RPM International (RPM) Tops Q1 EPS by 25c, Revenue Beats, Offers Outlook

October 7, 2020 6:46 AM EDT

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RPM International (NYSE: RPM) reported Q1 EPS of $1.44, $0.25 better than the analyst estimate of $1.19. Revenue for the quarter came in at $1.61 billion versus the consensus estimate of $1.49 billion.

Business Outlook

“As we look ahead to the second quarter of fiscal 2021, we expect to generate consolidated sales growth in the low- to mid-single digits with strong leverage to the bottom line for more than 20% adjusted EBIT growth, which are rates that are more in line with recent quarters prior to the outbreak of Covid-19. Our MAP to Growth program continues to have excellent momentum, and the Ali acquisition, excluding acquisition-related costs, will contribute towards our second-quarter results,” stated Sullivan.

“For the full year of fiscal 2021, our guidance is relatively unchanged from the direction we provided in our fiscal 2020 fourth-quarter earnings release. We anticipate that our Construction Products Group and Performance Coatings Group could experience sales declines for the next two quarters and then turn positive in the fourth quarter. Our Consumer Group should continue its strong sales momentum throughout the fiscal year. The Specialty Products Group is likely to face flat sales comparisons during the second quarter, which should turn positive in the second half of the year,” stated Sullivan. “These estimates assume that we do not experience a surge in Covid-19 that results in a second round of stay-at-home orders. Due to continued economic uncertainty related to the impacts of Covid-19 and the upcoming U.S. elections, we are not providing fiscal 2021 full-year earnings guidance.”

“The momentum behind our MAP to Growth program continues to accelerate as it drives efficiency and operational excellence throughout the business. We are on track to achieve the program’s targeted run rate of $290 million in annualized savings by the conclusion of our current fiscal year, which ends May 31, 2021. The projected benefits from our center-led procurement initiatives are ahead of plan, and our administrative improvements and ERP consolidations will continue into fiscal 2022. While the MAP to Growth program will be reaching its annualized cost savings target by the end of the fiscal year, we have other opportunities in the pipeline. In addition, the MAP to Growth program has ingrained a culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence that will benefit RPM for years to come,” stated Sullivan.

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