Avery Dennison Corporation AVY reported adjusted earnings of $1.45 per share in third-quarter 2018, which increased around 15% year over year. Earnings, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.
Including one-time items, the company's earnings surged 41% to $1.69 per share from $1.20 per share recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Total revenues jumped around 5% to $1.76 billion from $1.68 billion recorded in the year-earlier quarter. The revenue figure also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.74 billion.
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Cost of sales in the quarter went up 6% year over year to $1.30 billion. Gross profit increased around 1.7% year over year to $459 million, while gross margin contracted 80 basis points (bps) to 26.1%.
Marketing, general and administrative expenses came in at $271 million compared with $274 million reported in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating profit advanced 6% year over year to $189 million. Adjusted operating margin expanded 10 bps on a year-over-year basis to 10.7%.
Revenues from the Label and Graphic Materials segment climbed around 5% year over year to $1,194 million. On an organic basis, sales grew around 6%. Adjusted operating profit declined 2.5% to $147 million from the prior-year quarter.
Revenues from the Retail Branding and Information Solutions segment went up 7% to $398 million, from $374 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. On an organic basis, sales were up 8%. The segment's adjusted operating income improved around 36% to $45 million.
The Industrial and Healthcare Materials segment reported net sales of $167 million, edging down 0.8% from $ the prior-year quarter. The segment reported adjusted operating income of $15 million compared with $14 million recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Avery Dennison had cash and cash equivalents of $218 million at the end of the third quarter, up from $232 million reported at the end of the prior-year quarter. The company generated $188 million in cash from operating activities for the nine-month period ended Sep 29, 2018, compared with $390 million recorded in the comparable period last year.
Avery Dennison's long-term debt decreased to $1,295 million as of Sep 29, 2018, compared with $1,298 million as of Sep 30, 2017.
During the reported quarter, Avery Dennison repurchased 0.7 million shares for a total cost of $72 million. Year to date, the company returned $306 million in cash to shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and dividends, up from $221 million for the comparable period last year.
Avery Dennison realized approximately $6 million in pre-tax savings from restructuring in the Jul-Sep quarter. The company recognized a net benefit in pretax restructuring charges of $6.4 million.
U.S. Pension Plan Termination
Avery Dennison has begun the termination process of the Avery Dennison Pension Plan - a tax-qualified U.S. defined benefit plan. The company contributed $200 million to the plan during the third quarter using commercial paper borrowings. It expects to contribute an additional estimated $30 million during 2019, to fully fund the plan and complete the transaction.
After-tax impact of actions associated with the termination will impact reported earnings per share by 50-70 cents in 2018, and an additional $4.25-$4.45 during 2019, reflecting estimated total pre-tax settlement charges in the range of $575-$600 million.
For 2018, Avery Dennison maintained its adjusted earnings per share guidance of $5.95-$6.10.
Share Price Performance
Over the past year, Avery Dennison has outperformed its industry with respect to price performance. The stock has lost 2%, while the industry has recorded loss of around 5%.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Avery Dennison currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Better-ranked stocks in the same sector include Atkore International Group Inc. ATKR , Donaldson Company, Inc. DCI and Enersys ENS . All three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
Atkore International has a long-term earnings growth rate of 10%. The stock has gained 15% in a year's time.
Donaldson Company has a long-term earnings growth rate of 11.5%. Its shares have rallied 11% in the past year.
Enersys has a long-term earnings growth rate of 10%. The company's shares have been up 15% over the past year.
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