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Winpak Reports Third Quarter Results

Winpak Reports Third Quarter Results

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WINNIPEG, Oct. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Winpak Ltd. (WPK) today reports consolidated results in US dollars for the third quarter of 2015, which ended on September 27, 2015. 



Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended



September 27


September 28


September 27


September 28



2015


2014


2015


2014










(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)


















Revenue


193,726


192,982


591,423


580,485

Net income


23,063


19,902


73,426


55,896










Income tax expense


10,151


8,973


33,699


25,575

Net finance (income) expense


(20)


(73)


35


(29)

Depreciation and amortization


7,964


7,870


23,639


22,586

EBITDA (1)


41,158


36,672


130,799


104,028










Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company


22,305


19,448


71,613


55,017

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests


758


454


1,813


879

Net income


23,063


19,902


73,426


55,896










Basic and diluted earnings per share (cents)


34


30


110


85

 

Winpak Ltd. manufactures and distributes high-quality packaging materials and related packaging machines. The Company's products are used primarily for the packaging of perishable foods, beverages and in healthcare applications.

For further information: K.P. Kuchma, Vice President and CFO, (204) 831-2254; B.J. Berry, President and CEO, (204) 831-2216

1 EBITDA is not a recognized measure under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  Management believes that in addition to net income, this measure provides useful supplemental information to investors including an indication of cash available for distribution prior to debt service, capital expenditures and income taxes.  Investors should be cautioned, however, that this measure should not be construed as an alternative to net income, determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of the Company's performance.  The Company's method of calculating this measure may differ from other companies, and, accordingly, the results may not be comparable.

(presented in US dollars)

Forward-looking statements: Certain statements made in the following report contain forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company.  Forward-looking statements represent the Company's intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are not guarantees of future performance.  Such forward-looking statements represent Winpak's current views based on information as at the date of this report. They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and the Company's actual results could differ, which in some cases may be material, from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements.  Unless otherwise required by applicable securities law, we disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise this information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements.

Financial Performance
Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company for the third quarter of 2015 of $22.3 million or 34 cents in earnings per share surpassed the comparable 2014 quarter by $2.9 million or 4 cents per share, an advancement of 14.7 percent.  This represents the highest third quarter earnings performance in Winpak's history.  Solid organic volume growth boosted earnings per share by 2.0 cents and expansion in gross profit margins added a further 0.5 cents.  Favorable foreign exchange supplemented earnings per share by an additional 2.0 cents while a greater proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests had a negative impact of 0.5 cents on earnings per share for the period. 

For the nine months ended September 27, 2015, net income attributable to equity holders of the Company strengthened by 30.2 percent to $71.6 million or $1.10 in earnings per share compared to $55.0 million or 85 cents per share in the prior-year period.  The current year favorable result was led by enhanced gross profit margins, organic volume growth, and foreign exchange impacts of 19.0 cents, 4.0 cents, and 4.5 cents respectively in earnings per share enrichment.  This was only partially offset by a greater proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests and higher operating expenses which reduced earnings per share by 1.5 cents and 1.0 cent accordingly. 

Revenue
Revenue in the third quarter of 2015 grew marginally to $193.7 million from $193.0 million in the same period of 2014, an increase of 0.4 percent.  However, volume growth was solid at 6.4 percent as all product groups advanced, but was particularly evident in flexible packaging.   Modified atmosphere packaging shipments continued advancing in the high single-digit percentage range as did specialty films, both due in large part to new customer wins at large US meat and cheese accounts.  Biaxially oriented nylon volumes also accelerated, producing low double-digit percentage gains.  Rigid container and lidding volume growth was more modest in the low-to-mid single-digit percentage range.  However, the resumption of lidding growth was especially encouraging, following two successive quarters of contraction.  Packaging machinery and part sales had a strong three months, exceeding the 2014 third quarter by over 30 percent.  Selling price/mix changes had an unfavorable effect of 4.0 percent on 2015 third quarter revenues as the impact of selling price indexing was very evident.  The substantial decline in the value of the Canadian dollar in comparison to its US counterpart also negatively impacted the current period revenues versus the prior year third quarter by 2.0 percent.   

