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 RPM Reports Record Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year Results For Fiscal 2016
   Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:49:00 AM ET

RPM International Inc. (RPM ) today reported record sales, net income and diluted earnings per share for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended May 31, 2016.

Fourth-Quarter Results

Fourth-quarter net sales increased 3.9% to $1.43 billion from $1.37 billion. Net income for the fourth quarter was up 19.5% to $152.9 million from $128.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Diluted earnings per share were $1.13, up 20.2% from $0.94 reported a year ago. Consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) improved 7.9% to $220.4 million, from $204.3 million a year ago.

"RPM turned in a solid performance for our fourth quarter, especially in light of the headwinds posed by the continuing strong U.S. dollar, slow growth in many international regions and a worldwide recession in the energy and heavy manufacturing segments of the economy," stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer.

Fourth-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings

Fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter industrial segment sales declined 0.7% to $686.6 million from $691.8 million a year ago. Organic sales improved 1.6%, while acquisition growth added 0.5%. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales by 2.8%. Industrial segment EBIT was up 15.4% to $107.9 million from $93.5 million in the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter. Industrial segment EBIT included a one-time gain of $8.0 million as a result of the revaluation of the company’s Carboline subsidiary’s 49% ownership in Carboline Dalian Paint Production Co., Ltd. that occurred in conjunction with the acquisition of the remaining 51% of the Chinese business on May 18, 2016. Excluding this one-time gain, industrial segment EBIT increased approximately 7.0%.

"Industrial results included strong performance in the U.S. by our concrete admixture and commercial sealants businesses, which benefited from continued momentum in commercial construction. We saw strong results in U.S. dollars from our sealants business in Germany and our polymer flooring business in the U.K. Many of our other overseas businesses posted improved sales in local currencies, but suffered from currency exchange translation. We continue to see depressed conditions in the global energy and heavy industrial markets," stated Sullivan.

Sales in RPM’s specialty segment increased 5.1% to $196.2 million from $186.7 million a year ago. Organic sales increased 1.7% and acquisition growth added 4.2%. Sales were negatively impacted by 0.8% in foreign currency translation. Specialty segment EBIT increased 20.1% to $32.7 million from $27.2 million in the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter.

"Several smaller acquisitions completed during the year drove the segment’s sales growth into the mid-single-digit range. We were also pleased with the significant leverage to the bottom line from these predominately U.S. based businesses," stated Sullivan.

Net sales for RPM’s consumer segment increased 9.9% to $543.8 million from $494.7 million in the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter. Organic sales were up 9.9%, while acquisition growth added 1.4%. Foreign exchange translation reduced sales by 1.4%. Consumer segment EBIT declined 2.6% in the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter to $98.0 million from $100.6 million. Fiscal 2015 fourth-quarter EBIT included the benefit of an earn-out reversal of $9.9 million, and fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter EBIT included the impact of a $9.3 million legal settlement charge related to deck coatings. Excluding these two one-time adjustments, consumer segment EBIT increased 18.2% quarter over quarter.

"Our larger core consumer businesses performed exceptionally well in the quarter, with nearly double-digit growth driven by several product rollouts resulting in market share gains and new product placements early in the 2016 fiscal year. Additionally, consumer segment European businesses had double-digit growth during the quarter. We were also very pleased with the strong leverage to the EBIT line, excluding the two one-time adjustments," stated Sullivan.

Cash Flow and Financial Position

For fiscal 2016, cash from operations was $474.7 million, up 43.7% from $330.4 million in fiscal 2015. Total debt at the end of fiscal 2016 was $1.65 billion, compared to $1.66 billion at the end of fiscal 2015. RPM’s net (of cash) debt-to-total capitalization ratio was 50.2%, compared to 53.4% at May 31, 2015.

"Our total liquidity of $1.1 billion, including $265.2 million in cash and long-term committed available credit, compares to $963.8 million a year ago. We have plenty of resources to fund a growing cash dividend, invest in our businesses and pursue a robust acquisition program. As we stated last year, fiscal 2016 was going to be characterized as a year of investing in growth initiatives, even during a time of global uncertainty. During fiscal 2016, capital expenditures were $117.2 million, or roughly 40% higher than the $85.4 million spent last year," Sullivan stated.

