Aptar Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results
July 29, 2021 at 17:48 PM EDT
AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active material science solutions, today reported second quarter results for 2021.
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Second Quarter 2021 Summary
Second Quarter Results
For the quarter ended June 30, 2021, reported sales increased 16% to $811 million compared to $699 million in the prior year. Core sales, excluding the impact from changes in currency exchange rates, increased 10%.
Commenting on the quarter, Stephan B. Tanda, President and CEO, said, “The wide breadth of our innovative solutions and services, serving thousands of customers across multiple markets, continues to be a strength of Aptar. We achieved core sales growth in each segment and consolidated double-digit core sales growth despite the ongoing reduction of allergic rhinitis and cough and cold product inventory levels by customers served by our prescription drug and consumer healthcare units. We will continue to take action to mitigate the effects of a rising input cost environment, which compressed our margins during the quarter, particularly in Beauty + Home and Food + Beverage. Despite the issues we faced in the quarter, we expect a recovery in the second half, especially as we get toward the end of the year.”
Aptar’s Beauty + Home segment generated strong core sales growth over the prior year second quarter, which was the height of the pandemic. Approximately 75% of the growth came from increased volumes. Increased sales to the beauty market were driven by demand for fragrance and facial skincare solutions. In the personal care market, increased sales to the hair care and sun care market were offset by declines in personal cleansing, as hand sanitizer demand began to normalize. The home care market experienced another solid quarter with strong demand for Aptar’s valves and pumps for a variety of applications. Price adjustments related to the initial passing through of higher resin and other input costs, and increased tooling sales, also contributed to the top line in the quarter.
Aptar’s Food + Beverage segment reported double-digit core sales growth with price adjustments related to higher resin costs accounting for approximately 60% of the sales increase. Volumes rose on increased demand for specialty food dispensing closures as consumers continued to cook at home, along with modest recovery in the beverage market compared to the prior year.
In the Pharma segment, increased demand for elastomeric components used with injected medicines and active material science solutions more than offset declines in the prescription drug and consumer health care markets. Similar to the first quarter, certain areas of the Pharma segment continue to be impacted by customers drawing down inventory levels as sectors such as allergic rhinitis and cough and cold have been impacted by low levels of patient consumption during the pandemic.
Aptar reported second quarter earnings per share of $0.81 compared to $0.63 during the same period a year ago, an increase of 29%. Second quarter adjusted earnings per share, excluding restructuring charges, acquisitions costs and the loss on an equity investment, were $0.91 and increased 7% from the prior year adjusted earnings per share, including comparable exchange rates, of $0.85.
For the six months ended June 30, 2021, reported sales increased 12% to $1.59 billion compared to $1.42 billion in the prior year. Core sales, excluding the impacts from changes in currency exchange rates and acquisitions, increased 5%.
Tanda commented on the year-to-date results, “I’m proud of the dedicated efforts of our people and the resiliency and agility we have shown in the first half of the year. We achieved core sales growth in each segment, and consolidated top line core sales growth of 5% with adjusted EBITDA growth of 7%. This is despite headwinds from the unprecedented inflationary environment even though we are implementing pricing adjustments to pass on these effects over time.”
For the six months year-to-date, Aptar’s reported earnings per share were $2.05, and increased 39%, compared to $1.47 reported a year ago. Current year adjusted earnings per share, excluding restructuring charges, acquisitions costs and the net gain on an equity investment, were $2.01 and increased 10% from prior year adjusted earnings per share, including comparable exchange rates, of $1.83. Free cash flow for the first six months was impacted by higher capital expenditures and changes in working capital, mainly increases in inventory and accounts receivable related to the recent sales growth and order activity.
“For the third quarter, the broader macro factors impacting our business are not anticipated to change dramatically from what we experienced in the second quarter. Looking ahead, we believe the second half will initially show gradually improving operating results from our position today, and we expect accelerated improvement toward the end of the year,” said Tanda.
Third quarter results are anticipated to reflect continued gradual improvement in Aptar’s beauty and beverage businesses as the reopening of economies is expected to continue at a measured pace given the uncertainties around the COVID-19 variants and limited resumption of intercontinental travel. The current inventory destocking cycle by our customers in the prescription drug market is expected to continue through the third quarter, with improving performance toward the end of the year. Additionally, Aptar expects ongoing steady demand for elastomer components for injection devices in the third quarter. The exceptionally strong custom tooling sales reported in the prior year third quarter by the Pharma segment’s active material science solutions division, is not expected to repeat. While inflation and cost pressures continue to be a headwind, especially in raw material and transportation costs, Aptar will look to implement further price adjustments as necessary to pass on these costs over time.
“As we navigate through what has become a rather bumpy growth trajectory across our different markets, we continue to focus on returns across all areas of our business and anticipate that our consolidated margins will improve as we transition to a more balanced and steady growth pattern,” said Tanda. “Our long-term views have not changed. This is a tremendous company with outstanding talent and the fundamental growth story is intact across each of our markets. In addition, we are taking strategic actions such as our recently announced investments in complementary, high-quality businesses that will contribute to that story.”
Aptar expects earnings per share for the third quarter of 2021, excluding any restructuring expenses, acquisition costs and changes in the fair value of equity investments, to be in the range of $0.90 to $0.98 and this guidance is based on an effective tax rate range of 28% to 30%.
As previously announced, Aptar’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.38 per share. The payment date is August 25, 2021, to stockholders of record as of August 4, 2021.
Open Conference Call
There will be a conference call on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the Company’s second quarter results for 2021. 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 for a limited time on the Investor Relations page of the website.
Aptar is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of a broad range of drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active material science solutions. Aptar’s innovative solutions and services serve a variety of end markets including pharmaceutical, beauty, personal care, home, food and beverage. Using insights, proprietary design, engineering and science to create dispensing, dosing and protective technologies for many of the world’s leading brands, Aptar in turn makes a meaningful difference in the lives, looks, health and homes of millions of patients and consumers around the world. Aptar is headquartered in Crystal Lake, Illinois and has 13,000 dedicated employees in 20 countries. For more information, visit www.aptar.com.
Presentation of Non-GAAP Information
This press release refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures, including current year adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA, which exclude the impact of business transformation charges (restructuring initiatives), acquisition-related costs, certain purchase accounting adjustments related to acquisitions and investments and net investment gains and losses related to observable market price changes on equity securities. Core sales and adjusted earnings per share also neutralize the impact of foreign currency translation effects when comparing current results to the prior year. Non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures provided by other companies. Aptar’s management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to our investors because they allow for a better period over period comparison of operating results by removing the impact of items that, in management’s view, do not reflect Aptar’s core operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures also provide investors with certain information used by Aptar’s management when making financial and operational decisions. Free cash flow is calculated as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. We use free cash flow to measure cash flow generated by operations that is available for dividends, share repurchases, acquisitions and debt repayment. We believe that it is meaningful to investors in evaluating our financial performance and measuring our ability to generate cash internally to fund our initiatives. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial results but should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income and other information presented herein. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is included in the accompanying tables. Our outlook is provided on a non-GAAP basis because certain reconciling items are dependent on future events that either cannot be controlled, such as exchange rates and changes in the fair value of equity investments, or reliably predicted because they are not part of the Company's routine activities, such as restructuring and acquisition costs.
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