MEDINA, Ohio, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today reported record sales for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended February 28, 2015, but incurred an as-reported loss for the quarter due to a one-time, non-cash net charge for a tax accrual related to the possible repatriation of overseas earnings to fund future obligations for the company's Specialty Products Holding Corp. (SPHC) settlement.
SPHC and its Bondex subsidiary emerged from bankruptcy on December 23, 2014, following approval of a plan of reorganization by the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware and the United States District Court in Delaware. The plan included the establishment of a 524(g) trust to assume their current and future asbestos personal injury liability claims, and absolved SPHC and Bondex from any further asbestos liability. An initial $450.0 million payment was made to the trust using funds from RPM's revolving line of credit in December 2014.
While SPHC and its operating units continued to be owned by RPM during the bankruptcy process, which began May 31, 2010, their financial results were not included in RPM's consolidated results. SPHC results were reconsolidated, effective January 1, 2015, and RPM's fiscal 2015 third-quarter results reflect two months of SPHC operations. SPHC operating units include Day-Glo Color, Dryvit Systems, Kop-Coat, RPM Wood Finishes Group, TCI, ValvTect Petroleum Products and Chemical Specialties Manufacturing.
"We are delighted to have these great management teams and companies back in the fold at RPM. During the period while they were deconsolidated, they demonstrated significant organic growth with current-day sales of more than $400 million on an annualized basis and developed some very exciting new products," stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer.
Net sales grew 9.6% to $946.4 million in the fiscal 2015 third quarter from $863.4 million in the fiscal 2014 third quarter. Consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were $34.2 million, down 7.9% from $37.2 million a year ago. The as-reported loss for the quarter was $57.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, compared to fiscal 2014 third-quarter net income of $16.2 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. Fiscal 2015 third-quarter results reflected the impact of the non-cash, net charge of $83.5 million for the tax accrual.
Excluding the non-cash, net charge, on an as-adjusted basis, fiscal 2015 third-quarter net income grew 61.2% to $26.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted share. This includes approximately $0.05 per share of unfavorable foreign currency impact, and $0.01 per share of dilution attributable to SPHC, due principally to inventory step-up expense and the non-recurring charges associated with the SPHC settlement, which offset the otherwise positive performance from the reconsolidated companies.
Third-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings
Industrial segment sales grew 10.6% to $620.0 million from $560.5 million in the fiscal 2014 third quarter. Organic sales improved 5.5%, while acquisitions added 12.4%. The reconsolidated SPHC businesses, all of which are in RPM's industrial segment, are included in acquisition growth. Foreign currency negatively impacted sales by 7.3%. Industrial segment EBIT for the quarter, including $5.0 million in stepped-up inventory expense from SPHC, was $18.2 million, a 19.6% decline from EBIT of $22.7 million a year ago.
"Results from our industrial segment have been mixed. With 50% of this segment's sales outside of the United States, the rapid strengthening of the U.S. dollar against virtually all other currencies has created significant headwinds. Europe, our largest overseas geography, was nearly flat in revenue growth in local currency," stated Sullivan. "Our U.S. industrial businesses are performing quite well, with most of them enjoying double-digit sales increases in the quarter."
Sales in RPM's consumer segment increased 7.8% to $326.4 million from $302.9 million in the fiscal 2014 third quarter. Organic sales increased 9.1%, while acquisitions added 1.2%. Foreign currency negatively impacted sales by 2.5%. Consumer segment EBIT increased 13.9% to $35.0 million from $30.8 million a year ago.
"Our consumer segment performed well in the quarter, which is consistent with the gradual improvement in residential housing, consumer confidence and discretionary spending. The segment's performance was also positively impacted by the introduction of several new products for the spring season," stated Sullivan.
Cash Flow and Financial Position
For the first nine months of fiscal 2015, cash from operations was $24.1 million, compared to $25.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2014. Capital expenditures during the current nine-month period of $47.3 million compare to depreciation of $45.9 million over the same time. Total debt at the end of the first nine months of fiscal 2015 was $1.87 billion and includes the $450.0 million 524(g) trust payment from the revolving credit facility in December 2014. Total debt a year ago was $1.39 billion and $1.35 billion at the end of fiscal 2014. RPM's net (of cash) debt-to-total capitalization ratio was 57.2%, compared to 47.3% at February 28, 2014. During the third quarter, the company repurchased 550,000 shares of its stock in the open market with a cost of approximately $26 million.
"At February 28, 2015, RPM's total liquidity, including cash and long-term committed available credit, was $648 million," Sullivan stated. "We continue our search for strong acquisition candidates that complement our existing product lines and expand RPM's geographic presence, as reflected in the Rust-Oleum Group acquisition of Spraymate Group in South Africa, which took place subsequent to the end of the third quarter," stated Sullivan.
Nine-month net sales grew 3.9% to $3.22 billion from $3.10 billion a year ago. Consolidated EBIT was $318.0 million, up slightly from $317.6 million a year ago. Reported net income of $111.5 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, declined 39.0% from net income of $182.9 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Excluding the third-quarter non-cash, net charge in fiscal 2015, net income improved 6.6% to $195.0 million, or $1.44 per diluted share.
Nine-Month Segment Sales and Earnings
Sales for RPM's industrial segment increased 5.6%, to $2.11 billion from a reported $2.00 billion in the fiscal 2014 first nine months. Organic sales increased 4.6%, while acquisitions added 4.2%. Foreign currency negatively impacted sales by 3.2%. Industrial segment EBIT of $202.3 million declined 2.1% from EBIT of $206.7 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2014.
In the consumer segment, nine-month sales increased 0.9% to $1.11 billion from $1.10 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2014. Organic sales improved 0.7%, while acquisitions added 1.3%. Foreign currency negatively impacted sales by 1.1%. Consumer segment EBIT improved 4.9%, to $173.3 million from $165.1 million in the first nine months a year ago.
"For the fourth quarter of our fiscal year, we expect our consumer segment to benefit from continued innovation and consistent growth in consumer DIY spending. In our industrial segment, we do not see a near-term turnaround in the European economies and expect a very strong U.S. dollar to continue negatively impacting results," stated Sullivan. "Our businesses serving the energy sector are beginning to see the effects of a slowdown in production due to the decline in oil prices. However, we do expect continued positive momentum in our businesses serving the U.S. commercial construction markets."
"Based on these factors, along with an anticipated benefit from the SPHC companies in the fourth quarter, we expect to be at the upper end of our current EPS guidance range of $2.25 to $2.30 per share for the full 2015 fiscal year, on an as-adjusted basis."
"From a longer-term perspective, we are optimistic given the return of our SPHC businesses and the elimination of their asbestos liability. We can now accelerate growth investments in our businesses and more aggressively return capital to shareholders when appropriate," stated Sullivan.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Management will host a conference call to discuss the results beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT the same day. The call can be accessed by dialing 888-771-4371 or 847-585-4405 for international callers. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. The call, which will last approximately one hour, will be open to the public, but only financial analysts will be permitted to ask questions. The media and all other participants will be in a listen-only mode.
For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available from approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT on April 8, 2015 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 15, 2015. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 for international callers. The access code is 38349285. The call also will be available both live and for replay, and as a written transcript, via the RPM web site at www.RPMinc.com.
RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services for both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Industrial companies include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Flowcrete, Day-Glo, Dryvit and Euclid Chemical. 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. Additional details can be found at www.RPMinc.com and by following RPM on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RPMintl.
For more information, contact Barry M. Slifstein, vice president – investor relations and planning, at 330-273-5090 or email@example.com.
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