PPG outlines growth framework, financial expectations and sustainability goals
PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the company’s growth framework to deliver Purposeful, Profitable Growth. The company shared details of its organic growth framework and expectations for organic sales and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) growth. In addition, the company communicated the validation of its decarbonization targets by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). PPG president and chief executive officer, Tim Knavish, is presenting these updates during an investor briefing today at the New York Stock Exchange.
“PPG is poised to leverage our diverse business portfolio to deliver industry-leading growth,” said Knavish. “Going forward, we will intentionally invest in focused growth opportunities that enhance our customers’ productivity and sustainability, elevate our customer relationships and expand PPG’s technology leadership positions in the coatings industry. We will continue our heritage of cost management, consistent cash generation and focus on returning cash to shareholders, including through increased annual dividends.”
The PPG framework for Purposeful, Profitable Growth encompasses four key elements:
- Focusing investment towards leading positions within advantaged areas
- Partnering with customers to provide industry-leading innovation
- Modernizing, simplifying and digitizing operations
- Delivering consistent high-cash conversion and continuing PPG’s legacy of disciplined capital allocation
The company also communicated the following financial expectations:
- Establishing annual 2% to 4% organic sales growth
- Annual adjusted EPS growth of 8% to 12% through 20261
- Free cash flow of approximately $1 billion per year
Knavish added, “Solutions that generate productivity and sustainability benefits for our valued customers are a key piece of our growth strategy. We’ve made strong progress against our 2025 sustainability goals and now are pleased to introduce ambitious 2030 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets, including a sales target for sustainably advantaged products and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets validated by the SBTi.”
PPG’s 2030 ESG targets include:
- 50% of sales from sustainably advantaged products
- 50% reduction in scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions relative to 2019
- 30% reduction in scope 3 GHG emissions relative to 2019
You can find further information on our achievements and the full set of our new 2030 ESG commitments in our forthcoming ESG report, which will be published May 31 and available at PPG.com.
1 Compared to 2023 baseline.
Further Details on CEO Investor Briefing
The presentation from PPG’s 2023 CEO Investor Briefing will be available in PPG’s Investor Center at https://investor.ppg.com/presentations/events/default.aspx after the investor briefing on May 24.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted EPS and free cash flow as included in this press release are considered a “non-GAAP financial measure” under Securities and Exchange Commission rules. PPG’s management considers adjusted EPS useful in providing insight into the company’s ongoing performance because it excludes the impact of items that cannot reasonably be expected to recur on a quarterly basis or that are not attributable to our primary operations. Free cash flow is used by management to determine cash available for day-to-day operations and other initiatives. Adjusted EPS and free cash flow as used by PPG in this press release may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be directly comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. PPG is not able to provide a reconciliation of targeted 2024-2026 adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures without unreasonable effort because certain items that impact such measures are uncertain or cannot be reasonably predicted at this time.
The term organic sales as used in this press release is defined as net sales excluding the impact of currency, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Free cash flow as used in this press release is defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures and dividends.
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