Masco Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

October 30, 2018

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Key Highlights 

• Sales increased 8 percent to $2.1 billion; excluding acquisitions, divestitures and currency, sales increased 4 percent
• Earnings per share grew 21 percent to $0.58 per share; adjusted earnings per share grew 25 percent to $0.65 per share
• Returned approximately $122 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends
• Updating 2018 anticipated earnings per share to be in the range of $2.25-$2.30 per share, and on an adjusted basis, to be in the range of $2.39-$2.44 per share compared to a previous range of $2.48-$2.55

LIVONIA, Mich. (October 30, 2018) - Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded home improvement and building products, reported solid net sales and earnings per share growth in the third quarter of 2018.

“Our growth this quarter was led by strong performance in North American Plumbing and Cabinetry, as well as our acquisition of Kichler Lighting,” said Masco President and CEO, Keith Allman. “We delivered adjusted operating profit growth during the quarter despite inflationary headwinds and softness in European markets, while returning approximately $122 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.”

2018 Third Quarter Commentary

• On a reported basis, compared to third quarter 2017:
• Net sales increased 8 percent to $2.1 billion; in local currency and excluding acquisitions and divestitures, net sales increased 4 percent
• In local currency, North American sales increased 12 percent and international sales decreased 6 percent
• Gross margins decreased 210 basis points to 31.7 percent from 33.8 percent
• Operating profit decreased 3 percent to $300 million
• Operating margins decreased 160 basis points to 14.3 percent from 15.9 percent
• Net income increased to $0.58 per share, compared to $0.48 per share
• Compared to third quarter 2017, results for key financial measures, as adjusted for certain items (see Exhibit A) and with a normalized tax rate of 26 percent (34 percent in 2017), were as follows:
• Gross margins decreased 110 basis points to 32.7 percent compared to 33.8 percent
• Operating profit increased 3 percent to $320 million from $310 million
• Operating margins decreased 70 basis points to 15.2 percent compared to 15.9 percent
• Net income increased to $0.65 per share, compared to $0.52 per share
• Liquidity at the end of the third quarter was $569 million
• 2.3 million shares repurchased in the third quarter

2018 Third Quarter Operating Segment Highlights

• Plumbing Products’ net sales increased 4 percent (5 percent excluding the impact of foreign currency translation), driven by strong North American growth of 9 percent
• Decorative Architectural Products’ net sales increased 20 percent due to the acquisition of Kichler and growth in Behr’s pro initiative and builders’ hardware, partially offset by lower DIY paint sales; excluding the acquisition, net sales grew 1 percent
• Cabinetry Products’ net sales increased 4 percent driven by strong growth in the repair and remodel business, partially offset by the divestiture of Moores; excluding the divestiture, net sales increased 11 percent
• Windows and Other Specialty Products’ net sales decreased 3 percent due to lower international sales

“While we delivered good top-line and earnings per share growth, we faced challenges that impacted our third quarter performance,” said Allman. “North American Plumbing and Cabinetry performed well; however, we experienced softness in our DIY paint and international markets. Additionally, we continued to face commodity and logistics cost pressures. As a result, we are lowering our full year EPS expectation to be in the range of $2.39-$2.44 from our previous range of $2.48-$2.55. Despite these challenges, we remain confident in the fundamentals of our business and will continue to execute on our strategies to create shareholder value. As such, we intend to deploy up to $300 million in share repurchases in the fourth quarter of this year,” concluded Allman.

About Masco

Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Masco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. Our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Behr® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures; KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinets; Milgard® windows and doors; Kichler® decorative and outdoor lighting; and HotSpring® spas. We leverage our powerful brands across product categories, sales channels and geographies to create value for our customers and shareholders. For more information about Masco Corporation, visit

The  2018  third  quarter  supplemental  material,  including  a  presentation  in  PDF  format,  is  available  on  Masco’s  website  at

Conference Call Details

A conference call regarding items contained in this release is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2018 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 (855) 226-2726 (855-22MASCO) and from outside the U.S. at (706) 679-3614. Please use the conference identification number 2398426. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously and in its entirety through Masco’s website. Shareholders, media representatives and others interested in Masco may participate in the webcast by registering through the Investor Relations section on Masco’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 2398426. The telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the end of the call and continue through November 30, 2018.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that reflect our views about our future performance and constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “outlook,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “appear,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “assume,” “seek,” “forecast,” and similar references to future periods. Our views about future performance 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 the levels of residential repair and remodel activity and new home construction, our ability to maintain our strong brands and reputation and to develop new products, our ability to maintain our competitive position in our industries, our reliance on key customers, the cost and availability of raw materials, our dependence on third-party suppliers, risks associated with international operations and global strategies, our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of our strategic initiatives, our ability to successfully execute our acquisition strategy and integrate businesses that we have and may acquire, our ability to attract, develop and retain talented personnel, our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits from our investments in new technology, risks associated with our reliance on information systems and technology, and our ability to sustain the improved results of our U.S. window business. 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. Any forward-looking statement made by us speaks only as of the date on which it was made. 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.

Investor Contact
David Chaika
Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations 313.792.5500


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