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  1. 1. News Release ___________________________________________________________________ Miller Corporate Center Media Relations: For Immediate Release Diane B. Dixon (626) 304-2118 communications@averydennison.com Investor Relations: Cynthia S. Guenther (626) 304-2204 investorcom@averydennison.com AVERY DENNISON REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2006 RESULTS Highlights from Continuing Operations • Net sales of $1.34 billion, approximately even with first-quarter 2005 Organic sales growth of 3%, a two point improvement over the preceding two quarters • Net income of $68.9 million and earnings per share of $0.69, up 19% Earnings per share before restructuring and other charges of $0.75, up 21% • Company on track to achieve previously announced annualized savings of $80 to $90 million from restructuring efforts by year-end • Price increases implemented to offset rising raw material and energy- related costs PASADENA, Calif. – April 25, 2006 – Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) today reported first quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.69, compared with $0.57 per share for the first quarter of 2005. The increase in earnings reflected improvements in the Company’s gross profit margin and operating expense ratio, as well as the benefit from an anticipated reduction in its tax rate relative to the same quarter last year. - more -
  2. 2. 2-2-2 In both years, first quarter results included restructuring and asset impairment charges and a net loss from discontinued operations; 2005 results also included a gain on sale of assets and transition costs related to a plant closure. The net effect of these items totaled approximately $0.06 per share in 2006 and $0.05 per share in the prior year. Excluding these items, first quarter earnings per share from continuing operations increased by 21 percent over the same quarter last year. (See Attachment A-3: “Preliminary Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures”.) quot;We delivered outstanding profit improvement this quarter, and are on track to achieve the savings we targeted from our cost reduction actions,” said Dean A. Scarborough, president and chief executive officer of Avery Dennison. “Our employees are doing a tremendous job improving the profitability of our businesses, while maintaining their focus on innovation and top-line growth. quot;Underlying unit volume growth improved sequentially,” added Scarborough. “We anticipate further improvement in unit volume growth through the balance of the year. In particular, with pricing actions largely behind us, we expect our service and product advantages to once again drive share gain domestically for our roll materials business. “We remain focused on our key strategic growth platforms,” said Scarborough. “We expect that emerging markets will continue to provide solid growth, and our expansion efforts in radio frequency identification (RFID), roll label materials for the beverage market, the Retail Information Services business, and numerous other Horizon growth initiatives will deliver on their potential.quot; - more -
  3. 3. 3-3-3 First Quarter Financial Highlights From Continuing Operations (For a more detailed presentation of the Company’s results for the quarter, see First Quarter 2006 Financial Review and Analysis, posted at the Company’s Web site at www.investors.averydennison.com.) • Net sales were approximately even with the prior year at $1.34 billion. Organic sales growth, which excludes the impact of acquisitions, divestitures, and foreign currency translation, was approximately 3 percent. • Core unit volume grew approximately 2 percent compared with the prior year, representing the second consecutive quarter of improvement in underlying growth. Changes in pricing and product mix contributed approximately one point to top line growth. • Excluding restructuring and asset impairment charges, a gain on sale of assets and transition costs in 2005 related to a plant closure, operating margin improved by 100 basis points. (See Attachment A-3: “Preliminary Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures”.) • The recognition of stock option expense added approximately $7 million of pre-tax cost compared with the prior year, which reduced operating margin by 50 basis points and reduced after-tax earnings by $0.04 per share. As previously announced, the Company expects pre-tax stock option expense for the full year of approximately $19 million, or $0.12 per share after-tax. • The effective tax rate declined by 390 basis points to 22.0 percent, in line with the Company’s expectations. - more -
  4. 4. 4-4-4 Segment Highlights (See Attachment A-4: “Preliminary Supplementary Information, Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Supplementary Information” for adjusted operating margins included below.) • Pressure-sensitive Materials reported sales of $787 million, approximately even with the prior year. Organic sales growth for the segment was 3 percent. Operating margin before restructuring and asset impairment costs, as well as a gain on sale of assets in the prior year, declined 10 basis points to 8.9 percent. • Office and Consumer Products sales declined 7 percent to $240 million. Organic sales decline for the segment was 3 percent, including a 2 percent reduction in sales from exiting certain private label business. Operating margin before restructuring charges and 2005 transition costs associated with a plant closure increased 270 basis points to 15.3 percent. • Retail Information Services sales grew 5 percent to $165 million. Organic sales growth for the segment was 6 percent. Operating margin before restructuring and asset impairment charges increased 310 basis points to 6.8 percent. Outlook for the Year Reflecting first quarter results, Avery Dennison adjusted its full year earnings guidance to a range of $3.55 to $3.80 per share before charges associated with ongoing restructuring efforts. The Company previously expected earnings to be in the range of $3.45 to $3.80 per share before restructuring charges. - more -
  5. 5. 5-5-5 Avery Dennison is a global leader in pressure-sensitive labeling materials, office products and retail tag, ticketing and branding systems. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Avery Dennison is a FORTUNE 500 company with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion. Avery Dennison employs more than 22,000 individuals in 48 countries worldwide who apply the Company’s technologies to develop, manufacture and market a wide range of products for both consumer and industrial markets. Products offered by Avery Dennison include Avery-brand office products and graphics imaging media, Fasson-brand self-adhesive materials, peel-and-stick postage stamps, reflective highway safety products, labels for a wide variety of automotive, industrial and durable goods applications, brand identification and supply chain management products for the retail and apparel industries, and specialty tapes and polymers. ### Forward-Looking Statements Certain information presented in this news release may constitute “forward-looking” statements. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results and trends may differ materially from historical or expected results depending on a variety of factors, including but not limited to fluctuations in cost and availability of raw materials; ability of the Company to achieve and sustain targeted cost reductions; foreign exchange rates; worldwide and local economic conditions; selling prices; impact of legal proceedings, including the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) criminal investigation, as well as the European Commission (“EC”), Canadian Department of Justice, and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigations, into industry competitive practices and any related proceedings or lawsuits pertaining to these investigations or to the subject matter thereof (including purported class actions seeking treble damages for alleged unlawful competitive practices, and purported class actions related to alleged disclosure violations pertaining to alleged unlawful competitive practices, which were filed after the announcement of the DOJ investigation, as well as a likely fine by the EC in respect of certain employee misconduct in Europe); impact of potential violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act based on issues in China; impact of epidemiological events on the economy and the Company’s customers and suppliers; successful integration of acquired companies, financial condition and inventory strategies of customers; development, introduction and acceptance of new products; fluctuations in demand affecting sales to customers; and other matters referred to in the Company’s SEC filings. The Company believes that the most significant risk factors that could affect its ability to achieve its stated financial expectations in the near-term include (1) potential adverse developments in legal proceedings and/or investigations regarding competitive activities, including possible fines, penalties, judgments or settlements; (2) the impact of economic conditions on underlying demand for the Company's products; (3) the impact of competitors’ actions, including expansion in key markets, product offerings and pricing; (4) the degree to which higher raw material costs can be passed on to customers through selling price increases (and previously implemented selling price increases can be sustained), without a significant loss of volume; and (5) the ability of the Company to achieve and sustain targeted cost reductions. The financial information presented in this news release represents preliminary, unaudited financial results. For more information and to listen to a live broadcast or an audio replay of the 1st Quarter conference call with analysts, visit the Avery Dennison Web site at www.investors.averydennison.com