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RPM Reports Fiscal 2019 Second-Quarter Results

January 4, 2019

MEDINA, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 4, 2019--RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM), a world leader in specialty coatings and sealants, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2019 second quarter ended November 30, 2018.

Second-Quarter Results

Fiscal 2019 second-quarter net sales were a record $1.36 billion, up 3.6% over the $1.32 billion reported a year ago. The quarter’s results include the impact of charges of $29.2 million primarily for acquisitions, convertible debt extinguishment and restructuring related to the company’s operating improvement plan. Investment losses were $6.5 million during the current quarter as a result of a new accounting standard, which now requires RPM to record unrealized gains and losses on equity securities in earnings rather than as a component of equity. For the fiscal 2018 second quarter, the company recorded a favorable discrete tax adjustment of $18.0 million related to the implementation of a foreign legal entity realignment and corresponding planning strategy. Fiscal 2019 second-quarter net income was $49.2 million versus $95.5 million in the year-ago period. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.37 compared to $0.70 in the year-ago quarter. Income before income taxes (IBT) was $66.6 million compared to $109.2 million reported in the fiscal 2018 second quarter. RPM’s consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were $96.8 million compared to $131.8 million reported in the year-ago period. Excluding the charges mentioned above, RPM’s current-quarter adjusted EBIT was $126.0 million and diluted EPS was $0.52, compared to prior-year second-quarter adjusted diluted EPS of $0.57.

“We achieved solid top-line improvement with sales growth of 3.6%, despite the unfavorable foreign currency translation effect of 2.0%,” stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer. “Like many manufacturers, our bottom line was impacted by a continued rise in costs for raw materials, freight, labor and energy, as well as adverse foreign exchange translation. SG&A improved by 30 basis points, and adjusted SG&A, excluding restructuring expenses, improved by 100 basis points versus last year’s second quarter. Restructuring activities related to our MAP to Growth operating improvement plan, the details of which we shared at an investor day on November 28, are well under way. Our plan is focused on driving greater efficiency and long-term profitability of the business to enhance shareholder value.”

As previously announced, on November 27, 2018, RPM redeemed all of its outstanding 2.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2020, primarily with cash. As a result, approximately 3.3 million shares will be removed from the calculation of diluted EPS going forward.

Second-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings

During the fiscal 2019 second quarter, RPM’s industrial segment net sales increased 2.1% to $718.0 million from $702.9 million a year ago, reflecting organic growth of 3.3% and acquisitions contributing an additional 1.5%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.7%. Industrial segment IBT was $54.4 million compared with $67.7 million a year ago. EBIT was $56.8 million compared to $70.2 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter. Adjusted EBIT, which excludes charges related to acquisitions, restructuring and other expenses, increased 1.0% to $70.9 million from the year-ago period.

“Solid performance in our businesses providing corrosion control coatings and concrete admixture and repair products drove top-line growth in the industrial segment, despite the impact of the second wettest autumn on record in the U.S., which affected sales somewhat, particularly in our commercial roofing business,” stated Sullivan. “International sales, which account for approximately half of our industrial segment business, were soft this quarter. Higher raw material costs, unfavorable foreign exchange, restructuring and other related charges impacted results. We made good progress on our operating improvement initiatives in the segment, which included consolidating production after announcing the closure of three plants and shifting that manufacturing to other facilities.”

RPM’s consumer segment generated a 4.1% increase in sales to $432.6 million from $415.4 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter. Organic sales increased 2.8%, while acquisition growth contributed 2.9%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 1.6%. Consumer segment IBT was $41.2 million compared with $45.1 million in the prior-year period. EBIT was $41.3 million compared to $45.2 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter. Excluding restructuring-related expenses, adjusted EBIT was $42.9 million for the fiscal 2019 quarter.

“Price increases instituted late in the first quarter helped to mitigate margin erosion in the consumer segment. However, raw material costs and foreign exchange continue to be challenges,” stated Sullivan. “On the top line, organic sales growth was aided by pricing and new product introductions in our sealants and adhesives business, resulting in new accounts and market share gains. Sales were tempered by the exceptionally wet weather in the U.S., the segment’s largest market. We continued to make operational improvements, which were kicked off in our fourth quarter of last year, leading to reductions in working capital and the announced closure of one additional manufacturing facility during the second quarter.”

RPM’s specialty segment reported fiscal 2019 second-quarter sales growth of 7.6% to $212.0 million from $197.1 million in the year-ago period. Organic growth contributed 2.3%, while acquisition growth was 6.1%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.8%. Specialty segment IBT was $30.0 million compared with $34.4 million in the prior-year period. EBIT was $29.9 million compared to $34.4 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter. Adjusted EBIT, which excludes acquisition costs and restructuring-related expenses, was $34.1 million in the fiscal 2019 second quarter.

“Driving the strong second-quarter performance in the specialty segment were our businesses providing wood coatings, powdered coatings and fluorescent colorants. The segment also received a boost to the top line from the acquisition of Nudura in September, which extends our building envelope product line offerings. Performance by our restoration equipment business was brisk as it responded to recent natural disasters, but was below elevated sales levels that resulted from Hurricane Harvey last year. We made MAP to Growth progress in this segment as well, with the announced closure of one manufacturing facility,” Sullivan stated.

