CCL Industries Inc.

CCL Industries Inc.

July 31, 2014 08:30 ET

CCL Industries Reports Record Quarterly Earnings & Board of Directors Approves a 20% Dividend Increase

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - CCL Industries Inc. (TSX:CCL.A)(TSX:CCL.B) -

Results Summary

For periods ended June 30 Three months unaudited Six months unaudited

(in millions of Cdn dollars,
except per share data)




Change Excl.




% Change Excl. FX*
Sales $ 650.4 $ 361.4 80.0 % 73.3 % $ 1,260.1 $ 725.1 73.8 % 66.4 %
EBITDA(1) $ 118.8 $ 70.7 68.0 % 61.4 % $ 236.8 $ 151.7 56.1 % 48.4 %
Operating income(2) $ 89.2 $ 50.2 77.7 % 71.4 % $ 177.7 $ 112.1 58.5 % 50.9 %
Earnings in equity accounted investments $ 1.0 $ 0.2 400.0 % $ 1.0 $ 0.6 66.7 %
Restructuring and other items - loss $ 1.1 $ 1.4 (21.4 %) $ 2.0 $ 2.8 (28.6 %)
Net earnings $ 55.3 $ 26.4 109.5 % 100.4 % $ 107.9 $ 60.5 78.3 % 68.9 %
Per Class B share
Basic earnings per share $ 1.61 $ 0.77 109.1 % $ 3.15 $ 1.78 77.0 %
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.58 $ 0.76 107.9 % $ 3.09 $ 1.75 76.6 %
Restructuring and other items - net loss $ 0.02 $ 0.05 (60.0 %) $ 0.04 $ 0.08 (50.0 %)
Adjusted basic earnings per Class B share(3) $ 1.63 $ 0.82 98.8 % $ 3.19 $ 1.86 71.5 %
Number of outstanding shares (in 000's)
Weighted average for the period - basic 34,298 34,045
Actual at period end 34,551 34,375

* - Change over prior year's comparative period excludes estimated impact of foreign currency translation.

CCL Industries Inc. ("CCL" or "the Company") is a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, small businesses and consumers.

Second Quarter 2014 Results

Sales for the second quarter of 2014 increased 80.0% to $650.4 million, compared to $361.4 million for the second quarter of 2013, with 6.2% organic growth, 6.7% positive currency translation and the balance primarily from the Avery, DES, Dekopak and Sancoa acquisitions. For the six months ended June 30, 2014, sales increased 66.4%, excluding foreign currency translation, compared to the 2013 six-month period.

Operating income (a non-IFRS measure; see note 2 below) for the second quarter of 2014 was $89.2 million, an increase of 77.7% compared to $50.2 million for the comparable quarter of 2013. The Label Segment posted a 24.4% increase in operating income partially offset by the Container Segment, which posted a $0.4 million or 7.7% decline in operating income for the comparable second quarters. The Avery Segment recorded a strong second quarter with $28.4 million of operating income. All three segments, Label, Avery and Container, contributed to the strong results for the six-month period ending June 30, 2014, resulting in a 58.5% improvement in operating income for the comparable six-month period.

EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure; see note 1 below) was $118.8 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 68.0% compared to $70.7 million for the second quarter of 2013, driven principally by the above noted acquisitions. EBITDA improved 61.4% excluding the impact of currency translation. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2014, EBITDA was $236.8 million, an increase of 56.1% compared to $151.7 million in the comparable 2013 six-month period.

The Company's joint ventures contributed equity earnings of $1.0 million for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2014 compared to $0.2 million and $0.6 million, respectively, for the same periods ended June 30, 2013. Solid performance in the Middle East and a bounce back in the ruble to euro exchange rate in Russia drove improved results this quarter.

Tax expense in the second quarter of 2014 was $20.1 million compared to $9.8 million in the prior year period. The effective tax rates for these two periods are 27.0% and 27.2%, respectively. The overall effective income tax rate was 28.3% for the six-month period of 2014 compared to 28.5% in the six-month period of 2013.

