Exhibit 99.1

Watsco’s Fourth Quarter EPS Gains 26% to 39 Cents

Operating Margin Expands 170 Basis-Points

Record Cash Flow

 

 

2011 EPS Increases 10% to $2.74 on Record $2.98 Billion Sales

MIAMI, Florida – (BUSINESS WIRE), February 15, 2012 – Watsco, Inc. (NYSE:WSO) today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.

Fourth Quarter Results

Earnings per share increased 26% to 39 cents per diluted share compared to 31 cents per diluted share in 2010. Net income increased 28% to $13 million versus $10 million last year.

Operating income improved 49% to a record $33 million with operating margin expanding 170 basis-points to 5.0%. On a same-store basis, operating income increased 31% to $28 million with operating margin also expanding 170 basis-points.

Revenues were $646 million and declined 12% on a same-store basis. Gross profit was a record $161 million with gross profit margin improving 150 basis-points to 24.9%. On a same-store basis, gross profit decreased 6% with gross profit margin increasing 180 basis-points to 25.1%.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased 3% to $128 million and as a percentage of sales were 19.9% versus 20.1% last year. Excluding new locations, SG&A declined 13% or $17 million to $115 million.

Albert Nahmad, Watsco’s President & Chief Executive Officer stated: “Our team did a great job of anticipating and reacting to more difficult market conditions and produced higher margins and strong earnings growth during the quarter. These results are a testament to our culture, which provides local leadership the empowerment and incentives to constantly identify opportunities that enhance value to our customers and generate higher profitability.”

Full Year Results

Earnings per share increased 10% to $2.74 per diluted share on net income of $90 million, compared to $2.49 per diluted share on net income of $81 million in 2010.

Operating income increased 20% to a record $199 million with operating margin expanding 90 basis-points to 6.7%. On a same-store basis, operating income increased 14% to $187 million with operating margin also improving 90 basis-points to 6.7%.

Revenues increased 5% to a record $2.98 billion and declined 1% on same-store basis, reflecting a 3% decline in sales of HVAC equipment (60% of sales), a 1% decline in sales of other HVAC products (33% of sales) and a 3% increase in sales of commercial refrigeration products (7% of sales).

Gross profit increased 8% to a record $728 million and gross profit margin improved 80 basis-points to 24.5%. On a same-store basis, gross profit increased 2% and gross profit margin improved 90 basis-points to 24.5%.

 


The following information was filed by Watsco Inc (WSO) on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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