AptarGroup Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results; Updates Status of European Operations Optimiza

AptarGroup Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results;
Updates Status of European Operations Optimization Plan

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AptarGroup, Inc. (NYS: ATR) today reported fourth quarter and annual results. The Company also updated the status of its previously announced plan to optimize certain European operations.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Summary

  • Reported sales increased 5% (core sales increased 2% excluding currency and acquisition effects)
  • Growth in the beauty, personal care, and beverage markets offset the anticipated softness in the generic allergy treatment market
  • Latin America and Asia sales growth remained strong
  • Reported earnings per share of $0.52 included the negative impact of $0.05 per share from charges related to the European Operations Optimization plan
  • Aptar Stelmi contributed $0.03 to earnings per share
  • Earnings were positively impacted by tax related items of $1.3 million, or approximately $0.02 per share
  • Quarterly dividend increased 14% to $0.25 per share


For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, reported sales increased 5% to $571 million from $545 million a year ago. Recently acquired Aptar Stelmi contributed approximately $31 million or 6% to the quarterly sales growth. Changes in currency exchange rates negatively impacted sales by approximately 3%.

Fourth Quarter Segment Sales Analysis

(Change Over Prior Year)

  Beauty +  


  Food +  Total


  Beverage  AptarGroup
Core Sales3%-4%9%2%
Currency Effects-3%-2%-1%-3%
Acquisitions   23%     6%
Total Reported Growth0%  17%  8%  5%

Commenting on the quarter, Stephen Hagge, President and CEO, said, "As we expected, it was a challenging quarter. However, similar to what we have seen in the past, the diversity of our business continues to shield us from significant variability in difficult times. Growth in the beauty, personal care, and beverage markets offset the expected softness in the generic allergy treatment market. Looking at our business from a geographic perspective, excluding the effects of currency rate changes and the Aptar Stelmi acquisition, we again experienced strong demand in Latin America and Asia which offset soft demand in North America. Our business in Europe was basically even with the prior year. Our market-focused strategy continues to reveal new opportunities. In the quarter, we saw a number of customer product introductions using our innovative dispensing systems."

Hagge continued, "Aptar Stelmi had a good quarter and contributed $0.03 per share to our earnings while currency movements continued to be a headwind on our results."

In the quarter, the Company recognized charges related to its European Operations Optimization plan and this had a negative effect on earnings per share of $0.05. The Company's previous guidance for the fourth quarter did not include any impact from the optimization plan. Fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding the charges related to this plan, were $0.57 and this equaled the prior year's reported earnings per share for the same period.


For the year ended December 31, 2012, reported sales of $2.3 billion were approximately equal to the prior year sales. Changes in currency exchange rates negatively impacted sales by approximately 5%. Recently acquired Aptar Stelmi contributed approximately $57 million or 2% to the annual sales growth.

Annual Segment Sales Analysis

(Change Over Prior Year)

  Beauty +  


  Food +  Total


  Beverage  AptarGroup
Core Sales2%1%11%3%
Currency Effects-6%-5%-3%-5%
Acquisitions   10%     2%
Total Reported Growth-4%  6%  8%  0%

Hagge commented on the Company's annual performance, "Our diverse product offering, broad global reach and deep penetration in multiple end markets drove growth in 2012. In spite of difficult conditions in certain markets, we were able to grow core sales by 3% over last year's very strong performance. It was particularly challenging most of the year for our largest segment Beauty + Home primarily due to the economic situation in Europe causing customers to reduce orders. We also experienced a slowdown in our most profitable segment, Pharma, in the second half. Our Food + Beverage segment had a good year driven by the strength of our beverage closure business which more than offset a flat performance in the food market. On a geographic basis excluding currency effects and the Aptar Stelmi acquisition, Europe was softer than the prior year, primarily due to a decrease in sales to the beauty, personal care and home care markets. We continued to grow nicely in Latin America and Asia. Our business in the U.S. was up slightly from the prior year."

Hagge continued, "Aptar Stelmi's business continues to grow and our ongoing integration work is progressing well. This transaction, which was completed in July 2012, added 2% to our top line. We continue to expect the Aptar Stelmi business to be accretive annually between $0.12 and $0.16 per share and we look forward to leveraging our commercial network and our strong customer relations to continue growing this business."

Reported diluted earnings per share of $2.38 included a negative impact of $0.05 per share related to the Aptar Stelmi acquisition and a negative impact of $0.05 per share from charges related to the European Operations Optimization plan.

Hagge added, "Our continued strong financial condition allowed us to return value to our shareholders through corporate actions. AptarGroup spent approximately $80 million to repurchase approximately 1.6 million shares of common stock in 2012, leaving approximately 2 million shares authorized for repurchase at the end of the year. In 2012, over $58 million was paid to stockholders in the form of dividends, or $0.88 per share. Also, in January 2013, our board increased the quarterly dividend by 14% to $0.25 per share."


