Lennox International Reports Record First Quarter Revenue And Profit And Raises 2021 Guidance

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.
•    Revenue up 29% to first-quarter record $931 million, led by 37% Residential growth
•    GAAP EPS from continuing operations up 588% to first-quarter record $2.20
•    Adjusted EPS from continuing operations up 305% to first-quarter record $2.27
•    Repurchased $200 million of stock and $200 million more planned for 2021
•    Raising 2021 guidance for revenue growth from 4-8% to 7-11%
•    Raising 2021 guidance for GAAP EPS from continuing operations from $10.55-$11.15 to $11.33-$11.93
•    Raising 2021 guidance for adjusted EPS from continuing operations from $10.55-$11.15 to $11.40-$12.00
D ALLAS, April 26, 2021 – Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII), a global leader in energy-efficient climate-control solutions, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2021. All comparisons are to the prior-year period.
Lennox International reported record first-quarter revenue of $931 million, up 29%. Foreign exchange had a positive 1% impact to revenue growth. GAAP operating income was a first-quarter record $114 million, up 213%. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations was a first-quarter record $2.20, up 588%.
Total segment profit was a first-quarter record $116 million, up 208%. Total segment margin expanded 720 basis points to 12.4%. Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations was a first-quarter record $2.27, up 305%.
“Lennox International posted record first-quarter revenue, profit and earnings per share in the quarter with double-digit revenue growth and margin expansion in all three of our businesses,” said Chairman and CEO Todd Bluedorn. “Our Residential business set new first-quarter highs for revenue and profit. Revenue was up 37% on strong growth in both replacement and new construction business. Profit rose 197%. Segment margin expanded 850 basis points to 15.9%.
“In Commercial, our business set new first-quarter highs for segment revenue, profit and margin. Segment revenue was up 12% led by high-teens growth in replacement business and high-single digit growth in new construction. Commercial profit rose 47%, and segment margin expanded 330 basis points to 13.8%. In Refrigeration, revenue was up 21%. North America revenue was up more than 25%, and Europe revenue was up low-double digits. Segment margin expanded 560 basis points to 6.3%, and profit rose to $8 million for the quarter.
“Demand remained strong across all our businesses entering the second quarter, and we are capitalizing on market growth and share gain opportunities with strong operational execution. Looking ahead for 2021 overall, we are raising guidance for revenue and earnings, as well as for free cash flow – now approximately $375 million for the full year. We have repurchased $200 million of stock this year and plan to buy $200 million more in 2021.”
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Revenue: Revenue was a first-quarter record $931 million, up 29% with volume, price, mix and foreign exchange favorable to revenue.
Gross Profit: Gross profit was $257 million, up 55%, and gross margin was 27.6%, up 470 basis points. Gross profit was positively impacted by higher volume, favorable price, mix and foreign exchange, factory productivity, distribution and freight savings, and sourcing and engineering-led cost reductions. Partial offsets included higher commodity, warranty, and other product costs.
Income from Continuing Operations: On a GAAP basis, income from continuing operations for the first quarter was $84.2 million, or $2.20 per share, compared to $12.5 million, or $0.32 per share, in the prior-year quarter.
Adjusted income from continuing operations in the first quarter was $86.9 million, or $2.27 per share, compared to $21.7 million, or $0.56 per share, in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2021 excludes net after-tax charges of $2.7 million, consisting of: a $2.0 million charge for other tax items, net; a $1.9 million net charge in total for various other items; and a benefit of $1.2 million for excess tax benefits from share-based compensation.
Cash from Operations, Free Cash Flow and Total Debt: Net cash used in operations in the first quarter was $18 million compared to $99 million in the prior-year quarter. Capital expenditures were approximately $24 million in the first quarter and in the prior-year quarter. Free cash flow was ($42) million compared to ($123) million in the first quarter a year ago. Total debt
at the end of the first quarter was $1.17 billion. Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $40 million at the end of the quarter. The company paid approximately $30 million in dividends in the first quarter and repurchased $200 million of stock.
