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RPM International Inc.(RPM) Q1 2022 Earnings Call Transcript

RPM Earnings Call - Final Transcript

RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) Q1 2022 earnings call dated Oct. 06, 2021

Corporate Participants:

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Laroche — Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Russell L. Gordon — Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Analysts:

Ghansham Panjabi — Baird — Analyst

Caleb — BMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Stephen — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Josh Spector — UBS — Analyst

Cory Murphy — Vertical Research Partners — Analyst

Luke Washer — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

David Paige — RBC — Analyst

Presentation:

Operator

Welcome to today’s RPM International’s Conference Call for the Fiscal 2022 First Quarter. Today’s call is being recorded. This call is also being webcast and can be accessed live or replayed on the RPM website at www.RPMinc.com. Comments made on this call may include forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to be materially different. For more information on these risks and uncertainties, please review RPMs reports filed with the SEC.

During this conference call, references may be made to non-GAAP financial measures. To assist you in understanding these non-GAAP terms, RPM has posted reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures on the RPM website. [Operator instructions] Please note that only financial analysts will be permitted to ask questions.

At this time, I would like to turn the call over to RPMs Chairman and CEO, Mr. Frank Sullivan, for opening remarks. Please go ahead, sir.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Tammy. Good morning, and welcome to the RPM International, Inc. investor call for our fiscal 2022 first quarter. Joining me on today’s call is Rusty Gordon, RPMs Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Michael Laroche, who will become our Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, effective November 1. Mike was previously the CFO of our Specialty Products Operating — Specialty Products Group operating segment. He succeeds Keith Smiley, who will be retiring at the end of the month after nearly 30 years of distinguished service to RPM.

I’ll begin by sharing broad commentary on our performance for the quarter, Mike will then provide details on our financial results and Rusty will conclude our formal remarks with comments on our outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2022. Our comments will be on an as adjusted basis unless otherwise indicated. Please note that we provided a supplemental slide presentation to support our comments on this call. It can be accessed in the Presentations and Webcast section of the RPM website at www.RPMinc.com. After our formal remarks, we’ll be pleased to take your questions.

As you can see in the third slide of the presentation, our results this quarter demonstrate the benefits of our balanced business portfolio where softness in one segment is typically offset by strength in others. For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, three of our four operating segments, our Construction Products Group, Performance Coatings Group, and Specialty Products Group generated solid sales and adjusted EBIT growth. Combined sales in these three segments increased more than 15% and their adjusted EBIT was up more than 40%. This performance was especially notable in light of the raw material shortages, supply chain disruptions and inflation, all of our segments and businesses are facing.

During this supply disruption, we lost the equivalent of nearly 300 production days across RPM facilities around the globe during the 2022 first quarter. More days that were lost due to COVID related shutdowns in last year’s first quarter. We estimate the negative impact on consolidated sales during this first quarter was about $200 million due to these challenges and disruptions, over half of which occurred in our Consumer segment. This was about double the negative sales impact we experienced in the fourth quarter of fiscal ’21.

Sales and earnings for our consumer group decreased during the quarter as a result of these factors, as well as a difficult comparison to the prior year period when sales increased on an organic basis by 34% and adjusted EBIT was up 122%. These growth rates in the prior year period were largely driven by extraordinary DIY demand during the pandemic. All indicators suggest that the underlying demand for our consumer products is still strong and that the supply and material disruptions the segment is currently experiencing are temporary.

During the first quarter and early in the second quarter we made strategic growth investments in our businesses. And as you can see on Slide 4, among these were the recent acquisitions of Dudick, Pure Air and a recent purchase of a large manufacturing facility in Corsicana, Texas. Acquired in June, Dudick will allow our Carboline business strengthen its position in the secondary containment linings market and establish in trusted product line, while simultaneously opening the door to expanded sales and future growth opportunities around the globe.

Pure Air was acquired in August and provides indoor air quality service and is complementary to our Tremco roofing and Tremco WTI business. We intend to swiftly scale Pure Air by leveraging Tremco’s North America sales force, strategic partnerships and operational infrastructure. Also on this slide, you’ll see an image from 178,000 square foot plant we purchased on a 120 acres in Texas. This will serve as a manufacturing center of excellence for multiple RPM businesses. The plant is fully operational, has an experienced operating team that will allow us to add long-term resilience in our supply chain, improved fill rates and more easily expand production of a number of our high growth product lines in the coming quarters and years. From a more long-term macro viewpoint, there are a number of market opportunities in industry trends that we are well positioned to capitalize on for continued growth and success.

