Differentiating With SEE™ Touchless Automation™, Digital, and Sustainability
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) today announced financial results for the third quarter 2021.
“We delivered strong sales and earnings despite significant inflationary pressures and widespread supply challenges.
Our SEE Operating Engine is performing - SEE Touchless Automation and sustainable solutions are generating customer demand, growth, and productivity.
We continue to make significant progress on our journey to world-class by investing in SEE Touchless Automation, Digital, and Sustainability,” said Ted Doheny, SEE’s President and CEO.
Unless otherwise stated, all results compare third quarter 2021 to third quarter 2020 results from continuing operations. Year-over-year financial discussions present operating results from continuing operations as reported. Year-over-year comparisons are also made on a constant dollar basis, which is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. Constant dollar refers to changes in net sales and earnings, including changes in unit volume and price performance, but excluding the impact of currency translation. Additionally, non-U.S. GAAP adjusted financial measures, such as Adjusted Earnings Before Interest Expense, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"), Adjusted Net Earnings, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share ("Adjusted EPS") and Adjusted Tax Rate, exclude the impact of specified items ("Special Items"), such as restructuring charges, restructuring associated costs, gains and losses related to acquisition and divestiture of businesses, special tax items ("Tax Special Items") and certain infrequent or one-time items. Please refer to the supplemental information included with this press release for a reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures.
Business Segment Highlights
Third quarter net sales in Food were $797 million, an increase of 13% as reported. Currency had a favorable impact of $6 million, or 1%. On a constant dollar basis, net sales increased $87 million, or 12%, with favorable price of nearly 7% and volume growth of 6%. Volume performance reflects improvement in food service and continued demand for automation. Adjusted EBITDA of $169 million, or 21.2% of net sales, increased 11% from $152 million, or 21.6% of net sales, in the prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily attributable to higher volumes and productivity, offset by negative price/cost spread and other inflationary pressures.
Third quarter net sales in Protective were $609 million, an increase of 14% as reported. Currency had a favorable impact of $6 million, or 1%. On a constant dollar basis, net sales increased $71 million, or 13%, with favorable price of nearly 10% and volume growth of 4%. Continued demand in automation and industrial markets contributed to Protective's volume growth. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5.5% to $103 million, or 16.9% of sales, as compared to $109 million, or 20.4% of net sales, in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin performance was negatively impacted by inflationary pressures and global supply disruptions.
Third Quarter 2021 U.S. GAAP Summary
Net sales of $1.4 billion increased 14% as reported. Favorable currency impact contributed $12 million, or approximately 1%, to net sales growth, as compared to the prior year.
Net earnings in third quarter 2021 were $108 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, as compared to net earnings of $132 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, in the prior year. The decline is due to higher income tax expense and a $15 million pre-tax loss on the debt redemption of 4.875% senior notes due 2022.
Income tax expense was $47 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 30.2%, in third quarter 2021. This compares to $17 million, or an effective tax rate of 11.7%, in the prior year, which included the benefit of U.S. global intangible low taxed income (GILTI) regulations issued in 2020.
Third Quarter 2021 Non-U.S. GAAP Summary
Net sales increased $157 million, or 13%, on a constant dollar basis. Price had a favorable impact of $97 million, or 8%, while volumes increased $60 million, or 5%. By region, constant dollar sales were higher, led by the Americas and EMEA with 14% and 13% growth, respectively. APAC was up 6%.
Adjusted EBITDA was $271 million, or 19.2% of net sales in third quarter 2021, as compared to $259 million, or 21.0%, in the prior year. Currency fluctuations had a favorable impact of $3 million, or 1%, in third quarter 2021. Adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively impacted by overall inflationary pressures including rising material and freight costs, partially offset by lower employee related expenses and a $5 million benefit related to an indirect tax recovery in Brazil.
The Adjusted tax rate was 24.9% in third quarter 2021, as compared to 20.6% in the prior year, which included the benefit of U.S. GILTI regulations issued in 2020.
Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $0.86 in third quarter 2021, as compared to $0.82 in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA growth and a lower share count offset the higher tax expense.
Cash Flow and Net Debt
Cash flow provided by operating activities during the first nine months of 2021 was a source of $378 million, as compared to a source of $410 million during the prior year period.
Capital expenditures during the first nine months of 2021 were $155 million, as compared to $118 million during the prior year period. Free Cash Flow, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, was a source of $223 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to a source of $292 million during the prior year period.
During the first nine months of 2021, the Company also repurchased $329 million, or 6.6 million shares, and paid cash dividends of $86 million.
In third quarter 2021, the Company issued $600 million 1.573% senior secured notes due 2026. The net proceeds from the offering were used to repurchase $339 million principal amount of the 4.875% senior notes due 2022 on September 30, 2021 pursuant to a tender offer, and to satisfy and discharge the remaining $86 million in principal amount on October 15, 2021. The net proceeds of the offering were also used to repay $175 million US dollar portion of the Term Loan A due 2023.
