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Sonoco Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results

Sonoco Products Company
Sonoco Products Company

Company Achieves Record Annual Revenue, Operating Profit and Earnings per Share

HARTSVILLE, S.C., Feb. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonoco Products Company ("Sonoco" or the "Company") (NYSE: SON), one of the largest sustainable global packaging companies, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year, which ended December 31, 2022.

Fourth Quarter and 2022 Highlights

  • Delivered progress on strategic priorities including portfolio simplification and structural transformation

  • Achieved record fourth quarter and annual financial results. In the fourth quarter, revenue grew 16%. GAAP EPS grew by 48% and Base EPS grew by 28% year-over-year

  • Successfully integrated the Metal Packaging acquisition to expand rigid packaging in North America

  • Completed Skjern Paper acquisition in Denmark in the fourth quarter to expand sustainable paper packaging products in Europe

  • Reaffirmed commitments to ESG initiatives as noted in our annual corporate responsibility report

Fourth Quarter 2022 Consolidated Financial Results
(Dollars in millions except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

 

GAAP Results

December 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

 

Change

 

December 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

 

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

1,676

 

$

1,439

 

 

16

%

 

$

7,251

 

$

5,590

 

 

30

%

 

Operating profit

$

127

 

$

105

 

 

21

%

 

$

675

 

$

487

 

 

39

%

 

Net income/(loss) attributable to Sonoco

$

97

 

$

65

 

 

49

%

 

$

466

 

$

(85

)

 

N/M

 

 

EPS (diluted)

$

0.98

 

$

0.66

 

 

48

%

 

$

4.72

 

$

(0.86

)

 

N/M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Results (1)

December 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

 

Change

 

December 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

 

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Base operating profit

$

184

 

$

137

 

 

34

%

 

$

920

 

$

565

 

 

63

%

 

Base net income attributable to Sonoco ("base earnings")

$

125

 

$

98

 

 

28

%

 

$

639

 

$

393

 

 

63

%

 

Base EPS (diluted)

$

1.27

 

$

0.99

 

 

28

%

 

$

6.48

 

$

3.93

 

 

65

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) See the Company's definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, explanations as to why they are used, and reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures later in this release. Prior period results have been revised to conform to the current year presentation.

  • Net sales increased 30% year over year to $7.3 billion driven by strategic pricing performance and strong results from the Sonoco Metal Packaging ("Metal Packaging") acquisition. These increases were partially offset by lower volumes in industrial paper products and the impact of foreign currency exchange.

  • GAAP operating profit and base operating profit increased year-over-year from strategic pricing performance and acquisitions.

  • The effective tax rates on GAAP and base earnings in the fourth quarter of 2022 were 1.9% and 21.3%, respectively, compared with 27.8% and 23.8%, respectively, in the prior year's fourth quarter. The decrease in the GAAP effective tax rate for the fourth quarter 2022 was primarily due to the release of valuation allowance on foreign tax credits due to an increase in projected foreign source income in future years. The lower base tax rate for the fourth quarter 2022 was driven primarily by a change in the mix of income and loss in various jurisdictions, as well as various discrete adjustments.

  • The effective tax rates on GAAP and base earnings for the full year 2022 were 20.7% and 23.9%, respectively, compared with 41.9% and 23.7%, respectively, in the prior year. The decrease in the GAAP effective tax rate for 2022 was due primarily to the prior year regular tax benefit recognized on the Company's reported pretax loss together with a prior year discrete tax benefit from the realization of additional foreign tax credits.

  • GAAP net income and base net income increased year-over-year from strong operating performance, partially offset by higher interest expense related to the financing of the Metal Packaging acquisition and absence of the pension charge in 2022.

  • Diluted GAAP EPS and Base EPS for the fourth quarter increased 48% and 28%, respectively, from the same period last year. GAAP EPS for the 2021 full year included the impact of after-tax pension settlement charges of approximately $410 million, mostly related to the Company's settlement of its U.S. Inactive Pension Plan.

"2022 was a year of record performance and meaningful change at Sonoco. We are executing our focused portfolio strategy and are investing in our businesses to drive growth and profitability," said Sonoco's President and CEO, Howard Coker. " Our talented teams executed well in dedication to our customers despite a challenging macro environment. We made further progress on our portfolio simplification strategy and invested in organic growth and accretive acquisitions in our larger, core businesses. This progress coupled with effective commercial excellence enabled a positive step change improvement in profitability for the company."

