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First quarter 2022 net income from continuing operations was $16.5 million (0.49 per diluted share) compared to net income from continuing operations of $9.6 million ($0.29 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2021. Net income from ongoing operations, which excludes special items, was $16.9 million ($0.50 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $10.1 million ($0.30 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2021. A reconciliation of net income (loss) from continuing operations, a financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), to net income from ongoing operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, is provided in Note (a) to the Financial Statements in this press release.
First Quarter Financial Results Highlights
*Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) from ongoing operations for Aluminum Extrusions of $23.9 million was $10.6 million higher than the first quarter of 2021
*EBITDA from ongoing operations for PE Films of $7.0 million was $0.2 million lower than the first quarter of 2021
*EBITDA from ongoing operations for Flexible Packaging Films of $5.0 million was $4.6 million lower than the first quarter of 2021
John Steitz, Tredegar’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Bonnell Aluminum had a record quarter for profitability that included a benefit of $7.1 million from the timing of the flow through of inventory costs. Even without this benefit, we are pleased with its performance in a challenging environment, which included labor shortage, supply chain and inflationary issues. Backlog continues to be robust.”
Mr. Steitz continued, “PE Films continues to make progress in its efforts to reverse the sales and profit declines that occurred in 2021 from previously disclosed product transitions. We should have a better idea by year-end on whether these efforts will translate into a meaningful rebound of growth. Terphane had a good first quarter compared with exceptional results last year, especially considering the heightened cost and competitive pressures that exist in the current economic environment.”
Mr. Steitz further stated, “Debt, net of cash, increased by $63.2 million mainly as a result of the previously disclosed $50 million contribution in February to our frozen pension plan, in conjunction with the initiation of a process to terminate and settle the plan, as well as higher working capital that we typically experience in the first quarter of the year.”