Whirlpool Corporation Reports First-Quarter 2009 Results

Whirlpool Corporation announced today first-quarter 2009 earnings were $0.91 per diluted share compared to $1.22 per diluted share reported in the prior year. The company reported net sales of $3.6 billion, a decrease of 23 percent from the year-ago period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange translation, the company's first-quarter sales declined approximately 14 percent.

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First-quarter earnings were favorably impacted by cost reduction and productivity initiatives, favorable price/mix and an income tax benefit. These favorable items were partially offset by substantially lower global sales and production volumes, and higher material costs. The company's results included expenses before tax of $110 million related to restructuring, product recall, a foreign operating tax settlement, legal and other costs. In addition, the company recorded a pre-tax benefit of $97 million related to a postretirement benefit plan change and lower depreciation expense as a result of a change in accounting method.

"Whirlpool made significant progress in the execution of our key operational priorities during the first quarter," said Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. "Despite the continued macroeconomic challenges, our results were positively impacted by previously announced cost savings actions and restructuring initiatives."


  Whirlpool North America

First-quarter sales of $2.1 billion declined 20 percent from the prior year. Excluding the effects of currency, sales declined approximately 17 percent from the prior year. U.S. industry unit shipments of major appliances (T7)* declined 16 percent during the first quarter.

The North America region reported operating profit of $164 million compared to $44 million in the previous year. The improvement was the result of favorable price/mix, cost reduction initiatives and an $87 million gain related to the curtailment of a retiree health savings account. These factors were partially offset by sharply lower unit production volume, higher material costs and a $23 million expense related to product recall costs.

Based on current economic conditions, the company expects full-year 2009 U.S. industry unit shipments to decline approximately 10 percent to 12 percent from 2008 levels compared with its previous expectation of a 10 percent decline.

Whirlpool Europe

Whirlpool Europe reported first-quarter sales of $696 million, a 26 percent decrease from the prior year. Excluding the effects of currency, sales declined approximately 12 percent from the previous year. Overall industry unit demand during the quarter declined approximately 14 percent from the prior year.

Operating profit was breakeven compared with a profit of $45 million reported in the previous year. European results were adversely impacted by unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations and substantially lower unit production volumes. These challenges were partially offset by cost reduction initiatives.

Based on current economic conditions in the European region, the company expects full-year 2009 industry unit shipments to decline approximately 10 percent from 2008 levels compared with its previous expectation of an 8 percent decline.

Whirlpool Latin America

First-quarter net sales declined 26 percent to $689 million. Excluding currency translation, sales for appliances and compressors decreased approximately 9 percent. The sales decline reflected lower appliance industry unit demand outside of Brazil and in the global compressor operation.

Operating profit totaled $57 million in the first quarter compared with $119 million in the prior year. The lower profitability is primarily related to unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations, higher material costs, lower unit volume and a $26 million expense related to an operating tax settlement. These items were partially offset by cost reduction and productivity initiatives.

Based on current economic conditions, the company continues to expect full-year 2009 Brazilian appliance shipments to be flat to down 5 percent.

Whirlpool Asia

Whirlpool Asia reported first-quarter sales of $120 million, decreasing 13 percent from the prior year. Excluding the impact of currency, sales increased 3 percent from the previous year. Operating profit during the quarter totaled $5 million compared to $2 million in the prior year. The year-over-year increase in operating profit resulted from favorable trends in productivity and product price/mix. These favorable items were partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange.

The company continues to expect full-year 2009 industry unit shipments to be flat to down 5 percent from 2008 levels.


For the full-year 2009, Whirlpool Corporation's expectation of earnings per diluted share between $3.00 and $4.00 remains unchanged. For the full year, the company expects to generate free cash flow** between $300 million and $400 million. The company's earnings and free cash flow projections are based upon our current economic forecasts and business plans.

"As we had previously anticipated, global macroeconomic factors have remained negative and volatile during the first quarter," said Fettig. "We remain focused on aggressively managing our cost structure and bringing best in class products and innovation to the marketplace."

* T7 refers to the following household appliance categories: washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ranges and compactors.

** A reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to cash provided by operations appears below under the heading "Cash Flow Reconciliation."


