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Lennox's (LII) 2021 Earnings & Revenue View Up, CEO Retires

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Lennox International Inc. (LII - Free Report) recently announced that it has raised its full-year 2021 guidance backed by key strategic investments in products, technology and distribution as well as strong end markets.

The company now expects revenue growth of 11-15% in 2021 compared with 7-11% expected earlier. Adjusted EPS from continuing operations is likely to be within $12.10-$12.70 in 2021 versus $11.40-$12.00 expected earlier. In 2020, its revenues fell 4% (after excluding the impact from divestitures) and adjusted earnings declined 11.2% year over year.

However, its shares dipped 7.7% on Jul 14. Investors’ sentiment might have been hurt by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lennox, Todd Bluedorn’s retirement in mid-2022. The company’s lead independent director, Todd Teske said, "Under Todd's leadership the company's market cap grew from $2.5 billion to over $13 billion, resulting in total shareholder return in excess of 18% annually.”

Lennox’s business has been banking on underlying demand fundamentals in core residential and commercial HVAC/R markets, favorable price and mix along with sourcing and engineering-led cost reductions. For first-quarter 2021, the company’s adjusted earnings of $2.27 per share increased a notable 305% year over year on the back of solid segmental results.

Lennox has been witnessing strong demand across businesses. It is capitalizing on market growth and share gain opportunities with strong operational execution. It has plans to buy $200 million additional shares through the repurchase program.

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Lennox, which currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), has solid prospects, as is evident from the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings of $12.47 per share, indicating growth of 25.5% from the year-ago reported figure. The company’s prospects are also supported by a Growth Score A. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Shares of Lennox — which shares space in the Zacks Building Products - Air Conditioner and Heating industry with Watsco, Inc. (WSO - Free Report) , AAON, Inc. (AAON - Free Report) , and Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (FIX - Free Report) — have broadly outperformed the industry in the year-to-date period. Its shares have gained 13.9% in the said period compared with industry’s 3.3% growth.