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Masco Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results

July 25, 2011

2011 Second Quarter Commentary
  • Sales declined one percent to $2.0 billion.
  • Results for key financial measures, as adjusted for certain items (see Exhibit A) and with a normalized tax rate of 36 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2010 were as follows:
    • Gross profit margins were 26.9 percent compared to 28.4 percent.
    • Operating profit margins were 5.5 percent compared to 8.3 percent.
    • Income was $.05 per common share compared to $.16 per common share.
  • Income, as reported, was $.02 per common share compared to $.01 per common share for the second quarter of 2010.
  • Working capital as a percent of sales improved to 15.6 percent at June 30, 2011, compared to 16.1 percent at June 30, 2010.
  • We ended the second quarter of 2011 with over $1.6 billion of cash.

Taylor, Mich., (July 25, 2011) - Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) today reported that net sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011 decreased one percent to $2.0 billion, compared to the second quarter of 2010. North American sales decreased six percent and International sales increased 18 percent. In local currencies, International sales increased five percent compared with the second quarter of 2010.

Income was $.05 per common share and $.16 per common share for the second quarters of 2011 and 2010, respectively, excluding the items in Exhibit A and with a normalized tax rate of 36 percent. Including these items, income, as reported was $.02 per common share and $.01 per common share for the second quarters ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

"Our sales would have increased one percent (excluding cabinet products that we have exited, as previously announced) compared to second quarter 2010, reflecting strong sales of plumbing related products driven by share gains of our Hansgrohe and Delta brands and foreign currency translation. The second quarter of 2011 was negatively impacted by continued declines in new home construction and in the deferral of "big ticket" repair and remodel activity," said Tim Wadhams. "We completed several of the major initiatives that have been underway in our installation services and North American cabinet operations which marked significant milestones for these businesses. We believe that our installation business gained share sequentially in the second quarter of 2011 and our North American cabinet business maintained share in the second quarter of 2011, continuing the momentum from the first quarter of 2011. In addition, we further reduced cabinet capacity by idling another manufacturing facility."

Income for the three months ended June 30, 2011 included $33 million of pre-tax gains ($.06 per common share, after tax) related to the sale of financial investments. Income for the three months ended June 30, 2010 included $33 million of pre-tax charges ($.06 per common share, after tax) related to the impairment of financial investments.

We continue to focus on the rationalization of our businesses, including business consolidations, plant closures, headcount reductions, system implementations and other initiatives. During the second quarters of 2011 and 2010, we incurred costs and charges of $15 million pre-tax ($.03 per common share, after tax) and $51 million pre-tax ($.09 per common share, after tax), respectively, related to these initiatives.

Outlook 2011

"The lack of job creation, high cost of energy and declining consumer confidence have made forecasting the timing and strength of the recovery extremely difficult. Most economists have reduced their forecasts for 2011, including housing start levels which are now projected to be flat with 2010. As such, we believe that growth in the second half of 2011 will be challenged. Longer-term however, we are confident about the fundamentals for the new home construction and home improvement markets and we are optimistic about the future," said Tim Wadhams. "We will continue to focus on the things we can control to improve our execution and strengthen our brands. We have several new programs that we are funding today that we believe will drive future growth opportunities across our businesses. We are very encouraged with the progress we are making to increase our penetration with North American cabinet dealers and with the professional painter. We also have exciting new programs that will launch later this year in plumbing, cabinets and builders hardware and we continue to invest in the development of international opportunities for paint and plumbing. We expect that improvements in our markets and in consumer spending, together with the changes we are driving across Masco and our financial strength will create significant value for our shareholders."

Headquartered in Taylor, Michigan, Masco Corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of home improvement and building products, as well as a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products.

The 2011 second quarter supplemental material, including a presentation in PDF format, will be distributed after the market closes on July 25, 2011 and will be available on the Company's Web site at www.masco.com.

A conference call regarding items contained in this release is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Participants in the call are asked to register five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time by dialing (913) 312-9304 (confirmation #6636952). The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Company's Web site at www.masco.com and supplemental material, including the financial data referred to on the call and a reconciliation of non-GAAP information provided on the call, will also be available on the Web site.

A replay of the call will be available on Masco's Web site or by phone by dialing (719) 457-0820 (replay access code #6636952) approximately two hours after the end of the call and will continue through August 2, 2011.

Masco Corporation's press releases and other information are available through the Company's toll free number, 1-888-MAS-NEWS, or under the Investor Relations section of Masco's Web site at www.masco.com.

Statements contained in this press release that reflect our views about our future performance constitute "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "believe," "anticipate," "appear," "may," "will," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "assume," "seek," and similar references to future periods. These views involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and, accordingly, our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in our forward-looking statements. We caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. Our future performance may be affected by our reliance on new home construction and home improvement, our reliance on key customers, the cost and availability of raw materials, shifts in consumer preferences and purchasing practices, and our ability to achieve cost savings through the Masco Business System and other initiatives. These and other factors are discussed in detail in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Unless required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The Company believes that the non-GAAP performance measures and ratios that are contained herein, used in managing the business, may provide users of this financial information with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior periods. Non-GAAP performance measures and ratios should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Additional information about the Company is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is available on Masco's Web site at www.masco.com.

Investor / Media Contact
Maria Duey
Vice President - Investor Relations and Communications
313.792.5500
maria_duey@mascohq.com

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