  --  Whirlpool North America Region launched:
      --  The Whirlpool brand Resource Saver refrigerator, which is the most
          energy efficient side-by-side refrigerator ever and exceeds U.S.
          federal efficiency standards by more than 30 percent.
      --  The Whirlpool brand Cabrio high efficiency washing machine which
          meets or exceeds CEE Tier III energy specifications, the most
          efficient energy level for a top-load washing machine.
      --  The Maytag brand JetClean dishwasher with a Silverware Blast
          option that uses targeted spray jets positioned over the
          silverware basket for focused cleaning.
      --  Maytag brand ENERGY STAR® qualified side-by-side refrigerators
          that feature the Fill-N-Chill dispenser and Right Sized Ice Cubes.
          The Fill-N-Chill option dispenses water and ice cubes concurrently
          from a single dispenser.
      --  KitchenAid brand Superba series EQ dishwashers deliver the best
          cleaning results, energy efficiency, and the lowest sound levels
          in the industry.

      --  The Gladiator GarageWorks brand Claw v3.0 Advanced Bike Storage
          Device.  Building on the innovation of the original Claw that is
          ceiling mounted, the Claw v3.0 provides the same innovative
          features but attaches to Gladiator wall systems.

  --  Whirlpool Europe Region launched:
      --  Bauknecht brand Deep Silent hoods designed to quietly and reliably
          extract cooking odors from the kitchen.
      --  A modular line of Bauknecht brand cooktops.  The induction,
          ceramic and gas module cooktops can be mixed and matched and
          installed in sets of two, three or four.

      --  KitchenAid brand ice makers designed to produce high quality,
          crystal clear ice cubes. The KitchenAid ice makers form ice cubes
          layer by layer to eliminate impurities and opaque colors.

  --  Whirlpool Latin America Region launched:
      --  Consul brand energy efficient freezers (the Consul 180 and the
          Consul Slim 200). Both products have received the "Class A" Procel
          Seal for energy efficiency.

      --  Consul brand Aquarela microwaves designed to make the kitchen more
          creative and fun.  Consumers are able to tailor the compartment on
          the microwave door with one of 12 sheets containing recipe tips -
          such as fast snacks and desserts - as well as spaces for
          photographs and telephone numbers.

  --  Whirlpool Asia Region launched:
      --  Whirlpool brand Professional Sport front load washing machine in
          India. The washing machine is geared toward young, active

      --  Whirlpool brand WhiteMagic ProXL top loading washing machine.  The
          large capacity washing machine can clean up to eight king size
          sheets in a single load and comes with 6th Sense technology, Stain
          Wash and has a built-in heater.


  --  Whirlpool Corporation ranked sixth in the electronics industry on
      FORTUNE magazine's World's Most Admired Companies list.

  --  Whirlpool Corporation was named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens
      (#51) by Chief Responsibility Officer magazine, marking the eighth
      time Whirlpool Corporation has been named to the list.

  --  Whirlpool Corporation recognized with the 2009 ENERGY STAR®
      Sustained Excellence award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  This is the company's
      10th ENERGY STAR® award and fourth consecutive Sustained Excellence

  --  Whirlpool was named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Mexico.

  --  In Ireland, the Whirlpool Shared Services Center was named as one of
      the Top Best 50 Companies to work for.  This marks the sixth time
      Whirlpool Ireland has earned that distinction.

  --  Whirlpool Europe will receive funding from the Italian Government for
      its Greenkitchen project, as an integrated system of innovative
      appliances reducing energy consumption. The Italian Ministry of
      Economic Development declared:  "The Government invests in companies
      that invest in quality and sustainability."

  --  Whirlpool Slovenia earned Superbrand status for 2008.  Superbrands is
      the global branding authority present in 82 countries.

  --  A leading consumer magazine ranked the Whirlpool brand top-mount
      freezer refrigerator number one in its category for overall
      performance, reliability and energy efficiency.

  --  Whirlpool brand laundry was recognized nine times in the February 2009
      issue of a leading consumer magazine, including a number one rating
      for the Whirlpool Cabrio washing machine.

  --  Three Amana products received designations from a leading consumer
      magazine. The Amana® bottom-freezer refrigerator was rated the
      number one bottom-freezer refrigerator and a "Best Buy." The French
      door bottom-freezer refrigerator received a "Best Buy" rating and the
      front-load washer was rated a "Recommended Buy" as well.

  --  The Whirlpool brand frost-free refrigerator was named "Product of the
      Year" in India and received the award for the "Best Innovative
      Product" in the refrigerator category.

