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Welbilt (WBT)

Participants
Richard Sheffer VP, IR, Risk Management & Treasurer
Hubertus Muehlhaeuser President & CEO
Haresh Shah CFO
Josef Matosevic COO
Cindy Egnotovich Chairperson
Larry De Maria William Blair
Jeff Hammond KeyBanc Capital Markets
David MacGregor Longbow Research
Mircea Dobre Robert W. Baird
Walter Liptak Seaport Global
Joel Tiss BMO
James Clement Buckingham Research
Rob Wertheimer Melius Research
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Jody, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Welbilt Inc. 2018 Q2 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Richard Sheffer, Vice President of Investor Relations Risk Management and Treasurer, you may begin your conference, sir.

Richard Sheffer

Jody. Thanks, welcome Second and and Earnings Welbilt's Webcast. to morning Quarter XXXX Call Good

the Hubertus Financial today and me Officer. call Joining on is Matosevic, Chief Officer; Shah, Josef Chief Haresh Muehlhaeuser, our and Chief Officer; our Operating Executive President our

call our turn Josef, to materially not forward-looking or facts business Safe that the review statements in statements I you. are future differ statement are from with today. Before or Any to results and this our implied over statements I forward-looking need Harbor expressed call could our regarding any historical projections made

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Josef Matosevic

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of this growth the contributed of close the quarter external had Crem following This acquisition. growth also We X% mid-April the quarter. in

positive. second execution volume half. We and being our and million improve quarter to rightsizing to we to mixed in $XX are dealer which this margin pricing were of levels the The generated the continued impact sales savings margin discussed also with in worked EBITDA as headwinds and growth return one customers second through KitchenCare the part the channel we down quarter The help and both down quarter. news the again pleased KitchenCare last two aftermarket second parts initiatives good are very will expected. on of performance quarter higher and quarter: is normal that our our the again is the mix inventories expect our this in We net was of of were simplification

and headwind that ramp QX. was QX roll-outs second into related The to our continued cost for up launch in begin and multiple

stabilizing, margin roll-outs ramp believe no will now up these the As the longer half. in be headwind we cost early are second a

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XX quarter, operating organic EBITDA our points the the Crem margin basis cost from in impact but Our business the XX increased basis-point of diluted adjusted decrease.

expect will for dollars EBITDA and that year. organic from the total increase margin to continue operations We full

increased year-to-date Moving to has operating Slide while X. Organic EBITDA have increased X.X% X.X%. adjusted by to net sales

we will let of discuss now Haresh year. this details the the guidance, positive balance into quarter. for trend continuation our we the updated to I the will get get when we As of see Haresh? a of

Haresh Shah

and Josef, everyone. good Thanks, morning,

of and side Looking customers product Americas, X, the the with net in sales. comments general hot I the a few at cold within make the both organic market drove our topline new increased large for side Slide roll-outs an products results sale. will in segment. and Starting chain This X.X% primarily by on driven increase ongoing increases sales

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outlook sales U.S. the and with our in gradually the again capital progresses. June. were the over index, growth that that rate QX our expectations as strongest to and are supports market that we estimate months. Looking results expenditures that quarter. market sales month the this six This quarter demonstrate data at market two will the Based clearly expected to Slide metrics, on remain we these X, year restaurant the the X% According Restaurant same-store outgrew approximately expenditures of reported the general in positive each capital the National grew same-store positive and Association next improve

for market to year. continue to the the expect outgrow We

Moving X. Slide to

simplification As of million quarter. and in rightsizing Josef our generated another the initiatives $XX year-over-year savings mentioned,

simplification improvements categories. supply KitchenCare initiatives Within and reductions reductions. rightsizing comprised lean and we in include cost and chain seven simplification, platforms, and we purchasing XX/XX, improvement Our capacity manufacturing. and of are manufacturing product Within include rightsizing, headcount

stages we journey. simplification, quantify to we runway manufacturing. and see a we savings qualitatively completion these improvements we remaining to are progress. but chain significant margin X,XXX early will purchasing to and supply in still continue them of lead enable won't As Within our reminder, individual categories, for show Overall, basis-point implementation the discuss of our the

