We currently estimate earnings per diluted share and industry demand for 2016 to be within the following ranges:
|2016 Current Outlook|
|Estimated earnings per diluted share, for the year ending December 31, 2016||$11.25–$12.00|
|Combined Acquisition Related Transition Costs||$(0.30)|
(1) Primarily reflects industry demand in Brazil.
For the full-year 2016, we expect to generate free cash flow between $700 million and $800 million, including restructuring cash outlays of up to $200 million, capital expenditures of $700 million to $750 million and EMEA legacy product warranty costs of $155 million.
The table below reconciles projected 2016 cash provided by operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP to free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure. Management believes that free cash flow provides stockholders with a relevant measure of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing Whirlpool’s ability to fund its activities and obligations. There are limitations to using non-GAAP financial measures, including the difficulty associated with comparing companies that use similarly named non-GAAP measures whose calculations may differ from our calculations. We define free cash flow as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures and including proceeds from the sale of assets/businesses, and changes in restricted cash. The change in restricted cash relates to the private placement funds paid by Whirlpool to acquire majority control of Hefei Sanyo in 2014 and which are used to fund capital and technical resources to enhance Whirlpool China’s research and development and working capital.
|(Millions of dollars)||2016 Current Outlook|
|Cash provided by operating activities||$1,400–$1,550|
|Capital expenditures, proceeds from sale of assets/businesses and changes in restricted cash||(700)–(750)|
|Free cash flow||$700–$800|
The projections above are based on many estimates and are inherently subject to change based on future decisions made by management and the Board of Directors of Whirlpool, and significant economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies.
FREE CASH FLOW
As defined by the company, free cash flow is cash provided by operating activities after capital expenditures, proceeds from the sale of assets and businesses and changes in restricted cash. The reconciliation provided below reconciles twelve-month 2015, 2014 and 2013 free cash flow with cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. The change in restricted cash relates to the private placement funds paid by Whirlpool to acquire majority control of Hefei Sanyo in 2014 and which are used to fund capital and technical resources to enhance Whirlpool China’s research and development and working capital.
|Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|(Millions of dollars)||2015||2014||2013|
|Cash provided by operating activities||$1,225||$1,479||$1,262|
|Capital expenditures, proceeds from sale of assets/businesses and changes in restricted cash||(605)||(625)||(572)|
|Free cash flow||$620||$854||$690|
ONGOING BUSINESS OPERATIONS MEASURES, OPERATING PROFIT AND EARNINGS PER DILUTED SHARE
The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures, ongoing business operating profit and ongoing business earnings per diluted share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, reported operating profit and net earnings per diluted share available to Whirlpool, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013. Ongoing business operating margin is calculated by dividing ongoing business operating profit by ongoing business net sales. Ongoing business net sales excludes Brazilian (BEFIEX) tax credits from reported net sales. For more information, see document titled “GAAP Reconciliations” at investors.whirlpoolcorp.com/annuals-proxies.cfm
|Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Operating Profit||Earnings per Diluted Share|
|(Millions of dollars)||2015||2014||2013||2015||2014||2013|
|Reported GAAP Measure||$1,285||$1,188||$1,249||$9.83||$8.17||$10.24|
|Brazilian (BEFIEX) Tax Credits||—||(14)||(109)||—||(0.18)||(1.35)|
|Combined Acquisition Related Transition Costs||57||98||—||0.66||1.09||—|
|Inventory Purchase Price Allocation||—||13||—||—||0.13||—|
|Antitrust and Dispute Resolutions||21||2||—||0.35||0.04||0.40|
|Gain/Expenses Related to a Business Investment||—||—||—||(0.44)||—||—|
|U.S. Energy Tax Credits||—||—||—||—||—||(1.56)|
|Brazilian Government Settlement||—||—||11||—||—||0.26|
|Pension Settlement Charges||15||—||—||0.16||—||—|
|Benefit Plan Curtailment Gain||(62)||—||—||(0.63)||—||—|
|Legacy Product Warranty and Liability Expense||42||—||—||0.42||—||—|
|Normalized Tax Rate Adjustment||—||—||—||—||(0.06)||—|
|Ongoing Business Measure||$1,559||$1,475||$1,353||$12.38||$11.39||$10.02|
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf. Certain statements contained in this annual report, including those within the forward-looking perspective section of this annual report, and other written and oral statements made from time to time by us or on our behalf do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may contain forward-looking statements that reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. As such, they are considered “forward-looking statements” which provide current expectations or forecasts of future events. Such statements can be identified by the use of terminology such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “should,” “possible,” “plan,” “predict,” “forecast,” “potential,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” “may impact,” “on track,” and similar words or expressions. Our forward-looking statements generally relate to our growth strategies, financial results, product development, and sales efforts. These forward-looking statements should be considered with the understanding that such statements involve a variety of risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, and may be affected by inaccurate assumptions. Consequently, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual results may vary materially.
