Pentair Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

30.07.2020
Pentair plc announced second quarter 2020 sales of $713 million. Sales were down 11 percent compared to sales for the same period last year.

Excluding currency translation, acquisitions and divestitures, core sales declined 10 percent in the second quarter. Second quarter 2020 earnings per diluted share from continuing operations (“EPS”) were $0.44 compared to $0.68 in the second quarter of 2019. On an adjusted basis, the company reported EPS of $0.59 compared to $0.69 in the second quarter of 2019. Segment income, adjusted net income, free cash flow and adjusted EPS are described in the attached schedules.

Second quarter 2020 operating income was $111 million, down 17 percent compared to operating income for the second quarter of 2019, and return on sales (“ROS”) was 15.6 percent, a decrease of 110 basis points when compared to the second quarter of 2019. On an adjusted basis, the company reported segment income of $125 million for the second quarter of 2020, down 19 percent compared to segment income for the second quarter of 2019, and ROS was 17.5 percent, a decrease of 180 basis points when compared to the second quarter of 2019.

Consumer Solutions sales were down 8 percent compared to sales for the same period last year. Excluding currency translation, acquisitions and divestitures, core sales declined 8 percent in the second quarter. Segment income of $97 million was down 11 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019, and ROS was 24.1 percent, a decrease of 80 basis points when compared to the second quarter of 2019.

Industrial & Flow Technologies sales were down 14 percent compared to sales for the same period last year. Excluding currency translation, core sales were down 13 percent in the second quarter. Segment income of $44 million was down 26 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019, and ROS was 14.1 percent, a decrease of 240 basis points when compared to the second quarter of 2019.

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations for the quarter was $429 million compared to $356 million in the second quarter of 2019 and free cash flow provided by continuing operations for the quarter was $417 million compared to $343 million in the second quarter of 2019.

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations in the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $267 million compared to $99 million in the first six months of the previous year and free cash flow provided by continuing operations in the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $236 million compared to $70 million in the first six months of the previous year.

Pentair paid a regular cash dividend of $0.19 per share in the second quarter of 2020. Pentair previously announced on May 5, 2020 that its Board of Directors approved a 6 percent increase in the company's regular quarterly cash dividend (to $0.19 from $0.18) that it will pay on August 7, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 24, 2020. 2020 marks the 44th consecutive year that Pentair has increased its dividend.

CEO’s Remarks
John L. Stauch, President and CEO, stated, “During these unprecedented times, I would first like to express my sincere gratitude to our employees around the globe for providing the best service possible to our customers and supporting the communities that we do business in and the people who live in them. We remain focused on the health and safety of our employees, our customers and on longer term investment opportunities where appropriate.”

“After a very slow start to the quarter, we began to see improvements in May and June in our Residential facing businesses. In particular, our Pool business has benefited from increased consumer interest as people sheltered in place. Our Industrial businesses have been negatively impacted by a pause in capital spending globally and our Commercial businesses have also been negatively impacted by delays from customers. We delivered strong free cash flow during the quarter and further strengthened our liquidity position. For the second quarter overall, we were pleased with our ability to deliver results in light of the impacts of COVID-19 and we made progress on tightly managing our cost structure.”

“We continue to believe that Pentair has a strong foundation to build upon. We have a strong purpose, mission, and vision and we believe we are in very attractive spaces and we expect to expand longer term. We continue to prioritize providing superior customer experiences and delivering more predictable and consistent results. We have a strong balance sheet to help us better navigate the current uncertain environment and we believe that Pentair will emerge an even stronger company.”

Liquidity
The company remains confident in its liquidity position. Pentair’s primary liquidity sources are operating cash flow, cash and cash equivalents, and borrowings under its revolving credit facility. As of June 30, 2020, Pentair had cash and cash equivalents of $91 million and $1.01 billion of total debt outstanding, plus the capacity to borrow an additional $764 million under its credit facility. The company has debt maturities of $74 million in 2020, $104 million in 2021, and $88 million in 2022. The company has taken measures to enhance liquidity including implementing cost savings initiatives and temporarily suspending share repurchases.

2020 Guidance Update
The company provides estimated 2020 GAAP EPS of approximately $1.70 to $1.90 and on an adjusted EPS basis of approximately $2.00 to $2.20. The company provides full year 2020 sales guidance of approximately $2.8 billion. The company is targeting full year free cash flow of greater than 100 percent of net income.

Source: Pentair plc.

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