April 26, 2012

Whirlpool Corporation Reports First-quarter 2012 Results

Margin Expansion Actions Drive Improvement Despite Weak Appliance Demand
Strong North America and Latin America Performance
First-Quarter GAAP EPS of $1.17; Adjusted EPS(1) of $1.41

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) announced today first-quarter net earnings of $92 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $169 million, or $2.17 per diluted share reported during the same period last year.  The primary driver of this year-over-year change in GAAP earnings is lower tax credits of approximately $1.46 per share.  On an adjusted basis, excluding unusual items, restructuring expense, Brazilian (BEFIEX) tax credits and U.S. energy tax credits, diluted earnings per share(1) totaled $1.41 compared to $0.64 in the prior year.  Sales in 2012 were $4.3 billion, compared to $4.4 billion reported in the first quarter of 2011, decreasing 1 percent driven by weaker appliance demand, unfavorable currency and lower monetization of (BEFIEX) tax credits.

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First-quarter operating profit totaled $205 million compared with $228 million in the prior year primarily driven by lower industry demand, higher material costs, reduced monetization of Brazilian (BEFIEX) tax credits and increased restructuring expense. On an adjusted basis, first-quarter operating profit(2) totaled $232 million and was up significantly from the $163 million reported in the prior year.  Continued improvement in product price/mix, cost and capacity-reduction initiatives and ongoing productivity positively impacted results during the quarter.  Strong profitability improvement in the North America and Latin America regions was partially offset by weak economic conditions in Europe. 

"The first quarter was a strong start to the year as we benefited from our margin expansion efforts and continued innovation investments," said Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation chairman and chief executive officer.  "Our cost and capacity-reduction initiatives and previously implemented cost-based pricing actions are on track to deliver our operating profit margin, earnings and free cash flow guidance for the year."

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the company reported cash flow used in operating activities of $(423) million compared to cash flow used in operating activities of $(224) million in the prior-year period.  Current year results include $275 million related to the settlement of the Brazilian collection dispute and $58 million in U.S. pension contributions. 

OUTLOOK

Whirlpool Corporation continues to expect full-year diluted earnings per share of $5.00 to $5.50 and, on an adjusted basis (excluding restructuring charges and Brazilian (BEFIEX) tax credits), diluted earnings(1) per share of $6.50 to $7.00.


2012* EPS Outlook

GAAP EPS

$

5.00

$

5.50

Restructuring Expense ($250M - $270M)

2.30

2.50

Brazilian (BEFIEX) Tax Credits ($60M - $80M)

(0.80)

(1.00)

Ongoing Business Operations EPS(1)

$

6.50

$

7.00

*The U.S. energy tax program concluded at the end of 2011. 2012 outlook does not include energy tax credits. 

The company continues to expect to generate free cash flow(3) between $100 million and $150 million.  Included in this guidance is the $275 million final installment to settle the Brazilian collection dispute, $110 million for antitrust settlements, pension contributions of up to $250 million and restructuring cash outlays of up to $279 million.  Strong cash generation from our business is expected to more than offset these legacy liabilities, fund our cost and capacity-reduction initiatives and new product innovation.

FIRST-QUARTER REGIONAL REVIEW

Whirlpool North America
First-quarter sales of $2.2 billion decreased 1 percent from the prior year.  Overall, North America unit shipments decreased approximately 7 percent, with U.S. industry unit shipments of major appliances (T7)(4) decreasing approximately 10 percent.

The North America region reported operating profit of $151 million compared to $59 million in the previous year.  On an adjusted basis, operating profit(5) of $151 million tripled versus the $52 million reported in the prior year.  Operating results were favorably impacted by the implementation of previously announced cost-based price increases, improved product mix, cost and capacity-reduction efforts, and ongoing productivity which more than offset lower industry volumes and higher material costs.

Based on the current economic outlook, the company now expects full-year 2012 U.S. industry unit shipments to trend to the low end of its previous 0 to 3 percent range.

Whirlpool Latin America
Whirlpool Latin America reported first-quarter sales of $1.3 billion, an increase of 3 percent from the prior year.  Excluding currency translation, sales increased 7 percent.  Latin America unit shipments increased 2 percent.  

The region reported operating profit of $121 million compared to $174 million in the previous year.  During the 2012 and 2011 quarters, we monetized $7 million and $66 million of Brazilian (BEFIEX) tax credits, respectively.  On an adjusted basis, operating profit(5) totaled $114 million versus $108 million in the prior year.  Favorable product price/mix and ongoing productivity initiatives were partially offset by unfavorable currency, lower monetization of tax credits and higher material costs.

