactions. There are no defined benefit plans funded with CCL
stock.

Risks and Strategies
--------------------
The 2006 Management's Discussion and Analysis in the Annual Report
detailed risks to the Company's business and the strategies that were planned
for 2007 and beyond. There have been no material changes to those risks and
strategies. CCL is now more exposed to the inherent risks associated with
running a more internationally diverse specialty packaging business. The
Company now has more dependence on the European, Latin American and Asian
economies and their currencies. These non-Canadian risks were described in the
2006 Management's Discussion and Analysis.

Outlook
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The Company continues to focus on the growth prospects of its specialty
packaging business and the prudent management and reinvestment of its cash on
hand and cash flow generation with a view to the continued improvement in
shareholder value in 2007 and beyond. CCL is continuing to integrate and
reorganize the large number of recent acquisitions it has made to improve
profitability and simplify administration. The Company is investigating
mid-sized potential acquisition and joint venture candidates that meet its
criteria of core products and customers, and the expectation of earnings
accretion in the first year of ownership.
The organic growth in sales and income experienced in 2006 and early 2007
are anticipated to continue into the balance of 2007 as the Company is
expected to generate additional returns from its recent significant capital
investments and acquisitions. However, the seasonality of the business
continues to evolve, particularly in the Label Division, with the first
quarter being the most profitable by a considerable margin. There are
challenges expected in the remainder of 2007 associated with the cost of
aluminum in the Container division and the Company's ability to maintain
margins through higher selling prices to its customers. In addition, the Label
Division will be relocating its operations in Mexico, Memphis and Paris to new
facilities over the remainder of 2007 and will be incurring additional costs
associated with these moves. The weakness of the Canadian dollar relative to
the European currencies, primarily the euro and also the Brazilian real has
positively impacted earnings for the first quarter of 2007 compared to 2006
and is anticipated to do so throughout 2007. However, the recent weakness in
the U.S. dollar may somewhat offset this potential upside in non-North
American currency translation.

Contact Information

  • CCL Industries Inc.
    Steve Lancaster
    Executive Vice President, and
    Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 756-8517
    Website: www.cclinc.com