Honeywell Third Quarter Sales Up 6% to $9.3 Billion; Earnings Up 20% to $0.97 Per Share

- Forecasts Fourth Quarter EPS up 7 - 11% Despite Tougher Economic Environment

- Narrows Full Year EPS Range to Increase of 19 - 20% Versus Prior Year

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. , Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced third quarter 2008 sales of $9.3 billion, an increase of 6% versus the prior year. Earnings per share of $0.97 compares to $0.81 in the prior year, up 20%. Cash flow from operations was $769 million versus $910 million last year, and free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) was $556 million versus $736 million in the third quarter of 2007, primarily due to increased cash tax payments in the quarter. In the third quarter, Honeywell completed the sale of its Consumables Solutions business resulting in a pre-tax gain of $0.6 billion. Also during the third quarter, the company executed approximately $0.6 billion of repositioning, environmental and other actions across its businesses.

"We believe that demand for Honeywell's differentiated technologies and solutions, combined with our great positions in good industries, will help the company outperform despite tougher global economic conditions. We continue to benefit from our large installed base, emerging regions presence and balance of long- and short-cycle businesses," said Honeywell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave Cote . "In a more difficult environment, our conservative planning, proactive cost management, and common systems, processes and productivity initiatives are helping the company to deliver sustained earnings growth."

Honeywell forecasts 2008 sales of approximately $37.2 billion, up 8% and narrowed its earnings per share range to $3.76 - 3.80, up 19% - 20% versus the prior year. Free cash flow is expected to be approximately $3.2 billion (cash flow from operations of $4.1 billion).

Segment Highlights


Automation and Control Solutions

Transportation Systems

Specialty Materials

Honeywell will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT . To participate, please dial (719) 325-4906 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 ( Investors can access a replay of the webcast starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT , October 17 , until midnight EDT , October 24 , by dialing (719) 457-0820. The access code is 6396348.

Honeywell International is a $38 billion 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 additional information, please visit

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