Leggett & Platt Reports Record 3Q Sales


CARTHAGE, Mo., Nov. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

  • 3Q sales were a quarterly record1 $1.32 billion, a 9% increase vs 3Q20
  • 3Q EBIT was $144 million, down $6 million vs 3Q20 and down $12 million vs 3Q20 adjusted2 EBIT
  • 3Q EPS was $.71, a decrease of $.08 vs 3Q20 and a decrease of $.11 vs 3Q20 adjusted2 EPS
  • Narrowing 2021 guidance: sales of $5.0–$5.1 billion; EPS of $2.86–$2.96; adjusted2 EPS of $2.70–$2.80­

Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt reported record1 quarterly sales in third quarter of $1.32 billion, a 9% increase versus third quarter last year.

Organic sales were up 8%


Volume was down 6%, largely due to supply chain constraints impacting the Bedding and Automotive markets


Raw material-related selling price increases of 13% and currency benefit of 1% added to sales growth

Acquisitions, net of divestitures, increased sales 1%

Third quarter EBIT was $144 million, down $6 million or 4% from third quarter 2020 and down $12 million or 8% from third quarter 2020 adjusted2 EBIT. EBIT declined primarily from lower volume partially offset by metal margin expansion in our Steel Rod business.


3Q 2020 adjustments include $6 million of restructuring-related charges

EBIT margin was 10.9%, down from 12.4% in the third quarter of 2020 and down from an adjusted2 EBIT margin of 12.9%

Third quarter EPS was $.71, a decrease of $.08 versus third quarter 2020 and a decrease of $.11 versus third quarter 2020 adjusted2 EPS. The decline reflects lower EBIT and a higher tax rate ($.05/share), primarily from retroactive benefits related to certain tax regulations issued in the third quarter of last year. 

Chairman and CEO Karl Glassman commented, “Like many other companies, our teams continue to navigate a myriad of macro market challenges, including supply chain issues related to semiconductor shortages, foam chemical shortages, labor availability, freight challenges, as well as higher costs associated with each of these issues. Despite these headwinds, we delivered record1 quarterly sales and solid operating results in the third quarter.

“Leggett remains well-positioned, both competitively and financially, to capitalize on long-term opportunities in our various end markets. Our enduring long-term fundamentals give us confidence in our ability to continue creating long-term value for our shareholders.”


  • Net Debt was 2.41x trailing 12-month adjusted2 EBITDA
  • Operating cash flow was $50 million in the third quarter, a decrease of $211 million versus third quarter 2020, primarily from working capital investments in Bedding to rebuild inventory following severe depletion in 2020 and support anticipated growth, as well as from significant inflationary impacts
  • Capital expenditures were $27 million
  • Total liquidity was $965 million


  • In August, Leggett & Platt’s Board of Directors declared a $.42 third quarter dividend, two cents higher than last year’s third quarter dividend
  • At an annual indicated dividend of $1.68 per share, the yield is 3.6% based upon Friday’s closing stock price of $46.85 per share, one of the higher yields among the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats


Full year 2021 sales and EPS guidance narrowed


Change primarily reflects higher raw material-related price increases and lower expected volume in Automotive

Sales are expected to be $5.0–$5.1 billion, +17% to +19% versus 2020


Volume expected to grow mid-single digits


Raw material-related price increases expected to add significant sales growth


Acquisitions, net of divestitures, expected to add 1%

EPS is expected to be $2.86–$2.96 


Reflects higher volume and higher metal margin


Includes 2Q gain from real estate sale of $0.16 per share

Adjusted EPS is expected to be $2.70–$2.80

Based on this guidance framework, EBIT margin should be 11.7%–11.8%; adjusted EBIT margin should be 11.1%–11.2%

Operating cash flow expected to be approximately $350 million


Reflects inflationary impacts and planned working capital investments to build and maintain higher inventory levels in our Rod, Wire, and U.S. Spring businesses

Additional guidance expectations:


Depreciation and amortization $190 million


Net interest expense $75 million 


Effective tax rate 23%


Fully diluted shares 137 million


Capital expenditures $120 million


Dividends approximately $220 million

Prior Guidance: 


Sales: $4.9–$5.1 billion


EPS: $2.86–$3.06


Adjusted EPS: $2.70–$2.90


Operating cash flow: approximately $450 million

Implied 4Q Guidance:


Sales are expected to be $1.26–$1.36 billion


EPS is expected to be $.69–$.79

SEGMENT RESULTS – Third Quarter 2021 (versus 3Q 2020)

Bedding Products –

Trade sales increased 13%


Volume decreased 8%, primarily from challenges with chemical and labor availability in the U.S. bedding market and European demand returning to more normal seasonal levels


Raw material-related selling price increases added 19%


Currency benefit increased sales 1%


Acquisitions, net of divestitures, added 1% to sales growth

The Kayfoam acquisition completed in June 2021 contributed 3% to sales

Divestitures of small operations in Drawn Wire decreased sales by 2%

EBIT increased $5 million, primarily from higher metal margin, partially offset by lower volume, production inefficiencies driven by supply chain constraints, and higher freight costs

Specialized Products –

Trade sales decreased 3%


Volume decreased 7% from lower sales in Automotive due to semiconductor shortages impacting global automotive production, partially offset by sales growth in Hydraulic Cylinders and Aerospace


Currency benefit increased sales 3%


Small Aerospace acquisition added 1% to sales

EBIT decreased $10 million, primarily from lower volume in Automotive

Furniture, Flooring & Textile Products

Trade sales increased 12%


Volume decreased 1%, with growth in Work Furniture and Home Furniture more than offset by declines in Textiles and Flooring


Raw material-related selling price increases added 13%

EBIT decreased $1 million, primarily from lower volume

A set of slides containing summary financial information is available from the Investor Relations section of Leggett’s website at www.leggett.com. Management will host a conference call at 7:30 a.m. Central (8:30 a.m. Eastern) on Tuesday, November 2. The webcast can be accessed from Leggett’s website. The dial-in number is (201) 689-8341; there is no passcode. 

Fourth quarter results will be released after the market closes on Monday, February 7, 2022, with a conference call the next morning.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit Leggett’s website at www.leggett.com.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:  Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is a diversified manufacturer that designs and produces a broad variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes and automobiles. The 138-year-old Company is comprised of 15 business units, approximately 20,000 employees, and over 130 manufacturing facilities located in 18 countries.  Leggett & Platt is a member of the S&P 500 and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and is one of Fortune’s  World’s Most Admired Companies.

Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S.-based manufacturer of: a) bedding components; b) automotive seat support and lumbar systems; c) specialty bedding foams and private label finished mattresses; d) components for home furniture and work furniture; e) flooring underlayment; f) adjustable beds; and g) bedding industry machinery.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including, but not limited to, raw material-related price increases; volume growth; acquisition and divestiture activity; the amount of sales, EPS, capital expenditures, depreciation and amortization, net interest expense, fully diluted shares, operating cash flow; our EBIT margin, adjusted EBIT margin, effective tax rate, amount of dividends, and higher metal margins. Such forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements described in this provision and…


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