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WINNIPEG, Feb. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - Winpak Ltd. (WPK) today reports consolidated results in US dollars for the fourth quarter of 2017, which ended on December 31, 2017.


Quarter Ended (1)


Year Ended (1)


December 31


December 25


December 31


December 25


2017


2016


2017


2016









(thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
















Revenue

222,323


215,550


886,774


822,532

Net income

40,461


29,611


122,710


108,201









Income tax expense

2,333


13,184


38,831


49,813

Net finance expense (income)

306


(142)


1,190


(217)

Depreciation and amortization

9,777


8,855


37,493


34,184

EBITDA (2)

52,877


51,508


200,224


191,981









Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company

39,633


28,578


119,298


104,344

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

828


1,033


3,412


3,857

Net income

40,461


29,611


122,710


108,201









Basic and diluted earnings per share (cents)

61


44


184


161

Winpak Ltd. (CNW Group/Winpak Ltd.)

 

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 The 2017 fiscal year comprised 53 weeks and the 2016 fiscal year comprised 52 weeks.  Each quarter of 2017 and 2016 comprised 13 weeks with the exception of the first quarter of 2017, which comprised 14 weeks.

2 EBITDA is not a recognized measure under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  Management believes that in addition to net income, this measure provides useful supplemental information to investors including an indication of cash available for distribution prior to debt service, capital expenditures and income taxes.  Investors should be cautioned, however, that this measure should not be construed as an alternative to net income, determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of the Company's performance.  The Company's method of calculating this measure may differ from other companies and, accordingly, the results may not be comparable.

(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.  Factors that could cause results to differ from those expected include, but are not limited to: the terms, availability and costs of acquiring raw materials and the ability to pass on price increases to customers; ability to negotiate contracts with new customers or renew existing customer contracts with less favorable terms; timely response to changes in customer product needs and market acceptance of our products; the potential loss of business or increased costs due to customer or vendor consolidation; competitive pressures, including new product development, industry capacity, and changes in competitors' pricing; ability to maintain or increase productivity levels, contain or reduce costs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; changes in governmental regulations, including environmental, health and safety; changes in Canadian and foreign income tax rates, income tax laws and regulations.  Unless otherwise required by applicable securities law, Winpak disclaims 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 fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to $39.6 million or 61 cents in earnings per share (EPS), surpassing the 2016 corresponding result of $28.6 million or 44 cents per share by 38.7 percent.  The exceptional result was influenced by the immediate impact of the United States tax reform enacted in December 2017, whereby the Company was required to recalculate the deferred tax asset and liability amounts pertaining to the temporary differences within its US subsidiaries.  This resulted in a one-time income tax recovery of $11,090 or 17.0 cents per share.  A higher relative gross profit margin enhanced EPS by 1.0 cent per share.  Foreign exchange and the increase in net finance expense both lowered EPS by 0.5 cents.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, net income attributable to equity holders of the Company of $119.3 million or $1.84 per share exceeded the prior year record net income of $104.3 million or $1.61 per share by 14.3 percent.  Excluding the impact of the income tax recovery due to the US tax reform, the growth was respectable at 3.7 percent.  Of the normalized increase in EPS of 6 cents, the main factor was solid organic volume growth which contributed 10.0 cents.  This was augmented by favorable foreign exchange, accounting for an additional 2.5 cents.  Furthermore, other reductions in income taxes and controlled growth in operating expenses each provided 1.5 cents to EPS, while a smaller proportion of net income attributable to non-controlling interests enhanced EPS by 0.5 cents.  Conversely, a sizeable drop in gross profit margin lowered EPS by 8.5 cents.  The increase in net finance expense reduced EPS by 1.5 cents.

The fiscal year of the Company ends on the last Sunday of the calendar year and is usually 52 weeks in duration.  However, the 2017 fiscal year consisted of 53 weeks, with the first quarter comprising 14 weeks, one more week than the prior year.  The additional week included in the 2017 first quarter was essentially the last week of the 2016 calendar year which contained several statutory holidays.  Consequently, it is estimated that this additional week contributed between 1.0 to 2.0 percent to 2017 sales volumes and net income results.

