Honeywell Delivers Margin Expansion of Over 140 Basis Points and Earnings per Share of $2.21, Up 15%

    • Operating Income Margin up 150 Basis Points to 20.0%; Segment Margin up 140 Basis Points to 21.8%
    • Earnings per Share of $2.21, up 15%
    • Generated $0.9 Billion of Operating Cash Flow, $0.8 Billion of Free Cash Flow; Further Strengthened Balance Sheet
    • Suspended Full Year Guidance Due to Uncertainty Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 1, 2020 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced strong earnings growth for the first quarter of 2020 despite significant impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The company reported first-quarter earnings per share of $2.21, above guidance, operating profit growth of 3%, segment profit growth of 2%, and segment margin expansion of 140 basis points, all of which were at or above first-quarter guidance, with sales down 5%, or 4% organically.

    "Honeywell delivered on our original earnings commitment for the first quarter, with EPS growth of 15% despite the substantial challenges we faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain focused on the strong operational excellence principles that underlie everything we do, and that discipline enabled us to achieve earnings growth in a challenging first quarter," said Darius Adamczyk, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell. "As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly escalated and the global economy deteriorated, we faced headwinds across our businesses, including rapid changes in our supply chain, constraints at customer sites, and significant impacts on the commercial aerospace and oil and gas end markets. These challenges drove an organic sales decline in the quarter. However, we acted quickly to mitigate the impacts and we continued to serve our customers, including those involved in the COVID-19 response efforts, while ensuring the safety of our employees.”

     “The safety of our employees is our top priority,” Adamczyk said. “We have announced that Honeywell will pay for COVID-19 testing costs that are not covered by our employees’ insurance and will pay out-of-pocket treatment costs for those enrolled in the Honeywell medical plan. We have also provided a full year of paid sick time up-front to U.S. non-exempt employees and have announced a $10 million relief fund to help employees that are in financial distress. In addition, Honeywell is playing a critical role in keeping medical professionals safe. We have announced two new manufacturing sites for N95 respiratory masks in the United States. Between these two locations, we will produce 20 million respiratory masks per month and create about 1,000 new jobs. We are also quickly ramping up production of other personal protective equipment, including safety eyewear and face shields. Our medical sensors are widely used in ventilators, and we have significantly increased our sensor production to address demand. In addition, we are shifting manufacturing operations at two facilities to produce and donate hand sanitizer to government agencies. Within the United States, our donation will go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).”

    Adamczyk continued, “We are well-prepared to manage the downturn with a strong balance sheet and execution rigor focused on cost control and cash generation. We have nearly $9 billion of cash and short-term investments on hand and, in March, we further enhanced our financial flexibility by entering into a $6 billion two-year term loan and refinanced €1 billion of bonds at attractive rates. Our pension plan remains overfunded, requiring no additional contributions for the foreseeable future.

    Adamczyk concluded, “I am proud of Honeywell’s longstanding ability to adapt to and deliver in any type of economic environment, and I am confident in our ability to execute in these uncertain times. Our businesses serve a diverse set of end markets and we continue to invest in innovation for long-term growth, including quantum computing, the Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management software platform, and sustainable next-generation products. Honeywell is actively managing through the downturn and is well-positioned for the economic recovery to come.”

    Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and related supply chain and market disruptions, Honeywell announced that it has temporarily suspended its full-year financial guidance until the economic impact of COVID-19 stabilizes. The company expects ongoing top-line challenges due to the current market conditions, particularly in the aerospace and oil and gas sectors.

    First-Quarter Performance

    Honeywell sales for the first quarter were down 5% on a reported basis and down 4% on an organic basis. The difference between reported and organic sales primarily relates to the impact of foreign currency translation. The first-quarter financial results can be found in Tables 1 and 2.

    Aerospace sales for the first quarter were up 1% on an organic basis driven by continued strength in the Defense and Space business and growth in air transport commercial aftermarket, partially offset by lower air transport original equipment demand. Segment margin expanded 280 basis points to 27.9%, primarily driven by favorable sales mix and commercial excellence.

