Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced that operating earnings per share, which exclude charges of $0.09 per share to integrate recent acquisitions, were $1.01 for the first quarter of 2014, up 20 percent over the first quarter of 2013. Sales in the first quarter of 2014 were $5.5 billion, 3½ percent above the same period in 2013. Operating earnings for the first quarter of 2014, excluding pre-tax charges of $66 million to integrate recent acquisitions, were $483 million, an increase of 21 percent over 2013.
Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Our first quarter results are a solid start to the year, coming in slightly above the midpoint of our range in spite of the negative impact from the severe winter weather we encountered in North America. We estimate the severe weather reduced earnings in the quarter by $0.03 per share.
“Our 3½ percent sales growth in the first quarter consisted of a healthy increase of 4½ percent in core sales, partially offset by a 1 percent decline from currency translation,” said Cutler.
“We entered 2014 expecting it would be a year of modest global economic growth, leading to 3 percent growth in our markets,” said Cutler. “We continue to believe our markets will grow 3 percent in 2014.“We anticipate operating earnings per share for the second quarter of 2014, which exclude an estimated $35 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, to be between $1.05 and $1.15,” said Cutler. “This guidance excludes the impact on our earnings from the sale of our two aerospace businesses, which we expect to close in the middle of the second quarter. “Our Cooper integration remains on track to generate an increase of $95 million in operating earnings in 2014 over 2013 and an additional $150 million of operating earnings in 2015,” said Cutler. “In order to generate enhanced efficiencies in the Industrial Sector (the Hydraulics, Aerospace, and Vehicle business segments), we expect to incur restructuring costs of $40 million, or $0.08 per share, during the second quarter of 2014. We anticipate the savings generated in 2015 by the restructuring will be $35 million, or $0.07 per share.
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