of improvements We are of component product and simplification platforms simplification line customer line our near the the the KitchenCare cost the and in midpoint product and of are latest stages and complete of headcount XX/XX manufacturing already to reductions, both having for capacity originally capacity In of relates reductions as rightsizing, it are pricing. and targeted. we stages the latest we the XX% XX/XX in

targeted. As XX% finished, consolidating are cost are in one we to we into to is completed will mentioned separate Louisiana a small. capacity we project expected When plant. this to restructuring the next expected related consolidation originally two quarter, last be year be This Shreveport, middle that by and we plants reduction have of completed

savings In from they progress from on majority and rightsizing benefits to the take-outs. of However, quarter, the achieved cost additional from as the create we the initiatives, our the continue second opportunities continued product simplification we came make future. XX/XX will in

diluted few We I have quarter to as over on to margin. all have of X, system this basis-point we our EBITDA adjusted process a Crem the the with lean Slide a On manufacturing a the this plants in some years started had few manufacturing of margin continue XX wave on way next comments the plants globally. year implement drivers. we'll the of operating systematic production impact deploy Welbilt first and second

previously average. we below margins mentioned, corporate slightly As our are Crem's

rising benefiting prices our impact expect the by do Adjusting While and basis-point in quarter margins remain headwind and raw dilutive offset to from points XXX which to basis-point from net cost pricing and which drivers XXX positive materials the help a was start tariff from XXX increased and quarter. this had rightsizing in Section did the increased freight net be from operations accretive offset that earnings headwind for other the XX the was Material cost. to the was in should is EPS. a them that by The June to third and simplification We expect basis item margins, comment XX of our on Reviewing inflation basis-point to to margins, basis-point quarter. impact, throughout volume Volume from positive we XX XXXX. expect impact. our in organic mix. we last the and case initiatives

and the cost roll-out. end mix quarter, earlier, mentioned largely by the driven lower sales the ramp negative from As in Josef KitchenCare of was the up tail

sales KitchenCare We to expect as second half return the growth of mixed in the improve year.

$XX.X we of million free XX, quarter. flow to Moving Slide cash generated this

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will free cash We flow flow ratio remainder year. still the conversion of be or the expect and there year XXX% free this be better cash are to positive for

second expense million quarter, quarter close reason. cash cash $XX.X for acquisition. acquisition interest was Debt the the rising year. the the balance and to by rates. Primarily the decreased Crem total compared to to million same $XXX.X $XX in last used from due by $XX.X debt in increased Our Interest to the million due increase short-term million the

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last impact their XX.X% XX pipeline in and will range. XX basis-point another initial operating basis-point roll-out basis now EBITDA in basis narrowed In reduction addition, adjusted some fitKitchen acquisition XXXX. XX points from points early and two tariffs Crem is it second and Section projects begin imposed during our that of impact a have of range the we were years of our We the new XX XX.X%, the added half by from reflects This the margin July. the between diluted XXX to to a the

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are incentive levels, guidance EPS diluted to This range expecting continued digital and amortization XX% depreciation and million an investment target leads This inflationary concludes also a $XXX per rate. for our $X.XX outstanding, $X.XX general XX% I compensation over of some to back tax into adjusted higher strategy expense increases. turn fully interest to and other our higher comments. increase That maintaining We in Hubertus. to call range my will share. shares to assumes now diluted the expense, effective

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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supportive our integration the margins system the have we we see general were overall continue they conditions we to diluted outgrow a reach acquisition, roll-out of have year Crem Crem, their extremely the target. margin slight remain demand slightly with so of to gradually our prospects as help margins, Longer growth. second our time summary, customers, large their deployment our margins in impact their will excited into project. Once of long-term term, completed mentioned this and As Organically, fitKitchen to improving we These and production for margin. the our the the chain the us we below current the industry. velve would at of half expect drivers In from improved of mid-XXs. in from initial market about [ph]

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Richard Sheffer

Hubertus. Thanks,

As a your announcement earnings have questions about ask during this the call reminder, keep leadership to those to that questions. and relating Jody, Q&A please the our we will session, After additional this Q&A comments. morning's for opportunity up only. deliver open our to comments will we now following you'll questions session

Operator

first from De [Operator Your line of question William comes Certainly. of Maria Larry the Instructions] Blair.

Your line is open.

