TOLEDO, Ohio–Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today reported record consolidated net sales of $1.9 billion in second-quarter 2019, compared with $1.8 billion in second-quarter 2018, an increase of 5%.
Second-quarter 2019 net earnings attributable to Owens Corning were $138 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, compared with $121 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, in second-quarter 2018. Second-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings were $143 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, compared with $132 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, during the same period one year ago. (See Use of Non-GAAP Measures, See Table 3).
Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in second-quarter 2019 were $231 million, compared with $214 million in 2018 (See Table 2). Highlights in the quarter included strong performance in the Roofing business and manufacturing productivity across the company.
“Our team’s focus on three operating priorities – accelerating organic growth, driving improved operating efficiencies, and generating strong free cash flow – resulted in record revenue, strong earnings growth, and improved cash flow in the second quarter,” said Chief Executive Officer Brian Chambers. “Overall, I am pleased with our execution in the first half of the year and believe we are well positioned to continue to capitalize on our market opportunities.”
Return of Capital Actions and Other Highlights
- Owens Corning sustained a high level of safety performance in second-quarter 2019, with a recordable incident rate of 0.65, compared with 0.61 in second-quarter 2018.
- In June, the company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per common share. The dividend will be payable on August 2, 2019, to shareholders of record as of July 16, 2019.
- Todd Fister was recently named President, Insulation. Mr. Fister, who previously served as Owens Corning’s Vice President, Global Insulation and Strategy, has more than two decades of experience in various marketing, strategy and finance positions at Owens Corning and other global organizations.
- In May, Owens Corning ranked No. 1 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2019, marking the fifth consecutive year of progression on this list.
- The company’s outlook is based on an environment consistent with consensus expectations for global industrial production growth, U.S. housing starts, and global commercial and industrial construction growth.
- In Insulation, the company expects earnings growth in the technical and other building insulation businesses. The company anticipates this earnings growth will be more than offset by lower volumes and production curtailments in the North American residential fiberglass insulation business.
- In Composites, the company continues to expect growth in the glass fiber market, although at a lower rate than its previous outlook. The company continues to expect volume growth and improved operating performance to offset inflation.
- In Roofing, the company has improved its outlook and now expects U.S. shingle industry shipments to be relatively flat. For Owens Corning, the company still anticipates a higher share of shipments and a favorable geographic mix comparison with the prior year. Contribution margins through the first-half 2019 position the business for continued strong performance.
- The company estimates an effective tax rate of 26% to 28%, and a cash tax rate of 10% to 12% on adjusted pre-tax earnings, due to the company’s U.S. tax net operating loss and foreign tax credit carryforwards.
- The company now expects general corporate expenses to be between $125 million and $135 million, compared with the previous range of $140 million to $150 million, driven by disciplined cost management. Capital additions are expected to total approximately $475 million, compared with $500 million previously. Interest expense is expected to be approximately $130 million.
- The company anticipates sustaining strong conversion of adjusted earnings into free cash flow. The company plans to prioritize free cash flow to ongoing dividends and reduction of the term loan associated with the purchase of Paroc. Additionally, free cash flow could be deployed for share repurchases under the company’s existing authorization.
Second-Quarter 2019 Conference Call and Presentation
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
9 a.m. Eastern Time
- Live dial-in telephone number: U.S. 1.888.317.6003; Canada 1.866.284.3684; and other international +1.412.317.6061.
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- Live webcast: https://services.choruscall.com/links/oc190724.html
Telephone and Webcast Replay
- Telephone replay will be available one hour after the end of the call through July 31, 2019. In the U.S., call 1.877.344.7529. In Canada, call 1.855.669.9658. In other international locations, call +1.412.317.0088.
- Conference replay number: 10132910
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- Webcast replay available until July 24, 2020.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning is a global leader in insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite materials. Its insulation products conserve energy and improve acoustics, fire resistance, and air quality in the spaces where people live, work, and play. Its roofing products and systems enhance curb appeal and protect homes and commercial buildings alike. Its fiberglass composites make thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable. Owens Corning provides innovative products and solutions that deliver a material difference to its customers and, ultimately, make the world a better place. The business is global in scope, with operations in 33 countries. It is also human in scale, with 20,000 employees cultivating local and longstanding relationships with customers. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2018 sales of $7.1 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 65 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
Owens Corning uses non-GAAP measures in its earnings press release that are intended to supplement investors’ understanding of the company’s financial information. These non-GAAP measures include EBIT, adjusted EBIT, adjusted earnings, adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to Owens Corning common stockholders (“adjusted EPS”), adjusted pre-tax earnings, free cash flow and free cash flow conversion. When used to report historical financial information, reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the corresponding GAAP measures are included in the financial tables of this press release. Specifically, see Table 2 for EBIT and adjusted EBIT, Table 3 for adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS, and Table 8 for free cash flow.
For purposes of internal review of Owens Corning’s year-over-year operational performance, management excludes from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning certain items it believes are not representative of ongoing operations. The non-GAAP financial measures resulting from these adjustments (including adjusted EBIT, adjusted earnings, adjusted EPS and adjusted pre-tax earnings) are used internally by Owens Corning for various purposes, including reporting results of operations to the Board of Directors, analysis of performance, and related employee compensation measures. Management believes that these adjustments result in a measure that provides a useful representation of its operational performance; however, the adjusted measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings attributable to Owens Corning as prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP liquidity measure used by investors, financial analysts and management to help evaluate the company’s ability to generate cash to pursue opportunities that enhance shareholder value. Free cash flow is not a measure of residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures due to the company’s mandatory debt service requirements. As a conversion ratio, free cash flow is compared to adjusted earnings. Free cash flow and free cash flow conversion are used internally by the company for various purposes, including reporting results of operations to the Board of Directors of the company and analysis of performance. Management believes that these measures provide a useful representation of our operational performance and liquidity; however, the measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net cash flow provided by operating activities or net earnings attributable to Owens Corning as prepared in accordance with GAAP.
When the company provides forward-looking expectations for non-GAAP measures, the most comparable GAAP measures and a reconciliation between the non-GAAP expectations and the corresponding GAAP measures are generally not available without unreasonable effort due to the variability, complexity and limited visibility of the adjusting items that would be excluded from the non-GAAP measures in future periods. The variability in timing and amount of adjusting items could have significant and unpredictable effect on our future GAAP results.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors and actual results may differ materially from those results projected in the statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, without limitation: levels of residential and commercial construction activity; relationships with key customers; competitive and pricing factors; levels of global industrial production; demand for our products; industry and economic conditions that affect the market and operating conditions of our customers, suppliers or lenders; domestic and international economic and political conditions, including new legislation, policies or other governmental actions in the U.S. or elsewhere; changes to tariff, trade or investment policies or laws; foreign exchange and commodity price fluctuations; our level of indebtedness; weather conditions; issues involving implementation and protection of information technology systems; availability and cost of credit; availability and cost of energy, transportation, raw materials or other inputs; labor disputes; legal and regulatory proceedings, including litigation and environmental actions; our ability to utilize net operating loss carry-forwards; research and development activities and intellectual property protection; interest rate movements; uninsured losses; issues related to acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures; achievement of expected synergies, cost reductions and/or productivity improvements; levels of goodwill or other indefinite-lived intangible assets; defined benefit plan funding obligations; price volatility in certain wind energy markets in the U.S.; and factors detailed from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The information in this news release speaks as of July 24, 2019, and is subject to change. The company does not undertake any duty to update or revise forward-looking statements except as required by federal securities laws. Any distribution of this news release after that date is not intended and should not be construed as updating or confirming such information.
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