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Valspar Reports Fourth-quarter and Fiscal-Year Results

Published on 2009-11-25. Author : SpecialChem

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Valspar Corporation reported its results for the fourth-quarter and fiscal-year ended October 30, 2009.

Fourth-quarter sales totaled $776.6 million, a 15.9 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2008. The fourth quarter of 2009 consisted of 13 weeks compared to 14 weeks in 2008. Sales for the quarter declined 11.8 percent adjusting for the 14th week of 2008. Fourth-quarter adjusted net income per share increased to $0.53 in 2009 from $0.42 in 2008. Fourth-quarter adjusted net income per share in 2009 excludes a $0.04 per share charge related to restructuring actions. Fourth-quarter adjusted net income per share in 2008 excludes a $0.13 per share charge related to restructuring actions, a non-cash charge of $0.03 per share for Huarun minority interest shares and a $0.09 per share after-tax gain from the sale of assets. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $49.9 million and reported earnings per share were $0.49. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $38.9 million and reported earnings per share were $0.35.

Fiscal year 2009 sales totaled $2,879.0 million, a decline of 17.3 percent or 16.2 percent when adjusting for the additional week in fiscal 2008. Adjusted earnings per share increased to $1.77 in 2009 from $1.57 in 2008. Adjusted net income per share for 2009 excludes an $0.18 per share charge related to restructuring actions and a non-cash charge of $0.10 per share for Huarun minority interest shares. Adjusted net income per share for 2008 excludes a $0.16 per share charge related to restructuring actions, a non-cash charge of $0.12 per share for the Huarun minority interest shares and a $0.09 per share after-tax gain from the sale of assets. Net income for 2009 totaled $160.2 million and reported earnings per share were $1.49. Net income for 2008 was $150.8 million and reported earnings per share were $1.38.

"Our strong earnings performance for the year, achieved under extremely challenging global economic conditions, reflects the operational discipline of Valspar employees," said William L. Mansfield, Valspar chairman and chief executive officer. "During the year we maintained our investments in branding and development of leading-edge technologies, significantly lowered our cost structure and strengthened our global operations. By remaining focused on execution, we gained share in key markets, improved productivity and delivered strong cash flow."

Mansfield also commented on the outlook for 2010. "Our outlook for fiscal 2010 assumes modest revenue growth and ongoing pressure on raw material costs. We currently expect our 2010 adjusted net income per share to be in the range of $1.85 to $2.05."

About Valspar Corporation:

The Valspar Corporation is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality and the best customer service in the coatings industry.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking" statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events. 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. These uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, dependence of internal earnings growth on economic conditions and growth in the domestic and international coatings industry; risks related to any future acquisitions, including risks of adverse changes in the results of acquired businesses and the assumption of unforeseen liabilities; risks of disruptions in business resulting from the integration process and higher interest costs resulting from further borrowing for any such acquisitions; our reliance on the efforts of vendors, government agencies, utilities and other third parties to achieve adequate compliance and avoid disruption of our business; risks of disruptions in business resulting from the Company's relationships with customers and suppliers; unusual weather conditions adversely affecting sales; changes in raw materials pricing and availability; delays in passing along cost increases to customers; changes in governmental regulation, including more stringent environmental, health and safety regulations; the nature, cost and outcome of pending and future litigation and other legal proceedings; the outbreak of war and other significant national and international events; and other risks and uncertainties. The foregoing list is not exhaustive, and the Company disclaims any obligation to subsequently revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Source: Valspar Corporation


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