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Graphic Packaging Holding Company Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results; Strengthening Leadership in Fiber-Based Consumer Packaging with New Coated Recycled Paperboard Mill Investment

Feb 07, 2023

2022 Highlights

  • Net Sales were $9,440 million versus $7,156 million in the prior year.
  • Net Organic Sales increased 3% from the prior year.
  • Net Income was $522 million versus $204 million in the prior year.
  • Earnings per Diluted Share were $1.69 versus $0.68 in the prior year.
  • Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share were $2.33 versus $1.31 in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $1,600 million versus $1,056 million in the prior year.
  • Net debt was $5,133 million versus $5,659 million at prior year end.
  • Year-end net leverage was 3.2x versus proforma 4.6x at prior year end.

Investing to Strengthen Leadership in Fiber-Based Consumer Packaging

  • New coated recycled paperboard (CRB) mill will support growing demand and extend position as the lowest-cost, highest-quality paperboard producer in North America. Investment of approximately $1 billion over three years will be internally funded with operating cash flow.

ATLANTA, Feb. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK), (the "Company" or "Graphic Packaging"), a leading fiber-based consumer packaging company, today reported Net Income for fourth quarter 2022 of $156 million, or $0.50 per share, based on 309 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to fourth quarter 2021 Net Income of $39 million, or $0.13 per share, based on 309 million weighted average diluted shares.                               

Fourth quarter 2022 Net Income was impacted by a net $25 million of special charges, that are detailed in the attached Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table. When adjusting for these charges, Adjusted Net Income for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $181 million, or $0.59 per diluted share. This compares to fourth quarter 2021 Adjusted Net Income of $111 million, or $0.36 per diluted share. For the full year 2022, Net Income was $522 million, or $1.69 per share, based on 309 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to 2021 Net Income of $204 million, or $0.68 per share, based on 298 million weighted average diluted shares.

Full year 2022 Net Income was impacted by a net $200 million of special charges that are detailed in the attached Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table. When adjusting for these items, Adjusted Net Income for full year 2022 was $722 million, or $2.33 per diluted share. This compares to Adjusted Net Income for the full year of 2021 of $390 million, or $1.31 per diluted share.

Michael Doss, the Company's President and CEO said, "2022 was an excellent year of performance and execution by our global team. Financial results improved materially and are on pace to meet our Vision 2025 goals. Our continued innovation in fiber-based consumer packaging solutions drove a third consecutive year of net organic sales growth at or above the high-end of our targeted range. Our large acquisition in Europe has been integrated and is providing growth opportunities in new consumer markets while meeting our financial and synergy expectations. The state-of-the-art CRB machine in Kalamazoo, Michigan successfully ramped production and is on track to achieve an expected $130 million in incremental, annual EBITDA from the investment. Price execution, strong demand for innovative packaging solutions, acquisitions, and positive net productivity resulted in Adjusted EBITDA increasing 52% to $1.6 billion."

The Company's EVP and CFO, Stephen Scherger, added, "We delivered robust fourth quarter financial results despite a $20 million unfavorable impact to Adjusted EBITDA from the late December winter storm, which impacted paperboard production by approximately 40,000 tons. During the year, we reduced net debt by $526 million and, as committed, exited the year with net leverage of 3.2x, down from a proforma 4.6x at the end of 2021. We expect to grow Sales, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EPS in 2023 and further reduce net leverage to approximately 2.5x by year-end, while continuing to invest in our capabilities to drive growth."

Doss concluded, "We remain committed to our Vision 2025 goals and are pleased with our progress to date. Investments such as the CRB machine in Kalamazoo and other strategic initiatives are delivering real returns for shareholders and high-quality packaging for consumers. Our plans to build a new CRB mill in Waco, Texas and optimize our paperboard network over the next three years will extend our position as the lowest-cost, highest-quality paperboard producer in North America and enhance our ability to meet growing global demand for fiber-based consumer packaging."

