Net sales in the second quarter were $2,142 million compared to $2,278 million in the second quarter of 2015, primarily due to $60 million of unfavorable currency translation in 2016 compared to 2015 and the pass through of lower material costs.
Income from operations was $295 million in the second quarter of 2016. Segment income was $288 million in the quarter compared to $272 million in the second quarter of 2015, and included $11 million of unfavorable currency translation.
Earnings per share were $1.21 versus $1.02 in 2015, an increase of 19%, with income from operations up 6% from $277 million to $295 million.
“Our second quarter results, fueled by solid performances across all businesses, particularly European Beverage, put us well on our way to a very strong 2016,” said Timothy J. Donahue, president and CEO. “Underlying beverage can volume growth was also notable in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Southeast Asia and the United States.
“We also continue to focus on laying the groundwork to meet the growth opportunities that lie ahead. Last month, we began commercial production at our third Cambodian beverage can plant in Phnom Penh, a market that continues to experience strong demand. Our new beverage can plant in Monterrey, Mexico as well as the second production line at our Osmaniye, Turkey facility will begin production during this year’s fourth quarter. In early 2017, we expect to start up our Nichols, NY beverage can plant, which will be focused primarily on expanding our specialty can presence in North America. In Colombia, we will begin a major capacity expansion later this year with the added production available for shipment in the second quarter of 2017. Additionally, we will begin installation of the second high speed aluminum production line at our beverage can plant in Custines, France, completing that plant’s conversion from steel to aluminum. Commercial start-up of the second line is scheduled for April 2017. With its many inherent benefits, including being infinitely recyclable, the beverage can continues to become the increasingly preferred package for marketers and consumers around the world.”
Net sales for the first six months of 2016 were $4,035 million compared to $4,275 million in the first six months of 2015, primarily due to $145 million of unfavorable currency translation in 2016 compared to 2015 and the pass through of lower material costs.
Income from operations was $514 million in the first half of 2016. Segment income in the first half of 2016 was $509 million compared to $464 million in the first six months of 2015, and included $21 million of unfavorable currency translation.
Net income attributable to Crown Holdings for the first six months of 2016 increased to $248 million over the $186 million in the first six months of 2015. Reported diluted earnings per share for the first six months of 2016 were $1.78 compared to $1.34 in the first half of last year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.88 compared to $1.55 in 2015.