Eaton First Quarter Operating Earnings Per Share Of $1.01, Up 20 Percent Over First Quarter Of 2013

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.

“We are maintaining our guidance for full year 2014 operating earnings per share of between $4.50 and $4.90,” said Cutler. “This guidance includes the impact of the restructuring charges in the Industrial Sector.”

Business Segment Results

Sales for the Electrical Products segment were $1.7 billion, up 4 percent over 2013. Operating profits were $250 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $29 million during the quarter, operating profits were $279 million, up 14 percent over the first quarter of 2013.

“Our bookings in the first quarter in the Electrical Products segment were up 6 percent over the first quarter a year ago,” said Cutler.

Sales for the Electrical Systems and Services segment were $1.5 billion, the same as in the first quarter of 2013. Core sales were up 2 percent, which was offset by a decline of 2 percent from currency translation. The segment reported operating profits of $169 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $26 million during the quarter, operating profits were $195 million, down 9 percent from the first quarter of 2013. Bookings in the first quarter were down 6 percent from the first quarter of 2013.

“Profits in our Electrical Systems and Service business were reduced by $13 million during the quarter by the severe winter weather, which necessitated premium freight and overtime,” said Cutler. “Bookings were also negatively impacted, as placement of major projects was delayed.

“In both of our Electrical segments, our end markets were strongest in North America, and we saw continued improvement in European markets,” said Cutler. “We believe sales and bookings will improve in the second and third quarters, in line with the normal seasonal pattern of demand.”

Hydraulics segment sales were $782 million, an increase of 3 percent over the first quarter of 2013. Operating profits in the first quarter were $108 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $4 million, operating profits were $112 million, an increase of 24 percent.

“The hydraulics markets in the first quarter of 2014 grew modestly over the first quarter of 2013,” said Cutler. “Our bookings in the quarter increased 9 percent over the first quarter of 2013.”

Aerospace segment sales were $464 million, up 7 percent over the first quarter of 2013. Operating profits in the first quarter were $62 million, even with the first quarter of 2013.

“Aerospace markets in the first quarter posted another quarter of modest growth, with strongest growth in the commercial OEM market,” said Cutler. “Bookings in the quarter rose 2 percent, driven by a 15 percent increase in aftermarket bookings.”

The Vehicle segment posted sales of $996 million, up 6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. The segment reported operating profits in the first quarter of $151 million, up 14 percent over the first quarter of 2013.

“North American markets were particularly strong in the quarter,” said Cutler. “We now expect the NAFTA Class 8 truck market to be 280,000 in 2014, up from our prior estimate of 265,000.”

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 101,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

Notice of conference call: Eaton’s conference call to discuss its first quarter results is available to all interested parties as a live audio webcast today at 10 a.m. United States Eastern time via a link on the center of Eaton’s home page. This news release can be accessed under its headline on the home page. Also available on the website prior to the call will be a presentation on first quarter results, which will be covered during the call.

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning second quarter 2014 operating earnings per share, full year 2014 operating earnings per share, 2014 sales in our Electrical segments, Cooper integration savings, proposed restructuring actions, bookings and the performance of our worldwide markets. These statements should be used with caution and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the company’s control. The following factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: unanticipated changes in the markets for the company’s business segments; unanticipated downturns in business relationships with customers or their purchases from us; competitive pressures on sales and pricing; increases in the cost of material and other production costs, or unexpected costs that cannot be recouped in product pricing; the introduction of competing technologies; unexpected technical or marketing difficulties; unexpected claims, charges, litigation or dispute resolutions; strikes or other labor unrest; the performance of recent acquisitions; unanticipated difficulties integrating acquisitions; new laws and governmental regulations; interest rate changes; stock market and currency fluctuations; and unanticipated deterioration of economic and financial conditions in the United States and around the world. We do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Financial Results

The company’s comparative financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2014 are available on the company’s website, www.eaton.com.
           
