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Lennox International Reports $0.28 EPS for First Quarter; Reaffirms Full-Year Earnings Guidance

DALLAS, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) today announced results for the first quarter of 2006. Revenue increased 14%, or 15% when adjusted for foreign exchange, to $800 million with all business segments contributing to the growth. Operating income grew 30% to $35 million. Net income increased 68% to $21 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.28, compared with $0.19 in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted income from continuing operations, as reconciled in the attached reconciliation to U.S. GAAP table, was $19 million or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with $8 million or $0.12 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2005.

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"We're pleased to report very strong financial results in the first quarter, giving us a solid start to the year," said Bob Schjerven, chief executive officer. "We are reaffirming our guidance for full-year 2006 diluted earnings per share of $2.00 to $2.10, with revenue growth expected to be in the mid-single digits for all business segments. With the recent sharp escalations in commodities prices, our management team is very focused on realizing sales price increases, cost reductions, and productivity improvements necessary to offset higher material costs."

First quarter 2006 results reflect a pre-tax gain of $18 million, which includes $9 million in gains on futures contracts for copper and aluminum that settled in the quarter, as these contracts were marked to dramatically higher market prices for copper and aluminum. The remaining $9 million represents net unrealized gains on open futures contracts and reflect the expectation of higher commodity prices that will be realized when those contracts settle. In addition, pre-tax restructuring expenses of $6 million were incurred in the quarter, relating primarily to the consolidation of the company's two-step Residential Heating & Cooling operations in South Carolina.

Cash used in operations was $50 million and the company invested $15 million in capital expenditures, resulting in a free cash outflow of $65 million for the quarter, which was in-line with company expectations. Due to the seasonal nature of its business, the company typically consumes cash in the first half of the year and generates cash in the back half. Total debt as of March 31 was $123 million, down from $309 million a year ago. The company's debt-to-total capital ratio was 13%, down dramatically from 39% a year ago.

Business segment highlights

Heating & Cooling: Residential Heating & Cooling had an exceptional quarter with revenue increasing 22% to $416 million and segment profit advancing 30% to $37 million. "Organizational alignment and close cooperation across our business units resulted in a smooth transition to 13 SEER," Schjerven noted. "We were ready with a comprehensive and competitive range of new products, from entry-level to full-featured, when the new NAECA regulation took effect on the 23rd of January and our new cooling line has been very well received by our customers."

Commercial Heating & Cooling sales grew 5% to $133 million and segment profit increased 34% to $6 million this year driven by better performance in the domestic business. Adjusted for foreign exchange, sales were up 11% in North America and flat in Europe. While European performance was stable year- over-year, the company is beginning to see improvement in demand.

Service Experts: Sales were up 4% to $141 million. Service Experts had a segment loss of $6 million in the first quarter, relatively unchanged from the prior year. Unfavorable heating season weather depressed demand and the resulting price pressure, along with higher fuel prices and more maintenance and less demand service, prevented margin improvement. "Despite the weather- related slow start this year, particularly in January, performance continued to improve as the quarter progressed and Service Experts is on the right track," Schjerven said.

Refrigeration: Refrigeration reported a marked improvement over the previous year's first quarter with revenue rising 12% and segment profit increasing 29% to $11 million. Higher volumes and good cost control of fixed expenses drove the improvement.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the company's first quarter results will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at 9:30 a.m. (CDT). To listen, please call the conference call line at 612-332-0226 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time and use reservation number 826424. The number of connections for this call is limited. 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 26 through May 3, 2006 by dialing 800-475-6701, access code 826424. 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, 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, the impact of unfavorable weather, a decline in new construction activity on the demand for our products and services, and the potential impact on operations related to implementation of new NAECA efficiency standards -- 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, 2006 and 2005
               (Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

                                                              For the
                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                             March 31,
                                                        2006           2005

