WestRock Reports Solid Results in Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter

April 26, 2017

NORCROSS, Ga., April 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WestRock Company (WestRock) (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, today announced results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights and Portfolio Transformation

  • Earned $0.40 per diluted share and $0.54 of adjusted earnings per diluted share
  • Generated net cash from operating activities of $300 million and adjusted free cash flow of $109 million
  • Achieved $103 million in year-over-year productivity improvements and an annual run rate of $675 million of synergy and performance improvements
  • Continued our portfolio transformation with:
    • the completion of the sale of the Home, Health and Beauty business, generating net after-tax proceeds of approximately $1 billion
    • the sale of $97 million of Land and Development assets
    • the announcement of the agreement to acquire Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited for a total enterprise value of approximately $2.3 billion
  • Returned $126 million to stockholders through $101 million in dividends and $25 million in share repurchases

“We executed well during the March quarter and delivered year-over-year productivity improvements of $103 million and strong earnings,” said Steve Voorhees, WestRock’s chief executive officer. “While higher input costs may persist, favorable price and demand trends along with WestRock’s unique portfolio of products and capabilities position us well to drive value for our customers and stockholders. We are looking forward to adding Multi Packaging Solutions to our portfolio, which is currently expected to occur by the end of the June quarter.”

Conference Call

As previously announced, WestRock will host a conference call to discuss its results of operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and other topics that may be raised during the discussion at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time, on April 26, 2017. The conference call, which will be webcast live, an accompanying slide presentation, and this press release can be accessed at ir.westrock.com.

Investors who wish to participate in the webcast via teleconference should dial 877-201-0168 (inside the U.S.) or 647-788-4901 (outside the U.S.) at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call and enter the passcode 85363849. Replays of the call can be accessed at ir.westrock.com.

About WestRock

WestRock (NYSE:WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 36,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 250 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

Consolidated Financial Results

The financial results below illustrate the performance of WestRock for the quarters ended March 31, 2017, and March 31, 2016 (in millions).

     
 March 31, 2017March 31, 2016    Change 
    
Net sales$    3,656.3 $    3,492.7 $    163.6 
    
Segment income$    295.8 $    270.7 $    25.1 
Non-allocated expenses   (12.6)   (9.2)   (3.4)
Depreciation   207.5    208.2    (0.7)
Amortization   56.4    60.1    (3.7)
Less: Deferred financing costs     (1.1)     (1.1)    ―
Segment EBITDA   546.0    528.7    17.3 
Inventory step-up, net of LIFO     0.5      1.8      (1.3)
Adjusted Segment EBITDA$    546.5 $    530.5 $    16.0 

The $164 million increase in net sales was primarily attributable to the $132 million of increased Corrugated Packaging segment sales and $81 million increase in Land and Development segment sales, partially offset by a $34 million decrease in Consumer Packaging segment sales.  We discuss the change in segment sales in the segment discussions below.

Segment income increased by $25 million compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in segment income was primarily due to an increase of $22 million in the Land and Development segment and an increase of $19 million in the Consumer Packaging segment, partially offset by a decrease of $16 million in the Corrugated Packaging segment. Non-allocated expenses increased $3 million. The net increase in segment income was due primarily to synergy and performance improvements, the increase in the Land and Development segment, and higher price/mix and volume, which were partially offset by cost inflation.

Cash Provided From Operating, Financing and Investing Activities

Cash from operations was $300 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Total debt was $5.67 billion at March 31, 2017, including $298 million for the fair-value of debt stepped-up in purchase accounting. Consistent with WestRock’s balanced capital allocation strategy, during the second quarter, WestRock invested $189 million in capital expenditures, paid $101 million in dividends and returned $25 million to stockholders in stock repurchases.

Corrugated Packaging Segment

     
 March 31, 2017March 31, 2016    Change 
    
Segment sales  $    2,065.0$    1,932.8$    132.2 
    
Segment income$    159.5$    175.0$    (15.5)
Depreciation   123.5   118.1   5.4 
Amortization   21.8   22.7   (0.9)
Segment EBITDA   304.8   315.8   (11.0)
Inventory step-up, net of LIFO     0.5  ―     0.5 
Adjusted Segment EBITDA$    305.3$    315.8$    (10.5)

Operating Highlights for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017:

