17 Oct 14. Honeywell Reports Third Quarter 2014 Sales Up 5%. “Organic sales growth and a double-digit earnings increase highlighted Honeywell’s strong third quarter,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. “The continued integration and maturation of the Honeywell Operating System throughout our global portfolio is helping to drive sales, margin, earnings, and cash flow higher, and plenty of runway remains. We are committed to our ongoing seed planting investments to bolster our great positions in good industries and continuous process improvements to mitigate ongoing global macroeconomic uncertainties. We are raising the low-end of our 2014 proforma EPS outlook by $0.05 to $5.50-5.55 (up 11%-12%), which brings us to the high-end of the initial guidance we provided almost a year ago. Looking ahead to 2015, we’re once again planning for a slow growth macro environment, but expect to continue delivering strong earnings growth. We’re confident that Honeywell will continue to outperform now and over the long-term driven by a relentless focus on new products and technologies, continued penetration of high-growth regions, and sustained implementation of our key process initiatives.”
The company is updating its full-year 2014 guidance and now expects:
Sales for the third quarter were up 3% organically, driven by growth across the portfolio, but were approximately flat on a reported basis due to the Friction Materials divestiture. Commercial OE sales were up 5% reflecting continued strong OE build rates, as well as an increase in Business and General Aviation (BGA) engine shipments. Commercial Aftermarket sales increased 2% driven by strong Air Transport and Regional (ATR) spares growth, partially offset by a decline in RMU (Retrofit, Modifications, and Upgrades) sales in BGA and lower repair and overhaul activities. Defense & Space sales grew 3% as a result of strong international growth and stabilization in U.S. government sales. Transportation Systems sales were down (10%) reported, primarily reflecting the Friction Materials divestiture, and up 4% organically driven by new platform launches, higher turbo gas penetration globally, and increased commercial vehicle demand in Europe, partially offset by moderating EU light vehicle production. Segment profit was up 8%, and segment margins expanded 150 bps to 20.3%, driven by productivity net of inflation, commercial excellence, and the favorable impact of the Friction Materials divestiture.
Automation and Control Solutions
Sales were up 9% reported, 4% organically, compared with the third quarter of 2013, primarily driven by the favorable impact of the Intermec acquisition and strong organic growth across Energy, Safety, and Security (ESS), particularly in Scanning & Mobility, Industrial Safety, Security, and Fire. Building Solutions & Distribution (BSD) saw continued strength in the Americas Distribution business. Segment profit was up 11% and segment margins expanded 40 bps to 15.9% driven by higher volume, commercial excellence, and productivity net of inflation, partially offset by the dilutive impact of the Intermec acquisition.
Performance Materials and Technologies
Sales were up 7% on both an organic and reported basis compared with the third quarter of 2013, driven by UOP catalyst and gas processing growth, an acceleration of sales growth in Process Solutions, and higher sales across Advanced Materials, particularly Fluorine Products. Segment profit was up 8% and segment margins increased 20 bps to 17.5%, driven by higher volume and productivity net of inflation, partially offset by price/raws headwinds in Resins & Chemicals and continued investments for growth.
17 Oct 14. GE profit tops estimates as cost cuts drive margins. General Electric Co reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, as cost cuts that helped boost margins across its industrial businesses offset revenue that fell below anal