    NET SALES                                         $799.5        $ 700.3
    COST OF GOODS SOLD                                 546.1          480.5
        Gross Profit                                   253.4          219.8
    OPERATING EXPENSES:
      Selling, general and administrative expense      230.1          204.3
      (Gains), losses and other expenses, net          (18.1)         (11.5)
      Restructurings                                     6.3            ---
        Operational income from continuing operations   35.1           27.0
    INTEREST EXPENSE, net                                0.6            5.5
    OTHER EXPENSE, net                                   1.0            0.1
        Income from continuing operations before
         income taxes                                   33.5           21.4
    PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES                          12.5            7.8
        Income from continuing operations               21.0           13.6
    DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:
      Loss from operations of discontinued operations    ---            1.6
      Income tax benefit                                 ---           (0.4)
      Loss on disposal of discontinued operations        ---            0.1
      Income tax benefit                                 ---           (0.2)
        Loss from discontinued operations                ---            1.1
            Net income                                 $21.0          $12.5

    INCOME PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS:
        Basic                                          $0.29          $0.22
        Diluted                                        $0.28          $0.21

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

    NET INCOME PER SHARE:
        Basic                                          $0.29          $0.20
        Diluted                                        $0.28          $0.19

    AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
        Basic                                           71.3           61.5
        Diluted                                         75.4           72.4

    CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER SHARE                  $0.11          $0.10



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                    SEGMENT REVENUES AND OPERATING PROFIT
              For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 and 2005
                           (Unaudited, in millions)

                                                              For the
                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                             March 31,
                                                        2006           2005
    Net Sales
      Residential                                     $416.4         $342.7
      Commercial                                       132.9          126.2
        Heating and Cooling                            549.3          468.9
      Service Experts                                  141.0          135.9
      Refrigeration                                    125.8          111.9
      Eliminations                                     (16.6)         (16.4)
                                                      $799.5         $700.3
    Segment Profit (Loss) (A)
      Residential                                      $36.8          $28.4
      Commercial                                         5.9            4.4
        Heating and Cooling                             42.7           32.8
      Service Experts                                   (6.2)          (6.3)
      Refrigeration                                     10.8            8.4
      Corporate and other                              (24.1)         (19.3)
      Eliminations                                       0.1           (0.1)
      Segment Profit                                    23.3           15.5
    Reconciliation to income from continuing
     operations before income taxes
      (Gains), losses and other expenses, net          (18.1)         (11.5)
      Restructurings                                     6.3            ---
      Interest expense, net                              0.6            5.5
      Other expense, net                                 1.0            0.1
                                                       $33.5          $21.4

     (A) Segment profit (loss) is based upon income (loss) from continuing
         operations before income taxes included in the accompanying
         consolidated statements of operations excluding Restructurings,
         (Gains), losses and other expenses, net, Interest expense, net and
         Other expense, net.



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                  As of March 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005
                       (in millions, except share data)

                                                     March 31,    December 31,
                                                        2006           2005
                                                    (unaudited)
                                    ASSETS
    CURRENT ASSETS:
      Cash and cash equivalents                       $139.8         $213.5
      Accounts and notes receivable, net               495.3          508.4
      Inventories                                      342.7          242.4
      Deferred income taxes                             14.4           20.3
      Other assets                                      74.6           62.6
            Total current assets                     1,066.8        1,047.2
    PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net                 260.9          255.7
    GOODWILL, net                                      226.4          223.9
    DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                               72.5           71.9
    OTHER ASSETS                                       141.7          138.9
            TOTAL ASSETS                            $1,768.3       $1,737.6

                     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    CURRENT LIABILITIES:
      Short-term debt                                   $3.6           $1.2
      Current maturities of long-term debt              11.3           11.3
      Accounts payable                                 339.6          296.8
      Accrued expenses                                 288.2          322.4
      Income taxes payable                              21.1           24.8
            Total current liabilities                  663.8          656.5
    LONG-TERM DEBT                                     108.0          108.0
    POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS, OTHER THAN PENSIONS        15.4           15.1
    PENSIONS                                            80.9           80.8
    OTHER LIABILITIES                                   83.6           82.8
            Total liabilities                          951.7          943.2

