Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced record sales and operating earnings, driven by the acquisition of Cooper Industries. Operating earnings for the third quarter of 2013, excluding charges of $38 million to integrate recent acquisitions, were $536 million, up 48 percent over the third quarter of 2012. Operating earnings per share for the third quarter of 2013 were $1.12, an increase of 5 percent over the third quarter of 2012. This result reflects the shares issued as part of the acquisition of Cooper Industries and the purchase price accounting charges resulting from the transaction. Sales in the third quarter were $5.6 billion, 42 percent above the third quarter of 2012.
Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Our third quarter results were slightly ahead of our second quarter results. We saw little revenue growth from the second quarter while operating earnings per share were higher at $1.12. We had expected that third quarter sales would be approximately $75 million higher than second quarter sales, reflecting the normal seasonal increase from the second to third quarter. Our actual revenue increase from the second to the third quarter was only $5 million, as a result of continued sluggish economic growth around the world. Our third quarter bookings, however, strengthened in our Electrical, Hydraulics, and Aerospace businesses, suggesting that growth is likely to accelerate as we go into 2014.
“Sales in the third quarter grew 42 percent over the third quarter of 2012,” said Cutler. “Growth was comprised of 40 percent from acquisitions and 3 percent from core growth, partially offset by a 1 percent decline from currency.
“Our segment margin in the third quarter of 15.6 percent equaled our second quarter record segment margin, reflecting Cooper integration savings and our continued focus on productivity improvements,” said Cutler. “Our electrical segments posted particularly strong margins, with the Electrical Products segment achieving an operating margin of 17.1 percent and the Electrical Systems and Services segment achieving an operating margin of 14.7 percent.
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