  • Segment sales increased $132 million primarily due to an estimated $52 million of higher corrugated volume, $44 million due to higher recycling net sales primarily due to higher commodity prices, $29 million due to a favorable corrugated selling price/mix, and $25 million related to foreign exchange, which were partially offset by $21 million of lower sales due to shifting sales from converted boxes, in the prior year quarter, to containerboard sales this quarter, as a result of the Grupo Gondi transaction
  • Shipments in North America of 2.12 million tons, an increase of 76,000 tons from the prior year quarter; North America box shipments increased 1.1% on a per day basis
  • Maintenance downtime of 78,000 tons and no containerboard economic downtime taken
  • Brazil box shipments increased 16.5% versus the prior year quarter

Period Comparability Items:

  • The impact of foreign exchange on segment sales and income for the current quarter was favorable $25 million and $3 million, respectively

Consumer Packaging Segment

     
 March 31, 2017March 31, 2016    Change 
    
Segment sales$    1,554.6$    1,588.4$    (33.8)
    
Segment income$    118.8$    99.7$    19.1 
Depreciation   82.0   85.5   (3.5)
Amortization     34.3     37.1     (2.8)
Segment EBITDA   235.1   222.3   12.8 
Inventory step-up, net of LIFO    ―     1.8     (1.8)
Adjusted Segment EBITDA$    235.1$    224.1$    11.0 

Operating Highlights for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017:                                           

  • Segment sales decreased primarily due to lower pulp volumes and unfavorable paperboard price/mix due to the flow through of previously published paperboard price decreases; shipments of paperboard and converted products increased 0.9%
  • Strong operational execution and realization of productivity benefits; profitability improvements in beverage and merchandising displays businesses
  • During the quarter, we converted our Home, Health and Beauty business to held for sale accounting and as a result did not record $10 million of depreciation and amortization expense. This $10 million benefit is excluded from adjusted earnings per share.

Land and Development Segment

     
 March 31, 2017March 31, 2016    Change 
    
Segment sales$    100.0$    18.7 $    81.3
    
Segment income (loss)$    17.5$    (4.0)$    21.5
Depreciation     0.2     0.2     ―
Segment EBITDA$    17.7$    (3.8)$    21.5

Operating Highlights for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017:                                           

  • Strong results as we continue our monetization program with the sale of most of our Nexton holdings, the largest single project in the portfolio, for $90 million
  • Due to the accelerated monetization activity, we have excluded Land and Development’s earnings of $0.04 per share from adjusted earnings
  • Recorded a $42.7 million non-cash impairment, before noncontrolling interest of $6.4 million, in connection with accelerated monetization activity; the impairment charge is not reflected in segment income or adjusted earnings per share

Pension Lump Sum Settlement

During the second quarter of fiscal 2017, our cumulative year-to-date lump sum payments to certain beneficiaries of two of our U.S. defined benefit plans, together with several one-time severance benefit payments out of the plans, triggered pension settlement accounting and resulted in a $28.7 million non-cash charge.

Restructuring and Other Items

Restructuring and other items during the second quarter of fiscal 2017 included the following pre-tax costs and expenses:

  • $16 million of integration expenses, $2 million of divestiture expenses, primarily associated with our Home, Health and Beauty business, and $3 million of acquisition costs, primarily related to the previously announced and currently pending acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions
  • $2 million closure related gain, primarily related to a $9 million gain on sale of a previously closed recycling facility and $7 million of closure related costs from previously closed facilities
  • $5 million of other items, primarily operating losses associated with operations in the process of being closed

Adjusted Earnings

   
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2017
  
Earnings per diluted share$    0.40 
  
HH&B – impact of held for sale accounting   (0.03)
Land and Development operating results   (0.04)
Land and Development impairment   0.09 
Pension lump sum settlement   0.07 
Restructuring and other items   0.05 
  
Adjusted earnings per diluted share$    0.54 

Basis of Presentation

The condensed consolidated statements of operations and segment information tables for the prior year periods have been recast to present our former Specialty Chemicals segment as a discontinued operation. 

