Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL) announced it will reaffirm its fiscal year 2013 outlook, as provided in its second quarter 2013 earnings press release dated July 26, 2013, at the Barclays Capital Back-to-School Consumer Conference.
“We are off to a solid start in Q3 and continue on a path to deliver 2013 within our full year guidance range” said Michael Polk, Newell Rubbermaid’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “On our second quarter earnings call we laid out several factors that could influence where our results will fall within our full year guidance range, including our Writing segment’s performance during the back to school season and the success of new product and marketing initiatives in Tools. All of these initiatives are on track.”
The company’s outlook for 2013 core sales growth of two to four percent, normalized operating margin improvement of up to 20 basis points and normalized earnings per diluted share of between $1.80 and $1.84 is unchanged. Operating cash flow outlook is still expected at between $575 and $625 million for the full year, including approximately $90 to $110 million in restructuring and restructuring related cash payments. The company anticipates capital expenditures of $150 to $175 million during the year.
A reconciliation of the 2013 earnings outlook is as follows:
|Diluted earnings per share||$1.40 to $1.44|
|Restructuring and restructuring-related costs||$0.32 to $0.38|
|Currency devaluation – Venezuela||$0.02|
|Income tax contingencies||($0.02)|
|Loss from discontinued operations||$0.04 to $0.06|
$1.80 to $1.84
President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Polk will present to investors at the Back-to-School conference today at 7:30 a.m. ET. He will discuss the company’s progress on the company’s Growth Game Plan strategy, which is designed to accelerate growth through a sharper focus on the businesses with the greatest right to win and a strengthened set of growth capabilities.
The presentation will be webcast live and may be accessed through Events & Presentations in the Investor Relations section of the Newell Rubbermaid website at www.newellrubbermaid.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for 90 days.
About Newell Rubbermaid
Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products with 2012 sales of approximately $5.6 billion and a strong portfolio of leading brands, including Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Parker®, Waterman®, Rubbermaid®, Levolor®, Calphalon®, Goody®, Graco®, Aprica® and Dymo®.
This press release and additional information about Newell Rubbermaid are available on the company’s Web site, www.newellrubbermaid.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Included in this release is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
The Company uses certain financial measures that are included in this press release both in explaining its results to stockholders and the investment community and in its internal evaluation and management of its businesses. The Company’s management believes that these measures — including those that are “non-GAAP financial measures” — and the information they provide are useful to investors since these measures (a) permit investors to view the Company’s performance using the same tools that Company management uses to evaluate the Company’s past performance, reportable business segments and prospects for future performance and (b) determine certain elements of management’s incentive compensation.
The Company’s management believes that core sales is useful to investors because it demonstrates the effect of foreign currency translation on reported sales. The effect of foreign currency translation on reported sales is determined by applying the current year and prior year monthly exchange rates to the local currency sales amounts in the current year period, with the difference in these two amounts being the currency impact from last year to this year and the residual representing changes attributable to core sales. The Company’s management believes that “Normalized” earnings per share, which excludes restructuring and restructuring-related charges and one-time events such as losses related to the extinguishments of debt, tax benefits and charges, impairment charges, discontinued operations and certain other items, is useful to investors because it permits investors to better understand year-over-year changes in underlying operating performance. The Company uses both core sales and normalized earnings per share as two of the three performance criteria in its management cash bonus plan.
The Company determined the tax effect of the items excluded from normalized diluted earnings per share by applying the estimated effective rate for the applicable jurisdiction in which the pre-tax items were incurred, and for which realization of the resulting tax benefit, if any, is expected. While the Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in evaluating the Company’s performance, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for or superior to the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures presented by other companies.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historical in nature constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements relate to information or assumptions about the effects of sales, income/(loss), earnings per share, operating income, operating margin or gross margin improvements or declines, the European Transformation Plan, Project Renewal, capital and other expenditures, cash flow, dividends, restructuring and restructuring-related costs, costs and cost savings, inflation or deflation, particularly with respect to commodities such as oil and resin, debt ratings, and management's plans, projections and objectives for future operations and performance. These statements are accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "expect," "project," "will," "believe," "estimate" and similar expressions. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our dependence on the strength of retail, commercial and industrial sectors of the economy in light of the continuation or escalation of the global economic slowdown or regional sovereign debt issues; currency fluctuations; competition with other manufacturers and distributors of consumer products; major retailers' strong bargaining power; changes in the prices of raw materials and sourced products and our ability to obtain raw materials and sourced products in a timely manner from suppliers; our ability to develop innovative new products and to develop, maintain and strengthen our end-user brands; our ability to expeditiously close facilities and move operations while managing foreign regulations and other impediments; our ability to implement successfully information technology solutions throughout our organization; our ability to improve productivity and streamline operations; changes to our credit ratings; significant increases in the funding obligations related to our pension plans due to declining asset values, declining interest rates or otherwise; the imposition of tax liabilities greater than our provisions for such matters; the risks inherent in our foreign operations and those factors listed in the company’s most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Exhibit 99.1 thereto, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. The information contained in this news release is as of the date indicated. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this news release as a result of new information or future events or developments.
Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
Nancy O’Donnell, +1 770-418-7723
Vice President, Investor Relations
David Doolittle, +1 770-418-7519
Vice President, Corporate Communications
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