Glatfelter Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

~ Another record quarter for Airlaid Materials’ profitability ~

~ All Glatfelter production facilities remain operational under extensive health and safety protocols ~

YORK, Pa., Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT), a leading global supplier of engineered materials, today reported its results for the second quarter of 2020 which are summarized in the following table:

  Three months ended June 30
In thousands, except per share Amount 
Net income (loss) $(2,416) $(0.05) $5,831 $0.13
Income (loss) from continuing operations  (2,281)  (0.05)  6,293  0.14
Adjusted earnings from continuing operations  9,897   0.22   8,452  0.19

On an adjusted basis, earnings from continuing operations for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, were $9.9 million, or $0.22 per share, compared with $8.5 million, or $0.19 per share, respectively. Adjusted earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure for which a reconciliation to the nearest GAAP-based measure is provided within this release. Consolidated net sales totaled $216.2 million and $235.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. On a constant currency basis, Composite Fibers’ and Airlaid Materials’ net sales decreased by 6.3% and 7.2%, respectively.

“Glatfelter’s solid second quarter results, in the midst of a global pandemic, demonstrate the resiliency of our new business model and continued demand for our portfolio of engineered materials that are essential for producing a variety of consumer staples,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Composite Fibers outperformed expectations for the quarter, due in part to strong shipments in the food and beverage category and better than expected demand for wallcover products. Profitability for this segment relative to guidance was also better than expected, driven by lower downtime and continued cost control.”

In Airlaid Materials, we saw exceptional growth in home care and health and hygiene products, although overall shipments for the segment were hampered by the pandemic’s impact on tabletop demand as restaurants around the globe were either closed or operating at dramatically reduced capacity. Despite this headwind on volumes, Airlaid Materials achieved record quarterly EBITDA with margin of 19%.”

Mr. Parrini added, “I am proud of how Glatfelter PEOPLE are responding to the challenges related to COVID-19 and are successfully continuing to operate globally while keeping our workforce safe. Glatfelter’s ongoing transformation into a more agile and cost-effective business, coupled with a portfolio of essential consumer staples, have enabled us to optimize performance in this unprecedented and volatile year. The trust and confidence of our customers have been further strengthened in these uncertain times by consistently and reliably delivering premium quality products. Due to the strength of our improved balance sheet, the Board demonstrated its commitment to a steady return of capital to shareholders by increasing the dividend in the second quarter.”

Second Quarter Results

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of results on a GAAP basis to an adjusted earnings basis, a non-GAAP measure:

  Three months ended June 30
In thousands, except per share Amount 
Net income (loss) $(2,416) $(0.05) $5,831  $0.13
Exclude: Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  135      462   0.01
Income (loss) from continuing operations  (2,281)  (0.05)  6,293   0.14
Adjustments (pre-tax)               
Restructuring charge - Metallized operations  5,067           
Cost optimization actions  1,349       1,984    
Pension settlement expenses, net  6,330           
COVID-19 incremental costs  1,180           
Asset impairment charge  900           
Strategic initiatives         142    
Timberland sales and related costs  (601)      (423)   
Total adjustments (pre-tax)  14,225       1,703    
Income taxes (1)  (2,047)      456    
Total after-tax adjustments  12,178   0.27   2,159   0.05
Adjusted earnings from continuing operations $9,897  $0.22  $8,452  $0.19

(1)     Tax effect on adjustments calculated based on the incremental effective tax rate of the jurisdiction in which each adjustment originated.

The sum of individual per share amounts set forth above may not agree to adjusted earnings per share due to rounding.

A description of each of the adjustments presented above is included later in this release.

Composite Fibers

  Three months ended June 30 
Dollars in thousands 2020  2019  Change 
Tons shipped (metric) 29,032  34,523  (5,491) (15.9)%
Net sales $122,137  $132,581  $(10,444) (7.9)%
Operating income 11,487  12,985  (1,498) (11.5)%
Operating margin 9.4% 9.8%     

Composite Fibers’ net sales decreased $10.4 million or 7.9%, compared to the year-ago quarter driven by lower shipments of wallcover products, which were down 49%, as well as unfavorable foreign currency translation of $2.0 million.

Composite Fibers’ operating income of $11.5 million was $1.5 million lower, or approximately 12% unfavorable, compared to the second quarter of 2019. Lower shipping volumes impacted results by $2.1 million driven predominantly by lower wallcover demand. The downtime required to manage inventory levels for nonwoven wallcover products was mostly offset by improved operations, strong cost control actions and higher production to meet strong demand in our food and beverage category. A benefit of $3.1 million from lower input prices, primarily wood pulp, was partially offset by $2.0 million impact from lower selling prices. Currency unfavorably impacted results by $0.2 million compared to the year-ago quarter.

