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): July 29, 2021
A. O. Smith Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware 1-475 39-0619790
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
 (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

11270 West Park Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(414) 359-4000
(Registrant’s telephone number)
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Common Stock (par value $1.00 per share)AOSNew York Stock Exchange
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Item 2.02.    Results of Operations and Financial Condition
On July 29, 2021, A. O. Smith Corporation (“the Company”) issued a news release announcing the Company’s results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. 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:

(99.1)    News Release of A. O. Smith Corporation, dated July 29, 2021
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded with the Inline XBRL document)


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.

Date: July 29, 2021
By:/s/James F. Stern
James F. Stern
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary


Exhibit 99.1
Media Relations:
Mark Petrarca
Investor Relations:
Patricia K. Ackerman
July 29, 2021

A. O. Smith Reports Record Second Quarter Sales and Earnings
Raises Outlook
Second Quarter 2021 Highlights
Total sales of $859.8 million, an increase of 30 percent compared with Q2 2020
Net earnings of $118.2 million, an increase of 74 percent compared with Q2 2020
Record second quarter EPS of $0.73, an increase of 74 percent compared with Q2 2020
2021 Guidance
Sales growth between 17 and 18 percent, upgraded from midpoint of 14.5 percent announced in April
EPS between $2.70 to $2.76, upgraded five percent from the midpoint announced in April
Milwaukee, Wis.— Global water technology company A. O. Smith Corporation (the “Company”) (NYSE: AOS) today announced its second quarter 2021 results.

“Our global A. O. Smith team delivered record second quarter earnings per share on a 30 percent increase in sales compared with the second quarter of 2020, which was negatively impacted by the pandemic. Our teams demonstrated solid execution and operational agility despite supply chain and logistics challenges along with rapidly-rising material costs,” noted Kevin J. Wheeler, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our employees excelled in finding creative and collaborative solutions to keep our customers supplied with the water heating and water treatment products they needed to meet demand.”

North America
Sales in the North America segment of $603.6 million increased 26 percent compared with the second quarter of 2020 driven by higher volumes of water heaters, boilers and water treatment products and price increases implemented in response to rapidly rising material costs as well as increased transportation costs.

North America segment earnings of $141.7 million increased 34 percent compared with the second quarter of 2020. The impact to earnings from higher volumes and inflation-related price increases was partially offset by higher material and freight costs. As a result of these factors, segment operating margin of 23.5 percent improved compared with 21.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020.

Rest of World
Rest of World segment sales of $263.2 million increased 39 percent from the second quarter of 2020, driven by local currency sales growth of 26 percent in China. Sales growth in each of the Company’s major product categories in China contributed to higher sales. Currency translation of China sales favorably impacted sales by approximately $20 million.

Rest of World segment earnings of $22.3 million increased significantly compared with the loss of $5.8 million in the second quarter of 2020, which was negatively impacted by shutdowns and reduced consumer spending resulting from the pandemic. In China, higher volumes and lower selling and administrative costs were partially offset by the absence of social insurance waivers in 2021, which had been granted in 2020. As a result, segment operating margin of 8.5 percent improved from a negative 3.1 percent in the second quarter of 2020.

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Share Repurchases
As of June 30, 2021, the Company had cash and marketable securities balances totaling $581.9 million. The Company’s total debt was $106.4 million at the end of June, and its leverage ratio was 5.5 percent as measured by total debt-to-total capitalization.

Cash provided by operations of $196.0 million during the first half of 2021 increased from $179.3 million during the same period in 2020. Higher earnings in 2021 compared with the prior year were partially offset by a larger investment in working capital during the first half of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.

During the first half of 2021, the Company repurchased 2,978,657 shares at a cost of approximately $198.1 million. There was available authority to repurchase approximately 5.6 million shares at the end of June.

Operations and Supply Chain
Global supply chain disruptions moderated in the second quarter but remained a challenge. The Company continues to closely monitor component, material and transportation availability.

“We have seen solid demand for our products continue in July,” commented Wheeler. “We are upgrading our full-year 2021 earnings guidance to a range of between $2.70 and $2.76 per share, an increase of five percent from our previous guidance.

“Supply chain constraints and component shortages continue, and we expect to see these headwinds throughout the remainder of the year. We remain in close contact with our suppliers, as the environment can change quickly and frequently. I am grateful for our procurement and operations teams, as they strengthen our supply chain resiliency and manage through this challenging period. I have confidence in our teams’ ability to continue to navigate through this environment.”

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: negative impacts to the Company’s businesses, including demand for its products, particularly commercial products, operations and workforce dislocation and disruption, supply chain disruption and liquidity as a result of the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic; lengthening or deepening of supply chain bottlenecks; an uneven recovery of the Chinese economy or decline in the growth rate of consumer spending or housing sales in China; negative impact to the Company’s businesses from international tariffs, trade disputes and geopolitical differences; potential weakening in the high-efficiency boiler segment in the U.S.; significant volatility in material availability and prices; inability of the Company to implement or maintain pricing actions; a failure to recover or further 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 news 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: AOS), 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 products. For more information, visit