"We carry sustained momentum from our strategy and operating model into 2023 which we believe positions us well to navigate near term volatility. Our continued focus on portfolio optimization, improving price/cost through strategic pricing, and productivity positions us to expand profits and increase free cash flow, to increase long-term returns for our shareholders."

Fourth Quarter 2022 Segment Results
(Dollars in millions except per share data)

Sonoco reports its financial results in two reportable segments: Consumer Packaging ("Consumer") and Industrial Paper Packaging ("Industrial"), with all remaining businesses reported as All Other.

As previously disclosed, starting in 2022, the Company excludes amortization expense on acquisition intangibles in determining segment and All Other operating results. Prior period results have been revised to conform to the current-year presentation.

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

Consumer Packaging

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Change

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

879

 

 

$

589

 

49

%

 

$

3,768

 

 

$

2,368

 

59

%

 

Segment operating profit

$

85

 

 

$

62

 

37

%

 

$

526

 

 

$

275

 

91

%

 

Segment operating profit margin

 

10

%

 

 

11

%

 

 

 

14

%

 

 

12

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Q4-22: Consumer segment net sales increased 49% and segment operating profit increased 37% year-over-year primarily from the Metal Packaging acquisition and strategic pricing. As expected, sequential sales declined compared to the third quarter of 2022 driven by seasonality and softness in plastic food packaging, which was impacted by lower harvest volumes resulting from inclement weather such as flooding and freezes.

  • 2022: Consumer segment net sales increased 59% and segment operating profit increased 91% year over year primarily from the January 26, 2022 acquisition of Metal Packaging, and strong strategic pricing performance. Volume/mix growth in the segment was positive for the full year driven by food packaging.

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

Industrial Paper Packaging

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Change

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

597

 

 

$

655

 

(9

)%

 

$

2,685

 

 

$

2,464

 

9

%

 

Segment operating profit

$

79

 

 

$

59

 

34

%

 

$

328

 

 

$

227

 

45

%

 

Segment operating profit margin

 

13

%

 

 

9

%

 

 

 

12

%

 

 

9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Q4-22: Industrial segment net sales decreased 9% year over year from lower demand in all regions, especially in Europe and Asia. Industrial segment operating profit improved 34% from strategic pricing performance.

  • 2022: Industrial segment net sales increased 9% and segment operating profit increased 45% from strong strategic pricing performance, partially offset by the impact of foreign currency exchange and lower volume/mix globally in both paper and converted products. This lower volume includes a $54 million impact as compared to 2021 from the exit of the corrugated medium market and from the conversion of the #10 paper machine in our Hartsville, SC paper mill complex.

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

All Other

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Change

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

200

 

 

$

195

 

3

%

 

$

798

 

 

$

758

 

5

%

 

All Other operating profit

$

20

 

 

$

16

 

25

%

 

$

66

 

 

$

63

 

5

%

 

All Other operating profit margin

 

10

%

 

 

8

%

 

 

 

8

%

 

 

8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Q4-22: Net sales from All Other businesses increased 3% and operating profit improved by 25% from the prior year's fourth quarter due primarily to positive strategic pricing performance.

  • 2022: Net sales and operating profit from All Other businesses both increased 5% from the prior year primarily due to strong strategic pricing performance on flat volume/mix.

Segment and All Other operating results do not include restructuring and asset impairment charges, acquisition/divestiture-related charges, LIFO adjustments, or certain other items, if any, the exclusion of which the Company believes improves comparability and analysis. See the reconciliation of segment operating profit to GAAP operating profit later in this release. Prior period results have been revised to conform to the current year presentation.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

  • Cash and cash equivalents was $227 million at December 31, 2022, compared to $171 million at December 31, 2021.

  • Total debt (long-term, notes payable and current portion of long-term debt) increased $1,612 million from December 31, 2021, primarily as a result of financing transactions used to fund the Metal Packaging acquisition in January 2022.

  • At December 31, 2022, the Company had available liquidity of $977 million, consisting of $227 million of cash and $750 million of undrawn capacity under the revolving credit facility.

  • Cash flow from operating activities for the full year of 2022 was $509 million, compared to $299 million in 2021, an increase of $210 million.

  • Net capital expenditures for the full year of 2022 were $319 million, compared to $243 million in 2021.

