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Sealed Air Corp (NYSE: SEE)
Q3 2020 Earnings Call
Oct 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Third Quarter 2020 Sealed Air Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to one of your speakers, Ms. Lori Chaitman. Ma'am, please go ahead.

Lori Chaitman -- Vice President of Investor Relations

[Technical Issues] I hope you and your families are healthy and staying safe. Before we begin our call today, I would like to note that we have provided a slide presentation to help guide our discussion. Please visit our website where today's webcast and presentation can be downloaded from our IR site at sealedair.com.

I would like to remind you that statements made during this call, stating management's outlook or predictions for future periods are forward-looking statements. These statements are based solely on information that is now available to us. We encourage you to review the information in the section entitled forward-looking statements in our earnings release and slide presentation, which applies to this call. Additionally, our future performance may differ due to a number of factors. Many of these factors are listed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and as revised and updated on our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, which you can also find on our website as sealedair.com or on the SEC's website at sec.gov. We also discuss financial measures that do not conform to US GAAP. You will find important information on our use of these measures and their reconciliation to US GAAP in our earnings release. Included in the appendix of today's presentation, you will find US GAAP financial results that correspond to the non-US GAAP measures we reference throughout the presentation.

I will now turn the call over to Ted Doheny, our President and CEO. Ted?

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Lori and thank all of you for joining our third quarter 2020 earnings call. I hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe. As the pandemic continues, our customers are counting on us to get things done. Our employees are delivering and I couldn't be prouder of their efforts. We're focused on zero harm in everything we do. Supporting our customers, executing on our Reinvent SEE business transformation and becoming a stronger and better company.

On today's call, I'll recap our third quarter results. I'll share how we're growing in an uncertain environment and how our global markets continue to evolve. I'll share how our growth strategy is centered around automation, sustainability and digital. Jim will review our financial results in more detail and then I will close with a reiteration of how our four Ps of Reinvent SEE are guiding us in this journey. We will end the call with Q&A.

Let's turn to slide 3 for a recap of our third quarter results compared to last year. Adjusted EBITDA increased 8% on sales growth of 2%. Adjusted earnings per share increased 28% to $0.82, and in the nine months ending September 30, we generated $292 million in free cash flow as compared to $110 million in the same period last year. We had a solid third quarter. For the first time in six quarters, Protective delivered year-over-year organic volume growth attributable to strength in e-commerce, fulfillment and automated equipment. Growth in Protective was offset by a modest volume decline in food, which was largely attributable to labor challenges at meat packaging plants and the lagging recovery in foodservice. Based on our execution, results achieved to date and improved demands in Protective, we're raising our full year 2020 guidance across all key financial metrics.

Let's turn to slide 4, which we call our movie-reel slide, illustrating our diverse end market exposure in the breadth of our solutions that are supported by our powerful brands. You can see a play button on this slide, which is to encourage you to visit our website where you will find several videos demonstrating the value created by our platforms. In the first nine months of the year, approximately 64% of our sales were derived from packaging fresh and frozen proteins as well as other foods and fluids and goods for the medical, life sciences and pet-care industries. There continues to be an imbalance across the food industry with higher demand in the retail channel, including e-food and e-grocery offset by restrictions and heightened safety concerns across the food service sector. Also, while many packaging plants around the world are up and running, they are not operating at full production rates and are managing labor shortages.

We saw an increase to equipment sales in the quarter as a result of our focus on our automation strategy which I'll highlight on the next slide. These favorable trends were not enough to offset the labor challenges in the foodservice slowdown at large venues, supporting events, hotels and restaurants. As we plan for a new normal, we're confident that our focus on automation and sustainability will improve the growth trajectory of our food business and drive sales for our high-performance materials. We see an increasing opportunity to grow food equipment and services which year-to-date accounted for approximately 7% of the segment sales. We're already working with our customers to optimize their plans, automated solutions and improved productivity, while keeping people out of harm's way and addressing sustainability requirements.

Approximately 14% of our sales were derived from consumer, retail and third-party logistics, most of which are good shift through e-commerce channels. Demand for our mailers, automated equipment inflatables including our BUBBLE WRAP On-demand were exceptionally strong in the first nine months of the year. The surge in e-commerce continues to create demand for our products and services. Our solutions are designed to minimize waste, reduce carbon footprint, increase speed to pack, while at the same time drag to zero harm and address labor scarcity.

We are taking our digital printing capabilities to the next level by enhancing our packaging materials, which is important for the at home buying experience. We continue to shift our portfolio to address the ever-changing needs of the e-commerce channel, which will be a key element of our protected growth strategy. The remaining 22% of our sales serve industrial, transportation and consumer electronics segments. While these segments improved more than expected in the third quarter, they're still below prior year levels.