SOURCE: A. O. Smith Corporation

Statement of Earnings
(condensed consolidated financial statements -
dollars in millions, except share data)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
Net sales$859.8 $663.9 $1,628.8 $1,300.8 
Cost of products sold538.4 416.4 1,018.8 813.8 
Gross profit321.4 247.5 610.0 487.0 
Selling, general and administrative expenses173.1 155.9 339.6 329.7 
Severance and restructuring expenses— 6.1 — 6.1 
Interest expense0.9 2.5 1.9 4.7 
Other income(3.9)(4.0)(8.9)(8.2)
Earnings before provision for income taxes151.3 87.0 277.4 154.7 
Provision for income taxes33.1 19.2 61.5 35.2 
Net earnings$118.2 $67.8 $215.9 $119.5 
Diluted earnings per share of common stock$0.73 $0.42 $1.33 $0.74 
Average common shares outstanding (000’s omitted)161,732 162,174 162,256 162,536 

Balance Sheet
(dollars in millions)
June 30,
December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents$444.8 $573.1 
Marketable securities137.1 116.5 
Receivables607.0 585.0 
Inventories330.4 300.1 
Other current assets66.4 43.3 
Total Current Assets1,585.7 1,618.0 
Net property, plant and equipment539.7 541.3 
Goodwill and other intangibles865.9 870.7 
Operating lease assets42.0 41.6 
Other assets106.9 89.1 
Total Assets$3,140.2 $3,160.7 
Trade payables$612.4 $595.2 
Accrued payroll and benefits71.6 74.6 
Accrued liabilities166.4 161.9 
Product warranties49.8 47.8 
Debt due within one year6.8 6.8 
Total Current Liabilities907.0 886.3 
Long-term debt99.6 106.4 
Operating lease liabilities33.9 34.4 
Other liabilities283.4 285.3 
Stockholders’ equity1,816.3 1,848.3 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity$3,140.2 $3,160.7 

Statement of Cash Flows
(dollars in millions)
Six Months Ended
June 30,
Operating Activities
Net earnings$215.9 $119.5 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation & amortization39.0 40.0 
Stock based compensation expense8.9 10.4 
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Current assets and liabilities(50.0)35.9 
Noncurrent assets and liabilities(17.8)(26.5)
Cash Provided by Operating Activities196.0 179.3 
Investing Activities
Capital expenditures(30.7)(24.8)
Investment in marketable securities(98.3)(91.1)
Net proceeds from sale of marketable securities79.0 140.1 
Cash (Used in) Provided by Investing Activities(50.0)24.2 
Financing Activities
Long-term debt repaid(6.8)(2.9)
Common stock repurchases(198.1)(56.7)
Net proceeds from stock option activity14.5 2.6 
Dividends paid(83.9)(77.8)
Cash Used In Financing Activities(274.3)(134.8)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(128.3)68.7 
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period573.1 374.0 
Cash and Cash Equivalents - End of Period$444.8 $442.7 

Business Segments
(dollars in millions)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
Net sales
North America$603.6 $480.5 $1,156.5 $1,013.4 
Rest of World263.2 189.7 485.5 299.9 
Inter-segment sales(7.0)(6.3)(13.2)(12.5)
$859.8 $663.9 $1,628.8 $1,300.8 
Earnings (losses)
North America(1)
$141.7 $105.4 $272.1 $232.5 
Rest of World(2)
22.3 (5.8)34.1 (48.0)
Inter-segment earnings elimination— (0.3)— (0.3)
164.0 99.3 306.2 184.2 
Corporate expense(11.8)(9.8)(26.9)(24.8)
Interest expense(0.9)(2.5)(1.9)(4.7)
Earnings before income taxes151.3 87.0 277.4 154.7 
Tax provision33.1 19.2 61.5 35.2 
Net earnings$118.2 $67.8 $215.9 $119.5 
(1) includes severance and restructuring expenses of:
$— $2.2 $— $2.2 
(2) includes severance and restructuring expenses of:
$— $3.9 $— $3.9 

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
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
Net Earnings (GAAP)$118.2 $67.8 $215.9 $119.5 
Severance and restructuring expenses, before tax— 6.1 — 6.1 
Tax effect of severance and restructuring expenses— (1.1)— (1.1)
Adjusted Earnings$118.2 $72.8 $215.9 $124.5 
Diluted EPS (GAAP)$0.73 $0.42 $1.33 $0.74 
Severance and restructuring expenses per diluted share, before tax— 0.04 — 0.04 
Tax effect of severance and restructuring expenses per diluted share— (0.01)— (0.01)
Adjusted EPS$0.73 $0.45 $1.33 $0.77 

Adjusted Segment Earnings
(dollars in millions)
The following is a reconciliation of reported segment earnings (losses) to adjusted segment earnings (losses) (non-GAAP):
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended,
June 30,
Segment Earnings (Losses) (GAAP)
North America$141.7 $105.4 $272.1 $232.5 
Rest of World22.3 (5.8)34.1 (48.0)
Inter-segment earnings elimination— (0.3)— (0.3)
Total Segment Earnings (GAAP)$164.0 $99.3 $306.2 $184.2 
North America severance and restructuring expenses$— $2.2 $— $2.2 
Rest of World severance and restructuring expenses— 3.9 — 3.9 
Inter-segment earnings elimination— — — — 
Total Adjustments$— $6.1 $— $6.1 
Adjusted Segment Earnings (Losses)
North America$141.7 $107.6 $272.1 $234.7 
Rest of World22.3 (1.9)34.1 (44.1)
Inter-segment earnings elimination— (0.3)— (0.3)
Total Adjusted Segment Earnings$164.0 $105.4 $306.2 $190.3 

2021 EPS Guidance and 2020 Adjusted EPS

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

2021 Guidance2020
Diluted EPS (GAAP)$2.70 - 2.76$2.12 
Severance and restructuring expenses, per diluted share— 0.04 
Adjusted EPS$2.70 - 2.76$2.16