Honeywell announced its results for the third quarter of 2016 with sales of $9.8 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of $1.60. The Company also announced fourth quarter EPS guidance of $1.74-$1.78, up 10%-13% with full-year EPS guidance of $6.60 - $6.64, up 8%-9%.
“The third-quarter results came in as we outlined on our October 7 conference call. We are well-positioned for double-digit earnings growth in the fourth quarter, leading to 8%-9% earnings growth in 2016,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. “It was a quarter of important changes in many areas. We split the former Automation and Control Solutions business into two new reporting segments; closed the acquisition of Intelligrated and sold Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.; and spun off our Resins and Chemicals business as a freestanding publicly-traded company named AdvanSix Inc. (NYSE: ASIX). We also funded approximately $250 million in restructuring and other actions from a $0.07 increase in first- and second-quarter EPS caused by an accounting standard adoption, and the $0.14 gain related to the sale of our government services business. These actions will drive more than $175 million of benefits in 2017 alone. We also intend in the fourth quarter to refinance outstanding debt maturing in 2017-2019, which will lower interest expense by approximately $60 million annually beginning in 2017.”
“We are committed to creating sustainable long-term shareowner value,” concluded Cote. “We remain focused on disciplined capital deployment, aggressive organic sales growth, seed planting for new products and technologies, penetrating High Growth Regions, and executing on our key process initiatives. 2017 will be an inflection year for several core business units: growing demand for our UOP catalysts and modular equipment, Jetwave™ and other products and services tied to connected aircraft, further turbo penetration, and strong sales growth from Solstice® (HFOs), our line of low-global-warming refrigerants and blowing agents. Revenue and earnings from the nearly $8 billion in M&A investments during the past two years should also be a significant contributor to 2017 performance. We are confident in our position and expect to continue to outperform.”