Airlaid Materials

  Three months ended June 30 
Dollars in thousands 2020  2019  Change 
Tons shipped (metric) 33,277  34,041  (764) (2.2)%
Net sales $94,046  $102,472  $(8,426) (8.2)%
Operating income 12,292  10,362  1,930 18.6%
Operating margin 13.1% 10.1%     

Airlaid Materials’ net sales decreased $8.4 million in the year-over-year comparison. Shipments were lower by 2.2% due to weak demand for tabletop products as restaurants globally were closed or operated at dramatically limited capacity. This shortfall in demand was mostly offset by strong orders for home care and health and hygiene products. Selling prices were $4.6 million lower due to contractual cost pass-through arrangements, while currency translation was unfavorable by $1.1 million.

Airlaid Materials’ second quarter 2020 operating income of $12.3 million was $1.9 million favorable, or approximately 19% higher, when compared to the second quarter of 2019. Improved sales mix favorably impacted results by $0.6 million, while price declines due to contractual raw material pass-through provisions were more than offset by lower raw material and energy prices, adding net $0.5 million of profit. Efficient operations complemented by disciplined cost control favorably impacted results by $0.9 million, driven by higher demand for essential product categories and improved performance in both North American facilities compared to the year-ago quarter.

Other Financial Information

The amount of “Other and Unallocated” operating expense in the table of Segment Financial Information totaled $14.7 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared with $8.2 million in the same period a year ago. Excluding the items identified to present “adjusted earnings,” unallocated expenses for the second quarter of 2020 increased $0.3 million compared to the second quarter of 2019.

As previously reported in 2019, the Company terminated its qualified pension plan. During the second quarter of 2020, the Company recorded a $6.3 million charge for excise taxes, net of post settlement adjustments, in connection with the completion of the reversion of $55.5 million of excess pension plan assets. After transferring $14.1 million to a suspense account to fund future 401(k) contributions and accruing $8.3 million of excise taxes, approximately $33.1 million became available for general corporate purposes.

During the second quarter of 2020, the Company recorded non-cash asset impairment charges of $0.9 million related to a trade name intangible asset acquired in connection with the 2013 Dresden wallcover acquisition. The charge was due to a change in the estimated fair value of the trade name, primarily driven by lower forecasted wallcover revenues associated with economic instability in Russia and Ukraine and incremental impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on this business.

In the second quarter of 2020, income from continuing operations totaled $0.3 million and income tax expense totaled $2.6 million. On adjusted pre-tax income of $14.5 million, income tax expense was $4.6 million in the second quarter of 2020. The comparable amounts in the same quarter of 2019 were $13.7 million and $5.2 million, respectively. The effective tax rate on adjusted earnings was 32% in the second quarter of 2020.

Year-to-Date Results

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of results on a GAAP basis to an adjusted earnings basis, a non-GAAP measure:

  Six months ended
June 30
  2020  2019 
In thousands, except per share Amount  EPS  Amount  EPS 
Net income $4,990  $0.11  $11,117  $0.25 
Exclude: (Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  135   0.01   (221)   
Income from continuing operations  5,125   0.12   10,896   0.25 
Adjustments (pre-tax)                
Restructuring charge - Metallized operations  11,054            
Cost optimization actions  3,097       5,907     
Pension settlement expenses, net  6,403            
COVID-19 incremental costs  1,180            
Asset impairment charge  900            
Airlaid capacity expansion costs         1,014     
Debt refinancing         992     
Strategic initiatives         249     
Fox River environmental matter         (2,509)    
Timberland sales and related costs  (601)      (881)    
Total adjustments (pre-tax)  22,033       4,772     
Income taxes (1)  (3,882)      67     
CARES Act of 2020 tax benefit (2)  (2,569)           
Total after-tax adjustments  15,582   0.34   4,839   0.11 
Adjusted earnings from continuing operations $20,707  $0.46  $15,735  $0.35 

(1)Tax effect on adjustments calculated based on the incremental effective tax rate of the jurisdiction in which each adjustment originated.
(2)Tax benefit recorded in connection with passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) related to provisions that modified the “net operating loss” provisions of previous law to allow certain losses to be carried back five years.

