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Eaton Reports Third Quarter Operating Earnings Per Share of $0.97, Down 25 Percent from Third Quarter of 2014 on Lower Revenue and Restructuring Charges


October 30, 2015
By Business Wire News

DUBLIN

Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced that operating earnings per share, which exclude charges of $0.01 per share to integrate recent acquisitions, were $0.97 for the third quarter of 2015, down 25 percent from the third quarter of 2014. Sales in the third quarter of 2015 were $5.2 billion, down 9 percent from the same period in 2014. The sales decline consisted of 6 percent from negative currency translation and 3 percent from a decline in organic sales.

Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Our sales in the third quarter were approximately $300 million lower than we had expected at the start of the quarter, with organic sales lower by $240 million and negative currency translation reducing sales by $60 million.

“The majority of our markets experienced weaker conditions in the quarter, which makes us cautious about the sales outlook looking forward,” said Cutler.

“As we had announced when we issued second quarter earnings, we implemented a substantial restructuring program in the third quarter,” said Cutler. “We incurred restructuring costs of $113 million, while our savings in the quarter from the actions were $15 million.

“Our operating cash flow in the third quarter was $973 million, a quarterly record, reflecting strong cost control and tight management of working capital,” said Cutler. “During the quarter, we repurchased $284 million of our shares, making our repurchases so far in 2015 a total of $454 million, approximately 1½ percent of our outstanding shares at the beginning of the year. Given the weak stock price performance for U.S. dollar denominated industrials, we would expect to continue our strong bias toward deploying our excess cash flow over the next year for share repurchases.

“We anticipate operating earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2015, which exclude an estimated $14 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, to be between $1.05 and $1.15,” said Cutler. “We expect to incur restructuring charges of $10 million in the fourth quarter, while savings in the quarter from our restructuring program are expected to total $35 million.

“For the full year 2015, we now expect our operating earnings per share to be between $4.20 and $4.30, a reduction at the midpoint of 6 percent from our prior guidance,” said Cutler. “Despite the decline in earnings per share, we continue to believe we will achieve our prior forecasts for 2015 operating cash flow.

“As we begin to plan for 2016, it is apparent that markets are likely to remain soft,” said Cutler. “To deal with such weak markets, we will be expanding our 2016 restructuring program. We had been planning on this second restructuring program, in addition to the $145 million program we announced in the second quarter of 2015, to be on the order of $50 million to $60 million, but in light of current market weakness we are expanding the program to between $90 million and $100 million.”

Business Segment Results

Sales for the Electrical Products segment were $1.8 billion, down 6 percent from 2014. The sales decline was almost entirely due to negative currency translation. Operating profits were $322 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $5 million during the quarter, operating profits were $327 million, down 3 percent from the third quarter of 2014.

“The restructuring actions we took during the quarter reduced operating profits by a net of $10 million,” said Cutler. “Without these actions, our operating margin would have been 19.0 percent. Our bookings in the third quarter were flat with the third quarter a year ago.

“We were pleased to acquire Ephesus Lighting in late October,” said Cutler. “Ephesus is a leader in LED lighting for stadiums and other high lumen outdoor and industrial applications. Its sales over the last twelve months were $22 million.”

Sales for the Electrical Systems and Services segment were $1.5 billion, down 10 percent from the third quarter of 2014. Half of the sales decline was due to negative currency translation and half due to a decline in organic sales. The segment reported operating profits of $164 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $3 million during the quarter, operating profits were $167 million, down 31 percent from the third quarter of 2014.

“The restructuring actions we took during the quarter reduced operating profits by a net of $24 million,” said Cutler. “Without those actions, our operating margin in the quarter would have been 12.8 percent.

“Bookings in the third quarter were down 3 percent from the third quarter of 2014,” said Cutler. “Our bookings were impacted by continued weakness in the oil and gas market and weakening conditions in the non-residential market as the quarter progressed.”

Hydraulics segment sales were $599 million, down 18 percent from the third quarter of 2014. Organic sales declined 10 percent and negative currency translation contributed 8 percent. Operating profits in the third quarter were $44 million, a decrease of 49 percent.

“The Hydraulics markets in the third quarter of 2015 continued the weak trends we have experienced all year,” said Cutler. “We took restructuring actions in the quarter to deal with this weakness, reducing operating earnings by a net impact of $22 million. Without these charges, our operating margin in the quarter would have been 11.0 percent. Our bookings in the quarter decreased 13 percent from the third quarter of 2014.”