Cautionary Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs, plans or forecasts and are typically identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "would," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "prospects," "potential" and "forecast," and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. WestRock cautions readers that a forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements asserting that while higher input costs may persist, favorable price and demand trends and WestRock’s unique portfolio of products and capabilities positions us well to drive value for customers and stockholders, and that we are looking forward to adding Multi Packaging Solutions to our portfolio, which is currently expected to occur by the end of the June quarter. With respect to these statements, WestRock has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the results and impacts of the strategic combination of Rock-Tenn Company and MeadWestvaco Corporation’s respective businesses; the agreement to acquire Multi Packaging Solutions; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; and competitive conditions in WestRock's businesses and possible adverse actions of their customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, WestRock's businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; the scope, costs, and repair, which could result in operational disruptions of varied duration; our desire or ability to continue to repurchase company stock; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management's assumptions are more particularly described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in Item 1A “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 and Item 1A “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and WestRock does not have or undertake any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

        
WestRock Company       
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations       
In millions, except per share amounts (unaudited)       
        
        
 Three months ended Six months ended
 March 31, March 31,
  2017   2016   2017   2016 
   (recast)   (recast)
        
Net sales$   3,656.3   $   3,492.7   $   7,103.5   $   6,963.6  
        
Cost of goods sold   2,980.9     2,835.4     5,836.8      5,651.6 
        
Gross profit   675.4     657.3     1,266.7     1,312.0 
Selling, general and administrative, excluding intangible amortization   349.1     342.0     685.4     677.9 
Selling, general and administrative intangible amortization   49.6     53.5     102.2     106.1 
Land and Development impairment   42.7     -      42.7     -  
Pension lump sum settlement   28.7     -      28.7     -  
Restructuring and other costs, net   18.3     111.1     99.3     273.9 
        
Operating profit   187.0     150.7     308.4     254.1 
Interest expense   (65.8)    (64.0)    (130.9)    (129.2)
Loss on extinguishment of debt    (0.1)    -      (0.1)    -  
Interest income and other income (expense), net   14.2     6.5     26.3     22.3 
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated entities   6.5     (0.3)    20.2     1.0 
        
Income from continuing operations before income taxes   141.8     92.9     223.9     148.2 
        
Income tax expense   (43.6)    (34.5)    (47.2)    (59.4)
        
Income from continuing operations   98.2     58.4      176.7     88.8 
        
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (net of income tax expense of $5.9 and $7.2)   -      1.4     -      (480.7)
Consolidated net income (loss)   98.2     59.8     176.7     (391.9)
        
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests   4.9     (2.9)    7.3     (4.7)
        
Net income (loss) attributable to common        
stockholders$   103.1   $   56.9   $   184.0   $   (396.6)
        
        
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   254.6     257.4     254.9     259.7 
        
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations$  0.40  $  0.22  $  0.72  $  0.34 
Diluted loss per share from discontinued operations   -      -      -      (1.87)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share$  0.40  $  0.22  $  0.72  $  (1.53)


        
WestRock Company       
Segment Information       
In millions (unaudited)       
        
        
 Three months ended Six months ended
 March 31, March 31,
  2017   2016   2017   2016 
        
   (recast)   (recast)
Net sales:       
        
Corrugated Packaging$  2,065.0  $  1,932.8  $  4,008.6  $  3,897.1 
Consumer Packaging   1,554.6     1,588.4     3,065.5     3,130.6 
Land and Development   100.0     18.7     154.0     34.1 
Intersegment Eliminations   (63.3)    (47.2)    (124.6)    (98.2)
        
Total net sales$   3,656.3   $   3,492.7   $   7,103.5   $   6,963.6  
        
        
Income from continuing operations before income taxes:       
        
Corrugated Packaging$  159.5  $  175.0  $  301.0  $  355.1 
Consumer Packaging    118.8     99.7     206.4     190.9 
Land and Development   17.5     (4.0)    19.2     (3.3)
        
Total segment income    295.8       270.7       526.6       542.7  
        
Pension lump sum settlement   (28.7)    -      (28.7)    -  
Land and Development impairment   (42.7)    -      (42.7)    -  
Restructuring and other costs, net   (18.3)    (111.1)    (99.3)    (273.9)
Non-allocated expenses   (12.6)    (9.2)    (27.3)    (13.7)
Interest expense   (65.8)    (64.0)    (130.9)    (129.2)
Loss on extinguishment of debt    (0.1)    -      (0.1)    -  
Interest income and other income (expense), net   14.2     6.5     26.3     22.3 
        
Income from continuing operations before income taxes$   141.8   $   92.9   $   223.9   $   148.2  
        

 

WestRock Company         
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows         
In millions (unaudited)         
          
          
 Three months ended Six months ended  
 March 31, March 31,  
  2017   2016   2017   2016   
Cash flows from operating activities:         
Consolidated net income (loss)$  98.2  $  59.8  $  176.7  $  (391.9)  
          
Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income (loss) to net cash provided by         
       operating activities:         
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   263.9     291.2     539.1     585.5   
Cost of real estate sold   73.3     14.1     124.6     23.4   
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense   (36.7)    18.8     (55.5)    (1.7)  
Loss on extinguishment of debt   0.1     -      0.1     -    
Share-based compensation expense   17.4     18.4     34.5     30.2   
(Gain) loss on disposal of plant and equipment and other, net   (8.1)    0.3     (8.5)    (0.2)  
Equity in (income) loss of unconsolidated entities   (6.5)    0.3     (20.2)    (1.0)  
Pension and other postretirement funding (more) than expense (income)   7.0     (28.3)    (10.0)    (40.5)  
Loss on contribution of subsidiary   1.7     -      1.7     -    
Cash surrender value increase in excess of premium paid   (12.1)    (7.5)    (18.4)    (17.5)  
Impairment adjustments   6.9     63.1     45.0     186.2   
Distributed earnings from equity investments   4.1     2.2     12.7     2.7   
Other non-cash items   (8.3)    (1.4)    (21.7)    (16.0)  
Land and Development impairment   42.7     -      42.7     -    
Impairment of Specialty Chemicals goodwill   -      -      -      478.3   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions / divestitures:         
Accounts receivable   (144.6)    (115.1)    (90.8)    113.5   
Inventories   (5.4)    (20.7)    (50.7)    (80.2)  
Other assets   (36.8)    (81.6)    (52.8)    (66.1)  
Accounts payable   52.2     (9.8)    218.7     (58.8)  
Income taxes   13.2     (6.8)    10.3     23.7   
Accrued liabilities and other   (22.5)    55.2     (60.4)    5.6   
          
  Net cash provided by operating activities   299.7      252.2      817.1      775.2    
          
Investing activities:         
          
Capital expenditures   (189.2)    (214.6)    (365.3)    (418.4)  
Cash paid for business acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (35.2)    (99.3)    (31.7)    (381.0)  
Debt purchased in connection with an acquisition   -      -      -      (36.5)  
Corporate-owned life insurance premium paid   (0.1)    -      (0.8)    -    
Investment in unconsolidated entities   -      (0.3)    (1.4)    (0.4)  
Return of capital from unconsolidated entities   3.1     0.4     12.6     0.5   
Proceeds from the sale of subsidiary and affiliates   -      -      -      10.2   
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment   24.9     1.1     29.6     9.5   
          
  Net cash used for investing activities   (196.5)    (312.7)    (357.0)    (816.1)  
          
Financing activities:         
          
Additions to revolving credit facilities   62.2     31.9     65.6     78.3   
Additions to debt   0.6     743.9     1.2     1,021.1   
Repayments of debt   (170.4)    (311.4)    (175.9)    (455.2)  
Other financing repayments   18.4     0.6     7.8     0.2   
Issuances of common stock, net of related minimum tax withholdings   (2.0)    (16.2)    7.2     (10.8)  
Purchases of common stock   (25.0)    (144.5)    (93.0)    (238.8)  
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   0.8     0.1     1.5     0.1   
(Repayments to) advances from unconsolidated entity   (1.9)    0.9     (0.9)    (0.2)  
Cash dividends paid to stockholders   (100.7)    (95.2)    (201.1)    (191.6)  
Cash distributions to noncontrolling interests   (1.1)    (14.0)    (22.1)    (16.8)  
          
  Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities   (219.1)    196.1      (409.7)    186.3    
          
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   7.9     (4.9)    (6.0)    (6.1)  
          
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (108.0)    130.7      44.4      139.3    
          
Cash and cash equivalents from continuing operations, at beginning of period   493.3     204.8     340.9     207.8   
Cash and cash equivalents from discontinued operations, at beginning of period   -      32.1     -      20.5   
Balance of cash and cash equivalent at beginning of period   493.3     236.9     340.9     228.3   
          
          
Cash and cash equivalents from continuing operations, at end of the period   385.3     345.2     385.3     345.2   
Cash and cash equivalents from discontinued operations, at end of the period   -      22.4     -      22.4   
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$   385.3   $   367.6   $   385.3   $   367.6    
          
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information         
Cash paid (received) during the period for:         
Income taxes, net of refunds$  67.1  $  26.0  $  90.6  $  49.4   
Interest, net of amounts capitalized $  95.0   $  95.4   $  115.5   $  114.6   
          

 

WestRock Company   
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets   
In millions (unaudited)   
    
    
 March 31, September 30,
  2017  2016
    
Assets   
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$  385.3 $  340.9
Restricted cash   5.9    25.5
Accounts receivable (net of allowances of $39.1 and $36.5)   1,563.5    1,592.2
Inventories   1,587.9    1,638.2
Other current assets   222.8    263.5
Assets held for sale   1,227.1    52.3
Total current assets   4,992.5     3,912.6
    
    
Property, plant and equipment, net   8,633.7    9,294.3
Goodwill   4,458.0    4,778.1
Intangibles, net   2,282.6    2,599.3
Restricted assets held by special purpose entities   1,290.4    1,293.8
Prepaid pension asset   336.0    257.8
Other assets   956.9    902.3
Total assets$   22,950.1  $   23,038.2
    
Liabilities and Equity   
Current liabilities   
Current portion of debt$  214.2 $  292.9
Accounts payable   1,225.3    1,054.4
Accrued compensation and benefits   303.1    405.9
Other current liabilities   366.3    429.8
Liabilities held for sale   212.2    - 
Total current liabilities   2,321.1     2,183.0
    
    
Long-term debt due after one year   5,459.5    5,496.3
Pension liabilities, net of current portion   291.6    328.1
Postretirement medical liabilities, net of current portion   141.0    140.0
Non-recourse liabilities held by special purpose entities   1,165.8    1,170.2
Deferred income taxes   3,033.3    3,130.7
Other long-term liabilities   768.3    746.2
Redeemable noncontrolling interests   12.9    13.7
    
Total common stockholders' equity   9,684.7    9,728.8
Noncontrolling interests   71.9    101.2
Total Equity   9,756.6    9,830.0
Total liabilities and equity$   22,950.1  $   23,038.2
    

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliations

WestRock reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). However, management believes certain non-GAAP financial measures provide investors and other users with additional meaningful financial information that should be considered when assessing our ongoing performance. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions, and in evaluating WestRock’s performance. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, WestRock’s GAAP results. The non-GAAP financial measures we present may differ from similarly captioned measures presented by other companies. We discuss below details of the non-GAAP financial measures presented by us as well as reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

WestRock uses the non-GAAP financial measure “Adjusted Free Cash Flow”. Management believes this non-GAAP financial measure provides WestRock’s board of directors, investors, potential investors, securities analysts and others with useful information to evaluate its performance relative to other periods because it excludes certain cash restructuring and other costs, net of tax that management believes are not indicative of the ongoing operating results of the business. WestRock believes that the most directly comparable GAAP measure is “Net cash provided by operating activities”.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of “Adjusted Free Cash Flow” to Net cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2017 (in millions).

Net cash provided by operating activities $    299.7  
Less: Capital expenditures      (189.2) 
  Free Cash Flow    110.5  
Plus: Cash Restructuring and other costs, net of income tax expense of $0.9      (1.9) 
Adjusted Free Cash Flow $    108.6  

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share

WestRock uses the non-GAAP financial measures “adjusted net income” and “adjusted earnings per diluted share”. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide WestRock’s board of directors, investors, potential investors, securities analysts and others with useful information to evaluate its performance because they exclude restructuring and other costs, net, and other specific items that management believes are not indicative of the ongoing operating results of the business. WestRock and its board of directors use these measures to evaluate its performance relative to other periods. WestRock believes that the most directly comparable GAAP measures are Net income attributable to common stockholders and Earnings per diluted share, respectively. At the beginning of this press release is a reconciliation of Earnings per diluted share to Adjusted earnings per diluted share. Set forth below is a reconciliation of Adjusted net income to Net income attributable to common stockholders (in millions).

   
 Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 2017 
   
Net Income attributable to common stockholders$  103.1 
  
HH&B – impact of held for sale accounting, net of income tax expense of $2.3   (7.8)
Land and Development operating results, net of income tax expense of $7.2   (11.0)
Land and Development impairment, net of income tax benefit of $14.4(1)   21.9 
Pension lump sum settlement, net of income tax benefit of $11.1   17.7 
Restructuring and other items, net of income tax benefit of $11.4   12.0 
Loss on contribution of subsidiary, net of income tax benefit of $0.6   1.1 
Acquisition inventory step-up, net of income tax benefit of $0.2   0.3 
  
Adjusted net income$  137.3 

   (1) Net of $6.4 million of noncontrolling interest

   
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