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Leggett & Platt Announces Fourth Quarter and 2011 Results

Monday, February 06, 2012

Leggett & Platt Announces Fourth Quarter and 2011 Results16:05 EST Monday, February 06, 2012CARTHAGE, Mo., Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 4Q EPS of $.06; includes a $.16 restructuring-related chargeAdjusted(1) 4Q EPS was $.22, versus $.21 in prior yearFull year 2011 EPS of $1.04; includes a $.16 restructuring-related charge Adjusted(1) 2011 EPS was $1.20, versus $1.15 in 20102012 EPS guidance of $1.20-1.40, on sales of $3.6-3.8 billionDiversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt reported fourth quarter earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $.06.  Fourth quarter EPS would have been $.22, except for a restructuring-related, predominantly non-cash charge (announced on December 28) of $37 million, or $.16 per share.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, EPS was $.21.Fourth quarter 2011 sales were $854 million.  Same location sales grew 6%, primarily due to inflation and higher trade sales at the steel mill.  Full Year Financial ResultsFull year 2011 EPS was $1.04.  Full year EPS would have been $1.20, except for the $.16 restructuring-related charge.  Full year 2010 EPS was $1.15.  EPS in 2011 benefitted from stock repurchases and a lower effective tax rate.  Full year sales increased 8% to $3.64 billion, mainly from inflation and currency rate changes.  Unit volume grew 3% primarily due to a shift in the mix of sales at the company's steel mill (from intra-segment to trade). The company generated $329 million of cash from operations during 2011.  Major uses of cash included $231 million to fund dividends and capital requirements, and $205 million (net) to purchase Leggett stock.  Net debt to net capital was 29% at year end, below the conservative end of the company's 30%-40% target range.CEO CommentsPresident and CEO David S. Haffner commented, "We remain well poised for earnings growth when the economy expands. That has not yet occurred broadly; to the contrary, in our markets, aggregate demand was essentially flat in 2011.  As a result, we continue to tightly manage costs, exit unprofitable businesses, and focus on other elements of our strategic imperatives."Though sales grew in 2011, most of the increase was due to inflation and currency rates, which didn't generate much profit.  After improving for the last three years, EBIT margin declined in 2011 due to restructuring costs, inflation, and weak market demand for some of our products.  We are dedicated to reversing this trend in 2012."Despite these challenges, for the fourth consecutive year Leggett & Platt stock generated a higher return for investors than did the S&P 500 index. Our shareholders continue to benefit from the company's 5% dividend yield, 40 years of annual dividend increases, strong cash flow, stock buybacks, conservative balance sheet, and TSR-driven(2) strategy.  As we have for over 20 years, we generated more than enough cash from operations to fund dividends and capital expenditures.  Our Total Shareholder Return (TSR) for the 3-year period ending December 31, 2011, ranked in the top 38% of the S&P 500 companies, just shy of our goal to be in the top third.  "In December, we announced our first significant acquisition since 2007.  Western Pneumatic Tube specializes in fabricating thin-walled, large diameter, welded tubing from titanium, nickel-based alloys, and other high strength metals for leading aerospace suppliers and manufacturers. As the leading provider of the types of extremely high-quality, critical function, non-commodity products it manufactures, Western is a competitively advantaged business that provides us diversification into a growing, profitable, attractive industry." Dividend and Stock Repurchases2011 marked the 40th consecutive annual dividend increase for Leggett & Platt, with a compound annual growth rate of nearly 14% during that period.  Only two other S&P 500 members can claim as high a rate of dividend growth for as many years.  At Friday's closing share price of $23.22, the indicated annual dividend of $1.12 per share generates a dividend yield of 4.8%.For the full year, the company purchased 10.1 million shares of its stock, and issued 3.3 million shares through employee benefit and stock purchase plans.  As a result, the number of shares outstanding declined by 5% during 2011, to 139 million at year end.  2012 OutlookLeggett anticipates 2012 sales of $3.6-3.8 billion, reflecting its belief that the economy will improve modestly.  The company expects that its recent restructuring activities will benefit 2012 earnings by $.07-.10 per share, but this will be partially offset by higher anticipated interest expense and effective tax rates.  Given all these factors, Leggett projects 2012 EPS of $1.20-1.40.  Cash from operations should again exceed $300 million for the full year.  Capital expenditures are expected to be about $100 million, and dividend payments should approximate $160 million.The company continues to seek acquisition opportunities that fit its strategy and meet its criteria.  On January 12, 2012, the company completed its $188 million acquisition of Western Tube. Given this use of cash, stock repurchases during 2012 are anticipated to be lower than in recent years, perhaps even zero. As is typical, the company expects to issue approximately 3 million shares to employees via employee benefit plans.  SEGMENT RESULTS ? Fourth Quarter 2011 (versus 4Q 2010) Residential Furnishings ? Total sales increased $25 million, or 6%, largely from inflation; unit volume grew 1%.  EBIT (earnings before interest and income taxes) decreased $7 million due to restructuring-related costs of $7 million.Commercial Fixturing & Components ? Total sales decreased $4 million, or 4%.  Lower sales and production levels contributed to the $3 million decrease in EBIT.  Restructuring-related costs were $3 million in both periods.Industrial Materials ? Total sales increased $30 million, or 18%, reflecting steel-related price inflation and higher trade sales from our steel mill.  The $21 million EBIT decline reflects $22 million of restructuring-related costs.  Specialized Products ? Total sales increased $10 million, or 6%, primarily from unit volume growth in all three sectors of the segment.  EBIT decreased $3 million, with the benefit from higher volumes more than offset by restructuring-related costs of $5 million.  SEGMENT RESULTS ? Full Year 2011 (versus 2010)Residential Furnishings ? Total sales from Continuing Operations increased $90 million, or 5%, largely from inflation and currency, which generated little profit.  Unit volume was flat.  EBIT from Continuing Operations decreased $22 million, primarily due to restructuring-related costs, less favorable sales mix, inflation, and other operating costs.Commercial Fixturing & Components ? Total sales from Continuing Operations decreased $27 million, or 5%, due to reduced volumes in the store fixture operations.  EBIT from Continuing Operations decreased $7 million as a result of the sales decline. Industrial Materials ? Total sales from Continuing Operations increased $132 million, or 18%, reflecting steel-related price inflation and higher trade sales from our steel mill.  EBIT decreased $27 million mainly as a result of restructuring-related costs, and lower wire and tubing volumes.Specialized Products ? Total sales from Continuing Operations increased $107 million, or 17%, primarily from unit volume growth in all three sectors of the segment.  EBIT from Continuing Operations increased $11 million, with the benefit from higher volumes partially offset by higher raw material costs, currency impacts, and restructuring-related costs.Slides and Conference CallA set of slides containing summary financial information is available from the Investor Relations section of Leggett's website at  Management will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Central (9:00 a.m. Eastern) on Tuesday, February 7. The webcast can be accessed (live or replay) from Leggett's website. The dial-in number is (201) 689-8341; there is no passcode. First quarter results will be released after the market closes on Thursday, April 26, with a conference call the next morning.FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit Leggett's website at DESCRIPTION: Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is a diversified manufacturer (and member of the S&P 500) that conceives, designs and produces a variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes, offices, and automobiles. The 129-year-old firm is comprised of 20 business units, 18,000 employee-partners, and 130 manufacturing facilities located in 18 countries.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.CONTACT:   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 Relations(1) Adjusted EPS excludes solely the $.16 charge, and is provided to aid investors' understanding of comparability to prior periods.(2) TSR = Total Shareholder Return = (Change in Stock Price + Dividends Received) / Beginning Stock PriceLEGGETT & PLATTDecember 31, 2011RESULTS OF OPERATIONSFOURTH QUARTERYEAR TO DATE(In millions, except per share data)20112010Change20112010ChangeNet sales (from continuing operations)$        854.1$        801.97%$     3,636.0$     3,359.18%Cost of goods sold  711.1660.42,970.72,703.7   Gross profit 143.0141.5665.3655.4Selling & administrative expenses 94.385.610%382.1354.38%Amortization4.45.018.819.8Other expense (income), net31.40.826.6(6.7)   Earnings before interest and taxes 12.950.1(74%)237.8288.0(17%)Net interest expense8.38.731.632.5   Earnings before income taxes 4.641.4206.2255.5Income taxes (4.7)8.849.871.9   Net earnings from continuing operations9.332.6156.4183.6Discontinued operations, net of tax (1)-(0.1)-(0.8)   Net earnings9.332.5156.4182.8Less net income from non-controlling interest(0.6)(1.1)(3.1)(6.2)   Net earnings attributable to L&P$            8.7$          31.4(72%)$        153.3$        176.6(13%)Earnings per diluted share From continuing operations$0.06$0.21$1.04$1.16From discontinued operations$0.00($0.00)$0.00($0.01)Net earnings per diluted share$0.06$0.21(71%)$1.04$1.15(9%)Shares outstanding   Common stock (at end of period)139.4146.2(5%)139.4146.2   Basic (average for period)143.0150.1145.4151.2   Diluted (average for period)144.7152.4147.0153.3CASH FLOWFOURTH QUARTERYEAR TO DATE(In millions)20112010Change20112010ChangeNet earnings$            9.3$          32.5$        156.4$        182.8Depreciation and amortization28.731.6116.9122.8Working capital decrease (increase)56.173.4(13.8)(17.5)Asset Impairment31. operating activity1.316.634.572.0   Net Cash from Operating Activity$        126.9$        154.1(18%)$        328.9$        362.5(9%)Additions to PP&E(18.3)(19.1)(4%)(75.0)(67.7)11%Purchase of companies, net of cash0.0(4.5)(6.6)(4.9)Proceeds from asset sales6.51.726.828.9Dividends paid(38.9)(39.5)(155.9)(154.9)Repurchase of common stock, net2.8(25.6)(204.8)(106.3)Additions (payments) to debt, net(60.1)(75.1)65.1(45.8)Other(1.4)(24.2)13.3(27.8)   Increase (Decr.) in Cash & Equiv.$          17.5$        (32.2)$          (8.2)$        (16.0)FINANCIAL POSITION31-Dec(In millions)20112010ChangeCash and equivalents $        236.3$        244.5Receivables 503.6478.9Inventories 441.0435.3Other current assets 43.160.4   Total current assets 1,224.01,219.10%Net fixed assets 580.6624.2Held for sale19.624.9Goodwill and other assets1,090.91,132.8   TOTAL ASSETS$     2,915.1$     3,001.0(3%)Trade accounts payable$        256.6$        226.4Current debt maturities 2.52.2Other current liabilities 326.9294.4   Total current liabilities 586.0523.012%Long term debt833.3762.29%Deferred taxes and other liabilities 188.1191.4Equity1,307.71,524.4(14%)   Total Capitalization 2,329.12,478.0   TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY$     2,915.1$     3,001.0(1) Primarily includes:  Coated Fabrics (formerly in Residential Furnishings); Storage Products (formerly in Commercial Fixturing & Components).LEGGETT & PLATTDecember 31, 2011SEGMENT RESULTSFOURTH QUARTERYEAR TO DATE(In millions)20112010Change20112010ChangeExternal (Trade) SalesResidential Furnishings $        434.7$        409.56.2%$     1,827.8$     1,739.35.1%Commercial Fixturing & Components 96.8100.8(4.0%)502.4530.7(5.3%)Industrial Materials 148.1123.619.8%616.7498.023.8%Specialized Products 174.5168.03.9%689.1591.116.6%     Total$        854.1$        801.96.5%$     3,636.0$     3,359.18.2%Inter-Segment SalesResidential Furnishings $            1.9$            1.8$            8.6$            7.5Commercial Fixturing & Components Materials 52.646.6240.1227.2Specialized Products     Total$          68.2$          58.4$        300.7$        277.0Total SalesResidential Furnishings $        436.6$        411.36.2%$     1,836.4$     1,746.85.1%Commercial Fixturing & Components 97.8101.8(3.9%)507.3534.8(5.1%)Industrial Materials 200.7170.217.9%856.8725.218.1%Specialized Products 187.2177.05.8%736.2629.317.0%     Total$        922.3$        860.37.2%$     3,936.7$     3,636.18.3%EBITResidential Furnishings $          20.7$          27.4(24%)$        137.5$        159.7(14%)Commercial Fixturing & Components (6.7)(3.5)(91%)15.723.1(32%)Industrial Materials (10.9)10.4(205%)28.455.2(49%)Specialized Products 16.919.8(15%)77.066.216%Intersegment eliminations and other(1.2)1.4(6.8)(1.2)Change in LIFO reserve (5.9)(5.4)(14.0)(15.0)     Total$          12.9$          50.1(74%)$        237.8$        288.0(17%)EBIT Margin (1)Basis PtsBasis PtsResidential Furnishings 4.7%6.7%(200)7.5%9.1%(160)Commercial Fixturing & Components (6.9%)(3.4%)(350)3.1%4.3%(120)Industrial Materials (5.4%)6.1%(1150)3.3%7.6%(430)Specialized Products 9.0%11.2%(220)10.5%10.5%0     Overall from Continuing Operations1.5%6.2%(470)6.5%8.6%(210)LAST SIX QUARTERS20102011Selected Figures 3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4QTrade Sales ($ million)867802896945941854Sales Growth (vs. prior year)7%4%10%8%9%7%EBIT ($ million) 765074797213EBIT Margin 8.7%6.2%8.3%8.4%7.6%1.5%Net Earnings - excludes discontinued oper. ($m)48324555459Net Margin - excludes discontinued operations5.5%3.9%5.0%5.8%4.8%1.0%EPS - continuing operations (diluted)$0.31$0.21$0.30$0.37$0.31$0.06Cash from Operations ($ million) 911544754101127Net Debt to Net CapitalizationLong term debt834762822857897833.3Current debt maturities 1022222.5Less cash and equivalents (277)(244)(195)(203)(219)(236.3)     Net Debt567520629656680599.5Total capitalization252924782481251724182329.1Current debt maturities 1022222.5Less cash and equivalents (277)(244)(195)(203)(219)(236.3)     Net Capitalization226222362288231622012095.3Long Term Debt to Total Capitalization33.0%30.8%33.1%34.0%37.1%35.8%Net Debt to Net Capital 25.1%23.3%27.5%28.3%30.9%28.6%   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)3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4QResidential Furnishings 0%(1%)6%2%6%6%Commercial Fixturing & Components 4%1%(9%)(2%)(5%)(4%)Industrial Materials 13%18%19%18%18%18%Specialized Products 28%16%28%20%17%6%     Overall from Continuing Operations8%6%10%8%9%6%(1) Segment margins calculated on Total Sales.   Overall company margin calculated on External Sales.nm = not meaningfulSOURCE Leggett & Platt