Here’s Why Newell Brands Plunged 15 Percent


 
 
06:05 08/06/2018

Newell Brands Inc. NWL  Announced second quarter 2018 results reporting core sales declined 6.2 percent for the total company, driven largely by a 14.5 percent decline in the Learning & Development Segment (Writing and Baby), and softness in the coolers, tents and fresh preserving businesses related to the late start to Spring in most of the U.S.

Net sales from continuing operations were $2.2 billion, compared with $2.5 billion in the prior year, reflecting the lost sales from divestitures completed in 2017, the negative impact of the adoption of the 2018 revenue recognition standard, and a decline in core sales primarily attributable to the retailer disruption to the Baby business created by the liquidation of Toys ‘R’ Us stores in the U.S., significant inventory destocking in the Writing office superstore and distributive trade channels and the absence of the prior year Slime pipeline build on Elmer’s.

Gross debt was $10.5 billion, $900 million lower than prior year; net debt was $8.2 billion, $2.4 billion lower than prior year.

The 2018 full year outlook adjusted for discontinued operations reporting and completed divestitures is net sales of $8.7 billion to $9.0 billion (which includes sales from continuing operations only), normalized EPS of $2.45 to $2.65 and operating cash flow of $900 million to $1.2 billion.

The company expects second half normalized operating margins of 12.0 percent to 12.4 percent and core sales growth to sequentially improve from down low single digits percent in Q3 2018 to up low single digits percent in Q4 2018. Both metrics include only results from continuing operations.


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