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Whirlpool Corporation Reports First-Quarter 2011 Results

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Whirlpool Corporation Reports First-Quarter 2011 Results06:00 EDT Wednesday, April 27, 2011BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) announced today first-quarter net earnings of $169 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, compared to $164 million, or $2.13 per diluted share reported during the same period last year.  First-quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) totaled $2.11 compared to $2.51 in the prior year.  Sales of $4.4 billion increased 3 percent from the $4.3 billion reported in the first quarter of 2010.(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20040202/DETU004LOGO )First-quarter operating profit totaled $228 million compared with $241 million in the prior year.  On an adjusted basis, first quarter 2011 operating profit(2) totaled $221 million compared to $287 million in 2010.  Results were favorably impacted by cost reduction and productivity initiatives, increased monetization of certain tax credits, and higher unit volume.  These favorable factors were offset by lower product price/mix and higher material and oil-related costs."Our first quarter results reflect our ongoing cost reduction efforts and continued innovation investments, which helped to mitigate significant material cost inflation," said Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and chief executive officer of Whirlpool Corporation.  "We recently announced a 16% dividend increase, reflective of the success of our brand value creation strategy and our strong financial position.  We remain committed to attracting and retaining consumers to our brands, providing excellent service and value to our trade customers and consumers while driving lower costs and higher quality across our global operations."   During the three months ended March 31, 2011, the company reported cash flow used in operating activities of $(224) million. During the first quarter, Whirlpool Corporation reported free cash flow(3) of $(336) million compared to approximately $(74) million in the prior year.First-Quarter Regional ReviewWhirlpool North AmericaFirst-quarter sales of $2.3 billion increased slightly from the prior year.  North America unit shipments increased approximately 4 percent.  U.S. industry unit shipments of major appliances (T7)(4) decreased approximately 1 percent during the first quarter.  The North America region reported operating profit of $59 million compared to $94 million in the previous year.  First-quarter 2011 adjusted operating profit(2) totaled $52 million compared to $140 million in 2010.  Results were favorably impacted by cost reduction and productivity initiatives and foreign exchange fluctuations. These factors were offset by lower product price/mix and higher material costs.  Based on the current economic outlook, the company continues to expect full-year 2011 U.S. industry unit shipments to increase between 2 percent and 3 percent.  Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and AfricaWhirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa reported first-quarter sales of $743 million, a 1 percent increase from the prior year.  Industry unit demand during the quarter was estimated to be equal to the prior year.  The region reported an operating profit of $25 million during the first quarter compared to an operating profit of $27 million in the previous year.  Results were unfavorably impacted by lower product price/mix and higher material costs, partially offset by cost reduction and productivity initiatives.The company continues to expect full-year 2011 industry growth in the 2 to 4 percent range.  Whirlpool Latin AmericaWhirlpool Latin America reported first-quarter net sales of $1.2 billion, an increase of 8 percent from the prior year.  Excluding currency translation, sales increased approximately 2 percent.  Operating profit totaled $174 million in the first quarter compared with $167 million in the prior year.  The improvement in profitability is primarily related to increased monetization of certain tax credits and cost reduction and productivity initiatives.  These factors were partially offset by higher material costs.The company continues to anticipate full-year 2011 appliance industry shipments will increase approximately 5 to 10 percent.   Whirlpool Asia Whirlpool Asia reported first-quarter sales of $208 million, increasing 8 percent from the prior year.  Excluding the impact of currency, sales increased approximately 6 percent.  Operating profit totaled $11 million during the first quarter of 2011 and was approximately equal to the prior year level.  Favorable volume and product price/mix were offset by higher material costs during the quarter.  The company continues to anticipate full-year 2011 industry unit shipments in Asia to increase approximately 6 to 8 percent.OutlookFor the full-year 2011, Whirlpool Corporation continues to expect to produce diluted earnings per share of $12.00 to $13.00. For the full-year, the company expects to generate free cash flow between $400 million and $500 million.  This outlook includes approximately $300 million to $350 million of U.S. energy tax credits and U.S. cash pension contributions of approximately $300 million. "Despite a substantial increase in material and oil-related cost inflation, we are maintaining our full year earnings and cash flow outlook," said Fettig. "We have implemented cost-based price increases in many regions around the world, continue to introduce a strong cadence of innovative new products and remain focused on accelerating our cost reduction and productivity improvements to manage higher material cost inflation."(1)  A reconciliation of adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non-GAAP financial measure, to reported diluted earnings per share and other important information, appears below.(2)  A reconciliation of adjusted operating profit, a non-GAAP financial measure, to reported operating profit and other important information, appears below.