PPG Annual Report and 10K 2019

26 2019 PPG ANNUAL REPORT AND 10-K In Asia Pacific, we expect improved industrial production growth in China, Southeast Asia and India as the year progresses. In China, we foresee continued above global average growth with heightened risk as the Chinese economy continues to shift and rely more on domestic consumption. The sharp decline in automotive OEM activity realized in the past 18 months is expected to moderate and improve as 2020 progresses, with year-over-year demand patterns expected to become more favorable in the second half of 2020. The recovery in marine coatings new-build demand is expected to remain subdued. In Latin America, we anticipate slightly better economic conditions in Mexico, most of Central America and South America compared to 2019. Significant other factors In June 2019, PPG initiated a $184 million global restructuring program. The program is the result of a comprehensive internal operational assessment to identify further opportunities to improve profitability of the overall business portfolio. PPG recognized approximately $15 million of savings from this program in 2019. The majority of restructuring actions are expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter 2020 with the remainder of the actions expected to be completed in 2022. We made significant progress on the global restructuring programs that were announced in December 2016 and May 2018. The Company achieved approximately $70 million of savings in 2019 relating to these programs. These restructuring actions are expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020. Aggregate restructuring savings related to the 2019, 2018 and 2016 programs was approximately $85 million in 2019. We will continue to aggressively manage the Company’s cost structure to ensure alignment with the overall demand environment and will make adjustments as required to remain cost competitive in the marketplace. Aggregate restructuring savings are expected to be at least $75 million in 2020. Raw materials are a significant input cost to the process of manufacturing coatings. PPG experiences fluctuating energy and raw material costs driven by various factors, including changes in supplier feedstock costs and inventories, global industry activity levels, foreign currency exchange rates, and global supply and demand factors. In aggregate, average raw material costs were modestly lower in 2019 versus 2018 due to variety of reasons, including softer industry demand and lower crude oil prices. PPG currently expects overall raw material prices to be impacted by weak industrial supply and demand conditions in 2020. Cost inflation is expected in several other areas including wage, benefit, and logistics costs in 2020. In 2019, we achieved broad selling price improvement, reflecting the Company’s efforts to offset inflationary pressures. Further benefits from selling price actions are necessary in 2020 to recover operating margins, reflecting the value of our products. The Company will carefully monitor all costs during 2020 and assess the need for additional selling price increases. In 2019, we experienced unfavorable foreign currency translation throughout the year. Based on mid-January 2020 exchange rates, the Company does not expect year-over-year foreign currency translation to significantly impact 2020 net sales or income before income taxes. The foreign currency environment continues to be volatile, and the impact on 2020 net sales and income before income taxes could differ from this expectation. The Company generally purchases raw materials, incurs manufacturing costs and sells finished goods in the same currency, so we typically incur only modest foreign currency transaction related impacts. We are monitoring the potential impact of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China, which could negatively impact our global business and results of operations in 2020. The 2020 effective tax rate from continuing operations is expected to be in the range of 22% to 24%. This range represents the Company’s best estimate, including recent updates to the 2017 the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Over the past five years, the Company used over $4.5 billion of cash to repurchase approximately 45 million shares of PPG stock, including $325 million in 2019. The Company ended the year with approximately $1.5 billion remaining under its current share repurchase authorization. During 2019, the Company deployed nearly $700 million for acquisitions, including the purchase of a remaining minority interest, and approximately $470 million for dividends. PPG increased its per-share dividend in September 2019, marking the 48th annual per share dividend increase and the 120th consecutive year of annual dividend payments. PPG ended 2019 with approximately $1.3 billion in cash and short-term investments. The Company expects continued strong cash generation in 2020. Accounting Standards Adopted in 2019 Note 1, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” under Item 8 of this Form 10-K describes the Company’s recently adopted accounting pronouncements.