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Winpak Reports 2019 First Quarter Results
Winpak Reports 2019 First Quarter Results

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WINNIPEG, April 23, 2019 /CNW/ - Winpak Ltd. (WPK) today reports consolidated results in US dollars for the first quarter of 2019, which ended on March 31, 2019.


Quarter Ended


March 31


April 1


2019


2018 *





(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)








Revenue

224,035


221,665

Net income

29,188


26,867





Income tax expense

10,535


9,135

Net finance (income) expense

(1,137)


51

Depreciation and amortization

10,158


9,879

EBITDA (1)

48,744


45,932





Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company

28,429


26,361

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

759


506

Net income

29,188


26,867





Basic and diluted earnings per share (cents)

44


41

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 first quarter of 2019 of $28.4 million or 44 cents in earnings per share (EPS) advanced by 7.8 percent from the $26.4 million or 41 cents per share recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2018.  Gross profit margins were the catalyst, raising EPS by 3.5 cents while net finance income and foreign exchange contributed a further 1.5 cents and 0.5 cents respectively.  Conversely, increased operating expenses lowered EPS by 1.5 cents and a larger proportion of net income attributable to non-controlling interests and higher income taxes both reduced EPS by 0.5 cents.

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 first quarter of 2019 was $224.0 million, $2.4 million or 1.1 percent greater than the first quarter of 2018.  Volumes increased by 0.2 percent.  The rigid container and flexible lidding operating segment recorded a 6 percent reduction in volumes.  Volumes for the rigid container product group were restrained, influenced by the timing of specialty beverage order fulfillment.  Within the lidding product group, the expansion in condiment lidding and rollstock volumes was largely offset by lower specialty beverage lidding.  For the flexible packaging operating segment, volumes were strong, progressing by 7 percent.  In particular, biaxially oriented nylon volumes accelerated by more than 30 percent due, in part, to weak volumes in the first quarter of 2018.  Furthermore, the modified atmosphere packaging product group benefitted from the inroads made at major North American protein processors.  The packaging machinery segment also had a solid quarter, exceeding the 2018 first quarter by 6 percent.  Selling price and mix changes had a favorable effect on revenues for the quarter of 1.6 percent, while foreign exchange, due to a weaker Canadian dollar, decreased revenues by 0.7 percent in comparison to the first quarter of 2018.

Gross Profit Margins
Gross profit margins in the first quarter of 2019 rose to 30.9 percent of revenue compared to the 29.6 percent of revenue in the first quarter of 2018, an improvement of 1.3 percentage points.  The fall in raw material costs in relation to those incurred a year prior was the main factor contributing to the margin improvement.  Although 72 percent of the Company's revenues are indexed, there is a lag of approximately 90 to 120-days before the effect of raw material cost changes are realized within selling prices.  In addition, positive strides were made with respect to production waste and labor utilization rates.  The recent capital expansion program that has been undertaken has resulted in an elevated cost structure.  In tandem with sales volumes remaining relatively the same in the first quarter of the current year in relation to the prior year's first quarter, gross profit margins were compressed.  

The purchase price index declined by 7.7 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.  In the last 12 months, the change in the index was even more significant at 9.8 percent.  During the first quarter, polypropylene resin had the most substantial decrease of more than 20 percent while polyethylene and polystyrene resins both experienced decreases of approximately 10 percent.

Expenses and Other
Operating expenses in the current quarter, adjusted for foreign exchange, increased by 4.4 percent, exceeding the growth rate in sales volumes from the first quarter of 2018.  Nonrecurring personnel costs with respect to the relocation of a select group of employees was the main contributing factor.  Foreign exchange augmented EPS by 0.5 cents and was attributed to converting the Company's net Canadian dollar expenses into US dollars at a lower average exchange rate.  Additionally, higher interest rates were applied to cash and cash equivalents, raising net finance income and elevating EPS by 1.5 cents.  A modest increase in the average income tax rate and a greater proportion of net income attributable to non-controlling interests each lowered EPS by 0.5 cents

Summary of Quarterly Results



















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




















Q1


Q4


Q3


Q2


Q1


Q4


Q3


Q2


2019


2018


2018


2018


2018


2017*


2017


2017

















Revenue

224,035


222,138


220,647


225,191


221,665


222,323


218,348


217,752

Net income attributable to equity holders
















of the Company

28,429


26,683


27,835


28,042


26,361


39,633


25,368


25,745

EPS

44


41


43


43


41


61


39


40

 

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.

