Avery Dennison Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results

*3Q20 Reported EPS of $1.79, up 5%
*3Q20 Net sales declined 1.8% to $1.73 billion
*Strong balance sheet (net debt to adj. EBITDA ratio of 1.9) with ample liquidity
*Free cash flow proving resilient… targeting more than $500 mil. for the year
*Increasing distributions to shareholders: raised dividend by 7% and resumed share repurchase late in the third quarter

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) today announced preliminary, unaudited results for its third quarter ended September 26, 2020 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.

“Revenue came in significantly better than we anticipated at the start of the quarter, which, combined with our cost reduction actions, enabled us to deliver strong earnings growth and free cash flow,” said Mitch Butier, chairman, president and CEO. “The extraordinary agility demonstrated by our team this year is driving solid performance on all fronts, ensuring the health and well-being of our employees, delivering for our customers, supporting our communities, and minimizing the impact of the recession for our shareholders.

“All three of our operating segments expanded their adjusted operating margins compared to last year, despite lower sales, as demand improved sequentially,” added Butier. “In particular, LGM delivered sequential improvement in sales across all regions except Europe, with faster-than-expected improvement in high value categories, such as graphics. RBIS likewise improved faster-than-expected, reflecting strong growth in both RFID and external embellishments, as well as a quicker rebound in the base.

“Once again, we are proving our resilience across business cycles,” said Butier. “I want to thank our entire team for their ongoing efforts to keep one another safe while delivering for our customers during this challenging period.”

Third Quarter 2020 Results
Net sales were $1.73 billion, down 1.8%. Sales were down 1.3% ex. currency, and down 3.6% on an organic basis.

Reported operating margin increased 100 basis points to 12.3%. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 190 basis points to 16.1%, while adjusted operating margin increased 140 basis points to 13.1%.

Reported net income was $1.79 per share, up 5%, and adjusted net income was $1.91 per share, up 15%, both of which were above the company’s expectations, reflecting a sales decline below the low end of its outlook range in July.

The company’s third quarter effective tax rate was 23.4%. Its adjusted tax rate (non-GAAP) for the quarter was 23.2%, reflecting the company’s expectation for a full year adjusted tax rate which is currently estimated to be approximately 24%.

Year-to-date free cash flow was $342 million, up 4.4% compared to the same period last year.
details at: https://www.investors.averydennison.com/news-releases/news-release-details/avery-dennison-announces-third-quarter-2020-results

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