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Carlisle Cos Inc  (NYSE:CSL)
Q1 2019 Earnings Call
April 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good afternoon. My name is Kelly, and I will be conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Carlisle Companies' First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speaker's remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session.

I would now like to turn the call over to Jim Giannakouros, Vice President of Investor Relations and FP&A. Jim, please go ahead.

Jim Giannakouros -- Vice President of Investor Relations and FP&A

Thank you, Kelly. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Carlisle's first quarter 2019 earnings conference call. We released our first quarter financial results after the market closed today and you can find both our press release and earnings call slide presentation on our website at www.carlisle.com in the Investor Relations section.

Discussing the results and our updated outlook today are Chris Koch, President and CEO; and Bob Roche, our Chief Financial Officer. Today's call will begin with Chris, discussing our progress toward Vision 2025. Bob will discuss Carlisle's first quarter operating and financial performance. Following our prepared remarks, we will open up the call for questions.

In the meantime, please refer to slide two of our presentation and where we note that certain statements made during this call may be forward-looking and actual results may differ materially from our expectations due to a number of risk factors. A discussion of some of the risks and uncertainties that may affect our results are provided in our press release and in our SEC filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Those considering an investment in Carlisle should read these statements carefully, along with reviewing the reports we filed with the SEC before making an investment decision.

With that, I will turn the call over to Chris.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jim. Good afternoon, everyone. Please turn to slide three of the presentation. Carlisle had an excellent first quarter and we are pleased with our progress toward the Vision 2025 goals of $8 billion in revenues, 20% operating income and 15% ROIC. As we continue to build on the success of our first year Vision -- of Vision 2025. We remain focused on driving 5% organic growth with operational leverage, utilizing the Carlisle Operating System and driving a continuous improvement culture, building scale with synergistic acquisitions, continuing to invest in exceptional talent and deploying over $3 billion into capital expenditures, share repurchases and dividends.

In the first quarter, we drove approximately 6% organic growth ahead of our 5% target rate, as we continued to see solid demand in the CCM and CIT end markets. We remain disciplined to maintain pricing resolved, driving positive price realization across all four segments. Other highlights included the Petersen acquisition in CCM, the realization of expected synergies in our restructured operations in CBF and the successful launch of new products across all segments.

Operating income rose over 20% for the second consecutive quarter, more than double our revenue growth, a further indication that our past restructuring efforts, pricing discipline, and savings and efficiencies derived from the Carlisle Operating System are paying dividends.

COS remains core to our continuous improvement culture and is an integral process for driving efficiencies throughout our business. For the first quarter, COS drove savings of 1.3% of sales, well within our goal of 1% to 2% savings annually. Free cash flow in the first quarter exceeded $86 million, leaving us with an ending cash position of $517 million. Our balance sheet remains strong and we continue to pursue a balanced approach to capital deployment.

In the first quarter, we accelerated our planned share repurchases acquiring $157 million worth of shares. We also paid $23 million worth of dividends. Since the beginning of 2017, we have returned approximately $1.1 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends. We continue to focus on expansion of our core platforms through synergistic acquisitions and are managing an active pipeline, particularly within our medical technologies, aerospace, fluid technologies and building envelope platforms. Most recently we announced the strategic acquisition of MicroConnex, which adds key sensor and miniaturization technology to our Medical Technologies platform at CIT.

Combined with our 2018 acquisition of Red Group, the MicroConnex acquisition positions CIT to participate earlier in the design and more completely in developing and delivering integrated solutions at major medical equipment -- original equipment manufacturers. We continue to work aggressively to build out our capabilities within the fast growing Medical Technologies segment.

With the close of the Petersen acquisition early in the first quarter, our new architectural metal business within CCM continues to be a positive story, accelerating our expansion into the growing $4 billion plus North American metal related construction market. Petersen is an excellent fit with our recent acquisitions of Drexel metals, Sunlast metal and premium panels, where sales, integration and synergies are all tracking in line with our expectations.

Turning to slide four, we achieved record first quarter revenues of $1.1 billion, a 9% increase over 2018 and our 24th consecutive quarter of year-over-year sales growth. As I mentioned earlier, this was driven primarily by 6% organic growth, including 2% price realization. We are especially pleased with the pricing discipline, processes and rigor that our teams across the business have implemented, capturing the true value of the Carlisle experience in the marketplace.

