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Greif Reports 2nd Quarter Earnings Up on Higher Sales

June 3, 2010 - Greif, Inc. [on June 2] announced results for its second fiscal quarter, which ended April 30, 2010.

Michael J. Gasser, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We are pleased with our second quarter results. Sales volumes significantly improved across all our businesses and geographic regions compared to the same quarter last year, including strong emerging market growth. Consolidated gross profit margin expansion was led by improvements in the Rigid Industrial Packaging and Services segment. However, lower selling prices and higher raw material costs caused gross profit margin compression in the Paper Packaging segment. We continue to focus on the disciplined execution of the Greif Business System and maintaining the permanent cost savings that were achieved during fiscal 2009."

Gasser continued, "During the second quarter, we completed a flexible products acquisition that will allow us to further diversify our product and segment offerings. With this new business, we have the opportunity to leverage our global footprint and the Greif Business System to deliver value to our customers and shareholders. We continue to pursue our pipeline of consolidation and product line extension opportunities in all of our businesses."

SPECIAL ITEMS AND GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS

Special items are as follows: (i) for the second quarter of 2010, restructuring charges of $4.8 million ($4.0 million net of tax) and acquisition-related costs of $4.6 million ($3.8 million net of tax); and (ii) for the second quarter of 2009, restructuring charges of $20.3 million ($16.7 million net of tax), restructuring-related inventory charges of $7.5 million ($6.2 million net of tax) and debt extinguishment charges of $0.8 million ($0.6 million net of tax). A reconciliation of the differences between all non-GAAP financial measures used in this release with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the financial schedules that are a part of this release.

FLEXIBLE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES SEGMENT

In February 2010, the Company acquired Storsack Holding GmbH and its subsidiaries (Storsack), which is the world's largest producer of flexible intermediate bulk containers. Based on an analysis of the qualitative and quantitative standards, Storsack's results are included in a new reporting segment called Flexible Products and Services. The Company's multiwall bag operations, previously included in the Paper Packaging segment, are also included in Flexible Products and Services. The Industrial Packaging segment has been renamed Rigid Industrial Packaging and Services.

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

Net sales were $836.6 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $647.9 million in the second quarter of 2009. The 29 percent increase was due to higher sales volumes (33 percent or 22 percent excluding acquisitions) and foreign currency translation (5 percent), partially offset by lower selling prices (9 percent) due to the pass-through of lower input costs. The $188.7 million increase was due to Rigid Industrial Packaging and Services ($109.4 million increase) Flexible Products and Services ($42.1 million increase) and Paper Packaging ($37.9 million increase), slightly offset by Land Management ($0.7 million decrease).

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased to $91.6 million in the second quarter of 2010 from $65.7 million for the same period last year. This increase was primarily due to the inclusion of SG&A expenses related to acquired companies during the second half of 2009 and the first half of 2010 and $4.6 million of acquisition-related costs recognized in accordance with SFAS No. 141(R), "Business Combinations" (codified under ASC 280, "Business Combinations"). In addition, there was a $6.0 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation as well as higher compensation and benefits.

Operating profit before special items increased to $82.2 million for the second quarter of 2010 from $40.9 million for the second quarter of 2009. The $41.3 million increase was due to Rigid Industrial Packaging and Services ($38.6 million increase), Flexible Products and Services ($3.3 million increase) and Paper Packaging ($1.3 million increase), partially offset by Land Management ($1.9 million decrease). GAAP operating profit was $72.8 million and $13.1 million in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Net income before special items increased to $50.4 million for the second quarter of 2010 from $25.1 million for the second quarter of 2009. Diluted earnings per share before special items were $0.86 compared to $0.43 per Class A share and $1.29 compared to $0.65 per Class B share for the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. The Company had GAAP net income of $42.6 million, or $0.73 per diluted Class A share and $1.10 per diluted Class B share, in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $1.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted Class A share and $0.04 per diluted Class B share, in the second quarter of 2009.

