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Newell Brands Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results

August 6, 2018

HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 6, 2018--Newell Brands (NYSE:NWL) today announced its second quarter 2018 financial results.

Second Quarter 2018 Executive Summary

Completed divestitures of The Waddington Group and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. and divestiture processes initiated on all other assets held for sale as part of the company’s Accelerated Transformation Plan. The company has reported discontinued operations for businesses divested in 2018 or currently held for sale and has reorganized businesses in continuing operations into new operating segments. Net sales from continuing operations were $2.2 billion, compared with $2.5 billion in the prior year, reflecting the lost sales from divestitures completed in 2017, the negative impact of the adoption of the 2018 revenue recognition standard, and a decline in core sales primarily attributable to the retailer disruption to the Baby business created by the liquidation of Toys ‘R’ Us stores in the U.S., significant inventory destocking in the Writing office superstore and distributive trade channels and the absence of the prior year Slime pipeline build on Elmer’s. Reported operating margin for continuing operations was 3.8 percent compared to 3.7 percent in the prior year; normalized operating margin for continuing operations was 10.9 percent compared to 12.4 percent in the prior year. Core sales declined 6.2 percent for the total company, driven largely by a 14.5 percent decline in the Learning & Development Segment (Writing and Baby), and softness in the coolers, tents and fresh preserving businesses related to the late start to Spring in most of the U.S. Reported diluted earnings per share for the total company were $0.27 compared with $0.46 in the prior year, with the decrease largely attributable to the loss on the sale of Rawlings, impairment charges, principally on assets held in discontinued operations, and the impact of lower sales volume, which more than offset the benefit from cost savings and the gain on the sale of Waddington. Normalized diluted earnings per share for the total company were $0.82, compared with $0.87 in the prior year, as cost savings and synergies were offset by core sales volume declines, unfavorable mix related to lower Writing sales volume and inflation. Operating cash flow was $11.2 million, compared with $56.8 million in the prior year, as prior year results included a significant one-time working capital benefit related to a business divested in 2017. Gross debt was $10.5 billion, $900 million lower than prior year; net debt was $8.2 billion, $2.4 billion lower than prior year. The 2018 full year outlook adjusted for discontinued operations reporting and completed divestitures is net sales of $8.7 billion to $9.0 billion (which includes sales from continuing operations only), normalized EPS of $2.45 to $2.65 and operating cash flow of $900 million to $1.2 billion. The company expects second half normalized operating margins of 12.0 percent to 12.4 percent and core sales growth to sequentially improve from down low single digits percent in Q3 2018 to up low single digits percent in Q4 2018. Both metrics include only results from continuing operations.

“Newell Brands drove the Accelerated Transformation Plan into action in the second quarter, beginning a period of significant change to both our portfolio and organization,” commented Michael Polk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newell Brands. “We announced and completed the divestitures of Waddington and Rawlings and are well into the sale processes on all other businesses held for sale. We also took significant steps to right-size our organization for the scale of our new portfolio, with changes announced and actioned between May and August. We continue to prioritize deleveraging, with gross debt in Q2 2018 $900 million below prior year and plans in motion to de-lever by nearly an incremental $900 million by the end of Q3 2018. In the context of these significant changes and a very challenging U.S. retail environment, we delivered second quarter results generally in line with expectations. While there is much more to do, we are acting decisively to make Newell Brands a simpler, faster and stronger company.”

“Reigniting performance on our continuing businesses is a critical priority and we expect sequential improvement in our operating results in the back half of 2018 despite increased inflation, worsening foreign exchange and the negative impact of tariffs,” continued Polk. “While the retail landscape remains difficult, consumer macros are generally good and we expect core sales on our continuing businesses to recover to growth by the fourth quarter, with margins improving as a result of strong savings programs and broad-based price increases. Adjusted for the estimated negative 20 cents per share impact in the second half of 2018 related to the divestiture of Waddington and Rawlings, we expect to deliver between $2.45 and $2.65 of normalized EPS in 2018.”

