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Lennox International Reports First Quarter 2007 Results; Reaffirms Full-Year Earnings Guidance

DALLAS, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) today announced results for the first quarter of 2007. Revenue decreased 2% to $791 million. Reported net income was $9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, down from $21 million or $0.28 per share the previous year. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was $10 million, or $0.14 per share. In the first quarter of 2006, adjusted net income was $19 million, or $0.26 per share. A description and reconciliation of this measure to net income are provided in the attached table.

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"We had previously indicated a slow start to the year, and expected our first quarter earnings to be below those of 2006," said Todd Bluedorn, chief executive officer. "Despite the lack of momentum in residential demand in the first quarter and erosion in the outlook for housing starts, we remain optimistic the upcoming cooling season will provide more normal demand for replacement sales, which accounts for the majority of our revenue. The outlook for demand in the commercial heating and cooling and refrigeration markets is very much on track with our expectations. Our earnings in the first quarter were slightly ahead of our internal plan and we are reaffirming our guidance of diluted earnings per share for full-year 2007 in the range of $2.50 to $2.60 based on projected revenue growth of 6% to 8% and segment profit margin improvement of 50 basis points or more."

Cash used in operations was $75 million and the company invested $10 million in capital expenditures, resulting in a free cash outflow of $85 million for the quarter. 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. In the first quarter, LII used $14 million to buy back 408,000 shares of LII stock. Total debt as of March 31, 2007 was $145 million resulting in a total debt-to-capital ratio of 15%.

Business segment highlights

Residential Heating & Cooling: Revenue decreased 14% to $361 million, reflecting a final boost from 13 SEER transition activity in the first quarter last year combined with this year's soft end market demand for furnaces. Segment profit decreased from $42 million to $20 million primarily as a result of lower volumes. The impact of the sales decline was most pronounced in the hearth business, which is more exposed to residential new construction than the company's heating and cooling equipment. Price improvement did offset higher commodity costs in the quarter. The company focused on cost control, but could not sufficiently offset the impact of lower sales. To reflect the influence of higher commodity prices on replacement parts, the Residential business also booked a $4 million adjustment to warranty reserves.

Commercial Heating & Cooling: Sales grew 18% to $163 million, with growth in both domestic and European markets. Segment profit increased to $9 million, driven by improved results in Europe and lower variable domestic freight costs due to the company's regional distribution center initiative.

Service Experts: Sales were up 2% to $144 million, despite the soft residential end market. By holding fixed expenses flat, Service Experts was able to leverage its sales growth so that the segment loss decreased to $4 million from $7 million last year.

Refrigeration: Revenue rose 12% to $141 million, driven by strong sales growth in Europe and South America. Segment profit was practically flat at $12 million. Solid demand from wholesale, OEM and national accounts channels in the domestic market was offset by weakness in the supermarket and cold storage segments. Strong sales growth in Europe reflected improved demand in mature markets, as well as continued growth in central and eastern Europe.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the company's first quarter results will be held this morning at 9:30 a.m.(CDT). To listen, please call the conference call line at 612-332-0228 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time and use reservation number 870745 . 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 24 through May 01, 2007 by dialing 800-475-6701, access code 870745. 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, LII's ability to implement price increases for its products and services, and the impact of unfavorable weather and a decline in new construction activity on the demand for products and services, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For information concerning these risks and uncertainties, see LII's publicly available filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LII 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, 2007 and 2006
               (Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

                                                                 For the
                                                           Three Months Ended
                                                                 March 31,
                                                               2007     2006
    NET SALES                                               $  791.5 $  808.4
    COST OF GOODS SOLD                                         586.9    599.3
    Gross profit                                               204.6    209.1
    OPERATING EXPENSES:
     Selling, general and administrative expenses              191.1    187.9
     (Gains), losses and other expenses, net                    (0.7)   (17.1)
     Restructuring charges                                       2.3      6.3
     Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates            (2.7)    (2.1)
        Operational income                                      14.6     34.1
    INTEREST EXPENSE, net                                        0.9      0.6
        Income before income taxes                              13.7     33.5
    PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES                                   5.1     12.5
        Net income                                           $   8.6 $   21.0

