Avery Dennison Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) today announced preliminary, unaudited results for its first quarter ended April 3, 2021 and provided an update related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company. 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 strong start to the year, with earnings growth well above expectations, driven by higher volume and productivity gains across the portfolio,” said Mitch Butier, Avery Dennison president and CEO.

“All three of our operating segments delivered strong sales growth and significant margin expansion. Our strong performance comes at a time when the global health crisis is resurging in many parts of the world and supply chains are tightening. The current environment further reinforces our determination to remain vigilant in ensuring the health and well-being of our employees, delivering for our customers, supporting our communities, and creating value for our shareholders.

“We have raised our full-year outlook for adjusted earnings per share, reflecting the strong performance in the first quarter, and a higher organic growth assumption for the balance of the year,” said Butier. “We continue to remain confident that the consistent execution of our strategies will enable us to meet our long-term goals for superior value creation for all our stakeholders.”

“Once again, I want to thank our entire team for their tireless efforts to keep one another safe while delivering for our customers during this challenging period, bringing a whole new level of agility and dedication to address the unique challenges at hand.”

First Quarter 2021 Results by Segment

Label and Graphic Materials
Reported sales increased 17.3% to $1.38 billion. Sales were up 8.4% ex. currency and 7.6% on an organic basis.
-Label and Packaging Materials sales were up approximately 7% from prior year on an organic basis, with strong growth in both the high value product categories and the base business.
-Sales increased by approximately 9% organically in the combined Graphics and Reflective Solutions businesses.
-On an organic basis, sales were up low-single digits in North America and Western Europe, and up mid-teens in emerging markets.

Reported operating margin increased 170 basis points to 16.4%. Adjusted operating margin increased 150 basis points to 16.3%, as the benefits from higher volume/mix, lower receivables reserves 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 20.1% to $483 million. Sales were up 15.0% ex. currency and 9.3% on an organic basis, reflecting strong growth in both the high value categories and the base business.
*Intelligent Labels were up approximately 40% ex. currency with the benefit of the Smartrac acquisition, and up approximately 20% organically.

Reported operating margin increased 470 basis points to 12.4%. Adjusted operating margin increased 440 basis points to 12.9%, as the benefits from higher volume, lower receivables reserves and productivity more than offset higher employee-related costs and growth investments.

Industrial and Healthcare Materials
Reported sales increased 29.8% to $192 million. Sales were up 18.8% ex. currency and 16.3% on an organic basis, reflecting an approximately 20% increase in industrial categories and a low-single digit decline in healthcare categories.

Reported operating margin increased 220 basis points to 12.3%. Adjusted operating margin increased 190 basis points to 12.3%, as the benefit from higher volume/mix more than offset higher employee-related costs.
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