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Lennox International Reports $0.12 EPS From Continuing Operations for First Quarter; Reaffirms Full-Year Earnings Guidance

DALLAS, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) today announced its results for the first quarter of 2005.

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Revenue from continuing operations increased 5% to $700.3 million. In constant currencies, sales were up 4%. Income from continuing operations was $7.5 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $177.7 million last year. Adjusting for the $185.1 million after-tax goodwill impairment charge taken in Q1 of 2004, income from continuing operations in last year's first quarter was $7.4 million, or $0.13 per share.

LII incurred $1.1 million in after-tax discontinued operations charges in the first quarter related to last year's divestiture of 48 Service Experts service centers, resulting in net income of $6.4 million, or $0.10 per share.

Cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations was $38.0 million in the first quarter, $13.6 million was invested in capital expenditures, and the balance in the company's asset securitization program increased by $5.0 million. As a result, the company generated strong free cash flow of $19.4 million. At March 31, 2005 LII's total debt of $309.2 million was $56.2 million below the same time the prior-year.

"In the first quarter of the year, typically the seasonally weakest quarter for us, LII's financial results are tracking to our internal expectations," said Bob Schjerven, chief executive officer. "We are realizing meaningful improvement from the price increases we have implemented, which largely offset the approximately $21 million in material cost inflation we experienced in the quarter. A shift in mix toward less profitable markets, however, negatively affected margins, particularly in our residential businesses. Our initiatives to improve Service Experts' performance are taking hold and we continue to expect this segment to be modestly profitable this year."

The company reaffirmed its guidance for earnings per share of $1.50 to $1.60 in 2005 -- an 8% to 15% improvement over its 2004 performance. Revenue growth for the year is expected to be in the mid-single digits.

Business segment highlights

Heating & Cooling: First quarter revenue in the Residential Heating & Cooling segment increased 6% to $342.7 million, driven primarily by the Lennox brand and the hearth products business. Sales adjusted for foreign exchange were up 5%. Residential Heating and Cooling segment profit was $29.6 million, down from $32.6 million last year, with operating margins declining from 10.1% in last year's first quarter to 8.6% this year. Mild temperatures in the Midwest and Northeast resulted in a sales skew to more price-competitive Southern markets. In addition, the sales mix shifted away from more profitable replacement business toward new construction business. The company incurred approximately $2 million in higher warranty and product liability costs, primarily due to revaluing warranty reserves based on higher material input costs.

Industry demand for Commercial Heating & Cooling equipment is improving in the domestic market, and LII continues to outperform the market in this segment. Revenue in the first quarter increased 16%, or 14% adjusted for foreign exchange, to $126.2 million. Segment profit increased sharply from $1.4 million last year to $4.7 million this year, with operating margins improving by 240 basis points to 3.7%, due to higher sales volumes and improved pricing.

Service Experts: Sales for continuing operations were down 2%, or 3% when adjusted for currency fluctuations, to $135.9 million. The segment had an operating loss of $6.3 million in the first quarter, compared with an $7.7 million loss the prior year, reflecting a reduction in fixed expenses.

Refrigeration: Revenue rose 2%, but was flat in constant currencies. Segment profit declined from $10.6 million last year to $8.9 million this year, with operating margins declining to 8.0% from 9.7% in the prior year due to weaker performance in the company's international businesses.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the company's first quarter results will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. (CDT). To listen, please call the conference call line at 651-291-0344 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time and use reservation number 778269. The number of connections for this call is limited to 200. This conference call will also be webcast on Lennox International's web site at http://www.lennoxinternational.com .

If you are unable to participate in this conference call, a replay will be available from 3:00 p.m. April 28 through May 05, 2005 by dialing 800-475-6701, access code 778269. This call will also be archived on the company's web site.

Operating in over 100 countries, Lennox International Inc. is a global leader in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration markets. Lennox International stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "LII". Additional information is available at: http://www.lennoxinternational.com or by contacting Bill Moltner, vice president, investor relations, at 972-497-6670.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties -- including the impact of higher raw material prices, our ability to implement price increases for our products and services, and the impact of unfavorable weather on the demand for our products and services -- that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For information concerning these risks and uncertainties, see Lennox International's publicly available filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lennox International disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
              For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2005 and 2004
               (Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

                                                           For the
                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                           March 31,
                                                      2005           2004

    NET SALES                                         $700.3         $664.0
    COST OF GOODS SOLD                                 478.5          438.4
        Gross Profit                                   221.8          225.6
    OPERATING EXPENSES:
      Selling, general and administrative expense      204.3          206.3
      Goodwill impairment                                ---          208.3
        Operational income (loss) from continuing
         operations                                     17.5         (189.0)
    INTEREST EXPENSE, net                                5.5            7.5
    OTHER EXPENSE                                        0.1            0.3
        Income (loss) from continuing operations
         before income taxes                            11.9         (196.8)
    PROVISION FOR (BENEFITS FROM) INCOME TAXES           4.4          (19.1)
        Income (loss) from continuing operations         7.5         (177.7)
    DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
      Loss from operations of discontinued operations    1.6           20.1
      Income tax benefit                                (0.4)          (3.7)
      Loss on disposal of discontinued operations        0.1            ---
      Income tax benefit                                (0.2)           ---
        Loss from discontinued operations                1.1           16.4
          Net income (loss)                             $6.4        $(194.1)

    INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS:
      Basic                                            $0.12         $(2.98)
      Diluted                                          $0.12         $(2.98)

    LOSS PER SHARE FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:
      Basic                                           $(0.02)        $(0.28)
      Diluted                                         $(0.02)        $(0.28)

    NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE:
      Basic                                            $0.10         $(3.26)
      Diluted                                          $0.10         $(3.26)



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                    SEGMENT REVENUES AND OPERATING PROFIT
              For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2005 and 2004
                           (Unaudited, in millions)

                                                            For the
                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                      2005           2004

    Net Sales
      Residential                                     $342.7         $324.3
      Commercial                                       126.2          108.9
        Heating and Cooling                            468.9          433.2
      Service Experts                                  135.9          138.9
      Refrigeration                                    111.9          109.2
      Eliminations                                     (16.4)         (17.3)
                                                      $700.3         $664.0
    Segment Profit (Loss) (A)
      Residential                                      $29.6          $32.6
      Commercial                                         4.7            1.4
        Heating and Cooling                             34.3           34.0
      Service Experts                                   (6.3)          (7.7)
      Refrigeration                                      8.9           10.6
      Corporate and other                              (19.3)         (16.4)
      Eliminations                                      (0.1)          (1.2)
        Segment Profit                                  17.5           19.3
    Reconciliation to income (loss) from
     continuing operations before income taxes
      Goodwill impairment                                ---          208.3
      Interest expense, net                              5.5            7.5
      Other expense                                      0.1            0.3
                                                       $11.9        $(196.8)

     (A)  Segment profit is based upon income (loss) from continuing
          operations included in the accompanying consolidated statements of
          operations excluding Goodwill Impairment.



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                  As of March 31, 2005 and December 31, 2004
                       (in millions, except share data)

                                    ASSETS
                                                   March 31,     December 31,
                                                      2005           2004
                                                  (unaudited)

    CURRENT ASSETS:
      Cash and cash equivalents                        $84.2          $60.9
      Accounts and notes receivable, net               450.2          472.5
      Inventories                                      275.8          247.2
      Deferred income taxes                             13.1           13.1
      Other assets                                      42.4           45.9
      Assets held for sale                               1.2            5.1
        Total current assets                           866.9          844.7
    PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net                 236.3          234.0
    GOODWILL, net                                      222.5          225.4
    DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                               82.1           82.8
    OTHER ASSETS                                       137.3          131.7
        TOTAL ASSETS                                $1,545.1       $1,518.6

                     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    CURRENT LIABILITIES:
      Short-term debt                                   $3.8           $6.0
      Current maturities of long-term debt              36.3           36.4
      Accounts payable                                 281.6          237.0
      Accrued expenses                                 259.9          286.3
      Income taxes payable                              16.7           14.6
      Liabilities held for sale                          2.4            3.7
        Total current liabilities                      600.7          584.0
    LONG-TERM DEBT                                     269.1          268.1
    POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS, OTHER THAN PENSIONS        14.7           14.2
    PENSIONS                                           105.1          105.5
    OTHER LIABILITIES                                   78.6           73.9
        Total liabilities                            1,068.2        1,045.7

    COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
    STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
      Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 25,000,000
       shares authorized, no shares issued or
       outstanding                                       ---            ---
      Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000,000
       shares authorized, 67,005,959 shares and
       66,367,987 shares issued for 2005 and
       2004 respectively                                 0.7            0.7
      Additional paid-in capital                       465.1          454.1
      Retained earnings                                 66.9           66.8
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss              (7.4)           0.7
      Deferred compensation                            (16.0)         (18.2)
      Treasury stock, at cost, 3,106,822 shares
       and 3,044,286 for 2005 and 2004, respectively   (32.4)         (31.2)
        Total stockholders' equity                     476.9          472.9
        TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  $1,544.7       $1,518.6



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

    Reconciliation to U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)
                                   Measures
                 (Unaudited, in millions, except ratio data)

     Free Cash Flow From Continuing Operations
                                               For the Three Months
                                                  Ended March 31,
                                                       2005

    Net cash provided by operating activities          $36.3
      Net cash used in operating activities of
       discontinuing operations                          1.7
      Purchases of property, plant and equipment       (13.6)
      Change in asset securitization                    (5.0)
    Free cash flow from continuing operations          $19.4


    Operational Working Capital - Continuing Operations
                                                   March 31,    March 31, 2005
                                                      2005       Trailing 12
                                                                    Mo. Avg.
    Accounts and Notes Receivable, Net                $450.2
      Allowance for Doubtful Accounts                   17.5
      Asset Securitization                               5.0
    Accounts and Notes Receivable, Gross               472.7         $500.9

    Inventories                                        275.8
      Excess of current Cost Over Last-in, First-out    57.4
    Inventories as Adjusted                            333.2          326.7

    Accounts Payable                                  (281.6)        (258.2)

    Operational Working Capital (a)                    524.3          569.4

    Net Sales, Trailing Twelve Months (b)            3,019.0        3,019.0

    Operational Working Cap. Ratio (a/b)               17.4%          18.9%

Note: Management uses free cash flow and operational working capital, which are not defined by US GAAP, to measure the Company's operating performance. Free cash flow and operational working capital are also two of several measures used to determine incentive compensation for certain employees.

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