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Sherwin-Williams' Q4 Earnings Trail Estimates, Revenues Beat

The Sherwin-Williams CompanySHW logged net income from continuing operations of $897.4 million or $9.39 per share for the fourth quarter of 2017, up more than four-fold from $203 million or $2.15 per share recorded a year ago. The bottom line in the reported quarter was boosted by a one-time benefit of $7.04 per share from deferred income tax reductions.

Earnings, barring one-time items, came in at $2.95 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.18.

Sherwin-Williams posted record fourth-quarter revenues of $3,979.6 million, up 43% year over year. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,941.2 million. Sales were driven by increased paint sales volumes in the Americas Group unit and the addition of Valspar sales since June 2017.

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FY17 Results

For 2017, profit from continued operations was roughly $1.8 billion or $19.11 per share, compared with around $1.1 billion or $11.99 per share recorded a in 2016.

Net sales for 2017 were a record $14,983.8 million, up around 26% year over year. Sales from Valspar since June increased net sales by roughly 21% for the year.

Segment Review

The Americas Group unit registered net sales of $2.19 billion in the reported quarter, up around 9% on a year over year comparison basis. Revenues were driven by increased architectural paint sales volume across all end markets and higher selling prices.

Net sales of the Consumer Brands Group unit surged around 89% to $571.6 million, driven by the addition of Valspar sales since June, partly masked by reduced volume sales to some of the unit's retail customers. Valspar sales increased the division's net sales by around 96% in the quarter.

Net sales from the Performance Coatings Group zoomed around 160% to $1.22 billion in the quarter owing to inclusion of Valspar sales and higher selling prices. Valspar sales contributed roughly 152% to the segment's net sales in the quarter.

Financials and Shareholder Returns

Sherwin-Williams made no open market purchases of its common stock during the twelve months ended Dec 31, 2017. At the end of 2017, it had $204.2 million cash in hand, which it plans to use to fund operations and reduce debt.

Outlook

Sherwin-Williams projects mid-to-high single digit percentage increase in net sales year over year for first-quarter 2018. It also sees incremental sales from Valspar acquisition to be roughly $1 billion in the first 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 $1.6 billion for the first five months of the year. At this level, the company expects earnings per share for the year to be in the range of $15.35 to $15.85 per share, compared with $18.67 earned in 2017. The guidance includes around $3.45 per share charge related to the Valspar acquisition.

Price Performance

Shares of Sherwin-Williams have rallied 40.8% over a year, outperforming the 32.8% gain recorded by its industry .

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Sherwin-Williams currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth of 15% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Shares of the company have rallied around 32% in a year. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

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