Capital Resources, Cash Flow and Liquidity
The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance ended the first quarter of 2019 at $362.6 million, an increase of $18.3 million from the end of the prior year.  Winpak continued to generate solid cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital of $48.9 million.  Cash was consumed by net working capital additions of $2.7 million.  In addition, cash was utilized for plant and equipment additions of $17.3 million, income tax payments of $8.3 million, employee defined benefit plan contributions of $2.0 million, dividend payments of $1.4 million and other items totaling $0.1 million while net finance income provided cash of $1.2 million.

Looking Forward
Business Outlook
The first quarter provided strong earnings performance which should enable Winpak to build on this positive momentum.  The year started with sales volumes remaining relatively unchanged with varying results within the Company's product groups.  The rigid packaging and flexible lidding segment experienced soft customer demand which is expected to rebound over the course of the year.  The flexible packaging segment achieved strong volume gains with a solid customer order pipeline in place.  As the Canadian dollar is at a lower level versus its US counterpart from a year ago, this will have a negative effect on revenues, but have a positive effect on current year's earnings as Canadian dollars costs exceed revenues in that currency.  The Company continues to reduce production waste and hence lower manufacturing costs and will strive for achieving productivity gains within the manufacturing operations.  Raw material costs for three of the Company's main resins experienced significant declines during the quarter which provided an uplift to gross profit margins.  The increase in supplier resin inventory levels and new capacity coming on stream for polyethylene has reduced the cost for these resins.  Since 72 percent of Winpak's revenues are currently indexed to the price of raw materials, albeit with a 90 to 120-day time lag, selling prices will be trending downwards in the upcoming quarters.  Looking ahead, current expectations are for resin prices to remain relatively flat for the rest of 2019.  Oil prices are rising, however the impact should be tempered by new refinery capacity coming online.

Capital expenditures of approximately $70 - $80 million are expected for 2019.  During the second quarter, new extrusion capacity will be on stream at the rigid container facility in Sauk Village, Illinois and the new Mexican facility will be fully operational, providing new capabilities in printing technology for flexible packaging products.  The building expansion and new biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA) line in Winnipeg, Manitoba is progressing with an expected commercial start-up in the second half of 2020.  The Company will continue to invest in organic growth opportunities including new technologies and broadening its product portfolio, including recycle-ready offerings, while remaining diligent and evaluating acquisition candidates that align strategically with the Company's core competencies in sophisticated packaging for food, beverage and health care applications, all being focused on providing long-term shareholder value.

Winpak Ltd.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
First Quarter Ended: March 31, 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)









March 31


December 30


2019


2018*





Assets








Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

362,639


344,322

Trade and other receivables

133,661


131,851

Income taxes receivable

694


1,294

Inventories

128,699


132,318

Prepaid expenses

3,974


2,761

Derivative financial instruments

5


-


629,672


612,546





Non-current assets:




Property, plant and equipment

461,509


453,867

Intangible assets

14,215


14,311

Employee benefit plan assets

9,087


7,507

Deferred tax assets

702


707


485,513


476,392

Total assets

1,115,185


1,088,938





Equity and Liabilities








Current liabilities:




Trade payables and other liabilities

62,900


63,687

Contract liabilities

1,073


3,031

Income taxes payable

4,839


3,753

Derivative financial instruments

911


2,697


69,723


73,168





Non-current liabilities:




Employee benefit plan liabilities

11,402


11,108

Deferred income

14,598


14,786

Provisions and other long-term liabilities

696


660

Deferred tax liabilities

41,675


41,313


68,371


67,867

Total liabilities

138,094


141,035





Equity:




Share capital

29,195


29,195

Reserves

(804)


(2,264)

