Berry Global Group, Inc. BERY reported second-quarter fiscal 2023 (ended Mar 31, 2023) adjusted earnings (excluding 54 cents from non-recurring items) of $1.96 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings of $1.85 per share. Our estimate for fiscal second-quarter earnings was $1.84 per share. The bottom line increased 1.6% year over year due to lower costs.
Net sales of $3,288 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,775 million. Our estimate for net sales in the reported quarter was $3,324.7 million. The top line decreased 12.9% year over year due to a 6% dip in volumes. Selling prices declined $143 million due to the pass-through of lower resin costs. The impacts of foreign currency headwinds were $80 million in the quarter.
In the fiscal second quarter, Berry Global’s cost of goods sold decreased 15% to $2,682 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses declined 18.5% year over year to $220 million. Berry Global reported an operating EBITDA of $541 million, up 1.3% year over year. Adjusted operating income in the quarter jumped 2.3% year over year to $341 million.
Consumer Packaging – International sales were $1,059 million, down 7% from the year-ago quarter. Our estimate for segmental revenues was $993.2 million. The decline is primarily due to a $57-million impact from unfavorable foreign currency movement and a 5% decrease in volumes. Operating income of $75 million fell 22.7% year over year. The segment accounted for 32.2% of the quarter’s net sales.
Consumer Packaging – North America’s sales were $774 million, down 12.1% year over year due to a 3% decline in volumes and an $80-million impact from a decrease in selling prices. Our estimate for segmental revenues was $823.8 million. Operating income jumped 9.4% year over year to $93 million. The segment accounted for 23.5% of the total net sales.
Revenues generated from the Health, Hygiene & Specialties segment amounted to $677 million, down 17.6% year over year due to a decrease in selling prices, unfavorable foreign currency impact and volume declines. Our estimate for segmental revenues was $716.2 million. Operating income of $34 million declined 50.7% year over year. The segment accounted for 20.6% of the total net sales in the reported quarter.
Revenues from the Engineered Materials segment fell 16.7% year over year to $778 million due to a $75-million decrease in selling prices, a 7% decline in volumes and unfavorable foreign currency movements. Our estimate for segmental revenues was $791.5 million. Operating income of $99 million increased 10% year over year. The segment accounted for 23.7% of the quarter’s net sales.
Berry Global Group, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
At the end of second-quarter fiscal 2023, Berry Global had cash and cash equivalents of $696 million compared with $1,410 million at the end of fiscal 2022. Current and long-term debt totaled $9,307 million compared with $9,255 million at the end of fiscal 2022.
At the end of the fiscal quarter, Berry Global generated net cash of $168 million from operating activities against $14 million used in the year-ago period. Capital expenditure totaled $385 million compared with $367 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted free cash outflow at the end of the fiscal second quarter was $217 million compared with $381 million cash outflow in the year-ago period.
In the same time period, BERY returned $187 million to shareholders through $155 million in share repurchases and $32 million in dividends. The company expects to repurchase shares worth at least $600 million in fiscal 2023.
Berry Global expects adjusted earnings of $7.30-$7.80 per share in fiscal 2023. The mid-point of the guided range — $7.55 — lies above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings of $7.40 per share.
BERY anticipates cash flow from operations of $1.4-$1.5 billion, while the free cash flow is expected to be $800-$900 million in fiscal 2023.
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