Honeywell Reports Third Quarter Sales of $7.7 Billion and Earnings of $0.80 Per Share
• Stronger Than Expected Earnings – Sales On Track, Positive Cost Actions
• Cash Flow From Operations $2.6B YTD; Free Cash Flow $2.3B YTD, Up 14%
• Full-Year EPS Guidance ~$2.85, Raising Free Cash Flow To ~$3.0 Billion
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced third quarter 2009 sales of $7.7 billion, in line with expectations, versus $9.3 billion in the third quarter last year. Earnings were $0.80 per share compared to $0.97 per share in the third quarter of 2008. Third quarter 2009 EPS included the positive impact of lower than expected tax expense in the quarter of approximately $0.04, which the company expects to be offset on a full-year basis by a higher income tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2009. Cash flow from operations was $1,148 million versus $769 million last year, and free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) was $1,022 million versus $556 million in the third quarter of 2008.
“Honeywell is positioning its businesses for long-term growth by continuing to invest in new products and services, geographic expansion, and key process initiatives,” said Honeywell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave Cote. “We executed well in the third quarter with sales on track and better than expected earnings and free cash flow performance. We’re particularly pleased with our free cash flow performance year-to-date, which reflects our strong operating disciplines and working capital controls. These results reflect the impact of the growth investments and productivity actions we have taken in the midst of tough market conditions.”
“Our employees have responded remarkably in support of both our growth initiatives and productivity actions,” continued Cote. “Their contributions have enabled us to meet our performance objectives despite ongoing volume headwinds. By preserving our industrial base and continuing to build a robust pipeline of differentiated technologies and new products for the global marketplace, we’re confident Honeywell will emerge from this period a much stronger company, ready to grow and build on our great positions in good industries.”
Honeywell forecasts 2009 sales of approximately $31 billion, earnings per share of $2.85 and free cash flow of $3 billion.
• Sales were down 16% compared with the third quarter of 2008, resulting from lower volumes in Commercial Aerospace, partially offset by higher sales of original equipment for military platforms, logistics services and advanced aircraft modifications, and upgrades.
• Segment profit was down 12%, primarily due to volume declines, however segment margin increased 80 bps to 17.4% driven by cost savings initiatives and benefits from prior repositioning actions.
• Honeywell SmartPath™ Precision Landing System received FAA System Design Approval, making it the first ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) to receive this distinction. SmartPath provides differential Global Positioning System (GPS) corrections to replace or supplement older landing system technology such as Instrument Landing System (ILS), enabling more precision, more flight path flexibility, and more airport throughput.
• Honeywell signed a $77 million contract with AWAS, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, to provide safety and navigational avionics and its fuel-efficient Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). The advanced avionics include IntuVue™, Honeywell’s 3-D weather radar that allows pilots to better see and avoid weather, wind shear and turbulence, ensuring a safer and more comfortable ride for passengers, as well as cost savings for the airlines.
• Honeywell won a $185 million contract with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense to provide T55-L-714A engines and spares to retrofit their fleet of Chinook helicopters. The T55-L-714A engine increases power by 17%, increases maintenance intervals and reduces fuel consumption by nearly 5%.
Automation and Control Solutions
• Sales were down 14%, compared with the third quarter of 2008, resulting from slower economic growth and the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange, partially offset by continued growth in emerging regions, new product introductions, and the net favorable impact from acquisitions and divestitures.
• Segment profit was flat due to lower sales, while segment margin increased 180 bps to 13.5% driven by cost savings initiatives and benefits from prior repositioning actions.
• Building Solutions completed one of the largest solar projects for the Army at Fort Dix, N.J., part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) valued at $17.6 million. The ESPC will decrease energy consumption at the post by almost 10% annually.
• Building Solutions signed a $33.6 million, 20-year energy efficiency and facility renewal program with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA). The program will help MPHA improve its infrastructure and reduce energy consumption, saving more than $3.7 million in utility costs per year. The program, which will impact more than 40 high-rise buildings and 700 single-family residences across the city, is one of the largest projects of its kind.
• Process Solutions was selected to automate Flambeau River Biofuels, the largest green diesel plant in the United States. Honeywell will provide the Park Falls, Wisconsin plant with a fully-integrated system to help produce 18 million gallons of green diesel annually from wood waste and forest residue.
• Honeywell Life Safety received a $3.5 million order from Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a U.S. Department of Energy facility, for respiratory protection products.
• Sales were down 24% compared with the third quarter of 2008 due to lower volumes primarily driven by lower sales to global automotive OE customers and the negative impact of foreign exchange, partially offset by new platform launches with automotive OE customers and share gains in the automotive aftermarket retail channel.
• Segment profit was down 39% and segment margin decreased 170 bps to 7.1% due to lower sales volumes partially offset by cost savings initiatives and benefits from prior restructuring actions.
• Turbo Technologies was awarded contracts estimated at more than $370 million in revenue over the life of these programs. The contracts, which include critical platform wins with key customers in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. on both gasoline and diesel passenger and commercial vehicle applications, are expected to begin in 2011. Independent analysts expect turbo penetration to grow from 24% of all light vehicles today to around 70% by 2020, and predict rapid turbo adoption in the U.S. reaching close to 25% of the total light vehicle sales in the next five years.
• Honeywell launched its gasoline turbocharging technology on BMW’s new ActiveHybrid engine intended for its 7-series and X6 vehicles. This 4.4L, V8 engine combines a hybrid transmission with an advanced gasoline turbocharged engine to deliver 407 hp and provide best-in-class fuel consumption and emissions in this vehicle category.
• Sales were down 23% compared with the third quarter of 2008, resulting from lower volumes and the unfavorable impact of pass through raw material price declines at our Resins and Chemicals business, partially offset by higher petrochemical catalyst sales and traction on green initiatives at UOP.
• Segment profit was down 2%, primarily due to volume declines, however segment margin increased 330 bps to 15.2% due to the positive impact of lower material costs and cost savings initiatives.
• UOP announced that its green jet fuel process technology will be used to produce nearly 600,000 gallons of green jet fuel, made from sustainable, non-food feedstocks including animal fats, algae, and camelina, for the U.S. Navy and Air Force. This is part of a joint program for the U.S. Defense Energy Support Center for alternative fuels testing and certification.
• Electronic Materials announced the launch of SOLARC, a new anti-reflective coating that improves the efficiency and power output of photovoltaic panels. This new product uses materials originally developed for semiconductor manufacturing to improve the light transmittance through the glass that covers photovoltaic panels.
Honeywell will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT. To participate, please dial (719) 457-2683 a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. start. Please mention to the operator that you are dialing in for Honeywell’s investor conference call. The live webcast of the investor call will be available through the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s Website (http://www.honeywell.com/investor). Investors can access a replay of the webcast starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT, October 23, until midnight EDT, October 30, by dialing (719) 457-0820. The access code is 4845565.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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