Commenting on the operations optimization plan, Hagge stated, "Our plan to streamline certain product technologies, reduce complexity for our people and our customers, and optimize our production footprint is progressing as anticipated. We are currently in process of shutting down two facilities, one in Italy and the other in Switzerland."

In the fourth quarter, the Company recognized approximately $4.9 million of expense related to the plan, of which $1.6 million were non-cash expenses. The Company expects additional costs and savings from this plan in 2013. Using current exchange rates, the Company expects to recognize approximately $14 million in additional costs, most of which will be incurred in 2013. Annual savings of approximately $12 million are expected to begin later this year.


Regarding the Company's outlook, Hagge stated, "Significant increases in U.S. raw material costs, particularly plastic resin, will create headwinds in the first quarter due to the timing of the pass-through of these increases to our customers. We are optimistic that both the U.S. and Europe will improve as the year progresses but we are somewhat cautious on the speed of those recoveries going into the first quarter. Also, we expect continued good growth in Latin America and Asia."

Hagge continued, "Our first quarter guidance does not include any impact from our European Operations Optimization plan. Currently, we anticipate earnings per share for the first quarter to be in the range of $0.64 to $0.69 compared to $0.64 per share a year ago."


There will be a conference call on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. CT to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and annual results for 2012. The call will last approximately one hour. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page at www.aptar.com. Replay of the conference call can also be accessed on the Investor Relations page of the web site.

AptarGroup, Inc. is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative dispensing systems for the beauty, personal care, pharmaceutical, home care, food, and beverage markets. AptarGroup is headquartered in Crystal Lake, Illinois, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. For more information, visit www.aptar.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements.Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are based on management's beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management.Accordingly, AptarGroup's actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to known or unknown risks and uncertainties that exist including, but not limited to, economic, environmental or political conditions in the various markets and countries in which AptarGroup operates, changes in customer and/or consumer spending levels including the recent slowdown in Europe; financial conditions of customers and suppliers; fluctuations in the cost of raw materials, components and other input costs; the Company's ability to increase prices, contain costs and improve productivity; our ability to successfully integrate the Stelmi acquisition; the timing and successful completion of our European operations optimization plan; changes in capital availability or cost, including interest rate fluctuations; the competitive marketplace; fiscal and monetary policy; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; direct or indirect consequences of acts of war or terrorism; and labor relations.For additional information on these and other risks and uncertainties, please see AptarGroup's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K's and Form 10-Q's. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.AptarGroup undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,







Net Sales$571,437$544,540$2,331,036$2,337,183
Cost of Sales (exclusive of depreciation
shown below)391,702369,3671,590,3651,568,286
Selling, Research & Development and
Depreciation and Other Amortization (1)36,62332,219137,022134,243
Restructuring Initiatives 3,102  (71) 3,102  (71)
Operating Income54,59462,881258,913287,096
Other Income/(Expense):
Interest Expense(5,083)(3,932)(18,950)(17,300)
Interest Income8391,0002,9965,722
Equity in income of affiliates61(143)(457)(17)
Miscellaneous, net (882) 727  (1,129) (559)
Income before Income Taxes49,52960,533241,373274,942
Provision for Income Taxes 14,675  21,901  78,953  91,312 
Net Income$34,854$38,632$162,420$183,630
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests 136  (12) 192  53 
Net Income Attributable to AptarGroup, Inc.$34,990 $38,620 $162,612 $183,683 
Net Income Attributable to AptarGroup, Inc. Per Common Share:
Basic$0.53 $0.59 $2.45 $2.76 
Diluted$0.52 $0.57 $2.38 $2.65 
Average Numbers of Shares Outstanding:
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements:
(1) Depreciation and Amortization for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 include $1.6 million of accelerated depreciation related to the European Operations Optimization plan.

Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)
(In Thousands)
  December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011
Cash and Equivalents$229,755$377,616
Receivables, net396,788389,020
Other Current Assets 91,645 92,159
Total Current Assets1,040,0731,143,950
Net Property, Plant and Equipment848,233754,715
Goodwill, net351,552233,689
Other Assets 84,554 26,941
Total Assets$2,324,412$2,159,295
Short-Term Obligations$74,654$183,668
Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities 380,669 335,181
Total Current Liabilities455,323518,849
Long-Term Obligations352,860254,910
Deferred Liabilities 135,731 94,964
Total Liabilities943,914868,723
AptarGroup, Inc. Stockholders' Equity1,379,8901,289,776
Noncontrolling Interests in Subsidiaries 608 796
Total Equity 1,380,498 1,290,572
Total Liabilities and Equity$2,324,412$2,159,295

Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)
(In Thousands)
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31,  December 31,


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