RPM Reports Record Results for Fiscal 2022 Q4

RPM Reports Record Results for Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter 

·         Fourth-quarter net sales increased 13.7% to a record $1.98 billion

·         Fourth-quarter net income increased 27.4% to a record $199.0 million, income before income taxes was a record $221.7 million, diluted EPS was a record $1.54, and adjusted diluted EPS was a record $1.42

·         Fourth-quarter EBIT increased 17.1% to a record $251.7 million and adjusted EBIT increased 11.7% to a record $263.7 million

·         Fiscal 2022 full-year sales increased 9.8% to a record $6.71 billion

·         Fiscal 2022 full-year net income was $491.5 million, income before income taxes was $606.8 million, diluted EPS was $3.79, and adjusted diluted EPS was $3.66

·         Fiscal 2023 first-quarter outlook calls for sales growth in the mid-teens and adjusted EBIT growth of 20% to 25%

RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM), a world leader in specialty coatings, sealants and building materials, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2022 fourth quarter and year ended May 31, 2022.

“Our nimble businesses quickly adapted to dynamically shifting supply chain constraints, inflationary challenges and foreign exchange headwinds to steadily generate momentum in the second half of fiscal 2022. Our associates’ efforts culminated in a fourth quarter of consolidated record sales and record adjusted EBIT,” stated RPM Chairman and CEO Frank C. Sullivan.

“This fourth-quarter performance was driven on the top line by all four of our segments, each of which generated record sales. On the bottom line, three of our four segments produced record fourth quarter adjusted EBIT. In our Consumer Group, which was the outlier, the year-over-year gap in adjusted EBIT results has begun to narrow as price increases have started to catch up with inflation and access to raw materials has improved. Better materials availability was largely due to our well-timed acquisition last fall of a production facility in Texas, which is now making alkyd resins that are critical to many of the segment’s products,” he said.

Fourth-Quarter Consolidated Results

Fiscal 2022 fourth-quarter net sales were a record $1.98 billion, an increase of 13.7% compared to the $1.74 billion reported in the year-ago period. Fourth-quarter net income increased 27.4% to a record $199.0 million compared to net income of $156.1 million in the prior-year period. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were a record $1.54, an increase of 28.3% compared to diluted EPS of $1.20 in the year-ago quarter. Income before income taxes (IBT) was a record $221.7 million compared to $204.3 million reported in the same period last fiscal year. RPM’s consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increased 17.1% to a record $251.7 million compared to $215.0 million reported in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 and 2021 included certain restructuring and other items that are not indicative of RPM’s ongoing operations. These items are detailed in the tables below titled Supplemental Segment Information and Reconciliation of Reported to Adjusted Amounts. Excluding these items, RPM’s adjusted EBIT increased 11.7% to $263.7 million compared to $236.2 million during the year-ago period. The company also excludes the impact of gains and losses from marketable securities as their inherent volatility is outside of management’s control and cannot be predicted with any level of certainty, as well as unusual tax items, from adjusted EPS.1 Excluding certain items not indicative of ongoing operations, fiscal 2022 fourth quarter adjusted diluted EPS increased 10.9% to a record $1.42 compared to $1.28 in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter.

Fourth-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings

Construction Products Group

CPG net sales were a record $745.9 million during the fiscal 2022 fourth quarter, which was an increase of 18.5% compared to fiscal 2021 fourth-quarter net sales of $629.4 million. The sales increase was driven by organic growth of 19.9% and growth from acquisitions of 1.6%, while foreign currency translation headwinds reduced sales by 3.0%. Segment IBT was a record $120.3 million compared to $107.2 million a year ago. EBIT was a record $121.7 million, an increase of 11.8% versus EBIT of $108.9 million in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter. Excluding certain items not indicative of ongoing operations, fiscal 2022 fourth quarter adjusted EBIT was a record $122.4 million compared to adjusted EBIT of $110.4 million reported during the year-ago period, representing an increase of 10.9%

Even with comparisons to a strong prior year when sales and earnings were at record levels, CPG continued to generate record top-line growth driven by its differentiated service model, as well as its unique building envelope and restoration solutions. Businesses producing the strongest sales growth were those providing roofing systems, insulated concrete forms, as well as admixtures and repair products for concrete. Results in international markets were mixed with Europe being challenged by macroeconomic headwinds, while Latin America experienced significant double-digit sales gains. CPG was able to offset significant raw material inflationary pressure with selling price increases and operational improvements.

