ITT Industries Reports Third Quarter EPS of $1.16


ITT Industries, Inc. announced third quarter 2003 net income of $109.2 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.16, which includes a net positive $0.20 per share impact from special items; excluding the benefit of these special items, third quarter 2003 adjusted earnings were $90.8 million or $0.96 per share.

These figures compare to third quarter 2002 EPS of $1.28, which included a net $0.34 positive impact from special items, and adjusted earnings of $88.6 million or $0.94 per share. The third quarter 2003 adjusted earnings reflects a $2.2 million or $0.02 per share increase over the comparable figure in the third quarter 2002.

  • Revenues up 11 percent, up 5 percent excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange
  • Defense revenues up 16 percent; robust order activity keeps backlog over $3 billion
  • Water/Wastewater revenue up 20 percent, organic revenue up 10 percent
  • EC meets guidance, sees increased order activity in wireless handsets
  • Company raises full year cash, revenue guidance

"Our performance in the third quarter was highlighted by strong organic revenue and cash growth," said Lou Giuliano, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of ITT Industries. "I think this is noteworthy given the challenges within our Electronic Components (EC) business. EC met our expectations in the quarter, and recent increases in order activity within the segment's mobile handset business and new product introductions give me confidence that EC will show improvement going forward."

"Additionally, ITT Industries' Defense segment continues its growth trend, posting a 16 percent gain in revenues in the third quarter, with revenues up in nearly every area. The Fluid Technology business remains a steady growth platform, led by the Water/Wastewater businesses' 10 percent organic revenue growth, and the Motion & Flow Control businesses continue to perform well despite challenging end-market conditions."

"Our stronger than expected cash flow during the quarter enables us to raise cash flow guidance for the full year," Giuliano said. "We reduced our debt during the quarter, giving us greater flexibility to invest in our businesses and pursue acquisitions where they can enhance our competitive position."

Financial Highlights

  • Third quarter 2003 revenues rose 11 percent to $1.38 billion, due mainly to growth in Defense and Fluid Technology and the positive impact of foreign currency translation. Organic revenue growth (excluding foreign currency translation and acquisitions) was 5 percent for the corporation.
  • Third quarter 2003 EPS of $1.16 includes a net $0.20 positive impact from special items, including a $0.21 per share positive impact from two tax settlements and a gain on the sale of an investment, offsetting a $0.01 per share charge for restructuring actions.
  • Cash from operations significantly exceeded expectations, with the company's year-to-date 2003 cash from operations totaling $269 million, which includes the impact of a voluntary $200 million contribution to the U.S. salaried pension plan. Year-to-date free cash flow --defined as cash from operations (prior to pension contribution) minus capital expenditures -- was $372 million.
  • The company reduced its debt by more than $230 million during the quarter.
  • Growth at Fluid Technology and Defense more than offset the anticipated decline at EC, resulting in a 1 percent improvement in operating income to $152.6 million in the quarter.
  • The company continues to see the benefit from improvements implemented through its Value-Based Six Sigma program, with a significant impact in increased sales and savings over the last two years.

"Looking ahead, we are encouraged by improvements in Electronic Components, and continued growth in our other businesses," Giuliano said. "Based on our reported results so far this year, and given the positive impact of a number of special items realized during the year, we expect full-year GAAP EPS of $4.10-$4.16, and full-year adjusted EPS of $3.82-$3.88. Further, we are raising our full year cash targets by $50-60 million, and we expect full year revenues to increase 10-12 percent."

Third Quarter Segment Highlights

Fluid Technology

  • Third quarter 2003 FTC revenues rose 16 percent or $79.4 million to $564.1 million, driven by organic growth in water/wastewater, acquisitions and the positive impact of foreign currency translation.

    Operating income was up 15 percent or $9.4 million to $74.3 million, while operating margin declined 20 basis points, due to charges for restructuring.

  • The water/wastewater business continues its growth trend, with revenues up 20 percent and orders up 17 percent, following a strategy of taking products into new markets. Excluding acquisitions and currency translation, the revenue growth for water and wastewater was 10 percent for the quarter. The business secured three $1 million orders for wastewater pumps and services, two in China and one in France.
  • The segment's Sanitaire filtration division received $12 million in system and installation orders from the United Arab Emirates for desalinization plant projects during the quarter.
  • Improved orders for custom industrial pumps in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific contributed to a 10 percent increase in revenue in this business, more than offsetting continued softness in the chemical and pulp/paper markets.