Larry De Maria

and half, to relates under morning X%. half. talking we're in Obviously Good best Thanks. second growth at growth, Congratulations. sales, half, over midpoint, keep about This you second But very you good of organic luck, organic had but the Hubertus. guidance. X% the the first

first you help decelerate So much? is delineate us should growth the you're and so can mixed question why message sending

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

two are there I think. Larry, components,

-- talked overarching you a as backlog know First is about. we've business. what This consistently -- is not

the at market profitability. overarching there some KitchenCare half, expect with the we will QSRs general been short-term That's picking Those they then in So, which large up strength will our look and help end, roll-outs. you the and of do as drive so visibility. from growth the there is roll-outs continuation flow, first have was and the strong help

we roll-outs will back then So the at roll-outs quarter-after-quarter. have will think had us really, to and it see major The Larry, that roll-outs to but end, looking don't continue I continue. comes we

Larry De Maria

relatively industry mundane at it market, fair, or? of anything better, the considering still X.X% second just or half I some doing is a conservatism guess. is growth, there in but organic midpoint the Right? Is That's bit is else there the Okay. on maybe

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

why quarters. the have a isn't visibility in benefits that think is two industry that this over look because backlogs of reason I there don't the there we Larry, range, is out

when The here. being going prevents appropriately getting and range going I conservative up in looking optimistic earnings others visibility guidance think the what's in industry at we're service think while at to guidance at food of I the industry guidance internally call. and leading on release this looking us from debated the we this That's really forward. overly in lack

Larry De Maria

year somebody has on end [ph] XXX but in? cover Because got supply you do of incremental I Section that? talked Section margins, And covering. was this Okay, thank next think are chain the previously the and you. that by Or you that to year for get else XXX? above that about then, to you headwind, transitory do incremental increases of you the cost an have read to back adjust have guess as price How the we can just the do the what cost

Haresh Shah

did on Larry, we guidance our what this we is Haresh. now. We know anticipate for adjust margin what

these in know, everybody things be daily on we what basis, able be. to a baked so impact -- will we change As we will almost think the

we to the get the part XXXs will be of think help perspective, Larry, well to June I as things we'll on, more The you're that's will a in be us with as going As next of From change, did pricing able year. it. update we that. to pricing freight. continue right don't

impact come as we'll everybody aware change, Larry, what going it's we're if and of. in that's think to I things

manufacturing your So short-term terms want this. about you updated. on make to that lot of I don't of and we We time don't to will talking a point, And to spent guys things, have make we'll want decisions and keep Josef decision change. in

Larry De Maria

you. Okay, thank

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Larry. Thanks,

Haresh Shah

Larry. Thanks,

Operator

Capital next Jeff KeyBanc question Markets. of comes line from Hammond of Your the

open. is line Your

Jeff Hammond

Hi. Good morning, guys.

Haresh Shah

Jeff. morning, Good

Jeff Hammond

of a margins, and second KitchenCare talk roll-outs If headwind the about you sense for into us and of both was half? could how you headwind kind if could mix any just give big the the the the there's lingering

Josef Matosevic

key to three Josef. the margin. Good morning, Jeff. components are There

the stated it you and mixed was as them side business. of the of on was One primary cold

had customer The to everything the good the the half, other to largest piece phases Tariffs point, on done the second during the but at continue roll-outs like this piece I we don't us it the very we mix, confident adapt, the so most roll-out one so earlier? date. to this changes The the the at continue say, in to stabilize the was to to and is was accurate Do date third to And stabilize half. about unknown tariffs this we fly. is the probably have expect Haresh we and will expect the we could feel that mentioned position quality is mix.

an mix. the improvement We of will see

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

a they second don't to of as goods note was prepared as KitchenCare that half see know, in going all the very, margin. Adding the significantly the first healthy margins down mentioned inventories, that, really we we of so that than and course have very you mix half, you as we the but whole through for in KitchenCare. we're have And disclose higher know, to they're our burn

be going as a positive that's So to very driver well.

Jeff Hammond

not way. that half. just better of Then market little second a is half were different seems pause, you the first the Maybe KitchenCare how a quantify going on growth getting general roll-outs gives is better the the It after exhibit second to these better. the half big growth going bit maybe on growth, that in just like is Okay.

