Ball Corporation (BLL): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report


Ball Corporation reported adjusted earnings of $0.81 per share, improved 40% year over year in the first quarter of 2014 and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Total revenue rose 0.8% year over year to $2.01 billion but lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company affirmed free cash flow range of $550 million for full-year 2014 and maintained its long-term diluted earnings per share growth goal of 10% 15%. Ball Corporation will continue to benefit from product launches and expansion in emerging markets. Moreover, the company believes that there is growth potential in many of its segments. However, uncertainty in the global economic scenario remains a headwind. Thus, we are reaffirming our Neutral recommendation on Ball Corporation with a target price of $60.


Headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., Ball Corporation is a manufacturer of metal and plastic packaging, primarily for beverages and foods. It also supplies aerospace and other technologies and services to government and commercial customers. The company employs around 15,000 people worldwide and organizes its businesses in 4 segments:

The Metal Beverage Packaging, Americas & Asia segment (49% of total revenue in 2013) consists of operations located in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and People's Republic of China (PRC). In the U.S., Canada and Brazil, the company manufactures metal container products used primarily in beverage packaging. Ball's Chinese operations manufacture metal beverage containers as well as aluminum containers and ends.

The Metal Beverage Packaging, Europe segment (22%) deals with the company's operations in Europe. The segment supplies two-piece metal beverage containers and ends for producers of carbonated soft drinks, beer, energy drinks and other beverages as well as extruded aluminum aerosol containers and aluminum slugs.

The Metal Food & Household Products Packaging, Americas segment (18%) is concerned with operations located in the U.S. and Canada, which manufacture metal container products used primarily in food packaging.

The Aerospace and Technologies segment (11%) includes national defense solutions, advanced technologies and products as well as civil and operational space businesses.

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