Eaton reports second quarter net income of $1.27 per share and raises dividend by 9 percent
CLEVELAND … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today announced net income per share of $1.27 for the second quarter of 2003, an increase of 5 percent over net income per share of $1.21 in the second quarter of 2002. Sales in the quarter were $2.03 billion, 8 percent above last year. Net income was $93 million compared to $88 million in 2002.
Net income in both periods included charges related to restructuring activities. Before these charges, 2003 second quarter operating earnings per share were 10 percent above 2002, with 2003 operating earnings per share of $1.36 versus $1.24 per share in 2002. Operating earnings for the second quarter of 2003 were $99 million compared to $90 million in 2002.
For the first half of 2003, sales were $3.95 billion, 10 percent higher than in 2002. Net income of $165 million increased 36 percent over last year, and net income per share of $2.27 rose 35 percent above 2002. Excluding restructuring charges in both periods, operating earnings in the first half of 2003 increased to $176 million, 13 percent more than in 2002, and operating earnings per share of $2.42 rose 12 percent compared to last year.
Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We are very pleased with our second quarter results. Our sales revenue of $2.03 billion was the highest quarterly sales revenue since the second quarter of 2000.
“The sales growth in the second quarter of 8 percent above last year consisted of 6 percent from our four recent acquisitions and 2 percent from higher exchange rates. We continued to outperform our end markets, as we estimate that our overall end markets declined 5 percent compared to the second quarter last year.
“We made good progress during the second quarter on integrating our four recent acquisitions. The profits of the acquired businesses have thus far been modest, as the real benefits from the restructuring activities will not be seen until the second half. We continue to make progress in reducing their working capital and improving their performance, and anticipate that working capital levels in the acquired businesses will be reduced significantly by the end of the year.
“During the quarter, we issued 3.7 million shares, generating net proceeds of $296 million. The proceeds have strengthened our balance sheet and will provide us with the flexibility to pursue growth opportunities that may arise in the near term.
“For the second half, we do not anticipate any significant growth in our end markets. As a result, for the year as a whole, we expect our end markets to be flat to slightly down.
“We anticipate full-year net income per share of $4.50 to $4.75 and third quarter net income per share of $1.15 to $1.25,” said Cutler. “Excluding the restructuring charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, we are maintaining our full-year operating earnings guidance of $5.00 to $5.25 per share. We anticipate third quarter operating earnings per share will be in the $1.30 to $1.40 range. We are pleased that in spite of end markets which are weaker than our expectations at the beginning of the year, and the issuance of an additional 3.7 million shares, we are able to maintain our full-year earnings guidance.
“As a result of our continued strong operating performance, we have decided to increase our quarterly dividend to 48 cents per share, a 9 percent increase over our current dividend,” said Cutler.
Business Segment Results
Second quarter sales of Fluid Power, Eaton’s largest business segment, posted an all-time quarterly record of $703 million, 12 percent above one year earlier, and excluding the impact of the Boston Weatherhead and Mechanical Products acquisitions, up 4 percent over the second quarter of 2002. This compares to a decline of 5 percent in Fluid Power’s markets, with North American fluid power industry shipments down about 8 percent, commercial aerospace markets off 18 percent, and defense aerospace markets up by 16 percent. Operating profits in the second quarter were $63 million. Operating profits before restructuring charges were $67 million, up 14 percent compared to a year earlier.
“We do not anticipate a recovery in the traditional mobile and industrial hydraulics markets until next year. The construction and agricultural equipment markets have shown little growth, despite earlier expectations that they would post moderate growth in 2003,” said Cutler. “The decline in the commercial aerospace market has occurred as we expected. Military aerospace markets have been strong, largely offsetting the decline in the commercial markets.”
During the second quarter, Eaton unveiled the world’s first 5000-psi commercial aircraft hydraulic pump, designed specifically for use on the new Airbus A380. This new higher pressure technology will provide commercial aircraft with more powerful hydraulic systems at lower weight.