Balance Sheet and Other Information

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $76.6  million as of June 30, 2020, and net debt was $270.9 million compared with $233.7 million at the end of 2019. The increase in net debt primarily reflects working capital and the funding of a 401(k) suspense account in connection with the completion of the pension plan asset reversion. Net leverage on June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 was 2.4 times and 2.2 times, respectively. (Refer to the calculation of this measure provided in the tables at the end of this release.) 

Capital expenditures during the first six months of 2020 and 2019 totaled $12.0 million and $10.6 million, respectively. Adjusted free cash flow for the six months of 2020 was a use of $12.9 million compared with a use of $29.9 million in the year earlier period. (Refer to the calculation of measure provided in the tables at the end of this release.)

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss its second quarter results. The Company will make available on its Investor Relations website this quarter’s earnings release and an accompanying financial presentation which includes significant financial information to be discussed on the conference call including the Company’s outlook pertaining to financial performance. Information related to the conference call is as follows:

What:Glatfelter’s 2nd Quarter 2020 Earnings Release Conference Call
When:Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. (ET)
Number:US dial 888.335.5539
 International dial 973.582.2857
Conference ID:4699123
Rebroadcast Dates:August 4, 2020, 2:00 p.m. through August 18, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
Rebroadcast Number:Within US dial 855.859.2056
 International dial 404.537.3406
Conference ID:4699123

Interested persons who wish to hear the live webcast should go to the website prior to the starting time to register and ensure any necessary audio software is installed.

P. H. Glatfelter Company and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income

  Three months ended
June 30
  Six months ended
June 30
In thousands, except per share 2020  2019  2020  2019 
Net sales $216,183  $235,053  $447,743  $464,186 
Costs of products sold  184,120   197,553   378,878   391,069 
Gross profit  32,063   37,500   68,865   73,117 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  23,551   22,800   48,072   47,422 
Gains on dispositions of plant, equipment and timberlands, net  (597)  (423)  (597)  (1,092)
Operating income  9,109   15,123   21,390   26,787 
Non-operating income (expense)                
Interest expense  (1,759)  (1,865)  (3,537)  (6,611)
Interest income  87   241   351   746 
Pension settlement expenses, net  (6,330)     (6,403)   
Other, net  (835)  (1,551)  (1,515)  (2,513)
Total non-operating expense  (8,837)  (3,175)  (11,104)  (8,378)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes  272   11,948   10,286   18,409 
Income tax provision  2,553   5,655   5,161   7,513 
Income (loss) from continuing operations  (2,281)  6,293   5,125   10,896 
Discontinued operations:                
Income (loss) before income taxes  (135)  (485)  (135)  229 
Income tax provision (benefit)     (23)     8 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations  (135)  (462)  (135)  221 
Net income (loss) $(2,416) $5,831  $4,990  $11,117 
Basic earnings (loss) per share                
Income (loss) from continuing operations $(0.05) $0.14  $0.12  $0.25 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations     (0.01)  (0.01)  0.01 
Basic earnings (loss) per share $(0.05) $0.13  $0.11  $0.26 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share                
Income (loss) from continuing operations $(0.05) $0.14  $0.12  $0.25 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations     (0.01)  (0.01)   
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $(0.05) $0.13  $0.11  $0.25 
 Cash dividend declared per common share $0.135  $0.13  $0.265  $0.26 
Weighted average shares outstanding                
Basic  44,343   44,140   44,309   44,084 
Diluted  44,343   44,382   44,541   44,351 

Segment Financial Information


Three months ended June 30                                
Dollars in thousands Composite Fibers  Airlaid Materials  Other and Unallocated  Total 
  2020  2019  2020  2019  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Net sales $122,137  $132,581  $94,046  $102,472  $-  $-  $216,183  $235,053 
Costs of products sold  100,387   109,565   77,581   87,825   6,152   163   184,120   197,553 
Gross profit (loss)  21,750   23,016   16,465   14,647   (6,152)  (163)  32,063   37,500 
SG&A  10,263   10,031   4,173   4,285   9,115   8,484   23,551   22,800 
Gains on dispositions of plant, equipment                                
and timberlands, net  -   -   -   -   (597)  (423)  (597)  (423)
Total operating income (loss)  11,487   12,985   12,292   10,362   (14,670)  (8,224)  9,109   15,123 
Non operating expense  -   -   -   -   (8,837)  (3,175)  (8,837)  (3,175)
Income (loss) before income taxes $11,487  $12,985  $12,292  $10,362  $(23,507) $(11,399) $272  $11,948 
Supplementary Data                                
Metric tons sold  29,032   34,523   33,277   34,041   -   -   62,309   68,564 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (1) $6,431  $6,601  $5,473  $5,279  $2,302  $852  $14,206  $12,732 
Capital expenditures  2,105   1,516   1,712   2,821   1,180   431   4,997   4,768 

