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BEMIS FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE UP 31 PERCENT

 BEMIS FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE UP 31 PERCENT
 MINNEAPOLIS, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Bemis Company (NYSE: BMS)


today reported first quarter earnings per share of 21 cents, up 31 percent from the first quarter a year ago. Income for the first quarter was $10.7 million, compared with $8.2 million or 16 cents per share in 1991. Sales for the quarter were $289.6 million, up 4 percent from $279.3 million for the first quarter of 1991.
 President and Chief Executive Officer John Roe said, "First quarter results were substantially better than the relatively weak results a year ago. We continue to see gradual improvement in our business which began in the second half of last year."
 Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and specialty coated and graphics products. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
 BEMIS COMPANY, INC. RESULTS
 (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended
 3/31/92 3/31/91
 Net sales $289,551,000 $279,315,000
 Net income $10,743,000 $8,173,000
 Earnings per share $.21 $.16
 Average common shares and
 common stock equivalents
 outstanding (for comp-
 utation of earnings
 per share) 51,738,000 51,446,000
 -0- 4/21/92
 /CONTACT: Lisa D. Locken, 612-376-3030, or Benjamin R. Field, 612-376-3003, both of Bemis/
 (BMS) CO: Bemis ST: Minnesota IN: SU: ERN


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