Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded home improvement and building products, has updated the outlook for its second quarter performance.
Due to a better than anticipated rebound in sales during the quarter, Masco now expects second quarter sales to be down approximately 8% versus prior year excluding currency, compared to the previously announced anticipated sales decrease of 15-20%. Second quarter sales in the Plumbing Products segment are expected to be down approximately 19% excluding currency, and in the Decorative Architectural Products segment sales are expected to increase approximately 6%. With the anticipated increased sales, Masco expects decremental margins in the second quarter to be stronger than the previously announced range of 35-40%.
Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Masco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. Our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Behr® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures; Kichler® decorative and outdoor lighting; and HotSpring® spas. We leverage our powerful brands across product categories, sales channels and geographies to create value for our customers and shareholders. For more information about Masco Corporation, visit www.masco.com.
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