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Crown Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

YARDLEY, Pa., Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Holdings, Inc. (CCK) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter Results

  • Earnings per share $1.36 versus $1.23 in 2018
  • Adjusted earnings per share $1.56 versus $1.71 in 2018
  • Beverage can capacity projects on schedule

Net sales in the third quarter were $3,084 million compared to $3,174 million in the third quarter of 2018 reflecting $64 million of unfavorable currency translation.

Income from operations was $352 million in the quarter compared to $365 million in the third quarter of 2018. Segment income was $395 million in the third quarter compared to $415 million in the prior year third quarter.

Commenting on the quarter, Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our overall performance during the third quarter was in line with expectations. Strong operating results in the Americas Beverage segment offset a disappointing performance in the European Food business due to unfavorable weather conditions and a weaker than expected harvest. Beverage can volumes were particularly robust in Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia, as consumers in both emerging and developed markets continue to increasingly prefer cans over other packaging options. Recently installed beverage can capacity additions, including a third line at the Company's existing plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a new one line high-speed plant in Parma, Italy and a new two line high-speed plant in Valencia, Spain, have helped us meet the continuing expansion in demand. In November 2019, we plan to commence operations at a new beverage can facility in Rio Verde in central Brazil.

"To meet the surge in volume requirements in our North American beverage can business, we have begun the construction of a third high-speed line at our Nichols, New York facility which will begin production during the second quarter of 2020. Also to support demand growth and targeted for a first quarter 2020 start-up, we are installing a new aluminum beverage can line at our Weston, Ontario plant. Both the Nichols and Weston lines will be capable of producing multiple sizes. In addition, we have begun construction of a new one line beverage can plant in Nong Khae, Thailand which will commence operations during the third quarter of 2020 and supply the increasing requirements of customers in the region."

Interest expense was $95 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $105 million in 2018 primarily due to lower debt levels in the current year.

Net income attributable to Crown Holdings in the third quarter was $183 million compared to $164 million in the third quarter of 2018. Reported diluted earnings per share were $1.36 in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $1.23 in 2018. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.56 compared to $1.71 in 2018.

A reconciliation from net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share is provided below.

Nine Month Results
Net sales for the first nine months of 2019 increased to $8,874 million compared to $8,417 million in the first nine months of 2018 primarily due to the impact of the Signode acquisition, partially offset by $244 million of unfavorable currency translation.

Income from operations was $997 million in the first nine months of 2019 compared to $878 million in 2018. Segment income in the first nine months of 2019 increased to $1,096 million over the $1,049 million in the prior year period reflecting the impact of the Signode acquisition offset by $26 million of unfavorable currency translation.

Interest expense was $290 million for the first nine months of 2019 compared to $282 million in 2018 primarily due to higher average outstanding debt from borrowings incurred to finance the Signode acquisition.

Net income attributable to Crown Holdings in the first nine months of 2019 was $423 million compared to $386 million in the first nine months of 2018. Reported diluted earnings per share were $3.14 compared to $2.88 in 2018. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $4.07 compared to $4.20 in 2018.

Outlook
The Company currently expects fourth quarter and full year 2019 adjusted diluted earnings to be in the ranges of $0.93 to $0.98 and $5.00 to $5.05 per share, respectively, compared to the previous full year estimate of $5.05 to $5.20 per share, primarily due to a poor harvest in Europe and the impact of slowing economic activity on the Transit Packaging business.

The adjusted effective income tax rate for the full year of 2019 is expected to be between 25% and 26%.

Adjusted free cash flow, as defined below, is currently expected to be approximately $725 million for 2019 with capital spending of approximately $450 million.

Non-GAAP Measures
Segment income, adjusted free cash flow, 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 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. 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. Reconciliations of estimated adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019 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, acquisition related costs including fair value adjustments to inventory, 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 free cash flow and 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, 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.

Conference Call
The Company will hold a conference call tomorrow, October 17, 2019 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 October 24. The telephone numbers for the replay are (203) 369-3918 or toll free (888) 568-0403.

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 continuation of performance and market trends in 2019, including consumer preference for beverage cans and increasing global beverage can demand and demand in Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia; the Company's ability to successfully complete and begin production at capacity expansion projects within expected timelines and budgets in Brazil, the U.S., Canada and Thailand and the Company's ability to generate expected earnings and cash flow in 2019 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, 2018 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:
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

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flows, Segment Information and Supplemental Data follow.

