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Winpak Reports Third Quarter Results

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Winpak Reports Third Quarter Results16:11 EDT Thursday, October 25, 2012WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2012) - Winpak Ltd. (TSX:WPK) today reports consolidated results in US dollars for the third quarter of 2012, which ended on September 30, 2012.(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)Quarter EndedYear-To-Date Ended 1September 30 2012September 25 2011September 30 2012September 25 2011Revenue165,399170,670496,852480,547Net income17,31914,63550,57346,228Income tax expense7,9357,91222,16021,434Net finance income(316)(100)(726)(257)Depreciation and amortization6,5776,74519,70620,037EBITDA 231,51529,19291,71387,442Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company17,07814,40850,04145,297Net income attributable to non-controlling interests241227532931Net income17,31914,63550,57346,228Basic and fully diluted earnings per share (cents)26227770Winpak 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 health care applications.1 The 2012 fiscal year comprises 53 weeks and the 2011 fiscal year comprised 52 weeks. Each quarter of 2012 and 2011 comprises 13 weeks with the exception of the first quarter of 2012, which comprised 14 weeks.2 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. 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. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities law, we disclaim 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 common shareholders for the third quarter of 2012 was $17.1 million or 26 cents in earnings per share compared to $14.4 million or 22 cents per share in the corresponding quarter of 2011, an increase of 18.5 percent. An improvement in gross profit margins added approximately 0.5 cents in earnings per share while a lower effective income tax rate bolstered earnings by 1.5 cents per share. A favorable foreign exchange impact contributed a further 2 cents in earnings per share in the quarter.For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net income attributable to common shareholders equalled $50.0 million or 77 cents in earnings per share, eclipsing the prior year three-quarter result of $45.3 million or 70 cents in earnings per share by 10.5 percent. Higher sales volumes added 3 cents to earnings per share while improved manufacturing performance raised earnings per share by an additional 1 cent. However, higher operating expenses offset some of this improvement by lowering earnings per share by 1 cent. A lower effective income tax rate and a lesser amount attributable to non-controlling interests further added to earnings per share by 1.5 cents and 0.5 cents respectively. Finally, foreign exchange favorably impacted earnings per share by 2 cents. Revenue Revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $165.4 million, a decline of $5.3 million or 3.1 percent over the comparable quarter in 2011, primarily a result of lower selling prices in response to reduced raw material costs. Volumes in total were up marginally from the prior year comparable quarter, increasing by 0.3 percent. A realignment of inventory levels by a major specialty beverage customer in the first two months of the quarter resulted in shipment reductions of over 20 percent for that customer in the three-month period compared to the third quarter of 2011, and offset a general improvement in volume across many of the other product groups. Overall, demand in the third month of the quarter was particularly promising. Volumes in modified atmosphere and specialty film packaging advanced in the mid-single digit percentage range in the quarter versus the prior year corresponding period. Lidding volumes grew marginally while rigid container shipments retracted by a few percentage points. However, excluding specialty beverages, rigid container volumes rose in excess of 15 percent in the quarter due to strong performance in juice cups and custom containers. Also during the quarter, the Company concluded an agreement to divest its drink cup product line including equipment, inventory and customer lists to a Canadian competitor, representing approximately $7 million in revenue on an annualized basis. This divestiture is expected to be marginally accretive to earnings in the fourth quarter. As in the second quarter of this year, both packaging machinery and biaxially oriented nylon continued to experience weak demand, with double-digit percentage declines in revenue. Packaging machinery bookings, however, are much improved going into the final quarter of the year. The greatest impact on revenue for the period in relation to the