Josef Matosevic

simplification. it do customer that look usually in want don't reserve QX happens a in as And this and industry, Sales QX, at going a business. we that. be little perspective in that different this to caution from is Let's you there the or any also line of and second year guidance walk half. unprofitable we a bit away We know to from think to

from away of line there. business is topline our of simplification customer small in because in point walking there therefore, So unprofitable guidance, a that

Jeff Hammond

Thanks. helpful, Okay. That's guys.

Haresh Shah

Thanks, Jeff.

Operator

comes of MacGregor next Research. David question the from Your Longbow line of

open. is line Your

David MacGregor

organic just growth. to little could. I I a by growth bit helping volume? wanted explore on you of versus if start the understand much us was Congratulations Could that organic the price how

Haresh Shah

the in The slides. price component is

just a flipping and to pricing, it was volume We inflation improvement really the quarter offset I'm the offset I'm the sorry, basis-point the as had the for then we XX mix, by mix. the said was which and we the So had earlier, -- there. positive

So we to get that the the what drivers don't further into in than mix. were want other really

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

looking and largest in was David, far margin of said volume organic the was way another in impact, the away that the I at quarter. driver looking the think impact the at growth on sales

David MacGregor

Right.

Josef Matosevic

And It it where is volume areas growth Because strongly have of the I volume may in QSRs also that and keep this in also outlined. different customer came these is and it's growth. roll-outs, volume growth back really three several that that with back volume market nice we the shift the nice, to general coming us.

David MacGregor

an in have what increase guess are QX and secondly, fairly substantial pronounced your in competitor's I would traction math to price my quarter another basis increase high pricing in basis you explore about with guess impact if June EBITDA -- to slide margin price looks you, the which XXX to I And like late increases price I limited. obviously it Was postpone fairly trends? assume associated want ability deltas, guess did a pricing discounting expected? like correct. is second it traction? that couple was if achieve points year-end net is pricing, On maybe points you on looks just had I increase the how and been in a thoughts on Number you of their decision fairly XX it it more seeing on incremental one, there. quarter than your you may have

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

that my we about mentioned see I discounting It's discounting and that. business kind comments, don't that the But walk little discounting. have think bit always away and on. talk earlier in don't want unprofitable -- you of from going half we of I significant will second the I to a

second now one is competitors to the increases, have followed all our The price increases. price

us. because it's you increasing and understanding that media, Everybody is the and to discussion a there is we're at if look pricing all increases coming of -- there's is tariff sweep So very there price the not that this ones. only clear

then -- see pricing add that? So Josef, we therefore, going I and you is think that something want stick. the to to to

Josef Matosevic

here, increase was general Just Hubertus. market the the touch price finishing the David, sector. in

David MacGregor

Right.

up a then NexGen. follow Just on

to said quarter there July. impact that volumes? in Was starts Given second challenging [ph] you significant any

Josef Matosevic

slight journey. large them There to are that excited in, was increase, once trends curve. take towards some over will time growth we will organization positive you see that collectively It and I our and David, about switch as believe know, extremely we as kicks a

Haresh Shah

the second and of 'XX 'XX. and back to Yes. half In then

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

baked in have into this as we gradually And guidance very our well.

David MacGregor

Great. And the right-sizing confident been all doing, works you're to with the simplification volume? you've capacity as incremental got and that support you

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

David. Absolutely,

David MacGregor

Thanks much. very Okay.

Josef Matosevic

Josef. tell Has can year, I you. a lot last productivity the in increased

satisfy So we those have capacity needs. to

David MacGregor

Thank hear. to Good you.

Operator

Your next the question from Mic comes line of R.W. Dobre Baird. of

line is open. Your

Mircea Dobre

Yes, good that. it guess luck. from get was away I to you Good congratulations. morning. keep Hubertus, I for tractors, hard

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

You're right.

Mircea Dobre

What in range start organic you back wider actually that given half, implied than it was the now of I your the comps easier your you as My other at the they your the that the think makes you when at folks activity would organic it's because I back that are guidance want narrowing I question be understand looking range, more have than puzzled sense. guess, What and in -- the I'm guidance go would to were visibility, we half year. than to are I talked gotten in it's rather about, I'm guess widening I'm asking but environment half this I'm wrong whole here? back because range it front I the missing -- growth not uncertain. like discussion me if struggling the has as roll-out the correct with therefore and

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

answered question all I that Mic, think honestly, in the was we because now. already, asked times three

feel expect the I Haresh case the and not and that deliver you further to a honesty, get there we're if in and have visibility the it is prudent second have in can therefore, going and from half that that's as of what we seeing promise. topline a course, conservatism, from might the is the to going compensation might deliver we it after. and industry from said, we we but I range, conservative, is that our we're when think stay absolutely want and to because in that to go call guidance is Josef trends have that don't more want all stay and our away or revisit don't are narrow away deliver they the Welbilt because And and within business of of course we if, business, positive we we're be, In and we next team, assume want promise think the this walk then unprofitable there bridge therefore range. to to there, business part the down that business we what walk cross we going we we'll to that we is and But short Rich it. guidance increase we

Mircea Dobre

Okay.

competitors' [indiscernible] with pricing? much you're so market the actions concern the It's itself? not on That's So issue? your

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

more that's simplification. customer business really, don't -- to nothing margin It high go do action, our want it's want into it. mid competitors' to business to to really. We I and has with competitors. is line simplification go just to margin No, higher our line customer and up it

Okay?

Haresh Shah

changing but you some this a these And XXX. uncertainty from daily. that on know, there Mic, is things the as of are we're adjusting Again, margin perspective,

We'll can and under-deliver. on I look think we it's that. not and for stay at focused to prudent us what over-promise

Mircea Dobre

to this the essentially, volume than mix more I And thought then my and volume benefits. going basically margin, headwind, KitchenCare follow-up mix, back on the Slide X. that the right. bips All offset that on you said roll-outs XXX On bridge

expect is to that here volume bar look what fair support back positive the turn Is you to to half, margin? there? mix keeps us this As the at this

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Yes.

Haresh Shah

Yes.

Josef Matosevic

A big yes.

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

unless something? from you A say people four around big the table Rich, yes here. to want

Richard Sheffer

but have you the perspective. changing. said, to we did from a that repeat I there what don't think maybe I that you well. mixed We summarized see headwinds want

earlier question a from David a on we yes, volume the higher think absolutely from volumes. had I topline,

So, Mic, we agree.

Mircea Dobre

Would quantify venture to you it?

Richard Sheffer

I don't we in to think change. to then that. further as at mix into point. we want this that keep to and I don't want We'll the expect get do trend a that component QX, volume

Mircea Dobre

All right. Thank you.

Richard Sheffer

Mig. Thank Okay. you,

Operator

line from Walter Seaport comes question of next Your Global. of the Liptak

Your open. is line

Walter Liptak

Hubertus. Thanks. congratulations, Hi. morning guys Good and

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Thank you.

Walter Liptak

too, fourth there If you're the walking think of remember as discounting. further, clear stronger then the year, and at bit some in I away what think and a going go business and just to it step and clear pretty from the business, that traditionally, last further was I in quarter about away be fourth quarter does share had mean want $XX the market we volume pretty from always this price-discounting discounts after the I again? year. growth you're is discussion that fourth the business your anticipating in quarter little should walking discounting million third customers quarter, What there probably not a end the been the with that or that is

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

right. All

Haresh Shah

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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Okay?

Walter Liptak

Great.

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

doesn't... discounting And we XX/XX, know,

Walter Liptak

as XX/XX about all It's you know. Absolutely.

Haresh Shah

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Walter Liptak

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

it? take you don't why Josef,

Josef Matosevic

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Walter Liptak

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

repeat one you time? Could more

Walter Liptak

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Josef Matosevic

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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Walter Liptak

Okay, great. guys. you, All right, thank

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Walt. Thanks,

Operator

of comes from Your question next Joel of Tiss the BMO. line

open. is line Your

Joel Tiss

it Hey, going? is guys. How

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Hey, Joel. Good morning.

Joel Tiss

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Josef Matosevic

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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Joel Tiss

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Josef Matosevic

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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Joel Tiss

you. helpful, thank That's very

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Thank you.

Operator

next Research. Buckingham Clement Your comes the from of Instructions] line question Jamie [Operator of

Your line is open.

