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Pregis Announces First Quarter 2008 Financial Results
Date:5/9/2008

DEERFIELD, Ill., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Pregis Corporation, a leading international manufacturer, marketer, and supplier of protective packaging products and specialty packaging solutions, today announced its 2008 first quarter financial results.

For the first quarter of 2008, the Company generated net sales of $259.3 million, an increase of 8.5% over net sales of $239.0 million in the first quarter of 2007. Excluding the impact of favorable foreign currency translation and sales from two acquisitions made in the second half of 2007, the quarter's net sales were down 3% compared to the prior year quarter.

Gross profit margin, as a percent of net sales, was 21.9% in the first quarter of 2008, compared to 25.5% in the first quarter of 2007. The decline in gross margin resulted primarily from significantly increased costs of resin and other raw materials in the 2008 period, which approximated $7 million of year-over-year unfavorability. In order to mitigate these increases in raw material costs, the Company implemented selling price increases throughout its businesses in the first quarter of 2008. However, the Company has experienced a lag in realizing the benefits from these recent price increases relative to the impact of the increased raw material costs, which resulted in the reduction in its gross margin percentage in the first quarter of 2008.

Commenting on the Company's results, Mike McDonnell, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our first quarter results were negatively impacted by raw material cost inflation, as well as the weakened economic environment in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Although resin costs stabilized somewhat during the first three months of 2008, we expect continued volatility and remain committed to our disciplined focus on achieving pricing for value and full cost recovery as rapidly as possibly. In addition, we continue to drive efficiency initiatives throughout the organization, both to mitigate the
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