• Organic Revenue Growth Across All Regions
• Cash from Operations and Free Cash Flow Up 25%
• Continued Aggressive Repositioning to Benefit Future Periods
• Major Contract Wins with Embraer, Gulfstream, and Airbus
• Full-Year Earnings per Share Guidance Moved to High End of Previous Range
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., April 18, 2008 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced first quarter 2008 sales increased 11% to $8.9 billion from $8.0 billion in 2007. Earnings were up 30% to $0.85 per share, versus $0.66 per share in the prior year. Cash flow from operations was $721 million versus $578 million in the first quarter of 2007 and free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) was $571 million, compared to $458 million last year, in each case an increase of 25%.
“We continue to outperform with double-digit sales, EPS, and free cash flow increases in the quarter,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. “Our global reach and diversified portfolio of businesses helped to drive organic sales growth across all regions. We also continue to win major multi-year contracts that support the favorable long-term outlook for our businesses.”
“We remain confident in Honeywell’s outlook despite tougher global economic conditions,” added Cote. “We continue to invest in innovation and acquisitions while executing on productivity initiatives such as Honeywell Operating System, Velocity Product Development, and Functional Transformation. Our cash deployment strategy and focus on organic sales growth and productivity are delivering strong returns to our shareowners.”
Honeywell is increasing its previously stated 2008 sales guidance by $700 million to $36.8 - 37.4 billion and is moving its earnings per share guidance to $3.70 – 3.80, the high end of its previously stated range.
First Quarter Segment Highlights
• Sales were up 7%, compared with the first quarter of 2007, driven by 8% growth in Commercial and 5% growth in Defense and Space sales. Commercial sales reflected growth of 8% in original equipment and 8% in aftermarket spares and services. Defense and Space sales included the positive impact of the Dimensions International acquisition.
• Segment profit grew 13%, while segment margin increased by 100 bps to 18.6%, due primarily to increased prices, productivity, and sales volume growth, partially offset by inflation.
• Honeywell has been chosen to supply the latest generation of its HTF7000 turbofan propulsion system family for Embraer’s new MSJ and MLJ business aircraft in a contract valued at more than $23 billion (including aftermarket) over the life of the contract. The HTF7500-E engine will feature new technology to achieve reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.
• Honeywell was selected to supply avionics and mechanical systems for the new Gulfstream G650 aircraft worth an estimated $3 billion. The contract includes the first business jet application of Honeywell’s Next Generation Flight Management System, previously announced for the Boeing 747-8, as well as its RDR4000 turbulence certified weather radar that is in service on the Airbus A380 and Air Force C-17 aircraft.
• Honeywell secured a $1.5 billion contract (including aftermarket) to provide the Flight Management System and the Aircraft Environment Surveillance System for Airbus’ new long-range, extra wide-body A350XWB aircraft. In September 2007, Honeywell was selected by Airbus to provide advanced Air Management Systems and auxiliary power unit technologies for the Airbus A350XWB in a contract valued at $16 billion (including aftermarket) over the life of the contract.
Automation and Control Solutions
• Sales were up 14%, compared with the first quarter of 2007, due to acquisitions, the favorable impact of foreign exchange and organic growth. Sales were up 14% in the Products businesses and up 14% in the Solutions businesses.
• Segment profit grew 20%, while segment margin increased by 50 bps to 10.3%, driven by productivity savings and the favorable impact of foreign exchange, partially offset by inflation and the impact of acquisitions.
• Life Safety announced an agreement to acquire Norcross Safety Products, a leading manufacturer in the large and growing personal protection equipment market for fire, utility, and general industrial applications, for approximately $1.2 billion.
• Building Solutions was awarded four renewable energy solar panel projects in California and Oregon. The projects are expected to produce more than 2.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which can power up to 225 homes per year. The business will also partner with Baltimore Gas & Electric on a demand response program giving the
utility greater control of peak consumption using Honeywell’s new UtilityPRO™ thermostat.
• Process Solutions will provide its Experion® Process Knowledge System for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia. The integrated control system will streamline production, improve operational efficiency and safety, and provide data from subsystems throughout the facility to aid operator decision making.
• Sales were up 6%, compared with the first quarter of 2007, driven by the favorable impact of foreign exchange and increased sales in our Turbo Technologies business.
• Segment profit decreased 4%, while segment margin decreased by 130 bps to 11.7%, resulting from CPG volume declines, the impact of commodity inflation, and investments in product development to support future Turbo platforms.
• Turbo Technologies was awarded three contracts estimated at more than $183 million in revenue over the life of the programs. These include new technology solutions for passenger vehicle diesel engines and will be produced in Japan and Europe for export to European and U.S. markets beginning in 2009.
• Honeywell’s turbochargers were featured on 28 new vehicles – with engines ranging from 1.1 to 4.4 liters – at the 78th International Motor Show of Geneva in March. The company introduced its latest gasoline turbo technology on the new BMW X6.
• Sales were up 18% compared with the first quarter of 2007, driven by growth in all businesses, particularly UOP, Resins and Chemicals, and Fluorine Products.
• Segment profit grew 38%, while segment margin increased by 280 bps to 18.8%, driven by pricing and productivity gains, which more than offset inflation.
• UOP plans to establish a natural gas processing design center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to better support the growing Southeast Asia market. The new design center will focus initially on executing projects involving UOP's Separex™ membrane systems, which are used to remove impurities from natural gas streams.
• Honeywell Performance Products will expand production of Aclar® film to meet growing demand for the clear, moisture-barrier material, which is used extensively in pharmaceutical packaging. An upgrade of existing production capabilities, combined with overall productivity improvements, is expected to boost Aclar production by up to 23% by the end of 2008.
Honeywell will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT. To participate, please dial (706) 643-7681 a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. start. Please mention to the operator that you are dialing in for Honeywell’s investor conference call. The live webcast of the investor call will be available through the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s Website (http://www.honeywell.com/investor). Investors can access a replay of the investor call starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT, April 18, until 11 p.m., April 25, by dialing (706) 645-9291. The access code is 39285103.
Honeywell International is a $36 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.
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Robert C. Ferris