Now turning to slide 5. You can see how we are accelerating our SEE automation solutions to meet the demand for a touchless environment. This is driving growth for the next phase of our Reinvent SEE business transformation. We have a plan in place to triple the size of our equipment sales, which is now estimated to be $200 million in 2020 to over $500 million by 2025. You can see on this chart how the pull-through or multiplier on services and materials over the lifecycle of equipment sale creates tremendous value. We model the conservative 3x solutions multiplier to illustrate the $5 billion plus potential opportunity over the 10-year equipment lifecycle. We see automation, we're taking in our integrated solutions approach by eliminating waste, increasing productivity and keeping people out of harm's way.

Our targeted savings for our customers of greater than 30% will ensure an attractive payback for our systems. The implementation of our SEE Smart Services will enable connectivity to our customer systems and gives us the opportunity to proactively and remotely optimize our installed base of machines. Our high performance materials integrated with automated equipment and services provide a compelling value proposition to the packaging industry.

Let me now turn to slide 6 and give you an update on our leadership actions. We are fully committed to zero harm for our employees and we're working diligently to ensure strong alignment with our customers, suppliers, operations and the communities where we live and work. Our local, regional and corporate crisis management teams remain proactive and our business continuity plans are still in effect. We've had numerous challenges to overcome, but the disruption to our operation has been minimal, and our global scale has mitigated business continuity risk. We recognize our new normal will be here for the foreseeable future and we been improving productivity across our geographies, supply chain and product portfolio. We are investing in e-commerce and digital platforms and capabilities to ensure connectivity. We believe these investments will be a growth engine for us in the future.

I'll now pass the call to Jim to review our results in more detail. Jim?

Jim Sullivan -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Ted. Let's turn to slide 7 for a review of our year-over-year net sales by region. In the third quarter, net sales totaled $1.2 billion, up 2% as reported and up 3% in constant dollars. In constant dollars, North America, our largest region representing 60% of our sales increased 3%; Asia Pacific was up 1%; and EMEA was flat; South America was up 13% due to US dollar index pricing.

On slide 8, here you see our organic sales volume and pricing trends by segment and region. In the third quarter, volume overall increased 1% with 4% growth in Protective, 2% decline in food. By region, North America was up 2%; APAC was up 1%; and EMEA and South America were down 2% and 3% respectively. Volume in Protective was driven by strong growth in e-commerce and fulfillment of about 15%, partially offset by a 2% decline in industrials, both of which exceeded our expectations. North America and APAC delivered 6% and 8% volume growth respectively. This was partially offset by a 5% decline in EMEA, where we have more exposure to the industrial sector, particularly automotive.

In Food, volume declined in all regions. North America declined 2%, EMEA 1% and both South America and APAC were down 4%. While equipment was strong, labor challenges in meat packaging plants and the slow recovery in foodservice laid [Phonetic] on our volumes globally. South America was also impacted by the soft economic environment in the region reducing local consumption of fresh red meat. In APAC, herd rebuilding on Australia impacted volumes as well.

On slide 9, we present our year-over-year consolidated sales and adjusted EBITDA bridges for the third quarter and first nine months of the year. Organic sales in the quarter were up 1% with higher volume contributing $8 million to the top line. Acquisitions added $24 million or 2%, which was the month of July sales from Automated Packaging Systems. This acquisition closed August 1, 2019. The sales for the month of August and September 2020 are included in our organic results. Currency translation negatively impacted sales in the quarter by $12 million or about 1%, mostly due to year-over-year declines in the Argentinean peso, Brazilian real and Mexican peso, partially offset by a stronger euro.

Adjusted to EBITDA of $259 million increased $18 million or 8% compared to last year with margin up 120 basis points to 21%. Reinvent SEE benefits totaled $32 million in the quarter, $29 million in operating cost savings and $3 million in price/cost spread improvements. Operating cost in the quarter included labor and other non-raw material cost inflation of about $13 million and higher incentive-based compensation, $6 million. We also incurred $4 million of incremental spending related to COVID-19, which was offset by lower travel expense. Adjusted EBITDA continued to benefit from favorable price/cost spread movements this quarter by $9 million. However, with resins prices increases, we expect this trend to change in the fourth quarter.

The Automated acquisition contributed $4 million of adjusted EBITDA in the month of July. The integration of Automated heads gone very well, and sales and cost synergies realized since completion of the acquisition are ahead of plan. The adjusted EBITDA impact from higher volume on a consolidated basis this quarter was negative $7 million due to the sales mix between reporting segments. Adjusted EPS in the third quarter was $0.82 compared to $0.64 in the third quarter of 2019 due to higher adjusted EBITDA, lower net interest expense and lower taxes. The adjusted tax rate in the quarter was 20.6% down from 28.5% in the third quarter of 2019. This year's lower tax rate was favorably impacted by the recently issued US GILTI regulations.

