- Net Sales were $2,392 million, an increase of 1% versus the prior year quarter.
- Net Income was $150 million, an increase of 127% versus the prior year quarter.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $453 million, an increase of 14% versus the prior year quarter.
- Earnings per Diluted Share were $0.49, an increase of 133% versus the prior year quarter.
- Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share were $0.66, an increase of 10% versus the prior year quarter.
- Full year 2023 guidance reiterated.
- Announcing definitive agreement to acquire Bell Incorporated, a well-capitalized U.S. packaging provider.
- Board of Directors approved $500 million increase to share repurchase authorization.
ATLANTA, Aug. 1, 2023 - Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), (the "Company"), a leading fiber-based consumer packaging company, today reported results for the second quarter of 2023.
Net Income for second quarter 2023 was $150 million, or $0.49 per share, based upon 309.1 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to second quarter 2022 Net Income of $66 million, or $0.21 per share, based upon 309.9 million weighted average diluted shares.
The second quarters of 2023 and 2022 were impacted by a net $37 million and a net $102 million of special charges, respectively. When adjusting for special charges and amortization of purchased intangibles, Adjusted Net Income for the second quarter of 2023 was $203 million, or $0.66 per diluted share. This compares to second quarter 2022 Adjusted Net Income of $185 million, or $0.60 per diluted share.
Michael Doss, the Company's President and CEO said, "We grew Sales, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margins year over year in the second quarter while actively managing supply to meet demand in response to short-term inventory destocking by retailers and our customers. Importantly, our global team continued to advance key initiatives to drive sustained future organic growth and higher profitability through commercial execution, quality improvement and cost reduction. Our focus remains on delivering renewable and recyclable, fiber-based packaging solutions preferred by consumers.
"Consistent with that, we are pleased to announce a definitive agreement to acquire Bell Incorporated, a well-capitalized U.S. packaging provider, strategically expanding our network, customer breadth and category presence. The pending transaction will strengthen our integrated packaging network in the U.S., further solidifying our commitment to deliver service excellence in packaging. Our Board of Directors has also approved an incremental $500 million share repurchase authorization. These announcements demonstrate our balanced approach to capital allocation as we continue to deliver value for stakeholders.
"Finally, we are reiterating full year 2023 guidance. Our expectations for growth and cash generation enable the continued allocation of capital into initiatives that strengthen the business and support growth, while providing a path to return leverage to the low-end of our historical targeted range. Our execution and focus on innovation, along with favorable consumer trends, provide confidence in our ability to drive 100 to 200 basis points of net organic sales growth annually for years to come."
Source: Graphic Packaging
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