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Crown Holdings’ sales increase in Q1

Crown Holdings, a supplier of beverage packaging, food packaging, aerosol packaging, metal closures, and specialty packaging products, has reported net sales of $1.9bn for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $1.89bn for the same period in 2016.

First Quarter Highlights

Earnings per share $0.77 versus $0.57 in 2016

Adjusted earnings per share $0.72 versus $0.69 in 2016

$133 million of Q1 share repurchase; $60 million additional in April

Beverage can growth projects on schedule

Net sales in the first quarter were $1,901 million compared to $1,893 million in the first quarter of 2016 reflecting increased beverage, food and aerosol can volumes and the pass through of higher material costs to customers, partially offset by $54 million of unfavorable currency translation impact.

Income from operations was $237 million in the quarter compared to $219 millionin the first quarter of 2016.  Segment income increased to $228 million in the first quarter compared to $221 million in the prior year first quarter and included $6 million of unfavorable currency translation impact. 

Commenting on the quarter, Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are off to a solid start in 2017 with adjusted earnings per share increasing 4% over the prior year, led by firm results across most operations. 

"At the same time, our capital projects remain on track.The first production line at our beverage can facility in Nichols, New York began commercial shipments in late January and the second line was completed this month. We have also completed the conversion of our beverage can plant in Custines, France from steel to aluminum with the start-up of the second high speed line this month.  In Colombia, we are on schedule to expand beverage can capacity in June.  

Our new beverage can plant in Jakarta, Indonesia is expected  to begin commercial production at the end of the second quarter of this year, followed by the second line at our plant in Danang, Vietnam in the third quarter.  A new beverage can plant in Yangon, Myanmar and a glass bottle facility in Chihuahua, Mexico are both scheduled for start-up in the first half of 2018."   

Interest expense was $62 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $64 million in 2016 primarily due to lower outstanding debt.                      

Net income attributable to Crown Holdings in the first quarter was $107 millioncompared to $79 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Reported diluted earnings per share were $0.77 in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $0.57 in 2016.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased to $0.72 over the $0.69 in 2016 and included$0.04 per share of unfavorable currency translation impact.

A reconciliation from net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share is provided below.

Through April 18, 2017, the Company repurchased a total of 3.6 million of its common shares for $193 million, including 2.5 million shares for $133 million in the first quarter of 2017 and an additional 1.1 million shares for $60 million subsequent to the end of the quarter.