Watts Water Technologies Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results and Announces Restructuring Program.NORTH ANDOVER North Andover (ăn`dōvər), town (1990 pop. 22,792), Essex co., NE Mass., on the Merrimack River, in a dairy and farm area; settled c.1644, set off from Andover and inc. 1855. , Mass. -- Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : WTS See Windows Terminal Server. ) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007 and a global manufacturing restructuring program. Sales for the third quarter of 2007 were $340.5 million, an increase of $15.4 million, or 5%, compared to the third quarter of 2006. Net income for the third quarter of 2007 was $18.1 million, or $0.46 per share, compared to net income of $18.2 million, or $0.55 per share, for the third quarter of 2006, which included a loss from discontinued operations Discontinued operations
Divisions of a business that have been sold or written off and that no longer are maintained by the business. of $3.1 million, or ($0.09). Income from continuing operations continuing operations
Parts of a business that are expected to be maintained as an ongoing segment of an overall business operation. Income and losses from continuing operations are reported separately if any segments have been discontinued during the for the third quarter of 2007 decreased by $3.2 million, or 15%, to $18.2 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2006 of $21.3 million, or $0.65 per share. Results for the third quarter of 2007 include an after-tax charge of $4.2 million, or ($0.11) per share, as part of the global restructuring program and charges for discontinued dis·con·tin·ue
v. dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing, dis·con·tin·ues
1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon: product lines.
Sales for the first nine months of 2007 were $1.04 billion, an increase of $136.7 million, or 15%, compared to the first nine months of 2006. Net income for the first nine months of 2007 was $55.9 million, or $1.43 per share, compared to net income of $55.6 million, or $1.68 per share, for the first nine months of 2006, which included a loss from discontinued operations of $3.4 million, or ($0.10) per share. Income from continuing operations for the first nine months of 2007 decreased by $3.0 million, or 5%, to $55.9 million, or $1.43 per share, compared to income from continuing operations for the first nine months of 2006 of $58.9 million, or $1.79 per share.
In the third quarter, the Company undertook a review of certain product lines and its overall manufacturing capacity. Based on that review, the Company is initiating a global restructuring program that was approved by the Board of Directors today. The Company is also discontinuing certain product lines. This program is expected to include the shutdown shut·down
A cessation of operations or activity, as at a factory.
the closing of a factory, shop, or other business
shut down of five manufacturing facilities and the rightsizing Selecting a computer system, whether micro, mini or mainframe, that best meets the needs of the application. of a sixth facility, including the relocation of the Company's joint venture facility in China that was previously disclosed. The restructuring program and charges for product line eliminations will include pre-tax charges totaling approximately $13.4 million, including charges for severance ($4.3 million), relocation costs ($2.8 million) and other asset write-downs and expected net losses on asset disposals ($2.0 million) and will result in the elimination of approximately 330 positions worldwide. The product lines that are being discontinued resulted in a pre-tax charge of $4.3 million. Total net after tax charges for this program are expected to be approximately $9.7 million ($4.7 million non-cash), with costs being incurred through early 2010. The Company expects to spend approximately $13.4 million in capital expenditures to consolidate operations and will fund approximately $8.0 million of this amount through proceeds from the sale of buildings and other assets other assets
Assets of relatively small value. For financial reporting purposes, firms frequently combine small assets into a single category rather than listing each item separately. being disposed of as part of the restructuring program. Annual cash savings, net of tax, are estimated to be $4.5 million, which we expect to fully realize by the second half of 2009. The Company recorded non-cash after-tax charges of approximately $4.2 million, or ($0.11) per share, in the third quarter of 2007 for inventory product rationalization rationalization, in psychology: see defense mechanism. and other asset write-downs.
In November 2006, the Company completed a public offering of 5.75 million shares of Class A common stock and received net proceeds Net Proceeds
The amount received after all costs are deducted from the sale of a piece of property or security.
In the case of an investor selling a security, net proceeds represent the proceeds from the sale minus any trading costs (i.e. commissions). of approximately $219.0 million. The net proceeds are currently being invested in short-term securities, which provided approximately $2.0 million and $5.8 million in after-tax income in the third quarter and first nine months of 2007, respectively. The issuance of an additional 5.75 million shares had a dilutive impact on earnings per share of $0.03 per share and $0.09 per share in the third quarter and first nine months of 2007, respectively, after considering the interest income from the net proceeds. The Company had approximately $348.0 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments at September 30, 2007.
Patrick S. O'Keefe, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The goals of our restructuring program are to rationalize ra·tion·al·ize
1. To make rational.
2. To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear our product offerings and to introduce greater efficiencies and cost reductions into our manufacturing processes. We plan to continue to review our operational footprint and we may consider further actions in the future, if necessary."
Commenting on third quarter sales, Mr. O'Keefe noted, "The sales increase was achieved through favorable fa·vor·a·ble
1. Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.
2. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
3. changes in foreign exchange rates of $9.7 million, or 3%, internal growth of $4.2 million, or 1%, and, to a lesser extent, contributions from acquired companies.
"Sales in our North American North American
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see boophilusannulatus. segment increased for the third quarter of 2007 by $4.0 million, or 2%, to $215.8 million compared to $211.8 million for third quarter of 2006. This increase was achieved through internal sales growth of $3.0 million, or 1%, and, to a lesser extent, from favorable foreign exchange rates of $1.0 million associated with the strengthening of the Canadian dollar Noun 1. Canadian dollar - the basic unit of money in Canada; "the Canadian dollar has the image of loon on one side of the coin"
dollar - the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 cents versus the U.S. dollar.