    NET INCOME PER SHARE:
     Basic                                                   $  0.13 $   0.29
     Diluted                                                 $  0.12 $   0.28

    AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
     Basic                                                      67.5     71.3
     Diluted                                                    70.9     75.4

    CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER SHARE                        $  0.13 $   0.11



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                    SEGMENT REVENUES AND OPERATING PROFIT
              For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 and 2006
                           (Unaudited, in millions)

                                                                  For the
                                                           Three Months Ended
                                                                 March 31,
                                                             2007       2006
    Net Sales
     Residential Heating & Cooling                         $ 361.1    $ 419.3
     Commercial Heating & Cooling                            162.7      138.2
     Service Experts                                         143.9      141.0
     Refrigeration                                           141.3      126.5
     Eliminations (A)                                        (17.5)     (16.6)
                                                           $ 791.5    $ 808.4

    Segment Profit (Loss) (B)
     Residential Heating & Cooling                         $  19.9    $  42.2
     Commercial Heating & Cooling                              8.5        8.1
     Service Experts                                          (3.8)      (6.5)
     Refrigeration                                            12.5       12.1
     Corporate and other                                     (20.6)     (24.6)
     Eliminations (A)                                         (0.1)       0.1
                                                              16.4       31.4
     Reconciliation to income before income taxes:
        (Gains), losses and other expenses, net               (0.7)     (17.1)
        Restructuring charges                                  2.3        6.3
        Interest expense, net                                  0.9        0.6
                                                              13.9       41.6
        Less:  Realized gains on settled futures contracts
        not designated as cash flow hedges (C)                 0.5        9.1
        Plus: Currency exchange loss (C)                      (0.3)      (1.0)
                                                           $  13.7    $  33.5

        (A) Eliminations consist of intercompany sales between business
            segments, such as products sold to Service Experts by the
            Residential Heating & Cooling segment.

        (B) The Company has changed its definition of segment profit (loss) to
            include realized gains (losses) on settled futures contracts not
            designated as cash flow hedges and foreign currency exchange gains
            (losses).  As a result of this change, the Company now defines
            segment profit (loss) as a segment's income (loss) from continuing
            operations before income taxes included in the accompanying
            Consolidated Statements of Operations; excluding (gains), losses
            and other expenses, net; restructuring charges; goodwill
            impairment; interest expense, net; and other (income) expense,
            net; less (plus) realized gains (losses) on settled futures
            contracts not designated as cash flow hedges and foreign currency
            exchange gains (losses).

        (C) Realized gains (losses) on settled futures contracts not
            designated as cash flow hedges and foreign currency gains (losses)
            are a component of (Gains), Losses and Other Expenses, net in the
            accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations.



                  LENNOX INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                  As of March 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006
                (In millions, except share and per share data)

                                                     March 31,    December 31,
                                                       2007           2006
                                                   (unaudited)
                                    ASSETS

    CURRENT ASSETS:
     Cash and cash equivalents                      $   93.6       $  144.3
     Accounts and notes receivable, net                502.3          502.6
     Inventories                                       398.1          305.5
     Deferred income taxes                              21.3           22.2
     Other assets                                       60.1           43.8
        Total current assets                         1,075.4        1,018.4
    PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net                 288.0          288.2
    GOODWILL, net                                      242.2          239.8
    DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                              102.1          104.3
    OTHER ASSETS                                        74.0           69.1
    TOTAL ASSETS                                    $1,781.7       $1,719.8

                     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    CURRENT LIABILITIES:
     Short-term debt                                $    0.8       $    1.0
     Current maturities of long-term debt               11.4           11.4
     Accounts payable                                  342.2          278.6
     Accrued expenses                                  285.7          326.3
     Income taxes payable                                  -           33.8
        Total current liabilities                      640.1          651.1
    LONG-TERM DEBT                                     132.3           96.8
    POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS, OTHER THAN PENSIONS        12.7           12.9
    PENSIONS                                            51.0           49.6
    OTHER LIABILITIES                                  113.6          105.0
        Total liabilities                              949.7          915.4