  Cash Flow Reconciliation

The table below reconciles actual 2009 and 2008 and projected 2009 cash provided by operations determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States to free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure. Management believes that free cash flow provides shareholders with a relevant measure of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing the company's ability to fund its activities and obligations. There are limitations to using non-GAAP financial measures, including the difficulty associated with comparing companies that use similarly named non-GAAP measures whose calculations may differ from the company's calculations. As defined by the company, free cash flow is cash provided by operations after capital expenditures and proceeds from the sale of assets/businesses.

                                Three Months Ended
                                     March 31
  (millions of dollars)          2009        2008      2009 Outlook
                                ------------------     ------------

  Cash (used in) / provided by
   operations                   $(272)      $(338)   $700   -   $800

  Capital expenditures           (112)       (107)   (450)  -   (500)

  Proceeds from sale of assets     13           1      50   -    100
  -----------------------------------        ----    ----       ----

  Free cash flow                $(371)      $(444)   $300   -   $400

  About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion, 70,000 employees, and 68 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/.

Whirlpool Additional Information:

This document contains forward-looking statements that speak only as of this date. Whirlpool disclaims any obligation to update these statements. Forward-looking statements in this document may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected earnings per share, cash flow, productivity and material and oil-related prices. Many risks, contingencies and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from Whirlpool Corporation's forward-looking statements. Among these factors are: (1) changes in economic conditions which affect demand for our products, including the strength of the building industry and the level of interest rates; (2) the effects of the global economic crisis on our customers, suppliers and the availability of credit; (3) Whirlpool's ability to continue its relationship with significant trade customers, including Sears Holding Corporation in North America (accounting for approximately 11% of Whirlpool's 2008 consolidated net sales of $18.9 billion) and the ability of these trade customers to maintain or increase market share; (4) intense competition in the home appliance industry reflecting the impact of both new and established global competitors, including Asian and European manufacturers; (5) the ability of Whirlpool to manage foreign currency fluctuations; (6) litigation including product liability and product defect claims; (7) the ability of Whirlpool to achieve its business plans, productivity improvements, cost control, leveraging of its global operating platform, and acceleration of the rate of innovation; (8) fluctuations in the cost of key materials (including steel, oil, plastic, resins, copper and aluminum) and components and the ability of Whirlpool to offset cost increases; (9) the ability of suppliers of critical parts, components and manufacturing equipment to deliver sufficient quantities to Whirlpool in a timely and cost-effective manner; (10) health care cost trends and regulatory changes that could increase future funding obligations for pension and other postretirement benefit plans; (11) Whirlpool's ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; (12) global, political and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions, especially in Whirlpool's significant geographic regions, including uncertainty and disruptions arising from natural disasters or terrorist attacks; (13) the effects of governmental investigations or related actions by third parties; (14) the impact of labor relations; (15) our ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other qualified employees; (16) the cost of compliance with environmental and health and safety regulations. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Whirlpool Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K.

  (Millions of dollars, except per share data)

                                                       2009    2008
                                                       ----    ----
  Net sales                                          $3,569  $4,614
  Cost of products sold                               3,045   4,000
  Selling, general and administrative
   (exclusive of intangible amortization)               327     440
  Intangible amortization                                 7       7
  Restructuring costs                                    24       8
                                                         --       -

  Operating profit                                      166     159

  Other income (expense)
  Interest and sundry income (expense)                  (47)     (7)
  Interest expense                                      (62)    (49)
                                                        ---     ---

            Earnings before income taxes and
             other items                                 57     103
  Income tax (benefit) expense                          (16)      3
                                                        ---       -

  Net earnings                                           73     100
            Less: Net earnings available to
             noncontrolling interests                    (5)     (6)
                                                         --      --

  Net earnings available to
   Whirlpool common stockholders                        $68     $94
                                                        ===     ===

  Per share of common stock
  Basic net earnings available to
   Whirlpool common stockholders                      $0.92   $1.23
                                                      =====   =====

  Diluted net earnings available to
   Whirlpool common stockholders                      $0.91   $1.22
                                                      =====   =====

  Dividends                                           $0.43   $0.43
                                                      =====   =====

  Weighted-average shares outstanding (in millions)
  Basic                                                74.2    76.3
  Diluted                                              74.7    77.3

                            WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
                  (Millions of dollars, except share data)

                                                      March 31, December 31,
                                                         2009       2008
                                                         ----       ----

