Avery Dennison Announces First Quarter 2018 Results

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) today announced preliminary, unaudited results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2018. All non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this document are reconciled to GAAP in the attached tables. Unless otherwise indicated, comparisons are to the same period in the prior year.

“We are off to a good start to the year, with adjusted EPS up 30 percent driven by a combination of solid operating results, currency translation tailwinds, and a lower tax rate,” said Mitch Butier, President and CEO. “Label and Graphic Materials delivered solid organic growth and sustained its strong operating margin; Retail Branding and Information Solutions expanded its margin significantly, with solid organic growth driven by strength in RFID; and Industrial and Healthcare Materials results were in line with expectations, with revenue up nearly 50 percent, largely due to acquisitions, while operating margin declined.

“We have initiated a large, multi-year restructuring plan associated with the consolidation of LGM’s European footprint, designed to further enhance our competitive position in the region,” said Butier. “Excluding the incremental charges from this action, our current year outlook has improved, reflecting a continuation of strong operating performance and an increased benefit from currency translation.”

Quarter 2018 Results by Segment
Sales change ex. currency refers to the increase or decrease in sales excluding the estimated impact of foreign currency translation. The estimated impact of foreign currency translation is calculated on a constant currency basis, with prior period results translated at current period average exchange rates to exclude the effect of currency fluctuations. Organic sales change refers to the increase or decrease in sales excluding the estimated impact of foreign currency translation, product line exits, and acquisitions and divestitures. Adjusted operating margin refers to income before interest expense, other non-operating expense, and taxes, excluding restructuring charges and other items, as a percentage of sales.

Label and Graphic Materials
• Reported sales increased 11.8 percent. Sales ex. currency increased 4.2 percent; on an organic basis, sales grew 3.6 percent. Sales on an organic basis increased mid-single digits in Label and Packaging Materials and increased low-single digits in the combined Graphics and Reflective Solutions businesses.
• Reported operating margin decreased 30 basis points to 12.3 percent, reflecting the impact of restructuring actions. Adjusted operating margin increased 20 basis points to 13.0 percent as the benefits of increased volume and productivity more than offset higher employee-related costs and the net impact of pricing and raw material costs.

Retail Branding and Information Solutions
• Reported sales increased 5.2 percent; on an organic basis, sales grew 3.1 percent driven by strength in radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions.
• Reported operating margin increased 160 basis points to 9.0 percent as the benefits from productivity, reduced amortization expense, and increased volume were partially offset by higher employee-related costs and investments. Adjusted operating margin increased 170 basis points to 10.2 percent.

Industrial and Healthcare Materials
• Reported sales increased 48.8 percent. Sales ex. currency increased 42.2 percent; on an organic basis, sales grew 2.8 percent. Sales in industrial categories grew more than 50 percent ex. currency and mid-single digits on an organic basis. Sales in healthcare categories grew roughly 10 percent ex. currency and were relatively unchanged on an organic basis.
• Reported operating margin declined 390 basis points to 7.5 percent as the impact of acquisitions, increased investments, and the net impact of pricing and raw material costs were partially offset by increased volume. Adjusted operating margin declined 430 basis points to 7.5 percent.
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