FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
O-I REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2013 RESULTS
Strong operating performance and volume growth drive higher earnings
PERRYSBURG, Ohio (Oct. 30, 2013) - Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) today reported financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2013.
Third quarter 2013 earnings from continuing operations attributable to the Company were $0.79 per share (diluted), compared with $0.55 per share in the same period of 2012. Excluding certain items management considers not representative of ongoing operations, adjusted earnings were $0.79 per share compared with $0.69 per share in the prior year.
Global volumes, up 2%, were higher year-on-year for the first time in seven quarters.
Operating profit margin expanded more than 180 basis points in Europe and North America driven by sales volume gains, cost savings and, for Europe, higher production.
South America's profit contracted due to lower demand, principally in the Andean countries, and due to the impact of currency headwinds.
The Company reaffirms its full year 2013 free cash flow outlook of at least $300 million.
Commenting on the Company's third quarter results, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Al Stroucken said, "Overall, our operations delivered strong results for the quarter, and we again benefited from our broad geographic footprint. Growth in sales volume in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific outweighed the decline in South America. We are on track with our global structural cost reduction and European asset optimization programs, both of which continue to deliver benefits. And we continued with our disciplined approach to capital allocation, as evidenced by our share repurchases and debt pay-down in the quarter."
Net sales in the third quarter of 2013 were $1.78 billion, up 2 percent over the prior year third quarter. Price increased modestly for the Company. Currency was a headwind as the weakened Brazilian real and Australian dollar more than offset a stronger Euro.
Volume, in terms of tonnes shipped, increased 2 percent year-over-year. Europe volume increased 7 percent on growth in wine, food and beer. The Company's efforts to win back wine customers continued to show traction across Southern Europe. A delayed harvest in Europe shifted volumes into the third quarter, allowing food volumes to record double-digit gains.
Following adverse weather in the second quarter, beer volumes in the third quarter increased year-on-year in both Europe and North America. Volume growth in North America was also driven by non-alcoholic beverages. In South America, a broad macroeconomic slowdown and a general strike in Colombia dampened demand.
Segment operating profit was $259 million, up nearly 6 percent over prior year third quarter. The Company achieved improved profitability from increased sales and production volumes, particularly in Europe, as well as reduced structural costs.
Net interest expense was $5 million lower than the prior year, primarily due to lower interest rates and to the Company's ongoing efforts to reduce debt.
The Company's leverage ratio (net debt to EBITDA) was 2.9 times at the end of the third quarter of 2013. The Company expects to improve its leverage ratio to approximately 2.5 times by the end of the year.
During the quarter, the Company continued to execute on its capital allocation priorities by repurchasing approximately $10 million of outstanding stock and repaying $168 million in debt.
Commenting on the Company's outlook for the fourth quarter, Stroucken said, "We expect market demand in North America and Europe to be sluggish, but stable. As we have limited visibility into the uncertain macroeconomic conditions in South America, our plans anticipate no growth there in the fourth quarter. Irrespective of external challenges, we are focusing on the levers within our control: managing production volatility, reducing structural costs and optimizing our assets. We are confident, therefore, that we will deliver higher full year earnings and free cash flow."
The Company continues to expect an adjusted EPS range in 2013 of $2.65 to $2.85 per share and free cash flow of at least $300 million for the year.
The table below describes the items that management considers not representative of ongoing operations.
|$ Millions, except per-share amounts||Three months ended September 30|
|Earnings from Continuing Operations Attributable to the Company||$132||$0.79||$92||$0.55|
|Items that management considers not representative of ongoing operations consistent with Segment Operating Profit|
|Restructuring, asset impairment and related charges||-||-||23||0.14|
|Charges for note repurchase premiums and write-off of finance fees||-||-||-||-|
|Adjusted Net Earnings ||$132||$0.79||$115||$0.69|
|$ Millions, except per-share amounts||Nine months ended September 30|
|Earnings from Continuing Operations Attributable to the Company||$346||$2.08||$348||$2.10|
|Items that management considers not representative of ongoing operations consistent with Segment Operating Profit|
|Restructuring, asset impairment and related charges||9||0.05||23||0.14|
|Charges for note repurchase premiums and write-off of finance fees||11||0.07||-||-|
|Adjusted Net Earnings ||$366||$2.20||$371||$2.24|
Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. With revenues of $7.0 billion in 2012, the Company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, and employs approximately 22,500 people at 79 plants in 21 countries. O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. O-I's Glass Is Life(TM) movement promotes the widespread benefits of glass packaging in key markets around the globe. For more information, visit www.o-i.com or www.glassislife.com.
