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RPM Reports Fiscal 2019 First-Quarter Financial Results

MEDINA, Ohio

  • Sales increase 8.5% to first-quarter record
  • Raw material costs and restructuring expenses affect profitability
  • Operating improvement plan implementation continues to streamline costs
  • Comprehensive plan update to be provided at November 28 investor day

RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2019 first quarter ended August 31, 2018.

First-Quarter Results

Fiscal 2019 first-quarter net sales were a record $1.46 billion, up 8.5% over the $1.35 billion reported a year ago. Including the impact of restructuring charges, first-quarter net income was $69.8 million versus $116.4 million in the year-ago period, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.52 compared to $0.86 in the year-ago quarter. Income before income taxes (IBT) was $91.9 million compared to $155.3 million reported in the fiscal 2018 first quarter. RPM’s consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were $113.9 million compared to $177.6 million reported in the fiscal 2018 first quarter. The fiscal 2019 first quarter included asset write-offs and other restructuring-related expenses of $39.8 million. Excluding these charges, RPM’s adjusted EBIT was $153.7 million and diluted EPS was $0.76.

“We saw strong top-line sales growth in the first quarter, with organic sales growth up 7.8%, while profitability continued to be adversely affected by rising raw material costs. In addition, bottom-line results reflected the impact of restructuring charges, higher legal and advertising costs in our consumer segment, and the adverse effect of transactional foreign exchange,” stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer.

“Our team is focused on driving increased profitability, long-term growth and enhanced value for our shareholders, and we are making good progress in executing on our operating improvement plan, which is specifically designed to increase margins, reduce working capital, and improve overall operating efficiency. During the quarter, we continued our strategic restructuring initiatives, including the reduction of more than 150 positions and the announced closure of four manufacturing facilities, all in line with our 2020 Margin Acceleration Plan,” stated Sullivan.

First-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings

The company’s industrial segment net sales increased 7.2%, to $782.0 million from $729.8 million reported a year ago, reflecting organic growth of 6.7% and acquisitions contributing an additional 1.6%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 1.1%. Industrial segment IBT was $69.1 million compared with $88.9 million a year ago. EBIT was $71.5 million compared to $91.5 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter. Adjusted EBIT, which excludes the charges mentioned earlier, increased 2.5% to $93.8 million from the year-ago period.

“The industrial segment benefited from especially strong performance in North American waterproofing and a healthy recovery in our businesses serving the oil and gas sector. Leverage to the bottom line was masked by unfavorable transactional foreign exchange expense resulting from the strengthening of the dollar versus certain international currencies,” stated Sullivan. “In the process of realigning our global brands, we adjusted our leadership structure, initiated the closure of two plants and discontinued certain international product lines.”

RPM’s consumer segment generated a 13.6% increase in sales to $485.2 million from $427.1 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter. Organic sales increased 12.4%, while acquisition growth contributed 1.7%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.5%. Consumer segment IBT was $51.3 million compared with $72.4 million in the prior-year period. EBIT was $51.5 million compared to $72.6 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter. Excluding asset write-offs and other restructuring-related expenses, adjusted EBIT was $52.9 million versus the prior period.

“Consumer segment sales were strong due to new accounts and market share gains, particularly in wood stains and automotive finishes,” stated Sullivan. “As previously discussed during our fiscal 2018 fourth-quarter conference call, we anticipated that the fiscal 2019 first quarter would be the high-water mark for margin erosion in the consumer segment. We responded with price increases late in the first quarter to help address this. In addition, legal costs accounted for nearly half of the EBIT decline for the quarter, with much of the remainder resulting from stepped up advertising to support recent market share gains.”

RPM’s specialty segment reported sales growth of 2.3%, to $192.8 million from $188.5 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter. Organic growth contributed 2.0%, while acquisition growth was 0.4%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.1%. Specialty segment IBT was $27.8 million compared with $33.2 million in the prior-year period. EBIT was $27.7 million compared to $33.0 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter. Adjusted EBIT, which excludes restructuring-related expenses, was $30.5 million in the fiscal 2019 first quarter.

“Specialty segment first-quarter results for the prior year were elevated by our water damage restoration businesses’ response to Hurricane Harvey, which created tougher year-over-year comparisons. Also, the first quarter of fiscal 2019 is the last quarter of negative comparisons related to the NatureSeal patent expiration last August,” Sullivan stated.