(3)  A reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to cash provided by operating activities and other important information, appears below.(4)  T7 refers to the following household appliance categories: washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ranges and compactors.FIRST-QUARTER 2011 PRODUCT LAUNCHESWhirlpool North America Region launched:The Whirlpool brand induction cooktop which utilizes electromagnetic energy to generate instant heat to only the cookware touching its surface. The resource efficient Whirlpool induction cooktop is the company's most energy efficient and easiest to clean cooktop.The Maytag brand Maxima high-capacity front-load laundry pair featuring an LCD screen and the PowerWash cycle to power out tough stains. The KitchenAid brand four-door French Door  bottom mount refrigerator featuring a 30 percent ENERGY STAR® qualification and a FreshVue external refrigerated drawer.  The drawer is the largest of its kind, and offers adjustable temperature settings that are ideal for produce and deli items.Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa Region launched:The Whirlpool brand refrigerator featuring unique 6TH SENSE  fresh control technology and the Activ0° system to preserve food up to four times longer with special care for meat and fish.A Bauknecht brand built-in dishwasher in the Kosmos design with an integrated handle.  The dishwasher features Green Intelligence sensor technology to automatically adapt the length of the cycle to the degree of soiling, thus avoiding unnecessary energy consumption.  Whirlpool Latin America Region launched:The new Brastemp Ative! refrigerator featuring a "Smart Ice" option that signals the consumer when ice is ready or the bin is empty;  a removeable "Smart Bar" compartment that quickly chills beverages and then alerts consumers; and the "Smart Door" that allows users to get their drinks and bottles without opening the refrigerator?s main door. The Brastemp Ative! two-in-one vacuum cleaner featuring both a swivel base and a folding handle.  With one click, the unit can turn into a handheld vacuum cleaner.The Brastemp Vantage laundry pair featuring touch screen controls, sleek lines, eco-sensors, automotive styling, LCD screens and USB ports.  A line of Brastemp brand retro refrigerators and ranges featuring the distinctive visual appeal of the 1950s with modern functionality and sensibilities.Whirlpool Asia Region launched:A number of new Whirlpool brand split air conditioners in India under the Protton, Aviator, Chrome and Elegance product models.  Offering powerful cooling and an antivirus filter, the units are the first to feature an ambient mood lighting setting.A Whirlpool brand three-door refrigerator in China featuring a red glass door and a Class 1 energy label.A Whirlpool brand Ceres washing machine in China featuring deep cleaning performance and LED lighting in the washer tub for nighttime use.  FIRST QUARTER 2011 AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTSWhirlpool Corporation was named one of Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies, ranking No. 1 in the Home Equipment, Furnishings industry sector. Whirlpool Corporation ranked No. 85 on Corporate Responsibility magazine's 12th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. This marks the ninth time the company has been named to the list. Whirlpool Corporation was named to Fast Company magazine's 10 Most Innovative Consumer Products Companies list, ranking sixth on the list. This is the second consecutive year Whirlpool has been named to the list.Whirlpool Corporation ranked No. 49 on the 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.  Whirlpool Corporation was awarded a 2011 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence award ? the highest ENERGY STAR award - by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is the company's 12th top ENERGY STAR award and sixth consecutive Sustained Excellence win. Whirlpool Corporation ranked No. 76 on the list of the Diversity Employers magazine Top 100 Employers for the Class of 2011.Whirlpool Corporation was recognized as a member of the FTSE4Good responsible investment index, with an overall rating of 72. The Whirlpool brand ranked as India's 64th Most Trusted Brand by the Brand Trust Report, India Study 2011.  The report was based on a study of 16,000 brands across various industries in India.  About Whirlpool CorporationWhirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of over $18 billion in 2010, 71,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.  Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.Whirlpool Additional Information:This document contains forward-looking statements about Whirlpool Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries ("Whirlpool") that speak only as of this date. Whirlpool disclaims any obligation to update these statements. Forward-looking statements in this document may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected earnings per share, cash flow, productivity and material and oil-related prices. Many risks, contingencies and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from Whirlpool's forward-looking statements. Among these factors are: (1) intense competition in the home appliance industry reflecting the impact of both new and established global competitors, including Asian and European manufacturers; (2) Whirlpool's ability to continue its relationship with significant trade customers and the ability of these trade customers to maintain or increase market share; (3) changes in economic conditions which affect demand for our products, including the strength of the building industry and the level of interest rates;  (4) product liability and product recall costs; (5) litigation and legal compliance risk and costs, especially costs which may be materially different from the amount we expect to incur or have accrued for; (6) the effects and costs of governmental investigations or related actions by third parties; (7) the