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Winpak Reports 2019 Second Quarter Results

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WINNIPEG, July 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Winpak Ltd. (WPK) today reports consolidated results in US dollars for the second quarter of 2019, which ended on June 30, 2019.


Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended


June 30
2019


July 1
2018 *


June 30
2019


July 1
2018 *









(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
















Revenue

219,618


225,191


443,653


446,856

Net income

31,893


28,818


61,081


55,685









Income tax expense

11,247


10,791


21,782


19,926

Net finance income

(1,304)


(130)


(2,441)


(79)

Depreciation and amortization

10,205


9,896


20,363


19,775

EBITDA (1)

52,041


49,375


100,785


95,307









Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company

31,086


28,042


59,515


54,403

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

807


776


1,566


1,282

Net income

31,893


28,818


61,081


55,685









Basic and diluted earnings per share (cents)

48


43


92


84









WINPAK (CNW Group/Winpak Ltd.)

 

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.

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.



*

The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 "Leases" at December 31, 2018.  Under the transition method chosen by the Company, comparative information has not been restated.


 

(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.  Factors that could cause results to differ from those expected include, but are not limited to: the terms, availability and costs of acquiring raw materials and the ability to pass on price increases to customers; ability to negotiate contracts with new customers or renew existing customer contracts with less favorable terms; timely response to changes in customer product needs and market acceptance of our products; the potential loss of business or increased costs due to customer or vendor consolidation; competitive pressures, including new product development; industry capacity, and changes in competitors' pricing; ability to maintain or increase productivity levels; contain or reduce costs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; changes in governmental regulations, including environmental, health and safety; changes in Canadian and foreign income tax rates, income tax laws and regulations.  Unless otherwise required by applicable securities law, Winpak disclaims 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 second quarter of 2019 of $31.1 million or 48 cents in earnings per share (EPS) compared to $28.0 million or 43 cents per share in the corresponding quarter in 2018, an increase of 10.9 percent.  The expansion in gross profit margins contributed 2.5 cents to EPS while foreign exchange elevated EPS by 2.0 cents.  Furthermore, net finance income and lower income taxes raised EPS by 1.0 cent and 0.5 cents respectively.  Conversely, higher operating expenses reduced EPS by 1.0 cent.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, net income attributable to equity holders of the Company amounted to $59.5 million or 92 cents per share which surpassed the 2018 first half result of $54.4 million or 84 cents per share by 9.4 percent.  Enhanced gross profit margins propelled EPS forward by 6.0 cents while foreign exchange and net finance income each augmented EPS by 2.5 cents.  Higher operating expenses and a greater proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests had the opposite effect by decreasing EPS by 2.5 cents and 0.5 cents accordingly. 

Operating Segments and Product Groups
The Company provides three distinct types of packaging technologies: a) rigid packaging and flexible lidding, b) flexible packaging and c) packaging machinery.  Each of the three are deemed to be a separate operating segment.

The rigid packaging and flexible lidding segment includes the rigid containers and lidding product groups.  Rigid containers includes portion control and single-serve containers, as well as plastic sheet, custom and retort trays, which are used for applications such as food, pet food, beverage, dairy, industrial, and healthcare.  Lidding products are available in die-cut, daisy chain and rollstock formats and are used for applications such as food, dairy, beverage, industrial and healthcare.

The flexible packaging segment includes the modified atmosphere packaging, specialty films and biaxially oriented nylon product groups.  Modified atmosphere packaging extends the shelf life of perishable foods, while at the same time maintains or improves the quality of the product.  The packaging is used for a wide range of markets and applications, including fresh and processed meats, poultry, cheese, medical device packaging, high performance pouch applications and high-barrier films for converting applications.  Specialty films includes a full line of barrier and non-barrier films which are ideal for converting applications such as printing, laminating, and bag making, including shrink bags.  Biaxially oriented nylon film is stretched by length and width to add stability for further conversion using printing, metalizing or laminating processes and are ideal for food packaging applications such as cheese, fluid and viscous liquids, and industrial applications such as book covers and balloons.

Packaging machinery includes a full line of horizontal fill/seal machines for preformed containers and vertical form/fill/seal pouch machines for pumpable liquid and semi-liquid products and certain dry products.

