RPM Reports Results for Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Year End

  • Operating improvement plan takes hold in fourth quarter; benefits bottom line and enhances stockholder value
  • Record sales reported, increasing 3% in the fourth quarter and 5% for the fiscal year
  • Fourth-quarter net income increases 56%, diluted EPS up 62% and adjusted diluted EPS up 22%
  • Realignment into 4 reportable segments in fiscal 2020 to provide greater visibility into the business
  • Fiscal 2020 outlook of 2.5% to 4% sales growth, 20% to 24% adjusted EBIT growth and adjusted diluted EPS of $3.30 to $3.42

MEDINA, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM), a world leader in specialty coatings, sealants and building materials, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter ended May 31, 2019. The company also provided an update on the implementation of its 2020 MAP to Growth operating improvement plan.

Fourth-Quarter Consolidated Results

Net sales for the fourth quarter increased 2.8% to $1.60 billion from $1.56 billion a year ago. Net income in the quarter increased 55.7% to $133.4 million from $85.7 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were up 61.9% to $1.02 compared with $0.63 in the year-ago quarter. Income before income taxes (IBT) was $176.9 million, up 50.0% versus $117.9 million reported a year ago. Consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were up 51.5% to $204.6 million compared with $135.0 million a year ago.

The fourth quarters of fiscal 2019 and 2018 included restructuring and other charges of $36.8 million and $62.2 million, respectively. Excluding the charges in both periods, adjusted EBIT increased 22.4% to $241.4 million from $197.3 million a year ago. Additionally, due to changes in the accounting standards for marketable equity securities in the current year, the company has also excluded the impact of all unrealized net gains and losses from marketable equity securities as well as realized net gains and losses on sales of all marketable securities from adjusted EPS for both fiscal 2019 and 2018, as their inherent volatility is outside of management’s control and cannot be predicted with any level of certainty. These investments resulted in a net after-tax loss of $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and an after-tax gain of $3.2 million during the same quarter last year. Excluding the restructuring and other charges, as well as investment gains and losses, adjusted diluted EPS increased 21.6% to $1.24 from $1.02 a year ago. Share repurchases during fiscal 2019 and the retirement of RPM’s 2.25% convertible senior notes due in 2020 resulted in $0.05 per diluted share accretion for the quarter.

“We are very pleased with our significant earnings leverage for the quarter, which was bolstered by our 2020 MAP to Growth operating improvement plan, the benefits of which are beginning to be realized. Also contributing to the bottom line were recently implemented price increases and stabilizing raw material cost inflation. These gains were partially offset by continuing increases in costs for distribution and labor,” stated RPM chairman and CEO Frank C. Sullivan.

“Sales grew organically by 3.5%, while acquisitions contributed 1.9%. This sales growth was offset by unfavorable foreign exchange of 2.6%. Sales in North America, our largest market, were slowed by some of the wettest spring months on record, which caused delays in painting and construction projects. In addition, conditions in Europe, our second largest market, remained soft. Despite these challenges, our operating units were able to drive top-line growth and gain market share,” stated Sullivan.

Fourth-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings

Industrial segment sales for the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter were relatively flat at $809.0 million from $812.9 million a year ago. Organic sales improved 2.0%, while acquisition growth added 1.0%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 3.5%. Industrial segment IBT increased 12.5% to $108.4 million from $96.4 million a year ago. Industrial segment EBIT was up 10.6% to $109.9 million from $99.3 million in the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter. The industrial segment incurred restructuring and related charges of $5.9 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and $10.0 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2018. Excluding these charges, industrial segment adjusted EBIT was $115.7 million, up 5.9% from $109.3 million a year ago.

“Leading the industrial segment’s organic sales growth were our businesses providing corrosion control coatings, fiberglass reinforced grating, commercial sealants and concrete admixtures. Top-line growth in the segment, which has our largest international exposure, was more than offset by the headwinds of translational foreign exchange. Sales were also impacted by extremely wet weather during the quarter that slowed construction projects and strategic decisions, made as part of 2020 MAP to Growth, to exit several product offerings with low margins and high working capital requirements. Also, as part of 2020 MAP to Growth, we closed a business in Saudi Arabia and exited several European locations. Despite flat sales, we were able to leverage our 2020 MAP to Growth savings to the bottom line, resulting in an increase in adjusted EBIT of $6.4 million,” stated Sullivan.

