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Participants
Timothy MacPhee Treasurer, VP of IR
Bob Pagano CEO and President
Shashank Patel CFO
Nathan Jones Stifel
Jeff Hammond KeyBanc Capital Markets
Ryan Connors Boenning & Scattergood
Bryan Blair Oppenheimer & Company
Joe Giordano Cowen & Company
Michael Halloran R.W. Baird
Walter Liptak Seaport Research
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Operator

Thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Watts Water Technologies Second Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speaker's presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Timothy M. MacPhee, Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations of Watts Water Technologies Inc. you. Thank sir. ahead, go Please

Timothy MacPhee

and you, and quarter could to second Pagano, everyone. us. CFO. Patel, good conference call. morning, CEO Bob earnings are you me Welcome and We're Shashank With our our today Thank President; glad join that

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Bob Pagano

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savings the We Shashank by provide minutes. XXXX. few details expect realize more to will a financial full in

since me view trended on of regions the In let GDP XXXX quarter. first positive a direction a the markets for up expectations second provide continue general, key our to Now, in the have many move in during quarter. the global markets.

and weakness was expect continue residential both single-family certain quarter In non-residential and drive we lodging construction in new offset and So, like residential and than activity. new multifamily repair especially repair remained buildings. in second in new in that have non-residential to replacement and replacement should office verticals the These strong the construction activity markets more Americas, buoyant. construction

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to our make toward connected continue progress of XXXX. XX% goal by smart and We product sales

you update X, efforts. I'd Slide Now, sustainability on to on our like

are the solutions within us as positive reduce and water leading ongoing deploy in energy, world. to to We our impact waste customers' a initiatives sustainability is committed commitment as organization our usage to to having well on support goals. This own focused and developing

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provide Shashank? full discuss more the revised outlook. turn quarter performance Let third year and detail will our second Shashank, who our call and me to operating quarter over on

Shashank Patel

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in rate compared Our adjusted XX.X% effective year tax to prior was the XX.X% period.

included year to discrete from benefit related repatriations. exchange primarily a a foreign impact reminder, a item As of last the

our which are approximate exit As Bob charges. are negotiations million non-cash costs in facility mentioned, Mery, have Total XXXX. be incurred to million, the expected $X costs exit to and severance-related approximately pretax in of we $XX includes Most completed France. through

million year be $X million, costs the For those approximately booked in restructuring $XX approximately additional rate in of XXXX. should fully of in quarter and XXXX. savings expect GAAP $X the second should charges purposes, approximate pre-tax run which we second million in realized half Full

net income this year. the was fourth in about largely lower $XX cash capital same June increase net XXth, expect Free year, million last through $X.X improvements flow in quarter. to due in We The was up XXX% from savings million period spending. and the

more Gross leverage conversion year. to cash X.X strong. or remains free achieve X.X The the goal of for net flow Our times. XXX% leverage remained balance income net sheet at was and negative times was

was at ratio net quarter debt-to-capitalization Our negative X.X%. also at end

investment During the primarily to common XX,XXX $X shares an we of quarter, of dilution. at repurchased stock million, our offset approximately

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be in adjusted driven of drop-through margins expect XXXX, additional We freeze impact. operating benefits the the the including by volume, up Americas should versus

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approximate XX our expect to year. We count million for share the

turn let begin Bob that, with So, call over me to the Bob? Q&A. before we

Bob Pagano

Thanks, themes. you with leave Shashank. few me a let summarize, key To

during the Second better recovery, expected replacement quarter, economic global a quarter helped the tailwind. the freeze as were weather activity and repair market improved results than U.S. and strong by

XXXX. and are positive We have entering increase in Markets announced are for supply a non-residential third the inflation new rise. Americas to costs price supportive the as leading indicators continue and construction chain

invest long-term our smart that connected continue in manufacturing in facilities strategy. long-term in We and support in and productivity-enhancing solutions especially our technology to growth opportunities,

We investment have year spend. also our full increased

we During the in-house see training as expect pandemic as Still, necessary from to business we investments, increased closely costs monitor continue normalizes second half, expenses. on to levels. such

We see expect versus last in to quarter improvement third results year.

please for given for second QX year raised expectations been sales and anticipated outlook second full in and questions. the operator, for adjusted profits, quarter results open that, has than half. stronger operating the lines With Our both the

Operator

line And Nathan Jones from [Operator question with comes Instructions] Stifel. first your the of

Nathan Jones

Good morning everyone.

Bob Pagano

Nathan. Hi

Nathan Jones

your about anxiety. like channel you start just demand a high prepared made off comment Bob, on remarks, I'd during to focusing from

own about your of distributors markets. customer here, Any ordering bit line. Maybe what over on broadly little I is a your lock comment comment chains. versus front get a was about is? to sell-through the could European your you have kind their on you trying trying color potentially feeling to more think some to that specific Everybody the sell-in of supply in

Bob Pagano

so some over, seeing an give of Europe. think in supply business of electronics that needed, electronics particular, pushing view. I could our their I channels to how inside they we were we Europe, we the customers in could because America commented and of point lock And Europe. in understand really us actually North of Nathan, our so Yes. our are in that all much from orders we chain on

there think out some I there. buys again, are So,

I are seeing think people we beating increases, are price channel. the but sell-through in

So, through inventory want the people now. when get and pushing we inventory, it's right

has of saw up been economy So, some demand again, GDP we pent-up strong. the as there's opening and

watching line forecast that in quarter. But we're third the very results far So, it our we based July on all with closely. believe for it's our so

Nathan Jones

are markets well. Yeah. like the It much getting as seems better

increase price year? up, to carryover go be? where to freight Can next up. full costs another the announced for price to Obviously, expect maybe cost you be the You price about continues year what inflation go And talk September. on for continue you into would

Shashank Patel

Yeah.

first and the in think about look, two So, positive. material of net slightly if the were cost, half, price you

about, curve our stay in we've why the and that always price we of talked looking to that's try at ahead increase the Americas. As we're third

one X place between second through and into Europe July the the Americas, rest went world. The of

will because XXXX. color But little certainly, of about because year-over-year mean, we in to But goes that As third second get into on price much and on I think timing, the of the incremental realization for that be to basis it's still the we'll the how of a we early there in a give got more next that increase. XXXX, benefits call.

Nathan Jones

positive And inflation? or neutral or as on to half in lag pricing positive expect slightly catches Got you be first the you're to some second slightly you up it. said Do half.

Bob Pagano

you this Nathan, ahead, know be business. we We how always expect to run

it. of front in we're So,

Nathan Jones

Not the surprising. for questions. taking Thanks

Bob Pagano

Nathan. Thanks,

Shashank Patel

Thank you.

Operator

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

Jeff Hammond

guys. morning good Hey,

Shashank Patel

morning Jeff. Good

Bob Pagano

Good morning Jeff.

Jeff Hammond

impressive, has couple an this know how very results margin on margin kind kind Hey, over to quarters of and I here particularly mix trying improvements? And the but just been think versus much the so you last structural side. improvement the effort, ongoing European are of the of unpack is

Bob Pagano

sorry, particular, combination the Well, I'm residential strong in some there. think in I Look we're demand, at France, France freeze in both. there it's - I a of the was think pent-up

some in are a various same and their and just little houses. home we staying DIY and doing North patterns we're in things America, local of saw people bit, So, seeing the delayed

Italy, structure, higher of we're When We continue the electronics, strong all Mery, between people around us So, that. the some France to which in and in helped the was as know at in been be OEM sure. a addition, orders we we with and Germany taking favorable seeing I in taken previous look in business. we that. announced and out costs those I energy volume electronics, to along made you comment fixed quickly that's has there. in platform. us look we've we're about talked while incentives this for put And mix cost our for at the closure And on that do, fixed cost the think our But our France

it's margin opportunities So, think to of really I hit as of volume operating we bit off we effort where focused But but I'm and on it's team's take proud little a advantage record going could. we're the And improving. taper that the volume related. to always going, get

Jeff Hammond

out Okay. the you think can second the price price, how plays And And in you Great. half? in how then was price quarter? quantify much

Shashank Patel

Yeah.

one and fourth And range. X%. XX% then of the will will second end the the increase, second third From us the that's typically, talked in to realization quantification we to about increase increase then price benefit time quarter. we a And that quarter, went price the let's price And Americas got the the in the quarter. second in third second is in the the third one was closest increases, our X% us into end And price the period. of as price to from, obviously, say, rates a us. are global about, and XX% June the our benefit on about May that of So, effect basis,

XX% So, X% increase, that to half realization. about price of is the

Americas, the days in of kind on one it's its early third that The one.

Jeff Hammond

an you standpoint? kind what Bob, about still recovery. one. from last little that less certain on Can order of activity tell what kind you a you an commercial just And does of about construction then seem And there? inflection timing talk for you're Okay. just new seeing

Bob Pagano

Yeah.

So, same been looking et reports Dodge But pretending our still again, they're on certainly, et But the buildings, still based you more to recreation, it. all slow we're market positive have estimate And cetera, we we lodging, hearing, at, intelligence, channel. those stores, growth. the that do Momentum, have because to what cetera, we sell-through office of all at et the look that cetera. ABI, the are wholesale

from pickup some in the healthcare also. some education the seen institutional markets, we've side, So,

for lot to that new a and starting watching out starting that's hearing there. that on is we're the at different. is construction still at again, new and looking look closely. right bit Every again, region it's labor So, we're see big still little data of There quotes We regional. loan But that. discussion, move We're projects direction. shortages and a in We're stuff. to

things think indicators But offset new significant and direction. forward. right to are our been move nice to has I in to that. in the starting nice bump the So, to And move replacement construction see of it's some repair starting

Jeff Hammond

Okay. Guys. Thanks,

Shashank Patel

you. Thank

Operator

the comes from Boenning Connors of Scattergood. Ryan & with question Your next line

Ryan Connors

thanks for Great, taking my questions.

basis kind as the picture analysis inflation thoughts the price that of the going just happens? back the terms only gets What's demand just raw XX money how end driving in XX, cost the back the impact maybe margins but fact contracts not potential walked of if on in that least money in future scenario and costs off, in increased impacts, markets, the next all but of the we in months, of the steps bigger that what that about unraveling that the not of that on the the as and in Fed supply? If your one. First well, are at a is part assume higher, monetary just markets only what's markets a general material as supply, driving and

Bob Pagano

going here. Yeah. look, environment we're low think forward rate still in interest I a Well,

So, to although be interest I raise little they still it it's lower might think going cetera. et bit, still a rates,

depends on shortages, hope not virus, too. variants et case. I that's overall, a the said think how the happens, these lot of could potentially, if another cetera, as some But fast labor let's I of lockdown earlier, this

demand. There pent-up projects seeing that we've some a out there's we're So, this I some that back are are be you there. to feet, follow our repair-replace some see follow XX,XXX if trends. boom new now, to going step is tends to which pent-up think right think tends GDP demand. because But been to XX% don't the of XX% business of tends the our then construction and I

think, So, the carefully. I has significantly. And certainly, up X%. gone we GDP this year Overall, it's very watch world that for

that and investments, little taper in to think some bit. continue these makes to there be But bills' will a think open of continue down healthcare to I going happen sense. pass, especially I as And that's things type institutional But might if construction So, some areas. up.

think but how right closely, we're again, now. looking very So, we're watching world I that's the at

Ryan Connors

Okay. And some economy prices that what has there do general commodity guess, I sucked mean, in that of brass, obvious believe out to effect back? just kind of I amount of you market then I you'd would is price like significant be do that you some scenario, think of a hold mean, give out cost. liquidity drive of in can benefit I'm Or of an of that, and in realize you've you the the force the price things the to trying specifically, gotten and you and this most that of gets on if sort margin? the

Bob Pagano

goal give our solution going it that to we're why some will and keep commodity and back. really offers our be we much of a as differentiated focused leveraging initiative goal and our that our as smart can is versus customers team's our It have on connected to that's product think that. in of to I to product a

look We a at that. what cost plus. to we our do necessarily customer, providing we value not don't So, are

But again, focus. higher our we not And that. we're continue that's why our to So watching value that's customers. to provide

Ryan Connors

watch market that structural about office, you just fully then is maybe on follow-up one mean, of like does to got to where prior seem to the office to have X% I question I we've change. I'm to where there actually talking non-resi. a And elected Got mean, it. one from one, last a be How term? opened important people on here. longer the

like of maybe we remote it And and a really if terms terms have so on just back, new impact that are growth business? forth. that is of longer in it you in come So, seems what of never normal in term, work does important market? How does

Bob Pagano

than less significant, not It's X%.

So, again, the we'll on are focus markets that going well.

Our care product it market goes what into. end doesn't

take and the of markets we'll So, some advantage that. of are moving that offset

So,

Shashank Patel

less X%, X% So, office qualify that Ryan, construction just the to is than new piece our of sub-segment.

Ryan Connors

Okay. Yeah, that little makes more a low. sense if

time. your for Thanks Okay.

Bob Pagano

you. Thank

Operator

Company. of question Oppenheimer line comes next with & Bryan Blair the Your from

Bryan Blair

morning. good Thanks,

Bob Pagano

Good morning.

Bryan Blair

called fix back two side what bit a half? the and all is expecting your makes versus at the repair, sense replace differentiating level. break high can Drilling between that on of momentum color for more, retrofit you offer and a across a strong You've the portfolio, activity your team down

Bob Pagano

Yeah.

I at It's what because we're both. to think determine a seeing the point demand. this hard combination is what of time it's in

I think XX%, break about we around renovation XX%, is talked fix about somewhere there.

So, between the and it's distinguish across board the two. can't I

saw there's QX So, off have People repairs of renovating. do and that it. solid in before, look, I to think so some plumbing before that some as we of your only in And we long are up. and you really QX. can you happening And opening said adjusting just hold

Bryan Blair

That's hear. fair, good to and

that dynamics? baked full of if in walk versus points for Just a the incremental to X level Shashank price? pricing what's you've set outlook, of you on But year we through the revised X the some guide, think lifted the volume can

Shashank Patel

volume is X now, and that other of July increases, we've October price is one Americas It's if break price those already then But quarter. incremental them X. the really second because approximately some effect it's effective half is some Yeah. in the roughly were I half of of and going incremental half to about seen of out, the some to the it

Bryan Blair

it. Got again. Thanks

Bob Pagano

Thanks, Bryan.

Shashank Patel

Bryan. Thanks,

Operator

Your of Joe next line comes & Cowen from Company. with Giordano question the

Joe Giordano

morning. Good Yeah.

Shashank Patel

Joe. Morning

Joe Giordano

When unwillingness the the extrapolate just and there we're the of something a here, raise we're into little guide think to over or three ago rest later I about the was the for just months? last and about what months maybe previous like better growth guide like now still the a for changed three do full structurally of couple the saw more you year, just feel year the you months

Bob Pagano

a uncertainty. could when of was we look there slowdowns, gave the Well, et How I be think, things still cetera. lot guidance time, were last there growing,

third we and compare we're think in quarter. confident an easier year forecast now globally world the And was the kind down second that's I second aggressive our why of last the us this shut in time. for because remember, point and outlook at quarter with more feel quarter more

again, our So, what what think customers the we're for the to forward confidence the hearing that I of gives bring leading us indicators, from seeing, of some we're rest year.

it just clarify again, too market. in gave early we wanted We hearing before, still what the So, was was guidance signals mixed to we're when happening.

Joe Giordano

where you guys your then the want I if sorts pipeline, don't deployment capital I balance but other And if the them just sheet, you - sheet? have you mean, fair always to Yeah, balance know - be, not of need you're are usage on priorities. looking on prices and enough. things of on thoughts thoughts a to there

Bob Pagano

opportunities we'll always do to have be ourselves this going we capital for not there, to to is first. as we point we're disciplined patient, always be first strategy believe and look, balanced said, alternatives. and at continue We're you And We think time. that. like priority out give in deployment as That's we our up our Well, deployment willing have. just look We a in have. there's we in to at and investing capital

be we've we're at timing never and of growth investing factories automation we'll an view. any in So, we but M&A dividends and increased an watching, But from you in looking, that. the again, to view of well But can from monitor point first priority M&A. look is our our continue organic ourselves, predict as point of rest as our

Joe Giordano

guys. Thanks

Bob Pagano

you. Thank

Operator

line Michael of R.W. the Halloran next Your Baird. Instructions] with [Operator from comes question

Michael Halloran

Hey, good morning guys.

Shashank Patel

Michael. morning Good

Michael Halloran

on spend Hey, on we so, connected on side, always uptake going see. the could strategy? is you the just R&D Obviously, like the and innovation to happening how which go is the incremental through

kind that still if are and Just saying it? any of gaining behind curious is what clients momentum, receptivity context the

Bob Pagano

very getting look to talked our on connected. solutions from as and And the offer strategy, various Yeah really we've And customers we pain our labor and in smart of to And plumbers especially shortage of things us at it customer. personnel. our the Mike, points. innovation as in allows this I positive will connected is relates mean we're past, products or have comments it smart especially a to there's about and there's everyone issues anticipate connected and valuers, for us seeing see catastrophic of maintenance that so the them shortage the before now. right to shortage their And more market issues a to that, allow really, benefit

percentage increase of percentage again, of our overall the up, results, as second we're but non-smart you going actually, in as positive lot continuing sales. comments percentage let's keeps though think our that's a in to it, even And very it, So, freeze our if traditional quarter. let's had it, total in on products lot a said opening about the that, our, and I a call connected sales, we of, my increases sold call

our is excited team is we The very our that. percentage. full. So, pipeline continue about And to increase

Michael Halloran

of outside you channel some are sitting the pre-buy then And how think Europe, about activity you talked here Thanks. do Thanks. of inventories in today?

Bob Pagano

interesting. it's So,

I our dialogue ago year it's with customers channel is it say, the have and or flattish. interesting. not, would to a from probably continue We inventory believe

wants demand and given current there. inventory out the the volume more However, channel

because So, it's People concerns more. supply mixed chain the they're and think of demanding want more a I bag.

you So, want if overall, would more. they they tell

Michael Halloran

a capacity And where a inventory, and from that are, is for chains where like? supply capacity at looks channel meet perspective what challenge the mean, is where I your you point to this

Bob Pagano

stayed been in but the this of looking at thing team a challenge at front could. only of It's chain as alternative we and we've because worked issues, tirelessly best our supply sources has

they're doing great a job. So,

is area. tell our I supply I And us excelling to is would grow. the in say think would - we're doing helping team I continue you chain that strong

everybody, issues. shortages and have to watching continue like we very supply push. The we'll closely. labor So, But is chain team

it. we need continuing to real where and we're So, on hard capacity building work that

Michael Halloran

it, Appreciate Great Bob. Great. quarter. Thanks.

Bob Pagano

Mike Thanks,

Shashank Patel

Thanks, Mike

Operator

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

Walter Liptak

Hi. Thanks guys.

one. inventory share you're your to competitors their channel first a Are to Do market think you as the meet partners' supply? last because Just follow-on getting of able needs?

Bob Pagano

I think we're That's holding best our doing better. the own or I say. can

Walter Liptak

Okay. All right, fair enough.

costs your I were what them? a about if quantify wonder talk coming I back that are and costs could little coming talked maybe about more bit back think those you in. commentary, you in some

Shashank Patel

Yeah.

last headwind about year, training, for marcom, those was of starting travel, that we things cut costs million full we and like And XXXX. the in things talked So, about back business those are all had normalization that $XX March.

compensation had to year In Europe got cetera. little in some benefit Obviously, of pay few China. that a we incentives, this that, cuts, those the in bit the obviously, got also, for primarily are benefit. government et addition last benefit not a And and of last year, we We months. We year got year. last

kind of kind and that's goes away And all incremental that of So, headwind. spend. investment then

et we spend. million But this our global that are smart incremental it And the market about it's of expansion expansion, year, strategy. year. got is, product half or of of headwinds those rest cetera. is investment connected For the in About and this whether $XX

Walter Liptak

to Okay, from of from allowing expenses forth. all or to and you think people bands you I you travel locations? travel kind Have right. some and mentioned travel so lifted any your And are

Bob Pagano

with been team, So, not met out travel I've still sales travel there. our has has cetera. is Travel there's gotten out International our together, to sites there. limited and et begun.

internally. more I think it's

but closely. starting but very these up, very watching and visit starting limited be we're variants So, to and to it's again, we'll customers, ramp

So, that we're balancing now. of again, right all

Walter Liptak

to I ways? coming I get important have guess able or it's new training around around you or your able to are you your of been have this, is the into figure Okay. on And you it do to important channel now, for reason ask get products out think partners facility to that travel selling digital ways that through

Bob Pagano

Yeah.

take field to you been we've got products. on offering you, training, but our where I've the So, pushing is a digital which tell is start doing really part to in-house training, hands us training,

them. beginner training. troubleshoot Great You

back open quarter we're we're it's So, to and lot it looking open we're of now, sooner. scheduled being up, to pushed and Right to even do up for pressure fourth that getting that. the a

did would to So, people it external that, before if of we facilities. have certainly our allow inside come we to be vaccinated people

we get some So, a developments to and more new we there of great and at and with do everybody out show anyways, been But need what We've list product our pent-up there's Zoom. digitally doing in long point, innovation, training have. demand.

to can so see excited I'm industry to So, sure and the only it that last come long, is starting back. everybody in

Walter Liptak

Great. Okay,

Okay. Thanks the color on for that.

Bob Pagano

Walt. Thanks,

Shashank Patel

Thanks, Walt.

Operator

questions like [Operator for at call would have to Instructions] no the this turn over closing Bob further I to We Pagano remarks. back time.

Bob Pagano

everyone, of us speaking second for your Watts, call summer. and quarter Stay Thanks, for on call. early We and in to the forward continued earnings third today look your rest quarter we again the safe November. you with taking our time appreciate join to interest in earnings our enjoy

Operator

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