Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, commented: “SKG continues to deliver, showing strong sequential progress with Group EBITDA margin at 15.1% for the quarter. “Total Group corrugated volumes grew 3% for the quarter. Corrugated volumes in Europe improved by 4% on a days-adjusted basis with strong demand in most areas of activity. In the Americas demand growth was 3% with growth in most markets. “In the third quarter, recovered fibre cost pressures remained, resulting in a headwind of almost €40 million for the quarter and €111 million for the year-to-date compared to 2016. SKG will continue to offset these cost pressures through further corrugated price recovery and ongoing efficiency improvements as we progress towards the year-end and into 2018. Click Read More below for additional information.
Third quarter 2023 net income (loss) was $(50.4) million ($(1.47) per diluted share) compared to net income (loss) of $1.0 million ($0.03 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2022. Net income (loss) from ongoing operations, which excludes special items, was $(5.1) million ($(0.15) per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2023 compared with $4.8 million ($0.14 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2022. A reconciliation of net income (loss), a financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), to net income (loss) from ongoing operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, is provided in Note (a) to the Financial Tables in this press release.
Third Quarter Financial Results Highlights
*Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) from ongoing operations for Aluminum Extrusions was $5.1 million in the third quarter of 2023 versus $12.1 million in the third quarter of last year due to sluggish market conditions. EBITDA from ongoing operations during the last four quarters has been weak, in a range of $5.1 million to $14.6 million.
-Sales volume of 32.5 million pounds in the third quarter of 2023 declined significantly versus 45.5 million pounds in the third quarter of last year.
-Open orders at the end of the third quarter of 2023 were approximately 17 million pounds (versus 20 million pounds at the end of the second quarter of 2023), which is below the quarterly range of 21 to 27 million pounds in 2019 before pandemic-related disruptions that resulted in excessive open orders, which peaked in the first quarter of 2022 at approximately 100 million pounds.
*EBITDA from ongoing operations for PE Films was $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2023 versus $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2022. EBITDA from ongoing operations during the last four quarters has been low with a range of negative $2.6 million to positive $4.0 million.
*EBITDA from ongoing operations for Flexible Packaging Films (also referred to as “Terphane”) was $0.5 million during the third quarter of 2023 versus $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2022 primarily due to lower sales volume and lower margins that the Company believes were driven by customer inventory corrections earlier in the year and now are being driven by global excess capacity and competition in Brazil from imports. See the Status of Current Corporate Strategic Initiatives section of this report for information on the sale of Terphane.
John Steitz, Tredegar’s president and chief executive officer, said, “We recognized another loss for the quarter as our businesses continued to suffer from severe down cycles in their markets that we believe are residual impacts of the pandemic. The timing of a recovery remains uncertain as we move into the seasonally low winter months for Bonnell.”
Mr. Steitz continued, “Despite the disappointing and challenging business environment in our markets, we made progress in our corporate strategic initiatives by executing an agreement to sell Terphane, which is subject to clearance by competition authorities, settling our pension plan obligation and taking steps to restructure our credit situation in light of our depressed markets and income.”
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