Fiscal 2019 fourth-quarter net sales in RPM’s consumer segment increased 6.7% to $585.0 million from $548.4 million reported in the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter. Organic sales were up 7.0%, while acquisition growth added 1.5% and foreign exchange translation reduced sales by 1.8%. Consumer segment IBT was $99.3 million compared with $25.3 million in the prior year. Consumer segment EBIT in the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter was $99.4 million versus $25.5 million in fiscal 2018. The consumer segment incurred restructuring and inventory-related charges of $10.2 million in the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and $47.3 million in the prior-year period. Excluding these charges, consumer segment adjusted EBIT was $109.6 million, up 50.6% over $72.8 million a year ago.

“Both our Rust-Oleum and DAP businesses experienced strong sales growth in North America, despite the wet weather, as a result of market share gains and price increases, while sales in Europe were soft. During the quarter, our Rust-Oleum business secured significant customer wins by regaining business in the home center channel and a major market share win within the hardware channel as part of a small project paint line review,” stated Sullivan. “The initial focus of our 2020 MAP to Growth, which was initiated about a year ago, was directed toward our consumer segment and resulted in the elimination of 221 positions and closure of four manufacturing facilities to date. The consumer segment is now starting to experience the benefits of those difficult early actions taken under our operating improvement plan. Additionally, recent price increases have finally begun to ease the negative impact of significant raw material cost escalation over the last 24 months. These factors helped to drive an increase in consumer segment adjusted EBIT of $36.8 million,” stated Sullivan.

Fourth-quarter sales in the company’s specialty segment increased 5.3% to $207.4 million from $196.9 million in the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter. Organic sales were relatively flat. Acquisitions contributed 6.7% to sales, which was offset by a decrease in sales of 1.2% due to foreign currency translation. Specialty segment IBT was $26.5 million, down from $32.9 million last year. Specialty segment EBIT was $26.4 million versus $32.3 million in the prior period. The specialty segment reported restructuring and other charges, including costs related to enterprise resource planning (ERP) consolidation and executive compensation, of $5.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and a $1.4 million charge in fiscal 2018 for restructuring and ERP consolidation. Excluding these charges, specialty segment adjusted EBIT was $32.3 million versus $33.7 million in the prior year.

“Specialty segment sales were driven by the acquisition of insulated concrete forms manufacturer Nudura, as well as strong performances by our diesel additives and edible coatings businesses. Specialty segment adjusted EBIT declined $1.4 million primarily due to an intangible write-off triggered by a change in international business regulations and additional start-up investments for our NewBrick exterior cladding product, which were partially offset by operating improvements and cost control measures,” stated Sullivan.

2020 MAP to Growth Plan on Track

“Looking back on the first wave of our 2020 MAP to Growth program, which began about a year ago, we have moved with great urgency and are currently on track to meet the cost saving targets we communicated at our investor day on November 28, 2018. We have closed 12 plants, eliminated more than 500 positions and closed more than 20 warehouses and other non-plant locations since the plan was launched. We are instilling a culture of continuous improvement across all facets of the business, including manufacturing and procurement, and gaining efficiencies in accounting, finance and IT,” stated Sullivan.

“In addition, we are ahead of schedule with the goal we laid out in November to repurchase $1.0 billion of stock by May 31, 2021. As of today, with two years remaining to achieve that target, we are nearly halfway there via stock repurchases and the redemption of our convertible bond,” stated Sullivan.

Full-Year Consolidated Results

Fiscal 2019 consolidated full-year net sales increased 4.6% to $5.56 billion from $5.32 billion in fiscal 2018. Net income was $266.6 million versus $337.8 million reported in fiscal 2018. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2019 were $2.01 versus $2.50 a year ago. IBT was $339.8 million versus $417.0 million in fiscal 2018. Consolidated EBIT was $441.5 million as compared to $501.2 million last year. Fiscal 2019 included charges of $126.0 million primarily for restructuring and related expenses, including plant and business closures, severance, professional fees and ERP consolidation. Fiscal 2018 included restructuring and other charges, including inventory SKU rationalization, of $62.2 million. Excluding these items, adjusted EBIT increased 0.7% for fiscal 2019 to $567.5 million from $563.4 million a year ago. As noted above, the company excluded the impact of all unrealized net gains and losses from marketable equity securities as well as realized net gains and losses on sales of all marketable securities from adjusted EPS for both fiscal 2019 and 2018. These investments resulted in a net after-tax loss of $7.7 million in fiscal 2019 and a gain of $10.0 million in fiscal 2018. Excluding the restructuring and other charges, as well as investment gains and losses, adjusted diluted EPS increased 3.4% to $2.71 versus $2.62 last fiscal year.

