Winpak Reports Second Quarter Results

WINNIPEG, July 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Winpak Ltd. (WPK) today reports consolidated results in US dollars for the second quarter of 2016, which ended on June 26, 2016. 


Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended


June 26


June 28


June 26


June 28


2016


2015


2016


2015









(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
















Revenue

204,129


198,257


402,283


397,697

Net income

26,164


27,639


53,464


50,363









Income tax expense

13,315


12,634


25,625


23,548

Net finance expense

24


20


5


55

Depreciation and amortization

8,391


7,928


16,722


15,675

EBITDA (1)

47,894


48,221


95,816


89,641









Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company

25,166


26,845


51,730


49,308

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

998


794


1,734


1,055

Net income

26,164


27,639


53,464


50,363









Basic and diluted earnings per share (cents)

39


41


80


76









Winpak 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 healthcare applications.

1 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.

(presented in US dollars)

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 equity holders of the Company for the second quarter of 2016 amounted to $25.2 million or 39 cents in earnings per share (EPS) compared to $26.8 million or 41 cents per share recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2015.  Although the current period's result fell 6.3 percent short of the record level set in the quarter a year ago, it represented the next highest second quarter earnings performance in Winpak's history.  Organic volume growth boosted EPS by 3.0 cents and was supplemented by favorable foreign exchange impacts of 1.0 cent per share.  A lower relative gross profit margin reduced EPS by 2.5 cents while increased operating expenses and a higher effective income tax rate subtracted 2.0 cents and 1.5 cents respectively from EPS.

For the six months ended June 26, 2016, net income attributable to equity holders of the Company of $51.7 million or 80 cents per share exceeded the corresponding 2015 result of $49.3 million or 76 cents per share by 4.9 percent.  Organic volume growth propelled EPS forward by 5.0 cents while foreign exchange had a net positive impact of 2.5 cents.  These gains were partially offset by greater operating expenses, a larger proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests, and gross profit growing at a slower pace than sales volumes, which each negatively impacted EPS by 1.0 cent.  An additional 0.5 cents was subtracted from EPS due to higher income taxes.             

Revenue
Revenue in the second quarter of 2016 climbed to $204.1 million, eclipsing the prior year level of $198.3 million by 3.0 percent.  Volume growth was particularly strong at 7.8 percent when compared to the second quarter of 2015.  All product groups advanced with the exception of packaging machinery and parts sales, where volumes were off by less than $0.5 million from the previous year's quarter.  Foil lidding and rollstock led the way with volumes soaring by over 20 percent in the quarter.  Custom die-cut lidding and new product offerings in multi-pak yogurt lidding helped drive growth.  Biaxially oriented nylon volumes continued where they left off in the first quarter, advancing by over 15 percent versus the corresponding quarter of 2015.  Specialty film shipments also exhibited low double-digit percentage growth in the quarter with customer gains in chub film packaging for ground meats, a new product initiative for the Company.  Rigid container volumes were solid in the mid-single digit percentage range as condiment and tray volumes were robust, offsetting declines in specialty beverage shipments.  Modified atmosphere packaging shipments were more modest, advancing in the low single-digit percentage range in comparison to a very strong second quarter in 2015.  Selling price/mix changes had an unfavorable impact of 4.3 percent on 2016 second quarter revenue as indexed selling prices responded to the decrease in raw material costs.  The decline in the value of the Canadian dollar in comparison to its US counterpart had a further 0.5 percent negative effect on revenue versus the comparable prior year quarter.

