Sonoco Reports Strong Third Quarter 2022 Results

HARTSVILLE, S.C., Oct. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonoco Products Company ("Sonoco" or the "Company") (NYSE: SON), one of the largest sustainable global packaging companies, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 2, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Third-quarter results exceeded the high end of guidance
  • Announced the Skjern Paper acquisition to expand production capacity in Europe
  • Launched state-of-the-art uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) #10 machine in the Hartsville Mill Complex
  • Released updated Corporate Responsibility Report highlighting commitments to ESG initiatives
  • Continued progress on strategic priorities which are expected to benefit financial results in 2023 and beyond
Third Quarter 2022 Consolidated Financial Results
(Dollars in millions except per share data)
  Three Months Ended  
 GAAP ResultsOctober 2, 2022October 3, 2021 Change
 Net sales$1,890 $1,415 34%
 Operating profit$182 $127 44%
 Net income attributable to Sonoco$122 $111 10%
 EPS (diluted)$1.24 $1.12 11%
  Three Months Ended  
 Non-GAAP Results(1)October 2, 2022October 3, 2021 Change
 Base operating profit$225 $135 67%
 Base net income attributable to Sonoco ("base earnings")$158 $100 58%
 Base EPS (diluted)$1.60 $1.00 60%
(1)See the Company's definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, explanations as to why they are used, and reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures later in this release.

  • Net sales increased 34% year-over-year to $1.9 billion from strategic pricing performance and continued strong results from the Sonoco Metal Packaging ("Metal Packaging") acquisition. These increases were partially offset by lower industrial volumes and the impact of foreign currency exchange.
  • GAAP operating profit and base operating profit increased year-over-year from strategic pricing benefits and acquisitions.
  • The third-quarter 2022 effective tax rates on GAAP and base earnings were 23.7% and 23.1%, respectively, compared with 2.3% and 18.8%, respectively, in the prior year’s quarter. The increase in the GAAP effective tax rate was primarily due to the absence of a third-quarter 2021 benefit received in association with the amendment of the Company’s 2017 tax return filed to report an increased utilization of its foreign tax credits. The higher base tax rate is largely attributable to the 2022 absence of a release of uncertain tax position reserves upon expiration of the statute of limitations that occurred in the third-quarter of 2021.
  • GAAP net income and base net income increased from strong operating performance, partially offset by higher interest expense related to the financing of the Metal Packaging acquisition.
  • Diluted GAAP and base EPS increased 11% and 60%, respectively, from the same period last year.

Howard Coker, President and CEO of Sonoco, said, "We delivered another strong quarter of results from stable consumer demand and improving supply conditions, while executing a number of activities critical to our future. We are delighted that we have successfully completed the initial start-up of our advanced #10 URB machine in the Hartsville Mill Complex which will improve our paper making efficiency. In parallel, we are expanding paper production capability with the planned acquisition of Skjern Paper in Denmark to support growing demand for sustainable paper-based packaging in Europe. Overall, I am pleased with our team's performance through the quarter while successfully meeting the demand requirements of our customers."

Third Quarter 2022 Segment Results
(dollars in millions except per share data)

Sonoco reports its financial results in two reportable segments: Consumer Packaging ("Consumer") and Industrial Paper Packaging ("Industrial"), with all remaining businesses reported as All Other.

As previously disclosed, starting in 2022, the Company excludes amortization expense on acquisition intangibles in determining segment and All Other operating results. Prior period results have been restated to conform to the current-year presentation.

  Three Months Ended 
 Consumer PackagingOctober 2, 2022 October 3, 2021Change
 Net sales$1,031  $599 72%
 Segment operating profit$128  $66 93%
 Segment operating profit margin 12%  11% 
  • Consumer segment net sales increased 72% year-over-year primarily from the Metal Packaging acquisition and strong strategic pricing performance. Positive volume/mix growth in the segment was driven by global rigid paper containers and flexibles, while the stronger dollar partially offset top line growth.
  • Consumer segment operating profit increased 93% to $128 million and operating profit margin improved slightly year-over-year primarily from the Metal Packaging acquisition and strategic pricing actions, as well as positive volume/mix and productivity.
  Three Months Ended 
 Industrial Paper PackagingOctober 2, 2022 October 3, 2021Change
 Net sales$661  $635 4%
 Segment operating profit$82  $55 48%
 Segment operating profit margin 12%  9% 
  • Industrial segment net sales increased 4% from strong strategic pricing performance, partially offset by the impact of foreign currency exchange and lower volume/mix globally in both paper and converted products.
  • Industrial segment operating profit improved 48% to $82 million compared to the prior year quarter due primarily to strategic pricing actions partially offset by lower volume/mix. Segment operating profit margin improved to 12% in the third quarter of 2022 from 9% in the prior year quarter.
  Three Months Ended 
 All OtherOctober 2, 2022 October 3, 2021Change
 Net sales$198  $181 10%
 All Other operating profit$15  $13 19%
 All Other operating profit margin 8%  7% 
  • Net sales from All Other businesses increased 10% to $198 million from the prior-year quarter primarily from strong strategic pricing performance. Volume/mix was essentially flat as growth in the molded foam and temperature-assured businesses was offset by declines in the plastics businesses.
  • Total operating profit for the All Other businesses improved by 19% from the prior year's third quarter due primarily from positive strategic pricing performance.

Segment and All Other operating results do not include restructuring and asset impairment charges, acquisition expenses, LIFO adjustments, interest income and expense, income taxes, non-operating pension costs, or certain other items, if any, the exclusion of which the Company believes improves comparability and analysis. See the reconciliation of segment operating profit to GAAP operating profit later in this release.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

  • Cash and cash equivalents were $182 million as of October 2, 2022, compared to $171 million at December 31, 2021.
  • Total debt (long-term, short-term and current portion) increased $1,529 million from December 31, 2021, primarily as a result of financing transactions used to fund the Metal Packaging acquisition in January 2022.
  • At October 2, 2022, the Company had available liquidity of $647 million, including the undrawn availability under its global revolving credit facilities.
  • Cash flow from operating activities for the first nine months of 2022 was $322 million, compared to $220 million in the same period of 2021, an increase of $102 million.
  • Net capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2022 were $231 million, compared to $146 million in the same period last year.
  • Free cash flow for the first nine months of 2022 was $91 million. See the Company's definition of free cash flow, explanation as to why it is used, and reconciliation to net cash provided by operating activities later in this release.
  • The Company has continued to provide value to shareholders through cash dividends. Total year-to-date dividends paid increased to $139 million through October 2, 2022 compared to $135 million in the prior-year period.

Fourth Quarter 2022

  • Base EPS(2) for Q4 2022: $1.20 to $1.30

Full Year 2022

  • Base EPS(2): $6.40 to $6.50
  • Cash flow from operating activities: $565 to $615 million
  • Free cash flow(3): $265 million to $315 million

(1) Although the Company believes the assumptions reflected in the range of guidance are reasonable, given the uncertainty regarding the future performance of the overall economy, continued effects of the pandemic on global supply chains, and potential changes in raw material prices, other costs, and the Company's effective tax rate, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including those described below, actual results could vary substantially. Further information can be found in the Forward-looking Statements in this release.

(2) Fourth quarter and full-year 2022 GAAP guidance are not provided in this release due to the likely occurrence of one or more of the following, the timing and magnitude of which we are unable to reliably forecast: restructuring costs and restructuring-related impairment charges, acquisition/divestiture-related costs, gains or losses on the sale of businesses or other assets, and the income tax effects of these items and/or other income tax-related events. These items could have a significant impact on the Company's future GAAP financial results.

(3) See reconciliation of cash flow from operating activities to projected free cash flow later in this release.