  • Free cash flow for the full year of 2022 was $190 million. See the Company's definition of free cash flow, explanation as to why it is used, and reconciliation to net cash provided by operating activities later in this release.

  • The Company has continued to provide value to shareholders through cash dividends. Total dividends paid increased to $187 million in 2022 compared to $179 million in 2021.

Guidance(1)
First Quarter 2023

  • Base EPS(2) for Q1 2023: $1.15 to $1.25

  • Q1-23: First quarter guidance assumes improving sequential volumes in the Consumer segment and no sequential volume improvement in the Industrial segment.

Full Year 2023

  • Base EPS(2): $5.70 to $5.90

  • Cash flow from operating activities: $925 million to $975 million

  • Free cash flow(3): $550 million to $650 million

  • 2023: Annual guidance assumes full year improvements in Consumer segment volumes and limited recovery in volumes in the Industrial segment.

(1) Although the Company believes the assumptions reflected in the range of guidance are reasonable, given the uncertainty regarding the future performance of the overall economy, continued effects of the pandemic on global supply chains, and potential changes in raw material prices, other costs, and the Company's effective tax rate, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including those described below, actual results could vary substantially. Further information can be found in the Forward-looking Statements in this release.

(2) First quarter and full-year 2023 GAAP EPS guidance are not provided in this release due to the likely occurrence of one or more of the following, the timing and magnitude of which we are unable to reliably forecast without unreasonable efforts: restructuring costs and restructuring-related impairment charges, acquisition/divestiture-related costs, gains or losses on the sale of businesses or other assets, and the income tax effects of these items and/or other income tax-related events. These items could have a significant impact on the Company's future GAAP financial results. Accordingly, quantitative reconciliations of base EPS guidance have been omitted in reliance on the exception provided by Item 10 of Regulation S-K.

(3) See reconciliation of cash flow from operating activities to projected free cash flow later in this release.

Conference Call Webcast
Management will host a conference call and webcast to further discuss these results beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET Thursday, February 9, 2023. The live conference call and a corresponding presentation can be accessed via the Company's Investor Relations website at https://investor.sonoco.com. To listen via telephone, please register in advance at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI45d77e89866745ef94f4685857bc0b11. Upon registration, all telephone participants will receive the dial-in number along with a unique PIN number that can be used to access the call. A replay of the conference call and webcast will be archived on the Company's Investor Relations website for at least 30 days.

Contact Information:
Lisa Weeks
Vice President of Investor Relations & Communications
lisa.weeks@sonoco.com
843-383-7524

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE:SON) is a global provider of packaging products. With net sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2022, the Company has approximately 22,000 employees working in more than 300 operations around the world, serving some of the world's best-known brands. With our corporate purpose of Better Packaging. Better Life., Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, and a better world, for our customers, employees and communities. The Company ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies for 2022 as well as being included in Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the fourth consecutive year. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

Forward-looking Statements
Statements included herein that are not historical in nature, are intended to be, and are hereby identified as "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, the Company and its representatives may from time to time make other oral or written statements that are also "forward-looking statements." Words such as "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "committed," "consider," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "future," "goal," "guidance," "intend," "may," "might," "objective," "opportunity," "outlook," "plan," "potential," "project," "should," "strategy," "target," "will," "would," or the negative thereof, and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements in this communication include statements regarding, but not limited to: the Company's future operating and financial performance, including full-year 2023 and first quarter 2023 outlook; the Company's ability to navigate volatility, expand profits, increase free cash flow, and efficiently deploy capital; the Company's portfolio strategy and its ability to drive growth and profitability; the Company's ability to create long-term value and returns for shareholders and to return cash to shareholders; expected accretion and other benefits from acquisitions and the strategic advantages and synergies, technology and process opportunities related thereto; momentum from and the effects of the Company's strategy and operating model, including portfolio management, sustainability-led and productivity management activities and efforts to simplify the Company’s structure; efforts to improve price/cost through strategic pricing; the effects of the macroeconomic environment, inflation and COVID-19 coronavirus on the Company; and outcomes of certain tax issues and tax rates.

Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such information includes, without limitation, discussions as to guidance and other estimates, perceived opportunities, expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, goals and objectives concerning our future financial and operating performance. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.

Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, without limitation, those related to: the Company's ability to achieve the benefits it expects from acquisitions; the Company's ability to execute on its strategy, including with respect to acquisitions, cost management, restructuring and capital expenditures, and achieve the benefits it expects therefrom; the operation of new manufacturing capabilities; assumptions regarding and the Company's ability to achieve anticipated cost and energy savings; the availability and pricing of raw materials, energy and transportation, including the impact of potential changes in tariffs and escalating trade wars, and the Company's ability to pass raw material, energy and transportation price increases and surcharges through to customers or otherwise manage these pricing risks; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's results of operations, financial condition, value of assets, liquidity, prospects and growth, and on the industries in which it operates and that it serves; the costs of labor; the effects of inflation, fluctuations in consumer demand and other macroeconomic factors on the Company and the industries in which it operates and that it serves; the Company's ability to meet its goals relating to sustainability and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; the Company's ability to return cash to shareholders and create long-term value; and the other risks, uncertainties and assumptions discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors." The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed herein might not occur.

References to our Website Address
References to our website address and domain names throughout this release are for informational purposes only, or to fulfill specific disclosure requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission's rules or the New York Stock Exchange Listing Standards. These references are not intended to, and do not, incorporate the contents of our website by reference into this release.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)
(Dollars and shares in thousands except per share)

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Net sales

$

1,676,022

 

 

$

1,439,187

 

 

$

7,250,552

 

 

$

5,590,438

 

Cost of sales

 

1,362,085

 

 

 

1,175,563

 

 

 

5,810,903

 

 

 

4,528,528

 

Gross profit

 

313,937

 

 

 

263,624

 

 

 

1,439,649

 

 

 

1,061,910

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

173,466

 

 

 

153,563

 

 

 

707,343

 

 

 

558,180

 

Restructuring/Asset impairment charges

 

13,553

 

 

 

5,321

 

 

 

56,910

 

 

 

14,210

 

Gain/(Loss) on divestiture of business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,667

)

Operating profit

 

126,918

 

 

 

104,741

 

 

 

675,396

 

 

 

486,853

 

Non-operating pension cost

 

2,822

 

 

 

5,598

 

 

 

7,073

 

 

 

568,416

 

Net interest expense

 

29,250

 

 

 

12,491

 

 

 

97,041

 

 

 

59,235

 

Loss from the early extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20,184

 

Income/(Loss) before income taxes

 

94,846

 

 

 

86,652

 

 

 

571,282

 

 

 

(160,982

)

Provision for/(Benefit from) income taxes

 

1,797

 

 

 

24,112

 

 

 

118,509

 

 

 

(67,430

)

Income/(Loss) before equity in earnings of affiliates

 

93,049

 

 

 

62,540

 

 

 

452,773

 

 

 

(93,552

)

Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax

 

4,056

 

 

 

5,140

 

 

 

14,207

 

 

 

10,841

 

Net income/(loss)

 

97,105

 

 

 

67,680

 

 

 

466,980

 

 

 

(82,711

)

Net (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

99

 

 

 

(2,522

)

 

 

(543

)

 

 

(2,766

)

Net income/(loss) attributable to Sonoco

$

97,204

 

 

$

65,158

 

 

$

466,437

 

 

$

(85,477

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding – diluted

 

98,922

 

 

 

98,743

 

 

 

98,732

 

 

 

99,608

 

Diluted earnings/(loss) per common share

$

0.98

 

 

$

0.66

 

 

$

4.72

 

 

$

(0.86

)

Dividends per common share

$

0.49

 

 

$

0.45

 

 

$

1.92

 

 

$

1.80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL SEGMENT INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Net sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Packaging

$

879,326

 

 

$

588,822

 

 

$

3,767,956

 

 

$

2,368,347

 

Industrial Paper Packaging

 

596,582

 

 

 

655,152

 

 

 

2,684,563

 

 

 

2,464,312

 

All Other

 

200,114

 

 

 

195,213

 

 

 

798,033

 

 

 

757,779

 

Consolidated

$

1,676,022

 

 

$

1,439,187

 

 

$

7,250,552

 

 

$

5,590,438

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Packaging

$

85,139

 

 

$

61,929

 

 

$

526,028

 

 

$

274,926

 

Industrial Paper Packaging

 

79,139

 

 

 

59,230

 

 

 

327,859

 

 

 

226,798

 

All Other

 

19,551

 

 

 

15,801

 

 

 

65,978

 

 

 

63,060

 

