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Leggett & Platt Reports Record 2Q Results

General News
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Quarter 2  Highlights:

-2Q sales were a quarterly record1 $1.27 billion, a 50% increase vs 2Q20

-2Q EBIT was $172 million, an increase of $149 million vs 2Q20

-2Q record adjusted2 EBIT was $144 million, up $94 million vs 2Q20

-2Q EPS was $.82, up $.87 vs 2Q20; 2Q adjusted2 EPS was $.66, up $.51 vs 2Q20 adjusted2 EPS

-Acquired Kayfoam, an Ireland-based provider of specialty foam and finished mattresses

-Increasing 2021 guidance: sales of $4.9–$5.1 billion; EPS of $2.86–$3.06; adjusted2 EPS of $2.70–$2.90­

Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt reported record quarterly sales in second quarter of $1.27 billion, a 50% increase versus second quarter last year.

Organic sales were up 50%

-Volume was up 31%, reflecting strong recovery in most of our businesses and increased demand versus 2Q 2020, which was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

-Raw material-related selling price increases of 16% and currency benefit of 3% added to sales growth

Acquisitions and divestitures offset each other

Second quarter EBIT was $172 million, up $149 million from second quarter 2020. Adjusted2 EBIT was $144 million, a second quarter record and an increase of $94 million from second quarter 2020 adjusted2 EBIT

EBIT and adjusted2 EBIT benefited primarily from volume growth and metal margin expansion

-Maintained $20 million of fixed cost reductions implemented in 2020 (versus $36 million in 2Q20)

-2Q 2021 adjustment for a $28 million gain on the sale of real estate associated with our exited Fashion Bed business

-2Q 2020 adjustments include a $25 million goodwill impairment charge related to our Hydraulic Cylinders business and $2 million of restructuring charges primarily from pandemic-related cost reductions

EBIT margin was 13.5% and adjusted2 EBIT margin was 11.3%, up from 6.0% in the second quarter of 2020

Second quarter EPS was $.82, an increase of $.87 versus second quarter 2020. Second quarter adjusted2 EPS was $.66, up $.51 versus adjusted2 EPS in second quarter 2020.

CEO Comments

Chairman and CEO Karl Glassman commented, “Our employees continued to drive strong results in the second quarter despite a challenging macroenvironment. Due to their tremendous efforts, we are pleased to deliver all-time quarterly record1 sales along with record second quarter adjusted2 EBIT and EBITDA. While we continue to navigate inflationary pressures along with supply chain disruptions, consumer demand remains strong and we are increasing our full year guidance.

“We are also pleased to announce that on June 4, we acquired a leading provider of specialty foam and finished mattresses primarily serving customers in the UK and Ireland. The company, Kayfoam, is located near Dublin and has two manufacturing facilities with combined annual sales of approximately $80 million. Kayfoam expands the capabilities of our European Bedding business and establishes a platform in foam technology and finished mattress production. Similar to our U.S. Bedding business, this acquisition allows us to support our European bedding customers anywhere in the value chain from innerspring and foam components to finished products including private label mattresses, toppers, pillows, and other bedding accessories.

“Finally, we remain focused on cash generation while reducing debt and deploying capital in a balanced and disciplined manner that positions us to capture near- and long-term growth opportunities, both organically and through strategic acquisitions.”

Debt, Cash Flow, and Liquidity

-Net Debt was 2.32x trailing 12-month adjusted2 EBITDA

-Operating cash flow was $41 million in the second quarter, a decrease of $71 million versus second quarter 2020, primarily from working capital investments to support growth and inflationary impact, which more than offset higher earnings

-Capital expenditures were $25 million

-Total liquidity was $1.3 billion


-In May, Leggett & Platt’s Board of Directors declared a $.42 second quarter dividend, two cents higher than last year’s second quarter dividend

-At an annual indicated dividend of $1.68 per share, the yield is 3.5% based upon Friday’s closing stock price of $48.03 per share, one of the higher yields among the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

2021 Guidance

-Increasing full year 2021 guidance

Sales are expected to be $4.9–$5.1 billion, +14% to 19% versus 2020

Volume expected to grow mid-to-high-single digits
Raw material-related price increases expected to add significant sales growth
Acquisitions, net of divestitures, expected to add 1%

EPS is expected to be $2.86–$3.06

Reflects higher volume and higher metal margin
Includes 2Q gain from real estate sale of $0.16 per share

Adjusted EPS is expected to be $2.70–$2.90

-Based on this guidance framework, EBIT margin should be 11.9%–12.2%; adjusted EBIT margin should be 11.4%–11.6%

-Operating cash flow of approximately $450 million

Reflects inflationary impact and planned working capital investments to build and maintain higher inventory levels in our Rod, Wire, and U.S. Spring businesses

-Additional guidance expectations:

Depreciation and amortization $195 million
Net interest expense $75 million
Effective tax rate 23%
Fully diluted shares 137 million
Capital expenditures $140 million
Dividends approximately $215 million

Prior Guidance:

Sales: $4.8–$5.0 billion
EPS: $2.55–$2.75
Operating cash flow: approximately $500 million

Segment Results – Second Quarter 2021 (versus 2Q 2020)

Bedding Products –

-Trade sales increased 48%

Volume increased 22%, driven by strong demand for home-related products
Raw material-related selling price increases added 26%
Currency benefit increased sales 2%
Divestitures (small operations in Drawn Wire and former Fashion Bed business), net of the Kayfoam acquisition, reduced sales by approximately 2%

-EBIT increased $82 million, primarily from volume growth, pricing discipline, higher metal margin, and a $28 million gain on the sale of real estate associated with our exited Fashion Bed business

Specialized Products –

-Trade sales increased 72%

Volume increased 58% from strong recovery in Automotive and Hydraulic Cylinders and modest recovery in Aerospace
Raw material-related selling price increases added 1%
Currency benefit increased sales 10%
An Aerospace acquisition completed in January 2021 added 3% to sales

-EBIT increased $47 million, primarily from volume growth and the non-recurrence of a $25 million goodwill impairment charge related to our Hydraulic Cylinders business

Furniture, Flooring & Textile Products –

-Trade sales increased 43%

Volume increased 30%, primarily from strong demand in Home Furniture, Geo Components, and the residential components of our Flooring Products and Work Furniture businesses
Raw material-related selling price increases added 10%
Currency benefit increased sales 3%

-EBIT increased $22 million, primarily from volume growth

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About Leggett & Platt

Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is a diversified manufacturer that designs and produces a broad variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes and automobiles. The 138-year-old Company is comprised of 15 business units, 20,000 employee-partners, and 135 manufacturing facilities located in 17 countries. Leggett & Platt is a member of the S&P 500 and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and is one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies.

Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S.-based manufacturer of: a) bedding components; b) automotive seat support and lumbar systems; c) specialty bedding foams and private label finished mattresses; d) components for home furniture and work furniture; e) flooring underlayment; f) adjustable beds; and g) bedding industry machinery.


Susan R. McCoy – Senior Vice President Investor Relations – – (417) 358-8131

Source: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated