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Masco Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and 2019 Year-End Results


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2019 Fourth Quarter Key Results

•  Sales for the fourth quarter matched prior year at $1.6 billion; in local currency, sales increased 1 percent
•  Earnings per share from continuing operations for the quarter decreased 2 percent to $0.56 per share; adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations matched prior year at $0.54 per share
•  Returned $495 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends in the quarter
•  Anticipate 2020 earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $2.25 - $2.45 per share, and on an adjusted basis to be in the range of $2.35 - $2.55 per share
•  Windows and Cabinetry businesses accounted for as discontinued operations

LIVONIA, Mich. (February 11, 2020) - Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded home improvement and building products, reported its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019.

2019 Fourth Quarter Commentary

* On a reported basis, compared to fourth quarter 2018:

  • Net sales matched prior year at $1.6 billion; in local currency, net sales increased 1 percent
  • In local currency, North American sales increased 1 percent and international sales decreased 1 percent
  • Gross margin decreased 20 basis points to 34.5 percent from 34.7 percent
  • Operating margin decreased 130 basis points to 15.6 percent from 16.9 percent
  • Net income from continuing operations was $0.56 per share compared to $0.57 per share

* Compared to fourth quarter 2018, results for key financial measures, as adjusted for certain items (see Exhibit A) and with a normalized tax rate of 26 percent, were as follows:

  • Gross margin decreased 40 basis points to 34.6 percent from 35.0 percent
  • Operating margin decreased 150 basis points to 15.7 percent from 17.2 percent
  • Net income from continuing operations matched prior year at $0.54 per share

* Liquidity at the end of the fourth quarter was $1,697 million (including availability under revolving credit facility)

2019 Fourth Quarter Operating Segment Results

•  Plumbing Products’ net sales increased 2 percent (3 percent in local currency) driven by 5 percent growth in North America
•  Decorative Architectural Products’ net sales decreased 3 percent, with growth in paints and other coating products offset by lower sales in lighting

“We finished the year on plan, with solid growth in both North American plumbing and paints and other coating products,” said Keith Allman, Masco’s President and CEO.  “We also closed the sale of our Milgard Windows and Doors business, signed an agreement to sell our Masco Cabinetry business, and returned $495 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends during the quarter.”

2019 Full Year Key Results

•  Sales for the year increased 1 percent to $6.7 billion; in local currency, sales increased 2 percent
•  Operating profit grew 1 percent to $1,088 million; adjusted operating profit decreased 1 percent to $1,110 million
•  Returned over $1.0 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends
•  Earnings per share from continuing operations for the year grew 7 percent to $2.20 per share; adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations grew 6 percent to $2.25 per share

2019 Full Year Commentary

•  On a reported basis, compared to full year 2018:

  • Net sales increased 1 percent to $6.7 billion
  • In local currency, North American sales increased 2 percent and international sales matched prior year
  • Gross margin increased 40 basis points to 35.4 percent from 35.0 percent
  • Operating margin matched prior year at 16.2 percent
  • Net income from continuing operations increased 7 percent to $2.20 per share compared to $2.05 per share

•  Compared to full year 2018, results for key financial measures, as adjusted for certain items (see Exhibit A) and with a normalized tax rate of 26 percent, were as follows:

  • Gross margin decreased 20 basis points to 35.5 percent from 35.7 percent
  • Operating margin decreased 40 basis points to 16.5 percent from 16.9 percent
  • Net income from continuing operations increased 6 percent to $2.25 per share compared to $2.13 per share

“2019 was a transformative year for Masco,” said Allman.  “We executed on our strategy to become more focused on our higher margin, lower ticket, and less cyclical Plumbing and Decorative Architectural Products segments.  We also delivered on our commitments, achieving sales growth of 2 percent in local currencies and adjusted earnings per share growth from continuing operations of 6 percent, despite slower overall end markets and higher input costs for many of our products.  Lastly, we continued our balanced capital allocation strategy by repurchasing 20.1 million shares for $896 million, increasing our dividend for the sixth year in a row, and reducing our debt by $201 million.”

“The fundamentals of the repair and remodel industry, which now represents approximately 90% of our business, remain strong,” continued Allman.  “We believe our markets and our performance will improve throughout the year as we work through higher input costs in the first half of 2020, and we anticipate our adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $2.35 to $2.55 per share for 2020.”

About Masco

Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, 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; Kichler® decorative and outdoor lighting; 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 www.masco.com.

The 2019 fourth quarter and full year 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, February 11, 2020 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 6649309. 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 6649309. The telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the end of the call and continue through March 11, 2020.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that reflect our views about our future performance and constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “outlook,” “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 the levels of residential repair and remodel activity and new home construction, our ability to maintain our strong brands and reputation and to develop innovative products, our ability to maintain our competitive position in our industries, our reliance on key customers, the cost and availability of materials and the imposition of tariffs, our dependence on third-party suppliers, risks associated with our international operations and global strategies, our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of our strategic initiatives, including the pending divestiture of our Cabinetry business, our ability to successfully execute our acquisition strategy and integrate businesses that we have and may acquire, our ability to attract, develop and retain talented personnel, risks associated with our reliance on information systems and technology, and our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits from our investments in new technology. These and other factors are discussed in detail in Item 1A “Risk Factors” of this Report. Any forward-looking statement made by us speaks only as of the date on which it was made. 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.


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