Defense Electronics & Services

  • Revenues for Defense Electronics & Services were $445.9 million in the third quarter, up 16 percent or $62.4 million over the third quarter 2002, on higher international sales of radars, services and secure communication systems. Operating income rose 19 percent or $7.6 million to $48.1 million, and operating margin increased 20 basis points.
  • The company's Systems and Advanced Engineering & Sciences units continue to gain new service contracts, contributing to an overall Defense backlog of $3.02 billion at the end of the third quarter.
  • The company's Advanced Engineering & Sciences division has won several multi-year contracts totaling more than $450 million to provide engineering and IT service support for a broad range of government agencies, including a contract to analyze ways to safeguard U.S. interests from chemical, biological and radiological weapons.
  • The company sees continued growth opportunities in its service businesses, in addition to defense spending. Contracts won during the third quarter include a $274 million initial 5-year contract to provide technical support for NASA's Deep Space Network program, with options for an additional 5 years worth up to $306 million, bringing the total potential value to $580 million over ten years.

Motion & Flow Control

  • Third quarter MFC revenues increased 1 percent or $2.6 million to $223 million, due to the positive impact of foreign currency translation. Operating income declined $1 million to $28.7 million and operating margin declined 60 basis points, due primarily to charges related to restructuring.
  • ITT's automotive tubing business felt the effects of a slowdown in the North American auto build rate and platform losses during the quarter. This decline was partially offset by market share gains at the company's Motion Control business.
  • The company's marine businesses realized a 6 percent revenue increase in the quarter, with more than 30 percent of revenues coming from new products.

Electronic Components

  • EC revenues declined 2 percent or $3.4 million in the quarter to $143.8 million, with growth in the transportation and consumer businesses, acquisitions and the positive impact of foreign currency translation more than offset by continued weakness in the telecommunications and commercial aerospace markets. Operating income fell $14.9 million to $1.5 million, with a corresponding decline in margin, attributable to unfavorable changes in product mix, ongoing price pressures and manufacturing transition costs.
  • EC's book-to-bill ratio strengthened to 1.02 in the third quarter, its highest level since the first quarter 2002.
  • The company's keypad and dome array businesses are gaining momentum securing orders for new products on wireless handset models produced by Motorola, Nokia, Siemens and a number of Chinese domestic producers.
  • New products developed during the year are now in the marketplace. A new universal contact has been designed into products at Motorola, Sagem, Alcatel and Volvo. The company's photonic high-speed connector, originally designed for the communications market, is being adapted for defense applications, with orders from Boeing, Raytheon, Northrup and Harris.

NOTE: ITT Industries believes that investors' understanding of the company's operating performance is enhanced by the use of certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted GAAP net income and adjusted GAAP EPS, which Management considers useful in providing insight into operating performance, as it excludes the impact of special items that cannot be expected to recur on a quarterly basis. Management also believes that investors can better analyze the company's revenue growth by utilizing an organic revenue growth measure that excludes the effect of foreign exchange translation and the effect of recent acquisitions. In addition, Management considers the use of free cash flow to be an important indication of the company's ability to make acquisitions, fund pension obligations, buy back outstanding shares and service debt. Free cash flow, adjusted net income, adjusted EPS and organic revenue are not financial measures under GAAP, should not be considered as substitutes for cash from operating activities, EPS, net income or revenue as defined by GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation to the GAAP equivalents of these non-GAAP measures is set forth in the attached unaudited financial information.

About ITT Industries

ITT Industries, Inc. supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: electronic interconnects and switches; defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; fluid and water management and other specialty products. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, the company generated $4.99 billion in 2002 sales. In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Industries stock is traded on the Midwest and Pacific exchanges.

Certain material presented herein consists of forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied from, such forward-looking statements. Such factors include general economic conditions, foreign currency exchange rates, competition and other factors all as more thoroughly set forth in Item 1. Business and Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Forward-Looking Statements in the ITT Industries, Inc. Form 10-K Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002, and other of its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: ITT Inc.

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