Pregis Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results

Mar 23, 2011, 17:00 ET from Pregis Corporation

DEERFIELD, Ill., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pregis Corporation, a leading international manufacturer, marketer, and supplier of protective packaging products and specialty packaging solutions, today announced its 2010 fourth quarter and full year financial results.  

For the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company generated net sales of $221.7 million, an increase of 4.3% versus net sales of $212.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.  Excluding the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation, resulting from the U.S. dollar strengthening against the euro and pound sterling on a year-over-year basis, and the sales associated with our acquisition of IntelliPack, the quarter's net sales were higher by 7.1% compared to the prior year quarter.  This sales increase was driven by increased volumes resulting from the Company's growth initiatives and the impact of selling price increases implemented in 2010.

For the full year, 2010 net sales increased 9.0% to $873.2 million as compared to $801.2 in 2009.  Excluding the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation, and the acquisition of IntelliPack, 2010 net sales increased 9.8%, due to the impact of increased volumes resulting from the Company's growth initiatives as well as the impact of economic recovery, along with the impact of selling price increases implemented in 2010.

Gross margin as a percent of net sales was 21.3% in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 22.2% in the fourth quarter of 2009.  For the full year, gross margin as a percent of net sales decreased to 21.6% for 2010 compared to 23.9% for 2009.  The year-over-year decline in gross margin as a percent of net sales was driven by increased key raw material costs, partially offset by year-over-year selling price increases.  Full year average resin costs in North America and Europe, as measured by their respective indices, were 27% and 39% higher in 2010 as compared to 2009, respectively.

The Company generated an operating loss of $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 which compared with operating income of $2.5 million for the same quarter 2009.  This decrease in operating income was primarily a result of increased key raw material costs, higher restructuring costs in our European operations as we continue to upgrade management and drive cost reduction initiatives, as well as increased depreciation expense, partially offset by year-over-year selling price increases and the impact of higher sales volumes.  Adjusted EBITDA, or "Consolidated Cash Flow" as defined by our indentures, is a significant operating measure used by the Company to measure its operating performance and liquidity.  Adjusted EBITDA was $18.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $17.9 million for the same period in 2009.  The higher year-over-year Adjusted EBITDA was primarily a result of year-over-year selling price increases, the impact of higher sales volumes, and the acquisition of IntelliPack, partially offset by increased key raw material costs.

Operating income for the full year of 2010 was $2.8 million, compared to 2009 operating income of $14.9 million.  This decrease in operating income was primarily due to increased key raw material costs, partially offset by the impact of higher sales volumes, the acquisition of IntelliPack, and the year-over-year impact of selling price increases.  Adjusted EBITDA for full year 2010 was $76.7 million compared to $85.3 million for full year 2009.  The lower year-over-year Adjusted EBITDA was primarily a result of the same drivers impacting operating income as described above.

Commenting on the Company's results, Glenn Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "In the fourth quarter, we continued to drive our growth initiatives, particularly in inflatable and foam-in-place systems.  However, its positive impact was more than offset by significant year-over-year increases in our key raw material costs, which were higher compared with the fourth quarter 2009 by over 24% in North America and 30% in Europe based on their respective indices.  Higher key raw materials costs negatively impacted us by over $11 million in the fourth quarter and almost $42 million for full year 2010."

Mr. Fischer continued, "Consistent with the trends throughout 2010, resin costs continued to increase in the fourth quarter in both North America and Europe and have continued to increase in the first quarter of 2011 as well.  We implemented selling price increases in North America in late fourth quarter, and have implemented additional increases in the first quarter of 2011 in North America and Europe as well.  Market support for these selling price increases remains mixed."

Segment Performance

Comments on segment net sales and EBITDA performance for the fourth quarter of 2010 is as follows:

  • Net sales of the protective packaging segment increased by $10.7 million, or 8.0%.  This increase was driven primarily by increased volumes resulting from the Company's growth initiatives and the IntelliPack acquisition, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation.  Excluding the unfavorable foreign currency translation and the IntelliPack acquisition, net sales for the fourth quarter 2010 increased 8.2%.
  • EBITDA of the protective packaging segment increased $4.1 million compared to the same quarter of 2009.  This increase was primarily due to higher sales volumes, impact of selling price increases, and the IntelliPack acquisition, partially offset by increased key raw material costs.
  • Net sales of the specialty packaging segment decreased $1.7 million, or 2.1% compared to the same quarter 2009.  This decrease was primarily driven by unfavorable foreign currency translation.  Excluding the unfavorable foreign currency translation, net sales for the fourth quarter 2010 increased 5.2% year-over-year driven by higher volumes from the Company's growth initiatives and the impact of selling price increases.
  • EBITDA of the specialty packaging segment decreased $6.4 million primarily due to increased key raw material costs, higher bad debt expense, and unfavorable currency, partially offset by increased sales volumes.

