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Crane Co. Reports Fourth Quarter Results; Posts Record EPS In 2012; Provides Updated 2013 EPS Guidance Of $4.10 - $4.30

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Operating profit from continuing operations for the full year 2012 was $310.4 million compared to $36.6 million in 2011. Excluding Special Items, 2012 operating profit from continuing operations increased 9% to $334.9 million, compared to $308.5 million in 2011, and operating profit margin increased to 13.0%, compared to 12.3% in 2011.

Full year 2012 earnings per diluted share were $3.72, compared to $0.44 per share in 2011. Excluding Special Items, 2012 earnings per diluted share increased 9% to $3.75, compared to $3.43 per share in 2011. Full year 2012 results did not include the previously anticipated $0.05 per share benefit associated with the reinstatement of the R&D tax credit (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures table.) Order backlog was $749 million at December 31, 2012 compared to $778 million at December 31, 2011.

“We are pleased to report record full year EPS of $3.75, excluding Special Items, which is in line with our most recent guidance,” said Crane Co. chief executive officer, Eric C. Fast. “Our adjusted, full year operating margin was 13%, a substantial improvement over 12.3% in 2011. In 2013, we are expecting our third consecutive year of record earnings, with continued operating margin expansion and strong free cash flow. Our 2013 forecast does not include the recently announced acquisition of MEI which, in combination with Crane Payment Solutions, establishes a third large growth platform for Crane.”

Cash Flow and Financial Position

Cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $155.5 million, compared to $84.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, including the effect of a $30 million discretionary pension contribution made in December 2011. Free cash flow (cash provided by operating activities less capital spending) for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $146.1 million, compared to $77.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, cash provided by operating activities was $234.8 million compared to $149.8 million in 2011. Free cash flow for the full year 2012 was $205.4 million, compared to $115.1 million in the prior year. The Company repurchased 1,271,592 shares of its common stock during 2012 at a cost of $50 million. The Company’s cash position was $424 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $245 million at December 31, 2011. (Please see the Condensed Statement of Cash Flows and Non-GAAP table.)

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