Top Line Trends Improve Sequentially Throughout the Quarter
Delivers Strong Operating Cash Flow
Strengthens Short Term Liquidity
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) today announced its second quarter 2020 financial results.
“We are encouraged by the current trends of our business, including top line improvement throughout the quarter, very strong consumption patterns in a number of our categories, and the progress we are making against key tenets of our turnaround plan, despite the challenging operating and economic environment caused by the global coronavirus pandemic,” said Ravi Saligram, Newell Brands President and CEO. “Three of eight business units delivered core growth in the second quarter, eCommerce sales continued to accelerate and the company as a whole delivered modest core sales growth in the month of June. While the macros remain uncertain and difficult, we continue to expect results in the back half of the year to improve relative to the second quarter. We remain confident in our liquidity position and our ability to successfully navigate during these unprecedented times.”
Chris Peterson, Chief Financial Officer and President, Business Operations, said, “Newell’s second quarter financial results, although negatively impacted by the global pandemic, were ahead of our internal expectations as we saw significant improvement in trends from month to month during the quarter. Supply chain conditions have improved significantly, with all manufacturing and distribution centers currently open. We delivered operational improvements across the enterprise in line with our turnaround plan, including accelerated progress on SKU reduction, Project FUEL productivity savings and overhead cost actions. Cash flow has remained quite strong, with year to date operating cash flow improving $141 million versus our year ago results, reflecting strong progress on working capital initiatives.”
Second Quarter 2020 Executive Summary
– Net sales were $2.1 billion, a decline of 14.9 percent compared with the prior year period.
– Core sales declined 12.6 percent compared with the prior year period. Three of eight business units delivered core sales growth.
– Reported operating margin was 7.7 percent compared with 9.3 percent in the prior year period. Normalized operating margin was 10.2 percent compared with 12.2 percent in the prior year period.
– Reported diluted earnings per share were $0.18 compared with $0.21 per share in the prior year period.
– Normalized diluted earnings per share were $0.30 compared with $0.43 per share in the prior year period.
– Year to date operating cash flow was $132 million compared with an operating cash outflow of $9 million in the prior year period, reflecting strong working capital progress.
– The company raised $500 million through the issuance of 4.875 percent senior notes maturing in June 2025.
– The company initiated a restructuring program to streamline business operations and reduce overhead costs.
– Beginning in the second quarter of 2020, the company realigned its management and segment reporting as a result of changes in its organizational structure. The company now reports financial information in five operating segments: Appliances & Cookware, Commercial Solutions, Home Solutions, Learning & Development and Outdoor & Recreation.
Second Quarter 2020 Operating Results
Net sales were $2.1 billion, a 14.9 percent decline compared to the prior year period, reflecting a 12.6 percent decrease in core sales largely related to the business disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic as well as the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange.
Reported gross margin was 31.5 percent compared with 34.9 percent in the prior year period, as fixed cost deleveraging, unfavorable mix and headwinds from currency and inflation more than offset the benefit from productivity. Normalized gross margin was 31.6 percent compared with 34.9 percent in the prior year period.
Reported operating income was $163 million compared with operating income of $231 million in the prior year period. Reported operating margin was 7.7 percent compared with 9.3 percent in the prior year period. Normalized operating income was $215 million, or 10.2 percent of sales, compared with $303 million, or 12.2 percent of sales, in the prior year period.
Interest expense was $71 million compared with $78 million in the prior year period, attributable to a reduction in outstanding debt.
The company reported tax expense of $15 million compared with $30 million in the prior year period, with a year over year reduction in tax rate attributable to discrete tax benefits. Normalized tax expense was $16 million compared with $59 million in the prior year period.
The company reported net income of $78 million, or $0.18 diluted earnings per share, compared with net income of $90 million, or $0.21 diluted earnings per share, in the prior year period.
Normalized net income was $127 million, or $0.30 normalized diluted earnings per share, compared with $182 million, or $0.43 normalized diluted earnings per share, in the prior year period.