Fiscal 2016 Full-Year Consolidated Sales and Earnings

Fiscal 2016 consolidated full-year net sales increased 4.8% to $4.81 billion from $4.59 billion in fiscal 2015. Net income increased 48.1% to $354.7 million from the reported $239.5 million in fiscal 2015. Diluted earnings per share of $2.63 were up 47.8% from $1.78 a year ago. Consolidated EBIT was up 8.1% to $564.8 million from $522.3 million in fiscal 2015.

Fiscal 2015 net income included an adjustment of $83.5 million in the third quarter for a non-cash, net charge for a tax accrual, as previously disclosed. Fiscal 2016 net income was up 9.8% compared to an adjusted $323.0 million in the prior fiscal year, while diluted earnings per share were up 10.5% from an adjusted $2.38 in fiscal 2015.

Fiscal 2016 Segment Sales and Earnings

Fiscal 2016 sales for RPM’s industrial segment declined 3.5% to $2.44 billion from $2.53 billion in fiscal 2015. Organic sales increased 2.5%, with acquisition growth contributing 0.6%. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales by 6.6%. Industrial segment EBIT improved 1.4% to $258.8 million from $255.2 million in fiscal 2015. Excluding the one-time Dalian gain of $8.0 million during the fiscal fourth quarter, EBIT would have declined year-over-year by 1.7%.

Specialty segment sales increased 60.1% to $732.1 million from $457.2 million in fiscal 2015. Organic sales improved 2.7% and acquisitions added 60.4%, primarily due to inclusion of a full year’s results from the reconsolidation of SPHC companies, which occurred in January 2015. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 3.0%. Specialty segment EBIT was up 64.0% to $111.2 million from $67.8 million a year ago.

Consumer segment sales for fiscal 2016 increased 2.1% to $1.64 billion from $1.60 billion in fiscal 2015. Organic sales increased by 3.3%, and acquisition growth added 0.9%. Currency translation negatively impacted sales by 2.1%. Consumer segment EBIT decreased 2.1%, to $268.2 million from $274.0 million. Consumer segment EBIT for fiscal 2016 was negatively impacted by the $9.3 million fourth-quarter legal settlement charge and positively impacted by a $14.5 million second-quarter earn-out reversal. Fiscal 2015 EBIT included the benefits of a $9.9 million earn-out reversal during the fourth quarter and a $17.0 million earn-out reversal in the second quarter. Excluding these four one-time adjustments, consumer segment EBIT increased 6.4% year over year.

Business Outlook

"In fiscal 2017, we are expecting overall sales growth in the 4% to 6% range, with the consumer and specialty segments up in the mid-single-digit range and the industrial segment up in the low-single-digit range. We expect continued improvement in the U.S. commercial construction and housing sectors, while global markets will remain somewhat choppy, especially those serving energy and heavy industry, along with currency headwinds, especially the British pound.

"From a diluted earnings per share perspective, there were certain one-time items in fiscal 2016 that will not repeat in fiscal 2017, including the benefit of the Kirker earn-out reversal in the second quarter ($0.08 per share) and the Dalian gain ($0.06 per share) in the fourth quarter, which were partially offset by a loss of $0.05 per share on the legal settlement charge, also in the fourth quarter. Excluding these three items from the full-year fiscal 2016 diluted earnings per share of $2.63, an ’apples-to-apples’ starting point for fiscal 2017 would be $2.54. We expect our core business to leverage 4% to 6% sales growth into 10% to 12% growth in earnings. However, in fiscal 2017 we anticipate approximately $0.06 per share in additional unfavorable currency translation driven largely by the devaluation of the British pound against the U.S. dollar and $0.05 per share in higher pension costs due to the continued decline in the discount rates. As a result of these factors, our earnings guidance for fiscal 2017 is $2.68 to $2.78 per diluted share," stated Sullivan.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call to discuss the results beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT today. The call can be accessed by dialing 888-771-4371 or 847-585-4405 for international callers. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. The call, which will last approximately one hour, will be open to the public, but only financial analysts will be permitted to ask questions. The media and all other participants will be in a listen-only mode. The call may also be accessed via the RPM website at

