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Leggett & Platt Reports Record First Quarter EPS

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Leggett & Platt Reports Record First Quarter EPS

16:05 EDT Thursday, April 24, 2014

CARTHAGE, Mo., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

  • 1Q EPS was $.37, a 12% increase versus the prior year
  • 1Q sales were $919 million, 1% lower than in prior year
  • Raising low end of 2014 EPS guidance; anticipate EPS of $1.70 - 1.85 on sales of $3.85 - 4.05 billion

Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt reported earnings of $.37 per share, a first quarter record for EPS from Continuing Operations. In 2013, first quarter EPS was $.33. The 2014 EPS improvement reflects an improved mix of sales across business units and a modest gain on sale of a building. These factors were partially offset by the earnings impact of lower same location sales.

First quarter 2014 sales were $919 million, a 1% (or $14 million) decrease versus the prior year.  Same location sales declined 3% due to lower volumes in Store Fixtures and Commercial Vehicle Products, and weather-related demand weakness in several other businesses during the first two months of the year. Acquisitions improved sales by 2%.

EBIT margin improved 50 basis points versus first quarter last year, from 8.5% to 9.0%. Excluding the gain on sale of a building, margin remained at the percentage level achieved in the first quarter 2013, despite lower sales.

CEO CommentsBoard Chair and CEO David S. Haffner commented, "In spite of the unusually harsh weather, we are pleased with our start to 2014. Though sales declined, our EBIT margin held ground, and we exited the quarter with improving demand. We are sufficiently encouraged by recent strength in key markets to raise the low end of our EPS guidance.

"Since 2007, our primary long-term financial goal has been to consistently rank in the top third of the S&P 500 companies for Total Shareholder Return (TSR[1]) as measured over rolling 3-year periods.  For the three year period that began January 1, 2012, we have so far (over the last 28 months) generated TSR performance that places us just above the midpoint of the S&P 500 companies, but shy of our goal.

"We continue to maintain our strong financial base. At quarter's end we had over $450 million available under our existing commercial paper program. We ended the quarter with net debt to net capital at 31.5%, near the conservative end of our long-term 30%-40% target range.

"Given anticipated sales growth, in 2014 we expect another year of record earnings from Continuing Operations. And as we look beyond 2014, we are encouraged by the positive momentum of several businesses including Automotive, Aerospace, Bedding, Furniture, and Office."

Dividends and Stock RepurchasesIn February, Leggett & Platt's Board of Directors declared a $.30 first quarter dividend, one cent higher than last year's first quarter dividend.  Thus, 2014 marks the 43rd consecutive annual dividend increase for the company, with a compound annual growth rate of 13%. Only one other S&P 500 company can claim as high a rate of dividend growth for as many years. Leggett & Platt is proud of its dividend record, and plans to continue it.

At yesterday's closing share price of $33.39, the indicated annual dividend of $1.20 per share generates a dividend yield of 3.6%, the fourth-highest dividend yield among the 54 stocks of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats.

During the first quarter the company purchased 1.5 million shares of its stock at an average price of $30.25, and issued 1.0 million shares. Shares outstanding decreased by 0.5 million, to 138.9 million. 

2014 Guidance Narrowed For 2014, Leggett anticipates accelerated sales growth, EBIT margin improvement, and record operating EPS. The company is raising the low end of its prior EPS guidance, and now projects 2014 EPS of $1.70 - 1.85 on sales of $3.85 - 4.05 billion, or 3% - 8% growth.

Cash from operations in 2014 should again exceed $350 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be roughly $100 million, and dividend payments should approximate $170 million. 

As has been the company's practice, after funding dividends and capital expenditures, any remaining cash flow will likely be targeted toward acquisitions or stock repurchases. Potential acquisitions must meet stringent strategic and financial criteria; should no acquisitions come to fruition, the company has standing authorization from the Board of Directors to repurchase up to 10 million shares each year.  No specific share repurchase commitment or timetable has been established; however, the company currently anticipates the purchase of between 3 and 6 million shares during 2014, and the issuance of approximately 2 million shares via employee benefit plans. 

Over the last few years, Leggett & Platt significantly reduced its fixed cost structure, but purposely retained spare production capacity.  Accordingly, unit sales volumes can rebound appreciably without the need for large capital investment.  As a result, the company has meaningful operating leverage that should significantly benefit future earnings as market demand rebounds.

SEGMENT RESULTS ? First Quarter 2014 (versus the same period in 2013) Residential Furnishings ? Total sales increased $12 million, or 2%, with volume growth in Furniture Components and International Spring partially offset by soft demand in U.S. Spring.  EBIT (earnings before interest and income taxes) increased $9 million primarily due to higher sales and cost improvements. A $4 million gain on sale of a building in 2014 was largely offset by the non-recurrence of last year's $3 million hurricane-related insurance gain.

Commercial Fixturing & Components ? Total sales decreased $26 million, or 22% largely due to the non-recurrence, as anticipated, of certain major Store Fixture retailer programs in early 2013. EBIT declined $4 million due to lower sales.

Industrial Materials ? Total sales decreased $12 million, or 5%, largely from lower unit volumes in wire and rod.  EBIT decreased $11 million from lower sales, reduced metal margin, and weather-related cost impacts. 

Specialized Products ? Total sales increased $12 million, or 6%, due to strong demand for the company's Automotive components; this was partially offset by reduced sales in the CVP business.  EBIT increased $9 million due to increased sales and non-recurrence of a $5 million litigation accrual last year.

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, April 25. The webcast can be accessed (live or replay) from Leggett's website. The dial-in number is (201) 689-8341; there is no passcode.

Second quarter results will be released after the market closes on Thursday, July 24, 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 variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes, offices, and automobiles. The 131-year-old firm is comprised of 20 business units, 19,000 employee-partners, and 130 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) adjustable bed bases; 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, possible goodwill or other asset impairment, 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 TSR = (Change in Stock Price + Dividends) / Beginning Stock Price; assumes dividends are reinvested

 

LEGGETT & PLATT

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 1

FIRST QUARTER

(In millions, except per share data)

2014

2013

Change

Net sales (from continuing operations)

$   919.1

$   932.7

(1%)

Cost of goods sold  

739.1

743.8

   Gross profit 

180.0

188.9

(5%)

Selling & administrative expenses 

98.5

107.2

(8%)

Amortization

4.9

5.7

Other expense (income), net

(5.9)

(3.4)

   Earnings before interest and taxes 

82.5

79.4

4%

Net interest expense

9.0

10.1

   Earnings before income taxes 

73.5

69.3

Income taxes 

19.8

19.9

   Net earnings from continuing operations

53.7

49.4

Discontinued operations, net of tax

---

0.1

   Net earnings

53.7

49.5

Less net income from non-controlling interest

(0.6)

(0.4)

   Net earnings attributable to L&P

$     53.1

$     49.1

8%

Net earnings per diluted share 

From continuing operations

$0.37

$0.33

12%

From discontinued operations

$0.00

$0.00

Net earnings per diluted share

$0.37

$0.33

12%

Shares outstanding

   Common stock (at end of period)

138.9

142.9

(3%)

   Basic (average for period)

142.4

145.9

   Diluted (average for period)

144.0

148.0

(3%)

CASH FLOW

FIRST QUARTER

(In millions)

2014

2013

Change

Net earnings

$     53.7

$     49.5

Depreciation and amortization

28.9

29.3

Working capital decrease (increase)

(123.7)

(71.9)

Asset Impairment

0.5

0.2

Other operating activity

20.9

16.9

   Net Cash from Operating Activity

$    (19.7)

$     24.0

(182%)

Additions to PP&E

(15.1)

(19.8)

Purchase of companies, net of cash

(2.0)

(0.1)

Proceeds from asset sales

8.5

1.9

Dividends paid

(42.0)

0.0

Repurchase of common stock, net

(45.7)

(13.2)

Additions (payments) to debt, net

120.4

98.2

Other

(8.5)

(0.7)

   Increase (Decr.) in Cash & Equiv.

$     (4.1)

$     90.3

FINANCIAL POSITION

31-Mar

(In millions)

2014

2013

Change

Cash and equivalents 

$   268.6

$   449.4

Receivables 

573.9

528.6

Inventories 

519.5

502.5

Other current assets 

47.8

44.2

   Total current assets 

1,409.8

1,524.7

(8%)

Net fixed assets 

564.3

566.8

Held for sale

19.4

20.3

Goodwill and other assets

1,228.0

1,316.1

   TOTAL ASSETS

$3,221.5

$3,427.9

(6%)

Trade accounts payable

$   350.2

$   320.0

Current debt maturities 

181.4

201.4

Other current liabilities 

302.4

271.2

   Total current liabilities 

834.0

792.6

5%

Long term debt

811.0

953.8

(15%)

Deferred taxes and other liabilities 

205.6

241.6

Equity

1,370.9

1,439.9

(5%)

   Total Capitalization 

2,387.5

2,635.3

(9%)

   TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY

$3,221.5

$3,427.9

(6%)

LEGGETT & PLATT

SEGMENT RESULTS1

FIRST QUARTER

(In millions)

2014

2013

Change

External Sales

Residential Furnishings 

$   489.1

$   484.9

0.9%

Commercial Fixturing & Components 

88.5

114.6

(22.8%)

Industrial Materials 

154.1

159.6

(3.4%)

Specialized Products 

187.4

173.6

7.9%

     Total

$   919.1

$   932.7

(1.5%)

Inter-Segment Sales

Residential Furnishings 

$      9.7

$      1.9

Commercial Fixturing & Components 

1.4

1.0

Industrial Materials 

57.5

63.6

Specialized Products 

10.9

12.7

     Total

$     79.5

$     79.2

Total Sales

Residential Furnishings 

$   498.8

$   486.8

2.5%

Commercial Fixturing & Components 

89.9

115.6

(22.2%)

Industrial Materials 

211.6

223.2

(5.2%)

Specialized Products 

198.3

186.3

6.4%

     Total

$   998.6

$1,011.9

(1.3%)

EBIT

Residential Furnishings 

$     51.3

$     42.3

21%

Commercial Fixturing & Components 

(2.0)

1.6

(225%)

Industrial Materials 

11.1

21.7

(49%)

Specialized Products 

25.0

15.7

59%

Intersegment eliminations and other

(2.9)

(4.5)

Change in LIFO reserve 

0.0

2.6

     Total

$     82.5

$     79.4

4%

EBIT Margin 2

Basis Pts

Residential Furnishings 

10.3%

8.7%

160

Commercial Fixturing & Components 

(2.2%)

1.4%

(360)

Industrial Materials 

5.2%

9.7%

(450)

Specialized Products 

12.6%

8.4%

420

     Overall from Continuing Operations

9.0%

8.5%

50

LAST SIX QUARTERS

2012

2013

2014

Selected Figures 

4Q

1Q

2Q

3Q

4Q

1Q

Trade Sales ($ million)

850

933

959

958

897

919

Sales Growth (vs. prior year)

(0%)

(1%)

3%

(2%)

5%

(1%)

EBIT ($ million) 

76

79

99

106

1

83

EBIT Margin 

8.9%

8.5%

10.3%

11.1%

0.1%

9.0%

Net Earnings  to L&P- excl. disc. oper. ($m)

74

49

65

71

6

53

Net Margin - excludes discontinued operations

8.7%

5.3%

6.8%

7.4%

0.7%

5.8%

EPS - continuing operations (diluted)

$0.50

$0.33

$0.44

$0.48

$0.04

$0.37

Cash from Operations ($ million) 

209

24

99

116

178

(20)

Net Debt to Net Capitalization

Long term debt

853.9

953.8

973.9

957.5

688.4

811.0

Current debt maturities 

201.5

201.4

1.8

1.1

181.1

181.4

Less cash and equivalents 

(359.1)

(449.4)

(280.3)

(298.9)

(272.7)

(268.6)

     Net Debt

696.3

705.8

695.4

659.7

596.8

723.8

Total capitalization

2523.9

2635.3

2648.0

2666.3

2278.6

2387.5

Current debt maturities 

201.5

201.4

1.8

1.1

181.1

181.4

Less cash and equivalents 

(359.1)

(449.4)

(280.3)

(298.9)

(272.7)

(268.6)

     Net Capitalization

2366.3

2387.3

2369.5

2368.5

2187.0

2300.3

Long Term Debt to Total Capitalization

33.8%

36.2%

36.8%

35.9%

30.2%

34.0%

Net Debt to Net Capital 

29.4%

29.6%

29.3%

27.9%

27.3%

31.5%

   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)

4Q

1Q

2Q

3Q

4Q

1Q

Residential Furnishings 

4%

(1%)

3%

6%

6%

2%

Commercial Fixturing & Components 

(4%)

1%

11%

(20%)

(8%)

(22%)

Industrial Materials 

(15%)

(7%)

(9%)

(10%)

(4%)

(12%)

Specialized Products 

1%

1%

7%

1%

8%

6%

     Overall from Continuing Operations

(2%)

(2%)

2%

(3%)

3%

(3%)

1Prior year results have been restated for discontinued operations.

2Segment margins calculated on Total Sales.   Overall company margin calculated on External Sales.

 

SOURCE Leggett & Platt

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