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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For the second quarter ended June 02, 2018, H.B. Fuller's net revenues soared 40.5% to $789.4 million, and was driven by the addition of the Royal Adhesives & Sealants ("Royal") business which was acquired in September 2017 for $1.575 billion. The Company's pro-forma organic revenue growth, including Royal, increased approximately 3.5% on a y-o-y basis, primarily driven by pricing, as well as volume/mix. H.B. Fuller's revenue numbers lagged analysts' estimates of $808.1 million.

During Q2 FY18, H.B. Fuller's gross profit margin was 28.2%. The Company's adjusted gross profit margin was 28.3% in the reported quarter, up 30 basis points (bps) versus the prior year's same quarter on a pro-forma basis, including Royal, and reflecting a positive pricing contribution and realized raw material synergies.

For Q2 FY18, H.B. Fuller's selling, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $145.2 million. The Company's adjusted SG&A grew by about 6% on a pro-forma basis versus Q2 FY17, due to acquisitions and foreign exchange but declined as a percentage of revenues on a y-o-y basis, by approximately 30 bps due to sales leverage and overall cost controls.

H.B. Fuller's adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $123 million in Q2 FY18, up 72% on a y-o-y basis, or 12% higher on a pro-forma basis, including Royal.

H.B. Fuller's net income was $44.5 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, in Q2 FY18 versus $25.9 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in Q2 FY17. The Company's adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.89 in the reported quarter, up 44% compared to $0.62 in the prior year's corresponding quarter. H.B. Fuller's EPS surpassed Wall Street's estimates of $0.86.

Royal Integration

H.B. Fuller stated that the Royal integration is progressing well and generated an incremental $4 million in cost synergies in Q2 FY18, totaling $6 million year-to-date, in-line with expectations. The Company's target remains to realize a total of $15 million of cost synergies in FY18 and $35 million of savings by FY20.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of June 02, 2018, H.B. Fuller had cash on hand of $129 million and total debt equal to $2.41 billion, of which approximately 70% had a fixed interest rate. This compares to cash and debt levels equal to $132 million and $2.44 billion, respectively, in Q1 FY18.

H.B. Fuller's cash flow from operations was $54 million in Q2 FY18, reflecting the improving profitability of the businesses. Out of the total cash generated from operations, $36 million was used to repay debt. The Company stated that it remains on track to meet its $170 million debt reduction goal for FY18.

Outlook

H.B. Fuller narrowed its adjusted EPS guidance range to $3.15 to $3.40 for FY18 versus the previous range of $3.10 to $3.40. The Company also updated its adjusted EBITDA guidance to approximately $470 million, so as to reflect the impact of the modified calculation of EBITDA.

For the remainder of FY18, H.B. Fuller is projecting revenue growth to be between 5% and 6% on a pro-forma basis compared to FY17. H.B. Fuller expects to invest a total of approximately $80 million in capital items in FY18.

Stock Performance Snapshot

July 13, 2018 - At Friday's closing bell, H.B. Fuller's stock slightly dropped 0.59%, ending the trading session at $55.81.

Volume traded for the day: 209.66 thousand shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 0.52%; previous three-month period – up 12.36%; past twelve-month period – up 9.11%; and year-to-date – up 3.60%

After last Friday's close, H.B. Fuller's market cap was at $2.82 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 39.11.

The stock has a dividend yield of 1.11%.

The stock is part of the Basic Materials sector, categorized under the Specialty Chemicals industry. This sector was up 0.3% at the end of the session.

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