Stanley Black & Decker Reports Record 1Q 2021 Results
New Britain, Connecticut, April 28, 2021 … Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) today announced first quarter 2021 financial results.
•1Q’21 Revenues Totaled $4.2 Billion, Up 34% Versus Prior Year Led By Tools & Storage With All Segments Contributing To 31% Organic Growth
•1Q’21 Gross Margin Was 37.3%; Excluding Charges, 1Q’21 Gross Margin Was 37.4% Up 440 Basis Points Versus Prior Year
•1Q’21 Operating Margin Was 16.9%; Excluding Charges 1Q’21 Operating Margin Was 17.6%, Up 760 Basis Points Versus Prior Year Driven By Volume, Price, Cost Control And Margin Resiliency
•1Q’21 Diluted GAAP EPS Was $2.98; Excluding Charges, 1Q’21 Diluted EPS Was $3.13, Up 161% Versus Prior Year
•Raising 2021 Diluted GAAP EPS Guidance Range To $10.15 - $10.55 (From $9.15 - $9.85); Raising Adjusted EPS To $10.70 - $11.00 (From $9.70 - $10.30); Reiterating Free Cash Flow To Approximate Net Income
•Board Of Directors Increases Share Repurchase Authorization To 20 Million Shares
1Q’21 Key Points:
•Net sales for the quarter were $4.2 billion, up 34% versus prior year from volume (+29%), price (+2%) and currency (+3%).
•The gross margin for the quarter was 37.3%. Excluding charges, gross margin was 37.4%, up 440 basis points from prior year as volume, price, mix benefits from innovation, productivity and cost management more than offset higher operating costs related to strong Tools & Storage demand.
•SG&A expenses were 20.3% of sales. Excluding charges, SG&A expenses were 19.8% of sales compared to 23.0% in 1Q’20, as the benefits of cost savings programs and strong operating leverage were partially offset by investments related to new growth initiatives across the businesses.
•The tax rate was 19.8%. Excluding charges, tax rate was 20.0% versus 12.5% in 1Q’20.
•Working capital turns for the quarter were 7.1, up 1.1 turns versus prior year, reflecting strong revenue performance.
Stanley Black & Decker’s CEO, James M. Loree, commented, “Our record-setting growth and strong margins continued in the first quarter, building on the momentum from the second half of last year. We generated 31% organic growth leveraging our robust portfolio of innovations coupled with positive secular trends and vibrant markets, significant gross and operating margin expansion supported by our cost actions and margin resiliency program, and record adjusted EPS. Our exceptionally strong start to 2021 has led us to improve our revenue and EPS outlook for the year. Our team continues to do a phenomenal job remaining agile in this dynamic market, working to serve our valued customers across the globe.
“As we look to the future, our portfolio is uniquely positioned to benefit from key trends, several of which have been accelerated and amplified by the pandemic: the consumer reconnection with the home and garden, eCommerce, electrification and health and safety. We are capitalizing on this opportunity by funding innovation, commercial and capacity investments to support continued organic growth and share gains. Additionally, our option to acquire the remaining stake in MTD in July has the potential to create an exciting multi-year runway for growth and significant EPS and cash flow accretion.
“We have a proven formula for performance, becoming known as one of the world’s most innovative companies and elevating our commitment to social responsibility (ESG). This vision for winning in the 2020s, coupled with the SBD Operating Model, underlies our plan for sustainable growth, margin expansion and meaningful benefits for all stakeholders.”
1Q’21 Segment Results
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|Tools & Storage||$3,063||$651.3||$4.2||$655.5|
1 See Merger And Acquisition (“M&A”) Related And Other Charges On Page 5
•Tools & Storage net sales increased 48% versus 1Q’20 due to volume (+42%), price (+3%) and currency (+3%). All regions enjoyed extraordinary organic growth and share gain with North America +41%, Europe +47% and emerging markets +67%, and benefited from industry leading innovation and strong professional demand, coupled with secular shifts related to the consumer reconnection with the home and garden, outdoor product electrification and eCommerce. North America growth was driven by a robust performance in retail and a surge in the commercial and industrial channels. Exceptionally strong point-of-sale demand in U.S. retail continued during the first quarter and retailer inventory ended relatively in line with 4Q’20 levels. Europe delivered growth in all regions with strong performance in retail brick and mortar and eCommerce channels. Emerging market growth was driven by construction-related demand with all major markets contributing. The Tools & Storage segment profit rate, excluding charges, was 21.4%, up 990 basis points versus 1Q’20, as volume, price, productivity and cost control were partially offset by higher costs in the supply chain to serve increased demand and new growth investments.
•Industrial net sales expanded 11% versus 1Q’20 as volume (+6%), the CAM acquisition (+3%) and currency (+3%) were partially offset by an Oil & Gas product line divestiture (-1%). Engineered Fastening organic growth was up 9% as double-digit automotive and general industrial growth driven by market rebounds were partially offset by lower volume in aerospace. Infrastructure organic revenues were down 2% as 16% growth in Attachment Tools was offset by significantly reduced pipeline activity in Oil & Gas. The overall Industrial segment profit rate, excluding charges, was 15.9%, up 270 basis points from 1Q’20, as the benefits from volume, productivity and cost reductions were partially offset by growth investments.
•Security net sales grew 2% versus 1Q’20 as currency (+4%), price (+1%) and acquisitions (+1%) were partially offset by divestitures (-4%). North America was flat organically as growth from health and safety offerings within automatic doors and healthcare was offset by lower installations within commercial electronic security as its field organization continued to experience productivity challenges due to slow customer re-openings. Europe was up 4% organically as new data-driven product solutions supported growth in France and the Nordics. The executable backlog is at record highs which will enable accelerated organic growth for the remainder of 2021. The overall Security segment profit rate, excluding charges, was 8.5%, up 110 basis points versus the prior year, as price and cost control were partially offset by the impact from growth investments.
Updated 2021 Outlook
Management is raising and narrowing its 2021 EPS outlook to $10.15 - $10.55 from $9.15 To $9.85 on a GAAP basis, and to $10.70 - $11.00 from $9.70 - $10.30 on an adjusted basis. The Company is also reiterating free cash flow to approximate net income. The primary factors for the increased EPS guidance include stronger organic growth, incremental pricing and margin resiliency actions, which are expected to be partially offset by increased commodity inflation. Management will discuss its 2021 planning assumptions in more detail on today’s earnings call.
Donald Allan Jr., President and CFO, commented, “We have raised guidance to reflect the exceptional start to the year and improved demand outlook across most of our businesses. The organization is focused on day-to-day execution and operational excellence in accordance with the SBD Operating Model. This includes both making investments to advance our portfolio of growth catalysts and driving our margin resiliency program and pricing initiatives to support sustainable margin improvement in the face of increasing commodity inflation.
“This revised 2021 guidance will result in organic revenue growth ranging from 11-13% and adjusted EPS growth of approximately 20% at the midpoint. We continue to prepare the Company’s operations for a second half which could be much stronger than our current guidance, so we are prepared to maximize our performance if market conditions continue to be very strong into the second half.
“Finally, we are confident that we have positioned the Company to deliver above-market organic growth with operating leverage, strong free cash flow generation and top-quartile shareholder returns over the long-term.”
The difference between 2021 GAAP and adjusted EPS guidance is $0.45 - $0.55, consisting of acquisition-related and other charges. These forecasted charges primarily relate to facility moves, deal and integration costs and functional transformation initiatives.
Merger And Acquisition (“M&A”) Related And Other Charges
Total pre-tax M&A related and other charges in 1Q'21 were $30.0 million, primarily related to functional transformation initiatives and facility-related charges. Gross profit included $5.2 million of these charges while SG&A included $20.0 million. Other, net and Restructuring included $1.5 million and $2.3 million of these charges, respectively. M&A related and other charges in 1Q’21 also included a $1.0 million charge related to divestitures.
Share of net earnings of equity method investment included $0.2 million of charges.
The Company will host a conference call with investors today, April 28, 2021, at 8:00 am ET. A slide presentation which will accompany the call will be available at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com and will remain available after the call.
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Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a leading $14.5 billion global diversified industrial with 53,000 employees in more than 60 countries. The Company operates the world’s largest tools and storage business; the world’s second largest commercial electronic security company; and is a global industrial leader of highly engineered solutions within its engineered fastening and infrastructure businesses.
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