YARDLEY, Pa., April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
- Earnings per share $1.74 versus $1.57 in 2021
- Adjusted earnings per share increased to $2.01 over the $1.83 in 2021
- Global beverage can growth projects on target, to commercialize 6 billion units in 2022
- Repurchased $400 million in Company shares year to date through April 25, 2022
- Definitive agreement to sell Transit Packaging's Kiwiplan business for $182 million
Net sales in the first quarter were $3,162 million compared to $2,564 million in the first quarter of 2021 reflecting increased beverage sales unit volumes and the pass through of higher material costs.
Income from operations was $344 million in the first quarter compared to $327 million in the first quarter of 2021. Segment income was $383 million in the first quarter compared to $369 million in the prior year primarily due to improved profitability in the North American tinplate and can-making equipment businesses, offset by the timing of insurance recovery related to incremental costs incurred as a result of tornado damage to the Company's Bowling Green plant and unfavorable foreign exchange of $8 million.
Commenting on the quarter, Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Overall results for the Company during the first quarter were as anticipated. Strong performances in the North American Tinplate and can-making equipment businesses, combined with robust beverage can shipments in Vietnam, offset notable inflationary pressures in Europe and North America and transient market softness in Brazil. On April 1st, the inflation-recovery mechanisms built into our North American beverage can contracts commenced, which will allow us to begin to recoup many of the cost increases experienced over the past year. As previously stated, the Company is in the process of negotiating pending beverage can contracts in Europe to include more comprehensive raw material and other inflationary pass-through provisions. As expected, the Company's Transit Packaging business experienced an inflationary cost/price squeeze during the first quarter, the recovery of which we expect will begin in the second quarter.
"To meet accelerating global growth requirements, the Company will commercialize significant new beverage can capacity through the end of 2023 with several projects in construction, including new greenfield plants in Martinsville, Virginia; Mesquite, Nevada; Uberaba, Brazil; and Peterborough, United Kingdom. Additional production lines are also being installed to existing plants in Monterrey, Mexico; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Agoncillo, Spain.
"First quarter results in our North American food can business benefitted from 16% unit volume growth in self-made two-piece cans as a result of new capacity installed to plants in Iowa and Pennsylvania in 2021. Additional two-piece food can capacity is expected to be commercialized later this year as we complete the construction of a third line to our Owatonna, Minnesota plant."
Interest expense was $54 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $69 million in 2021 primarily due to lower outstanding debt balances.
Net income attributable to Crown Holdings in the first quarter was $216 million compared to $211 million in the first quarter of 2021. Reported diluted earnings per share were $1.74 in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $1.57 in 2021. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased to $2.01 over the $1.83 in 2021.
A reconciliation from net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share is provided below.
Additionally, the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Transit Packaging segment's Kiwiplan business and will receive pre-tax proceeds of approximately $182 million from the transaction. Kiwiplan provides manufacturing execution systems, logistics planning, and analytical software for corrugated packaging manufacturing operations. Kiwiplan, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio with software development centered in Auckland, New Zealand, generated $39 million and $10 million in revenue and EBITDA, respectively, in 2021. With all regulatory approvals now received, the sale of Kiwiplan is expected to close during the second quarter of 2022, and is subject to customary closing conditions. The Company expects to record an after tax gain of approximately $100 million related to the transaction with net proceeds, after taxes and other transaction related costs, expected to be used to further reduce debt, fund capital projects and repurchase shares over time.
The Company currently expects second quarter adjusted earnings to be in the range of $2.00 to $2.10 per share.
The Company's full year adjusted earnings guidance is $8.00 to $8.20 per share.
Segment income, adjusted free cash flow, adjusted net leverage ratio, adjusted net income, the adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA are not defined terms under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP measures). Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for income from operations, net income, diluted earnings per share, effective tax rates, cash flow or leverage ratio 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 as the principal measure of the performance of its operations and adjusted free cash flow and adjusted net leverage ratio as the principal measure of its liquidity. The Company considers all of these measures in the allocation of resources. Adjusted 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. Reconciliations of estimated adjusted diluted earnings per share for the second quarter and full year of 2022 to estimated diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis are not provided in this release due to the unavailability of estimates of the following, the timing and magnitude of which the Company is unable to reliably forecast without unreasonable efforts, which are excluded from estimated adjusted diluted earnings per share and could have a significant impact on earnings per share on a GAAP basis: gains or losses on the sale of businesses or other assets, restructuring and other costs, asset impairment charges, asbestos-related charges, losses from early extinguishment of debt, pension settlement and curtailment charges, the tax and noncontrolling interest impact of the items above, and the impact of tax law changes or other tax matters. The Company believes that adjusted net income, the adjusted effective tax rate and adjusted diluted earnings per share are useful in evaluating the Company's operations as these measures are adjusted for items that affect comparability between periods. The Company believes that adjusted free cash flow and adjusted net leverage ratio provide meaningful measures of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing the Company's ability to fund its activities, including the financing of acquisitions, debt repayments, share repurchases or possible future dividends. Segment income, adjusted free cash flow, adjusted net leverage ratio, the adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA are derived from the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations and Cash Flows and Consolidated Balance Sheets, as applicable, and reconciliations to segment income, adjusted free cash flow, net leverage ratio, the adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA can be found within this release.
The Company will hold a conference call tomorrow, April 26, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) 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 630-395-0194 or toll-free 888-324-8108 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 website, www.crowncork.com. A replay of the conference call will be available for a one-week period ending at midnight on May 3. The telephone numbers for the replay are 203-369-3289 or toll free 800-568-3652.
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 the coronavirus pandemic on the Company's operations, including the Company's ability to continue to operate its plants, distribute its products, and maintain its supply chain; the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on demand for the Company's products; the future impact of currency translation; the continuation of performance and market trends in 2022, including consumer preference for beverage cans and increasing global beverage can demand; future demand for food cans; the Company's ability to recoup cost increases and include inflationary pass-through provisions in customer contracts and the Company's ability to successfully complete its previously announced capacity expansion projects and begin production within expected timelines, including any delays related to the pandemic, 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, 2021 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 global supplier of rigid packaging products to consumer marketing companies, as well as transit and protective packaging products, equipment and services to a broad range of end markets. World headquarters are located in Yardley, Pennsylvania.
For more information, contact:
Kevin C. Clothier, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, (215) 698-5281
Thomas T. Fischer, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, (215) 552-3720
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flows, Segment Information and Supplemental Data follow.
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