"Internal sales in our North American wholesale market for the third quarter of 2007 increased 4% over the third quarter of 2006. This increase was primarily due to price increases implemented to cover increases in the costs of copper and other raw materials. Our North American home improvement retail market sales declined 8% for the third quarter of 2007 compared to the third quarter of 2006. This decrease was primarily due to our exiting markets in certain lower margin product lines, partially offset by new product rollouts and price increases.
"We derived 32% of our total sales for the third quarter of 2007 from our European segment. European sales increased $9.1 million, or 9%, to $110.5 million compared to $101.4 million for the third quarter of 2006. This increase was achieved through favorable foreign exchange movement associated with the strengthening of the euro versus the US dollar of $7.9 million, or 8%, and the inclusion of an acquired company. Our internal growth in Europe was flat for the third quarter as minor increases in wholesale sales were offset by reduced sales into the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and market.
"China's segment sales in the third quarter of 2007 increased $2.2 million, or 19%, to $14.2 million compared to the third quarter of 2006. This increase was achieved through internal growth of $1.5 million, or 13%, and favorable foreign exchange rates associated with the yuan strengthening against the U.S. dollar of $0.7 million, or 6%."
Mr. O'Keefe concluded, "Our operating income Operating Income
The profit realized from a business' own operations.
This would not include income from things such as investments in other firms. Also referred to as operating profit or recurring profit. for the third quarter of 2007 decreased by $6.3 million, or 17%, to $30.1 million as compared to $36.4 million in the third quarter of 2006. Restructuring costs increased by $4.7 million, or 13%, and internal operating earnings Operating Earnings
Profits after subtracting expenses such as marketing, cost of goods sold, administration and general operating costs from revenue.
Tax and interest expenses are not subtracted - operating earnings are synonymous with EBIT (earnings before decreased $3.2 million, or 8%, partially offset by favorable foreign exchange movements, which contributed $1.4 million, or 4%. Operating margins Operating Margin
A ratio used to measure a company's pricing strategy and operating efficiency.
Calculated by: in the third quarter of 2007 decreased by approximately 240 basis points to 8.8% as compared to 11.2% in the third quarter of 2006. Restructuring costs decreased operating margins in the third quarter of 2007 and the third quarter of 2006 by 180 basis points and 40 basis points, respectively. Compared to last year, our operating margins were impacted by increased commodity costs, which were only partially offset by price increases."
As previously discussed, the Company recorded a $4.2 million loss, net of tax, or $0.11 per share, for restructuring and other costs in the third quarter of 2007. The Company recorded a loss, net of tax, of $0.8 million, or $0.02 per share, in the third quarter of 2006 for its manufacturing restructuring plan. For the third quarter of 2006, these costs were primarily for severance costs related to its European and Chinese restructuring plans.
The Company recorded a loss, net of tax, of $4.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the first nine months of 2007 compared to income, net of tax, of $2.6 million, or $0.08 per share, in the first nine months of 2006 for its manufacturing restructuring plan and product line eliminations. In the first nine months of 2006, the Company benefited from an after-tax gain of approximately $4.1 million, or $0.12 per share, related to the sale of a building in Italy, which was recorded in the third quarter of 2006. This benefit was offset by after-tax costs of approximately $1.5 million, or $0.04 per share, primarily for severance costs related to the Company's European and Chinese restructuring plans.
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. will hold a live web cast of its conference call to discuss third quarter results for 2007 on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This press release and the live web cast can be accessed by visiting the Investor Relations Investor relations
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Watts Water Technologies, Inc. is a world leader in the manufacture of innovative products to control the efficiency, safety, and quality of water within residential, commercial, and institutional applications. Its expertise in a wide variety of water technologies enables it to be a comprehensive supplier to the water industry.
This Press Release includes statements that are not historical facts and are considered forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA) implemented several significant substantive changes affecting certain cases brought under the federal securities laws, including changes related to pleading, discovery, liability, class representation and awards fees and of 1995. These forward-looking statements forward-looking statement
A projected financial statement based on management expectations. A forward-looking statement involves risks with regard to the accuracy of assumptions underlying the projections. reflect Watts Water Technologies' current views about future results of operations and other forward-looking information. In some cases you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will" and "would" or similar words. You should not rely on forward-looking statements because Watts' actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following: shortages in and pricing of raw materials and supplies including recent price increases by suppliers of raw materials and the Company's ability to pass these costs on to customers, loss of market share through competition, introduction of competing products by other companies, pressure on prices from competitors, suppliers, and/or customers, changes in variable interest rates on Company borrowings, identification and disclosure of material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, failure to expand our markets through acquisitions, failure or delay in developing new products, lack of acceptance of new products, failure to manufacture products that meet required performance and safety standards Safety standards are standards designed to ensure the safety of products, activities or processes, etc. They may be advisory or compulsory and are normally laid down by an advisory or regulatory body that may be either voluntary or statutory. , foreign exchange rate fluctuations, cyclicality of industries, such as plumbing and heating wholesalers and home improvement retailers, in which the Company markets certain of its products, economic factors, such as the levels of housing starts and remodeling remodeling /re·mod·el·ing/ (re-mod´el-ing) reorganization or renovation of an old structure.
bone remodeling , affecting the markets where the Company's products are sold, manufactured, or marketed, environmental compliance costs, product liability risks, the results and timing of the Company's manufacturing restructuring plan, changes in the status of current litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
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See 10-K. for the year ended December 31, 2006 filed with the Securities Exchange Commission and other reports Watts files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Watts does not intend to, and undertakes no duty to, update the information contained in this Press Release.
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