Revenue
Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017 of $222.3 million surpassed the 2016 final quarter level of $215.6 million by 3.1 percent.  Volumes were essentially flat with the prior year comparable quarter, declining by less than 1.0 percent.  Influenced by customer order patterns and tempered demand levels, volumes were restrained.  All product groups were somewhat affected, with the greatest impact evident in rigid containers and lidding.  Indexed selling prices have followed the increase in raw material costs that have been experienced over the past year, raising fourth quarter revenue by 3.4 percent while foreign exchange increased reported revenue by a further 0.5 percent.

For 2017, revenue expanded to $886.8 million, an increase of $64.2 million or 7.8 percent compared to 2016 revenue of $822.5 million.  Volumes strengthened by 6.1 percent and after accounting for the additional week in the first quarter of 2017, volume growth was approximately 4.5 percent.  More than 80 percent of the Company's growth was concentrated within the rigid container and modified atmosphere packaging product groups.  Rigid container volumes progressed by 8.0 percent due to gains made with specialty beverage, meat tray, condiment and retort applications.  Sizeable growth in the modified atmosphere packaging business at some of North America's largest meat companies drove volume enhancement in the mid-single-digit range.  Compared to 2016, selling price and mix changes had a positive effect on revenue of 1.4 percent.  The average value of the Canadian dollar, in comparison to its US counterpart during 2017, was relatively unchanged from 2016.  Accordingly, foreign exchange had virtually no impact on reported revenue.

Gross profit margins
Although gross profit margins contracted to 31.3 percent of revenue in the current quarter from the 32.2 percent of revenue recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016, it represented a full percentage point improvement over the third quarter of 2017.  Compared to 2016, selling price increases were in line with the corresponding increase in raw material costs.  In addition, manufacturing efficiencies improved as the need to supplement capacity constraints with outsourced material has abated.  Another contributing factor was the progress made in limiting production waste.  Based on the foregoing, gross profit in dollar terms rose by 0.4 percent, in contrast to the slight decrease in sales volumes, resulting in a modest increase in EPS. 

For the current year, gross profit margins attained a level of 31.2 percent of revenue, falling short of the 32.7 percent realized in 2016, culminating in a decrease in EPS of 8.5 cents.  The escalation of raw material costs, in combination with competitive pricing conditions with specific customers, narrowed the spread between selling prices and raw material costs. 

For reference, the following presents the weighted indexed purchased cost of Winpak's eight primary raw materials in the reported quarter and each of the preceding eight quarters, where base year 2001 = 100.  The index was rebalanced as of December 26, 2016 to reflect the mix of the eight primary raw materials purchased in 2016. 

Quarter and Year

4/17

3/17

2/17

1/17

4/16

3/16

2/16

1/16

4/15

Purchase Price Index

157.2

153.1

154.4

147.8

143.9

140.2

138.1

136.4

139.1

 

After the slight decline in the third quarter, the purchase price index resumed an upward trend, increasing by 2.7 percent versus the previous quarter.  Certain commodity-type resins experienced a more significant increase than the average, whereas the specialty resins were stable throughout the period.  In comparison to a year earlier, the index has climbed by 9.2 percent.

Expenses and Other
Operating expenses in the current quarter, exclusive of foreign exchange impact, receded at a similar overall rate relative to the corresponding decrease in sales volumes, thereby having a minimal impact on EPS.  Foreign exchange was responsible for a decline in EPS of 0.5 cents as there was a loss on conversion of the Company's net Canadian dollar expenses into US funds at a higher average exchange rate.  The Company entered into agreements during 2017 to sell certain extended term accounts receivable without recourse to financial institutions in exchange for cash.  Consequently, net finance expense increased and lowered EPS by 0.5 cents

For the 2017 fiscal year, operating expenses, adjusted for foreign exchange, increased by 4.7 percent in contrast to the 6.1 percent progression in sales volumes.  Spending was contained in the other operating expense categories, in tandem with lower pre-production expenses, which more than offset the heightened share-based incentive expenses, generating incremental EPS of 1.5 cents.  The maturation of foreign exchange forward contracts at more advantageous rates in 2017 supplemented EPS by 2.5 cents.  In addition to the substantial 17.0 cents in EPS that was attributed to the income tax recovery from the recently enacted US tax reform, the effective income tax rate dropped by more than half a percentage point, adding 1.5 cents to EPS.  A lower proportion of earnings attributable to non-controlling interests further elevated EPS by 0.5 cents.  Partially offsetting these positive effects was net finance expense which subtracted 1.5 cents from EPS.

