Pentair Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

02.11.2021
Pentair plc announced third quarter 2021 sales of $969 million. Sales were up 21 percent compared to sales for the same period last year. Excluding currency translation, acquisitions and divestitures, core sales grew 18 percent in the third quarter. Third quarter 2021 earnings per diluted share from continuing operations (“EPS”) were $0.86 compared to $0.66 in the third quarter of 2020.

On an adjusted basis, the company reported EPS of $0.89 compared to $0.70 in the third quarter of 2020. Segment income, adjusted net income, free cash flow and adjusted EPS are described in the attached schedules.

Third quarter 2021 operating income was $167 million, up 31 percent compared to operating income for the third quarter of 2020, and return on sales (“ROS”) was 17.3 percent, an increase of 130 basis points when compared to the third quarter of 2020. On an adjusted basis, the company reported segment income of $180 million for the third quarter of 2021, up 28 percent compared to segment income for the third quarter of 2020, and ROS was 18.5 percent, an increase of 90 basis points when compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Consumer Solutions sales were up 30 percent compared to sales for the same period last year. Excluding currency translation, acquisitions and divestitures, core sales grew 26 percent in the third quarter. Segment income of $144 million was up 27 percent compared to the third quarter of 2020, and ROS was 23.5 percent, a decrease of 70 basis points when compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Industrial & Flow Technologies sales were up 8 percent compared to sales for the same period last year. Excluding currency translation, core sales grew 8 percent in the third quarter. Segment income of $52 million was up 23 percent compared to the third quarter of 2020, and ROS was 14.8 percent, an increase of 180 basis points when compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations was $179 million compared to $234 million in the third quarter of 2020 and free cash flow provided by continuing operations for the quarter was $165 million compared to $220 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $540 million compared to $501 million in the first nine months of the previous year and free cash flow provided by continuing operations in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $506 million compared to $457 million in the first nine months of the previous year.

Pentair paid a regular cash dividend of $0.20 per share in the third quarter of 2021. Pentair previously announced on September 21, 2021 that it will pay a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on November 5, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 22, 2021. This year marks the 45th consecutive year that Pentair has increased its dividend.

John L. Stauch, Pentair’s President and Chief Executive Officer commented: “I would like to thank our Pentair teams for once again helping us meet our commitments in the face of unprecedented material shortages and inflation. Pentair delivered another quarter of strong double digit sales and EPS growth reflecting the demand across our entire portfolio. Our backlog remains at a record level, which gives us confidence in our ability to continue our strong momentum. We have made great strides in increasing our capacity throughout this period of robust demand, however, we expect material shortages and logistical constraints to remain a challenge in the near term.

“We remain focused on driving our strategic growth initiatives and we have completed two acquisitions this year that accelerate our Pool and Water Treatment businesses. We continue to believe that we are in attractive spaces and that the strength of our portfolio, along with strong cash flow and our healthy balance sheet, enables us to continue investing in our core business, pursue strategic acquisitions, drive transformation, deliver for customers, and create value for our shareholders.”

Outlook
The company updates its estimated 2021 GAAP EPS from continuing operations to approximately $3.19 to $3.25 and on an adjusted EPS basis to approximately $3.34 to $3.40. The company updates full year 2021 sales guidance to be up approximately 22 to 23 percent on a reported basis. The company expects full year free cash flow of greater than 100 percent of net income.

In addition, the company introduces fourth quarter 2021 GAAP EPS from continuing operations guidance of $0.77 to $0.83 and on an adjusted EPS basis of $0.81 to $0.87. The company expects fourth quarter sales to be up approximately 15 to 19 percent on a reported basis compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.

Source: Pentair plc.

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