Segment operating profit

 

183,829

 

 

 

136,960

 

 

 

919,865

 

 

 

564,784

 

Restructuring/Asset impairment charges

 

(13,553

)

 

 

(5,321

)

 

 

(56,910

)

 

 

(14,210

)

Amortization of acquisition intangibles

 

(20,065

)

 

 

(12,302

)

 

 

(80,427

)

 

 

(49,419

)

Other non-base (charges)/income, net

 

(23,293

)

 

 

(14,596

)

 

 

(107,132

)

 

 

(14,302

)

Operating profit

$

126,918

 

 

$

104,741

 

 

$

675,396

 

 

$

486,853

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

 

Year Ended

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

Net income/(loss)

$

466,980

 

 

$

(82,711

)

Asset impairment charges/(gains), losses on disposition of assets and net loss on divestiture of business

 

15,465

 

 

 

(1,400

)

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

308,824

 

 

 

245,184

 

Pension and postretirement plan (contributions), net of non-cash expense

 

(26,712

)

 

 

431,961

 

Changes in working capital

 

(304,646

)

 

 

(107,444

)

Changes in tax accounts

 

(4,371

)

 

 

(201,040

)

Other operating activity

 

53,509

 

 

 

14,122

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

509,049

 

 

$

298,672

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net

 

(319,148

)

 

 

(242,853

)

Proceeds from divestiture of business

 

 

 

 

91,569

 

Cost of acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

(1,427,020

)

 

 

(22,209

)

Net debt borrowings/(repayments)

 

1,518,844

 

 

 

(107,077

)

Excess cash costs of early extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

(20,111

)

Cash dividends paid

 

(187,093

)

 

 

(178,622

)

Payments made to repurchase shares

 

(4,547

)

 

 

(218,085

)

Other, including effects of exchange rates on cash

 

(33,625

)

 

 

4,846

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$

56,460

 

 

$

(393,870

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

170,978

 

 

 

564,848

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

227,438

 

 

$

170,978

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

December 31, 2022*

 

December 31, 2021

Assets

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

227,438

 

 

$

170,978

 

Trade accounts receivable, net of allowances

 

862,712

 

 

 

755,609

 

Other receivables

 

99,492

 

 

 

95,943

 

Inventories

 

1,102,185

 

 

 

562,113

 

Prepaid expenses

 

106,392

 

 

 

74,034

 

 

$

2,398,219

 

 

$

1,658,677

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

1,710,399

 

 

 

1,297,500

 

Right of use asset-operating leases

 

296,781

 

 

 

268,390

 

Goodwill

 

1,675,311

 

 

 

1,324,501

 

Other intangible assets, net

 

741,598

 

 

 

278,143

 

Other assets

 

267,598

 

 

 

246,024

 

 

$

7,089,906

 

 

$

5,073,235

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

Payable to suppliers and other payables

$

1,255,256

 

 

$

1,102,662

 

Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt

 

502,440

 

 

 

411,557

 

Income taxes payable

 

16,905

 

 

 

11,544

 

 

$

1,774,601

 

 

$

1,525,763

 

Long-term debt, net of current portion

 

2,719,783

 

 

 

1,199,106

 

Noncurrent operating lease liabilities

 

250,994

 

 

 

234,167

 

Pension and other postretirement benefits

 

120,084

 

 

 

158,265

 

Deferred income taxes and other

 

151,647

 

 

 

106,393

 

Total equity

 

2,072,797

 

 

 

1,849,541

 

 

$

7,089,906

 

 

$

5,073,235

 

 

*Includes preliminary purchase price accounting estimates related to the Metal Packaging acquisition that are subject to change

Definition and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company's results determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") are referred to as "as reported" or "GAAP" results. The Company uses certain financial performance measures, both internally and externally, that are not in conformity with GAAP ("non-GAAP financial measures," referred to as "Base") to assess and communicate the financial performance of the Company. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect adjustments to the Company's GAAP operating results to exclude amounts including the associated tax effects relating to:

  • restructuring initiatives(1);

  • asset impairment charges;

  • acquisition/divestiture-related costs;

  • gains or losses from the divestiture of businesses;

  • losses from the early extinguishment of debt;

  • non-operating pension costs (2);

  • amortization expense on acquisition intangibles;

  • changes in last-in, first-out ("LIFO") inventory reserves;

  • certain income tax events and adjustments; and

  • other items, if any.