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in millions, except share and per share data)



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Net sales

$3,084


$3,174


$8,874


$8,417

Cost of products sold

2,455


2,530


7,082


6,804

Depreciation and amortization

121


127


366


305

Selling and administrative expense

156


153


470


402

Restructuring and other



(1)


(41)


28

Income from operations (1)

352


365


997


878

Pension settlements and curtailments

6




23



Other pension and postretirement

(5)


(13)


(11)


(47)

Foreign exchange

4


(14)


6


14

Earnings before interest and taxes

347


392


979


911

Interest expense

95


105


290


282

Interest income

(5)


(6)


(12)


(17)

Loss from early extinguishment of debt





6



Income before income taxes

257


293


695


646

Provision for income taxes

54


102


190


196

Equity earnings

1


2


4


3

Net income

204


193


509


453

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(21)


(29)


(86)


(67)

Net income attributable to Crown Holdings

$183


$164


$423


$386









Earnings per share attributable to Crown Holdings

common shareholders:








Basic

$1.37


$1.23


$3.16


$2.89

Diluted

$1.36


$1.23


$3.14


$2.88













Weighted average common shares outstanding:




Basic

133,906,820


133,729,731


133,854,275


133,608,065

Diluted

134,981,636


133,849,368


134,768,003


133,816,005

Actual common shares outstanding

135,526,922


135,190,167


135,526,922


135,190,167




(1) A reconciliation from income from operations to segment income follows.

 

 

Consolidated Supplemental Financial Data (Unaudited)

(in millions)



Reconciliation from Income from Operations to Segment Income

The Company views segment income, as defined below, as a principal measure of performance of its operations and for the allocation of resources. Segment income is defined by the Company as income from operations adjusted to exclude intangibles amortization charges, provisions for asbestos and restructuring and other, and the impact of fair value adjustments to inventory acquired in an acquisition.




Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Income from operations

$

352


$

365


$

997


$

878

Intangibles amortization


43



51



140



103

Fair value adjustment to inventory (1)











40

Provision for restructuring and other





(1)



(41)



28

Segment income

$

395


$

415


$

1,096


$

1,049


(1) Included in cost of products sold




Segment Information


Net Sales

Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Americas Beverage

$

835


$

872


$

2,513


$

2,478

European Beverage


416



418



1,165



1,194

European Food


581



623



1,487



1,565

Asia Pacific


319



321



959



990

Transit Packaging


564



585



1,725



1,205

Total reportable segments


2,715



2,819



7,849



7,432

Non-reportable segments (2)


369



355



1,025



985

Total net sales

$

3,084


$

3,174


$

8,874


$

8,417














Segment Income 
























Americas Beverage

$

134


$

125


$

386


$

336

European Beverage


64



66



163



180

European Food


79



90



189



231

Asia Pacific


47



46



143



137

Transit Packaging


74



81



227



175

Total reportable segments


398



408



1,108



1,059

Non-reportable segments (2)


34



40



103



102

Corporate and other unallocated items


(37)



(33)



(115)



(112)

Total segment income

$

395


$

415


$

1,096


$

1,049


(2) Includes the Company's food can and closures businesses in North America, aerosol can businesses in North America and Europe, promotional packaging business in Europe, and tooling and equipment operations in the U.S. and United Kingdom.

 

 

Consolidated Supplemental Data (Unaudited)

(in millions, except per share data)



Reconciliation from Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share


The following table reconciles reported net income and diluted earnings per share attributable to the Company to adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, as used elsewhere in this release.




Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,



2019


2018


2019


2018

Net income/diluted earnings per share

attributable to Crown Holdings, as reported


$183




$1.36




$164




$1.23




$423




$3.14




$386




$2.88



Intangibles amortization (1)


43


0.32


51


0.38


140


1.04


103


0.77

Fair value adjustment to inventory (2)














40


0.30

Restructuring and other (3)






(1)


(0.01)


(41)


(0.30)


28


0.21

Pension settlements and curtailments (4)


6


0.04






23


0.17





Acquisition costs (5)














24


0.18

Loss from early extinguishment of debt (6)










6


0.04





Income taxes (7)


(22)


(0.16)


15


0.11


(20)


(0.15)


