O-I's Q1 net earnings up 47.6% year-over-year to US$121M, net sales up to US$1.74 from US$1.72B a year ago driven mainly by price hikes; global shipments down nearly 2%

PERRYSBURG, Ohio , April 25, 2012 (press release) – O-I REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

Strong operational performance, cost cutting contribute to improved profit

Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) today reported financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2012.

First Quarter Highlights

Earnings: O-I reported first quarter 2012 earnings from continuing operations attributable to the Company of $0.73 per share (diluted), compared to $0.50 per share (diluted) in the same period of the prior year. Adjusted net earnings (non-GAAP) were $0.73 per share, compared to $0.53 per share in the first quarter of 2011.

Sales and Price: Net revenue increased from the prior year due to the successful negotiation of higher pricing to offset high cost inflation.

Strong Operating Performance: Good manufacturing performance and cost-cutting initiatives improved first quarter segment operating profit over the prior year. Also, first quarter 2012 performance exceeded the prior year's first quarter due to the non-recurrence of cost penalties associated with flooding in Australia last year.

First quarter net sales were $1.739 billion in 2012, up from $1.719 billion in the prior year first quarter, primarily due to higher pricing that exceeded unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to the Company in the first quarter of 2012 were $122 million, or $0.73 per share (diluted), compared with net earnings from continuing operations in the prior year of $83 million, or $0.50 per share (diluted). As there were no items management considers not representative of ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2012, adjusted net earnings also were $122 million, or $0.73 per share (diluted). These results compared with first quarter 2011 adjusted net earnings of $89 million, or $0.53 per share (diluted). A description of items in 2011 that management considers not representative of ongoing operations are listed in Note 1.

Commenting on the Company's first quarter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Al Stroucken said, "We are encouraged by our start in 2012. To better serve the seasonally stronger second quarter, especially in Europe and North America, we increased production and inventory levels in the first quarter. We also saw generally good results from our pricing strategy and cost-cutting initiatives in all regions."

Operational Highlights

O-I reported first quarter 2012 segment operating profit of $260 million, up from $208 million in the first quarter of 2011. Shipments (in tonnes) were flat to slightly up in Europe, North America and South America for the quarter. Despite this, global shipments were down nearly two percent from the prior year first quarter due to lower shipment levels in Asia Pacific. This was largely driven by lower sales in China as a result of several furnace rebuilds and the residual impact from the prior closure of the Company's Guangzhou facility. Excluding the impact of China, global sales volumes would have been flat with the prior year first quarter. The Company benefited by $13 million in the quarter from higher sales prices that offset inflation.

First quarter earnings benefited $22 million due to strong manufacturing performance that resulted in high fixed cost absorption, as well as cost control initiatives. In addition, first quarter 2012 results were improved from the prior year due to the non-recurrence of $9 million of costs related to flooding in Australia last year. Further, segment operating expenses were $13 million lower from the prior year as a result of global cost reductions and the timing of SAP-related project costs.

Corporate costs were $17 million higher in the first quarter of 2012 primarily due to lower machine and equipment sales than in the prior year, as well as higher incentive compensation costs.

Financial highlights

The Company reported total debt of $4.130 billion and cash of $299 million at March 31, 2012. Net debt was $3.831 billion, an increase of $198 million from year end 2011 and $102 million lower than the first quarter of 2011. The increase in net debt from year end 2011 was primarily due to a $167 million use of free cash flow to support seasonally higher working capital levels, as well as $41 million of foreign currency translation. O-I's leverage ratio was 3.0 times net debt to EBITDA at the end of the first quarter, consistent with the prior year first quarter. Available liquidity under the Company's global revolving credit facility was $749 million as of March 31, 2012.

As a result of redemptions of higher cost debt in mid-2011, net interest expense was $12 million lower in the first quarter of 2012 than the same period in the prior year.

Asbestos-related cash payments during the first quarter of 2012 were $30 million, compared to $33 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Business outlook

Commenting on the Company's business outlook, Stroucken said, "In the second quarter, we expect that the benefits from our pricing strategy and operational efficiencies will continue to drive improved year-over-year financial performance, especially in our North American region. However, we do not yet have clarity regarding demand trends in the second half, especially in Europe, and we will remain flexible to match our capacity to meet our customers' needs. As a result, our financial outlook for the second half of 2012 is tracking in line with the second half of 2011, which includes the improvements achieved late last year."

Company profile

Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. With revenues of $7.4 billion in 2011, the Company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, and employs more than 24,000 people at 81 plants in 21 countries. O-I delivers safe, effective and sustainable glass packaging solutions to a growing global marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.o-i.com/.

Regulation G

The information presented above regarding adjusted net earnings relates to net earnings attributable to the Company exclusive of items management considers not representative of ongoing operations and does not conform to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). It should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with GAAP. Management has included this non-GAAP information to assist in understanding the comparability of results of ongoing operations. Management uses this non-GAAP information principally for internal reporting, forecasting, budgeting and calculating bonus payments. Further, the information presented above regarding free cash flow does not conform to GAAP. Management defines free cash flow as cash provided by continuing operating activities less capital spending (both as determined in accordance with GAAP) and has included this non-GAAP information to assist in understanding the comparability of cash flows. Management defines underlying free cash flow as cash provided by continuing operating activities less capital spending from continuing operations (both as determined in accordance with GAAP), plus the addback of capital spending in China for replacement capacity lost due to the closure and potential sale of certain Chinese facilities. Management expects that the proceeds from the sale of these certain facilities should offset most or all of the replacement capacity capital spending in China and has included this non-GAAP information to assist in understanding the comparability of cash flows. Management uses this non-GAAP information principally for internal reporting, forecasting and budgeting. Management believes that the non-GAAP presentation allows the board of directors, management, investors and analysts to better understand the Company's financial performance in relationship to core operating results and the business outlook.

The Company routinely posts important information on its website - www.o-i.com/investors.

Conference call scheduled for April 26, 2012

O-I CEO Al Stroucken and CFO Ed White will conduct a conference call to discuss the Company's latest results on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time. A live webcast of the conference call, including presentation materials, will be available on the O-I website, www.o-i.com/investors, in the Presentations & Webcast section.

The conference call also may be accessed by dialing 888-733-1701 (U.S. and Canada) or 706-634-4943 (international) by 8:20 a.m., Eastern Time, on April 26. Ask for the O-I conference call. A replay of the call will be available on the O-I website, www.o-i.com/investors, for 90 days following the call.

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