Second Quarter 2018 Operating Results

As of June 30, 2018, Newell Brands reported discontinued operations for the business divestitures completed in 2018 (Waddington and Rawlings) and planned (Jostens, Pure Fishing, Consumer & Commercial Solutions, Process Solutions, Goody and U.S. Playing Cards). Under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), all overhead costs and interest expense not directly related to discontinued operations may not be allocated to discontinued operations and thus are allocated to continuing operations, which has a negative effect on margins and profitability. The company has initiated cost actions to fully offset the stranded overhead and plans to deleverage quickly to reduce the interest expense burden.

Net sales were $2.2 billion, compared to $2.5 billion in the prior year, largely attributable to the new revenue recognition standard, lost sales from divestitures completed in 2017, and the transitory but significant volume declines in Baby related to the Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation of U.S. stores and in Writing related to significant inventory destocking in the office superstore and distributive trade channels. Total company core sales declined 6.2 percent, driven largely by a 14.5 percent decline in the Learning & Development Segment (Writing and Baby) and softness in the coolers, tents and fresh preserving businesses related to the late start to Spring in most of the U.S. For the second quarter 2018, total company core sales include the Waddington and Rawlings businesses prior to divestiture.

Reported gross margin was 35.2 percent compared with 34.7 percent in the prior year, as the benefit from cost savings, synergies and lower integration and acquisition-related costs more than offset the impact of input cost inflation and the negative mix effect of lower Writing sales. Normalized gross margin was 35.1 percent compared with 35.6 percent in the prior year.

Reported operating income was $84.2 million, or 3.8 percent of sales, compared with $92.3 million, or 3.7 percent of sales, in the prior year, reflecting the impact of synergies, cost savings and lower integration and acquisition-related costs, offset by input cost inflation and negative mix associated with lower Writing sales. Normalized operating income was $239 million compared with $313 million in the prior year. Normalized operating margin was 10.9 percent compared to 12.4 percent in the prior year.

The reported tax expense for the quarter was $53.0 million compared with a benefit of $71.5 million in the prior year, primarily driven by prior year tax benefits associated with integration of certain legal entities. The normalized tax rate was 4.6 percent, compared with 5.5 percent in the prior year.

The company reported total net income of $132 million compared with $223 million in the prior year. Continuing operations posted a net loss of $76.1 million compared with net income of $16.6 million last year, with the decline primarily attributable to the transitory but significant sales volume decline on Baby and Writing, and $53.0 million in tax expense as compared with a benefit of $71.5 million in the prior year, partially offset by significant costs savings and a reduction in integration and restructuring charges. Discontinued operations contributed net income of $208 million, including a $598 million gain related to the sale of the Waddington business, an impairment charge of $454 million related to the Process Solutions business and a loss of $136 million related to the sale of the Rawlings business, compared with $206 million in the year-ago period. Reported diluted earnings per share for the total company were $0.27 compared with $0.46 in the prior year. Normalized net income for the total company was $401 million, or $0.82 per share, compared with $422 million, or $0.87 per share, in the prior year.

Operating cash flow was $11.2 million, compared with $56.8 million in the prior year as prior year results included a significant one-time working capital benefit related to a business divested in 2017. Current year results were driven by positive working capital movements, lower cash restructuring costs and lower cash taxes.

A reconciliation of reported results to normalized results is included in the tables attached to this release.

New Reporting Segments

As of June 30, 2018, Newell Brands is reporting its financial results in three segments: Food & Appliances, Home & Outdoor Living and Learning & Development. The Other segment includes results for businesses that were divested during 2017. The company has aligned its seven continuing operating divisions for reporting purposes to the three segments as follows:

Second Quarter 2018 Operating Segment Results

The Food & Appliances segment generated net sales of $621 million compared with $705 million in the prior year. Net sales versus prior year were negatively impacted by foreign exchange, the new 2018 revenue recognition standard, the pull-forward from Q2 2018 into Q1 2018 of inventory in Latin America related to the April 1 st go-live of SAP, softness in the fresh preserving business related to the late start to Spring in most of the U.S. and competitive challenges in the U.S. Beverage Appliance category, partially offset by strong innovation driven growth on Calphalon Space Saving Cookware and Crock-Pot Express Crock. Reported operating income was $40.4 million compared with $70.8 million in the prior year. Reported operating margin was 6.5 percent of sales compared with 10.0 percent of sales in the prior year. The contraction is largely due to inflation net of pricing and negative mix associated with lower volumes in Latin America related to the Q1 2018 SAP pull-forward. Normalized operating income was $50.4 million versus $84.1 million last year. Normalized operating margin was 8.1 percent of sales compared with 11.9 percent in the prior year.