Turning to slide 10. Here, we provide an update on Reinvent SEE which continues to progress in earnest and is driving structural operating leverage in the business. Our Reinvent commercial work stream is progressing with targeted growth achieved in automation and sustainability, which is helping alleviate pandemic-driven weakness in some end markets. The commercial strategies, capabilities and governance processes implemented with this new Reinvent work stream are robust and provide a solid platform for driving revenue growth in the markets we serve. In 2020, we are now expecting to realize approximately $120 million of year-over-year Reinvent SEE productivity benefits to adjusted EBITDA. This is up $10 million from our previous guidance.

In 2021, we continue to estimate over $50 million of additional year-over-year productivity benefits as Reinvent SEE transitions from restructuring to our ongoing continuous improvement operating system. Cash restructuring payments associated with Reinvent SEE were $59 million in the first nine months of the year and are now expected to be about $85 million for the year with an estimated $40 million carry over into 2021. The total cash cost of Reinvent SEE is still expected to be approximately $215 million, and this amount has not changed since the transformation was publicly announced in December 2018.

Turning to segment results on slide 11, starting with Food. In the third quarter, Food net sales of $705 million declined 3% as reported and 1% in the constant dollars. Equipment, parts and service sales which currently represent about 7% of the segment were up over 15% year-over-year due to strength in North America and EMEA. In North America, most of the equipment sales were replacements and upgrades to help improve our customers' plant productivity. In EMEA, we delivered a new port automation solution which will drive incremental material sales in the future. CRYOVAC materials, which comprise the remainder of the Food segment sales were down about 3% as a result of labor challenges in the meat processing plants around the world and the slow recovery in foodservice.

Shrink bags and vertical pouches which are disproportionately sold into the foodservice channel together were down about 5% and accounted for nearly 50% of food sales. Adjusted EBITDA in Food declined $7 million or 5% to $152 million with margin down 30 basis points at 21.6%. More sales volume, unfavorable product mix and currency were partially offset by Reinvent SEE benefits and favorable price cost spread. In the fourth quarter, for Food, we expect constant dollar sales to be down about 1% on a year-over-year basis and the adjusted EBITDA margin to be roughly in line with the third quarter. We anticipate improvements in product mix and operating costs which will largely mitigate the projected decline in price/cost spread.

On slide 12, we highlight results from our Protective segment. In the third quarter, Protective net sales of $533 million were up $44 million or 9% as reported. Organic sales were up 3% with volumes up $21 million or 4%. Automated Packaging Systems made a [Phonetic] strong organic growth of 7% in the quarter demonstrating the value proposition of its work cell [Phonetic] automation sustainability portfolio and our sales synergy efforts. With the spike in e-commerce shipments, we are experiencing strong demand for our automated equipment, street [Phonetic] and automated mailers and inflatables. From an end market or customer segment perspective, e-commerce and fulfillment account for approximately 45% of our Protective sales. Remaining 55% of sales are industrials where trends are improving, but still below prior year levels.

Adjusted EBITDA of $109 million increased $25 million or 29%, and the margin expanded 320 basis points year-over-year to 20.4%. Growth in adjusted EBITDA was attributable to higher volumes, the Reinvent SEE benefits, lower operating cost and contribution from the automated acquisition. Lower operating costs in the quarter were partly driven by a $7 million of inventory step up charge recorded in the third quarter last year as part of the automated acquisition and as well as the realization of cost synergies associated with the acquisition. In the fourth quarter, we expect Protective volumes to be up year-over-year although lesser rate compared to what we experienced in the third quarter. This outlook is based on continued strength in e-commerce and automation, North American and APAC, partially offset by weak economic conditions and EMEA.

Now let's turn to free cash flow on slide 13. Year-to-date, we generated $292 million of free cash flow compared to $110 million in the same period in 2019. The $182 million year-over-year improvement was largely driven by higher adjusted EBITDA, the impact of the Novipax legal settlement in the same period a year ago, lower capex due to pandemic related project delays and lower Reinvent restructuring payments. Trade working capital was a use of cash in the first nine months 2020, which is a typical seasonal pattern for the Company. Our underlying working capital metrics remain well-controlled. We do expect working capital to be a source of cash in the fourth quarter.

