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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) July 22, 2021






(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


1-5581   59-0778222
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
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2665 South Bayshore Drive, Suite 901

Miami, Florida 33133

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(305) 714-4100

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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


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Common stock, $0.50 par value   WSO   New York Stock Exchange
Class B common stock, $0.50 par value   WSOB   New York Stock Exchange

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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On July 22, 2021, Watsco, Inc., a Florida corporation (the “Company”), issued a press release reporting its financial results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2021. A copy of the Company’s press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is hereby incorporated by reference in this Item 2.02.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure

The information set forth in Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference in this Item 7.01.

The information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, shall be deemed “furnished” and not deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits





99.1    Press release dated July 22, 2021 issued by Watsco, Inc.
104    Cover Page Interactive Date File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


      WATSCO, INC.
Dated: July 22, 2021       By: /s/ Ana M. Menendez                                
      Ana M. Menendez,
      Chief Financial Officer

Exhibit 99.1

Watsco EPS Jumps 64% to $3.71 Setting Records for Sales,

Operating Profit, Operating Margin and Net Income



Strong Sales Growth, Higher Margins, Operating Efficiencies and

Recent Acquisitions Drive Record Performance

Customer-Adoption of Technologies Grows as Business Evolution Continues

MIAMI, FLORIDA – (GLOBENEWSWIRE), July 22, 2021 – Watsco, Inc. (NYSE: WSO) reported record second quarter and first-half operating results for the periods ended June 30, 2021, establishing new records for sales, operating income, operating margin, net income and earnings per share (EPS) for both periods.

Watsco’s entrepreneurial culture, which empowers leaders to think and act locally, continues to drive record performance with nearly all operating metrics reaching record levels. The Company’s industry-leading, customer-focused technologies have helped facilitate this record performance as contractors grow and expand their capacity to meet the needs of unprecedented demand for HVAC/R products. Notably, adoption of Watsco’s mobile apps, e-commerce platform, and other customer-facing platforms has grown meaningfully, enabling more customers to engage with us digitally. In addition, curbside/dockside technology, which allows for rapid and contactless order fulfillment, has broadened and continues to benefit our customers in terms of faster service. Taken as a whole, Watsco’s technology offering is unique to the industry, has solidified existing customer relationships and created new customer acquisition opportunities to generate long-term growth and market share gains.

Complementing its record organic growth, Watsco invested in future growth and expanded its network during the second quarter with the acquisition of two market-leading businesses, Temperature Equipment Corporation (TEC) and Acme Refrigeration of Baton Rouge (Acme). The acquired businesses had annualized sales of approximately $350 million in 2020 and currently serve more than 14,000 customers from 50 locations. Consistent with Watsco’s culture, these companies are being led by their legacy management teams and are expected to provide new sources of growth as more capital is deployed to support their growth plans. Despite these investments, the Company’s debt-to-total capitalization ratio remained low at 6% as of June 30, 2021, consistent with the Company’s core philosophy to maintain a conservative, risk-averse financial position while possessing a strong balance sheet that can invest in most any opportunity at a low cost of capital. Watsco has acquired 65 businesses since 1989 and remains active in pursuing additional opportunities to invest in what remains a fragmented $50 billion North American HVAC/R distribution industry.

Second Quarter Results

Key Performance Metrics



64% increase in EPS to a record $3.71



36% sales growth to a record $1.85 billion (29% growth on a same-store basis)



68% increase in operating income to a record $217 million (59% increase on a same-store basis)



220 basis-point operating margin expansion to a record 11.7% (same-store operating margin of 11.8%)



50% gross profit increase to a record $478 million (40% increase on a same-store basis)



220 basis-point gross margin increase to 25.8%



37% increase in SG&A expenses (28% increase on a same-store basis)

Sales trends (excluding acquisitions):



29% growth in HVAC equipment (71% of sales), including 28% growth in residential products and 32% growth in commercial products



25% increase in other HVAC products (26% of sales)



45% increase in commercial refrigeration products (3% of sales)



Albert H. Nahmad, Watsco’s Chairman & CEO stated: “Watsco delivered a blowout quarter with solid earnings growth and margin expansion from a combination of strong sales across all markets, a richer sales mix of high-efficiency systems, better selling margins, operating efficiencies and contributions from recently completed acquisitions. Our results also reflect continued investments in products, technology and people to drive sales and innovation throughout our business. Our teams remain focused on providing an exceptional customer experience as evidenced by the continued growth in customer adoption of our industry-leading technologies.”

The Company believes that the products it sells, most notably new HVAC equipment to replace older residential systems that inherently operate at lower efficiencies, can play a key role in advancing CO2 reduction. Watsco can therefore be an important contributor to address climate change. Based on estimates and models validated by two independent sources, there was an estimated CO2 reduction of 1.8 billion pounds resulting from Watsco’s sale of residential HVAC replacement systems over the 12 month period ended June 30, 2021.

Mr. Nahmad added: “We believe that Watsco can play a key role in addressing climate change at a large scale given that most of the estimated 110 million HVAC systems installed in the U.S. operate under old efficiency standards. We are investing capital and leveraging our technology to increase awareness among contractors and consumers and will collaborate with our OEM partners to impact change over the long-term.”

