UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13D

Amendment No.    

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

OWENS-ILLINOIS, INC.

(Name of Issuer)

 

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

(Title of Class of Securities)

 

690768403

(CUSIP Number)

 

  with a copy to:
Alexander J. Roepers Scott H. Moss
Atlantic Investment Management, Inc. Lowenstein Sandler LLP
666 Fifth Avenue 1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10103 New York, New York 10020
(212) 484-5050 (646) 414-6874
 

(Name, Address and Telephone Number

of Person Authorized to Receive

Notices and Communications)

 

October 30, 2019

(Date of Event which Requires Filing

of this Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition which is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of Rule 13d-1(e), (f) or (g), check the following box [   ].

 

Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See Rule l3d-7(b) for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

 

*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 

 
 

 

  CUSIP No. 690768403    
           
1

Names of Reporting Persons. I.R.S. Identification Nos. of Above Persons (entities only):

 

Atlantic Investment Management, Inc.

 
2

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)

(a)

(b)

   
3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 
4

Source of Funds (See Instructions)

AF, OO

 
5

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e):

Not Applicable

 
6

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Delaware

 

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

Sole Voting Power

 

6,274,380

 
8

Shared Voting Power

 

0

 
9

Sole Dispositive Power

 

8,031,235*

 
10

Shared Dispositive Power

 

0

 
11

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by each Reporting Person

 

8,031,235*

 
12

Check Box if The Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)

 Not Applicable

   
13

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

5.2%*

 
14

Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)

 

IA

 
                 

 

 
 

* Includes: (i) 424,677 Shares (0.27%) of the Issuer’s Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Shares”), beneficially owned by AJR International Master Fund, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company; (ii) 3,325,685 Shares (2.14%) beneficially owned by Cambrian Master Fund, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company; (iii) 1,769,018 Shares (1.14%) beneficially owned by Cambrian Global Master Fund, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company; and (iv) 2,511,855 Shares (1.61%) held in one or more other accounts (“Other Accounts”). Atlantic Investment Management, Inc., serving as the investment advisor of the foregoing parties and the Other Accounts, has sole voting power over 6,274,380 Shares and sole dispositive power over all Shares beneficially owned by such parties or held in the Other Accounts. See Items 2 and 5 for additional details.

 

 
 
Item 1.Security and Issuer.

This statement relates to the common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of Owens-Illinois Inc. (the “Issuer”). The Issuer has principal executive offices located at One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999.

 

Item 2.Identity and Background.

(a) This statement is filed by Atlantic Investment Management, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Reporting Person”), with respect to 6,274,380 Shares over which the Reporting Person has sole voting power and 8,031,235 Shares over which the Reporting Person has sole dispositive power by reason of serving as the investment advisor to: (i) AJR International Master Fund, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company (“AJR”); (ii) Cambrian Master Fund, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company (“Cambrian Fund”); (iii) Cambrian Global Master Fund, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company (“Cambrian Global Fund”); and (vi) one or more other accounts (“Other Accounts”).

(b) The business address of the Reporting Person and Mr. Alexander Roepers, the president, sole director and sole shareholder of the Reporting Person, is 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10103.

(c) The principal business of the Reporting Person is that of an investment advisor engaging in the purchase and sale of securities for investment with the objective of capital appreciation on behalf of AJR, Cambrian Fund, Cambrian Global Fund, and the Other Accounts. The principal occupation of Mr. Roepers is serving as the president and managing officer of the Reporting Person.

(d) Neither the Reporting Person nor Mr. Roepers has, during the past five (5) years, been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors).

(e) Neither the Reporting Person nor Mr. Roepers has, during the past five (5) years, been a party to any civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is now subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.

(f) Mr. Roepers is a citizen of the United States.

 
 
Item 3.Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.

The Shares purchased by the Reporting Person on behalf of AJR, Cambrian Fund, Cambrian Global Fund and the Other Accounts were purchased with the investment capital of such entities and accounts. The aggregate amount of funds used in making the purchases reported on this Schedule 13D was approximately $ 130,540,086.

 

Item 4.Purpose of Transaction.

The Reporting Person acquired, on behalf of AJR, Cambrian Fund, Cambrian Global Fund and the Other Accounts and continues to hold, the Shares reported in this Schedule 13D for investment purposes. The Reporting Person intends to evaluate the performance of the Shares as an investment in the ordinary course of business. The Reporting Person pursues an investment objective that seeks capital appreciation. In pursuing this investment objective, the Reporting Person analyzes the operations, capital structure and markets of companies in which the Reporting Person’s clients invest, including the Issuer, on a continuous basis through analysis of documentation and discussions with knowledgeable industry and market observers and with representatives of such companies.

The Reporting Person will continuously assess the Issuer’s business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, general economic conditions, the securities markets in general and those for the Shares in particular, other developments and other investment opportunities. Depending on such assessments, the Reporting Person may acquire additional Shares or may determine to sell or otherwise dispose of all or some of the Shares presently held by AJR, Cambrian Fund, Cambrian Global Fund, and the Other Accounts in the open market or in private transactions. Such actions will depend upon a variety of factors, including, without limitation, current and anticipated future trading prices for the Shares, the financial condition, results of operations and prospects of the Issuer, alternative investment opportunities, general economic, financial market and industry conditions and other factors that the Reporting Person may deem material to its investment decision.