Total debt was $3.8 billion as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020. Net Debt, defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents, was $3.4 billion as of September 30, 2021, as compared to $3.2 billion as of December 31, 2020. As of September 30, 2021, SEE had approximately $1.5 billion of available liquidity, comprised of $394 million of cash and $1.14 billion of undrawn, committed credit facilities.
2021 Full Year Outlook
For the full year 2021, SEE expects net sales of approximately $5.5 billion, which represents an increase of approximately 12% as reported, or approximately 11% in constant currency. This compares to the Company's previous outlook of $5.4 billion to $5.5 billion.
The Company expects full year Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $1.12 billion to $1.14 billion. This compares to the previous Adjusted EBITDA outlook of $1.12 billion to $1.15 billion.
SEE expects full year Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $3.50 to $3.60, or a growth rate of 10% to 13%. The Adjusted EPS outlook is based on approximately 152.5 million weighted average shares outstanding and an Adjusted Tax Rate of approximately 26% for the full year. This compares to the previous Adjusted EPS outlook of $3.45 to $3.60.
The Company expects Free Cash Flow in 2021 to be in the range of $520 million to $540 million, compared to the previous cash flow outlook of $520 million to $570 million.
Conference Call Information
Sealed Air Corporation will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss our Third Quarter 2021 Results. The conference call will be webcast live on the Investors homepage at www.sealedair.com/investors. A replay of the webcast will also be available thereafter.
Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) is in business to protect, to solve critical packaging challenges, and to make our world better than we found it. Our automated packaging solutions systems create a safer, more resilient and less wasteful global food supply chain, enable e-commerce, and protect goods transported worldwide.
Our globally recognized brands include CRYOVAC® brand food packaging, SEALED AIR® brand protective packaging, AUTOBAG® brand automated systems, BUBBLE WRAP® brand packaging, and SEE™ Touchless Automation™ solutions.
SEE's Operating Model, along with our industry-leading expertise in materials, engineering and technology, create value through more sustainable, automated, and digitally connected packaging solutions.
We are leading the packaging industry to create a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future and have pledged to design or advance 100% of our packaging materials to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, and a bolder goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions in our global operations by 2040. Our Global Impact Report highlights how we are shaping the future of the packaging industry. We are also committed to a diverse workforce and inclusive culture through our 2025 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion pledge.
SEE generated $4.9 billion in sales in 2020 and has approximately 16,500 employees who serve customers in 117 countries/territories. To learn more, visit sealedair.com.
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Non-U.S. GAAP Information
In this press release and supplement, we have included several non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, including Net Debt, Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted EPS, net sales on an "organic" and a “constant dollar” basis, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Tax Rate, as our management believes these measures are useful to investors. We present results and guidance, adjusted to exclude the effects of Special Items and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under U.S. GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods or prior guidance. In addition, non-U.S. GAAP measures are used by management to review and analyze our operating performance and, along with other data, as internal measures for setting annual budgets and forecasts, assessing financial performance, providing guidance and comparing our financial performance with our peers and may also be used for purposes of determining incentive compensation. The non-U.S. GAAP information has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for U.S. GAAP information. It does not purport to represent any similarly titled U.S. GAAP information and is not an indicator of our performance under U.S. GAAP. Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures that we present may not be comparable with similarly titled measures used by others. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on these non-U.S. GAAP measures. For a reconciliation of these U.S. GAAP measures to non-U.S. GAAP measures and other important information on our use of non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, see the attached supplementary information entitled “Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows” (under the section entitled “Non-U.S. GAAP Free Cash Flow”), “Reconciliation of Net Earnings and Net Earnings Per Common Share to Non-U.S. GAAP Adjusted Net Earnings and Non-U.S. GAAP Adjusted Net Earnings Per Common Share,” “Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Non-U.S. GAAP Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA,” “Components of Change in Net Sales by Segment” and “Components of Change in Net Sales by Region.” Information reconciling forward-looking U.S. GAAP measures to non-U.S. GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort.
We have not provided guidance for the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures, as they are not available without unreasonable effort due to the high variability, complexity, and low visibility with respect to certain Special Items, including restructuring charges, gains and losses related to acquisition and divestiture of businesses, the ultimate outcome of certain legal or tax proceedings, and other unusual gains and losses. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could be material to our results computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
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The following are important factors that we believe could cause actual results to differ materially from those in our forward-looking statements: global economic and political conditions, currency translation and devaluation effects, changes in raw material pricing and availability, competitive conditions, the success of new product offerings, consumer preferences, the effects of animal and food-related health issues, the effects of epidemics or pandemics, including the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), changes in energy costs, environmental matters, the success of our restructuring activities, the success of our merger, acquisition and equity investment strategies, the success of our financial growth, profitability, cash generation and manufacturing strategies and our cost reduction and productivity efforts, changes in our credit ratings, the tax benefit associated with the Settlement agreement (as defined in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K), regulatory actions and legal matters and the other information referenced in the “Risk Factors” section appearing in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as revised and updated by our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Any forward-looking statement made by us is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether because of new information, future developments or otherwise.