Cash Flow and Financial Position

During the fiscal 2019 first quarter, cash used from operations was $7.1 million compared to $26.1 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were $28.3 million in the quarter, compared to $17.5 million in the year-ago period.

Total debt at August 31, 2018 of $2.27 billion compares to $2.17 billion at May 31, 2018 and $2.12 billion at the end of last year’s first quarter. Net (of cash) debt-to-total capital was 56.2%, versus 54.7% at the end of last year’s first quarter and 54.2% at the end of the prior fiscal year. Total liquidity, including cash and long-term available credit, was $868.9 million, compared to $1.0 billion a year ago and $1.0 billion at May 31, 2018.

Business Outlook

“Our businesses will continue to aggressively pursue price increases to protect our gross profit margins in the face of continued raw material cost escalation. With asbestos trust payments now behind us, we are implementing strategic initiatives to enhance shareholder value through operational improvements and improved capital allocation. The current phase of our restructuring program is proceeding as scheduled with recently announced plant closings and leadership realignment. We will share a comprehensive update on our plan at an investor day on November 28, which will be webcast via the RPM website at www.rpminc.com,” 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.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available from approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT today until 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 10, 2018. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 for international callers. The access code is 47510575. The call also will be available both live and for replay, and as a written transcript, via the RPM website at www.rpminc.com.

About RPM

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 Russell L. Gordon, vice president and chief financial officer, at 330-273-5090 or [email protected].

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, adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share, which are all non-GAAP financial measures. EBIT is defined as earnings (loss) before interest and taxes, with adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share provided for the purpose of adjusting for one-off items impacting revenues and/or expenses that are not considered by management to be indicative of ongoing operations. 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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, 2018, 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
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
August 31,
2018 2017
 
Net Sales $ 1,459,989 $ 1,345,394
Cost of sales   865,947     773,386  
Gross profit 594,042 572,008
Selling, general & administrative expenses 459,742 394,409
Restructuring charges 20,076
Interest expense 24,406 26,773
Investment (income), net (2,433 ) (4,453 )
Other expense (income), net   313     (5 )
Income before income taxes 91,938 155,284
Provision for income taxes   21,752     38,381  
Net income 70,186 116,903
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   422     487  
Net income attributable to RPM International Inc. Stockholders $ 69,764   $ 116,416  
 
Earnings per share of common stock attributable to
RPM International Inc. Stockholders:
Basic $ 0.52   $ 0.87  
Diluted $ 0.52   $ 0.86  
 
Average shares of common stock outstanding - basic   131,861     131,236  
Average shares of common stock outstanding - diluted   136,430     135,720  
 
       
SUPPLEMENTAL SEGMENT INFORMATION
IN THOUSANDS
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
August 31,
2018 2017
Net Sales:
Industrial Segment $ 781,973 $ 729,768
Consumer Segment 485,196 427,144
Specialty Segment   192,820     188,482  
Total $ 1,459,989   $ 1,345,394  
 
Income Before Income Taxes:
Industrial Segment
Income Before Income Taxes (a) $ 69,057 $ 88,902
Interest (Expense), Net (b)   (2,393 )   (2,554 )
EBIT (c) 71,450 91,456
Inventory-related charges (d) 4,477
Restructuring charges (e) 7,379
Facility closure expense - other (f) 2,440
Receivable reserves (g)   8,020    
Adjusted EBIT $ 93,766   $ 91,456  
 
Consumer Segment
Income Before Income Taxes (a) $ 51,296 $ 72,368
Interest (Expense), Net (b)   (165 )   (196 )
EBIT (c) 51,461 72,564
Inventory-related charges (d) (153 )
Restructuring charges (e) 1,551
Facility closure expense - other (f)   11    
Adjusted EBIT $ 52,870   $ 72,564  
 
Specialty Segment
Income Before Income Taxes (a) $ 27,801 $ 33,167
Interest Income, Net (b)   69     120  
EBIT (c) 27,732 33,047
Restructuring charges (e) 2,147
Facility closure expense - other (f) 4
ERP consolidation plan (h)   659    
Adjusted EBIT $ 30,542   $ 33,047  
 
