Masco Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

July 30, 2012

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Taylor, Mich., (July 30, 2012) — Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) today reported that net sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 were flat at $2.0 billion compared to the second quarter of 2011. North American sales increased three percent and International sales decreased nine percent. In local currencies, International sales were flat compared with the second quarter of 2011.

Income from continuing operations was $.10 per common share and $.06 per common share for the second quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively, excluding the items in Exhibit A and with a normalized tax rate of 36 percent. Including these items, (loss) income from continuing operations, as reported was ($.17) per common share compared to $.04 per common share for the second quarter of 2011.

2012 Second Quarter Commentary
• Net sales at $2.0 billion were flat compared to the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of currency translation, net sales increased 3%.
• Results for key financial measures, as adjusted for certain items (see Exhibit A) and with a normalized tax rate of 36 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2011, were as follows:
            • Gross profit margins declined to 26.1 percent compared to 27.2 percent
            • Operating profit margins improved to 6.2 percent compared to 5.8 percent
            • Income from continuing operations was $.10 per common share compared to $.06 per common share
• (Loss) income from continuing operations, as reported, was ($.17) per common share compared to $.04 per common share for the second quarter of 2011.
• Working capital as a percent of sales improved to 14.6 percent at June 30, 2012, compared to 15.6 percent at June 30, 2011.
• We ended the second quarter of 2012 with approximately $1.9 billion of cash.

“While general economic activity slowed in the second quarter and our sales were flat compared to last year, our top line benefitted from increased new home construction activity and sales of plumbing products in North America, and from selling price increases. Also, despite the weakening economic environment in Europe, our international sales were flat in local currencies,” said Masco’s CEO, Tim Wadhams. “In addition, our focus on total cost productivity helped drive leverage in our SG&A expenses and, as a result, we saw our operating margin improve slightly. As planned, in mid-July we improved our balance sheet by repaying our $745 million debt maturity, leaving us with approximately $1.2 billion of cash as we head into the second half of the year.”

During the second quarters of 2012 and 2011, we incurred costs and charges of $7 million pre-tax and $15 million pre-tax, respectively, related to business rationalization initiatives.

As previously disclosed, we reached an agreement in principle to settle the Columbus Drywall, Inc. litigation. We have agreed to pay $75 million in exchange for full release of all claims.

Outlook 2012

“We continue to make progress on our strategic initiatives, which include leveraging our brands, reducing our costs, improving our Installation and Cabinet segments and strengthening our balance sheet. Our Installation and Cabinet segments improved their performance by approximately $20 million in operating profit, in aggregate, compared to second quarter 2011, and for the first half of 2012, these segments achieved over $45 million of operating profit improvement,” said Tim Wadhams. “We expect both segments to benefit in the second half of 2012 from the continued improvement in North America new home construction activity. However, implementing our countertop and dealer strategies for Cabinets has been challenging and will reduce our second half expectations for Cabinet segment improvement.  In addition, while we are relatively pleased with our first half results, we expect the second half of 2012 to be less robust than previously anticipated, as the U.S. economy appears to be losing momentum and Euro-zone economies continue to struggle,” said Tim Wadhams.

Headquartered in Taylor, Michigan, Masco Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home improvement and building products, as well as a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products.    

The 2012 second quarter supplemental material, including a presentation in PDF format, will be distributed after the market closes on July 30, 2012 and will be available on the Company’s website at www.masco.com.

A conference call regarding information contained in this release is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Participants in the call are asked to register five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time by dialing (877) 550-4056 and from outside the U.S. at (706) 679-3614. Please use the conference identification number 97628479. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously and in its entirety through the Company’s website. Shareholders, media representatives and others interested in Masco may participate in the webcast by registering through the Investor Relations section on the Company’s website.

A replay of the call will be available on Masco’s website or by phone by dialing (855) 859-2056 and from outside the U.S. at (404) 537-3406. Please use the conference identification number 97628479. The telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the end of the call and continue through August 15, 2012.

Statements contained in this press release that reflect our views about our future performance constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “appear,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “assume,” “seek,” “forecast,” and similar references to future periods. These views involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and, accordingly, our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in our forward-looking statements. We caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. Our future performance may be affected by our reliance on new home construction and home improvement, our reliance on key customers, the cost and availability of raw materials, uncertainty in the international economy, shifts in consumer preferences and purchasing practices, and our ability to achieve cost savings through business rationalizations and other initiatives. These and other factors are discussed in detail in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them.  Unless required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The Company believes that the non-GAAP performance measures and ratios that are contained herein, used in managing the business, may provide users of this financial information with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior periods. Non-GAAP performance measures and ratios should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Additional information about the Company is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is available on Masco's website at www.masco.com.