PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015.
- Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share $0.70, including $0.07 of unfavorable currency translation, compared to $0.48 in 2014, an increase of 46%
- Full year adjusted earnings per share $3.59, including $0.48 of unfavorable currency translation, compared to $3.41 in 2014, an increase of 5%
- Constant currency adjusted earnings grew 60% in the fourth quarter, 19% for the full year
- Constant currency segment income up 28% in the fourth quarter, 12% for the full year
- Free cash flow over $600 million for the third consecutive year
- Global beverage can volumes grew 11% in the fourth quarter, 9% for the full year
Net sales in the fourth quarter were $2,027 million, including $161 million of unfavorable currency translation, compared to $2,127 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Segment income (a non-GAAP measure) increased 23% to $234 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $191 million in the prior year, and included $11 million of unfavorable currency translation in 2015 compared to 2014.
Commenting on the quarter, Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "A strong fourth quarter performance contributed to excellent full-year results for the Company. In 2015, both adjusted earnings per share and segment income increased despite significant currency translation headwinds. On a constant currency basis, 2015 segment income increased 12% and adjusted earnings per share increased 19%. These positive results, combined with free cash flow in excess of $600 million for the third consecutive year, reflect the strong underlying fundamentals of our global businesses as well as the significant contributions from our recent acquisitions of Mivisa and Empaque.
"Global beverage can shipments increased 9% in 2015, including Empaque. Demand increases were notable in Mexico, Europe and Asia. We again benefited from our global beverage can presence, which includes strong regional platforms and a long-standing and diverse customer portfolio.
"Looking to 2016, we are excited about the year ahead. Beverage can growth is expected to continue in many parts of the world, propelled in part by a prevailing shift by customers and consumers away from other packaging types toward cans. To meet our customers' rising demand for specialty beverage cans in North America, the Company will construct a new facility in Nichols, New York, capable of producing multiple sizes, which is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2017. We are also building new beverage can plants in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, our third in the country, and Monterrey, Mexico. Both of these facilities, scheduled to commence operations during the second and fourth quarters of 2016, respectively, will support increasing consumer demand for beer packaged in cans in those markets. We are also adding a second production line to our beverage can plant in Osmaniye, Turkey with operations commencing during the fourth quarter of 2016."
Interest expense increased to $68 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 over the $65 million in 2014 primarily due to increased borrowings to fund the Company's acquisition of Empaque.
The effective tax rate for the quarter was 33.8%, or 28.2% on adjusted earnings.
Net income attributable to Crown Holdings in the fourth quarter was $66 million compared to $13 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Earnings per diluted share were $0.47 in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $0.09 in the 2014 fourth quarter. Adjusted earnings per diluted share improved 46% to $0.70 compared to $0.48 in 2014.
A reconciliation from net income and earnings per diluted share to adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share is provided below.
Twelve Month Results
For the full year, net sales were $8,762 million, including $855 million of unfavorable currency translation, compared to $9,097 million in 2014.
Segment income for 2015 increased to $1,026 million, including $98 million of unfavorable currency translation, over the $1,004 million in the same period of 2014.
Interest expense in 2015 was $270 million compared to $253 million in the prior year primarily due to increased borrowings to fund the Mivisa and Empaque acquisitions.
The effective tax rate for the year was 27.9%, or 24.6% on adjusted earnings.
Net income attributable to Crown Holdings for 2015 improved to $393 million over the $387 million in 2014. Earnings per diluted share for 2015 increased to $2.82 over the $2.79 last year. Adjusted earnings per diluted share grew to $3.59 compared to $3.41 in 2014.
Free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure) for the year was $602 million, including $956 million of net cash provided by operating activities.
Segment income and free cash flow are not defined terms under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP measures). In addition, the information presented excluding the impact of currency translation, regarding revenue, segment income, adjusted net income, the adjusted effective tax rate and adjusted earnings per diluted share does not conform to GAAP and includes non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, the effective tax rate, income per diluted share or cash flow data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to calculations of similarly titled measures by other companies.
The Company views segment income and free cash flow as the principal measures of performance of its operations and for the allocation of resources. Free cash flow has certain limitations, however, including that it does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures since other non-discretionary expenditures, such as mandatory debt service requirements, are not deducted from the measure. The amount of mandatory versus discretionary expenditures can vary significantly between periods. The Company believes that adjusted net income, the adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted earnings per diluted share, and information excluding the impact of currency translation are useful in evaluating the Company's operations. Segment income, free cash flow, the adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share and information excluding the impact of currency translation are derived from the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations and Cash Flows and Consolidated Balance Sheets, as applicable, and reconciliations to segment income, free cash flow, the adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share and information unadjusted for currency translation can be found within this release.
The Company will hold a conference call tomorrow, February 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) to discuss this news release. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed on the conference call. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are (312) 470-7401 or toll-free (888) 957-9826 and the access password is "packaging." A live webcast of the call will be made available to the public on the internet at the Company's web site, www.crowncork.com. A replay of the conference call will be available for a one-week period ending at midnight on February 11, 2016. The telephone numbers for the replay are (203) 369-0591 or toll free (866) 403-8737.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information, all other information in this press release consists of forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the future impact of currency translation; the Company's ability to continue to generate free cash flow; the continued successful integration and performance of Mivisa and Empaque; future beverage can growth in many parts of the world, including future demand for beverage cans in Mexico, Europe, Turkey and Asia (including Cambodia); a continuation of the shift by customers and consumers to beverage cans from other forms of packaging; the continued demand for specialty beverage cans in North America; and the Company's ability to successfully complete beverage can capacity addition projects within expected timelines in New York, Cambodia, Mexico and Turkey that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause the statements made in this press release or the actual results of operations or financial condition of the Company to differ are discussed under the caption "Forward Looking Statements" in the Company's Form 10-K Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in subsequent filings made prior to or after the date hereof. The Company does not intend to review or revise any particular forward-looking statement in light of future events.
Crown Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer marketing companies around the world. World headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
For more information, contact:
Thomas A. Kelly, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, (215) 698-5341
Thomas T. Fischer, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, (215) 552-3720
Ed Bisno, Bisno Communications, (212) 717-7578
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flows, Segment Information and Supplemental Data follow.
(1) A reconciliation from income from operations to segment income follows.
(1) Included in cost of products sold
(2) Information presented for 2015 at 2014 rates represents financial results assuming constant foreign currency exchange rates used for translation based on the rates in effect for the comparable prior year period. In order to compute constant currency results, we multiply or divide, as appropriate, our current year U.S. dollar results by the current year average foreign exchange rates and then multiply or divide, as appropriate, those amounts by the applicable prior year average foreign exchange rates.
Adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share and the adjusted effective tax rate are non-GAAP measures and are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, earnings per diluted share and effective tax rates determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to evaluate the performance of the Company's ongoing business.
(1) Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified in accordance with new accounting guidance regarding the presentation of debt issuance costs.
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