third quarter of 2011 was an overall decline in selling prices, in response to lower raw material costs, which reduced revenue by 2.9 percent. A weaker Canadian dollar further reduced revenue by 0.5 percent in the current quarter in relation to the corresponding prior year period.For the first nine months of 2012, revenue grew to $496.9 million, an increase of $16.3 million or 3.4 percent in relation to the comparable period in 2011. This was due entirely to increased volumes, which expanded by 3.8 percent. Demand was strongest in modified atmosphere packaging followed closely behind by lidding, specialty films and rigid containers, which all advanced in the mid-single digit percentage range. Biaxially oriented nylon and packaging machinery were most impacted by the lackluster performance of the economy, recording volume declines in percentage terms in the mid single-digit and low double-digit range respectively from the prior year. The combination of selling prices and product mix was neutral to revenues year-to-date while a weaker Canadian dollar compared to the prior year had only a minor effect on revenue, resulting in a reduction of 0.4 percent. Gross profit margins Gross profit margins widened to 28.8 percent of revenue in the third quarter of 2012 from the 27.6 percent of revenue recorded in the same quarter of 2011, an increase of 1.2 percentage points. An improvement in manufacturing performance as a result of greater efficiencies resulted in a contribution of 0.5 cents in earnings per share.For the first three quarters of 2012, gross profit margins surpassed the comparable prior year period at 29.0 percent versus 28.6 percent in 2011. This added 1 cent in additional earnings per share as higher average material costs for product sold in the first nine months of 2012 were more than offset by enhanced production efficiencies and lower waste levels.For reference, the following presents the weighted indexed purchased cost of Winpak's eight primary raw materials in the reported quarter and each of the preceding eight quarters, where base year 2001 = 100. The index was rebalanced as of December 26, 2011 to reflect the mix of the eight primary raw materials purchased in 2011.Quarter and Year3/122/121/124/113/112/111/114/103/10Purchase Price Index167.3174.5174.7172.3182.9184.5168.0154.7150.7The purchase price index fell by 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2012 in relation to the second quarter. Certain raw materials experienced declines while others remained steady. Likewise, the index retreated by 8.5 percent from a year prior with several materials rising in price while others decreased. Overall, the outlook for the fourth quarter is a relatively stable raw material pricing environment. Expenses and Other Operating expenses were in line with the levels recorded in the third quarter of 2011 while foreign exchange had a favorable impact on earnings per share of 2 cents. The strengthening Canadian dollar in the third quarter of 2012 resulted in foreign exchange gains on the translation of Canadian net monetary assets, accounting for the majority of the favorable foreign exchange impact. A lower overall income tax rate in the third quarter of 2012, in relation to the comparable period in 2011, resulted in an additional 1.5 cents in earnings per share. A 1.5 percentage point decrease in the 2012 federal corporate income tax rate in Canada, an upward adjustment to the year-to-date income tax rate in the third quarter of 2011, and a larger proportion of net income being earned in lower tax jurisdictions in 2012 all contributed to this favorable result.On a year-to-date basis, operating expenses progressed at a higher rate than the expansion in sales volumes over the prior year period, due to elevated freight costs, new hires in sales representation, and share-based incentive costs which rose in conjunction with the Company's stock price. This resulted in a reduction of approximately 1 cent in earnings per share. More than offsetting this decrease were the favorable foreign exchange gains, mainly on the translation of Canadian net monetary assets, which added 2 cents in earnings per share as well as a lower amount attributable to the non-controlling interests which augmented earnings per share by a further 0.5 cents. An additional 1.5 cents in earnings per share was a consequence of lower income tax rates in 2012. Capital Resources, Cash Flow and Liquidity The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance at the end of the third quarter of $120.3 million diminished by $2.4 million from the end of the previous quarter. Winpak continued to generate consistent cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital amounting to $32.4 million in the three-month period, an improvement of $2.3 million from the third quarter of 2011. Cash was utilized to supplement working capital by $5.3 million, property, plant and equipment additions of $20.8 million, income tax payments of $5.3 million, dividends of $1.9 million, and other items of $1.5 million.For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the cash and cash equivalents balance decreased by $6.6 million. Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital advanced to $93.5 million, surpassing the prior year corresponding period by $4.8 million. Additions to working capital utilized $17.3 million in cash, with inventory levels rising by $9.5 million since the start of the year, but down from the $14.7 million escalation seen in the first half of 2012. Cash was also used for property, plant and equipment additions of $51.0 million, income tax payments of $20.6 million, dividends of $5.8 million, employee defined benefit plan payments of $3.6 million and other items totalling $1.8 million. The Company remains debt-free and has unutilized operating lines of $38 million, with the ability to increase borrowing capacity further should the need arise. Summary of Quarterly Results Thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts (US cents)Q3Q2Q1Q4Q3Q2Q1Q420122012201220112011201120112010Revenue165,399159,648171,805171,516170,670161,340148,537154,930Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company 17,078 16,002 16,961 18,486 14,408 16,195 14,694 12,794EPS2625262822252320 Looking Forward The Company is cautiously optimistic heading into the fourth quarter. Sales volumes rebounded in the last month of the third quarter and appear to be trending in the right direction. From a raw material pricing standpoint, volatility appears to be at its lowest level in quite a while with a stable outlook. The Company's capital expenditure program is forging ahead. Over $50 million has been invested year-to-date and approximately $25 to $30 million more is planned for the final quarter of the year. This significant commitment in technology will provide the foundation for continued growth and keep the Company at the forefront of innovation and new product development. Much of the capital being spent in 2012 will be commercialized in the first half of 2013 with the associated revenue to begin flowing shortly thereafter. However, one should note that as this new capacity becomes available, costs may temporarily increase as development expenses peak and new capacity is not yet fully utilized. Margins, however, are not expected to deviate from current levels by more than a few percentage points during that period. In the months ahead, the Company will also continue to seek out acquisition opportunities in its core competencies of food and health care packaging while remaining strongly committed to the capital investment plan.Winpak Ltd.Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial StatementsThird Quarter Ended: September 30, 2012These interim condensed consolidated financial statements have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's independent external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. For a complete set of notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements, refer to or the Company's website, Ltd.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)September 30 2012December 25 2011AssetsCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents120,263126,879Trade and other receivables87,29583,935Income taxes receivable1,26533Inventories87,52578,018Prepaid expenses3,3932,769Derivative financial instruments463242300,204291,876Non-current assets:Property, plant and equipment288,158256,938Intangible assets14,60915,076Deferred tax assets3,3653,729306,132275,743Total assets606,336567,619Equity and LiabilitiesCurrent liabilities:Trade payables and other liabilities55,57559,294Provisions528592Income taxes payable3,8534,988Derivative financial instruments2583659,98165,710Non-current liabilities:Employee benefit plan liabilities11,29112,504Deferred income9,13310,243Provisions7,6048,423Deferred tax liabilities19,76017,11647,78848,286Total liabilities107,769113,996Equity:Share capital29,19529,195Reserves361(426)Retained earnings453,196409,008Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company482,752437,777Non-controlling interests15,81515,846Total equity498,567453,623Total equity and liabilities606,336567,619Winpak Ltd.