Third Quarter Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $1.52, Up 6 Percent Over the Third Quarter of 2018, Excluding Acquisition and Divestiture Costs and 2018 Arbitration Decision Expense
Record Adjusted Segment Margin in Third Quarter of 18.7 Percent
Operating Cash Flow in Third Quarter of $1.1 Billion, A New Quarterly Record
Lowering Midpoint of Full-Year 2019 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Guidance to $5.72, Nine Cents Below Current Consensus Due to Lower Markets
Operating Cash Flow for 2019 Now Expected to be Between $3.4 Billion and $3.6 Billion, $100 Million Above Prior Guidance
October 29, 2019
DUBLIN, Ireland ... Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced that earnings per share were $1.44 for the third quarter of 2019. Adjusted earnings per share, which exclude charges of $0.08 per share for acquisition and divestiture transaction and integration costs, were $1.52. This represents an increase of 6 percent over the third quarter of 2018, excluding the 2018 arbitration decision related to the legacy Cooper business.
Sales in the third quarter of 2019 were $5.3 billion, down 2 percent from the third quarter of 2018. Organic sales were down 1 percent and negative currency translation was 1½ percent, partially offset by the acquisitions of Ulusoy and Innovative Switchgear, which added ½ percent to sales.
Craig Arnold, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We had a solid third quarter, with adjusted earnings per share up 6 percent over 2018 excluding the 2018 arbitration decision, despite market growth coming in significantly lower than our expectations. Our organic sales growth was down 1 percent. As we began the quarter, we expected organic sales would be up 3 percent. Our adjusted segment margins in the third quarter were 18.7 percent, an all-time record and above the high end of our guidance. This represents a 110 basis point improvement over the third quarter of 2018. We had all-time record margins in three of our segments - - Electrical Products, Electrical Systems and Services, and Aerospace. Together, these three segments represent nearly 80 percent of our segment operating profits.
“Operating cash flow in the third quarter was $1.1 billion, a new quarterly record. We now expect full year 2019 operating cash flow to be between $3.4 billion and $3.6 billion, $100 million above our prior guidance. This reflects a cash conversion ratio above 120 percent,” said Arnold. “We continued to return substantial cash to our shareholders in the quarter, repurchasing $539 million of our shares, bringing our year-to-date repurchases to a total of $949 million, or 2.8 percent of the shares outstanding at the start of 2019.
“For full year 2019, we now expect organic sales to grow 1 percent, compared to our previous estimate of 3 percent, and we estimate the impact of negative currency translation to be $350 million, $50 million higher than our previous expectation. As a result, we now expect 2019 adjusted earnings per share to be between $5.67 and $5.77, down at the midpoint 9 cents from consensus, and representing a 6 percent increase over 2018, excluding the 2018 arbitration decision,” said Arnold. “Accordingly, for the fourth quarter of 2019, we anticipate adjusted earnings per share to be between $1.36 and $1.46.”
Business Segment Results
Sales for the Electrical Products segment were $1.8 billion, flat with the third quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 1 percent, offset by negative currency translation of 1 percent. Operating profits were $358 million. Excluding $4 million of transaction costs related to the divestiture of the Lighting business, adjusted operating profits were $362 million, up 6 percent over the third quarter of 2018.
“Operating margins in the third quarter were 20.0 percent,” said Arnold. “Excluding costs related to the divestiture of the Lighting business, adjusted operating margins were 20.3 percent, up 110 basis points over 2018 and an all-time quarterly record.
“In mid-October, we signed an agreement to sell our lighting business to Signify for a price of $1.4 billion,” said Arnold. “We believe this is a good outcome for our employees and shareholders.
“Orders in the third quarter, excluding Lighting, were up 1 percent, with growth strongest in residential and commercial construction markets in the Americas,” said Arnold.
Sales for the Electrical Systems and Services segment were $1.6 billion, up 3 percent over the third quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 3 percent and the acquisition of Ulusoy and Innovative Switchgear added 1½ percent to sales, which was partially offset by negative currency translation of 1½ percent. Operating profits were $284 million. Excluding transaction and acquisition integration costs of $3 million related to Ulusoy and Innovative Switchgear, adjusted operating profits were $287 million, up 23 percent over the third quarter of 2018.
“Operating margins were 18.1 percent. Excluding transaction and acquisition integration costs, adjusted operating margins were 18.3 percent, an improvement of 290 basis points over 2018 and an all-time record,” said Arnold. “The twelve-month rolling average of our orders in the third quarter was up 5 percent, with growth across all regions. Excluding hyperscale data center orders, which are sometimes lumpy due to customers placing orders for multiple years in a single quarter, the twelve-month rolling average of our orders in the third quarter was up 8 percent, the same as in the second quarter.”
Hydraulics segment sales were $603 million, down 10 percent from the third quarter of 2018. Organic sales were down 8 percent and negative currency translation was 2 percent. Revenue declined due to weakness in the global mobile equipment market and destocking at both OEMs and distributors. Operating profits in the third quarter were $72 million, down 23 percent from the third quarter of 2018.
“We were pleased to see the margin step up in Hydraulics in the third quarter, with margins rising to 11.9 percent versus 11.5 percent in the second quarter of this year despite seasonally lower revenue,” said Arnold. “Orders in the third quarter decreased 14 percent from the third quarter of 2018, driven by continued weakness in the global mobile equipment market.”
Aerospace segment sales were $513 million, up 7 percent over the third quarter of 2018. Organic sales were up 8 percent, partially offset by negative currency translation of 1 percent. Operating profits in the third quarter were $129 million, up 23 percent over the third quarter of 2018.
“Operating margins in the quarter were 25.1 percent, an all-time record, up 310 basis points over 2018,” said Arnold. “The twelve-month rolling average of our orders in the third quarter was up 13 percent. We saw particular strength in orders for the military market, specifically for fighters, rotorcraft, and aftermarket, as well as for business jets.”
The Vehicle segment posted sales of $761 million, down 13 percent from the third quarter of 2018. Organic sales were down 12 percent and currency translation was negative 1 percent. Operating profits in the third quarter were $139 million, down 16 percent from the third quarter of 2018.
“Operating margins in the quarter were 18.3 percent,” said Arnold. “Our revenue in Vehicle declined due to global weakness in light vehicle markets, as well as revenues that transferred over to the Eaton Cummins joint venture.”
eMobility segment sales were $79 million, down 1 percent from the third quarter of 2018. Organic sales were flat and negative currency translation was 1 percent. Operating profits in the third quarter were $4 million, down 60 percent from the third quarter of 2018 due to increased investment in research and development. Operating margins in the quarter were 5.1 percent.
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 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.
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 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 third quarter results, which will be covered during the call.
This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning fourth quarter and full-year 2019 earnings per share, as well as full-year 2019 operating cash flow, organic sales, and currency translation. 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 completing or 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.
The company’s comparative financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
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