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Greif, Inc. Announces Financial Impact

Delaware, Ohio, USA 22 May 2014 -- The financial impact of these items for the second quarter of 2014 will represent approximately $20 million or $0.14 per Class A share.

On February 10, 2014, a group of protesters led by non-Greif personnel with a broad social agenda staged an illegal occupation at the company’s facility in Hadimkoy, Turkey.  The company incurred incremental security costs for Hadimkoy and other facilities, labor-related expenses and additional costs to service customers.  The occupation lasted 60 days and the production downtime at Hadimkoy was 98 days which disrupted the company’s supply chain, although products were shipped to customers from locations within the global network.  The financial impact of these actions totalled approximately $13 million for the second quarter of 2014, which included indirect costs estimated to be approximately $7 million in lost sales and the increased cost of alternative supply sources plus approximately $3 million of direct costs. In addition, there were approximately $3 million of restructuring charges related to this facility for the second quarter 2014.  It is anticipated that there will be additional costs related to this situation during the second half of fiscal 2014, and management believes that appropriate measures have been implemented to prevent similar incidents at Greif facilities, and additional actions will be assessed on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, during the second quarter of 2014, adverse weather-related conditions continued to impact the company’s Paper Packaging and Rigid Industrial Packaging segments.  There were approximately $4 million of higher energy and additional input and logistics costs in the Paper Packaging segment.  In the Rigid Industrial Packaging segment, there were approximately $2 million of higher energy costs and higher labor expenses due to shift reductions.  These and other weather-related items totalled approximately $7 million for the second quarter of 2014.

The company is assessing the potential annual impact of these items to previously issued earnings guidance, which management will address during its second quarter 2014 conference call. 

About Greif

Greif is a world leader in industrial packaging products and services. The company produces steel, plastic, fibre, flexible, corrugated, multiwall and reconditioned containers, intermediate bulk containers, containerboard and packaging accessories, and provides blending, filling, packaging and industrial packaging reconditioning services for a wide range of industries. Greif also manages timber properties in North America. The company is strategically positioned in more than 50 countries to serve global as well as regional customers. Additional information is on the company's website at www.greif.com.

Forward-looking Statements

All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this news release, including without limitation statements regarding our future financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected costs, goals and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “project,” “believe,” “continue,” “on track” or “target” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. All forward-looking statements made in this news release are based on information currently available to management. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements have a reasonable basis, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements. Such risks and uncertainties that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) the current and future challenging global economy may adversely affect our business, (ii) historically, our business has been sensitive to changes in general economic or business conditions, (iii) our operations are subject to currency exchange and political risks that could adversely affect our results of operations, (iv) the continuing consolidation of our customer base and suppliers may intensify pricing pressure, (v) we operate in highly competitive industries, (vi) our business is sensitive to changes in industry demands, (vii) raw material and energy price fluctuations and shortages may adversely impact our manufacturing operations and costs, (viii) we may encounter difficulties arising from acquisitions, (ix) we may incur additional restructuring costs and there is no guarantee that our efforts to reduce costs will be successful, (x) tax legislation initiatives or challenges to our tax positions may adversely impact our results or condition, (xi) several operations are conducted by joint ventures that we cannot operate solely for our benefit, (xii) our ability to attract, develop and retain talented and qualified employees, managers and executives is critical to our success, (xiii) our business may be adversely impacted by work stoppages and other labor relations matters, (xiv) we may be subject to losses that might not be covered in whole or in part by existing insurance reserves or insurance coverage, (xv) our business depends on the uninterrupted operations of our facilities, systems and business functions, including our information technology and other business systems, (xvi) legislation/regulation related to climate change and environmental and health and safety matters and corporate social responsibility could negatively impact our operations and financial performance, (xvii) product liability claims and other legal proceedings could adversely affect our operations and financial performance, (xviii) we may incur fines or penalties, damage to our reputation or other adverse consequences if our employees, agents or business partners violate, or are alleged to have violated, anti-bribery, competition or other laws, (xix) changing climate conditions may adversely affect our operations and financial performance, (xx) the frequency and volume of our timber and timberland sales will impact our financial performance, (xxi) changes in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and SEC rules and regulations could materially impact our reported results, and (xxii) if the company fails to maintain an effective system of internal control, the company may not be able to accurately report financial results or prevent fraud. Changes in business results may impact our book tax rates. The risks described above are not all-inclusive, and given these and other possible risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. For a detailed discussion of the most significant risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected, see “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of our Form 10-K for the year ended Oct. 31, 2013 and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements made in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by reference to such risk factors. Except to the limited extent required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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