Among the market opportunities on Slide 5 are the following. The increasing need for investment in infrastructure with spending estimated to be $2.8 trillion globally. Our Performance Coatings Group and Construction Products Group and the vast array of products and services to meet this need. The new DIYers born from the pandemic will continue to tackle home improvement projects with both our core product ranges and expanding sales in relatively new categories like abrasives and architectural coatings. The continued growth and more holistic connected building blocks, such as those provided by our Construction Products Group, which make structures more air tight, weather tight and energy-efficient. And the demand for wall systems like those that could be constructed using insulated concrete forms made by our Nudura business, that make building stronger, more energy efficient and reduce construction cycle time and labor.

Industry trends benefiting RPM include nesting by consumers, who are making more home improvements, school reopenings requiring more maintenance and repair, a need for building owners and facility managers to consolidate their construction management to a single source and a greater desire for energy efficient driven by both the cost benefits as well as a desire to minimize environmental impacts. RPM is well positioned to meet and grow with all of these trends.

I’d now like to turn the call over to Mike Laroche to discuss our segments financial performance during the quarter.

Michael Laroche — Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Thanks, Frank, and good morning, everyone. Turning to Slide 6. On a consolidated basis, our sales increased to a record $1.65 billion or 2.7% over a strong fiscal 2021 first quarter, which grew 9.1%, largely due to the unprecedented demand for our Consumer groups home improvement products during the pandemic. The growth was 2.1% from recent acquisitions and 1.6% due to foreign currency translation tailwinds, more than offsetting an organic sales decline of 1%.

Adjusted diluted EPS of $1.8, decreasing 25% compared to the prior year periods extraordinary adjusted diluted EPS growth of nearly 52%. Our consolidated adjusted EBIT of $206.8 million decreased 23.2% due to supply chain challenges, inflation and the Consumer Group’s tough comparison against the prior year. If you look at our consolidated results on a double-stack basis that compares the first quarter of fiscal 2022 to the pre-pandemic first quarter of fiscal 2020, our sales EBIT, net income and diluted EPS all show strong growth. This indicates that last year’s results were a bit of an anomaly created by the pandemic and that we are now getting back to a more steady level — level of performance across the business.

Raw material shortages and inflation continue to be serious challenges. In order to protect our margins, we are continuing to implement price increases where appropriate across all our segments. We also continue to benefit from incremental cost savings resulting from our recently concluded MAP to growth operating improvement program. It continues to pay dividends as we generate further operational efficiencies in our manufacturing, procurement and administrative business functions.

Moving on to Slide 7. Our Construction Products Group is our fastest growing segment in the first quarter, generating record sales and record adjusted EBIT. It’s organic growth of 15% was particularly impressive given that non-residential construction put in place, a relevant market indicator for the segment is down 11.6% this calendar year. Nearly all of the CPG businesses experienced strong topline performance, partially by focusing on growing markets such as technology and distribution. CPG businesses that performed particularly well were those that provide commercial roofing systems, concrete admixtures and repair products and insulated concrete forms. The segment’s European operations generated double-digit topline growth due in part to the comparison to last year’s first quarter when shelter in place requirements were most severe. The earnings increased due to market share gains, operational improvements, cost controls and selling price increases, which offset production inefficiencies due to supply chain disruptions and cost increases.

On Slide 8, you’ll see that sales recovered at our Performance Coatings Group as they increased at nearly all of its major business units, partially aided by comparisons to last year’s first quarter once pandemic restrictions did not allow contractors on work sites and energy market conditions led to deferrals and industrial maintenance spending. Sales were strong at the recently acquired Bison, which is a manufacturer of raised flooring systems. We also experienced strong growth in emerging markets and in the industrial maintenance outside of the energy sector. It was encouraging to see EBIT growth outpacing sales in spite of inflation because PCG has been the segment that has been most heavily impacted by the pandemic. Earnings were boosted by improved pricing, incremental savings from operating improvement initiatives and two recent acquisitions.

Turning to Slide 9. Our Specialty Products Group produced record topline growth, largely driven by businesses providing marine coatings, powder coatings, wood stains and sealers and disaster restoration equipment. Earnings increased due to higher sales volumes and incremental operating improvement program savings, which were partially offset by higher raw material inflation, inefficiencies associated with supply chain disruption and investment in SG&A for future growth initiatives. In response, SPG businesses are continuing to institute price increases.

Next, on Slide 10. Our Consumer Group faced a tough comparison in the prior year for the reasons Frank mentioned earlier. During the first quarter of fiscal 2022, this segment experienced a negative sales impact of roughly $100 million from production outages due to supply constraints and disruptions. However, the Consumer Group’s fiscal 2022 first quarter sales were 12.3% above pre-pandemic levels of the first quarter of fiscal 2020, in spite of the negative sales impact from supply chain challenges during the current year.

There is pent-up demand for our products and inventory in many of our channels are low. We expect to recover the lost sales when conditions normalize. Earnings declined during the first quarter of fiscal ’22 as a result of inflation in materials, freight and labor, as well as the unfavorable impact of supply shortages and productivity. These factors were partially offset by price increases and savings from our operating improvement program. We are proactively building resiliency in our supply chain to secure raw materials required today and in the future. In addition, we are adding manufacturing capacity to serve new DIY demand. While this additional capacity is being established in the near term, we are using contract manufacturing at higher costs to meet customer demand.

Now I’ll turn the call over to Rusty to discuss our outlook.

Russell L. Gordon — Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Mike. I’ll now move on to Slide 11. As we look ahead to our fiscal 2022 second quarter, we anticipate that raw material, freight and wage inflation will persist, as well the raw material shortages and supply chain challenges we have been experiencing. In addition, we faced another difficult comparison to the prior year when sales on a consolidated basis increased 6% and adjusted EBIT increased nearly 30%, driven by a 66% increase in the consumer segment’s adjusted EBIT. We anticipate these factors to be partially offset by price increases, operational improvements and new manufacturing capacity.

We expect our fiscal 2022 second quarter consolidated sales to increase in the mid-single digits. Our Construction Products Group, Performance Coatings Group and Specialty Products Group are anticipating double-digit sales growth. Our Consumer Group is anticipated to experience a double-digit decrease in sales due to continued raw material shortages and a difficult comparison to the prior year period when pandemic fueled demand rapidly drove organic growth of 15%. However, in a similar manner to the first quarter, we expect that Consumer segments second quarter sales to be above its pre-pandemic level, which is a fair comparison. While underlying demand remained strong for our products and services, we still face material shortages and inflationary pressures, so adjusted EBIT is expected to be down 15% to 25%. The Q2 results will be directionally similar to Q1 with significant year-over-year declines, again in our Consumer Group, which is still lapping tough comparisons and double-digit sales and earnings increases for our other three segments in aggregate.

Turning to Slide 12. Moving forward, we intend to maintain the positive momentum created by our operating improvement program as we complete its remaining projects, such as the one plant closure completed during Q1 of FY’22, leverage resources across RPM to manage supply chain issues and meet customer demand, identifying new opportunities for efficiencies through our continuous improvement culture and make investments in growth opportunities, including capacity expansions.

This concludes our formal comments. We will now be pleased to take your questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Your first question comes from the line of Ghansham Panjabi with Baird.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Ghan.

Ghansham Panjabi — Baird — Analyst

Morning everybody. Good morning, Frank. In the comments on the Construction segment you noticed that — you noted that sales were very strong despite the indicator in terms of construction put in place are being down significantly so far this year. Is that dynamic an issue as we look out over the next six months or so in terms of, I mean air pocket in demand or do you not see that at this point?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

No, I think you’re going to continue to see strong performance there and it’s really a combination of how our leadership team has positioned our Construction Products Group. But I’ll just give you a couple examples. As you know, our Tremco business has been the leader in roof restoration coatings and these are allowing for the expansion or continuation of the useful life of an old roof by another 10 years, 15 years, 20 years at a third of the cost, and to the extent that we can get resins for these roof restoration coatings and we’re shifting between typical petroleum-based resins, which in some instances are in short supply and more organic resins in bio-based resins. They’re allowing us both an advantage in a growing area and also in an advantage where in today’s market tearing off a roof and waiting for all the components and in some cases, particularly foam-based insulation is a problem. So I think our position and roof restoration coatings is providing us somewhat of an advantage in this material constrained environment.

The other area is in the Tremco waterproofing and sealants business. They’ve been the leader in facade restoration in a manner that allows systems to be used to renovate and repair facades without pulling out windows and other construction components, and again because of the component and supply challenges that we’re facing across construction materials, we’re seeing some advantage there as well. So those are just two examples. I would expect in the second quarter and beyond, not only will we see double-digit sales growth, but you’ll start start to see modest margin expansion with EBIT growth at or slightly better than the sales growth in our Construction Products Group.

Ghansham Panjabi — Baird — Analyst

Thank you, Frank. And then in terms of guidance, I mean, last quarter you gave us guidance for both the first quarter and second quarter and the first quarter certainly came in line and obviously the second quarter has been just based on what’s occurred in costs and I’m sure its carried, etc. Can you help us think about the outlook for the back half of the year in terms of the cost inflation trend line, the sales loss progression from a dearth of raw materials? Just give us a high level view in terms of what you know at this point? And I wish kind of see the full year unfold.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So for inflation, today we anticipate for the full ’22 fiscal year overall inflation to be somewhere in the high teens, call it 17%, 18%, 19%. Today, as we sit here year-over-year, inflation includes labor and freight, but mostly materials driven is 30% higher. And a lot of that is driven by materials, a couple of examples that you would be familiar with, epoxy resins are double what they were a year ago, asset tones up 90%, MDI is up 80%, alkyd resins are up 50% and that’s to the extent that we can get them, as you know there has been shortages, particularly related to a plant explosion of a primary North American alkyd resin producer. So that’s the environment that we see today. There is a broad range on our outlook for Q2. And I think all of these things are foreseeable, the impact is not as foreseeable. So the thing that we’re focused on now the most is what’s happening in China, and some combination of its trade fight with Australia around coal. And I think efforts to maybe clean up air pollution in front of the Winter Olympics are resulting in currently an estimated more shutdowns of industrial production in power and so that’s certainly going to have a negative impact on the downstream chemical supply as well.

Ghansham Panjabi — Baird — Analyst

Thanks so much, Frank.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Ghansham.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of John McNulty with BMO Capital Markets.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, John.

Caleb — BMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Hey, good morning. This is Caleb on for John. Hope that’s all right.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Hey, Caleb.

Caleb — BMO Capital Markets — Analyst

So, clearly there are some supply chain issues and I know you had previously mentioned the $100 million impact to wall by consumer and I believe a total impact of $200 million. And I was just wondering if you could quantify the impact of that in Q2? And I know you had said that once the supply chain issues there would be a snap back, but I was just wondering how quickly you’re expecting that snap back in demand to occur, if that’s a one-year, two-year time frame or it’s a little bit longer than that?

Russell L. Gordon — Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, in terms of Q2, the way it looks now Caleb, its going to be pretty similar to Q1. We would expect again roughly $200 million of sales loss. And they’re not lost sales, I should clarify. Those are most all deferred sales on the consumer side. If people have a paint project, they’re eventually going to have to paint it even if we’re out of stock on their particular color in a given moment and on our industrial type businesses, most of these products are spec and these are projects that are moving forward. So if we have supply availability issues, most likely our competitors do and these projects will continue.

Caleb — BMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Okay, thanks for that. And then can you speak to any thoughts on MAP 2.0 and the types of opportunities you’re seeing in that and how you could look to scale those in the future?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. I think the most obvious ones there are in the manufacturing area. We instituted the MS-168 remanufacturing and continuous improvement measurements and disciplines, and there are still 60 small to medium sized manufacturing facilities that we have not gotten too because of the interruptions of COVID, its pretty intensive hands on the factory floor process and so I would expect that there’ll be 10s of millions of dollars of benefits there as we can get to it. There is some more in procurement, but not nearly the extent of what we experienced in the first round of MAP to growth. And then there’ll be some elements.

I will tell you that they’re providing details on this and really quantifying this, has been interrupted by this global supply chain issue. We’re getting into our plants, but the literally week to week and month to month fight in supply chain is occupying our focus. We will see some easing up in some of our primary resins. We think going into November and certainly into the spring, some of that is finding alternative supply or tollers, some of that will be from the Corsicana, Texas facility that we acquired, where we’re expanding up some critical resin production, and so we’re moving in the right direction there. And so we’ll have more to say on a MAP to grow 2.0, but our detailed communications on that are going to be delayed until we really feel like we’ve got the supply chain challenges, I wouldn’t say behind us, but a little better managed than they are today. I mentioned earlier in the call the challenges in China that we’re seeing, that’s likely to impact silicones in a more meaningful way than silicones have already been impacted today as well as some other critical raws. So there continue to be circumstantial elements, whether it’s hurricanes or winter storms or now what’s coming in China, that exacerbate an already global supply chain challenge. It’s not unique to our industry.