Commenting on the Company's outlook, Coker said, "As a result of the strong quarter and our fourth quarter outlook, we are again increasing our full year 2022 base earnings guidance. At the midpoint, our full year earnings guidance now represents growth of 63% from 2021. While the macroeconomic environment remains very dynamic, we continue to operate well and gain momentum from our strategic initiatives. We believe the combination of our improved and simplified portfolio and our talented team provides a strong foundation to support our global customers and create value for our shareholders for the balance of 2022 and beyond."

Conference Call Webcast
Management will host a conference call and webcast to further discuss these results beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The live conference call and a corresponding presentation can be accessed via the Internet at, under the Investor Relations section, or at To listen via telephone, please register in advance at Upon registration, all telephone participants will receive the dial-in number along with a unique PIN number that can be used to access the call. A replay of the conference call and webcast will be archived on the Company's website for at least 30 days.

Contact Information:
Lisa Weeks
Vice President of Investor Relations & Communications        

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE:SON) is a global provider of packaging products. With net sales of approximately $5.6 billion in 2021, the Company has approximately 22,000 employees working in more than 300 operations around the world, serving some of the world’s best-known brands. With our corporate purpose of Better Packaging. Better Life., Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, and a better world, for our customers, employees and communities. The Company ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies for 2022 as well as being included in Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the fourth consecutive year. For more information on the Company, visit our website at

Forward-looking Statements

Statements included herein that are not historical in nature, are intended to be, and are hereby identified as "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, the Company and its representatives may from time to time make other oral or written statements that are also "forward-looking statements." Words such as "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "committed," "consider," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "future," "goal," "guidance," "intend," "may," "might," "objective," "opportunity," "outlook," "plan," "potential," "project," "should," "strategy," "target," "will," "would," or the negative thereof, and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements in this communication include statements regarding, but not limited to: the Company’s future operating and financial performance, including fourth quarter and full-year 2022 outlook; expected benefits from and integration of the Metal Packaging acquisition and the strategic advantages and synergy, technology and process opportunities related thereto; the effects of ongoing and anticipated restructuring and portfolio management activities; the expected results of the conversion of the Company’s Hartsville paper machine; efforts to simplify the Company’s structure; efforts to recover higher costs and stay ahead of the price/cost curve; the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the Company’s business, operations, people, supply chains and financial condition; inflation; outcomes of certain tax issues and tax rates; the return of cash to shareholders; and creation of long-term value and returns for shareholders.

Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such information includes, without limitation, discussions as to guidance and other estimates, perceived opportunities, expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, goals and objectives concerning our future financial and operating performance. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.

Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, without limitation, those related to: the Company’s ability to achieve the benefits it expects from acquisitions, including the Metal Packaging acquisition; the Company’s ability to execute on its strategy, including with respect to acquisitions, cost management, restructuring and capital expenditures, and achieve the benefits it expects therefrom; the availability and pricing of raw materials, energy and transportation, including the impact of potential changes in tariffs and escalating trade wars, and the Company's ability to pass raw material, energy and transportation price increases and surcharges through to customers or otherwise manage these pricing risks; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s results of operations, financial condition, value of assets, liquidity, prospects and growth, and on the industries in which it operates and that it serves; the costs of labor; the effects of inflation and fluctuations in consumer demand on the Company and the industries in which it operates and that it serves; the Company’s ability to meet its goals relating to sustainability and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; the Company’s ability to return cash to shareholders and create long-term value; and the other risks, uncertainties and assumptions discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, particularly under the heading “Risk Factors.” The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed herein might not occur.