Aerospace segment sales were $449 million, down 1 percent from the third quarter of 2014. The sales decline consisted of 1 percent organic growth offset by 2 percent from negative currency translation. Operating profits in the third quarter were $79 million, up 10 percent over the third quarter of 2014.

“We incurred net restructuring expense of $5 million in the quarter,” said Cutler. “Without these charges, our operating margin would have been a very healthy 18.7 percent. Bookings in the quarter declined 16 percent, driven by a decrease in OEM orders. Aftermarket orders were up 11 percent.”

The Vehicle segment posted sales of $897 million, down 11 percent from the third quarter of 2014. The sales decline consisted of 8 percent from negative currency translation and 3 percent from a decline in organic sales. The segment reported operating profits in the third quarter of $136 million, down 23 percent from the third quarter of 2014.

“We incurred net restructuring expense of $27 million in the third quarter in our Vehicle segment,” said Cutler. “Without that expense, our operating margin would have been 18.2 percent.

“North American markets were up slightly in the third quarter while South American markets showed continued weakness and the Chinese market weakened,” said Cutler. “We now expect the NAFTA Class 8 truck market in 2015 to be 325,000 units, 5,000 units lower than our previous forecast.”

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 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 99,000 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 third 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 third quarter results, which will be covered during the call.

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning costs and benefits of planned restructuring actions, fourth quarter and full year 2015 operating earnings per share, 2015 operating cash flow, our end markets, and planned share repurchases. 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; unanticipated changes 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; changes in tax laws or tax regulations; 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 and nine months ended September 30, 2015 are available on the company’s website, www.eaton.com.

       
EATON CORPORATION plc
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 

Three months ended
September 30

Nine months ended
September 30

(In millions except for per share data) 2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales $ 5,203 $ 5,728 $ 15,798 $ 16,987
 
Cost of products sold 3,597 3,916 10,865 11,799
Selling and administrative expense 907 961 2,723 2,907
Litigation settlements 644
Research and development expense 156 163 472 493
Interest expense – net 59 56 175 173
Other income – net (3 ) (10 ) (27 ) (181 )
Income before income taxes 487 642 1,590 1,152
Income tax expense (benefit) 42   37   143   (66 )
Net income 445 605 1,447 1,218
Less net loss (income) for noncontrolling interests 1   (3 )   (6 )
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 446   $ 602   $ 1,447   $ 1,212  
 
Net income per ordinary share
Diluted $ 0.96 $ 1.26 $ 3.09 $ 2.53
Basic 0.96 1.27 3.10 2.55
 
Weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding
Diluted 466.4 477.2 468.5 478.2
Basic 465.1 474.8 466.8 475.5
 
Cash dividends declared per ordinary share $ 0.55 $ 0.49 $ 1.65 $ 1.47
 
Reconciliation of net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders to operating earnings
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 446 $ 602 $ 1,447 $ 1,212
Excluding acquisition integration charges (after-tax) 7   14   22   81  
Operating earnings $ 453   $ 616   $ 1,469   $ 1,293  
 
Net income per ordinary share – diluted $ 0.96 $ 1.26 $ 3.09 $ 2.53
Excluding per share impact of acquisition integration charges (after-tax) 0.01   0.03   0.05   0.17  
Operating earnings per ordinary share $ 0.97   $ 1.29   $ 3.14   $ 2.70  
 

See accompanying notes.

 
       
EATON CORPORATION plc
BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
 
Three months ended
September 30

Nine months ended
September 30

(In millions) 2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales
Electrical Products $ 1,771 $ 1,875 $ 5,246 $ 5,433
Electrical Systems and Services 1,487 1,655 4,437 4,807
Hydraulics 599 733 1,907 2,302
Aerospace 449 454 1,367 1,404
Vehicle 897   1,011   2,841   3,041  
Total net sales $ 5,203   $ 5,728   $ 15,798   $ 16,987  
 
Segment operating profit
Electrical Products $ 322 $ 330 $ 858 $ 880
Electrical Systems and Services 164 238 573 601
Hydraulics 44 84 184 286
Aerospace 79 72 233 203
Vehicle 136   176   490   482  
Total segment operating profit 745 900 2,338 2,452
 