For the first six months of 2016, revenue grew by $4.6 million or 1.2 percent to $402.3 million from $397.7 million recorded in the first half of 2015.  Volume growth was solid, progressing by 6.3 percent in contrast to the first two quarters of the prior year. As with the result for the second quarter, first half volumes were driven by gains in foil lidding and rollstock, biaxially oriented nylon and specialty films which rose between 10 and 15 percent.  Retort die-cut lidding, multi-pak yogurt lidding and chub film packaging were new product offerings which propelled shipments forward.  Rigid container and modified atmosphere packaging volumes grew in the mid-single digit percentage range versus the first half of 2015.  Lower specialty beverage container shipments were more than offset by gains in condiment and retort containers as well as trays for the meat industry. Packaging machinery shipments declined from the strong performance in the first six months of the previous year. Revenue was negatively affected by 4.1 percent due to selling price/mix changes in response to lower indexed raw material costs and a further 1.0 percent due to the impact of foreign exchange from a lower Canadian dollar compared to the first half of 2015. 

Gross profit margins
Gross profit margins in the second quarter of 2016 inched up to 33.3 percent of revenue from 32.9 percent of revenue in the comparable 2015 quarter.  However, gross profit increased by only 4.2 percent from $65.2 million in the second quarter of 2015 to $68.0 million in the current quarter, while volumes rose in the same period by 7.8 percent.  This resulted in a relative decrease in EPS of 2.5 cents.  A reduction in current revenues due to the lag effect from previously declining raw material costs was partly responsible for the smaller increment in gross profit in addition to the impact from unfavorable manufacturing variances as a result of capacity constraints and the inherent learning involved with the introduction of new product offerings by the Company. 

For the first half of 2016, gross profit margins totaled 33.7 percent of revenue versus 32.2 percent of revenue recorded in the comparable prior year period.  Whereas volumes advanced by 6.3 percent in the first six months of the current year versus the corresponding 2015 period, gross profit increased by 5.9 percent, resulting in a reduction in EPS of 1.0 cent.  The previously mentioned manufacturing challenges were mainly responsible for the slight drag on margins.  

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 28, 2015 to reflect the mix of the eight primary raw materials purchased in 2015. 

Quarter and Year

2/16

1/16

4/15

3/15

2/15

1/15

4/14

3/14

2/14

Purchase Price Index

138.1

136.4

139.1

147.7

152.1

156.9

175.1

176.2

178.1

 

After eight consecutive quarters of decline, the purchase price index showed a slight uptick of 1.3 percent in the current quarter compared to the first quarter of 2016.  Escalations in the price of polyethylene resin in the second quarter had the most influence on the upward movement of the index. Nonetheless, the purchase price index has decreased by 9.2 percent from a year ago and this decline was directly related to the fall in the price of oil and natural gas, from which resins used by the Company are derived.

Expenses and Other
Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2016, after eliminating the impact of foreign exchange, increased by nearly 18 percent compared to the corresponding quarter in 2015, well above the growth in sales volumes of 7.8 percent over that same period.  This resulted in a reduction in EPS of 2.0 cents and was due to two main factors.  The first, which accounted for 85 percent of the reduction in EPS, was a one-time pre-tax gain recorded in the second quarter of 2015 of $1.8 million realized upon the settlement of the Company's withdrawal liability in relation to a US multiemployer defined benefit pension plan which Winpak previously had participated in.  The balance of the EPS decrease was due to higher research and technical expenses in support of the Company's new product initiatives.  The lower value of the Canadian dollar in the second quarter of the current year versus the comparable 2015 period expanded EPS by 1.0 cent as Canadian dollar expenses exceed Canadian dollar revenues.  A higher effective income tax rate in the 2016 second quarter contracted EPS by 1.5 cents as a greater proportion of income was allocated to jurisdictions with heightened corporate income tax rates. 

Adjusting for foreign exchange, operating expenses for the first half of 2016 grew by 8.8 percent while sales volumes expanded by 6.3 percent, resulting in a contraction in EPS of 1.0 cent in comparison to the first six months of 2015.  However, if the impact of the one-time gain on retirement of the Company's withdrawal liability referred to previously was removed from the comparison, the increase in operating expenses would have only been 5.0 percent and would have had a favorable impact on EPS.  A greater proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests further reduced EPS by 1.0 cent in the January to June period.  Additionally, a higher effective income tax rate decreased EPS by 0.5 cents in relation to the first six months of the previous year.  Partly offsetting these reductions was the favorable impact of foreign exchange on EPS of 2.5 cents as the lower average value of the Canadian dollar in 2016 in contrast to its US counterpart had a positive effect when applied to the Company's net Canadian dollar expenses. 

