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Rockwell Automation Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Results

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“For the full year, we achieved record sales and earnings per share. Operating margin expanded by one point while we continued to invest for growth. Our EMEA region had a great year with 6 percent organic growth in the face of a recession. We continued our track record of returning cash to shareowners by increasing the dividend 11 percent and repurchasing 3.7 million shares.

"We delivered solid results in a challenging environment this year. I want to thank our employees for their dedication and our customers, suppliers and partners for their support throughout the year.”

Following is a discussion of fourth quarter results for both segments.

Architecture & Software

Architecture & Software fiscal 2012 fourth quarter sales were $671.3 million, a decrease of 2 percent from $683.3 million last year. Organic sales increased 3 percent and currency translation reduced sales by 5 percentage points. Fiscal 2012 fourth quarter sales were up 1 percent sequentially from the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Segment operating earnings were $166.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $177.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Segment operating margin was 24.8 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to 26.0 percent a year ago.

Control Products & Solutions

Control Products & Solutions fiscal 2012 fourth quarter sales were $992.7 million, an increase of 2 percent from $971.0 million last year. Organic sales increased 6 percent and currency translation reduced sales by 4 percentage points. Fiscal 2012 fourth quarter sales were up 11 percent sequentially from the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Segment operating earnings increased to $128.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $120.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Segment operating margin was 13.0 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to 12.4 percent a year ago.

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