The Sherwin-Williams CompanySHW logged net income (as reported) of $2.62 per share for the first quarter of 2018, up around 4% from $2.53 per share recorded a year ago.
Adjusted earnings (barring acquisition-related costs) for the quarter came in at $3.57 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.14.
Sherwin-Williams posted record first-quarter revenues of $3,965 million, up roughly 44% year over year. Sales were driven by the addition of Valspar sales, higher selling prices and increased paint sales volumes in the Americas Group unit. Revenues, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,984 million.
The Sherwin-Williams Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
The Americas Group unit registered net sales of $2.08 billion in the reported quarter, up around 7% on a year over year comparison basis. Revenues were driven by increased architectural paint sales volume across most end markets and higher selling prices.
Net sales of the Consumer Brands Group unit surged around 103% to $656.4 million, driven by the addition of Valspar sales and higher pricing, partly masked by reduced volume sales to some of the unit's retail customers. Valspar sales increased the division's net sales by around 108.3% in the quarter.
Net sales from the Performance Coatings Group zoomed around 153% to $1.23 billion in the quarter owing to inclusion of Valspar sales and higher selling prices. Valspar sales contributed roughly 148% to the segment's net sales in the quarter.
Financials and Shareholder Returns
Sherwin-Williams purchased 600,000 shares of its common stock during the first quarter. At the end of the quarter, it had remaining authorization to purchase 11.05 million shares through open market purchases.
Moving ahead, Sherwin-Williams projects mid-to-high single digit percentage increase in net sales year over year for second-quarter 2018. It also sees incremental sales from Valspar acquisition to be around $600 million for April and May in the quarter.
For full-year 2018, Sherwin-Williams projects mid-to-high single digit percentage increase in net sales from 2017. It also sees incremental sales from the Valspar buyout to be roughly $1.7 billion for the first five months of the year.
At this sales level, the company now expects earnings per share for the year to be in the range of $14.95 to $15.45 per share, down from its earlier view of $15.35 to $15.85 per share. The revised guidance includes a 40 cents per share net reduction associated with an expanded customer agreement, mostly affecting the Valspar business. The guidance also includes a $3.40-$3.50 per share charge related to the Valspar acquisition.
Shares of Sherwin-Williams have gained 18.3% over a year, outperforming the 14% gain recorded by its industry .
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
Sherwin-Williams is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock.
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