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O-I reported fourth quarter 2010 segment operating profit of $221 million, up from $174 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Price and product mix, as well as total shipment levels (in tons) were flat with the fourth quarter of 2009. Manufacturing and delivery costs decreased by $35 million from the prior year, primarily due to higher operating rates. Non-operational costs increased from the fourth quarter of 2009.
“We expect improved financial performance and free cash flow generation in 2011,” said Al Stroucken, chairman and CEO. “Shipments should increase due to organic growth and benefits from recent acquisitions. To support future profitable growth, we will invest in our sales, marketing and innovation capabilities. Also, higher selling prices will partially offset additional cost inflation. As capital investments and restructuring payments will decline significantly from 2010 levels, we expect free cash flow will approximate $300 million in 2011.”
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