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Silgan Announces Strong Growth in 2022; Anticipates Increased Revenue, Segment Income and Free Cash Flow In 2023

STAMFORD, Conn. , January 24 /Businesswire/ - Silgan Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SLGN), a leading supplier of sustainable rigid packaging solutions for the world's essential consumer goods products, today reported record full year net sales of $6.41 billion, a 12.9 percent increase over prior year net sales of $5.68 billion, and full year 2022 net income of $340.8 million, or $3.07 per diluted share, as compared to full year 2021 net income of $359.1 million, or $3.23 per diluted share.

Adjusted net income per diluted share for the full year of 2022 was a record $3.98, after adjustments increasing net income per diluted share by $0.91 primarily related to the write-off of net assets in Russia. Adjusted net income per diluted share for the full year of 2021 was $3.40, after adjustments increasing net income per diluted share by $0.17 primarily related to rationalization charges. A reconciliation of historical net income per diluted share to “adjusted net income per diluted share,” a Non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company that adjusts net income per diluted share for certain items, can be found in Table A at the back of this press release.

“The Silgan team continued to operate at a very high level, capitalizing on our momentum in the marketplace alongside our customers in 2022. As a result, we delivered our 6th consecutive year of record adjusted EPS in 2022, with a new all-time record that is 17 percent above the previous record in 2021,” said Adam Greenlee, President and CEO. “Since our founding, our unique business model has proven successful throughout a variety of economic cycles as demonstrated by our 12 percent 10 year CAGR for adjusted EPS. The past three years have showcased the exceptional strength of our team and the execution of our strategic initiatives as well as our ability to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions, with a greater than 20 percent CAGR for adjusted EPS from pre-pandemic levels,” continued Mr. Greenlee.

“As our focus shifts to 2023, we believe the prospects for continued success and growth are stronger than at any point in our history. We expect the results of our long-term growth strategy of building partnerships with our customers, financial discipline, effective deployment of capital and a relentless focus on costs and profitability will continue to deliver increased revenues, organic volume growth and increased segment income in 2023, as well as significantly improved free cash flow generation,” concluded Mr. Greenlee.

The Company reported net cash provided by operating activities of $748.4 million in 2022 as compared to $556.8 million in 2021. Free cash flow for 2022 was $368.2 million as compared to $466.1 million in 2021. The decrease in free cash flow was due primarily to higher working capital, the payment of the European Commission settlement and higher interest payments, partially offset by higher income before interest and income taxes in 2022. The Company is providing a reconciliation in Table C of this press release of net cash provided by operating activities to “free cash flow,” a Non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company which adjusts net cash provided by operating activities for certain items. Net sales for 2022 were $6.41 billion, an increase of $734.4 million, or 12.9 percent, as compared to $5.68 billion in 2021. This increase was the result of higher net sales in all segments.

Income before interest and income taxes for 2022 was a record $602.0 million, an increase of $25.9 million, or 4.5 percent, as compared to $576.1 million for 2021, while margins decreased to 9.4 percent from 10.1 percent for the same periods largely due to $74.1 million of rationalization charges in 2022. The increase in income before interest and income taxes was the result of higher income in the Dispensing and Specialty Closures and Custom Containers segments, partially offset by lower income in the Metal Containers segment due to higher rationalization charges and higher corporate expenses as a result of a charge of $25.2 million related to the European Commission settlement. Rationalization charges were $74.1 million in 2022 primarily due to the write-off of net assets to service the Russian market in the Metal Containers segment, which also decreased margins in 2022 as compared to 2021. Rationalization charges were $15.0 million in 2021. The full year of 2021 also included costs attributed to announced acquisitions and a charge for the write-up of inventory for purchase accounting of $5.0 million and $2.6 million, respectively.

Interest and other debt expense before loss on early extinguishment of debt for 2022 was $126.3 million, an increase of $17.9 million as compared to 2021. This increase was primarily due to higher weighted average outstanding borrowings as a result of the acquisitions completed in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, partially offset by the impact from lower foreign currency exchange rates on outstanding Euro denominated debt.

The effective tax rates were 28.1 percent and 23.0 percent for 2022 and 2021, respectively. The effective tax rate for 2022 was unfavorably impacted by the write-off of net assets related to operations in Russia and the European Commission settlement, each of which was non-deductible.