(1) Restructuring and restructuring-related asset impairment charges are a recurring item as Sonoco's restructuring programs usually require several years to fully implement and the Company is continually seeking to take actions that could enhance its efficiency. Although recurring, these charges are subject to significant fluctuations from period to period due to the varying levels of restructuring activity and the inherent imprecision in the estimates used to recognize the impairment of assets and the wide variety of costs and taxes associated with severance and termination benefits in the countries in which the restructuring actions occur.

(2) Non-Operating pension expense is a recurring item. However, this expense is subject to significant fluctuations from period to period due to changes in actuarial assumptions, global financial markets (including stock market returns and interest rate changes), plan changes, settlements, curtailments, and other changes in facts and circumstances.

The adjusted non-GAAP results are identified using the term "base," for example, "base operating profit," "base net income," and "base EPS." The Company's management believes the exclusion of these items improves the period-to-period comparability and analysis of the underlying financial performance of the business. As previously disclosed, the Company modified its definition of base results to include adjustments for amortization-related expense on acquisition intangibles starting in 2022. Prior period results have been revised to conform to this presentation.

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure of "segment operating profit" which is synonymous with "base operating profit" to describe operating profit at a segment level. The Company believes this presentation improves comparability and analysis of segment and results.

The Company also uses the non-GAAP financial measure of "free cash flow," which it defines as cash flow from operations minus net capital expenditures. Net capital expenditures are defined as capital expenditures minus proceeds from/costs incurred in the disposition of capital assets. Free cash flow may not represent the amount of cash flow available for general discretionary use because it excludes non-discretionary expenditures, such as mandatory debt repayments and required settlements of recorded and/or contingent liabilities not reflected in cash flow from operations.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, nor an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Sonoco management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider these non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Material limitations associated with the use of such measures include that they do not reflect all costs included in operating expenses and may not be comparable with similarly named financial measures of other companies. Furthermore, these non-GAAP financial measures are based on subjective determinations of management regarding the nature and classification of events and circumstances.

Sonoco presents these non-GAAP financial measures to provide users with information to evaluate Sonoco's operating results in a manner similar to how management evaluates business performance. To compensate for any limitations in such non-GAAP financial measures, management believes that it is useful in understanding and analyzing the results of the business to review both GAAP information and the related non-GAAP financial measures.

Sonoco uses these non-GAAP financial measures for internal planning and forecasting purposes, to evaluate its ongoing operations, and to evaluate the performance of each business unit and the performance of its executive officers. In addition, these same non-GAAP financial measures are used in determining incentive compensation for the Company's management team and in providing earnings guidance to the investing community.

Whenever Sonoco uses a non-GAAP financial measure, except with respect to base earnings per share (EPS) guidance, it provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review and consider these reconciliations. See "Guidance" above for more information regarding the Company's guidance.

 

For the three months ended December 31, 2022

Dollars in thousands, except per share data

GAAP

Restructuring/Asset Impairments(1)

Amortization of Acquisition Intangibles(2)

Acquisition/Divestiture Related(3)

Other Adjustments(4)

Base

Operating profit

$

126,918

 

$

13,553

 

$

20,065

 

$

7,555

 

$

15,739

 

$

183,830

 

Non-operating pension costs

 

2,822

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,822

)

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

29,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29,250

 

Income before income taxes

 

94,846

 

 

13,553

 

 

20,065

 

 

7,555

 

 

18,561

 

 

154,580

 

Provision for income taxes

 

1,797

 

 

3,930

 

 

4,888

 

 

2,110

 

 

20,182

 

 

32,907

 

Income before equity in earnings of affiliates

 

93,049

 

 

9,623

 

 

15,177

 

 

5,445

 

 

(1,621

)

 

121,673

 

Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax

 

4,056

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,056

 

Net income

 

97,105

 

 

9,623

 

 

15,177

 

 

5,445

 

 

(1,621

)

 

125,729

 

Net (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

99

 

 

(385

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(286

)

Net income attributable to Sonoco

$

97,204

 

$

9,238

 

$

15,177

 

$

5,445

 

$

(1,621

)

$

125,443

 

Per diluted common share*

$

0.98

 

$

0.09

 

$

0.15

 

$

0.06

 

$

(0.02

)

$

1.27

 

*Due to rounding individual items may not sum across

 

 

 

 

