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The Sherwin-Williams Company Reports 2007 Second Quarter and First Six Months Results

Published on 2007-07-20. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) announced its" financial results for the second quarter and first six months ended June 30, 2007. Compared to the same periods in" 2006, consolidated net sales increased $68.3 million, or 3.2%, to $2.20 billion in the quarter and $55.9 million, or" 1.4%, to $3.95 billion in the first six months due primarily to improving domestic and international paint sales. The" acquisitions of M. A. Bruder & Sons Incorporated and Nitco Paints Private Limited, completed during the quarter," increased consolidated sales by 0.7% in the quarter and by 0.4% in the first six months. Consolidated net income" increased $18.0 million, or 9.8%, to $202.6 million in the quarter and $16.1 million, or 5.4%, to $314.4 million in the" first six months. As a percent to net sales, consolidated net income improved to 9.2% from 8.7% in the quarter and to" 8.0% from 7.7% in the first six months due primarily to improved operations. Diluted net income per common share" increased 14.3% in the quarter to $1.52 per share from $1.33 per share in 2006 and 8.3% in the first six months to" $2.34 per share from $2.16 per share last year. The acquisitions had no significant impact on consolidated net income," segment profit of any single operating segment or diluted net income per common share in the quarter or first six" months.

Net sales in the Paint Stores Group increased $37.1 million, or 2.8%, to $1.37 billion in the quarter and $31.9" million, or 1.3%, to $2.42 billion for the first six months due primarily to the M. A. Bruder acquisition and increasing" domestic architectural paint sales to do-it-yourself (DIY) customers and commercial and residential repaint contractors" and to improved industrial maintenance product sales. Net sales from stores open for more than twelve calendar" months were flat in the quarter and decreased 1.0% in the first six months. The M. A. Bruder acquisition added 131" new stores to the Group's operations and increased the Group's net sales by 1.0% in the quarter and 0.5% in the first" six months. Paint Stores Group segment profit increased $21.0 million, or 9.7%, to $238.2 million in the quarter and" $30.0 million, or 9.1%, to $360.5 million in the first six months. Segment profit as a percent to net sales increased to" 17.4% from 16.3% in the quarter and to 14.9% from 13.9% in the first six months due primarily to effective SG&A" expense control and the return to a more normal gross profit percentage of sales.

Net sales of the Consumer Group declined $4.3 million, or 1.1%, to $396.6 million in the quarter and $33.0" million, or 4.5%, to $697.9 million in the first six months. The sales declines were due primarily to soft DIY demand" at most of the Group's retail customers and, during the first quarter of 2007, the final period in the elimination of a" portion of a paint program with a large retail customer. Segment profit increased $6.3 million, or 8.2%, to $82.6" million in the quarter and $5.7 million, or 4.3%, to $138.7 million in the first six months. As a percent to net sales," segment profit increased to 20.8% from 19.0% in the quarter and 19.9% from 18.2% in the first six months due to tight" spending control and improved manufacturing direct conversion costs.

The Global Group's net sales increased in the quarter $35.5 million, or 8.9%, to $434.3 million and in the first" six months $57.2 million, or 7.3%, to $836.5 million when stated in U.S. dollars. The acquisition of Nitco Paints" accounted for no significant increase in net sales in the quarter or first six months. Net sales for this Group increased" by 5.3% in the quarter and by 5.1% in the first six months when stated in local currencies. The net sales increases" were due primarily to a new product introduction in the U.K., architectural and automotive paint volume gains in" South America, and improved product finishes sales. Segment profit improved $14.8 million, or 43.6%, to $48.9" million in the quarter and $17.8 million, or 26.7%, to $84.3 million in the first six months. Segment profit as a percent" to net sales increased to 11.3% from 8.5% in the quarter and to 10.1% from 8.5% in the first six months. This Group's" segment profits for the quarter and first six months were favorably impacted by increased sales, improved operating efficiencies related to additional manufacturing volume and expense control. There was no significant impact on" operating profit in the quarter or first six months due to currency exchange fluctuations.

The Company acquired 1,300,000 shares of its common stock through open market purchases during the" quarter and had remaining authorization at June 30, 2007 to purchase 8,171,000 shares.

Commenting on the second quarter and first six months results, Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and Chief" Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased that all our operating segments continue to achieve operating profit growth on" a year-over-year basis. We are encouraged by the positive sales results generated by the Paint Stores and Global" Groups during the quarter. We continued to invest in new stores during the quarter, opening 13 net new stores and" acquiring another 131 in our Paint Stores Group. Our Global Group opened 9 net new stores in the quarter. For the" first six months of 2007, we have opened or acquired a total of 180 stores.

"Our operating segment management teams continued to achieve improved gross margins as a result of hard" work invested over the last few years to return our gross margins to more normal run rates after being pressured by the" significant rise in raw material costs during 2004, 2005 and 2006. We expect the businesses acquired during the" quarter to contribute in the future to our sales and profit goals. Our management teams will continue to emphasize" tight control over selling, general and administrative expenses as another means to continue to improve operating" profit.

"We expect to achieve continued growth in net operating cash flow in part by maintaining control over" working capital. The recent acquisitions inflated our working capital ratio by .5% of twelve months sales. Including" the impact of the acquisitions, our consolidated working capital ratio was 14.1% of sales at the end of the quarter" compared to 13.9% at the end of the same quarter last year.

"During the third quarter of 2007, we anticipate achieving an increase in consolidated net sales between 4%" and 6% over last year's third quarter. With sales at that level, we expect diluted net income per common share for the" third quarter will be in the range of $1.45 to $1.55 per share compared to $1.30 per share last year. For the full year" 2007, we anticipate that the percentage increase in our consolidated net sales will be in the low single digits over 2006." With annual sales at that level, we are comfortable at this time increasing our guidance for full year 2007 diluted net" income per common share to a range of $4.60 to $4.70 per share compared to $4.19 per share earned in 2006. For the" third quarter and full year 2007, we expect the effective tax rates will be slightly higher than the rates recognized in" 2006."

The Sherwin-Williams Company, founded in 1866, is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the" manufacture, distribution and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial and retail" customers.

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements", as defined under U.S. federal securities laws, with respect to sales, earnings and other matters. These" forward-looking statements are based upon management's current expectations, estimates, assumptions and beliefs concerning future events and conditions. Readers" are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other" factors, many of which are outside the control of the Company, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements and from the Company's" historical results and experience. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include such things as: general business conditions, strengths of retail and manufacturing" economies and the growth in the coatings industry; changes in the Company's relationships with customers and suppliers; changes in raw material availability and" pricing; unusual weather conditions; and other risks, uncertainties and factors described from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and" Exchange Commission. Since it is not possible to predict or identify all of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results, the above list should not be considered a complete list. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and the Company undertakes no" obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: The Sherwin-Williams Company


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