The Sherwin-Williams Company Reports 2015 Second Quarter and First Six Months Financial Results

- Consolidated net sales increased 2.9% to a record $3.13 billion in the quarter and increased 3.2% to a record $5.58 billion in six months

- Net sales from stores open more than twelve calendar months increased 3.9% in the quarter

- Diluted net income per common share increased 25.9% to a record $3.70 per share in the quarter and increased 25.1% to a record $5.08 per share in six months

- Anticipates 3Q15 sales increase of 3% to 5% and EPS in the range of $3.75 to $3.90

- Updating FY15 EPS guidance to $10.60 to $11.00 per share vs. $8.78 per share in 2014

Jul 16, 2015, 07:00 ET from The Sherwin-Williams Company

CLEVELAND, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015. Compared to the same periods in 2014, consolidated net sales increased $89.1 million, or 2.9%, to $3.13 billion in the quarter and increased $172.9 million, or 3.2%, to $5.58 billion in six months due primarily to higher paint sales volume in our Paint Stores and Consumer Groups. Unfavorable currency translation rate changes decreased consolidated net sales 3.0% in the quarter and six months.

Diluted net income per common share in the quarter increased to $3.70 per share from $2.94 per share in 2014 and increased in six months to $5.08 per share from $4.06 per share last year. The increases in second quarter and six month diluted net income per common share were due primarily to improved operating results of the Paint Stores and Consumer Groups. Currency translation rate changes decreased diluted net income per common share by $.07 per share in the quarter and $.11 in six months.

Net sales in the Paint Stores Group increased 5.4% to $1.98 billion in the quarter and increased 6.3% to $3.45 billion in six months due primarily to higher architectural paint sales volume across all end market segments. Net sales from stores open for more than twelve calendar months increased 3.9% in the quarter and increased 5.0% in six months over last year's comparable periods. Paint Stores Group segment profit increased $57.5 million to $433.4 million in the quarter from $375.9 million last year and increased $87.8 million to $610.0 million in six months from $522.1 million last year due primarily to higher paint sales volume. Segment profit as a percent to net sales increased in the quarter to 21.8% from 20.0% last year and increased in six months to 17.7% from 16.1% in 2014.

Net sales of the Consumer Group increased 13.1% to $490.0 million in the quarter and increased 11.0% to $841.7 million in six months due primarily to shipments of HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams paint to Lowe's stores. Segment profit increased to $114.2 million in the quarter from $92.5 million last year and increased to $169.7 million in six months from $143.6 million last year due primarily to improved operating efficiencies. As a percent to net external sales, segment profit increased in the quarter to 23.3% from 21.3% last year and increased in six months to 20.2% from 18.9% last year.

The Global Finishes Group's net sales stated in U.S. dollars decreased 7.1% to $505.8 million in the quarter and decreased 6.4% to $975.3 million in six months. Unfavorable currency translation rate changes decreased net sales by 7.7% in the quarter and 7.3% in six months. Stated in U.S. dollars, segment profit increased in the quarter to $57.3 million from $54.9 million last year due primarily to higher paint sales volume and charges in the second quarter 2014 related to the exit of our business in Venezuela partially offset by unfavorable currency translation rate changes. Six month segment profit decreased to $96.2 million from $101.3 million last year due primarily to unfavorable currency translation rate changes. Second quarter and six months 2014 segment profit included a $4.5 million charge related to the exit of our business in Venezuela. Unfavorable currency translation rate changes reduced segment profit $8.3 million in the quarter and $12.7 million in six months. As a percent to net external sales, segment profit was 11.3% in the quarter versus 10.1% last year and 9.9% in six months compared to 9.7% in 2014.

The Latin America Coatings Group's net sales stated in U.S. dollars decreased 17.2% to $150.1 million in the quarter and decreased 13.0% to $316.3 million in six months due primarily to unfavorable currency translation rate changes partially offset by selling price increases. Unfavorable currency translation rate changes decreased net sales by 17.4% in the quarter and 15.6% in six months. Stated in U.S. dollars, segment profit decreased in the quarter to $4.0 million from $5.7 million last year and decreased in six months to $13.5 million from $15.6 million last year due primarily to increasing raw material costs and unfavorable currency translation rate changes partially offset by selling price increases. Unfavorable currency translation rate changes decreased segment profit $2.3 million in the quarter and $5.7 million in six months. As a percent to net external sales, segment profit decreased in the quarter to 2.7% from 3.1% last year and remained flat at 4.3% in six months.

The Company acquired 2.25 million shares of its common stock through open market purchases in the six months ended June 30, 2015. The Company had remaining authorization at June 30, 2015 to purchase 2.98 million shares.

Commenting on the financial results, Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our Paint Stores Group posted another quarter of positive operating results and architectural volume growth across all end market segments. Consumer Group improved its operating results through improved operating efficiencies. The HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams paint program rollout was completed in all Lowe's stores by May 1 and continued to ramp up to expected volumes throughout the quarter. Our Global Finishes and Latin America Coatings Groups are managing through the negative effects of currency devaluation and weak end market demand in some geographies. In total, it is gratifying to report another quarter of record sales and earnings per share.

"We continued to invest in our business by opening twenty-two net new locations in the Paint Stores Group in the first six months. During the quarter, we continued to buy shares of our stock, and we increased the dividend rate to $.67 from $.55 last year. Our balance sheet remains flexible and is positioned well for future acquisitions and other investments in our business.

"For the third quarter, we anticipate our consolidated net sales will increase three to five percent compared to last year's third quarter. At that anticipated sales level, we estimate diluted net income per common share in the third quarter of 2015 to be in the range of $3.75 to $3.90 per share compared to $3.35 per share earned in the third quarter of 2014. For the full year 2015, we expect consolidated net sales to increase three to five percent compared to full year 2014. With annual sales at that level, we are updating our guidance that diluted net income per common share for 2015 to be in the range of $10.60 to $11.00 per share compared to $8.78 per share earned in 2014."

The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its financial results for the second quarter, and its outlook for the third quarter and full year 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 16, 2015. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously in the listen only mode by Vcall. 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 July 16th release. The webcast will also be available at Vcall'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 August 6, 2015 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 coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, and many more. With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,100 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 Global Finishes Group distributes a wide range of products in more than 115 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.sherwin.com.

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements", as defined under U.S. federal securities laws, with respect to sales, earnings and other matters. These forward-looking statements are based upon management's current expectations, estimates, assumptions and beliefs concerning future events and conditions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of the Company, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements and from the Company's historical results and experience. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include such things as: general business conditions, strengths of retail and manufacturing economies and the growth in the coatings industry; changes in the Company's relationships with customers and suppliers; changes in raw material availability and pricing; unusual weather conditions; and other risks, uncertainties and factors described from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Since it is not possible to predict or identify all of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results, the above list should not be considered a complete list. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

     

Investor Relations Contact:

Bob Wells

Senior Vice President,

Corporate Communications & Public Affairs

Sherwin-Williams

Direct:  216.566.2244

rjwells@sherwin.com

 

Media Contact:

Mike Conway

Director, Corporate Communications

Sherwin-Williams

Direct:  216.515.4393

Pager:  216.422.3751

mike.conway@sherwin.com

 

     

The Sherwin-Williams Company and Subsidiaries

Statements of Consolidated Income (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

Thousands of dollars, except per share data

2015

2014

2015

2014

Net sales

$

3,132,139

$

3,042,995

$

5,582,423

$

5,409,551

Cost of goods sold

1,602,153

1,633,342

2,919,988

2,933,997

Gross profit

1,529,986

1,409,653

2,662,435

2,475,554

  Percent to net sales

48.8%

46.3%

47.7%

45.8%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

999,224

969,183

1,928,421

1,853,271

  Percent to net sales

31.9%

31.8%

34.5%

34.3%

Other general expense - net

9,971

770

8,298

198

Interest expense

12,885

16,374

25,236

32,768

Interest and net investment income

(553)

(757)

(975)

(1,346)

Other expense (income) - net

677

(5,147)

432

(4,644)

Income before income taxes

507,782

429,230

701,023

595,307

Income taxes

157,845

137,783

219,682

188,403

Net income

$

349,937

$

291,447

$

481,341

$

406,904

Net income per common share:

       Basic

$

3.78

$

3.00

$

5.18

$

4.14

       Diluted

$

3.70

$

2.94

$

5.08

$

4.06

Average shares outstanding - basic

92,260,367

96,599,869

92,500,213

97,716,539

Average shares and equivalents outstanding - diluted

94,124,695

98,541,909

94,427,191

99,688,557

Additional information regarding the Company's financial condition, operating segment results and other information can be found on the Sherwin-Williams website, www.sherwin.com, by clicking on About Us, choosing Investor Relations, then selecting Press Releases and clicking on the reference to the July 16th release.

 

SOURCE The Sherwin-Williams Company



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