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(Dollars and shares in thousands except per share)
   Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
   October 2,
 October 3,
 October 2,
 October 3,
Net sales$1,890,216  $1,415,193  $5,574,530  $4,151,251 
Cost of sales 1,523,070   1,157,462   4,448,818   3,352,966 
Gross profit 367,146   257,731   1,125,712   798,285 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 164,552   130,580   533,875   404,617 
Restructuring/Asset impairment charges 20,652   3,488   43,357   8,889 
Gain/(Loss) on divestiture of business    2,849      (2,667)
Operating profit 181,942   126,512   548,480   382,112 
Non-operating pension cost 1,249   525   4,251   562,818 
Net interest expense 25,566   14,219   67,792   46,744 
Loss from the early extinguishment of debt          20,184 
Income/(Loss) before income taxes 155,127   111,768   476,437   (247,634)
Provision for/(Benefit from) income taxes 36,824   2,564   116,712   (91,542)
Income/(Loss) before equity in earnings of affiliates 118,303   109,204   359,725   (156,092)
Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax 4,199   2,351   10,151   5,701 
Net income/(loss) 122,502   111,555   369,876   (150,391)
Net (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (273)  (415)  (642)  (243)
Net income/(loss) attributable to Sonoco$122,229  $111,140  $369,234  $(150,634)
Weighted average common shares outstanding – diluted 98,762   99,425   98,669   100,039 
Diluted earnings/(loss) per common share$1.24  $1.12  $3.74  $(1.51)
Dividends per common share$0.49  $0.45  $1.43  $1.35 

(Dollars in thousands)
   Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
   October 2, 2022 October 3, 2021 October 2, 2022 October 3, 2021
Net sales       
 Consumer Packaging$1,030,549  $598,969  $2,888,630  $1,779,525 
 Industrial Paper Packaging 661,452   635,230   2,087,981   1,809,159 
 All Other 198,215   180,994   597,919   562,567 
 Consolidated$1,890,216  $1,415,193  $5,574,530  $4,151,251 
Operating profit:       
 Consumer Packaging$127,859  $66,341  $440,889  $212,997 
 Industrial Paper Packaging 81,859   55,451   248,721   167,568 
 All Other 15,373   12,895   46,426   47,259 
 Segment operating profit  225,091   134,687   736,036   427,824 
 Restructuring/Asset impairment charges (20,652)  (3,488)  (43,357)  (8,889)
 Amortization of acquisition intangibles (20,690)  (12,257)  (60,361)  (37,117)
 Other non-base (charges)/income, net (1,807)  7,570   (83,838)  294 
 Operating profit$181,942  $126,512  $548,480  $382,112 

(Dollars in thousands)
   Nine Months Ended
   October 2, 2022 October 3, 2021
Net income/(loss)$369,876  $(150,391)
Asset impairment charges/losses on disposition of assets and divestiture of a business 13,679   3,781 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 231,095   185,541 
Pension and postretirement plan (contributions), net of non-cash expense (26,597)  418,060 
Changes in working capital (317,010)  (74,572)
Changes in tax accounts 42,748   (173,112)
Other operating activity 8,264   10,771 
Net cash provided by operating activities$322,055  $220,078 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net (230,732)  (146,056)
Proceeds from divestiture of business    91,569 
Cost of acquisitions, net of cash acquired (1,337,704)  (3,155)
Net debt borrowings/(repayments) 1,445,194   (242,456)
Excess cash costs of early extinguishment of debt    (20,111)
Cash dividends paid (139,289)  (134,648)
Payments made to repurchase shares (4,056)  (159,654)
Other, including effects of exchange rates on cash (44,208)  (10,403)
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents$11,260  $(404,836)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 170,978   564,848 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$182,238  $160,012 