    Honeywell Building Technologies sales for the first quarter were down 6% on an organic basis as flat sales in commercial fire were offset by softness in building solutions projects and volume declines in security and building management products. Segment margin expanded 100 basis points to 20.5%, primarily driven by commercial and operational excellence.

    Performance Materials and Technologies sales for the first quarter were down 5% on an organic basis driven by supply chain disruptions and decreased products demand in Process Solutions; headwinds related to the continued illegal imports of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) into Europe, and lower automotive refrigerant volumes in Advanced Materials; and lower gas processing volumes in UOP, partially offset by higher demand for equipment. Segment margin contracted 50 basis points to 21.4%, primarily driven by unfavorable sales mix related to higher equipment demand, partially offset by commercial excellence.

    Safety and Productivity Solutions sales for the first quarter were down 9% on an organic basis driven by lower sales volumes in sensing and IoT, the impact of major systems project timing in Intelligrated, and lower demand for gas sensing products, more than offsetting increased demand for respiratory personal protective equipment. SPS orders were up double-digits in the first quarter, led by demand for PPE and strong Intelligrated bookings, resulting in backlog that is up over 30% year-over-year. Segment margin contracted 90 basis points to 12.5%, primarily driven by lower sales volumes, partially offset by productivity, net of inflation.

    Conference Call Details

    Honeywell will discuss its first-quarter results and second-quarter outlook during an investor conference call starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. To participate on the conference call, please dial (866) 548-4713 (domestic) or (323) 794-2093 (international) approximately ten minutes before the 8:30 a.m. EDT start. Please mention to the operator that you are dialing in for Honeywell’s first-quarter 2020 earnings call or provide the conference code HON1Q20. The live webcast of the investor call as well as related presentation materials will be available through the Investor Relations section of the company’s website (www.honeywell.com/investor). Investors can hear a replay of the conference call from 12:30 p.m. EDT, May 1, until 12:30 p.m. EDT, May 8, by dialing (888) 203-1112 (domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (international). The access code is 4293414.




    1Q 2020

    1Q 2019






    Organic Growth




    Segment Margin



    140 bps

    Operating Income Margin



    150 bps

    Earnings Per Share




    Cash Flow from Operations




    Free Cash Flow




    Adjusted Free Cash Flow1







    1Q 2020

    1Q 2019






    Organic Growth




    Segment Profit




    Segment Margin



    280 bps









    Organic Growth




    Segment Profit




    Segment Margin



    100 bps









    Organic Growth




    Segment Profit




    Segment Margin



    -50 bps









    Organic Growth




    Segment Profit




    Segment Margin



    -90 bps

    1Adjusted free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow V% exclude impacts from separation costs related to the spin-offs of $165M in 1Q19

    1Q 2020 Earnings Release Financial

    Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

    This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, technological, and COVID-19 public health factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, and other developments, including the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking plans described herein are not final and may be modified or abandoned at any time. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    This release contains financial measures presented on a non-GAAP basis. Honeywell’s non-GAAP financial measures used in this release are as follows: segment profit, on an overall Honeywell basis, a measure by which we assess operating performance, which we define as operating income adjusted for certain items as presented in the Appendix; segment margin, on an overall Honeywell basis, which we define as segment profit divided by sales; organic sales growth, which we define as sales growth less the impacts from foreign currency translation, and acquisitions and divestitures for the first 12 months following transaction date; free cash flow, which we define as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures; and adjusted free cash flow, which we define as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures and which we adjust to exclude the impact of separation costs related to the spin-offs of Resideo and Garrett, if and as noted in the release. Management believes that, when considered together with reported amounts, these measures are useful to investors and management in understanding our ongoing operations and in the analysis of ongoing operating trends. These metrics should be considered in addition to, and not as replacements for, the most comparable GAAP measure. Refer to the Appendix attached to this release for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

    Nina Krauss
    Media Relations
    Mark Bendza
    Investor Relations