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Fortune Brands Home & Security Reports Strong Sales And EPS For Q4 And Full Year; Provides 2014 Annual Outlook

Stocks in this article: FBHS

Full Year 2013

For the full year 2013, net sales were $4.2 billion, an increase of 16 percent over 2012. Diluted earnings per share were $1.34 compared to $0.71 in the prior year, and diluted EPS before charges/gains were $1.50 versus $0.89 last year, an increase of 69 percent.

“Our balance sheet strengthened during 2013, even as we completed the WoodCrafters acquisition, repurchased $52 million of our shares and initiated a quarterly dividend,” said Lee Wyatt, chief financial officer. “As of December 31, 2013, cash was $241 million and debt was $356 million, resulting in net debt to EBITDA of 0.2 times. We also announced a 20 percent increase in our quarterly dividend beginning in 2014.”

“We have built strong momentum over the past two years,” said Klein. “We believe we are still in the early stages of a multi-year housing recovery and are well positioned to continue to leverage our structural competitive advantages and drive profitable growth well into the future.”

Annual Outlook for 2014

The Company’s 2014 annual outlook is based on a home products market growth assumption of 10 to 11 percent. Based on the Company’s strong performance, its confidence in the housing market recovery and expectation to continue outperforming the market, the Company expects full-year 2014 net sales to increase 11 to 13 percent. The Company expects diluted EPS before charges/gains to be in the range of $1.91 to $2.01. This targeted range compares to 2013 diluted EPS before charges/gains of $1.50.

The Company expects to generate $250+ million in free cash flow in 2014, net of capital expenditures of $130 to $140 million, as it begins to invest in incremental capacity and infrastructure to support multi-year growth.

About Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., creates products and services that help fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. The Company’s trusted brands include Master Lock security products, MasterBrand cabinets, Moen faucets, Simonton windows and Therma-Tru entry door systems. FBHS holds market leadership positions in all of its segments. FBHS is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index. For more information, please visit www.FBHS.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” regarding business strategies, market potential, future financial performance and other matters. Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “projects,” “estimates,” “plans,” “outlook,” and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” “may” and “could” are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of our management. Although we believe that these statements are based on reasonable assumptions, they are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those indicated in such statements. Our actual results could differ materially from the results contemplated by these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to: (i) our reliance on the North American home improvement, repair and new home construction activity levels, (ii) the North American and larger global economies, (iii) risk associated with entering into potential strategic acquisitions and integrating acquired companies, (iv) our ability to remain innovative and protect our intellectual property, (v) our reliance on key customers and suppliers, (vi) the cost and availability associated with our supply chains and the availability of raw materials, (vii) risk of increases in our postretirement benefit-related costs and funding requirements, and (viii) changes in tax, environmental and federal and state laws and industry regulatory standards. These and other factors are discussed in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.

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