Our operating income in the first quarter grew 21% to $114.7 million, driving record first quarter diluted EPS of $1.33, which includes $0.08 of restructuring, facility rationalization and acquisition-related costs. CCM delivered strong leverage, driving approximately 23% operating income growth and in the quarter also delivered over $14 million of net price cost benefits. Notably, we accomplished this while maintaining share in the marketplace.

At CIT operating margins expanded 30 basis points year-over-year driven by price realization, efficiency gains from past restructuring activities and volume leverage. CFT also continue to make progress expanding operating margins by 110 basis points year-over-year to 10.1%, despite flat year-over-year revenue growth. Finally, 2017 and 2018 restructuring efforts at CBF resulted in operating income improvement of 44%, reinforcing CBF's progress toward continued profitability improvement.

Now let's turn to the divisional highlights, starting with CCM. CCM revenues grew 12% year-over-year, over 6% of that organic growth reflecting continuing strong underlying demand and the addition of Petersen earlier this year. We continue to benefit from solid new construction demand, a strong backlog of work and an increasing volume of reroofing projects in the North American non-residential construction markets. This outstanding growth demonstrates CCM's resilience in the face of the severe weather experienced in the first quarter, which impacted days on the roof and was felt across the industry. March showed significant improvement in demand as weather improved and the construction season entered its busiest time. With roofing labor markets remaining extremely tight, we continue to view CCM demand backdrop across non-residential building applications as strong and sustainable, consistent to what we experienced as we exited 2018.

CIT's better than expected first quarter revenue growth of 10% reflects our strong and growing presence in the aerospace markets and continued progress in our test and measurement and medical technology platforms. Within the aerospace segment build rates of Boeing and Airbus remained strong across most platforms. As it's been highlighted in the press recently the two tragic crashes of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and subsequent global grounding of the fleet has resulted in a planned production cut of Boeing 737 MAX 8. CIT supplies various high performance interconnect products to this aircraft platform. We're monitoring the situation closely and we are currently expecting Boeing 737 MAX 8 production delays to amount to an approximate 1 percentage point headwind to CIT's 2019 year-over-year sales growth.

Our CIT's Medical Technologies platform remains an area of focus for both organic and inorganic growth given the attractive industry dynamics such as aging populations and trends toward minimally invasive procedures. We're excited about our MicroConnex acquisition announced on April 1st, which is a great addition to our medical market expansion strategy. CIT leveraged its sales growth during the quarter increasing margins 30 basis points year-over-year, which included investment in restructuring projects to right size our manufacturing footprint and we anticipate greater traction in the coming quarters driven primarily by savings and efficiencies gained from COS in past restructuring actions.

CFT sales were flat year-over-year but did deliver over 2% organic revenue growth in the quarter. This quarter was -- this growth was primarily driven in the quarter by price realization and new products. One such product launch is our DV1 base-coats spray gun well received by the market and a technological leap for the user driven by its unique air and fluid engineering characteristics, which results in less waste and improved efficiency for the painter. Increasing R&D efforts at CFT remain a priority as we seek to gain share by delivering highly engineered return on investment driven solutions for the global paint, coatings, sealants and adhesives markets.

Back to CFTs quarterly results, automotive refinish and general industrial market sales increased year-over-year, driven by growth in standard product sales, while sales of transportation markets lagged. North American sales increase, partially offset by tough system sales comps in China. Well publicized automotive production declines in the Chinese and European -- in China, excuse me, and European industrial markets were headwinds that continued from the fourth quarter. At CFT we remain focused on enhancing our product breadth through, new products and acquisitions, driving COS further through the segment to realize efficiency gains and expanding our global reach.

CBF had a difficult comparison in the first quarter to that of 2018 where as you may recall sales were up 34%. Demand across our key markets of construction and agriculture did weaken slightly. This along with certain customers adjusting their inventory levels resulted in revenues being down 7% year-over-year. Most importantly, the significant restructuring efforts around the closure of our Tulsa, Oklahoma facility and integration into Medina, Ohio largely came to a close at the end of 2018. Much reduced restructuring charges coupled with price recovery and efficiencies gained through COS resulted in operating income improving 44% or 250 basis points year-over-year. As previously stated, we expect to see CBF's margins reached double digits over the course of 2019.