The Home & Outdoor Living segment generated net sales of $742 million compared with $795 million in the prior year. Net sales versus prior year were negatively impacted by the new 2018 revenue recognition standard, Home Fragrance softness in EMEA and weakness on Outdoor related to the late Spring and some lost distribution in the U.S., partially offset by strong growth on First Alert and Home Fragrance in U.S. mass channel. Reported operating income was $9.4 million compared with $39.6 million in the prior year. The contraction is largely due to higher restructuring costs, other one-time costs, and lower sales volume on the U.S. Outdoor and EMEA Home Fragrance businesses. Reported operating margin was 1.3 percent of sales compared with 5.0 percent in the prior year. Normalized operating income was $50.5 million compared with $60.0 million in the prior year. Normalized operating margin was 6.8 percent of sales compared with 7.5 percent last year.

The Learning & Development segment generated net sales of $839 million compared with $990 million in the prior year. Net sales versus prior year were negatively impacted by the new 2018 revenue recognition standard, core sales declines due to the retailer disruption to the Baby business created by the Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation of its stores in the U.S., significant inventory destocking in the Writing category’s office superstore and distributive trade channels, and the absence of 2017 pipeline build on Slime by Elmer’s. Reported operating income was $196 million compared with $224 million in the prior year. Reported operating margin was 23.3 percent of sales, compared with 22.6 percent in the prior year. The improvement in operating margin was due to significant progress on productivity, reduced customer programming, and strong synergy and savings impact, partially offset by inflation and fixed cost absorption related to Writing finished goods inventory reduction. Normalized operating income was $208 million versus $237 million last year. Normalized operating margin was 24.8 percent of sales compared with 23.9 percent last year.

Outlook for the Twelve Months Ending December 31, 2018

Newell Brands’ adjusted 2018 full year guidance for normalized EPS and operating cash flow assumes full year ownership of all businesses held for sale, with the exception of the Waddington and Rawlings businesses which were divested as of June 29, 2018. The 2018 adjustments to full year guidance for the divestiture of Waddington and Rawlings are approximately $0.20 of normalized EPS and $250 million of operating cash flow, including incremental cash taxes on the transactions.

The 2018 full year guidance adjusted for the divestiture of Waddington and Rawlings and net sales guidance adjusted for discontinued operations treatment is as follows:

Interest expense is now expected to be favorable to prior outlook as a result of accelerated deleveraging related to the allocation of deal proceeds. Tax rate is now expected to be favorable to prior guidance due to new tax planning benefits. Full year 2018 weighted average share count is now projected at approximately 480 million shares with weighted average share count estimated at 475 million in Q3 2018 and 470 million in Q4 2018 as a result of share repurchases related to allocation of deal proceeds in the second half of 2018.

The company expects second half normalized operating margins of 12.0 percent to 12.4 percent and core sales growth to sequentially improve from down low single digits percent in Q3 2018 to up low single digits percent in Q4 2018. Both measures include only results from continuing operations. Core sales in 2018 is calculated on a constant currency basis in line with industry practice. Core sales guidance excludes the impact of foreign currency, acquisitions until their first anniversary and completed divestitures.

The company has presented forward-looking statements regarding normalized earnings per share for the total company and normalized operating margin on continuing operations for second half 2018. These non–GAAP financial measures are derived by excluding certain amounts, expenses or income from the corresponding financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The determination of the amounts that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures is a matter of management judgment and depends upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts recognized in a given period. We are unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of the aforementioned forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures because such information is not available and management cannot reliably predict all of the necessary components of such GAAP measure without unreasonable effort or expense. In addition, we believe such reconciliations would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors. The unavailable information could have a significant impact on the company’s full-year 2018 financial results.

