MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. - March 4, 2015 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) will hold its annual investor conference in New York City today and reaffirm its five-year outlook for organic sales of $46.0-$51.0 billion and segment margin of 18.5-20.0%.
"Our businesses today have Great Positions in Good Industries and are well positioned to grow," said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. "We achieved the goals set out in our first five-year plan ending in 2014 despite some significant headwinds in the global economy, and our 2018 plan has even more aggressive targets. Our balanced portfolio mix of short- and long-cycle businesses will benefit from improving end markets, new product introductions, continued penetration in high growth regions, and HOS Gold."
"HOS Gold is driving breakthrough innovation and execution, allowing us to grow sales and margin above the market and our peers," continued Cote. "Our set of core processes and business management tools - Honeywell User Experience, Velocity Product Development™, Functional Transformation, and Organizational Effectiveness - continues to mature, helping us to bring better products to market faster than our competitors. Achieving CMMI Level 5 for software development in 2015 will give us a huge advantage over competitors, while the Honeywell User Experience will ensure that our products will be easy to use and install."
"Our robust balance sheet provides the flexibility and firepower we need to execute on our growth plans," concluded Cote. "We expect an additional dollar in EPS by 2018 from capital deployment, including M&A and share repurchases. While M&A is the priority, we will deploy net cash amounts in excess of $1-$2 billion for incremental share repurchase, and are committed to growing our dividend rate faster than earnings."
"We're off to a strong start to achieving the 2018 targets we established last year, and there's a lot of runway in front of us. It's an exciting time for the Company, and we are confident that the best is yet to come."
The Company reaffirms its 1Q 2015 EPS guidance of $1.36-$1.41 and full-year 2015 guidance.
|2015 Current Guidance||Change vs. 2014|
|Sales||$40.5 - $41.1B||1% - 2%|
|Segment Margin||17.6% - 17.9%||100 - 130 bps (2)|
|Operating Income Margin (Ex-Pension MTM)||16.7% - 17.0%||160 - 190 bps (2)|
|Earnings Per Share (Ex-Pension MTM)||$5.95 - $6.15||7% - 11%|
|Free Cash Flow (1)||$4.2 - $4.3B||8% - 10%|
Related presentation materials and webcast information for the Honeywell annual investor conference are available at www.honeywell.com/investors. A replay of the webcast will be available following the presentation at the same link listed above.
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