Retained earnings

920,248


893,279

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

948,639


920,210

Non-controlling interests

28,452


27,693

Total equity  

977,091


947,903

Total equity and liabilities

1,115,185


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


March 31


April 1


2019


2018*





Revenue

224,035


221,665

Cost of sales

(154,905)


(156,023)

Gross profit

69,130


65,642





Sales, marketing and distribution expenses

(17,689)


(17,645)

General and administrative expenses

(8,634)


(7,973)

Research and technical expenses

(4,077)


(4,072)

Pre-production expenses

-


(115)

Other (expenses) income

(144)


216

Income from operations

38,586


36,053

Finance income

2,106


829

Finance expense

(969)


(880)

Income before income taxes

39,723


36,002

Income tax expense

(10,535)


(9,135)

Net income for the period

29,188


26,867





Attributable to:




Equity holders of the Company

28,429


26,361

Non-controlling interests

759


506


29,188


26,867





Basic and diluted earnings per share - cents

44


41









Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income




(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)





Quarter Ended


March 31


April 1


2019


2018*





Net income for the period

29,188


26,867





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




Cash flow hedge gains recognized

459


101

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

95


(235)

Income tax effect

-


-


554


(134)

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




Cash flow hedge gains (losses) recognized

691


(507)

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

546


(536)

Income tax effect

(331)


279


906


(764)

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

1,460


(898)

Comprehensive income for the period

30,648


25,969





Attributable to:




Equity holders of the Company

29,889


25,463

Non-controlling interests

759


506


30,648


25,969


*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















Non-



Share


Retained


controlling



capital

Reserves

earnings

Total

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

-

(270)

-

(270)

-

(270)

Cash flow hedge gains transferred to the statements







of income, net of tax

-

(393)

-

(393)

-

(393)

Cash flow hedge gains transferred to property, plant and







equipment

-

(235)

-

(235)

-

(235)

Other comprehensive loss

-

(898)

-

(898)

-

(898)

Net income for the period

-

-

26,361

26,361

506

26,867

Comprehensive (loss) income for the period

-

(898)

26,361

25,463

506

25,969








Dividends

-

-

(1,513)

(1,513)

-

(1,513)








Balance at April 1, 2018*

29,195

(302)

813,484

842,377

25,543

867,920






















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

-

965

-

965

-

965

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements







of income, net of tax

-

400

-

400

-

400

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and







equipment

-

95

-

95

-

95

Other comprehensive income

-

1,460

-

1,460

-

1,460

Net income for the period

-

-

28,429

28,429

759

29,188

Comprehensive income for the period

-

1,460

28,429

29,889

759

30,648








Dividends

-

-

(1,460)

(1,460)

-

(1,460)








Balance at March 31, 2019

29,195

(804)

920,248

948,639

28,452

977,091


*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


March 31


April 1


2019


2018*





Cash provided by (used in):








Operating activities:




Net income for the period

29,188


26,867

Items not involving cash:




Depreciation

10,418


10,123

Amortization - deferred income

(372)


(388)

Amortization - intangible assets

112


144

Employee defined benefit plan expenses

856


932

Net finance (income) expense

(1,137)


51

Income tax expense

10,535


9,135

Other

(739)


(414)

Cash flow from operating activities before the following

48,861


46,450

Change in working capital:




Trade and other receivables

(1,810)


(9,438)

Inventories

3,619


(1,339)

Prepaid expenses

(1,213)


(1,527)

Trade payables and other liabilities

(1,324)


539

Contract liabilities

(1,958)


1,315





Employee defined benefit plan contributions

(1,984)


(1,709)

Income tax paid

(8,251)


(8,354)

Interest received

2,132


810

Interest paid

(889)


(775)

Net cash from operating activities

37,183


25,972





Investing activities:




Acquisition of property, plant and equipment - net 

(17,315)


(12,460)

Acquisition of intangible assets

(18)


(31)


(17,333)


(12,491)





Financing activities:




Payment of lease liabilities

(104)


-

Dividends paid

(1,429)


(1,550)


(1,533)


(1,550)





Change in cash and cash equivalents

18,317


11,931





Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

344,322


291,959





Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

362,639


303,890


*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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