Revenue
Revenue in the second quarter of 2019 reached $219.6 million versus $225.2 million in the same quarter of 2018, a decrease of 2.5 percent.  Volumes contracted by 1.0 percent.  Within the rigid packaging and flexible lidding operating segment, volumes receded by 4 percent in the quarter.  The lidding product group benefitted from gains in rollstock applications.  However, a modest volume reduction within the rigid containers product group was experienced due to the loss of retort tray business and timing of customer orders.  The flexible packaging operating segment achieved volume growth of 2 percent in the quarter.  The modified atmosphere packaging product group secured additional processed meat business.  Following the exceptional results of the first quarter, biaxially oriented nylon volumes were solid again in the second quarter.  Competitive pressures with respect to less sophisticated non-barrier films, in combination with the timing of orders, caused specialty films volumes to retreat.  For the packaging machinery operating segment, sales were respectable, progressing by 6 percent.  Selling price and mix changes had a negative impact of 1.1 percent on second quarter revenues while foreign exchange lowered revenues by a further 0.4 percent.

For the first half of 2019, revenue fell by $3.2 million to $443.7 million from $446.9 million recorded in the first six months of 2018.  Volumes were essentially unchanged, declining by less than 0.5 percent.  The rigid packaging and flexible lidding operating segment recorded a decline in volumes of 6 percent.  For the lidding product group, healthy first half volumes were driven by inroads made with rollstock applications.  A reduction in retort and specialty beverage container volumes contributed to a contraction in volumes for the rigid containers product group.  The flexible packaging operating segment attained volume growth of 5 percent.  Biaxially oriented nylon volumes were robust, reflecting the organic growth at key accounts.  Modified atmosphere packaging volumes advanced by over 3 percent, mostly with protein customers.  Within the packaging machinery operating segment, growth was 6 percent.  Foreign exchange was responsible for a decrease in revenues of 0.5 percent compared to 2018.  Selling prices and changes in product mix had a limited impact on revenue in relation to the corresponding prior year period.

Gross Profit Margins
Gross profit margins for the second quarter of 2019 rose to 32.4 percent of revenue versus 30.9 percent of revenue in the comparable 2018 quarter, an improvement of 1.5 percentage points.  Raw material costs fell to a greater extent than the corresponding selling price adjustments.   The inherent timing delay in passing along price modifications to customers on formal price indexing programs contributed to this gross profit margin enhancement.  In addition, the Company's sustained focus on reducing production waste and optimizing the utilization of its manufacturing workforce generated positive results.    

For the first six months of 2019, gross profit margins of 31.6 percent of revenue exceeded the 2018 year-to-date level of 30.3 percent by 1.3 percentage points.  This translated into an increase in EPS of 6.0 cents.  Lower raw materials costs was the greatest contributor as the related selling price adjustments put forth to customers on formal price indexing arrangements did not become effective until the latter part of the second quarter.  This was augmented by cost savings achievements made in new material science, material waste and labor cost curtailment.

The raw material purchase price index declined by 2.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019.  However, in the last 12 months, the decrease in the index was more pronounced at 10.8 percent.  During the second quarter, polyethylene and polypropylene resin prices declined while all other major raw materials were relatively unchanged.

Expenses and Other
Operating expenses in the current quarter, exclusive of foreign exchange impacts, advanced by 2.6 percent relative to the corresponding slight decrease in sales volumes, thereby having a negative 1.0 cent impact on EPS.  Foreign exchange had a favorable effect on EPS of 2.0 cents as the weaker Canadian dollar had a positive influence on earnings as expenses exceeded revenues in that currency.  Furthermore, translation differences, which arise when Canadian dollar monetary assets and liabilities are translated at rates that change over time, were positive.  Higher rates of interest were obtained on cash and cash equivalents, uplifting net finance income and raising EPS by 1.0 cent.  Additionally, the effective income tax rate declined in the current quarter, adding 0.5 cents to EPS. 

