PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.
- Full year income per diluted share $2.79 versus $2.30 in 2014; before certain items $3.41versus $2.99
- Q4 income per diluted share $0.09 versus $0.36 in 2013; before certain items $0.48 in both 2014 and 2013
- Full year free cash flow of $612 million; $1.25 billion in 2014 and 2013
- Completed Mivisa acquisition in April 2014
- Entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EMPAQUE in September 2014
Twelve Month Results
For the full year, net sales grew to $9,097 million compared to $8,656 million in 2013, primarily due to the impact of the Mivisa acquisition and increased global beverage can volumes, partially offset by $52 million of unfavorable currency translation.
Gross profit for 2014 rose to $1,382 million versus $1,342 million in 2013 primarily reflecting the impact of the Mivisa acquisition.
Selling and administrative expense for 2014 decreased to $398 million from $425 million as the 2013 expense included charges to reserve for outstanding receivable balances due from two food can customers.
Segment income (a non-GAAP measure) in 2014 grew to $1,004 million from $917 million in 2013 primarily due to contributions from the Mivisa acquisition and lower selling and administrative expense.
Commenting on the year, John W. Conway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We had an excellent 2014 in spite of challenges in certain of our markets. Net sales grew 5% compared to 2013, segment income increased 9% and net income per diluted share before certain items rose 14%. For the second year in a row, we generated more than $600 million in free cash flow, making solid progress toward our deleveraging goals following the Mivisa acquisition. We experienced global volume growth in food cans, food closures, and beverage cans. In addition to the acquisition of Mivisa, the harvest season was favorable in both North America and Europe, boosting food can shipments. In beverage cans, demand was robust throughout our developing market portfolio and was particularly strong in Brazil, Southeast Asia and Turkey.
"Looking ahead to 2015, in addition to anticipated continued global beverage can growth, we are pleased that the integration of Mivisa is proceeding as expected and that we will benefit from a full year of these very efficient operations. We are also looking forward to completing the acquisition of EMPAQUE, a leading Mexican manufacturer of aluminum cans and ends, bottle caps and glass bottles for the beverage industry, from Heineken N.V. This acquisition will significantly enhance Crown's overall position in beverage cans, as Mexico represents an important and expanding market for both beer and non-alcoholic beverages."
Interest expense for 2014 was $253 million compared to $236 million in 2013, primarily reflecting higher average debt outstanding from the Mivisa acquisition.
Net income attributable to Crown Holdings for 2014 was $387 million compared to $324 million in 2013. Income per diluted share for 2014 was $2.79 compared to $2.30 last year. Net income per diluted share before certain items increased to $3.41 from $2.99 in 2013.
A reconciliation from net income and income per diluted share to net income before certain items and income per diluted share before certain items is provided below.
The Company generated free cash flow of $612 million and $641 million, in 2014 and 2013 respectively.
In September 2014 the Company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mexican beverage packaging company EMPAQUE in a transaction valued at $1.2 billion.
In April 2014, the Company completed its acquisition of Mivisa Envases, SAU, a leading Spanish manufacturer of two- and three-piece food cans and ends in a transaction valued at €1.2 billion.
Fourth Quarter Results
Net sales in the fourth quarter grew to $2,127 million over the $2,071 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting the impact of the Mivisa acquisition and increased beverage can volumes, partially offset by $90 million of unfavorable currency translation.
Fourth quarter gross profit increased to $287 million compared to $274 million in the 2013 fourth quarter, primarily due to improved results in the European Food and Americas Beverage segments offset by $13 million of unfavorable currency impact.
Selling and administrative expense decreased to $96 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $106 million in the prior year fourth quarter, including $5 million of decrease due to currency translation.
Segment income rose to $191 million in the fourth quarter compared to $168 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 as improved results in the European Food and Americas Beverage segments were offset by $8 million of unfavorable currency translation.
Interest expense was $65 million in the quarter compared to $57 in the prior year quarter primarily due to higher average debt outstanding from the Mivisa acquisition.
Net income attributable to Crown Holdings in the fourth quarter was $13 million compared to $49 million in the fourth quarter last year. Income per diluted share was $0.09 in the fourth quarter compared to $0.36 in the fourth quarter of 2013. Net income per diluted share before certain items was $0.48 in the fourth quarter of both 2014 and 2013.
Segment income and free cash flow are not defined terms under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP measures). Segment income is defined by the Company as gross profit excluding the impact of fair value adjustments to inventory acquired in an acquisition and the timing impact of hedge ineffectiveness, less selling and administrative expense. Free cash flow is defined by the Company as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures and certain other items. In addition, the information presented regarding net income before certain items and income per diluted share before certain items does not conform to U.S. GAAP and includes non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, 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 net income before certain items and income per diluted share before certain items are useful in evaluating the Company's operations. Segment income, free cash flow, net income before certain items and income per diluted share before certain items are derived from the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations and Cash Flows, as applicable, and reconciliations to segment income, free cash flow, net income before certain items and income per diluted share before certain items can be found within this release.
The Company will hold a conference call tomorrow, February 10, 2015 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 (517) 308-9237 or toll-free (888) 469-0976 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 17. The telephone numbers for the replay are (203) 369-3565 or toll free (800) 879-5816.
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 Company's ability to continue to generate free cash flow and reduce leverage, the level of global demand for beverage cans in 2015 and beyond, the Company's ability to successfully integrate the operations of Mivisa, the efficiency and profitability of Mivisa's operations, the Company's ability to complete the EMPAQUE acquisition and successfully integrate its operations, and the future demand for beverage packaging in Mexico 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, 2013 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
Edward Bisno, Bisno Communications, (212) 717-7578.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flows, Segment Information and Supplemental Data follow.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/crown-holdings-reports-2014-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-results-300033217.html
SOURCE Crown Holdings, Inc.