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Participants
Tim MacPhee Treasurer and VP of IR
Bob Pagano President and CEO
Shashank Patel CFO
Adam Farley Stifel
Steven Friedberg Seaport Global
Jeff Hammond KeyBanc
Robert Jamieson Cowen and Company
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Brent, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Watts Water Technologies Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

At this time, I would like to turn the call over to Mr. Vice Investor and Treasurer MacPhee, President Relations. of Tim please go ahead. Sir,

Tim MacPhee

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Now over the to call I turn will Bob Pagano.

Bob Pagano

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Shashank Patel

and good Bob, Thanks, morning, everyone.

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a mind over to back call third the the keep turning to Before quarter. regarding Bob, few in items

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that range. the lower of should full operating third at the consolidated We margin in year our be expect expansion quarter end

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Bob Pagano

Thanks Shashank.

share margin per operating summarize, the by the was This quarter. performance driven second in during sales, both a the quarter. delivered Americas operating delivering business To record Europe, and solid and the earnings

with margin our and pleased the connected to We strategy. and are year our sales and operating date are outlook maintaining around product progress smart full

line the open questions. So with that, please for operator,

Operator

comes Nathan Stifel. from [Operator first Instructions] Jones Your question with

Your open. line is

Adam Farley

on This Nathan. for Farley, Adam is

does growth the in XH lower that the Or the of given your gaining comparisons? organic at imply some Looking end a potentially in it of the second share guide, of half is markets? growth some in XH is slowness Watts simply - function tougher

Bob Pagano

Americas of we at half thanks of if the at for When particular, - look was the the all, year, question. look comp it, it Adam, in you last a first up in had XX%. second

comps. slowing we market And So have do secondly, believe difficult we the a bit. is

half year. as in growing, still second the just compared it's So to but last slowing

And that. believe in think continue of to driving the and we're great tough this I a environment, it's in the a team job market. growth So combination is we doing current

Adam Farley

growth up turning in you then the to expect APMEA, to half. just And second pick

then kind called you East there? just some out confidence also think of any great. in I And color timing you gives additional and other pickup Middle project the China. would What be

Bob Pagano

Sure. Yes.

growth we data of saw primarily in under quarter, valves China, for come back all, - the First our in our centers. our valves second

the we It's same half. thing. And pipeline continuing the timing so Middle that's And East, issue. second see positive. a in

that happened, see uncertainties in half year, backlog, that in half political the we're this to The call to and year. out build the come of of let's beginning second it, first the we're a going

on think comps us our And there's confidence the half easier that the second region. So and I gives based in that see. backlog we what in

Shashank Patel

the half if recall, that digits. last on and of in double in second down were China, - that's And point, Yes. we year, you

comps half. the the get China do in easier second So in

Operator

next comes Walter Seaport [Operator from Liptak of question Your Instructions] Global.

line is open. Your

Steven Friedberg

Friedberg, This in filling is Steven Walt. for

operating want I quarter a a to turn row good. It to in second So like the looks looked leverage.

guess, of the guys out continued? margins You XX% level slower-than-expected to kind of same half, the of I productivity, can be with price, growth incremental a volume, thing, in second XX% call

Shashank Patel

Yes. Yes.

So operating second from in play in and to range that expect XX% outlook of productivity XX% in as continue the a our far the we to standpoint we've And what it's on based more inflation, half. as on got leverage.

Steven Friedberg

talked you expectations And a I then back kind the of bit. second the to call, half conference regarding on the on original down guys question little growth. QX going know call

comments You tone X% this data well is a QX, as of in you you current same the guess, as looks great as outlook? market quarter said to guys on Americas. your, has it like pulled in I of the the recent in as affordability, caused guess, call, I growth any housing out QX, question housing organic being rethink growth second with rates the

Bob Pagano

playing mean, the year we No, than to second second I like we half of the was number just first strong two, the felt think pricing to I going - conditions, number out had thought. of stronger increases, et half relative knowing is cetera. the market that such began a half, market we last because with we because one, but be year

So it's had of we out kind like in playing expected just the markets.

Steven Friedberg

out seeing season; we've one a anything companies underlying improving I more. I Are this know guys And stable even could data. couple then ask in if of just housing seen can earnings market an call confirm housing or mentioned? you that this as

Bob Pagano

you our and when look of of it, at residential, is if the about Well, business recall, residential us. for is of XX% multifamily business two-third you that

in higher part we in end to So and those our the a of low homes, the is tend single-family business, Americas, of be on homes. particular,

family go a that I recent sounding play beginning starts, ones, with not like going in. single market rates So we interest to especially that's decreasing, But think that's heavily the that's forward.

what expectations are. in are as we the playing, earlier, - So I with alignment right markets said now, are our

Operator

comes Your KeyBanc. Hammond with question from Jeff next

Your open. line is

Jeff Hammond

seems that in as holding are Europe, - worries. slow most some product- growth or macro look kind to I half, sustainability either your into first concerned where given of stay environment? should margin kind Europe, you that Just of nicely really back be Where mean, better, the we you the then in And do progressed in kind you business half on in margins kind improvement region-wise? this of just just of the of of

Bob Pagano

now, When very us. That had a Europe was look Jeff. our positive for good at Thanks, in Drains quarter Yes. I right we business.

comps we're second again, we we what half, is tough we seeing saw year. last the had, look what As into and

year. of half know, our quarter in X% As over last strong was the you second

we're we're against I some European So mean, hearing slowing, the fundamentally, that. of is market seeing that. we're comping

Germany. We have some in strength

This couple quarter, we new some took of a - customers we in customers. gained with share small Germany,

- seen market, half the same. the improvement on think and restructuring a I quarter of done that is over again, general, lot first you've margin of We've year. we've the about fourth and So this based the in the the in done

growing, So business. our we particular, driving a business, keep keep as and margins electronics our about global in on which have be Drains our cautious market and goal to global and is the business is

the question your let And question. I'll second was margin Shashank grab.

Shashank Patel

the came margins better done beyond expected. Price on I question, productivity mean, over In favorable Yes. have a job we cetera, cost, we in normal than the price. et more

teams the market prop been have the So hard albeit of working value out price really the more on market, and tougher driving conditions. under

the well. it drivers a slightly of Drains is then Bob obviously, And there then that's better the that primarily about as business and talked marine so on aspect and margin - drives profile been the that's side, that

then restructuring. the out And performance. additional well And million the that's of $X got the of do op in second some did margin. help we operating the as So to will margin half an last is that and that, the helped continue piece We restructuring. savings

Jeff Hammond

And have being specifically or an you those performed? the it. mentioned business, maybe guys impacting don't if weather about is weather there? business? think creeped impacting How then really to a kind not And lot PVI peers weather do issue. of your you And think how AERCO I in of talked all at the then

Bob Pagano

Yes.

platform run year-to-date in that. quarter. impact with the impacted an year with X%, regions, especially we talked small So a weather that look pull-ins we it, again, the at mid-single-digit that's and have it when believe think guys at. Shashank our impact, at difficult those we basis, in end quantify a But bit on particular. I to we're I little have we right, a because expect in to would the about, And in self-central but where that It's believe, HHWS approximately had our did alignment

Jeff Hammond

is, price first is so increase? price And in then half? the - - half new in you what kind think of about contribution the can the talk the second And given you what was just

Shashank Patel

the half in slightly that U.S. the second the quarter, growth drove lot price. price-related obviously, was not there's tariff the more obviously, the Europe, less, in a impact Yes, of In than because,

As market, you X and there's look too look, July early increase. to We dynamic announced price at very It's it's price the second right tell half, just elasticity. I the now. mean, a

So we've second tapered the expectations half. down happens our go we what as based on through

Jeff Hammond

guess, the on side the and Because what the like was driving So dynamics moderating. of are and increase, that price increase? a through price what I seems it tariffs the some most are just are of cost on - follow-on inflation that the input costs are

Shashank Patel

at the XX% I May China in - from from end was, tariff XX the XX%. believe So to the of it went May, - on imports

So the in additional and tacked tacked the got January down that's end what July of XX% on for be the that was drove supposed X price increases to May, U.S. at finally the

Jeff Hammond

And then on question, final the just quiet it's front. M&A been

of macro you your what to seeing pipeline? Just the come the on mean way on And does given some that maybe start uncertainty, valuations actionability for deals? are

Bob Pagano

and pipeline and acquisitions at think in always cultivating Yes. it's - strategy. allocation acquisitions continues We're I looking look capital difficult time full. to always balanced have Jeff, at be to we our our like

the all So over multiples, they're place.

what's in it's difficult or say So exactly not. to coming

we think So on something and cultivate still we'll strategy. balanced continue to keep capital again, monitoring, it's I allocation our deploy

Operator

Joe and Your Company. Cowen Instructions] [Operator from question of next Giordano comes

Your line is open.

Robert Jamieson

have investment Robert, year question half this for far? guidance so much I Joe. is this see the first spending. just your year. in the $XX how wondered came I about a for million This I through in incremental quick just

Shashank Patel

be roughly $X second and million first the $X half. million the half in of million, other in $XX will the Out was Yes. the

Operator

the further to are There would CEO. Bob turn to this time. and at President telephone Pagano, now questions I back no over call like

Bob Pagano

you your and joined call taking Enjoy third earnings Watts second us speaking We call. for earnings Thank time appreciate quarter today continued you the in you Thank forward of for quarter at November. again you. remainder the summer. look to early our with your in interest our

Operator

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