On a year-to-date basis, operating expenses, adjusted for foreign exchange, increased at a rate of 3.5 percent in contrast to the small contraction in sales volumes, resulting in a reduction in EPS of 2.5 cents.  During the first half of 2019, one-time personnel costs were incurred for a group of employees due to the closure and relocation of an administration office.  In addition, higher research and technical expenses reflected key new product initiatives that were undertaken.  Foreign exchange had a positive influence on EPS of 2.5 cents primarily due to the conversion of the Company's net Canadian dollar expenses into US funds at a lower average rate.  Net finance income also elevated EPS by 2.5 cents and was the outcome of advancements in both the level of cash and cash equivalents on hand and the rate of interest earned thereon.  The magnitude of income attributable to non-controlling interests subtracted 0.5 cents from EPS.

Capital Resources, Cash Flow and Liquidity
The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance ended the second quarter of 2019 at $395.4 million, an increase of $32.8 million from the end of the prior quarter.  Winpak generated strong cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital of $52.5 million.  Working capital provided $4.8 million in cash.  Trade payables and other liabilities advanced by $4.0 million, reflecting the magnitude of raw material purchases and the timing of supplier payments.  Trade and other receivables declined by $3.5 million due to the quantity of extended term accounts receivable that were sold without recourse to financial institutions in exchange for cash.  Conversely, inventory levels climbed by $2.9 million as a result of the planned build-up of finished goods inventories in advance of equipment maintenance activities scheduled for the third quarter.  Cash was used for income tax payments of $12.7 million, plant and equipment additions of $11.5 million, dividends of $1.5 million and other items totaling $0.1 million while net finance income provided cash of $1.3 million.

For the first half of 2019, the cash and cash equivalents balance advanced by $51.1 million as a result of the significant cash flow provided by operating activities before changes in working capital of $101.4 million.  Working capital generated $2.2 million in cash.   Other cash flows included $28.9 million in plant and equipment additions, income tax payments of $20.9 million, dividend payments of $2.9 million, employee defined benefit plan contributions of $2.1 million and other outflows amounting to $0.3 million.  Net finance income had a positive impact of $2.6 million.

Summary of Quarterly Results



















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




















Q2

2019


Q1

2019


Q4

2018


Q3

2018


Q2

2018


Q1

2018


Q4

2017*


Q3

2017

























Revenue

219,618


224,035


222,138


220,647


225,191


221,665


222,323


218,348

Net income attributable to equity holders
















of the Company

31,086


28,429


26,683


27,835


28,042


26,361


39,633


25,368

EPS

48


44


41


43


43


41


61


39

 

The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 "Leases" at December 31, 2018 and IFRS 15 "Revenue From Contracts With Customers" and IFRS 9 "Financial Instruments" at January 1, 2018.  Under the transition methods chosen by the Company, comparative information has not been restated.

*Includes the one-time income tax recovery of 17 cents per share due to the revaluation of deferred tax asset and liability balances within the US operations as a result of US tax reform enacted in December 2017.

Looking Forward
Business Outlook
The Company remains optimistic on earnings performance for the balance of 2019.  Enhanced gross profit margins in the second quarter were a result of the continued decline in certain raw material resin costs and notable productivity gains across the manufacturing operations.  Sales volumes were essentially flat in the first six months of the year and expectations for the second half are for improved volumes albeit with similar variability amongst the Company's product groups.  Winpak continues to develop new revenue prospects with existing and new customers and the timing for commercialization of these opportunities remains uncertain as customers' protocols control the process.  Raw material costs for the Company's main resins experienced slight declines in the second quarter due to high supplier inventory levels and new capacity.  Since 70 percent of the Company's revenues are indexed to the price of raw materials, with a 90 to 120-day time lag, selling prices will be moving downwards in the third quarter.  Current market forecasts are for resin costs in the second half of 2019 to remain relatively stable except for polyethylene which may see further easing.  During the second quarter, the Canadian dollar strengthened in relation to the US dollar, which will more than likely have a negative impact on earnings for the last six months of 2019.

Capital spending is expected to accelerate in the second half of 2019 and finish in the $60 - $70 million range.  During the second quarter, new extrusion capacity was added at the rigid container facility in Sauk Village, Illinois.  The Mexican facility became fully operational, providing new capabilities in printing technology for flexible packaging products.  The building expansion and new state-of-the art biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA) line in Winnipeg, Manitoba is moving forward with an expected commercial start-up in the latter part of 2020.  Winpak continues to invest in organic revenue growth opportunities with new processes, technologies and material sciences to enhance its product portfolio including new recycle-ready offerings which are becoming an important focal point in the North American plastic packaging market.  The Company continues to evaluate acquisition candidates that align strategically with Winpak's fundamental competencies in sophisticated packaging for food, beverage and health care applications all being focused on adding long-term shareholder returns.


