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Eaton Reports Fourth Quarter Operating Earnings Per Share of $1.17


February 3, 2016
By Business Wire News

DUBLIN

Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced operating earnings per share for the fourth quarter of $1.17, which exclude charges of $0.02 per share to integrate recent acquisitions, a decrease of 8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Sales in the quarter were $5.1 billion, down 9 percent from the same period in 2014. Operating earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015, which exclude charges of $14 million to integrate recent acquisitions, were $541 million compared to $602 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Our earnings came in above the high end of our guidance range. Organic sales in the fourth quarter declined by 4 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, reflecting weakness in most of our markets. The impact of currency translation reduced sales by 5 percent.

“In light of the challenging markets, we were pleased with our performance in the quarter,” said Cutler. “We slightly exceeded our revenue guidance, achieved record fourth quarter segment margins, lowered our structural costs, generated operating cash flow of $742 million, and repurchased $228 million of our shares. Our record segment margins of 16.0 percent reflect the positive impact of the significant restructuring actions we initiated in the third quarter of 2015.”

For the full year 2015, sales were $20.9 billion, 7½ percent lower than in 2014. The sales decline consisted of a decrease in organic sales of 2 percent and a decrease of 5½ percent from negative currency translation. Restructuring actions during the year incurred a total cost of $129 million. Excluding charges to integrate recent acquisitions, operating earnings totaled $2.0 billion. Operating earnings per share for 2015, excluding acquisition integration charges, were $4.30. Operating cash flow in 2015 was $2.4 billion. Share repurchases in 2015 totaled $682 million, resulting in the repurchase of 2.4 percent of the shares outstanding at the start of 2015.

“In 2016, we anticipate our organic revenues will decline between 2 and 4 percent, reflecting a continuation of sluggish markets around the world,” said Cutler. “We expect the impact of negative currency translation to be approximately 2 percent.

“For the first quarter, operating earnings per share are expected to be between $0.80 and $0.90 per share,” said Cutler. “The first quarter will be impacted by restructuring costs of approximately $70 million, as we implement the second phase of the restructuring plan we announced last year. For the full year 2016, we estimate that operating earnings per share will be between $4.15 and $4.45 per share. Our guidance for 2016 includes the net impact of restructuring actions. We anticipate acquisition integration costs in 2016 will be insignificant, resulting in net income per share in 2016 equal to operating earnings per share, and at the midpoint of our guidance up 2 percent over net income per share in 2015.

“We anticipate 2016 will be the second consecutive year of decline in our end markets, the first back-to-back decline in our end markets since the industrial recession of 2001-2002,” said Cutler. “Looking at our expected performance in 2016, we plan to generate about the same pretax profits as in 2015 despite a reduction of approximately $1 billion in revenue at the midpoint of our guidance, with significant restructuring actions boosting segment margins by 40 basis points.

“Building upon the effective restructuring activity we undertook in 2015, we have increased our three-year restructuring program, bringing the 2015 through 2017 program to a total cost of $400 million, with mature year savings estimated at approximately a similar amount. In addition, we expect to continue to deploy the bulk of our excess funds to share repurchases, resulting in anticipated repurchases totaling approximately $3 billion from 2015 through 2018.”

Business Segment Results

Fourth quarter sales for the Electrical Products segment were $1.7 billion, down 5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Organic sales declined 1 percent, and negative currency translation was another 4 percent. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $298 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $8 million during the quarter, operating profits totaled $306 million, down 5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014.

“Our bookings in the Electrical Products segment declined 1 percent from the fourth quarter a year ago,” said Cutler. “We saw particular weakness in Asia Pacific, while European orders increased and Americas orders were marginally lower.”

Fourth quarter sales for the Electrical Systems and Services segment were $1.5 billion, down 9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Organic sales declined 5 percent, and negative currency translation was another 4 percent. Operating profits were $203 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $5 million during the quarter, operating profits totaled $208 million, down 17 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014.

“Our bookings in the Electrical Systems and Services segment were down 2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014,” said Cutler. “Orders were lower in all regions, with particular weakness in Asia Pacific.”

Hydraulics segment fourth quarter sales were $552 million, down 18 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Organic sales declined 12 percent, and negative currency translation was another 6 percent. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $62 million, down 24 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014.

