PPG has announced it's first quarter results for 2021 this months. Here are the highlights:

  • Record first quarter net sales of approximately $3.9 billion, about 15% higher than prior year
  • Record reported earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $1.58 and adjusted EPS of $1.88
  • Sales volumes grew about 7% year over year reflecting continued, broad global economic recovery, resulting in strong earnings leverage due to the company’s lower cost base
  • Additional pricing actions already initiated due to rising input costs
  • Cash and short-term investments of approximately $1.9 billion at quarter-end
  • Completed VersaFlex acquisition and expect the Tikkurila and Wörwag acquisitions to close in the second quarter

PPG reported first quarter 2021 net sales of approximately $3.9 billion, approximately 15% higher than the prior year. Selling prices increased by nearly 2% and sales volumes were higher by approximately 7% year over year. Favorable foreign currency translation impacted net sales by more than 3%, or about $110 million, and acquisition-related sales contributed nearly 3% of the sales growth.

“We delivered record adjusted EPS in the first quarter which is significantly above 2020 first quarter results, and also 27% higher than first quarter 2019 despite sales volumes not yet having fully recovered to pre-COVID levels,” said Michael H. McGarry, PPG chairman and chief executive officer. “We delivered excellent operating performance in both reportable segments. We achieved these results despite experiencing accelerating raw material and logistics cost inflation during the quarter, and with demand remaining tepid in the global commercial aerospace and U.S. protective coatings end-use markets. The company’s first quarter segment margins were at multi-year seasonal highs as we benefited from strong leverage on higher year-over-year net sales growth.

“In addition to improving sales performance, we delivered about $35 million of structural cost savings from business restructuring programs and continue to target a total of about $125 million of savings for the full-year 2021."

“Looking ahead, we expect overall global coatings demand growth to be broad-based across most of the end-use markets that we supply, including an eventual replenishment of many of our customers’ inventories. In addition, I am encouraged to see an increase in domestic flight activity in various parts of the world, which should support the gradual recovery in aftermarket aerospace coatings demand in the second half of 2021," he said.  

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