Winpak Ltd.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Second Quarter Ended: June 30, 2019

These interim condensed consolidated financial statements have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's independent external auditors, 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)















June 30

2019


December 30

2018*







Assets












Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents



395,445


344,322

Trade and other receivables



130,129


131,851

Income taxes receivable



553


1,294

Inventories



131,608


132,318

Prepaid expenses



4,144


2,761

Derivative financial instruments



524


-




662,403


612,546







Non-current assets:






Property, plant and equipment



462,589


453,867

Intangible assets



14,114


14,311

Employee benefit plan assets



8,912


7,507

Deferred tax assets



697


707




486,312


476,392

Total assets



1,148,715


1,088,938







Equity and Liabilities












Current liabilities:






Trade payables and other liabilities



66,851


63,687

Contract liabilities



1,467


3,031

Provisions



660


-

Income taxes payable



2,280


3,753

Derivative financial instruments



80


2,697




71,338


73,168







Non-current liabilities:






Employee benefit plan liabilities



11,908


11,108

Deferred income



14,258


14,786

Provisions and other long-term liabilities



-


660

Deferred tax liabilities



42,604


41,313




68,770


67,867

Total liabilities



140,108


141,035







Equity:






Share capital



29,195


29,195

Reserves



307


(2,264)

Retained earnings



949,846


893,279

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company



979,348


920,210

Non-controlling interests



29,259


27,693

Total equity  



1,008,607


947,903

Total equity and liabilities



1,148,715


1,088,938


*The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 "Leases" at December 31, 2018.  Under the transition method chosen by the Company, comparative information has not been restated.

 

Winpak Ltd.










Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income










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













Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended




June 30

2019


July 1

2018*


June 30

2019


July 1

2018*











Revenue



219,618


225,191


443,653


446,856

Cost of sales



(148,359)


(155,550)


(303,264)


(311,573)

Gross profit



71,259


69,641


140,389


135,283











Sales, marketing and distribution expenses



(17,230)


(17,672)


(34,919)


(35,317)

General and administrative expenses



(7,985)


(7,702)


(16,619)


(15,675)

Research and technical expenses



(4,381)


(4,030)


(8,458)


(8,102)

Pre-production expenses



(160)


-


(160)


(115)

Other income (expenses)



333


(758)


189


(542)

Income from operations



41,836


39,479


80,422


75,532

Finance income



2,285


1,186


4,391


2,015

Finance expense



(981)


(1,056)


(1,950)


(1,936)

Income before income taxes



43,140


39,609


82,863


75,611

Income tax expense



(11,247)


(10,791)


(21,782)


(19,926)

Net income for the period



31,893


28,818


61,081


55,685











Attributable to:










Equity holders of the Company



31,086


28,042


59,515


54,403

Non-controlling interests



807


776


1,566


1,282




31,893


28,818


61,081


55,685











Basic and diluted earnings per share - cents



48


43


92


84





















Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income










(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)













Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended




June 30


July 1


June 30


July 1




2019


2018*


2019


2018*











Net income for the period



31,893


28,818


61,081


55,685











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










Cash flow hedge gains recognized



43


-


502


101

Cash flow hedge losses (gains) transferred to property, plant and equipment



413


-


508


(235)

Income tax effect



-


-


-


-




456


-


1,010


(134)

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










Cash flow hedge gains (losses) recognized



585


(813)


1,276


(1,320)

Cash flow hedge losses (gains) transferred to the statements of income



309


299


855


(237)

Income tax effect



(239)


138


(570)


417




655


(376)


1,561


(1,140)

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



1,111


(376)


2,571


(1,274)

Comprehensive income for the period



33,004


28,442


63,652


54,411











Attributable to:










Equity holders of the Company



32,197


27,666


62,086


53,129

Non-controlling interests



807


776


1,566


1,282




33,004


28,442


63,652


54,411


*The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 "Leases" at December 31, 2018.  Under the transition method chosen by the Company, comparative information has not been restated.

