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Masco (MAS) Lags Q1 Earnings Estimates, Operating Margin Down

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Masco Corporation’s (MAS - Free Report) first-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings missed analysts’ expectation while revenues surpassed the same. Growth in the quarter was driven by strong performance in the Plumbing, Decorative Architectural and North American windows business.

Earnings & Revenues

First-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share of 45 cents missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 49 cents by 8.2%. Adjusted earnings increased 13% year over year.

Net sales of $1.92 billion beat analysts’ expectation of $1.86 billion by about 3.2%. Sales also grew 8% year over year on the back of strong sales from Plumbing, Decorative Architectural and North American windows business.


Adjusted gross profit grew 3% to $625 million, while adjusted gross margin improved 150 basis points (bps) to 32.6%.

Adjusted operating profit fell 3.5% to $250 million. Adjusted operating margin contracted 160 bps to 13%.

As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses were 19.5%, less than 19.6% reported in the prior-year quarter.

Masco Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


Segmental Analysis

Plumbing Products: The segment recorded revenues of $971 million, reflecting an increase of 11%. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, revenues increased 6% on growth in North America.

Adjusted operating margin of 16.9% declined 170 bps year over year.

Decorative Architectural Products: Segmental revenues of $545 million were up 10%, courtesy of the acquisition of Kichler, growth from Behr’s pro initiative and Liberty’s builders’ hardware business.

Adjusted operating margin fell 180 bps to 16.3%.

Cabinets and Related Products: Segmental revenues of $217 million declined 6% year over year, thanks to the divestiture of Moores and lower sales to U.S. builders.

Adjusted operating margin was 2.8% in the quarter, compared with 7.8% reported in the year-ago quarter.

Windows and Other Specialty Products: Segmental revenues totaled $187 million, up 4% year over year led by strength in the North American windows business.

Operating margin was 2.1% in the quarter compared with 4.5% a year ago.


Masco ended the quarter with cash and cash investments of $370 million, as of Mar 31, 2018, compared with $1.2 billion as of Dec 31, 2017.

Guidance Reiterated

For 2018, the company continues to expect adjusted earnings per share of $2.48 to $2.63.

Zacks Rank & Upcoming Releases

Masco carries a  Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Owens Corning (OC - Free Report) is slated to report quarterly results on Apr 25. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at 96 cents, reflecting an increase of 12.9% year over year.

Louisiana-Pacific (LPX - Free Report) is scheduled to release quarterly results on May 7. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is at 67 cents, showing a rise of 103% year over year.

Installed Building Products (IBP - Free Report) is expected to report quarterly results on May 5. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at 46 cents, indicating a rise of 31.4% year over year.

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