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts) (unaudited)Quarter EndedYear-To-Date EndedSeptember 30September 25September 30September 252012201120122011Revenue165,399170,670496,852480,547Cost of sales(117,837)(123,503)(352,930)(343,016)Gross profit47,56247,167143,922137,531Sales, marketing and distribution expenses(13,798)(13,574)(42,141)(39,731)General and administrative expenses(6,477)(6,130)(21,002)(19,631)Research and technical expenses(3,332)(3,346)(10,198)(9,600)Pre-production expenses(30)(38)(537)(240)Other income (expenses)1,013(1,632)1,963(924)Income from operations24,93822,44772,00767,405Finance income1,2441,0543,5133,111Finance expense(928)(954)(2,787)(2,854)Income before income taxes25,25422,54772,73367,662Income tax expense(7,935)(7,912)(22,160)(21,434)Net income for the period17,31914,63550,57346,228Attributable to:Equity holders of the Company17,07814,40850,04145,297Non-controlling interests24122753293117,31914,63550,57346,228Basic and fully diluted earnings per share - cents26227770Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)Quarter EndedYear-To-Date EndedSeptember 30 2012September 25 2011September 30 2012September 25 2011Net income for the period17,31914,63550,57346,228Cash flow hedge gains (losses) recognized589(424)611(42)Cash flow hedge gains transferred to the statement of income(138)(456)(146)(1,158)Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and equipment625-567-Income tax relating to applicable components of other comprehensive income(91)249(245)350Other comprehensive income (loss) for the period - net of income tax985(631)787(850)Comprehensive income for the period18,30414,00451,36045,378Attributable to:Equity holders of the Company18,06313,77750,82844,447Non-controlling interests24122753293118,30414,00451,36045,378Winpak 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 TotalNon-controlling interests Total equityBalance at December 27, 201029,195441361,128390,76416,533407,297Comprehensive (loss) income for the periodCash flow hedge losses, net of tax-(19)-(19)-(19)Cash flow hedge gains transferred to the statement of income, net of tax - (831) - (831) - (831)Other comprehensive loss-(850)-(850)-(850)Net income for the period--45,29745,29793146,228Comprehensive (loss) income for the period-(850)45,29744,44793145,378Preferred share redemption----(980)(980)Dividends--(5,856)(5,856)(833)(6,689)Balance at September 25, 201129,195(409)400,569429,35515,651445,006Attributable to equity holders of the CompanyShare capitalReservesRetained earningsTotalNon-controlling interestsTotal equityBalance at December 26, 201129,195(426)409,008437,77715,846453,623Comprehensive income for the periodCash flow hedge gains, net of tax-334-334-334Cash flow hedge gains transferred to the statement of income, net of tax-(114)-(114)-(114)Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and equipment-567 - 567-567Other comprehensive income-787-787-787Net income for the period--50,04150,04153250,573Comprehensive income for the period-78750,04150,82853251,360Dividends--(5,853)(5,853)(563)(6,416)Balance at September 30, 201229,195361453,196482,75215,815498,567Winpak Ltd.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)Quarter EndedYear-To-Date EndedSeptember 30September 25September 30September 252012201120122011Cash provided by (used in):Operating activities:Net income for the period17,31914,63550,57346,228Items not involving cash:Depreciation6,5596,54319,46419,422Amortization - deferred income(303)(309)(911)(920)Amortization - intangible assets3215111,1531,535Employee defined benefit plan expenses8007182,7962,433Net finance income(316)(100)(726)(257)Income tax expense7,9357,91222,16021,434Other41135(964)(1,080)Cash flow from operating activities before the following32,35630,04593,54588,795Change in working capital:Trade and other receivables(9,792)(3,866)(3,360)(6,847)Inventories5,2394,185(9,507)(12,002)Prepaid expenses504(160)(624)(1,524)Trade payables and other liabilities(1,246)(2,435)(3,802)2,855Provisions(107)850(999)850Employee defined benefit plan payments(1,388)(483)(3,633)(2,995)Income tax paid(5,292)(4,422)(20,580)(16,455)Interest received11886367205Interest paid(28)(8)(30)(17)Net cash from operating activities20,36423,79251,37752,865Investing activities:Acquisition of property, plant and equipment - net(20,813)(11,920)(50,963)(27,817)Acquisition of intangible assets(2)(55)(687)(286)(20,815)(11,975)(51,650)(28,103)Financing activities:Dividends paid(1,915)(1,976)(5,780)(5,895)Change in non-controlling interests in subsidiary--(563)(1,813)(1,915)(1,976)(6,343)(7,708)Change in cash and cash equivalents(2,366)9,841(6,616)17,054Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period122,62997,701126,87990,488Cash and cash equivalents, end of period120,263107,542120,263107,542FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Winpak Ltd.K.P. KuchmaVice President and CFO(204) 831-2254Winpak Ltd.B.J. BerryPresident and CEO(204)