Overall, for the full year 2020, we are raising our free cash flow guidance to approximately $450 million from our previous range of $350 million to $375 million due to higher expected adjusted EBITDA and lower cash outflows with taxes, Reinvent SEE restructuring and capex. Lower tax payments are largely from an approximate $30 million refund expected in the fourth quarter associated with the retroactive application of the revised US GILTI regulations back to 2018.

Slide 14 highlights our leverage, liquidity and debt maturity profile. We ended the quarter with net leverage at 3.3x which is down from 3.4x in Q2 and 3.8x at this time last year. The deleveraging accomplished in the third quarter included $20 million share repurchases. Our priority is to continue to delever, and we do expect our net leverage to come down further by the end of the year. As a reminder, leverage covenant in our credit facility has a maximum ratio of 4.5x and the covenant calculation at the end of the third quarter is 2.8, which is lower than our reported net leverage ratio due to certain allowed favorable EBITDA adjustments in the credit agreement. So, with significant cushion against our financial covenant, over $1.4 billion of liquidity and no debt maturities until August 2022. We have good financial flexibility.

On slide 15, we outline our capital allocation strategy. We continue to take a disciplined approach to strengthen our balance sheet while driving attractive returns on invested capital. We are investing in growth markets and disruptive products and technologies. Approximately 40% of our organic capex is currently focused on growth, including breakthrough production processes, product innovation and automation. Maintenance and cost productivity projects comprise the remaining 45% and 15% of our organic capex respectively. Regarding shareholder returns, for the time being, we are maintaining our dividend at current levels, and in the context of our overall deleveraging objective over the next several quarters, we expect to continue opportunistic share repurchase activity.

Turning to our 2020 outlook on slide 16. We are raising our consolidated net sales outlook to be up about 1% as reported or approximately $4.85 billion. This compares to our previous estimate of net sales in the range of $4.725 billon to $4.775 billion. On a constant dollar basis, net sales are now expected to increase approximately 3%, which compares to our previous guidance constant dollar growth in the range of 1% to 2%. The higher sales growth is driven by Protective, which is now expected to increase approximately 7% in constant dollars as compared to our previous estimate of up approximately 3%. We continue to expect Food to deliver approximately 1% constant dollar growth. We now expect a negative impact from currency translation on sales of approximately $90 million for the full year.

For adjusted EBITDA, we are revising our outlook to approximately a $1.04 billion, which is $20 million above the midpoint of our previous range. This implies an adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 21.4% for the year, would be an improvement of 130 basis points from 2019. Unfavorable currency translation is now expected to be approximately $20 million on adjusted EBITDA, which compares to our previous currency forecast of a negative $25 million. We are increasing our guidance for adjusted EPS to approximately $3.05 from $3.85 to $2.95. Our outlook for adjusted EPS is based on approximately $156 million diluted shares outstanding.

The adjusted tax rate in 2020 is now expected to be approximately 26% reflecting the benefits on the recently revised US GILTI regulations. As previously mentioned, we are raising our free cash flow guidance to approximately $450 million. Our adjusted EBITDA to free cash flow conversion is now expected to be over 40% in 2020.

Let me pass the call back to Ted for closing remarks. Ted?

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jim. Before we open the call for questions, turning to slide 17, I wanted to reiterate our four Ps of Reinvent SEE. We always start with our purpose statement. We are in the business to protect to solve critical packaging challenges and to leave our world better than we found it. Our performance continues to improve as we are progressing toward world-class. We're keeping people out of harm's way while strengthening our business through the crisis. By operating as one SEE culture, we are enabling fast decision making.

Our strategy to deliver the best systems at the right price and make them sustainable is working. Our broad and innovative product portfolio, global scale and agility has enabled us to address the evolving customer needs across our end markets and geographies. Our one SEE operational excellence processes are driving flawless quality world-class productivity and yield improvement as well as customer service enhancements that are creating customer references. You can see the structural changes of Reinvent SEE reflected in our operating leverage so far in 2020 with more to come. Sustainability is in everything we do.

Fueling our growth, and in this pandemic still top of mind. We are enhancing our portfolio and innovating to meet our 2025 sustainability pledge and drive a circular economy for plastics. I'm excited to share that since announcing our investment in Plastic Energy Global, we collaborated with Plastic Energy, SABIC, Bradburys Cheese and Tesco to lead by example where we've been able to create a micro circular loop for food grade packaging. We are embedding our environmental, social and governance and diversity and inclusion priorities into our core business strategy and values. We will continue to proactively manage ESG and diversity and inclusion risk and leverage opportunities to drive success. This is reflected in our culture and our purpose.

