For the full year 2012, sales were $16.3 billion, 2 percent higher than 2011. Net income was $1.22 billion, and net income per share was $3.46. Operating earnings in 2012 totaled $1.38 billion, an increase of 2 percent compared to 2011. Operating earnings per share for 2012 were $3.94 versus $3.96 in 2011.
“Our full year 2012 sales increase of just 2 percent reflects the impact of continued uncertainty about economic growth in all major regions of the world,” said Cutler. “Looking back at 2012, while weak economic conditions impacted our sales growth, with the acquisition of Cooper, 2012 will go down in Eaton’s history as a year of immense transformation.
“We were able to obtain very attractive financing on the debt we issued in connection with the Cooper acquisition,” said Cutler. “We issued $4.9 billion of term debt, with maturities from 3 to 30 years, at an average rate of 2.74 percent. We also used $1.67 billion of our bridge facility to close the transaction. As of last Friday, we have repaid the bridge financing.
“Our board will address the first quarter dividend at its meeting later this month,” said Cutler.“In 2013, we anticipate our revenues will grow approximately 42 percent,” said Cutler. “Acquisitions completed in 2012 are expected to add $6 billion of revenues. “We expect that 2013 operating earnings per share will set a record,” said Cutler. “We estimate that first quarter operating earnings per share, which exclude an estimated $33 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, will be between $0.70 and $0.80 per share. Note that this guidance includes a charge of $0.06 to complete the Cooper inventory purchase price adjustment. “For the full year 2013, we estimate that operating earnings per share, which exclude an estimated $145 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, will be between $4.05 and $4.45 per share,” said Cutler. “Based on the midpoint of this guidance, our operating earnings per share in 2013 will grow 8 percent.”