Summary of Quarterly Results
















Thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts (US cents)




































Q2


Q1


Q4


Q3


Q2


Q1


Q4


Q3


2016


2016


2015


2015


2015


2015


2014


2014

















Revenue

204,129


198,154


205,746


193,726


198,257


199,440


206,269


192,982

Net income attributable to equity holders
















of the Company

25,166


26,564


27,635


22,305


26,845


22,463


23,343


19,448

EPS

39


41


43


34


41


35


36


30

















Capital Resources, Cash Flow and Liquidity
The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance ended the second quarter of 2016 at $176.3 million, an increase of $6.8 million from the end of the previous quarter.  Winpak continued to generate strong and consistent cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital of $48.7 million, outpacing the second quarter of 2015 by $2.0 million. Cash was utilized to supplement working capital of $12.5 million to support volume growth.  Of this, $8.6 million was applied to an increase in trade and other receivables as certain customer payment terms were extended as part of contract negotiations.  Cash was also used for income tax payments of $13.4 million, plant and equipment additions of $13.1 million, dividends to equity holders of the Company of $1.5 million and other items totaling $1.4 million.   

For the first half of 2016, the cash and cash equivalents balance rose by $11.3 million to $176.3 million as a result of significant cash flow generation from operating activities before changes in working capital of $96.2 million.  Working capital additions utilized $22.9 million of cash primarily in trade and other receivables of $9.9 million and inventories of $7.6 million. A substantial element of the increase was due to the growth in sales volumes and the necessary expansion of working capital required to support that growth.  Other uses of cash and cash equivalents consisted of $28.6 million in income tax payments, $28.2 million in plant and equipment additions, $2.9 million in dividends paid to equity holders of the Company, $1.0 million in employee defined benefit plan contributions and other items totaling $1.3 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.

Looking Forward
Building on the momentum generated in the first half of the year, the Company remains optimistic with regard to volume growth and earnings performance for the balance of 2016.  Opportunities in the sales pipeline continue to progress along the path to future success.  World oil prices have risen in the last few months and this has put upward pressure on the pricing of certain resins, with some limited price hikes expected in the third quarter for several of the Company's main raw materials.  It is difficult to predict the future beyond the next few months but at present, it appears as though changes to raw material costs in aggregate should not be overly significant. Gross profit margins will likely fall a couple of percentage points from the heightened levels experienced in the first half of the year as higher resin costs make their way into cost of goods sold and eventually into higher indexed selling prices.  Operational performance should improve in the short to medium term in areas where capacity has been constrained and in the manufacture of new products that have recently been introduced as more experience is gained in their production. The commissioning of the massive cast coextrusion line at the Company's modified atmosphere packaging plant in Winnipeg, which is at the leading edge of technology, will remain a prime focus for the business as commercialization is anticipated before the end of the current year.  This will lead to elevated pre-production costs during the commercialization period, the magnitude of which will be dependent on the technical challenges encountered, but will be money well spent as the future benefits of the line should be substantial. The Canadian dollar still remains at a lower level versus its US counterpart than a year ago and will continue to be favorable to the Company's earnings in the second half of the year as foreign currency forward contracts that are part of the Company's foreign exchange hedging policy mature at more favorable rates than those that came due in the same period in 2015.  Capital spending for 2016 is projected to be between $80 million and $90 million as both the rigid container operations in Sauk Village, Illinois and the shrink bag production unit in Senoia, Georgia are in the midst of facility expansions of 350,000 and 85,000 square feet respectively. The Company will continue to pursue acquisition opportunities in Winpak's core competencies of sophisticated packaging for food, beverage and healthcare applications while remaining committed to substantial organic growth through capital investment.  With Winpak's solid financial position, it has the resources necessary to complete an acquisition when the proper strategic fit and price are present to provide long-term shareholder value.


