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The Sherwin-Williams to Report 2020 Second Quarter Financial Results

  • Consolidated net sales decreased 5.6% in the quarter to $4.60 billion
    • Net sales from stores in U.S. and Canada open more than twelve calendar months decreased 6.9% in the quarter
  • Diluted net income per share increased to $6.48 per share in the quarter compared to $5.03 per share in the second quarter 2019
    • Excluding the impact of acquisition-related amortization expense, diluted net income per share increased to $7.10 per share in the quarter versus $6.57 per share in the second quarter 2019, excluding the impact of acquisition-related costs and other adjustments
  • Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) increased 6.2% in the quarter to $979.0 million, or 21.3% of sales
  • Net operating cash increased 42% year-to-date to $1.07 billion, or 12.3% of sales
  • Increasing FY20 diluted net income per share guidance to a range of $19.21 to $20.71 per share, including acquisition-related amortization expense of $2.54 per share. Prior FY20 guidance was $16.46 to $18.46 per share, including acquisition-related amortization expense of $2.54 per share

The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. Compared to the same period in 2019, consolidated net sales decreased $273.8 million, or 5.6%, to $4.60 billion in the quarter and decreased $168.0 million, or 1.9%, to $8.75 billion in the first six months. The decrease in the quarter was due primarily to impacts of COVID-19, which caused demand softness in some end markets in The Americas Group and the Performance Coatings Group, and unfavorable currency translation rate changes, partially offset by higher sales to most of the Consumer Brands Group’s retail customers. The estimated impact from COVID-19 on consolidated net sales during the quarter and first six months was 8.2% and 5.2%, respectively. Currency translation rate changes decreased consolidated net sales by 1.5% in the second quarter and 1.4% in the first six months. Diluted net income per share increased to $6.48 per share in the second quarter compared to $5.03 per share in the second quarter of 2019. Second quarter 2020 included a charge of $.62 per share for acquisition-related amortization expense. Second quarter 2019 included charges of $.63 per share for acquisition-related amortization expense, $.12 per share for integration costs and $.79 per share for a tax credit investment loss. Diluted net income per share increased to $9.93 per share in the first six months compared to $7.65 per share in the same period in 2019. The first six months of 2020 included a charge of $1.24 per share for acquisition-related amortization expense. The first six months of 2019 included charges of $1.27 per share for acquisition-related amortization expense, $.19 per share for integration costs, $.79 per share for a tax credit investment loss and $.27 per share for pension settlement expense.

Net sales in The Americas Group decreased 8.4% to $2.52 billion in the quarter and decreased 1.7% to $4.83 billion in the first six months due primarily to the impacts of COVID-19 on demand in most end market segments served, partially offset by higher DIY paint sales in the U.S. and Canada. Net sales from stores in the U.S. and Canada open for more than twelve calendar months decreased 6.9% and 0.7% in the quarter and first six months, respectively, over last year’s comparable periods. Segment profit decreased $12.7 million to $599.7 million in the quarter due primarily to lower paint sales volume, partially offset by moderating raw material costs and good cost control. Segment profit increased $44.5 million to $988.0 million in the first six months primarily due to strong first quarter sales volume momentum realized prior to COVID-19 and favorable customer and product mix. Segment profit as a percent of net sales increased to 23.8% in the second quarter compared to 22.2% in the second quarter last year, and increased to 20.5% in the first six months compared to 19.2% in the first six months last year, primarily due to favorable customer and product mix and good cost control.

Net sales of the Consumer Brands Group increased 21.8% to $980.2 million in the quarter and increased 9.8% to $1.60 billion in the first six months. The increase in the quarter and first six months was due primarily to higher volume sales to most of the group’s North American and European retail customers, partially offset by softer sales in Asia Pacific. Segment profit increased to $237.4 million in the quarter from $140.7 million in the second quarter last year due primarily to higher volume sales, moderating raw material costs, good cost control and actions taken over the past year to improve our international operating margins. Segment profit as a percent of net external sales increased in the quarter to 24.2% from 17.5% in the second quarter last year. Acquisition-related amortization expense reduced segment profit as a percent of net external sales by 230 basis points in the second quarter 2020 compared to 280 basis points in the second quarter of 2019. In the first six months, segment profit increased to $320.9 million from $228.6 million in the first six months last year primarily due to higher volume sales, moderating raw material costs, good cost control and actions taken over the past year to improve our international operating margins. Segment profit as a percent of net external sales in the first six months was 20.0% compared to 15.7% in the first six months last year. Acquisition-related amortization expense reduced segment profit as a percent of net external sales by 280 basis points in the first six months compared to 310 basis points in the first six months of 2019.

The Performance Coatings Group’s net sales decreased 16.5% to $1.10 billion in the quarter and decreased 9.0% to $2.32 billion in the first six months. The decrease in both the quarter and first six months was due primarily to softer end market demand in most businesses, partially due to the impacts of COVID-19, and unfavorable currency translation rate changes, partially offset by increased sales in the packaging division within our Performance Coatings Group in all regions. Currency translation rate changes decreased the group’s net sales by 3.0% and 2.6% in the quarter and first six months, respectively. Segment profit decreased in the second quarter to $97.4 million from $150.3 million in the second quarter last year and to $211.1 million in the first six months from $249.0 million in the first six months last year due primarily to sales volume decreases, partially offset by moderating raw material costs and good cost control. Segment profit as a percent of net external sales decreased in the quarter to 8.9% from 11.4% in the second quarter last year. Acquisition-related amortization expense reduced segment profit as a percent of net external sales by 470 basis points in the second quarter 2020 compared to 410 basis points in the second quarter of 2019. Segment profit as a percent of net external sales decreased in the first six months to 9.1% from 9.8% in the first six months last year. Acquisition-related amortization expense reduced segment profit as a percent of net external sales by 460 basis points in the first six months compared to 420 basis points in the first six months of 2019.

The Company generated $1.07 billion in net operating cash during the first six months of 2020, an increase of 42% compared to the same period in 2019, primarily driven by an increase in earnings and improved working capital management. The Company’s liquidity position remained strong with $188.1 million in cash and $2.96 billion of unused capacity under its revolving credit facilities at June 30, 2020. Our leverage ratio measured as total debt to adjusted EBITDA improved to 2.8 times in the second quarter of 2020 compared to 3.3 times in the second quarter of 2019. The Company purchased 1,700,000 shares of its common stock in the first six months, and at June 30, 2020, had remaining authorization to purchase 6.75 million shares of its common stock through open market purchases.

Commenting on the results, John G. Morikis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “My sincere thanks goes to our entire global team for their resilience and determination in bringing solutions to our customers under very challenging circumstances this quarter. Consolidated net sales improved sequentially in each month of the quarter, led by unprecedented demand for architectural DIY paint in North America. While sales were down by a mid-single digit percentage overall, favorable customer and product mix, lower input costs and strong spending controls enabled us to deliver significantly improved performance compared to last year’s second quarter. Gross margin expanded 330 basis points to 48%, and adjusted earnings per share increased 8.1% to $7.10 per share. Adjusted EBITDA grew 6.2% to $979.0 million, or 21.3% of sales, compared to 18.9% in second quarter last year.

“In The Americas Group, our teams adjusted quickly to meet customer demand while we temporarily shifted to curbside pickup and delivery, and delivered better than expected sales and profit results with sequential improvement through the quarter. In the Consumer Brands Group, higher volume sales through the Group’s North American retail customers resulted in a 21% sales gain and improved segment profit.  In the Performance Coatings Group, softening industrial demand and the impact of COVID-19 affected most of the end markets and all of the geographies served.

“We anticipate sequential improvement in demand for the third quarter compared to the second quarter with demand softness continuing in some end markets in the U.S. and global environments for the remainder of 2020.  Given the trends and indicators we see at this time, we anticipate third quarter 2020 consolidated net sales will be up or down low single digits versus the third quarter of 2019.

“For the full year 2020, we now expect full year consolidated net sales will be approximately flat to last year. Our revised sales guidance continues to reflect uncertainties in the timing and pace of improvement in the U.S. and global environments. Considering our revised sales guidance, we are increasing our diluted net income per share guidance for 2020 to be in the range of $19.21 to $20.71 per share compared to our previous guidance of $16.46 to $18.46 per share and compared to $16.49 per share earned in 2019. Full year 2020 earnings per share guidance includes acquisition-related amortization expense of approximately $2.54 per share. Full year 2019 earnings per share included acquisition-related costs of $3.21 per share and other adjustments of $1.42 per share.”

Source: The Sherwin-Williams 

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