For the first nine months of 2015, revenue climbed by 1.9 percent to $591.4 million from $580.5 million in the corresponding prior-year period, despite price-indexing and foreign exchange headwinds.  Volumes increased by 4.3 percent, with all product groups advancing except for lidding, which experienced a low single-digit percentage decline.  Sizable growth in Winpak's modified atmosphere packaging business at some of North America's largest meat and cheese companies drove volume enhancement of nearly 10 percent in this product group.  Packaging machinery and part sales were also robust at an over 15 percent rise from the first three quarters of 2014.  Biaxially oriented nylon and specialty film shipments expanded in the mid single-digit percentage range while rigid container volumes grew in low single-digit percentage terms.  Selling price/mix changes had an unfavorable impact of 0.9 percent on revenues for the first nine months of 2015 while foreign exchange reduced reported revenues by a further 1.5 percent.   

Gross profit margins
Gross profit margins for the third quarter of 2015 at 31.3 percent of revenue compared favorably to the 29.2 percent of revenue recorded in the comparable 2014 period.  This contributed 0.5 cents in earnings per share, when the effects of foreign exchange are removed.  The increased spread between raw material costs and selling prices was responsible for the favorable result due to a significant decline in cost for certain resins versus a year ago.  Approximately 70 percent of the Company's revenues are indexed, whereby selling price adjustments related to raw material costs are reflected with a lag of approximately 90 days after the raw material costs change.  Adjustments were made in the third quarter to selling prices for customers on price-indexing programs with the Company to reflect the lower raw material prices from previous quarters and as a result, the spread between selling prices and raw material costs narrowed from that of the second quarter of this year.  The Board of Directors of the Company authorized a one-time payment of $1,000 CDN to every employee in the third quarter to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Winpak's incorporation.  This resulted in an overall reduction in earnings per share of approximately 2 cents, spread amongst cost of sales and operating expenses, and decreased the gross profit margin by 0.8 percentage points.  The Company also continues to work at improving manufacturing performance by reducing material waste and enhancing efficiencies.  Some difficulties in this regard were experienced in the third quarter of 2015 with new line startups and capacity constraints in certain areas.   

For the first three quarters of 2015, gross profit margins of 31.9 percent of revenue surpassed the previous year-to-date level of 28.1 percent.  The significant decline in oil and natural gas prices and consequently its impact on resin prices, has resulted in a widening gap between lower raw material costs and selling prices.  This was the main contributing factor to the expanded gross profit margins, resulting in an addition of 19.0 cents to earnings per share compared to the first nine months of 2014.

For reference, the following presents the weighted indexed purchased cost of Winpak's eight primary raw materials in the reported quarter and each of the preceding eight quarters, where base year 2001 = 100.  The index was rebalanced as of December 29, 2014 to reflect the mix of the eight primary raw materials purchased in 2014. 

Quarter and Year

3/15

2/15

1/15

4/14

3/14

2/14

1/14

4/13

3/13

Purchase Price Index

147.7

152.1

156.9

175.1

176.2

178.1

178.7

175.0

173.2

 

The purchase price index saw a small decline of 2.9 percent in the quarter in comparison to the second quarter of 2015.  However, in the last 12 months, the decline in the index has been more pronounced at an average of 16.2 percent.  The change in resin pricing has not been uniform across all materials as some specialty resins have remained stable while certain commodity resins have decreased by significantly more than the average.  Going forward, resin prices are expected to remain fairly stable, on average, although this cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty.

Expenses and Other
Operating expenses, exclusive of foreign exchange impacts, increased in concert with sales volumes for the third quarter of 2015 when compared to the same period in 2014.  Savings in freight costs due to reduced fuel surcharges and lower pre-production expenses in the quarter were offset by the effects on operating expenses of the 40th anniversary payments to employees and higher new product development spending.  The weaker Canadian dollar in the third quarter of 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period contributed 2.0 cents to earnings per share from foreign exchange as Canadian dollar expenses exceeded revenues in that currency.  On the other hand, a greater proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests reduced earnings per share by 0.5 cents in the quarter versus the third quarter of the prior year.

On a year-to-date basis, operating expenses, after adjusting for foreign exchange, advanced at a slightly higher rate overall than the corresponding increase in sales volumes, resulting in a reduction of 1.0 cent in earnings per share in comparison to the prior year period.  Greater general and administrative costs were the main catalyst due in part to higher incentive costs, increased bad debt reserves and the 40th anniversary employee payments.  Higher spending on new product development in 2015 also played a role.  A greater proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests in the first three quarters of the current year further reduced earnings per share of 1.5 cents.  More than offsetting these two factors was the positive contribution from foreign exchange on earnings per share of 4.5 cents in 2015.  The substantially lower average value of the Canadian dollar compared to its US counterpart in the current year versus 2014 was very favorable when converting the Company's net Canadian dollar expenses into US funds. 

Summary of Quarterly Results





Thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts (US cents)






















Q3


Q2


Q1


Q4


Q3


Q2


Q1


Q4



2015


2015


2015


2014


2014


2014


2014


2013


















Revenue


193,726


198,257


199,440


206,269


192,982


199,426


188,077


187,964

Net income attributable to equity holders

















of the Company


22,305


26,845


22,463


23,343


19,448


19,406


16,163


20,951

EPS


34


41


35


36


30


30


25


32

 

Capital Resources, Cash Flow and Liquidity
The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance ended the third quarter of 2015 at $210.4 million, $20.9 million greater than the end of the second quarter.  Winpak continued to generate strong and consistent cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital of $42.0 million, eclipsing the prior year comparable quarter by $4.3 million.  Working capital reductions, primarily in lower inventories, generated additional cash of $1.8 million.  Cash was utilized for plant and equipment additions of $14.6 million, income tax payments of $6.7 million, and dividends to equity holders of the Company of $1.6 million.  On September 17, 2015, in commemoration of its 40th anniversary, the Company declared a special dividend of $1.50 CDN per share for a total of $97.5 million CDN to shareholders of record on September 29, 2015, payable on October 15, 2015.  This will reduce the cash and cash equivalents balance by approximately one-third. 

For the first nine months of 2015, the cash and cash equivalents balance rose by $66.7 million from the start of the year.  Cash flows generated from operating activities before changes in working capital swelled by $27.0 million from the corresponding period in the previous year to $130.0 million.  Working capital reductions provided a further supplement to cash balances of $4.4 million.  Cash was used for plant and equipment additions of $36.8 million, income tax payments of $19.8 million, dividends to equity holders of the Company of $4.8 million, the retirement of a multiemployer defined benefit pension plan withdrawal liability of $4.5 million, employee defined benefit plan contributions of $1.3 million and other items totaling $0.5 million.  The company remains debt-free and has unutilized operating lines of $38 million, with the ability to increase borrowing capacity further should the need arise.

Looking Forward
The Company continues to remain optimistic with respect to volume growth and earnings performance for the balance of 2015 and into 2016.  After a pause in the second quarter, volume growth resumed in the third quarter and opportunities in the sales pipeline should promote further success in expanding volumes for the foreseeable future.  Raw material pricing is expected to remain relatively stable in the near term and gross profit margins should remain near current levels for the balance of the year, which are elevated in relation to historical norms.  Manufacturing performance will remain a focus for the operations group and improvement is expected as familiarity increases with the production of new products but will be challenged in those areas where capacity is currently constrained.  The weakness in the Canadian dollar versus its US counterpart, while reducing reported revenues, will increase earnings for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016, as Canadian dollar denominated costs exceed Canadian revenues.  The effect will be spread out over time due to the Company's foreign exchange hedging policy whereby between 50 and 80 percent of the net requirement of Canadian dollars for the ensuing 9 to 15 months will be hedged at all times with forward or zero-option contracts.  Capital spending for 2015 is on pace to finish between $55 to $65 million with a focus on expanding extrusion and converting capacity.  The Company also continues to evaluate acquisition opportunities in Winpak's core competencies of sophisticated packaging for food, beverage and healthcare applications and is intent on executing a transaction when the proper fit and price are present to provide long-term shareholder value.

Winpak Ltd.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Third Quarter Ended: September 27, 2015

These interim condensed consolidated financial statements have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's independent external auditor, KPMG LLP.  For a complete set of notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements, refer to www.sedar.com or the Company's website, www.winpak.com.

Winpak Ltd.







Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets







(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)


















September 27


December 28





2015


2014








Assets














Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents




210,429


143,761


Trade and other receivables




107,268


112,454


Income taxes receivable




65


2,873


Inventories




97,633


100,586


Prepaid expenses




4,883


4,344





420,278


364,018








Non-current assets:








Property, plant and equipment




360,890


348,002


Intangible assets




14,821


15,068


Employee benefit plan assets




4,589


5,249


Deferred tax assets




1,553


1,990





381,853


370,309

Total assets




802,131


734,327








Equity and Liabilities














Current liabilities:








Trade payables and other liabilities




138,951


69,098


Provisions




-


427


Income taxes payable




6,783


690


Derivative financial instruments




2,404


875





148,138


71,090








Non-current liabilities:








Employee benefit plan liabilities




9,061


7,673


Deferred income




14,253


14,831


Provisions




760


6,571


Deferred tax liabilities




34,820


32,775





58,894


61,850

Total liabilities




207,032


132,940








Equity:








Share capital




29,195


29,195


Reserves




(1,436)


(641)


Retained earnings




549,037


555,697

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company




576,796


584,251

Non-controlling interests




18,303


17,136

Total equity  




595,099


601,387

Total equity and liabilities




802,131


734,327








 

Winpak Ltd.









Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income









(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts) (unaudited)











Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended



September 27


September 28


September 27


September 28



2015


2014


2015


2014










Revenue


193,726


192,982


591,423


580,485

Cost of sales


(133,033)


(136,607)


(402,544)


(417,548)

Gross profit


60,693


56,375


188,879


162,937










Sales, marketing and distribution expenses


(14,859)


(15,494)


(44,722)


(46,649)

General and administrative expenses


(7,611)


(7,299)


(23,791)


(20,820)

Research and technical expenses


(3,760)


(3,198)


(11,506)


(10,554)

Pre-production expenses


(356)


(617)


(790)


(868)

Other expenses


(913)


(965)


(910)


(2,604)

Income from operations


33,194


28,802


107,160


81,442

Finance income


102


163


273


427

Finance expense


(82)


(90)


(308)


(398)

Income before income taxes


33,214


28,875


107,125


81,471

Income tax expense


(10,151)


(8,973)


(33,699)


(25,575)

Net income for the period


23,063


19,902


73,426


55,896










Attributable to:










Equity holders of the Company


22,305


19,448


71,613


55,017


Non-controlling interests


758


454


1,813


879



23,063


19,902


73,426


55,896










Basic and diluted earnings per share - cents


34


30


110


85



















Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income









(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)











Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended



September 27


September 28


September 27


September 28



2015


2014


2015


2014










Net income for the period


23,063


19,902


73,426


55,896










Items that will not be reclassified to the statements of income:









Cash flow hedge losses recognized


(447)


-


(490)


-

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and equipment


4


-


4


-

Income tax effect


-


-


-


-



(443)


-


(486)


-

Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to the statements of income:









Cash flow hedge losses recognized


(1,963)


(690)


(2,910)


(868)

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements of income


641


82


1,867


1,351

Income tax effect


353


163


279


(129)



(969)


(445)


(764)


354

Other comprehensive (loss) income for the period  - net of income tax


(1,412)


(445)


(1,250)


354

Comprehensive income for the period


21,651


19,457


72,176


56,250










Attributable to:










Equity holders of the Company


20,893


19,003


70,363


55,371


Non-controlling interests


758


454


1,813


879



21,651


19,457


72,176


56,250










 

Winpak Ltd.













Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity


(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)




























Attributable to equity holders of the Company




























Non-





Share




Retained




controlling





capital


Reserves


earnings


Total


interests


Total equity














Balance at December 30, 2013


29,195


(661)


547,891


576,425


16,188


592,613















Comprehensive income for the period















Cash flow hedge losses, net of tax


-


(636)


-


(636)


-


(636)



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements















  of income, net of tax


-


990


-


990


-


990


Other comprehensive income


-


354


-


354


-


354


Net income for the period


-


-


55,017


55,017


879


55,896


Comprehensive income for the period


-


354


55,017


55,371


879


56,250















Dividends


-


-


(63,857)


(63,857)


(344)


(64,201)














Balance at September 28, 2014


29,195


(307)


539,051


567,939


16,723


584,662








































Balance at December 29, 2014


29,195


(641)


555,697


584,251


17,136


601,387















Comprehensive (loss) income for the period















Cash flow hedge losses, net of tax


-


(2,166)


(455)


(2,621)


-


(2,621)



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements















of income, net of tax


-


1,367


-


1,367


-


1,367



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and















  equipment


-


4


-


4


-


4


Other comprehensive loss


-


(795)


(455)


(1,250)


-


(1,250)


Net income for the period


-


-


71,613


71,613


1,813


73,426


Comprehensive (loss) income for the period


-


(795)


71,158


70,363


1,813


72,176















Dividends


-


-


(77,818)


(77,818)


(646)


(78,464)














Balance at September 27, 2015


29,195


(1,436)


549,037


576,796


18,303


595,099














 

Winpak Ltd.









Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows









(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)











Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended



September 27


September 28


September 27


September 28



2015


2014


2015


2014










Cash provided by (used in):


















Operating activities:










Net income for the period


23,063


19,902


73,426


55,896


Items not involving cash:











Depreciation


8,210


8,114


24,384


23,446



Amortization - deferred income


(395)


(392)


(1,193)


(1,271)



Amortization - intangible assets


149


148


448


411



Employee defined benefit plan expenses


769


873


2,494


2,706



Multiemployer defined benefit pension plan withdrawal liability












settlement gain


-


-


(1,815)


-



Net finance (income) expense


(20)


(73)


35


(29)



Income tax expense


10,151


8,973


33,699


25,575



Other


113


162


(1,445)


(3,730)




Cash flow from operating activities before the following


42,040


37,707


130,033


103,004


Change in working capital:











Trade and other receivables


(769)


3,219


5,186


(6,172)



Inventories


2,166


(7,815)


2,953


(15,239)



Prepaid expenses


412


302


(539)


(1,652)



Trade payables and other liabilities


(37)


2,203


(3,154)


9,040











Provisions


-


(95)


(4,467)


(120)


Employee defined benefit plan contributions


(86)


(1,410)


(1,254)


(4,551)


Income tax paid


(6,697)


(2,155)


(19,781)


(14,764)


Interest received


79


95


207


224


Interest paid


(1)


(9)


(16)


(147)




Net cash from operating activities


37,107


32,042


109,168


69,623










Investing activities:










Acquisition of property, plant and equipment - net


(14,553)


(13,896)


(36,819)


(35,588)


Acquisition of intangible assets


(57)


(49)


(226)


(411)



(14,610)


(13,945)


(37,045)


(35,999)










Financing activities:










Dividends paid


(1,583)


(1,829)


(4,809)


(63,931)


Dividend paid to non-controlling interests in subsidiary


-


-


(646)


(344)



(1,583)


(1,829)


(5,455)


(64,275)










Change in cash and cash equivalents


20,914


16,268


66,668


(30,651)










Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


189,515


114,171


143,761


161,090










Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


210,429


130,439


210,429


130,439

 

SOURCE Winpak Ltd.

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K.P. Kuchma, Vice President and CFO, (204) 831-2254; B.J. Berry, President and CEO, (204) 831-2216Copyright CNW Group 2015


Source: Canada Newswire (October 22, 2015 - 4:04 PM EDT)

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