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Greif Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, today announced results for its second quarter, which ended April 30, 2014:

"Our Paper Packaging segment achieved record second quarter operating profit; however, our quarterly results were adversely impacted by a prolonged, illegal occupation at the Hadimkoy, Turkey flexible products manufacturing facility and severe weather-related conditions that significantly affected two of our business segments," said David B. Fischer, president and chief executive officer. "As a consequence, second quarter financial results were below our expectations; however, specific actions are being implemented companywide to strengthen our business portfolio, including certain non-core asset sales and initiatives to realize cost savings and address underperforming assets. We look forward to stronger performance in the second half of fiscal 2014."

Consolidated Results

Net sales were $1,100.7 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared with $1,088.9 million for the second quarter of 2013. The 1.1 percent increase in net sales was primarily due to the impact of a 2.3 percent increase in selling prices partially offset by a negative 1.0 percent impact from foreign currency translation. The higher selling prices were primarily for rigid industrial packaging products in North America, partially as a result of the pass-through realization of higher raw material costs, and for paper packaging products. Volumes in Europe within the Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment were higher than a year ago.

Gross profit was $204.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared with $202.6 million for the second quarter of 2013. Improvements in the Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services and Paper Packaging segments were offset by declines in the Flexible Products & Services and Land Management segments. Gross profit margin was 18.6 percent for the second quarters of 2014 and 2013.

SG&A expenses increased 11.1 percent to $135.4 million for the second quarter of 2014 from $121.9 million for the second quarter of 2013 primarily related to higher professional fees, higher amortization expenses related to intangible assets and scalable business platform expenses. SG&A expenses were 12.3 percent of net sales for the second quarter of 2014 compared with 11.2 percent of net sales for the second quarter of 2013.

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