    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, 75,768,198 shares and
       74,671,494 shares issued for 2006  and 2005,
       respectively                                      0.7            0.7
      Additional paid-in capital                       669.9          649.3
      Retained earnings                                204.1          191.0
      Accumulated other comprehensive income             1.0            0.4
      Treasury stock, at cost, 4,036,935 shares
       and 3,635,947 for 2006 and 2005, respectively   (59.1)         (47.0)
            Total stockholders' equity                 816.6          794.4
            TOTAL LIABILITIES AND
             STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                   $1,768.3       $1,737.6



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    Reconciliation to U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)
                                   Measures
          (Unaudited, in millions, except per share and ratio data)

                                      For the Three Months Ended March 31,
                                  2006          EPS         2005          EPS

    Net income, as reported      $21.0        $0.28       $ 12.5        $0.19
      Loss from discontinued
       operations                  ---          ---          1.1         0.02
    Income from continuing
     operations                   21.0         0.28         13.6         0.21
      (Gains), losses and other
       expenses, net of
       income tax (A)            (11.4)       (0.15)        (7.4)       (0.11)
      Realized gains on settled
       futures contracts, net
       of income tax (A)           5.7         0.08          1.3         0.02
      Restructuring charge, net
       of income tax               4.0         0.05          ---          ---
    Adjusted income from
     continuing operations       $19.3        $0.26         $7.5        $0.12

     (A) (Gains), losses and
      other expenses, net
      include the following:


                                            For the Three Months Ended
                                                 March 31, 2006
                                      Pre-tax                      After-tax
                                    (Gain) Loss   Tax Provision   (Gain) Loss
    Realized gains on settled
     futures contracts                $(9.1)           $3.4          $(5.7)
    Net unrealized gains on open
     futures contracts                 (9.1)            3.3           (5.8)
    Other items, net                    0.1             ---            0.1
    (Gains), losses and other
     expenses, net                   $(18.1)           $6.7         $(11.4)



                                            For the Three Months Ended
                                                 March 31, 2005
                                      Pre-tax                      After-tax
                                    (Gain) Loss   Tax Provision   (Gain) Loss
    Realized gains on settled
     futures contracts                $(2.0)           $0.7          $(1.3)
    Net unrealized gains on open
     futures contracts                 (9.5)            3.4           (6.1)
    (Gains), losses and other
     expenses, net                   $(11.5)           $4.1          $(7.4)



    Free Cash Flow
                                                          For the Three Months
                                                             Ended March 31,
                                                                  2006
    Net cash used in operating activities                       $(50.3)
         Purchases of property, plant and equipment              (14.9)
    Free cash flow                                              $(65.2)



     Operational Working Capital - Continuing Operations

                                             March 31,               March 31,
                                               2006                    2005
                                March 31,  Trailing 12  March 31,  Trailing 12
                                  2006       Mo. Avg.     2005       Mo. Avg.
    Accounts and Notes
     Receivable, Net             $495.3                  $449.8
      Allowance for Doubtful
       Accounts                    16.2                    17.5
      Asset Securitization          ---                     5.0
    Accounts and Notes
     Receivable, Gross            511.5       $536.3      472.3       $500.8

    Inventories                   342.7                   275.8
      Excess of current Cost
       Over Last-in, First-out     57.3        332.9       57.4
    Inventories as Adjusted       400.0                   333.2        326.7

    Accounts Payable             (339.6)      (308.8)    (281.6)      (258.2)

    Operational Working
     Capital (a)                 $571.9       $560.4     $523.9       $569.3

    Net Sales, Trailing Twelve
     Months (b)                $3,465.4     $3,465.4   $3,019.0     $3,019.0

    Operational Working Cap.
     Ratio (a/b)                   16.5%        16.2%      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.

SOURCE Lennox International Inc.
CONTACT: Bill Moltner, vice president, investor relations of Lennox
International Inc., +1-972-497-6670