Lennox cuts FY18 adjusted EPS view to $8.90-$9.30 from $9.95-$10.35
FY18 consensus $10.25. Lennox announced the estimated financial impacts and insurance offsets expected for the company following the tornado that damaged its manufacturing facility in Marshalltown, Iowa on July 19, as previously announced. For the second half of 2018, the company estimates approximately $100M in lost revenue in the Residential Heating & Cooling business segment as a result of the tornado, and approximately $55M in lost profit. In addition to the lost revenue impact, the company currently estimates special pre-tax charges related to the tornado of approximately $80M in 2018, including site clean-up costs, asset write-offs, and factory-inefficiency costs. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, Lennox International expects business interruption and property insurance proceeds to offset both the earnings impact from lower revenue and the special non-core charges resulting from the tornado. The company is updating 2018 guidance for GAAP revenue growth from 4-6% to 2-4%. The company is updating 2018 guidance for adjusted revenue growth from 6-8% to 4-6%. Adjusted revenue growth excludes the impact of the company's divestitures within its Refrigeration business this year. The $55M of lower profit expected in the Residential segment in 2018 equates to approximately $1.05 of impact to EPS from continuing operations. The offsetting proceeds from business interruption insurance are expected in either the second half of 2018 or in 2019. Assuming proceeds are not received until 2019, the company expects a negative $1.05 impact to 2018 EPS and a $1.05 benefit to 2019 EPS. The offsetting proceeds from property insurance that will cover the special pre-tax charges of approximately $80M are expected in 2018. Accordingly, the company is updating 2018 guidance for GAAP EPS from continuing operations from $9.43-$9.83 to a new range of $8.38-$8.78. The company is updating 2018 guidance for adjusted EPS from continuing operations from $9.95-$10.35 to a new range of $8.90-$9.30. The company reiterates 2018 guidance for $450M of stock repurchases in total for the year. "The strong focus and commitment to serving our customers across North America continues," said Chairman and CEO Todd Bluedorn. "While we have lots of hard work in front of us, I am extremely confident in the LII team's ability to mitigate the impact from the tornado and execute the recovery process."