The net sales growth is primarily attributed to increased selling prices of $533 million due to the pass through of inflation, organic volume growth of 5%, and a $147 million favorable impact from foreign currency changes. These increases were partially offset by prior quarter divestiture sales of $62 million. The organic volume growth was primarily due to organic growth investments and continued recovery of certain markets that had previously been facing COVID-19 headwinds. The operating income decrease is primarily attributed to a $42 million unfavorable impact from price cost spread, and a $12 million increase in selling, general, and administrative expense, partially offset by a $24 million increase from the organic volume growth, and a $23 million favorable impact from foreign currency.
Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), (“Graphic Packaging”), a leading vertically-integrated provider of sustainable fiber-based consumer packaging solutions, today announced the successful close of its acquisition of AR Packaging Group AB, Europe’s second largest producer of fiber-based consumer packaging. The acquisition accelerates Graphic Packaging’s growing position serving consumer packaged goods companies around the world with sustainable fiber-based packaging alternatives.
Graphic Packaging announced its intent to acquire AR Packaging Group AB on May 14, 2021.