SMITH A O CORP false 0000091142 0000091142 2019-10-29 2019-10-29





Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 29, 2019


A. O. Smith Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction

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11270 West Park Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(414) 359-4000

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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On October 29, 2019, A. O. Smith Corporation (“the Company”) issued a news release announcing the Company’s results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. A copy of the Company’s news release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Current Report”) and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

The following exhibit is being filed herewith:




News Release of A. O. Smith Corporation, dated October 29, 2019.




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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



A. O. Smith Corporation


Date: October 29, 2019





/s/ James F. Stern




James F. Stern




Executive Vice President,

General Counsel and Secretary


Exhibit 99.1




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Media Relations:   Investor Relations:
  Mark Petrarca   Patricia K. Ackerman
  414-359-4100   414-359-4130
  mpetrarca@aosmith.com   packerman@aosmith.com

October 29, 2019

A. O. Smith reports third quarter earnings of $0.53 per share

Milwaukee, Wis. — Global water technology company A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) today announced third quarter net earnings of $87.3 million or $0.53 per share on third quarter sales of $728.2 million. Net earnings per share declined 13 percent compared with third quarter 2018 net earnings per share of $0.61.

Sales in the quarter ended September 30 were three percent lower compared with sales of $754.1 million during the same period in 2018.

“Volume growth in U.S. water heaters and boilers drove solid North America sales and segment margin improvement in the quarter,” said Kevin Wheeler, president and chief executive officer. “China continues to be challenging and sales and earnings declines in the region more than offset the top- and bottom-line growth in North America.”

North America segment

Third quarter sales of $514.6 million for the North America segment, which includes U.S. and Canadian water heaters, boilers and water treatment products, increased six percent compared with $486.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. Higher water heater and boiler volumes in the U.S. were supplemented by approximately $16 million of sales in the recently acquired Water-Right business.

North America segment earnings of $121.6 million were 15 percent higher than segment earnings of $105.6 million in the same quarter in 2018. This was primarily driven by the favorable impact to profits from higher U.S. water heater and boiler volumes, as well as lower steel costs, improvement in the profitability of water treatment sales (without Water-Right) and incremental profits from Water-Right. As a result, third quarter 2019 segment margin of 23.6 percent improved from 21.7 percent achieved in the same period last year.

Rest of World segment

Sales of this segment, which is primarily comprised of China, Europe and India, decreased 20 percent in the third quarter of 2019 to $220.3 million compared with $274.1 million in the year-ago quarter. China sales declined 20 percent in local currency, primarily related to continued weak consumer demand and previously disclosed above normal channel inventory levels. The weaker Chinese currency unfavorably impacted translated sales by approximately $6 million. India sales grew nine percent in local currency compared with the same period in 2018.

Segment earnings of $4.1 million declined significantly compared with $39.1 million in the third quarter of 2018. The unfavorable impact to profits from lower China sales and a higher mix of mid-price products, which have lower margins, more than offset the benefits to profits from lower SG&A expenses. As a result, segment margin declined to 1.9 percent compared with 14.3 percent the same quarter of 2018.

Share repurchase and other items

During the first nine months of 2019, the company repurchased approximately 4.9 million shares of common stock for a total of $230.0 million. Approximately 4.1 million shares remained on the company’s existing repurchase authority at the end of September.

Cash and investments, primarily located outside the U.S., totaled $513.8 million as of September 30, 2019. Cash provided by operations during the first nine months of 2019 of $280.0 million was lower than the $289.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to lower earnings, which were partially offset by lower investment in working capital compared with the prior year.

2019 outlook

“I am pleased with the solid performance of North America water heaters and boilers. Our North America water treatment results continue to improve, and our Water-Right acquisition is meeting our expectations,” commented Wheeler. “We face headwinds in our markets in China, and we anticipate that those headwinds and elevated channel inventory levels will remain through the fourth quarter. We project full year China sales to decline 19 percent in local currency and 23 percent in U.S. dollars. As a result, we revised our 2019 EPS guidance to a range of between $2.25 and $2.28 per share, a thirteen percent decline at the midpoint compared with last year.”

“We remain confident in the long-term stability of our North America replacement demand for water heaters and boilers, which we estimate to be approximately 85 percent of North America water heater and boiler volumes, and optimistic about future growth opportunities in China and India,” concluded Wheeler. “We have the right technologies, people and products to address demands for energy-efficient products in water heating and consumer water treatment needs as the global water infrastructure ages.”