An explanation of non-GAAP measures and a reconciliation of these non-GAAP results to comparable GAAP measures are included in the tables attached to this release.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
The company generated year to date operating cash flow of $132 million compared with an operating cash outflow of $9 million in the prior year period, reflecting strong working capital progress.
In May, the company issued $500 million in 4.875 percent senior notes that mature in 2025. At the end of the second quarter, Newell Brands had cash and cash equivalents of $619 million and total debt outstanding of $6.2 billion. The company ended the quarter in a strong liquidity position with over $2 billion in available short-term liquidity, including cash on hand.
New Reporting Segments
In connection with changes in its organizational structure, the company has realigned its management and segment reporting beginning in the second quarter of 2020. The company currently operates and reports financial and operating information in the following five segments:
|Appliances & Cookware||Appliances & Cookware|
|Commercial Solutions||Commercial, Connected Home & Security|
|Home Solutions||Home Fragrance, Food|
|Learning & Development||Writing, Baby|
|Outdoor & Recreation||Outdoor & Recreation|
Second Quarter 2020 Operating Segment Results
The Appliances & Cookware segment generated net sales of $359 million compared with $362 million in the year ago period, reflecting a 6.1 percent increase in core sales offset by the headwind from foreign exchange. Reported operating income was $10 million compared with $6 million in the prior year period. Reported operating margin was 2.8 percent compared with 1.7 percent in the prior year period. Normalized operating income was $13 million, or 3.6 percent of sales, versus $9 million, or 2.5 percent of sales, in the prior year period.
The Commercial Solutions segment generated net sales of $413 million compared with $454 million in the prior year period, reflecting a core sales decline of 6.8 percent and headwind from foreign exchange. The Commercial business generated positive core sales growth which was more than offset by a decline in Connected Home & Security. Reported operating income was $40 million compared with $53 million in the prior year period. Reported operating margin was 9.7 percent compared with 11.7 percent in the prior year period. Normalized operating income was $45 million, or 10.9 percent of sales, versus $60 million, or 13.2 percent of sales, in the year-ago period.
The Home Solutions segment generated net sales of $355 million compared with $372 million in the prior year period, due to a core sales decline of 1.9 percent and the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange. The Food business generated positive core sales growth which was more than offset by a decline in Home Fragrance, including the impact of the temporary closure of all North American retail stores as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reported operating income was $29 million, or 8.2 percent of sales, compared with $4 million, or 1.1 percent of sales, in the prior year period. Normalized operating income was $46 million, or 13.0 percent of sales, versus $16 million, or 4.3 percent of sales, in the prior year period.
The Learning & Development segment generated net sales of $631 million compared with $849 million in the prior year period, reflecting a core sales decline of 23.5 percent and headwind from foreign exchange. Core sales declined across both the Baby and Writing businesses. Reported operating income was $126 million, or 20.0 percent of sales, compared with $217 million, or 25.6 percent of sales, in the prior year period. Normalized operating income was $129 million, or 20.4 percent of sales, compared with $221 million, or 26.0 percent of sales, in the prior year period.
The Outdoor & Recreation segment generated net sales of $353 million compared with $443 million in the prior year period, reflecting a core sales decline of 21.5 percent and the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange. Reported operating income was $25 million, or 7.1 percent of sales, compared with $40 million, or 9.0 percent of sales, in the prior year period. Normalized operating income was $33 million compared with $53 million in the prior year period. Normalized operating margin was 9.3 percent compared with 12.0 percent in the prior year period.
During the second quarter of 2020, Newell Brands continued to experience COVID-19 related disruption to its business. The headwinds were most prominent in April, with certain key business trends improving sequentially since then during each consecutive month. The three primary areas that were impacted by COVID-19 were:
Supply chain. In the first half of the second quarter, the company experienced significant supply chain disruption. Of its 135 manufacturing and distribution facilities, nearly 20 were temporarily closed, the most significant of which were its South Deerfield, MA, Home Fragrance plant, its Mexicali, Mexico, Writing facility, and its Juarez, Mexico, Connected Home & Security facility, which were temporarily shut down in line with government guidelines. Since that time, virtually all manufacturing and distribution facilities have re-opened, although the company continues to work to build inventory to replace lost production during the period of downtime.