 
EATON CORPORATION plc
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 

Three months endedMarch 31
(In millions except for per share data) 2014 2013
Net sales $ 5,492 $ 5,310
 
Cost of products sold 3,858 3,735
Selling and administrative expense 962 958
Research and development expense 162 152
Interest expense - net 62 75
Other income - net (5 ) (10 )
Income before income taxes 453 400
Income tax expense 12   20  
Net income 441 380
Less net income for noncontrolling interests (2 ) (2 )
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 439   $ 378  
 
Net income per ordinary share
Diluted $ 0.92 $ 0.79
Basic 0.92 0.80
 
Weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding
Diluted 478.8 475.1
Basic 475.8 471.9
 
Cash dividends declared per ordinary share $ 0.49 $ 0.42
 

Reconciliation of net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders to operating earnings
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 439 $ 378

Excluding acquisition integration charges and transaction costs (after-tax)
44   22  
Operating earnings $ 483   $ 400  
 
Net income per ordinary share - diluted $ 0.92 $ 0.79

Excluding per share impact of acquisition integration charges and transaction costs (after-tax)
0.09   0.05  
Operating earnings per ordinary share $ 1.01   $ 0.84  
 

See accompanying notes.
 
           
 
EATON CORPORATION plc
BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
 

Three months endedMarch 31
(In millions) 2014 2013
Net sales
Electrical Products $ 1,726 $ 1,660
Electrical Systems and Services 1,524 1,521
Hydraulics 782 756
Aerospace 464 434
Vehicle 996   939  
Total net sales $ 5,492   $ 5,310  
 
Segment operating profit
Electrical Products $ 250 $ 241
Electrical Systems and Services 169 210
Hydraulics 108 78
Aerospace 62 62
Vehicle 151   132  
Total segment operating profit 740 723
 
Corporate
Amortization of intangible assets (110 ) (107 )
Interest expense - net (62 ) (75 )
Pension and other postretirement benefits expense (51 ) (38 )
Inventory step-up adjustment (33 )
Other corporate expense - net (64 ) (70 )
Income before income taxes 453 400
Income tax expense 12   20  
Net income 441 380
Less net income for noncontrolling interests (2 ) (2 )
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 439   $ 378  
 

See accompanying notes.
 
           
 
EATON CORPORATION plc
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 

March 31,2014
December 31,2013
(In millions)
Assets
Current assets
Cash $ 784 $

915

 
Short-term investments 360 794
Accounts receivable - net 3,889 3,648
Inventory 2,532 2,382
Deferred income taxes 554 577
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 564   415  
Total current assets 8,683 8,731
 
Property, plant and equipment - net 3,806 3,833
 
Other noncurrent assets
Goodwill 14,450 14,495
Other intangible assets 7,078 7,186
Deferred income taxes 257 240
Other assets 988   1,006  
Total assets $ 35,262   $ 35,491  
 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Current liabilities
Short-term debt $ 8 $ 13
Current portion of long-term debt 316 567
Accounts payable 2,076 1,960
Accrued compensation 334 461
Other current liabilities 2,071   1,913  
Total current liabilities 4,805   4,914  
 
Noncurrent liabilities
Long-term debt 8,991 8,969
Pension liabilities 1,228 1,465
Other postretirement benefits liabilities 666 668
Deferred income taxes 1,296 1,313
Other noncurrent liabilities 1,165   1,299  
Total noncurrent liabilities 13,346   13,714  
 
Shareholders’ equity
Eaton shareholders’ equity 17,037 16,791
Noncontrolling interests 74   72  
Total equity 17,111   16,863  
Total liabilities and equity $ 35,262   $ 35,491  
 

See accompanying notes.
 
 

EATON CORPORATION plc NOTES TO THE FIRST QUARTER 2014 EARNINGS RELEASE

Amounts are in millions of dollars unless indicated otherwise (per share data assume dilution).

This earnings release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. These financial measures include operating earnings, operating earnings per ordinary share, and operating profit before acquisition integration charges and transaction costs for each business segment as well as corporate expense, each of which excludes amounts that differ from the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). A reconciliation of each of these financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in this earnings release. Management believes that these financial measures are useful to investors because they exclude transactions of an unusual nature, allowing investors to more easily compare Eaton's financial performance period to period. Management uses this information in monitoring and evaluating the on-going performance of Eaton and each business segment.

Note 1. ACQUISITIONS OF BUSINESSES

Eaton's most recently acquired businesses, and the related annual sales prior to acquisition, are summarized below:

Acquired businesses
       

Date oftransaction
   

Businesssegment
    Annual sales
Cooper Industries plc (Cooper)

November 30,

Electrical

$5,409

A diversified global manufacturer of electrical products and systems, with brands including Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products.