Dispensing and Specialty Closures

Net sales of the Dispensing and Specialty Closures segment were a record $2.32 billion in 2022, an increase of $156.2 million, or 7.2 percent, as compared to $2.16 billion in 2021. This increase was primarily the result of higher average selling prices due to the pass through of higher raw material and other inflationary costs and higher unit volumes of approximately 1 percent, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation of approximately $106 million. Unit volumes increased over the prior year record primarily due to higher unit volumes for beauty and fragrance and dispensing products, including from the businesses acquired in September 2021. These increases were partially offset by expected volume decreases in closures for certain food and beverage markets, as compared to record volumes in the prior year primarily due to customer pre-buy activity in the fourth quarter of 2021 in advance of significant metal inflation, and a decrease in volumes for lawn and garden, hygiene and home cleaning products which were impacted by further inventory corrections throughout the supply chain in 2022. Unit volumes were approximately 18 percent higher than pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Segment income of Dispensing and Specialty Closures for 2022 increased $60.9 million to a record $323.0 million as compared to $262.1 million in 2021, and segment margin increased to 13.9 percent from 12.1 percent for the same periods. The increase in segment income was primarily due to higher average selling prices principally as a result of the pass through of higher raw material and other inflationary costs, strong operating performance including the benefit of an inventory management program, the favorable year-over-year comparative impact from the delayed pass through of resin costs, cost recovery for certain customer project expenditures, lower rationalization charges and a $1.6 million charge for the write-up of inventory for purchase accounting in the prior year period, partially offset by inflation in manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs and the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Metal Containers

Net sales of the Metal Containers segment were a record $3.37 billion for 2022, an increase of $563.8 million, or 20.1 percent, as compared to $2.81 billion in 2021. This increase was primarily the result of higher average selling prices due to the pass through of higher raw material and other manufacturing costs, partially offset by lower unit volumes of approximately 11 percent and unfavorable foreign currency translation of approximately $52 million. As expected, the decrease in unit volumes was principally the result of the impact of customer pre-buy activity in the fourth quarter of 2021 in advance of significant price increases due to unprecedented metal inflation in 2022, lower fruit and vegetable volumes as compared to higher volumes from customer restocking in the record prior year and the continued unfavorable impact from certain customers’ ongoing supply chain and labor challenges in 2022.

Segment income of Metal Containers in 2022 was $234.2 million, a decrease of $19.5 million as compared to $253.7 million in 2021, and segment margin decreased to 6.9 percent from 9.0 percent for the same periods. The decrease in segment income was primarily attributable to higher rationalization charges of $64.2 million. Segment income benefited from strong operating performance, which included an inventory management program, and higher average selling prices due to the pass through of higher raw material and other inflationary costs. These increases were partially offset by inflation in manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs, lower unit volumes, a less favorable mix of products sold and the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation. Rationalization charges were $73.1 million and $8.9 million in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Rationalization charges in 2022 included $73.8 million primarily related to the write-off of net assets of operations in Russia, partially offset by a rationalization credit of $8.5 million related to finalizing the liability for the withdrawal from the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Plan in 2019.

Custom Containers

Net sales of the Custom Containers segment were $723.0 million in 2022, an increase of $14.4 million, or 2.0 percent, as compared to $708.6 million in 2021. This increase was principally due to higher average selling prices, including the pass through of higher resin and other inflationary costs, and a more favorable mix of products sold, partially offset by lower volumes of approximately 8 percent and the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation of approximately $5 million. The decline in volumes was primarily due to higher volumes in the prior year as a result of increased demand related to the pandemic and subsequent inventory corrections throughout the supply chain in 2022, particularly for home, personal care and lawn and garden products.

Segment income of Custom Containers in 2022 was $92.5 million, an increase of $0.1 million as compared to $92.4 million in 2021, while segment margin decreased to 12.8 percent from 13.0 percent over the same periods. The increase in segment income was primarily attributable to higher average selling prices, the favorable year-over-year comparative impact from the delayed pass through of resin costs and strong operating performance. These increases were partially offset by lower volumes and inflation in manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs.