A. O. Smith will broadcast a live conference call at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight time today. The call can be heard on the company’s web site, www.aosmith.com. An audio replay of the call will be available on the company’s web site after the live event.

Forward-looking statements

This release contains statements that the company believes are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “forecast,” “continue,” “guidance” or words of similar meaning. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated as of the date of this release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include, among other things, the following: a further weakening of the Chinese economy and/or a further decline in the growth rate of consumer spending or housing sales in China; negative impact to the company’s businesses from international tariffs and trade disputes; potential weakening in the high efficiency boiler segment in the U.S.; significant volatility in raw material prices; inability of the company to implement or maintain pricing actions; potential weakening in U.S. residential or commercial construction or instability in the company’s replacement markets; foreign currency fluctuations; the company’s inability to successfully integrate or achieve its strategic objectives resulting from acquisitions; competitive pressures on the company’s businesses; the impact of potential information technology or data security breaches; changes in government regulations or

regulatory requirements; and adverse developments in general economic, political and business conditions in key regions of the world. Forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this release, and the company is under no obligation to update these statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributed to the company, or persons acting on its behalf, are qualified entirely by these cautionary statements.

About A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith Corporation, with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., is a global leader applying innovative technology and energy-efficient solutions to products manufactured and marketed worldwide. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, as well as a manufacturer of water treatment and air purification products. For more information, visit www.aosmith.com.


Statement of Earnings

(condensed consolidated financial statements -

dollars in millions, except share data)



     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,     September 30,  
     2019     2018     2019     2018  

Net sales

   $ 728.2     $ 754.1     $ 2,241.8     $ 2,375.4  

Cost of products sold

     444.0       448.1       1,356.1       1,406.9  













Gross profit

     284.2       306.0       885.7       968.5  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     172.3       177.6       535.7       567.7  

Restructuring and impairment expenses

     —         —         —         6.7  

Interest expense

     3.1       2.0       8.5       6.6  

Other income

     (4.0     (5.1     (15.1     (15.5













Earnings before provision for income taxes

     112.8       131.5       356.6       403.0  

Provision for income taxes

     25.5       26.9       77.9       85.1  













Net earnings

   $ 87.3     $ 104.6     $ 278.7     $ 317.9  













Diluted earnings per share of common stock

   $ 0.53     $ 0.61     $ 1.66     $ 1.84  













Average common shares outstanding (000’s omitted)

     165,543       172,085       167,562       172,718  


Balance Sheet

(dollars in millions)


     September 30,      December 31,  
     2019      2018  



Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 219.4      $ 259.7  

Marketable securities

     294.4        385.3  


     614.1        647.3  


     310.0        304.7  

Other current assets

     66.5        41.5  







Total Current Assets

     1,504.4        1,638.5  

Net property, plant and equipment

     543.6        540.0  

Goodwill and other intangibles

     886.9        806.1  

Operating lease assets

     48.3        —    

Other assets

     84.7        86.9  







Total Assets

   $ 3,067.9      $ 3,071.5  









Trade payables

   $ 483.1      $ 543.8  

Accrued payroll and benefits

     61.8        79.4  

Accrued liabilities

     135.9        120.4  

Product warranties

     42.8        41.7  

Debt due within one year

     6.8        —    







Total Current Liabilities

     730.4        785.3  

Long-term debt

     312.4        221.4  

Pension liabilities

     36.5        49.4  

Operating lease liabilities

     39.6        —    

Other liabilities

     292.8        298.4  

Stockholders’ equity

     1,656.2        1,717.0  







Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

   $ 3,067.9      $ 3,071.5  








Statement of Cash Flows

(dollars in millions)



     Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,  
     2019     2018  

Operating Activities


Net earnings

   $ 278.7     $ 317.9  

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:


Depreciation & amortization

     58.1       53.2  

Stock based compensation expense

     12.3       9.7  

Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:


Current assets and liabilities

     (43.8     (70.9

Noncurrent assets and liabilities

     (25.3     (20.7







Cash Provided by Operating Activities

     280.0       289.2  

Investing Activities


Capital expenditures

     (50.3     (58.5


     (107.0     —    

Investment in marketable securities

     (237.3     (345.4

Net proceeds from sale of marketable securities

     318.8       418.3  







Cash (Used in) Provided by Investing Activities

     (75.8     14.4  

Financing Activities


Long-term debt incurred (repaid)