 


 

For the three months ended December 31, 2021

Dollars in thousands, except per share data

GAAP

Restructuring/Asset Impairments(5)

Amortization of Acquisition Intangibles(2)

Acquisition/Divestiture Related(3)

Other Adjustments(6)

Base

Operating profit

$

104,741

 

$

5,321

 

$

12,302

 

$

5,219

 

$

9,377

 

$

136,960

 

Non-operating pension costs

 

5,598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,598

)

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

12,491

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,491

 

Income before income taxes

 

86,652

 

 

5,321

 

 

12,302

 

 

5,219

 

 

14,975

 

 

124,469

 

Provision for income taxes

 

24,112

 

 

2,710

 

 

3,047

 

 

550

 

 

(739

)

 

29,680

 

Income before equity in earnings of affiliates

 

62,540

 

 

2,611

 

 

9,255

 

 

4,669

 

 

15,714

 

 

94,789

 

Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax

 

5,140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,394

)

 

3,746

 

Net income

 

67,680

 

 

2,611

 

 

9,255

 

 

4,669

 

 

14,320

 

 

98,535

 

Net (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(2,523

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,052

 

 

(471

)

Net income attributable to Sonoco

$

65,157

 

$

2,611

 

$

9,255

 

$

4,669

 

$

16,372

 

$

98,064

 

Per diluted common share*

$

0.66

 

$

0.03

 

$

0.09

 

$

0.05

 

$

0.16

 

$

0.99

 

*Due to rounding individual items may not sum across

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) The Company recognized net restructuring and asset impairment charges related to severance, asset write-offs and other restructuring activities of approximately $13,500.
(2) Beginning in 2022, the Company redefined base results to exclude amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions.
(3) Includes costs related to potential and actual acquisitions and divestitures.
(4) Includes non-operating pension costs, changes in LIFO inventory reserves, unrealized losses related to the Company's commodity derivatives hedges of approximately $11,000, and the release of valuation allowance on foreign tax credits of approximately $14,600.
(5) The Company recognized net restructuring and asset impairment charges related to severance, asset write-offs and other restructuring activities of approximately $5,100.
(6) Other adjustments are primarily comprised of costs related to non-operating pension costs (including settlement charges), losses on the early extinguishment of debt, gains from insurance proceeds, and gains/losses from the divestiture of businesses, net of the applicable tax effect.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2022

Dollars in thousands, except per share data

GAAP

 

Restructuring/
Asset
Impairment(1)

 

Amortization of Acquisition Intangibles(2)

 

Acquisition/Divestiture
Related
Costs(3)

 

Other Adjustments(4)

 

Base

Operating profit

$

675,396

 

 

$

56,910

 

 

$

80,427

 

 

$

70,210

 

 

$

36,922

 

 

$

919,865

 

Non-operating pension costs

 

7,073

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,073

)

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

97,041

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

136

 

 

 

97,177

 

Income before income taxes

 

571,282

 

 

 

56,910

 

 

 

80,427

 

 

 

70,210

 

 

 

43,859

 

 

 

822,688

 

Provision for income taxes

 

118,509

 

 

 

11,269

 

 

 

19,554

 

 

 

17,640

 

 

 

29,788

 

 

 

196,760

 

Income before equity in earnings of affiliates

 

452,773

 

 

 

45,641

 

 

 

60,873

 

 

 

52,570

 

 

 

14,071

 

 

 

625,928

 

Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax

 

14,207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,207

 

Net Income

 

466,980

 

 

 

45,641

 

 

 

60,873

 

 

 

52,570

 

 

 

14,071

 

 

 

640,135

 

Less: Net (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax

 

(543

)

 

 

(99

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(642

)

Net income attributable to Sonoco

 

466,437

 

 

 

45,542

 

 

 

60,873

 

 

 

52,570

 

 

 

14,071

 

 

 

639,493

 

Per diluted common share*

$

4.72

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.62

 

 

$

0.53

 

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

6.48

 

*Due to rounding individual items may not sum across

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

For the year ended December 31, 2021

Dollars in thousands, except per share data

GAAP

 

Restructuring/
Asset
Impairment(5)

 

Amortization of Acquisition Intangibles(2)

 

Acquisition
Related
Costs(6)

 

Other Adjustments(7)

 

Base

Operating profit

$

486,853

 

 

$

14,210

 

 

$

49,419

 