Full-Year Segment Sales and Earnings

Fiscal 2019 full-year sales for RPM’s industrial segment improved 2.7% to $2.89 billion from $2.81 billion in fiscal 2018. Organic sales increased 4.1%, with acquisition growth contributing 1.4%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.8%. The industrial segment’s IBT was $243.2 million from $270.8 million in fiscal 2018. Industrial segment EBIT was $252.0 million versus $281.3 million in fiscal 2018. The industrial segment reported restructuring and other charges of $47.9 million in fiscal 2019 and $10.0 million in fiscal 2018. Excluding these charges, industrial segment adjusted EBIT increased 3.0% to $300.0 million from $291.3 million a year ago.

Consumer segment sales for fiscal 2019 increased 7.6% to $1.89 billion from $1.75 billion in fiscal 2018. Organic sales growth was 7.0% and acquisitions contributed 2.1%. Foreign exchange decreased sales by 1.5%. Consumer segment IBT increased 25.1% to $215.0 million from $171.9 million in fiscal 2018. Consumer segment EBIT increased 24.9% in fiscal 2019, to $215.5 million from $172.6 million a year ago. The segment reported restructuring and related charges of $16.5 million in fiscal 2019 and restructuring and SKU rationalization charges of $47.3 million in fiscal 2018. Excluding these charges, consumer segment adjusted EBIT increased 5.5% to $232.0 million from $219.8 million a year ago.

Fiscal 2019 specialty segment sales increased 4.6% to $787.0 million from $752.5 million in fiscal 2018. Organic sales improved 1.2% and acquisitions added 4.2%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.8%. Specialty segment IBT was $101.4 million from $123.3 million a year ago. Specialty segment EBIT was $101.1 million from $122.4 million in fiscal 2018. The specialty segment reported restructuring and other charges, including plant closures and ERP consolidation, of $14.7 million in fiscal 2019 and $1.4 million in fiscal 2018. Excluding these charges, specialty segment adjusted EBIT was $115.8 million in fiscal 2019 as compared to $123.8 million in the prior fiscal year.

Cash Flow and Financial Position

For the 2019 fiscal year, cash from operations was $292.9 million compared to $390.4 million in fiscal 2018. The current-year reduction in cash from operations resulted from certain 2020 MAP to Growth initiatives, including the enhancement of margin in the company’s consumer segment by discontinuing the practice of discounting early cash payments. This had the effect of delaying approximately $100 million in receipts from the 2019 fiscal fourth quarter to the first fiscal quarter of 2020. Additionally, as the company has centralized its procurement function and enters into new supply contracts, in some cases payment terms have been shortened to achieve more favorable terms. These outcomes were expected and are in line with the company’s longer-term approach to improving margins and effectively managing working capital. Capital expenditures during fiscal 2019 of $136.8 million compare to $114.6 million in fiscal 2018. Total debt at the end of fiscal 2019 was $2.53 billion compared to $2.17 billion a year ago. RPM’s net (of cash) debt-to-total capitalization ratio was 62.1% compared to 54.2% at May 31, 2018. RPM’s total liquidity at May 31, 2019, including cash and long-term committed available credit, was $1.28 billion.

Realigning to Four Reportable Operating Segments

“As we move into fiscal 2020, we will begin reporting in four segments instead of our three previous segments. Under this new structure, our business segments and their leadership will be better aligned to RPM’s overall strategy. This improved alignment is critical to our growth and success as it better positions our businesses to compete and win in the markets they serve. In addition, it provides our investors with greater visibility into the business and better comparability among our peers,” stated Sullivan.

“The four operating segments are the Consumer Group, Specialty Products Group, Construction Products Group and Performance Coatings Group. The Consumer Group still houses our highly regarded Rust-Oleum and DAP businesses. The only minor change is that we have shifted our Kirker nail enamel business from the Consumer Group to our Specialty Products Group, which is a better fit for this niche business. The Specialty Products Group gains Kirker, but loses our exterior cladding business, Dryvit, and recently acquired insulated concrete forms manufacturer, Nudura, to the new Construction Products Group. The Construction Products Group is new and brings together our Tremco, tremco illbruck, Euclid Chemical, Viapol, Vandex and Flowcrete businesses, while also adding Dryvit and Nudura from Specialty Products. The Performance Coatings Group is unchanged with its core businesses including Stonhard, Carboline, USL, Fibergrate and others.

“We’re especially excited about the creation of the Construction Products Group, which was formed to create a cohesive portfolio of integrated construction systems that will deliver comprehensive building envelope solutions to our customers. We are also excited about changes at the Performance Coatings Group, which is being realigned from a more geographic matrix type of management into global brands with leadership teams that are responsible for their sales throughout the entire world. We expect that this realignment will result in improved market penetration and earnings leverage as we move forward.

“Had these reportable segments been in place during fiscal 2019, their proforma sales would have been $1.9 billion in the Consumer Group, $0.7 billion in the Specialty Products Group, $1.9 billion in the Construction Products Group and $1.1 billion in the Performance Coatings Group,” stated Sullivan.

Reclassification of Shipping Costs

Also beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, RPM will change its classification of shipping costs paid to third-party shippers, by reclassifying these costs from selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) into cost of goods sold. This change will not impact EBIT. It puts RPM in line with how its peers and most other manufacturers classify shipping costs and will provide investors with a better point of comparison. Had this change been in effect in fiscal 2019, RPM’s cost of goods sold would have increased by $173.6 million to $3.48 billion, while its SG&A expenses would have decreased by the same amount to $1.60 billion. The result would have been a reduction of RPM’s gross profit margins by 310 basis points to 37.5% and an improvement in SG&A as a percent of sales by 310 basis points to 28.7%, which is more comparable to RPM’s peers.

Business Outlook

“On a consolidated basis, we expect to generate revenue growth in the low- to mid-single-digit range during fiscal 2020. While sales growth is anticipated to be relatively modest, largely due to global macroeconomic factors, we view this growth rate to be above market. We expect this sales growth will drive strong leverage to the bottom line as our operating improvement initiatives continue to take hold and we benefit from fiscal 2019 price increases. Further, we expect raw material cost inflation that has been persistent in recent years to begin to moderate,” stated Sullivan.

“Consumer Group sales are anticipated to increase in the mid-single-digit range as a result of modest organic volume growth, the rollover impact of acquisitions and fiscal 2019 price increases, along with market share gains.

“Specialty Products Group sales are expected to grow in the low-single-digit range due to projected geographic expansion and account penetration in our wood finishes businesses, which will be offset by flat growth in both our edible coatings and restoration businesses.

“Sales in the Construction Products Group are anticipated to grow in the mid-single-digit range, with higher growth expected in innovative technologies such as roof coatings, insulated concrete forms as well as differentiated service offerings. Offsetting this growth will be lost revenues as we rationalize lower-margin international businesses and product lines while we refocus and reposition for future growth.

“In the Performance Coatings Group, revenue is expected to increase in the low-single-digit range, driven by continued strength in corrosion control coatings, predominantly in North America, coupled with rollover impacts of price increases enacted in fiscal 2019. This is projected to be offset by general weakness in international markets and the impact of exiting certain businesses.

“We will be providing more detail on sales, EBIT and adjusted EBIT for our new segments as fiscal 2020 unfolds, quarter by quarter, starting with our fiscal 2020 first-quarter results, which will be reported on October 2, 2019.

“For the 2020 fiscal year, we will continue to have a significant amount of restructuring activity related to our operating improvement plan. As we did in fiscal 2019, we will continue to adjust EBIT and EPS for restructuring and other related costs in an effort to provide a more transparent view into our operating performance.

“For the first quarter of fiscal 2020, we project sales to be up 1% to 2% with solid leverage to the bottom line for an estimated 20% adjusted EBIT and adjusted diluted EPS growth.

“For the full year, we project modest revenue growth in the range of 2.5% to 4% and with the impact of 2020 MAP to Growth, we expect to leverage these sales to adjusted EBIT growth in the 20% to 24% range. This will result in expected adjusted diluted EPS between $3.30 and $3.42 for fiscal 2020,” stated Sullivan.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call to discuss these 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 on July 22, 2019 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 29, 2019. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 for international callers. The access code is 47724405. 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.

About RPM

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services. The company operates across four reportable segments: consumer, construction products, performance coatings and specialty products. RPM has a diverse portfolio with hundreds of market-leading brands, including Rust-Oleum, DAP, Zinsser, Varathane, Day-Glo, Legend Brands, Stonhard, Carboline, Tremco and Dryvit. From homes and workplaces, to infrastructure and precious landmarks, RPM’s brands are trusted by consumers and professionals alike to help build a better world. The company employs approximately 15,000 individuals worldwide. Visit www.rpminc.com to learn more.

For more information, contact Russell L. Gordon, vice president and chief financial officer, at 330-273-5090 or rgordon@rpminc.com.

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 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 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 and investment income or expense in determining operating performance, which represent items necessary to our continued operations, given our level of indebtedness.

Contacts

Russell L. Gordon, vice president and chief financial officer

330-273-5090 or rgordon@rpminc.com.

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