MEDINA, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM) today reported record sales, net income and earnings per diluted share for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended August 31, 2017, despite continued strong headwinds from rising raw material costs.
Fiscal 2018 first-quarter net sales of $1.35 billion increased 7.5% over the $1.25 billion reported a year ago. First-quarter net income was up 3.2% to $116.4 million from $112.8 million in the year-ago period, and diluted earnings per share of $0.86 were up 3.6% from $0.83 in the fiscal 2017 first quarter. Income before income taxes (IBT) increased 4.6% to $155.3 million from $148.5 million in the fiscal 2017 first quarter. RPM’s consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increased 6.1% to $177.6 million from $167.4 million reported in the fiscal 2017 first quarter.
“We derived significant benefits from the nine acquisitions made in fiscal 2017, along with our selling, general and administrative (SG&A) cost reduction actions taken last year. Rising raw material costs negatively impacted gross profit margins. As a result, we instituted price increases, which began to take effect late in the quarter. After three years of foreign currency headwinds attributable to the strengthening U.S. dollar, currency translation was essentially neutral this quarter,” stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer.
First-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings
The company’s industrial segment net sales increased 8.0%, to $729.8 million from $675.8 million reported a year ago, with 3.2% in organic growth, while acquisitions added 4.3%. Foreign currency translation increased sales by 0.5%. Industrial segment EBIT increased 0.4% to $91.5 million from $91.1 million in the fiscal 2017 first quarter.
“Our industrial segment results reflect a combination of higher raw material costs, unfavorable product mix, higher distribution expense and disappointing results from a struggling Latin America. Our European and Canadian businesses performed very well in the quarter. North American commercial construction markets, which have bolstered the industrial segment’s performance over the past several years, have become a bit choppy, with some areas performing well and others showing weakness. Our businesses serving the oil and gas industries were down in the mid-single digits, compared to double-digit declines over the past three years. We expect sales at those businesses to turn positive in the second half of this fiscal year,” stated Sullivan.
RPM’s consumer segment reported a 6.8% increase in sales to $427.1 million from $399.9 million in the fiscal 2017 first quarter. Organic sales declined 1.2%, while acquisition growth contributed 8.1%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.1%. Consumer segment EBIT improved 3.5% to $72.6 million from $70.1 million in the fiscal 2017 first quarter.
“Our growth in consumer is being driven by Touch n’ Foam and SPS, both of which were acquired in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Even though the residential housing market remains solid, overall organic growth in the U.S. paint category, across the industry, has been softer over the last couple of quarters,” stated Sullivan.
RPM’s specialty segment had sales growth of 6.9%, to $188.5 million from $176.3 million in the fiscal 2017 first quarter. Organic growth contributed 3.0%, while acquisition growth was 4.1%. Foreign currency translation was a negative 0.2%. Specialty segment EBIT was up 8.9% to $33.0 million from $30.4 million in the fiscal 2017 first quarter.
“Many of our specialty business units had solid performance in the quarter, led by a surge at our restoration equipment unit, which was partially due to immediate response efforts to Hurricane Harvey. Our powder coatings, wood finishes and wood preservatives businesses also performed well in the quarter. The segment was able to more than offset higher raw material costs through SG&A savings resulting from actions taken in the prior fiscal year,” Sullivan stated.
Cash Flow and Financial Position
During the fiscal 2018 first quarter, cash used from operations was $26.1 million compared to cash provided by operations of $6.5 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were $17.5 million in the quarter, compared to $17.0 million in the year-ago period.
Total debt at August 31, 2017 of $2.12 billion compares to $2.09 billion at May 31, 2017 and $1.66 billion at the end of last year’s first quarter. Net (of cash) debt-to-total capital was 54.7%, versus 50.5% at the end of last year’s first quarter and 54.8% at the end of the prior fiscal year. Liquidity, including cash, was $1.0 billion, compared to $976.0 million a year ago and $1.15 billion at May 31, 2017.
“Sales during the first quarter were in line with our expectations and revenue growth was very balanced across all three segments. We believe that the severe hurricane season will initially hinder sales in the second quarter, but provide higher than originally expected sales in the back half as communities in the devastated Texas, Florida and Caribbean regions begin the rebuilding process. On the raw material front, the hurricanes will perpetuate the already higher raw material cost environment well into the second quarter before moderating. Our price increase actions should offset a large portion of the raw material increases. Additionally, we continue to incur expenses relating to the ongoing integration of Flowcrete and Euclid into the newly formed Euclid Group. We are also very focused on driving improved operating leverage throughout the entire industrial segment, which will involve future re-alignments to generate additional cost savings and efficiencies. As a result of these factors across our businesses, our sales growth guidance for the balance of fiscal 2018 in our industrial and consumer segments is in the mid-single-digit range and specialty in the low- to mid-single-digit range. We are maintaining our full-year EPS guidance of $2.85 to $2.95 per diluted share,” stated Sullivan.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Management will host a conference call to discuss the quarter’s results beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT today. The call can be accessed by dialing 888-771-4371 or 847-585-4405 for international callers. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. The call, which will last approximately one hour, will be open to the public, but only financial analysts will be permitted to ask questions. The media and all other participants will be in a listen-only mode. The call may also be accessed via the RPM website at www.RPMinc.com.