Performance Coatings Group

PCG net sales were a record $329.4 million during the fiscal 2022 fourth quarter, which was an increase of 16.3% compared to the $283.3 million reported a year ago. Organic sales increased 17.4% and acquisitions contributed 1.8%. Foreign currency translation was a 2.9% headwind. Segment IBT was a record $41.2 million compared to $26.0 million reported a year ago. EBIT was a record $41.1 million, an increase of 58.5% compared to $25.9 million in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBIT, which excludes certain items not indicative of ongoing operations, was a record $42.6 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to adjusted EBIT of $31.0 million during the year-ago period, representing an increase of 37.3%.

Flooring systems, protective coatings and fiberglass reinforced plastic grating all generated double-digit sales growth. A rebound in international markets, as well as continued success in vertical end markets – such as energy, technology, and food and beverage – helped drive PCG’s results. Additionally, improved sales management systems and price increases were major factors in the segment’s top-line success. Adjusted EBIT was a record for the fiscal 2022 fourth quarter, driven by volume growth, selling price increases, revenue growth leveraging, good product mix and operational improvements.

Specialty Products Group

SPG reported record net sales of $225.8 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, which was an increase of 11.4% compared to net sales of $202.8 million in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter. Organic sales increased 12.2%, while acquisitions contributed 0.5% to sales. Foreign currency translation was a headwind of 1.3%. Segment IBT was $50.9 million compared with $34.8 million in the prior-year period. EBIT was $50.9 million, an increase of 45.9% compared to $34.9 million in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBIT, which excludes certain items not indicative of ongoing operations, was a record $44.2 million in the fiscal 2022 fourth quarter, an increase of 21.8% compared to adjusted EBIT of $36.3 million in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter.

The majority of SPG’s businesses experienced double-digit sales growth. Leading the way were its OEM coatings companies, as well as its food coatings and additives business, which has improved performance under new management. Its disaster restoration equipment business continued to rebound as it cleared backlogs caused by semiconductor chip shortages and grew sales in the teens despite a difficult comparison to a strong prior year that was driven by winter storm Uri. The segment’s increase in adjusted EBIT was bolstered by the favorable impact of higher sales, which were leveraged to the bottom line due to selling price increases that began catching up with prior cost inflation.

Consumer Group

Consumer Group reported record net sales of $682.8 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, an increase of 8.6% compared to net sales of $628.9 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Organic sales increased 10.0%, while foreign currency translation headwinds decreased sales by 1.4%. Consumer Group IBT was $79.2 million compared to $91.0 million in the prior-year period. EBIT was $79.1 million, a decrease of 13.1% compared to $91.0 million in the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter. Excluding certain items not indicative of ongoing operations, fiscal 2022 fourth quarter adjusted EBIT was $ 80.3 million, a decrease of 14.2% compared to adjusted EBIT of $93.6 million reported during the prior-year period.

Top-line growth was driven by improved supply of key alkyd resins produced by the manufacturing plant RPM acquired last September, as well as price increases and high growth in product lines popular with professional remodelers, including caulks and sealants. While North American markets grew, European markets remained challenged due to macroeconomic headwinds in the region. Adjusted EBIT was impacted by continued raw material cost inflation and higher costs from ongoing shipping challenges and industry labor shortages. In response, the Consumer Group has been instituting price increases to catch up with inflation, building resilience in its supply chain, and investing in capacity and process improvements to better respond to customer demand.

Full-Year Consolidated Results

Fiscal 2022 full-year net sales were $6.71 billion, an increase of 9.8% compared to $6.11 billion during fiscal 2021. Organic sales increased 8.9%, while acquisitions added 1.4%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.5%. Net income was $491.5 million, a decrease of 2.2% compared to $502.6 million in fiscal 2021. Diluted EPS decreased 2.1% to $3.79 versus $3.87 a year ago. IBT was $606.8 million compared to $668.4 million reported in fiscal 2021. EBIT was $702.3 million, a decrease of 1.0% versus the $709.4 million reported last year.

Fiscal 2022 and 2021 included certain restructuring and other items that are not indicative of ongoing operations. These items are detailed in the tables below titled Supplemental Segment Information and Reconciliation of Reported to Adjusted Amounts. Excluding these items, RPM’s adjusted EBIT decreased 9.7% to $708.4 million compared to adjusted EBIT of $784.6 million last year. The company also excludes the impact of gains and losses from marketable securities as their inherent volatility is outside of management’s control and cannot be predicted with any level of certainty, as well as unusual tax items, from adjusted EPS.2 Excluding certain items not indicative of ongoing operations, adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal 2022 decreased 12.0% to $3.66 compared to $4.16 in fiscal 2021.

Cash Flow and Financial Position

For fiscal 2022, cash from operations was $178.7 million compared to $766.2 million during fiscal 2021. The decrease is primarily due to higher raw material costs, inventory buildup in an unreliable supply environment and supply chain disruptions that have resulted in lower margins. Capital expenditures during fiscal 2022 of $222.4 million compared to $157.2 million in fiscal 2021 as the company invested in manufacturing capacity in high-growth areas and a centralized research and development center. Total debt at the end of fiscal 2022 was $2.69 billion compared to $2.38 billion a year ago.

Total liquidity, including cash and committed revolving credit facilities was $1.31 billion at May 31, 2022, compared to $1.46 billion at May 31, 2021. RPM’s liquidity remains high, enabling it to manage supply chain challenges while continuing to invest in operational improvements, acquisitions and expanded manufacturing capacity. During fiscal 2022, the company returned $256.9 million to shareholders through cash dividends and share repurchases.

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2023, the strengthening U.S. dollar is expected to be a headwind impacting the translation of RPM’s international results. The company expects significant cost increases to continue for certain raw materials, labor and packaging. Management also anticipates continued higher costs from unreliable bulk transportation, which creates production inefficiencies, as well as fuel surcharges, which are being driven by high energy prices that have been exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine. These cost pressures are expected to disproportionately affect the Consumer segment.

Despite these challenges, management’s proactive measures over the course of fiscal 2022 enabled RPM to accelerate momentum in the business and it is expected to carry over into fiscal 2023. The company expects to continue implementing price increases as needed and improving operational efficiencies in order to minimize cost pressures and restore margins closer to historical levels. While there is a recessionary undercurrent in the economy, RPM anticipates that demand for its products and services will remain strong, particularly those that provide protective, restorative and energy efficiency benefits, which meet the needs of customers who seek to extend the useful life of their assets, make them more sustainable and save them money. In addition, the company is making strategic investments in organic growth initiatives focused on market opportunities and industry trends.

Based on these factors, RPM expects to generate fiscal 2023 first-quarter consolidated sales growth in the mid-teens over last year’s record first-quarter sales. The company anticipates sales growth in the teens in all four of its operating segments. It is likely that the Consumer Group will generate the highest growth of the four segments due to selling price increases that should allow it to catch up with inflation, improved alkyd resin supply and investments in operational improvements. Fiscal 2023 first quarter consolidated adjusted EBIT is anticipated to increase 20% to 25% versus the same period last year.

The company remains focused on creating sustained value for its stakeholders, including its customers, associates and investors.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call to discuss these results beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT today. The call can be accessed via webcast at www.RPMinc.com/Investors/Presentations-Webcasts or by dialing 888-886-7786 or 416-764-8658 for international callers. The conference ID is 95379961. 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 1:00 p.m. EDT on July 25, 2022 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 1, 2022. The replay can be accessed by dialing 877-674-7070 or 416-764-8692 for international callers. The access code is 379961. The call also will be available for replay and as a written transcript via the RPM website at www.RPMinc.com.

About RPM

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services. The company operates across four reportable segments: consumer, construction products, performance coatings and specialty products. RPM has a diverse portfolio of market-leading brands, including Rust-OleumDAPZinsserVarathaneDayGloLegend BrandsStonhardCarbolineTremco and Dryvit. From homes and workplaces, to infrastructure and precious landmarks, RPM’s brands are trusted by consumers and professionals alike to help build a better world. The company employs approximately 16,800 individuals worldwide. Visit www.RPMinc.com to learn more.

For more information, contact Russell L. Gordon, vice president and chief financial officer, at 330-273-5090 or rgordon@rpminc.com.

Footnote

1 Changes in marketable securities resulted in a net after-tax loss of $8.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 and a net after-tax gain of $11.8 million during the same quarter last year. The unusual discrete tax adjustments for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 resulted in a $31.5 million benefit and $5.1 million charge during the same quarter last year.

2 Changes in marketable securities resulted in a net after-tax loss of $15.7 million for fiscal 2022 and a net after-tax gain of $31.2 million during fiscal 2021. The unusual discrete tax adjustments for fiscal 2022 resulted in a $31.5 million benefit and $10.5 million charge during fiscal 2021.

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