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AEP INDUSTRIES INC. REPORTS FISCAL 2007 RESULTS

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Contact: Paul Feeney
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
AEP Industries
(201) 807-2330
feeneyp@aepinc.com

South Hackensack, NJ, January 14, 2008 – AEP Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: AEPI, the “Company”) today reported financial results for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2007.

Net sales for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007 (“fiscal 2007”) decreased $16.1 million, or 2.0%, to $786.0 million as compared to $802.1 million for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 (“fiscal 2006”).  The decrease in net sales was the result of an 8% decrease in average selling prices resulting primarily from a decrease in resin prices during fiscal 2007 as compared to fiscal 2006, partially mitigated by a sales volume increase of 5% combined with the positive impact of foreign exchange of $11.8 million, primarily reflecting the impact of the strengthened Euro and Canadian dollar.

Gross profit for fiscal 2007 decreased $10.3 million, or 6.4%, to $151.4 million as compared to $161.7 million in fiscal 2006.  The decrease in gross profit was largely due to a $7.9 million increase in the LIFO reserve in the current fiscal year as compared to a $11.6 million decrease in the LIFO reserve in the prior year, combined with lagging selling price increases over recently rising resin prices, partially offset by the positive effect of a 5% sales volume increase.  The effect of foreign exchange on gross profit for fiscal 2007 was a positive $1.4 million.

Operating expenses for fiscal 2007 increased $1.3 million, or 1.4%, to $94.5 million as compared to $93.2 million in the prior fiscal year.  The effect of foreign exchange increased reported total operating expenses by $1.0 million.  The remaining increase is primarily due to an increase in delivery and selling expenses resulting from higher volumes sold, an increase in compensation costs recorded in accordance with SFAS No. 123R for our stock options and performance units, and advisory costs incurred as a result of our exploration of strategic alternatives related to our subsidiary in the Netherlands.  These increases were partially mitigated by a decrease in audit and consulting fees associated with compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and a decrease in bonuses earned in fiscal 2007.

Other operating income (expense) consists of gains or losses resulting from the routine disposition of assets.  Fiscal 2006 includes a gain of $1.4 million resulting from the sale of our FIAP land and building.

Interest expense of $16.5 million for fiscal 2007 remained relatively flat in comparison to the prior year. Interest expense on our Credit Facility increased $0.3 million during fiscal 2007 as compared to the prior fiscal year resulting from higher average borrowings, partially offset by lower average interest rates during fiscal 2007.  Interest expense in our foreign locations decreased $0.3 million primarily due to reduced borrowings, partially offset by higher average interest rates during fiscal 2007 as compared to the prior fiscal year.

Other, net expenses in fiscal 2006 include the non cash write-off of accumulated foreign currency translation losses applicable to FIAP of $8.0 million.

“During 2007 we increased Adjusted EBITDA, a key metric used for measuring operating performance in our industry, by 11% to $87.4 million; returned $49.0 million to shareholders in repurchasing 1,129,100 shares of our common stock; increased sales volumes 5% in a very competitive marketplace; and effectively continued to control our operating expenses and resin cost spreads,” stated Brendan Barba, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

“We are well capitalized and believe we can deal effectively with any adverse situation that may result from the financial markets,” continued Mr. Barba.  “Our focus will continue to be directed toward growth and improving the fundamentals of our business.  We remain fully committed to improving shareholder value.”