(18)


(0.13)

Noncontrolling interests (8)










17


0.13


(1)


(0.01)

Adjusted net income/diluted earnings per
share


$210


$1.56


$229


$1.71


$548


$4.07


$562


$4.20


















Effective tax rate as reported


21.0%




34.8%




27.3%




30.3%



Adjusted effective tax rate (9)


24.8%




25.4%




25.5%




25.4%





Adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per 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, diluted earnings per 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)

In the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, the Company recorded charges of $42 million ($31 million net of tax) and $136 million ($101 million net of tax) for intangibles arising from acquisitions. Also in the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, the Company recorded charges of $1 million ($0 million net of tax) and $4 million ($3 million net of tax) for accelerated depreciation related to the planned shutdown of a steel beverage can operation in Spain. In the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, the Company recorded charges of $51 million ($38 million net of tax) and $103 million ($76 million net of tax) for intangibles amortization.


(2)

In the second quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a charge of $40 million ($29 million net of tax) in cost of products sold for fair value adjustment related to the sale of inventory acquired in its acquisition of Signode.


(3)

In the first nine months of 2019, the Company recorded net restructuring and other gains of $41 million ($26 million net of tax). The nine months amount included gains of $50 million arising from favorable court rulings in lawsuits brought by the Company's Brazilian subsidiaries claiming they were overcharged by local tax authorities for indirect taxes paid in prior years, offset by other net charges of $9 million primarily related to restructuring actions. In the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, the Company recorded net restructuring and other gains of $1 million ($1 million net of tax) and charges of $28 million ($27 million net of tax) including $22 million of transaction costs for the nine months in connection with its acquisition of Signode.


(4)

In the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, the Company recorded charges of $6 million ($5 million net of tax) and $37 million ($31 million net of tax) arising from pension plan settlements. In the first quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a curtailment gain of $14 million ($12 million net of tax) in connection with the closure of a defined benefit pension plan to future accrual for active members.


(5)

In the first quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a charge of $15 million ($10 million net of tax) for net losses arising from its hedge of the U.S. dollar purchase price of its acquisition of Signode. Also in the first quarter, the Company incurred net charges of $9 million ($7 million net of tax) for pre-acquisition interest carrying costs on borrowings to finance the acquisition.


(6)

In the first quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a charge of $6 million ($5 million net of tax) for the write off of deferred financing fees in connection with the repayment of a portion of its term loan.


(7)

In the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, the Company recorded income tax benefits of $13 million and $26 million related to the items described above. Also in the third quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a tax benefit of $9 million arising from tax law changes in India. In the second quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a charge of $15 million to settle a tax contingency arising from a transaction that occurred prior to its acquisition of Signode. In the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, the Company recorded income tax benefits of $13 million and $46 million related to the items described above. Also in the third quarter of 2018, the Company recorded charges of $28 million related to taxes on the distribution of foreign earnings, including an adjustment for the impact of the "Tax Cut and Jobs Act."


(8)

In the first nine months of 2019, the Company recorded noncontrolling interest expense of $17 million related to the items described above. In the first nine months of 2018, the Company recorded a noncontrolling interest benefit of $1 million related to the items described above.


(9)

Income tax effects on adjusted net income were calculated using the applicable tax rates of the underlying jurisdictions.

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Condensed & Unaudited)

(in millions)


September 30,

2019 (1)


2018

Assets






Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

$

339


$

298

Receivables, net


1,795



1,968

Inventories


1,740



1,639

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


208



193

Total current assets


4,082



4,098







Goodwill and intangible assets, net


6,367



6,753

Property, plant and equipment, net


3,739



3,722

Other non-current assets


1,149



762

Total

$

15,337


$

15,335








Liabilities and equity






Current liabilities






Short-term debt

$

134


$

53

Current maturities of long-term debt


87



89

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


3,411



3,459

Total current liabilities


3,632



3,601







Long-term debt, excluding current maturities


8,042



8,928

Other non-current liabilities


1,642



1,496







Noncontrolling interests


402



369

Crown Holdings shareholders' equity


1,619



941

Total equity


2,021



1,310

Total

$

15,337


$

15,335




(1) On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted new lease accounting guidance resulting in increases in other
non-current assets and other non-current liabilities of $220. Prior period amounts have not been recast
and continue to be reported in accordance with accounting guidance in effect for those periods.