James Clement

questions. morning, Good gentlemen. for my Thanks taking

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

morning. good Jamie, Hi,

James Clement

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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James Clement

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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Josef Matosevic

the with discussion in-depth the customer? And

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Yes.

Richard Sheffer

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James Clement

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

right. You're

James Clement

thanks Okay, very much.

Josef Matosevic

very a short It's side. heterogeneous

Haresh Shah

customers. where back Exactly. Jamie. insights. This our there our with Josef is the We're cycle. is to aligned comments. we talking That to get ties you, a That's short out

James Clement

Okay. Appreciate that.

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Jamie. you, Thank

Richard Sheffer

Jamie, we have cut because you you more. don't off want to

James Clement

time. your so Appreciate it. you much for Thank No.

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Okay.

Now can the we call. we got to so continue internet on hand folks, with -- back with the we're

Richard Sheffer

Okay.

questionnaires? So other any there Jody, are

Operator

on the no further questions queue. are There

Richard Sheffer

Chairperson leadership Cindy like a introduce share At few to this today's would announcement. Cindy? thanks. Okay, to of time, comments Egnotovich, regarding Welbilt's I Board the

Cindy Egnotovich

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Richard Sheffer

our concludes prepared this Jody, Hubertus. remarks. Thanks,

the question-and-answer We for session. up open a brief will now call

Operator

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Rob Wertheimer

Good Congratulations, Hi. morning, everyone. Hubertus.

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

you. Thank

Rob Wertheimer

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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Cindy Egnotovich

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Rob Wertheimer

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Josef Matosevic

Thank much. you very

Operator

Mic Your Dobre line next question comes from R.W. the Baird. of of

Your line is open.

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Hey, Mic, again?

Mircea Dobre

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Cindy Egnotovich

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Mircea Dobre

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Cindy Egnotovich

over say to the will board but Haresh a going table have area. the we discussions our of turn better-explain obviously, I in thought is who lot with management, we're could that process to What that around

Haresh Shah

before. And had Yes. Mic, this we've Thanks, Cindy. discussion

capital are through to opportunity is work we every in so look structure. Rich, treasurer. as lot Him and at together, time I going a know We will it. spend you of our we our have that

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Mircea Dobre

taking my questions. for Thanks right. All

Haresh Shah

Mig. Thanks,

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

Thanks, Mig.

Operator

Joel Tiss the question line Instructions] [Operator BMO. of next comes of Your from

open. Your line is

Joel Tiss

if but at see quickly off-topic, frame Hubertus, could maybe it I the bit more Is that you for just for the or.. little us A opportunity CNH? wonder about structure you simplifying

Josef Matosevic

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Okay?

Joel Tiss

Okay. All right. Thank you.

Josef Matosevic

Thank you.

Operator

from line of comes question Maria Blair. Your Larry De of the next William

Your line is open.

Larry De Maria

the as going do be the differently -- things a transitioning for towards might Thanks forward? -- the Obviously, think of perspective, a the and or sea characteristics would lot of the color for from mentioned you but Board's about on some [ph] your of that company more what maybe could going the execution, margins. growth, forward. you that woods [indiscernible] Cindy, chopped still are from bit perspective

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Cindy Egnotovich

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Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

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Larry De Maria

are comfortable Or at Okay. for this of because bit the of Thanks, think Is with slowed this transition. obviously, have we it? a maybe margin accelerate we Hubertus. point? we could Board down year comfortable with the pace expansion Or the that pace do the things

Cindy Egnotovich

The very comfortable is with pace. Board the

time. ambitious we short-term very objectives here at keeping goals long-term look the has eye sure we're pace goal on comfortable important on doing and If And in been make at keep you with by this things that that's think set, that thing But strategies. want to point again, our the I to and and eye the our we're the keep the in direction. moving much that

some requires pace. that So

Larry De Maria

[ph]. SNH Thanks talk you and Okay. to luck, good We'll at Hubertus.

Hubertus Muehlhaeuser

I look forward to that. Absolutely.

Operator

queue. questions further There call the Richard will turn the Sheffer. over I are back to no on

Richard Sheffer

quarter this again XXXX concludes morning earnings and day. a today's This have call. Thanks Jody. great Thanks, for second us joining

Operator

call conference may and now concludes you This today's disconnect.