MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced first quarter 2010 sales were up 3% to $7.8 billion versus $7.6 billion in 2009 and earnings were $0.50 per share versus $0.54 per share in the prior year. Excluding non-cash pension expense, earnings were up 21% to $0.68 per share compared to $0.56 per share in the prior year. Cash flow from operations was $743 million versus $341 million in the first quarter of 2009 and free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) was up 190% to $673 million compared to $232 million last year.
"Honeywell's first quarter performance reflects better than expected improvements in many of our end markets, coupled with strong commercial execution and disciplined cost controls," said Honeywell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave Cote. "Key short cycle businesses, such as turbochargers and general industrial products, saw good organic growth in the quarter reflecting improved market conditions. We're building a strong backlog of orders and are encouraged by continued penetration of our new products and important contracts won during the quarter. We also continue to benefit from effective execution of our big process initiatives - Honeywell Operating System, Velocity Product Development(TM), and Functional Transformation - contributing to strong operating leverage and margin expansion."
"While the timing and shape of the recovery is uncertain and we remain conservative in our planning assumptions, the outlook for Honeywell is bright," continued Cote. "Our great positions in good industries; links to favorable global macro trends, such as safety, security, and energy efficiency; growth in emerging regions; and strong pipeline of new products and technologies are reflected in our raised outlook for the year and should drive attractive growth over the long-term."
Honeywell now expects 2010 sales of $31.5-32.3 billion and earnings in the range of $2.30-2.45 per share versus a previous estimate of $2.20-2.40 per share. The company also now expects free cash flow of $2.8-3.1 billion (cash flow from operations of $3.5-3.8 billion) versus a previous estimate of $2.4-2.7 billion.
First Quarter Segment Highlights
Automation and Control Solutions
Honeywell will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT. To participate, please dial (719) 785-1755 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 23, until midnight, April 30, by dialing (719) 457-0820. The access code is 4643398.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 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 more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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