We delivered three solid quarters in a very challenging and unpredictable environment. Our Reinvent SEE business transformation is our operating engine driving profitable growth above inflation. We are reinventing everything we do from how we innovate to how we solve our customers' toughest challenges with the power of one Sealed Air. I'm proud of how our people continue to execute through this pandemic. And I want to take all of our employees in our plants, in our innovation centers, out in the field and working remotely for their dedication and commitment to business continuity.

Finally, I would like to highlight, we have Karl Deily on the call with us. Earlier today, we announced that Karl is planning to retire in April 2021. Karl has had an incredible 40 year career at Sealed Air and has held many leadership roles along the way. Most recently, he took on the role as Chief Commercial Officer, and has been instrumental to the success of our Reinvent SEE business transformation and closer to home reinventing our iconic CRYOVAC brand. For me personally, Karl has been a tremendous partner and I'm grateful for his tireless efforts to transform our business from the best in packaging to world-class.

We've been so fortunate to have Karl as a part of the Sealed Air family. He has made Sealed Air a special company. We all wish Karl, the very best his retirement and look forward to a smooth transition with him in an advisory role.

With that, I now open up the call for questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of George Staphos with Bank of America. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

George Staphos -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Hi, thanks for taking my call. And Karl, congratulations. We knew this was coming at some point. Thank you for all your help with our research over the years. Remember the first time you spoke at our conference with [Indecipherable] back a while ago. Best of luck to you. I guess my question really is on Food. We knew that there was a supply glut of animal, at least we thought they were -- that were ultimately going to come to slaughter and we're just questioning, why, we heard some of the reasons, but why we're not seeing more of a translation of that into volume and food for the third quarter and the fourth quarter. And the related question, as we get into '21, Ted, do you expect that sustainability and Reinvent will be accretive to volume and Food, and for that matter Protective in '21 as you had at one point. I'm recognizing you got a lot of challenges right now with COVID. Thank you, guys.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, George. And I apologize to everyone on the call here. There's a rainstorm going in Charlotte right now. So we'll hopefully talk through that. But George for the first part, I'm going to turn that over to Karl to give you a detailed answer on what's going on with Food.

Karl Deily -- Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Yeah. Thank you, George for the kind words. And also I think you have to look a little bit deeper, what's going on in the market. And slaughter has been tracking slightly below prior year in the third quarter and almost 4% and beef below prior year for the year-to-date, and as they've tried to work through the backlog and get their processes up and running, they've -- without some of the skilled labor and still high issues with absenteeism, they've gone to a simpler product mix, and we've seen very, very slow recovery and the food service part of it. Both of those have translated to lower volume levels and a little bit of a negative mix. We are still performing above what the market is, but it is dilutive and it's something we're definitely keeping our pulse on daily.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay, great, Karl. And George, I'll take the second part of the question where you are asking about Reinvent taking us into 2021, and sustainability to drive growth. And with Reinvent going into 2021, as you saw on the chart, if we looked at it, we have savings coming into. We think we have a built up pipeline, we feel pretty good about that, just -- you know the detail that we manage is, we have over 2,500 projects that we are tracking right now, anywhere from $5,000 to multi-million. So we do feel like we've got a good pipeline and so we think Reinvent will continue to be strong and we'll look for opportunities. Some of those opportunities tie into the second point on sustainability as well. Sustainability in both the food and the Protective business, on the food side of the business, we're developing some pretty innovative solutions to tying into automation and what we're doing in our factory automation that we think we could bring to new meat processing plants as we make them much more efficient, improving their labor shortages etc.

On the sustainability side and as we mentioned, we invest in Plastic Energy, as we now we're going circular, there are certain parts of our materials in the bags such as PVDC or chlorine. We developed already rapidly in less than 12 months, chlorine-free bags coming into sustainability side that we see is a growth opportunity there as well. On the Protective side, we're definitely seeing sustainability with our e-commerce boom and how do we make our products recyclable, sustainable -- the recycled BUBBLE WRAPs already coming out into our product lines. Our mailers, not just the plastic mailers with the bubble, but also paper. And our paper business is growing quite nicely and we expect more coming into 2021.

The challenges will continue. We're thinking this COVID -- pandemic environment is continuing. So we feel pretty good, both Reinvent SEE and our new product development will help us. The other piece, I'll probably talk about again with the question is what we think automation can do to fuel our growth going into 2021.

Okay. Operator, next question?

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Anthony Pettinari with Citi. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Anthony Pettinari -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Good morning. And best wishes to Karl on his retirement and thanks for all the help over the years. Just a quick question on product care. It sounds like industrial and e-commerce outperformed expectations in 3Q. Just curious if that continued in October. And when you look at the contribution margin for that business in 3Q, do you expect that to improve? Are there any kind of drivers of improvement that we should think about there?