Summary of Quarterly Results



















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




















Q4


Q3


Q2


Q1


Q4


Q3


Q2


Q1


2017


2017


2017


2017


2016


2016


2016


2016

















Revenue

222,323


218,348


217,752


228,351


215,550


204,699


204,129


198,154

Net income attributable to equity holders
















of the Company

39,633


25,368


25,745


28,552


28,578


24,036


25,166


26,564

EPS

61


39


40


44


44


37


39


41

 

Capital Resources, Cash Flow and Liquidity
The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance ended the current year at $292.0 million, an increase of $28.6 million from the end of the third quarter.  Winpak continued to generate strong and consistent cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital of $53.4 million, surpassing the corresponding quarter of the prior year by $3.3 million.  Cash was utilized for net working capital additions of $4.2 million as trade payables and other liabilities decreased by $4.1 million due to the timing of supplier payments.  Other uses of cash included $10.5 million in property, plant and equipment additions, income tax payments of $7.2 million, dividends of $1.6 million and other items amounting to $1.3 million.

For the year, the cash and cash equivalents balance advanced by $80.7 million, fueled by the significant cash flow generated from operating activities before changes in working capital of $199.9 million.  Working capital additions utilized cash of $13.2 million.  Due to the significant rise in raw material costs, along with the growth of the business, inventories increased by $13.2 million.  Additionally, trade payables and other liabilities declined by $7.9 million.  With the retirement of the previous President and CEO, the liability with respect to the share-based incentive plan was settled.  Conversely, trade and other receivables fell by $7.2 million as the Company sold certain accounts receivable to financial institutions for cash.  Uses of cash included property, plant and equipment additions of $51.1 million, income tax payments of $45.3 million, dividends of $6.0 million and other items totaling $3.6 million.  The plant and equipment expenditures included building expansions at the Company's specialty films operation in Senoia, Georgia and the rigid container facility in Sauk Village, Illinois.  Additionally, new extrusion capacity at the Sauk Village, Illinois plant and converting capacity at the Senoia, Georgia and Vaudreuil, Quebec operations came on stream during 2017. 

Looking Forward
Business Outlook
Entering 2018 the Company anticipates continued growth in terms of sales volumes albeit at levels less than realized in recent years.  To achieve volume growth, Winpak will need to maintain and grow business with existing customers and succeed in realizing new customer revenue streams.  Competitive pressures for lower selling prices in the Company's product markets is expected to persist in 2018 and apply pressure on gross profit margins.  From a raw material perspective, the costs for the Company's widely used resins remain elevated with increases in pricing on certain resins being incurred in the fourth quarter of 2017 and early in 2018.  These pricing movements reflect a tightness in supply for select resins due to supplier production constraints resulting from severe weather events in the US and increases in volumes being exported outside of North America along with the rise of world oil prices.  The Company expects this to weigh on gross profit margins in the first quarter of 2018.  This will be mitigated as approximately 70% of the Company's revenues are indexed to the price of raw materials, albeit with an approximate 90 to 120-day time lag.  Current market sentiment is that there will probably be no relief in resin prices until the second half of 2018.  To lessen the effects of higher raw material costs, the Company will continue to focus on improving operational performance and strive for lower production costs.  The Canadian dollar remains at a higher level versus its US counterpart from a year ago and this will be unfavorable to the Company's earnings in the current year as Canadian dollar costs exceed revenues in that currency.  In addition, negative effects on earnings will be evident in 2018 as foreign currency forward contracts that are part of the Company's foreign exchange hedging policy matured at more favorable rates in 2017.  Capital spending of $60 to $70 million is expected in 2018.  Extrusion capacity at the Senoia, Georgia and Sauk Village, Illinois operations will be coming on line in the first quarter and at the Winnipeg, Manitoba facility in the third quarter.  The Company has acquired land and building adjacent to the Winnipeg, Manitoba plant to accommodate future expansion capabilities.  Winpak remains focused on capital investment for organic growth including new technologies and expanded product offerings and will continue to evaluate acquisition opportunities that fit strategically with the Company's core competencies in sophisticated packaging for food, beverage and healthcare applications to add long-term shareholder value.

