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GEF Greif

Filed: 1 Sep 20, 4:12pm

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549 
FORM 8-K 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
September 1, 2020(August 26, 2020)
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

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GREIF INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware001-0056631-4388903
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission File Number)(IRS Employer Identification No.)

425 Winter RoadDelawareOhio43015
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (740) 549-6000
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
 

        Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each ClassTrading Symbol(s)Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Class A Common StockGEFNew York Stock Exchange
Class B Common StockGEF-BNew York Stock Exchange
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Section 2 – Financial Information

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On August 26, 2020, Greif, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release (the “Earnings Release”) announcing the financial results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2020. The full text of the Earnings Release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The Earnings Release included the following non-GAAP financial measures (the “non-GAAP Measures”):
 
(i)the Company's net income, excluding the impact of adjustments, for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to the Company's consolidated net income for the applicable period plus restructuring charges, plus acquisition and integration related costs, plus debt extinguishment charges, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, plus non-cash pension settlement income (expense), plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, less (gain) loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each net of tax, noncontrolling interest and equity earnings of unconsolidated affiliates and on a consolidated basis for the applicable period;
(ii)the Company's earnings per diluted Class A share, excluding the impact of adjustments, for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to earnings per diluted Class A share of the Company for the applicable period plus restructuring charges, plus acquisition and integration related costs, plus debt extinguishment charges, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, plus non-cash pension settlement (income) expense, plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, less (gain) loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each net of tax, noncontrolling interest and equity earnings of unconsolidated affiliates and on a consolidated basis for the applicable period;
(iii)the Company's consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to the Company's consolidated net income for the applicable period plus interest expense, net, plus debt extinguishment charges, plus income tax expense, plus depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, plus restructuring charges, plus acquisition and integration related costs, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, plus non-cash pension settlement (income) expense, less (gain) loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each on a consolidated basis for the applicable period;
(iv)the Company's consolidated adjusted free cash flow for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to the Company's consolidated net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for the applicable period less cash paid for purchases of properties, plants and equipment, plus cash paid for acquisition and integration related costs, plus cash paid for debt issuance costs, plus cash paid for incremental COVID-19 costs, net, plus cash paid for acquisition and integration related Enterprise Resource Planning ("ERP") systems each on a consolidated basis for the applicable period;
(v)the Company's net debt for the third and second quarters of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to the Company's consolidated total debt at the end of the applicable period ended less cash and cash equivalents at the end of the applicable period ended.
(vi)net sales excluding foreign currency translation for the Company's Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services business segment for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to that business segment's net sales for the applicable quarter, after adjusting such sales for the third quarter of 2020 for foreign currency translation;
(vii)adjusted EBITDA for the Company’s Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services business segment for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to that business segment’s operating profit less other expense, net, less equity earnings of unconsolidated affiliates, net of tax, plus depreciation and amortization expense, plus restructuring charges, plus acquisition and integration related costs, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, less (gain) loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each for the applicable period;
(viii)net sales excluding foreign currency translation for the Company's Paper Packaging & Services business segment for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to that business segment's net sales for the applicable quarter, after adjusting such sales for the third quarter of 2020 for foreign currency translation;



(ix)adjusted EBITDA for the Company’s Paper Packaging & Services business segment for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to that business segment’s operating profit less other (income) expense, net, less non-cash pension settlement income, plus depreciation and amortization expense, plus restructuring charges, plus acquisition and integration related costs, plus non-cash pension settlement income, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, less loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each for the applicable period;
(x)net sales excluding foreign currency translation for the Company's Flexible Products & Services business segment for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to that business segment's net sales for the applicable quarter, after adjusting such sales for the third quarter of 2020 for foreign currency translation;
(xi)adjusted EBITDA for the Company’s Flexible Products & Services business segment for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to that business segment’s operating profit less other income, net, plus depreciation and amortization expense, plus restructuring charges, plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, less (gain) loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each for the applicable period; and
(xii)adjusted EBITDA for the Company’s Land Management business segment for the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019, which is equal to that business segment’s operating profit plus depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, plus restructuring charges, less gain on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each for the applicable period.

