RPM Reports Fiscal 2018 Second-Quarter Results
January 4, 2018
Cash Flow and Financial Position
For the first half of fiscal 2018, cash from operations was $115.2 million, compared to $158.7 million a year ago. Capital expenditures of
$45.3 million compared to $48.0 million during the first half of last year. Total debt at November 30, 2017 was $2.14 billion, compared to $1.64 billion at November 30, 2016 and $2.1 billion at May 31,
2017. RPMs net (of cash) debt-to-total capitalization ratio was 53.8%, compared to 52.8% at November 30, 2016. At November 30, 2017, liquidity stood at
$971.7 million, including cash of $267.9 million and $703.8 million in long-term committed available credit.
First-Half Sales and
Fiscal 2018 first-half net sales improved 8.9%, to $2.66 billion from $2.44 billion during the first six months of fiscal 2017.
Organic growth was 2.5%, acquisitions added 5.5% and positive foreign currency translation added 0.9%. Net income improved 406.4%, to $211.9 million from $41.8 million in the fiscal 2017 first half. Diluted earnings per share were $1.56,
up 387.5% from $0.32 a year ago. IBT of $264.5 million was up 535.5% over the $41.6 million reported in the fiscal 2017 first half. EBIT of $309.4 million was 281.8% above the $81.0 million reported last year. Excluding the
impairment and Middle East business exit charge in fiscal 2017, fiscal 2018 first half EBIT was up 9.9% over an adjusted $281.6 million last year.
First-Half Segment Sales and Earnings
industrial segment fiscal 2018 first-half sales were up 9.4%, to $1.43 billion from $1.31 billion in the fiscal 2017 first half. Organic sales increased 3.8%, while acquisition growth added 4.2%. Foreign currency translation increased
sales by 1.4%. IBT for the industrial segment increased 12.2%, to $156.6 million from $139.6 million in fiscal 2017. EBIT of $161.7 million was up 12.8% from $143.3 million in the first half last year. Excluding the Middle East
business exit charge last year, industrial segment EBIT increased 3.9%, from $155.6 million a year ago.
First-half sales for the consumer segment
improved 8.9%, to $842.6 million from $773.7 million a year ago. Organic sales were flat, but acquisition growth added 8.5% and foreign currency translation increased sales by 0.4%. The consumer segment reported IBT of $117.5 million,
compared to a loss before interest and taxes of $70.5 million in the year-ago first half. EBIT of $117.8 million compares to a loss before interest and taxes in the fiscal 2017 second quarter of
$70.5 million. Consumer segment EBIT was essentially flat to an adjusted EBIT of $117.8 million last year, excluding the impairment charge.
Specialty segment sales grew 7.1%, to $385.6 million from $359.9 million in the 2017 first half. Organic growth was 2.9%, while acquisitions added
3.9%. Foreign currency translation increased sales by 0.3%. IBT for the specialty segment increased 9.6%, to $67.6 million from $61.7 million in fiscal 2017. For the first half of fiscal 2018, specialty segment EBIT increased 9.8%, to
$67.4 million from $61.4 million a year ago.
In our industrial segment, we expect steady results during the second half of the fiscal year from our North American commercial construction-related
businesses, aided by higher sales in regions impacted by hurricanes, as well as continued positive results from our businesses serving the oil and gas markets. Our business in Brazil, seems to have bottomed out and should be neutral in the back
half. Overall, the global
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