Eaton Reports First Quarter Net Income Per Share of $0.91

Date: April 20, 2010

Adjusted for Tax Charge Associated with Medicare Part D, First Quarter Net Income Per Share Totaled $1.05

Positive Momentum Drives Increase in Full-Year Earnings Guidance


CLEVELAND ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today announced net income per share of $0.91 for the first quarter of 2010. Adjusting for the non-cash tax charge related to Medicare Part D due to the new U.S. health care law, net income per share was $1.05. This compares to a net loss per share of $0.30 in the first quarter of 2009. Sales in the quarter were $3.1 billion, 10 percent above the same period in 2009. Net income was $155 million compared to a loss of $50 million in 2009.

Net income in both periods included charges for integration of acquisitions. Before acquisition integration charges, operating income per share in the first quarter of 2010 was $0.95, or $1.09 excluding the Medicare Part D tax charge. This compares to an operating loss per share of $0.22 in the first quarter of 2009. Operating income for the first quarter of 2010 was $161 million compared to an operating loss of $36 million in 2009.

Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We had a strong first quarter, above the high end of our earnings guidance, despite absorbing the Medicare Part D tax charge. The expanding world economy drove growth in most of our markets and our newly-reset cost structure allowed us to realize attractive incremental margins. The sales growth in the first quarter of 10 percent consisted of 5 percent organic growth and 5 percent growth due to higher foreign exchange rates. Our end markets grew 4 percent in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2009.

“We now anticipate our end markets for all of 2010 will grow by 6 percent,” said Cutler. “In general, we are seeing the strongest growth in Asia and Brazil, while many U.S. markets are starting to accelerate and Europe is recovering more modestly.

“We anticipate net income per share for the second quarter of 2010 to be between $1.05 and $1.15 and operating earnings per share, which exclude charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, to be between $1.10 and $1.20. As a result of our strong first quarter and our slightly stronger market outlook for the year, despite the $0.14 charge in the first quarter associated with Medicare Part D, we are raising our full-year guidance for net income per share to between $4.15 and $4.45 and operating earnings per share to between $4.30 and $4.60. The increase in our full-year guidance is 13 percent for net income per share and 11 percent for operating earnings per share, and excluding the impact of the Medicare Part D tax charge, the increase is 17 percent for net income per share and 15 percent for operating earnings per share.”

Business Segment Results

Sales for the Electrical Americas segment were $802 million, down 7 percent from 2009. Operating profits were $105 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $1 million during the quarter, operating profits were $106 million, down 1 percent from the first quarter of 2009.

“End markets for our Electrical Americas segment declined 8 percent during the first quarter,” said Cutler. “Our late cycle non-residential markets declined about 21 percent in the quarter, but we saw growth in our early cycle power quality, residential, and industrial markets.

“Our bookings in the Electrical Americas segment, adjusted for foreign exchange and acquisitions, were down 4 percent from the first quarter a year ago,” said Cutler. “Bookings held up better than we had expected, partly due to success on a number of stimulus-driven projects.

“We were pleased to win a contract during the quarter to provide the U.S. Air Force’s Air Logistics Center with power reliability products and turnkey services,” said Cutler. “Over the five-year life of the contract, revenues totaling up to $569 million will be split between us and one other supplier.”

Sales for the Electrical Rest of World segment were $608 million, an increase of 12 percent over the first quarter of 2009. The 12 percent sales increase was made up of a 4 percent volume increase and 8 percent growth from foreign exchange. The segment reported operating income of $42 million. Excluding $7 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, the segment had operating profits of $49 million, compared to $10 million in the first quarter of 2009.

“Our bookings, adjusted for currencies and acquisitions, grew 18 percent, ” said Cutler. “This reflects accelerating strength in our Rest of World electrical markets, particularly in Asia Pacific.

“We were pleased to earn an operating margin of 8.1 percent,” said Cutler. “We anticipate margins will improve as we go through the year.”

Hydraulics segment sales were $490 million, an increase of 14 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009. Global hydraulics markets increased 1 percent in the quarter compared to the first quarter of 2009, but grew 7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2009. Bookings in the quarter grew 88 percent over the first quarter of 2009.

Operating profits in the first quarter were $54 million, compared to $7 million in the first quarter of 2009 excluding acquisition integration charges.

“The hydraulics markets in the first quarter rebounded from the depressed levels of a year ago,” said Cutler. “For all of 2010, we now believe hydraulics markets are likely to grow by 16 percent, a slight improvement over our last estimate.

“We were particularly pleased with the operating margin of 11.0 percent in the quarter,” said Cutler. “The fact that we can earn attractive margins while markets are still far below the peak levels of 2008 shows the magnitude of the changes we made to the cost structure of this business during the downturn.”

Aerospace segment sales were $376 million, 10 percent lower than the first quarter of 2009. Aerospace markets declined 5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009. Operating profits in the first quarter were $49 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $1 million during the quarter, operating profits were $50 million, a decline of 32 percent compared to a year earlier.

“We now anticipate the global aerospace market will decline by 1 percent in 2010 versus our prior estimate of a decline of 3 percent,” said Cutler. “This improvement is due to our expectation that commercial aircraft deliveries will decline less than we anticipated, offset by continued weakness in the commercial aftermarket.”

The Truck segment posted sales of $453 million, up 55 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009. The segment reported operating profits in the first quarter of $46 million compared to a loss of $34 million in the first quarter of 2009. Truck markets increased by 19 percent in the first quarter.

“We were pleased with the 10.2 percent operating margin our Truck segment posted in the first quarter,” said Cutler. “Despite still very low North American volumes, our margins reflect the benefits of the cost reduction actions taken in 2009.”

The Automotive segment posted first quarter sales of $374 million, up 39 percent from the first quarter of 2009. The segment posted operating profits of $42 million compared to a loss of $45 million in the first quarter of 2009. Global automotive markets were up 46 percent.

“For the year as a whole, we now anticipate global automotive markets will grow by 15 percent, with U.S. production up 31 percent and non-U.S. production up 6 percent,” said Cutler. “End market demand is recovering around the world and production is being buoyed by inventory rebuilding as well.”

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.

Notice of conference call: Eaton’s conference call to discuss its first quarter results is available to all interested parties as a live audio webcast today at 10 a.m. Eastern time via the microphone on the right side of Eaton’s home page. This news release can be accessed under its headline on the home page. Also available on the Web site prior to the call will be a presentation on first quarter results, which will be covered during the call.

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning second quarter and full year 2010 net income per share and operating earnings per share, and our worldwide markets. 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 impact of acquisitions and divestitures; unanticipated difficulties integrating acquisitions; new laws and governmental regulations; interest rate changes; 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.

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