Retail. While Newell Brands’ largest retail customers remained open and in fact experienced a surge in sales, a number of secondary customers, primarily in the specialty and department store channels, temporarily closed their brick and mortar stores toward the end of the first quarter. These dynamics, in combination with some retailers’ prioritization of essential items in the early days of the pandemic, had a meaningful negative impact on retailer order patterns. In addition, Newell Brands temporarily closed its Yankee Candle retail stores in North America in mid-March. As the national and global economy began to re-open in the latter part of the second quarter, customer order patterns began to return to a more normal cadence, with the impacted retailers slowly reopening doors.
- Consumer demand patterns. Over the course of the second quarter consumer demand patterns accelerated for the organization as a whole, with higher sell-through at U.S. retail customers on a year over year basis, driven by strong consumer demand in the Food, Commercial and Appliances & Cookware businesses, and more recently the Outdoor & Recreation business. These trends have continued into July.
The ultimate impact of COVID-19 on the third quarter and full year 2020 is unknown at this time, as it is difficult to predict the trajectory and pace of the virus, the duration of social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates, the timing of school and office re-openings, and the timing and extent of economic recovery. The company continues to expect that it will deliver sequentially improved financial results in the back half of the year. Due to the uncertain and highly dynamic outlook for the global economy, however, the company is not issuing guidance for the third quarter or full year 2020.
In the early days of the pandemic, Newell Brands focused on three key priorities: safeguarding the health and well-being of its employees, protecting profitability and operating cash flow, and maintaining business continuity despite supply chain disruption. While continuing to address these three issues, management’s focus has also pivoted to accelerating the turnaround plan, including SKU count reduction, driving gross margin productivity through the company’s Project FUEL, taking swift and decisive actions to reduce overhead costs, and applying even more rigorous discipline to optimize working capital.
During the second quarter the company launched a restructuring program to streamline business operations and reduce overhead costs. The company recorded $8 million in charges associated with the program in the second quarter and expects to record aggregate charges of approximately $10 million in 2020.
Newell Brands is confident in its strong financial position and believes it has sufficient flexibility to navigate through this volatile period.
Christine Robins joined Newell Brands on June 15, 2020, in the role of Business Unit CEO, Appliances & Cookware. Robins joins the company from Char-Broil LLC, where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer and led a strategic and operational overhaul that included repositioning of its four key brands, reinvigorated consumer-centric product innovation, go-to-market differentiation and the launch of a European business. Previously she served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of BodyMedia, a venture-backed pioneer of wearable health devices and software applications. Robins also previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Philips Oral Healthcare, a division of Philips Electronics. She started her career at S.C. Johnson where she spent almost twenty years in brand management and category management.
Newell Brands’ second quarter 2020 earnings conference call will be held today, July 31, at 11:00 a.m. ET. A link to the webcast is provided under Events & Presentations in the Investors section of the company’s website at www.newellbrands.com. A webcast replay will be made available in the Quarterly Earnings section of the company’s website.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and includes a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
The company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures that are included in this press release and the additional financial information both to explain its results to stockholders and the investment community and in the internal evaluation and management of its businesses. The company’s management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors since these measures (a) permit investors to view the company’s performance and liquidity using the same tools that management uses to evaluate the company’s past performance, reportable business segments, prospects for future performance and liquidity, and (b) determine certain elements of management incentive compensation.