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available from approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT on July 28, 2016 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 4, 2016. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 for international callers. The access code is 41121752. The call also will be available both live and for replay, and as a written transcript, via the RPM web site at

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, and Euclid Chemical. 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 and by following RPM on Twitter at

For more information, contact Barry M. Slifstein, vice president - investor relations, at 330-273-5090 or

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, 2015, 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.

                                                                              As Reported                                                                                           Adjusted (1)
                                                                              Three Months Ended                                 Year Ended                                         Year Ended
                                                                              May 31,                  May 31,                   May 31,                  May 31,                   May 31,
                                                                              2016                     2015                      2016                     2015                      20 15
                                                                              (Unaudited)                                                                                           (Unaudited)
Net Sales                                                                     $         1,426,584      $         1,373,159       $         4,813,649      $         4,594,550       $                 4,594,550
Cost of sales                                                                 779,390                  773,864                   2,726,601                2,653,181                 2,653,181
Gross profit                                                                  647,194                  599,295                   2,087,048                1,941,369                 1,941,369
Selling, general & administrative expenses                                    424,616                  395,359                   1,520,977                1,422,944                 1,422,944
Interest expense                                                              23,605                   27,303                    91,683                   87,615                    87,615
Investment (income), net                                                      (2,288)                  (2,023)                   (10,365)                 (18,577)                  (18,577)
Other expense (income), net                                                   2,163                    (342)                     1,287                    (3,866)                   (3,866)
Income before income taxes                                                    199,098                  178,998                   483,466                  453,253                   453,253
Provision for income taxes                                                    45,444                   50,413                    126,008                  224,925                   118,699
Net income                                                                    153,654                  128,585                   357,458                  228,328                   334,554
Less:  Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests             759                      598                       2,733                    (11,156)                  11,566
Net income attributable to RPM International Inc. Stockholders                $            152,895     $            127,987      $            354,725     $            239,484      $                    322,988
Earnings per share of common stock attributable to
RPM International Inc. Stockholders:
Basic                                                                         $                  1.16  $                  0.97   $                  2.70  $                  1.81   $                          2.43
Diluted                                                                       $                  1.13  $                  0.94   $                  2.63  $                  1.78   $                          2.38
Average shares of common stock outstanding - basic                            129,017                  129,578                   129,383                  129,933                   129,933
Average shares of common stock outstanding - diluted                          136,408                  134,540                   136,716                  134,893                   134,893
(1) See attached page for reconciliation from As Reported to Adjusted figures
                                                                              Three Months Ended                                 Year Ended
                                                                              May 31,                  May 31,                   May 31,                  May 31,
                                                                              2016                     2015                      2016                     2015
Net Sales:                                                                    (Unaudited)
Industrial Segment                                                            $            686,578     $            691,762      $         2,444,120      $         2,533,476
Specialty Segment                                                             196,163                  186,729                   732,091                  457,245
Consumer Segment                                                              543,843                  494,668                   1,637,438                1,603,829
Total                                                                         $         1,426,584      $         1,373,159       $         4,813,649      $         4,594,550
Income Before Income Taxes (a):
Industrial Segment
Income Before Income Taxes (b)                                                $            106,440     $              91,862     $            252,781     $            246,997
Interest (Expense), Net (c)                                                   (1,505)                  (1,671)                   (5,987)                  (8,190)
EBIT (d)                                                                      $            107,945     $              93,533     $            258,768     $            255,187
Specialty Segment
Income Before Income Taxes (b)                                                $              32,828    $              27,442     $            111,945     $              68,340
Interest Income, Net (c)                                                      147                      230                       730                      534