Bob will now provide further detail about our first quarter operational and financial performance and review our balance sheet and cash flow. Bob?

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Thank you, Chris. Please turn to the revenue bridge on slide five of the presentation. As Chris mentioned, we are pleased with our overall first quarter revenue performance. Organic growth was 5.9% in the quarter, driven by strong results in our commercial roofing, aerospace, and test and measurement markets. Acquisitions contributed 3.9% of sales growth for the quarter and FX was a 90-basis-point headwind.

Turning to our margin bridge on slide six. Q1 operating margin expanded 110 basis points year-over-year. Positive pricing and volume leverage combined for 210 basis points of the year-over-year improvement and COS benefited margin by 130 basis points. Freight, labor and raw material costs were collectively 150 basis point headwind. Acquisitions were a 50 basis point headwind and restructuring and rationalization costs were 30 basis point headwind.

On slide seven, we provide an EPS bridge. As previously stated, we reported record first quarter diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.33, which compares to $0.92 last year. Higher volumes contributed $0.13, positive price added $0.25, fully offsetting the $0.25 headwind we saw in raw material, freight and labor costs. COS added $0.15 and lower share count added $0.09 versus last year.

Now let's turn to slide eight to review the first quarter performance by segment in more detail. At CCM revenues increased 12% with acquisitions contributing 6.3% of the growth and organic growth of 6.3%, partially offset by a 50-basis-point foreign currency translation headwind. CCM executed extremely well in accomplishing over $14 million of net price cost realization in the quarter. Operating margin of CCM was 13.8%, 110 basis point increase over last year.

Now let's turn to slide nine to review CITs results. CIT capped off a solid quarter by growing 10% in the first quarter. Aerospace remained a source of strength with test and measurement, and space and defense growing double-digits. While medical's continues to be an area of focus for us. Product line rationalization in the quarter impacted our sales against what remains a very attractive market drop -- backdrop. CIT's operating margin grew 30 basis points year-over-year, 12.4% given higher volumes, price realization, COS savings and benefit from product line exits predominantly within medical. Offsetting this was investment restructuring projects to right size our manufacturing footprint.

Turning now to slide 10. CFT's organic revenue increased 2.2% year-over-year, which more than offset by 2.8% FX headwind. Automotive refinish was up double digits and overall pricing was up 0.9% year-over-year. This coupled with our 2017 and 2018, facility rationalization efforts, vertical integration, and savings and efficiencies from COS expanded our first quarter margins 110 basis points to 10.1%.

Turning to slide 11 on CBF. CBF's organic revenue decline of 3.8% was in line with our expectations given moderating growth in off-highway vehicle markets and certain customers adjusting their inventory levels. Successful price implementation and share gains during the quarter, partially offset the decline. FX also had a negative 3.3% impact. The 44% increase in operating income to $6.5 million or 7.1% operating margin was in line with our expectations for the first quarter, after completing our Tulsa, Oklahoma to Medina Ohio factory consolidation.

On slide 12 we show select balance sheet metrics. Our balance sheet remains strong and we ended the quarter with $517 million of cash on hand and $1 billion of availability under our revolving credit line. During the quarter we opportunistically repurchased approximately $157 million of shares.

Turning now to slide 13, our free cash flow was a positive $86.5 million, compared to a negative $9.3 million last year. The increase in free cash flow is predominantly attributable to higher cash earnings, more efficient use of working capital and lower capital expenditures.

And with that, I will now turn the call back over to Chris.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Bob. Please turn to slide 14 as we discuss our updated 2018 outlook. For Carlisle as a whole, we expect year-over-year growth to be in the high single-digit range. By segment, at CCM driven by what we view as a healthy North American non-residential construction market. The CCM team's price discipline, a solid backlog of work at contractors, tight labor markets and the addition of Peterson, we now expect revenues to grow low double digits in 2019.

At CIT despite projections that 737 MAX 8 volumes will be reduced by 20%, we now expect revenue growth to increase to the mid-to-high single-digit range. We expect continued strength in our core CIT markets of aerospace, medical and test and measurement. The addition of MicroConnex adds about a point of growth to our previous outlook. CIT will benefit from pricing actions taken in 2018 to offset inflation and other cost increases. We continue to expect approximately $50 million in restructuring charges to be taken at CIT this year related to the consolidation of North American facilities to drive operational improvements and efficiency gains in the business.

