Eaton Reports Third Quarter Net Income And Operating Earnings Per Share Of $1.15

Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced that net income and operating earnings per share were $1.15 for the third quarter of 2016. Net income per share in the third quarter of 2016 was up 20 percent over the third quarter of 2015. Operating earnings per share, which exclude $1 million of acquisition integration charges in the third quarter of 2016 and $10 million in the third quarter of 2015, were up 19 percent over the third quarter of 2015.

Sales in the third quarter of 2016 were $5.0 billion, down 4 percent from the same period in 2015. The sales decline consisted of 3 percent from a decline in organic sales and 1 percent from negative currency translation.

Craig Arnold, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Our third quarter operating earnings per share were at the midpoint of our guidance despite third quarter sales coming in 1 percent lower than our expectations. We had previously expected organic sales for the third quarter to be the same as in the second quarter.

"Our segment margins were strong, at 16.0 percent, and excluding restructuring costs incurred in the quarter, 16.5 percent," said Arnold. "Our strong margins were a result of tight cost control and higher restructuring savings. Our restructuring costs in the quarter came in at $23 million, slightly under our estimate at the start of the quarter.

"Our operating cash flow in the third quarter was $798 million, keeping us on trajectory to meet our cash flow guidance for the year," said Arnold. "We continued to return substantial cash to our shareholders, repurchasing $243 million of our shares in the quarter. So far in 2016, our repurchases total $567 million, 2.0 percent of our shares outstanding at the beginning of the year.

"Looking at full-year 2016, we now expect a decline in organic revenue of approximately 4 percent," said Arnold. "We are maintaining our estimate of the impact of negative currency translation at $225 million.

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