EBIT (d)                                                                      $              32,681    $              27,212     $            111,215     $              67,806
Consumer Segment
Income Before Income Taxes (b)                                                $              97,881    $            100,623      $            268,218     $            274,001
Interest Income (Expense), Net (c)                                            (76)                     40                        40                       34
EBIT (d)                                                                      $              97,957    $            100,583      $            268,178     $            273,967
(Expense) Before Income Taxes (b)                                             $             (38,051)   $             (40,929)    $           (149,478)    $           (136,085)
Interest (Expense), Net (c)                                                   (19,883)                 (23,879)                  (76,101)                 (61,416)
EBIT (d)                                                                      $             (18,168)   $             (17,050)    $             (73,377)   $             (74,669)
Income Before Income Taxes (b)                                                $            199,098     $            178,998      $            483,466     $            453,253
Interest (Expense), Net (c)                                                   (21,317)                 (25,280)                  (81,318)                 (69,038)
EBIT (d)                                                                      $            220,415     $            204,278      $            564,784     $            522,291
(a)  Prior period information has been recast to reflect the current period change in reportable segments.
(b)  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.
(c)  Interest (expense), net includes the combination of interest (expense) and investment income/(expense), net.
(d)  EBIT is defined as earnings (loss) before interest and taxes.  We evaluate the profit performance of our segments based on income before income taxes, but also look to EBIT as a performance evaluation measure
because interest expense is essentially related to acquisitions, as opposed to segment operations.  For that reason, we believe EBIT is also useful to investors as a metric in their investment decisions. EBIT should
not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, income before income taxes as determined in accordance with GAAP, since EBIT omits the impact of interest in determining
operating performance, which represent items necessary to our continued operations, given our level of indebtedness.  Nonetheless, EBIT is a key measure expected by and useful to our fixed income
investors, rating agencies and the banking community all of whom believe, and we concur, that this measure is critical to the capital markets’ analysis of our segments’ core operating performance.  We
also evaluate EBIT because it is clear that movements in EBIT impact our ability to attract financing.  Our underwriters and bankers consistently require inclusion of this measure in offering memoranda in
conjunction with any debt underwriting or bank financing.  EBIT may not be indicative of our historical operating results, nor is it meant to be predictive of potential future results.
                                                                 Year Ended May 31, 2015
                                                                 AS REPORTED          Adjustments                     ADJUSTED
Net Sales                                                        $     4,594,550      $              -                $  4,594,550
Cost of sales                                                    2,653,181            -                               2,653,181
Gross profit                                                     1,941,369            -                               1,941,369
Selling, general & administrative expenses                       1,422,944            -                               1,422,944
Interest expense                                                 87,615               -                               87,615
Investment (income), net                                         (18,577)             -                               (18,577)
Other expense (income), net                                      (3,866)              -                               (3,866)
Income before income taxes                                       453,253              -                               453,253
Provision for income taxes                                       224,925              (106,226)        (1)            118,699
Net income                                                       228,328              106,226                         334,554
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (11,156)             22,722           (1)            11,566
Net income attributable to RPM International Inc. Stockholders   $        239,484     $      83,504                   $     322,988
Earnings per share attributable to RPM International Inc. Stockholders:
Basic                                                            $              1.81  $          0.62                 $           2.43
Diluted                                                          $              1.78  $          0.60                 $           2.38
(1) Reflects adjustments related to the recognition of an ASC 740-30 tax liability for the potential repatriation of foreign earnings and related impact on NCI Net Income.
                                                                        May 31, 2016           May 31, 2015
Current Assets
                      Cash and cash equivalents                         $             265,152  $             174,711
                      Trade accounts receivable                         987,692                980,737
                      Allowance for doubtful accounts                   (24,600)               (24,526)
                      Net trade accounts receivable                     963,092                956,211
                      Inventories                                       685,818                674,205
                      Deferred income taxes                             -                      29,892
                      Prepaid expenses and other current assets         224,280                264,827
                      Total current assets                              2,138,342              2,099,846
Property, Plant and Equipment, at Cost                                  1,344,830              1,258,304
                      Allowance for depreciation                        (715,377)              (668,658)
                      Property, plant and equipment, net                629,453                589,646
Other Assets
                      Goodwill                                          1,219,630              1,215,688