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Condensed & Unaudited)

(in millions)

Nine months ended September 30,


2019


2018


Cash flows from operating activities


Net income


$

509


$

453

Depreciation and amortization



366



305

Restructuring and other



(41)



28

Pension expense



52



8

Pension contributions



(14)



(14)

Stock-based compensation



23



17

Working capital changes and other



(694)



(1,029)








Net cash provided by/(used for) operating activities (1)



201



(232)








Cash flows from investing activities







Capital expenditures



(242)



(305)

Beneficial interest in transferred receivables






490

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired



(11)



(3,912)

Proceeds from sale of assets



17



27

Other



20



(19)








Net cash used for investing activities



(216)



(3,719)








Cash flows from financing activities







Net change in debt



(192)



3,999

Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests



(36)



(18)

Common stock repurchased



(2)



(4)

Debt issue costs






(70)

Other, net



(15)



(5)








Net cash provided by/(used for) financing activities



(245)



3,902








Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



(1)



(32)








Net change in cash and cash equivalents



(261)



(81)

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1



659



435








Cash and cash equivalents at September 30 (2)


$

398


$

354









(1) Adjusted free cash flow is defined by the Company as net cash used for operating activities plus beneficial interest in transferred receivables less capital expenditures and certain other items. A reconciliation from net cash used for operating activities to adjusted free cash flow for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 follows.


(2) Cash and cash equivalents includes $59 and $56 of restricted cash at September 30, 2019 and 2018.




Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Net cash from operating activities

$428


$260


$201


$(232)

Beneficial interest in transferred receivables (3)



155




490

Acquisition costs







22

Adjusted cash from operating activities

428


415


201


280

Interest included in investing activities (4)

15




21



Capital expenditures

(88)


(105)


(242)


(305)

Adjusted free cash flow

$355


$310


$(20)


$(25)












(3) Subsequent to amendments to the Company's receivables securitization program during the third quarter of 2018, certain activity that was previously reported as investing activity is now reported as operating activity.


(4) Interest benefit of cross currency swaps included in investing activities.

 

 

Consolidated Supplemental Data (Unaudited)

(in millions, except per share data)



Impact of Foreign Currency Translation by Segment (1) – Favorable/(Unfavorable)



Three Months



Nine Months


Ended September 30, 2019



Ended September 30, 2019













Net Sales



Segment
Income



Net Sales



Segment
Income












Americas Beverage

$(7)



$(1)



$(25)



$(3)

European Beverage

(15)



(1)



(53)



(5)

European Food

(30)



(5)



(93)



(12)

Asia Pacific

2






(5)



(1)

Transit Packaging

(9)






(52)



(6)

Corporate and Non-Reportable

(5)






(16)



1


$(64)



$(7)



$(244)



$(26)


(1) The impact of foreign currency translation represents the difference between actual current year U.S. dollar
results and pro forma amounts assuming constant foreign currency exchange rates for translation in both
periods. In order to compute the difference, the Company compares actual U.S. dollar results to an amount
calculated by multiplying or dividing, as appropriate, the current U.S. dollar results by current year average
foreign exchange rates and then multiplying or dividing, as appropriate, those amounts by the applicable
prior year average foreign exchange rates.

 

 

Comparative Results for Transit Packaging



Revenue


Segment Income


Depreciation (2)


2019


2018


2017


2019


2018


2017


2019


2018


2017

Q1

$569


$588


$526


$73


$79


$76


$15


$13


$12

Q2

592


620


575


80


94


80


14


14


13

Q3

564


585


565


74


81


82


13


15


12

Q4



595


566




80


82




14


13




$2,388


$2,232




$334


$320




$56


$50





(2) Amount of depreciation expense included in segment income.



 

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA



September

YTD 2019


September
YTD 2018


Full Year
2018


Twelve Months
Ended September
30, 2019

Income from operations

$997


$878


$1,096


$1,215

Add:







185

Intangibles amortization

140


103


148



Fair value adjustment to inventory



40


40



Provision for restructuring and other

(41)


28


44


(25)

Segment income

1,096


1,049


1,328


1,375

Other pension and postretirement

11


47


67


31

Depreciation

226


202


277


301

Adjusted EBITDA

$1,333


$1,298


$1,672


$1,707





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