Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) today reported fiscal 2013 first quarter sales of $1,489.2 million, up 1 percent from $1,473.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Organic sales increased 1.5 percent and currency translation reduced sales by less than 1 percentage point.
Adjusted EPS was $1.23 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to Adjusted EPS of $1.31 in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Diluted EPS was $1.14 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $1.27 last year. Total segment operating earnings were $276.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $291.9 million in the same period of 2012. Total segment operating margin was 18.5 percent compared to an unusually strong margin of 19.8 percent a year ago.
In order to provide transparency into the operating results of its business, effective with this first quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company is providing non-GAAP measures (Adjusted Income, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Effective Tax Rate) that exclude non-operating pension costs and their related tax effects. The Company defines non-operating pension costs as defined benefit plan interest cost, expected return on plan assets, amortization of actuarial gains and losses and the impacts of any plan curtailments or settlements. In addition, the Company has redefined segment operating earnings to exclude non-operating pension costs. Prior year results are provided on a comparable basis.
Commenting on the results, Keith D. Nosbusch, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Total company sales were in line with our expectations for the quarter, but results by region were mixed. Strong growth in Latin America and the U.S. was mostly offset by declines in the other regions, consistent with underlying market conditions. Solutions order rates picked up in the quarter and we rebuilt backlog. Operating margin and free cash flow were both very good. Overall, I am pleased with the good start to the fiscal year."
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