2012

Products;ElectricalSystems andServices

for 2011
 
Rolec Comercial e Industrial S.A.

September 28,

Electrical

$85 for the
A Chilean manufacturer of integrated power assemblies and low- and medium-voltage switchgear, and a provider of engineering services serving mining and other heavy industrial applications in Chile and Peru.

2012

Systems andServices

12 months

endedSeptember 30,2012
 
Jeil Hydraulics Co., Ltd.

July 6,

Hydraulics

$189
A Korean manufacturer of track drive motors, swing drive motors, main control valves and remote control valves for the construction equipment market.

2012

for 2011
 
Polimer Kaucuk Sanayi ve Pazarlama A.S.

June 1,
Hydraulics

$335
A Turkish manufacturer of hydraulic and industrial hose for construction, mining, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, food and beverage, and chemicals markets. This business sells its products under the SEL brand name.

2012

for 2011
 
Gycom Electrical Low-Voltage Power Distribution, Control and Automation

June 1,

Electrical

$24
A Swedish electrical low-voltage power distribution, control and automation components business.

2012

Systems andServices

for 2011
 

See Note 2 for information about acquisition integration charges and transaction costs related to these acquisitions.
 
 

Note 2. ACQUISITION INTEGRATION CHARGES AND TRANSACTION COSTS

Eaton incurs integration charges and transaction costs related to acquired businesses. A summary of these charges follows:
       

Acquisitionintegration charges andtransaction costs
   

Operating profitas reported
   

Operating profitexcluding acquisitionintegration charges
Three months ended March 31
2014     2013 2014     2013 2014     2013
Acquisition integration charges
Electrical Products $ 29 $ 3 $ 250 $ 241 $ 279 $

244

 
Electrical Systems and Services 26 5 169 210 195 215
Hydraulics 4 12 108 78 112 90
Aerospace 62 62 62 62
Vehicle     151   132   151   132  
Total business segments 59 20 $ 740   $ 723   $ 799   $ 743  
Corporate 7   6  
Total acquisition integration charges 66   26  
 
Transaction costs
Corporate   5  
Total transaction costs   5  
 

Total acquisition integration charges and transaction costs before income taxes
$ 66   $ 31  
Total after income taxes $ 44 $ 22
Per ordinary share - diluted $ 0.09 $ 0.05
 

Business segment integration charges in the first quarter of 2014 were related primarily to the integration of Cooper. Business segment integration charges in the first quarter of 2013 were related primarily to the integrations of Cooper, Polimer Kaucuk Sanayi ve Pazarlama, Jeil Hydraulics, and Rolec Comercial e Industrial S.A. These charges were included in Cost of products sold or Selling and administrative expense, as appropriate. In Business Segment Information the charges reduced Operating profit of the related business segment.

Corporate integration charges in 2014 and 2013 were related primarily to the acquisition of Cooper. These charges were included in Selling and administrative expense. In Business Segment Information the charges were included in Other corporate expense - net.

Acquisition-related transaction costs, such as investment banking, legal, other professional fees, and costs associated with change in control agreements, are not included as a component of consideration transferred in an acquisition but are expensed as incurred. Acquisition-related transaction costs in 2013 were related to the acquisition of Cooper. These charges were included in Selling and administrative expense, Interest expense - net and Other income - net. In Business Segment Information the charges were included in Interest expense - net and Other corporate expense - net.

See Note 1 for additional information about business acquisitions.
 

Note 3. RETIREMENT BENEFITS PLANS
 

The components of retirement benefits expense follow:
 
       

Pensionbenefit expense
   

Other postretirementbenefits expense
Three months ended March 31
2014     2013 2014     2013
Service cost $ 45 $ 47 $ 4 $ 5
Interest cost 62 57 9 9
Expected return on plan assets (86 ) (78 ) (1 ) (2 )
Amortization 30   40   2   3  
51 66 14 15
Settlement loss 34   6      
Total expense $ 85   $ 72   $ 14   $ 15  
 
 

Note 4. INCOME TAXES

The effective income tax rate for the first quarter of 2014 was 3% compared to 5% for the first quarter of 2013. The lower effective tax rate in the first quarter of 2014 was primarily attributable to a more favorable geographic mix of income.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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