    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, 78,544,586 shares and 76,974,791
      shares issued for 2007 and 2006, respectively      0.8            0.8
     Additional paid-in capital                        736.9          706.6
     Retained earnings                                 313.5          312.5
     Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)       7.7           (5.1)
     Treasury stock, at cost, 10,288,970 shares and
      9,818,904 for 2007 and 2006, respectively       (226.9)        (210.4)
        Total stockholders' equity                     832.0          804.4
        TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  $1,781.7       $1,719.8



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



    Reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income

                                          For the Three Months Ended March 31,
                                           2007       EPS      2006       EPS
    Net income, as reported               $ 8.6    $ 0.12    $ 21.0    $ 0.28
     (Gains), losses and other expenses,
      net of income tax (1)                (0.4)        -     (10.8)    (0.14)
     Realized gains on settled futures
      contracts not designated as cash
      flow hedges, net of income tax (1)    0.3         -       5.7      0.08
     Foreign currency exchange loss, net
      of income tax (1)                    (0.2)        -      (0.6)    (0.01)
     Restructuring charges, net of income
      tax                                            0.02       4.0      0.05
    Adjusted net income                   $ 9.7    $ 0.14    $ 19.3    $ 0.26

    (1)  (Gains), losses and other expenses, net are not material for the
         three months ended March 31, 2007.  (Gains), losses and other
         expenses, net include the following for the three months ended March
         31, 2006:

                                       Pre-tax     Tax (Benefit)    After-tax
                                     (Gain) Loss    Provision      (Gain) Loss

    Realized gains on settled futures
     contracts not designated as cash
     flow hedges                       $  (9.1)     $   3.4         $  (5.7)
    Net change in unrealized gains on
     open futures contracts not
     designated as cash flow hedges       (9.1)         3.3            (5.8)
    Foreign currency exchange loss         1.0         (0.4)            0.6
    Other items, net                       0.1             -            0.1
    (Gains), losses and other expenses,
     net                               $ (17.1)     $   6.3         $ (10.8)

    Note:  Management uses adjusted net income, which is not defined by U.S.
    GAAP, to measure LII's operating performance and to analyze year-over-year
    changes in operating income with and without the effects of certain
    (gains), losses and other expenses, net and restructuring charges.
    Management believes that excluding these effects is helpful in assessing
    the overall performance of LII.

    Free Cash Flow
                                                        For the Three Months
                                                        Ended March 31, 2007
    Net cash used in operating activities                   $  (75.1)
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment                   (9.9)
    Free cash flow                                          $  (85.0)



                         Operational Working Capital


                                           March 31,               March 31,
                                             2007                    2006
                                March 31,   Trailing   March 31,   Trailing
                                  2007     12 Mo. Avg.   2006     12 Mo. Avg.
    Accounts and Notes
     Receivable, Net          $  502.3                $  495.3
     Allowance for Doubtful
      Accounts                    16.3                    16.2
    Accounts and Notes
     Receivable, Gross           518.6     $  565.9      511.5     $  536.3

    Inventories                  398.1                   342.7
     Excess of current Cost
      Over Last-in, First-out     73.3                    57.3
    Inventories as Adjusted      471.4        416.2      400.0        332.9

    Accounts Payable            (342.2)      (336.9)    (339.6)      (308.8)

    Operating Working
     Capital (a)                 647.8        645.2      571.9        560.4

    Net Sales, Trailing
     Twelve Months (b)         3,698.5      3,698.5    3,509.7      3,509.7

    Operational Working
     Capital Ratio (a/b)          17.5%        17.4%      16.3%        16.0%

    Note:  Management uses free cash flow and operational working capital,
    which are not defined by U.S. 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.