“Balanced earnings growth from a variety of sources again demonstrated the resilience of Amcor’s business and management teams. Earnings were up strongly in both the Flexibles and Rigid Plastics segments, driven by organic growth and acquisitions. Across developed markets, earnings grew at rates which exceeded overall market growth. In emerging markets, we delivered increased earnings in the face of difficult conditions in several countries.
“Important progress was made against our strategic priorities with investments in the Alusa and Sonoco acquisitions and the proactive restructuring initiatives in the Flexibles segment. Together, these investments contributed around US$60 million to PBIT and they will underpin more than US$100 million of additional PBIT growth over the next three years, in addition to organic growth and further M&A.
“Our cash flow and balance sheet remain strong, enabling us to continue to reinvest in the business and to increase the dividend paid to shareholders. Looking forward, Amcor has substantial growth potential. We have significant opportunities to increase our presence and scale in attractive market segments where we are underrepresented today, and a strong track record of generating long term value from these types of opportunities.
“We expect another strong year in 2018, with after tax earnings growth in constant currency terms and strong cash flow. Amcor remains very well positioned to continue delivering against our value proposition for shareholders – the consistent delivery of 10 to 15 percent of additional value each year.”