Winpak Ltd.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Second Quarter Ended: June 26, 2016

These interim condensed consolidated financial statements have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's independent external auditors, KPMG LLP. For a complete set of notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements, refer to www.sedar.com or the Company's website, www.winpak.com.

Winpak Ltd.






Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets






(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)















June 26


December 27




2016


2015







Assets












Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents



176,343


165,027


Trade and other receivables



117,714


107,805


Income taxes receivable



2,795


2,050


Inventories



104,147


96,498


Prepaid expenses



4,774


3,411


Derivative financial instruments



1,367


40




407,140


374,831







Non-current assets:







Property, plant and equipment



380,414


369,436


Intangible assets



14,529


14,745


Employee benefit plan assets



6,341


5,723


Deferred tax assets



1,231


1,408




402,515


391,312

Total assets



809,655


766,143







Equity and Liabilities












Current liabilities:







Trade payables and other liabilities



64,646


68,534


Income taxes payable



4,603


10,569


Derivative financial instruments



32


1,683




69,281


80,786







Non-current liabilities:







Employee benefit plan liabilities



10,090


8,885


Deferred income



13,368


14,071


Provisions



760


760


Deferred tax liabilities



41,350


38,250




65,568


61,966

Total liabilities



134,849


142,752







Equity:







Share capital



29,195


29,195


Reserves



993


(1,208)


Retained earnings



625,116


576,359

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company



655,304


604,346

Non-controlling interests



19,502


19,045

Total equity  



674,806


623,391

Total equity and liabilities



809,655


766,143







 

Winpak Ltd.










Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income










(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts) (unaudited)













Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended




June 26


June 28


June 26


June 28




2016


2015


2016


2015











Revenue



204,129


198,257


402,283


397,697

Cost of sales



(136,178)


(133,042)


(266,565)


(269,511)

Gross profit



67,951


65,215


135,718


128,186











Sales, marketing and distribution expenses



(15,646)


(14,781)


(30,878)


(29,863)

General and administrative expenses



(7,240)


(7,213)


(15,186)


(16,180)

Research and technical expenses



(4,871)


(4,047)


(8,616)


(7,746)

Pre-production expenses



(187)


(88)


(356)


(434)

Other (expenses) income



(504)


1,207


(1,588)


3

Income from operations



39,503


40,293


79,094


73,966

Finance income



124


86


257


171

Finance expense



(148)


(106)


(262)


(226)

Income before income taxes



39,479


40,273


79,089


73,911

Income tax expense



(13,315)


(12,634)


(25,625)


(23,548)

Net income for the period



26,164


27,639


53,464


50,363











Attributable to:











Equity holders of the Company



25,166


26,845


51,730


49,308


Non-controlling interests



998


794


1,734


1,055




26,164


27,639


53,464


50,363











Basic and diluted earnings per share - cents



39


41


80


76





















Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income










(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)













Quarter Ended


Year-To-Date Ended




June 26


June 28


June 26


June 28




2016


2015


2016


2015











Net income for the period



26,164


27,639


53,464


50,363











Items that will not be reclassified to the statements of income:










Cash flow hedge (losses) gains recognized



(12)


(43)


20


(43)

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and equipment



-


-


52


-

Income tax effect



-


-


-


-




(12)


(43)


72


(43)

Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to the statements of income:










Cash flow hedge gains (losses) recognized



604


621


2,016


(947)

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements of income



166


667


890


1,226

Income tax effect



(206)


(344)


(777)


(74)




564


944


2,129


205

Other comprehensive income for the period  - net of income tax



552


901


2,201


162

Comprehensive income for the period



26,716


28,540


55,665


50,525











Attributable to:











Equity holders of the Company



25,718


27,746


53,931


49,470


Non-controlling interests



998


794


1,734


1,055




26,716


28,540


55,665


50,525











 

Winpak Ltd.








Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity







(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)


















Attributable to equity holders of the Company

















Non-




Share


Retained


controlling




capital

Reserves

earnings

Total

interests

Total equity









Balance at December 29, 2014


29,195

(641)

555,697

584,251

17,136

601,387










Comprehensive income for the period










Cash flow hedge losses, net of tax


-

(737)

-

(737)

-

(737)



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements of income, net of tax


-

899

-

899

-

899


Other comprehensive income


-

162

-

162

-

162


Net income for the period


-

-

49,308

49,308

1,055

50,363


Comprehensive income for the period


-

162

49,308

49,470

1,055

50,525










Dividends


-

-

(3,131)

(3,131)

(646)

(3,777)









Balance at June 28, 2015


29,195

(479)

601,874

630,590

17,545

648,135

































Balance at December 28, 2015


29,195

(1,208)

576,359

604,346

19,045

623,391










Comprehensive income for the period










Cash flow hedge gains, net of tax


-

1,497

-

1,497

-

1,497



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements of income, net of tax


-

652

-

652

-

652



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and equipment


-

52

-

52

-

52


Other comprehensive income


-

2,201

-

2,201

-

2,201


Net income for the period


-

-

51,730

51,730

1,734

53,464


Comprehensive income for the period


-

2,201

51,730

53,931

1,734

55,665










Dividends


-

-

(2,973)

(2,973)

(1,277)

(4,250)









Balance at June 26, 2016


29,195

993

625,116

655,304

19,502

674,806









 

Winpak Ltd.








Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows








(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)










Quarter Ended

Year-To-Date Ended


June 26


June 28


June 26


June 28


2016


2015


2016


2015









Cash provided by (used in):
















Operating activities:









Net income for the period

26,164


27,639


53,464


50,363


Items not involving cash:










Depreciation

8,606


8,190


17,161


16,174



Amortization - deferred income

(380)


(406)


(774)


(798)



Amortization - intangible assets

165


144


335


299



Employee defined benefit plan expenses

944


749


1,822


1,725



Multiemployer defined benefit pension plan withdrawal liability settlement gain

-


(1,815)


-


(1,815)



Net finance expense

24


20


5


55



Income tax expense

13,315


12,634


25,625


23,548



Other

(111)


(435)


(1,488)


(1,558)




Cash flow from operating activities before the following

48,727


46,720


96,150


87,993


Change in working capital:










Trade and other receivables

(8,554)


3,701


(9,909)


5,955



Inventories

(6,605)


(2,344)


(7,649)


787



Prepaid expenses

(57)


(19)


(1,363)


(951)



Trade payables and other liabilities

2,691


4,665


(3,990)


(3,117)











Provisions

-


(4,503)


-


(4,467)



Employee defined benefit plan contributions

(90)


(90)


(1,037)


(1,168)



Income tax paid

(13,389)


(9,370)


(28,574)


(13,084)



Interest received

147


66


198


128



Interest paid

(58)


(8)


(62)


(15)




Net cash from operating activities

22,812


38,818


43,764


72,061









Investing activities:









Acquisition of plant and equipment - net

(13,100)


(9,462)


(28,161)


(22,266)


Acquisition of intangible assets

(119)


(114)


(129)


(169)


(13,219)


(9,576)


(28,290)


(22,435)









Financing activities:









Dividends paid

(1,473)


(1,548)


(2,881)


(3,226)


Dividend paid to non-controlling interests in subsidiary

(1,277)


(646)


(1,277)


(646)


(2,750)


(2,194)


(4,158)


(3,872)









Change in cash and cash equivalents

6,843


27,048


11,316


45,754









Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

169,500


162,467


165,027


143,761









Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

176,343


189,515


176,343


189,515









SOURCE Winpak Ltd.

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For further information: K.P. Kuchma, Vice President and CFO, (204) 831-2254; B.J. Berry, President and CEO, (204) 831-2216

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