Net earnings for the 2014 second quarter were $55.3 million an increase of 109.5% compared to $26.4 million for the second quarter of 2013. Basic earnings per Class B share were $1.61 in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $0.77 per Class B share in the prior year quarter.

Net earnings for the six-month period of 2014 were $107.9 million, an increase of 78.3% compared to $60.5 million for the same period a year ago. This resulted in basic and diluted earnings of $3.15 and $3.09 per Class B share, respectively, for the 2014 six-month period compared to basic and diluted earnings of $1.78 and $1.75 per Class B share, respectively, for the prior year six-month period. The increase in net earnings is primarily attributable to the improvement in operating income and decline in the effective tax rate, partially offset by the increases in net finance cost.

During the second quarter of 2014, the Company recorded restructuring and other expenses of $1.1 million primarily related to severance and transaction costs associated with the acquisition and reorganization of Sancoa and severance costs at the DES business. During the second quarter of 2013, the Company recorded transaction costs and other expenses of $1.4 million related to the acquisition of Avery and DES businesses from Avery Dennison Corporation. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2014, restructuring and other items expense was $2.0 million compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2013.

The Company therefore posted adjusted basic earnings (a non-IFRS measure; see note 3 below) of $1.63 and $3.19 per Class B share for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2014, compared to adjusted basic earnings of $0.82 and $1.86 per Class B share for the corresponding periods in 2013.

Geoffrey T. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Second quarter earnings were another record, with our legacy businesses contributing meaningful improvement and our new Avery consumer arm powering ahead of planned results. While the Canadian dollar strengthened sequentially, it remained weaker against many currencies compared to the prior year, notably excluding the Brazilian real. This translated to seven cents earnings per share positive impact adding to our fifteenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in adjusted earnings per share."

Mr. Martin continued, "CCL Label sales increased 37% driven by acquisitions, over 7% organic growth and positive currency translation. North America recorded high-single digit organic growth with Healthcare improving notably as certain customers recovered from FDA quarantines. Specialty was mixed with strong World Cup promotional activity, offset by a soft Agricultural Chemicals season attributed by the market to the prolonged tough winter. Home & Personal Care sales, excluding the Sancoa acquisition, improved on new business momentum but in the face of continuing sluggish market demand. Results in Food & Beverage improved meaningfully with notable gains at our West Coast wine plants. CCL Design sales benefited from a robust North American automotive market but operating margins remain below the Segment average. Excluding acquisitions, European sales were up low-single digits in local currencies as demand improved in our consumer and automotive businesses with the Food & Beverage sector an area of strength. Operating Income was negatively impacted $1.7 million by the insolvency of a large German automotive customer at CCL Design. Emerging Markets posted double digit sales increases led by exceptional results in China but also on higher Food & Beverage sales in South East Asia and South Africa. Growth in Latin America tapered markedly to mid-single digits as macroeconomic deterioration, soft consumer demand and currency related pricing challenges all impacted us, most notably in Brazil. Results in Australia were mixed with gains in Wine labels offset by lower Healthcare performance. The recent typhoon in the Philippines will postpone the start-up of our new plant near Manila. Our joint ventures posted solid results, inclusive of start-up costs at the Tube operation in Thailand. The Middle East performed well and currency challenges in Russia largely reversed. Absolute profitability continued to improve for the Label Segment with margins compressed entirely due to the acquisition mix effect."

Mr. Martin then added, "Results at Avery significantly exceeded expectations with operating income at $28 million. Shipments to retailers for the North American back-to-school season started earlier than expected and translated to improved profitability compared to the first quarter of this year and the pre-acquisition second quarter of 2013. Cost saving initiatives globally, solid operating execution and label category market share gains in the United States were additional drivers. The consolidation of supply chain facilities remains on track for a successful completion later this year without service disruption. Third quarter back-to-school volumes are unpredictable depending heavily on the timing of initial shipments and ultimately retailer replenishment orders based on actual consumer demand as the season unfolds. Third quarter performance at Avery is highly dependent on back-to-school success."