At CFT, we continue to expect revenue growth in the mid single-digit range driven by solid global GDP growth, price realization and new product introductions. At CBF, with certain customers adjusting their inventory levels, price discipline of the team and product line rationalization actions taken, we now expect flat year-over-year revenue in 2019.

Corporate expense is expected to be approximately $80 million, depreciation and amortization expense is expected to be approximately $200 million. For the full year, we expect capital expenditures of about $110 million to $120 million and free cash flow conversion above 100%. Net interest expense is currently expected to be about $55 million to $60 million for the year and we expect our tax rate to be 25% for 2019.

As 2019 continues to unfold, we are well-positioned to take advantage of the momentum generated from our strong first quarter and what we view as a solid global economic outlook. However, we remain vigilant and fully aware of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the unresolved U.S., China trade negotiations and the impact -- and the negative impact of these two lingering issues on global economies, especially in China and Europe. Despite these uncertainties with the continued traction we've achieved against our Vision 2025 goals, we expect to deliver record performance in 2019. We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving our goals and to driving $15 per share of earnings by 2025.

This concludes our formal comments. Kelly, we're now ready for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

(Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from the line of Bryan Blair from Oppenheimer. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Bryan Blair -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Good afternoon, guys. Great start to the year.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Bryan. Good afternoon.

Bryan Blair -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

So I want to get start with CCM price costs, another -- a lot of moving parts there, but relatively stable price trends, and certain tailwinds in place, MDI in particular, seems like there could be decent upside to the $40 million, $50 million range, you talked about before, is there any update to that estimate?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Bryan, it is still early in the year. Right now we are on track with what we thought we kind of a little bit ahead in the first quarter where we thought we'd be. But I'm not sure we're ready to call victory quite yet at one quarter into the year. So we're continuing to monitoring. We are hopeful that there could be upside to that lot of moving pieces though.

Bryan Blair -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Okay. That's fair. And then in terms of M&A strategy, you talked about having prospects across CCM, CIT, CFT. Is there any other color that you can offer on pipeline trends, seller expectations, where we may see the most M&A dollars flow across platforms over the next year or so?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Obviously, our preference would be, I think, to get the Medical Technologies platform build out as quickly as we could. And we still see these opportunities within CCM and some nice activity there. And then, we are very excited about CFT finally being positioned to be able to take on some acquisitions and to drive some of that revenue growth we projected through Vision 2025. So, yeah, I think, the only other color I'd give you is that things are still expensive, expectations for high multiples there and we're going to continue to be disciplined in our approach and make sure we make the right decisions to be able to return the type of investment we -- our shareholders expect.

Bryan Blair -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

All right. I appreciate the color. Thanks.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Joel Tiss from BMO. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Joel Tiss -- BMO -- Analyst

Oh! That was quick. How is it going guys?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Joel. Yeah.

Joel Tiss -- BMO -- Analyst

Just one thing that you were talking about the end of the year that there was uncertainty around the competitive landscape in the CCM business for 2019, is there any, any update or the other guys acting rationally or any little help you can give us there?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I think for the most part we've been pleasantly surprised with the reaction, when we get to certain large jobs, I'd say the price competition gets a bit more aggressive, obviously, we're continuing to drive that Carlisle experience and we expect to, I guess, we paid for the superior customer service, and delivery and all that we are giving, Joel. But I think as a whole there has been better rational behavior than there has been, say, two, three, four years ago.

Joel Tiss -- BMO -- Analyst

That's great. And then, on, if we could drill down for a second into the Brake & Friction, just you mentioned construction and ag were weak, is that specific customers or is that more across the Board. It seems like construction there's a little bit of a dichotomy, right, your roofing business is very strong and construction seems like it's got a backlog?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Joel -- yeah, I agree. Yeah. I would say it's more specific to us and then regionally as well. This is one of our most global businesses. I think we've got about 55% of our sales outside North America. And so we see all sorts of different dynamics within the different regions. So there is some breakdown there. We can get into that later. But I'd say it's more specific to CBF that it is in the general industry.

