“Our operating cash flow in the third quarter was a quarterly record $704 million,” said Cutler. “Over the last 12 months, operating cash flow has totaled $2.1 billion. We expect operating cash flow in the fourth quarter to be even stronger than in the third quarter, reflecting the typical seasonal decline in working capital as we go through year end. We repurchased $31 million of debt during the third quarter and plan to repurchase additional debt as opportunities arise.“Due to the recent softness in the NAFTA Class 8 truck market and continued weakness in the global hydraulics markets, we now believe our overall markets in 2013 are likely to be flat,” said Cutler. “This compares to our expectations at the end of the second quarter that our markets would grow 1 percent. For the fourth quarter, we anticipate our sales are likely to be slightly lower than the third quarter, reflecting normal seasonality. We expect operating earnings per share in the fourth quarter, after excluding an estimated $40 million to integrate our recent acquisitions, to be between $1.00 and $1.10. Based on this fourth quarter guidance, for all of 2013 we are narrowing our range for operating earnings per share from between $4.05 and $4.25 to between $4.05 and $4.15.”
Eaton Third Quarter Operating Earnings Up 48 Percent Over 2012
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