“Our Q2 earnings were in line with our expectations, as we more than offset softer-than-expected organic growth with accelerated productivity actions,” says Mitch Butier, president/CEO. “High-value categories continue to grow faster than the base business, which, combined with our relentless focus on productivity, enable margin expansion even in a slower growth environment.
“Organic growth in Label and Graphic Materials remained soft reflecting lower volume, while profitability was strong. Retail Branding and Information Solutions delivered solid organic growth, driven by continued strength in RFID, with significant margin expansion. Likewise, IHM continued to deliver strong margin improvement, despite flat organic growth.
“We are reaffirming the midpoint of our previous guidance for 2019 earnings per share, with organic growth improving modestly over the balance of the year, along with continued margin expansion. Once again, our ongoing confidence in our ability to achieve our guidance and long-term targets reflects the resilience of our business and ability of our team to adapt to changing market conditions.”