First-Half Sales and Earnings

Fiscal 2019 first-half net sales improved 6.1% to $2.82 billion from $2.66 billion during the first six months of fiscal 2018. Organic growth was 5.4%, with acquisitions adding 2.1% and foreign currency translation reducing sales by 1.4%. Net income was $119.0 million compared to $211.9 million in the fiscal 2018 first half. Diluted EPS was $0.89 versus $1.56 a year ago. IBT was $158.5 million compared to $264.5 million reported in the fiscal 2018 first half. EBIT was $210.7 million versus the $309.4 million reported last year. Excluding charges for acquisitions, convertible debt extinguishment, asset write-offs, restructuring and other expenses, fiscal 2019 first-half adjusted EBIT was $279.7 million and diluted EPS was $1.28. Excluding a charge for a favorable discrete tax adjustment of $18.0 million, fiscal 2018 first-half adjusted diluted EPS was $1.43.

First-Half Segment Sales and Earnings

Fiscal 2019 first-half sales in RPM’s industrial segment were up 4.7% to $1.50 billion from $1.43 billion in the fiscal 2018 first half. Organic sales increased 5.0%, while acquisition growth added 1.6%. Foreign currency translation decreased sales by 1.9%. IBT for the industrial segment was $123.5 million from $156.6 million in fiscal 2018. EBIT of $128.3 million compared to $161.7 million in the first half last year. Excluding the fiscal 2019 first-half charges mentioned above, industrial segment EBIT increased 1.9% to $164.7 million from adjusted EBIT of $161.7 million a year ago.

First-half sales for the consumer segment improved 8.9% to $917.8 million from $842.6 million a year ago. Organic sales growth was 7.6%, acquisitions added 2.3%, while foreign currency translation reduced sales by 1.0%. The consumer segment reported IBT of $92.5 million, compared to $117.5 million in the year-ago first half. EBIT of $92.8 million for the first six months of fiscal 2019 compares to $117.8 million in the prior-year period. Excluding charges previously mentioned, fiscal 2019 first-half consumer segment EBIT was $95.8 million.

Specialty segment sales grew 5.0% to $404.8 million from $385.6 million in the 2018 first half. Organic growth was 2.0%, while acquisitions added 3.3%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.3%. IBT for the specialty segment was $57.8 million compared to $67.6 million in fiscal 2018. For the first half of fiscal 2019, specialty segment EBIT was $57.6 million compared to $67.4 million a year ago. Excluding charges mentioned above, specialty segment EBIT was $64.7 million for the first six months of fiscal 2019.

Cash Flow and Financial Position

For the first half of fiscal 2019, cash from operations grew by 28.7% to $148.3 million compared to $115.2 million a year ago. This increase of $33.1 million was due to improved working capital management. Capital expenditures of $57.8 million compared to $45.3 million during the first half of last year. Total debt at November 30, 2018 was $2.37 billion, compared to $2.14 billion at November 30, 2017 and $2.17 billion at May 31, 2018. At November 30, 2018, liquidity grew from the prior quarter to $1.1 billion, as a result of a recent refinancing of the company’s revolving line of credit. Total liquidity includes cash of $226.9 million and $862.9 million in long-term committed available credit.

Business Outlook

“We remain focused on executing our MAP to Growth operating improvement plan, targeting a 540-basis-point improvement in our operating margin. As we announced on November 28, 2018, we intend to return $1.5 billion in capital to our stockholders by May 31, 2021, through a combination of dividends and share repurchases. In addition to the previously mentioned convertible bond redemption, we have repurchased approximately $82.0 million of our common stock through November 30, 2018. Additional actions we completed during our fiscal 2019 second quarter include the announced closure of five manufacturing plants, the reduction of 149 positions, and the start of our transition to center-led manufacturing and procurement functions. We also began to implement actions to improve our manufacturing processes, optimize assets and reduce inventory, while moving forward on our supply chain initiatives to consolidate the number of vendors used and negotiate more favorable pricing and payment terms. Accordingly, we are maintaining the long-term projections that we provided at our November 28 investor day,” stated Sullivan.

“In the third quarter, from an operating perspective, revenue growth should remain in the low- to mid-single-digit range. While we are seeing the early benefits of our purchasing activities and softness in certain raw material categories, it is important to note that because RPM is on a FIFO basis for inventory, the benefits we are beginning to see on the raw material front will typically flow into our income statement 90 days later than if we were under the LIFO method of accounting, as is the case with our large industry competitors. Further, due to three non-operating items, we anticipate significantly lower reported earnings and earnings per share for the third quarter period ending February 28, 2019. These items are:

An anticipated current tax rate of approximately 26.0% versus a benefit from certain tax items of $5.9 million last year; Compared to the prior-year realized gains on marketable securities, the combination of declines in the equities market in December and the new accounting standard that requires unrealized gains and losses on equity securities to be reflected in earnings, we expect a year-over-year negative impact during this year’s third quarter of $5 million to $6 million; and An adverse comparison to last year’s third quarter, during which we reversed approximately $3.4 million of long-term incentive compensation when it became clear that the targeted goals would not be reached.

“Taken together, expectations of continuing raw material cost challenges and these non-operating items are likely to result in third-quarter EPS in the range of $0.10 to $0.12,” stated Sullivan.

“Although we are in the early innings of our restructuring efforts, we are making good progress, which has us excited about the prospects for the future. As we work through the plan over the next few quarters, we will continue to adjust out associated charges to provide a clear picture of the initiative and its results,” Sullivan concluded.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call to discuss these results beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST 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. EST on January 4, 2019 until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 11, 2019. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 for international callers. The access code is 47724401. 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 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  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 items impacting earnings 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 all non-GAAP measures.

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.

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

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