Corporate
Litigation settlements (644 )
Amortization of intangible assets (102 ) (107 ) (306 ) (326 )
Interest expense – net (59 ) (56 ) (175 ) (173 )
Pension and other postretirement benefits expense (38 ) (31 ) (99 ) (114 )
Other corporate expense – net (59 ) (64 ) (168 ) (43 )
Income before income taxes 487 642 1,590 1,152
Income tax expense (benefit) 42   37   143   (66 )
Net income 445 605 1,447 1,218
Less net loss (income) for noncontrolling interests 1   (3 )   (6 )
Net income attributable to Eaton ordinary shareholders $ 446   $ 602   $ 1,447   $ 1,212  
 

See accompanying notes.

 
   
EATON CORPORATION plc
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 

September 30,
2015

December 31,
2014
(In millions)
Assets
Current assets
Cash $ 418 $ 781
Short-term investments 150 245
Accounts receivable – net 3,656 3,667
Inventory 2,395 2,428
Deferred income taxes 550 593
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 410   386
Total current assets 7,579 8,100
 
Property, plant and equipment – net 3,590 3,750
 
Other noncurrent assets
Goodwill 13,540 13,893
Other intangible assets 6,139 6,556
Deferred income taxes 246 228
Other assets 1,107   1,002
Total assets $ 32,201   $ 33,529
 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Current liabilities
Short-term debt $ 1 $ 2
Current portion of long-term debt 841 1,008
Accounts payable 1,997 1,940
Accrued compensation 373 420
Other current liabilities 1,888   1,985
Total current liabilities 5,100   5,355
 
Noncurrent liabilities
Long-term debt 7,830 8,024
Pension liabilities 1,539 1,812
Other postretirement benefits liabilities 502 513
Deferred income taxes 820 901
Other noncurrent liabilities 997   1,085
Total noncurrent liabilities 11,688   12,335
 
Shareholders’ equity
Eaton shareholders’ equity 15,366 15,786
Noncontrolling interests 47   53
Total equity 15,413   15,839
Total liabilities and equity $ 32,201   $ 33,529
 

See accompanying notes.

 

EATON CORPORATION plc
NOTES TO THE THIRD 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 differs 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), Triumph Actuation Systems, LLC and other claimants (collectively, Triumph), and related litigation, resulting in pre-tax cost totaling $644. Also, during that quarter, Eaton sold the Aerospace Power Distribution Management Solutions and Integrated Cockpit Solutions businesses to Safran for $270, resulting in a pre-tax gain of $154.

Note 2. 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 September 30
2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014
Business segment
Electrical Products $ 5 $ 8 $ 322 $ 330 $ 327 $ 338
Electrical Systems and Services 3 4 164 238 167 242
Hydraulics 2 44 84 44 86
Aerospace 79 72 79 72
Vehicle     136   176   136   176
Total business segments 8 14 $ 745   $ 900   $ 753   $ 914
Corporate 2   5  
Total acquisition integration charges before income taxes $ 10   $ 19  
Total after income taxes $ 7 $ 14
Per ordinary share – diluted $ 0.01 $ 0.03
 

*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*

Nine months ended September 30
2015   2014 2015   2014 2015   2014
Business segment
Electrical Products $ 17 $ 49 $ 858 $ 880 $ 875 $ 929
Electrical Systems and Services 10 43 573 601 583 644
Hydraulics 2 11 184 286 186 297
Aerospace 233 203 233 203
Vehicle       490   482   490   482
Total business segments 29 103   $ 2,338   $ 2,452   $ 2,367   $ 2,555
Corporate 4   19  
Total acquisition integration charges before income taxes $ 33   $ 122  
Total after income taxes $ 22 $ 81
Per ordinary share – diluted $ 0.05 $ 0.17
 

*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.

Note 3. INCOME TAXES

The effective income tax rate for the third quarter and first nine months of 2015 was an expense of 9%, compared to an expense of 6% and a benefit 6% for the third quarter and first nine months of 2014, respectively. Excluding the litigation settlements and related legal costs as well as the gain on the sale of Eaton’s Aerospace businesses, all of which represents a total pre-tax expense of $494 in the second quarter of 2014, the effective income tax rate for the first nine months of 2014 was an expense of 6%. The increase in the effective tax rate in the third quarter and first nine months of 2015 is primarily due to more income earned in higher tax jurisdictions, including the United States.

Eaton Corporation plc
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