Mr. Martin then added, "CCL Container posted improved results on higher volumes in North America but total performance was held back by disruption in Mexico for the months of April and May as we commissioned one of the transferred production lines from our Canadian plant. June results returned to normal levels. Operating income for the Segment, after adding back the $0.3 million in equipment move expenses incurred in the quarter, was down only 2%. Year to date we have expensed $0.5 million of our planned $4 million cost to redistribute capacity from the Canadian facility to our U.S. and Mexican operations. We remain committed to deliver $10 million in annualized cost savings after the transition is completed towards the end of 2015."

Mr. Martin concluded, "Debt declined during the second quarter as the Company made net repayments of $32 million; cash on hand increased to $208 million and the available capacity on our revolving credit facility increased to $149 million. Furthermore, with significantly improved results the consolidated net debt to annualized EBITDA leverage ratio improved to 1.3 times. Given our significantly higher earnings, strong cash flow expectation for the current year and positive outlook for future periods, your Board of Directors approved a 20% increase to the quarterly dividend. Therefore the most recent quarterly dividend level paid of $0.25 per Class B non-voting share and $0.2375 per Class A voting share will now be increased to $0.30 and $0.2875 per share respectively. This increased quarterly dividend will be payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 16, 2014, to be paid on September 30, 2014. In keeping with past practice, your Board of Directors will review the dividend again for 2015 with the fourth quarter results of 2014. CCL has delivered dividends to shareholders without omission or reduction for over 30 years."

With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, CCL Industries now employs approximately 10,100 people and operates 97 production facilities in 27 countries on five continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. CCL Label is the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional and functional applications for large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare, automotive and consumer durables markets. Extruded plastic tubes, folded instructional leaflets, precision printed and die cut metal components with LED displays 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 office products sold through distributors and mass market retailers. CCL Container is a leading producer of impact extruded aluminum aerosol cans and bottles for consumer packaged goods customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

(1) 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. It 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, earnings in equity accounted investments, non-cash acquisition accounting adjustment to finished goods inventory and restructuring and other items. See section entitled "Supplementary Information" below for a reconciliation of operating income to EBITDA. The Company believes that it is an important measure as it allows management to assess CCL'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 CCL's ability to incur or service debt and to invest in property, plant and equipment, and it allows management to compare CCL's business to those of CCL's peers and competitors who may have different capital or organizational structures. EBITDA is a measure 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 CCL's senior notes and bank lines of credit.

(2) Operating Income is a key non-IFRS financial measure used to assist in understanding the profitability of the Company's business units. This non-IFRS financial measure is defined as income before corporate expenses, net finance cost, goodwill impairment loss, earnings in equity accounted investments, restructuring and other items, and taxes.

(3) Adjusted Basic Earnings per Class B Share is an important non-IFRS financial measure used 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 dispositions, goodwill impairment loss, restructuring and other items, Avery and DES finance costs, non-cash acquisition accounting adjustment to finished goods inventory and tax adjustments.

Supplementary Information
For periods ended June 30th
Reconciliation of Operating Income to EBITDA
(In millions of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended June 30th Six months ended June 30th
Operating Income
2014 2013 2014 2013
Label $ 56.0 $ 45.0 $ 125.4 $ 101.5
Avery 28.4 - 41.5 -
Container 4.8 5.2 10.8 10.6
Total operating income 89.2 50.2 177.7 112.1
Less: Corporate expenses 7.4 6.9 13.5 14.4
Add: Depreciation & amortization 37.0 27.4 72.6 54.0
EBITDA $ 118.8 $ 70.7 $ 236.8 $ 151.7
Reconciliation of Basic Earnings per Class B Share to
Adjusted Basic Earnings per Class B Share
Three months ended June 30th Six months ended June 30th
2014 2013 2014 2013
Basic earnings per Class B Share $ 1.61 $ 0.77 $ 3.15 $ 1.78
Net loss from restructuring and other items 0.02 0.05 0.04 0.08
Adjusted Basic Earnings per Class B Share $ 1.63 $ 0.82 $ 3.19 $ 1.86

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.