                      Other intangible assets, net of amortization      575,401                604,130
                      Deferred income taxes, non-current                19,771                 5,685
                      Other                                             193,444                179,245
                      Total other assets                                2,008,246              2,004,748
Total Assets                                                            $          4,776,041   $          4,694,240
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities
                      Accounts payable                                  $             500,506  $             512,165
                      Current portion of long-term debt                 4,713                  2,038
                      Accrued compensation and benefits                 183,768                169,370
                      Accrued losses                                    35,290                 22,016
                      Other accrued liabilities                         277,914                197,647
                      Total current liabilities                         1,002,191              903,236
Long-Term Liabilities
                      Long-term debt, less current maturities           1,646,332              1,654,037
                      Other long-term liabilities                       702,979                752,821
                      Deferred income taxes                             49,791                 90,681
                      Total long-term liabilities                       2,399,102              2,497,539
                      Total liabilities                                 3,401,293              3,400,775
                      Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ Equity
                      Preferred stock; none issued
                      Common stock (outstanding 132,944; 133,203)       1,329                  1,332
                      Paid-in capital                                   921,956                872,127
                      Treasury stock, at cost                           (196,274)              (124,928)
                      Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)            (502,047)              (394,135)
                      Retained earnings                                 1,147,371              936,996
                      Total RPM International Inc. stockholders’ equity 1,372,335              1,291,392
                      Noncontrolling interest                           2,413                  2,073
                      Total equity                                      1,374,748              1,293,465
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                              $          4,776,041   $          4,694,240
                                                            Year Ended
                                                            May 31,           May 31,
                                                            2016              2015
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:
Net income                                                  $        357,458  $        228,328
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
cash provided by (used for) operating activities:
Depreciation                                                66,732            62,188
Amortization                                                44,307            36,988
Reversal of contingent consideration obligations            (14,500)          (29,665)
Asset impairment charge                                     4,471             818
Other-than-temporary impairments on marketable securities   3,811             22
Deferred income taxes                                       9,399             97,502
Stock-based compensation expense                            31,287            31,741
Other non-cash interest expense                             9,750             5,624
Gain on remeasurement of joint venture ownership            (7,972)
Realized (gain) on sales of marketable securities           (6,457)           (8,692)
Other                                                       (15)              (1,954)
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effect
from purchases and sales of businesses:
(Increase) in receivables                                   (24,582)          (90,230)
(Increase) in inventory                                     (17,733)          (31,348)
(Increase) in prepaid expenses and other
current and long-term assets                                (25,617)          (4,590)
(Decrease) in accounts payable                              (5,958)           (16,249)
Increase (decrease) in accrued compensation and benefits    17,681            (1,297)
Increase (decrease) in accrued losses                       13,514            (7,218)
Increase in other accrued liabilities                       8,011             51,761
Other                                                       11,119            6,719
Cash Provided By Operating Activities                       474,706           330,448
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:
Capital expenditures                                        (117,183)         (85,363)
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired             (51,992)          (467,573)
Purchase of marketable securities                           (32,280)          (61,511)
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities                32,631            48,971
Proceeds from sales of assets or businesses                 866               4,079
Other                                                       2,092             1,944
Cash (Used For) Investing Activities                        (165,866)         (559,453)
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:
Additions to long-term and short-term debt                  142,130           460,560
Reductions of long-term and short-term debt                 (147,155)         (162,318)
Cash dividends                                              (144,350)         (136,179)
Shares of common stock repurchased and returned for taxes   (71,346)          (39,528)
Payments of acquisition-related contingent consideration    (2,088)           (22,179)
Exercise of stock options and awards, including tax benefit 18,540            8,560
Other                                                       (1,836)           1,277
Cash (Used For) Provided By Financing Activities            (206,105)         110,193
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and
Cash Equivalents                                            (12,294)          (39,345)
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents                     90,441            (158,157)
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period            174,711           332,868
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period                  $        265,152  $        174,711

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