     97.9       (217.1

Common stock repurchases

     (230.0     (106.0

Payment of contingent consideration

     (1.0     (2.3

Net (payments) proceeds from stock option activity

     (1.4     0.7  

Dividends paid

     (110.0     (92.5







Cash Used In Financing Activities

     (244.5     (417.2







Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (40.3     (113.6

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

     259.7       346.6  







Cash and Cash Equivalents - End of Period

   $ 219.4     $ 233.0  








Business Segments

(dollars in millions)



     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,     September 30,  
     2019     2018     2019     2018  

Net sales


North America

   $ 514.6     $ 486.9     $ 1,560.4     $ 1,522.8  

Rest of World

     220.3       274.1       701.5       876.0  

Inter-segment sales

     (6.7     (6.9     (20.1     (23.4












   $ 728.2     $ 754.1     $ 2,241.8     $ 2,375.4  















North America (1)

   $ 121.6     $ 105.6     $ 360.5     $ 336.5  

Rest of World

     4.1       39.1       38.8       109.8  

Inter-segment earnings elimination

     —         —         (0.1     —    












     125.7       144.7       399.2       446.3  

Corporate expense

     (9.8     (11.2     (34.1     (36.7

Interest expense

     (3.1     (2.0     (8.5     (6.6













Earnings before income taxes

     112.8       131.5       356.6       403.0  

Tax provision

     25.5       26.9       77.9       85.1  













Net earnings

   $ 87.3     $ 104.6     $ 278.7     $ 317.9  












(1) includes restructuring and impairment expenses of:    $ —       $ —       $ —       $ 6.7  


Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted EPS

(dollars in millions, except per share data)


The following is a reconciliation of net earnings and diluted EPS to adjusted earnings (non-GAAP) and adjusted EPS (non-GAAP):


     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,      September 30,  
     2019      2018      2019      2018  

Net Earnings (GAAP)

   $ 87.3      $ 104.6      $ 278.7      $ 317.9  

Restructuring and impairment expenses, before tax

     —          —          —          6.7  

Tax effect of restructuring and impairment expenses

     —          —          —          (1.7













Adjusted Earnings

   $ 87.3      $ 104.6      $ 278.7      $ 322.9  













Diluted EPS (GAAP)

   $ 0.53      $ 0.61      $ 1.66      $ 1.84  

Restructuring and impairment expenses per diluted share, before tax

     —          —          —          0.04  

Tax effect of restructuring and impairment expenses per diluted share

     —          —          —          (0.01













Adjusted EPS

   $ 0.53      $ 0.61      $ 1.66      $ 1.87  














Adjusted Segment Earnings

(dollars in millions)


The following is a reconciliation of reported segment earnings to adjusted segment earnings (non-GAAP):


     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended,  
     September 30,      September 30,  
     2019      2018      2019     2018  

Segment Earnings (GAAP)


North America

   $ 121.6      $ 124.9      $ 360.5     $ 336.5  

Rest of World

     4.1        34.7        38.8       109.8  

Inter-segment earnings elimination

     —          —          (0.1     —    













Total Segment Earnings (GAAP)

   $ 125.7      $ 159.6      $ 399.2     $ 446.3  















North America restructuring and impairment expenses

   $ —        $ —        $ —       $ 6.7  

Rest of World

     —          —          —         —    

Inter-segment earnings elimination

     —          —          —         —    













Total Adjustments

   $ —        $ —        $ —       $ 6.7  













Adjusted Segment Earnings


North America

   $ 121.6      $ 124.9      $ 360.5     $ 343.2  

Rest of World

     4.1        34.7        38.8       109.8  

Inter-segment earnings elimination

     —          —          (0.1     —    













Total Adjusted Segment Earnings

   $ 125.7      $ 159.6      $ 399.2     $ 453.0  














2019 EPS Guidance and Adjusted 2018 EPS


The following is a reconciliation of diluted EPS to adjusted EPS (non-GAAP) (all items are net of tax):


     Guidance      2018  

Diluted EPS (GAAP)

   $ 2.25 - 2.28      $ 2.58  

Restructuring and impairment expenses per diluted share

     —          0.03  







Adjusted EPS

   $ 2.25 - 2.28      $ 2.61