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RPM Reports Fiscal 2016 Second-Quarter Results

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- Second-quarter net income improves 20% on 8% sales increase
- Both periods impacted by currency headwinds, reconsolidation of SPHC businesses
- EPS guidance for FY 2016 maintained at $2.50
- Management to present longer term goals on earnings call, with accompanying slides at

MEDINA, Ohio, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today reported a 20% increase in net income and a 19% increase in earnings per diluted share on an 8% sales increase for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended November 30, 2015.  

Second-Quarter Results

Net sales of $1.16 billion were up 7.9% over the $1.07 billion reported a year ago. Consolidated EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) increased 17.9%, to $141.6 million from $120.1 million in the fiscal 2015 second quarter. Fiscal 2016 second-quarter net income was up 19.6%, to $83.4 million from $69.8 million in the fiscal 2015 second quarter. Earnings per diluted share increased 19.2%, to $0.62 from $0.52 a year ago.

"During the second quarter, most of our international businesses posted solid sales gains in local currencies, which were reduced by foreign currency translation that lowered reported sales by 6.3% company-wide," stated Frank C. Sullivan, chairman and chief executive officer. In total, foreign currency, including both translational and transactional, reduced EPS by $0.06 per share. Sales and earnings benefited from the reconsolidation of our Specialty Products Holding Company (SPHC) subsidiary's businesses, which continued to perform in line with our expectations."

Second-Quarter Segment Sales and Earnings

During the fiscal 2016 second quarter, industrial segment sales declined 5.8%, to $610.2 million from $647.8 million in the fiscal 2015 second quarter. Organic sales improved 1.9%, while acquisition growth added 0.7%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 8.4%. Industrial segment EBIT declined 0.4%, to $64.5 million from $64.8 million in the same period a year ago.

"We continued to see solid performance by our businesses serving the U.S. commercial construction market. However, the impact is masked by the strong dollar, because a significant portion of the industrial segment's revenue is outside U.S. markets. Our great entrepreneurial businesses generating growth in local currencies are seeing those positive results erased by foreign currency translation. For example, in Europe, our second largest market, a 2.2% increase in sales in constant dollars was converted through currency exchange to a 9.6% decline. Additionally, our industrial businesses serving the energy industry have been impacted by the global slowdown in oil and gas drilling, resulting in a decline in sales to that sector of nearly 10%," Sullivan stated.

Second-quarter sales for the specialty segment increased 164.8%, to $186.7 million from $70.5 million in the fiscal 2015 second period. Organic growth was 3.8%, while acquisitions, principally the reconsolidated SPHC subsidiaries, added 167.1%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 6.1%. Specialty segment EBIT improved 104.8%, to $29.1 million from $14.2 million.

"Most of our core specialty businesses, including food coatings, wood protection products, pleasure marine and other high performance coatings, performed well in the quarter, excluding the negative impact from foreign currency," Sullivan stated.

RPM's fiscal 2016 second-quarter consumer segment sales increased 1.8%, to $359.1 million from $352.8 million a year ago. Organic sales increased 3.6%, while acquisition growth added 0.7%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.5%. Consumer segment EBIT improved 6.2%, to $65.4 million from $61.6 million a year ago. During the quarter, the final earn-out accrual of $14.5 million, or approximately $0.07 per share, related to RPM's acquisition of Kirker in fiscal 2013 was reversed into income, compared to the $17.0 million, or approximately $0.09 per share, that was reversed during the same period last year.

"During the quarter, our largest U.S. consumer businesses performed solidly and in line with expectations, while our nail enamel and Canadian businesses continued to struggle with sales declines," stated Sullivan. "We expect to benefit from several product roll-outs with various customers in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2016."

Cash Flow and Financial Position

For the first half of fiscal 2016, cash from operations was $167.1 million, compared to $55.3 million a year ago. Capital expenditures of $31.3 million compared to $26.5 million during the first half of last year. Total debt at November 30, 2015 was $1.68 billion, compared to $1.43 billion at November 30, 2014 and $1.66 billion at May 31, 2015. RPM's net (of cash) debt-to-total capitalization ratio was 53.5%, compared to 44.8% at November 30, 2014. At November 30, 2015, liquidity stood at $960.8 million, including cash of $190.6 million and $770.2 million in long-term committed available credit.

First-Half Sales and Earnings

Fiscal 2016 first-half net sales improved 5.4%, to $2.40 billion from $2.28 billion during the first six months of fiscal 2015. Consolidated EBIT increased 6.5%, to $302.2 million from $283.8 million in the year-ago first half. Net income was up 8.5%, to $183.2 million from $168.8 million in the fiscal 2015 first half. Diluted earnings per share were $1.36, up 9.7% from $1.24 a year ago. 

First-Half Segment Sales and Earnings

RPM's industrial segment fiscal 2016 first-half sales declined 5.1%, to $1.27 billion from $1.34 billion in the fiscal 2015 first half. Organic sales increased 2.9%, while acquisition growth added 0.6%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 8.6%. Industrial segment EBIT decreased 2.7%, to $148.7 million from $152.9 million a year ago.

Specialty segment sales grew 146.7%, to $370.4 million from $150.1 million in the 2015 first half. Organic growth was 0.3%, while acquisitions, primarily the reconsolidated SPHC businesses, added 153.6%.  Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 7.2%. For the first half of fiscal 2016, specialty segment EBIT increased 83.0%, to $57.1 million from $31.2 million.

First-half sales for the consumer segment declined 3.6%, to $754.6 million from $782.8 million a year ago. Organic sales decreased 1.3%, and acquisition growth added 0.5%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.8%. Consumer segment EBIT declined 4.9%, to $131.5 million from $138.2 million in the first half of fiscal 2015. 

Business Outlook

"In our industrial segment, we anticipate sales to be flat to up slightly for the balance of this fiscal year, principally due to the strength of our businesses serving the U.S. commercial construction markets. In the specialty segment, the second half of fiscal 2016 will have a one-month benefit year over year from the reconsolidation of SPHC. For the remaining months of this fiscal year, we expect sales growth in the specialty segment to be in the mid-to-upper-single-digit range. Consumer segment growth will be in the mid-single digits. Over the last several months, the U.S. dollar has continued to strengthen against most of the major currencies around the world and we expect the negative impact in the back half of fiscal 2016 to be approximately $0.05 per share worse than we originally estimated. In addition, during last year's third quarter, we recognized a $0.10 per share tax benefit that will not repeat this fiscal year, reducing last year's EPS to an apples-to-apples comparison to this fiscal year of $0.10 per share. For the full year, however, we are reaffirming our guidance for earnings per diluted share of $2.50," stated Sullivan.

As part of the earnings call this morning, RPM will present some longer term goals, which will be supported by an online slide presentation that can be accessed at

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call to discuss these results beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST today. The call can be accessed by dialing 888-771-4371 or 847-585-4405 for international callers. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. The call, which will last approximately one hour, will be open to the public, but only financial analysts will be permitted to ask questions. The media and all other participants will be in a listen-only mode.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available from approximately 12:30 p.m. EST today until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 13, 2016. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 for international callers. The access code is 41121750. The call also will be available both live and for replay, and as a written transcript, via the RPM web site at

About RPM

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services across three segments. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and other construction chemicals. Industrial companies include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Flowcrete, and Euclid Chemical. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Rust-Oleum, DAP, Zinsser, Varathane and Testors. RPM's specialty products include industrial cleaners, colorants, exterior finishes, specialty OEM coatings, edible coatings, restoration services equipment and specialty glazes for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Specialty segment companies include Day-Glo, Dryvit, RPM Wood Finishes, Mantrose-Haeuser, RPM Belgium, Legend Brands, Kop-Coat, and TCI.  Additional details can be found at and by following RPM on Twitter at

For more information, contact Barry M. Slifstein, vice president – investor relations, at 330-273-5090 or

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to our business. These forward-looking statements, or other statements made by us, are made based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting us, and are subject to uncertainties and factors (including those specified below) which are difficult to predict and, in many instances, are beyond our control. As a result, our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any such forward-looking statements. These uncertainties and factors include (a) global markets and general economic conditions, including uncertainties surrounding the volatility in financial markets, the availability of capital and the effect of changes in interest rates, and the viability of banks and other financial institutions; (b) the prices, supply and capacity of raw materials, including assorted pigments, resins, solvents and other natural gas- and oil-based materials; packaging, including plastic containers; and transportation services, including fuel surcharges; (c) continued growth in demand for our products; (d) legal, environmental and litigation risks inherent in our construction and chemicals businesses and risks related to the adequacy of our insurance coverage for such matters; (e) the effect of changes in interest rates; (f) the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates upon our foreign operations; (g) the effect of non-currency risks of investing in and conducting operations in foreign countries, including those relating to domestic and international political, social, economic and regulatory factors; (h) risks and uncertainties associated with our ongoing acquisition and divestiture activities; (i) risks related to the adequacy of our contingent liability reserves; and (j) other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended May 31, 2015, as the same may be updated from time to time. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.





Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

November 30,

November 30,





Net Sales

$         1,155,984

$         1,071,128

$         2,398,510

$         2,275,024

Cost of sales





Gross profit





Selling, general & administrative expenses





Interest expense





Investment (income), net





Other (income), net





Income before income taxes





Provision for income taxes





Net income





Less:  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests





Net income attributable to RPM International Inc. Stockholders

$              83,433

$              69,766

$            183,248

$            168,845

Earnings per share of common stock attributable to

      RPM International Inc. Stockholders:


$                  0.63

$                  0.52

$                  1.39

$                  1.27


$                  0.62

$                  0.52

$                  1.36

$                  1.24

Average shares of common stock outstanding - basic 





Average shares of common stock outstanding - diluted








Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

November 30,

November 30,

Net Sales:


2014 (a)


2014 (a)

Industrial Segment

$            610,201

$            647,836

$         1,273,530

$         1,342,120

Specialty Segment





Consumer Segment






$         1,155,984

$         1,071,128

$         2,398,510

$         2,275,024

Income Before Income Taxes (a):

Industrial Segment

     Income Before Income Taxes (b)

$              62,962

$              62,810

$            145,713

$            148,233

     Interest (Expense), Net (c)





     EBIT (d)

$              64,497

$              64,786

$            148,747

$            152,880

Specialty Segment

     Income Before Income Taxes (b)

$              29,324

$              14,299

$              57,530

$              31,340

     Interest Income, Net (c)





     EBIT (d)

$              29,125

$              14,221

$              57,135

$              31,224

Consumer Segment

     Income Before Income Taxes (b)

$              65,429

$              61,562

$            131,552

$            138,231

     Interest Income (Expense), Net (c)





     EBIT (d)

$              65,387

$              61,566

$            131,452

$            138,243


     (Expense) Before Income Taxes (b)

$             (37,454)

$             (32,921)

$             (72,333)

$             (63,976)

     Interest (Expense), Net (c)





     EBIT (d)

$             (17,370)

$             (20,477)

$             (35,102)

$             (38,561)


          Income Before Income Taxes (b)

$            120,261

$            105,750

$            262,462

$            253,828

          Interest (Expense), Net (c)





          EBIT (d)

$            141,639

$            120,096

$            302,232

$            283,786


Prior period information has been recast to reflect the current period change in reportable segments.