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PPG Reports 2nd Quarter 2018 Financial Results

The company has reported net sales of approximately $4.1 billion, up nearly 9 percent versus prior year.

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PPG has reported second quarter 2018 net sales of about $4.1 billion, up nearly 9 percent versus the prior year. Net sales in local currencies grew approximately 6 percent year-over-year aided by higher selling prices of more than 2 percent, sales volume growth of more than 3 percent and acquisition-related sales, net of divestitures, of nearly 1 percent. Favorable foreign currency translation improved net sales by more than 2 percent, or about $93 million.

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Second quarter 2018 net income from continuing operations was $371 million, or $1.51 per diluted share. Second quarter 2018 adjusted net income from continuing operations was $468 million, or $1.90 per diluted share. Adjusted net income excludes after-tax charges for business restructuring of $63 million, or 25 cents per diluted share; accelerated depreciation associated with restructuring actions of $4 million, or 2 cents per diluted share; continued cost realignment following a previously announced customer assortment change of $8 million, or 3 cents per diluted share; a legacy legal settlement of $8 million, or 3 cents per diluted share; an impairment of a non-manufacturing asset of $7 million, or 3 cents per diluted share; and costs associated with the company’s recent accounting investigation of $7 million, or 3 cents per diluted share. The reported and adjusted effective tax rates for the quarter were approximately 22 percent.

The company’s effective tax rate is expected to vary from quarter to quarter, and is expected to be in the range of 23-to-24 percent for the full year.

Second quarter 2017 net income from continuing operations was $497 million, or $1.92 per diluted share. Second quarter 2017 adjusted net income from continuing operations was $465 million, or $1.80 per diluted share. Adjusted net income excludes an after-tax gain from the sale of the Mexican Plaka wallboard business of $24 million, or 9 cents per diluted share; a benefit from a legacy legal settlement of $11 million, or 4 cents per diluted share; and after-tax transaction-related costs of $3 million, or 1 cent per diluted share. The reported and adjusted effective tax rate for the quarter were about 24 percent.

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“During the quarter, we delivered strong net sales growth in local currencies of about 6 percent,” said Michael McGarry, PPG chairman and CEO. “This growth was achieved through solid volume growth and higher selling prices. Our sales volumes grew more than 3 percent with solid contributions from both of our reporting segments including higher activity in emerging regions. In Performance Coatings, sales volumes grew nearly 4 percent year-over-year as above-market growth was achieved in aerospace and automotive refinish, and U.S. architectural company-owned stores delivered another strong quarter achieving high-single-digit same-store sales growth. In Industrial Coatings, sales volumes increased nearly 3 percent, led by above-market growth in packaging coatings and continued growth in the automotive OEM and general industrial coatings businesses.

“In the quarter, raw material and logistics costs continued to increase, including the impacts of higher oil prices and the availability of transportation. We are working diligently to offset these cost pressures by collaborating with our customers on selling price initiatives, with our pricing in the quarter increasing more than 2 percent year-over-year. In addition, we initiated a new restructuring program in response to a previously announced customer assortment change in our U.S. architectural coatings business and to further offset cost inflation. We expect that this new restructuring program will deliver annualized savings of approximately $85 million upon full implementation. These savings are in addition to the benefits we are realizing from the restructuring program announced in December 2016. Based on these actions, along with our continued focus on operational excellence, we expect the pace of our margin recovery to accelerate in the second half of 2018.

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“As we look ahead, we currently do not anticipate any relief from inflationary cost pressures in the third quarter. We expect aggregate global economic growth to remain positive with end-use market activity comparable to the second quarter, adjusted for traditionally lower seasonal demand. However, uncertainties exist regarding global trade policies, which may create uneven demand by region and in certain industries. Specific to PPG, we expect that the previously announced architectural customer assortment change will lower our third quarter year-over-year sales volume growth rate by between 120 and 150 basis points. We remain confident that our leading-edge technologies and products, which are bringing value to our customers, will facilitate our growth going forward,” said McGarry.

“Finally, we repurchased shares totaling nearly $1.1 billion during the first half of 2018 including approximately $460 million in the second quarter. Our acquisition pipeline remains active and we expect to continue our earnings-accretive cash deployment in the second half of 2018. We are committed to deploying a total of $2.4 billion in 2018 on acquisitions and share repurchases as we remain focused on shareholder value creation,” concluded McGarry.

Performance Coatings segment second quarter net sales were approximately $2.5 billion, up $199 million, or 9 percent, versus the prior year. Sales in local currencies increased by more than 6 percent driven by higher selling prices and sales volumes. Favorable foreign currency translation increased net sales by $55 million, or more than 2 percent. Automotive OEM coatings net sales volumes increased a low-single-digit percentage, similar to overall global auto OEM industry builds.

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