The Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW Quick Quote SHW - Free Report) logged earnings (as reported) of $4.46 per share in fourth-quarter 2020, up 67.7% from $2.66 in the year-ago quarter.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings in the reported quarter were $5.09 per share, which topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.85.
Sherwin-Williams posted revenues of $4,488.8 million, up 9.1% year over year. The figure also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,342.5 million.
The Americas Group segment registered net sales of $2.58 billion in the fourth quarter, up 9% year over year. The upside was mainly owing to DIY (do-it-yourself) and residential repaint businesses that, which delivered strong double-digit growth, and new residential paint that delivered high-single digit growth.
Net sales in the Consumer Brands Group segment increased 13.6% year over year to $612.8 million. Weak results in Asia business were more than offset by strong North American DIY business.
Net sales in the Performance Coatings Group rose 7.3% year over year to $1.3 billion in the reported quarter. The upside was mainly driven by double-digits growth in coil, industrial wood and packaging businesses. Strong recovery was witnessed in the general industrial business in the quarter, delivering high single digit growth. The automotive business had a more modest growth, as miles driven were dismal.
Earnings (as reported) for full-year 2020 were $22.08 per share compared with $16.49 per share a year ago. Net sales increased 2.6% to roughly $18.4 billion.
Financials and Shareholder Returns
At the end of the fourth quarter, Sherwin-Williams had cash and cash equivalents of $226.6 million, up 40% year over year. Long-term debt increased 2.7% year over year to $8,266.9 million.
The company purchased 3,900,000 shares of its common stock in 2020. It had remaining authorization to purchase 4.55 million shares through open market purchases.
Sherwin-Williams expects demand for North American new residential and residential repaint to remain strong. The commercial end market is expected to stay choppy while the DIY business is likely to face challenging comparisons. The industrial business is expected to be in the best position and industrial demand would is forecast to improve moving ahead.
The consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2021 are projected to increase high single digits compared with prior-year quarter’s levels. For 2021, it is expected to increase mid-to-high single digits. The company expects adjusted earnings per share for 2021 to be between $26.40 and $27.20 compared with $24.58 per share in 2020.
Shares of Sherwin-Williams have gained 21.5% in the past year compared with 20% rise of the
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Sherwin-Williams currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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