BUSINESS SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Residential Heating & Cooling
Revenue in the Residential Heating & Cooling business segment was up 37% to a first-quarter record $606 million. Foreign exchange was neutral to revenue. Segment profit rose 197% to a first-quarter record $96 million. Segment margin expanded 850 basis points to 15.9%. Residential results were primarily impacted by higher volume, favorable price and mix, higher factory productivity, sourcing and engineering-led cost reductions, distribution and freight savings, and favorable foreign exchange. Partial offsets included higher commodity, warranty and other product costs, and higher SG&A.
Commercial Heating & Cooling
Revenue in the Commercial Heating & Cooling business segment was up 12% to a first-quarter record $199 million. Foreign exchange had a 1% positive impact to revenue growth. Segment profit rose 47% to a first-quarter record $27 million. Segment margin expanded 330 basis points to a first-quarter record 13.8%. Commercial results were primarily impacted by higher volume, lower material costs, and lower SG&A. Partial offsets included unfavorable mix.
Revenue in the Refrigeration business segment was up 21% to $125 million. Foreign exchange had a 4% positive impact to revenue growth. Segment profit rose to $8 million from $1 million in the prior-year quarter. Segment margin expanded 560 basis points to 6.3%. Refrigeration results were primarily impacted by higher volume, favorable price and mix, lower material costs, and higher factory productivity. Higher SG&A was a partial offset.
FULL-YEAR GUIDANCE
The company is raising 2021 guidance for revenue, EPS from continuing operations, and free cash flow.
•    Raising guidance for revenue growth from 4-8% to 7-11%; neutral foreign exchange.
•    Raising guidance for GAAP EPS from continuing operations from $10.55-$11.15 to $11.33-$11.93.
•    Raising guidance for adjusted EPS from continuing operations from $10.55-$11.15 to $11.40-$12.00.
•    Corporate expense is now expected to be approximately $95 million compared to prior guidance of $90 million.
•    The effective tax rate is still expected to be approximately 21% on an adjusted basis for the full year.
•    Capital expenditures are still planned to be approximately $135 million.
•    Raising guidance for free cash flow from approximately $325 million to approximately $375 million for the full year.
•    The company repurchased $200 million of stock in the first quarter of its planned $400 million for the year.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
A conference call to discuss the company’s first-quarter results and outlook will be held this morning at 8:30 a.m. Central time. To listen, call the conference call line at 844-867-6169 (U.S.) or 409-207-6975 (international) at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and use participant code 5260831. The conference call also will be webcast on Lennox International’s web site at www.lennoxinternational.com. A replay will be available from approximately 11:00 a.m. Central time on April 26 through May 10, 2021 by dialing 866-207-1041 (U.S.) or 402-970-0847 (international) and using access code 7601253. The call also will be archived on the company’s website.