ability of Whirlpool to manage foreign currency fluctuations; (8) global, political and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions, especially in Whirlpool's significant geographic regions, including uncertainty and disruptions arising from natural disasters or terrorist attacks; (9) the ability of Whirlpool to achieve its business plans, productivity improvements, cost control, leveraging of its global operating platform, and acceleration of the rate of innovation; (10) inventory and other asset risk; (11) fluctuations in the cost of key materials (including steel, oil, plastic, resins, copper and aluminum) and components and the ability of Whirlpool to offset cost increases; (12) the ability of suppliers of critical parts, components and manufacturing equipment to deliver sufficient quantities to Whirlpool in a timely and cost-effective manner; (13) health care cost trends, regulatory changes and variations between results and estimates that could increase future funding obligations for pension and post retirement benefit plans; (14) Whirlpool's ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; (15) information technology system failures and data security breaches; (16) the impact of labor relations; (17) our ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other qualified employees; and (18) changes in the legal and regulatory environment including environmental and health and safety regulations. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Whirlpool Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K. WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)Three months ended March 31(Millions of dollars, except per share data) 20112010Net sales $4,401$4,272ExpensesCost of products sold 3,7783,633Gross margin623639Selling, general and administrative380371Intangible amortization 77Restructuring costs 820Operating profit 228241Other income (expense)Interest and sundry income (expense) (19)(12)Interest expense (54)(58)          Earnings before income taxes and other items  155171Income tax benefit(24)(3)          Earnings before equity earnings179174Equity in loss of affiliated companies(1)?Net earnings178174          Less: Net earnings available to noncontrolling interests(9)(10)Net earnings available to Whirlpool$169$164Per share of common stockBasic net earnings available to Whirlpool$2.21$2.17Diluted net earnings available to Whirlpool$2.17$2.13Dividends $0.43$0.43Weighted-average shares outstanding (in millions)Basic 76.775.4Diluted 77.976.8WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Millions of dollars, except share data) (Unaudited)March 31, 2011December 31, 2010AssetsCurrent assetsCash and equivalents $1,026$1,368Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $70 and $66 in 2011 and 20102,3472,278Inventories 2,9382,792Deferred income taxes 219204Prepaid and other current assets671673Total current assets 7,2017,315Property, net of accumulated depreciation of $6,882 and $6,660 in 2011 and 20103,1743,134Goodwill1,7321,731Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $154 and $146 in 2011 and 20101,7861,789Deferred income taxes 1,3931,305Other noncurrent assets 323310Total assets $15,609$15,584Liabilities and stockholders? equityCurrent liabilitiesAccounts payable $3,572$3,660Accrued expenses 652671Accrued advertising and promotions 265426Employee compensation 512467Notes payable22Current maturities of long-term debt 313312Other current liabilities 621611Total current liabilities 5,9376,149Noncurrent liabilitiesLong-term debt 2,1932,195Pension benefits 1,5101,519Postretirement benefits 607610Other noncurrent liabilities 790791Total noncurrent liabilities 5,1005,115Stockholders? equityCommon stock, $1 par value, 250 million shares authorized, 106 million sharesissued and 76 million shares outstanding in 2011 and 2010106106Additional paid-in capital 2,1712,156Retained earnings 4,8164,680Accumulated other comprehensive loss(803)(893)Treasury stock, 30 million shares in 2011 and 2010(1,823)(1,823)Total Whirlpool stockholders? equity 4,4674,226Noncontrolling interests10594Total stockholders? equity 4,5724,320Total liabilities and stockholders? equity $15,609$15,584WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)Three months ended March 31 (Millions of dollars) 20112010Operating activitiesNet earnings $178$174Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash (used in) provided by operating activities:Depreciation and amortization 141134Curtailment gain?(29)Changes in assets and liabilities:Accounts receivable (21)24Inventories (94)(271)Accounts payable (163)66Accrued advertising and promotions(166)(164)Product recall(11)73Taxes deferred and payable, net (65)(7)Accrued pension (11)(3)Employee compensation 4185Other (53)(11)Cash (used in) provided by operating activities (224)71Investing activitiesCapital expenditures (115)(146)Investment in related businesses(7)(5)Proceeds from sale of assets31Cash used in investing activities(119)(150)Financing activitiesDividends paid(33)(33)Common stock issued 87Repayments of long-term debt (3)(46)Net repayments of short-term borrowings (1)(6)Purchase of noncontrolling interest shares?(12)Cash used in financing activities(29)(90)Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents 30(20)Decrease in cash and equivalents (342)(189)Cash and equivalents at beginning of period1,3681,380Cash and equivalents at end of period$1,026$1,191SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION ? CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES(Millions of dollars except per share data)(Unaudited)We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted operating profit, adjusted earnings before income taxes and other items (hereafter referred to as "adjusted earnings before tax"), adjusted diluted earnings per share available to Whirlpool common stockholders (hereafter referred to as "adjusted diluted earnings per share"), adjusted operating profit by segment (hereafter referred to as "adjusted segment operating profit"), and free cash flow. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information to assist stockholders in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance.  Management believes adjusted operating profit, adjusted earnings before tax, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted segment operating profit are important indicators of our operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of or are unrelated to our core operating results, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses.   Management believes that free cash flow provides stockholders with a relevant measure of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing the company's ability to fund its activities and obligations. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These adjusted financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported operating profit, earnings before income taxes and other items, diluted net earnings per share available to Whirlpool common stockholders and cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the below reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of our business. We strongly encourage investors and stockholders to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.Adjusted Operating Profit, Adjusted Earnings Before Tax, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per ShareThe reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted operating profit, adjusted earnings before tax and adjusted diluted earnings per share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, reported operating profit, earnings before income taxes and other items, and diluted earnings per share available to Whirlpool common stockholders, for the three-months ended March 31, 2011. Three-Months EndedMarch 31, 2011Operating ProfitEarnings Before TaxDiluted Earnings Per ShareReported GAAP measure$                   228$                   155$                  2.17Supplier-related quality issue accrual (a)(7)(7)(0.06)Adjusted Non-GAAP measure$                   221$                   148$                  2.11Adjusted Segment Operating ProfitThe reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure adjusted segment operating profit with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, reported segment operating profit, for the three-months ended March 31, 2011.Three Months EndedMarch 31, 2011Segment Operating ProfitSupplier-Related Quality Issue Accrual (a)Adjusted Segment Operating ProfitNorth America$                   59$                   (7)$                   52Europe, Middle East and Africa25-25Latin America174-174Asia11-11Other/Eliminations(41)-(41)Total Whirlpool$                 228$                   (7)$                 221Adjusted Operating Profit, Adjusted Earnings Before Tax, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per ShareThe reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted operating profit, adjusted earnings before tax and adjusted diluted earnings per share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, reported operating profit, earnings before income taxes and other items, and diluted earnings per share available to Whirlpool common stockholders, for the three-months ended March 31, 2010. Three-Months EndedMarch 31, 2010Operating ProfitEarnings Before TaxDiluted Earnings Per ShareReported GAAP Measure$                   241$                   171$                  2.13Supplier-related quality issue accrual (a)75750.61OPEB curtailment gain (b)(29)(29)(0.23)Adjusted Non-GAAP measure$                   287$                   217$                  2.51Adjusted Segment Operating ProfitThe reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure adjusted segment operating profit with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, reported segment operating profit, for the three-months ended March 31, 2010.Three Months EndedMarch 31, 2010 Segment Operating ProfitSupplier-Related Quality Issue Accrual (a)OPEB Curtailment Gain (b)Adjusted Segment Operating ProfitNorth America$                   94$                   75$                 (29)$                 140Europe, Middle East and Africa27--27Latin America167--167Asia11--11Other/Eliminations(58)--(58)Total Whirlpool$                 241$                   75$                 (29)$                 287Free Cash Flow (Actual and 2011 Outlook)As defined by the company, free cash flow is cash provided by operating activities after capital expenditures and proceeds from the sale of assets/businesses.  The reconciliation provided below reconciles actual 2011 and 2010 and projected 2011 free cash flow with actual and projected cash (used in)/provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.Three Months EndedMarch 31, 2011(millions of dollars)201120102011 OutlookCash provided by / (used in) operating activities$         (224)$             71$ 997      -      1100Capital expenditures(115)(146)(600)      -     (650)Proceeds from sale of assets313      -      50Free Cash Flow$         (336)$           (74)$ 400      -      500Footnotes:(a) During the March 2010 quarter, we accrued $75 million related to a recall of 1.8 million dishwashers sold in the United States and Canada between 2006 and 2010.  During the March 2011 quarter, we revised the total cost of this recall from $75 million to $68 million as a result of lower than expected costs.  These amounts were recorded in cost of products sold.  For the March 2010 quarter, the diluted earnings per share impact is calculated based on an income tax impact of approximately $28 million.  For the March 2011 quarter, the diluted earnings per share impact is calculated based on an income tax impact of approximately $3 million. (b) During the March 2010 quarter we recognized a curtailment gain of $29 million related to a retiree healthcare plan.  The diluted earnings per share impact is calculated based on an income tax impact of approximately $11 million. SOURCE Whirlpool CorporationFor further information: Media: Whirlpool Corporation Press Office, +1-269-923-7405, Media@Whirlpool.com, or Financial, Greg Fritz, +1-269-923-2641, Investor_Relations@Whirlpool.com