“The hydraulics market was impacted during the quarter by a continuation of broad-based weakness in stationary and mobile equipment end markets,” said Cutler. “Our bookings in the fourth quarter declined 22 percent compared to last year.”

The Aerospace segment posted fourth quarter sales of $440 million, a decrease of 4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Organic sales declined 2 percent, and negative currency translation was an additional 2 percent. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $77 million, up 10 percent over the fourth quarter of 2014.

“Aerospace bookings in the fourth quarter increased 6 percent over the fourth quarter of 2014,” said Cutler. “We were pleased with the strength in aftermarket bookings, which grew 14 percent.”

The Vehicle segment posted sales of $841 million in the fourth quarter, down 13 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Organic sales declined 6 percent, and negative currency translation was another 7 percent. Operating profits were $155 million, down 5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 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 97,000 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 fourth 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 fourth quarter results, which will be covered during the call.

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning first quarter and full year 2016 operating earnings per share, 2016 projected revenue growth, the costs and benefits of planned restructuring actions, intended share repurchases, and the impact in 2016 from currency translation on revenues and earnings. 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; war, civil or political unrest or terrorism; 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 and year ended December 31, 2015 are available on the company’s website, www.eaton.com.

 
EATON CORPORATION plc
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 
   

Three months ended
December 31

   

Year ended
December 31

(In millions except for per share data) 2015     2014 2015     2014
Net sales $ 5,057 $ 5,565 $ 20,855 $ 22,552
 
Cost of products sold 3,427 3,847 14,292 15,646
Selling and administrative expense 873 903 3,596 3,810
Litigation settlements 644
Research and development expense 153 154 625 647
Interest expense – net 57 54 232 227
Other income – net (8 ) (2 ) (35 ) (183 )
Income before income taxes 555 609 2,145 1,761
Income tax expense (benefit) 21   24   164   (42 )
Net income 534 585 1,981 1,803
Less net income for noncontrolling interests (2 ) (4 ) (2 ) (10 )
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 532   $ 581   $ 1,979   $ 1,793  
 
Net income per share attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders
Diluted $ 1.15 $ 1.23 $ 4.23 $ 3.76
Basic 1.15 1.24 4.25 3.78
 
Weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding
Diluted 462.7 472.5 467.1 476.8
Basic 461.4 470.0 465.5 474.1
 
Reconciliation of net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders

to operating earnings

Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 532 $ 581 $ 1,979 $ 1,793
Excluding acquisition integration charges (after-tax) 9   21   31   102  
Operating earnings $ 541   $ 602   $ 2,010   $ 1,895  
 
Net income per share attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders – diluted $ 1.15 $ 1.23 $ 4.23 $ 3.76
Excluding per share impact of acquisition integration charges (after-tax) 0.02   0.04   0.07   0.21  
Operating earnings per ordinary share $ 1.17   $ 1.27   $ 4.30   $ 3.97  
 

See accompanying notes.

 
 
EATON CORPORATION plc
BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
 
    Three months ended
December 31
    Year ended
December 31
(In millions) 2015     2014 2015     2014
Net sales
Electrical Products $ 1,730 $ 1,821 $ 6,976 $ 7,254
Electrical Systems and Services 1,494 1,650 5,931 6,457
Hydraulics 552 673 2,459 2,975
Aerospace 440 456 1,807 1,860
Vehicle 841   965   3,682   4,006  
Total net sales $ 5,057   $ 5,565   $ 20,855   $ 22,552  
 
Segment operating profit
Electrical Products $ 298 $ 304 $ 1,156 $ 1,184
Electrical Systems and Services 203 242 776 843
Hydraulics 62 81 246 367
Aerospace 77 70 310 273
Vehicle 155   163   645   645  
Total segment operating profit 795 860 3,133 3,312
 
Corporate
Litigation settlements (644 )
Amortization of intangible assets (100 ) (105 ) (406 ) (431 )
Interest expense – net (57 ) (54 ) (232 ) (227 )
Pension and other postretirement benefits expense (31 ) (24 ) (130 ) (138 )
Other corporate expense – net (52 ) (68 ) (220 ) (111 )
Income before income taxes 555 609 2,145 1,761
Income tax expense (benefit) 21   24   164   (42 )
Net income 534 585 1,981 1,803
Less net income for noncontrolling interests (2 ) (4 ) (2 ) (10 )
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 532   $ 581   $ 1,979   $ 1,793  
 

See accompanying notes.