The company’s management believes that core sales provides a more complete understanding of underlying sales trends by providing sales on a consistent basis as it excludes the impacts of acquisitions, planned and completed divestitures, retail store openings and closings, certain market exits, and changes in foreign exchange from year-over-year comparisons. The effect of changes in foreign exchange on reported sales is calculated by applying the prior year average monthly exchange rates to the current year local currency sales amounts (excluding acquisitions and divestitures), with the difference between the 2020 reported sales and constant currency sales presented as the foreign exchange impact increase or decrease in core sales. The company’s management believes that “normalized” gross margin, “normalized” operating income, “normalized” operating margin, “normalized” net income, “normalized” diluted earnings per share, “normalized” interest and “normalized” tax benefits, which exclude restructuring and restructuring-related expenses and one-time and other events such as costs related to the extinguishment of debt, certain tax benefits and charges, impairment charges, pension settlement charges, divestiture costs, costs related to the acquisition, integration and financing of acquired businesses, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, inflationary adjustments, expenses related to certain product recalls and certain other items, are useful because they provide investors with a meaningful perspective on the current underlying performance of the company’s core ongoing operations and liquidity. On a pro forma basis, “normalized” items give effect to the company’s decision not to sell the Commercial, Mapa and Quickie businesses.
The company determines the tax effect of the items excluded from normalized diluted earnings per share by applying the estimated effective rate for the applicable jurisdiction in which the pre-tax items were incurred, and for which realization of the resulting tax benefit, if any, is expected. In certain situations in which an item excluded from normalized results impacts income tax expense, the company utilizes a “with” and “without” approach to determine normalized income tax benefit or expense. The company will also exclude one-time tax expenses related to a change in tax status of certain entities and the loss of GILTI tax credits as a result of utilizing the 50% IRC Section 163(j) limit resulting from the CARES Act to determine normalized income tax benefit.
While the company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in evaluating the company’s performance and liquidity, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for or superior to the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures presented by other companies.
About Newell Brands
Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Mapa®, Spontex® and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play.
This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the statements in this press release and its exhibits, particularly those anticipating future financial performance, business prospects, growth, operating strategies, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and similar matters, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements generally can be identified by the use of words or phrases, including, but not limited to, “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “expect,” “setting up,” “beginning to,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “resume,” “are confident that,” “remains optimistic that,” or similar statements. We caution that forward-looking statements are not guarantees because there are inherent difficulties in predicting future results. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including the impairment charges and accounting for income taxes. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:
- our ability to manage the demand, supply and operational challenges with the actual or perceived effects of the COVID-19 pandemic;
- our dependence on the strength of retail, commercial and industrial sectors of the economy in various countries around the world;
- competition with other manufacturers and distributors of consumer products;
- major retailers’ strong bargaining power and consolidation of our customers;
- risks related to our substantial indebtedness, a potential increase in interest rates or changes in our credit ratings;
- our ability to improve productivity, reduce complexity and streamline operations;
- future events that could adversely affect the value of our assets and/or stock price and require additional impairment charges;
- our ability to remediate the material weakness in internal control over financial reporting and to consistently maintain effective internal control over financial reporting;
- our ability to develop innovative new products, to develop, maintain and strengthen end-user brands and to realize the benefits of increased advertising and promotion spend;
- the impact of costs associated with divestitures;
- our ability to effectively execute our turnaround plan;
- changes in the prices of raw materials and sourced products and our ability to obtain raw materials and sourced products in a timely manner;
- the impact of governmental investigations, inspections, lawsuits, legislative requests or other actions by third parties;
- the risks inherent to our foreign operations, including foreign exchange fluctuations, exchange controls and pricing restrictions;
- a failure of one of our key information technology systems, networks, processes or related controls or those of our service providers;
- the impact of U.S. and foreign regulations on our operations, including the escalation of tariffs on imports into the U.S. and exports to Canada, China and the European Union, environmental remediation costs and data privacy regulations;
- the potential inability to attract, retain and motivate key employees;
- the impact of new Treasury and tax regulations and the resolution of tax contingencies resulting in additional tax liabilities;
- product liability, product recalls or related regulatory actions;
- our ability to protect intellectual property rights;
- significant increases in funding obligations related to our pension plans; and
- other factors listed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
The consolidated condensed financial statements are prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”). Management’s application of U.S. GAAP requires the pervasive use of estimates and assumptions in preparing the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. As discussed above, the world is currently experiencing the global COVID-19 pandemic which has required greater use of estimates and assumptions in the preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements.
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