 
 

The Reporting Person and their representatives have, from time to time, engaged in, and expect to continue to engage in, discussions with members of management and the board of directors of the Issuer (the “Board”), other current or prospective shareholders, industry analysts, existing or potential strategic partners or competitors, investment and financing professionals and other third parties regarding a variety of matters related to the Issuer, which may include, among other things, the Issuer’s business, management, capital structure and allocation, corporate governance, Board composition and strategic alternatives and direction, and may take other steps seeking to bring about changes to increase shareholder value.

Except as set forth above, the Reporting Person has no present plans or proposals which relate to or would result in any of the transactions required to be described in Item 4 of Schedule 13D.

Item 4 is hereby supplemented with the attached letter which the Reporting Person sent to Andres Lopez, Chief Executive Officer of the Issuer. The document is attached as Exhibit 1 to this Schedule 13D and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 5.Interest in Securities of the Issuer.

(a)       Based upon the information contained in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 30, 2019, there were issued and outstanding 155,630,507 Shares as of September 30, 2019.

(b)       The Reporting Person does not directly own any Shares. The Reporting Person has entered into an investment advisory agreement with each of AJR, Cambrian Fund, Cambrian Global Fund and the Other Accounts pursuant to which the Reporting Person has investment authority with respect to the securities held by such entities or in such accounts. Such power includes the power to dispose of and the power to vote the Shares. By reason of the provisions of Rule 13d-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Reporting Person is deemed to be the beneficial owner of the Shares held by such entities and accounts. Accordingly, the Reporting Person is deemed the beneficial owner of 8,031,235 Shares, or 5.2% of the outstanding Shares.

 
 

(c)       The Reporting Person, on behalf of AJR, Cambrian Fund, Cambrian Global Fund, and the Other Accounts sold a listed call option agreement, giving the option purchasers the right to purchase up to 100,000 shares of Common Stock from the Reporting Person at an exercise price of $10.00 per share. The option agreement expires on November 15, 2019 and is currently exercisable. Additionally, the following table details the transactions by the Reporting Person, on behalf of AJR, Cambrian Fund, Cambrian Global Fund, and the Other Accounts in Shares during the past sixty (60) days:

  Date Quantity Price Type of Transaction
  9/4/2019  50,000  9.7727 Open Market Purchase
  9/5/2019  (20,000)  10.3329 Open Market Sale
  9/5/2019  (40,000)  10.3079 Open Market Sale
  9/5/2019  (100,000)  10.2279 Open Market Sale
  9/10/2019  84,300  10.9222 Open Market Purchase
  9/10/2019  55,700  10.9545 Open Market Purchase
  9/11/2019  75,000  10.9421 Open Market Purchase
  9/11/2019  25,000  10.9003 Open Market Purchase
  9/12/2019  50,000  10.5281 Open Market Purchase
  9/18/2019  40,000  10.3050 Open Market Purchase
  9/19/2019  15,000  10.0650 Open Market Purchase
  9/19/2019  25,000  9.9657 Open Market Purchase
  9/24/2019  30,000  9.8078 Open Market Purchase
  9/30/2019  200,000  10.2013 Open Market Purchase
  10/1/2019  100,000  9.7704 Open Market Purchase
  10/1/2019  1,900  9.7100 Open Market Purchase
  10/2/2019  82,260  9.3633 Open Market Purchase
  10/4/2019  40,000  9.1658 Open Market Purchase
  10/4/2019  40,000  9.2496 Open Market Purchase
  10/8/2019  50,000  8.9520 Open Market Purchase
  10/8/2019  150,000  9.0468 Open Market Purchase
  10/30/2019  132,300  8.5178 Open Market Purchase
  10/30/2019  337,700  8.5742 Open Market Purchase
  10/30/2019  30,000  8.4742 Open Market Purchase
  10/31/2019  100,000  8.3929 Open Market Purchase

 

Except for the transactions listed above, neither the Reporting Person, any entity for which the Reporting Person serves as investment advisor, nor any person or entity controlled by the Reporting Person, nor Mr. Roepers (including Mr. Roepers’ immediate family members) has traded Shares during the past sixty (60) days on or prior to the Event Date, and from the Event Date to the Filing Date.

 

 
 
Item 6.Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationships with Respect to Securities of the Issuer.

The disclosure in Item 5 relating to the call option is incorporated into this Item 6 by reference. Except as otherwise set forth herein there are no contracts, arrangements, understandings or relationships between the Reporting Person and any other person with respect to the Common Stock.

 

 

Item 7.Material to be filed as exhibits.

Exhibit 1: October 31, 2019 letter to Issuer.

 

SIGNATURE

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of the undersigned's knowledge and belief, the undersigned hereby certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

October 31, 2019

 

 

ATLANTIC INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

 

 

 

By: /s/ Alexander J. Roepers

Alexander J. Roepers, President

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION: INTENTIONAL MISSTATEMENTS OR OMISSIONS OF FACT CONSTITUTE FEDERAL CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS (SEE 18 U.S.C. 1001).

