stock lost ground early Thursday after the manufacturer of coatings reported slightly higher earnings than expected but issued a disappointing forecast for its full-year profit.
(ticker: SHW) posted fourth quarter diluted earnings of $1.89 per share, while analysts surveyed by FactSet had anticipated $1.86 a share.
The company also said that for all of 2023, it expects diluted net income of $6.79 to $7.59 per share, while analysts had penciled in $10.12.
“Our more than 61,000 employees delivered these results in another year of difficult operating conditions, including relentless cost inflation, less than optimal raw material availability, slowing economies, a war in Europe and COVID lockdowns in China. We refused to be deterred by these challenges and continued to do what we do best—serve our customers,” said Chief Executive Officer John Morikis in a news release.
The stock was down 8.7% to $225.52 early Thursday.
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