Corporate/Other
(Expense) Before Income Taxes (a) $ (56,216 ) $ (39,153 )
Interest (Expense), Net (b)   (19,484 )   (19,690 )
EBIT (c) (36,732 ) (19,463 )
Restructuring charges (e) 8,999
Professional fees for negotiation of cooperation agreement (i)   4,297    
Adjusted EBIT $ (23,436 ) $ (19,463 )
 
Consolidated
Income Before Income Taxes (a) $ 91,938 $ 155,284
Interest (Expense), Net (b)   (21,973 )   (22,320 )
EBIT (c) 113,911 177,604
Inventory-related charges (d) 4,324
Restructuring charges (e) 20,076
Facility closure expense - other (f) 2,455
Receivable reserves (g) 8,020
ERP consolidation plan (h) 659
Professional fees for negotiation of cooperation agreement (i)   4,297    
 
Adjusted EBIT $ 153,742   $ 177,604  
 
(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 and Adjusted 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, with Adjusted EBIT provided for the purpose of adjusting for one-off items impacting revenues and/or expenses that are not considered by
management to be indicative of ongoing operations. 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.
(d) Inventory-related charges reflect a true-up of prior inventory write-offs at our Consumer Segment and current period inventory write-offs and disposals at our Industrial Segment, all of which have been recorded in cost of goods sold during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 in connection with our restructuring activities.
(e) Reflects restructuring charges, including headcount reductions, closures of facilities and accelerated vesting of equity awards in connection with key executives, all in relation to our 2020 Margin Acceleration Plan initiatives.
(f) Includes accelerated depreciation expense related to the shortened useful lives of facilities currently operating, but are in the process of being prepared for closure.
(g) Reflects the increase in our allowance for doubtful accounts deemed uncollectible as a result of a change in market and leadership strategy.
(h) Includes implementation costs associated with the current phase of our ERP consolidation plan.
(i) Comprises professional fees incurred in connection with the negotiation of a cooperation agreement. Refer to Form 8-K as filed on June 28, 2018.
 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION          
RECONCILIATION OF "REPORTED" TO "ADJUSTED" AMOUNTS
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
August 31,
2018 2017
 

Reconciliation of Reported Earnings per Diluted Share to Adjusted
Earnings per Diluted Share (All amounts presented after-tax):

Reported Earnings per Diluted Share $ 0.52 $ 0.86
Inventory-related charges (d) 0.03
Restructuring charges (e) 0.11
Facility closure expense - other (f) 0.01
Receivable reserves (g) 0.06
ERP consolidation plan (h) 0.01
Professional fees for negotiation of cooperation agreement (i)   0.02  
Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share (j) $ 0.76 $ 0.86
 
(d)   Inventory-related charges reflect a true-up of prior inventory write-offs at our Consumer Segment and current period inventory write-offs and disposals at our Industrial Segment, all of which have been recorded in cost of goods sold during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 in connection with our restructuring activities.
(e) Reflects restructuring charges, including headcount reductions, closures of facilities and accelerated vesting of equity awards in connection with key executives, all in relation to our 2020 Margin Acceleration Plan initiatives.
(f) Includes accelerated depreciation expense related to the shortened useful lives of facilities currently operating, but are in the process of being prepared for closure.
(g) Reflects the increase in our allowance for doubtful accounts deemed uncollectible as a result of a change in market and leadership strategy.
(h) Includes implementation costs associated with the current phase of our ERP consolidation plan.
(i) Comprises professional fees incurred in connection with the negotiation of a cooperation agreement. Refer to Form 8-K as filed on June 28, 2018.
(j) Adjusted EPS is provided for the purpose of adjusting diluted earnings per share for one-off items impacting revenues and/or expenses that are not considered by management to be indicative of ongoing operations.
 
