Graphic Packaging Holding Company Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results
Graphic Packaging Holding Company, (the “Company”), a leading provider of sustainable, fiber-based consumer packaging solutions to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies, today reported Net Income for third quarter 2022 of $193 million, or $0.62 per share, based upon 310 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to third quarter 2021 Net Income of $73 million, or $0.24 per share, based upon 309 million weighted average diluted shares.
Q3 2022 Highlights
- Net Sales were $2,451 million versus $1,782 million in the prior year quarter.
- Net Organic Sales increased 5% in the quarter and 4% year-to-date driven by global demand for sustainable, innovative fiber-based consumer packaging solutions.
- Net Income was $193 million versus $73 million in the prior year quarter.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $441 million versus $284 million in the prior year quarter; positively impacted by $172 million in favorable price-cost relationship and $61 million in volume/mix.
- Earnings per Diluted Share were $0.62 versus $0.24 in the prior year quarter.
- Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share (excluding amortization related to purchased intangibles) were $0.67 versus $0.38 in the prior year quarter.
- Global liquidity was $1.4 billion at quarter end.
- Repurchased $15 million of common stock during the quarter; returned $38 million in total to stockholders in share repurchases and dividends.
- Board of Directors voted to increase the quarterly dividend 33% to $0.10 per share of common stock effective with the first dividend distribution in 2023.
- In October, published 2021 environmental, social and governance (ESG) report reaffirming organization-wide focus on continuous improvement and highlighting the milestones achieved during the year advancing the Company’s Vision 2025 ESG goals.
The third quarters of 2022 and 2021 were impacted by a net negative $14 million and $44 million of special charges, respectively, including adjustments for amortization related to purchased intangible assets, and the third quarter of 2022 was impacted by a tax benefit of $9 million related to unrealized foreign exchange expense on intercompany loans. The charges are detailed in the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table attached. When adjusting for charges, Adjusted Net Income for the third quarter of 2022 was $207 million, or $0.67 per diluted share. This compares to third quarter 2021 Adjusted Net Income of $117 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.
Michael Doss, the Company’s President and CEO said, “Strong organic sales growth of 5% accelerated during the third quarter fueled by our innovation pipeline and demand for more sustainable, fiber-based packaging solutions. We are excited to be partnering with new and existing customers globally as they package more consumer goods in recyclable, fiber-based solutions. We are uniquely positioned to service increased demand for recycled content in paperboard packaging as our state-of-the-art coated recycled board machine in Kalamazoo, Michigan continues to ramp-up production. During the quarter, Foodservice sales improved 29% year over year, while Food, Beverage and Consumer sales grew 20% before acquisitions. Backlogs across all substrates remain strong at 8 plus weeks, reflecting a healthy demand environment.”
Doss continued, “Strategic investments and operational execution by our teams have allowed us to continue to meet greater demand for fiber-based consumer packaging. Our low-cost production platform positions us to capture profitable growth and earn solid returns for stakeholders. We announced an increase to our dividend payout during the quarter and today are raising Adjusted EBITDA at the midpoint of our guidance to $1.6 billion. We remain focused on leading with innovation and service through an optimized global footprint while delivering on our multi-year growth and return goals to benefit all stakeholders.”
Net Sales increased 38% to $2,451 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to $1,782 million in the prior year period. The $669 million increase was driven by $334 million of pricing and $380 million of improved volume/mix, partially offset by $45 million of unfavorable foreign exchange.
EBITDA for the third quarter of 2022 was $432 million, compared to $246 million in the prior year period. After adjusting both periods for special charges, Adjusted EBITDA was $441 million in the third quarter of 2022 versus $284 million in the third quarter of 2021. When comparing against the prior year quarter, Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2022 was positively impacted by $334 million in favorable pricing and $61 million of volume/mix. Adjusted EBITDA was unfavorably impacted by $162 million of commodity input cost inflation, $28 million of labor, benefits and other inflation, $27 million of net performance and $21 million of foreign exchange.
Total Debt (Long-Term, Short-Term and Current Portion) decreased $304 million during the third quarter of 2022 to $5,527 million compared to the second quarter of 2022. Total Net Debt (Total Debt, net of Cash and Cash Equivalents) decreased $278 million during the third quarter of 2022 to $5,445 million compared to the second quarter of 2022. The Company returned $23 million in capital to stockholders in the third quarter of 2022 in dividends and $15 million in share repurchases. The Company’s third quarter 2022 Net Leverage Ratio was 3.70 times Adjusted EBITDA compared to 4.36 times at the end of second quarter 2022.
At September 30, 2022, the Company had available liquidity of $1,418 million, including the undrawn availability under its global revolving credit facilities.
Net Interest Expense was $53 million in the third quarter of 2022 as compared to $29 million reported in the third quarter of 2021. Capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2022 were $84 million, down compared to $242 million in the third quarter of 2021. Third quarter 2022 Income Tax Expense was $49 million, up compared to $20 million in the third quarter of 2021.
Please note that a tabular reconciliation of Net Organic Sales, Net Organic Sales Growth, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, Adjusted Cash Flow and Total Net Debt is attached to this release.
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About Graphic Packaging Holding Company
Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. The Company is a leading provider of sustainable fiber-based packaging solutions to the world’s most widely-recognized food, beverage, foodservice and other consumer products companies and brands. The Company operates on a global basis, is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and fiber-based foodservice products in the United States and Europe, and holds leading market positions in coated recycled paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and solid bleached sulfate paperboard. Additional information about Graphic Packaging, its business and its products is available at www.graphicpkg.com.
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