Operating Results

Net Sales

Net Sales increased 20% to $2,386 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to $1,988 million in the prior year period. The $398 million increase was driven by $137 million of favorable volume/mix and $298 million in positive pricing, partially offset by $37 million in unfavorable foreign exchange.

Net Sales increased 32% to $9,440 million for the full year 2022, compared to $7,156 million in the prior year. The $2,284 million increase was driven by $1,283 million of favorable volume/mix from organic growth and acquisitions and $1,131 million in positive pricing, partially offset by $130 million in unfavorable foreign exchange.

EBITDA

EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $408 million, an increase of $190 million from the fourth quarter of 2021. After adjusting for charges associated with business combinations and other special charges, Adjusted EBITDA increased $128 million to $413 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 from $285 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. When comparing against the prior year quarter, Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2022 was positively impacted by $14 million in favorable volume/mix and $298 million in positive pricing.  These benefits were partially offset by $75 million of commodity input cost inflation, $40 million of labor, benefits and other inflation, $63 million in unfavorable net performance including $25 million in incentives and $30 million of unfavorable impact related to weather and outages, and $6 million of unfavorable foreign exchange.

EBITDA for the full year 2022 was $1,469 million, an increase of $563 million from the full year 2021. After adjusting for charges associated with business combinations and other special charges, Adjusted EBITDA increased 52% to $1,600 million in the full year 2022 from $1,056 million in the full year 2021. When comparing against the prior year, Adjusted EBITDA in 2022 was positively impacted by $224 million in favorable volume/mix and $1,131 million in positive pricing. These benefits were partially offset by $598 million of commodity input cost inflation, $112 million in labor, benefits and other inflation, $59 million in unfavorable net performance including $82 million in incentives and $20 million of unfavorable impact related to the late December winter storm and related mill downtime, and $42 million in unfavorable foreign exchange.

Other Results

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities was $1,090 million for the full year 2022, compared to $609 million for the full year 2021. Adjusting for GAAP guidelines related to the classification of certain cash receipts and payments associated with our receivable sale programs and the cash payments associated with special charges, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities was $1,249 million for the full year 2022, compared to $883 million for the full year 2021. Adjusted Cash Flow for the full year 2022 was $700 million, compared to $81 million for the full year 2021.

Total Debt (Long-Term, Short-Term and Current Portion) decreased $244 million during the fourth quarter of 2022 to $5,283 million compared to the third quarter of 2022. Total Net Debt (Total Debt, net of Cash and Cash Equivalents) decreased $312 million during the fourth quarter of 2022 to $5,133 million compared to the third quarter of 2022. The Company's year-end Net Leverage Ratio was 3.2x Adjusted EBITDA compared to 4.6x (proforma) at the end of 2021.

At December 31, 2022, the Company had available liquidity of $1,538 million, including the undrawn availability under its global revolving credit facilities.

Net Interest Expense was $54 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase as compared to the $35 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2021. For full year 2022, net interest expense was $197 million compared to $123 million in 2021.

Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2022 were $104 million compared to $214 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. For full year 2022, capital expenditures were $549 million compared to $802 million in 2021.

Fourth quarter 2022 Income Tax Expense was $60 million, compared to a $10 million expense in the fourth quarter of 2021. Full year 2022 Income Tax Expense was $194 million compared to a full year 2021 Income Tax Expense of $74 million.

Please note that a tabular reconciliation of Net Organic Sales, Net Organic Sales Growth, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, Adjusted Cash Flow and Total Net Debt is attached to this release.

Earnings Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today (February 7, 2023) to discuss the results of fourth quarter and full year 2022. The conference call will be webcast and can be accessed from the Investors section of the Graphic Packaging website at www.graphicpkg.com.  Participants may also listen via telephone by referencing conference ID 169486 and dialing:

844-200-6205 from the United States,
833-950-0062 from Canada, and
929-526-1599 from outside the United States and Canada.