 

 

 

 

 Exhibit 1

 

 

 

By Email and FedEx

 

 

October 31, 2019

 

 

Mr. Andres Lopez

President and Chief Executive Officer

Owens-Illinois, Inc.

One Michael Owens Way

Perrysburg, OH 43551

 

 

Dear Andres:

 

As you know, Atlantic Investment Management and affiliates are one of Owens-Illinois, Inc.’s (“OI”) largest shareholders. As such, we share with you and the Board a keen interest in maximizing shareholder value.

 

While 2019 has been a challenging year for OI, chiefly due to the decline in US beer volumes and related profit disappointments, we are encouraged that you announced several of the actions we urged you to pursue, most notably the strategic portfolio review, as well as the right-sizing of the US production footprint.

 

OI’s share price of $8.50, trading at a P/E of less than 4x 2019 and 2020 EPS, in part reflects the markets’ focus on the double digit volume decline in the US beer business, which now represents only 10% of your global volume. Without the decline in this business, global organic volumes were up modestly in 2019.

 

In our view, the current share price does not take into account the solid fundamentals of the vast majority of OI’s business, most notably in Europe and Latin America, and the clear path to much improved cash flows in the coming years (amid lower capital spending and asbestos payments along with improved volume and working capital) which will be used for debt pay down. In addition, the potential for significant and accelerated share price appreciation is also embedded in the unlocking of value through selective asset and business unit sales.

 

 
 

 

We agree that right-sizing the US manufacturing footprint, the sale of select non-core assets and the Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) businesses, the curtailment of capital spending in the coming years are the right actions to take at this time. However, the fact that your share price has fallen sharply prompts the need for further immediate and bold action to set OI’s share price on a sharp recovery path and then on track to maximizing shareholder value over time, which is your and the Board’s fiduciary responsibility. Therefore, again we urge you and the Board, particularly now that you have announced your intent to sell ANZ, to also put up for sale your European and the rest of your Asian businesses.

 

The recent IPO of your close peer Verallia (VRLA FP, €26) supports a valuation of your European business of at least $3.3 billion, based on 8x 2019E EBITDA. As with the pending sale of the ANZ businesses (estimated value of $700 million), we believe there will be multiple private equity and strategic buyers interested in OI’s European businesses, in whole or in part.

 

Attached is our analysis showing how the sale of Asia and Europe can yield tremendous value for shareholders of OI. We are basing our analysis on the estimated 2019 results and see significant further value uplift from the improvement of margins from self-help measures already underway and recovery from recent volume and currency headwinds. Using an estimate of net total divestiture proceeds of $4.0 billion, OI could repay $3.0 billion of debt and buy back $1.0 billion of its own shares. As a result of these corporate actions, we anticipate that OI shares can trade up to $29, based on a combination of 5.5x EV/EBITDA on the US and Canadian business and 8x on the growing Mexican and Latin American business, and a much improved balance sheet.

 

Finally, in recent months, we have asked you privately to consider electing our representative to the Board of Directors, as we believe that there should be a strong voice on the Board from a significant, constructively engaged, long term shareholder, whose interests are aligned with the Board’s fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder value. We hereby reiterate this request.

 

We believe that if you fail to act promptly, given the depressed value of your company, you risk that OI may be taken over at a much lower valuation than can be achieved as a result of the proposed actions.

 

Best regards,

 

 

/s/ Alex Roepers

Alex Roepers

President and CIO

 

 

cc: Mrs. Carol A. Dudley-Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors

 
 

 

Attachment – Owens-Illinois Sum-of-the-parts Valuation

 

 

Estimated valuation of Europe, LatAm and APAC and implied valuation of US & Canada

 

 

2019 estimates Sales EBITDA EBITDA % EV/Sales EV/EBITDA EV   
OI Europe $2,384 $412 17.3% 1.38 8.0x $3,295
OI APAC 630 92 14.6% 1.17 8.0x 735
OI LatAm (incl. Mexico) 1,440 348 24.2% 1.94 8.0x 2,786
OI US & Canada (implied) 2,200 385 17.5% 0.39 2.2x 861
Group $6,654 $1,237 18.6% 1.15 6.2x $7,677

 

 

Estimated value of OI post disposals, debt pay-down and share buybacks

 

2019 estimates Sales EBITDA EBITDA % EV/Sales EV/EBITDA EV   
OI LatAm $1,440 $348 24.2% 1.94 8.0x $2,786
OI US & Canada 2,200 385 17.5% 0.96 5.5x 2,118
Net debt pre sale           (5,138)
Proceeds (Sale of OI Europe and OI APAC)       4,030
Tax leakage           (100)
Debt paydown   75% of proceeds used for debt paydown 2,948
Share buyback   at 20% premium to market price   983
Net debt Americas   3.0x Net Debt to EBITDA (2,190)
Asbestos           (442)
Pension           (600)
Market value           $1,670
             
# shares post buyback           57.7
Value per share           $29.00
             
               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic Investment Management, Inc.

October 31, 2019