Sales of $1,103 million increased by $82 million or 8% compared to the same period last year, reflecting the consolidation of results from the Greenpac Mill beginning in the second quarter, improved pricing and sales mix in all four of the Corporation's business segments, and additional sales from recovery and recycling activities due to higher recycled fibre pricing. These benefits were partially offset by lower volumes in our North American operations, and the stronger Canadian dollar which resulted in a less favourable CAD/USD exchange rate. Third quarter operating income stood at $51 million , a slight improvement from $50 million last year. This performance reflects the inclusion of Greenpac in the current quarter, price increases mainly in Containerboard, and lower Corporate activities costs related to lower stock-based compensation expense. These were offset by higher raw material costs, and higher production costs in Containerboard and Tissue, due to freight and logistics, and increased use of outside contracting. Specific items recorded in the current period (please refer to the ''Supplemental Information on Non-IFRS Measures'' section for more details) decreased operating income by $2 million . On an adjusted basis, third quarter operating income stood at $53 million , down slightly from $55 million in the prior year period. Click Read More below for additional information.
Greif is pleased to report that our steel, plastic, fibre drum and chemical filling services that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey are returning to operation. Operation may be limited depending on access to transportation, raw material, or other external services like export shipping Ports.
We will keep the safety of our people as the top priority as we resume operations and meet our customers’ needs.
Regional VP Tom Newman says, “We are fortunate that our facilities were spared significant damage and are operational. We are unsure of the status of two of our sites as they cannot be safely accessed due to flooding. We expect all sites to be at full capability by Tuesday, September 5. Our sites outside of the immediate Houston area were not impacted and are continuing at full production capacity.”