Fourth Quarter

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $24.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $85.0 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2021. Adjusted net income per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2022 was a record $0.84, a 6 percent increase over the previous record of $0.79 in 2021, after adjustments increasing net income per diluted share by $0.62 for the fourth quarter of 2022 and by $0.03 for the fourth quarter of 2021.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased $16.1 million, or 1.1 percent, to $1.46 billion as compared to $1.44 billion for the fourth quarter of 2021. This increase was primarily the result of higher average selling prices in the Dispensing and Specialty Closures and Metal Containers segments, principally related to the pass through of higher raw material and other inflationary costs, and a more favorable mix of products sold in the Custom Containers segment, partially offset by expected lower volumes across all segments, the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation of approximately $39 million and lower average selling prices in the Custom Containers segment due primarily to the pass through of lower resin costs. Lower unit volumes of approximately 8 percent in the Dispensing and Specialty Closures segment and 13 percent in the Metal Containers segment were due primarily to the customer pre-buy activity in 2021 in advance of significant metal inflation in 2022. The decline in volumes of approximately 11 percent in the Custom Containers segment was primarily for lawn and garden, home and personal care products, which included the non-renewal of a lower margin supply agreement.

Income before interest and income taxes for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $81.1 million, a decrease of $47.6 million as compared to the same period in 2021, and margins decreased to 5.6 percent from 8.9 percent for the same periods. The decrease in income before interest and income taxes was primarily due to higher rationalization charges of $64.6 million. Segment income benefited from higher average selling prices in the Dispensing and Specialty Closures and Metal Containers segments principally due to the pass through of higher raw material and other inflationary costs, strong operating performances in each of the segments, including the benefit of inventory management programs in the Metal Containers and Dispensing and Specialty Closures segments, and the favorable year-over-year comparative impact from the delayed pass through of resin costs. These increases were partially offset by lower volumes, a less favorable mix of products sold, inflation in manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs and the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation. Rationalization charges were $66.6 million and $2.0 million in the fourth quarters of 2022 and 2021, respectively, resulting in lower margins in the fourth quarter of 2022 as compared to the prior year period. Rationalization charges in the fourth quarter of 2022 included $73.8 million for the write-off of net assets of operations in Russia, partially offset by a rationalization credit of $9.8 million related to finalizing the liability for the withdrawal from the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Plan in 2019. The fourth quarter of 2021 also included costs attributed to announced acquisitions of $0.9 million and a $1.7 million charge for the write-up of inventory for purchase accounting.

Interest and other debt expense before loss on early extinguishment of debt for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $34.6 million, an increase of $6.0 million as compared to the same period in 2021. This increase was primarily due to higher weighted average interest rates. Loss on early extinguishment of debt was $0.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021.

The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2022 was 47.2 percent as compared to 14.7 percent for the fourth quarter of 2021. The effective tax rate in 2022 was unfavorably impacted by the write-off of net assets related to metal containers operations in Russia which was non-deductible.

Outlook for 2023

The Company currently estimates that its adjusted net income per diluted share for the full year of 2023 will be in the range of $3.95 to $4.15, which includes a headwind of $0.20 per diluted share for additional interest expense, as compared to record adjusted net income per diluted share for the full year of 2022 of $4.01. Adjusted net income per diluted share excludes rationalization charges, the charge for the European Commission settlement and loss on early extinguishment of debt. In an effort to align our adjusted earnings with the underlying operating performance of our operations, our estimate also excludes acquired intangible asset amortization expense and other pension income for U.S. pension plans. A reconciliation of estimated adjusted net income per diluted share for 2023 as compared to adjusted net income per diluted share for 2022 is set forth in Table B at the back of this press release and as compared to adjusted net income per diluted share since 2012 is found on the Company's website.

Segment income in the Dispensing and Specialty Closures segment in 2023 is expected to increase significantly over the prior year primarily due to higher volumes and continued improvement in operating performance. Volumes in 2023 are expected to be higher than in 2022 as a result of continued growth in the beauty and fragrance markets, improved volume levels for hygiene and cleaning products as compared to the negative impact in 2022 from inventory management throughout the supply chain for these products and less customer pre-buy activity than in the prior year period. Segment income in the Metal Containers segment is expected to improve in 2023 as compared to 2022 as a result of higher unit volumes, due to continued growth in pet food products and less customer pre-buy activity than in the prior year period, and continued strong operating performance and cost improvements, partially offset by the impact from the rationalization of operations in Russia. Segment income in the Custom Containers segment is expected to benefit from continued manufacturing efficiencies and anticipated higher volumes as a result of improved volume levels for home, personal care and lawn and garden products, and continued growth in pet food products, offset by the timing impact of exiting lower margin business in the latter half of 2022 that did not meet reinvestment return hurdles and replacing it with new business that will be commercialized in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The Company expects interest expense before loss on early extinguishment of debt of approximately $155 million in 2023, an increase of $28.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, primarily due to higher weighted average interest rates, partially offset by lower weighted average outstanding debt balances.