Six months ended
June 30
Dollars in thousands Composite Fibers  Airlaid Materials  Other and Unallocated  Total 
  2020  2019  2020  2019  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Net sales $254,848  $261,298  $192,895  $202,888  $-  $-  $447,743  $464,186 
Costs of products sold  207,372   216,128   159,827   173,814   11,679   1,127   378,878   391,069 
Gross profit (loss)  47,476   45,170   33,068   29,074   (11,679)  (1,127)  68,865   73,117 
SG&A  20,887   20,837   8,754   8,674   18,431   17,911   48,072   47,422 
Gains on dispositions of plant, equipment                                
and timberlands, net  -   -   -   -   (597)  (1,092)  (597)  (1,092)
Total operating income (loss)  26,589   24,333   24,314   20,400   (29,513)  (17,946)  21,390   26,787 
Non operating expense  -   -   -   -   (11,104)  (8,378)  (11,104)  (8,378)
Income (loss) before income taxes $26,589  $24,333  $24,314  $20,400  $(40,617) $(26,324) $10,286  $18,409 
Supplementary Data                                
Metric tons sold  65,015   66,052   68,316   67,218   -   -   133,332   133,270 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (1) $12,897  $13,275  $10,924  $10,547  $5,787  $1,698  $29,608  $25,520 
Capital expenditures  6,061   4,704   3,815   5,013   2,135   916   12,011   10,633 





(1)The amount presented in 2020 in the Other and unallocated column includes accelerated depreciation incurred in connection with the restructuring of Composite Fibers’ Metallized operations.

Selected Financial Information

  Six months ended
June 30
In thousands 2020  2019 
Cash Flow Data        
Cash from continuing operations used by:        
Operating activities $(912) $(19,285)
Investing activities  (11,448)  (11,581)
Financing activities  (23,175)  (40,353)
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  29,608   25,520 
Capital expenditures  12,011   10,633 

  June 30  December 31 
  2020  2019 
Balance Sheet Data        
Cash and cash equivalents $76,619  $126,201 
Total assets  1,226,884   1,283,794 
Total debt  347,559   359,859 
Shareholders’ equity  540,999   555,959 

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Information to Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes a measure of earnings before the effects of certain specifically identified items, which is referred to as adjusted earnings, a non-GAAP measure. The Company uses non-GAAP adjusted earnings to supplement the understanding of its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings is meant to present the financial performance of the Company’s core operations, which consist of the production and sale of composite fibers papers and airlaid non-woven materials. Management and the Company’s Board of Directors use non-GAAP adjusted earnings to evaluate the performance of the Company’s fundamental business in relation to prior periods and established business plans. For purposes of determining adjusted earnings, the following items are excluded:

  • Restructuring charge – Metallized operations. This adjustment represents the charges incurred in connection with the decision to restructure a portion of the Composite Fibers segment, primarily consisting of the consolidation of our metallizing operation from Gernsbach, Germany to our Caerphilly, UK site. For the second quarter, the charge includes a non-cash charge of $2.3 million associated with accelerated depreciation and the write-off of inventory and spare parts in addition to cash severance costs totaling $2.8 million.
  • Cost optimization actions. These adjustments reflect charges incurred in connection with initiatives to optimize the cost structure of the Company, including costs related to the organizational change to a functional operating model. The costs are primarily related to executive separations, other headcount reductions, professional fees, asset write-offs and certain contract termination costs. These adjustments, which have occurred at various times in the past, are irregular in timing and relate to specific identified programs to reduce or optimize the cost structure of a particular operating segment or the corporate function.
  • Pension settlement expenses, net. This adjustment reflects expenses incurred in connection with the termination of the Company’s qualified pension plan in 2019 and the reversion of excess pension plan assets to the Company in the second quarter of 2020. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company incurred a $75.3 million pension settlement charge in connection with the termination of the plan. Since the pension plan was fully funded, the settlement of the pension obligations did not require the use of the Company’s cash, but instead was accomplished with plan assets. In connection with the reversion of excess pension plan assets in the second quarter of 2020, the Company incurred pension settlement expenses related to excise taxes, net of post settlement adjustments and certain related professional fees.  
  • COVID-19 incremental costs. This adjustment represents incremental cash costs incurred directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as mill employee incentive payments, enhanced hygiene protocols, safety and supplies.
  • Asset Impairment Charge. This adjustment represents a non-cash charge recorded to reduce the carrying amount of a tradename intangible asset of the Dresden wallcover business due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the underlying forecasted revenue stream.
  • Airlaid capacity expansion. These adjustments reflect non-capitalized, one-time costs incurred related to the start-up of a new airlaid production facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas and implementation of a new business system.
  • Debt refinancing costs. Represents a charge to write-off unamortized debt issuance costs in connection with the redemption of the Company’s $250 million, 5.375% Notes.
  • Strategic initiatives. These adjustments primarily reflect professional and legal fees incurred directly related to evaluating and executing certain strategic initiatives including costs associated with acquisitions and the related integration.
  • Fox River environmental matter. This adjustment excludes a gain and reflects a decrease in the Company’s overall reserve included in income for the Fox River matter primarily due to the resolution of the litigation in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Timberland sales and related costs. These adjustments exclude gains from the sales of timberlands as these items are not considered to be part of our core business, ongoing results of operations or cash flows. These adjustments are irregular in timing and amount and may benefit our operating results.
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 2020. This adjustment reflects the tax benefit recognized as a result of the March 27, 2020 change in U.S. tax law which, among others, allows net operating losses to be carried back five years.

Unlike net income determined in accordance with GAAP, non-GAAP adjusted earnings does not reflect all charges and gains recorded by the Company for the applicable period and, therefore, does not present a complete picture of the Company’s results of operations for the respective period. However, non-GAAP adjusted earnings provide a measure of how the Company’s core operations are performing, which management believes is useful to investors because it allows comparison of such operations from period to period. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Calculation of Adjusted Free Cash Flow Six months ended
June 30
In thousands 2020  2019 
Cash from operations $(912) $(19,285)
Less: Capital expenditures  (12,011)  (10,633)
Adjusted free cash flow $(12,923) $(29,918)

Net Debt June 30  December 31 
In thousands 2020  2019 
Current portion of long-term debt $22,866  $22,940 
Long term debt  324,693   336,919 
Total  347,559   359,859 
Less: Cash  (76,619)  (126,201)
Net Debt $270,940  $233,658 

 Trailing twelve months ended June 30  Year ended December 31 
In thousands
 2020  2019 
Net loss
 $(27,668) $(21,540)
Exclude:  (Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax
  (3,314)  (3,670)
Add back: Taxes on Continuing operations  (11,594)  (9,242)
 Depreciation and amortization  54,908   50,820 
 Interest expense, net  6,606   9,285 
  18,938   25,653 
Restructuring charge - Metallized operations
Cost optimization actions
  5,773   8,583 
Pension settlement expenses, net
  81,729   75,326 
COVID-19 incremental costs
Asset impairment charge
Airlaid capacity expansion costs
Strategic initiatives
Fox River environmental matter
Timberland sales and related costs
  (1,292)  (1,572)
Adjusted EBITDA
 $114,382  $106,744 

Leverage Trailing twelve months ended
June 30
  Year ended
December 31
In thousands 2020  2019  
Net Debt $270,940  $233,658  
Divided by Adjusted EBITDA  114,382   106,744  
Net leverage  2.4 x 2.2 x

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements 

Any statements included in this press release which pertain to future financial and business matters are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company uses words such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “expects”, “future”, “intends”, “plans”, “targets”, and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Any such statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable or uncontrollable factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes in industry, business, market, and economic conditions, demand for or pricing of its products, market growth rates and currency exchange rates. In light of these risks, uncertainties and other factors, the forward-looking matters discussed in this press release may not occur and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and Glatfelter undertakes no obligation, and does not intend, to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. More information about these factors is contained in Glatfelter’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at

About Glatfelter

Glatfelter is a leading global supplier of engineered materials. The Company’s high-quality, innovative and customizable solutions are found in tea and single-serve coffee filtration, personal hygiene and packaging products as well as home improvement and industrial applications. Headquartered in York, PA, and transitioning to new headquarters in Charlotte, NC, the Company’s annualized net sales approximate $925 million with customers in over 100 countries and approximately 2,500 employees worldwide. Operations include eleven manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Additional information about Glatfelter may be found at

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