Caleb — BMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Okay, thank you for that.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Vincent Andrews with Morgan Stanley.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Stephen — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

This is Stephen [Phonetic] on for Vincent. I just want to ask a quick question on pricing, and if you could provide an update there as to what realization was in the quarter and kind of what you’re expecting for the back half as well?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So for obvious competitive reasons we’re not going to get into pricing by segment or business, but I can tell you the numbers that we would provide here in the consolidated basis are generally accurate plus or minus 50 basis points for most of our different businesses. And this relates to pricing that we were able to effect in the spring and then a second round of pricing across most of our business is at the end of the summer or early fall. So on a consolidated basis in Q1, price had an impact of about 4.5%. The effect, and this is the effect of the pricing that we have already instituted again in the spring or in the fall, some of which is coming online. This does not anticipate the need for additional price increases, which time will tell relative to the supply issues. So Q1 4.5% on a consolidated basis, Q2 should be about 7.5%, and all things being equal, which is a very loose statement relative to the supply chain issues. You’ll see the impact in the second half of the year, somewhere in the 8% to 10% range.

Stephen — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Thank you. And then just a follow-up on cash flow. I think 1Q kind of took a sizable hit year-on-year and obviously last year probably it was maybe a little bit stronger than usual. So you called out inventory specifically, but there are some other working capital headwinds as well. Can you just provide some color there and how you’re thinking about working capital and capex uses in the back half?

Russell L. Gordon — Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, sure. In terms of last year, we had strong demand in our consumer DIY business and we were able to meet that demand really by pulling sales out of inventory and converting inventory to cash. So we had an excellent first quarter. And if you turn to this year, its the opposite of course for consumer, we’re declining in sales and the inventory has been drawn down. Right now we’re actually trying to build inventory to try to improve fill rates and service levels. So from a working capital perspective that’s really the main driver and that thing does apply as well across our other three segments as well are trying to build resiliency and build inventory where possible because we seem to have supply shocks happening pretty regularly if you look at our track record of late.

Stephen — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Thank you.

Russell L. Gordon — Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

You’re welcome.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Josh Spector with UBS.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Josh Spector — UBS — Analyst

Yeah. Hey, good morning, Frank, and everyone else. Thanks for taking my question. Just on the consumer product side, I mean you guys continue to maintain the stance without demand being strong and you guys obviously aren’t the only ones saying that in our channel. Just curious what data you’re seeing and maybe specifically what percent of your SKUs would you say are out of stock versus low stock as well as in stock, maybe somebody will be buying or if that’s not the data you’re looking at, what are you — what are you seeing that gives you confidence there?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

So we’re in seeing comparisons to the pre-pandemic levels in terms of units, which is still strong, up high single digits or low-double digits. And I won’t get into specific fill rates by customers. But historically, we’ve been at 98%, 99% fill rates and neither we or any of our competitors are close today. And if we were close to that in terms of consumer takeaway and what we’re unable to supply because of the global supply chain disruptions, we have high confidence would move off the shelves and that’s an issue. It’s a problem for us, it’s a problem for our customers. We’re addressing it in ways that we think are competitively in a good position and we’re also confident that as we resolve some of these resin issues and can get fill rates back to closer levels, you’ll see a nice pickup in revenue growth. But that’s the principle reason behind a $200 million of estimated lost sales in the quarter, half of which was consumer. It’s literally not being able to meet demand and that being close to the historically excellent and expected fill rates.

Josh Spector — UBS — Analyst

Okay, thanks, that’s helpful. And just in terms of the new Texas facility. I mean, you guys have continued to talk about the consumer need to outsource production. Curious what that cost was in this quarter? And if you could just remind us maybe on the prior quarters and does that facility address that entirely or is that a separate issue from what you’re doing with that facility?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

No, I am. I don’t have a specific answer for the costs other than we’re outsourcing significant filling in some areas. The other issue is and we’ve talked about this before. One of our principal suppliers had a plant explosion and they were a provider of about 30% of alkyd resins to North America and a significant supplier to us, and alkyd resins is a more meaningful resin to Rust-Oleum than it might be to some of our architectural paint competitors. So we are working with them and outside tollers. We are expanding up day by day more capacity. We’re not where we need to be yet, but we’re confident we’ll get there in the next month or two, but it’s at a substantially higher cost. So as we can get back to a normal supply base and as we can address a portion of that, but not, not the majority of it in our new plant. First and foremost, we’ll get back to being able to meet demand and get back to fill rates that we all desire and then you will see the profitability issue addressed as well.

Josh Spector — UBS — Analyst

Okay, thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Kevin McCarthy with Vertical Research.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Kevin.

Cory Murphy — Vertical Research Partners — Analyst

Good morning. This is Cory on for Kevin. Going back to the $200 million impact of supply chain and raws, it sounds like the $100 million in consumer was mostly shortage related. I was wondering if you could break out the other $100 million by segment or by what type of pressure was, whether it was supply chain issues or shortages or just raw material availability?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

In every case it is shortages. It is, for instance, in our Construction Products Group is strong as their revenues were in the quarter. We certainly miss 10s of millions of dollars of volume there and it’s — you really have to trace it back to the supply chain. So there were a number of instances where a critical intermediate chemical to one of our suppliers inhibited those suppliers from providing us resins in our roof coatings business and we’re overcoming this now, but in the first quarter we literally had week-long plant shutdowns, while we were waiting for raw materials. And so in that case, we are making that up because we’ve solved that issue. But you’re seeing rising costs and some availability in silicones, you’ve seen it acrylic resins, you’re seeing it alkyd resins and in some cases it is a shortage like in alkyd resins of a direct raw material which we purchase. In many other cases, it is a critical element of our supplier’s production that’s inhibiting their ability to deliver their products timely to us and so it impacted construction products in the first quarter. I think we’ve overcome most of that. We anticipate unfortunately disruptions in silicones because of the issues on China, I imagine that will negatively impact our consumer and Construction Products Group, but it’s incorporated in our outlook.

Cory Murphy — Vertical Research Partners — Analyst

Okay, thank you very much for that. And then you had mentioned that you’ve done some contract in tolling manufacturing. Can you talk through that on a dollar margin basis and any detail you can provide?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

No, we haven’t provided the detail on that other than to say if you look at our gross margins in Consumer or gross margin RPM in general, the biggest decline of the RPM gross margins in the quarter are driven by our Consumer Group and you could see it in the EBIT, which is down dramatically and a huge chunk of that is gross margins because of material. And it’s not only higher material costs, but it’s substantially higher conversion costs because of outside tolling and because of the disruptions in the supply chain. So the other issue that’s increased substantially, particularly in consumer is freight. And so historically where we would be shipping only truckloads of stuff, sometimes we’re shipping less than truckload. There is disruptions to incoming supply and those chemicals or elements that we get from China, I think it’s no secret folks that you’ve got a huge backlog in the Long Beach Port. So there are a multitude of reasons why the disruptions have happened that resulted in the shortfall of sales that we’re talking about.

Cory Murphy — Vertical Research Partners — Analyst

Got it. Much appreciate it. Thank you for the color.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your next question comes from the line of Steve Byrne with Bank of America.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Luke Washer — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Hi, good morning, this is Luke Washer on for Steve. I wanted to touch just quickly again on raw materials. It sounds like a lot of the headwind is due to raw material availability. But as you think of just rising cost generally and I appreciate some of the detail around MDI and partly resins. But, it’s interesting because I would assume that a lot of those higher priced commodities are going into more of your Construction Products and Performance Coatings segments where I think margins have been much more resilient. So I guess when you think about the higher costs in those segments offsetting maybe by some of your MAP to Growth initiatives and perhaps acquisitions or mix shift, do you think that its largely just due to that mix shift in MAP to Growth offsetting raw materials or raw material still a big headwind in those segments?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

So raw materials are still a big headwind in those businesses. But we’re talking about MAP to Growth savings, they’re real. And I think we had talked in the spring about $50 million, Rusty, for the fiscal year.

Russell L. Gordon — Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Oh, yeah, yeah [Speech Overlap]

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

And they’re real. It’s hard to see them for exactly the reason that you’re talking about. So we have follow-on MAP to Growth savings. We don’t have the conversion cost disruptions in our other segments that we have in consumer and so we’re not facing that and we have been effective in getting price increases and so those are the principal reasons why we don’t have the same deterioration, particularly in our Construction Products Group or Performance Coatings Group and the EBIT margin that you’re seeing in consumer.