 

Winpak Ltd.








Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity






(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)


















Attributable to equity holders of the Company





















Share
capital

Reserves

Retained
earnings

Total

Non-
controlling
interests

Total equity









Balance at January 1, 2018*


29,195

596

788,636

818,427

25,037

843,464









Comprehensive (loss) income for the period








Cash flow hedge losses, net of tax


-

(866)

-

(866)

-

(866)

Cash flow hedge gains transferred to the statements








of income, net of tax


-

(173)

-

(173)

-

(173)

Cash flow hedge gains transferred to property, plant and








equipment


-

(235)

-

(235)

-

(235)

Other comprehensive loss


-

(1,274)

-

(1,274)

-

(1,274)

Net income for the period


-

-

54,403

54,403

1,282

55,685

Comprehensive (loss) income for the period


-

(1,274)

54,403

53,129

1,282

54,411









Dividends


-

-

(2,997)

(2,997)

-

(2,997)









Balance at July 1, 2018*


29,195

(678)

840,042

868,559

26,319

894,878

























Balance at December 31, 2018


29,195

(2,264)

893,279

920,210

27,693

947,903









Comprehensive income for the period








Cash flow hedge gains, net of tax


-

1,437

-

1,437

-

1,437

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements








of income, net of tax


-

626

-

626

-

626

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and








equipment


-

508

-

508

-

508

Other comprehensive income


-

2,571

-

2,571

-

2,571

Net income for the period


-

-

59,515

59,515

1,566

61,081

Comprehensive income for the period


-

2,571

59,515

62,086

1,566

63,652









Dividends


-

-

(2,948)

(2,948)

-

(2,948)









Balance at June 30, 2019


29,195

307

949,846

979,348

29,259

1,008,607










*The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 "Leases" at December 31, 2018.  Under the transition method chosen by the Company, comparative information has not been restated. 

 

Winpak Ltd.








Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows








(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)









Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended


June 30
2019


July 1
2018*


June 30
2019


July 1
2018*









Cash provided by (used in):
















Operating activities:








Net income for the period

31,893


28,818


61,081


55,685

Items not involving cash:








Depreciation

10,468


10,155


20,886


20,278

Amortization - deferred income

(383)


(394)


(755)


(782)

Amortization - intangible assets

120


135


232


279

Employee defined benefit plan expenses

908


938


1,764


1,870

Net finance income

(1,304)


(130)


(2,441)


(79)

Income tax expense

11,247


10,791


21,782


19,926

Other

(444)


(373)


(1,183)


(787)

Cash flow from operating activities before the following

52,505


49,940


101,366


96,390

Change in working capital:








Trade and other receivables

3,532


666


1,722


(8,772)

Inventories

(2,909)


(7,946)


710


(9,285)

Prepaid expenses

(170)


304


(1,383)


(1,223)

Trade payables and other liabilities

3,995


8,589


2,671


9,128

Contract liabilities

394


(224)


(1,564)


1,091









Employee defined benefit plan contributions

(107)


(122)


(2,091)


(1,831)

Income tax paid

(12,652)


(13,280)


(20,903)


(21,634)

Interest received

2,227


1,151


4,359


1,961

Interest paid

(880)


(1,007)


(1,769)


(1,782)

Net cash from operating activities

45,935


38,071


83,118


64,043









Investing activities:








Acquisition of property, plant and equipment - net 

(11,547)


(20,554)


(28,862)


(33,014)

Acquisition of intangible assets

(17)


(84)


(35)


(115)


(11,564)


(20,638)


(28,897)


(33,129)









Financing activities:








Payment of lease liabilities

(105)


-


(209)


-

Dividends paid

(1,460)


(1,513)


(2,889)


(3,063)


(1,565)


(1,513)


(3,098)


(3,063)









Change in cash and cash equivalents

32,806


15,920


51,123


27,851









Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

362,639


303,890


344,322


291,959









Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

395,445


319,810


395,445


319,810


*The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 "Leases" at December 31, 2018.  Under the transition method chosen by the Company, comparative information has not been restated.

 

SOURCE Winpak Ltd.

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