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Eaton Corp. earnings up 63 percent in Q4 2013

February 5, 2014
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Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced operating earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013, which exclude charges of $55 million to integrate recent acquisitions, of $516 million, up 63 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating earnings per share for the fourth quarter, which exclude $0.08 per share to integrate recent acquisitions, were $1.08, an increase of 32 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Our growth accelerated in the fourth quarter, with core sales growth of 4 percent, the strongest quarter of core sales growth in 2013. In addition to our 4 percent core sales growth, we had 25 percent growth from acquisitions, offset slightly by a reduction of 1 percent from currency exchange.”

Sales in the quarter were $5.5 billion, 28 percent higher than the same period in 2012. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $479 million compared to $179 million in 2012.

Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Our growth accelerated in the fourth quarter, with core sales growth of 4 percent, the strongest quarter of core sales growth in 2013. In addition to our 4 percent core sales growth, we had 25 percent growth from acquisitions, offset slightly by a reduction of 1 percent from currency exchange.

“We generated record cash flow in the fourth quarter, with operating cash flow of $872 million, up 27 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012,” said Cutler. “During the quarter, we completed our purchase price accounting for Cooper. Our Cooper integration remains well ahead of schedule, setting a solid foundation for the $95 million of additional Cooper integration savings we expect to realize in 2014.

“In mid-January we signed an agreement to sell two aerospace units to Safran for a price of $270 million. The two units have total annual revenues of approximately $100 million,” said Cutler. “The transaction is expected to close early in the second quarter.”

For the full year 2013, sales were a record $22.0 billion, 35 percent higher than in 2012. Operating earnings in 2013, which exclude $163 million in charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, totaled a record $2.0 billion, an increase of 42 percent compared to 2012. Operating earnings per share for 2013 were a record $4.13, up 5 percent over 2012.

“Our full year 2013 sales increase of 35 percent reflects principally the revenues from our 2012 acquisitions, as growth in our markets remained sluggish for much of the year,” said Cutler. “We generated record operating earnings per share in 2013, up 5 percent over 2012, despite the additional shares we issued as part of the Cooper acquisition and the purchase price charges resulting from the five acquisitions completed in 2012. Operating cash flow in 2013 was a record $2.3 billion, up 37 percent over 2012.

“Our board will address the first quarter dividend at its meeting later this month,” said Cutler.

“In 2014, we anticipate our markets will grow 3 percent,” said Cutler. “We expect that 2014 operating earnings per share will set another record. We estimate that first quarter operating earnings per share, which exclude an estimated $76 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, will be between $0.95 and $1.05 per share.

“For the full year 2014, we estimate that operating earnings per share, which exclude an estimated $168 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, will be between $4.50 and $4.90 per share. This guidance does not factor in any gain from the divestiture of the two aerospace units,” said Cutler. “Based on the $4.70 midpoint of this guidance, our operating earnings per share in 2014 will grow 14 percent.”

Business Segment Results

Fourth quarter sales for the Electrical Products segment were $1.8 billion, up 57 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012, reflecting the impact of the Cooper Industries acquisition. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $276 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $20 million during the quarter, operating profits totaled $296 million, up 64 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Our bookings in the Electrical Products segment increased 4 percent from the combined bookings of Eaton and legacy Cooper in the fourth quarter a year ago,” said Cutler.

Fourth quarter sales for the Electrical Systems and Services segment were $1.6 billion, an increase of 38 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012, reflecting the impact of the Cooper Industries acquisition. Operating profits were $221 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $11 million during the quarter, operating profits totaled $232 million, up 54 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Our bookings in the Electrical Systems and Services segment declined 4 percent from the combined bookings of Eaton and legacy Cooper in the fourth quarter a year ago, reflecting a slowdown in orders from the U.S. government and continued weak demand from the utility market,” said Cutler.

“For 2014, we believe the markets served by our Electrical segments will grow 3 percent,” said Cutler.

Hydraulics segment fourth quarter sales were $714 million, up 3 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $84 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, operating profits were $92 million, up 80 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012.

“The global hydraulics market has stabilized, with signs in some parts of the market that growth is improving,” said Cutler. “Our bookings in the fourth quarter increased 19 percent over last year, led by the mobile markets. For 2014, we anticipate our Hydraulics markets will grow 3 percent.”

The Aerospace segment posted fourth quarter sales of $446 million, an increase of 3 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $59 million, up 31 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Aerospace bookings in the fourth quarter increased 8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012,” said Cutler. “In 2014, we expect continued good growth in commercial aerospace markets and a small decline in defense aerospace markets. Overall, we expect our Aerospace markets in 2014 will grow 3 percent.”

The Vehicle segment posted sales of $930 million in the fourth quarter, up 7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating profits were $127 million, up 30 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Most parts of our Vehicle markets showed good growth in the fourth quarter,” said Cutler. “For 2014, we expect our Vehicle markets will grow 4 percent.”

 

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