A summary of Adjusted EBITDA, a significant measure required by the Company's indentures and used by the Company to measure its operating performance and liquidity, is presented in the supplemental information at the end of this release.

New Credit Facility

On March 23, 2011, Pregis and its subsidiaries entered into a $75 million ABL credit facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance as Agent. The facility is subject to a borrowing base (including eligible accounts receivable and inventory) and includes a $30 million UK facility.  The facility also provides for future uncommitted increases of its maximum amount, not to exceed $40 million.  The facility matures on the earlier of March 22, 2016 and the date that is 90 days prior to the maturity of the existing high yield notes of Pregis Corporation (as such notes may be refinanced prior to such maturity date).  The advances under the ABL credit facilities bear interest, at our option, equal to adjusted LIBOR, plus an applicable margin, or a base rate, plus an applicable margin.  The applicable margin for LIBOR loans ranges from 2.5% to 3%, depending on our average quarterly excess availability.  The applicable margin for the base rate loans is 100 basis points lower than the applicable margin for the LIBOR loans.  

Obligations under the US facility are guaranteed by Pregis and substantially all of its US subsidiaries and are secured by a first priority security interest in substantially all of the assets (other than certain excluded property) of Pregis and its US subsidiaries and by capital stock of substantially all of Pregis’ US subsidiaries and 65% of voting stock (and 100% of the nonvoting stock) of its first-tier foreign subsidiaries.  Obligations under the UK facility are guaranteed by Pregis and substantially all of its foreign and domestic subsidiaries and are secured by substantially all of the assets (other than certain excluded property) of Pregis and its foreign and domestic subsidiaries and by capital stock of substantially all of Pregis’ foreign and domestic subsidiaries.  The facility contains customary representations, warranties, covenants and events of default, including monthly compliance with a “springing”  fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.1 to 1.0 if the excess availability of Pregis and its subsidiaries falls below a certain level.  The ABL credit facility is also subject to mandatory prepayments out of certain asset sales, insurance, and condemnation proceeds if the excess availability of Pregis and its subsidiaries falls below a certain level.

Conference Call:

The Company will conduct an investor conference call to review its 2010 fourth quarter results on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT).  The call can be accessed through the following dial-in numbers: Domestic: 866-730-5762; International: 857-350-1586; Participant Passcode: 79108653.  A replay of the conference call will be available through April 4, 2011.  The replay may be accessed using the following dial-in information: Domestic: 888-286-8010; International: 617-801-6888; Passcode: 96472951.

About Pregis:

Pregis Corporation is a leading global provider of innovative protective, flexible, and foodservice packaging and hospital supply products.  The specialty-packaging leader currently operates 46 facilities in 18 countries around the world.  Pregis Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pregis Holding II Corporation. For more information about Pregis, visit the Company's web site at www.pregis.com.

Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by the Company's use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "seek," "should," or "will," or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control. For a discussion of key risk factors, please see the risk factors disclosed in the Company's annual report, which is available on its website, www.pregis.com. These risks may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risk and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements.

Pregis Holding II Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Unaudited

(dollars in thousands, except shares and per share data)



December 31,


2010


2009

Assets




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$   47,845


$   80,435

Accounts receivable




Trade, net of allowances of $7,513 and $6,015 respectively

118,836


120,812

Other

18,573


12,035

Inventories, net

88,975


81,024

Deferred income taxes

3,699


5,079

Due from Pactiv

1,161


1,169

Prepayments and other current assets

9,131


7,929

Total current assets

288,220


308,483

Property, plant and equipment, net

198,260


226,882

Other assets




Goodwill

139,795


126,250

Intangible assets, net

53,642


38,054

Deferred financing costs, net

4,816


8,092

Due from Pactiv, long-term

8,168


8,429

Pension and related assets

11,848


13,953

Restricted Cash

3,501


-

Other

448


404

Total other assets

222,218


195,182

Total assets

$ 708,698


$ 730,547

Liabilities and stockholder's equity




Current liabilities




Current portion of long-term debt

$   46,363


$        300

Accounts payable

101,266


78,708

Accrued income taxes

2,971


5,236

Accrued payroll and benefits

14,626


14,242

Accrued interest

7,654


7,722

Other

20,903


18,311

Total current liabilities

193,783


124,219

Long-term debt

442,908


502,534

Deferred income taxes

16,029


19,721

Long-term income tax liabilities

5,732


5,463

Pension and related liabilities

4,149


4,451

Other

19,566


15,367

Stockholder's equity:




Common stock - $0.01 par value; 1,000 shares authorized,




14,900.35 shares issued and outstanding at




December 31, 2010 and 2009

-


-

Additional paid-in capital

155,055


151,963

Accumulated deficit

(119,400)


(82,328)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(9,124)


(10,843)

Total stockholder's equity

26,531


58,792

Total liabilities and stockholder's equity

$ 708,698


$ 730,547




Pregis Holding II Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Unaudited

(dollars in thousands)



Three Months Ended December 31,


Year ended December 31,


2010


2009


2010


2009









Net Sales

$ 221,688


$ 212,630


$ 873,206


$ 801,224

Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales, excluding depreciation








and amortization

174,359


165,371


684,498


609,515

Selling, general and administrative

33,900


33,989


130,057


117,048

Depreciation and amortization

12,149


9,400


46,454


44,783

Goodwill impairment

-


-


-


-

Other operating expense, net

3,923


1,378


9,442


14,980

Total operating costs and expenses

224,331


210,138


870,451


786,326

Operating income (loss)

(2,643)


2,492


2,755


14,898

Interest expense

12,872


14,532


48,364


42,604

Interest income

(82)


(218)


(254)


(394)

Foreign exchange loss (gain), net

260


(486)


642


(6,303)

Loss before income taxes

(15,693)


(11,336)


(45,997)


(21,009)

Income tax benefit

(2,328)


(4,012)


(8,925)


(2,999)

Net loss

$ (13,365)


$   (7,324)


$ (37,072)


$ (18,010)



Pregis Holding II Corporation Consolidated

Statement of Cash Flow

(dollars in thousands)










Year ended December 31,




2010


2009

Operating activities




Net loss

$ (37,072)


$ (18,010)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to




cash provided by operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization

46,454


44,783


Deferred income taxes

(10,013)


(1,060)


Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)

1,008


(6,126)


Amortization of deferred financing costs

3,472


5,247


Amortization of debt discount

2,945


861


Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

1,601


(270)


Stock compensation expense

3,092


1,353


Defined benefit pension plan expense (income)

279


(1,189)


Trademark impairment

-


194


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






Accounts and other receivables, net

(8,062)


7,283



Due from Pactiv

(135)


5,195



Inventories, net

(10,230)


9,153



Prepayments and other current assets

(1,233)


17



Accounts payable

24,430


(2,944)



Accrued taxes

(1,532)


(7,876)



Accrued interest

(132)


1,043



Other current liabilities

(426)


(1,829)



Pension and other

(1,705)


(10,208)

Cash provided by operating activities

12,741


25,617







Investing activities




Capital expenditures

(31,033)


(25,045)

Proceeds from sale of assets

1,517


1,766

Proceeds from sale and leaseback of property, net of costs

17,875


9,850

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

(32,105)


-

Change in restricted cash

(3,501)


-

Cash used in investing activities

(47,247)


(13,429)







Financing activities




Proceeds from note issuance, net of discount

-


172,173

Proceeds from revolving credit facility

500


42,000

Repayment of term B1 & B2 notes

-


(176,991)

Deferred financing costs

-


(6,466)

Repayment of debt

-


(4,312)

Proceeds from foreign lines of credit

3,719


-

Other, net

(153)


(269)

Cash provided (used in) financing activities

4,066


26,135

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash





and cash equivalents

(2,150)


933

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(32,590)


39,256

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

80,435


41,179







Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$   47,845


$   80,435









Pregis Holding II Corporation

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)


Calculation of Adjusted EBITDA ("Consolidated Cash Flow")


(unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands)

2010


2009






Net loss of Pregis Holding II Corporation

$ (13,365)


$ (7,324)

Interest expense, net of interest income

12,790


14,314

Income tax benefit

(2,328)


(4,012)

Depreciation and amortization

12,149


9,400

EBITDA

9,246


12,378






Other non-cash charges (income):





Unrealized foreign currency transaction losses (gains), net

316


(573)


Non-cash stock based compensation expense

1,703


292


Non-cash asset impairment charge

-


194

Net unusual or nonrecurring gains or losses:





Restructuring, severance and related expenses

4,429


1,023


Other unusual or nonrecurring gains or losses

2,730


4,126

Other adjustments:





Amounts paid pursuant to management agreement with Sponsor

444


481

Pro forma earnings and costs savings

-


-

Adjusted EBITDA (“Consolidated Cash Flow”)

$  18,868


$ 17,921



Note to above:

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, interest income, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization.  Adjusted EBITDA, referred to as Consolidated Cash Flow within the context of the Company's indentures, is presented herein because it is a material element of the fixed charge coverage ratio and secured indebtedness leverage ratio included in the Company's indentures and is a significant operating measure used by the Company to measure its operating performance and liquidity.