This document contains forward-looking statements about Whirlpool Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries (“Whirlpool”) that speak only as of this date. Whirlpool disclaims any obligation to update these statements. Forward-looking statements in this document may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected earnings per share, cash flow, productivity and raw material prices. Many risks, contingencies and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from Whirlpool’s forward-looking statements. Among these factors are: (1) intense competition in the home appliance industry reflecting the impact of both new and established global competitors, including Asian and European manufacturers; (2) acquisition and investment-related risk, including risk associated with our acquisitions of Hefei Sanyo and Indesit, and risk associated with our increased presence in emerging markets; (3) Whirlpool’s ability to continue its relationship with significant trade customers and the ability of these trade customers to maintain or increase market share; (4) risks related to our international operations, including changes in foreign regulations, regulatory compliance and disruptions arising from natural disasters or terrorist attacks; (5) fluctuations in the cost of key materials (including steel, plastic, resins, copper and aluminum) and components and the ability of Whirlpool to offset cost increases; (6) the ability of Whirlpool to manage foreign currency fluctuations; (7) litigation, tax, and legal compliance risk and costs, especially costs which may be materially different from the amount we expect to incur or have accrued for; (8) the effects and costs of governmental investigations or related actions by third parties; (9) changes in the legal and regulatory environment including environmental and health and safety regulations; (10) Whirlpool’s ability to maintain its reputation and brand image; (11) the ability of Whirlpool to achieve its business plans, productivity improvements, cost control, price increases, leveraging of its global operating platform, and acceleration of the rate of innovation; (12) information technology system failures and data security breaches; (13) product liability and product recall costs; (14) inventory and other asset risk; (15) the uncertain global economy and changes in economic conditions which affect demand for our products; (16) the ability of suppliers of critical parts, components and manufacturing equipment to deliver sufficient quantities to Whirlpool in a timely and cost-effective manner; (17) our ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other qualified employees; (18) the impact of labor relations; (19) Whirlpool’s ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; and (20) health care cost trends, regulatory changes and variations between results and estimates that could increase future funding obligations for pension and postretirement benefit plans.
We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, and investors are advised to review disclosures in our filings with the SEC. It is not possible to foresee or identify all factors that could cause actual results to differ from expected or historic results. Therefore, investors should not consider the foregoing factors to be an exhaustive statement of all risks, uncertainties, or factors that could potentially cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements.
Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Whirlpool Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.
The graph below depicts the yearly dollar change in the cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock with the cumulative total return of Standard & Poor’s [S&P] Composite 500 Stock Index and the cumulative total return of the S&P 500 Household Durables Index for the last five fiscal years.* The graph assumes $100 was invested on December 31, 2010, in Whirlpool Corporation common stock, the S&P 500 and the S&P Household Durables Index.
Cumulative total return is measured by dividing  the sum of [a] the cumulative amount of the dividends for the measurement period, assuming dividend reinvestment, and [b] the difference between share price at the end and at the beginning of the measurement period by  the share price at the beginning of the measurement period.
TOTAL RETURN TO SHAREHOLDERS
(Includes reinvestment of dividends)
|Annual Return Percentage|
|Company/Index||Dec. '14||Dec. '15|
|S&P 500 Index||13.69||1.38|
|S&P 500 Household Durables||18.54||0.12|
|Base Period||Years Ending|
|Company/Index||Dec. '14||Dec. '15|
|S&P 500 Index||178.28||180.75|
|S&P 500 Household Durables||258.91||259.22|