For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available from approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT on October 4, 2017 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 11, 2017. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 for international callers. The access code is 45605381. The call also will be available both live and for replay, and as a written transcript, via the RPM web site at www.RPMinc.com.
RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services across three segments. RPM’s industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and other construction chemicals. Industrial companies include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Flowcrete, Euclid Chemical and RPM Belgium Vandex. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Rust-Oleum, DAP, Zinsser, Varathane and Testors. RPM’s specialty products include industrial cleaners, colorants, exterior finishes, specialty OEM coatings, edible coatings, restoration services equipment and specialty glazes for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Specialty segment companies include Day-Glo, Dryvit, RPM Wood Finishes, Mantrose-Haeuser, Legend Brands, Kop-Coat and TCI. Additional details can be found at www.rpminc.com and by following RPM on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RPMintl.
For more information, contact Barry M. Slifstein, vice president – investor relations, at 330-273-5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
To supplement the financial information presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (“GAAP”) in this earnings release, we use EBIT, a non-GAAP financial measure. EBIT is defined as earnings (loss) before interest and taxes. We evaluate the profit performance of our segments based on income before income taxes, but also look to EBIT as a performance evaluation measure because interest expense is essentially related to acquisitions, as opposed to segment operations. For that reason, we believe EBIT is also useful to investors as a metric in their investment decisions. EBIT should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, income before income taxes as determined in accordance with GAAP, since EBIT omits the impact of interest in determining operating performance, which represent items necessary to our continued operations, given our level of indebtedness. Nonetheless, EBIT is a key measure expected by and useful to our fixed income investors, rating agencies and the banking community all of whom believe, and we concur, that this measure is critical to the capital markets' analysis of our segments' core operating performance. We also evaluate EBIT because it is clear that movements in EBIT impact our ability to attract financing. Our underwriters and bankers consistently require inclusion of this measure in offering memoranda in conjunction with any debt underwriting or bank financing. EBIT may not be indicative of our historical operating results, nor is it meant to be predictive of potential future results. See the financial statement section of this earnings release for a reconciliation of EBIT to income before income taxes.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” relating to our business. These forward-looking statements, or other statements made by us, are made based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting us, and are subject to uncertainties and factors (including those specified below) which are difficult to predict and, in many instances, are beyond our control. As a result, our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any such forward-looking statements. These uncertainties and factors include (a) global markets and general economic conditions, including uncertainties surrounding the volatility in financial markets, the availability of capital and the effect of changes in interest rates, and the viability of banks and other financial institutions; (b) the prices, supply and capacity of raw materials, including assorted pigments, resins, solvents and other natural gas- and oil-based materials; packaging, including plastic containers; and transportation services, including fuel surcharges; (c) continued growth in demand for our products; (d) legal, environmental and litigation risks inherent in our construction and chemicals businesses and risks related to the adequacy of our insurance coverage for such matters; (e) the effect of changes in interest rates; (f) the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates upon our foreign operations; (g) the effect of non-currency risks of investing in and conducting operations in foreign countries, including those relating to domestic and international political, social, economic and regulatory factors; (h) risks and uncertainties associated with our ongoing acquisition and divestiture activities; (i) risks related to the adequacy of our contingent liability reserves; and (j) other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended May 31, 2017, as the same may be updated from time to time. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA|
|Three Months Ended|
|Cost of sales||773,386||700,021|
|Selling, general & administrative expenses||394,409||384,085|
|Investment (income), net||(4,453||)||(3,838||)|
|Other (income) expense, net||(5||)||542|
|Income before income taxes||155,284||148,475|
|Provision for income taxes||38,381||35,081|
|Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||487||625|
|Net income attributable to RPM International Inc. Stockholders||$||116,416||$||112,769|
|Earnings per share of common stock attributable to|
|RPM International Inc. Stockholders:|
|Average shares of common stock outstanding - basic||131,236||130,600|
|Average shares of common stock outstanding - diluted||135,720||135,241|
|SUPPLEMENTAL SEGMENT INFORMATION|
|Three Months Ended|
|Income Before Income Taxes (a):|
|Income Before Income Taxes (a)||$||88,902||$||89,266|
|Interest (Expense), Net (b)||(2,554||)||(1,837||)|
