Whirlpool Corporation confirms the recently announced Sears Holdings Corporation (“Sears”) bankruptcy will have a very limited impact on Whirlpool’s results of operations. As of September 30, 2018, approximately $30 million or 1% of Whirlpool’s aggregate accounts receivable exposure was related to Sears, and Whirlpool had an immaterial amount of Sears-related inventory. In addition, net sales to Sears represented less than 2% of Whirlpool’s global net sales.
In the past, when faced with a potential volume reduction from any one particular segment of the trade distribution network, Whirlpool has been able to offset such declines with increased sales through a broad distribution network.
“Our products are sold where consumers want to shop with distribution across all big-box retailers, the homebuilding channel and independent retailers,” said Joe Liotine, President, Whirlpool Corporation North America. “We will continue to provide a great array of product offerings and services that meet consumer needs, offering strong brands that deliver innovation to consumers every day.”
Whirlpool does not anticipate this bankruptcy will have any impact on our full-year 2018 EPS guidance or financial results over the long term. Further updates will be provided on Whirlpool’s conference call to discuss third-quarter financial results.
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