Joel Tiss -- BMO -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you so much.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Neil Frohnapple from Buckingham Research. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Neil Frohnapple -- Buckingham Research -- Analyst

Hi. Good afternoon. What's driving the higher sales outlook within the CCM segment for the full year. I mean, does the increase stem primarily from the Q1 performance or is your outlook for the balance of the year stronger than you previously expected?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I think we are seeing Q1 was stronger than we expected and we see that -- not completely carrying over, but we see a more -- a continued healthy backdrop, I'll call it with reroofing continuing and our contractors having a healthy backlog.

Neil Frohnapple -- Buckingham Research -- Analyst

Okay. That's helpful, Bob. And then just within CCM, what's the growth rate in Europe for the business in the quarter?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Europe, a little bit over 10%.

Neil Frohnapple -- Buckingham Research -- Analyst

Okay. Got it. And then just one last one, could you talk about I guess the increased revenue outlook for the CIT segment, it sounds like you're going to get a 1% net tailwind from the acquisition, but then there is that 1% offset from the 737 MAX. So just any more color there and if you can provide an update on the SatCom sales outlook for this year versus 2018? Thanks.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I mean, you've got a bunch there. So I'll start with SatCom more exactly where we thought we'd be -- the first quarter ended up as expected there. I think you're right, we do have the acquisition coming through, so that's going to help us and then the the MAX decline. And otherwise, what we're seeing now is while, we did take our number up and the first quarter was obviously a lot higher than we're expecting the full year. There was a little bit of our -- some of our declines we saw coming weren't as strong in the first quarter, but we still expect them to be there for the rest of the year. So it's little bit of -- things were better in the first quarter, but we don't expect that the hold up around that 10% for the whole year.

Neil Frohnapple -- Buckingham Research -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks. I'll pass it on.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

All right. Thanks.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Tim Wojs from Baird. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Tim Wojs -- Baird -- Analyst

Hey, everybody. Good afternoon. Nice job.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Tim.

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Hi, Tim.

Tim Wojs -- Baird -- Analyst

Just trying to pick apart price cost a little bit. I'm kind of backing in, I think, you said $14 million was kind of the net price cost realization in the quarter. I'm kind of getting to -- maybe $12 million to $13 million of price and the rest raws, is that kind of in the ballpark?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

No. I think you'd want to us. I think we had higher raws costs and better price realization than you're characterizing.

Tim Wojs -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay. Okay. And then, I don't know if this would be helpful or not, but if you just kind of think through the quarter and kind of January, February, March and April, I don't care about the data, but how did volumes kind of trend for you guys by month, was March the strongest month of the quarter? And is that kind of lead into April?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Exactly. I think if you come to the year, you look at how things unfolded, Tim. It looked pretty rough there in January and February and then, I think, we held our own pretty much and as soon as weather turned and people could get back on the roof, March turned out to be a very strong month and they exit into the quarter and then April is just continue to trend.

Tim Wojs -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay. Great. And then, I guess, just last one on Accella, I guess, how was the performance in Q1 relative to your expectations and has your outlook there changed at all for 2019 relative to when we entered the year?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, we think the team is doing a great job. We had a lot of changes in the fourth quarter, I think, they've executed really well, they met our expectations as what we would have expected or wanted in Q1, and we're holding to the numbers we talked about for the full year.

Tim Wojs -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay. Great. Good luck on the rest of the year guys.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Tim.

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Thanks, Tim.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Garik Shmois from Longbow Research. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Garik Shmois -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Yeah. Thanks and congratulations. I'm just wondering just on CCM volumes, it looks like coming into the year you're looking for somewhere in the maybe 3% growth range for this year. It seems like Q1 tracking a little bit ahead of that even with, but I think was some expectation of some weather concerns. So I'm just wondering if anything more specific has changed in the outlook in CCM for demand and maybe what categories or geographies are outperforming.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Bob can weigh in and I'll just hit it. But I think we're -- I think actually on volume we're seeing what we expected in that 3%, 4%, 5% range on sales volume price, I think, it was the thing that made us a little bit better than we thought in the first quarter in terms of surprises I guess. Acquisitions contributed that's something you don't plan on. If we look the geographies, Canada was stronger on a year-over-year basis, it didn't have great increases, but last first quarter was pretty strong, Europe delivered, as we talked -- as Bob just talked about over 10% that was good. Across the product line, we're seeing good growth. We haven't really seen much share difference than what we see in the industry averages.

