Mattress Maker Sags on Results, Outlook, Lawsuit (TPX, ZZ, SCSS, MFRM, LEG)


Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE: TPX) reported disappointing earnings results after markets closed last night and the company's shares are paying the price today. Shares were down more than 20% in the first 10 minutes of trading.

The company's comments on the competitive landscape and on international sales are having an adverse effect on competitors Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ: SCSS) and Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM). Leggett & Platt Inc. (NYSE: LEG), which makes bedding components, has so far escaped the downturn.

Tempur-Pedic's adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.70 was a penny above the consensus estimate, but the company posted a GAAP EPS loss of $0.03. Sales were down 11% in the quarter and gross margins declined by more than 3%. Tempur-Pedic also lowered its EPS guidance to $2.55, well under the consensus estimate of $2.78.

The company's $229 million merger with Sealy Corp. (NYSE: ZZ) is also under fire. Including assumed debt, the deal is valued at around $1.3 billion. Announced late last month, the deal has attracted investor lawsuits claiming that the deal is not in the interests of shareholders other than Sealy's controlling shareholder, KKR & Co. (NYSE: KKR). KKR paid Bain Capital Partners LLC $1.6 billion for Sealy in 2004.

The deal for Sealy is not subject to Sealy shareholder approval because KKR reportedly has added enough votes to its 46% stake to push the total shares in favor of the acquisition above 50%. That does not mean, of course, that the lawsuits could not materially impact KKR, Sealy or Tempur-Pedic.

Shares of Tempur-Pedic are down 22.2% at $24.77 in a 52-week range of $20.70 to $87.43.

Paul Ausick

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