Pregis Holding II Corporation

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)


Calculation of Adjusted EBITDA ("Consolidated Cash Flow")


(unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands)

2010


2009






Net loss of Pregis Holding II Corporation

$ (37,072)


$ (18,010)

Interest expense, net of interest income

48,110


42,210

Income tax benefit

(8,925)


(2,999)

Depreciation and amortization

46,454


44,783

EBITDA

48,567


65,984






Other non-cash charges (income):





Unrealized foreign currency transaction losses (gains), net

1,008


(6,125)


Non-cash stock based compensation expense

3,092


1,363


Non-cash asset impairment charge

-


(59)


Loss on sale leaseback transaction

1,837


-

Net unusual or nonrecurring gains or losses:





Restructuring, severance and related expenses

9,157


16,138


Other unusual or nonrecurring gains or losses

10,022


6,013

Other adjustments:





Amounts paid pursuant to management agreement with Sponsor

2,471


2,045

Pro forma adjusted EBITDA of acquired business

531


-

Adjusted EBITDA (“Consolidated Cash Flow”)

$  76,685


$  85,359



Note to above:

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, interest income, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization.  Adjusted EBITDA, referred to as Consolidated Cash Flow within the context of the Company's indentures, is presented herein because it is a material element of the fixed charge coverage ratio and secured indebtedness leverage ratio included in the Company's indentures and is a significant operating measure used by the Company to measure its operating performance and liquidity.  

Pregis Holding II Corporation

Fourth Quarter 2010

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)

(Amounts and percentage changes are approximations due to rounding.)


Gross Margin Calculations




Three Months Ended December 31,


Year Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands)

2010


2009


Change


2010


2009


Change














Net sales

$ 221,688


$ 212,630


$ 9,058


$ 873,206


$ 801,224


$ 71,982

Cost of sales, excluding













depreciation and amortization

(174,359)


(165,371)


(8,988)


(684,498)


(609,515)


(74,983)

Gross margin

$   47,329


$   47,259


$      70


$ 188,708


$ 191,709


$ (3,001)

Gross margin, as a percent of net sales

21.3%


22.2%


(0.9)%


21.6%


23.9%


(2.3)%



Net Sales by Segment
































Change Attributable to the











Following Factors



Three months ended December 31,






Price /






Currency



2010


2009


$ Change


% Change


Mix


Volume


Acquisitions


Translation



(dollars in thousands)

















Segment:





















Protective Packaging


$            144,758


$        134,037


$     10,721


8.0 %


$    5,166

3.9 %


$      5,749

4.3 %


$    4,993

3.7 %


$   (5,187)

(3.9)%

Specialty Packaging


76,930


78,593


(1,663)


(2.1)%


1,572

2.0 %


2,578

3.2 %


-

0.0 %


(5,813)

(7.3)%

Total


$            221,688


$        212,630


$       9,058


4.3 %


$    6,738

3.2 %


$      8,327

3.9 %


$    4,993

2.4 %


$ (11,000)

(5.2)%






















































Change Attributable to the  











Following Factors



Year ended December 31,






Price /







Currency



2010


2009


$ Change


% Change


Mix


Volume


Acquisitions


Translation



(dollars in thousands)

















Segment:





















Protective Packaging


$            559,683


$        497,144


$     62,539


12.6 %


$    2,055

0.4 %


$    53,522

10.8 %


$  17,562

3.5 %


$ (10,600)

(2.1)%

Specialty Packaging


313,523


304,080


9,443


3.1 %


2,808

0.9 %


20,208

6.6 %


-

0.0 %


(13,573)

(4.5)%

Total


$            873,206


$        801,224


$     71,982


9.0 %


$    4,863

0.6 %


$    73,730

9.2 %


$  17,562

2.2 %


$ (24,173)

(3.0)%



Pregis Holding II Corporation

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)

(Amounts and percentage changes are approximations due to rounding.)


EBITDA by Segment



Three Months Ended December 31,






2010


2009


$ Change


% Change


(dollars in thousands)













Segment:








Protective Packaging

$ 14,497


$ 10,360


$    4,137


39.9 %

Specialty Packaging

4,157


10,547


(6,390)


(60.6)%

  Total segment EBITDA

$ 18,654


$ 20,907


$   (2,253)


(10.8)%


















Year Ended December 31,






2010


2009


$ Change


% Change


(dollars in thousands)













Segment:








Protective Packaging

$ 47,824


$ 52,561


$   (4,737)


(9.0)%

Specialty Packaging

31,232


41,339


(10,107)


(24.4)%

  Total segment EBITDA

$ 79,056


$ 93,900


$ (14,844)


(15.8)%



SOURCE Pregis Corporation



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