So I think it was a great first quarter. The reroofing piece is maybe the thing that we always have trouble understanding exactly how those market dynamics work at 70%, 75% of the business and it's a little bit less trackable then I would say the new construction. So that can always be a variable. And then, again, the weather and how the weather played out in the first quarter with demand was interesting. So I think the year's pretty much starting off the way we would like it, maybe a little bit more positive and I think on the price raw thing, as Bob said, we're right on track, maybe a little bit to the higher end of the $50 million, but overall, I think, pretty good start, Bob.

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Yeah. And Garik, I don't know you are talking about the first quarter or the full year, but first quarter we did see a little more volume and a little more price than expected, because as we talked about in the fourth quarter, we did have the last couple of years have been really strong growth in the first quarter and we are expecting that maybe to moderate a little and it didn't, which was great. And then for the full year, we did up our guidance a little, because of the strong quarter we saw in volume and then the feedbacks we're getting from contractors on backlogs. So that's sort of the difference from what we're thinking.

Garik Shmois -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks. And I guess you partially answered my follow up just around market share. From the sounds of it, if I heard you correctly, you are growing more in line with the market. Is that your expectation for the balance of the year?

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Yeah. I think that's correct, Garik. There are obviously differences between EPDM, TPO, PVC, that, but on the whole we are right there with what we see as the market growth and we're pretty happy with that given the price discipline we've showed.

Garik Shmois -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Okay. Great, Bob.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Charles Brady from SunTrust. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Hi. Thanks. Good afternoon, guys.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Charles.

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

I just wanted to drill back a little bit on CCM and the -- I don't know if you discussed this. I know its the fourth quarter $14 million price cost, but I'm wondering what your expectation is for the full year on price cost for CCM?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So that remains the benefit would be between Bob had talked about as we entered into this quarter $40 million to $50 million, and I think we are saying today is with the better than expected first quarter we're probably going to be at the higher end of that all things being equal.

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Great. Thanks. And then on the CFT business. Can you just talk about kind of where the progress is on cross-selling some of those products into the CCM platform, obviously it's a natural fit with that?

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Exactly. Yeah. The -- there's a lot of work being done and I would say it's done on the market analysis side, certainly in the polyurethane, foam side that -- with the Accella business and there are some with the adhesives and sealants and water proofing that we do in CCM. Now that equipment -- the issue is that CFT had never been in those businesses before and so the engineers and the team at CFT are working on that. But it's, certainly, I think that's going to be something we're going to see start to unfold in 2020, 2021. We think it take somewhere between 18 to 24 months to launch a product, and so we looking -- when we start working on their cross selling. I would say lot of work being done on the development activity, but probably not seeing anything hit the market for at least until 2020.

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Yeah. Got you. That's helpful. And I guess just on CIT you touched this a little bit, but I mean, Q1 clearly better than expected, given that you had positive -- we have tough comp in RevRec, you had the exit of some of the lower margin med stuff a year ago. Can you just dig into a little bit more on really what's driving that strong growth in the face of kind of those two issues you're facing?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I mean, aerospace continues to be strong. I mean, very strong market content per plane and the production of planes. I mean, everybody talks about 787 MAX, but everybody else is building as much as they can every month. So that's doing really well. We're getting more content per plane. There is some, I'll call it, a little bit of noise within the new standards of RevRec for our team, because now the standards are talking about that we actually got to recognize the revenue when we start building the inventory related to the contract versus when you ship it out the door. So there's some moving between quarters because of that and that had a little bit to do with the first quarter, I'll call it, excess growth because of the build there. But, overall, just a really healthy backdrop from where we are.

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Great. That's helpful. And just one more for me. On kind of straight labor costs, are you seeing any kind of relief particularly on the freight side, is that coming in or is it still a significant headwind to what you're doing at margins?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I going to say, it's a significant headwind year-over-year. I think it's kind of flattened out at that high level. But we still -- I wouldn't say we've seen any great improvement in availability of trucks or labor or for truckers of that. And so, it's still a tough thing to deal with, but from a cost perspective, I'd say it's flattened out.

