Cabinets, sinks and locks: how Fortune Brands Home & Security business works

Шкафы, раковины и замки: как устроен бизнес Fortune Brands Home & Security

Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS) is an American manufacturer of home improvement products. The company has been able to capitalize well on the American economy. And it may yet be able to capitalize on it.

What they make money on

The company is engaged in the production of home furnishings products. According to the annual report, revenue is divided into three segments:

  1. Cabinets. For kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms in homes.
  2. Plumbing. These are taps, sinks, etc.
  3. Doors and Security. Steel and fiberglass doors, locks, electronic security systems.

The authors of the report were kind enough to describe not only which segments bring in how much revenue, but also what their profitability is. Most of the revenue is made by the company in the United States.

The company’s main sales come from wholesalers – in fact, the company works for home builders and convenience stores.

Company revenue by segment in millions of dollars

20182019Percentage difference
Doors and security1183,21348,914,0%

The company’s operating profit by segment in millions of dollars

20182019Percentage difference
Doors and security155,6172,310,7%
Intra-corporate settlements−79,2−79,7−0,6%

Source: Company’s annual report, p. 16 (18)

Company sales by region

Millions of dollarsInterest on revenue
Other countries184,33%

Source: Company’s annual report, p. 14 (16)

Company revenue by sales channel in millions of dollars

Wholesale customers2607,32682,8
Building material stores1452,31606,7
Other Stores311,6304,8
Builders, direct sales235,4229,4
U.S. sales overall4606,64823,7
International Sales878,5940,9

Source: Annual Report, pp. 53 (55)

Выручка и прибыль за последние 12 месяцев в миллиардах долларов, итоговая маржа в процентах от выручки. Источник: MacrotrendsRevenue and profit for the last 12 months in billions of dollars, bottom-line margin as a percentage of revenue. Source: Macrotrends

Positive conditions in all directions

The U.S. real estate market is feeling great: new home sales, mortgage applications, construction rates in all regions of the country are up, and more building permits are being issued.

This is a definite plus for Fortune. In fact, the company’s results in 2020 confirm this: in spite of the coronary crisis difficulties in the first half of the year, it was a positive year for the company as a whole.

The company is also benefiting from the deteriorating crime situation in the U.S., since a significant part of its revenue is from home security products. In principle, we have already covered this subject well in our ideas on Napco, Allegion, Resideo, and We can only add that the events of the last few months – the storming of government buildings, the information blockade of the incumbent president – have only confirmed our point. Therefore, in the long term, the “security” segment of Fortune will still prove itself.

Financial indicators of the company for the period of 3 months in millions of dollars

1 Jul – 30 Sep 20191 Jul – 30 Sep 2020
Cost of goods934,81071,5
Sales, general and administrative expenses311,3328,3
Amortization of intangible assets9,910,5
Loss of asset value29,5– —
Restructuring costs5,51,6
Operating profit168,0240,2
Interest payments23,620,1
Other income−0,3−2,1
Profit before tax144,7222,2
Income tax39,054,0
Profit after tax105,7168,2
Losses of subsidiaries– —2,4
Total profit105,7165,8

Financial indicators of the company for the period of 9 months in millions of dollars

1 Jan – 30 Sep 20191 Jan – 30 Sep 2020
Cost of goods2773,52873,9
Sales, general and administrative expenses943,9918,4
Amortization of intangible assets30,031,1
Loss of asset value29,522,5
Restructuring costs11,216,5
Operating profit506,0568,2
Interest payments71,864,4
Other income−2,2−13,4
Profit before tax436,4517,2
Income tax109,1121,7
Profit after tax327,3395,5
Losses of subsidiaries– —4,7
Total profit327,3390,8

Source: Company’s quarterly report, p. 2

Financial indicators of the company for 3 months by segments in millions of dollars

20192020Percentage difference
Revenue in the “Plumbing” segment514,1590,614,9%
Revenue in the Doors and Security segment355,2406,714,5%
Revenue in the “Cabinets” segment589,7654,811,0%
Total revenue1459,01652,113,2%
Operating profit in the “Plumbing” segment112,0116,64,1%
Operating profit in the Doors and Security segment50,166,833,3%
Operating profit in the “Cabinets” segment25,182,1227,1%
Intra-corporate settlements−19,2−25,3−31,8%
Total operating profit168,8240,243,0%

Financial indicators of the company for 9 months by segments in millions of dollars

20192020Percentage difference
Revenue in the “Plumbing” segment1478,81564,45,8%
Revenue in the Doors and Security segment1017,61052,73,4%
Revenue in the “Cabinets” segment1797,71813,50,9%
Total revenue4294,14430,63,2%
Operating profit in the “Plumbing” segment307,9330,67,4%
Operating profit in the Doors and Security segment122,5143,517,1%
Operating profit in the “Cabinets” segment134,0163,121,7%
Intra-corporate settlements−58,4−69,9−18,2%
Total operating profit506,0568,212,3%

Source: Company Quarterly Report, page 19. 19

It’s not all that great.

But there are a number of subtleties that can cause stocks to fall.

Concentration. According to the annual report, the company has two major buyers: Home Depot and Lowe’s. They each account for 14% of revenue. A hypothetical renegotiation with these large customers could ruin the company’s bottom line.

This holiday will come to an end someday. The U.S. real estate market has already performed a miracle a few times in 2020, renewing sales records during the recession, and we shouldn’t expect it to continue indefinitely: the first symptoms of decline are already appearing. Although more homes are being built, builders’ confidence levels are falling due to rising costs of building materials and the costs associated with the coronary crisis. It could be that construction activity in the U.S. will soon decline, and that will have a negative impact on Fortune’s reporting.

The dividend drinkers are nothing but trouble. The company pays $1.04 in dividends per share a year, which, with a current stock price of $87.37, yields an annual rate of 1.19%. It costs the company about $135 million a year – about a third of its profits. The company has quite a lot of debt: $3.89 billion, of which $1.135 billion has to be repaid within a year. In principle, the money at the company’s disposal should be enough for everything, but force majeure is possible, which will lead to a cut in dividends and a drop in shares.


Fortune is an interesting and promising issuer. On February 2, the company is releasing its report for the past quarter. You can take this stock ahead of the report to capitalize on the growth of the U.S. real estate market. The company’s price is sane: P/E is 24.87, – so there’s room to grow.

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