Conference Call

The company’s second quarter 2018 earnings conference call will be held today, August 6, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. ET. A link to the webcast is provided under Events & Presentations in the Investors section of Newell Brands’ website at www.newellbrands.com. A webcast replay and a supporting slide presentation will be made available in the Investors section of the company’s website under Quarterly Earnings.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and includes a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

The company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures that are included in this press release and the additional financial information both to explain its results to stockholders and the investment community and in the internal evaluation and management of its businesses. The company’s management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors since these measures (a) permit investors to view the company’s performance using the same tools that management uses to evaluate the company’s past performance, reportable business segments and prospects for future performance and (b) determine certain elements of management’s incentive compensation.

The company’s management believes that core sales provides a more complete understanding of underlying sales trends by providing sales on a consistent basis as it excludes the impacts of acquisitions, completed divestitures, retail store openings and closings, changes in foreign currency and the impact of the adoption of revenue recognition standard ASC 606 as of January 1, 2018, from year-over-year comparisons. Core sales for the second quarter 2018 include sales for the divested Waddington and Rawlings business through the date of sale. The effect of foreign currency on 2018 reported sales is calculated by applying the prior year average monthly exchange rates to the current year local currency sales amounts (excluding acquisitions and divestitures), with the difference between the 2018 reported sales and the constant currency sales presented as the currency impact increase or decrease in core sales. The company’s management believes that “normalized” gross margin, “normalized” SG&A expense, “normalized” operating income, “normalized” operating margin, “normalized” net income, “normalized” diluted earnings per share, “normalized” interest and “normalized” tax rates, which exclude restructuring and other expenses and one-time and other events such as costs related to certain product recalls, the extinguishment of debt, certain tax benefits and charges, impairment charges, pension settlement charges, discontinued operations, divestiture costs, costs related to the acquisition, integration and financing of acquired businesses, amortization of intangible assets associated with acquisitions, advisory costs for process transformation and optimization initiatives, costs of personnel dedicated to integration activities and transformation initiatives and certain other items, are useful because they provide investors with a meaningful perspective on the current underlying performance of the company’s core ongoing operations.

The company determines the tax effect of the items excluded from normalized diluted earnings per share by applying the estimated effective rate for the applicable jurisdiction in which the pre-tax items were incurred, and for which realization of the resulting tax benefit, if any, is expected. In situations in which an item excluded from normalized results impacts income tax expense, the company uses a “with” and “without” approach to determine normalized income tax expense.

While the company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in evaluating the company’s performance, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for or superior to the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures presented by other companies.

About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play.

This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release and its exhibits, particularly those anticipating future financial performance, business prospects, growth, operating strategies and similar matters, are forward- looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “expect,” “will,” “should,” “would” or similar statements. We caution that forward-looking statements are not guarantees because there are inherent difficulties in predicting future results. In addition, there are no assurances that we will complete any or all of the potential transactions or other initiatives referenced above. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

our dependence on the strength of retail, commercial and industrial sectors of the economy in various parts of the world; competition with other manufacturers and distributors of consumer products; major retailers’ strong bargaining power and consolidation of our customers; our ability to improve productivity, reduce complexity and streamline operations; our ability to develop innovative new products, to develop, maintain and strengthen end-user brands and to realize the benefits of increased advertising and promotion spend; risks related to our substantial indebtedness, a potential increase in interest rates or changes in our credit ratings; our ability to effectively accelerate our transformation plan and explore and execute our strategic options; our ability to complete planned acquisitions and divestitures, to integrate Jarden and other acquisitions and unexpected costs or expenses associated with acquisitions or dispositions; changes in the prices of raw materials and sourced products and our ability to obtain raw materials and sourced products in a timely manner; the risks inherent to our foreign operations, including currency fluctuations, exchange controls and pricing restrictions; a failure of one of our key information technology systems or related controls; future events that could adversely affect the value of our assets and require impairment charges; the impact of United States and foreign regulations on our operations, including the impacts of tariffs and environmental remediation costs; the potential inability to attract, retain and motivate key employees; the resolution of tax contingencies resulting in additional tax liabilities; product liability, product recalls or related regulatory actions; our ability to protect intellectual property rights; significant increases in the funding obligations related to our pension plans; and other factors listed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The information contained in this press release and the tables is as of the date indicated. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or developments.

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