             
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
IN THOUSANDS
(Unaudited)
August 31, 2018 August 31, 2017 May 31, 2018
 
Assets
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 202,183 $ 236,191 $ 244,422
Trade accounts receivable 1,126,184 1,060,147 1,160,162
Allowance for doubtful accounts

(55,558)

(45,063)

(46,344)

Net trade accounts receivable 1,070,626 1,015,084 1,113,818
Inventories 853,573 851,312 834,461
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   306,333     260,361     278,230  
Total current assets   2,432,715     2,362,948     2,470,931  
 
Property, Plant and Equipment, at Cost 1,589,312 1,526,565 1,575,875
Allowance for depreciation   (812,253 )   (770,692 )   (795,569 )
Property, plant and equipment, net   777,059     755,873     780,306  
Other Assets
Goodwill 1,187,705 1,169,083 1,192,174
Other intangible assets, net of amortization 585,056 587,274 584,272
Deferred income taxes, non-current 21,953 22,126 21,897
Other   218,904     211,612     222,242  
Total other assets   2,013,618     1,990,095     2,020,585  
 
Total Assets $ 5,223,392   $ 5,108,916   $ 5,271,822  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable $ 500,913 $ 469,954 $ 592,281
Current portion of long-term debt 3,376 254,061 3,501
Accrued compensation and benefits 119,037 115,124 177,106
Accrued losses 30,295 26,406 22,132
Other accrued liabilities   224,515     229,602     211,706  
Total current liabilities   878,136     1,095,147     1,006,726  
 
Long-Term Liabilities
Long-term debt, less current maturities 2,267,159 1,868,229 2,170,643
Other long-term liabilities 360,074 491,677 356,892
Deferred income taxes   104,644     91,660     104,023  
Total long-term liabilities   2,731,877     2,451,566     2,631,558  
Total liabilities   3,610,013     3,546,713     3,638,284  
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' Equity
Preferred stock; none issued
Common stock (outstanding 133,408; 133,537; 133,647) 1,334 1,335 1,336
Paid-in capital 992,086 961,956 982,067
Treasury stock, at cost (256,899 ) (223,567 ) (236,318 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) (493,026 ) (429,382 ) (459,048 )
Retained earnings   1,366,952     1,248,769     1,342,736  
Total RPM International Inc. stockholders' equity 1,610,447 1,559,111 1,630,773
Noncontrolling interest   2,932     3,092     2,765  
Total equity   1,613,379     1,562,203     1,633,538  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 5,223,392   $ 5,108,916   $ 5,271,822  
 
       
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
IN THOUSANDS
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
August 31,
2018 2017
 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:
Net income $ 70,186 $ 116,903
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
cash provided by (used for) operating activities:
Depreciation 24,068 19,893
Amortization 11,472 11,483
Restructuring charges, net of payments 7,084
Deferred income taxes (561 ) 9,815
Stock-based compensation expense 6,668 7,465
Other non-cash interest expense 775 1,422
Realized loss (gain) on sales of marketable securities 6 (2,861 )
Other 992 (140 )
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effect
from purchases and sales of businesses:
Decrease in receivables 32,389 1,646
(Increase) in inventory (27,207 ) (46,771 )
(Increase) in prepaid expenses and other
current and long-term assets (18,282 ) (10,865 )
(Decrease) in accounts payable (88,271 ) (72,688 )
(Decrease) in accrued compensation and benefits (56,747 ) (69,008 )
Increase (decrease) in accrued losses 8,415 (5,765 )
Increase in other accrued liabilities 20,857 20,147
Other   1,027     (6,765 )
Cash (Used For) Operating Activities   (7,129 )   (26,089 )
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:
Capital expenditures (28,295 ) (17,533 )
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (26,366 ) (36,169 )
Purchase of marketable securities (12,695 ) (56,275 )
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities 9,758 40,792
Other   (2,881 )   702  
Cash (Used For) Investing Activities   (60,479 )   (68,483 )
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:
Additions to long-term and short-term debt 120,702 19,125
Reductions of long-term and short-term debt (21,952 ) (760 )
Cash dividends (42,714 ) (40,089 )
Shares of common stock repurchased and shares returned for taxes (20,581 ) (5,346 )
Payments of acquisition-related contingent consideration (3,456 ) (3,258 )
Other   (320 )   (747 )
Cash Provided By (Used For) Financing Activities   31,679     (31,075 )
 
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and
Cash Equivalents   (6,310 )   11,341  
 
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents (42,239 ) (114,306 )
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period   244,422     350,497  
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 202,183   $ 236,191  
 

RPM International Inc.
Russell L. Gordon, 330-273-5090
vice president and chief financial officer
[email protected]


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