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good question. Obviously in October, which was nice, how you snuck that, and that's in the fourth quarter. So we'll -- we see the trends basically continuing. I'll share that. On the e-commerce side, what we see, the shift in the portfolio. If you look at slide 4 that, we talked about moving really to be a market-driven company with these great product lines. The largest product line and the most profitable in our Protective is our Instapak, which is definitely hit with what's going on in the industrial. So actually, using our leverage language that's been a major deleverage on the portfolio. So actually the performance on all those different product lines and being lifted by e-commerce is really helped that business to not only grow but had significant margin expansion.

Seeing some of that get not as bad on industrial in the third quarter, we anticipate that going through in the fourth quarter, but we still think it's going to be a drag, year-over-year. So, shifting the portfolio very, very fast to mailers or BUBBLE WRAP On-demand and not only can we get the volume, but can we get continued margin expansion and where we're really seeing the engine work if we get that volume, we're seeing that leverage come in very, very nicely. So we think, we definitely have some challenge continuing in the fourth quarter, but we plan to price through that, not only through the fourth quarter we're spending most of our attention right now is taking that momentum into 2021.

And next question, operator?

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Josh Spector with UBS. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Josh Spector -- UBS -- Analyst

Yeah, hi, and thanks for taking my question. I guess, in terms of your 2025 equipment target and more than doubling your sales versus 2020, what are the biggest factors that get you there? And is this more of a replacement cycle that peaks [Phonetic] and then decline? Or do you see e-commerce growth and automation driving sustainably higher level of equipment sales? Thanks.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

And Josh, welcome to our coverage. Glad to have UBS back and you personally. So, great question. With the automation, we actually see that growth in both those areas you identified part as replacement. We have an extremely large fleet of equipment. If you look at slide 5, we say out there, there's thousands of machines. So as we're driving automation, it's taking care of that installed base, the parts, the service, the upgrade, since we go digital, we think that is a significant opportunity to stay connected to that installed fleet of equipment. We think we have some improvement opportunities there.

On the new equipment and that's what we're focused. And if you noticed, we have actually taken this number up already from 2020 when we first announced this at the Investor conferences, last quarter. We were $175 million [Phonetic]. So we already had visibility that this is moving, moving quickly in this environment, developing new products and you systems as we hope to automate our customers' facilities such as meat packing plants. We're working with many of the majors right now of how we can pack that meet faster, safer, and do it with, in a remote environment keeping people out of harm's way.

On the e-commerce side, that's where we're seeing a lot of benefit, especially changing the model from how we did in the past, both our Food and Protective models where we used equipment to actually subsidize to get more materials and what we're finding is that actually focusing on what the equipment can do to help on labor to help on productivity, help on safety that we could actually have multiple opportunities not only for the equipment that are in our portfolio, but working with other potential suppliers of equipment in branding it. So we see lots of opportunity to keep that growth as you can imagine, going from $200 million to $500 million. That's pretty aggressive growth target. And as always, our internal targets are much more aggressive than what we're sharing externally.

Next question, operator?

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Ghansham Panjabi with Baird. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Ghansham Panjabi -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Yeah, thank you, good morning and Karl, congrats again. You are leaving as a legend in the industry. So a very respectful career over time, so congrats.

Karl Deily -- Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Thank you.

Ghansham Panjabi -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

I guess, first off, Ted, obviously, we're seeing real-time headlines of lockdowns in Europe and some parts of the US as well. To some extent, a pantry loading, again, in the US starting in October. How do you think this most -- this upcoming sort of paradigm impacts your portfolio versus maybe what you experienced in the first part of this year? And then a separate question maybe for Jim, in terms of the price cost evolution over the next few quarters, how should we think about that $35 million price/cost spread you have benefited from so far this year changing as we cycle into 2021? Thank you.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Good. Thanks, Ghansham. As -- do you want to go first on to yours? And then I will...

Jim Sullivan -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Ghansham, this is Jim. So we did talk in our comments that we do expect price/cost spread to turn a little bit in the other direction starting in the fourth quarter. We have had some benefits there year-to-date. Keep in mind, a fair amount of that is from Reinvent, which we think is sustainable and not just going to be given back, if you will, when the market turns. We continue to do a really good job, buying materials and doing what we can to position our materials globally in a way that we could avoid a lot of the inflation. So you see the headlines in North America around the low-density polyethylene and the big increases that we see there. But you got to remember, we buy globally. We buy a lot of different resins and we buy chemicals. And if you look at the mix of all that, it is not as severe as one might think when they look at the headline market changes and certain of the resins.