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, 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 CCL'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 recovery 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; general business and economic conditions, and the Company's ability to realize targeted operational synergies and cost savings from the restructuring of Avery, Sancoa and the Canadian Container operation. 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 2013 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.

Note: CCL will hold a conference call at 1:30 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2014, to discuss these results. The analyst presentation will be posted on the Company's website.
To access this call, please dial:
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CCL Industries Inc.
Consolidated condensed interim statements of financial position
In thousands of Canadian dollars
As at June 30 As at December 31
2014 2013
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $208,303 $209,095
Trade and other receivables 430,913 363,493
Inventories 218,139 181,644
Prepaid expenses 19,350 13,458
Income tax recoverable 3,280 2,503
Total current assets 879,985 770,193
Property, plant and equipment 907,427 856,001
Goodwill 548,400 494,231
Intangible assets 207,425 207,569
Deferred tax assets 4,557 4,115
Equity accounted investments 53,275 47,363
Other assets 23,983 22,176
Total non-current assets 1,745,067 1,631,455
Total assets $2,625,052 $2,401,648
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables $518,830 $475,777
Current portion of long-term debt 52,176 47,070
Income taxes payable 21,228 21,060
Derivative instruments 158 642
Total current liabilities 592,392 544,549
Long-term debt 722,425 664,976
Deferred tax liabilities 41,622 42,661
Employee benefits 116,608 109,068
Provisions and other long-term liabilities 15,719 21,511
Derivative instruments 747 748
Total non-current liabilities 897,121 838,964
Total liabilities 1,489,513 1,383,513
Share capital 243,164 237,189
Contributed surplus 16,439 11,919
Retained earnings 859,522 768,738
Accumulated other comprehensive income 16,414 289
Total equity attributable to shareholders of the Company 1,135,539 1,018,135
Total liabilities and equity $2,625,052 $2,401,648
CCL Industries Inc.
Consolidated condensed interim income statements
In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data
Three Months Ended June 30 Six Months Ended June 30
% %
2014 2013 Change 2014 2013 Change
Sales$650,402$361,414 80.0$1,260,102$725,057 73.8
Cost of sales 476,264 272,178 925,007 540,091
Gross profit 174,138 89,236 335,095 184,966
Selling, general and administrative 92,298 45,930 170,923 87,237
Restructuring and other items 1,095 1,432 2,041 2,754
Earnings in equity accounted investments (975) (245) (1,044) (622)
81,720 42,119 163,175 95,597
Finance cost 6,477 6,066 13,351 11,433
Finance income (179) (166) (330) (326)
Net finance cost 6,298 5,900 13,021 11,107
Earnings before income taxes 75,422 36,219 108.2 150,154 84,490 77.7
Income tax expense 20,094 9,781 42,264 23,970
Net earnings$55,328$26,438 109.3$107,890$60,520 78.3
Attributable to:
Shareholders of the Company$55,328$26,438 $107,890$60,520
Net earnings for the period$55,328$26,438 $107,890$60,520
Basic earnings per Class B share$1.61$0.77 109.1$3.15$1.78 77.0
Diluted earnings per Class B share$1.58$0.76 107.9$3.09$1.75 76.6
CCL Industries Inc.
Consolidated condensed interim statements of cash flows
In thousands of Canadian dollars
Three Months Ended
June 30
Six Months Ended
June 30
2014 2013 2014 2013
Cash provided by (used for)
Operating activities
Net earnings $55,328 $26,438 $107,890 $60,520
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and amortization 37,049 27,372 72,556 54,005
Earnings in equity accounted investments, net of dividends received (975) 2,307 (1,044) 1,930
Net finance cost 6,298 5,900 13,021 11,107
Current income tax expense 21,696 8,713 41,961 25,484
Deferred taxes (1,602) 1,068 303 (1,514)
Equity-settled share-based payment transactions 2,359 523 5,810 1,044