First-Half 2021 Results

Key Performance Metrics



70% increase in EPS to a record $5.13



26% sales growth to a record $2.99 billion (22% growth on a same-store basis)



71% increase in operating income to a record $299 million (64% increase on a same-store basis)



260 basis-point operating margin expansion to a record 10.0% (same-store operating margin of 10.0%)



36% gross profit increase to a record $773 million (31% growth on a same-store basis)



190 basis-point gross margin increase to a record 25.9%



22% increase in SG&A expenses (17% increase on a same-store basis)



60 basis-point improvement in SG&A as a percentage of sales

Sales trends (excluding acquisitions):



23% growth in HVAC equipment (69% of sales), including 24% growth in residential products and 16% growth in commercial products



19% increase in other HVAC products (27% of sales)



28% increase in commercial refrigeration products (4% of sales)

Technology Innovation

Watsco continues to aggressively invest in technologies to transform its customer experience. Specific technology-related trends for the second quarter of 2021 include:



Product Information Management (PIM) is Watsco’s industry-leading repository of product information delivered seamlessly through Watsco’s mobile apps and e-commerce platform. Watsco’s PIM includes approximately 900,000 SKUs accessed by more than 350,000 contractors and technicians on an annual basis.



Contractor Assist mobile apps provide customers real-time field access to critical information, including technical support, product detail and inventory information, warranty look-up, the ability to purchase product through links to e-commerce and more. The authenticated user community (users that are using the mobile app while linked to an e-commerce account) grew 12% compared to last year to more than 25,000 users.



E-Commerce sales annual run-rate currently exceeds $1.7 billion and grew 28% during the second quarter over last year. The number of e-commerce transactions grew 22% to more than 400,000 during the quarter.



OnCall Air®, Watsco’s digital sales platform used by HVAC/R contractors and CreditForComfort®, its companion consumer financing platform, both increased penetration as more customers digitally engaged with homeowners. During the second quarter of 2021, OnCall Air® presented quotes to approximately 58,000 households, an 84% increase over last year, and generated $208 million in gross merchandise value, a 97% increase over 2020. The number of customers using CreditForComfort® grew 17% and processed approximately 1,800 financing applications during the quarter with 13% growth in total loan-value versus the same period in 2020.




Proprietary warehouse technology investments have enabled faster, better and more reliable customer service. Express Pick-up allows contractors to streamline the traditional fulfillment of orders providing quicker service, allowing contractors to complete their work more efficiently. Watsco also launched curbside pick-up and touchless payment capabilities last year to facilitate contactless order fulfillment. More tools have also been developed to optimize demand planning and inventory levels. Taken as a whole, these investments are designed to enhance the customer experience, streamline branch operations and benefit same-store productivity.

Cash Flow & Dividends

Watsco’s operating cash flow for the first half of 2021 was $82 million versus $261 million for the same period in 2020, reflecting the growth in working capital driven by higher sales growth. The Company has targeted operating cash flow to exceed net income in 2021. Since 2000, operating cash flow was approximately $3.3 billion versus net income of $3.2 billion, surpassing the Company’s goal.

Watsco has paid cash dividends to shareholders for 47 consecutive years. The Company’s philosophy is to share increasing amounts of cash flow through higher dividends while maintaining a conservative financial position with continued capacity to build its distribution network. Effective April 2021, Watsco increased its annual dividend rate by 10% to $7.80 per share.


On April 9, 2021, Watsco completed the acquisition of TEC. Founded in Chicago in 1935, TEC serves approximately 10,000 HVAC customers from 32 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. TEC annual sales were $291 million in 2020. TEC constitutes a joint venture transaction with Carrier Global Corporation (Carrier). Watsco owns 80% of TEC and Carrier 20%.

On May 7, 2021, Watsco completed the acquisition of Acme. Founded in 1945, Acme serves approximately 4,000 HVAC customers from 18 locations in Louisiana and Mississippi. Acme generated $60 million in sales in 2020.

These acquisitions are the latest examples of Watsco’s strategy to invest in growth opportunities and expand its industry-leading position. Since entering HVAC/R distribution in 1989, Watsco’s revenues have increased from $64 million to an annual, pro-forma run-rate approaching $6 billion following its unique “buy and build” philosophy.

Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call Information

Date: July 22, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

Webcast: http://investors.watsco.com

Dial-in number: United States (844) 883-3908 / International (412) 317-9254

A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In this release, the Company discloses non-GAAP measures on a “same-store basis”, which exclude the effects of locations closed, acquired, or locations opened, in each case during the immediately preceding 12 months, unless such locations are within close geographical proximity to existing locations. The Company believes that this information provides greater comparability regarding its ongoing operating performance. These measures should not be considered an alternative to measurements required by U.S. GAAP.

About Watsco

Watsco is the largest distribution network for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) products with locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and on an export basis to Latin America and the Caribbean. Watsco estimates that over 350,000 contractors and technicians visit or call one of its 655 locations each year to get information, obtain technical support and buy products.



The Company believes there is long-term opportunity to be a significant participant and contributor in efforts to address climate change. HVAC/R products provide comfort to homes and businesses regardless of the outdoor climate. Older systems often operate below current government-mandated energy efficiency and environmental standards, resulting in higher energy use and costs to homeowners. Sales of higher-efficiency replacement systems have long been a fundamental opportunity in Watsco’s marketplace. Watsco plans to actively collaborate with its OEM partners and key stakeholders to lead these ongoing efforts in its marketplace. Additional information about Watsco may be found at www.watsco.com.

This document includes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may address, among other things, our expected financial and operational results and the related assumptions underlying our expected results. These forward-looking statements are distinguished by use of words such as “will,” “would,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “designed,” “plan,” or “intend,” the negative of these terms, and similar references to future periods. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in economic, business, competitive market, new housing starts and completions, capital spending in commercial construction, consumer spending and debt levels, regulatory and other factors, including, without limitation, the effects of supplier concentration, competitive conditions within Watsco’s industry, the seasonality of product sales, the ability of the Company to expand its business, insurance coverage risks and final GAAP adjustments. Detailed information about these factors and additional important factors can be found in the documents that Watsco files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements were made. Watsco assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except as required by applicable law.




Condensed Consolidated Results of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)



     Quarter Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
     2021     2020     2021     2020  


   $ 1,849,640     $ 1,355,385     $ 2,985,758     $ 2,363,541  

Cost of sales

     1,371,699       1,036,186       2,212,996       1,796,727  













Gross profit

     477,941       319,199       772,762       566,814  

Gross profit margin

     25.8     23.6     25.9     24.0













SG&A expenses

     266,697       194,053       484,309       397,439  













Other income

     5,539       4,103       10,210       5,117  

Operating income

     216,783       129,249       298,663       174,492  

Operating margin

     11.7     9.5     10.0     7.4













Interest expense, net

     448       283       536       1,073  













Income before income taxes

     216,335       128,966       298,127       173,419  

Income taxes

     44,202       24,724       59,867       32,930  













Net income

     172,133       104,242       238,260       140,489  

Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest

     28,031       17,664       39,066       23,409  













Net income attributable to Watsco

   $ 144,102     $ 86,578     $ 199,194     $ 117,080  













Diluted earnings per share:


Net income attributable to Watsco shareholders

   $ 144,102     $ 86,578     $ 199,194     $ 117,080  

Less: distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to non-vested restricted common stock

     12,748       7,439       17,596       11,082  













Earnings allocated to Watsco shareholders

   $ 131,354     $ 79,139     $ 181,598     $ 105,998  













Weighted-average Common and Class B common shares and equivalent shares used to calculate diluted earnings per share

     35,427,718       35,064,711       35,379,046       35,044,350  

Diluted earnings per share for Common and Class B common stock

   $ 3.71     $ 2.26     $ 5.13     $ 3.02  
















Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited, in thousands)


     June 30,      December 31,  
     2021      2020  

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 96,787      $ 146,067  

Accounts receivable, net

     857,864        535,288  

Inventories, net

     1,044,608        781,299  


     22,803        21,791  







Total current assets

     2,022,062        1,484,445  

Property and equipment, net

     104,967        98,225  

Operating lease right-of-use assets

     263,682        209,169  

Goodwill, intangibles, net and other

     740,973        692,508  







Total assets

   $ 3,131,684      $ 2,484,347  







Accounts payable and accrued expenses

   $ 733,958      $ 415,341  

Current portion of long-term obligations

     81,306        71,804  







Total current liabilities

     815,264        487,145  

Borrowings under revolving credit agreement

     114,167        —    

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

     184,925        139,527  

Deferred income taxes and other liabilities

     85,795        77,914  







Total liabilities

     1,200,151        704,586  







Watsco’s shareholders’ equity

     1,575,703        1,486,678  

Non-controlling interest

     355,830        293,083  







Shareholders’ equity

     1,931,533        1,779,761  







Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 3,131,684      $ 2,484,347  










Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited, in thousands)


     Six Months Ended June 30,  
     2021     2020  

Cash flows from operating activities:


Net income

   $ 238,260     $ 140,489  

Non-cash items

     24,283       26,072  

Changes in working capital, net of acquisitions


Accounts receivable, net

     (283,077     (146,512

Inventories, net

     (173,539     63,432  

Accounts payable and other liabilities

     282,852       182,957  

Other, net

     (6,897     (5,183







Net cash provided by operating activities

     81,882       261,255  







Cash flows from investing activities:


Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (126,549     —    

Capital expenditures, net

     (10,908     (7,982

Proceeds from sale of equity securities

     5,993       —    







Net cash used in investing activities

     (131,464     (7,982







Cash flows from financing activities:


Dividends on Common and Class B common stock

     (143,909     (129,315

Net proceeds (repayments) under revolving credit agreement

     114,167       (122,343

Proceeds from NCI for investment in TEC Distribution LLC

     21,040       —    


     7,721       4,359  







Net cash used in financing activities

     (981     (247,299







Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     1,283       (855







Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

     (49,280     5,119  

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     146,067       74,454  







Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 96,787     $ 79,573