So I think that's the good news. I think, again, I think we'll do better than the market in terms of our buying and we'll also start to see the formulas kick in. There is a bit of a delay in the formulas, but we'll get those kicking in next year. So we are contemplating in our guidance. That, that will turn a bit in the fourth quarter. But I think with some pricing actions, some of which we can do just on the basis of value contribution and some that's based on formula, and probably some mitigation of materials overall as we transition into 2021. I think we feel like over the course of the year, it's very manageable. We may not have the tailwind that we had in '19 and the first three quarters. But I think we have got a lot of actions in place including keeping that Reinvent engine driving above inflation, which will help.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

And to the first part of your question, Ghansham, obviously watching the news and because, we are directly connected also with our customers around the world, the announcement that just came out about France going into a shutdown. We've been connected just like when this all started, just, it seems like a long time ago, but it was just January when our team was talking about what was going on with China with our facilities of how we put them into lockdown immediately.

So we've heard what's going on around the world. We are in crisis situation, crisis management, not only with our customers, with our people and our facilities. So how do we see that affecting our portfolio where we think it will be a little bit different when this first hit. Because what happened, if we look at the first quarter going into the second quarter, we built up inventory with our customers and we did it simultaneously. So a little bit of what's even going on with the Food business right now is burning some of that inventory off that we had, what they had and working very, very closely together to make sure that we keep our production levels going with our customers.

The shift in the portfolio is, we got to look at that, with what's going on with restaurants, will they reopen? Will they not reopen? What's going on with our portfolio with, whether it's the bags or whether it is our Darfresh. So we're looking at those very carefully with our customers. But we also think, again, on automation, we can be in there helping them deliver safely and supply the world. So don't have a perfect answer other than we're getting pretty used to how do we handle the crisis and stay connected. So we actually do think our very, very diverse portfolio will help us fight through this situation and as early as the first quarter where our first challenge is that we're trying to solve right now.

Okay, next question please?

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Adam Josephson with KeyBanc. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Adam Josephson -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thanks. Good morning, everyone, I hope you and your families are well. Jim, just a clarification on guidance. You mentioned, you expected Protective volumes to be up in the fourth quarter, albeit to the same degree that they were up in 3Q. I don't think you commented on Food volumes. I think you said Food organic sales would be up. But I don't think you commented on volumes. So bearing in mind, they were down 2% in each of the past two quarters. Can you talk about what your volume expectations are for the quarter, for the total Company? Do you expect volume to be up or down? And then any preliminary thoughts on next year in that regard? Thank you.

Jim Sullivan -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Let me stick to this year first and then maybe clarify a little bit of the guidance around the segment. So with Food, as you mentioned, our volume was just shy of 2% down year-over-year. I do think as we transition into the fourth quarter, we expect that to still be down year-over-year, very modestly. But overall, if you look at the full year, we do expect constant dollar food to be up 1%. So a little bit of a drag in the back half of the year there. But consistent with the third quarter, probably a little bit better maybe.

On Protective, the Protective growth assumption in the guidance is positive. We were up 4% in the third quarter. The guidance would imply a little bit less than that on a volume basis. And I think the thing we are a little bit cautious of there, even though the trends around e-commerce remain very robust. I think we're little bit cautious about the economy in Europe, in particular. And maybe seeing a little bit of back off there in that region in particular. But overall, we do expect favorable year-over-year volume growth in that segment as well.

As we transition into next year, it's an open question. Obviously, we've got a lot to learn here over the next three months in terms of how the COVID environment will hopefully stabilize, and we can get back to more normalized levels with Food production growing and us beating the market. And as Ted talked about earlier, the real headwind for us in Protective is still the industrials business, and it's improving. But hopefully, we can get to the point where we can start to grow that part of the portfolio. And when we do, you're going to see the margins there really improve as well.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Next question, operator?

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Phil Ng with Jefferies. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Phil Ng -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hey, guys. Curious on how you're thinking about the pace of recovery in your industrial business. Are you kind of envisioning this as a multiyear recovery? And I guess, on a separate note, just given the strength you are seeing in e-com and automation, I was just wondering do you have enough capacity to service that demand and your ability to kind of scale up that business on the Protective side of things. Thanks a lot.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Just what -- did you said the pace, was that -- it didn't come through clear, on the industrial pace of recovery. Was that the question?