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment (220) (183) (70) (318)
119,933 72,138 240,427 152,258
Change in inventories (12,833) (10,898) (28,722) (17,328)
Change in trade and other receivables (12,497) (4,266) (53,963) (40,620)
Change in prepaid expenses (5,678) (4,032) (5,675) (4,229)
Change in trade and other payables 31,498 15,627 20,461 26,605
Change in income taxes receivable and payable (2,045) (184) 29 517
Change in employee benefits 572 2,296 7,540 6,527
Change in other assets and liabilities (5,370) (20,233) (12,370) (18,309)
113,580 50,448 167,727 105,421
Net interest paid (2,603) (13) (13,086) (10,078)
Income taxes paid (25,999) (13,106) (42,599) (21,465)
Cash provided by operating activities 84,978 37,329 112,042 73,878
Financing activities
Proceeds on issuance of debt 13,331 476,920 111,592 476,920
Repayment of debt (45,741) (1,962) (47,849) (4,601)
Proceeds from issuance of shares 1,046 5,450 4,784 16,537
Repurchase of shares - (3,018) - (3,018)
Dividends paid (8,606) (7,361) (17,206) (14,683)
Cash provided by (used for) financing activities (39,970) 470,029 51,321 471,155
Investing activities
Additions to property, plant and equipment (24,269) (23,932) (84,147) (63,182)
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 238 1,617 5,652 1,858
Business acquisitions and other long-term investments - (11,662) (86,924) (11,662)
Cash used for investing activities (24,031) (33,977) (165,419) (72,986)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 20,977 473,381 (2,056) 472,047
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 193,843 189,647 209,095 188,972
Translation adjustment on cash and cash equivalents (6,517) 20,877 1,264 22,886
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $208,303 $683,905 $208,303 $683,905
CCL Industries Inc.
Segment information
In thousands of Canadian dollars
Three Months Ended June 30 Six Months Ended June 30
Sales Operating income Sales Operating income
2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013
Label $423,758$309,891$55,983 $44,998 $847,498$622,155$125,370 $101,577
Avery 174,200 - 28,405 - 307,123 - 41,548 -
Container 52,444 51,523 4,804 5,233 105,481 102,902 10,828 10,550
Total operations $650,402$361,414 89,192 50,231 $1,260,102$725,057 177,746 112,127
Corporate expense (7,352) (6,925) (13,574) (14,398)
Restructuring and other items (1,095) (1,432) (2,041) (2,754)
Earnings in equity accounted investments 975 245 1,044 622
Finance cost (6,477) (6,066) (13,351) (11,433)
Finance income 179 166 330 326
Income tax expense (20,094) (9,781) (42,264) (23,970)
Net earnings $55,328 $26,438 $107,890 $60,520
Depreciation and
Total Assets Total Liabilities Amortization Capital Expenditures
Six Months Ended
June 30
Six Months Ended
June 30
2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013
Label $1,716,167$1,558,832$398,924 $357,386 $58,498$46,497$65,625 $60,867
Avery 431,621 391,658 202,617 205,154 6,689 - 5,700 -
Container 153,514 140,678 54,144 49,607 6,965 7,110 12,822 2,301
Equity accounted investments 53,275 47,363 - - - - - -
Corporate 270,475 263,117 833,828 771,366 404 398 - 14
Total $2,625,052$2,401,648$1,489,513 $1,383,513 $72,556$54,005$84,147 $63,182

Due to the seasonality of CCL's business, the Company's operating results for the three months or six months ended June 30, 2014, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year ending December 31, 2014. The first and second quarters are traditionally higher sales periods for the Label and Container Segments as a result of the greater number of work days and various customer activities undertaken during this period versus the third and fourth quarters of the year. For Avery, the third quarter has historically been its strongest, as it benefits from the increased demand related to back-to-school activities in North America.

Certain comparative segment information has been recast to conform with current period presentation.

Contact Information

  • CCL Industries Inc.
    Sean Washchuk
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer