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Whirlpool Corporation Reports Strong Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year 2019 Results; Provides 2020 Guidance

January 27, 2020
  • Very strong Q4 GAAP net earnings margin (5.4%, up 240 basis points) and ongoing (non-GAAP) EBIT margin(2) (7.2%, up 100 basis points), slightly ahead of our operational guidance.
  • All-time record full-year GAAP and ongoing earnings per diluted share(1) of $18.45 and $16.00, respectively; ahead of our guidance.
  • All regions profitable during Q4, with the North America region demonstrating sustained strong EBIT(3) margins of approximately 13%.
  • Strong cash generation for full-year 2019; cash provided by operating activities of $1.2 billion and free cash flow(4) of $912 million.
  • Solid outlook for 2020, forecasting earnings per diluted share of $14.80 to $15.80 on a GAAP basis and $16.00 to $17.00 on an ongoing(1) basis. Cash provided by operating activities in 2020 of $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion and free cash flow(4) of approximately $800 million to $900 million.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) today reported financial results for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2019.

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"2019 was a very strong year for Whirlpool as we successfully delivered against our commitments and reported results that outperformed our guidance expectations despite a continued challenging macro-environment," said Marc Bitzer, chairman and chief executive officer of Whirlpool Corporation. "The underlying drivers of our global business are favorable, including demand for our innovative products and a moderation of inflationary cost pressures. We exited the year with solid momentum and we are confident in our guidance for 2020 and our ability to execute on our long-term strategy."

FULL YEAR FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • GAAP net earnings and net earnings per share were $1.2 billion (5.8 percent of sales) and $18.45 in 2019 compared to $(183) million ((0.9) percent of sales) and $(2.72) in the prior year, driven by the gain on the sale of Embraco compressor business of approximately $511 million, partially offset by product warranty and liability expense of approximately $131 million.
  • Ongoing EBIT(2) and ongoing earnings per diluted share(1) were $1.4 billion (6.9 percent of sales) and $16.00 in 2019, compared to $1.3 billion (6.3 percent of sales) and $15.16 in the prior year, primarily driven by strong product price/mix and reduced share count, partially offset by a higher effective tax rate.
  • Full-year GAAP effective tax rate (ETR) of 22.8%, primarily driven by gain on sale of Embraco.
  • Full-year adjusted ETR of 15.3%, near the low end of guidance, primarily due to a favorable European tax law change in December 2019 (~2.2 points tax rate improvement or ~$0.40 favorable earnings per share impact).
  • Net sales were $20.4 billion compared to $21.0 billion in 2018, a decrease of 2.9 percent. Organic net sales (non-GAAP)(5) increased 1.6 percent.

"We executed against our financial goals in 2019, including expanding our margins, enhancing our free cash flow generation and strengthening our balance sheet – all while delivering record earnings per share and continuing to invest in the business," said Jim Peters, chief financial officer of Whirlpool Corporation. "As momentum continues in 2020 and we progress towards our long-term financial goals, we expect to deliver further value to our shareholders."

FULL-YEAR 2020 OUTLOOK

  • GAAP earnings per diluted share of $14.80 to $15.80
  • Ongoing earnings per diluted share(1) of $16.00 to $17.00
  • Effective tax rate of 20 to 25 percent
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion
  • Free cash flow(4) of $800 million to $900 million

FOURTH-QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • GAAP net earnings of $288 million (5.4 percent of sales), or $4.52 per diluted share, compared to $170 million (3.0 percent of sales), or $2.64 per diluted share, reported for the same prior-year period.
  • Ongoing EBIT(2) was $389 million, or 7.2 percent of sales, compared to $348 million, or 6.2 percent of sales, in the same prior-year period.
  • GAAP net earnings margin and ongoing EBIT(2) margin were favorably impacted by price/mix and focused cost discipline; GAAP net earnings also positively impacted by one-time real-estate transactions.
  • Ongoing earnings per diluted share(1) were $4.91, compared to $4.75 in the same prior-year period.
  • Net sales were $5.4 billion, compared to $5.7 billion in the same prior-year period, a decrease of 4.9 percent. Organic net sales (non-GAAP)(5) increased 1.2 percent.
  • The Company's 2018 results include $17 million of EBIT(3) related to the Embraco compressor business.

FOURTH-QUARTER REGIONAL REVIEW

Whirlpool North America

  • Strong sustained financial performance despite soft industry demand.
  • Whirlpool North America reported fourth-quarter net sales of $3.1 billion, compared to $3.1 billion in the same prior-year period, a decrease of 0.3 percent.
  • The region reported fourth-quarter EBIT(3) of $410 million, or 13.3 percent of sales, compared to EBIT of $376 million, or 12.2 percent of sales, in the same prior-year period. Fourth-quarter prior year ongoing EBIT(3) was $362 million, or 11.8 percent. During the quarter, the favorable impact of product price/mix and disciplined cost takeout were partially offset by lower fixed cost leverage and continued cost inflation.

Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa

  • Profitable during the fourth-quarter, making it the second consecutive quarter of sequential EBIT(3) improvement.
  • Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa reported fourth-quarter net sales of $1.2 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in the same prior-year period, a decrease of 5.5 percent. Excluding the impact of currency, sales decreased 4.2 percent.
  • The region reported fourth-quarter EBIT(3) of $11 million, or 0.9 percent of sales, compared to $(15) million, or (1.2) percent of sales, in the same prior-year period, driven by the favorable impact of cost takeout actions.

Whirlpool Latin America

  • Whirlpool Latin America reported fourth-quarter net sales of $782 million, compared to $990 million in the same prior-year period, a decrease of 21.0 percent. Organic net sales (non-GAAP)(5) increased 16.7 percent, despite industry softness in Mexico.
  • The region reported fourth-quarter EBIT(3) of $42 million, or 5.3 percent of sales, compared to EBIT of $45 million, or 4.5 percent of sales, in the same prior-year period. Fourth-quarter prior year ongoing EBIT(3) was $59 million, or 5.9 percent. During the quarter, the favorable impact of higher unit volumes and lower raw material inflation was more than offset by unfavorable currency in Brazil and Argentina. The Latin America region's fourth-quarter 2018 results include $17 million of EBIT(3) related to the Embraco compressor business.

Whirlpool Asia

  • India continues to deliver strong growth in a healthy demand environment.
  • China brand transition investments and soft demand environment resulting in another quarter with operating losses in China.
  • Whirlpool Asia reported fourth-quarter net sales of $356 million, compared to $372 million in the same prior-year period, a decrease of 4.3 percent.
  • The region reported fourth-quarter EBIT(3) of $2 million, or 0.6 percent of sales, compared to $8 million, or 1.9 percent of sales, in the same prior-year period. During the quarter, the favorable impact of cost takeout initiatives and lower raw material inflation were more than offset by continued brand transition investments in China.

(1)  A reconciliation of ongoing earnings per diluted share, a non-GAAP financial measure, to reported net earnings per diluted share available to Whirlpool and other important information, appears below.

(2) A reconciliation of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and ongoing EBIT, non-GAAP financial measures, to reported net earnings available to Whirlpool, and a reconciliation of EBIT margin and ongoing EBIT margin, non-GAAP financial measures, to net earnings margin and other important information, appears below.

(3) Segment EBIT and Ongoing Segment EBIT represents our consolidated EBIT broken down by the Company's reportable segments and are metrics used by the chief operating decision maker in accordance with ASC 280. Consolidated EBIT also includes corporate "Other/Eliminations" of $(95) million and $(107) million for the fourth quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively. Ongoing segment EBIT includes certain adjustments to segment EBIT, and a reconciliation and other important information, appears below.

(4) 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.

(5) Organic net sales excludes the impact of foreign currency and the Embraco divestiture.

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the leading major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 77,000 employees and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2019. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at whirlpoolcorp.com, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.

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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 raw material 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, and the impact of the changing retail environment, including direct-to-consumer sales; (2) Whirlpool's ability to maintain or increase sales to significant trade customers and the ability of these trade customers to maintain or increase market share; (3) Whirlpool's ability to maintain its reputation and brand image; (4) the ability of Whirlpool to achieve its business plans, productivity improvements, and cost control objectives, and to leverage its global operating platform, and accelerate the rate of innovation; (5) Whirlpool's ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; (6) acquisition and investment-related risks, including risks associated with our past acquisitions, and risks associated with our increased presence in emerging markets; (7) risks related to our international operations, including changes in foreign regulations, regulatory compliance and disruptions arising from political, legal and economic instability; (8) information technology system failures, data security breaches, data privacy compliance, network disruptions, and cybersecurity attacks; (9) product liability and product recall costs; (10) the ability of suppliers of critical parts, components and manufacturing equipment to deliver sufficient quantities to Whirlpool in a timely and cost-effective manner; (11) our ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other qualified employees; (12) the impact of labor relations; (13) fluctuations in the cost of key materials (including steel, resins, copper and aluminum) and components and the ability of Whirlpool to offset cost increases; (14) Whirlpool's ability to manage foreign currency fluctuations; (15) impacts from goodwill impairment and related charges; (16) triggering events or circumstances impacting the carrying value of our long-lived assets; (17) inventory and other asset risk; (18) the uncertain global economy and changes in economic conditions which affect demand for our products; (19) health care cost trends, regulatory changes and variations between results and estimates that could increase future funding obligations for pension and postretirement benefit plans; (20) changes in LIBOR, or replacement of LIBOR with an alternative reference rate; (21) litigation, tax, and legal compliance risk and costs, especially if materially different from the amount we expect to incur or have accrued for, and any disruptions caused by the same; (22) the effects and costs of governmental investigations or related actions by third parties; and (23) changes in the legal and regulatory environment including environmental, health and safety regulations, and taxes and tariffs.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Whirlpool'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. The number one major appliance manufacturer in the world claim is based on most recently available publicly reported annual revenues among leading appliance manufacturers.

 

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)

FOR THE PERIODS ENDED DECEMBER 31

(Millions of dollars, except per share data)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


2019


2018


2019


2018


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



Net sales

$

5,382



$

5,660



$

20,419



$

21,037


Expenses








Cost of products sold

4,334



4,710



16,886



17,500


Gross margin

1,048



950



3,533



3,537


Selling, general and administrative

562



593



2,142



2,189


Intangible amortization

16



17



69



75


Restructuring costs

46



31



188



247


Impairment of goodwill and other intangibles







747


(Gain) loss on sale and disposal of businesses





(437)




Operating profit

424



309



1,571



279


Other (income) expense








Interest and sundry (income) expense

54



2



(168)



108


Interest expense

39



51



187



192


Earnings (loss) before income taxes

331



256



1,552



(21)


Income tax expense

43



86



354



138


Net earnings (loss)

288



170



1,198



(159)


Less: Net earnings (loss) available to noncontrolling interests





14



24


Net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool

$

288



$

170



$

1,184



$

(183)


Per share of common stock








Basic net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool

$

4.56



$

2.66



$

18.60



$

(2.72)


Diluted net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool

$

4.52



$

2.64



$

18.45



$

(2.72)


Weighted-average shares outstanding (in millions)








Basic

63.3



64.2



63.7



67.2


Diluted

63.9



64.7



64.2



67.2


 

 

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Millions of dollars, except share data)






December 31, 2019


December 31, 2018


(Unaudited)



Assets




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,952



$

1,498


Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $132 and $136, respectively

2,198



2,210


Inventories

2,438



2,533


Prepaid and other current assets

810



839


Assets held for sale



818


Total current assets

7,398



7,898


Property, net of accumulated depreciation of $6,444 and $6,190, respectively

3,301



3,414


Right of use assets

921




Goodwill

2,440



2,451


Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $593 and $527, respectively

2,225



2,296


Deferred income taxes

2,238



1,989


Other noncurrent assets

358



299


Total assets

$

18,881



$

18,347


Liabilities and stockholders' equity




Current liabilities




Accounts payable

$

4,547



4,487


Accrued expenses

652



690


Accrued advertising and promotions

949



827


Employee compensation

450



393


Notes payable

294



1,034


Current maturities of long-term debt

559



947


Other current liabilities

918



811


Liabilities held for sale



489


Total current liabilities

8,369



9,678


Noncurrent liabilities




Long-term debt

4,140



4,046


Pension benefits

542



637


Postretirement benefits

322



318


Lease liabilities

778




Other noncurrent liabilities

612



463


Total noncurrent liabilities

6,394



5,464


Stockholders' equity




Common stock, $1 par value, 250 million shares authorized, 112 million shares issued, and 63 million and 64 million shares outstanding, respectively

112



112


Additional paid-in capital

2,806



2,768


Retained earnings

7,870



6,933


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,618)



(2,695)


Treasury stock, 49 million and 48 million shares, respectively

(4,975)



(4,827)


Total Whirlpool stockholders' equity

3,195



2,291


Noncontrolling interests

923



914


Total stockholders' equity

4,118



3,205


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

18,881



$

18,347



 

 

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE PERIODS ENDED DECEMBER 31

(Millions of dollars)




Twelve Months Ended


2019


2018


(Unaudited)



Operating activities




Net earnings (loss)

$

1,198



$

(159)


Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

587



645


Impairment of goodwill and other intangibles



747


(Gain) loss on sale and disposal of businesses

(437)




Changes in assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(87)



79


Inventories

(39)



73


Accounts payable

140



210


Accrued advertising and promotions

118



12


Accrued expenses and current liabilities

22



162


Taxes deferred and payable, net

(116)



(67)


Accrued pension and postretirement benefits

(81)



(434)


Employee compensation

106



44


Other

(181)



(83)


Cash provided by operating activities

1,230



1,229


Investing activities




Capital expenditures

(532)



(590)


Proceeds from sale of assets and business

1,174



160


Purchase of held-to-maturity securities




Proceeds from held-to-maturity securities



60


Investment in related businesses



(25)


Other

(6)



(4)


Cash provided by (used in) investing activities

636



(399)


Financing activities




Net proceeds from borrowings of long-term debt

700



705


Repayments of long-term debt

(949)



(386)


Net proceeds (repayments) from short-term borrowings

(723)



653


Dividends paid

(305)



(306)


Repurchase of common stock

(148)



(1,153)


Purchase of noncontrolling interest shares



(41)


Common stock issued

8



17


Other

(7)



(7)


Cash used in financing activities

(1,424)



(518)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(28)



(67)


Increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

414



245


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year

1,538



1,293


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year

$

1,952



$

1,538



 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Millions of dollars except per share data)
(Unaudited)

We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial measures, some of which we refer to as "ongoing" measures, including earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), EBIT margin, ongoing EBIT, ongoing EBIT margin, ongoing earnings, ongoing earnings per diluted share, organic net sales, adjusted effective tax rate, sales excluding currency and free cash flow. Ongoing measures exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, results from our ongoing operations and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. Sales excluding foreign currency is calculated by translating the current period net sales, in functional currency, to U.S. dollars using the prior-year period's exchange rate compared to the prior-year period net sales. Management believes that sales excluding foreign currency provides stockholders with a clearer basis to assess our results over time, excluding the impact of exchange rate fluctuations. Management believes that organic net sales provides stockholders with a clearer basis to assess our results over time, excluding the impact of exchange rate fluctuations and divestitures. Management believes that free cash flow provides investors and stockholders with a relevant measure of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing the company's ability to fund its activities and obligations.The Company provides free cash flow related metrics, such as free cash flow as a percentage of net sales, as long-term management goals, not an element of its annual financial guidance, and as such does not provide a reconciliation of free cash flow to cash provided by (used in) operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, for these long-term goal metrics. Whirlpool does not provide a Non-GAAP reconciliation for its other forward-looking long-term value creation and other goals, such as organic net sales, EBIT, and gross debt/EBITDA, as such reconciliation would rely on market factors and certain other conditions and assumptions that are outside of the company's control. Any such reconciliation would rely on market factors and certain other conditions and assumptions that are outside of the company's control. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information to assist investors and stockholders in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance, and reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of our business. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These ongoing financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported net earnings available to Whirlpool per diluted share, net earnings, net earnings available to Whirlpool, net earnings margin, net sales, effective tax rate and cash provided by (used in) operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. We also disclose segment EBIT and ongoing segment EBIT as important financial metrics used by the Company's Chief Operating Decision Maker to evaluate performance and allocate resources in accordance with ASC 280 - Segment Reporting. GAAP net earnings available to Whirlpool per diluted share and ongoing earnings per diluted share are presented net of tax, while individual adjustments in each reconciliation are presented on a pre-tax basis; the income tax impact line item aggregates the tax impact for these adjustments. The tax impact of individual line item adjustments may not foot precisely to the aggregate income tax impact amount, as each line item adjustment may include non-taxable components. Historical quarterly earnings per share amounts are presented based on a normalized tax rate adjustment to reconcile quarterly tax rates to full-year tax rate expectations. We strongly encourage investors and stockholders to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.

Fourth-Quarter 2019 Ongoing Earnings Before Interest and Taxes and Ongoing Earnings per Diluted Share

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures ongoing earnings before interest and taxes and ongoing earnings per diluted share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, net earnings available to Whirlpool and net earnings per diluted share available to Whirlpool, for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Net earnings margin is calculated by dividing net earnings available to Whirlpool by net sales. Ongoing EBIT margin is calculated by dividing ongoing EBIT by net sales. EBIT margin is calculated by dividing EBIT by net sales. The earnings per diluted share GAAP measure and ongoing measure are presented net of tax, while each adjustment is presented on a pre-tax basis. The aggregate income tax impact of the taxable components of each adjustment is presented in the income tax impact line item at our fourth-quarter adjusted tax rate (non-GAAP) of 9.6%.


Three Months Ended

Earnings Before Interest & Taxes Reconciliation:

December 31, 2019

Net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool

$

288


Net earnings (loss) available to noncontrolling interests


Income tax expense (benefit)

43


Interest expense

39


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)

$

370


Net sales

$

5,382


Net earnings margin

5.4

%

 


Results classification


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)


Earnings per diluted share

Reported measure



$

370



$

4.52


Restructuring costs(a)

Restructuring costs


46



0.72


Sale leaseback, real estate and receivable adjustments(k)

Cost of products sold


(95)



(1.49)


Sale leaseback, real estate and receivable adjustments(k)

Selling, general and administrative


9



0.14


Trade customer insolvency claim
settlement(j)

Interest and sundry (income) expense


59



0.93


Income tax impact





(0.02)


Normalized tax rate adjustment(b)





0.11


Ongoing measure



$

389



$

4.91


Net sales



$

5,382




Ongoing EBIT margin



7.2

%



Note: Numbers may not reconcile due to rounding

Fourth-Quarter 2018 Ongoing Earnings Before Interest and Taxes and Ongoing Earnings per Diluted Share

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures ongoing earnings before interest and taxes and ongoing earnings per diluted share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool and net earnings (loss) per diluted share available to Whirlpool, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. Net earnings margin is calculated by dividing net earnings available to Whirlpool by net sales. Ongoing EBIT margin is calculated by dividing ongoing EBIT by net sales. EBIT margin is calculated by dividing EBIT by net sales. The earnings per diluted share GAAP measure and ongoing measure are presented net of tax, while each adjustment is presented on a pre-tax basis. The aggregate income tax impact of the taxable components of each adjustment is presented in the income tax impact line item at our fourth-quarter adjusted tax rate of (3.7)%.


Three Months Ended

Earnings Before Interest & Taxes Reconciliation:

December 31, 2018

Net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool

$

170


Net earnings (loss) available to noncontrolling interests


Income tax expense (benefit)

86


Interest expense

51


Earnings (loss) before interest & taxes(6)

$

307


Net sales

$

5,660


Net earnings margin

3.0

%

 


Results classification


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)


Earnings per diluted share

Reported measure



$

307



$

2.64


Restructuring costs(a)

Restructuring costs


31



0.48


France antitrust settlement(h)

Interest and sundry (income) expense


(12)



(0.18)


Trade customer insolvency(e)

Selling, general and administrative


1



0.01


Divestiture related transition costs(d)

Selling, general and administrative


21



0.33


Income tax impact





0.03


Normalized tax rate adjustment(b)





1.44


Ongoing measure



$

348



$

4.75


Net sales



$

5,660




Ongoing EBIT margin



6.2

%



Note: Numbers may not reconcile due to rounding

Ongoing Segment Earnings Before Interest and Taxes

The reconciliation provided below reconciles ongoing segment EBIT with segment EBIT, for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Ongoing segment EBIT margin is calculated by dividing ongoing segment EBIT by segment net sales. Segment EBIT margin is calculated by dividing segment EBIT by segment net sales.


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2019


Segment earnings (loss) before interest and taxes

Restructuring costs(a)

Sale leaseback, real estate and receivable adjustments(k)

Trade customer insolvency claim settlement(j)

Ongoing segment earnings (loss) before interest and taxes

North America

$

410


$


$


$


$

410


EMEA

11





11


Latin America

42





42


Asia

2





2


Other/Eliminations

(95)


46


(86)


59


(76)


Total Whirlpool Corporation

$

370


$

46


$

(86)


$

59


$

389


 

The reconciliation provided below reconciles ongoing segment EBIT with segment EBIT, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. Ongoing segment EBIT margin is calculated by dividing ongoing segment EBIT by segment net sales. Segment EBIT margin is calculated by dividing segment EBIT by segment net sales.


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2018


Segment earnings (loss) before interest and taxes

Restructuring expense(a)

France antitrust settlement(h)

Divestiture related transition costs(d)

Trade customer insolvency(e)

Ongoing segment earnings (loss) before interest and taxes

North America

$

376


$


$


$


$

(13)


$

362


EMEA

(15)






(15)


Latin America

45





14


59


Asia

8






8


Other/Eliminations

(107)


31


(12)


21



(66)


Total Whirlpool Corporation

$

307


$

31


$

(12)


$

21


$

1


$

348


Note: Numbers may not reconcile due to rounding

Full-Year 2019 Ongoing Earnings Before Interest and Taxes, Ongoing Earnings per Diluted Share and GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Adjusted Tax Rate

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures ongoing earnings before interest and taxes and ongoing earnings per diluted share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, net earnings available to Whirlpool and net earnings per diluted share available to Whirlpool, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Ongoing EBIT margin is calculated by dividing ongoing EBIT by net sales. EBIT margin is calculated by dividing EBIT by net sales. The earnings per diluted share GAAP measure and ongoing measure are presented net of tax, while each adjustment is presented on a pre-tax basis. Our full-year GAAP tax rate of approximately 22.8% includes the impact of the gain on sale of Embraco. The aggregate income tax impact of the taxable components of each adjustment is presented in the income tax impact line item at our full-year adjusted tax rate of approximately 15.3%.


Twelve Months Ended

Earnings Before Interest & Taxes Reconciliation:

December 31, 2019

Net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool

$

1,184


Net earnings (loss) available to noncontrolling interests

14


Income tax expense (benefit)

354


Interest expense

187


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)

$

1,739


Net sales

$

20,419


Net earnings margin

5.8

%

 




Twelve Months Ending




December 31, 2019


Results classification


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)


Earnings per diluted share

Reported measure*



$

1,739



$

18.45


Restructuring costs(a)

Restructuring costs


188



2.93


Brazil indirect tax credit(c)

Interest and sundry (income) expense


(180)



(2.80)


(Gain) loss on sale and disposal of businesses(f)

(Gain) loss on sale and disposal of businesses


(437)



(6.79)


Product warranty and liability expense(g)

Cost of products sold


126



1.96


Product warranty and liability expense(g)

Interest and sundry (income) expense


5



0.08


Sale leaseback, real estate and receivable adjustments(k)

Cost of products sold


(95)



(1.48)


Sale leaseback, real estate and receivable adjustments(k)

Selling, general and administrative


9



0.14


Trade customer insolvency claim settlement(j)

Interest and sundry (income) expense


59



0.92


Income tax impact





0.75


Normalized tax rate adjustment(b)





1.84


Ongoing measure



$

1,414



$

16.00


Net sales



$

20,419




Ongoing EBIT margin



6.9

%



 



Twelve Months Ended



December 31, 2019

GAAP effective tax rate


22.8

%

Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments to net earnings


(7.5)

%

Non-GAAP adjusted tax rate


15.3

%

Note: Numbers may not reconcile due to rounding

Full-Year 2018 Ongoing Earnings Before Interest and Taxes and Ongoing Earnings per Diluted Share

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures ongoing earnings before interest and taxes and ongoing earnings per diluted share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool and net earnings (loss) per diluted share available to Whirlpool, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018. Net earnings margin is calculated by dividing net earnings available to Whirlpool by net sales. Ongoing EBIT margin is calculated by dividing ongoing EBIT by net sales. EBIT margin is calculated by dividing EBIT by net sales. The earnings per diluted share GAAP measure and ongoing measure are presented net of tax, while each adjustment is presented on a pre-tax basis. Our full-year GAAP tax rate includes the nondeductible earnings impact of the impairment of goodwill and intangibles of $747 million and the France antitrust settlement charge of $103 million. The aggregate income tax impact of the taxable components of each adjustment is presented in the income tax impact line item at our full-year adjusted tax rate of approximately 6.6%.


Twelve Months Ended

Earnings Before Interest & Taxes Reconciliation:

December 31, 2018

Net earnings (loss) available to Whirlpool

$

(183)


Net earnings (loss) available to noncontrolling interests

24


Income tax expense (benefit)

138


Interest expense

192


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)

$

171


Net sales

$

21,037


Net earnings margin

(0.9)

%

 


Results classification


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)


Earnings (loss) per diluted share

Reported measure



$

171



$

(2.72)


Restructuring costs(a)

Restructuring costs


247



3.68


France antitrust settlement (h)

Interest and sundry (income) expense


103



1.53


Impairment of goodwill and intangibles (i)

Impairment of goodwill and other intangibles


747



11.11


Trade customer insolvency(e)

Selling, general and administrative


30



0.45


Divestiture related transition costs(d)

Selling, general and administrative


21



0.32


Income tax impact





(0.29)


Normalized tax rate adjustment(b)





1.25


Share adjustment*





(0.17)


Ongoing measure



$

1,319



$

15.16


Net sales



$

21,037




Ongoing EBIT margin



6.3

%



Note: Numbers may not reconcile due to rounding

*As a result of our full-year GAAP earnings loss, the impact of antidilutive shares was excluded from the loss per share calculation on a GAAP basis. The share count adjustment used in the calculation of the full year ongoing earnings per diluted share includes the full-year weighted average basic shares outstanding of 67.2 million plus the impact of antidilutive shares of 0.7 million which were excluded on a GAAP basis.

Full-Year 2020 Outlook for Ongoing Earnings Before Interest and Taxes and Ongoing Earnings per Diluted Share

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures ongoing earnings before interest and taxes and ongoing earnings per diluted share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, net earnings available to Whirlpool and net earnings per diluted share available to Whirlpool, for the twelve months ending December 31, 2020. Ongoing EBIT margin is calculated by dividing ongoing EBIT by net sales. EBIT margin is calculated by dividing EBIT by net sales. The earnings per diluted share GAAP measure and ongoing measure are presented net of tax, while each adjustment is presented on a pre-tax basis. The aggregate income tax impact of the taxable components of each adjustment is presented in the income tax impact line item at our anticipated full-year tax rate between 20% and 25%.




Twelve Months Ending




December 31, 2020


Results classification


Earnings before interest & taxes(6)


Earnings per diluted share

Reported measure*



$1,455


$14.80 - $15.80

Restructuring costs(a)

Restructuring costs


100


1.56

Income tax impact




(0.36)

Ongoing measure



$1,555


$16.00 - $17.00

Note: Numbers may not reconcile due to rounding

(6) Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (EBIT) is a non-GAAP measure. The Company does not provide a forward-looking quantitative reconciliation of EBIT to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, net earnings available to Whirlpool, because the net earnings available to noncontrolling interests item of such reconciliation -- which has historically represented a relatively insignificant amount of the Company's overall net earnings -- implicates the Company's projections regarding the earnings of the Company's non wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures that cannot be quantified precisely or without unreasonable efforts.

Organic Net Sales

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure organic net sales with reported net sales, for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 for the Company.


Three Months Ended



2019


2018

Change

Net sales

$

5,382



$

5,660


(4.9)

%

Less: Embraco net sales

-


(288)



Add-Back: currency

53





Organic net sales

$

5,435



$

5,372


1.2

%

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure organic net sales with reported net sales, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 for the Company.


Twelve Months Ended



2019


2018

Change

Net sales

$

20,419



$

21,037


(2.9)

%

Less: Embraco net sales

(635)



(1,135)



Add-Back: currency

430





Organic net sales

$

20,214



$

19,902


1.6

%

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure organic net sales with reported net sales, for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 for Whirlpool Latin America.


Three Months Ended



2019


2018

Change

Net sales

$

782



$

990


(21.0)

%

Less: Embraco net sales



(288)



Add-Back: currency

37





Organic net sales

$

819



$

702


16.7

%

Note: Numbers may not reconcile due to rounding

Footnotes:

a.  RESTRUCTURING COSTS - In 2014, the Company completed the acquisition of Indesit S.p.A., which, due to its size, materially changed our European footprint. In 2018, these costs are primarily related to Indesit restructuring, an Embraco plant closure in Italy, and certain other unique restructuring events. In 2019, these costs are primarily related to actions that right-size our EMEA business and certain other unique restructuring events, including restructuring of the Naples, Italy manufacturing plant.

b.  NORMALIZED TAX RATE ADJUSTMENT - Our 2019 normalized tax rate excludes the tax impact of the gain on sale of the Embraco business, a valuation allowance release and the Brazil indirect tax credit. The Company's 2018 normalized tax rate excludes the tax impact of impairment of goodwill and intangibles of $747 million, the France antitrust settlement charge of $103 million and the impact of U.S. tax reform of $95 million.

c.  BRAZIL INDIRECT TAX CREDIT - During the first half of 2019, the Company received favorable, non-appealable decisions related to the recovery of certain taxes previously paid over gross sales. As a result, the Company recorded a gain in interest and sundry (income) expense during the first and second quarter of 2019 in the amount of $127 million and $53 million, respectively, in connection with these decisions.

d.  DIVESTITURE RELATED TRANSITION COSTS - In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recognized transition costs of approximately $21 million associated with the sale of its Embraco compressor business. During the first and second quarter of 2019, the Company recognized additional transition costs of $6 million and $11 million, respectively. In the third quarter of 2019, the Company reclassified approximately $17 million of first half 2019 divestiture related transition costs into "(Gain) loss on sale and disposal of businesses" to fully reflect the net impact from the gain on the sale of the Embraco compressor business.

e.  TRADE CUSTOMER INSOLVENCY - During the third quarter of 2018, the Company recognized bad debt expense related to trade customer insolvency of a U.S. retailer and a Brazilian retailer, in the amounts of approximately $17 million and $12 million, respectively. During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recognized an additional bad debt expense related to the Brazilian retailer in the amount of approximately $14 million, and reduced bad debt expense related to the U.S. retailer in the amount of approximately $13 million.

f.  (GAIN) LOSS ON SALE AND DISPOSAL OF BUSINESSES - During the second quarter of 2019, the Company entered into an agreement to sell its South Africa operations. As a result, the Company recorded a charge of $35 million for the write-down of the assets of the disposal group to fair value and $33 million of cumulative foreign currency translation adjustments included in the carrying amount of the disposal group to calculate the impairment.  The Company also incurred charges of approximately $11 million, primarily inventory liquidation costs, related to the exit of our domestic sales operations in Turkey. Total charges recorded in the second quarter of 2019 were approximately $79 million. During the third quarter of 2019, changes in working capital accounts and currency translation adjustments resulted in the Company reducing the amount of loss by approximately $5 million.

On July 1, 2019 the Company closed the sale of the Embraco compressor business. As a result, the Company recorded a gain, before taxes, of approximately $511 million. Included in this amount are closing costs related to the sale and previously disclosed divestiture related transition costs. To report the full gain amount as net of these costs, the Company reclassified previously disclosed divestiture related transition costs from their original accounts into the account for the gain. Approximately $14 million of previously disclosed charges were reclassified out of "Selling, general and administrative" into "(Gain) loss on sale and disposal of businesses." Approximately $3 million of previously disclosed charges were reclassified out of "Interest and sundry (income) expense" into "(Gain) loss on sale and disposal of businesses." During the third quarter of 2019, the Company incurred approximately $17 million of additional divestiture related transition costs, resulting in a year-to-date total of approximately $34 million, which are fully reflected in the gain, before taxes, of approximately $511 million.

g.  PRODUCT WARRANTY AND LIABILITY EXPENSE - In September 2015, the Company recorded a liability related to a corrective action affecting certain legacy Indesit products. During the second and third quarters of 2019, the Company incurred additional product warranty expense related to our previously disclosed legacy Indesit dryer corrective action campaign in the UK for approximately $12 million and $14 million, respectively. In the third quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a charge of approximately $105 million for estimated product warranty expense related to certain EMEA-produced washers for which the Company commenced a recall in January 2020.

h.  FRANCE ANTITRUST SETTLEMENT - In 2013, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") commenced an investigation of appliance manufacturers and retailers, including Whirlpool and Indesit operations in France. With respect to the first part of the investigation, the Company agreed to a preliminary settlement with the FCA staff in the second quarter of 2018 and accrued $114 million. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the final settlement was approved by the FCA's college of commissioners in the amount of approximately $122 million, with approximately $19 million of the total settlement to be paid by the previous owner of Indesit to the Company. The Company paid $52 million in the first quarter of 2019 and the remainder in the second quarter of 2019.

i.  IMPAIRMENT OF GOODWILL AND INTANGIBLES - During the second quarter of 2018, the Company performed a quantitative assessment of the EMEA region's goodwill and intangible assets for impairment. Based on a third-party valuation, the Company concluded that fair value of equity did not exceed its carrying value and therefore goodwill and intangible assets were impaired. The impact of this impairment was $168 million to intangible assets and $579 million to goodwill in the second quarter of 2018.

j.  TRADE CUSTOMER INSOLVENCY CLAIM SETTLEMENT - In 2017, Alno AG and certain affiliated companies filed for insolvency protection in Germany. Bauknecht Hausgeräte GmbH, a subsidiary of the Company, was a long-standing supplier to Alno and certain of its affiliated companies. The Company was also a former indirect minority shareholder of Alno. In August 2018, the insolvency trustee asserted €174.5 million in clawback and related claims against Bauknecht. In January 2020, we entered into an agreement with the insolvency trustee to settle all potential claims that the insolvency trustee may have related to this matter, resulting in a one-time charge of €52.75 million ($59 million as of December 31, 2019).

k.  SALE LEASEBACK, REAL ESTATE AND RECEIVABLE ADJUSTMENTS - In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company sold certain owned properties, primarily warehouses, while agreeing to lease these same properties from the purchaser. As part of the sale, the Company recognized a pre-tax gain on sale of the group of properties of approximately $111M and a cash benefit of approximately $140M. In addition, the Company wrote-off the full loan receivable amount outstanding of approximately $18M related to a previous loan between the Company and a not-for-profit entity in connection with a community and economic development project. The Company also wrote-down the book value of certain real estate properties, recognizing a loss of approximately $7M.

Free Cash Flow

As defined by the Company, free cash flow is cash provided by (used in) operating activities after capital expenditures, proceeds from the sale of assets and businesses and changes in restricted cash. The reconciliation provided below reconciles twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and projected 2020 full-year free cash flow with cash provided by (used in) operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Free cash flow as a percentage of net sales is calculated by dividing free cash flow by net sales.


Twelve Months Ended






December 31





(millions of dollars)

2019

2018


2020 Outlook

Cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$1,230

$1,229


$1,350 - $1,450

Capital expenditures, proceeds from sale of assets/businesses and change in restricted cash*

682

(376)


(550)

Repayment of term loan

(1,000)


Free cash flow

$912

$853


$800 - $900






Cash provided by (used in) investing activities**

$636

$(399)



Cash provided by (used in) financing activities**

$(1,424)

$(518)



Note: 2019 free cash flow includes the net proceeds and the term loan repayment related to the sale of the Embraco business of approximately $1 billion.

*The change in restricted cash relates to the private placement funds paid by Whirlpool to acquire majority control of Whirlpool China (formerly Hefei Sanyo) and which are used to fund capital and technical resources to enhance Whirlpool China's research and development and working capital, as required by the terms of the Hefei Sanyo acquisition completed in October 2014. 

**Financial guidance on a GAAP basis for cash provided by (used in) financing activities and cash provided by (used in) investing activities has not been provided because in order to prepare any such estimate or projection, the Company would need to rely on market factors and certain other conditions and assumptions that are outside of its control.

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