ABOUT LENNOX INTERNATIONAL
Lennox International Inc. is a global leader in energy-efficient climate-control solutions. Dedicated to sustainability and creating comfortable and healthier environments for our residential and commercial customers while reducing their carbon footprint, we lead the field in innovation with our air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, and refrigeration systems. Lennox International stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and traded under the symbol "LII". Additional information on Lennox International is available at www.lennoxinternational.com or by contacting Steve Harrison, Vice President, Investor Relations, at 972-497-6670.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding the 2021 full-year outlook and expected consolidated and segment financial results for 2021, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available as well as management’s assumptions and beliefs today. These statements are subject to numerous risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements, and investors should not place undue reliance on them. Risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements include risks associated with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company and its employees, customers and suppliers if the pandemic worsens or continues longer than anticipated; risks that the North American unitary HVAC and refrigeration markets perform worse than current assumptions. Additional statements include, but are not limited to: the impact of higher raw material prices, the impact of new or increased trade tariffs, LII’s ability to implement price increases for its products and services, economic conditions in our markets, regulatory changes, the impact of unfavorable weather, and a decline in new construction activity and related demand for products and services. For information concerning these and other risks and uncertainties, see LII’s publicly available filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LII disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)
For the Three Months Ended March 31,
Net sales
Cost of goods sold
674.0 
558.1 
256.5 
165.7 
Operating Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative expenses
145.3 
131.1 
Losses (gains) and other expenses, net
Restructuring charges
Loss from natural disasters, net of insurance recoveries
Income from equity method investments
Operating income
Pension settlement
Interest expense, net
Other expense (income), net
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
106.4 
Provision for income taxes
Discontinued Operations:
Loss from discontinued operations before income taxes
Income tax benefit
Income from discontinued operations
Net income
Earnings per share – Basic:
Earnings per share – Diluted:
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding - Diluted
Segment Net Sales and Profit (Loss)
(Amounts in millions)
Residential Heating & Cooling
606.3 
442.1 
Commercial Heating & Cooling
199.2 
178.4 
125.0 
103.3 
Segment Profit (Loss)
Corporate and other
(16.0)
(14.3)
115.7 
Reconciliation to Operating Income:
Items in Losses (gains) and other expenses, net which are excluded from segment profit (loss)
Restructuring charges
We define segment profit (loss) as a segment's operating income included in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations, excluding:
The following items in Losses (gains) and other expenses, net:
Net change in unrealized (gains) losses on unsettled futures contracts,
Special legal contingency charges,
Asbestos-related litigation,
Environmental liabilities,
Charges incurred related to COVID-19 pandemic; and
Other items, net,
Loss from natural disasters, net of insurance recoveries; and
Restructuring charges.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in millions, except shares and par values)
As of March 31, 2021
As of December 31, 2020
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
123.9 
Short-term investments
Accounts and notes receivable, net of allowances of $9.2 and $9.6 in 2021 and 2020, respectively
522.6 
448.3 
Inventories, net
502.3 
439.4 
Other assets
Total current assets
1,138.2 
1,087.6 
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $891.6 and $880.6 in 2021 and 2020, respectively
466.4 
464.3 
Right-of-use assets from operating leases
190.7 
194.4 
Goodwill
186.7 
186.9 
Deferred income taxes
Other assets, net
Total assets
2,075.0
2,032.5
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT
Current Liabilities:
Current maturities of long-term debt
165.0 
Current operating lease liabilities
Accounts payable
372.9 
340.3 
Accrued expenses
254.5 
296.1 
Income taxes payable
Total current liabilities
849.1 
701.3 
Long-term debt
1,007.9 
970.7 
Long-term operating lease liabilities
138.5 
142.8 
Pensions
Other liabilities
145.4 
142.3 
Total liabilities
2,235.7
2,049.6
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' deficit:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 87,170,197 shares issued
Additional paid-in capital
1,090.3 
1,113.2 
Retained earnings
2,440.9 
2,385.8 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(99.2)
(97.2)
Treasury stock, at cost, 49,396,668 shares and 48,820,969 shares for 2021 and 2020, respectively
(3,593.6)
(3,419.8)
Total stockholders' deficit
(160.7)
(17.1)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Cash flows from operating activities:
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
Restructuring charges, net of cash paid
Provision for credit losses
Unrealized (gains) losses, net on derivative contracts
Stock-based compensation expense
Depreciation and amortization
Pension expense
Pension contributions
Changes in assets and liabilities:
(77.5)
(18.7)
(62.5)
(71.0)
Other current assets
(41.8)
(33.0)
Income taxes payable / receivable, net
(17.3)
   Leases, net
Other, net
Net cash used in operating activities
(17.5)
(98.8)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Proceeds from the disposal of property, plant and equipment
Purchases of property, plant and equipment
(24.7)
Proceeds from (purchases of) short-term investments
Net cash used in investing activities
(23.8)
(25.7)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Asset securitization borrowings
155.0 
Asset securitization payments
(70.0)
Long-term debt payments
Borrowings from credit facility
202.0 
682.5 
Payments on credit facility
(165.0)
(342.5)
Proceeds from employee stock purchases
Repurchases of common stock
(200.0)
(100.0)
Repurchases of common stock to satisfy employee withholding tax obligations
Cash dividends paid
(29.5)
(29.7)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
(45.5)
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
(86.8)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Interest paid
Income taxes paid (net of refunds)
Reconciliation to U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) Measures
(Unaudited, in millions, except per share and ratio data)
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements and segment net sales and profit presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, additional non-GAAP financial measures are provided and reconciled in the following tables. In addition to these non-GAAP measures, the Company also provides rates of revenue change at constant currency on a consolidated and segment basis if different than the reported measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP financial measures, provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures enhance the ability of investors to analyze the Company's business trends and operating performance.
Reconciliation of Income from Continuing Operations, a GAAP measure, to Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations, a Non-GAAP measure
Pre-Tax
    Tax Impact (d)
After Tax
Income from continuing operations, a GAAP measure
(22.2)
(14.0)
which are excluded from segment profit (loss) (a)
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (b)
Other tax items, net (b)
Loss from natural disasters, net of insurance recoveries (e)
Adjusted income from continuing operations, a non-GAAP measure
(21.8)
Earnings per share from continuing operations - diluted, a GAAP measure
(0.02)
(0.03)
Change in share counts from share-based compensation (c)
Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations - diluted, a non-GAAP measure
(a) Recorded in Losses (gains) and other expenses, net in the Consolidated Statements of Operations
(b) Recorded in Provision for income taxes in the Consolidated Statements of Operations
(c) The impact of excess tax benefits from the change in share-based compensation also impacts the Company's diluted share counts. The reconciliation of average outstanding diluted shares on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis is included in this amount..
(d) Tax impact based on the applicable tax rate relevant to the location and nature of the adjustment.
(e) Recorded in Loss from natural disasters, net of insurance recoveries in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.
Components of
(pre-tax):
Realized (gains) losses on settled future contracts
Foreign currency exchange gains
(Gain) loss on disposal of fixed assets
Other operating (income) loss
Special legal contingency charges
Asbestos-related litigation
Environmental liabilities
Charges incurred related to COVID-19 pandemic
Other items, net
(a) Included in both segment profit (loss) and Adjusted income from continuing operations
(b) Excluded from both segment profit (loss) and Adjusted income from continuing operations
Reconciliation of Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations - Diluted, a GAAP measure, to Estimated Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations - Diluted, a Non-GAAP measure
For the Year Ended December 31, 2021
ESTIMATED
Other non-core EBIT charges and other non-core tax items
(0.07)
 Adjusted Earnings per share from continuing operations - diluted, a Non-GAAP measure
Reconciliation of Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted, a GAAP measure, to Adjusted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted, a Non-GAAP measure (shares in millions):
Average shares outstanding - diluted, a GAAP measure
Impact on diluted shares from excess tax benefits from share-based compensation
Adjusted average shares outstanding - diluted, a Non-GAAP measure
Reconciliation of Net Cash Used in Operating Activities, a GAAP measure, to Free Cash Flow, a Non-GAAP measure (dollars in millions)
Free cash flow, a Non-GAAP measure
(123.4)
Calculation of Debt to EBITDA Ratio (dollars in millions):
Trailing Twelve Months to March 31, 2021
Adjusted EBIT (a)
584.8 
Depreciation and amortization expense (b)
EBITDA (a + b)
653.9 
Total debt at March 31, 2021 (c)
1,172.9 
Total Debt to EBITDA ratio ((c / (a + b))
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBIT, a Non-GAAP measure, to Income From Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes, a GAAP measure (dollars in millions)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes, a GAAP measure
Special product quality adjustments
Pension settlements
Adjusted EBIT per above, a Non-GAAP measure

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