(Dollars in thousands)
   October 2, 2022* December 31,
Current Assets:   
 Cash and cash equivalents$182,238  $170,978 
 Trade accounts receivable, net of allowances 972,874   755,609 
 Other receivables 113,206   95,943 
 Inventories 1,016,138   562,113 
 Prepaid expenses 126,864   74,034 
   $2,411,320  $1,658,677 
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,627,283   1,297,500 
Right of use asset-operating leases 296,838   268,390 
Goodwill 1,641,948   1,324,501 
Other intangible assets, net 709,723   278,143 
Other assets 288,534   246,024 
   $6,975,646  $5,073,235 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   
Current Liabilities:   
 Payable to suppliers and other payables$1,301,941  $1,102,662 
 Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt 416,929   411,557 
 Income taxes payable 36,602   11,544 
   $1,755,472  $1,525,763 
Long-term debt, net of current portion 2,723,101   1,199,106 
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities 253,466   234,167 
Pension and other postretirement benefits 152,118   158,265 
Deferred income taxes and other 156,408   106,393 
Total equity 1,935,081   1,849,541 
   $6,975,646  $5,073,235 
 *Includes preliminary purchase price accounting estimates related to the Metal Packaging acquisition that are subject to change

Definition and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company’s results determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") are referred to as "as reported" or "GAAP" results. The Company uses certain financial performance measures, both internally and externally, that are not in conformity with GAAP ("non-GAAP financial measures") to assess and communicate the financial performance of the Company. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect the Company’s GAAP operating results adjusted to remove amounts (including the associated tax effects) relating to:

  • restructuring initiatives(1);
  • asset impairment charges;
  • acquisition/divestiture-related costs;
  • gains or losses from the divestiture of businesses;
  • losses from the early extinguishment of debt;
  • non-operating pension costs;
  • amortization expense on acquisition intangibles;
  • changes in LIFO inventory reserves;
  • certain income tax events and adjustments; and
  • other items, if any.

(1) Restructuring/asset impairment charges are a recurring item as Sonoco’s restructuring programs usually require several years to fully implement and the Company is continually seeking to take actions that could enhance its efficiency. Although recurring, these charges are subject to significant fluctuations from period to period due to the varying levels of restructuring activity and the inherent imprecision in the estimates used to recognize the impairment of assets and the wide variety of costs and taxes associated with severance and termination benefits in the countries in which the restructuring actions occur.

The adjusted non-GAAP results are identified using the term "base," for example, "base operating profit," "base net income," and "base EPS." The Company's management believes the exclusion of these items improves the period-to-period comparability and analysis of the underlying financial performance of the business. As previously disclosed, the Company modified its definition of base results to include adjustments for amortization-related expense on acquisition intangibles starting in 2022. Prior period results have been restated to conform to this presentation.

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure of "segment operating profit" which is synonymous with "base operating profit" to describe operating profit at a segment level. The Company believes this presentation improves comparability and analysis of segment and results.

The Company also uses the non-GAAP financial measure of "free cash flow," which it defines as cash flow from operations minus net capital expenditures. Net capital expenditures are defined as capital expenditures minus proceeds from/costs incurred in the disposition of capital assets. Free cash flow may not represent the amount of cash flow available for general discretionary use because it excludes non-discretionary expenditures, such as mandatory debt repayments and required settlements of recorded and/or contingent liabilities not reflected in cash flow from operations.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Sonoco management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Material limitations associated with the use of such measures include that they do not reflect all costs included in operating expenses and may not be comparable with similarly named financial measures of other companies. Furthermore, these non-GAAP financial measures are based on subjective determinations of management regarding the nature and classification of events and circumstances.

Sonoco presents these non-GAAP financial measures to provide users with information to evaluate Sonoco’s operating results in a manner similar to how management evaluates business performance. To compensate for any limitations in such non-GAAP financial measures, management believes that it is useful in understanding and analyzing the results of the business to review both GAAP information and the related non-GAAP financial measures.

Sonoco uses these non-GAAP financial measures for internal planning and forecasting purposes, to evaluate its ongoing operations, and to evaluate the performance of each business unit and the performance of its executive officers. In addition, these same non-GAAP measures are used in determining incentive compensation for the Company's management team and in providing earnings guidance to the investing community.

Whenever Sonoco uses a non-GAAP financial measure, except with respect to base EPS guidance, it provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review and consider these reconciliations. See "Guidance" above for more information regarding the Company's guidance.

