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Textron Reports Increase In Fourth Quarter Earnings And Strong Cash Flow Initiates 2013 EPS Outlook At $2.10 - $2.30

Stocks in this article: TXT

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today reported fourth quarter 2012 income from continuing operations of $0.50 per share, compared to a loss of $0.06 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011.

This year’s fourth quarter results include a previously disclosed after-tax charge of $0.06 per share at Cessna related to an unfavorable business arbitration award. Last year’s fourth quarter included net charges of $0.55 per share.

Total revenues in the quarter were $3.4 billion, up 3.3% from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Full-year manufacturing cash flow before pension contributions was $793 million. The company contributed $224 million to its pension plans during the fourth quarter, bringing full-year contributions to $405 million. Textron’s consolidated net debt ended the year at $2.6 billion, down $974 million from the end of last year.

“Growth in the fourth quarter was the result of strong military and commercial demand at Bell and increased deliveries at Textron Systems, E-Z-GO and Jacobsen, partially offset by weakness in our automotive and business jet markets,” said Textron Chairman and CEO, Scott C. Donnelly.

Share Repurchases

During the fourth quarter, the company repurchased 11.1 million of its common shares under its previous share repurchase authorization. On January 22, 2013 Textron’s Board of Directors approved a new authorization for 25 million shares, under which the company intends to purchase shares to offset the impact of dilution from stock-based compensation and benefit plans and for opportunistic capital management purposes.

Outlook

Textron is forecasting 2013 revenues of approximately $12.9 billion, up about 6% from 2012. Earnings per share from continuing operations are expected to be in the range of $2.10 to $2.30. Cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions is estimated to be between $500 and $550 million with planned pension contributions of about $200 million.

Donnelly continued, “In 2013, we anticipate growth in revenue at Cessna on a modest increase in jet deliveries, a higher revenue mix of business jets and growth in aftermarket, modest growth at Bell, led by an increase in commercial helicopter sales, growth at Systems and revenue up slightly at Industrial.”

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