United States Tax Reform
As a result of US tax reform enacted in December 2017, the Company expects a reduction in the consolidated effective income tax rate.  Winpak's consolidated effective income tax rate prior to US tax reform ranged from 30.5% to 31.5%.  Given the US federal statutory income tax rate decreased from 35% to 21%, the Company's consolidated effective income tax rate for 2018 and subsequent years is expected to be in the range of 26% to 28% which includes the US federal and state statutory income tax rates.  The Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) includes provisions that limit certain tax-deductible payments made to foreign affiliates which could impose additional taxes on corporations.  The Company is currently assessing the potential exposures, if any, with respect to the BEAT.

NAFTA
The Company's operations encompass three product groups produced in ten manufacturing facilities located in North America.  The majority of Winpak's products are sold to customers in the US followed by Canada and Mexico.  Approximately 61% of production costs occur in Canada and the export sales from these manufacturing facilities into the US represents about 40% of the Company's total revenues.  Under the current NAFTA agreement, all packaging materials move across the borders between Canada, the US and Mexico free of duties.  The effect of any border tax adjustment due to potential amendments to NAFTA for imported cost of goods sold from foreign entities could have a significant financial impact to the Company.  The magnitude of exposures to the Company regarding any amendments to NAFTA cannot be determined as insufficient information exists currently.  The possible future impact of risks relating to NAFTA are anticipated to be mitigated by increased levels of production capabilities in the US manufacturing operations, if required.

Winpak Ltd.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Fourth Quarter Ended: December 31, 2017

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)









December 31


December 25


2017


2016





Assets








Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

291,959


211,225


Trade and other receivables

116,955


124,148


Income taxes receivable

1,994


564


Inventories

116,720


103,516


Prepaid expenses

2,320


3,024


Derivative financial instruments

863


308


530,811


442,785





Non-current assets:





Property, plant and equipment

422,989


409,147


Intangible assets

14,444


14,501


Employee benefit plan assets

6,935


6,721


Deferred tax assets

818


1,060


445,186


431,429

Total assets

975,997


874,214





Equity and Liabilities








Current liabilities:





Trade payables and other liabilities

63,670


71,448


Income taxes payable

1,555


6,226


Derivative financial instruments

98


348


65,323


78,022





Non-current liabilities:





Employee benefit plan liabilities

10,522


9,253


Deferred income

15,272


15,424


Provisions

760


760


Deferred tax liabilities

40,656


43,486


67,210


68,923

Total liabilities

132,533


146,945





Equity:





Share capital

29,195


29,195


Reserves

596


(29)


Retained earnings

788,636


676,478

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

818,427


705,644

Non-controlling interests

25,037


21,625

Total equity  

843,464


727,269

Total equity and liabilities

975,997


874,214

 

Winpak Ltd.








Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income








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









Quarter Ended


Year Ended


December 31


December 25


December 31


December 25


2017


2016


2017


2016









Revenue

222,323


215,550


886,774


822,532

Cost of sales

(152,629)


(146,100)


(609,748)


(553,233)

Gross profit

69,694


69,450


277,026


269,299









Sales, marketing and distribution expenses

(16,127)


(16,262)


(67,190)


(63,247)

General and administrative expenses

(6,484)


(5,924)


(32,725)


(27,979)

Research and technical expenses

(3,908)


(4,244)


(15,602)


(17,168)

Pre-production expenses

(77)


(301)


(446)


(1,439)

Other income (expenses)

2


(66)


1,668


(1,669)

Income from operations

43,100


42,653


162,731


157,797

Finance income

660


236


1,974


670

Finance expense

(966)


(94)


(3,164)


(453)

Income before income taxes

42,794


42,795


161,541


158,014

Income tax expense

(2,333)


(13,184)


(38,831)


(49,813)

Net income for the period

40,461


29,611


122,710


108,201









Attributable to:









Equity holders of the Company

39,633


28,578


119,298


104,344


Non-controlling interests

828


1,033


3,412


3,857


40,461


29,611


122,710


108,201









Basic and diluted earnings per share - cents

61


44


184


161

















Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income








(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)









Quarter Ended


Year Ended


December 31


December 25


December 31


December 25


2017


2016


2017


2016









Net income for the period

40,461


29,611


122,710


108,201









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








Cash flow hedge gains (losses) recognized

133


-


133


(3)

Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and equipment

-


-


-


19

Employee benefit plan remeasurements

(56)


2,516


(56)


2,516

Income tax effect

(1,003)


(847)


(1,003)


