“We had another good quarter, with strong top-line growth and adjusted EPS up 27%, driven primarily by strong operating results,” said Mitch Butier, president and CEO. “Label and Graphic Materials delivered high-single-digit organic growth and sustained its strong operating margin; Retail Branding and Information Solutions expanded its margin significantly on organic growth of nearly 10%, driven by strength in both RFID and the base business; and Industrial and Healthcare Materials delivered modest organic growth with margin in line with expectations.
“Our current year outlook for adjusted earnings has improved despite currency-related headwinds in the back half of the year,” added Butier. “Our ability to consistently achieve our strategic and financial goals in the face of significant changes in the macro environment, including the strengthening of the dollar and higher than expected inflation, demonstrates the resilience of our business and the talent of our team.”
Label and Graphic Materials reported that sales increased 11.9%; on an organic basis, sales grew 7.3%. Sales on an organic basis increased at high-single-digit rates in both Label and Packaging Materials and the combined Graphics and Reflective Solutions businesses. Reported operating margin decreased 430 basis points to 9.2%, reflecting the impact of the previously announced restructuring plan.
Retail Branding and Information Solutions reported that sales increased 11.1%; on an organic basis, sales grew 9.5%, driven by strength in both radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions and the base business. Reported operating margin increased 300 basis points to 10.9% as the benefits from higher volume, productivity, and reduced amortization expense was partially offset by higher employee-related costs and investments.
Industrial and Healthcare Materials reported that sales increased 40%. Sales in industrial categories grew approximately 50% excluding currency and mid-single digits on an organic basis. Sales in healthcare categories were up low-single digits on an organic basis. Reported operating margin increased 10 basis points to 9.2%, as a decline in adjusted operating margin was more than offset by the lack of M&A transaction costs incurred in the prior year.