BUSINESS GROUP RESULTS

Rigid Industrial Packaging and Services net sales were $636.5 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $527.1 million in the second quarter of 2009. The 21 percent increase in net sales was due to higher sales volumes (26 percent or 21 percent excluding acquisitions) and foreign currency translation (5 percent), partially offset by lower selling prices (10 percent) due to the pass-through of lower input costs. Operating profit before special items increased to $70.0 million in the second quarter of 2010 from $31.4 million in the second quarter of 2009. The $38.6 million increase was primarily due to higher sales volumes, margin expansion primarily due to lower input costs and disciplined execution of the Greif Business System, as well as further benefits from permanent cost savings achieved during fiscal 2009. GAAP operating profit was $64.4 million and $4.3 million in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Flexible Products and Services net sales were $50.5 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $8.4 million in the second quarter of 2009. The increase was primarily due to the acquisition of Storsack during the second quarter of 2010. Both periods include the Company's multiwall bag operations, which were previously included in the Paper Packaging segment and reclassified to conform to the current year's presentation. Operating profit before special items increased to $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2010 as a result of the Storsack acquisition from $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2009 for the multiwall bag operations. GAAP operating profit was $0.3 million and $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Paper Packaging net sales were $147.5 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $109.6 million in the second quarter of 2009. The 35 percent increase in net sales was due to higher sales volumes, partially offset by lower selling prices. During the second quarter of 2010, the Company realized a $50 per ton containerboard price increase that was initiated in January 2010 and announced an additional $60 per ton containerboard price increase in April 2010 that should be fully realized during the third quarter of 2010. Operating profit before special items increased to $7.7 million in the second quarter of 2010 from $6.4 million in the second quarter of 2009. Higher sales volumes were principally offset by higher raw material costs (especially old corrugated containers) and lower selling prices compared to the same period last year. GAAP operating profit was $7.6 million and $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Land Management net sales were $2.1 million and $2.8 million in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. GAAP operating profit and operating profit before special items was $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2009. Included in these amounts were profits from the sale of special use properties (surplus, higher and better use, and development properties) of $0.5 million and $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively.

OTHER CASH FLOW INFORMATION

In the second quarter of 2010, strong operating cash flows were more than offset by cash payments related to the acquisition of Storsack, capital expenditures, interest payments and quarterly dividends.

Capital expenditures were $30.9 million, excluding timberland purchases of $16.5 million, for the second quarter of 2010 compared with capital expenditures of $19.8 million, excluding timberland purchases of $0.5 million, for the second quarter of 2009. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $130 million, excluding timberland purchases, which is $5 million above the previous estimate for fiscal 2010.

On June 1, 2010, the Board of Directors declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.42 per share of Class A Common Stock and $0.63 per share of Class B Common Stock. This represents a 10.5 percent increase and is consistent with the Company's targeted dividend payout ratio of 30 to 35 percent over a complete business cycle. These dividends are payable on July 1, 2010 to stockholders of record at close of business on June 18, 2010.

GREIF BUSINESS SYSTEM (GBS) AND ACCELERATED INITIATIVES

During fiscal 2009, the Company realized more than $150 million of annual cost savings from the implementation of specific plans to address the adverse impact to its businesses resulting from the sharp decline of the global economy, which began at the end of fiscal 2008. These plans included accelerated GBS initiatives, contingency actions and active portfolio management. The Company expects to retain at least $120 million of cost savings from those actions.

An additional $30 million, net, of GBS savings are expected to be realized from initiatives implemented during fiscal 2010.

COMPANY OUTLOOK

The Company's management continues to anticipate a gradual improvement in sales volumes and full realization of the fiscal 2009 permanent cost reductions. In addition, Paper Packaging is expected to recover from its first half margin contraction with the full implementation of previously announced containerboard price increases. The potential impact of foreign currency translation is being closely monitored and will be addressed through other actions. As such, the Company raises its earnings guidance before special items to $4.05 to $4.30 per Class A share for fiscal 2010.

About Greif
Greif produces steel, plastic, fibre, flexible and corrugated containers and containerboard, and provides blending, filling and packaging services for a wide range of industries. Greif also manages timber properties in North America. The Company is strategically positioned in more than 50 countries to serve global as well as regional customers.

SOURCE: Greif, Inc.




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