(847)


(926)


1,669


(926)


1,685

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








Cash flow hedge (losses) gains recognized

(116)


(668)


2,089


961

Cash flow hedge (gains) losses transferred to the statements of income

(351)


(178)


(1,417)


626

Income tax effect

125


226


(180)


(424)


(342)


(620)


492


1,163

Other comprehensive (loss) income for the period  - net of income tax

(1,268)


1,049


(434)


2,848

Comprehensive income for the period

39,193


30,660


122,276


111,049









Attributable to:









Equity holders of the Company

38,365


29,627


118,864


107,192


Non-controlling interests

828


1,033


3,412


3,857


39,193


30,660


122,276


111,049

 

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 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

-

745

-

745

-

745



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to the statements










of income, net of tax

-

415

-

415

-

415



Cash flow hedge losses transferred to property, plant and










equipment

-

19

-

19

-

19



Employee benefit plan remeasurements, net of tax

-

-

1,669

1,669

-

1,669


Other comprehensive income

-

1,179

1,669

2,848

-

2,848


Net income for the period

-

-

104,344

104,344

3,857

108,201


Comprehensive income for the period

-

1,179

106,013

107,192

3,857

111,049









Dividends

-

-

(5,894)

(5,894)

(1,277)

(7,171)








Balance at December 25, 2016

29,195

(29)

676,478

705,644

21,625

727,269






















Balance at December 26, 2016

29,195

(29)

676,478

705,644

21,625

727,269









Comprehensive income for the period









Cash flow hedge gains, net of tax

-

1,664

-

1,664

-

1,664



Cash flow hedge gains transferred to the statements










of income, net of tax

-

(1,039)

-

(1,039)

-

(1,039)



Employee benefit plan remeasurements, net of tax

-

-

(1,059)

(1,059)

-

(1,059)


Other comprehensive income (loss)

-

625

(1,059)

(434)

-

(434)


Net income for the period

-

-

119,298

119,298

3,412

122,710


Comprehensive income for the period

-

625

118,239

118,864

3,412

122,276









Dividends

-

-

(6,081)

(6,081)

-

(6,081)








Balance at December 31, 2017

29,195

596

788,636

818,427

25,037

843,464

 

Winpak Ltd.








Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows








(thousands of US dollars) (unaudited)









Quarter Ended


Year Ended


December 31


December 25


December 31


December 25


2017


2016


2017


2016









Cash provided by (used in):
















Operating activities:









Net income for the period

40,461


29,611


122,710


108,201


Items not involving cash:










Depreciation

10,078


9,059


38,565


35,054



Amortization - deferred income

(455)


(372)


(1,704)


(1,536)



Amortization - intangible assets

154


168


632


666



Employee defined benefit plan expenses

673


604


3,346


3,219



Net finance expense (income)

306


(142)


1,190


(217)



Income tax expense

2,333


13,184


38,831


49,813



Other

(170)


(2,075)


(3,675)


(3,552)




Cash flow from operating activities before the following

53,380


50,037


199,895


191,648


Change in working capital:










Trade and other receivables

1,382


(3,026)


7,193


(16,343)



Inventories

(3,179)


1,787


(13,204)


(7,018)



Prepaid expenses

1,693


953


704


387



Trade payables and other liabilities

(4,074)


(3,582)


(7,893)


2,874











Employee defined benefit plan contributions

(889)


(394)


(2,093)


(1,532)



Income tax paid

(7,199)


(6,654)


(45,276)


(44,491)



Interest received

597


203


1,856


549



Interest paid

(873)


(3)


(2,816)


(67)




Net cash from operating activities


40,838


39,321


138,366


126,007









Investing activities:









Acquisition of property, plant and equipment - net

(10,472)


(24,077)


(51,084)


(72,240)


Acquisition of intangible assets

(157)


(259)


(575)


(430)


(10,629)


(24,336)


(51,659)


(72,670)









Financing activities:









Dividends paid

(1,563)


(1,481)


(5,973)


(5,862)


Dividend paid to non-controlling interests in subsidiary

-


-


-


(1,277)


(1,563)


(1,481)


(5,973)


(7,139)









Change in cash and cash equivalents

28,646


13,504


80,734


46,198









Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

263,313


197,721


211,225


165,027









Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

291,959


211,225


291,959


211,225

 

SOURCE Winpak Ltd.

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