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BELOIT, Wis.,– Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC), a global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of high-efficiency electric motors and power transmission products, reported fourth quarter 2019 diluted earnings per share of $0.89. Fourth quarter 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share* were $1.25. Full year 2019 diluted earnings per share were $5.66. Full year 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share were $5.49.
Key financial results for the fourth quarter 2019 included:
Key Financial results for the full year 2019 included:
Effective as of December 28, 2019, the Company reorganized its segments to align with its new management reporting structure and business activities. Prior to this reorganization, the Company was comprised of three segments: Commercial & Industrial Systems, Climate Solutions and Power Transmission Solutions. As a result of this reorganization, the Company divided the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment into separate segments. Therefore, the Company is now comprised of four segments: Commercial Systems, Industrial Systems, Climate Solutions, and Power Transmission Solutions. The Company has recast previously reported segment financial information on a basis consistent with these segments. For details on the 2018 and 2019 recast results reflecting the realigned segments, please see the tables in the appendix. A description of the Company’s four segments can be found in the Company’s Form 8-K dated February 3, 2020.
*This earnings release includes non-GAAP financial measures. Descriptions of why we believe these non-GAAP measures are useful and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included with this earnings release.
“While the market conditions continue to be challenging, our ability to remove cost and delever at a relatively low rate for three consecutive quarters further illustrates the margin potential of the company. The Climate and PTS businesses were both able to achieve notable operating profit growth despite sizable sales headwinds. With our announced re-segmentation, our Commercial and Industrial businesses will have improved transparency, renewed focus, and clear accountability. We have new leadership in approximately half of our top 25 business unit management roles, which in addition to our tenured talent, is driving fresh ideas and a spotlight on performance. Lastly, Regal delivered another quarter of excellent free cash flow. I am very proud of our teams’ efforts,” said Regal CEO Louis Pinkham.
Fourth quarter 2019 segment results versus the prior year fourth quarter:
“We are providing adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance of $5.65 to $6.05, an increase of approximately 7% at the midpoint from 2019. We expect markets to continue to be challenged in the first half of the year but believe the second half should see a recovery,” continued Mr. Pinkham.
He concluded, “We are energized about our re-segmentation, executing 80/20, and driving improvement in profitability, while staying laser focused on exceeding customer needs with differentiated products, solutions, and services. I look forward to sharing more about our strategy to drive further shareholder creation at our Investor Day on March 3rd in New York City.”
The Company forecasts 2020 GAAP diluted earnings per share of $5.35 to $5.75. The difference between the GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance and the adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance relates to expected restructuring and related costs of $0.28 per share, gain on businesses divested and assets to be exited of $0.01 per share, and executive transition costs of $0.03 per share.
For details related to all 2018 and 2019 divestitures, please see the tables in the appendix. In these tables, net sales and adjusted income from operations are provided for each segment by quarter and for the full year for ongoing business comparison purposes.
Regal will hold a conference call to discuss the earnings release at 9:00 AM CST (10:00 AM EST) on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. To listen to the live audio and view the presentation during the call, please visit Regal’s Investors website: https://investors.regalbeloit.com. To listen by phone or to ask the presenters a question, dial 1.888.317.6003 (U.S. callers) or +1.412.317.6061 (international callers) and enter 2781436# when prompted.
A webcast replay will be available at the link above, and a telephone replay will be available at 1.877.344.7529 (U.S. callers) or +1.412.317.0088 (international callers), using a replay access code of 10138325#. Both will be accessible until May 4, 2020.
About the Company
Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) is a global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of electric motors and controls, power generation solutions and power transmission products serving customers throughout the world. We create a better tomorrow by developing and responsibly producing energy-efficient products and systems.
Our company is comprised of four operating segments: Commercial Systems, Industrial Systems, Climate Solutions and Power Transmission Solutions. Regal is headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin and has manufacturing, sales and service facilities worldwide. For more information, visit RegalBeloit.com.
