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Leggett & Platt Reports EPS of $.31 for Third Quarter

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leggett & Platt Reports EPS of $.31 for Third Quarter16:05 EDT Thursday, October 27, 2011CARTHAGE, Mo., Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --3Q EPS was $.31.3Q sales were $941 million; unit volume was essentially flat across the company.Repurchased 2.6 million shares during the quarter; outstanding shares declined to 139 million.Reduced 2011 guidance; now anticipate EPS of $1.15 - 1.20, on sales of about $3.6 billion.Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt reported third quarter earnings per diluted share of $.31.  In the third quarter of 2010, earnings were also $.31 per share.  Third quarter 2011 sales were $941 million, a 9% (or $74 million) increase versus the prior year.  Sales growth is attributable to items that brought little incremental profit:  inflation and currency rate fluctuation accounted for the bulk of the growth, and a change in sales at the company's steel mill (from intra-segment to trade) provided 3% unit growth.  Across the remainder of the company as a whole, unit volume was flat.  CEO CommentsPresident and CEO David S. Haffner commented, "We are not satisfied with our results this quarter.  Though sales were approximately what we anticipated, unit demand was essentially flat.  Gross margin declined, largely due to three factors:  competitive pricing pressure in certain product categories, "decontenting" as customers switched to lower cost and lower value components, and our intentional effort to reduce inventory levels by curtailing production, which has the side effect of reducing overhead absorption.   "Earlier in the year we had expected overall unit demand to pick up this fall.  That has not happened, and many of the recent forecasts and surveys from well-regarded sources suggest our economy will be facing headwinds for longer than previously expected.  As a result, we have recently initiated additional efforts to decrease excess production capacity, reduce overhead, and trim our cost structures.  "During the third quarter, as planned, we continued to repurchase our stock. Year-to-date, we have reduced outstanding shares of stock by 5% while maintaining our strong financial base.  Operating cash flow continues to be strong, even in this weakened economy, and readily funds dividends and capital expenditures.  We ended the quarter with net debt to net capital of 31%, at the lower end of our long-term target range, and over $450 million available under our existing commercial paper program and revolver facility."We continue to assess our overall performance by comparing our Total Shareholder Return (TSR(1)) to that of peer companies on a rolling three-year basis.  For the three-year period that began January 1, 2009, we have so far (over 34 months) generated TSR of 24% per year on average, while the S&P 500 index generated average TSR of 14% per year.  Accordingly, our 2009-2011 TSR ranks well within the top half of the companies in the S&P 500 index."Dividends and Stock RepurchasesLeggett & Platt's Board of Directors increased the quarterly dividend by one cent, to $.28, in the third quarter.  Thus, 2011 marks the 40th consecutive annual dividend increase for the company, with a compound annual growth rate of 14%; this record is matched by extremely few S&P 500 companies.  At yesterday's closing share price of $23.92, the indicated annual dividend of $1.12 per share generates a dividend yield of 4.7%.During the third quarter, the company repurchased 2.6 million shares of its stock at an average price of $19.72 per share.  So far this year, the company has purchased 9.4 million shares against its 10 million share repurchase authorization, and issued 2.9 million shares through employee benefit and stock purchase plans; as a result, the number of shares outstanding has decreased to 139.1 million.  2011 OutlookLeggett & Platt anticipates 2011 sales of approximately $3.6 billion, an increase of 7% versus 2010, largely due to inflation, currency fluctuation, and trade sales growth at the steel mill.  Taken as a whole, most of the company should see essentially flat unit volumes.  Based upon that sales expectation, the company projects 2011 EPS of $1.15 ?1.20, a reduction from last quarter's guidance of $1.25 ? 1.40 due to reduced expectations for the economy, competitive moves to sustain production volumes, and decontenting by customers.  Cash flow should remain strong.  As it has for more than 20 consecutive years, the company expects to continue generating annual operating cash well above the amount needed to fund dividends and capital expenditures.  Cash from operations is expected to be approximately $300 million for 2011.LIFOFor the full year, the company expects 2011 LIFO expense of $11 million, compared to $15 million of expense in 2010, largely due to steel cost increases in each year.  Third quarter 2011 results include a LIFO benefit of $1 million; in 2010 there was a $5 million LIFO expense in the third quarter.SEGMENT RESULTS ? Third Quarter 2011 (versus 3Q 2010) Residential Furnishings ? Total sales increased $29 million, or 6%, largely from inflation and currency; unit volume grew 1%.  EBIT (earnings before interest and income taxes) decreased $5 million due to higher raw material and restructuring-related costs, competitive pricing pressure, and less favorable sales mix.Commercial Fixturing & Components ? Total sales decreased $8 million, or 5%; unit volume declined 7%.  EBIT decreased $3 million primarily as a result of lower sales.  Industrial Materials ? Total sales increased $34 million, or 18%, reflecting steel-related price inflation and higher trade sales from our steel mill.  Unit volumes decreased in both wire and tubing.  Sales growth largely reflects a shift in sales of steel rod and billet from intra-segment (last year) to trades sales (this year).  Intra-segment sales are not recorded in external financial results, but trade sales are; EBIT, however, is recorded in either case.  As a result, more sales were recognized this year but did not result in additional EBIT.  The $3 million EBIT decline largely reflects lower wire and tubing volumes, and higher raw material costs.  Specialized Products ? Total sales increased $28 million, or 17%, from unit volume growth in all three sectors of the segment.  EBIT increased $1 million, with the benefit from higher volumes largely offset by higher raw material costs and currency impacts.  Slides and Conference CallA set of slides containing summary financial information is available from the Investor Relations section of Leggett's website at www.leggett.com.  Management will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Central (9:00 a.m. Eastern) on Friday, October 28. The webcast can be accessed (live or replay) from Leggett's website. The dial-in number is (201) 689-8341; there is no passcode. Fourth quarter results will be released after the market closes on Monday, February 6, 2012, with a conference call the next morning.FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit Leggett's website at www.leggett.com.COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is a diversified manufacturer (and member of the S&P 500) that conceives, designs and produces a broad variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes, offices, and automobiles. The company serves a broad suite of customers that comprise a "Who's Who" of U.S. manufacturers and retailers. The 128-year-old firm is comprised of 19 business units, 19,000 employee-partners, and 140 manufacturing facilities located in 18 countries.Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S. manufacturer of: a) components for residential furniture and bedding; b) office furniture components; c) drawn steel wire; d) automotive seat support & lumbar systems; e) carpet underlay; f) power bed foundations; g) bedding industry machinery. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this release that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking." These statements involve uncertainties and risks, including the company's ability to improve operations and realize cost savings, price and product competition from foreign and domestic competitors, changes in demand for the company's products, cost and availability of raw materials and labor, fuel and energy costs, future growth of acquired companies, general economic conditions, foreign currency fluctuation, litigation risks, and other factors described in the company's Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statement reflects only the company's beliefs when the statement is made. Actual results could differ materially from expectations, and the company undertakes no duty to update these statements.(1) TSR = (Change in Stock Price + Dividends Received) / Beginning Stock Price; assumes dividends are reinvestedCONTACT:   Investor Relations, (417) 358-8131 or invest@leggett.comDavid M. DeSonier, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Investor RelationsSusan R. McCoy, Staff Vice President of Investor RelationsRESULTS OF OPERATIONSTHIRD QUARTERYEAR TO DATE(In millions, except per share data)20112010Change20112010ChangeNet sales (from continuing operations)$    940.9$   866.59%$ 2,781.9$ 2,557.29%Cost of goods sold  770.5697.82,259.62,043.3   Gross profit 170.4168.7522.3513.9Selling & administrative expenses 93.987.67%287.8268.77%Amortization4.74.914.414.8Other expense (income), net0.20.6(4.8)(7.5)   Earnings before interest and taxes 71.675.6(5%)224.9237.9(5%)Net interest expense8.27.623.323.8   Earnings before income taxes 63.468.0201.6214.1Income taxes 18.118.154.563.1   Net earnings from continuing operations45.349.9147.1151.0Discontinued operations, net of tax (1)-(0.6)-(0.7)   Net earnings45.349.3147.1150.3Less net income from non-controlling interest(0.4)(1.9)(2.5)(5.1)   Net earnings attributable to L&P$      44.9$     47.4(5%)$    144.6$    145.2(0%)Earnings per diluted share From continuing operations$0.31$0.31$0.98$0.95From discontinued operations$0.00($0.00)$0.00($0.01)Net earnings per diluted share$0.31$0.31(0%)$0.98$0.944%Shares outstanding   Common stock (at end of period)139.1146.5(5%)139.1146.5   Basic (average for period)143.8150.7146.2151.6   Diluted (average for period)145.1152.9147.8153.7CASH FLOWTHIRD QUARTERYEAR TO DATE(In millions)20112010Change20112010ChangeNet earnings$      45.3$     49.3$    147.1$    150.3Depreciation and amortization27.930.088.291.2Working capital decrease (increase)22.1(20.6)(69.9)(90.9)Asset Impairment0.00.23.42.5Other operating activity5.731.633.255.3   Net Cash from Operating Activity$    101.0$     90.512%$    202.0$    208.4(3%)Additions to PP&E(18.9)(18.6)2%(56.7)(48.6)17%Purchase of companies, net of cash(1.9)0.0(6.6)(0.4)Proceeds from asset sales1.716.420.327.2Dividends paid(38.2)(38.2)(117.0)(115.4)Repurchase of common stock, net(50.5)(8.9)(207.6)(80.7)Additions (payments) to debt, net41.1(13.2)125.229.3Other(18.8)5.214.7(3.6)   Increase (Decr.) in Cash & Equiv.$      15.5$     33.2$    (25.7)$      16.2FINANCIAL POSITION30-Sep(In millions)20112010ChangeCash and equivalents $    218.8$   276.7Receivables 576.7546.6Inventories 456.5448.9Other current assets 39.336.2   Total current assets 1,291.31,308.4(1%)Net fixed assets 600.9621.3Held for sale19.324.7Goodwill and other assets1,110.81,124.9   TOTAL ASSETS$ 3,022.3$3,079.3(2%)Trade accounts payable$    274.2$   232.1Current debt maturities 2.19.8Other current liabilities 327.7308.0   Total current liabilities 604.0549.910%Long term debt897.3833.58%Deferred taxes and other liabilities 182.9180.4Equity1,338.11,515.5(12%)   Total Capitalization 2,418.32,529.4   TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY$ 3,022.3$3,079.3(1) Primarily includes:  Coated Fabrics (formerly in Residential Furnishings); Storage Products (formerly in Commercial Fixturing & Components).SEGMENT RESULTSTHIRD QUARTERYEAR TO DATE(In millions)20112010Change20112010ChangeExternal (Trade) SalesResidential Furnishings $    470.2$   442.16.4%$ 1,393.1$ 1,329.84.8%Commercial Fixturing & Components 140.5148.5(5.4%)405.6429.9(5.7%)Industrial Materials 156.8126.823.7%468.6374.425.2%Specialized Products 173.4149.116.3%514.6423.121.6%     Total$    940.9$   866.58.6%$ 2,781.9$ 2,557.28.8%Inter-Segment SalesResidential Furnishings $        2.1$       1.6$        6.7$        5.7Commercial Fixturing & Components 1.21.03.93.1Industrial Materials 59.956.4187.5180.6Specialized Products 14.310.834.429.2     Total$      77.5$     69.8$    232.5$    218.6Total SalesResidential Furnishings $    472.3$   443.76.4%$ 1,399.8$ 1,335.54.8%Commercial Fixturing & Components 141.7149.5(5.2%)409.5433.0(5.4%)Industrial Materials 216.7183.218.3%656.1555.018.2%Specialized Products 187.7159.917.4%549.0452.321.4%     Total$ 1,018.4$   936.38.8%$ 3,014.4$ 2,775.88.6%EBITResidential Furnishings $      33.5$     38.3(13%)$    116.8$    132.3(12%)Commercial Fixturing & Components 6.710.0(33%)22.426.6(16%)Industrial Materials 11.714.6(20%)39.344.8(12%)Specialized Products 20.619.27%60.146.430%Intersegment eliminations and other(1.8)(1.2)(5.6)(2.6)Change in LIFO reserve 0.9(5.3)(8.1)(9.6)     Total$      71.6$     75.6(5%)$    224.9$    237.9(5%)EBIT Margin (1)Basis PtsBasis PtsResidential Furnishings 7.1%8.6%(150)8.3%9.9%(160)Commercial Fixturing & Components 4.7%6.7%(200)5.5%6.1%(60)Industrial Materials 5.4%8.0%(260)6.0%8.1%(210)Specialized Products 11.0%12.0%(100)10.9%10.3%60     Overall from Continuing Operations7.6%8.7%(110)8.1%9.3%(120)LAST SIX QUARTERS20102011Selected Figures 2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3QTrade Sales ($ million)874867802896945941Sales Growth (vs. prior year)15%7%4%10%8%9%EBIT ($ million) 857650747972EBIT Margin 9.7%8.7%6.2%8.3%8.4%7.6%Net Earnings - excludes discontinued oper. ($m)524832455545Net Margin - excludes discontinued operations6.0%5.5%3.9%5.0%5.8%4.8%EPS - continuing operations (diluted)$0.34$0.31$0.21$0.30$0.37$0.31Cash from Operations ($ million) 67911544754101Net Debt to Net CapitalizationLong term debt855834762822857897Current debt maturities 10102222Less cash and equivalents (244)(277)(244)(195)(203)(219)     Net Debt621567520629656681Total capitalization250825292478248125172418Current debt maturities 10102222Less cash and equivalents (244)(277)(244)(195)(203)(219)     Net Capitalization227422632236228823162202Long Term Debt to Total Capitalization34.1%33.0%30.8%33.1%34.0%37.1%Net Debt to Net Capital 27.3%25.1%23.3%27.5%28.3%30.9%   Management uses Net Debt to Net Capital to track leverage trends across time periods with variable levels of cash.Same Location Sales (vs. prior year)2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3QResidential Furnishings 9%0%(1%)6%2%6%Commercial Fixturing & Components 8%4%1%(9%)(2%)(5%)Industrial Materials 29%13%18%19%18%18%Specialized Products 30%28%16%28%20%17%     Overall from Continuing Operations16%8%6%10%8%9%(1) Segment margins calculated on Total Sales.   Overall company margin calculated on External Sales.nm = not meaningfulSOURCE Leggett & Platt