Phil Ng -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Yeah. So the first part was the pace to recover on the industrial side. I mean, the last downturn, it took a few years to kind of get back to previous levels. So I'm just trying to get a better handle on how you kind of envision your industrial business recovering, the pace of that recovery. And the second part is just the strength you are seeing in e-com ability kind of scale up.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good questions. On the pace on the industrial, that's -- that downturn has been pretty dramatic. One of the largest segments of industrial that we look at is automotive. We thought we saw automotive coming back, but now we have a start and stop, and we keep talking about Europe again, where we have a really strong base with industrial with, again, our Instapak. So seeing what's now happening in that potential slowdown again. We definitely think the industrial will come back. We got to move our portfolio. If it doesn't come back. We got to move the products to what is growing, again, really where we want to push this product line to be market-driven.

So the second, can we keep up with the pace of the e-commerce, that's a great question. Because if you just go back a couple of years and where we were going with mailers, that is full force with our team and our supply chain and leveraging our plants around the world, actually expanding our capacity and moving resources. So it's a good problem to have in the portfolio, but we're definitely, those products that are getting hit by e-commerce, we're moving our production to be -- to keep up with the pace.

If you look again at slide 4, just to give you an example is, we are really moving the whole company to be an e-commerce company. And we're internally working on a plan to do that. Once you go online, you're no longer what region are you in. If you look at that example, where you can see, where we actually have our core view product, now doing spirits, which is actually way up. Well, that was actually launched by one of our large freight for the companies, and they put it on the Internet with us side-by-side, well. The hits on that product line were showing up in Australia and now in the US.

So we're moving the whole company to fully e-commerce. So we got to be prepared to move when that -- those markets -- that pull-through comes. So great question, e-commerce is here. It's to stay. And we are moving our whole portfolio, our whole business to be able to support that. So it's going to be some challenges, but those are the good challenges we are looking for, and we think we can handle that challenge, to have the capacity ready to serve those markets.

Okay. I think we have chance for one more question, operator.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Jeff Zekauskas with J.P. Morgan. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Jeff Zekauskas -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Hi, thanks very much. In your product care business, I think last quarter, you thought that the trends would improve, but that the volume would still shrink in the third quarter, but organically, it grew 4%. Is it possible to pinpoint why the growth was stronger than you expected?

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I would -- I'm trying to think that all the products lines were up on the e-commerce. The biggest ones that were up were our BUBBLE WRAP On-demand more than we thought, the core view [Phonetic] product line way up, higher than expected. And I would say on the industrial side, we saw that not as bad as we are thinking, but I'm trying to think of -- I don't want to admit that we didn't predict this, but we obviously didn't. [Speech Overlap]

Jim Sullivan -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

When we came out of the second quarter -- this is Jim, we thought that we were looking at mid-single-digit declines in the back half of the year with industrials and high-single-digit decline in the rest of the portfolio, low-single-digit. And as we've mentioned, we were surprised to the upside on both of those. And I think, really, industrial is coming off a real almost stop across the world in the second quarter, really ramped up very nicely. And obviously, we're well positioned with the products that we have. If the markets are moving, we're going to be there, and they move pretty fast sequentially Q2 to Q3.

And then the same thing on e-commerce. We just continue to see a lot of the in-home buying and our position is global. So as Ted talked about, the supply side of this is pretty challenged. When you are seeing that kind of demand run your way. So fortunately, with the global footprint, we were able to serve the needs of the market. But it didn't happen on its own. It was a tremendous effort on the part of our supply chain team to make that happen. So I think we see it continuing as I said, into the fourth quarter, especially in e-commerce. But I think, again, the pause we're taking is on industrials in Europe and maybe even a little bit on e-commerce in Europe.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. And just one, I had to look at the picture, to, I guess, the most obvious thing that's exceeding our expectations, what's happening with our automated equipment that the automation side, and we launched it, we went public on whether strategy is up to double-digit, APS. And every call, I keep giving a shout out to our APS team that was up significantly in the quarter, and it makes sense as more stuff is coming through e-commerce and how do we get those fulfillment centers, how do they back quicker, faster and safer. And now having a product line that can meet that demand, that one is probably the number 1 significant upside for the quarter, and we got to do more of it going forward.

Karl Deily -- Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

They were very capable to pivot from industrial to e-commerce to fuel that added growth.

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

And to Food. We even had -- good point, Karl's excellent comment, putting food into our automated packaging system, so, and because that, we'll close on that is the message. There is more good things to come. I want to thank everybody for the call, wraps it up for today. I hope everybody stays safe and look forward to connecting --with everyone next quarter. Thank you, operator. That's it for us today.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 61 minutes

Call participants:

Lori Chaitman -- Vice President of Investor Relations

Ted Doheny -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Sullivan -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Karl Deily -- Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

George Staphos -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Anthony Pettinari -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Josh Spector -- UBS -- Analyst

Ghansham Panjabi -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Adam Josephson -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Phil Ng -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Jeff Zekauskas -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

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