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Jan. 31, 2020, 4:32 p.m. EST

10-Q: BERRY GLOBAL GROUP, INC.

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(EDGAR Online via COMTEX) -- Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of Berry Global Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries and the accompanying notes thereto, which information is included elsewhere herein. This discussion contains forward-looking statements and involves numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those described in our most recent Form 10-K under the section titled "Risk Factors". Our actual results may differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Segment level discussion of the results is disclosed in a manner consistent with the organization structure at the end of the presented period. Fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2020 are fifty-two week periods.

Executive Summary

Business. The Company's operations are organized into four reporting segments:

Acquisitions. Our acquisition strategy is focused on improving our long-term financial performance, enhancing our market positions, and expanding our existing and complementary product lines. We seek to obtain businesses for attractive post-synergy multiples, creating value for our stockholders from synergy realization, leveraging the acquired products across our customer base, creating new platforms for future growth, and assuming best practices from the businesses we acquire. While the expected benefits on earnings is estimated at the commencement of each transaction, once the execution of the plan and integration occur, we are generally unable to accurately estimate or track what the ultimate effects have been due to system integrations and movements of activities to multiple facilities. As historical business combinations and restructuring plans have not allowed us to accurately separate realized synergies compared to what was initially identified, we estimate the synergy realization based on the overall segment profitability post integration.

RPC Group Plc

In July 2019, the Company completed the acquisition of RPC for aggregate consideration of $6.1 billion. RPC is a leading plastic product design and engineering company for packaging and select non-packaging markets, with 189 sites in 34 countries. RPC develops and manufactures a diverse range of products for a wide variety of customers, including many household names, and enjoys strong market positions in many of the end markets it serves and the geographical areas in which it operates. It uses a wide range of polymer conversion techniques and is also one of the largest plastic recyclers in Europe. The international based facilities are operated within the Consumer Packaging International segment with the remaining U.S. based facilities operated within the Consumer Packaging North America segment. The Company expects to realize annual cost synergies of $150 million of which an estimated $75 million is expected to be realized in fiscal 2020. See Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further details on the acquisition of RPC.

Seal For Life

In July 2019, the Company completed the sale of our Seal For Life ("SFL") business which was operated in our Health, Hygiene & Specialties segment for net proceeds of $325 million. SFL recorded $96 million in net sales during fiscal 2019.

Raw Material Trends. Our primary raw material is plastic resin. Polypropylene and polyethylene account for approximately 90% of our plastic resin pounds purchased. The three month simple average price per pound, as published by U.S. market indices, were as follows:







                          Polyethylene Butene Film                Polypropylene
                        2020           2019       2018      2020      2019      2018
        1st quarter   $    .58       $    .64     $ .68     $ .58     $ .76     $ .71
        2nd quarter          -            .61       .69         -       .63       .75
        3rd quarter          -            .63       .68         -       .62       .76
        4th quarter          -            .59       .66         -       .62       .85
        


Due to differences in the timing of passing through resin cost changes to our customers on escalator/de-escalator programs, segments are negatively impacted in the short term when plastic resin costs increase and are positively impacted when plastic resin costs decrease. This timing lag and competitor behaviors related to passing through raw material cost changes could affect our results as plastic resin costs fluctuate.

Outlook. The Company is affected by general economic and industrial growth, plastic resin availability and affordability, and general industrial production. Our business has both geographic and end market diversity, which reduces the effect of any one of these factors on our overall performance. Our results are affected by our ability to pass through raw material and other cost changes to our customers, improve manufacturing productivity and adapt to volume changes of our customers. By providing advantaged products in targeted markets, we believe our Consumer Packaging business will continue to grow and our Engineered Materials and Health, Hygiene, & Specialties segments, will return to positive volumes in fiscal 2020. Furthermore, major investments in polyethylene and polypropylene globally should benefit the Company over the long-term. For fiscal 2020, we project cash flow from operations and free cash flow of $1,400 million and $800 million, respectively. The $800 million of free cash flow includes $600 million of capital spending, cash taxes of $160 million, cash interest costs of $500 million, and other cash uses of $90 million related to changes in working capital, acquisition integration expenses and costs to achieve synergies. For the definition of free cash flow and further information related to free cash flow as a non-GAAP financial measure, see "Liquidity and Capital Resources."

Results of Operations

Comparison of the Quarterly Period Ended December 28, 2019 (the "Quarter") and the Quarterly Period Ended December 29, 2018 (the "Prior Quarter")

Acquisition sales and operating income disclosed within this section represents the results from acquisitions for the current period. Business integration expenses consist of restructuring and impairment charges, acquisition related costs, and other business optimization costs. Tables present dollars in millions.

Jan 31, 2020

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