Operating income for the second quarter of 2014 was $89.2 million, an increase of 77.7% compared to $50.2 million for the comparable quarter of 2013. The Label Segment posted a 24.4% increase in operating income partially offset by the Container Segment, which posted a $0.4 million or 7.7% decline in operating income for the comparable second quarters. The Avery Segment recorded a strong second quarter with $28.4 million of operating income. All three segments, Label, Avery and Container, contributed to the strong results for the six-month period ending June 30, 2014, resulting in a 58.5% improvement in operating income for the comparable six-month period.
EBITDA was $118.8 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 68.0% compared to $70.7 million for the second quarter of 2013, driven principally by the above noted acquisitions. EBITDA improved 61.4% excluding the impact of currency translation. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2014, EBITDA was $236.8 million, an increase of 56.1% compared to $151.7 million in the comparable 2013 six-month period.
Net earnings for the 2014 second quarter were $55.3 million an increase of 109.5% compared to $26.4 million for the second quarter of 2013. Net earnings for the six-month period of 2014 were $107.9 million, an increase of 78.3% compared to $60.5 million for the same period a year ago.
“Second quarter earnings were another record, with our legacy businesses contributing meaningful improvement and our new Avery consumer arm powering ahead of planned results,” Geoffrey T. Martin, president and CEO, said. “CCL Label sales increased 37% driven by acquisitions, over 7% organic growth and positive currency translation. North America recorded high-single digit organic growth with Healthcare improving notably as certain customers recovered from FDA quarantines. Specialty was mixed with strong World Cup promotional activity, offset by a soft Agricultural Chemicals season attributed by the market to the prolonged tough winter.
“Home & Personal Care sales, excluding the Sancoa acquisition, improved on new business momentum but in the face of continuing sluggish market demand,” Martin added. “Results in Food & Beverage improved meaningfully with notable gains at our West Coast wine plants. CCL Design sales benefited from a robust North American automotive market but operating margins remain below the Segment average. Excluding acquisitions, European sales were up low-single digits in local currencies as demand improved in our consumer and automotive businesses with the Food & Beverage sector an area of strength. Operating Income was negatively impacted $1.7 million by the insolvency of a large German automotive customer at CCL Design. Emerging Markets posted double-digit sales increases led by exceptional results in China but also on higher Food & Beverage sales in South East Asia and South Africa. Growth in Latin America tapered markedly to mid-single digits as macroeconomic deterioration, soft consumer demand and currency related pricing challenges all impacted us, most notably in Brazil. Results in Australia were mixed with gains in Wine labels offset by lower Healthcare performance. The recent typhoon in the Philippines will postpone the start-up of our new plant near Manila. Our joint ventures posted solid results, inclusive of start-up costs at the Tube operation in Thailand. The Middle East performed well and currency challenges in Russia largely reversed. Absolute profitability continued to improve for the Label Segment with margins compressed entirely due to the acquisition mix effect.
“Results at Avery significantly exceeded expectations with operating income at $28 million,” Martin added. “Shipments to retailers for the North American back-to-school season started earlier than expected and translated to improved profitability compared to the first quarter of this year and the pre-acquisition second quarter of 2013. CCL Container posted improved results on higher volumes in North America but total performance was held back by disruption in Mexico for the months of April and May as we commissioned one of the transferred production lines from our Canadian plant. June results returned to normal levels. Debt declined during the second quarter as the company made net repayments of $32 million; cash on hand increased to $208 million and the available capacity on our revolving credit facility increased to $149 million.”