|Income Before Income Taxes (a)||$||72,368||$||70,088|
|Interest (Expense), Net (b)||(196||)||(3||)|
|Income Before Income Taxes (a)||$||33,167||$||30,504|
|Interest Income, Net (b)||120||153|
|(Expense) Before Income Taxes (a)||$||(39,153||)||$||(41,383||)|
|Interest (Expense), Net (b)||(19,690||)||(17,253||)|
|Income Before Income Taxes (a)||$||155,284||$||148,475|
|Interest (Expense), Net (b)||(22,320||)||(18,940||)|
|(a)||The presentation includes a reconciliation of Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes, a measure defined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (GAAP), to EBIT.|
|(b)||Interest income (expense), net includes the combination of interest income (expense) and investment income (expense), net.|
|(c)||EBIT is defined as earnings (loss) before interest and taxes. We evaluate the profit performance of our segments based on income before income taxes, but also look to EBIT as a performance evaluation measure because interest expense is essentially related to acquisitions, as opposed to segment operations. For that reason, we believe EBIT is also useful to investors as a metric in their investment decisions. EBIT should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, income before income taxes as determined in accordance with GAAP, since EBIT omits the impact of interest in determining operating performance, which represent items necessary to our continued operations, given our level of indebtedness. Nonetheless, EBIT is a key measure expected by and useful to our fixed income investors, rating agencies and the banking community all of whom believe, and we concur, that this measure is critical to the capital markets' analysis of our segments' core operating performance. We also evaluate EBIT because it is clear that movements in EBIT impact our ability to attract financing. Our underwriters and bankers consistently require inclusion of this measure in offering memoranda in conjunction with any debt underwriting or bank financing. EBIT may not be indicative of our historical operating results, nor is it meant to be predictive of potential future results.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|August 31, 2017||August 31, 2016||May 31, 2017|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||236,191||$||194,470||$||350,497|
|Trade accounts receivable||1,060,147||960,575||1,039,468|
|Allowance for doubtful accounts||
|Net trade accounts receivable||1,015,084||932,635||995,330|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||260,361||239,383||263,412|
|Total current assets||2,362,948||2,095,085||2,397,436|
|Property, Plant and Equipment, at Cost||1,526,565||1,362,075||1,484,579|
|Allowance for depreciation||(770,692||)||(729,584||)||(741,893||)|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||755,873||632,491||742,686|
|Other intangible assets, net of amortization||587,274||563,225||573,092|
|Deferred income taxes, non-current||22,126||20,206||19,793|
|Total other assets||1,990,095||1,999,323||1,950,327|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Current portion of long-term debt||254,061||4,201||253,645|
|Accrued compensation and benefits||115,124||106,145||181,084|
|Other accrued liabilities||229,602||309,813||234,212|
|Total current liabilities||1,095,147||883,603||1,235,394|
|Long-term debt, less current maturities||1,868,229||1,652,529||1,836,437|
|Other long-term liabilities||491,677||699,822||482,491|
|Deferred income taxes||91,660||53,381||97,427|
|Total long-term liabilities||2,451,566||2,405,732||2,416,355|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock; none issued|
|Common stock (outstanding 133,537; 133,377; 133,563)||1,335||1,334||1,336|
|Treasury stock, at cost||(223,567||)||(213,379||)||(218,222||)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)||(429,382||)||(506,251||)||(473,986||)|
|Total RPM International Inc. stockholders' equity||1,559,111||1,435,438||1,436,061|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||5,108,916||$||4,726,899||$||5,090,449|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Three Months Ended|
|Cash Flows From Operating Activities:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net|
|cash provided by (used for) operating activities:|
|Deferred income taxes||9,815||(434||)|
|Stock-based compensation expense||7,465||8,171|
|Other non-cash interest expense||1,422||2,481|
|Realized (gain) on sales of marketable securities||(2,861||)||(2,584||)|
|Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effect|
|from purchases and sales of businesses:|
|Decrease in receivables||1,646||28,663|
|(Increase) in inventory||(46,771||)||(42,763||)|
|(Increase) in prepaid expenses and other|
|current and long-term assets||(10,865||)||(18,206||)|
|(Decrease) in accounts payable||(72,688||)||(70,598||)|
|(Decrease) in accrued compensation and benefits||(69,008||)||(77,738||)|
|(Decrease) in accrued losses||(5,765||)||(2,021||)|
|Increase in other accrued liabilities||20,147||38,015|
|Cash (Used For) Provided By Operating Activities||(26,089||)||6,500|
|Cash Flows From Investing Activities:|
|Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired||(36,169||)||(17,274||)|
|Purchase of marketable securities||(56,275||)||(13,099||)|
|Proceeds from sales of marketable securities||40,792||12,602|
|Cash (Used For) Investing Activities||(68,483||)||(34,456||)|
|Cash Flows From Financing Activities:|
|Additions to long-term and short-term debt||19,125||91,669|
|Reductions of long-term and short-term debt||(760||)||(76,973||)|
|Shares of common stock repurchased and returned for taxes||(5,346||)||(17,105||)|
|Payments of acquisition-related contingent consideration||(3,258||)||(4,033||)|
|Cash (Used For) Financing Activities||(31,075||)||(43,837||)|
|Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and|
|Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents||(114,306||)||(70,682||)|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period||350,497||265,152|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period||$||236,191||$||194,470|