  Current assets
        Cash and equivalents                               $193       $146
        Accounts receivable, net of allowance for
         uncollectible accounts of $62 and $66 at
         March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008,
         respectively                                     1,936      2,103
        Inventories                                       2,573      2,591
        Deferred income taxes                               563        580
        Other current assets                                555        624
                                                            ---        ---
              Total current assets                        5,820      6,044
                                                          -----      -----

  Other assets
        Goodwill, net                                     1,726      1,728
        Other intangibles, net of accumulated
         amortization of $108 and $96 at March
         31, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively     1,810      1,821
        Other assets                                        933        954
                                                            ---        ---
              Total other assets                          4,469      4,503
                                                          -----      -----

  Property, plant and equipment
        Land                                                 70         74
        Buildings                                         1,170      1,186
        Machinery and equipment                           7,492      7,549
        Accumulated depreciation                         (5,819)    (5,824)
                                                         ------     ------
              Total property, plant and equipment         2,913      2,985
                                                          -----      -----
  Total assets                                          $13,202    $13,532
                                                        =======    =======

  Liabilities and stockholders' equity

  Current liabilities
        Accounts payable                                 $2,392     $2,805
        Accrued expenses                                    538        530
        Accrued advertising and promotions                  255        440
        Employee compensation                               356        306
        Notes payable                                       829        393
        Current maturities of long-term debt                248        202
        Other current liabilities                           783        887
                                                            ---        ---
              Total current liabilities                   5,401      5,563
                                                          -----      -----

  Noncurrent liabilities
        Long-term debt                                    1,956      2,002
        Pension benefits                                  1,490      1,505
        Postretirement benefits                             744        822
        Other liabilities                                   550        567
                                                            ---        ---
              Total noncurrent liabilities                4,740      4,896
                                                          -----      -----

  Commitments and contingencies

  Stockholders' equity
        Common stock, $1 par value, 250 million
         shares authorized, 104 million shares
         issued at March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008,
         respectively, 74 million and 73 million shares
         outstanding at March 31, 2009 and
         December 31, 2008, respectively                    104        104
        Additional paid-in capital                        2,036      2,033
        Retained earnings                                 4,029      3,993
        Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)    (1,323)    (1,259)
        Treasury stock, 30 million shares and 31
         million shares at March 31, 2009 and
         December 31, 2008, respectively                 (1,859)    (1,865)
                                                         ------     ------
              Total Whirlpool stockholders' equity        2,987      3,006
                                                          -----      -----
        Noncontrolling interests                             74         67
                                                             --         --
              Total equity                                3,061      3,073
                                                          -----      -----
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity            $13,202    $13,532
                                                        =======    =======

                      WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
                   THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31
                      (Millions of dollars)

                                                             2009  2008
                                                             ----  ----
  Operating activities
  Net earnings                                                $73  $100
  Adjustments to reconcile earnings to cash used in
   operating activities:
  Depreciation and amortization                               115   153
  Curtailment gain                                            (92)    -
  Gain on disposition of assets                                (1)   (2)
  Changes in assets and liabilities:
    Accounts receivable                                       114   114
    Inventories                                               (27) (180)
    Accounts payable                                         (362) (187)
    Restructuring charges, net of cash paid                   (16)  (22)
    Taxes deferred and payable, net                           (12)   (5)
    Accrued pension                                            (7)   (6)
    Employee compensation                                      62   (90)
    Other                                                    (119) (213)
                                                             ----  ----
      Cash used in operating activities                      (272) (338)
                                                             ----  ----

  Investing activities
  Capital expenditures                                       (112) (107)
  Proceeds from sale of assets                                 13     1
                                                               --     -
      Cash used in investing activities                       (99) (106)
                                                              ---  ----

  Financing activities
  Net proceeds from short-term borrowings                     458   314
  Dividends paid                                              (32)  (33)
  Repayments of long-term debt                                 (1) (127)
  Proceeds from borrowings of long-term debt                    -   501
  Purchase of treasury stock                                    -   (97)
  Common stock issued                                           -     4
  Other                                                        (5)   (5)
                                                               --    --
      Cash provided by financing activities                   420   557
                                                              ---   ---

  Effect of exchange rate changes on
   cash and equivalents                                        (2)    7
                                                               --     -

  Increase in cash and equivalents                             47   120
  Cash and equivalents at beginning of period                 146   201
                                                              ---   ---
  Cash and equivalents at end of period                      $193  $321
                                                             ====  ====

First Call Analyst:
FCMN Contact: angela_m_hersil@whirlpool.com

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