The information presented above regarding adjusted net earnings relates to net earnings attributable to the Company exclusive of items management considers not representative of ongoing operations and does not conform to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). It should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with GAAP. Management has included this non-GAAP information to assist in understanding the comparability of results of ongoing operations. Management uses this non-GAAP information principally for internal reporting, forecasting, budgeting and calculating compensation payments. Further, the information presented above regarding free cash flow does not conform to GAAP. Management defines free cash flow as cash provided by continuing operating activities less capital spending (both as determined in accordance with GAAP) and has included this non-GAAP information to assist in understanding the comparability of cash flows. Management uses this non-GAAP information principally for internal reporting, forecasting and budgeting. Management believes that the non-GAAP presentation allows the board of directors, management, investors and analysts to better understand the Company's financial performance in relationship to core operating results and the business outlook.
The Company routinely posts important information on its website - www.o-i.com/investors.
Forward looking statements
This document contains "forward looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933. Forward looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations and projections about future events at the time, and thus involve uncertainty and risk. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "will," "could," "would," "should," "may," "plan," "estimate," "intend," "predict," "potential," "continue," and the negatives of these words and other similar expressions generally identify forward looking statements. It is possible the Company's future financial performance may differ from expectations due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to the following: (1) foreign currency fluctuations relative to the U.S. dollar, specifically the Euro, Brazilian real and Australian dollar, (2) changes in capital availability or cost, including interest rate fluctuations and the ability of the Company to refinance debt at favorable terms, (3) the general political, economic and competitive conditions in markets and countries where the Company has operations, including uncertainties related to the economic conditions in Australia, Europe and South America disruptions in capital markets, disruptions in the supply chain, competitive pricing pressures, inflation or deflation, and changes in tax rates and laws, (4) consumer preferences for alternative forms of packaging, (5) cost and availability of raw materials, labor, energy and transportation, (6) the Company's ability to manage its cost structure, including its success in implementing restructuring plans and achieving cost savings, (7) consolidation among competitors and customers, (8) the ability of the Company to acquire businesses and expand plants, integrate operations of acquired businesses and achieve expected synergies, (9) unanticipated expenditures with respect to environmental, safety and health laws, (10) the Company's ability to further develop its sales, marketing and product development capabilities, and (11) the timing and occurrence of events which are beyond the control of the Company, including any expropriation of the Company's operations, floods and other natural disasters, events related to asbestos-related claims, and the other risk factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and any subsequently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors. Any forward looking statements in this document are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments, and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Forward looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from expectations. While the Company continually reviews trends and uncertainties affecting the Company's results of operations and financial condition, the Company does not assume any obligation to update or supplement any particular forward looking statements contained in this document.
Conference call scheduled for October 31, 2013
O-I CEO Al Stroucken and CFO Steve Bramlage will conduct a conference call to discuss the Company's latest results on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time. A live webcast of the conference call, including presentation materials, will be available on the O-I website, www.o-i.com/investors, in the Presentations & Webcast section.
The conference call also may be accessed by dialing 888-733-1701 (U.S. and Canada) or 706-634-4943 (international) by 7:50 a.m., Eastern Time, on October 31. Ask for the O-I conference call. A replay of the call will be available on the O-I website, www.o-i.com/investors, for 90 days following the call.
Contact: Erin Crandall, 567-336-2355 - O-I Investor Relations
Lisa Babington, 567-336-1445 - O-I Corporate Communications
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O-I's fourth quarter 2013 earnings conference call is currently scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time.
Adjusted earnings refers to earnings from continuing operations attributable to the Company, excluding items management does not consider representative of ongoing operations, as cited in Note 1 in this release.