RPM International (RPM) Tops Q3 EPS by 9c

April 7, 2021 6:47 AM EDT

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RPM International (NYSE: RPM) reported Q3 EPS of $0.38, $0.09 better than the analyst estimate of $0.29. Revenue for the quarter came in at $1.27 billion versus the consensus estimate of $1.21 billion.

Business Outlook:

“Several macroeconomic factors are creating inflationary and supply pressures on some of our product categories. These factors include supplier refineries operating at lower levels due to low fuel demand; the disruption winter storm Uri caused on supply chains; intermittent supplier plant shutdowns in response to the pandemic; and significant worldwide demand for packaging, solvents and chemicals used in cleaning products. We expect that these increased costs will be reflected in our results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and more significantly during fiscal 2022. We are moving aggressively to offset these increased costs with commensurate selling price increases,” stated Sullivan.

“Fortunately, due to our MAP to Growth program, we are in a much better position to weather these challenges than we were three years ago when the last inflationary cycle occurred. With a stronger partnership with our supplier base and longer-term contracts, we are working with our supplier partners to secure necessary raw materials and control costs to whatever extent possible. Additionally, our improved center-led processes and systems are providing more timely and actionable information. We are also working in collaboration with customers through these supply chain challenges,” stated Sullivan.

“Looking ahead to our fourth quarter and beyond, there is currently a great deal of volatility around input costs and uncertainty regarding material availability. While our third-quarter earnings did not reflect spiking material costs due to our FIFO inventory methodology, inflation is expected to be significant in our fourth quarter and into the first quarter of fiscal 2022. We are currently implementing appropriate price increases and changes in terms, which we anticipate will offset the inflationary impact by the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022. There is also much uncertainty related to the breadth and speed at which global economies reopen as people become vaccinated. Based on the information we have on hand today, we expect our fiscal 2021 fourth-quarter sales to increase by double digits compared to the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter. Last year’s fourth quarter should prove to be an easier revenue comparison because it was heavily impacted by the onset of the pandemic,” stated Sullivan. “Our earnings comparison versus last year, on the other hand, will be more challenging because of raw material inflation, as well as an extraordinary situation last year when our non-operating segment reported a profit due to lower travel and medical expenses, incentive reversals and other factors. As a result, our fourth quarter adjusted EBIT is expected to increase double digits, but below the rate of sales growth. Excluding our non-operating segment, adjusted EBIT for our four operating segments in total is expected to increase by more than 20%.”

“At the conclusion of our fourth quarter, we expect to exceed the targeted MAP to Growth program’s planned run rate of $290 million in annualized savings. Through our culture of continuous improvement, we will continue to add to our robust pipeline of cost saving initiatives and operational improvements. As we sustain the efficiency gains achieved through MAP to Growth, we are shifting more focus and resources toward top-line growth through internal investment and acquisitions. Our goal is to return to the exceptional revenue growth rates that have been a hallmark of RPM since its founding in 1947,” stated Sullivan.

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