 For the three months ended October 2, 2022
Dollars in thousands, except per share dataGAAPRestructuring/
of Acquisition
Operating profit$181,942 $20,652$20,690$2,022$(215)$225,091 
Non-operating pension costs 1,249     (1,249)  
Interest expense, net 25,566       25,566 
Income before income taxes 155,127  20,652 20,690 2,022 1,034  199,525 
Provision for income taxes 36,824  4,862 4,938 765 (1,297) 46,092 
Income before equity in earnings of affiliates 118,303  15,790 15,752 1,257 2,331  153,433 
Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax 4,199       4,199 
Net income 122,502  15,790 15,752 1,257 2,331  157,632 
Net (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (273) 186     (87)
Net income attributable to Sonoco 122,229  15,976 15,752 1,257 2,331  157,545 
Per diluted common share*$1.24 $0.16$0.16$0.01$0.02 $1.60 
*Due to rounding individual items may not sum across     
(1) In the third quarter of 2022, the Company recognized net restructuring and asset impairment charges related to severance, asset write-offs and other restructuring activities of approximately $9,250, $3,300, and $8,100 respectively.
(2) Beginning in 2022, the Company redefined base results to exclude amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions.

 For the three months ended October 3, 2021
Dollars in thousands, except per share dataGAAPRestructuring/
of Acquisition Intangibles
Operating profit$126,512 $3,488$12,257$1,015$(8,585)$134,687 
Non-operating pension costs 525     (525)  
Interest expense, net 14,219       14,219 
Income/(Loss) before income taxes 111,768  3,488 12,257 1,015 (8,060) 120,468 
Provision for income taxes 2,564  312 3,036 190 16,493  22,595 
Income/(Loss) before equity in earnings of affiliates 109,204  3,176 9,221 825 (24,553) 97,873 
Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax 2,351       2,351 
Net income/(loss) 111,555  3,176 9,221 825 (24,553) 100,224 
Net (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests (415)      (415)
Net income/(loss) attributable to Sonoco$111,140 $3,176$9,221$825$(24,553)$99,809 
Per diluted common share*$1.12 $0.03$0.09$0.01$(0.25)$1.00 
*Due to rounding individual items may not sum across     
(1) In the third quarter of 2021, the Company recognized net restructuring and asset impairment charges, mostly related to severance and asset write-offs, totaling approximately $6,300. These were partially offset by gains totaling approximately $2,800 that related to the sale of previously closed facilities in the Company's tubes and cores business.
(2) Beginning in 2022, the Company redefined base results to exclude amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions.
(3) Other adjustments to operating profit include a gain of approximately $2,800 on the final purchase price adjustment for the Company's divestiture of its U. S. display and packaging business, mark-to-market gains of approximately $2,800 related to certain derivatives, and life insurance gains of approximately $2,100. These gains were partially offset by non-operating pension costs. In addition to these pre-tax operating profit adjustments, the Company recognized a $30,000 tax benefit related to its amended 2017 U.S. income tax return, partially offset by an increase of approximately $6,500 in the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets related to the future use of foreign tax credits and $6,500 of Canadian withholding tax expense related to cash repatriation activities.

   Nine Months Ended
FREE CASH FLOWOctober 2, 2022 October 3, 2021*
Net cash provided by operating activities$322,055  $220,078 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net (230,732)  (146,056)
Free Cash Flow$91,323  $74,022 
*Excluding the $133 million pension contributions made to fund the Sonoco Pension Plan for Inactive Participants in advance of the pension liability settlements, free cash flow would have been $207 million.
   Year Ended
   Estimated Low
 Estimated High
FREE CASH FLOWDecember 31,
 December 31,
Net cash provided by operating activities$565,000  $615,000 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net (300,000)  (300,000)
Free Cash Flow$265,000  $315,000 

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