The following is a cautionary statement made under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical facts, the statements contained in this release may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements represent our management’s judgment regarding future events. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative of these terms or other similar words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: uncertainties regarding our ability to execute our restructuring plans within expected costs and timing; actions taken by our competitors and our ability to effectively compete in the increasingly competitive global electric motor, drives and controls, power generation and power transmission industries; our ability to develop new products based on technological innovation, such as the Internet of Things, and marketplace acceptance of new and existing products, including products related to technology not yet adopted or utilized in certain geographic locations in which we do business; fluctuations in commodity prices and raw material costs; our dependence on significant customers; risks associated with global manufacturing, including risks associated with public health crises; issues and costs arising from the integration of acquired companies and businesses and the timing and impact of purchase accounting adjustments; our overall debt levels and our ability to repay principal and interest on our outstanding debt; prolonged declines in one or more markets we serve, such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, power generation, oil and gas, unit material handling or water heating; economic changes in global markets where we do business, such as reduced demand for the products we sell, currency exchange rates, inflation rates, interest rates, recession, government policies, including policy changes affecting taxation, trade, tariffs, immigration, customs, border actions and the like, and other external factors that we cannot control; product liability and other litigation, or claims by end users, government agencies or others that our products or our customers’ applications failed to perform as anticipated, particularly in high volume applications or where such failures are alleged to be the cause of property or casualty claims; unanticipated liabilities of acquired businesses; unanticipated adverse effects or liabilities from business exits or divestitures; unanticipated costs or expenses we may incur related to product warranty issues; our dependence on key suppliers and the potential effects of supply disruptions; infringement of our intellectual property by third parties, challenges to our intellectual property, and claims of infringement by us of third party technologies; effects on earnings of any significant impairment of goodwill or intangible assets; losses from failures, breaches, attacks or disclosures involving our information technology infrastructure and data; cyclical downturns affecting the global market for capital goods; and other risks and uncertainties including but not limited to those described in “Item 1A-Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on February 26, 2019 and from time to time in other filed reports. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the applicable cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of their respective dates, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
NON-GAAP MEASURES AND OTHER DEFINITIONS
(Dollars in Millions, Except per Share Data)
We prepare financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). We also periodically disclose certain financial measures in our quarterly earnings releases, on investor conference calls, and in investor presentations and similar events that may be considered “non-GAAP” financial measures. This additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our results of operations prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
In this earnings release, we disclose the following non-GAAP financial measures, and we reconcile these measures in the tables below to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures: adjusted diluted earnings per share (both historical and projected), adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net sales, net debt, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating leverage, adjusted net income attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation, free cash flow, free cash flow as a percentage of adjusted net income attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation, adjusted income before taxes, adjusted provision for income taxes, adjusted effective tax rate, net sales from ongoing business, adjusted income from operations of ongoing business, ongoing business adjusted operating margin and adjusted diluted earnings per share for ongoing business. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful measures for providing investors with additional information regarding our results of operations and for helping investors understand and compare our operating results across accounting periods and compared to our peers. Our management primarily uses adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, and adjusted operating leverage to help us manage and evaluate our business and make operating decisions, while adjusted diluted earnings per share, net debt, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net sales, adjusted net income attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation, free cash flow, free cash flow as a percentage of adjusted net income attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation, adjusted income before taxes, adjusted provision for income taxes, adjusted effective tax rate, net sales from ongoing business, adjusted income from operations of ongoing business, ongoing business adjusted operating margin and adjusted diluted earnings per share for ongoing business are primarily used to help us evaluate our business and forecast our future results. Accordingly, we believe disclosing and reconciling each of these measures helps investors evaluate our business in the same manner as management.
In addition to these non-GAAP measures, we also use the term “organic sales” to refer to GAAP sales from existing operations excluding any sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition (“net sales from business acquired”) and excluding any sales from business divested/to be exited (“net sales from business divested/to be exited”) recorded prior to the first anniversary of the exit and excluding the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is determined by translating the respective period’s organic sales using the currency exchange rates that were in effect during the prior year periods. We use the term “organic sales growth” to refer to the increase in our sales between periods that is attributable to organic sales. For further clarification, we may use the term “acquisition growth” to refer to the increase in our sales between periods that is attributable to acquisition sales.