MRO Magazine

Masco Outperforms in the Second Quarter 2015


July 28, 2015
By Business Wire News

TAYLOR, Mich.

Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded home improvement and building products, reported net sales and operating profit growth in the second quarter of 2015. All segments contributed to a 14.5 percent adjusted operating profit margin, representing a 22 percent increase over prior year.

“Continued growth momentum, solid execution, and the timing of paint promotions enabled us to achieve earnings above our expectations for the quarter,” said Masco’s President and CEO Keith Allman. “Importantly, our Cabinets and Related Products segment accelerated the pace of its turnaround, resulting in better than expected top and bottom line results for that segment. In addition to our strong sales and profit growth, we returned nearly $270 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases in the first half of 2015.”

2015 Second Quarter Commentary

  • Net sales from continuing operations increased 3 percent to $1.9 billion. North American sales increased 7 percent and international sales decreased 10 percent in U.S. dollars but increased 5 percent in local currency
  • Compared to second quarter 2014, results for key financial measures, as adjusted for certain items (see Exhibit A) and with a normalized tax rate of 36 percent, were as follows:
    • Gross margins improved to 33 percent compared to 30.7 percent
    • Operating margins improved to 14.5 percent compared to 12.2 percent
    • Income from continuing operations was $.38 per common share compared to $.28 per common share
  • Income from continuing operations, as reported, was $.31 per common share
  • Liquidity at the end of the second quarter was approximately $1.5 billion
  • Approximately 3.8 million shares were repurchased in the second quarter

2015 Second Quarter Operating Segment Highlights

  • Plumbing Products’ net sales were flat, but increased 7 percent excluding the effects of foreign currency translation, fueled by ongoing strength in the wholesale and retail channels
  • Decorative Architectural Products’ net sales increased 4 percent, driven by new products and the pro paint initiative
  • Cabinets and Related Products’ net sales increased 6 percent, driven by KraftMaid® Cabinetry’s sales growth with home centers and dealers
  • Other Specialty Products’ net sales increased 8 percent, led by Milgard Windows’ strong performance across all channels and geographies

Outlook

“Masco has delivered a strong first half of the year and we are proud of our focus and execution,” said Mr. Allman. “With the completion of the spin-off of TopBuild Corp., we begin a new chapter in Masco’s history focused on driving shareholder value through our portfolio of industry-leading branded building products, operational excellence and disciplined capital allocation. Our Cabinetry business has returned to profitability and we expect the momentum it has built over the first half of the year to continue. For the balance of 2015, we believe the underlying demand for our market-leading products will increase and that the repair and remodeling environment will continue to improve. We believe we are positioned to capitalize on these opportunities. Reflecting confidence in Masco’s future outlook, our Board of Directors intends to increase our annual dividend by $0.02 per share to $0.38 beginning with the quarterly dividend to be paid in the fourth quarter of 2015.”

About Masco

Headquartered in Taylor, Mich., Masco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. Our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Behr® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures; KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinets; Milgard® windows and doors; and HotSpring® spas. We leverage our powerful brands across product categories, sales channels and geographies to create value for our customers and shareholders. For more information about Masco Corporation, visit masco.com.

The 2015 second quarter supplemental material, including a presentation in PDF format, is available on the Company’s website at www.masco.com.

Conference Call Details

A conference call regarding items contained in this release is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Participants in the call are asked to register five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time by dialing (855) 226-2726 (855-22MASCO) and from outside the U.S. at (706) 679-3614. Please use the conference identification number 74579395. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously and in its entirety through the Company’s website. Shareholders, media representatives and others interested in Masco may participate in the webcast by registering through the Investor Relations section on the Company’s website.

A replay of the call will be available on Masco’s website or by phone by dialing (855) 859-2056 and from outside the U.S. at (404) 537-3406. Please use the conference identification number 74579395. The telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the end of the call and continue through August 28, 2015.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements contained in this press release that reflect our views about our future performance constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “appear,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “assume,” “seek,” “forecast,” and similar references to future periods. Our views about future performance involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and, accordingly, our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in our forward-looking statements. We caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. Our future performance may be affected by our reliance on new home construction and home improvement, our reliance on key customers, the cost and availability of raw materials, uncertainty in the international economy, shifts in consumer preferences and purchasing practices, our ability to improve our underperforming businesses, our ability to maintain our competitive position in our industries, the timing and terms of our share repurchase program, and our ability to reduce corporate expense and simplify our organizational structure. We discuss many of the risks we face in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Unless required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The Company believes that the non-GAAP performance measures and ratios that are contained herein, used in managing the business, may provide users of this financial information with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior periods. Non-GAAP performance measures and ratios should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company’s reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Additional information about the Company is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is available on Masco’s website at www.masco.com.

Masco Corporation
Investor Contact
Irene Tasi
Director – Investor Relations
313.792.5500
irene_tasi@mascohq.com