CLEVELAND, April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
- Consolidated net sales increased 1.9% in the quarter to $4.04 billion
- Net sales from stores in U.S. and Canada open more than twelve calendar months increased 3.6% in the quarter
- Diluted net income per share was flat at $2.62 per share in both first quarter 2019 and 2018
- First quarter 2019 includes charges for acquisition-related costs and pension settlement expense of $.71 and $.27 per share, respectively; first quarter 2018 included acquisition-related costs of $.95 per share
- Excluding acquisition-related costs and pension settlement expense, diluted net income per share increased to $3.60 per share in the quarter compared to $3.57 per share in the first quarter 2018 on a comparable basis
- Reaffirming FY19 adjusted EPS guidance of $20.40 to $21.40 per share, excluding acquisition-related costs and pension settlement expense, versus $18.53 per share on a comparable basis in FY18
The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. Compared to the same period in 2018, consolidated net sales increased $75.9 million, or 1.9%, to $4.04 billion in the quarter. The increase in the quarter was due primarily to a new customer program launched in 2018, higher paint sales volume in North American stores, and selling price increases, partially offset by soft end market demand outside the U.S. and unfavorable currency translation rate changes. Currency translation rate changes decreased consolidated net sales by 2.3% in the first quarter. Diluted net income per share was flat at $2.62 per share in both first quarter 2019 and 2018. First quarter 2019 includes charges for acquisition-related costs and pension settlement expense of $.71 and $.27 per share, respectively. First quarter 2018 diluted net income per share included a $.95 per share charge from acquisition-related costs. The pension plan settlement expense recorded in the first quarter 2019 was a result of the Company purchasing annuity contracts to settle the majority of the liabilities of its overfunded domestic defined benefit pension plan. The Company will use the remaining surplus cash for funding future Company contributions to a qualified replacement pension plan, which is the current domestic defined contribution plan.
Net sales in The Americas Group increased 3.6% to $2.15 billion in the quarter due primarily to higher paint sales volume across most end markets in North American stores and selling price increases, partially offset by unfavorable currency translation rate changes. Currency translation rate changes decreased Group net sales by 1.5% in the quarter. Net sales from stores in the U.S. and Canada open for more than twelve calendar months increased 3.6% in the quarter over last year's comparable period. Segment profit decreased $6.3 million to $331.1 million in the quarter due primarily to increased year-over-year raw material costs and unfavorable currency translation rate changes, which was partially offset by selling price increases. Currency translation rate changes decreased segment profit by $4.5 million in the quarter. Segment profit as a percent of net sales decreased in the quarter to 15.4% from 16.2% last year. In the first three months, the Company opened 15 net new store locations in The Americas Group.
The Performance Coatings Group's net sales stated in U.S. dollars increased 0.2% to $1.23 billion in the quarter. The increase in the quarter was due primarily to selling price increases, partially offset by soft sales outside North America and unfavorable currency translation rate changes. Currency translation rate changes decreased Group net sales by 3.9% in the quarter. Segment profit increased in the quarter to $98.7 million from $90.8 million last year due primarily to selling price increases and reduced impacts of purchase accounting, partially offset by increased raw material costs. Currency translation rate changes decreased segment profit $3.5 million in the quarter. Segment profit as a percent of net external sales increased in the quarter to 8.0% from 7.4% last year. Purchase accounting expense in the quarter was $54.1 million compared to $57.5 million last year.
The Company purchased 750,000 shares of its common stock in the three months ended March 31, 2019. At March 31, 2019, the Company had remaining authorization to purchase 9.38 million shares of its common stock through open market purchases. On April 17, 2019, the Company's Board of Directors approved a dividend of $1.13 per share, an increase of 31% over the May 2018 dividend, payable on May 31, 2019 to shareholders of record on May 17, 2019.
Commenting on the first quarter, John G. Morikis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We made good progress on our pricing initiatives across all segments during the quarter and effectively managed SG&A spending, but volumes fell short of expectations due to a slower start to the architectural painting season in North America and continued challenging conditions in many end markets outside North America. Despite the volume shortfall and higher year-over-year raw material costs, consolidated Company adjusted gross margin, which excludes acquisition-related costs, improved sequentially and was flat year-over-year. We expect the positive trend in gross margin and operating expense control to continue as the year progresses, and volume growth should also improve over the balance of the year, particularly in the back half.
"Looking at our performance by segment, in The Americas Group, despite a strong backlog and project pipeline reported by many of our professional customers, volume growth in the quarter was slower than expected. We continued to invest by opening 15 net new store locations in The Americas Group during the quarter. In our Consumer Brands Group, most of the softness in demand in the quarter was in markets outside North America. Consumer Brands Group adjusted segment operating margin in the first quarter expanded sequentially and year-over-year, and we are very well positioned across all North American retail channels heading into the important spring selling season. Performance Coatings Group achieved modest sales growth and increased adjusted segment operating margin in the quarter against year-over-year raw material pressure.
"For the second quarter, we anticipate our consolidated net sales will increase two to five percent compared to last year's second quarter. As a reminder, second quarter revenue comparisons to 2018 in The Americas Group and the Performance Coatings Group are the most challenging of the year, and Consumer Brands Group faces comparisons to early load in volume from the Lowes program and the divested Guardsman business. For the full year 2019, we expect our consolidated net sales will increase four to seven percent compared to the full year 2018. We are updating our full year 2019 diluted net income per share guidance to be in the range of $16.93 to $17.93 per share as a result of lower than expected pension settlement expense of $.27 per share, versus the previous estimate of $.43 per share, and charges of $3.20 per share for acquisition-related costs. Diluted net income per share in 2018 was $11.67 per share, including a charge of $4.15 per share for acquisition-related costs and charges for non-operating expenses of $2.71 per share. We are reaffirming our full year 2019 adjusted diluted net income per share guidance to be in the range of $20.40 to $21.40 per share, excluding acquisition-related costs and pension settlement expense compared to $18.53 per share for the full year 2018 on a comparable basis."
The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its financial results for the first quarter, and its outlook for the second quarter and full year 2019, at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously in the listen only mode by Issuer Direct. To listen to the webcast on the Sherwin-Williams website, www.sherwin.com , click on About Us, choose Investor Relations, then select Press Releases and click on the webcast icon following the reference to the April 23rd release. The webcast will also be available at Issuer Direct's Investor Calendar website, www.investorcalendar.com . An archived replay of the live webcast will be available at www.sherwin.com beginning approximately two hours after the call ends and will be available until May 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. Sherwin-Williams manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Valspar®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, Cabot® and many more. With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,900 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. The Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group supplies a broad range of highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets in more than 120 countries around the world. Sherwin-Williams shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: SHW). For more information, visit www.sherwin.com .
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Management of the Company believes that investors' understanding of the Company's operating performance is enhanced by the disclosure of diluted net income per share excluding Valspar acquisition-related costs and other non-operating expenses. This adjusted earnings per share measurement is not in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). It should not be considered a substitute for earnings per share computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The following tables reconcile diluted net income per share computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP to adjusted diluted net income per share.
Management of the Company believes that investors' understanding of the Company's operating performance is enhanced by the disclosure of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). This measurement is not in accordance with U.S. GAAP. It should not be considered a substitute for net income or net operating cash. The following table reconciles net income computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP to EBITDA.
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