The company now expects full-year 2012 appliance industry shipments in the Latin America region to increase towards the high end of its previous 2 to 5 percent range.

Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa
Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa reported first-quarter sales of $688 million, an 8 percent decrease from the prior year.  Excluding currency translation, sales decreased approximately 3 percent.  Unit shipments for the region decreased 4 percent. 

Operating profit of $5 million improved sequentially from the $32 million fourth quarter loss and was down from $25 million in the prior-year period.  Favorable product price/mix and cost and capacity-reduction benefits were offset by continued weak consumer demand across the euro zone, lower production to adjust to lower industry demand in the region and higher material costs.

The company continues to expect full-year 2012 industry unit shipments to decrease in the range of 2 to 5 percent.

Whirlpool Asia
Whirlpool Asia reported first-quarter sales of $202 million, a decrease of 3 percent from the prior year.  Excluding the impact of currency, sales increased 2 percent.   Asia unit shipments increased 1 percent. 

Operating profit totaling $9 million in the first quarter was down from $11 million in the prior-year period.  Volume growth, favorable product price/mix and ongoing productivity were more than offset by unfavorable currency and higher material costs.

The company now expects full-year 2012 industry unit shipments in Asia to increase at the low end of its previous 2 to 4 percent range.

(1)  A reconciliation of ongoing business operations/adjusted diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP financial measures, to reported diluted earnings per share and other important information, appears below.
(2) A reconciliation of ongoing business operations/adjusted operating profit, non-GAAP financial measures, to reported operating profit and other important information, appears below.
(3) A reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to cash provided by / (used in) operating activities and other important information, appears below.
(4)  T7 refers to the following household appliance categories: washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ranges and compactors.
(5) A reconciliation of ongoing business operations/adjusted operating profit by segment, non-GAAP financial measures, to reported operating profit by segment and other important information, appears below.

FIRST-QUARTER 2012 PRODUCT LAUNCHES

Whirlpool North America Region launched: 

  • The Whirlpool brand 30-inch ENERGY STAR® qualified French-door bottom mount refrigerator that fits into a standard 18 cu. ft. top-mount refrigerator opening.
  • Maytag brand ranges with the revolutionary AquaLift technology that activates cleaning with water and low heat, allowing moisture to release tough baked-on messes. In less than an hour, the oven is ready for a final wipe-down without the odor or extreme heat found with traditional high-temperature self-clean ovens.
  • The KitchenAid brand 30-inch French-door bottom mount with the premium features and styling generally found only in larger refrigerators but designed for smaller spaces. The ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator combines with a distinctive feature to extend the freshness of commonly purchased produce by up to 25 percent by absorbing the ethylene gas naturally emitted by some fruits and vegetables.
  • The KitchenAid brand personal coffee maker featuring a heating element positioned vertically near the brew head to provide hotter, more consistent water temperature. A removable water tank allows for easy filling, while a carafe lid quickly transforms the carafe into a travel mug. 
  • A completely updated line of KitchenAid brand full-size coffee makers featuring a brew basket to help maximize flavor extraction from coffee grinds.  
  • Premium KitchenAid brand blenders with heavyweight die cast metal construction. The powerful motor maintains an optimal blending speed to promote fast, thorough and consistent blending, while the Soft Start technology pulls ingredients into the blade.
  • Jenn-Air brand ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers combines alternating wash action, three-stage filtration, a variable-speed motor and pressurized wash arms for powerful, quiet and energy efficient washing.  
  • Gladiator GarageWorks Rack Shelving, with metal shelves designed to support 2,000 pounds each.

Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa Region launched: 

  • The Bauknecht brand eco-friendly built-in steamer with a food probe that automatically delivers information about the cooking temperature via the display, resulting in professional steam cooking. 
  • The Bauknecht brand built-in refrigerator/freezer combination that precisely controls air humidity and temperature.

Whirlpool Latin America Region launched: 

  • Two Brastemp brand Gourmand stove hoods and the Brastemp brand Ative! wall oven in the brand's built-in line. The hoods feature a touch-screen digital display and the lowest noise level in the category.
  • The Brastemp brand Laundry Center, the first super-premium front-load laundry suite offered in the region. Based on the company's global horizontal-axis laundry platform, the products offer an intelligent washing center with a washing machine, gas dryer and two storage compartments. 
  • The Consul brand Pet Facil, a product that adapts to any vacuum cleaner with a hose and can be used to clean pet hair from sofas, rugs, beds and other areas.

Whirlpool Asia Region launched: 

  • Whirlpool brand Neo iChill frost-free energy-efficient refrigerators that chills bottles 40 percent faster than standard refrigerators. The products also retain cooling for 25 percent longer during power outages. 
  • Whirlpool brand Icemagic direct-cool refrigerators with 6th Sense technology and automatic defrosting, offering consumers the first fully automatic single-door refrigerator in India. The units keeps items cold for up to 12 hours during power outages. 
  • Whirlpool brand WhiteMagic 1-2-3 washers with new and advanced 6th Sense technology and built-in heaters that provide superior and efficient cleaning performance. The SplitWash model includes a small basket inside the washer drum to allow gentle cleaning of delicates in the main wash cycle. 
  • The Whirlpool brand MagiCook 1-2-3 microwave oven with a simplified user interface and 64 auto-cook menu items.

FIRST-QUARTER 2012 AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

  • Whirlpool Corporation was recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in the Home Equipment, Furnishings industry sector, finishing first in this sector for the second year in a row. The company's highest scores came in the innovation, people management, social responsibility, quality of management and long-term investment categories.  
  • Whirlpool Corporation was named one of the Most Respected U.S. Companies by Forbes magazine and the Reputation Institute. Whirlpool has been included as one of the Most Respected Companies five years in a row. 
  • Whirlpool brand in India was recognized as a Most Trusted Brand in Consumer Durables by Readers Digest. 
  • Whirlpool Corporation received the 2012 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is the company's 13th top ENERGY STAR award and seventh consecutive Sustained Excellence win. Whirlpool has been honored with 24 ENERGY STAR awards overall, more than any other appliance manufacturer.  

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $19 billion in 2011, 68,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.  Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.

Whirlpool Additional Information:
This document contains forward-looking statements about Whirlpool Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries ("Whirlpool") that speak only as of this date. Whirlpool disclaims any obligation to update these statements. Forward-looking statements in this document may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected earnings per share, cash flow, productivity and material and oil-related prices. Many risks, contingencies and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from Whirlpool's forward-looking statements. Among these factors are: (1) intense competition in the home appliance industry reflecting the impact of both new and established global competitors, including Asian and European manufacturers; (2) Whirlpool's ability to continue its relationship with significant trade customers and the ability of these trade customers to maintain or increase market share; (3) changes in economic conditions which affect demand for our products, including the strength of the building industry and the level of interest rates; (4) inventory and other asset risk; (5) global, political and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions, especially in Whirlpool's significant geographic regions, including uncertainty and disruptions arising from natural disasters or terrorist attacks;  (6) The impact of the European debt crisis;  (7) the ability of Whirlpool to achieve its business plans, productivity improvements, cost control, price increases, leveraging of its global operating platform, and acceleration of the rate of innovation;  (8) fluctuations in the cost of key materials (including steel, oil, plastic, resins, copper and aluminum) and components and the ability of Whirlpool to offset cost increases;  (9) litigation and legal compliance risk and costs, especially costs which may be materially different from the amount we expect to incur or have accrued for; (10)  product liability and product recall costs;  (11) the effects and costs of governmental investigations or related actions by third parties; (12) Whirlpool's ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; (13)  the ability of suppliers of critical parts, components and manufacturing equipment to deliver sufficient quantities to Whirlpool in a timely and cost-effective manner;  (14) health care cost trends, regulatory changes and variations between results and estimates that could increase future funding obligations for pension and post retirement benefit plans;  (15) information technology system failures and data security breaches; (16) the impact of labor relations; (17) our ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other qualified employees; (18) changes in the legal and regulatory environment including environmental and health and safety regulations; and (19) the ability of Whirlpool to manage foreign currency fluctuations.  Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Whirlpool Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K.

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
FOR THE PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31 
(Millions of dollars, except per share data)



2012


2011

Net sales

$

4,349



$

4,401


Expenses




Cost of products sold

3,698



3,778


Gross margin

651



623


Selling, general and administrative

405



380


Intangible amortization

7



7


Restructuring costs

34



8


Operating profit

205



228


Other income (expense)




Interest and sundry income (expense)

(18)



(20)


Interest expense

(54)



(54)


Earnings before income taxes

133



154


Income tax expense (benefit)

36



(24)


Net earnings

97



178


Less: Net earnings available to noncontrolling interests

5



9


Net earnings available to Whirlpool

$

92



$

169


Per share of common stock




Basic net earnings available to Whirlpool

$

1.19



$

2.21


Diluted net earnings available to Whirlpool

$

1.17



$

2.17


Dividends

$

0.50



$

0.43

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