Net income for fiscal 2007 was $30.1 million, or $3.93 per diluted share.  Net income for fiscal 2006 was $62.9 million, or $7.35 per diluted share.  Net income for fiscal 2006 includes income tax benefits totaling $35.2 million related to our FIAP operation and worthless stock deductions of certain discontinued operations.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $8.7 million to $87.4 million for fiscal 2007 as compared to $78.7 million in fiscal 2006.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before discontinued operations, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, changes in LIFO reserve, non-operating income (expense), non-cash share-based compensation expense and non-cash employee stock ownership plan (“ESOP”) expense.  The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure of operating performance because it allows management, investors and others to evaluate and compare its core operating results, including its return on capital and operating efficiencies, from period to period by removing the impact of its capital structure (interest expense from its outstanding debt), asset base (depreciation and amortization), tax consequences, changes in LIFO reserve (a non-cash charge/benefit to its consolidated statements of operations), non-operating items and non-cash share-based compensation and non-cash ESOP charges.  In addition to its use by management, the Company also believes Adjusted EBITDA is a measure widely used by securities analysts, investors and others to evaluate the financial performance of the Company and other companies in the plastic films industry.  Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, and therefore the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Furthermore, management uses Adjusted EBITDA for business planning purposes and to evaluate and price potential acquisitions.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income, cash flows from operating activities and other measures determined in accordance with GAAP.  Items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant and necessary components to the operations of the Company’s business, and, therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should only be used as a supplemental measure of the Company’s operating performance.

The following is a reconciliation of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure:

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The Company invites all interested parties to listen to its fiscal 2007 conference call live over the Internet at www.aepinc.com on January 15, 2008 at 10.00 a.m. EDT.  An archived version of the call will be made available after the call is concluded.

AEP Industries Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes an extensive range of plastic packaging products for the food/beverage, industrial and agricultural markets.  The Company has operations in three countries in North America and Europe.

Except for historical information contained herein, statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results.  Those risks include, but are not limited to, risks associated with pricing, volume, cash flow guidance and market conditions.  Those and other risks are described in the Company’ annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2006 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained from the Company.  Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, even if new information become available in the future.

AEP INDUSTRIES INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2007 and 2006
(in thousands, except per share data)

2007
2006
NET SALES $ 786,015 $  802,109
COST OF SALES 634,602 640,397
Gross profit 151,413 161,712
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Delivery 37,498 35,950
Selling 34,503 32,291
General and administrative 22,484 24,918
Total operating expenses 94,485 93,159
OTHER OPERATING INCOME (EXPENSE):
Gain (loss) on sales of property and equipment, net (33) 1,341
Operating income from continuing operations 56,895 69,894
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):
Interest expense (16,487) (16,541)
Other, net 745 (7,657)
Income from continuing operations before provision for income taxes 41,153 45,696
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 15,217 8,432
Income from continuing operations 25,936 37,264
DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:
Pre-tax income (loss) from discontinued operations 3,657 (3,204)
Gain from disposition 459 653
Income tax benefit - 28,216
Income from discontinued operations 4,116 25,665
Net income $ 30,052 $ 62,929
BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:
Income from continuing operations $3.45 $4.42
Income from discontinued operations $0.55 $3.04
Net income per common share $4.00 $7.46
DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:
Income from continuing operations $3.39 $4.35
Income from discontinued operations $0.54 $3.00
Net income per common share $3.93 $7.35

AEP INDUSTRIES INC. SCHEDULES CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2007 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Contact: Paul Feeney
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
AEP Industries
(201) 807-2330
feeneyp@aepinc.com

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AEP Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: AEPI – News), a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of an extensive range of plastic packaging products for the food/beverage, industrial and agricultural markets, invites shareholders and investors to listen to a broadcast review of the Company’s fourth quarter and fiscal 2007 results.

The call will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2007, at 10:00 AM ET. Domestic participants can access the conference call by dialing 866-610-1072. International participants should dial 973-935-2840. Callers should ask to be connected to AEP’s fourth quarter and fiscal 2007 earnings teleconference. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by visiting the Company’s investor information page at www.aepinc.com. Brendan Barba, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Paul Feeney, Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call.

For those unable to participate during the call, a replay will be available until 11:59 PM ET on January 22, 2008. Domestic participants can access the replay by dialing 800-642-1687. International participants should dial 706-645-9291. The replay will also be available over the Internet and can be accessed by visiting the Company’s investor information page at www.aepinc.com.

AEP Industries Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes an extensive range of plastic packaging products for the food/beverage, industrial and agricultural markets. The Company has operations throughout North America and Europe.