The Company expects its effective tax rate for 2023 to be approximately 24 to 25 percent as compared to the effective tax rate for 2022 of 28.1 percent.

The Company currently estimates that free cash flow in 2023 will be approximately $425 million as compared to $368.2 million in 2022. Free cash flow in 2023 is expected to benefit from strong operating performance and improvements in working capital, partially offset by higher interest payments as a result of higher interest rates. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $250 million in 2023.

For the first quarter of 2023, the Company is providing an estimate of adjusted net income per diluted share in the range of $0.75 to $0.85, as compared to a record $0.79 in the first quarter of 2022. Adjusted net income per diluted share excludes acquired intangible asset amortization expense, other pension income from U.S. pension plans, rationalization charges and loss on early extinguishment of debt.

Conference Call

Silgan Holdings Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss the Company’s results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2022 at 11:00 a.m. eastern time on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. The conference call will be webcast live via audio, and both the webcast and this press release can be accessed at www.silganholdings.com. Those who wish to participate in the conference call via teleconference should dial (888) 660-6144 in the U.S. and Canada or (929) 203-0865 outside the U.S. and Canada. A taped replay of the conference call will be available through February 7, 2023 by calling (800) 770-2030 for those in the U.S. and Canada or (647) 362-9199 for those outside the U.S. and Canada. The replay can also be accessed via audio webcast at www.silganholdings.com. The Conference ID for both the conference call and the taped replay is 1397141.

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Silgan is a leading supplier of sustainable rigid packaging solutions for the world's essential consumer goods products with annual net sales of approximately $6.4 billion in 2022. Silgan operates 112 manufacturing facilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. The Company is a leading worldwide supplier of dispensing and specialty closures for food, beverage, health care, garden, home, personal care, fragrance and beauty products. The Company is also a leading supplier of metal containers in North America and Europe for food and general line products. In addition, the Company is a leading supplier of custom containers for shelf-stable food and personal care products in North America.

Statements included in this press release which are not historical facts are forward looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward looking statements are made based upon management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and therefore involve a number of uncertainties and risks, including, but not limited to, those described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2021 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Therefore, the actual results of operations or financial condition of the Company could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward looking statements.

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SILGAN HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

For the quarter and year ended December 31,

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Quarter

 

Year Ended

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

1,455.4

 

 

$

1,439.3

 

 

$

6,411.5

 

 

$

5,677.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold

 

 

1,222.7

 

 

 

1,225.5

 

 

 

5,363.7

 

 

 

4,758.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

232.7

 

 

 

213.8

 

 

 

1,047.8

 

 

 

918.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

96.5

 

 

 

96.0

 

 

 

416.9

 

 

 

378.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rationalization charges

 

 

66.6

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

 

74.1

 

 

 

15.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other pension and postretirement income

 

 

(11.5

)

 

 

(12.9

)

 

 

(45.2

)

 

 

(50.8

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before interest and income taxes

 

 

81.1

 

 

 

128.7

 

 

 

602.0

 

 

 

576.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and other debt expense before loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

34.6

 

 

 

28.6

 

 

 

126.3

 

 

 

108.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

1.5

 

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and other debt expense

 

 

34.6

 

 

 

29.1

 

 

 

127.8

 

 

 

109.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

46.5

 

 

 

99.6

 

 

 

474.2

 

 

 

466.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

21.9

 

 

 

14.6

 

 

 

133.4

 

 

 

107.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

24.6

 

 

$

85.0

 

 

$

340.8

 

 

$

359.1

 

 

 

 

STORY TAGS: Webcast, Conference Call, Earnings, United States, North America, Supply Chain Management, Packaging, Retail, Environment, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Connecticut,

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