Forward Looking Statements

Any statements of the Company's expectations in this press release, including but not limited to guidance regarding 2023 Net Sales, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Net Leverage at year-end as well as statements regarding the new CRB machine in Waco, Texas constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's present expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's operations and business, inflation of and volatility in raw material and energy costs, continuing pressure for lower cost products, the Company's ability to implement its business strategies, including productivity initiatives, cost reduction plans, and integration activities, as well as the Company's debt level, currency movements and other risks of conducting business internationally, the impact of regulatory and litigation matters, including the continued availability of the Company's U.S. federal income tax attributes to offset U.S. federal income taxes and the timing related to the Company's future U.S. federal income tax payments. Undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements, as such statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements, except as required by law. Additional information regarding these and other risks is contained in the Company's periodic filings with the SEC.

About Graphic Packaging Holding Company

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. The Company, a leading fiber-based consumer packaging provider, serves the world's most widely-recognized food, beverage, foodservice and other consumer products companies and brands.  The Company operates on a global basis, is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and fiber-based foodservice products in the United States and Europe, and holds leading market positions in coated recycled paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and solid bleached sulfate paperboard. Additional information about Graphic Packaging, its business and its products is available at www.graphicpkg.com.

 

GRAPHIC PACKAGING HOLDING COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended


December 31,

December 31,

In millions, except per share amounts

2022


2021

2022


2021

 Net Sales

$      2,386


$      1,988

$      9,440


$      7,156

 Cost of Sales

1,895


1,701

7,610


6,085

 Selling, General and Administrative

205


149

774


528

 Other (Income) Expense, Net

13


(4)

19


(2)

 Business Combinations, Shutdown and Other Special Charges and Exit Activities, Net

5


59

131


138

 Income from Operations

268


83

906


407

 Nonoperating Pension and Postretirement Benefit Income

2


1

7


5

 Interest Expense, Net

(54)


(35)

(197)


(123)

 Income before Income Taxes and Equity Income of Unconsolidated Entity

216


49

716


289

Income Tax Expense

(60)


(10)

(194)


(74)

 Income before Equity Income of Unconsolidated Entity

156


39

522


215

 Equity Income of Unconsolidated Entity



1

 Net Income

$          156


$            39

$          522


$         216

 Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest



(12)

 Net Income Attributable to Graphic Packaging Holding Company

$          156


$            39

$          522


$         204








 Net Income Per Share Attributable to Graphic Packaging Holding Company —  Basic

$         0.51


$         0.13

$         1.69


$        0.69

 Net Income Per Share Attributable to Graphic Packaging Holding Company —  Diluted

$         0.50


$         0.13

$         1.69


$        0.68








Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic

308.5


308.6

308.8


297.1

Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding - Diluted

309.4


309.3

309.5


297.9

 

GRAPHIC PACKAGING HOLDING COMPANY
PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)


In millions, except share and per share amounts

December 31,
2022


December 31,
2021

 ASSETS




 Current Assets:




 Cash and Cash Equivalents

$               150


$            172

 Receivables, Net

879


859

 Inventories, Net

1,606


1,387

 Other Current Assets

71


84

 Total Current Assets

2,706


2,502

 Property, Plant and Equipment, Net

4,579


4,677

 Goodwill

1,979


2,015

 Intangible Assets, Net

717


868

 Other Assets

347


395

 Total Assets

$         10,328


$       10,457





 LIABILITIES




 Current Liabilities:




 Short-Term Debt and Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

$                 53


$            279

 Accounts Payable

1,123


1,125

 Other Accrued Liabilities

757


645

 Total Current Liabilities

1,933


2,049

 Long-Term Debt

5,200


5,515

 Deferred Income Tax Liabilities

668


579

 Other Noncurrent Liabilities

377


421









 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




 Preferred Stock, par value $.01 per share; 100,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding


 Common Stock, par value $.01 per share; 1,000,000,000 shares authorized; 307,116,089 and 307,103,551 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

3


3

 Capital in Excess of Par Value

2,054


2,046

 Retained Earnings

469


66

 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(377)


(224)

 Total Graphic Packaging Holding Company Shareholders' Equity

2,149


1,891

 Noncontrolling Interest

1


2

 Total Equity

2,150


1,893

 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$         10,328


$       10,457

 

GRAPHIC PACKAGING HOLDING COMPANY
PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)



Twelve Months Ended


December 31,

In millions

2022


2021

 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




 Net Income

$        522


$        216

 Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities:




 Depreciation and Amortization

553


489

 Amortization of Deferred Debt Issuance Costs

9


9

 Deferred Income Taxes

131


55

 Amount of Postretirement Expense Greater Than Funding

(18)


(24)

 Impairment Charges related to Divestiture

96


 Other, Net

15


93

 Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities, Net of Acquisitions

(218)


(229)

 Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

1,090


609





 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




 Capital Spending

(522)


(775)

 Packaging Machinery Spending

(27)


(27)

 Acquisition of Businesses, Net of Cash Acquired


(1,704)

 Beneficial Interest on Sold Receivables

125


130

 Beneficial Interest Obtained in Exchange for Proceeds

(6)


(11)

 Other, Net

(5)


(5)

 Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(435)


(2,392)





 CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




 Repurchase of Common Stock

(28)


 Payments on Debt

(14)


(16)

 Retirement of Long-Term Debt

(250)


(1,626)

 Proceeds from Issuance of Debt


2,965

 Redemption of Noncontrolling Interest


(150)

 Borrowings under Revolving Credit Facilities

3,929


4,485

 Payments on Revolving Credit Facilities

(4,195)


(3,649)

 IP Tax Receivable Agreement Payment


(109)

 Debt Issuance Costs


(27)

 Repurchase of Common Stock related to Share-Based Payments

(18)


(15)

 Dividends and Distributions Paid to GPIP Partner

(92)


(92)

 Other, Net

2


12

 Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

(666)


1,778

 Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash

(6)


(2)

 Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(17)


(7)

 Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year

172


179

 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year (includes $5 million classified as held for sale as of December 31, 2022)

$        155


$        172

GRAPHIC PACKAGING HOLDING COMPANY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The tables below set forth the calculation of the Company's earnings before interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, including pension amortization ("EBITDA"), Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, Adjusted Cash Flow, Net Leverage Ratio, Total Net Debt and Net Organic Sales Growth. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income exclude charges associated with: the Company's business combinations, facility shutdowns, and other special charges. The Company's management believes that the presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, Adjusted Cash Flow, Net Leverage Ratio and Net Organic Sales Growth provides useful information to investors because these measures are regularly used by management in assessing the Company's performance. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, Adjusted Cash Flow, Net Leverage Ratio, and Net Organic Sales Growth are financial measures not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"), and are not measures of net income, operating income, operating performance, liquidity or net sales presented in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, Adjusted Cash Flow, Net Leverage Ratio and Net Organic Sales Growth should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered substitutes for or superior to GAAP results. In addition, our EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, Adjusted Cash Flow, Net Leverage Ratio and Net Organic Sales Growth may not be comparable to Adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate such measures in the same manner as we do.


 Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,

In millions, except per share amounts

2022


2021


2022


2021

Net Income Attributable to Graphic Packaging Holding Company

$          156


$           39


$          522


$          204

Add (Subtract):








Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest




12

Income Tax Expense

60


10


194


74

Equity Income of Unconsolidated Entity




(1)

Interest Expense, Net

54


35


197


123

Depreciation and Amortization

138


134


556


494

EBITDA

408


218


1,469


906

Charges Associated with Business Combinations, Shutdown and Other Special Charges (a)

5


67


131


150

Adjusted EBITDA

$          413


$          285


$       1,600


$       1,056









Adjusted EBITDA Margin (Adjusted EBITDA/Net Sales)

17.3 %


14.3 %


16.9 %


14.8 %









Net Income Attributable to Graphic Packaging Holding Company

$          156


$           39


$          522


$          204

Charges Associated with Business Combinations, Shutdown and Other Special Charges (a)

5


67


131


150

Accelerated Depreciation Related to Exit Activities


3


7


17

Tax Impact of Business Combinations, Shutdown and Other Special Charges, Accelerated Depreciation and Other Tax Items

5


(13)


(4)


(28)

Noncontrolling Interest, Net of Tax




(2)

Amortization Related to Purchased Intangible Assets, Net of Tax

15


15


66


49

Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Graphic Packaging Holding Company

$          181


$          111


$          722


$          390









Adjusted Earnings Per Share - Basic (b)

$         0.59


$         0.36


$         2.34


$         1.31

Adjusted Earnings Per Share - Diluted (b)

$         0.59


$         0.36


$         2.33


$         1.31



(a)

For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021, $16 million and $20 million, respectively, is recorded in costs of sales for inventory valuation adjustments related to business combinations offset by $8 million related to the settlement of an unfavorable supply agreement.

(b)

Excludes amortization related to purchased intangibles.

 

GRAPHIC PACKAGING HOLDING COMPANY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Continued)



Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


 December 31,

In millions

2022


2021


2020

Net Income

$                   522


$                   204


$                  167

Add (Subtract):






Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest


12


36

Income Tax Expense

194


74


42

Equity Income of Unconsolidated Entity


(1)


(1)

Interest Expense, Net

197


123


129

Depreciation and Amortization

556


494


481

EBITDA

1,469


906


854

Charges Associated with Business Combinations and Shutdown, Other Special Charges and Exit Activities

131


150


62

Pension Plan Settlement Charge



154

Adjusted EBITDA

1,600


1,056


1,070








December 31,


December 31,


 December 31,

Calculation of Net Debt:

2022


2021


2020

Short-Term Debt and Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

$                     53


$                   279


$                  497

Long-Term Debt(a)

5,230


5,552


3,169

Less:






Cash and Cash Equivalents

(150)


(172)


(179)

Total Net Debt

$                5,133


$               5,659


$               3,487







Net Leverage Ratio (Total Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA)

3.21


5.36


3.26


(a) Excludes unamortized deferred debt issue costs.

 


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,

In millions

2022


2021

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

$       1,090


$          609

Net Cash Receipts from Receivables Sold included in Investing Activities

119


119

Cash Payments Associated with Business Combinations, Shutdown and Other Special Charges and Exit Activities

40


155

Adjusted Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

$       1,249


$          883

Capital Spending

(549)


(802)

Adjusted Cash Flow

$          700


$             81

 

GRAPHIC PACKAGING HOLDING COMPANY
Unaudited Supplemental Data


Calculation of Net Organic Sales Growth:

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended


December 31,

December 31,

In millions

2022


2021

2022


2021

Net Sales

$            2,386


1,988

$           9,440


$               7,156

Open Market Paperboard Sales (Paperboard Mills Segment)

(357)


(275)

(1,290)


(1,007)

Impact of Purchased Sales from Acquisitions (a)


87


928

Impact of Pricing (b)

(251)


(977)


Impact of Foreign Exchange (c)

37


129


Net Organic Sales

$            1,815


$               1,800

$           7,302


$               7,077

Net Organic Sales Growth

0.8 %



3.2 %




(a) Purchased Sales from Acquisitions represents the prior year sales from acquired companies adjusted for current year currency impact.

(b) Represents pricing from converting sales, including price recovery from acquisitions.

(c) Impact of Foreign Exchange is measured as the increase or decrease in sales for the current period by applying prior period foreign currency exchange rates to present a constant currency comparison to prior periods.

 

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