In the Industrial & Commercial Controls segment, second quarter sales were $575 million, up 11 percent from last year. Excluding the impact of the Delta and Commonwealth Sprague Capacitor acquisitions in 2003 and the divestiture of the Navy Controls business last year, second quarter sales were down 2 percent compared to 2002. Operating profits in the second quarter were $33 million. Operating profits before restructuring charges were $39 million, down 11 percent from results one year ago.
“End markets for our electrical business remained weak during the second quarter, with an estimated 4 percent decline in the markets for this business compared to last year,” said Cutler. “We expect that the electrical distribution equipment market will not begin to recover until 2004. The residential market in North America has remained strong thus far in 2003, but the commercial markets – particularly the office construction markets – have weakened further.
“The integration of the electrical division of Delta, which we purchased at the end of January, is proceeding slightly ahead of plan,” said Cutler. “The Delta acquisition reduced the margins for the Industrial and Commercial Controls segment compared to last year, but we expect stronger profitability from the Delta business in the second half of this year as our restructuring programs gain additional traction.”
The Automotive segment posted record second quarter sales of $432 million, which was 3 percent above the comparable quarter last year. NAFTA automotive production declined 10 percent, while European production was down 6 percent, compared to the same period last year. Operating profits were $58 million, down 9 percent from a year ago.
“Our Automotive segment continued its strong revenue performance, with sales that significantly outpaced its end markets,” said Cutler. “We also benefited during the quarter from the strong euro, which added 5 percent to our revenues for the quarter. Our margins during the quarter were lower than last year, principally as a result of new programs which have not yet ramped up to their mature production economics.”
Last week, Eaton announced a new licensing arrangement with Lotus Engineering to commercialize Lotus’ Active Valve Train technology. Active Valve Train technology can be used to substantially reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
The Truck segment posted sales of $317 million in the second quarter, up 1 percent compared to last year, and recorded operating profits of $40 million, a 33 percent increase over 2002 operating profits. NAFTA heavy-duty truck production was down 5 percent and NAFTA medium-duty truck production was up 4 percent. European truck production was down 5 percent and South American production was flat versus a year ago.
“Second quarter production of NAFTA heavy-duty trucks totaled about 45,000 units. For the full year, we continue to expect production of heavy-duty trucks in NAFTA to total approximately 190,000 units,” said Cutler. “The new operating model we have put in place in our Truck business over the last two years is working well. The model has enabled the business to adjust to the ramping up and down of volumes last year, and to this year’s ramping up of volumes, without incurring the inefficiencies and expediting costs we incurred in previous periods of substantial volume change.”
Eaton announced during the second quarter a contract to supply Federal Express with 20 hybrid electric powertrains for delivery trucks. Compared to the medium-duty trucks now in use, these vehicles offer significantly lower emissions and also significantly increased fuel economy. FedEx plans to verify the performance from the hybrid electric trucks prior to introducing this technology more broadly into its pick up and delivery fleet, the timing of which could be as early as the fall of 2004.
Eaton also announced during the quarter that it has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop hybrid propulsion systems for trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. The grant will be used to fund additional development of hybrid technologies over the next three years.
Eaton is a global diversified industrial manufacturer with 2002 sales of $7.2 billion that is a leader in fluid power systems; electrical power quality, distribution and control; automotive engine air management and fuel economy; and intelligent systems for fuel economy and safety in trucks. Eaton has 51,000 employees and sells products in more than 50 countries.
Notice of Conference Call: Eaton’s conference call to discuss its second quarter results is available to all interested parties via live audio webcast today at 10 a.m. EDT through the Investor Relations tab on Eaton’s home page at www.eaton.com. This news release can be accessed under the Corporate News heading on the Eaton home page by clicking on the news release.
This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning the third quarter 2003 and the full year 2003 net income per share and operating earnings per share, our worldwide markets, expenses of our restructuring programs, working capital, and the flexibility to pursue growth opportunities. These statements should be used with caution. They 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; failure to implement restructuring plans; 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 or dispute resolutions; material acquisitions or divestitures; significant costs from new laws and governmental regulations; and unanticipated further 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.