PPG Releases Q4, FY 2022 Earnings Report
Global coatings company PPG released its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report for 2022 on Thursday (Jan. 19), reporting fourth-quarter net sales of about $4.2 billion, the same reported earnings a year ago. Constant currencies for the quarter were up 5%, driven by higher selling prices.
Tim Knavish, PPG President and Chief Executive Officer, noted that although the company experienced more severe commercial and supply disruptions in China and slowed manufacturing activity across most regions, PPG was able to make progress on its focus to achieve full operating margin recovery.
Year-over-year, PPG reported margin recovery with segment earnings growth of more than 20%.
“We continued to make good progress on our focus to achieve full operating margin recovery, as year-over-year earnings improved in both segments despite more acute pandemic-related demand disruptions in China. This earnings improvement was driven by aggregate selling price increases that totaled 19% on a two-year stacked basis, as we remained focused on mitigating the significant cumulative cost inflation incurred the past two years,” said Knavish.
“Overall sales volumes declined 5% year over year as manufacturing activity slowed in most regions, including Asia Pacific where volumes were down a low double-digit percentage primarily due to the pandemic-related impacts in China.”
Q4 By Segment
PPG’s Performance Coatings segment recorded net sales of just under $2.5 billion, down 1% year over year. The company attributes its slight decline in sales primarily to sales volumes, the impact of divestitures, the wind down of business in Russia, and unfavorable foreign currency translation impacts which were reportedly offset by selling price increases in all businesses.
PPG noted that excluding Asia, broad supply chain disruptions continued to moderate during the quarter, with the most significant remaining challenges impacting the aerospace coatings business. Despite these impacts, aerospace coatings sales volumes remained robust and order backlogs remained at historic highs.
Segment income for the quarter was up 12% from a year ago, reporting $272 million. The company shared that the uptick was primarily due to higher selling prices and restructuring cost savings which more than offset cost inflation, the impact of lower sales volumes, unfavorable foreign currency translation and increased manufacturing costs.
Within the segment, PPG Comex was reported to deliver another strong quarter, finishing with over 5,100 concessionaire locations, up about 3% from 2021. Automotive refinish coatings organic sales grew by a low double-digit percentage, which the company shares were driven by higher selling prices and sales volumes.
Organic sales in the protective and marine coatings business declined by a low single-digit percentage, primarily due to pandemic-related disruptions in China.
“As anticipated, demand remained soft in global architectural do-it-yourself (DIY) coatings. In Europe, aggregate industrial activity weakened sequentially, and sales volumes were down a mid-single-digit percentage; however, our quarterly operating earnings in that region were consistent with prior-year levels, driven by strong price realization and cost management,” commented Knavish.
“We delivered record net sales in our automotive refinish and PPG Comex coatings businesses reflecting our leading products and strong commercial relationships. Global aerospace demand continued to recover leading to strong year-over-year organic sales growth of about 20%, even though certain supply chain challenges remained.”
The Industrial Coatings segment had Q4 net sales of about $1.7 billion, or 1% higher than the previous year. PPG attributes the modest net sales increase to higher selling prices across all businesses partially offset by lower sales volumes, unfavorable foreign currency translation, and the wind down of business in Russia.
Segment income for the quarter was also up nearly 50%, reporting $155 million in sales, which PPG attributes to higher selling prices and restructuring cost savings, partially offset by lower sales volumes, increased raw material and energy costs, and unfavorable foreign currency translation.
FY 2022, Looking Ahead
The company’s 2021 full-year reported net income from continuing operations was about $1 billion, or $4.33 per diluted share, versus $1.4 billion, or $5.93 per diluted share, in 2021. Full-year 2022 adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations was $6.05 compared to $6.77 in 2021.
Full-year 2022 reported net sales from continuing operations were approximately $17.6 billion, up about 5% versus the prior year. Organic sales were higher by 8% driven by higher selling prices.
For 2022, the company paid $570 million in dividends. In addition to 2022 numbers, PPG also released a list of Q1 2023 forecasts, which includes:
“Looking ahead, we remain highly focused on building further momentum to restore margins in line with our historical profile. In the first quarter, we will continue to prioritize supporting our customers through superior service and products, executing our cost-savings initiatives, and optimizing inventory. We expect the overall demand environment to remain consistent sequentially with the fourth quarter with soft economic activity remaining in Europe and China,” said Knavish.
“However, as the year progresses, we anticipate several positive catalysts that will enable earnings improvement, including certain PPG commercial initiatives with our valued customers and the continued rebound in demand for our technology-advantaged aerospace products. Other catalysts include moderating raw material costs, coatings demand stabilization in Europe beginning in the second quarter, and strong economic recovery in China as the pandemic reopening progresses. Finally, with fewer supply chain disruptions we expect ample commodity raw material availability and improved manufacturing efficiencies.
“Lastly, I am looking forward to leading PPG in my new role and want to thank our customers for selecting PPG as their supplier of choice, our shareholders for their confidence, and our global employees who demonstrate The PPG Way by making it happen every day.”