Luke Washer — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Very helpful. And then on the supply chain, are you thinking about your supply chain a little bit more differently given the disruption that you’re seeing today and also just from the pandemic? And does that impact your decisions going forward on that 2.0? And your Texas manufacturing plant, which it sounds like it’s going to create more resiliency in the supply chains or are you thinking about your supply chain differently and what do you expect to kind of do with that going forward?

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

On the margin. It’s a great question. And on the margin, we are thinking about it differently. And so this Corsicana, Texas plant is allowing us to extend what we’ve been doing with Arnette polymers, which has been a great asset for RPM and this makes their producer of specialty polymers for our businesses and Corsicana gives us the same type of capacity but times 5, if you will. And so that is a part of the answer. Our core customers, I’m sorry, our core suppliers and our supply chain isn’t changing, although we are sourcing some raw materials offshore that previously we had not been. So we’re learning more about global supply and we’re working hand-in-hand with a lot of our largest suppliers on how to manage our way through this. So I think the — and this is true across the supply chains. The level of cooperation and efforts to try and solve these issues is pretty remarkable given what’s happening. And so that’s kind of the best answer I have for you today and hopefully it will be better a quarter from now, but it’s pretty dynamic stuff.

Luke Washer — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Very helpful, thank you, Frank.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of David Paige with RBC.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

David Paige — RBC — Analyst

Good morning. Hey, this is David Paige on for Arun Viswanathan at RBC. Sorry if this was asked already, but can you guys just remind us what your top use of cash is for the next six to 12 months? And If you have any plans to return capital to shareholders? Thank you.

Russell L. Gordon — Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Yeah, we have been buying back shares since we got out of the depth of COVID. We have repurchased 62 million of stock since the winter time. In terms of capital expenditures, we do have a lot of projects. Our revenues and volumes are growing in a number of our businesses. So we have a lot of capacity expansion going on and we have increased the acquisition flow. We have had a number of small deals closed and that has picked up as well since the pandemic. So those are probably the principal areas for capital allocation.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The two areas that will impact cash most of this year we’ve talked about, one is capex, which I think year-over-year will be upward Rusty’s $50 million bucks higher than last year and all of that is for capacity expansion and that time — that’s in addition to the Corsicana, Texas plant acquisition, which is, while it was an acquisition of manufacturing assets, is really an extension of capital expansion. And then the other area will be working capital, both in comparison to a very strong cash flow impact, positive impact from working capital last year and building inventories where we can in key areas as one key element of addressing this global supply chain issue.

David Paige — RBC — Analyst

Thank you.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

There are no further questions at this time. I will turn the call back to Frank Sullivan for closing remarks.

Frank C. Sullivan — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. Tomorrow at 2:00 PM Eastern Time, we will hold our Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The meeting will again be held virtually this year in order to protect the health and well-being of our shareholders and employees. It can be accessed via the RPM website at www.RPMinc.com or at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/RPM 2021. We are optimistic that we’ll be able to return to an in-person meeting next year, so we can resume our tradition of engaging with nearly a 1,000 of our shareholders and providing them samples of RPM latest products and answering their questions in person.

I’d like to thank our shareholders for their ongoing investment in RPM. We remain focused on generating long-term value for you. I’d also like to thank our associates worldwide for their continued work and dedication, particularly during these extenuating challenging circumstances around the global pandemic and now global supply chain challenges.

Speaking of dedication, I’d like to take a moment to recognize two retirements at RPM. Keith Smiley, RPMs Vice President of Finance and Controller, will retire this month after nearly 30 years of service. When Keith started at RPM in 1992, he was our internal audit department. He subsequently became Corporate Controller and ’93 and Treasurer in 1997, he was elected Vice President, Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary in 1999 and Vice President and Controller in 2012.

Kathie Rogers, RPMs Manager of Investor Relations will officially retire this Friday after nearly 40 years of service to RPM. Kathie has been the voice and face to our nearly 200,000 individual shareholders throughout most of their time. When Kathie joined RPM, revenues were $154 million. When Keith joined RPM seven years later, revenues have grown to $550 million. Both Kathie and Keith have been integral parts of the team responsible for generating a lot of growth and a lot of value creation for our shareholders, represented by the $6 billion in revenues today and the nearly $11 billion to market cap. On behalf of RPM, I wish Keith and Kathie all the best in their well-earned retirement.

So on the call. I wish you and your families good health and we look forward to updating you on our fiscal 2022 second Quarter results in January. Thank you for joining our call today and have a great day.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

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