The Earnings Release also included the following forward-looking non-GAAP measures:
(i)the Company's fiscal year 2020 Class A earnings per share before adjustments guidance, which is equal to earnings per diluted Class A share of the Company for such period plus restructuring charges, plus acquisition and integration related costs, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, plus non-cash pension settlement (income) expense, plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, less (gain) loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each net of tax, noncontrolling interest and equity earnings of unconsolidated affiliates and on a consolidated basis for the applicable period; and
(ii)the Company's fiscal year 2020 tax rate guidance, excluding the impact of adjustments, which is equal to the Company's consolidated tax expense for such period plus the tax expense (benefit) of restructuring charges, plus the tax expense (benefit) of acquisition and integration related costs, plus the tax expense (benefit) of non-cash asset impairment charges, plus the tax expense (benefit) of non-cash pension settlement (income) expense, less the tax expense (benefit) of gains on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, divided by the Company's consolidated income before income tax expense and equity earnings of unconsolidated affiliates, net for such period plus restructuring charges, plus acquisition and integration related costs, plus non-cash asset impairment charges, plus non-cash pension settlement (income) charges, plus incremental COVID-19 costs, net, less (gain) loss on disposal of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, each on a consolidated basis for such period; and
(iii)the Company's fiscal year 2020 projected adjusted free cash flow guidance, which is equal to the Company's consolidated net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for such period, less cash paid for purchases of properties, plants and equipment, plus cash paid for acquisition and integration related costs, plus cash paid for incremental COVID-19 costs, net, plus cash paid for acquisition and integration related ERP systems. A reconciliation of this forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure was included in the Earnings Release.
No reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures were included in the Earnings Release for items (i) and (ii) because, due to the high variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts and projections of some of the excluded information, together with some of the excluded information not being ascertainable or accessible, the Company is unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures without unreasonable efforts.
Management of the Company uses the non-GAAP Measures to evaluate ongoing operations and believes that these non-GAAP Measures are useful to investors. The exclusion of the impact of the identified adjustments (restructuring charges, acquisition and integration related costs, non-cash asset impairment charges, incremental COVID-19 costs, net, non-cash pension settlement (income) expense, disposals of properties, plants, equipment and businesses, net, and the net tax benefit resulting from the Tax Reform Act) enable management and investors to perform meaningful comparisons of current and historical performance of the Company. Management of the Company also believes that the exclusion of the impact of the identified



adjustments provides a stable platform on which to compare the historical performance of the Company and that investors desire this information. Management believes that the use of consolidated adjusted free cash flow, which excludes cash paid for capital expenditures, acquisition and integration related costs, incremental COVID-19 costs, net, cash paid for debt issuance costs, and cash paid for acquisition and integration related ERP systems from the Company's consolidated net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, provides additional information on which to evaluate the cash flow generated by the Company and believes that this is information that investors find valuable. The non-GAAP Measures are intended to supplement and should be read together with our financial results. The non-GAAP Measures should not be considered an alternative or substitute for, and should not be considered superior to, our reported financial results. Accordingly, users of this financial information should not place undue reliance on the non-GAAP Measures.

Section 7 – Regulation FD

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On August 27, 2020, management of the Company held a conference call with interested investors and financial analysts (the “Conference Call”) to discuss the Company’s financial results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2020. The file transcript of the Conference Call is attached as Exhibit 99.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Section 9 – Financial Statements and Exhibits

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d)Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
Press release issued by Greif Inc. on August 26, 2020 announcing the financial results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2020.
File transcript of conference call with interested investors and financial analysts held by management of Greif Inc. on August 27, 2020.




SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
GREIF, INC.
Date: September 1, 2020By/s/ Lawrence A. Hilsheimer
Lawrence A. Hilsheimer,
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer