Franklin Electric Reports First Quarter 2020 Sales and Earnings and Provides an Update on Effects of the Global Pandemic

Fort Wayne, IN – April 28, 2020 - Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: FELE) reported first quarter 2020 GAAP fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.23, versus a GAAP fully diluted EPS in the first quarter 2019 of $0.19. First quarter 2020 sales were $266.8 million, compared to 2019 first quarter sales of $290.7 million. First quarter EPS before the impact of restructuring expenses was $0.24 compared to 2019 first quarter EPS before restructuring of $0.21 (see table below for a reconciliation of GAAP EPS to EPS before restructuring).

Gregg Sengstack, Franklin Electric’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Our first quarter results were better than our expectations. While manufacturing revenue was down double digits, improved mix, margins and reduced operating expenses produced an improvement in our operating income that was higher than our expectations. With more normal weather, our distribution revenue was ahead of expectations and results were better than last year. Overall, operating income before restructuring expense was up 11 percent on 8 percent lower sales and our earnings per share before restructuring expenses increased 14 percent
versus the first quarter 2019.

As we look forward to the remainder of 2020, the Global Pandemic has created significant uncertainty in our outlook and caused disruptions to both our top and bottom lines. We are pleased to report that our employees around the globe are safe and Franklin Electric products are considered critical to the world’s infrastructure. Our Company’s balance sheet is strong, and whatever the eventual impact of this crisis, we are confident we can emerge even stronger and better prepared to serve our customers.”

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