RPM Reports Financials 2018 Fourth Quarter and Year End

RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) reported record sales for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended May 31, 2018. Net income and diluted earnings per share declined in the fourth quarter due to higher raw material costs and extended winter weather, which inhibited outdoor projects, especially in the company’s consumer segment. In addition, the company recorded restructuring and other charges to reduce expenses and position RPM for long-term growth, as well as inventory-related charges in its consumer segment tied to a strategic shift in direction. For the full 2018 fiscal year, net income and diluted earnings per share increased over the prior year.

  • Record sales reported, increasing 4% in the fourth quarter and 7% for the fiscal year
  • Fourth-quarter net income decreased 33%; adjusted net income increased 3%
  • Full-year net income increased 86%; adjusted net income increased 18%
  • Implementing operating improvement plan to enhance shareholder value

“We began addressing operating improvement opportunities with our board over a year ago. We were in the early phases of this initiative when a now major shareholder – Elliott Management – contacted us because they believed that RPM’s stock was undervalued, particularly in relationship to opportunities to improve our operating performance and margin profile. We agree,” stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer.

Fourth-Quarter Consolidated Results

Net sales for the fourth-quarter increased 4.4% to $1.56 billion from $1.49 billion a year ago. Net income in the quarter decreased to $85.7 million from $128.1 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

“We achieved respectable top-line sales growth in the fourth quarter, particularly in light of the unseasonably cold and rainy spring in North America that delayed coating and construction projects. Bottom-line results were adversely affected by rising raw material costs, as well as the decline in sales in the consumer segment and the resulting lack of leverage, exacerbated by strategic restructuring initiatives introduced by new management at Rust-Oleum,” stated Sullivan.

Full-Year Consolidated Results

Fiscal 2018 consolidated full-year net sales increased 7.3% to $5.32 billion from $4.96 billion in fiscal 2017. Net income increased 85.8% to $337.8 million from $181.8 million reported in fiscal 2017.

Cash Flow and Financial Position

For the 2018 fiscal year, cash from operations was $390.4 million compared to $386.1 million in fiscal 2017. Capital expenditures during fiscal 2018 of $114.6 million compare to $126.1 million over the same time in fiscal 2017. Total debt at the end of fiscal 2018 was $2.17 billion compared to $2.09 billion a year ago. RPM’s net (of cash) debt-to-total capitalization ratio was 54.2% compared to 54.8% at May 31, 2017. RPM’s total liquidity at May 31, 2018, including cash and long-term committed available credit, was $1.0 billion.

Business Outlook

“During fiscal 2019, we expect the challenging raw material environment to continue, perpetuating the stress on gross profit margins. All of our businesses are aggressively pursuing price increases and we expect to see some of that benefit in our consumer segment this fiscal year.

“During fiscal 2019, we intend to adjust out charges relating to our operational improvement initiative to provide better clarity on the performance of our core businesses. We have committed to announcing a comprehensive update to our operating improvement initiative, which we call our 2020 MAP to Growth, prior to the end of November and have elected not to provide EPS guidance as we navigate through this transitional period,” stated Sullivan.

About RPM

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services across three segments: industrial products; consumer products &  specialty products.

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.

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