Allegion Reports First-Quarter 2021 Financial Results, Raises Full-Year 2021 Outlook
Allegion plc, a leading global provider of security products and solutions, today reported first-quarter 2021 net revenues of $694.3 million and net earnings of $108 million, or $1.18 per share. Excluding charges related to restructuring, adjusted net earnings were $109.6 million, or $1.20 per share, up 15.4 percent when compared with first-quarter 2020 adjusted EPS of $1.04. Reported net earnings for first-quarter 2020 includes $1.01 per share for non-cash charges related to goodwill and intangible asset impairments related to our non-U.S. operations.
–First-quarter 2021 net earnings per share (EPS) of $1.18, compared with 2020 EPS of $0.00; First-quarter 2021 adjusted EPS of $1.20, up 15.4 percent compared with 2020 adjusted EPS of $1.04
–First-quarter 2021 revenues of $694.3 million, up 2.9 percent compared to 2020 and up 0.5 percent on an organic basis
–First-quarter 2021 operating margin of 18.9 percent, compared with 2020 operating margin of 4.3 percent; Adjusted operating margin of 19.3 percent, up 30 basis points compared with 2020 adjusted operating margin of 19 percent
–Raising outlook for 2021 full-year revenue growth to a range of 3 to 4 percent on a reported basis and 2 to 3 percent organically
–Raising full-year 2021 EPS outlook to a range of $4.85 to $5.05 and adjusted EPS outlook to a range of $5.00 to $5.15
First-quarter 2021 net revenues increased 2.9 percent when compared to the prior-year period (up 0.5 percent on an organic basis). The organic revenue increase was driven by strength in the Americas residential and Allegion International businesses, offsetting continued softness in the Americas non-residential end markets. Reported revenues also reflect benefits from foreign currency that more than offset the impact of divestitures.
The Allegion Americas segment revenues decreased 2.6 percent (down 2.9 percent on an organic basis). The non-residential business was down, as expected, low-double digits percent and was partially offset by the residential business, which experienced low-twenties percent growth.
The Allegion International segment revenues increased 20.2 percent (up 11 percent on an organic basis), reflecting strong growth across all its major geographies and businesses. The organic growth was driven by continued recovery in end markets and includes the impact of lapping last year’s COVID-related shutdowns.
First-quarter 2021 operating income was $131.3 million, an increase of $102.4 million or 354.3 percent compared to 2020. First-quarter 2020 operating income includes $96.3 million in charges from goodwill and intangible asset impairments. Adjusted operating income in first-quarter 2021 was $134 million, an increase of $5.8 million or 4.5 percent compared to 2020.
First-quarter 2021 operating margin was 18.9 percent, compared with 4.3 percent in 2020. The adjusted operating margin in first-quarter 2021 was 19.3 percent, compared with 19 percent in 2020. The 30-basis-point increase in adjusted operating margin is attributable to volume leverage, cost control measures and continued benefits of restructuring actions in the Allegion International segment that offset non-residential weakness experienced in the Americas region.
“Allegion is off to a great start in 2021. We delivered solid top-line growth and margin expansion against a tough comparable from the first quarter of last year,” said David D. Petratis, Allegion chairman, president and CEO. “The Allegion International business has continued to rebound and meet increased demand, while the Americas residential business remained strong. I am also pleased with the margin expansion delivered as cost reduction and mitigation actions taken last year continue to provide benefits.”
Interest expense for first-quarter 2021 was $12.3 million, down from $12.9 million for first-quarter 2020.
Other income net for first-quarter 2021 was $3.5 million, compared to other expense net of $4 million in the same period of 2020. The year-over-year favorability was primarily due to unrealized investment gains in first-quarter 2021 compared to unrealized investment losses in 2020.
The company’s effective tax rate for first-quarter 2021 was 11.7 percent, compared with 95.8 percent in 2020. The higher effective tax rate in 2020 was driven by the unfavorable tax impact related to the goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges. The company’s adjusted effective tax rate for first-quarter 2021 was 12.3 percent, compared with 12.4 percent in 2020.
Cash Flow and Liquidity
Year-to-date available cash flow for 2021 was $105.5 million, an increase of $86.5 million versus the prior year. The year-over-year increase in available cash flow is due to improvements in net working capital, higher net earnings and lower capital expenditures. The company ended first-quarter 2021 with cash and cash equivalents of $394.3 million, as well as total debt of $1,429.9 million.
Share Repurchase and Dividends
During first-quarter 2021, the company repurchased approximately 1.3 million shares for approximately $149.7 million under its previously authorized share-repurchase program approved by the company’s board of directors in February 2020. As announced on April 8, 2021, Allegion’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.36 per ordinary share of the company. The dividend is payable June 30, 2021, to shareholders of record on June 16, 2021.
The company is raising its full-year 2021 revenue outlook and now expects reported revenue to increase 3 to 4 percent and organic revenue to be up 2 to 3 percent, when compared with 2020, after excluding the expected impacts of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign currency movements. The company expects organic growth in its Americas residential and Allegion International businesses, offset by continued headwinds in Americas non-residential.
The company is raising its full-year 2021 outlook for reported EPS to a range of $4.85 to $5.05 and raising adjusted EPS to a range of $5.00 to $5.15. Adjustments to 2021 EPS include estimated impacts of $0.10 to $0.15 per share for restructuring costs. The outlook includes incremental investment of approximately $0.10 to $0.15 per share; assumes a full-year adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 12.5 percent; and assumes an average diluted share count for the full year of approximately 91 million shares.
The company is also raising its outlook for full-year available cash flow to approximately $430 to $450 million.
“Global macroeconomic indicators and construction indices continue to improve, and I am increasingly optimistic on the economic recovery. The fundamentals of the business are strong, with demand improving throughout the quarter,” Petratis added. “Although we expect ongoing supply chain and inflationary pressures, we are confident we can continue to meet improving customer demand. Our strategic investments are serving us well and, we believe, will position us to emerge strong as the market migrates to seamless access solutions and as commercial and institutional projects move forward.”
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Source: Allegion plc