Whirlpool sales up 32% in Q2, home appliance maker raises expectations

Whirlpool Corp. reported a 32% increase in quarterly revenue late Wednesday and said it was raising its expectations for 2021 due to continued demand for its kitchen and laundry appliances.

Whirlpool WHR,
+1.91%
said it earned $581 million or $9.15 per share in the second quarter, compared to $30 million or 47 cents per share in the same period a year ago. Revenue rose to $5.3 billion from $4 billion a year ago.

Analysts polled by FactSet had expected the device maker to report earnings of $6.18 a share on revenue of $5.02 billion.

The company said it expects GAAP earnings per share of approximately $26.95 for the full year 2021 and free cash flow of $1.7 billion for the year.

It advocated full-year net sales growth of between 16% and 13%.

The rise in expectations reflects “the strength of our business, driven by continued consumer demand and the successful implementation of our previously announced cost-based pricing initiatives,” CEO Marc Bitzer said in a statement.

However, the stock fell during the extended session and fell more than 1% after ending the regular trading day up 1.9%. Whirlpool shares have gained 20% so far this year, outperforming the 16% gain for the S&P 500 index SPX,
+0.82%
in the same period.

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