Fortune Brands (FBHS) First Quarter Earnings and Revenue Beat Estimates

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Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. FBHS reported Q1 2022 earnings before charges/gains of $1.31 per share, which beat Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by 5.7%. Year-on-year, net income decreased by 3.7% due to higher cost of sales.

In the first quarter, Fortune Brands net sales were $1,917.3 million, up 8% from a year earlier. The improvement was driven by strong sector performance. Additionally, revenue exceeded the consensus estimate of $1,872 million by 2.4%.

Details by segment

Quarterly cabinet net sales increased 13% year-over-year to $777.1 million. Results were driven by continued strong demand for Fortune Brands products.

Water innovation net sales increased 4% year-over-year to $643.6 million. Results were driven by impressive performance across the business.

Outdoors & Security net sales increased 8% to $496.6 million driven by solid growth in decking, door and security product sales and a positive contribution from the LARSON acquisition.

FBHS also announced plans to split into two publicly traded companies. Fortune Brands’ existing cabinet business will be recognized as a stand-alone, publicly traded company and it will take approximately 12 months to complete the process. Additionally, FBHS has rebranded its Global Plumbing Group to Water Innovations, effective Q1 2022.

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Costs and expenses

In the first quarter, Fortune Brands’ cost of sales increased 10% year-over-year to $1,237.8 million. The measure represented 64.6% of net sales compared to 63.6% in the prior year quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 10% to $409.5 million, representing 21.4% of net sales compared to 21% a year ago.

Operating income before charges/gains decreased 5% to $249.6 million. Operating margin before charges/gains was 13%, down 180 basis points year-on-year. Interest expense increased 2% to $21.8 million.

Balance sheet

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, Fortune Brands cash and cash equivalents were $378.2 million, down 19.8% from $471.5 million at the end of the quarter. previous. Its long-term debt increased 45.8% to $3,367.9 million sequentially.

In the first three months of 2022, net cash used in operating activities was $183.1 million, compared to $69.2 million used in the prior year quarter. Capital expenditures were $60.8 million compared to $25.4 million in the prior year quarter. In the current quarter, its free cash outflow was $235.7 million, compared to $82.3 million in the prior year quarter.

In the first three months of 2022, Fortune Brands rewarded its shareholders with a dividend payout of $37.2 million, up 3.3% year-over-year. The amount spent on the purchase of treasury stock totaled $377.1 million, up 597%.

Outlook

Fortune Brands expects to benefit from the strength of its housing end market and a strong focus on product innovation in the coming quarters.

For 2022, FBHS expects sales to grow 5.5-7.5% from the prior year’s level, based on its expectation of growth in the U.S. home goods market from 4 to 6%. Earnings before charges/gains is adjusted to $6.40 to $6.60 per share from the previously published projection of $6.35 to $6.55.

For 2022, operating cash flow is expected to be between $973 and $1,108 million, while capital expenditures are expected to be between $375 and $425 million. Management expects free cash flow generation of $615 million to $700 million.

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With a market cap of $10.1 billion, FBHS currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Hold).

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