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Okay. I'm going to sneak one more here, sorry. Just on CIT again, Airbus has a number of potential quota wins with you coming up in 2020. Can you just maybe and to the extent you can talk about the opportunity you're seeing in getting deeper into Airbus?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, it's a big opportunity, I mean that was one of the things we constructed the Nogales plant, that was a key structural piece that we needed to help us get some -- start with Airbus, we had success with the SatCom at Airbus. We did win the Supplier of the Year award in one of their segments when we first started, which was nice recognition. We made an acquisition in the UK that had EASA certification last year and that helped us again build more structural capacity and capabilities to address Airbus.

So the team is doing a great job. They're spending a lot of time at Airbus. They're showing the product and the technology that we've got. We're working on many projects and I think we're making good progress. But as you know to become specified on -- in aerospace takes a long time I mean that's the tough part of it, the great part of it is once you specified you tend to hang on to that for a while. So I think it's a very good opportunity for us. I think the team has done a great job making the inroads there and we'd look to see increased performance at Airbus in the future.

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Great. Thanks very much.

Operator

Your last question comes from the line of Kevin Hocevar from Northcoast Research. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

Hi, everybody. Nice start to the year.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Kevin.

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

May be with the 737 Max, you mentioned that will be a 1% headwind of the year, is the assumption there just that it's not produced for the balance of the year? Or do you have some assumptions that ramps at some point in 2019?

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

That's just the 20% reduction calculated out through the end of the year.

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

Okay. And then in terms of oil prices have moved higher here, throughout the last several months and I know raws that you -- a lot of raws you use in the CCM segment are oil, the precursor, but your raws have different supply/demand dynamics and pricing doesn't always move the same. So, I'm wondering if you could comment on what you're seeing is -- you mentioned that the $40 million to $50 million price raw estimate you're now thinking you'll be at the higher end of that. So what's going better, is it pricing than expected, is it raw less inflation in raws or more tailwind in raw. And what is the assumption in raw materials there, do you have an assumption that we start to see a pickup in inflation as the year goes on or curious if you can comment on that?

Operator

(Operator Instructions)

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

Hey. Sorry. I think I got disconnected there.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Kevin?

Operator

You are now reconnected?

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

That was not intentional. Sorry, everyone, we've somehow disconnected and we apologize. Thanks for your patience and for staying on the line. So, Kevin, do we answer that?

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

I don't know, I didn't hear. I think you were disconnected.

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Can you repeat the question please and we will absolutely answer it.

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

Yeah. Just so oil prices have moved higher, I mean, I know your raws are -- it's precursor to a lot of raws you buy, but your raws have different supply/demand dynamics. And it seems like your raws have slightly moved up, so you mentioned that price raws you expect to be -- to the higher end of that $40 million to $50 million tailwind this year now, so wondering what's the makeup there, is pricing going better than expected? Are you seeing less inflation? Or better tailwind from raws than you expected? And what are you assuming in raw materials there? Do you assume that you start to see inflationary pressures pickup, because oil come up or do you not expect that to happen?

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Yeah. In the original $40 million to $50 million, we talked about a couple months ago, we did assume that it would turnaround -- start turning around by the second half of the year and that's still the case. We didn't see a lot of tailwind in the first quarter, because obviously you tie up some savings in inventory. We do have a natural build in the fourth quarter and the slower season to build up for the busy season. So we didn't see a lot of any tailwind in the first quarter and we expect that to carryover for the next two a little bit, but we do have some increased built into the back half of the year, we always have.

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

Got you. Okay. Thank you very much.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

There is no further questions at this time. I will now turn the call back to Chris Koch for closing remarks.

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, thanks, Kelly. And I apologize to everyone for that disconnection there. This concludes the first quarter 2019 earnings call. Thank you again. We look forward to speaking with everyone on the next earnings call. Kelly, thanks.

Operator

This concludes today's conference call. You may now disconnect.

Duration: 40 minutes

Call participants:

Jim Giannakouros -- Vice President of Investor Relations and FP&A

D. Christian Koch -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert M. Roche -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Investor Relations

Bryan Blair -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Joel Tiss -- BMO -- Analyst

Neil Frohnapple -- Buckingham Research -- Analyst

Tim Wojs -- Baird -- Analyst

Garik Shmois -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Charles Brady -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Kevin Hocevar -- Northcoast Research -- Analyst

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