 
 
EATON CORPORATION plc
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
December 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
(In millions)
Assets
Current assets
Cash $ 268 $ 781
Short-term investments 177 245
Accounts receivable – net 3,479 3,667
Inventory 2,323 2,428
Deferred income taxes 593
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 369   386
Total current assets 6,616 8,100
 
Property, plant and equipment – net 3,565 3,750
 
Other noncurrent assets
Goodwill 13,479 13,893
Other intangible assets 6,014 6,556
Deferred income taxes 362 228
Other assets 995   1,002
Total assets $ 31,031   $ 33,529
 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Current liabilities
Short-term debt $ 426 $ 2
Current portion of long-term debt 242 1,008
Accounts payable 1,758 1,940
Accrued compensation 366 420
Other current liabilities 1,833   1,985
Total current liabilities 4,625   5,355
 
Noncurrent liabilities
Long-term debt 7,781 8,024
Pension liabilities 1,586 1,812
Other postretirement benefits liabilities 440 513
Deferred income taxes 390 901
Other noncurrent liabilities 978   1,085
Total noncurrent liabilities 11,175   12,335
 
Shareholders’ equity
Eaton shareholders’ equity 15,186 15,786
Noncontrolling interests 45   53
Total equity 15,231   15,839
Total liabilities and equity $ 31,031   $ 33,529
 

See accompanying notes.

 

EATON CORPORATION plc

NOTES TO THE FOURTH QUARTER 2015 EARNINGS RELEASE

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

Note 1. NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

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 for each business segment as well as corporate, 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 Corporation plc’s (Eaton or the Company) financial performance period to period. Management uses this information in monitoring and evaluating the on-going performance of Eaton and each business segment.

During the second quarter of 2014, Eaton settled litigation matters with ZF Meritor LLC and Meritor Transmission Corporation (collectively, Meritor) and Triumph Actuation Systems, LLC and other claimants (collectively, Triumph), and related litigation, resulting in pre-tax cost totaling $644.

Note 2. CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company early adopted Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2015-17, Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes. ASU 2015-17 requires that all deferred tax assets and liabilities, along with any related valuation allowance, be classified as noncurrent on the condensed consolidated balance sheet. The Company elected to apply this standard prospectively for 2015 financial statements. As a result, prior periods were not retrospectively adjusted.

Note 3. ACQUISITION INTEGRATION CHARGES

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

           

Operating profit

Acquisition Operating profit

excluding acquisition

integration charges as reported integration charges*
Three months ended December 31
2015     2014 2015     2014 2015     2014
Acquisition integration charges
Electrical Products $ 8 $ 17 $ 298 $ 304 $ 306 $ 321
Electrical Systems and Services 5 8 203 242 208 250
Hydraulics 1 62 81 62 82
Aerospace 77 70 77 70
Vehicle     155   163   155   163
Total business segments before income taxes 13 26 $ 795   $ 860   $ 808   $ 886
Corporate 1   6  
Total acquisition integration charges

before income taxes

$ 14   $ 32  
Total after income taxes $ 9 $ 21
Per ordinary share – diluted $ 0.02 $ 0.04
 

*Operating profit excluding acquisition integration charges is used to calculate operating margin where that term is used in this release.

 
           
Operating profit
Acquisition Operating profit excluding acquisition
integration charges as reported integration charges*
Year ended December 31
2015     2014 2015     2014 2015     2014
Acquisition integration charges
Electrical Products $ 25 $ 66 $ 1,156 $ 1,184 $ 1,181 $ 1,250
Electrical Systems and Services 15 51 776 843 791 894
Hydraulics 2 12 246 367 248 379
Aerospace 310 273 310 273
Vehicle     645   645   645   645
Total business segments 42 129 $ 3,133   $ 3,312   $ 3,175   $ 3,441
Corporate 5   25  
Total acquisition integration charges before income taxes $ 47   $ 154  
Total after income taxes $ 31 $ 102
Per ordinary share – diluted $ 0.07 $ 0.21
 

*Operating profit excluding acquisition integration charges is used to calculate operating margin where that term is used in this release.

 

Business segment integration charges in 2015 and 2014 were related primarily to the integration of Cooper Industries plc (Cooper). 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 2015 and 2014 were related 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.

Eaton Corporation plc
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