 

$

17,722

 

 

$

(3,420

)

 

$

564,784

 

Non-operating pension costs

 

568,416

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(568,416

)

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

59,235

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,165

 

 

 

61,400

 

Loss from the early extinguishment of debt

 

20,184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(20,184

)

 

 

 

(Loss)/Income before income taxes

$

(160,982

)

 

$

14,210

 

 

$

49,419

 

 

$

17,722

 

 

$

583,015

 

 

$

503,384

 

(Benefit from)/Provision for income taxes

 

(67,430

)

 

 

5,363

 

 

 

12,241

 

 

 

3,535

 

 

 

165,531

 

 

 

119,240

 

(Loss)/Income before equity in earnings of affiliates

$

(93,552

)

 

$

8,847

 

 

$

37,178

 

 

$

14,187

 

 

$

417,484

 

 

$

384,144

 

Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax

 

10,841

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,394

)

 

 

9,447

 

Net (loss)/income

$

(82,711

)

 

$

8,847

 

 

$

37,178

 

 

$

14,187

 

 

$

416,090

 

 

$

393,591

 

Less: Net (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax

 

(2,766

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,052

 

 

 

(714

)

Net (loss)/ income attributable to Sonoco

$

(85,477

)

 

$

8,847

 

 

$

37,178

 

 

$

14,187

 

 

$

418,142

 

 

$

392,877

 

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding(8):

 

99,608

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

469

 

 

 

100,077

 

Per diluted common share*

$

(0.86

)

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

0.37

 

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

4.18

 

 

$

3.93

 

*Due to rounding individual items may not sum across

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) In 2022, the Company recognized net restructuring and asset impairment charges related to severance, asset write-offs and other restructuring activities of approximately $47,000. Additionally, charges of approximately $9,200 were recognized as a result of the Company’s decision to exit its operations in Russia given the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
(2) Beginning in 2022 the Company redefined base results to exclude amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions.
(3) Consists primarily of legal and professional fees related to acquisition and divestiture transactions, whether proposed or consummated, of approximately $37,000, as well as fair value adjustments to acquisition-date inventory related to Metal Packaging of approximately $33,000.
(4) Includes non-operating pension costs, unrealized losses related to commodity hedges of approximately $8,000, change in LIFO inventory reserves of approximately $28,000, and the release of valuation allowances on foreign tax credits of approximately $13,200.
(5) In 2021, the Company recognized net restructuring and asset impairment charges related to severance, asset write-offs and other restructuring activities of approximately $9,000.
(6) Includes costs related to potential and actual acquisitions and divestitures.
(7) Includes non-operating pension expenses, which include after-tax settlement charges of $410,417 of the Sonoco Pension Plant for Inactive Participants (the " Inactive Plan") and other benefit plans in 2021.
(8) Due to the magnitude of certain expenses considered by management to be non-base, the Company reported a 2021 GAAP net loss attributable to Sonoco. In instances where a company incurs a net loss, including potential common shares in the denominator of a diluted earnings per-share computation will have an antidilutive effect on the per-share loss. GAAP therefore requires the exclusion of any unexercised share awards or other like instruments for purposes of calculating weighted average shares outstanding. Accordingly, the Company did not include any unexercised share awards or other like instruments in calculating weighted average shares outstanding for GAAP purposes in the table above, which resulted in basic weighted average common shares outstanding and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding being the same. However, the Company also presents base net income attributable to Sonoco, which excludes the net non-base items. In order to maintain consistency and comparability of base diluted earnings per share, dilutive unexercised share awards were included in the calculation to the same extent they would have been had GAAP net income attributable to Sonoco been equal to base net income attributable to Sonoco.

 

Year Ended

FREE CASH FLOW

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021*

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

509,049

 

 

$

298,672

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net

 

(319,148

)

 

 

(242,853

)

Free Cash Flow

$

189,901

 

 

$

55,819

 

 

 

 

 

*Excluding the net $124 million pension contributions made to fund the Sonoco Pension Plan for Inactive Participants in advance of the pension liability settlements, free cash flow would have been $180 million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

Estimated Low End

 

Estimated High End

FREE CASH FLOW

December 31, 2023

 

December 31, 2023

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

925,000

 

 

$

975,000

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net

 

(375,000

)

 

 

(325,000

)

Free Cash Flow

$

550,000

 

 

$

650,000