Eaton Reports First Quarter Earnings per Share of $1.23

First Quarter Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $1.26, Up 15 Percent Over the First Quarter of 2018, Excluding 2019 Acquisition and Divestiture Transaction Costs

Operating Cash Flow in First Quarter of $551 Million, A Record for a First Quarter


Raising Earnings Guidance for 2019 to Reflect Accretion from Ulusoy Acquisition  

April 30, 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland ... Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced that earnings per share were $1.23 for the first quarter of 2019. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.26, which excludes charges of $0.03 per share for acquisition and divestiture transaction costs. This represents an increase of 15 percent over the first quarter of 2018.

Sales in the first quarter of 2019 were $5.3 billion, up 1 percent over the same period in 2018. The sales increase consisted of 4 percent growth in organic sales, partially offset by 3 percent negative currency translation.

Craig Arnold, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We had a very strong first quarter with good growth and better than expected margins. Organic growth came in at 4 percent, in line with our guidance. Our segment margins in the first quarter were 16.0 percent, up 80 basis points over the first quarter of 2018, and above the high end of our guidance range.

“Operating cash flow in the first quarter was $551 million, a record for a first quarter,” said Arnold. “We returned substantial cash to our shareholders in the quarter, raising our quarterly dividend by 8 percent in February and repurchasing $150 million of our shares in the quarter.

“Factoring in accretion from our new Ulusoy acquisition, we now expect 2019 adjusted earnings per share to be between $5.72 and $6.02, representing at the midpoint a 9 percent increase over 2018, excluding the 2018 arbitration decision,” said Arnold. “We anticipate adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2019 to be between $1.45 and $1.55, an 8 percent increase at the midpoint over the second quarter of 2018.”

Business Segment Results

Sales for the Electrical Products segment were $1.8 billion, up 2 percent over the first quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 5 percent, partially offset by negative currency translation of 3 percent. Operating profits were $331 million. Excluding costs related to the spin-off of the Lighting business, adjusted operating profits were $332 million, up 8 percent over the first quarter of 2018.

“Operating margins in the first quarter were 18.9 percent, up 120 basis points over 2018,” said Arnold. “Orders in the first quarter were up 4 percent over the first quarter of 2018, driven by continued growth in both industrial and residential markets in the Americas.

“We announced during the first quarter that we will be spinning off to shareholders our Lighting business later this year,” said Arnold. “The spin-off process is proceeding as we had expected.”

Sales for the Electrical Systems and Services segment were $1.5 billion, up 6 percent over the first quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 8 percent, partially offset by negative currency translation of 2 percent. Operating profits were $192 million, up 15 percent over the first quarter of 2018.

“Operating margins were 13.1 percent, an improvement of 100 basis points over 2018,” said Arnold. “The twelve-month rolling average of our orders in the first quarter was up 8 percent over 2018, led by strong growth across all regions.

“We were pleased to close our purchase of an 82 percent interest in Ulusoy Electric on April 15,” said Arnold. “This acquisition will provide us a powerful platform to serve customers in Europe and Asia.”

Hydraulics segment sales were $686 million, down 3 percent from the first quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 1 percent, more than offset by negative currency translation of 4 percent. Operating profits in the first quarter were $80 million, down 11 percent from the first quarter of 2018.

“Organic sales rose slightly over 2018, reflecting continued growth in construction equipment, partially offset by declines in agricultural and industrial equipment,” said Arnold. “Operating margins in the quarter were 11.7 percent, down 100 basis points from 2018. Orders in the first quarter decreased 11 percent from the first quarter of 2018, driven by weakness in the global mobile equipment market.”  
 
Aerospace segment sales were $502 million, up 10 percent over the first quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 11 percent, while negative currency translation was 1 percent. Operating profits in the first quarter were an all-time record $116 million, up 30 percent over the first quarter of 2018.

“Operating margins in the quarter were 23.1 percent, 370 basis points over 2018, an all-time quarterly record,” said Arnold. “The twelve-month rolling average of our orders in the first quarter was up 18 percent over 2018. We saw particular strength in orders for commercial transports, military fighters and transports, and both commercial and military aftermarkets.”

The Vehicle segment posted sales of $810 million, down 9 percent from the first quarter of 2018. Organic sales were down 6 percent and currency translation was negative 3 percent. Operating profits in the first quarter were $122 million, down 8 percent from the first quarter of 2018.

“Our revenue growth in Vehicle was affected by revenues transferring over to the Eaton Cummins joint venture. The joint venture’s revenues grew 27 percent in the first quarter of 2019,” said Arnold. “Operating margins for Vehicle in the quarter were 15.1 percent, an improvement of 30 basis points over 2018.

“In the first quarter, we announced our intent to sell our Automotive Fluid Conveyance business and that process is ongoing,” said Arnold.   

eMobility segment sales were $83 million, up 8 percent over the first quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 9 percent, partially offset by negative currency translation of 1 percent. Operating profits in the first quarter were $5 million, down 55 percent from the first quarter of 2018 due to increased investment in research and development.

“Operating margins in the quarter were 6.0 percent,” said Arnold. “We are excited by our wins in this business so far, and particularly by the decision of PSA to use our inverter on a key new platform. We expect our mature year revenue from this platform to be about $100 million.”

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

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 11 a.m. United States Eastern Time via a link on 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 first quarter results, which will be covered during the call.

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning second quarter and full-year 2019 earnings per share, the spin-off of our Lighting business, the planned sale of our Automotive Fluid Conveyance business, and inverter revenue from a new PSA platform. 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; natural disasters; 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 ended March 31, 2019.

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